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Referee Team Awards and Allocations

first_imgPreceding the final day’s action at the 2015 Harvey Norman National Championships, the referee contingent gathered to acknowledge the outstanding individual performances over the past three days.  Giancarlo Leung, from Victoria, was presented with the Referee of the Tournament award. Renee Flach was awarded both the Manager’s award and Leading Female referee, while Luke Saldern received the Leading Male referee.Referees having been divided up into four small teams also voted on their team’s outstanding performance. Congratulations to Danielle Nunn, Greg Kidd, Andy Yon and Clint Jory who were recipients of these team awards.  Congratulations to the following referees on their grand final allocation Boys Championship – Grand Final Luke Saldern Mitch Mackenzie Tony CalabriaGirls Championships – Grand FinalGreg KiddChris BensteadRenee FlachBoys Community – Grand FinalGiancarlo LeungBrian BlechyndenKai MarutaGirls Community – Grand FinalAmanda SheekyDanielle NunnRob McKayBoys Developing – Grand FinalJake Davis Andrew YonAlex FaulknerGirls Developing – Grand Final Alison Watters Mitch Kennedy Adam TurnerThank you to all referees who officiated at the 2015 NYC ensuring the event ran smoothly and successfully. Keep up-to-date with all of the latest from the 2015 Harvey Norman National Youth Championships in the following ways:Website – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.comFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausDownload ‘Team App’ and search for ‘National Youth Championships’ to keep up-to-date with all of the latest National Youth Championships related information.Related LinksReferee Awardslast_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid signing Brahim Diaz posts emotional Man City tribute

first_imgReal Madrid signing Brahim Diaz posts emotional Man City tributeby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid signing Brahim Diaz has paid tribute to Manchester City players and staff after his deal was confirmed today.Within minutes of his €15.5m transfer being confirmed, Diaz released the following statement on social media:”I was just a child the day I arrived in England. I landed with my father, my mother and my three sisters. None of us in the family knew how to speak English, but football does not understand languages.”I close a chapter of my life and I say goodbye to Manchester City, a club where I grew up and where I stopped being a child to become a professional footballer.Thanks to all the coaches, from the Academy to the first team, for trusting and believing in me during all this time and for making me grow as a player and a person. Thanks to the whole body and medical services. Thanks to those people who work day after day for City to continue improving.”Thanks to my teammates and, of course, thanks to the fans who have accompanied us every game. I will never forget your voices chanting my name on the night we eliminated Fulham in the League Cup. “I wish you the best.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Kyler Murray Getting Blasted By Fans After Tweet

first_imgKyle Murray walks off the field.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners walks off the field after the game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Owls 63-14. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Kyler Murray, a former five-star quarterback recruit, is no longer part of Texas A&M’s football program after announcing his decision to transfer from the school Thursday afternoon. Apparently, fans aren’t thrilled with how it all played out.After the news initially broke, Murray took to Twitter to offer a statement on the matter. The responses he received probably weren’t what he was looking for. pic.twitter.com/9scALpH2Hf— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurraypic.twitter.com/TVWiOLZsRV— Don (@DBlairIII) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray Who wrote that for you? Hope that door didn’t hurt your precious behind on your way out. Don’t need quitters.— Justin Corn (@aggie4231) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray ?? You deserted the guys in the locker room. That said good luck and try to avoid SEC linebackers in the future— george martin (@exracer16) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray No matter what, you will always be known as a quitter. Tough wrap to lose.— Beerandon (@austinag04) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray pic.twitter.com/uFzpqk6Wsn— Chris Williams (@JChrisWilliams) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray this is a byproduct of a kid who seeks instant gratification.— Billie Benton (@Picklesoutdoors) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray Kyler Murray skips leg day pic.twitter.com/Mim2bxw8IO— Zach Coates (@CoatesZa) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray pic.twitter.com/FvSUFVw49e— Andrew Olson (@Pastygangsta98) December 18, 2015.@TheKylerMurray pic.twitter.com/kl73cbP3s4— Hayden Hyde (@HaydenHydeNFL) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray pic.twitter.com/2iztMUu3Xl— Mirk Fouglas (@JRKoeijmans) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray @air14football what a disgrace to this university. Remember that quitting will be in the back of every scouts head.— Bradley King (@BradleyKingTX) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray They aren’t and weren’t your guys.— Donna Mencacci (@DonnaMencacci) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray bad decision bro. You will see in 4 years when your working for your dad…— Jeremy A (@jeremyalderete) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray Quitter. Quit on TWO Aggie teams. A&M has done so much for your family too. Unreal the lack of respect and maturity— SEC_Aggie (@jcbenedict) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray you really don’t have 1/1000 of the fans you and daddy think you have. Keep living the Allen HS dream. You’re soft AF.— Englebert Humperdink (@aggiewop) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray pic.twitter.com/jIOalQSC12— Brian Crow (@bkcrow) December 18, 2015@TheKylerMurray @Andy_Staples little midget diva. Go play baseball.— no win no cry (@1neatobendito) December 18, 2015It remains to be seen where Murray is headed next – and which sport he’ll play.last_img read more

Talks on for Local Sports Manufacturing Outlet

first_imgMinister with responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie Neita-Headley, says that discussions are taking place towards the development of a manufacturing facility for the production of Jamaican-made sporting goods. “I am looking closely at a sports manufacturing outlet and I am having those discussions now. I want to see a Jamaican brand on sporting goods coming out of Jamaica, home of the fastest man, sold to the rest of the world,” she said. She was speaking at the press launch of the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club’s (JMMC) Invitational Stages Rally on November 15, at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston. Mrs. Neita Headley stated that the island needs to capitalise on the popularity of its many sports stars. “I have no difficulty with other countries gaining from our talents but I will continue to say, the country that owns the resource must also gain the most from that resource, and so I continue to push forward to ensure that whatever it is that we do in terms of development, that a team is in place…looking at marketing sports,” she said. The 21st staging of the JMMC Invitational Stages Rally will be held from November 30 to December 2. This year’s championship has attracted drivers from Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as well as a strong local contingent.last_img read more

Grange Announces New Requirements to Access Sports Funding

first_img In explaining the reason for the changes, Minister Grange said:”Public funding of sports is an investment for which good returns are expected. Therefore, we must review and update our processes to ensure that public money that is invested with sport governing bodies is well managed. At the end of the day, we must all be able to say we received value for money from our expenditure on sport.” Story Highlights The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced a “new approach to how the Ministry makes decisions” and how it will “direct investments in sport.”Minister Grange outlined the new approach in a meeting with national sports federations and associations on Wednesday (today).In explaining the reason for the changes, Minister Grange said:“Public funding of sports is an investment for which good returns are expected. Therefore, we must review and update our processes to ensure that public money that is invested with sport governing bodies is well managed. At the end of the day, we must all be able to say we received value for money from our expenditure on sport.”Under the new arrangements, the Sports Development Foundation will no longer consider requests for funding from sports federations/associations without a full accounting for monies being requested. Federations/associations are also now required to submit outstanding financial reports to be eligible for further financial support.Minister Grange made clear that the new requirement will also apply in the case of requests to use national sports facilities. The new approach also has implications not only for sports governing bodies but for other entities that organise and promote competitions and which seek sponsorship from the SDF and from the Ministry.“I believe this new requirement will help us to bring about greater accountability — which is something that we all desire,” said Minister Grange. She continued: “Greater accountability will also make local federations more attractive to private sector sponsors. There is no downside to having greater accountability.”The Minister pointed out that some national federations/associations do not routinely submit financial reports, and urged them to move swiftly to become compliant with the reporting requirements.Minister Grange said:“If you receive over five million dollars from the Sports Development Foundation as subvention, you must provide audited financial statements annually. If you receive below five million dollars, you need to submit a financial statement.“The organisations that receive monthly subventions must submit quarterly reports.“And so I’m putting everybody on notice. If [your quarterly reports are] not submitted, your monthly subvention will be held. In other words, I’m saying to you, we have to get our house in order, we have to respond to you when you call on us, so you need to get your house in order so that we, as a team, can proudly say to the people of Jamaica ‘your money is being wisely spent’”. Minister Grange outlined the new approach in a meeting with national sports federations and associations on Wednesday (today). The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has announced a “new approach to how the Ministry makes decisions” and how it will “direct investments in sport.”last_img read more

Destroyed by investigation Guy Ouellette sues Quebec government for 550000

first_imgQUEBEC — A member of the Quebec legislature who says he was “destroyed” after being targeted by Quebec’s anti-corruption police is suing the provincial government for $550,000.Guy Ouellette is demanding $250,000 for harm to his reputation, $200,000 for moral prejudice and $100,000 in monetary losses, according to court documents filed by his lawyer in Quebec Superior Court.Ouellette, who won his suburban Montreal riding for the Liberals in the Oct. 1 election, was later kicked out of caucus for allegedly leaking embarrassing information to a rival political party.The Liberals, who lost the election to Francois Legault’s Coalition Avenir Quebec, said he had lost their trust after Legault confirmed on the campaign trail that Ouellette had been the source of a 2016 leak about a Liberal partisan nomination.Ouellette’s lawsuit concerns another controversial episode he was involved in.In October 2017, Ouellette was arrested by Quebec’s anti-corruption unit, known as UPAC, on suspicion he was responsible for leaking sensitive information about an investigation to the media.The leak revealed UPAC had been investigating the comings and goings of ex-premier Jean Charest and Liberal fundraiser Marc Bibeau up until 2016.Ouellette has denied the claims, and he was never charged.His lawsuit claims the investigation into the UPAC leaks was “seriously faulty and affected by an indisputable carelessness.” The investigation “literally destroyed the plaintiff, his reputation, his political career, the trust of his political party and dealt a blow to his health,” it continues.Ouellette, 66, is a former provincial police officer who first ran for office in 2007.In more than 30 years with the provincial police, he became one of Canada’s leading biker gang investigators and a frequent expert witness at organized crime trials.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Minnesota approves Enbridge Energy Line 3 pipeline project

first_imgST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota regulators on Thursday approved Enbridge Energy’s proposal to replace its aging Line 3 oil pipeline, angering opponents who say the project threatens pristine areas and have vowed Standing Rock-style protests if needed to block it.All five members of the Public Utilities Commission backed the project, though some cited heavy trepidation, and a narrow majority later approved the company’s preferred route despite opposition from American Indian tribes and climate change activists.Several commissioners cited the deteriorating condition of the existing line , which was built in the 1960s, as a major factor in their decision.“It’s irrefutable that that pipeline is an accident waiting to happen,” Commissioner Dan Lipschultz said ahead of the vote. “It feels like a gun to our head … All I can say is the gun is real and it’s loaded.”Pipeline opponents reacted angrily when it became clear commissioners would approve the project. Tania Aubid, a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, stood and shouted, “You have just declared war on the Ojibwe!” Brent Murcia, of the group Youth Climate Intervenors, added: “We will not let this stand.”Opponents argue that the pipeline risks spills in fragile areas in northern Minnesota, including where American Indians harvest wild rice. Ojibwe Indians, or Anishinaabe, consider wild rice sacred and central to their culture.Winona LaDuke, founder of Honor the Earth, said opponents would use every regulatory means possible to stop the project — and threatened mass protests if necessary.“They have gotten their Standing Rock,” she said, referring to protests that drew thousands of people to neighbouring North Dakota to rally against the Dakota Access pipeline.Others welcomed Thursday’s vote, including Bob Schoneberger, founder of Minnesotans for Line 3. He said Minnesota needs the line now “and will need it even more into the future.”In a statement Thursday night, Enbridge President and CEO Al Monaco said the company is “pleased” with the commission’s decision.“Replacing Line 3 is first and foremost about the safety and integrity of this critical energy infrastructure,” Monaco said.After commissioners agreed the pipeline upgrade was needed, the commission voted 3-2 in favour of a slightly modified version of Enbridge’s preferred route. The company wanted to depart from the existing pipeline to largely avoid two American Indian reservations currently crossed.The PUC’s modification does clip a portion of the Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa’s land in order to avoid going close to a culturally sensitive lake. Commissioners said they would adjust the route if the band doesn’t agree.Tribal lawyers had reluctantly backed an alternative route that went much farther south as the least bad option.After the commission’s work is formalized in the next few weeks, opponents may file motions asking it to reconsider. After that, they can appeal the decision to the state Court of Appeals.Several commissioners said the issue was difficult. Chairwoman Nancy Lange choked up and took off her glasses to wipe her eyes as she described her reasoning for approving the project. Another commissioner, Katie Sieben, said it was “so tough because there is no good outcome.”The pipeline currently runs from Alberta, Canada, across North Dakota and Minnesota to Enbridge’s terminal in Superior, Wisconsin. Enbridge has said it needs to replace the pipeline because it’s increasingly subject to corrosion and cracking, and that it would continue to run Line 3 if regulators rejected its proposal.Much of the debate has focused on whether Minnesota and Midwest refineries need the extra oil. Enbridge currently runs Line 3 at about half its original capacity of 760,000 barrels per day for safety reasons, and currently uses it only to carry light crude.The project’s opponents, including the Minnesota Department of Commerce, have argued that the refineries don’t need it because demand for oil and petroleum products will fall in the coming years as people switch to electric cars and renewable energy sources. Opposition groups also argue that much of the additional oil would eventually flow to overseas buyers.Enbridge and its customers strongly dispute the lack of need in the region . They said Line 3’s reduced capacity is already forcing the company to severely ration space on its pipeline network, and that failure to restore its capacity would force oil shippers to rely more on trains and trucks, which are more expensive and less safe. Business and labour groups support the proposal for the jobs and economic stimulus.The Public Utilities Commission’s decision likely won’t be the final word in a long, contentious process that has included numerous public hearings and the filings of thousands of pages of documents since 2015. Lange said earlier this year that the dispute was likely to end up in court, regardless of what the commission decides.Opponents have threatened a repeat of the protests on the Standing Rock Reservation against the Dakota Access pipeline, in which Enbridge owns a stake. Those protests in 2016 and 2017 resulted in sometimes violent skirmishes with law enforcement and more than 700 arrests.Enbridge has already replaced the short segment of Line 3 in Wisconsin and put it into service. Construction is underway on the short segment that crosses northeastern North Dakota and on the longer section from Alberta to the U.S. border, and Enbridge plans to continue that work. Enbridge has estimated the overall cost of the project at $7.5 billion, including $2.6 billion for the U.S. segment.___For the latest developments on this story: https://bit.ly/2yReJI7last_img read more

Travel Advisory expands to the South Peace Region due to freezing rain

first_imgTransit buses have started to run again in FSJ while School buses have been cancelled. Both school buses and the City buses have been cancelled in Dawson Creek today due to the poor driving conditions.Work crews are out sanding and salting roads to improve the driving condition. People are being asked not to travel until conditions get better. Road crews are asking for extra room while they are working.Please check Drive BC for current conditions.Update from Drivebc.ca;Highway 2  SOUTH PEACE REGION, B.C. – Freezing rain overnight has compromised the safety of travel on the roads in the North Peace Region, now expanding to the South Peace Region.The advisory has been issued due to freezing rain in these areas.  With the roads being icy and very slick the Fort St. John RCMP are asking residents to slow down and leave adequate space between vehicles while travelling.Dawson Creek Highways 97 from Taylor to East Pine, Highway 2 and Highway 49 all have a travel advisory on. Taylor Hill remains closed. Highway 49 Highway 49. Travel advisory in effect between Highway 2 and 201 Rd for 13.8 km (Dawson Creek to 1 km west of British Columbia and Alberta Border). For the next two hours. Next update time Mon Nov 26 at 11:00 AM MST. Last updated Mon Nov 26 at 9:28 AM MST. (DBC-3540)Highway 97 Highway 97. Travel advisory in effect between Highway 2 and Big Bam Rd for 52.7 km (Dawson Creek to 1 km south of Taylor). For the next two hours. Next update time Mon Nov 26 at 11:00 AM MST. Last updated Mon Nov 26 at 9:29 AM MST. (DBC-3541)center_img     Highway 2. Travel advisory in effect between 201 Rd and Highway 97 for 41.2 km (Dawson Creek to 1 km north of British Columbia and Alberta Border). For the next two hours. Next update time Mon Nov 26 at 11:00 AM MST. Last updated Mon Nov 26 at 9:28 AM MST. (DBC-3539)last_img read more

Government of Canada invests in safety at North Peace Airport

first_img“Our Government recognizes that local airports are major contributors to the economic growth and social well-being of smaller communities. In addition to supporting travel and tourism, local airports are key connectors for business, health care, social services, and emerging resource development sectors. These investments will improve access to safe, efficient and accessible air transportation options, and will help us deliver on our promise to build safer, healthier and stronger communities across Canada.”The funding for the new grader comes from Transport Canada’s Airports Capital Assistance Program and to date, the North Peace Airport has received more than $16.7 million in ACAP funding for 15 safety projects.For more information on the ACAP funding, you can visit the Government of Canada’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Government of Canada has announced that it will be making an investment in safety at the North Peace Regional Airport.According to the Government, it will be purchasing a grader for the Airport, valued at $223,728, which will assist with the essential clearing of ice and snow from runways, taxiways and the apron.Federal Minister of Transport, Marc Garneau, says his Government recognizes that local airports are major contributors to economic growth, adding that these investments will allow access to safe, efficient and accessible air transportation options.last_img read more

56 Delhiites think BJP will suffer losses due to postPulwama conduct CM

first_imgNEW DELHI: In an internal survey, the Aam Admi Party found out that in Delhi the conduct of BJP in the post-Pulwama situation had a negative effect among the citizens. Citing the results CM Arvind Kejriwal said that nearly 56 per cent of the Delhiites in the survey said that BJP will suffer due to such conduct.The survey also reportedly showed that people have accepted that the Congress preferred party politics over the country by refusing to have the alliance to avoid split in anti-BJP votes. Minority voters were in doubt earlier about the vote split, but the flat Congress refusal has helped the minorities in forming a clear opinion in favour of the AAP in Delhi. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “The people of Delhi have fully understood that BJP and Congress till today deceived them on full statehood despite having put it in their manifestoes for decades. It is only the AAP which is extremely sincere and serious on statehood for Delhi, therefore people are supporting the party.” Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe survey reportedly observed that the Congress vote share would come down to less than 10 per cent which the party leaders have taken as a big blow to Congress. “The vote share of the Congress should get affected as they have chosen not to form an alliance. People wanted to see us together fighting against BJP but the Congress is now acting as BJP’s B team and people have realised that,” said a leader. On Monday the top leadership of AAP huddled into a meeting at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence to discuss preparations for Lok Sabha polls, on Monday, as a senior party leader claimed chances of party’s alliance are now nil. During the meeting, CM Kejriwal, the AAP national convener, asked party leaders to keep Lok Sabha campaign centred around the full statehood demand for Delhi, instead of getting into the question of the next prime minister of the country. Party MP Sanjay Singh, after the meeting, said “there are no chances of the alliance now,” when asked if the issue was discussed during the meeting. He said the party leaders discussed how to take the issue of full statehood to every home in Delhi in the run-up to voting in Delhi for seven Lok Sabha constituencies on May 12.last_img read more

On the edge

first_imgThe continuing high tension between the US and Iran in the Trump era has escalated substantially and could spiral out of control if not handled properly by both the countries. The reason for this escalation can be traced back to President Donald Trump’s withdrawal in May 2018 from the landmark nuclear deal Iran signed in 2015 with the US, EU, France, Germany, UK, Russia and China, saying it only paved Iran’s path to the bomb. However, Iran’s main European allies along with Russia and China disagree with the US stand. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyUnder the deal, economic sanctions against Iran were relaxed and the country was permitted to resume oil exports, its main source of revenue, in return of a closer scrutiny of Teheran’s nuclear programme by giving free access to its nuclear facilities to monitors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the global nuclear watchdog, among other conditions. According to the US policy towards Iran, which involved withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), all countries were given six months till November 2018 to bring down oil imports to zero. In November, however, the US gave a six-month waiver to eight countries including India to bring down oil imports from Iran to zero. The waiver ended April this year. Also Read – The future is here!India is the world’s third-largest consumer of oil with 85 per cent of its crude oil and 34 per cent of its natural gas requirements being met by imports. In 2016 India imported 215 million tonnes crude oil and, at 13 per cent, Iran stood third among India’s biggest oil suppliers after Saudi Arabia and Iraq at 18 per cent each. India is likely to make a decision on how to handle the situation only after a fresh government takes charge after May 23. Iran and all other signatories to the historic deal have carried on regardless of US actions. The IAEA has repeatedly given Iran a clean chit with regard to adherence to the deal. Amid rising tensions in the region, Saudi Arabia, US’ closest Arab ally, said two Saudi oil tankers and two other vessels were targeted in a “sabotage attack” off the coast of the UAE, not far from the vital Strait of Hormuz. This has raised fears that the shipping lanes in the Persian Gulf could become flashpoints. An oil pipeline that runs across Saudi Arabia, west of capital Riyadh, was hit by drones, launched by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen. Citing credible intelligence that Iran and groups it supports in the Middle East might attack US personnel based in the region, the US has strengthened its military presence in the region, including deploying a number of strategic B-52 bombers in response to Iran’s threat to block all exports through the Strait of Hormuz. It has also sent aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln to the Persian Gulf. The US has also designated the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Iran’s hugely influential security and military organisation responsible for the protection and survival of the regime, as a ‘foreign terrorist organisation.’ This is perhaps the first time the US has declared any part of another government as terrorist. The US has also withdrawn all non-emergency staff in its embassy and consulate in Iraq. The US actions have triggered an economic meltdown in Iran and soaring inflation. Iran has responded by scaling back its commitment under the deal by suspending obligatory sales overseas of surplus enriched uranium and heavy water. Last week Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gave the five countries still party to the deal 60 days to meet their commitments and protect Iranian oil sales from the US sanctions, failing which Iran will resume enrichment of uranium and keep those stocks in the country rather than selling them abroad. Perhaps adopting a carrot and stick policy, President Donald Trump has urged Iranian leaders to sit down and talk with him about giving up their nuclear programme but did not rule out a military confrontation, given the heightened tensions. The powerful Revolutionary Guards declared that Iran would not negotiate with the US while hardliner Ayatollah Tabatabai-Nejad has warned that the US Navy fleet could be “destroyed with one missile”. Comments by hardliners appeared partly aimed at discouraging President Rouhani and his moderate allies in Teheran from taking up an offer of talks with the US. Thousands of Iranian took part in state-sponsored marches last week to show support for the government’s decision to scale back curbs on its nuclear programme agreed under the 2015 deal. Worried over the developments, some experts say that a delicate and dangerous situation is prevailing and could easily spiral out of control if not handled carefully by both the US and Iran. The pressure now is squarely upon the Europeans, particularly France, Germany, and the UK that had helped in negotiating the deal. They have to do something to ease the situation as well as to relieve the economic pressure on Iran. The international community has a stake in the warlike escalation between the two countries and must act to defuse the situation. (The author is a former Editor of PTI and served as West Asia Correspondent for PTI, based in Bahrain from 1988 to 1995. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Urban Meyer Buckeye seniors address halftime basketball crowd

The Ohio State men’s basketball team received plenty of applause during its route of UMKC Friday night, but the Schottenstein Center reached a different decibel level for the football team. On the eve of The Game, coach Urban Meyer and the team’s senior class were met with applause and a standing ovation at a halftime break turned pep rally. “This group of seniors did give us everything they had,” said Meyer as he briefly addressed the crowd. “They are one game away from going down as one of the great senior classes in the history of Ohio State.” Meyer then handed the microphone to senior linebackers Etienne Sabino and Zach Boren. Sabino’s message to Buckeye Nation was short but clear. “We love you guys,” Sabino said. “Go Bucks, beat Blue.” Ohio State hosts Michigan on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes fell to the Wolverines in Ann Arbor last year, 40-34. “We’ve been waiting a year to have a rematch with these guys from the Team Up North,” Boren said. “We need your help to go out as champions.” OSU is set to face Michigan at noon Saturday at Ohio Stadium. read more

Football Ohio State defensive line setting the bar high

Ohio State defensive linemen look on during the second half of the Buckeyes game against Nebraska on Nov. 5. The Buckeyes won 62-3. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe Ohio State football team has a fully loaded defensive line ready to not only control the line of scrimmage, but also dominate it.“We’ll be as good as anybody in America at defensive end,” Coach Urban Meyer said.Meyer referenced Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, redshirt senior Tyquan Lewis, redshirt junior Sam Hubbard, sophomore Nick Bosa, senior Jalyn Holmes and redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones as the five premier defensive linemen on the team. With such high-profile players returning who have already played significant snaps, a concern is the possibility of complacency. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case for this unit. Lewis said the goal is to be the best defensive line all-time. “We’re all elite players, so we continue to push one another to the next level,” he said. “That’s what helps us become better and better — it’s a lot of competition between all of us.”Defensive line coach Larry Johnson said this unit is the best collective group he has had in a long time. He emphasized the closeness of this group by citing the collective bond and love that they share. He said Lewis and Holmes demonstrated this bond by forgoing the NFL Draft to return for their senior seasons. “The most important thing about these guys (is) they’re unselfish — they’re very unselfish players,” Johnson said. “They don’t care who starts, they don’t care who plays, as long as they play.”Honorable mention All-Big Ten defensive end Holmes said that the guys on the defensive line do not want to let each other down. He continually emphasized that winning is much more important than playing time. “We have that bond and we got that chemistry, Holmes said. “And we (are) playing for something bigger than ourselves.”Johnson referred to the depth of the defensive line and mentioned the improvements he has seen in redshirt sophomore defensive end Rashod Berry, sophomore defensive tackle Robert Landers, redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Jashon Cornell, redshirt freshman defensive tackle Malik Barrow, sophomore defensive end Jonathon Cooper and Honorable Mention All-Big Ten, redshirt senior Michael Hill. Honorable Mention All-Big Ten defensive end Hubbard played with former Buckeye defensive linemen Joey Bosa and Adolphus Washington, who both started as rookies in the NFL this past season. He said that this current defensive line could be even better as a whole.“I’ve played with a lot of great individuals. I don’t think, collectively, there’s been this much talent at his position since I’ve been here,” Hubbard said. “We have four guys who could start on any team in the country and we’re all playing together.”Along with Jones, Meyer said the staff has been thinking of ways of putting the five premier linemen on the field at one time, which would move a defensive end to linebacker. Per Johnson and multiple players, Hubbard has been practicing at the position during spring practice. Nick Bosa also emphasized the importance of getting all of the talent involved.“We have so many good players,” Bosa said. “It’s criminal to not have them on the field.” read more

Courtois names his dream World Cup final opponents

first_imgBelgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is dreaming of reaching the World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium in two weeks time against SpainThe Chelsea number one spent three successful seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid and won La Liga in 2014 as well as being named the Spanish league’s goalkeeper of the year in 2013.Courtois has been strongly linked with a return to Madrid this summer with Atletico’s city rivals Real Madrid after previously confessing that his “heart” is in the Spanish capital where his children currently live at.The 26-year-old has started in all of three of Belgium’s games at the World Cup and will be expected to line up in goal once more as the Red Devils prepare to face Japan in Monday’s Round of 16 tie.Speaking ahead to the encounter, Courtois revealed his dream opponents at the final would be Spain.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“Of course, it’s a dream to play a World Cup final, especially to play against Spain because I know a lot of people there. It’s a nice final,” he told Goal.“I think Spain played good football against Portugal, even though they conceded three goals. Same against Iran, so … oh no, it was against Morocco!“I think they play well but they also concede goals.”Courtois’ dream final will have some tricky obstacles with Belgium set to face either five-winners Brazil or Mexico in the quarter-final if they progress against Japan.last_img read more

VAR replay helps Barca secure win

first_imgBarcelona maintained their perfect start to the new La Liga season thanks to Video Assistant Referees replay, according to ESPN.The Catalan club secured a 1-0 victory over Real Valladolid on Saturday night after the use of VAR replay proved to be difference.Ousmane Dembele scored the only goal in the 57th minute to give the Ernesto Valverde’s men all three points to maintain their perfect start to the season.The Spanish champions began the game with a front four of Dembele, Philippe Coutinho, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi but the quartet had trouble clicking on a ripped-up pitch in Valladolid.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.However, the former Borussia Dortmund winger pounced on a cushioned header back into the box from midfielder Sergio Roberto and lashed his first-time right-footed shot past goalkeeper Jordi Masip and into the far corner.Rayo Vallecano thought they’d worked an equaliser late in second-half stoppage-time but the goal was correctly ruled offside after a VAR replay.The victory ensures Barcelona begin their title defence in fine fashion after defeating Deportivo Alaves 3-o last week at the Camp Nou.last_img read more

Man United owners have no plans to sell amid Saudi interest

first_imgThe Glazer family have no interest in selling Manchester United or even a stake in it for the near future, amid reports of a £4bn takeover bid from Saudi ArabiaThe Sunday Mirror had linked the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, who is worth £850bn, with a stunning £4bn takeover of United over the weekend and suggested a formal meeting would take place in the next couple of weeks.This came after United’s share price skyrocketed over the past months that saw shares hit an all-time high on the New York Stock Exchange of $27.65 with Forbes valuing the club at around £3.2bn.This comes 13 years after the Glazer family completed their £790m takeover at Old Trafford, which left United heavily in debt afterwards.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.But the Guardian reports that United owners Joel and Avram Glazer have started no discussions nor do they have any real interest in selling the club.Had the Glazer family sold their shares of the 20-time English champions then they could have left with a massive profit of £2.2bn.United already have business interests in Saudi Arabia due to their partnership with the telecommunications firm Saudi Telecom.last_img read more

Benitez discusses details of meeting with Ashley

first_imgNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez insists nothing has changed despite having a meeting with club owner Mike Ashley.Ashley met the former Real Madrid manager at St. James Park following last weekend’s 3-0 home win against Cardiff City.Benitez, who has refused to talk about potential addictions during this transfer window since admitting he was concerned after the Magpies loss to Liverpool last month, wouldn’t reveal much about his meeting with Ashley, who has been pushing the manager to sign a new contract for the past 12 months.However, the 58-year-old, who is expected to leave the club in the summer when his contract expires if the club refuse to invest in the squad, says the situation has not changed.Asked if he was happier after speaking to Ashley, Benitez said: “I’m exactly the same.”“I don’t need to talk about what we were talking about, because it was a private conversation.”“But, more or less, we’re in the same situation. We have to wait.”Steve Bruce: “Hopefully that’ll shut a few people up for a little bit” Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has expressed his delight at his side’s shock 1-0 away victory to Tottenham HotspursTyne-side boss Steve Bruce praised his staff…Asked by the Gazette if he was still worried, Benitez said:“We are where we are, so we will see.”Ashley, who put Newcastle up for sale 18 months ago, congratulated Benitez and the players on the Cardiff win.The result lifted the club out of the Premier League’s relegation zone.“We had a good conversation,” said Benitez.”“We were talking about Cardiff, the three points and everything. It’s fine, but still we are where we are.”last_img read more