AAP govt presents Rs 53,000 cr budget; major thrust on green initiatives, health, edu

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 22 (PTI) Laying emphasis on environment, health and education sectors, the AAP government today presented a Rs 53,000 crore budget for 2018-19 fiscal, while making a slew of announcements, including a major thrust on “green” initiatives for pollution reduction and launching health insurance for all scheme.The government also announced installation of CCTV cameras in schools, providing self-defence training for girl students, allocating Rs 100 crore for free Wi-Fi, which was a major pre-poll promise by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and installation of 1.2 lakh CCTV cameras in the city by June next year.It also promised implementation of doorstep delivery of government services by June 15, and Rs 1,500 crore for infrastructure development in unauthorised colonies.This is the first “Green budget” of the government for effective containment of pollution in the city, the deputy chief minister said in the budget session of the Assembly in the presence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.The chief minister congratulated Sisodia for presenting a “splendid budget”.”In the budget, government had taken care of all sections of society. There is a lot for poor people, women, middle class and students. It is a first of its kind Green Budget in the country. Besides education and health, we have focused on roads, sewer and water. We have also stressed on investment in these three areas,” Kejriwal said.Sisodia, who is also holds the finance portfolio, said the budget follows “trickle up” economics aiming to benefit poor and middle class people in Delhi.”The budget estimates for 2018-19 are pegged at Rs 53,000 crore which is 19.45 per cent more than the revised budget estimates of Rs 44,370 crore for the previous financial year,” he said in his speech which lasted more than one-and-a-half hour.advertisement”We are going to thread 26 programmes and schemes of transport, power, environment and PWD for devising a unified system of pollution control, bringing down levels of different pollutants,” Sisodia said, adding the government has also proposed to set aside Rs 1,000 crore for repair and maintenance of smaller roads owned by the municipal corporations.The budget also put thrust on reducing pollution levels in the national capital by proposing various measures, including concession in registration of CNG cars.Presenting the budget estimates, Sisodia announced 50 per cent concession in registration of CNG cars and said solar panels will be installed over 16 km cycle track.As many as 1,000 indoor display boards will be installed in government buildings to provide information on air pollution levels. There will also be subsidy for restaurants to encourage them to move from using coal to electricity or gas-based tandoors.An allocation of Rs 6,729 crore, which is 12 per cent of the total budget, has been made for the health sector, and the launch of a health insurance for all scheme was announced in the budget.Rs 100 crore has been allocated for the health insurance for all scheme. First response vehicle will also be launched from East Delhi with 16 bike ambulances Sisodia said, adding Rs 403 crore will be allocated for setting up mohalla and poly clinics in the national capital.Yesterday, while tabling the first Outcome Budget 2017-18, he had said that the Delhi government has managed to set up 160 Mohalla clinics till December 31 this fiscal, against a target of 1,000 such facilities.For the education sector, the government has allocated Rs 13,9997 crore, which is 26 per cent of the total budget. In the budget for the financial year 2017-2018, 23.5 per cent of the total budget amount was allocated for the education sector.Installation of CCTV cameras in school buildings, self-defence training for girl students, promotion of sports in schools and setting up of a world-class skill centre are among the big-ticket promises made by the the AAP government in todays budget proposal.Sisodia said Rs 175 crore will be allocated for installation of CCTV cameras in school buildings. A total of 1.2 lakh cameras will be installed.”The government has allocated Rs 10 crore for self-defence training of girl students in Delhi and Rs 20 crore has been allocated for promotion of sports in schools,” he said, and also announced allocation of Rs 315 crore for setting up a world-class skill centre in the national capital to train the youth in getting jobs. PTI BUN IAW VIT SLB GJS TDS NSD NSDlast_img read more

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MS Dhoni’s best IPL, Yuvraj Singh’s worst: How the legends fared this summer

first_imgEven at the age of 36, MS Dhoni can give any young player a run for his money, not just with his sheer speed and agility on the field but also with the willow in his hand.Dhoni has been one of the key reasons behind Chennai Super Kings’ triumph this season. His captaincy was spot on as usual but it has been his batting which took the IPL by storm in 2018.During the course of the season Dhoni broke and set numerous records as he enjoyed his best-ever IPL season to lift the title for the third time in his career. He is tied with Rohit Sharma as a three-time IPL winning skipper.IPL 2018: 872 sixes, 19,901 runs, 720 wickets and other recordsDhoni ended up with 455 runs in 16 games at an average of 75.83. This included three fifties, 30 sixes and 24 boundaries. He was seventh on the list of batsmen with most sixes in the competition this year.ALSO READ: IPL 2018: Harbhajan Singh, that 90s kid, wins record 4th IPL titleThe hard-hitting right-handed batsman had scored over 400 runs just twice before – 2013 (461 runs in 18 games at 41.90) and 2008 (414 runs in 16 matches at 41.40). CSK couldn’t win the IPL on both occasions but their fortunes changed this year as they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 8 wickets in the final at the Wankhede stadium on Sunday to win their third IPL title.ALSO READ: IPL 2018: Full list of prize winners including Orange Cap and Purple CapDhoni also became the seventh batsman to reach 4000 in the tournament. The list is headed by Virat Kohli with 4948 runs. Suresh Raina (4931), Rohit Sharma (4493), Gautam Gambhir (4217), Robin Uthappa (4081), Dhoni (4016) and David Warner (4014) complete the top 7.advertisementALSO READ: IPL 2018 final: MS Dhoni breaks an IPL jinx after 7 yearsEarlier in the tournament, Dhoni created history when he became the first Indian captain to score 5000 T20 runs. Dhoni achieved the record on April 25 after scoring 70 not out off 34 deliveries to help CSK beat Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 5 wickets.ALSO READ: Shane Watson defies age to win second IPL title after 10 yearsCurrently, Dhoni leads the list with 5247 runs while Gambhir (4242 runs) and Kohli (3872 runs) trail him. Dhoni now has 6023 runs in T20 cricket. Dhoni became the seventh batsman to reach 4000 runs in IPL this season (BCCI Photo)The Ranchi-born wicketkeeper also took his tally of catches to 144, surpassing Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara, who has 142 catches to his name.Watch: Sakshi Dhoni’s high-five, Bravo’s dance as CSK win third IPL titleDhoni achieved the record playing his 291st T20 game, while Sangakkara got to the milestone in his 264th match.YUVRAJ’S MAGIC ON THE WANEWhile MSD enjoyed his best season ever in the IPL, his India teammate and good friend Yuvraj Singh endured his worst season till date.IPL 2018: Full list of prize winners including Orange Cap and Purple CapFew things are more painful than watching an ageing athlete falter as they try to summon up the old magic and Yuvraj’s fans have endured a shared agony over the course of this year’s IPL.Ziva leads CSK’s baby brigade as Dhoni’s men lift IPL 2018 trophyWhen India belatedly embraced Twenty20 cricket 12 years ago, Yuvraj’s rise to greatness in the limited-overs format appeared just a matter of time.He was a key cog in India’s World Twenty20 triumph in South Africa in 2007 and was adjudged player-of-the-tournament in the team’s victorious 50-over World Cup triumph four years later in 2011.But he was unable to replicate that form in the IPL, though, and his stints with Kings XI Punjab, Pune Warriors, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils have been underwhelming to say the least. Yuvraj had to scratch around for 65 runs from six innings, while going wicketless with the ball this season (BCCI Photo)Back at the team where he started his IPL career, Yuvraj endured a particularly torrid tournament this year – alternating between warming the bench and being shuffled around the batting order at Punjab.Time seemed to have robbed Yuvraj of his touch and the 36-year-old had to scratch around for 65 runs from six innings, while going wicketless with the ball.The spectacular flourish that became his trademark has been replaced by tentative jabs at the ball, or fatal pre-determined shots.For someone who wielded a willow that appeared to have sweet-spots wherever the ball made contact, Yuvraj struggled to find the middle of the bat against modest bowlers in less demanding circumstances.Yuvraj was not even picked for Kings XI’s final group match against Chennai Super Kings, which Punjab lost to finish seventh in the eight-team league.advertisementlast_img read more

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Fawad and Mahira smoulder on the cover of Brides Today

first_imgFawad Khan and Mahira Khan left us aching with their love story in the TV serial Humsafar.We were hooked to the show, and now the two have teamed up for a sizzling shoot for Brides Today.Fawad’s wife, and his first love, Sadaf Khan, is Pakistan’s most celebrated designer. Her label has a niche following among the fashion connoisseurs of not just Pakistan, but of Dubai and India as well, and the melange of handwork that it brings is extensive.Styled by the team of Brides Today, Mahira was dressed in layers of wedding ensembles from Sadaf’s line for the June-July 2018 issue of the magazine. And Mahira, as a bride, has made us stop breathing altogether.In an exclusive interview with Brides Today editor Nupur Mehta Puri, Sadaf revealed the distinctive aesthetics of her brand’s bridals.She said, “I would like to continue to keep the design and aesthetics very sophisticated. Every new collection remains true to its essence premium handcrafted couture. I create pieces that you’d like to retain in your closet and pass on to your future generation. Bridal wear should not become disposable.”Mahira and Fawad of course looked like a vision out of a dream in Sadaf’s attires.On their first fashion editorial together, Sadaf created a modern day bride and groom out of the two heartthrobs.Mahira looked sensual in shades of emerald and gold, while Fawad was too hot to handle in black and ivory.Also, we totally love the moustache Fawad sported, that makes him look edgy and sizzling on the cover of the magazine.advertisementWith all the jewels by Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers, both Sadaf and Mahira echoed their love for the polki earrings.We are still reeling from the after-effects of the visual sinfulness.ALSO READ: Mahira Khan dresses to kill at her first Cannes outingALSO WATCH I Mahira Khan: Aishwarya Rai gave me the warmest hug I’ve ever receivelast_img read more

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‘Sorry’: Germany arrive home after World Cup agony

first_img\R Frankfurt Am Main, Jun 28 (AFP) Germany’s chastened national team arrived home today after their shock World Cup exit plunged the football-mad nation into mourning and left the future of coach Joachim Loew in the balance. The four-time champions landed at Frankfurt airport shortly after 3pm (1300 GMT), a day after their humiliating 2-0 defeat against South Korea at Russia’s Kazan Arena sent them packing in the first round. In a mea culpa on their official Twitter account, the German Mannschaft apologised to a country in agony. “Dear fans, we’re just as disappointed as you,” the tweet read. “We’re sorry we didn’t play like world champions. That’s why we deserved to be eliminated, as bitter as it is.” Defender Mats Hummels had earlier also tweeted out his regrets with a succinct “sorry…” and a crying-face emoji. German media have given a damning verdict of the titleholders’ World Cup campaign, which will be remembered as the first time since 1938 that the country has failed to make it past the first round. “No words!” chided the best-selling Bild daily, over a picture of a despondent-looking Toni Kroos. The headline mirrors the one used four years ago after Germany’s stunning 7-1 victory over Brazil at the last World Cup — but this time the nation has been left speechless out of sheer disbelief. Anger was mounting too after a weak performance in Russia that has left commentators calling for radical changes in German football. “Our elimination is fully deserved,” Bild wrote, lamenting the “shame” of the defending champions getting knocked out after just 10 days, “reduced to ashes and rubble”.advertisement Other newspapers, like the Rheinische Post and Berlin’s Tagesspiegel, simply went with the headline “Out”, while the Stuttgarter Zeitung spoke of a “historic debacle”.- Off-pitch drama -=================== Bild said head coach Loew’s fate would be decided “in the coming days” following talks with the German football federation (DFB). After 12 years in charge, Loew is now under fire for placing too much faith in former stars past their prime. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said only Loew’s departure could give Germany the “new start” it needed. “That the party ended before it really began is bearable — but only if German football strategists recognise the sign of the times and act accordingly,” the conservative daily wrote. Sports website Kicker spoke of a “collective failure”. “There was no real team in Russia,” it wrote, noting Germany’s earlier lacklustre performances against Mexico and Sweden in Group F. Alongside criticism of missed chances and the woeful performances of some veteran players, recent off-pitch drama added to a picture of a team in disarray. Ilkay Gundogan and Mesut Ozil, both of Turkish origin, sparked a storm of controversy when they posed for pictures with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in London last month, prompting angry fans to question their loyalty to the national team. German-born Ozil in particular came in for sharp criticism after an underwhelming turn. The far-right, anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) party was quick to blame the Arsenal midfielder for the nation’s heartache. “Without Ozil, we would have won!” tweeted AfD lawmaker Jens Maier. Despite the premature end of the Mannschaft’s campaign, main sponsor Adidas said it still expects to sell around eight million football jerseys this year — more than during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The German shirts may yet be snapped up by bargain-hunters, with stores promptly hawking them on steep discount after Wednesday’s defeat. Major German shopping centre chain Kaufhof offered a 40-percent price cut on World Cup merchandise in a promotion called “Too bad, Germany”. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

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World Cup 2018: Penalty heartbreak for Russia, Croatia reach semi-finals

first_imgCroatia defeated Russia on 4-3 penalties after the game ended 2-2 after extra time in the last World Cup quarter-final at Sochi’s Fisht Stadium on Saturday and book their place in the semi-final. They will face England in the second semi-final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Wednesday July 11 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.Croatia with the win became the second side after Argentina in 1990, to progress via penalties in consecutive knockout games in a World Cup tournament. They reached the semi-finals for the first time since in 20 yearsIvan Rakitic stroked home the winning penalty to send Croatia into a semi-final against England after a night of unremitting tension in Sochi, ending the remarkable campaign of a team ranked 70th in the world.Fyodor Smolov saw Russia’s first penalty saved by Danijel Subasic and, although Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saved a Mateo Kovacic kick, the hosts’ fate was sealed when Mario Fernandes fired completely wide from their third attempt.#CROENG on Wednesday for a place in the #WorldCupFinal! #RUSCRO // #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/RHGUtqeGHKFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 7, 2018Domagoj Vida rose high to meet a Luka Mordic corner in the 101st minute of extra time as Croatia took the lead for the first time in the match. But Mario Fernandes had other ideas, when he rose higher and headed Russia back in the match just five minutes from time and to take it to penalties.In the final minutes of the regulation time, Danijel Subasic had sat down clutching his hamstring, but Croatia couldn’t substitute him having used up their quota of substitutes just three minutes prior. But he stayed on for extra-time and that made all the difference in the end.advertisementMATCH HIGHLIGHTSAndrej Kramaric’s header for Croatia cancelled out a stunning strike from Russia’s Denis Cheryshev to leave the teams level at 1-1 at halftime. The second half saw both teams have many attempts, but neither could disturb the other’s net.Cheryshev gave hosts Russia the lead in the 31st minute with a swerving left-footer from the edge of the box after stepping past Vida. The sweet left-footed strike from 25 yards away went flying into the top-left corner, as a shocked Subasic rooted to the spot.But just eight minutes later an unmarked Kramaric brought parity when he headed in a cross from Mario Mandzukic who cut-back from the left flank.In the 60th minute of the match, Croatia came close to taking the lead when Igor Akinfev tried to punch the hanging ball away from danger only to find Ivan Perisic on the edge of the six-yard box, who took a touch that rebounded out the inside of the post.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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New Maps Guide Livestock and Economic Planning in Uganda

first_imgMapping a Better Future: Spatial Analysis and Pro-Poor Livestock Strategies in Uganda, published last week by the Ugandan government and the World Resources Institute, combines social data and livestock information to yield new insights into the poverty-livestock relationship.By examining the spatial relationships between poverty, current livestock systems and services, and animal-borne disease hotspots, the maps illustrate economic opportunities, and will help the government target the right areas for new infrastructure, health interventions, and livestock land management.For instance, maps showing milk surplus and deficit areas highlight geographic differences in market opportunities for poor dairy farmers. About 3.5 million Ugandans currently live in areas that produce more milk than their residents consume. At the same time, approximately 800,000 poor people live in areas that do not produce enough milk. This information can help policymakers, dairy researchers and development agencies support poor farmers and invest in appropriate infrastructure in regions where it is most needed – including infrastructure to help farmers with surplus get their products to other markets.[image uganda_dairy_hubs.jpg align=center Dairy Development Hubs and Poverty RateDairy development hubs, where farmers’ milk is bulked and cooled, and where they can access credit and training, serve as community anchors. This map shows that these hubs are more likely to be located in more prosperous areas.]Mapping a Better Future is the third installment in a series of publications using maps and spatial analysis to reduce poverty in Uganda. Two previous reports targeted wetlands and water and sanitation. By providing illustrative maps and analyses of their policy repercussions, the reports demonstrate how information on the location and severity of poverty can assist decision-makers in all sectors to set intervention priorities, stimulate economic growth, and protect the Uganda’s most vulnerable citizens. A new set of state-of-the art maps will help Uganda target livestock infrastructure investments and reduce poverty.Livestock is an essential part of Uganda’s culture, diet, and economy. Because more than 70 percent of Ugandans own livestock, improvements in livestock health and productivity can have a direct effect on the incomes and economic prospects of many of the nation’s residents—particularly the rural poor.But where should the government focus investments? New spatial analysis can help reveal the answer.A primary challenge for government agencies working on development issues is coordination – planning and implementing effective interventions across multiple sectors and actors. Data is often siloed, with poverty figures kept separately from information on livestock.the Reportlast_img read more

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IPL 2019: Virat not a shrewd captain, can’t compare him with Dhoni and Rohit, says Gambhir

first_imgFormer India captain Gautam Gambhir has said Virat Kohli should be thankful to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for sticking with him despite his inability to win an Indian Premier League (IPL) title with the franchise.Gambhir, who had led Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL titles before retiring from all forms of cricket last year, added that Kohli has a long way to go when it comes to being regarded as a formidable captain in the IPL.Virat Kohli has been part of RCB ever since the franchise’s inception in 2008. In 2013, Kohli took over as full-time captain of the side ahead of that year’s IPL. Notably, he had started leading the side as early as the fourth edition of the league in 2011.Despite possessing some of the big names from world cricket, the IPL title has been eluding RCB. Under Kohli, RCB had reached the final of the 2016 edition only to lose to Sunrisers Hyderabad.Kohli should be very thankful to RCB: GambhirWhile insisting RCB have assembled a balanced side for IPL 2019, Gambhir said Kohli can’t be spoken in the same breath as MS Dhoni or Rohit Sharma when it comes to captaincy in IPL.”Still a long way to go. I don’t see him as a shrewd captain or a tactful captain as well. And he hasn’t won the IPL. So ultimately a captain is only as good as his record till the time you don’t win the IPL. There are people who have won the trophy three times… there is MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma. So I think he has a long way to go,” Gambhir told Star Sports.advertisementThe former KKR skipper added: “You cannot compare him to someone like MS Dhoni or Rohit Sharma at this stage because he has been part of RCB and captaining RCB for the last seven to eight years and he has been very lucky and should rather thank the franchise that they stuck to him because not many captains have got such a long run where they haven’t won a tournament. He should be very thankful to the franchise as they have stuck with him.”Notably, Virat Kohli had conceded that RCB’s inability to win IPL trophies has been due to the wrong decisions taken by the franchises’ stakeholders over the years.”If you take wrong decisions, then you will lose. Our decision making was not good in big games. When the team’s decision making is balanced, those teams have won in the IPL,” Kohli had said last week.The India captain will be keen on ending RCB’s title drought in the upcoming season of IPL, starting March 23. RCB open their campaign against defending champions Chennai Super Kings in Chennai on the opening day of the cash-rich league.Also Read | IPL 2019: Sachin Tendulkar agrees with Virat Kohli on workload managementAlso Read | Virat Kohli begins IPL 2019 preparations with Royal Challengers BangaloreAlso See:last_img read more

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FIRE DESTROYS HISTORIC HOME IN SLOAN, IOWA

first_imgPhotos by Larry Finley & KMEG FIRE HAS DESTROYED A HISTORIC HOME IN SLOAN, IOWA.FIREFIGHTERS FROM SEVERAL AREA DEPARTMENTS WERE DISPATCHED TO THE 119 YEAR OLD TWO STORY WOOD FRAME HOUSE AT 219 BEALL STREET AROUND 10:30A.M.FLAMES AND SMOKE WERE COMING FROM THE SECOND STORY OF THE HOME AS FIREFIGHTERS ARRIVED ON THE SCENE. ONE PERSON IN THE HOME WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITAL WITH INJURIES.THE STRUCTURE FORMERLY HOUSED THE LOCAL MASONIC LODGE FOR MANY YEARS BEFORE BEING CONVERTED TO A PRIVATE RESIDENCE.HIGHWAY 75 AND STREETS AROUND THE AREA WERE BLOCKED TO TRAFFIC.last_img read more

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Where Will Weeden Go

first_imgAh yes, the portion of the blog posting season when we riff, project, and try to predict the things for which we have absolutely no ideas (because if Harry and Lloyd can’t figure it out…how are we supposed to?) Let’s countdown Brandon Weeden’s most likely NFL destinations in reverse order.Where Will Weeden Go#32-#28 27. Raiders – They would be about 22 spots higher if they had a first or second round pick. Their current QB situation? Carson Palmer’s legacy, Terrelle Pryor, and Rhett Bomar. They could use the help.26. Panthers – Since they’re not replacing Superman (and how worn out is that nickname right now?) with old man Weeds, let’s take a minute and talk about how bizarre it is that Carolina’s three QB’s wear #1, #2, and #3 in the order of their depth chart Cam-Anderson-Clausen (presumably, the latter two haven’t played since 2010). The only thing I could think of that would top this is if a starting five in basketball wore numbers 1-5.25. Steelers – I almost had them higher citing something like “you never know, Big Ben is getting up there in age” before I realized him and Weeden were born a year apart. Even if they wanted Weeden in the second round with the 56th pick, he wouldn’t be there.24. Broncos – It won’t happen, but he’d be a Lloyds of London-level insurance policy here.23. Jets – As if this position on this team could be any more of a circus than it already is. He’d immediately be the best thrower of anybody on the team, and maybe in all of NYC.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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The 14 Best Quotes From the Oklahoma State-Kansas State Game

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! LB Elijah Lee on not allowing deep passes“The difference was just staying on top of them. We cannot let them get the deep ball, because that is what they live for. That is something we need to continue to work on.”DE Jordan Willis on Rudolph and finishing“In my opinion, we gave good pressure on him [Mason Rudolph]. Then again, you will not be able to affect him all the time. I feel like we affected him most of the day though. Obviously, he is a good quarterback. You cannot just not allow him to get going, because if he does it is going to be a bad day for you.“[I’m] Pretty disappointed in the last drive that the defense had. The biggest issue was that they did nothing special, guys just were not filling their gaps. Obviously, it went from a pass situation to a run situation because they were getting into our territory. I do not think our guys adjusted to it.” Here are some of the best quotes from Oklahoma State’s 43-37 win over Kansas State in Manhattan on Saturday.Mike Gundy on the end of the game“I joked with the guys, I said I wish I would have told Carson to slide on the five yard line if he gets in the open and they did not think it was very funny but you have to score when you have to score. Everybody here that watches Big 12 football knows with the quarterback play we get in this league, no lead is ever safe, that is why the games are like this.”Gundy On Respect for Bill Snyder’s calls on 4th down late in the game“I do not have any grounds to doubt something that Coach [Bill] Snyder would do, I mean obviously he knows more about his team than I do. Traditionally, for years, he has played percentages. He is somewhat of a genius when it comes to that and I am guessing in his world that is what he thought was best. They had two third and shorts, I know the one you are talking about, but they had another one and both times we stuffed them.”Mason Rudolph after being told Gundy said he played well after the pick-six“I thought I played well all day. Obviously I had a couple mistakes but I think my reads were good. I thought our coaches made good calls. We executed for the most part. They tried to make adjustments in the second half.”Gundy on Mason Rudolph“Say what you want about the guy … he’s won a lot of football games.” [NewsOK]Jordan Sterns on the final pick“Ramon (Richards) laid on me, then everybody else started stacking up on him. It was kind of hard to breathe. But it was fun, man, something I’m going to remember forever.” [NewsOK]Gundy on how not to win in Manhattan“We had everything happen to us that you don’t have a lot of substance and character on your team, you just go home and lose by about 20 points. We had two turnovers to start the second half and then we had a miscommunication on a protection call and had a blocked punt, so that’s three turnovers to start the second half. So if you’re trying to write a script for them (to win), that would be how you would write it. If you’re trying to write a script for us, that stinks. [Go Pokes]Blake Jarwin on his 96-yard game“It’s great to be a part of a team like this that’s got a tradition now that we like to win games and win close games. We’ve shown that we’re fighters … It makes you feel whole inside.” [NewsOK]James Washington on the defense’s final stand“They almost gave me a heart attack. But they pulled it off.” [NewsOK]Gundy on the 82-yard bomb from Rudolph to Washington“When the play was called, I told Yurcich that he was crazy, that there’s no way they’re going to let him behind the defense,” said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy. “He said, ‘Well, let’s take a shot and see.’ I said, ‘That will be fine, but it won’t work.’ After that, he scored the touchdown and I clicked my headset off.” [NewsOK]Jordan Sterns on beating KSU and how he’s going to enjoy the win“Anytime you beat a Big 12 team on the road, especially in Manhattan, playing Kansas State, coming out with a win is good. I don’t care how it looks, how pretty or ugly it is, a win is a win, especially on the road.” [NewsOK] “I’m ready to just lay down, call my girl, just talk, play some Call of Duty since it just came out,” Sterns said. “Just relax a little bit.” [Tulsa World]Glenn Spencer is all of us“How did we win that game?” Spencer said. “Serious. That’s a recipe to get beat up here.” [Tulsa World]Bill Snyder on a disappointing ending“No, it was not a complete game. Maybe more of a complete game; I have to go back and reassess that, watch the tape, etc. We were inconsistent in the latter half of the ballgame; some good things, some not so good. Oklahoma State has a little bit to do with that, but once again it rests on our shoulders.”last_img read more

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Overrated/Underrated: Bow-Legged Pete and Week 1 in CFB

first_imgWeek 1 is officially in the books, and Oklahoma State is sitting pretty nationally (and whatever is better than “sitting pretty” within the Big 12). I started an overrated/underrated column last week which riled several of you up after I said WR depth is overrated. I stand by that statement in general, but it’s time to move on to Cincinnati another edition of overrated/underrated, which again I stole from my pal Andy Johnson of the Fried Egg (who is currently honeymooning in Mexico).Thanks, Andy.Bow-legged Pete HelmetsI was out. Then I was in. Then I was out. And now I think I’m fully in. The helmets looked a little too much like those great Patriots throwbacks, and I thought they were just av-ruj in still photos. But when the lights flipped on and everybody started running around, I thought they looked phenomenal. Maybe they should only be worn at night?However, there’s one problem. Everybody acted as if they were re-experiencing the first moon landing. Maybe it’s because it was Week 1, and OSU could have delighted fans with poop emoji stickers on the side of their lids. Maybe not. Bow-legged Pete is really good, but he’s not that good.Verdict: Properly rated.Week 1 in CFBThere needs to be some clarification about what I’m actually talking about in this column. I’m not discussing 2017 Week 1 in CFB but rather CFB Week 1s in general. I think this is where the WR depth thing went off the rails. The question is: “Do people generally overrate or underrate Week 1 in college football?”This one is tough because there is essentially an 8-month hype train barreling towards Labor Day and the first full slate of the season. Sometimes the games live up to that (like this year) and sometimes they do not. But here’s the thing. I think we often forget just how much fun college football is. This is one of the greatest assets of the sport. It goes away for so long you legitimately forget just how thrilling almost every single week is. Because of that, it becomes difficult to overrate.Verdict: UnderratedSeason-to-season carryoverI saw a lot of “well Tulsa won 10 games last year so …” after OSU throttled them on Thursday. Heck, I wrote a lot of those sentences as well (dishonest independent blogging manipulation!) Do I think Tulsa is going to have a pretty decent year in the AAC? Sure, but there’s a bit of a disconnect for me from what they did last year to what they’re going to do this year.Think about OSU’s 2013 and 2014 seasons. Could they have been more wildly different? It all looks mostly the same — same program, same uniforms, same mullet. But when you lose your ace QB, things start to go south faster than an OU fan trying to escape GIA after a wrestling match.Gundy warned us last week that Philip Montgomery rarely has down years, and he’s not wrong about that. But I saw TU’s QB situation on Thursday, and I’m not sure Vince Lombardi could coach his way out of that one. All that to say, we should probably take big wins over 10-win teams from the previous year (if that’s what you’re hanging your hat on) with a grain of salt.Verdict: Overrated.The InternetIt can be a hostile and sometimes vile place to hang out, but it is still a wonderment to me. The fact that 10 of us here at PFB can all cover a college football game and upload photos and quotes and videos and break down film and post tweets from Oklahoma State grads all over the country and opine about this thing we all watched in a centralized location where other OSU fans can come and comment on it all is still a genuine thrill to me.We were looking at some old schedules recently, and we realized that as recently as 2000, only two (!) of OSU’s game were nationally televised. A 42-7 loss to Texas and a 12-7 loss to OU. We saw as many televised points on Thursday against Tulsa as OSU fans saw the entire season in 2000. Plus we get to re-live any highlight we want as much as we want almost immediately after the game is over. That’s insane.So just know that after hitting “publish” 7,090 times here in the last six years, I still love it every time, and I’m glad for the community of fans that has gathered around us.Verdict: UnderratedIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Report: USA 0 Costa Rica 2

first_imgUnited States 0 Costa Rica 2: Urena brace strikes blow to USA’s qualification hopes Sacha Pisani 08:49 9/2/17 CostaRica-cropped Getty Images Costa Rica forward Marco Urena scored in either half to sink the United States in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying in Harrison, New Jersey. The United States and their hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia were dealt a major blow following a 2-0 loss to Costa Rica.It was a USA-based player who heaped misery on the Americans as San Jose Earthquakes forward Marco Urena scored twice for Costa Rica on Friday.Urena held off Tim Ream to sensationally score past Tim Howard from an acute angle in the 30th minute before sealing the points on the counter-attack with eight remaining in Harrison, New Jersey. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The result saw second-placed Costa Rica move level on points with Mexico – who are scheduled to play later on Friday – after seven games, and left USA on eight points and facing the possibility of being leapfrogged by Panama and caught by Honduras for the third and final automatic qualification spot.There were five changes to the USA team who beat Jamaica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final in July, with Borussia Dortmund sensation Christian Pulisic, Bobby Wood, Fabian Johnson, Ream and Geoff Cameron coming into Bruce Arena’s starting XI at the expense of Kellyn Acosta, Jordan Morris, Paul Arriola, Omar Gonzalez and Matt Besler.Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas returned to the Costa Rica line-up, along with Bryan Oviedo, Cristian Gamboa, Celso Borges and Cristian Bolanos, who did not start in Costa Rica’s 2-0 loss to USA at the Gold Cup.Playing for the first time since claiming their sixth Gold Cup title to move within one of Mexico’s record, USA looked below par at Red Bull Arena.While USA struggled, Costa Rica were composed from the outset, comfortable in possession as they pushed forward away from home.Appeals for a USA penalty were turned down by the referee in the 24th minute after Jozy Altidore fell to the ground inside the box following a low cross from Pulisic.There were some encouraging signs for USA fans but the Costa Ricans were first to strike on the half-hour mark.Urena – in space between two USA defenders – received the ball and while he was shown the line by Ream and forced away from goal, he managed to beat Howard with a low shot across goal and into the far corner.USA had a chance two minutes into the second half when Ream rose highest to meet Graham Zusi’s corner but his header bounced into the ground and over the crossbar.Navas was called into action in the 67th minute and he had to be at his best to deny the Americans after using a strong hand to stop Pulisic’s deflected shot.The Madrid keeper was at it again with nine minutes remaining as he came off his line to prevent Altidore from equalising and that led to a counter-attack, which Urena completed with a fine finish into the bottom corner. read morelast_img read more

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Madrid have big injury worries for Spurs clash

first_imgReal Madrid Real Madrid injury woes mount as Bale, Isco & Varane doubtful for Tottenham showdown Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 22:07 10/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Gareth Bale Real Madrid 2017 Getty Images Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Tottenham Hotspur v Real Madrid Tottenham Hotspur Isco Gareth Bale Keylor Navas is also a doubt for the Champions League fixture at Wembley, with Dani Carvajal and Mateo Kovacic also unavailable Real Madrid could be without Isco, Raphael Varane, Gareth Bale and Keylor Navas for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Tottenham.Head coach Zinedine Zidane had suggested Bale could have recovered from a calf problem in time to face his old club but he trained alone on Monday at Valdebebas.Madrid 23/20 to beat Tottenham Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Navas, who has missed Madrid’s last three games with an abductor problem, is also still a major doubt for the match at Wembley.There were further blows on Sunday in the shock 2-1 La Liga defeat to Girona, with Varane forced off at half-time with a suspected thigh injury and Isco taking a heavy knock in the closing stages. Next up: @SpursOfficial ! Our preparations for Wednesday’s #RMUCL match began at #RMCity today… pic.twitter.com/ZSk0xIHuAg — Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) October 30, 2017 Both trained indoors on Monday, away from the rest of the team that played in Catalonia.With Dani Carvajal and Mateo Kovacic also sidelined, Zidane is facing a selection headache for the meeting with Mauricio Pochettino’s side.Madrid and Spurs are level on seven points each in Champions League Group H and a win for either side will guarantee their place in the last 16.last_img read more

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Burnley’s Cork joins England squad

first_imgEngland Burnley’s Cork joins England squad after latest withdrawals Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 05:23 11/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) JackCork - cropped Getty Images England Premier League England v Germany England v Brazil Friendlies Burnley With the likes of Henderson, Delph and Sterling all out of the reckoning, the Clarets star will get the chance to shine against Germany and Brazil Burnley midfielder Jack Cork has been handed a first senior England call-up after a trio of stars withdrew from Gareth Southgate’s squad.The 28-year-old has impressed since joining the Clarets at the start of this season, playing every minute of his side’s 11 Premier League games, and an opportunity has arisen at international level after Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling were all ruled out.England v Germany U2.5 goals 4/5 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Cork, formerly of Chelsea, Southampton and Swansea City, represented England at youth level all the way up to the Under-21s, while he also represented Great Britain at the 2012 Olympics.The London-born player stated last week he retained hope of playing for the Three Lions, saying of himself and his Burnley team-mates: “Maybe one day, if we keep the form going, one of us can get in the squad.”But, speaking after being selected, Cork revealed he was stunned by the call-up and hopes to make it a regular occurrence.”I’m really, really happy,” he told Burnley’s official website. “I haven’t really got the words for it. I’m looking forward to going to meet up.”We’ve had a good start to the season and you’re probably not going to get many better opportunities to be in the England squad, because we are doing so well.INTERNATIONALS: Fantastic news as Clarets midfielder @jackcork1 earns a first call-up to the @England senior squad.More to follow… pic.twitter.com/M0sjJ3Wl0C— Burnley FC (@BurnleyOfficial) November 7, 2017″Four or five of the lads in the squad probably could have got in at the same time as me, so I feel lucky that I’ve been given the chance and, hopefully, if we can keep this form up then maybe one or two others can get in as well.”Jake Livermore has already been added to Southgate’s squad after Tottenham’s Dele Alli, Harry Winks and Harry Kane were all ruled out. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Australia 3 Honduras 1 (3-1 agg)

first_imgAustralia 3 Honduras 1 (3-1 agg): Hat-trick hero Jedinak fires Socceroos to World Cup Jack Davies Last updated 1 year ago 19:01 11/15/17 Australia - cropped Getty Images Australia captain Mile Jedinak scored a hat-trick against Honduras as the Socceroos secured World Cup qualification. Captain Mile Jedinak fired Australia to the World Cup with a hat-trick in a 3-1 victory over Honduras in their inter-continental play-off on Wednesday.The Socceroos had been held to a goalless draw in the first leg in San Pedro Sula last week but had a trio of second-half strikes from the skipper in Sydney to thank for securing their ticket to Russia.Jedinak’s first came courtesy of a deflected free-kick, before Tim Cahill went close to doubling the advantage with an excellent header that bounced off the top of the crossbar. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Cahill’s close call would not prove costly for Ange Postecoglou’s men, who soon left Honduras needing two goals as Jedinak punished a Bryan Acosta handball by firing home from the penalty spot.Honduras’ desperate push for a response left them exposed at the back, and Jedinak was on hand to convert his second spot-kick of the night after Johnny Palacios brought down the advancing Robbie Kruse.The result, which also saw Alberth Elis net for Honduras in second-half stoppage time, means Australia will compete at a fourth consecutive World Cup – a huge relief for Postecoglou after his side finished third to Japan and Saudi Arabia in the group stage.Nevertheless, the coach’s future remains uncertain after he was heavily linked with the exit regardless of the Socceroos’ qualification fate.What a moment! #GoSocceroos #AUSvHON pic.twitter.com/Frey4WMxu4— Caltex Socceroos (@Socceroos) November 15, 2017Matthew Jurman was perhaps lucky to still be on the pitch after clumsily going in over the ball when making a challenge on Elis in the second minute, getting away with a yellow card to avoid the earliest of showers.A tight – occasionally tetchy – encounter ensued, with Aaron Mooy’s testing low free-kick from the left wing, which was pushed clear by goalkeeper Donis Escober, as close as either side came to breaking the deadlock in the opening half an hour.Escober was on hand once more eight minutes from the interval to keep out a drilled Tom Rogic strike from an Aziz Behich cutback – the hosts dominating possession but creating few goalscoring opportunities.Honduras lost Emilio Izaguirre to injury before the break and his replacement, Henry Figueroa, was involved in the Socceroos’ opener.A Jedinak free-kick eight minutes into the second half deflected off the defender and beyond Escober into the net.Cahill – back in the starting XI after shaking off an ankle injury – then headed onto the top of the crossbar as Australia looked to put the match to bed.Australia’s place in the World Cup was all but certain when, after Acosta was deemed to have handled in the area, Jedinak placed a wonderful penalty low to Escober’s right.The visitors rallied but Kruse found a gap in their defensive line to race clear on goal, only to be hacked down by Palacios before he could pull the trigger.Jedinak stepped up to convert the penalty and crown a memorable night for himself and Australia, although Elis did register a consolation goal as the celebrations got under way in the stands. read morelast_img read more

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Pogba to miss Manchester derby after red

first_imgManchester United Pogba to miss Manchester derby after Arsenal red card Oli Platt Last updated 1 year ago 03:07 12/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Paul Pogba Manchester United Getty Images Manchester United Paul Pogba Arsenal v Manchester United Arsenal Premier League The Frenchman was dismissed for a dangerous tackle on Hector Bellerin, putting a stain on a superb performance at the Emirates Stadium Paul Pogba will miss the Manchester derby after receiving a straight red card against Arsenal on Saturday.The Frenchman was dismissed for a dangerous tackle on Hector Bellerin with United leading 3-1 in the second half at the Emirates Stadium.Pogba had been instrumental in establishing that lead, providing the assists for the Red Devils’ first and third goals and controlling the midfield. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But – barring an unlikely appeal – Jose Mourinho will now not be able to call upon Pogba when United host league leaders Manchester City in a crucial game next Sunday.1 – Paul Pogba has received his first red card in league competition since May 2013 for Juventus vs Palermo. Off.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 2, 2017He will also miss the following home game against Bournemouth and a visit to West Brom as he serves a three-match ban before returning to contention for the Carabao Cup quarter-final against Bristol City on December 20.Pogba could be back in the United lineup on Tuesday night before the ban kicks in, though, when they take on CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford in the Champions League.The 24-year-old exchanged passes with Antonio Valencia as the right-back gave the visitors the lead in the fourth minute in north London.Jesse Lingard doubled their advantage just seven minutes later, but Alexandre Lacazette pulled one back shortly after half-time as Arsenal piled on the pressure.The games Pogba will miss Date Match Time (GMT) Dec 10 Manchester United vs Manchester City 16:30 Dec 13 Manchester United vs Bournemouth 20:00 Dec 17 West Brom vs Manchester United 14:15 Pogba soon saw that United’s two-goal lead was restored, though, by brilliantly shaking off Laurent Koscielny to cross for Lingard, who tapped in his second.Andre Marriner, the referee, then dismissed Pogba for a lunge that connected with Bellerin’s leg in the 74th minute.It was the former Juventus man’s first red card since he was given his marching orders while playing for the Bianconeri against Palermo in May 2013, and only the second of his senior career.United held out with 10 men to secure three points and pull within five points of City, who have a game in hand.last_img read more

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Alonso cracker enough for Chelsea

first_imgChelsea 1 Southampton 0: Alonso extends Blues’ home run Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 00:58 12/17/17 Marcos Alonso Getty Images Chelsea have won five Premier League games in a row at home after Marcos Alonso’s free-kick downed Southampton. Marcos Alonso’s stunning free-kick earned Chelsea a 1-0 victory against Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday, extending his team’s winning home league run to five straight games.Although the scoreline suggests a tight match, the champions dominated throughout and could have won far more comfortably had Fraser Forster not performed as well in the visitors’ goal, while Eden Hazard had a strike ruled out for a marginal offside against substitute Cesc Fabregas.The win moves Chelsea level on points with second-placed Manchester United, who travel to West Brom on Sunday, while Southampton – who dropped Virgil van Dijk – are winless in five Premier League matches. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Chelsea were on top throughout the first half at Stamford Bridge, with Forster making multiple saves and a Pedro effort deflecting onto the post.The impressive Alonso broke the deadlock just before half-time, though, bending a delightful free-kick into the bottom-left corner from 25 yards out for his fourth goal of the season.Charlie Austin had two fine chances to level the scores but could not find a way past Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, whose saves secured a fourth successive Premier League victory over Southampton for the Blues.Video courtesy of @marcosalonso03’s left foot! #CHESOU pic.twitter.com/z8eMqp6Azo— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 16, 2017Southampton rang the changes after a 4-1 loss at home to Leicester City last time out and they created the first opening at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea captain Gary Cahill clearing a dangerous low cross from former Blues full-back Ryan Bertrand at the second attempt.Willian burst into the box in the 14th minute thanks to a sublime one-two with Alonso, but the Brazilian sliced a presentable opening wide of the upright.Forster punched away an Alonso volley and the goalkeeper then made saves from Cahill and N’Golo Kante shot as Chelsea cranked up pressure.Terrific wing play from Willian created another opening for Alonso after 32 minutes, but Forster got down quickly to push the Spaniard’s arrowed strike around his right-hand post.Chelsea continued to exploit weakness down Southampton’s right after Cedric Soares’ 17th-minute exit due to injury, Pedro cutting inside but seeing his shot deflect onto the woodwork.And on the stroke of half-time, Chelsea scored the goal their dominance deserved. Hazard’s driving run was ended by Maya Yoshida, with Alonso stepping up to beat Forster with a dipping effort from the resultant free-kick.7 – Chelsea have scored seven direct free-kicks under Antonio Conte in all competitions, more than any other Premier League side since the start of last season. Arrow.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 16, 2017In-form Austin almost scored moments after his introduction as a second-half substitute, but the striker was denied by Courtois after running on to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s pass.Hazard, who was playing as a false nine, thought he had scored his side’s second after lashing in following a one-two with Fabregas, but a raised offside flag saw the goal disallowed.Forster saved another effort from Alonso in the 71st minute and the goal-hungry defender then headed a Willian cross wide after substitute Alvaro Morata fired straight at the Saints keeper.Courtois denied Austin again, the striker slipping at the vital moment and failing to get power on his poked effort, before Fabregas squeezed an effort narrowly wide from a tight angle after a cleverly taken quick free-kick.Austin turned James Ward-Prowse’s right-wing cross off target with five minutes to play as Southampton pushed for an equaliser, but Chelsea clung on for maximum points. Key Opta facts:- Chelsea have won eight of their last 10 games in the Premier League (D1 L1), including each of the last five at Stamford Bridge.- Southampton have only won two of their 41 top-flight away matches against the reigning champions – they beat Leeds United in March 1970 and Chelsea in October 2015.- Marcos Alonso has had a hand in 14 goals since his Chelsea debut (10 goals, four assists); more than any other Premier League defender.- Southampton have made 25 changes to their starting XI over their last five Premier League games – in their previous 13 games this season they made 21 changes. read morelast_img read more

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‘Inter move would be bad for Giovinco’

first_imgTransfers Joining Inter would be a bad move for Giovinco, says agent Peter Hanson 04:04 12/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) giovinco - Cropped Getty Images Transfers Internazionale Toronto MLS Serie A The Italy international has been linked with a return to his home country, but representative Andrea D’Amico insists he is happy in the MLS Sebastian Giovinco joining Inter would be a bad move for the Toronto FC striker, according to his agent.Forward Giovinco left Serie A giants Juventus for the MLS in 2015 and has been a big success.Last season, he was part of a Toronto side that won a historic treble of the Canadian Championship, Supporters’ Shield and the MLS Cup. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Giovinco scored 17 MLS goals en route to the latter victory, and his exploits have led to suggestions of a return to Serie A with Inter.However, his representative Andrea D’Amico told Tutti Convocati that is unlikely to be the case.”I’d see it going badly for him at Inter, but only because he’s very well where he is now,” he said.”He’s made a sporting choice and a life choice, and he’s happy.”Inter are third in Serie A having taken 40 points from 18 matches, just five adrift of leaders Napoli.last_img read more

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North Korea’s Paralympic presence raises eyebrows as winter games open

first_imgShare on Pinterest Attracting an audience has been one of the main goals of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), and internet streaming services mean more people can watch events than in previous years. “What is greatly encouraging is that not only do we have more broadcasters but many of them are also dedicating more airtime across all platforms than previous Games editions,” Alexis Schaefer, the IPC’s commercial and marketing director, said in a statement. “We have more broadcasters than ever before set to cover the Winter Paralympics which shows the growing global interest in para sport.”As in the Olympics, Russian athletes will not compete under the Russian flag, but instead as individuals and grouped under the term “neutral Paralympic athlete”. Russia’s Olympic and Paralympic committees were banned following revelations of a state-sponsored doping programme. The Paralympics have not been without controversy, and in recent years organisers have struggled with questions about how athletes are grouped according to their disability. Bethany Woodward, a British sprinter with cerebral palsy, quit competing and handed back a medal after saying more able-bodied athletes were allowed to race against her. Brenna Huckaby became the first Paralympian photographed for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition and will compete in the two snowboard events. She lost her leg when she had cancer as a child and hopes the publicity will raise awareness of the Paralympics and encourage more people to participate. “We work just as hard as the Olympians,” she said in an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune.Two of the UK’s athletes lost limbs while serving with the military in Afghanistan, with Scott Meenagh’s appearance in Nordic skiing the first for a British athlete in two decades. Owen Pick will be one of Team GB’s first Paralympic snowboarders.The Paralympics organisers have said 275,000 tickets have been sold, about 89% of those made available so far. It’s a huge rise from a number that barely registered in October 2017. But many South Koreans are unaware of the Games, and just days before the opening ceremony a poll showed only about a third of people knew when the Paralympics would begin. ‘They’ll think I’m a traitor’: North Korean defector makes Winter Paralympics debut Niels de Langen of the Netherlands starts the men’s downhill training run. Photograph: Simon Bruty/AP Twitter Reuse this content Share on Facebook Share via Email Asia Pacific Disability and sport Paralympics Pinterest Support The Guardian Facebook South Korea … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The Paralympics opens on Friday in Pyeongchang in what will be the largest winter Games to date, with 240 medals up for grabs and North Korea making its debut, part of a wider cooling of tensions.The Games will run over 10 days and 670 athletes will compete, over 100 more than in Sochi four years ago, across six sports: para Alpine skiing, para biathlon, para cross-country skiing, sleigh hockey, para snowboarding and wheelchair curling.All eyes will likely be on the North Korean athletes who arrived on Wednesday as part of a 24-member delegation. It will be the first time North Korea has participated in the Winter Paralympics. It sent just one athlete to the summer edition in London and two to the Games in Rio de Janeiro. Six athletes have travelled to Pyeongchang, but only two will actually compete, both in Nordic skiing events.However, South and North Korea will not march together at the opening ceremony of the Winter Paralympics, as they did at the Olympics last month, because they cannot agree on a united flag that erases islands disputed with Japan, officials said. The athletes and officials from the North said little on arrival in South Korea – one senior official said only: “I am pleased” – before they were rushed on to buses bound for Pyeongchang. North Korea’s participation is part of a wider rapprochement on the Korean peninsula, and comes after it sent a delegation of more than 500 people to the Olympics, including cheerleaders and performers. Pyongyang has gone from issuing threats of war to saying it is willing to relinquish its nuclear weapons as part of negotiations with the US.But North Korea’s presence at the Paralympics has raised eyebrows due to a history of claims of official discrimination against disabled people. People are routinely sent to prison camps because of their disability, according to a UN report, and North Koreans who have fled the country have described harassment by the authorities. But adversity has led to some inspiring stories among the competitors. There are a wide range of disabilities, including amputated limbs, blindness, learning disabilities and spinal injuries. Athletes in the same sport compete in different categories based on their disability, to ensure an even playing field. Choi Kwang-hyouk fled North Korea shortly after his left foot was amputated – without anaesthesia – and will represent South Korea in para ice hockey. news Topics Share on LinkedIn Read more North Korea Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Since you’re here…last_img read more

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