Tamil Thalaivas lost to Jaipur Pink Panthers in their previous match on Wednesday. ‘Showman’ Rahul Chaudhari and ‘Iceman’ Ajay Thakur have accounted for just 29 raid points in the past three matches and, if the home side are to beat the defensively sturdy U Mumba outfit, their two superstar raiders will have to play a huge role. The defensive duo of Mohit Chhillar and Ran Singh lead the team’s tacklers with seven tackle points during their team’s home leg so far. The teams will hope for the return of their most successful defender this season – Manjeet Chhillar – in order to boost their chances of finishing with a flourish in Chennai.U Mumba have managed four victories in their nine matches so far but are yet to string together a run of two wins on the trot. While their raiding unit has averaged 15.56 points this season, only Abhishek Singh has had a huge impact on proceedings in the matches so far, with Rohit Baliyan and Arjun Deshwal contributing intermittently.While they do boast of a strong defensive unit spearheaded by ‘Sultan’ Fazel Atrachali, the team is averaging just 8.89 tackle points, which ranks 11th in the season. U Mumba have won four of the five matches where they have a tackle strike rate of over 50%, while they have lost all but one of their fixtures where it has dropped under 50. Skipper Atrachali, alongside defensive stalwart Sandeep Narwal and Surinder Singh, hold the key to their team’s victory. If they are able to neutralise the threat that the opposition’s superstar raiding duo possesses in an efficient manner, chances are high that they will emerge victorious on the night.
2020 tokyo olympicsbadmintonPullela GopichandPV Sindhu First Published: September 26, 2019, 6:59 PM IST Jamshedpur: Chief national badminton coach Pullela Gopichand on Thursday exuded confidence that Indian shuttlers will put up a good show at the Tokyo Olympics, bettering their performance from the last editions.”We have been performing well for over a decade and God willing, we will win better medals in the 2020 Olympics,” Gopichand said when asked if Indian shuttlers will be able to change the colour of the medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Saina Nehwal had won the bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympics before PV Sindhu bettered it with a silver in the last edition at 2016 Rio Games.”God willing, we will win better medal as the country has been performing well since 2008 at international arena,” Gopichand said.Gopichand, who was here to attend a function ‘Celebration of Sports’ organised by Tata Steel, said: “During the last three decades, we have achieved ‘alphabetical’ and ‘numerical’ literacy but have gone down as far as ‘physical literacy’ was concerned.”Gopichand, a 2001 All England Champion, advised children to be disciplined and work hard to achieve goals.Recalling his formative years when he had failed in an engineering examination in 1991, Gopichand said, “My mother used to apply for a job for me in every corporate house as she was very much concerned about my future.”However, I had won the junior national title and also joined Tata Steel in Jamshedpur in the same year (1991),” Gopichand said.To a question on diet and sport science, Gopichand said, “Indian culture, knowledge and age-old tradition have a lot of values and we should not leave it to go after western world completely. Science is important but it is evolving. Hence, we cannot lose our culture.” Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
A football club in Italy has sacked its youth coach after he said 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg was a “whore” and the “right age to take a pounding”. The teenage activist from Sweden has become a global leader in the fight against climate change, but she has faced a lot of abuse from climate change deniers and right-wingers in the last couple of weeks after her ground-breaking speech at the United Nations. Her actions, which have sparked a worldwide movement, provoked a vile reaction from Serie D club Grosseto’s youth coach Tommaso Casalini, who targeted her on Facebook with obscenities. “This w****! A 16-year-old can take a pounding, she’s at the right age,” he wrote on Facebook.Soon after, the club announced that they had dismissed the trainer for “not acting in line with the club, who focus on moral values even more than technical values.”Casalini later issued an apology for his remarks. “I’d like to publicly apologise to everyone, starting with Greta Thunberg, for the post I wrote on Facebook last week. It was an outburst written in a moment of anger against the young Swedish activist with absolutely the wrong language and content I regret,” he said. He said when one makes a mistake, they should take responsibility for it. “I never thought or could never have really thought about certain things, especially a minor. Therefore, I willingly accept Grosseto’s decision to remove me from my role as assistant Coach of the Giovanissimi A, and I apologise to the club for the obvious embarrassment caused by my gesture.”Thunberg had last month spoken in front of the US Congress and at the United Nations climate summit, held in New York, after which she became the object of international scrutiny and attention from a range of critics, including US President Donald Trump, who have made dark and unhinged attacks on her. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. greta thunberggreta thunberg attacksgreta thunberg climate changegreta thunberg speech First Published: October 1, 2019, 11:44 AM IST
footballGokulam Kerala FCindian footballMohun Bagan First Published: October 20, 2019, 4:53 PM IST Kozhikode: Durand Cup 2019 winners Gokulam Kerala FC are all set to face Bangladesh Premier League champions Bashundhara Kings in the Sheikh Kamal International Club Cup at MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong on October 22.I-League heavyweights Mohun Bagan and the current I-League champions Chennai City FC are also taking part in the tournament. Malabarians accepted a late invite from the organisers of the AFC-recognised tournament to become the first club in the history of Kerala to take part in an AFC-recognised meet, a club statement said. The tournament is being organised by Chittagong Abahoni, a club based in Chittagong, and the Bangladesh Football Federation. Gokulam are in group ‘B’ along with Bashundhara Kings, I League champions Chennai City FC and Malaysian club Terengganu Football Club.The tournament has started on October 19 and the teams have already left for Bangladesh. Malabarians will lock horns with Terengganu Football Club on October 24 and play I-league champions Chennai City FC in their last group match on October 26. Only the group winners and runners up will proceed to the knockout round.All the matches will be live on facebook and telecast by Bangla TV.”We were playing pre-season friendly matches in the last two weeks against ISL teams. We did too much effort. It is good for us, because for this tournament we can start with a good prepared team. The tournament can help us to learn more about how much we will have to improve before the start of the I League,” Gokulam Kerala FC head coach Fernando Santiago Varela was quoted as saying by their media release.”I am proud to see Gokulam taking part in the prestigious tournament. This is the first time a club from Kerala is getting such an opportunity. We accepted the invitation in a short notice. But the boys are ready for a new challenge and we will try to maintain the expectations of our fans,” said Gokulam Gopalan, the chairman of the Gokulam Kerala FC.Group A: TC Sports Club (Maldives), Mohun Bagan, Young Elephant (Laos) and Chittagong Abahoni.Group B: Gokulam Kerala FC, Bashundhara Kings, Chennai City FC, and ATerengganu Football Club (Malaysia) Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
Harry Maguire Forgot He Was Manchester United’s Captain as Referee Has to Call Him Over for Coin Toss Before Partizan Match
“MAGUIRE!” “HARRY!”On his first appearance in European competition, Harry Maguire captains Man Utd…And he forgot to stick around for the coin toss 😂 pic.twitter.com/eanTEx0ccM— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 24, 2019The game marked the return to the ground where Matt Busby’s famous team of talented youngsters played their last game, a European Cup quarter-final against Red Star in February 1958. The plane crashed in Munich on the way home and seven United players were among the 23 who died. United had only played in Belgrade once since then, when they lost a European Cup semi-final to Partizan in 1966.For the match, United made eight changes from the team that drew at home with Liverpool on Sunday. Teenagers Brandon Williams and James Garner came into the team.Williams, playing wing back, made a decisive contribution in the 43rd minute when he burst into the Partizan box and drew wild tackles from two home defenders. Martial rolled the penalty into the corner of the goal.United spent much of the match defending.Partizan’s Nigerian centre forward Umar Sadiq was dangerous throughout, hitting the post just before Martial’s goal and fizzing another shot just wide. Guinean Seydoubah Soumah and Japanese Takumah Asano both forced tricky saves from Sergio Romero.United can ensure a spot in the knockout rounds if the beat Partizan at Old Trafford on matchday four. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Harry Maguire had a memorable match in Europe on Friday, as he lead Manchester United for the first time since his record transfer earlier this summer. It will also be memorable because of the time that he forgot that he was the captain.Before the start of Manchester United’s UEFA Europa League clash against Partizan Belgrade, as the match referee Xavier Fernandez and Partizan Belgrade captain Vladmir Stojkovic stood at the halfway line for the traditional coin toss, there was something missing – the Manchester United captain. Maguire, not used to the pre-match duties, was with his team warming up before the assistant referees, Roberto Alonso and Inigo Prieto, had to go get him.Manchester United did manage to eke out their first away win since March, beating over Partizan Belgrade 1-0. Anthony Martial scored the only goal of the Europa League Group L game with a penalty kick after 43 minutes, but the hosts had eight strikes on target to just three by United. anthony martialcaptainCoin TossEuropa League First Published: October 25, 2019, 8:36 AM IST
Paris: An impatient Kylian Mbappe is set to make his first start for Paris Saint-Germain in two months this weekend after a blistering return to form off the bench in the Champions League.The French champions host Marseille at the Parc des Princes on Sunday night in what is no longer much of a rivalry on the field but remains one of the great grudge matches in European football. How Marseille would love to claim a first win over their bitter foes in almost a decade, but they will not look forward to the prospect of facing a fit-again Mbappe.The 20-year-old World Cup winner came on as a substitute and scored a rapid blistering hat-trick in PSG’s 5-0 demolition of Club Brugge in Belgium on Tuesday.He doubled his goals tally for the season in the process and showed why he felt he deserved to start for the first time since pulling up with a hamstring injury in a game against Toulouse in late August.”I wanted to start. The coach made his decision and you have to accept it,” Mbappe said.”I just wanted to come on and show that it is difficult to leave me out of the side.”Tuchel insisted he did not choose Mbappe in his starting line-up because he was protecting his star forward, who was this week named among the 30 nominees for this year’s Ballon d’Or — unlike his perennially injured teammate Neymar.”I always want to play with him in the team. He knows it,” said Tuchel.”But he could only play for as long as we gave him.”The only doubt surrounds who will play alongside Mbappe in the PSG attack, although it certainly won’t be Neymar — he is out until mid-November.Angel Di Maria will be there after setting up four of his team’s five goals in midweek, while Mauro Icardi could again be preferred to Edinson Cavani after notching five goals in four games.’Le Classique’ took top billing in France in the 1990s when pay TV giant Canal Plus bought PSG and turned them into a competitor to the era’s dominant Marseille whose stars included Chris Waddle and Jean-Pierre Papin.That helped boost viewing figures in a league which Canal Plus broadcast. These days Ligue 1 is utterly dominated by the now Qatar-owned club from the capital.Marseille, along with everyone else, trail in their wake.PSG ended last weekend five points clear at the top of the table and eight points better off than Marseille, with Andre Villas-Boas’s team lying fourth.ONE TO WATCH: DIMITRI PAYETIf Marseille are to spring a major surprise and record a rare win in Paris, then they will need Dimitri Payet to be on his game.The 32-year-old should certainly be fresh — he has been out for a month while serving a four-match suspension but makes a timely return, although Villas-Boas has played down his team’s prospects, saying Paris belong “in a different league”.”That is my opinion, given how much they have invested in recent years. The ‘Clasico’ is a thing of the past.”KEY STATS:8 – The number of years since Marseille last beat PSG. They won 3-0 at the Velodrome in November 2011.19 – PSG are unbeaten in 19 meetings with Marseille since then, winning 16 and drawing three.13 – The number of goals scored by Monaco’s prolific strike pairing of Wissam Ben Yedder (8) and Islam Slimani (5) this season. They face second-placed Nantes on Friday. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Kylian MbappeLigue 1MarseilleParis Saint-Germain First Published: October 25, 2019, 10:48 AM IST
AdvertisementImage Courtesy: The HinduWhile the rain gods steered clear at times to give a day’s play, it turned out to be a disastrous day in the office for Virat Kohli and co. The visitors crumbled down to post only 107 in their first innings to end the day’s play.England captain Joe Root won the toss and elected to bowl to begin the proceedings, the English bowlers did not waste any time as they snapped up the openers Murali Vijay and KL Rahul in quick succession to reduce India to 10-2.Cheteshwar Pujara, who came in for the out of favour Shikhar Dhawan had a torrid time in the middle before involving in a huge mix-up with Virat Kohli to lose his wicket after just scoring 1 off 25 deliveries.Just because, here’s that Che Pujara run out with added Fazeer Mohammed 🔊Wait for it….#EngvInd pic.twitter.com/0UbpUhP552— Vithushan Ehantharajah (@Vitu_E) August 10, 2018While Virat Kohli managed to negotiate the probing English seamers, the skipper too fell prey to Chris Woakes for 23. A lacklustre display by the middle and the lower middle order ensured India did not have enough runs on the board.Meanwhile, James Anderson returned to clean up the tail to pick up his five-wicket haul and his 99th wicket at the home of cricket.Take a bow @jimmy9! 🔥Full Highlights: https://t.co/2bnlJAAusl#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/pYNkkZyxdR— England Cricket (@englandcricket) August 10, 2018The visitors head into day 3 with a change in the bowling setup which sees the inclusion of Kuldeep Yadav in place of Umesh Yadav.Read Also:Cricket: Arjun Tendulkar helps the Ground Staffs at Lord’sCricket: Indian Premier League brand value increases by $US 1 billion Advertisement
French Open 2018 Badminton roundup: Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth crashes out, Satwiksairaj-Chirag…
AdvertisementIndia’s singles run in the 2018 French Open ended after Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu, and Kidambi Srikanth bowed out in the quarterfinals to Tai Tzu-Ying, He Bingjao, and Kento Momota respectively. However, the duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty made it to the semi-finals after overcoming the pair of Manu Attri and B.S. Reddy in the Men’s Doubles.The singles challenge ended but India makes it to the Men’s doubles’ semi finalsPV Sindhu struggled to find her form as the Chinese thrashed her 13-21, 16-21 in straight sets. Earlier in the day, Saina Nehwal had a commanding 4 set points in her first set against the World No.1. But, the Asian Games gold medallist showed enough grit and perseverance to not only level things up, but also pick up straight six points to win the opening encounter 22-20. She showed no mercy towards Saina in the second set and won the match 22-20, 21-11. With this loss, the Beijing bronze medallist has suffered twelve straight losses to the 24-year-old and has a poor 5-14 overall record against her.Srikanth Kadambi, too, lost his games in straight sets after the Japanese World No.1 hammered him 21-16 and 21-19.Earlier on Thursday, the Indian duos of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, and Manu Attri and B.S. Reddy overcame two Chinese pairs to set up an all-Indian quarterfinal. It was the youthful Satwiksairaj and Chirag who stood tall above the experienced campaigners as they defeated them 21-17, 21-11 in straight sets.They will next take on the Indonesian World No.1 pair of Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sanjaya Sakamuljo in the semi-finals on Saturday.Advertisement
From K J M VarmaBeijing, Feb 26 (PTI) Any move by India to join the US Navy for jointly patrolling the disputed South China Sea will be against its national interest, would divide Asian countries and further escalate regional tensions, a state-run Chinese daily said today.Chinese medias reaction came after it was reported last month that the US and India had talked about launching joint naval patrols in the South China Sea for safeguarding freedom of navigation. But India clarified there would be no such patrols and the US also subsequently denied having any such plan.”Military collaboration between Washington and New Delhi has been heating up in recent years. Nonetheless, the only purpose of the latter to conduct bilateral naval patrols with the former without its interests being hurt is to meet the demand of the largest world power,” an article in the state-run Global Times today said.”In this way, the US can include India as a vassal state like Japan and Australia, which will damage Indias dignity and deter its pursuit to become a great power,” it said.Playing up Indias concerns over the USs move to sell F-16 fighters to Pakistan, the article said “even though New Delhi obeys Washington, its not likely that it will see the desired return.””The White Houses sale of fighter planes to Pakistan provides the latest example,” it said.”India once mulled over deepening its military cooperation with the US in hope that the latter would cancel the endorsement for its perennial regional rival. But the US has its strategic needs by the sale of weapons and has never changed minds despite Indias long-running objection,” it said.advertisementPlaying down reports that India may join joint patrols with the US in the South China Sea where Beijing is locked in a major confrontation, the article said any such move by India would divide Asian countries.”Indias interests in the South China Sea are not threatened. The country boasts close trade relations with East Asian nations. Despite a close military bond with Vietnam, then Manmohan Singh administration rejected Hanois invitation to the Indian navy to set up a military base at Na Thrang port,” it said.If New Delhi chooses to follow in the US footsteps, it means the country is taking part in US “pivot to Asia” strategy and adopting a major strategic shift, the report said.”This move will inevitably divide Asian nations into two camps, further giving rise to regional tensions,” it said.”Nonetheless, if India takes a neutral stance that tallies with its cultural tradition, it will better realise its national interest,” it said.The article said India needs to develop more friends instead of making more enemies.China claims almost the whole of the South China Sea, resulting in overlapping claims with several other Asian nations like Vietnam and the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei. PTI KJV UZM NSA ASK AKJ UZM
The third edition was surprisingly held only eight months after the second. The world, thrilled with the novelty of the T20 format less than three years ago, was reeling under an overdose. That the tournament was held in the West Indies with matches starting at 9.30 AM to suit Indian television, did not help matters either.India, despite the inaugural triumph and three seasons of the India Premier League, struggled to go beyond the group stages. Suresh Raina’s sensational hundred helped them beat South Africa but that was all the glory they were going to get.England, who were never serious contenders in ICC events, changed the old perception and played some breathtaking cricket under Paul Collingwood. They defeated Australia in the final to lift their first ICC T20 trophy.
marketplace e-retailing New Delhi, Mar 30 (PTI) Congress today criticised the Modi governments decision to allow 100 per cent FDI through automatic route in most of e-commerce retailing, saying it would “play havoc” with five crore retailers in the country already facing the brunt of economic slowdown.The decision by the Modi dispensation would “harm” the interests of the country and especially hit small businessmen, Congress party senior spokesman Anand Sharma told reporters here.Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sharma, a former Union Commerce Minister said when the Congress-led UPA government had decided to open the country to multi-brand retail to help boost the economy, he (Modi) as Gujarat Chief Minister was in the forefront to oppose it.Sharma claimed that while the earlier government had taken all precautions to protect small businessmen, yesterdays decision has come as a bolt from the blue for them.He said already the retail trade is plagued by problems with e-commerce gaining ground.The government decision has come with a view to attract more foreign investments.At present, global e-tailer giants like Amazon and Ebay are operating online marketplaces in India while homegrown players like Flipkart and Snapdeal have foreign investments even as there were no clear FDI guidelines on various online retail models. PTI SPG RG
The unusually harsh summer heat in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh has started taking a huge toll on its residents. At least 111 people have died due to sunstroke during the last few days as the two states are experiencing intense heat wave conditions.As many as 66 people died in Telangana while 45 succumbed in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh. Most of the deaths were reported during the last one week.According to Telangana’s disaster management department, Mahabubnagar district accounted for highest number of deaths at 28, while 11 people died in Medak district, IANS reported.Heat wave conditions claimed seven lives in Nizamabad, five each in in Khammam and Karimnagar, four each in Adilabad and Warangal and two in Nalgonda.However, no deaths have been reported from Hyderabad and neighbouring Ranga Reddy district.According to the Met department, there was appreciable rise in maximum temperatures at one or two places in Telangana on Thursday. The highest maximum temperature of 41 degree Celsius was recorded in Nalgonda, Hanamakonda, Khammam, Mahabubnagar and Ramagundam.In Andhra Pradesh, 45 people died of sunstroke during the last one week. Deputy Chief Minister N Chinna Rajappa said that 16 of the deaths were reported from YSR Kadapa district while Prakasam accounted for 11 deaths.Four died in Anantapur, three each in Vijayanagaram, Chittoor and Kurnool, two each in Srikakulam and Krishna districts and one in West Godavari district.He said the government would extend all possible help to the families of the heat wave victims.He said hospitals across the state had been alerted to be prepared to tackle the situation.advertisement”People have been advised to avoid venturing out of their houses during day times, especially between 12 noon and 3 pm,” he said.According to the Met department, the temperature was above normal at many places over Rayalaseema and appreciably above normal at one or two places over coastal Andhra Pradesh. The highest maximum temperature of 42 degree Celsius was recorded at Anantapur and Nandyal.Disaster Management Commissioner Dhanunjaya Reddy on Thursday briefed Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu of the situation and the steps taken to brace the heat wave.He said the district administration along with the medical and health department has undertaken a massive awareness campaign and makeshift medical camps.Oral rehydration salts and intravenous fluids have been made available at public places. Construction workers and labourers have been instructed not to work between 12 pm to 3 pm.Officials said all precautionary measures are being taken in view of the forecast that the summer will be warmer.The heat wave had claimed nearly 2,000 lives in the two states last year. ALSO READMet dept: North, Central India to face extreme heat wave condition this summer
Kochi, May 5 (PTI) Union Minister for Social Justice Thawar Chand Gehlot today visited the mother of a Dalit woman, who was brutally raped and killed, and assured her that the government would ensure that the family gets justice.The minister visited her at the Taluk hospital here where she is undergoing treatment since the incident and consoled her as she broke down.Gehlot kept the media at bay, saying as the Model Code of Conduct was in place due to the May 16 Assembly elections in Kerala, he would not make any statement.The minister said he had been deputed by the Rajya Sabha and would be reporting to the Upper House tomorrow at 11 AM.The issue of the brutal rape and murder of the woman, a law student, on April 28 at her small wayside home was raised in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha yesterday.Gehlot held a meeting with the district officials and investigating officers in the case at Aluva.National Womens Commission chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam also visited the victims mother and said, “The whole country is shocked that such a brutality has taken place.”National Commission for Scheduled Caste Chairman P L Punia was among the early callers at the hospital to meet her.”The mothers entire life depended on her daughter. She had high expectations from her and her dreams have been shattered with her daughters death…a very unfortunate incident,” he told reporters. PTI TGB UD VS AAR
RCB have built something special with Virat and Vettori, says AB de Villiers Royal Challengers Bangalore rode on an unbelievable innings from superstar batsman AB de Villiers to beat Gujarat Lions and progress to the Indian Premier League season nine final on Tuesday.Advantage KKR against SRH in IPL eliminator Having won both their league games against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders will definitely go into the match with the upper hand, despite finishing one notch below them on fourth in the points table due to an inferior run-rate.Zaheer Abbas wants BCCI to consider Pakistan players for IPL International Cricket Council President Zaheer Abbas said he would ask the Board of Control for Cricket in India to include Pakistan players in the Indian Premier League.Djokovic, Nadal, Murray reach second round at French Open Djokovic was in complete control, broke his opponent seven times, and closed the match with a drop shot. He joined his main rivals Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray in the second round.Ronaldo remains Portugal’s talisman at Euro 2016 Cristiano Ronaldo owes most of his fame and fortune to his exploits with Real Madrid, yet he also remains a hugely influential figure when representing his country.
France and Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho’s provisional suspension for failing a drugs test has been lifted by European football governing body UEFA, French sports daily L’Equipe reported on Saturday.Sakho was banned for 30 days after testing positive for an illegal substance following Liverpool’s Europa League tie against Manchester United on March 17.L’Equipe said that Sakho’s lawyers had argued that a fat-burner Sakho ingested was not on the list of banned substances, meaning that he was not guilty of doping.The newspaper said Sakho was free to resume his activities as a professional football player and that he would be officially cleared of any wrongdoing in “the coming days”.Sakho was omitted from the France squad for the Euro 2016 finals but coach Didier Deschamps has until May 31 to register his 23-man squad with UEFA.
New Delhi, Jun 29 (PTI) Delhi government today said that students pursuing distance education from its open-learning schools, can attend regular classes.Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio, said the government will give these students school uniforms, scholarship, reading material and sports facility, which a regular school student is availing.”Students who failed twice or thrice usually move towards distance learning education, but they dont get quality education. We will ask distance learning students to attend regular classes from Monday to Saturday with regular students,” he told reporters here.He also said the government will not prevent these students from appearing for exams being held by the distance learning schools.”We will give distance learning students uniform, scholarship, reading materials, sports facilities and others as a regular school student is availing,” he said.Sisodia said if a student fails class IX twice, government will offer the student to take admission to other school as most students feel stigma and then, leave schools after making unsuccessful attempts to pass examination.On being asked about sufficient space in schools, he said the government is constructing more classrooms and ensured that there will be no shortage of space. PTI CORR BUN KND RG NSD
A marathon session of over a dozen hearings on implementation of Justice RM Lodha panel recommendations on structural reforms in BCCI came to an end on Thursday in the Supreme Court, which took the cricket board to task over issues like fund utilisation and avoiding of performance audits.QUESTIONS FUND ALLOCATIONThe apex court made critical remarks on the issue of fund allocation and utilisation after it was told that office-bearers of Goa Cricket Association, which in the last five years had received Rs 141 crore from BCCI, were recently arrested on charges of misappropriation.Amicus curiae and senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam not only briefed a bench of Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice FMI Kalifulla about the arrest of the President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Goa Cricket Association, but also spoke about the affairs of other boards like Saurashtra Cricket Association and Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).ANURAG THAKUR UNDER SCANNERWhile he was making the submissions, senior advocate Nalini Chidambram, appearing for Cricket Association of Bihar whose secretary Aditya Verma has approached the apex court, trained the guns on the newly-appointed BCCI president Anurag Thakur, claiming he was facing three criminal cases and has been elected to head the cash-rich sports body.Subramanian supported her submissions saying that the Lodha committee had said if any person is chargesheeted, it is a serious issue and he should be kept away from the affairs of the sports body.He said the affairs of cricket of Saurashtra Cricket Association was such that not only its members, but people associated with it like drivers, servants and children were the members of the association.advertisementDDCA MESSSubramaniam also touched upon the messy affairs of DDCA, saying a postal address from Shakur Basti in North West Delhi showed it was a 48 square meterarea, but it had 14 members of the association.”How many members can live in 48 square metres? But from one such address, there are 14 members in the DDCA,” he said adding that even sham bills were created for payments and contractors not paid for work done at Ferozshah Kotla stadium.Subramaniam further said that the state of affairs in Ferozshah Kotla stadium here was such that seats for children or the disabled were not available.This was referred to in the report of Justice Mukul Mudgal who was appointed by Delhi High Court as an observer to look after the affairs during India-South Africa test match and IPL matches.The bench then asked senior advocate KK Venugopal, who appeared for BCCI, as to why no utilisation certificates were sought from the state cricket associations who were allocated funds.”Now since May 10, you have been seeking utilisation certificates but what happened before that? Why were you sleeping all these years? Why were utilisation certifications not sought? You were disbursing funds without the utilisation certificates,” the bench said adding that there should be some mechanism for monitoring and allocation of funds.Venugopal said BCCI was trying to implement the Lodha panel recommendations one by one and those associations and action has been taken against those office bearers who were found to be indulging in irregularities.”We have taken appropriate actions against Goa, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir and North Eastern states and funds have been stopped,” Venugopal said.To this, the bench asked “is stopping of funds an appropriate action? Why would the players and game suffer due to the actions of some? If you stop the funds, the game will not flourish,” the bench, while reserving the orders on the matter the hearing of which stretched from the month of March.”You must ask your auditors to go into the aspects of utilisation of funds by each state association. Take instructions and inform whether they have been asked to conduct performance audit. Some amounts must have been spent and some amounts must have been misappropriated,” the bench observed.Shortly thereafter, Venugopal said an affidavit would be filed on the issue of performance audit and added that auditors have been tasked to do performance audit since 2015.BCCI has been averse to some of the recommendations of Justice RM Lodha led-panel and has objected to suggestions like one state-one vote, age and tenure cap on office-bearers and CAG nominee on its board.
Wales chief coach Chris Coleman hailed his team’s tremendous team spirit and togetherness and pointed out that it was the reason behind them reaching the semi-finals of the Euro football championship.Wales came back from a goal down to beat Belgium 3-1 here on Friday night to make the cut although it was Belgium who had gone into the tie as favourites.BAND OF BROTHERS”It’s complete euphoria really. I think it’s amazing,” Coleman was quoted as saying by the Football Association of Wales website.”We know Belgium are a top team so we knew that, if we were going to do anything tonight, we had to bring our A-game and our players certainly did that plus.. And more! It was an incredible performance and they deserved the win. I think what you saw tonight was that team spirit and togetherness that everybody talks about with this team,” he added.”It’s alright talking about it, but sometimes you’ve got to show it. It’s not just showing it when you’re one or two goals up, it’s when you’re down and it’s against you.”It was Wales captain Ashley Williams who headed in the equaliser after Radja Nainggolan had put Belgium into an early lead.”So, they got an early goal, which was not what we wanted because then, had we let them get in their stride and in their rhythm, it would have been a tough night but these boys were straight back at the Belgium lads,” added Coleman.WE SURPRISED BELGIUMadvertisement”Then we started to control the game and we did for the first half really. After the first ten or fifteen minutes, we controlled the game. So obviously, we got the goal back and we went in at half time the much better team. I think we surprised Belgium.”The second strike was from Hal Robson-Kanu while the third came from a delightful header from Sam Vokes.”You have to believe in yourself,” said man-of-the-match Robson-Kanu.”It’s fantastic, it’s been all about the team all the way through this and tonight is just a special, special night for everyone involved. We’ve got top players throughout the squad. A lot of people underestimate the quality of players in our squad so it’s important that we have that competition. But I was delighted with my performance today.””It was brilliant, it was a great feeling,” said Vokes when asked about his goal. “We knew we were coming up against a tough test tonight and they showed that. I think the way the boys reacted shows the spirit of the lads and to come back and win 3-1 is an amazing feat.”
Recap from the #ACI19 men’s final: https://t.co/CzKZypDTnl@SkateCanada pic.twitter.com/FNJHvyMOON— Olympic Channel (@olympicchannel) September 15, 2019During the victory ceremony, Messing snapped a selfie of him, Hanyu and silver medalist Kevin Aymoz from France, which he posted on Instagram yesterday, Sept. 18. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Sportsmanship from Keegan Messing at the Autumn Classic ⛸️. During the medal ceremony, the Canadian unfurled the Japanese flag for winner Yuzuru Hanyu to face throughout his national anthem. Tats Suzara stays as SEA Games organizing committee chief Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte to fly to Japan for Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement PLAY LIST 01:00Duterte to fly to Japan for Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement03:03Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Canadian figure skater Keegan Messing was admired for his sportsmanship during a medal ceremony. Image: Olympic ChannelA Canadian figure skater offered a touching gesture to his Japanese competitor during a medal ceremony at a figure skating competition in Ontario, Canada on Saturday, Sept. 14.Double Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu was being awarded a gold medal during the Autumn Classic International figure skating competition.ADVERTISEMENT Japanese nationals have expressed their gratitude to Messing on Twitter.“Keegan Messing-san, many Japanese people love you because of your action for the national flag. When you come to Japan at a skating competition, I will give you a lot of encouragement for your performance,” promised one @rascalsan1.Twitter user @holydragon2222 wrote, “Thank you Keegan. You are very fair and have great sportsmanship. Japan respects people like you.” JBRELATED STORIES:Skating star Hanyu battles emotions to discuss Japan quake traumaJapan bows out of World Cup with clean locker room and thank you note Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ As the Japanese national anthem began to play, bronze medalist Keegan Messing unfurled the Japanese flag and held it up so that Hanyu could face it, CBC reported on Sunday, Sept. 15. After the anthem, Hanyu bowed to Messing.A video of the sportsmanlike gesture was posted on Twitter by the Olympic Channel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40 LATEST STORIES View comments Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics MOST READ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ This jewelry designer is also an architect Becoming his own man
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