first_img(REOPENS LGM6)(REOPENS LGM6)In its order, the first bench said that the petitioner was seeking to exercise the right as an affected party based on the Supreme Court directive that the aggrieved party can seek redressal in appropriate judicial proceedings.The bench noted that the apex court order was delivered on January 22, 2015 while the transfer of the CSK franchise by India Cements to the petitioner (CSKL) was executed on February 20, 2015.”The petitioner was nowhere in the picture as on 22nd January, 2015. If it was not in the picture, where could be the question of it being an aggrieved party which can seek redressal in appropriate judicial proceedings? Thus, this very premise that the petitioner can claim any independent right as an aggrieved party is clearly unsustainable,” the court held.On the petitioners contention that public interest would suffer by the suspension of CSK, the Bench said it was only a brand name. “All we can say is that whatever be the extent of the performance of the team, the public interest in cleaning up operation of the game would far outweigh any public interest of watching the team perform.”Tracing the sequence of legal events in the case over the years, it said the apex court found it a fit case to intervene on the first issue of probity into the conduct of various people connected with the administration of cricket after Gurunath Meiyappan was chargesheeted based on the report of the Mudgal Committee.The bench further said the apex courts January 22, 2015 judgement ultimately gave its imprimatur to the Justice Mudgal Committees report.advertisement”Thus it could never be seriously contended before us that we have to go back into the issues examined by Justice Mudgal Committee or merits thereof,” the first bench said. PTI COR VS SMN DKlast_img read more

Asian Youth Athletics Championships gold medallist commits suicide

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementIn a rather shocking turn of events, Indian international sprinter Palender Chaudhary committed suicide by hanging from a ceiling fan inside his hostel room at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Delhi. The reason for the suicide is yet to be known.The athlete was just 18“I was told he had an argument on phone with his father in the morning yesterday. Later his sister came to talk to him too. Unfortunately, we could not save him despite our best efforts,” an official of Sports Authority of India told ANI.Palender had represented India in various 100 meters and 200 meters sprint races across the globe. His body was taken to the SJ hospital in Delhi after a failed initial treatment at the medical facility of JNS Stadium.“He told me he needed money. I assured him that I will give him the money. Don’t know what happened later. I’ve no complaints against the people at the stadium,” said Palender Chaudhary’s father.Palender Chaudhary had won gold for India in the 2017 Asian Youth Athletics Championships in the medley relay alongside Gurindervir Singh, Manish, and Akshay Nain. His death is not only a huge loss to his family but also the country and the sporting fraternity.last_img read more

Kovacic’s future at Bridge in doubt after Chelsea’s transfer ban

first_imgAdvertisementMateo Kovacic’s future at Stamford Bridge is in doubt after Chelsea’s transfer ban. After this ban Chelsea will not be able to sign any new player with a permanent deal. Mateo Kovacic is currently at Stamford Bridge with an one year long loan deal from Real Madrid. The Blues planned to sign Mateo Kovacic in the next summer transfer window with a permanent deal. However, now it will not be possible anymore. However, Chelsea appealed against the ban. Therefore they might be allowed to sign players in the next summer; but they will be banned for the next two transfer windows.Mateo Kovacic seeked a move outside Real Madrid at the beginning of the season. The Croatian midfielder was not getting regular chances in the starting lineup of Real Madrid in the previous season. That’s why Mateo Kovacic disagreed to join the preseason training of Real Madrid at the beginning of the season.However, it is seeming that Mateo Kovacic will have to go back to Real Madrid in the next summer transfer window. Several top European clubs might want to secure his service in the next season. So, the future of Mateo Kovacic in the next season is in huge doubt.Chelsea coach who rubbed Mourinho the wrong way with celebration fined 6000 Pounds Advertisementlast_img read more

Chelsea again on the verge of sacking their manager

first_imgAdvertisementChelsea are on the verge of sacking Maurizio Sarri after the International Break. Maurizio Sarri was appointed as the manager of the Blues at the beginning of the season. The club management of Chelsea sacked Antonio Conte after winning two trophies in two seasons as the Blues failed to qualify to the Champions League in the previous season.In this season, they brought in the former manager of Napoli, Maurizio Sarri. The Italian tried to introduce a new system at Stamford Bridge. He tried to play with a 4-3-3 formation. The best defensive midfielder of the Blues, N’Golo Kante had to play out of position under the management of Maurizio Sarri.The results were positive for the Blues at the beginning of the season. They were unbeaten in first few matches. However, the flaws of the system of Maurzio Sarri became prominent after few bad defeats. After that, the Blues were unable to make a comeback in this season.After the defeat against Everton at Goodison Park, the hope of top four finish of the Blues in the Premier League this season is not looking very bright. So, the club management of Chelsea might take a decision about the future of Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge very quickly.Gonzalo Higuain and Eden Hazard’s brace enough for Chelsea to trash Huddersfield at home Advertisementlast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo’s fitness crucial for Juve against Ajax

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo denies secret wedding with gilrfriend Georgina “He [Ronaldo] always feels ready. We are confident of having him at Ajax on Wednesday,” said Allegri. Portuguese teammate Joao Cancelo believes that Ronaldo will be present. “Cristiano’s training, he’s a serious professional. He has committed himself to do everything possible to be there and help the team,” right-back Cancelo told Sky Sport Italia. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates Euro 2020 qualifiers: Portugal through after 2-0 win Spain great Iker Casillas: Wrong to award Ballon d’Or to Cristiano Ronaldo Milan: Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to fitness could be vital to Juventus’s bid to end their Champions League drought going back 23 years as they head to Ajax with uncertainty over whether their superstar will play or not. Ronaldo hasn’t played for the Serie A leaders since scoring a hat-trick that saw Juve come back from a 0-2 first-leg deficit to knock out Atletico Madrid last month. He was rested in the subsequent 2-0 league defeat at Genoa and then picked up a thigh injury on international duty with Portugal two weeks ago. But coach Massimiliano Allegri remains confident Ronaldo, 34, will be ready for Wednesday’s game in Amsterdam.Related Newslast_img read more

Extra financial help for Indian football says Kiren Rijiju

first_imgSunil Chhetri is irreplaceable, says Igor Stimac The Minister was speaking on the sidelines of the Intercontinental Cup here. “The Ministry of Sports will provide whatever is required for better training, coaching, facilities, and other demands and requirements whichever will be placed by the AIFF. “We’ll always be there. I’m very enthusiastic about supporting any kind of sport in India, and football is very special to me,” Rijiju said. He also praised the Indian women’s team for their recent rise in the FIFA rankings which were released on July 12. “I must compliment the women’s team for rising to 57 in the FIFA Rankings recently. That’s a huge jump. I’m very confident that the standard of the women’s team will rise further,” he said. “Football is the biggest game in terms of popularity, reach, size. We also have to put a lot of effort to improve our football. Be it a village or a city, football is a game which can be played anywhere. I’m very hopeful that the standard of Indian Football will rise in the years to come.” Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates World Cup Qualifier: Inconsistent India face Afghanistan in must-win tie Boom boom Bhumika! The government “will provide extra financial help wherever it’s possible” for Indian football, Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Thursday. “We have seen certain improvements in our men’s, as well as women’s football, in recent times. From the Sports Ministry, we will provide extra financial help wherever it’s possible to scout, and nurture young talents as well as for the professional training, and other events,” Rijiju said in an exclusive video interview with www.the-aiff.com.Related Newslast_img read more

Government has no plans to make Urdu compulsory in school education: Prakash Javadekar

first_img“There are no plans to make Urdu compulsory in school education though the government is taking steps to promote the language, ” said HRD minister Prakash Javadekar in the Rajya Sabha. Replying to supplementaries during Question Hour, Javadekar said government is taking a number of steps to promote Urdu which is a great language and all other languages. What did the minister say?In a written reply the minister said, “There is no proposal to make urdu compulsory in schools.”He said that the major objective of three language formula is to promote language harmony and equality among languages in school education by making provision for the study of three languages”Ahead of the new education policy, Urdu books have been readily provided from classes 1 to 12 and training of urdu teachers are also being carried out,” said Javadekar”It is not connected to any particular community, it is an issue connected to a language,” he said, adding that steps are being taken to further promote the language. He also said that government taking steps to fill up vacancies of teachersThe Minister said education is in the concurrent list and thus the states should also make efforts. The Centre on its part has provided Rs 62 crore to the National Council for promotion of Urdu languages in the last two yearsJavadekar also spelt out a host of schemes for promotion of Urdu in the country and steps to connect the language with activities that help provide employment opportunities. He said a course of Urdu calligraphy, Urdu correspondence course and a DTP course were being introduced.Read: Jamia enters into collaboration with MHRD to make a 100 per cent Wi-Fi zone advertisementRead: Pakistan government’s proposal to include Quran in school syllabus rejected Click here for more education related news.For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.com  .last_img read more

MSSA U-14 Div II: Colaba Municipal edge past OLPS 2-1 to enter semi-finals

first_imgTottenham Hotspur appoint Jose Mourinho as manager Colaba Municipal School recorded a 2-1 win against Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (OLPS) (Chembur) to enter the semi-finals of the Mumbai Schools Sports Association-organised boys’ U-14 Div II inter-school football tournament at Azad Maidan yesterday. The Municipal schoolboys exhibited good understanding and teamwork, but they were not disciplined with their finishing and skipper Sanju Rathod, who scored the second goal, was responsible for wasting four clear chances. “I am disappointed with my performance. Had I converted all the chances, we could have earned a bigger win and it would also have given us the confidence to play better in tomorrow’s [Saturday] semi-final against St Mary’s ICSE,” Sanju told mid-day.Related News MSSA: Harsh fires Campion into final Miquel Blazquez Font to emerge as a competent sports journalist in the sporting world St Mary’s (Mazagon) defeated Bombay International (Babulnath) 4-3 via the tie-breaker after the game ended goalless. The Colaba Municipal School went on the offensive from the start and Yuvraj Chavan after picking up Mashak Shaikh’s pass beat OLPS goalkeeper Yug Jain to give his team a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute. The Colaba outfit doubled the lead in the 10th minute of the second period when Sanju chased Suraj Singh’s long aerial pass before shooting past the goalkeeper. OLPS reduced the deficit when Aryan Pillai found the back of the net with a header from Urdhva Raut’s free-kick in the 36th minute. Thereafter, the Colaba side tightened their defence to deny OLPS from scoring the equaliser. Earlier, Christ Church (Byculla) scored through Syedali Kadri and Moiz Shaikh to overcome Lilavati Podar (Santacruz ) 2-1 in another quarter-final match. Jai Malhotra netted the lone goal for Lilavati Podar. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more

English Premier League: Kane they keep pace?

first_imgEngland, France seal their place in Euro 2020 Kane, Ron do the ‘trick Tottenham have defied the odds to remain alive in three cup competitions and on course for a top-four finish in the Premier League after spending nothing in the summer but staying afloat without injured talisman Harry Kane could be the biggest challenge yet for manager Mauricio Pochettino. Kane will not even be fit to train until early March after suffering ligament damage in his left ankle during Sunday’s 1-0 home defeat to Manchester United. His absence could not have come at a worse time for Pochettino ahead of a potentially season-defining run of at least 11 games on four fronts over the next seven weeks.Related News England sports stars and their WAGs sizzle for event at hotel in London Kane is expected to miss both legs of Spurs’ Champions League Last-16 tie against Borussia Dortmund, the second leg of a League Cup semi-final at Chelsea and the final should they progress, a trip to Crystal Palace in the fourth round of the FA Cup and the fifth round if Spurs make it through, plus seven Premier League games, including vital clashes in the battle for the top four with Chelsea and Arsenal. The loss of the World Cup’s Golden Boot winner has been exacerbated by the departure of Son Heung-min to the Asian Cup – potentially for the rest of the month – leaving Pochettino desperately short of striking options. Son is Spurs’ second top scorer with 12 goals behind Kane’s 20 this season. The South Korean has shown his ability to carry the goalscoring burden on the few occasions Kane has been rested and when he was briefly sidelined by right ankle ligament damage last season. Pochettino will now be forced to turn to Spanish striker Fernando Llorente, who has played just over an hour of Premier League and Champions League football all season. Llorente was strongly linked with a return to Athletic Bilbao this month due to his limited game time but is the only natural striker Pochettino can turn to as the shallowness of Spurs’ squad begins to be exposed. However, after a bright start to the season, the Brazilian has scored just five goals since August. Pochettino has also shot down any suggestions Vincent Janssen could be welcomed back into the fold 17 months after the Dutch striker’s last appearance for the club. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoeverlast_img read more

Barcelona sweat over Lionel Messi’s fitness ahead of Real Madrid clash

first_imgLa Liga weekly round-up: 16 years for Lionel Messi; David Villa to retire Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde remains hopeful Lionel Messi will be fit to face Real Madrid on Wednesday, despite the striker feeling a small problem during Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Valencia. Barca face Madrid in the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals and Valverde said Messi had felt some discomfort against Valencia, after scoring twice to salvage his team a point. “We have to wait until tomorrow to do the tests to see how he is, like the other players,” Valverde said. “I don’t know too much more. We hope he can recover, just like the others.”Related News Lionel Messi scores on Argentina return Lionel Messi’s late penalty helps Argentina hold Uruguay 2-2 Asked what the problem was, Valverde said: “I don’t know, I would like to tell you more but I don’t know exactly. He had a little problem, as some of the others will have too. We will wait to see what the doctors tell us when they do the tests and we will look at it. I cannot guess anything but we imagine that it can’t be too bad.” Messi’s absence at the Camp Nou would be a blow to Barcelona, particularly with the Argentine in such blistering form. His double against Valencia means he has now scored in nine consecutive matches, while registering a total of 12 goals in that period. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoeverlast_img read more

Women’s World Cup: Dutch have found the flow to beat Sweden in semis, says Miedema

first_imgLyon: Netherlands striker Vivianne Miedema admitted her team have had to cope with the pressure of an expectant support back home on their run to the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup. It has been a sudden rise to the international elite for a team who are appearing at just their second World Cup and will face Sweden in the semi-finals here tonight. “When we came here, in Holland everyone said we would be world champions and that gave us a lot of pressure,” Miedema, 22, said yesterday. “The first couple of games we didn’t play the best football, but we still got nine points in the group and we’re still in the semi-finals now so I think you can say we are back in that flow,” she added. Miedema recently became the all-time top scorer for a Dutch side. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more

CL: Inter boss Antonio Conte hails ‘gentle giant’ Lukaku on eve of Dortmund clash

first_imgMilan: Italian coach Antonio Conte has made his “gentle giant” Romelu Lukaku the focus of Inter Milan’s attack ahead of tonight’s Champions league clash with Borussia Dortmund. The Belgian got off the mark in his first league match against Lecce and has since scored five goals in eight Serie A games since leaving Man United under a cloud last summer. Lukaku, 26, scored a brace last weekend against Sassuolo to keep Inter second in Serie A, one point behind defending champs Juventus, after eight games. It followed his double as Belgium sealed their Euro 2020 ticket, extending his national all-time record to 51 goals in 83 appearances. Conte’s side host Group F leaders Dortmund in their third Champions League game tonight, having been held 1-1 to Slavia Prague and losing 1-2 at Barcelona, with Lukaku missing the trip to Spain with a thigh injury.Related News Inter Milan names Antonio Conte as new head coach Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever Inter boss Antonio Conte makes a player better: Romelu Lukaku Contenders for the top job at Real Madrid: Antonio Conte, Arsene Wenger and Mauricio Pochettino Inter’s gamble Inter gambled big by investing around 80 million euros ($89 million) in Lukaku to restore the pairing he composed under the Red Devils’ jersey with Alexis Sanchez. Chilean Sanchez made just four appearances for Inter before being ruled out for three months with an ankle injury. But Lukaku has still impressed alongside Argentine Lautaro Martinez, who also scored a double at the weekend against Sassuolo. Weight problem The Belgian’s high energy levels and sharp play are in contrast to United where he spent two seasons, scoring 42 goals in 96 appearances, but just 15 last season. He was criticised for his weight and professionalism and fell down the pecking order once Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho. Conte had been a long-time admirer of Lukaku and tried to sign him for Chelsea before the Belgian’s move from Everton to United. Antonio Conte “Lukaku entered the Inter world in the best of ways, with great humility, he’s a good giant, a giant with a smile,” said Conte, who is trying to break Juventus’s stranglehold in Italy and win Inter’s first title since their treble under Mourinho in 2010. Despite being targetted by racist chants in a league tie at Cagliari, Lukaku has no regrets about choosing Italy, and above all Conte. “Between him and I there is a very strong relationship. I’m happy. At 26, I want a coach like this, who helps me every day and gives me motivation. He’s the best manager in the world,” said Lukaku. Dortmund without ill skipper Reus Berlin: Borussia Dortmund flew to Italy without captain Marco Reus and striker Paco Alcacer for tonight’s Champions League match at Inter Milan, but previously suspended England winger Jadon Sancho and injured goalkeeper Roman Burki were included. The Bundesliga club said the Reus, 30, is “still in poor health” after scoring in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Bundesliga leaders Moenchengladbach despite suffering from flu. Champions league on TV Ajax v Chelsea: Sony Ten 2 & Ten 2 HD, 22:25 Genk v Liverpool: Sony SIX & SIX HD, 00:30, (Thursday) Salzburg v Napoli: Sony ESPN & Sony ESPN HD, 12:30 (Thursday) Inter v Dortmund: Sony Ten 2 & Ten 2 HD, 00:30 (Thursday) Slavia P v Barcelona: Sony Ten 1 & Ten 1 HD, 00:30 (Thursday) Lille v Valencia: Sony Ten 3 & Ten 3 HD, 00:30 (Thursday) last_img read more

Third Test: Kraigg Brathwaite, Jason Holder give West Indies edge over Pakistan

first_imgCaptain Jason Holder’s three-wicket burst and opener Kraigg Brathwaite’s fighting century powered the West Indies to a powerful position against Pakistan on the third day of the third test on Tuesday.Pakistan struggled to 87/4 at stumps in its second innings – a lead of 31 runs – as Holder removed the top order with pacey short pitched deliveries and figures of 3/10 from nine overs.Opening batsman Azhar Ali was holding one end up with an unbeaten 45 off 125 balls and Sarfraz Ahmed, caught off Shannon Gabriel’s no-ball, was not out on 19. (SCORECARD)Earlier, Brathwaite defied the bowlers with an unbeaten 142 off 318 balls, hitting 11 fours and batting for 8 hours 20 minutes before the West Indies were dismissed for 337 after lunch, a 56-run first innings lead.Resuming on 244-6, Brathwaite led the West Indies resistance with a 60-run eighth-wicket stand with Devendra Bishoo (27) on a slow turning wicket.Brathwaite, 95 overnight, batted resolutely and became the fifth West Indian batsman to carry his bat until Wahab Riaz (5-88) ended Pakistan’s frustration claimed the last three wickets after lunch.last_img read more


first_imgTendulkar further explained: “There will be proper Tendulkar further explained: “There will be proper batsman batting at all times and they will have to score runs against proper bowlers. You will also get to play a lot of variety as far as the bowling attack is concerned, you will have right-arm fast bowler, left-arm fast bowler, off-spinner, leg spinner, left-arm spinner, you will have to have more guys engaging, you will have to raise their interest levels as much as possible. When you are 12-13, you dont realise, the years are passing by and you are not playing school cricket and it is quite disheartening.”I feel for children when they leave home, it is extremely important, they either bowl one delivery or bat, they should know that I am either going to bat or bowl, and that is when the parents are going to start supporting them. But once they know, the kid has not played the whole year, the kid is back home without playing a single bowl, that is where the interest levels drop and the parents dont support their children enough. I think it is extremely positive move by MCA and Mumbai schools,” said Tendulkar.The Tournament was won by Karnataka Sporting Association, who defeated MIG Cricket Club in the final.Senior Mumbai Police officials Anup Kumar Singh, Deven Bharti among others were present on the occasion. PTI NRB ATK ATKlast_img read more

Alisson: I’ve improved under Liverpool coach

first_imgAlisson says he has improved as a player since working with his new goalkeeper coach at Liverpool.The Brazilian number one has been trained by John Achterberg since signing from Roma in a £67 million ($85.6m) deal over the summer.Achterberg is Dutch, but joined Liverpool in 2009 when he called time on his playing career. His last stint as a player was an 11-year spell at nearby Tranmere Rovers who he made over 350 appearances for.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, Alisson was extremely complimentary of the 47-year-old: “John has proved to be not just a great goalkeeping coach but a great guy, a great person. Since I arrived I’ve noticed he’s loved by all here.“He leaves me very calm and relaxed on a day-to-day basis and we learn from each other’s work. I’ve pointed out some areas that contribute to his work and likewise he has helped me with things I can improve in on the pitch.“I believe the relationship between a goalkeeper and the goalkeeping coach needs to be an exchange, with a great deal of trust, and we have been developing this as a team, training together, and I’m getting on great with the other ‘keepers.“Simon [Mignolet] has been at Liverpool a long time and a long time in the Premier League. He has been helping me a great deal in the day-to-day training and in games.Alisson is one of a number of highly-rated international keepers in the Premier League. Manchester United’s David De Gea starts for Spain while Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris lifted the World Cup for France and Chelsea stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga joined the league’s ranks in August. And Alisson says the level of quality in England pushes keepers to up their game: “The competition incites us to work harder,” he continued.“The competition between goalkeepers is healthy; we’ll see at the end of the season who has helped their team the most. This benefits the clubs and the Premier League.“Every week of games we see wonderful saves by great goalkeepers and I believe I’m the new boy among them so I’ve got a lot to prove in the Premier League. I’ll continue working hard to demonstrate my potential on the pitch, contributing to a winning team.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Solari: Everyone’s duty to protect Ramos over doping claims

first_imgReal Madrid head coach Santiago Solari has declared it “everyone’s duty to protect” Sergio Ramos, in light of allegations against the defender he believes are questionable.German publication Der Spiegel claimed in documents obtained by Football Leaks that Ramos had violated the sport’s anti-doping protocol on two occasions.Ramos was alleged to have tested positive for a banned substance following the 2017 Champions League final, and then to have showered without permission prior to providing a urine sample to an anti-doping official in April 2018. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The defender and the club have denied any wrongdoing occurred, with Ramos releasing a statement offering explanations for the incidents.Solari continued that defence Ramos on Monday, praising the defender as “a symbol of football” and saying he must be protected.The manager also questioned the validity of the reports, and claimed the facts are something which is not open for debate.“[Ramos] is an honest man and a symbol of football, Real Madrid and Spanish sport,” Solari told reporters ahead of his side’s Champions League clash against Roma.“It is the duty of all of us to protect him, from the media too.“Journalists should seek the truth and they also have their opinions, but the truth is not open to opinion and even less so when a player’s name is being tainted.“When that happens we lose our way and society is left helpless. It affects us all.”Madrid enter the match off a heavy 3-0 shock defeat to Eibar in La Liga, which was Solari’s first setback since taking over for Julen Lopetegui.Mired in sixth place in La Liga, they will look to lock up a spot in the Champions League knockout stages when they face Roma on Tuesday.last_img read more

Fantasy: MW15 Premier League TotW

first_imgMatchweek 15 is now in the books and it was an exciting one. Every single club scored in midweek, making it the first time since November of 2010 that no club kept a clean sheet. Interestingly though, despite all of those goals, only Lucas Perez scored twice as, incredibly, 31 different players found the back of the net this week. Naturally, every player that made our Goal Team of the Week, save for the goalkeeper, scored a goal this week… so who made the cut?Goal-Fantasy-Football-Play-Now-BannerGK: Lukasz Fabianski – Swansea – 1 Game, 2 Saves, 1 Penalty Save, 1 Goal Conceded = 7 Points Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! DEF: James Milner – Liverpool – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Goal Conceded = 8 PointsMilner had seemingly lost his spot in Liverpool’s starting XI, but reappeared with a big outing on Wednesday. His goal, which he actually managed to do from open play, was his third of the season which has re-take his place as a top-five defender in the Goal game. Whether or not he continues to play in the first team remains to be seen but, when he plays, he is one of the best fantasy players at his position.DEF: Terance Kongolo – Huddersfield – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 2 Goal Conceded = 7 PointsDEF: Shkodran Mustafi – Arsenal – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 2 Goals Conceded = 7 PointsShkodran Mustafi Arsenal 12082018MID: Ryan Fraser – Bournemouth – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Assist = 11 PointsAnyone still waiting for Fraser to slow down will have to just keep waiting. The Scottish international now boasts a league-best seven assists, and it seems to be wholly sustainable as he continues to rank amongst the best in the league in both chances created and accurate crosses. Throw in the fact that every midfielder with more points costs at least £2.0m more, and it becomes clear just how incredible he’s been, and how vital it is to own him.MID: Riyad Mahrez – Leicester City – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Assist = 11 PointsMID: Lucas Moura – Tottenham – 1 Game, 1 Goal = 8 PointsAdd Dele Alli, Heung-Min Son, and Christian Eriksen together and what do you get? Fewer combined league goals (four) than Lucas Moura (five). Lucas missed his first match of the season in the North London derby but order has seemingly been restored for the Brazilian, who scored again on Wednesday.There are five Tottenham players competing for three spots at the moment but in our game, you can set your team after lineups are announced so, if Lucas is starting for Tottenham, you can start him for your Fantasy team as well.MID: Leroy Sane – Manchester City – 1 Game, 1 Goal = 8 PointsLeroy Sane Manchester City West HamFOR: Lucas Perez – West Ham – 1 Substitute Appearance, 2 Goals = 11 PointsIt’s not the London club he initially would have hoped to score for, but the ex-Arsenal man put in a fantastic performance this week, netting a brace. He came on for the injured Marko Arnautovic and, with it likely to be an extended absence, there’s a solid chance this Lucas will be given a shot at the top of the formation. Considering the ease of West Ham’s coming schedule, and his £6.1m price tag, Lucas Perez could be worth a gamble for the braver of Fantasy players.FOR: Harry Kane – Tottenham – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Assist = 10 PointsFOR: Callum Wilson – Bournemouth – 1 Game, 1 Goal, 1 Assist = 10 Points goal-fantasy-football-banner Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Maha govt releases Rs 2 cr for sports complexes in districts

first_imgMumbai, Dec 29 (PTI) Maharashtra government today sanctioned disbursement of Rs two crore for the district-level sports complexes. Education and sports department issued a government resolution today which said total sanctioned amount for the same is Rs 5.06 crore, of which Rs 1.95 crore had been sanctioned for disbursement. Sports training department of every district will be disbursing the funds. PTI ND KRKlast_img

Djokovic. Novak Djokovic. Licensed to thrill

first_imgNovak Djokovic has no pretensions to being a super spy but the number 007 has got the Australian Open champion “pumped” ahead of the year’s first grand slam.The 29-year-old Serbian joined Roy Emerson as the most successful men’s champion at the Australian Open last year when he beat Andy Murray for his sixth title at Melbourne Park.Seven, however, has a nice sound to it, the former world number one said on Thursday.”007, Why not? Maybe this is the year. Seven in 17. I’m not a numerologist but it sounds good,” a laughing Djokovic said in an interview on the Australian Open website on Thursday. (Novak Djokovic makes statement in epic win over Andy Murray in Qatar Open final)”In terms of my feelings of coming to Melbourne, the last five or six years it has been pretty much the same. I am very pumped to do well.” (Reuters image)Doing well and Djokovic go hand-in-hand in Melbourne.In recent years he has made the blue hardcourts near the centre of the city his own, winning the men’s title five times in the last six years since 2011.Such has been his dominance since he won his maiden grand slam title in Australia in 2008, he has lost just three times at Melbourne Park.All were in the quarter-finals, with the 2014 loss coming at the hands of eventual champion Stan Wawrinka.Every time he has made the final, he has won the tournament.In four of those finals he has beaten current world number one Murray, who he also bettered in a scintillating final in Doha at the weekend.advertisementMurray, who was knighted in the New Year, had a phenomenal second half of 2016 that included clinching his second Wimbledon title and Olympic gold at Rio as Djokovic’s season dramatically fell off after he beat his rival at Roland Garros.The Briton’s strong form vaulted him to the top of the world rankings meaning Djokovic is not the top seed at the season-opening grand slam for the first time since 2014.”Andy deserves to be number one,” Djokovic said. “He had a tremendous last six months of 2016.”This year we have already played a thrilling match and I am looking forward to our rivalry.”Considering the memories I have and the results in the past I am really looking forward to being back again. I’m not the only one who is excited but it does give me goose bumps to come back (and) … I’m feeling phenomenal.”last_img read more

Sharmeen bats for greater Indo-Pak film, documentary exchange

first_imgFrom Barun JhaDavos, Jan 22 (PTI) Terming art and culture as the best possible bridge between India and Pakistan, award-winning Pakistani documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has called for greater exchange between the two countries on documentary and fiction film-making and wants to do more work in India.She also said 70 years since Partition are too long a time to understand that the two countries cannot keep fighting and there is a huge role to be played by art and culture, films and music and sports.”Sporting diplomacy, cultural diplomacy, film diplomacy, music diplomacy and art diplomacy must never be mistaken with politics and war,” Obaid-Chinoy told PTI in an interview here.She was in Davos for the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting, where she was one of the co-chairs — the first for someone from the arts segment — of the summit held under the theme of Responsive and Responsible Leadership.The 38-year-old Obaid-Chinoy, a journalist-turned- filmmaker who has won two Oscars and several other awards for her documentaries that include films on topics like acid attack on women and honour killing in Pakistan, said these issues are very much relevant in India and the entire South Asia.Some of her works have even led to new laws in Pakistan to counter violence against women.”My work always has an agenda — to influence a public policy, start a conversation and push new legislations for good of society and thats something I have always been involved into, and I hope to remain involved so,” she said.advertisementAsked whether her work managed to influence policies from the beginning or did she find it difficult earlier, she said “My work always had an impact whether it was in terms of getting people to talk about an issue, or getting people think differently about an issue or even getting people angry about an issue.”So, I think you can influence public policy or the government when you have a body of work that makes them respect you.”Asked whether she would consider collaborating with Indian filmmakers, Obaid-Chinoy said, “I am mentoring documentary filmmakers in India who are working on a project right now. I am helping them craft the story and whenever they have a question they come to me.”Mentorship is very important and I will love to mentor more filmmakers. My biggest dream would be to see during my lifetime the two countries who are free, who are able to have cultural exchanges, sporting exchanges and trade exchanges and become the power of a single block. It is very sad thing that the trade is so low between the two countries.”On some of her most-talked about works being on issues like honour killing and acid attacks being relevant in India as well and whether she would like to work in India, she said she would love to do so.”All these issues are regional issues and they affect women in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. It is a South Asian issue. I would love to work more in the region. I would love to work in India.”I have travelled to India many times and every time I show my films there, everybody wants to use those films in the community they work in because we look the same, we talk the same and our issues are exactly the same.”She further said India has one of the most vibrant film industries, but a very small documentary industry. MORE PTI BJ ARDlast_img read more