first_imgGovernor Bhagat Singh Koshyari is at the receiving end of the ire of political parties, which have demanded an increase in financial relief to nearly one crore rain-affected farmers in Maharashtra. On a day the Supreme Court criticised the State government for not implementing the previously announced assistance for the rain-hit Sangli and Kolhapur regions, the Shiv Sena, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Monday demanded that the norms set by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) be expanded to give more help to farmers. By the end of the day, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had joined the chorus for a hike in compensation, along with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which demanded the relief amount be matched to the ₹50,000 given by the Delhi government. Sources in the Governor’s office said the package announced last week is already beyond what is recommended by the NDRF norms. The Governor on Saturday announced ₹8,000 per hectare up to two hectares for agricultural Kharif crops and ₹18,000 per hectare up to two hectares for horticulture/ perennial crops. This is a hike from the ₹6,800 per hectare suggested for agricultural Kharif crops, and an increase in the upper limit in all categories from ₹16,800 to ₹18,000. “The declared amount is already hiked and there is little margin for more improvement,” an official from the Governor’s office said. The Shiv Sena has demanded that the amount be hiked to ₹25,000 per hectare. The party held a protest outside Parliament on Monday, while an editorial in its mouthpiece, Saamana, criticised the Governor for the “low” amount. The Congress and NCP, too, have demanded compensation of more than ₹20,000. The AAP has gone a step ahead. Preeti Sharma Menon, national executive member of the party, said, “The Governor has announced ₹8,000 and ₹18,000 per hectare for Kharif crops and horticulture crops respectively, which is a pittance when compared to ₹50,000 per hectare, the highest in the country awarded by the AAP government in Delhi. The AAP demands that given the large-scale devastation of the Kharif crops due to unseasonal rain, the government declare ₹50,000 per acre as compensation for farmers immediately.”Senior officials said the assessment of the crop damage took time due to the model code of conduct being in place for the Assembly elections. This after aA Cabinet sub-committee headed by the then chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had approved ₹10,000 crore to provide immediate assistance to farmers. But the decision could not be formalised with the imposition of President’s Rule. According to an official estimate, major damage has been to corn, millet, and cotton crops. Senior officials said the overall relief package is worth near ₹8,000 crore to cover crop damage spread over 89 lakh hectares in Vidarbha, Marathwada, and parts of western Maharashtra.last_img read more

first_imgSecond seed Karolina Pliskova survived a see-saw encounter against unheralded Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova to win 6-2 4-6 6-3 on Thursday and reach the French Open third round for the first time.Australian Open finalist last year, the Czech world number three looked to be cruising to victory after clinching the first set in 20 minutes.Pliskova, who has won two titles this season, inexplicably lost her rhythm in the second set and her unforced errors started to mount up as Alexandrova displayed her staying power in the baseline rallies.”I did not play my best tennis today, but I am happy I have finally reached the third round,” Pliskova told reporters. “Still not really happy with the way I was playing. I would say (I played) a little bit better than (in the) first round.””I feel like I can be more aggressive sometimes. I was playing too short so that’s why she was pushing me a little bit more.”The Russian world number 86 wasted a set point at 5-3 but made amends in the next game to level the match.Pliskova, though, was in no mood for any further drama. She broke midway through the third set and settled the contest on her second match point.”I know I can play better if I go deep in the tournament,” Pliskova added. “What I done even today it’s kind of special still. I have a chance.”last_img read more

first_imgJuventus chief Fabio Paratici named Sporting Director of the Yearby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus sports chief Fabio Paratici has collected an award at the Globe Soccer Awards.Paratici was named Best Sporting Director of the Year in Dubai.“I am very happy and it is a great honour to receive this award. I would like to thank the club and my staff,” said Paratici on the stage.“Juventus are a great club with an incredible history and I am happy and proud to work for this club.“I think Juventus are experiencing one of the best moments of its history. We’ve won so many titles in recent years, built a competitive squad and added Cristiano Ronaldo, so we must continue along this path.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Klopp snappy with Italian, English reporters after Liverpool defeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was snappy with questions from both English and Italian reporters after their Champions League defeat at Napoli.Klopp admits he was unimpressed by claims that Napoli were superior and fresher.He rapped: “Tonight the questions are really a challenge, to be honest. I think the guy from Sky Italia asked me or told me Napoli was much better than us. I didn’t see that game, so I don’t know exactly where he was when the game happened. But now you say we were tired. Who had the cramps? Who was on the ground? Liverpool players or Napoli players? “After the 2-0 they looked fresher than us, after the 1-0 they looked fresher than us – that’s normal. You have a boost. But there was no fresher team on the pitch. There was no physical problem apart from the normal physical problems in a game like this, which is very intense [because] both teams fight hard and all that stuff. It’s not a physical problem tonight. We have to finish the situations off. “How everybody is in life, you need positive moments and you can run forever. We didn’t have really positive moments tonight. They obviously got the second air, so they could go again. That’s normal, but that was not the reason.” last_img read more

first_imgREVEALED: Spurs were keen to keep new Napoli hero Llorenteby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham were prepared to hand Fernando Llorente a new deal this season – but delays allowed Napoli to snap him up, it has been revealed.Llorente already has three goals with Napoli and is fast proving a transfer coup.Gazzetta dello Sport says Llorente, having seen his contract expire, was informed by Spurs that a new deal would be tabled before the start of the season.But having learned it would be on reduced terms, the veteran started shopping himself around and was soon convinced after a series of phone calls with Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti.With the Azzurri offering €5m-a-year and Spurs dithering, Llorente was persuaded to move to Naples.The former Juventus striker has made an instant impact and is already being celebrated across the national press. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lawrenson can’t see Sheffield Utd stopping Liverpoolby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Mark Lawrenson can’t see Sheffield United stopping the Reds.The Blades host Liverpool today.Writing in his weekly BBC Sport predictions column on, Lawro claimed United would be hard pushed to pick up the three points against the Reds, and stated: “The Blades got a great win over Everton at Goodison Park last time out, but it is asking a lot for them to beat Liverpool too.Offering his opinion on how the Blades could trouble the Reds at the back, the former Liverpool man contended: “I like Chris Wilder’s team a lot, but I don’t really see them causing the Reds many problems – apart from at set-pieces – or keeping them quiet at the other end.” last_img read more

first_imgplain NCAA Logo.NCAA.It appears we’re only a short time away from learning what kind of trouble North Carolina’s athletic department is in with the NCAA. According to InsideCarolina.com, the Tar Heels have received their Notice of Allegations from the NCAA, but won’t be releasing the details of the report until a later date. The NCAA re-opened its 2011 investigation into North Carolina’s athletic department in 2014. BREAKING: #UNC Notice of Allegations has arrived from NCAA. Story: http://t.co/tlCYi18qKg pic.twitter.com/e5YOogQb30— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) May 22, 2015It’s probably time to start crossing your fingers and hoping for the best, North Carolina fans.last_img read more

first_imgSyracuse players in a pregame huddle.YouTube/SyracuseThe Syracuse Orange were hit by the NCAA with some rough sanctions this past offseason, but unlike last year, in 2015-2016, the team will be eligible for the NCAA Tournament. Of course, they’ll need to post a better record than 18-13 to make it happen.Friday, ahead of the team’s first game of the season, Syracuse released a hype video titled #CuseMode. It features highlights of the team’s preseason games this year. Check it out:Syracuse returns a number of key contributors from last year’s squad – including Trevor Cooney, Michael Gbinije, Kaleb Joseph and Tyler Roberson. It’ll be interesting to see if they can compete in the ultra-competitive ACC.last_img read more

first_img With a $500,000 grant from the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), students at the Winston Jones High School in Manchester will be implementing a renewable energy project that could result in significant savings in the school’s monthly electricity bill.The grant was the winning prize in the 16-19 age category of the science contest, held as part of the PCJ’s 2017/ 18 Schools Energy Programme Competition.The Manchester-based institution took the top school title in the competition held throughout the year, copping prizes in each of the four categories, which in addition to science, included poster, essay, and jingle contests.For the winning science project, the team of Okelo Smith, Kadine Jordine, Shawn Clarke, and Christopher Morgan, designed a model for a flywheel energy storage (FES) system to supply power to the school during short-peak demand periods.They were supervised by Electrical Technology and Electrical Installation teacher, Nadine Thompson.An FES works by accelerating a rotor (flywheel) to a very high speed and maintaining the energy in the system as rotational energy.The system designed by the students stores energy in a mechanical battery in kinetic format, which is then changed into electrical energy based on rotations through the use of wind energy.Ms. Thompson, who spoke to JIS NEWS at the award ceremony held at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston recently, explained that the design involved a lot of research.“It took us a number of weeks because we had to do research to get the material to actually rotate and give us a constant speed. That was very challenging for us,” she said.“We used a lot of different materials. At one point, we used a fidget spinner, which didn’t work and then we went in the home economics lab and scrapped old sewing machines to get the fan belts and used the welding lab to weld the parts together,” she noted.Ms. Thompson said the team also consulted experts in the wind energy industry on how to undertake the project.She is elated that they were able to produce the top project in the competition.In addition to the $500,000 grant, the four students received prizes of $50,000 each.“We feel humbled and honoured and blessed,” Ms. Thompson told JIS NEWS.PCJ Chairman, Russell Hadeed, in his address, congratulated all the winners and the runners-up.“The PCJ firmly believes that educating the youth is an important step in managing energy usage as our young people will shape our future. I commend all the students who participated in the programme as well as their parents and teachers, who supported them and I hope all of them will put what they have learned into practice,” Mr. Russell said.Launched in 2003, the PCJ Schools Energy Programme is the entity’s major vehicle for promoting energy education among the country’s youth.The programme, which engages primary and high school students from institutions across the country, aims to sensitise young people about issues affecting the energy sector.Traditionally, the competition involved an essay, science and poster category, however, this year, a jingle contest was added to the mix, which gave the youngsters an additional outlet for creative expression.For the 2017/18 academic year, the flagship initiative exposed 2, 244 students from 103 schools across the island to social and economic energy issues as well as methods of energy production and the importance of efficiency and conservation.This was done through seminars that featured presentations from industry professionals as well as educational tours of energy generating facilities such as the Jamaica Public Service Company’s (JPS) hydro plant and wind farm and the BMR wind facility in St. Elizabeth; the Wigton Windfarm in Manchester; and New Fortress Energy’s re-gasification plant in Montego Bay, St. James.More than $4 million in cash and prizes was awarded to students at the award ceremony. “The PCJ firmly believes that educating the youth is an important step in managing energy usage as our young people will shape our future. I commend all the students who participated in the programme as well as their parents and teachers, who supported them and I hope all of them will put what they have learned into practice,” Mr. Russell said. With a $500,000 grant from the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), students at the Winston Jones High School in Manchester will be implementing a renewable energy project that could result in significant savings in the school’s monthly electricity bill. This was done through seminars that featured presentations from industry professionals as well as educational tours of energy generating facilities such as the Jamaica Public Service Company’s (JPS) hydro plant and wind farm and the BMR wind facility in St. Elizabeth; the Wigton Windfarm in Manchester; and New Fortress Energy’s re-gasification plant in Montego Bay, St. James. Story Highlightslast_img read more

first_imgzoom Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and cruise ship owner Viking Ocean Cruises have entered into an agreement for the construction of six further ocean ships.Under the agreement, which is subject to specific conditions, the new vessels would be handed over to their owner in 2024, 2025, 2026 and 2027.Fincantieri informed that the parties would develop an advanced project based on the characteristics of the previous ships, updated and revisited in line with the latest technologies available on the market.The deal, signed during the Seatrade Cruise Global event in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, would lead to a total number of 16 units built in cooperation between the two companies, expanding the horizon of the partnership until 2027.Viking’s current ocean fleet includes ships having a gross tonnage of about 47,800 tons with accommodation for 930 passengers in 465 cabins.As of today, Fincantieri has delivered 4 ships to Viking Ocean Cruises. The first of the series, Viking Star, has been built at the shipyard in Marghera and delivered in March 2015, while the second, the third and the fourth, Viking Sea, Viking Sky and Viking Sun, took the sea from the Ancona shipyard respectively in March 2016, January and September 2017.The further six units in the order book will be delivered respectively in 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022 (2 units) and 2023.Giuseppe Bono, CEO of Fincantieri, said that the agreement “confirms the extraordinary moment of the demand in this sector. This allows Fincantieri to consolidate its worldwide leadership, laying the groundwork to enhance the order book with a workload ensuring today work safety for the next 10 years.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:ENB, TSX:AQN) CALGARY — Enbridge Inc. has signed a deal to sell its natural gas distribution business in New Brunswick to Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp. for $331 million in cash.Enbridge Gas New Brunswick operates and maintains more than 1,200 km of natural gas distribution pipeline in 12 communities in New Brunswick with 12,000 customers.The company says employees, customers, partners and suppliers can expect no change to the day-to-day operations as it works to complete the deal.Algonquin says it plans to maintain local employment and the existing operating and management structure.The sale is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.It is expected to close in 2019.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday said it will hear on April 10 a plea of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav seeking bail in three cases related to the multi-crore-rupee fodder scam in which he has been convicted.A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked the CBI to file reply by April 9 and said Yadav’s bail plea will be taken up for hearing next Wednesday. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo, sought urgent listing of the bail plea saying notice has been issued in the matter. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said the agency needs to file reply in the matter. “You (CBI) file the reply by April 9. We will take up the matter (Yadav’s bail plea) on April 10,” the bench said. In the previous hearing, Prasad told the top court that he has been in jail for 22 months following his conviction in the three cases. Sibal had told the bench that Prasad was sentenced to three-and-a-half years, 14 years and five years in prison in the three cases respectively. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”I was convicted in the three cases based on the same evidence and under the same offences. I have already served 22 months in jail. “How can I be convicted three times for the same offence, based on the same evidence?,” Sibal had asked the court. The court had then asked Sibal about the offences for which Prasad was convicted. “I have been convicted under sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating) of the IPC and section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act,” the lawyer had said. The RJD chief, lodged in the Birsa Munda Central Jail in Ranchi, challenged the January 10 verdict of the Jharkhand High Court dismissing his bail plea. The three cases in which Prasad has been convicted are related to the over-Rs 900-crore fodder scam, which pertains to fraudulent withdrawal of money from the treasuries in the Animal Husbandry department in the early 1990s, when Jharkhand was part of Bihar. The RJD was in power in Bihar with Prasad as the chief minister when the scam had allegedly taken place. In the high court, the RJD supremo cited old age and poor health for grant of bail. Prasad (71) said he was suffering from diabetes, blood pressure and other ailments and that he had already obtained bail in one of the fodder scam cases. He has been convicted for fraudulent withdrawal of money from the Deoghar, Dumka and two Chaibasa treasuries situated in Jharkhand. He is currently facing trial in another fodder scam case pertaining to the Doranda treasury. The RJD chief has been undergoing treatment at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) at Ranchi for the last few months.last_img read more

JaVale McGee has gone a long way toward shedding the persona he got from “Shaqtin’ a Fool,” the TV blooper segment on which he held residency for years. Coming off consecutive NBA titles with Golden State, the 7-footer is currently logging career highs in points and blocks per game with the Lakers while serving as a full-time starter for the first time since 2011-12. Not bad considering the collective confusion when he agreed to a deal to join LeBron James in Los Angeles.But for all the improvement he’s shown as a mainstay in this lineup, the 30-year-old still has an Achilles’ heel when it comes to his defense: McGee remains the league’s supreme goaltender.As of Wednesday, McGee had been called for goaltending an NBA-high 13 times, nearly twice as many as Orlando rookie Mo Bamba, who ranks second in the league with seven violations. The Knicks, who also have 13 goaltending violations, are the only team that’s been called as many times as McGee himself, according to PBP Stats, which tracks a wide array of advanced NBA statistics. But this is nothing new for McGee: Since his rookie year, he has somehow managed to lead the NBA in goaltending violations per 100 possessions in each of the eight seasons in which he logged at least 400 minutes of playing time.With 214 goaltends in his career,1This includes 11 in the postseason. including one season when he logged a league-high 55, there have obviously been some true head-scratchers. One violation in 2012 was particularly egregious: The ball was in clear, undeniable descent before McGee launched it, volleyball-style, into the stands 25 or so feet in the air.Puzzling as they might be from time to time for his coaches, the goaltending calls probably aren’t that big of a deal. Getting called for something that costs his club 2 points — 2 points they might have surrendered anyway — is arguably small potatoes compared with the upside of blocking a shot. And that’s likely even more true of McGee, who this year has blocked 5.3 shots for every goaltending violation.But McGee’s willingness to lunge at nearly every shot attempt the way a cat flails at a laser pointer can cost his team in other ways. His block attempts often hurt the Laker defense more than if he had simply stayed on the ground. Take a late October game against the Spurs, when McGee committed three shooting fouls — resulting in seven San Antonio free throw attempts in a 1-point defeat — that stemmed from him ramming into jump-shooters. Twice, LaMarcus Aldridge pump-faked McGee into the air, knowing his constant tendency to go for blocks. (DeMar DeRozan did the same thing to McGee when the Lakers visited San Antonio.) Over the past two seasons, McGee has posted the second-highest foul rate when it comes to big men bumping into jump-shooters, according to data from Second Spectrum.2Among those with at least 10 such fouls. Only Portland’s Zach Collins has a higher foul rate in such scenarios.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/JaVale1.mp400:0000:0000:55Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.While McGee may not have the greatest on-court instincts, the reason he attempts to block so many shots is simple: He thinks he’s capable of cleanly blocking them all. He’s highly athletic — remember the dunk contest in which he jammed on two side-by-side rims at the same time? — and at one point McGee owned the largest wingspan in the entire league, at more than 7-foot-6.“That’s something [the referees are] not used to seeing,” McGee said of a particularly ridiculous block, when he caught the ball with one hand — and appeared to do so cleanly — but was whistled for goaltending anyway.“I think he tries to be spectacular,” then-Nuggets coach George Karl said in 2013 when asked about McGee’s game. “Basketball is a game of possession after possession of doing things the right way, doing your job and letting the spectacular come. I think JaVale tries to find the spectacular and forces the spectacular when if … you just let us orchestrate the game, something big-time will happen.”Another prolific rim protector, Tyson Chandler, sized up McGee’s game nearly eight years ago in a post from a Wizards blog. Chandler presciently said the then-Wizards center needed “to understand how he can be effective,” and that he would learn that by playing with more established veterans. McGee gained that experience with Golden State — and now Chandler is backing up McGee with the Lakers.McGee has been a force this season. He’s been a top-10 rim protector3Among players who’ve logged at least 15 games and who have defended five shots or more from inside of 6 feet per game. so far, holding opponents more than 10 points beneath their averages from inside of 6 feet, according to NBA Advanced Stats. In large part because of their play at center, the Lakers rank fifth in the league in opponent field-goal percentage inside 3 feet and ninth in overall defensive efficiency. And while there were once questions about McGee’s basic fundamentals, those concerns have largely evaporated. Just look at last year’s NBA Finals, when McGee played incredibly solid defense after being switched onto LeBron.What will be worth watching on Thursday, when the Lakers play foul-drawing maestro James Harden and the Rockets, and this postseason4If Los Angeles makes it. is whether McGee can avoid being baited by fakes. If savvy teams like the Spurs already know to test his ability to stay on the ground, it’s almost a given that other teams will try it in a series.In a way, the key to the Lakers rising to become true contenders could very well be based on McGee’s ability to stay grounded on defense.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

The Ohio State wrestling team suffered its first two losses of the season to the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Minnesota Golden Gophers this weekend. The Buckeyes, who entered Friday night’s contest against Nebraska undefeated, were beaten, 18-16, in Lincoln, Neb., and again defeated, 24-13, at Minnesota Sunday afternoon. Minnesota seized control of the dual early by winning the first six matches, which left the Buckeyes down, 18-0, at intermission. It wasn’t until freshman Hunter Stieber scored an 11-8 decision against Minnesota redshirt freshman Nick Dardanes in the 141-pound match up that the Buckeyes finally got on the board. OSU mounted a comeback behind victories from freshman Cam Tessari, who pinned Minnesota redshirt freshman Dylan Ness in the 149-pound match, and freshman Josh Demas scored a 13-5 major decision at 157-pounds. In the final match of the afternoon, OSU freshman Derek Garcia dropped a 5-3 decision to the Golden Gopher’s redshirt junior Cody Yohn at 165-pounds, sealing a 24-13 win for Minnesota. The Buckeyes dropped to 7-2 overall and 1-2 in the Big Ten while Minnesota improved to 5-2 and 2-0. OSU was able to split the victories in the dual, 5-5, but was edged as Nebraska managed to outscore the Buckeyes, 3-1, in major decisions. Freshman Johnni Dijulius, redshirt freshman Logan Stieber, Tessari, redshirt sophomore Nick Heflin and freshman Andrew Campolattano all collected wins for OSU. While the Buckeyes trailed the Cornhuskers early, 3-0, Dijulius, a true freshman, was able to score a major decision, 11-3, against Nebraska’s Shawn Nagel at 125-pounds to put OSU up, 4-3. At 133-pounds, redshirt freshman Logan Stieber helped the Buckeyes build a slim 7-3 lead with an 8-2 decision against Ridge Kiley. Up next at 141-pounds, freshman Hunter Stieber surrendered a major decision to Nebraska’s Jake Sueflohn which left the Buckeyes tied, 7-7, before OSU redshirt freshman Tessari scored a takedown in overtime which again gave OSU the lead, 10-7. OSU would only manage to win one of the next four matches, which gave Nebraska an 18-13 lead with only the Buckeyes’ redshirt sophomore Heflin defeating Nebraska’s Tyler Koehn, 6-2, at the 174-pound weight class. Campolattano finished the dual in the 197-pound weight class with a 5-3 decision against James Nakashima. OSU will look to redeem itself and continue its march toward a Big Ten title against fellow Big Ten member Purdue this Thursday at 7 p.m. at St. John Arena. The Boilermakers, also coming off a loss, are 6-5 overall with a 1-1 record in the Big Ten. Purdue managed only three wins out of 10 matches in their previous dual at home against Illinois. read more

first_imgCELTIC manager Brendan Rodgers has blamed poor defending for Celtic’s Champions League exit.AEK Athens defeated Celtic 2-1 in their Champions League second leg third qualifying round tie in Greece. Brendan Rodgers was disappointed as his side lost 3-2 on aggregate.Brendan Rodgers warned his side that the third qualifying round tie in the Olympic Stadium was his biggest qualifying challenge they would after the 1-1 draw in the first leg in Scotland last week.However, it took only six minutes for his side to go behind, thanks to a Rodrigo Galo strike.Things got worse for the visitors when Croatian striker Marko Livaja headed in a second goal just five minutes into the second half.Substitute Scott Sinclair scored in the 78th minute for Celtic to reduce the deficit a goal, but the Scottish champions could not score a second goal which would have helped them qualified on away goals.Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.And Brendan Rodgers was far from pleased with his side’s defending in Greece. Daily Star reports.Speaking to the press after the game, he said: “Over the course of the two games it’s disappointing to have that much control and opportunities in the games and concede soft goals,”“We gave ourselves a chance with a goal at the end and we threw everything at it.””I thought a lot of our build-up play in that final third was worthy of something from the game.“But you can’t defend that softly and in the end, we were punished for it.“This is the competition we want to be in and qualification is getting even harder now.“But I still felt this was a game with our play and the qualities that we had more than enough to win.”last_img read more

first_imgAs Everton prepare to face West Ham at home on Sunday, Marco Silva has confirmed they will be without Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy and Andre Gomes.Everton will also be without £27.2m signing Yerry Mina, who signed from Barcelona in the summer.“He started training with the group. Now it is a matter of getting him ready to play.” Silva told Sky Sports.“It is the same situation with James McCarthy. He has to win some confidence as well. It was a bad injury. He is doing well, he is happy and confident, now we must give him time for sessions.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Dominic [Calvert-Lewin] is okay, he is in normal condition and worked with the group. Seamus [Coleman] is out for the [West Ham] game. Our medical staff will make a report but he is out for one or two weeks.“[Andre] Gomes is not ready yet. Bernard is okay and worked with the squad this week.”last_img read more

first_imgThe footballer scored his first goal of the 2018-2019 Italian Lega Serie A season today, after founding the net last week in the UEFA Champions LeagueMauro Icardi scored from the penalty kick spot today, to open up the way for Internazionale Milan to beat Fiorentina 2-1.Teammate Danilo D’Ambrosio helped with another goal, while Federico Chiesa found the net for Fiorentina.This is the first goal of the 2018-2019 Italian Lega Serie A season for the Argentinean forward, after scoring last week too during the UEFA Champions League match.“I don’t know if we’re becoming more mature, but we are working to improve,” the captain told Sky Sport Italia as quoted by Football Italia.“We allowed Fiorentina too much space and risked on a few counter-attacks. We have the players to score goals, but we all need to improve when it comes to defending as a team.”Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“Social media and those in the press talk too much. I didn’t score for four Serie A games and they start stirring up trouble, but I have 120 Serie A goals behind me, so I’m not worried,” he explained.“Every year this happens. I am calm, I continue doing my job. My wife and the club have to talk, then if my contract has to be improved, then they’ll sort it out.”90’+5 – È FINITA!!! Altri tre punti importantissimi: #InterFiorentina 2-1😘⚫🔵 pic.twitter.com/oyZ4w7ZwnB— Inter (@Inter) September 25, 2018last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool striker Daniel Sturridge insists he has no issues over his playing time and will instead give it his all when called upon by coach Jurgen KloppThe England international has been in stellar form this season with four goals in seven appearances across all competitions, which includes a stunning late equaliser in last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Chelsea.However, Sturridge is yet to make a start in the Premier League this term with Klopp often preferring to use Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane up front for Liverpool.But Sturridge is just focused on making the most of his opportunities, no matter how small or insignificant they may be.“Whatever decisions the manager makes, he’s the boss,” he told the club website.“Whatever team he picks, you just give your best whether you come on for five minutes or start the game. It’s just about giving everything on the pitch whenever you get the minutes.”The 29-year-old is keen to win silverware at Anfield after near misses for Klopp in the last three years.The German suffered defeat to Real Madrid in last season’s Champions League final, while also losing the Europa League and EFL Cup finals in 2016.“There’s no point in worrying about what we haven’t won or what we need to,” he added.“We’ve got a great squad, a great manager, the backroom staff are top drawer, the fans are great. What more would players want?Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“We want to get over the tipping point where we’re able to win something.”Bittersweet. Tomorrow we go again. Big tings a gwan!! Let’s go!! pic.twitter.com/2Ho2TxgTfv— Daniel Sturridge (@DanielSturridge) September 28, 2018He continued: “That’s the goal for us. Once we lift that first trophy, you’d hope that would have a domino effect and we’d be able to win a few more.“I feel like I’m a winner – I’ve won stuff in the past. But it’s the future now. I want to win something here with Liverpool.“We’ve had opportunities, we’ve been to a couple of finals since I’ve been here and weren’t able to win. To be able to win a trophy is what would take us to the next level.“It’s one of those where you just have a positive attitude about it, don’t put any pressure on winning something or have it in your mind that we have to do this or that.“When we play with a smile on our face and we work hard and put the opposition under a lot of pressure – stamp our style on them – I believe we can beat anybody on our day.“We got to the Europa League final and the League Cup final, last season we did well in the league and the boys got to the Champions League final. This season, we’re just focusing on trying to take the next step.”last_img read more

first_imgSouthampton Boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has urged Saints not to dwell on their 1-0  defeat at Cardiff on Saturday.Ralph Hassenhuttl told Daily Echo: “Confidence comes with good results. A 1-0 here is not a good result.“We should prepare them and they have to believe in what we are doing.”“I saw today they do it for a very long time and then it would be perfect if you get some good results for the self-confidence.”“We didn’t and we have to work on and when we work on I am sure they will come.”Saints are proving to be masters of their downfall with some significant mistakes costing them dearly.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.This time out it was Jannik Vestergaard’s whose awful pass played in Callum Paterson for the only goal of the game.“It is all about staying focused and physically a question,” reflected Hasenhuttl.“It’s intense and at the end of the game when you get a little bit tired it is more important to stay focused on holding it easy and not make it too difficult.”“This ball was not really difficult I think and Jannik is very disappointed about that.”“It’s gone, the points are gone, and now we have to focus on the next exercises we have”last_img read more

first_imgArsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has opened up on his error that led to Charlie Austin’s late winner as the Gunners lost 3-2 at St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday.Danny Ings had put Southampton ahead twice only for Henrikh Mkhitaryan to pull level twice, but a rare error by Leno gifted the Saints a late winner as the German goalkeeper came out to clear Shane Long’s cross and couldn’t make good contact with the ball.“The last goal was a little bit unlucky for me,” Bernd told the club’s website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I wanted to get the cross because Austin was completely free and it was so close.“No risk, no fun. Maybe next time I will get the ball or I will stay on the line, look at the ball and then nobody says ‘you came out and didn’t get the ball’.“That’s the life of a goalkeeper but I would do it again.”last_img read more