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Liverpool won’t mind winning ugly, says midfielder Lallana

first_imgLiverpool would not mind playing ugly as long as it meant victories for the Merseyside club, according to midfielder Adam Lallana.Philippe Coutinho’s stunning strike in the 86th minute gave Liverpool a 1-0 victory at Stoke City, who had humiliated them 6-1 at the Britannia Stadium on the final day of last season.”It was a fantastic result for us. It wasn’t the prettiest of football matches — but it was a lot prettier than the last game of last season for us,” Lallana, 27, told the club’s website (”Maybe that’s a side of our game that hopefully you’ll see a bit more of this season and if it results in victories, then who is going to ask questions about it? Certainly not us.”We were delighted with the result and the grittiness of the performance was very satisfying — and we got a clean sheet. It was a great start to the season.”Lallana, who joined the club from Southampton in the 2014 summer, had his preparations for last season cut short by injury and made his Liverpool debut two months after he joined.He said he was fully fit this time around.”Physically I am in great shape at the moment — and I’ve not missed a training session or a game to date,” Lallana said. So I’m massively feeling the benefits of that and I’m looking forward to the season and to really get going.”Also read: Liverpool can build team around Coutinho, says Kaka”I want to have a good season, do well and add more goals to my game. I feel if I stay fit and out on the pitch, that’s what I’ll do.”Jordan Henderson recently spoke about his high expectations from Lallana this season and the England international was confident he would not let down his captain.advertisement”I’ve not spoken to him about what he’s said. Jordan is a good mate of mine and I’ve read a few things he’s said (about me) — and he’s right,” Lallana said.last_img read more

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La Liga: Real Madrid Lose to Mallorca as Barcelona Go Top

first_imgMadrid: Barcelona sailed back to the top of the table on Saturday and trouble returned to Real Madrid after they endured their first La Liga defeat of the season at newly-promoted Real Mallorca.Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham and Robinho were in the last Madrid team to lose a league game at San Moix in 2006 and 13 years later, Mallorca repeated the trick thanks to a scintillating strike by Junior Lago in the first half. Alvaro Odriozola allowed Lago too much room to cut inside and was then sent off late on, even if Madrid’s attempts at a comeback looked doomed well before they were reduced to 10.”The problem is we have to show every three days that we are good,” Real coach Zidane said.”That is what we don’t do. We have to be consistent. We have to put more life into our game if we want to achieve anything this year.”The 1-0 defeat halts the resurgence of Zidane’s side just as Barcelona’s appears to be gathering pace, a 3-0 win away at Eibar giving the Catalans their fifth consecutive victory in all competitions. Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann scored the goals.In between, Atletico Madrid were pegged back by Valencia as a brilliant Dani Parejo free-kick earned the visitors a hard-earned 1-1 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano.It means Barca will finish the weekend top of the table for the first time this season as the defending champions continue to leave their stumbling start further behind them.For Real, five games unbeaten and three of them victories had not erased the doubts, but at least seemed to offer evidence Zidane’s team were turning a corner.But Mallorca, who climb to 14th, deserved their triumph in what is their first season back in the top flight since relegation ended a run of 16 consecutive years there in 2013.Lago collected the ball on the left in the seventh minute, drove at the retreating Odriozola before cutting inside and unleashing a shot into the far corner.Madrid lacked purpose and cutting edge, with their hopes all but dashed when Odriozola capped a miserable night by flying in late on Lago in the 74th minute and collecting a second yellow card.Zidane will hope to have at least one of the injured Luke Modric, Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos back for their crucial Champions League group match away at Galatasaray on Tuesday.’MSG’ FIRE FOR BARCABarcelona’s autumn injury crisis is over and their ‘MSG’ attack is finally clicking into gear as Messi, Suarez and Griezmann all scored in a ruthless win over Eibar.Griezmann’s place in the newly-formed attacking trident has not been secure but the Frenchman opened the scoring at Ipurua before teeing up Messi and then playing the crucial pass for Suarez to make it three.”There will be good and bad days but we are getting to know each other and bit by bit we will do even better,” said Griezmann.Victory also dismissed suggestions their players might be affected by Friday’s postponement of next Saturday’s Clasico due to protests in Catalonia.Barcelona’s fans chanted in support of the nine Catalan leaders imprisoned last week for a failed independence bid in 2017.The match against Real Madrid is now expected to go ahead in December.”It is fashionable not to agree on political issues but at least let’s agree on the date of the Clasico,” Barca coach Ernesto Valverde said afterwards. “It doesn’t seem to me that difficult.”The only blot on the result was an injury to Sergi Roberto, who will be a doubt for the Champions League game at Slavia Prague on Wednesday after hurting his left knee.ATLETICO LOSE GROUNDAtletico lost ground as they were undone by a late Parejo free-kick at the Wanda Metropolitano, where both sides finished the game with 10 men.Diego Costa scored a first-half penalty and in a frantic final 10 minutes, Joao Felix limped off, with all three of Diego Simeone’s substitutes already used. Parejo struck moments later before Valencia’s Lee Kang-in was sent off in injury-time.Atletico confirmed Felix suffered a “grade two sprain” in his right ankle. He will now miss the Champions League game at home to Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday. atletico madridbarcelonaeibarla liga First Published: October 20, 2019, 7:29 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow 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.last_img read more

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Dodgers Top D-Backs in Aussie Opener

first_imgSYDNEY — Clayton Kershaw flashed his Cy Young form, Scott Van Slyke homered and the Los Angeles Dodgers opened the Major League Baseball season with a 3-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on March 22 at Sydney Cricket Ground.A crowd of about 40,000 watched as MLB played its first regular-season game in Australia.Opening day was a g’day for the NL West champion Dodgers.Kershaw, who signed a seven-year, $215 million contract in January, allowed one run and five hits in 6 2-3 innings. Van Slyke hit a two-run homer and also doubled. The first pitch was delayed because of rain for 14 minutes.The long trip Down Under took even longer for some Arizona players. A team bus had a flat tire, and the Diamondbacks said “a handful” of players decided to walk the last half-mile to the stadium instead of waiting for a replacement bus.Kershaw was impressive while making his fourth consecutive opening-day start. He struck out seven, walked one and was pulled by Manager Don Mattingly after throwing his 102nd pitch.Quite a turnaround from spring training, when the two-time NL Cy Young winner went 0-3 with a 9.20 ERA in four starts. “Sometimes you just need the adrenaline of a regular-season game, and I just kind of feel relieved to get this one under my belt,” he said. “It’s always good to get results, obviously,” he said. “This one counted.”In his previous opening-day starts, Kershaw was 2-0 with 19 strikeouts in 19 scoreless innings.“Kershaw did a good job keeping us in the middle of the diamond,” Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. “He threw a good ballgame against us. We know they’re always going to be close.”Three relievers kept the Diamondbacks scoreless with hitless work. Chris Perez, a five-time All-Star with Cleveland before joining the Dodgers in the offseason, got the last out in the seventh.Brian Wilson pitched the eighth and closer Kenley Jansen got the save. Jansen walked a batter before getting Gerardo Parra to ground out to end the game.Dodgers manager Don Mattingly liked what he saw of his pitching ace and his supporting cast.“Clayton was really good, kind of as always … kind of doing his thing,” Mattingly said. “He’s a tough guy to take out of the game, he always wants to stay in. And I thought our bullpen was really good tonight. Chris comes in and gets a big out for us there and Wilson did a good job and Jansen in closing the door.”Van Slyke, playing because of an injury to Matt Kemp and paternity leave to Carl Crawford, nearly cleared the left-field fence in the second inning. His double set up a grounder by Andre Ethier that scored Adrian Gonzalez with the Dodgers’ first run.In his next at-bat in the fourth, Van Slyke connected off losing pitcher Wade Miley for a drive over the right-field fence — just inside the foul pole — with Gonzalez again on base to put the Dodgers up 3-0.“He’s always been an RBI guy,” Mattingly said of Van Slyke. “He’s a good defender. He’s really a pretty solid player.”Miley, who came out for a pinch hitter in the fifth, got the opening day assignment because of a left elbow injury to Diamondbacks ace Patrick Corbin. Miley gave up three runs and three hits, striking out eight with two walks. Both teams finished with five hits.The Diamondbacks scored in the sixth after a double by Paul Goldschmidt, who had two hits. He moved to third on Kershaw’s wild pitch and scored on Mark Trumbo’s infield out. The Diamondbacks were shut out 5-0 in an exhibition game March 21 by Team Australia when they stranded 11 runners.A series of thunderstorms but little rain around the stadium about two hours ahead of the start cut short the Dodgers’ batting practice and tarp was rolled on to the field. That caused the start of the game to be delayed and canceled the pregame ceremonies.Sydney Cricket Ground was refurbished two weeks ago to create the baseball diamond and an outfield with an 8-foot wall. It was 328 feet down the foul lines and 400 feet to straightaway center.There were plenty of Dodgers and Diamondbacks uniforms in the crowd, some worn by American visitors and others by Australians who had flown across the country to watch the opener and a March 23 second game, when another capacity crowd was expected.They feasted on baseball-style treats like nachos stuffed in batting helmets and Cracker Jack, which is not usually sold in Australia. If you could afford the cost and the calories, a 2-foot-long hot dog sold for $36.(Dennis Passa, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Women’s Baseball at Pan-Am Games

first_imgTORONTO — Women’s baseball made history July 20 at the Pan Am Games, the first time it’s been played in a large, multi-sport event.There was no live television coverage at the debut, and perhaps only 200 fans saw the first pitch as American left hander Sarah Hudek threw a ball just off the plate to open the game against leadoff hitter Astrid Rodriguez of Venezuela.“To be here, this is awesome. This is it,” said American player Malaika Underwood. “It doesn’t matter that we’re not on TV. I mean the fact we are out here is the point. When we look back at this, I think we’ll appreciate the magnitude.”For the record, the United States defeated Venezuela 10-6 in a regulation seven innings.Pardon a joke the women have heard many times, but none of the players threw like a girl, and none wore a skirt, which was the uniform in the 1992 film A League of their own, a depiction of women’s professional baseball in the United States in the 1940s starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna.“I’m glad we don’t wear skirts,” said Underwood a 34-year-old infielder and a veteran on a team ranging in age from 16 to 41. “I’m not sure I would feel comfortable playing in a skirt. Sliding, it would be tough.”The field and the distances are identical in the men’s and women’s games. The only difference is seven innings for the women, and nine for the men.The first three innings took more than an hour to play, so the speed also resembled some men’s games.Hudek said her father, former major-league reliever John Hudek, probably couldn’t hit her heat. “He wasn’t the best hitter,” she said.In the second inning, Venezuela nearly pulled off a triple play.The United States had runners on first and second, and American Anna Kimbrell hit a sharp hopper to third. Venezuela’s Daily Gimenez touched third, got the force and second, but Kimbrell beat the relay to first by a step.The Americans are represented by a firefighter, a nurse, two high-school students and a wide mix of players, most of whom grew up playing baseball.Some also played softball, but Underwood guessed about two-thirds played only baseball — on women’s teams, or men’s teams.The United States has no professional league for women, although Japan and several other countries do.“I just want to get women’s baseball more out there and open the doors for younger women knowing they don’t have to convert to softball if they don’t want to,” Hudek, adding the response is always the same when she says she plays baseball.“They try to correct me. They say: ‘Oh, you mean softball’.”She replies: “No, baseball. I hope one day we can get to where people don’t correct us.”Hudek will be a freshman this year on the men’s team at Bossier Parish Community College in Louisiana.“This is going to be a new atmosphere and it’s definitely a little nerve-wracking,” she said. “I’m just going to have to earn their respect.”Underwood grew up in San Diego, California, played baseball on the boys’ team at La Jolla High School and earned a volleyball scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Baseball was not an option.“Growing up a kid I definitely dreamed about being the first woman in the pro leagues,” Underwood said. “I think at some point I realized that was unlikely.”Women’s baseball has been in the news the last few weeks. French player Melissa Mayeux, a 16-year-old shortstop, recently became the first woman on Major League Baseball’s international registration list, making her eligible to be signed by pro teams.Men’s baseball and women’s softball were cut from the Olympics after the 2008 Games in Beijing. Both might return for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, although women’s baseball would be a long shot.“I don’t think anybody on this team has aspirations to make it to Major League Baseball,” said Underwood, who works in sports marketing.“Really, we just want to play at the highest level for women. We’re not looking to play with guys, but those are the opportunities at the moment. We’re just looking for equal treatment and inclusion in events like this.”(STEPHEN WADE, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Knicks Beat Lowly Lakers, 99-95

first_imgNEW YORK — Kobe Bryant shared a lengthy embrace with Carmelo Anthony and made his way toward the exit, tapping his chest and waving to the fans.It may have been goodbye for now.Quite possibly, it was goodbye for good.Bryant got the cheers but not the victory in what might have been his last game at Madison Square Garden, as the New York Knicks beat the Los Angeles Lakers 99-95 on Nov. 8.He already loved place even before scoring his first point in the NBA here nearly two decades ago, and the only thing that’s changed now is how much the fans love him back.“I can remember my first game coming in here, not knowing what the hell to expect and what to do, but just being in such a great arena,” Bryant said, “and then to be here 20 years later and to have that happen feels amazing.”Bryant finished with 18 points, far off the 30.7 per game he had been averaging here and fewer than half the 40 or more he managed on three occasions during a series of highlights in the arena.The 37-year-old superstar, who hasn’t said if he will retire after this season, missed two shots and twice fouled Anthony during New York’s 11-0 run that turned a three-point deficit into a 98-90 lead.Anthony scored 24 points, and said if Bryant leaves he will miss the player he called a big brother.“I told him, I said it’s not going to feel the same with him being gone,” Anthony said. “Him helping me kind of throughout my career, being that guy I can talk to, it’s not going to be the same.”Jose Calderon, Robin Lopez and Langston Galloway all scored 14 points for the Knicks, who snapped a three-game losing streak with their first home victory of the season.Bryant shot 6-for-19, but the poor finish can’t take away from all the other memories Bryant has here.He scored his first NBA point here on a free throw on Nov. 5, 1996, in his second game. He played in his first All-Star Game here in 1998, and scored 61 points here on Feb. 2, 2009, a record since surpassed by Anthony.He can’t deliver now the way he did in so many previous trips to New York as he battles his way back from a preseason calf injury, but plenty of fans wanted him to.He was serenaded with “MVP! MVP!” chants while shooting free throws and fans were noticeably bummed when he missed shots — which must’ve seemed strange to Anthony, who was often defending him.Knicks coach Derek Fisher, Bryant’s friend and longtime teammate in Los Angeles, was ejected in the third quarter for arguing after rookie Kristaps Porzingis was called for fouling Bryant on a 3-point attempt.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Keshav Maharaj second South African to take 9 wickets in a Test innings

first_imgSouth Afrcan spinner Keshav Maharaj has joined a rare company of bowlers who have taken nine wickets in an innings in a Test match.Maharaj bagged his career best 9/129 on the second day of the second Test against Sri Lanka at the SSC Stadium in Colombo.By doing so, he became the only the second bowler from South Africa to pick nine wickets in an innings in a Test. Hugh Tayfield, in 1957, was the first South African to do so when he bagged 9/113 against England in Johannesburg.Sri Lanka were dismissed for 338 in their first innings of the second and final Test on Saturday.MATCH SCORECARDResuming on 277 for nine, Akila Dananjaya and Rangana Herath frustrated South Africa with a dogged 74-run stand for the final wicket before Maharaj struck when the latter was caught behind for 35. Dananjaya remained unbeaten on 43.Overall, Maharaj became the 19th bowler to achieve the feat that put him alongside some of the greats of the game. Only Jim Laker (10/53) and Anil Kumble (10/74) have picked all 10 wickets in an innings of a Test match.Maharaj’s figures are the best against Sri Lanka by any opposition bowler. Keshav Maharaj became the 19th bowler to pick 9 wickets in a Test innings (AP Photo)After a promising start where the openers put on 116 runs for the first wicket, Sri Lanka collapsed as Maharaj bowled a probing line. In a bid to strengthen their batting after their poor show in Galle, the tourists went into the game with a lone spinner, leaving out Tabraiz Shamsi and they may have regretted the decision given Sri Lanka’s troubles against the only spinner.advertisementAfter electing to bat first, Sri Lanka’s openers dominated the morning session. Their 116-run stand is Sri Lanka’s first 100 plus partnership for the opening wicket since October 2016. Since then Sri Lanka have gone through 21 Test matches without a 100 plus partnership by the openers.Maharaj bowled unchanged in the afternoon session and picked up both openers Dimuth Karunaratne (53) and Danushka Gunathilaka (57) in successive overs. He also accounted for Kusal Mendis to reduce Sri Lanka to 168 for three by tea.In the final session’s play on the first day, Maharaj claimed five wickets to put South Africa on top. Kagiso Rabada claimed the other wicket to fall when he cleaned up Roshen Silva for 22.Dhananjaya de Silva top scored with 60 runs and was tested by Rabada, who reverse-swung the old ball considerably but with little success. De Silva was hit on the shoulder by a Rabada bouncer when he ducked late. Eventually, he became yet another victim of Maharaj as South Africa successfully reviewed after the appeal had been turned down by umpire Nigel Llong.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

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India vs West Indies: Rohit Sharma blasts record 4th T20I hundred on Diwali eve

first_imgRohit Sharma now has the highest number of T20 international centuries as he blasted his 4th hundred in the second T20I at the Bharat Ratan Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Tuesday.Rohit became the first batsman to score four hundreds in the shortest format in international cricket and hence, went past New Zealand’s Colin Munro, who has scored three centuries.Rohit had earlier surpassed Virat Kohli as the highest run-scorer in T20Is for India. His previous century had come back in July of this year when he was 100 not out against England in Bristol.India vs West Indies 2nd T20I: Live UpdatesIncidentally it was at this same match that he had crossed the 2000-run mark and was the fifth batsman in men’s cricket to do so.Rohit had failed in the first game scoring only 6 at his favourite hunting ground, Eden Gardens in Kolkata. But on Tuesday he battered the West Indies bowlers all around the park at the newly-built stadium.READ – Rohit Sharma overtakes Virat Kohli to become India’s highest run-scorer in T20IsAfter playing out a maiden first over of the innings, Rohit along with Shikhar Dhawan started the onslaught, swatting the young Windies bowlers for fours and sixes with relative ease.He remained unbeaten at the end of the innings on 111 from 61 balls and hit 8 fours and 7 sixes, as he powered India to finish 195/2 from 20 overs.Fireworks on display here at Lucknow as @ImRo45 brings up his 4th T20 CENTURY!! (@BCCI) November 6, 2018He became the second Indian man and third Indian overall after women’s team star Mithali Raj and Kohli to score 2000 runs in the format.Rohit is now the second-highest run-scorer with 2203 runs in 86 T20Is at an average of 33.89 behind New Zealand’s Martin Guptill (2271). He overtook Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik (2190) and New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum (2140).In the course of his innings, Rohit put himself joint third highest on the list of most sixes in an innings. He equalled Yuvraj Singh, who accomplished the feat twice (vs England in Durban, 2007 and vs Pakistan in Ahmedabad, 2012).Rohit in fact, holds the record with 10 sixes in an innings that he hit against Sri Lanka in Indore last year.He is also India’s most prolific six hitter in T20Is. Rohit also went past New Zealand great Brendon McCullum on the list of most T20I sixes. Rohit now has 96 sixes as compared to McCullum’s 91 maximums.last_img read more

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Sturridge languishing in Liverpool limbo

first_imgTransfers Wanted by Inter, waiting on Sevilla – Sturridge languishing in Liverpool limbo Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 17:00 1/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Daniel Sturridge Transfers Liverpool Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich Albion FA Cup Opinion The striker scored one of his best goals against Saturday’s opponents when he was core to the Reds, but now risks fading further into the background Luis Suarez had already celebrated a hat-trick – his first at Anfield – hoovering up West Brom’s resistance by first slaloming through them before twice heading in prior to the hour mark.However, the moment that seemed to pause time on that Saturday afternoon in October 2013, most underscoring the gulf in class between Liverpool and their opponents in a 4-1 league victory, was delivered by the Uruguayan’s foil up front, Daniel Sturridge.He combined speed and strength to swat away Youssouf Mulumbu then, noting that Boaz Myhill was off his line, caressed a deft chip over the goalkeeper from 25 yards out. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player His manager at the time, Brendan Rodgers, described the goal as an ode to Kenny Dalglish’s catalogue; a quality finish crafted from acuity and poise.With West Brom lining up at Anfield again this weekend in an FA Cup fourth-round fixture, the then and now of Sturridge’s career moves into focus, especially as the striker ponders exiting Liverpool on loan this month.Inter have submitted a “serious” proposal to recruit the England international for the rest of the season, paving the path to a permanent deal, while the 28-year-old prefers a switch to Sevilla, who have only enquired about his availability.Vincenzo Montella’s side are yet to follow an initial check with any formal offer as they explore other options – Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi among them.Sturridge, in limbo, could be involved in Liverpool’s matchday squad on Saturday evening for the first time since the 7-0 Champions League scorching of Spartak Moscow on December 6.The striker was initially unavailable through a muscle issue and illness, but despite being fit for the encounters against Manchester City and Swansea, he was not included in the 18.For the best part of two seasons following his watershed 2013-14 campaign, that was unthinkable. In the post-Suarez era on L4, Liverpool’s ambitions were tightly entwined with Sturridge’s presence on the pitch.The dressing room lionised him, the backroom staff so heavily depended on his elite finishing and opponents dreaded his surety in front of the sticks, which is why his regular injury-enforced absences felt like a wake for success.”He lights up this team,” Rodgers explained in 2015. “When you add a top-class player like him to it, you can go to another level.”Daniel Sturridge Liverpool Huddersfield Town Premier LeagueWhen Jurgen Klopp succeeded the Northern Irishman as Reds manager, the marksman’s availability still dominated the agenda.Every press conference would include a bulletin on his fitness as the German answered what he termed “the daily Daniel Sturridge question”. He was still the talking point.Now, however, the Birmingham-born ace is an evanescing force at the club. He started just 11 games in Klopp’s first full season in charge, which has decreased to five in the current campaign as the preferred front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have hit 50 goals between them.Dominic Solanke and Danny Ings – nowhere near as refined in the final third, but more functional – have moved ahead of Sturridge, who is out of contract next year, as back-ups.The scorer of 63 goals for the Reds has been an unused substitute more times in 2017-18 than he has featured from the off, and given his dwindling opportunities, status and trust on Merseyside, it is understandable that he wants to explore fresh possibilities as the World Cup approaches.Liverpool’s willingness to sanction his departure ahead of the January deadline despite already losing Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona is a sign that both parties feel there is little to gain if he remains at Anfield.A move may ultimately not materialise in this window if there is no agreement that placates the club and the player. If that is the case, Klopp will still have a potential match-winner within his ranks, but Sturridge risks fading further into the background. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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9 months agoDONE DEAL: Stevenage sign West Ham midfielder Moses Makasi

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Stevenage sign West Ham midfielder Moses Makasiby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveStevenage have signed West Ham midfielder Moses Makasi on loan until the end of the season.The 23-year-old, who is yet to make his senior debut for the Hammers, spent time on loan with Plymouth last season scoring once in seven appearances.He could feature for Boro in Saturday’s home game against Crawley.”Moses is a good footballer and I am really pleased we have been able to get this one over the line,” boss Dino Maamria told the club website. last_img read more

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Satish Chandra Verma appointed new Advocate General of Cgarh

first_imgRaipur: The Chhattisgarh government has appointed Satish Chandra Verma as the new Advocate General of the state, replacing Kanak Tiwari from the post. The appointment was made late Friday night. Before the order of Verma’s appointment was issued by the government, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel had said Friday evening that Tiwari had resigned from the post and his resignation had been accepted. However, Tiwari maintained that he had not tendered his resignation. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Before being appointed as the new AG, Verma was the Additional Advocate General of the state. Tiwari had been appointed as the Advocate General after the then A G Jugal Kishore Gilda resigned from the post following the formation of Congress government in the state in December last year. “In exercise of the powers conferred by Clause (1) of Article 165 of the constitution of India, the Governor of Chhattisgarh is pleased to appoint Satish Chandra Verma, Additional Advocate General, Chhattisgarh as Advocate General, Chhattisgarh, in place of Kanak Tiwari, with immediate effect,” the order issued by state’s Law and Legal Affairs department on Friday night said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations Talking to reporters at Swami Vivekanand Airport here, Baghel had said on Friday evening that Tiwari had tendered his resignation from the post, which had been accepted. “He (Tiwari) had expressed his inability (to continue with the post). His resignation has been accepted and the new appointment to the post has been made,” Baghel had said in response to a query. However, Tiwari had claimed that he had not tendered his resignation and was not aware of the CM’s statement. “I firmly say that I haven’t resigned from the post of Advocate General. I haven’t written any resignation letter to the Governor, who is my appointing authority,” Tiwari had said. He asked how could his resignation be accepted if he had not tendered it in the first place. Tiwari’s statement triggered speculations about a rift between the state government and its highest law officer. Meanwhile, former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi-led Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) party accused the Congress government of creating constitutional crises in the state. “The post of advocate general is very important and highly dignified. It does not suit a chief minister to make a mockery of it. The row over the appointment of AG has led to constitutional crises in the state,” former MLA Amit Jogi, son of Ajit Jogi, said. The Chhattisgarh High Court should take its cognisance and investigate the matter, he said. “What was the reason that a senior and renowned lawyer like Kanak Tiwari was terminated after being insulted…The CM made false statement about his resignation, which reflects that Tiwari, while discharging his constitutional duty, was denied to be part of the illegal, inappropriate and un- constitutional acts on the direction of the chief minister for which he had to bear the brunt of termination,” Jogi alleged.last_img read more

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India submits final DPR for crossborder rail project to Nepal

first_imgKathmandu: India has submitted the final detailed project report of the proposed 18.5 km cross-border railway line between India’s Rupaidiya and Nepal’s Kohalpur, according to a media report. The railway track will start from Rupaidiya Railway Station and pass through Jayaspur, Indrapur, Guruwa Gaun, Hawaldalpur, Rajhena and end in Kohalpur in Nepal, the Himalayan Times reported on Thursday. A Detailed Project Report (DPR) is a micro planning tool that typically provides the project rational, summary, user specifications, engineering designs of main and support infrastructure, as well as technical and financial aspects including financial sustainability. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsAs per the DPR, the proposed railway track will run parallel and between the East-West Highway and the Postal Highway. India has already helped the Nepal government in the construction of the Postal Highways which started in 2016. “Constructing the railway above the East-West Highway means clearing a huge swathe of national parks to make way for laying the railway track. So the project report has been devised in such a way that the sanctuaries are safe,” Kiran Karki, a Railway Department Engineer, was quoted as saying. India has submitted the project’s DPR to the Railway Department, the report said. According to the DPR, the railway line will be constructed two to three kilometres away from the East-West Highway. Officials at the Railway Department have said that 750-km-long railway network will be developed in five years, the paper reported.last_img read more

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Alberta declares beer trade fight with Ontario over access to liquor stores

first_imgThe Alberta government is opening a new front in the Canadian beer war by targeting Ontario for what it says are its unfair trade barriers to Alberta suds and other alcoholic products.Economic Development and Trade Minister Deron Bilous says Alberta is launching a formal trade challenge against Ontario over policies he says prevent Alberta manufacturers from accessing that much larger market.He says Alberta’s private liquor stores sell 745 alcoholic beverages made in Ontario but the government-owned Liquor Control Board of Ontario lists only about 20 products made in Alberta.Meanwhile, Finance Minister Joe Ceci says the province will retreat on craft beer subsidies that were found by a judge to be unconstitutional last spring.He says he will cancel by Dec. 15 Alberta’s program of grants for smaller Alberta craft brewers, to bring its beer regulations in compliance with Canadian trade law.The province will return to a system similar to that in place before 2015, with markups of $1.25 per litre applied to all beer sold in Alberta by producers of more than 50,000 hectolitres per year. Smaller brewers, regardless of province of origin, are able to apply for markups of between 10 and 60 cents per litre.“Alberta has the most open liquor policy in the country, offering Albertans a choice of over 3,700 Canadian products … Alberta merchants stock and sell 745 alcoholic beverages from Ontario,” said Bilous.“Ontario is the largest market in the country, three times larger than our own, yet we can only find about 20 Alberta liquor products listed for sale in Ontario.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Racism gets full airing during Town Hall

first_imgAPTN National NewsOn Tuesday evening, APTN broadcasted its live Town Hall from Winnipeg.The event was called “Racism: Let’s talk about it!”The event brought together experts and a studio audience to talk, listen and learn about racism.APTN National News reporter Matt Thordarson takes a closer look at the evening.last_img

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Pimicikamak leaders meet with province occupation continues

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn occupation of a Manitoba hydro power dam will continue.A high-level meeting with a provincial cabinet minister Friday wasn’t able to bring the protest to an end.APTN’s Tim Fontaine was at that meeting and the occupation.He files this report.last_img

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Owner of famed French Riviera luxury hotel dies at 95

first_imgPARIS — Jeanne Augier, the millionaire owner of a luxury French Riviera hotel appreciated by celebrities and royalty, has died. She was 95.The Hotel Negresco in Nice announced in a statement that Augier died on Monday, after taking over the hotel in 1957 and working to “extend its influence throughout France and the world.”Flags hanging above the hotel flew at half-staff Wednesday in an extended mourning period declared by the hotel.The hotel’s art nouveau facade and pink dome dominate the elegant Promenade des Anglais on the Nice shore. It’s known both for its glamorous guests and thousands of works of valuable art and antique furniture collected by Augier.Augier died without heirs, and legal disputes are reportedly underway about what will happen to the hotel.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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UN honours 60 years of service by peacekeepers with ceremonies worldwide

29 May 2008From solemn wreath-laying ceremonies honouring those who died in service to a peace march, a fun run, concerts and multimedia exhibitions, United Nations offices and missions around the world are today observing the International Day of UN Peacekeepers – 60 years to the day after the first blue helmets were authorized by the Organization. From solemn wreath-laying ceremonies honouring those who died in service to a peace march, a fun run, concerts and multimedia exhibitions, United Nations offices and missions around the world are today observing the International Day of UN Peacekeepers – 60 years to the day after the first blue helmets were authorized by the Organization.Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Marie Guéhenno led a wreath-laying ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York this morning, noting that 90 peacekeepers died last year, taking the total number of personnel who have died since the first operation was established in 1948 to over 2,400.“Serving far from home in challenging and dangerous environments, these men and women represent the best the international community has to offer; we pay tribute to their sacrifice and dedication in pursuit of the noble goals of the United Nations,” he said.“But even as we mourn those we have lost, we pay tribute to the professionalism, dedication and courage of those who continue the work of their departed comrades whom we honour here today.”More than 110,000 military, police and civilian personnel currently serve in 20 UN peace operations around the world, and the UN peacekeeping budget stands at $6.5 billion, an all-time high.Mr. Guéhenno stressed that the demands on UN peacekeeping are so high in the modern era that the world body cannot meet them alone.“We must build strong partnerships to ensure that we can move from providing initial security to rebuilding shattered societies.”The UN’s peacekeeping chief also participated with Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information Kiyotaka Akasaka in the opening of a multimedia exhibition on the anniversary at UN Headquarters in New York.The Department of Public Information (DPI) has arranged for the exhibition to be staged concurrently in cities around the world, including Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Canberra, Islamabad, Mexico City and Rabat.Wreath-laying ceremonies for fallen peacekeepers also took place in many other countries with a UN presence, including Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia and Thailand.In Timor-Leste, a peace march wound its way through the capital, Dili, while film screenings, concerts, sporting events and commemoration ceremonies were held across the country.About 400 peacekeepers serving with the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) took part in a three-kilometre race, while soccer games, a high school quiz contest and a university lecture were also conducted to mark the occasion.UN blue helmets serving in the two separate missions in Sudan held free medical and veterinary clinics to benefit locals, while a one-minute period of silence was observed as part of a formal ceremony in the capital, Khartoum.In Bangkok, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) organized a commemoration to mark the Day, including a formal panel discussion and the screening of a documentary about peacekeeping.The Day is the exact anniversary of the date in 1948 when the Security Council established the first UN peacekeeping operation, the UN Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO), to monitor an armistice between Israel and its neighbours. read more

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UN envoy spotlights regional and global impact of Somalia conflict

12 August 2010Last month’s deadly twin bombings which struck the Ugandan capital, allegedly carried out by a Somali-based militant group, underscore how the effects of the long-running conflict in Somalia are spreading beyond its borders, the top United Nations envoy to the troubled Horn of African nation said today. The group known as Al-Shabaab reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks in Kampala, which killed claimed more than 70 lives among Ugandans and people of other nationalities as they were watching the final match of the soccer World Cup.Expressing his condolences for the families of the victims and to all Ugandans, Augustine P. Mahiga, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative, wrote in a letter to the Somali diaspora that the July attacks “further [confirm] the regional and international ramifications of the conflict.”The country, he said, is already high on the agendas of organizations, such as the African Union (AU) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which have issued decisions recently calling for decisive action in tackling the crisis in Somalia.“The Kampala tragedy has heightened international attention and concern,” Mr. Mahiga pointed out.The Special Representative, who recently replaced Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah in the post, said that his key priorities for Somalia are “reconciliation which rests on dialogue, political inclusiveness, public security, humanitarian action and reconstruction,” all priorities which he believes are mutually reinforcing.The past month has witnessed strides made towards drawing up a constitution, one of the key tasks of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG), he said in his first letter to the diaspora in his new role.The consultation process to draft the document is officially set to start soon, allowing Somalis both inside and outside the country to make comments on the text.“This will be a unique opportunity for Somalis to shape their destiny,” the official wrote.While the security situation in Somalia generates much concern, he stressed the importance of building public institutions and facilitating the delivery of basic services.“There can be no doubt that areas such as education, health, water and sanitation remain critical to the Somali people in their daily well-being,” he emphasized, highlighting the role that the diaspora can play in improving the situation in these areas.“In partnership with all those who support the peace process, you in the diaspora can ensure that the existing prospects for peace are harnessed into tangible outcomes – better security and improved conditions for the long-suffering Somali people,” Mr. Mahiga said in his letter.Earlier this week, the Special Representative voiced hope that the increased representation of the UN Political Office in Somalia (UNPOS) will help to further the peace process in the country.The office, which is headed by Mr. Mahiga, has been based in Nairobi due to security concerns.Within the next few months, UNPOS will have increased numbers of both international and national staff in Garowe and Hargeisa in the self-declared autonomous regions of Puntland and Somaliland, respectively, to join national staff already on the ground, he said. read more

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Somalia Annan urges parties to show restraint as peace talks enter critical

Calling on the two self-declared autonomous regions “to exercise utmost restraint and to refrain from the use of force,” Mr. Annan, in a statement read by his spokesman, urged them to seek a solution through political dialogue and reminded them to protect their civilian populations.Tensions between “Puntland” (Northeast Somalia) and “Somaliland” (Northwest Somalia), have been growing in recent weeks, with both claiming the same territory.The Secretary-General called on “all Somali parties to reach agreement on national reconciliation that would put an end to all the fighting and bloodshed in the country.”Somali officials have been involved in peace talks in Kenya for over a year.Conflict and the collapse of many institutions over the last decade have compounded the shortage of basic services all over Somalia, the World Bank and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) say in a new report based on a nationwide household survey.The new Socio-Economic Survey of Somalia – the first such report in over two decades – shows the difficulties people face without a central government, the joint report says.The survey estimates that 43 per cent of Somalis live in extreme poverty, surviving on less than a dollar a day, and finds that nearly half the workforce is unemployed.The World Food Programme (WFP) said late last month that it had delivered 732 tons of mixed food commodities to 39 drought-stricken villages in “Somaliland” – 15 of them through the “Puntland” port of Bossaso. It was enough food to last the people about a month, it said. read more

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Eight experts named to new UN panel monitoring sanctions on AlQaida

The appointments, detailed in a document released today at UN Headquarters in New York, come in response to a resolution adopted in January by the Security Council.By that measure, the Council established a New York-based Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team to work at the direction of the existing UN committee dealing with sanctions against Al-Qaida and the Taliban. The new team, operating for the next 18 months, will periodically report to the Council on the implementation of the sanctions regime.The resolution, which also tightened the sanctions on those groups, spelled out the kind of expertise required, calling for individuals with knowledge related to Al-Qaida and/or the Taliban in such areas as counter-terrorism legislation, terrorism financing, international financial transactions, alternative remittance systems, charities, the use of couriers, border enforcement, arms embargoes and drug trafficking.Mr. Annan selected Richard Barrett of the United Kingdom, Stanislav Frolov of the Russian Federation, Wilson C. Kalumba of Zambia, Franck Kasbarian of France, Christine Lee of Singapore, Ashraf Mohsen of Egypt, Gary J. Peters of the United States and Lynne Walker of Australia.The sanctions were originally adopted, and later tightened, in response to the indictment of Usama bin Laden for the 1998 terrorist bombings of US embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam.States are required to freeze financial assets, including property as well as funds derived or generated by any undertaking owned or controlled by the Taliban, and to ensure that they are not used by the group. Countries are also obliged to freeze funds, property and other financial assets of Usama bin Laden and his associates in the Al-Qaida organization, and to prevent their entry or transit through the State’s territory. In addition, nations must prevent the supply, sale and transfer of all arms and materiel – along with any form of military training – to the named individuals and entities. read more

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Joan Canellas to PICK Szeged

← Previous Story Women’s EHF Final4 draw – Gyor VS CSM Bucharest, Rostov against Vardar Next Story → VIDEO: Rocasa Gran Canaria at EHF Challenge Cup Final after fantastic 9-meter goal Joan CanellasPick Szeged Joan Canellas will be a new member of Hungarian PICK Szeged from the next summer, according sources. The 32-years old left back-playmaker of Macedonian RK Vardar Skopje will change T-shirt at the end of current season and join Juan Carlos Pastor’s squad – vicechampions of Hungary.Canellas had a big part in Vardar’s major success, winning the Men’s EHF Champions League 2017 in Cologne.He came to Vardar in summer 2016 from THW Kiel. Before, Canellas played at HSV Handball, BM Atletico Madrid, BM Ciudad Real, BM Granollers, FC Barcelona… read more

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