10 months agoBatshuayi reveals influence on Chelsea Pulisic deal

first_imgBatshuayi reveals influence on Chelsea Pulisic dealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Michy Batshuayi has hinted an influence on the deal for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Christian Pulisic.Pulisic made a £58million switch to Chelsea on Wednesday, although he will return to Dortmund on loan for the remainder of the campaign.Batshuayi, who is currently on loan at Valencia, spent the second half of last season with Dortmund, where he formed a strong friendship with Pulisic.Batshuayi wrote on Instagram: ‘#AgentMichy. Happy for you bro @cmpulisic #specialtalent’.#[email protected]/2XpsW8ynAo— Jake Heasman (@jakeheasman) January 2, 2019 TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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2 days agoZubizarreta: Arsenal attacker Pepe was in Marseille to sign

first_imgZubizarreta: Arsenal attacker Pepe was in Marseille to signby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlympique Marseille chief Andoni Zubizarreta admits a past deal for Nicolas Pepe was close.Pepe eventually left Lille for Arsenal in a club record €80m deal this summer.But Zubizarreta revealed: “Nicolas Pépé was on our list, he came to Marseille and we almost agreed. “It could have been done, but it was finally Dimitri Payet who arrived because it was the right moment and we needed experienced players. “These are choices that are made at a specific time.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Foes of Obama oilgas rule ask court to reconsider ruling

first_imgDENVER – Opponents of some Obama-era oil and gas regulations say a decision by a federal appeals court in Denver could allow those rules to go into effect temporarily, even though the Trump administration plans to revoke them.Four states, two industry groups and a Native American tribe filed documents Friday and Monday asking the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a decision it issued in September.That decision said it would be a waste of time to rule on whether the regulations are legal because the new administration has already begun to overturn them. But the decision cast doubt on whether the regulations are in force in the meantime.Colorado, North Dakota, Utah and Wyoming asked the court reconsider. Two industry groups — the Independent Petroleum Association of America and the Western Energy Alliance — filed another request, as did the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Utah.The industry groups said that unless the September decision is changed, the federal government could be forced to enact the rules until they are formally revoked. Energy companies would have to spend time and money complying or risk getting sued, the groups said.The Ute tribe said it would suffer economic losses if the rules take effect because energy companies might hold off drilling on tribal land until the Trump administration revokes them. The states said they too would be harmed.The appeals court did not immediately say whether it would reconsider. It told six environmental groups that are parties to the case to respond to the requests by Nov. 20.The 2015 rules require drilling companies to disclose what chemicals they used in hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal land. Hydraulic fracturing boosts oil and gas production by injecting a high-pressure mix of water, sand and chemicals underground to break open rock formations.A federal judge in Wyoming overturned the regulations last year, saying the government had no authority to impose them. The Obama administration — which was still in office — and environmentalists appealed.Before the appeals court could rule, the Trump administration took office and announced it would revoke the regulations. That process is underway but not yet complete.The 10th Circuit, citing the uncertain future of the regulations, dismissed the appeals in its September decision but also reversed the Wyoming judge’s decision that overturned the regulations in the first place. That left confusion about whether the regulations are in force.___Follow Dan Elliott at http://twitter.com/DanElliottAP. His work can be found at https://apnews.com/search/dan%20elliott.last_img read more

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RCMP confirm photo on social media not suspects in Northern BC homicides

first_imgWINNIPEG, M.B. – The Manitoba RCMP have confirmed the photo floating around on social media of a man posing with a copy of the Winnipeg Sun, is not one of the suspects in three northern B.C. homicides.In a post on Facebook early Friday, the RCMP confirmed the photo that shows a man posing with the front page of Thursday’s Winnipeg Sun is not Kam McLeod or Bryer Schmegelsky.The RCMP also said they are still searching for the suspects and will release updates as they have concrete and confirmed information to share.  The post goes onto say, “We understand many people are experiencing fear & uncertainty over this incident but spreading online rumours doesn’t help.”RCMP have been searching near Gillam Manitoba since Monday for Bryer Schmegelsky and Kam McLeod.  There have been two confirmed sightings of the suspects near the community. The vehicle they had been driving was found near the community.last_img read more

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Dhoni opens up on 2013 IPL fixing scandal

first_imgNew Delhi: What mistake did the players make, asked Mahendra Singh Dhoni, opening up on a phase of life made “most difficult and depressing” by the 2013 IPL fixing scandal. The two-time World Cup winning captain broke his silence in a docudrama aptly titled ‘Roar of the Lion’, which focuses on the scandal that rocked Indian cricket and the ensuing fairy tale comeback by Chennai Super Kings following a two-year suspension for its management’s role in spot-fixing. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “2013 was the most difficult phase in my life, I was never depressed as much as I was then. The closest was 2007 World Cup when we lost in the group stages. But all said and done, 2007 happened because we did not play good cricket. “But 2013, the angle was completely different. People are talking about match-fixing and spot-fixing. It was the most talked about thing in the country,” Dhoni said in the first episode titled ‘What did we do wrong’? broadcast on Hotstar. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Dhoni, who led the CSK to three IPL titles, said they knew a “harsh punishment” was on the cards. “We did deserve the punishment but the only thing is the quantum of the punishment. Finally we got to know that CSK will be banned for two years. There was a mixed feeling that time. Because you take a lot of things personally and, as a captain, question what did the team do wrong,” Dhoni stated. “Yes there was mistake from our side (the franchise) but were the players involved in this? What mistake did we, as players, do to go through all of that?” Recalling the torrid time when insinuations and allegations flew thick and fast, Dhoni said fixing a match requires the involvement of the majority of players. “My name also came up in talks of fixing. They started showcasing in the media or social media as if the team was involved, I was involved. Is it possible (in cricket)? Yes it is possible, anyone can do spot-fixing. Umpires can do that, batsmen can, bowlers can… but match-fixing needs the involvement of the majority of the players.” For Dhoni, who has always preferred to go about his job quietly even when leading the Indian team, his silence may have been misunderstood. “The problem when people think you are very strong, is that more often than not, nobody comes and asks: how are you doing. It was more of how I dealt with it. “I did not want to talk about it to others, at the same time it was scratching me. I don’t want anything to affect my cricket. For me cricket is the most important thing.” In a trailer of the documentary recently, Dhoni had called match-fixing a bigger crime than murder. “Whatever I am today, whatever I have achieved is because of cricket. So the biggest crime that I can commit personally is not murder. It’s actually match fixing because it doesn’t get restricted to me. If I’m involved in such a thing, it has a bigger impact. “If people think a match is fixed because the outcome of a match is extraordinary, then people lose their faith in cricket. I don’t think in my life I would deal with something that is tougher than this,” he said. Dhoni had not commented on the turmoil before this. In July 2015, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were suspended from the cash-rich league for two years for betting activities by their key officials Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra during the 2013 season. On his silence post the episode, Dhoni said, “What makes it even tougher is that, as the Indian captain you keep going to press conferences. There is a known line that is drawn that that was the IPL and this is the Indian cricket team. “It’s not easy to keep performing at the top level when these things are on your mind. Ten years down the line, no one is going to remember what was said in a press conference but how the team did.” While he agreed that then BCCI chief N Srinivasan’s son-in-law Meiyappan was part of the team setup, Dhoni said, in what capacity, is open to debate. “Initially, when Guru’s name came up, (we knew) he was part of the team, all said and done. But in what capacity, that is debatable. Was he the owner, the team principal, the motivator… what exactly was he? “I don’t know if anyone from the franchise introduced Guru to us as the owner… we all knew him as the son-in-law.” The punishment was handed down by a Supreme Court- appointed three-member committee headed by former CJI R M Lodha, which held that the betting activities brought the game of cricket, BCCI and IPL into disrepute. Lastly, Dhoni called his association with CSK is “like a match made on matrimonial site an arranged marriage”.last_img read more

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SC Collegium recommends names for appointment as chief justices of 4 HCs

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended names of four high court judges for their appointment as chief justices of the high courts of Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Telangana.As per May 10 resolutions uploaded on the apex court website, a three-member Collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, recommended to the Centre the name of Justice D N Patel for his appointment as the chief justice of Delhi High Court. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghSimilarly, the Collegium has recommended names of Justices A A Kureshi, V Ramasubramanian and R S Chauhan for their appointment as chief justices of high courts of Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Telangana respectively. “Office of the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court would be falling vacant very shortly, consequent upon retirement of Justice Rajendra Menon, chief justice of that high court. Therefore, appointment to that office is required to be made,” the Collegium, also comprising Justices S A Bobde and N V Ramana, said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”Justice D N Patel is a senior puisne Judge from Gujarat High Court and at present is functioning, on transfer, in Jharkhand High Court. Having regard to all relevant factors, the Collegium is of the considered view that Justice D N Patel is suitable in all respects for being appointed as chief justice of the Delhi High Court,” the resolution said. Recommending the name of Justice Ramasubramanian for appointment as chief justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court, the Collegium said it has taken into consideration the fact that at present there is only one chief justice from Madras High Court. “Justice V Ramasubramanian is the senior-most judge from Madras High Court and at present is functioning, on transfer, in Telangana High Court. Having regard to all relevant factors, the Collegium is of the considered view that Justice V Ramasubramanian is suitable in all respects for being appointed as chief justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court,” the resolution said. Regarding Justice Kureshi, the Collegium said he is the senior-most judge from the Gujarat High Court and at present is functioning, on transfer, in the Bombay High Court. “Office of the Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court would be falling vacant, very shortly, consequent upon retirement of Justice S K Seth, chief justice of that high court. Therefore, appointment to that office is required to be made,” it said. The Collegium resolution said that Justice Chauhan is the senior-most judge from Rajasthan High Court and at present is functioning in Telangana High Court as acting chief justice. “Office of the Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court, which has recently been constituted as separate high court for the state of Telangana, has been lying vacant for some time. Therefore, appointment to that office is required to be made,” it said. Besides them, the Collegium has also recommended the names of two advocates, Vishal Dhagat and Vishal Mishra, for appointment as judges at the Madhya Pradesh High Court. It dealt with the file relating to proposal for appointment of five advocates as judges of the Madhya Pradesh High Court. “For purpose of assessing merit and suitability of the above-named recommendees for elevation to the high court, we have carefully scrutinized the material on record including the observations made by the Department of Justice as well as certain complaints, placed before us. Apart from this, the Collegium had an interaction with all the recommendees on April 1, 2019,” the resolution said.last_img read more

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Cardale Jones looks to keep Ohio State on track against Minnesota

OSU redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones (12) runs with the ball during a game against Rutgers on Oct. 24 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway Township, NJ . OSU won 49-7. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorWith the one-game suspension of Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback J.T. Barrett following a Saturday morning drunk-driving citation, the door has opened for redshirt junior Cardale Jones to come off the bench and lead the offense.It is a situation the Cleveland native is more than familiar with after filling in for the final three games of last season, but not likely one he expected just one game after losing his starting job for the first time.Still, OSU coach Urban Meyer said he has complete faith in Jones.“Cardale had a great week of practice last week, he’s engaged, he handled everything like a man,” Meyer said. “He threw for 300 yards a couple weeks ago at a 75 percent clip. He’s 10-0 as a starter. That’s not even a hesitation.”Despite Meyer’s confidence in Jones, senior left tackle Taylor Decker said the absence of Barrett could affect the offense for OSU (8-0, 4-0) that was improving each game.“I think it does affect our momentum,” Decker said. “We were getting J.T. in there more and more and we were improving week to week, but at the same time I don’t think it was just J.T. getting in there that affected our momentum. I think everyone was playing better.”That start for Jones is set to come on Saturday against visiting Minnesota (4-4, 1-3).OSU has won eight consecutive meetings with the Golden Gophers, but Decker said OSU expects a very tough matchup with the road team, which is led by the 25th ranked defense in the country.“It could be one of the toughest games for us thus far this year,” Decker said.If something were to happen to Jones on Saturday, Meyer said another former starting quarterback would step in: redshirt senior Braxton Miller.Miller, a two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, started at quarterback for the Buckeyes for three seasons before a shoulder injury and the emergences of Barrett and Jones forced him to switch positions to H-back.The Huber Heights, Ohio, native is yet to throw a downfield pass this season, but Meyer said the decision to slot him as the backup over redshirt freshman Stephen Collier was an easy one.“There’s no question that he’s our No. 2 quarterback,” Meyer said.Meyer said no decision had been made as of Monday as to if Miller would be behind center in the red zone, as Barrett did for the final two weeks of Jones’ original stint as the starter.Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.About the GophersMinnesota’s season has been marked by several strong performances and several duds.The Golden Gophers put scares in No. 8 TCU in the season opener and, last week, No. 17 Michigan, losing by six and three points, respectively.However, a trio of three-point wins over the Mountain West’s Colorado State and the Mid-American Conference’s Kent State and Ohio showed that Minnesota has oftentimes looked better in losses than wins this season.Minnesota’s interim coach, Tracy Claeys, is set to lead his team for the second consecutive game after stepping in following the sudden retirement of former coach Jerry Kill.The players rallied around Claeys in his first game, coming within a yard of upsetting Michigan. Meyer said he expects that same passion on the road in Columbus.“I think that they played their best game (against Michigan),” Meyer said. “They were very inspired, they played tremendous in that game on both sides of the ball against a very good team. So, I think they’re an excellent team. They’re hitting their stride right now as well.”A season ago, Minnesota put up a fight against the Buckeyes in Minneapolis, though OSU came away with a 31-24 victory. Barrett was responsible for 389 yards and four touchdowns in the game.That contest marked the last time OSU junior running back Ezekiel Elliott failed to rush for over 100 yards, as he finished with 91. The St. Louis native has eclipsed the century mark in 13 consecutive games since. Webb is backDuring Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference, Meyer revealed that sophomore cornerback Damon Webb’s suspension has been lifted and he could return to action on Saturday.Webb played in each of OSU’s first two games, picking up eight tackles, before being suspended for an undisclosed violation of a team policy before the Buckeyes’ Week 3 game against Northern Illinois.Webb’s return comes as a necessity for an OSU secondary that has lost junior safety Cam Burrows and, as Meyer also announced on Tuesday, sophomore safety Erick Smith for the season.Webb did not appear on OSU’s weekly depth chart, but Meyer indicated during the teleconference that he will see the field against the Golden Gophers.Meyer also said on Monday that junior H-back Dontre Wilson and redshirt freshman receiver Parris Campbell are questionable on Saturday, while redshirt freshman receiver Johnnie Dixon is out following a knee injury.Up nextAfter the matchup with Minnesota, OSU is scheduled to head to Champaign, Illinois, for a meeting with the Fighting Illini. 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Susos failed new role at AC Milan

first_imgAC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso has admitted that his plan to move Suso from the right wing into a support striker role failedThe Rossoneri were held to another draw against Torino on Wednesday night with Milan having now failed to win in their past five matches in what has been a challenging month for Gattuso’s side against the likes of Juventus, local rivals Inter Milan, and Napoli.After Lorenzo De Silvestri’s equaliser in the 70th minute for Torino, Gattuso moved Suso to the role of a support striker in a late bid to snatch the three points. However, the move failed to pay off and the head coach admitted his disappointment.“I tried to play Suso as an attacking midfielder but sometimes you also need to see how a player reacts to something new. Sometimes if the players are struggling to do something new it’s better to stick to the plan and do what we can.” said the Italian, according to Calcio Mercato.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.Despite the failed move, Suso has had an impressive season at the San Siro and has scored eight goals and made five assists in his 42 appearances in all competitions.The Spaniard has recently reportedly caught the interest of Liverpool with the media in England suggesting that the 24 year-old will complete a move to Anfield in the summer.last_img read more

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