Juan Mata believes he has “many more years” left him, with the Manchester United midfielder attracting interest from Barcelona.Goal revealed on Thursday that the Spain international is registering on the recruitment radar of those at Camp Nou.His contract at Old Trafford is running down and if no extension is agreed, he will drop into the free agent pool this summer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The potential availability of a World Cup winner, even at 30 years of age, has piqued the interest of Barca, while Arsenal continue to be mooted as another possible landing spot.Mata has offered no clue as to where he sees his future, but he is intending to compete at the highest level for several seasons to come.He told the Premier League’s official website: “I’ve been playing football for a long time now but I still feel young, mentally and physically.“I still feel that I have a lot of football in my mind and in my legs, and hopefully I can play for many more years.”Mata has shown his worth to United again this season amid fierce competition for places.He has started only nine Premier League games, but has registered two goals and as many assists.Five efforts have been recorded in total across all competitions, with one against Fulham in December taking him to 50 in the English top-flight.That haul has been achieved across spells with Chelsea and United, with his account opened on his Blues debut against Norwich in August 2011.“It felt so far away,” Mata said of his half-century.“It was important for me to score in the first game. From that moment it was a bit closer but 50 goals is a good mark, especially for someone who is not a striker. I’m proud of it.“I remember also my first goal with Manchester United against Aston Villa, in front of the Stretford End at Old Trafford, which was a dream as well.”Mata hit 20 goals in his second season with Chelsea and has reached double figures on three occasions for United.He has often been a man for the big occasion, with memories of his stunning brace against Liverpool at Anfield in March 2015 still fresh in the mind of Red Devils supporters.“It’s always nice to score against Liverpool,” said Mata.“All the United fans remember that goal [an acrobatic bicycle kick] still.”Mata may be back in action on Friday, with United preparing to head to Emirates Stadium for an FA Cup fourth round clash with Arsenal.
Leroy Sane’s stunning free-kick equaliser and a subsequent winner from Raheem Sterling helped Manchester City to a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Schalke in Wednesday’s Champions League round of 16 first leg clash, though the German claims he felt “sad” after helping down his former club. A pair of first-half penalties for Schalke had the Bundesliga side out in front following Sergio Aguero’s opener. A red card to Nicolas Otamendi on 68 minutes also left the Premier League outfit playing down a man as they chased the match. But Sane’s brilliant free-kick leveled matters in the 85th, before Sterling’s solo effort in stoppage time proved to be a winner for Pep Guardiola’s side, leaving Sane to praise the atmosphere at his former club even in defeat. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I was a little bit sad for Schalke, because the atmosphere was amazing like it always is,” he told BT Sport following the win. “Schalke did really well, the way they defended made it difficult.”At the end we did it, we scored three goals away – that was the most important thing.”You can see the will is a lot, we never give up, we always want to keep fighting.”Match-winner Sterling had no such sadness and was proud of his side from sticking together even through the adversity of going down a man and suffering through controversial VAR decisions. “A really tough game, we made it difficult for ourselves at times, but we stuck together, even with 10 men,” he told BT Sport. “For my goal, it was a little nudge in the back of the defender, and I took my opportunity and we got the three points – err, a win!”We have had some difficult patches this season, you can’t win every game 2-0 or 3-0.”These are the games in the Champions League we know the opposition can hurt you at any point and we’re going to be under pressure at times, but we’ve got to stay with it. “We did that brilliantly and showed what a great bunch of lads we are and what we’re heading towards.” City are tied on points with Liverpool atop the Premier League and next face a Carbao Cup final against Chelsea on Sunday. They’ll host the return leg against Schalke on March 12.
Chelsea have lodged an appeal with FIFA against their ban from signing players during the next two transfer windows.FIFA announced in February that the ban had been imposed on Chelsea for alleged breaches of regulations regarding the acquisition of players under the age of 18.At the time, Chelsea were quick to announce their intention to appeal the decision, stating the club ‘categorically refutes’ the findings of FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! A statement released on the club’s official website read: “Chelsea FC has today received a decision from the FIFA Disciplinary Committee concerning alleged breaches of the FIFA Regulations that relate to the international transfer of players under the age of 18.“The decision imposes a transfer ban of two consecutive registration periods and a fine of 600k Swiss francs.“Chelsea FC categorically refutes the findings of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee and will therefore be appealing the decision.“The club wishes to emphasise that it respects the important work undertaken by FIFA in relation to the protection of minors and has fully cooperated with FIFA throughout its investigation.“Initially, Chelsea FC was charged under Articles 19.1 and 19.3 in relation to 92 players. We welcome the fact that FIFA has accepted that there was no breach in relation to 63 of these players, but the club is extremely disappointed that FIFA has not accepted the club’s submissions in relation to the remaining 29 players.“Chelsea FC acted in accordance with the relevant regulations and will shortly be submitting its appeal to FIFA.”FIFA has now confirmed an appeal from Chelsea and said in a statement: “Any decision on the sanction remaining in place during the appeal process is to be taken by the chairman of the FIFA Appeal Committee.”World football’s governing body had previously charged the Premier League club over 29 of their deals involving young players, while also accusing them of “several other infringements relating to registration requirements for players”.An official statement released by FIFA upon announcing the decision of the transfer ban read: “The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned the English club Chelsea FC and The Football Association for breaches relating to the international transfer and registration of players under the age of 18.“Chelsea was found to have breached art. 19 of the Regulations in the case of twenty-nine (29) minor players and to have committed several other infringements relating to registration requirements for players. The club also breached art. 18bis of the Regulations in connection with two agreements it concluded concerning minors and which allowed it to influence other clubs in transfer-related matters.“The Disciplinary Committee sanctioned Chelsea with a ban on registering new players at both national and international level for the next two (2) complete and consecutive registration periods. This ban applies to the club as a whole – with the exception of the women’s and futsal teams – and does not prevent the release of players.“Additionally, the club was fined CHF 600,000 and given a period of 90 days to regularise the situation of the minor players concerned.”Chelsea, who already have a £58 million ($74m) deal in place to sign United States international Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund over the summer, will now await the outcome of their appeal. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Hours after Pakistan defeated the World XI in the first game by 20 runs at the Gaddafi Stadium here, marking the revival of international cricket in the country, an elated Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi said the World XI will tour Pakistan every year for the next two years also.”The World XI series is now planned for every year for three years. This is the first of the three series and there will be two more in the next years,” Sethi was quoted as saying by The Guardian newspaper.”Once this (World XI tour) is done, the Sri Lankans have committed to play one or two matches in Lahore next month and then the West Indies have committed to me that they will come for three matches in November.”If there is no untoward incident that mars any of these events then I’d imagine by next year at least one or two big teams will come to Pakistan,” he hoped.Great support tonight for the opening game. Well done to @TheRealPCB . #CricketKiHalalala #PAKvsWorldXI pic.twitter.com/V3RTpk0yHV- Grant Elliott (@grantelliottnz) 12 September 2017Sethi claimed that the country has successfully tackled the menace of terrorism, which he felt will help in bringing in more international teams to play in Pakistan.”Now we can say with assurance that the war against terrorism has been taken to its logical conclusion and that 90-95 percent of terrorism has abated in this country,” he said.A day to remember for Pakistan fans, as they win the 1st #PAKvWXI T20I by 20 runs.advertisementSCORECARD: https://t.co/xuWqhdIPOl pic.twitter.com/G4ashjUMAR- ICC (@ICC) 12 September 2017″A sufficient condition was to convince the international community in general and the ICC in particular that the situation was safe to play cricket.”First step in that direction was to at least try and play at least one match in Pakistan, which is why I fought tooth and nail to have the PSL final in Lahore.”Security experts affiliated with various boards and also with the ICC came to the Lahore final and saw for themselves the excellent security arrangements that were in place, and then they went back and gave their reports. All this formed the basis for a World XI tour,” he explained.Pakistan rode on Babar Azam’s career-best 52-ball 86 to secure a 20-run win in the first of the three-match T20 series against the Faf du Plessis-led World XI..@babarazam258 is the Man of the Match for his outstanding innings #PAKvWXI #cricketkihalalala pic.twitter.com/nPSPyKiJ1G- PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) 12 September 2017The second game of the series will be played later on Wednesday.
Indias Manika Batra enjoyed a superb start to her campaign at the 30th Asian Cup table tennis tournament, winning all three round robin group matches in the womens singles category here on Friday.The World No.119 will now compete in the play-offs for a place in the quarter-finals. She will face World No.6 Miu Hirano of Japan for a place in the last eight stage. Hirano finished second in Group A.Placed in Group D, Manika struggled to get going in the early stages of her opening match against Aia Mohamed of Qatar before winning 13-11, 11-8, 11-7.Both players were cautious in their approach in the first game with the lead changing hands regularly. After deuce, Manika missed one game point but won it on the second.Reuters Photo From there, she never looked back as the former national champion clinched the next two games easily. Manika made it two out of two after defeating Neda Shahsavari of Iran 11-5, 11-8, 11-6.It was a disappointing day for India in the men’s singles category, as both Harmeet Desai and Achanta Sharath Kamal crashed out of the competition.Desai gave a good fight but could not qualify for the next stage. He outplayed Abdulaziz Al-Abbad of Saudi Arabia 11-6, 12-10, 11-7 in his opening match.Harmeet, who had fever two days ago, seemed to have recovered well when he took on his Saudi rival. The latter did try to recover a bit in the second game and even managed to stretch Harmeet, but beyond that he could not stop the Indian.advertisementIn his second match against Nima Alamian of Iran, Desai rallied from two games down to push the match into the decider with some gritty display but unfortunately his efforts were not good enough.With the deciding game locked at 9-9, the Iranian prevailed in the battle of nerves to win 11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 9-11, 12-10.Desai then lost 5-11, 6-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-4 to Padasak Tanviriyavechakul of Thailand in his third and final group match to crash out of contention.Meanwhile, it was a day to forget for veteran Indian Achanta Sharath Kamal as he lost all his first round men’s singles matches.The rather off-colour local star was clearly out of his depths among some of the top players in the continent, going down by straight games in all three round robin matches in Group C.Sharath was off to a poor start, going down 5-11, 7-11, 9-11 to Lee Sangsu of South Korea in his first match. The 47th-ranked Indian fought hard but was no match for the World No. 14 Korean.Reuters Photo The Korean proved too hot for Sharath to handle as the ninth-seeded Indian had no answers to the fifth seed. He kept using the backhand drives forcefully down the line and clever forehands to the far left off Sharath.There was an occasion when Sharath led briefly in the second game when power interruption broke his rhythm and the Korean was back in business as he shut out the Indian rather easily.The Indian was no match for Lin Gaoyuan of China in his second match, losing by a comprehensive 1-11, 6-11, 3-11 margin. Sharath produced a much better performance in the second game but failed to match the World No.29.The Chinese led in the second game as well before Sharath levelled at 4-4. But the Chinese took three consecutive points to regain the advantage. Lin continued to dominate outclassing the Indian in the third game to close out an easy win.Sharath won his only game of the day against Wolrd No.8 Jun Mizutani of Japan in his third group match but that was never going to be enough as he went down 5-11, 3-11, 11-8, 8-11.Meanwhile Chinese star Fan Zhendong, the highest ranked competitor in the men’s singles section at World No.2, was forced to struggle during the group stage. The reigning World Cup champion was shocked by World No.45 Chen Chien-An of Chinese Taipei.Chen struggled after a strong start before carving out a 13-11, 11-7, 6-11, 9-11, 11-8 win. Fan however, bounced back with a 11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 12-10 verdict over Koki Niwa of Japan.
World number one Caroline Wozniacki suffered her first defeat since lifting the Australian Open trophy when she was edged out 7-6(2) 6-3 by Russia’s Daria Kasatkina in the quarter-finals at the St Petersburg Ladies’ Trophy on Friday.The 20-year-old Kasatkina was dominant in the tiebreak to claim the opening set and won three of the last four games of the match against Wozniacki, who had fought hard to get back on serve halfway into the second set.”She just won the Australian Open, and since I beat her, it means I was playing really well,” Kasatkina said. I was just trying to play point-by-point and focus on the rally.” Caroline Wozniacki disappointed after losing the gameIt was Kasatkina’s second career win over a reigning world number one, having beaten Angelique Kerber when the German held the top ranking in Sydney last year.World number 23 Kasatkina will next face defending champion Kristina Mladenovic, who continued her strong run with a 6-4 6-3 win over Czech Katerina Siniakova in the quarter-finals.Earlier in the day, two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova booked her place in the semi-finals with an attacking masterclass to defeat second seed Jelena Ostapenko 6-0 6-2.Kvitova, who entered the tournament as a wildcard, broke her Latvian opponent’s serve five times to seal the most one-sided victory in the pair’s five head-to-head meetings.At the end of the last match, I found my rhythm a little bit – I knew I had to play a little bit better today, against someone who is playing very aggressive,” Kvitova said on-court.advertisementI had to stay focused on every point. It was just about a few games which I was serving and kept my serve…I served pretty well today, so it was great.”Kvitova’s will next face fifth seed Julia Goerges, who recorded a convincing 6-3 6-3 win over Russian qualifier Elena Rybakina.(Courtesy: Reuters)
AB de Villiers has been ruled out of the three-match T20 International series between India and South Africa. Cricket South Africa is press release confirmed that the star batsman would be out of action due to a left knee injury.He was injured in the sixth ODI in the recently concluded series against India, which the visitors won by by 8 wickets to wrap up the series 5-1 at Centurion. AB de Villiers had missed the first three matches of the ODI series with a finger injury.”AB de Villiers will not be able to take part in the T20 International series against India due to a left knee injury,” said Proteas team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee.WATCH”He suffered a blow to the knee while batting ahead of the fifth ODI, and although he passed a fitness test on Friday, the injury worsened significantly throughout the match.”The Cricket South Africa medical team has advised he is given a period of rest and rehabilitation to make a full recovery ahead of the four-match series against Australia starting next month.”At the toss of the first T20I, JP Duminy said that de Villiers would be missing the game with injury.”AB de Villiers is not playing as he has hurt his knee in the last ODI. We have included a few faces for the T20 series. It’s time for a refresh button after the dismal ODI series,” Duminy said at the coin toss.South Africa had won the thee-match Test series earlier in the Tour, with AB being huge part of those wins. He dominated the Indian bowling attack scoring 211 runs from the three matches with a highest of 80 in the second Test in Centurion.advertisementDe Villiers has been suffering from injuries in the recent past and was on his back after spending most of 2017 out of the national set up. In his comeback Test against Zimbabwe, he had managed to re-injure his back and was forced out of the historic Test.ALSO WATCH:
Seeking to encourage differently-abled children, the Indian Air Force is organising a Paralympics event for 60 such kids in Delhi belonging to air warriors posted at different places.The events will be held at the Western Air Command in Delhi where they would be participating in events such as track and field, bocce, table tennis, wheelchair race, shot put, relay race, badminton, roller skates, archery and football.The event is organised to inculcate a sense of social being among kids, grooming them to take care of their daily requirements, developing their motor skills, and above all, training them to participate in national and international-level Paralympic Games, said Devika Harikumar, president of the WAC Air Force Wives Welfare Association.She said there is a huge difference in the way differently-abled children are treated in India and abroad.We still lack in providing the opportunities and infrastructure for the development of these special children.Organising Paralympics is our effort to make our children happy and convey to them that we care and are standing behind them at every step that they take on their own, Harikumar said.IAF officers said once the event is organised at the command level, it would then be held at the national level so that differently abled children from all across the service can come and participate.Harikumar said she would work to ensure that the event becomes a regular feature. I also hope that children get motivated and pick up sports which will help them earn name and fame in the national and international arena, she said.advertisement
Aruna Budda Reddy created history on Saturday when she became the first Indian to clinch an individual medal at the 2018 Gymnastics World Cup in Melbourne, Australia.Aruna won a bronze medal with a score of 13.699 after her two attempts in the Women’s Vault event while Slovenia’s Tjasa Kysslef won the gold medal with a score of 13.800 and Australia’s Emily Whitehead finished second with a score 13.699.Aruna had a good start in the final, scoring 9.066 points on execution after choosing a difficulty level of 4.600, which gave her a total of 13.666She chose a higher difficulty level of 4.800 in her second attempt, but could score only 8.833 on execution, which gave her a total of 13.633 points.Aruna Budda Reddy strikes for India on vault at the Melbourne World Cup with a BRONZE MEDAL and a score of 13.649!!! An amazing accomplishment for Team India!!@gymworldcupPranathi Nayak just misses out on the medal with a sixth place finish.@TheBridge_IN @SportsIndia3 pic.twitter.com/PT2wPHHtIlIndian Gymnastics (@IndianGymnastic) February 24, 2018Another Indian in the final, Pranati Nayak finished sixth with an average score of 13.416.WAG Vault Medal Ceremony #GymnasticsWorldCup #MelbWC18 #VisitVictoria #VisitMelbourne pic.twitter.com/Hozv3xcsHXWorld Cup Gymnastics (@gymworldcup) February 24, 2018This was the third gymnastics medal for India at the world level.Ashish Kumar was the first Indian to claim a gymnastics medal when he took bronze medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.Dipa Karmakar also took a bronze in women’s vault in the subsequent Commonwealth Games in 2014, thus becoming the first female Indian gymnast to clinch a medal at the world level.advertisementDipa Karmakar became the first from the country to qualify for the Olympics.She narrowly missed out on a bronze at the Rio Olympics in 2016 when she finished a creditable fourth in the final of the Olympic Games.Dipa averaged 15.066 points to finish fourth.Simone Biles of the US won the gold with an average of 15.966, while Maria Paseka (15.253) of Russia and Switzerland’s Giulia Steingrubber (15.216) took home the silver and bronze medals respectively.(With inputs from IANS)
The Indian Premier League is around the corner and the Board of Control for Cricket in India has turned down International Cricket Council’s request of rescheduling a match at the Eden Gardens during its Annual board meeting in Kolkata from April 22-26.Kolkata will host a high-profile ICC meeting for the first time in a while. Since it is overlapping with the cash-rich league, world body wanted BCCI to ensure that its members could at least watch a home match of Kolkata Knight Riders.”Yes, there was a specific request from ICC as they wanted its various member delegates to watch an IPL game. However between April 22 and 26, there are no home games of KKR at the Eden Gardens,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.KKR are playing a home match on April 16 and their next home game is on May 3.Between April 22-26, matches will be held in Hyderabad, Mumbai, Indore, Bangalore and Jaipur.”If we have to reschedule it, the entire itinerary would be in a disarray. So we told them that it’s not possible to have an IPL match rescheduled,” the official added.Meanwhile, it was also known that uncertainty looms large over PCB chairman Najam Sethi’s attendance.The meeting is being held in Kolkata and not in Mumbai specifically to avoid any political protest over PCB delegate attending a meeting in India.However, Sethi may end up not getting the Indian visa in prevailing volatile situation.”If Sethi doesn’t get visa, it might well be an indicator about the chances of Pakistan team procuring visa during the Asia Cup in September,” the official said.advertisement(With inputs from PTI)
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Chandigarh, May 14 (PTI) Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij today said that the vyayamshalas and yogshalas being opened across the state by the government can be used by all sections irrespective of their caste, creed or religion. “The yogshalas (yoga centres) would not be allowed to be used for any religious, social or political purpose,” the Health and Sports Minister said here. He said that a person belonging to any caste, religion or political party can visit these vyayamshalas (gymnasiums) and yogshalas for practising yoga. “No one would be allowed to do any other activity there,” he said. However yesterday, Haryana minister O P Dhankar had said that the vyayamshalas “can also be utilised for public interest by social or youth organisations”. “We have no objection if the Congress party too wants to visit vyayamshalas,” Dhankar had said in Hisar yesterday responding to the opposition partys charge that there was a plan to use vyayamshalas and public parks for holding RSS shakhas. PTI SUN SNE SNE
Chennai, Jun 6 (PTI) Highlights from the Southern regionat 2100 hrs.MDS7 KA-LD MINISTRYBengaluru: Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamyinducts 25 new ministers in his cabinet after bargaining forministerial berths, causing heartburn among lawmakers in theJDS-Congress coalition.MDS8 AP-TDP-ALLIANCEAmaravati: Taking an extreme stand against apossible alliance between the ruling Telugu Desam andCongress, senior party leader and Andhra Pradesh deputy chiefminister (revenue) K E Krishna Murthy says he will ‘hang’himself if such a tie-up becomes a reality.MES9 TN-CAUVERY-HASSANChennai: Drawing flak from some farmers leaders formeeting Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy over theCauvery issue, actor-turned-politician Kamal Hassan defendshis meet saying there is no restriction to work for a noblecause.MES10 KL-THEATRE-PROBEThiruvananthapuram: The Crime Branch is to probe into thealleged molestation of a 10-year-old girl by a businessman ina cinema hall on April 18, police say.MES11 TL-SEIZUREHyderabad: Foreign currency equivalent to Rs 27.23 lakh and1.4 kg gold worth Rs 44.6 lakh are seized from three people byDRI officials in separate incidents at the internationalairport.MES12 TL-ACB-SPORTSHyderabad: Anti-Corruption Bureau arrests a deputy directorof Sports Authority of Telangana as he allegedly takes a bribeof Rs 1 lakh from the parent of a sports student.MES14 TL-PETROL-DONATIONKarimnagar: Irked by the recent meagre cut in fuel price, aman in Telangana ‘donates’ nine paise to the prime minister’srelief fund.MES15 TL-SECURITY MEETHyderabad: With a view to providing security to civiliansand defence establishments, a convergence meeting is heldbetween Telangana police and military officials. PTINVGadvertisementNVGNVG
Chandigarh, Jun 7 (PTI) Over one lakh people participated in the 55 ‘Raahgiri’ events organised by the Haryana government over a period of 40 days, an official said today.The community-connect programmes were held in different districts of the state every Sunday to offer people a platform to bond. It also provided a stage to local artistes to showcase their talent.Since April 22, 55 ‘Raahgiri’ events have been organised across the state in 40-odd days, a senior official in the chief minister’s office said here. “An estimated 1,06,650 people have participated, putting average participation at 1,939 persons per event,” revealed O P Singh, special officer looking after the implementation of the programme.”The highest individual turnout of 12,000 was at Kurukshetra Raahgiri on May 20, the event that Haryana Chief Minister M L Khattar himself attended,” Singh added.The official credited the events for helping the district administration align itself to the unique needs of youth by reaching out to them directly and forging a good working relation with them.The exercise will also aid in preventing youth alienation and resolving hostile crowd-situation peacefully through dialogue and negotiation, he said.To ensure popular and meaningful participation, the district administration was reaching out to various youth, sports, drama and cultural clubs, NGOs, the Nehru Yuva Kendra, National Service Scheme volunteers and NCC cadets among others, Singh added. It also plans to utilise the skills of officials, teachers and instructors associated with physical training and education. Every coach and sports quota government employee will be expected to mentor at least 100-150 aspiring players, he said.advertisement A successful Raahgiri, Singh said, is an indicator of a field functionarys level of commitment, scale of anticipatory planning and proficiency in soft-skills like analytics, networking, communication, public speaking and database management. PTI SUN RHL MIJ RHLRHL
Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland will be involved in a three-way battle on Wednesday as they look to advance to the Round of 16 of FIFA World Cup 2018 from Group E.While Brazil and Switzerland, who are on four points each, hold the chance to advance on just a draw against Serbia and Costa Rica, respectively, Serbia will need to beat Brazil to reach the next stage.Brazil have struggled in their opening two group matches of the World Cup with their star player Neymar looking rusty, having just come out of an injury. In the absence of inspiration from Neymar, it is Philippe Coutinho who has stepped up as the saviour of the Samba boys.In both their matches against Switzerland and Costa Rica, it was Coutinho whose goals put Brazil is a solid situation.However, against Serbia, Brazil will need to improve.Luckily, the five-time champions head into their final group match against Serbia at Spartak Stadium in Moscow on Wednesday knowing a draw is enough to advance to the round of 16.Brazil opened the tournament with a 1-1 draw against Switzerland, and then got two injury-time goals to pull out a 2-0 victory over Costa Rica.That second match was a rollercoaster, and Neymar finished it by dropping to his knees and sobbing on the field at the end. He has since defended the tears, which were of both relief and frustration, and insisted he is determined to lead Brazil to success at this year’s World Cup.But anything short of a strong outing against Serbia could put the squad on edge. Brazil have been disappointed with their play so far, and Neymar and Coutinho already have yellow cards.advertisementInjuries are also an issue. Douglas Costa, who came on after the break against Costa Rica and made Brazil play more aggressive, has a right thigh injury and won’t play. Willian could start instead.Paulinho has also not been his strong self and the midfielder could lose his place in the starting line-up.Brazil coach Tite didn’t offer many answers. His options include midfielders Fernandinho and Renato Augusto, but he could play strikers Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino together. If he went with that line-up, Coutinho would replace Paulinho.Brazil have also recently trained with defender Marquinhos as a right back because starter Danilo is injured and replacement Fagner has little international experience.TARGET MANCoutinho scored two of Brazil’s three goals in the tournament, while Neymar has only scored once.Over the last 10 matches, Coutinho has outplayed Neymar. The Barcelona midfielder has scored nine goals in the last 10 matches, more than Neymar’s five.Coutinho has also outscored Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah.SERBIAN MIRACLESerbian morale was affected by a 2-1 loss to Switzerland, and midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic knows the squad has a tough match against Brazil.”Yes, we definitely need a miracle. That is what can make us beat Brazil and get through to the next stage,” he said. “I always say that those that believe in miracles can make them happen. We are Serbian, nothing is impossible. With a bit of luck, we can produce a miracle.”Serbia beat Costa Rica 1-0 in their opening game, and Milinkovic-Savic said Brazil have shortcomings in their defense.”Costa Rica and Switzerland showed they could face Brazil,” Milinkovic-Savic said. “I believe that, too, and I believe that we will knock them down.”POLITICS ASIDE, SWITZERLAND LOOK TO PROGRESS IN WORLD CUP Switzerland will look to advance to last 16 after a political storm following their match against Serbia. (AP Photo)Don’t look for any political overtones or distractions when Switzerland go after a place in the knockout round of the World Cup in their match against Costa Rica.FIFA fined three Swiss players for making hand gestures to celebrate goals in the last match, a 2-1 win over Serbia. The actions seemed directed against the Balkan country with many Swiss players having ties to the former Serbian province of Kosovo.Swiss midfielder Valon Behrami said “of course we are happy that nobody was suspended.”Behrami has roots in Kosovo, but pushed the focus to Wednesday’s match.He said that that the issue “goes a little bit deeper,” but that it’s not appropriate to focus on politics at the moment.”We have to think about the main thing, which is playing football,” Behrami said.Switzerland will reach the round of 16 with at least a draw. Costa Rica were eliminated after losing their first two matches, which makes Swiss coach Vladimir Petkovic wary at the match on the banks of the Volga in Nizhny Novgorod.advertisement”Mind you, this is not going to be an easy one,” Petkovic said. “This is a good quality opponent. Obviously they are a proud team and have nothing to lose and are potentially dangerous.”Petkovic and Behrami hammered over and over on the need to talk about football, not politics.”I know it’s very interesting for people to read such things,” he said. “But this should not be a time-waster for us. We really didn’t talk about it. We carried on talking about football.”Petkovic also defended the three players who made the gestures in the Serbia victory — Stephan Lichtsteiner, Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri.Xhaka and Shaqiri made hand gestures of a two-headed eagle, an Albanian national symbol, after scoring second-half goals, and Lichtsteiner joined in the celebration.Xhaka and Shaqiri received a warning and a fine of 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,100) for unsporting behavior, in a judgement on Monday by FIFA’s disciplinary panel. Switzerland captain Stephan Lichtsteiner was warned and fined 5,000 Swiss francs ($5,050).The two goal scorers have ethnic Albanian heritage linked to Kosovo, a former Serbian province that declared independence in 2008. Serbia doesn’t recognize that independence.”Football is rightly an emotional game, and it has to be,” Petkovic said. “What has happened has happened, and now and we have to be aware of things like that — and we have to learn from that.”(With AP inputs)
The Indian cricket team paid a tribute to the armed forces ahead of the third ODI against Australia at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi. MS Dhoni distributed special caps to members of the the Indian team minutes before the toss on Friday.MS Dhoni was conferred the rank of honorary Lieutenant Colonel by the Territorial Army several years ago. India’s tribute to the armed forces comes after the Pulwama terror attack where 40 CRPF soldiers were killed in a terrorist attack by the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad on February 14.On February 26, Indian Air Force fighter jets hit JeM terror camps in Pakistan’s Balakot.A closer look at the camouflage caps which #TeamIndia is sporting today#JaiHind pic.twitter.com/3qExYp7CvyBCCI (@BCCI) March 8, 2019India skipper Virat Kohli said the team had decided to contribute their match fees from the third ODI to the National Defence Fund. “We have decided to donate their match fee to the National Defence Fund. I would also urge people to do whatever they can to help in the education of the children of those who died in the Pulwama attack.”#TeamIndia will be sporting camouflage caps today as mark of tribute to the loss of lives in Pulwama terror attack and the armed forcesAnd to encourage countrymen to donate to the National Defence Fund for taking care of the education of the dependents of the martyrs #JaiHind pic.twitter.com/fvFxHG20viBCCI (@BCCI) March 8, 2019Several Indian cricket players lauded IAF for the daring strike in Pakistan. On Friday, Indian players decided to wear special caps as a tribute to the Indian armed forces.advertisementTo pay homage to the martyrs of Pulwama Terror Attack, the players will donate today’s match fee to the National Defence Fund #JaiHind pic.twitter.com/vM9U16M8DQBCCI (@BCCI) March 8, 2019Meanwhile, Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar also distributed the special caps to the Indian commentators. Sanjay Manjrekar, Harsha Bhogle, Murali Kartik, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan and Gavaskar were all seen wearing the caps.”It’s fitting that the start of this annual event is being done at the home town of Lt. Col. Dhoni because it is not a superficial event but a sincere one. I for one will not be surprised if Dhoni ends up doing active service after he hangs his boots.”To me, today’s symbolic act depicting solidarity with the forces is more powerful than the one involving monetary donation by the BCCI,” the a senior BCCI official told IANS.Accroding to sources, Dhoni and Kohli worked closely with Nike in this whole initiative.”They have been working closely with our apparel partner Nike for the past six months with inputs in the design and proposed implementation of the initiative,” an official said.India lead the five-match ODI series 2-0 after winning the first two matches in Hyderabad and Nagpur. This is possibly Dhoni’s last match in his hometown Ranchi and India will look to clinch the series here.India have had a sensational time in one-day cricket in 2019. They won a historic ODI series in Australia earlier in the year before crushing New Zealand 4-1 in the ODI series.So far, India have won 8 out of 10 ODIs in 2019.
The Nebraska Supreme Court has upheld the first-degree murder conviction of a Sioux City man for killing a South Sioux City woman.Raymond Gonzales Jr. was convicted in 2014 and sentenced to life for shooting 28-year-old Bonnie Baker 16 times in her South Sioux City home on December 15th of 2013.In his appeal, Gonzales argued misconduct by the prosecutor for saying in his closing statements that Gonzales had lied when he denied being involved in the killing.Gonzales also argued that the jury should have been instructed on whether he could be found guilty of the lesser offense of manslaughter.The state’s high court ruled Friday it found no misconduct by the prosecutor and that no evidence presented at trial supported a sudden quarrel manslaughter finding.
THE BOIL ORDER FOR SIOUX CITY’S DRINKING WATER ISSUED MONDAY AFTERNOON AFFECTED HUNDREDS OF HOMES AND BUSINESSES.IT ALSO IMPACTED LOCAL HOSPITALS.DAVE SMETTER, MARKETING DIRECTOR OF MERCY MEDICAL CENTER, SAYS THE HOSPITAL PUT THEIR CRISIS PLAN INTO ACTION WHEN THEY LEARNED OF THE WATER PROBLEM:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/WATER.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….TYPES OF THINGS. ;24THAT INCLUDED A COMPLETE REMOVAL OF WATER FROM ONE OF THEIR MEDICAL BUILDINGS:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/WATER3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..CAN POSSIBLY BE. :11SMETTER SAYS MERCY MEDICAL DID EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO INSURE THE SAFETY OF THEIR PATIENTS AND STAFF:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/WATER2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC…………WATER FOUNTAINS. ;17SMETTER SAYS AS OF MID AFTERNOON TUESDAY, THE HOSPITAL HAD NOT HAD CONTACT WITH ANYONE WHO HAD ANY SYMPTOMS OR ILLNESS THAT MAY HAVE BEEN RELATED TO DRINKING WATER.
It’s certainly going to be interesting to watch this develop over the next six weeks. There was no depth chart change on Monday even though Jesse Robinson played most of the second half for Paul Lewis on Kansas State.I’m going to talk about this more in depth later this week, but if you look back at 2013, OSU only averaged 4.4 yards per carry and should have won the Big 12 that year. That’s not a very good number, but this defense is good enough (probably) that your run game doesn’t have to be great or even good. It just has to be average (which is what 4.4 yards per carry is).Gundy also noted, curiously to me, that he’s not going to have Rudolph fling it 50 times a game in the future. I say “curiously” because this is not the reason I was expecting. I was expecting the reason to be “we want to limit turnovers and give our defense a chance to win and you’re more likely to turn it over when you’re passing than when you’re running.”“I’m not comfortable with that thought with our personnel right now,” Gundy said. “If we have seven experienced offensive linemen up front and a two-year veteran at quarterback that had 20 games under his belt, with this group of receivers, I’d say ‘Just fire away.’ But we’re not really there.”OSU’s pass blocking has actually been pretty good, and Rudolph plays like a veteran. I don’t disagree with the philosophy. I do disagree with the path you’re taking to get there.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Gundy stressing they’re trying to find a way to rush for 150 yards a game. Ran for 49 against Kansas State. #okstate— Nathan Ruiz (@NathanSRuiz) October 5, 2015 As Kyle Boone pointed out earlier today, OSU expects Chris Carson and Rennie Childs to be back for the West Virginia game this weekend. That means, probably, back to feeding the run game. I’ve written (too) many times that’s probably a good thing, and Gundy seems intent on solving the one thing that could unlock a Big 12 title (I know I sound crazy).You know Gundy’s serious about getting run game going, he’s adding time to practice, which he hates to do.— John Helsley (@jjhelsley) October 5, 2015
If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Just a week ago, Oklahoma State’s odds to win the national championship were 35 to 1, which ranked 17th nationally. With a big road win under their belt, Oklahoma State has improved their chances of making the College Football Playoff. As Kyle Fredrickson noted, Oklahoma State now has a 25 to 1 odds of making the college football playoff.Per @BovadaLV, #OKstate now has 25/1 odds to make the CFB Playoff pic.twitter.com/wb3RbBNanV— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) October 13, 2015There are only 10 other teams in the nation currently with better odds:Ohio St.BaylorLSUMichiganAlabamaTCUTexas A&MUtahClemsonMichigan St.