Bayern Munich are close to reaching an agreement with Aaron Ramsey as his Arsenal contract runs down, according to information received by Goal and SPOX.The Bundesliga giants are staying tight-lipped when it comes to a move for the Wales international, but he will not be signing fresh terms in north London and is set to hit free agency in 2019.Bayern can officially open negotiations on January 1, when Ramsey is free to enter into pre-contract talks with clubs outside of England. 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! Goal and SPOX understand that Bayern are leading a group of six clubs pursuing the 27-year-old’s signature.Barcelona, Juventus, Inter, Manchester United and Chelsea are also keen on the Gunners star and have put offers forward.Ramsey is readying himself for a new challenge after revealing that an extension discussed with Arsenal has been rescinded .He said in October of a long-running and slightly puzzling saga: “There is no contract on the table at the moment so there is nothing for me to consider.“We all know that the contract was taken away off the table. I’m not sure exactly why because a few weeks before we sort of agreed and I was ready to sign.“Something happened, I am not sure exactly what, but that contract is no longer there, or nothing’s on the table.”While planning to head for pastures new, Ramsey has already stated that he will see out the 2018-19 campaign at Emirates Stadium .He said: “Would I stay for the rest of the season? Of course, yeah.“I am contracted to Arsenal and I am going to do my best now this season to try and achieve something special.”It appears as though Ramsey will not be the only new arrival at the Allianz Arena next summer should he reach an agreement with Bayern.A deal is also said to be in place for the reigning Bundesliga champions to acquire France international defender Benjamin Pavard from Stuttgart.The 22-year-old is said to have given his word to Bayern that he will be making the move while helping his country to global glory at the 2018 World Cup.He has a €35 million (£31m/$40m) release clause in his contract that is set to be triggered.Bayern are making early moves to bolster their ranks after enduring a testing start to the 2018-19 campaign, with Niko Kovac’s side currently sat fifth in the Bundesliga, seven points off the pace being set by Borussia Dortmund.They acknowledge that they need to freshen things up, with it also being suggested that certain players will be moved on.James Rodriguez may be among those, with the Colombian playmaker no longer guaranteed to see a two-year loan from Real Madrid turned into a permanent transfer.If he were to depart, then the potential arrival of Ramsey would help to fill that midfield void in Bayern’s squad.
Nagpur, Dec 14 (PTI) The Maharashtra Assembly witnessed frequent disruptions for the second consecutive day today after Opposition demanded suspension of Question Hour to discuss Maratha reservation issue and resignation of Dairy Development Minister Mahadeo Jankar over a poll related case.The disruptions led to three major adjournments as the Opposition members entered the well of the House and indulged in slogan shouting demanding suspension of Question Hour.Leader of Opposition, Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil (Congress), Vijay Wadettiwar (Congress) Jayant Patil, Dilip Walse Patil both NCP) and others were on their feet as soon as the House assembled to demand suspension of Question Hour and taking up the issue of reservation for Maratha community which took out a big morcha (silent march) today in Nagpur to press for their demand.Wadettiwar demanded resignation of Jankar who was booked in a poll related issue in Wadsa Desai Ganj (Gadchiroli) and said Opposition has already given a notice for discussion.Vikhe Patil questioned the wisdom of Shiv Sena members for sporting saffron turban in the house. He said being a partner in the ruling combine, it was not appropriate on their part to wear turban which resembles some occasion for celebrations.He suggested Shiv Sena members to instead sport black ribbons against the BJP.The House witnessed first adjournment for 15 minutes and second for 26 minutes and third of 40 minutes.Opposition often entered the well of the House and continued with slogan shouting thereby disrupting the proceedings. PTI JOE RMT RYS
Karun Nair joined an elite list after scoring a triple hundred in Test cricket. Nair hit the historic triple ton in only his third innings, in the fifth and final Test against England at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. India declared their innings at 759/7d soon after Nair reached the landmark. He remained unbeatent on 303 and his massive knock helped India take a mammoth 282-run lead over England, who had scored 477 in their first innings.Nair became the second Indian to score a triple hundred in Tests after Virender Sehwag. By doing so in only his third innings, Nair became the quickest ever to achieve the feat. Before him, Len Hutton achieved the landmark in his ninth innings. (Best knock of my life, says Karun Nair after record-breaking triple hundred)Nair became the third Indian after Dilip Sardesai and Kambli to convert their maiden Test hundred into a double century. He however, went onto become the first Indian and third overall to convert their maiden Test hundred to a triple century. Garry Sobers (365*) and Bob Simpson (311) were the other two. (Karun Nair’s record-shattering triple hundred: All the stats you need to know)Nair’s knock was also the highest by an Indian against England as he surpassed captain Virat Kohli’s 235 in the ongoing five-Test series, which the hosts have already won 3-0.KEEPING SELECTORS’ FAITHHowever, Nair grabbed the opportunity with his both hands after he was included in the squad in absence of KL Rahul in the third Test and was retained in the squad for fourth Test after Ajinkya Rahane was ruled out due to a finger injury.advertisementHis debut innings was the one he would want to forget as he was run out for four while in his second innings he was trapped leg before. (Never thought Karun Nair would score a triple hundred: Virender Sehwag to Aaj Tak)Despite two flop shows, the 25-year-old was retained in the squad for the Chennai Test and he made the selection count with a fluent double hundred.Before joining the Indian team, Nair proved his credentials by amassing runs consistently in the domestic circuit. In his 37 first-class matches, Nair has scored 2,845 runs at an average of 52.68. (Cricket was in my son’s blood since he was 10-years-old: Karun Nair’s father)He had an impressive 2013-14 Ranji Trophy season and also helped Karnataka win the title after 15 years, by scoring hundreds in the quarter-final and semi-final. In the 2014-15 Ranji Trophy final, Nair again proved to be a big match player by scoring a triple hundred and helping Karnataka retain the title.MIDDLE-ORDER CONUNDRUMNair’s achievement will definitely give Indian team management a pleasant headache. However, it’s also a good news as India’s bench strength was also being tested and it passed with flying colours. It will be a problem of plenty when India regulars Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma return from their respective injuries when India play again in whites against Bangladesh in February and Australia in February-March 2017.The Karnataka batsman was originally named in the squad in place of Rohit, who suffered a thigh injury against New Zealand and was sidelined for at least three months. (Survivor Karun Nair rides luck again in epic innings)Rohit, before being ruled out, was in decent form with the bat scoring three fifties against New Zealand in September-October.Rahane, one of the most consistent performers in Test cricket, will be out of action until India play again, in ODIs against England next month. He has slammed two hundreds and as many fifties in 10 Tests at 54.41 this year. (Chennai Test: Karun Nair 303 not out, India 759/7 declared)Manish Pandey, is still waiting in the wings. He earned his first Test call-up for the fourth and the fifth Tests against England but was not included in the playing XI. Pandey, though, has played 12 ODIs and six T20Is so far. (Karun Nair second Indian after Virender Sehwag to hammer Test triple hundred)Pandey has played 80 first-class matches scoring 5,372 at an average of 49.28. The 27-year-old has scored 16 hundreds and 25 fifties.
After that, Tamil Nadu had batted for an ordinance onAfter that, Tamil Nadu had batted for an ordinance on the matter to allow the sport, he said, and also recalled his efforts in the recent days like calling on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seek Centres support for holding the sport.”I thank PM Modi who was responsible for the approval of several Central government departments and President Pranab Mukherjee in a single day,” he said.He said Ammas efforts were the prime reason behind the present ordinance that paved the way for jallikattu. PTI VGN BN TVS RG
Indian captain Virat Kohli today slipped a rung to third in the ICC rankings for ODI batsmen but his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni gained a spot to be 13th in the latest list issued here.Rohit Sharma slipped three places to be 12th, while Shikhar Dhawan was in the joint 14th spot with Englishman Jos Butler. (Also read: Virat Kohli’s Team India needs to iron out some flaws)Among the bowlers, no Indian found a place in the top-10 with Axar Patel being the highest placed at 12th, a drop of three positions. Following him closely was Amit Mishra at the joint 14th position. (Also read: We deserve to enjoy these T20Is after successful season: Virat Kohli)The Indian team was unchanged at the third position in the team rankings.Meanwhile, Australia opener David Warner wrested the top spot rankings for ODI batsmen.The attacking left-hander has attained the top ranking for the first time, leapfrogging South Africa’s AB de Villiers and Kohli after amassing 367 runs in the five-match home series against Pakistan which his side won 4-1.There were other batsmen to gain too after India’s 2-1 win over England in a series that ended on Sunday.England batsman Jason Roy’s three half-centuries have taken him into the top 20 for the first time as he has gained 23 slots to reach 17th. For India, Kedar Jadhav’s 232 runs have helped him gain 57 slots to reach 47th ranking.
Mumbai, Feb 12 (PTI) Former Finance Minster P Chidambaram today slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his “raincoat” barb at Manmohan Singh and said even US President Donald Trump had praised his predecessors in his speech.The senior Congress leader said he wondered whether former prime ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Atal Bihari Vajpayee would have used such language in Parliament.”The remarks (by Modi) were in absolute poor taste. If he had made these remarks in a public meeting in Varanasi or a BJP parliamentary meet or in a closed door meeting, I would not have cared a bit.”(But) speaking from a place where people like Jawaharlal Nehru and Atal Bihari Vajpayee had once spoken…it made me wonder if they would have used such phrases. Parliament has its own sanctity. You must respect all those who have formerly occupied this office,” he said.In a scathing attack in Rajya Sabha, the PM had said one should learn the art of “bathing with a raincoat on” from his predecessor Manmohan Singh as there was not a single taint on him despite so many scams having taken place during his regime.Comparing Modi with Trump, Chidambaram said though he had several disagreements with the US President, he respected the latter for starting his first presidential speech remembering his predecessors.The Congress politician was in the city to campaign for February 21 elections to Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).Referring to protests in his home state Tamil Nadu over holding of Jallikattu (a bull taming sport), he said they were “symbolic” as they represented different concerns, anxieties, angst of people who finally converged and demonstrated.advertisement”Many youth who had converged there (at Chennais Marina beach) may not even have seen Jallikattu. But their coming together gives me hope that people are aware and concerned about what is happening in the country today,” the former minister said.On administration of Mumbai, Chidambaram said the megalopolis was one of the worst governed cities in eastern part of world.”This place (Mumbai), which was once a magnet for foreign investors and a part of the plan to make it into a financial centre in late 1990s, lost out to other cities in the region.”There is no dearth of human resources, talent, technology and money. Its all there. But there is still a big hole that needs to be filled,” he said.BMC, currently ruled by the Shiv Sena-BJP combine, is going to polls on February 21. PTI MM NSK AAR
Premier League leader Chelsea dropped points for only the third time since September after getting pegged back by dogged Burnley in a 1-1 draw at a snowy Turf Moor on Sunday.The result meant Chelsea extended its lead to 10 points over second-placed Tottenham, which lost 2-0 at Liverpool on Saturday, but this was one of the most uncomfortable games that Antonio Conte’s side has experienced for some time.Pedro Rodriguez finished off a rapid counterattack to put Chelsea ahead in the seventh minute, only for Burnley to equalize through Robbie Brady’s curling, 25-meter free-kick in the 24th.Burnley had the better chances to win the game, with its physical presence causing Chelsea problems throughout.Since losing 3-0 to Arsenal on Sept. 24, Chelsea has won all of its games except for a 2-0 loss to Tottenham on Jan. 4 and a 1-1 draw at Liverpool on Jan. 31.Manchester City will go second and trim Chelsea’s lead to eight points if it beats Bournemouth on Monday.This was always going to be a testing game for Chelsea, not least because of the conditions at the atmospheric Turf Moor. Burnley had won nine of its previous 10 games in all competitions at its ground, with its only home loss since early October coming against Man City.And by the time they had recovered from a shaky opening 20 minutes, the hosts hurt Chelsea with their direct style, relentless work rate and threat on the counterattack with quick striker Andre Gray.After Brady equalized with his exquisite free kick on his first start for the club since a club-record move on Jan. 31, Burnley created the better chances, with Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois saving low from Matthew Lowton and Gray either side of halftime.advertisementPedro’s goal came from one of Chelsea’s few openings, the Spanish winger running onto Victor Moses squared pass to take one touch – wrong-footing Michael Keane in the process – and finishing low into the corner.
Referring to the recent vandalising of a school by a builder, Banerjee said the school education department would construct the building.She also expressed her concern about youth becoming increasingly engaged with electronic devices like mobile phones and laptop.”Their (youth) brains are getting puzzled playing with mobile phones and using laptops. Sports keeps away negativity from ones mind and helps people to keep away from anti-social activities also.”Its a necessity to cut down on the weights of schoolbags. We have done it earlier and will work for it in future,” the chief minister said adding the government was thinking of introducing sport in school syllabus.Announcing Rs 50 lakh grants to 13 clubs taking part in the city football league, she said Rs 2 lakh were given to 4,000 clubs while another 8653 clubs were getting another Rs one lakh.She felicitated Tripura-based Olympian gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who was was given a cheque of Rs five lakh by the state government.Banerjee said 15 new stadia have been built, while renovation work of another 46 have been taken up, the CM said adding 23 new Yuva Abas have been constructed and renovation work was on in 19. Besides, a total 2284 multigyms had been built. PTI SCH KK KK
Washington, Feb 26 (PTI) In a rare find, scientists have discovered a large piece of carved jade that once belonged to an ancient Maya king, inscribed with a historical text decribing its first owner.The jewel – a jade pendant worn on a kings chest during key religious ceremonies – was first unearthed in 2015, in Nim Li Punit in southern Belize.The T-shaped pendant is remarkable for being the second largest Maya jade found in Belize to date, said Geoffrey Braswell, a professor at University of California, San Diego in the US.”It was like finding the Hope Diamond in Peoria instead of New York,” said Braswell, who led the dig.”We would expect something like it in one of the big cities of the Maya world. Instead, here it was, far from the centre,” he said.The pendant measures 7.4 inches wide, 4.1 inches high and just 0.3 inches thick.Sawing it into this thin, flat form with string, fat and jade dust would have been a technical feat for the Mayans, researchers said.The pendant is the only one known to be inscribed with a historical text. Carved into the pendants back are 30 hieroglyphs about its first owner.The pendant was “not torn out of history by looters,” said Braswell.”To find it on a legal expedition, in context, gives us information about the site and the jewel that we couldnt have otherwise had or maybe even imagined,” he said.Nim Li Punit is a small site in the Toledo District of Belize. It sits on a ridge in the Maya Mountains, near the contemporary village of Indian Creek.advertisementOn the southeastern edge of the ancient Maya zone – more than 400 kilometres south of Chichen Itza in Mexico, where similar but smaller breast pieces have been found – Nim Li Punit is estimated to have been inhabited between AD 150 and 850.The sites name means “big hat.” It was dubbed that, after its rediscovery in 1976, for the elaborate headdress sported by one of its stone figures.Researchers along with a crew of local people, were excavating a palace built around the year 400 when they found a collapsed, but intact, tomb.Inside the tomb, which dates to about AD 800, were 25 pottery vessels, a large stone that had been flaked into the shape of a deity and the precious jade pectoral. Except for a couple of teeth, there were no human remains. (MORE) PTI MHN MHN
Chennai, Mar 1 (PTI) DMK Working President M K Stalin today celebrated his 65th birthday with cadres greeting him with presents of a large number of books and a bull. The bull was gifted to honour his efforts in allowing conduct of jallikattu. In a veiled attack on the AIADMK government led by K Palaniswami on the occasion, Stalin in a tweet said “Let us all vow to remove the proxy regime through legitimate means and a peaceful democratic revolution and strive to install DMK rule.” A dark black bull, with its horns painted in the party colours of red and black and decorated with a bright muted orange-gold shawl, was gifted to Stalin at the DMK headquarters here. Party workers said the bull was presented to him to honour his efforts in getting the State and Central governments act and give the nod for the traditional bull taming sport of jallikattu. In deference Stalins appeal to gift him books rather than other presents, cadres handed him a large number of books. The books included a slew of titles on various topics including Tamil literature, politics, Justice Party (precursor of Dravidar Kazhagam, the parent outfit of DMK), Mao, and Che Guevara. The stage at Kalaignar Arangam in party headquarters where Stalin received visitors, had several shelves and the books that were gifted to him were put up there and soon the shelves were filled to capacity. Stalin celebrated his birthday with his family first by cutting a cake at his residence here. He then placed wreaths at the mausoleums of former Chief Minister C N Annadurai and rationalist leader Periyar E V Ramasamy. He later drove to the Gopalapuram residence of his ailing father and party president M Karunanidhi and took his blessings. Also, he visited party general secretary K Anbazhagan and received his blessings. DMK Principal Secretary Duraimurugan, Deputy General Secretary V P Duraisamy and other senior leaders including E V Velu, K Ponmudi greeted Stalin at his residence. Later, the DMK Working Chief, who is also the leader of opposition in Assembly arrived at the party headquarters where party functionaries and cadres thronged to greet him. When he arrived at the “Kalaignar Arangam,” at the party headquarters he was given a warm welcome by party workers. The party, which is observing Stalins birtday as “youth uprising day,” organised several functions in the city and distributed welfare assistance to the needy. Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, former Tamil Nadu Congress Committee presidents EVKS Elangovan, M Krishnasamy, senior Congress leader Peter Alphonse greeted him in person. Union Ministers Venkaiah Naidu, Pon Radhakrishnan, CPI State Secretary R Mutharasan, VCK chief Thol Thirumavalavan, and TMC chief GK Vasan were among those who greeted him over phone. PTI VGN VS TRKadvertisement
Delhi Daredevils captain Zaheer Khan rued that his side failed to chase down a target of 158 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their first IPL match and said they would have done it eight out of 10 times. (Royal Challengers Bangalore defeat Delhi Daredevils despite Rishabh Pant heroics)Zaheer, a former India strike bowler, attributed his side’s 15-run loss to lack of partnership by his batsmen. Chasing 158 for a win, Delhi ended at 142 for 9 in their allotted 20 overs. (Pant showed a lot of courage, says Zaheer)”Eight out of ten times we would have got this total. We could not get the partnerships going. The wicket was very good for batting. We were going at a good rate but we just did not have partnerships,” Zaheer said after the match. (Also read: Rishabh Pant overcomes personal grief to slam classy fifty)Talking about young Rishabh, who played in the match despite the passing away of his father and scored a 36-ball 57, Zaheer said, “He (Pant) played well, and just needed support at the other end. Pant showed a lot of courage, he has undergone personal trauma, we are all with him.” (De Villiers in awe of RCB teammate Kedar Jadhav)Zaheer said the wicket was a bit on the drier side and that was one of the reasons 158 was gettable. (Match Highlights)”We have a good balance of fast bowlers and spinners. We also have Jayant sitting on the sidelines. It is just the beginning of the tournament.” (Kohli, De Villiers to return for next match? Watson leaves everyone guessing)advertisementRCB captain Shane Watson said, “It was a great win. To get to that score Kedar did really well. We stepped it up from the first game with the ball and in the field. Kedar got the momentum going.”Asked about choosing Pawan Negi to bowl the final over, which resulted to Pant’s dismissal, Watson said, “My gut feeling went with Negi. Pant had not seen him all night.”Negi did it against his old team. Chahal has done it for RCB for a long time, he has done it for India as well.”Man of the Match Jadhav said, “At the age of 15, I was improvising. Once I got power, I started hitting big shots. I keep all the options open and just react to the ball.”I look short but I work hard on my fitness in the gym. When two of your top players are not playing, you need to take responsibility” he said referring to the absence of captain Virat Kohli and South African A B de Villiers.
Give Attendees the Option to Give MoreThis sounds painfully obvious, but it’s often overlooked at the fundraising event. Be appreciative of those who have purchased tickets and are attending your event, but recognize that a portion of your attendees will be ready and willing to do even more. Here are four strategies for opening the door to more donations during your next event:Auctions & Raffles:Auctions, games, and raffles are a popular way to raise even more money at your fundraising event. The best raffles and auctions feature items that tie back to your cause or reflect your community’s unique interests.Mobile Donations:At your event, supporters will feel a strong connection to your cause and are often inspired to do more. Channel their good feelings and generosity into more gifts by reminding them they can give on the spot via their mobile device. (Don’t have a mobile-friendly donation solution? All Network for Good donation pages include easy-to-use mobile giving features for donating via smartphones.)Recurring Donations and Memberships:Set up a “Donation Station” or membership kiosk that will help your loyal supporters set up a recurring gift or become members of your organization. Be sure to staff your booth to help make this process personal, easy and fun.Turn Attendees Into Fundraisers:While your attendees are inspired and feeling great about your organization, challenge them to rally support from their networks with their own personal fundraising pages. This helps you extend your reach beyond your current list of donors and creates powerful fundraisers for your programs. A peer-to-peer fundraising strategy is an excellent complement to your events.Additional Gifts:Make it easy for attendees to not only register for tickets online but offer them the chance to give an additional gift while you’re at it. 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Brahim Diaz said his Real Madrid debut completed a dream he’s had since he was a child after making his first appearance since arriving from Manchester City. Brahim swapped Premier League champions City for La Liga giants Madrid on a six-and-a-half-year contract last week. And the 19-year-old attacker did not take long to make his first appearance for the club, coming off the bench on Wednesday in Madrid’s 3-0 Copa del Rey victory over Leganes at the Santiago Bernabeu. 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! Goal from Sergio Ramos, Lucas Vázquez and fellow teenager Vinícius Júnior had the match well out of reach before Brahim stepped on the pitch. But the youngster still called the experience “unforgettable” after his first showing at the Bernabeu. “This is great, an unforgettable and unique day,” he said after the match. “Making my debut at the Bernabeu is great. This is a dream since I was a child. “Winning makes the dream greater, but I take everything in peace. I will hang my debut shirt in my room.”Encantado de conocerte, estadio Santiago Bernabéu. ¡Gracias a todos por el recibimiento! ¡A por más! pic.twitter.com/Qp5lmK7c7P— Brahim (@Brahim) January 9, 2019Vinícius was the star of the night, scoring a stunner before being replaced by Brahim, but the former Man City man had a good showing after coming on for the Brazilian, and says that one of Madrid’s veterans had praise for him after the match. “Sergio Ramos has congratulated me and told me to continue like this, and that I will have many minutes,” he said. “He is a top player and playing with him is to enjoy the moment and this dream.” Madrid are dealing with a host of injuries and have a crowded schedule in the next week, meaning Brahim could be back on the pitch sooner rather than later. Los Blancos return to the pitch Sunday to take on Real Betis in a league match, with the club sitting fifth in the table and looking to gain ground on the leading pack. They’ll play the return leg against Leganes next Wednesday before a crucial clash with La Liga’s third-place side, Sevilla, on January 19.
“Barcelona were predictable but they won” was Maurizio Sarri’s defence when recently quizzed on why he never makes changes to his starting line-up.Unfortunately for him, though, Chelsea are no longer winning under the Italian coach, and are now out of the FA Cup following a 2-0 defeat at home to Manchester United, just over a week after dropping out of the Premier League’s top four after a humiliating 6-0 loss at Manchester City.Sarri needs time to implement his nuanced style of football, of course, but patience is now in short supply at Stamford Bridge, because, unlike fellow philosopher Pep Guardiola during a difficult first season at the Etihad, the former Napoli boss can’t point to past glories to reassure the sceptics. 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! Indeed, after boos at half-time, with Chelsea already two goals down, chants of “F*** Sarriball!” were ringing out from the Matthew Harding End before the full-time whistle had even blown.The fans also demanded to see Callum Hudson-Odoi come on but Sarri stubbornly ignored them.His substitutions were instead characteristically predictable as Willian and Ross Barkley came on for Pedro and Mateo Kovacic, respectively.Neither man made an impact as Chelsea failed dismally to trouble a team that had arrived in west London on the back of a chastening Champions League loss at home to Paris Saint-Germain, and without two key players, in Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard.The visitors simply copied the game plan that Tottenham, Everton, Leicester City and Arsenal have all implemented in recent matches against Chelsea. Juan Mata marked, and thus successfully stifled, Jorginho, just as Gylfi Sigurdsson, Dele Alli and Aaron Ramsey did before him.Chelsea were targeted and subsequently exposed in the spaces between the centre-back and full-back positions. Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba were the beneficiaries as their runs into the area went untracked by the Blues midfield, allowing both to net before the break.Man Utd were also repeatedly able to hurt Chelsea thanks to the pace and industry of Marcus Rashford, whose performance evoked memories of similarly effective displays against the Blues from the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Son Heung-min.It was all just damningly familiar from the home side’s perspective.Sarri has cast himself as a “dreamer”, an idealist trying to revolutionise Chelsea’s entire approach to the game, but many fans are beyond frustrated with what was supposed to be an exciting style of football but is instead proving slow, boring and, worst of all, unsuccessful.The players can’t be faulted for effort. But, by the end, they looked bewildered, as the fans invested more energy in expressing their displeasure at what they were seeing – again – than trying to spark a comeback.It’s hard to blame them either. They’ve seen this all before: the same tactics, the same defensive mistakes and the same lack of bite up front. The only difference was that this time it has cost them the FA Cup crown they claimed last season under Antonio Conte.As the full-time whistle blew, Sarri looked as frustrated as everyone else around him. The sad reality now is that if he doesn’t make a change, his employers will.Sunday’s League Cup final against City could well prove a nightmare end to Sarri’s Chelsea dream.
The Manchester derby is one of the most eagerly anticipated games of the Premier League season as rivals United and City face off.Precious bragging rights and the contentious issue of whether the northern English metropolis is red or blue are at stake, but, more importantly, so are points.City have surged ahead of United in recent seasons, with Pep Guardiola’s revolution taking full effect in 2017-18 as the club won their fifth league title. 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! They are on course to defend their crown in 2018-19, but the Old Trafford faithful are always quick to remind their cross-town foes of United’s record-breaking haul of 20 titles.The Red Devils have not won the Premier League since 2013 though and have entered into a wilderness period, but the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has energised the club once again.United lost the first derby of the current campaign back in November, suffering a 3-1 defeat – a result which marked the beginning of the end of the Jose Mourinho era.Solskjaer has completely reversed the decline since replacing the Portuguese in December and he will, no doubt, be eager to set the record straight when the sides meet at Old Trafford.The Norwegian’s record-breaking start has propelled his team into the top four and the outcome of the game against City could have a massive bearing on whether they qualify for the Champions League.So, when does the game take place?When is the next Manchester derby? The second Manchester derby of the season was originally scheduled for March 16, 2019, but it has been changed after both sides progressed to the FA Cup quarter-finals.It has been confirmed that the game will now be played on April 24 and it will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, with an 8pm GMT (3pm ET) kick-off time.Both sides have had a number of their fixtures rearranged and it means they are facing five fixtures each in April.United will play West Ham on April 21, three days before the derby, while City will have an extra day to recuperate, since they play Tottenham on April 20.Solskjaer’s side will play Chelsea four days after the derby, on April 28, while Guardiola’s men are scheduled to play Burnley.
Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev is confident of causing a major upset when he meets world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua for the IBF title next month, confirming the fight will take place on Oct. 28 in Cardiff.”Anthony Joshua is a great and dangerous rival, but his style fits perfectly with mine,” the 36-year-old Pulev, who has only one loss in 26 fights, wrote on his page in Facebook on Monday.”In boxing, the boxers’ styles dictate the match and there will be not many hugs, there will be a heavy boxing (on Oct 28).”My preparations go very intensely because of the short time I have, and I will be perfectly ready when I get into the ring so that he has no chance against me.”Joshua, who also holds the WBA and IBO titles, has been told he must face IBF mandatory challenger Pulev before Dec. 2 or risk being stripped of that belt.The 27-year-old Briton, undefeated in 19 fights, had been due to face Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch of their April bout, which Joshua won with an 11th-round knockout, but Klitschko has since announced his retirement.Pulev, one of Bulgaria’s most popular sportsmen, turned professional at the age of 28 in September 2009, less than a year after winning the European amateur boxing title in Liverpool.He has held the European heavyweight title twice between 2012 and 2016 and has challenged once for the unified world heavyweight title in 2014, losing to Klitschko in Hamburg on a fifth-round knockout.
Canada, on Tuesday, named rising star and world number 69 Denis Shapovalov in its squad to take on India in the upcoming Davis Cup World Group Play-off tie, scheduled in Edmonton from September 15.The 18-year-old Shapovalov is in red-hot form as he scalped French star Jo-Wilfred Tsonga en route the US Open fourth round before losing to Pablo Carreno Busta in the pre- quarterfinals.The other members of the team are Vasek Pospisil (78), Brayden Schnur (192) and seasoned Daniel Nestor (42 in doubles).There is no Milos Raonic since the world number 11 is injured and has already skipped the last Grand Slam of the season due to a wrist injury.Despite the top Canadian star missing the tie, India has a task at hand since contending with a player of Shapovalov’s calibre and that too in his own backyard will be a tough test.India has named Yuki Bhambri, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Saketh Myneni and Rohan Bopanna in its squad for the tie — the winner of which qualify for the elite 16-nation World Group.None of the Indian players featured in the US Open singles with Bhambri and Ramkumar failing to clear the qualifying rounds.However, Bhambri and Ramanathan, to their credit, have created ripples in international tennis recently.Bhambri had knocked out world number 22 Gael Monfils from the Citi Open while Ramkumar had scalped world number 8 Dominic Thiem at Antalya Open.India has consistently reached the World Group Play-off stage in the last three years under former captain Anand Amritraj but could not cross the hurdle. The Indian team lost to tennis power houses Serbia (2014 in Bangalore), Czech Republic (2015 in New Delhi) and Rafael Nadal-led Spain last year in the national capital.advertisement
SangathanNew Delhi, Sep 8 (PTI) A proposal to drop Nehru from the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, was recently discussed, but the NYKS Board could not reach a consensus, a senior member of the board today said.The scheme, originally named as Nehru Yuva Kendra (NYK), was launched in 1972 as part of the silver jubilee celebrations of Indias Independence. Named after first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, it aimed to work as a platform for personality development of “rural non-student youth”.It was subsequently registered as a society by the name of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan in 1987.The Board of Governors, whose chairperson is the Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, discussed the proposal to replace Nehru with National or a similar word during a recent meeting, the senior member of the Board said.”Representations and suggestions were made by various citizens to either rename it to National Yuva Kendra Sangathan or something akin to it as it (the scheme) has expanded in its scale. So the proposal was put up in the agenda and was briefly discussed. But, no consensus was reached that day,” said the member.The proposal could be taken up again in future, he said.The scheme was initially launched in 42 districts across the country, and was expanded to cover 311 districts by 1986- 87 when the Rajiv Gandhi government decided to make it an autonomous organisation.”We have now expanded to 623 districts and asked for sanction of 48 more districts. There are 1.48 lakh youth clubs running under he aegis of the NYKS. And, we have 12,000 Nehru Yuva Volunteers (NYVs) who we select for a year, extendable to one more year. About 20 members on an average are part of a club,” the officer added.advertisementHe also highlighted that the NYKS is facing shortage of staff as “no fresh hiring has been done since 1994”.Talking about the changes being brought in the organisation over the past several years, he said, “Initially, it was started for non-student youth of rural areas, but the ambit was later expanded to urban areas too. And, students, aged 15-29, were also included,” he said. PTI KND TIR
(Eds: Upgrading after adding inputs) By Amanpreet Singh New Delhi, Sep 15 (PTI) The Sports Ministry has left out veteran Leander Paes and Saketh Myneni from the initial list of tennis players, who have been chosen for monthly allowance for their preparations for the next years big-ticket events and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.According to reliable Sports Ministry sources, among the players who have been chosen for Rs 50,000 allowance per month are leading mens singles players Yuki Bhambri and Ramkumar Ramanathan, countrys top doubles player Rohan Bopanna and youngster Sumit Nagal.Myneni, who has been dropped alongside Paes, is the recipient of this years Arjuna award. Three women players have been included in the list, which features Sania Mirza, Prarthana Thombare and Karman Kaur Thandi.Surprisingly countrys top singles player Ankita Raina has not been included in the list.While Ankita is ranked 260 in the world, Thombare, who played Olympics with Sania, is ranked 801 in singles. There are nine Indian players ranked above her. In the doubles though, Thombare is countrys second highest ranked player at number 129 behind Sania, who is now world number eight. “This is not the final list,” a Sports Ministry official told PTI. In all, the ministry has chosen 152 athletes across disciplines for their preparations for next years Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The players will receive funds directly through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) with effect from September 1. “Anyone who performs well can be added in the list later on and who fails to perform can be removed from the list,” the official added. Another source said a review committee will sit in the next 15-20 days to evaluate performance of the chosen athletes. “Its a continuous process now. We will see who is doing what. We will see near the Commonwealth Games, who have been chosen in the team and what could be their chances for the Asian Games. And then how they have performed at the CWG to see if they should be kept in the list or reomved,” said the official. Asked what was the criteria to choose the players, the official said the list was prepared after getting input from the national federation and government observers apart from ministrys own research committee. In tennis case, Somdev Devvarman is the national observer. PTI AT KHS KHSadvertisement
Young Karnataka batsman Karun Nair, who stole a big march by scoring a triple hundred in only his third Test against England in Chennai, said on Thursday that things are the same with him except that he gets recognised on the streets after his stupendous feat.”Nothing has changed for me personally. I am still the same. It is just that I get more recognition in the streets,” said the 25-year-old Jodhpur-born batsman today ahead of playing for Rest of India under Cheteshwar Pujara against newly crowned Ranji Trophy champions Gujarat in the Irani Cup game here from tomorrow.”I am more focused on what I have to do. I am working hard to do better. This is beginning of my career. (Am) waiting for opportunities to do better,” said Nair who made an unbeaten 303 in only his third Test innings in the fifth and final Test against England after making his debut in the third game of the series in Mohali. (Certain things are meant to happen, Karun Nair tells India Today after historic 303*)Nair, who has become only the second Indian player after swashbuckling batsman Virender Sehwag to score a triple ton in Tests, said although he has been part of the dressing room for nearly a year he has now started to believe he belongs to it on his own.”I have been part of that dressing room for almost of a year and most of us play together in the IPL. So, it is not something new. When you get to the Indian team, it is a different ballgame altogether. I was really happy to do well in my third Test match. (Karun Nair needs to build on triple hundred for a great future: Rahul Dravid )advertisement”I have played a whole series (was in reserves in the first two Tests against England) and I kind of feel that I am more than in the team on my own. It is just the beginning and I am looking forward to the future.”Saying his confidence has gone up after the great knock for a winning cause in Chennai, Nair explained he never even thought about the subsequent ODI series against England, in progress, for which he was not picked. (Realised the enormity of my triple hundred when people started talking about it: Karun Nair to India Today)”Obviously, confidence increases when you score runs at the international level. You have more belief that you can do more at that level.”I was not expecting anything. It is the selectors’ call. All I can do is to keep scoring runs. It is up to them to pick me or not. I am really not thinking of those things. I don’t have any expectations. It is the beginning of my career and I am working hard and waiting for the opportunities.”Conceding there would be pressure of expectations now from the public, Nair said he was more eager to live up to his own expectations.”That is going to be there. I have my own expectations and like to stick with them and not worry about expectation of others. That way, I don’t really think about the outside part. (Triple hundred will take a couple of days to sink in, says Karun Nair)”I have been working hard. It is all about getting the opportunity and using that opportunity to the maximum and doing well for the country and making the team win.””I was just hoping to get some runs. The team was under pressure in that situation when we lost (team captain) Virat (Kohli). That motivated me to do better,” said Nair about his grand innings.”Everyone was really happy that I could do really well and they were just congratulating me and told me to keep going,” he remarked.Asked about his muted celebration after reaching a rare landmark, he said that was the way he was always. (Karun Nair’s 303* standout moment for me in England series: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)”It is just the way I am. I don’t want to change. I don’t want to be someone that I am not. Whatever happens on the field is just how I am always.””There were not any special kind of celebrations. Just normal,” he replied when asked whether there were any celebrations back home.