Justice Raghupathi, heading panel to probe construction during DMK regime, demits office

first_imgChennai, Aug 17 (PTI) Justice R Raghupathi, heading a commission of inquiry tasked with probing the alleged irregularities in constructing a new building to house the state secretariat during the previous DMK regime, has tendered his resignation.A week after the Madras High Court directed the Tamil Nadu government to suspend the panel, Justice Raghupathi sent a communication to the state chief secretary on August 13, apprising her that he had demitted office, effective August 10.In an eight-page letter to the chief secretary, Justice Raghupathi said the commission’s functioning was delayed due to the administration side of the high court.A new secretariat building was constructed during the DMK’s 2006-2011 regime and the AIADMK government had set up the commission after coming to power in 2011.The former Madras High Court judge said the panel was directed by the high court in 2015 not to proceed further with the matter till a writ petition in this connection was disposed of.He also handed over to the secretary of the commission a sports utility vehicle (SUV), which was given to him by the government, a computer and a printer.On August 3, the high court had directed the state government to suspend the Justice R Raghupathi Commission of inquiry within a week and stop all further allotment of funds and government facilities to it.Justice Raghupathi said soon after assuming office on December 3, 2011, he had launched an inquiry into the alleged irregularities in the construction of the giant structure.The commission had sent summons to public servants and 24 IAS officers and Public Works Department (PWD) engineers had appeared before it.advertisementSummons were also issued to then chief minister late M Karunanidhi, then deputy chief minister M K Stalin and then PWD minister Duraimurugan.On a writ petition filed by the public servants, the high court had in 2014 ordered that the petitioners need not appear before the commission and allowed the panel to send questionnaires to them.Hearing the second batch of writ petitions, along with stay petitions, the high court had in 2015 ordered the commission not to proceed further with the matter till the writ petition was disposed of.Though the advocate general had requested the court for an early hearing of the writ petitions to enable the commission to proceed with the task, the plea was rejected.Against this background, the matter came up before Justice S M Subramaniam, who directed the suspension of the commission.”This court is of an opinion that the commission was constituted and prolonged for an unspecified period in order to neutralise the sensitiveness of the issues involved and to divert the attention of the people,” the court had said.Raghupathi said even before hearing the arguments of the counsels, several unwarranted oral comments were made as if there was an intentional delay by all the commissions of inquiry and as if public money was being wasted. PTI CORR VGN APR RC RClast_img read more

Asian Games 2018: Dipika Pallikal settles for bronze in squash singles

first_imgDipika Pallikal Karthik settled for a bronze medal is squash women’s singles as she lost her semi-final to defending champion Nicol David of Malaysia at the Asian Games 2018 in Jakarta on Saturday.David, who is a four-time Asian Games singles winner, defeated Dipika in three straight sets 7-11, 9-11, 6-11 to ease into the final.Dipika, on the other hand, had to be content with the bronze as both the losing semi-fnalists get the bronze medal without any bronze medal play-off.Earlier, Dipika had stormed into the semi-finals with a 3-0 (11-5, 11-6, 11-8) win over Japan’s Misaki Kobayashi. In the Round of 16, Dipika had defeated Indonesia’s Rohmah Yeni Siti 3-0.Joshna Chinappa and Saurav Ghosal will also play their respective semi-finals later in the day.Saurav and Dipika had claimed a silver and bronze in the singles at the 2014 Incheon Games. Three medals in the singles squash event in an edition will happen for the first time for India.It will be the first individual medal for Joshna at the Asian Games. She was part of bronze and silver medal winning teams in 2010 and 2014.Ghosal had defeated compatriot Harinder Sandhu 3-1 (9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7). Ghosal, a three-time Asian Games singles medallist, will take on Leo Au of Hong Kong in the semi-finals.Joshna got the better of Joey-Chan Ho-ling of Hong Kong 3-1 (11-5, 12-10, 5-11, 12-10) in the quarter-finals to also assure herself a medal.In the semi-finals, Joshna will meet Malaysian young talent Sivasangari Subramaniam, who got past Annie Au of Hong Kong.advertisement(With IANS inputs)last_img read more

Motorola One Power will be available at Rs 14,999 during Flipkart Big Shopping Days Sale

first_imgMotorola will be selling its Android One smartphone, the Motorola One Power, at a special discounted price of Rs 14,999 during the three-day Flipkart sale. The Motorola One Power was launched at Rs 15,999 in India. The Flipkart Big Shopping Days Sale will take place between December 6 and December 8. During this period, the Motorola One Power will see a discount of Rs 1,000 and the company is also offering additional offers on the e-commerce platform.During the Flipkart Big Shopping Days Sale, the Motorola One Power can be purchased at Rs 14,999. Additionally, customers can also avail 10 per cent instant discount with HDFC Bank Credit and Debit cards and EMI transactions, No Cost EMI starting at Rs 2,500/ month, as well as discounts on exchanging an old phone.The Motorola One Power’s biggest USP is that it is an Android One phone, which means the device runs a pure, stock version of Android Oreo out-of-the-box. Notably, the One Power was recently upgraded to Android 9 Pie as well, which makes it the only Motorola phone to officially run on the latest version of Android.The Motorola One Power is also the company’s only phone in India to sport a notched display. It brings a 6.2-inch FHD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by a 1.8GHz Snapdragon 636 chipset which is coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage with support for expandability. Another major highlight is that the One Power houses a 5,000mAh battery that will deliver a good two days of battery life on a single charge. As for the cameras, the One Power comes with a 16MP + 5MP setup on the back and a 12-megapixel sensor on the front.advertisementlast_img read more

2nd Test: Faf du Plessis century puts South Africa in pole position vs Pakistan

first_imgCaptain Faf du Plessis led from the front with a hard-earned century to give South Africa a commanding 205-run advantage at the end of the second day of the second Test against Pakistan at Newlands on Friday.Du Plessis failed to score in either innings in the first Test in Pretoria last week, but made 103 in a 226-ball knock as South Africa piled up 382 for six in reply to Pakistan’s 177 all out on the opening day.Pakistan will be up against it on Saturday when South Africa resume with Quinton de Kock not out on 55 and Vernon Philander on six as they look to press home their advantage.Du Plessis had to toil for his ninth Test century on an uneven pitch, hitting some superb shots through extra cover but also surviving being dropped on 96 to an easy catch down leg that Pakistan wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed spilt.He was eventually out to a feint tickle off teenager Shaheen Shah, who finished the day with the best Pakistan figures of 3/112.Temba Bavuma, who saw two reviews go his way, made 75 and it was his 156-run fifth wicket partnership with the skipper that enabled South Africa to take the game away from their opponents after losing two wickets early in the day.South Africa were on 123/2 overnight but Hashim Amla (24) and Theunis de Bruyn (13) departed in the morning session before Bavuma, having scored three, was reprieved by the third umpire after appearing to be caught in the slips.It was decided that the catch had been taken off the turf.advertisementHe also survived a lbw decision with the review going his way to the exasperation of Pakistan.Bavuma was eventually caught by Sarfraz off Shaheen, who then also bagged du Plessis but only after another review, which this time went Pakistan’s way.De Kock hit fours off his first two deliveries and never looked back as he raced to his half century off 59 balls.Also Watch:last_img read more

Watch: England cricket team dressing room has a hungry, unique visitor

first_imgThe England cricket team’s dressing room had a unique visitor and even found food as it walked around the area picking food while a few of the staff and players arrived to watch the guest with fun. England are currently in the Caribbean Islands for almost a two-month long tour of Tests, one-day internationals, twenty20 internationals.England cricket’s Facebook handle posted a video of a chicken in the dressing room with a line of food in the centre. The players’ kits and everyone were on the side while the chicken walked picking food in the centre.Towards the end of the video, a few from the staff watched the chicken from near the door. A staff member could be seen making a video while Moeen Ali laughed along at the back.Last year, England had a surprise visitor in the practice session at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium when they were on tour in Sri Lanka.Snakes had invaded England’s training session and in the video put up by England cricket’s social media, the groundsmen could be seen trying to contain the ‘Cobra’ using pipes and sticks.England are set to play three Test matches against the Windies, starting January 23. Ahead of the Test series, they will play one two-day practice match against West Indies Cricket Board President XI in Barbados on January 17 and 18.After the Test series, England will play another practice game against UWI Vice Chancellors XI in Barbados ahead of the start of the ODI series.England and the Windies will play a five-match ODI series from February 20 to March 20 and a three-match T20I series from March 5 to March 10.advertisementMeanwhile the build-up to the 2019 ICC World Cup in England has already begun with England and India being termed as favourites in the tournament.England are currently the top-ranked ODI team in ICC rankings while India are a close second. On Wednesday, former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie termed England as the favourites while he felt the current Indian bowling attack led by Jasprit Bumrah makes India one of the favourites too.”I think the Indian attack is well balanced. Bumrah has been rested for obvious reason but their attack is still quite good,” Gillespie told PTI in an interview.”Everyone offers different things, and you add Bumrah to it, so they are well placed to mount a challenge for the World Cup. I think England are the obvious favourites, but India won’t be far behind,” he insisted.Also Read | Yuvraj Singh harbours hopes of playing 2019 ICC World Cup in England and WalesAlso Read | Celebrating Kapil Dev who won India’s first World Cup in Englandlast_img read more

Couple of more ODIs before World Cup would have been more ideal and logical: Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli feels that it would have been “more logical” if his team could have played a couple of more ODIs instead of the two T20 Internationals as a part of their World Cup preparations.India are playing two T20 Internationals and five ODIs against Australia in what will be their last international assignment before the opening World Cup fixture against South Africa in Southampton on June 5.”Probably, a couple of more ODIs would have been more beneficial for both the teams not just us. It would have been more ideal and logical,” Kohli said on the eve of the opening T20.Even though it’s a T20 game, Kohli would like to treat these shortest format games also an extended preparation for the World Cup.”But look we have to utilise what’s in front of us as best as possible. And as I said we’re going to look to get into the right kind of frame of mind as a team,” the skipper added.The core team for the World Cup is set but skipper didn’t rule out an exceptional performer getting a look in.”We’re more or less sorted. But through the course of the series you might see something which might surprise you as a team and which you might want to change immediately. But those are things that are upon how circumstances come in front of you,” he said.”As of now, we feel pretty balanced as a side and I don’t see any concerns or areas that we need to think about anymore. Everything is more or less sorted,” world’s No 1 batsman sounded quite assured.advertisementThe skipper didn’t reveal whether leg-spinner Mayank Markande will be given preference over regular wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. Chahal and Krunal Pandya have been the two specialist spinners in the T20 format.”Look, he (Markande) has been given an opportunity because he’s done well. It’s purely giving a youngster a chance, who has done well over the last couple of seasons and bowled well in the IPL and T20 cricket.”The Indian captain marked Marcus Stoinis as the most dangerous player in the Aussie set-up. Stoinis is set to play in the IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore.Kohli termed Aussie all-rounder Marcus Stoinis as a threat for the upcoming series. Stoinis scored 533 at 53.30 with a strike rate of 130.63 for his franchise Melbourne Stars in the BBL.”If I had to single out one player that can make more impact, that would be Stoinis. He has come around really well during the BBL and he’s making stand out performances. You can see he’s grown in confidence and he’s definitely going to be a very important player for them.””A few of the guys have done really well in the BBL. But from the last time that we played, the games were close contests, both of them. One was washed out, but the other two were really exciting games. We obviously expect a stiff competition overall from the Australian team,” he signed off.Also Read | Virat Kohli’s advice to World Cup-bound Indian team: Don’t pick up bad habits in IPLAlso Read | Virat Kohli on World Cup clash vs Pakistan: We will go by what government and BCCI decidelast_img read more

Virat Kohli 2nd batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to hit 40 ODI hundreds

first_imgBrief scores – India 225 for 6 (43.1 overs) vs Australia in Nagpur. Virat Kohli (103*), Ravindra Jadeja (14*). Scorecard | Live BlogVirat Kohli became only the second man after Sachin Tendulkar to score 40 one-day international hundreds during the second ODI against Australia in Nagpur on Tuesday. Tendulkar leads the ODI hundred charts with 49 centuries.Kohli also drew level with Tendulkar with his fouth hundred against Australia in India.This also happens to be Virat Kohli’s second hundred against Australia this year. In Adelaide, Kohli had scored 104 as India chased down 299 against Australia in the second match of a three-ODI series.Overall, this was Kohli’s 7th ODI hundred against Australia. Sachin Tendulkar leads the list for batsmen with most centuries in India-Australia ODIs with nine hundreds. Kohli and Rohit Sharma are tied on the second spot with seven hundreds each.Take a bow #KingKohli #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/x5vvfXhA1dBCCI (@BCCI) March 5, 2019Virat Kohli had a sensational time in 2018, hitting 11 hundreds in international cricket including 5 in Tests and 6 in ODIs.In 2019, Kohli played 6 ODIs before the five-match series against Australia started at home. In New Zealand, he played three ODIs before being rested for the final two matches. He was also rested for the three-match T20I series against the Black Caps.FIFTY!The Indian Skipper brings up a hard fought half-century. This is his 50th in ODIsScorecard – https://t.co/uMRPRyp6ys #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/sOi5yUxNZ6BCCI (@BCCI) March 5, 2019Virat Kohli, who debuted in 2008, is among the greatest batting stars in limited-overs cricket.advertisementKohli, who took charge of India’s limited-overs teams in 2017, has sensational stats as ODI skipper. 18 of his 40 ODI hundreds have come while leading India. As many as 24 of his 40 hundreds have come while chasing.Earlier in the day during his gutsy innings, Virat Kohli became the 7th Indian batsman to score 50 ODI fifties. He joined the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Azharudding to achieve the feat.The last two years have been spectacular for Virat Kohli. He scored six hundreds each in 2017 and 2018 after hitting three hundreds from 10 ODIs in 2016.Also Read | India vs Australia: Virat Kohli 7th Indian batsman to hit 50 ODI fiftiesAlso Read | Sanjay Manjrekar lauds Vijay Shankar: That innings of 46 was oozing classAlso Read | India vs Australa: MS Dhoni falls for fifth golden duck in ODI careerlast_img read more

Lyca Productions backs out of Ponniyin Selvan. Will Mani Ratnam’s dream project take off?

first_imgFor a long time now, Mani Ratnam has been wanting to adapt the Tamil epic novel Ponniyin Selvan for a period film. The director started the pre-production in 2016 with Mahesh Babu but the project failed to take off.After the success of the multi-starrer film Chekka Chivnatha Vaanam, Mani Ratnam is again making attempts to realise his dream. It was earlier said that Lyca Productions and Madras Talkies are teaming up to produce the mega-budget film.Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Amitabh Bachchan and Mohan Babu were considered for the lead roles. However, looks like the film has hit another dead end with Lyca Productions backing out of the project. Reportedly, for reasons unknown, the production house has called off the deal.Mani Ratnam is currently in talks with Reliance Entertainment for making the film, and the future of the project is uncertain now. It is not clear whether the film will take off any time soon.Ponniyin Selvan is the epic novel written by Amarar Kalki, a popular fiction writer in Tamil. The story is about king Raja Raja Cholan.ALSO SEE | Thalapathy 63: Is Vijay-Atlee film a sports entertainer?ALSO WATCH | Actor Vijay pays homage to Karunanidhi at Anna Memoriallast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan’s absence big loss to India, says Ross Taylor

first_imgNew Zealand batsman Ross Taylor’s considerable knowledge about the Trent Bridge ground tells him that the shorter boundaries here may play on the mind of India’s wrist spin duo during their World Cup encounter Thursday.Taylor, who has been a successful pro for the Nottinghamshire county side, is confident that New Zealand can effectively tackle the wrist spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.”We’ve faced India a lot in recent times and had some success against them. Obviously, they are two world class spinners but I think we’ve had success at different stages. The shorter boundaries sometimes can play on the minds of the spinner,” Taylor said at the pre-match press conference.Ross Taylor on Shikhar Dhawan’s absenceAsked about Dhawan’s absence, Taylor said: “Obviously Shikhar is a big loss to India. The presence, he plays very well at ICC tournaments and has a very good record over here.”He and Rohit Sharma have a very good partnership, and I think they complement each other well because they’re right and left-handed.”With Dhawan missing in action, India will have a lot of right-handers in the batting line-up and Taylor feels it will make it difficult for their opponent to exploit the shorter boundaries here.”A lot of these grounds in the UK have a short boundary to one side, and if you’ve got two right handers or two left handers, you can’t exploit it as much,” Taylor said.”As we see, it’s traditionally a short boundary here. If that is the case, then hopefully we can exploit it with the right, left-handers, as I am sure India and other teams that are playing here will try and do.”advertisementTaylor had a good season with the Notts and he loves everything about the Trent Bridge ground.”No, it’s a great place to play cricket. Traditionally, it can favor the batters at times, but I am sure that bowlers will be — going to have a little bit there.”It’s been out in the kettles for two or three days and hasn’t seen the sun. I’m sure we’ll have to wait and see what happens,” he said.Just like Aaron Finch, Taylor has accepted the fact that Indian supporters will outnumber their fans.”First and foremost, it’s a great place to play cricket, and I’m sure any time we play India in a neutral venue is always going to be more Indian supporters than New Zealand. I’m sure that’s something we’re looking forward to as well.Also Read | India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 Match 18: Prediction and Probable Playing 11sAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan in high spirits at India training sessionAlso See:last_img read more

Shoaib Malik retires from ODI after Pakistan’s World Cup campaign ends

first_imgShoaib Malik retired from one-day internationals after Pakistan’s World Cup campaign ended at Lord’s on Friday. Malik had retired from Test cricket in 2016.Shoaib Malik was dropped from the playing xi after repeated failures during the World Cup. He was replaced by Harris Sohail who played a few impactful innings.I have no regrets. But it’s just that I have been too flexible in my batting order. I have batted wherever the team wanted. I have been dropped many times, I missed a few years of international cricket and have been around for 20 years, Malik said. I am disappointed to be judged on two bad games here, Malik said.Today I retire from One Day International cricket. Huge Thank you to all the players I have played with, coaches I have trained under, family, friends, media, and sponsors. Most importantly my fans, I love you all#PakistanZindabad pic.twitter.com/zlYvhNk8n0Shoaib Malik (@realshoaibmalik) July 5, 2019Malik was in the middle of a controversy after photos of him having dinner with wife Sania Mirza went viral.Unfortunately for Malik, he had scored a duck in a heavy defeat to India. The photos went viral the day after but the dinner was before the high-profile game against India.Shoaib Malik played 287 ODIs for Pakistan and scored 7534 runs at an average of 34.55. Malik did not have a World Cup outing this time, scoring only 8 runs with two ducks in three matches. He did take 1 wicket against England.Also Read | World cup 2019: Match vs West Indies cost us the whole tournament, says Sarfaraz Ahmed after Pakistan exitAlso See:advertisementlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Jasprit Bumrah 2nd fastest India bowler to take 100 ODI wickets

first_imgFast bowler Jasprit Bumrah on Saturday became the second fastest Indian to complete 100 wickets in one-day international cricket in the ongoing match against Sri Lanka in Headingley.Bumrah, playing his 57th ODI for India, got the wicket of Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunratne to achieve the milestone. Teammate Mohammed Shami, who has been rested for this game, is the fastest Indian bowler to take 100 wickets in the format.Overall, Bumrah is the 8th fastest bowler to take 100 wickets while Shami is ranked joint-7th on the list with New Zealand’s Trent Boult, both of whom took 56 matches to get to the landmark. Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan (44 ODIs) is the fastest to 100 wickets. (India vs Sri Lanka Live Score, ICC World Cup 2019)Bumrah removed Karunaratne in the fourth over after Sri Lanka opted to bat, getting the batsman to edge to the wicketkeeper MS Dhoni.Bumrah then got rid of Kusal Perera in the 8th over, who again was caught-behind to Dhoni.Bumrah has been sensational for India in this World Cup, having taken 16 wickets in 8 matches so far at an average of 19.75 with one four-wicket haul.Bumrah is the sixth-highest wicket taker in the tournament so far behind Mitchell Starc (24), Mustafizur Rahman (20), Lockie Ferguson (17), Mohammad Amir (17), Jofra Archer (17) and Shaheen Shah Afridi (17).Bumrah though, has the best economy rate among the top-10 bowlers in the tournament with 4.51.India were asked to bowl first in their final group match on Saturday by Sri Lanka, who got off to a poor start and lost the openers inside the first eight overs, thanks to Bumrah’s first spell.advertisementIndia, who are already through to the semi-finals, made two changes with Yuzvendra Chahal being rested and Kuldeep Yadav playing in place of him. All rounder Ravindra Jadeja was given his first opportunity to play in the World Cup in place of pacer Mohammed Shami.”We would have batted first as well, used pitch, will get slower as the match progresses. The team is doing well, we are striking a good balance at the right time. Two changes for us, one forced. Chahal has been rested and so is Shami. Kuldeep and Jadeja are in,” Kohli said at the toss.Also Read | Ravindra Jadeja a street-smart cricketer, says Sanjay ManjrekarAlso Read | Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s common joke: We do not like coffee, we do not like teaAlso Read | India vs Sri Lanka: How the teams have fared against each other at World Cups?last_img read more

TRAN WALKER SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON

first_imgA Sioux City man accused of two counts of first degree murder in the stabbing deaths of his former girlfriend and an acquaintance has been sentenced to two life terms in prison.Judge Tod Deck ordered that 19-year-old Tran Walker serve the terms concurrently in the deaths of 17-year-old Paiten Sullivan and 18-year-old Felipe Negron Jr. in January of 2018.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/WALKER4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………….Negron Junior. :23Stevie Sullivan, the stepmother of Paiten Sullivan, says Felipe Negron Jr. died a hero in trying to save her daughter:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/WALKER5.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….are our heroes. ;22Sullivan, the only victim’s family member to speak, then described Tran Walker as evil:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/WALKER6.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………friends with you. ;27Walker declined to speak at his sentencing.Judge Deck ordered Walker to pay $150,000 to each of his victim’s estates.He denied defense motions for a new trial and arrest of judgment.A restitution hearing was set for next January 24th.last_img read more

Mason Rudolph Sets Record But Only Worried About Big 12 Title

first_imgIf 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! Mason Rudolph now holds the Oklahoma State single-game yardage record after his 540-yard show on Saturday against Pitt. He said after the game it was great but would have meant nothing without a win and that he was only concerned about winning a conference title.“It felt a whole lot better than last week to come out with a win,” said Rudolph. “Any way you can get it feels great. We ran the ball for four touchdowns tonight, and that was huge. Continue to become more balanced as an offense.”“[Brandon Weeden has] a Big 12 championship under his belt,” Rudolph added about breaking Weeden’s record by 38 yards. “That’s the only thing I’m worried about. I guess it’s cool, but it’s just a small piece of the puzzle. Rudolph also reiterated (several times!) that he was proud of his running backs.He also noted that there was plenty of time to join Ramon Richards for some meditation during the weather delay in the 4th quarter.Mason Rudolph was proud of the #okstate running game. He went a little Marshawn Lynch-y with his praise. pic.twitter.com/j8dDUQRW9R— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) September 18, 2016last_img read more

Chelsea vs Arsenal: Team news & TV

first_imgPremier League Chelsea vs Arsenal: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 2 years ago 14:25 17/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Tiemoue Bakayoko Eden Hazard Chelsea Getty Premier League Arsenal Chelsea Chelsea v Arsenal The London rivals lock horns on Sunday in a game that could have massive implications on where the title ends up at the end of the season Chelsea can potentially go top of the Premier League with a win over Arsenal when the sides meet at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.Antonio Conte’s side have recovered from an embarrassing defeat against Burnley on the opening day of the season to go on a four-match winning streak in all competitions and they already look like a force to be reckoned with in the Premier League this season.Chelsea/BTTS – 7/2 with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The Gunners, on the other hand, have been far from convincing with losses to Liverpool and Stoke CIty blotting their record, but they showed a level of improvement to comfortably put away Bournemouth at the Emirates in their last league match.A win for Chelsea would not only propel them up the table, it would severely dent the chances of their London rivals who are playing catch up. However, should Arsene Wenger’s men manage to pick up three points, they will move level with the Blues. Game Chelsea vs Arsenal Date Sunday, September 17 Time 13:30 BST / 08:30 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal Bournemouth 9917In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Premier League as well as being available to stream online using Sky Go UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go In the US, viewers can watch live on television on CNBC, or else they can stream the game live online using NBC Sports app. US TV channel Online stream CNBC NBC Sports app SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Chelsea players Goalkeepers Caballero, Courtois, Eduardo Defenders Rudiger, Alonso, Zappacosta, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Luiz Midfielders Fabregas, Drinkwater, Kante, Hazard, Pedro, Bakayoko, Moses, Kenedy, Musonda, Willian, Scott Forwards Morata, Batshuayi, Costa Conte chose to rest a number of players during the week against Qarabag, with David Luiz and Alvaro Morata among those to drop to the bench. Both should return to the starting line-up on Sunday and Eden Hazard could also feature from the start having played the guts of an hour.Gary Cahill returns from suspension and should take his place in the heart of defence ahead of Antonio Rudiger.Potential starting XI: Courtois; Cahill, Azpilicueta, Luiz; Alonso, Zappacosta, Kante, Fabregas, Hazard; Pedro, Morata. Position Arsenal players Goalkeepers Ospina, Cech, Iliev, Macey Defenders Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Holding, Monreal, Mustafi, Chambers, Bellerin, Kolasinac Midfielders Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Cazorla, Reine-Adelaide, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles, Coquelin, Elneny, Willock Forwards Sanchez, Lacazette, Giroud, Walcott, Iwobi, Welbeck, Akpom, Nelson The Gunners have a Europa League game against Koln to navigate before they make preparations for the game against the Blues, but Wenger is likely to rotate his key players to ensure they remain fit and available.Francis Coquelin has been struck down with a hamstring injury and is unlikely to play, while Santi Cazorla is training again, but will not be ready for a number of weeks.Potential starting XI: Cech; Mustafi, Monreal, Koscielny; Bellerin, Kolasinac; Xhaka, Ramsey; Ozil, Sanchez, Lacazette.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Tiemoue Bakayoko Eden Hazard Chelsea 2017Chelsea are 4/5 favourites to win according to dabblebet, with Arsenal priced at 16/5 to beat the Blues. A draw between the London rivals at Stamford Bridge is considered a 3/1 bet.Check out all the available markets, including first goalscorer, on dabblebet by clicking here.GAME PREVIEW Antonio Conte Chelsea Arsene Wenger ArsenalChelsea narrowly fell short against Arsenal in the season curtain-raiser at Wembley when they lost on penalties and, after the first round of fixtures it looked to many like they were woefully underequipped to mount a serious title defence.However, in the space of just a few games, Conte’s side look much-improved as they feel the welcome boost of recovered stars Tiemoue Bakayoko and Eden Hazard, as well as new signing Davide Zappacosta.While the Blues have steadied themselves after an early wobble, Arsenal appear to have grown increasingly unstable, with off-field distractions surrounding the futures of star players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil intertwined with a series of disappointing on-field displays.Having lost badly to Stoke and Liverpool, the game against Chelsea is a crucial juncture for the Gunners and Wenger. Victory will catapult them up the table and help to banish their frustrating start, but a loss will see them drift further away from the place they need to be. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Who did the top coaches vote for?

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Who did Low, Southgate & the top coaches vote for in the Best FIFA Men’s Player award? Goal Last updated 2 years ago 14:22 10/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Joachim Low Toni Kroos Germany Alexander Hassenstein Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi The England manager chose Cristiano Ronaldo for the top prize while his Germany counterpart picked a familiar face Germany coach Joachim Low chose compatriot Toni Kroos for the Best FIFA Men’s Player award, while England’s Gareth Southgate voted for eventual winner Cristiano Ronaldo.Ronaldo claimed the award for the second straight year Tuesday in London, edging fellow finalists Lionel Messi and Neymar. Following the ceremony, FIFA released a list of the players each voter chose for the prize. The voting contingent consisted of the national team captain, the national team coach and a journalist from every territory that fields a side on the international level.Ronaldo 15/8 fav to be CL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Each voter selected a player for first place, second place and third place, with the recipients getting five points for a first-place vote, three points for second place and one point for third.Several coaches opted to join Low in voting for their own players, with Argentina’s Jorge Sampaoli choosing Messi, Belgium’s Roberto Martinez picking Eden Hazard, Spain’s Julen Lopetegui going with Sergio Ramos and Portugal’s Fernando Santos tabbing Ronaldo.WHO DID THE TOP COACHES VOTE FOR? Voter First Second Third Jorge Sampaoli Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Marcelo Ange Postecoglou Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Gianluigi Buffon Robert Prosinecki Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric Roberto Martinez Eden Hazard Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric Marcello Lippi Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric Gianluigi Buffon Jose Pekerman Lionel Messi Luka Modric Robert Lewandowski Ante Cacic Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric Lionel Messi Hector Cuper Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar Gareth Southgate Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric Toni Kroos Didier Deschamps Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar Gianluigi Buffon Joachim Low Toni Kroos Manuel Neuer Neymar Carlos Queiroz Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Neymar Giampiero Ventura Cristiano Ronaldo Gianluigi Buffon Lionel Messi Juan Carlos Osorio Cristiano Ronaldo Arturo Vidal Marcelo Herve Renard Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Neymar Dick Advocaat Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo Neymar Michael O’Neill Cristiano Ronaldo Eden Hazard N’Golo Kante Fernando Santos Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric Lionel Messi Martin O’Neill Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Eden Hazard Gordon Strachan Luka Modric N’Golo Kante Lionel Messi Julen Lopetegui Sergio Ramos Dani Carvajal Andres Iniesta Mircea Lucescu Lionel Messi Sergio Ramos Luka Modric Andriy Shevchenko Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Gianluigi Buffon Oscar Tabarez Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Luis Suarez Bruce Arena Cristiano Ronaldo Luka Modric Eden Hazard Chris Coleman Sergio Ramos Luka Modric Harry Kanelast_img read more

Conte pleads for patience after ‘miracle’ title

first_imgChelsea Conte pleads for patience after ‘miracle’ title for Chelsea last season Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 09:29 11/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Antonio Conte Chelsea Getty Images Chelsea Antonio Conte Manchester United Premier League The Blues boss has made a strong statement about exaggerated expectations around Stamford Bridge despite last season’s league success Antonio Conte has moved to calm expectations down among the fan base after he led Chelsea to what he describes as a “miracle” sixth title win in the club’s history. Chelsea face Manchester United on Sunday after a humbling 3-0 defeat in the Champions League to Roma on Tuesday. Conte admitted to making a mistake by switching Gary Cahill from a left centre back role to the right side but that hasn’t stopped him coming in for heavy criticism since the defeat. Chelsea 6/1 to beat Utd 1-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, Conte believes that Chelsea’s title win of last season has inflated expectations around the club to unrealistic levels and he has called for calm ahead of his side’s match at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. “It’s not simple to repeat and then to win [the title]. Above all here, above all in this league. It’s not simple,” Conte said. “You have to try to do this. You have to consider the real situation that you stay now. I said to you a lot of time that now we are trying to build something important. Now we are trying to put the fundamentals for this club.”Don’t forget that in the last four, five years we lost a lot of important players for Chelsea: Drogba, Petr Cech, Lampard, Terry, Ivanovic, Mikel, Ashley Cole. I’m talking about players that wrote history in this club, because they played for many years and they played Champions League games, semi-finals, finals.Antonio Conte PS“Now we are restarting to build something important, to try to put the club again to be able to face this type of situation. If we think I do this (snapping fingers) and we are ready to fight. It’s not simple. Last season what happened was a miracle. It was a miracle, because we had the same players that the season before finished 10th.”Okay our transfer market was with Batshuayi, Luiz, Kante and Alonso. If I don’t remember badly, you [the media] were the first to say Chelsea is prepared this season to become worse than the previous season. I remember the headlines. I have to say when I make mistakes, but also you have to do the same.“We must be ready to do something special. But we must be realistic and to understand that we are building, we are creating a base. We are creating a foundation. In this season we bought five new players and we have 16 senior players.“Honestly, I think I earned my time here with the win of last season. I earned my time. I don’t like to ask for time. I like to tell the truth. My truth is this, maybe some don’t agree with me, but I like to tell the truth. I don’t [decide that I] want to take time, for what? The situation is very clear.”My task is to work and to put all myself for this club. Then if it’s enough, okay. It’s won’t be enough, okay the same. I will continue to live. I always like to tell the truth, first of all to my club. I think the most important thing is to try always to tell the truth.Conte v Watford“Sometimes it’s better a good lie than a bad truth, but in my opinion, I’m a person who always prefers to tell a bad truth than a good lie. In this way I have the respect of the people that I tell the truth to.”The Italian called for patience as the club tries to build something special, claiming that it would take some time to put everything together. “We are trying to build something important,” he continued. “It’s important to have the patience and then to have the time to do this. I understand that it’s not for all to have patience. But patience is a big quality. For example, I have not a lot of patience, honestly. But after last season, I’m proving a lot to do this.”Conte faces the man he replaced on Sunday with Jose Mourinho having led Chelsea to an impressive run of three titles and four cups over a two spells at the club.Mourinho and Conte’s relationship has come under the microscope but the Chelsea boss revealed that he doesn’t have friendships with any Premier League managers after the sacking of Claudio Ranieri, who was let go in February by Leicester City.Ranieri became the latest Premier League winning manager to get sacked in the following season after the likes of Mourinho, Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini suffered the same fate in seasons gone by. Conte was asked about whether Ranieri had told him about what happens to Premier League winning managers and the Blues boss seemed aware of the unfortunate trend. “I have to stay with my fingers crossed,” said Conte when asked about ‘the curse of the Premier League winning manager’ before comparing his side’s achievement last season with Leicester’s. “I think Leicester did a great miracle, because to win and usually you are used to fighting relegation is a miracle, a big miracle.Riyad Mahrez Claudio Ranieri Leicester City“I think Claudio did a fantastic job, an incredible achievement. At the same time, you have to understand there are different miracles that are the same miracles. For Chelsea, who are used to winning the league in the past, also you have to understand when you win the league, what time is a good time to win the league or is a surprise.”If this is a surprise it means you are doing a miracle. I think last season was a miracle for us. Chelsea’s name sometimes covers the miracle, only because your name is Chelsea. When you finish 10th you have the opposite of the miracle.”last_img read more

Zidane backs Benzema and Ronaldo

first_imgReal Madrid Zidane: Benzema, Ronaldo give us peace of mind even without goals Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 08:37 11/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) ronaldo-benzema-cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo Zinédine Zidane Karim Benzema Gareth Bale Real Madrid v Las Palmas Las Palmas Primera División Both Merengue forwards are struggling for goals in La Liga this season, but their coach chose to highlight their overall play after a convincing win Zinedine Zidane played down the importance of Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo’s respective struggles in front of goal, insisting that merely their presence gives Real Madrid “peace of mind”.Madrid cruised to an easy 3-0 win over Las Palmas on Sunday, bouncing back from back-to-back defeats to Girona and Tottenham in La Liga and the Champions League.Real 11/2 to win CL with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Neither Ronaldo nor Benzema were able to add to their Liga goal tallies of one apiece, however, with both enduring frustrating days in front of goal.Ronaldo – who set up Isco for the third – hit the post and missed a couple of good chances, while Benzema appeared to be lacking confidence and was the target of jeers from some sections of the crowd. @Cristiano with a great low cross from the right and @isco_alarcon was there to slot home our third!— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) November 5, 2017Zidane is adamant that both make a difference just being on pitch, though, and the Frenchman is not aware of Benzema being jeered.He told reporters: “I don’t know, I didn’t hear that. If you say so.”At the end of the day, what we want to do is continue to work and do the right thing. We’re talking of Benzema and Cristiano and it’s true, I don’t know how many goals they have.Ronaldo“They are the first to be unhappy, but the important thing is the work, what they do. We have to have peace of mind with that.”You [the media] always think of negative things and I think positive. Cristiano has given the pass for the goal [of Isco] and I can tell you that he is very pleased with it.”He is happy to give a goal and it was a beautiful goal. We know that he likes to score and he is happiest when scoring.”But we believe that he will make a difference. He is not doing it now by scoring in the league, but he is in the Champions League and he also does other things.”He is helpful to the team and in the end he will make a difference.”FT: #RealMadrid 3-0 @UDLP_Oficial (@Casemiro 41, @marcoasensio10 56′, @isco_alarcon 74′).#RMLiga #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/KLUpQ5KEkY— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) November 5, 2017Benzema and Ronaldo could again be joined by Gareth Bale after the international break, with Zidane expecting him to be ready for their next LaLiga game against Atletico Madrid.”Now I intend to push Gareth because he is well,” Zidane said. “He has not been able to be with us because it lacks a little [sharpness], but we have 15 days to make him perfect.”Then, we will see how we manage him. But the idea is for him to be ready after the break against Atletico.”last_img read more

West Ham fans warned against 999 emergency calls

first_imgWest Ham United West Ham fans warned against 999 emergency calls during Premier League crisis Chris Burton 21:53 11/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) David Moyes West Ham BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images West Ham United Premier League Watford v West Ham United Watford The Hammers have traded Slaven Bilic for David Moyes, but their top-flight struggles continue and supporters are getting increasingly concerned West Ham supporters have been urged to stop making 999 emergency calls during the club’s ongoing Premier League struggles.After trading Upton Park for the London Stadium, the Hammers were supposed to see progress off the field mirrored on it.They have, however, stagnated in a new home and now find themselves stuck in a potential battle to avoid the drop. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player David Moyes has been drafted in to succeed the ousted Slaven Bilic, but his reign got off to a forgettable start in a 2-0 defeat at Watford and Hammers fans are growing increasingly concerned.Their actions have incurred the wrath of local authorities, though, with Essex Police warning irate West Ham followers to stop wasting their time.Ringing 999 because @WestHamUtd have lost again and you aren’t sure what to do is not acceptable! It is a complete waste of our time. #999foremergenciesonly— Force Control Room (@EPControlRoom) November 19, 2017The Hammers have collected just two wins and nine points from 12 Premier League games this season, and sit 18th in the table, with only Swansea City and Crystal Palace below them.They have gone five games in the top-flight without success – since edging out Swansea in September – and need Moyes to find inspiration from somewhere.It could be that the Carabao Cup provides a welcome platform on which to build, with West Ham through to the quarter-finals and readying themselves for a capital clash with Arsenal.Moyes’ men are also set to face the Gunners in the league before that knockout tie, with things not about to get any easier for the beleaguered Hammers as they also prepare to take in meetings with Manchester City and Chelsea over the coming weeks. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

‘We all trust him’ – Alli hails ‘massive’ Poch

first_imgMauricio Pochettino ‘We all trust him’ – Alli hails the ‘massive’ influence of Pochettino at Spurs Harry West Last updated 1 year ago 19:04 11/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) PochettinoAlli - Cropped Getty Images Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion Premier League The England midfielder has paid tribute to the Argentine, who is a figure that the whole squad rally around Dele Alli has hailed the “massive” influence Mauricio Pochettino has had on his career as Tottenham prepare to face West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday.Spurs come into the clash at Wembley on the back of securing top spot in Champions League Group H with an impressive come-from-behind 2-1 victory at Borussia Dortmund in midweek.Spurs -1 4/6 v West Brom Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Alli set up both goals at Signal Iduna Park – for Harry Kane and Son Heung-min – those assists adding to recent strikes against Real Madrid, Liverpool and West Ham.While the England international believes his performances this season have failed to scale the heights of previous years, he knows he is working under the right man to continue his development.Dele Alli Tottenham Real “He’s massive to me, a big help with everything, every day in training and in everyday life he pushes you, making you a better person and player,” Alli told Sky Sports.”He’s a massive role in my career; we work together a lot, we speak a lot, and I think that is important for a young player, to know you have a manager you can trust and speak to.”He wants to help you improve and push you on. We trust in him, we put all our trust in him here, and that’s the main thing. We know that the decision he makes is the best for the team and it’s important that we stick by that.”It has been a bit hit and miss at times, but I’ve enjoyed it so far, and I think that’s the main thing, that I keep enjoying it, enjoying playing for Tottenham. It has been good. Obviously, you always want to improve and get better but I’m enjoying it.Dele Alli Tottenham“Obviously I’ve put myself in a situation where everyone expects me to score or assist every game, and as a player myself I expect it as well, but obviously that is not always the case, and just because you don’t score or assist it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve played bad.”I’m probably my biggest critic. But like I say, I’ve enjoyed it. It’s easy to get down with things if they’re not going your way or if you haven’t been performing.”But I know in myself that that’s not the case, I’ve been playing well at times and you can’t play well every game. A lot of players will tell you it is impossible to play well at the top level in every single game.”last_img read more