TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus organise signing ceremony for Arsenal midfielder Ramsey next weekby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus have organised a signing ceremony for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey for next week.Sky Italia says the Wales international will fly out after Juve have played Milan in the Italian Super Cup on January 16.Ramsey, off contract in June, has agreed terms with Juve worth €7.5m per season over five years.He will sign his pre-contract with Juve, but see out the season in London.Ramsey will start training with Juve in July.
TagsSerie A NewsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton striker Hornby: Bolasie convinced me about KV Kortrijkby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton striker Fraser Hornby says a chat with Yannick Bolasie convinced him about a move to KV Kortrijk.Hornby was sent out on loan to Belgian side KV Kortrijk for the 2019/20 campaign.”I had never heard of Kortrijk before (but) I knew about the existence of the Jupiler Pro League,” Hornby told Knack Weekend.”When I learned of KV Kortrijk’s interest, I looked up things like the club’s past, who played here and after an enlightening conversation with trainer Yves Vanderhaeghe, who clearly explained his plans for the team and me, I thought it was a great opportunity to come here.”I also checked with Yannick Bolasie about the Jupiler Pro League and told me that I would be surprised about this competition. When he arrived at Anderlecht, he was also surprised about how intense this competition is.”After a few days of training at KVK, I immediately knew what he meant: the level here is high, the coach is demanding, I am now even more convinced that I have made a good choice, here I will be challenged again.”
Login/Register With: Advertisement SAINT JOHN, NB, June 10, 2018 – Media and lifestyle brand Civilized presents “A Night Out with Chelsea Handler” on Sunday, June 10 at 7 pm at the Imperial Theatre in Saint John, NB.Sponsored by Tweed, the Town Hall event will see Handler bring her wit and humour to political, societal and cultural issues as she and Civilized CEO and Publisher Derek Riedle have a fireside chat on stage.“We are excited Chelsea Handler is here to share her perspective,” says Derek Riedle, CEO and Publisher of Civilized. “I’m looking forward to seeing her engage with the audience and having some laughs.” Civilized Presents “A Night Out with Chelsea Handler” in Saint John, NB (CNW Group/Civilized Worldwide Inc. (Civilized)) Handler is currently doing a series of Town Hall-like events in cities across the U.S., which are centred around social activism in hopes of galvanizing citizens to use their voices. She is delivering a keynote address June 11 at the World Cannabis Congress, taking place in Saint John.With five books to her credit, many of them best sellers, and another in production with Penguin Random House, Handler has been reaching audiences of all ages. She has been honoured by TIME magazine as one of its annual “TIME 100 Most Influential People;” by Glamour magazine as one of its 2011 Women of the Year; and by the Human Rights Campaign, which gave her its Ally for Equality Award in 2009. With nearly 15 million followers, Handler was shortlisted for a 2017 Shorty Award, honouring the best in social media.With the recent news of Bill C-45 reaching another milestone taking Canada one step closer to a legalized recreational cannabis market, Civilized and Tweed are collaborating to reduce stigma and shift outdated perceptions associated with cannabis.“Fighting stigma and bringing positive change are central to everything we do at Tweed,” said Mark Zekulin, President, Tweed. “We’re proud to be part of having Chelsea here to share her perspective and advance the conversation on cannabis.”Tickets to “A Night Out with Chelsea Handler” are available from the Imperial Theatre here.About Civilized Worldwide Inc.:Founded in 2015, with offices in New Brunswick and California, Civilized is a premium media and lifestyle brand that embraces and highlights modern cannabis culture, reflecting the millions of adults who choose to enjoy cannabis as part of a balanced lifestyle, but don’t define themselves by it. Reaching more than 2.5 million unique visitors per month, North America-wide, Civilized produces engaging content for and about people who enjoy cannabis responsibly. Other verticals include Civilized Studios, a video network available to 100+ million viewers that fills the void of broadcast quality video and original series in the cannabis space, and Civilized Events, exclusive branded experiences for both the cannabis industry and consumers – from intimate dinner parties to large-scale events like the first-ever World Cannabis Congress in Saint John, New Brunswick from June 10 to 12, 2018. For more information, visit: civilized.life.About Tweed:Tweed is a globally recognized cannabis production brand. It has built a large and loyal following by focusing on quality products and meaningful customer relationships. Tweed doesn’t just sell cannabis, it facilitates a conversation about a product we’ve all heard about but haven’t met intimately yet. It is approachable and friendly, yet reliable and trusted. As cannabis laws liberalize around the world, Tweed will expand its leading Canadian position around the globe. For more information, visit: tweed.com. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Twitter
Mirzapur: On the third-day of her campaign along the river Ganga on Wednesday, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi will visit former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri’s memorial in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency, Varanasi. Speaking to reporters before beginning her day, she said, “BJP has systematically attacked every institution in the country in the last five years. You all know it better than I do. So I think the Prime Minister should stop thinking that people are fools and understand that they see through all his antics.” According to party workers, Priyanka, who is also Congress in-charge of Eastern Uttar Pradesh, will interact with her party workers at a guest house in Chunar before leaving for Shastri Memorial by road in Ramnagar. She will then arrive at Ramnagar ghat to take the boat ride to Assi Ghat, where she will interact with the fishermen, the Jain community as well as women. The Congress leader will then reach Dashashwamedh Ghat by motor boat and go to the Vishwanath Temple to offer her prayers. This will be Priyanka’s fourth temple visit since March 18, when she kicked off her river ride from Prayagraj on Monday. On Monday, she visited the famous Hanuman Mandir in Prayagraj, followed by trips to the Sita Samahit Sthal temple in Bhadohi’s Sitamarhi on day two of her campaign and the Vindhyavashini temple in Vindhyachal thereafter. She also offered a chadar at Kantit Sharif dargah on Tuesday. The Congress leader will then meet her party workers in Varanasi and leave to visit the homes of three Central Reserve Force Police (CRPF) troopers, who died on February 14 attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama. She will meet the family members of Avadhesh Yadav in Chandauli district. On her way back to Varanasi, she will meet the families of Vishal Pandey and Ramesh Yadav. The Congress leader will then return to the Varanasi airport to leave for Delhi.
Ahmedabad: The CBI on Wednesday refused to take any stand on the pleas of former police officers D G Vanzara and N K Amin seeking to drop court proceedings against them in the Ishrat Jahan alleged fake encounter case.The Gujarat government has refused sanction to prosecute them. In his submission before special judge J K Pandya, CBI lawyer R C Kodekar said the court may pass “appropriate order in accordance with the law” on the pleas of Vanzara and Amin. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The court on Wednesday also allowed the lawyer of Ishrat Jahan’s mother Shamima Kauser to file a reply opposing applications of Vanzara and Amin, and argue on the matter on April 9. The court said it will then decide the matter on merit. The CBI had earlier informed the court that the Gujarat government had declined to grant it sanction to prosecute Vanzara and Amin under section 197 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. Vanzara is a former deputy inspector general of police, while Amin retired as a superintendent of police. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KUnder section 197, a government’s sanction is necessary for the prosecution of a public servant. After the government refused a sanction to prosecute them, Vanzara and Amin moved the court, praying that the proceedings against them in the case be dropped. Kodekar had sought time to seek instructions from the CBI on the pleas filed by the two former police officers. On August 7, 2018, the court had rejected discharge applications of Vanzara and Amin, and also sought to know from the CBI whether the agency had requested the government for a sanction to prosecute them, so that the court could frame charges against them and start with the trial. Ishrat, a 19-year-old woman from Mumbra near Mumbai, Javed Shaikh alias Pranesh Pillai, Amjadali Akbarali Rana and Zeeshan Johar were killed by the Gujarat police in an encounter on the outskirts of Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004. The police claimed that they were terrorists and were planning to kill then chief minister Narendra Modi. A Special Investigation Team set up by the Gujarat High Court later concluded that the encounter was fake, after which the HC transferred the case to the CBI. In the first charge-sheet filed by the CBI in 2013, seven Gujarat police officers, including IPS officers P P Pandey, Vanzara and G L Singhal, were named as accused. The court later discharged Pandey.
A day after complete anarchy unfolded during BJP president Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata when a vicious attack on one of Bengal’s most revered figures, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, took place, the whole state plunged into a cultural vacuum overnight. While preparations were on for his bicentenary celebrations, his bust at Vidyasagar College was desecrated and broken into pieces. The incident drew widespread criticism not only from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee but also from the Bengali intelligentsia and the people of the state in general. Terming it to be “quite unfortunate and a well-planned attack on the college,” she said: “BJP will have to pay for vandalising the statue of Vidyasagar.” In Bengal, there is a deep connect with the legacy of the land, an emotion that is closely associated with the greatest reformers and social thinkers who were born here and left an ever-lasting impact on the culture and aesthetics of this part of the country that led to the Bengali Renaissance. Any attack and onslaught on such institutions will lead to a massive outcry, as has been witnessed in the case of Vidyasagar College incident. Creative personalities from various professions condemned the attack and raised their voices against what they termed as the “distasteful” attitude of the Narendra Modi government and urged people to “vote for Mamata Banerjee who is putting up a fierce resistance against the Modi-Shah tyranny”. Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, musician Kabir Suman, a former TMC MP, said: “I do not want the Modi-Shah government to remain in power at the Centre. Mamata Banerjee is putting up a fierce resistance against the Modi government and I urge voters to support her. This BJP government does not respect human values and only sow seeds of communalism. BJP is today attempting to use Vivekananda in Bengal for political mileage and shouting out his name but refuses to conform to his ideals.” Echoing similar thoughts, poet Joy Goswami said: “We feel embarrassed that such a time has come when we need to hold conferences discussing how our basic values of life are in jeopardy. BJP is demeaning Bengal.” TMC leaders have come up with irrefutable evidence showing BJP goons, part of Amit Shah’s rally, rampaging and vandalising Vidyasagar’s bust, showing no respect or love for Bengal’s culture. Thus, the burning issue is that such leaders of our nation cannot respect their own icons, they do not believe in the doctrines of those who shaped the identity of this land, and have forgotten the true spirit of revolution that formed the foundation of our freedom. It has, therefore, become absolutely compelling to evoke sentiments of nationalist pride and honour and to judiciously cast one’s own vote because today, it is simply now or never!
CAIRO- Egyptian police Wednesday fired tear gas at student supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi as they protested near the defence ministry against the new military-installed authorities, state media reported.The protests by students from Cairo University came as a Muslim Brotherhood-led Islamist alliance backing Morsi called for nationwide strike action.The Brotherhood, to which Morsi belongs, was designated a “terrorist” group last week by the authorities, which accused it of a bombing north of the capital that killed 15 people. The Islamist movement denied the accusation.Egypt’s state-run Al-Ahram newspaper’s website reported that police used tear gas to disperse the protesting students and arrested some of them.Police also fired tear gas at a pro-Morsi student protest in the Nile Delta city of Zagazig, the deposed leader’s home town, security officials said.Pro-Morsi students have staged defiant demonstrations at universities across Egypt, and earlier Wednesday the pro-Morsi Anti-Coup Alliance called for more protests.“As the students’ strikes succeed in shaking the corners of the coup regime, the coalition of parties, movements and groups defending democracy in Egypt calls for a gradual, decisive nationwide strike,” it said.Police, meanwhile, seized an underground press in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria for allegedly printing leaflets against the security forces, security officials said. Two people were arrested.The Brotherhood’s designation as a “terrorist” group carries harsh penalties.It could mean death sentences for convicted Brotherhood leaders and five years’ imprisonment for participants in protests.Promoting the group either in writing or verbally can also lead to prison sentences.
The Golden State Warriors are an insanely dominant team. To answer the question in this article’s headline: Yes, the Grizzlies have a chance — about a 6 percent chance according to our Real Plus-Minus-based projections. The Warriors projected Real Plus-Minus (RPM) of +15.8 points against the Grizzlies is easily the best of any team; Golden State has about a 10-point advantage per 100 possessions.So the Warriors are likely to win, yes, but the series has several interesting contrasts for the basketball geek.Take speed. If the Warriors do succeed against Memphis, they’ll probably do so playing their breathtakingly fast style. Golden State had by far the fastest pace in the league this season, at 98.3 possessions per game. The Grizzlies play at a lumbering gait: at 92.0 possessions per game, Memphis ranked in the bottom five of the league. The Warriors are also in the top four in total blocks and steals, which ignite fastbreaks. The Grizzlies are content playing solid half-court defense, forcing turnovers and limiting your total shots. It’s fast vs. slow.Shot selection is another difference. The Warriors, especially Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, excel behind the 3-point arc. The team led the NBA in both 3-point percentage (at nearly 40 percent!), and in the total number of threes attempted. The Grizzlies? They attempt the second fewest 3-pointers of any team in the NBA, with below-average success. Memphis’ strength is near the basket, where you’ll find their two big men, Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph. It’s outside vs. inside.Curry, who might just win the MVP award, leads the way for a stacked Warriors team; his projected +8.8 RPM is the second highest of any player (behind Cleveland’s LeBron James). At the other end, the Warriors will rely on defensive superstar Draymond Green, the runner-up for Defensive Player of the Year. Draymond will have a unique challenge against the two Memphis big men. If he can handle one of them one-on-one, the Warriors could cruise.For the Grizzlies, their (already slim) chances took a hit when point guard Mike Conley suffered a facial fracture. He’s projected to play only 15 minutes per game by these RPM calculations. But if he plays through the injury, and if the Grizzlies can slow the pace and prevent the 3-point-happy Warriors from blowing the roof off, Memphis could make this series interesting.
When Did Sports Become So Political? Last week, only 298 days after Claudio Ranieri helped Leicester City win the Premier League title, a 5,000-1 triumph, Ranieri was sacked. But does sacking a football manager have an effect? Not very much of one, a growing body of evidence suggests. There is over a 90 percent correlation between teams’ wages and their results, according to analysis of teams’ spending and results from 1973 to 2010 in “Soccernomics,” a book by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski. That leaves less than 10 percent to be decided by other factors — who its manager is, injuries, scouting and plain old luck. In English football from 1973 to 2010, Kuper and Szymanski found, only 10 percent of top-flight managers consistently overachieved when wages were taken into account. A very select few managers do make a difference, but most have a negligible impact on how a club performs.Today, the average Premier League manager — except Arsene Wenger, in his 21st year at Arsenal — lasts a little over a year, slightly shorter than Ranieri’s reign. That doesn’t leave much time for a manager to leave a mark. Occasionally, innovations can help managers succeed immediately, as Antonio Conte has in reintroducing the 3-4-3 formation at Chelsea this season, to stunning effect. But in the overwhelming majority of cases, clubs’ complex systems of coaching, player analysis, scouting, youth development and training facilities far predate — and normally outlast — any new manager.Take Leicester and Ranieri. There were several crucial aspects of their success last year: the brilliant end to the 2014-15 season, winning seven of the team’s last nine matches under a previous manager; sophisticated use of data analytics (several members of Leicester’s backroom team have subsequently been poached); and a brilliant scouting network. All of it was in place before Ranieri took charge. While Ranieri tweaked the side’s tactics and elevated the midfielder Danny Drinkwater from the substitutes’ bench, overall he changed relatively little about Leicester’s method.What did change was Leicester’s luck, first for the better, and then for the worse. Last season, Leicester’s goal difference was 11.5 greater than predicted by a model of expected goals developed by David Sumpter, a sports economist, using Opta data that takes into account the location of shots; the team also benefited from the fewest total days lost to injury of any Premier League team. Until Leicester defeated Liverpool in its first match without Ranieri, it had been the unluckiest team in the league this season according to Sumpter’s model. When Ranieri was sacked, Leicester had conceded 9.6 goals more than expected, while scoring 0.8 fewer than expected, adding up to a goal difference of -10.4 compared to its actual figures, the lowest in the league.“Sacking Ranieri now is stupid. It’s falling into the trap of underestimating randomness,” said Sumpter, author of “Soccermatics.” “This season’s run of bad form is partly down to a run of bad luck.” Football is particularly prone to randomness, because it is so low scoring; underdogs win more than in any other major sport.So if Leicester continues to maintain its level of play for the remainder of the season, its results should improve, regardless of who the new manager is — or whether Ranieri had stayed.Ranieri’s sacking is likely to lead to an upswing in Leicester City’s results, just not because a new manager is better than him. New Premier League managers generally enjoy “a short honeymoon period,” a study of sackings from 1992-2008 by Sue Bridgewater, director of the Centre for Sports Business at the University of Liverpool Management School, found — but this is not because of the new boss. Managers tend to be sacked when a team is at a low point, after which they tend to revert to their former level: Bridgewater found that an average team earns 1.3 points a match, which is what they earn in the three months after a sacking. The “bounce” a new manager enjoys is just regression to the mean. Bas ter Weel, a Dutch economist, has found the same phenomenon in the Netherlands.In 2015-16, there were 58 sackings across the 92 clubs in the top four tiers in English football, a record. In most cases, teams would have been better off retaining their managers and using the saved cash on new players, or greater investment in scouting and youth development. Related: Hot Takedown In recent years several unglamorous teams have thrived while adopting strategies that limit a manager’s importance. As Kuper and Szymanski note, Lyon won seven consecutive titles in France from 2002-08, as well as reaching the quarterfinals of Champions League in three consecutive seasons from 2003-04, with four different coaches – Jacques Santini, Paul Le Guen, Gérard Houllier and Alain Perrin — who subsequently had undistinguished records. Lyon recognized that a previous manager, Bernard Lacombe, was exceptional at spotting talent, so moved him to a director of football role, focusing on player recruitment while insulated from day-to-day pressure. More recently, Southampton has excelled in the Premier League despite repeatedly losing its coaches to other clubs. Southampton’s success, like Lyon’s, has been underpinned by excellent youth development and a philosophy for player recruitment that changes little depending on who the manager is.Routinely branded the savior or destroyer of a club, the football manager is rarely either. Indeed, given how short his stints are and how many other staff members clubs now employ, perhaps the manager has never been less important. Ranieri’s unfathomable two years at Leicester might be best remembered as a reminder of the limits of a manager’s significance.Check out our latest soccer predictions.
Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder stands during the national anthem prior to the the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe No. 2 Ohio State wrestling team (13-1, 8-1 Big Ten) beat No. 4 Michigan (9-3, 6-2 Big Ten) 18-15 Sunday evening in a closely contested dual meet, despite senior heavyweight Kyle Snyder losing his first collegiate match since 2015. Snyder dropped his first match of the season 3-1 against No. 2 Adam Coon, who is listed at 6-foot-6 and 285 pounds, 7 inches and 60 pounds larger than Snyder. The physical mismatch made this match interesting leading into tonight, but Coon stunned many by beating the Olympic gold medalist. Snyder had not lost in college since Iowa State’s Kyven Gadson beat him in the 2015 NCAA final at 197 pounds.In the third period of No. 3 Bo Jordan’s match against No. 6 Myles Amine at 174 pounds, he took the lead with a takedown, and gained the riding time advantage point after preventing Amine from escaping. Eventually, a stalemate was called before Amine got the escape. Jordan led 5-4, essentially because of riding time.As the clock wound down, Amine needed a two-point takedown to win, and he got it in the final seconds. Initially, the referee did not award any points, but Amine found the correct positioning for the takedown before the clock hit zero. This moment gave Michigan their first lead of the meet, 12-11, with three bouts remaining.Michigan remained close with the Buckeyes, but Ohio State received solid performances from two of its highly ranked heavyweights. Ohio State’s No. 2 Myles Martin won 5-3 against No. 5 Domemic Abounader.The Buckeyes’ No. 1 Kollin Moore bounced back after his first loss of the season against Penn State with a major decision win against No. 12 Kevin Beazley 17-6 at 197 pounds. Moore registered two takedowns late in the first period to take control, and dominated in the second and third with Beazley losing energy. Another undefeated Buckeye went down when No. 5 Stevan Micic upset No. 2 Luke Pletcher 11-4 at 133 pounds. Pletcher is now 22-1.Michigan’s No. 9 Logan Massa beat No. 14 Te’Shan Campbell 6-2 at 165 pounds to hand Campbell his sixth-straight loss. His last win was 8-2 against Maryland’s Brendan Burnham on Jan. 5.Ohio State’s No. 5 Micah Jordan also lost, falling 12-7 to No. 7 Alec Pantaleo in an evenly matched bout. No. 4 Nathan Tomasello won via technical fall against Michigan’s No. 9 Drew Mattin 20-5. Ohio State’s No. 7 Joey McKenna beat Sal Profaci 6-2 at 141 pounds in the only match in which both wrestlers weren’t ranked. Buckeyes’ No. 6 Ke-Shawn Hayes won 9-2 against No. 18 Malik Amine.Ohio State’s next meet will take place on Feb. 18 at No. 6 North Carolina State in Raleigh, North Carolina.