Kolkata, Apr 26 (PTI) Arch-rivals Mohun Bagan and East Bengal today came on board to play for the revamped Indian Super League and requested AIFF to wave off the franchisee fee keeping their heritage in mind. All India Football Federation (AIFF) and IMG-Reliance have been in talks to merge I-League with the Indian Super League to make it the top-most league in the country. Mohun Bagan and East Bengal will now put forward a memorandum and meet the AIFF president and secretary in the first week of May seeking their support. “Both the clubs have come together on this issue and are willing to play only in the top most official league of the country, considering their contribution to Indian football. Also keeping in mind of their heritage the franchisee fee of Rs 15 crore should be waived off,” a senior AIFF official said after a meeting with the clubs and IFA here today. “They are of the opinion that they should be allowed to play home matches in Kolkata as they dont want to deprive members and supporters of their right.” These are only the highlights of the conditions that shall be put forwarded to the AIFF ahead of their proposed meeting on May 2-3. The clubs will seek the AIFF support to approach the Football Sports Development Limited — a joint venture between IMG-Reliance and Star India — that had offered licensing agreement, where the licensor (in this case Mohun Bagan and East Bengal) grants the licensee the right to produce and sell goods, apply a brand name or trademark, or use patented technology owned by the licensor. The licensee usually submits to a series of conditions regarding the use of the licensors property that includes jersey and logo and agrees to make payments known as royalties. “Now these conditions do not arise. They will field their own team and get their own sponsors. They want to directly compete in the top most official league of the country with the money they can afford to spend,” the senior AIFF official said citing example of low-budget Aizawl FC who are on the verge of winning the maiden I-League. “They will make one memorandum and will give it to the Federation. They will want the AIFF by their side and want IMG-Reliance to accept their proposal keeping their contribution to Indian football mind.” PTI TAP ATK ATKadvertisement
LOS ANGELES — Noah Snydergaard is growing up quickly in the major leagues.He made one giant leap along that path July 3, dueling reigning NL MVP Clayton Kershaw on even terms during his six innings on the mound.Snydergaard held the Los Angeles Dodgers to just two hits, and batterymate Kevin Plawecki drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to help the Mets start their six-game road trip with a 2-1 victory.“It was an unbelievable experience, right from the get-go when I stepped out there,” Snydergaard said. “It was a great atmosphere to play in, a very cool stadium. And to step on the same mound as Clayton Kershaw, who’s won three Cy Young Awards, was awesome cool. It was a lot of fun to actually face him.”The 22-year-old right-hander remained winless in five starts on the road despite his solid 107-pitch effort, which included six strikeouts and two walks.Snydergaard has 59 strikeouts through his first 10 big league starts, fourth in Mets history behind Dwight Gooden (80), Nolan Ryan (78) and Matt Harvey (70).“His stuff speaks for itself,” Dodgers left fielder Andre Ethier said. “You can see on the TV and watching the game, he’s got really electric stuff — a high-90s fastball, and he has an idea of how to mix in his curveball and changeup and throw them for strikes. When you are able to do that and throw that hard, you can keep guys off-balance.”Kershaw, 5-0 with a 1.62 ERA in seven previous starts against the Mets, allowed a run and five hits over seven innings and struck out seven in his first start against them in more than two years. He is 4-2 in nine starts this season when allowing fewer than three earned runs.“I think that’s been an unfair thing, kind of the tone of the year every time Kershaw takes the mound,” Ethier said. “It doesn’t matter who the other guy is on the mound for the other team. He always seems to step up his game. For the most part, Kershaw did his job, but the offense let him down a little bit by not figuring out a way to squeak out a run and get him a decision in that game.”Lucas Duda blooped a double just inside the left field line leading off the ninth against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen (2-1). Wilmer Flores followed with a single off Jansen’s glove as the right-hander tried to backhand the ball. Duda then scored on Plawecki’s flyball to center field.“We haven’t had any breaks in a long time, so to catch a couple is huge for us,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “But you’ve got to tip your hat to Noah today. I mean, going head to head with the best pitcher in the game and holding his own was pretty impressive.”Hansel Robles (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory and Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect ninth for his 22nd save in 24 chances.The Mets remained 3 1-2 games behind NL East-leading Washington following the Nationals’ victory over San Francisco.The Giants’ loss kept the Dodgers three games ahead of the defending World Series champions in the West Division.Adrian Gonzalez homered to center leading off the second, which raised his season total to 14 and the Dodgers’ NL-leading total to 103. That ended a string of 11 consecutive innings in which Snydergaard did not allow an extra-base hit.The Mets, held to one run during their three-game sweep by the Cubs, tied it in the fourth. John Mayberry Jr. led off with a double, advanced on a wild pitch and scored when Flores slapped a grounder through the right side of a drawn-in infield.Howie Kendrick reached on a one-out fielding error by Snydergaard in the sixth and stole second, ending a streak of 23 consecutive games by the Dodgers without a stolen base since June 7 — the longest by the franchise since 1900.Ben Turner walked, but Gonzalez lined out to center field and Yasiel Puig struck out.“I knew they were an aggressive lineup, so I just pounded the zone as often as possible,” Snydergaard said. “I was able to get some quick outs and some outs in some key situations.”Duda made back-to-back diving stops at first base on grounders in the hole by Gonzalez and Puig in the fourth inning to help prevent the Dodgers from scoring after a leadoff double by Turner.Turner was 1-for-3 with a walk and made a slick play at third base to rob Daniel Murphy of a hit in the fifth, helping end his streak of reaching base in 17 straight games.Turner spent three-plus seasons with the Mets before signing a minor league contract with the Dodgers in February 2014. Before Friday’s game, he received an award at home plate as the Dodgers’ player of the month after batting .300 in June with six homers and 17 RBIs.(JOE RESNICK)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Liverpool legend Rush: West Ham kid Rice better than Stonesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Ian Rush has no doubts about the potential of West Ham utility Declan Rice.Rush feels that Rice, who has just penned a new deal, is on a similar path to Manchester City defender John Stones who made a £50m move to the Etihad in 2016 after breaking into the Everton team as a teenager.”He reminds me of John Stones, when he was Everton,” he said on beIN Sports.”I think Rice is a better player, at that age. Whether [he plays for] England or Ireland, it’s up to him to decide. He’s come on a lot. For me, he’s a centre-back. He can play the holding midfield role as well. To be at his best, for me he’s a ball-playing centre-half.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 03: A general view as the Ohio State Buckeyes enters the field before the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on November 3, 2007 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 38-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Spring football is underway in Columbus, and today Ohio State linemen took part in some intense one-on-one drills. OSU posted video of offensive lineman Brandon Bowden going against Rashod Berry, who recently moved from tight end to defensive line. Things are getting pretty intense already for the Buckeyes.According to the caption, Bowden was given the win, but Berry, who was giving up about 75 pounds in the matchup, seemed to hold his own as well.More: Vote In Our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” Bracket >>>
APTN National NewsFault lines continue to appear in the Assembly of First Nations after Serpent River Chief Isadore Day wrote National Chief Shawn Atleo Monday warning him to stay away from the prime minister in a letter obtained by APTN National News.Day is highly critical of Atleo in his letter and said any further meetings with Prime Minister Stephen Harper can’t be made unless agreed upon by chiefs.“Any such meetings where First Nation matters are discussed should include First Nation leaders directly in the discussions. This is our agenda,” said Day in his letter. “It is not yours to make unilateral decisions about.”But according to the Prime Minister’s Office, Harper and Atleo are expected to meet “soon”.Atleo met with Harper Jan. 11 along with more than a dozen chiefs. But the meeting was boycotted by chiefs from Manitoba, Ontario and the Northwest Territories.APTN obtained a confidential draft of the minutes of that meeting.It shows that Harper said he believed the Idle No More movement was losing public support.Day warned Atleo he has no authority to discuss treaty rights of his First Nation.“As leaders we will advise you of what we aspire to set in place to protect treaty. This is not the role we will to relinquish to the AFN and Stephen Harper because, so far, your joint agenda with the (PMO) has only given us nothing except undesirable results,” said Day.Atleo responded with a letter of his own dated Tuesday. He said many of Day’s concerns have already been addressed and, while the AFN is an advocacy group for the 600-plus First Nation chiefs in Canada, it gets its mandate from the chiefs. Atleo than pushes that mandate with people such as Harper.“This is a key duty of the national chief and one which I will fulfill as mandated repeatedly and by a clear majority who established a firm mandate for me as national chief last July 2012,” said Atleo. “This, in no way, contravenes or presupposes your rights or those of your peoples. My role, as I clearly and repeatedly state, is an advocate and to open doors so you and your peoples can drive solutions you deem appropriate.”As critical as Day is of Atleo’s conduct, he said chiefs have no desire to break from the AFN. But he said his credibility took a hit prior to the January 11 meeting with the prime minister.“You left the impression with those who were assembled (day before Harper meeting) that you would not go into that meeting,” said Day. “You declared we were united…National chief, this is where my confidence and trust in you was seriously diminished.”Atleo gave a rousing speech the night before meeting with Harper before a couple hundred chiefs and supporters. He spoke of grasping the moment and not getting pushed around anymore.In his letter to Day, Atleo said he never said he wasn’t going, nor was the AFN given a motion to not go.“In my remarks, I was absolutely clear throughout that while we are diverse that we united in our struggle for change. We stand together on the issues,” he said.Day also questioned another meeting Atleo had with Harper. On Nov. 28, Atleo met privately with the prime minister but the fact that the meeting took place and what issues were discussed was not shared with chiefs weeks later at a special chiefs assembly. Some chiefs didn’t find out about it until it was reported by APTN on Dec. 17.“It caught everyone by surprise,” he said. “What was discussed at that meeting? Why are you so reluctant to be accountable and explain the details?”Atleo responded that he told the AFN executive about the meeting before and the reported back to them afterwards.He never does outright address Day’s comments about no further meetings with Harper, but does say throughout he will continue his mandate.
Gurugram: A journalist and his female colleague who is an advocate were arrested by Gurugram police on the charges of demanding extortion from an owner in DLF Phase-3. Co-incidentally, the journalist identified as Rashpal Singh who some time back was working in a senior position in a leading English daily is also facing charges of molesting and harassing a female colleague.According to the police, the accused namely Neelam Singh and Rashpal and the third colleague Mukesh first booked a guest house in the month of February. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThey, however, did not leave the room after their time lapsed and thereby threatened the owner to pay up extortion money of Rs four crores. The police claim that Neelam went to an extent of threatening the owner of her being an advocate she will frame him in fake charges. Due to the senior position of the people involved, the owner became nervous and even paid a substantial amount to the accused. Interestingly, charges have also been framed against the trio of adopting the same modus operandi in a guest house in Sector-53 where again they demanded the extortion money. Even though the police have made two arrests in the case, Mukesh the third person involved in the case is still at large. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe arrest has not come at a more difficult time for Rashpal who was booked under charges of molestation and grievous charges under IT act by a former colleague in February. The 42-year old journalist belongs to Kangra, Himachal Pradesh and has experience of working in top media publications. This is not for the first time when journalists in the national capital region have been arrested for demanding extortion. Earlier in January, three journalists namely Sushil Pandit, Udit Goyal and Raman Thakur were also arrested under the charge of extortion. They were reportedly extorting money from a call centre owner in the name of removing the latter’s name from an FIR registered in November 2018. A Mercedes car was also seized from the possession of one of the journalists. A pistol was seized from the possession of another journalist. A total of Rs 8 lakh was seized and all four were arrested.
Hyderabad: Jonny Bairstow and David Warner continued their stellar run at the top as they powered Sunrisers Hyderbad to a nine-wicket win over struggling Kolkata Knight Riders in an IPL encounter here Sunday. Chasing a target of 160, Warner struck 67 off 38 balls hitting three fours and five sixes while Englishman Bairstow punished the hapless KKR attack with seven boundaries and four maximums in his unbeaten knock of 80 off 43 balls. The openers looked in command as the target was achieved in 15 overs largely due to their 131-run stand. This was KKR’s fifth successive loss in the tournament. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThis is the fourth time that the opening partnership of Warner and Bairstow paved the way for a Sunrisers victory this season. The duo had guided SRH to victories against Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals in similar fashion. KKR were sloppy in the field and ended up paying heavily for their mistakes. Bairstow was dropped twice, once on 5 by Cariappa off debutant Prithviraj’s delivery in the second over and then again on 58 by Piyush Chawla off Sunil Narine. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe troika of spinners were the reason for KKR’s downfall as Sunil Narine (0/34 in 4 overs), KC Cariappa (0/34 in 2 overs) and Piyush Chawla (0/38 in 3 overs) gave away 106 runs in nine overs. Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav was dropped from the playing XI. Prithvi (1/29) got the only breakthrough for KKR dismissing the threatening Australian but it was a little too late as the hosts needed just 29 runs off 40 balls. With Warner gone, Kane Williamson (8 off 9 balls) walked in but the captain had little to do with Bairstow hitting a four and two sixes to seal the victory. With the win, Sunrisers Hyderabad jumped to the fourth spot with 10 points from nine matches while KKR remain on the sixth spot with eight points from 10 games. Earlier, young left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed grabbed three wickets in an impressive spell. The 21-year-old speedster removed Sunil Narine (25 off 7 balls), who was looking dangerous in his first spell and then came back to dismiss Shubman Gill (3) and Chris Lynn (51) in his corresponding spells to keep KKR in check. Senior pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned with the figures of 2/35 while leg-spinner Rashid Khan (1/23) and seamer Sandeep Sharma (1/37) took a wicket apiece with the Sunrisers’ bowlers making life difficult for the KKR batsmen. For KKR, Lynn was the top-scored with a dogged 47-ball 51. Rinku Singh was the other notable contributer with a 25-ball 30. Put in to bat, Lynn and Sunil Narine took the opposition to the cleaners. Both openers hitting boundaries of their first balls. The duo quickly stitched a 42-run partnership before Ahmed dismissed Narine in the third over. Narine’s blistering innings of 24 runs off eight balls was laced with three boundaries and two maximums. With the wicket of Narine, the momentum shifted in SRH’s favour. In Khaleel’s next over, he dismissed Gill (3). Nitish Rana (11) and captain Dinesh Karthik (6) also returned to the dressing room in quick succession. Rinku and Lynn shared a 51-run stand for the fifth wicket to stabilise the innings before Sandeep Sharma dismissed the 21-year-old Indian. Big-hitter Andre Russel scored 15 off 9 balls. He hit two sixes off Kumar before the right-arm seamer dismissed the Jamaican in the penultimate over.
Colombo: Sri Lanka’s police reimposed night curfews in vulnerable areas on Wednesday and arrested over 100 people in connection with the communal riots which targeted Muslim-owned businesses in the aftermath of the deadly Easter Sunday bombings. The police announcement came hours after authorities lifted the nationwide restrictions on people’s movements and assembly. The curfew will be imposed in the North Western province and the Gampaha Police division from 7 pm Wednesday night till 4 am Thursday, News First quoted police spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara as saying. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe Air Force would deploy helicopters at day and night to assist with controlling illegal assemblies and acts of violence, Sri Lanka Air Force spokesman Group Captain Gihan Seneviratne said. “We have already taken measures to obtain aerial photographic evidence of those involved in such activities and to direct such evidence for legal action against lawbreakers,” he said. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said at least 78 people were arrested from the worst-affected North-Western Province (NWP) for the anti-Muslim violence. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsRest of the suspects were arrested from other parts of the country, he said. “In addition to the 78 arrested and remanded after they were produced in court, video footage from the incidents are being reviewed to make more arrests,” Gunasekera said. The majority Sinhala community mobs vandalised Muslim-owned properties in NWP and adjoining Gampaha district in the Western Province, a senior police officer said, adding that the mobs even defied the curfew to attack Muslim properties which resulted in the death of one person. Gunasekera said among the arrested were state and private sector employees. They have been remanded till 29 May. The island-wide curfew was imposed on Monday after violence against the Muslim community which accounts for 10 per cent of the country’s population. The curfew was briefly lifted on Tuesday before being reimposed for a second straight night following reports of fresh violence in some parts of the country.
TUNIS – Israeli tourists aboard a cruise ship were prevented from entering Tunisia due to a surprise decision by the Tunisian government, the cruise operator said on Monday.“During Norwegian Jade’s port call in La Goulette, Tunisia on Sunday, March 9, 2014, a small number of guests holding Israeli passports were not allowed to go ashore because of a last minute decision made by the Tunisian government,” the Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line said in a statement.“We apologise for any inconvenience to our guests and appreciate their understanding. We are reviewing this decision with the appropriate officials,” it said, adding that it would refund port taxes to the guests. A tourism ministry official said the visitors were prevented from disembarking because of “a procedural problem,” saying they did not have visas.The interior ministry could not immediately be reached for comment.The issue of relations with Israel is a taboo subject in Tunisia, as it is in other Arab countries, and Tourism Minister Amel Karboul faced questions during her nomination regarding past travel to Israel, which she had made for professional reasons.Tunisia hosted the Palestine Liberation Organisation from its 1982 expulsion from Lebanon until it returned to the Israeli-occupied territories in the 1990s during the Oslo peace process.In 1996, Tunisia and Israel opened interest sections in each other’s country, but Tunis froze relations in 2000 in protest at Israel’s response to the second Palestinian uprising, or intifada.
West11Xavier3281+25+7+1 Midwest3Oregon43112+20+4+1 After a boring first round and an exciting round of 32, we’re through the first weekend of March Madness. Here’s a rundown of four major storylines that jumped out at me and the numbers behind them:Happy trails, DukeThat Duke’s run as the No. 2-seed in the East would ultimately end against No. 7 South Carolina, was undoubtedly surprising. But the way it lost wasn’t. Duke struggled this season to pressure opposing guards into turnovers and is not a strong rebounding team. Against the Gamecocks, Duke lost the turnover battle 18-11, and the Blue Devils were outrebounded 37-34, grabbing a measly 62 percent of the rebounds available on defense. Both performances were among the worst of Duke’s season, and they happened to be in metrics that had correlated with disappointing Duke games all season, particularly at the defensive end of the floor.No wonder South Carolina on Sunday posted the fifth-highest offensive rating Duke had allowed all season long.VIDEO: How the Villanova and Duke losses shook the bracket East8Wisconsin46275+35+22+3 South3UCLA32144+12+5+2 Midwest7Michigan57173+38+11+2 East4Florida54346+41+28+5 Midwest4Purdue30194+10+7+1 Midwest1Kansas705315+15+15+5 South1N. Carolina68349+10+5+2 CURRENT CHANCE OF ADVANCING TOCHANGE SINCE END OF ROUND 1 East7S. Carolina44161+34+14+1 West2Arizona68269+30+10+5 South4Butler32122+7+2+1 West4W. Virginia34206+8+5+3 The Gamecock guards also destroyed what had been a strength of Duke’s defense: Keeping opponents off the free-throw line. Against the Blue Devils, South Carolina’s backcourt drew 26 free-throw attempts, with Sindarius Thornwell and Rakym Felder making 12 and 10 trips to the line, respectively. The Gamecocks’ 32 total attempts tied for the most Duke yielded in a game all season, and South Carolina made 84 percent of them — including several crucial ones down the stretch to extinguish a potential Duke rally.For Duke, it was the kind of flat performance associated with most of its midseason struggles. It was also a game that wouldn’t have come as much of a surprise if you hadn’t tuned in for Duke’s dominating ACC tournament run.The favorites play it close (again)Although the second round of the NCAAs wasn’t as upset-free as the first, it’s still been a good year for favorites at the tournament. Through Sunday night’s games, better-seeded teams have won 38 of 48 matchups, or 79.2 percent — tied for the best rate for favorites through two rounds since 1991. (Going into this year,1Since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985. the average winning percentage for favorites through the first two rounds was 73.2 percent.) Although we’ve seen a No. 1 seed (Villanova), two No. 2s (Duke and Louisville) and a No. 3 (Florida State) be dispatched at a relatively early stage of the tourney, the rest of the bracket’s chalk is entirely intact, with only one double-digit seed (West No. 11 Xavier) still alive to play Cinderella.That being said, this year’s favorites have been pretty lucky to win so often. Their average margin of victory is currently 7.9 points per game, which is below the historical average of 8.1 points per game even though they’ve won more games than usual. In other words, the games have been close enough to allow for slightly more upsets — it’s just that things have broken the better seeds’ way more often than we’d expect. The good news is that we’re now left with an unusually strong, balanced set of teams for the Sweet 16, which should lead to even tighter, more exciting games.Weekend winnersEvery team that punched a ticket to the Sweet 16 is now significantly closer to winning the tournament than they were at this time last week. But some teams have seen their chances improve more than others, based on what happened in the bracket around them. For each of the remaining teams, here are the swings in their chances of getting to the Elite Eight, making the Final Four and winning the championship as a result of this weekend’s games: South2Kentucky684011+22+11+3 REGIONSEEDTEAMELITE 8FINAL 4CHAMPSELITE 8FINAL 4CHAMPS How our tournament predictions changed during the round of 32 East3Baylor56%23%4%+27+14+2 West1Gonzaga664618+4+4+4 Florida won big this weekend — both literally (they crushed Virginia 65-39 on Saturday night) and figuratively. With both the No. 1 and 2 seeds in the East now eliminated, the Gators’ chances of making the Final Four skyrocketed. Then again, so did Wisconsin’s: Our model now thinks the eighth-seeded Badgers are the second-most-likely team to represent the East in Phoenix.The other regions saw less movement, which makes sense considering that they haven’t been as chaotic. Midwest No. 1 Kansas’s path got slightly easier with No. 2 Louisville out of the picture; by contrast, West No. 1 Gonzaga’s odds were relatively unchanged after No. 2 Arizona (and No. 4 West Virginia) stayed on a collision course with the Bulldogs. And the same was largely true for North Carolina in the South, after both Kentucky and UCLA moved on.No tournament magic for Izzo this timeI’ve written before about how Michigan State coach Tom Izzo squeezes more NCAA tournament victories out of his teams than just about any other coach ever, and it seemed like he was set up for more of the same this year. Contrary to what our model predicted before the tourney, Midwest No. 9 Sparty knocked off No. 8 Miami with ease in the first round. And in their second-round game, MSU nearly pulled even with No. 1 Kansas with about 12 minutes left. Visions of another overachieving Izzo Final Four run were surely dancing through heads in East Lansing — but, alas, it was not to be. KU switched on the afterburners down the stretch and turned what had been a close game into a 20-point blowout.Taking a No. 9 team to the Final Four would have been a remarkable run even by Izzo’s standards. He’s gone that far seven times as Michigan State’s coach but never with as low a seed as he had this season. Izzo’s Final Four squads have carried seeds No. 1 (1999, 2000, 2001), No. 2 (2009), No. 5 (2005, 2010) and even No. 7 (2015). But only five teams seeded ninth or worse have made the Final Four since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, and only one — Wichita State in 2013 — was specifically a 9-seed. No. 9-seeds have a particularly hard mission: They must upset a first-round opponent and then immediately face the No. 1 seed in the second round. Taking that difficult a route to the Final Four is just about the only thing Izzo hasn’t pulled off yet.You have three days to rest up before the games begin again. Take a breath, take stock of your bracket, and start prepping for another four days of nonstop basketball. Come Thursday, those win probabilities are going to start changing again.Check out our March Madness predictions.