Shahid Afridi turns down Najam Sethi’s farewell offer

first_imgFormer Pakistan T20 skipper Shahid Afridi has declined Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Executive Committee chairman Najam Sethi’s offer to give him a farewell upon his retirement from international cricket.On Friday, Afridi took to Twitter to thank Sethi for meeting him last Sunday and offering to arrange a “fitting farewell” for him.”Thank you for the meeting and farewell offers @najamsethi. Unfortunately due to my commitments I won’t be able to take them,” he said.Thank you for the meeting and farewell offers @najamsethi. Unfortunately due to my commitments I won’t be able to take them 1/2- Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) April 28, 2017The 37-year-old said he was happy that veterans like Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, who have announced their retirements from international cricket after the ongoing three-Test series against West Indies, were getting proper farewells.”My desire was to set a new trend. I’m very happy that Misbah&Younis are getting proper farewells. I hope this trend will continue in future,” he added.My desire was to set a new trend. I’m very happy that Misbah&Younis are getting proper farewells. I hope this trend will continue in future.- Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) April 28, 2017Last year, Afridi had made headlines with his demand for a farewell match during the three-match T20 series against the West Indies which Pakistan went on to clean sweep.”Farewell match is my right”, Afridi had insisted while urging the PCB to provide him with an opportunity to bid adieu to international arena in a befitting manner.advertisementIn February, the flamboyant all-rounder had announced his retirement from international cricket, bringing to an end his illustrious 21-year career.Nicknamed ‘Boom Boom’, the all-rounder was active in the International T20 format after having quit Test cricket in 2010 and ODIs in 2015.Afridi finished his international career having played 27 Test matches, in which he hit 1,176 runs with a highest score of 156 and 48 wickets. In the 398 ODIs that he played throughout his career, he notched up 8,064 runs, with a highest score of 124, and took 395 wickets with his leg spin.His T20I international career saw him play 98 matches and score 1,405 runs and take 97 wickets.last_img read more

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UConn Women in Final 4 Again

first_imgALBANY, N.Y. — Getting to the Final Four never gets old for Geno Auriemma and his UConn Huskies.Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 27 points to help UConn beat Dayton 91-70 on Monday night to advance to the national semifinals for an eighth straight season.“I love going to the Final Four. I don’t care how many times it is, what the total number is. I love it for the fact that some of my players have never been there,” Auriemma said.“When you get a chance to go, you feel like you did something pretty significant. We did it over and over again. Some kids don’t get to go once.”Now the Huskies stand two wins away from a third straight national championship. They accomplished that same feat from 2002-04.Unlike the first three games of the tournament when UConn won by an average of nearly 48 points, the Huskies got all they could handle from the seventh-seeded Flyers, who weren’t intimidated by the top seed for the game’s first 20 minutes.“When we’re challenged, sometimes that’s when we’re at our best, and that’s what we talked about in the locker room and I couldn’t be prouder of them and happier for them … especially tonight against a great, great team,” Auriemma said. “Boy, I’m glad we don’t have to play them again.”Trailing at the half for the first time in two seasons, UConn scored the first nine points of the second half during a 15-3 run to take a 58-47 lead with 13:56 left.A little more than a minute later, Mosqueda-Lewis hit her fifth 3-pointer of the game giving her 393 in her career to break the NCAA record for 3s. That made it 62-49.Dayton (28-7) couldn’t get within seven the rest of the way thanks in a big part to Mosqueda-Lewis, who finished the game with seven 3-pointers.“It eases my mind a lot,” Mosqueda-Lewis said of getting the record. “Now I only have one thing to worry about — a national championship.”Breanna Stewart added 23 points and 16 rebounds while Morgan Tuck had 23 points for the Huskies (36-1). Stewart was selected as the Most Outstanding Player of the region.UConn will play Maryland in the national semifinals April 5.Auriemma was concerned before the game about Dayton’s wide-open style which features multiple players on the court who can hit 3s.The Flyers went shot for shot with the Huskies for the first 20 minutes with neither team able to get more than a five-point lead.Dayton made its first four 3-pointers and hit seven of the first 10 shots from behind the arc to put the pressure on the Huskies. UConn got a little breathing room going up 43-38 with just over 3 minutes left in the half and looked poised to take control.But the Flyers didn’t wilt. They scored the final six points before break to go into the locker room up 44-43. That brought the strong contingent of Dayton fans to their feet as they serenaded their team with a loud ovation as they ran into the locker room.“Really proud of our guys, we competed, weren’t intimidated,” Dayton coach Jim Jabir said. “They are the best team in the country, bar none. … For a long time we hung around and hung around. I couldn’t be more proud, this was a great day.”This was the first time since the Big East final in 2013 that the Huskies trailed at the half. They weren’t rattled.The loss ended the seventh-seeded Flyers’ improbable run. They reached the regional final for the first time in school history after beating Kentucky in the second round and Louisville in the Sweet 16.Ally Malott scored 14 points, all in the first half, to lead Dayton.(DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Why Your Marketing Content is an Asset, Not a Cost

first_img Topics: Content Marketing Basic accounting rules require marketing costs to be listed as expenses on a company’s P&L. However, today’s marketers and smart executives consider marketing an investment in driving revenue rather than a cost. This is where an overall mind shift is needed. Marketing needs to be considered an investment, and your content an asset.We invest in technology, equipment and people to grow our businesses without hesitation. So, why wouldn’t we do the same with our content? It’s time to finally categorize content as an asset and treat it like you would any other company asset. After all, your brand, unlike a building or inventory, never depreciates. Your brand is your greatest asset, and your content tells the story of your brand.Marketing vs. Sales: Working Together but Often AgainstWhen your company lands a sale, who takes credit? Likely the salesperson. That person may even claim marketing does nothing to drive leads. But what tools are being used by that salesperson to close the deal? He used the company’s website content, blog posts, ebooks, social media channels, videos, email newsletters, events, collateral material and lead generation campaigns, all of which is produced by the marketing team.Without those content marketing assets, the lead would probably not have been converted to a sale. But while all of the credit goes to the sales team, the full responsibility of those content marketing assets lies in the marketing budget line item.Treating Marketing as a Cost… Could be CostlyIf you consider marketing as an expense in your budget that needs to be kept under control, you are likely treating it just as any other cost, and striving to keep it down. Being concerned about cost reduction adds pressure to your marketing efforts to perform quickly, which is certainly not a quality of an inbound marketing strategy.Worrying about costs would also mean you would be less likely to test and optimize your marketing efforts, which could directly relate to stagnant online results, and ultimately a decline in revenue.Proving Return on InvestmentThe Return on Investment or “ROI” of marketing has been buzzed about and debated for decades. Since the heyday of Madison Avenue in the 1950s, even up to the early 2000s, there were few tools that marketers used to measure their impact on the company’s bottom line. Magazines used “pass-along rates” to inflate impressions.Direct mail introduced coupons and tracking codes as a way to measure effectiveness. But the lack of precise measurement actually helped promote the perception that marketing was a cost center. The hope was that all of that money being invested in marketing would eventually result in positive brand awareness.Luckily, things have changed.Explosion of DataInstead of trying to prove success from inflated numbers, marketers can now track everything on the digital landscape. No longer lacking for metrics, we are dealing with a constant explosion of data. But now that every click a user makes on your website is trackable, what is being done with that information?Today’s marketers have access to more data than ever before, but may fall short in understanding that data, or become overwhelmed and fall victim to “Analysis Paralysis.” Even worse, many businesses still don’t track or measure effectively.In order to be able to gauge the success of your content marketing efforts, you should have tools in place to track:Visitors from every sourceActivity on each page and blog postKeyword rankingsSubmissions from all formsRatio of leads to salesSalesUsing a program like HubSpot’s inbound marketing platform offers access to integrated metrics across the board from contacts to content and analytics, housing all of your marketing data in one central place.Content as a Business Asset Having the metrics to show results is essential to prove your content is a business asset. Your content is a tangible, living thing that is the voice of your business. It’s the best thinking of the entire organization. Companies who believe this foster an environment where all departments work together, instead of against each other, to ensure a consistent and cohesive message is being communicated with the world.In order to look at content as an investment line item, it has to tie into your business goals. That means you need to think long and hard about why you are creating content in the first place. If you don’t have a clearly mapped out strategy for your content, you are just throwing it out there in hopes that the right people find it. You wouldn’t treat your other financial investments like this, so don’t do it with your content.For more on proving the value of your content investment, download SPROUT Content’s free ebook: What Gets Measured, Gets Improved. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Originally published Apr 16, 2015 11:00:00 AM, updated February 01 2017last_img read more

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Real Madrid go down to Levante in La Liga to suffer third straight loss

first_imgJulen Lopetegui’s problems deepened as Real Madrid suffered their third straight loss on Saturday as Levante returned with a 2-1 win from the Santiago Bernabeu in the La Liga.Not only that, the club also set an unwanted record of 482 minutes without scoring a goal.Levante went ahead as early as the seventh minute, when Jose Luis Morales scored and the lead was doubled when Roger Marti converted from the spot in the 13th minute after a defensive slip from Raphael Varane led to a hand-ball and a penalty followed after consultation with the video assistant referee (VAR).Real created numerous chances at the other end and hit the woodwork three times. Not only that, a Marco Asensio strike was ruled out by VAR as he was offside early in the second-half that broke their unwanted club record of going 464 minutes without a goal.However, Marcelo finally snapped their long spell without a goal by smashing into the net midway through the second half, scoring the club’s first goal in 482 minutes.But despite creating a glut of further chances Real slumped to a third straight loss in all competitions to pile the pressure on under-fire Lopetegui.”We are feeling very bad, we 100 percent had to win this game and we kept trying until the end but it wasn’t meant to be,” said Real midfielder Dani Ceballos, who also gave his backing to Lopetegui.”I believe in the coach, although the decision isn’t mine. I don’t think his job is in danger, we are right behind him.”advertisementReal, who were booed by their fans, are fifth in the La Liga standings, three points behind leaders Alaves.Champions Barcelona play at home to second-placed Sevilla later on Saturday.Real were in dire need of a win after losing to CSKA Moscow and Alaves in their last two games and they were boosted by the return of influential figures Isco and Marcelo although Gareth Bale could only start on the bench after recovering from injury.Madrid conceded the first goal for the seventh time in 11 games in all competitions when Varane failed to clear the most routine of through passes and forward Morales stole the loose ball and rounded goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to score.BIZARRE CIRCUMSTANCESPA-TA-TA #RealMadridLevante pic.twitter.com/RHlcxa4aAZLevante UD (@LevanteUD) October 20, 2018Levante stunned the home fans into silence when they were awarded a penalty in bizarre circumstances for a handball by the hapless Varane on the line of the penalty area, which was finally given after consulting the video assistant referee (VAR) just as the visitors were about to take a free kick.Courtois guessed the right way but Marti’s penalty was too powerful for him.VAR was called into action five minutes later to cancel out a goal for Real from Marco Asensio for offside, the first of a flurry of chances for the home side which saw Mariano hit the crossbar and Levante’s former Barcelona goalkeeper Oier Olazabal make a string of impressive saves.Olazabal made another superb save after the interval to thwart substitute Bale while fellow sub Benzema hit the post after Marcelo had reduced the deficit to a single goal.Mariano thought he had found a leveller late on when he converted from close range but the goal was ruled offside.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Could deal with the moving ball but Lara says ‘silly little golf balls’ flummoxed him

first_imgBengaluru, Nov 6 (PTI) Moving or bouncing, a cricket ball was never a concern for Brian Lara but one of the most destructive batsmen ever ended up with a headache while trying to control “silly little golf balls”. “Yes, golf is a weird game. I was capable of dealing with moving and bouncing cricket balls, but this little silly ball, sitting on the ground, gave me quite a headache early on for few years, but taught me how to be disciplined in controlling the ball,” Lara told PTI on Tuesday speaking about his love for the game. Lara took to golf in 1994 after he beat Sir Garfield Sober’s record of the highest Test knock and has won titles in the Caribbean. Speaking about other cricketers, who have taken to golf, Lara said while Kapil Dev and Jacques Kallis’ love for the sport is well known, former Australian captain Ricky Ponting is among the best. “We have been hearing about Jacques Kallis and Kapil Dev, but the best that I have seen is Ricky Ponting. His putting is a little better and he is consistent on that front,” he said. He also recalled an instance of playin alongside Kapil Dev in an American tournament. “We were playing in a tournament in the US. I was up against an American amateur. He defeated me. After that I went up to Kapil and said, ‘this American guy is unbelievable’. “Kapil nodded funnily and went against him. He returned only to tell me he cleaned the American in 15 holes. That is Kapil, a proper golfer here,” he said.advertisement Lara said he focused more on cricket than golf because he felt the game would affect his batting. “Pretty early, when I started playing golf, I was compared to Garfield Sobers, who played both cricket and golf. In cricket, you should keep your wrist as straight as possible, unlike golf. “This itself was a problem, and hence, I did not play much of golf in my playing days,” said the legendary left-hander. “There were not many left-handed golfers too. I did switch to play right-handed pretty soon, but did not felt comfortable because playing left-handed in cricket came naturally to me. This also made me focus not much on golf,” he said. PTI BDN PM PMlast_img read more

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Want to Grow Your Business? 7 Smart Strategies for Acquiring More Customers [Infographic]

first_img Originally published Dec 23, 2015 12:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics: Struggling to grow your business? You’re not alone. Customer acquisition is no easy undertaking … but it is important. The internet has completely changed how modern customers shop. As a result of this change in behavior, you need to reevaluate the way you’re marketing your business. No more billboards, direct-mail, radio spots, or carrier pigeons — you need a new strategy.To help, I’ve detailed seven data-backed strategies for acquiring more customers in the infographic below. Check it out.  224Save224SaveWhat are your favorite strategies for attracting and closing new customers? Share them with us in the comments section below.  Social Media Strategylast_img read more

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How to Add a Text Box in Google Docs [FAQ]

first_imgA text box is an effective way to draw attention to important information on a page, or organize your thoughts visually.Adding a text box to a Google Doc can also make your document look more formal and professional — which is particularly important if you’re sharing the Doc with colleagues.Learn how to run effective marketing campaigns using Google.If you need to differentiate a set of text for your next marketing meeting notes or brainstorming session, you’ll need to know how to add a text box in Google Docs. Fortunately, it’s incredibly easy to do. In fact, it should take less than a minute once you get the hang of it. Here’s how.How to Add a Text Box in Google Docs1. Go to “Insert” and then click “Drawing … “. 2. Within the Drawing tool, click the “Text box” (it’s the box in the tool bar with a “T” in the middle). 3. Draw your desired text box shape. Then, type your text into the box. 4. In the toolbar, you’ll see a paint bucket. Click that to change the color in your text box, or text box border, if you want. 5. When you’re happy with your text box, click “Save & Close”. 6. And voila! Your text box is instantly placed in your Google Doc. If you want to move it around, simply drag it or pull the corners to change the size. That’s it! Check out our “Ultimate Guide to Google Docs” next, if you’re looking for a more in-depth dive into the ins and outs of Google Docs. Google Docs Topics: Originally published Aug 10, 2018 6:00:00 AM, updated September 05 2019 Don’t forget to share this post!last_img read more

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7 of the Best Blogging Platforms for 2019

first_imgAs a baseball player turned blogger, my blogging platform is just as important to me as my bat was to me back in the day. If I went up to the plate with a quality bat that I personally preferred swinging, I would feel more confident, boosting my chances of getting a hit. If I didn’t, I would most likely tap a dribbler back to the pitcher.Similarly, when blogging eventually replaced baseball in life, I discovered using a blogging platform I was comfortable with and liked enabled me to produce better work and results. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t execute as well.But, just like baseball bats, there are countless blogging platforms you can use. Fortunately, if you’re looking for one that’s ideal for your specific situation, we’ve got you covered. Read on to find the best-fit blogging platform for your content creation team and start knocking some blog posts out of the park.Download 6 Free Blog Post Templates NowBest Blogging PlatformsHubSpotSquarespaceWordPressWixWeeblyCraft CMSContently 1. HubSpotG2 Rating: 4.0/5.0 (2,161 Reviews)HubSpot offers one of the most robust blogging platforms around. When drafting your blog posts, you can use their composer to craft content from scratch or with one of their pre-made blog post blueprints. You can also integrate your G Suite Account with HubSpot’s blogging platform to import your Google Docs right into their composer.Additionally, you can edit your blog posts directly in their composer by adding comments, offering feedback, and collaborating with other writers or editors on your team.After you finish drafting your blog post, HubSpot’s blogging platform features an SEO recommendations checklist and a topic cluster tool that helps you optimize your blog posts for search engines.You can then schedule your blog posts with HubSpot’s calendar tool, connect to and promote them through your social media accounts and email, and analyze their performance with HubSpot’s analytics tools.2. SquarespaceG2 Rating: 4.4/5.0 (768 Reviews)If you want to build a truly beautiful blog, Squarespace is the blogging platform for you. With their award-winning, fully customizable designer templates and integrations with Getty Images, Unsplash, Google AMP, and more, you can improve your content’s design and boost its ability to grab and hold your audience’s attention.You can also collaborate with multiple writers and editors on your content, integrate and promote your blog with your social media accounts, and manage your blog posts’ comments.Additionally, Squarespace offers some other robust marketing tools that can help you increase your reach and refine your content strategy, like email campaigns, SEO features, analytics, and lead capture features.3. WordPressG2 Rating: 4.3/5.0 (6,808 Reviews)Powering over 30% of the websites on the internet, WordPress is one of the most popular blogging platforms out there. If you’re creating a new blog, you can register a domain for your site right on the platform. If you already have a website, you can transfer your current domain to your new WordPress site.When creating blog content, WordPress offers hundreds of themes that you can customize with your own branding and content. You can also leverage their SEO tools, social media integrations, and sharing tools to amplify your blog posts’ reach.When it’s time to analyze your blog posts’ performance, WordPress offers metrics and data visualization, like charts and graphs, that’ll help you grasp your readers’ topic preferences and referral source.4. WixG2 Rating: 4.2/5.0 (985 Reviews)Wix is one of the most versatile blogging platforms on the market. Whether you own a business or a food review website, Wix has a wide range of templates any blogger can use.After you’ve picked your blog’s template, Wix lets you write and edit posts on desktop and mobile, organize your posts into topics, display Wix’s stock photos and videos or your own media on your blog posts, and create a community of audience members who can make profiles on your blog and interact with each other.To promote your blog posts, you can leverage Wix’s SEO tools to boost your organic reach, push your content to your subscribers with their email tool, and connect and share them through your social media accounts. If you want to measure your content’s performance, Wix also offers an advanced analytics tool.5. WeeblyG2 Rating: 4.2/5.0 (383 Reviews)Trusted by over 30 million people across the globe, Weebly is one of the most popular blogging platforms because it’s incredibly intuitive. With their drag and drop editor, free blog templates, completely customizable design, and a wide range of media options and integrations, you can easily create a blog that’s easy on the eyes.To amplify your blog’s reach, you can leverage Wix’s SEO tools to improve your organic rankings, their RSS feed to update your subscribers with every new blog post you publish, and their social sharing tools to schedule your content on your social media profiles.6. Craft CMSG2 Rating: 4.2/5.0 (25 Reviews)Craft CMS is a blogging platform that lets you completely customize your blog, manage your content, and analyze its performance. With its personalized content modeling, custom control over your blog’s code, and powerful templating, you can build your very own dream blog.Craft CMS also offers an image editor, collaboration tools, and a localization feature that can translate your content to specific languages. To analyze your content’s performance, you can integrate Craft CMS’ dashboard with Google Analytics.7. ContentlyG2 Rating: 4.0/5.0 (17 Reviews)Tailored for enterprise companies, Contently is a robust blogging platform that allows you to run your entire content creation process in one place. To develop your content strategy on Contently, you can organize your blog posts with their tagging tool and flesh out your editorial strategy with their customizable production calendar to.After that, you can effectively collaborate with your team on projects by commenting on and tagging colleagues in your drafts and leveraging Contently’s advanced workflow tools.When it’s time to ship your content, you can use their smart content review tools to ensure your content is aligned with your brand, optimized for search, and legally compliant.If you want to gauge your content’s performance and use that data to refine your content strategy, you can compare your content’s performance against industry benchmarks and measure its performance by topic, format, and sources in the platform. Originally published Apr 13, 2019 2:50:46 AM, updated April 16 2019 Bloggingcenter_img Topics: Don’t forget to share this post!last_img read more

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Steve Smith’s ‘felt like Christmas morning’ comment should embarrass England: Geoffrey Boycott

first_imgFormer captain Geoffrey Boycott slammed England players for their inability to get rid of Steve Smith in the first Ashes Test which Australia won by 251 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.Smith, who was adjudged man-of-the-match for scoring two hundreds in that match, was quoted saying “it’s like Christmas every day batting against England” after the Edgbaston Test.”I love Test cricket and I love playing against England. It’s a terrific place to play Ashes cricket and these last four days, it’s felt like Christmas morning every morning coming to do this,” Smith had said.Smith returned to the Australian Test team after serving out his one-year ball-tampering ban and immediately made his presence felt with scores of 144 and 142 in two innings which helped Australia outclass England despite the conditions at Edgbaston favouring the home team.Australia’s victory at Edgbaston was their first in the opening test of an away Ashes series since 2005.English bowlers had no answers against Smith and Boycott feels they should be embarrassed at the “Christmas morning” quip from the former Australia captain and come up with better solutions to dismiss him in the next match which will be played at the Lord’s cricket ground from Wednesday.”He was quoted after Edgbaston saying “it’s like Christmas every day batting against England”. He is right, but a comment like that should be embarrassing for the England players and should really hurt them,” Boycott wrote in his column for The Telegraph.Australia on Tuesday named their 12-man squad for the second Test, leaving out fast bowler James Pattinson.advertisementJosh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc, who was also overlooked for the first Test, made the squad but the left-arm speedster could end up carrying the drinks once the playing lineup is named at the toss. Spearhead Pat Cummins and Peter Siddle retained their places.Hazlewood is seen as the likeliest replacement based on performances in a tour match against Worcestershire last week.Also Read | England spinner Moeen Ali to take a break from cricket: Worcestershire coach Alex GidmanAlso Read | Steve Smith in league of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers: Chris RogersAlso Read | Ashes 2019: Mitchell Starc named in 12-man Australia squad for Lord’s Testlast_img read more

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Karnataka: 8 gang members of burglars held in Mangaluru, pistol and other ammunition seized

first_imgEight suspected members of a burglary gang, which was allegedly planning to carry out a heist in Mangaluru district of Karnataka have been arrested, police said Saturday.The gang members who were moving around in a Sports Utility Vehicle were arrested on Friday night.”Based on the information, we tried to nab the gang of eight people. They were staying in a hotel room. They tried to run away from the scene. We surrounded them, picked them up and questioned for more details,” Mangaluru Police Commissioner P S Harsha told reporters.The kingpin of the gang identified as Sam Peter claimed that he was from Kerala but the preliminary investigation revealed that he was from West Bengal, the official said.It was found that five of the gang had travelled to Bengaluru disguised as Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials. They also possessed two firearms, a revolver with eight live cartridges and another pistol, an official release said.”These people were planning to carry out a heist,” it said. A high-security alert has been sounded across the state following intelligence inputs from the Centre, police sources said.All the important locations of the city with heavy footfall such as malls, restaurants, bus stands, railway stations, shopping complexes, government offices, government buildings, prime installations such as Vidhana Soudha, Vikas Soudha and High Court are under tight vigil.ALSO READ | Day after Delhi cop commits suicide in Anand Vihar, another cop kills self in Tilak NagarALSO WATCH | CCTV footage shows what happened moments before 11 Burari deathsadvertisementlast_img read more

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Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha to share India A captaincy against South Africa A

first_imgHighly rated batsman Shubman Gill and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha will share the captaincy duties for India A in the unofficial Test series against South Africa A, beginning September 9.Gill is currently part of one-day series against South Africa A being held in Thiruvananthapuram while Saha is warming the bench in India’s Test series in the West Indies.The selection committee on Sunday met at National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru to pick the India A squad.The first four-day match will be held in Thiruvananthapuram from September 9 while the second match will take place in Mysore from September 17.Gill has been named captain for the first game and Saha for the second.”The Committee has picked two different teams for two games considering the ongoing Duleep Trophy and those members who are likely to feature in the final to be played between India Red and India Green have therefore been picked in the squad for second India A match,” said chief selector MSK Prasad in a statement on Sunday.”Accordingly, Rahul Chahar will be replaced by Mayank Markande in the India Green team and Ishan Kishan will return to the India Red team for Duleep Trophy final.”All-round Vijay Shankar, who was ruled out of the one-day series against South Africa due to a thumb injury, has been named in the squad for the four-day matches.Shankar was forced to leave the World Cup campaign midway after he sustained a toe injury due to a yorker bowled by Jasprit Bumrah. He recently made a comeback in the Tamil Nadu Premier League before getting injured again.advertisementThe Squads:For 1st match: Shubman Gill (captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Anmolpreet Singh, Ricky Bhui, Ankeet Bawne, KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), K Gowtham, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Tushar Deshpande, Shivam Dube, Vijay Shankar.For 2nd match: Priyank Panchal, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Shubman Gill, Anmolpreet Singh, Karun Nair, Wriddhiman Saha (captain and wicket-keeper), K Gowtham, Kuldeep Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem, Vijay Shankar, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Avesh Khan.Also Read | Ishant Sharma goes past Kapil Dev’s record with 156th Test wicket outside AsiaAlso see:last_img read more

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Wenger: ‘Sharper’ Forest dominated Arsenal

first_imgArsenal Wenger: ‘Sharper’ Forest dominated Arsenal Jack Davies 03:24 1/8/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) wenger - CROPPED Getty Images Arsenal FA Cup Arsène Wenger Premier League Nottingham Forest v Arsenal Nottingham Forest The French boss bemoaned the Gunners’ hectic winter schedule following their 4-2 FA Cup defeat Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger conceded his side were dominated by Championship side Nottingham Forest in their 4-2 FA Cup defeat on Sunday.Forest dealt Wenger his first third-round elimination, with Eric Lichaj scoring twice before penalties from Ben Brereton and Kieran Dowell.Per Mertesacker had levelled matters at 1-1 and Danny Welbeck’s 79th-minute effort to make it 3-2 failed to spark a comeback from the defending champions. 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 “I believe that overall we played against a Nottingham team who were very sharp, more dangerous than us and dominated us at the front,” Wenger told BT Sport. “After that it became a difficult game.”I think we were a bit unlucky as well but overall they were sharper than us, more incisive and more dominant in the challenges. We lost too many challenges to win a game like that.”1996 – Arsenal have lost an FA Cup third round tie for the first time ever under Arsene Wenger, last falling at this stage in 1996 vs Sheffield United. Dumped.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 7, 2018Wenger made nine changes to the side that drew 2-2 with Chelsea in midweek and had very little experience to introduce from the bench.Asked whether he had misjudged his team selection, the Frenchman said: “That’s the inevitable question that comes always in a cup game.”We have many players on the edge. We have to play on Wednesday again. We have to play Sunday-Wednesday-Saturday and many times we have got away with it. Not today.”Is it a selection problem? Maybe. Is it an individual performance problem? Maybe as well.”You never put disappointments behind you but the only thing that can help is to focus on the next game.”It’s true that we won the FA Cup three times in the last four years, so it hurts even more because it’s a competition we love and that’s why we are so disappointed that we weren’t at the level today.”Wenger served the first match of a touchline ban for his treatment of Mike Dean after the 1-1 draw with West Brom last weekend and wisely swerved questions relating to Forest’s two penalties, the second of which was allowed to stand following suspicions of a double touch from Dowell.Arsenal visit Chelsea in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Madrid & Barca January transfer news LIVE

first_imgTransfers Real Madrid & Barcelona January transfer news LIVE: Real open Ronaldo exit door Goal Last updated 1 year ago 03:30 1/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Barcelona Real Madrid Primera División Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Blancos and Blaugrana as the January transfer window heats up Messi blocks Griezmann to Barca, wants DybalaLionel Messi has blocked Antoine Griezmann’s potential move to Barcelona and suggested Paulo Dybala as an alternative, according to Don Balon.Messi reportedly does not think Griezmann’s skill set will offer the Catalans the necessary boost in quality as they compete for the Champions League crown.The 30-year-old would, however, like to see the club sign his Argentina team-mate Dybala, who is desperate to move on from Juventus. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Real open Ronaldo exit doorCristiano Ronaldo Real MadridReal Madrid have told Cristiano Ronaldo that he is free to negotiate a move away from the club this summer, according to Eurosport.The Blancos are planning to overhaul their ranks following a difficult 2017-18 campaign and are prepared to move ageing stars out.Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo falls into that category, with a return to Manchester United or a spell at Paris Saint-Germain mooted for the Portuguese superstar.Marquinhos: Spanish press trying to confuse NeymarNeymar PSG Caen Ligue 1 20122017Reports linking Neymar with a move to Real Madrid are an attempt from the Spanish press to unsettle the Brazilian, according to Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Marquinhos.”I think they want to bother us a bit,” the defender told Canal+. “When we see the performance of Neymar, I think they want to make confusion in his head.Get the full story right here! Real ready £200m Kane bidHarry Kane TottenhamReal Madrid are prepared to smash the world transfer record in order to land Tottenham striker Harry Kane, reports The Sunday Times .The Blancos have been tracking the England international for some time and are now piecing together a £200 million package in an effort to take him to Spain.Lemar sets heart on BarcaThomas Lemar Monaco 2017Monaco winger Thomas Lemar is ready to snub interest from Arsenal and Liverpool after setting his heart on a move to Barcelona, claims The Mirror.The France international has been heavily linked with Premier League clubs since the summer of 2017, but is eager to open the next chapter in his career in La Liga.Low lays out Real demandsJoachim Low, Germany, Euro 2016, 20160707Germany boss Joachim Low has made Real Madrid aware of the players he wants to sign if he is to succeed Zinedine Zidane at Santiago Bernabeu, claims Don Balon .The World Cup-winning coach will demand that Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Bayern midfielder Arturo Vidal are brought in if he is to take the reins.Kroos wants to work with KloppHD Toni KroosReal Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has several offers on the table, reports Don Balon, with the German eager to work with Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.The highly rated playmaker could be among those made available in the summer as the Blancos seek to freshen up their ranks.Chelsea to battle Barca for Real starletOscar Rodriguez Real Madrid u19Chelsea and Barcelona are braced for a summer battle to land Real Madrid starlet Oscar Rodriguez, claims Don Balon.The 19-year-old midfielder is set to be out of contract at the end of the season and is expected to move on after struggling for minutes with the Blancos.Barca deny secret plot to sign GriezmannAntoine Griezmann Atletico MadridBarcelona have denied reports that they have already reached an agreement to sign Antoine Griezmann behind the backs of Atletico Madrid.Speculation surrounding the forward’s future continues to grow as Spanish outlet  Sport  reported on Saturday that the France international has reached an agreement with the Catalan side that will see him move to Camp Nou at the end of the season.The deal is said to include financial penalties should either side back out before it goes through, but the Catalan side have moved to dismiss suggestions that they have entered a secret pact with the 26-year-old.Read the full story right here on Goal! Rafinha cleared to complete Inter moveRafinha BarcelonaBarcelona have granted Rafinha permission to complete a move away from the club, with Inter set to take him on an initial loan agreement.With Philippe Coutinho having arrived in a club-record €160 million deal to provide further competition, coach Ernesto Valverde has confirmed that the 24-year-old is heading for the exits.He told reporters on Saturday when pressed for an update on Rafinha’s future: “He won’t be at the training session today as he has permission from the club to sort his situation.”Read the full story right here on Goal!last_img read more

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Daily Bullets (January 19)

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. OSU-Kansas tonight in GIA at 6 p.m. I’ll be covering it. We’re hosting a recruiting chat on the site at 11 a.m. Come back and join in if you have recruiting questions.Hoops NewsTravis Ford owns Kansas. No team has solved the Jayhawks recently like the Cowboys, with OSU the only squad to beat Kansas each of the past three seasons. At Gallagher-Iba, the Cowboys have won two straight over KU and four of the last six. [NewsOK]“We haven’t played well in Stillwater, for the most part, since I’ve been here,” said Self, who is 3-5 there since joining Kansas in 2003-04. “We have to do some things better, the ball is sticking a little bit.” [AP]Jeff Nerberry on how OSU beat KU last year: “We just pressured a lot and played desperate. We need to do that all the time. I tell guys that we don’t play desperate until we’re down. I can remember last year, we played desperate the whole game.” [O’Colly]Right now, they’re the most efficient KU team on offense since the 2009-10 Jayhawks team that went 15-1 in the Big 12. [Tulsa World]Ford: “I think this is one of the most dangerous teams that Kansas has had in a long time. That says a lot because they’re always the best in our league, so we have a tremendous amount of respect for them and understand the challenge in front of us.” [Go Pokes]Around the countryJawun Evans won Newcomer of the Week but not Player of the Week. [Big 12]Sooner Magic, meet Hilton Magic. [CBS]Wait, Auburn got fined $100K for storming the court against Kentucky?? [CBS]Football NewsRe-ranking the 2015 recruiting classes. Oklahoma State is 8th. [ESPN]Jake Trotter has James Washington as the 21st-best player in the Big 12. [ESPN]Around the CountryThis is embarrassing, but I briefly forgot Carson Palmer won a Heisman. [CBS]Ohio State is good at recruiting. [CBS]Recruiting NewsMason Rudolph helped host a big time recruit last weekend. [PFB]Great job by Boone here recapping what recruits said about their visits to OSU last weekend. [PFB]Devon Modster to UCLA. [PFB]More PFBOklahoma State is 50-1 to win it all next year. [PFB]Emmanuel Ogbah to … Carolina? [PFB]Seth Jacobs is awesome. I’m happy for his retirement from football. [PFB]More stuff I’m readingI made an appearance on Gilmore Guys recently (6:40 mark).last_img read more

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Film Study: What Makes KSU’s Run Game Unique

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Oklahoma State Cowboys will have their hands full this Saturday against one of the best ground attacks in the Big 12. The Kansas State Wildcats, who are averaging almost five yards a carry, beat teams by keeping the ball on the ground and controlling the clock. Plenty of teams do that. But what makes them unique is how they do it.Kansas State has always had an adept run game. Everything for their offense sets up in between the tackles. They frequently get eight and 10 yard gains on the ground just by running the ball on simple plays like this.izOr this.wcwhamThey will also frequently add downfield route attachments, creating their infamous “pop” play.popBut what makes them truly unique is not the plays that they run. Rather, it’s how they run them. As opposed to another run-first team like Stanford, which packs everyone on the line to create more gaps, Kansas State just increases their lineman’s spacing to make their pre-existing gaps bigger.Look at these graphics below and notice the varying splits of the offensive line. There are two huge gaps, wider than the size of an average offensive lineman, on both sides of the center.ksugapThey run this quite frequently, not only in their wildcat package (above) but in their standard offense.ksugap2These huge gaps open up holes in the run game. If linebackers try and shoot the gaps, they give up their own gaps and leave defense vulnerable to both the outside run game and the pass game over the middle.If the defensive line doesn’t adjust, they allow the offensive line to outflank them, which the offense can take advantage of with outside runs.While it may not look like it at first glance, Kansas State does a lot of interesting things in their run game. If OSU wants to win in Manhattan this Saturday, they’re going to have to shut down the Wildcats’ ground attack, and that is no small feat.How do you think the KSU run game will fare against the OSU front? Leave your opinions below in the comments!last_img read more

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Penn State’s James Franklin Trolls Gundy, OSU

first_imgLast week, Mike Gundy — ever the trend setter — threw on a singlet in support of Oklahoma State wrestling and to motivate fans to get their “butts in seats”.  It worked.The Cowboys welcomed Penn State in front of a record sell-out 14,059 crowd at Gallagher-Iba Arena.Unfortunately for OSU, the Nittany Lions won the last seven matches on Sunday, handing John Smith and Co. their only loss of the season.And in a bit of trolling, Penn State football head coach James Franklin and his staff showed up to a meeting donning their own singlets, sans gold chain.Congrats @pennstateWrest & @caelsanderson– big win at Oklahoma St! Compete in everything you do! #NotAGoodLookOnUs pic.twitter.com/eXMoUmkE5K— James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) February 20, 2017Yikes.Points for the commitment from the entire staff but I’m still giving Gundy the nod for being the original. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

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Ramon To Safety, Edison-McGruder Back To Linebacker In Spring Ball

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Let the exam begin. At coach Mike Gundy’s news conference Monday, he confirmed former cornerback Ramon Richards and former safety Kenneth Edison-McGruder have new roles: Richards at safety and Edison-McGruder back down at linebacker.Both have spent time at those positions in high school and on the Oklahoma State football team, but this is permanent, according to the spring media guide.LOOK: 2016 starting cornerback Ramon Richards (@chief_vii) is listed in the #OKState spring media guide as a SAFETY. pic.twitter.com/TzxzH5XVPo— Hayden Kyle Barber (@HK_Barber) March 6, 2017Richards said because of that experimental experience, the move isn’t a difficult one.“Playing the position is nothing new to me,” Richards said. “As long as I get to go out there and make plays, I’m comfortable.”A change from safety to linebacker is a bit of a formality for Edison-McGruder. He was the Cowboys’ third safety last year behind Jordan Sterns and Tre Flowers. He played a decent amount of snaps, particularly after defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer started using a 3-3-5 defense against Texas Tech.Edison-McGruder finished with 40 total tackles, which was more than starters Ashton Lampkin, Cole Walterscheid and Jarrell Owens.“As y’all know, I like to put my head in,” he said. “So that’s not a big problem at all. I love the physicality.”Gundy said he particularly likes the Edison-McGruder move because it makes him a more valuable asset for the NFL.“A lot of (the move) has to do with that 3-down, 4-down (linemen) concept we’re going to now,” Gundy said. “Having that guy that can play both, if you really have one of those guys, then they’re potentially a high-round pick because they’re skilled.”For Richards, he said he considers himself a defensive back, not a corner and not a safety. Last year, though he definitely gave up his cut of big plays, he added a kind of heightened toughness and willingness to put his head into a pile.His tackle numbers are indicative of that. 20161364 2015715 20141242center_img “I honestly talk to Jordan every day,” Richards said. “He gives me more pointers on maturing as a young man more than anything, spiritually and whatnot, but as far as safety goes, he just tells me to go out there and make plays, believe in myself, keep the confidence and keep my instincts and don’t think too much.”That’s so Sterns talking. Edison-McGruder said aid on his part won’t be necessary.“Ramon don’t need no pointers,” he said. “He’s a great player. I think he’s gonna go out there and dominate.”As for Flowers, Richards said he connected with him the day he got on campus. But back then, it wasn’t peaches and cream like it was last year for a group that was clearly as close as any other group on the field.“We went through a really rough first year, my first year,” Richards said. “We knew what it felt like to be at the bottom. We’ve grown from that. So me and Tre’s relationship has been strong since the beginning.”There also might be some strategy behind the moves. With Richards back at safety, the younger corners such as A.J. Green and Rodarius Williams, along with Darius Curry, will get almost all the snaps in the spring. Those guys have played virtually no game snaps, and with Lampkin gone, at least one of them will have to contribute.At linebacker, adding Edison-McGruder would bolster the group for sure, but it’s probably already set without him. Chad Whitener, Justin Phillips, Calvin Bundage, Patrick Macon, Kirk Tucker, Gyasi Akem just to name more than a few.With that, Spencer said it’s just a test, a test for Richards, McGruder and the litter of young corners.“We can always put Ramon back,” Spencer said. “That’s the good thing about spring ball, nobody’s keeping score. So if we had to line up tomorrow, I don’t know exactly what we’d do. Probably wouldn’t be this, but after four or five practices, we’ll see.” At safety, his numbers will have to at least hit last year’s again. He will fill Flowers’ role more toward the line of scrimmage, and Flowers will slide back and play center field like Sterns did. With that, Richards is in a pretty lucky spot with three safeties, former and present, who can help him through the transition. YearGamesTackleslast_img read more

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A Look at Changes to OSU Football Roster Since Spring Practice

first_imgRoster turnover is something the coaching staff has to deal with ever year. This year’s official roster has been released ahead of fall camp. There were some noteworthy additions and a few names who took part in spring ball missing from the official list.Here’s a look at the apparent departures based on OSU’s roster. Braydon Johnson8Wide Receiver Thabo Mwaniki28Safety Jakeem Johnson35Running Back Chuba Hubbard30Running Back NameNumberPosition Adrian Baker6Cornerback Obi Obialo88Wide Receiver LC Greenwood81Wide Receiver Tylan Wallace80Wide Receiver Tracin Wallace4Quarterback AdChoices广告Obialo announced his transfer from the program earlier this year. No official word on running back Jakeem Johnson but with the influx of talent and the competition that already existed on the roster, Johnson would find it an uphill battle see the field. He contributed on the scout team the last two seasons.There were also several additions to the roster since the spring, most we already knew about. For a breakdown of number changes, we’ve got you covered as well.Here are the new names on the roster since spring ball. Note this does not include names like Jelani Woods and Patrick Macon who enrolled in the spring and have been with the team since then. Sione Finefeuiaki42Cowboy back Baron Odom86Cowboy Back Trey Sterling23Defensive Back NameNumberPosition Reshawn Parker46Linebacker Brendon Evers98Offensive Lineman Winston Westbrooks27Safety Jake McClure39Kicker Brock Martin40Defensive End The big names are there. Incoming freshmen like Chuba Hubbard and Tylan Wallace have already been penciled in as future stars by many. Then there are transfers like Adrian Baker and Aaron Cochran who look to make an immediate impact to OSU’s potential Big 12 title run in 2017.Larry Joubert was the final addition to this year’s class. He adds more depth to the offensive line by way of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and will probably play at either guard position. Enoch Smith Jr.56Defensive Tackle Larry Joubert74Offensive Line Mitchell Perkinson30Wide Receiver Kris McCune32Safety Malcolm Rodriguez20Safety J.D. King27Running Back Brian Ciszewski47Linebacker While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Aaron Cochran78Offensive Linelast_img read more

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Barcelona vs Girona: TV, stream & preview

first_imgPrimera División Barcelona vs Girona: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 21:53 24/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lionel Messi Barcelona Getty Images Primera División Barcelona Barcelona v Girona Girona Camp Nou is set for a Catalan derby this Saturday as Ernesto Valverde’s men welcome the Blanquivermell in La Liga Barcelona will look to strengthen their lead at the top of the table when they return to La Liga action against fellow Catalan side Girona on Saturday.The Blaugrana are seven points clear of second-place Atletico Madrid, who are in action on Sunday, and they can potentially stretch their advantage to double figures, temporarily at least.Barca have stuttered somewhat in recent weeks, but they come into the game buoyed by a hard-earned away draw against Chelsea in the last 16 of the Champions League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Girona, meanwhile, are performing above expectations this season and a win would see them take a step closer to securing a continental finish. Game Barcelona vs Giron Date Saturday February 24 Time 19:45 GMT / 14:45 ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel & Live Stream In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on Sky Sports Football and it can also be streamed live online using Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Barcelona players Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Semedo, Pique, Alba, Digne, Vermaelen, Umtiti, Vidal Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta, Coutinho, Paulinho, Roberto Forwards Suarez, Messi, Dembele Ernesto Valverde has named an 18-man squad for the match and there are no fresh injury concerns following the mid-week game against Chelsea.Two players who did not feature in that game against the Blues – Philippe Coutinho and Samuel Umtiti – are likely to come into the starting line-up.Potential Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Coutinho; Dembele, Messi, Suarez. Position Girona players Goalkeepers Iraizoz, Bounou Defenders Espinosa, Mojica, Ramalho, Alcala, Juanpe, Muniesa, Planas, Maffeo, Villa, Diaby Midfielders Granell, Pons, Portu, Amagat, Aday, Luiz, Timor, A. Garcia, B. Garcia, Porro Forwards Stuani, Olunga, Kayode, Lozano Girona will be without Jose Raymundo Luis Suarez, who is sidelined with an injury and left-back Johan Mojica is a doubt.Potential Girona starting XI: Bounou; Ramalho, Espinosa, Juanpe, Mojica; B. Garcia, Aday, Portu, Granell, A. Garcia; Stuani.Betting & Match Odds Unsurprisingly, Barcelona are favourites to win, with dabblebet offering odds of 2/13 on a Blaugrana triumph. Girona are priced at 18/1 to win and a draw is available at 7/1.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Barcelona, Champions League 02202018After 24 games in the Liga Barcelona remain unbeaten but they have shown signs that they may be losing momentum in recent weeks. The draw against Chelsea was their third in their last five matches, having already failed to defeat Espanyol away and Getafe at home this month.While they won against Eibar in their last Liga outing, Barca have looked somewhat more vulnerable overall and they will attempt to rectify that with a convincing display against their local rivals.Valverde’s men have already beaten Girona this season, winning 3-0 at Estadi Municipal de Montilivi with the help of two own-goals and a Luis Suarez strike.However, they will have to be at their best against Pablo Machin’s side, who defeated Real Madrid in October and possess a dangerous attacker in the form of 13-goal Christian Stuani.last_img read more

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No Russia 2018 boycott for England

first_imgWorld Cup Johnson not threatening England World Cup boycott Dom Farrell 03:54 7/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) BorisJohnson - cropped Getty Images World Cup England The Three Lions’ participation at Russia 2018 is to go ahead as planned after a parliamentary statement from the foreign secretary suggested otherwise The Football Association (FA) does not believe comments made by foreign secretary Boris Johnson on the United Kingdom’s relationship with Russia place England’s participation at the 2018 World Cup in jeopardy.Johnson addressed the House of Commons on Tuesday to answer questions over the alleged poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury.Skripal and his daughter Yulia are critically ill in hospital after being found unconscious on Sunday afternoon. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Counter Terrorism Police have now taken over the investigation, while Russia has denied any involvement, with a government spokesperson saying it has “no information” relating to the incident.Johnson promised the UK government would respond “appropriately and robustly” if evidence of Russian culpability came to light before causing consternation with comments over the World Cup in the country later this year, which some interpreted as proposing a boycott from the England team.”If things turn out to be as many members on both sides of the house suspect that they are, I think we will have to have a serious conversation about our engagement with Russia,” Johnson said.”For my own part, thinking ahead to the World Cup this summer, I think it will be very difficult to imagine that UK representation at that event could go ahead in the normal way. We would certainly have to consider that.”However, the FA’s understanding – in line with reported briefings from Johnson’s office – is that the comments referred to any UK government presence at Russia 2018 and not whether or not Gareth Southgate’s team would take part.England will play Tunisia, Panama and Belgium in Group G after finishing top of their qualifying section.last_img read more

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