Pochettino blasts ‘painful’ Spurs defending

first_imgTottenham need to drastically improve their defending if they are to challenge for the Premier League title, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino.Spurs’ perfect start to the season came to a crashing halt on Sunday as Watford came from behind to secure a 2-1 win at Vicarage Road.Pochettino’s side had taken the lead just after the restart when Abdoulaye Doucoure turned into his own net, but the Hornets surged back and took all three points through headers by Troy Deeney and Craig Cathcart. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The defeat is Tottenham’s first of the campaign and brings them back to earth with a bump after their superb 3-0 win over Manchester United on Monday.Pochettino was left exasperated with his side’s defending and is demanding a significant improvement when they return from the two-week international break.”From two set-pieces we conceded two goals,” he told Sky Sports. “If you want to be a contender and to be on top you cannot concede from this type of action.”I think it is important to clarify the point, first half we were so relaxed, we dominated the game, but we were not aggressive enough. A lot of unforced mistakes. You need to show more strength, be more aggressive in your defending. You need to show you want to win.”Of course, in every single Premier League game this situation will happen, with any team, and you need to show more strength defending, because that situation is when you really show that you want to win.”Of course, I’m disappointed with the result, but the reality is clear, this is why we lost.”I told everyone after the [Manchester United] game that I wasn’t happy, and again we try to defend long balls and you need to show that strength, personality, character to play football and defend in the moment.”I think it is clear from the analysis. It is clear and easy to explain.”Lucas Moura Watford Tottenham 09022018Christian Eriksen Tottenham 2018-19He continued in his press conference: “It is of course so painful to concede two goals like this, so painful that the first half looks like a friendly game.”I think it is a very good wake-up call for everyone, to listen more about the reality and not the perception. Today it is good to compare those. If you want to be a contender, today you should win and win easy.”I think it is good to pay today, to feel the pain, I am sure it is going to help us in the future to be better.”The result means Watford have now won their first four games to a league season for just the second time in their history.A rejuvenated Deeney was a talismanic figure up front for the hosts and boss Javi Gracia was quick to pour praise on the 30-year-old.When asked about Deeney’s ability to motivate the team, he told Match of the Day: “Not only today, always. He has a special personality.”For us I’ve already seen and said he is very important. He showed that again but it is no surprise for me.”last_img read more

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Eriksen double downs Wales

first_imgChristian Eriksen brought Wales crashing back down to earth as the midfielder settled a scrappy Nations League encounter 2-0 in Denmark’s favour.Ryan Giggs’ side had dismantled Republic of Ireland in the group opener days earlier, but against Denmark – at full strength after resolving their sponsorship row – they lacked a cutting edge.Gareth Bale, wearing the captain’s armband, struggled to influence play and Eriksen instead proved the difference with a fine first-half strike and a penalty after the break. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! This functional Denmark side profited on the occasional Welsh mistake to take two big chances, handing out a lesson in competitive internationals to opponents depending again on young talents like Ethan Ampadu.Eriksen x 2 = 2-0 til Danmark #ForDanmark #NationsLeague pic.twitter.com/BK4kd6MB1X— Fodboldlandsholdene (@dbulandshold) September 9, 2018Thomas Delaney and Bale sent left-footed drives fizzing wide at either end in a low-key opening half-hour, but Eriksen was clinical when his first opening arrived.The Tottenham man controlled in the area to drill against the foot of the post and in, with only an instinctive one-handed Wayne Hennessey stop then keeping Pione Sisto from lashing in a quick second.Wales started the second half on the front foot but made little of their bright spell, unable to create a chance akin to that which Martin Braithwaite passed up after wriggling past Chris Mepham in the visitors’ box.Once more, though, Eriksen would take his opportunity. Ampadu was penalised for handling Viktor Fischer’s cross and the spot-kick, taken by Eriksen, was smashed home to clinch victory.Delaney and Eriksen threatened to extend Denmark’s advantage late on but Hennessey was on hand to keep the score respectable. What does it mean: Another Welsh reality checkFor the second time in Giggs’ short reign, Wales followed up a devastating win with a hard-fought defeat against better opposition. Playing in League B, the visitors have time to learn and improve, but this was a reminder that Wales are still not at the same level as a Denmark side that did not pull up any trees at the World Cup.Pat on the back: Danes’ difference-maker deliversMuch was made of how Tottenham spent ‘the Gareth Bale money’, but Eriksen has proven an unmitigated success in England. The Spurs star is Denmark’s main man, too, and it was he, not Bale, who lifted the game from its first-half slumber. A brilliant Eriksen goal proved to be the one moment of real quality, while he was clinical from the spot.@ChrisEriksen8 at the double for Denmark! pic.twitter.com/dPaUGqenY0— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 9, 2018Boot up the backside: Stars of Ireland win struggleAmpadu and Bale took Ireland apart earlier this week, but neither enjoyed the best of days in Aarhus. The 17-year-old was out of position for Eriksen’s first and conceded the penalty for the second, while his stand-in skipper could not escape the attentions of a rugged Denmark defence, only threatening once early on.Key Opta FactsBosnia5 – Since Mark Hughes’ win in Belarus back in September 1999, each of the last five Wales managers have lost their first competitive match away from home (also John Toshack, Brian Flynn, Gary Speed and Chris Coleman). Repetition. pic.twitter.com/iT9nSGDC0n— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 9, 2018What’s next?Wales face another test in friendly action at home to Spain next month, before the return fixture against Republic of Ireland. Denmark travel to Ireland three days earlier, then host Austria. read more – Wales have lost a competitive fixture away from home for the first time since a 0-2 defeat to -Herzegovina back in October 2015.- Denmark are now unbeaten in each of their last 11 home matches in all competitions (W5 D6) since a 0-1 loss to Montenegro back in October 2016.- Wales have failed to score in three of their last four games in all competitions (W1 D1 L2), as many instances as in their previous 13 such matches.- Denmark have kept seven clean sheets in their last nine home matches, conceding just two goals in that time.- Ryan Giggs has lost two of his first five matches in charge (W2 D1), as many defeats as Wales suffered in the previous 12 games prior to his appointment (P12 W4 D6 L2).- Christian Eriksen has been directly involved in 20 goals in his last 18 appearances for Denmark (15 goals, 5 assists).last_img read more

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Ozil substitution strop showed character – Emery

first_imgArsenal manager Unai Emery considers Mesut Ozil’s petulant reaction to being substituted during a 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace to be a show of “character”.The German playmaker, who has been in fine form over recent weeks , was once again handed the Gunners armband for a London derby date at Selhurst Park.He was, however, to make little impact on proceedings and was hauled off after 68 minutes, with Danny Welbeck taking his place. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Ozil did not take too kindly to being summoned to the bench , as he threw his gloves in disgust, but Emery has no issue with his players reacting in disappointment at being replaced.He told reporters: “It’s normal, not happy.“Not happy because the result was not good at the end. But it’s normal. The players, I like the players showing us character when we are not playing well.“When I chose him, it was 2-1 to us but usually every player wants to continue playing.”Emery added on his thinking behind taking Ozil off: “Because the last match, away, in the Premier League at Fulham, and we played like that with very good result and transition.“We needed it. We lost a little bit of possession with the ball. With Daniel, I wanted to find good transitions between two players. Also, at free-kicks, defensively they were pushing. He is good defensively and offensively.”Granit Xhaka Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal 2018-19Arsenal were ultimately held at Palace by two penalties from Luka Milivojevic.His spot-kicks sandwiched a stunning free-kick from Granit Xhaka and a controversial effort from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang which appeared to see Alexandre Lacazette flick the ball on to his strike partner with a raised hand .Victory for the Gunners would have been a 12th in succession for them during a productive run, but Emery has no complaints at being forced to settle for a share of the spoils.He said: “This draw is just because the teams deserved, a minimum, the draw.“We were in control when they scored their first, not doing a lot in the attacking third, but in control of the match. In the second half we scored two goals from two individual actions and then, a lot of minutes on the game for holding this result with them pushing, with their supporters, and every player attacking us.“In this moment, we needed the control because we lost possession. We needed to score the third goal to be calm.“But we cannot make good chances and, when they drew, I think I want to push, to find a moment for us to win the match, but we cannot. This draw is what both teams deserved.”last_img read more

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Paulo Dybala signs new contact with Juventus until mid-2022

first_imgItalian football team Juventus said it had extended a contract with Argentinian striker Paulo Dybala until June 30, 2022 and would pay rival Palermo an 8 million euro performance bonus. (Also read: Champions League: Two-goal Paulo Dybala upstages Lionel Messi as Juventus thump Barcelona)The announcement comes after 23-year-old Dybala upstaged his fellow Argentine Lionel Messi by scoring twice in a Champions League match on Tuesday to set Juventus on the way to an emphatic 3-0 win over Barcelona.last_img read more

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IPL 2017: Resurgent Delhi Daredevils pose stiff challenge to Kings XI Punjab

first_imgReturning from an eight-wicket drubbing at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Kings XI Punjab will face a daunting task when they take on a resurgent Delhi Daredevils (DD) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match at the Feroz Shah Kotla here on Saturday.Delhi’s confidence got a major boost after the massive 97-run victory against Rising Pune Supergiant on Tuesday, thanks to an all-round show from the likes of centurion Sanju Samson, Chris Morris, skipper Zaheer Khan and leg-spinner Amit Mishra. (Pep talk with Dravid came me confidence: Mishra)The visitors, on the other hand, failed to extend their two-match winning momentum when after being outplayed by KKR at the Eden Gardens on Thursday.Going into Saturday evening’s double header, the Daredevils will not only aim a repeat of their pervious match’s performance but also start their campaign at home on a winning note. (Kohli and Zaheer are inspirational leaders: Karun Nair)With promising batsman Shreyas Iyer back in the squad after recovering from chicken pox, Delhi’s batting will once again revolve around the young trio of Samson, Rishabh Pant and Sam Billings.If Iyer is to be included in the playing XI, it could be at the cost of his Mumbai captain and misfiring opener Aditya Tare.Delhi will also expect their all-rounders Morris and Corey Anderson to fire with the bat, lower down the order. Morris’ fiery nine-ball 38 in the last match helped Delhi seize the momentum against Pune.With Zaheer and Mishra sharing six wickets between them in the last match, the hosts will once again be spoilt for choice when it comes to their bowling department. Australian Pat Cummins also chipped in with two wickets making him too hard to be ignored.advertisementSouth African quick Kasigo Rabada and India’s Mohammed Shami are yet to play a match despite Shami sweating it out at the nets on Friday.Meanwhile, Punjab will expect a better batting effort, specially after Thursday’s horrific three-wicket over from pacer Umesh Yadav.With the likes of power-hitters like Glenn Maxwell, David Miller in good form, Punjab can hope for another good start from Hashim Amla and Manan Vohra. Wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha can also use the long handle at will which makes them a good batting unit.On the bowling front, medium pacer Sandeep Sharma and left-arm spinner Axar Patel have delivered more often than not in this IPL while veteran Ishant Sharma got to bowl just two overs against KKR and Varun Aaron managed to pick a wicket.With the IPL still in its preliminary stages, Saturday’s match will provide another opportunity for both the teams to get a settled line-up as the tournament progresses.Squads:Delhi Daredevils: Zaheer Khan (Captain), Mohammad Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant (WK), Chama Milind, Khaleel Ahmed, Pratyush Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Aditya Tare, Shashank Singh, Ankit Bawane, Navdeep Saini, Corey Anderson, Angelo Mathews, Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris, Carlos Brathwaite and Sam Billings.Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell (Captain), David Miller, Manan Vohra, Hashim Amla, Shaun Marsh, Armaan Jaffer, Martin Guptill, Eoin Morgan, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Arman Jaffer, Anureet Singh, Mohit Sharma, K.C. Cariappa, Pradeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, T. Natrajan, Matt Henry, Varun Aaron, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Gurkeerat Mann, Rahul Tewatia, Darren Sammy, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Nikhil Naik, Ishant Sharma.last_img read more

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Real Madrid face Sevilla eyeing first European Cup-Liga double in 59 years

first_imgReal Madrid, still crowing from reaching a third Champions League final in four years, will turn their focus to winning their first La Liga title since 2012 when they play Sevilla in their final home game of the season on Sunday.Real’s Champions League triumphs in 2014 and 2016 have distracted from rivals Barcelona’s creeping domination in the domestic league, with the Catalans winning five of the last seven titles.Even Atletico Madrid, who Zinedine Zidane’s side saw off for the fourth consecutive year on the European stage on Wednesday with a 4-2 aggregate victory, have won the title more recently than Real.In a nail-biting end to the campaign, Real and Barcelona are locked on 84 points at the top of the table. While Barca have a superior head-to-head record, Real have a game in hand, facing Celta Vigo next week before their final fixture against Malaga.Seven points out of a maximum nine will be enough to end Real’s five-year run without winning the domestic title.”Now we have to go for the league title, we really want to win it, and then we’ll have time to think about the final in Cardiff,” said Cristiano Ronaldo.Even though they have a record 32 Liga crowns and 11 European Cups, Real have often struggled to combine their domestic and European campaigns. They last achieved the double in 1958.Fourth-placed Sevilla look like Real’s most difficult opponents in the three remaining games, though Jorge Sampaoli’s team are far from the swashbuckling side that ended Real’s 40-game unbeaten run in January.advertisementSevilla have won just three of their last 12 games, stumbling towards fourth place and the final Champions League berth. Sampaoli is expected to leave the club in the summer to take up the vacant Argentina job.Champions Barcelona, meanwhile, make the long journey to the Canary Islands to face a Las Palmas side also struggling for form, having lost seven of their last 10 games, and who the Catalans thrashed 5-0 back in January.Barca’s hopes of a third successive title depend on Real Madrid slipping up, but forward Neymar said his side were only focusing on their games.”We can’t be thinking about Madrid, we can only think about ourselves,” the Brazilian said in an interview with BeIN Sports.”If we do what we have to, I think we can become champions. If we don’t give everything then we won’t win our games.”last_img read more

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Moto C Plus with massive battery to launch in India soon, confirms Motorola

first_imgMotorola recently launched the Moto Z2 Play and Moto C in India. The smartphone manufacturer is now preparing to announce the high-end version of the Moto C, dubbed Moto C Plus in India. Moto C Plus was first launched in the US back in May and said that the smartphone will hit the Indian shores by June. That’s exactly the company is doing. Moto India via a tweet now confirms that Moto C Plus is coming to India soon. However, didn’t reveal the launch date yet.Motorola took to its official Twitter and Facebook account and posted that the company is coming with the Moto C Plus in India soon. The tweet reads: “Yes, it’ll give you the latest, clean and customizable smartphone experience. Yes, it’s THAT cool! #MotoCPlus #ComingSoon.” If the reports surfacing the web Moto C Plus will hit the Indian shores in the month of June itself. Well, Moto C and C Plus will come to India in June, this was already confirmed by India Today Tech last month.Yes, itll never let you run out of juice.Yes, its THAT charged!#MotoCPlus #ComingSoon pic.twitter.com/Idg3npJ86V- Moto India (@Moto_IND) June 14, 2017Motorola is tweeting about Moto C Plus launch almost everyday. Moto India on Wednesday tweets that the upcoming Moto C Plus will come with an excellent battery set up which will be capable of delivering nearly 30 hours of battery backup to the users. The smartphone was initially launched with 4000mAh battery, the Indian version of the device could also come with the same battery.advertisementMoto C Plus was initially launched at a price tag of Rs EUR 119, which is roughly around Rs 8,300. However, like Moto C, the company could bring a new variant of the device for India, probably a much cheaper one. To recall, Moto C was launched in the US at a starting price of Rs 6,200, however the company announced a cheaper variant in the Indian market. Moto C in India was launched with 4G VoLTE support, 5-inch FWVGA display, 1GB RAM, and 16GB storage at Rs 5,999.Also Read: Moto C, Moto C Plus with Android Nougat launched, coming to India in JuneIn the US, Moto C Plus was launched with a 5-inch (720×1280 pixels) display and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat operating system. Furthermore, the smartphone is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6737 quad-core Cortex-A53 processor and is coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage. On the camera front, Moto C Plus sports an 8-megapixel camera on the rear which comes with f/2.2 aperture, autofocus, and a LED flash and is backed by a 4000mAh battery.last_img read more

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Stairs school football league makes way into UP

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 4 (PTI) The talent-scouting Stairs School Football League (SSFL) was today launched in Varanasi in partnership with the Uttar Pradesh Football Sangh. The objective of SSFL-Uttar Pradesh is to identify, support and nurture football talent in the most populous state of India. “We will initially operate in two regions – Gorakhpur and Varanasi – which will consist of eights districts of Chandauli, Ghazipur, Jaunpur, Varanasi, Deoria, Kushinagar and Gorakhpur,” said founder and secretary general of STAIRS, Siddhartha Upadhyay. In the first phase, 160 teams of under-17 age group from these two regions will compete. In phase II, the winner teams will compete representing their respective districts. Last year, under the aegis of Uflex SSFL-3 held in Gujarat and Delhi, more than 35,000 children from 2,000 schools competed in 4,000 matches. Former Sri Lankan explosive batsman Sanath Jayasuriya was the brand ambassador of the FIFA-format tournament. “We feel inspired and excited to launch the Uflex SSFL in Varanasi. We are pleased to work with Uttar Pradesh Football Sangh to encourage sports among youth and children,” Upadhyay said. General Secretary of Uttar Pradesh Football Sangh, Mohd. Shamsuddin, said, “We are glad to be associated with SSFL as this will provide valuable opportunities to youth and children at the grassroots level.” The SSFL aims to become one of the most important sporting events and talent spotting? platform in the country. PTI ZMN PM PMlast_img read more

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G20 vows to make cos, not only individuals, liable for graft

first_imgBy Barun JhaHamburg, Jul 9 (PTI) Adopting a strong resolution to fight corruption, India and other G20 members have committed to make their public administrations more resilient against the menace, while ensuring that companies too are held liable in addition to individual perpetrators of this crime.The declaration assumes significance as an OECD Anti- Bribery Convention, adopted nearly a decade ago, has been actively enforced so far only by a few countries and the prosecution rate is dismal even in the majority of the countries having ratified it.In their joint declaration issued after the end of the two-day Summit on Saturday night, the G20 leaders said they remain committed to fighting corruption, including through practical international cooperation and technical assistance, and will continue to fullyimplement the G20 Anti-Corruption Action Plan 2017-18.”We endorse four sets of High Level Principles aimed at fostering integrity in the public and private sector. By endorsing the High Level Principles on the Liability of Legal Persons, we commit to ensuring that not only individual perpetrators but also companies benefiting from corruption can be held liable,” they said.G20 countries have already committed themselves to a number of measures to strengthen transparency and integrity in the public sector, including requirements for the conduct of public officials.In their 2017 declaration, the G20 members also made a strong commitment to make their respective public administrations more resilient against corruption.The leaders also said they will intensify their fight against illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife products.”Wildlife trafficking is a threat to the planet?s biodiversity, economic development, and, among others, health and security, and is facilitated by high levels of corruption, which the G20 cannot tolerate,” the declaration said.advertisementThe leaders also endorsed the High Level Principles on Countering Corruption in Customs and called for publishing a guide on requesting international cooperation in civil and administrative proceedings.”We will continue our work to address integrity in sports and urgeinternational sports organisations to intensify their fight against corruption byachieving the highest global integrity and anti-corruption standards.”In this respect, we strive for a common understanding regarding corruption risks in bids to host major sport events.”We are also committed to fighting corruption in contracts, including in the natural resources sector. We call for ratification and implementation by all G20members of the UN Convention against Corruption and for a strong involvement in itsreview process,” it added.The Principles document adopted by the G20 leaders noted that corruption hampers the efficient and effective operation of government, its fairness and impartiality of decision- making and the delivery of government services.”A public administration, resilient against corruption, underpinned by a culture of integrity, accountability and transparency not only fosters citizens? trust but can also affect the attractiveness of a country as a business location,” it added.Incidentally, India figures among the countries where corruption has been a major political issue and the Modi government has been maintaining it will leave no stone unturned in its fight against graft and black money.For many years, G20 has been listing corruption as one of the biggest impediments to global economic growth and its sustainable development agenda.Ahead of the G20 Summit, some rights groups had called for reaching wider consensus among leaders of the top economies for implementing laws akin to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of the US.While the G20 has been stressing on greater efforts for tackling this menace for more than six years now, the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention (OECD Convention) has been actively enforced so far only by four countries.The OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, adopted in 1997, requires each signatory country to make foreign bribery a crime for which individuals and enterprises are responsible.The Convention is a key instrument for curbing the export of corruption globally because the 41 signatory countries are responsible for approximately two-thirds of world exports and almost 90 per cent of total foreign direct investment outflows.As per OECD, nearly two decades after the OECD Convention on Combating Foreign Bribery entered into force, there are still 20 countries with “little or no enforcement and nine countries with only limited enforcement”.About half of the Convention countries have failed to prosecute any foreign bribery case since they joined the Convention.There are a few improvements, but the performance of the majority of the 41 countries that agreed to combat foreign bribery in international business transactions is far from satisfactory.Only four countries improved since last year -? Greece, Netherlands, Norway and South Korea, while Argentina was the one country that regressed, the OECD said. PTI BJ ABMadvertisementlast_img read more

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3-day programme for Independence Day celebrations in Assam

first_imgGuwahati, Aug 11 (PTI) The Assam Government will observe the 71st Independence Day with a three-day programme in a befitting manner throughout the state.All the Deputy Commissioners and Sub-Divisional Officers are directed to celebrate the occasion by organising various programmes in their respective Headquarters for three days beginning August 13.As per the programme, events such as extempore speech, drawing, music and other similar competitions will be held among school students and the prizes for the winners will be given at the Independence Day function, said a government release here today.Similarly, on August 14 Run for National Integrity will be organised in all Circles, Blocks, District and Sub-Divisional Headquarters.Sports competitions will also be organised among children and youth on the 13th and 14th of this month with the prizes distributed in the main function of Independence Day on 15th August, the release added. PTI ESB RGlast_img read more

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Premier League: Nine-man Chelsea lose 3-2 to Burnley at home

first_imgChelsea had two players sent off and lost to Burnley 3-2 in the first match of its Premier League title defense on Saturday, intensifying the concerns surrounding the champions after their frustrating off-season in the transfer market.Captain Gary Cahill was shown a straight red card for a studs-first lunge in the 13th minute, then the champions conceded three goals in a 20-minute period before halftime. (Premier League: Liverpool concede late goal, draw 3-3 at Watford)Striker Sam Vokes scored two of them by converting crosses, sandwiching a stunning volley by left back Stephen Ward.Reuters PhotoChelsea improved after halftime. Alvaro Morata, on as a second-half substitute, reduced the deficit in his first league start since a club-record move from Real Madrid for 58 million pounds ($75 million).Any hopes of an unlikely comeback looked to have disappeared when midfielder Cesc Fabregas was red-carded in the 81st after receiving his second booking. However, David Luiz ensured a tense finish when he volleyed home in the 88th after being teed up by the influential Morata.The result will not improve the mood of Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, who hasn’t hidden his frustration at failing to significantly bolster his squad in the off-season. With Eden Hazard, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Pedro Rodriguez injured and Victor Moses suspended, Chelsea had a threadbare match-day 18.Jeremie Boga, a 20-year-old French forward, was even given a debut. It lasted only 18 minutes, when he was sacrificed as Conte reorganized following Cahill’s sending off.Chelsea, which won 17 of its 19 home games last season, became the second straight team to begin its league title defense with a loss, after Leicester last season.advertisementFabregas and Cahill will be suspended for Chelsea’s tough second match of the season, away to Tottenham at Wembley Stadium next weekend.Burnley was expected to struggle this season after losing arguably its best two players in the offseason, defender Michael Keane and striker Andre Gray.”A lot was made of our away form last season,” Vokes said. “So that result is huge.”last_img read more

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PNB MetLife launches Mera Jeevan Suraksha Plan

first_imgMumbai, Oct 12 (PTI) PNB MetLife today launched Mera Jeevan Suraksha Plan (MJSP), a protection plan that ensures financial security by providing tailor-made cover options for the customer to choose from.The product is aimed at providing a life cover to the policyholder and protecting their familys future goals, in case of unforeseen circumstances, a release issued here said.”Mera Jeevan Suraksha Plan is a comprehensive protection plan that allows customers to choose the life cover option most suited to their lifestage and appropriate for their lifestyle. This plan also offers unique benefits such as joint life benefit or return of premiums option,” PNB MetLife Head ? Product Management – Khalid Ahmad said.*********************** Google India adds new features to AdWordsGoogle India today said it has added new features to its advertising service AdWords that will help businesses reach their customers in a more effective and faster way.Google has launched new features like extensions, call bid adjustments and landing pages, the firm said in a statement issued here.The new AdWords experience will load pages faster on an average by 20 per cent faster, so that the information needed is accessed instantly, it said.”As we use multiple devices throughout the day, and watch more videos and visit more websites and apps than ever before. With the new AdWords, there is less clutter and more intuitive workflows, allowing advertisers to now quickly make the changes that will move their business forward,” AdWords Vice President of Product Management Jerry Dischler said.****************** Twitter Launches In-Stream Video Ads in IndiaadvertisementMicroblogging platform Twitter today launched in-stream video ads to marketers in India, enabling brands to align with videos from Twitters premium content partners across sports, news and entertainment globally.Amazon, Maruti, and Motorola have come on board as the first brands to innovate with the In-Stream Video Ads launch in India.”With the launch of In-Stream Video Ads in India, it now creates an opportunity for advertisers to better align with relevant video content at scale across 15 content categories. These publishers are established hand picked partners, ensuring brand safety for our advertisers,” Twitter India Head of Video Solutions Soumya Parmar said.************************* Peninsula Land launches phase 2 of Bengaluru projectRealty player Peninsula Land today said it has launched the last phase-Ascent Tower-of its flagship residential project Peninsula Heights in Bengaluru.The project, which marks the companys foray into the city, is spread across 3.64 acres, comprising two towers–Crown and Ascent–housing 3 BHK/4 BHK/5 BHK apartments and duplexes. PTI SM DS PSK RSY BASlast_img read more

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7 killed, 14 hurt as SUV collides with jeep in Latur

first_imgAurangabad (Maha), Nov 28 (PTI) At least seven people were killed and 14 others sustained injuries when a high-end car rammed into a jeep in Maharashtras Latur district in the wee hours today, a police official said.The car, a sport utility vehicle (SUV), was heading towards Nanded from Pandharpur when it collided with the jeep coming from the opposite direction around 4.15 am near Kolpa Pati village in Latur, located about 274 kms from here, inspector Gajanan Bhatalwande, of Laturs Vivekanand Chowk police station, said. According to police, the driver of the SUV, while trying to overtake a tempo, lost control over the wheels, as a result of which the car collided with the jeep.Seven people died on the spot in the mishap. They were identified as – Tukaram Dalvi (34), Manoj Shinde (25), Shubham Shinde (23), Dattu Shinde (34), Vijay Pande (30), Umakant Karule (45) and Meena Umakant Karule (39), the official said.The police were yet to ascertain the exact number of passengers travelling in the SUV and the jeep and whether the deceased were from one of the vehicles or both.The injured people were shifted to a hospital in Latur, the police said. PTI COR GKlast_img read more

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After 35 years Saudis will be able to go watch movies in theaters

first_imgSaudi Arabia has lifted ban on commercial cinemas. The ban lasted over three decades.According to media reports, the Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture and Information on Monday, December 11, said that from early next year commercial movie theaters will be granted licenses.The first cinemas in the country are expected to open in March 2018.More about the resolutionThe step is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030 social and economic reform programmeThe opening of movie theaters, the Saudi government is hoping will act as a catalyst for economic growth and will create new employment opportunities along with giving Saudis a vast range of entertainment optionsThe Ministry of Culture said that it plans to have 300 cinemas with more than 2000 screens by 2030Read: Finally, women can drive in Saudi Arabia The country’s crown prince has already relaxed certain restrictionslike lifting the ban on women to drive and allowing them the permissionto enter the country’s sporting venues.Also, men and women have already started mixing at major conferences, and the kingdom also hosted music concerts this year.Why were the movie theaters shut down in Saudi Arabia?Movie theaters were shut down in the 1980’s during a wave of ultra-conservatism in the country. Many of Saudi Arabia’s clerics view Western movies and even Arabic films made in Egypt as sinful.(Main image source: abc.net.au)Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementTo get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

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Cowboys Rally Beats Giants, 31-28

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — For awesomeness, Odell Beckham Jr.’s catch couldn’t be topped.For timely rallies, Tony Romo and Dez Bryant trumped it.The Cowboys momentarily might have been in awe of Beckham’s one-handed stab as he fell backward into the end zone while he was interfered with by cornerback Brandon Carr.When it came to making the critical plays to beat the New York Giants on Nov. 23, though, Dallas had all it needed in Romo and Bryant.Romo threw two touchdown passes to Bryant, the winner from 13 yards with 1:01 remaining, lifting the Cowboys to a comeback 31-28 victory.“You gain an understanding that you’re never really out of it,” Romo said. “You are comfortable being in uncomfortable situations. That comes from having been through it and going out and finding a way to win. Once you do that a few times, the team can believe in that.”Romo could have written a book on winning drives while staging this one; he never was pressured in leading the Cowboys 80 yards to the winning score.“Any time you’re afforded the amount of time at the end of the game, it’s huge,” he said. “They (the offensive line) are a special group of guys who work their butts off and deserve a lot of credit for this game and this season.”Romo threw for two TDs in the third quarter and Barry Church’s interception helped turn things in the Cowboys’ favor. But the Giants (3-8), trailing 24-21, staged a 93-yard drive capped by Adrien Robinson’s first career TD catch. That 1-yard score with 3 minutes remaining could have snapped New York’s slide that now is at six losses.Back came Dallas (8-3). Romo found Bryant in the back of the end zone to win it, setting up an NFC East showdown with Philadelphia on Thanksgiving Day for first place.“Now we have another challenge coming up real quick,” Romo said. “Philly is playing great football so we’re going to have to play better than we did tonight to win that game.”Dallas, which was treated to chants of “Let’s Go Cowboys!” in the second half from hundreds of fans in Cowboys garb, is 5-0 on the road. New York was eliminated from division contention.Thanks to Beckham’s incredible one-handed catch, one of the rookie’s two first-half touchdowns, New York built a 21-10 halftime lead.But Romo hit Cole Beasley with a short pass that he turned into a 45-yard score, and the quarterback’s 31-yarder to an uncovered Bryant put Dallas on top for the first time.Beckham left briefly in the fourth quarter with a back problem, but returned for the next series. He finished with 10 receptions for 146 yards.League rushing leader DeMarco Murray managed his 10th 100-yard game this season with 121 on 24 carries for Dallas.The Cowboys didn’t get much going after falling behind 21-10 until reserve receiver Beasley took a short pass, eluded a tackle by Zack Bowman and sped untouched to the end zone midway in the third quarter.When Eli Manning overthrew a wide-open Preston Parker deep in Dallas territory, Church ran back the interception 45 yards. Four plays later, Romo hit an open Bryant and he squeezed into the end zone for the Cowboys’ first lead.Beckham’s right-handed stab of Manning’s 43-yard rainbow pass could be the catch of the year. The rookie, who regularly practices such receptions, outreached Carr at the goal line and tumbled backward into the end zone to make it 14-3.“I have played this game for 10 years,” Giants safety Antrel Rolle said, “and that was the greatest catch I’ve seen.”Beckham wants there to be plenty more of those. “I hope it is not the greatest catch because with time I hope I can make more,” Beckham said.That catch already was dominating highlight reels by halftime and was his second TD of the game. The 80-yard drive to Beckham’s first touchdown marked the second straight week the Giants got into the end zone on their opening possession after going 20 games without doing so.Dallas’ offense hardly sat still following Beckham’s one-hander. Romo guided the Cowboys 77 yards and used a shovel pass to Jason Witten — yes, the tight end used two hands — from the 4 immediately after Beckham’s stunner.So the kid from LSU went right back to overwhelming the Cowboys. He made three catches for 32 yards on New York’s next series, including a spin move that would make a figure skater proud. Andre Williams concluded that 80-yard march with a 3-yard run for a 21-10 lead.In the first half alone, Beckham had eight catches for 125 yards, while Manning went 14 of 16 for 191 yards. But the second half belonged to Dallas.(BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Olympiakos Overtakes Malmo, 4-2

first_imgPIRAEUS — Kostas Mitroglou and Ibrahim Afellay scored late goals to grab a 4-2 win for Olympiakos over Malmo in the Champions League on Dec. 9.The Greeks finished third in Group A for a place in the Europa League, after struggling to break down the hard-working Swedes, who finished last in the group that also included Atletico Madrid and Juventus.“It was a great match and all the players should to be congratulated. We got the win and we deserved it,” Olympiakos captain Giannis Maniatis said.Malmo started the match with an attacking mindset at Karaiskaki Stadium but fell behind in the 22nd minute when Pajtim Kasami headed a pass to David Fuster who also headed the ball to score.Substitute Simon Kroon leveled on a counterattack in the 59th, with a one-touch strike off a pass from the right by Emil Frosberg. But the Greeks were back in the lead four minutes later courtesy of Chori Dominguez who beat goalkeeper Robin Olsen from the edge of the area.Markus Rosenberg made it 2-2 with a near-identical counterattack in the 81st, before Olympiakos struck twice in the final three minutes — through Mitroglou from close range and Afellay, who punished a tired Swedish defense in injury time.Malmo finished the game with 10 men, after Enock Adu was sent off for a second booking.Michel Gonzalez, the Olympiakos coach, appeared relieved with the night’s performance following a run of disappointing results in the Greek league.“We’re very happy with this victory and happy to give something to the fans. It’s not a question of this result making it more calm. What we need to do is to keep playing the way we did tonight, as a team.”Malmo midfielder Magnus Eriksson said the Swedes were both proud and disappointed with their run in the Champions League. “It was a tough game,” he said. “But if you let your opponent score four times, you can’t win a match in the Champions League.”Malmo pulled off a 2-0 win against the Greeks at home in October, but on Dec. 9 coach Age Hareide praised his opponents as the better team.“The difference was their experience at this level. We made mistakes … and you can’t do that against a team like this,” he said. “We’ll learn from our mistakes, and I hope we can come back here. It’s a great place to play football.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Kentucky Moves On, Nova Goes Home

first_imgTwo down, four to go for the Kentucky Wildcats as they try to become the first unbeaten national champion since Indiana in 1976.Villanova became the first top seed out as it lost to North Carolina State, while UCLA came up with a second win in the tournament, not bad for a team that many said didn’t even belong in the field of 68.The Atlantic Coast Conference continued its so-far perfect tournament run with wins by NC State, North Carolina and Notre Dame.EAST REGIONNC STATE 71, VILLANOVA 68PITTSBURGH — Villanova went from a top seed to No. 1-and-done.N.C. State is back in the Sweet 16, attacking one of the top teams in the nation for 40 minutes and stunning Villanova 71-68 on March 21 night. The Wolfpack went wild as the final horn sounded and danced around the court in celebration.No, it wasn’t quite Jim Valvano’s mad dash after the Wolfpack won the 1983 national championship. But the Wolfpack (22-13) have designs on their own big March run. They will move on to Syracuse, New York to play the winner of the Louisville-Northern Iowa game.N.C. State guards Cat Barber and Desmond Lee shared a long embrace after buzzer. Barber pounded his chest and said, “all heart!”Lacey led them with 17 points and Barber had 13, each coming with big buckets to hold off a late Villanova charge.The Wildcats saw a 16-game winning streak end and have not reached the second weekend since 2009.SOUTH REGIONUTAH 75, GEORGETOWN 64PORTLAND, Ore. — Utah is headed back to the Sweet 16 for the first time in a decade.Brandon Taylor scored 14 points and Delon Wright added 12 and the fifth-seeded Utes beat No. 4 Georgetown 75-64 on March 21.The Utes (26-8) will travel to Houston to play the winner of the March 22 game in Charlotte, North Carolina, between top-seeded Duke (30-4) and No. 8 San Diego State (27-8).Utah hasn’t advanced to the Sweet 16 since 2005, when the Utes fell as the No. 6 seed to No. 2 Kentucky. The Utes are making their first tournament appearance since 2009.UCLA 92, UAB 75LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Tony Parker led five Bruins in double figures with a career-high 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for 11th-seeded UCLA on Saturday to advance to its second straight Sweet 16.The Bruins (22-13), the team many thought shouldn’t have even been in the field of 68, have won six of their last seven games in earning their first consecutive Sweet 16 berths since reaching the Final Four three straight seasons between 2006 and 2008. They will play either Gonzaga or Iowa on March 27 in the South Regional semifinal in Houston.Kevon Looney had 10 points and 11 rebounds for UCLA. Bryce Alford had 22 points, Norman Powell 15 and Isaac Hamilton 13.The 14th-seeded Blazers (20-16) missed out on their first regional semifinal since 2004 coming off their big upset of No. 3 seed Iowa State on March 19. Robert Brown led the Blazers with 25 points and William Lee added 10.MIDWEST REGIONKENTUCKY 64, CINCINNATI 51LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Aaron Harrison scored 13 points and Trey Lyles added 11 points and 11 rebounds and top-ranked Kentucky outworked eighth-seeded Cincinnati to remain undefeated and reach the Sweet 16 for the second straight season.Despite the Wildcats’ sixth straight double-digit win, they faced their toughest test in a while and didn’t seem totally in control until the final minutes. The physical, pesky Bearcats made Kentucky work hard for every shot and rebound in an intense contest.But the Wildcats (36-0) succeeded by making life difficult on both ends for Cincinnati, holding the Bearcats to 32 percent shooting including just 24 percent in the second half. Kentucky blocked six shots after halftime and Willie Cauley-Stein had a highlight-reel slam dunk that may be the play of the tournament.The Wildcats move on to face the Maryland-West Virginia winner in the Midwest Regional on March 26 in Cleveland.NOTRE DAME 67, BUTLER 64 (OT)PITTSBURGH — Notre Dame survived Butler’s March magic.Jerian Grant scored 16 points, including the clinching layup with 18 seconds left in overtime, and the third-seeded Irish edged the Bulldogs 67-64 on March 21.Notre Dame (31-5) moved on to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2003 and will play Kansas or Wichita State in the Midwest Regional semifinals on Thursday in Cleveland.Steve Vasturia led Notre Dame with 20 points. Demetrius Jackson added 13 points, and Zach Auguste had seven points and 13 rebounds for the Irish, which beat the Bulldogs for the first time in 26 years.Roosevelt Jones played through an injured left knee while scoring 23 points for Butler (23-11), but another this NCAA run ended abruptly in the extra session.WEST REGIONARIZONA 73, OHIO ST. 58PORTLAND, Ore. — Gabe York made five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points and T.J. McConnell also scored 19 points as second-seeded Arizona advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third straight year.The Wildcats (33-3) overcame a sluggish start until their outside shooting busted the Buckeyes’ zone defense, which they rarely used during the regular season but broke out for the NCAA Tournament. The Pac-12 champions went ahead by 15 points with 6:34 remaining and held off 10th-seeded Ohio State (24-11) in the closing minutes.Arizona will face the winner of Xavier-Georgia State in the West Regional semifinals Thursday in Los Angeles.The Buckeyes gave the Wildcats all they could handle, even with standout freshman D’Angelo Russell struggling with his shot.Russell scored nine points and made just 3-of-19 shots after going for 28 points in Ohio State’s overtime win over VCU in its tournament opener. He had seven rebounds and six assists.Sam Thompson added 18 points and Shannon Scott scored 10 for the Buckeyes, who led by six points in the first half but never could match Arizona’s size. The Wildcats won the rebounding battle 43-26.XAVIER 75, GEORGIA STATE 67JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Jalen Reynolds and Myles Davis came off the bench for a combined 38 points as sixth-seeded Xavier end the biggest feel-good story of the NCAA Tournament with a 75-67 victory over Georgia State on March 21.The Musketeers (23-13) advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third time in six years under coach Chris Mack. They’ll face No. 2 seed Arizona — a 73-58 winner over Ohio State — in the West Regional semifinals in Los Angeles.No. 14 seed Georgia State (25-10), whose injured coach Ron Hunter worked the sideline in a rolling chair, upset No. 3 seed Baylor March 19.Hunter, who tore his Achilles tendon celebrating his team winning the Sun Belt Conference title, and his son and star player, RJ, became the darlings of the tournament.NORTH CAROLINA 87, ARKANSAS 76JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Marcus Paige scored 22 points, including 20 in the second half, and North Carolina beat Arkansas 87-78 in the NCAA Tournament on March 21 and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time in three years.Paige missed seven of eight shots in the first half, including all three from 3-point range, and was pretty much a non-factor as the Tar Heels let the Razorbacks keep things close.But the junior guard took over in the second half, scoring 13 of his team’s 17 points during a 5-minute stretch that helped North Carolina build a double-digit lead.The Tar Heels held on from there, thanks partly to Paige closing things out from the free-throw line and with his ball-handling skills.UNC advanced to play either No. 1 seed Wisconsin or eighth-seeded Oregon in the West Regional next week in Los Angeles. It will be Carolina’s 26th appearance in the Sweet 16.Michael Qualls led Arkansas with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Bobby Portis finished with 18 points and 14 boards.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Shortstops Top MLB Draft Picks

first_imgSECAUCUS, N.J. — Shortstops were a big hit leading off the Major League Baseball draft.The Arizona Diamondbacks selected Vanderbilt slugger Dansby Swanson with the No. 1 pick June 8, setting off a history-making run at the position.With the second pick, Houston took LSU’s Alex Bregman — marking the first time since 1982 the first two players chosen were shortstops. That year it was Shawon Dunston (Cubs) and Augie Schmidt (Blue Jays).And for the first time, Colorado made it 3-for-3 by taking Florida high schooler Brendan Rodgers at No. 3 overall.A fourth shortstop went 10th, with Philadelphia selecting Georgia high schooler Cornelius Randolph. A record-tying eight shortstops were selected in the first round (36 picks), matching the number that were taken in 1971 and 2002.Swanson, who helped lead the Commodores to the College World Series earlier in the day, was the first college shortstop to be the top pick since Bill Almon from Brown University in 1974.“I think it sounds pretty good,” a smiling Swanson said in an interview on MLB Network.It marked the first time the Diamondbacks had the No. 1 selection since they drafted Justin Upton in 2005.Swanson seamlessly switched from second base to shortstop this season as a junior. He was the Most Outstanding Player at the College World Series last year, helping the Commodores to the national championship.Swanson is a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and Howser Trophy, given to college baseball’s top player.“An exceptional baseball player that has all of the intangibles and makeup of a championship-type player for which this organization is building a foundation on,” Diamondbacks Scouting Director Deric Ladnier said in a statement.Two of Swanson’s teammates at Vanderbilt were also first-rounders, with righty Carson Fulmer going eighth to the Chicago White Sox and Walker Buehler, also a right-hander, No. 24 to the Dodgers. The trio made the Commodores the fifth college program to have three players chosen in the opening round.It was the 50th anniversary of the first draft in 1965, and the first for new Commissioner Rob Manfred, who took over when Bud Selig retired in January.“I actually was going to call him on the way out here and I got tied up,” Manfred said, minutes before stepping to the podium to begin announcing the first-round selections. “So I didn’t get any advice. I think I can get through it.”The Astros received the No. 2 pick as compensation for not signing pitcher Brady Aiken, last year’s top pick. Aiken was taken by Cleveland at No. 17 despite having Tommy John surgery in March.Bregman is the offensive leader of an LSU team that will play in the College World Series and has been ranked No. 1 in the country in several polls for most of the season. The Golden Spikes Award finalist is hitting .312 with nine homers and 49 RBIs, and has stolen 37 bases.“It’s such an honor,” Bregman said. “I can’t wait to get to work right after we go win the College World Series.”Houston kept things in the family at No. 5, taking Florida high school outfielder Kyle Tucker, the younger brother of Astros outfielder Preston Tucker. He broke his brother’s school record with 31 career homers.“I’ve never had the opportunity to play with him since he’s 7 years older,” Kyle Tucker said. “I’ve sat in the stands and watched him. Possibly having the opportunity to play with him at the major league level, that would be something really special for me.”With the first pick of the second round, the Astros went for another player with baseball bloodlines by taking Georgia high school outfielder Daz Cameron, son of former All-Star Mike Cameron.California high school third baseman Tyler Nevin, the son of 1992 No. 1 overall pick Phil Nevin, went next to Colorado. Texas high school third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes, son of former big leaguer Charlie Hayes, went 32nd overall to Pittsburgh.Rodgers was the first of four players in attendance to have his name called by Manfred, shaking hands with the commissioner while slipping on a Rockies cap and jersey.“I really have no words right now,” Rodgers said. “I’m in awe right now. This is a dream come true.”Rodgers, from Lake Mary High School, was widely regarded as the best prep player in the draft. He has power to all fields, soft hands and good range at shortstop.Rodgers said he had 22 friends and family members at the draft, nearly all from Florida, and a roar went up when his name was announced.“Everyone’s here,” he said. “They’re still in shock over there. So am I.”The other three prospects in attendance also got selected in the first round: New York high school outfielder Garrett Whitley went 13th to Tampa Bay; Indiana high school righty Ashe Russell was picked 21st by Kansas City; and Pennsylvania high school right-hander Mike Nikorak was the No. 27 selection by Colorado.UC Santa Barbara fireballing right-hander Dillon Tate was chosen by Texas with the fourth pick, giving the Rangers a potential staff ace or late-inning reliever.He was one of the best closers in the country last year, and established himself as an outstanding starter this season for the Gauchos.At No. 6, Minnesota drafted Illinois closer Tyler Jay, a lefty who could be a starter at the next level because of his excellent command of four pitches. He took the loss after starting in the Illini’s season-ending loss to Vanderbilt shortly before he was drafted.“Ultimate low, ultimate high in about a half-hour or so,” Jay said.Arkansas outfielder Andrew Benintendi (Red Sox), Fulmer, Cincinnati outfielder Ian Happ (Cubs) and Randolph rounded out the top 10. Georgia high school catcher Tyler Stephenson, who some thought was in the mix for the No. 1 pick, went 11th to Cincinnati.College of Southern Nevada right-hander Phil Bickford was drafted 18th by San Francisco after failing to sign with Toronto in 2013 when he was the No. 10 pick.Rounds 3-10 will be held June 9 and rounds 11-40 on June 10 — both days via team conference calls.___By Dennis Waszak, Jr., AP Sports Writer. AP Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick, AP Writer David Mercer in Champaign, Ill., and AP freelance writer Mark Perlman in Houston contributedTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Olympiacos Humbles Panthrakikos, 4-0

first_imgATHENS – Already-crowned champion Olympiacos had an easy night beating already-relegated Panthrakikos 4-0 in the Greek league on April 3.Hernani scored Olympiacos’ two closing goals, in the 43rd minute and in second-half injury time. The Portuguese forward also assisted on the first goal, providing the cross for Alan Pulido to head home in the 26th.Felipe Pardo also scored in the 40th, while Pajtim Kasami hit Panthrakikos’ crossbar in the 64th.Olympiacos is 22 points ahead of second-place AEK, which was held to a scoreless draw at last-place Kalloni.Also, third-place Panathinaikos beat Veria 3-2 and Asteras won 1-0 at Iraklis.Panionios beat PAOK 3-1, and Platanias defeated Xanthi by the same score. Atromitos beat Panetolikos 1-0 and Giannena drew 1-1 at Levadiakos.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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