Monaco fight Chelsea over Fabregas transfer feeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea and Monaco are fighting over a suitable transfer fee for Cesc Fabregas. The Spaniard has flown into the principality and agreed personal terms over a two-and-a-half year contract, which included a signing bonus worth in excess of £9m. Fabregas, who waved goodbye to supporters after Saturday’s win over Nottingham Forest, could have joined the Ligue 1 club at the end of the season when his Chelsea contract expires.However, Chelsea want to cash in while on the 31-year-old and are holding out for £10m, but Monaco aren’t willing to meet their evaluation. A deal is still expected to be completed before the transfer window shuts at the end of January. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Kanpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday asked state governments to take stern action if there is any attack on Kashmiris, calling those who targeted them recently in Lucknow “crazed people”.In an apparent reference to remarks by opposition leaders after the recent air strikes against the Balakot terror camp in Pakistan, Modi also lashed at those demeaning the valour displayed by the armed forces after the Jaish-e-Mohammed attack against the CRPF in Pulwama. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in JammuAddressing a public meeting here, Modi brought up the Lucknow incident in which two Kashmiri vendors were thrashed on Wednesday, allegedly targeted by members of a right-wing group over the Pulwama attack that killed 40 paramilitary personnel last month. The prime minister called the perpetrators sirphirey log (crazed people) in near identical remarks at the meeting and on Twitter. “It is very important to maintain an atmosphere of unity in the country,” Modi said. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penaltyHe congratulated the Yogi Adityanath government for acting promptly over what some crazed people did to our Kashmiri brothers in Lucknow. “I would also like to request other state governments to take the strongest action possible wherever there is an attempt to do something like this,” he said. The prime minister was addressing the meeting after flagging off the commercial run on Lucknow Metro’s North-South corridor, through video conferencing from Kanpur itself. Modi also symbolically laid the foundation stone for the Agra Metro Rail project at the same event. He visited Varanasi and Ghaziabad too on Friday, launching development projects and addressing public meetings.
Kolkata: The Election Commission is yet to give BJP permission to play its controversial theme song sung by Asansol MP Babul Supriyo. However, leaders and activists of the party were found playing the song rampantly in the vehicles on their way to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Brigade Parade Ground on Wednesday.The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in the state had categorically told BJP to submit the revised lyrics of the song on the basis of certain recommendations put forward by the commission. After examining the song, the CEO’s office had raised 15 objections and instructed the party to make necessary rectifications in the song, as it would not be possible for the Election Commission to provide clearance for the same otherwise. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe state BJP leaders are yet to submit the revised lyrics of the song to the commission. Despite that, some leaders and activists seem to be using the song in their election rallies, flouting the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) laid down by the commission. The city on Wednesday witnessed a classic example of MCC violation when many BJP cadres enthusiastically played the song on loudspeakers fitted in their vehicles, without paying heed to the Election Commission’s directive. Some BJP activists were even seen dancing to the tune of Supriyo’s song. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe commission did not give permission to play the song during BJP’s campaigns or election rallies, as it carries a subtle attack on Trinamool Congress and its Supremo Mamata Banerjee. The CEO’s office had also show-caused Supriyo for releasing the controversial song. In his clarification to the commission, Supriyo claimed that he did not release the song and hence it did not fall under the purview of the commission. Contrary to what Supriyo claimed, the song was found on various social media platforms.
New York (UN) – Former president of the Moroccan human rights association (AMDH) Khadija Ryadi received, on Tuesday in New York, the 2013 United Nations Human Rights Prize. The Prize was handed by deputy UNSG Jan Eliasson to Ryadi along with other recipients during a ceremony at the UN headquarters on the occasion of the commemoration of the Human Rights Day.Ryadi is known to be at the forefront in the fight against impunity, full gender equality and freedom of expression, said on Friday the UN selection committee which revealed the names of the award winners. The Moroccan activist is the coordinator of a network of twenty-two non-governmental organizations defending human rights in Morocco, it added.
The warm sunshine beams down upon the tropical waters off the coast of San Diego, as Ohio State softball shortstop Maddy McIntyre sits on a surf board, bobbing in the Pacific Ocean and waiting for the next wave to ride. The serenity the ocean offers is a far cry from the stress of finals week or the pressure of hundreds of screaming fans. “(Surfing) is just a good way to take a break from everything,” McIntyre said. “Sometimes you’re out on the softball field or sometimes it gets intense with school and everything, so it’s just the best way to fall back and just relax. The feeling I get when I drop in is priceless.” McIntyre, a sophomore from San Diego, has started every game but one in her two-year OSU career. She’s a career .265 hitter with a .944 fielding percentage from her middle infield position. But while softball might be her first love, surfing has morphed from a fun hobby into something much more important to McIntyre. “It’s definitely her passion,” said senior teammate and third baseman Megan Coletta. “She really misses it (when she’s in Ohio) and she has a lot of passion for it and knowledge about the ocean.” McIntyre’s passion started at age 12, off the coast of Maui, Hawaii. It was there she first received personalized instruction with surfing trainers who immediately recognized her talent and passion for the sport. They encouraged her to keep riding when she returned home to California. Her father made sure that became a reality. “For one of my birthdays, my dad got me a board, and it was the best thing. He couldn’t keep me out of the water after that,” McIntyre said. She and her father – an avid surfer himself – have used their passions for surfing to develop an even tighter bond. They usually go in the summers, fitting in a quick, two-hour session before Marc McIntyre drops his daughter off back home and heads to work. The father-daughter surfing time is something they both cherish. “It’s awesome,” Marc McIntyre said. “She’s a better surfer than I am, but it’s still fun just being out there in the water with her. It makes you think, ‘It doesn’t get much better than this.’” The landlocked qualities of Columbus make surfing during softball season impossible for Maddy McIntyre, so when she gets home to San Diego, she feels like she has to make up for lost time. “I get really excited to surf when I go home,” Maddy McIntyre said. “But at home, everyone gets so mad, like, ‘Oh, the waves suck today,’ so they won’t go out. But now, for me, it’s like even if the waves suck, I still want to go out because I’m not out there very often.” Her father said she will go out at every opportunity when she’s home. Whenever she can get someone to go with her, be it morning, noon or night, she’ll hit the waves. OSU softball coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said she loves her shortstop’s passion for surfing, and encourages her to keep up with it as much as possible. When Schoenly takes recruiting trips to Calif., which is fairly frequently, Maddy McIntyre is often there, badgering her coach to catch some waves with her. “It’s really cool we have kids with such different passions,” Schoenly said. “I’ve never really known surfing, so when I hear about the waves, and just the love that she has for it, I’m really excited for her to have that.” For someone who is used to having all eyes on her whenever she competes, surfing offers Maddy McIntyre the chance to drop in and do what she loves, away from the fandom. “The thing I like most about (surfing) is it doesn’t have to be competitive,” Maddy McIntyre said. “I don’t have to go out and have to perform. I can go for something great and I don’t have to worry if I don’t land it, or if the wave eats me up, it doesn’t matter, I can just have fun with it.” Schoolwork and softball might be Maddy McIntyre’s primary focuses during the year, but once summer rolls around, her childhood passion takes center stage. Her bat and glove get swapped for a board, and her No. 30 jersey gets traded for a bathing suit. For Maddy McIntyre, summer is nearly here – the sun is out and the ocean beckons.
Junior center Trey McDonald (55) covers his face as he sits on the side of the court following the game. OSU lost to Dayton, 60-59, at First Niagara Center March 20. Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorBUFFALO, N.Y. — The swan song has been sung for the Ohio State Buckeyes.As senior guard Aaron Craft’s desperation shot at the buzzer fell hopelessly to the floor, so did his career at OSU, as the No. 6-seed Buckeyes fell to No. 11-seed Dayton, 60-59, Thursday.Craft made a tough layup in the lane with less than 20 seconds to play to put his team ahead by one, but a running layup by Dayton redshirt-senior guard Vee Sanford proved to be the difference as the Flyers — and ex-Buckeye guard Jordan Sibert — pulled the upset.OSU started quickly, leading 7-3 after a layup by senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. at the 16:43 mark.But Dayton responded, scoring 10 of the game’s next 12 points after Flyer redshirt-senior center Matt Kavanaugh finished off a 3-point play.The Flyers held the lead until Craft made two free throws with 8:15 left in the first half to give the Buckeyes the lead, 22-21. Craft finished a perfect 3-3 from the field and 3-3 from the line in the first half, on his way to a team-high nine points in the game’s opening 20 minutes.The game remained close for the remainder of the first half, but Dayton took a 33-30 lead to the break behind nine points from Kavanaugh.OSU came out sluggish in the second half, allowing the Flyers to extend their lead to 41-34, with 15 minutes to play.But back-to-back dunks by junior forward Sam Thompson and a bucket by Ross tied the game at 41 with 10:58 remaining.Thompson tipped in a missed 3-pointer by Craft on the Buckeyes’ next possession for OSU’s first lead since the 8:15 mark of the first half.A rugged game ensued, and the Buckeyes led 50-49 before freshman forward Marc Loving picked up his fourth foul of the game. Sophomore forward Dyshawn Pierre then made two free throws to put the Flyers back in front by one.But after former Buckeye and now Flyer Sibert missed a 3-pointer, Craft drove the lane and scored to put OSU back up. He missed the free throw, but OSU still led, 52-51 with 3:32 left.Dayton senior forward Devin Oliver scored at the other end, and after a turnover by OSU, Craft committed a flagrant-1 foul on Sibert as he drove to the hoop. Sibert nailed both free throws, and Dayton led by three.But Craft responded with yet another and-one, this time making the free throw to tie the game at 55 and lead to the dramatic finish.Craft finished with 16 points, five rebounds and four assists in his final game as a Buckeye, and Thompson finished with a game-high 18. After his game-winning shot, Sanford tallied 10 points for the Flyers, who are set to face the winner of No. 3-seed Syracuse and No. 14-seed Western Michigan Saturday.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has been charged for comments he made following the club’s 3-2 win over Newcastle United on October 10Television cameras filmed Mourinho mumbling some rather abusive and improper choice of words in the aftermath of United’s stunning comeback win against Newcastle at Old Trafford.Reports in the British media suggested that the game was a must-win for Mourinho, whose job at United was on the line following a four-match winless run.But goals from Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez in the second half secured the three points for United.However, Mourinho’s post-match remarks have been brought to the attention of the Football Association (FA).Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.Upon a review, the FA have now charged the Portuguese coach.“Jose Mourinho has been charged following Manchester United’s game against Newcastle United on October 6, 2018,” read an FA statement on the Telegraph.“It is alleged that his language at the end of the fixture, as captured by the broadcast footage, was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper.”The Red Devils coach has till 18:00 (BST time) on October 19 to answer to the FA’s charge.
Manchester United legend Eric Cantona believes Jose Mourinho’s “no fun” style is wrong for the club and its supportersThe under-fire Portuguese coach has won just six of his 14 games this season with United down in 8th-place in the Premier League table.And Cantona feels that a part of United’s problems are down to Mourinho’s lack of creativity and adds that the former Chelsea coach is just simply not suited for the club.“I love Jose,” said Cantona on Belfast Telegraph.“He is a great manager who has won so many things, and he will win more, maybe even this season, maybe the Champions League.“But he is not the right man for Manchester United, a great club that will always be great. They will win things, I know they will.“But the way they play? Not good. The manager has them playing the wrong way for the fans. No fun, no creativity.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“United teams should play in a joyful way, with enjoyment and excitement. I want to see players free to express themselves, to try to win games instead of being sent out not to lose.“I like Mourinho. He has a good personality but not for United.”The 52-year-old Frenchman feels that United should follow in the footsteps of Real Madrid and Barcelona by appointing one of their own old boys to manage the club.“It has worked for many clubs – Zidane at Real Madrid, Guardiola at Barcelona, Antonio Conte at Juventus, all were successful managers at clubs where they starred as players,” continued Cantona.“United, too, should give a chance to an ex-player – Ryan Giggs or Paul Scholes.“All these players come in, knowing the identity and soul of their clubs, the same with Giggs and Scholes with United, and they also learned so much under Sir Alex Ferguson.”Former Real president Ramon Calderon claimed on Tuesday that his old club wants to bring Mourinho back to the Santiago Bernabeu.