Month: October 2019
TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa near loan deal for Wolves defender Hauseby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa are inching closer to a deal for Wolves defender Kortney Hause.The Wolves defender has only managed two games in the Carabao Cup this term.He has been absent from the Premier League entirely.And Sky Sports reports the 23-year-old is available this month, with Villa the team that has the most concrete interest.Their boss Dean Smith wants to add to his defense, as they chase promotion to the top flight.
Bent says Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi must go to Eurosby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England striker Darren Bent says Callum Hudson-Odoi must be included in Gareth Southgate’s Euro2020 squad.The 18-year-old scored twice for England U21s in the 5-1 win over Austria this week.And Bent wants to see the talented Chelsea winger called up to the senior team.He told TalkSPORT: “He wasn’t getting enough game time in the Premier League, even though he was outstanding in the Europa [League] last season.”If he’s fully fit, he’s got to be on that plane to the [European] Championships next summer because he’s got a large amount of time now to get back to full fitness.”He’s one of these rare players in this country we’ve got who can go past people at speed.”For me, once he’s back fully fit, that is going to be a big, big boost to Chelsea Football Club and England as well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Newcastle boss Benitez: Gerrard wanted Longstaff at Rangersby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez has confirmed Rangers manager Steven Gerrard tried to sign Sean Longstaff.Benitez revealed he has kept in touch with his former Liverpool midfielder, who attempted to sign the talented midfielder.”We have kept in touch. Both of our lives are very busy and it isn’t about giving advice but we have had contact to talk football and to talk about players,” Benitez told The Athletic.”In fact, in the summer of last year, Stevie called me about Sean Longstaff.”Rangers were interested and he asked whether they could sign him on loan, but I told him “no” — he’d be staying at Newcastle United.”Some people have said, ‘Oh, Rafa was lucky because of Longstaff’ but we’d been watching him and we were happy with him, we played him in the first-team, supported him and gave him confidence.”Turning Rangers down is proof of what we thought of Sean.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard: What I love about Barkleyby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard is delighted with the form of Ross Barkley.Barkley was a late substitute in England’s defeat in the Czech Republic but he returned to the starting 11 in style in Bulgaria when he scored two goals having set up the opener.”Ross played well,” praises Lampard. “I am loving his arrival into the box, that is what you always want when you are playing with midfielders with attacking qualities, for them to be in the six-yard box, not just to be in and around the area, and it is good for his confidence.”He knows that it is competitive here for a place in midfield. I am delighted to see players going away internationally and doing well, particularly if they have not been playing as much as they would like to here. It gives me a good problem and I am pleased for him.”
Much to the chagrin of most fans, Texas and Texas A&M have not played each other in either football or men’s basketball since the Aggies left the Big 12 for the SEC back in 2012. But at least one members of A&M’s hoops team wants that to change in 2015. Junior guard Danuel House, who has one year of collegiate eligibility remaining, wants a shot at the Longhorns this upcoming season. He took to Twitter with his request Sunday morning, and even quoted a phrase from Texas A&M’s Aggie War Hymn about “sawing” varsity’s (Texas’) horns off.I want to play against UT this coming season. #Sawvarsityhornsoff #12thman #Gig3m #GBOD— Danuel23House (@Danuel23House) March 29, 2015It’s unlikely that the two schools find a way to make this happen voluntarily. There is, as always, a chance that they could meet in some sort of postseason contest, however.
Samir Nasri admits that he was in tears thinking his career was over when he was handed an 18-month ban, but is glad he has been given another chance to do “the best job in the world” as West Ham gear up to face his former side Arsenal.Nasri fell foul of football’s anti-doping regulations in 2016 after receiving an intravenous drip designed to ‘keep him hydrated and in top health during his busy soccer season with Sevilla’, but has since been handed a short-term contract with an ambitious Hammers side.A tough trip to the Emirates Stadium lies in wait for West Ham this weekend, a ground at which Nasri spent three years earlier in his career, and the two-time Premier League winner is determined to show his quality in what will be a “crazy” atmosphere. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “I’m a guy who, mentally, I’m really strong, but for maybe the first time in my life, I cried about my career because I thought it was over,” Nasri told West Ham’s official website.“I had some really tough moments when I was really down.“But now, coming back to the most competitive league in the world, with a team full of ambition with a manager that I know, and with a stadium like this… Man! It’s the best job in the world!“The competition, the dressing room, and to be back on the pitch, that’s what I was waiting for, for a whole year.“I’m looking forward to the next game, a derby against Arsenal so I’m sure the atmosphere will be even more crazy.”The Premier League is arguably at a level of quality never seen before, with new club owners and lucrative broadcasting rights seeing teams bringing in higher quality players from all over the world.A knock-on effect of that is increased competition for the top spots, but Nasri feels that he has joined a club with all the right ingredients to be one of the best in England.“You choose a club and a project because of the ambition, and I think that West Ham has everything to be one of the biggest clubs,” he said. “This team has a lot of quality which has the potential to finish high up the league.“Just look at some of the names the club has brought in. Felipe Anderson was the new wonderkid when he signed for Lazio, and two or three years ago they were talking about a move to Manchester United.“Jack Wilshere, I know him from when he first came in at Arsenal. He was a wonderkid and he is a special player.“[Andriy] Yarmolenko – same thing. Chicharito – same thing. This squad is full of talent and has the right ingredients for this team to go really high.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Karim Benzema is the headline name in this week’s FUT Team of the Week. The Frenchman has enjoyed something of a renaissance in recent times and saw his efforts rewarded on Sunday as he helped his Real Madrid side to a 4-2 win away from home against Espanyol.Not only did he get the opening goal, he got Madrid’s third on the stroke of half-time, which proved to be the difference between the teams.Barcelona also have representation in the XI this week, with right-back Nelson Semedo recognised for his goalscoring exploits in the Catalan derby against Girona with a spot in the starting XI. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Completing a quartet of Primera Division players are Jose Maria Gimenez of Atletico Madrid and Eibar midfielder Joan Jordan.If three members of the defence hail from La Liga, the other is Montpellier veteran Hilton, who helped his side to a shutout at the weekend, while Walter Benitez of Nice completes the back five.Elsewhere in Ligue 1, Angel Di Maria makes an appearance, having scored a cheeky dink for Paris Saint-Germain against Rennes in a 4-1 victory on Sunday.Raphael Guerreiro of Borussia Dortmund is the sole player from the Bundesliga to make it into the starting XI, while there are three Serie A representatives in the form of Juventus’ Joao Cancelo, Atalanta’s Alejandro Gomez and Sampdoria forward Fabio Quagliarella.Among the most notable names on the bench are Armando Izzo of Torino, Oscar Wendt of Borussia Monchengladbach, Steven Berguis of Feyenoord and RB Leipzig forward Yussuf Poulsen.Leeds midfielder Mateusz Klich is the highlight player among the reserves.See the full squad below…STARTING XIGK – Walter Benitez – NiceCB – Hilton – MontpellierCB – Jose Maria Gimenez – Atletico MadridRB – Nelson Semedo – BarcelonaCM – Joan Jordan – EibarLM – Raphael Guerreiro – Borussia DortmundRM – Joan Cancelo – JuventusCAM – Alejandro Gomez – AtalantaLW – Angel Di Maria – Paris Saint-GermainST – Fabio Quagliarella – SampdoriaST – Karim Benzema – Real MadridBENCHGK – Nils Korber – VfL OsnabruckCB – Armando Izzo – TorinoLB – Oscar Wendt – Borussia MonchengladbachCAM – Carlos Eduardo – Al HilalRW – Steven Berghuis – FeyenoordST – Yussuf Poulsen – RB LeipzigRESERVESST – Alfredo Donnarumma – BresciaRB – Nejc Skubic – KonyasporRM – Angel Mena – LeonST – Chuba Akpom – PAOKCM – Mateusz Klich – Leeds UnitedST – Abderrazak Hamdallah – Al Nassr
ESPN’s College GameDay is going to be in the state of Texas for two weeks in a row.College football’s favorite pregame show, which was in College Station this weekend for the Texas A&M-Clemson game, is heading to Fort Worth next Saturday.The show announced on Twitter this evening that it’s heading to TCU next Saturday for the Horned Frogs’ showdown against Ohio State.“You ready, Fort Worth?!”“The game is at AT&T Stadium, but GameDay will be on the TCU campus ahead of Ohio State-TCU!”You ready, Fort Worth?!The game is at AT&T Stadium, but GameDay will be on the TCU campus ahead of Ohio State-TCU! pic.twitter.com/xxozVusmnc— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 9, 2018Ohio State’s game against TCU next Saturday will be the Buckeyes’ final one without Urban Meyer. He is now two games into his three-game suspension.OSU has played extremely well in Meyer’s absence. Specifically, the Buckeyes’ passing game – led by first-year starter Dwayne Haskins – has been spectacular.Ohio State and TCU are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on ABC.
PALO ALTO, CA – OCTOBER 25: Stanford Stadium awaits the next game after the Stanford Cardinal defeated the Oregon State Beavers 38-14 on October 25, 2014 at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Week 6 of the college football season doesn’t kick off for a few days, but that won’t stop us from looking ahead. There are a few major games, including the Red River Rivalry which pits Texas against Oklahoma.However, we’re here to focus on a Pac-12 contest between Stanford and Utah. Stanford comes into this game after getting walloped by Notre Dame in Week 5.Ahead of the game, a Vegas sportsbook’s computer predicted the outcome.OddsShark’s computer model suggests the Utes will pull off the upset. According to the OddsShark prediction, Utah will take down Stanford by a final score of 28.2-25.0.The Utes were dominated by Washington and then lost a road game to Washington State to push their losing streak to two. A trip to Stanford won’t help.Meanwhile, the Cardinal hope to bounce back from its first loss of the season. Both are looking to right the ship.Stay tuned.
EAST LANSING, MI – SEPTEMBER 23: A general view of Spartan Stadium during the game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Michigan State Spartans on September 23, 2017 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)Michigan and Michigan State are currently in a weather delay as lighting remains in the East Lansing area. The two teams managed to get through most of the first quarter before the weather delay kicked in, but were forced to leave the field as lighting struck near the stadium.It was a defensive struggle through the first quarter of play. Michigan and Michigan State are currently tied at 0 – and that was with nice weather.FOX updated fans with a new start time. The Wolverines and Spartans are expected to see the field against at 1:52 p.m. ET.We’ll have to wait and see if that holds up. More lightning, rain, and possibly snow is in the forecast for the rest of the afternoon. During its broadcast, FOX announced hail is also in the forecast – so the delay could be more severe.Can the Spartans pull off the upset at home?Stay tuned for more updates as they roll in.
Ohio State moved to 8-1 with a victory over Nebraska on Saturday, but it wasn’t as easy as most Buckeyes fans were hoping. The Cornhuskers, now just 2-7 on the season, actually held the lead at halftime and had a chance late to escape the Horseshoe with a victory.Former ESPN college football analyst Mark May was watching, and predictably has a message for Ohio State fans. Of course, it’s sarcastic.May, a known Ohio State troll, jokingly congratulated the Buckeyes on their victory. For those wondering, yes, he meant “dominant” – not “dominate.”Here’s the tweet, in all its glory.Congrats to the juggernaut Buckeyes on their dominate victory.. 36-31 over 2-6 now 2-7 Nebraska. Impressive. HA!— Mark May (@mark_may) November 3, 2018May, despite not being on television anymore, keeps finding ways to troll Ohio State fans. It’s what he does best.Ohio State, with the win, remains in control of its own destiny regarding the Big Ten and the College Football Playoff. There’s a looming matchup with Michigan in the final week of the season.
MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners carries the ball in the third quarter during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Despite not being able to attend the Senior Bowl, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is still generating buzz around the NFL.The Heisman Trophy winner is undoubtedly one of the most polarizing prospects in recent memory. Instead of joining the Oakland Athletics to pursue his MLB career, the dual-threat quarterback made the decision to continue playing football.Although there are several critics that believe Murray will slide in the upcoming NFL Draft, it sounds like Jon Gruden won’t be one of those doubters.Gruden needs to make an important decision at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders this offseason.The Raiders can either give Derek Carr another season as their leader under center or they can draft another signal-caller.Regardless of the decision that Gruden makes in the coming months, it’s obvious that he believes players like Murray belong in the NFL.From Yahoo! Sports:“I used to think that a lot until I saw Drew Brees twice a year in Tampa, then I met Russell Wilson coming out of N.C. State, and now I’m watching this kid Murray at Oklahoma,” Gruden said. “I’m putting away all the prototypes that I once had. I used to have a prototype for hand size, height, arm length, all that stuff. We’re looking for guys that can play and do a lot of different things. They come in all shapes and sizes nowadays.”These comments might hint at Oakland possibly drafting Murray, but Gruden has also shown interest in Duke prospect Daniel Jones.Baker Mayfield proved this season that teams shouldn’t shy away from quarterbacks based on height. He turned the Cleveland Browns into a team fighting for a playoff spot in a matter of months.It’ll be worth monitoring the NFL Combine to see how Murray performs on such a big stage, as the only true knock on the 5-foot-10 star is his actual stature.
After the final play, Michigan’s players raced towards the corner of the end zone to jump into the stands to celebrate with their fans. Some were a bit miffed as to why the Wolverines were going so crazy after surviving against a team they were 22-point favorites to beat.What a game!No. 7 Michigan comes up big in 2OT to avoid the upset. pic.twitter.com/EvfMcaPjpS— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 7, 2019Did Michigan’s players really just climb into the crowd to celebrate beating Army in overtime?— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) September 7, 2019Did Michigan’s players really just climb into the crowd to celebrate beating Army in overtime?— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) September 7, 2019Regardless, Michigan is 2-0 and still has a shot at the College Football Playoff. A loss would almost certainly have doomed the Wolverines.Michigan next gets Wisconsin on the road in two weeks. That should be a big test. ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 7: Shea Patterson #2 of the Michigan Wolverines passes the ball against the Army Black Knights during the first half at Michigan Stadium on September 7, 2019 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)Michigan struggled to move the ball against Army all afternoon, but in the end, the Wolverines found a way to win. Some are wondering if the players went a little overboard in celebrating their victory, however.Michigan survived regulation just barely, as Army kicker Cole Talley narrowly missed a 50-yard field goal attempt as time expired. In overtime, the Black Knights scored first on a six-yard run by Kelvin Hopkins Jr.Michigan struck back on a three-yard touchdown run by Zach Charbonnet, and then took the lead on a field goal in double-overtime.Army struggled to move the ball on its final possession. The drive culminated in a sack and a fumble that Michigan recovered.
LG G8 might be announced at MWC 2019This will the first time LG introduces a flagship device— LG G8 —at MWC. Earlier, it had launched LG G6 ThinQ at MWC 2017.advertisement Shweta Ganjoo New DelhiJanuary 11, 2019UPDATED: January 11, 2019 12:09 IST Representational ImageHIGHLIGHTSLG could launch the LG G8 at MWC 2019.The LG G8 would come with Sound-on-Display technology.The LG G8 could sport Snapdragon 855 processor.For past couple of years, smartphone makers have moved away from the trend of introducing their high-end flagship devices at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), opting for individual launch events instead. But now, word is that LG is talking a break from this trend by introducing its upcoming flagship smartphone- LG G8- at MWC 2019.According to a report by Android Authority, the Korean electronics giant is reportedly planning to launch the LG G7 ThinQ successor, which we reviewed last year, at the MWC 2019 that is scheduled to take place in Barcelona between February 25 and February 28.While nothing is set in stone, but if the Korean manufacturer does decide to launch LG G8 or LG G8 Thinq, or whatever the company decides to call it in the end, in Barcelona, it will be returning to the stage at MWC after almost two years. LG had last launched LG G6 ThinQ at MWC 2017. However, it skipped MWC 2018 to launch LG G7 ThinQ at a special launch event in May last year.Besides launching its upcoming flagship device– the LG LG8- on the sidelines of the mobile mega-fest,the company is also reportedly planning to accelerate its production schedule for the year 2019. At this point it remains unclear what prompted this change or how it would change the availablity of its flagship device in the global markets, but it is nice to see LG getting back in the game and going toe-to-toe with its competitors which includes Chinese brands like Xiaomi and OnePlus among others.advertisementNotably, when it comes to the details and specifications, the upcoming LG G8 is total mystery right now and little is known about the phone at this point. But if previous reports are to be believed, the phone could come with Sound-on-Display, which means that the phone, instead of having an earpiece on top, would produce sound using a combination of bone conduction technology and vibrations to deliver sound via the phone’s display.Apart from the audio, the LG G8 is expected to run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and come with up to 6GB RAM and storage space that can be expanded further using a microSD card of up to 2TB. The phone is also tipped to come with a 3D front camera and a triple-camera setup at the back.ALSO READ: | LG G8 could skip speakers to use this queer technology insteadALSO READ: | LG working on a phone with 16 lensesALSO READ: | LG trademarks Flex, Foldi and Duplex, hints at a foldable smartphoneGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShweta Ganjoo Tags :Follow LG smartphonesFollow LG G8Follow MWC 2019
Next Romita Datta Kaushik Deka Uday Mahurkar Kolkata February 8, 2019 ISSUE DATE: February 18, 2019UPDATED: February 9, 2019 12:44 IST Mamata Banerjee with Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu as she ends her 48-hour dharna. (Photo: Arijit Sen/Getty Images)A podium sporting the tricolours of the Indian flag and a blue Save India’ hoarding sprang up at the corner of a busy thoroughfare along Kolkata’s Esplanade. Sitting in the middle of a saffron-white-green shamiana was Mamata Banerjee in her trademark white and blue bordered saree. The colour coordination wasA podium sporting the tricolours of the Indian flag and a blue Save India’ hoarding sprang up at the corner of a busy thoroughfare along Kolkata’s Esplanade. Sitting in the middle of a saffron-white-green shamiana was Mamata Banerjee in her trademark white and blue bordered saree. The colour coordination was a conscious move, and on the lines of the Mahatma’s satyagraha, the West Bengal chief minister had donned the role of a crusader. On behalf of Ma, Maati and Manush (mother, motherland and people), she was protesting against the alleged assault on democracy, the Constitution, state institutions and the federal structure of India by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.With less than 100 or so days left for the Lok Sabha election, the battle lines have been drawn it will be Modi-led NDA versus a coalition of once unimaginable allies such as the SP and BSP. And with her 48-hour-long dharna, Mamata sent out a clear message she’s ready to lead the anti-Modi alliance.This grandstanding by the West Bengal CM was provoked by a team of CBI officials who arrived at the residence of the Kolkata Police Commissioner, Rajeev Kumar, on the night of February 3 to interrogate him in connection with the Rs 12,000 crore Saradha chit fund scam. The CBI alleged that Kumar had not been cooperating with it in the probe and had tampered with evidence. Mamata was not short of options to shield her police commissioner, but the shrewd politician in her sensed the bigger political opportunity that the crisis offered. She has remained silent earlier, in the face of the arrests of several top leaders of her party, the Trinamool Congress, but when the CBI targeted one of her most trusted police officers, she launched an unprecedented counter-attack with a political message.advertisementWho Won The Face-Off? Technically, it’s a victory for the CBI, backed by the Narendra Modi government. The central probe agency wanted to question Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar for his alleged role in the disappearance of certain papers and electronic evidence related to the Saradha scam.The CBI visited the residence of Kumar, Mamata’s most trusted officer, to interrogate him, but were stopped at the gate. The central government wanted to unnerve the West Bengal chief minister. Her unprecedented mode of counter-attack derailed the BJP’s plan.By sitting in a dharna against the Modi government and roping in support from fence-sitters opposition parties, including such as Naveen Patnaik, Mamata has positioned herself as the leading force among the rivals of the BJP, withthe ability to take Modi and Amit Shah head on.The BJP, however, feels that the latest fiasco has given the party an opportunity to spin the 2019 contest as honest Modi versus a corrupt coalition of opposition parties.With no strong leader in the state to take on Mamata, it will be challenging for the BJP to win 10 seats in West Bengal, as planned by Shah. In the 2016 assembly poll, the BJP’s vote share had dipped to 10 per cent from 17 per cent in 2014 Lok Sabha election.Following her street-fighting instincts, Mamata ignored protocol, drove to the commissioner’s home, got her police officials to detain the CBI officials who came knocking at Kumar’s door and that very day, with Kumar in tow, staged a dharna. Mamata effectively converted what had remained a protracted game of legal hide and seek between the CBI and the Kolkata police into a battle between an autocratic Centre and the victimised state of West Bengal.To target Modi, Mamata chose an issue that will find immediate support among all opposition parties. Even Rahul Gandhi and Mayawati, her close competitors and fellow aspirants for the prime minister’s chair, extended solidarity and promised to fight shoulder to shoulder with her. RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav and DMK’s Kanimozhi visited her at the dharna mancha. The Shiv Sena in its party mouthpiece Saamana too, said that the CBI raid was orchestrated by the BJP to win 10 to 15 seats and seemingly lauded Mamata for hitting back at the Centre with equal force.Even BJD chief and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, who had shown no interest in the opposition mahagathbandhan, seemed to voice his discomfort at the CBI’s action, remarking that the institutional integrity of the CBI has to be restored. However, a careful press statement from the BJD later said that grouping the BJD with some political parties because of this statement is incorrect. Mamata finally declared a moral victory’ and called off the dharna on February 5, after the Supreme Court directed that the CBI could not arrest Kumar, although the officer was instructed to present himself in neutral’ Shillong for questioning by the investigative agency. By then she had achieved her goal of showcasing herself as a leader who can take on the might of Modi-Shah and rally the support of political parties across the opposition spectrum.advertisementI will ask all political parties to work together to oust the BJP, she said, adding that Modi had planned a constitutional coup against her because she had organised the United India Rally on January 19, when several opposition parties shared the dais with her in Kolkata. On February 5, Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu was standing next to her.Mamata Banerjee has deftly defined the CBI stand-off as a moment of crisis in Centre-state relations and used it to find common cause with other regional leaders, says Louise Tillin, a political scientist at the King’s India Institute, London. In declaring their support for Banerjee, this loose alliance has demonstrated that it can unite around flashpoints of Centre-state tension. Whether they can develop this defence of federalism into a coherent platform that could challenge the nationalising politics of the BJP will be tested during the coming elections.West Bengal is now the epicentre of the saffron party’s mission to establish itself in the east all the more urgently since its drubbing in the assembly polls in three Hindi heartland states in December. In Uttar Pradesh, where the BJP won 71 out of 80 seats in 2014, the party faces a stiff challenge from the SP-BSP combine. That’s why Bengal has become a crucial battleground for the BJP in the Lok Sabha election. It won 2 seats and 17 per cent vote share in the 2014 polls, but in 2016, its vote share went down to 10 per cent, primarily because the Left and the Congress fought together.While the BJP hopes to win at least 10 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, Mamata is not ready to cede an inch. Be it on the issue of demonetisation, the Goods and Services Tax or the proposed Save Democracy Ratha Yatra, Mamata wouldn’t give the BJP a free run in the state. She’s been at her combative best, denying BJP leaders permission to land on government helipads and obstructing their political rallies. Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath was prevented from holding rallies in South Dinajpur, North Dinajpur and Bankura before he finally made it by landing in Jharkhand and travelling 28 km by road to Purulia. Mamata, however, insists she has done nothing out of the ordinary. Modi came here, Rajnath Singh did six rallies and even he (Shah) came here with swine flu, she declaimed. (Photo: Subir Halder)The BJP leadership, for its part, has not been unnerved by Mamata’s dharna dramatics. Rather, they sense an opportunity to project their 2019 campaign as a battle between an honest Modi’ and a corrupt coalition’. This even gives Modi an opportunity to play his well-rehearsed victim card by recounting the details of the alleged political witch-hunt he and Shah were subjected to by the then UPA government between 2008 and 2014 in various cases. We have always respected the Constitution and the system while being in power. Didi, what is there to be scared of if you did nothing wrong? Even I was interrogated by the CBI for nine hours as the Gujarat chief minister, but I underwent the ordeal. Why does didi think she is above the law? the PM asked with a rhetorical flourish.advertisementAccording to the BJP’s national media coordinator Amit Malaviya, Mamata has done more damage to the so-called opposition alliance than to the BJP. By supporting Mamata, the opposition has walked into a trap. The Congress has no face left as it had criticised Mamata in the same scam earlier. Clearly, it is a battle between a clean Modi and a coalition, he says.Mamata was looking for an opportunity to hit back at the BJP since Shah held a political rally in Malda on January 22 and Modi in Durgapur on February 2. The top two leaders of the BJP were scathing in their attack on Mamata and alleged her involvement in the two big chit fund scamsSaradha and Rose Valley. The two Ponzi companies collapsed in 2013 and are being probed by the CBI. The probe has netted several political leaders from across parties, but mostly from the TMC.Big names arrested for their involvement in the scam include former TMC MPs Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Srinjoy Bose and Kunal Ghosh; Madan Mitra, former ministerial colleagues of Mamata Banerjee; and Rajat Majumdar, former DGP of West Bengal. The CBI has filed a charge sheet against Nalini Chidambaram, wife of former Union minister P. Chidambaram. The probe agency also interrogated Mukul Roy, who switched from the TMC to the BJP in 2016 and Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who moved from the Congress to the BJP in 2015.On January 24, the CBI arrested film producer Shrikant Mohta, who is known for his proximity to Mamata, in connection with the Rose Valley scam. The probe agency alleged that Mohta had taken Rs 25 crore from Gautam Kundu, the head of Rose Valley, who is now in prison. Five of Mamata’s paintings were also found in his possession. Shah, in his rallies, suggested Mamata’s direct involvement in chit fund scams.There is a buzz that the final charge sheet of Saradha, likely to nail some prominent politicians, would be out before the Lok Sabha election. In the Narada scandal, a sting operation that caught several TMC leaders seeking cash in return for favours nine TMC MPs and five ministers are facing accusations of taking bribes.It is, therefore, not surprising that in November 2018, the West Bengal government withdrew general consent to the CBI to conduct raids and investigations, as the state lost faith in central agencies due to their misuse by the Narendra Modi government at the Centre. The agency officials claimed that it had sent multiple notices to Kumar, but he did not respond to these notices, forcing them to take the extreme step. In 2015 and 2017, the CBI had petitioned the Supreme Court, accusing the state police of not cooperating with the agency. The CBI also sought the state government’s permission on August 2018 to make three IPS officers, including Kumar, available in order to fast-track the probe. Two of these officers had a stay order till February 13 from the high court, but not Kumar.The CBI is a national agency with police powers. Its primary jurisdiction is confined to Delhi and the Union territories. The CBI draws its power from the Delhi Special Police Establishment (DSPE) Act. The home ministry, through a resolution, set up the agency in April 1963 to probe corruption cases. Under Section 5 of the Act, the Centre can extend its powers and jurisdiction to the states for investigation of specified offences. However, this power is restricted by Section 6, which says that the CBI’s powers and jurisdiction cannot be extended to any state without the consent of the government of that state. There are several instances of state governments withdrawing their consent. In Sikkim, for instance, the state withdrew its consent after the CBI registered a case against the then chief minister Nar Bahadur Bhandari. However, in 2010, the Supreme Court maintained that high courts could direct the CBI to probe cases without the consent of state governments. Interestingly, the root of this verdict can be traced back to Mamata’s TMC. The Supreme Court was responding to an appeal by the then CPI(M)-led West Bengal government, which had taken exception to a Calcutta High Court order for a CBI probe into firing incidents in Midnapore in 2001, when several TMC workers were killed.In May 2014, the SC handed over the multi-crore Saradha scam probe to the CBI, saying that the state police had not been able to make any headway on the conspiracy angle, money trail and the seizure of the properties related to the scam. According to the CBI, the evidence collected by the Special Investigation Team (SIT), which was formed by the state in April 2013 to probe the Saradha chit fund scam, and headed by Kumar, includes a laptop, five cellphones and documents, including a diary purportedly of Saradha Group promoter Sudipta Sen. Kumar, however, did not hand these over to the CBI.The TMC claimed that while the CBI has been selectively targeting its leaders, it went mum on Roy and Sarma after they joined the BJP. On February 5, Mamata even claimed that she had enough evidence against Sarma and dared Modi and Shah to get him arrested. Sarma refuted the allegation saying that he had joined the probe as a witness and the CBI had already examined him. I joined the investigation much before I joined the BJP, he says.While Mamata has gained what she wanted, Kumar now stares at more trouble. The home ministry has asked the state government to start disciplinary proceedings against the officer for indisciplined behaviour and violation of All India Services Conduct Rules. The ministry has clearly stated that Kumar sitting with some police officers at the chief minister’s dharna amounted to contravention of the AIS Rules, 1969. Is there a skeleton in the CP’s cupboard that the chief minister wants to hide? asks state BJP president Dilip Ghosh. For now, Kumar is said to have written to the CBI that he would depose before the agency. Mamata has also lightheartedly promised to treat the CBI officers well, feed them with Bengali delicacies, roshogolla and mishti doi, lest anybody think she had anything against the agency. The smart politician knows that every battle cannot be fought on the streets especially when the highest court of the country gets involved.You’ve reached your article limitSign in to keep reading India TodaySign inSign up NOW to get:Premium content on Aaj Tak HD ChannelUnrestricted access to India Today magazine contentGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKoustav Das Tags :Follow Mamata vs CBI Mamata Banerjee vs BJP: Return of the street fighterA master of dharna politics, Mamata turned the CBI-Kolkata police showdown into an opportunity to project herself as the leader of an anti-Modi allianceadvertisement
Asian News International DubaiMarch 22, 2019UPDATED: March 22, 2019 11:50 IST Pakistan face Australia in a 5-ODI series ahead of the 2019 ICC World Cup (Reuters Photo)Pakistan are gearing up to take on Australia in the five-match ODI series and Mickey Arthur, the coach of Pakistan has said that the team still has four spots up for grabs for the World Cup.”We designed this series for our players for the simple fact that we want to test our best bench players. We know our major players for the World Cup. After this series, we go to England and we go there with a very settled squad and the roles will be defined. We want to know where the squad stands. We feel that we have done everything possible to be the best possible prepared team for the World Cup”, International Cricket Council quoted Arthur as saying.”For us, it is not so much about Australia, this is about those positions for the World Cup and the opportunity created for a lot of players because, for us, we need to find who our players are for every position. If we could do that out of this series, then it would be good for us”, he added.Pakistan decided to bench their key players for the upcoming series against Australia and the coach believes that the series won’t serve as a good chance for the youngsters to prove themselves.Sarfaraz Ahmed, the captain of Pakistan has also been rested for the series and Shoaib Malik will be leading the side in his absence.”It is a new squad. This is a series of opportunities. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to work out that a few positions are available for the World Cup. There are probably four available. Inzamam-ul-Haq and I have discussed that. So, these young players need to raise their hands up and try to make those places their own. It’s an exciting time going into the World Cup,” Arthur said.advertisementThe coach believes that Australia are a quality opposition and Pakistan cannot afford to take them lightly at any point.”Australia are a fantastic side and they have bubbled away, they have gone through much-publicised crises and they seem to be playing some very good cricket at the moment,” said Arthur.”To win the series [against India] from 0-2 down was a fantastic achievement. They have got some fine players, (Usman) Khawaja is in good nick, Pat Cummins is in good nick. They have some good young guys. I am sure they will rotate their players through the series as they also need their major players firing,” he added.Pakistan would look to change their fortunes in the ODI format and go into the World Cup with winning momentum. Pakistan takes on Australia in the first ODI of the five-match series on Friday, March 22.Also Read | Pakistan decide not to broadcast Indian Premier League 2019 matchesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Mickey ArthurFollow CoachFollow PakistanFollow Pakistan squadFollow 2019 ICC World Cup Four World Cup spots are still up for grabs: Pakistan coach Mickey ArthurMickey Arthur said there are up to four spots left in Pakistan’s 2019 ICC World Cup squad and the young players should do everything to stake their claims.advertisement
Press Trust of India NingboApril 26, 2019UPDATED: April 26, 2019 21:21 IST Mirabai Chanu lifted a personal best effort of 113kg to bag the bronze medal (Reuters Photo)India’s Pradeep Singh won a bronze medal in clean and jerk in the 102kg category competition at the Asian Weightlifting Championships on Friday.Pradeep lifted 201kg in clean and jerk to get a bronze but his 150kg effort in snatch was the least among seven competitors in Group A. He had a total lift of 351kg which put him at sixth position.Former world champion Mirabai Chanu (49kg) had also picked up a bronze in clean and jerk with a personal best effort of 113kg though she finished fourth in total lift(199kg).Jhili Dalabehera, a junior World Championship bronze medallist, had clinched a silver medal in the women’s 45kg category, which, however, is not a Olympic weight category.Medals area awarded separately for snatch, clean and jerk, and total lift in continental and World Championships. But, just one medal — for total lift — is awarded in the Olympics.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Mirabai ChanuFollow Pradeep SinghFollow Asian Weightlifting Championships Asian Weightlifting Championships: Mirabai Chanu, Pradeep Singh bag bronzePradeep lifted 201kg in clean and jerk to get a bronze while Mirabai Chanu (49kg) had also picked up a bronze in clean and jerk.advertisement Next
World Championships: Rahul Aware bags bronze as India finish with best-ever medal haulWorld Wrestling Championships: India finished with their best-ever medal haul at the World Championships with 5 medals in Nur-Sultan that includes– 1 silver and 4 bronze medals.advertisement India Today Web Desk Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan)September 22, 2019UPDATED: September 22, 2019 19:21 IST Rahul Aware won 61kg bronze medal at the World Wrestling Championships. (@Media_SAI)HIGHLIGHTSRahul Aware won bronze in 61kg category after defeating Tyler Lee Graff 11-4Earlier, Deepak Punia pulled out of his title bout to settle for a silverSushil Kumar remains to be the only Indian wrestler to have won gold medal at WorldsIndia’s Rahul Aware bagged a bronze medal after crushing his opponent Tyler Lee Graff 11-4 in the 61kg category bout at the World Wrestling Championships on Sunday to take India’s tally to five medals.Aware was down by 2 points but the Indian put on a valliant fight to take a 4-2 lead at the break time and thereafter never allowed his American opponent to stage a comeback. In the second round, Aware extended his lead to 10-2. Lee Graff garbbed two points in the dying seconds but it was too late till then.Aware’s was the last Indian in contention at the tournament and his bronze helped India finish with their best-ever medal haul at the World Championships with 5 medals in Nur-Sultan that includes– 1 silver and 4 bronze medals.India’s previous best show was in 2013, when the country had three in their kitty courtesy Amir Dahiya (silver), Bajrang Punia (bronze) and Sandeep Tulsi Yadav (bronze in Greco-Roman)Aware was fighting for the bronze medal after he lost his semi-final bout 6-10 to Georgia’s Beko Lomtadze in a close-contested bout on Saturday. He had defeated former Asian champion Rassul Kaliyev of Kazakhstan 10-7 in the quarterfinals to progress to the last-four. In a thrilling bout, the Indian scored four quick points with a throw in the last minute of the match to win it 10-7 and enter the semi-finals.Earlier in the day, Deepak Punia pulled out of the World Championship title clash in 86kg against Iranian great Hazsan Yazdani due to an ankle injury sustained during the semifinal bout.advertisementDeepak was the fourth Indian wrestler to secure his berth at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia and Ravi Kumar were the other wrestlers to qualify for the 2020 Olympicsin their respective weight categories. Punia, meanwhile also became only the fifth Indian to reach the final at the senior World Championships.After Deepak’s loss, two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar remains the only Indian to have won a World Championships title (2010).Also Read | World Championships: Injured Deepak Punia settles for silver after pulling out of 86kg finalAlso Read | World Championships: Deepak Punia 4th Indian wrestler to bag 2020 Olympics quotaAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Rahul AwareFollow World Wrestling ChampionshipsFollow Deepak PuniaFollow Bajrang Punia Next
Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene Editors’ Recommendations The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About Super Bowl XLVIII is finally here next Sunday, and this year, the Seattle Seahawks are taking on the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and we’re getting ready to indulge in wings, nachos and more. Here’s our guide on what you should wear, eat, drink and if you’re in New York, where you should shop. What to Wear: Your Team’s SweatshirtDenver Broncos Mitchell & Ness NFL Training Room Crew, $59.99 at eastbay.com; Seattle Seahawks Mitchell & Ness NFL Training Room Crew, $59.99 at eastbay.com. What to Eat: Crown Royal Wings· ⅓ cup honey, SueBee· ¼ cup soy sauce, Kikkoman· 2 tablespoons Thai chili sauce· 1 packet (0.75-ounce) stir-fry seasoning, Sun Bird· 2 teaspoons crushed garlic, Gourmet Garden· 4 pounds chicken wing drumettes· 3 scallions (green onions), finely chopped (optional)· ¼ cup chopped peanuts, Planters® (optional)Preparation: In a large bowl, combine whisky, honey, soy sauce, chili sauce, stir-fry seasoning, and garlic. Add drumettes, tossing to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in refrigerator for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight.Set up grill for direct cooking over medium-high heat. Oil grate when ready to start cooking. Let drumettes stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Place on hot, oiled grill. Cook for 12 to 18 minutes or until cooked through, turning occasionally. Transfer chicken to a platter. Sprinkle with chopped scallions and peanuts (optional).What to Drink: BLT (Bulleit Lemon Tonic)BLTIngredients1.3 oz Bulleit® Bourbon2 lemon wedges3 oz. tonicPreparation: Build in a highball glass, serve over iceWhat to Play Your Own Football Game With: Leather Shinola FootballShinola Leather FootballLeather Shinola Football, $135 at shinola.com. Where to Shop: Freemans Sporting Club Super Bowl Sample SaleIf you’re close to or in New York and more into dressing nice than watching the Pro Bowl, head over to Freemans Sporting Club, where it’s the last day of the Freemans Sporting Club Super Bowl Sample Sale, where you’ll find 50 to 75 percent off suiting, outerwear and more. Freemans Sporting Club Super Bowl Sample Sale, through January 26 at 6 p.m., Freemans Sporting Club, 8 Rivington Street between Chrystie and Bowery. Goose Island Releases 2019 Bourbon County Stout Lineup A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing
Editors’ Recommendations As the season changes, so too might your palate. To make sure you’re picking out the best wines to match the fall weather, we asked Chase Sinzer and Joey Letchinger of Wine Larder to share their thoughts on some of the best wines for the upcoming months. To add to the fun, we requested only pick French wines this time around.Wine Larder is a New York-based wine concierge service that is geared towards advising on cellars and events, sourcing rare and/or interesting wines from around the world, and helping those who are just getting into wine connect with the wines they’re drinking.Check out their picks for some great French wines for fall below.Red WinesJean Foillard Morgon Côte du Py 2014“100 percent Gamay from vines that are up to 90 years old. A depth of complexity and minerality that can excite a white wine drinker and entice a red drinker. A serious wine for non-serious times. Full of fresh fruit (cherry, watermelon) and lots of exciting spices. Foillard is widely considered one of the best producers at the area, and this wine is not to be missed at an average price of $34. This wine is great on release, but is also fantastic with age.”Domaine Fourrier Morey St Denis Clos Solon 2012“This incredible domaine in Burgundy has a deep history. The most important chapter begins in 1994, as Jean-Marie takes over as winemaker. In the time since, he has driven the estate to the very top of Burgundy’s quality pyramid. One of our favorite of the wines is the Clos Solon, a tiny vineyard with old vines (back to 1961). In the true style of the village of Morey St. Denis, this wine is a bit darker fruited, showing great depth of black cherry which pairs perfectly with fall flavors. These wines have become more available in the last few years, and this wine is a relative steal at just under $100.”1986 Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou“Bordeaux wines can be so many things, from an easy-to-ask-for wine in a wine shop to that wine you don’t want because that’s what dad drank. However, dad might not have been that wrong! Bordeaux prices have definitely skyrocketed in the last decade. However, it’s not so hard to find fantastic back vintage Bordeaux’s in a prime drinking window, sometimes for cheaper than current releases! The 1986 from Ducru-Beaucaillou is absolutely one of these wines that is ready to enjoy now and, for under $200, can absolutely impress someone next to whatever meat is coming out of the oven now that it is too cold to grill.”Domaine Jamet Côte du Rhône 2015“This is a favorite producer of ours. The epitome of Northern Rhone Syrah, a grape that can show the intensity of a fuller bodied wine with the elegance of a great Burgundy. The 2015 is an inexpensive treat — an absolute steal at $35 — that absolutely over preforms and is a great introduction to one of the best producers of the region that can be enjoyed any night of the week.”Mas Daumas Gassac Rouge 2012“This is an iconic Cabernet blend from the Languedoc, the region in Southern France where this wine stems from. One could look at this as a dark and earthy, Bordeaux-esque wine. While off the beaten path, this wine will still make the ‘big red’ drinker happy and, for under $50, this wine continues to impress. If you are braising anything, look no further than this wine.”Moulin de Tricot “Haut Medoc” 2013“Run by Bruno Rey and his wife Pascale, Moulin de Tricot is one of the few small, homegrown properties to make a name for themselves in Margaux. Most of their land is classified as Margaux, but the true value comes from the hectare or so that goes into their Haut Medoc. This is generous, familial winemaking — these two still plant almost 75 percent Cabernet Sauvignon (going away from the prevailing trend of more Merlot) and use no new oak at their facility. As roasted meats become the centerpiece of your fall table, this is a great value bottle to keep at hand.”White WinesPattes Loup Vent d’Ange 2014“Thomas Pico began work with his friends Alice and Olivier de Moor. He inherited a bit of land from his family’s stock and began his conversion to organic viticulture. Everything is there — high altitude site, hand sorting, vine age, no fining/filtering, etc. Pico is meticulous, and it shows here in his AOC wine, Vent d’Ange. The wine springs from 55-year-old vines and sees both concrete and stainless steel. This is pure, driven Chablis that can stand up to autumn cooking — all for under $40 a bottle.”Le Petit St. Vincent “Les Perruchets’ 2014“Dominique Joseph makes wines out of Saumur in the Loire Valley in France. In the fall, we look for wines that can match increasingly bolder flavors. This is chenin blanc with real weight; big, yellow fruits; nuttiness; and richness. Dominique is the fourth generation of his family to bottle wines, but the first to move to natural practices and no additives. Cook anything with apples and then drink this wine.” Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About The Best Steakhouse Whiskey Collections in the United States Meet Phylloxera, One of Wine’s Most Dangerous Pests Gamay Noir Wine Is a Cult Classic That’s Here to Stay Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind