Man Utd hero Fletcher: Pereira’s best position…by Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United captain Darren Fletcher says Andreas Pereira is a natural No10.Pereira impressed in the draw with Liverpool before he was taken off for Brandon Williams in the closing stages.”He’s an out-an-out number ten,” Fletcher said.“It has been difficult for him to fit in the formation sometimes.”The back five with the two holding midfielders allowed them to do that.“He was leaving something on players and he will be annoying and he was a threat.”I think he has been a little frustrated playing in wide areas.“His natural game is to come inside and he was a big reason behind what United did well.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Just six months after UAB President Ray Watts made what he termed an agonizing decision to shut down the school’s football program because of its pending financial insolvency, he announced Monday that Blazer football is back. Sometime in the next couple of years — once UAB has re-recruited its players, reassembled its coaching staff and regained admission to the Football Bowl Subdivision — Birmingham will once again have a (relatively) big-time college football program.A whole lot changed in the interim, including the data being used to back up the decisions. In his announcement of the reversal, Watts cited an influx of outside financial pledges to the football team as the key reason a program is once again viable. Some observers, including Paul Finebaum, a popular sports-talk-radio host in the South, point to the fervent outpouring of support for the team after its demise. (Online, the #freeuab movement has been particularly impressive and has often been coupled with the #fireraywatts hashtag.) Local politicians have also been pressuring Watts into reinstatement, perhaps because much of the pressure behind the decision to shut down the program seems to have come from Tuscaloosa, where the University of Alabama football program has often been hostile toward UAB’s. But the biggest change seems to be which model of Blazer football’s financial future Watts and UAB are choosing to trust.Over the past year, entities within UAB have commissioned three separate forecasts from three consulting groups to analyze the financial prospects of its athletic department with and without football. Universities often lean on projections from outside consultants when making major decisions, but these projections are controlled by the formulas the consultants use — formulas that aren’t always statistically rigorous. In this case, despite having access to much of the same data, the reports contain completely different projections about the program’s impact on the university. One says it will cost the university millions of dollars a year. Another says the program will roughly break even. And another — the one UAB tried to cancel midway through — says football will be a huge financial boon. Small differences the consultants made in the assumptions behind the models created huge effects in the data sets. As a result, their recommendations were completely different.When Watts announced the death of the program in December, he cited a report from CarrSports Consulting projecting that if the athletic department kept football, it would lose more than $5 million a year and would need to spend an additional $20 million to improve facilities. CarrSports got those numbers by pairing generous calculations for the cost of fielding what it termed a competitive Conference USA team with modest increases in ticket sales, donations and student fees. “When considering a model that best protects the financial future and prominence of the athletic department, football is simply not sustainable,” Watts wrote at the time.Pushback in the wake of the decision, combined with complaints over the discovery that some may have been planning for the cancellation before the review even started, led UAB’s Athletic Assessment Task Force to commission another study. This time the consultants were College Sports Solutions (CSS). CSS said that although an athletic department with a football team would lose roughly $3 million a year compared with a department without football, mainly because of financial aid for players, almost all of that would be made up by increased enrollment, donations and other revenue resulting from the national prominence a football team brings. The study concluded that either resurrecting the program or leaving it for dead were “viable options”; Watts leaned on this report when announcing football’s return.There was another study, too, that fell between CSS’s and CarrSports’s. The task force had originally engaged a firm called OSKR to lead the review before the administration vetoed its hiring in March. Allen Bolton, UAB vice president of financial affairs and administration, said he was worried that the OSKR team had already made up its mind that UAB should keep the sport, explaining that “due to their very own comments this firm does not meet the critical threshold for many of providing a fresh, new, unbiased analysis.” OSKR finished its review anyway and found that keeping football would add an additional $2 million a year to the university’s coffers once benefits from donations and exposure were accounted for. OSKR’s projections are the most optimistic, and they seem to be the most rigorous. They model not only expected changes in the athletic budget over time, but also the impact of the team on the university’s media coverage, out-of-state enrollment and conference affiliation.Two major factors caused the $7 million swing in annual projections that led to the disparate recommendations: First are projections on how fast football-related revenue will grow. CarrSports projects that with football, the athletic department’s revenue will grow a measly $300,000 or so a year, while OSKR and CSS both project more than $1 million each year in added revenues. The larger forecast makes sense considering that Conference USA’s TV deal with Fox Sports alone is worth more than $1 million a year to each team.Second are assumptions about expenses. Both the CarrSports and CSS reports treat athletic scholarships as, basically, gifts that cost the university about $4 million to give each year. In his Tumblr, OSKR consultant Andy Schwarz argues that this is willful manipulation because the actual expense to the school to feed, educate and house its players is much, much lower than the projected $52,000 each scholarship “costs.” In addition, he notes that the program attracts full-tuition-paying walk-ons who are transferring out now that the program has been shuttered. By OSKR’s math, scholarships cost the university only about a million dollars a year.Once you add in the reports’ different assumptions about football’s impact on student enrollment and alumni donations and the need to upgrade facilities to be competitive, you’re left with the final mess, in which UAB’s president can totally reverse course — and still have a model that backs him up.
Sophomore forward Shayla Cooper (32) attempts a shot during a game against Iowa on Feb. 21 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 100-82.Credit: Ryan Cooper / Lantern photographerDecember brought a joyful celebration season for the Ohio State women’s basketball team, even before Christmas rolled around.Dec. 22 marked the first time 6-foot-2 sophomore transfer Shayla Cooper took the court dressed in the scarlet and gray.The 96-54 drubbing of West Virginia was a turning point in the season for OSU as Cooper became the root of much improvement to follow.“We have gotten more tough rebounds and our post defense has been better since her addition,” coach Kevin McGuff said of Cooper. “She is a good player and has really helped us, that’s for sure.”Cooper, who transferred from Georgetown, joined the Buckeyes last spring. NCAA regulations forced her to sit out the first 11 games this season before joining her new team on the court.“When the season started this year, I was just more anxious to play,” Cooper said. “We had a countdown, every game, it was one less until I could play.”Coming from a private Catholic school like Georgetown to a large public school like OSU has been a surprisingly easy transition for Cooper, she said, in large part because of her teammates, coaches and the great people she has met in Columbus.“It’s more about the people,” Cooper said. “The people here are way nicer than back in D.C. and the environment is just different.”Cooper attributed much of her success in making the transition to junior guard Ameryst Alston and the overall closeness of the Buckeye team.“Ameryst and I have gotten really close,” Cooper said. “She was one of my hosts when I came to visit and I could tell from just interacting with her those first couple days that she would be someone I would get close to.“We tend to laugh around all the time,” Cooper said of the team. “We get on each other and joke around a lot, but that is what makes it fun. It’s a fun, happy environment to be around.”The transition on the court has been just as easy for Cooper as it has off the court. It has been her intimidation factor and aggressive play that has lifted the Buckeye defense since she became eligible, freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell said.“When she is aggressive, it makes it easier for everybody else,” Mitchell said. “She is a dirty type of player, a trash talker. You are never going to find a person like that, let alone a player like that. I’m grateful and I’m glad to have her on the team.”McGuff said it is Cooper’s aggressive nature that has allowed the team to get better defensively because she can match up with the bigger players OSU has faced.“She gives us different options on how we want to play defensively,” McGuff said. “We put her on the bigger player because she is a little bigger and stronger and does a good job pushing opponents out of the paint.”Although she’s not the biggest at her position, Alston said she believes it’s the intimidation factor that allows Cooper to have so much success down low.“She is really strong, I think she intimidates a lot of players,” Alston said. “She is definitely someone we need.”Cooper has solidified her spot as the sixth man for the Buckeyes and unlike most players who would rather be in the starting lineup, she said she has relished the opportunity.“It’s fun,” Cooper said of her position in the OSU lineup. “My sophomore year of high school, I came off the bench, and then the next year I started. I am fine coming in as a sixth man and cleaning up everything and always knowing what I need to do.”Since her addition, OSU has gone 14-5 and secured the third seed in the upcoming Big Ten Tournament.Cooper said she believes she made the best choice of her career in coming to OSU and thinks this is just the beginning of her efforts to change the Buckeye program around.“I thought this could be my second chance in having the opportunity to change a program around,” she said. “So far, so good. I am loving every minute of it.”
Wide receiver K.J. Hill (14) and coach Urban Meyer sing Carmen in front of the student section following their 31-16 loss to Oklahoma. Credit Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFollowing Ohio State’s 31-16 loss to Oklahoma at home Saturday, the Buckeyes have dropped six spots from No. 2 to No. 8 in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll. The victor in that game replaced Ohio State as the No. 2 team.The top five consists of No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 USC and No. 5 Penn State. Michigan is the only other Big Ten team besides Penn State to be ranked ahead of Ohio State at No. 7.In total, the Big Ten has four teams in the top 25. After Penn State, Michigan and Ohio State, Wisconsin placed at No. 10, moving down one spot from last week. Three teams in the conference received votes as Maryland received 42, Iowa had two and Michigan State had one.Ohio State will look to rebound next Saturday when it hosts Army at 4:30 p.m.AP Poll Alabama (58)Oklahoma (2)Clemson (1)USCPenn StateWashingtonMichiganOhio StateOklahoma StateWisconsinFlorida StateLSUGeorgiaLouisvilleAuburnVirginia TechMiami (FL)Kansas StateStanfordTCUWashington StateSouth FloridaTennesseeFloridaUCLA
Neymar is under heavy pressure to impress his nation by bringing the 2018 World Cup trophy home and, in order to help him cope with this burden, he has been receiving advice from Ronaldo Nazario.Ronaldo who understands what it’s like to be in Neymar’s position, because he went through similar experiences in 1998 and in 2002, experiencing tremendous heartbreak in France and then incredible joy in South Korea and Japan. Neymar and Ronaldo have been friends for several years and are regularly talking to each other during this World Cup.Ronaldo’s visits to the Brazil camp have become regular, with the legendary striker greeting the whole squad and then spending some private time with Neymar.As well as this, Ronaldo has been publically backing the PSG star during his appearances as a pundit for O’Globo.“We cannot forget that Neymar is just back from a very significant foot injury and that he is regaining his confidence right now,” he said at the end of the Costa Rica win via Marca.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…“I am sure that his goal will help to boost his morale and that things will go better for him now.“He is trying everything, as he dribbles, runs, fights and looks for solutions.“His goal will give him a lot of strength to be the leader of the Selecao.”Also, Neymar’s father is also offering support to the player and has regularly been visiting the hotel.
Newcastle coach Rafael Benitez has ruled out a holiday to push through Newcastle transfers, however, he desires to see more signs before agreeing to a new deal, according to Mirror Football.The Newcastle manager has sacrificed his holiday, instead opting to stay in England to push through a number of transfer deals.Benitez has put talks over extending his contract as current boss of Newcastle on hold till owner Mike Ashley shows signs of investing heavily in the playing squad this summer.The gaffer achieved the impossible of leading the toon to a 10th place finish last season after his side were tipped as relegation candidates due to a lack of investment in players.Steve Bruce: “Hopefully that’ll shut a few people up for a little bit” Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has expressed his delight at his side’s shock 1-0 away victory to Tottenham HotspursTyne-side boss Steve Bruce praised his staff…He was hailed as a miracle worker by the fans of Newcastle but the former Liverpool boss knows things might have ended differently.The club have completed the signing of Martin Dubravka from Sparta Prague as well as the signing of South Korean captain, Ki-Sung Yeung but Benitez knows more signings will be required if the toon army are to do well this coming season.Newcastle might end up losing Mikel Merino after Real Sociedad activated his release clause, Benitez is a keen admirer of the midfielder and would hate for the midfielder to leave.The pursuit of French man Alassane Plea continues with Rafa keen on bringing the 20-goal Nice striker to St. James Park.
Tottenham Hotspur was winning 1-0 but ended up losing 2-1 against Internazionale, tonight in the start of the 2018-2019 UEFA Champions LeagueFor Internazionale Milan coach Luciano Spalletti, today’s win against Tottenham Hotspur is more satisfying than a normal triumph.Inter Milan came back from a 1-0 disadvantage and came out to win the match 2-1 at the end.“The fact we overturned the result with that final push makes it even more satisfying,” Spalletti was quoted by Football Italia.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“We saw how the fans in the stadium celebrated what it meant to them. We were always attacking and always tried to get behind them, so we put in a great performance.”“This result gives us different self-belief around the work we are doing. Getting players like Icardi to break their ducks is fundamental, as we need his goals,” he added.“[Mauro] Icardi is a serious professional and he is not someone who runs away from responsibility. We have many great players, though and sometimes we must learn how to win even without Mauro. We can’t have the same XI in every game.”“We were missing a link between Icardi and Radja Nainggolan, as at times there were big gaps. Mauro likes to go beyond the line, while Radja’s fitness levels aren’t great after his long injury lay-off. We must avoid losing the ball naively right after winning it back,” he concluded.
Ridhima PanditinstagramKhatron Ke Khiladi 9 recently ended with Punit Pathak emerging as the winner of the season. He defeated Aditya Narayan (first runner-up) and Ridhima Pandit (second runner-up). While Punit was certainly a deserving contestant to win the trophy, Aditya and Ridhima missed the golden opportunity to take home the coveted trophy by a small margin.In an interview with SpotboyE, Ridhima opened up on how it feels to reach the finale yet not bag the trophy. The actress started off by saying that she is proud and lucky to have reached the finale. However, being claustrophobic, she admitted having aborted a couple of stunts. She further praised the boys – Punit and Aditya, as they have always completed their tasks. “I have certain weaknesses like, for one, I’m claustrophobic. I couldn’t completely rid myself of that fear and due to it, I even aborted a couple of stunts,” she said.Speaking about the finale task, Ridhima said that she could have won it but lost out on time when she couldn’t open the carabiner. “I know for a fact that maybe I could have won it in the last stunt because it didn’t need physical strength as such. I had to jump from the car to the truck and open the lock. I was very calm. When I tried opening the carabiner, it didn’t open that’s where I lost out on time and I was almost in tears,” she added.However, Ridhima believes that Punit and Aditya were definitely better than her. “No excuses, I think they were definitely better than me. In fact, so many times I got Punit and Aditya in partner tasks, and they have been of great help. Definitely, they are stronger than me. The finale stunt was very nice. I could have won it actually,” she concluded.
Tata MotorsReutersAutomaker Tata Motors on Wednesday reported 42 percent rise in net profit to Rs 3,182 crore in June ended quarter of 2018 fiscal against Rs 2,260.40 crore in the corresponding quarter last year, the company said in an exchange filing.The auto major, owned by the software-to-salt conglomerate Tata Group, said its total income fell about 10 percent to Rs 59,972 crore during the quarter versus Rs 66,339 crore, same quarter a year ago. After announcing results, the company said, “First quarter results have not met our expectations.”Volume sales, including exports of commercial and passenger vehicles for the quarter stood at 1,11,860 units, down 11.8 percent when compared to the corresponding quarter last year, the statement said.In the domestic market, there has been significant de-growth in the medium and heavy commercial vehicles segment, flat light commercial segment and moderate growth in passenger vehicles segment, the company said.On a standalone basis, Tata Motors posted a loss of Rs 467.05 crore for the June quarter of 2017-18 fiscal. It had registered a profit of Rs 25.75 crore in the same period of 2016-17. Total income from operations on a standalone basis during the quarter was at Rs 10,375.32 crore as compared to Rs 11,434.91 crore in the year-ago period, down 9.26 percent.Tata Motors said its operating performance broadly reflected Jaguar Land Rover (JLR)’s lower wholesale volumes excluding China JV and continuation of higher competitive incentive levels and launch and growth costs seen in FY17. The company made a one- time gain of Rs 3,609 crore related to the changes made to JLR pension plans.Tata Motors MD & CEO Guenter Butschek said: “While the first quarter results have not met our expectations, we are working with renewed focus and energy to improve performance of our commercial and passenger vehicle businesses.” Showroom attendants polish a Jaguar vehicle at a Jaguar Land Rover showroom in Mumbai February 13, 2013. Hit by falling margins and rising capital expenditure, roaring Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) may be heading for a speed trap. Rising investment is eating into the luxury carmaker’s cash pile and raising the prospect of fresh borrowing while falling profitability is set to tip parent Tata Motors into a first drop in profits in five quarters. Picture was taken February 13, 2013. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash (INDIA – Tags: BUSINESS TRANSPORT)ReutersBritish arm JLR reported a revenue of 5.6 billion pounds, up 244 million pounds. JLR’s profit before tax was 595 million pounds, up from 399 million pounds in the year-ago period. This included 437 million pounds one-off credit relating to recent changes designed to improve the sustainability of the company’s defined benefit pension plans, Tata Motors said.Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth said: “We continue to deliver rising volumes and revenues across the business, reflecting strong demand for new models such as the Range Rover Velar and established global award winners such as Jaguar F-PACE.”At Wednesday’s closing shares of Tata Motors are trading at Rs 416.75 a piece, down 3.17 percent, on BSE.
A Dhaka court on Tuesday sentenced three people to life term imprisonment for killing one Humayun Kabir Titu in Kadamtali area of Demra over enmity in 2010, reports UNB.Dhaka Speedy Trial Tribunal- 4 judge Abdur Rahman passed the order in the morning.All three lifers – Md Sohag alias Bara Sohag, Md Mamun Sheikh and Rabin Sheikh are on the run.The court also fined each of the convicts Tk 20,000 in default of which they would have to serve one year more in jail. The court acquitted three other accused in the case.According to the case statement, Titu was shot dead on 26 November in 2010 while he was returning to his home.
Khaleda Zia. File photoBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia has been sentenced to five years in jail in a graft case.A makeshift court handed down the judgement on Thursday, also awarding 10 years of imprisonment to five others including her son Tarique Rahman.The special judge’s court set up in Old Dhaka’s Bakshibazar area delivered the verdict amid tight security all around.Khaleda was present in the court at the time of pronouncing the verdict.On 25 January, the court fixed 8 February to announce the verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust Graft case.During the military controlled emergency government in 2008, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed the Zia Orphanage Trust case, accusing Khaleda, her eldest son Tarique Rahman, and four others of misappropriating more than Tk 21 million that had come as grants from a foreign bank for the trust.The four other accused are: former BNP lawmaker Salimul Haq Kamal and businessman Sharfuddin Ahmed, former principal secretary to the prime minister Kamal Uddin Siddique and nephew of late president Ziaur Rahman Mominur Rahman.During the regime of Bangladesh Awami League (AL) in 2011, the same ACC filed another graft case against Khaleda and three others.
Share Comey, fired last month as FBI director amid a federal investigation into connections between Russia and the Trump campaign, is set to testify next Thursday at a highly anticipated congressional hearing that could shed light on his private conversations with the president in the weeks before the dismissal. The Senate intelligence committee announced Comey’s appearance, and a Comey associate said he had been cleared to testify by Robert Mueller, another former FBI director now overseeing that investigation as special counsel. Also on Thursday, Democrats raised more questions about contacts during the campaign between the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, and Trump’s attorney general, former Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. Session, a close Trump adviser, withdrew from the Russia investigation in March after admitting to two previously undisclosed contacts with Kislyak last summer and fall. Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Al Franken, D-Minn., released a letter urging the FBI to investigate whether Sessions had falsely testified under oath when he said at his January confirmation hearing that he hadn’t had any contacts with Russia. “If it is determined that the attorney general still has not been truthful with Congress and the American people about his contacts with Russian officials during the campaign, he needs to resign,” the senators wrote. In addition to the two meetings Sessions has acknowledged, the senators pointed to the possibility of a separate encounter at an April 2016 Trump campaign event that Sessions and Kislyak attended. The Justice Department has acknowledged that Sessions was at the Mayflower Hotel event in Washington, but said there were no private or side conversations that day, Comey’s testimony probably will focus on the private meetings Comey had with President Donald Trump and subsequently chronicled in internal memos and recounted to associates who have divulged their contents to The Associated Press and other media outlets. Comey’s associates have said Comey told them that Trump asked him at a January dinner to pledge his loyalty to the president and, at an Oval Office meeting weeks later, asked Comey to consider ending an FBI investigation into Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn. The White House has denied those characterizations. The scope of Comey’s testimony was not exactly clear, though Mueller was permitting him to speak publicly, an associate told the AP. Mueller’s investigation could include a look at the circumstances of Comey’s firing, especially since Trump has said publicly that he was thinking of “this Russia thing” when he made the move. It is possible that the Trump White House could try to raise executive privilege claims in arguing that any conversations with the president could not be discussed publicly. A similar back-and-forth occurred before the testimony last month of former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, though the White House said it did not try to block her appearance.
Share WIKI COMMONSU.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is taking aim at policies that keep federal law enforcement officials away from businesses selling pot in states that have legalized its use.Sessions has rescinded Obama-era directives that discouraged enforcement of federal marijuana laws in states that had legalized the substance. This comes as marijuana businesses in Texas prepare to sell a non-psychoactive cannabis oil approved by the state.CREDIT RYAN POPPE / TEXAS PUBLIC RADIOMorris Denton, CEO of Compassionate CultivationMorris Denton, CEO of Compassionate Cultivation, one of three marijuana dispensaries approved by Texas under the state’s Compassionate Use Act, doesn’t see his business becoming a target.“I don’t believe that Texas is going to fall anywhere near the ‘high-end of the priority list,’ ” Denton said. “I think the focus on this action is on states that have very broad and very open legal recreational market, and that’s not us. The cannabis that we grow is very low in THC.”THC is the psychoactive component that produces a “marijuana high.”Compassionate CultivationSessions’ directive doesn’t go into specifics about which states it will target or when.Heather Fazio, executive director for Texas’ Marijuana Policy Project, is calling on Gov. Greg Abbott to stand up and defend Texas’ Compassionate Use Act, the 2015 bill he signed into law.“The states are going to have to defend the policies they’ve put in place. Even though our program — the Compassionate Use program — is unreasonably restrictive, it is in violation of federal law,” Fazio said.Calls to the governor’s office and the state’s attorney general on whether or not they would defend the state’s law against federal prosecutions were not immediately returned.
Missing Limavady teenager Patrick CrumlishPOLICE are becoming increasingly concerned for the welfare and safety of 14 year old Patrick Crumlish from the Limavady area.A PSNI spokesperson said: “Patrick may have used public transport to travel to Derry. ShareTweet “The last sighting of Patrick was at the Translink Foyle Street Depot on Friday afternoon ( Friday 3rd August). “At this time it is believed Patrick was wearing a dark coloured, long sleeve top with white sleeves and had a large black backpack with him. “We would ask if you have any information on Patrick’s whereabouts or believe you may have seen Patrick, please ring police in Limavady on 101 quoting ref CCS 1601 03/08/18.”PSNI: Help us find missing Patrick Crumlish was last modified: August 8th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: CO DERRYDerrylimavadyPolicePSNI: Help us find missing Patrick CrumlishPUBLIC TRANSPORT