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Berenguer would cost Athletic 8 million

first_imgThe Navarrese winger who plays for Torino Álex Berenguer, on Rafa Alkorta’s agenda, could reach Athletic in the summer for about 8 million if the operation were faced. Contract ends in 2022. Berenguer (4-7-95) is an appetizing type for Garitano and Alkorta. In the Italian Calcium he is corroborating the speed and versatility that he already pointed out in Osasuna. A piece, one of the few with hints of reality for combining price and quality, which can improve the current template. The Bilbao market, due to its unique and peculiar philosophy, is small and almost impossible to cajole Ander Herrera and Javi Martínez. The third leg is Berenguer. The problem, like the passing summer in which his name finally stayed in the drawer, is that the Torino, aware of the limited market in Ibaigane, is not going to come off the end for a symbolic amount. It would appraise it in about 8 million (its connection ends in June 2022) to compensate the 5’5 that it paid to Osasuna, plus the 1’5 that should compensate the coffers of the entity rojilla. Athletic already tried to sign him, unsuccessfully, three summers ago before his departure from the Spanish League. But between the closing of Osasuna, which ended up referring to its 9 million clause that it had in Pamplona and the tug-of-war of Ibaigane, the operation faltered. To make matters worse, and with Berenguer heading to Italy where Naples and Torino pushed hard, relations with the rojillo club were fractured again With the signing of the right back Jesús Areso, after paying his 350,000 euros of armor. A history that was repeated with the last operation of the well-known cadets, Isma López, now in Tenerife, and Javier Eraso, part of the Leganés.Berenguer is a regular starter in Torino, both winger and winger, scoring several beautifully scored goals. His current club ended up paying the red club 5.5 million, for the 9 that he requested from Athletic. He also signed that in the case of a future transfer to Bilbao, as Osasuna already suspected, he should pay him 1.5 million, regardless of his negotiations with the Bilbao club. It is not an antiAthletic clause because it does not prevent him from landing in Lezama, although it does require extra compensation that Torino stumbled upon in the midst of a fight between ill-advised neighbors. In addition, Berenguer, only 24 years old, does not charge a high tab (1.5 million) compared to the average of the Athletic squad, so that part does not represent any added obstacle to sneak into the squad. However, Athletic has considered until now that between Yuri Berchiche and Iñigo Córdoba they had covered their plot, plus the thrust in the sharp branch Jon Morcillo.last_img read more

Stephen Curry, Warriors finalize $201 million, 5-year deal

first_imgNow, he wants to build a dynasty with KD by his side. Durant accepted less money for the coming season so the Warriors’ core could remain intact.From spending an off-day at an inner-city elementary school to donating three bed nets for every 3-pointer he makes to fight malaria through Nothing But Nets, Curry is as comfortable hanging with kids — hat on backward, of course — as he is intensely dueling Durant in 3-point shootouts on the practice floor or driving past LeBron James to score on the NBA’s biggest stage.Curry never worried about his own production, the scrutiny of his diminished points or shooting percentages playing alongside fellow superstar Durant this season.A year after breaking his own NBA record with 402 3-pointers, Curry rarely finished quarters with those jaw-dropping 3s that were so memorable from the previous season — and that was fine, because Golden State kept winning. The Warriors were sharing the ball in Kerr’s deep rotation, developing into a close-knit group with great chemistry despite all the new faces.But it wasn’t until the Warriors blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter of a demoralizing 109-108 loss at Cleveland on Christmas Day that Curry reached the realization he must do more.“I learned a lot about myself,” he said. “After that Christmas Day game I kind of understood that we have such high-IQ players that if I could be aggressive, do what I do and need to do every single night, everything will kind of flow from that.“The proof is obviously in what we were able to accomplish from that point on in the regular season, being 16-1 in the playoffs, everybody being the best version of themselves and putting all the puzzle pieces together.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Considered overlooked and undersized when he arrived on the NBA scene after being drafted seventh overall out of Davidson College in 2009, Curry has silenced the doubters with every spot-on heave from half-court.The two-time NBA MVP, who earned $12 million this season as one of the league’s biggest bargains, averaged 28.1 points in the playoffs while also contributing 6.7 assists and 6.2 rebounds. Now, he will earn $40 million per season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“Just happy to be a leader on this team that can understand the goals that we set out for ourselves and try to get it done the best way we could,” Curry said immediately after the Game 5 title clincher in the NBA Finals last month.NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant also signed his new contract worth approximately $53 million over the next two years as Golden State announced its deals with returning free agents. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend FILE – In this Nov. 10, 2016, file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry celebrates after hitting a 3-point basket and drawing a foul from the Denver Nuggets during the second half of an NBA basketball game, in Denver. The 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors signed Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, Zaza Pachulia and David West to contracts, the team announced Tuesday, July 25, 2017. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)OAKLAND, California — Stephen Curry has delivered his share of success already to a franchise that desperately needed it. Now, he’s being paid for all he has done — and certainly will do.Curry finalized his new contract on Tuesday, signing a $201 million, five-year deal with the champion Golden State Warriors that initially was the richest ever, until James Harden topped it with a $228 million extension from the Houston Rockets.ADVERTISEMENT Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Mayweather-McGregor to be shown live in movie theaters Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sure, Durant’s spectacular postseason may have shined brighter as he hoisted his MVP hardware, yet Curry did so much on the way to his second title in three years. From his dazzling dribbling, shot-making and the way he dishes off, Curry has been brilliant — but what he does for the Warriors as an ambassador in the community is as much a part of what makes him special as anything else.He is the face of a franchise that has become the standard by which every other organization is measured.When coach Steve Kerr was asked in early April about how Curry had taken on more of the load with Durant nursing a left knee injury, the 2016 NBA coach of the year touched on his point guard’s unfailing ability to guide Golden State.“I don’t think he’s been any different with KD out in terms of his leadership. He’s still just Steph,” Kerr said. “He’s humble and cocky at the same time, which is why we like him. He’s a very humble, modest human being, which the guys respect. And he’s an arrogant basketball player, which is what you need to be a superstar. He believes in himself and he goes out there looking to light it up every night. You take him off the floor you won’t find a kinder, gentler human being. It’s a pretty powerful force.”Curry is getting paid for all of those things. He has led the turnaround of a franchise from longtime laughingstock to regular championship contender.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube View commentslast_img read more

Foton nabs bronze in PSL Grand Prix

first_img‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Zark’s-Lyceum snares D-League crown with come-from-behind win MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’center_img Jaja Santiago of Foton over Erica Alquino and Marta Dpra of Cocolife. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOFoton ended its campaign on a high after scraping past Cocolife, 21-25, 25-22, 26-24, 25-19, to win the bronze medal in the 2018 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Tuesday at Araneta Coliseum.American import Channon Thompson and star local Jaja Santiago combined for 49 points to lead the way for the Tornadoes, who shook off a slow start.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident “(We had) a lot of hardships and a lot of ups and downs, but third place is still third place,” said Foton coach Rommel Abella. “We’re still in the podium and that’s really our target. We want to match what we achieved last year.”“At least we hit our target. That’s the best thing about this conference.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut Foton needed several changes in the middle of the tournament to finish in third place.Thompson replaced Brooke Kranda at the end of the classification round before University of the Philippines standouts Diana Carlos and Isa Molde bolstered the Tornadoes lineup in time for the quarterfinals. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Finally, Santiago, the newly-minted UAAP MVP out of National University, came in and although Foton still fell short in its best-of-three semifinals duel against F2 Logistics, she played an instrumental role in the team’s finale.Marta Drpa had 23 points for the Asset Managers, who wound up in fourth place for the second straight time, while Sara Klisura played through a shoulder injury to tally 14 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

UAW’s workers strike GM

first_imgThe UAW has seen its membership at GM shrink by more than 80 percent since the 1970 strike, when 400,000 workers were off the job for 67 days. In recent years, the UAW has been more cooperative with Detroit automakers, working side-by-side with auto executives to fashion early retirement incentives to shrink the work force and better match Detroit’s diminished stature within the industry. It also agreed to concessions on health care at GM and Ford Motor. But on Monday, UAW officials dispelled any doubts among its membership that it could still stand up to management. “A strike gives the union an opportunity to say we’re not completely acquiescent,” said David L. Gregory, a professor of labor law at St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y. “I think a lot of people are happy the strike happened, because they believe the company is walking over them,” said Eldon Renaud, president of UAW Local 2164 in Bowling Green, Ky., where workers make the Chevrolet Corvette and Cadillac XLR sports cars. The strike occurred despite GM and the UAW agreeing to discuss a health care trust – called a voluntary employee benefit association, or VEBA – that would have assumed GM’s $55 billion liability for medical benefits. GM considered the formation of a VEBA its major demand. Investors and GM managers have pushed for a VEBA as a way to move the liability of generous health care benefits for current and retired GM workers, as well as their families, off the books of the automaker once and for all, even if it required a huge upfront payment. GM has long said that such costs, representing hundreds of dollars for every car it builds, put it at a disadvantage with foreign competitors. Gettelfinger, in fact, stressed that the strike was over other issues besides the VEBA, with job security topping the list. Tom Wickham, a GM spokesman, said, “The bargaining involves complex, difficult issues that affect the job security of our U.S. work force and the long-term viability of the company.” He added that company officials would “continue focusing our efforts on reaching an agreement as soon as possible.” Negotiators from each side were back at the bargaining table by early afternoon on Monday. But industry analysts said that, given how far apart the two sides appear to be, the strike could last for weeks. Jonathan Steinmetz, an analyst with Morgan Stanley, said the company could endure a strike lasting several weeks, but not more. After that, GM would begin to burn cash, and investors, who have encouraged GM to take a firm stand with the UAW, might eventually grow impatient in the face of a months-long strike.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The United Automobile Workers union wielded its most potent weapon against General Motors on Monday, sending 73,000 workers to picket lines in its first national strike at GM since 1970. Union officials said they were left no choice but to strike because General Motors was unwilling to accept the union’s demand that it protect workers’ jobs and benefits. “We’ve done a lot of things to help that company,” said Ron Gettelfinger, the union’s president, in a news conference shortly after the 11 a.m. strike deadline. “But look, there comes a point in time where you have to draw a line in the sand.” For General Motors, its unyielding stance reflects its decision to accept the short-term pain of a strike at 80 sites in 30 states to achieve its goals: a lower cost structure and more flexible work force to better compete against surging Japanese automakers such as Toyota and Honda. “This really is a defining moment,” said James P. Womack, an expert on manufacturing and co-author of “The Machine That Changed The World,” which studied the plants of Japanese automakers in the United States. “GM has backed away from defining moments for generations. And now somebody there has finally said, `We have to do this because it’s a new era.”‘ The length of the walkout may depend on two questions: How long can the UAW afford to stay out? And how long can GM endure a strike? While neither side can endure an indefinite strike, both have decided they have more to gain by standing tough. GM is better positioned to handle a strike than in earlier contract talks, though not for reasons that have to do with strength. With its operations shrinking in the United States, the majority of its sales and profits are now coming from abroad. It is selling more vehicles built in Canada, Mexico, and Europe, the source of new models for its Saturn division. And it is expanding production rapidly overseas, especially in China, which is fast becoming one of the world’s major car markets. The company’s problems at home, which resulted in losses of more than $12 billion in the last two years, have forced it to close all or part of a dozen factories, cut tens of thousands of jobs and offer deals to workers to quit or retire. A smaller GM means there are far fewer workers involved in this strike, so a halt in production inflicts less pain on the company. last_img

Shop manager who fell out with owner torched pub in arson attack

first_imgA shop-manager who had a disagreement with the owner later went and torched the adjoining pub.Shane McGinley of Crievesmith, Letterkenny, set fire to the Snug 39 pub after getting into the premises through a side window on January 2nd last year. Gardai had received a report concerning the premises at Oldtown, Letterkenny, and CCTV footage identified the defendant as the culprit.Garda Michelle Kelly told Letterkenny Circuit Court she had gone to investigate and found the premises filled with smoke “and a lot of damage done”.A cash register had been removed along with optics and bottles.McGinley, aged 35, formerly of Killylastin Heights, was plainly seen on the CCTV footage.Local businessman, John Larkin, knew the defendant who had managed the shop attached to the pub.There had been a disagreement between them and the relationship did not come to an amicable end, Garda witness told the court.The Garda added “He had drink taken and thought he would do some damage to the property.”McGinley admitted the arson attack after being arrested and taken to Letterkenny Garda station.He had two previous convictions relating to minor road traffic offenses.Following the incident at the pub, he had sought a place in the White Oaks rehabilitation centre.The court was told that the injured party had chosen not to make a victim impact statement.Barrister for the accused, Ivan Toner said when Gardai called to his client’s home, he had led them to the property immediately. “When Gardai arrived at the door, he showed them where the items were before being asked.”On the night of the fire, McGinley admitted he had taken drink and sleeping tablets. He had not come to the attention of Gardai since.Barrister Ivan Toner said his client had a troubled life and in 2002 had suffered “very serious injuries” after being knocked over by a drunk driver.It had triggered a “depressive state” and on four subsequent occasions, he had attempted to take his own life.Describing the incident as a “moment of madness”, the barrister pointed to a very favourable probation and welfare report and suggested a number of conditions be attached to whatever sentence was imposed.“He knows it was completely wrong and irrational and should not have happened”, said Mr Toner who told the court it had been an “isolated incident”.Judge John Aylmer said arson was “always a very serious offense” but said the defendant clearly had a very troubled background.Referring to the defendant’s depression and a history of mental illness, Judge Aylmer offered to give him the fullest possible credit for the mitigating features involved and described it as an unusual case.He sentenced the defendant to three and a half years imprisonment, suspended for a period of two years on condition that he enter into a bond of 100 euro to keep the peace and be of good behaviour and remain under the supervision of the Probation Services.He also ordered McGinley to stay away from alcohol and unprescribed intoxicants and to attend all appointments with the probation board and to engage in one to one programmes with the services.Shop manager who fell out with owner torched pub in arson attack was last modified: July 16th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arsonattackletterkennyOldtownpublast_img read more

Last few tickets remaining for No Barriers Charity Ball

first_imgThe countdown is on to one of the biggest social events of the year in Letterkenny – the inaugural No Barriers Foundation Charity Ball.The black-tie event takes place in Castle Grove Country House on Saturday the 8th of June. It promises to be a sparkling summer celebration in aid of a much-valued local service.Tickets are being snapped up quickly and there are limited numbers remaining, so make sure to get yours to avoid disappointment. Tel: 0749111010 to book tickets. The special evening will include food, drinks and fantastic entertainment in the beautiful surroundings of Castle Grove.A charity auction promises to thrill and there will be special guests to keep everyone entertained throughout the night. Afterwards, local band Raw will be rocking the dancefloor into the early hours. The event will also be an opportunity to see the work of the No Barriers Foundation, which provides specialist rehabilitation services in the north west.The No Barriers Exoskeleton will be demonstrated on the night. This state-of-the-art robotic technology was purchased in 2018 to enable local people diagnosed with spinal injury, stroke, MS, and brain injury, amongst others, to stand up and walk.No Barriers Physiotherapist David Hone demonstrates the Exoskeleton with No Barriers Chairman Johnny Loughrey at the launch of the No Barriers Charity Ball at Castle Grove Country House on 8th June 2019All proceeds raised from the No Barriers Ball will fund the future of the foundation, which operates the only Exoskeleton suit in Ireland that is available for public use and is fully staffed five days a week. The No Barriers foundation also plan to invest in exercise equipment to create an inclusive gym environment where wheelchair users and those with varying levels of mobility can train side by side with others within their community.If you would like to support the positive steps taken by No Barriers, why not come along to the charity ball and enjoy a fun night out for a great cause. Castle Grove is wheelchair accessible and everyone is very welcome on the night.Remaining tickets are available from JT Physiotherapy, Ramelton Rd, Letterkenny. Tel: 0749111010Visit NoBarriers.ie or visit the Facebook page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/The-No-Barriers-Foundation-1734652206857645/ Last few tickets remaining for No Barriers Charity Ball was last modified: May 30th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:black tie ballcastle grove country house hotelcharity ballletterkenny eventsno barriers foundationlast_img read more

NIA begins enquiry against Kashmiri separatists

first_imgThe National Investigation Agency (NIA) registered a Preliminary Enquiry (PE) against Kashmiri separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, for allegedly receiving funds from Lashkar-e-Taiba’s chief Hafiz Saeed to create unrest in the Valley.A similar PE registered last year by the NIA against Mr. Geelani, to probe his links to two bank accounts through which money was allegedly routed to create unrest in the Kashmir Valley, drew a blank. The NIA is yet to find any evidence against him in the said case. An NIA official said investigation into last year’s PE was continuing.Others named in the fresh PE are Naeem Khan, who was seen on television during a sting operation by India Today TV ‘confessing’ to have received money from Pakistan-based terror groups; Farooq Ahmed Dar alias ‘Bitta Karate’; and Gazi Javed Baba of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, an NIA spokesperson said.The separatists were allegedly receiving funds from Hafiz Saeed to carry out subversive activities, including pelting stones at security forces, damaging public property and burning schools and other government establishments, the NIA spokesperson said. The NIA has also taken cognisance of the news item related to the recording of conversations between a TV reporter and leaders of separatist groups operating in the Kashmir Valley in this regard, he said. “We had information from multiple sources regarding the involvement of Pakistan in funding the unrest in the Valley. The sting operation also suggests so. A team visited Srinagar on Friday and began a probe. We will question all those named in the PE including Geelani,” said the official.last_img read more

Five AAP leaders join BJD in Odisha

first_imgThe Odisha unit of the Aam Aadmi Party suffered a major setback when five of its prominent leaders joined the ruling Biju Janata Dal here on Wednesday.The leaders — AAP’s State general secretary Nandlal Singh, spokesperson Bharadwaj Mishra, State’s youth wing president Subrat Chhatoi, State students’ wing president Jyoti Prakash Mohanty and party’s Balangir district coordinator Ajay Das — joined the BJD in the presence of Chief Minister and party president Naveen Patnaik at his residence. They came in a procession along with a large number of their supporters. Welcoming them into the party, Mr. Patnaik said that their presence will strengthen the BJD. He urged them to work for the party and to help it provide better governance to the people.The leaders appreciated the achievements of the Odisha government and assured the BJD leadership that thousands of their supporters will work for the ruling party to ensure that Mr. Patnaik wins the elections in 2019.last_img read more

Indian cricket team selection faces charges of favouritism and parochialism

first_imgEven as the Indian cricket team unpacked its bags in London, the buzz of speculation back home grew louder and louder. For once, the prospects of S.M. Gavaskar and his “boys’ on the unpredictable green pitches of England took a back seat to charges of favouritism and parochialism that filled,Even as the Indian cricket team unpacked its bags in London, the buzz of speculation back home grew louder and louder. For once, the prospects of S.M. Gavaskar and his “boys’ on the unpredictable green pitches of England took a back seat to charges of favouritism and parochialism that filled the air. Six of the 16 are from Bombay, and this raised hackles all over the north. In a politely disapproving letter to S.K. Wankhede, the grand old president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), 11 of the 27 affiliated units requested a general body meeting to discuss the selection of the team.The five-member national selection committee is headed by former Test cricketer Polly Umrigar of Bombay. Gavaskar is reputed to have considerable influence on the committee. The team announced included new players Ghulam Parkar and Suru Nayak of Bombay, and others thought they had been unjustly preferred to Mohinder Amarnath of Delhi – whose dogged innings in the Ranji Trophy final brought Delhi victory over Karnataka – and Rakesh Shukla, also of Delhi and a steady all-rounder who has time and again proved himself in the Ranji meat-grinder. What is more, there is no back-up to wicket-keeper Syed Kirmani, although both Parkar and Yashpal Sharma can keep wickets.Accusations: The fireworks began immediately after the list was announced. I.S. Bindra, president of the Punjab Cricket Association, said that the Indian cricket team looked more like a Bombay Ranji Trophy team. The representatives of three BCCI units – Railways, Punjab and Delhi – alleged that the non-inclusion of a second wicket-keeper was a “ploy” to deny Ved Raj of the Railways a chance and bring in Bombay’s Zulfikar Parkar “through the back door” during the tour. As for the supposed emphasis on youth, they asked pointed questions about Maninder Singh and Gursharan Singh, two young players of the north who have made their mark this season.The Delhi unit was particularly peeved because only one national selector, Vijay Mehra, watched the Ranji Trophy final, where Delhi overtook a massive Karnataka total, anchored by Amarnath who fell just short of a double century. Gavaskar also watched this match. The Ranji semi-finals, too, were treated casually by the selectors. In fact, the 16 for England must have been chosen even before the last, crucial stages of the domestic season were through.The BCCI’s acts of omission and commission set the scene for accusations about “godfathers” in the selection committee and team vice-captain G.R., Viswanath was driven to appeal for an end to the controversy, in case it demoralised the players. There is a real fear that the BCCI may be split down the middle if Wankhede does not call the general body meeting and the disgruntled units go ahead with their own.Balanced Team: Controversy apart, the Indian team is no better or worse than its predecessor. Most of the players select themselves. Nayak is relatively unknown and the only left-handed batsman in the party. He is a seamer who can also bowl left-arm spinners. If he gets into the Test team it will have to be at the cost of Randhir Singh, because India cannot afford to field six bowlers – always assuming that both left-arm spinners Dilip Doshi and Ravi Shastri will play: Doshi because he is familiar with English conditions, and Shastri because he can bat in a tight corner. Off-spinner Shivlal Yadav does not fit in the present scheme of things – play as tight as possible with the over-rate as niggardly as possible. The happiest inclusion is that of Ashok Malhotra of Haryana, a hard-hitting batsman who came off well against Keith Fletcher’s side a few months ago.However balanced the Indian team is, England in England is a slippery proposition. Cold and damp weather, tricky pitches, and the depressing precedent of having been rubbed out on the last tour in 1974 will all combine against the Indians. The only silver lining is that England will be without Geoff Boycott and Graham Gooch, who have been banned from English cricket after their “rebel” tour of South Africa. This is, however, counterpointed by the fact that with Fletcher’s unimpressive showing as captain in India, the English selectors might turn again to Mike Brearley and his magic touch. In that case, it is going to be a long, hard summer for the Indians.advertisementlast_img read more

NADA provisionally suspends javelin thrower for doping

first_imgThe National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) has provisionally suspended Javelin thrower Rohit Yadav, after he tested positive for banned substance ‘stanozolol’.This comes after a top Indian athlete was also handed a provisional suspension after testing positive for banned performance enhancing substance meldonium.Union Sports minister Vijay Goel has said doping will be made a criminal offence as it will send a strong message across.”Doping will be made a criminal offence. We want to stop it by making a strong law so that people are scared to be involved in doping,” Goel told ANI.Meldonium was tested positive in tennis player Maria Sharapova and was subsequently banned for 15 months.Earlier in April, Arjuna Awardee footballer Subrata Paul was tested positive for a banned substance.Subrata failed a dope test conducted by the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) in Mumbai when the Indian men’s football team was going to Cambodia for a friendly match in February.The goalkeeper will now go for the confirmatory ‘B’ sample test.Paul, who made his debut in 2007, has made a total of 60 appearances for the national team so far.Paul, nicknamed the ‘ Spiderman’, has also won Nehru Cups (2007, 2009) and the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Challenge Cup in 2008.last_img read more