Chelsea duo could miss out on Prem medals but sold players are guaranteed theirs

first_img1 Asmir Begovic (left) and Nathan Ake (right): The duo are set to miss out on medals Asmir Begovic and Nathan Ake could miss out on Premier League winners’ medals, in the likely event Chelsea secure the title, while two players no longer at the club are guaranteed to receive recognition.Antonio Conte’s Blues would be confirmed as champions with a victory in Friday’s match at West Brom, and would then be presented with the trophy after their home match against Sunderland on the final day of the season.The Premier League will provide 40 winners’ medals to share out between players and staff – additional ones would only be provided if they have more than 39 players with a league appearance to their name, which will not happen.Only players with a minimum of five league appearances are guaranteed a medal and, with just three games left to play, goalkeeper Begovic has made just one league appearance, while Ake has one to his name since returning from his loan spell at Bournemouth.Ola Aina (two substitute appearances) is another player who could miss out, along with Kenedy and Dominic Solanke, but club captain and outgoing defender John Terry will receive one after making seven appearances so far.Oscar and Branislav Ivanovic, who left the club in the winter, will receive medals after racking up nine and 13 appearances respectively.Two years ago, Chelsea’s reserve goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer was given a replica winner’s medal by Jose Mourinho, despite not playing a single league game when the Blues won the 2014/15 Premier League title.Conte has a sizeable backroom staff, but will surely choose to award Ake and Begovic a medal, though due to an insufficient number of appearances they will be left sweating until a decision is made.last_img read more

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Express looks to keep survival hopes alive away to tricky Maroons as Kirinya hosts Bright Stars

first_imgAzam Uganda Prmier LeagueSaturday, 28-04-2018.04:00pm: Tags: bright starsExpress FCkirinya jssMaroons FCNelson Ssenkatukashafic bisaso Maroons vs Express @Luzira Prisons GroundsKirinya JSS vs Bright Stars @Kyabazinga Grounds.Express FC will head into Saturday’s clash against Maroons at the Luzira Prisons’ grounds with only three points on their mind.With the games running out, the Red Eagles are still occupying the relegation zone and any sort of victory will see them climb out of the relegation zone for the meanwhile at least.Express are second from bottom at the start of the day with 25 points from 24 games and seat only a point behind Proline which is occupying 13th spot.“I have continuously said this and will say it again, we will try to win as many games as possible so as to leave the relegation zone, said Express FC head coach Shafic Bisaso.“We have prepared extremely well for this game and we know it is not going to be an easy task.“All we need is three points from the game and also the same applies to all our remaining games.For the home team, they are comfortably seated in sixth on the log with 34 points from 25 games and it would be fitting to say that Maroons are safe despite the mathematical possibility of relegation that still exists.Express defeated Maroons 2-0 in the first meeting between the two sides this season. Captain David Ndihabwe and current Vipers’ striker Dan Muzei Sserunkuma scored the all important goals at Wankulukuku back in September.David Ndihabwe scored on of the two goals as Express defeated Maroons 2-0 in the first legThe victory was the four in a row that the Red Eagles have registered over Maroons in the top flight since 2012.The Red Eagles go into the game in somewhat improved form having won three of their last four games in the league (L1). Before the current run, they had gone four games minus tasting victory (D1 L3).Maroons have lost only two games at home all season, losing 2-0 against Onduparaka on opening day and 2-1 vs Kirinya last month.The Red Eagles have been dreadful away from home in the recent past, losing six of their last seven games on the road. The one fixture that they did not lose in that period was the 0-0 draw at Onduparaka on 10th February.At Bugembe, Fifth placed Kirinya-Jinja S.S will entertain 9th on the log Bright Stars fresh from the Jinja derby which ended one all.Whereas Kirinya-Jinja S.S is safe away from relegation talk, Bright Stars with 30 points is not so sure and it is the reason, this match will be so important to the away team.Kirinya go into the game searching for their maiden victory over Bright Stars having lost one and drawn two of their three previous top flight meetings.The reverse fixture last campaign ended 1-1 and the Stars won the first meeting this season 2-1 in Mwerere.The home side has lost only two games at Bugembe all season. Both 1-0s against Soana and two time league defending champions KCCA FC.Bright Stars are still searching for their maiden victory on the road this season having lost five and drawn six of their first 11 games away from home.They will look to captain Nelson Ssenkatuka for inspiration as the striker has 12 of their 19 league goals this season that is over 63% of the teams’ total.Ssenkatuka scored on of the two goals in the first game against Kirinya.The first meeting between the two sides ended 2-1 in favor of Bright Stars (Photo by Bright Stars media)For Kirinya, Forwards Fred Amaku, Joel Madondo, Musa Esenu and Faizal Muwawu will be the main players for them.The Other game to be played on Saturday:Mbarara City vs SC Villa @Kakyeka Stadium, 04:00pmComments last_img read more

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Raptors fan ordered to stay away from Ayesha Curry after TV comment

first_imgTORONTO — A Toronto Raptors fan who made a vulgar comment on live television about Ayesha Curry, the wife of Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, has been ordered to stay away from her and the reporter to whom he made the comment.Tristan Warkentin agreed Friday to a common-law bond that orders him not to associate with Ayesha Curry or CP24 reporter Kelly Linehan. As a result, prosecutors dropped a mischief charge against him.Warkentin made the lewd remark when he was interviewed after …last_img

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Steps to keep palmer amaranth out of your operation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As of the end of 2016, Palmer amaranth had been found in 18 Ohio counties, and the majority of it is resistant to both glyphosate and ALS-inhibiting herbicides (site 2) based on OSU greenhouse screening.Not all of these “finds” represent problem infestations, and in some cases the potential for a few plants to become an established patch was remedied by timely removal and subsequent monitoring. There are however a number of fields where Palmer became well-established and effective control has since required extremely comprehensive herbicide programs combined with removal be hand. This past growing season, three soybean fields were so densely infested with Palmer that they had to be mowed down in early August. At that point, the only recommendation we could make was mowing to prevent the production of massive amounts of additional seed, in order to at least limit somewhat how bad future infestations were going to be (photos of this on our blog at u.osu.edu/osuweeds). These infestations obviously started prior to this year, and were ignored, allowing them to continue to increase to the point of disaster. This scenario is of course what occurred in many fields in the southern United States as Palmer spread and took over fields. In this article we cover the relative importance of the various paths of Palmer amaranth introduction in to Ohio fields so far, and the steps growers can take to prevent infestations from becoming established.1. Use of cotton feed products from the south by animal operations, and subsequent spread of manure from these operations onto crop fields has been responsible for most of the infestations in Ohio so far. Palmer is widespread in cotton fields in the south so the cotton harvest byproducts that are shipped to Ohio for use as feed have a high potential to contain Palmer seed.Action items: a) avoid use of these feed products, b) educate animal operations in your area about this issue; c) if still using these feed products, find out whether the supplier has taken any steps to remove Palmer seed prior to shipping them here; d) if possible, store manure in pits for a period of time prior to spreading, which may reduce the seed viability at least somewhat.2. Field to field spread by local equipment has occurred in a few areas of the state, primarily via combines that are used in Palmer-infested fields without subsequent complete cleanout (and it’s impossible to get all Palmer seed out of a combine anyway).Action items: a) if hiring custom harvesters, find out whether the combine has previously been in fields infested with Palmer; b) ask the custom harvest operator what his philosophy is with regard to harvesting very weedy fields or those infested with Palmer — does he avoid these fields, are cleanout procedures used?3. Purchase of used equipment that came from the south is known to be the source of several infestations in one area of the state. In this case a used combine was purchased from a local equipment dealer, but apparently originated in Georgia.Action items: a) when purchasing used equipment, especially combines, know the full history; and b) avoid purchase of combines from Palmer-infested areas.4. Contamination of seed used for establishment of cover crops, CREP and similar areas, pollinator areas, wildlife areas, etc. We should say at the outset here that as far as we know this has been the source of only two infestations of Palmer amaranth in Ohio — one in Scioto County that may have started in about 2007, and one in Madison County several years ago that was torn up to prevent future problems and so did not turn into an established infestation. However, a pollinator seeding program in Iowa this year resulted in many new introductions of Palmer amaranth due to the contamination of pollinator seed with Palmer seed.Much of this type of seed is produced farther west (Kansas, Texas, etc), orin the south in the case of warm-season grasses, in areas that can be abundantly infested with Palmer amaranth. Palmer amaranth is not a noxious weed in the western states at least. The Catch 22 is that while seed sold for use here is not supposed to contain seed of Palmer amaranth or other weeds designated as noxious in Ohio, the fact that Palmer is not a noxious weed where the seed is produced means that the seed tag does not have to show whether Palmer seed is a contaminant. If you are thinking, “Well that doesn’t make any sense,” you’re not alone. Programs of state and federal agencies have been relying on seed tags for the most part, although they are encouraging growers to have seed tested. One county FSA office apparently does mandate testing of all seed. Pheasants Forever appears to have a more proactive approach in place. They contract with only one seed vendor each year. Prior to being shipped from the Kansas vendor, seed is first screened for the presence any pigweed, and then also Palmer amaranth if necessary.Action items: a) Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) will screen any seed of this type for the presence of all Ohio noxious weeds. We recommend having this done prior to planting. Contact the ODA Grain, Feed, and Seed Program at (614) 728-6410. They have to pick the seed up, it cannot be mailed or dropped off.Other possible mechanisms of introduction include movement of seed on animals or migratory birds or with floodwater, all of which are out of one’s control. Keep in mind that the residual herbicides we are using to control marestail and ragweeds also have activity on Palmer amaranth. The early-season control of Palmer that they provide allows for a fighting chance to scout and remove Palmer plants later in the season, before they have been able to produce viable seed. There was no use of residual herbicide in the fields that were mowed down this year (nothing except glyphosate actually).We need to have a zero tolerance attitude toward Palmer amaranth in Ohio. An important component of this, in addition to the steps outlined above, is scouting of soybean fields in mid- to late-season for the presence of Palmer plants that have escaped all prior herbicide treatments. This can be accomplished a number of ways: driving by or around fields and scanning with binoculars, use of a drone, etc. Any Palmer plants found should be first checked for presence of mature seed — small black seed upon shaking or crushing of seedheads. If there are none, cut the plants off just below the soil line, remove from field and burn or compost. They can re-root and re-grow enough to still produce seed if left in the field. Where plants have mature seed, our suggestion would be to first cut off and bag seedheads on site, prior to removal of plants. Or possibly drive into the field, and put them gently into the bed of a vehicle. Avoid dragging plants with mature seed through the field. We assume that Palmer plants would not be evident in corn fields until seen from a combine cab during harvest. When in doubt, get help with identification and avoid contaminating combines with Palmer seed, rather than just harvesting through anything and hoping for the best. Contact us at any time for help with identification or management advice.last_img read more

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US Imposes Sanctions on Indian Man, Parents for Allegedly Smuggling Heroin, Opioids

first_imgUS authorities imposed sanctions on Wednesday on an Indian man and his parents for their roles in an alleged global smuggling network for heroin, opioids and other drugs.The US Treasury Department said Jasmeet Hakimzada, who lives in the United Arab Emirates, is a “significant foreign narcotics trafficker” who since 2008 has laundered hundreds of millions of dollars.Read it at News18 Related Itemslast_img

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Ajinkya Rahane shows class with 8th Test century

first_imgThe Sunday crowd at Holkar Cricket Stadium had lot to cheer after Ajinkya Rahane reached his eighth Test century off 210 balls, this was also his third hundred on home soil. Unlike Virat Kohli’s flawless hundred, which he scored on the opening day, Rahane had to toil hard to get to the three-figure score. India, resuming at the overnight score of 267/3, and Rahane batting on 79 didn’t have an easy time at the crease with Matt Henry digging in short. In Indian conditions, the morning sessions are always tricky with the ball doing a bit, but Rahane remained dogged despite taking a blow on his head. New Zealand had a plan for the Indian vice-captain and Henry implemented well by banging short from round the wicket.  In the past, Rahane had never looked that uncomfortable against short-pitched bowling having a solid technique. But quite surprisingly in this Test, the Mumbai batsman looked a bit unsure playing the short balls. Is the two-paced Indore track to be blamed? Rahane’s last century was in July this year against the West Indies in Kingston and his past two hundreds in India came against South Africa at the Feroz Shah Kotla in 2015. The current series against New Zealand has not been bad either for Rahane with scores of 18, 40, 77, 1 from two Tests. He played some gorgeous shots en route to his eighth century and stitched a 365-run partnership with Kohli to put India in a commanding position. Rahane was eventually dismissed for 188 off 381 balls, studded with 18 fours and four sixes.advertisementlast_img read more

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ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 watched by over 180 million cricket buffs

first_imgThe recently concluded ICC Women’s World Cup in England saw a record coverage with over more than 180 million people being estimated to have watched the prestigious quadrennial tournament and there was an almost 300% increase in viewing hours in comparison to the last edition in 2013.The hosts England won the World Cup defeating India in a thriller by nine runs in the final played at the Lord’s on July 23.There was significant growth in audiences in all territories, but particularly impressive was an eight-fold increase in viewing hours in South Africa and a huge increase in viewers in India, particularly in rural areas, since 2013.The ICC’s decision to ensure that every match was available for viewing either on television or via live-streaming as part of its commitment to the global growth of the women’s game has paid dividends.An extraordinary 156 million people viewed the event in India, of which 80 million was rural reach and 126 million were for the final alone. India’s fine performances contributed to a 500% increase in viewing hours in their country.156m people watched #WWC17 in India, including a stunning 126m for the final! https://t.co/qd094vIZjE pic.twitter.com/cesV04YOFX- ICC (@ICC) August 10, 2017In the UK, the World Cup final attracted most viewers for any televised cricket this summer, while the entire event saw a 300% increase in terms of viewing hours compared to last time.The #WWC17 Final was the most watched cricket match of 2017 in the UK with a 300% increase in viewing hours on 2013https://t.co/qd094vIZjE pic.twitter.com/9v0gDSRrgxadvertisement- ICC (@ICC) August 10, 2017Similarly, there has been a 131% increase in viewing hours in Australia while it is a whopping 861% in South Africa after its team reached the semifinals for the first time.In Australia, there was a 131% increase in viewing hours compared to the previous edition of the Women’s World Cuphttps://t.co/qd094vIZjE pic.twitter.com/t7Otm5yeJ1- ICC (@ICC) August 10, 2017#WWC17 viewing hours in South Africa were eight times larger than the last tournament in 2013! https://t.co/qd094vIZjE pic.twitter.com/8LAAQBHrDD- ICC (@ICC) August 10, 2017ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said: “We are absolutely delighted with the impact the Women’s World Cup has had. Instinctively we felt that the time was right to invest in women’s cricket and take it to the widest possible audience to accelerate the growth of the game and these numbers have confirmed that.””We congratulate all eight teams for providing the entertainment, the cricket was competitive and compelling and when you have that it makes it much easier to attract an audience. The sport must now work collectively to maintain interest and continue to drive growth,” he added.There were 100 million video views across ICC digital platforms and social media channels with one billion impressions and 67 million unique users on Facebook via posts on ICC’s official pages – @cricketworldcup and @icc.On Twitter, the hashtag #WWC17 was the most tweeted hashtag for women’s sport in 2017 with one million tweets, which is a 24-time increase over the 2013 edition. The hashtag #WWC17Final was the most tweeted hashtag ever for a women’s sports final while the launch of the first ever captain ’emojis’ for a country versus country sporting event was a big success with a 875-fold jump in tweets using captains’ hashtags in comparison to the 2013 event.The event also attracted almost 50,000 articles in print and online across more than 100 countries for the four week period of the event. India leading the list with close to 16,000 articles, the United Kingdom second at 14,000 and Australia third with close to 9,000 articles. The United States of America was fourth at 4,700 while South Africa had 1,368 articles used in all.last_img read more

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro 6GB RAM, 128GB storage variant will be available in India on April 10

first_imgThe wait is finally over. On Tuesday, Xiaomi India officially announced the availability date of the Redmi Note 7 Pro 6GB RAM + 128GB storage model. The 6GB RAM + 128GB storage model of the Redmi Note 7 Pro will be available in India for the first time tomorrow, April 10. All interested buyers will able to buy the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage version of the Redmi Note 7 Pro from Mi.com, Mi Home store, and Flipkart. The sale will kick off at 12noon. During tomorrow’s sale, the base model of the Redmi Note 7 Pro with 4GB RAM + 64GB storage will also be available.The Redmi Note 7 Pro 6GB RAM + 128GB storage will be available for Rs 16,999 in India during tomorrow’s sale. Meanwhile, the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage model can be grabbed for Rs 13,999. The 6GB RAM variant of the Redmi Note 7 Pro will be available in all three colours — Neptune Blue, Space Black and Nebula Red. Notably, only differences between the two models of the Note 7 Pro are in the RAM and storage department. All other specs are the same in both the models of the Redmi phone.Let’s recap the specs and features of the Redmi Note 7 Pro…–The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes packed with a 6.3-inch IPS LCD full HD+ display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.–As for the design the Redmi Note 7 Pro sports gradient finish which gives a premium touch to the smartphone.–The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with dot drop notch display on the front which equips the selife camera.advertisement–The phone includes slim bezels on all sides except for the chin.–On the hardware front, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is powered by Snapdragon 675 2.0 GHz octa-core processor and Adreno 612 graphics paired with up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.–The phone comes in two variants – 4GB RAM/64GB storage and 6GB RAM/128GB storage.–The Note 7 Pro comes with a hybrid SIM slot and also supports a microSD card.–On the camera front, the Redmi Note 7 Pro comes packed with AI-based dual camera setup on the back and single sensor on the back.–On the rear panel, the phone includes a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 as the main camera and 5-megapixel secondary sensor.–On the front, the Redmi Note 7 Pro comes packed with a 13-megapixel camera for clicking selfies.–The phone includes a 4,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support.–The Redmi Note 7 Pro comes with USB-C and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.ALSO READ | Huawei P30 Pro set to launch in India today: Specs, expected price and how to watch livestreamALSO READ | Redmi Note 7 Pro, Samsung Galaxy M30, Motorola One Power: Best smartphones under Rs 15,000 in April 2019ALSO READ | OnePlus 7 new case renders give closer look at pop-up selfie cameralast_img read more

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7 days ago​AC Milan reveal continuing losses for 2018/19

first_imgTagsSerie A NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​AC Milan reveal continuing losses for 2018/19by Ian Ferris7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan are set to post a loss of €145.9 million (US$162.3 million ) for the 2018/19 season, according to their latest financial filings, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The figure makes for grim reading for the Serie A club, with losses approximately €20 million (US$22.3 million ) greater than the previous year.Revenue has also fallen 6.1 per cent to €241.1 million (US$268.8 million), according to the filing. This is despite an increase in revenue from broadcast rights, which rose from €113.8 million (US$126.9 million) to €113.8 million (US$22.3 million).The decline can partly be attributed to revenues from sponsorship income, which fell from €44.7 million (US$49.6 million) to €38 million (US$42.3 million), player management, down from €42 million (US$46.6 million) to €25.5 million (US$28.4 million) , and competition revenue, which dropped from €35.3 million (US$39.3 million ) to €34.1 million (US$37.8 million).Milan also saw business costs increase, jumping 5.1 per cent to €373 million (US$415 million).Personnel costs rose more than €34 million (US$37.7 million) to €184.8 million (US$205.5 million), with depreciation and amortisation increasing from €86.4 million (US$96.1 million) to €89.1 million (US$99.1 million). last_img read more

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Charest appeals conviction and sentence for assaults on athletes

first_imgMONTREAL — Former national ski coach Bertrand Charest may have had a trial, but he was not judged according to the law, his lawyer argued before the Court of Appeal Tuesday.Charest is challenging his guilty verdict and the sentence he received for sexual offences against young skiers.The Crown countered that the 12-year sentence he received was fitting, considering the seriousness of his crimes.In June 2017, Judge Sylvain Lepine of Quebec court found Charest guilty of 37 counts of a sexual nature committed in the 1990s on nine athletes.He had complete sexual relations with some of the teenage victims while he was in a position of authority over them. One of them became pregnant, and Charest took her to have an abortion.Charest’s lawyer, Louis Belleau, said the lower court ruling was riddled with errors. He even spoke of a “dysfunctional” justice system.“The trial judge erred on very serious matters, and this affects the validity of the judgment,” the prosecutor told reporters after the hearing.He gave the example of Lepine’s conclusions on sexual assault.  “There are mistakes about how to analyze consent,” he said. “This is a fundamental question. Some of the complainants said in court that they consented to sex, so it was necessary to analyze whether that consent was valid or not.”The Crown argued that the young athletes were manipulated and controlled, leading them to agree to sex. Their consent resulted from a breach of trust or abuse of authority, Alexis Marcotte Belanger said.Even before the Court of Appeal hearing on Tuesday, the Crown had conceded that 20 of the 37 counts on which Charest was convicted should be dropped. The reasons included a lack of evidence on some counts and a lack of jurisdiction in the case of an assault that occurred in New Zealand.Marcotte Belanger said the number of concessions seems important but the “the overall picture” of what Mr. Charest did is unchanged.Belleau countered that if the 20 counts are withdrawn, it should necessarily lead to a reduced sentence.The Court of Appeal took the case under advisement and will make its decision known later.Charest has spent about four years in prison since his arrest in 2015. He was released in March, pending the outcome of his appeal.Stephanie Marin, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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