Salah will deliver – Van Dijk backs Liverpool ace

first_imgLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk backed Mohamed Salah, insisting he is unconcerned about the forward’s somewhat slow start to the season.Salah is yet to hit top form, despite scoring three goals and assisting one in seven Premier League games.While the Egypt international has endured a frustrating start, Van Dijk said only a bit of luck was missing for Salah. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “We are seven games in and Mo’s working hard. He’s still the same Mo, and he needs a bit of luck as well,” the centre-back said.”I’m not worried at all, and he should not be worried either. We do it all together, we’ll always be there for him and he’ll deliver as well.”He had a tough game against Chelsea [in a 1-1 draw], but it’s part of football.”While Salah is yet to get to his best, Daniel Sturridge has scored twice in just 24 minutes in the Premier League.The Englishman came off the bench to score a stunning equaliser for Liverpool against Chelsea on Saturday.Van Dijk said he never doubted Sturridge and he believes the forward is ready for an England recall.”I don’t think there should be any doubt he’s good enough,” he said. “But it’s all about the manager [Gareth Southgate], he made the choices.”But I know what he’s capable of, how good he can be and when he’s at his best, by playing against him and seeing him in training with the hard work that he puts in and the positivity that he brings as well.”But it’s the manager’s choice and I hope for the best for him.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Report: Monaco 0 Club Brugge 4

first_imgMonaco are facing an early exit from the Champions League after their dismal season hit a new low with a humiliating 4-0 home defeat at the hands of Club Brugge.Hans Vanaken’s brace and a fine goal from Wesley sensationally put Brugge – without a victory in their previous 11 matches in this competition – three up inside 24 minutes at Stade Louis II.There was little in the way of a response from the hosts and Brugge even added a fourth with five minutes remaining, skipper Ruud Vormer taking advantage of more woeful defending. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! As a result, Thierry Henry is still searching for his first victory since succeeding Leonardo Jardim as head coach last month, with Monaco’s winless streak now standing at a remarkable 15 matches dating back to their opening game of the season in Ligue 1.Monaco’s hopes of progressing from Group A will be extinguished on Tuesday if Atletico Madrid beat Borussia Dortmund, while Brugge now have renewed hope of achieving at least a third-placed finish.The hosts had a great chance to move ahead early on, but Ethan Horvath pulled off a fine save low to his left to deny Sofiane Diop.Brugge then moved in front after 12 minutes when Mats Rits’ low cross from the right somehow found its way through to an unmarked Vanaken, who tucked away the easiest of finishes at the far post.Vanaken calmly converted a penalty five minutes later after Antonio Barreca was adjudged to have handled a goalbound shot and Monaco were soon punished for more abysmal defending, a clinical Brugge counter-attack ending with Wesley cutting in from the left and firing a superb finish into the bottom-right corner.Despite dominating possession, Henry’s men looked bereft of confidence as they sought a reply and a shocking defensive mix-up allowed Vormer to rub salt in Monaco’s wounds late on.0-4 – Against Club Brugge (0-4), Monaco have registered their heaviest defeat at home in the Champions League/European Cup. Disaster. pic.twitter.com/vOkAwkp7Op— OptaJean (@OptaJean) November 6, 2018What does it mean? Monaco facing mammoth rebuildJust 18 months on from reaching the Champions League semi-finals, Monaco are in disarray. Second-bottom of Ligue 1, they have yet to demonstrate any significant improvement following the high-profile appointment of Henry and must wonder where their next win is coming from.Wesley makes his mark againA scorer in the reverse fixture two weeks ago, Wesley produced the standout moment of Tuesday’s tie with his wonderful individual goal. Having been granted space by an inexplicably high Monaco defensive line, the forward produced an emphatic finish to put Brugge in total command.24′ GOAAAAAL! Wesley met de prachtige uithaal in de verste hoek! 0-3 voor Club! #UCL #ASMCLU pic.twitter.com/2FetLAeawW— Club Brugge KV (@ClubBrugge) November 6, 2018Injury added to insult for GlikKamil Glik endured a night to forget amid Monaco’s defensive misery. The experienced Poland international was left on his backside as a seemingly innocuous cross from Rits led to Brugge’s opener and was beaten far too easily by Wesley for the visitors’ third goal. Glik then picked up an injury in the second half and was unable to finish the contest. Key Opta Facts- In what was their first home game in the competition under Thierry Henry, Monaco suffered their heaviest defeat in Champions League history (0-4). – Club Brugge registered their largest margin of victory in the European Cup/Champions League since September 1977, when they won 4-0 against Kuopion Palloseura.- Hans Vanaken became the first player to score a brace for Club Brugge in Champions League history. What’s next?To make matters worse for Monaco, their next game sees them face a Paris Saint-Germain side that has won 12 Ligue 1 matches out of 12 and scored 41 goals in the process. Goodness only knows what the score will be in that match if Henry’s side defend this poorly again. Monaco and Brugge visit Atletico and Dortmund respectively in matchday five of the Champions League. read morelast_img read more

Sarachan after Italy defeat: ‘It was my last game’

first_imgU.S. national team interim boss Dave Sarachan says that he expects Tuesday’s loss to Italy to be his last game in charge.Sarachan took over the U.S. on an interim basis last November, stepping in to replace Bruce Arena after the U.S. failed to qualify for the World Cup.Previously an assistant under Arena, Sarachan was tasked with bringing new blood into the national team while U.S. Soccer searched for a full-time coach. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! That search has taken over a year and, in that year, Sarachan has introduced 20 new players to the national team with debut caps.However, it appears his time is done as the coach said he expects to step aside following the 1-0 loss to Italy in Belgium on Tuesday.”It was my last game – I haven’t been told that, but it’s evident there is going to be a change in the very near future,” Sarachan said. “I feel as though this has been a very good year for the program and I feel – as the leader over the last 12 months of this program – I feel as though we’ve moved it forward. “It may not look like that to everybody on the outside, but to look back on the games that we’ve played, the players we’ve exposed to this level, that we’ve brought forth, I’m certain it’s going to pay dividends down the line.”So, for me, I feel as though, when the next person comes in they’re going to have a great starting point.”Under Sarachan, the U.S. amassed a record of three wins, five losses and four draws with the victories coming against Paraguay, Bolivia and, most notably, Mexico. The U.S. also earned draws with powerhouses France and Portugal, but were thoroughly outclassed in meetings with Brazil, Colombia, England and Italy in a run of matches after the World Cup.Columbus Crew manager Gregg Berhalter is widely seen as the favorite to be named USMNT boss and, with Columbus now out of the MLS playoffs and with Sarachan revealing he’s set to step aside, U.S. Soccer is expected to make an announcement soon regarding the direction of the national team.The U.S. is set to reconvene in January ahead of a friendly against Costa Rica on February 2 at the San Jose Earthquakes’ Avaya Stadium.last_img read more

‘A monster!’ – How £75m Van Dijk silenced the doubters

first_imgFor once in his life, Virgil van Dijk was showing signs of nerves. A puff of the cheeks, a tap of the feet. Eyes wide, mind racing. It was a Friday night, and the clock was ticking.Liverpool versus Everton would be a big date for anyone, let alone someone about to take their first steps as the world’s most expensive defender. Anfield had waited for the £75 million (€84m/$96m) man; it had begged for him. Now, it was time to deliver.Van Dijk did, of course. His Reds debut ended in victory, his second-half header in front of the Kop securing the Reds’ progression to round four. It was the dream start to his Liverpool career, and one the Dutchman has not looked back from. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Eleven months on, Everton are heading to Anfield again but for Van Dijk there will be no pre-match tension. He’s still the world’s most expensive defender; the difference now is that he’s recognised as one of its best too.The numbers speak for themselves but they don’t say everything. Van Dijk has played 40 games for Liverpool since joining, conceding 36 goals and keeping 20 clean sheets. Given the issues which had dogged the Reds prior to his arrival, it represents a significant improvement.This season, he has led a backline which has conceded just five goals in 13 Premier League games, Liverpool’s best ever start to a league campaign defensively. The Reds once went through an entire season shipping just 16 goals; remarkably, they are on course to better that record this time around.Virgil van Dijk LiverpoolSome impact, then. Liverpool’s pursuit of Van Dijk was long and at times bitter, but their doggedness has certainly paid off. You don’t hear much talk of his transfer fee now.Gary Neville has certainly changed his tune. “I didn’t think he was worth £75m,” the former Manchester United man says. “And I didn’t think he would have the impact on Liverpool’s defence that he’s had. He’s a monster.”Neville has compared Van Dijk to Jaap Stam, while plenty with Liverpool connections have mentioned him in the same breath as Alan Hansen. Big praise, given the Scot is probably the Reds’ greatest ever centre-back.“He’s similar,” says Kop legend Jan Molby. “In that you always feel that whatever happens he will help you out. He looks after people. There’s nothing better as a footballer than knowing someone has your back.”Those leadership qualities were a key reason why Jurgen Klopp fought so hard for Van Dijk’s signing. Michael Edwards, Liverpool’s sporting director, worked tirelessly to smooth relations with Southampton and secure a deal which had appeared dead at one stage. At Anfield, it is regarded as one of his biggest achievements.Van Dijk’s impact is clear to see. Not just in the way he passes the ball or wins it in the air – has there ever been a better header of the ball, defensively speaking, at Liverpool? – but in the way those around him have flourished in his presence too.Joe Gomez is emerging as the high-class centre back we were told about, while Dejan Lovren played the best, most consistent football of his Reds career at the back end of last season. Both look emboldened with the giant Van Dijk beside them.“I think he’s right in the top group,” says Jamie Carragher. “Some people may put him top.”Chris Sutton, speaking on BT Sport recently, went further, suggesting Van Dijk was not just the best defender in the world, but the best player too. Predictably, Sutton’s comments caused quite a stir on social media.Jamie Carragher on Virgil van DijkIt will take success and silverware for people to start agreeing with those kind of sentiments, but in an era where genuine, top-class centre-backs are in short supply, the all-round qualities of Van Dijk stand out a mile.Physically imposing, technically gifted, ultra-consistent and young enough to get even better; £75m may well be seen as a bargain in years to come.How different Liverpool’s recent history could have been had they spotted him, or rather gambled on him, sooner? He was on the club’s radar before moving to Celtic from Groningen in 2013, and Brendan Rodgers claimed the club passed up the chance to sign him when he switched to Southampton two years later.In the meantime, the Reds were spending big on Lovren and Mamadou Sakho, or using the likes of Kolo Toure, Lucas Leiva and Emre Can as stop-gaps.They went close to the Premier League title under Rodgers in 2013-14, yet conceded 50 goals in the process. The following season it was 48, and then 50 again. League titles are not won with those numbers. A third into this campaign, the situation looks so much brighter.If Liverpool are to end that long, painful wait for a title, then Van Dijk will be key, both in his own performances and in his impact elsewhere. Many Reds fans would like to see him captain the club, as he now does with his country. Tellingly, when Klopp asked his players to vote for his third and fourth-choice skippers recently, they chose Van Dijk and another Dutchman, Gini Wijnaldum.That’s how important he already is to this team, this squad. Liverpool have made some excellent signings over the last few years, but none better than him. And the hope at Anfield is that his best is still to come. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Is the Mourinho – Pogba battle reaching the endgame?

first_imgThere had been 84 minutes played when Marcus Rashford scored Manchester United’s fourth goal against Fulham. He earned what was about to come his way after a diligent and productive afternoon.The net had scarcely settled after Rashford’s shot hit it when Jose Mourinho called for a substitute, the only one he had remaining following the usage of Marcos Rojo and Fred.Marouane Fellaini and Paul Pogba had been warming up together during the second half as United combatted Fulham’s comeback attempts. Mourinho walked into the throng of players and associates on the United bench and came out with Scott McTominay. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! In the ongoing battle between Mourinho and Pogba, the young Scot has often been used as a proxy. He was the one chosen to start against Huddersfield last season when United won 2-0 and Mourinho first made a big impact in dropping the club’s most expensive player to the bench.He was used again a few weeks later ahead of Pogba in Seville in a move that jolted most observers. And on Saturday, his 22nd birthday, he was gifted a late run out ahead of the French World Cup winner.The game was won by that stage; United were given the platform they needed to win by a hard-working engine room of Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera.Matic – it must be said – is playing a lot better without Pogba around.Nemanja Matic, Andre SchurrlePogba loses the ball more often than the Serb, who usually ends up covering for him by trying to win it back. Matic excelled from deep. His distribution was high-class throughout. Herrera, meanwhile, is a technically-sound and aggressive footballer, perfect for scampering around a Jose Mourinho midfield. United, finally, looked the part.This was their best performance of the season and that level of performance got the result it merited. It can’t be easy from a confidence viewpoint at the moment considering that the last time they won a Premier League game was at the start of November and since then they had not only failed to beat Manchester City and Arsenal but also Crystal Palace and Southampton.The last thing Mourinho and United could face would be a slip-up against the league’s bottom side. But they got the job done and in some style too.  And this was not a gritty, hold-on-for-dear-life effort. This was proper football. United made chances – overwhelming Fulham in the first half – and scored good goals.  All four goals, in fact, were created in that pocket of space high on the left of United’s midfield we were taught was Pogba’s best position.Ashley Young ran from roughly that area, past Denis Odoi, to score a belting opener. Romelu Lukaku dropped off the frontline to that sector and fed Rashford, who supplied the second for midfield runner Juan Mata. Jesse Lingard slipped a gorgeous pass into Mata from that side of the field and the Spaniard laid on an easy third for Lukaku. And it was from there that Rashford conjured a powerful finish near the end.In all United created double the number of attacks from the left side of the field than they did from either the central or the right-sided positions. Diogo Dalot, for the record, did very well down the right side and was unlucky not to come away with at least one assist.This, you feel, is how Mourinho wants United to play. It might not be his strongest team in terms of personnel – Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw could well feel entitled to start in that – but in terms of the manager’s preferences this is the ideal picture of the United he seeks.It’s not so much a question of ability, quickness of thought or anything like that. It is primarily attitude, and that is why Mata, Herrera, Lingard, Fred, McTominay and, presumably, Fellaini are all ahead of Pogba in the pecking order for one midfield place or another.Paul Pogba Manchester United 2018-19“He has to play with the same mentality as the rest of the team is,” Mourinho said after of Pogba’s absence. “Paul can be a fantastic player, he is going to start against Valencia and he will have a fantastic game to play to show everyone how good he is.”But it’s easy to wonder now if we’ve entered the endgame between them. It’s no secret there have been tensions behind the scenes. It was leaked last week that Mourinho described Pogba as a “virus” in the United dressing room due to his laxity and his propensity to surrender possession of the ball cheaply.If it were merely a case of ability then Pogba would be in this team; he would be in any team. But it’s now clear that he is not the player Mourinho wants him to be. And however delicate Mourinho’s situation is at United, he is still the boss.Pogba has importance for United stretching far beyond the confines of Old Trafford. He is their star attraction and their most popular player. He is integral to executive vice-chair Ed Woodward’s blueprint to dominate the football world in endorsements, official partners and corporate hook-ups. But there is a fundamental disconnect between that employee of Manchester United and his direct superior, Mourinho. Woodward went some way towards hiring them both.He is – for now – persisting with Mourinho. Whether that’s because he believes in him, whether it’s too expensive to sack him, whether there is a lack of current, viable alternatives or whether it’s simply pointless with United stranded from all their objectives, well, that’s not known for sure outside the United boardroom.But so long as Mourinho is on the bench it would appear that there would be no space on the field for Pogba, not unless something drastic happens.Pogba could well end up leaving United before his contract expires; it’s no secret that his agent Mino Raiola was tempting buyers last summer but found no-one willing or able to fund a purchase.These are different days now however. And if United, with Mourinho at the helm, have indeed turned a corner following the Fulham win then Pogba best get used to life in the shadows or set about getting back in his manager’s favour. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Win I’m a genius, lose not so good – Guardiola

first_imgPep Guardiola has defended his decision to start Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero on the bench as Manchester City fell further behind Premier League leaders Liverpool with a 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace.De Bruyne came on to score a fortuitous 85th-minute goal on Saturday, but the damage had already been done. Jeffrey Schlupp’s first-half goal cancelled out Ilkay Gundogan’s opener and an Andros Townsend wonder strike was added to by Luka Milivojevic’s penalty.The result means City are four points behind Liverpool at the summit, with back-to-back trips to Leicester City and Southampton to come before they host Jurgen Klopp’s side on January 3. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Aguero, who replaced Nicolas Otamendi as Guardiola chased the game at 2-1, and De Bruyne started the midweek Carabao Cup triumph at Leicester City following recent lay-offs, while Guardiola watched John Stones turn in a mixed performance at the base of his midfield in Fernandinho’s injury-enforced absence.”When you win I am a genius, when you lose I am not good,” City’s manager told a post-match news conference.”I don’t know what would happen if Kevin starts or Sergio starts. Dinho is injured, yesterday he felt that problem. John played so good in Leicester [in the unfamiliar position] so I wanted to give another option for [defending] long balls.”He played good except for one ball. I admire and give credit to people who try and adapt to positions they are not used to.”With a hectic and now pivotal period to come in his team’s title defence, Guardiola denied he was being overly cautious with two of his prized assets.”Of course he could have played – I decide to play the other ones,” he said of De Bruyne, whose action has been limited by a pair of medial knee ligament injuries this season, although the Belgium star now has two goals in as many appearances.”Gabriel [Jesus] scored two goals in the last game here versus Everton. Sergio needs more time to get rhythm.”Kevin’s condition is better. We put in six or seven players with fresh legs. That is going to happen in the future.”When you have a lot of games, everyone has to play. The guys who played did absolutely everything.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Cutrone attracting interest – agent

first_imgPatrick Cutrone has attracted interest from LaLiga and the Bundesliga but the Italian striker wants to “keep doing well for AC Milan”, according to his agent.Cutrone enjoyed a breakout campaign with 12 goals in all competitions in 2017-18 and the 21-year-old has followed that up with seven this term.The Italy international – who is contracted until 2023 – has been limited to just eight starts from 17 Serie A appearances following Gonzalo Higuain’s arrival from rivals Juventus. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Cutrone’s agent Donato Orgnoni, however, insisted his client is happy to learn from Higuain at the San Siro.”Had he been foreign he’d have attracted much more interest, even if he remains one of the top Italian youngsters,” Orgnoni told MilanNews.it.”We’ve had many shows of interest from foreign teams, with enquiries from Spain and one from Germany, but Patrick wants to keep doing well for Milan.”We expect Cutrone to have the same chances in 2019 that he had last year. After that, it’ll be up to him to do well on the field with his performances, goals and, possibly, awards.”There’s a lot of talk of new strikers, but we never talk about them. We know that the club must work to improve the team, but we’ve never been afraid, not even when Higuain arrived.”He’s grown a lot working alongside Higuain. Pipita remains one of the best strikers in the world.”His bad run aside, Gonzalo is a great player and Patrick is trying to steal as many things from him as possible. They work very well together. Patrick is aware of Pipita’s quality and wants to learn from him.”Milan are set to face Sampdoria on Saturday in the Coppa Italia Round of 16.last_img read more

Vahedi changing face of cue sports in Iran

first_imgBengaluru, Dec 14 (PTI) Banned for 30 years, cue sports is fast emerging as one of the most popular sports in football-crazy Iran, says Soheil Vahedi who clinched IBSF World Snooker Championship recently in Doha. “Cue sports had been banned for 30 years in Iran and ever since the ban was revoked 17 years ago, it is fast catching the imagination of people back home, especially snooker,” Vahedi told PTI in an interview here. The Iranian star is in the city for the World Billiards Championship, which Indias ace cueist Pankaj Advani won by beating multiple-world champion Peter Gilchrist 6-3 in the finals here. Vahedi is quite adept in snooker, but not as good in billiards. “I play snooker a lot, but billiards is not my cup of tea. Back home also, people do not follow billiards, but snooker,” he said. Vahedi said he has taken keen interest to learn some tricks from Pankaj and Gilchrist, while seeing them battling it out in long-up as well 150-up billiards format. “I have taken keen interest to learn some tricks from Gilchrist and Pankaj, when they locked horns in the world championship matches in both formats of billiards. It was quite an amazing experience,” he said. Vahedi learnt the basics of the sport from his Indian coach and current national champion Sourav Kothari. “I have learnt basics of the sport from Sourav Kothari. After I have started to play billiards, I am able to play better snooker,” he said. Asked how much he has earned since he started playing the sport, Vahedi said not enough, but would like to earn by becoming a professional player. “I have not earned enough money, but who would not want to earn more. To do that I am yearning for pro-circuit tour ticket. I am going to practice eight hours a day to make it count.” Vahedi said he opted for snooker in a football-crazy Iran after he was forced to discontinue football as a goalkeeper. Asked if he was getting enough financial help to fund his tour, Vahedi said, “The association is doing its best. Also some of friends have promised to find sponsors. If it does not materialise, I will fund myself. I dont care for money. What matters for me is achievement and fulfilling dreams.” PTI BDN PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

MoU with Patanjali Yogpeeth for herbal forest soon: Vij

first_imgChandigarh, Jan 6 (PTI) Haryana government will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with yoga guru Ramdevs Patanjali Yogpeeth for the development of a herbal forest at Morni in Panchkula district, Health Minister Anil Vij said here today.The central government has assured its full assistance to develop the World Herbal Forest, he said.76 per cent of the Departments budget has already been utilised and the remaining budget would be utilised by March 31 for completion of various works which were in the pipeline, he said.Vij, who also holds the portfolio of Sports and Youth affairs department, said a committee has been constituted for providing jobs to sports persons and it has been decided that jobs would be provided to all eligible candidates as per the policy. He said transfers of paramedical staff and doctors would be carried out in online mode only.The Health Minister said that the SAD-BJP alliance would again come into power in Punjab as they had undertaken significant works for development of the state.As the acceptability of Congress in the country had “ended”, there was no possibility of the party forming government in Punjab. Similarly, Aam Admi Party has failed due to its own actions. Therefore, now it does not have the support of the people in Punjab, he claimed. PTI CHS RCJlast_img read more

In historic move, BCCI selection committee pruned to three members

first_imgJatin Paranjpe and Gagan Khoda have been removed from the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) senior selection panel after the board was clearly told to trim the panel to three members in place of five, as recommended by the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee.The decision was taken based on the Lodha Committee’s email to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri on Wednesday evening.As per the Lodha recommendations that have been approved by the apex court, senior selection committee was supposed to be a three-member team comprising Test players. (Thakur sacked as BCCI president: What next?)However, amid the administrative crisis, the BCCI went ahead with the selection committee meet for the England series on January 6 with five members including Paranjpe and Khoda, who have not played Test cricket.The next big assignment for the selection panel will be to pick the squad for the one-off Test against Bangladesh, which is scheduled from February 8.”The present committee is permitted as an exception to make the selections indicated. Going forward, it will have to be strictly in terms of the Supreme Court judgement,” Lodha Committee secretary Gopal Sankaranarayanan said in an email reply to Johri ahead of the team selection.With all office-bearers disqualified to convene the meeting, Johri was allowed to do that in a one-off case.The BCCI had announced the new panel in September, with its now sacked president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke defying the court’s orders.Chairman MSK Prasad, Devang Gandhi and Sarandeep Singh – all former Test players – meet the eligibility criteria set by the Lodha Committee while Khoda and Paranjpe have only played two and four ODIs, respectively.advertisementThe BCCI finds itself in a crisis following the Supreme Court order on January 2. Besides sacking Thakur and Shirke, the apex court directed all office bearers of BCCI and state associations to give an undertaking that they will abide by the recommendations of the Lodha panel.The recommendations have rendered most of the office-bearers ineligible to continue in their respective roles.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

U-17 WC should be catalyst for change in Indian football: PM

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 17 (PTI) Throwing his weight behind the FIFA U-17 World Cup to be held in India this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the mega-event should serve as a catalyst for lifting the profile of the game in the country. In a statement released today, PM Modi spoke about how the competition can spark a monumental change in India. “India is going to host the FIFA U17 World Cup in 2017, but successful hosting of the event alone cannot be our final objective. FIFA U17 World Cup India 2017 must be a catalyst for change, the topping point for football in the country, which can only be done by creating a mass movement around it,” the Prime Minister said. “The objective is to give an opportunity to every child in the country to play football,” he said in a statement posted at the official website of the All India Football Federation. A legacy programme of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Mission XI Million has been initiated as a school contact initiative, which, leading up to the Under-17 World Cup in October, will evolve into Indias biggest outreach sporting activity ever, and leave a lasting legacy for the first FIFA tournament in India. PM Modi has spoken about the outreach programme in his Mann Ki Baat last year, calling it a “mass movement”. He once again talked about it to give further support to the pioneer programme. “Mission XI Million will take the beautiful game of football to at least 11 million boys and girls around the country. Children in every state, from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, from Kutch to Kanyakumari will get a chance to learn, play and enjoy football. More than 15000 schools around the country will be partners in this,” he said. Calling every parent and teacher to encourage children, PM Modi added, “We need the support not just of children but also of every parent and every teacher to encourage boys and girls to play football and develop both skill and fitness. I am confident that these children will be able to take Indian football to its rightful place in the world.” Tournament Director for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017, Javier Ceppi, was delighted with the show of support from the highest office of the country. “We have been working very hard on making this a success. This backing from Prime Minster Modi will only strengthen our resolve to make this the most popular and watched World Cup in India and help change Indian football,” Ceppi said. PTI PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

PM to inaugurate 3-day National Womens Parliament tomorrow

first_imgAmaravati, Feb 9 (PTI) A first-of-its-kind conclave in India, the National Womens Parliament will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Pavitra Sangamam on the outskirts of Vijayawada city in Andhra Pradesh capital region Amaravati tomorrow.Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama will attend the inaugural session of the three-day event, themed “Empowering Women-Strengthening Democracy”, along with a host of leaders from India and abroad, according to AP Assembly Speaker Kodela Sivaprasada Rao.The vision of NWP is to enable and encourage social, political and economic empowerment of women in all strata of the society. One of the objectives of NWP is to generate new ideas, concepts, theories and ideologies for women empowerment.The AP Legislative Assembly is organising the event and the state government is hosting it with the support of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and Inter-Parliamentary Union among others.”The NWP will come out with the Amaravati Declaration on women empowerment at the end of the three-day deliberations,” the Speaker said on the eve of the conclave.”National Womens Parliament will be a common platform for women from diverse backgrounds like politics, arts and culture, sports, education, industry, media, cinema, judiciary and social sector to share their knowledge and research in the area of womens social, economic and political empowerment,” the Speaker said.The NWP would facilitate interaction between women from all backgrounds and also girl students to sensitise the society on issues like malnutrition, social security, sexual harassment, sanitation, oppression and other gender-based problems. (MORE) PTI DBV ARSadvertisementlast_img read more

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Tyrone Mings charged with violent conduct

first_imgManchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings were charged with violent conduct by the Football Association on Monday.Mings landed on the United forward’s head with his studs and Ibrahimovic caught Mings in the face with his elbow soon afterwards during the teams’ 1-1 Premier League draw at Old Trafford on Saturday.”The players were involved in two separate incidents in or around the 44th minute which were not seen by the match officials at the time but caught on video,” the FA said in a statement.The players have until 1800 GMT on Tuesday to reply to the charge and face minimum three-match bans if found guilty.Swede Ibrahimovic, who has 26 scored goals in all competitions for United this season, could miss the FA Cup quarter-final trip to Chelsea next Monday.Mings could face an increased ban for his offence.”The FA has submitted a claim that the standard punishment that would otherwise apply for the misconduct committed by the Bournemouth defender is ‘clearly insufficient’,” the FA said.last_img read more

Security beefed up at Kotla for MS Dhoni’s Vijay Hazare semifinal

first_imgThe security for Mahendra Singh Dhoni led Jharkhand’s semi-final against Bengal has been beefed up after the match got shifted to the Feroz Shah Kotla ground from the Model Sports Complex in Palam. (Dhoni rescued from Delhi hotel after it catches fire)The match that was scheduled to be held on Friday was postponed after fire broke out at a five-star facility in Dwarka where the Jharkhand team was put up.”We have had discussions with the police authorities and we are expecting a crowd turnout of around 3000 people. The entry is free as it is the case of domestic games. Dhoni playing a domestic game always makes it more special. Also Kotla being an eclosed stadium means that possibility of crowd trouble is next to nil unlike some of the other grounds,” DDCA official Ravinder Manchanda said.However there is some bad news for all those who would have loved to watch Dhoni on television. The match is not going to be aired live as host broadcasters Star Sports were supposed to show one semi-final and a final.Since Friday’s match was scheduled at Palam and was not supposed to be aired live, the schedule doesn’t change for the broadcasters.last_img read more

Asian Billiards and Snooker Championship from tomorrow

first_imgChandigarh, Apr 7 (PTI) Dhruv Sitwala will enter as one of the strong contenders to win the third Asian Billiards and Snooker Championship, to be be played here from April 8 to 14. Dhruv has won this event in 2015 and 2016. The ONGC 16th Asian Billiards, 18th U-21 Asian Snooker Championship will for the first time feature ladies. The Punjab Billiards and Snooker Association (PBSA) is organising the championship under the aegis of the Asian Confederation of Billiard Sports and Billiards and Snooker Federation of India. The total prize money has been kept at Rs 11 lakh. PTI VJ AHlast_img read more

Celebrate National Volunteer Week

first_imgCelebrate National Volunteer Week  April 18-24, 2010!   National Volunteer Week gives us a chance to acknowledge the huge impact volunteers have in our communities and nominate amazing individuals, nonprofits and corporations whose commitment giving back goes above and beyond.Join the Fun:Search for volunteer opportunities in the box to the right –>Resources:1-800-Volunteer.org     Hands on Network     Points of Light InstitutePoints of Light Institute and HandsOn Network Tool Kit 2010last_img read more

5 cause marketing trends to watch

first_imgNetwork for Good has a new guide out for cause marketers. You can get Digital Strategy for Good: Avoiding Cause Marketing Missteps – 5 Key Trends for free here. Everywhere you look there are opportunities to join a corporate cause marketing effort – both online and in the real world. From adding a $1 to a Walmart checkout for the Children’s Miracle Network, to ‘liking’ P&G on Facebook to unlock a $1 donation to the Special Olympics, to texting ‘HEROES’ to 80888 to join the DC Comics Justice League and make a $10 donation (matched by Warner Bros. Entertainment) to charities providing famine relief in the Horn of Africa, giving back has become a standard component of consumer cultivation for brands of all shapes and sizes.In the eGuide, written by my colleague Kate Olsen, Network for Good provides an overview of how to avoid cause marketing missteps and details 5 trends shaping digital consumer engagement in 2012. You’ll see interesting examples of how some brands are practicing these trends to win the hearts of their consumers.Regardless of the cause marketing trend, the recipe for success is clear: start with an authentic cause partnership, set meaningful social impact and business goals, add a compelling call to action, layer in relevant social sharing and co-create a thoughtful conversation with your consumers about the collective impact you are making.last_img read more

Thank you for your labors

first_imgThe purpose of Labor Day is to celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers. That is why it’s a day to celebrate you.Thank you for your incredible labors to make life better for our economy, our society and all living things – throughout the world and around the corner. You have committed your working life to making a difference, and there is no more noble labor than that.last_img

Link Round Up

first_imgWe all know stories are key to grabbing supporters’ attention and inspiring them to act. Jeff Brooks, one of our all-time favorite fundraisers, shares his presentation on how to tell stories that motivate donors to give. (via Future Fundraising Now) Nonprofits in space? Consider a “moon landing” event for your organization to rally public interest in your cause. (via MarketingSherpa) If you are a Google Analytics user, you must try this add-on for Google Sheets. If you’re not a Google Analytics super user, send this link over to someone who is and I promise you will make their day. Is it time to ditch the dating metaphor when it comes to donor relationships?(via Achieve) We’re big fans of the crew over at GrantStation and their 5 quick tips for launching your grantseeking in 2015. (via Guidestar)center_img DoSomething.org accidentally sent a message meant for a very specific segment of their list to their entire database (2.1 million phone numbers). If you’ve ever made a mail merge error or mass email mistake, you feel their pain (and embarrassment). They followed up with a great idea: an apology in the form of a playlist, featuring songs that used humor to poke fun at their mistake. This fun apology might not work with one of your major donors but for DoSomething’s audience, teenagers, it was a hit. (Via Chronicle of Philanthropy) We love reading amazing content from across the sector. Here are a few nonprofit marketing and fundraising resources that stood out this week: Have a must-read story or resource you’d recommend? Share it in the comments section below!last_img read more