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Collins rejects Chelsea deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Exciting EPL, La Liga, Serie A matches this weekend on DStv, GOtv Chelsea have reportedly failed with their bid to sign Borussia Dortmund youngster Nnamdi Collins.While Frank Lampard has made a conscious effort to promote a number of academy graduates into the first-team picture, that has not stopped the Blues from scouting the globe for other prospects. According to Bild, the Premier League giants have recently expressed an interest in Collins, who is starring in the youth ranks at the Westfalenstadion.However, the 16-year-old has snubbed the chance to move to Stamford Bridge, instead wishing to continue his development in Germany.The report suggested that Dortmund have assured that teenager that he will be provided with game time in the senior team at a later date.Chelsea had allegedly been willing to pay at least €1 million (£870,000) for Collins.Tags: Frank LampardNnamdi CollinsStamford Bridgelast_img read more


ICC World Cup Ganguly set to complete his World Cup broadcast commitments amid ‘Conflict of Interest’ row

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Southampton: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is all set to complete his broadcasting commitments for the World Cup even as Justice DK Jain’s latest observation on ‘Conflict of Interest’ has raised quite a few eyebrows. Justice Jain has observed that players/ex-players doing commentary as well as holding management positions in IPL teams will come under the ambit of ‘Conflict of Interest’ as per Lodha Panel’s ‘One Person One Post’ rule.He has ruled that Ganguly and VVS Laxman holding twin jobs of being Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) members and mentors with IPL franchises amounts to conflict of interest and the two former players will have to make a choice.It is, however, learnt that Ganguly, one of the most respected voices in international cricket, will be completing his World Cup assignment as it is an exclusive contract with the ICC and not Star Sports.“Sourav is doing commentary for the world feed. He has no contractual obligations with the Star Sports. And this is his only one-off broadcasting assignment for the time being for the ICC. He will certainly complete his World Cup assignment. He is not doing the Afghanistan match as he is back in Kolkata for some personal work,” a BCCI source  privy to the development told PTI on conditions of anonymity.“But Sourav is going to be back in UK on June 25 and do the remaining India games starting the match on 27th against West Indies in Manchester,” the source said.According to those, who hold a contrary view as to how “commentator can be a BCCI post” since this is one tournament and with no long-term contract with any of the channels, Ganguly can’t be termed ‘conflicted’.Regarding those who are contracted with Star Sports for the tournament, this may be a one-off event that they are doing and most of them have contracts on a series to series basis.“Most of the current or former players, who are being perceived to be conflicted need not worry as things will change after the World Cup. It will depend on what kind of assignments they take,” the BCCI source said. last_img read more


Unruh holds viewing and panel on Super Tuesday

first_imgStudents gathered Tuesday evening at Tommy’s Place to watch the results from Super Tuesday and participate in a discussion hosted by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and the Political Student Assembly.The event was the last one scheduled in the Unruh Institute’s Election 2016 series, which consisted of viewings and discussions of Republican and Democratic primary debates.Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute, and Anshu Siripurapu, the editor-in-chief of the Daily Trojan, moderated a panel featuring Tony Strickland, former California State Senator (R-37); John A. Pérez, speaker emeritus of the California State Assembly; Mary Perez, a member of the USC College Republicans and Nick Germain, president of the USC College Democrats.The panelists discussed the results of Super Tuesday, where a dozen states and one territory cast their votes for their preferred presidential candidates.At the start of the panel, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had already won the primaries in Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia and Georgia by a large margin. Clinton’s fellow Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders had won his home state of Vermont. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had won four primaries in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Massachusetts and Tennessee.Similar to most news broadcasts, Donald Trump’s candidacy dominated the first 10 minutes of the conversation.“I think the key is to look at the hard votes for the Republican candidates,” Strickland said. “So far, up until this day, when you look at South Carolina, Nevada, New Hampshire and Iowa, [the candidates] have had record turnouts.”For Strickland, Trump’s success was unpredictable.“If I was a Democrat, I’d be very concerned … I do think Donald Trump has brought in new people into the voting process. A lot of people early on said, ‘these people will come to rallies but they won’t turn out to vote,’” Strickland said. “I think a lot of people in the Republican party underestimated the strength of his brand.”Mary Perez agreed with Senator Strickland.“Trump has brought in [new] voters, and you just see this excitement in a huge demographic of voters to get involved with the political process, which is something that I, as a millennial, have not seen before,” Mary Perez said.While on the topic of Trump, Schnur asked John Pérez his thoughts on the candidate.“I’m scared that Donald Trump is a potential president,” said John Pérez. “It has been very interesting to watch the ability of the Trump campaign to not only inspire people to go to rallies but to actually turn out and vote.”John Pérez contrasted Trump and Sanders, both of whom are considered outsider candidates.“This is in sharp contrast between the experience on the Trump side, and the experience on the Democratic side with Sanders,” said John Pérez. “Both are having huge turnouts at rallies, but on the Republican side, you see that converting into actual election day participation. It is less clear how the Sanders campaign is getting folks who participate in rallies to actually participate in [the] election.”Germain evaluated Sanders’ chances in the primary elections.“I think [Sanders] has to do two things tonight: He has to win four or five states that are favorable to him … and avoid South Carolina-like margins in the South, and [according to] early reports, it seems he is getting completely blown out in Alabama and Georgia,” Germain said.The panelists agreed that, so far, the 2016 election has been unlike any other. Depending on the state of the primaries after spring break, the Unruh Institute may hold additional events.last_img read more


Graduate student advocates for foster youth college accessibility

first_imgAt 15 years old, Xavier Mountain entered the foster care system for the second time. He had first entered it at just 2 years old, because his mother struggled with drug abuse and his father, an undocumented worker, wasn’t granted custody. The second time Mountain entered the system, he said it was because he confronted his abusive adopted father. Mountain bounced in and out of group homes until he was 18, at one point attending five high schools in the span of six months.Photo courtesy of Xavier Mountain.“At 15 years old you’re more worried about who likes you — that’s what you should be [worried about,] but as a foster youth I wasn’t able to do that,” he said. “I was focusing more on where I was going to go next, who do I have to meet, who do I have to adapt to.”Now a graduate student studying social work at USC, Mountain works to advocate for foster youth going through the same problems he did. Through John Burton Advocates for Youth, an organization dedicated to helping students pursue a higher education, Mountain is lobbying to pass California State Senate Bill 940.The bill, which was first introduced in January, proposes three changes to Cal Grant policies to better benefit foster care students.  First, it asks that foster youth remain eligible to apply for the grant until age 26, rather than only being eligible within one year of high school graduation. Second, it asks that they remain eligible for the grant for eight years, rather than four years. Finally, it asks that the deadline to apply to the grant is extended form March 2 to Sept. 2 for foster youth.Mountain said foster students are disadvantaged in the areas addressed by the bill because of their elevated responsibilities and lack of parental guidance and mentorship. Without the support, many students remain unaware of deadlines and take longer to go through school because they must provide for themselves.“You have your car bill, you have your phone bill, you have your insurance bill, you have your housing,” Mountain said. “You are your own everything. At 18 years old, you went from being taken care of in the foster care system to just thrown out in the streets.”According to John Burton Advocates for Youth, 85 percent of foster care youth first attend community college, compared to 36 percent in the general population, and that it takes an average of 7.9 years for community college students to receive a bachelor’s degree. Because of this, they are in need of an extension of the grant to get full support for their education, he said.“I stayed in college for five years,” said Demontea Thompson, a USC alumnus who went through the foster care system and now advocates for foster youth. “Most foster youth are at community colleges and then they move on over to four year universities. Once they are at four year universities they realize that their eligibility is limited … so now providing eight years for that support is needed.”According to John Burton Advocates for Youth project director Debbie Raucher, a study conducted by the organization two years ago conveyed that only 9 percent of foster youth were receiving the Cal Grant in comparison to the 85 percent of those same students who were receiving the Promise Grant, despite Cal Grant being the largest form of state financial aid.“We knew from that that they do meet the income criteria, but they weren’t getting through the various hoops they needed to jump through in order to qualify for the Cal Grant,” Raucher said. Senate Bill 940 recently passed through the Senate Education Committee. Generally, it takes about nine months to a year for a bill to reach the governor for approval, Mountain said. In the meantime, Mountain and John Burton Advocates for Youth are urging community members to write letters of support.Through his advocacy, Mountain wants to bring recognition to the struggles of foster youth that often go unrecognized.“A lot of people don’t pay attention to foster youth,” he said. “How can you tell a foster youth? You can’t. You can tell a race, you can tell ethnicity but [for] foster youth either you do or you don’t because you have to be in that circle. Because it’s not obvious, it becomes one of those things that gets pushed under the rug or doesn’t get enough attention and enough funding.”Mountain first began to get involved in advocating for foster youth through fundraising and speaking when he entered community college. Since then, he has joined John Burton Advocates for Youth as a youth advocate and has been working on lobbying for legislative bills geared at higher education support for foster students. “There’s beautiful motivational speeches,” he said. “That’s great and that gets the ball rolling, but we need substance that can keep it going … I felt like I could do it because I was a part of that world. I was a foster youth and there’s no better voice than the voice of the foster youth.”last_img read more


Alyssa Manley leading potent Syracuse offense ahead of Boston College matchup

first_img Published on September 16, 2015 at 10:28 pm Contact Liam: Alyssa Manley stood at the top of the circle waving her arms, summoning her teammates to gather around and regroup after then-No. 2 North Carolina opened the scoring of Saturday’s matchup of two top-three teams.No matter where they were on the field, her teammates flocked to her. Goalkeeper Jess Jecko shook off the goal she had just allowed and left the cage while forward Emma Russell trotted to the impromptu huddle.Manley had her word with her teammates, and SU stormed back with four unanswered goals in the second half to win 4-2.“As good as (Manley’s) play is, it’s more than that,” Syracuse head coach Ange Bradley said. “It’s more of a behind-the-scenes leadership, but in the moments of pressure is where she speaks and where she steps up.”Manley has become the leader of a midfield that’s controlled offensive possession throughout its first five games, resulting in SU outshooting opponents, 79-37. No. 2 Syracuse (5-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) and Manley will look to continue controlling the ball in the offensive zone on the road this weekend against No. 11 Boston College (4-2) on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Yale (1-2) Sunday at 2 p.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Our focus for the team is midfield movement,” Manley said. “Once we get the ball up, we want to go up one side, across the midfield and move to offense.“I think that has a lot to do with our success.”While the leadership of the four-year starter has helped while she plays in the midfield with Laura Hurff, a forward last year, and Alma Fenne, a graduate student playing her first year in the NCAA this year, Manley’s skill and speed sets her apart.One of the fastest girls on the team, Manley uses her speed to create space between defenders and find opportunities to advance the ball.“Midfield is kind of like the backbone to everything,” Hurff said. “… Without experience and poise there, the team doesn’t operate as a unit.”Playing in the midfield requires moving the ball in transition quickly and under pressure, something that rests on an ability to receive passes. With opposing forwards, backs and midfielders all crowded in the middle of the field, Hurff highlighted Manley’s clean footwork and stickwork as her strengths.Hurff describes Manley’s ability to receive passes as “seamless,” and that once she has possession of the ball, her passing is full of poise. Manley’s field hockey IQ is an asset for SU, something she’s accumulated from four-plus years of NCAA and international experience.Manley spent her summer playing for the United Sates Senior National Team in the Pan Am Games as the only college athlete on the roster. Since returning, Bradley has seen her captain’s elite ball control skills and speed improve even more.“She took a whole other step up,” Bradley said. “She’s about five pounds lighter (from training with the national team) and that much quicker.”Having an anchor at one of the most important positions on the field frees up other positons to focus on their roles. As Syracuse begins its stretch of conference games in the ACC — known for its speedy pace of play — Manley’s presence will be crucial for the Orange.“She’s one of our leaders and we look to her,” Hurff said. “Experience, skill, speed — she has it all and we need it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


Cavani’s Injury Worries Uruguay FA Ahead of Clash with France

first_imgThe player has a painful calf swelling but not a muscle tear, the country’s football federation (FCF) said on Monday, boosting his chances of facing France where he plays his club football for Paris Saint Germain.A scan showed swelling in Cavani’s left calf muscle but no torn fibres, the FCF said in a statement.“The player remains in pain. He will continue to do individual work and rehabilitation. His evolution is being monitored,” it said.The Portugal game had been billed as a showdown between Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo.Yet Cavani stole the limelight early when he switched play with a long cross to Suarez and continued his run to head home a pinpoint deep cross from the Barcelona forward and give Uruguay a seventh-minute lead.The goal featured superb linkplay between the two forwards, a combination that would be Uruguay’s strongest weapon against an attack-minded team like France.“There was a cross to the left, then a cross to the right – there is no scheme against that,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said of the goal.“Their strikers were very strong; one was there, the other one came from behind. That was an incredible play, they have never scored like that before.”It is his ability to power down the flanks or provide a defence-splitting pass to set up a fellow forward, that makes Cavani a big threat – and potentially such a big loss.Add his finishing prowess, as was evident during his second goal against Portugal, and Cavani has the qualities to rival any top player in the world.But the 31-year-old has always had to do something special to be the centre of attraction in his career, fitting himself into different positions for La Celeste, either for long-serving Uruguay forward Diego Forlan, who forced him to the wings, or for Suarez.It has not been any different at his club PSG either. With Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic leading the attack, Cavani always had to play a secondary role.When the Swede joined Manchester United, Cavani finally had the chance to prove his worth and did not disappoint. He finished the 2016-17 season with 47 club goals, only behind Lionel Messi in the leading leagues in Europe.With Brazilian Neymar arriving from Barcelona the next season for a world record fee, the focus again shifted off Cavani, possibly explaining his early ugly public spat with Neymar over penalty-taking duties.The goals have, however, not dried up and Cavani is now part of a feared attacking trio alongside Neymar and French striker Kylian Mbappe. Cavani has now overtaken Ibrahimovic as the club’s all-time top scorer.Cavani was also the top scorer for Uruguay during their World Cup qualifying campaign with 10 goals and finished ahead of players such as Argentina’s Messi, who had seven, and Brazil’s Neymar, who had six.With his strikes against Portugal, his tally in Russia reached three. All of Uruguay is hoping he has the chance to add more.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani has always played second fiddle to his more illustrious attacking colleagues at country or club level but the long-haired marksman emerged out of those shadows with his twin strike in the World Cup round of 16 last week.Cavani scored a stunning brace to lead the South Americans to a 2-1 win over European champions Portugal on Saturday and set up a quarterfinal clash against France.He dominated the headlines but acclaim for the goals has been quickly replaced by concerns about the injury he sustained in the 74th minute against Portugal.last_img read more


Dutch KSA appoints ‘Security Pro’ Ronald Prins to lead advisory

first_imgShare TOTO offers ‘sleeve support’ for distressed Eredivisie clubs  July 29, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Netherlands Remote Gambling Act submitted for EC review July 15, 2020 Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) the gambling regulatory authority for the Netherlands has confirmed the appointment of Ronald Prins as new Chairman of the KSA Advisory Board, succeeding incumbent Arthur Docters van Leeuwen.Established in 2014, the KSA Advisory Board assists the regulatory authority and wider stakeholders with advice and guidance on a number of disciplines, ranging from policy making, gambling standards, public affairs, representation and general strategy.Leading KSA’s advisory, Ronald Prins is a seasoned business executive and government public policy consultant in digital strategies and IT systems securities.Prins the former Founder and Chief Executive of FOX-IT digital security systems has formally advised the Dutch Electoral Council and Dutch Securities Board, on projects and reviews relating to national security and intelligence frameworks.The executive will lead the KSA advisory during a critical period for Dutch gambling, with the Netherlands Senate having approved the mandate of Remote Gambling Act this February, putting forward the nation’s initial online gambling frameworks.Prins commented on joining KSA governance – In the task that the KSA now faces, many of my interests come together. There are administrative aspects to regulating a market. How do you create conditions that create an attractive legal market that ensures that illegal providers are pushed aside? And of course, you also have the IT and security aspects. It is an interesting and exciting job that the KSA stands for. I hope to be able to help with the other members of the advisory board. “ KSA draws up wishlist on casino games market surveillance July 13, 2020last_img read more


FIFA Disciplinary C’ttee Chairman, Anin Yeboah nominated Ghana’s new Chief Justice

first_imgThe Chairman of FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee, Anin Yeboah has been nominated as the new Chief Justice of Ghana.Yeboah was elected as the Chairman of Committee at the 67th FIFA Congress in Bahrain in May 2017.He was overwhelmingly endorsed for the position after polling 98% of the votes and was to serve a four-year term.He had served on FIFA’s Ethics Committee the previous year – a body primarily responsible for investigating possible infringements of the FIFA Code of Ethics.The Disciplinary Committee pronounces the sanctions described in the FIFA Statutes and the FIFA Disciplinary Code on member associations, clubs, officials, players, intermediaries and licensed match agents.Anin Yeboah has also served in the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the Ghana Football Association (GFA).However, Anin Yeboah is set to take up another post after his name was submitted to Parliament by the President, as required by the Constitution.The President, Nana Akufo-Addo, in a speech read on his behalf, said he was fully confident in Justice Anin Yeboah’s capacity to ’eminently’ occupy the office of Ghana’s Chief Justice.About  Anin YeboahJustice Anin Yeboah is currently the fourth longest-serving Justice of the Supreme Court.He is a graduate of the Ghana School of Law in 1981, he was appointed to the Supreme Court by President John Agyekum Kufuor in June 2008. Prior to that, he had served as a Justice of the High Court from 2002 to 2003 and a Justice of the Court of Appeal from 2003 to 2008.Apart from being a Supreme Court Justice, Justice Anin Yeboah is also a part-time lecturer in Civil Procedure and the Ghana Legal System at the Ghana School of Law.In May 2017, he was appointed the Chairman of FIFA’s Disciplinary Committee Chair..In September 2019, named onto the CAF/FIFA Reform Implementation Taskforce team for African football.He was appointed along with five others to carry out reforms within African football.He also served as the Chairman of the Appeal’s Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) from 2004 to 2008.last_img read more


Ghana beach soccer team set for 2014 Copa Lagos

first_imgGhana’s Beach Soccer team, the Black Sharks look poised to test their raw but exciting skills against the world’s best this December at the Copa Lagos invitational in Nigeria. The annual beach soccer festival organised by Beach Soccer Worldwide (BSWW), has seen African beach soccer Champions like Senegal, European giants Germany and five times world champions Brazil all take turns to thrill beach soccer fans in the previous three editions in the Nigeria capital. Confirming Ghana’s participation Yaw Ampofo-Ankrah of Beach Soccer Ghana, stated that the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has accepted the invitation and successfully registered team Ghana for the end of year event. ” We are pleased that our invitation from BSWW has been accepted by the GFA. This will be our first time but that does not mean we should automatically tag ourselves underdogs. We just have to prepare seriously in earnest to make a meaningful impact”Founded in 2011, Copa Lagos is organized under the scope of the BSWW Tour – the FIFA-recognized entity behind the creation and growth of Beach Soccer. In addition to the international dimension, the event aims to have a strategic role in developing beach soccer in Nigeria. Since launching the first Copa Lagos three years ago, expert participation from the sports industry has increased remarkably, and is projected to be even greater at the 2014 edition. The three-day event will be the prime family event that celebrates every sphere of life ranging from music, fashion, to entrepreneurship and sports – a complete package for every member of the family. Gearing up for the fourth edition, the round robin event is set to attract the best of the best once again including the 2013 Euro Beach soccer Champions Switzerland and the Ivory Coast already confirmed as participants. Nicknamed the Black Sharks, Ghana would not want to be the whipping boys even if considered underdogs due to the relative inexperience of their national team players.  However, with the Ghanaians running the only two competitive beach soccer leagues in the sub region, they could pull off an unexpected triumph.With an influx of new talents from the league, the Black Sharks stands to benefit immensely should they partake in the event billed to kick off on December 12. Ranked 71st in the world, Ghana’s only previous show in a continental competition came at the 2013 African Beach Soccer Championships in Morocco where they lost to the hosts and Madagascar and Senegal but managed to score six goals.last_img read more


Shohei Ohtani to join Angels in Detroit on Tuesday

first_imgWhile the injury prevents him from pitching until 2020, the Angels will soon have his bat back for the rest of the season. Last year he hit .285 with 22 homers and a .925 OPS in 367 plate appearances.Ohtani could approach 500 plate appearances over the rest of the season if he serves as the everyday designated hitter, with only occasional days off, as Manager Brad Ausmus has suggested.Later in the season, as he continues to advance in his throwing progression, the Angels might choose to give him a few more days off to work around the heavier throwing workouts. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros “He was the (American League) Rookie of the Year,” outfielder Kole Calhoun said Sunday before the Angels played in Monterrey, Mexico. “We all got to see what he’s capable of last year and now he’s got a year of experience under his belt. He’s somebody that can definitely help this ball club. We’re definitely excited to get a player like Ohtani back.”Ohtani, 24, won the award after debuting as a two-way player in the majors in 2018. He was only able to pitch 10 games, posting a 3.31 ERA, because of an elbow injury that ultimately required surgery at the end of the season.Related Articles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield DETROIT — Shohei Ohtani, who has missed more than a month of the season while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, appears to be ready to play.Ohtani will join the Angels in Detroit on Tuesday, at which point he will be evaluated to determine if he’s ready to play, Angels general manager Billy Eppler said in a statement released on Monday.Although the Angels stopped short of saying that they will definitely activate Ohtani, it would be a surprise if they sent him to Detroit without being fairly certain he was ready to go. Ohtani had more than 50 plate appearances against minor league pitchers in simulated games over the past couple weeks, approximating spring training.As his return seemed imminent in recent days, the Angels talked eagerly about what he could mean when he rejoins the middle of their lineup.center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Eppler said on Sunday that Ohtani has been instructed on how to slide without putting his arm at risk. He will wear a protective elbow guard when he bats and a different one when he is on the bases. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more