GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC): Close to 140,000 children from across the Caribbean will be recipients of cricket coaching aids and clinics as part of this year’s Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket programme. The year-round activity, now in its 18th season, is managed by the West Indies Cricket Board and administered by the various territorial boards across the region. It is now being played in more than 800 schools in 20 countries, with most of the participants coming from Trinidad, Jamaica, Barbados and Guyana. SKILLS DEMO This year’s activities started on Sunday in Guyana with an on-field skills demonstration by 100 local children during the second one-day international between West Indies and Pakistan at the National Stadium. According to K.J. Singh, the WICB’s senior project officer, the board was pleased with the outreach activities. “The Scotiabank Kiddy Cricket Programme continues to see significant growth,” he noted. “We have close to 140,000 young boys and girls from over 800 schools participating in the programme across the West Indies. This number will grow even more this year as we continue to promote the game both on and off the field.” He continued: “We are not just coaching future cricketers, but we are moulding lives for the future development in the region.” The programme has been responsible for feeding several players into the international squads, with the likes of Test and one-day captain Jason Holder and Test opener Kraigg Brathwaite having benefitted from the thrust.
Liberia climbed three steps in the latest FIFA Coca-Cola Ranking for the month of June despite her ousting from qualifiers of the CAF’s African Cup of Nations and U-20 competition.The country moved to 116th position on the global scene, but remained 34 in Africa.Liberia ended April and May editions of the monthly examination by Fifa of its members’ countries at 119th spot.Lone Star before its narrow 1-0 win over Lesotho, recentlyCritics say that the three steps made by Liberia might be due to the 1-0 win over the Ivory Coast and Lesotho despite the latest disappointing defeats in the return legs.Meanwhile, Algeria made the most significant move in Africa beating the Elephants of Ivory Coast to move to 1st place in Africa, while Ivory Coast dropped to second.Despite their absence from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Egypt moved to third on the log, while Ghana, Cape Verde Island are fourth and fifth and Nations Cup defending champions Nigeria remained at number six.Sierra Leone moved to ninth position while Tunisia and Guinea are seventh and eighth and Cameroun is placed at the tenth spot.Meanwhile, there was plenty of movement in the latest edition in the ranking, with 77 qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil ensuring a number of changes compared to last month.In the top 20, leaders Spain and second-placed Germany remained unchallenged at the top, with Argentina’s move into third place following wins over Uruguay (11th, down 4) and Chile (21st, down 4) edging Portugal down to fourth.Also benefiting from two victories are Italy (5th, up 3) and Russia (9th, up 3), the latter moving into the top ten for the first time since October 2010. Brazil, who is hosting the 2014 world finals and thus has no potential points-earning qualifiers, managed to stay 13th thanks to two runaway wins in friendlies against Iraq (97th, down 17) and Japan (24th, down 1).Six teams have reached their highest-ever position since the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking was launched in 1993: Algeria (19th, up 5), Haiti (57th, up 3), Dominican Republic (92nd, up 10), St Kitts and Nevis (106th, up 16), Philippines (143rd, up 4) and Timor-Leste (187th, up 19).The results of 146 ‘A’ internationals have been taken into account on the current edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, of which more than half (77) were qualifiers for the next FIFA World Cup. 25 were CONCACAF/AFC continental qualifiers and 44 were friendlies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A pensioner on Friday appeared before Magistrate Christel Lambert at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court to answer a charge of assault.Mark Charles, 70, of Lot 23 Mary, West Coast Demerara pleaded guilty to the charge, which stated that on August 15 at Mary, he assaulted Nikita Murphy.Charles, who is Murphy’s grandfather, admitted that on the day in question, he and his granddaughter were involved in a heated argument. The court was told that the argument escalated and the defendant dealt the VC several blows about her body.The matter was reported to the Police and the man was arrested and charged.In court on Friday Charles said that his granddaughter was being rude to him and stated that it upset him.He apologised to her and gave an undertaking that he would never raise his hands at her again.Magistrate Lambert told both defendant and VC that they are family and should not be involved in such issues.Charles was fined $10,000.
A lead defense lawyer in the ongoing saga concerning the US$1.2 million bond filed on behalf of the suspended National Port Authority (NPA) managing director Matilda W. Parker and her comptroller took a different trend yesterday when Cllr. Fredrick Cherue was openly heard challenging government lawyers to avoid much technicality and move the case to trial.Cherue’s argument came after hours of heated debate at the first day of the hearing in a packed courtroom of Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice concerning the authenticity of the US$1.2 million controversial bond. The hearing was postponed for the second time to today by Judge Peter Gbeneweleh.Judge Gbeneweleh’s decision came shortly after both defense and prosecutors took long hours of most of the court’s time arguing on legal issues surrounding the case.Cllr. Cherue’s comments came after the judge and the Solicitor-General, Cllr. Betty Lamin Blamo, entered into a bitter argument in the courtroom, while a representative of the insurance company was seated in the dock testifying on the justification of the said bond.It was during the argument that Cllr. Cherue was publicly heard as saying, “do not bring too much technicalities in the case, because, we are just in a fact-finding stage. If you want for us to produce all of our evidences then you have to advance the case on the docket for trial.”Making reference to the bond records presented to the court and subsequently approved by Judge Gbeneweleh, Cllr. Cherue as the lead defense counsel and a former Senator of RiverGee County said, “Your honor, all that they are arguing about were parts of the records that we presented to the court and were approved by you,” wondering, “What do they want for us to do now, let them allow us to go for the merit and the demerit (trial).”Immediately, after Cherue’s statement, Cllr. Blamo in her response, said, “Do not worry, the case is already on the docket for trial.”She did not explain when government would be trying the suspended NPA executives.Cllr. Blamo went onto say, “We have to question the legality of the bond, because it has so many discrepancies so we need to look at it in its totality.”One of the deficiencies, she said, was that the insurance company submitted two separate tax clearances to the court, claiming, “One was dated on March 2015, and the other was dated June the same year.”“So, you need to tell us which one of the tax clearances that you are talking about, and to produce the original copy of each document,” the Solicitor General asserted.The questionable bond was secured by the Family Dollar Universal Insurance to prevent Matilda Parker and her comptroller Christina Kpabar-Paelay from being incarcerated, both of whom are accused of stealing US$837,950 from the NPA.However, government lawyers claimed that it is defective and therefore, the court should be set aside for the pair to file a satisfactory bond or be arrested and placed behind bars until said bond was made right under the law.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
NASCAR inspectors said his Chevrolet was almost an inch too low but blamed it on a part failure, not cheating. He was not stripped of the victory. “We feel it was unintentional, and actually fairly unsafe,” said NASCAR competition director Robin Pemberton. “We feel that it was a part failure, and we feel that it was unintentionally done. I think it would be marginal at best if there was any advantage. Gordon learned his car had failed inspection while finishing his post-race news conference. “Are you serious? That sucks. I’m mad about that right now,” he said with a look of disbelief. There were no questions about his victory as he easily held off Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the closing laps. Four drivers – two from each race – raced their way into the lineup Thursday, including Michael Waltrip, who got what he wanted – a chance to prove he didn’t need to cheat to make the 500. With an eighth-place finish, Waltrip and Boris Said, who nosed out Mike Bliss for 12th, advanced in the first qualifying race. They’ll be joined in the 500 by Joe Nemechek and Mike Wallace, who finished ninth and 11th in the second race. Kyle Busch led most of the second race but lost the lead to his older brother Kurt, the 2003 series champion, and fell all the way to sixth on the 54th lap. Gordon, meanwhile, hung around the leaders throughout the race but seemed to come out of nowhere for the victory. For all the hubbub about harsh punishments for cheaters this week, all five teams that were busted by NASCAR’s technical inspectors this week have a starting spot in Sunday’s race. Waltrip raced his way in on Thursday, and Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Scott Riggs and Elliott Sadler were assured of a starting spot because their teams were in the top 35 in owner points last season. Juan Pablo Montoya led briefly in the second qualifying race before his right front wheel hub broke. That put him out after only 24 laps. Montoya still gets a starting spot in the race because his team finished in the top 35 in owner points last season. Long-time friend and rival team owner Richard Childress gave James Hylton a car and an engine to start Speedweeks. When it was all over, Childress gave him a pat on the back. “I was pulling for you,” Childress told Hylton after the race. “I wasn’t even watching my cars.” The 72-year-old Hylton was trying to become the oldest driver ever to make a Cup race, and he almost pulled it off. He was running eighth with 10 laps to go, good enough to earn a qualifying spot for Sunday’s race. But Hylton’s clutch wasn’t working properly, and he couldn’t keep up on a late restart. He slipped and finished 23rd. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I am 100 percent sure this is unintentional.” NASCAR said it believed a mechanic made a mistake when the shocks were installed before the race. Gordon’s was the sixth team in three days to be caught with technical violations. The earlier problems led to expulsions, suspensions, fines and loss of championship points – and the season hasn’t even started. The most serious of the violations was committed by the new team of Michael Waltrip, whose Toyota failed inspection after an illegal substance was found in the gas line. His crew chief and team director were suspended indefinitely and kicked out of Daytona International Speedway. Waltrip was docked 100 driver and car owner points. That was on the heels of lesser violations by the teams of Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Elliott Sadler and Scott Riggs, whose crew chiefs all were fined and suspended. All drivers also lost points. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Just when it looked like racing would snatch the spotlight from the cheaters at Daytona, Jeff Gordon’s winning car failed inspection. Gordon, who won the second of Thursday’s two 150-mile qualifying races, now will start the Daytona 500 in 42nd place.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Cook and other industry experts believe mutual fund investors should consider bond funds as a ballast for a stock-heavy portfolio regardless of when the Fed ends its cycle of rate increases. Nobody is suggesting that investors take flight into bond funds because Wall Street, uneasy after 14 rate increases since 2004, is on the verge of a bear market. They still think stocks have plenty of momentum. What analysts recommend is that stock investors simply take a broader look at their portfolios because the bond market seems to be a relatively good bet right now. Many analysts specifically point to bond funds that focus on short to intermediate maturities, between two and 10 years. There’s some history behind their advice. The past few decades have seen long-term bond funds providing investors the highest rate of return, especially during periods in which interest rates have been on the decline. But these investments – which in some cases mature at 30 years – carry more volatility as long-term bond funds are extremely sensitive to interest rate fluctuations. Short-term and intermediate-term bonds might be exactly what the financial planner ordered. Short-term bonds mature in less than two years, while intermediates expire in about 10 years. Historically, these funds are the ones to watch in the immediate aftermath of the Fed’s decision to stop raising rates. NEW YORK – The departure of Alan Greenspan and arrival of Ben Bernanke at the Federal Reserve have done nothing to deflect mutual fund investors from the Big Question: When will the Fed stop raising rates? The question has stock investors nervous, especially after last week’s big drop in equities. But some bond fund investors might have their hands around a bottle of champagne. Some analysts think both camps are wasting their time. “Does it matter? No,” said Margo Cook, who oversees $6 billion of assets as head of institutional fixed income for Bank of New York’s BNY Asset Management. “Right now, investors should be thinking about diversified asset allocation.” Between 1994 and early 1995, the Fed raised rates seven times to 6 percent from 3 percent. Intermediate-term bonds then spiked 17.8 percent. In 1999 and 2000, the Fed sent rates up six times to 6.5 percent from 4.75 percent – and, once finished, intermediate-term bonds logged a 9.7 percent return, according to data provided by Morningstar. Some analysts predict double-digit returns in the coming year for funds that track intermediate-term bonds. Already this year, investors have sent intermediate-term bonds up 1.8 percent in anticipation these investments will follow history. Intermediate-term bonds also delivered a 5.3 percent annualized return over the past five years. “I think it’s reasonable to start looking at bond funds,” said Todd Barre, vice president and senior investment strategist for Harris Private Bank. “If an investor is quite aggressively in equities right now, I think it is reasonable to diversify given the fact short funds give a nice yield.” Some of the strongest bond funds this year include American Funds Bond Fund of America, Columbia Income, Summit Bond Fund, and Pimco Total Return Institutional. All have returned three-year annualized returns over 5 percent. Andrew Clark, a senior analyst with Lipper Research, said he sees fairly substantial returns this year for intermediate-term bonds. Lipper’s model bond portfolio is currently weighted 50 percent in corporate bonds – half of that in triple-B rated bonds and the rest in high yield. Among the bond funds he suggests is Alliance Bernstein Corporate Bond fund, Morgan Stanley Income fund, the Delaware Delchest High-yield fund, and the Goldman Sachs High-yield fund. “I absolutely agree to stick with intermediate-term bonds because the returns are probably fairly substantial,” he said. “But a smart investor might even consider going long. That’s where the most money is going to be made, and once the Fed starts slowing, this will be the next place investors look to.” Clark and other analysts aren’t calling for a rush into the bond market. Instead, they’re urging investors to think about where the Fed will likely freeze rates at – 4.5 percent or 5 percent seems to be the most common predictions. Then find investments that traditionally will surpass that. Intermediate-term bond funds fit that bill, they say. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Tags: Hassan Kalega GaataHudu MulikaIsaac KirabiraKyetume FCURA FC URA FC has now dropped five points in their first three games. (PHOTO/URA FC)Uganda Premier LeagueURA FC 0-0 Kyetume FCMandela National Stadium, NambooleFriday, 06-09-2019URA FC’s title credentials were cast into further doubt on Friday when they were held to a goalless draw at home to Kyetume FC in the Uganda Premier League.The Tax Collectors who were coming off a 1-3 loss away to Wakiso Giants on match-day two could not break down a well organised Kyetume side despite dominating proceedings.URA had three good chances to take the lead and probably win the game but could not beat Salim Sowedi who was standing in for Joel Mutakubwa. Mutakubwa is currently away with the National team that is set to take on Kenya in an international friendly on Sunday.Hudu Mulika and Hassan Kalega Gaata both saw good attempts go wide while Yeseri Waibi shot straight at Sowedi.Kyetume were more intent on taking home at least a point and never really troubled URA at the other end.The home side introduced Ssenyonga Mikidad for debutant Michael Birungi while Steven Munguchi and Ronald Kigongo came on for Kalega and Ojera respectively, but still couldn’t find a breakthrough.Kyetume FC’s Isaac Kirabira, who joined as a free agent from KCCA FC, was named man of the match in a dull affair.The draw means that URA FC who are highly expected to challenge both KCCA and Vipers for this year’s crown, have already dropped five points in three games.For Kyetume, they have managed four points – They beat SC Villa in the league opener and lost to Maroons at Luzira on match-day two.URA FC and Kyetume are to face KCCA (A) and Proline FC (H) in their next fixtures.Other results on Friday-Wakiso Giants 1-0 Tooro UnitedComments
Liverpool held on to defeat Salzburg 4-3 in the first game. (PHOTO/Courtesy)Napoli vs GenkStadio San Paolo, NaplesTuesday, 10-12-2019 @8:55pmReferee: Cuneyt Cakir (Tur)Napoli’s fate remains firmly in their own hands as they bid to progress to the knockout stages of the UCL despite their poor recent form. Napoli are now on a run of nine matches without a victory in all competitions with their last win coming on matchday 3 against Salzburg. If Napoli are to pick up the point they need, they may have to do so without influential midfielder Allan who is an injury doubt.Genk cannot progress from Group E but will be desperate to end their campaign on a high having earned just one point so far. The Belgian side have endured a poor run of late but earned their first win in nine matches in all competitions by winning at the weekend. Genk have a relatively healthy squad with long-term absentees Danny Vukovic and Bryan Heynen sidelined along with Jere Uronen.Tuesday’s match will be a particularly special one for Kalidou Koulibaly, who joined Napoli from Genk in 2014 following a two-year spell with the Belgian club during which time he made 64 league appearances. The hosts will be without Kevin Malcuit, Faouzi Ghoulam and Allan for this match due to injury, while Arkadiusz Milik is also expected to miss out again as he continues to struggle with a stomach problem.Nikola Maksimovic had been expected to come back into the side after sitting out at the weekend, but he is now a major doubt having pulled up in training on Sunday. Genk, meanwhile, are still without long-term absentees Bryan Heynen and first-choice goalkeeper Danny Vukovic due to ACL and Achilles injuries respectively. Maarten Vandevoordt appears to have usurped Gaetan Coucke in the pecking order for the latter position, with the 17-year-old set for his first-ever Champions League appearance.RB Salzburg vs LiverpoolRed Bull Arena, SalzburgTuesday, 10-12-2019 @8:55pmReferee: Danny Makkelie (Hol)Dejan Lovren has trained with the Liverpool squad ahead of their final Champions League group match against Red Bull Salzburg after being substituted with an injury during the first half of the Kops victory over Bournemouth this past weekend. Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana could also return against Salzburg after missing the win over Bournemouth. However, Liverpool will be without injured centre-back Joel Matip, who remains sidelined with a knee problem and has not featured for the team since October 20.Red Bull Salzburg are set to be without Alexander Walke, Antoine Bernede, Patrick Farkas and Sekou Koita.This will be the second competitive meeting between FC Salzburg and Liverpool, following their clash on MD2 in which the Reds won 4-3, despite leading 3-0 after 36 minutes at Anfield. Liverpool have won five of their seven games against Austrian sides in all European competition (W5 D1 L1), losing only to Grazer AK in a Champions League qualifier in August 2004. FC Salzburg have lost four of their five matches against English opposition in all European competition, conceding at least twice in every match (13 in total). At home, Salzburg drew 2-2 vs Blackburn in September 2006 (UEFA Cup) and lost 0-2 vs Man City in September 2010 (Europa League). Liverpool have only won two of their last 11 Champions League away group stage games (W2 D3 L6), losing four of the last five (W1). The Reds last won consecutive away group games in the competition back in September 2008 under Rafa Benitez. FC Salzburg have won 15 and lost just one of their last 20 home games in European competition (inc. qualifiers), with that defeat coming last time out on home soil vs Napoli. Neither Liverpool or FC Red Bull Salzburg have kept a UEFA Champions League clean sheet this season. The Reds could become only the second reigning champion to fail to keep a clean sheet in their first six matches of the following campaign, after Real Madrid in 2016-17 (first 10 games). FC Salzburg striker Erling Haaland has scored in all five of his UEFA Champions League games so far, scoring eight goals and averaging a goal every 37 minutes. No player has ever scored in their first six appearances in the competition. Since the start of the 2017-18 campaign, the two players with the most UEFA Champions League assists are Liverpool duo Roberto Firmino and James Milner with 11 each. Only Spurs (17) and Bayern Munich (21) have scored more goals than FC Red Bull Salzburg (16) this season. Since 2003-04, the most goals scored by a side in the group stage to be eliminated is 16 scored by Chelsea in the 2012-13 campaign – they went on to win the Europa League. Liverpool conceded three goals from five shots on target on MD2 against FC Salzburg; the most goals they’ve conceded against an opponent in the Champions League group stage is five, against Galatasaray in 2006-07 and Sevilla in 2017-18.Benfica vs ZenitEstadio da Luz, LisbonTuesday, 10-12-2019 @11pmReferee: Antonio Mateu (Spa)Zenit St Petersburg may need to do something they have not achieved for two years to reach the knockout stage of the Champions League – win away from home in Europe.Group G is among the tightest pools this season and the only team out of contention to qualify are Benfica, who can only avoid finishing bottom of the table, and thus go into the Europa League by claiming third position, with a resounding victory over Zenit.So this match is all about whether Zenit can at least match what Lyon do at home to RB Leipzig. If Lyon win, Zenit would need to do likewise in Lisbon – and you have to go back to December 2017 to find the last time the Russian champions triumphed on their continental travels, which was against Real Sociedad in the Europa League.That really does not bode well for Zenit, who did at least taste success at the Estadio da Luz by a 2-0 scoreline in the 2014-15 Champions League group phase.As for Benfica, they blew their chances to progress last time out in Leipzig where they looked to be strolling to victory at 2-0 up but then conceded two late goals scored by Emil Forsberg, including a penalty, to draw 2-2.The Portuguese champions have had a surprisingly poor time of it in Europe’s elite club competition over the last few seasons, certainly since they reached the quarter-finals four years ago.Benfica have struggled in the UCL this year and are unable to qualify for the knockout stage with one game remaining in Group G. The Portuguese side are unbeaten in their last six in all competitions and can still advance to the UEL if they better a 3-1 scoreline. Benfica could name the same side that featured in their 4-1 win at the weekend with that looking like their strongest XI available to them.Zenit can progress to the last 16 of the UCL with any result in their final game but a lot will also depend on the other match in Group G. The Russians will progress if Lyon are beaten by RB Leipzig but will be eliminated if the French side come out on top of their game. Zenit have several injuries to contend with and their task has been made even more difficult due to Rakitskiy and Kuzyaev being suspended.Lyon vs RB LeipzigGroupama Stadium, LyonTuesday, 10-12-2019 @11pmReferee: Anthony Taylor (Eng)Lyon host RB Leipzig for their Group G showdown on Tuesday evening with a lot more to play for, as they look to challenge Zenit for a top 2 spot on the final day of the Champions League Group stage – having dropped the spot with a 2-0 loss in St Petersburg two weeks ago.Les Gones have been quite unpredictable and saw such a run costly at Groupama Stadium lately too, as Lille (0-1) snatched all three points to end their three-match winning streak here. Still, Rudi Garcia’s men bounced with a 0-4 win over Nimes on Friday and it feels they get ground to build on despite more of a challenge expected now.Indeed, RB Leipzig secured their spot in the knockout stages with a 2-2 draw against Benfica as they have better head-to-head records against chasers Zenit. However, Julian Nagelsmann’s men boast great records of recent and will surely want to keep hold of their unbeaten streak across competitions.Die Bullen beat Hoffenheim (3-1) on Saturday and earned their seventh win along the way, with only the thrilling draw against Benfica interrupting the streak. They’ve been scoring numbers of goals on the regular and this could be even more worrying for the crowd in Decines-Charpieu, promising an exciting game once again despite no high stakes involved.Lyon beat Nimes (0-4) on Friday to bounce from their 0-1 home loss to Lille seen seven days ago. RB Leipzig have been convincing as they beat Hoffenheim (3-1) and extended their eight-match unbeaten streak. Les Gones snatched the points in Leipzig (0-2) with goals from Depay and TerrierDortmund vs Slavia PrahaSignal Iduna Park, DortmundTuesday, 10-12-2019 @11pmReferee: Sergey Karasev (Rus)Lucien Favre could persist with a three-man backline again, especially with the injury to both Thomas Delaney and Axel Witsel, both of whom are ruled out for the rest of the year. It could pave the way for Julian Brandt to be withdrawn into a midfield role, with Julian Weigl playing alongside.It won’t be surprising to see Slavia play attacking football with a high line of press since they have nothing to lose. Hence, we expect Nicolae Stanciu to start in the advanced midfield role. He will be tasked with the responsibility of providing the creative essence going forward.Borussia Dortmund have won seven of their 11 matches against teams from the Czech Republic, including winning their first-ever match with Slavia Praha in this season’s Champions League. Slavia Praha are yet to win an away game in the Champions League, drawing each of their last three outings in the competition. Borussia Dortmund have only lost two of their last 15 Champions League group stage games at Signal Iduna Park, losing against Spurs in November 2017 and Real Madrid in September 2017. Since Peter Olayinka’s goal against Inter Milan, Slavia Praha hasn’t attempted a shot on target in an away UEFA Champions League game, a run of 117 minutes without one. Dortmund are looking to reach the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League in consecutive seasons for the first time since doing so in three consecutively between 2012-13 and 2014-15.Inter Milan vs BarcelonaStadio Giuseppe Meazza, MilanTuesday, 10-12-2019 @11pmReferee: Bjorn Kuipers (Hol)Antonio Conte has a couple of fresh injury concerns to contend with ahead of the visit of Barcelona. On Tuesday, the Inter Milan boss could be without as many as six first-team players, with the wing-back slots posing some concern. Antonio Candreva (back) and Kwadwo Asamoah (knee) are major doubts for the Barcelona game and are likely to miss out. In addition to the duo, Nicolo Barella (knee), Roberto Gagliardini (foot), Stefano Sensi (thigh) and Alexis Sanchez (ankle) are also on the sidelines and will play not a part against Barcelona.Ernesto Valverde is set to make some rotations when Barcelona next take the field against Inter Milan. Without four first-team players due to injury troubles, Valverde has also decided to rest Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto and captain Lionel Messi, leaving the trio behind in Barcelona. Those who miss out through fitness issues are Nelson Semedo (calf), Jordi Alba (hamstring), Arthur (groin) and Ousmane Dembele (thigh). With Semedo unavailable due to his injury and Roberto rested, Moussa Wague will get a rare opportunity to impress at the right side of the Barcelona defence.Barcelona have secured first place in their Champions League group for the 21st time, and a 13th season in a row – both competition records. Inter Milan have been victorious in only two of their last nine UEFA Champions League matches (D3 L4). Barcelona have won only five of their last 15 matches on the road in European competition (D6 L4). Barcelona’s next UEFA Champions League win will be their 150th; only Real Madrid have reached that landmark in the competition so far. Inter Milan are unbeaten in their last nine games against Spanish opposition at San Siro (W3 D6) stretching back to a 2-0 loss to Alaves in the 2000-01 UEFA Cup fourth round. That is their sole defeat at home to a Spanish club in 19 fixtures (W9 D9).Chelsea vs LilleStamford Bridge, LondonTuesday, 10-12-2019 @11pmReferee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (Gre)Chelsea and Lille’s only previous competitive meeting in any competition came in October of this season’s Champions League, with the London club earning a 2-1 win. Chelsea have only lost one of their eight previous home games against French sides in the Champions League (W4 D3), although that was their last such fixture, a 1-2 loss to PSG in March 2016. Lille’s only win in six away games at English sides across all European competitions came at Aston Villa in the Intertoto Cup in August 2002 (2-0) – they have failed to score in each of their other five such matches in England (D1 L4). If Chelsea qualifies to the knockout stages following this game, Frank Lampard will be the first English manager to progress a team from the Champions League group stage – having taken charge of all six group games – since his uncle Harry Redknapp with Spurs in 2010-11. Lille have taken just one point in the Champions League this season (W0 D1 L4) – under the current group stage format, the only French side with fewer in a single campaign in the competition was Marseille in 2013-14 (0). Chelsea are winless in their last five Champions League games at Stamford Bridge (D4 L1); their longest run without a win in the competition on home soil. Chelsea have had eight different goalscorers in the Champions League this season – excluding own goals, no team have had more than the Blues coming into this final group stage matchday. Lille have scored with just 3.9 per cent of their shots in the Champions League this season (3/78). Coming into MD6, only Galatasaray (2.3 per cent) have posted a lower shot conversion rate in the competition this term. Willian has scored 10 goals for Chelsea in the Champions League, while a goal in this game would make him their outright fourth-highest scorer in the competition, behind Didier Drogba (36), Frank Lampard (23) and Nicolas Anelka (12). Victor Osimhen has netted two of Lille’s three goals in the Champions League this season, although both games he has scored in have ended in defeat (1-2 vs Chelsea and 1-4 vs Valencia).Antonio Rudiger is ready to return from a groin problem for Chelsea’s Champions League clash with Lille at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. Fikayo Tomori has a minor hip complaint so will miss out, paving the way for fit-again Germany defender Rudiger to make his first appearance since September. Olivier Giroud misses out again, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek is still sidelined with his long-term heel issue.Swansea loanee Renato Sanches is expected to start for Lille, but former Chelsea forward Loic Remy may have to settle for a place on the bench. Timothy Weah, the son of former Chelsea striker George Weah, is a long-term absentee with a leg injury. Defender Adama Soumaoro is also set to miss out with a thigh problem while Reinildo faces a late test on an ankle injury.Ajax vs ValenciaJohan Cruyff Arena, AmsterdamTuesday, 10-12-2019 @11pmReferee: Clement Turpin (Fra)Ajax are in a strong position to advance to the last 16 as they head into this top of Group H but need at least a point to be sure. The Dutch side come into this on the back of a shock loss to Willem II in the Eredivisie but that might help to focus them for this contest. Ajax will name their strongest available side for this one but continue to be without the presence of David Neres because of injury.Valencia’s late point against Chelsea could turn out to be crucial and has put their qualification fate in their own hands. They must beat Ajax to seal their spot in the last 16 but will also progress by matching Chelsea’s result against Lille in the other game. The Spaniards have a long list of unavailable players and could be without ‘keeper Jasper Cillessen after he was forced off at the weekend.Ajax will be without the services of David Neres due to a knee injury, while Zakaria Labyad is unlikely to be available until the early stages of 2020 due to a knee problem of his own. Quincy Promes is also a doubt having missed out against Willem II on Friday with a muscular problem, but Ten Haag has no fresh injury concerns from last week’s Eredivise clash. What’s more, both Daley Blind and Joel Veltman will be available after serving European suspensions. The fact that the Dutch side have issues in the final third could see experienced forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar start, while there will also be a spot for Hakim Ziyech, who has incredibly provided 20 assists in just 25 appearances at club level during the 2019-20 campaign.As for Valencia, Cristiano Piccini, Goncalo Guedes, Denis Cheryshev and Geoffrey Kondogbia remain on the treatment table, but Jaume Costa and Ezequiel Garay both made their returns from injury at the weekend. The visitors could be without number one goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, though, with the Netherlands international in a race to recover from the injury that he picked up against Levante. Kevin Gameiro and Rodrigo Moreno are likely to start in the final third of the field, while Francis Coquelin could be given the nod over Daniel Wass in the middle of the park.Comments Tags: barcelonachampions leagueChelseaInter MilanLilleliverpoolRB Salzburg
Waving a red flag over FDI in multi-brand retail and threatening to put spokes in the Centre’s pro-reform moves, the DMK – a dominant constituent of the Congress-led UPA – on Monday expressed its readiness to support a resolution in Parliament even if it is moved by the Opposition.”We will support it,” DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi told the media after the party’s executive committee meeting. This, he said without any hesitation when asked what the party’s stand would be in the event of the Opposition tabling a resolution against FDI in the retail sector.”We will not participate in the cabinet expansion and that is the reason,” was the octogenarian’s response when probed further.Coming a day after he turned down the PM’s offer for Cabinet or minister of state slots in the much-awaited ministerial expansion, this is seen as a shrewd move of the party attempting to keep the Congress at a safe distance ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.Yet, the DMK is not willing to rock the UPA II boat in the near future.Differences on some issues, Karunanidhi maintained, would not affect the party’s ties with the Congress. “They (the differences) can be sorted out,” he said and refused to accept the suggestion that the PM turning down the demand for any rethink on the reforms could be taken as a ‘challenge’. “We are striving to address the problems faced by the people and hope that the PM would take into account our views,” he pointed out.Apart from reiterating its earlier demand for a reconsideration of FDI in retail, the party executive passed a resolution pressing for the rejection of the Kelkar panel recommendations in toto, raising serious apprehensions about its impact. With this, the DMK is being seen as making common cause with the Opposition.Yet, the Congress’ southern ally does not appear to be in any haste. The DMK president sought to play down the formation of a third front or the party gravitating towards it. “Questions regarding the Third Front should be put to those engaged in its formation. We are not thinking about it,” was his terse response to a query.Offering a rationale for his party still remaining in the UPA, the octogenarian explained that the DMK was against communal forces gaining an upper hand and reactionary elements forming the government.”I am neither an astrologer nor a believer in astrology,” he quipped, dismissing rumours about a snap poll.Asked about the multi-crore granite scam in which his grandson and Union Minister M K Alagiri’s son, Durai Dayanidhi is an accused, the veteran politician sought a CBI probe to unearth the entire gamut of the scandal. “Otherwise, it will smack of a political witch hunt,” he said.On the 2G spectrum scam, in which the party is neck deep with the patriarch’s daughter Kanimozhi, MP, and Dalit leader from the state A Raja facing the trial, the party executive appealed to the Centre to file its review petition on auction before the Supreme Court. The review petition was withdrawn after the Presidential reference.The executive committee decided to observe a ‘Black Day’ on October 5 with a state-wide human chain programme by sporting black shirts to protest the vindictive and anti-people policies of the Jayalalithaa Government.advertisement
Transfers New France hero Lemar plays down transfer talk as Arsenal & Liverpool wait on 05:03 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Arsenal France v Netherlands Liverpool v Arsenal Netherlands France Liverpool WC Qualification Europe Premier League Thomas Lemar Monaco Asked whether he would follow the likes of Mbappe, Bakayoko and Mendy in finding a new club, the 21-year-old said he remained a Monaco player Arsenal and Liverpool target Thomas Lemar underlined his commitment to Monaco after a stunning performance for France on Thursday. The 21-year-old put the Netherlands to the sword with two goals in the second half at Stade de France, the first of which was a truly spectacular left-footed volley from outside the area. It is that sort of talent which has brought Lemar to the attention of the two Premier League giants, with speculation that a move to either the Emirates Stadium or Anfield could be completed before Thursday transfer deadline. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Speaking at the final whistle following France’s 4-0 demolition of the Oranje, however, the player pointed out that he remained first and foremost loyal to his current employers.”We’ll see what happens, but for the moment I’m at Monaco, and I’m very happy over there,” he told reporters when asked about his future. Monaco will be keen to hold onto their gem, after seeing Kylian Mbappe leave for Paris Saint-Germain on deadline day. The teenager joins the likes of Benjamin Mendy, Bernardo Silva and Tiemoue Bakayoko in leaving during a painful window for the Ligue 1 champions, who must now hope Lemar bucks the trend and stays put in the principality.