Huddersfield boss Wagner: We must forget about table, results, whateverby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield Town boss David Wagner has urged his players to focus only on themselves ahead of facing Manchester United.Wagner’s team having won only once at the John Smith’s Stadium this season, scoring four goals in 10 games.He said: “We have to make ourselves independent from what is around us, from the table, results, whatever.”We are exactly where everybody predicted us so this makes no sense to think about it and get affected by it.”We are only able to collect points and to be competitive if we perform on our highest level. This is what we’ve done in recent weeks and this is what we’ve done in the second half (against Southampton), where we looked competitive.”In the first half we didn’t perform at our level, we were not competitive and we were 2-0 down.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Watford midfielder Doucoure: I grew up supporting PSGby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure admits he grew up supporting PSG.The Frenchman is being linked with a move to PSG this month.And he told RMC: “As a child, if I supported PSG? Yes, Paris has always been my heart club, I grew up in the Yvelines les Mureaux, so it’s my heart club and necessarily, every time I come back to Paris, it’s a pleasure to see my team again and my friends.”So inevitably Paris Saint Germain holds an important place in my heart.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer unconvinced as Man Utd labour past Astanaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United made it hard on themselves against Astana on Thursday.United kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 1-0 victory over the Kazakh side.The winner came through 17-year-old Mason Greenwood, who finished superbly after 73 minutes in what was his first start for United.The goal saved Solskjaer’s blushes as they laboured throughout the 90 minutes.Speaking after the game, he said: “We made it hard for ourselves. Games like these, you want to make sure you win the game in the first 20 minutes and you can enjoy it.”You could see some of our lads needed games but it’s pleasing we got the three points.”
The Canadian Press CALGARY — The largest pension fund in Norway has removed four Canadian energy names from its investment list and says it will no longer put money in companies that derive more than five per cent of their revenue from the oilsands.KLP says it sold US$58 million worth of stocks and bonds as it reduces its tolerance threshold for companies with interests in the oilsands from 30 per cent to five per cent, matching its limit for coal investments.The fund says it will now exclude Calgary-based Cenovus Energy Inc., Suncor Energy Inc., Imperial Oil Ltd. and Husky Energy Inc. from investment consideration, along with Russia-based Tatneft PAO. Shares in all four companies have fallen since a year ago as growth outstripped pipeline capacity, leading to steep price discounts and legislated production curtailments in Alberta.Keith Stewart, senior energy strategist with Greenpeace Canada, says in an email institutional investors are continuing to abandoning high-carbon investments because they “can see where the puck is heading.”In a news release, the Norwegian fund which administers more than US$81 billion in assets says a full exit from the oilsands is “great news” for customers because that activity is not aligned with a two-degree Celsius global warming target.“By going coal and oilsands free, we are sending a strong message on the urgency of shifting from fossil to renewable energy,” said KLP CEO Sverre Thornes in a statement.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 7, 2019.Companies in this story: (TSX:SU, TSX:CVE, TSX:HSE, TSX:IMO)
London: Embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya on Wednesday faced yet another legal battle to prevent a consortium of Indian banks led by State Bank of India (SBI) getting access to nearly 260,000 pounds in a UK bank account.The 62-year-old is contesting an interim debt order obtained by the Indian banks in January this year, which relates to funds in the former Kingfisher Airlines boss’ current account with ICICI Bank in London. At a hearing before Master David Cook at the Queen’s Bench Division of the court, Mallya’s legal team sought a dismissal of the interim order. A judgment in the case is expected at a later date. “The hearing concerns an interim third-party debt order obtained by the banks in January and relates to funds worth just short of 260,000 pounds in Dr Mallya’s current account with ICICI Bank in London,” said a spokesperson for TLT LLP, the law firm representing the Indian banks. “This is part of the banks’ ongoing efforts to enforce the [Indian] Debt Recovery Tribunal judgment against Dr Mallya in the UK. Dr Mallya is opposing the application and asking that the court discharges the interim order. If it is made final, the funds will be released to the banks,” the spokesperson explained. The case is part of wider efforts by SBI and 12 other Indian banks Bank of Baroda, Corporation bank, Federal Bank Ltd, IDBI Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Jammu & Kashmir Bank, Punjab & Sind Bank, Punjab National Bank, State Bank of Mysore, UCO Bank, United Bank of India and JM Financial Asset Reconstruction Co Pvt Ltd to recover some of the funds owed to them as a result of unpaid loans by Mallya’s now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines. In a ruling in May last year, a UK High Court judge had refused to overturn a worldwide order freezing Mallya’s assets and upheld an Indian court’s ruling that the consortium of 13 Indian banks were entitled to recover funds amounting to nearly 1.145 billion pounds. TLT LLP has been representing the banks in their efforts to recover their dues as part of the worldwide freezing order, including a bankruptcy petition aimed at seizing his assets to recover dues filed at the end of last year. Mallya had been granted 20,000 pounds in weekly allowance as a result of the worldwide freeze order after his legal team made representations to the court to hike the initial 5,000 pounds weekly allowance. Mallya, meanwhile, remains on bail after his extradition was ordered by Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London in December last year and signed off by UK home secretary Sajid Javid in February. He has since filed an application in the UK High Court seeking leave to appeal against that order, with the papers now awaiting a judge’s ruling on whether it should be rejected or can move to a hearing stage. PTI
BASRA, Iraq: A foreign oil worker was hospitalized after being attacked at Iraq’s biggest oilfield where local residents accused him of insulting their religion, officials said Tuesday.They said the employee of US oil services firm Schlumberger, identified by Iraqi officials as a Briton, had on Monday tried to remove flags and pamphlets commemorating Imam Hussein, a venerated figure in Shiite Islam, just days before annual rituals marking his death.Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki also waded into the dispute, calling for the deportation of the oil worker, who he said was an engineer. “A British employee took down a flag for Hussein and a picture of Imam Ali (another key Shiite figure) from the cars of the security company, and tore them down with a knife,” said Ali Salim Shaddad, a member of the provincial council of Basra, which is predominantly Shiite Muslim.The incident took place at the Rumaila oilfield in south Iraq, where Britain’s BP and China’s CNPC have been working with oil services companies to ramp up output.“This provoked a group of workers, and they went and hit him repeatedly,” said Shaddad.“He was transferred to Al-Fayhaa hospital in Basra, and he is now in the custody of Iraqi forces.”Shaddad said there were demands for Schlumberger’s offices in Basra to be closed and its foreign staff deported.Maliki himself issued a statement calling for the oil worker to be deported, while also urging local residents to exercise restraint.The incident follows a similar one days earlier in which an Egyptian employee of Baker Hughes, another American oil services firm, also tried to remove flags commemorating Imam Hussein and Imam Ali from vehicles he was to use.It sparked protests which spurred the authorities to arrest the Egyptian, Shaddad said, on charges of insults against religion. The case is ongoing.The two incidents come amid commemorations marking the death of Imam Hussein in 680 AD at the hands of the armies of the caliph Yazid, which has over time come to mark the symbolic split between Islam’s Sunni and Shiite sects.To mark the occasion, millions of Shiites converge on the Iraqi city of Karbala, which houses a shrine to Imam Hussein.Several foreign energy firms, including from the US, Britain and China, are operating on oilfields across southern Iraq as the country seeks to overcome decades of war and sanctions to boost output and fund much-needed reconstruction.
RABAT – A Moroccan journalist accused of aiding “terrorism” said Wednesday he would replace his news website, blocked by the authorities after his arrest, if they prevented him from reopening it.Ali Anouzla was arrested on September 17 after publishing an article on his website Lakome about, and with links to, an inflammatory video attributed to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb which called for jihad in Morocco.He stands accused of defending and inciting terrorism, with the authorities saying he was giving the jihadists a platform, accusations the journalist has described as “surreal.” Known for his criticism of the Moroccan establishment, and the monarchy in particular, Anouzla was released on bail in October after an outcry at home and abroad over the case, which has become a test of the authorities’ pledge to increase press freedom.Both the French and Arabic versions of his popular website were shut down.Speaking to journalists in Rabat on Wednesday, Anouzla confirmed that he had written to the public prosecutor in January asking for Lakome to be unblocked.“If I don’t receive a response in the coming days, I will launch a new website, called Lakome2.com,” he said.His comments come just a day after the judge investigating his case set the next hearing for May 20, at the court in Rabat’s twin city of Sale, where he spent more than one month in prison.Under Morocco’s tough anti-terrorism law, which was adopted in 2003 after a string of suicide attacks in Casablanca, the journalist risks up to 20 years behind bars, according to Amnesty International.Amnesty, Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) have called him a prisoner of conscience and campaigned for his release.Anouzla is an experienced journalist who broke the story of a convicted Spanish paedophile freed last August by mistake under a royal pardon that was hastily revoked after it sparked angry protests across the country.RSF ranked Morocco 136 out of 180 countries in its 2014 world press freedom index, and said his case was “indicative of a disturbing readiness on the part of the authorities to view journalistic work as inciting terrorism.”
Ohio State sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle running the half-court offense against Wisconsin on Feb. 23 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Assistant Sports DirectorNo one expected the Ohio State men’s basketball team to defeat then-No. 16 Wisconsin on Thursday night. All the more reason fans don’t know what to expect come Tuesday night at Penn State.One of the most notable struggles for the Buckeyes (16-13, 6-10 Big Ten) this season is stringing together two consecutive performances that end in victories. OSU hasn’t won two in a row since Feb. 4 and Feb. 8 when it won at Michigan, then nearly suffered a catastrophic defeat to Rutgers.OSU’s win over Michigan was equally surprising to Thursday’s win over Wisconsin considering how poorly the Buckeyes have performed on the road this year, especially in conference. Just four days following the surprising win in Ann Arbor, Michigan, OSU was trailing in the later stages of the second half against last-place Rutgers at home.OSU is currently tied for 10th in the Big Ten with two games left against two teams that are also 6-10 in conference — Penn State and Indiana. To avoid another setback in the conference standings, the Buckeyes will need to put together two cohesive games for the first time all season.“I think we’ll find out tomorrow night,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “It’s a different opponent. It’s a completely different style of play. Matchups are not even close to what they were from Thursday night’s game. But hopefully we’ve got a good way about us going into the game.” A bid to the NCAA Tournament is likely out of the picture for the Buckeyes without a miraculous run to the Big Ten tournament title in Washington D.C. However, that goal — as far reaching as it might be — is all the more attainable without having to play on the first day of the tournament.The bottom-four seeded teams in the Big Ten play on the tournament’s opening day on March 8. OSU can nearly guarantee themselves the extra day off with wins over Penn State and Indiana in the final two games of the season. A loss in either one and the Buckeyes are likely playing on Wednesday.“I mean it would just help our bodies,” sophomore guard JaQuan Lyle said. “You got guys playing, 28 to 34 minutes per game. Hopefully, we can get these two and hopefully everything works in our favor.”A big part of Thursday’s victory was the play of Lyle and sophomore guard C.J. Jackson who both played point guard and scored 17 and 18 points, respectively. Jackson hit a career-high four 3s and Lyle was 10 for 10 from the free-throw line.Lyle has been one of several OSU players whose nightly production has been difficult to predict. Since moving to the bench following an ankle injury before the Michigan game, Lyle said he’s able to see how other teams operate on defense, which helps his game.When Jackson is playing at his best, similar to as he did in Thursday’s game, the guard duo can be difficult to stop. However, neither of them has pieced together consecutive consistent performances.“For me and C.J., just getting the ball and pushing (is important),” Lyle said. “I think we’re at our best in transition and on dribble drives, and with him spotting up and hitting shots and me spotting up and hitting shots, I think that’s big for us.”Penn State hosts its own dynamic guard duo with junior Shep Garner and freshman Tony Carr who leads the team with 13.2 points per game. Garner averages 11.9 and is one of four guys that average double figures.Penn State is also fighting to stay above the Wednesday cut line of the Big Ten tournament with games against OSU and at Iowa.OSU hasn’t had much leeway since it began a 0-4 slide to start the conference slate, and a big reason for that was inconsistency from the team’s production. Now riding with momentum following the team’s first win over a ranked opponent, that consistency will need to show.“I think that it’s (a) now-or-never type of mindset,” Matta said. “Just in terms of how we have to play and what we have to do.”Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.
It appears like Fulvio Marrucco who is Gianfranco Zola’s agent has become frustrated by Chelsea for their protracted pursuit of Maurizio Sarri.The former Blues striker is believed to take a role with Sarri, either as his assistant or as an intermediary with the club and the squad. However, the Coach is still on a contract deal with the Partenopei, and no compensation package has been agreed so far.“We need to find an agreement between Sarri and Napoli,” Fulvio Marrucco pointed out on Radio Crc via Football Italia.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“It’s a negotiation which hasn’t taken off, I’ve heard ‘tomorrow will be the right day’ so many times, but too many tomorrows have passed.“Zola has no agreements with Chelsea. At the moment we’re waiting for Sarri, for a resolution with [Antonio] Conte, for an agreement between Chelsea and Napoli and also an agreement between Sarri and the London club.“If all that happens, Zola and Sarri can talk about an eventual collaboration. Zola hasn’t had any contact, nor have I ever gone to London.”
Inter Milan sporting director, Piero Ausilio has revealed the club will be active in the upcoming January transfer window but revealed Real Madrid’s Luka Modric will not be among the players the club will look to bring in.The Croatian captain who was von the UEFA Best Men’s Player of the Year award was linked with a move to the San Siro during the summer transfer window after his stellar performances helped his country finish as runners up to France at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.“We already have a strong squad. Now we are scouting, we are watching a lot of matches and we did well,” Ausilio told Sky Italia.“I’m convinced that after having viewed these players we can be ready to add what is needed.”“Modric is impossible in January, but we know where to look. The most important thing for the next window will be quality.”Meanwhile, the Inter director also confirmed the club are in talks with captain, Mauro Icardi over a new contract.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.The Argentina international scored 29 Serie A goals last term as Inter secured a return to the Champions League, and the former Sampdoria striker has netted five goals in his last five appearances across all competitions this term.However, Ausilio affirmed that the former Italian champions are in no hurry to tie their star man down.“Icardi’s renewal? We are working on it, we aren’t hiding that fact,” Ausilio told Sky Italia.“We saw each other and talked, we aren’t in a rush.”Luciano Spalletti’s men face City rivals AC Milan when Serie A returns after the international break at San Siro on October 21.