TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Al Sadd striker Baghdad Bounedjah wanted by Leicesterby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAl Sadd striker Baghdad Bounedjah is being linked with Leicester City.Stade El Doha says the 27-year-old striker would be available for £10m, and has been heavily linked with Championship side Leeds United in recent months.Ligue 1 side Marseille has also been credited with an interest in the Al Sadd frontman who has scored 60 goals for club and country this year, outscoring Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.In 13 league games for Al Sadd this season, Bounedjah has scored an impressive 26 goals, including seven in a 10-1 win over Al Arabi in August.Bounedjah has also made 19 appearances for his country, scoring seven goals including a brace against Tanzania in March this year.
Ex-Tottenham boss Sherwood says Pochettino has no excuses for Cup shockby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood says Mauricio Pochettino has no excuses for their Carabao Cup dumping by Colchester.Colchester are the lowest-ranked team remaining in the competition, and stunned the football world by dumping Spurs out on penalties after a 0-0 draw.“I know the fans want to win a trophy, but not only that, the manager wants to as well,” Sherwood said.“So perhaps he will have said to Harry [Kane] yesterday ‘I’m not playing you, I’m not going to take you’, and Harry said ‘why not? I want to play, I want to win a trophy’.“It’s all about winning for these guys now.“He’s not picked a bad team there.“Look at Arsenal, look at Man City, look at the changes they made. The reason there isn’t many upsets anymore is because all the strong teams are so strong. They’re all international players throughout the squad.“They’ve got enough – Tottenham’s priority this season is to finish in the top four again, I believe they will do that, but they need to progress.“Progression would be some silverware, and they’ve one less option now.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Jeff Capel Quinn CookDuke senior guard Quinn Cook, one of the few upperclassmen who saw meaningful time for the Blue Devils on the floor during the NCAA Tournament, has a great relationship with the team’s coaching staff. Thursday, we saw yet another example of that fact in action.Duke assistant Jeff Capel posted a photo of a note that Cook left him on his office door from yesterday. In the note, Cook writes that he “came through” to talk to Capel. Capel’s response? “You most definitely came through.” Well done.Cook had a fantastic NCAA Tournament, averaging 13.5 points per game as he led the Blue Devils to their fifth national title. He’s out of eligibility, but we have a feeling that he’ll still be a fan favorite for quite some time.
Perjury charges against Liverpool and Croatia defender Dejan Lovren have been dropped, a Croatian court has confirmed.The centre-back was alleged to have provided a false testimony in the trial of former Dinamo Zagreb director Zdravko Mamic in September 2017 but a Zagreb court dropped the charges on Monday.Mamic was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in prison for corruption last June, with a court ruling he had made illegal profits on player transfers. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Lovren maintained his innocence throughout the case, releasing a statement via social media when he was charged.”I want to say this to all, especially to my family, friends, supporters in my homeland, my club’s fans in England, I am innocent,” Lovren posted on Instagram.”I didn’t commit any criminal offence. I am proud of my life, every step of my life, everything that my family and I have created. No one can dirty that. No media, malicious people, nothing.”Real Madrid’s Ballon d’Or-winning midfielder Luka Modric was charged with perjury in relation to the same case. His charges were dropped last month. Lovren is working his way back from a hamstring injury for Premier League leaders Liverpool.Having returned to full training last week, he may be in contention for a return to the team for their Wednesday match against Leicester City. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Villarreal have agreed a deal to sign former Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno on a five-year contract.The left-back returns to La Liga after spending the last five years at Anfield, where he made 141 appearances and scored three goals before his release at the end of his contract in June.The 27-year-old has passed his medical with the Spanish club and is set to be presented to the press at 12:30 CEST on Wednesday, after his first training session, with only his contract left to be signed. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Moreno struggled for first-team appearances as Liverpool maintained a high standard of performances on all fronts, with Andrew Robertson nailing down a place at left-back in his place.The Spaniard made just five appearances for the Reds last term as they finished second in the Premier League and lifted their sixth Champions League trophy.He proved a divisive figure during his time in England, with his modern style of play at left-back called into question on occasions where Liverpool were left lacking defensively.Moreno has tasted success on the European front with former club Sevilla, lifting the Europa League in 2014 after defeating Benfica in a penalty shootout.He would later face his former club in another Europa League final in Liverpool colours in 2016, but this time he was on the losing side as Sevilla ran out 3-1 winners despite initially falling behind.The left-back has also represented Spain at international level, first appearing for the Under-21s in March 2013 before going on to receive his first of nine senior caps in October of the same year.Prior to joining the Reds for a reported fee of £12 million ($15m), Moreno made 62 appearances for Sevilla after coming through the youth ranks at the club, scoring three goals and registering five assists.Moreno becomes Villarreal’s third signing of the summer following deals for defensive pair Ruben Pena and Raul Albiol, who joined from Eibar and Napoli respectively.El Submarino Amarillo finished 14th in La Liga last season, seven points above the drop zone and nine points behind the Europa League places in a tight mid-table group.
Laurent Koscielny may have gone AWOL at Arsenal in an effort to force a move away from the club, but former Gunners striker Olivier Giroud says his fellow Frenchman is “very hurt” by the unfortunate episode.After nine years of loyal service in north London, and with 12 months left to run on his current contract, the club captain at Emirates Stadium is looking for a way out.Koscielny is hoping to see his deal ripped up, allowing him to return to his homeland as a free agent. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? He is considered by many to have gone the wrong way about trying to force a switch, with the 33-year-old defender having refused to travel with the Arsenal squad to a pre-season base in the United States.It has been suggested that his legacy will be tarnished by his actions, but Giroud – who left the Gunners for Chelsea in January 2018 – believes his countryman and close friend will be hurting.The World Cup-winning striker told BBC Sport: “Lolo is a good friend of mine. I’ve known him now for 10, 11 years. We played together in the second division [in France, at Tours].”He’s been playing for Arsenal for nine years; he’s been the skipper for so many years – very respectful, very professional, always the best example for the young players.”The club gave him the opportunity to play at Arsenal, and it was a big, big opportunity for him to show his quality in the Premier League. I think he has always been grateful about that and respectful to the club. I don’t understand how we have got to this situation.”I feel very sad for him because he’s a great person and the media wants to give a bad image of him.”I’m not at the club, I don’t know what really happened – but one thing for sure is Lolo is very hurt by what’s happening and he’s an emotional person.”Giroud knows all about heading for the exits at Arsenal, but his situation was entirely different as he was not looking for a move and ended up being offloaded after Arsene Wenger drafted in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to bolster the Gunners’ attacking options.”I didn’t want to leave,” added a man who spent five-and-half years at the Emirates.”I spoke with the boss – at this time, Arsene – and I told him: ‘Look, gaffer, I need some game time to play at the World Cup, that’s massive for me.'”At the end of the day, we won it, so it was very important for me to leave.”It was tough for me, but it was amazing to sign for a club like Chelsea. It was like an improvement for me because – OK, it’s Manchester City now – but Chelsea have been the best club in England over the past 10 years.”It was a new challenge with big motivation, big targets.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 22: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners throws during warm ups before the game against the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Black Knights 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma fans surely already love Kyler Murray quite a bit, as the star quarterback is leading the Sooners to a potential College Football Playoff berth, but the love will grow a bit after reading what he said today.Murray, a five-star transfer from Texas A&M, was asked today about his recruitment by Oklahoma State.The star quarterback’s response was simple:“I’m not a fan of Stillwater.”Kyler Murray was brief when asked about being recruited by Oklahoma State: “I’m not a fan of Stillwater.”He also said that it was “Yellich” who called him. He meant Mike Yurcich— Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) November 5, 2018It’s rivalry week for Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, so this should get the juices flowing even more.Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. E.T. on Saturday.The game will be on ABC.
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)Its been three days since the committee announced the official matchups for the College Football Playoff, but Kirk Herbstreit is still upset about one team being left out of the picture.While it’s hard to argue over Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame getting into the playoff, many people debated over which team should earn the last semifinal berth. Last weekend, the Georgia Bulldogs fell short to the Crimson Tide, the Ohio State Buckeyes won convincingly over Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship, and the Oklahoma Sooners defeated Texas to win the Big-12 Championship.Although Georgia has two losses on its resume, Herbstreit believes the loss to Alabama shouldn’t have kept them out of the playoff. However, the analyst thinks politics played a major role in the committee’s final decision.From 247Sports:“I’m loyal and have a passion to college football and I want to see the four best teams get their chance, because that’s what’s right and that’s what’s fair.”“Now, it’s subjective, everyone is entitled to who they think is the best. I’m not pushing for an agenda. I’m not pushing for Ohio State to make it as a fan,” Herbstreit said. “I’m pushing for what’s right and what’s right is how can you watch Georgia be No. 4 and then go out and play the No. 1-ranked team, and not only hang around with them, but control them for much of the game until Jalen Hurts decides to write a Hollywood script and come back and knock off Georgia.It’s definitely an argument being had by fans everywhere, but it’s also hard to snub Oklahoma from the playoff. After all, the Sooners avenged their early-season loss to the Longhorns.Nonetheless, the Bulldogs will have to settle for playing in the Sugar Bowl.
Simply… THANK YOU ❤️❤️❤️#NotFightingAlone pic.twitter.com/awGsaBK1oT— Blake Anderson (@CHbanderson) September 2, 2019We can’t imagine what Anderson and his family are dealing with. It has been uplifting to see the way others have expressed their condolences and support for them though.Right now, there is no timetable for Anderson to return to the sidelines.Hopefully he continues to take his time and doesn’t rush back. MOBILE, AL – JANUARY 4: Head coach Blake Anderson of the Arkansas State Red Wolves during their game against the Toledo Rockets on January 4, 2015 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. The Toledo Rockets defeated the Arkansas State Red Wolves 63-44. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)Two weeks ago, Arkansas State head coach Blake Anderson’s wife Wendy passed away after succumbing to cancer.Since then, Anderson has taken a leave of absence from the program. He and his family are clearly going through unspeakable pain, but they have received an outpouring of national support.Anderson took to Twitter this afternoon to voice his appreciation for all those who have come forward since his wife’s death.“It’s impossible to adequately say thank you to so many AMAZING people who both energized Wendy’s fight and who now are carrying me and our kids daily through prayer, texts, hugs, cards, food and so much more,” Anderson wrote. “I apologize for the crudeness of this attempt to say it, but with so many people to reach out to it seems the only way to even come close. THANK YOU TO ALL.”
India Today Web Desk New DelhiJanuary 25, 2019UPDATED: January 25, 2019 20:04 IST President Ram Nath Kovind said: India belongs to each of us and to all of us – every group and every community, every region and every identity. It belongs to every citizen and every individual. (Photo: Screengrab of Doordarshan)President Ram Nath Kovind delivered his address to the nation on the eve of the Republic Day today. In his speech, the President said that the recent decision of extending 10 per cent reservation to the poor families among the upper castes is a step towards realising the India of our dreams.He said 2019 will be an important year for India because the country will vote in the general elections. The President said election is not just a political exercise and termed voting as a sacred act.Here is the full text of the President’s speech:My greetings to all of you on the eve of our 70th Republic Day! This is an occasion to commemorate the values of our democracy and Republic. This is an occasion to reaffirm our commitment to liberty, fraternity and equality across our society and among all our citizens. And above all, this is an occasion to celebrate India and the spirit of being Indian.Every Republic Day is precious and every day in the life of our Republic is precious. Yet this year is a little extra special. On October 2, we will mark the 150th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, who led us – and who inspired oppressed societies in Asia, Africa and elsewhere – to freedom from colonial rule.Gandhiji remains the moral compassof our Republic; his teachings are still the touchstone to measure our policies and initiatives. His 150th anniversary is not for India alone; it is a joy to be shared with the world.advertisementA few weeks after Gandhiji’s birthday, on November 26, we will mark the 70th anniversary of the adoption of our Constitution. This enlightened and far-reaching document laid the foundations of our Republic.It was the work of men and women of principle and patriotism – the members of the Constituent Assembly. In particular, we recall the role ofBabasaheb Dr BhimraoAmbedkar, who chaired the Drafting Committee. In his honour, and in our Constitution’s honour, the nation will celebrate Constitution Day this year in an appropriate manner.The values that shaped Indian independence and that continue to shape our Republic – the values inculcatedin our democracy and our Constitution- are also the values that uphold the supremacy of the people of India.This year, the people of India – each one of us – have another responsibility: of voting in the general election and electing the 17thLok Sabha. The ideas and idealism of our democracy will come into full force. Once more, as we do every five years, voters will deliver their verdict and write their destiny.This year’s election will be the first when voters born in the 21st century will contribute to electing a new Lok Sabha.An election is not just a political exercise. An election is a collective call to wisdom and a collective call to action. It represents a renewal and a recommitment to the goals and hopes of a shared and egalitarian society. It represents the diverse and yet singular urges of the people and the Republic of India.This makes the very act of voting a sacred act. Please perform this act. Who the voter chooses to vote for is up to him or her, I would only request all eligible voters to go out and vote. Our country is at a key juncture. In some respects this is as critical and formative a period as the late 1940s and early 1950s.Decisions and actions of today will shape the India of the remainder of the 21st century. As such, this is not just a once-in-a-generation moment – it is a once-in-a-century moment.Having said that, let us remember that this election is only a milestone in the journey towards fulfilling the aspirations of our people and building a developed India. India is at the doorstep of eliminating extreme poverty for the first time in memory.A programme of universal and equitable healthcare has begun to be rolled out. Affordable medicines and medical devices and implants are becoming a reality for more and more sections of our people. A greater number of Indians than ever previously have access to proper housing, with modern sanitation and electricity.Connectivity – in the form of ports and inland waterways, upgraded railways and new metro services, national highways and rural roads, cost-effective air services to the interiors of India, and of course the surge in mobile phones and data access – is bringing us together as never before. India has been united and integrated -now it is being networked.advertisementLeapfrogging technologies and leapfrogging enlightenment are empowering our farmers and equipping our soldiers. They are enabling our traditionally deprived fellow citizens and educating our daughters and our sons.They are exciting the entrepreneurial energies and the infectious start-up culture that has made our younger generation and our India the focus of world attention and admiration.Fellow CitizensIn my travels across the country and my engagements with all sections of our society, I have sensed appreciation for such efforts and such hard-won advance.This is more so in the perception of senior generations that have lived through and strived to overcome the shortage economy. In area after area, commodity after commodity, we have converted difficulty into availability. We have done this step-by-step and year-by-year.And yet whether in foodgrains or LPG cylinders, telephone connections or even the ability to get a passport, change is apparent and change is visible. In many cases, technology has been a force multiplier. And in all cases, inclusiveness has been a moral multiplier.No conception of India’s development can be complete without a salute to our spirit of inclusiveness – of access and opportunity for all; of an expansion and an embrace of those whom we consider our own.This country belongs to each of us and to all of us – every group and every community, every region and every identity. It belongs to every citizen and every individual. India’s pluralism is its greatest strength and its greatest example to the world.The “Indian model” rests on a tripod of diversity, democracy and development. We cannot choose one above the other; we must have all three and we will have all three.The best indicator of social change in India is change towards gender equity and towards providing equal opportunities, under conditions of equality, to every girl child and every woman. In my experience, when given the chance, our daughters tend to not just equal but outperform our sons in the classroom.Young women in our country are moving ahead in every field – from academics to the creative arts, from sports to the armed forces. There is no stopping and no hesitation in this process. It is the route to India’s future.Fellow CitizensOur Republic has come a long way and we must appreciate how far successive generations have brought us. Equally, we must appreciate that our voyage is far from complete.There are still waters to cover, still gaps to fill and still tears to wipe. We have to recalibrate our yardstick of achievement and success – from quantity to quality; from a literate society to a knowledge society; from a nation that has room for all segments and all communities to a family that invokes, encourages and celebrates the uniqueness and potentialin each person – each daughter and each son.In his book “India of My Dreams”, Mahatma Gandhi wrote of an India where the poorest will have an “effective voice”, where there will be no “high class and low class”, where “all communities shall live in perfect harmony”, and where “women will enjoy the same rights as men”.advertisementThese ideals are a constant reminder of the India that we are building. In this context, the recent constitutional amendment to provide special facilities for talented children from poorer families is another step to an India of our dreams – and of Gandhiji’s dreams.The human experience is built on partnerships. Partnerships at home build a family. Partnerships at work build a business. Partnerships of different stakeholders build society.Partnerships of the government and the people build our nation. And partnerships of nations build a better world. In this manner partnerships are the thread knitting together family, nation and world – and leading to the treatment of the World as a Family: VasudhaivaKutumbakam.Partnerships are enhanced by open communication, honest conversation and unstinted compassion. This is true with members of our families. This is also true with sections or groups that have been historically disadvantaged and whose grievances must continue to be heard and addressed.It is important to create avenues for such conversations, even if they are inconvenient. In a society experiencing rapid change, we must be prepared for such conversations.And similarly we must be alive to the need for compassion – to those less privileged than us and tothe differently-abled, for example.Our society has shown great regard for those, whether individuals or institutions, who devote themselves to people’s welfare and go beyond the call of duty.The concept of seva, of devotion to public service and to the broadening of the ambit of justice, must get its due. Well-intentioned contributions of individuals, of groups of people, of institutions, whether public or private, of society at large, or for that matter of the government, must be acknowledged and appreciated.These are guiding principles for us at home as well as abroad. These are guiding principles that shape India’s global approach – whether in peace-keeping, climate change mitigation, development partnerships, or humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. These are earning India a new respect in the international system.These are the principles, I would stress, that are at the root of our Republic. Our Republic’s vision is that of reaching democratic goals by democratic means, pluralistic goals by pluralistic means, enlightened goals by enlightened means, inclusive goals by inclusive means, compassionate goals by compassionate means – and constitutional goals by constitutional means.May those principles always illuminate our path! After all, “We, the People ” gave ourselves this Constitution and “We, the People ” are the custodians and upholders of its principles.With those words, I once again wish all of you a happy Republic Day.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byMukesh Rawat India belongs to all citizens: President Kovind in Republic Day speech | Full textIn his speech, the President said that the recent decision of extending 10 per cent reservation to the poor families among the upper castes is a step towards realising the India of our dreams.advertisement