With over 140 militants already killed this year in the ongoing anti-militancy operations, Hizbul Mujahideen operational commander Riyaz Naikoo has banned its cadre “from using mobile phones to minimise the losses”.“It seems they [Hizbul militants] have damaged their old SIM cards. It’s not possible for them to survive without mobile phones. They have either managed new numbers or are staying without mobile phones,” said Inspector General of Police Muneer Khan.Sources said the killing of Hizb operations commander Yasin Itoo alias Mehmood Ghaznavi in an encounter in Shopian on August 13 had “struck a major blow to striking capability of Hizb” in south Kashmir.A top counter-insurgency official said that after Itoo’s killing, the new commander Naikoo has taken centre stage, and “is trying to keep the organisation’s ranks intact and disallow any defection to the more hard-line group led by Zakir Musa, who claims to represent the Kashmir arm of al-Qaeda”.In a bid to “revive striking capability”, Naikoo has asked militants to “surrender their mobile phones”.“In case of suspension of use of mobile phones, the police too will chalk out a fresh strategy to track them down. The ‘Operation All-Out’ will continue,” said IGP Khan.For the counter-insurgency team in Kashmir, mobile phones had become a handy tool to track militants. Sources said that the militants’ online activi-sm, wherein photos, audios, and videos were frequently uploaded on social media, “became a major tool to track them”. Security agencies told The Hindu that the “police had succeeded in planting SIM cards on many militants through its ground force”.Meanwhile, security agencies are closely watching the growing rivalry and online media war between Hizb’s Naikoo and Musa. Concerned by Musa’s growing following online, and to counter his “speeches based on Islamic teachings,” Naikoo recently released a 45-minute video on the political and historical background of the Kashmir issue.
PBA IMAGESRarely do coaches say that they have resorted to prayers to ask for help during games.Nash Racela was man enough to admit that and Anthony Semerad rose from among TNT KaTropa’s superstars with four fourth quarter triples that propelled the Texters to a 107-103 win and a 2-0 lead over Barangay Ginebra in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup Final Four series at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT The last time the TNT franchise had Ginebra buried in a hole this deep didn’t end well for the Texters, as they eventually walked out in Game 4 of the 2010 Philippine Cup’s quarterfinal stage before losing the rubber match.The Final Four series between San Miguel Beer and Star goes into its third game on Wednesday, also at 7 p.m.The Beermen and the Hotshots slugged it out in the lowest-scoring playoff game here on Monday and San Miguel was lucky to escape with the win, by coach Leo Austria’s admission, as Paul Lee barely missed a running jumper in the waning seconds.“Star knows our weaknesses and strengths,” Austria said. ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’? 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES “To be honest, I don’t know which part of the fourth period, when the referees were calling consecutive fouls on us and we were about to lose focus as a team, I just prayed on the sidelines,” Racela said after the gut-wrenching triumph that put him on the cusp of a first title series appearance.And Semerad, never known to be an offensive player, was the answer to his prayers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe last of Semerad’s treys gave the Texters a 105-103 lead, before Joshua Smith sealed the deal with a putback of a Jayson Castro airball as the series many saw will go the distance could have an ending on Thursday when Game 3 is played at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“We need to guard against complacency,” Racela said. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Bali Pure sets aside distractions after car trouble to forge Finals decider MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments
What makes the athletes and officials, more so the volunteers, happy about the Village? The food, surely, but what makes them really happy is the shuttle bus service.There is a bus arriving every two minutes or so, and just the sheer number of red, air-conditioned buses plying from one end of the village to another is a sight for sore eyes (and a relief to sweaty foreheads).Even before you could take a few paces the buses follow you, the athletes say. “You don’t have to wave at drivers,” one athlete said. “They stop the moment they see you walking.”- That Pakistan hockey forward Rehan Butt is a movie buff is an open secret. He is also a diehard fan of actor Shah Rukh Khan. But what is not known is that after the release of 3 Idiots , Butt is now an Aamir Khan fan.He has seen the blockbuster movie 10 times already and he is willing to watch it several times more. “I love the movie for its message, the cinematography and the comedy.Aamir being Aamir, he has portrayed his role too well and only he could have done that,” says Butt.
West Indies ended India’s unbeaten run in the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2016 to clinch their maiden title. The junior Caribbean side thumped Dravid’s boys by five wickets on Sunday in Dhaka. (Also read: U-19 World Cup – Heartbreak for India as West Indies clinch maiden title) Skipper Shimron Hetmyer’s team also ended India’s 15-match winning streak with the win in the final. Indian batsmen had no answers to West Indies’ pace bowling attack on a green top at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Mirpur. New-ball bowler Alzarri Joseph ran through India’s top-order. Sarfraz Khan was the top-scorer for India scoring his fifth half-century of the tournament. (Also read: How Dravid’s boys failed to cross the final hurdle) In reply, Indian bowlers tried hard to defend a total of 145, but West Indies’ Keacy Karty and Keemo Paul batted responsibly to lead their team to glory.The cricket fraternity was all praise for the youngsters from West Indies. They also lauded India U-19 team for its brilliant run in the tournament. Here are a few Twitter reactions.Our U19 boys fought with all their heart & soul today. Hard luck boys, but you’ll had an excellent journey this #U19CWC! We are proud of you Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 14, 2016Congratulations to the West Indies U19 on winning the #U19CWC ???? #FutureStars #Champions ???? #Brilliant Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) February 14, 2016Spare a thought for indian bowlers, defending 145 n taking it to 50th over is no child’s play. Hard luck boys but we know future is bright.advertisement Mohammad Kaif (@KaifSays) February 14, 2016Congrats WI U-19 on winning the U-19 CWC????Showed a lot of character&application chasing the small target??Bad luck Ind team… @BCCI VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 14, 2016Made it to the finals as a player…made it to the finals as a coach too. It’s really unfortunate that World Cup keeps eluding Dravid. Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) February 14, 2016What a team! These guys showed the depth and balance of their side. Stuck together in tough times and now can celebrate this moment.#champs Jason Holder (@Jaseholder98) February 14, 2016What a spell from Mayank Dagar??Love the way he is flighting the ball & forcing the batsmen to play big shots????Keep it up?? @BCCI #Under19cwc VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 14, 2016I’m a Proud West Indian today and we must CELEBRATE this wonderful achievement as these guys have done a lot for our region. #2016champions Jason Holder (@Jaseholder98) February 14, 2016Congrats to @westindies U19’s for winning the #U19WCFinal ???? maybe the future is bright???? be very interesting to see how many come through? Alex Tudor (@alextudorcoach) February 14, 2016Admirable from these young West Indians, Paul and Carty. This is their biggest stage so far and they are looking good. Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 14, 2016Lets all celebrate Under-19s stylie with a #chestroll! #U19WCFinal #U19CWC #westindies pic.twitter.com/ocNnse8RFN CPL T20 (@CPL) February 14, 2016Youngster who effected Mankad, Keemo Paul, hits winning runs for WI #U19WCFinal. Cue great minds of cricket trying to make sense of it all Quentin Hull (@QuentinHull) February 14, 2016Hope for the future of Caribbean cricket. A beacon among the gloom. A tonic for the soul of the game #U19WCFinal https://t.co/6umvEylGAM Quentin Hull (@QuentinHull) February 14, 2016India did it to them as underdogs in 1983, WI return the favour in 2016. WI under 19 win is great news for World cricket. #U19WCFinal Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) February 14, 2016India left to rue dropped chances. But what a stellar performance by West Indies.Hopefully will revitalise cricket in Caribbean #U19WCFinal Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) February 14, 2016
Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architect DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Iron Mike Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Duterte to fly to Japan for Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Becoming his own man Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ “One thing: We have a good import … I’m not just happy. I’m overjoyed,” said Cardel, whose stewardship of this unproven but promising Columbian crew for the past three conferences has earned praise from top coaches.Much of the Columbian mentor’s excitement was rooted in the brilliant performances of Khapri Alston, who fired 38 points and grabbed 22 rebounds, and rookie CJ Perez, who accounted for 28 and 13.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“[It] felt good for my first time playing here. I felt I really helped our team tonight,” said Alston.Perez stressed that his performance was merely a natural consequence of Alaska’s defense focusing on Alston. Columbian coach Johnedel Cardel set the quarterfinals as the primary goal for the Dyip in the season-ending PBA Governors’ Cup.The Dyip got the start they needed to meet that target, holding off a new-look Alaska side, 117-110, in Friday night’s encounter at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Perez has been on a high lately, delivering one of the few notable performances for Gilas Pilipinas in the World Cup.Amid the pile of losses that left the country languishing at last place in the 32-team tournament, Perez was a bright spot, along with fellow rookie Robert Bolick of NorthPort, who also shone in his Governors’ Cup debut.Bolick helped NorthPort weather gutsy Rain or Shine, 99-94, in the nightcap.Import Mychal Ammons led the way for NorthPort with 25 points and 19 rebounds, but it was Bolick who helped seal the deal.“The ending was a bit awful,” said coach Pido Jarencio. “But a win is a win. We’re not perfect. (Rain or Shine) scared us. But we still got the happy ending.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Bolick delivered 20 points and five assists off the bench, also nailing the free throws that sucked the air out of Rain or Shine’s rally.“He’s such a smart kid,” Jarencio said.Meanwhile, Alaska big man Noynoy Baclao will undergo anMRI on Saturday to determine the extent of his knee injury he suffered in the fourth quarter against Columbian.Baclao had an awkward fall and doctors suspect he may have suffered a dislodged patella.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ
Manchester City’s eight point advantage after 11 games is leading to talk of the Premier League title race being over in November, but as Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho noted – English football has a habit of throwing up surprises.It is undeniable that City are currently playing with such a verve, fluency and effectiveness that it is hard to imagine them losing three games and allowing their rivals, whether it be United, Spurs or Chelsea, into the race.But while the form of Pep Guardiola’s team and – second-placed United’s recent losses to Huddersfield and Chelsea – point towards a runaway title win, there is indeed lot of football left to be played.”Eight points in the Premier League is not the same in Portugal, La Liga or the Bundesliga. Yes, it is eight points but there is still a lot of play (to come),” Mourinho said after the loss at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, which followed City’s comfortable 3-1 win over Arsenal.While Mourinho was not explicit in his explanation, the fact is that suspensions and injuries to key players happen and, over the course of a long season, can radically impact a team’s form.And while City certainly have plenty of quality, their strength in depth has not yet been truly tested.Guardiola was already taking about his team being tired after their midweek trip to Naples in the Champions League. How will they be holding up physically after a fixture-congested festive season? How will they cope in February when they will be in knockout action in the Champions League?advertisementCity made a strong start last season but then suffered successive defeats — to Chelsea and Leicester City — at the start of December before ending that month with a loss at Anfield on New Year’s Eve.KEY FIGURESPhoto Credit: Reuters United host City at Old Trafford on December 10 — a game which Mourinho surely has his eye on already as a chance to reign in the leaders and he suggested that his team will be stronger with some key figures set to return.”I hope, feel, think and wish that in the busy period at the end of November, December and January, we’re going to be at maximum strength with (Paul) Pogba, (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic and (Marcus) Rojo back (from injury),” he said.Certainly United’s stumble in form after their excellent start of six wins from seven games, has coincided with the absence of French midfielder Pogba, whose partnership in central midfield with Nemanja Matic was developing so well.Romelu Lukaku’s goal drought has had a bigger impact given the absence of an alternative central striker and the return of Ibrahimovic, who had scored 17 goals in 28 Premier League games before his knee ligament injury, would give Mourinho another option.While the focus is on United’s challenge, it is worth noting that Tottenham are level on points with them and after their crushing of European champions Real Madrid last week, a long winning run from Mauricio Pochettino’s team cannot be ruled out.But while Guardiola is right to play down talk of an inevitable title win, he couldn’t help highlighting one key difference from last season – his team’s performances against top six clubs.”Last season against title contenders, we were able to win just twice. Coming into November, we have already beaten Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal,” he said.Six days after December’s clash with United, Guardiola’s side face Tottenham at the Etihad and then on January 14 they are at Anfield, where their title bid unravelled last year.If City can triumph in those games then perhaps talk of a one-horse race can be justified. But as Mourinho says, there is a lot of football left to be played.
The game flipped in the third quarter when OSU scored on Washington’s first TD, got a fumble and scored another TD to start the fourth quarter to make it 31-28 after it looked like all was lost halfway through the second half. From there, OSU’s defense forced two punts, had a pick and forced another turnover on downs.It took a full 45 minutes, but Glenn Spencer and Co. finally showed up when OSU most needed them. The end of the game, seemingly like the end of all OSU games lately, was a borderline disaster. OSU got the ball back with just under two minutes left and instead of rushing it a few times and kicking a field goal, took a knee and gave ISU the ball back with 0:20 on the clock (what on earth could go wrong?!)Thankfully, this one ended better than the Central Michigan game, and OSU moved to 4-2 on the year. OSU also moved to 31-2 in the Mike Gundy Era when forcing three or more turnovers and turning it over one or fewer times (they turned it over zero times on Saturday).On to the bye week. We will be back with tons more coverage later tonight. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Oklahoma State somehow held off Iowa State 38-31 at the end of an insane game in Stillwater on Saturday to keep Mike Gundy’s home record against the Cyclones clean. In fact, Oklahoma State hasn’t lost at home to ISU since the last year of the Bill Clinton administration (2000).It got ugly before it got pretty on Saturday though. OSU trailed 31-14 with three minutes left in the third quarter when it got the ball back on a punt and reeled off 24 unanswered points to close out the game.Mason Rudolph was 26/44 for 351 yards and four TDs but didn’t play nearly that well. He missed short and intermediate throws early and often but threw some dimes to Jalen McCleskey and The President James Washington late when it mattered. I’m still all in on No. 2 (and always have been) but some of his throws on easier routes have been mysterious the last few weeks.What is not mysterious is whether James Washington is good at football. No. 28 had eight catches for 152 yards and two TDs after we were uncertain whether he was even going to play. He also caught what turned out to be the game-winner.
Russia 5 Saudi Arabia 0: Cheryshev, Golovin star in World Cup opener despite Dzagoev blow Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 01:03 6/15/18 Getty Images Denis Cheryshev scored his first Russia goals as the World Cup hosts brushed Saudi Arabia aside at Luzhniki Stadium. Denis Cheryshev scored a brace and Aleksandr Golovin starred as Russia kicked off their first home World Cup with a rampant 5-0 Group A win over a lacklustre Saudi Arabia side in Moscow.Yuri Gazinskiy and Cheryshev struck first-half goals to open their international accounts at Luzhniki Stadium, Artem Dzyuba adding a third 89 seconds after his introduction as a second-half replacement, but an injury to star man Alan Dzagoev will cause concern for Russia.Dzagoev hurt his hamstring in the opening period and could be a doubt for the rest of the tournament, depending on the results of a scan. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! 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Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Gazinskiy headed in Golovin’s cross to score the first goal of the 2018 event, with Dzagoev’s replacement Cheryshev lashing in the second before the interval.Russia started the World Cup as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament but the hosts were a class above Saudi Arabia, Dzyuba’s header stretching the lead in the 71st minute.Cheryshev showed he could be the man to fill Dzagoev’s shoes with a fantastic injury-time goal, finding the top corner with a sublime shot with the outside of his left boot, before Golovin bent in a brilliant free-kick to finish the match in style.Juan Antonio Pizzi’s men struggled to create a chance of note, failed to record a shot on target and gave away possession on countless occasions, enabling Russia to record their first World Cup win since 2002.1990 – The first goal of the #WorldCup was a header (Yuri Gazinskiy ), for the first time since 1990 (François Omam-Biyik ). Opening. pic.twitter.com/RkCOSRevfJ— OptaJavier (@OptaJavier) June 14, 2018Russia took the lead in the 12th minute with the first shot on target of the World Cup.Golovin kept a cleared corner alive and delivered a floated cross to the back post, with Gazinskiy exploiting slack Saudi marking to plant a firm header past Abdullah Al-Mayoof.But there was a major blow for the hosts mid-way through the half as star playmaker Dzagoev limped off with a hamstring injury, to be replaced by Cheryshev.Russia had a penalty appeal turned down in the 35th minute, but Saudi captain Osama Hawsawi got enough on the ball when he challenged Golovin to avoid censure from VAR.Stanislav Cherchesov’s side did not let Dzagoev’s injury affect them and they scored the second goal their enterprising play deserved three minutes before the break.After a fine team move, Roman Zobnin slipped the ball to former Real Madrid winger Cheryshev, who evaded a pair of poor challenges in the box before slamming an unstoppable finish into the roof of the net.1 – Denis Cheryshev is the first ever sub to score in a #WorldCup opening game. History. pic.twitter.com/tZLdJg1Y2V— OptaJavier (@OptaJavier) June 14, 2018Salman Al Faraj headed a decent chance over the crossbar as Saudi Arabia sought a reply after the interval.But Russia’s win was all but sealed in the 71st minute with Golovin again the creator, the CSKA Moscow midfielder producing a lovely centre from the right that allowed Dzyuba to nod in within two minutes of his introduction.Russia were not done and two terrific injury-time strikes fired a message to Group A rivals Egypt and Uruguay, who meet on Friday.Cheryshev was a threat throughout and he hit an early contender for goal of the tournament with a brilliant strike that gave helpless Al-Mayoof no chance.And the Saudi goalkeeper was beaten again in the fourth minute of stoppage-time, Golovin adding to his two assists with a curling free-kick that left brought the home fans to their feet once again.The 2018 FIFA #WorldCup is currently averaging five goals per game!The perfect start for @TeamRussia!#RUSKSA #RUS #KSA pic.twitter.com/jPPUiycsJD— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 14, 2018Key Opta stats:- Russia’s victory means that the host nation has never lost their opening match in any of the 21 editions of the World Cup (W16 D6 L0).- Russia scored more than twice the amount of goals in this game (5) than they did in the entire 2014 World Cup finals, over three games.- Saudi Arabia have not won any of their last 11 games at the World Cup (W0 D2 L9). Their last win in the competition dates back to the 1994 group stages.- Russia’s Denis Cheryshev became the first substitute to score a goal in the opening match of a World Cup tournament.- Artem Dzyuba scored for Russia just 89 seconds after coming off the bench; the quickest goal by a substitute at a World Cup since Marcin Zewlakow for Poland v USA in 2002.- In this game, Sergei Ignashevich became the oldest player to ever appear in a World Cup match for Russia/USSR (38 years & 335 days old). read more
Update: The plane reportedly crashed into the TV tower of NBC’s Lubbock affiliate, KCBD. Getting reports that a plane hit the transmission tower of @KCBD11 and that their HDTV tower was severed in two. KCBD is in Lubbock.— Chris Walker (@WalkerATX) February 5, 2015Just got word from our colleagues & friends at KCBD that everyone inside the station IS safe. We have a crew at downed plane now #Lubbock— Brian Holland (@BHollandSports) February 5, 2015Earlier: The start of the Texas Tech-Kansas State men’s basketball game at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock has been delayed. The cause of the delay: a small plane has crashed near the Red Raiders’ campus, knocking out the power at Texas Tech’s arena. We are unaware of the severity of the crash. A small plane just crashed near Texas Tech, temporarily knocking out power at the arena. Tip off will be delayed.— Kellis Robinett (@KellisRobinett) February 5, 2015For those familiar with Lubbock, the plane crash is said to have happened near Avenue Q.— Kellis Robinett (@KellisRobinett) February 5, 2015Lights are back on at Texas Tech. Countdown clock indicates we are 8:30 away from tip-off.— Kellis Robinett (@KellisRobinett) February 5, 2015Texas Tech and Kansas State were set to tip off at 9 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
Just like the flip of a coin, a controversial refereeing decision has two sides. It’s safe to say that Lionel Messi struggled with being on the wrong end of such calls during the 2019 Copa America.At club level with Barcelona, Messi has occasionally found himself on the right side of a debatable decision. From the Catalans’ Champions League semi-final win over Chelsea in 2009 to their extraordinary comeback against PSG in 2017, there have been highly-publicised instances where the footballing gods have smiled on the Argentina star. Unsurprisingly, he never stopped to question such fortune on these occasions. 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 But in Brazil over the past month, his nation were not so lucky – even with VAR watching on. A number of decisions went against Argentina and their captain, as Messi once again failed to truly shine on the international stage. While question marks rightly swirl around a number of calls, including the 32-year-old’s sending off in the third-place play-off against Chile, there is no doubt his conduct following that game – and after his side’s semi-final loss to Brazil – has left plenty to be desired, with players and coaches alike questioning his lack of ‘respect’. Messi refused to accept his third-place medal on Saturday and alleged that the tournament had been rigged for the hosts, as his frustration boiled over in ugly and – arguably – hypocritical fashion.”There is no doubt, the whole thing is set up for Brazil,” Messi snapped. “I did not want to be part of this corruption, we shouldn’t have to be part of this disrespect we suffered during the Copa America.”We could have gone further but we weren’t allowed into the final. Corruption, referees and all the rest stopped people from enjoying the football.”I always tell the truth and I’m honest, that is what keeps me calm, if what I say has repercussions that is not my business.”The truth of the matter, however, is football is often a game of 50-50s and Messi has previously kept quiet when bad calls have benefited him. An infamous example of this was Barcelona’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Chelsea in 2009 when the Blues were denied a number of clear penalties.The referee that night, Tom Henning Ovrebo, was notoriously branded a “f***ing disgrace” by Chelsea striker Didier Drogba on live television at the conclusion of a tie that Barcelona won on away goals. They went onto beat Manchester United in the final.Ovrebo himself conceded nine years later it was not a performance he’s proud of. “It was not my best day, really,” Ovrebo told Marca in 2018 having hung up his whistle.”There were several errors and everyone will have their opinion of those plays. But those mistakes can be committed by a referee, and sometimes a player or a coach. Some days you are not at the level you should be.”But no, I can’t be proud of that performance.”Two years after that infamous night at Stamford Bridge, the Catalans would again benefit from a night of Champions League controversy as they beat Real Madrid 2-0 in the first leg of their 2011 semi-final.That night saw both coach Jose Mourinho and defender Pepe sent off for Madrid as Messi struck twice to all but book his side’s place in the final – which they again won against Man Utd.Not one to hold back, ‘The Special One’ launched a scathing attack in the aftermath suggesting Barcelona had been benefiting from questionable officiating for years. “One day, I would like Josep Guardiola to win this competition properly,” Mourinho began his tirade. “We are talking about an absolutely fantastic football team, so why do they need that?”Last year it was a miracle that Inter got there playing with 10 men for so long. A miracle. Why weren’t there four penalties against Chelsea [in 2009]? Why send off [Arsenal’s Robin] Van Persie [in the last 16]?”Why Ovrebo? Why Busacca? Why De Bleeckere? Why Stark? (all referees) Why? Because every semi-final the same things happen.”Where does their power come from? I don’t know if it is the UNICEF sponsorship or if it is because they are nice guys. I don’t understand. They have to get to the final, and they’ll get there, full stop.” Mourinho was rightly pilloried for his outrageous Barca conspiracy claims back in 2011 – as well as being handed a five-match ban by UEFA – but eight years later the usually mild-mannered Messi has repeated a similar offence. He now will likely suffer a stern punishment too from CONMEBOL.Given his subdued nature, it was certainly surprising to see Argentina’s captain take a page out of Mourinho’s playbook as he cast a very real shadow over Brazil’s success.For Selecao captain Thiago Silva, who was on the wrong end of a hugely controversial 6-1 defeat to Barcelona with PSG in 2017, Messi’s conduct not only lacked class but had serious shades of hypocrisy.During that Champions League last 16 second leg at Camp Nou, Barca were awarded two very questionable penalties – while PSG were denied a clear one of their own – as the Catalans overturned a 4-0 first-leg deficit to progress.”Sometimes in defeat, we try to focus on other people,” Thiago said after Brazil defeated Peru 3-1 in the Copa America final .”I think he [Messi] did not say it out of spite, but we are sad because, in the game we lost 6-1 to Barcelona, he played the referee, which, in my opinion, was ridiculous.”But we did not give a statement that the referee was in favour of Barcelona. I think you have to show respect.”Brazil do not have five stars at random – none of them have been stolen. It was played on the pitch.”In that respect, nothing can be taken away from Messi’s incredible achievements with Barcelona either.However, the superstar certainly comes away from his Copa America meltdown looking more than a little hypocritical given past refereeing controversies.
CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 02: Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes in the third quarter during the ACC Football Championship at Bank of America Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant announced his plans to transfer from the program after he was benched in favor of freshman phenom Trevor Lawrence. Since he announced his plans, several schools have been named as potential landing spots for Bryant.Earlier this week, it was reported Bryant scheduled a visit to North Carolina. Now, another school has emerged as a candidate.According to Woody Womack of Rivals, Bryant plans to visit Arkansas.From Womack:Bryant told Rivals.com that he will follow his unofficial visit to Chapel Hill up with an official visit to Arkansas for the Razorbacks game against Tulsa on Oct. 20.“I’m going to take my first official visit to Arkansas,” Bryant said Wednesday. “I’m excited to get down to Fayetteville and see what all Arkansas has to offer.”Bryant revealed he’s taking graduate classes at Clemson and plans to finish the fall semester there before transferring to his new program at the start of the 2019 calendar year.The former Tigers starter will be in North Carolina for this weekend’s game against Virginia Tech.Stay tuned for more on Bryant’s transfer process.[Rivals]
LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 15: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches the team warm up before the game against the Troy Trojans at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season kicked off last weekend with a solid appetizer in the form of Florida vs. Miami that saw the Gators escape an upset loss with a 24-20 victory.The rest of the nation is in action this weekend, starting with a handful of games on Thursday night.Perhaps the biggest darkhorse to make a play for the College Football Playoff is Nebraska. The Huskers are a favorite of those betting on the title game across the nation.The hype is real. However, before the team takes the field this weekend, the program received some bad news. The team suspended two players indefinitely, just days before the season kicks off.Wide receiver Andre Hunt and tight end Katerian Legrone have both been suspended. The reason and length of the suspension was unknown at the time.A day later, head coach Scott Frost said he knows “very little” about the suspensions. While he doesn’t know much about them, he said they were necessary and failed to elaborate.Frost said he knows “very little” about Hunt/LeGrone situations. He found the suspensions necessary. Won’t elaborate.— Sam McKewon (@swmckewonOWH) August 29, 2019Neither played a significant role for the Huskers last season. However, both are expected to play more this season.Nebraska opens the season against South Alabama this weekend. The Huskers and Jaguars kick off at 12:00 p.m. ET and the game will be broadcast on ESPN.
9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts The Ultimate Brewery Tour of Austin, Texas The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches Editors’ Recommendations The Best Oktoberfest Beers to Sip On This Season Tall boys were once reserved for big-name beers, but like pretty much everything else, craft beer has entered the game.Best Craft Tall Boys:Anchor SteamOskar Blues Dale’s Pale AleFounders All Day IPASierra Nevada BFDRevolution Anti-HeroDogfish Head Seaquench Jameson Releases Two New Caskmates Editions For the past year, breweries have been rolling out an array of 19.2-ounce cans (equal to an imperial pint, as you’d usually get for a Guinness) so they can make their way into single-serve settings, like convenience stores, sporting events, and concerts.This is a little funny to think about since, not long ago, cans were largely shunned by the craft industry. Can you believe it? (Sorry not sorry.)It’s a small move in many respects, but for some of the larger breweries, it’s important in the competition with the massive global brewers. Here are a few of the 19.2-ounce stovepipe cans to pick up at the next sporting event, concert, or for a day at the beach or in the woods. Or, you know, just for drinking while hanging out on your porch, listening to some good tunes.Anchor Steam BeerAnchor Brewing Company/FacebookSan Francisco-based Anchor Steam pre-dates the craft revolution but its purchase by Fritz Maytag is part of what ignited it. The beer dates back to the 1800s and is just as fantastic in the 21st century. Anchor recently started packaging it in the tall cans, perfect for a San Francisco Giants game.Oskar Blues Brewery Dale’s Pale AleOskar Blues Brewery/FacebookFor all intents and purposes, Oskar Blues set off the can revolution, so why wouldn’t their beers also be packaged in the “stovepipes”? Oskar Blues’ easy-drinking beers like Dale’s Pale, Pinner Throwback IPA, and Momma’s Little Yella Pils all come in the package size, as well as a batch of the Ten Fidy imperial stouts.Founders Brewing Co. All Day IPAFounders Brewing Co./FacebookIt might seem like Founders All Day IPA is pretty much everywhere, and there’s a pretty good reason for that: It’s a solid beer for so many occasions. All Day IPA has kept Founders among the fastest growing breweries in the nation for the past few years as it ascended into the brewing giants realm. The 19.2-ounce tall boy makes plenty of sense for Founders as it sought to get it in more outlets.Sierra Nevada BFDSierra Nevada/FacebookThere’s certainly a trend for easier and lighter-drinking beers from brewers as they recognized the way to more drinkers’ mouths. One of the craft beer OGs, Sierra Nevada, launched its BFD, or Beer for Drinking (we know what you were thinking and no, it’s not that, at least officially), an American blonde ale “that hits all the right spots.”Revolution Brewing Anti-HeroRevolution BrewingRevolution Brewing isn’t one of the largest craft breweries in the U.S. like some of these others on this list, but it’s got big aspirations and certainly has a decent path forward in a world where it’s hard to grow too large anymore. Anti-Hero is a tasty IPA and there’s plenty of sports and concerts in Chicago for this hometown brewery to capitalize on.Dogfish Head Brewing SeaquenchDogfish Head BrewingSeaquench has garnered a lot of support as a refreshing and fairly low-calorie beer for the summer. Dogfish Head says Seaquench is a combination of styles from Germany: Kolsch, gose, and berliner weiss, creating a tart beer with lime juice and sea salt. A great beer for a hot day in the sun (or a concert), Seaquench can be consumed in large quantities, so a 19.2-ounce tall boy helps that task.
Jamaican tertiary students are being encouraged to apply for European-funded scholarships under the Erasmus Mundus programme.Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation, Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, said it is an opportunity for students to get a better understanding of the diversity and richness of Europe.She was speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’, at the agency’s head office in Kingston.Each year, EU-funded scholarships are awarded to the best student candidates applying under annual selection rounds to study in Europe. Since 2007, there have been over 38 Jamaican Erasmus scholars. In 2017, two Jamaicans were successful in gaining scholarships in the following fields – Sports Ethics and Journalism.“When I arrived here, within the first week I met one of the scholars, who spent six months in my hometown in the north of Poland… so it was quite amazing,” Ambassador Wasilewska said.The EU’s Political Counsellor, Gavin Tench, said that students at The Mico University College, University of the West Indies, the University of Technology and others “can have a look at where they want to go next. Maybe after their first degrees they can look about doing a master’s programme in Europe”.“What we allow Jamaican students to do is not just base themselves in one country or in one university. They have the opportunity to do two universities, possibly three and get exposed to not only the education system in both universities, but the culture,” he added.Prospective students can learn more about the programme via the EU’s website at https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/library/scholarships-catalogue_en;the Facebook page, which can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/EUErasmusPlusProgramme or the Twitter handle, @EUErasmusPlus.
The Security Council today extended for a further six months the United Nations force that has monitored the ceasefire between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights for over 30 years. In a unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member body renewed the mandate of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) until 30 June 2008. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had recommended the extension of the Force in a recent report, noting that while the situation in the Golan Heights has been “generally quiet” recently, the overall region remains tense. Mr. Ban’s report also drew attention to the growing financial shortfall faced by UNDOF, which supervises the disengagement accord between Syrian and Israeli forces after the 1973 war. As of the end of August, some $24 million is owed to the countries that contribute troops to the Force: Austria, Canada, India, Japan, Poland and Slovakia. 14 December 2007The Security Council today extended for a further six months the United Nations force that has monitored the ceasefire between Israel and Syria on the Golan Heights for over 30 years.