Sidetrack

first_imgSubway legal twistsSidetrack reports more strange goings-on in the New York subway. Passengers at 50th Street can now stop off for a beer at the Siberia bar – which dodges MTA’s policy of not renting space to alcohol-vendors by being, technically, in the building upstairs.While the Siberia may be getting round MTA regulations, passengers should think twice when taking a train seat. Revival of a 1940 law making it an offence to occupy more than one seat saw 31 000 fines of US$50 issued last year.Dog’s breakfastThe biological hazard of fallen leaves may not affect metros, though rats and mice can cause problems for signalling engineers. But on February 5 services on Line 4 in Paris suffered canine disruption for about an hour. According to La Vie du Rail, the dog, believed to be an Alsatian, first appeared on the track at Etienne Marcel at 07.50 heading towards Porte de Clignancourt; capture attempts came to nothing. Later, the dog was seen at Gare du Nord, followed closely by a train whose driver was assisted in his efforts not to run the beast over by a woman armed with a broom. At Porte de Clignancourt, needless to say, the chien de fer vanished.Once bitternAnglia Railways has selected the name ’Bittern Line’ for its Norwich – Sheringham branch from suggestions made in a public competition. Amongst more conventional proposals like ’The Poppy Line’ and ’The Broads Line’ there were offbeat names including ’The Fishing Line’ and ’The Crab & Winkle Line’. The winner was, appropriately, a Mr Peacocklast_img read more

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Spurs in talks over Bale contract

first_imgTottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has revealed there are ongoing talks with Gareth Bale’s agent regarding a new contract for the Wales international as they attempt to fend off interest from Real Madrid. The Portuguese said: “There was contact between the club and his agent last year and there is ongoing contact between the club and his agent. “We renewed his contract at the beginning of last season, if you remember, and it’s something that is being dealt with by the chairman and the agent. “Talks are ongoing but that doesn’t mean there is an agreement. At the moment we’re confident that the player is under contract at Tottenham, as was done last year. “It’s something that we’re speaking about, but there aren’t any developments.” Villas-Boas also reiterated his admiration for Valencia striker Roberto Soldado despite Spurs’ director of football Franco Baldini failing to agree a fee with the Primera Division club for the Spain international on a recent visit to Spain. The former Chelsea and Porto boss said: “There is interest in the player, no matter what happened in the last couple of days. “He is a quality player, he has done well at Valencia for the last few seasons. “He has had a good education from the Real Madrid school and he is a player which we are interested in adding.” Soldado joined Valencia from Getafe in 2010 and scored 24 goals for Los Che in the Primera Division last season. Press Associationcenter_img Bale has been heavily linked with a move to the Bernabeu this summer with reports in Spain earlier this week suggesting the player has already agreed terms on a six-year deal. But, speaking at the Barclays Asia Trophy in Hong Kong, Villas-Boas was optimistic the 24-year-old, who is currently contracted until 2016, will extend his stay at White Hart Lane. last_img read more

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Cole faces decision over future

first_img The 33-year-old faces a period of change after retiring from England duty when he was informed by Roy Hodgson he would not be going to this summer’s World Cup in Brazil. And after a season on the periphery at Stamford Bridge, Cole is considering his options with his contract expiring imminently. He captained Chelsea in the 2-1 win at Cardiff that saw the campaign conclude with Jose Mourinho’s men four points adrift of Barclays Premier League champions Manchester City. Reflecting on the season, Cole, speaking before Sunday night’s England announcement, told Chelsea TV: “In terms of points it’s a good points tally, but of course we fell short and hopefully next season we can push on and win something.” Whether Cole’s use of the word “we” was habitual or a hint remains to be seen. There were tears on a possible Stamford Bridge farewell after the final home game of the season the previous week, but broad smiles after an ovation from the visiting support at the Cardiff City Stadium. “I’ve had a good relationship with the fans,” added Cole, who has made 337 appearances in eight seasons since his move from Arsenal. “The last few games have been amazing and the support they gave me was overwhelming. “They know I try to give my heart and soul for the team every time I play. “They sing the John Terry and Ashley Cole song a lot. And ‘Ashley Cole’s won the European Cup’.” Captain Terry and midfielder Frank Lampard are also out of contract this summer, with Mourinho insisting time will be taken to make decisions over the future. Terry, 33, is in negotiations after a strong showing this season and Lampard, who is 36 in June, is reportedly also contemplating an offer on reduced terms. Cole, whose durability and pedigree would make him attractive to the world’s leading clubs, may opt to move on after making 25 appearances this season. Cesar Azpilicueta, the Spain full-back, made 43 appearances, many of them at left-back following an injury to Cole in the autumn which saw the England centurion struggle to dislodge his rival. Mourinho feels one or two signings is all that is needed for him to believe his Chelsea side will be title challengers from day one of next season. The Portuguese admits, though, that more changes may happen if the likes of Cole see their future elsewhere. “One thing is fundamental and another thing is what can be additional,” Mourinho said. “The fundamental is we don’t need a new spine, we don’t need a new structure. The structure is there. “The fundamental now for us is a couple of players of a certain level to help the team go to a new level because the team and the structure is already there. “After that the additional – if someone decides to leave then someone has to come. “Our work in the summer is not a big amount of work.” Andre Schurrle, signed last June from Bayer Leverkusen, finished the season on a high with a goal and an assist, for Fernando Torres to net the winner. Germany forward Schurrle vowed there would be an individual and collective improvement next term. He told chelseafc.com: “It was very important to finish well. “We were almost a winner but this is nothing and I’m sure we’ll come back very strong next season. “I had a few problems to adapt to the league but I think it’s normal if you come as a young player from another country. “I think I can come back even stronger and better next season.” Press Association Ashley Cole gave a hint of his allegiances for next season, if not where his future lies, after a potential final Chelsea appearance. last_img read more

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Vuckic unsure about future

first_img “If I can do that next season that would be a great option for me. “I like the feel of Rangers. Every player doesn’t want to just train on the training ground, they want to be recognised in the games and score goals. They want to be recognised in the city. “At Newcastle I was playing Under-21 level which is not really my level. I feel I’m above that. I want to play first-team. I want to play with the men, not the kids. “I want to be recognised if I do well and score goals – that’s what players want.” The St James’ Park youngster was one of five loanees sent to Glasgow by the Magpies on the final day of the January transfer window. With Kevin Mbabu, Remie Streete, Gael Bigirimana and Shane Ferguson all injured, the 22-year-old Slovenian is the only one to have made an impact at Ibrox. Haris Vuckic admits he does not know where he will be playing next season – but believes Rangers would be a “good option” if Newcastle let him leave. Six goals in 10 games have made him an instant hit with the Gers faithful but Vuckic has denied reports suggesting he is ready to quit Newcastle this summer. He still has another 12 months on his deal with the Barclays Premier League club and owner Mike Ashley is certain to play hard-ball with Rangers if they try to sign him early after his recent boardroom battle with Dave King. But if a deal can be done, Vuckic would be happy to talk. He said: “It’s not true that I’m going to quit Newcastle and stay at Ibrox. What I have always said that I respect both clubs – Newcastle because I still have a contract with them and Rangers because I have a loan deal here. “We will see what is going to happen in the summer but Newcastle have to say what options I have. “I will choose the best one for me. “If Newcastle let me go, would I like to stay at Rangers? That would be a good option for me. “At Newcastle, I didn’t have the chance to play first-team football. When I signed for Rangers I got that experience. I’m playing every week and scoring goals. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Cricket News Abhimanyu Mithun Takes Hat-Trick On Birthday, Karnataka Beat Tamil Nadu To Win Vijay Hazare Trophy

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Abhimanyu Mithun took a five-wicket haul, including a hat-trick on his birthday as Karnataka sealed a 60-run win via the VJD method against Tamil Nadu to lift the Vijay Hazare Trophy. This was the first time since 2017 that Karnataka had lifted the Vijay Hazare Trophy, having won against Saurashtra in the final by 41 runs. It was a fitting end for a side that had dominated the tournament right from the beginning but it was a wonderful story of redemption for Mithun, who became the first Karnataka bowler to take a hat-trick on a birthday.With the threat of rain later in the day, Karnataka won the toss and chose to bowl and they started off brilliantly when Mithun had Murali Vijay edging second ball to KL Rahul to be dismissed for zero. Ravichandran Ashwin, promoted up the order, scratched around for eight before he was sent back by V Koushik. Abhinav Mukund and Baba Aparajith stitched a solid stand, with Mukund looking fluent. Mukund went past fifty and looked good for a century but the 124-run stand ended when Mukund holed out to Mayank Agarwal off Prateek Jain.Vijay Shankar started off aggressively as Aparajith went past his fifty. However, he failed to capitalise on a good score. Dinesh Karthik fell cheaply but Shankar helped Tamil Nadu cross 200. Shahrukh Khan struck a good cameo but Mithun was superb at the death overs. After getting rid of Shankar, Mithun took a hat-trick in the final over. His first victim was Shahrukh when he holed out to Manish Pandey. M Mohammed followed suit and the hat-trick was completed when Murugan Ashwin was caught by Krishnappa Gowtham for 0. Mithun finished with 5/43 in 9.5 overs as Tamil Nadu managed to reach 252 all out.The hosts were boosted when Washington Sundar conceded 15 runs in his first over and Devdutt Padikkal smashed two boundaries off Ashwin. However, Karnataka lost Padikkal for 11 when Sundar breached his defences but KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal stitched a brilliant stand. Agarwal continued the momentum by lofting Shankar inside out over extra cover while Thangarasu Natarajan was smashed for three fours in one over. Also Read | KL Rahul Blasts His Highest List A Score, Stays In Selector’s RadarAgarwal continued to bat aggressively and he was given good support by Rahul as the duo made rapid progress. Agarwal notched up his fifty off 41 balls and he continued on his merry ways by launching Murugan Ashwin for his third six. Rahul notched up his fifty with two boundaries off Mohammed but the rain came down after the end of 23rd over. After a 40 minute halt due to the rain, the umpires reckoned that there was not enough time to finish the match and Karnataka were crowned the champions for the fourth time.last_img read more

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Moments in time: Kanhai, Sobers, Butcher collar India in Kolkata

first_imgROHAN Kanhai enjoyed a career in which he played on great teams from start to finish. Maybe it is a testament to his ability that he was a mainstay for the West Indies during this period since the cluster of nations had been seeing a swell in the number of talented batsmen it had been producing.Names like Sir Garfield Sobers, Joe Solomon, Clyde Hunte and Basil Butcher were just some of the talents in the West Indies line-up when Kanhai started his sojourn in Test cricket, and when that sojourn ended 17 years later, the Guyanese batsman had been joined by the likes of Roy Fredericks, Lawrence Rowe, Alvin Kallicharan, Clive Lloyd and of course, Sobers was still around.Despite spending 17 years at the top, Kanhai’s start to Test cricket was not as convincing as his career would eventually turn out to be.On New Year’s Eve in 1958, more than a year after his debut for the West Indies, Kanhai had yet to make his mark, had yet to prove why the selectors had kept persevering with him.In truth, he hadn’t done badly, scoring three half-centuries in his first 23 innings. But he had never notched three figures, getting as close as 96 in February of 1958.In Kolkata, that was to change.The West Indies had dominated India in the first two Tests of a five-match series but Kanhai had yet to build on some good starts, scoring 66 and 22, nought and 41 in his first four times facing the Indians.To date, Kanhai had only faced England and Pakistan, with India providing a new challenge to his fledgling career.On New Year’s Eve, West Indies had chosen to bat but were in early trouble when Kanhai walked to crease. Medium-pacer Raman Surendranath had, the ball before, removed JK Holt caught for just five.India threatened for an instant, as Sir Conrad Hunte was back in the pavilion for just 23, leaving the West Indies at 72-2.Six hours and 42 boundaries later, Kanhai was still there.Collie Smith had tried to entertain a partnership but he went for 34 to leave the West Indies 180-3. Not a terrible return, but India were very much still in the game.Kanhai eventually found a willing partner in Guyanese teammate Butcher, who scored 103.Day one ended with the West Indies in a strong position at 359 for 3.Butcher was not out on 87 and Kanhai had his first Test century, a double. He was on 203 not out.The following day, Kanhai continued to keep the Indian bowlers at bay, going on to score his highest Test score of 256 before Surendranath had him caught by Polly Umrigar.The damage had already been done and an unbeaten century of 106 from Sobers, along with Solomon’s fine lower-order stand of 69 not out, left the Indians staring down the barrel of 614. All this and Jamaica’s Gerry Alexander, a wicketkeeper who could bat as well, had not even faced a delivery.That 256, coming in Kanhai’s 13th Test, was a watershed moment. Afterwards, he got over the three-figure hump 14 more times in his career and score 28 half-centuries to boot, to end with a very healthy average of 47.53.Like sort of a warning, Kanhai scored 99 in the very next Test, before scoring another double-century against Pakistan a few months later.West Indies sealed the series in that game, winning by an innings and 336 runs and went on to register a 4-0 win following a drawn fifth Test.While Kanhai and company batted the Indians out of the game, it must be said the hosts had a major problem with handling the pace of Roy Gilchrist, whose match figures of 3-18 and 6-55, ensured the game ended inside four days. (Sportsmax)last_img read more

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Powerful Tipperary retain provincial title

first_imgMichael Ryan’s side defeated Waterford by 5-19 to 0-13 in the provincial decider at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick.John McGrath – who was making his Munster final debut – had a huge impact on the match.The Loughmore-Castleiney racked up 3-2 of his team’s tally and played a huge part in propelling Tipp in next month’s All-Ireland semi-finals. Seamus Callanan also displayed his scoring prowess, registering 1-11.Tipp’s other goal was scored by Michael Breen.Waterford made the brighter start with Patrick Curran and Austin Gleeson getting points.However, the Premier fought back and led 1-7 to 0-8 by the break.last_img read more

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Liverpool more popular than Man Utd – European Football report

first_imgLiverpool are more popular than Manchester United, according to a report published by Sport+Markt and PR Marketing.The report takes into account the amount of profit generated by merchandise sales.182 top flight clubs and over 10,000 people from different countries were surveyed and the Reds outshone their opponents, and sit third in the table of the 10 biggest profit-making clubs in Europe, with United only placed in sixth position.Real Madrid and Barcelona topped the table, which meant the Primera Division became the biggest league generator of revenue having generated €190 million, albeit with almost 80% coming from the Catalan and Madrid clubs.Despite the Premier League’s worldwide appeal it was second to La Liga, making €168m, although the profit was distributed more equally around the league.The German Bundesliga was third having generated €130m, with Italy and France making up the rest of the top five leagues in Europe. “The boom in European football merchandising is ongoing”, according to Dr Peter Rohlmann of PR Marketing.“However, it is primarily the less established leagues that can look forward to significant growth, as they are gradually identifying the importance of club merchandising in brand management.”Football shirts are still the most profitable piece of merchandise for clubs as 13.7 million were sold throughout Europe.“Jersey sales represent the core business of many clubs and are often responsible for around 50 per cent of merchandising revenue”, said Andreas Ullmann, senior consultant at SPORT+MARKT.“Cultural differences do exist regarding preferences for certain products. Russian or Ukrainian fans, for example, tend to buy more warm scarves, whilst English fans like to buy mugs bearing the logo of their favourite club.” Source: Goal.comlast_img read more

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Ghana Rugby kicks 2016 off with a bang

first_imgThe Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) kicks the new year off with the start of Round 2 of the 2015/16 Ghana Rugby Club Champions (GRCC) at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday 16 January 2016The first round of the Club Championship ended in December last year and all teams went on break with the new team Conquerors SC leading the log with 20 points followed by the reigning champions Cosmos Buffaloes RFC. The other teams competing for top honours include Dansoman Hurricanes RFC, Idas Sports RFC, Griffons RFC, Accra Sharks RFC and UCC Spartan RFC.The second round begins on 16 January at the Accra Sports Stadium with a full day of entertainment for fans. The day will again kick off with a training session for kids followed by a U18 boys match and a ladies match.The GRCC matches on the day will feature UCC Spartans from Cape Coast and Idas at 1pm with the second game, the match of the day, between Cosmos Buffaloes and Dansoman Hurricanes at 3pm.  During the break and for the first time in the history of Ghana Rugby all teams went on massive training sessions and recruitment of new players to beef up their squads.The teams from Cape Coast, Griffons and UCC Spartans, have been a thorn in the flesh of all teams with challenging performances. These teams have improved with great speed and have promised to spring more surprises during the second round of the GRCC. The 2015/16 GRCC will conclude with semi final matches between the top four teams on the log followed by a third place play off and the final.In the beginning of the year the GRFU also announced the adoption of a groundbreaking Rugby Management System, scrmIT.Meanwhile, the President of the GRFU, Mr. Herbert Mensah, is expected to meet with the President of Africa Rugby, Mr. Abdelaziz Bougja, and Mr. Jean-Luc Barthes, Rugby Services Manager (Africa), in Paris on 16 January 2016 to discuss Ghana Rugby’s strategic priorities for the years to come.According to Mr. Mensah some of the issues that will be on the table for discussion include Best Practice Governance, Overcoming Ghana Rugby’s Development Dilemma, Improving Technical Capabilities, International Match Exposure for Ghana Rugby and Grassroots or “Get Into Rugby” Development, to name a few.Mr. Mensah further stated, “Since my administration took over on 5 June 2014 a lot of time and effort was spent on picking up the pieces and to get grip of the essential strategic priorities. In 2016 we will build on what was established with the objective to escalate the development of Rugby in Ghana to much higher levels. To do that Ghana Rugby needs the support of the whole Rugby Family and especially for corporate Ghana to come forward and join hands with us in order to enjoy the benefits of brand exposure and of building goodwill for their brands with a fast growing Rugby support and player base.” On 28 May 2016 the Ghana National Men’s 7s team will travel to Lome in Togo to compete in the annual Africa Rugby Men’s 7s tournament for West Africa.Ghana Rugbyhttp://ghanarugby.org  Mr. Herbert Mensah, President of the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU), with one of the kids who religiously join in the training sessions for kids before all Club Championship matches.  Round 2 of the Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) that kicks off on Saturday 16 January 2016last_img read more

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Dodgers beat Padres to take a one-game lead over Giants in NL West

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Puig declined to talk afterward, but he got an earful from his teammates — specifically Hanley Ramirez, Uribe and Gonzalez, who weren’t shy about blasting Puig in front of reporters in Spanish.It seemed good natured and Puig laughed for the most part, although he had a few loud retorts before leaving.But there was a message being delivered nonetheless.“He’s a quick learner,” Dodgers said manager Don Mattingly, who added Puig probably deserved the ejection.“(Rackley) was trying to give him a chance, because (Puig) kind of stood there twice with his hands on his hips and usually guys don’t put up with that too much. He was trying to walk away, and actually was walking away, and then (Puig) threw the magic words out there and that was it.”The question is can the Dodgers keep mixing and matching their way to a division crown or wild-card berth and a prolonged postseason run?“As we sit here today, we’re right in the race and we’ve been doing it all year, so I don’t know why we can’t keep doing it.” Mattingly said.Plenty depends on a clean bill of health for Ramirez, although his play at shortstop has been waning for some time. And that was before the flurry of injuries he’s dealt with.As for center field, Matt Kemp quickly showed he wasn’t capable of providing sufficient defense and Ethier and back-up Scott Van Slyke are not fleet-footed defenders.That’s one of the reason Crawford’s began taking fly balls in center field after Kemp’s switch to left field put Crawford on the bench.But then, Crawford’s left arm is a veteran of Tommy John surgery so the thought of him making throws from deep center field probably has opposing base runners smiling broadly as they sharpen their spikes.Point is, with runs at a premium — especially later in the year — can the Dodgers afford such vulnerability?Mattingly says the standings are proof they can work around whatever weaknesses they may have.“It means we have to be smart. We have to move counts and things like that,” Mattingly said. “But I think we’re capable of doing that.”As long as Puig can stay in the game, of course.Puig wasn’t happy after striking out looking on three straight pitches from Padres starter Ian Kennedy to end the third and he stood defiantly in the batter’s box.Rackley gave Puig a second or two to settle down — and leave — but when Puig remained in the box jawing, Rackley finally turned and tossed him out of the game.“There’s certain things you just can’t do.” Mattingly said. “That was one of those.”Thanks in part to Maholm, who was making his first start since May 14 and responded with six scoreless innings, it didn’t matter,“I never had two months off between starts,” Maholm said. “I just wanted to be aggressive and make pitches and go hitter to hitter and not really, honestly, have any expectations coming in.”Meanwhile, the Dodgers are in position to end the first half with the best record in the league.Warts and all. But hey, with the All-Star break beckoning and first place and the best record in the National League in hand, whatever the Dodgers are doing manning some key positions seems to be working.Saturday was a prime example — albeit just barely while scratching out a 1-0 win over the Padres when A.J. Ellis ripped a line drive out to right field to score Adrian Gonzalez in the bottom of the ninth.Gonzalez got it started by legging out a lead-off double to center field, and after Ethier and Juan Uribe reached on back-to-back walks to load the bases, Ellis drove a deep liner to right to win the game.Coupled with the San Francisco Giants’ loss earlier in the day, the Dodgers lead the National League West by one game. “It was a great win for us,” said Gonzalez. “It guarantees we’ll go into the break in first place.”center_img Andre Ethier was back in center field, Carl Crawford might be on deck to relieve him at some point, Miguel Rojas was playing shortstop, and reliever Paul Maholm was the starting pitcher.And that was before right fielder Yasiel Puig got thrown out of Saturday’s game against the San Diego Padres for arguing with home plate umpire David Rackley after striking out looking on three straight pitches to end the third inning.Just like the Dodgers drew it up in spring training, right?Well, not exactly.last_img read more

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