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Italians appeal to CAS over Mutu

first_img Press Association Mutu rebuilt his career first at Juventus, whom he joined via a licensing technicality with Livorno, and then at Fiorentina once he was able to play again. “I admit that we were left very surprised by the ruling against us,” Juventus administrator Aldo Mazzia said to www.tuttojuve.com earlier this week. “But I believe we have a good probability to overturn this decision and we will use every channel possible to make our reasons heard. “There are two crucial steps, one is the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) and the other one is to go to the Swiss Federal Court eventually.” Mutu, now 34 and playing club football in Ligue 1 side AC Ajaccien, was initially ordered to pay former club Chelsea 17.7million euros (£14,990,000) but has always claimed he cannot afford to pay the fine. That figure has risen due to interest over time with Mutu having lost all of his appeals in a legal battle which has lasted over nine years. Mutu was sacked by Chelsea in September 2004 after testing positive for cocaine. The former Romania international received a seven-month ban from football, but Chelsea took a firm stance on the forward and sacked him before suing to recover the money they paid to sign him. center_img Serie A sides Juventus and Livorno have each appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after FIFA’s ruling demanded both clubs help Adrian Mutu pay Chelsea 21 million euros (£17,785,000).last_img read more

Cricket News England vs India 5th Test: Having an extra bowler helps, says Jasprit Bumrah

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah after the stumps of Day 2 of the ongoing fifth Test at the Oval said that not having an extra bowler let England make a comeback in the Test match with the English tail-enders contributing a maximum portion of the runs. “When you have an extra bowler, it gives you some cushion while bowling. When you bowl with four bowlers, you to bowl more overs as you have to come back (to bowl) quickly,” said Bumrah after the end of Day 2.ALSO READ: Virat Kohli, James Anderson involved in heated battle of words”We bowled our hearts out yesterday as well as today because we bowled a lot of overs. Sometimes, having an extra bowler gives you more rest.”Indian skipper Virat Kohli selected only four specialist bowlers after dropping an out-of-form Hardik Pandya for debutant Hanuma Vihari. Despite restricting England for 198 for 7 after the end of the first day, India failed to finish off their tail on day 2 as Jos Buttler, along with tail took England to 332 runs. Birthday boy Buttler smashed 89 off 133 balls on in what was another spectacular innings by the Lancashire man.ALSO READ: Asia Cup 2018: Indian cricket team’s home base shifted; venue changedHowever, Bumrah was clear on the fact that the Indian bowlers failed to quickly clear up England’s tail.Buttler added 33 runs with Adil Rashid before putting a 98-run stand with Stuart Broad for the ninth wicket. “He played well today and took his chances. When you bat with the tail, you don’t have much to lose and you can play with a lot of freedom,” said Bumrah.England lead the five-match Test series 3-1. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Video : Watch Oprah Winfrey Intense Lance Armstrong Interview

first_imgOprah Winfrey said today that disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong came well prepared for their highly anticipated interview, although he “did not come clean in the manner [she] expected.”Winfrey, who discussed the interview on “CBS This Morning” today, said, “We were mesmerized and riveted by some of his answers. I feel that he answered the questions in a way that he was ready. … He certainly had prepared himself for this moment. … He brought it. He really did.”Armstrong had apologized to staffers at the Livestrong Foundation before the Monday interview with Winfrey at a hotel in Austin, Texas, and reportedly admitted to them that he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout his storied career.Armstrong also confessed to Winfrey to using the drugs, sources have told ABC News. Winfrey said this morning that the entire interview, for which she had prepared 112 questions, was difficult.“I would say there were a couple of times where he was emotional,” she said. “But that doesn’t describe the intensity at times.”As for the cyclist’s sense of remorse, Winfrey said that will be for viewers to decide. “I would rather people make their own decisions about whether he was contrite or not,” she said. The interview will air on the OWN network for two nights, starting at 9 p.m. ET Thursday and continuing Friday.Meanwhile, the federal government is likely to join a whistle-blower lawsuit against Armstrong, originally filed by his former cycling teammate Floyd Landis, sources told ABC News.The government is seeking to recoup millions of dollars from Armstrong after years of his denying that he used performance-enhancing drugs, the sources said. The U.S. Postal Service, which is an independent agency of the federal government, was a longtime sponsor of Armstrong’s racing career. cyclist Lance Armstrong Apologizes to Livestrong Staff for Doping Scandal Watch VideoLance Armstrong Stripped of Tour de France Titles Watch VideoThe deadline for the government’s potentially joining in the matter was a likely motivation for Armstrong’s interview with Winfrey, sources told ABC News. The lawsuit remains sealed in federal court.Armstrong is now talking with authorities about possibly paying back some of the Postal Service sponsorship money, a government source told ABC News Monday.The deadline for the department to join the case is Thursday, the same day Armstrong’s much-anticipated interview with Winfrey is set to air.Armstrong is also talking to authorities about confessing and naming names, giving up others involved in illegal doping. This could result in a reduction of his lifetime ban, according to a source, if Armstrong provides substantial and meaningful information.As for the Winfrey interview, it was Armstrong’s first since officials stripped him of his world cycling titles in response to doping allegations. Word of Armstrong’s admission comes after a Livestrong official said that Armstrong apologized Monday to the foundation’s staff ahead of his interview.The disgraced cyclist gathered with about 100 Livestrong Foundation staffers at their Austin headquarters for a meeting that included social workers who deal directly with patients as part of the group’s mission to support cancer victims.Armstrong’s “sincere and heartfelt apology” generated lots of tears, spokeswoman Katherine McLane said, adding that he “took responsibility” for the trouble he has caused the foundation.McLane declined to say whether Armstrong’s comments included an admission of doping, just that the cyclist wanted the staff to hear from him in person rather than rely on second-hand accounts.Armstrong then took questions from the staff. Armstrong’s story has never changed. In front of cameras, microphones, fans, sponsors, cancer survivors — even under oath — Lance Armstrong hasn’t just denied ever using performance enhancing drugs, he has done so in an indignant, even threatening way.Armstrong, 41, was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from the sport for life by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in October 2012, after allegations that he benefited from years of systematic doping, using banned substances and receiving illicit blood transfusions.“Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling and he deserves to be forgotten in cycling,” Pat McQuaid, the president of the International Cycling Union, said at a news conference in Switzerland announcing the decision. “This is a landmark day for cycling.”The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency issued a200-page report Oct. 10 after a wide-scale investigation into Armstrong’s alleged use of performance-enhancing substances.Armstrong won the Tour de France from 1999 to 2005. According to a source, speaking to ABC News, a representative of Armstrong’s once offered to make a donation estimated around $250,000 to the agency, as “60 Minutes Sports” on Showtime first reported.Lance Armstrong’s attorney Tim Herman denied it. “No truth to that story,” Herman said. “First Lance heard of it was today [Monday]. He never made any such contribution or suggestion.” Armstrong, who himself recovered from testicular cancer, created the Lance Armstrong Foundation (now known as the LIVESTRONG Foundation) to help people with cancer cope, as well as foster a community for cancer awareness. Armstrong resigned late last year as chairman of the LIVESTRONG Foundation, which raised millions of dollars in the fight against cancer.The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency issued a200-page report Oct. 10 after a wide-scale investigation into Armstrong’s alleged use of performance-enhancing substances.Armstrong won the Tour de France from 1999 to 2005.According to a source, speaking to ABC News, a representative of Armstrong’s once offered to make a donation estimated around $250,000 to the agency, as “60 Minutes Sports” on Showtime first reported. Lance Armstrong’s attorney Tim Herman denied it. “No truth to that story,” Herman said. “First Lance heard of it was today [Monday]. He never made any such contribution or suggestion.” Armstrong, who himself recovered from testicular cancer, created the Lance Armstrong Foundation (now known as the LIVESTRONG Foundation) to help people with cancer cope, as well as foster a community for cancer awareness. Armstrong resigned late last year as chairman of the LIVESTRONG Foundation, which raised millions of dollars in the fight against cancer.Lance Armstrong Stripped of Tour de France Titles Watch VideoThe New York Times reported Jan. 4 that Armstrong told associates he is considering admitting that he used banned performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions during his cycling career. The Times’ unnamed sources said he would admit the information in order to restore his eligibility in athletic events such as triathlons and running events.Herman denied the claims were true.Herman told The Associated Press he had no knowledge of Armstrong considering a confession and said: “When, and if, Lance has something to say, there won’t be any secret about it.”Armstrong, who has spent so much energy bitterly fighting accusers and whistleblowers, has left many questioning whether Winfrey’s televised absolution will be able to help his cause.Winfrey tweeted the news to her followers last Tuesday night. “BREAKING NEWS: Looking forward to this conversation with @lancearmstrong #nextchapter.”last_img read more

Ranking the NFL’s best wide receivers for the 2020 season from 1-25

first_img (Getty Images) (Getty Images) Davante Adams https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e8/57/davante-adams-featured-011219-getty-ftr_158dlzc684or91bq8bnzwxfink.jpg?t=-1662161265&w=500&quality=805. Davante Adams, PackersAdams was having a monster game against the Eagles on Thursday night of Week 4 (10 catches, 180 yards) before his midseason was derailed by a serious toe injury. He went back to his big scoring ways in the second half. He’s fully trusted to make big catches for Green Bay as Aaron Rodgers’ dominant go-to guy. At 6-1, 215 pounds and still only 27, Adams is cut from the same cloth as Thomas and also doesn’t get enough credit for delivering chunk plays when needed.2019 stats: 83 catches on 127 targets, 997 yards, 5 TDs, 12.0 yards per reception6. Tyreek Hill, ChiefsHill battled through clavicle and hamstring injuries in 2019, which were the only things that managed to slow down the blinding speedster, and only a little bit. Hill was ready to dart for game-changing plays in Super Bowl 54 against a tough 49ers secondary after a dazzling AFC playoff run. 2019 stats: 58 catches on 89 targets, 860 yards, 7 TDs, 14.8 yards per reception7. Mike Evans, BuccaneersAt 6-5, 231 pounds, Evans presents a very difficult challenge to cover downfield with his exceptional vertical receiving skills. The 26-year-old has benefited well from the rise of Godwin and gives Brady his best deep threat since Randy Moss.2019 stats: 67 catches on 118 targets, 1,157 yards, 8 TDs, 17.3 yards per reception (Getty Images) (Getty Images) Odell Beckham Jr. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/18/a8/odell-beckham-jr-121819-getty-ftrjpg_zhepzy7583ac116gxpyhdpvf0.jpg?t=432053527&w=500&quality=8022. Odell Beckham Jr., BrownsBeckham also grinded well for the Browns last season, showing increidble toughness playing through a sports hernia injury. His numbers have cooled a little, and there’s some durability concern going forward for a 5-11, 198-pound wideout at 27. OBJ has a chance to rocket back into the top 10, but all the receivers ahead of him well deserved their place in the pecking order based on both production and potential.2019 stats: 74 catches on 133 targets, 1,035 yards, 4 TDs, 14.0 yards per reception23. Adam Thielen, VikingsThielen is entering his age 30 season coming off.a season marred by a hamstring injury. Now he will continue to face tougher coverage working primarily outside with Diggs gone, replaced by rookie Justin Jefferson. Thielen, at 6-2, 200 pounds was a great big slot, and with better health, should be more comfortable with the perimeter No. 1 transition complete.2019 stats: 30 catches on 48 targets, 418 yards, 6 TDs, 13.9 yards per reception24. Cooper Kupp, RamsKupp goes into his age 27 season as the NFL’s premier primary slot receiver. He has a very high catch and scoring rate as Goff’s situational security blanket. This isn’t a knock to have Kupp ranked this “low” — there are just quite a few more dazzling dynamos to prove just how deep this elite receiving group is.2019 stats: 94 catches on 134 targets, 1,161 yards, 10 TDs, 12.4 yards per reception Considering their most recent production in 2019 and balanced by their upside for this season, here’s how the league’s elite wideouts stack up against one other.MORE: The best and worst starting QBs for 2020, ranked 1-32 NFL wide receiver rankings 2020 Deebo Samuel https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/40/8c/deebo-samuel-020220-getty-ftrjpg_lx7355vgo92b1os5bgjrniu2t.jpg?t=108917832&w=500&quality=8017. Deebo Samuel, 49ersSamuel needed some time to emerge as San Francisco’s top wideout as a rookie, but he got there as expected with his great hands and explosive skills, both in getting open deep and rumbling for big yards after the catch. He should be better with Jimmy Garoppolo in 2020 wih help from a new rookie dynamo, Brandon Aiyuk, on the other side.2019 stats: 57 catches on 81 targets, 802 yards, 3 TDs, 14.1 yards per reception18. Terry McLaurin, RedskinsBetween Brown, Samuel, McLaurin and the Seahawks’ DK Metcalf, the second-year force is strong at the position. Whether you call him “Scary Terry” or “F1”, McLaurin, at 6-0, 210 pounds, lives up to both of those nicknames as an intimidating speedster. Imagine what he could do with much-improved QB play in a now more downfield-oriented passing game.2019 stats: 58 catches on 93 targets, 919 yards, 7 TDs, 15.8 yards per reception19. Robert Woods, RamsAs Allen is to the other Los Angeles team in the NFL, Woods is to this one. At 6-0, 195 pounds, the 28-year-old is the ultimate technician, doing what he needs to do get open on intermediate routes for Jared Goff, with occasional home-run ability.2019 stats: 90 catches on 139 targets, 1,134 yards, 2 TDs, 12.6 yards per reception20. Stefon Diggs, BillsDiggs left a pretty productive situation in Minnesota with Kirk Cousins and Adam Thielen, hoping he can be more of a true No. 1 for Buffalo ahead of John Brown. Diggs’ downfield skills would seem to mesh well with the big arm of Josh Allen, if the third-year QB can show more deep-ball accuracy. Diggs also is an underrated red zone threat for his size (6-0, 191 pounds) and can do plenty of damage if needed in the slot.2019 stats: 63 catches on 94 targets, 1,130 yards, 6 TDs, 17.9 yards per reception21. Jarvis Landry, BrownsAt 27, Landry has found a strong second home after Miami as Baker Mayfield’s most trusted target. Despite battling through a hip injury last season, he was prolfiic with the highest yards per catch of his career, reminding everyone he’s as comfortable outside as he is in the slot.2019 stats: 83 catches on 138 targets, 1,174 yards, 6 TDs, 14.1 yards per reception The NFL is well into a pass-happy era defined by prolific playmaking wide receivers. With a lot of those terrific pass-catchers across teams, it’s not easy picking the top 25 at the position going in 2020. But ranking the best of the best is a fun task because it requires a deep dive into football’s most dominant downfield dynamos.Stats tell a good part of the story in rating wide receivers, but the overall impact on their teams’ quarterbacks and offenses also deserves plenty of attention. There’s also the eye test, seeing how one great playmaker stands out from another. Michael Thomas https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/62/81/michael-thomas-saints-121919-getty-ftr_12ym51vmj7pe31sln7oyatqol6.jpg?t=598070543&w=500&quality=801. Michael Thomas, SaintsThomas, 27, simply doesn’t drop passes, and his smooth route-running connection with Drew Brees also helps add to his amazing 80.5 percent catch rate. He broke Marvin Harrison’s record with his reception total last year. Thomas is as good as it gets with his intermediate consistency as 91 of his catches went for first downs last season. He also averaged 107.8 yards per game and racked up 582 yards after the catch.2019 stats: 149 catches on 185 targets, 1,725 yards, 9 TDs, 11.9 yards per reception2. Julio Jones, FalconsJones is 31 but hasn’t showed signs of slowing down yet with his big-play ability. He has great speed and quickness for an extremly physical receiver at 6-3, 220 pounds. He positions his body well on routes and is intimidating as ever when rumbling downfield. Jones is locked in with Matt Ryan going into their 10th year together and has a new strong No. 2 in Calvin Ridley.2019 stats: 99 catches on 157 targets, 1,394 yards, 6 TDs, 14.1 yards per receptionMORE: NFL training camp start dates, COVID-19 protocols3. Chris Godwin, BuccaneersGodwin is a technically sound receiver, coming off his breakout season before turning 24. He was this good for Tampa Bay and can be greater with Tom Brady as that QB’s ideal type of intermediate-to-deep target with slot versatility. Godwin turned 63 of his catches into first downs and got a massive 591 yards after the catch. He is made to be the GOAT’s new go-to guy.2019 stats: 86 catches on 121 targets, 1,333 yards, 9 TDs, 15.5 yards per reception4. DeAndre Hopkins, CardinalsHopkins’ yards per catch went down a little during his final season with the Texans, but as he turns 28 for his new team, there’s still plenty of top all-around playmaking still left. Hopkins came into the league smart and has added savvy with a knack to get consistently open. Being separated from Deshaun Watson is tough, but he can get revved up again for Kyler Murray in a high-volume passing offense.2019 stats: 104 catches on 150 targets, 1,165 yards, 7 TDs, 11.2 yards per reception (Getty Images) Amari Cooper https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/da/af/amari-cooper-031620-getty-ftrjpg_1fniq6wo3g4zd1sxzn1e9z3dyc.jpg?t=-426902464&w=500&quality=808. Amari Cooper, CowboysCooper, who turns only 26 in June, runs all the routes at a high level, providing a good blend of big plays and clutch passes. His presence has helped Dallas turn the corner into an elite passing team with Dak Prescott, and now CeeDee Lamb is joining Michael Gallup to boost Cooper.2019 stats: 79 catches on 119 targets, 1,189 yards, 8 TDs, 15.1 yards per reception9. Tyler Lockett, SeahawksLockett has worked himself into becoming a complete, durable receiver after using his speed to make his initial big-play mark in Seattle. At 27, Lockett is locked into Russell Wilson all over the field with terrific inside-outside versality, both a chain-mover and field-stretcher depending on how he’s needed.2019 stats: 82 catches on 110 targets, 1,057 yards, 8 TDs, 12.9 yards per reception10. A.J. Brown, TitansBrown didn’t get going until the second half of his rookie season when Ryan Tannehil emerged and started throwing downfield passes to him. But once he did, he was a nightmare with his speed and strong build. He’s the perfect home-run hitter off play-action with plenty of after-the-catch juice because of his quickness, too.2019 stats: 52 catches on 84 targets, 1,051 yards, 8 TDs, 20.2 yards per reception11. Courtland Sutton, BroncosAt 6-4, 216 pounds, Sutton looks the part of a classic No. 1, and even with some QB lumps in 2019, he put up numbers to match. Sutton can both go up and get the ball over smaller cover men and blow by guys to get open deep. He’s Drew Lock’s clear go-to guy and will be helped by Jerry Jeudy arriving as a serious second outside threat.2019 stats: 72 catches on 124 targets, 1,112 yards, 6 TDs, 15.4 yards per receptionMORE: Madden 21 ratings feature five players in the 99 overall club12. Allen Robinson, BearsRobinson goes into his age 27 season after rediscovering his earlier Jacksonville promise in Chicago, thanks to staying healthy. He’s produced now with both Blake Bortles and Mitchell Trubisky, so there’s hope Nick Foles can lift him further from the front end. Robinson is so solid all-around to the point he can be sneaky spectaular.2019 stats: 98 catches on 154 targets, 1,147 yards, 7 TDs, 11.7 yards per reception13. D.J. Moore, PanthersMoore had a monster second season despite some QB shakiness all season. He was superb at getting open consistently, well positioned to show off his after-the-catch skills. He’s lived up to his prolific status from college and is the ideal No. 1 for Teddy Bridgewater.2019 stats: 87 catches on 135 targets, 1,175 yards, 4 TDs, 13.5 yards per reception14. DeVante Parker, DolphinsParker, who battled injuries early in his career as a 2015 first-rounder and was often in the doghouse of former offensive-minded head coach Adam Gase, put it all together as a late bloomer in 2019, earning a worthy big new contract. He took over games everywhere, helped by Ryan Fitzpatrick treating him like his true No. 1 profile at 6-3, 216 pounds.2019 stats: 72 catches on 128 targets, 1,202 yards, 9 TDs, 16.7 yards per reception15. Keenan Allen, ChargersAllen doesn’t have as much young flash as some ahead of him on this list, but at 28, he’s as smooth as it gets running routes and catching most of what’s thrown accurately his way. He’s built up his durablity and also has plenty of versatility, seamless going in the slot when needed.2019 stats: 104 catches on 149 targets, 1,199 yards, 6 TDs, 11.5 yards per reception16. Kenny Golladay, LionsAt 6-4, 214 pounds, Golladay is another one of those classic No. 1 big playmakers. The 27-year-old was a long-ball machine and also proved to be one of the best scorers from anywhere at the position. He can go quiet at times, but when he makes noise downfield, it’s very loud.2019 stats: 65 catches on 116 targets, 1,190 yards, 11 TDs, 18.3 yards per reception 25. D.J. Chark, JaguarsHere’s one more third-year wideout to round out the rankings. Chark more than scratched the surface of his classic No. 1 potential at 6-4, 198 pounds. He came in billed as a speedy deep threat from LSU, but he worked to become more complete in Year 2 with help from QB, Gardner Minshew, who will remain well locked into Chark’s go-to skill set.2019 stats: 73 catches on 118 targets, 1,008 yards, 13.8 yards per receptionlast_img read more

BRIC to boost SA competitiveness

first_img11 January 2011South Africa’s invitation the join the BRIC group of fast-growing emerging economies as a full member will open up new trade and investment opportunities for the country, says International Marketing Council of South Africa CEO Miller Matola.According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the informal but powerful bloc – comprising Brazil, Russia, India and China – will account for 61 percent of global growth in three years’ time.It is expected that South Africa will be formally accepted as a new member at the next BRIC summit in April.Gateway to Africa“The fact that South Africa has the opportunity to be affiliated to this group of powerful emerging economies underlines two main points,” Matola told BuaNews this week. “Firstly that the country is recognised as a developing economy of significance in its own right, but also that it is the gateway to the continent of Africa – the next growth superstar.”Matola said South Africa’s membership of the group was a good move not only economically but also politically. A new world order was unfolding, he said, with economic and therefore political power shifting from West to East, and the BRIC countries were the visible face of this movement.“To draw South Africa into this powerful club underlines the country’s growing international role and its future significance for those who want to make use of the expanding African opportunities.“It is, in fact, an association that does not only benefit the group, but the emerging world as a whole and Africa in particular,” Matola said.‘Huge new opportunities’“Huge new opportunities will open up for South Africa on the investment and trade front,” Matola added. “Private companies may also find market access into the BRIC countries easier, and partnerships with companies from this grouping might evolve.“This might become particularly important, as South Africa is already the biggest emerging economy investor on the continent – its companies are active in at least half of all African countries.”South Africa should use these new opportunities to increase the country’s competitive edge, Matola said.Although SA’s ranking in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index dropped last year, this reflected not a decline in the country’s performance but improvements by other countries.However, once South Africa joins BRIC it will be “playing in a different league and, as such, will have to improve on its delivery and performance,” Matola said.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Honouring South Africans who fought in World War I

first_imgIt has been a century since South African and other soldiers lost their lives in World War I. The refurbishment of the Delville Wood South African National Memorial in France means that every South African soldier who fought is now honoured. Previously the contribution of black soldiers was sidelined. South Africa’s participation in World War I is commemorated with the refurbishment of the Delville Wood South African National Memorial to include all the soldiers of all races who lost their lives in the battle and the war. (Image: Yusuf Abramjee, Twitter)Priya PitamberIt is little known that a century ago South African troops from all races fought in one of the bloodiest battles in World War I.The Battle of Delville Wood took place in France, in July 1916. It was a series of engagements in the 1916 Battle of the Somme between the armies of the German Empire and the British Empire and was the first major clash South Africa undertook during the Great War. The commander, Brigadier General Lukin, received the order to “take and hold the wood at all costs” from 14 to 20 July 1916.“For six days and five nights a soldier was killed every minute, with one South African soldier dying every three minutes,” said President Jacob Zuma during the centenary commemoration at the site of the battle. “The brigade was tasked to ‘break through the enemy lines by any means necessary’.”Out of 3 153 men who entered Delville Wood, only 142 walked out alive.Watch this in-depth look at South Africa’s contribution to World War I:A history forgottenBlack soldiers who enlisted formed the South African Native Labour Corps (SANLC), but its contribution has largely been ignored in military records.“The SANLC has hardly received any attention in South African histories,” noted the Department of Military Veterans. “Nor did they receive any medals for their participation in the war.”The original Delville Wood South African National Memorial was inaugurated in 1926 at Deville Wood, built on a 63ha piece of land bought by author and politician Sir Percy Fitzpatrick, and presented to South Africa. “The representation of Africans during the war is very minimal and it distorts the important role they played in various theatres of war,” said the department.The SANLC mainly provided a supportive role to soldiers because they weren’t allowed to carry weapons for two reasons, said Zuma.“First, giving black and white South Africans the same roles in the war was seen to accord blacks the same status as whites, contrary to the then dominant political ideology.“Secondly, General Louis Botha and the ruling white elite feared that training blacks in the handling of firearms would empower them to, in future, use such military expertise to fight white supremacy.”Black soldiers were also buried not in Delville, but in other areas in France.“The injustice that we have to redress is that the Delville Wood Memorial Museum in the past reflected a very biased South African military history,” said Zuma.The refurbished memorial is now reflective of the full story of South Africa’s contribution to the war.The battle of #DelvilleWood became one of the deadliest Somme engagements of WWI. @PresidencyZA @VeteransZA pic.twitter.com/1QGFd2IsVR— France in S. Africa (@FrenchEmbassyZA) July 12, 2016In recognitionA memorial wall now includes the names of every South African who fought during the war.Unveiling the Wall of Remembrance at the 100 Delville Wood Centenary Commemoration of Delville Wood Museum, France. pic.twitter.com/wrPQvb1sWK— PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) July 13, 2016There is a Garden of Remembrance for those who perished but whose remains were never found.The Deville Wood Museum will also house a new exhibition. “Care has been taken that the new murals in the museum will depict the involvement of the SANLC in the Great Wars, as well as the sinking of the SS Mendi,” said Zuma.The refurbishment presented a powerful message of reconciliation and provided “some redress that will further consolidate the diversity of our South African nation”.All South Africans should be proud of the achievements of the men in Delville, he said. “Let their ideal be our legacy and their sacrifice our inspiration.”It is a reference to the words on the archway of the memorial:“Their ideal is our legacy“Their sacrifice our inspiration”last_img read more

Neymar completes world record PSG move

first_imgFEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ 5 PH footballers begin camp, nurse dreams of trip to Munich “The club will pass on to UEFA the details of the above operation so that they can determine the disciplinary responsibilities that may arise from this case,” continued the Barca statement.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ READ: Neymar’s long road to football transfer historyPSG said that Neymar will be unveiled at a press conference at the club’s Parc des Princes at 1130GMT on Friday.He will then be presented to fans at the same ground at 1345GMT on Saturday before the season-opening Ligue 1 fixture against promoted Amiens.The transfer is more than double the previous world record set by Manchester United’s capture of Paul Pogba from Juventus last year for 105 million euros, leaving many commentators aghast at the rampant inflation in football transfer fees.Leading coaches such as Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho lamented that the move could cause even greater inflation in transfer fees and player wages.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img In this Saturday, May 27, 2017 file photo, Barcelona’s Neymar celebrates at the end of the Copa del Rey final soccer match between Barcelona and Alaves at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain. Neymar has told Barcelona that he plans to leave the club, with a blockbuster move to Paris Saint-Germain seemingly imminent. Barcelona responded shortly after his announcement Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017 with a statement saying the Brazil striker’s 222 million euro ($262 million) release clause must be paid in full, a scenario which until recently seemed beyond the reach of any rival. AP FILEPARIS—Neymar’s world record move to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) was completed Thursday when the French club confirmed the Brazilian superstar had signed a five year-deal, earning him an estimated 30 million euros ($35.5 million) a year.The deal was signed just hours after the 25-year-old paid off his 222 million euro ($264 million) buyout clause to Barcelona.ADVERTISEMENT READ: 222 million euro deal for Neymar ‘not expensive’, says Mourinho“It also looks like the inflation is accelerating,” said Wenger, whose 21 years at Arsenal have been characterized by prudent spending.“It’s beyond calculation and beyond rationality.”However, in the French capital there is huge excitement at PSG’s Qatari-backed project having landed a star name to finally make them feared among European football’s elite with even French president Emmanuel Macron enthused.“It adds attractiveness. Yes, it’s good news,” said Macron.“Neymar to PSG — the transfer of the century”, splashed Le Parisien’s front page on Thursday with the first five pages devoted to his impending arrival.The mood is understandably more sombre in Barcelona where attention has turned to who the Catalans can sign to replace Neymar in the month before the transfer window closes.Neymar’s Brazilian international teammate Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele have both been linked.There is also scepticism at the role played by PSG’s owners Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) at a time of political crisis for the energy-rich state which has been boycotted by its Gulf neighbours in recent months and will play host to the World Cup in 2022.‘State signing’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Spanish newspaper El Mundo described the move as a “state signing.”But whilst La Liga protests at losing one of its biggest stars, Barca’s players have continued to wish their now former teammate well.“My friend I wish you the best in everything that comes!!!” Luis Suarez posted on Instagram alongside a picture of the two hugging.“Also thank you for your support, for everything that I learned with you and for the unique moments that we spent together!!!! Keep like this and never change love you little bro.”Earlier Thursday, Spain’s football league threatened to stall the saga by initially refusing to accept the check presented by Neymar’s representatives at its Madrid headquarters.La Liga president Javier Tebas had accused the French club of breaching UEFA’s financial fair play rules.Clubs can be sanctioned by European football’s governing body for making a loss of more than 30 million euros over a three-year period.However, UEFA insisted the move will not automatically trigger a failure to comply with FFP regulations.“The transfer of Neymar to PSG will have an effect on the club’s finances over several years but the impact of such an operation cannot be judged in advance, notably as PSG could well sell several players for a significant amount,” UEFA said in a statement to Agence France-Presse.Barca added that they will aid UEFA in any future enquiry into whether the French side fell foul of regulations. 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 National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress “I am extremely happy to join Paris Saint-Germain,” said Neymar.“Since I arrived in Europe, the club has always been one of the most competitive and most ambitious. And the biggest challenge, what most motivated me to join my new teammates is to help the club to conquer the titles that their fans want.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Paris Saint-Germain’s ambition attracted me to the club, along with the passion and the energy this brings. I played four seasons in Europe and I feel ready to take the challenge.“From today, I will do everything I can to help my new teammates, to open up new horizons for my club and to bring happiness to its millions of supporters around the world.”last_img read more

Keita BatesDiop providing spark off the bench for Ohio State mens basketball

Freshman forward Keita Bates-Diop drives toward the basket during a game against Penn State on Feb. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 75-55. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerWhile the Ohio State men’s basketball team has seen its share of production from familiar names such as freshman guard D’Angelo Russell and senior forward Sam Thompson, it’s been the play of a young forward that is starting to get the attention of coaches.And not just his own.Freshman Keita Bates-Diop has scored more than a fifth of his points this season in the last two games for the Buckeyes, both wins for OSU.Bates-Diop had a career night with 14 points, while adding nine boards and three assists, in a 79-60 thrashing of Rutgers on Sunday.He followed that up with a seven-point, five-rebound performance in a 75-55 win against Penn State Wednesday night, and Nittany Lion coach Pat Chambers said he was not surprised by it.“He played really well against Rutgers. He knocked down some shots for them so he gives them another outside threat,” Chambers said after the game. “He’s long, he’s athletic and he’s rangy so he’s going to be a really good player for years to come. But he gives you another guy you have to worry about out there other than No. 0.”No. 0 is Russell, who said after the game that when players like Bates-Diop perform well, it makes it simpler for him and for the team to succeed.“Teams can’t really key on me if other guys are stepping up and doing what they’re good at,” Russell said. “It makes the game a lot easier for me.”Bates-Diop has been seeing increased minutes since the temporary departure of sophomore forward Marc Loving, who has missed the last three games with a suspension for an undisclosed reason. OSU coach Thad Matta said he expects Loving to return to action in the Buckeyes’ next game against the Michigan State Spartans, but added that Bates-Diop has earned more minutes with his recent play.“I think from the standpoint of how Keita has played, I am just so excited for him. This is kind of what we’ve been trying to get out of him just in terms of his aggressiveness,” Matta said. “He’s long, he can block shots he can rebound out of his area. I don’t think he shot the ball particularly well tonight (against Penn State), but we know he can do that and really stretch a defense.”Bates-Diop’s offensive game might not have been put on full display against the Nittany Lions, but the Normal, Ill., native shot 4-of-7 from the field against Rutgers, including 3-of-4 from long range.However, it isn’t just Bates-Diop’s offensive game that Matta has been pleased with. Matta added after the win over Penn State that Bates-Diop is starting to learn his role on defense better and it was evident Wednesday as he finished the night with three blocks and two steals.“He is learning how to use his length,” Matta said of the 6-foot-7-inch freshman. “He made a couple rotations defensively tonight that I think kind of solidified he understands what’s going on out there now.”Thompson, who scored a career-high 22 points in Wednesday’s win, said Bates-Diop will be key for the Buckeyes moving forward as the regular season winds down.“Keita’s been huge. He has been asked to step up, and in the last few games he has really answered the call,” Thompson said. “He has made shots, he has been aggressive offensively and defensively. We need Keita to keep that going.”Bates-Diop and the Buckeyes will look to do just that as they are set to take on the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday in East Lansing, Mich. Tip-off is scheduled for noon. read more

Football Ohio State lands 2018 fourstar Toledo linebacker Dallas Gant

Ohio State reeled in its 10th member of its 2018 football recruiting class when four-star linebacker Dallas Gant announced his commitment to the Buckeyes Tuesday afternoon at St. John’s Jesuit High School in Toledo, Ohio.Gant is the 126th-best prospect in the country, according to 247Sports. He is rated as the fourth-best player in the state of Ohio and the fifth-best at his position in the country. Gant is the second-lowest ranked prospect of OSU’s ten commits, according to the recruiting service.The Toledo native is the first of his position in his class to commit to OSU. He is the second in-state prospect to commit to the Buckeyes, following running back Jaelen Gill, a Westerville, Ohio native.OSU’s 2018 class is led by two five-star prospects, quarterback Emory Jones and defensive tackle Taron Vincent. Cmmitted pic.twitter.com/06R86sDhc1— Dallas Gant (@dallas_gant) May 16, 2017 read more

Everton is a work in Progress – Coleman

first_imgEverton defender Seamus Coleman believes the club is heading in the right direction after they bounced back from losing 6-2 to Spurs and win 5-1 at Burnley.Everton’s 5-1 win at Burnley was their first victory in six matches, putting last weekend’s humiliating 6-2 home defeat to Spurs behind them.Coleman was encouraged by their performance at Turf Moor as they steamrolled a hapless Burnley side.“We wanted to bounce back after that very disappointing defeat to Tottenham,” Coleman told Sky Sports.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We knew it was going to be tough because they [Burnley] cause a lot of problems for teams with their style of play.“Our three centre-halves dealt with it brilliantly throughout the game. Then we had that little bit of talent in the forward positions to cause them trouble so we’re very happy with the win.“The confidence was there. The manager keeps telling us to believe in ourselves, to keep playing with a smile on our faces. At times we did that.“I thought there were periods in the game where we were very good, periods where we weren’t so good but it’s a work in progress and we want to keep getting better throughout the season.”last_img read more

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