Ilkay Gundogan made his first appearance in eight months for Manchester City on Tuesday when he came on as a second-half substitute against Girona in a friendly in Spain.The German midfielder, who suffered knee ligament damage against Watford last December, could be in contention for a place in the squad for Monday’s home tie against Everton.Girona beat City 1-0, with the 26-year-old coming on as a substitute in the 71st minute.City beat promoted Brighton and Hove Albion 2-0 in their Premier League opener on Saturday.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ferguson declares ex-Arsenal boss Wenger ‘an absolute legend’by Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United icon Sir Alex Ferguson has declared Arsene Wenger “an absolute legend” as the former Arsenal boss enjoyed a special night in his honour.On Monday night, Wenger was named a ‘Legend of Football’ at the annual Nordoff Robbins charity award dinner.Addressing his old adversary via video, Ferguson said: “The career you had as a manager at Arsenal was absolutely fantastic – an absolute legend.”I loved the competition against you. We had some great times and it’s wonderful you’re getting this award tonight. So good luck, my blessing with you.”Ferguson himself has been a past recipient of the ‘Legends of Football’ award, which has been handed out since 1996.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Thiago Motta confirms he’s taking charge of Genoaby Carlos Volcano4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThiago Motta has confirmed he’s taking charge of Genoa.Motta has accepted Genoa’s offer to become their new coach, replacing Aurelio Andreazzoli.The 37-year-old former midfielder played for the Rossoblu during the 2008-09 campaign.He retired from professional football at the end of 2017-18 and spent last season coaching PSG’s Under-19 team.TMW caught up with Motta as he arrived in the Ligurian capital and told its correspondent he was “ready to get going”.
IG/espnmicheleEven with the Kentucky Derby, NFL Draft, NBA and NHL playoffs, and plenty of early season baseball action, the marquee sporting event of the weekend is the long-awaited Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight, which will take place tonight around 11:30 p.m. One of college football’s recent superstars, Florida great Tim Tebow, is in Las Vegas for the bout, and spent time at Pacquiao camp during training this week.Pacquiao and Tebow first met in March, and BehindTheGloves.com caught up with the two stars, who have a lot in common, including their strong faith, and connections to the Phillipines. Pacquiao is a national hero in his home country, and Tebow was born in the city of Makati and spent five years living in the country.Much of the sports world appears to be split over tonight’s fight, but it seems like Tebow is all in on Pacquiao.
OTTAWA – Statistics Canada says the median net worth of Canadian families totalled $295,100 in 2016, up 14.7 per cent from 2012 the last time the survey was conducted.Housing was both the largest asset and the largest debt for Canadians.The total value of assets held by Canadians in 2016 was $12 trillion, up from $9.9 trillion in 2012. The median value of total assets owned by families amounted to $440,200, up from $391,700 in 2012.Meanwhile, total debt reached $1.76 trillion in 2016, up from $1.41 trillion in 2012. The median value of total debt owed by families was $80,600 in 2016, up from $63,400 in 2012.The report also found that 29.6 per cent of Canadian families were debt-free in 2016.Statistics Canada says the share was highest among senior-led families with 58.0 per cent debt-free.
MONTREAL – SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. reported a first-quarter profit of $78.1 million as its revenue climbed with the acquisition of British engineering firm WS Atkins last year.The company says the profit amounted to 44 cents per diluted share for the quarter, down from $89.7 million or 60 cents per diluted share a year ago.Revenue totalled $2.43 billion, up from $1.85 billion.On an adjusted basis, SNC says it earned $136 million or 77 cents per share, up from $105.1 million or 70 cents per share a year ago.SNC’s adjusted profit from its engineering and construction business amounted to 51 cents per share, up from 40 cents per share a year ago.SNC completed its acquisition of WS Atkins last summer for roughly $3.6 billion.Companies in this story: (TSX:SNC)
NEW DELHI: After shooting down a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite with its indigenously developed Anti-Satellite (A-SAT) weapon, India is now a reckoning space power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his address to the nation.On March 27, at 11:16 am, India successfully launched its A-SAT weapon that targetted an Indian satellite which had been decommissioned and was orbiting an LEO at a height of 300 km from Earth’s surface. DRDO’s Ballistic Missile Interceptor, a part of the ongoing ballistic missile defence programme, was deployed. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThis ‘technological mission’ was carried out by DRDO from Dr A P J Abdul Kalam Island launch complex in Odisha. The team of scientists was able to accomplish the task of locating, destroying and confirming the destruction of said satellite within three minutes. Mission Shakti deserves celebration as this is the first time that India has tested and successfully demonstrated its capability to interdict and intercept a satellite in outer space based on complete indigenous technology. Rightly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that this is ‘a proud moment’ for Indians. A-SAT weapons play a crucial role in locating, intercepting and destroying incoming satellite that may threaten national security. However, the sphere of space weapons is contentious. Strict guidelines are enforced under the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, of which India is a signatory. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe treaty strongly prohibits the use of weapons of mass destruction in space. However, with its A-SAT weapon, India has been careful to not overstep any points of the treaty. India has also expressed support to the substantive consideration of Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space (PAROS) in the Conference on Disarmament, where it has been on agenda since 1982. Clearly, India’s intent is less offensive and more a defensive tool of strengthening national security and propelling the development of greater space technology. Earlier, China’s test in 2007 received widespread criticism from the global community, which iterated that the Dragon’s attempt to launch A-SAT weapons had “serious consequences of engaging in the militarisation of space”.
Alipurduar: BJP president Amit Shah said Friday his party will replicate the National Register of Citizens (NRC) exercise in West Bengal on coming to power at the Centre to “throw out” infiltrators. He, however, made it clear that Hindu refugees will not be touched. “We will also bring in NRC in Bengal and throw out all inflitrators. We will also ensure that the Hindu refugees are not touched. They are very much a part of our country,” Shah said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja The NRC is a document containing names of all genuine Indian citizens in Assam. It, however, became a hugely contentious issue after the complete draft, released last year, omitted the names of lakhs of people who have been residing in the state for several decades. The BJP president also said the upcoming Lok Sabha polls are all about restoring democracy in the TMC-ruled West Bengal. “The TMC stands for three Ts -Trinamool, toll and tax. Under the TMC government, syndicates (groups of extortionists) are flourishing in Bengal,” he claimed. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Criticising opposition leaders for questioning the government over air strikes in Pakistan’s Balakot to avenge the Pulwama killing of 40 CRPF personnel, Shah said only a strong leadership under Narendra Modi could give a befitting reply to China on Dokalam issue and Pakistan for its terror tactics. “But the opposition leaders are questioning the government (over the air strike). They want to hold talks with Pakistan. In this election, you have two ways – one leads you to Narendra Modi, the other to Thugbandhan (a gang of thugs) of leaders like Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee and Akhilesh Yadav,” Shah said.
Gurugram: In a major relief to the buyers who had invested in Ramprastha Builders to get their flats, the national consumer disputes redressal commission (NCDRC) said. Court passed judgement to refund money to 7 buyers with 12 per cent interest.Each home buyer will get Rs 1.3 crore from the builder. There are more than 350 builders who are waiting for the judgement in their favour. The homebuyers who had purchased apartments in Ramprasth’s skyys housing society did not get the possession of the houses due to repeated delay by the builder. Ultimately it led to the distressed homebuyers to take legal recourse. To make sure that the buyer’s money is protected and is not exploited by the builder a separate account will be created and will not be utilised in other projects as instructed by Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP). It has also been stated that for drawing the money there have to be designated signatories. Also in case of fraud, the bank officials will be held equally liable. It is estimated that the Rs 10,160 crore are pending by the builders who have not been able to complete their projects on time. Now the DTCP is preparing the list of builders so that cash in on their bank guarantee that is estimated to be of Rs 1627 crores. The enforcement directorate of Gurugram has already described the owner of Universal builders as an absconder. It was found that Rs 300 crores of homebuyers are struck in a residential project in Gurugram’s Sector-82 named Aura. The project that was started in 2010 was stopped in 2015. In effect over 500 homebuyers who invested in the project have alleged that the builders have amassed over Rs 300 crore in the amount that have not been refunded. To prevent a situation wherein the builders who have defaulted on the payments, the DTCP had begun the process of making a note of these builders. Significant information that includes detail of aadhar and PAN card, passport are being obtained to prevent any eventualities of builders leaving the country.
NBA’s free agency period begins on July 1, and some big names might switch teams, whether by choosing to sign elsewhere or getting traded. In the video above, Nate Silver looks at FiveThirtyEight’s player projections for three players — Paul George, Gordon Hayward and Blake Griffin — who might be on the move.
Former Ohio State receiver Ray Small was arrested in Meigs County, Ohio Sunday evening by the Ohio State Highway Patrol for allegedly possessing over 200 suspected Oxycontin tablets. According to a report from the Pomeroy Daily Sentinel, Trooper James Trelka of the Gallia-Meigs Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol arrested Small, 24, Sunday evening at 5:56 p.m. The report said that Small allegedly possessed 243 Oxycontin pills, an undisclosed amount of suspected heroin, hand-rolled marijuana cigarettes and a loaded 25-caliber pistol. The Lantern was able to confirm with the Meigs County Sheriff Office that they had Small in custody until Monday evening. Small was scheduled to report to Meigs County Court Monday where, reportedly, he was charged with the possession of a schedule II narcotic. According to the report, Small has since been released, although further charges are pending. The Ohio State Highway Patrol did not immediately respond to The Lantern‘s request for comment. It’s not the first time Small has been in hot water. Small, who was suspended a number of times throughout his career, told The Lantern last spring that he sold OSU memorabilia for cash, opening the floodgates on the OSU football tattoo scandal that began in December, 2010. The Lantern attempted to contact Small using the phone number he responded to during the May interview, but the number is no longer active. During his controversial career as a Buckeye, Small totaled 61 receptions for 659 yards and three touchdowns from 2006-09.
Maybe Jared Sullinger isn’t who we thought he was. Maybe Ohio State’s sophomore big man is a square peg we’ve tried to put in a round hole. Sullinger is obviously an exceptional basketball player. He’s proven over his past two years at OSU that he is among the best forwards in all of college basketball and was named a first-team All-American in the 2010-11 season. Because he’s been so productive and his teams have been so successful, he’s been anointed a superstar. But I think that’s a misnomer. I think Sullinger’s reputation has exceeded his ability. He’s playing the part of a superstar in a role player’s body. Let’s look at what makes Sullinger so good. His offensive fundamentals are phenomenal. He has a repertoire of inside post moves to give himself space and top-notch touch around the basket. He has a big sturdy frame and is strong enough to overpower most defenders off the block (although some would argue Sullinger’s weight loss hampered this ability). He has a high motor and passes well out of the post. Those are great attributes, but the typical superstar has a little bit more. In addition to refined skill, superstars have elite athleticism, explosiveness and the ability to make plays when everything else in a game is crumbling. Sullinger doesn’t have those qualities. Before almost every home game, sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. and sophomore forward J.D. Weatherspoon have a dunk contest. They do windmills, tomahawks, bank balls off the backboard and even come close to converting between-the-legs dunks. Before OSU lost to Wisconsin Feb. 26, Sullinger decided to make a brief cameo in the competition. Sullinger ran in from the 3-point line and attempted a windmill dunk. The 6-foot-9 man unimpressively leapt from the ground and missed the dunk. Badly. The fact is Sullinger just isn’t that athletic and doesn’t have the height to make up for it. During games, when things are crumbling for OSU, the team looks for Sullinger to make plays. OSU feeds him the ball inside, but Sullinger hasn’t been able to convert. He’ll catch the ball and try to make a move, but when a double team or quality defender arrives, he either flops for a foul or forces a bad shot. Sullinger is in no way a bad player. He’s just not what we’ve made him out to be. Monday, Sullinger was named the Big Ten Player of the Week for his performances against Michigan State and Northwestern. He totaled 36 points and 28 rebounds in the two last two Buckeye wins and proved he can be dominant. He was named first team all-conference and as the Buckeyes head into postseason play, Sullinger’s play will dictate OSU’s success. Maybe Sullinger will prove me wrong. Maybe he’ll dominate the Big Ten Tournament and lead OSU on a deep run in the Big Dance. But Sullinger and the Buckeyes need to be realistic. The Buckeye big man is the best and worst thing OSU has going for them. He has more skill than anyone on the team, but if he overextends himself and tries to be what something he’s not, it spells trouble for the Buckeyes. Sullinger is no role player, but he’s no superstar either. To be successful, OSU and Sullinger will have to find the middle ground.
Tunisia boss Nabil Maaloul has called for changes in North Africa following their early exit from the World Cup in disappointing fashionThe Carthage Eagles have lost their first two games of Group G against England and Belgium with the latter of them being a 5-2 thrashing.Therefore, Tunisia’s campaign at Russia is already over ahead of their final group game against fellow eliminated side Panama.Fellow North African sides Egypt and Morocco also suffered early exits at the group stages and Maaloul feels that it will take them about “two more generations” of players in order to reach the required level to compete with the biggest nations.Match Preview: Tunisia vs Nigeria Boro Tanchev – July 17, 2019 Tunisia and Nigeria will go head to head for the bronze at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tonight in 21:00 (CET).“We have common problems,” said Maaloul, according to Goal.“I don’t think we have high-quality performance, we need to change our lifestyle because it is not in line with high-level football, we need to change the way we train. We need two more generations to reach (the top) level of performance in terms of fitness and physical strength. We are far from the required level.”Tunisia will meet Panama in their Group G game at the Mordovia Arena at 20:00 (GMT +2).
Cristiano Ronaldo is now the primary free-kick taker at Juventus, reveals teammate Miralem PjanicPrior to Ronaldo’s arrival from Real Madrid last month, it had been Pjanic and Paulo Dybala who would regularly take the free-kicks for the Bianconeri.But now it’s the five-time Ballon d’Or winner who gets the priority going forward.“Cristiano is here now, someone who in the past few years has shown he is best in the world,” said Pjanic, according to Di Marzio.“At first when we trained on free kicks it would either be me or Dybala to take it. Now, it’s 100% him.“He is a tremendous free kick taker.”Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.The last free-kick Ronaldo scored came back in the World Cup when he memorably equalised for Portugal in their opening game against Spain.The 33-year-old hasn’t got off the mark yet for Juventus after attempting 14 shots in his first two competitive matches.Although he did register an assist in Old Lady’s 2-0 win over rivals Lazio last Saturday.Ronaldo will have another chance to break his duck away to Parma this Saturday.
Cristiano Ronaldo should win the Ballon d’Or this year instead of Luka Modric, says the Croatian’s Real Madrid team-mate CasemiroModric has had the most impressive year of his career to date and has already beaten Ronaldo to the World Cup Golden Ball and the UEFA Player of the Year awards.The 32-year-old playmaker is now being heavily backed by the likes of Real teammate Isco to put an end to Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s decade-long hold of the Ballon d’Or.Modric’s prospects were likely increased following another superb display for Real in Tuesday night’s Champions League opener against AS Roma, which saw the Croatian’s flawless pass create an opening for Gareth Bale to score the second goal in the club’s 3-0 win.Meanwhile, Ronaldo was shown a straight red card after just 29 minutes into his Champions League debut for Juventus against Valencia for an off-the-ball incident with defender Jeison Murillo.But Casemiro feels that former teammate Ronaldo deserves a sixth Ballon d’Or because it was his goals last season that helped fire Real to a third successive Champions League crown.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“Luka’s year has been spectacular,” Casemiro told reporters on SportsMax.“But in my opinion, I would give it to Cristiano Ronaldo because he has been the best throughout last season.”Isco and substitute Mariano Diaz were the other goalscorers as Los Blancos began the defence of their Champions League title with a 3-0 win over Roma.“Last year they reached the semi-finals, almost got to the final, we have to value the match we have played,” Casemiro added.“I would say it was almost perfect, I’ll keep the goal chances that we have created. We will correct [mistakes], the important thing is to create 30 goal chances.“With Luka, Toni [Kroos] and Isco we have known each other for a long time, the quality they have is impressive, everything is easier, I know them and we feel very comfortable.”
The English Football Association (FA) have decided to not take action against Mohamed Salah for the way he won a penalty in Liverpool’s 4-0 winThe Egyptian forward seemingly fell down too easily when Newcastle’s Paul Dummett tugged his arm at Anfield with Liverpool already 1-0 up.Referee Graham Scott awarded the hosts a spot-kick with Salah stepping up to score their second of the game.Magpies boss Rafael Benitez, who earlier this week labelled Salah one of the world’s best players, called the penalty call a “soft” one.He told Sky Sports: “The soft penalty in the game made the difference, we were in the game 1-0 at half-time, but when we conceded the second goal it was more difficult for us to react against a very good team.But now the FA confirmed on Sky Sports that Salah will not be investigated as the second-half incident didn’t reach the threshold for “attempting to deceive the referee”.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.This means Salah will face no match bans and can start in Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Arsenal on Saturday.Dejan Lovren, Xherdan Shaqiri and substitute Fabinho were the other scorers for Liverpool in a 4-0 win over Newcastle on Wednesday.🙄 Mohamed Salah will not face action from the FA for the incident which led to a penalty against Newcastle.*Pretends to be shocked* pic.twitter.com/JJBLy46xhc— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) December 27, 2018
Davide Santon has warned that the Coppa Italia is important to Roma and one of those tournaments where they’re thinking about going all the way.The quarter-final with Fiorentina is at the Stadio Franchi and Santon believes that his side has to be very careful in order to utilize every opportunity.“We are playing against a strong side that is in good shape, coming off some important wins. We’ve got to be very wary, because this is a competition where we want to do well,” the full-back told Roma TV.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“The Coppa Italia is important to us and is one of those tournaments where we’re thinking about going all the way. It’ll be hard work and tonight becomes fundamental.“Fiorentina have so much firepower, we’ve got to pay close attention to their pace in attack, especially with Luis Muriel up there now.”The winner of today’s match will face either Juventus or Atalanta in the semi-finals.
#Thalapathy63 Fan Made Poster !!❤Design @abhi_ood @TCDC_Official pic.twitter.com/7cSxgIjgPm— ?தளபதி சுரேஷ் SRT? (@Suresh_VijaySrt) February 26, 2019 A collage of Vijay’s pictures (Thalapathy 63) taken when he attended a wedding.Vijay Twitter Fans PageThe shooting of Vijay’s upcoming movie, presently referred to as Thalapathy 63, is progressing at a brisk pace. The team is filming important portions involving Jackie Shroff and Vijay in Chennai.The latest buzz is that the movie team has locked in the date for the title announcement of the upcoming movie. As per the sources, the name of the movie along with the first look posters from the flick will be released on 14 April on the occasion of Tamil New Year. A formal announcement of this is expected to be out shortly.However, there are plenty of fan-made posters which are doing rounds on social media sites. As Vijay enacts the role of a footballer and a coach, his fans have come up with a variety of posters having the sports as its backdrop.They are some well-made photoshop works and a collage of such photos can be seen below: Here is a collage of fan-made posters of Vijay’s Thalapathy 63.TwitterThalapathy 63 is said to be a revenge drama with football, politics in sports and more importantly about the friendship between two individuals played by Vijay and Kathir in the Atlee Kumar-directorial film.As per the report, Thalapathy, whose character name is rumoured to be Micahel, will try hard to fulfil his friend’s dream of taking the latter’s team to the top place in their locality in the upcoming Tamil flick. #Thalapathy63 Fan Made Designs ? Follow ? @Thalapathy63Off #Thalapathy #Vijay #Vijay63 #Thalapathy63Off pic.twitter.com/fH2lDuHfzg— #SARKAR (@SarkarMovieOffl) March 4, 2019 #Thalapathy63 Fan Made #ThalapathyVIJAY ?? pic.twitter.com/agpeMZqACw— AGS Cinemas (@agscinemasoffi) February 25, 2019The film marks the third union of Vijay with Atlee after Theri and Mersal. Nayanthara plays the female lead in the flick, which is funded by AGS Entertainment. Vivek, Kathir, Yogi Babu, Daniel Balaji, Anandraj and a host of other actors are part of the cast.Thalapathy 63, which will hit the screens for Diwali, has AR Rahman’s music, Ruben’s editing and GK Vishnu’s cinematography.
YouTube: Beams Investigations 1As space agencies like NASA and ESA are busy searching for alien life in the deep nooks of space, conspiracy theorists strongly believe that extraterrestrial life is a reality, and they believe that UFO sightings reported in various parts of the world are indications of their existence. Adding up to the heat, a YouTube channel named ‘Beamsinvestigation 1’ has now shared a mysterious video that shows a snake-shaped UFO hovering in the skies of New York.Interestingly, the UFO spotted in the skies during broad daylight can be seen moving, and at times, it can be seen bending its body like a snake.”Look closely and you will see that this unidentified flying object is comprised of segments or spheres… an intriguing, articulated body!” wrote the uploader in the video’s description.As the video went viral on online, conspiracy theorists started arguing that alien life is a reality, and, they outlandishly concluded that the UFO spotted in the skies could actually be a living alien with flying capabilities.After analyzing the video, a section of other conspiracy theorists suggested that these weirdly shaped objects in the skies could actually be secret shape-shifting military craft developed by the United States military. They added that Donald Trump’s space force is already operational in the skies, and these UFO sightings are substantiating this theory.However, skeptics dismissed both these angles, and they made it clear that the UFO spotted in the skies could be a weirdly shaped balloon.The new UFO sighting has been reported just a few days after mysterious lights were spotted in the skies of Cincinnati, Ohio. The unexplained lights pulled many local residents to a state of panic, and they started arguing that aliens have paid a visit to the earth.