TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Crystal Palace rocked as Zaha receives near £400,000-a-week offerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace have been rocked by a stunning offer made to Wilfried Zaha.The Daily Mail says Zaha has been offered a staggering £11million a year to move to China next month.The Crystal Palace striker is a target for Super League side Dalian Yifang, who are prepared to make the Ivory Coast international one of the best-paid players in the world.They propose to pay Zaha a minimum of £44m — after tax — over four years. The winger could earn an extra £2.5m a year in bonuses and the club will fund first-class travel that will allow him to return regularly to the UK. The package would be worth around three times his current contract, under which he is reported to earn £130,000 a week.Dalian Yifang, who are coached by former Real Madrid player and manager Bernd Schuster, will make a formal offer to Palace once the transfer window reopens.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Willian: Chelsea must be sharper with our finishingby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWillian says Chelsea must be sharper with their finishing after victory over Brighton.The midfielder struck in the 2-0 win.It was his first goal of the season, and his first since March when he netted in the Europa League against Dynamo Kiev.”We needed it,” he told chelseafc.com”We have been working hard every day, every game and this time we finally got the result, got the three points at home and we have to carry on,” he added. “We have to continue in the same way.”The game could have been 3-0 or 4-0. In the first half we created a lot of chances and I think we have to be more clinical. We cannot miss chances like this and we have to now think about the next game.”
WATERLOO, Ont. – BlackBerry Ltd. says the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Court of Arbitration has ruled against the company in a dispute with Nokia Corp.The arbitration panel awarded Nokia approximately $137 million.BlackBerry says the dispute was related to whether certain payments allegedly due under a patent license contract between the companies were in fact owed to Nokia.The company says it is disappointed, but accepts the decision.BlackBerry noted the ruling did not change its assertion that Nokia is infringing on its intellectual property and said it’s continuing to pursue lawsuits filed in both the U.S. and Germany.Nokia says it believes that BlackBerry’s claims of patent infringement are without merit.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce, along with other Chambers from across the province, were recently in attendance at the 2019 B.C. Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting.During the AGM, the Chamber took part in a policy session where they presented a policy to the Caucus on behalf of Fort St. John and the North Peace.Chamber Executive Director, Cheryl Montgomery, says the Chamber presented a policy that they wrote a resolution on a few months ago regarding transportation in the Region, adding that it does identify the Taylor Bridge as one of the concerns. “We presented a resolution that was written a few months ago regarding transportation and infrastructure in the whole Region. It does identify the Taylor Bridge and the South Taylor Hill as requiring a lot of improvement. But it does cover a general need for infrastructure in the whole Region.”While the issue of the Bridge and Hill are not new, Montgomery says it’s important to keep reminding the Province on the importance of investing in new infrastructure within the Peace as it plays a huge effect on the economy and tourism.Montgomery also says restructuring to the Bridge and Hill is needed immediately as the impact to the area would be catastrophic if either of those were to fail.“Where the real impact will come is if that Bridge ever fails, or if the Hill ever fails. When one of those things fail, we are going to find ourselves in a pretty economically catastrophic position.”The Policy was written and sent to the B.C. Chamber Body, where it was presented at the AGM, and then the Canadian Chamber and B.C. Chamber will eventually lobby it to be passed.This Thursday, May 30, the Chamber will be hosting a Speaker Series Luncheon with Scott Maxwell of the Ministry of Transportation, as a guest speaker, to discuss transportation needs of the Peace Region. Tickets can be purchased from the Chamber’s website.
New Delhi: Controversies plaguing the apex court since last year’s unprecedented press conference by four senior most judges came to fore once again with the Supreme Court on Thursday observing, “truth of last year has not come out till now, people of the country need to know the truth”.On January 12, 2018, the then four senior most judges — Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M B Lokur and Kurian Joseph of the apex court — had mounted a virtual revolt against the then Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra by holding a press conference to list a litany of allegations including the assigning of cases in the top court and saying that there were certain issues afflicting the country’s highest court. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’A lawyer, who was present during the hearing Thursday but wished not to be named, said that a remark by Justice Arun Mishra that the Supreme Court cannot be remote controlled by anyone reminded of the reported statement by Justice Kurian after his retirement that then CJI Dipak Misra was being remote controlled from outside. The advocate was referring to the statement made by Justice Mishra during the hearing in which he said: “It is not only our institution but your institution also. The way this institution is being treated in last few years we must say that we will not survive if this will happen. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”If the institution is targeted you will also not survive. Do the rich and powerful of this country think that they can remote control the Supreme Court. We don’t think that Supreme Court can be remote controlled by anything on earth, whether money power or political power.” Among the allegations, the four judges had also raised the issue of allocating the matter related to the death of Judge BH Loya to a bench headed by junior judge. A special bench, also comprising Justices R F Nariman and Deepak Gupta, which ordered probe by one man panel of former apex court judge Justice A K Patnaik to look into the sensational claims by a lawyer that there was a larger conspiracy to frame Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi in sexual harassment allegations, expressed “anguish” over the systematic attack on judiciary. The bench said, “The way this institution is treated in last few years we must say that we will not survive if this will happen.There is a systematic attack, systematic game to malign this institution.” These observation were made by the bench while hearing claims made by lawyer Utsav Singh Bains that there was a larger conspiracy to frame the CJI. “There are lot of allegations floating in the air in this country. These allegations needed to be investigated … What happens to the truth. The truth of even last year has not come out. People of this country need to know the truth. This is going on and this has to stop, ” the bench said in an apparent reference to the January 12, 2018 press conference by the judges of the apex court at the residence of Justice (retd) Chelameswar. Besides journalists, senior advocate Indira Jaising, who argued on Thursday, was also present during that press conference and she had also asked questions with the four judges, three of whom are now retired. Later in the day on January 12, 2018, footage by TV news channels showed CPI leader D Raja coming out after meeting Justice Chelameswar. Justice Mishra on Thursday said that he was not commenting on any particular issue but the time has come when bar and judges rise to the occasion and tell the rich and powerful that they cannot control the judiciary as it amounted to “playing with fire”. “The time has come when we have to rise and tell the rich and powerful that you can’t do this. You are playing with fire. We don’t want to take names but letters are written in pending matters and books are printed. These are people for whom senior advocates are appearing. Whenever big persons are involved, this happens in this court”, said Justice Mishra.
Kolkata: The convoy of West Bengal BJP chief and Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was attacked in East Midnapore district’s Khejuri Tuesday evening, police said. While the BJP held the Trinamool Congress responsible for the incident, the ruling party in West Bengal rubbished the allegation claiming the attack could have been perpetrated by “CPI(M)-sheltered anti-socials”. Superintendent of Police V Solomon Nesakumar told PTI that neither Ghosh nor Sarma was injured but two vehicles were damaged because of stones thrown at the convoy. No official complaint was lodged but four people were detained in connection with the incident, he said. The incident occurred around 6.30 pm when the two BJP leaders were on their way to Khejuri under Kanthi Lok Sabha constituency to canvass for party candidate Debasish Samanta. “Ghosh was in Nandigram. He and Sarma were on their way to Khejuri when the attack happened. We have detained four people and investigating the incident,” Solomon said. After the incident, the BJP West Bengal chief said, “The attack on us shows clearly that there is no law and order and democracy in the state.” Sarma tweeted, “TMC goons have blocked the roads on both sides, even as West Bengal Police personnel standing like mute spectator. I am appalled at such brazen abuse of power by Mamata Banerjee whose people have thrown all democratic norms to gutter. Is this the new India that we dream of?” When contacted, West Bengal Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Firhad Hakim rubbished the allegation. “Our party workers are quite disciplined and they have no role in this… It could be by anti-socials given shelter by the CPI(M),” he said.
OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel (4) attempts to break a tackle during the first half of the Buckeyes’ season opener against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe Ohio State Buckeyes opened up their 2016 season with an explosion of offense, routing the visiting Bowling Green Falcons 77-10. Junior H-back and running back Curtis Samuel did more than his part.Dubbed the team’s No. 1 playmaker by Meyer in August, Samuel touched the ball 22 times on 13 carries and nine catches. Either out of the slot, out wide or next to redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett in the backfield, Samuel was undoubtedly the go-to player for coach Urban Meyer’s offense.Samuel’s first score came at the end of the first quarter when he caught a pass over the middle from Barrett, then dashed another 60-some yards to the end zone, putting OSU ahead 21-7.Samuel said he saw a one-on-one opportunity with the safety and knew that he can win that battle.“You see that matchup, the way we train in this program, we feel like we can win that matchup 100 percent of the time,” he said.OSU opened the second half with the ball featuring a strong dose of the Brooklyn, New York, native. Samuel caught a 37-yard pass from Barrett, then two plays later Barrett found Samuel for a 21-yard score, and the rout was on.Samuel carried the ball three times on the next drive for OSU, ending in a 12-yard scamper off of redshirt freshman right tackle Isaiah Prince to pad the score to 49-10. Samuel had seven touches for 100 yards in the third quarter, five touches for 106 yards in the first quarter and 10 touches for 56 yards in the second quarter.Meyer said he didn’t envision 22 touches for Samuel before the game, but was more than pleased with the workload he handled.“I had 15 (touches) in mind,” Meyer said. “He’s a tremendous talent and it was great to see him have success. He’s the first true hybrid I’ve had in awhile.”Samuel carried the ball 13 times for 84 yards and a score, while he caught nine passes for 177 yards and two scores.Last season, it was no secret OSU would rely on Ezekiel Elliott to take up a considerable amount — if not all — of the workload. Samuel was Elliott’s backup, but even he hardly touched the ball. Defenses could gameplan against OSU’s run game, but this season, opposing defenses have to account for more than one, or two, or three guys to get the ball out of the backfield.Redshirt freshman Mike Weber held his own rushing for 136 yards on 19 carries, but simply having Samuel — or even senior H-back Dontre Wilson — in the backfield taking snaps next to Barrett or straight from the center provides new challenges for defenses that Meyer and Co. didn’t present last year.Weber even made the comparison of him and Samuel together in the backfield to a fairly successful duo from USC.“Lendale White and Reggie Bush,” Weber said. “If we can get there, I think we could even be better. We could be a really good one-two punch.”While the confidence is sky high, the likelihood of Samuel and Weber reaching that level is unlikely. But the speed and athleticism might be comparable, especially with Wilson taking reps with Barrett in the backfield and in the wildcat formation.For now, Samuel is content with his performance but quickly pointed out he should have hit a few holes better than he did today. But to the naked eye, Samuel was the most dominant performer on an offense which fed off of his explosiveness.“The great thing about Curtis (Samuel) and Dontre (Wilson) is that they’re able to do so much. They’re able to find mismatches on the opponent’s defense and try to exploit those things,” Barrett said. “We always try to get the ball in our playmakers’ hands.”After Samuel’s performance on Saturday, it appears he will have a massive role at nearly every skill position on offense. Samuel believes he has had that capability since his arrival in Columbus in 2014.“I feel like I always had the skill set and mentality to go out there and be a great player,” Samuel said. “It was just up to my coaches to feel whenever I was ready. This year they give me the ball a little more and I’m excited about it.”
Fans wave a flag on the field after the Buckeyes’ game against Michigan on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 30-27. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorThe Big Ten Championship game will come and go without a glimpse of the No. 2 Ohio State football team. As the Buckeyes watch and wait for the outcome of the matchup between No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 7 Penn State, the situation might be more favorable than meets the eye for OSU. After falling to the Nittany Lions 24-21 in State College, Pennsylvania, the Buckeyes are a perfect 5-0, and have averaged a margin of victory of 25.2 in the last five weeks. Penn State is hitting its stride at the perfect time as well, giving up an average of 86 rushing yards per contest, and have given up a total of 12 points combined in two weeks.However, an extremely tough Wisconsin team lies in wait for coach James Franklin’s Nittany Lions. The Badgers gave OSU a run for their money, forcing overtime in Madison. While the Buckeyes have struggled with both units, neither side seems to have the upper hand.Even with all eyes on Indianapolis this week for who will wear the Big Ten crown, OSU might just be finding themselves in a spot that has already given them a playoff berth. Here are a few of possible scenarios for the Scarlet and Gray and the postseason.Penn State loses in blowout fashion to WisconsinGiven how both teams are playing right now, it would seem unlikely to see one team rollover the other. However, this scenario is a little more realistic when one thinks about other performances by the Badgers this season.Wisconsin not only pushed OSU to the brink, but was just a touchdown away from pushing Michigan to overtime. While the Badgers lost 14-7, Penn State was on the wrong end of a 49-10 drubbing at the hands of the Wolverines.Wisconsin lost by a touchdown to two, top-five ranked opponents. The Nittany Lions, on the other hand, have lost to Pitt. The Panthers, even with a win over Clemson, are far from an excusable loss, as their 8-4 record has been padded with wins over the likes of Villanova and Marshall.If Penn State were to be blown out, it would boost the resume of Wisconsin, making a convincing case for a playoff spot. However, that overtime loss in primetime to the Buckeyes would be looming over Wisconsin, and gives OSU a spot in the final four.Wisconsin loses in blowout fashion to Penn StateThis creates a bit more of a problem for the Buckeyes, as the red-hot Nittany Lions would most likely be out of the top 10 with a blowout loss to Wisconsin. The Nittany Lions, representing the lone loss for OSU, picking up a win over a team OSU struggled with at times would shed a bad light on the Buckeyes, considering Wisconsin would fall from the top 10.Penn State isn’t known for blowing out quality teams, but has picked up some solid wins and stayed competitive with tough, competitive units. A gritty team always creates some tension in games, and would create some drama that always drives up television ratings.With a win over OSU, and a win over the Badgers by a margin greater than seven, Penn State would be a tough team to leave out of a playoff spot. This scenario seems the most likely to keep the Scarlet and Gray from the playoffs.Neither team impressesRemember Iowa’s win over Michigan? A drawn-out, gritty game that ended with a last second field goal and neither side being relatively impressive on offense was the outcome. A flat Big Ten title game is one of the best possible scenarios for OSU to make the playoffs.With neither side showing much in terms of life, the College Football Playoff committee would be reluctant to put in such an uninteresting team just to get them destroyed by a superior opponent.If Wisconsin and Penn State put forth a disappointing show, expect to see OSU in either Phoenix or Atlanta.One of the other potential playoff teams loses this weekNo. 1 Alabama, No. 3 Clemson and No. 4 Washington are all going to be playing in conference title games this weekend. The Crimson Tide face No. 15 Florida, Clemson faces No. 19 Virginia Tech and Huskies square off against No. 9 Colorado.All games have the potential for fireworks, with stiff competition throughout. Although Alabama appears to be an invincible force at this point, teams like Clemson and Washington have been swapping places with other teams for the last few weeks in the No. 4 spot.A loss by one of these two teams would cause No. 5 Michigan to rise back into the top four spots, and OSU will not be dropping below a team they beat just a week prior. This scenario would be the best chance for OSU to reach the playoffs.Only time will tell where the Buckeyes end up. The final selection show by the College Football Playoff committee will air on Sunday on ESPN at noon.
While the Ohio State football team has started its season with nine consecutive wins, its next opponent, Illinois, is currently riding a streak of its own. The Fighting Illini, however, have lost five consecutive games, including all four of their games thus far against Big Ten competition. Wins have been hard to come by for Illinois this season, but that has not deterred junior linebacker Jonathan Brown’s confidence going into Saturday’s matchup with the No. 6 Buckeyes at 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. “I think we have a very good chance of winning the game,” Brown said. “We’re a good team despite what our record says. I think we got enough weapons to go out and win this game.” With a 2-6 record, and all of its losses being by at least 14 points, Illinois will be considered underdogs in a road contest against the 9-0 Buckeyes. Redshirt junior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase said it does not matter to him if the team’s opponent is favored to win. “It’s more about the team that goes out there and executes and is more consistent throughout the game,” Scheelhaase said. “I’m sure nobody really talks about projections and who was favored, this and that, but who did a better job executing play to play, quarter to quarter and the game.” Scheelhaase acknowledged, however, that the competition will be a challenge on Saturday. “We’re meeting a team that is as good as anyone we’ve played, and you know, really as good as anyone in the country,” Scheelhaase said. “We know we’re going up against a tough team. It’s going to take great execution … to knock off a team like Ohio State. But there’s no doubt that we have the potential to go in there and compete with these guys.” The Illini have not won since Sept. 15, but rather than dwelling on their losses as they prepare to face a team that has not lost since last season, Scheelhaase said the team is taking the season “one game at a time.” “It’s one game, and that’s definitely the mantra that we’re taking going into the game, and that’s what everybody should be thinking about, just this game,” Scheelhaase said. Illinois first-year coach Tim Beckman echoed his quarterback’s sentiment. “We understand that Ohio State’s a good football team, but the only thing that we can control is what we do,” Beckman said. “We understand that we got four football games, four opportunities left … we’re going to take one at a time.” Offensively, Scheelhaase said the key to a victory is consistency. “We have to execute in critical downs,” Scheelhaase said. “On those critical downs, you got to make plays … that’s what it comes down to for any great offense.” Through their first eight games, the Illini have converted less than 35 percent of their third-down conversion attempts this season, which ranks just 102nd nationally. That is consistent with Ohio State’s defense, which ranks 33rd nationally, holding opposing offenses to a conversion rate of just under 35 percent on third-down plays. Beckman said the OSU defense is “fairly talented,” while Scheelhaase said the OSU defensive line is “as tough as anyone in the country.” “They’re really good just with getting push off the ball, beating people at the point of attack, getting pressure on the quarterback,” Scheelhaase said. “It’s something that’s important to take note of and make sure that we try to get after those guys early and definitely send different looks at them, send different things at them so they’re not playing as fast and as aggressive as they’re accustomed to. They’re great players, you know they’re going to make plays, you just try to limit them in different ways, slow them down a little bit.” On the other side of the ball, Brown said the Buckeyes offense, which ranks 21st nationally with 38.6 points per game, is a “well-oiled machine.” “They do make mistakes, but there’s few and far between,” Brown said. “They capitalize on your mistakes, and they got a lot of playmakers, a lot of guys that can go up and get the ball. So it’s going to be a fun challenge for us trying to stop them.” Going into last year’s contest in Champaign, Ill. against the Buckeyes on Oct. 15, 2011, the Fighting Illini were 6-0. But including their 17-7 loss on that day to OSU, the Illini have won just three of their last 15 games. Meanwhile, the Buckeyes were just 3-3 heading into that game last season. Scheelhaase said he is not drawing much from last year’s loss going into Saturday’s game, because the two teams are in positions “about as opposite as possible” from last year’s game. “You don’t think too much about stuff like that going into the game, you just think about how you can execute and how you can prepare to play one of the best teams in the country,” Scheelhaase said. Scheelhaase did say, however, that the chance to play and potentially be the first team to defeat the Buckeyes this season gives him extra motivation for Saturday. “I think everyone in the (Big Ten) conference gets up for playing a team like Ohio State,” he said. “With as much history and tradition as they have … it’s hard not to be excited to get to go and play in that environment. That’s why you come play in the Big Ten conference, that’s why you choose to play college football in a conference like this because you get to play great games like that, and it’s something that I’m excited about and I think the rest of my team is.” Brown said that given the team’s struggles this season, a win at the Horseshoe on Saturday would be “better than anything.” “I don’t think it’s so much with being the team that gave Ohio State its first loss, as much as it’s just getting the win for us,” Brown said.
Villareal has parted company with Javi Calleja after a poor start to the season that left the club just three points above the relegation zone in La Liga.Calleja led Villareal to a fifth-place finish and Europa League football last season, but the Yellow Submarines have struggled this term.The club has won just one league game since September while their Europa League qualification hangs by a thread.“Villarreal has decided to rescind Javi Callejas contract as first-team coach. The club would like to thank the coach for his work, dedication, and professionalism on the Yellows bench after taking charge early on last season, and wish him the best of luck in his sporting career.,” read an official statement on the club’s website.“As a professional footballer, Calleja played for the Villarreal first team in one of the most successful eras of the club, reaching the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.Top 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“He also played for CD Onda when it was affiliated to Villarreal CF, as well as turning out for Real Madrid C, RSD Alcalá, Málaga CF and CA Osasuna.“The first-team training session, that was going to take place at 10:30am at the Villarreal CF Training Ground (Ciudad Deportiva), will still take place at the same location (time to be confirmed).“The club will announce the new Villarreal CF manager in the coming hours.”