CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceClick here if you’re having trouble viewing the slideshow on your mobile device.NEW ORLEANS — Warriors forward Draymond Green faked a dribble handoff at the top of the arc to Stephen Curry, then darted past New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor for an open layup. And 11 seconds into their third game, the Warriors had their first lead of the season, and one they would not give up in route to their first win of the …
The Border Security Force on Tuesday sighted two high-flying drones along Punjab’s Hussainiwala sector, days after police recovered Pakistani drones used to air-drop arms and ammunition in border areas of the State. The BSF personnel sighted a drone four times on the Pakistani side, while once it was seen almost a km inside the Indian territory near the HK tower border outpost, a BSF official said. He said another drone was seen near Basti Ram Lal border outpost on the Pakistani side. While going back, the light and sound of the drone went off and it vanished within no time, he said. Sources said that the troops have been asked to keep an eye on such developments. The BSF has also started sensitising the border area residents to inform the police or BSF authorities if they spot anything unusual near the zero line.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say RFEF president Rubiales delighted over Enrique impact with Spainby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRFEF president Luis Rubiales is delighted with the early impact of Luis Enrique.The former Barcelona coach has quickly turned Spain’s fortunes around as national team coach.It was Rubiales who sacked Julian Lopetegui as Spain coach ahead of the World Cup after the trainer agreed to be Real Madrid’s next manager.He said that “we have a new coach who we believe in a lot, Luis Enrique”. Lucho is “in a phase of reconstruction in which I believe he will put a country like Spain where they belong.”
PARIS — The Latest on the unrest in France (all times local):10 a.m.France’s Interior Ministry says 1,220 people were taken into custody around France during the latest yellow vest protests — a roundup the scale of which the country hasn’t seen in years.Police frisked protesters Saturday at train stations around the country, confiscating everything from heavy metal petanque balls to tennis rackets — anything that could remotely be used as a weapon.The Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum reopened Sunday after closing amid Saturday’s rioting. Shops assessed looting damage Sunday and cleared out broken glass, after shutting down on Saturday at the height of the holiday shopping season.Fierce winds and rain pummeled Paris overnight, complicating the effort to clean up Sunday. Used tear gas canister lids lay scattered on the cobblestones of the Champs-Elysees.In the melee Saturday, protesters had ripped off the plywood protecting Parisian store windows and threw flares and other projectiles. French riot police repeatedly repelled them with tear gas and water cannon.___8 a.m.Paris monuments reopened, cleanup workers cleared debris and shop owners tried to put the city on its feet again Sunday, a day after running battles between yellow-vested protesters and riot police left 71 injured and caused widespread damage to the French capital.The man who unleashed the anger, President Emmanuel Macron, broke his silence to tweet his appreciation for the police overnight, but pressure mounted on him to propose new solutions to calm the anger dividing France.The number of injured in Paris and nationwide was down Saturday from protest riots a week ago, and most of the capital remained untouched, but the violence in neighbourhoods popular with tourists is tarnishing the country’s image.Exceptional police deployment failed to deter determined protesters, and some 125,000 took to the streets Saturday around France with a bevy of ever-expanding demands related to the country’s high living costs.Police and protesters also clashed in other French cities, notably Marseille, Toulouse and Bordeaux, and in neighbouring Belgium. Some protesters took aim at the French border with Italy. Some 135 people were injured nationwide, including the 71 in Paris.Saturday’s protests were a direct blow to Macron, who made a stunning decision last week to abandon the fuel tax rise that initially prompted the protest movement a month ago. His turnaround damaged his credibility with climate defenders and foreign investors — yet did nothing to cool tempers of the “gilets jaunes,” the nickname for the crowds wearing the fluorescent yellow vests that all French motorists must keep in the cars.The disparate movement now has other demands, from taxing the rich to raising the minimum wage and Macron’s resignation.The Associated Press
NEW DELHI: Indian Air Force fighter jets on Friday forced a Georgian An-12 aircraft from Tbilisi to Delhi via Karachi to land at the Jaipur airport over violation of air space. The aircraft deviated from its scheduled flight path and entered Indian Air Space at 3:15 pm from an unscheduled point in north Gujarat. A news agency, quoting sources, reported the cargo plane entered the Indian air space around 70 kilometres north of an important air base in the Rann of Kutch, which is closed for civilian air traffic. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”The aircraft did not follow the authorized Air Traffic Services (ATS) route and was not responding to Radio calls from Indian controlling agencies. Since ATS routes in the area were closed due to the current geopolitical situation, and the aircraft entered Indian Air Space from an unscheduled point, the Air Defence interceptor on operational readiness was scrambled and vectored towards the unknown aircraft for investigation,” the government said in a statement. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe aircraft neither responded on international distress frequency nor to visual signals during interception, the government added. It was spotted flying by two Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets at an altitude of 27,000 feet. “When challenged, the aircraft responded and informed that it was a non-scheduled An-12 aircraft that had got airborne from Tbilisi (Georgia) for Delhi via Karachi. The aircraft was shadowed and forced to land at Jaipur for necessary investigation,” the statement said. The pilots and crew are being questioned, sources said. Agency, quoting sources, said the cargo plane was being leased by a Ukrainian engine manufacturer ”MotorSich”. The Air Force will also send its team from nearby bases to check the cargo of the aircraft. This was an expected flight on a scheduled route and is not being seen as a major crisis. But months after tensions between India and Pakistan peaked and they engaged in an aerial dogfight at the Line of Control, the IAF scrambled its fighter jets the moment the aircraft was detected. Hundreds of commercial and cargo flights have been affected by continuing tensions between India and Pakistan after the Pulwama terror attack and Balakot air strikes.
OSU cornerbacks redshirt sophomore Marshon Lattimore (2) and redshirt junior Gareon Conley (8) embrace while redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker (24) looks on following the Buckeyes’ 31-0 loss against Clemson in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorGLENDALE, Ariz. — The six returning starters from the 2015 Ohio State football team were put on draft board to begin the season. Following Saturday night’s 31-0 loss to No. 2 Clemson in the Playstation Fiesta Bowl, a few of them answered questions about their future.“It will be really hard for me to walk away when we lost 31-0,” said redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett. Junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan, redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis and redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley said they will have to sit down and talk to their families and coaches about possibly leaving early for the NFL draft. However, two Buckeyes who were draft eligible declared their intentions to return to the Buckeyes. Redshirt junior guard Billy Price and redshirt sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard said they will return to the program in 2017.“We just got to get to work in the offseason,” Hubbard said. “We know what it takes now and we got to do more.”Price listed getting his degree and his performance tonight as motivators to play next season.“We’ll start off the season training, and this is going to be a burning feeling in my stomach,” he said. “I didn’t do enough to win tonight.”Having to fill a total of 16 starting spots on offense and defense opened the door for a few players to have breakout season. So good, in fact, that some of those breakout stars have to decide if they will return to Ohio State for the 2017 season.Redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker, junior H-back Curtis Samuel and redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore all echoed McMillan, Lewis and Conley.McMillan said it would be difficult to leave on a bad note.“I gave my all to this program,” he said. “I want to finish it off the right way.”
CHICAGO–For large stretches of the final game of the night in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten tournament, it looked like Ohio State’s opponent in its semifinal game Saturday would be Iowa. The No. 6-seeded Hawkeyes took a 10-point lead into halftime against No. 3 seed Michigan State and held a 12-point lead 10 minutes into the second half. Paced by junior forward Adreian Payne, who scored 18 points, MSU started to chip away at the deficit. The Spartans went on a 13-2 run with 10 minutes remaining in the contest and took a 50-49 lead on a 3-pointer by freshman guard Gary Harris with 4:11 left. Play was back-and-forth from there, but MSU held on to a 59-56 victory after an Iowa 3-pointer in the waning moments clanked off the rim. Down the stretch, there were a few controversial calls that upset Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. Iowa junior forward Zach McCabe was called for a foul on MSU senior forward Derrick Nix when it appeared Nix had traveled before his shot. This led to McCaffery throwing his suit jacket onto the floor. With 30 seconds to play and Iowa down, 57-56, Hawkeye sophomore forward Aaron White was called for a foul on a Harris jumper, causing McCaffery to slam his fists onto the padding of the scorer’s table. “This team deserved a better fate,” McCaffery said afterwards, indirectly but almost assuredly blaming the officials for the loss. With the victory, MSU (25-7) will face OSU (24-7) Saturday at 4 p.m. at the United Center in Chicago. Let’s take a closer look at OSU’s upcoming opponent: Record: 25-7, 14-5 Big Ten Against OSU in the regular season: 1-1 Jan. 19: MSU 59, OSU 56 in East Lansing, Mich. The Buckeyes lost a heartbreaker to the Spartans in the first matchup of the season. MSU scored the first 10 points of the game and took a 30-26 lead into halftime. OSU, trailing by three points with seven seconds remaining, settled for an errant 3-pointer by sophomore guard Shannon Scott that clanked off the backboard with three seconds left. The shot confused many, as it came with time left on the clock and junior forward Deshaun Thomas open on the wing. Feb. 24: OSU 68, MSU 60 in Columbus OSU got its revenge on the then-No. 4 ranked Spartans, led by a rarely-seen offensive-minded Aaron Craft. The Buckeyes’ junior guard–known for his defense–scored a game-high 21 points, more than he had in the previous three games combined. OSU trailed, 31-25, at halftime, but led by Craft, the Buckeyes outscored MSU by 14 in the second period. Matchup to watch: Payne vs. OSU’s big men Payne dominated OSU in the Spartans’ loss in Columbus. The Ohio-native had 12 points, 15 rebounds, a block and a steal, having his way with every forward Thad Matta put on him. With OSU’s strength on defense being its guards, the Buckeyes can expect to bottle up–to an extent–MSU junior point guard Keith Appling and Harris. If sophomore center Amir Williams or redshirt senior forward Evan Ravenel can contain Payne, OSU could fare well Saturday. Saturday’s games: No. 1 seed Indiana vs. No. 4 seed Wisconsin, 1:40 p.m. No. 2 seed OSU vs. No. 3 seed MSU, 25 minutes following IU-UW
“We’ll help them with the excuses,” said Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer after the team’s Tuesday practice at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. It was the team’s third practice of the spring and its first in full pads, but according to Meyer, it was “not a great day.” “First day back from spring break, full pads for the first day. It didn’t feel like a top-5 practice so we just need to get back and have one Thursday,” Meyer said. A number of developments will be facing the Buckeyes when they take to the field for their next practice. New injury for Jordan Hall Rising redshirt senior running back Jordan Hall sat out Tuesday’s practice with what Meyer called a “slight tug on the hamstring.” Meyer said Hall could have practiced but sat out for precautionary reasons. “He could probably practice at 80 percent,” Meyer said. “I held him out today because I want to get him someplace higher.” After sitting out the majority of last season with a torn PCL, Hall was granted a medical redshirt that will allow him to play this fall. The running back said he is excited to have another opportunity to play in the spread system and feels he can help the offense. “We have a lot of playmakers on offense and I just think I can be another one,” Hall said. “I just want to be another person the defense has to prepare for and I’m looking forward to that.” Hall, who is expected to be a versatile, hybrid-type player, might give the Buckeyes an advantage out on the edge. He said he is not sure what he will be doing in the position, but likened it to what he played in high school. “I played a little bit of slot in high school, so it’s kind of coming back,” Hall said. “It’s just different going against a college defense instead of a high school defense.” Offense operated at “60 percent” in 2012 Running backs coach Stan Drayton coached with Meyer at Florida and said he has seen a spread offense operating at its full potential. Drayton said, though, that OSU’s 2012 offense operated at “about 60 percent” of its potential, but he expects improvement in the 2013 season with the addition of Hall. “When you sit there and study our film, you see safeties sitting there at eight yards because (rising senior running back) Carlos Hyde and (rising junior quarterback) Braxton Miller are in the backfield,” Drayton said. “The moment we are able to pose a pass threat and get that balance in our offense we are hoping it to be very explosive.” Hyde taking OSU team motto to heart The Buckeyes’ 2013 season motto is “The Chase,” intended to reflect their pursuit, in part, of a conference and national championship. Hyde said the idea of “The Chase” is something he takes to heart. “‘The Chase’ means a lot. It’s not just one thing,” Hyde said. “I want to be the first running back under coach Meyer with 1,000 yards, I want to hold that crystal ball. I want it all.” Drayton said Hyde became more of a team player as last season went on. “Carlos matured, and it became more than just about him,” Drayton said. “That was the difference in his burst onto the football field last year. It is definitely the direct reason he had the success that he had.” Running back depth pushing Hyde On National Signing Day, Drayton told his running backs that his goal was to find players better than them. He said he made the comment with the intention of making the running backs work harder than they did last year. “I want to see them compete,” Drayton said. “I’m trying to create the best competitive environment in one single group in the country and I think we are getting close to that, I really do.” Drayton added that Hyde will not be receiving special treatment, despite being the starting running back last year. “Carlos Hyde needs to know that nothing is going to be given to him, and he knows that,” Drayton said. “That’s why he is out here practicing his butt off, because he knows everyone is coming after him. He can’t relax.” The Buckeyes are set to hold their fourth spring practice Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
Individual awards kept rolling in for the Buckeyes on Tuesday as one player was named a first team Associated Press All-American and two others picked up third team honors.Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa was named to the first team while senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett and redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett each garnered third-team honors.The first team All-American selection for Bosa adds to an already successful awards season, as Bosa was a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik — given to the nation’s most outstanding defensive player — and the Rotary Lombardi Award for the top lineman or linebacker in the country. Bosa was also named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Lineman of the Year and was named first team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media in a unanimous vote.Bosa led the Buckeyes with 13.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss, putting him atop the Big Ten in both categories. He needs just half a sack to tie Vernon Gholston for the program record of 14 in a season.Bosa has been named to both the AP and the Walter Camp All-American teams, he only needs to be named an All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News or the American Football Coaches Association to be considered a consensus All-American.OSU has boasted 78 consensus All-Americans, including cornerback Malcolm Jenkins, linebacker A.J. Hawk, linebacker James Laurinaitis and quarterback Troy Smith.Barrett finished fifth in Heisman Trophy voting and set the Big Ten and OSU record for total touchdowns in a season with 45, despite suffering a broken ankle in OSU’s regular-season finale against Michigan.Bennett was previously named a first-team All-American by CBS Sports and also picked up an invite to the 2014 Senior Bowl, during which he is set to represent the Buckeyes with senior tight end Jeff Heuerman and senior cornerback Doran Grant.The Buckeyes are set to face Alabama in the first-ever College Football Playoff on New Years Day in the Sugar Bowl. Kickoff in New Orleans is set for 8:30 p.m.
Former Manchester United icon who played for Liverpool between 1997 and 1999, has praised the emergence of Naby Keita and Fabinho at Liverpool yet says Emre Can’s departure is a blow for the club.The 50-year-old believes the Merseysiders still need to make a few more additions in the summer transfer window, particularly in goal and up front, according to Goal.“Getting Keita in from Leipzig, top player. Fabinho, yes, I like him. I think they have done a good bit of business. I think they have to replace Can, it is a shame that he has gone.Report: Mario Mandzukic set for swift Juventus exit Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Mario Mandzukic is reportedly set to make a hasty exit from Juventus after failing to make the Champions League squad last week.“I like him as a player, I think he has all the components that you want from a midfield player. He is strong, can get it down and can past. I think they will get a goalkeeper in. Irrespective of what happened in the Champions League. I am not going down that road but I think they need another goalkeeper.“He has not been sure all season, whether it is Karius or Mignolet. I think he will wanna go. I like Alexander-Arnold, he is a young kid and will improve, and he will come back. So on the basis, I think they will need another striker. I think they need a target man. I know they have got the little players for how he plays but I think they need a target man.