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Hazard’s shock admission, ‘desperate’ Man United and Vidal spotted in Manchester

first_img1 As part of our build up to the new year, we reveal the most popular content on talkSPORT.com for every month of 2014. Here, we look at August…BEST OF TALKSPORT.COM: AUGUST 2014MOST VIEWED STORY: Wow! Eden Hazard makes shock admission that will stun Arsenal fanstalkSPORT’s sister publication Sport Magazine snagged a wonderful interview with Chelsea’s Eden Hazard at the start of the new season, but it was one of his answers in a separate Q&A that caught the eye of readers, as the Belgian named an Arsenal flop as one of the best players he’s ever played with. But who…?See the story here: http://talksport.com/football/wow-eden-hazard-makes-shock-admission-will-stun-arsenal-fans-140814107678MOST POPULAR INTERVIEW: Exclusive – Man United have become desperate! Former star questions Di Maria feeThe summer transfer window seemed to revolve around the movements of Manchester United and Liverpool, as the Premier League duo lavished exorbitant amounts on players. It was the Red Devils’ British record move for Angel Di Maria that stunned most, a move that prompted one of the club’s former stars to label United as ‘desperate’.Listen to the interview here: http://talksport.com/football/exclusive-man-united-have-become-desperate-former-star-questions-di-maria-fee-140825109836MOST POPULAR FEATURE: ‘Done deal! Transfer warchest spent in stunning swoop for final piece of the puzzle’ – count the clichés!We all love the transfer window – it’s a time when we all dare to dream our club will finally sign a decent player. talkSPORT is across all the latest transfer talk, which makes us well placed to round up all the classic transfer phrases that become commonly used during the window.See the story here: http://talksport.com/football/done-deal-transfer-warchest-spent-stunning-swoop-final-piece-puzzle-count-clichesTALKSPORT’S PICK OF AUGUST 2014: Picture: Vidal spotted in Manchester – a real snip!From the creative genius that brought you ‘Liverpool sign bent’ and ‘Hulk spotted at Stamford Bridge’ came this gem in August. Man United seemed almost certain to land Arturo Vidal during the summer transfer window, so much so that there were plenty of rumoured sightings of the Chilean. But this one proved to be a cut above the rest. That wasn’t the only masterstroke to emerge from August as talkSPORT took at look at the transfer crystal ball to see what lay in store for some of the summer’s biggest names.See the Vidal story here: http://talksport.com/football/picture-vidal-spotted-manchester-real-snip-140828110480CLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF JANUARYCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF FEBRUARYCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF MARCHCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF APRILCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF MAYCLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF JUNECLICK HERE TO SEE THE BEST OF JULY Eden Hazard named an Arsenal flop as one of the best players he’s played with last_img read more

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3 Big Things: The Warriors might have the worst defense in NBA history

first_imgWithout Anthony Davis in tow, the Lakers cut through the porous and disorganized Warriors defense with ease. They had an alley-oop on the first play of the game. LeBron James was toying with the Warriors. JaVale McGee … The Warriors aren’t losing games — 10 of 12 this season, now — because they can’t score.No, that’s a secondary issue for this team.The Warriors are, in fact, losing games because they cannot stop anyone from scoring.The Lakers were no exception on Wednesday night.last_img read more

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Asian medallist Manpreet goes pro after SSCB permission

first_imgBy Poonam Mehra Guwahati, Dec 12 (PTI) With professional boxers now welcome in all national and international amateur events, former Asian Games silver-medallist Manpreet Singh has decided to take the plunge after one of Indian boxings biggest employers — the Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) — allowed its pugilists to compete on the circuit. In a move that could set a precedent for other institutional boards, which are wary of letting boxers employed with them compete on the professional circuit, SSCB has finally relented. “The SSCB and the Army Sports Control Board have allowed their boxers to compete in the professional circuit. This move came about because of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikars intervention. He has sanctioned this decision,” Brig. P K Muralidharan Raja, President of the Indian Boxing Council, a licensing body for professional boxers, revealed. Brig Raja is here to meet officials of the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) to forge a “harmonious” equation with the national governing body for amateur boxers. It is to be noted that AIBA, after a recent meeting in London, decided to allow professional boxers to compete in national events after the Olympic doors were thrown open for them earlier this year. With the SSCB letting its boxers go professional, at least four have taken the plunge. Prominent among them is Manpreet, who won the heavyweight silver medal in the 2010 Asian Games. He will compete in the cruiserweight on the pro circuit. Also deciding to go professional is Som Bahadur Pun, a former Commonwealth Games silver-medallist. Pun had been rendered inactive owing to his ill-health. Pun will be competing in the super middleweight category. Joining him will be Sanjay Kolte, a former world cadet silver-medallist, who won a gold medal at the 2010 World Millitary Games. Kolte is also a multiple-time national champion and will be competing in the lightweight division. Another name to join the professional bandwagon from the SSCB stable would be Santosh Harijan (super featherweight). “We had also requested for Suranjoy Singh but he is right now the chief coach of Navy and that has not quite worked out,” Brig. Raja said. Speaking about how a professional boxing body would forge a working equation with BFI, Brig Raja said, “Given that AIBA has now broken all barriers for professional boxers, it would be good to have a larger pool of boxers to choose from. The senior guys will have the option of turning pro so that the youngsters get enough chances of proving their mettle. And during trials both pros and amateurs can be pited against each other from where the best can go on to represent India.” “All boxers tied up with IBC will be available for BFI. They can take a call,” he added. The BFI, on its part, has already declared that it is not averse to letting professionals in after AIBAs waiver. “We obviously want a huge pool to pick from, so when the AIBA has allowed professionals, we will see how they can be assimilated,” BFI President Ajay Singh had stated on the opening day of the ongoing National Championships. PTI PM BS BSadvertisementlast_img read more

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10 months agoMan City face rap over knuckles from Premier League

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City face rap over knuckles from Premier Leagueby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City face a rap over the knuckles for their Premier League media conference this week.The Times says City could be in hot water for rearranging their Friday press conference for Saturday afternoon.Premier League rules state that for matches played on a Sunday clubs must hold press conferences by Friday at 1.30pm, but City have delayed theirs by a day.City must now provide an adequate reason for delaying their press conference. last_img read more

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Marines seek young tough recruits in Super Bowl ad

first_imgWASHINGTON – For the first time in 30 years, the U.S. Marine Corps will air an ad during the Super Bowl, using an online-only spot Sunday to target a young, tough, tech-savvy audience for potential recruits looking for a challenge.The high-powered, battle-heavy, 30-second ad shows Marines deploying from ships in amphibious vehicles, dropping bombs from aircraft and hurling a shoulder-launched drone into the air.“It’s not just the ships, the armour or the aircraft. It’s something more. It’s the will to fight and determination to win found inside each and every Marine that answers a nation’s call,” the announcer says, as the camera follows a squad of Marines storming off helicopters into a mock firefight while explosions erupt around them.The goal, said Maj. Gen. Paul Kennedy, head of the Marine Corps Recruiting Command, is to reach young men and women who have faced and conquered challenges in their life, probably played physical sports such as wrestling or rugby, and have a bit of that fighting spirit.Network television viewers of the game won’t see the Marine spot. But those watching through online streaming services — which charge a fraction of the advertising price — will see it twice.“I’m not trying to enlist fathers or mothers, I’m trying to enlist 18- to 24-year-olds,” said Kennedy. “And they tend to be cord cutters. They take in entertainment differently and they tend to do it on a device rather than a television.”The Marine Corps would not provide the exact cost because the specific pricing is proprietary. But the online ad represents a savings of nearly 85 per cent over the broadcast price. Thirty-second slots are going for more than $5 million for broadcast airtime alone. And the online ad — which can be viewed on www.marines.com — is expected to reach more than 20 million viewers.As the military services struggle to meet recruitment goals in these times of low unemployment, they are competing for many of the same young people — physically fit high school graduates who can score 50 or higher on the military’s aptitude test.The Marine Corps is on target to meet its recruitment goal of about 38,000 for the budget year ending Sept. 30. But recruiters have historically found that the months of February through May are the toughest for finding new enlistments. By this time, many high school seniors have decided what they will do or what college they will attend.So Kennedy is hoping the ad will reach some who may still be open to serving in the Marine Corps. Targeting the streaming broadcast has now become a more effective option as viewership online grows, he said, and is the best way to reach more young people while spending less money.“I don’t have unlimited funds,” he said. “And this is probably the most-watched event, as we move into the toughest months of recruiting.”The visuals in the ad, he said, go to the heart of what Marines do, deliberately focusing on the fight rather than some of the intangibles such as the potential for paid college tuition, bonuses or other incentives. The images are designed to attract people who are tough and resilient — key words the Marines use repeatedly to describe the force.The battle scenes were filmed on the West Coast with Marines participating in a military exercise called Dawn Blitz in order to show more realistic scenarios. The ad also shows Marines deployed on the USS Essex, an amphibious assault ship, which was off the California coast for training, to mimic a deployment near the shores of an adversary.“This ad talks to the fighting spirit of young people that have come up through high school,” Kennedy said. “We want young, tough, smart warriors that want to continue to seek challenges, and we’re seeking them from men and women from all walks of life.”last_img read more

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Points of View Opening Night at Peace Gallery North

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace Gallery North is hosting the 6th Annual ‘Points of View 2019′ Art Show.Opening Night for the event is Friday, March 1st, 2019, the event starts at 7 pm with refreshments, appetizers and live entertainment.The Flying Colours Artists’ Association’s exhibit is a joining of perspective and interpretation inspired by 8 different photographs. These images were submitted and chosen by the Association’s members. Once Artists received their images each Artist created their art to reflect their ‘Points of View’. Artists could enter as many art selections as they chose and many different art mediums and styles will be represented. Bev Baker, President of the Flying Colours Art Association said “We even have one member that has a pair of moccasins that she beaded the front using one of the reference photos,”The Gallery will be set up as collections, with the accompanying reference photograph on display. Allowing viewers of the art to see all the different perspectives and interpretations.All art on display will be available for purchase although they must stay on display until the exhibit is over.Point of View FB Event Page; CLICK HERE Flying Colours Artists’ Association FB Page; CLICK HERElast_img read more

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Former CJ of Sikkim HC to head panel for probe in MLAs

first_imgRaipur: Retired Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court Satish Kumar Agnihotri will head the judicial panel constituted to probe the killing of a BJP MLA by Naxals early this month, officials said on Friday. Agnihotri has given his consent to the Chhattisgarh government for heading the judicial panel to investigate the killing of MLA Bhima Mandavi and four security personnel in the Naxal attack in Dantewada, a Public Relation Officer of the state government said here. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Mandavi, who represented Dantewada assembly constituency, was killed along with four security personnel on April 9 after Maoists blew up their vehicle with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Shyamgiri area of Dantewada. The next day, the Congress government in the state sought permission from the Election Commission for setting up a judicial inquiry panel into the incident, in view of the model code of conduct in effect for the Lok Sabha election, the official said. After getting approval from the EC, the state government took further action into the matter, he added. The BJP had dubbed as a “political conspiracy” the attack, which had occurred just two days ahead of the voting in Bastar Lok Sabha constituency in the first phase on April 11.last_img read more

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Ohio State womens volleyball attempts to bounce back against Michigan

OSU senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell (14) during a game against Purdue on Oct. 16 at St. John Area. OSU won 3-2. Credit: Christopher Slack / Lantern PhotographerAfter suffering just its third loss of the season in a three-set upset at the hands of Michigan State on Wednesday, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team will look to rebound this weekend against another rival from the Wolverine State.That rival is No. 23 Michigan (15-5, 5-4), who the Buckeyes (18-3, 7-2) will be seeing for the first time this season in Ann Arbor on Saturday at 7 p.m.The intense rivalry between the two schools gives OSU extra motivation to beat the Wolverines on their own floor, sophomore outside hitter Ashley Wenz said.“Being from Ohio all my life, you can’t even say ‘Michigan’ without people saying something,” Wenz said. “So it gives us a little more ‘oomph’ in how we play against them.”Last year, the teams split their two matchups when both won on its home floor. OSU hasn’t won a game in Cliff Keen Arena — in which Michigan has a 10-2 record this season – since 2011, but the Buckeyes are hoping to change their recent history this weekend.“(We’re) really amped up, really pumped up, especially because last time we went it wasn’t so good on our end,” senior middle blocker Tyler Richardson said. “This year, we’re ready and I think we’re all really excited. It’s Michigan.”OSU is preparing for an unfriendly crowd in Ann Arbor, something senior outside hitter Katie Mitchell said she’s become accustomed to in her four years donning scarlet and gray.“They hate us, and it’s pretty obvious,” Mitchell said. “You play in an old pool so it’s a very intimate setting with 2,000 people that just hate you so much and want you to lose … it’s always fun to go in there and turn the smile upside down.”Michigan was picked by Big Ten coaches to finish ninth in the conference before the season, just behind OSU; but like the Buckeyes, the Wolverines have been turning some heads with their play this season.Led by junior middle blocker and preseason all-Big Ten selection Abby Cole — who leads the team in kills per set (3.08), attack percentage (.360), service aces (9) and total blocks (75) — Michigan won its first 10 games of the season and took No. 5 Penn State to the brink of defeat in a five-set loss on Wednesday.“We’ve got to be ready on the road because everyone’s going to be coming after us,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said. “Michigan’s an important match on so many different levels.”The Buckeyes hold a 49-22 all-time record against the Wolverines, but the series has been more even as of late, with the teams splitting their last six matchups.HomecomingOSU’s two senior middle blockers, Andrea Kacsits and Richardson, are both from Michigan and are looking forward to being back home.Kacsits is eager to see people from her hometown — both in the stands and on the court.“All the games mean so much just because you put your heart and soul into all of them,” Kacsits, a native of Rockford, Michigan, said. “But these ones are kind of fun because a lot of my club friends and high school friends and people that I haven’t seen in a long time either are playing in the game or coming to watch the game.”Richardson, who hails from Ypsilanti, Michigan, a town less than 10 miles from Ann Arbor, said the game means a lot to her because she gets to visit home and due to the magnitude of the rivalry between the two schools.What’s next?The Buckeyes are set to play host to defending national champion Penn State on Wednesday in St. John Arena at 7 p.m. OSU will be looking to snap a 16-game losing streak against the Nittany Lions that dates back to 2006. read more

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Prahalis 25 points not enough to propel Buckeyes to victory

When the Michigan women’s basketball team (13-8, 6-2) defeated Ohio State (13-7, 4-4) on Dec. 30, the Wolverines benefited from a 1-for-13 shooting performance from OSU junior guard Samantha Prahalis. Thursday night at the Schottenstein Center, the Wolverines weren’t as fortunate — however, they were still victorious. Prahalis connected on her first seven shots of the night, five of which were 3-pointers. But her 25-point, six-assist performance wasn’t enough for the Buckeyes, as they fell to Michigan 69-66 in a game that may have come down to last-minute free throws. “I give (Michigan) a lot of credit. They played very well,” OSU coach Jim Foster said following his team’s second loss to Michigan this season. “They executed. We didn’t.” Not having missed a shot in the first half, Prahalis connected on a buzzer-beating 3-point attempt at the end of the first half to give OSU a 46-33 lead. Prahalis’ perfect first half, in which she scored 19 points, helped the Buckeyes weather a barrage of Wolverine 3-pointers, as Michigan connected on eight of its first 12 shots from beyond the arc. “I just got in a good rhythm,” Prahalis said. “I just was a little hot tonight and just found a good rhythm.” Though Michigan couldn’t find a way to slow down Prahalis, foul trouble did. OSU’s leading scorer picked up her third foul with 16 minutes remaining in the game and the Buckeyes up by 12 points. With Prahalis saddled onto the bench, the Wolverines cut OSU’s lead down to as few as five points before Prahalis returned with 10 minutes remaining. “She is our point guard, and she makes the ball move,” Foster said. “She’s got to understand fouls. A silly foul can be costly down the road.” Even with Prahalis back in the game, the Buckeyes struggled to extend their lead, as Michigan’s Rachel Sheffer’s 3-point shot with a minute remaining in the game cut the Buckeyes’ lead to one point. After a missed jumper by Prahalis, Sheffer connected on two free throws to give Michigan a 67-66 lead with 29 seconds remaining. Sheffer finished the game with a team-high 23 points and grabbed six rebounds for the Wolverines. After an OSU timeout, Prahalis came up short on another jumper. However, senior guard Alison Jackson grabbed the rebound and was fouled on a put-back attempt. With the chance to tie the game with one basket, or take the lead with two, Jackson stepped to the line for her two free throws. She missed both. OSU senior guard Brittany Johnson added 14 points for the Buckeyes, and senior center Jantel Lavender scored 10 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Lavender’s ninth rebound of the game made her the Big Ten’s career leader in rebounds. “It’s awesome that it hasn’t been broken in 26 years,” Lavender said. “I just rebound hard and try to get every rebound.” OSU’s loss Thursday snapped a three-conference-game winning streak for the six-time defending Big Ten champions. The Buckeyes travel to State College, Pa., to face Penn State at 2 p.m. Sunday. “We’ve got to have some of these young players continue to progress and understand that one game is not the next,” Foster said. “What you have to do in one game, you might have to do something else the next time you’re out there.” read more

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2018 2019 Big Ten conference schedules released

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) attempts to run through a tackle by Northwestern defender during a game Oct. 5 at Ryan Field. OSU won, 40-30. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe Big Ten football schedules for the 2018 and 2019 seasons were released by the conference Wednesday.Ohio State is scheduled to play new conference foe Rutgers for the third time at home in 2018. The Buckeyes are also set to host Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska and Michigan and travel to Penn State, Purdue, Michigan State and Maryland.A season-opening home game for 2018 is yet to be determined, but OSU is scheduled to visit TCU and host North Carolina to round out its schedule that year.OSU hosts Michigan State, Wisconsin, Maryland and Penn State as part of its conference slate in 2019, and is scheduled to travel to Indiana, Nebraska, Northwestern, Rutgers and Michigan.The Buckeyes open Big Ten play that year with back-to-back road games at Indiana Sept. 14 and at Nebraska Sept. 28. OSU hosts TCU between those games Sept. 21. It will be the first time the Horned Frogs will play in Columbus since 1973.The 2019 visit to Northwestern marks the first time OSU will play in Evanston, Ill., since this year’s 40-30 victory Oct. 5. The Oct. 26 date with Wisconsin will be the first time the Badgers will return to Ohio Stadium since losing to OSU 31-24 on Sept. 28 of this year.Maryland and Rutgers officially join the conference next season, and the B1G will sport a new alignment with East and West divisions.The Big Ten is scheduled to expand its conference schedule to nine games beginning in 2016, the same season OSU is set to play nine straight weeks of B1G contests. 2019 Ohio State Football ScheduleAug. 31 —TBASept. 7 — CincinnatiSept. 14 — at IndianaSept. 21 — TCUSept. 28 — at NebraskaOct. 5 — Michigan StateOct. 19 —at NorthwesternOct. 26 — WisconsinNov. 9 — MarylandNov. 16 — at RutgersNov. 23 — Penn StateNov. 30 — at Michigan 2018 Ohio State Football ScheduleSept. 1 — TBASept. 8 — RutgersSept. 15 — at TCUSept. 22 — North CarolinaSept. 29 — at Penn StateOct. 6 — IndianaOct. 13 — MinnesotaOct. 20 — at PurdueNov. 3 — NebraskaNov. 10 — at Michigan StateNov. 17 — MarylandNov. 24 —Michigan read more

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