Resurgent Egypt star Mohamed Salah scored the only goal of the game to lift nine-man Fiorentina to a 1-0 win over Inter Milan in the Italian Serie A on Sunday at the San Siro.The 22-year-old, who started on the bench before replacing injured Senegalese striker Khouma Babacar in the 43rd minute, blasted home from inside the box after Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic parried a shot into his path.On loan to Fiorentina from English side Chelsea until the end of the season, Salah has now scored in three straight Serie A games – that is all but his first game.He has now made six appearances for the Viola and his goal against Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa League on Thursday means he has now scored in four of those games.Not bad for a guy used as a makeweight in a deal that saw Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado head the other way.Salah’s arrival, in addition to the $27m paid for Cuadrado, has proved an inspired piece of business for Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella who admitted last week that his side got the better deal. “Who did better out of the Cuadrado exchange? Fiorentina earned a lot of money and, on the pitch, they are similar players.” Montella had said.”Salah is a player that, even if he takes some breaks, is devastating over 40 or 50 yards,” he added.–
Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs While the trade deadline has passed, it’s unclear if the locker room has recovered. Several players spoke Saturday of playing without urgency or consistency, and with the pressure of needing to win to stay in the playoff race, it was hard for any of them to explain exactly why that’s missing.During All-Star weekend, Kyle Kuzma told reporters that he was sure the Lakers would be in the playoffs. After the game in New Orleans, he said “I don’t know” when asked if the loss made him question if the Lakers would indeed get there.“I just think that we got to be consistent,” he said. “We got to be consistent with everything, just consistent with our body language, our effort as a whole. We’re just not consistent.”Still, other Lakers didn’t quite buy that the sky is falling. Rajon Rondo acknowledged a lack of urgency and team buy-in, but noted that no one questioned that the Lakers had it after beating Houston at home to start the All-Star break.A few losses down the stretch will be inevitable. Rondo said the Lakers must withstand the criticism and doubt that accompanies them.“Everything is blown up when you lose,” he said. “When we won the game in Houston everything was fine, but obviously we’re going to lose probably one or two or three more games within this 23-game stretch so just try to keep an even-keel mentality – never too high and never too low.”Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers NEW ORLEANS — He’s talked about being “activated” and “kick starting something” in the last week. But for all the faith LeBron James has in himself to play more intensely for the final 23 games of the season, the Lakers’ star still seems to have some doubt.After Saturday’s loss in New Orleans, the 34-year-old vented some of his frustrations in a five-minute media session that captured his unrest with the Lakers’ current predicament. With the Lakers (29-30) still stuck in 10th place and losing ground against the Pelicans in the 128-115 defeat, the franchise is at risk of missing the playoffs for a sixth straight season. James might miss the playoffs for the first time since 2005.His response to the latest loss was to question, in roundabout fashion, the approach of others in the locker room who have yet to go to the playoffs.“When you’ve never been there or know what it takes to actually shoot for something like that, sometimes you’re afraid to get uncomfortable,” he said. “So you got to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. So I’m not saying that’s what we are as a whole. It kind of looks that way at times that sometimes we’re afraid to be uncomfortable and kind of get out of our comfort zone.” While James seemed low after the game, he also seemed to accept, to a certain degree, that some of the Lakers’ struggles were out of any one person’s control – even his own. He acknowledged that he knew turning the franchise around would be an uphill battle, and injuries and suspensions have made it harder.He hoped that Lonzo Ball’s return from a sprained ankle, which still might be some time away, would help the team return to the level of play they reached when they were 20-14 back in December. It might be that having reached that plateau already this season has deepened James’ frustration that it’s been so difficult to get back.“I knew it was going to be very challenging, just because of the experience the roster had at that point and time,” he said. “I knew it was going to be challenging from that sense, but I felt like we could still play better basketball. And we were doing that and obviously, it sucks that my injury happened and Zo’s injury happened and so many of our injuries happened.” Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersOn the floor, James’ contributions have been up to his high standard: He’s averaging a triple-double – 24.6 ppg, 10.4 apg, 10.4 rpg – during the eight games he’s played since returning from an injured groin. While he receives criticism at times for less intensity on the defensive end, he showed some surprising scrappiness against the Houston Rockets, including taking a late charge against James Harden.But James has also held unapologetically high standards for teammates, saying at the trade deadline, for example, that previous teams he had played on had found a way to play on past rumors and speculation that clouded players’ futures. James’ expectations have been molded by eight straight trips to the NBA Finals, and he has occasionally offered postgame comments that question whether the Lakers are ready to follow suit.When asked what it meant to be “uncomfortable,” James seemed to offer some advice for the players around him.“It’s like, basketball, is that the most important thing while we’re doing this?,” he said. “Is it the most important thing in your life at this time? … If you feel like you’re giving it all to the game then you can do other things. But if you feel like you’re not giving as much as you can, then you can’t focus on anything else.”The Lakers’ locker room has been particularly tense for about a month, since two things became public: That Pelicans star Anthony Davis wanted to be traded, and that the Lakers were interested in acquiring him.
The L.V. Rogers Bombers put together two solid games en route to a sweep of the opposition at the Mount Sentinel High School Boy’s Basketball Playday Saturday at the South Slocan gymnasium.The Bombers knocked off host Wildcats 61-41 before disposing of Prince Charles Comets of Creston 77-48 in the second game of the Playday.”It took a while for us to pick up our man to man defense but eventually we got organized and pulled away with the lead,” said Bomber coach Jeremy Phelan after the opening contest of the day.”Our bench players were able to get some quality minutes which they hadn’t been seeing as much of in many of the recent tight games against tougher competition.”The Bombers held a19-8 advantage after the first quarter of play before pulling away in the second half for the 20-point victory.Scoring was spread evenly up and down the roster with Ethan Perkins leading the way with 17 points and Bjorn Morris adding 10.Tobin Eberle had eight, Sida Wang nine, Hanno Southam seven, Dylan Bennett three and Isaiah Kingdon and Leo Zhou each with two. Johnny Johnson, Aslan Mackay, and Spencer Legebokoff led the wildcats with 12, nine and seven points, respectively. Against the Comets, LVR was reduced to seven players after Ethan Perkins and Dylan Bennett left to attend soccer practice.However, Prince Charles was missing its starting point guard.PCSS employed a scrappy zone defense and full court trapping press, which caused many turnovers and a close score after of 16-8 for LVR after the first quarter, and 28-25 at the half.However, LVR finally started to break the press and exploit the weaknesses in the zone and established a 16-point lead going into the final frame with the score at 56-40.With a short bench PCSS grew tired and LVR managed to pull away with the victory of 77-48. “We were bigger than them inside and were successful in converting high percentage shots from close range which was indicative in Tobin and Bjorn’s lines of 13 and 18 points, respectively,” Phelan explained.Phelan said Kingdon and Want were strong at the guard position scoring 16 points each.Leo Zhou chipped in 10 points and Hanno Southam with two points. The Bombers are off to Fernie to compete in the Falcons tournament Friday and Saturday.Phelan expects to see an improved Mt Baker of Cranbrook and a full-staffed Comets team.The Bombers open against Selkirk Storm of Kimberley.The tourney is the final preparation for the upcoming This is our last Kootenay High School Boy’s AAA zone playdown against J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail February 19 at the Hangar.The winner represents the zone at the AAA Provincials in Langley, March 12-15.
Kolkata: The 19th edition of East Zone Regional Abilympics kicked-off at the Indian Instituteof Training and Development where people with disabilities (PwDs) show cased their talent on Friday. “I am determined to win the competition this year. Last year, I won the state-level competition but did not qualify the national level,” said Sunil Pandey, a participant hailing from Howrah who can’t speak properly due to speech impairment. The PwDs, between the age group of 18 and 35, participated in CAD Architecture, Desktop Publishing, Character Designing, E-Sport, Tailoring, Floral Arrangement, Beauty Therapy, Jewellery Making, Bakery and Cooking competition. “I came from Patna to participate in the Tailoring competition. I am working very hard to represent India at the national level,” said polio victim Md Shamim Alam. Participants from West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Arunachal Pradesh , Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura took part in the event. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe National Level Abilympics will be held in Delhi. The winners of National Level Abilympics will represent India at International Abilympics to be held in Russia in 2020. On Saturday, the last day of the 19th edition of East Zone Regional Abilympics hosted by the National Abilympics Association of India under the aegis of Sarthak Educational Trust, an exclusive job fair for the PwDs will be conducted at Vocational Rehabilitation Centre for Handicapped in Bidhannagar.
New Delhi: Dismissing the allegations of political vendetta levelled by the opposition parties, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Wednesday said revenue department acts objectively and conducts search operations only on the basis of material evidence. The Income Tax Department has carried out raids on people linked to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, a JD(S) minister in Karnataka, and a senior DMK leader in Tamil Nadu in the recent past. The searches are linked to suspected movement of hawala money during the ongoing polls season and tax evasion. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The opposition parties, including the Congress, have dubbed the raids as politically motivated. Taking note of these raids, the Election Commission in its letter to Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey had “strongly advised” that any action by its enforcement agencies during election time should be “neutral” and “non-discriminatory” and officials of the poll panel should be kept in loop about such actions. Defending the raids by the I-T department, Jaitley, who is in the US to attend the IMF-World Bank meetings wrote a facebook post titled ‘Legitimate action against corruption is not vendetta’. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday “It has become a routine practice to call any action against corruption as political vendetta. Claim of vendetta has never been a legitimate defence in corruption. Those who commit such large acts of corruption have to be judged on the merits of the action itself,” he said. Jaitley said none of the two state governments (non-BJP ruled Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka) have replied to the allegations on merits. “An argument is being given by them as to why they are being singled out and their political rivals are not being searched. Is there a Right to Equality that no action can be taken till the opponents are charged? “Revenue Department acts objectively on the basis of material available and take action when they are satisfied that a case of search operation is made out,” the minister said. The Income Tax Department, Enforcement Directorate and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence are the executive arms of the Revenue Department in dealing with financial crimes. The seven-phase Lok Sabha election starts from April 11 and counting will held on May 23. Jaitley said that the act of siphoning out money meant for vulnerable sections of society shows the mindframe of those indulging in such activities. He said evidence has come to light in public space that in Karnataka, allocations made for public welfare to the Public Works Department were being round-tripped by engineers for a political purpose. In Madhya Pradesh, he alleged, that an institutional mechanism has been created where money meant for development and social welfare of the weaker sections were being channelled into politics. Without specifically mentioning the Congress, he said, “They do not even spare those who live in destitution. This is the hypocrisy of Indian politics. After inflicting such injustice they have the audacity to speak of Nyay”. In the run up to the elections, the Congress promised to implement a minimum income guarantee scheme, Nyuntam Aay Yojana (Nyay), which assures up to Rs 72,000 a year or Rs 6,000 a month income to 20 per cent of India’s poorest families, if the party is voted back to power in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.
New Delhi: April 2 will always be etched in the memory of leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal. Playing for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL), he picked three wickets against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to help his team register a 7-wicket win. More than the win, it was the wickets that he scalped that will stay with him forever — Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and upcoming Windies talent Shimron Hetmyer. Speaking more than two weeks after achieving a feat not many can boast of, Gopal said one cannot have a plan to dismiss legends and can only try his luck. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”There was no plan for them (Kohli and de Villers). You can’t make any plan for such great batsmen. I just wanted to bowl a googly and keep it tight as possible,” he said. “They misread the line of the ball and I was fortunate to get their wickets.” In the ongoing edition, the Bengaluru cricketer has consistently performed for his team and has picked eight wickets from as many games so far. But what makes his performance stand out is an economy rate of 6.60. For a spinner to bowl so well is undoubtedly a quality effort, but Gopal feels there is no secret behind it. “There is no secret. I am just happy that my hard work in the past one year is paying off. Despite the kind of result we are getting as a team, personally I had a decent season from the start and will just try to continue and get even better,” he opined. Gopal started his career as a middle-order batsman and slowly turned into a genuine leg-spinner.
New Delhi: The BJP Thursday said it will contest Lok Sabha election in Bhopal, where it has fielded Malegaon blast case accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, as a fight against the Congress’ “conspiracy” to defame Hindu religion by linking it to terrorism.Its spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao claimed the conspiracy has been “exposed”, claiming that Thakur has been discharged in some cases. He also mentioned the arrest of Hindutva activist Swami Aseemanand and his recent acquittal to attack the opposition party. Thakur has been discharged of stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act but is still facing other serious charges in the case. Aseemanand was recently acquitted in the Samjhauta Express blast case. “We are contesting this election in Bhopal as a fight against the Congress conspiracy to insult Hindu religion by linking it to terrorism. Digvijay Singh was the face of this conspiracy,” Rao told reporters. Singh is the Congress candidate from the seat. Dubbing Thakur as an innocent person, he said she was tortured and asked opposition parties what problem they have if the BJP has fielded her as its candidate. He alleged that Congress president Rahul Gandhi had “masterminded” this conspiracy, claiming that it was meant to appease a minority community. He also claimed that “Islamic terror” is an accepted notion the world over as “large number of terror organisations perpetrate terror in the name of the religion”. The press conference was cut short when a man threw shoes towards him and BJP general secretary Bhupendra Yadav, who was sitting besides him. The accused was immediately restrained by a party worker and was bundled out by security.
The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views, policies or position of Atlanta Black Star or its employees Michael Jordan’s arrogance — and poor sense of style — got him banned from the posh private La Gorce Country Club in Miami more than his fashion faux pas.The NBA icon and owner of the Charlotte Bobcats violated a dress code at the swanky country club by wearing cargo pants, according to myriad reports. Golfers are required to wear a collared shirt and Bermuda shorts while playing.But when a club official approached him on the 12th hole and asked him to change his wardrobe, Jordan refused. Arrogant. Not good and just plain old arrogant. The country club might be stuffy and over the top, but it is the rule and everyone else abides by them . . . except Jordan.No problem, La Gorce contends. Just do not show up to play there again, Mr. Jordan.Now here’s a statement from Jordan’s public relations office:“Michael Jordan did wear cargo pants . . . He had been there many times before and had worn cargo pants previously, and had never been made aware that he was violating any dress code. This time, he was made aware of the violation on the 12th hole, and at that point . . . he did refuse to interrupt his game, and return to the clubhouse and change. We were not aware that he is not allowed to return to La Gorce. I guess it’s their loss – as MJ is a great golfer, and a great guest.”Four things: Jordan is not a great golfer. He’s a hack, like most golfers in the world. Two, he’s a hack despite playing more than most golfers in the world and on the best courses, meaning he’s probably a little worse than a hack.Third, he’s obnoxious and arrogant. “It’s their loss?” the statement said. Really? Seems the private club will go on just fine without Jordan spraying balls all over the place and tearing up the turf.And fourth, Jordan, once a fashionable guy, has fallen off considerably. He dresses like he’s from the back roads of North Carolina. Oh, wait; he is.None other than GQ magazine tweeted, “Michael Jordan’s style: so bad, it gets him kicked out of places.” In an article, GQ writes that Jordan could be “the worst dressed man in the universe.”Jordan made $60 million in endorsements last year, according to Forbes. Nike’s Jordan Brand has annual revenues of more than $1 billion, with his brand’s shoes controlling 71 percent of the American basketball shoe market.Forbes estimated Jordan’s net worth at $500 million in 2010, a number it believes will increase. Jordan owns 80 percent of the Bobcats.If only all that money could buy Jordan some class and humility.
Juventus are reportedly considering a move for Christian Eriksen in the January transfer windowThe 26-year-old playmaker’s current deal at Tottenham will expire in June 2020, amid reported interested from Barcelona and Real Madrid.Eriksen recently admitted that he’s unsure whether a new contract is on the table for him at Spurs.Now Tuttosport claims that Juventus will make a move for Eriksen if their bid to re-sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United fails.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.Eriksen has struggled to get back into favour with coach Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs after returning from an abdominal injury in mid-October.The Denmark international has only played 90 minutes of football twice for Spurs since then, but still has no shortage of admirers.Eriksen has managed 57 goals and 73 assists in 239 appearances for Spurs across all competitions since his arrival from Ajax in 2013.
“Iodine deficiency in pregnancy remains the leading cause of preventable retardation worldwide. Even mild iodine deficiency during pregnancy leads to lower IQ in children,” said study co-author Kate Jolly,