Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara claims Manchester United never made a serious move to sign him – despite weeks of media speculation linking him with Old Trafford. Press Association Thiago’s father and agent Mazinho said on Wednesday that his son had been “very close” to joining United, but the Spain Under-21 international appeared to contradict that claim in an interview with RAC1 on Thursday. “The truth is that in no moment did United come to us and talk to us. It came from the press, it was always a lie,” he said. Reflecting on his decision to leave Barcelona, he said: “It’s unfair to say I wasn’t patient. The club knew my situation. I waited for them, especially before the European Championships, but they never contacted me. I didn’t feel valued. “I wanted to compete. The club knew that I wanted to leave and they didn’t do much to change that. “Everyone looks out for their interests, I wanted to feel valued and I wanted to compete so I decided to leave the club and join Bayern. “I was waiting and waiting all summer, there was a point when I had to decide. “All a footballer wants is to play football and I wanted to play, they [Barcelona] didn’t do much for me to stay, so here I am.” The 23-year-old moved to European champions Bayern from Barcelona earlier this month, reuniting him with former Barca boss Pep Guardiola – the man who handed him his professional debut in 2009. A lack of first-team appearances last year activated a clause in the player’s contract which meant he could leave Barca for a reduced price, but it seems that was not enough to tempt United.
A new English senior women’s champion will be crowned tomorrow with four players staking their claim to hold the title for the first time.The semi-finalists are Cath Rawthore of Sale, Cheshire, who plays Devon’s Jo Shorrocks (Bigbury); and Hertfordshire’s Jackie Foster (Bishop’s Stortford) who takes on Yorkshire’s Karen Jobling (Richmond).Rawthore is hoping to add this title to her previous wins in the British seniors and the English senior strokeplay championships, but the other three are all seeking a first major win.They each made their way through two rounds of match play in glorious sunshine, which contrasted with the heavy rain of the stroke play qualifying session.The first round provided its share of upsets, with defending champion Helen Lowe (Scraptoft) losing to Kent’s Angela Jones (Chart Hills) on the 17th; while top seed Katherine Russell of Royal Ashdown Forest in Sussex was beaten on the last by Yorkshire’s Julie Wheeldon (Wakefield).Meanwhile, Caroline Berry (Bromborough) also moved into the last eight when she triumphed in the clash of the former champions, beating fellow Cheshire player Sue Dye (Delamere Forest); and Aileen Greenfield (Pycombe, Sussex) – the runner up in last year’s English senior stroke play – prevailed over Lancashire’s Helen Braddock (Bolton Old Links). Rawthore defeated another past British senior champion, Felicity Christine (Woking), while Shorrocks knocked out Debbie Warren (King’s Norton).In the quarter finals, Shorrocks was first to claim her semi-final place, beating Wheeldon, one of the morning’s giant-killers, by 6/4. Shorrocks (image © Leaderboard Photography) was in charge from the start and reached the turn at five up.Rawthore soon followed her into the last four, beating another giant killer, Jones, by 5/4. “I holed some important putts at the right time,” she said.This will be her second semi-final and her game plan is simple: “I’m going to try and find every fairway!”Next through was Foster, who had had five consecutive birdies in her 6/5 first round win over Jersey’s Jenny Deeley. Her quarter final with former champion Berry was much closer and she eventually edged home 1up. The lead swung to and fro, but Foster crucially won the 17th with a great up and down from behind the green to get that one-hole advantage.“I played with Caroline in the stroke play qualifying and I know she’s a good player and that it would be tough,” said Foster, who reached last year’s quarter finals on her debut. “I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.”Yorkshire’s Jobling completed the semi-final line-up with her 6/4 win over Greenfield. Earlier, she’d had a 2 up win over Carol Houghton (The Nottinghamshire) in the first round.“I was a little bit tentative this morning and I played much better in the afternoon, with a good front nine which gave me a solid start. I’m absolutely thrilled to be in the semi-finals and I just need to keep playing as I have been. Who knows what will happen tomorrow!”Click here for full scores from Round 1 and the quarter finals. 12 May 2016 Final four stake their claim to an England title
The Steelers entered the draft needing help on the offensive line, a line that allowed nearly 200 quarterback sacks over the last four seasons.Filling their most pressing need, the Steelers selected guard David DeCastro, who is 6’5”, 316 pounds, from Stanford University with the 24th pick overall. DeCastro earned first-team All-American honors by the Associated Press and American Football Coaches Association.“We’re not going to anoint or hand anyone a job,” said coach Mike Tomlin. “They got to earn it. And to earn it you got to get an opportunity. He will start at right guard at our rookie only mini-camp. He’s a tough guy. His tape displays that.”DeCastro is listed at 316 pounds, but played under 300 pounds in college. Stanford ran a pro style offense with a lot of pulling a trapping similar to the “Counter Trey” made famous by the Washington Redskins in the ’80s. A lot of heavy personnel groups with two tight ends, two backs and often times six offensive linemen giving them an advantage in the running game.The only negative with DeCastro is that he is light in the butt. In the 2011 Bowl game against Virginia Tech, defensive tackle, John Graves bull rushed DeCastro and sacked quarterback Andrew Luck resulting in a safety.Hey Colbert here is a tip. Heinz Field in December and January is not exactly the Rose Bowl. This California boy is not built to play against the 350 pound NFL nose guards on North East football fields in the winter.DeCastro, grew up as a Seattle Seahawks fan and hated the Steelers after they beat Seattle in Super Bowl XL.Now that he has to face the Baltimore Ravens and 375 pound Terrence “Mount” Cody and 350 pound Haloti Ngata twice a year, he may begin to hate the Steelers all over again.The Steelers draft almost went up in smoke in the second round when they selected, 6’7”, 325 pound, Ohio State’s Mike Adams.Adams got 99 problems, but marijuana is no longer one of them according to his agent, Gateway High School graduate, Eric Metz.Adams fell to the second round after failing a drug test for marijuana at the NFL Combine. He was also suspended for the first five games of 2011 for accepting improper benefits along with a handful of teammates in what is known as “Tattoogate.” Determined to be selected by his favorite team, Adams drove to Pittsburgh and met personally with head Coach Mike Tomlin, General Manager Kevin Colbert, and team owner Art Rooney II.Adams, a Farrell, Pa. native whose family moved to Dublin, Ohio when he was 12-years-old has been a Steelers fan since he was 4-years-old. He attended Dublin Coffman High School where he was an All-State selection as a junior and senior.“He’s a very, very happy young man,” said Metz. “I have the happiest second rounder who ever walked the planet.”Third round pick Sean Spence, who is 5-feet-11, and 231 pounds, played outside linebacker at the University of Miami, but will move to inside linebacker with the Steelers.Spence is the first Hurricane to record 100 tackles in consecutive seasons since Jon Vilma, of New Orleans Saints bounty fame, did it in 2002 and 2003.In 2007, Spence and his Northwestern High School won the national championship.The Steelers traded their sixth round draft choice to move up in the fourth round to select, 6’2”, 350 pound nose guard, Alameda Ta’amu of the University of Washington. With Casey Hampton turning 35 and recuperating from ACL surgery, they made the trade so they could select one of the best two nose tackles in the draft.“I’m excited to play with Troy Polamalu, because he represents a lot of the Polynesians out here on the West Coast, and the Samoans out here,” said Ta’amu. “To be able to play next to Troy, I’ve heard a lot of stories from my coaches that have coached him, and they say that he’s the best football player overall that they’ve ever played with because he knows the game. I will be honored just to meet Polamalu.”In the fifth round the Steelers selected the fastest player in the draft, Chris Rainey is a 5’8”, 180 pound track All-American and running back from Florida. He was All-SEC first-team and became the first player in Florida University history to lead the team in rushing, receiving, punt-return and all-purpose yards.“I can out run Mike Wallace,” said the confident Rainey. “The only guy who I never was able to out run is my older brother Rod “He Hate Me” Smart, who played in the XFL and NFL. My best friend is Maurkice Pouncey. We watched the draft together.”The Steelers traded away their six round pick, but had four picks in the seventh round and made the most of them.The Steelers drafted former Valley High School superstar, Toney Clemons. Clemons is a 6’2”, 210 pound receiver who has 4.36 speed in the 40. He began his career at the University of Michigan before transferring to Colorado. Great bloodlines. His cousins are Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Stevie Breaston, who played at Woodland Hills, and WNBA star Swin Cash of McKeesport. His brother Wes played running back in the NFL.With their second pick in the seventh round, they selected David Paulson, a 6’3”, 250-pound tight end who played at Oregon. Paulson’s talent has never been in question and he has good speed and soft hands. Close to a dozen tight ends led or tied for their NFL team lead in catches, receiving yards or touchdowns last season.The Steelers were looking for a clone of William Gay when they selected 5’10”, 187 pound defensive back Terrence Frederick of Texas A&M. Frederick is short and makes up for it by being slow. Just like Gay.The hometown team got a steal with the last selection. Kelvin Beachum of SMU is as good as any offensive lineman in this draft. The 6’2”, 305 pounder was a four-year starter who played left tackle. He started 52 games at SMU and he’ll make every team pay for passing over him.Mike Tomlin is one of the top coaches in the NFL. It wasn’t easy for him to replace Bill Cowher after Cowher had so much success in his 15 seasons here. He was under the microscope from the start, the scrutiny even more intense than normal because he was a first-time head coach and because he is Black.Many in the city felt he got the job instead of Ken Whisenhunt or Russ Grimm because of the Rooney Rule, which is named after Steelers owner Dan Rooney and is designed to encourage minority hirings at the NFL’s highest levels.Are the Steelers, who have been the Roman Empire of the NFL since 1992, are beginning to show signs of crumbling? Art Rooney II suggested that quarterback Big Ben Roethlisberger need to “tweak” his game and the Steelers need to get back to running the football.Art needs to learn when to keep his mouth shut.Big Ben is the smartest quarterback in Steelers history to win a Super Bowl. Terry Bradshaw couldn’t spell CAT if you spotted him the C & A and the Chief Art Rooney Sr., never criticized him publicly.Rooney II has been critical of Big Ben and coach Tomlin in the offseason. After the Steelers got “Tebowed” and knocked out of the playoffs there was been plenty of blame to go around. So why hasn’t General Manager Kevin Colbert received any?In 2008, Colbert drafted Limas Sweed in the second round, Bruce Davis in the third round, Tony Hills in the fourth and Mike Humpal in the 6th. None are still part of the team. Rashard Mendehall was the first round selection and is out with ACL knee injury. Dennis Dixon was picked in the 5th and is the team’s 4th string quarterback and Ryan Mundy is backing up Ryan Clark. By the way, Colbert’s 2007, 2009 and 2010 drafts were equally as bad.Hey Art, maybe Colbert needs to “tweek” his approach to the draft. Listening to General Manager Kevin Colbert and offensive coordinator Todd Haley over the weekend, you’d think the Steelers new offense will be more exciting than the Bingo Long’s Traveling All-Stars. Let’s not forget that Haley and his lack of offense were fired by the Kansas City Chiefs last year.Haley will unveil and deliver his new and improved playbook to the team next week. And the Steelers appear ready to ground and pound at next year’s block party after selecting six offensive players in this year’s seven round draft. DREAM COME TRUE—Ohio State offensive lineman Mike Adams runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis Feb. 25. The Steelers selected the Farrell, PA native in the second round. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
The Gujarat High Court on Thursday handed over the investigation of the alleged fake encounter of Sadiq Jamal Mahetar to the CBI, in yet another setback to the state police.Sadiq was killed near the Galaxy Cinema in the Naroda area in Ahmedabad on January 13, 2003 by Ahmedabad Crime Branch officers led by D. G. Vanzara, who is already behind the bars in connection with the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case.The police had claimed then that Jamal was a Lashkar-e-Tayyeba operative and had entered Gujarat with a mission to assassinate chief minister Narendra Modi, senior BJP leader L. K. Advani and VHP leader Pravin Togadia.However, question marks on the killing surfaced in 2003 itself with Mumbai- based journalist Ketan Tirodkar confessing before the special MCOCA Court that Sadiq was killed in a fake encounter. Ketan had also admitted that Mumbai police’s encounter specialist Daya Nayak had handed over Jamal to the Gujarat Police on the request of a politician from the state.Tirodkar had later told the media that Sadiq was handed over to a team of Gujarat Police, including D. G. Vanzara by Daya Nayak at the Borivali National Park on January 11, 2003, before he was killed.It is pertinent to note here that under D. G. Vanzara, the then chief of Ahmedabad crime branch, Gujarat Police, had killed as many as 20 people within a span of three years.The police have developed a signature style with almost all the victims falling to their bullets in the early hours of the day. The ” killer” cops also did not bother to recycle the motive attributed to their victims and maintained that almost every one of them from Sadiq to Sohrabuddin wanted to gun down the CM to avenge the 2002 Godhra riots.advertisement” The order for the CBI probe into Sadiq’s killing means justice for us,” Shabbir Jamal, brother of Sadiq said. ” We were hoping for justice and today’s order gave us just that,” he added.Shabbir said his family’s faith in the high court has been vindicated and now it trusts the CBI to deliver justice to them.Sadiq’s is the third case of an alleged fake encounter to be handed over to the CBI. While the state government had resisted the probe by the central agency and had suggested a special task force for the same, Justice M. R. Shah turned down the plea and handed it over to the CBI saying that since the involvement of senior police officials is suspected, the case calls for a probe by an independent agency.The court also turned down the state’s plea that a sevenyear delay in filing of the appeal by the brother of the deceased created issues of credibility, stating, ” crime never dies”. Welcoming the high court order, lawyer Dr. Mukul Sinha said: ” Now with the CBI probe into the investigation, the larger conspiracy behind the series of alleged fake encounters is likely to be busted.” Among other notable fake encounters by the Gujarat Police on the premise that the victims were hatching a conspiracy to kill Modi, is that of Ishrat Jahan.Jahan, a college student, was killed along with three other persons, near Ahmedabad on June 15, 2004.Vanzara, then head of the DCB, Gujarat Police, had alleged that the victims were Lashkar members and were planning to kill the Gujarat CM. A probe later found that it a was fake encounter.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
Story Highlights Minister of Justice, the Hon. Delroy Chuck, has charged Justices of the Peace (JPs) to be role models in their communities in order to pass on good values to the youth of Jamaica. Minister of Justice, the Hon. Delroy Chuck, has charged Justices of the Peace (JPs) to be role models in their communities in order to pass on good values to the youth of Jamaica.Minister Chuck was speaking at a training session for JPs held at the Sandals Montego Bay Resort in St. James on Saturday (October 6).“You the Justices of the Peace are the people who other citizens look to, not only for leadership and guidance, but for how their children should grow up. We have you as the role models and you must really make yourself available and be the image of the upright Jamaican citizen,” he stated.He also urged the JPs to find other outstanding members of their communities to serve, “because we need more Justices of the Peace, as the more we have, the less work for those who really give service.”The Justice Minister told the JPs not to revel in their status, but do the work that comes with it.“We have a few (JPs) who extend themselves and make themselves available, while a large body sit back on their verandas and enjoy the status of Justice of the Peace, but they are not really making themselves available to the community,” Mr. Chuck stated.He also urged the JPs not to abuse the trust, the confidence and the authority that have been bestowed on them.“If you know of anyone, please talk to them (about curbing their) ways, but if you fail (to convince them), come back to the Custos so that the proper hearing can be done and if found that you are acting inappropriately, the JP can be decommissioned,” Mr. Chuck warned.Meanwhile, the Minister commended the security forces for the professionalism being shown during the State of Public Emergency (SOE) in St. James.“The security forces have carried out the SOE with the highest professionalism ….it is a pleasure to pass in and out of St. James, and it is because of the professionalism that has been exhibited,” Mr. Chuck said.The Justices of the Peace training session updated stakeholders on upcoming projects from the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), the State of Public Emergency and the Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) activities in St. James, as well the policies and procedures of the Legal Aid Council. The Justices of the Peace training session updated stakeholders on upcoming projects from the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), the State of Public Emergency and the Zone of Special Operations (ZOSO) activities in St. James, as well the policies and procedures of the Legal Aid Council. He also urged the JPs not to abuse the trust, the confidence and the authority that have been bestowed on them.
New Delhi: The stretch between Jhandewalan and Ramlila Maidan turned into a sea of blue as thousands of Dalits from different parts of the country took to the streets on Wednesday to protest against the recent demolition of a Ravidas Mandir in the city. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had demolished the temple on August 10 on the orders of the Supreme Court. The protesters also asked the central government to rebuild the temple. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Cries of ‘Jai Bhim’ rented the air as the protesters, who trooped in from Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and other states, demanded that the government hand over the concerned plot of land to the community and rebuild the temple. The issue has taken a political hue with various parties demanding that the temple be reconstructed either at the same spot in Tughlakabad forest area or at an alternative location. The protests in Delhi comes a week after a similar mobilisation of Dalits took place in Punjab on August 13 over the issue. The gathering saw the presence of Delhi’s Social Justice Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam, Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad and spiritual leaders from the community.
The Iran coach Carlos Queiroz wants to take some pressure away from his footballers as they take China in the Quarterfinals of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.Iran and China will face off in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Quarterfinals on Thursday.And for the Persians’ head coach Carlos Queiroz, his team is not favorite in this fixture.“We are not favorites as I feel there are never favorites in a game like this,” he told Fox Sports Asia.“We are proud to be here for a game which is the most important game of our lives because it is the next game, and that is always the most crucial for both players and coaches.”“The game versus China is a new game, a new adventure, and one in which we can try to do our absolute best,” he explained.Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset if Ronaldo breaks his scoring record Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 Iranian legend Ali Daei wouldn’t be upset to lose his record as international football’s all-time record scorer to the “great” Cristiano Ronaldo.“However, what is key is to remember all the lessons we have learned – both when we have won and when we have lost – and put them to good use,” said the Portuguese coach.”Even as a favorite, Iran has not had it easy.The team trashed Yemen 5-0, then defeated Vietnam 2-0 only to draw goalless against Iraq.On the Round of 16, they beat Oman 2-0.“This is just like a cup final as they are games which do not have a history, they do not have a past,” Queiroz highlighted.“You cannot lose a game because of history or statistics. This type of cup final match is very different to those we faced in the group stage and I believe the experience my players have will count for something in the game.”