Mkhitaryan back for Roma

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: Roma have announced their squad for the Europa League match against Istanbul Basaksehir tomorrow, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Nikola Kalinic returning. The Armenian has been out of action for nearly two months, and is included in the squad. Another return is on-loan striker Nikola Kalinic, who has been out of play since mid-October. Roma are still without long-term casualties Bryan Cristante and Davide Zappacosta. Javier Pastore and Alessandro Florenzi are also out through injury, but Leonardo Spinazzola is included despite seeming to sprain his ankle in training this morning. The Giallorossi lost their last game in the competition to Borussia Monchengladbach, and the pressure is on to progress to the round of 32. Roma beat the Turkish side 4-0 on match day one in the competition. Roma squad for Basaksehir: Pau Lopez, Cardinali, Fuzato; Smalling, Kolarov, Santon, Fazio, Mancini, Spinazzola; Pellegrini, Perotti, Veretout, Zaniolo, Diawara, Mkhitaryan; Dzeko, Kluivert, Under, Kalinic, Antonuccilast_img read more

DogOut in Chinnaswamy: RCB want to make IPL 2019 matches pet-friendly

first_imgIn the 2019 season of Indian Premier League (IPL), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have decided to make their home matches pet-friendly at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.The Bengaluru franchise has invited spectators with their pets at an exclusive pet-lounge or dog-stand named “DogOut” with seating designed for people and canines.”Royal Challengers Bangalore believes in being compassionate and inclusive. We care about all the fans that are dearly associated with the team. One such group of fans is pet-parents and lovers. Pets are extension of their families and we as RCB would like to make them very much a part of our RCB family,” an RCB statement said.”Now this year onwards, RCB is thrilled to invite all the petparents and lovers to watch home matches with their pets at an exclusive pet lounge called “DogOut” not “DugOut”,” the statement added.In addition to this, the RCB is partnering with pet care experts Ashita Mathew, Rashi Narang and Ridhima Coelho from HUFT, who will be curating exclusive content around pet nutrition, grooming and wellness on the new official RCB Application.Royal Challengers Bangalore will meet Mumbai Indians at their home ground in Bengaluru on March 28.Also Read | Virat Kohli begins IPL 2019 preparations with Royal Challengers BangaloreAlso Read | IPL 2019: Watch MS Dhoni run around Chepauk as CSK fan tries to catch himAlso Read | Rishabh Pant an exceptional talent, a good thinker of the game: Ricky PontingAlso See:last_img read more

9 months agoMan Utd manager Solskjaer: I haven’t discussed my future

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd manager Solskjaer: I haven’t discussed my futureby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer says he has not spoken about his future with Manchester United.The Norwegian has won his first five games in charge, but faces his biggest test to date with Sunday’s fixture against Tottenham Hotspur.And Solskjaer insists he’s taking one game at a time.”We haven’t had that conversation,” he said.”You don’t plan five or six months or whatever it was and then suddenly after two weeks change that.”No, nothing has changed. We just keep on working every single day on improving the team here. I work with a fantastic coaching staff, I have to say, to put a plan together on how we want to look over the next few months.” last_img read more

6 days agoSolskjaer taunts Liverpool: It won’t be 30 years until Man Utd win title again

first_imgSolskjaer taunts Liverpool: It won’t be 30 years until Man Utd win title againby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has stoked their rivalry with Liverpool ahead of Sunday’s showdown.The United boss has come out fighting on the eve of their big clash with Liverpool – and said their time in the title wilderness won’t be as long as their Anfield rivals, who last won in 1989/1990.Solskjaer defiantly said: “I’m sure we will bounce back and win the league – and I’m sure it won’t be 30 years until we do that again.”However, United have their backs to the wall after a dismal start, which has reaped a mere nine points from a possible total of 24.The manager also said: “You never take a draw when you’re at Man United, you just don’t. I want to go out there and get three points,” he said.“We need points – it doesn’t matter if it’s Liverpool, Manchester City or Brighton . We want to win games. We need to start winning games.“A win can turn the season around definitely, that’s another point around this match.“A good performance and result can change players’ confidence, players’ mood, players’ perception of what is good.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Kansas’ Wayne Selden Destroys Baylor Defender On Transition Dunk

first_imgWayne Selden's dunk against Baylor.Selden DunkKansas is in control against Baylor mid-way through the second half of the Big 12 semifinals tonight in Kansas City. Jayhawks guard Wayne Selden just produced one for the highlight reels, absolutely destroying the poor Baylor defender who tried to take a charge as he drove the lane on a fast break.Selden finished the dunk off in thunderous fashion, much to the delight of his uncle, who is shown at the end of this clip.Wayne. Selden.— Chris Stone (@cstonehoops) March 12, 2016That’s one they’ll be showing for a while.last_img read more

California pot taxes lag as illegal market flourishes

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Deep in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new budget is a figure that says a lot about California’s shaky legal marijuana market: The state is expecting a lot less cash from cannabis taxes.The Democrat’s proposed spending plan, released Thursday, projects the state will bank $355 million in marijuana excise taxes by the end of June. That’s roughly half of what was once expected after broad legal sales kicked off last year.Industry experts say the diminished tax income reflects a sombre reality: Most consumers are continuing to purchase pot in the illegal marketplace, where they avoid taxes that can near 50 per cent in some communities.Taxe collections are expected to gradually increase over time, but predicting what that amount will be remains something of a guess.Tax collections for “a newly created market are subject to significant uncertainty,” the budget said.Josh Drayton of the California Cannabis Industry Association credited Newsom with taking “a realistic look at the challenges” after a bumpy first year of broad legal sales.Newsom also recommended a sharp increase in spending for regulatory programs, although it’s an open question whether it will be enough to help steady the state pot economy. The budget recommends just over $200 million for marijuana-related activities in the fiscal year that starts July 1, which would be over a 50 per cent boost from the current year.Initially “the state was too optimistic about how the implementation of legalization was going to work. This governor has paid attention to that,” Drayton said.That said, Drayton added that legal businesses need a break from hefty tax rates that are driving consumers to the illicit economy. Various proposals have been made to cut state pot taxes.State taxes include a 15 per cent levy on purchases of all cannabis and cannabis products, including medical pot. Local governments are free to slap on taxes on sales and growing too, which has created a confusing patchwork of tax rates around the state.The state’s top marijuana regulator, Lori Ajax, has said the state intends to get more businesses licensed and operating in 2019, while cracking down on rogue operators who continue to proliferate across the state.At year’s end, California’s effort to transform its longstanding illegal and medicinal marijuana markets into a unified, multibillion-dollar industry remained a work in progress. By some estimates, up to 80 per cent of sales in the state remain under the table, snatching profits from legal storefronts.Drayton said more than half the municipalities in the state do not have laws governing the industry. That means pot businesses cannot locate there, since companies are required to have a local license before seeking one from the state.The budget also includes an additional $2.9 million for the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration to help chase down tax cheats.Meanwhile, the courts budget includes nearly $14 million for resentencing of thousands of drug offenders whose offences are no longer crimes since California legalized recreational pot.Newsom, an advocate for legalized marijuana, said it has long been expected the new market would take five to seven years to settle in, with twists and turns along the way.The issues he intends to look at include the distribution pipeline and claims that local governments are gouging the industry.The state will “move expeditiously at licensing more and more dispensaries, making sure we go after the bad actors,” he said.___Associated Press writers Don Thompson and Kathleen Ronayne in Sacramento contributed to this report.Michael R. Blood, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Centre raises authorised capital of Allahabad Bank to Rs 8000 crore

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Allahabad Bank said Tuesday the government has increased its authorised capital by Rs 5,000 crore to Rs 8,000 crore. The central government after consultation with the Reserve Bank of India has increased the authorised capital of the bank from Rs 3,000 to Rs 8,000 through Gazette Notification, Allahabad Bank said in a regulatory filing. The increase in authorised capital will help enable the bank to raise further fund up to a maximum ceiling of Rs 8,000 crore.last_img

Pope changes Church law to make reporting sex abuse obligatory

first_imgVatican City: Pope Francis on Thursday passed a measure to oblige those who know about sex abuse in the Catholic Church to report it to their superiors, following a global clerical paedophilia scandal. Every diocese in the world will now be obliged to have a system for the reporting of abuse, under a new law published by the Vatican — but the requirement will not apply to secrets revealed to priests in the confessional. It is time to learn from the “bitter lessons of the past”, Francis said in the text of the legal decree. It follows a series of clerical assault cases in countries ranging from Australia to Chile, Germany and the US. The “Motu Proprio”, a legal document issued under the pope’s personal authority, declares that anyone who has knowledge of abuse, or suspects it, is “obliged to report (it) promptly” to the Church, using “easily accessible systems”. “Though this obligation was formerly left up to individual consciences, it now becomes a universally established legal precept” within the Church, said Andrea Tornielli, editorial director of the Vatican’s communications department. The law only applies within the Church and has no force to oblige individuals to report abuse to civil authorities. Under the new measure, every diocese around the world is obliged by June 2020 to create a system for the reporting of sexual abuse by clerics, the use of child pornography and cover-ups of abuse. The document focuses particularly on the sexual or psychological abuse of children and vulnerable adults, but also targets sexual abuse and violence resulting from an abuse of authority — such as the exploitation of nuns by priests. Pope Francis admitting publicly in February that priests have used nuns as “sexual slaves” — and may still be doing so. Victims’ groups have long called for Francis to put in place concrete measures to tackle clerical child abuse, including immediately firing any cleric found guilty of even a single act of abuse, or of covering it up. They also want all abusers or suspected abusers to be reported to police, and any abuse-related files handed over to them.last_img read more

Qualcomm CEO becomes richer by 35mn after Apple settlement

first_imgSan Francisco: After settling a bitter multi-billion dollar legal battle with Apple, the CEO of US-based chip-maker Qualcomm received a hefty bonus of $3.5 million. Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf received 40,794 shares of Qualcomm stock, which works out to just under $3,501,757 at Friday’s closing price of $85.84, CNBC reported. In an official filing with the US-based Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the chip-maker noted that the entire executive team at Qualcomm received bonuses for settling the legal war with the iPhone-maker. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe two tech giants locked horns in courts around the world over how much Qualcomm charges for the intellectual property inside of the chips that enable devices like the iPhone to connect to cellular networks. Apple settled the legal battle earlier in April at an undisclosed amount and as part of the deal agreed to use Qualcomm chips in its upcoming 5G-enabled iPhone, scheduled to be launched in 2020. However, the newly-granted shares further reinforce that Qualcomm believes the terms of the settlement were favourable, the report said. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days”In making these grants, the Compensation Committee considered the anticipated long-term stockholder value resulting from these agreements with one of the company’s key customers,” the report quoted Qualcomm as saying in the SEC filing. During Qualcomm’s earnings report earlier in May, the company said it expected an additional revenue between $4.5 billion and $4.7 billion from a payment from Apple as part of the settlement. Qualcomm also plans to increase bonuses to its rank-and-file employees, Qualcomm CFO Dave Wise announced earlier in May.last_img read more

See How Our Pitcher Ratings Have Changed Since Opening Day

2Chris SaleBOS63.4Jacob deGromNYM61.81▼ 17Noah SyndergaardNYM56.6Carlos CarrascoCLE56.98▼ PreseasonCurrent 9Carlos CarrascoCLE58.9Gerrit ColeHOU57.91▲ As always, these ratings update after every game to help you stay on top of the latest predictions and World Series odds.Check out our latest MLB predictions. One of the cool features in our MLB predictions model at FiveThirtyEight is its ability to adjust a team’s odds of winning any given game based on the strength of its starting pitcher. We do this by maintaining a constantly updating rating of every starter in baseball, which refreshes after every start based on our version of game score — a metric that grades pitching performances using stats such as strikeouts, walks, home runs and so forth.1For our complete game score formula, please check out our MLB Elo explainer.And who do our ratings say are the best starters in baseball? Here’s how the Top 20 looked on opening day and how it’s changed since: 1Jacob deGromNYM65.1Justin VerlanderHOU62.54▲ 13Corey KluberCLE58.0Kyle FreelandCOL57.12▼ 5Justin VerlanderHOU61.0Max ScherzerWAS61.02▼ 6Aaron NolaPHI60.6German MarquezCOL59.96▲ 19Zack GreinkeARI56.2Clayton KershawLAD56.47▲ 16S. StrasburgWAS56.7S. StrasburgWAS56.9— 14Mike ClevingerCLE57.6Walker BuehlerLAD57.16▼ 10Gerrit ColeHOU58.8Luis CastilloCIN57.422▲ 4Blake SnellTB61.7Blake SnellTB61.2— 12German MarquezCOL58.6Patrick CorbinWAS57.23▲ 15Patrick CorbinWAS57.2Mike MinorTEX57.020▲ PitcherTeamRatingPitcherTeamRatingrk Chg A number of the top aces at the beginning of the season have started the season on the wrong foot. The New York Mets’ Jacob deGrom, Boston’s Chris Sale, Cleveland’s Corey Kluber and Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola have all seen the biggest drop-offs from the original Top 20. Because the ratings roll over from last season, that group hasn’t dropped too far, but they have lost some of their status since the season began. But a handful of others have either pitched their way up the list with good starts (Justin Verlander, Trevor Bauer, German Marquez, Mike Clevinger) or onto it from the outside since the beginning of the year (Cincinnati’s Luis Castillo, Texas’s Mike Minor).These changes matter for our overall season predictions. Game score ratings aren’t just fun — they can have quite an effect on a team’s chance of winning: The Tampa Bay Rays’ chance of beating an average team (on a neutral field) with ace Blake Snell, for instance, is 61 percent; with a league-average starter, that number drops to 53 percent. To help you follow the state of each rotation, we recently added a new feature to our predictions interactive tracking these ratings for every team’s pitching staff (sorted by division). Now we can visualize just how much better Verlander and his fellow Astros are than the rest of the AL West… You can also see how a rotation’s starters stack up against its division foes on our team pages. Here, for example, are the Cleveland Indians, who might have the best rotation in baseball right now: 7Trevor BauerCLE59.9Mike ClevingerCLE59.67▲ 8Walker BuehlerLAD59.0Chris SaleBOS59.16▼ 18David PriceBOS56.4Aaron NolaPHI56.812▼ 20Kyle HendricksCHC56.0James PaxtonNYY56.37▲ … as well as the sad state of the Orioles’ rotation (whose only above-average starter is journeyman Nate Karns): 11Kyle FreelandCOL58.7David PriceBOS57.37▲ Which pitchers have risen and fallen since opening day?Top 20 MLB starting pitchers in 2019, before the season and as of April 30, based on FiveThirtyEight’s Elo pitcher ratings 3Max ScherzerWAS62.7Trevor BauerCLE61.34▲ read more