The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) is likely to meet on Tuesday to take a final call to whether or not hold trials between Sushil Kumar and Narsingh Yadav for deciding who among them would go to Rio.The meet is aimed to break the deadlock, which is threatening to snowball into a massive furore.”A meeting is likely to be held on Tuesday when a final decision on whether the trials will be conducted would be taken in all probability,” a source in WFI told PTI. (Also read: Sushil adamant on trial against Narsingh to determine Olympic berth) With Sushil having written letters to both the Sports Ministry as well as the WFI, his case is likely to be referred to the selection committee, which in turn will decide whether to hold the trials. The 32-year-old is contemplating approaching Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal if his demand for a trial is not accepted by WFI.”On Tuesday, the selection committee would be asked to consider the request of Sushil, who has written a letter, asking for a trial. Then it would be up to the selection committee to decide whether to hold the trials and whatever it decides, the Federation would be okay with it,” informed the official. Narsingh had secured the Olympic quota place for India last year at the World Championship in Las Vegas after winning a bronze in 74kg category. Since then the Maharashtra grappler has been staking his claim for the berth, while double Olympic-medallist Sushil, who missed the event owing to a shoulder injury, has asked for a trial to determine who ultimately represents India at the Rio Games.advertisementThere is speculation that the Federation is not too keen on holding the trail in men’s 74kg freestyle category as it might prompt a few other wrestlers to demand trials in other weight divisions as well.Keen to avoid any trouble, WFI had asked the Sports Ministry to take the decision. However, the Ministry has put the ball back into the Federations court.”While WFI asked the Sports Ministry to take a final decision, the Ministry in turn has refused to interfere in the Federation’s affairs and asked it to take a call,” the source said.
Lilian Thuram was a lot of things: one of the finest right-backs of all-time, France’s most-capped player, an activist off the field and a World Cup winner on it.What he was not – and he would be the first to admit this – was a fleet-footed, direct runner who felt entirely comfortable with the ball between his feet bursting at opposition defences.Yes, he was capable of cutting inside from the flank and producing the odd spectacular strike (see World Cup semi-final versus Croatia in 1998), but that was not what his game was about. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Somewhere along the line, though, it is those creative qualities in the final third which have been passed from one generation of Thurams to the next.That should perhaps come as no surprise in an era which is seeing the offspring of several famous faces following in the footsteps of some rather illustrious father figures.Justin Kluivert is now at Roma and being backed to tread the same path as dad Patrick to Barcelona, while Timothy Weah is showing the kind of promise at Paris Saint-Germain which could one day see him occupy a similar global standing to AC Milan legend George.It is, however, elsewhere in Ligue 1 that Thuram Junior is making his mark.Marcus Thuram has been a regular on a senior stage for some years now, with a man born in Italy during Lilian’s time at Parma looking to flourish in the more natural surrounds of French football.It could be that he passes the 100-appearance mark at club level this season, with a second campaign having been opened at Guingamp – with a debut stint among the elite having delivered 34 appearances following a switch from Sochaux.Thuram is happy to be moving slowly through the gears , with the bright lights surrounding Kluivert and Weah having largely been avoided up until this point.“It was my dad who told me to run away from the bling-bling!” he told L’Equipe on his decision to link up with Sochaux at the age of 15, with there no desire on his part to use his surname as a bargaining chip in search of a grander stage.A more considered approach to career development has delivered rich rewards.He may not be chasing down major honours like his father did at Monaco, Parma, Juventus and Barcelona, but there is plenty of time for that.Thuram is seeing regular minutes, which are a priceless commodity at this stage of his career, and has already represented France at every youth level up to U20 – with there the promise that a first senior outing could arrive at some stage as he seeks to eat away at his dad’s 142-cap haul.Forcing his way into a World Cup-winning side will be no easy task, particularly when the abundance of attacking riches available to Les Bleus is taken into account.He has, however, opened his goal account for the current campaign and taken in a memorable outing against legendary Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon – with the 40-year-old PSG star a former Parma colleague of his father.Thomas Tuchel told reporters after that contest: “Ligue 1 is a very tough championship physically, with very strong players, like Guingamp’s Marcus Thuram, who runs fast, is strong, dribbles well and is good in the air.”Thuram feels perfectly at home in his current company, with every obstacle put in front of him having been cleared by a considerable stride.He has said: “If I go into a stadium where people don’t like me, it makes me want to do more. When the fans insult me, it excites me. Given my name, it’s normal I’m a target. I wear it proudly and I don’t feel pressure because of it.”There has certainly been no sign of nerves this season.Thuram, having taken the decision to go chasing goals rather than focus his attention on keeping them out, is showing himself to be one of the most eye-catching performers in European football.Fans want to worship players that can get them off their seat, and Guingamp appear to have found a man capable of doing just that.Through the opening month or so of the 2018-19 campaign, no player across Europe’s top five leagues has completed more dribbles than Thuram – not Lionel Messi, not Eden Hazard, not Neymar, not anybody. Player Dribbles completed Attempted Success % Marcus Thuram 24 37 64.86 Lionel Messi 23 32 71.88 Allan Saint-Maximin 22 53 41.51 Eden Hazard 20 37 54.05 Max Gradel 17 40 42.5 Naim Sliti 16 29 55.17 Adama Traore 16 21 76.19 Jeff Reine-Adelaide 15 31 48.39 Ibrahim Sangare 15 20 75 Neymar 14 27 51.85 He is currently attempting just over six adventurous slaloms per outing, with four of those taking him to his desired destination or providing a team-mate with the chance to take over and build on his impressive groundwork.To be outshining global superstars in such stakes is mightily impressive, but again should not come as a massive shock.Back when he was a starry-eyed youngster following his father to training at Barcelona, Thuram inherited a pair of boots from a rather special someone.He told this tale to AFP : “I was carefree at the time, probably about 10, and he was 20. His boots were too small for me, so I gave them to a friend. He must have them!”Who was he talking about?None other than five-time Ballon d’Or winner and record-breaker extraordinaire, Senor Messi.He may not have been able to fill those boots, as he quickly grew to tower over a diminutive Argentine, but he is showing himself to be worthy of them and continues to make his dad proud.And if he can maintain his current upward career curve, then Thuram part II promises to end up being just as exciting as the original.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde: Slavia Prague an important gameby Carlos Volcano3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says meeting Slavia Prague is an important game for his team’s efforts to secure qualification to the next Champions League round.Barca meet Slavia Prague on Wednesday night.”We expect a great rival, as they have shown in these two Champions League games that they have already played, and remember they eliminated Sevilla last year,” said Valverde.”They attack with many players, show their face, run a lot and will force us to have a great match.”It’s a fundamental game for us and for them.”Things are starting to become clear and that’s why the three points are so important.”
VICTORIA, B.C. — Joined by Attorney General David Eby and Environment and Climate Change Minister George Heyman at a press conference Thursday morning, B.C. Premier John Horgan announced the details of the government’s reference question to the B.C. Court of Appeal about whether it has the right to limit the amount of oil and diluted bitumen being imported to the province.The reference question concerns provincial autonomy, particularly the rights of B.C. to regulate the environmental and economic impacts of heavy oils, like diluted bitumen, transported through the province. It was filed today in the B.C. Court of Appeal. For its reference, the B.C. government is asking the court to review proposed amendments to the Environmental Management Act that would give the Province authority to regulate impacts of heavy oils, like diluted bitumen, which, when released into the environment, would endanger human health, the environment and communities.“We have asked the courts to confirm B.C.’s powers within our jurisdiction to defend B.C.’s interests, so that there is clarity for today and for the generations to come,” said Horgan. “Our government will continue to stand up for the right to protect B.C.’s environment, economy and coast.”In January, the provincial government proposed a second phase of regulations to improve preparedness, response and recovery from potential spills. The regulations would apply to pipelines transporting any quantity of liquid petroleum products, as well as rail or truck operations transporting more than 10,000 litres of liquid petroleum products. The government said the proposed regulations would ensure geographically appropriate response plans, improve response times, ensure compensation for loss of public use of land and maximize the application of regulations to marine transport. “We have been clear from the outset that the appropriate way to resolve disagreements over jurisdiction is through the courts, not through threats or unlawful measures to target citizens of another province,” said Eby. “This reference question seeks to confirm the scope and extent of provincial powers to regulate environmental and economic risks related to heavy oils like diluted bitumen.”This will be the third reference question that B.C. has sent to court. The first was regarding the constitutionality of polygamy, and the second was related to third-party advertising in elections. The B.C. Court of Appeal is the highest court to which the Province can send a reference question.“Our government is working to protect our economy, environment and communities by making sure we have effective spills prevention, response and recovery in place,” said Heyman. “A single spill of diluted bitumen would put at risk tens of thousands of jobs across B.C. We have a responsibility to ensure that every measure to reduce risks is in place, and that those responsible for spills are held accountable for fixing any environmental damage they cause.”
Mark Jackson28.012.0-16.049.9 Landry Fields11.3-0.4-11.7Active Tyrus Thomas8.7-1.5-10.2Active Eddie Griffin10.9-0.3-11.20.0 Derrick Rose25.90.9-25.0Active LaPhonso Ellis19.83.8-16.13.3 Chris Paul54.537.3-17.1Active Darius Miles10.7-1.4-12.10.1 Sam Bowie21.02.7-18.311.2 Jay Vincent14.34.0-10.2-2.3 Andris Biedrins12.82.8-10.0-0.2 John Long6.6-3.0-9.6-1.1 Shaquille O’Neal46.034.8-11.2106.3 Phil Ford14.3-0.3-14.60.0 Kerry Kittles21.15.6-15.517.5 Norm Nixon20.98.0-12.83.4 David Thompson26.810.0-16.82.5 Ron Brewer10.4-1.6-12.0-4.8 Willie Anderson17.15.7-11.53.7 Dudley Bradley12.01.1-10.97.0 WAR, AGES 24-26WAR, AGE 27+ Reggie King16.76.4-10.3-0.7 Eric Money8.2-1.9-10.10.0 Clark Kellogg20.91.1-19.80.0 Tyrone Nesby15.71.0-14.70.0 Bill Garnett11.20.9-10.30.0 Rajon Rondo25.415.1-10.3Active Rik Smits12.71.9-10.823.9 PLAYERPREDICTEDACTUALDIFF Brevin Knight19.14.8-14.310.2 Back in March 2011, I wrote a column for The New York Times about how, statistically speaking, Derrick Rose didn’t deserve to win the NBA’s MVP award over Chris Paul (and others).The reaction from Chicago Bulls fans was — how can I put this? — not positive. But in the process of researching Rose and watching him closely, I grew to appreciate him more and more as a player, to the point that he became one of my favorite players to watch in all of basketball.1I even had a framed photograph of him on the wall of my old office at Sports Reference. In other words, sometimes contemptuous feedback breeds familiarity with — and even fondness for — a player. (I confess that a similar phenomenon is taking place for me now, with Andrew Wiggins.)That’s why it was so disheartening to see Rose suffer yet another devastating injury Tuesday night, this time a torn meniscus in the same knee that he injured early in the 2013-14 season. While the severity is still unknown, as is the course of action that Rose’s doctors will pursue, this latest setback could be Rose’s fourth season-ending injury in as many seasons. It’s a string of bad breaks that shouldn’t befall any athlete, much less one who ranked among his sport’s most exciting before injuries struck.Purely from a basketball perspective, the Bulls are probably more equipped to handle Rose’s absence now than at any point in the past four years. While Rose’s season started with promise, his play has largely been uneven; for the year, he ranks 33rd among point guards in Real Plus-Minus and 165th overall.2He ranked 20th overall during his best season, 2011-12.The bigger question concerns whether Rose can overcome another misfortune to contribute meaningfully in the future. And in that regard, he’s in uncharted territory by the standards of NBA history.Through age 233For all ages in this post, I’m referring to Basketball-Reference.com’s convention of listing a player’s age on Feb. 1 of the season in question. (for Rose, the 2011-12 season), the Bulls guard had generated 26.1 wins above replacement (WAR), a total that ranks 32nd among all NBA players since the 1977 ABA-NBA merger. For comparison’s sake, LeBron James is the 23-and-under leader over that span, with 82.2 WAR. But plenty of great players — from Adrian Dantley to Shawn Kemp and Shareef Abdur-Rahim — also had fewer WAR than Rose through the same age.Based on his average yearly performance through age 23,4Adjusted for aging effects. it would have been fair to expect about 26 more WAR from Rose between the ages of 24 and 26.5Using a historical regression between average age-adjusted WAR per year through age 23 and total WAR between the ages of 24 and 26. However, Rose produced just 0.9 WAR between his lost 2012-13 and the current 2014-15 season. Through no fault of Rose’s own, that 25 WAR shortfall was the largest of any player in the sample I examined, a tangible measure of just how much was lost over the past three years. Eric Gordon11.72.0-9.7Active And Rose’s peers at the top of the shortfall list show what uncharted comeback territory he’s in. Big man Sam Bowie, now known mostly for being drafted one pick ahead of Michael Jordan, returned to post 11.2 WAR after missing his entire age-26 season with a stress fracture but wasn’t anywhere near as effective as he’d been in his first two seasons. And Bowie is the success story of the group.Clark Kellogg undershot his projected age 24-26 WAR by 19.8, retiring four games into his age-25 season after a trio of knee surgeries. David Thompson’s issues with injuries and substance abuse caused him to undershoot his expected age 24-26 WAR by 16.8 and then generate only 2.5 WAR from age 27 onward. John “Hot Plate” Williams succumbed to injuries and struggled to control his weight, producing -0.8 WAR after age 26. And LaPhonso Ellis was never the same player following a knee injury suffered early in his age-24 season.Most of these cautionary tales are at most only tangentially similar to Rose’s injury travails, but they do underscore just how rare it is for a player to return to productivity after a spell of lost prime seasons, even if — like Rose — they’d shown tremendous promise as young players. John Williams18.31.8-16.4-0.8
Loose pucksOSU junior defenseman Craig Dalrymple is injured and will not play this weekend, Rohlik said.OSU is 2-1-0 all-time vs. ProvidenceThis weekend’s games are part of the Hockey East/Big Ten challenge that awards a trophy to the conference with the most points in inter-conference play. OSU players are introduced into a game against Guelph on Oct. 4 at Value City Arena. OSU won, 7-1.Credit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerWhen the puck drops in Columbus this weekend, the Ohio State men’s hockey team’s coming-out party will be officially over. The Buckeyes won’t be surprising anyone this year, including themselves.OSU’s regular-season opener against No. 4 Providence will mark the beginning of a season where expectations are clearer than they’ve been in the past, Buckeye junior defenseman Sam Jardine said.Goals to win the Big Ten title and reach the NCAA tournament are built upon the OSU’s loss in the conference championship last year, Jardine said.“It’s been fresh in our memory all summer,” he said. “(We are) very bitter about it, but very motivated, very empowered to get back to that spot where we were last year.”The Buckeyes return 19 players after going 18-14-5 last season. Back for another run at the postseason, a roster that lost Max McCormick and Ryan Dzingel to the NHL is eager to show it can compete without its high-profile forwards.“I think we’ve got a group that wants to prove to people that we have what it takes,” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said.That group is one making an offensive transition. This season, the Buckeyes will become a four-line team that relies less upon its top-six forwards, Rohlik said.OSU’s balance was exemplified last weekend when 13 players registered at least one point in the team’s 7-1 exhibition win against the University of Guelph. Forwards Matt Weis and Luke Stork earned points for the Buckeyes’ freshman class.In their first week of official practice, OSU’s eight newcomers have quickly adjusted to practice and game-speed, senior forward Tanner Fritz said.For Fritz, the loss of former linemates Alex Szczechura and McCormick has forced him to make an adjustment of his own. OSU’s top returning scorer has been paired with junior forward Anthony Greco and senior forward Darik Angeli in practice.“Those are guys that bring a ton of speed to the game, so it’s just kind of me keeping up with them,” Fritz said.But while the Buckeyes’ offense is changing, its goaltending is not. Sophomore goalies Matt Tomkins and Christian Frey, who combined for a 2.53 goals against average last season, will each play this season, Rohlik said.Rohlik did not reveal this weekend’s starter, but said he was comfortable with either player between the pipes.In front of the goalies, the defensive keys will be to avoid odd-man rushes and keep the Friars to the perimeter of the offensive zone, Jardine said.“We know with the guys that we have behind us that if we give outside shots they’re going to take care of those,” Jardine said.This weekend against Providence might prove to be a goaltending showdown.The Friars’ junior goalie Jon Gillies has a career 2.12 GAA and .931 save percentage, while his backup, sophomore Nick Ellis, posted a 2.35 GAA and .904 save percentage last season.Gillies and Ellis propelled the Friars to a 22-11-6 record and NCAA tournament berth last season. The Friars, like the Buckeyes, also have high expectations with 19 returnees.“If there’s a year for Providence, this is probably their year,” Rohlik said. “We’re playing a very good hockey team and we have to be ready.”OSU’s preparations for Providence were made easier by the teams’ agreement to trade game film. Rohlik said the Friars initiated the offer to swap tape from last season, an exchange the OSU coach had not made in the past.Despite having film to analyze, Rohlik said he understands his team won’t be mistake-free on Friday. He said his hope is for his team’s effort and accountability to compensate for its mistakes.For a team eager to start the season, it’s just the first of many expectations.The Buckeyes are set to open their season on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
The Real Madrid captain believes his team controlled the second half but missed the “finishing touch that we’ve had in other games”On Saturday, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid drew 0-0 after a fierce display by both teams.But for Los Merengues’ captain Sergio Ramos, the team is not performing as well as it should in the Spanish La Liga tournament.“We knew the importance of these three points to take advantage of Barcelona slipping up. The draw feels disappointing after the great job we’ve done,” Ramos told Goal.“In the first half Atletico pushed higher, but in the second we controlled the game and just missed the finishing touch that we’ve had in other games. We have to look forward now.”Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“You always have to have the utmost respect for the opponent because in these games mistakes are decisive, so it’s better to be careful and not pay the price,” he added.“The team dug in well, controlled the game and dominated, but we’ve not been successful in front of goal and we’ve dropped points.”Solo nos ha faltado un poco de acierto para llevarnos una victoria que hemos buscado hasta el final. ¡Gracias, afición, esto sigue!#HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/3VjOQXhKX8— Sergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) September 29, 2018
Gareth Bale remains a doubt for Wales ahead of their friendly with Spain in Cardiff on Thursday eveningThe 29-year-old winger was substituted for Vinicius Junior for the final 10 minutes of Real Madrid’s shock 1-0 loss at the hands of Deportivo Alaves in La Liga on Saturday.Now Sky Sports reports that Bale has skipped Wales’ first training session on Monday ahead of their friendly against Spain and that the medical team will be keeping a close watch on him for the next 48 hours.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.It’s understood that Bale has sustained a recurrence of the groin injury that forced him to miss Real’s Champions League defeat to Russian side CSKA Moscow last week.Bale, who has managed 30 goals and 12 assists in 72 appearances for Wales, is set to be awarded at Thursday’s game in Cardiff for breaking Ian Rush’s 28-goal mark earlier this year.Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey was also absent from training after playing in the Gunners’ 5-1 win at Fulham in Sunday’s London derby.