ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia’s state attorney has questioned Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric amid accusations that he falsely testified about his financial deals with a former Dinamo Zagreb director charged with embezzlement and tax fraud.Modric said Wednesday his “conscience is clear” after questioning for suspected perjury in the eastern town of Osijek.Prosecutors have said Modric gave a false statement to a court last month about his 2008 transfer from Dinamo to Tottenham. He moved to Real Madrid in 2012.Modric told the court he had a deal with former Dinamo director Zdravko Mamic to pay the club 50 percent of the 21 million euro ($23 million) contract. Mamic, who has denied any wrongoing, allegedly took an unspecified chunk.If charged and found guilty, Modric could face up to five years in prison.TweetPinShare0 Shares
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Proposed Liverpool kit deal with Nike worth less than current sponsors New Balanceby Ian Ferris25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool’s proposed new kit deal with US sportswear giant Nike is only worth a guaranteed UK£30 million (US$37 million) per year, according to High Court papers seen by the Times, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The figure is in stark contrast to the previously reported UK£70 million (US$86 million) per year figure for the Nike deal. Instead, this reported base figure is less than Liverpool’s existing UK£45 million (US$55 million) annual deal with New Balance, which is taking the club to court claiming a contract clause means it can match Nike’s terms.It is also less than the minimum UK£50 million (US$61 million) per year deals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have with Nike, as well as the UK£71 million per year agreement the brand struck with French champions PSG in June.However, Liverpool apparently believe Nike can deliver far greater total revenue for the club than has been generated by their deal with New Balance. This is reflected by a commitment from Nike in the proposed deal to pay the club a 20 per cent royalty on net sales of Liverpool products. It would also promote the club through other influential athletes, such as Serena Williams and LeBron James, and popular musicians associated with the company, including rapper Drake.In addition, the report says Nike will distribute a new kit through ‘6,000 global doors’, compared to New Balance’s 3,000.In response, New Balance believes it can meet demand for Liverpool kit, having delivered tow of the biggest selling home kits for fans. A three-day trial to settle the legal dispute has been listed from 18th October. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
Instagram/SteeleOver the past few weeks, we’ve all been seeing a lot more of ESPN bureau reporter Michele Steele. Why? Because she’s been given the honor of filling in for Chris McKendry with co-host Jay Crawford during the 11:00 AM ET SportsCenter show. Steele, who is usually based in Boston to cover the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics, has done a fantastic job in her new role, leading many to wonder if she’ll ever be given the full-time gig, like her coworker Cari Champion.Where is she from? How did she get her career started? Is she single? We’ve got those answers and more, along with a few photos of the rising star.In Photos: Everything You Need To Know About ESPN’s Michele SteelePages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7
Kolkata: Metro Railway has installed two convex mirrors at the driving motorman’s end on both Up and Down platforms at Park Street Metro station on Wednesday.After the incident of a passenger’s death due to a rake moving with his hand stuck between the doors, Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) had instructed the Metro Railway authorities to install convex mirrors at the driving motorman’s end at both platforms in all stations, as soon as possible. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to Metro Railway authorities, after the instruction by CRS they took up the matter and the first set of such mirrors has been installed at Park Street Metro station, where the accident happened a few weeks ago. These mirrors will help the driving motorman to observe any irregularities happening in the platform while closing the Metro rake doors. Though the convex mirrors have been installed at the driving motorman’s end, conducting motormans have been instructed to personally observe the boarding of passengers in the last four coaches from his cab, as the driving motorman can see the first four compartments clearly. Metro Railway authorities also informed that similar convex mirrors will be installed in all 24 Metro stations within one month as instructed by the CRS.
KATOWICE, Poland — The Latest on climate talks taking place in Poland (all times local):10:50 a.m.Five international banks are pledging to use the billions at their disposal to steer clients away from businesses that emit large amounts of greenhouse gases.The banks, led by ING of the Netherlands, announced the plan Tuesday on the sidelines of the U.N. climate summit in Poland.The Katowice Commitment, named after the city hosting the two-week summit, is also backed by BBVA, Standard Chartered, BNP Paribas and Societe Generale.The banks, with a combined loan book of over 2.4 trillion euros ($2.72 trillion), say they want to support the Paris accord on curbing climate change.Measures include developing tools to ensure lending is aligned with emissions-reduction goals and financing low-emissions technologies.The banks say they won’t exclude any clients but instead “work with them on their transition.”___10:05 a.m.Negotiators gathered for the U.N. climate talks in Poland are getting down to the nitty-gritty part of the two-week meeting.Diplomats from almost 200 countries began holding a series of technical talks Tuesday aimed at finalizing the rules that define the 2015 Paris accord on curbing global warming.Decisions on crunch issues are expected to be left to ministers when they return to the southern Polish city of Katowice next week.U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made a dramatic appeal to governments Monday to confront the threat of unchecked climate change.Scientists say manmade emissions of greenhouses gases must be reduced to net zero by 2050 to stop catastrophic warming this century.____Read more stories on climate issues by The Associated Press at https://www.apnews.com/ClimateThe Associated Press
Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp. is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit by Bombardier Inc., calling the allegations of trade secret misappropriations “baseless and without merit.”The Japanese jet maker filed a motion to dismiss Bombardier’s case in a U.S. federal court in Seattle on Thursday, saying the lawsuit aims to “disrupt development” of a rival jet.Bombardier sued Mitsubishi in October over allegations that some of the Quebec company’s former employees passed on documents containing trade secrets to Mitsubishi before going to work for the company.Bombardier’s complaint also targets Aerospace Testing Engineering & Certification (AeroTEC), which supports the Japanese multinational in the development of its regional jet, as well as several ex-Bombardier employees. Bombardier alleges Mitsubishi Aircraft and AeroTEC recruited no fewer than 92 of its former employees from Canada and the United States.The former workers named in the lawsuit allegedly forwarded documents regarding the certification process to Transport Canada and its U.S. counterpart, the Federal Aviation Administration. The process is essential to ensuring newly developed planes are given permission to fly.None of the allegations has been proven in court.
Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) The Canadian Press TORONTO — North American stock markets surged higher in late-morning trading following news of trade talks between the U.S. and China set for next week.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 190.79 points at 14,403.54.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 680.15 points at 23,366.37.The S&P 500 index was up 76.76 points at 2,524.65, while the Nasdaq composite was up 245.47 points at 6,708.97.The Canadian dollar traded for 74.69 cents US compared with an average of 74.02 cents US on Thursday.The February crude contract was up US$1.91 at US$49 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was up 2.7 cents at US$2.97 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was down US$9.60 at US$1,285.20 an ounce and the March copper contract was up 6.4 cents at US$2.63 a pound.
Emmitt Smith, the Dallas Cowboy great and NFL all-time leading rusher, once played in a game with a separated shoulder. Refused to come out, kept running the ball, despite the indescribable pain.Why someone would put himself through so much torture is not about being a masochist. It’s about being a football player.And therein lies the problems with players suffering from the effects of concussions, broken bones and other physical ailments that leave them in a bad way once their playing days are over.Smith was lucky; he did not suffer long-lasting troubles with his shoulder. But there are countless NFL players who can hardly move, whose knees and shoulders and elbows are creaky, whose brains, sadly, are scrambled.Many times that kind of impact can occur on one play. Most of the time it’s an accumulation of violent collisions, week-after-week, year-after-year that build up to cause life-impacting, troubling conditions.Smith spoke at the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health “Family, Football and Fame” luncheon in San Angelo, Texas last week, and his comments about the mentality of being a football player fosters were compelling.“You do it for the sake of the game,” he said. “You do it for the sake of your teammates. You do it because it’s your team. Should you be out there? The answer’s probably not. Would I do it again? Yes, I would. But that’s football. That’s the way I was raised. If you can’t play with pain, you can’t play the game.”And that’s the concern right there for parents across the country—even some fathers—who are pushing their sons away from football. The violence is a natural part of the game, and it is taught from youth football on up: Be tough.Ever watch “Friday Night Tykes?” The entire culture is one of toughness and violence that has been embedded in those kids’ collective psyche.That’s the concern because all the efforts of the NFL and advanced technology to protect the players, while admirable and needed, cannot protect the players from themselves. A more protective, padded helmet will minimize the impact of a blow to the head. But the cumulative impact of consistent head-banging still could cause brain damage.One study shows that the culture of football leads players to not report concussions, resulting in six extra concussive hits for every one that gets officially diagnosed. Not good.Then there is the pressure to win, to perform. Coaches do not want to hear about injuries; they want to hear how soon the player will be back into the game. Trainers are then faced with the pressure of green-lighting players’ return into the fray, making it a moral issue as well.Pop Warner has required reduced contact during practices, while high schools are stepping up and understanding how critical it is to a kids’ long-term health to get hurt players off the field. The NFL, with a more stringent protocol, and college report a decline in the number of brain-related injuries.Still, it will always be an issue if players give in to the culture of the sport and lie so they can play, dizzy or not. Nothing good comes of that.