BPL PREVIEWS

first_imgNEWCASTLEVS ARSENALArsenal have four points from their opening three games, their worst start since 2011. But they have gone nine Barclays Premier League games against Newcastle without loss, winning their last seven home and away. Newcastle could start with Florian Thauvin, their latest signing from Marseille who scored on his full debut for Newcastle in the 4-1 Capital One Cup win over Northampton.ASTON VILLA VS SUNDERLANDSunderland have failed to score in their last four games against Villa while managing just one in seven previous encounters. Three of the last four games between these teams at Villa Park have ended in goalless draws while seven of Sunderland’s 14 visits there have also been draws, with Villa winning five and Sunderland just two, most recently in January 2011.BOURNEMOUTH VS LEICESTER CITYLeicester have won 29 Premier League points since April 1, more than any other side. And Riyad Mahrez has scored six goals in his last six Premier League appearances, including four in his three games of this campaign. Leicester have beaten Bournemouth in their last four league clashes, and last lost against the south-coast club in March 1989.STOKE VS WEST BROMStoke have started poorly with just two points from a possible nine, their worst Premier League start for five years; in 2010 they lost their opening three games and went on to finish just seven points clear of the relegation zone. Albion’s one point is their worst start since 2013.TOTTENHAMVS EVERTONTottenham have two points, their worst start for three years. But Everton last won at White Hart Lane in November 2008, one of three victories there in 22 visits. Everton defender John Stones put in a transfer request in midweek, while Chelsea have had three unsuccessful bids for the defender, and so he may not feature.SOUTHAMPTON VS NORWICH CITYSouthampton’s two points is their worst start since 2012 when they lost their first four games in the Barclays Premier League and sees them in the bottom three – their lowest place in the top flight since December 2012. Indeed, Saints have won just once in their last nine league games, losing five and drawing three.last_img read more

Durham diary: Watching Wilshere shine in training, interviewing Rooney and more!

first_imgtalkSPORT’s Drivetime and live football presenter Adrian Durham is reporting on the European Championship and every day he takes you behind the scenes in France…Great day! One of those days you just love when you’re doing my job. Nigel Adderley and I walked to England’s training ground in Chantilly this morning, a beautiful walk, only 10 minutes, but when we got there we were told we had to take a 15 minute detour for security reasons, despite being accredited. It’s a frustration with England in tournaments, which will become a bit clearer later on.The training session was good to watch. Raheem Sterling seemed in good spirits, Roy was in talkative mood with the press, and Jack Wilshere scored some cracking goals. Adrian Durham diary I recorded an interview with The Sun football writer Charlie Wyett, who I’ve known for over 20 years, about why the press were critical of Hodgson. I don’t share the negativity they’ve splashed, but I think there are problems Roy has created for himself – Kane on corners, six changes, resting Rooney etc.As I made my way from the training ground to interview Wayne Rooney via the hotel, I saw a family of England fans at the café by the England team hotel, and the dad was carrying a football. He clearly wanted it signed for his kids, and as I passed by I wondered if it would get signed. Would that fan get close enough to the England camp? Security is tight, but restrictions on the players are OTT in my opinion. Could I have helped? Possibly, but I risk talkSPORT’s access if I start doing things like that. I’d love to get all sorts of shirts and balls signed for people and in the past I have helped out, but at a tournament it’s about being professional above all else, I’m afraid, and access is not always easy or guaranteed, despite media outlets paying a substantial amount for rights and UEFA rules obliging Associations to give time and access. It’s a difficult thing to get right when the main focus should be on the football.Then it was off to interview the skipper Wayne Rooney. Let me tell you how it works: the player will train, then shower and change, then do a press conference you all see on Sky Sports News, then get grilled by the newspaper guys, then come for a 1-on-1 interview with talkSPORT and 5 Live who take it in turns, as equal rights holders, to go first.So you can imagine sometimes that after going through all of that some players might be tired, or annoyed at some of the questions, or just keen to get back to the hotel to relax as they walk into the radio room. The truth is that most of them, including the captain today, relax once they sit down with us. Sometimes they open up a bit as Rooney did today about how ridiculous it is for some people to think that just because he is captain he MUST be selected in the starting line-up. Good stuff from Wayne, who has grown and matured into an articulate, thoughtful and intelligent man. 5 Form there it was a rush back across town to our studio for the show. It was a lively debate about Roy Hodgson, and my co-host Alvin Martin was very supportive of the England manager. I was a touch more cautious. We had some very good callers, including Welsh and Irish. Daniel Gabbidon has been working with talkSPORT at these Euros and his interview with Gareth Bale was a seriously good listen.A wonderfully rare steak later, I was in bed watching live coverage of the Brexit result. Fingers crossed… 5 5 5 5last_img read more

College roundup: UCLA golfers capture Prestige at PGA West

first_imgTenth-ranked UCLA on Tuesday captured The Prestige at PGA West men’s golf tournament, placing four players among the top 11 en route to a 10-stroke victory over BYU at the par-72 Greg Norman Course in La Quinta. The triumph was the Bruins second in as many tournament, following a six-shot win at last week’s Chico State Invitational. The Bruins, who took command of the 18-school event with a first-round 280 Monday, finished 4-under-par 860. They finished with a 289 Tuesday. UCLA’s Chris Heintz and Erik Flores tied for third at 2-under 214, one shot behind co-medalists Tim Cha from UC Irvine and Danny Zimmerman from Illinois. Notre Dame’s Scott Gustafson, who shot a final-round 67, also shared third place. UCLA’s Daniel Im was in a tie for sixth at 215, and Lucas Lee was in a group at 217, tied for 11th. Pepperdine shared fifth place with Notre Dame, 20 shots off the pace. Alex Coe led the Waves at 218, tied for 13th, and Micheal Baird and Colin Wilcox shot 220, tied for 20th. UC Irvine (872) finished third and Illinois (875) was fourth. Flores (69-75-70), Heintz (70-73-71) and Im (71-73-71) broke par in the first and third rounds, and Lee (70-70-79) did so in the first and second rounds. The Bruins’ fifth golfer, Joakim Renstrom, shot 73-79-79–231. WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: UCSB SWEEPS PEPPERDINE Janine Sandell had 14 kills and 14 digs and Megan Blackshire added 10 kills with no errors to lead UC Santa Barbara to a 3-0 sweep of Pepperdine in nonconference women’s volleyball. Bethany Johansen added 10 kills with one error for the Gauchos (11-7) in a 33-31, 30-25, 30-28 victory at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu. Julie Rubenstein had 12 kills and six blocks, Lecca Roberts added 10, and Kekai Crabbe added 21 digs for the Waves (10-8). Loyola Marymount 3, UC Irvine 0: Emily Day had 13 kills and Katie Glomb 20 digs as the Lions (13-6) swept the Anteaters 30-20, 30-22, 30-25 at Crawford Hall in Irvine. Dina DeBernardi and Christianna Reneau added 11 kills apiece, and Heather Hughes contributed 10. Whitney Pavlik and Trisha White had 10 kills apiece for UC Irvine (7-13). Concordia-Irvine 3, The Master’s 1: Lindsey Sommer, Lindsey Campbell, Chie Inoue and Stephanie Scheele hit double digits in kills, and Concordia (18-4, 9-4) pulled out a 30-21, 27-30, 30-23, 30-24 Golden State Athletic Conference victory. Breezie James led the Mustangs (7-15, 3-11) with 14 kills, and Amanda and Rachel Roleder added 11 apiece. Cal Lutheran 3, Pomona-Pitzer 1: The 19th-ranked Regals overcame a Game 1 loss and improved to 12-0 with a 27-30, 31-29, 30-28, 30-20 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory in Claremont. Cal Lutheran is 8-0 in SCIAC play. The Sagehens dropped to 9-9 overall and 5-3 in conference action. Whittier 3, Occidental 0: The Tigers fell to 1-9 overall and 1-8 in SCIAC play with a 30-20, 30-21, 30-28 loss to the visiting Poets in Eagle Rock. WOMEN’S SOCCER: CAL LUTHERAN DOMINATES LA SIERRA Amber Anderson netted goals a minute apart and Cal Lutheran’s women’s soccer team dominated La Sierra 9-0 in a nonconference game at North Field in Thousand Oaks. Anderson headed home free kicks by Alexis Nieves in the 65th and 66th minutes, and the Regals outshot La Sierra 36-2 and took 20 corner kicks, pinning the Eagles, from Riverside, inside their defensive half nearly the entire match. Mae Des Rosiers, Jenn Tengan, Oshrat Karkar, Katherine Miljour and Mackenzie Porter scored first-half goals, and Jordan Beeber and Nieves netted second-half goals. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Govt sends letters to UK to bring back Tarique Minister

first_imgAH Mahmood AliThe government has sent several letters to the UK Home Office to bring convicted BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman to Dhaka from London, a minister said.”This is a part of our ongoing process to bring back him (Tarique Rahman) … More than one letters have already been sent in this regard,” Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali told journalists at a press conference at foreign ministry on Thursday.The minister said the foreign ministry has already got response from the UK Home Office regarding the letter.Mahmood said they are taking further steps and writing letters based on the responses from the British government.”It’s a continuous process, we will write more letters if needed (to bring back Tarique),” he saidThis disclosure came following state minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam’s claim that BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman handed over his passport to British authorities which was now under the disposal of Bangladesh’s home ministry.On 23 April, the state minister categorically said that Tarique handed over his passport along with those of his wife and daughter to the British Home Office which sent the travel documents to the Bangladesh High Commission in London on  2 June, 2014.”Tarique could have submitted his passport to Bangladesh High Commission in London for renewal or extension of validity. But, he submitted it to British Home Office. . .what does it mean? As a political person, I think it’s a refusal of nationality,” he said at a press briefing.Next day, BNP had to recognise that Tarique Rahman submitted his passport to the British Home Office as he got political asylum there.BNP acting chairperson Tarique Rahman has already been convicted in two cases of money laundering and corruption.He is also facing other cases, including the 21st August grenade attack on an Awami League rally in 2004 to assassinate Sheikh Hasina, the then leader of the opposition.last_img read more

30 injured as police RMG workers clash on 4th day of demonstration

first_imgAgitating RMG workers are seen in front of a factory in Savar on Wednesday. Photo: Suvra Kanti DasAt least 30 people were injured in sporadic clashes between readymade garment workers and police in different areas of Savar and Ashulia, on the outskirts of the capital, on Wednesday, reports UNB.The workers from different RMG factories in Ulail of Savar and Kathgara in Ashulia area brought out processions demanding their wage hike, witnesses said.At a stage of the procession, the workers reportedly threw brickbats at police triggering a chase and counter-chase that lasted for about an hour.Police charged baton and lobbed tear gas shells to disperse them, leaving at least 30 people injured, according to the witnesses.A tense situation is prevailing in the area following the incident. A team of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) was seen patrolling in the area to fend off further troubles.Following the clash, traffic movement on Baipail-Abdullahpur highway remained suspended for about an hour as the RMG workers put up barricades in Narsinghapur of Ashulia.Agitating RMG workers are seen chanting slogans blocking road in Savar on Wednesday. Photo: Suvra Kanti DasThe garment workers also blocked Dhaka-Aricha highway at Kalampur in Dhamrai in the morning, halting traffic movement for nearly an hour.They, however, left the place upon request by the law enforcers.Earlier in the morning, thousands of RMG workers in different parts of the industrial zone of Savar started demonstration for the fourth consecutive day on Wednesday, demanding cancellation of the ‘discriminatory’ wage board announced by the government for them.Officials of the Industrial police said the workers from several RMG factories in Ulail and Genda areas started gathering on the streets since morning and began demonstrations by setting tyres on fire.The agitated workers also hurled brick chips at their factories, witnesses added.The workers of five factories put up barricades on Bishmile-Jirabo road in Kathgara of Ashulia demanding wage hike.Besides, the production in four factories in Ulail, Hemayetpur of Savar and Charabagh of Ashulia, remained suspended since Wednesday morning following the unrest of the workers.Agitating RMG workers are seen in front of a factory in Savar on Wednesday. Photo: Suvra Kanti DasThe factory authorities, meanwhile, have hung closure notices at the gates of their respective factories.Additional police have been deployed in Savar and Ashulia areas to avoid further troubles, said Shana Shaminur Rahman, director of Industrial Police-1.Police were in discussions with the factory owners to find out ways to restore the working environment in the factories.Agitating RMG workers blcoked road in Savar on Wednesday. Photo: Suvra Kanti DasEarlier, Sumon Mia, 22, a worker of Anlima Textile, was killed and 30 others injured in clashes with police during demonstrations in Hemayetpur of Savar on Tuesday.Police are seen in action as the agitating RMG workers blocked roads in Savar are on Wednesday. Photo: Suvra Kanti DasThe authorities of Anlima Textile declared a general holiday for Wednesday following the death of its worker.last_img read more

More Court Challenges Expected For Trumps New Travel Ban

first_imgAPJohn Wider holds up a sign becoming Muslims in the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport, Thursday, June 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. A scaled-back version of President Donald Trump’s travel ban took effect Thursday evening, stripped of provisions that brought protests and chaos at airports worldwide in January yet still likely to generate a new round of court fights. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)A scaled-back version of President Donald Trump’s travel ban is now in force, stripped of provisions that brought protests and chaos at airports worldwide in January yet still likely to generate a new round of court fights. The new rules, the product of months of legal wrangling, aren’t so much an outright ban as a tightening of already-tough visa policies affecting citizens from six Muslim-majority countries. Refugees are covered, too. Administration officials promised that implementation this time, which started at 8 p.m. EDT (0000 GMT), would be orderly. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Dan Hetlage said his agency expected “business as usual at our ports of entry,” with all valid visa holders still being able to travel. Still, immigration and refugee advocates are vowing to challenge the new requirements and the administration has struggled to explain how the rules will make the United States safer. And in Iran, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denounced the partial reinstatement of the travel ban as a “truly shameful exhibition of blind hostility to all Iranians” — and argued that the measure will prevent Iranian grandmothers from seeing their grandchildren in America. Zarif, who has persistently assailed the travel ban, wrote on his Twitter account that the “U.S. now bans Iranian grandmothers from seeing their grandchildren, in a truly shameful exhibition of blind hostility to all Iranians.” Under the temporary rules, citizens of Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran and Yemen who already have visas will be allowed into the United States. But people from those countries who want new visas will now have to prove a close family relationship or an existing relationship with an entity like a school or business in the U.S. It’s unclear how significantly the new rules will affect travel. In most of the countries singled out, few people have the means for leisure travel. Those that do already face intensive screenings before being issued visas. Nevertheless, human rights groups girded for new legal battles. The American Civil Liberties Union, one of the groups challenging the ban, called the new criteria “extremely restrictive,” ”arbitrary” in their exclusions and designed to “disparage and condemn Muslims.” The state of Hawaii filed an emergency motion Thursday asking a federal judge to clarify that the administration cannot enforce the ban against relatives — such as grandparents, aunts or uncles — not included in the State Department’s definition of “bona fide” personal relationships. Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer met with customs officials and said he felt things would go smoothly. “For tonight, I’m anticipating few issues because, I think, there’s better preparation,” he told reporters at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday night. “The federal government here, I think, has taken steps to avoid the havoc that occurred the last time.” Much of the confusion in January, when Trump’s first ban took effect, resulted from travelers with previously approved visas being kept off flights or barred entry on arrival in the United States. Immigration officials were instructed Thursday not to block anyone with valid travel documents and otherwise eligible to visit the United States. Karen Tumlin, legal director of the National Immigration Law Center, said the rules “would slam the door shut on so many who have waited for months or years to be reunited with their families.” Trump, who made a tough approach to immigration a cornerstone of his election campaign, issued a ban on travelers from the six countries, plus Iraq, shortly after taking office in January. His order also blocked refugees from any country. Trump said these were temporary measures needed to prevent terrorism until vetting procedures could be reviewed. Opponents noted that visa and refugee vetting were already strict and said there was no evidence that refugees or citizens of those six countries posed a threat. They saw the ban as part of Trump’s campaign promise to bar Muslims from entering the United States. Lower courts blocked the initial ban and a second, revised Trump order intended to overcome legal hurdles. The Supreme Court on Monday partially reinstated the revised ban but exempted travelers who could prove a “bona fide relationship” with a U.S. person or entity. The court offered only broad guidelines. In guidance issued late Wednesday, the State Department said the personal relationships would include a parent, spouse, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling already in the United States. It does not include other relationships such as grandparents, grandchildren, aunts and uncles. On Thursday, the State and Homeland Security departments had both expanded the range of bona fide relationships to include fiancés. Business or professional links must be “formal, documented and formed in the ordinary course rather than for the purpose of evading” the ban. Journalists, students, workers or lecturers who have valid invitations or employment contracts in the U.S. would be exempt from the ban. The exemption does not apply to those who seek a relationship with an American business or educational institution purely for the purpose of avoiding the rules. Refugees from any country will face similar requirements. But the U.S. has almost filled its quota of 50,000 refugees for the budget year ending in September and the new rules won’t apply to the few remaining slots. With the Supreme Court set to consider the overall ban in October, the rules could change again. The travel ban may have the biggest impact on Iranians. In 2015, the most recently available data, nearly 26,000 Iranians were allowed into the United States on visitor or tourist visas. Iranians made up the lion’s share of the roughly 65,000 foreigners from the six countries who visited with temporary, or non-immigrant visas that year. The new regulations are also affecting the wedding plans of Rama Issa-Ibrahim, executive director of the Arab American Association of New York. She is Syrian-American and had planned to get married this fall. While her father in Syria may be able to get a visa, her aunts and uncles may well be blocked. “I would love for them to be at this wedding, and unfortunately, they aren’t going to be able to be here,” she said, adding that the ceremony would be postponed. Sharelast_img read more