Roma will not let Pjanic go?

first_imgItalian premier league football club Roma said to representatives of Real Madrid and Barcelona to forget about Miralem Pjanic, adding that the clause on his purchase of 45 million EUR is not valid for the winter transfer period.Spanish giants are interested in B&H national team player, who is playing one of the best seasons of his career.According to the “Il Messaggero”, the President of AC Roma James Pallotta shut the doors for any offer for the 25-year-old player who scored 9 goals and enrolled 6 assists in 21 matches this season, as reported by Football Italia.Interested parties will not be able to activate a clause on his leaving of the club for 45 million EUR, due to the fact that it is valid only for the summer transfer period. This means that Pjanic will stay in Roma at least until the end of the season.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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Federer ‘shocked’, Djokovic ‘hurt’ by Murray retirement bombshell

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Andy MurrayMelbourne, Australia | AFP | Roger Federer admitted Sunday he was shocked that tennis was to lose “legend” Andy Murray this year while long-time friend Novak Djokovic said the bombshell news had “hurt” him.Both paid tribute to the former world number one on the eve of the year’s first Grand Slam with Federer adding that the Scot should be “incredibly proud” of what he had achieved.Murray on Friday admitted that his chronic hip injury had not been eased by surgery a year ago.He then choked back tears and broke down as he revealed that he hoped to end his storied career at Wimbledon, but the Australian Open beginning Monday could be his last event because the constant pain was so bad.“I was disappointed and sad, a little bit shocked, to know now that we’re going to lose him at some point,” Federer told reporters.“But we’re going to lose everybody at some point. It’s just now that it’s definite,” he added, acknowledging that the era of the “Big Four” — himself, Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Murray was drawing inexorably to a close.“Of course, it hits us top guys hard because we know Andy very well,” the world number three said of the three-time Grand Slam champion and double Olympic gold medal winner.“He’s a good guy, Hall of Famer, legend. He won everything he wanted to win. Anybody would substitute their career with his. He’s a great guy.”World number one Djokovic played Murray in a practice match three days ago and said it was obvious that there were serious problems.“You didn’t need to be on court to notice that he’s struggling, that he’s not moving as well as he normally does,” said Djokovic, 31, who is just a week younger than Murray.“We’ve seen so many years of Andy Murray being one of the fittest guys on the tour, running around the court, getting always an extra ball back. “I think to that extent, we are kind of similar. Our trajectory to the professional tennis world was pretty much similar,” added the Serb, who faces American Mitchell Krueger in the first round on Tuesday.“His birthday is one week before mine. We’ve grown together playing junior events. We played lots of epic matches.“Obviously to see him struggle so much and go through so much pain, it’s very sad and it hurts me as his longtime friend, colleague, rival.“I will carry beautiful memories from the court and off the court. It’s just sad.”Murray has won Wimbledon twice and Federer hoped the Scot could keep playing long enough to be able to say goodbye on his favourite famous grass courts.“Of course, I hope that he can play a good Australian Open and he can keep playing beyond that, really finish the way he wants to at Wimbledon,” said 20-time Grand Slam champion, who begins his Australian Open title defence Monday against Denis Istomin.“It’s a tough one, but one down the road he can look back on and be incredibly proud of everything he has achieved.”Murray was the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years and will be remembered for battling his way to world number one in 2016 during a golden era for men’s tennis alongside Federer, Djokovic and Nadal.Murray faces a first-round clash Monday against in-form Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut, seeded 22, who beat Djokovic on his was to winning the Qatar Open earlier this month.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Buckinghamshire spring a surprise at County Finals

first_img21 Sep 2017 Buckinghamshire spring a surprise at County Finals Tags: Buckinghamshire, competitions, English Women’s County Finals, Yorkshire Afterwards Yorkshire coach Steve Robinson was quick to compliment their opponents: “Hats off to Buckinghamshire,” he said, while team captain Fran Dickson focussed on tomorrow’s challenge. “This isn’t a setback, we have still got to beat Gloucestershire, that’s the bottom line,” she said.  County champion Alice Barlow posted an early win for Suffolk, but three games went to Hampshire before team captain Vanessa Bell, playing last, got the necessary point. The final game was halved.  In the final match, the hosts, Suffolk, won their second game of the week against Hampshire. They also had a clean sweep in the foursomes and were also tested in the singles.  But there was nothing funereal about their golf. Instead they played with tremendous spirit, sharing both the foursomes and the singles.  Today, Yorkshire and Buckinghamshire met with contrasting records behind them. Yorkshire had won all three of their earlier matches and, having conceded just two points from 27 games played, were top of the table.  Images copyright Leaderboard Photography It means the title will be decided by tomorrow’s clash between Gloucestershire and Yorkshire. Gloucestershire, who have won all four of their games so far, hold a slight advantage in that a halved result will see them retain the trophy.  In the singles both teams came out with great determination. Olivia Winning scored first for Yorkshire, but her point was quickly balanced by Kirby. Lockett earned her second point of the day for Yorkshire, but Bowers also did the double for Bucks.  Suffolk are in third place and determined to hang on to it. “Yorkshire and Gloucestershire are seasoned national campaigners and they are always going to be difficult. But to finish third would be brilliant – third in the whole country!” she said.  In the morning Kozlowski and Georgina Bowers won for Bucks in a birdie-peppered game, while Megan Lockett and Mia Eales-Smith had a comfortable win for Yorkshire. In the decider Thalia Kirby (pictured top), playing with Victoria Bryan, raised cheers from the Bucks supporters when she holed a 12-footer on the last to set up the half.  Julia Gallagher made certain of the halved result for Buckinghamshire when she got up and down for par on the 16th and said: “It’s unbelievable, incredible.” Team captain Sue Ashworth added: “I am so proud of the girls, they are so positive and supportive.” Click here for full scores  Gloucestershire looked set for a comfortable win after they claimed all three morning foursomes, but Nottinghamshire were determined to make them work for it. After six holes they were up in four of the six games and Emily Cheshire, Emma Howie and Rachel Boulton all went on win their games.  Buckinghamshire had lost all their matches, were bottom of the table – and one of their players, Alice Kozlowski, revealed that they had decided to wear black kit today to show they were the underdogs and in mourning!  But Gloucestershire’s Ffion Tynan, also 14, came back from two down after 15 to halve her game, Claudia Ovens worked steadily to her win and Grace Connelly (pictured right) took the team over the winning line. She got ahead in her match when she eagled the 2nd and birdied the 3rd and, although she was pulled back temporarily around the turn, she went on to win 3/2.  But the match wasn’t over. Buckinghamshire’s Victoria Bryan tried to pull off the overall win with a fight back which saw her go up the 18th just 1 down. But Mia Eales-Smith, a remarkably composed 14-year-old, made a textbook par to win the game for Yorkshire and confirm the halved result.  Buckinghamshire produced the surprise result of the English Women’s County Finals when they held title challengers Yorkshire to a draw today at Felixstowe Ferry, Suffolk.  In the day’s other matches defending champions Gloucestershire beat Nottinghamshire 5.5-3.5 and Suffolk defeated Hampshire, also 5.5-3.5.last_img read more

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Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the Week — Carsen Willans

first_imgDespite being small in stature, Carsen Willans, all 5’8” of him, plays the game with no fear, speeding around the NDCC ice like a very explosive heat-seeking missile.Whether the opponent is big or small, Willans has a way of going into the corner without the puck and coming out with the piece of rubber and has been a key cog in the Leafs 10-0-1-1 start, tops in the hotly contested Neil Murdoch Division.Willans and the rest of the Leafs take to the road for a three-game swing through the Okanagan/Shuswap Conference.The Heritage City native is the feature in this week’s edition of the Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the Week.Carsen WillansAge: 19Birth place: NelsonHeight: 5’8”Weight: 168 poundsYears in Hockey: 14 yrsHometown: NelsonFavorite NHL Player: Patrick KaneFavorite NHL Team: Toronto Maple LeafsFavorite Music: CountryPre-Game Meal: Chicken Stir Fry  Biggest accomplishment in hockey: B.C. Bantam Rep champions 2009Job: Student, attends Selkirk College, First-year engineeringNickname: CarsOther interests: Fishing, Wakeboarding, and hanging out with my friendsTwitter or Facebook: TwitterThe Nelson Daily: What are your strengths as a player?Carsen Willans: Speed is my number one asset at my size you need to be able to get out of trouble quicker than you get in it. I like to work the corners.TND: What are your team goals this season?C.W.: This is good team and we would like to qualify for the Cyclone Taylor rather than just get in as the host. Once the tournament starts we would like to be playing our best hockey and hopefully win the cup on home ice. TND: What are your individual goals this season and beyond?C.W.: I would like to contribute at both ends of the ice and help the Leafs realize their team goals.TND: You’re 5’8” . . . small by hockey scouts. What do you do to overcome this size disadvantage playing against bigger players?C.W.: Again my speed comes in handy I am able to get in and make a play before the big guys arrive. I also have a low centre of gravity which makes it difficult for bigger players to knock me off the puck.TND: You’re Nelson Minor Hockey grad. Have you always wanted to play for the Leafs?C.W.: Yes TND: You spell your first name with an “e” instead of “o”. How many times do you think you’ve had to correct people spelling your name?C.W.: I accept it both ways now.TND: Where do you hope to be next year? 5 years? 10 years?C.W.: In five years I would like to be graduating from a major university with an engineering degree. I am hopeful that in ten years I will be trying to figure out where to take my next vacation and wondering who my line mates will be at Lenny Ice.last_img read more

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CRYSTAL WATER STAKES QUOTES

first_imgNOTES: Winning owner Charles Garvey is from Alberta, Canada. -30- TRAINER QUOTES JOCKEY QUOTEScenter_img FERNANDO PEREZ, PATRIOTS RULE, WINNER: “The turf is a little wet today; he didn’t handle it great at first. He likes to close and he finishes well, though, so I wasn’t worried. He doesn’t like to be inside. In his last race he was on the inside and was fighting the whole time but today I had a really good trip and he fired.”             ROBERTINO DIODORO, PATRIOTS RULE, WINNER: “My assistant (Sean Williams) said the horse has had a couple of rough trips and last time he needed the start, definitely, off the layoff. He’s a horse that doesn’t like to run on the inside of horses, either.“I know a lot of guys have been on me and Sean to change riders and stuff, because when you look at a lot of his replays you can point the finger at the rider and say what the heck’s he doing, but it’s the way the horse is. Fernando (Perez) has done a great job . . . He’s not that big of a horse, but he’s got the right attitude. He doesn’t want to run inside of horses. The big thing with him is to get a little pace to run at and get a clear trip. He was in the clear down the backside and running comfortably. This is probably the first time I’ve won a stakes and didn’t holler. I never said a word the whole race.”last_img read more

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200 mining employees being assessed for leptospirosis

first_imgRegion 1 outbreakHealth Minister Volda Lawrence has confirmed that some 200 mining employees are being assessed for leptospirosis after several workers of the Guyana Manganese Inc (GMI) fell ill and one died.Staff from the Guyana Manganese Inc boarding a plane to be air-dashed to the city for treatment at the Georgetown Public HospitalDuring an interview on the side-lines of a handing-over ceremony on Tuesday, the Health Minister also said that the Matthews Ridge Hospital was being sanitised and operations would return to normalcy soon.She added that while the current situation does not require the intervention of the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Ministry is working closely with the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO).Minister Lawrence noted that several tests were done on the miners and samples will be sent to the Caribbean Reference Lab, St Vincent and the Grenadines, for further evaluation.On Saturday, a medical team from the Mabaruma Hospital was deployed to Matthews Ridge. Eight persons were air-dashed to the city after one died.The symptoms the men exhibited were pain, fever, headache and respiratory distress.Meanwhile on Monday, six more miners from Matthews Ridge were flown out to the city with similar symptoms and were patients at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Public Health Minister Volda LawrenceDuring the interview on Tuesday, Lawrence noted that there were no reports of any new cases at health centres in any neighbouring villages. As such, she said there was no suspected connection to the Venezuela border situation, since only the miners who were working at a particular tunnel have been affected thus far.The manganese mining company has been instructed to halt further exploration until the Public Health Ministry and a team from the Occupational Health and Safety Department of the Social Protection Ministry advise further on the matter.While the specialists continue to work on the seven patients admitted on Saturday, results have shown that two patients tested positive for Leptospirosis, which is known to be spread by direct contact with rat urine or faeces.last_img read more

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Half-time: Chelsea 1 Stoke 0

first_imgBertrand Traore’s stunning strike put Chelsea on course for victory at Stamford Bridge.Traore, playing up front because of a tendon injury to Diego Costa, turned sharply 25 yards from goal following a Nemanja Matic pass and crashed the ball in to the far corner from the edge of the box.The goal came with Chelsea well on top but Stoke had started brightly and created three good chances on the break.Thibaut Courtois made a decent save from Ibrahim Afellay’s long-range strike and Mame Diouf twice wasted good shooting positions.But Chelsea started to threaten more regularly after the half-hour mark, mainly through the recalled Willian and Eden Hazard, who is making his 200th Chelsea appearance.Willian blasted an effort narrowly wide and also saw a shot blocked after a fine run by the impressive Hazard.Manager Guus Hiddink left Cesc Fabregas on the bench, but there were recalls for John Mikel Obi, and Baba Rahman, as well as Willian.The Blues and the Potters are both chasing a fourth consecutive Premier League victory. A Chelsea win would take them above Stoke in the table and could take them up to seventh place in the table.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Baba, Ivanovic, Cahill; Matic, Mikel; Willian, Hazard, Oscar, Traore.Subs: Begovic, Miazga, Clarke-Salter, Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas, Pato. Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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St. Bernard’s and AC Samoa soccer player Esme Torres signed letter of intent to play at Concordia of Chicago

first_imgEureka >> Several friends and family members packed a room at Esmerelda’s Mexican restaurant in Eureka on Tuesday to celebrate St. Bernard’s Academy senior soccer player Esme Torres, who signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Concordia University of Chicago in the fall. “The coaches that have been around me have helped me out tremendously,” said Torres after the ceremony at Esmerelda’s, an establishment which is named after her. “I honestly wouldn’t be the player I am today without them.” …last_img

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Indo-Pakistan foreign secretary talks on June 23-24

first_imgMarking their second meeting in four months, foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan will hold two-day talks in Islamabad from June 23 during which the Indian side is expected to press for effective action against those behind the 26/11 attacks, including elements in the ISI.In the talks on Jammu and Kashmir, Peace and Security and confidence building measures, the Indian side is expected to voice its concern over the nexus between ISI and 26/11 attackers as highlighted during the trial of Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwur Rana in Chicago.”Foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan will meet in Islamabad on June 23-24 to discuss peace and security, including CBMs; Jammu and Kashmir, and promotion of friendly exchanges,” external affairs ministry said in a statement in Delhi on Friday.Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao will be meeting her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir for the second time since February when they held talks in Thimphu in Bhutan on the sidelines of SAARC Ministerial conference.During that meeting, the two sides had agreed to resume their comprehensive dialogue on all bilateral issues to resolve outstanding issues in a constructive and forward-looking manner, two years after India put on hold the Composite Dialogue process with Pakistan in the aftermath of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.On Monday, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said the two foreign secretaries will discuss all bilateral issues and that Rana’s confessions will also be one of the important issues that will be taken up by India.The foreign secretaries will also take “stock of the progress made by India and Pakistan during the series of parleys held at official levels on various issues such as terrorism, water, trade and commerce.advertisementIn February, it was decided that meetings at the level of respective Secretaries will be convened on counter-terrorism (including progress on Mumbai attack trial), humanitarian issues, peace and security, including CBMs, Jammu and Kashmir, promotion of friendly exchanges, Siachen, economic issues, Wullar Barrage/Tulbul Navigation Project and Sir Creek (at the level of Additional Secretaries/Surveyors General).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.last_img read more

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