TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham boss Pellegrini delivers Nasri updateby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is ready to make a call on trialist Samir Nasri.Nasri is training with West Ham as he looks to earn a contract.Pellegrini confirmed a decision is expected soon on a player that could help boost their chances of securing a top-six finish this season.“We are going to take the decision next week.“Sami is working with us very well, he is losing weight, his mentality is to try and have a spot here with the squad, so we will see in the next days.”
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes (left) celebrates his second quarter touchdown with running back Jalin Marshall #7 (right) during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)Ohio State just took a 35-21 lead over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl on running back Ezekiel Elliott’s fourth touchdown of the game, a 48-yard scamper.After the play, Elliott did Buckeye defense lineman Joey Bosa’s patented shrug celebration, a way of recognizing the star defensive end, who was ejected from the game in the first quarter for targeting.Bosa saw the shout-out, and acknowledged it on Twitter. See you Zeke— Joey Bosa (@jbbigbear) January 1, 2016Ohio State just intercepted a DeShone Kizer pass, and could put this game out of reach for good.
New Delhi: Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba was on Wednesday appointed as the next Cabinet Secretary for a tenure of two years. Gauba, a 1982-batch IAS officer of the Jharkhand cadre, will initially join as the Officer on Special Duty in the Cabinet Secretariat, before he takes over the charge of the country’s top bureaucratic post from the incumbent P K Sinha. “The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Rajiv Gauba, IAS (JH:1982) as Cabinet Secretary with a tenure of two years from 30.08.2019 or until further orders, whichever is earlier. “The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has also approved the appointment of Rajiv Gauba as Officer on Special Duty in the Cabinet Secretariat from the date of his assumption of charge till he takes over as Cabinet Secretary,” according to an official order. Gauba took charge as the home secretary on August 31, 2017.
Fast-growing Aurora Cannabis Inc. struck twice Thursday, announcing the purchase of greenhouse design firm Larssen Ltd. in the morning and medical marijuana applicant H2 Biopharma Inc. of Lachute, Que., for up to $25 million in stock after markets closed.The Alberta-based cannabis producer said in the later news release that Larssen’s expertise will “play an instrumental role” in the final design of H2’s 4,300-square-metre cannabis production facility in the Montreal area, which it said is 80 per cent construction complete.Aurora said it intends to use its ownership of Larssen to pressure other cannabis producers to enter partnerships.Larssen is involved with more than 15 cannabis industry clients globally, including five Canadian licensed producers, but its Canadian deals will be reassessed once the buyout announced Thursday is completed, it said.“We’re going to certainly encourage those to proceed but we’re going to require some level of partnership, whether that be an equity stake or a supply agreement or other things,” said Aurora (TSX:ACB) executive vice-president Cam Battley.“We’re open to various formulae.”He wouldn’t name the five Canadian companies but said they don’t include CanniMed Therapeutics Inc., against which it is pursuing an all-stock hostile takeover bid, or Newstrike Resources Ltd., a company CanniMed is attempting to buy.According to its website, cannabis producer The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. is working with Larssen to build a large greenhouse in Quebec. It did not return a request for comment Thursday.Analyst Russell Stanley of Echelon Wealth Partners, who covers CanniMed but not Aurora, said he doesn’t know which Canadian companies Aurora is referring to in its release.He said it’s highly unusual for the buyer of a service company to so publicly declare that it will revise its deals with competitors.“I think in the context of also announcing plans to launch a hostile (bid) for CanniMed, clearly Aurora is being very aggressive in its growth strategy,” he said.He said the rapid rise in share price for Aurora and other cannabis companies means they can afford to make acquisitions very cheaply through stock offers.“You’re going to see M&A activity pick up, scale is going to become increasingly important,” he said.Aurora shares gained 32 cents or about five per cent to close at $6.74 on Thursday.Financial terms of the Larssen deal were not disclosed, but Aurora said they include performance-based milestone payments.Larssen, which has offices in Denmark and Burlington, Ont., is designing, engineering and overseeing construction of the half-built Aurora Sky cannabis greenhouse near the Edmonton International Airport which will have capacity to produce 100,000 kilograms of cannabis per year.Battley said the facility will be a closed system hybrid greenhouse capable of precise control of light, heat, humidity and nutrients to produce “ultra low cost” cannabis. To ensure no contaminants enter the system, the air system is designed to be overpressured and overhead robotic cranes will help to replace humans in the growing areas.Thomas Larssen, principal owner of Larssen Ltd., is to head up a new subsidiary called Aurora Larssen Projects Ltd.Aurora said Larssen is on pace to generate about $6 million in revenue in the next 12 months.H2 Biopharma is a late-stage medical marijuana licence applicant, Aurora said. Its facility is to produce up to 4,500 kilograms of cannabis per year and is situated on property that will allow expansion.Aurora said it will make an initial payment of $10 million in shares, with further payments dependent on completion of the facility, granting of cultivation and sales licences by Health Canada and municipal approval for expansion of the facility.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.
Hong Kong: Samsung has postponed the Galaxy Fold’s launch events in Hong Kong and Shanghai, which were originally scheduled for April 23 and 24, days after some units of the $2,000 foldable phone encountered major display issues. “The firm is blaming the decision on a last minute issue with the venue, according to someone claiming to be familiar with the matter. “But that seems a little too convenient seeing as the handset has been under heavy fire all week, after a number of units broke after being in the hands of reviewers for less than a day,” the SamMobile reported late on Sunday. Tech reviewers from renowned media brands like The Verge and the CNBC noted issues like screen flickering, display distortion and unexplainable bulges bugging the industry-first device, reports said last week. The handset maker obviously doesn’t want to associate these delays with the broken review units, but given the timing, chances are Samsung wants to buy more time to address these issues before the next wave of shipments, according to the Engadget. Sub-titling the review “Yikes”, The Verge said that the flaws were “distressing to be discovered just two days after receiving the review unit”. Defending its devices just days before its roll-out, a Samsung spokesperson assured that the firm would “thoroughly inspect” the units. The super-expensive foldable smartphone was launched during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February followed by Huawei launching its own foldable phone, the Mate X. According to market research firm Gartner, foldable phones would make up 5 per cent of high-end phones sales by 2023 with around 30 million units. The phone comes with the world’s first 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display, which folds into a compact device with a cover display that is capable of opening up to three active apps simultaneously on the main display. The Galaxy Fold is expected to be priced around Rs 1,40,790 in India.
OSU coach Thad Matta looks on during a game against Bryant Dec. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 86-48. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State coach Thad Matta preaches team defense to his players every single day, a doctrine of success that has helped him lead the Buckeyes to 259 victories, a pair of Final Fours and four straight trips to the Sweet Sixteen.OSU’s defensive prowess has shown through even more this season, as the Buckeyes rank second in the country in scoring defense at 53.8 points per game, just a touch behind Clemson (53.6).“Coach Matta talks about it a lot, about every game, that we’re the best defense in the country,” junior guard Shannon Scott said Friday. “We really want to have that in our heads that nobody should be able to score on us. We want to make sure we’re the aggressor while we’re on offense and defense.”The Buckeyes (9-0, 0-0) have recorded 70 steals so far this season, with Scott and senior guard Aaron Craft swiping 21 and 23, respectively. The team also has 48 blocks through nine games, half of which are from junior center Amir Williams. Consistency on defense all over the floor is leading to the success, Scott said.“I feel like we’re all really connected right now,” Scott said.The Buckeyes are set to take on the North Dakota State Bison (7-3, 0-0) Saturday, who are fresh off of a 73-69 win at Notre Dame.“I think that was the best thing for us honestly,” Scott said, referring to the Bison’s win against the Irish. “We know they’re coming in as a great team, they just beat a great Notre Dame team. The fact that they’re coming in the way they are really puts us … backs us up on our toes where we can’t just go into the game expecting them to hand us the game because we’re Ohio State and they’re North Dakota State.”Bison senior forward Marshall Bjorklund scored 26 points against the Irish, and is one of four players who averages double figures in scoring.“(Bjorklund) shoots a very high percentage, so we have to try to get him outside the box, outside his comfort zone and not (let) him get the looks he’s been getting,” junior center Trey McDonald said Friday. “And also rely on some of the help from the guards with our pressure defense on the ball.”Matta said Bjorklund is “right there” in the discussion of best post player his team has faced all season, but has been pleased with what McDonald and Williams have done so far on defense, particularly in the team’s win against Bryant.“I’ve been very pleased, and I thought both guys Wednesday night had great awareness, great energy,” Matta said. “They made some plays out of their area, be it helping along the baseline or Amir blocking shots … That’s what we want those guys to do is to really plug the middle for us down there.”McDonald said he and Williams see playing against Bjorklund as an opportunity.“Although it is a team, it is team defense, we look at it as a personal challenge,” McDonald said. “Someone shooting that high of a field goal percentage and averaging that many points, we definitely look to Amir to try and shut them down and play our defensive game as we have been doing.”Shutting down Bjorklund and the rest of the Bison will be a challenge for the Buckeye defense, and even though there is always room to improve, Matta likes where they’re at currently.“I think that we’ve got some guys that are underrated defenders. I love what guys are bringing to the table,” Matta said. “Are we perfect? No, we’re not perfect. But we have guys dialed in and connected and tuned into scouting.”Tipoff between the Buckeyes and Bison is set for 8:15 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
Then-redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby (1) lines up in coverage during a game against Penn State Oct. 26 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 63-14.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorFormer Ohio State football player Bradley Roby pleaded guilty to having “physical control” of a vehicle while impaired, reduced from a charge of operating a vehicle under the influence, Tuesday.According to the Franklin County court report, Roby was fined $375 in addition to court fees.Roby was also sentenced to 180 days in jail, a sentence that was suspended on the condition that Roby participate in a three-day driver intervention program. He was given 30 days of probation as well.The former OSU cornerback was charged with OVI April 20.Roby’s agent Michael Perrett issued the following statement to The Lantern following Roby’s plea deal Tuesday.“Though my client, Bradley Roby, maintains his innocence and feels he would have been completely exonerated had he taken this matter to trial, Bradley has accepted the prosecutor’s offer of a reduced charge to ‘physical control’ to bring closure and finality to this situation ahead of next week’s NFL draft,” Perrett said in an email.“A ‘physical control’ citation is a non-moving violation that will not result in any points being added to his driving record and there will be no license suspension. Bradley is scheduled to complete a three-day alcohol educational class this week which will effectively terminate the case. This plea was accepted by the judge and entered into the record today … Bradley is very focused and is excited about starting his NFL career.”Roby, who was a three-year starter for the Buckeyes, voiced his frustration with the matter last week.“I was not driving . I did not get arrested . Was not in a cell . No finger prints . No mugshot,” Roby tweeted April 25 from his personal account, @BradRoby_1.Roby did not immediately respond an email requesting comment Tuesday.He was suspended the first game of the 2013 season after an incident at a bar in Bloomington, Ind., in July. The charges in that case were later dropped.Roby, who redshirted the 2010 season, recorded eight interceptions and 179 total tackles in his time at OSU and was named an All-American by ESPN in 2012. He is one of 30 NFL prospects scheduled to attend the NFL Draft in New York May 8.
Ohio State redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) celebrates with Urban Meyer after he scored a touchdown in the first half of the B1G Championship Game vs. Northwestern on Dec. 1. Ohio State won 45-24. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorComing into Sunday’s College Football Playoff selection, it was expected that Ohio State would be left on the outside, even after winning the Big Ten, finishing off a 12-1 season with a 45-24 win against then-No. 21 Northwestern.Those expectations became reality, as the Buckeyes finished No. 6, behind both No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 5 Georgia in the final College Football Playoff poll, giving Ohio State a trip to Pasadena, California for the Rose Bowl against No. 9 Washington, the Pac-12 champion.Meyer said, unlike in 2017, he was not that surprised to see his team outside of the top four.“Those are three really good teams,” Meyer said. “The last thing we’re going to do is stand up here and criticize the committee. We’re not going to do that.”Since the creation of the College Football Playoff in 2014, Ohio State has been ranked within the top seven spots in every final ranking released. Even with missing by three spots or less in any given year, Meyer said he is not calling for an eight-team playoff because it would “change the entire model of college football.”But being on the outside of the playoff does not change what Meyer thinks of the team he has this season.“I don’t want to devalue what we just did,” Meyer said. “We just won the Big Ten Championship.”Looking back at the season, Meyer sees a turning point in the year as something that occurred before he was even eligible to coach this season.During Ryan Day’s three-game tenure as acting head coach, junior defensive end Nick Bosa went down with an injury in the third quarter against TCU. The injury would end up costing Bosa his season, as he moved his efforts toward the 2019 NFL Draft.“When Nick Bosa went down, that changed our team,” Meyer said. “He was a great player, but he was so much more than that.”Many saw Oklahoma’s 12-point win against then-No. 14 Texas as the nail in the coffin for Ohio State’s playoff hopes, regardless of the events of the Alabama-Georgia matchup.Meyer agreed, saying he was worried about the Buckeyes’ playoff hopes after the Sooners came out with a victory.Even with the Sooners being placed at No. 4 as expected, the Bulldogs coming in ahead of Ohio State after a loss to the Crimson Tide came as a surprise to Meyer.Still, Meyer called Georgia a “heck of a team,” and is looking forward to the matchup against Washington on Jan. 1.As far as Meyer’s thoughts on his Heisman hopeful, redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who through for 499 yards and five touchdowns on Saturday, he left no doubts.“Oh he’ll be in New York,” Meyer said. “He’s going one way or another. I’ll fly him there myself.”
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane admitted he would discuss rumours for Neymar’s possible signing to the Los Blancos as soon as the season is over for the club.There have been loads of rumours lately for Neymar’s arrival at Madrid as the Brazilian has to renegotiate his contract with Paris Saint-Germain. However, none have been discussed by any officials of any side.One of the biggest speculations is that Florentino Perez is more than ready to pay any price requested for Neymar and the fact that he arrived at the Parisian club for the record-breaking fee of 222 million euro does not bother him a bit.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“I’m not going to talk more about a player who isn’t one of mine,” Zidane said while at a press conference, according to Sportskeeda. “There are 10 days and two games left. After that, we’ll talk about what you want.”The Real Madrid boss was also asked for Griezmann, who has been linked with a move to his club as well but denied having any information on the matter.
The Korea Football Association (KFA) have issued a warning to local media outlets over the potential damage they are causing by linking names such as Louis van Gaal, Andre Villas-Boas and Luiz Felipe Scolari to their managerial post at the national teamCurrent head coach Shin Tae-yong faces an uncertain future in charge of the national side, following their group stage exit at the World Cup – even if that did include a historic 2-1 win over defending champions Germany.Reports have emerged recently in Korea linking several big-name candidates to Tae-yong’s position, but the KFA have now released a statement urging local media to hold back from publishing articles from foreign news sources in regards to South Korea football team.“These rumours have come through foreign media to be reported by the domestic media,” read the statement, via ESPN.“Not only does this cause confusion among fans, it can have a negative impact on negotiations that take place with genuine candidates.”The football association added that they will be issuing no more statement with Kim Pan-gon, head of the KFA’s technical committee, revealing that their current manager will be evaluated amongst the shortlist of candidates they currently have available.Matteo Darmian snubs Solskjaer Taimoor Khan – September 8, 2019 The Manchester United manager was snubbed by Matteo Darmian who heaped praise over the likes of Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal.Matteo Darmian has…“We will regard Shin Tae-yong as one of the candidates, and he’ll be up against other candidates being considered,” Kim said.“We will interview these candidates and compare each one of them with Shin before we name the coach.”He added: “We have to play an active style of football, using penetration and forward passing, with stamina at the foundation,”“And the coach should produce results that befit our national team’s status.”