Although the FA altered its rules in the summer to make it easier to take retrospective action using video evidence, it was unable to charge Torres as part of the incident had been seen by a match official. Dyke admitted that the current position “can’t be right” and needs further change. “Neither do I want to with my words put into question Fernando’s integrity; neither their manager’s, in trying to defend what is our position. “I think the FA has made a decision almost a joke. It looks incredible. “How can you see the images, pretty clear, and come out without punishment, on something [which] overtake all professional behaviour? “I think the decision is a disgrace. If the committee can’t solve such clear images I don’t think it sets out a good first example and we’re not asking nobody to retract themselves; the player to retract themselves. That would not be fair. “This is a competition and in the end they came up with what they thought was fair for that. We don’t want Fernando suspended because it can make them weaker, because their bench is so strong, but I think the FA has lost all opportunity to put some sense into the images everybody saw. “I’m extremely grateful for ex-refs to be able to enlighten people a little bit more, though I think most of you guys saw the incident as something that is not tolerable in football.” He told the Leaders in Football conference at Stamford Bridge: “When millions of fans watching on TV can see an incident like this and the FA does not take action it is understandably baffling to everybody and has to be addressed. “For the FA’s disciplinary department to find itself in a position where it is not able to take action against an obvious scratch just can’t be right. “What this means is, despite the rules being changed in the summer, they clearly weren’t changed enough. “As FA chairman I don’t like to be in a position where I cannot explain the rules when action should be taken when something is pretty obvious.” Dyke’s comments will no doubt please Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas, who was infuriated by the FA’s lack of action against Torres. While the Spaniard was eventually sent off for two yellow cards later in the 1-1 draw, the Spurs boss branded the inability to act on the incident with Vertonghen “disgraceful” and “farcical”. “It’s extremely difficult to know where to start,” Villas-Boas said, speaking in Russia last week ahead of the Europa League clash with Anzhi. “Obviously, it is almost a farcical decision. It doesn’t matter to me which player or club is involved. Football Association chairman Greg Dyke will push for a change to disciplinary rules after the body’s decision not to take action against Chelsea striker Fernando Torres for scratching Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen. Press Association
As a result, the team has relied heavily on freshman Amir Carlisle so far during fall camp.“Amir’s standing out,” Kiffin said earlier this month. “We don’t have any issues about playing freshmen if they’re the best guy.”Though depth might not be a factor on the perimeter, in the trenches at least there appear to be some serious concerns regarding depth and experience.Junior center Khaled Holmes and junior left tackle Matt Kalil are the only two returning starters from last season, and Holmes is already moving from right guard to center.“A lot of those new guys are going to have to be plugged in,” Kiffin said.As a result, the offensive line could be rounded out by a particularly young group with junior Jeremy Galten at right guard, sophomore Kevin Graf at right tackle and sophomore John Martinez at left guard. If injuries pile up, incoming freshman Aundrey Walker could also be plugged in at right guard or right tackle.Nonetheless, with Barkley taking snaps and a ton of offensive weapons still on the roster, the Trojans — at least now — insist they can take the next step in a highly competitive Pac-12.“Ultimately it’s about wins and losses,” Barkley said. “We had a couple of losses that year riding the line. I think by reversing those and winning more games this year, we’ll be set.”Because of a two-year postseason ban, the Trojans will not be able to participate in the conference’s inaugural championship game should they finish first in the South division.Despite being sanctioned, USC was picked to win the division in the annual preseason media poll. Suffice to say, 2010 wasn’t a banner year for USC.Finishing the season at 8-5 overall, the Trojans posted fewer than nine wins for the first time since 2001, during then-coach Pete Carroll’s inaugural season in Los Angeles.Cream of the crop · Junior quarterback Matt Barkley, a Heisman Trophy candidate, will lead an offensive unit featuring multiple talented tailbacks and wide receivers. He hopes to build on an impressive sophomore campaign in which he threw for 2,791 yards and 26 touchdowns. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanYet, such struggles did not fall at the feet of an offense that ranked No. 26 nationally in total yards per game and No. 37 in points per game, averaging more than four touchdowns a game.Subsequently, with five returning starters, including junior quarterback Matt Barkley, and a highly regarded incoming recruiting class of 30 freshmen, USC figures to be even more dynamic come Sept. 3 against Minnesota, the team’s season opener.“We know more about our roster,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “Going into the second season is going to really help us figure out where to put everybody into place.”Though the program has largely attracted negative headlines in the wake of NCAA sanctions levied in June 2010, its mainstay in Barkley, who tossed 26 touchdowns in 2010, once again lines up under center and figures to be among the best nationally.“He can have one of those seasons like we’ve seen before here with Carson [Palmer], [Matt] Leinart, John David [Booty] and Mark Sanchez,” Kiffin said. “I think Matt [Barkley] is on schedule to be in the Heisman conversation.”Despite his pedigree, interceptions have proven to be cause for concern — at least in the past. Among Pac-10 quarterbacks in 2010, Barkley’s 12 interceptions were the second highest, behind Washington State’s Jeff Tuel, who threw 16. And in the previous season, as a freshman, he threw 14 interceptions in comparison to just 15 touchdowns.“I just need to move the ball and be efficient,” Barkley said. “We have a ton of skill guys. I’m not going to try and be Superman and force things because we have athletes who can do that.”And the Trojans, unquestionably, have athletes.Highlighting arguably the Pac-12’s deepest receiving core is sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods, who earned Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors a year ago after hauling in 65 catches for 792 yards and six touchdowns. Woods isn’t alone.A flurry of wideouts, freshmen George Farmer and Kyle Prater, as well as junior Brice Butler, have all been either five-or-four-star prospects coming out of high school. Largely unproven, yes, but talented nonetheless.“I have quite the arsenal at my disposal this year,” Barkley said with a widening grin. “We have all this skill, but I think we’ll finally turn that into production. We have a special group on our hands.”Similarly, the team’s tailbacks are equally talented but, following the indefinite suspension of senior tailback Marc Tyler after comments made in a TMZ video in mid-July, are inexperienced as well.Of the team’s three primary returners sophomore Dillon Baxter, junior Curtis McNeal and freshman D.J. Morgan, only Baxter logged carries in 2010, as McNeal was academically ineligible and Morgan missed the entire season after undergoing surgery for a torn ACL.
Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris: We gave upby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham captain Hugo Lloris says the players let the club down last night.Mauricio Pochettino’s side were obliterated 7-2 by Bayern Munich, who scored five goals in the second half of the group game on Tuesday night. “I feel really bad for the fans mainly because we gave up a little bit too easily and the score was even worse,” Lloris said.”It is a night that affects a lot. Now it’s about character, clearing the mind.”The next two games against Red Star will become even more important, we cannot lose any more points.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Solskjaer has ‘no excuses’ after Man Utd fall to lowly Newcastleby Freddie Taylor19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer says there are “no excuses” for Manchester United after their 1-0 loss to Newcastle United on Sunday.The Red Devils poor season went from bad to worse with the defeat at St. James’ Park, caused by Matty Longstaff’s first goal for Toon.United now have nine points from eight Premier League games.They were without a number of senior players, including Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, but Solskjaer refused to blame the result on their absence.He told Sky Sports: “We’re disappointed. We did lack quite a few key players but that’s no excuse.”The players worked hard and ran their socks off but at the moment we’re in a place we’re not used to. Some of the boys lack a little bit of composure and we don’t create enough chances to win a game of football.”They stay together as a team but we don’t create.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
No. 9 Stanford just beat No. 6 Notre Dame 38-36 on a 45-yard field goal as time expired. The win by the Cardinal eliminated Notre Dame from College Football Playoff contention, and kept Ohio State’s hopes alive after the Buckeyes thrashed Michigan today to finish the regular season 11-1. Naturally, Ohio State’s players and coaching staff were very happy with the outcome, and celebrated it on Twitter. If he makes this….God is a buckeye— Taylor Decker (@TDeck68) November 29, 2015 Let’s gooo— Mike Thomas (@Cantguardmike) November 29, 2015 Go Cardinal!!!!— Zach S❌ith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) November 29, 2015 Man man man— Johnnie L. Dixon III (@YoungKing_JD5) November 29, 2015 With Oklahoma, Iowa, Michigan State, Alabama and Clemson all winning this weekend, Ohio State needs some chaos next week to sneak into the CFP. But today proved the Buckeyes can be a dangerous team if they get there.
Twitter/Big 12The regular season is over, and we’re now jumping into one of the great events on the sports calendar: March Madness. The major conference tournaments kick off next week, with things kicking off on Wednesday, March 9. Kansas State and Oklahoma State open things up from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, with the winner advancing to face regular season champion Kansas. West Virginia finished a wild regular season in second place, and will get the Texas Tech-TCU winner. Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma, and Texas have also all spent time in the polls this season. Kansas is the definite favorite here, but all of these teams are capable of making a run. Ticket information for the Big 12 Tournament is available here.Here is the full tournament bracket:Every Big 12 Tournament game will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2, or ESPNU.Favorite: KansasThe Jayhawks ran away from the pack in February to lock up an astounding 12th straight Big 12 title. At this point, a Kansas regular season championship just feels like a certainty. The tournament has provided a bit more drama in recent years, but right now the Jayhawks are playing the best ball in the league. Veteran forward Perry Ellis mans the frontcourt for KU, averaging 16.5 points, tops on the team. He’s surrounded by a very talent group of guards. Juniors Frank Mason III and Wayne Selden Jr., and sophomore Devonte’ Graham all average over 11 points per game, and all shoot over 40-percent from three point range. They make for a very difficult group to shut down, because of their scoring balance. Kansas is currently a favorite to land the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. With a decent showing in Kansas City, they may lock it up.Sleeper: TexasIt took a little while for the Longhorns to adjust to Shaka Smart’s “Havoc” system. Texas dropped a number of non-conference games early, and even fell to lowly TCU early in Big 12 play, 58-57. At that point, Smart’s team was 9-6, and looked like a great bet to miss the NCAA Tournament. Three days later, the Longhorns upset No. 17 Iowa State, and they’ve been competitive since. They split the season series’ with the Cyclones, Baylor, and Oklahoma, and swept West Virginia. Kansas handled Texas in both of their games, including a blowout 86-56 win on February 29, so running into the Jayhawks may make things tough, if that match-up comes to fruition in the Big 12 semifinals. We never count out Shaka Smart in a tournament, though. The system can be very hard to prepare for with quick turnarounds, and the Longhorns get better at playing in it by the game.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — President Donald Trump is not giving up on his demand for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, saying a physical barrier is central to any strategy for addressing the security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border.Democrats argue that funding the construction of a steel barrier along 234 miles (377 kilometres) will not solve the problems. A 2018 government report warns of increased risks that the U.S. wall-building program will cost more than projected, take longer than planned and not perform as expected.Walls and fencing now cover about one-third of the 1,954-mile-long (3,145-kilometre-long) border. Some construction began with former President Bill Clinton in the early 1990s, George W. Bush ramped up the effort in 2006 and Barack Obama built more than 130 miles (209 kilometres), mostly during his first year in office.Between 2007 and 2015, U.S. Customs and Border Protection spent $2.4 billion to add 535 miles (861 kilometres) of pedestrian and vehicle barriers and other infrastructure along the border.Trump wants to extend and fortify what’s already in place. But contracting, designing and building new wall systems complete with updated technology could take years, and past experience has shown such work can be complicated and costly.Here is how much the government has spent on barriers in the states along the Mexican border:CALIFORNIAMuch of California’s 141 miles (227 kilometres) of border with Mexico was fenced during the Bush administration through a security measure that won congressional approval and had support from key Democrats.In 2009, the federal government spent about $16 million a mile on a 3.5-mile (5.5-kilometre) stretch in San Diego, using about 2 million tons of dirt to fill in a canyon known as Smuggler’s Gulch. The earthen dam was then topped with layers of fencing.At the Imperial Sand Dunes, the U.S. built a floating fence of 16-foot-high (5-meter-high) steel tubes that can be raised or lowered as the sands shift. The $6 million-a-mile barrier cuts through a film location for “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” that resembles the Sahara.Both are examples of some of the rugged territory along the border that can result in higher costs.The Government Accountability Office estimated in 2018 that new border wall construction averages $6.5 million a mile but terrain, building materials and other factors influence costs. Elsewhere, the Rio Grande’s winding waters and lush vegetation are more challenging for erecting walls than Arizona’s flat deserts.ARIZONAIn 2006, the federal government completed a 30-mile (48-kilometre) stretch of steel barriers to keep people from illegally crossing into the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. The barriers were designed to stop vehicles from driving around a checkpoint in Lukeville or up through the desert wilderness. That three-year project had a price tag of $18 million.More recently, Barnard Construction Co. Inc. of Montana was awarded $172 million for 14 miles (23 kilometres) of new fencing in the Border Patrol’s Yuma Sector. Officials say the total value of that contract could reach $324 million for 32 miles (52 kilometres).NEW MEXICOMore than a dozen miles of fence were built near Columbus in 2000, stretching from the border town to an onion farm and cattle ranch. A survey done several years later determined that a 1.5-mile (2-kilometre) section that was designed to keep cars from illegally crossing into the U.S. was accidentally built on Mexican soil.The project was believed to initially cost about $500,000 a mile, while estimates to uproot and relocate the fencing ranged from $2.5 million to $3.5 million.In 2018, the federal government awarded a $73 million contract to the same Montana-based company to rip out old vehicle barriers and replace them with a new bollard-style wall of tall metal slats and extensive concrete footings along a 20-mile (32-kilometre) stretch near Santa Teresa. That project was finished months ahead of schedule.TEXASCongress last spring approved $641 million for 33 miles (53 kilometres) of construction in South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, the busiest corridor for illegal border crossings. Targeted areas include the non-profit National Butterfly Center, a state park and privately owned ranches and farmland.In El Paso, construction started last fall in the Chihuahuita neighbourhood — the border city’s oldest neighbourhood — to replace 4 miles (6 kilometres) of chain-link fencing with a new steel bollard wall. The estimated cost: $22 million.There has been fencing for decades in cities such as El Paso and San Diego. Once built, increased crackdowns in those areas led to a drop in apprehensions. But authorities have complained that as a result of those efforts, illegal crossings and trafficking activity has been pushed to more remote stretches of the border.Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press
“Canada has laid down its weapons. Now it’s time for BC to disarm. Let’s try diplomacy,” said West Moberly First Nations Chief Roland Willson. “If the Premier truly wishes to respect the constitution and the Treaty 8 rights it protects, he shouldn’t be encouraging BC Hydro to destroy those rights before the courts have the chance to weigh in. The Premier can meet with us and our federal counterparts to work out how best to wind down work on Site C until the question of Treaty infringement is finally decided.”This is not the first time the feds have followed a different path than B.C. government over a dispute with First Nations. Last summer, the federal government backed the Tsilhqot’in First Nation’s injunction against provincial permits for the New Prosperity mine, and even got federal injunction to stop the permitted work.The decision from the federal government follows a work stoppage on Site C in February that the First Nations are claiming as a victory. Rather than oppose an interim, interim injunction threatened by the First Nations’ lawyers, BC Hydro abruptly sent home contractors that were in the process of logging a 30-kilometre tract of old growth forests for the project’s proposed transmission line. Hydro has said that the work will remain suspended until after the injunction is decided later this summer.The injunction hearing is set to take place in BC Supreme Court from July 23rd to August 4th. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Court documents filed last Thursday show that the Attorney General of Canada has taken “no position” and has not filed evidence to defend against an application by the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations to seek an injunction suspending construction of the Site C dam.In January, the two First Nations announced that they would be suing the provincial government and BC Hydro after Premier John Horgan announced last December that the government was continuing with Site C. As part of their lawsuit, the two First Nations are seeking an injunction to suspend construction of the dam during the trial. If successful, the injunction will halt work on the $10.7 billion-dollar dam for anywhere from 18 months to several years while the trial concludes.In its Response to Civil Claim, which was also filed Thursday, the federal government admits that it did not make a legal determination on whether Site C infringes Treaty 8, and states that the issue must either be “tested” by the Court at trial or resolved “in other contexts beyond litigation.” The Treaty 8 First Nations opposed to the dam are now calling on the B.C. Government to follow suit.
New Delhi: Power Minister R K Singh Thursday ruled out consolidating all state-owned power sector firms like NTPC, NHPC, SJVNL and PFC into a single entity, saying it would be the biggest company of the world but will not be manageable. However, the minister said discussions are on regarding merger of some companies under the Power Ministry. The issue of consolidation in the power sector gained prominence after the government recently approved REC’s takeover by the Power Finance Corporation (PFC). Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”If it (consolidation of all power sector PSUs) does happen, (then) it will be the biggest company of the world. “But we have to think about whether it will manageable in the sense that you need managerial focus also and if it become too big and too diverse, it is matter of management control,” Singh said at a press conference. He was replying to a question on whether such a consolidation can happen in the power sector to improve efficiency. When asked about mergers of some power sector PSUs, he said, “Discussions are happening of and on.” Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIn December 2018, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the sale of the government’s 52.63 per cent stake in REC to PFC. The two state-owned firms are non-banking finance companies which fund power sector projects. The government is expected to garner around Rs 15,000 crore from this merger. Another proposal for SJVNL’s takeover by state-run power giant NTPC is also under consideration of the government. Industry experts said consolidation of firms in the same sector brings efficiency but one has to see that whether it leads to monopoly and also whether the mega entities would be manageable. Earlier last year, the government had approved dilution of its 51.11 per cent stake in Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) in favour of ONGC in the oil and gas sector.
Jaipur: Acclaimed Australian surfer Mark Mathews offered the Rajasthan Royals an insight into overcoming fear and adversity in life when he was hosted by the IPL team here. From being just another boy in coastal Australia who used to enjoy surfing with his mom to eventually conquering some of the biggest and heaviest waves around the world, Mathews’ journey has been turbulent yet hugely successful. The 36-year-old joined the RR camp last evening to share some of that inspiration. He made a presentation titled ‘Life Beyond Fear,’ showcasing an array of exhilarating videos featuring his surfing escapades along with his team around the world. The idea of surfing being a team effort, may not have made complete sense to anyone new to the sport until Mark threw light on his amazing support staff of rescuers and photographers who used to join him around the world. Mark also spoke about how his career took an unexpected U-turn when he was met with a life-changing surfing accident off the New South Wales coast in 2016. As a result, he ended up with a dislocated knee, major nerve damage, snapped ligaments and torn artery. While his career was on the verge of an untimely end, Mark was inspired by a young quadriplegic boy who he met during that time. He shared his thoroughly rousing story of recovery which began ever since, leaving everyone at the Royals camp spellbound at the end of it. Mark’s evening came to a close after a round of questions by some of the players including England’s Jos Buttler and former Australian skipper Steve Smith. Agenciesa