Stuart MacGill says spinners will be key to India’s success

first_imgWhile most of the cricketing action is happening in Sri Lanka at the World T20, former Australia spinner Stuart MacGill’s surprise presence at a hockey event here on Tuesday turned a few heads.MacGill was here with his long-time friend and Australian hockey captain Jamie Dwyer as the leg-spinner foresees a possible career in managing the Aussie players during the Hockey India League (HIL).MacGill, whose big turning leg-breaks foxed many batsmen during his playing days, is keeping a tab on the action in Sri Lanka and said that if India wins the title for the second time, their spinners, particularly Harbhajan Singh, will have to come good.However, the West Indies, loaded with power-hitters and all-rounders, remain his pick for the World T20 title.”India have a dynamic batting. If India have to win the title, it has to be on the back of their spinners. Harbhajan will be the key because people who can turn the ball are very essential in T20 cricket,” said MacGill, who was part of the Sydney Sixers team which won the T20 Big Bash League last year.MacGill, 41, ruled out any chance of Australia winning their maiden World T20 title as he did not think they have a good enough team to make it to the final. “West Indies have some very dangerous players and they can shake a few people.”Australia, I don’t think, have a good enough team for this format. If they make it to the last four, they should feel they have done enough. They are not as good as other countries,” said MacGill, who played in an era when there was tough competition for a spinner’s place in the Australian team with Shane Warne in the ranks too.advertisementHaving finished his international cricket career, MacGill now wants to associate himself with a sport that he says he has grown up watching. Dwyer, one of the most decorated players in modern hockey, has given him an opportunity to look at avenues other than cricket. “Currently, I am here with my friend Jamie and I am somewhat managing him. My father and most of the members of my family have played hockey at some level or the other,” said MacGill.”I want to help other Australian players during the Hockey India League (HIL).”India’s poor show at the London Olympics came as a huge disappointment for its fans but MacGill believes that India has a lot to give to the world of hockey and HIL will be an opportunity. “At least India’s performance was better than the Beijing Games. Indian hockey isn’t just about India but international hockey as well. Sharing the dressing room with players like Jamie and other top stars will only benefit the Indian players,” said MacGill.last_img read more

Italian Club Lazio Hit With Stand Closure for Europa League Game vs Celtic Over ‘Racist Behaviour’

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Milan: Italian club Lazio have been hit with a partial stadium closure for their next Europa League home match against Celtic for “racist behaviour” by fans against Rennes, UEFA confirmed on Wednesday.The Roman side have been ordered to close four sections of the Stadio Olimpico which make up the Curva Nord (North Stand) for the game against the Scottish champions on November 7. Lazio had been charged after some of their supporters made fascist salutes in the Curva Nord section during the 2-1 home win over French club Rennes on October 3.Lazio have also been fined 20,000 euros ($22,000) by European football’s governing body which has called for football to launch a war on racism.A suspended sentence of playing one match behind closed doors was also handed down while Lazio must display a banner with the wording #EqualGame, with the UEFA logo on it.On Tuesday UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said football needed to ‘wage war’ on racism, after Bulgaria’s football union chief resigned following racist incidents at England’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Bulgaria in Sofia the previous day.Lazio released a statement prior to the announcement protesting the “deeply damaging” ruling.”The decisions constitute a heavy penalty that seems not to have taken into account the clear condemnation from the Biancocelesti club against the odious racist behaviour of a few irresponsible people,” the club said.The statement added that the club “reaffirms its intention to prosecute criminally and civilly those responsible for unacceptable behaviour”. CelticEuropa LeaguefootballItaly First Published: October 16, 2019, 6:19 PM ISTlast_img read more

Virat Kohli-led Indian team arrives in Kanpur for first Test

first_imgVirat Kohli-led Indian team arrived in Kanpur for the first Test against New Zealand starting September 22. The match at Green Park also holds significance for being the 500th Test match for India.The Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association to celebrate the landmark has also invited former India captains for the Test match. With no practice game scheduled, the Indian team will be having a four-day net session ahead of the match. (India set to play 500th Test, Sachin Tendulkar has played 200 of them)On the team’s arrival, Kohli cut a cake with 500th Test written on the top and then it was birthday boy Ravichandran Ashwin’s turn, who turned 30 today.Virat Kohli cuts a cake at the team hotel on their arrival. (ANI Photo)New Zealand are touring India for a three-match Test series, followed by five ODIs. Currently the visitors are playing a warm-up match against Ranji champions Mumbai at the Ferozshah Kotla in New Delhi.last_img read more

Sloppy City with Champions League lessons to learn

first_imgIf Pep Guardiola was “angry” with a routine 3-0 Premier League victory, he will be furious with Manchester City’s shock 2-1 defeat to Lyon as they kicked off their Champions League campaign.Guardiola said at the weekend, following the walkover against Fulham, that he would be going over his side’s mistakes – bad passes, extra touches – with them in their team meeting on Sunday.The Catalan is a control freak and has pulled together an army of staff – coaches, nutritionists, player support officers – to ensure his squad are in the best possible position to perform to their best. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! So it will be doubly painful for the City boss, serving a touchline ban, to have watched his side beaten from high in the stands, unable to patrol the touchline and shout at his players, or at least to burn off some nervous energy.It is a shame that no Amazon documentary cameras will be present the next time Guardiola sees his players, in training on Thursday morning.This is the fourth Champions League match that City have lost in a row, considering they lost a dead rubber to Basel before their bruising encounters with Liverpool. Those Liverpool games are what City have focused on when they turn their minds to Champions League improvement, but it may be helpful to remember here that City were booed off after that game with Basel, and Guardiola told his players they deserved to be.That will no doubt be the message on Thursday.City came into this competition with hopes of winning it, and they still will despite this very early set-back. Guardiola and his staff, which certainly includes the talented and well-liked Mikel Arteta, who deputised in the dug-out on Wednesday, have been working on ways to excel on the European stage. Mikel Arteta Manchester City Lyon Champions League 2018-19New passing combinations and changes of position have been drilled into the players’ training sessions, alongside the other general improvements Guardiola has urged of his squad since they returned from their summer holidays, including repeated warnings against complacency. The aim is a semi-final at least.But on Wednesday night it looked as if City had forgotten what they had done so well last season. It is tempting to put it down to a failure to do ‘the basics’, but after Fabian Delph tried that excuse last season, only to be told by Guardiola that football is more complicated than that, you get the feeling it must be something else.It is also tempting to drag up some of the usual concerns that accompany any losing side. Perhaps City miss Kevin De Bruyne, who is still out with a knee injury. Though they have made a fine fist of life without him so far, especially given Guardiola’s tactical tweaks in search of Premier League dominance.Do not take the Champions League for granted!Manchester City’s 2-1 defeat at home to Lyon this evening acts as a reminder to Pep Guardiola and his team not to think too far ahead #UCL@Sammy_Goal has his say: pic.twitter.com/uDM6oyPjvE— Goal UK (@GoalUK) September 19, 2018Perhaps their failure to sign a deep-lying midfielder in the summer has cost them and will do so again – especially when you see Fernandinho struggle up against a very muscular and pacy Lyon midfield, particularly Tanguy Ndombele, who City have scouted. Perhaps they were complacent here, expecting merely to turn up and win against a side that have started the French season poorly. Although given Guardiola’s repeated reminders and constant tactical ploys designed to keep his players on their toes, that is unlikely.Pep Guardiola Manchester City Lyon Champions LeaguePerhaps they really do struggle when teams take the game to them, and perhaps domestic opposition should do it more often (though the latter is a debate for another day). City saw Shakhtar Donetsk and Napoli play their own no-concessions game at the Etihad Stadium last season, though they found enough in their own locker to win regardless.Tonight, though, they did not. Tonight there was something not quite right, and they were punished for their mistakes. Fernandinho gave the ball away twice, and twice the visitors scored immediately afterwards. It did not help that Delph produced an even bigger shocker for Lyon’s first.Fernandinho was not the only guilty party in the sloppy stakes. Despite the verdict from one City fan at half-time – “terrible, disgusting” – the Blues were not themselves, but not dreadful in the opening 45 minutes.They could not play out from the back as seamlessly as they usually do, due to an astute Lyon press, but they did find ways to get in behind, only for their attacking players to lack the required spark when they were called upon. Arteta has proven his worth to Guardiola and to City since joining the staff in 2016, whether on the training pitch or giving orders during matches, but he was left with the daunting task of giving the half-time pep talk as his boss, banned from the dressing room too, sat with his family.Leroy Sane Manchester City Champions League 2018Leroy Sane was brought off the bench to shake things up shortly after the break, and he did, in part. His left-wing wriggling set up Bernardo Silva to pull one back, but City could not use their remaining time to fashion an equaliser.There were chances for the hosts, but then again there was a big one for Lyon at 0-2, too. In many ways this was similar to City’s poor results in the opening months of Guardiola’s reign; their passing was not crisp enough and their mistakes were ruthlessly punished. That was understandable at the time but slightly more worrisome now.And after Hoffenheim and Shakhtar drew their opening game earlier on Wednesday, City find themselves bottom of the group they are widely expected to win. They may well still do that, and they certainly have the quality and the nous to do so. But while City have been working hard on ideas designed to take them all the way to the final in Madrid next June, this will serve as a timely reminder that there is a long way to go before that. Guardiola’s next team talk will be lively. 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Tiny New Caledonia harbours gigantic dream at U-17 World Cup

first_imgBy Abhishek Hore New Delhi, Apr 28 (PTI) A population of about 2.70 lakh will make New Caledonia the smallest nation ever to play in a FIFA World Cup when it turns up for the U-17 global event in India later this year. And coach Dominique Wacalie is keen that the French territory is there not just to make up the numbers. “Our ambition is to represent our country and our football at the highest level. Our intent is to put in our best and enjoy every moment. We dont want to be spectators come October. We want to be competitive,” Wacalie told PTI in an interview. Jamaica (1998), Kuwait (1982), Slovenia (2002) and Trinidad and Tobago (2006) are some of the smaller nations to have played in the World Cup. Wacalie assumed the reins from Michael Clarque recently, with the latter having led the team through their historic qualification campaign earlier in the year. “Our preparations started recently. The first two-week camp was held this month at the FCF technical centre. We started the foundation work and we intend to continue working hard on our game-plan,” the coach said about his stint. Wacalie spoke briefly about his teams style of play. “Our players are typically Oceanian. They like to play a quick and lively style. We have to work on our weaknesses as well, especially for the U-17 World Cup, specifically our concentration for an entire match. “But I do believe we can get there, the squad is one with a great state of mind, they share great solidarity on and off the pitch, which reflects with our Oceania values.” He admitted there is still a long way to go for the Pacific island nation, famous for its beaches and marine life. “Even though we have qualified, there is still plenty of work that needs to be done. We are trying to let the boys know too that the work isnt complete, a World Cup demands a great deal out of you. “We will prepare to the best of our abilities and ensure that we can face the demand and the rigour that will be in store for us,” said the coach. As per a 2015 census, New Caledonias population stood at 2,73,000. Since this is the island nations maiden FIFA World Cup, the mood at the camp is very different. “Were very proud. Slowly people will become aware of New Caledonias participation it what will be our first FIFA World Cup. Its something new, as no other team has managed to take part before. We do watch World Cups on TV, but we have only followed it from a distance so far. “To be able to actually participate and be present is different. The chance to participate in a FIFA World Cup isnt available to everyone. We know the pressure will increase but we want to maximise on this opportunity and fully utilise it.” Asked if football is a popular sport in New Caledonia, Wacalie responded in the positive. “Everyone watches football in New Caledonia and its indeed a popular sport. In fact, football plays a very pivotal sport in our society as it sort of forms the anchor, especially in villages. Sport brings us all together, its the medium for us to share our values.” PTI AH CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

World Cup 2018: Harry Kane brace saves England the blushes vs Tunisia

first_imgEngland began their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign by stuttering to 2-1 win over Tunisia as a injury-time winner from skipper Harry Kane at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd on Tuesday.England almost looked like they would be met with the same fate as Argentina were also held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland, Brazil to another 1-1 draw by Switzerland. But Kane had other plans.Kane soared high to meet the ball and guide it past the Tunisia keeper for the win after a Ferjani Sassi penalty had cancelled out Harry Kane’s 11th minute opener.Incidentally, this was England’s first 90+ winner in a regular time in a World Cup match.Kane stooped at the far post to turn in a header in the 91st minute just when it looked like England were going to extend their disappointing run in World Cup tournaments.Kane had put England ahead in the 11th minute of the Group G game when Tunisia keeper Mouez Hassen could only palm a strong header by John Stones on to the foot of the striker.England promised to launch their campaign with attacking football and they tore into Tunisia before and after Kane’s opener, creating a string of chances only to be let down by a lack of composure in front of goal.They paid the price when the North Africans were awarded a penalty before the break.England defender Kyle Walker swung an arm behind him and caught Fakhreddine Ben Youssef in the face and Colombia referee Wilmar Roldan pointed to the spot.advertisementFerjani Sassi, after appearing to whisper a prayer to himself, scored low to the right of England keeper Jordan Pickford to equalise.After the break, England struggled to maintain the intensity of the opening period and Tunisia looked more comfortable as they contained their opponents’ attack until Kane’s winner.From a Kieran Trippier corner, a glancing header from Harry Maguire found Kane at the back post and he cleverly nodded home to give England a winning start.The result means Belgium top Group G on goal difference after a 3-0 over World Cup debutants Panama earlier on Monday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Ballon d’Or: The candidates to follow Ronaldo and Messi

first_imgBallon D’Or Ballon d’Or: Who are the candidates to follow Ronaldo and Messi? Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 04:51 12/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(58) Kylian Mbappe Neymar Strasbourg PSG Ligue 1 Getty Ballon D’Or Ligue 1 Kylian Mbappé Neymar Eden Hazard Paulo Dybala Kevin De Bruyne PSG Chelsea Manchester City Juventus Serie A Premier Leaguelast_img

Hughie Morrison alleges ‘malicious’ doping plot on first day of BHA hearing

first_imgReuse this content Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter The battle lines were drawn on Tuesday in a case that could result in the Group One-winning trainer Hughie Morrison banned from racing for at least a year. The British Horseracing Authority’s disciplinary panel heard a claim that Morrison had been the victim of a “malicious” plot and should therefore not be penalised under the BHA’s strict liability anti-doping rules.Morrison’s four-year-old filly Our Little Sister returned a positive test for the anabolic steroid nandrolone after finishing last in a race at Wolverhampton on 14 January, the first positive for an anabolic steroid in British racing since 2013.At the start of what is expected to be a two-day hearing in London, the panel heard that Morrison concedes he is in breach of the strict liability rule, and the hearing will proceed to decide what penalty, if any, should be imposed for an offence which has an entry-level penalty of a two-year ban and a range, depending on mitigating or aggravating factors, from one to 10 years. Topics … we have a small favour to ask. 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We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. news Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Horse racing Horse racing tips Since you’re here… The hearing opened with the presentation of a note prepared by the BHA to outline the issues in the case, including Morrison’s claim he should not be penalised “because he says he can prove on the balance of probabilities that the substance was administered to the horse maliciously”.The BHA contends any deliberate administration would still demand a penalty owing to the strict liability nature of the rules, while conceding that proof of malicious administration would “clearly amount to considerable mitigation on behalf of Mr Morrison” when it is determined. The authority also insists Our Little Sister was randomly selected for drug testing, rather than on the basis of intelligence received, which it says “fatally undermines the contention for a malicious intervention”.Witnesses who gave evidence included Greg Pearson, the stipendiary steward at Wolverhampton on 14 January, who told the panel that while he could not remember with 100% certainty whether he had selected which horse at the meeting would be randomly selected, there was a “strong likelihood” he was responsible as he is usually the first official to arrive at the course. Pearson also said his computer records confirmed Our Little Sister was randomly selected for testing.The panel also heard a dispute between witnesses giving scientific evidence on the probable date, or range of dates, when Our Little Sister was administered with nandrolone. Stuart Paine, an associate professor of pharmacology at Nottingham University giving evidence on behalf of the BHA, told the hearing that, in his opinion, it was only possible to say the drug had been administered by intramuscular injection “between mid-December 2016 and mid-January 2017”.His evidence was disputed by Thomas Tobin, a professor of toxicology at the University of Kentucky, who gave his testimony via Skype. Tobin insisted the date of administration could be narrowed to the middle of Paine’s one-month window.The panel also started to hear evidence from Tim Miller, the leader of the BHA team investigating the case. Miller will conclude his testimony on Wednesday, when Morrison is also expected to give evidence.Wednesday tipsLingfield Park 11.40 Culpability 12.10 Sweet Charity 12.40 Perfection 1.10 Drumochter 1.45 Zalshah 2.20 Mercers 2.55 Lost The Moon 3.25 Deebaj Ludlow 12.20 Gortroe Joe 12.50 Bach De Clermont 1.20 Nicolas Chauvin 1.55 Chilli Filli 2.30 Relentless Dreamer 3.05 Cloonacool 3.35 Higgs Newbury 12.30 Doctor Bartolo 1.00 Brianstorm 1.30 Cosmos Des Obeaux 2.05 Happy Diva 2.40 Lake Field (nb) 3.15 Melrose Boy 3.45 Aweeminit Kempton Park 4.10 Count Otto 4.40 Royal Residence 5.10 Glencadam Master 5.40 Native Appeal 6.10 Lacan (nap) 6.40 Look Surprised 7.10 Courier 7.40 Ding Ding Support The Guardian Drugs in sport Share via Email Share on Messenger British Horseracing Authority Share on Facebook Nicky Henderson: ‘The press have beaten me to bits … they’re calling me a liar’ Read morelast_img read more

Emiliano Insúa: ‘It was sad for me to leave Liverpool. I wanted to stay’

first_imgShare on Messenger It has been a period of constant upheaval and self-examination for a player who appeared destined for a long and stable career at Liverpool having arrived there from Boca Juniors in January 2007. He had yet to turn 18, and had never played outside of Argentina, but impressed almost immediately, leading to a loan move soon being turned into a permanent one. There followed a steady rise up the ranks and then, during the 2009-10 season, 44 appearances for the first team, all but one of which were from the start.Yet ultimately that was it for Insúa. He left Liverpool at the end of what proved to be a bruising campaign for all involved – the team finished seventh a year after almost winning the Premier League title while Benítez became engulfed in a civil war caused by the ownership of Tom Hicks and George Gillett which also saw him depart in the summer.“It was a difficult season” recalls Insúa, now sporting a well-groomed beard and ponytail. “Rafa had problems with the owners and that spread to the team. But still we almost made the final of the Europa League [Liverpool lost to Atlético Madrid in the semis] and in the league we came close to qualifying for the Champions League.“I also learned a lot from this season. I played 44 games and I got an injury in the last two months. Without that, I would have played at least 50 games. It is also amazing for me to look back and remember I was in the same team as [Fernando] Torres, [Steven] Gerrard, [Jamie] Carragher, [Pepe] Reina, [Javier] Mascherano … a lot of big players who have had big careers. I will remember that time forever.”There is no denying the warmth Liverpool generates within Insúa on what is a cold morning at Stuttgart’s training base, located on the east bank of the river Neckar and in the shadow of the 60,000-seater Mercedes-Benz Arena. He smiles almost constantly as we speak about his three and a half years at the club, with his mood only darkening when the conversation turns to how and why it all ended – the arrival of Roy Hodgson as Benítez’s successor in July 2010.“It was sad for me to leave because I was feeling really well at Liverpool,” Insúa says. “I wanted to stay but Hodgson told me I will not play [under him]. I was young and I wanted to play, so I left. Hodgson then signed Paul Konchesky to be the left-back but Konchesky did not do well for Liverpool … maybe I should have stayed.”There follows a devilish laugh from Insúa, and justifiably so – he was a better left-back for Liverpool than Konchesky ever was. Equally, there is no escaping the fact he never quite lived up to his promise.Insúa was regarded as being among the finest South American talents of his generation, so much so that Liverpool snapped him up before he had even made a first-team appearance for Boca. Decent displays followed, from an attacking as well as defensive point of view, but as the 2009-10 campaign went on Insúa looked increasingly exposed and unsure of what he was meant to be doing. Facebook interviews Barcelona’s home defeat by Real Betis could be inspiration for Liverpool Twitter Share on Facebook Pinterest As Liverpool supporters prepare to watch their team face Barcelona in a Champions League semi-final first leg tie at the Camp Nou, here is something that will make them feel old: Emiliano Insúa is 30. And a father of two.Yes, that’s right, the wide-eyed, plump-cheeked, shaggy-haired left-back of Rafael Benítez’s time in charge at Anfield is all grown-up. He is also coming towards the end of his fourth season at Stuttgart, a difficult and chaotic time for the Bundesliga club but which Insúa is able to keep in perspective and appreciate given everything that has happened to him over the past decade or so. Liverpool are extraordinary up front, says Barcelona’s Ernesto Valverde Stuttgart Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Reuse this content Liverpool Share on Twitter Read more Topics Those deficiencies may have disappeared over time, especially had Benítez, who Insúa describes as “one of the best coaches I have ever had”, remained in situ. But back then it appeared as if a regular first-team place at an elite-level European club had simply come too soon for the boy from Buenos Aires.Not that Insúa sees it that way. “When you are young you want to play every game,” he insists. “But also I did not have competition. Fábio Aurélio was there but he had many injuries. He was a really good player but could not play. So it was me and [Andrea] Dossena but he wasn’t doing well so Rafa decided to give me his confidence. I was happy, feeling well, and I don’t think I had a bad season.”There was an obvious standout moment – Insúa’s one and only goal for Liverpool. It came in a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in the fourth-round of the Carling Cup and was the type of thumping, long-range volley that would have had Alan Partridge talking about traction engines had he been doing the commentary.“Long ball from Martin Skrtel, Ryan Babel head back, I control and shoot,” Insúa says as he recalls the strike. “I always felt good in this stadium, the Emirates. I don’t know why. And this was a really nice goal.”Having been encouraged by Hodgson to leave Liverpool, Insúa joined Galatasaray on loan in August 2010. It was the start of a nomadic existence for the player as he then moved to Sporting Lisbon and Atlético Madrid on permanent deals. There followed another loan spell, this time at Rayo Vallecano, before he signed for Stuttgart in July 2015. Read more The defender, who has been capped five times by his country, has become a first-team regular at the German club and despite suffering one Bundesliga relegation in 2016 and currently being close to another – Stuttgart are 16th and on their third manager of the season following Markus Weinzierl’s recent sacking and the appointment of Nico Willig as his successor – he is keen to extend his stay. For Insúa, there is a bigger picture to think about.“In every moment I have tried to do the best for my career. It has brought me a lot of experiences but now I have a family, two kids, and for them I want to be at a club for a long time,” he says. “That is why I was in Madrid for two years and now this is my fourth year in Stuttgart. It is the club I have been at the longest.“At the beginning it was a little scary because it was a different country, a different language, but I’ve lived abroad for a long time so I am used to travelling. I have settled down very well – the city is great and a lot of Argentinians live here. That has made it easier for all of us.”Asked for one final memory from his time at Liverpool, Insúa pauses. “Nothing compares to playing at Anfield,” he eventually replies, allowing another smile to spread across his face. Insúa in action for Liverpool during a 2-0 victory over Wolves at Anfield on Boxing Day 2009. Photograph: Tim Hales/AP Share via Email Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

Barcelona vs Leganes: Messi not in Valverde’s XI

first_imgBarcelona can turn their attentions back to La Liga on Sunday after successfully progressing in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, thanks to a 3-0 win over Levante at Camp Nou.Leganes are next up for Ernesto Valverde’s side, who command a two-point advantage over Atletico Madrid at the summit of the standings, having played one game fewer.They are expected to stretch that back to five points against opponents who are only three points clear of the relegation zone – though will have to do it without Lionel Messi. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Barcelona vs Leganes Date Sunday, January 20 Time 8.30pm GMT / 3.30pm ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live  and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be streamed live on Eleven Sports One. UK TV channel Online stream N/A Eleven Sports One Squads & Team News Position Barcelona squad Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Miranda, Gonzalez, Chumi Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal, Denis Suarez, Arthur, Alena Forwards Messi, Suarez, Coutinho, Dembele, Munir, Malcom Samuel Umtiti remains the foremost injury problem for Ernesto Valverde, who is without Rafinho and Sergi Samper, but Thomas Vermaelan is fit to startOusmane Dembele retains his spot in attack alongside Luis Suarez, but there is no Lionel Messi or Ivan Rakitic so Arthur Melo and Carles Alena start.Barcelona starting XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Vermaelen, Alba; Alena, Busquets, Coutinho; Arthur, Suarez, Dembele Position Leganes players Goalkeepers Lunin, Cuellar, Serantes Defenders Siovas, Omeruo, Dos Santos, Tarin, Silva, Nyom, Juanfran Midfielders Oscar, Recio, Vesga, Gumbau, Eraso Forwards Arnaiz, Merino, Ojeda, El Zhar, Braithwaite, Santos, En-Nesyri Leganes were hit with severe injury problems before beating Real Madrid in midweek and those issues have not eased much since.Midfielders Alexander Szymanowski and Ruben Perez are the most notable absentees, but they are also bereft of attackers Guido Carrillo and Diego Rolan, meaning the midweek matchwinner Martin Braithwaite will start once more.Ezequiel Munoz is struggling to be fit in the defence and Unai Bustinza, who would typically fill in, is banned.Leganes starting XI: Cueller; Nyom, Tarin, Omeruo, Siovas, Silva; Oscar, Vesga, Recio, En-Nesyri; BraithwaiteBetting & Match Odds Barcelona can be backed at 1/6 to win with bet365. A draw is priced at 7/1, while Leganes are 16/1 to cause a major upset.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more .Match Preview Luis Suarez BarcelonaBarcelona’s progress to the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey has been mired in controversy, despite a thumping 3-0 success over Levante in midweek.Two goals from Ousmane Dembele and another from Lionel Messi gave them a resounding midweek success, though it was the 2-1 loss a week earlier that fell under scrutiny as their opponents claimed they had fielded an ineligible player in the form of Chumi, who should have been banned.The Spanish FA (RFEF) ultimately threw out the claims of their opponents but head coach Ernesto Valverde was still forced to step in and voice a defence of the club.“We acted correctly,” he affirmed. “If you look at the competition rules we did nothing wrong. Some people may interpret the rules a different way.“It needs to be made clear – not for the person who is writing the rules but for the people who are reading it.”More pressing for Barca, though, is a fixture against opponents who shocked them 2-1 in September.“We played very badly,” he remembered. “It was good during the week and we all had the feeling that we were going to win it but in a minute they scored two goals.“We have to learn from that. For us it is essential to get the points and start the second round of the season well.”Leganes, meanwhile, come into this encounter heartened by a 1-0 win over Real Madrid in midweek, although it was insufficient to knockout the capital giants from the Copa del Rey. An organised defensive side, they will hope to disarm Barcelona with their direct approach, which they have already shown this season can get the better of even the biggest teams.last_img read more

Bale’s hopes of Jiangsu move ended by Santini deal

first_imgGareth Bale’s chances of moving to Jiangsu Suning are all but over after the Chinese Super League side signed Croatian striker Ivan Santini from Anderlecht to reach their quota of foreign players.The Real Madrid forward has been tipped to leave the club as Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane did not see the Welshman in his plans for next season. Jiangsu Suning had reportedly offered Bale a £1m-a-week deal to make the move to the Far East and an agreement was claimed to be imminent. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? However, reports over the weekend suggested the deal had been called off at Real’s request, with the Spanish giants reluctant to let Bale go on a free transfer.Any hopes of the deal with Jiangsu Suning being revived have seemingly been quashed by their deal for Santini.The club also signed Brazilian defender Miranda from Inter last week, meaning they now have five foreign players on their books.Chinese Super League regulations only allow clubs to have four overseas-born players included in their official squads at any one time.Former Liverpool defender Gabriel Paletta, who is Italian, is expected to leave the club to bring that tally down to four, but there would still be no room for Bale.The club’s other two foreign players, Brazilian Alex Teixeira and Italian Eder Martins, are considered first-team regulars so are unlikely to be moved on in order to accommodate the former Tottenham man.Bale, who has three years left on his contract, now has to consider pushing for another move elsewhere or remaining at Real, where a first-team place is far from guaranteed.Zidane has made it clear that Bale no longer figures in his plans but the club have found it hard to move the player on.The Spanish side are looking to recoup some funds after an extensive summer outlay so would be reluctant to let Bale go for nothing, but finding a club willing to pay a transfer fee and match Bale’s lucrative wages has proved impossible so far.Madrid have welcomed Bale back into their pre-season squad and with a serious injury suffered by Marco Asensio depriving them of an attacking option, may now have little choice but to find a place for him in the squad for the 2019-20 campaign.last_img read more

College Football Analyst Makes Score Pick For Michigan-Wisconsin

first_img No. 11 Michigan (plus 3½) at No. 13 WisconsinWolverines have lost four straight at Camp Randall, dating to 2005 … WISCONSIN 24-20.Michigan needs this one – badly. The Wolverines came into the season with College Football Playoff hopes, though they’ve largely underwhelmed through two weeks.Wisconsin will be tough to beat, though, and most experts are going with the Badgers at home.The Wolverines will need the Shea Patterson-led offense to show up in a major way on Saturday afternoon if they’re going to emerge with a win.Michigan and Wisconsin are set to kick off at noon E.T. on FOX. Jonathan Taylor celebrates touchdown for the Wisconsin Badgers.MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 09: Michael Deiter #63, Jonathan Taylor #23, and Austin Ramesh #20 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrate after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Camp Randall Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)The biggest Big Ten game of the season to date is taking place in Madison on Saturday afternoon.Wisconsin, the No. 13 team in the country, is hosting No. 11 Michigan at Camp Randall Stadium at noon E.T.The Wolverines are the higher-ranked team, though the Badgers enter Saturday’s contest as the favorite.Associated Press national college football writer Ralph D. Russo has made his score pick for the game. He likes the home team.last_img read more

3rd ODI: Andrew Balbirnie 145 not out powers Ireland to series-levelling win vs Afghanistan

first_img3rd ODI: Andrew Balbirnie 145 not out powers Ireland to series-levelling win vs AfghanistanAfghanistan vs Ireland, 3rd ODI: Andrew Balbirnie smashed an unbeaten 145 not out to help Ireland beat Afghanistan by 4 wickets in Dehradun. The five-match series is now tied at 1-1.advertisement Associated Press DehradunMarch 5, 2019UPDATED: March 5, 2019 21:08 IST Andrew Balbirnie celebrates his century (Photo tweeted by @ACBofficials)HIGHLIGHTSAndrew Balbirnie scored an unbeaten 145 to guide Ireland to a 4-wicket win vs Afghanistan in the 3rd ODIEarlier, Afghanistan rode on Najibullah Zadran’s unbeaten century to post 256/8The five-match series is currently locked at 1-1Andy Balbirnie’s career-best 145 not out anchored Ireland to a four-wicket victory over Afghanistan in the third one-day cricket international on Tuesday.Balbirnie’s third ODI century off 136 balls, which featured eight sixes and eight fours, led Ireland to 260-6 with an over to spare in reply to Afghanistan’s 256-8. The series was square at 1-1 with two games to go.Balbirnie played all four Afghanistan spinners with ease, and together with George Dockrell (54), shared a match-winning, 143-run stand for the fifth wicket, after Ireland was in trouble at 73-4 in the 16th over.Earlier, Najibullah Zadran smashed 104 off 98 balls and his maiden ODI hundred for Afghanistan.Captain Asghar Afghan (75) shared a century stand with Zadran, after Ireland reduced Afghanistan to 74-5 in 19 overs.The fourth match will be on Friday.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Andrew BalbirnieFollow George DockrellFollow Najibullah Zadranlast_img read more

Everyone is confident of their position: Rishabh Pant ahead of West Indies vs India 3rd ODI

first_imgEveryone is confident of their position: Rishabh Pant ahead of West Indies vs India 3rd ODITeam India will have a chance to seal the series when they take on the Jason Holder-led side in the final ODI on Wednesday.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service Port of SpainAugust 14, 2019UPDATED: August 14, 2019 10:11 IST (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTS”Want to play positive cricket and win matches for India,” Pant saidPant also said that the team management is looking to give chances to every player in the squadIndia took a 1-0 lead in the 3-match series as they won the second match by 59 runs (DLS method)Young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has often been criticised by many for throwing away his wicket and not playing according to the conditions. However, Pant has insisted that his focus remains just on playing positive brand of cricket and winning matches for India.”Obviously, as an individual, I would like to have a big score. But every time I go out there in the middle, I am not focusing on that,” Pant said on the eve of the third ODI between India and West Indies.”I just want to play positive cricket and win matches for the team. Every match is crucial for me. I want to keep on improving as a cricketer.After the first ODI got washed out, India took an unassailable 1-0 lead in the three-match series as they won the second match by 59 runs (DLS method). And the Men in Blue will have a chance to seal the series when they take on the Jason Holder-led side in the final ODI on Wednesday.Asked about the environment in the dressing room, Pant said, “Everyone is calm in the dressing room. We are just focusing on the match. We need to win the final ODI and end the series on a high.”Ever since the World Cup, Pant has been playing at the number four spot in ODIs. However, he has not had much success there. Even in the last ODI, he scored just 20 off 35 balls before getting bowled by Carlos Brathwaite.Shreyas Iyer, who came in to bat next, scored a 68-ball 71 and provided great support to skipper Virat Kohli who scored a match-winning hundred at the Queen’s Park Oval.advertisementFormer skipper Sunil Gavaskar even said that Iyer should bat at number four and Pant at five.However, the 21-year-old feels that currently, the team management is giving chances to every individual in the squad and looking for a settled middle-order.”We are not experimenting (with the middle order). We are just giving chance to everyone whosoever is in the team,” said Pant.”Everyone is confident of their position because the team management is supporting them.”Talking about the pitch conditions on offer in West Indies, Pant said, “The wicket is on the slower side. It’s not like flat wicket. So, you need to give yourself time and then score.”Also Read | 3rd ODI: High-flying India look to maintain clean slate vs West IndiesAlso Read | India vs West Indies: Rohit Sharma looks to surpass Yuvraj Singh in 3rd ODIAlso Read | No insecurity, we enjoy each other’s success: Krunal Pandya on HardikFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Rishabh PantFollow India VS West Indieslast_img read more

Important Rural Agriculture Business Receives Government Investment

first_imgA rural poultry processing plant that has been supporting the growth of Nova Scotia’s agricultural industry for the past 65 years, will receive an investment from the province of Nova Scotia for working capital. A $3.5-million loan for ACA Co-operative Ltd. in New Minas, through the Department of Economic Development’s Industrial Expansion Fund, will help the company maintain 650 jobs with an annual payroll that exceeds $25 million annually. ACA also creates almost as many spin-off jobs. “This sole poultry processor for Nova Scotia has grown significantly over the years and continues to seek and develop new markets for its quality products,” said Economic Development Minster Angus MacIsaac. “This investment further demonstrates the province’s commitment to supporting economic growth in rural areas of the province and maintaining important jobs.” Since 1943, ACA Co-operative Ltd. has grown to include seven divisions including eggs, feed, hatchery, poultry, retail farm equipment and processing. The company operates a processing poultry meat operation, breeder barns for producing selected genetic broiler chicken crosses, chick hatchery, feed mill, table egg division and grading facility, a retail division for farm furnace and diesel fuel, farm equipment division, and an outlet store. “ACA is an integral part of Nova Scotia’s agricultural industry, which generates about $450 million in the province,” said acting Agriculture Minister, Ron Chisholm. “Along with chicken, it processes nearly all of the turkeys available in Nova Scotia and 25 per cent of our eggs, offering people the opportunity to buy local food products.” The company’s major customers include Sobeys, Co-op Atlantic, Sysco Food Service and commodity markets in Ontario and Quebec. Its annual sales exceed $110 million. “We take great pride in producing top-quality products for our customers and playing an important role in our industry,” said Sue Payne, chief executive officer of ACA Co-operative Ltd. “With this investment, we will continue to contribute to the industry and support our community.” The Industrial Expansion Fund is one method used by the government of Nova Scotia to support economic development in the province. The Industrial Expansion Fund has considerable flexibility in the amount and type of funding it can provide.last_img read more

CEO ReAppointed

first_imgEvents East Group announced today, Aug.16, that Carrie Cussons has been re-appointed president and CEO of the organization for a three-year contract until Nov. 30, 2021. “The organization has continued to thrive under Carrie’s leadership, as proven through the successful transition to the new Halifax Convention Centre this past year,” said Justin McDonough, chair of the board of directors for Events East. “Stability is critical as the organization continues to work through transition and we have full confidence in her vision for the future.” Ms. Cussons was appointed president and CEO of the organization for a two-year contract in 2016. She brings a diverse business background, including over two decades of management experience with a concentration in financial and operational leadership. She joined the organization in 2009 as chief financial officer and oversaw the corporate services group with responsibility for finance, human resources and technology. She quickly became a strategic lead in all areas of the business and was responsible for developing and implementing the organization’s plan to prepare for the transition to the new convention centre. During her tenure as president and CEO, she led the successful opening, operations and event attraction strategy for the Halifax Convention Centre as well as continued operations of Scotiabank Centre and Ticket Atlantic. “I am proud to be leading such a talented, committed team during an exciting time for our organization,” said Ms. Cussons. “Together with our partners and community, we will continue to attract a strong, diverse mix of events to Nova Scotia with a focus on creating memorable event experiences for each and every guest we host.” Events East is a government partnership between the Province of Nova Scotia and the Halifax Regional Municipality. It manages and operates the Halifax Convention Centre, Scotiabank Centre and Ticket Atlantic. To view Ms. Cussons’ full biography, visit, http://eventseast.com/carrie-cussons .last_img read more

China lashes out at Freeland over response to protests in Hong Kong

first_imgOTTAWA — Protests raging in Hong Kong are threatening to become yet another irritant in Canada’s fraught relationship with China.China’s embassy in Canada on Thursday denounced the Canadian government’s recent comments on the ongoing protests as “irresponsible” and “erroneous.”That appeared to be a reference to a statement from Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, which expressed Canada’s concern over the unrest and described freedom of expression and assembly as the “bedrock” of society in Hong Kong.Protesters in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory have been out in force in recent days over a proposed extradition law that would allow suspects to be sent to China for trial.Thursday’s statement from the Chinese embassy accused Canada of interfering in the affairs of the region and urged Ottawa to get behind the proposed law.Freeland said any legislation should preserve Hong Kong’s autonomy, judicial independence and rule of law.“Hong Kong affairs are purely China’s internal affairs, (which) no other country, organization or individual has the right to interfere in,” the embassy statement said.“No country should interfere in the internal affairs of other countries on the grounds of caring for its expatriates. Canada also has many foreign expatriates. What really affects Hong Kong’s business confidence and international reputation is not the amendment of the ordinance, but those acts of violence, which have been incited by external forces and damage social peace and disregard the law.”Hong Kong police reportedly fired rubber bullets and beanbag rounds at the thousands of protesters who broke through barriers outside government headquarters and the legislature Wednesday, leaving 81 people injured, according to Hong Kong’s Hospital Authority. Police said 22 officers were among the injured.Officers at one point “had no choice but to escalate the use of force to disperse the crowd,” Stephen Lo, the Hong Kong commissioner of police, told reporters Thursday. “The behaviour of the violent protesters yesterday (Wednesday) imposed a serious threat to the public order.”Police used more than 150 rounds of tear gas during Wednesday’s clashes, Lo said. That’s nearly double the amount used in major 2014 protests.“The ongoing protests in Hong Kong, which are among the largest in the city’s history, demonstrate the deep concern among the people of Hong Kong about their future,” Freeland said in a statement Wednesday.“Canada remains concerned about the potential effect these proposals may have on the large number of Canadian citizens in Hong Kong, on business confidence, and on Hong Kong’s international reputation…. Freedom of expression and assembly are the bedrock of Hong Kong’s free society. It is vital that any legislation preserve Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy, rule of law, and independent judiciary.”It was the first time Hong Kong police have used tear gas since the 79-day, pro-democracy “Umbrella Movement” demonstrations in 2014, which marked the beginning of a shift to a tougher police approach.Officers also fired several rubber bullets and 20 beanbag rounds, which Lo said other countries deployed as non-lethal methods to quell riots and rebellions, and also used batons, pepper spray, and pepper based solution. Many protesters wore hard hats, masks, plastic wrap and carried umbrellas as protection. Eleven were arrested.“We are unarmed,” said Daniel Lee, a 42-year-old doctor who noted the police wore respirators to protect against tear gas. He said it was the last chance to fight for Hong Kong’s future.“It’s expected that we will be hit. There’s no way. If no one stands by the kids’ side, they will not have any help. This is it.”Canada and China are locked in a diplomatic standoff over last December’s arrest in Vancouver of high-tech scion and Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who is the target of a U.S. extradition request on charges of violating American sanctions against Iran. China has detained two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, in apparent retaliation.Freeland firmly rebuffed China’s latest demand Thursday to free Meng, saying it would set a dangerous precedent that could endanger all Canadians abroad.The unapologetic rejection came in Washington, where Freeland ended two days of meetings with top Trump administration officials and U.S. lawmakers, a table-setter for next week’s White House meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump.“It would be a very dangerous precedent indeed for Canada to alter its behaviour when it comes to honouring an extradition to treaty in response to external pressure.”— With files from The Associated PressThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

National Energy Board should be dismantled government panel

first_imgThe Canadian PressOTTAWA – A panel advising the government on how to overhaul the National Energy Board says the regulator should be dismantled and replaced with two new agencies, all within a more coherent national energy policy.The five-member panel, appointed last fall, presented its report this morning to Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr.After months of public hearings and talking to stakeholders, the panel says the National Energy Board has been given an impossible task: regulating the growth of the industry and marrying its growth with the government’s climate-change goals.The panel recommends the government create a new national strategy which incorporates Ottawa’s policy vision on energy, the environment, and the economy.And it says the government should take up to a year to itself consider whether any new project proposals align with that vision.It recommends dismantling the board and replacing it with two agencies to separate the functions of regulation and review from the analysis and production of energy-related information.The government is accepting comments online on the panel recommendations until June 14.The review fulfills part of Carr’s ministerial mandate to “modernize the National Energy Board to ensure that its composition reflects regional views and has sufficient expertise in fields such as environmental science, community development and indigenous traditional knowledge.”The former Conservative government passed legislation in 2012 that allowed cabinet to override the board’s rejection decisions. Prior to that change, cabinet only saw projects the board had recommended for approval.The government ought not be able to overturn a National Energy Board decision except through the courts, Lesley Matthews, an energy industry consultant and former Kinder Morgan Canada, wrote in a commentary for the C.D. Howe Institute.“What’s the point of going through this process of having people present evidence and having the decision made on evidence if it can just be made on non-evidence,” Matthews said in an interview.At the same time, the government needs an energy policy framework for the country that would serve as the guidebook to the national regulator as to whether or not a particular project fits Canada’s vision.A perceived conflict of interest derailed the board’s review process for the Energy East pipeline project last year after some of the appointees met privately with former Quebec Premier Jean Charest, who was lobbying on behalf of TransCanada Corp., the company proposing the project.Matthews said the government and its regulator should review whether the board’s headquarters should be in Calgary, where its operates alongside the head offices of many of the companies it is supposed to regulate.Erin Flanagan, program director of federal policy for the Pembina Institute, said the role of performing environmental assessments should be confined to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.As it stands, the National Energy Board and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission are the only two national bodies that still do their own environmental assessments, Flanagan noted.The National Energy Board has a mandate to regulate the construction and operation of fossil fuel pipelines and power lines that cross provincial or international borders, as well as the imports and exports of natural gas, the export of oil and electricity and oil and gas exploration.It is an arm’s length, quasi-judicial tribunal that reports to Parliament via the natural resources minister.last_img read more

Lanka abstains from voting against death penalty

The document was adopted by a recorded vote of 117 in favour to none against, with 67 abstentions. The UN General Assembly, during its session last week adopted 56 resolutions and 9 decisions. Amnesty International said that in the vote, the fourth such vote by the plenary session of the UNGA since 2007, there was an increase of two in support from the last vote in 2010.New voters in favour of the moratorium included the Central African Republic, Chad, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Sudan and Tunisia.As a further positive sign, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia moved from opposition to abstention. Amnesty expressed regret that Bahrain, Dominica and Oman changed their abstention to a vote against the resolution. Sri Lanka last week abstained from voting at the UN General Assembly in favour of abolishing the death penalty.The draft resolution on a moratorium on the use of the death penalty was adopted by a recorded vote of 111 in favour to 41 against, with 34 abstentions. Meanwhile Amnesty International welcomed an increase in global support for abolition of the death penalty.“Although the UNGA vote is not legally binding, it does express the will of the international community and is a strong signal from the world body. The death penalty is the ultimate form of cruel and inhuman punishment – we oppose its use in all circumstances,” Amnesty International’s UN representative in New York José Luis Díaz said in a statement. According to Amnesty International Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Namibia went from a vote in favour to an abstention. Sri Lanka also abstained from voting for the draft resolution on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. read more

Food poisoning hospitalises 24

Food poisoning at a wedding party saw 24 people being hospitalized in Batticaloa, the police media unit said today.The incident occurred in Periyakalura, Batticaloa last night and the patients continued to receive treatment in hospital today. The patients had suffered from headaches, vomiting and fever after eating the food at the wedding and they were subsequently admitted to hospital.The hospital however said that the patients are not in serious condition. (Colombo Gazette)