Bordeaux defender Laurent Koscielny: Why I had to leave Arsenalby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBordeaux defender Laurent Koscielny has opened up on his departure from Arsenal.The French defender left Arsenal under somewhat of a cloud as he forced his way out by refusing to go on the club’s pre-season tour to America.But the 34-year-old has now revealed he wanted to leave for the sake of his family.Koscielny told L’Equipe: “A Premier League season is very long. It requires a lot physically and mentally. I didn’t feel I could play 40-50 matches and I didn’t want to end my career with injuries.”I’ve gone down a level, but to take more pleasure.”Either I finished there or changed clubs. With my family, we felt it was time.”Everything was in my thinking: football, my physical state, my wife, my children, the daily life we could have.”I can only say that I left with my head held high. All of those I worked with for nine years… everyone respected my decision to return home with my family.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Kolkata: The IIT Kharagpur has signed an MoU with Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) to set up a Petaflop high performance computing facility and data center funded under the National Supercomputing Mission. PetaFlop is the measurement of computing power based on the frequency of mathematical calculations that can be done per second. Setting up of the 1.3 PetaFlop high performance computing facility and data center is going to change the face of computation-based research and development in India, an IIT KGP statement said Thursday, adding that the MoU was signed on March 12. With the growing importance of high performance computing in newer research areas in cancer, data protection etc, such facilities as the one being built at IIT KGP will become a core factor in various research domains, the statement said. IIT KGP Director Prof P P Chakrabarti said the initiative will be undertaken at the Centre for Computational and Data Sciences, located at the institute campus and large-scale computational support will be given to the researchers, who are engaged in research activities in diverse areas of national importance. The facility is expected to come up in the next 3-4 months with the work to be carried in three phases of – ‘assembling, assembling and manufacturing and design and manufacturing,’ the statement quoted Director General, C-DAC, Dr Hemant Darbari as saying. The C-DAC is a premier R&D organisation of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY). All products and accessories will be indigenously designed and manufactured in India.
Cairo: Egyptians voted Saturday in a referendum that aims to cement the rule of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former coup leader who presents himself as a rock of stability in a turbulent region. Voters were being asked to back amendments to the constitution to allow Sisi, 64, to run for another six-year term while boosting his control over the judiciary and giving the military even greater influence in political life. The three-day referendum bucks the trend of North Africa’s mini-Arab Spring, in which mass pro-democracy protests this month swept away veteran presidents in Algeria and Sudan. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USSisi himself was among the first to vote when polls opened, casting his ballot in the upmarket Cairo suburb of Heliopolis. In Shubra, a working-class neighbourhood of the capital, dozens of voters, mostly women carrying their children, queued outside a polling station in the local high school. In Cairo, troops and police were deployed in numbers although the interior ministry denied to give any nationwide figures. Egypt is still battling a jihaidst insurgency based in the Sinai Peninsula that has seen attacks in Cairo and other cities. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSisi has argued that he needs longer to complete the job of restoring security and stability after the turmoil that followed the overthrow of veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak in the Arab Spring of 2011. Out on the streets, his supporters waved flags bearing their campaign motto: “Do the Right,” as they pressed passers-by to turn out and vote ‘Yes’. At a polling station in Manyal, a Cairo suburb overlooking the Nile, Mohamed Abdel Salam, 45, said he was voting enthusiastically in support of the changes. “I don’t care about the presidential terms,” he said. “Sisi could stay forever as long as he’s doing his job… and he has already done a lot”. Sisi won his first term as president in 2014, a year after he led the army in overthowing elected Islamist president Mohamed Morsi following mass protests against his single turbulent in power.
Srinagar: A militant belonging to the Harkatul Mujahideen (HuM) was killed Friday in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said.Acting on a credible input about the presence of militants, security forces had launched a cordon and search operation at Ramnagri in Herpora area of the district, a police spokesman said. “During the operation, the hiding terrorists fired on the search party. It was retaliated leading to a brief exchange of fire,” the spokesman said. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghHe said one militant was killed who was identified as Ishfaq Ahmad Sofi alias Umar, a resident of Model Town-B in Sopore area of Baramulla district. “According to police records, Ishfaq had a long history of terror crime records and was initially affiliated with proscribed terror outfit HuM. He and other terrorist associates were involved in a series of terror crimes, including grenade attacks on CRPF bunker at Safa Kadal, Soura and Police Station Khanyar,” the spokesman said. Ishfaq, who was arrested earlier and released on bail, had joined the terror ranks again in 2018, he said, adding that incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, was seized from the scene of encounter.
Ohio State’s fourth-ranked rushing defense will face perhaps its biggest challenge of the season Saturday night when it looks to slow Wisconsin’s solid ground game, which features bruising running back John Clay. With 692 rushing yards and nine touchdowns through the season’s first six games, Clay is Wisconsin’s most dangerous weapon and has played himself into Heisman consideration. At 248 pounds, he will be the biggest feature running back the Buckeyes have seen in quite some time. “He doesn’t even look like a running back. He’s a linebacker,” Cameron Heyward said at Tuesday’s weekly press conference. “He’s so explosive and you don’t even know it, but sometimes the team can be feeling down and he makes one big play and he can turn around the game.” Coach Jim Tressel said the defense must also be prepared for the Badgers’ other running back, James White, who counterbalances Clay’s power-running style with his speed. White, at a more standard 198 pounds, has rushed for 485 yards and eight touchdowns this season. “Obviously, John Clay is extraordinary, but you bring in that tempo-change guy and all of a sudden, he hits you with that different type look and I think it’s a great look,” Tressel said. Wisconsin averages nearly 241 rushing yards a game, good for 11th in the country, while the Buckeyes only allow an average of 78.7 yards on the ground. OSU’s defense has not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 29 games. “I think (White) is a little more shifty, but he can be explosive as well,” Heyward said. “It’s going to be critical of us to contain both of them. It’s going to be a hard task and it’s not just going to be one guy, it’s going to take the whole team to just swarm to the ball.” Heyward said the OSU defense will have to remain disciplined and react well to play action. Clay has averaged more than 122 yards rushing in Badger wins, while only rushing for 80 yards in the team’s loss to Michigan State. Last year at Ohio Stadium, OSU held Clay to 59 yards on 20 carries in the Buckeyes’ 31-13 win. “They have tremendous team speed,” Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said on the Big Ten’s weekly conference call. “Some teams have fast linebackers or fast defensive backs. They have fast everything.” Tressel said that aside from being a good power-running team, Wisconsin’s offensive coaching staff has done a good job in being creative with its play calling. But just like any other Big Ten game, they both agree the contest will be won with line play up front. “I think all games are won on the offensive and defensive line,” Heyward said. “In the summer and spring we emphasized if we win every battle in the trenches, we’ll have a great chance of winning.”
Ohio State’s football team will be playing for a championship this year after all. Sort of. Despite NCAA sanctions that have barred the program from playing in the Big Ten Championship game and a postseason bowl, the Buckeyes are eligible to win the Leaders Division title and the trophy that comes with it. Big Ten Conference Scott Chipman confirmed that, “the team (or teams) that finish in first place in the Leaders Division will be considered the Leaders Division Champion and would receive a trophy.” Consequently, in a situation where OSU wins their division championship, the conference would officially recognize and reward the Buckeyes for such a feat. OSU, however, is still ineligible to actually play in the Big Ten Championship – even if they were to capture the Leaders Division crown. Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer said the development was news to him during a Wednesday press conference at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. “Yeah, I don’t even – that’s the first I’ve heard something like that,” Meyer said. While Meyer, who won his debut at OSU against Miami (Ohio), 56-10, last Saturday, said there would be little talk of the matter inside the Buckeyes’ locker room, he did say it could serve potentially as motivation for the team later. “I think somewhere at the point in November or something, yeah, I think that’ll be interesting,” the first-year coach said. OSU is scheduled to play Central Florida Saturday at noon in Ohio Stadium.
While the Ohio State men’s basketball team’s game against No. 2 Michigan didn’t tip off until Sunday, some students started camping out as early as Friday morning. After all, it was the surest way to get the best seats possible, they said. “We got here at 1:30 in the morning to make sure we were here first,” said Marcus Otte, a first-year in exercise science. Their efforts didn’t go unnoticed. Members of the men’s team paid a visit to the students gathered outside the arena Saturday afternoon, and were given a box of Buckeye Donuts by freshman guard Amedeo Della Valle. The gathered students, who dubbed their tent city with a sign that read, “MATTARITAVILLE,” even took a photo with the men’s team. The team wasn’t the only group of people to take notice of the students, either. “A cop showed up around 10 a.m. (Friday) and asked us what we were here for too,” Otte said. The officer nor the rain showers that passed through campus Friday morning, were not enough cause for the students to pack up and head home, though. “The wind was blowing pretty hard this morning and all the water was going to my side of the tent,” said Benjamin Kleppel, a second-year in business. “I took my second tent out around 5 or 6 a.m. just so I wouldn’t get wet.” In fact, camping out is something that some of the students hope will become a regular occurrence. “My uncle works at Duke so I see those students camping out for every game and want to do it too,” said Jake Johnson, a second-year in business education. “I plan on pretty much doing it the second half of the season and for most of the weekend games.” Otte said employees of the Schottenstein Center were shocked to see students camping out two days prior to the game. “Some guy came out here because he didn’t believe it,” Otte said. “It’s my first game doing this, so I’m staying here the whole time and they better get used to it.” A security guard at the venue opened the building every two hours to let the students in so they could use the bathroom. Otte brought food with him. “I grabbed like five of these subs from campus before I came here today to stock up,” he said. “I know I’ll need it.” The group also set up a series of extension cords to the power outlets on the side of the building in order to charge their electronics and pump up air mattresses inside their tents. “It’s always fun to show support,” Kleppel said. “Even though we are not undefeated this year, we are still good, and it is a big game.”
Freshman running back Dontre Wilson answers questions during Ohio State’s football media day August 11.Going into the 2007 BCS National Championship game, Ohio State was undefeated, the consensus No. 1 team in America and heavily favored to beat Urban Meyer’s Florida Gators for college football’s ultimate prize.Coming out of the title game the Buckeyes were outmatched, overpowered and more than anything else, slow, losing to the Gators 41-14.A longtime weakness of the Big Ten has been its inability to match the speed of teams from the SEC, Big 12 and Pac-12.Since Meyer’s return to his home state of Ohio to head the OSU football program, speed has become a focus of the No. 2 ranked Buckeyes in fall camp.Young players like freshman running back Dontre Wilson have been the talk of Columbus since practices started, showing off blazing speed that Meyer thinks this incoming freshman class can add to an already quick team.“Well the ‘06 team did that at Florida. The ‘06 team injected a bunch of speed and playmakers into that 2006 team. I see very similar qualities,” Meyer said. “You look again and you see what number that is and I feel like same way on offense. I feel a little bit of a jolt that’s really going to help us.”At an OSU Media Day, Wilson said he was in a new situation coming into a team and not being the fastest player on the field.“I don’t know, I could probably say that right now about (Bradley) Roby. I don’t know me and him haven’t raced or anything like that yet,” Wilson said of who he thought was the fastest on the team. “I’ve been pretty much one of the fastest players on each of the teams I’ve played on.”Junior wide receiver Evan Spencer was a big part of the offense last season, finishing fourth on the team in both receptions and yards, but has seen a vast improvement in the team’s second year under Meyer’s system.Spencer said he’s confident the team knows its playbook so far.“We’ve still got a lot of tricks up our sleeve and a lot of concepts that we didn’t put in, but in terms of the base core stuff that we’ve got in, everybody’s got it down (pat) and that’s what’s helping us play fast,” he said.Spencer said speed is going to be a big part of his team’s success this year.“Team speed is going to help us win games. I welcome all the speed that we can get, (it will) help us win as many games as possible.”An aspect of Meyer’s system at Florida that the offense did not given much attention last season was the H-Back role, played by a speedy player who has the ability to line up at running back or receiver. The position was made famous by Percy Harvin in his time with the Gators.Redshirt senior running back Jordan Hall was expected to fill the position in 2012, but a freak injury sustained prior to the season coupled with a injuring his right knee during OSU’s 17-16 victory at Michigan State forced him to sit out of all but three games. His return in 2013 should add to an already potent offense.“It’s a lot faster, our tempo’s faster, everything’s clicking,” Hall said. “Everyone knows what they’re doing and that’s when everyone is playing at their best. It’s going to be a fast offense with fast players.”The players aren’t the only ones seeing a difference so far this fall, as the coaches are taking note of the team’s growth in speed.Running backs coach Stan Drayton said he’s excited to open up the playbook more this season and take advantage of a faster group of players.“Urban and I had a conversation about this a few days ago, just in passing. We feel like given the talent we have now we can finally get this thing clicking on all cylinders,” Drayton said. “We’ve got speed, we’ve got some depth at some critical positions right now from a skills standpoint on offense and we’ve got a quarterback that is very knowledgeable of what it is we’re asking him to do.”Meyer is excited for the team to show off its speed in the season opener against Buffalo Aug. 31.“We’re faster. I hope you see that in three weeks. We’re a faster team,” Meyer said.
AS Monaco manager Thierry Henry has backed the club’s decision to appoint Bouabdellah Tahri as a member of the medical staffThe Monégasques have brought in the former distance runner in order to aid the players with mental preparation and their respective injury problems as they bid to turn around their disastrous start to the 2018/19 campaign.Currently, Monaco are 19th in Ligue 1 with just three wins from their opening 16 matches.Henry’s own arrival as the new head coach has done little to change their fortunes with Monaco winning just two games under the Arsenal legend.Now Henry hopes the appointment of a 2009 World Championship bronze medallist will have the desired impact.“I didn’t know him personally, but I think it is a good thing for the club,” said Henry, according to Fox Sports.“We know what he achieved in his professional career. It’s great for the club, he’s not the only one who just joined us in Monaco.“Every team needs it. We had one at Arsenal, one at Barcelona, they are everywhere. That’s it.”How Dagba become one of PSG’s regulars Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 21-year-old full-back Colin Dagba had a very difficult time to break into professional football, but now he’s one of PSG’s regular players.Monaco will take a trip to the Groupama Stadium on Sunday to face Lyon, who are fourth in Ligue 1 and qualified for the Champions League knockout stages on Wednesday by drawing 1-1 at Shakhtar Donetsk.And Henry is well aware of the challenge that awaits his Monaco side in what will be their first Ligue 1 game for two weeks after last weekend’s fixture against OGC Nice was postponed due to riots in Paris.“We have to play this game now,” added Henry.“Winning two games in a row is just anecdotal. You know that we couldn’t play our game against Nice and it may have been better for us to have another win.“That’s what I would have hoped for. We’ll play away once again. It’s going to be a tough game in Lyon.“It is never easy to play them away especially when they just went through in Champions League.”The Lyon-Monaco game will begin at 21:00 (CET) on Sunday.