Antoine Griezmann leaves Manchester United F.C. fans guessing ahead of Europa League final

first_imgAtletico Madrid star striker Antoine Griezmann might have dropped the biggest hint yet regarding his much talked about move to Manchester United in the summer.The French superstar was a guest on the French TV programme Quotidien where he made the surprising admission regarding his future.He was asked by the host about his future and he replied that he will know about in the coming two weeks. When asked about a move to Manchester United, the 26-year-old said with a straight face that it’s possible. He was asked if he understood what he is talking about, he promptly said ‘Yes’ with a smile. Griezmann was pushed further by the host to rate his move on a scale of 10, he replied ‘6’.Antoine Griezmann Manchester ? Possible rpond lintress, qui estime ses chances dy jouer lan prochain 6 sur 10. #Quotidien pic.twitter.com/a6XuihJWVG- Quotidien (@Qofficiel) May 22, 2017Now this comes as a surprise to many as he always maintained that he is happy at Atletico Madrid and would like to stay. While his move has always been talked about in the media, especially after his close friend Paul Pogba’s world record transfer last season, he kept saying that he would love to stay at Madrid.Griezmann, who rose to fame after joining Atletico back in 2014, has been in good form and attracting interest around the world for quite some time now. Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Real Madrid are also interested in him but he ruled out potential transfer to a Spanish club earlier, thus paving the way for United and PSG to lure the attacker in.advertisementGriezmann has scored 26 goals for his club this season and was a star performer in France’s Euro 2016 campaign as well, where France reached the final. He won the golden boot for scoring six goals.His brother Theo is an avid United fan and supports the English club and is very vocal about it. Griezmann himself is a big fan of David Beckham and has revealed in the past that he wears No. ‘7’ and full sleeves is because of the England star.There are reports coming out in Spain that a 85 million pounds move depends on United qualifying for the Champions League and on the club if they’re ready to trigger the Frenchman’s release clause which is believed to be around 85-90 million pounds.While United fans will be happy to see this, they will also be hoping for their team to beat Ajax and lift the Europa League, a trophy that has eluded them till now. It will also mean that they will qualify for the Champions League.United have finished sixth in the league and winning the Europa League is the only way by which they can play in Europe’s biggest competition. Not only that, a CL spot will also boost Jose Mourinho’s chances of landing the most sought after French star at the moment and many more players.This is a rough translation of the interview:Presenter: Where will we be next season?Griezmann: We’ll know in 2 weeks.Presenter: That’s not bad as answer. Ok so if I tell you Man United as David Beckham? What do you say?Griezmann: Possible.Presenter: On a scale of 1 to 10. 10 meaning you’ve signed.Griezmann: 6.last_img read more

The Cardinals Develop Young Pitchers The Cubs Dont Which Team Is Going

Nearly three years ago on a rainy November night in Cleveland, it seemed as though the Chicago Cubs were poised to begin a dynasty. But that promise is gone. The Cubs had an optimistic 69 percent playoff probability on Sept. 17, but a four-game sweep at the hands of their archrivals, the St. Louis Cardinals, all but ended their hopes, and they were eliminated from postseason contention on Wednesday night. And as the Cubs collapse, the Cardinals are headed back to the postseason for the first time since 2015.While Cubs manager Joe Maddon is oft-cited as a possible culprit, he is a useful scapegoat: There is plenty of blame to be shared. And perhaps the most consequential area separating the Cubs and Cardinals is pitching. No team has been more productive in drafting pitchers than the Cardinals have been since 2012 — and few clubs have been worse than the Cubs.Since Theo Epstein was hired to lead the Cubs baseball operations in October 2011, the Cardinals’ drafts lead baseball in pitching wins above replacement produced (29.2 WAR from 117 pitchers drafted and signed), while the Cubs rank 25th (2.2 WAR from 105 pitchers drafted and signed), according to Baseball-Reference.com data analyzed by FiveThirtyEight.1WAR totals include all major league WAR produced by pitchers, not just for the team that drafted the player. A significant part of the Cubs’ rebuilding strategy was to use their premium picks, the spoils of tanking, on position player prospects — and then fill in pitching gaps via free agency with their big-market dollars and through trades. But Chicago produced zero pitching WAR — or worse — to date from six of the seven drafts from 2012 to 2018, placing substantial pressure on the organization to fill the voids externally. Free agency is an inherently risky vehicle to improve a team, especially as players are getting younger, and the Cubs have the oldest collection of pitchers in the majors with an average age of 31.1 years.No club has spent more payroll dollars on pitching this year than the Cubs ($128.4 million), and with a modest return from that investment: The Cubs are just 11th in wins above replacement from pitchers. External additions of Yu Darvish, Craig Kimbrel, Cole Hamels and Tyler Chatwood each have pedestrian fielding-independent pitching marks; none has a mark better than 4.18 on the season. Epstein’s quest to “find pitching,” words he scrawled on an office white board in 2016, has also cost the Cubs treasured prospects in Gleyber Torres2Sent to the Yankees for a half-season of Aroldis Chapman. and Eloy Jimenez.3Sent to the White Sox in the José Quintana trade.Today’s model organizations don’t just tank to successfully rebuild (see the Houston Astros) — and many don’t even have to tank (see the Yankees, Rays and Dodgers). They’re creating draft-and-develop success stories. Those clubs have proven that they can draft well without having to pick near the top of the draft, and they can get more out of the big-league pitchers they acquire, like Houston has done with Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole.The Cardinals, with only one losing season this century, haven’t needed to resort to tanking. They’ve used their drafts to select quality arms — and the value of their homegrown pitching was on display last weekend in Chicago.On Thursday, Jack Flaherty helped St. Louis to a series-opening win with eight dominant innings. Flaherty — drafted by the Cardinals with the 34th overall pick in 2014 — has emerged as one of the best pitchers in baseball in the second half of the season, owning a 1.00 ERA over his last 15 starts. Michael Wacha, one of the Cardinals’ first-round picks from 2012, started Friday’s game and allowed one run over four innings. Then, rookie Ryan Helsley, a fifth-round pick in the 2015 draft, picked up the win with a scoreless inning in relief. Helsley has a 2.23 ERA through 36 1/3 innings this season. And on Saturday, 2016 first-round pick Dakota Hudson (16-7, 3.45 ERA this season) started a wild back-and-forth affair.On the other side of that Saturday seesaw was Kimbrel, signed for $43 million in June to help Chicago’s struggling bullpen. With his team up 8-7, Kimbrel came in for the ninth inning and immediately allowed back-to-back home runs — a devastating sequence for the Cubs. Kimbrel owns a 6.53 ERA on the season.The Cubs are well aware of their homegrown pitching deficiency and have taken steps in recent years to improve their draft-and-development capabilities. Prospect Brailyn Marquez is an early success story. Darvish has been excellent in the second half of this season, though he’s expected to be an ace, given his $126 million contract. But other clubs like the Dodgers, Cardinals and Astros have gotten ahead of, or have been ahead of, the Cubs.While this group of Cubs will always be remembered for delivering a title, fans may be more focused today on the dynasty that might have been, had they followed the model of the rival Cardinals in drafting and developing pitchers.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Agriculture Minister Cautions Against Importing Pork

first_img Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Recommended for you Related Items:agriculture minister, importing, jamaica, montego bay, pork Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMONTEGO BAY, March 29 (JIS): Minister of Agriculture, Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, hascautioned consumers and stakeholders in the food industry, not to panic in the face of the reported shortages in the pork industry and to resist the urge for imported alternatives.“I wish to refer to the current situation as it relates to the reported shortages in the pork industry. While we appreciate that there may be a current tightness in the market, we need to resist the urge to open (the) floodgates of importation and thereby destroying our hard-earned achievements in the sector,” Mr. Kellier said.He issued the caution as he addressed the recent official launch of Jamaica’s ninth Agro-Park, the Sweet River Abattoir Agro-Park near Ferris Cross in Westmoreland. Mr. Kellier noted that the Ministry will do its best to safeguard the gains made and will therefore be calling all stakeholders and industry players to a meeting next week to assess the situation and discuss the way forward.He further told participants at the launching ceremony of the $292 million abattoir, that the Government was committed to providing the legislative framework to ensure the success of the abattoir, by making it mandatory that all commercial meat pass through certified abattoirs.“Together with the National Animal Identification and Traceability System and the recently established Praedial Larceny Unit, we are confident that this arrangement will deal another blow to praedial thieves. I am sure that we can all together make this work,” the Agriculture Minister said. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Paint the world festive

first_imgHave no concrete plans for Holi yet and are bored with the usual farm house parties in Delhi? Get a car and drive down to Bharatpur, Rajasthan. Three hours and we assure you that you will have the chance to experience a very different kind of Holi. The Braj Holi Festival organised by the Department of Tourism (DOT), Government of Rajasthan and the District Administration is being celebrated with lot of fervor and enthusiasm. The event, which will go on for the entire week ending with the final celebrations of Holi on 6th March, was held across Bharatpur, Deeg and. The district administration conducted a nature walk, photography exhibition and a seminar at the Keoladeo National Park. Spread over 29 square kilometers the reserve, locally known as Ghana, boasts of 366 bird species, 379 floral species, 50 species of fish, 13 species of snakes, 5 species of lizards, 7 amphibian species, 7 turtle species, and a variety of other invertebrates.      Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Besides a calming dose of a long walk through the reserve, Rajasthani folk artistes performed at the Udyog Mela, Gramin Haat in the evening of 28th February. Renowned singer, Anuradha Paudwal enthralled the audience at a mega evening concert, organised at the MSJ College Ground in Bharatpur. Known for her songs like Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahi and many more, Paudwal got the city ready for Holi, not letting rains dampen spirits. On 1st March, various rural sport competitions like kabaddi, cricket match, wrestling and tug of war were organised at the Lohagarh Stadium. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe Deeg Palace grounds thronged with people as artistes livened the mood with their performances. The sprawling palace grounds were bright with people celebrating amidst fountains of coloured water and spring flowers. Everyone present there, young or old, irrespective of their caste or creed participated happily as the rain clouds gave way to the sun.Later in the evening, the well known Shree Krishna Dance Ballet was performed by the Delhi-based Shree Ram Kala Kendra. At Kaman, various Holi festivals like Gulal Holi, Doodh-Dahi Holi, Laddu Holi, Phoolon ki Holi, Latthmar Holi were organised at Gokul Chandramaji temple, Madan Mohanji Temple, Radha Vallabhji temple, while Rajasthani folk artistes performed at different bazaars throughout the day. At Kot Upar Stadium, Kaman, artists performed at the Maharaas which was the centre of attraction for the audience.  Entry to all the events during the festival was free of cost with high security around.The Braj Holi Festival was celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm in the state and the entire region looked magnificent with the beauty of dashes of colors in the air. So if Delhi isn’t cool enough – you know where to head to! Have a great Holi!last_img read more

Sanjay Chander to take over as new DGP from July 1

first_imgKOLKATA: In a major change to the Bengal IPS cadre, state Director General of Police (DGP) Virendra was replaced on Friday.In a notification issued late in the day by the additional Chief Secretary of the Home and Hill Affairs department, 1987 batch IPS officer Sanjay Chander has been directed to take over as the new DGP, with effect from July 1. Chander is presently posted as the Additional Director General of Police, Counter Insurgency Force (CIF). He has now been placed in the post of DGP, CIF, until further orders. The sudden removal of Virendra possibly comes in light of the spate of violence in Bhatpara following the Lok Sabha poll results and more recently in Gurap. It is apprehended that his inability to prevent the law and order situation from spinning out of control on multiple instances in this connection has triggered the government to take the step.last_img read more