Sinclair on brink of Villa deal

first_img Sinclair could also be included in Villa’s squad for Sunday’s trip to Arsenal, should the move be completed in time. The 25-year-old joined City from Swansea in 2012 but made just three starts and 19 appearances in total. He has played just 25 minutes this season and has not featured for City since coming on late in the 2-2 draw with Burnley in December. Sinclair spent last season on loan at West Brom but failed to make an impact, playing just eight times in the Barclays Premier League. He will become Villa’s second January signing after Carles Gil joined from Valencia earlier this month, while they have also been linked with a move for MK Dons’ Dele Alli. Lambert has been looking to add creativity to his side, who have scored just 11 league goals this season. The winger will sign until the end of the season with a view to a permanent move, Press Association Sport understands. The deal looked off last week when Villa boss Paul Lambert claimed it was dead but the clubs revived talks earlier this week. Manchester City flop Scott Sinclair is set to complete his loan switch to Aston Villa within the next 24 hours.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Source: Ex-Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen to Be Released from Prison

first_imgThe agency has the authority to release inmates on furlough for up to 30 days.A federal judge had previously denied Cohen’s attempt for an early release to home confinement, saying in a ruling earlier this month that it “appears to be just another effort to inject himself into the news cycle.”However, the Bureau of Prisons can take action to move him into home confinement without a judicial order.Other high-profile inmates have also been released from the federal prison system amid the pandemic.Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was released on home confinement last week.Meanwhile, Michael Avenatti, the attorney who represented adult star Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against President Trump, was temporarily freed from a federal jail in New York City. President Trump’s longtime lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, is about to be a free man.Cohen is set to be released from federal prison on Thursday, due to the risk of coronavirus on inmates. He is expected to serve the rest of his sentence at home, according to a source.He has been held at FCI Otisville in New York, after pleading guilty to charges of campaign finance fraud and lying to Congress.The 53-year-old began serving his sentence a year ago and was scheduled to be released from prison in November 2021.Attorney General William Barr ordered the Bureau of Prisons earlier this year to increase home confinement and release eligible high-risk inmates.The Bureau of Prisons has placed Cohen on furlough as it continues to process his move to home confinement, the source familiar with the matter said.Confirmed… Inmate tests positive for #coronavirus at FCI Otisville Satellite Camp. It’s time for the Federal Government to act responsibly!— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) March 31, 2020last_img read more

Fifa World Cup FIFA World Cup 2018: Twitterati go berserk as France become World Champions!

first_imgFrench bartender at Café Paulette in Brooklyn sprays the whole crowd in Champagne as France wins #WorldCup2018. #FrancevsCroatia— Brendan Jay Sullivan (@MrBrendanJay) July 15, 2018 New Delhi: France have been named the World Champions following their cruising 4-2 victory against Croatia in the FIFA World Cup 2018 Final.Youngster Kylian Mbappe stole the limelight once again as he netted France’s fourth goal in the 64th minute.The Paris Saint Germain forward is the second teenager to score in a World Cup final after Pele (1958).After Les Bleus’ win, Twitter went bonkers as the congratulatory messages came for the French team.Here are the best reactions: For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

ICC World Cup Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup 2019 due to thumb injury, Rishabh Pant to replace him

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Rishabh Pant will replace Shikhar Dhawan in the World Cup squad. India will play its next game agianst Afghanistan at Rose Bowl in Southampton. Bhuvneshwar Kumar suffered from hamstring injury against Pakistan. highlightscenter_img New Delhi: The India opener Shikhar Dhawan is officially ruled out of ICC World Cup 2019 after sustaining a thumb injury in the encounter against Australia. The wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who has featured in five one-day Internationals for India, will replace him. Rishabh Pant was called by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ahead of the marqee clash against Pakistan to join the team for precautionary measures. In the meantime, he was seen practising with the team, and also cheered from crowd at Old Traffors in Manchester. The moustache rolling southpaw has often been termed as the man of ICC tournaments, and even in the two games he featured this World Cup, he was looking in dazzling touch. Against the five-time champions, Australia, he even smashed a memorable hundred to set the platform for a big score. His contribution on and off the field will certainly be missed by India. Rishabh Pant, on the other hand, will be playing his first ICC 50-over tournament and will look to utilize his Indian Premier League (IPL) form in the games to come. However, with the playing XI looking settled, it looks highly unlikely that Rishabh will feature from the next game. Rishabh Pant has scored 93 runs in the four innings, with the highest total of 36 runs against West Indies in the home series. He averages just over 23 in ODI cricket, which isn’t anywhere near to his own set standards. Interestingly, India has now four wicket-keepers in the squad – MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, KL Rahul, and Rishabh Pant. The Media Manager of BCCI while addressing the media said, “Shikhar Dhawan has a fracture at the base of the first metacarpal of his left hand. He will remain in cast until mid-July which rules him out of ICC World Cup. We have requested Rishab Pant as the replacement.”The Indian speedster, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, on the other hand, also suffered hamstring injury and has been ruled out for at least three coming games. The final statement on the 29-year-old is yet to be released by the BCCI. If at all, he is ruled out of the World Cup, the young sensation Khaleel Ahmed will certainly be India’s first choice to replace him for the rest of the tournament. Meanwhile, India will play their next game against the minnows of the tournament, Afghanistan at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Earlier in the tournament, India played against South Africa at the same ground and emerged as victorious. Here’s the tweet: last_img read more

NBA: Brawl in LeBron James Lakers Home Opening Game

first_imgWith four minutes left in the game, Rockets guard James Harden drew a foul while driving to the hoop, making a layup over Lakers forward Brandon Ingram to put the Rockets up by 109-108. Ingram, though, didn’t like the call. The 21-year-old quickly shoved Harden in the back, drawing a technical foul.While a scrum assembled in the lane, and Ingram still chirping, Lance Stephenson ran in, grabbed Ingram and walked him away from the situation — likely in an effort to de-escalate it.Suddenly, with players spread out across the court, Lakers point guard Rajon Rondo and Rockets point guard Chris Paul were face to face in the lane. Paul could be seen pointing his finger into Rondo’s face, shoving him slightly. Rondo responded by throwing a punch, and Paul then threw two punches back.Ingram, seeing what had happened, ran into the pile from across the court and threw a punch of his own. From there, a brawl ensued.Ingram, Paul and Rondo were all ejected from the game after officials reviewed the incident. The three will likely face suspensions and fines from the league as soon as possible — since the Rockets play again on Sunday night.Paul later said the incident started because Rondo had spit in his face. While that has yet to be seen on video, Paul can be seen wiping off his face right before the two started fight, Paul was still incredibly angry after the game, too, because a member of Rondo’s family apparently made “inappropriate” comments to his wife, Jada, in the stands after the fight, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony also confirmed after the game that there was a “spitting incident,” which he called “unacceptable.”According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Lakers officials are backing Rondo’s “contention that he didn’t spit” on Paul, while the Rockets are insisting that he did.The Rockets held on to their slight lead after the fight to take the 124-115 win, spoiling James’ opener in Los Angeles and picking up their first win of the year.Before the fight late in the game, Harden and Paul were dominating offensively — especially in the first half.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram After months of waiting, LeBron James finally made his debut with the Lakers in Los Angeles on Saturday night.Naturally, the energy at the Staples Center was electric — Lakers fans couldn’t help themselves.While James was the main focus in the battle against the Houston Rockets, a fight late in the fourth quarter stole the attention away from his home debut — and resulted in three ejections. LeBron Jameslast_img read more

Spanish GP: Hamilton takes pole position ahead of Bottas

first_img 3 weeks ago Bruins beat Hurricanes 4-3 in 2 OT in game delayed 15 hours WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News 3 weeks ago Lewis Hamilton urges broadcasters to do more to promote F1’s anti-racism message FOLLOW US 3 weeks ago Verstappen looks to usurp Hamilton again with Spanish GP win 4 weeks ago “What a shot:” Casey can only watch as PGA hopes vanish LIVE TV WE RECOMMENDcenter_img COMMENT Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 16th August, 2020 13:32 IST Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton secured a record-extending 92nd pole position at the Spanish Grand Prix, nudging Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas into second place by just .059 seconds on Saturday.Bottas was ahead of championship leader Hamilton on the first two splits but lost a fraction of time when he came out too wide from a turn at the end of his lap.All day today I’ve been struggling a bit in (that) sector, Bottas said after missing out on a 14th career pole. Of course it is annoying but Lewis did a good job.The winding 4.7-kilometer ( 2.9-mile) Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with its combination of slow and fast corners, is one of the hardest for overtaking. This gives Hamilton every chance of claiming an 88th F1 victory that would move him within three of Michael Schumacher’s record.As usual, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen looked the only driver capable of staying with the Mercedes and he qualified in third place  .708 seconds behind Hamilton.It is the maximum we can do at the moment, so pretty happy with that,” Verstappen said.I hope I can apply a bit of pressure (in the race). It is very hard to overtake here, but we will do everything we can to be close to them and make it difficult. Racing Point’s Sergio Perez, who missed the last two races as he recovered from the coronavirus, was fourth ahead of teammate Lance Stroll.It was another bad day for Ferrari, with Charles Leclerc ninth and Sebastian Vettel a dismal 11th, despite having a new chassis fitted. Four-time champion Vettel is enduring his worst start to a season since 2008 and has yet to finish in the top five of a race.Track temperatures on the circuit reached 50 degrees C (122 F) when qualifying started shortly after 3 p.m. local time.It would be nice to have an ice cream in here,” Stroll joked over team radio.Renault driver Esteban Ocon took part despite a heavy crash near the end of morning practice, where Hamilton was fastest ahead of Bottas and Verstappen. Mercedes also led practice on Friday with Bottas and Hamilton swapping places and Verstappen twice third.Ocon went off the track when he had to swerve suddenly to the right to avoid crashing into the back of Kevin Magnussen, who hit the brakes late. He went into the wall and damaged the front of his Renault, bringing a red flag out to stop the session and giving the team just two hours to repair the car. Stewards investigated the incident and took no further action.The guys did a great job to get the car ready, Ocon said.The French driver made it through the first part of qualifying, known as Q1, where five are eliminated. They included both Haas and both Williams cars.Verstappen won last Sunday’s race at Silverstone to end a streak of three wins for Hamilton and four straight for Mercedes. It also moved the Dutch driver up to second place in the standings behind Hamilton, with Bottas dropping to third.Hamilton has won the last three Spanish GPs, although those were held in May in lower temperatures not so tough on tires.It’s the first time I’ve been here in Barcelona when it’s been this hot. Physically it’s tough, it’s so fast around here,” the veteran British driver said. The forces to our body are pretty intense and the tires are what we are really struggling with. You see drivers crawling around just to keep the temperature out.” Image credits: AP 3 weeks ago 3 Indians in LPGA event for 1st time; Aditi, Diksha, Tvesa to play at Ladies Scottish Open Last Updated: 16th August, 2020 13:32 IST Spanish GP: Hamilton Takes Pole Position Ahead Of Bottas Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton secured a record-extending 92nd pole position at the Spanish Grand Prix, nudging Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottaslast_img read more

Safer Gambling Forum: ‘The industry needs to do a lot more’

first_img GVC – YGAM’s Parent Hub is a vital tool for honest and open conversations August 4, 2020 YGAM calls for diverse perspectives on regulatory change August 3, 2020 Share Related Articles Share Submit YGAM achieves City & Guilds status for second year August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon At the inaugural SBC Safer Gambling Forum, which took place at the CasinoBeats Summit in September, industry leaders came together to discuss some of the most pressing responsible gambling topics at the minute.During Responsible Gambling Week (RGWeek 2019), which runs until 13 November, SBC will look at some of the topics addressed during the forum, and what measures the industry can take to promote responsible gaming.Moderating a panel focused on ‘Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) – the key to sustainable gaming’, David Flynn, CEO of Swintt, addressed the topics of discussion that would be touched on by the panel before providing a brief background on his industry career and touching on how CSR and responsible gaming are important to him.   Speaking on the panel was the Director of Digital at The Health Lottery Yakir Firestane, CEO of Microgaming John Coleman, Co-Founder of Green Jade Games Jasper Kӓrrbrink, Founder & Chief Executive at YGAM Lee Willows and Former CEO of Sky Betting & Gaming Richard Flint.Flynn briefly discussed the iGaming industry, citing the H2GC report which projects €64bn to be delivered in 2024, before kicking off the panel discussion by opening up to Kӓrrbrink who gave his opinions on CSR. The co-founder of Green Jade Games stated: “The gaming industry is so consumed with responsible gaming and a lot of people in the gaming industry see responsible gaming as CSR and in my opinion that is wrong. Responsible gaming is something that we should do anyways, its part of the business it should be more seen as a hygiene factor and its actually a pretty smart business decision.“To take responsible gaming carefully is not CSR. CSR is something you do outside the business, something where you use your momentum and the power you have in your company to do something good like cleaning the ocean as we did – We had a boat shipped with its captain and staff picking hundred of kilos of plastic everyday. For me that’s CSR.“When I speak to a lot of colleagues in this industry they say ‘we don’t do CSR because it’s going to come back and bite us in the back’ because they have not yet done the hygiene factor. I think that’s one of the things that hinders this industry, to take the leap it should which also means its much more important for the operators and providers that are doing the right thing to actually take the next step and do CSR initiatives because as an industry, it’s embarrassing how little we spend on this with the money we make   In response to Kӓrrbrink’s personal definition of CSR, Flint provided an element of debate to the panel with his response: “I like to be controversial. I think what has been said about doing stuff that is unrelated to gaming and that has a broader social purpose is obviously a big part of CSR and is really important not least to get back the debate and to recruit people etc.“But, I do think there is potentially a risk that if we don’t focus on doing the right thing, which will involve turning away certain revenues in our core business which is gambling, then all this stuff will be seen as trying to wash the story and an irrelevance to try and distract people from what many think is a fundamentally damaging activity. “So, I think there’s two parts to it. There’s the sort of doing broader good things but also there has to be, maybe as a hygiene factor although I don’t think it is for everyone, a focus on running our day-to-day business which is gambling in some shape or form in a way that provides the most enjoyment without harming people.”In response to the comments made by his fellow panelists, Coleman added a providers perspective on the topic as he walked the panel through some of the initiatives he is involved in: “I think at a public perception the industry needs to do a lot more, but, I think it’s wrong to say the industry isn’t involving itself in CSR initiatives. I do think there are a lot of businesses who do noble CSR initiative. “The type of things we have evolved probably predates most of the companies that sit outside. It started as that intent to give back, it genuinely did. I joined the business in 2004 and for a number of years we were generous and we will continue to be generous at quite substantial levels. I’m not sure if that sets us apart but it’s something we have done consciously. That evolved into ‘Microgaming play it forward’ and we combined everything that we did into this one initiative in 2014. Now we support areas such as education, charities, the environment and we have a cultural ambassador etc. “We go across the environment in terms of our support so the type of things which I think is core to our business and what’s changed it is that we embedded it at a cultural level. We made the mistake initially that whether I wanted to support a charity because I liked it didn’t necessarily mean that our staff got it. What changed for me was when suddenly we pushed the power to our staff and now they are intimately involved in the CSR initiative.“As a business, who drives our CSR initiative is our staff. I promise you the staff that you will be bringing in nowadays, CSR is important to them. They will not join our business unless we/they feel responsible. Coming from staff initiative, we in the business give everybody a daily lunch allowance which is reasonably generous but we are finding is the behaviour of staff. Let’s say they had 50p change, they were going buying chocolate. We put the question to them to not spend the change and to give it to charity – it changed their perspective and now through that initiative we’ve raised over £90,000 of additional money and now the staff vote and nominate the charity. That to my mind is culturally embedding CSR within the business.”      Keeping on the topic of charitable donations, Firestane added: “I think that it’s not only running our business in a way that doesn’t harm people its running our business with having the ability to do something good built into the business model. So, not running the business in such a way that you dont do bad is ok, but CSR is probably running your business in such a way that you actually do good. That’s how I would put it. “Obviously as a lottery it is baked into our license. The interesting thing is that we are slightly venturing outside of lottery, so we’ve sublicensed our brand to launch a casino, and we’ve chosen to continue supporting health-related charities from the profits of our casino and that actually proved to be a good business decision because it allows us to diversify – it gives us a USP, it reduces our CPA’s it helps us do good business.   “When the Health Lottery was setup we setup one single charity that gets all the money we raise and their job is to find projects to fund. Now the Health Lottery, me the person who is selling the tickets, we have absolutely no influence with what they do with the money and then that gives them the freedom of choice and the freedom of decision to go and find really small grassroots projects that are interesting. I think that is actually a very interesting model because let’s be honest with ourselves, Cancer UK doesn’t need our money, they have enough. But there are many small vulnerable charities, projects and initiatives that do. It’s harder to find them but if we truly are in this to do good then we don’t really need that brand.”Regarding CSR, willows agreed that it was completely different when compared to responsible gambling. He viewed it as a tool that can be used to win the hearts and minds of customers as well as a catalyst to reverse the negative press associated within the industry. He provided a charities perspective on CSR, concluding: “I think the media story around responsible gambling is owned by quite a negative press, certainly in the UK, there’s a lot of untruths spoken in parliament and I think CSR can potentially be a catalyst to get the story back as well as to drive profits and attracting the best talent to come work for you. “There is a real strong perceived influence that if as charities we work directly with the industry somehow we’re in the industry palms, but it couldn’t be further away from the truth. Certainly for us and other charities in the room, we’ve got an independent board from a governors point of view we can evidence that and I think we actually as charities need to do a bit of work to get that message out and work with operators to get over that hurdle of being in the industries pockets.”last_img read more

CHAN 2016: Nigeria knocked out as Tunisia advance as group winners

first_imgNigeria have been eliminated from the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Rwanda after a 1-0 loss to Guinea.Sunday Oliseh’s Nigeria side who needed just a point to qualify put up an insipid display as  Ibrahima Sory Sankhon’s goal knocked them out.Sankhon scored the only goal of the game on the stroke of half-time as he turned the ball in from the edge of Nigeria’s six-yard box to send Guinea through.The Carthage Eagles of Tunisia advanced to the last eight as winners of Group C thanks to a 5-0 win over Niger.Saad Bguir scored a brace before half-time to set Tunisia on their way to victory.Bguir’s first for came after just four minutes with a low scuffed shot from just outside the Niger area. The with five minutes until half-time He doubled his personal tally after he capitalized on a defensive mix-up to get in behind the Niger defence and fire the ball into the roof of the net.Ahmed Akaichi added a thirdwith 13 minutes left to play.The rout was completed minutes with goals from Ali Maaloul and Hichem Essifi.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Stat Attack: Hiku solves Warriors’ centre problem

first_imgCentre has long been a problem position for the Auckland club, particularly finding one who could be relied upon defensively.Not since Brent Tate left the club in 2012 has there been genuine stability on the right edge.But ask Shaun Johnson and he’ll tell you that void has finally been filled by Hiku, a Warriors junior who rejoined the club this season after five seasons in the NRL with Manly and Penrith and a brief stint in England.”Collectively that right edge have done an awesome job so far this year and Peta has been a rock there for us,” he said.”He never shies away from a tough carry and for me, defending inside him, he is always into me about where to be and that. He has helped myself, Tohu (Harris) and David (Fusitu’a) a lot.”Hiku has always been known as a solid defender, but he has shown flashes of brilliance with ball in hand this season and he is a big reason why Fusitu’a sits atop the Telstra Premiership’s leading try-scorer list.The 25 year-old is averaging 131.3m per game and has three clean line breaks to go with his pair of try assists.Hiku admits to being “more or less” pleased with his personal form, but says there is still a lot of room to improve.”Attacking wise, I feel like I’m going alright but I’m not satisfied with my defence just yet so that is something I will continue to work on,” he said.”Nobody can do it on their own. If there is one person slacking off it throws the whole defensive line so if we can all just key in and do our jobs individually, we should go all right on Friday against a tough Dragons side.”The Warriors were enjoying a record-breaking five wins on the trot to start the season before being upset 27-18 by the Brisbane Broncos last Friday at Mt Smart Stadium.”The streak was never an issue for us, everyone has a loss in their season, we haven’t done anything different this week in terms of our preparation,” Hiku said.”We just all need to bring the energy this week because we know we were off  (against the Broncos).”last_img read more

PVL: PayMaya gets hold of top spot after tripping Iriga-Navy

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FILE – PayMaya High Flyers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPayMaya climbed to the top spot of the standings after sinking Iriga Navy, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 25-23, in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Saturday at Batangas City Coliseum.The High Flyers improved to a 3-1 card but could share the ownership of the topseed if Creamline wins over Pocari-Air Force in the second game.ADVERTISEMENT Macy Ubben and Macy White had 26 and 20 points, respectively, for the 1-2 Lady Oragons.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trialcenter_img ONE: Lee retains title, Gaiyanghadao becomes first Super Series champ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film PayMaya head coach Roger Gorayeb said its imperative for them to get one of the top two spots but he wants his team to not just settle for the second seed.“We want to reach the top two but of course I want my team to be the no. 1,” said Gorayeb in Filipino. “Every team already lost at least once so I think we’re in a good position we just have to continue winning.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We just tried to keep the ball flying and in play,” said Nicole Rountree, who had 24 points to lead the High Flyers.Shellby Sullivan and Aiko Urdas has 11 points apiece for PayMaya. LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READlast_img read more