England international Lewis Cook is wanted by Tottenham Hotspur. Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? RANKED Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST TOP WORK Tottenham Hotspur could finally be set to do some summer transfer business after being linked with a £30million move for Lewis Cook.The Bournemouth ace impressed last term and earned his first senior England cap against Italy in March this year. Lewis Cook to Tottenham would be sex— Jon Mackenzie (@Jon_Mackenzie) August 1, 2018 Lewis cook Harry Kane Eric Dier Dele alli Harry winks. Spurs really trying to tie up that England 🏴 captaincy spot for the next decade 😂— TAS🔵⚪️ (@coys100) August 2, 2018 moving on Latest Transfer News IN DEMAND Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Lewis Cook trending! i’m excited about this one.— Charley (@Charley_t11) August 2, 2018 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Lewis Cook would be a good signing for us, looks a good player who’ll only get better— 📍 BGM’ (@Benmurray_10) August 2, 2018 three-way race LIVING THE DREAM 1 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Lewis Cook 🙏 Yes please rate him very highly. Top player. Get this one done Poch and Levy 🙏😎— Matty Heneghan (@Matt_SFC95) August 2, 2018 The fine all-round central midfielder, 21, fits the parameters for Spurs’ summer targets given he’s a young homegrown talent, and in the one position the club could do with improving.While current team-mate and ex-Spurs star Jermain Defoe previously told talkSPORT Cook was similar in style to former White Hart Lane star Luka Modric.And upon hearing about the rumours this morning, the club’s supporter turned to Twitter to react.Not everyone seemed happy, but a section of the fanbase are getting very excited by what looks to be a sensible move in the current market give his potential. You can see what they said below. REVEALED LEWIS COOK LEWIS COOK WHAT A PLAYER Winksy Cook and Skipp in midfield could life get better— Kieran (@ToDeleIsToDo) August 2, 2018 targets The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star If we are in for Lewis Cook then that is a perfect Poch player. I’d be very happy with that— Allspurs (@all_spurs) August 2, 2018
There were only Test matches once. Then came One-Day Internationals (ODIs) of 60 overs each, which got reduced to 50 overs (the form that we see it in today). After several decades of one-day cricket, came another format which captured the imagination of the cricket globe – T20!The ICC World T20, the Indian Premier League, Big Bash League – T20 cricket is hot property today.And now, nearly 11 years after the first edition of IPL took cricket by storm, comes the T10 format.Just 10 overs of cricket for each team – it does not sound too appealing, I mean how much of cricket are you actually going to even see in that less time? But isn’t this what everybody thought of T20 back in time.T10 has the same ingredients as T20 cricket – Imagine this! 6 fours. 8 sixes. 16 balls. 74 runs – this is how Afghanistan wicket-keeper Mohammad Shahzad gave a fiery start to the second edition of the T20 league in United Arab Emirates (UAE). Who can now say that T10 will never catch up and won’t find takers?TERBULENT TAKE OFF…”You can take it to the moon, to the Amazon jungles,” Rameez Raja tells T10 league CEO, Colonel Arvinder Singh in commentary in typical self-aggrandizement of the league. Col. Singh signs off with a sheepish thank you.Singh, who has previously served as CEO of Kings X1 Punjab and Gujarat Lions in the IPL, knows that things were not so rosy only a month ago. He took over the T10 league responsibilities in October with the credibility of the experimental 10 overs league at stake following resignation of some management members and then title sponsors under investigation for Ponzi schemes.advertisementRiding on the back of ICC sanction, insiders who flirted with the idea of a four-day T10 league last year say, it turned out to be nothing better than a celebrity league. One account says there was also an instance when the team that reached the ground early was allowed to play before the scheduled match, with the other teams waiting for their turn.”There were a lot of things that did not appear in line with how they should be in a professional league. We have now tried to change a lot of them this time,” Col. Singh says.This second edition of the 12-day league worked under structures including the supervision of the ICC anti-corruption unit and attracted participation from some of the best T20 cricketers around the world. A lot of established power hitters from Shahid Afridi to Chris Gayle and Alex Hales did their gig.NEW BALLS PLEASE…’New balls please’ most commonly heard at Wimbledon, came into fashion in cricket too. Two or three balls a day being dispatched out of the Sharjah cricket stadium became so common, Danny Morrison had a field day with the mike. Michael Slater who has now switched to India-Australia Test commentary was giving Morrison a complex in Sharjah, screaming out as loud as he could. In a format where runs, wickets, nothing seemed in excess, the commentators too choose to use hyperbole liberally.Morrison and Rameez Raja later switched to New Zealand vs Pakistan Test broadcast, unsurprisingly watched by a few hundred spectators. But even the T10 league took time for spectators to warm up to the action. In the first week, the slam dam cricket buzz was nowhere enough to fill the 15,000 capacity Sharjah cricket stadium.By the second week of the 12-day league though, there were packed houses as the popular Pakhtoon franchise led by Shahid Afridi, a big draw with the Emirates based Pakistani crowd, got going.T10 ENHANCES T20 SKILLS…Easy to dismiss and fashionable to malign, T10 is yet to be taken seriously by pundits and seasoned cricket viewers. Some who have just begun to live with and enjoy T20 action, more than a decade after its inception, fail to buy the radical 10 overs concept. “It’s a valid question. But that’s what people said about T20 cricket too. I have been with IPL for all these years and I can tell you that people don’t have time any more. I was speaking to some players and they were saying, T20 cricket too becomes predictable between 7th and 16th over. All the IPL stars are playing here,” the league CEO says.Former Australian all rounder Shane Watson argues 10 overs action will help cricketers enhance their T20 skills. “Every ball is an event from bowling point of view. As a batsman too, you can’t get your eye in. It’s a great challenge and it’s only going to improve T20 skills because people realize what’s really possible now,” he observes.advertisementThe obvious argument also going for T10 is its length. 10 overs a side packaged over a period of 90 minutes a’ la football is seen by many as cricket’s window to Olympics. Former India pacer Zaheer Khan who too rolled his arm over advocates this school of thought. “With only 10 overs, there is that much less time and more pressure on batsmen to go quicker and bowler to innovate. You can create pressure on opposition by only having one or two big players in the side too. It’s a very fast format and if you want to globalise the sport, T10 can be most useful,” he opines.It’s unusual for a bowler to back a format that leaves no room for seam, swing and reverse swing. But Zaheer argues, a good bowler will still find a way. “You have to find the right mindset to create an impact even in this format. A good bowler will always have value,” he says.Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy makes a telling statement why bowlers should stay engaged. “Batsmen win you games, bowlers win you tournaments. That’s true of T10 as well,” he says.One of the tricks that T10 encourages and is already best employed by smart T20 captains is match ups; of using the right batsmen against weak bowlers and vice versa. In the T10 league for instance, in form batsmen like Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow often took advantage against retired or off-colour bowlers.CAN T10 EAT INTO ODI PIE?The most seasoned of IPL coaches Stephan Fleming and Daniel Vettori worked as coaches in the league and took notes. “Stephan Fleming was telling me 10 overs cricket may not affect Test cricket but might affect ODI cricket over a period of time,” former India physio John Gloster said.Fleming’s views hold strength. With the history and character of Test cricket so well defined, result oriented Test contests still find takers. A lot of cricketers who have played T10 cricket say it will boost T20 cricket skills. But with even multiple rule changes failing to keep viewers engaged through a 50-overs contest, ODI games could come under pressure if T10 takes root.Many bowlers are not enjoying the 10 overs blitz though. With a maximum of 2 overs to bowl against batsmen in overdrive mode, the long acquired skills of setting up a wicket become ill-suited to the format.Former India pacer RP Singh shares the bowlers’s sentiment. “I remember when someone hit you for a six in Test cricket, you would remember it for the rest of the year. Here you are hit for a six off the first ball so there is an acceptance that people come for entertainment. If you are hit for 20 runs in an over; as a bowler you think… at least I didn’t go for 25.”SUSCEPTIBLE TO CORRUPTIONFive years back the biggest blot on the most successful IPL brand was the spot-fixing scandal that eventually saw BCCI administration being handed over to court-appointed administrators.advertisementWith short format leagues easy prey for trouble makers, T10 cricket played in UAE with its tainted history could be susceptible.Speaking about the anti-corruption measures adopted during the competition, chairman of T10 league Shaji-ul Mulk said, “We outsourced the entire ICC anti-corruption unit and there was a ICC integrity officer with each team. We want to make it a league where corruption can be checked at every step.”One instance of a corrupt approach from an outsider to a member of a franchise support staff did take place during the league. It was reported on time and handled by the anti-corruption unit.Also Read | Corrupt approach reported in T10 League in United Arab EmiratesAlso Read | Watch what happens when Rashid Khan tries to emulate MS Dhoni’s helicopter shot
Hans-Joachim Watzke says Borussia Dortmund would have made an attempt to sign Cristiano Ronaldo if they had “the financial strength” required to handle both the transfer and salary costsAs well as recruiting a new manager in Lucien Favre from OGC Nice in the summer, Dortmund had a busy time in the transfer market.Barcelona’s Paco Alcacer was brought in on loan, before his deal was later made into a permanent one last month, along with Tianjin Quanjian’s Axel Witsel and Werder Bremen’s Thomas Delaney.Despite the high-profile signings though, Dortmund have reportedly posted a €536m profit and will likely be on the lookout for new talent in the January transfer window.But CEO Watzke admits even they have financial limits that restrict them from making a dream signing like Ronaldo.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The 59-year-old revealed that Dortmund would likely have been unable to pay the additional costs involved in signing Ronaldo, like salary payments.“If we had the financial strength to get and pay Cristiano Ronaldo, we would have done that. But we do not have [that power],” said Watze on Transfermarkt.In the end, Ronaldo left Real Madrid for Juventus in a reported €112m deal and has since enjoyed a stunning start to life in Italy.Although Dortmund themselves aren’t doing too badly either with the club currently leading the Bundesliga with a six-point lead.They’ve also reached the Champions League knockout stages, where they will take on Tottenham in the last-16 next year.
Meanwhile, a joint filing by four industry mail groups including Magazine Publishers of America says no way. “The court left in place the Commission’s findings that the Postal Service had submitted no evidence indicating that its request was causally related to the recession, and that the Postal Service’s financial problems were caused in large part by longstanding structural issues, not the recession.” When it comes to the “Three P’s”–printer, postage and paper–postage costs have exploded in recent years, Cygnus Business Media vice president of operations Tom Martin told FOLIO:. “In 2000, printing was 45 percent to 55 percent of costs, paper was probably 20 to 25 percent of costs, and postage was between 30 to 32 percent. If you look at today’s costs, the printer has probably lost 15 to 20 points because the printer is probably sitting with only 32 percent of overall costs. Paper hasn’t changed that much but the number that has changed tremendously is postage. That’s probably sitting at 46 percent of overall costs depending on the magazine.” Thought the postal battle had achieved temporary détente? Think again.The U.S. Postal Service this week asked the Postal Regulatory Commission to let it implement an exigent rate increase averaging more than 4 percent across most classes of mail in order to make up for volume lost during the recession, reports anonymous blogger Dead Tree Edition. Last year, the PRC denied a similar request to boots rates by as much as 8 percent, saying that USPS cashflow problems were not the result of the recession. However, a federal court has ordered the PRC to review that ruling. “The Postal Service suffered financial harm directly associated with extraordinary and exceptional volume losses that the [inflation-based] price cap mechanism is incapable of addressing,” the USPS brief says. “The Postal Service respectfully requests that the Commission recognize $2.34 billion as a plausible lower-bound estimate of the Postal Service’s financial harm ‘due to’ recession-related volume losses in FY 2008 and FY2009, and approve exigent rate increases (for January 2012 implementation) on that basis.”
Venezuelans line up as they wait for a free lunch at the “Divina Providencia” migrant shelter outskirts of Cucuta, on the Colombian-Venezuelan border, Colombia on 13 February 2019. Photo: ReutersVenezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido took another step Wednesday in an international bid to economically starve president Nicolas Maduro’s regime, announcing the appointment of a new board for Citgo, the US-based arm of state oil firm PDVSA.Guaido—who has been recognised as acting president by more than 50 countries and also heads the opposition-controlled National Assembly legislature, which appointed the new board—is locked in a battle with Maduro for control of the crisis-hit country.The United States, which is leading the push to topple Maduro, has sanctioned key regime financial assets including Citgo, and on Wednesday president Donald Trump once more refused to rule out military action against the leftist leader.Announcing the new six-member board on Twitter, Guaido said it “will be made up of qualified Venezuelans, who are free of corruption and without any partisan affiliation.”“With this decision, we are not only protecting our assets, we are avoiding the ongoing destruction and loss of the business,” said Guaido, who declared himself interim president after incumbent Maduro announced victory in polls the opposition said were rigged.The previous board was named by Maduro, who has presided over the economic collapse of Venezuela.The country is wracked by recession and hyperinflation, while millions of people are suffering from shortages of basic necessities such as food and medicine.‘US blockade’Venezuela earns 96 per cent of its revenues through oil but its production has dropped to a 30-year low of 1.1 million barrels a day.The US was its biggest single customer, buying almost half of its production, which represented 75 per cent of the country’s liquidity.Caracas says the “US blockade” has cost it $30 billion.In announcing the latest raft of sanctions last month, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Citgo can continue to operate, but its earnings must be deposited into a blocked account in the United States, out of reach of Maduro’s regime.As Venezuela’s opposition moved to replace Citgo’s leadership, Trump was hosting Colombia’s president Ivan Duque for talks on the crisis gripping its Latin American neighbour.Declaring himself “sad” about the “turmoil” in the oil-rich nation, Trump demanded that Maduro unblock US aid shipments to the country, sitting on the Colombian side of the border.Key to Guaido’s strategy to oust Maduro is bringing in the aid that has been blocked by Venezuela’s military, at Maduro’s behest.Success would demonstrate to Venezuela’s people that Guaido is able to meet their needs.Maduro says the aid is a “political show” and would be a prelude to a US invasion.“You’ll see,” Trump told reporters at the White House when asked if thousands of US troops could deploy.Duque, whose country has taken in large numbers of Venezuelan refugees, also lambasted Maduro, saying that “obstructing the access of humanitarian aid is a crime against humanity.”‘Feast of hatred’“I think he’s making a terrible mistake” by not letting in the aid, Trump said of Maduro.“We’re trying to get food to people that are starving. You have people starving in Venezuela.”Maduro hit back at the two leaders, terming the meeting a “feast of hatred” and warning: “Hands off Venezuela.”At a huge opposition rally on Tuesday, Guaido vowed that humanitarian aid would enter the country on 23 February.“We have almost 300,000 Venezuelans who will die if the aid doesn’t enter,” he said.In his latest attempt to erode Maduro’s authority over the military, Guaido added: “Here is a direct order to the armed forces: allow in the humanitarian aid once and for all (and) end the repression.”Guaido’s team has met with Brazilian officials to set up a second aid storage centre on that border. The new right-wing government of President Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil has joined the growing coalition against Maduro.But Maduro has so far resisted, portraying himself in the mold of historic Latin American anti-imperialist leaders.He has backing from Russia and China, as well as his armed forces.Moscow weighed in on Tuesday, with foreign minister Sergei Lavrov warning “against all interference in Venezuela’s domestic affairs, including the use of force threatened by Washington.”There have been growing rumours about possible US preparations for some kind of military involvement ever since Trump’s hawkish national security advisor John Bolton was photographed with a notepad reading “5,000 troops to Colombia?”However, on Wednesday the State Department point man for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, played down the idea.Military intervention “is not a path that the US government is pursuing,” he said. “I don’t see a reason” for the use of force.
Scott Heins by NPR News Colin Dwyer 8.29.19 4:30pm Less than three weeks after Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide in prison, a federal judge has formally closed the sex trafficking case against the wealthy financier. On Thursday, Judge Richard Berman of the Southern District of New York approved a request filed by prosecutors to dismiss the charges.”Because Jeffrey Epstein, the defendant, died while this case was pending, and therefore before a final judgment was issued, the Indictment must be dismissed under rule of abatement,” Berman wrote, referring to the rule under which, if a defendant dies midway through a case, their indictment is wiped clean.The decision brings an unsatisfying end to a criminal case that captured the attention of the country — but it does not close the door on future legal matters involving his estate or his associates. Several of Epstein’s accusers have filed major lawsuits against his estate since he was discovered unresponsive in his cell earlier this month, and federal authorities have repeatedly vowed to pursue the co-conspirators who supported his alleged operation.Prosecutors and accusers say that from at least the early 2000s, Epstein and his network of friends recruited girls as young as 14 years old, misled them, and forced them to have sex with him and other prominent men. Though suspicions long lingered around the financier, he eluded attempts to get him to stand trial — including in 2008, when he accepted a lenient plea deal that meant only about a year in jail for the sex crime he admitted.The deal was so lenient, in fact, that after its details surfaced, the controversy led to the resignation of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, who negotiated the agreement back when he was a U.S. attorney in Florida.This time around, Epstein’s accusers at least got the opportunity to tell their stories in an unusual hearing on Tuesday. At that hearing, more than a dozen women came forward to tell stories of how Epstein tricked, coerced and sexually assaulted them, often when they were still underage.”Jeffrey Epstein ruined me. His recruiter ruined me,” said one accuser, who signed her statement “Jane Doe” and released it through her attorney, Lisa Bloom. “The far reaching consequences of that day [that I was recruited] ruined my family’s lives.”Another accuser, Teala Davies, succinctly summed up the hearing for reporters outside the Manhattan courthouse afterward: “All I’m going to say is today was a day of power and strength.”It was also a day of disappointment. Many of the women in the courtroom expressed just how devastated they were to receive the news that he had taken his own life and once more avoided trial.But it’s not over. At the hearing Tuesday, prosecutors vowed that the dismissal of charges “in no way lessens the government’s resolve to stand up for the victims in this case.” The next day, the FBI released a new call for his alleged victims to contact the agency with their stories.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Jeffrey Epstein’s Criminal Case Closed After His Death…