The League Cup Burnley, Hull and Queens Park Rangers have all been handed away trips in the first round of the Capital One Cup.Tuesday’s draw saw the trio, relegated from the Premier League last season, pitted against Port Vale, Accrington Stanley and Yeovil Town respectively.Fulham, who spent 13 years in the top-flight before relegation in 2014, also face a tricky away fixture, against League Two play-off finalists Wycombe Wanderers.Middlesbrough, losing finalists in last season’s Championship play-off final, visit League One side Oldham Athletic.There are two London derbies, with Charlton Athletic hosting Dagenham & Redbridge and Conference champions Barnet welcoming Millwall, while Leeds and Doncaster will contest an all-Yorkshire affair at the Keepmoat Stadium.Bradford, 2013 League Cup finalists, will travel to local rivals York and Sheffield United, semi-finalists last season, will travel to Morecambe.Full Capital One Cup first round draw:Carlisle United v ChesterfieldNottingham Forest v WalsallFleetwood Town v Hartlepool United Scunthorpe United v BarnsleyBolton Wanderers v Burton AlbionAccrington Stanley v Hull CityRochdale v Coventry City Oldham Athletic v MiddlesbroughHuddersfield Town v Notts CountyBlackburn Rovers v Shrewsbury TownMorecambe v Sheffield UnitedDoncaster Rovers v Leeds UnitedWigan Athletic v BuryNorthampton Town v BlackpoolSheffield Wednesday v Mansfield TownRotherham United v Cambridge UnitedCrewe Alexandra v Preston North EndYork City v Bradford CityPort Vale v BurnleyPeterborough United v Crawley TownYeovil Town v Queens Park RangersPlymouth Argyle v GillinghamSwindon Town v Exeter CityBristol Rovers v Birmingham CityIpswich Town v StevenageLuton Town v Bristol CityCharlton Athletic v Dagenham & RedbridgeWolverhampton Wanderers v Newport CountyBrentford v Oxford UnitedPortsmouth v Derby CountySouthend United v Brighton & Hove AlbionMilton Keynes Dons v Leyton OrientCardiff City v AFC WimbledonMillwall v BarnetWycombe Wanderers v FulhamColchester United v Reading 1
The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended till November 15 the time for Uttar Pradesh government to come out with a vision document on protecting the Taj Mahal, and asked it to consider declaring a portion of the area surrounding the monument as ‘heritage’.A bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur, S. Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta was informed by the State government that Delhi-based School of Planning and Architecture, which is preparing the vision document, has sought an extension of time till November 15 to finalise it. Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta, who was appearing for the State government, told the court that “in-principle” there cannot be any objection in declaring entire Agra as a heritage city but that would have several ramifications. He said it would be difficult to declare the entire city of Agra a heritage city but some portion of it could be brought within its ambit covering sites like Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort.“If it is difficult for entire city of Agra, then some area surrounding the Taj Mahal can be declared as heritage,” the bench told Mr. Mehta. The ASG said the State government has sought the assistance of Ahmedabad-based Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology on this issue and asked it to prepare a report on it. Advocate Aishwarya Bhati, who was also representing the State, told the bench that even in Ahmedabad, the entire city was not declared as heritage. She said an area of around 5.5 km in Ahmedabad was declared as heritage. Besides seeking extension of time for the vision document, Ms. Bhati told the Bench that the School of Planning and Architecture has asked for three additional experts from the field of water resources, air pollution and a hydrologist to prepare the paper. She suggested names of institutes from where these experts could be called to assist the school in the work. The Bench allowed the request and asked the person in-charge of these three institutes to appoint an expert to assist in the process of preparing vision document. The ASG said that a communication would be sent to the Ahmedabad-based institute so that a final decision on declaring portion of Agra city as heritage could be taken soon. The Bench has posted the matter for hearing on November 29. During the hearing, the Bench, while referring to media reports, asked as to whether Chandni Chowk in Delhi would be declared as heritage. The state had earlier told the court that they would come out with vision document by October 15. The Centre had earlier told the court that it had communicated to the Uttar Pradesh government to send a proposal to declare Agra a ‘heritage city’It had also said that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) was in the process of preparing a heritage plan for the Taj Mahal which would be filed with the UNESCO in three months. The apex court had earlier asked the authorities to take a larger perspective on issues of pollution and green cover while preparing a vision document, saying that there will be no “second chance” to preserve the Taj Mahal. The top court, while observing that the Taj Mahal would “of course be the centre piece” of the matters to be considered, had said that other issues like vehicular traffic, pollution from the industries operating in the Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ) and the water level of the Yamuna river, should also be looked into while preparing the vision document. The TTZ is an area of about 10,400 sq km spread over the districts of Agra, Firozabad, Mathura, Hathras and Etah in Uttar Pradesh and the Bharatpur district of Rajasthan. Environmentalist M.C. Mehta, the petitioner in the case relating to the protection of Taj Mahal, had told the court that green cover in the area has reduced and there were encroachments in and outside the Yamuna flood plains there. He had referred to apex court’s 1996 order in the case and said several industries have come up in the area, with many of them operating beyond their capacity. The top court, which has been monitoring development in the TTZ area to protect the Taj, had earlier slammed the Centre, Uttar Pradesh government and TTZ authority for their failure to restore the pristine glory of the Taj Mahal.
A week has passed since the murder of senior journalist J. Dey, but the Mumbai Police are yet to achieve a breakthrough in the case. To make matters worse, the name of Indian Mujahideen (IM) has cropped up in the case. On Saturday, the Mumbai Police control room received a call saying Dey was murdered by men belonging to the IM. Police officials said the call came from Yemen.The police said the call came at around 5.30 in the evening. The man who called up said Dey was allegedly killed by one Mohammed Rafi. He claimed Rafi worked for the IM and the shooters were hired from places as far as Bihar, Andhra Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Each man received Rs 4 lakh for the murder, the caller said. Police officers are now trying to trace the call to verify if it was genuine or a hoax.The 56-year-old editor (special investigations) with Mid-Day was shot dead by four assailants in suburban Powai on June 11. In another development, the police are trying to find out why the journalist took around 45 minutes to reach his place after leaving his mother’s home in Ghatkopar.Police officers said Dey should have taken a maximum of 15 to 20 minutes to reach home and are probing whether the journalist met anyone in between. The police also said they have questioned 150 people so far in connection with Dey’s murder. They claimed that Mateen Iqbal Hatela, one of those detained, had misled the police by confessing to the crime. However, he could not provide the details such as the spot where Dey was shot and whether he was walking or was on his motorcycle.advertisement- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
Spin twins Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja took three wickets each to help India thrash Sri Lanka by 304 runs in the opening Test and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series at the Galle International Stadium on Saturday. (SCORECARD)Chasing a mammoth 550, Sri Lanka, reduced to nine men after skipper Rangana Herath and Asela Gunaratne were ruled out, failed to put up a fight before being bundled out for 245 in their second innings.India’s spin duo of Ashwin (3/65) and Jadeja (3/71) dominated with the ball on the penultimate day of the match as opener Dimuth Karunaratne and stumper Niroshan Dickwella provided some resistance before falling on respective scores of 97 and 67.Here are some of the stats and records from the match:- The last time India toured Sri Lanka in August 2015, they lost in the Galle Test. Since then they have had a 75% win percentage. India have played 24 Test matches since then, winning 18, drawing five and losing just one. – The 304-run win is India’s biggest ever by run margin outside India. Their previous best being 279-run win against England at Leeds in 1986.- Sri Lanka, on the other hand, succumbed to their biggest defeat at home by run margin. Pakistan had beaten them by 301 runs at Colombo in 1994.- India can start to make a habit of scoring 600+ totals in Tests, as they have ended up on the victorious side 14 times whenever the first innings score has gone over 600, while they have drawn equal number of times.- Since the Boxing Day Test match of 2014, India have won the most number of Tests with 18 wins in 28 games. Second on that list is Australia with 15 (out of 30), next England with 13 (out of 33) followed by Pakistan, Sri Lanka and New Zealand all with 11 wins and South Africa winning 10 test matches.advertisement- Instrumental in India’s such good run of form would be their mercurial captain Virat Kohli, who is now tied in third with Michael Vaughan on 17 wins after 27 matches as the skipper on the all time list which is led by two Australians – Steve Waugh (20 wins), followed by Ricky Ponting (19 wins).- On the opposite spectrum, Kohli is second on the list of fewest losses after 27 Tests as captain. Fellow Indian, Sunil Gavaskar, leads the list with just two losses , followed by Ray Illingworth (England), Viv Richards (West Indies), Ricky Ponting (Australia), MS Dhoni (India) and Kohli, all of whom have three losses.- As Kohli reached his 17th Test hundred, he completed the task of reaching the three-figure mark for the 10th time. He thus became the fifth fastest to reach the mark in 44 innings. Ahead of him is the are the likes of Don Bradman, Mahela Jayawardene, Steve Smith and Steve Waugh (is descending order).- Something that Kohli can be proud about is the fact he is the only male-cricketer to have an average of more than 50 in all three recognised formats of the game in International level at the moment.- Dimuth Karunaratne isn’t that fortunate, he was dismissed for 97, missing his 6th Test 100 as an opener. Only Marvan Atapattu (16), Sanath Jayasuriya (13), Tillakaratne Dilshan (8) have made more centuries as an opener in the Sri Lankan colours.
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Tune into the NRL Footy Show tonight to see a feature on the 2015 Touch World Cup. NRL Films were in location on finals day of the 2015 Touch World Cup in Coffs Harbour to cover the event, with the feature including interviews from Touch Football Australia CEO, Colm Maguire as well as Australian representatives Dylan Hennessey, Ben Moylan and Scott Prince. Be sure to tune in Channel Nine from 9.00pm (AEST) to re-live the 2015 Touch World Cup!Related LinksNRL Footy Show
Winter fitness advice from Dan Withers, Cowboys NRL Touch Premiership player, PT and owner/director of VidaFit training centre in Rockhampton…Stay motivated: Remember this: when you think it’s too cold to train, so does your opposition. Let them stay in bed and use winter as a great time to out-train your opposition and put distance between you and them. Oh and, a reminder that summer bodies are built in winter!Grab a buddy, have a plan: Every Sunday, plan your training for the week ahead. Make appointments to meet your buddy at specific times and hold each other accountable. Like a coffee date – a bit more sweaty but the same type of endorphin rush at the end.Warm up your cardiovascular system: Really focus on getting into a nice, relaxed breathing pattern early in your warm-up by breathing deep into your lower belly, especially when it’s super cold. This will help you get more oxygenated blood and nutrients to your muscles. Gradually warming up your cardiovascular system is just as important as warming up your muscular system.Check out VidaFit on Facebook and Instagram.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Martial agent hits out at Man Utd after contract option triggeredby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Anthony Martial has taken aim at Manchester United over their contract negotiations.United have taken the option to extend Martial’s current contract by one year, tying the Frenchman to Old Trafford until 2020. But talks over a new five-year contract have so far proved fruitless.It is understood Martial is keen to remain at Old Trafford but his agent Philippe Lamboley has now revealed the club have much to do if they want to keep the player in the long-term.“I am very pessimistic about discussions going positively,” Lamboley told RMC Sport.“They’ve already made several offers that come nowhere near to what we expect.”
Klopp not angry after Liverpool almost blow three-goal lead against RB Salzburgby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJurgen Klopp insists he wasn’t angry after Liverpool blew a three-goal lead against RB Salzburg.Goals from Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool a comfortable lead after 36 minutes.Hwang Hee-Chee grabbed one back from the visitors on 39 minutes, and Takumi Minamino’s volley reduced the deficit further shortly after half-time.Substitute Erling Braut Haaland tapped in an equaliser five minutes later.However, Salah popped up for his second on the 69 minute mark to save Liverpool’s blushes. And Klopp was pleased his side didn’t give up all three points.He told BT Sport: “It’s better to learn the lessons during the game than talk about it after it.”I thought we were outstanding in the first 30 minutes, then the Salzburg system changed and we lost the ball so that caused us problems.”The momentum changed and it was really difficult to get a foot in the game. We had to wait until they had scored the third goal, then we were able to strike back.”I’m not angry – I saw us play really well and try hard to get back into the game and score a really nice goal. You don’t need to score six or seven goals.”[Salzburg] are a good side but the first 30 minutes we made it really difficult for them and played outstanding.”I told the boys they want to enjoy the whole night and they will fight back.”This is group is really difficult but we wanted the three points and now it’s game on.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
ESPN FPI ESPNCollege football season will be here in less than two months. If you’re looking for a quick primer on which teams are the favorites to take home the hardware in 2016, we’ve got you covered.ESPN’s FPI, which, according to the network, is a “measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season”, predicts that Florida State will be tops this year. The Seminoles are projected to win 10.6 games, despite having the nation’s third-hardest schedule.LSU, Oklahoma, Clemson and Tennessee round out the rest of the top five. Alabama, last year’s national champion, comes in at No. 6. Here’s the top 25:1. Florida State 2. LSU 3. Oklahoma 4. Clemson 5. Tennessee 6. Alabama 7. Ole Miss 8. Oklahoma State 9. USC 10. Georgia 11. Michigan 12. UCLA 13. Washington 14. Texas A&M 15. Ohio State 16. Louisville 17. Auburn 18. Florida 19. Notre Dame 20. North Carolina 21. Stanford 22. Baylor 23. Texas 24. Pittsburgh 25. ArkansasIf you’d like to see where all 128 teams rank, head on over to ESPN. Only time will tell how accurate their rankings turn out to be.