About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sarri admits ‘Chelsea in trouble’ after beating Crystal Palaceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits they’re “in trouble” after victory at Crystal Palace.Olivier Giroud limped out of Selhurst Park on crutches to add to Sarri’s injury concerns.The World Cup winner now looks set to join Cesc Fabregas, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Drinkwater, Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi on the sidelines.Sarri said: “The problem is his ankle. I don’t know the severity. We have to wait for tomorrow. In the last few days we have been a but unlucky.”In 10 minutes we had three injuries – Fabregas, Loftus and Drinkwater – then Giroud, and we were already without Pedro and Odoi.”We are in trouble because, in January, we have to play every three days. Fabregas is a neck problem.”The injury was in the last five minutes of training, so I’m not sure whether he has to rest for two or 10 days. I will have a meeting with the doctor this evening.”
Seoul: North Korea should take “actual action” towards giving up its nuclear weapons to break the deadlock in talks with Washington, a top security adviser to the South’s president said, suggesting Seoul’s patience with Pyongyang may be wearing thin. President Moon Jae-in was instrumental in brokering the negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington, seizing on the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea to catalyse a rapid diplomatic rapprochement after a year of missile tests, threats and tensions. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBut the first summit between the North’s leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump in Singapore in June produced only a vague commitment to “work toward complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”. Their second meeting in Hanoi last month broke up without agreement, or even a joint statement, as the two failed to come to a deal over sanctions relief and denuclearisation. Since then, Pyongyang has said it is considering suspending the talks and images have emerged of rebuilding works at the Sohae rocket launch facilities. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThat triggered international alarm that North Korea might be preparing a long-range missile or space launch, which could put the whole negotiations process at risk – Pyongyang has not carried one out for more than a year and Trump has repeatedly said its continued moratorium is crucial. A launch of any kind by the North would be a “disaster”, said Moon’s special adviser on national security Moon Chung-in. The “outcome will be catastrophic”, he said. In Hanoi, US officials said, Trump urged Kim to “go all in” and that “the weapons themselves need to be on the table”. In return, they were “prepared to go all in as well”. But it was not clear exactly which facilities at the Yongbyon nuclear complex the North was willing to give up, while they wanted “basically all the sanctions except for armaments” lifted, the officials said. For its part the North’s foreign minister said it only wanted some of the measures eased, and that its proposal to close “all the nuclear production facilities” at Yongbyon was its best and final offer. Moon’s goal, his adviser said, was a “nuclear weapons-free, peaceful and prosperous Korean peninsula” – and he would not accept a peaceful accommodation with a nuclear-armed North. The South Korean president has long pushed engagement with Pyongyang to bring it to the negotiating table, but his security adviser backed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s assessment that “talk is cheap”, saying that the North had given “words and commitment, but no actions”. Kim had told the South Korean leader that he had dismantled 30 per cent of the Sohae missile test site, including “about 20 per cent of the launching pad – but he hasn’t shown us”, Moon Chung-in said.
Taroudant- According to L’express, France medicines agency gave initial approval to the use of cannabis in medical products.The Ministry of Health announced Thursday that an authorization for commercialization has been granted to Sativex, an oral spray containing extracts of cannabis plants that help relieve certain patients with multiple sclerosis (a serious illness).The move brings Paris into line with 17 other European countries, which allow marijuana to be prescribed for medical reasons. Cannabis-based medicines have been banned from the market in France until last June when the Health Minister Marisol Touraine passed a decree that allowed the sale of medications containing cannabis derivatives, like Sativex.This authorization “is a step prior to the marketing of the product, which will take place at the initiative of the laboratory,” the French Ministry of Health said in a statement.This is a “good news” to relieve patients suffering from multiple sclerosis, said Professor Michel Reynaud, a specialist in addiction at the Paul-Brousse Hospital (Paris), according to AFP.In Morocco, there is a national debate over the legalization of the cultivation and exploitation of cannabis for medical purposes.The Moroccan opposition Party of Modernity and Authenticity (PAM) held on December a study day conference to address “The Role of Positive Uses of the Cannabis Plant in Creating an Alternative Economy.”In recent weeks, the Istiqlal party, Morocco’s major opposition party, proposed a draft law to decriminalize and regulate the cultivation of cannabis for medical and pharmaceutical ends, thus, becoming the first party to take this issue to the parliament.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
PSU senior forward Brandon Taylor (10) tries to break past OSU freshman forward Mickey Mitchell (00) during a game in the Big Ten tournament on March 10 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor INDIANAPOLIS – It wasn’t pretty, but it didn’t need to be. In the month of March, synonymous with the adage of “survive and advance,” the Ohio State men’s basketball team did just that.The seventh-seeded Buckeyes (20-12, 11-7) found themselves in a dogfight heading into the final few minutes, but they did just enough to outlast the 10th-seeded Penn State Nittany Lions (16-16, 7-11) by a 79-75 score to move on to the Big Ten quarterfinals against second-seeded Michigan State.“We got this one out of the way, we got what we came for, but we didn’t play as well as we wanted to,” said OSU coach Thad Matta.OSU scored 54 of the final 94 points to withstand an early Penn State shooting barrage and grab the victory. Junior forward Marc Loving came up big for the Buckeyes with 24 points, while freshman guard JaQuan Lyle contributed 22 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.“Loving’s been playing great, we knew that coming in … Lyle, I thought one on one really hurt us,” said Penn State coach Pat Chambers. “Then we’re trying not to foul, and I thought we lost our aggressiveness because we were in foul trouble most of the day.”Trailing by as many as 10 points in the first half, the Buckeyes clamped down defensively in a big way, holding Penn State to just 37.5 percent shooting over the final 20 minutes.“We knew what the problem was (in the first half),” Matta said. “We weren’t playing hard enough defensively, we weren’t helping each other.”Only one of OSU’s first eight shot attempts were from 3-point range. The Buckeyes made it a point of emphasis to go inside early, with their starting center, redshirt sophomore Trevor Thompson, taking four shot attempts in the early minutes. He hit only one of them, as OSU went into the first timeout trailing 10-8.Still, OSU did not give up on its attempts to use its height advantage to take care of the Nittany Lions and eventually found some results, including a stretch of four straight successful field goals.While the Buckeyes climbed toward 50 percent shooting on the inside, however, Penn State could not miss from further away.A 10-0 run, accentuated by a 3-pointer from senior forward Brandon Taylor — his third of the half — pushed the Nittany Lions ahead 25-18. Penn State began the game 7-of-11 from 3-point territory, while OSU did not hit its first outside shot until the 1:31 mark in the first half on its fifth attempt.“Penn State, those guys were fighting for their lives, and (Chambers) did an incredible job,” Matta said.Things did not get any better for the Scarlet and Gray later in the first half when those inside shots, which for a brief time were dropping, ceased to do so. OSU went on a 2-of-9 stretch, during which time Penn State hit four more triples to help open up a 35-25 lead with four minutes left before the break.However, with the help of seven free throws — of which OSU hit four — and a transition layup over the next two minutes, the Buckeyes cut the deficit to four points. A 3-pointer by junior forward Marc Loving then cut it to one, but Penn State snapped OSU’s 9-0 run with a jumper.A few OSU jump shots fell by the wayside before the horn, sending the teams into the locker rooms with a 37-34 Penn State lead.Penn State shot 52 percent in the first half to OSU’s 35 percent, but the Buckeyes’ 17-5 lead in free-throw attempts was a major reason for the three-point margin. OSU also led 20-10 in points in the paint, though Loving, mostly an outside threat, led the first half with 13 points. Taylor and sophomore guard Shep Garner each had 12 for the Nittany Lions.The higher-seeded Buckeyes wasted no time showing they were not going down lightly despite the halftime deficit.“Penn State was hitting a lot of tough shots, especially in the first half … so in the second half, we were just trying to make them uncomfortable, and make them take as tough a shot as possible,” Loving said. “They still got some to go in, but I felt like we did a pretty good job.”A layup plus a foul by freshman guard JaQuan Lyle cut Penn State’s lead back to two points after a Taylor jumper, then a 3-pointer by Loving put the Buckeyes ahead. Two free throws followed, then Loving connected again from the outside, giving OSU a 45-39 lead just three minutes into the second half.Another 3-pointer, this time by sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop, gave OSU its largest lead of the game of nine points. At that point, however, Chambers’ squad snapped back into form, rattling off six straight points to keep the game in reach.The offenses flipped around from their first-half trends, as the basket closest to Penn State’s bench remained the one where the bulk of the efficient scoring happened. OSU hit seven of its first 11 shots in the second half, while Penn State, which was 7-of-12 from deep in the first half, missed its first six attempts from outside. It finished the second half just 2-of-10 from downtown.Still, Garner was quick to dismiss OSU’s zone defense in the second half, instead chalking it up to his team simply not connecting on its looks.“I don’t think they did anything different,” he said. “I just think we had to attack them off the dribble more in the second half.”Regardless, the Nittany Lions kept the score close despite the offensive discrepancies, just as OSU did in the first half. At the halfway point of the second stanza, the scores were four points apart at 56-52 in favor of the Buckeyes.And so the teams kept matching each other over the next several minutes. When OSU scored, Penn State answered. When the Nittany Lions went cold, the Buckeyes were unable to take advantage.Little by little though, Penn State grinded the score tighter and tighter, until a pair of free throws by Garner gave the Nittany Lions their first lead since the 18:11 mark in the half.Loving split a pair of free throws to knot the game up at 67, giving the fans of both teams at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse a cue to buckle up for the final few minutes. However, that wild ride quickly turned into a pleasant cruise for the Scarlet and Gray faithful, as OSU scored nine of the next 12 points to snag the second-round win.“We got some stops down the stretch, then made our free throws,” Matta said.“Knocking down the majority of our free throws was the biggest thing.”Garner, Taylor and senior forward Donovon Jack did much of the heavy lifting for the Nittany Lions, scoring all but 18 of their points. Garner led the charge with 25.OSU’s reward for the victory is a quarterfinal matchup with Michigan State, which easily handled the Buckeyes twice in the last few weeks. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday.
Following Zinedine Zidane’s official statement for his departure from Real Madrid, there have been many speculations as to why has he made such a decision.His announcement came just five days after successfully leading Real to their third back-to-back Champions League win – the first ever manager to ever achieve this feat.James Rodriguez, who has been struggling to get regular playing time under the Frenchman’s rule, stated he finds the decision a rather strange one.“He’s had three years there where he has practically won everything,” Rodriguez claimed, according to the Daily Star.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“It’s a little bit strange, no?”“But it was his decision. I think he did good things in all three years.”Rodriguez joined Bayern Munich for two years on a loan deal, but the Bundesliga champions have the option to sign the Colombian playmaker permanently.After Zidane’s announcement for his departure, current Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly the favourite to take over Los Blancos, as well as Arsene Wenger, who also quit his job after spending 22 years with the Gunners.
Kevin De Bruyne was glad to be back in action after making a goalscoring return in Manchester City’s Carabao Cup win against Leicester City on Tuesday nightThe 27-year-old midfielder has been sidelined for the past month with a second knee injury after sustaining another one earlier in the season.But De Bruyne made his first start for City on Tuesday at the King Power Stadium since November 1 and marked the occasion with the opening goal of the game.While Leicester did get one back through substitute Marc Albrighton, City held on for a 3-1 penalty shootout win.“I’ve been out so long, so to play 70 minutes is a really good sign for me personally,” De Bruyne told the club website.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I feel a little bit stiff but I’m happy to contribute again.”The Belgium international reserved praised for 20-year-old goalkeeper Arijanet Muric, who saved spot-kicks from James Maddison and Caglar Soyuncu in the game.“He’s [Muric] got veins of ice and did what he had to do, so it’s a beautiful moment for him”, De Bruyne said.Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Oleksandr Zinchenko were the goalscorers in the shoot-out for City, who will next face Crystal Palace at home this Saturday in the Premier League.