Embed from Getty ImagesBristol City boss Lee Johnson confirmed after leaving Luke Freeman out against Cardiff that the decision was taken because of doubts over the player’s future.West London Sport recently revealed that QPR had made a move for the 24-year-old winger, whose Robins contract expires at the end of the season.That offer was rejected and City have offered him a new deal, leaving Rangers to consider their options.One of those options is to try to sign Freeman on a pre-contract agreement for the end of the season, as City have indicated that they do want to sell.However, Johnson appeared to suggest after his team’s 3-2 home defeat against Cardiff that Freeman’s time at Ashton Gate could be up unless he agrees to sign a contract extension – and that a decision needs to be made soon.Johnson told his club’s website that Freeman’s omission “had everything to do with the contract situation.”Embed from Getty ImagesHe added: “The objective remains that we want Luke to stay and sign the contract, but there always comes a tipping point.“Luke has two good clubs interested in him. One is closer to home; the other is one where he has made his name, improving year on year and where he is loved by the staff, players and fans.“The contract remains there for him to sign but he hasn’t yet. In a derby I just felt that I couldn’t risk having anyone out there who may not have been committed.“I’m not for one minute saying that Luke is not committed, but there’s clearly a lot going through his mind at the moment.“We still live in hope that he’ll sign the contract but we can’t leave that on the table forever. We have to do what’s right for Bristol City first and foremost.”He has to make a decision and do that reasonably quickly.”See also:QPR still eyeing deal for Bristol City’s Freeman Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The Congress decision to field Navinchandra Bandiwadekar from Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg constituency has come in for criticism after his photographs on the dais of right-wing group Sanatan Sanstha and his participation in the rally organised to support Vaibhav Raut, a go-rakshak from Nallasopara arrested for possessing arms, became public. Following the outrage on Twitter, sources in the Congress said the matter has been brought to the notice of the senior leadership and appropriate action will be taken. Mr. Bandiwadekar, president of the All India Bhandari Samaj Mahasangh, had participated in a rally to support Mr. Raut as he was a worker of the Mahasangh from Nallasopara. “I have no relationship with Sanatan Sanstha. I was there as Raut used to work for the community and I was told his wife and mother were treated badly by police. I do not support the ideology of Sanatan Sanstha,” he said. Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan said the party was aware of reports regarding Mr. Bandiwadekar. “The Congress is against extremist organisations like Sanatan Sanstha. An appropriate decision will be taken after a detailed inquiry,” he said. In August last year, the Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad raided Mr. Raut’s home and confiscated arms and ammunition. He was a member of the Bhandari community and co-founder of the Hindu Govansh Raksha Samiti, which is said to be affiliated to Hindu Janjagruti Samiti, an offshoot of Sanatan Sanstha. The Sanstha’s members have been named in the murders of rationalist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, Communist leader Govind Pansare, author M.M. Kalburgi and journalist Gauri Lankesh.Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant issued a statement clarifying Mr. Bandiwadekar has no connection whatsoever with the Sanatan Sanstha. “Neither has he participated in the activities of the Sanatan Sanstha nor does he have any sympathy for it. Since there was pressure from the community considering rumours of presumbaly prejudiced action by police, he had to go as the president of the organisation,” said Mr. Sawant. He said Mr. Bandiwadekar strongly opposes the Sanstha’s ideology and followers and will continue to do so.
Odisha’s Berhampur parliamentary constituency that boasts about electing former Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao in 1996 will have a triangular fight this time between the BJD, the BJP and the Congress.In this constituency that goes to the polls in the first phase on April 11, three major parties have fielded new candidates. The BJD has dropped Siddhant Mohapatra, the cine-star turned MP of Berhampur in 2009 and 2014. The party is fielding former Union Minister Chandrasekhar Sahu as its candidate. Mr. Sahu as the Congress candidate had lost to Mr. Mohapatra twice in the past and had joined the BJD in 2018. However, the party hopes for a hat-trick through him from Berhampur.Without Mr. Sahu, the Congress has fielded V. Chandrasekhar Naidu, an energy sector industrialist from New Delhi having ancestral links with the region. He is completely new to politics and this constituency. The party hopes to garner sizeable Telugu voters in the constituency that made former PM choose it in 1996.The BJP had won this seat in 1999 during the Kargil-wave, but as an ally of the BJD. This time hoping to ride on the post-Pulwama air strike sentiments, the BJP has fielded its State secretary Bhrugu Baxipatra. The party is also planning a rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to strengthen its prospects. The BJP leaders feel the voters here vote differently for the Assembly and Lok Sabha constituency although both elections are held together. From 1957 till 1996, Berhampur continued to be a safe bastion for the Congress where even the anti-Emergency wave of 1977 had failed to work. The magic has vanished since the past two decades. The Congress had managed to win back this seat in 2004. However, with Mr. Sahu and several other key party leaders now in the BJD, the organisational strength of the Congress has gone down in the Berhampur parliamentary constituency. Berhampur, Gopalpur, Chhatrapur, Digapahandi, Chikiti, Mohana, Paralakhemundi Assembly segments where the polling will be held on April 11 are part of Berhampur Lok Sabha seat. Mohana happens to be a reserved seat for the Scheduled Castes.
“I am in the NCP and shall always be in the NCP and @PawarSpeaks Saheb is our leader. Our BJP-NCP alliance shall provide a stable Government in Maharashtra for the next five years which will work sincerely for the welfare of the State and its people,” Mr. Ajit Pawar’s tweet said. He added: “There is absolutely no need to worry, all is well. However a little patience is required. Thank you very much for all your support.”Sensing that the statement would create confusion among the party ranks and also with the allies Congress and Shiv Sena, the NCP president responded: “There is no question of forming an alliance with @BJP4Maharashtra. NCP has unanimously decided to ally with @ShivSena & @INCMaharashtra to form the government. Shri Ajit Pawar’s statement is false and misleading in order to create confusion and false perception among the people.”Other NCP leaders too jumped in to sort out the confusion. Party’s State unit president Jayant Patil said Mr. Ajit Pawar is the founder member of the NCP and all party leaders have grown under the shadow of Mr. Sharad Pawar. “However Sharad Pawar has decided to not join hands with the BJP which is in the interests of Maharashtra. We expect him [Ajit Pawar] to return respecting the decision,” he said. However, the latter’s return to the NCP mainstream seems highly unlikely after his series of tweets thanking leaders of the BJP for their congratulations on in his role as the deputy CM of Maharashtra, after joining hands with the BJP.Mr. Ajit Pawar went on tweeting spree from thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah to all the Union Ministers. “Thank you Hon. Prime Minister @narendramodi ji. We will ensure a stable government that will work hard for the welfare of the people of Maharashtra,” he tweeted.He also thanked BJP president Union Home Minister Amit Shah, union ministers Nitin Gadkari, Rajnath singh, Smriti Irani, Piyush Goyal along with BJP’s national working president J.P. Nadda.Mr. Pawar’s response to the BJP indicate that all attempts from the NCP to bring him back to the party have failed and he has decided to stay firm with his stand to rebel. Earlier in the day, Mr. Jayant Patil and senior leader Dilip Walse-Patil held a meeting with him at his Mumbai residence. Both the leaders left the house without speaking to the media which was an indication that the meeting was unsuccessful. His nephew and NCP MLA Rohit Pawar too on Sunday morning had written an emotional post on social media site appealing him to come back. A day after he was sworn in as Maharashtra’s Deputy Chief Minister in the wake of his joining hands with the BJP and ditching his Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Ajit Pawar was locked in a Twitter war with his uncle and party president Sharad Pawar on Sunday.The first tweet came from Mr. Ajit Pawar in the evening saying he would always remain with the NCP and sought patience until future developments unfold, calling Mr. Sharad Pawar his leader. He also claimed that the new government will be of the BJP and the NCP.Mr. Sharad Pawar, however, dismissed these claims, saying there was no question of forming a government with the BJP, adding his nephew’s tweet was false and misleading.I am in the NCP and shall always be in the NCP and @PawarSpeaks Saheb is our leader.Our BJP-NCP alliance shall provide a stable Government in Maharashtra for the next five years which will work sincerely for the welfare of the State and its people.— Ajit Pawar (@AjitPawarSpeaks) November 24, 2019 There is absolutely no need to worry, all is well. However a little patience is required. Thank you very much for all your support.— Ajit Pawar (@AjitPawarSpeaks) November 24, 2019
Here is the latest news from around the states…ACT The 2010 Premier League season commenced on Wednesday, 12 May 2010 at the Deakin fields, ACT. In the Men’s division, Brother Bears were 4-1 winners over the ANU Bears, while Phoenix Gold were one touchdown winners over Phoenix Blue. The Vikings Warriors just edged out the Vikings Chiefs, 3-2, while Northbar defeated the Eagles 5-2. In round two, the Chiefs take on Northbar, the Eagles will meet Phoenix Blue, Brother Bears will play the Warriors, while the ANU Bears will battle it out against Phoenix Gold. In the Women’s division, nothing separated the two Phoenix teams, with Phoenix Blue and Phoenix Blue having to settle for a 4-all draw. It was very similar between the two Vikings team, with Vikings White and Vikings Red playing out a 5-all draw. The Kung Fu Pandas defeated the Hillbilly Bears, 6-3, while the Eagles had the bye.Round two will see Phoenix Blue take on Vikings Red, the Eagles versus Vikings White and Phoenix Gold playing the Hillbilly Bears. The Kung Fu Pandas have the bye. There are also some new faces in the ACT Touch offices, with three new employees recently starting. Rod Wise is the new Business Development Manager, Ben Kirk is the Competitions and Event Manager and Nikita Hellmuth comes into the Competitions Coordinator role.For more information, please visit the ACT Touch website:www.acttouch.com.auNorthern Territory The Northern Territory Touch Association recently held their NT Titles in Darwin. In the Men’s Open division, Cazaly Crocs were 7-3 winners over Honkers in the final, with Ramingining’s Cameron Adams named Player of the Series. In the Women’s Open final, CDE Capital Crocs just edged out the Blackest Cats, winning 5-4. The Blackest Cats’ Bo De La Cruz was named Player of the Series.In the Under 18 Mixed Division final, Gove were 7-5 winners over Alice Springs, with Gove’s Mariah McGill and Aka McLeod named Male and Female Player of the Series respectively. The Over 35’s Women’s final saw Cougars run out 7-3 winners over Gumbies, with Leanne Campbell being named Player of the Series. Gove were 7-6 winners in the Regional Men’s division, while Alice Springs was the winner of the Regional Women’s division. The Barry Hounslow Memorial Trophy for overall Player of the Series was awarded to Desley Motlop from the CDE Capital Crocs. The Bubbles Peckham Memorial Trophy for Sportsmanship was awarded to Ramingining’s Cameron Adams. The Referee of the Tournament was awarded to Jason Taylor. There were also three referee upgrades at the Titles. Paul Mahoney was upgraded to a Senior Level 4 badge, as was Kerryn Ruane. Jason Taylor was upgraded to an Open Level 3 Badge. NT Director of Referees Tim Pearson and TFA National Referee Panel Member Henry Dos Santos were at the Titles assessing the performance of officials. For more information, and to read a story on the drastic lengths that the Ramingining team went to to get to the NT Titles, please go to the NT Touch website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?assoc=699&pID=14New South WalesIt’s been a busy couple of weeks for New South Wales Touch Football, and it won’t slow down anytime soon, with the New South Wales Country Championships being held on Saturday, 29 and Sunday, 30 May 2010. New South Wales Touch will also be conducting an advanced Coaching seminar in the lead up to the Country Championships, for more information, please visit the New South Wales Touch Football website. The New South Wales Touch Referees Awards night was held recently, with Adam Foley and Gavin West named the joint winners of the prestigious ‘Ian Matthew Medal’. It was Foley’s third consecutive year winning this award. New South Wales will hold its technical course weekend from Friday, 18 June to Sunday, 20 June 2010. Courses to be held on the weekend include the Coach and Referee Retention and Recruitment Program, Community (Level 0) Coaching Course, Level 1 and 2 Coaching as well as Level 1 and 2 Selectors Courses. For more information, please visit the New South Wales Touch Football website. New South Wales Touch Football has also announced information on the 2010 Vawdon Cup season. The season will commence on Friday, 27 August 2010. New South Wales will also hold its AGM on Saturday, 15 May 2010. Please visit the New South Wales Touch Football website for more information. www.nswtouch.com.auVictoriaTouch Football Victoria will be holding a Level 2 Referee Course on Saturday, 22 May 2010. For more information please visit their website. The start of the new Albert Park competition has suffered a setback, with the commencement of the new season pushed back. Due to unforeseen weather conditions, the work on installing the synthetic pitches and light towers has been delayed. Therefore, the proposed start date of Tuesday, 11 May has been delayed. The trials for the Touch Football Victoria Under 18 representative squads will be held on Sunday, 16 May at Albert Park Touch fields. The trial times are as follow:Under 18 state selection trials – 9.00am to 11.00amUnder 15 state selection trials – 11.00am to 1.00pmVisit the Touch Football Victoria website for more information:www.victouch.com.auWestern Australia The draft draw has now been released for the 2010 Be Active North West Championships which will be held on Saturday, 5 June and Sunday, 6 June 2010. The Championships will be held at Kevin Scott Oval, South Hedland. Nominations for any interested referees are open until Wednesday, 19 May 2010. Go to www.nwchamps.mytouchfooty.com and download the form. National Youth Championships player nominations are now being called for. Nominations close on Friday, 28 May with trials to be held on Sunday, 13 and Sunday, 20 June 2010. For more information and to download the nomination form, please visit the Western Tigers website: www.westerntigers.com.au A Level 1 Referee Course will be held on Sunday, 16 May at the Melville Bowling Club. A combined Level 2 and 3 Course will also be run in Port Hedland on Friday, 4 June in the lead up to the North West Championships. To keep up-to-date with the latest Touch Football news from Western Australia, please visit their website:www.touchwest.comSouth AustraliaNominations for the 2010 State Cup are now open. This is the first South Australian State Cup since 2004 and the event is set to become South Australia’s premier Touch Football event. The State Cup will be held from Friday, 29 to Sunday, 31 October 2010 at the Touch Football South Australia fields, Eastwood. For more information, please visit the event website:www.sastatecup.mytouchfooty.com Touch Football South Australia would like to advise that trials for their junior state teams, Under 12’s, Under 15’s and Under 18’s, will be occurring on Saturday, 5 and Sunday, 6 June at the Touch Football South Australia fields. To download trial forms, please go to the Touch Football South Australia website. TFSA would like to congratulate Jason McNamara and Mark Jones on their selection as the South Australian Under 18’s Girls and Boys Coaches respectively. In round four of the Men’s division of the CMI Toyota State League, the Defence Eagles were 6-5 winners over the Central Scorpions, the Northern Vipers were five touchdown winners over the South West Wolves, while the Eastern Stingrays had the bye. In round five, the Scorpions were one touchdown winners over the Wolves, the Stingrays were 6-2 winners over the Eagles, while the Vipers had the bye. Following five rounds of competition, the Stingrays sit on top of the ladder, following their undefeated start to the season. The Eagles and Scorpions sit in second and third place, with two wins each, while the Wolves and the Vipers sit in fourth and fifth place with one win each.Round six, to be played on Sunday, 16 May, will see the Vipers take on the Scorpions, the Stingrays will meet the Wolves, and the Eagles have the bye. In the Women’s division of the CMI Toyota State League, round four saw the Stingrays defeat the Vipers by one touchdown, 4-3, while the Scorpions defeated the Wolves, 3-2.In round five, the Vipers were one touchdown winners over the Wolves, while the Scorpions were 5-1 winners over the Scorpions. After five rounds, the Scorpions are undefeated and sit on top of the ladder, followed by the Vipers, Stingrays and Wolves.Round six will see the top two teams, the Scorpions and the Vipers, battle it out, while the Wolves and the Stingrays will also meet. For more information, please visit the Touch Football South Australia website:www.touchsa.com.auTasmaniaFive rounds of the Southern Touch Winter competition have now been played. In the Men’s Division One competition, the Phantoms Black sit on top of the ladder with five wins from their five games. Condors and Phantoms Purple sit in second and third places respectively, with four wins and one loss each. In the Women’s Division One competition, the Mother Ship and Condors are first and second on the ladder, both with four wins and one loss. The Titans sit on top of the Mixed Division One ladder after five rounds, undefeated so far this season. They are closely followed by Shear Force and Phantoms. For more information on what’s happening in Tasmania, please visit the Touch Football Tasmania website:www.tastouch.com.au QueenslandThe Queensland State Cup was held in Bundaberg on the first weekend of May, with the home side featuring in four of the seven finals. Here are the results:Women’s 27’s: Australian Defence 5 d Bundaberg W27 3Women’s Open: Barbarians 9 d Bundaberg WO 1Senior Mixed: Rockhampton 5 d Uni Rebels 4Men’s 40’s: Bundaberg 3 d Redlands 2Men’s 30’s: Redlands 4 d Bundaberg 1Men’s Open: Redlands 9 d Eagles 2Mixed Open: Rockhampton 6 d Baby Yacks 5 (Drop off)Nominations for the 2010 Junior State Cup are now open. The event will be held in Caboolture from Friday, 9 to Sunday, 11 July 2010. For more information please go to the Queensland Touch website or the Junior State Cup homepage:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-3588-0-0-0 For more information on what’s happening around Queensland, please visit the Queensland Touch website:www.qldtouch.com.au
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – APRIL 03: Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats acknowledges the fans during practice for the NCAA Men’s Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)It turns out it isn’t just SEC football fans who are willing to go above and beyond to display their fanhood on a daily basis. Sunday night, a Kentucky hoops supporter named Gina Estep tweeted a photo of her friend, who is pregnant, showing just how much she’s into Wildcats basketball. The UK supporter has painted her stomach into a basketball and added two Kentucky logos. It’s amazing.@UKCoachCalipari Thought you would enjoy this soon to be UK fan:) pic.twitter.com/DtOlhdpSal— Gina Estep (@Ginadawn1) February 16, 2015Score another win for Kentucky – the Wildcats are certainly going to add one more hardcore fan very soon. Props.
The team with the best chance of going undefeated this fall is not the team appearing No. 1 in most preseason polls. According to ESPN’s Football Power Index (the “best predictor of a team’s performance”), Oklahoma – not Alabama – is the team most-likely to go undefeated heading into bowl season. While the Crimson Tide are the likely preseason No. 1, it’s the Sooners with the best chance of reaching the College Football Playoff. Here’s the full top 10:Oklahoma – 16.9 percent chance of going undefeated before bowl seasonFlorida State – 10.6 percentClemson – 8.6 percentBoise State – 8 percentMichigan – 5.8 percentLSU – 5.3 percentTennessee – 4.5 percentOklahoma State – 2.4 percentWashington – 1.4 percentNotre Dame – 1.2 percentSome other notable percentages: Alabama – 0.6 percentOhio State – 0.4 percentNebraska – 0.4 percentMichigan State – 0.1 percentOle Miss – 0.1 percentYou can view ESPN’s full FPI here.
Celebrity Auction specializes in driving the online charity auction the extra mile along the red carpet. By matching up everyday people with their favorite stars and their special charities, Celebrity Auction allows anyone to give a little and get a life-changing experience in return.Video: Celebrity Auction – What We DoImagine getting a private tour of Jay Leno’s Big Dog Garage car collection, going to a concert and having a meet and greet with Andrea Bocelli, or attending a star-studded event like the Maxim Hot 100 Party. These are the one-of-a-kind experiences you will find at Celebrity Auction and the list will keep growing.“It’s been a long time coming but we are excited to finally make our debut,” says founder, Nick Batchelor. “Often for Celebrities their aim is more than fame. Many want to use their notoriety to make a real difference and do something that is close to their heart. We are here to help them put the spotlight on a cause they really care about.”Musicians and bands can donate a slice of their time at a scheduled event for a meet and greet backstage experience and sign on memorabilia. Sport stars can give back by allowing their fans to a private practice and maybe even give a lesson. Movie and TV stars can donate a set visit experience and have coffee with them. Models and fashion designers can give a behind-the-scenes look at what happens at a fashion show. Think of something big and Celebrity Auction can help to make it happen.“Collect moments in life not just things.” says co-founder, DeAnna Batchelor. “Our tagline is: Meet your HERO + Be a HERO. Celebrity Auction is excited to make this possible. We want to make what is normally inaccessible, accessible!”Celebrity Auction is looking to partner up with anyone, artist to zoologist, who has a big following. Celebrities can donate experiences but they can even get paid for an experience where a portion of the purchased price still helps a charity. Celebrity Auction splits commissions with anyone who brings them a fabulous experience so that it truly is a win-win experience for everyone.Charities and foundations are the big winners and they are welcome to contact Celebrity Auction to see how they can help raise funds for their non-profit and at zero cost to them. Their goal is to make dreams come true, while helping the underprivileged realize theirs.Find out more here.
New Delhi: Wrestler-actor-producer Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock’s film titled Fighting with My Family, which is based on the true story of WWE wrestler Paiges life and her wrestling obsessed family, is set to release on April 5 in India. Produced by Dwayne, the film is being brought to India by Universal Pictures International India and MGM Studios, read a statement. The film is directed and written by Stephen Merchant and stars Florence Pugh, Lena Headey, Nick Frost, Vince Vaughn and Dwayne. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe story behind Fighting with My Family begins with a documentary. In 2012, Dwayne was filming Fast and Furious 6 in London. Unable to fall asleep, he turned on the television and began watching a non-fiction film titled The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family. It followed a young woman, Saraya Bevis, who fought under the name Paige, and her outrageous, wrestling-obsessed family. Dwayne, who founded and runs production company Seven Bucks Productions, immediately recognised the potential in the documentary. “It had something special that resonated with me, and I thought it could be turned into a really compelling movie,” Dwayne said.
Panaji: No one can dare to overthrow the BJP-led coalition government in Goa, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Tuesday. Sawant, while inaugurating the election campaign of Sidharth Kuncalienkar, BJP’s candidate for the May 19 by-election for Panaji, also said that the BJP would win the prestigious Assembly seat which has been held by the party for 25 years, during which it was largely represented by late Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. “I am saying this on purpose. I am certain that this government will complete the remaining three years. Our alliance partners, Vijai Sardesai or independent MLAs, are with us. We will complete three years in power. No one has the daring to overthrow this government,” Sawant said even as political experts insist that the future of the BJP-led coalition government in Goa depends on the results of the four by-elections in the state. Three Assembly by-elections for Shiroda, Mapusa and Mandrem have been held on April 23 while the bypoll in Panaji constituency, necessitated by the death of Manohar Parrikar, is scheduled for May 19. Both BJP and the Congress are currently tied at 14 MLAs each in the Assembly which is currently reduced to 36 MLAs and the BJP-led coalition government is currently hinged on a wafer thin majority. Sawant was appointed Chief Minister in March soon after the death of Parrikar. BJP’s Sidharth Kuncalienkar takes on Atanasio Monserrate of the Congress, Subhash Velingkar of the Goa Suraksha Manch and Valmiki Naik of the Aam Aadmi Party.