SANTA CLARA – Kyle Shanahan was the Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator, Jimmy Garoppolo a New England Patriots rookie and Nick Bosa a high school junior in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.This was Thanksgiving 2014, a flashpoint in the 49ers’ ensuing freefall from playoff contention.Now flash forward to the 49ers’ long-awaited, holy-moly resurgence. Their leading characters aren’t showing up at Levi’s Stadium on Monday … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Thursday asked the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government to lodge an FIR against Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh for ordering the police to fire on ‘karsevaks’ in Ayodhya in 1990 when he was Chief Minister. “The SP founder has repeatedly claimed that he got the security personnel to open fire on karsevaks in Ayodhya in 1990 and the Yogi Adityanath government needs to take cognisance of this statement and get him immediately arrested after lodging an FIR,” VHP media incharge Sharad Sharma said in a statement here.He said the family members of those devotees of Lord Ram who lost their lives in the police firing would be contacted and an appeal would be made to the Uttar Pradesh government as well as in the court for lodging a case against the SP patron.Drawing a parallel with General Dyer, who had opened fire on innocents in Jallianwala Bagh during the British rule, Mr. Sharma said the “same act of cowardice” was committed by Mulayam for saving his government and increasing his vote share.He was giving the same advice to his son Akhilesh Yadav, he said.“The VHP in its three-day ‘dharam sansad’ slated for November 24 to 26 in Karnataka will, besides the Ram Janmabhumi issue, deliberate on Mulayam’s acceptance for this “heinous crime,” Mr. Sharma said.Asked about the VHP’s demand, BJP State general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak said he did not want to comment on it.“Mulayam’s statement came to polarise Muslim votes during the ongoing civic polls. He has proved unsuccessful politically and is making such statements to establish his son Akhilesh Yadav,” Mr. Pathak claimed.
Security was tightened in Jodhpur city on Tuesday, a day ahead of the court verdict in the alleged rape case against self-styled godman Asaram Bapu. A special SC/ST court would pronounce the judgment here on Wednesday, inside the Central Jail, where Asaram was lodged.The Jodhpur police had enforced prohibitory orders under Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code in the city till April 30, stopped entry of Asaram’s followers and evacuated his ashram at Palgaon on the outskirts of the town to prevent any untoward incident.MHA advisoryThe Home Ministry has asked Rajasthan, Gujarat and Haryana to tighten security and deploy additional forces ahead of the verdict. The Ministry told the three States to beef up security. and ensure that no violence takes place after the verdict. They were also told to deploy additional forces in sensitive places. These States have a large number of Asaram followers.The case against Asaram Bapu pertains to allegations of rape levelled by a minor girl in 2013.
England opener Alastair Cook played the captain’s knock carrying his bat through to score an unbeaten 80 as hosts carved out a convincing 7 wicket win over India during the second ODI at The Rose Bowl in Southampton on Tuesday. Score | PhotosChasing a stiff 188, Cook led from the start helping England reach the target with five balls to spare in a match was reduced to 23-overs a side owing to persistent rains.Earlier, India opener Ajinkya Rahane scored his maiden half-century and Suresh Raina hit a quick-fire 41 as India put on 187/8 after being put in to bat. The match was delayed by six hours owing to persistent showers.Parthiv Patel treated the match like a T20 game and got off to a flier right away scoring in boundaries and sixes. But his innings did not last long and he fell in the fourth over of the day off James Anderson’s ball. An edge off his bat was nicely taken by keeper Craig Kieswetter on 28. India lost their first wicket on 30.Post that wicket, opener Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Dravid batted with resolve and increased India’s run rate. Soon India’s score crossed the 100-run mark. But soon their partnership came to an end as England spinner Graeme Swann removed Dravid on 32 and India lost their second wicket on 109 after a 79 runs partnership between the two batsmen.New man, Virat Kohli could not stay in the middle for long. He fell off Jade Dernbach trying to loft the ball past the boundary, but failed to clear Ian Bell at long-on. India lost their third wicket on 125.advertisementBut Rahane was still in the middle and batting past his maiden ODI half-century. Soon, he and Suresh Raina got going taking the fight to the opposition. But there was a slight hit in tempo as Rahane took on runner in Virat Kohli.And no sooner had he took on a runner that he departed caught and bowled Swann on 54. His fine innings was decorated with five fours and one six.But his fall did not halt India’s charge as Suresh Raina batting alongside skipper MS Dhoni started dealing in boundaries and over the fence shots. Taking cue, Dhoni went for his favourite helicopter shot off Tim Bresnan, but didn’t get the desired elevation and ended up getting caught by Bell at long-on. India were 164/5 post his fall.Raina continued the onslaught and boundaries and sixes became rather common during his innings. In the last over, he went for another big shot of Bresnan, but Ben Stokes took a fine catch in the deep and Raina’s 41-run blitz came to an end. His19-ball innings saw him hit three four and an equal number of sixes.India lost two more wickets in the last over before posting a fine 187/8 at The Rose Bowl.In replay, England just lost three wickets and reached the mark with seven wickets and five balls to spare. Captain Cook top scored with an unbeaten 80 runs on board which came off just 63 delivers and was studded with five fours and one six.Cook proved to be the pivot around with the England batting revolved. First he set up a 67-run first wicket partnership with Craig Kieswetter and then got busy with two more fruitful partnerships with Ian Bell and Ravi Bopara.
Crystal Palace launch bid for Everton striker Niasseby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace have launched a bid for Everton striker Oumar Niasse.The Sun says Palace have made a £6.5million bid for Niasse.Eagles boss Roy Hodgson has turned to the 28-year-old Senegalese international after a loan deal for Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke fell through.Hodgson is desperate for another striker to boost his team’s fight for Premier League survival.And he believes Niasse can supply the goal power he needs while record signing Christian Benteke continues to recover from knee surgery.Everton boss Marco Silva will not stand in the way of a player who has not started a single Premier League game this season or scored since last May. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd in talks to find new shirt sponsorby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are in talks to find a new shirt sponsor.The current Chevrolet deal, which started in 2014, is worth more than £450m over seven years and remains the biggest sum paid to a football club for shirt sponsorship.Sky Sports says industry sources are confident a new deal will see United match or even surpass their current agreement.The current Chevrolet deal equates to £47m per year and was more than double the previous sponsorship with AON.AON still sponsors the United training kit and training ground – a deal which nets the club £17m a year alone.The Chevrolet deal expires in 2021.
Spain coach Moreno frustrated after Norway equaliserby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSpain suffered a last gasp goal on Saturday, with Norway scoring a late equaliser to draw 1-1 and to leave coach Robert Moreno frustrated.Saul Niguez’s dipping second-half effort was cancelled out by Josh King’s injury-time penalty to ruin Spain’s 100% record in Group F.After the game, Moreno discussed the bad feeling in the dressing room.”When they equalise in the 93rd minute, you can’t feel good,” explained Moreno. “But that’s part of football.”We knew that they could be dangerous in that type of play.”In the final minutes we were a little nervous and we risked too much, but that can happen.”Despite the setback, Moreno chose to reflect on the positives from the game.”I liked the attitude of the team,” he said.”The players who played have done well.”I think we generated chances to score the second, but I wish we could have defended those plays better.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Vitto BrownToday is the annual “Make Bo Pay” event at Wisconsin. For several hours this afternoon and evening, Wisconsin students were invited to the Kohl Center to take some shots and help the fight against cancer.For every free throw made, Badgers head coach Bo Ryan would donate $10 to Coaches vs. Cancer and the American Cancer Society. For every half-court shot made, the ante was upped to $100.Several Wisconsin players got in on the act, including Vitto Brown and Riley Dearring. Velvet. Vitto. Brown. https://t.co/MWnA2xN1eT— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) October 12, 2015.@R_35_Dearring gets the friendly roll on the home court! Riles just #MadeBoPay $1,000 for Shooting Down Cancer. pic.twitter.com/UEumwZBrdl— Wisconsin Basketball (@BadgerMBB) October 12, 2015Students got in on the act too, and the event raised over $53,000, a new record.That’s a new Shooting Down Cancer record, surpassing last year’s total of $53,355. Way to go, #Badgers. #MakeBoPay pic.twitter.com/qsk7EbIBUN— Wisconsin Badgers (@UWBadgers) October 12, 2015Well-done, Wisconsin.
BEIRUT: Syrian state media on Saturday cited a hospital in government-held Hama as saying 21 people suffered choking symptoms from poison gas after rebels shelled a village. A war monitor, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, also said 21 people were hospitalised with choking symptoms, but it was not known if this was from chemicals or smoke and dust raised by the shelling. State news agency SANA cited the head of the Saqilbia National Hospital as saying the attack took place in the village of al-Rasif and it published images and footage of people lying in hospital beds wearing oxygen masks. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe area is near the frontline between the Syrian government and the last major rebel enclave in the northwest where army bombardment has escalated in recent weeks despite a Russian-Turkish deal to stop fighting. On Friday and Saturday, airstrikes on rebel-held areas in the northwest killed 15 people including four children and injured 25 others the Observatory said. The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), a global watchdog, has documented systematic use of nerve agent sarin and chlorine during Syria’s eight-year conflict. From 2015-17, a joint U.N.-OPCW team was appointed to find blame in gas attacks and said Syrian government troops had used both chemicals several times. It also found that Islamic State had used sulfur mustard gas. The OPCW is looking into an alleged gas attack in November in government-held Aleppo that made up to 100 people ill, and which Damascus and its ally Russia blamed on insurgents.
Chandigarh: Bhagwant Mann, the Aam Aadmi Party Punjab unit chief, said, here on Saturday, Cabinet Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has put his stamp on the allegations of Sukhbir Badal-Amarinder Singh bonhomie that the AAP has been levelling since the Congress government came to power in the state. Mann, the AAP candidate for the Sangrur Lok Sabha seat, quoted Sidhu as saying both were in league to protect each other’s personal and political interests. In a statement, Mann said even though the people of Punjab were privy to the ‘friendly’ match between both the families the views expressed by none other than a senior Cabinet Minister in the Amarinder Singh government was significant and endorsed the AAP’s allegations. Had there been no friendly feelings between the two prominent political families, umpteen cases of corruption against the Badals would not have been shelved nor would Amarinder Singh have received a clean chit in the multi-crore scams, the AAP leader said.