“I did nothing wrong,” says freed journalist

first_img News Help by sharing this information Organisation Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Speaking to Reporters Without Borders, Khawar Mehdi Rizvi thanked everyone, especially fellow journalists, who had campaigned for his release since he was arrested in mid-December and accused of faking a report about armed Taliban. January 28, 2021 Find out more News PakistanAsia – Pacific News Receive email alerts March 27, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “I did nothing wrong,” says freed journalist News Journalist Khawar Mehdi Rizvi was released from prison in Quetta on 29 March by order of the local anti-terrorist court, though he will be on bail and must still appear in court to face charges of “conspiracy” and “sedition.” He said he had not broken the law and had simply done his job as a journalist.  He was greeted outside the prison by his brother, his lawyer and others journalists.Speaking to Reporters Without Borders, he thanked everyone, especially fellow journalists, who had campaigned for his release since he was arrested in mid-December and accused of faking a report about armed Taliban activities along the Afghan border.He said he now knew the true value of press freedom and wanted to more energetically continue his work as a journalist. All the charges against him were false, he said. He had simply wanted to tell the public the truth.________________________________________________________________27 March 2004Pakistani journalist Khawar Mehdi Rizvi is to be released on bail, on the order of the special anti-terrorist court in Quetta.Reporters Without Borders welcomed the 27 March decision but called on the government to go further by dropping charges against the journalist.The prosecutor raised no objection to the court decision. The journalist’s lawyer and his brother were attempting to find the necessary documentation and 200,000 rupees (3,000 euros) needed to secure his release on 29 March.Rizvi however is still accused of “conspiracy” and “sedition” and he will have to attend court at each stage of the trial, although he will be allowed to live in Islamabad.”An injustice has been corrected,” said Reporters Without Borders. “A respected Pakistani journalist was imprisoned while his two French colleagues were only sentenced to a fine. Now we ask you to consider dropping the case against him”, the international press freedom organisation asked in a letter to the federal interior minister.More than 3,000 journalists and media workers already have signed a worldwide petition drawn up by a committee campaigning for his release (www.freekhawar.org).The three journalists were arrested on 16 December 2003 in Karachi, just after completing a report on Taliban groups at the border with Afghanistan. Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further Follow the news on Pakistan RSF_en April 21, 2021 Find out more Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder PakistanAsia – Pacific last_img read more

Indiana’s Best

first_imgHow would you like to coach a team made up of these 5 players?  Xavier’s Trevon Bluiett (Park Tudor High School), Northwestern’s Bryant McIntosh (Greensburg High School), Indiana’s James Blackmon (Marion), Ohio State’s LaQuan Lyle (Evansville Bosse), and Purdue’s Caleb Swanigan (Homestead).  As you can see, all 5 of these played their high school ball in Indiana.Two of these players were in Batesville’s regional lineup.  They were Bryant McIntosh and LaQuan Lyle.  Another interesting fact is that most of these still have more than one year of eligibility left.I found a lot of this information from an Indianapolis Star article. It makes it a lot more interesting watching college games when you easily recognize some of the players involved because they played their high school ball in schools near you.  It will be fun watching these athletes play this year, because they all play in our area.last_img read more

Listen: Retiring Frank McGlynn on his momentous Donegal career

first_imgFrank McGlynn opted to retire from the inter-county scene with Donegal following an All-Ireland title win and five Ulster championships.The Glenfin native made his first appearance in 2006 and has been a mainstay for Donegal since. At the Donegal GAA annual banquet on Saturday night, McGlynn was thanked for his service to Donegal.He spoke to Alan Foley afterwards … Listen: Retiring Frank McGlynn on his momentous Donegal career was last modified: November 24th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rodallega’s winner gives Fulham victory

first_imgFulham 2 Newcastle 1Hugo Rodallega’s 63rd-minute goal gave Fulham their first win in eight matches.After Steve Sidwell’s deflected shot gave Martin Jol’s side a 19th-minute lead, Hatem Ben Arfa embarrassed Mark Schwarzer by equalising with a long-range effort early in the second half.But Rodallega’s header from Damien Duff’s right-wing free-kick ended Fulham’s worrying recent run.Duff, playing against his former club, also set up the opening goal.He pulled the ball back for Sidwell, whose shot ended up in the net after striking first Newcastle defender Mike Williamson and then the underside of the bar.After three matches without a goal and nearly two months without a victory, the breakthrough was a much needed boost for Fulham – as was skipper Brede Hangeland’s return from suspension.They should have been two up soon afterwards, when Dimitar Berbatov dodged Fabricio Coloccini to leave himself one-on-one with Tim Krul only to shoot straight at the Magpies keeper.Berbatov again fired straight at Krul eight minutes later, this time from point-blank range, before Newcastle came close to equalising when Coloccini’s header was cleared off the line by Sascha Riether.And Riether produced another goal-line block just before the break, denying Demba Ba at the far post after Fulham had failed to clear a corner.Newcastle continued to press after the restart and were hauled level by Ben Arfa’s strike – a surprise attempt from near the right-hand edge of the penalty area.It deceived keeper Schwarzer, who anticipated a cross and also wasn’t helped by a deflection off Whites full-back John Arne Riise.Undeterred, Fulham regained the lead and then rode their luck when Coloccini’s curler from the edge of the box hit the bar.Fulham (4-4-2): Schwarzer; Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise; Duff, Baird, Sidwell, Kacaniklic (Dejagah 62); Rodallega (Petric 86), Berbatov. Subs: Etheridge, Senderos, Karagounis, Richardson, Diarra. YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Helping Military Parents Set the Stage for a Great Homecoming

first_imgEncourage parents to maintain as “normal” a child care schedule as possible for their younger children in the days surrounding the homecoming. Young children will be comforted and reassured by the predictability of the familiar child care environment.Expect to see changes in children’s behavior at child care and offer them predictability, support and extra attention and affection. Keep communication with the parents open while their children cope with the changes and excitement of homecoming.Beyond the Photo OpThe reuniting of a family after deployment is one of those moments – like Christmas or a wedding – that we all want to be picture perfect! But reintroducing young children to a parent whom they’ve not been with for a long time is a process, not just a moment captured on camera. You can do a LOT to help military parents plan a homecoming that takes into account the needs of their youngest children and, as a result, will be memorable in all the best ways! If you like watching videos of military homecomings, you are going to love this fall!! With thousands of troops scheduled to return from Afghanistan in the coming weeks and months, families with young children will want to capture on video that magic moment when Mom or Dad reunites with the children they’ve missed so much.  The hugs, the kisses, the tears of joy, the smiles…and there will be many new videos that show just that.But the truth is the magical moment doesn’t always work out quite that way, especially with very young children. There will be plenty of unshared videos – not to mention feelings of hurt and disappointment – because a child’s reaction was caution or fear, crying instead of smiles, and nothing at all like parents had expected.As a child care provider for military families, you can help prepare parents to have realistic expectations for those first moments when the returning parent is together again with his or her children.Ready or….NOT!!So what can you share with parents that will help them have realistic expectations for a reunion with a parent who has been absent for an extended period of time?This homemade homecoming video from YouTube is a great illustration of how children’s ages significantly affect their response to seeing a parent who has been gone for many months. Notice the different reactions of the three children (it’s a bit easier to focus with the sound off). There’s quite a difference between what appear to be a 7-year-old, a 3-year-old, and a toddler!  And while some of that difference in responses might reflect differences in the kids’ temperaments, it mostly reflects developmental differences. With age comes:More in-person experiences with their parent in the pastA better understanding of the difference between the mom or dad on a computer screen and “real life.”A greater emotional understanding of what it means to miss someone who is far away.Did you notice how cautious the toddler was? If we can grasp just how much she doesn’t understand about what’s going on, then we can appreciate why her response is to stand back, watch and listen.It’s important to remember that very young children understand their world through their senses and through physical experiences with their environment, including people. Although video communication technologies have helped to fill in the very large gap in physical experiences created when a parent is deployed, seeing and hearing Daddy on a small, flat computer screen is a VERY different experience than in the presence of the full-size, 3-D version of Daddy!Big Emotions: Contagious & ConfusingAnother element that can throw very young children for a loop is everyone else’s excitement and eager anticipation. While infants and toddlers don’t have the mental understanding to grasp what’s going on, they are like sponges when it comes to the emotional atmosphere of the people around them. They definitely know that everyone’s acting strange. But feeling the high emotional current, without understanding the situation, is confusing for most little ones, and downright frightening for others!The Element of SurpriseAnd then there’s the element of surprise. The oldest child in the video LOVED the surprise! The two younger children…not so much. There is definitely a direct relationship between enjoying a surprise and understanding what’s going on! A basic rule of thumb: the older the child, the more he or she will enjoy being surprised.Thankfully, the dad in the video is very patient and respectful of the time his young daughter and, to a lesser degree, the younger of his sons, need to grasp what’s going on before they are comfortable approaching him and giving him affection. If he or one of the other adults would have pushed either child into hugging Daddy, it might have resulted in tears or screams – definitely NOT the response anyone would want!5 Ways that You Can Help Reuniting FamiliesWhat can child care providers do to help make homecomings a joy for parents AND children?Talk with parents ahead of time about their children’s possible response. You know their children very well and will be able to provide helpful insight as they think through their homecoming event.Share tips for making it an enjoyable experience for everyone, including the youngest. For example, make sure a very young child has someone (Grandma or Auntie) who will be their security base from which he or she can observe while Mom, Dad and older children greet each other. Another suggestion is for the returning parent to get down on the floor at the child’s level and hold out a favorite toy (toys are toddlers’ favorite way of connecting with others!). Very concrete tactics such as these will be easy for parents to remember and use in the flurry of the moment.Share printed resources so that the parents can talk over them together. You might also encourage parents to share the resources with grandparents and others who may be pushing for a big, exciting homecoming production. Some of our favorite resources are:“Homecoming: Reconnecting After Separations”– from Zero To Three, specifically related to reconnecting with infants and toddlers.“Returning from the War Zone: A Guide for Families,” in both video and print formats, from the National Center for PTSD and the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. (This guide also provides lots of information and tips for the long process of adjusting to family life with the service member home.)center_img This blog post was written by Kathy Reschke, Child Care Leader at Military Families Learning Network.Source URL: /?p=1810last_img read more

Smith blasts ‘terrible’ PBA referees

first_imgHowever, Jayson Castro believes that TNT must play through those distractions and focus on the game at hand.“That’s how it is. What we must do is to focus on the game and don’t mind the officiating. We can’t do anything about that. The officials are doing their job and they might get things wrong cause they’re just human. But we have to focus on our game and bounce back next game,” he said.Game 6 is on Sunday, where the KaTropa shoots to force a winner-take-all Game 7.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTNT import Joshua Smith went straight to the point and lambasted the referees on the heels of his squad’s 111-102 Game 5 loss to San Miguel in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Friday.“PBA officials are terrible,” he said, obviously pissed off with how the game ended.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong MOST READ View comments Relaxed and resting LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveracenter_img What ‘missteps’? Smith felt slighted by the way the game was officiated, calling out referees Noy Guevarra, Rey Yante, and Mao Orioste, “terrible.”When pressed to elaborate on his statement, the hulking reinforcement repeated the same words thrice before reporters decided to abruptly end the interview.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSources close to the situation shared that Smith’s frustration is from what he felt were a lot of non-calls against him, which paved way for Beermen to come back from a 15-point halftime hole and eventually take the 3-2 series lead.Not helping was the 32 fouls whistled on the KaTropa, which led to 38 free throw attempts for San Miguel. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Three Out Of Four Media People Covering The US Open Are Men

Professional women’s tennis players make as much as the men do at all four Grand Slams. And the most successful American players are women: Serena Williams has 22 career major titles while her sister, Venus, has seven; no American man in this year’s U.S. Open draw has reached a major semifinal. At this year’s Open, like last year’s, by far the biggest story to watch is Serena Williams’s. Last year she was looking to tie the Open-era record for major titles and win all four in the same year; this year she’s looking to break the record.And yet the people who are telling the story of this tournament to the world are mostly men. Among the nearly 1,500 people who received media accreditation for the tournament, including broadcast staff, and who indicated whether they prefer to be referred to as “Mr.” or “Ms.,” 73 percent chose “Mr.,” according to Chris Widmaier, spokesman for the U.S. Tennis Association, which runs the tournament. And a count I did in the media work spaces and stadium seats on Thursday afternoon showed that about 78 percent of the people present were men. Freelance tennis writer Ana Mitric, who contributes to the Serbian media outlet B92 and has written about sexism in tennis, provided a second pair of eyes, reviewing video of nine player press conferences on Saturday and counting men and women among the media in attendance. At women players’ press conferences, 67 percent of media were men; the figure was 82 percent at men’s. 1Widmaier said he couldn’t say how many people didn’t indicate which honorific they prefer; media members aren’t obligated to choose one. His count includes people accredited as media, photographers and broadcast staff — but not people accredited as part of broadcasters who hold rights to the tournament, which includes ESPN, owner of FiveThirtyEight. I counted 231 people in the photographers’ pit, the photo facility, the two media work rooms, the media dining room, media-center patio and the main media seats during Venus Williams’s second-round match. The estimate is imprecise: I didn’t ask people for their gender identity, nor whether they were members of the media. I also may have counted some people who weren’t part of the tournament’s media coverage. I counted people who I knew worked in the tournament’s media operations but not other tournament staff.“Our goal is to make tennis look like America,” Widmaier said — including by gender and race. He put the onus on media to achieve that: “I hope media organizations are following recruitment protocols to ensure their people look like America.” It’s a point well taken. I’m a white man and the only reporter in Flushing for FiveThirtyEight; producer Jorge Estrada, a Latino man, is also accredited for FiveThirtyEight. 20131,10239226 Source: USTA 20161,01037227% 20141,14241827 20151,18345728 201299332525 Number of U.S. Open credentialed members of the media YEARMR.MS.SHARE MS. Women make up a larger share of the tennis media at the U.S. Open than they do of people covering some other sports — a 2014 report found that just 13 percent of sports staffers for U.S. newspapers and websites in the U.S. are women. And women fill an even smaller share of executive positions with major international sports bodies. Carole Bouchard, a French freelance writer who has covered 20 majors on site, said the gender gap has narrowed in her 12 years covering tennis, but that it “would be ridiculous to say that there aren’t consequences.”The ways in which having far more men than women in tennis media threatens the coherence of coverage are all around. Take, for instance, the continued attention paid to debates about equal prize money, or the casual discussion of women players’ looks. How the sport is covered by the people who tell its story affects how much of the total interest and revenue paid to tennis goes to women’s tennis, and when men so outnumber women in the telling of the sport’s story, it can put a thumb on the scale in the consuming.Women I spoke with who cover mixed-gender tennis tournaments said the share of men among the media at other tournaments they’ve covered is at least as big as at the U.S. Open — roughly 80 to 85 percent, they estimated.2My own observation of media rooms at Wimbledon and the French Open in recent years suggests that if anything the gender gap was bigger in those, though I never counted. “I am used to it,” said Bouchard.“This is a topic I hadn’t thought about much before you asked, and now I can’t help but look around and notice this,” said Bobby Chintapalli, a freelance writer who covers primarily women’s tennis for USA Today and other publications, over email. “Which is why when it comes to topics like this, I think awareness is key; it’s often a first step to improving a situation naturally.”Lindsay Gibbs, sports reporter at ThinkProgress and contributing tennis editor at Excelle Sports who has written about sexism in tennis, wrote in an email, “Sports culture is not the most welcoming for women, and that bleeds into the media, which has always been seen as a ‘boys’ club.’ It’s a global issue.”The gender gap also might make some men think the press room is an appropriate venue for sexism or harassment. “There can be a very ‘boys’ club’ vibe,” Mitric said, “including banter & other behavior that verges on, if not crosses over into, the inappropriate.”Bouchard also said media members who are parents might be put off by the travel demanded by covering a global sport — and because of cultural expectations of mothers, that might dissuade more moms than dads.“Another gendered split I’ve noticed — and one that is just as important — is that more men are in positions of power, whether that’s in terms of seniority or status,” said Mitric.Mitric doesn’t believe in quotas but echoes Widmaier’s call for outlets to step up recruitment of women, as well as the mentoring and promoting of them. She also said it’s up to men covering the sport to learn its history, which includes the rise of the WTA, the long fight for equal prize money and sexism in advertising and coverage of the sport; while she sees a rise in women’s voices around the sport, including on Twitter, she worries some men now see gender issues as covered and don’t bother with them themselves. “I think tennis media often fall short in connecting the sport to the larger world around it — and not only when it comes to gender,” Mitric said by email.ESPN, which owns FiveThirtyEight and which broadcasts the tournament in the U.S., has five women and nine men on air during the Open, according to ESPN spokesman Dave Nagle, plus a woman, Prim Siripipat, appearing in videos reporting on the tournament for ESPN.com. Nagle added that two match producers, managing producer, senior highlights producer, the lead producer on features and the production coordinator are women, as are many associate producers, graphic coordinators, social media producers and production assistants. (Of the 35 people accredited through ESPN.com — writers, editors and others not involved with the TV side, and not counting Estrada, Siripipat or me — 16 are women.) “ESPN has a long history of being a leader in providing opportunities to women both in front of or behind the camera,” Nagle said. (Widmaier declined to provide the number of journalists accredited from specific news organizations, but said that ESPN is the biggest “by far,” with The New York Times a distant second.)The frequent flaring of debate about whether women should continue to earn as much prize money as men might be less frequent with more women in the press room, Bouchard said. “Not a lot of men journalists have a huge love for women’s tennis,” she said.There are some notable exceptions, including several American men who write frequently about the WTA, the overseer of the women’s game worldwide. Also, women covering tennis often write about the men’s game. But even where there isn’t a firewall around gender, the old lines are often assumed to be in place. For instance, Bouchard says she’s had several conversations in which editors express interest in her contributing to their publications, but ask, “Oh, but also you are covering men’s tennis?” To which she replies, “I haven’t told you I am covering women’s tennis.”Men covering tennis may also discuss women athletes’ bodies differently, for instance talking about their looks. “I’m not sure women journalists would go at it the way men would,” Bouchard said. “Maybe I’m wrong.” To know, there would need to be more women tennis writers, she said.The media gender gap may help contribute to the growing gap in revenue between the men’s tour and the WTA. (For instance, broadcasters influence scheduling of tournaments, including which matches are featured on show courts, which skews male at some mixed-gender tournaments, notably Wimbledon.)“Men are still the ones making broadcasting decisions, writing the stories and controlling the narratives,” Gibbs said. “That leads to less coverage of women, which then leads to less people knowing about women’s tennis, which then directly impacts interest. Then, they cite less interest for the reason they don’t broadcast it more or write about it more. It’s a self-defeating cycle.”It’s a tough cycle to break, and far from the only one tennis is staring down. The vast majority of U.S. Open journalists are white, too. Trying to divine a person’s race at a glance is obviously fraught — as is divining their gender, it should be said — but it’s clear that the media rooms at the U.S. Open are a long way from looking like America. “You could count the number of black people here,” Bouchard said while looking around the workroom where we talked. She added, “The more diversity the better.” read more

Football Ohio State quarterback JT Barrett to play in EastWest Shrine Game

J.T. Barrett points up to a crowd of Buckeye fans prior to the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett has one final collegiate game against USC in the Cotton Bowl on Friday, but he has already begun to consider his professional football career.Barrett accepted an invitation to showcase his talents in the East-West Shrine Game, the game announced Tuesday. The game, which features players looking to impress scouts ahead of the 2018 NFL Draft held in April, will take place  Jan. 20 in St. Petersburg, Florida, and will be shown on NFL Network.The quarterback will be joined by Ohio State teammates, linebacker Chris Worley and left tackle Jamarco Jones in the Shrine Game.Barrett completed 229-of-354 passes (64.7 completion percentage) for 2,939 yards, including 35 passing touchdowns and nine interceptions in the 2017 season. He holds dozens of program and Big Ten records, including the school passing yard record, the program’s single-season passing touchdown record and the Big Ten career touchdown passes. read more

Six reasons why Luka Modric may leave Real Madrid

first_imgLuka Modric’s future has been growing more doubtful as the days go by with Inter Milan having publicly announced their intentions to sign him, so why would he leave Real Madrid?After leading Croatia to their first ever World Cup final this summer, Modric finally made his return to training at Valdebebas on Wednesday following an extended break from the club in order to properly recover from his exploits at Russia.But the 2018 Golden Ball winner has been the centre of a massive transfer story that ties him with a shocking move to Inter with the club’s manager Luciano Spalletti having confirmed that they are indeed trying to sign Modric this summer.The 32-year-old, who reportedly held talks with Florentino Perez on Wednesday over his future, has remained silent on a move to Inter.But after losing Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus last month, Real do not want to lose another star player and are willing to even offer him a new lucrative contract.So why would Modric leave the 13-time European champions?Well, AS have listed six reasons why the Croatian playmaker may be willing to join Ronaldo at the Serie A for the upcoming season.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane 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.Lucrative offer: Inter are offering €10m a year compared to Modric’s current annual wage of €6.5m.China: Modric has a four-year contract offer on the table and can even go to Chinese side Jiangsu to finish off his playing career in another lucrative deal.Age: Modric will be 33 in September and this summer may well represent his final opportunity to get one last big contract.Titles: Modric has won everything in Spain and may fancy a new challenge in collecting major silverware in Italy.Ronaldo and Zidane’s exits: The exit of the iconic duo represents the end of a glorious era at Madrid and may convince Modric that the time has come to leave himself.Italy: Having already impressed in England and Spain, the 32-year-old may be tempted to leave his mark in Italy before he finishes his playing career in a bid to become an all-time great.last_img read more

Henderson hails Milner and Fabinho

first_imgAccording to the Liverpool midfielder, the team is doing pretty well in the English Premier League thanks to Fabinho and James Milner.Liverpool is currently in the first place of the English Premier League table with 57 points.They are four points ahead of second-place Manchester City.And for defender Jordan Henderson, is all thanks to Fabinho and James Milner.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“Aside from the big task of trying to get the right result in this game, we also have the challenge of a few injuries at the moment and we, as the players, know this means we all have to step up, be flexible and adapt,” Henderson told the club’s official website.“In recent games, we take great inspiration from people like Fabinho. Yes, he’s an experienced international with a track record of performing well in multiple positions – but to play center-half at Brighton and play like he did impress everyone.”“There was no fuss or drama from Fab – he just delivered,” he added.“James Milner, as the gaffer has joked, has played just about every position on the pitch except as ‘keeper. Already this season he’s filled in at full-back and the way he gets on with his job and puts the team first is a perfect example as well.”last_img read more