Newcastle sever ties with Ben Arfa

first_img A Newcastle statement said: ” Newcastle United can today confirm that Hatem Ben Arfa and the club have reached an agreement to terminate the contract between both parties with immediate effect by mutual consent. Newcastle United wishes Hatem all the best for his future.” Ben Arfa joined Newcastle from Marseille in 2010, initially on loan before signing permanently the following summer despite an injury-ruined first season in England. He became a fans’ favourite after a string of spectacular goals and inspirational performances in 2012 and continued to show flashes of his best form. But his attitude and fitness came under question and he joined Hull on loan in September of this season. He made only a handful of appearances for the East Yorkshire club, failing to score and missing a glorious chance in their defeat to Tottenham, and he was substituted in the first half of the defeat to Manchester United. He returns to Ligue 1, a competition he won four times as a young player with Lyon and once more with Marseille in 2010, when he also helped the club win the Coupe de la Ligue. Nice are 11th in the table but only three points clear of the relegation zone, and will look to their new signing to spark an attack which has mustered 21 goals in 19 games this season. Ben Arfa has won 13 caps for France since his goalscoring debut against the Faroe Islands in 2007. Newcastle have released French forward Hatem Ben Arfa ahead of his move to Nice. The Ligue 1 club announced on Saturday they had reached a deal in principle with the 27-year-old, who failed to make an impact on loan at Hull this season before returning to Tyneside. Ben Arfa is due to have a medical in France on Monday before joining Nice on undisclosed terms, but will make the move as a free agent. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Three Big Things: Kevin Durant and Quinn Cook step up in Warriors’ win

first_imgWho needs ’em?Not the Warriors — at least for Saturday night.Golden State, down the two players who define their dynastic success on both sides of the court over the last five year, ran the Brooklyn Nets off of the Oracle Arena court Saturday, 116-100.After the contest, I broke down the three big things from the Warriors win with Warriors reporter Logan Murdock.Thi … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceStephen Curry?Draymond Green?last_img

Onus on spinners as India look to establish domination over England

first_imgIndia will look to apply themselves better when the hosts will take on a confident England in the second Test match at the ACA-VDCA cricket stadium tomorrow.India who looked nearly invincible on the home pitches with the ingenuity of spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, accuracy of Ravindra Jadeja and experience of leg-spinner Amit Mishra, were cornered and were forced to play for the draw in the opening Test.India’s batting line-up failed to rise to the challenge when they needed 310 at a run-rate of just over five on a fifth-day track. (Also read: Virat Kohli an absolute street-fighter: Nasser Hussain to India Today)While Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara came up with a century each in the first innings, Gautam Gambhir and Ajinkya Rahane failed to respond.But the Virat Kohli-led side can take good things from this as, despite losing early wickets, he along with lower-order batsmen Ashwin, stumper Wriddhiman Saha and Jadeja took India out of the woods and managed a draw.KL RAHUL RETURNSThe latest addition of in-form opener Lokesh Rahul, who was sidelined from the first Test squad due to an injury, will also give a big boost to the team confidence as Gambhir, who replaced an injured Shikhar Dhawan in the New Zealand series, failed to gave the hosts the start they wanted in both the innings against England.Commenting on the choice of openers, captain Kohli hinted that Rahul might play in place of Gambhir. “We are pretty clear in our mind that KL (Lokesh Rahul) is our number one choice along with Murali Vijay. and when he is fit at any stage he will come back in the team and we will start with him,” Kohli said at the pre-match media conference.advertisement”We are waiting for him to get fit as soon as possible and in the meantime Gautam got the chances and he played really well in the different situations and that’s how team combinations go.””I cannot give any pointers about what we are going to do, all possibilities… You might see a few surprises in the team.”The bowling department, which has been firmly put in its place by Kohli against New Zealand, also looked a bit lost against England as it failed to put the pressure on the English opening duo of Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed. (Also read: No one expected England to perform so well in Rajkot: Ian Botham to India Today)SHAMI’S FITNESS A CONCERN Mohammad Shami’s fitness once again came into the limelight after he suffered a hamstring cramp in the first innings and as a result England posted a mammoth 537.Along with Shami, who bowled in the second innings, Umesh Yadav, Mishra and Ashwin have to bowl the disciplined line and take wickets in order to come back strongly in the next match.Hence, after a nervous draw at the sporting wicket in Rajkot, the hosts will now be hoping to keep things simple and repeat what they have been doing over the last two home series.On the other hand, England, who came to India after the lacklustre performance against minnows Bangladesh, somehow managed to put things together against Anil Kumble-coached side.IMPRESSIVE HAMEED Promising opener Hameed as well as Joe Root along with skipper Cook and Moeen Ali have impressed the critics who had predicted them to be tormented by the Indian spin attack.In terms of batting, England seemed much more stable than the hosts as their four players — Cook, Joe Root, Moeen Ali and Ben Stokes — slammed centuries as compared to India’s two.The bowling department, which created problems for Indian batsmen throughout the match also filled the team with confidence after the inclusion of star pacer James Anderson. He had missed the first Test due to injury.Going into the match, the visitors hold psychological advantage against the hosts but they have few loopholes to work on to take a crucial lead in the five-Test series.Squads:India: Virat Kohli (captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Gautam Gambhir, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Lokesh Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Murali Vijay, Jayant Yadav, Umesh YadavEngland: Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Zafar Ansari, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jake Ball, Gary Balance, Gareth Batty, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Duckett, Steven Finn, Haseeb Hameed, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.last_img read more

Yellowknife pilots wet housing project

first_imgAPTN National NewsBefore you can deal with mental health and addictions issues, you need a roof over your head.That’s the philosophy behind the new project that the city of Yellowknife is piloting.APTN’s Iman Kassam takes to the streets of Yellowknife to find out more.last_img

Bahamas meteorologist featured on PBS NOVA special TONIGHT

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNASSAU, Bahamas – October 31, 2017 – The Bahamas’ own, Wayne Neely and his work chronicling the biggest, baddest hurricane to have hit The Bahamas and the region will be featured on the PBS NOVA series, ‘Killer Hurricanes’ and the series debuts on Wednesday November 1.The Great Hurricane of 1780 –  The Story of the Greatest and Deadliest Hurricane of the Caribbean and the Americas is the title of Neely’s book; it is a best seller.  The forecaster with the Bahamas Department of Meteorology is also an historian and told media that the real concentration will be the Great Hurricane of 1780, which remains the deadliest hurricane in North Atlantic hurricane history with 22,000 people killed — most of them slaves — in the Caribbean.Again you can find Killer Hurricanes on PBS NOVA tomorrow, November 1 at 9pm. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#author, #greathurricaneof1780, #hurricanes, #wayneneelylast_img read more