In a statement Thursday, police said they arrested 19 people believed to be planning attacks coordinated by two ringleaders currently in Syria “alongside ISIS.”Police said they also seized weapons, explosives and extremist religious materials during various raids.Eighteen of the suspects are Kosovo nationals and one is Macedonian. One suspect was released after 48 hours. The other 18 will be detained for 30 days for interrogation, officials said.
LeBron James used a visit to Washington to express his continued displeasure at Donald Trump, without once mentioning the United States president by name.James took the court wearing one white and one black shoe for the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Washington Wizards in an NBA game in the national capital.Both shoes had the word ‘EQUALITY’ stitched in capital letters on the back, and they got the attention he apparently was seeking.“Obviously, we know where we are right now and we know who’s at the helm here,” the four-time NBA most valuable player told reporters after the game, played barely a mile from the White House.“Equality is all about understanding our rights, understanding what we stand for and how powerful we are as men, and as women, black or white or Hispanic.”James, a frequent and outspoken critic of Trump, backed losing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.He has continued his attacks on Trump in the 13 months since the election, saying that the president does not understand that many children look to their leader for guidance and encouragement.James spoke on Sunday after compiling his third straight triple-double — 20 points, 12 rebounds and 15 assists — as the Cavaliers beat the Wizards 106-99.“No matter your race, this is a beautiful country and we’re never going to let one person dictate how beautiful and how powerful we are,” he said.
A decision on an appeal by Russian athletes to compete at the Pyeongchang Olympics will be issued on Friday at 1100 local time (0200 GMT), the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Thursday.CAS has been handling several appeals from the Russians after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) invited 169 carefully screened Russian athletes to compete as independents in South Korea.Russia was banned from Pyeongchang over the Sochi 2014 doping scandal and the IOC had banned dozens of athletes from the games for life and stripped their Sochi Games medals following several investigations.CAS upheld the appeal of 28 athletes due to insufficient evidence but the IOC still refused to invite them saying the evidence was there.CAS is also handling appeals of Russians, including Olympic champion skater Viktor Ahn, who had not been named in the doping investigations or had any prior doping offences but were still not invited due to doping suspicions by the IOC.The Games run from Feb. 9-25.
Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has dropped his appeal against a 50-day jail sentence for assaulting a taxi driver.The move by the 30-year-old makes the judgement final but his current club, Rosenborg, have pledged to stand by him.Bendtner was found guilty of assaulting a taxi driver in Copenhagen in September. The Denmark international admitted the charge but said he had acted in self-defence.In a statement, his Norwegian club said: “Nicklas has regretted the incident and he is taking his sentence.“If we make mistakes, it is important that we take responsibility for our actions.“Nicklas has his employment relationship with Rosenborg FC and the enforceable verdict from Denmark does not change that.”Bendtner began his career at Arsenal and scored 45 goals in 171 games for the Gunners.He also had spells on loan with Birmingham, Sunderland and Juventus before joining Wolfsburg in 2014.Bendtner returned to English football with Nottingham Forest in 2016 but did not see out a full season before moving to Rosenborg.His hopes of making the Denmark squad for this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia were ended due to injury.
Croatia defender Dejan Lovren has been banned for one international match over comments he made on social media about opponents Spain following his side’s 3-2 Nations League win in November.Meanwhile, Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller and Ajax Amsterdam defender Maximilian Woeber will miss both legs of their teams’ respective Champions League round of 16 ties after being banned for two European games following red cards last month.Mueller will sit out the tie against Liverpool and Woeber misses his side’s clash with Real Madrid.Lovren posted a video on Instagram where he appeared to brag about elbowing Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos and made insulting comments about the Spain team following the game on March 15.He also told reporters after the match that Spain were “rude on the pitch” and bad losers.UEFA said that Lovren had fallen foul of a clause in its disciplinary rules which penalises anyone “whose conduct is insulting or otherwise violates the basic rule s of decent conduct.”He was suspended from Croatia’s next UEFA competition match, which is the Euro 2020 qualifiers at home to Azerbaijan in March.Despite the win, Croatia finished bottom of Group A4 after losing their final game to England and were relegated to League B of UEFA’s new competition.Muller was given a straight red card for a high kick on Nicolas Tagliafico during Bayern’s 3-3 draw against Ajax and was banned for two European club matches. Woeber was dismissed in a separate incident of the same match.BATE Borisov’s Sihnevich Mikalai and Villarreal’s Costas Jorda Jaume were also banned for two European matches after being sent off in Europa League games last month.Olympiakos were fined 90,000 euros following crowd trouble in their Europa League match against AC Milan.UEFA sanctioned the Greek side over a pitch invasion, the setting-off of fireworks and blocked stairways during their 3-1 win over Milan on Dec. 13 in Athens.Olympiakos must play their next home match behind closed doors although this was deferred for a “probationary period” of two years.Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso suggested that Olympiakos threw extra balls onto the pitch and mentioned a “strange trumpet noise” although he said it was not an excuse for their defeat.Milan were fined 5,000 euros after their fans also set off fireworks.Paris St Germain and Red Star Belgrade were fined 35,000 euros and 25,000 euros respectively for incidents at their Champions League match on Oct. 3 which the Ligue 1 side won 6-1
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says Dele Alli’s hamstring injury has come at the “worst moment”.Alli has been ruled out until early March after sustaining the problem in Sunday’s 2-1 win over Fulham, the third time he has suffered a hamstring injury this season.The 22-year-old joins Harry Kane in the treatment room and the influential pair are going to miss a crucial part of Spurs’ campaign, starting with the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg with Chelsea on Thursday.They are also set to miss the FA Cup fourth-round tie at Crystal Palace, the Champions League last-16 first leg against Borussia Dortmund, the Carabao Cup final if they beat Chelsea and a host of important Premier League games, potentially including the north London derby.Pochettino said: “Now we need to be positive like with Harry Kane. Of course, we are going to miss him for a long period.“It’s one of the worst moments because we have ahead very busy fixtures.“You know very well that for us the squad is very important and of course it’s a very good opportunity for other players to step up.”Pochettino’s stretched squad, which is also missing Son Heung-min to international duty, has further highlighted the club’s lack of transfer activity in the last two windows.The Argentinian has reiterated that the club are open to making additions in the next week, but again warned of the difficulties.“Our idea is always I’m so open to improving the squad and adding players, with Harry Kane and Dele Alli fit or not fit,” Pochettino said. “It’s so important to have a clear message to everyone.“I was always open. I was open in the summer, I’m open now, but the different thing is the reality and it’s difficult for us to add players that can help us or improve our squad. We’re open.“It’s not that now because we suffer some injuries we’re going to change our strategy. It’s so clear.“Always we were so open to finding the right profile and the right players to arrive and improve us. But we’re working. We’ll see what happens until the end. But we were always open to improving the squad.“I think this transfer window is always the most difficult transfer window and you know very well because I’m seeing you every day, there are not too many transfers, with a lot of loans.“It’s difficult to find the right players for all the clubs. Of course we’re Tottenham and to find the right profile to help us I think is going to be difficult. But we’re trying, we’re trying to deliver something.”Despite a shortage of attacking options, Pochettino is insistent on not using out-of-favour striker Vincent Janssen.The Dutchman signed in the summer of 2016, but has been a flop at the club, not featuring since August 2017.He has been linked with a move away from the club this month, with Pochettino saying there is no way back for him in north London.“I think it’s so clear that now it’s one year and a half that he’s not in our plans,” he said. “He’s not in Tottenham’s plans. Not in just the manager’s plans but the club’s plan.“Eighteen months ago we took the decision for him to try to find a different place to play because for different reasons it didn’t work. That happens in football.“It’s not a personal problem, it’s about the professional side. For different reasons that professional relationship isn’t working and we need to find a solution. We are trying to find the resolution.“He got the injury months ago and we’re helping him, trying to find the right place for him to feel again like a player and play football.”Spurs have received some rare positive injury news ahead of their trip to Stamford Bridge following the return of Moussa Sissoko (groin) and Lucas Moura (knee) to contention.Victor Wanyama is also back in training, but will not feature against Chelsea.
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 1 NEWCASTLE UNITED 1Feb 11 (Reuters) – Defender Willy Boly headed in a dramatic equaliser in the dying seconds as Wolverhampton Wanderers snatched a 1-1 draw with Newcastle United in the Premier League on Monday.After a run of three successive wins, Wolves looked like they were about to come unstuck as Isaac Hayden gave the visitors the lead 11 minutes into the second half while the home side’s attack failed to catch fire.Striker Raul Jimenez had a night to forget, blazing over the bar in the first half and heading the ball wide with the goal at his mercy late in the second.Newcastle’s record signing Miguel Almiron, the Paraguayan striker who joined from Major League Soccer side Atlanta United, gave the visiting fans plenty to cheer about as he made his debut.Those cheers turned to howls of rage in stoppage time as Boly heading in the equaliser after beating Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka to the ball.
There was no stopping Rafael Nadal on Wednesday as he soaked up 22 thunderbolt aces to flatten Sam Querrey 7-5 6-2 6-2 to set up the Wimbledon semi-final the whole sporting world had been waiting to see – a showdown with great rival Roger Federer.The Spaniard made a jaw-dropping start to his quarter-final as he won all 12 points during his first three service games.Querrey, a semi-finalist here in 2017, finally got a foothold on Nadal’s serve in the eighth game but making any form of sustained attack proved to be mission impossible.A warning for a time violation threw third seed Nadal, who had already squandered four set points, off his service stride in the 10th game and allowed Querrey to break back for 5-5.But that was as good as it got for the unseeded American as his serve might have been on fire but everything else was misfiring and he bowed out after the Spaniard whipped a forehand winner on match point to make sure it was game on with Federer in Friday’s semi-final.Nadal’s victory meant it was the first time more than one Spanish man had reached the Wimbledon semis in the same year, with Roberto Bautista Agut also through to the last four after he beat Argentine Guido Pella in an earlier quarter-final.
A double from Sergio Aguero, a first of the season for Kevin De Bruyne and another from Bernardo Silva steered Manchester City to a comprehensive 4-0 home win over Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League on Saturday.City wasted no time in getting themselves in front as De Bruyne fired home after just 68 seconds, and City’s 17th win in their last 18 league matches never looked in doubt.There was a worrying sight for City as Aymeric Laporte was carried off on a stretcher after upending Brighton’s Adam Webster and coming off worse, but there was better news to come, as Aguero finished well to make it 2-0 in the 42nd minute.Brighton had good chances to get themselves back in it either side of the interval, but they were made to pay for their profligacy in ruthless fashion by Aguero, who rifled into the top corner to make it three ten minutes into the second half.Seconds after coming off the bench, Bernardo Silva then rounded off the scoring with City’s 14th goal of the season, on the end of a pass from Aguero.City coasted to a victory that moves them back to the top of the standings, with Liverpool in action later on Saturday.VARDYMeanwhile, Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy was involved in all three goals as Brendan Rodgers’ side beat Bournemouth 3-1 in an end-to-end contest at the King Power Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.Vardy opened the scoring in the 12th minute when he took advantage of Bournemouth’s high line to break the offside trap and latch onto Ben Chilwell’s long ball, lobbing the ball over goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale who was caught in no man’s land.AYEW BREAKS HOME DROUGHTCrystal Palace finally scored in front of their own fans at Selhurst Park as Jordan Ayew secured a 1-0 win in the Premier League on Saturday against an Aston Villa side hampered by the 54th-minute dismissal of Trezeguet.But Villa were denied an equaliser in the final seconds when Henri Lansbury bundled the ball into the net but referee Kevin Friend disallowed the goal for an earlier dive by Jack Grealish, who was booked.CHELSEA WASTE TWO-GOAL LEADChelsea threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with newly promoted Sheffield United on Saturday, leaving manager Frank Lampard still looking for his first home win.Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham got his name on the score-sheet at Stamford Bridge for the first time with two first-half goals.HALLER ON TARGETSebastian Haller and Andriy Yarmolenko were on target as West Ham United picked up their second win of the season with a 2-0 victory over promoted Norwich City on Saturday.French forward Haller, signed from Eintracht Frankfurt in the close season, put the Hammers ahead in the 24th minute, sliding the ball home from close range after a wonderful cross from Arthur Masuaku.
There was never any shortage of courage, but not even the bravest of blossoms could punch through Springbok brawn on Sunday as South Africa reached the rugby World Cup semi-finals by beating Japan 26-3 and ending their dream run at their home tournament.In what was a first World Cup quarter-final for the Japanese, neither an entire nation seemingly now besotted by rugby, nor a raucous 50,000 crowd packed into Tokyo Stadium, could carry the hosts to victory.It was always going to be an enormous ask for Japan to replicate what has been their greatest moment on a rugby field — beating South Africa 34-32 in a World Cup group stage match in Brighton, England, four years ago.South Africa had been stunned by that ‘Miracle in Brighton’ but with victories over both Ireland and Scotland this World Cup, Japan no longer held any element of surprise.Lines were clearly drawn, with both Japan and South Africa knowing precisely what they had to do to reach next weekend’s semi-final against Wales – this was always going to be a battle between the Boks’ forwards and the Brave Blossoms’ lightning backs.The first half was close — mostly due to South Africa’s profligacy with the line at their mercy — and the teams had gone in with only two points separating them after an unconverted fourth-minute try by winger Makazole Mapimpi was countered by a Yu Tamura penalty for Japan.But in the event, after an exhilarating first 40 minutes, the Japanese team ran out of energy, ideas and, finally, hope.They had not been tackled as fiercely this World Cup as they were on Sunday night. Nor had they faced such a disciplined, well-organised defence.And where the South Africans had been careless early on – they could have gone in at halftime three or four tries to the good – they tightened everything up in the second period to devastating effect.Man of the match Faf de Klerk, who had helmed the South Africans artfully throughout, added a second try on 66 minutes and Mapimpi added his second four minutes later.Pollard converted one try and slotted three penalties in the second period, all unanswered.Japan could never hope to maintain the frenetic pace with which they had harried South Africa early on and departed the tournament beaten but with a whole new army of fans for their exciting, free-flowing rugby.South Africa must now regroup for their Yokohama semi-final against Wales who earlier recorded a 20-19 victory over 14-man France, who had lock Sebastian Vahaamahina sent off at Oita Stadium.