Arsenal forced into early kick-off for Europa League tieby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal will be forced to play their Europa League round of 32 at 5pm, UEFA have confirmed.UEFA regulations do not allow teams from the same city to play on the same day.With Chelsea receiving priority after winning the FA Cup, Arsenal have been given the early time slot.A statement from UEFA read: “Due to the city clash between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC, and in order to respect the sporting criteria of the competition (both teams are seeded and have to play the return leg of their respective round of 32 ties at home), one of the two return-leg matches will be played on a Wednesday.”In accordance with the principles set by the Club Competitions Committee, Chelsea FC have priority, having won the national domestic cup. Arsenal FC with therefore play their return leg in the round of 32 at home on Wednesday 20 February 2019, at 18.00 CET (17.00 GMT), irrespective of their opponents.”The Gunners have drawn BATE Borisov for the tie, while Chelsea will face Malmo. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery confirms axing Ozil; pushed about selling German in Januaryby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery admits he dropped Mesut Ozil for their Carabao Cup defeat to Tottenham.Ozil failed to make the matchday squad for last night’s 2-0 reverse.Emery explained: “It’s a tactical decision because I thought that the players that were with us today were the best choices for this match.”Asked if Ozil was at the Emirates for the game, Emery continued: “Yes.”We are thinking of every player. We have 24 or 25 players and when they are playing one game and not in another, it’s the decision. Today it was tactical.”Emery was then pushed about whether Ozil could be sold next month.”My focus now is analysing this match and also Saturday against Burnley is very important. We are going to assess every player, how they are tomorrow in training and for a difficult match against Burnley on Saturday.”I am thinking about the match on Saturday, and not thinking about another situation.”
Sevilla chief Caparros explains ending talks for Chelsea striker Morataby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla sports chief Joaquin Caparros admits their move for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata is off.Caparros has confirmed the terms involved for the former Real Madrid centre-forward are just too rich for them.After signing Munir El Haddadi from Barcelona, Caparros said: “We got in touch with Morata and Chelsea, but it all ended up there. “To speak of figures, it was enough to understand that the operation was impossible for us.”Morata is now the subject of talks with Atletico Madrid. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Juventus coach Allegri: Ronaldo needs to win something hereby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus coach Max Allegri says Cristiano Ronaldo will be determined to win the Supercoppa.Allegri was asked if CR7 brought a stronger winning mentality to Juve.“He’d have to win something first to prove that. Cristiano is accustomed to winning, he has won four of the last five Champions Leagues and many more trophies. Ronaldo is the best player in the world and an added bonus for us. The situation has certainly improved with his presence, although Juve already had great strikers.“However, let’s not forget that Juve have played two Champions League Finals in the last four years and they were against what at the time were the best teams in the world. When it comes to that tournament, you need good luck too.“The Scudetto is one of our objectives, as are the Coppa Italia, the Supercoppa and the Champions League. We want to reach the end of the season with as many trophies as possible.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rangers boss Gerrard a shock target for Besiktasby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRangers boss Steven Gerrard has emerged as a shock target for Besiktas.The Turkish giants are mulling over whether to sack under-fire boss Abdullah Avci.Gerrard has been impressing with his steady work in the Scottish Premiership at Rangers, who currently hold a two-point lead at the top of the table.The Ibrox side have only lost one game so far this season, and Besiktas are now considering the Liverpool legend as the man for the hotseat, says BeIN Sports.At present the Blacks Eagles sit in 12th place, with just eight points from seven matches played.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Arsenal midfielder Parlour: Not better since Wengerby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour insists the team has not improved since Unai Emery took over from Arsene Wenger.The Gunners faced fierce criticism after their 1-0 loss at Sheffield United on Monday, which brought an end to their eight-game unbeatean run. Parlour told talkSPORT: “No, it’s not better (than when Wenger was in charge), but it is a real opportunity.”After we started really well during the start of the season, people were going: “Oh we can challenge for the title”, and I said no chance!”If they come fourth, it’s a great season. Champions League football is the most important thing for Arsenal now going forward.”If they come fifth or sixth this year it has been a failure again. Because they went into the transfer market and I think everyone was quite excited about the signings.”
VineFreshman forward Cliff Alexander entered his season at Kansas with huge expectations, but he hasn’t gotten off to a huge start yet this season. The Chicago native is only playing 18.4 minutes per game, and averaging 8.2 points and 5.4 rebounds. However, last night against Oklahoma State, Alexander looked every bit like the explosive forward that he was billed as coming out of high school. Early in the game with his Jayhawks down five, Alexander bullied senior wing Le’Bryan Nash on the block, and then absolutely posterized forward Anthony Allen Jr. We’re not even sure if Alexander touches rim here, or if he just powerfully threw the ball into the hoop, but either way it was awesome. Kansas defeated Oklahoma State 67-57.[@cjzero]
This past Saturday, Michigan Stadium played host to an international soccer contest between European clubs Real Madrid and Chelsea – with the Spaniards emerging victorious, 3-2. A number of Wolverines football players were apparently in attendance – including quarterback John O’Korn.O’Korn appears to have captured an interesting moment, too. The Michigan signal-caller took a photo of a group of Michigan State fans attempting to troll the Wolverines by standing with an MSU “Block S” banner with the field in the background. As O’Korn notes, however, the Spartans supporters have the “S” backwards.O’Korn joked that the mistake is the result of an “MSU Education.” Ouch.When you try to clown your rival but you don’t know which way an S goes… #soclose #MSUeducation pic.twitter.com/kqyJaX0Crl— John O’Korn (@JohnOKorn) July 31, 2016The Michigan vs. Michigan State rivalry never takes a day off. They’ll meet this year on October 29 at Spartan Stadium.
A Tennessee football fan checkerboarded his father’s gravesite before the Vols game against Alabama.Apparently, being a Tennessee football fan extends long after death. At least for one man, whose son painted the famous end zone checkerboard onto his gravesite. Jamie Beckler of Cleveland, Tennessee, spray-painted his father’s gravesite with orange and white in checkerboard fashion.According to WATE.com, it’s a tradition that has lived on since Ricky Beckler passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2008.“He wasn’t real big on flowers. So, we thought of this and this became a tradition,” said Jamie Beckler.The Becklers seem to have their priorities straightened out at well. Jamie, decked out in a Tennessee hat and jacket, said Tennessee football has been at the top of his priority list for some time.“God, family, and Tennessee football. Pretty much how it’s always been.”The Volunteers are set for their stiffest test of the 2016 season Saturday when they host No. 1 Alabama.
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh heard your dirty chants, Michigan State fans.Speaking on his radio show Monday, Harbaugh joked that he heard the MSU faithful’s R-rated taunts on Saturday. MLive.com has the transcript of his comments:“Yeah, I heard it. I heard it. I thought it was really great and classy. I thought they were saying ‘Love Jim Harbaugh,’ ” Harbaugh said. “And they kept repeating it: ‘Love Jim Harbaugh, Love Jim Harbaugh.’ I said ‘wow, that’s some great sportsmanship here by the Michigan State Spartans.’ ”They weren’t, of course.“Then the next day I read ESPN and they were saying, I guess it was ‘Frick Jim Harbaugh’ with (another word) there,” he continued. “I guess I have to get my hearing checked.”Of course, Harbaugh knew exactly what Michigan State fans were saying. But, when you’re 8-0 and ranked No. 2 in the country, everything sounds like music to your ears.Michigan continues its season this Saturday against Maryland. The game is at 3:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on ESPN.Michigan has a 39.2 percent chance of winning out, according to ESPN’s FPI.
Julen Lopetegui is back in management at Sevilla, with the former Real Madrid boss penning a three-year deal with the Liga outfit.The 52-year-old has been out of work since October 2018 when an ill-fated spell at the Santiago Bernabeu came to a close.Lopetegui had only been appointed by the Blancos in controversial circumstances over the summer leading into the 2018-19 campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? A deal was struck while he was still in charge of the Spain national side, with his contract there torn up ahead of the World Cup finals in Russia.He was charged with the task of succeeding Zinedine Zidane in Madrid, but struggled to make any kind of impact and was relieved of his duties on the back of a 5-1 Clasico defeat to Barcelona.A painful period of reflection has been taken in since leaving the Bernabeu, but Lopetegui has now returned to coaching.🛬 Welcome to Sevilla, Julen Lopetegui! 🖊#WeareSevilla pic.twitter.com/AW7HTOJiFq— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) June 4, 2019He has only previously filled three senior club positions and two of those have been short-lived stints in La Liga.Some 15 years prior to taking the reins at Real, Lopetegui spent 10 games in charge of Rayo Vallecano in the Spanish second tier.He then went on to spend time with Madrid’s B side and various youth teams within the Spain set-up before taking charge of Porto in 2014.Two years were spent in Portugal before accepting a call from La Roja to succeed Vicente del Bosque.An unbeaten record through qualification saw him guide Spain to the 2018 World Cup, but he never got the chance to take in an outing at a major international tournament.A former goalkeeper from his playing days, Lopetegui will be hoping to right the wrongs of his recent struggles when taking to the dugout with Sevilla.He inherits a side that finished sixth in the 2018-19 campaign.Joaquin Caparros saw things through to the end of the season at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on a caretaker basis.He had filled in following the dismissal of Pablo Machin after just 10 months at the helm.Lopetegui will have Europa League competition to take in next term, but will be expected to push Sevilla back into La Liga’s top four and secure Champions League qualification.
CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 3: A general view of the game between the Texas A&M Aggies and the Clemson Tigers at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 3, 2005 in Clemson, South Carolina. Clemson defeated Texas A&M 25-24. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)This weekend will feature several marquee matchups, including showdowns between ranked opponents. While Michigan and Michigan State could steal the show on Saturday, don’t lose sight of the remaining undefeated teams trying to keep their perfect season alive.One of the best games of the weekend might just be NC State against Clemson, as both ACC programs have yet to lose this season. Obviously, something has to give in this matchup, as college football analyst Ralph D. Russo believes the Tigers will end the Wolfpack’s pursuit of perfection.Here is his prediction, via Associated Press News:“No. 16 North Carolina State (plus 16½) at No. 3 ClemsonThe Tigers’ defensive line has all the star power, but the Wolfpack’s offensive line has future pros, too, in LG Terronne Prescod, C Garrett Bradbury and LT Tyler Jones … CLEMSON 34-21.”NC State receiving its first loss of the season isn’t the only intriguing prediction from Russo. In fact, he sees another undefeated team going down on Saturday.Although the Cincinnati Bearcats have been dominant through six contests, Temple could be their kryptonite.No. 20 Cincinnati (plus 3½) at TempleAAC East race could be fun with Bearcats and Owls mixing it up with UCF and USF … TEMPLE 22-20.Cincinnati and Temple will kick off at 12:00 p.m. ET from Lincoln Financial Field. As for NC State and Clemson, they’ll start at 3:30 p.m. ET from Clemson Memorial Stadium.It’ll be interesting to see how these two games unfold on Saturday, as NC State and Cincinnati try to stay undefeated.
MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts in the fourth quarter during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Kyler Murray’s football career might have come to an end tonight.Oklahoma’s star quarterback played admirably against No. 1 Alabama tonight, but the effort from the Sooners’ leader wasn’t enough against a dominant Nick Saban squad.The Crimson Tide topped the Sooners, 45-34, at the Orange Bowl to move on to the College Football Playoff national title game.Murray reacted in heartbreak.Oklahoma’s star quarterback was seen crying on the field following the game.Murray walked off the field with a towel covering his head.#Sooners QB Kyler Murray. Bama 45-34 final pic.twitter.com/DiCyx6BBgi— Bob Przybylo (@BPrzybylo) December 30, 2018“Tears running down his face after game. He cares so much. Valiant effort. Much respect. Just a fantastic season,” ESPN’s Holly Rowe tweeted.Tears running down his face after game. He cares so much. Valiant effort. Much respect. Just a fantastic season from @TheKylerMurray @OU_Football pic.twitter.com/0H06MNY7EB— Holly Rowe (@sportsiren) December 30, 2018Here’s a longer video of Murray walking off the field:What a wild ride the Kyler Murray era at Oklahoma was. *End scene* pic.twitter.com/7I25Dbxncc— Eddie Radosevich (@Eddie_Rado) December 30, 2018If this was really it for Kyler Murray the football player, it’s been quite a ride.
SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 17: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish mascot carries the school flag on the field before the game against the Michigan State Spartans on September 17, 2005 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)Colorado-native Aidan Keanaaina is a four-star defensive tackle and a top target in the Class of 2020. But with a full year left to make his college decision, Keanaaina is letting everyone know ahead of time.Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, Keanaaina announced that he would be continuing his college football career with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Keanaaina is the first defensive tackle to announce his commitment to Brian Kelly’s team.It is with great pleasure that I announce I will be attending The University of Notre Dame to continue my academic and athletic career starting June 2020. I am looking forward to this next chapter in my life. I am committed 100% to Notre Dame! To the fans of Notre Dame – Go Irish!247Sports rates Keanaaina as the No. 313 prospect in the nation, the No. 28 defensive tackle prospect, and the No. 4 prospect from the state of Colorado. He joins a Notre Dame team that current has the No. 15-rated recruiting class in the country for the Class of 2020.COMMITED 100% TO THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME ➡️ #IRISHBOUNDXX ☘️ #WeAreND ???? ? #GoIrish THANK YOU @CoachBrianKelly @CoachMikeElston @Coach_Lea @ToddLyght @StaceyKeanaaina @MullenMustang @SixZeroAcademy @adamgorney @TomLoy247 @KevinSinclair_ @LemmingReport @NDFootball ☘️ pic.twitter.com/9o0odEGdmF— Aidan Ikaika Keanaaina KAY-AW-NAH-EYE-NAH (@AidanAkfootball) February 13, 2019Keanaaina joins a Notre Dame team that is coming off its best campaign in the last six years, winning all 12 of their regular season games before falling to Clemson in the Cotton Bowl Classic.He also happens to be joining a squad that will likely need significant replenishment in the next year or two, which should pave the way for him to see the field quickly.The Fighting Irish also had one of the top-rated defenses in college football, allowing 18.2 points per game – 13th in the FBS.
Here is your horoscope for February 21, 2019Check out what the stars say your day will be like today.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiFebruary 21, 2019UPDATED: February 21, 2019 07:23 IST Pisces ARIESInception of new business ventures is favorable today! A new approach to an old problem can be the ultimate solution. It’s a good time to make changes at home and at work to bring fresh energy. Your social life is enviable as you make new connections. Lucky number 15. Colour pure white. TAURUSThe Prince of Swords brings energy and a purely intellectual element in your life. You are full of brilliant ideas in projects. Beware of your elusive and elastic mind that tends to support various and contradictory opinions. Be guided by your intuition. Lucky number 15. Colour blue. GEMINIUnexpected happenings are on the cards. A mystical experience gives you a sense of wonder. A professional collaboration comes together just when you have given up all hope of it. Things generally turn round in a positive direction as breakthroughs are affected. Lucky number 6. Colour ebony. CANCERPersonal relationships are enhanced through love and positive attitudes. Creative aptitudes are expressed in happy pastimes. An important trip is in the pipeline. You may take on fitness programs. You are likely to go off on a shopping spree and blow your budget. Lucky number 1. Colour red. LEOYou may have mixed feelings about life, as you are a success in some areas and a failure in others, according to your perception at this moment. It is best not to make judgments but go along with your nature and do the best you can with situations at home and work. Lucky number 7. Colour red. advertisementVIRGOYou are motivated and make dynamic and progressive changes at work today. Business trends take you towards the fast and risky lane to achieve phenomenal results. Love and romance in a relationship lead to promise. Be ready to offer praise wherever deserved. Lucky number 9. Colour rust. LIBRAThe Sun shines on you, bringing happiness, fulfillment and success. A socially scintillating day; you meet personalities and make exciting new associations. Friends and family enjoy your hospitality. Media exposure can be interesting. Visitors may be expected. Lucky number 19. Colour yellow. SCORPIOGood luck attends material matters. Established business concerns flourish and partnerships probably expand into triangular collaborations. You should build on reserves, and strengthen your financial situation as well as position in controlling business. Lucky number 9. Colour green. SAGITTARIUSYou are sensitive and affected by surrounding influences, reflecting others and expressing their opinions. It’s best to be original, independent and individualistic at this point. Professional and personal situations demand your personal attention. Lucky number 17. Colour sea blue. CAPRICORNYou can see that the old is destroyed but the new is yet to take shape so take a little time to look within for answers and make new beginnings. There might be manipulative people around you who want to influence you but its best to make your own decision. Lucky number 20. Colour blue. AQUARIUSInner balance brings equilibrium in your partnerships. You spend time in a creative pursuit and find it satisfying. Sporting activity keeps you on top of things. A special work assignment proves exciting. Your social life is busy as new connections are made. Lucky number 8. Colour blue. PISCESEnjoy every moment, whatever it brings – the peak and the valley without getting addicted to it. This is a good time to attempt difficult tasks and connect with people. You get the rewards of all the efforts you have been putting in to your business now. Lucky number 6. Colour pink.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow HoroscopeFollow Daily horoscope Next
Yamaha MT-15 launched, price starts at Rs 1.36 lakhYamaha MT-15 features a liquid-cooled, four-stroke, SOHC, four-valve, 155 cc, fuel injected engine along with Variable Valve Actuation system on a delta box frame. Varun Singh New DelhiMarch 15, 2019UPDATED: March 15, 2019 13:12 IST Yamaha MT-15HIGHLIGHTSYamaha MT-15 gets a six-speed gearbox along with a slipper clutch.There is a telescopic suspension at the front and a monoshock at the rear.It is available in two colour options — Metallic Black and Dark Matt Blue.India Yamaha Motor today launched the MT-15 at a starting price of Rs 1.36 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It will challenge the likes of KTM 125 Duke, TVS Apache RTR 200 and Bajaj Pulsar NS200. Yamaha MT-15Yamaha MT-15 sports an aggressive design and is based on Yamaha YZF R15 V3.0. It features a liquid-cooled, four-stroke, SOHC, four-valve, 155 cc, fuel injected engine along with Variable Valve Actuation system on a delta box frame. The motor produces 19.3 PS of power at 10,000 rpm and 14.7 Nm of torque at 8,500 rpm. Yamaha MT-15 gets a six-speed gearbox along with a slipper clutch.The braking duties in Yamaha MT-15 are performed by disc brakes both up front (282 mm) and at the rear (220 mm). A dual channel ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) enabled YZF R15 Version 3.0 was launched by India Yamaha Motor in January 2019 and it was claimed by the company that YZF R15 Version 3.0 was the first 150 cc model with such a safety feature. A smilar dual channel ABS was expected in Yamaha MT-15 as well. However, it gets only a single channel ABS. Yamaha MT-15There is a telescopic suspension at the front and a swingarm (link suspension) at the rear in Yamaha MT-15. It is available in two colour options — Metallic Black and Dark Matt Blue. Yamaha MT-15LED headlights give Yamaha MT-15 a bold look. There is a digital display as well. The naked bike has a length and width of 2,020 mm and 800 mm, respectively. While the height is 1,070 mm, the wheelbase is 1,335 mm. The weight of the naked bike is 138 kg (with oil and a full fuel tank).advertisement Yamaha MT-15Yamaha YZF R15 V3.0 ABS comes at an introductory price of Rs 1.39 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). With Yamaha MT-15 being launched at Rs 1.36 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), customers have more options to choose from now.ALSO READ | Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC Coupe launched in India, price starts at Rs 75 lakhALSO READ | Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight Special and 2019 Street Glide Special launched in IndiaALSO READ | 2019 Ford Figo: Important details leaked ahead of March 15 launch, might be priced below Rs 5 lakhGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow New bike launchFollow 2019 bike launchFollow Fresh bike launchFollow 2019 naked bikeFollow 2019 new bike Next
Next Andy Murray returns to court after hip surgeryAndy Murray, made his return to the Tennis court for the first time since his hip injury, and posted a short video on social media.advertisement Reuters LondonApril 2, 2019UPDATED: April 2, 2019 18:30 IST Andy Murray had said that he can play doubles at the Wimbledon (Reuters Photo)Andy Murray has returned to a tennis court two months after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery.Murray, who has not played competitively since his first round exit at the Australian Open in January, said last month he could possibly play at Wimbledon as he was now pain free after the surgery.The 31-year-old posted a short video on Instagram, where he was seen hitting the ball in an outdoor court while rallying with a wall with a caption, “It’s a start.”From Andy Murray’s Instastory. And what a joy to see him hitting! ???? pic.twitter.com/mPwUN22rkaLaWanda (@lawanda50) April 1, 2019Murray had said he was not sure he could play in the singles draw at Wimbledon, a tournament he has won twice, but targeted a possible return in doubles at this year’s tournament as it put less stress on his hip.The three-times Grand Slam champion compared his situation to that of American doubles player Bob Bryan who returned to the court 5-1/2 months after a similar procedure.This year’s Wimbledon begins on July 1.Also Read | Andy Murray could make return after hip surgery, says mother JudyAlso Read | Stan Wawrinka’s ‘get well soon’ bear to Andy Murray might leave his kids fightingAlso Read | Pain-free Andy Murray targets competitive return after hip surgeryFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Andy MurrayFollow tennis courtFollow Hip SurgeryFollow Wimbledon
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Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 6, 2019UPDATED: July 6, 2019 19:10 IST Ganguly, Laxman and Tendulkar continue to perform multiple duties within the Indian domestic setup (PTI)HIGHLIGHTSCoA will now move the Supreme Court to gain more clarity on ‘conflict of interest’ issueLodha reforms had advocated for the ‘one person one post’ ruleVVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly are currently performing various official duties within the Indian setupSeeking clarity on the contentious ‘conflict of interest’ issue, the Committee of Administrators (COA) on Saturday decided to approach the Supreme Court in the wake of BCCI ethics officer D K Jain ruling that former players like VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly cannot perform multiple cricketing roles.Keeping the soul of the Lodha reforms in mind – one person one post – former Supreme Court judge Jain last month ruled that ex-India batsman Laxman and former captain Ganguly will have to choose one of the multiples roles they are performing at the moment including their commentary stints during the ongoing World Cup.After due deliberation in its meeting on Saturday, the COA decided on seeking Supreme Court’s guidance on the ‘conflict of interest’ issue.Laxman is a member of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), from which he has offered to step down, mentor of IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad and a commentator.Ganguly, who too is commentating in the World Cup, is a CAC member, Bengal cricket boss and advisor of IPL side Delhi Capitals.The order, if enforced, can potentially affect a host of former and active players who take up commentary assignments with their other cricketing roles.”It has been decided to approach the court to have some clarity. It is becoming increasingly difficult to define conflict of interest. While Justice Jain has simply gone by what is there in the BCCI constitution (one person one post), not allowing former players to commentate is a tad unfair on them,” a senior BCCI official, who was part of the meeting, told PTI.advertisement”Taking the example of Laxman and Ganguly who may be required for CAC commitments only once or twice a year, they should not miss out on other assignments like commentary because of that,” the official added.In May, Jain dismissed allegations of conflict of interest against Sachin Tendulkar over his dual role as a CAC member and Mumbai Indians Icon. This was done after Tendulkar refused to be part of the CAC unless he is provided with agreeable ‘terms of reference’. However, he too is commentating in the ongoing World Cup.The COA took the opinion of its legal team before deciding on the matter.Another official said that the current situation was bound to arise with complexities surrounding the conflict of interest clause.”As per the reformed BCCI constitution, it is pretty clear that you can’t hold more than one post at the same time. So Justice Jain has gone by that and made the right decision. At the same time, not allowing former players with multiple roles to do commentary is also hard.”Mark Waugh was an Australian selector, yet he used to commentate. Where does conflict of interest begin and end? It is pretty difficult to define,” said the official.Speaking to PTI last month, Jain had clearly stated that he did not bar anyone from holding any post, he just went by the BCCI constitution and the onus was on to the Board to enforce the order on Laxman and Ganguly.Meanwhile, the potential conflict of interest over Rahul Dravid’s appointment as NCA Head of Cricket has been put to rest after the former India captain decided to take a leave of absence for two years from his employer India Cements.Also Read | BCCI ethics officer gives clean chit to Sachin Tendulkar in conflict of interest issueAlso Read | Mohammed Shami’s wife Hasin Jahan seeks contempt of court action against Amroha police officialsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow BCCIFollow COA BCCIFollow VVS LaxmanFollow Sourav Ganguly CoA to approach Apex Court on VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly’s conflict of interest issueThe issue of conflict of interest regarding Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman’s multiple roles within the Indian cricket setup has gained traction after BCCI ethics officer DK Jain ruled against the practice.advertisement