Manning denies using banned substance


first_imgENGLEWOOD, Colorado (AP): Peyton Manning strongly denied a report set to air on Al Jazeera that contends the Denver Broncos quarterback received human growth hormone through his wife during his recovery from neck fusion surgeries in 2011 in Indianapolis. In a statement Saturday night, Manning said: “The allegation that I would do something like that is complete garbage and is totally made up. It never happened. Never.” He added, “I really can’t believe somebody would put something like this on the air. Whoever said this is making stuff up.” The allegations surfaced in an Al Jazeera undercover probe into doping in global sports that is set to air on Sunday and was shared in advance with The Huffington Post. The report claims Manning received HGH from an Indianapolis anti-ageing clinic in 2011 while he was still with the Colts. It said the drug, which was banned by the NFL in the 2011 collective-bargaining agreement, was delivered to his wife, Ashley, so that the quarterback’s name was never attached to the shipments. Liam Collins, a British hurdler, went undercover and spoke with Charlie Sly, an Austin, Texas-based pharmacist who worked at the Guyer Institute, the Indiana-based anti-ageing clinic in 2011. Sly allegedly names Manning and other high-profile athletes as having received HGH from the clinic. However, Sly backtracks in a subsequent statement to Al Jazeera, saying Collins secretly recorded his conversations without his knowledge or consent. “The statements on any recordings or communications that Al Jazeera plans to air are absolutely false and incorrect,” Sly said. “To be clear, I am recanting any such statements and there is no truth to any statement of mine that Al Jazeera plans to air. Under no circumstances should any of those recordings, statements or communications be aired.” The NFL and players’ union added human growth hormone testing to the collective-bargaining agreement signed in 2011, but the side didn’t agree to testing terms until 2014. Nobody has tested positive, which would trigger a four-game suspension. Manning, who joined the Broncos in 2012, has been sidelined since November 15 by a left-foot injury. Brock Osweiler makes his sixth consecutive start in Manning’s place tonight when the Broncos (10-4) host the Bengals (11-3).last_img read more

Jagdeo named FAO’s Special Ambassador for Forests, Environment


first_imgFormer President of Guyana, Bharrat Jagdeo was on Friday appointed the United Nations (UN) Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Special Ambassador for Forests and the Environment, the Organisation’s Director General José Graziano da Silva announced on the final day of the 23rd session of the Organisation’s Committee on Forestry (COFO) taking place in the Italian capital of Rome.Former President Bharrat JagdeoAs Special Ambassador, Jagdeo will promote the role of forests in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, raise awareness of the vital contributions of forests to food security, rural poverty reduction, employment generation and social integration, and encourage actions to support the sustainable use of forests and other natural resources, the FAO said on its website.“Dr Jagdeo has been working with FAO to promote environment and forestry around the world, and we are very happy he joins his voice to our efforts,” said Graziano da Silva in thanking Jagdeo for accepting the role of Special Ambassador.The former Guyanese Head of State described his appointment as a “great honour” and acknowledged FAO’s work in so many areas critical to life and well-being on the planet.Jagdeo, named Champion of the Earth by the United Nations Environmental Programme in 2010, pledged to continue to raise the profile of forests and advocate for global recognition of their importance.A global advocate for international action to combat climate change, Jagdeo, who became the youngest Head of State in the world at 35 and went on to serve two terms as President 1999-2011, launched the Jagdeo Initiative to create a more competitive agricultural sector in the Caribbean by 2015.He also conceptualised the internationally renowned Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS), a strategy aimed at outlining Guyana’s vision in promoting economic development, while at the same time combating climate change.Jagdeo will also draw on his experience serving on the UN Secretary General’s High Level Advisory Group on Climate Financing, as a patron of the Delhi-based World Sustainable Development Forum, as an IUCN Patron of Nature, and President of the Assembly of the Korea-based Global Green Growth Institute.The former Guyanese leader was elected and served as COFO Chairperson for the 22nd and 23rd sessions of FAO’s forestry committee.The UN has a tradition of enlisting the support of prominent individuals to underline priority issues and to draw attention to its activities.last_img read more

NHRA Summit to start


first_imgCompetition begins at 10:15 a.m., with eliminations set for 1 p.m. Staff reports Irwindale Speedway’s NHRA Summit drag-racing series will begin Sunday. It will be the first of eight bracket races, which involve Super Pro, Sportsman and motorcycles. The top finishers in each category advance to November’s national finals at Pomona Raceway. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Reports – Juventus set to beat Fiorentina to Manchester City defender


first_imgJuventus could beat Serie A rivals Fiorentina to the permanent signing of Manchester City defender Micah Richards, according to reports in Italy.The former England defender has spent this season on loan at the Stadio Artemio Franchi after being shipped out by City boss Manuel Pellegrini and it now looks likely the 26-year-old will not return to the Premier League.Serie A champions Juventus have been impressed with Richards since his move to Italy and Massimiliano Allegri could sign the full-back on a pre-arranged deal in January, with his existing City contract expiring next summer.Juve are concerned Stephan Lichtsteiner has still not committed his long-term future to the club after contract talks stalled, which has made the signing of Richards a high priority.However, Juve will face competition from the Viola for his signature, given that Fiorentina have already agreed a fee of £4.7m for the defender to turn his loan deal into a permanent switch at the end of the season. Micah Richards in action for Fiorentina 1last_img read more

AC Milan cancel former Portsmouth star’s contract


first_img1 Sulley Muntari in action for AC Milan AC Milan have cancelled the contract of former Portsmouth midfielder Sulley Muntari.The Ghanaian had been expected to leave the San Siro this summer after making just 17 appearances last season.The 30-year-old is said to be keen for a new challenge after three and a half years at Milan and he has now got his wish with the club terminating his contract . “AC Milan and Sulley Muntari announce that they have consensually resolved the sporting contract that bound them today,” read a statement on acmilan.com.“AC Milan would like to thank Muntari for the commitment, devotion and professionalism that he always demonstrated while wearing the Milan shirt and in the defence of the Rossoneri colours.“We wish him every success for the remainder of his playing career.”last_img read more

Griffin signs for season 4 of `D-List’


first_imgKathy Griffin arrived at the Chateau Marmont the other day in a good mood “because the lunch is free.” One of the celeb guests at More Magazine’s Women in Film luncheon, she was there a bit early – flanked by her two assistants. As we stood in the lobby, I asked if she was in the mood for a little on-the-record chat. She said, “Sure! Let’s go find a place to sit.” She has just signed on for season four of “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” she told me. “We start filming New Year’s Eve and will be back on the air in June. This year, we’re doing 10 episodes instead of six. We have a lot of stuff planned for the season. It is going to be action-packed.” Since Kathy is now an Emmy winner and her TV show is such a hit on Bravo, I wondered if she could still legitimately claim to be on the D-list. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“I know I’m still D-list,” she said emphatically. “Like for this event, they told me I could only bring one person. You know Annette Bening could bring 10 people if she wanted to. So I’m reminded on a daily basis of how D-list I still am.” I wondered if she regretted saying “Suck it, Jesus, this award is my god now” when accepting her Emmy last fall. She does not, despite the fallout from various church groups. “The only thing that makes you feel A-list is being involved in some sort of a scandal, which I’ve dreamed of my whole career. I’ve tried to be scandalous, and now people finally noticed, and it’s been a fantastic thing. I was in Time; I was in Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, and the best part is – all with pictures of me holding the Emmy. So whatever you think of anything I do, the point is, you saw a picture of me holding an Emmy.” Kathy was a guest-host on “The View” the day after Rosie O’Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck had a 10-minute on-air argument that led to Rosie’s leaving the show three weeks ahead of schedule. I wanted to know if Kathy took sides: “Yeah, I would be team Rosie. I love her. I think she’s a hero, and I think she’s smart and provocative and evocative and does her own thing. Honestly, I think there’s nobody like her. I think she’s really great.” Did she want the permanent co-host gig that went to Sherri Shepherd? “I don’t think that show would be appropriate me,” she said. “But I enjoy doing that show very, very much. I get a huge kick out of Barbara. You know, I would probably be getting into trouble a lot. I don’t think I could censor myself that much.” Kathy and I wrap up our chat. But a few minutes later she finds me and has to tell me something: “It’s Kathy Griffin again,” she says into my tape recorder. “I’m doing two nights at the Kodak Theatre Jan. 10 and 11. Come see me live because that’s where the fur really flies.” I am so there. For an extended Q & A with Kathy Griffin, go to blogs.dailynews.com/outinhollywood.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Will VAR be used in the FIFA 19? EA Sports chief reveals all


first_imgFIFA 19 is less than 24 hours from hitting the shelves worldwide and fans cannot wait to get their hands on the new game.Fans have had nearly two weeks to play the demo now and cannot wait for the real thing to finally drop. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 scrap Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos “There’s still a learning process of how ultimately it levels out to how it’s used.“There’s a grey area. But it’s definitely something we’ll monitor. If it becomes part of the footballing fabric to the point where it feels weird that it isn’t in a regular game, even if we don’t need it, then it’s something we can look at introducing. After a largely successful summer of using VAR at the World Cup in the summer, UEFA have confirmed they will follow FIFA’s lead and bring Video Assistant Referees (VAR) into the Champions League from the start of next season.This has led to fans speculating VAR could be included in this year’s edition of the game, to add to the authenticity of the experience.However, EA Sports creative director Matt Prior has revealed VAR will NOT be in this year’s game, but refused to rule it out for the future.Speaking to Eurogamer, Prior revealed: “We technically have VAR in the game because we know the pinpoint location of everything. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion silverware gameday cracker Most Popular Football News 2 2 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions FIFA 19 will be released on Friday Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT revealed latest SORRY England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won BEST OF VAR featured heavily at the World Cup, with a penalty being awarded as a result of its use in the Final “If there is that anticipation moment in real football that becomes a thing – and if we wanted to create that in our game because of authenticity… if it didn’t happen in our game and it’s happening all the time in the real game, arguably you could say we’re missing a part of the football fabric.”While the game may be too smart to need VAR, it may want to work on player likeness. One eagle-eyed fan has noticed when Petr Cech enters the boardroom for contract negotiations, he keeps his infamous helmet on.last_img read more

KCCA travel to Bugongo to face relegation-threatened Masavu FC


first_imgMike Mutebi speaks at a press briefing on Tuesday, Febraury 27.AZAM Uganda Premier LeagueMasavu FC vs KCCA FCFisheries Institute, Bugonga4:30pmThird placed KCCA FC will return to league action on Wednesday when they face Masavu at the Fisheries institute in Bugonga.This will be the two time league defending champions’ first domestic fixture after the 1-0 win at home to Madagascan side CNaPS Sport in the CAF Champions league that propelled the Garbage Collectors to the first round of the continental tournament.“We have put ourselves in a sitution that our players play close to 50 matches in a season’” said Mike Mutebi, during a pre-match press conference on Tuesday, February, 27.He added: “This is a game that is so important to us because it is a rehearsal for the things we expect to do against St. George in the champions league. We have several injuries that are affecting us at the moment but we will have to do without those players because we are in a situation where we are expected to win regardless of who we put out on the field of play.”KCCA FC is expected to be without Ibrahim Saddam Juma who has been ruled out for close to two months, Muzamir Mutyaba(foot injury), Shaban Muhammad and Julius Polot who are also still out with respective injuries. Comments “Playing Masavu is not going to be easy because they are a team which is fighting for their life as they would love to stay in the top tier, concluded Mutebi.The only good news from the treatment room for Mike Mutebi’s side is the return to fitness of striker Patrick Kaddu.Match Facts. The two teams have faced off only once in the top flight with that meeting coming in November last year as KCCA battered Masavu 6-0 at the StarTimes stadium.Masavu are winless in the second round of the league having drawn both their games(1-1 vs UPDF and 0-0 vs Maroons).The Entebbe based side have won only one of their past six games in the league (D3 L2). The sole victory came at home to fourth placed Onduparaka whom they defeated 2-1.Masavu has lost all three games against the top three, conceding 11 goals in the process without scoring.They (Masavu) have won only two of their nine games at home in the top flight(D1 L6).For KCCA, they have so far played one game in the second round of the league (1-0 win over SC Villa) but this will be their sixth encounter in all competitions since the turn of the year(W4 L1).KCCA has dropped 11 points against bottom half teams but have lost only once against these sides(2-1 away to proline).KCCA has won only twice in the league away from home (3-1 at Bul and 4-0 at Soana) and have seen themselves succumb to defeat on two occasions while drawing all the other three games.Only 10 of KCCA’s 29 goals this season have come away from home but the defending champions have failed to score in only two games on their travels and that was in games against URA and Mbarara City, both goalless stalemates.center_img Tags: Azam premier leagueKCCA mike mutebimasavu FCsports toplast_img read more

QPR v Barnsley line-ups: Holloway makes five changes, Tykes duo on bench


first_imgIan Holloway has left strikers Conor Washington and Matt Smith out of his starting line-up for the game at Loftus Road.QPR boss Holloway has made five changes, restoring Pawel Wszolek to the side along with Luke Freeman, who has served a suspension, and the fit-again Ryan Manning.Yeni Ngbakoto also starts, as does Idrissa Sylla.For Barnsley, Adam Hammill and Gethin Jones, who picked up knocks at the weekend, are on the bench.QPR: Smithies, Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Bidwell, Wszolek, Luongo, Manning, Ngbakoto, Freeman, Sylla.Subs: Ingram, Goss, Doughty, Smith, Washington, Furlong, Morrison.Barnsley: Davies, Elder, Yiadom, Roberts, MacDonald, Scowen, James, Watkins, Mowatt, Armstrong, Kent.Subs: Townsend, Jones, Jackson, Moncur, Hammill, Bradshaw, Hedges.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Centre expects cooperation from Mamata government: Rajnath


first_imgWhile maintaining that that there is no scope for “confrontation in a healthy democracy”, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that the Centre is expecting cooperation from the West Bengal government.During his visit to Kolkata, Mr. Singh, who interacted with party workers and journalists, was careful to avoid any direct criticism of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her government.Asked to comment on the law and order situation in the State as highlighted by several Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, Mr. Singh said that law and order is a State subject.“The Centre will extend all help to control any kind of violence but it is for the State government to ensure that law and order is maintained,” Mr. Singh said.last_img read more