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first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Lucknow: Indian shuttler Sourabh Verma’s impressive run at the Syed Modi International tournament came to an end after he lost in straight games to Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tzu Wei in the men’s singles final in Lucknow on Sunday. The 26-year-old Indian, who won two BWF Super 100 titles in Hyderabad and Vietnam this year, went down 15-21 17-21 to world no 22 Tzu Wei in a 48-minute summit clash to miss out on his maiden Super 300 crown. Sourabh came into the summit clash with a 1-1 head-to-head record, having lost narrowly to Tzu Wei at the Tong Yun Kai Cup in March this year.The Indian, who was at the court for 75 minutes during his semifinal win over Korea’s Heo Kwang Hee on Friday, couldn’t produce his best in the final as Tzu Wei claimed his first title in three years. The duo engaged in long rallies with Sourabh trailing 1-3 initially but the Indian soon managed to make it 4-3 in his favour. Sourabh waited for errors from his opponents and punished any weak returns to grab a 7-4 advantage. Tzu Wei then tried to play closer to the net and it worked as he not only drew parity at 8-8 but lead 10-8. Sourabh grabbed two points before finding the net as Tzu Wei held a slender 11-10 lead at the break.The Taiwanese shuttler dominated the proceedings after the interval and opened up a 18-13 lead after the Indian went long. Tzu Wei eventually sealed the opening game after the Indian made a judgement error at the backline. In the second game, Sourabh struggled with the length and lagged 0-5 at the start. A superb backhand shot gave him a point but Tzu Wei put a lot of power in his smashes to make life difficult for the Indian.Also Read | PV Sindhu Aims To Break Run Of Early Exits In French Open Badminton TournamentSourabh fought his way back to narrow the gap to 5-7 before a focussed Tzu Wei managed to hold on to a three-point lead at the break. The momentum shifted in Sourabh’s favour after the breather as he clawed his way back at 13-13 when Tzu Wei went wide. Tzu Wei broke the run of play with a body smash before Sourabh returned the favour and grabbed the lead for the first time in the second game at 15-14. The Taiwanese, however, again took the lead and grabbed three championship points and sealed the match when Sourabh went long again.last_img read more

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados,  (CMC) – West Indies Twenty20 captain Carlos Brathwaite warmed up for next month’s tour of India with a scintillating Man-of-the-Match all-round performance as Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners stunned Barbados Pride by seven wickets here Wednesday.The 30-year-old seamer claimed three for 21 from 10 superb overs as Pride, sent in at 3W’s Oval, were bundled out cheaply for 174 in the final over of their 50 allotted.Opener Shayne Moseley struck a patient 49 and all-rounder Kevin Stoute, 37, but Pride’s top order once again struggled to string partnerships together.Brathwaite, the Marooners captain, then shone with the bat, blasting an unbeaten 50 from 31 balls – his third List A half-century – as the hosts overcame a minor hiccup to reach their target in the 32nd over.The barrel-chested right-hander smashed three fours and three sixes and was the catalyst for a match-winning unbroken 90-run, fourth wicket partnership with Jonathan Drakes who ended on 41 not out.Kjorn Ottley chipped in with 42 while fellow opener Kyle Corbin scored 40, as Marooners put together their most clinical performance of the Regional Super50 to upset their neighbours.The defeat left Pride still in fourth spot without a win in three matches and with all to do if they are to climb into the top two in Group B and qualify for the semi-finals.Marooners, meanwhile, collected their second win and will now climb into second above Leeward Islands Hurricanes who failed to beat USA in the day/night contest also on Wednesday.Pride endured a nightmare start when Leniko Boucher (2) and captain Shamarh Brooks (0) perished cheaply to leave the score on 13 for two in the seventh over.Moseley and Jonathan Carter (11) added 27 for the third wicket but once Carter and Justin Greaves (7) fell in quick succession, Pride were tottering on 55 for four in the 21st over.However, the left-handed Moseley combined with Stoute in the best stand of the innings – 40 for the fifth wicket – in a repair job for Pride.While Moseley faced 87 deliveries and counted three fours, Stoute struck a four and a six in a 71-ball knock.Brathwaite broke the stand when he bowled Moseley with a full length delivery in the 34th over and with six runs added two overs later, had Ashley Nurse caught and bowled for two.Springer, who made 22, then anchored three small stands, enabling Pride to get up to their eventual total.In reply, Kjorn Ottley and Corbin gave Marooners a solid start of 70, to further damage Pride’s hopes of an immediate comeback.Ottley struck two fours and three sixes in an attractive 57-ball innings while Corbin was also free-scoring, counting six fours and a six off just 46 balls.When former West Indies left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn claimed Corbin lbw in the 15th over, it triggered a slide that saw three wickets fall for 18 runs as Amir Jangoo (3) and Ottley followed in the space of 32 deliveries at the hands of West Indies off-spinner Ashley Nurse.But any hopes Pride had of turning the tables on Marooners were quickly dashed as Brathwaite took control of the encounter with a dashing innings, in tandem with Drakes who faced 46 deliveries and struck four fours.Brathwaite ended the game in style with two consecutive sixes off Windies teammate Ashley Nurse who finished with two for 43.PRIDES Moseley b Brathwaite 49+L Boucher run out 2*S Brooks lbw b Brathwaite 0J Carter c wkp Jangoo b Jordan 11J Greaves lbw b Y Ottley 7K Stoute c Y Ottley b Buchanan 37A Nurse c and b Brathwaite 2S Springer c Kirton b Jordan 22S Benn b Jordan 15M Cummins c and b Cottoy 20M Mindley not out 0Extras (b1, lb2, w5, nb1) 9TOTAL (all out, 49.2 overs) 174Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-13, 3-40, 4-55, 5-95, 6-101, 7-125, 8-151, 9-172, 10-174.Bowling: Y Ottley 8-1-21-1, Jordan 9.2-0-36-3, Brathwaite 10-2-21-3, Jagessar 6-2-19-0, Cottoy 6-1-38-1, Buchanan 10-0-36-1.MAROONERSK Corbin lbw b Benn 40K Ottley lbw b Nurse 42+A Jangoo c wkp Boucher b Nurse 3J Drakes not out 41*C Brathwaite not out 50Extras (lb2) 2TOTAL (3 wkts, 31.3 overs) 178Did not bat: L Buchanan, K Cottoy, J Jagessar, A Jordan, Y Ottley, N Kirton.Fall of wickets: 1-70, 2-85, 3-88.Bowling: Cummins 5-1-29-0, Mindley 3-1-17-0, Benn 10-1-38-1, Nurse 7.3-1-43-2, Carter 2-0-18-0, Springer 2-0-9-0, Stoute 2-0-22-0.last_img read more

first_imgHere’s my weekly SEC stock report heading into Saturday’s Week 15 games of the 2014 season. This will be my final one until after the Jan. 12 national title game.*Rankings are from the AP Top 25 poll.Alabama (11-1, 7-1). Stock. Up. The top-ranked Crimson Tide won its seventh straight game by outlasting Auburn, 55-44, in the Iron Bowl. Amari Cooper had 224 yards receiving and three touchdowns in the comeback win.Up next: Saturday vs. No. 14 Missouri (10-2, 7-1) in SEC title game in Atlanta.Arkansas (6-6, 2-6). Stock. Down. The Razorbacks gave up 15 points in the fourth quarter of a 21-14 loss at Missouri. It was the fourth loss this season by seven points or less suffered by Arkansas.Up next: TBA.Auburn (8-4, 4-4). Stock. Down. The Tigers ended the season losing three straight games after falling at No. 1 Alabama. The Tigers lost despite putting up 630 yards of total offense. The next day, Auburn fired defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson. The Tigers finished their regular season ranked 57th in total defense (388.7 ypg allowed.) as they’ve yielded 41 touchdowns.Up next: TBA.[youtube (6-5, 4-4). Stock. Down. The Gators nearly pulled off an upset in Will Muschamp’s final game as their coach, but lost at rival Florida State, 24-19. Florida hired former Alabama assistant Jim McElwain to replace Muschamp, who is considering a new job as defensive coordinator at Auburn.Up next: TBAGeorgia (9-3, 6-2). Stock. Down. Georgia Tech had lost 12 out of its previous 13 games against Georgia before upsetting the Bulldogs, 30-24, in overtime in Athens. Georgia had won five straight over the rival Yellow Jackets.Up next: TBAKentucky (5-7, 2-6). Stock. Free falling. Back in mid-October, Kentucky was a win away from becoming bowl eligible for the first time since 2010. The Wildcats never got that win. They ended the season on a six-game losing skid after falling 44-40 at No. 9 Louisville (9-3).Up next: Sept. 5, 2015 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4)LSU (8-4, 4-4). Stock. A little up. LSU bounced back from their embarrassing upset loss at Arkansas with a 23-17 win at Texas A&M. Touted freshman Leonard Fournette rushed for a career-best 146 yards and a score for the No. 23 Tigers.Up next: TBA[youtube Miss (9-3, 5-3). Stock. Up. Out of the national title and conference championship picture, the Rebels followed a shutout loss at Arkansas to beat Mississippi State, 31-17. Mississippi pulled out some trickery on its fourth-quarter touchdown as freshman running back Jordan Wilkins threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to receiver Cody Core to put the Rebels up two scores.Up next: TBAMississippi State (10-2, 6-2). Stock. Down. The No. 10 Bulldogs were fourth in the College Football Playoff poll before falling to now No. 13 Ole Miss in Oxford. The Bulldogs gave up 532 yards of total offense in the loss.Up next: TBAMissouri (10-2, 7-1). Stock. Soaring. The Tigers clinched the SEC East title for a second straight season in just their third year in the league after beating Arkansas, 21-14, in Columbia. Missouri is riding a six-game winning streak heading into Saturday’s SEC title game.Up next: Saturday vs. No. 1 Alabama (11-1, 7-1) in the SEC title game in Atlanta.South Carolina (6-6, 3-5). Stock. Down. Picked to win the SEC East, South Carolina fell far from that and capped its season with a 35-17 loss at rival Clemson. The No. 19 Tigers ended a five-game skid against the state rival Gamecocks.Up next: TBA.[youtube (6-6, 3-5). Stock. A little up. The Volunteers are bowl eligible for the first time since 2010 after winning, 24-17, at lowly Vanderbilt. The Volunteers are one of 12 SEC teams that are bowl eligible. The conference has 14 teams.Up next: TBA.Texas A&M (7-5, 3-5). Stock. Down. The Aggies lost five of their last seven games as they concluded their regular season with a 23-17 loss to No. 23 LSU. A&M lost its three SEC games at Kyle Field this season.Up next: TBAVanderbilt (3-9, 0-8). Stock. Plummeting. The Commodores went winless in conference play after closing out the season with a seven-point loss to rival Tennessee. Vanderbilt only scored 102 points in 12 games under first-year coach Derek Mason, who has since fired offensive coordinator and former UCLA coach, Karl Dorrell.Up next: Sept. 5, 2014 vs. Western Kentucky (7-5)[youtube read more

first_imgAll Activity Link to post 233 Link to post 257 0 This topic is now closed to further replies. Followers 0 Members Members 353 mania That’s a whole lot of creamsicle.Ugh.Hehe, or Dreamsicle… Members 0 By doafhat, November 26, 2006 in Sports Logo News 0 Share this post 353 Sports Logo News Sign in to follow this   Location:Washington, D.C. 0 Posted November 26, 2006 54 Sports Logos The Cowboys are in their orange jerseys and orange pants for today’s Bedlam game against Oklahoma. OSU came out for their pre-game warm-up wearing the usual orange jerseys and white pants, but when they returned from the locker room before kick-off, they were wearing all-orange for the first time this season. No pictures from the game yet, but the game is on FSN and here’s a photoshopped image I made a few weeks ago of the all-orange look: Link to post Share this post Link to post Forums Home Members I like em’. They work because of the white helmets and black accents. They should make those their primaries. Members Link to post Share this post Posted November 26, 2006 0 19 pcgd 257 0 YELDARBfield Location:Memph-ish 0 doafhat Share on other sites 339 posts All Activity Share this post Share this post Favourite Logos:Put it on a fitted cap, I’ll probably love it. Hooray baseball 54 ahub Well I like what Pitt did and this is a lot better than Pitt’s and I really like these too. Looks good. Normally, I’m not much a fan of the monochrome uniform with a different colored helmet. But if you have white helmets you have a bit of an exemption. The only thing that I would think about doing is changing the black stripe and socks to white. But it’s a solid combination. Posted November 26, 2006 Members Link to post Share this post Link to post Members Location:Nap Town 13 0 13 257 Posted November 26, 2006 Forums Home 3,187 posts Link to post 0 Share on other sites 363 posts Share on other sites 0 233 Share this post 0 Posted November 26, 2006 Share this post 162 posts doafhat 233 1,461 posts 54 jWilson4mvpcenter_img doafhat ahub 19 Hm. The white helmets really set it off. I think there might be a little orange-bias here, but I love it. 19 doafhat Share on other sites Favourite Logos:Wyoming Marinerzzz Primary. That is all. Share this post Share on other sites That’s a whole lot of creamsicle.Ugh. Share on other sites 28,352 posts Location:Atlanta doafhat Share this post 0 0 YELDARBfield Hyperbole: It’s the best thing EVER! Recommended Posts Posted November 26, 2006 353 Followers 0 Link to post Share on other sites Posted November 26, 2006 Oklahoma State in all-orange Link to post 13,501 posts 0 Share this post Sign in to follow this   0 mania 0 Oklahoma State in all-orange TFoA Members Oklahoma State in all-orange 0 Share on other sites 0 TFoA I like them, but I love orange. Clemson was wearing all orange today and I loved that too. Has Clemson worn all orange before? Link to post 0 0 0 -(dp)- Members I thought I’d hate these when I opened the thread…But I don’t hate these. 13 Sports Logo News Location:Lansing, MI Share on other sites Epiphanic Posted November 26, 2006 339 posts Share on other sites Members 0 0 3,860 posts Posted November 26, 2006 0 SportsLogos.Net 0 9,565 posts pcgd 0 @YELDARBfield SportsLogos.Net Posted November 26, 2006 doafhat jWilson4mvp Epiphanic A few more photos… Posted November 26, 2006 Go To Topic Listing Share on other sites Members Sports Logos Location:Cheyenne, WY -(dp)- 339 postslast_img read more

first_imgThe Ligue 1 outfit were considering to bring in one or two players in the summer, but L’Equipe claims the recent results has convinced them to sign more.It’s claimed their priority is to strengthen the centre-back position, especially with the club expecting to part ways with Marcelo after this season.In search of central defenders, Lyon shifted their attention towards Manchester United’s Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly.The Sweden international arrived at club from Benfica in 2017 and struggled in his debut season at Old Trafford. He was a target for the French club last summer and his name has again returned while Lyon.However, they are more focused on Lindelof’s teammate, Bailly. L’Equipe says the Ivory Coast international is athletic, fast and his profile matches with what Lyon’s recruitment unit are looking for in the next transfer window.For this reason, Lyon have made signing Bailly a priority and there is a belief that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will not hold him back after a ‘complicated’ season with the Red Devils.Earlier today, we covered claims from the same newspaper that Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele is attracting a lot of interest from the Premier League outfit.L’Equipe explains that Lyon are preparing for the midfielder’s departure. Even though the Frenchman has not expressed his desire to move elsewhere, he is one player who could help the club raise a lot of funds.Whether or not Bailly can help United in landing Ndombele is to be seen, but it certainly seems a Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameChallenge Your Brain With This Must-Play Strategy Game. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comThe Most Handsome Guys In Hong Kong On This Dating SiteDating.comUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.comUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoInstant Voice Translator43 Languages Instant Voice Translator Flying Off Shelves in Hong KongInstant Voice TranslatorUndo Since their Champions League elimination at the hands of Barcelona, Lyon suffered three defeats in the last six matches played in all competitions.last_img read more

first_imgAs we all know, Willian’s contract at Chelsea is close to expiring, meaning he is currently free to talk to clubs about signing with them on a free. He’s made it clear his views regarding a renewal differ from those in charge of such matters at Stamford Bridge (he wants three extra years, they want two), and a transfer away from the Blues is looking increasingly likely.Il Messaggero cover his situation on Wednesday, explaining the Brazilian has been offered around Italy, notably to Inter and Juventus.However, having already played under both Maurizio Sarri and Antonio Conte, he knows what to expect from both, and would rather try his luck elsewhere.Embed from Getty ImagesThat’s where AS Roma come in, as they were also been given the chance to sign Willian, and the presence of Paulo Fonseca made the Serie A club ‘jump to the top of his list’.At this point, the Italians were prepared to ‘delve into the outlines of a deal’, but the Chelsea’s player’s demands, a three-year deal worth €5m/year, ‘effectively blocked the negotiations’.That ruled Roma out of the race, leaving Premier League clubs (a league Willian would like to stay in if possible) and the likes of Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain as likely destinations for a player entering the latter years of his career, but still asking for a lot of Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this Strategy Game is AddictiveForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoHero WarsGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoSmart Tech TrendOver 55? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndolast_img read more

first_imgLobi Stars’ Head Coach, Solomon Ogbeide has alleged that some unscrupulous individuals sought after his lads to fix Tuesday’s CAF Champions League clash against Wydad Casablanca, reports.The Tunisian side were held to a goalless draw at the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium by the Nigerian champions, however, according to the coach of the visiting side, his players had been approached by unidentified figures prior to the fixture.Lobi lost by a lone goal to Wydad in the first leg at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu and defeat in Morrocco would stifle their hopes of qualifying for the quarter-final round, which will put the North African side in a better chance to progress to the next round.“One person in Morocco tried to bribe the players before the game to facilitate the Wydad mission,” Ogbeide said while speaking to the media after the game.“It is a shame that there are still such things in Africa, and football on the continent is still corrupt.“We will bring this incident to CAF for investigation.”Wydad Casablanca are expected to issue a statement on the match-fixing claim with CAF launching an investigation.Lobi Stars sit at the base of Group A with four games after four matches, and they travel to Pretoria for their next clash with Mamelodi Sundowns on March 9.RelatedLobi Stars To Play CAF Champions League Home Game At EnuguJanuary 29, 2019In “NFF”CAFCL: Lobi Stars Bow To ASEC In AbidjanJanuary 19, 2019In “Champions League”Wydad Casablanca Sign Super Eagles B Star Gabriel OkechukwuAugust 16, 2018In “Africa”last_img read more

first_imgContinental rugby governing body, Rugby Africa, has selected South Africa and Tunisia as respective hosts of the Africa Men’s Sevens and Africa Women’s Sevens tournaments.Both tournaments will serve as qualification events for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.While Nigeria won’t be involved in the Women’s Sevens tournament in Tunisia, the men’s national team, The Black Stallions, will vie with thirteen (13) other rugby national teams for a chance to emerge African Champion at the South Africa tournament which holds on 8 and 9 November at the Bosman Stadium, Johannesburg.Winners will secure direct qualification to the 2020 summer Olympics in Tokyo while the teams finishing second and third will be given a final opportunity to make the Olympics at the world repêchage tournament later in the year.South Africa, currently ranked 4th and enjoying a comfortable lead over 5th place in the World Series classification which comes to an end on June 2nd, appear set to qualify directly to the Olympics if they maintain their classification.In this case, they will not participate in the African qualifications, meaning that Africa will have at least two representatives in the Olympic tournament.Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire, finalists of the Regional Sevens tournament held last September in Abidjan, qualified as the 13th and 14th teams for the 2019 Men’s Sevens Tournament.Participating teams for the Africa Men’s Sevens: Bosman stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa: 8 & 9 November 2019Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Madagascar, Zambia, Tunisia, Senegal, Morocco, Namibia, Ghana, Botswana, Mauritius, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria.Africa Women’s Sevens: Jemmel Municipal Stadium, Tunisia, 12 & 13 October 2019Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Senegal, Botswana, Zambia, Morocco, Mauritius, South Africa, Ghana, Tunisia.Relatedlast_img read more

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — Russia expelled 23 British diplomats on Saturday in a tit-for-tat response to the U.K.’s expulsion of 23 Russian embassy staff over the nerve-agent attack in England last week.Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement it had summoned U.K. ambassador Laurie Bristow to inform him that the 23 diplomats were now “persona non grata” and had a week to leave. The ministry said it was also closing the British consulate in Saint Petersburg and withdrawing the right of the British Council, a body that promotes British culture and language, to operate in Russia.The Russian foreign ministry said it was taking the measures in response to what it called the U.K.’s “provocative actions and unfounded accusations” over the poisoning case.The expulsion marks the latest turn in a confrontation between Russia and the U.K. following the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the southern English town of Salisbury. The U.K. has accused Russia of bearing responsibility for the attack, which British officials say involved a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed secretly by Russia. British Prime Minister Theresa May has also cut off high-level contacts with Russia and has been trying to build support among the U.K.’s allies for potential fresh sanctions to punish Russia.Russia has denied the U.K.’s allegations, accusing Britain of using the incident in a campaign to smear Moscow. Russian officials have increasingly begun suggesting the attack could have been staged by Britain itself. On Saturday, Russia’s envoy to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Alexander Shigulin alleged to the news agency Interfax the “most likely” source of the nerve agent was Britain or the United States. He did not offer evidence for that assertion.U.K. officials have said a nerve agent from Russia’s so-called Novichok program was used to target Skripal. First revealed by a Russian whistleblower in the early 1990s, the Novichoks were part of a secret Russian effort to develop a new generation of more powerful and harder to detect nerve agents.Russia has now denied that any program under the name Novichok ever existed, despite the evidence presented two decades ago by the Russian scientist Vil Mirzayanov, who revealed its existence after becoming concerned it violated Russia’s commitments to the Chemical Weapons Convention. Russian officials had previously said that Russia had destroyed the Novichok weapons when it had dismantled its chemical arsenal, which was completed last year.The chairman of the U.K. parliament’s foreign affairs committee said that Russia’s decision to expel the U.K. diplomats was “hardly surprising.”“This is really absolutely symbolic and typical of a Russian Federation that has used lying and propaganda as a means of warfare and is now repeating its style,” Conservative party Member of Parliament Tom Tugendhat said on BBC Radio 4.“It’s a great shame for the Russian people that they’re closing the British Council, which has done an awful lot to educate Russian people in English language and help them get jobs and opportunities around the world,” he added.On Friday, the U.K.’s foreign minister, Boris Johnson, blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin personally for the attack, telling an audience, “We think it overwhelmingly likely that it was his decision to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the U.K., on the streets of Europe, for the first time since the second World War.”The Skripals remain in a critical condition following the attack that also poisoned a British police officer. The officer is reportedly now in stable condition.Sergey Skripal worked as a spy for Britain’s MI6 agency while serving in Russian military intelligence in the late 1990s. He was arrested and convicted of treason by Russia, but was pardoned and exchanged in a spy swap in 2010, after which he lived the U.K. The case has drawn obvious parallels with the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, a dissident former Russian intelligence officer who was killed with a radioactive poison in London in 2006. A British public inquiry found Putin had “probably” ordered that assassination.Meanwhile, U.K. police have also opened a murder investigation in the death of another Russian exile living in Britain. Nikolai Glushkov was found dead at his home this week. Police said Glushkov died as a result of a “compression of the neck,” suggesting he may have been strangled.Glushkov was an associate of oligarch and Putin foe Boris Berezovsky, who was also found dead in 2013, apparently having hung himself, though a coroner recorded an open verdict. Glushkov was granted political asylum in London after he was released from prison in Russia in 2004, where he had been jailed over fraud charges.London’s Metropolitan police counter-terrorism command has said there is no suggestion that Glushkov’s death is connected to the poisoning attack, but that they are investigating because “of associations Mr Glushkov is believed to have had.” Detectives are keeping an “open mind” about the death, police said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

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