Andre Villas-Boas will be given the green light to clear out Chelsea’s ‘old guard’ in the summer, according to another report.The Daily Mail suggested on Friday that a number of high-profile players could be shown the door if the manager wins his apparent battle with some of his squad.Lampard has been linked with a move away from Chelsea.And Saturday’s Daily Telegraph also reports that the likes of Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Florent Malouda may move on.The paper quote a souce as saying that Villas-Boas will be able to build “a new, young team” – if he can last for the rest of the season.The source also indicates that club owner Roman Abramovich holds the players responsible for Chelsea’s poor results.“He’s not happy with any coach who has lost games,” the source said.“But he is not happy with the players either. Some players are supporting him [Villas-Boas] but the old boys are on their way out.”Both the Daily Mirror and Daily Express say Chelsea’s senior players have reminded Villas-Boas of the importance of the FA Cup ahead of the fifth-round tie against Birmingham.The Express quote a Stamford Bridge source as saying: “Foreign managers often underrate the Cup, because it is not as important in countries like Spain, Italy or Portugal.“Players were worried that Andre would treat it lightly and put out weakened sides, but they have persuaded him not to do that.”The Sun claim the game against Birmingham is Chelsea striker Fernando Torres’ last chance to rediscover his scoring touch.Meanwhile, the Mirror say former QPR boss Neil Warnock is at the centre of a tug-of-war between Yorkshire neighbours Leeds and Huddersfield, who both want to install him as manager.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Some reports of what seems like fairly high incidence of barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) are coming in from fields in some parts of the state. Some of these fields reportedly have as much as 20% of the plants showing symptoms typical of BYDV — leaves with yellowish to reddish-purple tips. These symptoms may sometimes be confused with nutrient deficiency. In addition, damaged leaf tips resulting from the freezing temperatures we had this spring may also be misdiagnosed as a virus disease.On the other hand, plants without visual symptoms may be virus infected. For instance, although characteristics of BYDV leaf discoloration may be absent in some cases, with infected plants showing reduced growth and normal looking leaves. Severe stunting of plants is more common when infections occur early in the fall during the seedling stage, whereas discolored leaf tips are more typical of late infections.This disease is caused by several closely related viruses, which are transmitted by more than 20 different species of aphids. BYDV tends to be most severe in fields planted before the Hessian fly-free date when the aphid population is high. Once infections occur, there is very little that can be done. No fungicide will control BYDV, and insecticides applied after infection will reduce the aphid population but will not prevent the disease from developing. The residual effect of the insecticide may not last long enough to protect against subsequent buildup in the aphid population. During active feeding, a few aphids will be enough to transmit the virus from one plant to another.Yield reduction due to BYDV is generally greater when infections occur in the fall than in the spring. However, late infections may still lead to yield reduction, since severely infected plants may produce smaller heads and kernels and fewer spikelets per head. It is difficult to estimate the level of damage caused by BYDV at this time. Since grain fill is still weeks away, there is no way of knowing whether kernels on sick plants will be smaller and how much smaller. However, you can use the number of healthy-looking tillers per foot of row as a guide.The same way that yield potential is reduced if tiller numbers fall below 25 per square foot, yield potential may also go down if the number of healthy plants per square foot falls below 25. Sick plants will yield less than healthy plants. Pick about 10 to 15 spots in the field and count the number of healthy-looking tillers per foot of row. A stand with an average of about 15 tillers per square foot is considered minimum for an economic crop.For more on BYDV, visit the field crops disease website at http://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/ohiofieldcropdisease/.
Top athletes, including Lakers star Kobe Bryant and Los Angeles Kings player Dustin Brown, are testing the iWatch, which is already in production and will debut in October, according to reports.This comes after news that Apple was prepping an iWatch for release. Media reports have said the company has enlisted many professional athletes to test what is called “the still-unannounced device”.June 20 | Quanta to start mass production of Apple’s smartwatch in JulyJune 19 | iPhone 6 may come with barometer, air pressure sensors FILE – A shopper walks by an Apple store in Peabody, Mass., Monday, June 9, 2014. AP PhotoReports say big stars from US professional sports leagues, including Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Basketball Association (NBA), are testing the “fitness capabilities” of the device.Bryant, reports say, was seen on Apple’s Cupertino, Calif. campus recently to meet with the company’s design chief Jony Ive.While Bryant has had a long endorsement relationship with Nike, the latter is one of Apple’s partners, said to be part of the development of the iWatch.The world’s fifth-highest-paid athlete, Bryant is tipped as the perfect brand ambassador of iWatch for western sports fans and China, where he enjoys a huge fan base.Media reports say the wearable device could act as a new tracking and diagnostics tool for professional athletes and fitness freak individuals.According to Business Insider, the device will be packed with sensors to measure health and fitness. It’ll also come in different sizes. Reuters said the iWatch will have a 2.5-inch screen, although that seems very large for something designed to be worn on the wrist. (Samsung’s Gear 2 smartwatch has a 1.6-inch screen.)advertisement”Gurman has previously reported that the iWatch will be able to detect stuff like hydration levels, sweat, steps taken, and heart rate,” Insider said.
Barcelona’s prolific striker Luis Suarez will be offered a new contract with the Spanish champions until 2022, president Josep Maria Bartomeu said on Thursday.The 29-year-old Uruguayan collected the European Golden Shoe last season for the top scorer in domestic football in Europe with 40 league goals, helping Barca’s famed ‘MSN’ trio also containing Messi and Brazilian forward Neymar score a record 131 goals in all competitions.”Suarez is going to get a renewed contract very soon, it’s done, just a few small details need to be sorted and we’ll announce it in the next few days or weeks,” Bartomeu told Uruguayan radio station Cadena Celeste.”It will be a great Christmas present, not necessarily for Luis as he already knows he’s going to continue here, but for football fans. For us he is an important character, he forms part of this spectacular trident we have, which helps the entire team function.”Suarez has won eight trophies since joining Barcelona from Liverpool in 2014, including two La Liga titles, two King’s Cups and the Champions League. He is the club’s joint top scorer in the league this season alongside Messi with nine goals.Bartomeu added: “”We want [his contract] to be even longer, but for the moment he will sign until 2022. You have to adapt to the rules, which have a maximum contract length.”We want Luis Suarez to stay at the club for many more years. And when he retires, he will always be welcomed back at Barcelona.”
Mumbai, Jun 9 (PTI) World mens no.7 Wong Chun Ting of Hong Kong would play for Maharashtra United while India no.1 Sharath Kamal would turn out for RP-SG Mavericks in next months Ultimate Table Tennis League, following the players draft held here today.Wong is a bronze medal winner in the last world championships in Dusseldorf, Germany, while the leagues second-highest ranked (world no. 16) male player, Marcos Freitas of Portugal, will play for Dabang Smashers.Top seed in the womens category, world no. 9 Han Ying of Germany, would figure for Challengers while Wu Yang, the only player from China, will represent Bayside Spinners.Indian womens no.1 Madhurika Patkar would represent Dabang Smashers in the first edition to be held in three cities – Chennai (July 13-20), Delhi (July 21-26) and Mumbai (July 27-30).”I am excited to be selected by the Dabang Smashers for the Ultimate Table Tennis. The team has good players and Im thrilled to play alongside them. This league will definitely help the sport prosper in India. The four Indian players in my team are from ONGC, so it already seems like a good mix to me,” said Madhurika.A total of 24 foreign players, including 21 Olympians, and as many Indian players (both men and women) were drafted into six different franchises at the NSCI.Soumyajit Ghosh, the youngest Indian Olympian in the fray, was picked by Challengers.Harmeet Desai, India No.2 in mens category, said, “The Ultimate Table Tennis will offer a great exposure to our Indian players to play alongside top ranking foreign players and also to be trained by the foreign coaches. I am really looking forward to the league.”advertisementHe will play for Maharashtra United.Speaking to reporters Vita Dani, co-promoter and chairperson of the leagues owners, 1lEven Sports, said each franchise has shelled out Rs 2.6 crore as fees.”This includes players fees, their international and internal travel and most other things. We are not here to make money and want to run a low-cost model league,” said Vita.11Even Sports co-promoter and former national mens singles champion, Niraj Bajaj, said that he personally wanted to give something back to the sport.”This is the best thing to have happened to table tennis over the last fifty years. This league will give players the opportunity to play with the best in the world. We want to take table tennis to the next level and want India to win a medal in the 2024 Olympic Games,” Bajaj said.Dani said the costliest player would be paid Rs 20 lakh and the cheapest Rs 2.5 lakh.”We have committed ourselves to run the league for ten years,” she added.Another former multiple-time national champion, Kamlesh Mehta, who is a director of 11Even Sports, said the League was being set up to help India win an Olympic medal in 2024.”The league affords the chance for Indian players to train and play together with foreign players for 21 days. This league is not only being supported by the Table Tennis Federation of India but also by the Asian and World TT bodies.”We have got a dedicated window (June-July every year) to conduct it. This is a unique league where each team will be a mix of men and women. Each team has also young players who will learn a lot,” he said.The coaches for the different teams, including former top players Arup Basak and Saumyajit Roy, sounded happy with their draft picks.”For the first time table tennis in India is showing a professional approach and I am fortunate to be a part of it,” said Roy. PTI SSR NRB RDS