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Monaco have a mountain to climb next week if they’re to make the Champions League final.They trail Juventus by 2-goals to nil after their first leg in Monte Carlo last night.Monaco’s task in Turin will be made all the more difficult by the fact last night’s game saw Juventus surpass 600-minutes since they last conceded in the competition. Photo © Pixabay Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Paul Pogba will all be available for tonight’s Europa League semi final first leg with Celta Vigo.All three missed recent games through injury.Kick off this evening is at 8.05.Ajax most likely await the winners of that tie in the Europa League final.The Amsterdam giants beat Lyon by 4-goals to 1 in their first leg last evening.
The 24-year-ol Rabiot said there were many other reasons he decided to join Juventus, including the lure of playing with Cristiano Ronaldo, and also because the club is “a level higher than PSG.”Rabiot spent most of his career at PSG, apart from a brief loan spell at Toulouse. He played 240 games for the club and helped it to a number of domestic trophies, including five league titles.However, Rabiot has not played since December and ran down his contract in a troubled last season in Paris after contract talks, involving his mother Veronique as agent, stalled.“The past six months were difficult both on a sporting level and on a personal level for me,” Rabiot said. “Today that is closed. It’s a new adventure and a beautiful adventure I’m sure.“I hope to do my best, I want to do my best. I just want to lay the past behind me.”Rabiot has six appearances for France, but none since his refusal to be on standby for the 2018 World Cup which France won.TweetPinShare0 Shares TURIN, Italy — New Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot said conversations with club great Gianluigi Buffon helped convince him to sign with the Italian champion.Rabiot was presented to the media on Tuesday, after completing his free transfer move from Paris Saint-Germain the previous evening.Rabiot spent last season with Buffon at PSG and they could be teammates again if the goalkeeper rejoins Juventus for what would be an 18th season at the Serie A side.“I have to say that last season I spoke a lot with Gigi,” Rabiot said. “He gave me so much advice, we talked a lot about Juventus obviously because he knows the squad well, the club.“He was the best person I could ask advice from or talk to. His opinion matters a lot to me … so certainly he had a part to play in my decision.”
Muhammed Anas Yahiya became India’s first silver-medallist in the Men’s 400m race at the Asian Games in 36 years. The last time an Indian won a silver medal or better at the Asian Games was in 1982 in New Delhi and it was K.K. Premachandran.On Sunday, Anas bagged a silver medal in the Men’s 400m, finishing just behind Qatar’s Hassan Abdalelah, with a timing of 45.69 seconds.Anas had qualified for the Final after topping the charts in both the Heats Qualification and Semifinal after clocking 45.63 seconds and 45.30 seconds, respectively.Earlier in the year, Anas had marginally missed out on a podium finish at the 2018 Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Gold Coast but had set a personal best and National Record of 45.31 seconds.Congrats #MuhammedAnas for tht tremendous effort of 45.69s that added one more medal to #India’s tally at #AsianGames2018 #EnergyOfAsiaThat was #WillToWin champion!!@muhammedanasyah @ioaindia @asiangames2018 pic.twitter.com/b97Vv4D1E7Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) August 26, 2018ASIAN GAMES 2018 DAY 9 LIVE UPDATES | FULL COVERAGE | MEDALS TALLYHe later broke his own National Record during Nove Mesto nad Metuji in Czech Republic by clocking 45.24 seconds in a 400m race.However, announcing himself to the world at the Asian Games means the world to Anas. The fact that he missed out at CWG 2018 perhaps pushed him even more and in the end, he was able to fulfill one of his aims in Jakarta.”It was one of my aims to win a medal [at the Asian Games]. The practice for the Games was extremely good in Czech Republic, where there was a nice weather and good food. I also got a lot of competition and companionship in practice there,” Anas told IndiaToday.in.advertisementAnas topped the charts in both the rounds before the Final and clocked a brilliant 45.30 seconds in the Semifinals. During the Final, he got off the blocks brilliantly but faded away towards the end and just about managed to hold on to a silver medal.Also read – Asian Games 2018: Muhammed Anas wins men’s 400m silverAnas accepted that fatigue played its part in his run at the Final but was still happy to have achieve the silver medal finish.”Yes, I got fatigued after the Semifinals and I guess that affected my run a bit but I want to thank God that I won a medal here.”During the Heats and Semifinals in Jakarta, it was evident how Anas attempted to break into massive speed in the last 100m at so to give himself a chance to win the race.Like it was seen even with India’s newest sensation Hima Das during her IAAF U20 World Championships gold medal run, she burst in the last 80 metres to take the gold.Anas said how he and his coach worked extremely hard on his speed ahead of the Asian Games and it bore its fruit. However, he added that he still needs to get better in that aspect and managed his body better.”During the practice for the Asian Games, we lay special focus on my speed. I still need to develop my speed further to run better,” Anas said.Sunday proved be a silver day for India in athletics as along with Anas, Hima and Dutee Chand also won silver medals in Women’s 400m and Women’s 100m, respectively.By the end of Day 8 of the Asian Games 2018, India stood at ninth in the medals tally table with 36 medals — 7 gold, 10 silver and 19 bronze.
Kathmandu: Nepal Police have arrested two Indian nationals in separate cases of plotting to kill a local man here and for possessing narcotic substances. Nineteen-year-old Kunal Kumar, a resident of Sitamarhi in Bihar, was arrested from Metro City Hotel in Biratnagar for allegedly plotting a murder, police said. The police confiscated two automatic pistols, four magazines and eight rounds of bullets from Kumar. Along with Kumar, the police have also arrested Mannu Gupta, a resident of Biratnagar, for his involvement in the plot. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USGupta had hired Kumar and two others — Hari Narayan Jha from Sarlahi in Nepal and Rakesh Jha from Sitamarhi — to execute the alleged murder plan, according to Nepal Police. Further investigation is on, police said. In a separate case, 25-year-old Rahul Kumar, a resident of Vaishali in Rajasthan, has been arrested from Balkhu in the outskirts of Kathmandu and narcotic substance recovered from him. The Narcotic Drugs Control Unit of Nepal Police confiscated 171 ampules of dyzapam, 171 ampules of bruphen, 167 ampules of phenergan from his possession.