The run-in to the season is upon us – and our non-League sides still have plenty to play for.Hayes & Yeading United are arguably the smallest club in the Blue Square Bet Premier so it is no surprise that they have found themselves in or around the relegation zone all season.It is a credit to manager Nas Bashir that his side are still very much in with a chance of staying up, with just goal difference currently keeping them from safety.Saturday’s home match against AFC Telford United will be one they target to win as Andy Sinton’s team are only three points above them in the table and not showing the best of form, having lost three of their last four.In the division below, another relegation battle is being fought by Hampton & Richmond Borough.Although they are five points adrift at the moment, they have games in hand on all their rivals which if won will lift them out of the drop zone.On Saturday they travel to Woodspring Park to play Weston-Super-Mare, who are currently in ninth place.League position would suggest a home win but the hosts’ previously good form has disintegrated of late and they have picked up only four points from a possible 30.The Beavers have become much tougher to beat in recent weeks so manager Mark Harper could reasonably expect to see his players pick up at least draw.After a superb run to last season’s play-offs, Harrow Borough have returned to more familiar territory towards the wrong end of the Ryman League table.The Boro have fought a number of thrilling battles against the drop over the last 20 years or so and somehow managed to stay up.A poor run of results from late January to early March had their fans worrying, but two wins from their last three have given them a six-point cushion over the bottom four, and manager Dave Anderson (pictured above) will be hoping they can maintain that momentum.Struggling Aveley play host to Harrow on Saturday in a crucial game for both sides. The hosts, under new manager Justin Gardner, have looked particularly shaky and lost 6-0 at home to local rivals Billericay Town on Monday.If Boro win they will effectively relegate their Essex opponents, who will be left 18 points adrift with six games to go, so the stakes are high.Hendon became the early leaders in the Ryman League back in August and have stayed in touch with the play-off places ever since.For a club without its own ground (they share with Wembley FC) and average crowds of under 200, this is no mean feat. However, there are signs that the Greens could be losing momentum at the crucial moment as two defeats in their last three have seen them drop out of the top five.This weekend they have a great chance to get things going again when Carshalton Athletic head to Vale Farm.It is probably fair to say the Robins are a club in crisis with the unpopular owner/manager Paul Dipre in charge. Having alienated many fans with his style, results and attendances having started dropping and a run of five straight defeats in all competitions should give Hendon cause for optimism.Of all the area’s sides, Wealdstone have had the most buzz around them of late. A great run in the league, a place in the Middlesex Senior Cup final secured, and last week’s appearance in the FA Trophy semi-finals – it’s been an eventful time.Although they bowed out of the Trophy to Newport County, they bounced back on Monday night with a league win over Metropolitan Police, which leaves them seven points off the play-off places but with two games in hand on Cray Wanderers, who currently fill fifth spot.In order to start bridging this gap they will have to beat East Thurrock United at home on Saturday.The Rocks have been in reasonable form in March but have failed to win away since December. The Stones, meanwhile, last lost at Grosvenor Vale in mid-October – 15 games ago – so another home win looks likely.Season-ticket holders of Premier or Football League clubs can often watch our local non-League sides’ home league games for half-price. Check their websites for details.
Chelsea are ready to let keeper Thibaut Courtois join Atletico Madrid in order to land striker Radamel Falcao, the Daily Mirror say.It is claimed the club will happily let Courtois stay at Atletico, where he has been on loan, if it helps them see off apparent competition from Real Madrid and both Manchester clubs to sign Falcao.Chelsea are also said to want Kevin De Bruyne to move to Bayer Leverkusen this week in a part-exchange deal involving Andre Schurrle.The Daily Mail say Luis Suarez and Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic clashed angrily in the tunnel prior to the Liverpool striker’s infamous biting of the defender’s arm.It is claimed the pair had to be separated at half-time. Ivanovic is said to have confronted Suarez after appearing to be caught by the Uruguayan’s elbow in a first-half challenge.Meanwhile, Fulham are still looking to sign Tom Huddlestone from Tottenham, according to the Daily Mail.He played under Whites boss Martin Jol at Spurs and the Dutchman, who attempted to sign him in January, is tipped to maintain his interest in the summer.The Mail also say Fulham will let keeper David Stockdale leave for around £4m and are in talks with Athletic Bilbao over signing defender Fernando Amorebieta on a free transfer.Aaron Hughes is another player tipped to leave, with the Daily Express suggesting the defender is on his way out of Craven Cottage.It comes after Jol said last week: “If you need to play and you’re not in the team, you probably think about going somewhere.“I don’t think Aaron will be one of those, but you can never say never.”This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook read more
Click here if you are having trouble viewing the photos on a mobile device.Baseballs flew out of ballparks in record numbers this season. And the postseason is likely to push those figures even higher, especially with the four best home-run hitting teams in history — the Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers — in the playoffs.The regular season concluded with a jaw-dropping number of homers: 6,776 launched since Opening Day in late March. The figure passed … read more
The Bombay High Court on Monday reserved its order in a plea filed by activist Anand Teltumbde seeking to quash an FIR against him for his alleged involvement in the Bhima Koregaon violence.Senior counsel Mihir Desai, appearing for Mr. Teltumbde, said, “All the letters mentioned by the prosecution in the case were not found in his house in Goa as no one was there and the house was locked. The police could not raid or seize anything from there. In fact, we can seek sanction to prosecute the officers for defamation.”He said such stringent provisions of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act have been levied upon Mr Teltumbde where there is no provision of anticipatory bail and getting a bail is very difficult.Assistant Public Prosecutor Aruna Kamat Pai relied upon the charge sheet filed against Shoma Sen, Surendra Gadling, Rona Wilson and Sudhir Dhawale, the others who were arrested in connection with the violence, and said letters have been found on Mr. Wilson and Mr. Gadling’s laptops highlighting a role played by Mr. Teltumbde in the violence.Ms. Pai mentioned four letters and one page of accounts details that indicated that Mr. Teltumbde was gathering support and success for the event at Bhima Koregaon.She read out a letter allegedly written by Mr. Teltumbde that said, “The agitation at Bhima Koregaon has been very successful except for the death of a few and Dalit sentiments are clearly against the BJP and therefore we must keep up the pressure.” Ms. Pai presented a sealed envelope with letters to the court and said one of them written by Mr. Teltumbde’s brother, Milind mentions the role played by his brother. At this Mr. Desai intervened and said, “Do they want to implicate me or find the truth?”After hearing all the arguments, a Division Bench of Justices B.P. Dharmadhikari and S.V. Kotwal said they, “want to discuss the matter” and reserved their order. read more
Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government has taken steps to transform Jamaica into a truly digital economy. He noted that the measures include the passage of legislation such as the National Identification System (NIDS) Bill. Each citizen will be provided with a randomised nine-digit National Identification Number (NIN), which they will have for life. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government has taken steps to transform Jamaica into a truly digital economy.He noted that the measures include the passage of legislation such as the National Identification System (NIDS) Bill.NIDS is intended to provide a comprehensive and secure structure to enable capture and storage of identity information for all Jamaicans.Each citizen will be provided with a randomised nine-digit National Identification Number (NIN), which they will have for life.“That is a good example of digital leadership… . The Government has to ensure that every citizen can (operate) in a digital societ, and the transaction has to be secure. We have to ensure security and integrity. We have to ensure transparency, and to do that you have to ensure identity,” Mr. Holness said.He was speaking at the ninth annual Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) Roundtable Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Breakfast Forum held at the Mona Visitors’ Lodge at the University of the West Indies on June 21.It was held under the theme ‘Strategic Digital Leadership.’Mr. Holness said a portion of the $64-million loan obtained from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to implement the NIDS will be used to build out a platform for all data to be digitised.“Only a very small portion is for the NIDS. The larger portion of the loan is to establish the digital platform to put in place the servers, the networks, the cloud services to enable us to place all that data we are converting digitally to put at the disposal of Government and the public,” he informed.He noted that the Government is formulating a policy to categorise, protect and digitise existing records on citizens in Jamaica.These include records at the national archives and health and education information.The Prime Minister said the process is being undertaken by a digitisation corps under the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) Programme.He further indicated that Cabinet Ministers are to be provided with a secure electronic device complete with the requisite network and software to facilitate the delivery and receipt of Cabinet papers.The Prime Minister said a directive has been issued to the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology in furtherance of this effort.“I am expecting that by the end of the year, the Cabinet papers will be delivered electronically,” he said.Currently, Cabinet papers are delivered in a very laborious and time-consuming manner. It requires transport in a red box to each Cabinet Minister’s office, where an individual opens the box, organises them into a file and assigns the Minister’s official number to the papers.Held in collaboration with the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE), the MSBM roundtable explored the pivotal role of digital transformation and offered insights on leveraging digital technologies.The event saw presentations about the state of digital play in the Caribbean based on recent research conducted by two university lecturers.They are Visiting Professor of Management Information Systems, Collat School of Business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in the United States, Professor Evan Duggan and Director of the Centre of Excellence for Information Technology-enabled Innovation at MSBM, Dr. Maurice McNaughton. Story Highlights read more