Europe has tried to financially carpet-bomb Greece into submission. Yet it offers no vision of a better future | Paul Mason

Sunday’s referendum is taking place against the background of a kind of financial warfare. If the idea is to terrorise the population, it has only half worked

When Times correspondent George Steer entered the city of Guernica in April 1937, what struck him were the incongruities. He noted precisely the bombing tactics “which may be of interest to students of the new military science”. But his report begins with a long paragraph describing the city’s ceremonial oak tree and its role in the Spanish feudal system.

Sitting in Athens this week, I began to understand how Steer felt. Sunday’s referendum took place under a kind of financial warfare not seen in the history of modern states. The Greek government was forced to close its banks after the European Central Bank, whose job is technically to keep them open, refused to do so. The never-taxed and never-registered broadcasters of Greece did the rest, spreading panic, and intensifying it where it had already taken hold.

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Manchester United Transfer News: Star Names Among Latest Red Devils Rumours

You get the sense that this summer’s transfer window could well define Manchester United’s 2015/16 season.

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Despite vast improvements under manager Louis van Gaal last term, the squad still isn’t quite strong enough to challenge for Premier League and Champions League glory.

The Dutchman very much needs to get to work making sure players put pen to paper, then. Here we break down the latest recruits in his sights.

 

Nicolas Gaitan

Benfica star Nicolas Gaitan has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks, but it seems Van Gaal and Co. may have to concede defeat in their pursuit of the attacking midfielder.

The 27-year-old, who signed for Benfica in 2010 in the wake of Angel Di Maria’s departure to Real Madrid, has spoken out on his future in Lisbon and insisted that he’s happy—per Record (via Jonathan Green of the Daily Star):

“I am good at Benfica. I have a contract.”

Gaitan’s words come just days after his agent said that a deal had been struck with the Red Devils—as noted in Green’s piece—but it could well prove a blessing in disguise.

Sure, the Argentinian is a top player (and the stats don’t lie about that, per OptaCan), but he’s simply not what Manchester United need right now.

The position in behind the strikers is one that doesn’t need tampering with. Juan Mata proved his worth in the role many times last season—when actually given the chance to play there—and Di Maria comes into the campaign with a big point to prove.

Not to mention, skipper Wayne Rooney often finds himself dropping deep and flourishing.

According to Sky Sports (h/t Fox Sports), Gaitan has a buy-out clause in his Benfica contract of €35 million—a staggering amount of money.

Squad depth is incredibly important when battling for trophies on four fronts, but having world-class stars warming the Old Trafford bench just doesn’t make sense and it adds needless pressure and makes said players a bit rusty.

Instead, United need to focus on bringing in a top-drawer defender to steady the ship, and they’re not far away from landing exactly that.

 

Sergio Ramos

The Sergio Ramos saga is dragging on a bit now, but it seems that Manchester United are finally holding all the cards over Real Madrid.

According to Jamie Jackson of the Guardian, United are refusing to let the Spanish giants take goalkeeper David De Gea off their hands unless Ramos comes in the other direction.

However, it’s clear to see that Real would be the happier party with United’s stubborn nature.

De Gea will likely set the Bernabeu outfit back a pretty penny, but if they keep hold of Ramos and subsequently lose out on the goalkeeper for one more season, they could then get him on a free transfer.

United need Ramos more than Madrid need De Gea (for now)—it’s as simple as that.

So, the Red Devils need to put their foot on the gas in their pursuit, and former Real Madrid assistant manager Paul Clement, who now holds the reins at Derby County, told Sky that he’s worth going after—via Aaron Flanagan of the Daily Mirror:

He is a wonderful player, one of the best I have ever worked with. [He has] so many qualities, [he is] a fantastic footballer, leader, competitor, athlete, a fantastic guy. He is one of the best centre-halves in the world and I’ve worked with some good ones like John Terry, Thiago Silva at PSG, good ones in Pepe and Raphael Varane but Ramos is up there with the best I’ve worked with. Whether at Real Madrid or United, either club are going to massively benefit. Wherever he is, it’s going to a massive plus for that club.

United fans will be hoping they reap the benefits of landing Ramos, but pundit Richard Keys believes he could snub Old Trafford and head to a destination uncomfortably close to home:

It all adds up to the fact that Van Gaal needs to act fast if he wants to bring the Spaniard to the Premier League.

Every approach has been rejected by the Spanish giants so far, but by using De Gea as bait, the Dutchman may just be able to get the deal over the line.

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Bangladesh vs. South Africa, 1st T20I: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info, Preview

Bangladesh and South Africa begin their two-match T20 series in Dhaka on Sunday. It’s the first match in a tour that includes two T20s, three ODIs and two Tests.

Date: Sunday, July 5

Time: 1 p.m. local (7:00 a.m GMT)

Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

Live stream and TV info: SuperSport 201 (South Africa), BTV and Gazi TV (Bangladesh), TEN Sports (Pakistan), Star Sports (India)

Weather: The news on the weather front is not good news. It’s monsoon season in Bangladesh and thus, thunderstorms are highly likely. WorldWeatherOnline.com forecasts that dodgy weather is possible for most of the day. 

 

Overview:

Bangladesh have been on the rise over the last few months. After making the World Cup quarterfinals, they recently defeated Pakistan and India in historic series wins. Now, they have another opportunity to add an impressive scalp to their hit list.

South Africa’s T20 side is a far cry from the experience of their Test team. While the batting line-up is packed with some big names like AB de Villiers, David Miller, Faf du Plessis and JP Duminy, the bowling attack is quite green.

The frontline bowlers have just over 50 T20i caps between them, the bulk of those coming from one player: Wayne Parnell. With a busy schedule ahead this year, South Africa have opted to test their second-string bowlers in the shortest format of the game.

If the warm-up game on Friday is anything to go by, though, it hasn’t taken long for South Africa’s rookies to adjust. The Bangladesh Cricket Board XI were bowled out for just 99 on Friday, with Kyle Abbott, Aaron Phangiso and David Wiese being the chief destroyers.

Still, warm-up matches are different kettle of fish to a competitive match environment. Bangladesh’s recent run of form will certainly give them a confidence boost.

While T20 matches are usually nothing more than a filler during a tour, there is a World T20 to look forward to next year, and every single player will want in and will want to prove himself whenever he gets the opportunity.

The series could very well end up being a fascinating contest, provided the weather plays along, of course.

 

Key players:

Bangladesh

Tamim Iqbal found some fantastic form in the one-day series against Pakistan recently. He struggled in the T20s, but if he can translate some of his recent form into this series, especially against South Africa’s rookie bowlers, he could be a real handful.

South Africa

David Wiese played a key role for Royal Challengers Bangalore during this year’s Indian Premier League, and he has long been touted as the answer for South Africa’s No. 7 conundrum. He is an incredibly useful all-rounder who knows how to get the best out of sub-continental tracks. South Africa certainly have the weight of the batting order to pack a punch, but it’s as a back-up bowler where Wiese’s skills will become incredibly useful.

Squads:

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Arafat Sunny, Jubair Hossain, Litton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman,Nasir Hossain, Rony Talukdar, Rubel Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Sohag Gazi, Soumya Sarkar, Mashrafe Mortaza

South Africa: Beuran Hendricks, Quinton de Kock, Rilee Rossouw, AB de Villiers, Jean-Paul Duminy, David Miller, David Wiese,Chris Morris, Kyle Abbott, Aaron Phangiso, Kagiso Rabada, Eddie Leie, Wayne Parnell, Faf du Plessis

 

 

 

Angels win 8-2 in 1st game vs. Texas since trading Hamilton (Yahoo Sports)

Texas Rangers' Josh Hamilton comes to the plate and talks with Los Angeles Angels catcher Carlos Perez (58) in the second inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas on Friday, July 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Brad Loper)

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The way Angels manager Mike Scioscia looked at things, there really wasn’t anything unusual seeing Josh Hamilton playing for the other team. ”I don’t think any of us gave it a thought,” Scioscia said after the Angels’ 8-2 win at Texas on Friday night. ”Really, we played against Josh for a long time, it’s not like this is something new.


Julian Assange denies making asylum request that was refused by France

The WikiLeaks founder has also revealed the existence of a child, who is French, he has not seen for five years

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has denied filing a request for asylum in France after revealing the existence of a child he has not seen for five years.

His legal defence team took issue on Friday with a statement from the Elysee Palace that an asylum request from the Australian had been declined.

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Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier Hits the Deck When Pigeon Flies Near His Head

Nothing ruins a big hit like a full-fledged bird attack.

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In this case, outfielder Kevin Kiermaier didn’t quite get attacked by a rogue pigeon at the Tampa Bay Rays-New York Yankees game Friday night, but he did get scared.

And, like the grown man he is, Kiermaier dropped to the ground. At least he had a big RBI moments earlier in the top of the 12th.

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