Pogba keen to leave United for Barcelona – reports

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The club has had to deny the claim that Pogba sent a text message to Woodward demanding he be allowed to leave.The Frenchman is keen to move to Barcelona — the Spanish transfer window does not shut till the end of the month — to play with Argentina superstar Lionel Messi, while his close friend and former Juventus team-mate Arturo Vidal also recently moved to the Catalan giants.‘Pogba needs to play his part’Essentially, though, Pogba’s unhappiness stems from the deterioration in his relationship with Mourinho, who not only does he blame for his muted performances for United since his move but also for his qualified praise of his performances for France at the World Cup.“Paul was like the (France) team. He started average and ended top,” Mourinho told beIN Sports on United’s unhappy tour of the United States last week.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba leaves the pitch after losing a last 16 second leg UEFA Champions League football match between Manchester United and Sevilla at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England on March 13, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFFFrance World Cup star Paul Pogba is determined to end his fractious relationship with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and move to Barcelona, according to British media reports on Wednesday.The 25-year-old — who scored in the 4-2 World Cup final win over Croatia — has agreed terms with Barcelona for a deal worth £89.5 million ($115 million, 100 million euros) over five years, according to the Daily Mail.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ The reported agreement would see him pick up £346,000 a week, almost double what he earns at United.The Sun claims the former Juventus star — who joined United for a then world-record fee of £89 million in 2016 — has demanded the Premier League side increase his wages from £180,000 to £380,000 a week so he is paid almost on a par with Chilean star Alexis Sanchez, otherwise he will leave.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’United, though, would be most reluctant to sell him, with the Daily Mail reporting they have already rejected a bid by Barcelona of £44.5 million plus Colombian central defender Yerry Mina and Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes.Mourinho has expressed his frustration over the club’s transfer policy, and Pogba’s departure would leave little time for executive chairman Ed Woodward to find a suitable replacement with the Premier League transfer window due to close on Thursday. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWscenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Kenya’s former world champ Nicholas Bett killed in car crash ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Pogba, though, is believed to have been more upset by what followed in the interview as Mourinho implied being in an enclosed environment over six weeks ensured he focused just on football and not on outside matters such as commercial contracts.Pogba’s super agent Mino Raiola — who was also instrumental in bringing Romelu Lukaku to United last summer — has remained out of the fray, refusing to comment on links with Barcelona.“I will never make declarations about Paul,” said the Dutch-Italian agent, who is reported to have earned just over £40 million when Pogba moved to United.“You have to speak to Manchester United,” added Raiola.Former United star Rio Ferdinand told Wednesday’s edition of the Daily Mail that Mourinho needed to fit the team around Pogba’s sublime talent, but accepted the player needed to adapt too.“It’s down to the manager to get the best out of him, setting the team up and setting Pogba up in the right way to achieve the best,” said the former England central defender.“But Pogba needs to play his part in that.“It’s a case of the player and manager getting an understanding for each other and getting the best out of the player.” Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

Students memorialize ‘ghost’

first_imgAmong those who spoke at the event was Rabbi David Hoffman. Tears streamed down the faces of several Hillview students during the ceremony. The students’ study of Himelstaub’s life compelled them to become involved in the ceremony. “He’s become like family,” Hillview student Dulcie Adhiambo said. “His legacy was that he was going for his dream of going to fight Hitler, even though he didn’t really fulfill it. We just wanted everyone to know what really happened.” The ceremony concluded with a missing-man formation flyover used by the Royal Air Force to honor dead pilots. The flyover featured vintage Steerman and AT-6 planes. Antelope Valley military historian Bob Alvis said Himelstaub likely flew a Steerman, an aviation classic that features two stacked wings. “You never want to forget our fallen, and this was a nice gesture to show the English that we appreciate your fallen,” said Alvis, who helped organize the event. “The ghost of War Eagle Field is not a great legacy for a fallen cadet. … It’s kind of become a carnival sideshow,” Alvis said. “As far as honoring his legacy, this is what we want to remember.” gideon.rubin@dailynews.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Himelstaub was buried at Lancaster cemetery three days after his death, thousands of miles away from family. Sheriff’s deputies and inmates at Mira Loma have reported inexplicable events over the years, fueling speculation that Himelstaub’s restless spirit was haunting the old War Eagle Field. On Friday, residents attempted to make peace with Himelstaub’s spirit, honoring the man’s life in a ceremony in which a new headstone was unveiled at his burial site. Several prominent civic and community leaders – including mayors from Lancaster and Palmdale, a representative from the British Commonwealth War Graves Commission and an eighth-grade Hillview Middle School history class instrumental in organizing the event – were among about 200 people who attended the ceremony. A War Graves Commission request that Himelstaub be given a new headstone provided the impetus for the ceremony. LANCASTER – Somewhere up there, Meyer Bernard Himelstaub must be smiling. The man entrenched in Antelope Valley lore as the “Ghost of Mira Loma” was given a proper funeral nearly 65 years to the day of his horrifying death. Himelstaub was a 22-year-old British Royal Air Force cadet assigned to the Antelope Valley’s War Eagle Field – now the site of Mira Loma county detention center on 60th Street West and Avenue I – when he was decapitated by a taxiing plane he accidentally walked into on Feb. 13, 1942. Himelstaub was a Jew who escaped Nazi-dominated Poland as a child. He was an aspiring military pilot who historians say was determined to fight the Nazis in World War II. last_img read more


first_imgThe Brewery Bar at Market Square in Letterkenny has been part and parcel of town life for many years now.And to play their part in the festive season being officially launched with tonight’s Christmas lights switch-on, the bar has done it again.Michael Blaney and his staff know the importance of family life and that is why the Brewery enjoys a reputation of a real family bar. To mark the occasion Michael and his staff are putting on a very special deal for all their customers.Later today for every two adults who enjoy a main course from the bar food or A La Carte menus will then up to four children will eat free.It’s an unbelievable deal but typical of the service, quality and extra mile The Brewery goes in bringing their customers value for money.A brassiere style Lunch menu is served daily, with a Bar Food menu available from 3.00pm. Come evening, dine in style in the upstairs restaurant, where a superb, freshly cooked meal from our full å la Carte menu awaits you.Due to overbooking and Christmas parties we a sad to announce that our very popular Friday Night Steak Night has been postponed for now and will recommence in early January. Full bar food and a la carte menu still available.Don’t forget folks a massive 10% discount of all bookings for Christmas mid-week parties. Why not check out our New Years Eve Five course gala dinner with live entertainment in the upstairs restaurant. Limited numbers available only €39.955pp.To book call 074 9127330 or click on our Donegaldaily.com advert.DONEGALDAILY DEAL OF THE DAY – KIDS EAT FREE AT THE BREWERY IN LETTERKENNY! was last modified: November 24th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Christmas lightsletterkennyThe Brewerylast_img read more


first_imgThe Curadmir at Mamore Gap.Curadmir Ulster Cycle makes its way into Inishowen on Saturday 25th of May as part of a 3 day cycling rolling base camp sportive which will be situated at Fort Dunree for the Inishowen stage. Designed to be one of the toughest and most spectacular multi-stage events in the British Isles, Curadmir is a fully supported cycling sportive covering 360 miles of breathtaking landscapes, ascending over 6000 metres and travelling through six of Ulster’s nine counties.Day one kicks off in Rostrevor Co. Down, towards Belfast and onto the Causeway Coast, finishing in the scenic town of Cushendall. Day two sets off along the Antrim coast passing iconic landmarks including The Giants Causeway, Duncluce Castle, Royal Portrush and of course, Bushmills Distillery.Once at Magillian, riders will use the Lough Foyle Ferry to Greencastle where they will head north to Malin Head. Fully exposed to the weather off the North Atlantic, this can seem like one of the most rugged and hostile areas on earth and will put test to riders’ physical and mental stamina.Rounding Malin, riders will then head south towards the conclusion of the day’s stage at Fort Dunree, Buncrana but not before taking on the infamous Mamore Gap which has broken many an ego with a recorded gradient of 27% on its hairpins.The Last day, leaves Buncrana towards Letterkenny and enters the stunning and unspoilt Glenveagh National Park. The final inward approach takes riders through Killeter Forest and into the Fermanagh Lakelands where a hilltop finish line greets them overlooking the breathtaking Lough Erne. Jennifer O’Donnell, Inishowen Tourism who has worked with the event organisers said ‘ It is fantastic to see an event of this calibre coming into Inishowen and according to organisers day two is their highlight as it offers outstanding scenery and a demanding route with Mamore Gap being the ultimate challenge. Cycling is a key growth area in Inishowen and we hope the international coverage that this event will receive can only help establish Inishowen as a top-class cycling destination’.    CURADMIR CYCLE TO PASS THROUGH INISHOWEN THIS WEEKEND was last modified: May 21st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Curadmir CycledonegalInishowenlast_img read more


first_imgDerry has it all wrapped up for an enchanting Christmas experience to rival any European destination thanks to Derry City Council’s stunning seasonal package of activities and events guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit. Historic winding streets, shops, bars, restaurants and high quality craft sector combine to create the perfect stop-off during the countdown to the most magical time of the year.So make sure to keep some key dates free soon in your diary for Christmas shopping and entertainment in the Walled City famed for its welcoming festive atmosphere. The 20th annual Guildhall Craft Fair taking place from November 14th-16th will provide a glittering start to Derry City Council’s Christmas programme, always a great weekend for visitors to select the perfect handcrafted gift for Christmas stocking fillers.Forty crafters from all over Ireland will be exhibiting high quality wares such as ceramics, textiles, jewellery and foodie treats in the historic setting of the beautifully restored Guildhall.The Christmas Lights will be illuminated on Thursday, November 20th at 7pm, when the big switch-on ceremony returns to its traditional venue in Guildhall Square. This year’s event will be spread across three zones in the city centre for maximum festive cheer.• Guildhall Square – Santa and his helpers turning on the lights • Peace Garden – transformed into a ‘Frozen Forest’• Waterloo Place – Elsa and the stars of Frozen will be on stageJust a short walk across the Peace Bridge and you will be transfixed by our brand new Christmas Village opening at Ebrington from Friday, November 28th until December 21st.This new festive offer for Derry will have Christmas markets in 25 wooden chalets selling a wide variety of delicious seasonal fayre and some cracker gift ideas, trading from 12 noon until 10pm.Who needs to travel further afield when you can make a trip to Music City 2014 for the full festive experience complete with Legenderry on Ice which will also be open at Ebrington from November 28th. Featuring an even bigger ice rink than last year which attracted thousands of happy skaters, as well as a festive funfair and bar.Sit back with a mulled wine or a delicious hot chocolate, and enjoy live music and entertainment from local bands and visiting acts ranging from choirs to jazz during the weekends leading up to Christmas – what better way to get you into the festive mood!There will even be pop-up Christmas Cinema, ‘The Festive Film Factory’ with daily showings of festive films in the Christmas Village at Ebrington Square!Younger members of the family will also be well catered for in the city centre with special themed activities destined to make them experience the Wonder of Christmas, based in the Craft Village on December 6th & 7th, 13th & 14th, 1pm-5pm each day. Costing just £1 per child, there will be storytelling, arts and crafts, puppet shows and much, much more to keep your little darlings entertained.Fashionistas can join the cool crowd at the city’s exciting inaugural Fashion Fest from November 20th-23rd, and enjoy extended late night Christmas shopping at both Foyleside and Richmond Centres which will remain open until 10pm from December 1st.With so many festive activities and events to enjoy in Derry, why not stay a while and soak up the atmosphere, with one night B&B accommodation available from just £32.50 per person sharing.For more details go to www.visitderry.comFor more information on Derry City Council’s fantastic Christmas programme please visit www.festivetime.comFurther press information can be obtained by contacting Derry City Council’s Marketing and Communications Section, Tel. 02871 376504.HAVE YOURSELF A ‘LEGENDERRY’ LITTLE CHRISTMAS was last modified: November 11th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Government could face legal action over delayed Gweedore sewerage scheme

first_imgThe European Commission has escalated formal infringement proceedings against the State over its failure to deliver the long delayed Gweedore sewerage scheme.The Commission has expressed a reasoned opinion that the State is violating the law over its failing to provide a waste water collection network for Gweedore.The construction of a dedicated sewerage scheme for Gweedore is said to be an obligation by the State, and as the community have been waiting more than forty years, the lack of action may now be in violation of EU legislation. The action comes following the submission of a report by Sinn Féin Deputy Pearse Doherty and Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy to the European Commission back in May 2015.The argued that the failure by successive Governments here to  construct a dedicated sewerage scheme for Gaoth Dobhair was in direct violation of the EU’s Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive.Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty today welcomed the news that the case is being progressed by the European Commission.Commenting on the news, Deputy Doherty said: “While this decision by the European Commission is to be welcomed, it is utterly unacceptable that due to the failings of successive Governments to deliver this scheme for Gaoth Dobhair, that they have allowed this situation to develop and to manifest to the point that infringement procedures, and now likely legal action, will be brought against the State.“Residents and businesses throughout Gaoth Dobhair have been waiting more than forty years for a sewerage scheme for the area, and they have been kept without such a service as a result of incompetence from Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael Governments both past and present.“I understand now that the Minister and his Department are currently preparing a response to the Commission’s findings reasoned and that a response will include an update on the Government’s position in relation to the Gaoth Dobhair scheme.“The Government clearly must now give a start date for when the Gaoth Sewerage Scheme will proceed to construction, and I will continue to hold them to account and work until this is achieved.”Government could face legal action over delayed Gweedore sewerage scheme was last modified: November 3rd, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

How Google Docs And Sheets Stack Up To iWork And Office

first_imgCloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Tags:#Android#Apple#Google#Google Docs#google drive#Google Sheets#iOS#iWork#Keynote#Microsoft#Numbers#Office for iPad#Office Mobile#Pages#Windows Phone Google has housed its productivity apps under the Google Drive label since launching it in 2012, but no longer. The search giant on Wednesday unbundled new Docs and Sheets apps—for text documents and spreadsheets, respectively—and will shortly also release Slides, a PowerPoint rival, into the wild as well.It’s not entirely clear why Google is backing away from its monolithic Drive approach, although it’s apparently fairly serious about nudging users into the new standalone apps:If you don’t have time now, over the next few days you’ll be prompted to download the apps when you go to edit or create a document or spreadsheet in your Drive app.Google, however, also made clear that Drive isn’t going away, so the strategic direction here is a bit murky. Some have speculated that Google wanted to unlimber its apps to compete more directly with Microsoft Office (now available for the iPad as well as on Windows devices) and Apple’s own iWork productivity suite—primarily Pages for documents, Numbers for spreadsheets and Keynote for slides.So let’s have a quick look at how Google Docs and Google Sheets stack up against their rivals.Google vs. Microsoft vs. ApplePrice: Docs and Sheets are free (presumably, Slides will be as well). So are Apple’s offerings—at least to buyers of new iDevices. Others pay $10 for Pages, Numbers and Keynote—each—so that’s $30 for all three. Office for the iPad, meanwhile, is technically free, although the app limits you to read-only document access until you pony up for an Office 365 subscription, which will set you back $70 a year. (You can use the more limited Office Mobile for free on Android and iOS so long as it’s for personal use.) Winner: Google, with Apple a close runner-upOffline use: Google launched its Docs and Sheets apps with a new capability Drive didn’t offer—the ability to create and work on documents offline. Office for iPad allows similar access; so do the Apple productivity apps. Winner: a three-way tieDevice availability: Google’s apps run on all Android and iOS devices, but aren’t available for Windows Phone devices. Pages, Numbers and Keynote run on all iOS devices, but not Android or Windows Phone. As for Office—well, let’s just say that in classic Microsoft fashion, you’re stuck with a hodgepodge of different options, including full-fledged Microsoft Office for Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets; Office for iPad for, well, the iPad; nothing for Android tablets and the stripped-down Office Mobile for smartphone use (iOS, Android and Windows Phone). Winner: GoogleFeatures: This gets messy fast. Docs and Sheets are relatively full-featured on Android devices, but on iOS they’re considerably pared down—for instance, offering no support for images, tables or hyperlinks. Apple’s iWork suite, meanwhile, generally wins high praise for its plethora of formatting options and tools such as interactive charts. Reviewers have generally praised Office for iPad (with the caveat that it’s mainly for existing Office 365 subscribers), although they have been less kindto Office Mobile; full-fledged Office on Windows 8/RT, meanwhile, has no real commercial competition. Winner: Apple, with Microsoft a close runner-upThe Great Unbundling?It’s hard not to notice a parallel between Google’s move toward standalone productivity apps and hinted changes at its Google+ social network. Following the abrupt departure of Google+ chief Vic Gundotra earlier this week, rumors have swirled that the company may be unwinding its social tentacles from the apps and services it has enwrapped over the past year or so.Perhaps there’s a larger unbundling trend afoot at the Plex. Image by Flickr user Adam Hyde, CC 2.0 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for …center_img Related Posts How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud anthony myerslast_img read more

India vs England: India take on England in the series decider today

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement(Image Courtesy: Sportskeeda)India take on England in the third and final ODI at Leeds today. With the series poised at 1-1, the winner will walk away with the series.The 3 match series has so far given us so much entertainment. The first match saw the visitors come out on top with first class performances from Kuldeep and Rohit Sharma.The second match which was played at the iconic Lord’s stadium saw England cruise home after they defended their total of 322 to take the series to the final game.With both teams evenly poised it’ll be interesting to see which team will come on top. India and England will be having one eye on the 2019 world cup as they look to work on their weaknesses. India will look for significant contributions from their middle order while England will look to keep the opener Shikhar Dhawan quiet.England start the match as favorites after ticking most of the boxes in the 2nd ODI. They’ll also be energized after seeing Joe Root’s score a spectacular century after his recent dip in form.But beside all this the weather is also expected to play a part in the match with thunderstorms expected.India’s assistant coach Sanjay Bangar has hinted that Bhuvneshwar Kumar could play a part in the game. If that is to happen then Siddharth Kaul will have to sit out. England on the other hand have called up James Vince and Sam Billings as back up for the injured Roy. If Roy fails to pass his medical test then replacement will be lined up.Here are the probable teams for the match:India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Siddarth Kaul.England:Jason Roy/James Vince, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Mark WoodThe match is set to start at 5 PM IST with telecast on Sony Six and Sony Ten 3.Also Read:India vs. England: Key player may stay back with the squad for test serieslast_img read more

Odisha tops with 17% share in manufacturing investments

first_imgBhubaneswar, Mar 25 (PTI) Odisha has maximum share of over 17 per cent in the total live investments worth about Rs 33 lakh crore attracted by manufacturing sector across the country, according to a study.Gujarat has ranked second (nearly 12 per cent) followed by Karnataka (11 per cent), Jharkhand (nine per cent) and Chhattisgarh (seven per cent), said the study titled “Impact analysis of delay in investment implementation in manufacturing” by Assocham.However, in Odisha about 39 per cent manufacturing projects remained under implementation as of September 2015.Delayed projects facing cost escalation have maximum share of 31 per cent in Odisha followed by Karnataka, Rajasthan and Jharkhand (9 per cent each), the study said.Manufacturing sector in the country attracted live investments worth about Rs 33 lakh crore, about one-fifth of total live investments worth over Rs 164 lakh crore drawn by various sectors across India as of September 2015, it said.”Metal and metal products alone accounted for almost half (48 per cent) of the total live investments attracted by manufacturing sector in India followed by chemicals and chemical products (24 per cent), machinery (8 per cent), transport equipment (7 per cent), construction material (7 per cent), food and agro based products (3 per cent),” it said.In Odisha, metal and metal products have acquired over 79 per cent share in total investments attracted by manufacturing sector followed by chemical and chemical products (15 per cent), transport equipment (three per cent), construction material (one per cent).Projects with about 37 per cent of the total live investments attracted by manufacturing sector remained under implementation as of September 2015 i.e. 1,160 projects with investments worth over Rs 12 lakh crore, it added. PTI SKN PR ANU RGDadvertisementlast_img read more

US Athletes Urge Probe Expansion

first_imgU.S. Olympic athletes sent a letter to leaders of the International Olympic Committee and World Anti-Doping Agency this week, urging them to expand the investigation into Russian doping to sports beyond track and field.The letter came in response to the two-part report detailing doping inside Russia’s track team, the sport’s international governing body (IAAF) and allegations the government participated in the fraud.The letter, sent Monday to IOC President Thomas Bach and WADA President Craig Reedie and obtained by The Associated Press, said that while other sports federations might do their own inquiries, WADA and the IOC should take the lead to make sure all Russian sports are investigated.“With evidence of state-supported doping across the whole of sport in Russia, with a corrupt and ineffective … testing system, and with athletes and insiders coming forward at great personal risk, now is exactly the time to investigate thoroughly,” the letter said. “The clean sport movement is at a crossroads. The athletes of the world are watching and waiting.”The letter was signed by Sarah Konrad, an Olympic biathlete and cross-country skier who is chair of the U.S. Olympic Committee athletes’ advisory council. The council, which represents 47 Olympic and 10 Paralympic sports, ratified the letter last weekend.“I think it’s pretty clear from the independent commission report that the corruption was countrywide,” and it didn’t just involve one sport, Konrad said.The IOC did not immediately respond to requests for comment.A WADA spokesman referred to Reedie’s response letter to Konrad, also obtained by AP.In the letter, Reedie spelled out the actions WADA took in the aftermath of the report, including declaring both Russia’s track team and its anti-doping agency out of compliance. The track team is in a race to regain compliance before this year’s Olympics. Reedie wrote that the suspension of the anti-doping agency has sparked reforms within the agency and given WADA a chance to examine the anti-doping corruption beyond track and field.“Any evidence implicating other sports brought forward to me as a result of the meetings that WADA experts are holding with Russian representatives will allow me to make a considered decision on whether or not to initiate further investigations,” Reedie wrote.In his reports, Dick Pound, who led the WADA independent commission into the Russian doping, made mention of violations that could spread into sports outside track. But he made no recommendations on those because he was tasked to specifically look at athletics.When first pressed to expand the probe, Reedie said it was something the agency needed to consider, but also had to find ways to pay for. WADA operates on an annual budget of about $26 million, half of which is provided by the IOC.Konrad said it’s important for athletes outside the United States to also press WADA for an expansion of the inquiry beyond track. She also said she’s well aware Russia isn’t the only country with drug cheats.“This is an opportunity to come down harder on this issue,” Konrad said. “Sometimes, it feels like we’re bashing our heads against a brick wall. But sometimes, if you bash long enough, a brick will fall out.”EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more