Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum: Klopp can be hard on youby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum insists manager Jurgen Klopp is no soft touch.The Dutchman says Klopp can be a hard taskmaster.He told the Liverpool Echo: “I can’t speak for every player but I have a good relationship with him. He has helped me a lot. He can be hard because he’s always on your case and saying what he thinks. But he’s honest and I like that. It’s always in the right way, always for the right reason. It’s not to make you feel bad or anything like that.”He’s really hard but on the other side he keeps your confidence high. He says that mistakes are just part of football. I remember against Leicester City I made a mistake and it led to a goal. He wasn’t angry about the mistake, he was more angry about my reaction afterwards. He thought I was too busy thinking it, rather than just putting it behind me.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Fiorentina boss Montella insists no regrets over his time with AC Milanby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella has no regrets over his time with AC Milan.The Viola meet Milan later tonight.“It was a fantastic experience, we won a trophy, which some people conveniently forget,” said Montella, referring to the Italian Super Cup against Juventus.“We didn’t purchase practically any players and still qualified for Europe, which hadn’t happened for a few years. I don’t consider that a negative time at all.“When I was at Milan, Suso, Patrick Cutrone and Davide Calabria were set to be sold. I think we did good work with homegrown talents like Manuel Locatelli and Gianluigi Donnarumma.”
Could Tennessee win the national title in 2016? One college football analyst believes so.The Tennessee Volunteers are a popular pick to win the SEC East and represent the division in the league’s title game this coming fall, but one college football analyst is taking it a step further. CBS Sports’ Brian Jones is picking the Vols to win the national title over Florida State.Jones has Tennessee, Florida, Michigan and Stanford in his College Football Playoff. Obviously, he has the Seminoles and the Vols advancing to play for it all.@gmannVOLS pic.twitter.com/6mNEAcUgra— Frank Abby (@FRANKtheTAU) August 27, 2016Butch Jones has certainly done a nice job rebuilding Tennessee, but many are hesitant to mention the Vols as a national title favorite until they prove they can beat rival Alabama. If that happens this year, expect everyone to jump aboard the bandwagon.[Saturday Down South]
APTN NewsSen. Lynn Beyak remains defiant in keeping ‘racist’ letters about residential schools up on her Senate website and says she was never told to take them down by Conservative leader Andrew Scheer.“Contrary to his statement, that he asked me to remove content and I refused, neither I nor my staff ever spoke with Andrew Scheer or anyone from his office, at any time,” said Beyak in a statement Monday.Scheer said last week he demanded Beyak to remove about 100 “support letters” of her drive to show the good Indian residential schools did and other Indigenous issues.When she refused, he kicked her out of the Conservative caucus, making her an independent senator.“I demanded Senator Beyak remove this content from her website. She refused,” Scheer said.Scheer mentioned one comment in a letter was particularly offensive.“To suggest that indigenous Canadians are lazy compared to other Canadians, is simply racist,” he said.Beyak said the letters posted are not racist.“Talking points from his office also declared: ‘Senator Beyak admitted that she intentionally posted racist correspondence about Indigenous Canadians to her Parliamentary website,’ said Beyak. “That statement is completely false. I would never say or do such a thing.”She added she learned she was getting booted from caucus through a media release from Scheer’s office.That aside, Beyak believes her website, and the letters, provide a platform for free speech.“Canadians can read and decide for themselves what is relevant and helpful for a fresh start for those Indigenous people who still suffer, and who live in hopelessness and poverty with inadequate housing and dirty water,” she said.“Discerning citizens don’t need government to tell them what is allegedly racist.”Fellow senator Lillian Dyck said last week the letters could lead to criminal charged for hate speech.“I looked it up,” Dyck told APTN News Friday. “Hate speech is communicating statements in public that incite hatred against any identifiable group.“Someone could look into this…Check all the letters and make a determination as to whether it met the high standard for hate speech. She could be charged.”Dyck is from the Gordon First Nation in Saskatchewan and chair of the Aboriginal Peoples committee. Beyak was removed from that committee last year when she expressed support for the schools.Scheer also said last week he first learned of the letters Jan. 2 but they had been on Beyak’s website for several months.An email dated September 15 from a residential school survivor provided to APTN News, indicates that Scheer’s office was tipped off then about the “support letters.”Sen. Larry Smith, the Conservative leader in the Senate was also sent the email.“I am disappointed that my email back in September was ignored,” said Garnet Angeconeb. “They knew all along she had those ‘support letters’ on her Parliamentary website.”Angeconeb is just one of many who believe Beyak’s letters and stance on residential schools are racist.A spokesman for Scheer said his office gets 1,000 to 2,500 “pieces of correspondence” a week and it usually takes four to six months for people to get a response.“We have about four or five staff members who are tasked with strictly doing that,” said Jake Enwright. “They work very, very hard to answer these inquiries as quickly as possible.”Enwright maintained Scheer learned of the letters Jan. 2 and that Angeconeb’s email was in the que to receive a response. firstname.lastname@example.org
Canadian Tire Corp. views its $985-million acquisition of Norwegian outdoor clothing and gear maker Helly Hansen as a “major step forward” to diversify its offerings at home and launch new opportunities in international markets.“This is a brand that we truly believe has a lot of runway ahead of it internationally,” CEO Stephen Wetmore said in an interview.The Toronto-based retailer has long been one of Helly Hansen’s biggest customers and the deal announced Thursday will bolster a number of its product categories, including camping, hunting and fishing, at both Canadian Tire department stores and its Mark’s clothing chain, he said.Helly Hansen, which was founded in Moss, Norway, in 1877 and is now sold in more than 40 countries around the world, has “successfully and profitably entered many markets” globally with its outdoor adventure, sailing, skiing and casual industrial brand, Wetmore said in an earlier conference call with financial analysts.“This too will serve as a foundation for us to build upon in future years with existing or new owned brands,” Wetmore said during the call.Canadian Tire identified the Norwegian brand as an acquisition target shortly after it established its consumer brands division, seeing it as an opportunity to strengthen some of its most “strategic and brand-sensitive categories,” but the deal took 18 months to come together, Wetmore said.“The journey wasn’t easy and worthy pursuits rarely are,” he said.“And while we would have liked to have been faster, the result was worth the wait.”Wetmore explained in an interview that it took time for the company to convince the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, which acquired Helly Hansen in 2012, to become a willing seller.The outdoor brand will continue to be sold in a broad range of stores in Canada, not just Canadian Tire stores, the company said. Canadian Tire stores will also carry a broader selection of Helly Hansen products, including the brand’s footwear line.Canadian Tire will assume $50 million in debt under terms of the deal.Helly Hansen CEO Paul Stoneham and the management team, based in Oslo, Norway, are expected to continue to lead the business.“(Canadian Tire) provides us with the ideal platform to further accelerate our growth trajectory and also strengthen our Canadian presence. This is a great opportunity for Helly Hansen and our team,” Stoneham said.“As a Canadian, I am particularly proud to say that Canadian Tire is the new home for Helly Hansen.”The deal is expected to close in the third-quarter and Helly Hansen is expected to add value to Canadian Tire’s profits this year,.However, Canadian Tire class A shares fell nearly six per cent to $165.08 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange after the deal was announced and the company reported first-quarter profit that slipped compared with a year ago due to one-time accelerated depreciation charge.Retail analyst Peter Sklar said he believes the price tag for Helly Hansen was expensive and that the deal might be unnecessary to accomplish some of Canadian Tire’s most immediate goals. He also mused about whether managing a high-end, high-growth international brand is too far outside Canadian Tire’s wheelhouse.“While the acquisition gives Canadian Tire a platform for the international wholesale distribution of existing Canadian Tire house brands, Canadian Tire is not planning on capitalizing on this opportunity for at least several years,” he wrote in a note.“Canadian Tire’s immediate plans are to instead focus on deepening the relationship with HH by carrying a fuller offering of HH products at all of its banners, which we believe could have been accomplished without acquiring the brand.”Canadian Tire’s chief financial officer Dean McCann said he’s “very comfortable with the price.”He noted the acquisition presents three opportunities for the company: to strengthen its existing banners by carrying more Helly Hansen items, to take advantage of a very disciplined and well-managed business, and to sell in-house brands internationally.While Canadian Tire is not in a rush to fulfil the latter, “the opportunity is probably closer” than the several years Sklar indicates, McCann said.Canadian Tire reported Thursday a first-quarter profit attributable to shareholders of $78 million, or $1.18 per share for the quarter, down from $87.5 million, or $1.24 per share a year ago. Analysts had expected earnings of $1.38 per share. However, Sklar calculated that earnings adjusted for the one-time charge were closer to analysts’ estimates at $1.37 per share.Revenue totalled $2.81 billion, up from $2.72 billion in the same quarter last year.Consolidated same store sales were up 5.2 per cent in the quarter as Canadian Tire gained 5.8 per cent, Mark’s added 3.4 per cent and FGL, which includes the Sport Chek banner, gained 3.9 per cent.— With files from Armina LigayaCompanies in this story: (TSX:CTC.A)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version stated that Helly Hansen was founded in Oslo.
New Delhi: A 25-year-old female doctor was found dead with her throat slit in Central Delhi’s Ranjit Nagar area on Tuesday.Police said they suspect the role of another doctor, who is also deceased’s neighbour, missing from his room after the incident. Police identified the deceased as Garima Mishra who is the native of Uttar Pradesh and had shifted to a rented accommodation in street number-2 in Ranjeet Nagar area. She was preparing for her Doctor of Medicine (MD) after completing her MBBS. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesDeputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said that her throat was slit with a sharp object. “We suspect the role of his neighbour who was living in another room,” said DCP Central. He further stated that he is currently questioning the suspect’s roommate who claimed that he did not know about the incident. He works at a hospital in the city. He further said, “Once we catch the suspect, many things will be disclosed. Currently, raids are going on in different areas. The case is being probed from different angles.” Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe investigating agency is yet to recover the weapon of offence. A case under the appropriate section of IPC registered in Ranjit Nagar police station. Landlord’s son witnessed the horrific scene: Speaking to Millennium Post, landlord’s son Gautam Khurana said that at around 11:20 pm on Tuesday, the deceased’s cousin brother came to the house and told us that Garima is missing. “He was frightened. My mother told me to check the girl. I checked outside she was not there so I went up to the third floor where deceased was living,” said Gautam. He further said,”Cousin told me to broke the lock when I asked why, he said that Garima had to board a bus around 8 pm for her home town and she was not picking the phone.” Before breaking the lock, cousin checked through the window pane and told me that she was lying in the room and the fan was running. The lock was broken. “We saw that there was a pool of blood on the neck of Garima. I informed the police and later ambulance also came,” said Gautam adding that the cops took them to the police station for taking their statements. The deceased’s room was locked from inside. In January suspect and deceased took rooms on rent Gautam further revealed that the suspect was known to her. In January, both of them took separate rooms on rent. “After taking the possession of the room, the girl started living after 15 days. Both of them had worked in a Central Delhi’s hospital. “When we reach the third-floor, suspect’s roommate was available in his room,” said Gautam adding that they saw the suspect leaving the house in the evening. Investigation Police probing different angles in the case including love. It is also being suspected that there is a possibility that deceased might have resisted the attack. After the murder, all the senior officers of the Central district reached the spot and questioned many people to get the further clue in the case.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers women’s basketball squad found a way to slow down the Ohio State fast-break attack Sunday. The Golden Gophers (12-11, 4-5 Big Ten) held the No. 9 Buckeyes (20-2, 7-2 Big Ten) to their third-lowest point total this season en route to their 76-65 win against OSU. Aside from the opening bucket, OSU played from behind the entire game. The deficit began early when the Buckeyes were down by 12 points with 7:41 in the first half, before closing the margin to six. With 30 seconds left in the half, Minnesota sophomore guard Sari Noga sank a 3-pointer to keep the lead, 34-28. The Buckeyes rallied in the second half, with back-to-back 3-pointers by senior guard Samantha Prahalis to cut the lead to four with 5:51 remaining in the game. It was the closest OSU would come to catching the Golden Gophers. The following possession saw Minnesota sophomore forward Kionna Kellogg answer with a 3-point ball to put the score at 66-59. Prahalis and junior guard Tayler Hill combined for 51 of the Buckeyes’ 65 points. Hill had 26 points, but was 3-of-11 from 3-point range, while Prahalis added 25 points and shot 4-of-9 from behind the arc. The Golden Gophers were lead by freshman guard Rachel Banham with 20 points. Banham was followed by senior guard Kiara Buford, who added 15. OSU shit 34.4 percent from the field Sunday, which makes Sunday’s loss the worst shooting performance for the Buckeyes this season. In its only other loss, OSU shot 36.8 percent against Michigan. While the defeat gives the Buckeyes two losses in conference play, they’re still one game behind No. 17 Purdue (18-4, 8-1) for the lead in the Big Ten. The Boilermakers were defeated by Iowa, 59-42 on Saturday. The top two teams in the Big Ten will meet each other February 12 when Purdue travels to Columbus. Players and coaches were not available for comment following the game. OSU returns home Feb. 6 against the Wisconsin Badgers (7-13, 3-5 Big Ten). Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
OSU junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer (5) takes a swing past Nittany Lion blockers during a game against Penn State on Nov. 12. Credit: Jenna Leinasars | Assistant News DirectorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team will enter the 2017 season ranked as the No. 21 team following the release of the preseason American Volleyball Coaches Association Coaches Poll Wednesday.A season ago, the Buckeyes’ season ended in the NCAA regional semifinals to then-No. 3 Wisconsin — ranked No. 7 in the 2017 preseason poll — in five sets. They finished the season 22-13 overall and 10-10 in conference play.The Big Ten was the most represented conference, placing eight teams in the Top 25 including the aforementioned Ohio State and Wisconsin, as well as No. 4 Minnesota, No. 5 Nebraska, No. 6 Penn State, No. 16 Michigan, No. 17 Michigan State and No. 25 Purdue.Ohio State will play Minnesota, Michigan and Purdue twice each, while matching up against each of the other five teams only once during the season. The team will also play host to five ranked teams during the season.Coach Geoff Carlston will return several of the team’s regulars from last season, including senior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer and junior setter Taylor Hughes who were two of only three players to start in all 35 games and play in all 132 sets. Seven other players will come back for another year with the team. There is one transfer (junior middle blocker Jasmine Koonts) and five incoming freshmen joining the 2017 squad.The first matchup for the team will be on Aug. 25 at noon against University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
South Korea managed to gain a shocking win against Germany and eliminate the world champions by achieving this result – and Son Heung-Min admitted that it is like a dream coming true.The Asian team had been already eliminated after being beaten 1-0 by Sweden a 2-1 by Mexico – but despite that, they tried their best and achieved a historic result against a very strong team as they scored both of their goals in the dying minutes.The Tottenham striker spoke about this huge win as he said, according to Reuters:“We beat the world champions and normally it’s a dream and we can be proud of the team.”Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“Of course it’s disappointing because we lost in the group but I think I can be proud after this win and we can be proud of this win.”“We beat the world champions from the last World Cup and now I’m looking forward to the next World Cup.”“I’m a bit disappointed because we have a lot of good players and we couldn’t show them in the next round, but we’re looking forward to the next games.”
Dusek: “Hopefully kids and parents will be safe, and get that tape and those reflective hats on.” Teachers are already filling the halls, and the students have initiated the final countdown for the first day of school on Tuesday, August 21. Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Sean Dusek: “We’ve been working for a couple of days on opening up school, and making sure everyone is ready to go. We are taking care of some of the nuts and bolts, but also really exploring great instructional practices, and we are really excited about this year for the things we are going to try and accomplish in the classroom.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Summer vacation for students around the Kenai Peninsula is drawing to a close as local schools prepare to open their doors for the new school year. Teachers, district representatives and local safety officials highlight the importance for students to dress in high visibility gear as they get ready to start commuting to school. For a comprehensive rundown of back to school information, including bus times, school locations, and healthcare records, click here: Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.
$229 3:20 Amazon Echo Show Review • The Amazon Echo Show is back and better than before Roku’s streamers and TVs also work with Google Home speakers as of last year. They work in pretty much the same way as this Alexa skill. Netflix isn’t supported in either case, and you need to append “Roku” to the command to get it to work. Roku also has its own voice system, which you can use by speaking into compatible Roku remote controls or via Roku’s phone app.Amazon’s Fire TV streamers and televisions, which compete directly against Roku, also work with Alexa speakers. That combination does support Netflix and does not require any extra trigger words. Check out our full Roku vs. Amazon Fire TV comparison for details.To use the new Alexa skill with your Roku, head to the Alexa app on your phone and turn it on it under Settings > TV & Video. Mentioned Above Amazon Echo Show Second Generation (Sandstone) Dell CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $229 Which Roku player should you buy? See it $229 Comment See It Preview • Amazon gives Echo Show sequel sleeker looks and better sound Crutchfield Media Streamers Best Buy News • Grab a 1st-gen Amazon Echo Show for $70 Tags $229 Now playing: Watch this: Alexa Amazon Google Roku 1 See It Share your voice See It David Katzmaier/CNET If you have both an Amazon Echo and a Roku in the house, get ready to start talking to the TV.The new Roku skill, available now, lets Alexa speakers such as the Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show and others accept your voice commands to control Roku streamers and TVs.You can now use Alexa to:Launch Apps (“Alexa, open Hulu on Roku”)Control playback (“Alexa, pause Roku”)Search (“Alexa, find dramas on Roku”)Roku TV owners get additional capabilities, including power (“Alexa, turn on Roku”), volume and mute, input switching and channel changing (with an over-th-air antenna).The big exception? Netflix. The most popular subscription streaming video service in the world doesn’t accept Alexa commands to Roku devices.Hands-free voice control is an increasingly popular alternative to the good old remote control, and numerous smart TVs already have Alexa skills. It’s a lot easier to use many of the features by voice. Asking Alexa to find a particular TV show or movie is far easier than typing into a cumbersome on-screen keyboard, for example.
Former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams favors the Exelon-Pepco merger.As the date of the District’s public service commission decision on the Exelon-Pepco merger draws near, District political and business leaders are publicly expressing their feelings about it.A spokeswoman for the D.C. Public Service Commission told the AFRO on May 22 that a decision on the Exelon-Pepco merger will take place on or before Aug. 25. Judi Jones, an advisory neighborhood commissioner for single-member district 4B07, has been outspoken in her opposition to the merger.“There is an overwhelming lack of support for this,” Jones said. “I don’t like the fact that a monopolistic nuclear power company will be in charge of power to District residents and businesses. Thirty out of 40 advisory neighborhood commissions have voted not to support this merger because it is not in the best interest of the residents.”Exelon of Chicago plans to acquire Pepco Holdings for $6.83 billion. If it goes through, Exelon would control the lucrative mid-Atlantic power market and would also give the company financial resources to aid its ailing nuclear power plant portfolio.The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Virginia, New Jersey, and Maryland, approved the merger on May 15. Maryland supports the merger but has 46 conditions that largely deal with energy efficiency, relief for low-income customers, and the delivery of services.The District and Delaware are considering the merger and for Exelon to acquire Pepco, those two jurisdictions must approve.Residents had until May 27 at 5:30 p.m. to submit comments on the merger to the public service commission. Anthony Lorenzo Green, the chairman of the 8B advisory neighborhood commission, led his colleagues to vote against the merger on May 19.“Our residents have a lot of concerns about this deal,” Green said. “There isn’t a lot of faith in Pepco as it is. Many of our residents don’t think that a nuclear-power company in Chicago will be responsive to their needs.”The advisory neighborhood commissions as well as the D.C. Council have no voice in the merger’s approval. However, D.C. Council members Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) and Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) opposed the merger earlier this year and were recently joined by David Grosso (I-At Large) and Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward 6) on that.“I have concluded that the merger does not meet the “public interest” standard as required by the law of the District of Columbia,” Grosso said in a May 12 letter to the public service commission. “First, Exelon has a storied history of opposing commitments to renewable energy. Second, Pepco divested from its generation assets (which focus on financial growth) several years ago and is now focused primarily on the distribution of electricity to its customers.”Grosso said, in essence, that he didn’t want District residents to pay for Exelon’s floundering nuclear power plants. Nadeau, in a May 22 letter to the public service commission, expressed discomfort with the financial benefit that Pepco shareholders and company executives would get as a result of the merger while there are no solid guarantees of rate fairness for consumers.D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) hasn’t commented on the merger because he owns Pepco stock and D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-Ward 5) is a former Pepco vice president and has therefore recused himself from the debate.Jones said that there is one public official she wishes would take a position on the merger: D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D). “She needs to take a stand on this,” Jones said.The mayor, through a statement and in interviews with the AFRO, has said she is reviewing the merger and wants what is best for the residents of the District.The merger has its supporters in the District. “A proposal that brings substantial and tangible benefits for D.C. citizens and economy, with no downside, should be pursued,” former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams and Harry Wingo, president of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, said in a May 15 edition of the Washington Business Journal touting the merger.Williams, the executive director of the Federal City Council, and Wingo argue that the $125 one time rate credit, Exelon’s $1.6 million a year community benefits program and its promise to improve performance for customers merit approval of the merger.“When you look at the facts, this proposal is good for residents and ratepayers and it is good for our economy,” the two business leaders said. “We believe that when the [public service commission] examines the facts of this proposal it will agree-and approve this merger.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge sided Monday with the District of Columbia in an ongoing dispute over the city’s strict gun law, agreeing that the city can continue to enforce it while a lawsuit proceeds.Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly denied a motion by opponents for a preliminary injunction halting enforcement of portions of the law. Opponents immediately said in a court filing that they are appealing the ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.Opponents of the law include city residents and the Bellevue, Washington-based Second Amendment Foundation. They object to portions of the law that require a person who wants to carry a concealed handgun outside their home to show he or she has a “good reason to fear injury to his or her person or property” or another “proper reason” for carrying the weapon. Reasons might include a personal threat, or a job that requires a person to carry or protect cash or valuables.Kollar-Kotelly said in her 31-page ruling that opponents had not shown that their lawsuit was likely to be successful, leading her to deny the request for a preliminary injunction. She also noted that appeals courts in other parts of the country had approved of laws in New York, New Jersey and Maryland that are similar to the District of Columbia’s.Kollar-Kotelly’s ruling follows a lengthy legal back-and-forth in the case already. Opponents were initially granted a preliminary injunction by another judge in May 2015. That ruling was appealed, and the appeals court ruled late last year that the judge didn’t have the authority to decide the case. Kollar-Kotelly was then assigned to the case.Alan Gottlieb, the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, said in a telephone interview that the ruling was what they had expected from Kollar-Kotelly but that he appreciated that she made a quick ruling so that it could be appealed. Gottlieb said opponents look forward to ultimately winning their case.District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine, whose office has been defending the city’s gun law, said in a statement that his office was pleased with the ruling “because it means the District will be able to continue enforcing its law requiring applicants for permits to carry concealed guns in public to state a ‘good reason’ for doing so.”___Follow Jessica Gresko on Twitter at twitter.com/jessicagresko. Her work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/jessica-gresko
Incoming England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chairman Colin Graves has given Kevin Pietersen a glimmer of hope that he may yet be able to resurrect his England career. Pietersen, 34, has not played for England since the ECB effectively called time on his international career following the disastrous Ashes tour of 2013-14.But with England toiling at the World Cup and Pietersen having spoken of his eagerness to return to the team, Graves has suggested that a return to English county cricket could open the door for a dramatic comeback. “The first thing he has to do if he wants to get back is start playing county cricket. The selectors and the coaches are not going to pick him if he’s not playing. It’s as simple as that. I’ll leave it at that,” Graves told BBC Radio 5 on Sunday. Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaPietersen is currently without a county after leaving Surrey and although Graves is not an ECB selector, he believes a county return would help the outspoken South Africa-born batsman’s cause. Asked if he was in favour of Pietersen returning for England, Graves replied: “At the end of the day it’s down to the selectors and coaches and what they feel is best for English cricket. They will make the decisions and I will support their decisions.”