San Beda targets Final 4 bonus

first_imgMichael Cañete exploded for a season-high 27 points to lead the Chiefs past the Generals and Codiñera is hoping for more of the same from the power forward.“He has to be aggressive,” said Codiñera.The Lions are actually gunning for a 12th straight victory that will put them closer to the Pirates. But while the Lions overcame Jose Rizal U, 65-60, last Friday, coach Boyet Fernandez remains concerned over his team’s turnover total in the last two games.“We have to learn to take good care of our basketball so that one way or another we’ll have a good chance to be consistent in our game,” said Fernandez, whose team has committed 50 turnovers in the last two games.Bottom teams St. Benilde and Mapua clash at 2 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next DOH wants a drug rehab center in every region PLAY LIST 01:15DOH wants a drug rehab center in every region00:50Trending Articles03:12Trump: IS group leader killed in US raid in Syria01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Holding a 12-1 record, the Red Lions can become the second team after Lyceum that will be armed with an advantage in the Final Four with a victory in the 4 p.m. clash.After disputing the title last season, both San Beda and Arellano have gone on opposite directions this season with the Chiefs in the lower half of the standings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith a 5-8 record, the Chiefs are in danger of missing out on the Final Four for the first time in three seasons.But Arellano coach Jerry Codiñera hopes his team was able to gather momentum from the 84-79 conquest of Emilio Aguinaldo College last Friday. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Defending champion San Beda shoots for the second twice-to-beat bonus when it clashes with Arellano University on Thursday in NCAA Season 93 basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Ginebra ends SMB Grand Slam dream MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View commentslast_img read more

TNT win no giveaway as NLEX simply played ‘terrible’

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH And it showed on Wednesday night with TNT wanting to win more.But NLEX rookie Kiefer Ravena stressed that the Road Warriors didn’t give the game away for TNT to stay playoff contention.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“No, no, no. That was one thing that we were really avoiding to hear that we gave the game because Talk ‘N Text badly needs a win,” Ravena stressed after his team’s 101-75 loss. “It was just because we really played a bad game and that was the result of it. We can’t blame anybody for that.”“Coach Yeng (Guiao) even told us that we could have lost this game, but not this way. It was a terrible way to lose especially coming into the playoffs,” he added. “We really didn’t give the game away because they needed the victory. That’s one thing that we want to avoid but it’s inevitable. We move on from this.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “What I was harping about that I was very mad about was we gave up too many offensive rebounds and overall rebounds. We just got beat off the board.” Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSister teams NLEX and TNT were on the opposite ends of the spectrum heading into their duel.Already in the top six, the Road Warriors were technically playing for nothing in terms of their playoff implications while the KaTropa were in dire need of a victory to stay in the hunt for a quarterfinals spot.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NLEX scored the first four points of the game, but it was all TNT from there. The game was practically over by halftime with the KaTropa taking a 58-28 lead.And just when things couldn’t be harder enough for the Road Warriors, it got worse in the second half as they trailed by as much as 38, 59-31, early in the third quarter.NLEX coach Yeng Guiao acknowledged that it was a “no-bearing game” for his team, but he would’ve wanted to get a victory regardless to get momentum heading into the playoffs.“Obviously, we’re not really happy with what happened. The best way to prepare ourselves for the quarterfinals would be to give a good account of ourselves in this game but obviously we failed to do that,” said Guiao, whose team was riding on a four-game winning run coming into the tiff. “So we just have to regroup, gather ourselves and make a commitment, recommit ourselves to our purpose of playing good, hard games whether we win or lose.”Guiao also didn’t like the fact the Road Warriors got dominated in the rebounding department, 38-59.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico MOST READ Rain or Shine clinches quarterfinals spot, beats top seed SMB AFP official booed out of forum Read Nextlast_img read more

Warriors seek redemption, Cavs want repeat as NBA Finals open

first_imgLeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers passes while under pressure from Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors during the first half at Quicken Loans Arena on December 25, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOOAKLAND, United States—Memories of being dethroned as champions last year by the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history spur the Golden State Warriors in a redemption quest against Cleveland in this year’s rematch.The third consecutive best-of-seven title showdown between the Warriors and Cavaliers opens Thursday (Friday, Manila) with Golden State’s 2015 win and Cleveland’s stinging rally from 3-1 down last June adding to the anticipated drama for two superstar-filled squads.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LeBron James speaks out against racism after home vandalized Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCPcenter_img Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games “We’re going to face adversity,” James said. “They have been the best team in the league the last three years and they have added an incredible player in Kevin Durant.“They’re going to challenge us offensively, defensively, mentally, physically. We’ve got to be up for the challenge.“I feel very good about our chances. Very good.”Warriors seek ‘dynasty’ tag The Warriors are off to the best start in NBA playoff history at 12-0, but they had won a record 73 regular season games last season and felt empty when they couldn’t win the title.“What happened in the past in my mind doesn’t really count now unless we go out and finish the deal,” Thompson said.And familiarity has most assuredly bred contempt as well as respect on both sides.“Whenever you’re in the playoffs against a team a bunch of times, you start to get annoyed a little bit because you know the other guy and you want to kick his butt and you want to outplay him every possession,” Cleveland center Tristan Thompson said.Warriors forward Draymond Green shrugged off any redemption notion, saying the desire to become a dynasty matters more than revenge.“Goal is to win a championship. I don’t really think you need extra motivation to do that,” Green said. “I don’t know if 3-1 has been mentioned in our locker room one time this year. MOST READ “It obviously still hurts a lot… It kills you. But we learned from it,” said Warriors guard Klay Thompson. “You can feel that redemption. It’s natural. Beat the guys who beat you.“But you just have that in the back of your mind. Don’t let it overtake what’s at stake, but you can feel a little redemption if you want. Whatever gets you going. Our fans definitely feel that way.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingREAD: Cavs-Warriors Part III joins past championship trilogiesThey figure to be electrified for the opener after watching the Cavaliers celebrate their first crown on the Warriors’ court in a seventh-game thriller. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It has been a great motivating factor,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. “I have great memories of (2015) and terrible memories of last year, but they’re both lessons you can learn going into this series.“We know some of their tendencies and just have a better familiarity with how we’re going to be successful against them. But, yeah, I don’t want to feel what I felt last year. Going to do everything in my power to attack every game with that perspective.“You have to learn from it. You can’t hold on to it. You use it as fuel.”Cavaliers star LeBron James, who sparked the fightback last year to bring his beloved Cleveland its first major sports crown in 52 years, knows the Warriors have extra motivation.READ: Warriors wary of LeBron as Cavs arrive for NBA FinalsADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “When you’re chasing greatness, that’s the expectation. You don’t need something to motivate you. For us that’s the goal anyway, to try to build a dynasty and be great each and every time we step on the floor. That’s all the motivation we need.”Opener will set the tone Cleveland’s desire to defend the title is mighty as well and they know the opener is crucial.“It sets the tone for the rest of the series, so we’re going to have to come out and be ready,” Cavs forward Kevin Love said. “I know from a preparation standpoint we’re going to be ready.”That means poise under pressure and handling the emotions of the moment.“We understand the intensity this will be at emotionally. It’s natural to feel all those things. So it will be exciting,” said Cavs guard Kyrie Irving. “But the quicker you settle into your surroundings, the better you’ll be.”Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says containing the NBA’s top-scoring team is vital.“We’ve got to come in with a defensive mindset and I think our best defense is going to be our offense,” Lue said. “We can’t turn the basketball over, we have to take good shots. We have to have great floor balance because this team is dangerous in transition.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Mahindra’s Gavina focuses on positives despite ending campaign with 2-9 card

first_imgMahindra coach Chris Gavina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBowing out early again this past 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Mahindra coach Chris Gavina noted that there are still silver linings he can take away going forward.“For me, our last three games, it set us for a great bounce back for the third conference,” he said, as the Floodbuster ended their campaign with a 2-9 record, still at the cellar of the standings.ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds “I told our guys keep your heads up. The hardest thing for a coach is to establish a winning mentality and nurture a winning culture. These past few weeks, I think adversity draws out a level of strength and qualities of a player that solidifies our grip moving forward as a group.”Gavina also commended the efforts of rookie Reden Celda, who impressed him the most this past conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The way he stepped up, I see him not as a rookie anymore. I tell him that every single day, that he’s already turned that corner from a rookie to a sophomore,” he said. “He’s learning that every game, he’s going to be highly scouted now and his evolution is how he’s going to be effective even when he’s scouted like that. To go from the bench to a role player, now to a starter shows how great ceiling that he has.”The 6-foot guard averaged 10.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.8 assists in this campaign, and more importantly, emerging as a solid contributor for Mahindra to aid lead guard LA Revilla. LATEST STORIES Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But Gavina’s praises isn’t limited to Celda alone, as he feels that he already has a budding roster which he can build on for the future.“I can definitively say that there’s no more crybabies here,” he said, referring to one of his post-game tirades this past season. “I’m hoping that my personality kind of rubs off to some of these guys. Everybody knows that if I’m kind of hard on you, I’m always trying to make you a better player. You know what they say, if I’m not pushing you to your limits, I’m not doing my job.”Gavina also believes that with enough trust and ample time from the Mahindra management, this core can develop into a solid unit despite the discrepancy of talent compared to the league’s top teams.“Honestly, I’ve been pleading to the management to let these guys grow. That’s the greatest thing a young team can do, go through adversity, let them get some grit, gain some character from being resilient as a group. If were constantly changing guys every conference, we’ll never get that level of continuity,” he said.“We have those guys right now to set the tone and send the message to every one of our guys to put in the work, do your part, and do your job. I’m hoping that we keep these core of guys and they build off these last three games.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ Fernandez has high praise for Cignal big man Jose Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

China boxing star Zou primed for biggest battle yet

first_img“We want to tell everyone in China that Chinese people have a Zou Shiming who brought back the belt from Las Vegas and kept it here, so that everyone will say, ‘If Zou Shiming can, so can other Chinese’.”Weight of historyWith the end of his boxing career in sight — he declined to say when he would retire — the affable Zou is turning his hand to promotion and mentoring the next generation.He turned professional with US promoters Top Rank, whose founder and chief executive Bob Arum had his eye on the lucrative China market, and was under the tutelage of respected American trainer Freddie Roach.But Zou is promoting himself for the July 28 fight, while insisting he will work with Top Rank again.ADVERTISEMENT He chose China for his first title defence in order to promote the sport in the country, partnering with Chinese companies such as Alisports which is part of e-commerce giant Alibaba.“It was significant that I won the belt in Las Vegas, the boxing temple. I want to bring this glory and passion, as well as the boxing culture, to China,” he said.“It would be significant to defend it in China. I don’t just want to bring the belt from the highest temple, I also want to guard it in China and keep it in China.”The weight of history is against Zou.Communist China’s founder Mao Zedong banned the sport as too violent, and it only returned to the public consciousness in 1979 when Muhammad Ali visited China at the invitation of then-leader Deng Xiaoping.Zou won bronze at the Athens Olympics in 2004, then gold at the Beijing Games four years later, before successfully defending his title at the London games in 2012 to put boxing back on the map in China.Add three amateur world titles and it’s easy to see why, if anyone can make boxing big in China, Zou can.He may train boxers after he retires.“I know this business back to front: not just the training, but also their minds, their injuries, their illness and their promotion,” he said.“I know how to deal with pressure.” Cristiano Ronaldo expecting fourth child with girlfriend Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hard goodbyeSo why are there no other Chinese boxers even close to matching Zou?Unlike other countries, where boxers usually turn professional after a good Olympics, China’s Soviet-style sports authorities are reluctant to relinquish control of their amateurs.And a good amateur does not necessarily become a successful professional because the styles are so different, according to Zou.Zou knows he does not have many fights left.“I don’t want to say goodbye. But the hardest part for an athlete to face is injuries and age,” he said.“Maybe tomorrow I will say I can’t fight anymore.“But as long as I can, I will not say goodbye to boxing because I’d hate to part with it.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES View comments Chinese boxer Zou Shiming trains in a gym in Shanghai on July 12, 2017.He is a two-time Olympic gold medallist and reigning world champion, but Chinese boxing star Zou Shiming is eyeing an even greater prize: making the sport big in his homeland. / AFP PHOTO / STR / China OUTHe is a two-time Olympic gold medallist and reigning world champion, but Chinese boxing star Zou Shiming is eyeing an even greater prize: making the sport big in his homeland.The 36-year-old defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) flyweight title for the first time next week when he faces Japan’s Sho Kimura in Shanghai, and is targeting a fourth-round knockout.ADVERTISEMENT After a brilliant amateur career Zou turned professional in 2013 — at the relatively late age of 31 — and last November won the world title in Las Vegas to improve to a pro record of 9-1 with two KOs.Now he wants to harness his fame to put boxing on a par at home with more popular sports.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“In the West they already have a long history of boxing and everyone of all ages watch, but in China this is still something we have to work hard on,” he told AFP in an interview at his sweltering gym in Shanghai.“The attention it gets here is not like some of our more conventional sports such as badminton and table tennis that lots of kids practise and play. 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Gonzales happy with Batangas’ q’finals feat despite exit

first_imgLATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Still, Gonzales was all smiles as he reflected on the jump his side had following a disappointing maiden campaign in the 2017 Foundation Cup, where at 4-5, Batangas just missed out on advancing to the playoffs.“Nevertheless, I’m happy with what we were able to come up with, especially to those who played in a competitive setting in the first time. I thank God for what the team has achieved.”Adding to Gonzales’ elation was the emergence of Cedric de Joya, who showed tremendous potential despite his size.“Our bunso (little brother) stepped up,” he said. “But it can’t go any further than that. We still need strong supporting role players.”With the foundation already laid out, Gonzales could only wonder what the future holds for the Batangueños.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo That is, if they decide to give the PBA D-League another go next season.“It’s up to boss,” Gonzales pointed to team manager Atty. Ruel Camobas. “I know boss is passionate and he’s happy with what the team has achieved. I’ll just do the coaching here.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ Jordan ranks Kobe ahead of LeBron: ‘Five rings beat three’ Eric Gonzales. PBA IMAGESBatangas may have lost the battle, but for coach Eric Gonzales, his team didn’t entirely lose the war.The soft-spoken mentor was glad with the way his team fought in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation cup, even branding the campaign as an “overachievement.”ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games “For me, us reaching the quarterfinals is a bonus,” said Gonzales in Filipino after the Batangueños exited the tournament in an 81-74 defeat to CEU on Thursday. “We dealt with a lot of things, especially losing Joseph Sedurifa. We got reinforcements, but we didn’t have enough time to build that chemistry.”Batangas had to scamper for a replacement as it hoped to fill the shoes left by the Meralco-bound Sedurifa, who was the team’s leading scorer for the whole conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsOut of desperation, the team signed up Robby Celiz, Michole Sorela, and Leo Avenido from the eliminated teams, while acquiring Joseph Gabayni and Jebb Bulawan from the free agent pool.However, with just one day to prepare, the chemistry which helped the Batangueños finish the eliminations with a 6-4 slate didn’t live up to par resulting in the early exit. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Seeking more golds, Cojuangco balances archery and family

first_img“But he’s into football. That’s where his friends are,” said the 31-year-old Paz-Cojuangco said of her eight-year-old son who is now a third-grader at La Salle Greenhills.Motherhood has changed her outlook, but according to her, it hasn’t diminished her passion for archery.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It’s very, very different compared to when I was single,” Paz-Cojuangco told the Inquirer. “Now I have to compartmentalise. It’s not just 100 percent for training because I have to spend time for my family.”Paz-Cojuangco said that as much as possible, she doesn’t bring the family to her training and competition. “It kind of distracts me because I would be thinking of them,” she said. “But I guess it’s working because they serve as my motivation and I have become more well-rounded. It’s no longer just archery for me.”Paz-Cojuangco will see action in women’s compound, individual, mixed and team events.She has arrived here Monday along with 16-member Philippine archery team that will start competing Wednesday at Merdeka Square.“We are one big, solid group,” said Paz-Cojuangco of the archery contingent.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Amaya Paz-Cojuangco. INQUIRER/Marc Anthony ReyesKUALA LUMPUR — Quadruple Southeast Asian Games archery champion Amaya Paz-Cojuangco would like for her son Alfonso to follow her footsteps. But no luck so far.The double gold winner in the 2005 and 2007 SEA Games bought him a bow and arrow just in case it piques his interest some day.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Strength in numbers: Thousands of Filipinos in Lebanon rally behind Gilaslast_img read more

Ministry may take ‘India’ out of BCCI

first_imgIf in the near future the government withdraws the word ‘India’ from the Board of Control for Cricket in India ( BCCI), don’t be surprised.Yes, that’s possible as there are strong indications from the sports ministry, which is determined to ensure that the cashrich board adheres to the guidelines meant for all national sports federations (NSFs).And if the issue reaches a flashpoint, the BCCI would not be able to field a ‘national’ team. It could also mean that Mahendra Singh Dhoni & Co. would possibly no more represent their country. If the richest sports body of the country remains adamant, it could lead to a legal battle with the government.BCCI, at a special general body meeting on Saturday in Mumbai, decided not to reply to the ministry’s letter and decided that it would go for legal opinion if pressurised further.In its 78-year-old existence, the BCCI has probably never been dependent on the sports ministry.Even now it’s not – BCCI’s income in 2009- 10 alone was Rs 847 crore – but the ministry says the board can no longer snub it by remaining snooty and unanswerable to the government.In a letter to the board, the ministry points out that all NSFs have been declared as ” public authorities” and, therefore, the BCCI too has to comply with the guidelines.All federations have to reply by Wednesday.The ministry also points out that last year, too, the BCCI had not replied to a similar letter.”But this time we will go the full distance and if the cricket board doesn’t fall in line with the age and tenure guidelines, the government would invoke the National Emblem Act as the BCCI uses the word ‘ India’ in its name,” a source told M AIL T ODAY . ” The BCCI can use ‘India’ only till the time the government permits it, though it’s a different issue that successive governments have been lenient with it. If the BCCI doesn’t abide by its policies, made from time to time, the government would be compelled to invoke the National Emblem Act,” he said.advertisementThe ’emblem’ means any emblem, seal, flag, insignia coatof- arms, or pictorial representation specified in the ‘ schedule’, which further provides details of what all falls under its purview.When contacted, Injeti Srinivas, joint secretary in the sports ministry, said that it was mandatory for the BCCI to register itself as it receives government patronage in various forms, like police deployment during matches, entertainment tax concessions and waiver on customs duties for import of sports goods, and other benefits.”They may be having some apprehension with regard to registration. But, basically, it is necessary for them also,” Srinivas told MAIL T ODAY . “Any entity that says it is an NSF will have to have the acceptance of the ministry. It happens worldwide. They have to get the recognition to represent the country. You have to… legally… it is there everywhere in the world. It doesn’t interfere with their [BCCI’s] autonomy or anything. For legitimacy, it is necessary.”Asked what the ministry’s next move would be if BCCI declines to register itself, Srinivas said: ” That is a hypothetical question. But there has been a total change… a total shift… in the sports administration [ in India]. Earlier, the Indian Olympic Association and everyone else had declined, but the situation has now changed.” Specifically asked if the word ‘ India’ could be withdrawn from the BCCI and whether the corporate affairs ministry too could come into play since the BCCI enjoys exemption under its Competition Commission, Srinivas said: ” Everybody will come into the picture.” The BCCI has been ignoring the sports ministry on various issues over the years mainly on the pretext that it doesn’t take financial help from it. But Srinivas pointed out that the board does enjoy other privileges.”Funding is a separate matter. But they [BCCI] enjoy the privileges of an NSF in terms of tax and duty exemptions, [its team] representing the country and special dispensation even from the Competition Commission. Federations have the monopoly by their very nature,” he explained.”To have those privileges, they’ll have to have the recognition. Registration under a state act is sufficient to function as a national sports body. It’s a process.” Srinivas pointed out that several NSFs, which were opposed to the guidelines, are now adhering to them. ” A majority of the federations have already amended their constitution. I don’t think they [ BCCI] have said ‘ no’. Once they understand that it is a legal requirement they will abide by it. I am quite hopeful,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

Akshay tries hard to match Kat’s moves

first_imgKatrina Kaif- Akshay KumarClick here to EnlargeAfter Sheila Ki Jawani, it was Sheila ki Hindi that floored the Delhi crowd at her recent promotional stop in the Capital at Ansal Plaza on Wednesday. A huge crowd gathered at the amphitheater demanded that Katrina Kaif, on whom the latest chartbuster Sheila Ki Jawani has been filmed, should speak in Hindi.Kaif, who was there to promote her forthcoming film Tees Maar Khan by Farah Khan, set for the release this Friday, attempted to please in her heavily accented Hindi.” I am very glad that the audiences love me so much and they want to hear my Hindi,” she said and then switched to English, requesting the people to watch her forthcoming release. ” Love me as much as you loved Sheila,” she asked the onlookers.Though it is Akshay Kumar who plays the title role of a conman in the film Tees Maar Khan , it was Kaif who was the highlight of the promotional event as the audience continued to cheer for her, asking her to shake a leg on the hit number.Dressed in a short black dress, Kaif looked stunning as she wore a smile all through the event and waved at the crowd while throwing music CDs of the film towards them. She sportingly danced on the number too and even taught some steps to her leading man and a few people from the crowd picked up randomly to perform along with her on the stage.Kumar, who was dressed in a colourful shirt in keeping with his tapori image in the upcoming film, however, looked unfazed with Sheila Ki Jawani stealing the thunder. ” I have been showing my jawani for the past 22 years, so, now I have given it to Sheila,” he joked. When someone asked as to why he was sticking only to comedy and not exploring other genres these days, he said, ” As many as 90 per cent of the Indian films which have been successful at the box office are comedies.This is because everybody wants to see something which makes them laugh.This keeps me motivated,” he added.The film’s producer and director, Farah Khan, who seemed self- assured at the advance booking of her film which began on Tuesday, said that she had got the best response in Delhi. When questioned about the timing of the film’s release, the Christmas weekend, which is a slot unofficially reserved for Aamir Khan ( as he has been releasing films for the last three years on this weekend), Khan said, ” This year, Aamir has come as my Santa Claus and has offered me this slot. It’s the biggest gift that he is not coming with any of his films this year.” We hope the big man’s absence works in the favour of Akshay-Katrina-Farah.  advertisementlast_img read more

There’s healthy competition between me, Yusuf and Virat: Raina

first_imgIt has been a roller-coaster ride for Suresh Raina during his six years in international cricket.But if he gets a chance in the playing XI, the talented batsman wants to get his mojo back after an indifferent last few months with the willow.Going by indications, Raina probably will find it difficult to make the cut in the playing XI, except for injuries to any regular batsman.After Virat Kohli and Yusuf Pathan almost cemented their places in the XI with impressive performances in the five-match One-Day series in South Africa, it will be tough decision for skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to accomodate the talented UP southpaw.”It is good that we have a healthy competition in the team between me, Virat (Kohli) and Yusuf (Pathan) but whenever I am on field, my main focus always is to win matches and contribute for the team,” Raina said during an open media session here.”I generally bat at No 6 and No 7 and whenever you bat these positions you have to play big shots. I am scoring 25-30 but I know I can do more. I know I can deliver. I am looking forward to score big runs (in the World Cup).”Raina who has been found out susceptible against the short pitched stuff dismissed popular notion that South African quicks sorted him out with rising deliveries.”In South Africa, I was not getting out on short balls. I was getting runs but not big scores. I am working on game, trying to focus on my batting and do the basics right,” Raina defended himself.advertisementWith the World Cup being held in the sub-continent, there is huge pressure on Dhoni and his men to lift the trophy after a hiatus of 28 years, but Raina said the only thing which is presently in his mind is his own performance.”Playing any series in India is always pressure but I don’t think there is additional pressure on me. As a player, it is important to ignore pressure and concentrate on your job in hand.”He didn’t hide that playing World Cup will be a huge opportunity.”It is a big opportunity for me. It is a dream for any cricketer to play in the World Cup,” he said.Asked about his role in the team as a part-time spinner, he said: “As a bowler, I am required to chip in with couple of overs and if possible get a few wickets.”The cash-rich Indian Premier League brought about a lot of instant fame, money and adulation for the young Indian cricketers and Raina said it is important to remain grounded and emulate the likes of Sachin Tendular and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who handled these things with humility.”It is important to remain pretty humble, stay focused and learn from Sachin (Tendulkar), (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni. It is important to be disciplined and pay respect to the seniors and the game,” he said.Even though he was not part of the 2007 World Cup team, Raina feels that the they have learnt a lot from that disastrous experience.”We learnt a lot from that World Cup. We have learnt that we can’t take small teams lightly. We are playing our first game against Bangladesh and it is important for us to get the intensity going.”India will start their World Cup campaign against Bangladesh on February 19 in Dhaka and the Dhoni-led side would look to avenge their loss four years ago in the West Indies which put paid to their title dreams.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

IPL 2011: Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Chennai Super Kings- KTK win by 7 wkts

first_imgKochi opener Brendon McCullum scored a quick-fire 47 to help Kochi beat Chennai by 7 wickets in a rain-truncated match at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Monday. Score | Photos Chasing 135 (D/L method), Kochi batsmen Hrad Hodge and Ravindra Jadeja scored the victory run on the last ball of the 15th over.Eventhough the Duckworth Lewis method was applied into the match and Chennai were given a revised target of 135 runs in 17 overs, three runs more than the original target, Kochi batsmen found the target rather easy to get and they chased it that way.Brendon McCullum and Captain Mahela Jayawardene got off to a fine start putting 39 runs in 4.3 overs, before the latter fell to an R Ashwin turner on 16.But McCullum remained and along with new man Parthiv Patel charged away at the opposition bowlers. McCullum was especially brutal, hitting four fours and three over the fence shots in his 47-run innings that came off just 33 balls. He too fell to offie R Ashwin, but not before doing maximum damage and helping Kochi to 90/2 on board.Parthiv Patel was the last wicket to fall for Kochi as Brad Hodge and Ravindra Jadeja scored the winnig run for the team in the 15th over.Chennai inningsSuresh Raina scored a fine 50 as Chennai put 131/4 in 17 overs against Kochi in the rain-truncated IPL match.Put to bat, Chennai had to face early set back, when Kochi paceman RP Singh got the better of their in-form opener Michael Hussey in the third over of the innings. The ball was moving away from him and it took the top edge of his bat to land in keeper Parthiv gloves for 8. Chennai lost him on 11/1 in 2.2 overs.advertisementPost that wicket, south-paw Suresh Raina and Murali Vijay got on with a partnership to negate the effects of an early loss. But just when the two were looking good and in rhythm, Kochi’s Sri Lankan import Thissara Perera trapped Vijay leg-before on 28 and Chennai lost their second wicket on 48/2 in 7.2 overs.But as soon as the ninth over ended, the match was stopped and pitch covered on account of showers. Chennai were 65/2 with Suresh Raina and S. Badrinath at the crease when covers were brought in.After more than one-and-a-half hour of rains the match resumed with three overs being cut from both innings.Boundaries were hard to come by in the wet outfield. So Badrinath decided to take the aerial route off Raiphi Gomes. He made room and wanted to play it on the leg-side, but failed to connect and ended up getting trapped leg-before on 19. Chennai were 96/3 in the 14th over.Suresh Raina was still at the crease and he went on to complete his half-century with skipper MS Dhoni by his side. But as soon as reached the milestone, he ended up throwing his wicket by getting run out in Perera’s over. A direct hit from Perera saw him short of crease. He was out on 50 and Chennai were down to 109/4.Finally, skipper Dhoni and Ablie Morkel helped Chennai put 131/4 on board in 17 overs.last_img read more

Kejriwal says misconception is being spread about Lokpal

first_imgSeeking to dismiss the suggestion that the civil society members of the Lokpal panel were for a super-structure, RTI activist and joint drafting committe member Arvind Kejriwal said a “misconception is being spread (about the bill)”. “The Lokpal will not act like a super-structure. A misconception is being spread,” Kejriwal said, adding, it’s just that the investigating agencies will work independently. Asking “where will you find such angels”, columnist Tavleen Singh said while the investigating agencies themselves are not unblemished, “the Lokpal cannot curb corruption”. Singh, who was speaking at a public Lokpal debate, conducted by Headlines Today, said Parliament is the right place for making laws. Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare, while responding to a question if he is not indulging in blackmail by threatening to launch satyagraha, said the government, instead of discussing the bill, tried all sorts of things such as making allegations against his team, in order to divert attention. “The government is lacking the will power,” he said. Congress MP Keshav Rao said the government is not opposed to the bill, but the manner in which the civil society members want to impose their will was objectionable.  Tehelka”s Editor Shoma Chaudhury said if corruption is to be rooted out, it has to begin at home. It is easy to make allegations without realizing how sensitive they can be, said Shoma. For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more

Afridi fined but allowed to play county cricket

first_imgSuspended Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi was forced to plead guilty of breaching PCB code of conduct after he was threatened to hand harsher punishment and withhold no-objection certificate to play abroad, according to sources.Reliable sources said that Afridi was given an ultimatum by the Pakistan Cricket Board and its disciplinary committee that he should admit he had breached the code of conduct or face harsh punishment.The sources said that Afridi refused to plead guilty twice in the day but finally relented to the threat, resulting to the 4.5 million rupees fine and the grant of NOC to play for Hampshire in English Twenty20 tournament.”It was not smooth at all. In fact, Afridi appeared before the disciplinary committee thrice before he agreed to admit his guilt and mistakes in breaching the code of conduct,” one source said.He said at the first hearing in the afternoon, Afridi was aggressive with the committee members and made it clear he would neither apologise nor admit his guilt as he had not done anything wrong.”The first hearing ended in a stalemate in 15 minutes time. Afridi was than called in again after an hour and told he would have to apologise or admit his guilt as part of his deal to seek a NOC from the Board and close the case.”He again refused pointing out that if he apologise or regret his actions he would lose face in the eyes of the public,” the source disclosed.The source said that it was after the second hearing that the Board’s legal advisor Tafazzul Rizvi, who was assisting the disciplinary committee, clearly told the all-rounder that he would have to apologise or admit his guilt if he does not want a harsher punishment.advertisement”Afridi was told in clear terms that the process could not move forward unless he apologised or admitted to breaching the code of conduct and if he couldn’t do this he should go home,” the source said.”Afridi was told the Board would follow whatever process was applicable and he would not get any NOC to play abroad,” the source said.The source said it was after this warning that Afridi returned before the disciplinary committee and admitted he was guilty of breaching the code of conduct and also regretted his actions.”It was after this that the committee decided to take the mitigating circumstances into consideration and just fine him half of the maximum fine possible for his offence,” the source said.The source also revealed that Afridi had been told clearly he would have to apply again for a NOC if he wants to play in the Sri Lankan Premier League next month.”The disciplinary committee also did not discuss his retirement or future plans for Pakistan,” the source added.He said Afridi, during the hearing, had told the committee members that the Board had removed him as captain without listening to his grievances and acting on the reports of the team manager and coach, which was “grossly unfair”.”Afridi also said that being a senior player the board should have discussed the captaincy issue with him before removing him. He also insisted that coach Waqar Younis was causing lot of problems in the team,” said the source.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

The sorry tale of Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar and nine finals

first_imgIndia’s ninth straight defeat in one-day international finals has set off lamentations of “why us”and “not again”. Perhaps it was unreasonable to expect the streak to end at eight losing finals.On that day, the Indians were not good enough to beat the South Africans as they won’t be on any,India’s ninth straight defeat in one-day international finals has set off lamentations of “why us”and “not again”. Perhaps it was unreasonable to expect the streak to end at eight losing finals.On that day, the Indians were not good enough to beat the South Africans as they won’t be on any eight days out of 10.The reason there was optimism at all was because the two fire starters – Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar – had scored blazing hundreds in the league match against Kenya, and broken many records on the way.A more measured study of their performance in the finals would have warned against too much celebration because neither Ganguly nor Tendulkar have really fired in recent finals.Tendulkar has played only five of the nine finals, scored one 50, two ducks and averages 18. Ganguly, does better, averaging 30 in the nine finals. But he has crossed double figures only once in the past four finals. In truth only one statistic really matters: the team’s win percentage in big games. It’s not looking good and the big boys know why. THE SORRY TALE OF TWO TITANS AND NINE FINALS Season  Venue  Championship  Lost to Tendulkar  Ganguly  1998-99 India  Pepsi Cup Pakistan  DNP 13 1998-99 Sharjah Coca-Cola Cup Pakistan   DNP  50 1999-00 Singapore Singapore Challenge West Indies 046 1999-00 Nairobi LG Cup South Africa DNP  10 2000-01 Nairobi ICC Knock-out New Zealand 69 117 2000-01 Sharjah Champions Trophy Sri Lanka 5 3 2001-02 Zimbabwe Coca-Cola Trophy West Indies 0 28 2001-02 Sri Lanka Coca-Cola Trophy Sri Lanka DNP1 2001-02 South Africa Summer Spice Trophy South Africa 17  9advertisementlast_img read more

Cystic fibrosis

first_imgParents can pass all kinds of different traits to their children, from blue eyes to blonde hair. Sometimes, parents can also pass the genes for certain diseases to their kids. Cystic fibrosis is one very serious inherited disease that makes it hard for children to breathe and digest food. Lets talk about cystic fibrosis.Genes are the coded instructions that tell our bodies how to operate. Usually, the code is correct and everything runs smoothly. But sometimes, the code is incorrect because of a defective gene or genes. In the case of cystic fibrosis, a faulty gene causes the body to produce an abnormally thick, sticky fluid called mucus. This mucus clogs the lungs, making it hard to breathe. It also gets stuck in the pancreas, making it harder for the body to break down and digest food.Millions of Americans carry the cystic fibrosis, or CF gene. Fortunately, most of them dont have cystic fibrosis. Thats because you need to inherit one faulty gene from each parent to actually get the disease.Kids who are born with cystic fibrosis start showing signs very early. Newborns dont grow or gain weight as quickly as they should, and they dont make bowel movements because their bodies arent digesting food properly.As these children get older, they may have symptoms like coughing and fatigue from the mucus in their lungs, and nausea and stomach pain from the mucus in their pancreas. Theyll also get pneumonia and other lung infections more often than normal.advertisementSo, you may now be asking, how do you know if your child has cystic fibrosis? Doctors diagnose cystic fibrosis using a blood test that looks for the CF gene. There is also a sweat test, which looks for saltier-than-normal sweat, another symptom of cystic fibrosis. Doctors may use other tests, such as a chest x-ray or upper GI series, to check for lung and bowel problems caused by CF.Its a good idea to get treated at a center that specializes in cystic fibrosis because theyre up on all the latest therapies. For lung problems, treatments include inhaled medicines to open the airways, medicine to thin mucus and make it easier to cough up, and antibiotics to prevent lung infections. Some people may eventually need a lung transplant.For bowel problems, youll need to eat a special diet thats higher in protein and calories to make up for the nutrients youre losing. You may also take vitamin supplements.The outlook for people with cystic fibrosis is better today than ever before. Thanks to new treatments, people with this disease can live well into adulthood. They can go to school, play sports, and get a job like everyone else. But because the symptoms of cystic fibrosis are so serious, its very important to stay on top of treatment, and to call the doctor right away if symptoms get worse. Anyone with a family history of the disease may want to get screened for the CF gene before they decide to have children.Review Date:10/25/2011Reviewed By:Alan Greene, MD, Author and Practicing Pediatrician; also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.last_img read more

Karun Nair to replace injured Dhawan in the 3rd Test,Karun Nair to replace injured Dhawan in the 3rd Test

first_imgPublished on × SHARE SHARE EMAIL October 04, 2016 SHARE cricket COMMENTcenter_img Opener Shikhar Dhawan had sustained a “minor fracture” on his left hand Karun Nair will replace injured Shikhar Dhawan in the third Test match against New Zealand. File photo   –  The Hindu Karun Nair will replace injured Shikhar Dhawan in the third Test match against New Zealand. File photo   –  The Hindu India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the third test against New Zealand with a broken hand and replaced in the squad by the uncapped Karun Nair.Dhawan had sustained a “minor fracture” on his left hand, the team said in a statement. His place in the team could go to Gautam Gambhir, who was drafted into the squad for the first time in two years after opener Lokesh Rahul suffered a hamstring strain during the first test win in Kanpur.The hosts completed a 178-run victory in Kolkata on Monday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.The third test is scheduled to start in Indore from Saturday but has been thrown into some confusion by a local media report that the BCCI had cancelled the remainder of the tour due to financial problems. It was reported quoting an unnamed BCCI official that the tour had been scrapped after banks moved to freeze the board’s accounts amid a governance review by a court-appointed panel. COMMENTSlast_img read more

Bayern Munich Sack Coach Niko Kovac after Suffering Decade’s Worst Bundesliga Defeat

first_img bayern munichbundesligacoachniko kovac First Published: November 4, 2019, 11:15 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Munich: Bayern Munich on Sunday sacked coach Niko Kovac, a day after the German champions suffered a historic 5-1 loss against Eintracht Frankfurt — their worst Bundesliga defeat in a decade.”FC Bayern Munich have relieved head coach Niko Kovac of his duties,” the club said in a statement. The “mutual decision” was taken following talks with club president Uli Hoeness, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic and Kovac himself.”The performances of our team in recent weeks and the results have shown us that there was a need for action,” said Rummenigge.”We all regret this development. I would like to thank Niko Kovac on behalf of FC Bayern for his work, particularly for last season’s double win.” Assistant coach Hansi Flick will take charge of the team “until further notice”, the statement added.The 48-year-old former Croatia international said it was the right move for the side who sit in fourth place in the table after a series of disappointing matches.”I think this is the correct decision for the club at this time,” Kovac said.”I would like to thank FC Bayern for these past 18 months. During that time our team won the Bundesliga, the DFB Cup and the Supercup. It was a good time. I wish the club and the team all the very best.”Bayern will play a Champions League match against Olympiakos on Wednesday before facing their biggest rivals Borussia Dortmund in the German top-flight on Saturday.NOT NAIVESaturday’s hammering by Eintracht was the club’s worst league defeat since a humiliating drubbing at Wolfsburg by the same scoreline in April 2009.A 10-man Bayern was shredded by Eintracht after defender Jerome Boateng was sent off in the ninth minute, and leaving Kovac’s future at the club hanging in the balance.”I know how this business works — I am not naive,” Kovac told reporters after the match.Bayern have won only five of their last 10 Bundesliga matches, leaving them with 18 points — four points behind leaders Borussia Moenchengladbach.Even their few victories have been lacklustre, with few goals to brag about and a shaky defence that has struggled to gain momentum.”I don’t think the performance we produced will bring us serious success if we don’t get a handle on things,” Rummenigge bluntly told the squad after a hard-won 3-2 victory at Olympiakos in late October.Germany’s top-selling Bild newspaper on Sunday reported Kovac’s men had started to lose faith in him.”The players are criticising him more often and more openly, allowing them to shift attention away from their own shortcomings,” the daily wrote.With Kovac’s departure, Bayern will be hoping to turn a page on the stuttering start to the season.”I’m now expecting a positive development from our players and an absolute desire to perform so we can achieve our goals for the season,” said Salihamidzic.After defeating the Bavarians in the German Cup final in his last match in charge of Eintracht in 2018, Kovac went on to win the Bundesliga and the German Cup in his first year in charge at Bayern.Only one month ago, Kovac’s short-term future at Bayern looked secure after he masterminded a 7-2 win over Champions League finalists Tottenham in London.Former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri, Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger are among the coaches named by bookmakers as possible replacements for Kovac, with the latter speaking fluent German and having previously expressed a desire to coach Bayern. last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018: Stats of the Day – Day 21

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementItaly’s Paolo Rossi. Photo Credits: Getty ImagesGreetings folks! We are back again with today’s edition of FIFA’s “Stats of the Day” feature. Read about all the interesting trivia associated with your favourite footballers and teams right here.Here is an excerpt of FIFA’s “Stats of the Day”: 1982 – Competition favourites Brazil lose 3-2 to Italy in a second-round match and are eliminated from the tournament. The competition’s top scorer Palo Rossi hits a hat-trick.2006 – In his side’s 1-0 semi-final win against Portugal, France goalkeeper Fabien Barthez keeps his tenth clean sheet at the FIFA World Cup, a record he shares with England’s Peter Shilton.2014 – Officiating the quarterfinal Netherlands-Costa Rica, Ravshan Irmatov becomes the first referee to officiate nine World Cup matches, surpassing Mexico’s Archundia, Uruguay’s Larrionda and the French Quiniou all with eight matches.To read more click here: FIFA Stats of the Day: July 5 Read also: FIFA World Cup 2018: Stats of the Day – Day 20Football: Twitterati goes crazy on England’s exceptional win in the World Cup on penalties.last_img read more

Photos – The Caroline Wozniacki Story

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementCaroline Wozniacki ( born 11 July 1990) is a Danish professional tennis player.She is a former world No. 1 in singles.She was also the first woman from a Scandinavian country to hold the top ranking position and 20th in the Open Era.She finished on top of the rankings in both 2010 and 2011.Wozniacki won her only Grand Slam title at the 2018 Australian Open and returned to the No. 1 ranking on 29 January 2018.She has won 29 WTA singles titles, including six in 2010 and 2011, the most in a year by a WTA player from 2008–2011. She was runner-up at the 2009 US Open and the 2010 WTA Tour Championships to Kim Clijsters, and at the 2014 US Open to Serena Williams.She won the 2006 Wimbledon Girls’ Singles title and also holds two WTA titles in doubles.In 2008, Wozniacki won the title of WTA Newcomer of the Year. In 2017, Wozniacki won the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore for the first time in her career.In 2018, she lifted her first Grand Slam title by winning the Australian Open.Wozniacki’s best friend is her fellow Danish tennis player Malou Ejdesgaard, who has been her doubles partner in five tournaments.Wozniacki is also close friends with Serena Williams, Agnieszka Radwańska and Angelique Kerber.In fact, Wozniacki was one of the few tennis stars to attend Serena Williams’s wedding.Picture courtesy – Caroline Wozniacki (Instagram)last_img read more

BCCI will have to discuss if Dravid is the right man: Thakur

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 6 (PTI) BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur today said that the cricket board will have to deliberate over Rahul Dravids candidature before taking any decision on Indias next coach but assured that the right person will be selected at the appropriate time. With Ravi Shastris contract as Team Director coming to an end after the completion of ICC World T20, Dravids name has been doing the rounds for the job. Thakur said: “I think media publishes many reports which are not even discussed at any level. Rahul Dravid has done extremely well as a player and he has been outstanding with India A and U-19 players. “Before taking any call, we have to discuss that within BCCI that who we want to hire for the next 2 or 3 years till the 2019 World Cup and who could be best for Indian cricket. But I would like to assure you that we will pick the right person, at the right time,” he said during an interaction with fans on a social networking site. There were reports that BCCIs advisory committee, comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, has approached Dravid, currently in charge of India A and India U-19 squads, for the top coaching job. PTI ATK BS PDSlast_img read more


first_imgAsked to look back on the changes that have taken place Asked to look back on the changes that have taken place in the game during his lengthy career, Tendulkar said, “A lot of changes happened. When I started playing cricket — that was ages ago in 1989 — we did not have a proper sponsor. So guys who had been around for a while had t-shirts and trousers and all that. “We, on our first tour, had limited resources to get top clothing. So, from there it all started. We were suddenly told that there is going to be a computer in the dressing room — which was in 2002-03. “What is a computer going to do in the dressing room? Computer is not going to teach you how to bat. But over a period of time we realised that planning and executing those plans was not left to imagination. We could actually set up a projector and have all those data displayed on the screen,” he said. “And if we spoke about, do not bowl to this batsman in this area, because that is his strong one, it was not us 15 players imagining, but it was actually there in front of us. Those kinds of things helped us in planning for them and to execute those plans, the thought process was clear,” he said. PTI NRB SSR KRK AH AHlast_img read more

Stoinis, Saha star as Kings XI Punjab outclass Mumbai Indians

first_imgStar batsmen Wriddhiman Saha (56) and Murali Vijay (54 not out) smashed half-centuries each as Kings XI Punjab outclassed Mumbai Indians by seven wickets in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Friday.Batting first, defending champions Mumbai lost wickets at regular intervals as they were restricted to 124/9 in 20 overs, thanks to impressive bowling by Marcus Stoinis (4/15), Sandeep Sharma (2/11) and Mohit Sharma (2/26). (This is how Kings XI plotted Mumbai’s downfall at Vizag)In reply, skipper Vijay and Saha displayed an impressive show as Punjab chased down the total comfortably posting 127/3 with 18 balls to spare.Kings XI begin on the backfootChasing a target of 125 runs, the visitors got off to a poor start, losing opener Hashim Amla (0) in the very first over. (Rohit Sharma slams Mumbai batsmen after crushing defeat)But in-form Vijay along with incoming Saha took it from there on and played sensibly to not lose any more wickets and help the team reach 32/1 after the first six overs.The duo brought up the 50-run partnership for the second wicket and reach 61/1 after 10 overs to stay on course for a much-needed win.Vijay-Saha make light work of run chaseIt was an exciting batting display by both the Indian batsmen as Vijay-Saha made the chase look as simple as possible.Without taking any risk and playing proper cricketing shots, the duo added 116-run partnership for the second wicket before Saha was dismissed in the 16th over.But Vijay kept playing his natural game and remained unbeaten to take team to victory.advertisementMitchell McClenaghan (2/24) was the pick of the bowlers for Mumbai.Chand, Rayudu fail to trouble the scorersEarlier, opting to bat, Mumbai got off to a disappointing start, losing opener Unmukt Chand (0) and Ambati Rayudu (0) inside the first three overs to have the team on the back foot at 8/2.Chand’s opening partner and skipper Rohit Sharma (15) along with incoming batsman Nitish Rane (25) held on to take the team to 21/2 after completion of powerplay.With the home side going at a poor run rate, Rohit, trying to up the scoring, sought to sweep left-arm spinner Axar Patel but was clean bowled.Regular wickets dent MI’s progressHis wicket at a crucial juncture brought more troubles for the defending champions as they were down to 36/3 in the ninth over itself.It was not the end of worries for Mumbai as yet as another set batsman Rane, who looking to score, was eventually caught behind by wicket-keeper Saha off the bowling of Stoinis.Incoming batsman Jos Buttler (9) too did not trouble the opposition much as half of Mumbai’s batsmen were back in the pavilion with the team at 61/5 in the 14th over.Pollard, Pandya rebuild for MumbaiHard-hitter Pollard and Krunal Pandya (19), who were new at the crease, took a bit to settle down but once they got used, took on the bowlers with couple of boundaries and sixes to put Mumbai back into the game.The duo helped the side cross the 100-run mark and stay on course for a competitive total.But the 42-run partnership for the sixth wicket came to an end in the 17th over as Stoinis dismissed Krunal, followed by Pollard in successive balls to put Punjab back into the game.From there on, the home side lost wickets in clusters, losing Tim Southee (1) and Mitchell McClenaghan (4), but Harbhajan Singh (14 not out) with a few blows helped his team cross 120-run mark.Brief scores: Mumbai Indians 124/9 in 20 overs (Kieron Pollard 27; Marcus Stoinis 4/15) vs Kings XI Punjab 127/3 in 17 overs (Wriddhiman Saha 56, Murali Vijay 54 not out; Mitchell McClenaghan 2/24)last_img read more


first_img“The song (in Mr Natwarlal) was for kids. I had sang it at”The song (in Mr Natwarlal) was for kids. I had sang it at the Mehboob Studio. Now a lot of things have changed. Now those kinds of studios are not there where 200 musicians would sit and compose the song,” Bachchan said.”I have heard that many times singers come, sing the song and go away. They dont even know for which film they have sung the song, which director … nothing is known. So these small changes have taken place, rest everything is same,” he added.”Te3n” narrates the story of a cop (Vidya Balan), a priest (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) and a vengeful man (Amitabh Bachchan) who investigate a kidnapping that is similar to an 8-year-old unsolved case.”Its been a delight to work in this film. My character in the film is of one Anglo Bengali whose name is John Biswas. He is old, weak, he is defeated and thats what Ribhu (wanted me to portray as a character,” Bachchan said.”So whether it was my clothing, the way I move, the way I walk and spoke they were all suppose to depict a very weak defeated person,” he added.The upcoming thriller is set to be released on June 10. PTI KKP NSK KISlast_img read more

Dunga fired as Brazil coach after shock exit from Copa America

first_imgBrazil fired Dunga as coach on Tuesday, the national football confederation said, two days after his side failed to get past the group stages of the Centenary Copa America.The Brazilians drew 0-0 with Ecuador and beat Haiti 7-1 but were beaten 1-0 by Peru to exit the competition at the group stages for the first time since 1987.Dunga, who was in his second spell as Brazil coach, was fired after a meeting at the CBF in Rio de Janeiro.CBF SACKS ENTIRE STAFF”The Brazilian Football Confederation decided this Tuesday to dissolve the technical commission of the Brazilian national team,” the CBF said in a short statement.”National teams coordinator Gilmar Rinaldi, coach Dunga and their entire team will leave their posts.””The CBF has began the process of choosing a new technical commission for the Brazilian team.”The overwhelming favourite to become Brazil’s new coach is Corinthians 55-year-old manager Tite.The new coach will also be charged with leading the under-23 squad in August’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.Tite led Sao Paulo’s biggest club to Brazil’s Serie A title in 2011 and 2015 as well as the Copa Libertadores and World Club Cup for the first time in 2012.last_img read more

Rupinder Pal Singh’s double in vain as India lose to Australia 2-3

first_imgDespite drag-flick specialist Rupinder Pal Singh scoring twice, India went down fighting 2-3 against Australia in a tense finish at the Four Nations Invitational Hockey Tournament here on Wednesday.Rupinder Pal Singh converted two penalty corners in the 21st and 53rd minutes but Australia emerged winners with goals from Jeremy Hayward (24th and 36th) and Trent Mitton (43rd).The Indian side began positively against the top-ranked Australia, showing positive intent and energy in the first quarter as they looked to better their record against their opponents.However, the first 15 minutes ended with a 0-0 score line as both teams kept searching for goal-scoring opportunities. Indian youngster Affan Yousuf’s attacking approach almost paid dividends early on had it not been for a solid defence from the Kookaburras.A high-voltage encounter in the offing, India, who had recently won the Asian Champions Trophy in Malaysia, managed to gain three successive penalty corners in the second quarter of the match.The team’s bankable drag-flicker, Rupinder missed out on the first two opportunities, but did not disappoint the third time around as his powerful and precise hit went past Australian goalkeeper Tristan Clemons in the 21st minute to give India the lead.However, the drama intensified as Hayward scored the equaliser three minutes later, using his drag-flicking skills to beat a diving Akash Chikte. At half-time, the game was beautifully poised at 1-1. (‘Proud’ Roelant Oltmans wants Indian hockey team to win bigger global tournaments)India had a tough time in the third quarter as the Australians scored two more goals to take the lead to 3-1. Hayward scored his second penalty corner goal in the 36th minute and Mitton scored his team’s third off a difficult angle in the 43rd minute.advertisementHowever, the Indians did not give up easily as they entered the final quarter. Talwinder Singh lifted the spirits in the camp with a superb counter-attacking approach initially and then it was goalkeeper Chikte’s miraculous save of a powerful hit from Dylan Wotherspoon.Rupinder brought India back in the game with a successful penalty corner conversion in the 53rd minute as India headed into the tense last minutes of the match. (World Cup should be India’s next target, say hockey legends after Asian Champions Trophy triumph)However, the Australians denied India any further chance to score an equaliser as the visitors conceded a 2-3 defeat.India will next play Malaysia on Thursday.last_img read more

Jason Holder blames West Indies’ inexperience for failure to win close matches

first_imgWest Indies captain Jason Holder has conceded that “inexperience” has led to their failure to win the last two matches of the current tri-series, which went to the final over.Holder was speaking to reporters after the West Indies lost to Sri Lanka by one run in a nail-biting fifth game at Queen’s Club on Wednesday.Chasing a stiff target of 331 runs, the West Indies managed 329/9 riding on Evin Lewis’ 148. (Tri-series: Sri Lanka snatch thrilling one-run victory over West Indies)The Caribbean side panicked in a nerve-racking final over to concede the match on the final ball of the innings after a similar tense encounter against Zimbabwe which ended in a tie on Saturday.Lewis, playing in just his fourth One-Day International (ODI), hit his maiden century to leave the West Indies well positioned at 177 for three.He dominated two half-century partnerships that powered the West Indies’ run chase.”I think it’s inexperience. These are obviously situations that we’re not accustomed to being in. We’re still a relatively young side,” said Holder.”Everybody’s trying to make their mark. And I think it boils down to inexperience, and having that know-how at the end to get us across the line.””We had set up the game nicely, and Evin Lewis played an exceptional knock to put us in the situation that we were in,” added Holder.”He’s one of those guys that like the ball coming on, so we just felt that with 330 on the board we needed to get off well in the Powerplay and make use of that first up.”advertisementThe West Indies must beat Zimbabwe on Friday if they are to reach the final.Opening fast bowler Shannon Gabriel may be forced to miss the game after bowling just five overs because of discomfort in his hamstring.”We’re managing some niggles, and Shannon wasn’t able to finish his overs today, so we’re waiting to see if he’s good to go for the next game,” Holder said.”We’ll see in the next few days.”last_img read more

Hamilton wins plaudits as Mercedes ponder punishment

first_imgFor all the headlines screaming ‘anarchy’, Lewis Hamilton’s public act of defiance against Mercedes in Formula One’s title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix could ultimately make racing even more exciting in 2017.While Mercedes boss Toto Wolff refused to rule out punishment after Hamilton did everything he could to scupper team mate Nico Rosberg’s championship chances in Sunday’s showdown, he recognised he was in two minds about what to do.The Austrian said he would sleep on the controversy but he also wondered whether there might be a case for giving the drivers more freedom to race rather than seeking to control them. (Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg wins maiden Formula One title)That, after a 21-round season in which Mercedes were more dominant than ever with 19 wins and 20 poles and won both titles for the third year in a row, could prove a more popular outcome.While some condemned Hamilton’s strategy in slowing the race, in a failed bid to help others catch and pass Rosberg who needed to finish on the podium to become champion, others applauded him for transforming what could have been a processional one-two into a tense spectacle.”Well done to @LewisHamilton for a relentless pursuit of the title, keeping us on the edge of our flaming pants right up to the last lap,” declared 1996 world champion Damon Hill on Twitter. (Germany set to be dropped from 2017 F1 calendar)Red Bull team principal Christian Horner, who rarely misses a chance to undermine Wolff, said he would have expected nothing less and accused Mercedes of being ‘naive’ in asking Hamilton to speed up, instructions the driver ignored.advertisementBOTH SIDES”I think Lewis was trying to back us up and I probably would have done the same,” agreed Horner’s Dutch driver Max Verstappen. “You have to try these things to win a championship.”Rosberg, championship secured, could also see both sides of the argument.”Its really easy to understand the teams side. But at the same time of course you can understand Lewis because this is the world championship,” he said. (Tonight’s going to be absolutely nuts, says Nico Rosberg after maiden F1 title)From outside Formula One, former England soccer striker Gary Lineker added his support: “Don’t get @LewisHamilton criticism. Why wouldn’t he give himself the best chance to succeed?”, he asked on Twitter.”Attempting to win is the very essence of sport. All leading sports persons ignore advice from the sidelines on occasions. To be the best you have to think you know best.” From Hamilton’s perspective he had merely done what he had to do. (Formula One: Nico Rosberg one win away from his first title)”I dont feel I did anything unfair. Were fighting for a championship, I was in the lead, I control the pace. Thats the rules,” said the winner of 10 races this season.last_img read more

What is Luis Enrique’s problem with Jordi Alba?

first_imgBarcelona boss Ernesto Valverde was asked ahead of last weekend’s clash with Huesca what advice he had for Jordi Alba, who had been surprisingly left out of Luis Enrique’s first Spain squad.”Well,” he mused, “the same as anyone: focus on the game without going crazy.”The game may have been insane, with Barca triumphing 8-2, but Jordi Alba was his usual calm and composed self. And, as a result, as influential as ever.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The left-back scored one goal and created two others, teeing up Luis Suarez for his first of the season, and providing the cross that Jorge Pulido turned into his own net.In short, he was a constant menace down the left flank he has essentially made his own since Neymar’s departure for Paris Saint-Germain last year.At the time, Jordi Alba insisted that he was sad to see such “a great player” go, but at the same time admitted, “I have more of the wing to attack now. Honestly, it is much better for me.”The statistics certainly support such a claim. Jordi Alba racked up nine assists in La Liga alone, more than any defender.Of greater significance, though, was the fact that he created 11 goals overall, making it the most productive season of his career. Never before had he managed more than seven assists.Jordi Alba even contributed two goals to Barca’s triumphant Liga campaign – as many as he had accumulated in his three previous seasons.The increase in efficacy wasn’t just down to Neymar’s exit, though. Luis Enrique stepping down as Barca coach was arguably even more significant.Jordi Alba Valverde PSIndeed, Jordi Alba had been dropped several times during the 2016-17 campaign, as the coach experimented with a 3-4-3 formation, and after Valverde had taken over, the former Valencia ace confessed: “I haven’t played as many minutes as I would have liked, despite feeling good.”I do not know how it will go this season. I hope better.”In truth, he couldn’t have done much better, with Jordi Alba forming an excellent rapport with Lionel Messi, essentially replacing Dani Alves as the Argentine’s assist man.The defender teed the No.10 up for eight goals in all competitions, with Messi even returning the favour on a couple of occasions, most memorably and importantly with the stunning pass from which Jordi Alba salvaged a late draw for Barca against Valencia at Mestalla.That goal had preserved Barca’s unbeaten record in La Liga and Valverde described the pair afterwards as his team’s “life insurance”.”Jordi is a player who reads the space and Messi has a peripheral vision that is out of the ordinary, to be able to find him with the ball when he gets into position,” the Barca boss explained.”We are taking advantage of them and it is one of our strengths.”Jordi Alba’s pace, precision in possession and defensive diligence have also been of great value to Spain.He has been a virtual ever-present at left-back since making his debut seven years ago, even netting La Roja’s second in the 4-0 Euro 2012 final demolition of Italy. His sudden omission, thus, came as quite the shock, particularly to the player himself.Jordi Alba Luis Enrique PS“Of course, the decision surprises me,” he admitted last week. “It is not something that I expected.”I don’t know why I’m not going. I can tell when I’m bad and when I’m good, too.”I’d like to go to the national team but it’s the coach’s decision and I have to respect it.“At this moment, both Marcos Alonso and Jose Luis Gaya will represent the national team and they are two great players.”It isn’t down to me if a coach calls me up or not. It’s a decision he’s made. I don’t have any problem with anyone on a professional level.”The suspicion is, though, that Luis Enrique has a problem with Jordi Alba on some level.It seems strange, given the Catalan was among those to speak out in defence of the Barcelona boss after the abysmal 4-0 first-leg loss to PSG in the last 16 of the Champions League last year, insisting he was still the best man for the job.But Luis Enrique didn’t call to inform the 66-time capped defender that he had been dropped and refused to speak about it at last week’s squad announcement.”I’m not going to talk about those who aren’t here,” he declared.However, if he continues to ignore a man still performing at the peak of his powers at Barcelona, the questions over Jordi Alba’s omission are going to keep coming, whether he likes it or not.Maybe we’ll eventually learn exactly why Luis Enrique has axed one of the world’s best left-backs.last_img read more

It is sad that India is no. 3 in doping: Mary Kom

first_imgFive-time World Champion boxer MC Mary Kom today said it is very disappointing that India ranks number 3 in doping and urged the government and SAI to do more to curb the menace.India were ranked third for the third year in a row in a doping violation report published by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for 2015 with 117 athletes from the country being punished after testing positive for banned substances.”It is very sad to know that India is no. 3 in doping,” Mary Kom told reporters on the sidelines of the launch of the Oorja CAPF U-19 football talent hunt which will kick off across the country on May 1.”I think the Government and Sports Authority of India should take more doping test in every camp and every tournament only then players will be more careful and aware not to indulge in doping,” she added.The London Olympics bronze-medallist said she has no plans of retiring from the sports.”I still have the confidence that I can compete and beat the upcoming players. I have always given a lot of importance to fitness. Despite being a mother of three, I’m still very strong. And so I’m not thinking of retirement. I still want to win a lot of medals for my country,” she said.”The upcoming tournaments especially Asian Championship and Commonwealth Games are important. So looking forward to it,” she added.Meanwhile, Pullela Gopichand, who is the chief national badminton coach, exuded confidence of India doing well at the Sudirman Cup.advertisement”I think we have a chance to reach the knockout. The idea will be to win the women’s singles, men’s singles and women’s doubles. I think we can do that,” he said when asked about India’s chances at the tournament.To a question about India’s preparation for the under 17 World Cup, former India football captain Bhaichung Bhutia said: “I think preparation has been great. I think nobody can point fingers at sports ministry and AIFF. Boys have got the training. So it has been good.””I think the stadium is good. They have fulfilled all the FIFA criteria.”On the decision to shift India matches to Delhi, he said: “I think it is up to the federation, FIFA and Govt to decide on that. and why not. If you can have matches in more cities it will only help Indian football.last_img read more

Was tempted to stand in between Virat Kohli and Steve Smith at toss, jokes Sanjay Manjrekar

first_imgIt seems Virat Kohli and Steve Smith are friends again. The two were all smiles at the toss ahead of the Indian Premier League clash between Rising Pune Supergiant and Royal Challengers Bangalore.The duo faced off for the second time since a spark-filled India vs Australia Test series in February and March where the two were at loggerheads following Smith’s DRS antics in the second Test at Bengaluru.In their previous encounter, Smith’s side conquered the M Chinnaswamy stadium.Former India cricketer and popular commentator Sanjay Manjrekar joked as he saw the two best batsmen in the world in good space at the toss time.”Was tempted to stand in between Virat & Steve Smith at the toss,” Manjrekar tweeted.Was tempted to stand in between Virat & Steve Smith at the toss.???- Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) 29 April 2017RCB, who ended runners-up last season, are battling to find rhythm this year while RPS have done reasonably well this time around.The Kohli-Smith quarrel started in Bengaluru over a DRS incident when the Australian captain was caught seeking help from his team’s dressing room over a review after he was trapped leg before by Umesh Yadav.While Smith called it a “brain fade”, Kohli warned the visitors of “crossing the line”. International Cricket Council put an end to the saga by not pressing charges against Smith or Kohli.The series was full of ups and downs and emotions took the centrestage ahead of cricket in the last two Tests. Australia came into the series as underdogs but Smith’s men fought fire-with-fire to win the first Test in Pune. However, Kohli’s men bounced back smartly to clinch a 75-run win in the second Test in Bengaluru before the third Test ended in draw. India, however, won the final Test to clinch their seventh successive series.advertisementKohli said he would never say Australian cricketers are his friends after India wrapped up a comprehensive victory in Dharamsala to reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1.last_img read more

Redmi Note 4 goes on sale today, but should you wait for Redmi 4 and save some money

first_imgEver since Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 4 in India, the phone has been in high demand. In fact, in a ridiculously high demand. Recently Xiaomi said that it has sold one million Redmo Note 4 units in India. At the same time, demand has been so high that the Redmi Note 4 has been out of stock most of the time. But today the phone is going to sale again, tweeted Xiaomi India chief Manu Jain. The Redmi Note 4 will go on sale at 12PM on both the Mi Store and Flipkart and it will have a starting price of Rs 9,999.Update: The Redmi Note 4 apparently went on sale at Flipkart and Mi Store today at 12PM. On Flipkart, it is already out of stock. All three variants of the phone are out of stock. On Mi Store it says that the phone is still available, although we expect it to go out of stock from there too pretty soon.  Update 2: The Redmi Note 4 is sold out on Mi store as well. The phone now shows that it will be available as a pre-order on May 12 at 12PM. Clicking on this button for now sends a user to the product page, where a notice is displayed that the phone is out of stock. The Redmi Note 4 is a pretty neat phone for its price. The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, has a 5.5-inch screen with FullHD (1080P) display and the sports a 13-megapixel shooter at its back. On the front there is a 5-megapixel camera. It is available in 3 variants. The base variant has 2GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. Then there is the 3GB version with 32GB internal storage and the top-end variant has 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.advertisementThe phone supports feature like dual-SIM and expandable storage. The software, though, is still rather old. It uses MIUI based on Android Marshmallow that is now almost two years old. In some of its high-end phones Xiaomi has managed to shoe-horn Android Nougat but its budget phones — and the budget phones are all that the company sells in India — it is still sticking to Android Marshmallow that was released in 2015.    Although Redmi Note 4 is a nice phone, given that it is going on sale today that is May 10, there is an obvious question? Should you buy it or should you wait for the Redmi 4 and Redmi 4 Prime, two phones that Xiaomi may launch on May 16. The reason behind this question is pretty simple: Both the Redmi Note 4 and the Redmi 4 Prime use Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor. Xiaomi had earlier teased that it is going to launch a phone that will give “power” to users. Power here refers to performance and we are very sure that this phone is going to be the Redmi 4 Prime.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi 4 India launch is on May 16, price likely to be around Rs 8,000Other than processor, the rest of the hardware of the Redmi 4 Prime too seems quite good. The phone comes with 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, and a 13-megapixel camera, which in all likelihood is similar to what is there in the Redmi Note 4. The front camera too is the going to be similar with its 5-megapixel image sensor. The screen, however, is smaller at 5 inches but the resolution is FullHD so that means it should be quite sharp and clear.But the biggest reason to wait for the Redmi 4 is that this phone will be cheaper than the Redmi Note 4. We are assuming a difference of around Rs 1500 to Rs 2000 between the base variant of the Redmi Note 4 and the high-end variant of the Redmi 4. Considering that it is just one more week before consumers get all the details, it does make sense to pause today before you pull the trigger on that Redmi Note 4.At the same time, there is another aspect of it that you should consider: Availability of Xiaomi phones. These phones are notoriously difficult to find in stock. So, if you are among the consumers who don’t like to wait, we will suggest that you get the Redmi Note 4 if you can. After a week or so when the Redmi 4 is here and even if you like that phone, there may not be a guarantee that you will be able to purchase it, especially due to the initial rush.The Redmi 4 is not the only product that Xiaomi is looking to launch in India this month. The company is also launching its Internet of Things in India on May 11. These products are part of Xiaomi Home category and they consist of devices like smart lighting, smart switches, Wi-Fi routers, products like robot cleaners that are similar to now iconic iRoomba and beauty products.        advertisementlast_img read more

Netherlands’ Dirk Kuyt quits at the top

first_imgDirk Kuyt announced his retirement from football on Wednesday, bowing out in the best way possible after his hat trick on Sunday won a first Dutch championship in 18 years for Feyenoord.The much anticipated announcement came after Kuyt captained his club to an emotional title victory with a 3-1 win over Heracles Almelo, and he led fevered celebrations in front of some 150,000 people in Rotterdam on Monday.”All my dreams have come true. I made decisions throughout my whole career based on gut feeling, and for me this is the right time to stop,” the striker told the club website (”Since returning to Feyenoord I’ve had two fantastic seasons, with the title this season an absolute highlight. I dreamt of becoming champion with Feyenoord.”Kuyt will stay with the club as part of the technical management team under technical director Martin van Geel.”We are incredibly grateful to Dirk for what he has done for Feyenoord these past two years,” said Van Geel.”He has added a huge deal with his attitude, professionalism and passion. In the dressing room, on the pitch and beyond. So we are delighted to be able to retain someone with his experience and attitude at the club.”Kuyt won 104 caps for the Netherlands and played in the 2010 World Cup final. He began his career with Utrecht in 1998 before twice playing for Feyenoord, for Liverpool, with whom he scored in the Champions league final against AC Milan in 2007, and Turkish side Fenerbahce. He returned to Feyenoord in 2015.advertisementlast_img read more

Final Frontier: Consistent India take on confident Pakistan

first_imgBy Kushan Sarkar London, Jun 17 (PTI) Indias remarkable consistency will be up against Pakistans legendary volatility when the fierce rivals clash in what is expected to be an exciting finale to the ICC Champions Trophy, here tomorrow. The often tense political relations between the neighbouring nations add colour to the bitter yet intense rivalry, which has nowadays been confined only to global events due to the Indian governments refusal to allow bilateral contests. Defending champions India had got the better of the rivals in the league stage of the ongoing tournament. And captain Virat Kohli has already declared that nothing extra is needed to get the same result despite the turnaround by Sarfraz Ahmeds men since then. It is nonetheless a battle of attrition, where one needs to hold the nerve till the very end. The last ball six hit by Javed Miandad off Chetan Sharma haunted a generation of Indian fans till Sachin Tendulkar returned the favour during that epic knock at the Centurion. In between, Ajay Jadeja, Venkatesh Prasad, Hrishikesh Kanitkar or Joginder Sharma have all played their bit roles in winning big matches thereby overcoming the Sharjah Syndrome that affected the Indian teams of mid 80s and early 90s. Whether its New Delhi or Islamabad, Karachi or Kolkata, this is one match that fans would hate to see their team lose. For the 22 players in question, its just a game of cricket. But for millions following them, its way beyond that and is fuelled more by comments from former stars like Virender Sehwag or Rashid Latif. There could be unabashed love and unwarranted criticism in equal measures depending on which side one ends up. Even skipper Virat Kohli would tell one and all that they are “not here to make statements”. On pure cricketing logic, Pakistan are no match for Virat Kohlis men, who have some of the best exponents of limited overs cricket. But just like in life, at times sporting realities defy logic which is exactly the reason why Sarfraz Ahmeds team cant be ruled out on a big day. A lopsided opening round contest, which India won by 124 runs made many feel that Indo-Pak contests are fast losing their sheen due to lack of quality in Pakistani ranks. An Azhar Ali is no match for Rohit Sharma in ODIs and Ahmed Shahzad doesnt have the consistency that Shikhar Dhawan has shown. Babar Azam is a new kid on the block while Virat Kohli, with 8000 plus ODI runs, is destined for greatness. But Pakistan cricket swings like a pendulum, hovering between brilliant and ordinary, making a mockery of any kind of definitive analysis. And the pace attack of Mohammed Amir, tournaments leading wicket-taker Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan and Rumman Raees have the ability to rewrite history. And this despite a dismal 2-13 record against India in various ICC tournaments (World Cup, Champions Trophy and World T20), which makes the Men In Blue firm favourites. Indias batting line-up, as expected, has fired big time in this Champions Trophy with Shikhar Dhawan (317 runs) and Rohit Sharma (304 runs) topping the run charts. Skipper Kohli, with 253 runs, makes it three Indians in top-5. Kohli is confident that his middle-order comprising Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya, that has gone untested so far, will come good if Law of Averages catches up with them. “I am sure when Kedar and Hardik will put their hand up when situation arises. I dont think middle order not being tested is something to worry about,” the skipper, who himself has been in sublime form had said earlier. With two quality pacers in Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, both of whom have maintained less than five runs per over economy rate on flat decks, India have their bases covered. Ravindra Jadejas all-round prowess and the balance that Hardik and Kedar bring with their multiple skills, make it a complete side. Defending the Champions Trophy will also be important as the on-field supremacy could also help India regain some lost ground off the field when the ICC Annual Conference starts a day after the final. In all, a lot to play for. Squads India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dinesh Karthik, Mohammed Shami, Ajinkya Rahane, Umesh Yadav. Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Ahmed Shahzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Mohammed Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali, Mohammed Amir, Rumman Raees, Junaid Khan, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail. Match Starts: 3 pm IST. PTI KHS PM PMadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Rahul Dravid urges decisive call on MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh’s role in team

first_imgTime has come for India to take decisions with focus on the 2019 World Cup and that includes a call on the role of MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh in the current team, feels former captain Rahul Dravid.”It is a call that is got to be taken by the selectors and the management,” Dravid told ‘ESPNCricinfo’ when asked about future of Yuvraj and Dhoni, who were the team’s number four and five in the Champions Trophy.”And what they see as the road map for Indian cricket, and where they see the role of both these cricketers going ahead for the next couple of years. Is there a place for both of them? Is there a place for only one of them?”Do you want to reassess it in a year’s time, six months’ time? Do you want to look at the available talent and see what they have to offer before going back to these two players,” he elaborated further.India will play the limited overs series in the West Indies beginning Friday with a full strength squad. However, Dravid hopes the youngsters get a chance in the playing eleven.”They have taken a decision to go to the West Indies with a full-strength squad. I really hope they are willing to experiment at least in the playing XI and give more opportunities to people.”If you don’t do that, suddenly you don’t want to come to a situation and, say, in a year’s time, where you say, ‘We haven’t given people chances so these are the only guys we have got.’advertisement”Better position to be in: ‘We have tried everything else, but we still feel that Yuvi and Dhoni are fit, they are playing very well, and they are the guys to see us through.’ And no one will complain about that,” he said.Dravid added that time has come to also decide on the spin combination with finger spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja not making much of an impact on flat pitches during the Champions Trophy.”We are playing on really flat wickets. It is tough on them, and … it is not happening. If you want wickets in the middle, wrist-spinners and mystery spinners are the ones who look like taking wickets on some of these flat wickets with the fielding restrictions.”It is nice to have Kuldeep Yadav coming in. He needs to be given a lot more game time. He has got ability, he has got a bit of mystery about him,” he added.Kuldeep has been picked in the squad for the West Indies tour comprising five ODIS and a T20 International.last_img read more

England players’ desire must not be questioned, says Ben Stokes

first_imgEngland players deserve criticism for poor performances but questioning the team’s desire is uncalled for, vice-captain Ben Stokes has said ahead of the third of the four-test series against South Africa at The Oval on Thursday.Former players and pundits criticised the Lions after a weak batting display in the final innings of the second test at Trent Bridge saw the team get bowled out for 133 and lose the match by a massive 340 runs.All-rounder Stokes, who scored 18 runs and collected four wickets as South Africa levelled the series at 1-1, said the backlash was fair but some critics took it too far.”For anyone to question our fight or desire I think is wrong. They should know how much it means to play for England – how much to wear the Three Lions on your chest,” Stokes told reporters.”We have to take criticism on performances which we are understanding of, but (questioning our) desire is too much.”The last time these two sides played a test at the Oval was in July 2012, when South Africa came out on top by an innings and 12 runs.last_img read more

Cincinnati Open: Sania Mirza-Peng Shuai advance, Ramkumar Ramanathan crashes out in second round

first_imgIndian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Chinese partner Peng Shuai advanced to the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Open following a straight-set victory in the women’s doubles clash.The fourth seeded Indo-Chinese duo romped home with a comfortable 7-5, 6-4 win over Germany’s Julia Goerges and Ukraine’s Olga Savchuk in a last-16 clash that lasted one and a half hour on Wednesday.Sania and Shuai will now face Romanian combo of Irina-Camelia Begu and Raluca Olaru for a place in the last four, later on Thursday.Meanwhile, India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan crashed out of the tournament after going down to American wild card Jared Donaldson in the second round men’s singles tie.Ramkumar lost 4-6, 6-2, 4-6 to the No. 60-ranked Donaldson on Wednesday. It was Ramkumar’s second consecutive defeat against the American, having lost to him in the second round of the French Open qualifier in 2015.Among others, Rohan Bopanna will be seen in action in his second round match with partner Ivan Dodig in the men’s doubles later on Thursday.Bopanna and Dodig face the team of Colombia’s Juan Sebastian Cabal and Italian Fabio Fognini, who both are top-25 singles players.Earlier, Leander Paes had suffered a first round exit with partner Alexander Zverev, losing a tight match to Spanish pair of Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez.last_img read more

Kolkata to host ISL final, inaugural game shifted to Kochi

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 2 (PTI) The final of the fourth edition of Indian Super League (ISL) will be held in Kolkata while the inaugural game has been shifted to Kochi.The franchise-based league kicks off on November 17.Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) today announced hosting the Hero Indian Super League 2017-18 final in Kolkata.As a result, the season opening game that was scheduled to earlier scheduled to be organised in Kolkata, has been moved to Kochi.The decision to shift the final has been taken post the grand success of Kolkata in hosting the FIFA U-17 World Cup final recently.”ISL started its journey from Kolkata in October 2014 with a glamorous ceremony, the city of Kolkata for the first time will play host to the Hero ISL grand finale on Saturday, 17th March 2018,” the ISL said in a statement.The reverse game between Kerala Blasters FC vs ATK, earlier scheduled in Kochi, will now be played in Kolkata on February 9 next year.All other fixtures remain unchanged.ATK are the reigning champions, having beaten hosts Kerala Blasters FC in the final of the last edition in Kochi. PTI AH CM CMlast_img read more

Jailed Oscar Pistorius to appeal against increased sentence of 13 years

first_imgJailed South African track star Oscar Pistorius will appeal his increased prison sentence of 13 years and five months at South Africa’s Constitutional Court, Eye Witness News reported on Tuesday.South Africa’s Supreme Court more than doubled Oscar Pistorius’ murder sentence last month, accepting prosecutors’ argument that the original jail term of six years for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was “shockingly lenient”.Pistorius was imprisoned in July last year after being found guilty on appeal of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013 in a case that attracted worldwide interest.The athlete was not in court for the ruling where the court handed down the minimum 15-year sentence prescribed for murder in South Africa, and subtracted the years Pistorius had already served.”The sentence imposed…in respect of murder is set aside and substituted with the following: the respondent is sentenced to imprisonment for a period of 13 years and five months,” the judge said, reading out the court’s decision.The athlete was originally convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to five years in jail. That conviction was increased to murder by the Supreme Court in December 2015 and his sentence was increased to six years by trial judge Thokozile Masipa.There was no immediate comment from the Pistorius or Steenkamp families.Rights groups in a country beset by high levels of violent crime against women say Pistorius received preferential treatment compared to non-whites and those without his wealth or international celebrity status.(Courtesy – Reuters)last_img read more

Wrestlemania at CWG trials; Sushil, Rana supporters clash

first_img(Eds: Updating with more quotes and other details)New Delhi, Dec 29 (PTI) Double Olympic-medallist Sushil Kumars qualification for next years Commonwealth Games ended in ugly scenes after his supporters clashed with those of rival wrestler Parveen Rana, resulting in an unprecedented brawl after the trials here today.The selection trial for the Gold Coast Games, to be held in April next year, was organised at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, and was attended by, among others, Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) President Brij Bhushan Singh Sharan.The proceedings ended on a stormy note at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium here when supporters of both the wrestlers came to blows.Sushil, who returned to the international arena after three years with a Commonwealth Championships gold, won all his bouts in the 74kg category.But things took an ugly turn when Rana, after losing to Sushil in the semifinal clash, claimed that the decorated wrestlers supporters beat him and his elder brother “for daring to take the ring” against him.Sushil, on the other hand, claimed that he was bitten by Rana during the bout.”…he bit me but no problem, it might be his tactics to stop me from performing well. All this is a part of sports,” Sushil told reporters after the bouts.”Whatever happened here was wrong. I condemn it. There was mutual respect after the fight ended,” he added.Incidentally, the 34-year-old Sushil had beaten Rana in the Commonwealth Championships final in South Africa a few weeks back.advertisementAlso, Rana was among the three wrestlers who gave a walkover to Sushil in the National Championships last month owing to the “respect” they had for the veteran.Today, Rana alleged that Sushils supporters gave death threats to him and dared him to participate in the upcoming Pro Wrestling League.WFI President Sharan said the fracas took place outside the wrestling arena and he had not witnessed the drama. However, he promised action if a formal complaint is lodged with the federation.”The incident didnt happen in front of us, it happened outside, in the warm-up area. It was instigated from just one side,” Sharan told PTI without specifying the camp he was referring to.”I have feared such an incident since last year and that is why the trials have been postponed. We had written to Delhi Police to provide security but it was not adequate,” he said.”We at WFI can take any action only when somebody comes forward and lodges a complaint to us. So far nobody, neither Sushil or Rana, has lodged any complaint. As and when anyone does, we will investigate and take strict action as per our jurisdiction area,” he assured.With his selection for the quadrennial games, Sushil would be aiming for a third successive gold at the Commonwealth Games. PTI SSC PM PMlast_img read more

Yuvraj Singh admits failure but says he sees himself playing till 2019

first_imgYuvraj Singh has no qualms in conceding that he has been “failing” but the out-of-favour Indian cricketer says he won’t give up on his career at least till 2019.The 36-year-old all-rounder, who played a pivotal role in India’s 2011 World Cup triumph, has been struggling to keep a place in the side for some time now.”I would like to tell that I am failing. I still fail. I failed the last three fitness tests but yesterday I passed my fitness test. After 17 years I am still failing,” Yuvraj said.Speaking at an interactive session organised by UNICEF here as part of ‘The Power of Sports to Shape the Future of Adolescents’ campaign, the veteran said his career decisions will be solely decided by him.”I am not afraid of failure. I have gone through ups and downs. I have seen defeat and that’s what’s the pillar of success.”To be a successful man, to be a successful person in your life, you need failure and you’ve got to be defeated. That will make you a stronger person and it will take you to the next level,” he explained.Yuvraj said he is not quite sure how many people believe in him given his recent slump but he hasn’t stopped believing in himself.”I am still playing. I don’t know what format I am going to play. But I am pushing everyday as hard as I used to, may be harder than before because I am getting older. And I see myself playing cricket till 2019 and obviously take a call after that,” he said.advertisement”So I still believe in myself. As I said I don’t know how many people believe in me but I do believe in myself,” Yuvraj added.The left-hander has played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20 Internationals in his 17-year-career scoring 1900, 8701 and 1177 runs across the respective formats.He had recently hit the headlines for skipping Ranji Trophy matches to train at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. It was learnt that he did so to clear the ‘Yo-Yo’ fitness test, which he had failed in the past.last_img read more

Tonya v. Nancy – 20 Years Later

first_imgSOCHI, Russia (AP) — Nancy Kerrigan stood in front of a group of reporters, voice quivering and hands fidgeting as she described her emotions after watching a one-hour retrospective on the figure skating scandal that shook the Olympic earth 20 years ago.There were only a handful of media members in the room with her Friday as opposed to the hundreds that hounded her in 1994 after rival skater Tonya Harding’s ex-husband put together a hit squad to try to keep Kerrigan from skating against Harding in the Lillehammer Olympics. But as she fumbled with her cellphone and tugged at the bottom of her stylish jacket, it was clear that watching the events unfold again in a press conference room in Sochi all these years later brought bubbling back to the surface those same feelings of helplessness and bewilderment.“It made me think about everything all over again,” Kerrigan said after a screening of “Nancy & Tonya,” which will air on NBC on Sunday.“It’s surprising how this whole event and being attacked, it’s changed not just skating, it changed my life. It changed tabloid journalism, reality television. That whole other aspect that I had no part of. It just moved the world, almost, in a different direction. Whether it’s for the better or not, who knows? It just changed everything.”Kerrigan and Harding were two of the brightest stars in American figure skating when they arrived in Detroit for the U.S. championships in 1994, about six weeks ahead of the Lillehammer Games. Kerrigan was knocked out of the competition when an associate of Harding’s ex-husband whacked her on the right knee with a baton. It touched off a staggering scandal that pushed figure skating into the mainstream and made the camera-shy Kerrigan the uncomfortable subject of international fascination.Kerrigan recovered in time to win a silver medal in Lillehammer, while Harding spun out of control.“It’s a little surreal to watch your life and to think, ‘That’s me,’” Kerrigan, who works for NBC as a skating analyst for the Sochi Games, said after watching the show. “It’s almost like a whole other person at this point. I’ve changed. Well, I haven’t changed really much, just moved on. Things in my life are different. I’m basically the same sort of competitive person, but it’s just things move on.”As Harding parlayed the incident into a circus sideshow sort of celebrity that included televised boxing matches and guest commentary spots on hokey TV shows, Kerrigan retreated to the cocoon of family life. She almost never spoke publicly about her experience until just recently as the 20th anniversary approached.During the screening, a dozen or so people sat near the front of the room. But Kerrigan sat near the back, out of sight while she watched the show recap her rise from modest means to skating stardom; the “whack heard ’round the world” that jeopardized her Olympic chances; and Harding talk about a hard-scrabble upbringing while continuing to deny she had any role in the attack on Kerrigan.“I’ve apologized so many times,” Harding said dismissively in the show. “She is not worth my time anymore.”“When you see someone struggle from the beginning, that’s hard and I feel for her,” Kerrigan said. “It doesn’t excuse poor judgment. I hope now, after all this, for not just my sake but her sake, too. She has a family. Let’s move on. You’ve got to allow people that chance to get on with their lives and try to be better and learn from mistakes.”As much as she expressed a desire to move past it Friday, there were times when it was clear that there is still some lingering pain and resentment for Kerrigan.When journalist Mary Carillo, who interviewed both Kerrigan and Harding for the piece, was asked about Harding’s persistent denial of involvement in the assault, Kerrigan interjected with an exasperated chuckle.“Wouldn’t it be weird to change it now?” Kerrigan said.One of the toughest parts for Kerrigan was to see how some portrayed her as “an ice princess,” a robotic, occasionally snarky competitor who was mocked for her cries of “Why? Why?” when she was struck on the knee and when microphones caught her calling a parade at Walt Disney World “corny.”“I remember how that felt,” Kerrigan said. “So watching it, it’s upsetting. Why are people like that? I don’t understand.”She said she’s always been a private person, so when the world turned its camera lens on her in 1994, the harsh light that shined with it was difficult for her to handle. She felt the picture that was painted was unfair and unflattering, a feeling that hasn’t faded over time.“I always wanted to be understood. Who doesn’t want to be liked, right?” Kerrigan said, her voice trailing off as she concluded the interview. “That’s all. I’m sorry.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

California Chrome Misses Triple Crown

first_imgNEW YORK — California Chrome failed in his bid to win the first Triple Crown in 36 years on June 7, losing the Belmont Stakes to long shot Tonalist and leaving his owner to complain others took “the coward’s way out” by skipping the first two legs of the Triple Crown.Before tens of thousands hoping to see history, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner finished in a dead-heat for fourth with Wicked Strong. California Chrome’s loss extended the longest drought without a Triple Crown champion.California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn was bitter about horses skipping the first two legs and then stealing the Belmont. Six of the last eight Belmont winners did just that.“That’s the coward’s way out,” he said. “It’s not fair to these horses that have been in the game since day one. If you don’t make enough points to get into the Kentucky Derby, you can’t run in the other two races. It’s all or nothing.”Coburn thought the other 10 horses ganged up on California Chrome, who was second early, dropped to fourth and then fifth before dead-heating for fourth. Photos after the race showed Chrome also had a bloody gash on his right front foot, a minor injury that may have hurt his chances.Coburn voiced a similar complaint after the Preakness, saying only the 20 horses that run in the Kentucky Derby should be eligible to compete in the other two legs. He also believed that horses skipping the Preakness should not be allowed to return in the Belmont.Coburn had been in a festive mood earlier in the day, waving his cream-colored cowboy hat to fans and signing items they tossed to him in his box seat. But the mood turned ugly after the race.Three tough races in five weeks proved too demanding for California Chrome, who was sent off as the heavy 4-5 favorite. Affirmed remains the most recent Triple Crown winner in 1978.The raucous crowd of 102,199 — the third-largest in Belmont history — was silenced when it became obvious that California Chrome lacked his usual punch in the stretch.Jockey Victor Espinoza realized long before then that his chestnut colt wasn’t up to the grueling 1 1/2-mile trip around the track’s sweeping turns. “As soon as he came out of the gate, he wasn’t the same,” Espinoza said.Alan Sherman, the son and assistant to trainer Art Sherman, agreed. “When Victor started to squeeze on him, he didn’t respond,” he said. “He was wore out, I think.” Once the official result was posted, fans sat in stunned silence before heading to the exits.Penny Chenery, the 92-year-old owner of 1973 Triple Crown champion Secretariat, had been ready to welcome a new member to the exclusive club. She and others with ties to previous Triple Crown winners came to watch what they hoped would beCalifornia Chrome’s big day.“I’m very disappointed that we didn’t have a Triple Crown winner, but I’m happy for the winners,” she said.Tonalist, the fifth wagering choice at 9-1 odds, was a fresh and rested horse making his debut on the Triple Crown trail. He last ran and won the Peter Pan Stakes over the same Belmont dirt on May 10.Tonalist beat Commissioner, another newcomer to the Triple Crown, by a head. Those two horses finished in the same order in the Peter Pan. Tonalist ran the distance in 2:28.52 and paid $20.40, $9.60 and $7.Commissioner returned $23.20 and $13.20, while Medal Count was another length back in third and paid $13.20 to show.Samraat was sixth, followed by General a Rod, Matterhorn, Commanding Curve, Matuszak and Ride On Curlin.California Chrome broke quickly but was pressed immediately by Commissioner and General a Rod. Espinoza eased California Chrome back into third along the rail.Approaching the final turn, California Chrome was maneuvered to the outside. He angled four-wide turning for home, just to the outside of Tonalist, who was close to the pace the entire race. Espinoza started whipping left-handed in the lane butCalifornia Chrome had no response.“I thought he was gaining ground, but he didn’t have it in him, apparently,” Coburn said.Tonalist joined the growing list of Triple Crown spoilers, making California Chrome the 12th horse since Affirmed to lose his Triple try in the Belmont, the longest race in the series. In 2012, I’ll Have Another won the first two legs, but was scratched the day before the Belmont with a career-ending tendon injury.“The Triple Crown itself, obviously it’s tough,” winning trainer Christophe Clement said. “If it would be easier to do it, then it would mean nothing.”Tonalist was making just his fifth career start. “We actually thought he finished second, but we got lucky, he won,” Clement said. “It was great.”California Chrome’s rise from a humble pedigree and his working-stiff owners resonated with sports fans who rarely take an interest in horse racing.His owners spent $8,000 on a mare they bred to a stallion for $2,500, and were called “dumb asses” by a trainer for buying a mare who gave no indication that she could produce a standout offspring who could run fast.Conditions seemed aligned for the Triple Crown drought to end. California Chromethrived during his three-week stay at Belmont Park. His chestnut coat gleamed and he gained weight after the Preakness on May 17. His owners, trainer and jockey oozed confidence.But this fairy tale didn’t have a happy ending. Espinoza lost his second chance at a Triple Crown. He was aboard War Emblem in 2002, when that colt stumbled at the start of the Belmont and lost all chance.“The horse tried, that’s all I can ask for. He took me on the ride of my life, I’ll always have that in my heart for that horse,” trainer Art Sherman said.Coburn, who with Perry Martin formed Dumb Ass Partners to race their one-horse stable, had vowed that California Chrome “would go down in history.” It just wasn’t the kind they wanted to make.___BETH HARRIS, AP Racing Writer. AP Writer Frank Eltman contributed to this report. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Panathinaikos Beats Platanias, 1-0

first_imgATHENS — Panathinaikos fans booed their own team as the Greek title contenders labored to a 1-0 victory over last-place Platanias on Sept. 27.Facing a team that had only managed a draw in its four previous league games this season, Abdul Ajagun scored the winner with a shot from 25 meters (yards) in first half injury time.The lackluster victory means that Panathinaikos remains second in the table, three points behind Olympiakos after its 5-1 win over Kalloni on Sept. 26, and two ahead of PAOK, which beat host Atromitos 2-1 on Sept. 27.Also, Levadiakos beat Asteras 2-1 and Panthrakikos snatched a 1-1 draw at Panionios in the very last minute.Veria hosts AEK Athens on Sept. 28.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

US Women World Hockey Champs

first_imgKAMLOOPS, British Columbia — Alex Carpenter put another gold medal around the Americans’ necks.The daughter of former NHL player Bobby Carpenter struck 12:30 into overtime to lift the United States over Canada 1-0 the night of April 4 to win the women’s world hockey championship.The US power play was 0-for-3, but Carpenter scored shortly after time expired on a US 4-on-3. She got her stick behind a sprawling Emerance Maschmeyer to bat the puck in.“It got pretty quiet, so I wasn’t really sure if it went in,” Carpenter said. “I’ve had some chances throughout the tournament and I guess this was just the right place at the right time. I would have given up any other goal at any other point for this one.”The US went undefeated en route to its third straight world championship gold and extended its win streak in the tournament to 14 consecutive games dating back to 2013.The US and Canada have met in every final of the 17 women’s world championships. Canada won the first eight, but the balance of power has swung south of the border with its archrivals now taking seven of the last nine.“For sure this one stings a lot more, especially playing in Canada,” Canadian captain Marie-Philip Poulin said. “Every time you work so hard for something and you get silver, that’s hard.”In contrast to last year’s 7-5 finale won by the US in Malmo, Sweden, the gold-medal game at the Sandman Centre was a goaltending showcase.Maschmeyer made 33 saves in her first start in a world championship final. The 21-year-old dressed for two games but did not play in Malmo last year.Alex Rigsby, who had more big-game experience, posted a 32-save shutout. She was the finisher of last year’s final, playing just over a period in relief of Jessie Vetter.“It definitely helped getting that gold-medal victory,” she said. “Same thing, it was going out there and making sure I was trusting my talent and making sure I was doing the things I could do to help our team be successful.”Canada outshot the US 25-23 over three periods but was outshot 9-4 in the third and 11-7 in overtime. The Canadians didn’t capitalize on a pair of power-play chances in overtime and went 0 for 6 with the man advantage overall.Rigsby’s spectacular pad save on a deking Laura Fortino and Maschmeyer stoning Carpenter on a short-handed breakaway had the sellout of 5,850 buzzing in the second, as did Halli Krzyzaniak’s well-timed block on a US odd-man rush late in the period.The Americans beat Canada north of the border for gold for the second time in the last three world championships. The US prevailed 3-2 in the 2013 final in Ottawa. A dozen players from that squad played again in Kamloops.Canada may be the reigning Olympic champions, having beaten the US in a 3-2 overtime thriller in 2014, but the US is winning more world championship skirmishes between Winter Games and performing on demand more consistently.Hilary Knight, widely considered the best power forward in women’s hockey, and Meghan Duggan have played in all seven of those finals. Coached by former NHL defenseman Ken Klee for a second year, the US outscored their opponents 23-2 in the tournament.The Americans were the more rested team in the final, having cruised to a 9-0 win over Russia in an April 3 semifinal. Canada burned more fuel getting by Finland 5-3 with its semifinal.Each country’s roster consisted mostly of players from rival leagues. The Americans had 10 players from the new US-based NWHL, while 18 Canadians spent this season in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.Russia downed Finland 1-0 in a shootout for the bronze medal.Finnish goaltender Meeri Raisanen, defensemen Monique Lamoureux of the US and Jenni Hiirikoski of Finland and forwards Knight of the US, Rebecca Johnston from Canada and Christine Hueni of Switzerland were named to the tournament All-Star team.Knight was voted the tournament’s Vost Valuable Player by the media.The International Ice Hockey Federation directorate chose Maschmeyer as the tournament’s top goalie, Hiirikoski best defender and Knight top forward.The US is the host country of next year’s world championship in Plymouth, Michigan. Hockey Canada is expected to announce the players invited to try out for the 2018 Olympic team soon.The US, Canada, Finland, Russia and Sweden have qualified for the 2018 Winter Olympics with South Korea joining the field as the host country. The remaining two countries will be determined in qualifying tournaments in 2017.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

USA Downs Cuba 2-0 in Historic Friendly in Havana

first_imgHAVANA (Oct. 7, 2016) – The U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Cuba 2-0 on goals from Chris Wondolowski and Julian Green in an historic international friendly at Estadio Pedro Marrero on Friday evening.The U.S. was dominant throughout the match, putting eight of its 10 shots on goal while keeping an organized back line that stepped up to consistently put Cuba’s forwards in an offside position. When Cuba was able to generate chances, 21-year-old U.S. goalkeeper Ethan Horvath, making his debut for the senior MNT, was well positioned to make a total of three saves and cut out a handful of developing opportunities to earn the clean sheet.After a first half of close shots and half chances, the U.S. broke through in the 62nd minute when Wondolowski, who had come on for Christian Pulisic at halftime, pounded home the rebound from Green’s initial shot. He then returned the favor to Green by picking out the streaking winger with a pin-point pass that Green tapped home for his second career MNT goal, which provided the final margin in Havana. Goal Scoring Rundown:USA – Chris Wondolowski, 62nd minute: Chris Wondolowski open the scoring by putting home a point blank rebound from near the top of six-yard box. Julian Green had done well to create a shooting opportunity, but Cuba goalkeeper Sandy Sanchez parried the curling shot right into the path of Wondolowski, who made no mistake from close range, burying the rebound with a one-time shot into the dead center of the goal. USA 1, USA – Julian Green (Chris Wondolowski), 71st minute: The USA won the ball in midfield and played it out wide to Timmy Chandler near the touchline. Chandler had time to pick out his pass and sent a long, lofted ball from the midfield stripe over the Cuba defense into the path of Wondolowski, who carried it to the endline before spotting Green making a run to the back, left post and picking him out with an inch-perfect pass that left Green with an easy tap in to the center of the net. USA 2, CUB 0 Source: ussoccerTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Real Madrid Signs Eden Hazard From Chelsea

first_imgMADRID — Real Madrid signed Eden Hazard from Chelsea on Friday for its second major offseason addition, and reportedly its most expensive ever.The 28-year-old forward joined Madrid on a five-year contract and a transfer fee reported to be around 100 million euros ($113 million) plus variables, which would make him the club’s biggest signing.Madrid is rebuilding after one of the worst seasons in club history and had added forward Luka Jovic from Eintracht Frankfurt earlier this week.The Spanish club hadn’t made any blockbuster signings in years and was yet to bring in a top player to try to replace Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portugal forward left to join Juventus last season.Real Madrid called Hazard “one of the best players in the world,” known for his “attacking flair, assists and goals.”“Hazard has world class technique, vision, dribbling, pace and finishing,” Real Madrid said. “These qualities saw him stand out in his seven years in England.”Hazard had already indicated his final game for Chelsea was last week’s Europa League final victory over Arsenal. With two goals in his 352nd appearance for the club, he finished with a total of 110.“Although it is with sadness we say goodbye to Eden and we made it absolutely clear to him the club wished him to stay,” Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said, “we respect the decision he has made to take on a new challenge in a different country and follow his childhood dream of playing for Real Madrid.” Since joining Chelsea from French club Lille in 2012, Hazard has won both the Premier League and Europa League twice, the FA Cup and the League Cup. The Belgium international, who still had a year left in his contract with Chelsea, had already tried to leave the English club a year ago.“The memories he leaves us with will not fade,” Granovskaia said. “He provided all who watched Chelsea play with great entertainment and many match-winning contributions, and for that we thank Eden enormously.“He has been a model professional throughout his time at the club, a wonderful individual to have around and a joy to work with.”Hazard was a standout player with Belgium at the World Cup in Russia last year, helping his team earn a historic third-place finish. He scored three goals in six games and won the man of the match award three times. He was named the tournament’s second-best player, behind Croatia’s Luka Modric, his new Real Madrid teammate.Hazard is expected to be officially introduced to Madrid fans next week after undergoing a medical.Real Madrid finished third in the Spanish league and was eliminated early in the Champions League and the Copa del Rey. It went through two coaching changes this season, its first without Ronaldo. Zinedine Zidane returned to the helm a few months ago to try to get the team back on track after winning three straight Champions League titles.Madrid earlier this year had signed Brazilian defender Eder Militao, who will join from Porto next season. Teenage forward Rodrygo, bought from Brazilian club Santos for nearly 45 million euros ($50.6 million) last year, also will be added to the squad for next season.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Money mangled the megabyte

first_img trtewell says: trtewell says: “Rick, that was fan to read, thanks! nAbout the matter, I believe you lost this battle. The MiB is silly, I agree, I kinda fill embarrassed when I use it, but there’s no way we can rollback people’s head, such as we’d do with a git repository. There was a December 28, 2016 at 4:10 pm Log in to Reply Log in to Reply “Thomasnn”Marketing: “Let’s have the food news first…” (They are ever the optimists).”nnAnd hungry as well!” December 20, 2016 at 7:47 pm trtewell says: “Thanks for the welcome. I have another blog entry planned for submission soon! Soon, however, is a seriously relative word. Hopefully, I don’t mean “soon” in geologic scale…but rather engineering scale – which is different from marketing and / or exe Log in to Reply Some time ago, I was in an engineering meeting and we were discussing bandwidth and data rates. I was waxing eloquent about how various IP blocks could deliver data at a rate of such-and-such megabytes per second. I had just started my discourse and was building up to a full head of steam to deliver my prima facie case when one of the engineers in the room interrupted me and said: “Do you mean mebibytes per second?” I stopped for a moment squinted and wrinkled up my face and said to him whilst giving my very best ‘snooty waiter’ impression, “Excuse me?” He then demurely repeated himself because I was giving him ‘that look’ that bespoke me thinking quite loudly “Seriously?!? You just interrupted me when I was about to deliver a masterful and insightful comment?” Those of you who know me know ‘the look’ I am referring to that precedes me sucking all the air out of the room, but I digress…He said again: “Do you mean mebibytes per second… you know… power of two and all that?” Everyone in the meeting then turned to look at me and — not unlike watching a tennis tournament — waited to see how I was going to return the rather clumsily-served ball. So I did what every well-heeled, hot-blooded engineer would do in that case and simply volleyed with a “Yeah…” and continued on my merry way with my brilliant, although now somewhat tarnished, point.Now, two things were running through my head during this rather odd exchange. Either this engineer had just said the word ‘megabytes’ twice the way Elmer Fudd would say it, and therefore he had a speech impediment I had never noticed before. In this case it would be prudent of me to not mock him and say very slowly and distinctly “Yes… M-E-G -A-B-Y-T-E-S” with the emphasis on the ‘G’. Alternatively, it might be that I had no idea what the heck he was talking about, in which case it would be best to just nod and move on; after all, whilst unlikely, it was possible that… well, you know.When I returned to my office, I decided to “research” this complete mispronunciation of the word ‘megabytes.’ Most of you probably thought I ran to Google as fast as a frat boy to a keg; admit it… there’s no shame in that… but I say ‘nay nay’ (RIP John Pinette). Instead, I went to the place I always go when I want ‘real’ answers — not answers that are paid for by the highest bidder (ouch… too soon?). Yes, folks… I went to the ‘Dark Web,’ which filled the void when the Silk Road was shut down.The answer to the query “Are mebibytes a real thing?” came back very slowly with a “deet deet deet” sound — you know the way computers work in the movies (because of The Matrix , Hollywood directors still think real computers connect to each other through telephone hard lines and run at 1200 baud (n,8,1)).Surprisingly, my answer from the Dark Web did come back at like two characters per second and in green text — I guess it took that long because the folks running the dark web can’t see what the heck they are doing and are always running around looking for a flashlight. Here is the answer — are you ready? NO — it was not 42 — stop that! It was “B-L-A-M-E-T-H-E-I-E-C.” Ooh… now I was getting somewhere!So, just what is this IEC… this oozing behemoth, this fibrous tumor, this monster of power and expense hatched from the simple human desire for engineering order? How did allegedly smart people spawn a vast, rampant cuttlefish of dominion with its tentacles in every orifice of the body of engineering policy? (My apologies to P.J. O’Rourke.)OK… so the International Electrotechnical (not a real word, I fear) Commission, or IEC as they like to be called (possibly because they are tired of people telling them that Electrotechnical is not a real word) has been around for 108 years (by way of contrast, my Uncle Milton was around for 100 years and he always left “well enough alone” — which is probably why he was around for 100 years). The IEC is comprised of 10,000+ engineers from 82 countries, and they historically gave us the SI units from which such illustrious units as meter, kilogram, second, Kelvin, and candela were derived. OK… so they also gave us radian, hertz, newton, pascal, joule, watt, volt, farad, Celsius, lumen, and… (I get it… they are smart people… but this time they have gone too far I tell you!!! The megabyte is sacrosanct. How in the world did this come to be? What in the name of all things binary happened?Blame the hard drive There is a famous saying that I applied liberally to this tragedy: “Follow the money!” Yep; in this case, it absolutely turns out to be true: “Money Mangled the Megabyte.” (Source: Rick Tewell) Let’s hop into our “way back” machine and take a trip back through time to the heady days of PCs when people bought hard drives to upgrade their computers — a time of flux capacitors, proton packs (don’t cross the proton streams), Donkey Kong, and Teddy Ruxpin (don’t judge).It is the good old 1980s when hard drive sizes were measured in mere megabytes. As amazing as it might seem today, there was at one time a 32MB hard drive size limit ‘barrier’ in MS-DOS 3.x. I won’t go into a long-winded discussion about this barrier here because someone else has already done so (click here for more info on this mind-numbingly fascinating subject).Not surprisingly, users had a huge hunger for bigger hard drives. They could buy them from peddlers advertising in Byte or PC Magazine , but when their hard drives arrived they often found that they had to concern themselves with a dizzying array of complications, such as the fact that their new drives were physically organized into things like cylinders, heads, and sectors.Now, I know that this is a bit difficult, but try to imagine such a thing as a 40MB hard drive (which cost ~$1000 at the time). Our example 40MB hard drive could have a ‘physical’ layout of 640 cylinders, 8 heads, and 17 sectors per track, with 512 bytes per sector. This means that our drive had 4 ‘platters’ with eight ‘heads’ that would rotate themselves into and out of the gap between the cylinders and ‘fly’ just above the magnetic field stored on the platters (top and bottom) — kind of like an old phonograph but without physically touching the media.The data was stored in concentric circles and each of these concentric circles was called a ‘track.’ So if you had 640 ‘cylinders,’ then the heads could seek discretely to one of the 640 concentric tracks on the platter. Each ‘track’ was further subdivided into 17 sectors, with each sector storing 512 bytes.So, let’s do the math: 640 cylinders x 8 heads x 17 sectors x 512 bytes per sector = 44,564,480 bytes. Now, stay with me here, because this is the important bit. The hard drive manufacturers would divide 44,564,480 by 1,048,576 (which in my book is a MB) because it is a power of two (2^20), which is what we computer folks like to think in when we think of computery types of numbers, and this results in a product of ~42MB, which is what the hard drive manufacturers would then claim was the capacity of the drive. (I am now climbing up onto my soapbox, so beware.)In the world that I come from, things are quite simple:1KB = 1,024 bytes or 2^10 bytes1MB = 1,048,576 bytes or 2^20 bytes1GB = 1,073,741,824 bytes or 2^30 bytes1TB = 1,099,511,627,776 bytes or 2^40 bytes I don’t want to argue about this, because this is the way it was from the beginning, is now, and should be until the end of time or until we no longer need these units — whichever comes first. (I am now climbing down off of my soapbox.)OK, back to our regularly scheduled programming. The only rub was that, in the good old days, hard drives were fairly non-intelligent and they had to be ‘physically’ formatted by the hard disk controller. This little gem of technology was typically sold separately, or already pre-installed in the computer (in the case of an upgrade). Again, we won’t go into the lengthy discussion surrounding this here, but you can find out more by clicking here should you so desire.Once the physical format was completed, it was up to the user to then apply the operating system’s file system to the hard drive in a process called ‘logical’ formatting. Those readers who are over forty and used to use DOS surely remember the venerable fdisk and format utilities, right?During this logical formatting process, bad sectors might be found on the hard drive. This was because hard drives are notorious for having some contaminants or imperfections on the platters that prevent data from being read or written to a particular physical location. In this case, these bad spots were simply marked ‘bad’ by the logical formatting utility and the file system just worked around them. Yes, this process resulted in ‘diminished’ storage capacity, but the amount of space reduction was minuscule because it represented the actual physical bad spots on the disk at the time, which were typically negligible in a brand new hard drive. OK… got all that?Now, another key point to note here is that DOS and Windows reports (and likely always will?) storage device capacities as a “power of two,” which means 1MB = 1,048,576 bytes and so on (see my ‘soapbox’ list above). This is a very important piece of information to remember.Time passes and hard drive technology advances at an almost breakneck pace. Now we are in the 1990s. A time of Furbys, Beanie Babies, Pokémon, the rise of the hipster, and the swelling of the dot com bubble. Hard drives have become more and more intelligent until, eventually, they start handling their own bad sectors instead of having to rely on the operating system to do this for them. The end result, in short, is that the hard drive simply reports back to the operating system as to how much storage is available on the hard drive, and there is no longer any tedious mucking about in hyperspace with cylinders, heads, and sectors.How was all this accomplished? Well, in several ways, actually, but the practical upshot was that the hard drive simply ‘reserves’ sectors that are good — taking them away from the true physical storage capacity of the device — and makes them available for bad sector ‘remapping,’ meaning that a few sectors of each track are reserved for the remapping of bad blocks.Now, another interesting thing about hard drives is that bad spots on a hard drive can begin to ‘grow’ and start showing up in places where they weren’t detected before. That means that you can’t just reserve a fixed number of good sectors ahead of time to replace the actual number of bad sectors on the hard drive. Instead, you must come up with a very good estimate as to how many sectors are likely to go bad over the life of the drive and reserve enough good sectors for those “sure to appear” bad spots as well. Ah… did the light bulb just come on? Now we start to get a glimpse of the crux of the problem — right?This reservation of sectors on every track to handle bad block remapping obviously results in a reduction of the actual usable space on the hard drive. These new, more-intelligent hard drives report how much ‘real’ storage space is on the hard drive, taking into account the reserved blocks for error handling. So, once you connect the hard drive to your computer, the 100MB drive that you paid so much money for now actually shows up to the operating system as ~93MB because ~7MB was reserved for bad block handling. Your 100GB hard drive transmogrifies itself into a 93GB drive, while your 1TB hard drive becomes a 931GB hard drive. Are you mad yet? Well you might not have been, but a whole lot of people were hopping mad — mad enough to actually file a lawsuit against Western Digital (a leading hard drive manufacturer) over this very issue (click here to add a little additional color to this matter).So, the hard drive engineers went to talk to the marketing folks, and the whole thing kind of went down like this:Engineers: “We have good news and we have bad news…” Marketing: “Let’s have the good news first…” (They are ever the optimists).Engineers: “Our customers will never see bad blocks ever again on our hard drives… we’ve fixed all that.” Marketing: “That’s great! So what’s the bad news?” Engineers: “The hard drives are going to show up to the operating system smaller then you want them to be.” Marketing (now furrowing their brows): “Wait, how much smaller?” Engineers: “Small enough that you’d better not go out there saying that they are 512MB hard drives any more. They will be more like 498MB hard drives.” Marketing: “Seriously?! We can’t do that. We can’t say 498. We have to at least say 510. We always round up. It’s the way of our people.” Engineers: “Well, don’t say we didn’t warn you…” Marketing: “Fine, we’ll figure it out” (which is code for “we are going to round up anyway,” but they still round the price down from $800 to $799.99, which makes the consumer think it’s really only $700 — right?)However, somewhere on this long dusty road of storage technology, a very smart marketing person figured out that a megabyte doesn’t really have to be 1,048,576 bytes. What if it was… say… only 1,000,000 bytes? Now the logic behind this goes as follows: “If we say 100MB, then since the hard drive thinks in powers of two, which means 104,857,600 bytes, this should give us enough room factoring in bad block handling to say: ‘Well Mr. or Ms. Customer, you DO actually have an effective 100,000,000 bytes of storage, which in our book is 100MB!’” Based on this reasoning, they went ahead and stuck “100MB” in the ads and on the box. In effect, the marketing folks simply changed the definition of a megabyte from 1,048,576 bytes to 1,000,000 bytes. Voila! Problem solved and off to lunch.Now those of you who are ‘engineering minded’ will do the math and say: “Wait a minute, 104,857,600 bytes is still less than the 7MB delta in your previous paragraph, so you still would have less than 100,000,000 actual usable bytes.” That’s a clever catch. I kinda hoped you wouldn’t notice that, but since you did… I would like to point out that the actual physical storage is still based on cylinders, heads, and sectors, even though these are no longer exposed to the user.Based on this method of storage organization, a 100MB hard drive would usually have more storage capacity then a perfect 100MB, and oftentimes would hold 107MB or more once the numbers were run. Thus, so redefining 100MB to mean 100,000,000 bytes held sway (this is particularly true as you get to bigger drive sizes).Now, when we move to the really big hard drives, the problem compounds. As I mentioned earlier, in the case of 1TB hard drive, when you factor in error handling and improper definitions, you might actually end up with a 1,000,000,000 byte drive, instead of the 1,099,511,627,776 byte drive you might have been expecting. Worse still, Windows is going to tell you that the drive you just hooked up to your PC is actually a 953MB hard drive… well, ain’t that special? That’s a delta of almost 100 billion bytes that you thought you bought no matter how you slice it (assuming you think 1TB is a power of two… which it is). This is a pretty big flippin’ deal, which explains why the proverbial fur started to fly.Enter the IEC In 1998, this issue was somehow brought to the attention of the girls and boys at the IEC. Perhaps they could smell it coming from 5,823 miles away. At any rate, I suspect that some rather high paid lawyer was looking for some legal justification to use at trial to defend the hard drive marketing folks’ declaration that they unilaterally changed the term MB from what we all know to be 1,048,576 bytes to 1,000,000 bytes.After searching high and low, they came across the folks at the IEC and dared to ask their opinion (this, of course, after asking everyone from the plumber’s union to their favorite chefs in San Francisco what they thought). After some highfalutin debate by the appropriately ordained IEC committee, I am quite sure that some engineer (not a computer programmer, mind you) said something like: “Well y’all… like we have defined kilo to mean 10^3 and mega to mean 10^6 and giga to mean 10^9 for like something like 100 years give or take… like, you know… the kilometer, kilogram, and so on… you feel me here?” I imagine the debate went something exactly like that… led by a quite brilliant California valley girl who went to a very nice engineering college in Alabama and has hip hop leanings (the girl… not the college).At this point, I am sure the illustrious committee handling this weighty matter agreed and said unanimously: “Yep… you are exactly right our brilliant fearless leader; your logic is flawless. A megabyte is now, hereby, and forever 1,000,000 bytes… (at this point somebody banged a gavel to add weightiness to the proceedings), …so now that’s settled, what’s for lunch?” It was at this point that someone else must have spoken up and said: “Wait! We have to come up with a unit that the computer-minded people can use to mean 1,048,576 bytes… after all, we just took away their precious megabyte.” Anxious to get to their sumptuous buffet, they must have not spent too much discussing this particular point, because what they came up with was — and it is hard to type this with a straight face, much less say it with a straight face — the mebibyte, which they also cleverly abbreviated as ‘MiB’ (silly me; I always thought this was an abbreviation for “Men in Black”).So what was the rationale for the made up word mebibyte? The IEC folks just took the starting letter of the word ‘binary’ and jammed it into the word megabyte replacing the ‘g’ with the ‘b’ and inexplicably replacing the ‘a’ with an ‘i’, possibly attempting some feeble attempt at engineering humor. I mean… perhaps ‘mebabyte’ would have been better than ‘mebibyte’. It’s arguable, but any improvement on the term mebibyte would have been… well… an improvement.As an aside… I am using Microsoft Word to write this column, and it keeps on telling me that ‘mebibyte’ isn’t actually a word. The fact that Word’s the spell checker is having fits sort of tells you just how well accepted this silly unit is. But, the IEC didn’t stop there; Oh no, they went “all in” and messed up the rest of our venerable units as shown in the following table.(Source: Rick Tewell) Do you want to know my take on all this nonsense? Well, ‘Kibibyte’ sounds like a treat for dogs; ‘Yobibyte’ sounds like a cartoon character; ‘Mebibyte’ and ‘Tebibyte’ sounds like a cartoon character trying to say megabyte and terabyte; ‘Gibibyte’ and ‘Zebibyte’ sound like folks who used to mess with the twelve tribes of Israel from the Bible; and don’t get me started on what ‘pebibyte’ sounds like…So, there we have it, this is the story of how “Money Mangled the Megabyte”(I was going to title this column “How I Met Your Mebibyte,” but for some reason an alliterative title appealed to me more).Now we have this “official” silly sounding set of units that more and more computery people are thinking we have to use. Worse still, there is an increasing number of people who think a megabyte is 1,000,000 bytes. This maketh me sad. “Viva La Megabyte!!!!” I say; that is, the power of two megabyte… you know, 1,048,576 bytes… Oh, never mind! “Indeed – over time, many tricks were employed to help mitigate / solve the issue. A good friend of mine was responsible for the firmware development team at Maxtor and the techniques / algorithms they came up with to boost storage capacities and handle Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. “A funny thing happened from submission – edit – post 🙂 – I think the editor was late for lunch…” antedeluvian says: December 28, 2016 at 5:49 am December 23, 2016 at 12:41 pm Log in to Reply December 20, 2016 at 8:05 pm December 23, 2016 at 9:41 pm “You suggest that reserved sectors complicated the counting of actual storage space. About that same time, the “sector” changed from 17/cylinder to a variable number per cylinder. Each sector was now the same physical length, so the outer cylinders ha Continue Reading Previous I met my new MOM at ESC Silicon ValleyNext Best practices for building scalable cloud applications antedeluvian says: Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Communications, Industry Log in to Reply trtewell says: Log in to Reply antiquus says: Log in to Reply “Alas…I fear you are correct. Battle lost. Makes for a good story though. Apparently, even the venerable Dr. Donald Knuth made an alternative suggestion which was rebuffed. If they didn’t listen to him…Then! But hey guess what? A megabyte is 1,048,576 Log in to Reply December 20, 2016 at 8:02 pm “ThomasnnThanks for the enlightenment.nnWelcome as a blogger. Will we see more of your very amusing writing style?” 8 thoughts on “Money mangled the megabyte” felipe-lavratti says: December 20, 2016 at 7:59 pm last_img read more

Tendulkar and Middlesex Cricket join hands to launch academy

first_imgMumbai, July 18 (PTI) Iconic Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar today announced an association with Middlesex Cricket to launch Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy (TMGA). The academy will provide young girls and boys between the age of nine and 14 an opportunity to learn from master blaster Tendulkar himself and Middlesex Cricket. TMGA, a joint venture between SRT Sports Management Ltd and Middlesex Cricket, will begin by launching its first cricket camp at Merchant Taylors School in Northwood from August 6-9 followed by other locations in Mumbai and London.Middlesex Cricket has produced players such as Andrew Strauss, Mike Gatting, Denis Compton, John Emburey and Mike Brearley. The comprehensive training curriculum has been developed by the professional coaches at MCCC and Tendulkar himself. TMGA will also provide 100 percent scholarship to the talented underprivileged children.I am delighted to be partnering with Middlesex Cricket on this new venture. The objective is not only to produce good cricketers but also good global citizens of the future. Through this association, Middlesex and I are focused on providing the very best in cricket education, as much as possible, for our students,” said Tendulkar.Richard Goatley, CEO, Middlesex Cricket said, It has been a great privilege over the past six months to work with Sachin Tendulkar and his team in developing what we believe will be the market leading coaching programme in the world.” PTI BS ATATlast_img read more

Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav rested for final T20I vs West Indies

first_imgIndian team management have tweaked the squad for the third and final Twenty20 International against the West Indies on November 11 in Chennai, having decided to rest some of the key players.Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav have been given rest from the final T20I while Siddarth Kaul finds a place in the squad in place of them.According to the BCCI press release, the decision has been taken to allow the trio to be in the best physical condition ahead of India’s tour to Australia.Bumrah and Kuldeep have been the two premier bowlers for India in the ongoing T20I series against the Windies. While Kuldeep has returned with five wickets in the two matches, Bumrah has scalped three.While it is Kuldeep’s wicket-taking abilities that makes him so invaluable, Bumrah holds perhaps the most important place in the Indian bowling line-up.Bumrah not only picks wickets, his ability to bowl in the death overs and the way he stems the flow of runs benefits the bowlers who bowl along with him.With Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s form being a bit of a worry for India, Bumrah, along with Khaleel Ahmed, has played the role of the major returners with the ball.With Bumrah rested, India will depend on Bhuvneshwar and Khaleel, who has also picked three wickets in two matches, to hunt in pair.Yuzvendra Chahal, who has not yet played a T20I match against the Windies, might find a place in the playing XI now with Kuldeep, the other wrist spinner, rested.advertisementIndia have already won the T20I series against the Windies by taking an unassailable 2-0 lead. Virat Kohli has been rested for the series and Rohit Sharma has been leading the team.India’s squad for the 3rd T20I series against Windies: Rohit Sharma (C), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (WK), Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Shahbaz Nadeem, Siddarth Kaullast_img read more

Lewis Hamilton confident of Brazilian GP security

first_imgSao Paulo, Nov 9 (IANS) Lewis Hamilton has backed Brazilian authorities to guarantee security during this weekend’s Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix following recent problems at the Interlagos track.Last year, members of Hamilton’s Mercedes team were robbed at gunpoint after a practice session and in 2010 Jenson Button narrowly escaped a confrontation with heavily armed bandits.”I have always been safe here in Brazil so I have not approached any races here with safety on my mind,” Hamilton, who last month secured his fifth F1 drivers’ championship, told reporters on Thursday, Xinhua news agency reported. “I am confident F1 and the teams have taken action after last year.”The sport’s governing body FIA said it has worked with local law enforcement authorities to step up security around the track and bolster police numbers.”They took action to try and put things in place to improve it and I am assured,” Hamilton said. “I do feel confident it is improved. We don’t know what’s around the corner but I am hopeful of a positive weekend for everyone.”Meanwhile, Hamilton said he was against moves to expand the F1 season, a day after officials confirmed that Vietnam would be added to the GP calendar in 2020.”I’m somebody who really loves racing but the season is very long,” the Briton said. “It’s a big commitment for all of us and requires us to spend a long time away from our families. The calendar is getting longer and we are getting less time to rest,” he added.advertisement–IANSpgh/last_img read more

UNESCO lists wrestling, reggae and raiho-shin rituals as global treasures to be preserved

first_imgBy Yoshita Singh United Nations, Nov 30 (PTI) Jamaican reggae, Georgian wrestling and Japanese rituals are among the six new elements added by UN cultural agency UNESCO to its list of “intangible heritage” for the world to treasure, improving the visibility of often little-known and understood arts traditions.The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage is meeting until December 1 in Mauritius, inscribing new elements to its much coveted-list.From the border between Asia and Europe, in Georgia, it added Chidaoba, which combines elements of wrestling, music, dance and special garments. The practice encourages a healthy lifestyle and plays an important role in intercultural dialogue, according to UNESCO, which called its code of conduct “chivalric”, and noted that “occasionally the wrestlers leave the arena with a Georgian folk dance”.Hurling, from Ireland, also made the grade. This field game, which dates back 2,000 years, features strongly in Irish mythology. Played by two teams using a wooden “hurley” stick and a small “sliotar” ball, UNESCO said, hurling is considered as an intrinsic part of Irish culture and plays a central role in promoting health and wellbeing, inclusiveness and team spirit.A lot of music lovers were happy to learn that Jamaican reggae was also inscribed. Originating from marginalized groups, mainly in Western Kingston, the genre’s “contribution to international discourse on issues of injustice, resistance, love and humanity underscores the dynamics of the element as being at once cerebral, socio-political, sensual and spiritual,” according to UNESCO.Japan’s Raiho-shin rituals, used to admonish laziness and teach children good behavior, was another winner. Stemming from folk beliefs that deities visit communities and usher in the new year or season, local people dress in outlandish costumes and visit houses as deities. The UN cultural agency said: By performing the rituals, local people notably children have their identities moulded, develop a sense of affiliation to their community, and strengthen ties among themselves.advertisementPracticed across many areas of Jordan, As-Samer, another new inscription, consists mainly of dancing and singing. Performed on various occasions, most commonly during weddings, UNESCO explained that poetry forms an integral part of the tradition, expressing feelings of joy, peace, intimacy and empathy among those in attendance.Marking the end of the old and beginning of a new annual horse-breeding cycle, the spring festive rites of Kazakh horse breeders were also inscribed. Rooted in traditional knowledge of nature and an age-old relation between man and horse, the rites involve skills inherited from nomadic ancestors, adapted to meet present-day conditions to ensure its continued viability.An historic joint bid was made by both Koreas, to include traditional Korean wrestling known as ssirum/ssireum. Fundamentally linked to land and agriculture, UNESCO’s chief was instrumental in persuading North and South to combine cultural forces, embracing both a national sport and a very popular cultural practice.Audrey Azoulay, said the “unprecedented result” was a highly symbolic step towards inter-Korean reconciliation, that reminds us of the peace-building power of cultural heritage.UNESCO said all the listed elements are important in maintaining cultural diversity in the face of growing globalisation, without recognizing standards of excellence or exclusivity. PTI YAS NSANSAlast_img read more

Leicester City crash helicopter rotor pedals failed: probe

first_imgLondon, Dec 6 (AFP) Disconnected cockpit pedals caused the helicopter crashed that killed the Thai billionaire owner of Leicester City football club and four others on October 28, a British investigation found on Thursday. The death of Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha shocked global sport and left the small city in the heart of England in mourning two years after their improbable first and only championship season. The helicopter, decorated the blue and white colours of the team, spun out of control on takeoff moments after it cleared the stadium’s roof. Vichai attended most Leicester home matches, landing and taking off from the centre of the pitch. Britain’s Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) said a series of cockpit pedals had somehow become disconnected from the rotor on the helicopter’s tail. “The loss of control of the helicopter resulted from the tail rotor actuator control shaft becoming disconnected from the actuator lever mechanism,” the eight-page AAIB report said. The helicopter began to spin uncontrollably to the right as a result. The AAIB said it was treating a further probe into what caused the pedals to disconnect “as a priority”. Europe’s aviation safety authorities have ordered mandatory checks on the type of helicopter involved, finding no other problems to date. (AFP) SMJSMJlast_img read more

India vs Australia: India look to close in on No.1 England in ICC ODI Rankings

first_imgVirat Kohli and his pace ace Jasprit Bumrah continued to top the individual charts and India could reach within one point of leaders England in the ICC ODI team rankings, provided they win their next eight matches.India, who play three matches against Australia and five against New Zealand, could reach 125 points and within one point of England if they are able to win all eight matches while Pakistan need to beat South Africa 5-0 in order to overtake them.England lead the table with 126 points while India are currently placed second with 121 points.Kohli (1) and Rohit Sharma (2) maintained their positions in the batting list, and Bumrah also remained way ahead in the bowling rankings ahead of Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan and his India teammate Kuldeep Yadav, who was placed third.Among other Indians, the rankings charts also included batsman Shikhar Dhawan (9) and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who was placed joint sixth with Adil Rashid of England.Players from other teams also made movements.New Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi and fast bowler Lachlan Ferguson have moved up after creditable performances during a 3-0 sweep over Sri Lanka in a home series that ended on Tuesday.The two are now in joint-31st position after Sodhi’s eight wickets in the series helped him climb up 26 slots and Ferguson’s seven wickets lifted him 12 places to a career-best position in the list led by India fast bowler Bumrah.Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga is another bowler to gain in the latest update, moving up three places to take 46th spot after finishing with seven scalps in the series.advertisementAmong international batsmen, Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill have retained their third and 14th positions after scoring 281 and 153 runs, respectively, while New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has dropped out of the top-10 to 11th position.Henry Nicholls has gained 21 places to take 59th position while Colin Munro has moved up from 58th to 56th.Niroshan Dickwella (up one place to 26th), Thisara Perera (up 22 places to 65th), Kusal Perera (up seven places to 66th) and Danushka Gunathilaka (up 11 places to 82nd) are the batsmen to gain from the Sri Lanka side.In the ODI Team Rankings, New Zealand have retained third position after blanking the opposition. They have gained one point to move up to 113 while Sri Lanka remain in eighth position but have lost one point to drop to 78 points.Meanwhile, more sides will be looking to move up the rankings while also preparing for the ICC World Cup in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14, with 13 matches scheduled in a period of just over three weeks.India get a chance to close the gap with table leaders England, and South Africa of moving up from their fourth position.Also Read | Virat Kohli’s humility off the field is a sign of greatness: Glenn McGrathAlso Read | So cute! Jasprit Bumrah bowled over by Aussie kid imitating his actionAlso Read | India outsmarted Australia tactically thanks to Virat Kohli: Ravi Shastrilast_img read more

I want to test my game against Momota at All-England Championship: Sameer Verma

first_imgA season of highs saw him knocking on the door of world’s top 10 and India’s Sameer Verma believes a positive mindset and improved strategies will hold him in good stead at the All-England Championship starting March 10.Sameer came out of the shadows of his illustrious colleagues last year when he reached the knockout stage of the World Tour Finals as a qualifier, riding on his title run at Swiss Open, Hyderabad Open and Syed Modi International at Lucknow.Two of these titles — Swiss Open and Syed Modi — were Super 300 events and Sameer, who had reached the finals of Hong Kong Super Series in 2016, hopes to achieve his dream of winning a higher level tournament when he steps out at the Arena Birmingham for the All England Championship.”I want to win a big tournament and I want it to be All England,” Sameer told PTI in an interview.The 24-year-old will open his campaign against former world champion Viktor Axelsen.”I have lost twice to him [Viktor Axelsen] but I am not too worried. I played him around 7-8 months back. At that time, I was not at this level. I think I am much better prepared to take him on,” said Sameer.”My mindset and strategy have improved a lot now. I can’t tell about the results, I am not thinking about them but I feel I’m best prepared for the All England this time.”Sameer, who had finished a pre-quarterfinalist in the 2016 All England, has played Axelson only twice in the past — the 2018 Indonesia Open and 2011 World Junior Championship.advertisementHe reached a career-high ranking of world No.11 this January after a stellar run in 2018 and Sameer says he has the self-belief to break into the top 10.”If I would have won the World Tour Final or reached the finals, I would have broken into top 10. The loss against Shi Yuqi is still in my mind, I guess it will only go once I win something big. But I have the idea now, I know I can be in that top 10,” Sameer said.The youngster from Madhya Pradesh had lost 12-21, 22-20, 21-17 to World no 2 Shi Yuqi of China in the semifinals after holding the match point in the second game.Asked to name one player he would want to face, Sameer said: “I want to play Kento Momota. I had beaten him at Swiss Open but I lost to him at the World Tour Finals and I want to test my game against him, compete against him.”With both the players placed in separate halves of the draw, the only way they can face at the All England is if they reach the finals.It took multiple injuries spread over seven years for Sameer to realise that he needs to take care of his body instead of chasing results and ranking.With a hectic schedule ahead, Sameer said focusing on mind and body will remain his aim this season.”I think I have cared a lot for my body last year. The physios were with me in tournaments also, so it helped. You also have to take care of the diet. Nutrition is something I need to think of as it also helps in recovery,” he said.”Results in tournaments don’t matter, because you might not perform in 2-3 events, but they will come eventually. Last year, I won the Swiss Open and the Hyderabad Open but I didn’t do well in all events, so I know I can do better.”The Olympic qualification period starts from April 29 and the BWF rankings list, which would be published on April 30 next year, will decide the spots for the 2020 Tokyo Games.Sameer said he would look to avoid thinking about the Olympics as it can create unnecessary pressure during the qualification period.”…you can think of it as a normal tournament and not take any pressure, and stay stress free. That would be the way I would want to think because otherwise, it will affect my performance,” Sameer said.Also Read | No information about flight tickets ahead of All England. Same old story: HS PrannoyAlso Read | India badminton doubles coach Tan Kim Her steps down citing personal reasonslast_img read more

Premier League: Liverpool edge Newcastle 3-2, Cardiff City relegated

first_imgSubstitute Divock Origi’s 86th minute header earned Liverpool a 3-2 win at Newcastle United on Saturday to send them two points above Manchester City and keep their Premier League title bid alive.The race to secure the final two Champions League qualification places looks likely to go to the final weekend after Tottenham Hotspur again slipped up, losing to a last-minute goal at Bournemouth while having two men sent off.Cardiff City’s 3-2 defeat at home to Crystal Palace ensured they were relegated along with Huddersfield Town and Fulham, who lost 1-0 at Wolverhampton Wanderers, while West Ham United brushed aside Southampton 3-0.Liverpool have 94 points and Manchester City 92 but Pep Guardiola’s City have two games remaining, including Monday’s home match with Leicester City.Liverpool have just their final day home game with Wolves remaining but the result means the race will go down to the wire.Virgil Van Dijk headed Liverpool in front in the 13th minute, but seven minutes later Newcastle drew level through Christian Atsu.Liverpool restored their lead in the 28th minute when Daniel Sturridge, starting in place of the injured Roberto Firmino, back-heeled the ball from the corner to Trent Alexander-Arnold and the full-back’s cross was expertly turned in by Mohamed Salah.Managed by former Liverpool boss Rafe Benitez, 14th placed Newcastle drew level nine minutes after the break when the visitors failed to clear a corner and Salomon Rondon’s brilliant fierce left foot drive beat the helpless Alisson Becker.Then, with their talismanic forward Salah carried off on a stretcher with a head injury and facing a massive blow to their title hopes, Origi rose at the near post to head in a Xherdan Shaqiri free-kick and give Juergen Klopp’s side the victory.advertisementA win for Spurs at the Vitality Stadium would have secured a top-four slot ahead of next week’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Ajax Amsterdam.But, after losing at home to West Ham United last week and then going down to the Dutch side in midweek, Mauricio Pochettino’s side failed to fire again and went down 1-0 after Nathan Ake struck in injury time.Son Heung-min was first to be sent off for pushing Jefferson Lerma just before halftime with Juan Foyth shown a straight red card for a studs-up tackle on Jack Simpson two minutes after coming on at the interval.Spurs stay third on 70 points, four points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, who have two games remaining. But Pochettino’s side know victory in their final game against Everton will see them qualify, with Chelsea and Manchester United also capable of securing a top-four slot.”It is very painful to play with two players less than the opponent,” Pochettino said.”We need to move on. We cannot change the decisions. We have ahead two finals against Ajax and Everton. It is in our hands. If it does not happen we will be proud because nobody expected Tottenham to be in the position they are today.”We are fighting (five) teams, it is impossible for all six to get the top four, whatever happens I will feel proud and whatever happens in the (Champions League) semi-final I will be proud.”Spurs also had to contest with a fine Premier League debut from 19-year-old goalkeeper Mark Travers, who was in inspired form for the hosts with a string of fine saves.Cardiff never seriously looked like securing the win they needed to stand any chance of staying up, with Wilfried Zaha, Michy Batshuayi and Andros Townsend scoring the goals for Palace, who won for the fifth time in six away league games.The result confirmed Cardiff’s relegation after one season for the second time in five years. It was also manager Neil Warnock’s third top-flight relegation after also going down with Notts County in 1992 and Sheffield United in 2007.At Molineux, Leander Dendoncker’s 75th-minute volley against Fulham moved Wolves a step closer to possible European football next season.The Midlanders will be guaranteed to finish seventh in their first season after promotion if Leicester fail to beat Manchester City on Monday. Wolves would then need City to beat Watford in the FA Cup final to secure a place in Europe for the first time in 39 years.The one bright spot for Fulham was Harvey Elliott, who became Premier League’s youngest ever player at the age of 16 years and 30 days when he came on after 88 minutes.Marko Arnautovic scored twice for West Ham – his first goals for four months – as the home side completed a routine 3-0 win over Southampton. Ryan Fredericks rounded off the scoring with his first-ever Premier League strike.advertisementAlso Read | Premier League: 9-man Tottenham Hotspur go down 1-0 against BournemouthAlso Watch:last_img read more

Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

first_imgDesperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty Monday in the college admissions bribery scheme, the biggest name to do so in a scandal that has underscored the lengths to which some wealthy parents will go to get their children into top universities.The Emmy-winning actress, 56, could face prison time after she admitted to participating in the nationwide scam, in which authorities say parents bribed coaches, rigged entrance exams or both to game the admissions system.Huffman pleaded guilty in federal court to paying an admissions consultant $15,000 to have a proctor correct her older daughter’s answers on the SAT. She also considered going through with the plan for her younger daughter before ultimately deciding not to, authorities say.Felicity Huffman has arrived at court in Boston and is expected to plead guilty to paying $15,000 to have a proctor boost her daughter’s SAT scores. It is part of one of the largest college admissions scandals.— CBS 13 News (@WGME) May 13, 2019The consultant, Rick Singer, arranged for the cheating by having students obtain permission for extra time on the exams through diagnoses for things like learning disabilities, and then taking the exams at his testing center, prosecutors say.In court, Huffman explained her daughter had been seeing a neuropsychologist for years and been getting extra time on tests since she was 11 an apparent attempt to explain that her daughter’s doctor had no part in the scheme.I just didn’t want to create the impression that neuropsychologists have any part in this, a tearful Huffman said before stopping to collect herself.advertisementSentencing was set for Sept. 13. Because she agreed to plead guilty, prosecutors said they would recommend four months in prison, but the judge could choose not to put her behind bars at all.She arrived at court holding the hand of her brother Moore Huffman Jr. and did not say anything to journalists. In court, she wore a gray dress and a sweater and sat flanked by her attorneys while her brother watched from the front row. Her husband, actor William H. Macy, didn’t attend.Huffman had apologized in a statement last month and said she will accept the consequences. She said she betrayed her 18-year-old daughter, who was not aware of her plan.This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life. My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty, Huffman said.Investigators have said Macy, 69, was with her when admissions consultant Rick Singer explained how he could arrange for the cheating because he controlled a test center. Both Huffman and Macy agreed to the plan, authorities say, but Macy has not been charged. Prosecutors have not explained why.California businessman Devin Sloane also pleaded guilty Monday to paying $250,000 in bribes to get his son into the University of Southern California as a fake water polo recruit. Officials say he bought athletic gear and worked with a designer to create a bogus photo of his son playing the sport for the application.Huffman and Sloane are among 14 parents who agreed to plead guilty in the biggest admissions scandal ever prosecuted in the U.S., known as Operation Varsity Blues. The scandal involves prestigious schools across the country and has also embroiled prominent college coaches.The parents are accused of paying Singer to bribe coaches in exchange for helping their children get into schools as fake athletic recruits. Singer also paid off entrance exam administrators to allow someone else to take tests for students or fix their answers, authorities say.Some parents and coaches who have agreed to plead guilty are cooperating with prosecutors against current or future co-defendants, but Huffman is not known to be among them.Singer has pleaded guilty to charges including racketeering conspiracy. He began working with authorities last year and secretly recorded his conversations with actress Lori Loughlin, Huffman and other parents in the hopes of getting a lenient sentence.Some parents have decided to fight the charges, including Full House star Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, who have pleaded not guilty to paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as crew recruits, even though neither is a rower.Loughlin and Giannulli, who are also charged with money laundering conspiracy, have not publicly commented.Huffman was a star of ABC’s Desperate Housewives, which won her an Emmy Award in 2005. She was nominated for an Oscar for playing a transgender woman in the movie Transamerica.advertisementExperts differ on whether Huffman’s swift acceptance of responsibility will leave her with an acting career.After she agreed to plead guilty, Netflix officials said that a film starring her, Otherhood, would not be released as planned in April and that a new date would be determined. A limited series featuring Huffman on the Central Park Five case is expected to debut this month.last_img read more

Hyundai Kona electric SUV launched in India, price starts at Rs 25.30 lakh

first_imgHyundai Motor India today launched Kona electric SUV for an introductory price of Rs 25.30 lakh (ex-showroom). Hyundai Kona will be available in Phantom Black, Polar White, Marina Blue and Typhoon Silver monotone colour options and Polar White with Phantom Black roof dual-tone paint scheme. Customers will have to pay Rs 20,000 extra for the dual-tone colour option.Hyundai Kona electric SUV boasts of a very futuristic design with a unique front grille having intaglio pattern and integrated charging port. There is a split-type headlamp set-up with LED headlights and LED DRLs. The rear has LED tail lights and skid plates. The electric four-wheeler gets aero-tuned flared fenders, roof rails and 17-inch alloy wheels as well. The slim brake lights, turn indicators and reverse lamps are in a separated configuration.Inside the cabin of Hyundai Kona, the buyers will come across features like shift-by-wire drive controls, 17.77 cm touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, digital instrument cluster with supervision and multi-function steering wheel. Other features include 10-way power driver seat, front ventilated seats in leather, automatic AC, smart key with push-button, smartphone wireless charging and electric sunroof.Hyundai Kona electric SUV gets a permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor and it is powered by a 39.2 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery. The motor makes 136 PS and 395 Nm of peak torque. It can make 0-100 kmph in 9.7 seconds. There are four driving modes — Eco+, Eco, Comfort and Sport. There are paddle shifters for adjustable regenerative braking. The ARAI-certified range of Kona is 452 kms on a single full charge.advertisementHyundai Motor India is providing a warranty of three years with the Kona electric SUV. Also, there is a warranty of eight years and up to 1.60 lakh kms for the battery pack. You can refer to our first drive review of Hyundai Kona to know the electric better.So far as charging Hyundai Kona is concerned, the electric SUV can be charged 80 per cent in 57 minutes with DC quick charger using the CCS Type II port, while a 7.2 kW level-II charger takes 6 hours and 10 minutes, according to the company. Hyundai Motor India will provide two chargers with Kona. There will be a portable charger that can be plugged into any normal 3-pin 15-Amp socket and it will be capable of providing a top-up range of 50 kms in less than three hours. The AC Wall Box charger will be able to provide a range of 50 kms within a single hour. Hyundai EV dealers will support the customers in installing the sockets at their premises.According to the company, it is also working with IOCL for development of infrastructure to provide fast charging facilities at fuel stations in select cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru.With regard to the safety features, Hyundai Kona electric SUV will have six airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD), electronic stability control (ESC), vehicle stability management (VSM), hill assist control (HAC), rear camera with guideline, tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) and virtual engine sound system.ALSO READ | Maserati Levante Trofeo India launch by 2019-end, to feature Twin Turbo V8 engineALSO READ | Renault Duster facelift launched in India at a starting price of Rs 7.99 lakhALSO READ | Budget 2019 shows govt wants you to buy electric cars and here are the five best ones coming soon to Indialast_img read more

Worst thing in cricket: Virat Kohli on rain interruptions during match

first_imgRain turned the first one-dayer between India and West Indies at the Providence Stadium, Guyana, into a stop-start match and eventually forced the match to be called off with just 13 overs being bowled. Intermittent rain on Thursday frustrated India captain Virat Kohli as he said such interferences during play was the ‘worst’ thing in cricket.The start of the series opener was delayed by 90 minutes due to morning showers and was reduced to 43-overs a side before rain once again played a spoilsport and after two interruptions in the play the match was abandoned.Virat Kohli said interferences during the match that keep forcing players off the field is not a good feeling.”It’s probably the worst part of cricket, a stop-start is never a good feeling. Either it should rain out or play the full game. The more stops you have, the more you want to be careful to ensure that the players don’t injure themselves,” Kohli said in a post-match presentation.”A few pitches might have good pace and bounce, while others can be a bit slower and difficult. So you have assess them and play accordingly,” Kohli added when asked on playing in the West Indies.Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to field against West Indies. The first interruption in the game happened after 5.4 overs with West Indies yet to reach the double digits. However, the play resumed after an hour with game reduced to 40-overs-per side.The players came back on the field once the sun came out but waited for the ground staff to complete their job as a damp outfield further delayed the resumption.advertisementThe players went back into their respective dressing rooms and then came back out again after a lengthy delay with the match being further reduced to 34 overs-per-side.West Indies opener Evin Lewis then troubled pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar and smashed him for a six. Lewis went on to give Indian pacers a hard time as he hit Khaleel Ahmed for a six and two boundaries to cream 15 overs from the over.However, Chris Gayle continued to struggle with the bat as he played his slowest-ever ODI innings, scoring only four singles in 31 deliveries.Kuldeep Yadav managed to pick up the wicket of Chris Gayle for 4 soon after the resumption in the 11th over even as Evin Lewis started upping the ante from the other end.But the game lasted just a few more minutes as rain once again stopped play after the 13th over with West Indies reaching 54 for 1 with Evin Lewis (40 not out) and Shai Hope (6 not out) at the crease.last_img read more

Postgame Show: Talking OSU-Baylor, Justice Hill and How Glenn Spencer’s Defense Showed Out In Waco

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Hey we went live right after the game to talk OSU-Baylor. I called Carson to discuss Ramon Richards and Justice Hill and discussed Mason Rudolph’s performance. Hope you guys enjoy it. This was a lot of fun. Also, 10 Thoughts comin’!last_img read more

By the Numbers: Oklahoma State as Efficient as You can be at Pitt

first_imgThis week we get to look at one of the all-time great drive charts of the Mike Gundy era. Oklahoma State literally scored 7 points per drive in its first seven drive on Saturday at Heinz Field. Let’s dive into the numbers.OSU Drive ChartIt’s so … beautiful. TD, TD, TD, TD, TD, TD, TD, Half.OSU’s Pertinent NumbersPoints per drive (offense): 4.00Points per drive (defense): 1.17Yards per play: 9.4Third-down conversions: 10/14 (71%)Average starting field position: own 28-yard lineRed-zone scoring: 4/4Points off turnovers: 7Time of possession: 28:28Oklahoma State has been at 9+ yards per play in two of its first three games (amazingly, the USA game was not one of those). On the points per drive numbers, we don’t count defensive TDs as drives so OSU’s number would be 52 points divided by 13 offensive drives (we do count end-of-half drives, and if you watched the end of the first half of the USC-Texas game, you know why).One other point, OSU has led for 89 percent of game time so far this year. In three games so far this year #okstate has been …Down: 0 min. 0 sec.Tied: 11 min. 29 sec.Leading: 168 min 31 sec.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) September 17, 2017Now let’s look at Pittsburgh’s less-than-stellar drive charts.Pittsburgh Drive ChartOklahoma State’s defense has been so good at limiting teams early in games this year. Combine that with a quick-strike offense, and you start tilting the momentum in your direction early and often.Pitt’s Pertinent NumbersPoints per drive (offense): 1.17Points per drive (defense): 4.00Yards per play: 5.7Third-down conversions: 5/15 (33%)Average starting field position: own 29-yard lineRed-zone scoring: 2/2Points off turnovers: 7Time of possession: 31:32I think it’s also worth pointing out that OSU’s defense is averaging more than a half point scored per drive it faces as it has had two pick-6s and a fumble recovery for a TD so far this year. That’s pretty impressive for a D that nearly everyone had written off as “ave-ruj” before the season started.Touchdowns scored this season:Florida’s offense: 2#OKstate’s defense: 3— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) September 18, 2017 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Leicester to seal £22m Adrien Silva swoop

first_imgTransfers Sporting give green light to Silva’s £22m Leicester move Dom Farrell 20:01 9/1/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) AdrienSilva - cropped Getty Images Transfers Leicester City Portugal v Faroe Islands Portugal Premier League WC Qualification Europe Sporting CP Primeira Liga The Foxes are waiting on FIFA and FA ratification of the proposed transfer after seeing Sporting CP confirm their intention to sell Sporting CP have reached an agreement with Leicester City for the transfer of Adrien Silva, with the Portugal midfielder’s move to the Premier League now awaiting FIFA and Football Association approval.Leicester requested a two-hour extension to Thursday’s deadline to get a reported £22 million deal for the 28-year-old over the line.Danny Drinkwater’s late outgoing to Chelsea was confirmed shortly afterwards but there remained no word on Silva, who was photographed at Leicester’s training ground. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Leicester are understood to be confident their paperwork is in order with the FA, while Sporting released a statement on Friday confirming the deal, providing FIFA give the green light.The statement read: “Sporting Club de Portugal… informs the market that we have reached an agreement with Leicester City Football Club for the definitive transfer of the sporting and economic rights of the professional soccer player Adrien Silva.”The registration of the same [player] is awaiting confirmation of FIFA.”Euro 2016 winner Silva, who was heavily linked with a switch to then Premier League champions Leicester last year, was allowed to leave the Portugal camp ahead of his country’s 5-1 win over the Faroe Islands on Thursday to tie up his club future.Deadline day proved to be busy for Leicester, with Austria centre-back Aleksandar Dragovic joining on a season-long loan from Bayer Leverkusen, while midfielder Nampalys Mendy returned to former club Nice on a similar deal.Although Drinkwater departed, another hero of their title win – 2015-16 PFA Player of the Year Riyad Mahrez – remains at the King Power Stadium.Vicente Iborra, Harry Maguire and Kelechi Iheanacho joined Craig Shakespeare’s squad earlier in the transfer window.last_img read more

Bosz: Aubameyang happy at Dortmund

first_imgBorussia Dortmund Aubameyang happy at Dortmund says manager Bosz Ryan Benson 21:28 22/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pierre Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund Super Cup Martin Rose Borussia Dortmund Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Bundesliga The Gabon international reportedly seen several moves break down, but his manager at Dortmund does not think he is unhappy at the club Peter Bosz is certain that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is “very happy” and Borussia Dortmund despite recent comments suggesting a degree of disappointment over not getting a move to Real Madrid.The Gabon star has been in electric form for Dortmund in the last two years, scoring a total of 61 Bundesliga goals since the start of the 2015-16 season.Unsurprisingly, that ability has seen other big clubs around Europe take a keen interest, with reigning European champions Madrid said to be one of those sides. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Aubameyang was asked about those links in an interview on Thursday and said that he no longer has a “dream” to play for Madrid and that he will not speak of them because they “don’t want me”.Some perceived his comments to be borne out of frustration, but Bosz simply understands it is because he is happy in Germany.Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday’s visit of Borussia Monchengladbach, Bosz said: “Aubameyang does not seem to be disappointed. He is very happy here.”Dortmund will look to continue their electric form to start the Bundesliga campaign which has seen them pick up four wins and a draw in their first five games to lead the league.Aubameyang has been a big part of that run, scoring five goals over that span for the club. He also has added three goals in Dortmund’s one DFB Pokal match of the season.last_img read more

Simeone: Griezmann committed amid Barca talk

first_imgAntoine Griezmann Griezmann commitment of no concern to Atletico amid Barcelona transfer talk Matt Dorman 00:58 12/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) griezmann - CROPPED Getty Images Antoine Griezmann Atlético Madrid Espanyol v Atlético Madrid Espanyol Primera División Barcelona Diego Simeone remains “very happy” with the France international striker as speculation continues to cloud his future in the Spanish capital Diego Simeone has no qualms over Antoine Griezmann’s dedication to Atletico Madrid despite the player being at the centre of a tug-of-war with Barcelona.Atleti lodged a complaint to FIFA this week over their La Liga rivals’ alleged pursuit of the France star.The move came in response to Barca director Guillermo Amor stating club president Josep Maria Bartomeu could have met with Griezmann’s family. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, Simeone insists the 26-year-old’s state of mind has not been affected by the speculation surrounding his future.”The board is managing it in the best way, looking for what is best for the club,” Simeone told reporters ahead of Friday’s trip to Espanyol.”I am very happy with Antoine. I base my thoughts on what I see and I see that he is very involved and committed.”Because of his [hamstring] injury, he faced [Deportivo] Alaves the other day without being 100 per cent.”He is doing well with his team-mates and he is a fundamental player for us. These are all positives.”I trust Griezmann and I believe in him. The best is yet to come.”  | PRESS [email protected]: “@RCDEspanyol have great players from the midfield up.”#AúpaAtleti— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) December 21, 2017Atleti could close to within three points of leaders Barca by winning a fifth successive La Liga match against Espanyol.And while victory would ramp up the pressure on Ernesto Valverde’s side ahead of El Clasico, Simeone is not prepared to consider his team as title contenders.”It is too early to talk. Everything is changing,” he said.”Reality is the only thing that counts and that means doing well against Espanyol tomorrow.”last_img read more

Paulinho shrugs off critics ahead of Clasico

first_imgReal Madrid v Barcelona Barcelona’s Paulinho shrugs off critics ahead of El Clasico Jamie Smith 04:22 12/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paulinho Getty Images Real Madrid v Barcelona Primera División Barcelona Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur Premier League Real Madrid Having proved the doubters wrong with six La Liga goals so far, the Brazilian midfielder claims opinions about his ability do not concern him Paulinho insists he has never been worried about what the critics say, with the previously under-fire midfielder having helped Barcelona to move 11 points clear of Real Madrid in the Liga table going into Saturday’s Clasico.The Brazil international was the first signing made by Barca following the departure of his compatriot Neymar in a world-record €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain, with many Blaugrana fans underwhelmed at his arrival.Paulinho was then widely mocked after stumbling over tricks in his presentation following the completion of a surprise €40m switch from Guangzhou Evergrande. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But after hitting six league goals to be the most prolific midfielder in La Liga this season, striking a brace in a 4-0 defeat of Deportivo La Coruna last time out, Paulinho has shrugged off stinging criticism ahead of Saturday’s trip to the Santiago Bernabeu.”I’ve heard it said that I’m silencing the critics so many times but it’s not that: I don’t have to prove myself to anyone,” Paulinho told The Guardian.”I don’t play for the critics, I play for my team-mates. For three, four years I haven’t listened to anything. People always talk and always will – ‘He’s good now because he’s at Barca’, ‘He was only good then because he was in China’, blah, blah, blah.”When I was at Bragantino and I went to Corinthians it was the same; it was the same at Tottenham and in China. I’ve had that since the beginning.”@FCBarcelona arrive at #ElClasico unbeaten in #LaLigaSantander!— LaLiga (@LaLigaEN) December 21, 2017Before moving to China, where he won the AFC Champions League with Guangzhou, Paulinho was perceived to have flopped at Tottenham, having fallen out of favour under Mauricio Pochettino the season after Brazil’s humiliation at the hands of Germany in the 2014 World Cup.”The problem was that this came after the World Cup, with me trying to get back to some normality,” Paulinho said. “I was the last back [for pre-season] and to have gone out of the World Cup that way with Brazil at home…”I’ve never talked much about that game: maybe once or twice, that’s it. There’s no point. You can lose a game by two or three and say: ‘Oh we made this mistake, we made that mistake, we lost.’ But if you lose 7-1, what can you say?”It is something that can’t happen. But it happened. And after that, I had to go back to my club. You have a full season ahead of you when [you hope] you can recover from losing a World Cup semi-final 7-1 at home.”My first game [under Pochettino] is in my position but after that I played in every position apart from my own. If we play in a three, I’m here. If we play in a two, I’m here.”He had a different system, and if you’re not in your position in a football as competitive as England it’s difficult. I was playing on the left wing: the manager put me there and I had to play there, because I wanted to play.”@paulinhop8 and #ElClásico – the midfielder’s in form on the pitch and in our interview!— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 20, 2017Despite being pushed to the fringes at Spurs towards the end of his Premier League spell, Paulinho does not hold a grudge against Pochettino.”I had no problem with Pochettino,” Paulinho added. “I told him: ‘This position is not mine but if you want I can play there.’ But in the long term you’re not going to be at your best and over the last six months I wasn’t playing regularly.”I thought the moment had come to leave. Where? I didn’t know. But I wanted to leave. The coach wasn’t trusting in me so there’s no reason to stay.”last_img read more

Australia call in Chadd Sayers with Jackson Bird out of Test squad

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Paceman Chadd Sayers has been drafted into Australia’s Test tour of South Africa as a replacement for injured quick Jackson Bird, who strained a hamstring during the last round of the Sheffield Shield. The 30-year-old has yet to win a Test cap but will join the Australian squad for their four-Test series starting on 1 March. Reuse this content Steve Smith Australia sport Perry similarly crowned her stellar year with a double century. Her 213 not out in November’s Ashes Test is the third-highest women’s Test score and an Australian record. She polled 116 votes, comfortably clear of Beth Mooney’s 78, while Megan Schutt was third on 65. Perry previously won the Belinda Clark Award two years ago.Smith amassed 1,754 runs in 24 Tests and one-dayers at an average of 67.46 during the voting period, from 8 January last year to 8 January this year.Lyon’s 62 wickets – the most by any Test player in world cricket during the voting period – made him a chance for the Test player category but Smith beat Lyon 32 votes to 16, adding to his 2015 win in the category.Smith scored a whopping 1305 runs in 11 Tests at an average of 81.56 with six centuries. Warner was next on the Test runs aggregate – 420 runs behind him. Smith said resilience was key to his own form and the Australian team’s progression to their Ashes triumph. He said Australia’s draw against India in the third Test at Ranchi and their Ashes draw at the MCG showed their fighting qualities.“You always want to play to win, sometimes it’s just not possible,” he said. “But showing the fight and determination to get through those moments and show resilience … that’s what we’re all about. We’ve made some really big strides in those areas.”While Smith’s Test form was outstanding, he is determined to improve in one dayers. “For my standards, I had a pretty poor one-day year and it perhaps reflects a lot of the results we’ve had in one-day cricket,” he said. Support The Guardian Allan Border medal winner Steve Smith and Ellyse Perry, who won the Belinda Clark Award, speak to media. Photograph: Michael Dodge/Getty Images news Cricket Read more Since you’re here… Topics “It’s disappointing for Jackson,” Australia captain Steve Smith said on Tuesday, the morning after he won the Allan Border medal for a second time. “But it’s exciting for Chadd at the same time. They both stand the seam up nicely and Chadd’s been rewarded for what he has done in Shield cricket for the last couple of years.”Smith said Bird’s injury was unfortunate and untimely. “It’s tough news for him,” he said. “He is a terrific guy to have around the group, he works incredibly hard. He’s just a great guy to have on tour with you – a terrific team man. I certainly feel for him that he unfortunately has this injury at this time.”South Australia’s Sayers has taken the most Shield wickets in the past 18 months – he has 246 first-class wickets at an average of 24.11.When the initial touring squad was announced last week, Sayers expressed disappointment at finding out via social media that he had been overlooked. Sayers sought out Australia’s chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns after the squad announcement.On Monday, Smith and Ellyse Perry dominated the major awards at Australian cricket’s Allan Border medal night. Smith’s outstanding year meant he won his second Border medal as well as a second Test player of the year award.Perry also won the Belinda Clark award for the second time as the top Australian women’s player. They were hot tips to take out the two major awards and the voting at Monday night’s function in Melbourne reflected their domination.Smith previously won the medal in 2015 and becomes the fifth player to win it more than once. He polled 246 and his vice-captain David Warner, who had won the previous two Border medals, was well behind on 162. Off-spinner Nathan Lyon rounded out the top three on 156.Smith captained Australia to the 4-0 Ashes series win this summer and also starred in last year’s 2-1 Test series loss away to India. He posted his highest Test score of 239 in the third Ashes Test. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Australian selectors only concerned with Glenn Maxwell’s form Australia women’s cricket team Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Australia cricket team Share on Pinterest Pinterest last_img read more


first_imgThe Queensland Under 19 School Championships were held over the weekend in Toowoomba, with the competition throwing the odd curve ball here and there as teams came and went, often in an unexpected fashion. The depth amongst Queensland’s juniors was shown again, with both grand finals bringing the crowd to life and keeping them entertained until the final siren had blown. In the girls Under 19 division it was a weekend of upsets with favourites Metropolitan East were knocked out by Northern in the qualifying final, who were then defeated by the Sunshine Coast in their semi. Metropolitan West also caused a stir, accounting for defending Champions South Coast in their semi final. Metropolitan West then faced the ever improving Sunshine Coast in the grand final, with the winner only decided in the final minute of play when Wests’ Ali Brigginshaw set up the winning touchdown for her side with a brilliant pass. The 3-2 scoreline was made closer by both sides being unable to capitalize on opportunities throughout the match. Delwyn Tupuhi from Metropolitan West was awarded Player of the Final for her performance. In the boys Under 19’s semi finals, the South Coast side accounted for Sunshine Coast, while the highly fancied Metropolitan East were beaten in a drop off by Central Queensland. It was back to back titles for the South Coast boys Under 19’s side, who held off a spirited Capricornia (Central Queensland) side, 6-5 in a high scoring and skilful encounter. Josh Dwyer was awarded Player of the Final for his performance for South Coast. Congratulations to Alyce Hulbert (Metropolitan East) and Ashleigh Sheppard (South Coast) who were awarded as the MVP winners for the tournament. All results can be viewed at the following Queensland School Sport link: read more


first_imgTouch Football Australia would like to welcome all members back for 2008, and we look forward continuing to grow the sport in the year ahead. We tap-off the year by introducing to you our exciting new website, which contains many new and existing features including TFA Video with video clips from Touch Football events, and the Associations in Focus section will feature links to associations from across the country, and the affiliate and volunteer focused TFA Clubhouse.There are many more new features on our homepage, so be sure to explore them all. There may be some initial temporary technical difficulties as the page is transferred and if you have any problems please contact Tara Steel [email protected] or phone (07) 3247 1733.Touch Football Australia wish all our members the best for 2008 and hope you enjoy the new website!last_img read more

Graeme Clancy QLD – 2016 Nomination for Volunteer of the Year

first_imgGraeme is the founder of Touch Football Specialised which gives participants with special needs the opportunity to play Touch Football.The countless amount of volunteer hours Graeme has contributed has seen substantial growth in Touch Football Specialised and the programs now available for participants.The QLD Special Education Championships were held for the third successive year in 2016 with seven new schools attending, an additional thirteen teams and ninety six new participants.Graeme has also created a prototype competition for special needs athletes which will see athletes compete in a regular form of competition over multiple weeks. These competitions will be held at difference affiliated associations in South Queensland for the first time in season two of this year.He has also developed resources and modified equipment to allow the game to be accessed and played by numerous participants. These resources and aids have allowed schools and all ability organisations to self-deliver programs of their own.The countless hours Graeme has continued to put in has seen the organisation create a new partnership with the Gold Coast Titans and a continually growing ambassador group which now includes Olympic Athlete Michelle Jenneke.Queensland Touch could not be prouder of the contributions Graeme has made to the special needs and Touch Football communities through his initiative. He has single handily given children and adults with special needs opportunities through our sport which have never been there before.last_img read more