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Tough field tempers Branislav’s confidence

first_imgFoton coach Moro Brasnilav. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMoro Branislav didn’t take long to admit that his Foton team will have a tough time defending its title in the Chooks To Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix, which starts Saturday at FilOil Flying V Centre.After glancing at the present crop of imports, the Serbian coach said the league has become a lot more competitive compared to the previous seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Rio Olympic head Nuzman formally charged with corruption BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Powerhouse Petron, which will pose a huge threat to Foton’s bid, will field Lindsay Stalzer—who helped the Tornadoes win their title last year. Stalzer will be supported by Hillary Hurley of the United States and Yuri Fukuda of Japan. View comments MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES “Normally I will say that my team is good for championships,” said Branislav during Wednesday’s launch. “But I have too much respect for these teams who are also building up.”“But we are prepared to win another title, that’s for sure,” said the mentor of the Tornadoes, who have won this conference the past two seasons.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 shutoutFoton will parade Serbians Sara Klisura and Katarina Vukamanovic and Montenegrin Dragana Perunicnic.Nine teams will see action in the tournament, the biggest field so far for the PSL, which will each be allowed three foreign players. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:10PNP-HPG to field 695 personnel to secure ‘Undas’01:37Protesters 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 Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

Jeev Milkha Singh stumbles but still on track

first_imgJeev Milkha Singh’s fondness to tee up at difficult golf courses without a practice round almost paid off on Thursday as he found himself right on top of the leaderboard after 11 holes of the first round of the 141st Open Championships at the Royal Lytham & St Annes.But three dropped shots between 13th and 14th brought him down to even-par 70 on a day that was perfect for scoring.No one used the conditions better than Australian Adam Scott, widely considered as one of the best players not to have won a Major. Scott, who has Tiger Woods’ former caddie Steve Williams on the bag, needed a birdie on the last hole to move to eightunder and set the record for his lowest round ever in a Major. But he bogeyed the 18th and finished with 64.Close behind Scott were six Major winners, including Tiger Woods (67), the winner of 14 Majors. The 2007 Masters winner Zach Johnson and Paul Lawrie, winner of the 1999 British Open, were tied second at 65, while Woods, winner of three Opens, Ernie Els, a 2002 Open winner, Graeme McDowell and Bubba Watson were all at 67.Anirban Lahiri, who started in the second last group of the day, had played just three holes but was oneunder with a birdie on the first, his firstever hole in a Major. Daniel Chopra carded 73.Asked about his liking for turning up ‘blind’ to play on difficult courses, Jeev said, “For sure I do, but I take it in a way that if you play a lot of practice rounds you see a lot of trouble. So you might as well not see it, you might as well just tee it up straight and see the good and go for it. Like last week (Castle Stuart Links) I didn’t play a practice round, I just went straight up.”advertisementHe laughed and added, “I like to play the golf course blind. I think that’s why I paid my dues on No.13 (he had a double bogey), but that’s all right. I think mentally I was a little tired so I just wanted to take it easy. So I just played six (here) and I just saw a few holes.”Jeev started the day with a birdie from 25 feet on the par-3 first, a unique feature of Royal Lytham and St Annes, which has par-3s on the first and ninth. Jeev followed that up with a chip-in for par on third and a 15-footer birdie on fourth.He could have moved to three under but his birdie putt on fifth just shaved the hole. A bad tee shot on seventh cost him a bogey, but he did get a birdie on par-3 ninth.With a birdie followed on 11th from 12 feet, Jeev shared the top spot with Paul Lawrie at three-under.Jeev confessed, “(At that stage) I was thinking I am going to get lower. There was a hiccup on No. 13, but that’s fine, it happens. The 13th hole got me. But the good part is I came back with a birdie on the next hole on 14th.”In the past Jeev has won tournaments at the Valderrama Golf Club in Spain and last week at the Castle Stuart in Aberdeen, Scotland without a practice round at the layout.last_img read more

Olympics 2018: Athletes, fan shiver at Winter Games

first_imgOn Friday, the Games will be officially launched at the opening ceremony SHARE COMMENT sport × SHARE SHARE EMAIL Workers install Olympic Rings at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre in Pyeongchang, South Korea.   –  Reuters 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and Paralympics will be safe: S Korea Sub-zero temperatures could be a real issue for visitors in Pyeongchang for this month’s Winter Olympics, but while Games fans shivered, athletes on Monday welcomed the cold. With freezing temperatures of minus 10 degrees celsius in the day and around minus 20 (minus four degrees fahrenheit) during the night it could prove challenging for the last week of preparation before the opening on Friday.In Pyeongchang, big coats, gloves and good shoes were a must to face the cold, enhanced by strong winds. One student from Seoul, on holiday with his parents, said even South Koreans weren’t used to such low temperatures. “It’s not usually this cold in this area in this season but very cold, I cannot even think of the words, I think my brain is frozen or something,” shivered student Kyungtae Lim, visiting from Seoul. “I’m a little bit worried about Olympic players… many of the players are from not so cold countries so I don’t think they’ll perform very well, and I’m also worried about the tourists.”On Friday, when the Games will be officially launched at the opening ceremony, spectators fortunate enough to have got a ticket will have to wrap up at the outdoor stadium at the Olympic Plaza where temperatures will be hard to sustain. But for the athletes, cold temperatures are good news as the snow and the courses remain stable throughout the competition. “I’m not (happy about the cold), like my body’s not,” smiled US mogul skier Brad Wilson. “But as far as the conditions go, absolutely (I am happy), we’re in winter sports for a reason, when it’s cold like this it’s good, it’s a good thing, yeah. As long as we can stay warm.”“We haven’t had to deal with a ton of cold this year, it’s been pretty warm,” added U.S. mogul skier Jaelin Kauf. “It just means pack more layers… maybe do a lot extra warmup at the top of the course, but that’s about it.”center_img Workers install Olympic Rings at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre in Pyeongchang, South Korea.   –  Reuters Published on 2018 Winter Olympics COMMENTS February 05, 2018 RELATED Hopes for talks grow as North Korea’s ceremonial leader will visit South Korea for Olympics last_img read more


first_imgKhawaja, however, could not be contained for long as he Khawaja, however, could not be contained for long as he hammered an erring Jasprit Bumrah for four boundaries in his opening over. The Australians had their aggressive intent clear, so much so that even first change Ashwin was not spared. Finch deposited the star Indian spinner for two consecutive sixes over long on and under pressure, his next ball was wide down the leg side for five runs. Ashwins 22-run over meant Australia had raced to 53 for no loss in four overs. India badly needed a breakthrough to stop the free flow of runs and it was provided by Nehra, who had the dangerous Khawaja caught behind off a fuller ball. Ashwin, brought back in the eighth over, bounced back from a forgettable first over by having David Warner stumped to make it 73 for two. That wicket was Ashwins 50th in the format, making him the first Indian to do so. Steven Smith (2) then joined Finch in the middle but much to the delight of a vociferous crowd, he lasted only six balls two days after smashing an unbeaten 61 against Pakistan at the same venue. Yuvraj Singh, bowling his first ball of the tournament, induced a faint edge of Smiths bat as he attempted a hard slash on a flatter one. India had pulled things back considerably after leaking runs early on. Soon after, it became 100 for four in 13 overs with the fall of Finch. The odd ball keeping low also made life tougher for the batsmen. It was over to Shane Watson (18 not out) and Maxwell to provide the late flourish. Maxwell did his bit with a breezy knock which included a switch hit that went for six over cover off a full toss from Ravindra Jadeja. Big hitters are aplenty in the Australian batting line-up and in came James Faulkner (10) to support Watson. But the pitch getting slower and disciplined bowling by the Indians did not allow the powerful pair to free their arms. Nehra once again was the most economical bowler for the home team. The Australians, however, ended the innings in style courtesy Peter Nevill (10 not out), who smashed a six and four in the two balls he faced. PTI BS PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Exclusive: Ish Sodhi banking on New Zealand’s capability to adapt quickly

first_imgIt has been a challenging first week for the New Zealand team in India. As if arriving from a pleasant spring back home to a hot and humid Delhi wasn’t enough, Mumbai batsmen made them sweat more at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in the only practice game Kiwis played before the three-Test series starts in Kanpur Thursday. (Kanpur pitch might assist spinners, says Ajinkya Rahane)But, leggie Ish Sodhi, who had put up a good show in the World T20 tournament in India earlier this year, isn’t too worried. The 23-year-old is confident that his team is capable of giving the hosts a run for their money. (New Zealand will have to play better to beat India: Luke Ronchi) “It has been pretty hot and humid here. The best part of playing that game (warm-up vs Mumbai) was to get a hang of the conditions, to have a feel of the SG ball in your hand. It has been an ideal preparation for us. Be it at a flat surface on a hot day, getting that load on under our legs has been the best part, something that is going to hold us in good stead for the upcoming Test series. For me personally, it is a really exciting prospect. Playing against India in India is definitely one of the biggest challenges going around in international cricket. For a chance to able to do that, hopefully getting a crack in the first Test, is an exciting opportunity. One that I hope to get,” Sodhi told INDIA TODAY in an exclusive chat before the Kiwis left for Kanpur. (Also read: New Zealand begin India tour with a draw against Mumbai)advertisement”They (Mumbai batsmen) played exceptionally well. Obviously, they’ve played in these conditions for a long period of time and the best preparation for us was just to be out there, to play some cricket, to get some overs under the belt. It was a pretty flat surface but if you look at our batting at the start of innings, we batted really well. A few players retired, so we could’ve got a lot more runs but the key for us was preparation and getting as much as we could out there and give everyone a chance to play their part,” he added. (Defence will be the key against Kiwi spinners: Rahane to India Today)First Zimbabwe, then South Africa and now India, New Zealand have been playing Test cricket in contrasting conditions, something which Sodhi thinks has made the team stronger than ever before. Kanpur’s wicket, the history attached to it and all the talk of getting rank turners on the tour lights up his eyes. (New Zealand pacer Tim Southee ruled out of India Test series)”One thing we’ve been really good at over the past few while is to be able to adapt quickly to any of the conditions we’ve been faced with whether it involves changing our team or playing a certain way. I think we have to do the same, it could be flat in Kanpur, a rank turner, it could be anything. Knowing that we have got the confidence of having faced those conditions before, and to do well, is massive for us. We have got the players to do that in all conditions. Whatever we are faced with when we do our first training session there, we are confident of preparing for it accordingly,” says Sodhi.Not just the weather, the Kiwi bowlers, used to bowling with a Kookaburra at home, have to quickly adjust to a SG Test as well.”Yeah, it is completely different from the Kookaburra that we play with back home. I have really enjoyed bowling with the SG Test, the seam is a lot more raised and stays raised for the majority of 80 overs. So you tend to extract a little bit of more bounce for a longer period of time. You need that on wickets which are lower and slower, like in this part of the world. Sometimes you can get away with it back home because the wickets are a lot harder but I really enjoyed the feel of ball in my hand and to have 20 overs under the belt out in the middle was I think perfect practice.”Along with Mitchell Santner and Mark Craig, Sodhi has formed a formidable spin trio which has done well in the past. Together, they have the experience of 44 Tests, taking 98 wickets with Craig individual contribution being 48 wickets.”I really enjoy a lot bowling with those guys, being around with them, talking spin with them. Not just them, I think Gup (Martin Guptill) and Kane (Williamson) have bowled really well too. Lot of knowledge there in terms of spin bowling. We have all played enough cricket together to understand how each other work. It’s an exciting prospect over the next three or four weeks.”advertisementWith Brendon McCullum retiring, it will take some time for the Kiwi team management to fill the void. Sodhi believes new skipper Kane has settled well.”Don’t think so it has made a huge difference because the leadership group has remained pretty similar. Kane has taken over the captaincy and done an incredible job at it. He has also played 50 Test matches so he has got a bit of experience under his belt. Southee, Bolt have got wickets for us all over the world. I think not much has changed, the attitude of New Zealand team has remained pretty similar over the past few years, something really nice to be a part of. It is something which we think can be continued with even though Brendon has retired and a couple of others have left recently. It’s amazing to be a part of it. I am pretty sure we can continue with it.”Sodhi is also looking forward to interact with Indian spin legend and present coach Anil Kumble “sometime during the series.””I watched him a lot (Kumble) when I was younger, seen lots of videos of him. I have been watching him ever since I was young, he is a hero for all leg spinners around the world, not just myself. Now he is the coach of the Indian side, we will try to do as best as we can. Maybe, at the end of the series, when I find five minutes, or he finds five minutes, we can have a little bit of chat.”Born in Ludhiana before his family moved to New Zealand, Sodhi is hoping that his relatives will turn out in a big number in the series.”It always feels good to see, halfway across the world, some family members you haven’t met in a long time. No doubt, that a few of them will turn up in support, just like they do when I am playing and they are watching on tv at home. Not much changes, they always support me regardless of whether they are there or not. Just to have them there would be quite nice and for them to watch me playing would also be quite pleasing.”last_img read more

Can Argentina hitman Simeone emulate his famous father?

first_imgIt was the surname everybody wanted to see back in the Argentina set-up. The identity of its bearer, however, was rather unexpected.While the Albiceleste faithful will have to wait some time longer to see Diego Simeone line up on the team’s bench as he continues to thrive at Atletico Madrid, his son Giovanni has completed a roundabout route to the national team that culminated in a thrilling headed debut goal for the young Fiorentina hotshot. Just 10 more to go and he will have equalled the record of his father in 106 Argentina appearances!One might say that Gio had been groomed for success. Shortly after helping an experimental Argentina side – the likes of Lionel Messi, Nicolas Otamendi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria were all left at home for this current FIFA window – under the gaze of interim coach Lionel Scaloni cruise to a 3-0 win over Guatemala, the striker shared a poignant family photo. 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! Not for the Simeones, of course, stock album pictures of chain restaurants, theme parks and days in the countryside. Gio featured out on the pitch with his illustrious father decked in the Argentina colours.“How exciting! What can I say… just keep fighting for your dreams,” he wrote on Instagram in a tribute to his father on that most auspicious of days. It is not just El Cholo’s example as a warrior on the field that the new Argentina cap has followed. Simeone Jr. received his break in the River Plate academy back in 2008, when at the tender age of 13 he followed his father when the latter took up the coaching job at the Buenos Aires giant.Any accusations of nepotism were quickly brushed aside. Diego lasted just 12 months in the River hotseat, leaving with the bizarre distinction of having finished in both first and last place in the same calendar year with the same club (the Argentine Primera Division at that time featuring two short tournaments of 19 games per season). Gio, however, stayed and fought for his place, and was handed his first-team debut just months after his 18th birthday in 2013 after shining throughout the club’s youth divisions.Simeone’s time in the intensely competitive Argentine top flight was solid rather than spectacular. Starved of first-team football at River, after two years and just 35 games on the Millonario fringes he made the brave choice to kick-start his career at the less fashionable Banfield. Gio also laid down a marker in the 2015 South American Under-20 Championships, smashing nine goals in nine to lead Argentina to the crown – Angel Correa, now starring under Simeone Sr. at Atletico was another star of that side.Still, and despite two decent terms with Banfield, when Genoa swooped for the youngster in 2016 it was still largely on his evident potential rather than his statistics in front of the net.Happily, and just like the old man, he took to Serie A like a duck to water. Naturally rangy, almost waif-like in his six-foot build, Gio has worked incessantly to build himself up and avoid being bundled off the ball, a fate that blighted him all too often while still learning his trade in Argentina.At Genoa and now Gabriel Batistuta’s old stamping ground of La Viola he averages a more than respectable goal every three games and so far in 2018-19 has beaten the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Icardi and Gonzalo Higuain in opening his Serie A account.Could we one day see father and son team up at Atletico? Diego, sadly, believes not. “He is a kid who has what it takes to play with me, but unfortunately I will never take him with me,” the coach told COPE .“I don’t want to say never, but… it is very difficult to have your son in the dressing room, for him and for the relationship. If in five or six years he earns a much higher profile than that which he has now then we are talking about something else. He is playing out his career in the best way possible.”Gio Simeone Argentina Guatemala 08092018For Argentina, too, Gio faces an uphill battle to stay in the nation’s long-term plans. Sergio Aguero and Higuain are still around, proven scorers at the elite level, while among the next generation Icardi – preferred by Scaloni for the rather more competitive friendly on Tuesday against Colombia while Simeone made a late cameo off the bench – and his Inter partner Lautaro Martinez (ruled out of the US tour due to injury) are considered slightly ahead of Simeone, who cuts a more static traditional figure compared to that pair’s more dynamic skillset.Still just 23 though, he has everything required to build on that positive debut and cause further headaches for the next Argentina coach when it comes to picking the Albiceleste’s centre-forward for the next four years ahead of Qatar 2022. And one thing is for certain: having grown up under the fiercely intense wing of father Diego, Gio will never lack the hunger and drive to succeed.last_img read more

Cazorla: Villarreal have turned a corner

first_imgSanti Cazorla says Villarreal are back to their best ahead of this week’s Europa League match against Rangers.The Spanish side won their first league match since September this past weekend, topping Real Betis 2-1 to move out of the relegation zone.With just two matches remaining in their Europa League group, Villarreal sit top with six points ahead of Spartak Moscow and Rangers. 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! Depending on results elsewhere, victory in Scotland could guarantee Villarreal qualification to the next phase and the former Arsenal star believes his side has what it takes to claim all three points.”We hope that this victory [against Betis] will be a turning point for our season,” Cazorla said.”We just had to beat Betis. There could be no more excuses. And I think for almost the first time this season, certainly in the league, we played a complete match for 90 minutes.”I felt we approached our best form and the important thing now is to keep the momentum going with a win in Glasgow.”We have set our standards and we have to keep them up in the Europa League now.”Forward Gerard Moreno echoed Cazorla’s comments having finally escaped his goalscoring drought with his second league goal of the season over the weekend.”When a striker does not score, it eats up inside his head. You become too eager to score,” he said.”Now that I have finally scored again I can relax. As soon a the final whistle sounded, I turned my attention to Glasgow and what will be a very difficult game against Rangers.”The whole club needed that win. The players, coaching staff and fans. We have a chance to take a huge step towards qualification on Thursday if we can win in Glasgow.”If we play like we did against Betis, we are capable of getting the right result in Scotland.”Villarreal earned a point from the 2-2 draw with Rangers in Spain in the club’s first group-stage clash.The Spanish club will finish off the group phase against Spartak Moscow on December 13.last_img read more

Naidu flags student suicide issue, pitches for mind sport

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 9 (PTI) Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today flagged the issue of suicides by students unable to cope with stress, and pitched for memory training which, he said, would make studies a pleasurable experience and not a “stressful nightmare”.He also batted for extending due encouragement to mind sport in the country on the lines of physical sport.”We have been frequently coming across reports of suicides by students, who are unable to cope with stress. I get extremely anguished whenever I read such news reports as all those deaths of youngsters are avoidable…time has come for institutions, governments and the society at large to prevent such suicides,” he said.He said memory training will make “studies a pleasurable experience rather than a stressful nightmare”.”If students can learn and master memory techniques, they can work smarter. This will actually enable students to get better grades and leave them with more time for other extra- curricular activities,” the Vice President said.He made these remarks whileaddressing a delegation of the World Memory Sports Council for India here. The mind sport contingent has returned after bagging the fourth place at the World Memory Championships held last month in Shenzen, China.”No doubt, physical body has its limitations but the mind has unlimited capacity and this has to be tapped to its full potential,” he said.The Vice President said there was a need to move towards analytical and logical thinking skills and not merely focusing on learning and memorising.advertisementNaidu was of the view that there is a need for every Indian to learn these memory techniques and practise memory sports on regular basis to have a healthy state of mind. PTI NAB SMNlast_img read more

Get Rishabh Pant into World Cup mix

first_imgNobody ever says too much cricket is being played. As the Men in Blue round off their long tour to Australia and New Zealand, the mood is one of cheer for results achieved in Tests and ODIs.These days, when for almost anything and everything you hear, “How is the Josh?” line from movie Uri, the Indian cricket team is no exception. There are memes on social media on the Indian cricket team as well and conversations taking place between Virat Kohli, coach Ravi Shastri and the gang.Yes, the josh was high till Trent Boult struck at Hamilton in the fourth ODI with his sharp movement to wreck the Indians for 94 runs. In almost no time, the knives were out for the Indian cricket team, in typical knee-jerk fashion.The problem with cricket experts, be it the former players or those who have never played even at the gully level, is they have an opinion. At a time when social media comes up with praise or condemnation within minutes in real time, reactions to India’s defeat were sharp.Agreed, one loss was not a big deal but it certainly managed to highlight a very relevant point about how this Indian ODI side has plenty of problems with the misfiring middle order. Till now, with the top three clicking and ageless wonder MS Dhoni also proving his competitive touch in Australia, the middle order did not come under scrutiny.If you carefully look at results where India have lost, it has been a case of the middle order not delivering when the top order failed. That happened, notably, in Hamilton.advertisementOnce the team returns to India, there will still be a lot of good press. Virat Kohli has got a well-deserved break and is spending quality time with wife Anushka Sharma, as is evident from his social media posts. Dhoni pulled his hamstring and has been forced to take a break.In the next few months before the ICC World Cup in England, India are not expected to play more than half a dozen ODIs. These matches at home cannot be taken lightly as it will serve as a valuable test for players who are on the fringe.Almost everyone who loves cricket, which is a few millions in India, has at one point or the other, already jotted down his or her Indian squad for the World Cup and what the final XI will be. While one does not have to spend too much time thinking about the top two batting slots, there is scope for a lot of tinkering from No.3 position downwards.One has seen in the ODIs played recently, the middle order slots revolve around Ambatti Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav and Dinesh Karthik. Shubhman Gill has also been flown out but it would be good if there could be some change from the one-drop position.The general impression is Rishabh Pant has been kept only for the Tests and T20s, but he would be a good candidate to play at the No.3 slot, so that Kohli can come in at the No.4 slot.Kohli has in the past opened the innings, batted at No.4 and even in some matches come lower down. The think-tank can ponder over Pant at the No.3 slot as he is in rich form and has been quite successful in England.Having scored a ton each in England and Australia, aggressive Pant could well play the World Cup purely as a batsman and chip in handsomely. It’s well known how big a hit Rishabh Pant was in Australia and made life miserable for the Aussies with his non-stop chatter.Weather conditions in England are bound to be different when compared to Australia, and this is where the middle order woes will look more pronounced should the top order fail. It has been a cold and wet winter in the United Kingdom and in summer there will be movement through the air and off the pitch.This is where it could be a good ploy to get Pant bat at No.3 and Kohli comes in at No.4. In the past, when Kohli batted at the No.4 position from 2009 to 2014, he scored 1,744 runs in 37 innings at an average of 58.13. It also included seven centuries and eight half-centuries.To be sure, given the thought process in the Indian team and Shastri now getting a lot of credit for India’s performances in Tests and ODIs, all options need to be looked at for bolstering the middle order. Rayudu can only bat as his bowling action has come under scrutiny from the ICC. Kedar Jadhav has done reasonably well.advertisementIt’s now a case of almost all options having been tried out for the middle order and smart picking will now come into play. Luckily, the fast bowling and spin combinations seem in good health. After all, India’s bowling has been a big hit in recent months.last_img read more

Game Times, Channels For 5 Of Ohio State’s Games Have Been Released

first_imgA closeup of Dwayne haskins in his Ohio State uniform.This fall, the Ohio State Buckeyes will be looking to return to the College Football Playoff and earn another shot at playing for a national championship. Per usual, they’ll have a tough schedule to navigate.A year ago, the Buckeyes lost two games – to Oklahoma and Iowa – and it proved to be enough to keep the Buckeyes out of the playoff. This year, Ohio State has a few more big matchups – and they’ll likely only be able to lose one to keep their title hopes alive.This week, a number of game times and channels were released for Ohio State’s contests. In total, we now know details on five of the team’s games.Ohio State’s home game on September 1 against Oregon State will kick off at Noon on ABC. A week later, they’ll host Rutgers at 3:30 on BTN. Their big non-conference matchup against TCU will kick off at 8:00 PM on ABC.The other two games? The Buckeyes will get Indiana at 3:30 or 4:00 PM on October 6. They’ll also get Michigan at Noon on FOX.Here’s the team’s full schedule:9/1 – Oregon State at Noon ET on ABC9/8 – Rutgers at 3:30 PM ET on BTN9/15 – TCU (neutral) at 8:00 PM ET on ABC9/22 – Tulane9/29 – at Penn State10/6 – Indiana at 3:30 or 4:00 PM ET10/13 – Minnesota10/20 – at Purdue11/3 – Nebraska11/10 – at Michigan State11/17 – at Maryland11/24 – Michigan at Noon ET on FOXOhio State’s season kicks off on September 1.last_img read more

No bones about it Saskatchewan bill calls for T rex to be

first_imgREGINA – A giant, ferocious meat-eating predator is expected to become Saskatchewan’s provincial fossil.The government has introduced legislation to give the Tyrannosaurus rex the official honour.The bill follows the discovery of a 65 million-year-old fossil in 1991 in southwestern Saskatchewan.Last year the Royal Saskatchewan Museum held a contest for people to vote on what the province’s official fossil should be, and T. rex won handily, despite its very short arms.Gene Makowsky, minister of parks, says other provinces have a fossil as an emblem, but none use Tyrannosaurus rex.Saskatchewan’s T. rex is affectionately known as Scotty. (CKRM)last_img read more

Indian Affairs reviewing controversial loan program

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–A controversial Indian Affairs economic development program accused of knee-capping Aboriginal banks is being reviewed by a Quebec consultant, Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan said.The news comes on the heels of an announcement by a Manitoba credit union that it was pulling out of the $15.5 million loan-loss reserve pilot program because it just wasn’t working.Duncan said Wednesday during question period that the loan guarantee program for on-reserve businesses was under review, but he also defended his department’s decision to shut-out Aboriginal lending banks, known as Aboriginal Financial Institutions (AFIs).“The loan loss reserve pilot program was created to address to address a gap in larger-scale commercial lending. This was an area in which (AFIs) were generally not in,” said Duncan, in a response to a question from NDP Aboriginal affairs critic Jean Crowder.Duncan said that the preliminary results of the review would be used in the “renewal” of the program.Michelle Yao, a spokeswoman for Duncan, said Thursday morning that management consulting firm Auguste Solutions and Associates Inc., based in Chelsea, Que., was reviewing the program.An Indian Affairs department spokeswoman said the consulting firm was also reviewing another program that deals with major resources and energy development.Manitoba-based Assiniboine Credit Union president Al Morin told APTN National News that the loan-loss reserve program was outdated and ineffectual. Morin said part of the program’s problem was the exclusion of AFIs, which have decades of experience giving loans to on-reserve businesses.Alan Park, Chief Executive Officer of TWCC, has said the department was putting Aboriginal lenders in jeopardy by giving mainstream lenders a “golden-brick road” into the on-reserve lending sector through the program.TWCC has also launched a federal court challenge against the department over the program arguing Indian Affairs did not consult before picking seven mainstream banks and credit unions to participate in the program.last_img read more

Algonquin Nation declares state of emergency due to overhunting in Quebec wildlife

first_imgThe chief of Barriere Lake says the moose population is down in a wildlife reserve area where Algonquins have hunted for generations. File photo.Lindsay RichardsonAPTN NewsAn elder once told Barrier Lake Chief Casey Ratt that, years ago, the area around their community once had a flourishing moose population – as many as 30 could be spotted during a 45 minute lakeside commute to a neighboring community.Today, Ratt says you’re lucky to even see one.“I haven’t seen a moose, and I’m on the road every day,” he explained.Just ahead of the fall hunt, the Algonquin Nation is raising the alarm about the dwindling moose population in the La Verendrye Wildlife Reserve – an area of 12,500 km² – and demanding the Quebec government enforce an immediate moratorium on sports hunting pending further study.For generations, the Algonquin have hunted on the reserve’s grounds, relying on moose meat for sustenance.“We take what we need only,” Ratt explained. In order to feed his community and others on the territory – less than 500 people total – a cull of about 20-25 moose is needed every year.But in 2019, sports hunters – according to the Societe des Etablissements de Plein Air du Quebec (SEPAQ) website – took out at least 97 moose in four weeks.The previous year, Ratt says, they killed 116.“This is where I have a big problem,” he added. “We need to start closing the park. We need to have a moratorium in order to have a healthy moose population.”Citing a “deep concern” for the fauna in the reserve, the Algonquin Nation made an appeal last week to Pierre Dufour, Quebec’s Minister of Forests, Wildlife, and Parks, to close La Verendrye Park temporarily – a few years, if need be — so a conservation and management plan can be properly formulated and enforced.During a meeting with council members, Dufour reportedly conceded that SEPAQ does not have a strategy for maintaining a healthy moose population in the park. Ratt says data hasn’t been properly collected since 1994.“[SEPAQ] asks the hunters ‘did you see a moose in this area?’ And of course, they’ll say yes. They’ll ask the hunters how many days they’ve seen moose – but it could be the same moose,” he explained. “So it’s not very accurate, the way they’ve collected [data] on the moose population.”According to the SEPAQ website, “Moose hunting is limited by quota in the reserve and is subject to random draw.” They also issue permits for hunting partridge, bears, and goose.As a result, hundreds of hunting tags are granted each season; if yields are unsatisfactory, sport hunters are permitted to also shoot cows and calves, according to Ratt.“If there isn’t any success in previous years, they open [the hunt] to the bull, to the cow, and to the calf. That’s their management practice. And we’re saying we can’t have that – we won’t accept it,” he said.That said, the Algonquin Nation says the moose population is equally affected by factors like deforestation, diseases, parasites, and climate change.“We are therefore united to take all the necessary measures to face this state of emergency, for the best of our Nation, and for all citizens,” Kitcisakik Chief Regis Penosway said in a statement.If the Quebec government response is unsatisfactory, they say they’re ready to assume their responsibility as “protectors of the territory,” according to the statement, based on the inherent rights and jurisdictions outlined in Article 29 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).SEPAQ could not be reached for comment before read more

UNICEF to help protect health of Sudanese refugee children in Chad

UNICEF will be issuing an emergency funding appeal early next week “in response to the rapidly deteriorating situation” of the Sudanese refugee children in Chad, a UN spokesman said today.The measles campaign is designed to protect 86,000 children, while the vitamin A plan is being conducted with the help of Médecins Sans Frontières, a non-governmental organization (NGO). UNICEF is also distributing 200,000 blankets and providing therapeutic milk to the refugees.Some 95,000 refugees are estimated to have fled from Darfur to the border with neighbouring Chad since fighting erupted early last year between the Sudanese Government and the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA). read more

Global Scholars Office offers new opportunities abroad

There’s a world of new possibilities available through Brock’s Global Scholars Office.International learning experiences equip young Canadians with the tools and skills to succeed in a rapidly changing, highly diverse and competitive global economy — and there’s no shortage of opportunities available abroad through Brock.Brock International’s Global Scholars Office connects faculty and students with opportunities for scholarships or research funding around the world.Below is a list of opportunities currently available to the Brock community:CONAHEC Faculty ExchangeOne of Brock’s newest partnerships, the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC) is seeking faculty members to collaborate in the partial design and teaching of a course.A not-for-profit membership-based network, CONAHEC has about 180 institutional members of higher education in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, as well as a select group of institutions from other parts of the world.The purpose of this exchange program is to expose students to international faculty members, promote international curricula and joint teaching programs, integrate activities with students from universities in different countries and open doors to possibilities for future collaborations.Selected candidates will be expected to travel to the partner institution for one week during the Fall 2018 semester.The deadline to apply is Friday, March 2. More information is available on the CONAHEC website.Korean Government Scholarship ProgramThe Republic of Korea has announced the Korean Government Scholarship Program (KGSP) to promote international exchange in education, as well as fostering mutual friendship amongst the participating countries.Open to all master’s and PhD fields of study, there are three scholarships available for Canadian applicants under the age of 40.The value of the scholarships varies depending on the level of degree and field of study.Research program support is also available for postdoctoral and professor exchange.Successful candidates will be announced the week of June 20 and expected to arrive in Korea in August for the start of the fall semester.The deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 21. More information is available on the KGSP website.Organization of American States Academic Scholarships ProgramThe Organization of American States (OAS), a group of 35 independent states, has launched its 2018-19 Academic Scholarships Program.One scholarship will be awarded to a Canadian to study or conduct research at the master’s or PhD level in an OAS member state (excluding Canada) starting in August.The scholarship is valued at a maximum of $15,000 per academic year with benefits assigned on a case by case basis.Some of the eligible countries of study include Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Saint Lucia and the U.S.The deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 21. More information is available on the OAS website.Academics Without Borders — call for project proposalsAcademics Without Borders’ university network enables member universities, such as Brock, to connect with institutions of higher education in some of the least developed countries in the world.One of the benefits of Brock belonging to their network is that our faculty, staff and administrators can submit proposals to AWB for projects that fall under their mission.This call for project proposals is designed to build on established relationships between colleagues at a tertiary institution in a developing country.The deadline to apply is Friday, March 30. More information is available online.Any questions regarding the opportunities listed above can be directed to Liv Park in the Global Scholars Office at or x4088. read more

In The Spread Offense Era Can Wisconsin Rush Its Way To The

The football game played Saturday in Madison could have taken place 20 years ago. Wisconsin performed a complete takedown of Michigan, outclassing the Wolverines on both lines. The Badgers were unstoppable in the running game, piling up 359 yards on 57 carries. They pressured Michigan on 39.6 percent of dropbacks, negating the Wolverines’ speed at the skill positions. They led 28-0 at halftime and had the ball for more than 41 out of 60 minutes.In short, they played the game that Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has always wanted his team to play. After he accepted his first head coaching job, at San Diego in 2004, Harbaugh told legendary Michigan coach Bo Schembechler that he would always have a fullback on his roster. As they shift toward spread concepts — Harbaugh brought in coordinator Josh Gattis last offseason to overhaul his ground-and-pound offense and replace it with a no-huddle attack as a last-ditch effort to break Michigan’s Ohio State curse — this year’s Wolverines don’t have a fullback. But Wisconsin has three, and one of them, John Chenal, scored a touchdown against Michigan. After Saturday’s rout and shutouts of South Florida and Central Michigan by a combined score of 110-0, Paul Chryst’s team is 3-0, No. 9 in the coaches’ poll and No. 8 in the AP poll. The Badgers appear to be the best version of their traditional hard-nosed, smashmouth selves. The question this year is: Is that good enough to make the College Football Playoff?In the spread-offense era, Wisconsin would be quite the party-crasher. The Badgers this season have averaged one snap every 31 seconds, playing at a slower tempo than any of the 20 playoff teams to date. Just 41.4 percent of their play calls are passes, fewer than any playoff finalist except Georgia in 2017. Chryst’s team has run more than half of its plays (118 of 224) from under center and huddled before 99.1 percent of its snaps. On its fourth play from scrimmage Saturday, Wisconsin faced fourth-and-inches from its own 34-yard line and came out in a jumbo formation it calls “14-Hippo” featuring seven offensive linemen, two tight ends, quarterback Jack Coan and running back Jonathan Taylor. “We slowly got to where we wanted to be, right?” Chryst told reporters afterward. “It worked.”Wisconsin has been playing this way for years; since 2005, the style has produced nine double-digit-win seasons and three Rose Bowl berths. But the Badgers have not played for a national championship in that time. They came closest in 2017, when they marched undefeated through the regular season but fell just short to Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game. That team, perhaps more than any other, illustrated the perils of playing a plodding style in this era. When it counted, Ohio State raced past Wisconsin for 57-yard and 84-yard touchdown passes in the first quarter, and the Badgers managed only one offensive touchdown in a 27-21 loss. When their defense gave them two final chances to take the lead in the fourth quarter, their offense finished those drives with a punt and an interception.This year’s team may already be different in one area: quarterback. From 2016 to 2018, Wisconsin started the inconsistent Alex Hornibrook, whose touchdown-to-interception ratio was just 1.42 and whose highest completion percentage in a season was 62.3 percent, good for 33rd among the top 100 quarterbacks. (The other two years he didn’t make the top 100 in completion percentage.) He threw crucial late interceptions in games such as that 2017 Big Ten championship and a 2016 trip to Michigan. Coan faced no such problems Saturday, when he rushed for two touchdowns. In Coan, Wisconsin might now have a capable quarterback to pair with its defense and Taylor, its Heisman candidate running back.This year’s Badgers have one opportunity that the 2017 version didn’t: a regular-season trip to Ohio State. Two seasons ago, Wisconsin did not play a top-15 team until the conference championship, and losing that game knocked the team out of playoff contention. This year, the Badgers can make a huge statement by beating the Buckeyes for the first time since 2010. Their schedule may even afford them two cracks at it: If they win all their other games, they could lose to the Buckeyes in their regular-season matchup next month, avenge that loss in the Big Ten title game and still make the playoff.If they can’t beat Ohio State, the Badgers will likely become another good team with a stout defense and an offense that’s serviceable but not flashy, potentially ending up in a New Year’s Six bowl but missing the playoff. And if Wisconsin can beat its old rival, Alabama and Clemson will likely be lying in wait, setting up the ultimate test of speed versus power.1So far this season, Alabama and Clemson are huddling before 40.4 percent and 34.4 percent of snaps, respectively. This decade has overwhelmingly favored speed. Old-school Wisconsin is hoping it can turn back the clock. read more

Piers Morgan pulls out as host of television awards after campaign to

first_imgMan who’s shill for a guy who calls media ” enemy of the people.”What’s up with @RTS_media?— Bonnie Greer (@Bonn1eGreer) February 18, 2017 Looks like @RTS_media’s decision to book @piersmorgan as its awards host has gone down well.— Jake Kanter (@Jake_Kanter) February 16, 2017 The Royal Television Society (RTS) announced Mr Morgan as the presenter for its awards night three days ago, which Mr Morgan said he agreed to host without a fee.At the time, Theresa Wise, the CEO of RTS, said: “”Morgan’s reputation for being opinionated and his wealth of experience working within the industry make him the perfect host and we look forward to a lively event.” But many TV figures criticised the choice, including awards judge Bonnie Greer. Ms Greer said that she was “honoured to be a judge” for the awards on Twitter, but would decline to attend the dinner because of Mr Morgan’s role.Ms Greer, a writer and critic, cited Mr Morgan’s support of the US President, who has attacked TV news organisations as “enemies of the American people”. UPDATE: I’m withdrawing as host of the @RTS_media Programme Awards. Full statement on my Facebook page:— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 19, 2017 We are thrilled to announce the host for the RTS Programme Awards will be @GMB’s @piersmorgan— RTS (@RTS_media) February 16, 2017 While Emma Lindley, director of ITV children’s show My Parents Are Aliens, tweeted: “I don’t want Piers Morgan representing me or any other RTS members.”A petition to stop him from presenting the awards currently has nearly 200 signatures on the website It says it is “NOT acceptable” for Morgan to be the host and the RTS “must reconsider their position”.  “After my role was announced, a campaign was started to have me banned. It suggested that I lack the ‘creative excellence’ criteria required for presenting such an event and therefore my presence would be ‘damaging’ and ‘inappropriate.’ “Further, I have ‘failed to understand a social movement that values equality and diversity of voice.’”Apparently, this movement does not extend to tolerating my own diverse voice.  I have no wish to serve as an unnecessary distraction from award winners whose hard work and skill should be celebrated without any of the silly noise this campaign has generated.   “So, I am now withdrawing from hosting the evening.  Good luck to everyone who has been nominated.”It is not the first time the presenter’s views on Mr Trump have got him into professional difficulty – last month Ewan McGregor snubbed an appearance on ITV’s Good Morning Britain  after realising it was co-hosted by Mr Morgan. The actor cited Mr Morgan’s comments about the women’s marches which took place around the world following President Trump’s inauguration.  He said he had decided to step aside because he did not want to become a “distraction” from the awards, which celebrate the best of British television.The former newspaper editor said he had received criticism that he lacked the “creative excellence” required to present the awards, and he had “failed to understand a social movement that values equality and diversity of voice”.In a statement on his Facebook page Mr Morgan said: “I was recently invited to host the Royal Television Society Programme Awards. “As someone who has worked in British and American television for most of this Millennium, on a variety of shows, I thought it might be fun and agreed to do it without any fee. Piers Morgan has pulled out of hosting a television awards ceremony over criticism of his support for Donald Trump.The television presenter said he did not want to distract from award winners after a vocal campaign argued it was “inappropriate” for him to be given the role. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Does the iPhone 4S really have a battery drain issue

first_imgOver the past couple of weeks, there has been a growing murmur surrounding a mysterious battery drain that is supposedly affecting some iPhone 4S owners. At least one user even reported that Apple contacted him to help them gather more data on the problem. Memories of 2010’s iPhone 4 Antennagate fiasco resurfaced. Is this really something to take into account when considering an iPhone 4S purchase, or is this one big nothing arising from a few isolated incidents?Sascha Segan and the folks over at PCMag attempted to answer that question with some good old fashioned testing. While it’s only a small sampling, it doesn’t use completely new handsets, and it tests entirely with the screens on, the analysis is thorough enough that the issue would have likely reared its head if it were actually both extreme and universal. As you can see in the video below, the problem may not be with the iPhone 4S at all, but with iOS 5:The iPhone 4S in this test lasted over half an hour longer than an iPhone 4 on iOS 5. It was outpaced by an iOS 4-running iPhone 4 by a couple of minutes. Our own testing has yielded similar results to PCMag’s, with uptime not being much different from that of the iPhone 4. With all of these results not showing any huge problems, just how widespread is this issue?Despite the results of these tests, some users swear up and down that they’re experiencing uncommon battery drain. A thread on Apple’s support forums has 186 pages of complaints from 4S owners, along with some suggested solutions that seem to only be providing mixed results. Some even go to extremes of turning off iCloud, Siri, and just about everything else that would make their iPhone fun to use in the first place. They reported that even these measures didn’t drastically change anything.One solution that could be worth looking into relates to a bug with the iOS time zone settings. It could be that some iOS 5 iPhones just never stop trying to set the correct location for the clock, and are constantly accessing the phone’s GPS. If you’re one of the 4S owners experiencing the mysterious drain, you can try it out for yourself by turning off the time zone setting on your iPhone (under Settings > Location Services > System Services, turn off “Setting Time Zone”). It may or may not help, but either way, you’ll need to turn this back on to have your clock automatically change when traveling.So is iOS 5 the real culprit here? It would make sense if iCloud were using some extra juice. After all, frequently connecting to Apple’s servers to sync system and app data would logically lead to some extra consumption. That could be, but this would only be a subtle change.With testing not showing anything dramatic, that leaves us all to wonder just what is going on with the group of phones that are apparently having problems. Apparently Apple is pondering the same question, as their hardware and software engineers are reportedly investigating (with their typical level of secrecy). We’ll stay on top of the story, but at this point, it looks like the time zone fix is as likely a culprit as anything.last_img read more

Presidents Climate Strategy Includes Some AgRelated Initiatives

first_imgIn a speech Tuesday at Georgetown University, President Barack Obama laid out plans that the Administration will pursue through existing authorities to reduce emissions and address climate change. The existing Clean Air Act is considered by many to be an ill fit for regulating greenhouse gas emissions and actions the administration may take to limit emissions from new or existing power plants is likely to be challenged in court.Of note to the agricultural community, the President’s climate strategy contains several initiatives intended to promote advanced biofuels and help farmers adapt to future growing conditions. The plan includes the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) initiative to create a network of seven regional climate hubs to provide “tailored, science-based knowledge to farmers, ranchers and landowners” and help communities prepare for drought and wildfire by launching a National Drought Resilience Partnership and by expanding and prioritizing forest- and rangeland-restoration efforts to make areas less vulnerable to catastrophic fire.The plan also says USDA will work with the Departments of Energy, Interior, Labor and Transportation as well as the Environmental Protection Agency to develop a strategy for controlling methane emissions. The agencies will be addressing data gaps and identifying technologies and best practices for reducing emissions.Some specific aspects of the proposal would:make up to $8 billion in already approved loan guarantees available for advanced fossil and energy efficiency projects;set a goal of doubling renewable energy generation by 2020;initiate a second round of federal fuel economy and carbon standards for heavy-duty vehicles beyond 2018;establish new federal energy efficiency goals – as well as new programs across multiple agencies for achieving them;target other potent greenhouse gases, including hydrofluorocarbons and methane, which leak from oil and gas operations;include multiple efforts to boost the resiliency of infrastructure to climate change.last_img read more

FWC action team captures 500th Burmese python

first_img(WSVN) – A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission program has reached a milestone after capturing their 500th Burmese python.The FWC python action team made the capture earlier this week.The python was said to weigh 20 pounds and 14 ounces and was 9 feet 10 inches long.The conservation commission designed the python action team to help control the population of the invasive breed of snake.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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