Brooks awards

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaFour innovative University of Georgia faculty members were honored in the name of an entrepreneur Oct. 2 in Athens, Ga., when the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences had its annual D.W. Brooks Lecture and Faculty Awards for Excellence.Brooks founded Gold Kist Inc., which merged with Pilgrim’s Pride in 2007, and Cotton States Mutual Insurance Companies. He advised seven U.S. presidents on agriculture and trade issues. Although he died in 1999, his promotion of agriculture lives on through those honored each year.The 2007 winners are Adam J. Davis in teaching, Terence “Terry” Centner in research, Dan L. Horton in extension and Peggy P. Bledsoe in public service extension.Before Davis arrived at CAES, students in the biological sciences and animal health majors had little access to internships. Davis, an associate professor of poultry science, directed the program, coordinating student internships, helping students with placement and developing business relationships to enhance internships.In the lab, Davis and his staff focus mostly on how nutrition affects reproduction in poultry. His other areas of research include amino acid interactions, alternative grains and repeated fat synthesis. Centner, a professor of agricultural and applied economics, teaches three dual-level law courses. He is also an undergraduate coordinator and prelaw advisor at CAES. His research focuses on agricultural and environmental policy issues and on problems that affect farmers’ and firms’ profits.Centner’s research has led to many changes in laws and regulations. One of the biggest helped protect Vidalia onions against counterfeiters. He helped secure a federal trademark for the onions through a certification mark denoting regional origin.Horton, a fruit and ornamental entomologist, focused his career on anticipating trends to enhance services to Georgia growers.In 1994, he and colleagues from Clemson University and the University of Tennessee put together a meeting of fruit growers, extension agents, scientists and administrators from seven Southeastern states and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. From this meeting came multistate programs in weed science, pomology and entomology. These programs’ regional successes led to the birth of the Southern Small Fruit Consortium, which now enjoys similar successes.Since 1975, Bledsoe has seen Houston County transformed from a rural county to a fast-growing urban area. She focuses on improving the quality of life in her community, using university research to address issues.Bledsoe is the UGA Cooperative Extension coordinator in Houston County. She responded to the family stresses of military deployment by developing Camp Robins, a five-day camp for 11- to 14-year olds with deployed family members. After two seasons at Robins Air Force Base, the camp was folded into the 4-H youth development program. It is now offered statewide.In the annual Brooks lecture, Eric Larson of the Princeton Environmental Institute spoke on “Making Better Use of Biomass for Energy.” He detailed systematic ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and store carbon dioxide.last_img read more

Winter Paddling Wonders

first_imgWinter is one of my favorite seasons to paddle whitewater. Winter strips the greenery off a familiar landscape to reveal its bare beauty. Sounds become crisper, the sky appears clearer, and the surrounding area takes on a quiet, furtive appearance inviting you to discover natural treasures unique to the season. Nowhere is this transformation more striking than on the river.So while hibernating inside fuzzy blankets seems like the perfect way to spend winter, here are a few things you’ll discover if you venture outside instead.Humility. You’ll realize how strong (or weak) your muscle memory actually is the first time you flip in frigid water. Generally, the instant reaction is cold shock, where you automatically gasp for breath. If cold water enters one ear, it can cause temperature imbalance between the ears that results in vertigo. In a matter of seconds, you’ve lost air and become disoriented, and you still need to hit your roll.You may know what you’re doing when the water’s warm, but winter will really test your skills. The challenges cold water presents to paddling makes winter the perfect time to step back and really hone technique. Catch every eddy, ferry back and forth across the river, slide up on rocks, do every trick you can think of and roll. It’ll pay off when the weather gets warmer and you step up your game.Solitude. Paddler traffic just disappears in winter. There are no rafts running you over or paddlers blocking eddies: just you, some friends and the river. This new level of intimacy with a river strengthens bonds with both nature and your comrades, who are just as crazy as you to put on the water in winter.Ice, ice, baby. Two words: ice undercuts. A wide, open rapid in the summer can be narrowed into a thin strip by ice on one or both sides of the river. The margin for error shrinks.Ice may add danger to a run, but it can enhance the scenery, too. Icicles the size of saplings drape off cliffs, and rocks turn into glass that shines from the sun’s rays. The river and its surroundings transform into a crystalline playground in winter.Your inner child. One of the sweetest and most hilarious joys of winter is watching a toddler struggle to move around in all the extra layers. Though we may laugh, Mother Nature challenges paddlers the same way. The simple lifejacket, swimsuit, helmet, and booties turn into thermal underwear, fleece layer, drysuit, neoprene socks, hardy boots, mega skullcap, helmet, and gloves or pogies. We paddle with a new set of constraints and, like toddlers, feel awkward as we take those first few tentative strokes.But man, there’s no stopping the paddler once he’s got his gear figured out. Like toddlers, properly dressed paddlers head full on into the winter wonderland until the day ends at the takeout.Life’s simple pleasures. Moods can drop with the temperature. The cold freezes fingers, drains more energy, and sometimes makes a short run feel like a lifetime. I was straight up cranky after a particularly cold and long Big South Fork run one winter. We got to the takeout, and a friend offered me a thermos of hot tea she had stowed in her car. Talk about warming up your insides. Seriously, it was like sunshine in my belly. A pleasant peace flooded my body with that first sip, and my face broke into a huge grin. It was a delicious pleasure made sweeter by the hours freezing on the water under a gloomy sky. Each sip I savored melted my irritation until only joy for the day remained. Hot tea never fails to add cheer to any winter day.last_img read more

Bin Laden’s Death Puts Renewed Spotlight on Islamic Terror Groups

first_img The death of Osama bin Laden has refocused attention on Islamic extremist groups throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. From Ciudad del Este, Paraguay — nicknamed “contraband capital of Latin America” — to Port of Spain, capital of Trinidad and Tobago, isolated pockets of Muslim extremists are suspected to have been involved in uprisings, car-bombings and other acts of violence over the years. The worst of those attacks took place in July 1994, when the Argentine-Israel Mutual Association headquarters in Buenos Aires was obliterated by a car bomb, killing 85 people and injuring more than 300. Two years earlier, the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires had been destroyed by a similar car bomb, killing 29. Evidence gathered following both of these attacks clearly pointed the finger at Hezbollah agents. In 1990, local militants belonging to a group known as Jamaat al-Muslimeen stormed Trinidad’s parliament building and wired then-Prime Minister A.N.R. Robinson with explosives, threatening to kill him if their demands were not met. The attempted coup d’etat, led by Imam Yasin Abu-Bakr, left 24 dead and Port of Spain in ruins. Possible links to al-Qaeda have been reported in Honduras and allegations of Hezbollah activity have for years dogged the Venezuelan-Colombian border area of La Guaira as well as the Venezuelan resort island of Margarita. Shortly before bin Laden´s death, local media made accusations that al-Qaeda is active in Brazil with at least 20 high-profile terrorists who recruit, raise money and plan activities for violent organizations such as Hamas, Hezbollah and al-Qaeda. Prominent Brazilian journalist Sérgio Malbergier, a columnist for the newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo, suggests that the May 2 killing of Bin Laden by U.S. forces was his “second death.” “The first came during the recent wave of democratic protests in the Middle East, with young people seeking modern democracy and not religious fundamentalism and jihad as espoused by the terrorist leader,” Malbergier wrote. “Bin Laden was killed by an American squadron in Pakistan just as Arab street protestors finally rose up against their oppressors and dictators … But what motivates young Syrians, Egyptians and Yemenis to face the bayonets of the Arab dictators is not Islamic fervor shared by Bin Laden and followers, but a yearning for freedom much closer to Western values.” Dr. Fabián Calle, professor at Argentina’s prestigious Torcuato Di Tella and Catholic universities and recognized specialist in South American defense matters, agrees that the Saudi-born terrorist’s death does not necessarily mean failure or an end to al-Qaeda. Therefore, Brazil is not immune to the continuing threat posed by al-Qaeda. According to the Sao Paulo-based weekly magazine Veja, Brazil is home to more than 20 terrorists engaged in fundraising, recruiting and planning activities for al-Qaeda and other Muslim extremist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah. The lengthy Veja article, replete with timelines and photographs, claims that these clandestine activities are taking place beyond the tri-border area shared by Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay — long suspected as a terrorist hideout. Veja’s exposé was derived in part from information supplied by the Brazilian Federal Police. Since publication, the article has been replicated, synthesized and analyzed by media throughout the Western Hemisphere. While its veracity is in question, the directness and severity of its accusations have raised eyebrows around the world. While the Brazilian government itself has not expressed too much concern regarding terrorist activities on its soil, it has recognized the existence of legitimate money transfers to the Middle East. The Veja article indicates that terrorists are not only raising money from Brazil but also planning attacks and coordinating communications. While Brasília is committed to counterterrorism efforts, the article raises doubts about the adequacy of its legal system for dealing with terrorists and terrorist suspects. These suspects, according to the weekly magazine, include Khaled Hussein Ali, who was born in Lebanon but since the 1990s has lived in São Paulo, where he runs an Internet café. From there, Hussein Ali reportedly controls the online communications arm of al-Qaeda — “Jihad Media Battalion” — which publishes speeches by leaders and provides updates on international attacks. Nicknamed “The Prince,” Hussein Ali was arrested by Brazil’s Federal Police in March 2009 for suspicious activities. Found on his confiscated computer were maps of Afghanistan and messages inciting hatred of Jews and blacks. Veja claims that training manuals from the al-Qassam Brigade (connected to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas) were also found on Hussein Ali’s computer. He spent 21 days in prison accused of racism and inciting crime, but was then released since terrorism is not an offense according to the Brazilian criminal code. So far Brazil has not passed any specific anti-terrorism legislation and, in 2009, it disbanded the Federal Police’s anti-terrorism service. According to Veja, Iran’s Mohsen Rabbani — currently on Interpol’s most-wanted “red list” for his participation in the 1994 AMIA attack in Buenos Aires — visits Brazil occasionally on a false passport. That incident still ranks as the single worst terrorist attack in Latin American history. While in the country, this Hezbollah leader proselytizes poor Brazilians in the interior about the virtues of jihad. Veja alleges that Rabbani’s last visit was in September 2010. On Apr. 6 — the day the Veja article was published — Rabbani participated in a friendly radio interview with Argentine protest organizer Luís D’elía. During their conversation, Rabbani denied traveling to Brazil on a false passport and claimed he’s been teaching in Iran since 1997, when he left his post as cultural attaché at the Iranian Embassy in Buenos Aires. He also said he wouldn’t subject himself to the Argentine justice system, calling the accusations against him “smoke curtains” for their lack of evidence. Brazil is a signatory to more than a dozen counterterrorism conventions, and cooperates with the police and intelligence units of many countries, including the United States, through the Three-Plus-One regional mechanism. Three-Plus-One, which groups Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and the United States together, focuses on fighting terrorism in the tri-border area. In November 2003, Brazil complied with a request from the Paraguayan government to extradite Assad Ahmad Barakat, a man of Lebanese origin with ties to Hezbollah. In Paraguay, he was eventually charged with criminal activity. Burdened by a vast territory and porous borders, Brazil has also actively worked to improve its monitoring of entry points. Indeed, it’s hard to believe that Brazil would be chosen to host the 2014 World Cup games or the 2016 Summer Olympics if international authorities were concerned about the domestic terrorist threat. In the last few years, Brazil has shown its willingness to crack down on drug traffickers and narcoviolence in its previously impenetrable favelas. More than a dozen of these slums — once isolated from the outside world — are now patrolled by community police. By Dialogo May 20, 2011last_img read more

850 Wawa locations affected by malware

first_imgLast week, convenience store chain Wawa announced that more than 850 of its stores had been impacted by malware that exposed customers’ debit and credit card information since March. It has not released how many consumers may have been affected.NAFCU, as a leader in calling for national data security standards, has urged lawmakers to consider a national data security standard for institutions that collect and store consumer information. The association was the first group after the massive 2013 Target data breach to call for a legislative solution to reform the nation’s data security system.In a letter to customers, Wawa said malware was discovered on its processing servers Dec. 10 and was contained by Dec. 12; the company believes the malware began running March 4. Payment card information, including expiration dates and cardholder names, used at in-store payment terminals and fuel dispensers could have been accessed by the malware. PIN numbers, card security codes, and driver’s license information were not affected.Wawa also provided consumers with resources to monitor for suspicious activity. It contracted Experian to provide consumers potentially impacted by this breach with one year of identity theft and credit monitoring for free. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Despite heavy heart, Denny Eckrich gets Deery Series win at West Liberty

first_imgDenny Eckrich was the $2,000 winner of Saturday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series main event at West Liberty Raceway. (Photo by Mike Ruefer)WEST LIBERTY, Iowa (April 8) – After winning Saturday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series feature at West Liberty Raceway, Denny Eckrich took time to remember friend Mike Humphrey, killed in a car accident earlier this week in Louisiana.“He helped me get into a Black Diamond (Chassis). He helped a lot of racers,” Eckrich said. “Mike was a good guy and he died too soon. There are a lot of heavy hearts tonight.”Eckrich led the last seven of 40 laps after taking the outside line around Jeremiah Hurst and Jesse Sobbing following a late restart. The $2,000 checkers were his IMCA Late Model tour career sixth; he also won the first series race held at West Liberty last year.Outside front row starter Spencer Diercks led the first 15 laps before slowing and watching Hurst motor by. Eckrich was part of a mid-race tangle with Jake Neal during their battle for second that left the left side of his car more than a little banged up but he soldiered on.Hurst and Sobbing got together following that late restart, opening the topside door for Eckrich, and positions throughout the top 10 changed as the race wound down.Hurst settled for second while hard charger Joel Callahan made his way from 20th starting to third.Defending series champion Tyler Bruening and Sobbing completed the top five. Bruening was also the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing winner.Next up for the 31st annual Deery Series are $2,000 to win events Friday, April 14 at Farley Speedway and Saturday, April 15 at Independence Motor Speedway.Feature results – 1. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin; 2. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque; 3. Joel Callahan, Dubuque; 4. Tyler Bruening, Decorah; 5. Jesse Sobbing, Malvern; 6. Jeff Tharp, Sherrill; 7. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 8. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 9. Jake Neal, Omaha, Neb.; 10. Scott Fitzpatrick, Wheatland; 11. Luke Goedert, Guttenberg; 12. Curt Martin, Independence; 13. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls; 14. Chad Holladay, Muscatine; 15. John Emerson, Waterloo; 16. Matt Ryan, Davenport; 17. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; 18. Andy Eckrich, Oxford; 19. Lyle Klein, Sherrill; 20. Kyle Hinrichs, Swisher; 21. Spencer Diercks, Davenport; 22. Jay Johnson, West Burlington; 23. Kevin Kile, West Liberty; 24. Nick Marolf, Wilton.1st heat (top three) – 1. Hurst; 2. Carter; 3. Sobbing; 4. Martin; 5. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon; 6. Marolf; 7. Goedert; 8. Kyle Krampe, Baxter.2nd heat – 1. Fitzpatrick; 2. Ryan; 3. Neal; 4. Johnson; 5. Holladay; 6. Kay; 7. Callahan; 8. Emerson.3rd heat – 1. Kile; 2. DeFrance; 3. Hinrichs; 4. Andy Eckrich; 5. Jonathan Brauns, Muscatine; 6. Klein; 7. Tharp.4th heat – 1. Aikey; 2. Denny Eckrich; 3. Diercks; 4. Bruening; 5. Curt Schroeder, Newton; 6. Paul Conrad, Colo; 7. Justin Mitchell, Cedar Rapids.1st “B” feature (top six) – 1. Andy Eckrich; 2. Martin; 3. Marolf; 4. Goedert; 5. Tharp; 6. Klein; 7. Krampe; 8. Brauns; 9. Dolan.2nd “B” feature – 1. Holladay; 2. Bruening; 3. Kay; 4. Callahan; 5. Emerson; 6. Johnson; 7. Conrad; 8. Schroeder; 9. Mitchell.last_img read more

EPL: Red Devils, Wolves light up Old Trafford

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Man U vs. Wolves Venue: Old Trafford Kick off: 6:30PMManchester United will be looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to Old Trafford in today’s late kickoff. Both United and Wolves have collected 34 points from their 24 league matches this season, but the Red Devils are fifth in the table on goal difference, while Wolves are behind Tottenham Hotspur in seventh. In all honesty, a total of 34 points from 24 matches should not be enough for a potential top-four challenge at this stage of the campaign, but United is not entirely out of the race for the final Champions League spot despite enduring an inconsistent season. Indeed, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side is only six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, although they are just three points above of ninth-placed Southampton, which is an indication of what type of season it has been. The 20-time English champions have actually lost their last two in the Premier League, suffering a 2-0 defeat at Liverpool on January 19 before losing by the same scoreline at home to Burnley three days later. Solskjaer’s side did triumph in the FA Cup with a 6-0 win over Tranmere Rovers last weekend, though, before beating Manchester City 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night. The victory over the English champions was not enough to progress to the final of the competition, though, as Pep Guardiola’s team triumphed 3-2 on aggregate to ensure that they would play for another League Cup title. A lot has been made of United’s lack of options in the final third of the field, but the Red Devils announced the signing of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon on Thursday. The Portugal international underwent a medical with the club before signing on the dotted line and should be involved this weekend. Jesse Lingard, Andreas Pereira and Juan Mata have all struggled to contribute in the number 10 position this season, but Fernandes has managed 15 goals and 14 assists in 28 appearances at club level this term. The 25-year-old might well need time to make his mark in England, though, and at the time of writing, the club have still not signed a new striker despite a host of speculation. In terms of what is ahead for Solskjaer’s side, they will follow this weekend’s clash with a trip to Chelsea in the Premier League on February 17, and there is a chance that the likes of Paul Pogba and Axel Tuanzebe could be available for the match at Stamford Bridge after the 16-day break. United also have a two-legged Europa League knockout clash with Club Brugge to come before the end of the February, in addition to a home game against Watford in the Premier League. The Red Devils cannot afford to look past Saturday’s clash with Wolves, though, as Nuno Espirito Santo’s side will also feel that they are capable of challenging for a top-four finish in the final months. Only Manchester City (5) and Liverpool (0) have lost fewer Premier League matches than Wolves (6) this season, although 10 draws from 24 matches sees them sit seventh rather than higher up the table. Having started their Europa League campaign for the 2019-20 season back in July, Wolves have played an awful lot of matches this season. Like United, they have progressed to the first knockout round and will face La Liga outfit Espanyol over two legs before the end of February. Despite the praise that has come Wolves’s way this season, they have actually only won one of their last five in the Premier League, losing twice to Liverpool and also away to Watford in recent weeks. The former Championship winners suffered a 2-1 home loss to Liverpool in their last league match on January 23, and they have not actually played since then having been knocked out of the FA Cup in the third round courtesy of a 1-0 loss at Old Trafford on January 15. Wolves held United to a 1-1 draw when the pair met in the Premier League earlier this season, while they recorded a 2-1 victory against the Red Devils in April 2019. Somewhat surprisingly, not since March 2012 have United actually beaten Wolves in the Premier League. Having had last weekend off, Wolves should be fresh for Saturday’s contest, while it will be 13 days until they play again as they return to Molineux to take on Leicester City on February 14. A number of players have once again impressed for the club this season, but Raul Jimenez has managed 11 Premier League goals thus far, while Adama Traore, who has five goals and 10 assists in all competitions, has also enjoyed a fine campaign for Nuno’s side. Having already triumphed in Manchester this season away to the reigning champions, Wolves will be full of confidence. United, though, will be determined to bounce back from their disappointing performance against Burnley and should be able to hand a debut to one of the most exciting attacking midfielders in Europe. Man United possible XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams, Fred, Andreas, James, Fernandes, Mata, Martial. Wolves possible XI: Patricio, Dendoncker, Coady, Saiss, Doherty, Moutinho, Neves, Jonny, Traore, Jimenez, Neto.Tags: Manchester UnitedOld TraffordOle Gunnar SolskjaerRed Devilslast_img read more

Moyes: we can build from here

first_img Press Association “Adnan has been like that since day one,” said Moyes. “I speak to him a lot and he tells me he can play anywhere. “He is not a nervous boy. He needs teaching and understanding because he is still learning the game but his natural talent and ability is up there with the best. In time he will prove that.” Moyes rejected stories that striker Robin van Persie could be sidelined for another six weeks as he struggles to overcome a thigh problem that has already kept him out for a month. “I don’t know where that has come from,” said the Scot. “That would be wrong information as far as I am concerned.” And at the end of a tortuous few days, Moyes insisted he was handling the pressure with some degree of comfort. “I sleep great every night,” he said. “I am not nervous at all.” For Swansea boss Michael Laudrup it was another disappointing Premier League display. On the same ground where his team won for the first time in their history in the FA Cup last weekend, they slumped to a defeat that means they have now collected just three points from their last seven games and are only one win above the relegation zone. “Manchester United were very focused because of what had been said and written in the last days,” he said. “We expected them to come out from the first moment and want to get on top. “I don’t think that happened. We coped very well. What really hurt us – and we talked about it at half-time – was the first 20 minutes of the second half. We conceded after 90 seconds. “But nothing has changed. “It is true we have to improve the level of performance like another nine or 10 teams. “We are still in the same position. I said before the competition started there are 11 or 12 teams [in a relegation battle]. “After the Tottenham game (on January 19) we have Fulham, West Ham, Cardiff and Stoke. They are the tie-break opponents for us. “In those game we have to pick up points.” Laudrup also confirmed he would not be calling Ki Sung-Yueng back from his loan spell at Sunderland, even though the South Korean has been in excellent form recently and took his tally to three goals in eight games with his effort at Fulham on Saturday. “There is a possiblilty to bring him back but I don’t think it is a good idea,” said the Dane. “Ki feels comfortable where he is now. If we take him back, he would not play every game. Mentally, it would be very bad for him.” As it is, that depressing start to 2014 has been halted, even if Moyes accepts there is still plenty of work to do. “From the start of the second half I thought we played very well,” said Moyes. “I hope it is going to improve an awful lot on that but you have to start somewhere and that was more like it. “We scored two goals, should have had a few more and I can’t remember Swansea having a chance hardly.” Although United started brightly, their failure to score led to them becoming anxious. It took Moyes’ half-time decision to switch Adnan Januzaj, who had started in a central position, with Kagawa, who began on the left, to change the course of the game. Januzaj was outstanding and the 18-year-old provided the cross from which Valencia eventually scored after Kagawa’s header had been saved. And he was also involved in the move that ended with Welbeck flicking in his sixth goal in nine games. David Moyes believes Manchester United have laid a platform from which to attack the second half of the season – but insists he still expects plenty of improvement from his side following their 2-0 win over Swansea. Second-half goals from Antonio Valencia and Danny Welbeck ensured the nightmare scenario of four successive defeats for the first time since 1961 did not materialise for the Old Trafford outfit. Indeed, had Chris Smalling and Shinji Kagawa taken gilt-edged chances later in the game, they could have been looking back on a handsome triumph. last_img read more

Derby seal Bent loan swoop

first_img It is understood Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace, having lined up Alan Pardew as their new manager, also expressed an interest in signing Bent in recent days. Bent has scored 106 Premier League goals during spells with Ipswich, Charlton, Tottenham, Sunderland, Villa and Fulham. Bent Tweeted: “Excited to join @dcfcofficial & will give everything to help the team for the rest of the season. “I would also like to thank Brighton who were great to me during my time there.” The 30-year-old has put pen to paper on a deal which will see him remain with the Rams for the rest of the season. Bent, capped 13 times by England, will link up with his new team-mates for the first time on Monday and it is hoped he will be in line to make his Rams debut in the top-of-the-table clash against Sky Bet Championship promotion rivals Ipswich – his former club – at Portman Road on January 10. Derby head coach Steve McClaren told the club’s official website, ”We are delighted to welcome Darren Bent to Derby County for the rest of the season. “I’ve worked with him in the past and he brings significant Premier League and international experience with him. “He adds to our already excellent attacking options. Darren has scored goals wherever he has been during his career and we believe he can contribute on the field for us. “We’re braced for an exciting second half of the season, which is always an important stage in any campaign, and we’re got plenty of big matches coming up for everyone to look forward to – and Darren certainly brings big game experience with him.” Out of favour at Villa Park four years after arriving from Sunderland in a club record £24million deal, Bent has only recently returned to the Barclays Premier League side from a loan spell with Championship outfit Brighton. He scored two goals in five matches for the Seagulls and stated he was open to remaining at the AMEX Stadium. However, it is thought the prospect of joining a club who are serious contenders for promotion to the top flight was more appealing. Bent has made eight appearances for Villa this season – seven of them as a substitute. He has scored 25 goals in 72 games since moving to Villa Park in January 2011, but he has regularly been overlooked by current manager Paul Lambert and spent last season on loan at Fulham. Derby have completed the loan signing of Aston Villa striker Darren Bent. Press Associationlast_img read more

Cricket News Journalist Rajat Sharma set to contest for DDCA President’s position

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Famous journalist Rajat Sharma on Wednesday announced that he will be contesting for the post of Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) President, the elections for which will be held on June 30.Rajat Sharma is a Padma Bhushan awardee and his team will have Rakesh Bansal, who will fight for the post of Vice President, Vinod Tihara (Secretary) and Om Prakash Sharma.The names of the rest of the panel will be released later, read a statement from Sharma’s group.Rajat Sharma’s candidature is backed by former DDCA President Sneh Bansal and International Hockey Federation (FIH) President Narinder Batra.The dates for the elections were declared on Tuesday by administrator Justice Vikramjit Sen. The polls will be held without the proxy voting system.The proxy system of voting has been considered the root cause of corruption in DDCA. last_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL playoff scenarios: Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals on a knife edge

first_imgSunrisers HyderabadPosition: 4P -13, W – 6, L – 7, Points: 12Remaining games: vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (May 4)What they must do: With Kolkata Knight Riders winning against Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad must win their game against Royal Challengers Bangalore. If they beat Virat Kohli’s team and Kolkata Knight Riders lose to Mumbai Indians, then they will automatically qualify for the fourth spot. However, if they lose and if the match is washed out, then they will have to hope Mumbai Indians beat Kolkata Knight Riders. If both Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders lose their last games, they will have to hope Delhi Capitals beat Rajasthan Royals.Kolkata Knight RidersPosition: 5P – 13, W – 6, L – 7, Points: 12Remaining games: vs Mumbai Indians (May 5)What they must do: Kolkata Knight Riders’ victory against Kings XI Punjab has put them back in the mix for the fourth spot. However, they must win against Mumbai Indians and hope Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Sunrisers Hyderabad. If Sunrisers Hyderabad wins, then they must beat Mumbai Indians by a massive margin as Sunrisers Hyderabad have a great net run-rate. If Sunrisers Hyderabad loses to Royal Challengers Bangalore and if Kolkata Knight Riders also taste defeat to Mumbai Indians, then Sunrisers Hyderabad goes through, provided Delhi Capitals beat Rajasthan Royals.Rajasthan RoyalsPosition: 6P – 13, W – 5, L – 7, Points: 11Remaining games: vs Delhi Capitals (May 4)What they must do: With Kolkata Knight Riders winning, Rajasthan Royals must win against Delhi Capitals. A loss will see them getting eliminated. If they win against Delhi Capitals, they will have to hope Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians defeat Kolkata Knight Riders in the last league games in order to qualify.Kings XI PunjabPosition: 7P – 13, W – 5, L – 8, Points: 10Remaining games: vs Chennai Super Kings (May 5)What they must do:  With their defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab are all but knocked out. Their poor net run-rate and combined with Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders’ high NRR has given them a mathematical chance of qualifying. If Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad are thrashed by a massive margin and they defeat Chennai Super Kings by a big margin, then they can still harbour dreams of qualifying. highlights New Delhi: Kolkata Knight Riders’ seven-wicket win against Kings XI Punjab at Mohali has once again intensified the race for the fourth spot in the IPL 2019 playoffs. Kings XI Punjab was boosted by a solid knock from Nicholas Pooran who smashed 48 but Sam Curran gave the hosts a brilliant total with a brilliant 55 off 24 balls as they reached 183/6. In response, Kolkata Knight Riders were boosted by Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill at the top. Their 62-run opening stand, combined with Shubman’s amazing 65 off 49 balls helped Kolkata Knight Riders win by seven wickets and boost their chances in the race for the playoffs.With this loss, Kings XI Punjab’s chances are all but out. Mathematically, they are still in the playoff scenario but they will have to hope for plenty of results to go their way. Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals all have their fate in their own hands partly and will have to rely on other results going their way in order to seal a spot. Here is what each team has to do in order to seal the fourth and final playoff spot. Rajasthan Royals will get knocked out if they lose to Delhi Capitals.Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders need to win their last games.Sunrisers Hyderabad has the best net run-rate in the 2019 IPL. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more