Ind vs Eng: Shastri, Hussain engage in verbal volleys

first_imgA war of words has erupted between Former India captain Ravi Shastri and former England skipper Nasser Hussain over the use of DRS in the series.The issue started when Nasser Hussain called the refusal of DRS by cricket Boards “a disgrace”. Former England skipper Nasser Hussain called the refusal of DRS by cricket Boards a disgrace.Hussain’s reaction came after India’s Harbhajan Singh was given LBW by stand in umpire on the second day of the on-going Test match at Trent Bridge.Television replay clearly showed an inside edge but Harbhajan had to go as the BCCI had refused the use of Decision Review System for lbw referrals.Hussain’s comment did not go down well with Shastri.”They (England) are jealous about the way the IPL is going, they are jealous about where India is in World Cricket, they are jealous about the fact that India are world champions, they are jealous because of the too much money being made by BCCI, bottom-line is that they have never been bloody number 1 in the world in Test cricket,” Shastri said while replying to a question from Harsha Bhogle during post-match analysis.On Sunday, while commentating during on the third day’s play, Nasser Hussain took on Ravi Shastri for his tirade.”Ravi, I just want to pick you up on something you said on a show yesterday, questioning my right to call non-use of DRS a disgrace. Well, I’ve earned that right after 96 Test matches to voice my opinion on the game of cricket. I’m sure that’s what ESPN has asked me to do,” said the former England captain.To which Shastri’s replied, “You said, disgrace India not taking it. Now that’s the case, India has got every right to decide whether to take it or not. Reason why India decided not to take it is that they don’t think it is 100% fool proof.””Technology is improving all the time and after seeing the way Hot Spot has behaved, Hot Spot has become cold spot. I think India has got every right to believe and do what they did,” added Shastri.However, Hussaind, who had earlier said that India do not value their No. 1 Test status, reiterated that he had the right to voice his opinion and he was not “jealous” of India being the No. 1 team in Tests.advertisementlast_img read more

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Sexton’s 25 Leads Cavs Over Bruised Bucks Missing Giannis

first_imgCLEVELAND (AP) — Rookie Collin Sexton scored 25 points, Jordan Clarkson added 23 and the Cleveland Cavaliers delayed Milwaukee from clinching the Central Division on Wednesday night with a 107-102 win over the bruised Bucks, who were without superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.Sexton made a 3-pointer with 1:42 left and dropped a driving layup one minute later as the Cavs held on. Down 105-102, Milwaukee had a chance to tie it but had an ugly turnover without getting a shot off.Khris Middleton scored 26 points and Eric Bledsoe 24 for the Bucks, who couldn’t wrap up their first division title since 2001. They were at a disadvantage as Antetokounmpo sat his second straight game with a sprained right ankle.The Bucks weren’t just without Antetokounmpo, one of the top MVP candidates, either. They were also down five other rotational players including starting guard Malcolm Brogdon (foot) and forward Nikola Mirotic (thumb).Sexton’s development has been one of the bright spots in an otherwise dreary season for Cleveland. He became the only rookie in team history to score at least 23 points in seven straight games. Austin Carr (1972) did it six times.Cleveland’s Kevin Love, who missed Monday’s game in Detroit with a sore lower back, left in the third quarter with an apparent head injury. He banged heads with Bledsoe late in the second quarter and played three minutes in the third before going to the locker room.Love finished with 10 rebounds in 18 minutes.While the Bucks are nursing injuries, the Cavs were as close to full strength as they’ve been in months as Tristan Thompson returned after missing 26 games with a sore left foot. It was a rare chance for coach Larry Drew to have three of his top frontcourt players in Thompson, Love and Larry Nance Jr., who had missed the previous five games with a chest bruise.“It feels a little weird having all these bodies back and being able to experiment with some things,” Drew said. “It’s a nice problem to have.”Middleton did all he could to carry the Bucks in the first half by scoring 18 points. But without enough support, he couldn’t keep up with the better-balanced Cavs, who built a 16-point lead and went into the locker room at halftime leading by 11.TIP-INSBucks: Were also without G Sterling Brown (wrist), G Donte DiVicenzo (heel), G George Hill (groin) and C Pau Gasol (ankle). … Coach Mike Budenholzer and Bledsoe were given technicals for arguing during the break between the first and second quarters. … Budenholzer dismissed a report that Mirotic, who got hurt during Tuesday’s win over the Lakers, could be out for as long as a month. The Bucks did not provide a timeline in their release. “These things can always change,” he said. “In a perfect world, they’re less. Sometimes they take longer. This is a little bit of a unique injury.” … Antetokounmpo scored 44 with 14 rebounds in Milwaukee’s win at Cleveland on Dec. 14. … Dropped to 13-2 in the Central.Cavaliers: Nance finished with seven points, a team-high five assists, two steals and two blocks. … Although having Thompson on the floor would have certainly helped them win some games, Drew said the Cavs didn’t push Thompson. “I was hoping we would have gotten him back sooner,” Drew said. “But any time you are dealing with an injury, you can’t rush players back. ” … G Matthew Dellavedova missed his seventh straight game with a concussion.UP NEXTBucks: Host Miami on Friday.Cavaliers: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday.By: Tom Withers, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

AP Analysis: Success in March Tied to NBA-Caliber Talent

first_imgIn the 30 seasons since the NCAA Tournament started morphing into “March Madness,” 120 teams have traveled the road to the Final Four. That’s 120 unique formulas that have worked to make it onto college basketball’s biggest stage.For all the debate about what counts more toward building a championship program — great teams with veteran leaders and role players versus outstanding individual talent, even if that talent only makes a short pit stop in college before going to the pros — an Associated Press analysis of rosters found that one factor outweighs all else:The most surefire way to consistently advance deep into the tournament is by amassing players with enough NBA potential to leave college early.The AP analyzed rosters of every team to make the tournament at least 10 times over the last 30 years and saw a trend that goes beyond the anecdotes and occasional tales of magical runs that have underscored the storytelling driving this debate for decades. The conclusion, as succinctly summed up by Gonzaga coach Mark Few: “It’s not a big secret. If you want to win and advance in this tournament, you have to have NBA talent.”“You can get the NBA talent through recruiting one-and-dones, or you can do it through development,” Few said. “But whether it’s one-and-dones or two-and-dones, you have to have it.”This combination of photos shows Kentucky forward Anthony Davis, left, on March 31, 2012 and as a New Orleans Pelicans player on Jan. 23, 2016, in New Orleans. (AP Photos)A wealth of NBA talent has been the mainstay on perennial contenders such as Kentucky, Duke and Kansas, which are among the programs that stand out in the AP analysis. Of the 79 teams the AP charted (including seven that made fewer than 10 appearances but went to the Final Four at least once), those blue bloods, along with North Carolina and Connecticut, were the only programs that averaged nearly three wins — a trip to the Elite Eight — per tournament appearance since 1989. All of those teams were also in the top 10 of programs that had the most early entries in the NBA draft over the same span.And though this year’s Final Four is being touted as one in which experience and teamwork won out over NBA-ready talent, three of the teams in Minneapolis this week do, in fact, have underclassmen on the roster who could be first-round draft picks. Sophomores Jarrett Culver of Texas Tech and DeAndre Hunter of Virginia are potential lottery picks in this year’s NBA draft, and even Auburn made it this far with the help of now-injured sophomore Chuma Okeke, who is widely considered to have first-round ability.The reality only serves to heighten the debate about what is essentially the professionalization of college basketball. It’s an issue that has become increasingly fraught in the wake of FBI investigations that further reinforced the influence that big money, shoe companies and the prospects of pro stardom have on the college game.FILE – In this March 30, 2019, file photo, Texas Tech celebrates after a win against Gonzaga in the West Regional final in the NCAA Tournament in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)“There are some things that are wrong with it, things that take place that are inappropriate,” said Auburn coach Bruce Pearl , who himself has been previously banned by the NCAA and, more recently, has seen a handful of his Tigers assistants caught up in the current probe. “That’s the business of college basketball. The reason why the NCAA is involved in this is because it’s their job to monitor.”There are, of course, exceptions to the talent-equals-titles rule. This year’s Michigan State squad doesn’t appear to have any NBA-ready underclassmen on its roster, even though the Spartans are a program that traditionally draws that sort of talent.The Loyola-Chicagos, George Masons and VCUs of the world are the teams that prove, semi-regularly, that anything is possible, and are a big part of the reason the tournament captivates America every spring. But they are the outliers. The reality is that gritty, unselfish teamwork is nice, but raw talent is better.“It’s like when I go to (fried chicken restaurant) Grandy’s, do I want double mashed potatoes or mashed potatoes and corn?” said Texas Tech coach Chris Beard. “I want both. So we would love to have All-Americans and turn ’em into grinders.”As Gonzaga’s role in the sport has morphed from plucky underdog to perennial power over the past two decades, Few says he’s changed his strategy from one that emphasized roster building, to one that focuses on roster management.FILE – In this March 30, 2019, file photo, Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter dribbles past Purdue’s Grady Eifert (24) during the first half of the men’s NCAA Tournament in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)“The most important part of the year now is April and May,” he said, in a nod to the period when NBA-caliber players such as Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke make their decisions about whether to stay or go. “You project what they’re going to do, then you plan accordingly.”No program runs on the hamster wheel of quick turnover more than Kentucky. Not surprisingly, the Wildcats, thanks largely to the impact of the one and done factory John Calipari has been running for the past decade, have been to the tournament 29 times since 1989 and sent 45 players to NBA before they graduated. They average just shy of three victories per trip, and just shy of 1.7 early departures per year they’ve appeared. In the AP analysis, they are alone in their own quadrant of the data grid.Not included in the study are teams that didn’t make the tournament despite having one-and-done and other early-entry talent. Ben Simmons spent one year at LSU, and Markelle Fultz spent a season at Washington, but neither played in March Madness.On the other end of the spectrum, having NBA talent is no guarantee of success. Both Texas and Southern California have put more than a dozen early entry players into the league over the span of the study, but their victories-per-tournament average hovers around 1.And yet, the way the top programs have ensured consistent success, the analysis proves, is by repeatedly securing that kind of talent.FILE – In this March 30, 2019, file photo, members of Virginia celebrate after defeating Purdue 80-75 in overtime of the men’s NCAA Tournament college basketball South Regional final game in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)But there’s a chance everyone might have to recalibrate.With the NBA and its players union considering changes that could end one-and-done, and possibly allow players to go to the NBA straight from high school — the way the system worked for decades before 2006 — Kentucky’s path to success could be in peril.“I don’t know how it will play out, but we’ll try to be first in whatever we’re doing,” Calipari said.It’s not only the Wildcats who might need to adjust.Even programs like Michigan and UConn, which tend to keep players around longer, haven’t shied away from the realities of college basketball in the 2000s: one-and-dones drastically improve your outlook, like it or not.“We’ve never said we’re not going to take a one-and-done guy,” said Wolverines coach John Beilein, who leads a program that, in many ways, wrote the first chapter of the book on modern basketball when the Fab Five came through in the early 1990s. “But at the same time, we’re going to be very open with a young man, that if you’re coming, this is a destination. This is not a stopover.”Over the three decades the AP studied, Michigan averaged 2.375 wins in each of its 16 NCAA Tournament appearances, while sending 16 players early to the NBA.Like Beilein — and unlike Calipari — Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski is nowhere near as outspoken about embracing his school’s role as a place where the most talented players are welcome to camp out for a year before heading to the NBA.In 2015, the Blue Devils won the title with two freshmen who left to become lottery picks. (Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow). This year, the Blue Devils have three potential one-and-dones in Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish and R.J. Barrett.FILE – In this March 28, 2019, file photo, Gonzaga coach Mark Few yells during the first half the team’s NCAA men’s college basketball tournament West Region semifinal against Florida State in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)They came up 1 point short of the Final Four — agonizing, for sure, but hardly an indictment of a formula that has worked for decades.It’s a formula more schools would like to get their hands on.“We don’t shy away from that,” said Beard, who led Texas Tech to its first Final Four this year. “Our goal is to have a team at Texas Tech one day where every guy on the team is an NBA player. No doubt about it, to play on this stage, you have to have pros, and you’ve got to evaluate and recruit and develop them.”___By EDDIE PELLS and LARRY FENN Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Premier League: Chelsea, Palace register easy wins while Fulham, Cardiff lose

first_imgChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri begun his Premier League campaign on a winning note as Chelsea thrashed Huddersfield Town 3-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday.Huddersfield started the game positively and endured moments of nervousness before going ahead in the 34th minute when Willian’s cross from the left wing found N’Golo Kante, whose miss-hit somehow managed to loop past Ben Hamer and give Chelsea a lead.Chelsea doubled their lead just before half-time, when Marcos Alonso made a scathing run inside the Huddersfield box before being brought down by Christopher Schindler to earn a penalty. Debutant Jorginho stepped up and calmly converted the penalty to give the London side the advantage going into the second half.A brilliantly constructed counter-attack produced Chelsea’s third as substitute Eden Hazard broke from midfield and slipped a perfectly-timed pass to Pedro who beat Hamer with an expert finish.A brilliantly constructed counter-attack produced Chelsea’s third as Eden Hazard came on from the bench to makle his mark on the game. Hazard made a run from midfield before slipping a perfectly-timed pass to Pedro who beat Hamer with an expert lobbed finish.FULHAM 0-2 CRYSTAL PALACE Its good to be back… buzzing to get a goal and start the season with the win #CPFC #GodIsGreat pic.twitter.com/5PkfAAkaJSWilfried Zaha (@wilfriedzaha) August 11, 2018Fine goals by Jeffrey Schlupp and Wilfried Zaha helped Crystal Palace to a 2-0 win at Fulham in a lively Premier League match at Craven Cottage as the home side endured a disappointing return to the top flight.advertisementGhanaian midfielder Schlupp struck against the run of play in the 41st minute with a fierce shot from a tight angle and Zaha sealed the win in the closing stages when he rounded Fulham goalkeeper Fabri and slotted the ball into an empty net.Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey made a string of good saves in the opening half, twice denying Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic after he had also kept out a long-range shot from right back Cyrus Christie.The visitors had the upper hand after the break and although Zaha saw his close-range volley kept out by Fabri on the hour, the livewire Ivorian forward made no mistake in the 79th minute after a defence-splitting pass by Aaron-Wan Bissaka.WATFORD 2-0 BRIGHTONFT | #watfordfc 2-0 BrightonA @tucupereyra37 masterclass wins it for the Hornets on the opening day!#WATBHAMatchday live https://t.co/qzLll3oYiD pic.twitter.com/YforFxU8NtWatford Football Club (@WatfordFC) August 11, 2018Roberto Pereyra scored twice as Watford opened their Premier League campaign with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion.The Argentina international opened the scoring with a stunning volley, showing great composure to sweetly convert from Jose Holebas’ corner in the 35th minute.The 27-year-old Pereyra doubled the hosts’ advantage soon after the break, driving into the box before curling a neat finish into the far corner from a tight angle.Watford had 19 shots and could have won by more against a Brighton side who failed to register an effort on target in a disappointing opening-day defeat.BOURNEMOUTH 2-0 CARDIFF CITYFT | That felt good!Goals from Fraser and Wilson ensure we start the new @premierleague season with three points!#BOUCAR // 2-0 pic.twitter.com/d5CoIE8m4YAFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) August 11, 2018Promoted Cardiff City’s first Premier League match for four years ended in a 2-0 defeat by Bournemouth, as midfielder Ryan Fraser’s first-half goal and forward Callum Wilson’s late strike secured victory at the Vitality Stadium.Bournemouth dominated possession and deserved their 24th- minute lead as Scotland international Fraser latched on to Wilson’s low pass inside the penalty area and slotted past goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.Wilson won a penalty nine minutes later following a clumsy challenge by Cardiff defender Bruno Ecuele Manga, but the forward failed to double his team’s advantage as his weak shot effort was comfortably saved by Etheridge.Neil Warnock’s Cardiff side showed attacking intent after the break and had a couple of chances to equalise but Wilson ended their hopes of a comeback by converting defender Simon Francis’ cross from close range in stoppage time.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Second blast strikes near Kabul sports club: police

first_imgKabul, Sep 5 (AFP) A suicide attack on a Kabul sports club that killed at least four people on Wednesday has been followed by a second blast, police said.”There were security forces, people, and reporters (nearby). We don’t know the nature or possible casualties,” police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai said.(AFP) AMSAMSlast_img

Thought Rishabh Pant was a thick-skinned guy but he proved us wrong: MSK Prasad

first_imgChief selector MSK Prasad is immensely happy with the progress Rishabh Pant has made as a batsman and wicketkeeper across formats over the last year. Pant, who had debuted for India in the T20I series against England in 2017, returned to the squad on the back of solid performances in Ranji Trophy and the Indian Premier League.Pant made his Test debut in England last year and made an immediate impression with a classy 114 in only his third Test. At home against the West Indies, Pant made identical scores of 92 in two Tests.It was in Australia that Rishabh Pant truly showed what he was capable of. After throwing away his wicket in the first couple of innings, Pant developed nicely: with scores of 25, 28, 36, 30, 39, 33 and 159 not out, he finished as the second highest run-scorer in the four-Test series against Australia.Besides, Pant also broke the record for most catches by an Indian wicketkeeper in a Test series. He was sent back home to play for India A and missed the ODI series against Australia and New Zealand as the team management wanted him to hone his finishing skills. Pant played a gutsy knock against England Lions on a difficult pitch before smashing an unbeaten 40 in the second T20I against New Zealand to steer India home.Prasad said Pant the wicketkeeper is still a work in progress and added he was happy with the work the 21-year-old from Delhi has put in.”Pant, as I already said, is a phenomenal batsman. He has delivered also. He made 1000-plus runs in his first Ranji season and he has proved himself in the IPL also, where he has been a big revelation,” Prasad told ESPNCricinfo. “As far as his wicketkeeping skills go, he is a work in progress; he has to go through the grind still. But in whatever matches he has played, he has shown glimpses of becoming a good wicketkeeper.advertisement”Before the home Test series against West Indies last year we sent him to the National Cricket Academy to work with [former wicketkeepers] Kiran More and Abhay Sharma. Rishabh kept really well in the series and he has showed progress.”I never thought in such a short span of time he would mature so well. We thought he is a thick-skinned guy, but he has proved he is not that, and he is happy to work hard to meet the requirements needed to play at the highest level,” Prasad said.Rishabh Pant has a great chance to make it to the World Cup even though he did not play the two ODI series Down Under. In 9 Tests so far, Pant has scored 696 runs at an average of 49.71. He has so far played only 3 ODIs (all against West Indies).Also Read | MS Dhoni in ICC’s version of John Lennon’s classic ImagineAlso Read | This is the MS Dhoni we know: MSK Prasad after Australia, New Zealand toursAlso Read | Ajinkya Rahane, Vijay Shankar in World Cup plans, says chief selector MSK PrasadAlso See:last_img read more

I rejected Reds move – Sane

first_imgLeroy Sané Sane admits snubbing Klopp and Liverpool for Man City move Omnisport 23:11 1/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) LeroySane - Cropped Getty Images Leroy Sané Manchester City Jürgen Klopp Premier League Liverpool Liverpool v Manchester City The Germany international admires his compatriot for his work at Borussia Dortmund but opted to work with Pep Guardiola instead of going to Anfield Leroy Sane says that he rejected the chance to join Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool before signing for Manchester City.The pacey winger has been in spectacular form for City this season, scoring six goals and supplying nine assists for the runaway Premier League leaders.City bought the Germany international from Schalke in a reported £37 million deal in August 2016, after attracting several suitors following his impressive performances in the Bundesliga. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Compatriot Klopp was among those keen to bring in Sane, but the Reds boss was unable to convince him to choose Merseyside over Manchester.”Yes, I was also talking with them,” Sane told The Guardian. “Jurgen was calling me too, talking to me. That was before I joined City.”He did a good job at [Borussia] Dortmund – I met him when he was there. He’s a good guy, nice guy – honest. He [has] worked well with Liverpool.”Sane could have linked up with Klopp sooner, but opted not to switch Schalke for Dortmund when he was rising through the ranks.Leroy Sane Manchester City BurnleyLeroy Sane Sergio Aguero Manchester CityHe added: “Yes, there was a time when I was still in the academy that I could have gone there from Schalke but there were no thoughts at all to move to a rival.”Sane scored twice when City battered Liverpool 5-0 in September, but he issued a warning to his team-mates ahead of the in-form Reds’ revenge mission at Anfield on Sunday.”They have a very good team, good strikers,” he said. “[Roberto] Firmino, [Mohamed] Salah, [Sadio] Mane – quick players. They will look for mistakes from us and try to play counter-attacks.”That’s why it’s a tough game. It was an equal game at the start of the season because they also had chances to score the first goal.”last_img read more

Ramsey couldn’t refuse Juve chance

first_imgNew Juventus signing Aaron Ramsey believes he has secured a “dream” move and insists he paid offers from other clubs no mind once he heard of the Old Lady’s interest.Ramsey left Arsenal on a free transfer at the end of the 2018-19 season, with the two parties failing to agree on a new contract.Juve are reported to have struck a deal with the Wales international in January, with their agreement being made official a month later. Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? It brought an 11-year association with the Gunners to an end but also ensured he is able to return to the top of the European game, with Serie A champions Juve in the Champions League, unlike Arsenal.It had been clear since the start of the season that it was to be Ramsey’s final campaign at Emirates Stadium and numerous Italian clubs were linked with him, but there was only one place he wanted to be.When asked in his presentation news conference if he ever considered another Italian side, Ramsey said: “As soon as I knew Juve were in for me, there was no question about where I was going to go. You can’t turn down that opportunity.”I’m so excited to be here and hopefully I can be a part of a new history. There were other clubs, but this is the right club for me.  @aaronramsey #WelcomeAaron pic.twitter.com/eJGC69Unzh — JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) July 15, 2019 “When I knew Juve were interested, I couldn’t refuse them. It’s a great club, one of the biggest. To have the opportunity to come here, play for them, is a dream to play at the top level.”It’s a challenge for myself as well, to come here, experience a different way of life, different culture. I’ll take that in and embrace it.”Hopefully it goes nicely over here. I know how hard it’s going to be, but I’ve prepared myself for that and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”Ramsey is not the only new recruit Juve have picked up from the Premier League, as coach Maurizio Sarri traded Stamford Bridge for Turin.The Wales midfielder is familiar with the Italian and was impressed with his solitary campaign in England.”From what I saw last season, he had a very good season for Chelsea,” Ramsey said. “He got to two finals [the EFL Cup and Europa League], won one of them, and finished in the top four.”That’s not easy to do, so it was definitely a success. Hopefully, he can bring his philosophy to this team, winning and playing good football, that’s the ideal situation.”Hopefully this will be something we can do, being really successful doing it.”last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2022: Qatar invites India’s cricket World Cup winning teams

first_imgFIFA World Cup 2022: Qatar invites India’s cricket World Cup winning teamsKapil Dev and MS Dhoni have been invited to Qatar on special invitation for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022advertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiFebruary 17, 2019UPDATED: February 17, 2019 22:13 IST Kapil Dev lead the 1983 World Cup-winning team, while MS Dhoni captain captain India in the 2011 win (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNasser Al Khater, CEO for 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, invited MS Dhoni and Kapil DevNasser Al Khater extended the invitation to members of 1983 and 2011 World Cups squadsNasser Al Khater also extended a special welcome to footballers from IndiaA senior official associated with the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 has invited members of India’s cricket World Cup winning teams of 1983 and 2011 to the middle-eastern nation for football’s quadrennial showpiece.Admitting that cricket was a big sport in India, Nasser Al Khater, CEO, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, extended the invitation to the members of winning squads of the two cricket World Cups.”It is safe to say that this World Cup (in Qatar in 2022) is for all of us to celebrate. I think I have to say, we look forward to welcoming you there (in Qatar),” he said at an awards function in Mumbai over the weekend.”I did not realise how big cricket was in India, so I know that there are some members from the 1983 World Cup winning team, that beat the West Indies, are here (at the awards function), and there are members from the team that won the(cricket) World Cup in 2011. I extend you a special invitation to come and attend the football World Cup in Qatar,’ Khater said.He also extended a special welcome to footballers from India.The 1983 team, which won the cricket World Cup, was led by legendary all rounder Kapil Dev, while the side that emerged victorious in the 2011 edition was captained by charismatic wicket-keeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni.Also Read | MS Dhoni greatest cricketer India has ever produced: Kapil DevAlso Read | Kapil Dev, MS Dhoni ‘take on’ each other on cricket pitchFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Kapil DevFollow MS DhoniFollow 1983 World CupFollow 2011 World CupFollow 2022 FIFA World CupFollow QatarFollow Qatar 2022Follow Qatar 2022 World Cuplast_img read more

MP Hunter Tootoo says he quit caucus cabinet over consensual relationship

first_imgThe Canadian PressOTTAWA — Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo, who cited an alcohol problems for leaving the Liberal caucus and cabinet earlier this year, apologized Wednesday for what he called a “consensual but inappropriate” relationship with an unidentified person.Tootoo, who declared his return to politics late last month after a two-month hiatus to seek treatment for addiction, has been at the centre of persistent rumours that he had been involved with a staff member.He acknowledged the relationship in a videotaped statement that was delivered at the CBC’s Iqaluit studios and posted to the broadcaster’s regional Facebook page.“I let my judgment be clouded and I also let alcohol take over my life,” Tootoo said, reading from a portfolio on his lap.“”I am ashamed and I apologize to all involved, especially the people of Nunavut. I am deeply sorry.”Tootoo said he informed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on May 31 of the relationship, then promptly quit the party and checked himself into rehab.A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office corroborated Tootoo’s version of events, noting that the MP “took full and sole responsibility for his inappropriate workplace conduct.”Last week, Tootoo came under pressure from constituents and critics in his Nunavut riding for failing to disclose more details about his decision to step down and sit as an Independent.Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern urged him to come forward and clear the air.“It puts him – and it puts us – in an extremely difficult position,”Redfern said in an interview at the time. “We only have one member of Parliament.”Redfern could not be immediately reached for comment, but a series of tweets sent in the wake of Tootoo’s announcement made it clear she’s paying attention.Several tweets cited legal decisions that discussed consent as it pertains to relationships in the workplace. Added Redfern: “So unanswered question remains … who or how was this inappropriate?”Tootoo, 52, declared in May he would be stepping down as fisheries minister and leaving the Liberal caucus before beginning a leave of absence to seek treatment for an alcohol problem.That leave of absence ended July 27 when he invited local residents and journalists to his office in Iqaluit for a news conference and open house, billed as a chance for constituents to “address their concerns.”“I know I let people down _ my family, friends, and the people of this riding _ and myself,” he said at the time. “I have work to do to regain their trust and respect. That work begins now.”Nunavut, a territory the size of western Europe, only has a single federal seat. It is the largest but least populous of all of Canada’s provinces and territories. It’s home to about 34,000 people, 84 per cent are Inuit.During his July 27 news conference, Tootoo attributed his drinking to “deeply personal and private issues,” saying he used alcohol as a coping mechanism. In his statement, Tootoo intimated it was the relationship to which he was referring.“On May 31, I voluntarily informed the prime minister that I made a mistake and regrettably engaged in a consensual but inappropriate relationship,” Tootoo said.“That is why I resigned my cabinet post and my position in caucus. I then checked myself into rehab for my addiction.”He also said he would not name the other party in an effort to protect the person’s privacy.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI To Deliver Throne Day Speech 9 pm Saturday

Rabat – The Throne Speech will be aired on radio and television channels this Saturday at 9 p.m., the ministry of the Royal Household, Protocol and Chancellery announced in a statement.The ministry of the Royal Household, Protocol and Chancellery “announces that the 18th anniversary of the accession of King Mohammed VI to the throne, the Throne Speech will be aired on radio and television channels as of 9 p.m. this Saturday 05 Dhu l-Qa`da 1438, corresponding to 29 July 2017,” said the statement.This is the first time since 1999 king Mohammed VI will deliver the throne speech on the eve of the allegiance ceremony in commemoration of the 18th anniversary of the King’s enthronement. The upcoming King’s speech is one of the most anticipated speeches since his enthronement 18 years ago, as it comes against the background of the protests that have been taking place in Al Hoceima in the Moroccan Rif region since last October.Millions of Moroccans are hopeful the King’s speech will defuse tension in the region and give assurances to the region’s inhabitants that the government will address their grievances seriously and bring to account public servants who failed in their mission to serve the interest of the region’s population.Most of all, Moroccans are hoping the King will pardon the leaders of Al Hoceima protests, who were arrested in late May, chief of whom Nasser Sefzafi, leader of the protests movement.

Top UN officials to travel to Niger as new food crisis looms

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark will conduct a two-day joint mission beginning on Thursday. They are scheduled to meet with President Mahamadou Issoufu, Prime Minister Brigi Rafini and other key Government officials to highlight the importance of preparations and early action to tackle the food and nutrition crisis in Niger.The visit will begin a day after Ms. Amos and the heads of many UN aid agencies gather in Rome for a meeting to discuss how to tackle the crisis in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa.The UN has been sounding the alarm since last September that the situation in the Sahel region was likely to become a major humanitarian situation by the northern spring this year unless something was done to reverse the trend.“We are extremely concerned that millions of people will be affected by a combination of drought, poverty and high grain prices, which, coupled with environmental degradation and chronic underdevelopment, is expected to result in a new food and nutrition crisis,” Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Catherine Bragg told reporters in New York.Ms. Bragg, who visited Senegal last week, said that people in that country, as well as Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Chad, northern Cameroon and northern Nigeria, are all likely to be affected over the coming months.“For many, the crisis has already begun,” she stated. “We already know that an estimated 10 million people or more are struggling to get enough to eat, including 5.4 million in Niger alone.”In the region, more than a million children under the age of five risk severe acute malnutrition – that is up from 300,000 last year, she added.Ms. Bragg said the governments of Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad have all declared an emergency situation and called for international assistance, and most have put forward plans to deal with the crisis and to build people’s resilience to such shocks.Essential activities include selling cereal and pasture at subsidized prices, distributing seeds and providing livestock support, as well as income-generating activities and the replenishment of national food security shocks.“We learned from experience in the Horn of Africa that early warning must be followed by early action,” said Ms. Bragg. “Today, we know what is coming, and we know what to do to save lives.”She added that $724 million will be needed for the revised Sahel Regional Strategy, which takes into account the existing Government plans and the humanitarian appeals for Niger and Chad.“Not long ago, we were calling for early action to contain the food crisis in the Horn of Africa. We now have an opportunity to demonstrate that we have learned our lessons from that crisis: that both early action and efforts to re-build resilience are critical to the Sahel,” said Ms. Bragg, who is also Deputy UN Emergency Relief Coordinator.As part of their visit, Ms. Amos and Miss Clark plan to visit Tillaberi in the southwest of Niger, to see how resilience and humanitarian programmes are addressing the immediate food needs of people and also helping communities prepare for and cope with future crises. 14 February 2012Two top United Nations officials will travel later this week to Niger, where 5.4 million people are struggling to get enough to eat, part of a wider emergency affecting at least 10 million people across the Sahel region. read more

Applications for US unemployment benefits fell last week

WASHINGTON – Fewer people sought unemployment aid last week for the second week in a row, the latest evidence that hiring is likely solid.Weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 10,000 to a seasonally adjusted 268,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased to 278,500.The figures, along with other recent data, suggest the economy is picking up a bit after barely expanding in the first three months of the year. Applications are a proxy for layoffs, so last week’s decline is a sign that companies are confident enough to hold onto their workers. When layoffs are low, hiring is typically steady.Applications have been below 300,000, a historically low level, for 64 weeks, the longest such streak since 1973.About 2.16 million people are receiving benefits, 3.1 per cent lower than a year ago.The U.S. economy expanded at just a 0.5 per cent annual rate in the first quarter, after tepid growth of 1.4 per cent in the final three months of last year.In the past two weeks, however, several reports have suggested growth will rebound in the April-June quarter to nearly 2.5 per cent, some economists forecast.Sales at retail stores and restaurants jumped in April, evidence that Americans were willing to spend robustly after several months of caution.And the housing market has perked up: Sales of existing homes rose last month, while sales of new homes soared to the highest level since 2008. Steady hiring and low mortgage rates have encouraged more Americans to take the plunge and buy a home. Housing construction also increased in April.The improving economy, if sustained, could encourage the Federal Reserve to raise the short-term interest rate it controls for only the second time in nine years, perhaps as early as its next meeting in June or the following one in July. by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted May 26, 2016 6:40 am MDT Last Updated May 26, 2016 at 11:52 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email In this Wednesday, May 18, 2016, photo, a woman passes a “We’re Hiring!” sign while entering a clothing store in the Downtown Crossing of Boston. On Thursday, May 26, 2016, the Labor Department reports on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits the week before. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Applications for US unemployment benefits fell last week read more

Womens Basketball No 14 Ohio State clinches outright Big Ten title with

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell dribbles the ball during the third quarter of the Buckeyes’ victory against Penn State on Jan. 31. Credit: James King | Sports DirectorJust one month ago, the odds were stacked against the No. 14 Ohio State women’s basketball team. Having lost three-straight games to Michigan, Iowa, and No. 13 Maryland, the Buckeyes sat two games behind the conference-leading Terrapins.But Ohio State took advantage of Maryland’s unexpected three-game losing streak down the stretch and a weak end-of-season schedule to finish the season with eight conference wins in a row, concluding with an 89-64 victory against Penn State on the road Sunday afternoon, to claim the outright Big Ten regular-season championship.The Buckeyes had not claimed sole possession of a regular-season title since 2010. The win against the Nittany Lions (15-14, 6-10 Big Ten) also gives Ohio State (24-6, 13-3 Big Ten) the top seed in next week’s Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis. Once again, Ohio State rode its high-scoring trio of guards Kelsey Mitchell and Linnae Harper and forward Stephanie Mavunga to victory. Mitchell led the team with 22 points and the three players combined for 60 points. She added six assists and five rebounds.Mitchell and Mavunga combined for 15 first-quarter points to pull the Buckeyes ahead 23-12 after the opening quarter. Penn State sophomore guard Jaida Travascio-Green hit the first shot of the second quarter, a 3-pointer to pull her team within eight points. But the Nittany Lions fell behind by 10 points after a Mavunga layup less than three minutes later and trailed by double-digits the remainder of the game.Mavunga had a double-double by halftime and finished the game with 21 points and 14 rebounds. She made 9-of-11 shots and helped give her team a 40-28 edge in points in the paint. Harper had 17 points and 10 rebounds. She, along with the rest of her team, shot well from beyond the arc. Harper hit 3-of-4 triples and the Buckeyes combined to shoot 10-for-22 from 3-point range.Junior guard Teniya Page and sophomore guard Jaida Travascio-Green paced the Nittany Lions with 19 and 17 points, respectively. Travascio-Green made 6-of-11 shots, but the team overall struggled to knock down shots and combined to shoot 38 percent from the field. The Buckeyes, who start four guards and just one post player, have been haunted by rebounding issues the entire season. But they cleaned up on the class, holding a 48-29 rebound advantage against Penn State, which had the worst rebounding margin in the conference entering the game. Ohio State had more offensive rebounds (18) than the Nittany Lions had defensive rebounds (17).Ohio State’s win sweeps the season series against Penn State. The Buckeyes beat the Nittany Lions 94-64 at home on Jan. 31.Ohio State will begin Big Ten tournament play at noon Friday. Its opponent will be the winner of Thursday’s game pitting the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds against each other. Purdue is the eighth seed, but the ninth seed has yet to be determined. read more

Death of the doorstop Man Booker Prize unveils short shortlist as judges

first_imgThe judges: Olivia Williams, David Harsent, Amanda Foreman, Abdulrazak Gurnah, and Jon Day When asked about the lack of household names on the list, she added: “We don’t go out of our way to do down established writers or burden them with extra expectations in favour of new writing.“But we do recognise courage and willingness to take risks.”Among the favourites to win the 2016 Man Booker Prize is His Bloody Project, the story of a murder in a 19th century Scottish crofting community published by tiny, two-man independent press Saraband.It will go up against The Sellout, a searing, expletive-filled take on US race  relations hailed by judges as “taking political correctness hostage” with a plot they were “hesitant to summarise now, so toxic are the taboos he explodes”. All That Man Is explores the notion of 21st cenutry masculinity through a series of interlinking short stories This year’s £50,000 prize will be drawn from a shortlist starring Paul Beatty’s The Sellout, Deborah Levy’s Hot Milk, Graeme Macrae Burnet’s His Bloody Project ,Ottessa Moshfegh’s Eileen, David Szalay’s All That Man Is and Madeleine Thien’s Do Not Say We Have Nothing.Levy, arguably the most famous name on the shortlist after J M Coetzee and AL Kennedy failed to progress from the longlist, offers the shortest work at 220 pages.“Usually the tendency is the opposite,” said Jon Day, a writer, academic and one of the prize judges. “EM Forster said we tend to overpraise a book if it’s long, because we got through it.“You could argue there’s a commitment to quality [here] demonstrated by the fact we haven’t been swayed by the doorstopper.” Judges insisted the six novels were not unrelentingly bleak or full of unsympathetic characters, claiming books including The Sellout had also left them laughing out loud.In the third year the prize has been open to writers of any nationality, two of the six remaining novels are by British authors, with two from the US, one from Canada and one with the dual citizenship of Canada-UK. Hilary Mantel, who has won the Booker twice with her Tudor tomes As Britain’s most prestigious book prize, the Man Booker shortlist can prove a noble yet daunting list for readers to plough through each autumn.This year, fans of the prize may heave a sigh of relief as judges announce the shortest shortlisted books in years, proclaiming they are no longer unduly impressed by “doorstoppers”.The Man Booker shortlist this year comprises of six books, with an average 335 pages between them.Only two other years this century have offered  fewer pages, with recent winners including Eleanor Catton’s 832-page The Luminaries and Hilary Mantel’s 672-page Wolf Hall. The judges: Olivia Williams, David Harsent, Amanda Foreman, Abdulrazak Gurnah, and Jon DayCredit:Mark Cocksedge At 220 pages, this is 2016's shortest Booker bookcenter_img Forster wrote in Aspects of the Novel: “Long books, when read, are usually overpraised, because the reader wishes to convince others and himself that he has not wasted his time.”Judges disclosed far longer books had been among the 155 submitted for the prize, with a “run of three or four books over 800 pages each” at one stage of their reading list.Amanda Foreman, chairman of the jury, said: “Everyone in publishing and writing thinks about this, about length.“Is our ability to sustain concentration over a length of time is being diminished because of the internet and the electronic age?“It’s a very important question and it’s ongoing, but it simply can’t be decided on the basis of this shortlist. The question is still up for grabs.” Commenting on the shortlist, an expert from Foyles praised the “recent Man Booker trend towards new faces”, while Waterstones remarked on the “intriguing and refreshing list”.Ladbrokes placed Graeme Macrae Burnet favourite to win, while William Hill plumped for Deborah Levy.The winner will be announced on October 25 at a black tie ceremony in London’s Guildhall.  Hilary Mantel, who has won the Booker twice with her Tudor tomes All That Man Is explores the notion of 21st cenutry masculinity through a series of interlinking short stories All That Man Is, an exploration of modern masculinity, may raise eyebrows for its form, appearing to be a series of short stories threaded together with “clear-eyed chronicle” of manhood and Europe.Hot Milk tells the story of “the toxic waste produced by damaging parents”, while Eileen focuses on a woman in “captivity” and Do Not Say We Have Nothing stars a woman tracking the history of her Chinese musician father who committed suicide. At 220 pages, this is 2016’s shortest Booker book 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

Poland at TOP 8 Rasmussen Big moment for Polish handball

Polish girls are on the way of the biggest success in the history. After turnover against Romania, team of Kim Rasmussen is in 1/4 final where Poland will face France on Wednesday. Interesting fact is that biggest success in Polish women’s handball history is connected with the same country and city of Belgrade, where Poland won 5th place exactly 40 years ago – in 1973!– I don’ know what to say about our play. Our game said everything. You saw that on the court. This is a huge step and a moment for a Polish handball. I am still full of emotions – said Danish coach on Polish bench and comment the next rival – France:– We need time to become aware of what we have done and than we can analyse our next rival. We will persist to play on the same level as we played through whole tournament. That means defense and only defense – said Polish head-coach Kim Rasmussen. KIM RASMUSSENPolandserbia 2013WWCH 2013 ← Previous Story CADENAS SATISFIED: Janko Kevic in Wisla until end of the season Next Story → PHOTO STORY FROM “KOMBANK ARENA”: Smiles and tears… read more

LEurope de lEst inaugure sa cité des sciences

first_imgL’Europe de l’Est inaugure sa cité des sciencesAussi moderne que coûteux, le centre scientifique Copernic vient d’ouvrir ses portes dans la capitale polonaise, Varsovie. Une grande fierté pour l’Europe centrale et orientale qui n’avaient jusqu’alors pas de cité des sciences à la hauteur.365 millions de zlotys, soit 93 millions d’euros environ : c’est le prix qu’aura coûté ce centre bâti sur quelque 20.000 mètres carrés, qui accueillent près de 450 attractions. “Notre centre scientifique est le plus grand et le plus moderne à l’Est de Berlin”, s’est félicité auprès de l’AFP le directeur du centre Copernic, Robert Firmhofer. Il précise que “l’allocation de 52 millions d’euros de fonds européens a permis de construire ce centre rapidement”.À lire aussiFête de la Science : le plein d’animations à la Cité des sciences et au Palais de la découverteL’objectif de ce musée est de populariser la science au moyen de démonstrations, d’expériences et d’attractions interactives. Des expositions sur les sciences exactes côtoieront celles sur les sciences humaines, comme des installations artistiques inspirées par la science. L’exposition permanente du centre est axée sur deux thèmes : “l’Homme et l’environnement” et “le monde en mouvement”. Depuis son inauguration au début du mois, le musée a déjà accueilli des milliers de personnes qui n’hésitent pas à patienter pendant des heures pour pouvoir entrer dans ce temple de la science. Alors que les visiteurs sont invités à se glisser dans la peau d’un archéologue, à remonter le temps pour découvrir des dinosaures, ou plus incroyable encore, à faire un voyage sur un tapis volant, le centre Copernic sera prochainement doté d’un théâtre où évolueront en tant qu’acteurs, des robots humanoïdes. En 2011, le musée ouvrira également un planétarium.Autre grande fierté pour Varsovie : en mai 2011, le centre Copernic accueillera la conférence annuelle du réseau européen de musées scientifiques Ecsite, qui regroupe plus de 400 institutions de 50 pays.Le 18 novembre 2010 à 19:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Don Goodman questions Spurs decision not to sign any player

first_imgTottenham was the only Premier League club not to sign any players during the summer transfer windowAccording to Don Goodman, one of England’s longest playing footballers, the fact that Tottenham Hotspur did not sign any players is “remarkable.”“The fact that Spurs have no signings, I find quite remarkable really because they are now in the business of trying to win trophies,” he told Sky Sports News on Thursday night.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Now they have made massive strides over the last four or five season, but they are still trophyless. They have seen every single team in and around them buy players,” he added.“And so it adds a bit of pressure as it is almost an arrogant attitude saying, almost, that ‘We are alright.’”Tottenham Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino already defended himself and his club, saying he doesn’t need new signings.last_img read more

Public Utilities Department to implement changes after audit highlights oversight issues

first_imgPublic Utilities Department to implement changes after audit highlights oversight issues Posted: September 6, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Public Utilities Department is making some changes after a city audit found employees working to fix faulty water meters were taking twice the amount of time than planned.San Diego City Councilman Scott Sherman was here to explain these new changes. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Scott Sherman FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, September 6, 2018last_img read more