The second phase of the Uttar Pradesh civic polls got under way on Sunday, covering 25 districts. However, voting was marked by a large number of names missing from the voter lists across the State. In Lucknow itself, many well-known persons as well as common voters could not find their names on the voter list.
The all-round ability of the current Indian cricket team excites former captain Rahul Dravid, who feels Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men are a certainty for at least the semifinals of the World Twenty20 Championships.Dravid, who was here for the Laureus Sport for Good programme ‘Magic Bus’ in his capacity as a member of its World Sports Academy, said India looks to be the most “formidable” team of the tournament, the main draw of which gets underway from March 15.”I think India would make the top four, but after that, it’s just a question of who has a better day in the semifinal and final… There’s a good crop of players coming through. I think it’s going to be an exciting 24 months for the Indian team. I think the good thing about this Indian team and this T20 World Cup is they have good depth, they have good all round depth at the moment,” Dravid said. (World T20: India best fielding side in world cricket, says VVS Laxman) “Players like Hardik Pandya and Pawan Negi, it just shows that they have got sort of batting right down to No. 8, 9. They have got six or seven bowlers to call upon in Indian conditions that they can use.”So I think it gives them sort of a good range of all around ability, and then with Ashish Nehra bowling well up front and Bumrah bowling well at the depth, they have actually got the two areas which India were struggling in covered. This is a pretty formidable side at the moment and I think the all around ability of this team is what excites me,” he added. (ICC World T20: Five young players to look out for) advertisementDravid said the Indian team’s next target should be to fetch good Test results abroad.”I think it is a very exciting time for Indian cricket at the moment. The results in sort of ODI and Twenty20 cricket have been really good over the last couple of years or so and it has been reflected in the ranking, as well,” he said. (Stump-hoarding MS Dhoni eyes more memorabilia at World Twenty20) “Even in Test cricket, India finds itself up there in the rankings and largely because they have had great results in home conditions. The next challenge, really for this team, is to start performing and get results overseas. But things are beginning to turn with the win in Sri Lanka, and hopefully that you they can go beyond the subcontinent and produce those results.” Speaking of other teams, Dravid said Australia and South Africa would also be top contenders as they too have good line-ups of proven match-winners.”Teams like Australia have got good depth again in the side. A lot of players have played in subcontinent conditions through the IPL, so they have that experience of playing in India. I think playing T20 cricket in India for a lot of the teams and players is not new to them. They have played on all of these grounds. They know the conditions very, very well.”South Africa with the likes of AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, they are always going to be a dangerous team.The West Indies as well, match winners, power hitters, all the way through. And then the subcontinent teams, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will probably have the quality spinners, and if conditions do suit them they can be a handful as well,” he said.
Mumbai, May 22 (PTI) Congratulatory messages poured in for Anurag Thakur after he took over as the BCCI President here today with senior players and his Board colleagues expressing confidence that Indian cricket would continue to flourish in his tenure. “Congratulations @ianuragthakur for becoming the @BCCI president.. Best wishes,” wrote Harbhajan Singh on his twitter page. All-rounder Yuvraj Singh wrote: “Congratulations to @ianuragthakur for becoming the youngest BCCI president!” India discard Gautam Gambhir also congratulated Thakur. “Congrats @ianuragthakur on taking over @bcci president. Go well paaji. Hope Indian cricket continues to prosper.” Former captain and Cricket Association of Bengal chief Sourav Ganguly, who accompanied Thakur for his nomination filing yesterday, was confident that the sport would only gain under his tenure. “I am sure he will carry the legacy of the people who have been at that post. He has been around for a while. He knows the job and he will take it forward. Indian cricket I am sure will be looked after well,” Ganguly said. “Every job comes with challenges. I dont think it is a crown of thorns, whether you open against the best fast bowling attack in the world or you are the BCCI President or the Association President,” he added. Not only cricketers but administrators also congratulated the three-time BJP MP. “Many congratulations to him on behalf of the Board. Its a very big responsibility on his shoulders. Our endeavour is to work as one united family and take cricket forward in India and globally. “I also thank Shashank Manohar for his tenure as BCCI president and the way he strengthened it. We hope he will continue to be out guiding light. We have full faith in the newly-elected president and secretary and we are sure under their guidance the Board, which is going through tough times, will overcome them with transparency,” MPCA President Jyotiraditya Scindia said. However Scindia did not express his opinion on whether these times can be termed as difficult for the Board. “I dont necessarily think that its an easy time or tough time. I think its important that we are transparent, accountable. And I think if we are transparent and accountable I personally dont think any situation is a situation which cannot be overcome. “Under Anurag Thakur as well as Ajay Shirke I think the Board will rise to the expectations of not only the Lodha Committee or the courts but will also rise to the expectations of 1.3 billion in this country and billions of people across the world.” CAB secretary Avishek Dalmiya also congratulated Thakur. “Many congratulations to Anurag Thakur on becoming the consensus candidate for the post of BCCI President. While he brings youth at the top, he also has the required experience since he has been associated with the BCCI for over 16 years”, said Dalmiya. PTI KHS PM ATadvertisement
Liverpool Forgetful Sturridge wants more after scoring landmark goal Rob Lancaster Last updated 2 years ago 03:01 10/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Liverpool Premier League Liverpool v Huddersfield Town Huddersfield Town The England forward brought up his ton at the expense of the Terriers on Saturday, but admitted that the century slipped his mind at the time Daniel Sturridge was delighted to bring up his century of club goals against Huddersfield Town – even though the Liverpool striker had forgotten he was so close to achieving the personal milestone.The England international capitalised on Tommy Smith’s wayward clearing header to put the hosts ahead five minutes into the second half at Anfield on Saturday.11/1 for Liverpool and Naribor to draw 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 Sturridge’s lobbed finish over advancing goalkeeper Jonas Lossl saw him notch his 62nd goal for Liverpool and the 100th overall in his club career, having previously played for Bolton, Chelsea and Manchester City.”I didn’t even think about that, I completely forgot,” Sturridge told the club’s website.”I’m grateful to God for blessing me and allowing me to reach that amount of goals. “Hopefully there will be a lot more to come – there could’ve been a lot more but you can never look at the past, you look to the future and say hopefully I’ll be able to score another 100 before my career is over.”100 – Daniel Sturridge has scored his 100th goal in club competition (62 @LFC, 24 Chelsea, 8 Bolton, 6 Man City). Milestone. pic.twitter.com/XqqViHQRN0— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 28, 2017Handed just his fourth Premier League start of the season by manager Klopp, Sturridge made the most of the opportunity to impress before being substituted in the 74th minute.While the 28-year-old frontman was pleased to contribute to his side’s 3-0 victory, he appreciates scoring against Huddersfield will not necessarily lead to an extended run of games in the first XI.”It’s [about] getting that rhythm, that flow. For myself, I feel like I’m best when I’m like that playing regularly,” Sturridge said.”But the manager picks the team and I’ll never cause any issues or problems in the camp because he’s the boss, I have a lot of respect for him and for his decisions. “When I go onto the pitch it’s important for me to show what I can do. 34 – Liverpool have now missed 34 @premierleague penalties – no side has missed more in the competition (Arsenal also 34). Waste.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 28, 2017″It doesn’t matter how many minutes you get, you’ve got to put your best foot forward and show what you can do for the team. I’m grateful for his faith in me today and hopefully I’ve repaid him with the goal.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Roma Roma boss Di Francesco: I’m a mix of Ancelotti and Conte Tom Webber 18:55 12/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty/Goal Roma Roma v Torino Juventus v Roma Juventus Coppa Italia Serie A Carlo Ancelotti Antonio Conte The Roma manager thinks his approach to management sits between the best aspects of the two Italian coaches Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco views his managerial style as a mixture of Carlo Ancelotti and Antonio Conte.Trophy-laden spells at AC Milan, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich established Ancelotti as one of the most successful Italian coaches of the modern era, while Conte was key to Juventus reasserting themselves as the dominant force in Serie A before becoming a Premier League champion at Stamford Bridge.Di Francesco appreciates the man-management skills of the 58-year-old and the energy of the Chelsea head coach, believing his approach sits between them. 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 “I like Ancelotti’s calmness and the relationship he can establish with his players,” the Roma boss told La Stampa.”Conte is very good from the motivational point of view and is a great worker on the training pitch.”I think I’m in the middle of the two.”Di Francesco left Sassuolo to replace Luciano Spalletti, who led Roma to second in Serie A last season, at the helm and, after an inconsistent start, has maintained their place as title challengers.Roma are four points off leaders Napoli and possess a game in hand on the teams above them, but their head coach is unwilling to think of a Scudetto tilt until after Saturday’s trip to face defending champions Juve at Allianz Stadium.Di Francesco said: “For now, let’s leave it alone. We want to challenge. If we grow further and pass tests like the one in Turin, we will talk about it afterwards.”Juve have returned to being ruthless and cynical, they give the feeling of never conceding even when the opponent is at their best. Did you see the Inter game? They didn’t win, but they deserved to.”The increased competitiveness [in Serie A] motivates me and I think that the race will be between the top five. I also include Lazio, even though they are a bit further away.”
Hirving Lozano Mexicans Abroad Minute: Lozano, Guardado score, Layun makes a move Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon 05:07 1/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Mexico Two key El Tri members found the back of the net, while another made a move in the January window that could pay big dividends going forward It was a busy week for Mexicans playing in Europe with a pair of players set to star in Russia finding the back of the net and other likely El Tri starter making a big move It took just four minutes for Hirving Lozano to find the back of the net. The 21-year-old helped PSV to a 2-0 win over FC Twente and moved back atop the Eredivisie top scorer list. He now has 12 goals this season, tied with Feyeonord winger Steven Berghuis. It was PSV’s second match from the winter break, and the Eindhoven side extended its lead atop the table with second-place Ajax settling for a draw.His Mexico teammate Andres Guardado also found the back of the net, but it was a more frustrating outing for his team. Guardado’s goal came in stoppage time from the penalty spot and wasn’t enough for Betis to overturn the tide against Celta de Vigo. Betis fell 3-2, its second consecutive defeat in La Liga play. 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 Miguel Layun will hope to find his name in this feature more often, and he now has the opportunity to do so. Layun completed a loan move to Sevilla earlier this week with the La Liga side having an option to buy his rights from Porto after the end of the seasons. Layun played more minutes for the Mexico national team from the 2017 Confederations Cup on than he did with Porto in league play during the 2017-18 season. Earning minutes with Sevilla should help him arrive in Russia in top form. He was rumored to join Guardado with Real Betis, but now will be playing for his crosstown rival. Check out the latest edition of Mexicans Abroad Minute, Goal’s weekly feature taking just 60 seconds to look at how Mexicans in Europe are performing, by clicking play on the video above.
ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 22: Head Coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers calls a play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on September 22, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)A couple of major college football head coaches have been named candidates for the Cleveland Browns’ job now that former head coach Hue Jackson was fired.Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley and Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell are both thought to be potential targets for the Browns’ coaching search.One NFL insider has named another top college coach a potential candidate, too.Yahoo! Sports’ NFL insider Charles Robinson has named Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney a potential option for the Browns, though he writes that it’s unlikely he’d take it.Robinson, though, does think Swinney will eventually take a shot at the NFL.Listening to some people around the NFL who know Swinney, I’m convinced he will eventually take a shot at the next level of football. His backers in the league – some of whom suggested Monday the Browns would be wise to take a big swing for him – have thought about his candidacy down to a granular level. From the potential coaching support staff that Swinney could have lined up quickly, to executives who would be willing to work with him and Dorsey, to how his offense could be tailored to maximize Baker’s growth in the NFL. That’s a lot of thought on a guy who doesn’t instantly jump to the top of most Browns coaching lists.For his part, Swinney has had an opportunity to shut down NFL talk in the past but declined to completely close the door. But one league source suggested given Swinney’s massive college football salary – nearly $9 million per season – it would likely take a Jon Gruden-type of commitment to get him locked down. As in, maybe 10 years and $100 million. Why? Well, he may be in line to replace Nick Saban at Alabama, should Saban choose to go be grumpy in some other wildly successful life pursuit. But as one league source said Monday, “Following Nick Saban’s record at Alabama is a lot harder than following [Saban’s] record in the NFL. Dabo is his own guy, too. I don’t think he’s all that interested in being a successor to anyone in college.” Added another, “He’s the guy Haslam can hire to come in and rebuild the whole culture – and they still need that.”It is easy to see Swinney succeeding at the next level, but it’s also hard to see him leaving what he’s built at Clemson – for now, anyway. The Tigers have become one of the top three programs in the country under Swinney’s leadership and he has that program rolling right now. Would he leave a chance at multiple national championships for the Browns’ head coaching job? That seems doubtful.Stay tuned.
A $1,450,245 road-paving contract in Yarmouth County has been awarded by the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. The contract, was awarded to Dexter Construction Ltd. for repaving on Route 340 from the intersection of Hardscratch Road north for 7.4 kilometres to the intersection of Durkee Road near Pleasant Valley. The project is scheduled to be completed this summer. “Secondary roads, 100-series highways and local roads all have an important part to play in the province’s road network,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. “The department is working hard to keep them in top shape.” This project is part of government’s commitment to better roads and infrastructure as outlined in the speech from the throne. The department’s highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.
New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Friday said that they have solved murder mystery of a Nepal national who was found dead in a vacant plot at Vasant Kunj in South West Delhi. To nab the culprit, the investigating agency said, dump data of more than 22,000 mobile numbers of different service providers were obtained and 240 numbers were zeroed down. Police identified the accused as Harbir Singh Pal (32) who lives in Kishangarh. He was arrested from Vasant Kunj area. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeputy Commissioner of Police (south-west) Devender Arya said that on June 7, a PCR call was received at Vasant Kunj South police station regarding a body at a farm in Vasant Kunj. “A body of a male person aged about 30-35 years was found lying dead. Some blood stained bricks/stones were also lying near the body. One empty quarter and one empty beer bottle were also found near the body, ” said DCP Arya. DCP further stated that the empty wine bottles found at the spot were minutely checked and with the help of its bar code it was established that the bottles were purchased from a wine and beer shop of DDA Market, Vasant Kunj. The CCTV footages of the wine shop with its adjacent shop’s footages were collected and analyzed, wherein the CCTV footages the deceased was spotted with one suspected person. Later after a detailed investigation, the accused was nabbed. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsDCP Arya further added that Harbir Singh Pal disclosed that he is an alcoholic and on June 6, at around 8 pm, when he was consuming alcohol at the roadside in Vasant Kunj. One Nepali boy came to him and requested him to give him some wine. “On his continue requests, he agreed to give him wine and took him to a wine shop in Vasant Kunj from where he purchased wine and beer, with some snacks and took him on his bike to a lonely place behind the hospital in Vasant Kunj,” police said. Both of them consumed alcohol there and after that they had some hot arguments between them and both of them scuffled, on which the accused took nearby lying stones and thrashed it on the head of the deceased many times, resulting in his death. After that, he ran away from the spot with the belongings of the deceased and disposed of his blood-stained clothes with the belongings of the deceased. After that, he ran away to his native village in Uttar Pradesh.
Jesse Clarke was laid to rest surrounded by family and friends dressed in his favourite colours. To his girlfriend, Miranda, he was the kind of guy who would make a day like this more bearable.“He could make you laugh during the hardest times. he could probably make me laugh right now,” says Gibbons.Hundreds gathered to honour him, many of them spilling down the walkway of an already packed funeral home.At the request of Jesse’s dad, the pastor, a former gang member himself, urged everyone to let go of the violence that took his son’s life.“I want to challenge every single person in this room to live better than you’ve ever lived before. not just for Jesse, but for the good of your own lives,” said pastor Ace Clarke.His words were echoed throughout the day in hopes Jesse’s death will be a lasting lesson.“Let the police do what they’re going to do and let justice take its place, says Melissa Mercuri, a family friend. “Not another life needs to be gone.”Too emotional to speak at the funeral, his parents said a final goodbye to their son with a drum circle. Dozens of his friends and classmates also marched to the park where he loved to skateboard. “Everybody misses him and it’s unbelievable how people can do this for one person,” said Gibbons.“It’s definitely touching to see them all put their differences aside, whether they were on one side or the other and come together just for jesse today,” says Mercuri.
“The Secretary-General condemns any attempt to overthrow an elected government by force,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement issued Monday following attacks led by armed elements in the capital, Bangui, against the residence of President Ange-Felix Patassé and the country’s National Radio. On Tuesday, the situation in Bangui was reported to be calm but volatile, with some gunfire.Mr. Annan called on all Central Africans, especially political and other leaders, to respect the democratic institutions of the country and to favour dialogue, the spokesman said. Earlier this year, the Secretary-General warned in a report to the Security Council that the Central African Republic was gripped by political crisis, mired in social tension and underpinned by a fragile economy. The 11 January report blamed the crisis in part on the opposition’s attempt “by every possible means to seize the power that it was unable to win through the ballot box.”
Aiming to fully harness United Nations efforts in support of political stability and recovery in Afghanistan, Secretary-General Kofi Annan has proposed setting up a new UN mission for the country, according to a report released today in New York. “Afghanistan is a shattered society,” the Secretary-General writes in his report to the General Assembly and the Security Council, noting that it will take “much more than 36 months to heal the wounds left by 23 years of war.” He calls for sustained international efforts to help Afghanistan, which “now has the chance at least to be a country at peace with its neighbours and itself.” If established by the Security Council, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) would fulfil all tasks – including those related to human rights, the rule of law, and gender issues – that were entrusted to the UN under last year’s Bonn Agreement, which paved the way for the country’s political transition. The mission would also promote national reconciliation throughout the country, while managing all UN humanitarian activities there in coordination with the Afghan Interim Authority and successor administrations. In an effort to ensure that Afghans themselves benefit most from the international presence, the Secretary-General stresses that UNAMA should employ as many local staff as possible, “thereby leaving a light expatriate ‘footprint.’” The proposed mission, to be headed by Lakhdar Brahimi, Mr. Annan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, would be comprised of two “pillars:” one for political affairs, and the other for relief, recovery and reconstruction. Both pillars will coordinate their work to ensure it is mutually reinforcing, according to the report. Concerning political developments in the country, the Secretary-General notes the importance of the upcoming Emergency Loya Jirga, and urges Afghan leaders to recognize that dialogue and compromise with political rivals depends not on international financial assistance, but on the will and courage to transcend ethnic and regional parochialism in favour of national unity and lasting peace.Stressing the importance of security in protecting the peace process, the Secretary-General says “speed is of the essence” in deciding what form of security assistance the Security Council and Member States will provide to Afghanistan in its hour of need. The Council is scheduled to hold a public meeting on Afghanistan next Tuesday, and its members will discuss the Secretary-General’s report in closed consultations on Wednesday.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) promised to step up its activities in the region to improve protection for Embera-Catío ethnic group.The inhabitants of Las Playas in the Urabá region are extremely frightened and are considering fleeing to the town of Apartadó following the murder of three of their leaders last week, reportedly by machete-wielding assailants, UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told a news briefing in Geneva.Fear is also spreading to other indigenous communities in the Urabá region, she said. Guerrilla groups opposed to the Government are known to operate in the zone. A UNHCR team, which trekked through the jungle on foot to visit Las Playas on Friday after receiving reports that the three leaders had been killed last week, quoted witnesses as saying armed men entered the settlement of some 300 on 6 December and asked for the three by name. “They then took them to a riverbank and brutally murdered them with machetes,” Ms. Pagonis said. Before leaving the village, they threatened to return. The community had not received any specific threats from any armed group before. UNHCR’s representative in Colombia, Roberto Meier, pledged that the agency would step up its activities and visits to Las Playas, security permitting, to improve protection for the community. Government officials, including from the offices of the ombudsman, mayor and general prosecutor, as well as the police and the army have also visited the community following the killings. Overall, UNHCR is working to help the Government respond to the needs of some 2 million displaced people. This includes supporting displaced and at-risk communities, particularly Afro-Colombian and indigenous groups who are often disproportionately affected by the conflict.
Toronto leads economic growth of Canadian cities on manufacturing sector, condos TORONTO – Toronto ranked as the fastest growing economy in the country last year, but a new study from CIBC suggests Canada’s biggest city will be hard pressed to maintain that growth trajectory.The report on the economic strength of major Canadian cities, released Thursday, found Toronto ranked tops amongst its peers in the first nine months of 2012, helped by a recovery in the manufacturing sector and a surge in condo sales.But those two factors could also be significant pressures on future growth in 2013.“The coming year… will pose a major challenge to the city’s ability to maintain its current economic momentum,” said Benjamin Tal, deputy chief economist at the bank.Tal said several factors could pressure Toronto’s growth, including a softening housing market, the end of many infrastructure stimulus projects by both federal and provincial governments and a slower pace of growth in the manufacturing sector.Toronto has held the peak position in the CIBC report for two years.The city’s growth momentum is partly from its broad economy, which covers many sectors, Tal said.“Given that our index measures momentum as opposed to a level of activity, Toronto’s ability to maintain momentum for such a long period is impressive,” he added.Second place was Calgary, boosted by new residents to the city and its healthy jobs market. The report found that consumer spending in Calgary has been strong, with retail sales up nine per cent over the past year.Regina came in third place, driven by very strong population growth that makes it the fourth fastest growing city in the country with one of the country’s lowest unemployment rates.“The city’s robust population growth has spurred housing market activity, with housing starts rising by a strong 80 per cent year-over-year in the third quarter,” Tal said.“Regina is also supported by an improving manufacturing sector, with activity in 2012 estimated to outpace the national average for the second year in a row.”Ranked lower on the list were Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Edmonton, coming in fourth, fifth and sixth place respectively.Ottawa came in seventh while Quebec was 11th place for economic growth. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 3, 2013 6:23 pm MDT
More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Mar. 28, 2017), we preview the Final Four in the men’s and women’s NCAA tournaments. Next, is Colin Kaepernick being blackballed by the NFL? We investigate. Finally, we preview the American League and ponder who might take down the Red Sox, Indians and Astros. Plus, a significant digit on the Oakland Raiders’ upcoming move to Las Vegas.As promised, a photographic throwback to Kate Fagan’s days as a professional basketball player for the Colorado Chill.In the aftermath of the latest round of the men’s NCAA tournament, Neil explained why this year’s Final Four is built on defense.ESPN notes that the men’s Final Four is full of unfamiliar faces this year.FiveThirtyEight’s Benjamin Morris says UConn’s path to perfection has become much easier.ESPN’s Dan Graziano argues that no matter which side of the Colin Kaepernick debate you’re on, you’re wrong.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s chats previewing the AL East, AL Central and AL West.Significant Digit: $750 million, the public subsidy that was offered to the Oakland Raiders to move to Las Vegas. According to The New York Times, Las Vegas politicians raised taxes to supply this new funding. FiveThirtyEight
The central player in that turnaround story has been Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers’ star closer who for the early part of the season looked like anything but. Jansen made just five spring training appearances, slowed by a hamstring injury, and his early season numbers were the kind that might make Dodger fans wish he’d stayed on the DL. Since May 16, he’s been lights out: His 1.06 ERA is by four-tenths of a run the best in the game among relievers with at least as many innings.That improvement has probably helped drive a significant increase in the Dodgers’ success in one-run games after May 16 — 6-3, compared with 4-7 up to that date — which has helped bring L.A.’s actual winning percentage (.521) somewhat more in line with its higher-order winning percentages, which strip out the effects of sequencing and luck often manifested in bullpen meltdowns.In a sense, none of this is particularly surprising stuff. The Dodgers had a spate of injuries and underperformance early in the season that would sink most clubs, and they still managed to win nearly 40 percent of their games. Now that their bullpen has regained its elite status, their hitters have started hitting for power again (their 35 home runs so far in June are the most in baseball), and their starting pitchers have started to return to the rotation, the Dodgers look more like the club everyone expected them to be early on — and perhaps always were.Every good team has bad months, after all. Even the 104-win Dodgers of last season had a 25-game stretch in which they went 5-20, at one point losing 11 straight. It’s just that this year’s Dodger slump came at the beginning of the season, when nobody had banked wins to fall back on and every sportswriter in America was looking for a narrative to focus on. The simple and boring story here is probably that the Dodgers weren’t bad at the beginning of this year — they were just unlucky.It’s now almost July, and the Dodgers’ bad luck appears to be over. They’re heating up just in time for the official start of summer, and in no mood to concede a division title that’s been theirs since before Max Muncy was a glimmer in Dave Roberts’ eye. The early part of the season may have felt like going through hell for Dodgers, but they’ve played themselves out of it.Check out our latest MLB predictions. In retrospect, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 6-5 loss to the Miami Marlins on May 16 was probably the low point of their 2018 season. It was the Dodgers’ sixth consecutive defeat and their ninth in 10; it dropped their overall record to 16-26, then only the fourth-best in their division; and it brought their playoff odds to a season low of 22 percent.For a team that had won 473 regular-season games over the previous five seasons (the most in baseball during that period), came within a game of winning the World Series last year and was expected to waltz to a sixth consecutive division crown this year, the season’s ugly start was hard to understand or explain. After that loss to the Marlins, L.A. manager Dave Roberts could only reach for Winston Churchill. “When you’re going through hell,” he told the L.A. Times, “keep going.”Roberts and his team did exactly that. Beginning with a convincing 7-0 win the next day against the same Marlins club that had just beaten them in two straight, the Dodgers promptly rattled off a streak of 22 wins against just nine losses, through games played on June 20, and increased their playoff chances by 37 percentage points — an improvement bested only by the Seattle Mariners over that period.The team has improved its hitting since May 16, driving its overall weighted runs created plus (wRC+), a catchall offensive statistic, from 94 before that date — meaning the team was 6 percent below league average offensively, on the whole — to 117 since then. L.A. has benefited from a standout performance by the pleasantly alliterative Max Muncy, whose 13 home runs and 163 wRC+ on the season lead the team. It hasn’t hurt, either, that Joc Pederson seems to have recovered from an early season slump and is now contributing as expected.The starting pitching, meanwhile, has held serve, moving from a 3.37 mark in fielding-independent pitching (FIP)1FIP is a measure of pitching performance scaled to ERA that strips out the contributions of team defense. before their recent surge to 3.29 since it began. Even that small improvement was far from a given, of course, because injuries to an astonishing number of Dodger starting pitchers — at least five, depending on how you count it, including the best pitcher in the world in Clayton Kershaw — left the Los Angeles rotation to be held together by a combination of (Alex) Wood and duct tape.But the real heroes of L.A.’s recent surge — and, to be fair, also some of the key contributors to the team’s early season struggles — have been the men of the Los Angeles bullpen, who have curbed a worrying early season tendency toward allowing home runs, especially late in games, and collectively improved their FIP from 4.40 before the surge (26th in baseball) to 3.17 after it (sixth).
When Ohio State men’s basketball coach Thad Matta started sophomore Amir Williams at center against Chicago State Dec. 29, it might have raised some eyebrows. After all, it was the first time all season Matta had made a change to the starting lineup. But when the starters were introduced Wednesday night for OSU’s Big Ten opener against Nebraska, and Williams was still one of them, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise. Against the likes of Winthrop and UNC-Asheville, Matta favored the steady, yet generally unspectacular play of senior forward Evan Ravenel. But in losses to No. 1 Duke and No. 6 Kansas, Williams received more playing time than any other OSU big man. If the Buckeyes are to accomplish their goal of a Big Ten championship and a deep NCAA tournament run, they will need to beat teams with the size and talent of Kansas or Duke. And to do so, they will need Williams to play often, and play well. “It’s just been great to have a center,” said junior point guard Aaron Craft of Williams’ emergence in the starting lineup. “We haven’t had one in a couple of years.” Craft’s comment came off as a bit of a joke, likely a chance to poke fun at a teammate who’s in the limelight for the first time of his collegiate career. But it also cut to a hard truth; though Williams has been a member of the Buckeyes for two seasons, his inconsistent and sometimes soft play had left OSU without a center. Coming out of Detroit Country Day School in Birmingham, Mich., Williams was ranked by ESPN as a four-star prospect and the fourth best center in the class of 2011. As a freshman, Williams showed that the high-ranking might have been based heavily on unrealized potential, as he displayed an extremely unpolished game in limited action. This season, Williams has started to scratch the surface of his potential. He still makes mistakes-against Nebraska he whiffed on the opening tip, air-balled a shot in the post and allowed his man to drive for a couple of easy scores-but his numbers are up across the board. This is in part a product of receiving more playing time, but also likely an indication that he’s more comfortable on the court this year. “He’s just been playing great,” Craft said. “I think he’s doing a great job coming in and understanding how he can affect the game, and not stepping out of that.” Most importantly, Williams is thriving as a defensive anchor. Against Nebraska, the 6-foot-11 center blocked four shots, altered many more, and was a key factor in holding the Cornhuskers to just 30.4 percent shooting. “I thought they did a good job with their interior defense,” said Nebraska coach Tim Miles. “We were, what, 11-for-35 on 2s? That’s just ineffective basketball. We couldn’t get (our big men) going inside the paint, and that hurt us.” Nebraska, though, is hardly one of the best teams in the Big Ten. In fact, they might be one of the worst. The conference’s most likely contenders-namely Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State and Minnesota-all feature players that can score in the post. OSU’s success against the league’s elite hinges upon Williams’ ability to do what he does best. “(He needs to be) blocking shots, altering shots, (getting) offensive rebounds, put-backs,” Craft said. “It’s the little things that end up being big in big games, especially in the Big Ten.” Williams said he’s up for the challenge. “I’m definitely looking forward to it,” Williams said. “Every team in the Big Ten has that one center that can score the ball or run the court. I have total confidence within myself, I can matchup with anybody in the Big Ten.”
German Fuchse Berlin made the biggest success in the history by winning the EHF Cup this season at the end of Dagur Sigurdsson era in the club. One of the biggest star of the team was Serbian playmaker Petar Nenadic, for whom club already stated that won’t stay among “Foxes” in the next season.Meanwhile, good performance of former Barcelona, Holstebro, PICK Szeged, Wisla Plock, Crvena zvezda and Algeciras member, changed the opinion of the No.1 person in Berlin, club’s manager Bob Hanning, who now talking about the “financial demands” as the primary problem in a try to keep Nenadic in the team.Fans already said “Nenadic muss bleiben” (Nenadic must stay) and if you see his few actions against SG Magdeburg, you will find out why… Fuchsee BerlinPetar Nenadic ← Previous Story RK Vardar Skopje win 9th Macedonian title! Next Story → KIF Kolding Kobenhavn win 14th Danish Championship title!
Arthur Sinodinos, a strong contender for the next president of the NSW Liberal Party, is finally coming out into the limelight in his own right after a decade-long tenure as a strong, yet low-key figure as John Howard’s chief of staff. The former Prime Minister’s conservative, white-collar background may be a world away from his Greek-migrant, working-class roots, nevertheless the pair forged a strong bond and Sinodinos settled in comfortably into the political realm. His strong relationship with John Howard was evident in descriptions of him in Howard’s autobiography, Lazarus Rising. Mr Sinodinos was described in the book as “universally respected by [Mr Howard’s] staff and my parliamentary colleagues” as well as a “gifted economist”. Since leaving Canberra four years ago, Sinodinos has become a prominent figure in the corporate circuit, providing insider insight on national politics and public policy. Sinodinos has also been a columnist for The Australian and for the past two years, the NSW division’s financial director. Disappointment over the NSW state election outcome in March led Liberal leader Tony Abbott to push for the removal of the then president Natasha Mclaren-Jones. However this was rejected by the new Premier Barry O’Farell on grounds the move would stir up tensions in the party. Mclaren-Jones has since been elected into state parliament, paving the way for Sinodinos to make his bid for party presidency. Factional confidence for Sinodinos to take the reins continues to be strong, with fellow Liberals citing Sinodinos’ experience as chief of staff and financial expertise as some of his strongest selling-points. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Nearly two months have passed since three teenagers were accused of shooting more than 100 cats, and prosecutors are still undecided on whether to try them as adults.Defense attorneys for Mitchell Kangas, 16, and Jaren Koistinen, 16, both of Battle Ground, and Riley Munger, 17, of La Center told a judge Tuesday morning that they are continuing discussions with prosecutors on the case.The three were set to be arraigned Tuesday morning, but they agreed to postpone the hearing — again — to give prosecutors more time to make a decision. Arraignment was postponed once in June.Clark County Superior Court Judge Rich Melnick set a new arraignment date of Aug. 16.Prosecutors are deciding whether to charge the teens with drive-by shooting, a crime that means they would have to be tried as adults under Washington law. Prosecutors also are considering lesser charges of animal cruelty and unlawful discharge of a firearm, which would mean they would be tried as juveniles.Defense attorneys are trying to persuade the prosecutors to try the teens as juveniles.Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu said Tuesday that one of the reasons for the delay is that the investigation is still ongoing and extensive, considering the large number of victims and number of defendants.