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first_imgIndia openers Deepti Sharma and Poonam Raut shattered record books in women’s cricket as they registered the highest opening stand in One-Day Internationals against Ireland at Potchefstroom, yet the attention towards it is even lesser than what each match of the Indian Premier League gets.The 320-run partnership for the first wicket in the quadrangular series in South Africa by Deepti and Poonam broke the 9-year-old opening stand record by England’s SJ Taylor and CMG Atkins against South Africa at Lord’s in August, 2008.What makes their record even more mindboggling is the fact that Deepti and Poonam managed to overtake the biggest opening partnership in men’s cricket as well, where Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya’s 286 vs England in 2006 holds the record.Despite this huge achievement, the sorry state of women’s cricket in India comes to limelight considering the fact that apart from Virender Sehwag, no other celebrity has spoken about it on a public platform.Congratulations #DeeptiSharma and #PoonamRaut for a record 320 run opening partnership. The girls played really well. Waah ! pic.twitter.com/Rzr1DV3fzq- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) May 15, 2017While every little achievement in men’s cricket is spoken about at length, women’s cricket hardly gets any attention. Even though in the last few years, there has been some progress where women athletes are recognised in all sports arena, the inequality is still extremely evident.Apart from the partnership, Deepti struck 188 off 160 balls to become the second highest individual scorer in women’s ODI behind Belinda Clarke’s unbeaten 229 against Denmark in Mumbai back in 1997.advertisementDeepti’s individual score 188 is higher than Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli’s 183 and MS Dhoni 183* and that speaks immensely of her incredible knock.Deepti has managed to overhaul the legends of men’s cricket at the age of 19 and yet she isn’t receiving the amount of plaudits she deserves.Few days ago, Rishabh Pant had scored a scintillating 97 off 43 balls against Gujarat Lions and even though it wasn’t even a century, Sachin Tendulkar had tweeted about it calling it the best IPL knock across all ten seasons.One of the best Innings I have seen in the IPL & that includes all 10 seasons. @RishabPant777 pic.twitter.com/SGv3YuXwJ5- sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 4, 2017In the same quadrangular series, Jhulan Goswami also created history by becoming the leading wicket-taker in ODIs for women as she scalped her 181st wicket to better a 10-year-old record by Australian Cathryn Fitzpatrick.The value of these records is huge; Indian women’s cricket is progressing and developing at the moment. But for it to get the desired attention, the celebrities need to step up and talk about it. In the cricket-crazy nation like India, a little hype may do the deed and women’s cricket needs exactly that.Deepti and Poonam haven’t got their due.Imagine if India openers in men’s cricket Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were to break this record at the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy or any other ODI around the world.Imagine the hoopla then!last_img read more

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Virat will bounce back into form in Champions Trophy: Kapil

first_imgBy Nikhil Bapat Mumbai, May 17 (PTI) Cricket legend Kapil Dev is not losing sleep over the recent lean patch of Virat Kohli and is confident that the Delhi stalwart will bounce back into form in the ICC Champions Trophy commencing on June 1. “It (Kohli?s form) should not be (a worry). I know his ability and talent. He will bounce back. I don?t see any reasons (why) he will not be among the runs,” Kapil told PTI in an interaction arranged by event broadcasters Star Sports and digital platform Hotstar here today. “He is an important player (for the team) and if he starts getting runs, then the whole team gets motivated. If your captain starts getting runs, it?s the best thing that happens,” Kapil added. Kohli, who hammered 973 runs last season in 16 Test matches, managed only 308 runs in 10 games in the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League, with a highest score of 64, for the Royal Challengers Bangalore who were knocked out after finishing last on the league table. Defending champions India start their campaign in the tournament, being held in England, with the much-awaited group clash against arch rivals Pakistan on June 4 in Birmingham. Kapil, who led underdogs India to an unforgettable World Cup triumph in 1983, termed the present Indian bowling attack as the best and heaped special praise on young death-over specialist Jasprit Bumrah. “When I saw Bumrah for the first time, I never expected (that he will rise). He has such a strong mind! When your action is not so clean, it is difficult to manage to bowl such good bowling line and length, yorkers. He has the strength within himself. Whatever he wants to do, he can do,” said Kapil about the Ahmedabad-born bowler. “His mindset is better than anything else and I have started respecting him much more than what I had seen on the first day when he played a ODI match,? said Kapil, who had captured 434 wickets from 131 Test matches. “If I see all these players, I don?t think anybody else can fit in. Bhuvnesh (Kumar) is very good, Umesh (Yadav) is very good, (Mohammed) Shami is extraordinary. (Ravichandran) Ashwin will be back and (Ravindra) Jadeja. This is the best bowlers we have in the country,? said the 58-year-old former India skiper, who scalped 253 wickets in 225 ODIs. Kapil emphasized that the Indian team for the Champions Trophy looks strong on paper. “On paper it (team) looks very good. Perhaps I know the team much better than other teams, so I can say, Indian team looks very good at this stage,” the cricket legend said. Asked whether yesterdays half century for Rising Pune Supergiant against Mumbai Indians in the IPL Qualifier 1 here signalled Ajinkya Rahanes return to form, Kapil said he was hoping the innings would boost the batsmans confidence in the Champions Trophy. “Ajinkya Rahane has shown time and again that he has the ability and temperament (to score runs). Just sometimes one knock can change the thought process, and I hope he will be much confident now (after the fifty) than the day before.” Kapil welcomed the presence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh in the team and said the duos vast experience would stand the team in good stead. “Both of them have a lot of respect among the youngsters. They have to play to their potential. We can?t expect Dhoni or Yuvraj to be the same, as they were 15 years back. Their experience can come into the game,? he added. Quizzed about the epic India-Pakistan clash in Birmingham the former skipper said that Pakistan were the underdogs. “Indian team obviously looks far better and they are playing cricket which is among the best at this stage. So on paper our (Indian) team is far better,” Kapil said. “Pakistan at this stage has nothing to lose. They have everything to gain and they are the underdogs. They have ruthless players, but Indian team, on paper, looks far better,? he signed off. PTI NRB SSR DK DKadvertisementlast_img read more

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India creates history, tops medal tally at Asian Athletics

first_imgIn a stunning show of dominance, India clinched five gold to top the medal tally for first time in the history of Asian Athletics Championships, pushing China to second spot, in their most successful campaign in the continental flagship event here today.With today’s five gold, one silver and three bronze, India ended the four-day championships on top with their highest ever medal haul of 29 medals (12 gold, 5 silver and 12 bronze).India’s best came way back in the 1985 Jakarta edition where they had won 22 medals (10 gold, 5 silver, 7 bronze).China ended this edition on second position with 8 gold, 7 silver and 5 bronze. They won 3 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze today.Japan topped the medal tally in the first five editions of the Asian championships from 1973 to 1981. China’s domination began from 1983 at Kuwait City and continued till the previous edition at their home venue in Wuhan two years ago.India snapped China’s monopoly this time though their northern neighbours had fielded only a second string team here as their athletes are reserving their best for the upcoming World championships in London next month.The host country, however, suffered a huge setback after 800m runner Archana Yadav was disqualified, after being initially declared as the gold medal winner, for pushing Sri Lankan rival Nimali Waliwarsha Konda from behind near the finishing line. The gold medal was then awarded to Konda and India thus lost a yellow metal in dramatic circumstances.Despite this setback, the Sunday crowd at the Kalinga Stadium were on the edge of their seats as the Indians dished out a superb performance.advertisementIt was heptathlete Swapna Barman who gave India the first gold of the day (as Archana was qualified) as she collected a total of 5942 points from the seven events.The 20-year-old from Bengal collapsed just after crossing the 800m race, the last of the seven events, and was taken for immediate medical attention.Japan’s Meg Hemphill was second with 5883 points while another Indian Purnima Hembram was third with 5798 points.After that Lakhsmanan Govinda took the centrestage as he grabbed his second gold of the championship by winning the men’s 10,000m event in 29 minute and 55.87 seconds. Another Indian Gopi Thonkanal was second in 29:58.89.World junior record holder javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra struggled in his initial attempts but got his touch in time to clinch the gold with a final throw of 85.23m. Devinder Singh, who was embroiled in a marijuana positive test case, was third by clearing a distance of 83.29m.India fittingly wrapped up the championships by winning gold in the men’s and women’s 4x400m relay races to send the packed crowd to wild celebrations, knowing fully well that it was a historic moment with the host country topping the medal tally for the first time.The men’s quartet of Kunhu Muhammad, Muhammad Anas, Rajiv Arokia and Amoj Jacob clocked 3 minute 2.92 seconds to win the race while the women’s team of Nirmala Sheoran, M Povamma, Jisna Mathew and Debashree Mazumdar clocked 3:31.34 to ran away winners.Jinson Johnson in men’s 800m and Purnima Hembram in women’s heptathlon won a bronze each.last_img read more

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Collingwood edge GWS to set up AFL preliminary final with Richmond

first_imgShare on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Sportwatch: Collingwood and Rabbitohs win nail-biters – as it happened Share via Email Greater Western Sydney Giants Collingwood set up a blockbuster AFL preliminary final clash with Richmond thanks to a hard-fought 10-point win over GWS at the MCG. The Pies led by just three points at three-quarter time but kicked the first three goals of the final term to score a 9.15 (69) to 9.5 (59) win in front of 72,504 fans on Saturday night. Melbourne will come to a standstill next Friday night with the traditional rivals and powerhouse Victorian clubs to face off at the MCG for a place in the grand final. Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Topics Share on Twitter news Collingwood Australia sport AFL Share on LinkedIn Australian rules football Jordan De Goey played a huge role in the win, terrorising the Giants defenders all night to kick three goals and have a hand in a few more. Steele Sidebottom (31 possessions), Scott Pendlebury (25 disposals and 11 tackles) and Adam Treloar (29) did the heavy lifting through the middle. Veteran defender Tyson Goldsack continued his remarkable comeback from a knee reconstruction to help keep GWS gun Jeremy Cameron to one goal.Collingwood looked set for a leisurely hit-out on their way to a prelim with the listless Giants in disarray early. The rampant Pies kicked the first three goals of the match to lead a goalless GWS by 22 points at the first break, with their inaccuracy the only black mark against them. But a Stephen Coniglio-led resurgence tipped the game on its head in the second quarter. Nathan Buckley’s men suddenly found themselves under pressure at every turn and they didn’t handle it well.Ryan Griffen dribbled through the Giants’ first goal of the evening and the visitors added another three majors to the dismay of the overwhelmingly pro-Collingwood crowd. De Goey’s running shot the split the middle as the half-time siren sounded for the Pies’ only goal of the quarter with tensions boiling over in an all-in melee.GWS trailed by seven points after the restart but hit the front for the first time with successive goals, including a brilliant set shot from Coniglio on the boundary line. But Collingwood were able to regroup late in the quarter. With the crowd at fever pitch, a sublime De Goey gather and give set up Travis Varcoe for the first goal of the final term.Then Will Hoskin-Elliott rocked his former team with his second major and De Goey goaled from a free kick to set the Pies well on their way to a date with the reigning premiers. Coniglio was outstanding for the Giants with 30 touches and two goals, with Lachie Whitfield also influential with 31 disposals. Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Miss America Organization tabs new leaders in 3 states

first_imgATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Miss America Organization has chosen new leadership groups for the pageant in three states and reinstated the leadership in a fourth.The parent organization of the nearly 100-year-old pageant awarded new state licenses Saturday to groups in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Tennessee, and reinstated the Florida leadership.Pennsylvania, Georgia and Tennessee are among states that either had their licenses terminated or not renewed, and who filed a lawsuit against the pageant’s two top leaders.In Tennessee, group led by Joseph Albright was chosen. In Pennsylvania, it was one led by Deborah Butcher and Dr. Kirstin Snow.The Georgia group will be led by Trina Pruitt, and the Florida group led by Keith Williams was reinstated.Some state pageant leaders are battling national leaders over how the group is being run.Wayne Parry, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Condom promotion campaign in northern India wins UN public relations prize

20 August 2007A public awareness campaign designed to encourage the use of condoms as part of safe sex practices and family planning has won an award from the United Nations for outstanding achievement in public relations. A public awareness campaign designed to encourage the use of condoms as part of safe sex practices and family planning has won an award from the United Nations for outstanding achievement in public relations. The campaign, which used the slogan “Condom Bindaas Bol” (“Say Condoms Freely”), was created to try to overturn a decline in condom use and sales in eight states in northern India – Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Bihar and Jharkhand – that together comprise 45 per cent of the national condom market. It used two messages: that “condom” is not a delicate word and it should be discussed freely, and that condoms should be used by everyone, and not just by people in high-risk groups. Celebrities endorsed the campaign in public service announcements (PSAs) for television, a campaign podcast was issued on YouTube, editorial meetings were held with 20 publications and broadcast channels to encourage them to carry reports on the issue and a “viral video” featuring the scenario of a shy customer being encouraged by a retailer to ask for condoms was mass mailed. The UN Department of Public Information (DPI) announced on Friday that the campaign had won this year’s UN Grand Award, an award it jointly sponsors with the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) to recognize excellence in campaigns that tackle priority issues before the world body. The award will be presented in London on 6 November. “Condom Bindaas Bol” was created by the public relations company Weber Shandwick and is the result of a joint effort of PSP-One, a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) project, the Indian Government’s Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and ICICI Bank. Two other campaigns received honourable mentions for the prize: Singapore’s “Yellow Ribbon Project,” aimed at promoting the rehabilitation back into society of ex-offenders released from jail, and “Daddy Send Me To School,” which was launched by the Turkish newspaper Milliyet to improve women’s access to education. read more

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Iraqis prevented from entering Syria by new visa rules UN refugee agency

With the exception of certain professional categories – for commerce, science, transport and education – Iraqi refugees must apply for visas at the Syrian Embassy in Baghdad’s Al Mansour district, the scene of frequent sectarian violence. UNHCR has been told by Iraqis that travelling to the district to apply for visa poses great danger to them.“The regulations effectively mean there is no longer a safe place outside for Iraqis fleeing persecutions and violence,” the agency’s spokesperson Ron Redmond told reporters in Geneva. “An estimated 2,000 Iraqis flee their homes daily inside the country, so we are increasingly concerned about their fate as their options for safety are reduced.”The Government has not released the exact details of the new visa rules. Although UNHCR is appealing for Iraqi refugees to be granted a visa on humanitarian grounds, Mr. Redmond noted that it is too early to ascertain whether Syria is making exceptions to the new policy for people escaping violence and persecution.The spokesman acknowledged that Syria “of course has been extremely generous in accepting some 1.4 million Iraqis with only limited international support,” adding that UNHCR has received assurances from Government sources that the country will not deport Iraqi refugees residing in Syria.According to the agency, over 4.2 Iraqis have fled their homes, with 2 million in neighbouring countries and 2.2 million displaced within Iraq.Meanwhile, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and Egyptian film star Adel Imam arrived today for a two-day mission in Syria to see first-hand the difficulties faced by the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi families uprooted by conflict.He is scheduled to hold meetings today with the Syrian First Lady, Government officials and the head of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent. Mr. Imam will also meet with Iraqi refugees at the UNHCR registration in Douma and at health clinics.The Goodwill Ambassador’s visit is taking place just as the school year is kicking off in Syria, where the Government recently announced that it will allow Iraqi children to enrol in public schools.In another development, UNHCR today welcomed Chile’s decision to receive 100 Palestinian refugees living in destitute conditions on Iraq’s border with Syria and Jordan for several years.The agency has repeatedly called for a human solution for Palestinian refugees – some received preferential treatment under Saddam Hussein and have become targets for attack since his overthrow in 2003 – who fled to Iraq after the creation of Israel in 1948. Nearly 20,000 of them have already fled but an estimated 15,000 still remain in the country, mostly in Baghdad.In July, Brazil announced it would resettle 117 Palestinian refugees, and this process will begin shortly. Nearly two dozen Latin American nations signed an agreement to resettle refugees, and the Palestinians are the first from outside the region to benefit from the programme. 11 September 2007Many Iraqis fleeing violence in their home country have found their entry into Syria cut off because of new visa restrictions which went into effect yesterday, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). read more

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UN joins Europe World Bank to boost recovery of States after conflict

25 September 2008In an effort to more effectively help countries recover from conflicts and natural disasters, the United Nations, European Union and World Bank signed an agreement today to harmonize their collective assistance, developing common tools, training and evaluation mechanisms. “We believe a common platform for partnership and action is central to the delivery of an effective and sustainable international response after disaster- and conflict-related crises,” the three partners said in a joint declaration at UN Headquarters in New York.“We are engaged in significant work to reform the processes used by national and international partners to assess, plan, and mobilize support for recovery to countries and populations affected by natural disasters or violent conflicts.”The accord was signed by UN Development Group (UNDG) Chair and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Kemal Dervis, European Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner, and World Bank Vice President for Operations Policy and Country Services, Jeffrey Gutman. “We’ve been working for over a year on this agreement, and I think it’s a very good step forward,” Mr. Dervis said. “The UN system’s expertise can provide real support for these efforts.”The UN Development Group, created in 1997 to coordinate operational activities for development at the country level, unites 33 UN funds, programmes, agencies, offices and departments, and five observers to deliver more effective support to the developing world. read more

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Ghanas independence celebrated

Brock is celebrating Ghana’s 54th anniversary of independence today with an event in the Sankey Chamber.Ghanaian students will celebrate the most memorable day in their country’s history. There will be displays of Ghanaian history and culture as well as traditional dances and dishes.The event will be at 5 p.m.

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California knocks Trump as it extends climate change effort

State Assembly member Eduardo Garcia gestures while speaking before a climate bill signing on Treasure Island Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in San Francisco. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday keeping alive California’s signature initiative to fight global warming, which puts a cap and a price on climate-changing emissions. The Democratic governor was joined by his celebrity predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who signed the 2006 bill that led to the creation of the nation’s only cap and trade system to reduce greenhouse gases in all industries.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg) California knocks Trump as it extends climate change effort by Ellen Knickmeyer And Jonathan J. Cooper, The Associated Press Posted Jul 25, 2017 6:23 am MDT Last Updated Jul 25, 2017 at 7:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN FRANCISCO – Gov. Jerry Brown and his predecessor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, stood side by side Tuesday to cheer the extension of one of the most ambitious programs in the U.S. to reduce fossil fuel pollution, while condemning President Donald Trump’s failure to see climate change as a deadly threat.Schwarzenegger, a Republican, joined Brown, a Democrat, for a sunny outdoor ceremony overlooking San Francisco where the governor signed legislation to extend a program limiting emissions of climate-changing carbons that both have urged the world to emulate.Within view of the city’s skyscrapers on Treasure Island, a man-made low-lying island threatened by rising seas from climate change, the signing was full of open rebukes for President Donald Trump, who withdrew the United States from the global Paris accord to cut carbon emissions.“America is fully in the Paris agreement. There’s only one man that dropped out,” Schwarzenegger said of Trump on Tuesday. “America did not drop out.”Schwarzenegger also pointed to the bipartisan support that lawmakers in the Democratic-dominated Legislature gave to extending the cap-and-trade program by 10 years.“This is a very important message. A message that we have a functional government in California where Democrats and Republicans work together,” he said.The program puts a limit on carbon emissions and requires polluters to obtain permits to release greenhouse gases. It had been due to expire in 2020.Both governors have hailed the cap and trade as a successful way to reduce emissions that hasn’t taken the steam out of the economy of the nation’s most populous state.Brown repeatedly evoked the darkest of scenarios Tuesday, calling the rapidly changing climate from the pollution of coal, gas and other fossil fuels second only to nuclear programs as a global threat.“If we don’t do something about it, it is the end of the world,” Brown said.Cap and trade “is an absolute requirement for the survival and the world,” he later told reporters.The signing follows a frenetic push by Brown and his legislative allies to craft a plan that businesses and environmentalists would find acceptable.In the end, the extension was supported by a wide range of groups that said it’s the most cost-effective way to combat climate change. But it met fierce opposition from environmental justice groups that said it’s riddled with giveaways to the oil industry, including too many free pollution permits.Some Republicans and anti-tax activists said it would lead to higher prices for food and energy.“Gov. Brown and his cadre of climate change extremists won’t be happy until California leads the nation in wind, solar and poverty,” Republican state Sen. Ted Gaines said in a statement Tuesday.Brown’s ceremony echoed one in the same spot 11 years ago, when Schwarzenegger signed the measure that authorized environmental regulators to create the cap-and-trade program.Schwarzenegger pointed to support from eight Republican lawmakers, saying they have shown that the GOP can get behind free-market solutions to climate change.That measure required the state to reduce its carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 — a target the state is on track to meet. Legislation approved last year set a new, much more aggressive goal to reduce emissions another 40 per cent by 2030.Under the program, some permits to pollute are given away while others are auctioned, generating billions of dollars in revenue for the state.The money is a key funding source for programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as a planned high-speed train between San Francisco and Los Angeles, one of Brown’s priorities. read more

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Record day Chargers Rivers sets 2 completion marks in win

CARSON, Calif. — Philip Rivers tied the NFL record for consecutive completions and set marks for the most to start a game and the highest percentage in a game as the Los Angeles Chargers rolled to a 45-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.The 15-year veteran completed his first 25 passes and was 28 of 29 for 259 yards and three touchdowns in three quarters. It was also his 11th straight game with multiple TD passes.Rivers completed 25 straight passes in the first 2 1/2 quarters, tying Ryan Tannehill’s mark from 2015. The Dolphins QB completed his last seven passes against the Tennessee Titans in on Oct. 18, 2015, and then his first 18 the following week against the Houston Texans.Rivers tied the mark with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Keenan Allen midway through the third quarter. He had his only incompletion on the next possession when he was rushed and was unable to connect on a short pass to Austin Ekeler.Rivers did break Mark Brunell’s record for most completions to start a game. Brunell had 22 straight for the Washington Redskins against the Houston Texans on Sept. 24, 2006. Rivers’ 96.8 per cent accuracy surpassed Kurt Warner’s 92.3 per cent, which was set in 2009 when he went 24 of 26 for Arizona against Jacksonville.The Cardinals (2-9) jumped out to a 10-0 lead with scores on their first two possessions before the Chargers (8-3) scored touchdowns on six of seven possessions.Mike Williams and Melvin Gordon each had two touchdowns while Ekeler and Allen also scored. Gordon, who came into the game sixth in the league in rushing, had 61 yards on 10 carries before suffering a knee injury during the third quarter.Ekeler accounted for 103 yards from scrimmage (35 rushing, 68 receiving).Josh Rosen, who grew up nearby in Manhattan Beach and played at UCLA, was 12 of 19 for 105 yards with a touchdown and interception. David Johnson had 17 carries for 63 yards.Arizona took the opening kickoff and took the lead when Larry Fitzgerald caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Rosen. It was his first career catch in StubHub centre, the 41st different stadium where Fitzgerald has a reception. The Cardinals extended the lead on a 30-yard field goal by Phil Dawson.The Chargers seized momentum with a 28-point second quarter. Williams drew Los Angeles within 10-7 with a 9-yard catch in the corner of the end zone less than a minute into the quarter, and Gordon gave them the lead seven minutes later on a 28-yard run.Gordon capitalized on Derwin James’ interception with a 5-yard TD, and Williams added his second score when he caught a 2-yard pass from Rivers with 16 seconds left in the half.Rivers was 19 of 19 in the first half for 187 yards. According to SportRadar, the last perfect first half with 15 or more attempts was by Warren Moon, who went 16 of 16 for Seattle against Oakland on Nov. 1, 1998.INJURIESCardinals: Linebacker Josh Bynes suffered a thumb injury during the second quarter.Chargers: Gordon did not return after his knee injury.UP NEXTCardinals: Return home to face Green Bay next Sunday.Chargers: Travel to Pittsburgh next Sunday for a prime-time game.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLJoe Reedy, The Associated Press read more

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Mens Soccer Ohio State looks to set program record for consecutive shutouts

Senior defender Hunter Robertson (6) passes the ball upfield during the OSU vs. Penn State game on Tuesday. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo EditorThe No. 25 Ohio State Men’s soccer team (6-1, 3-0 B1G) will be hosting its first ranked opponent of the year as the No. 19 Bowling Green Falcons (5-3-0) visit visit Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m. Friday.The Buckeyes have had five consecutive shutouts, tying the school record set by the 2007 College Cup Team, shutting out Lehigh, Wright State, Northwestern, Penn State and Rutgers.With freshman forward Joshua Jackson-Ketchup (3 goals) and junior midfielder Abdi Mohamed (1 goal, 4 assists) each having six points to lead the team. Senior defender Niall Logue said he has been impressed with the production from all the young, new guys this year.“The most surprising would be how they hit the ground going so quick, expect the freshman to make an impact, but I didn’t think we were expecting them to make such an impact,” Logue said. “Also, we have a really good core group that came back this year and a lot of us have been playing a big part, but for the freshman to start the way they’ve started has really helped us and stride us in the right direction.”As a senior, Logue believes that it’s not only the coaches’ job, but the seniors’ job as well to help prepare the young guys on the team.“There’s a bunch of seniors and we’ve all been around the block,” Logue said. “We just try to make a good environment for them, relax them, you don’t want to come in a stressful environment. College games are a lot different than where they were playing before.”The Buckeyes will look to earn the school record for consecutive shutouts and continue their hot start, which is the third best in school history at 6-1-0, against the Falcons Friday.Ohio State leads the nation in shutouts (six) and shutout percentage (.860) as the defense is holding opponents to 8.6 shots per game.Coach John Bluem sees the similarities between his current and most successful former squad in 2007“First of all, that ‘07 team was also built on an exceptionally good back four and that gives you the platform, if you’re in a game for 90 minutes and you’re not allowing goals, your team is in the game. And you always have cause to believe that you can win the game when you’re defending so well, allowing the other team very few opportunities to score, but that’s the main similarity,” Bluem said.Bowling Green is coming off a competitive game against No. 1 Notre Dame in which they gave up a late goal before losing 2-1 to the Irish.The Falcons have lost three of their last four games on a stretch where the combined records of opponents is 22-4-1. They look to wrap up the stretch with a win against the Buckeyes. read more

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NBA Power Ratings And Playoff Odds Eight Teams Three Playoff Spots

For most sports fans, this past weekend meant near-nonstop basketball watching — of the college variety, that is. But NBA players were also in action, so it’s time for this week’s edition of FiveThirtyEight’s NBA Power Ratings.How do these numbers work? All 30 NBA teams are ranked according to a projection of their true talent over the upcoming week — and the upcoming week only — using Real Plus-Minus (RPM) player ratings provided by Jeremias Engelmann and Steve Ilardi. For more details on the methodology, see our introductory rankings post.With the NBA playoffs rapidly approaching (they begin April 18), here’s a look at how the playoff picture in each conference has come together since the first time we issued power rankings and postseason odds on Jan. 19:The Western Conference playoff field has been relatively set since we started tracking it. Six of the eight slots were all but locked up in late January (the Portland Trail Blazers brought up the rear of that six-team group with a 94 percent playoff probability). The seventh spot was strongly favored to land with the Houston Rockets, who had an 80 percent likelihood of making the playoffs. Barring a Rockets collapse, the battle for the final spot out West was going to be between the injury-riddled Oklahoma City Thunder and the Phoenix Suns, with OKC holding the inside track because of a superior talent rating.Fast-forward to today, and seven Western Conference slots are practically set in stone (according to our model), as Houston quickly added the remaining 20 percent to its playoff probability not long after our inaugural rankings. That leaves three teams — the Thunder, Suns and New Orleans Pelicans — currently duking it out for the West’s eighth and final playoff slot.While the Thunder have continued to struggle with injuries, their chances of grabbing the No. 8 seed in the West are still 86 percent, as the Suns lost 49 percentage points of playoff probability since mid-January and the Pelicans have been treading water. Phoenix and New Orleans currently have better RPM talent ratings than Oklahoma City (despite the Suns jettisoning a lot of talent at the trade deadline), and both teams are within striking distance of the Thunder’s record. But the Suns’ remaining schedule is significantly more difficult1As measured by the average RPM power rating of their remaining opponents after adjusting for home-court advantage. than that of either Oklahoma City or New Orleans, and the Pelicans’ slim schedule and talent edges over OKC probably aren’t enough to offset a three-game deficit in the standings.Meanwhile, the Eastern Conference playoff picture isn’t a whole lot clearer than it was in January. Back then, six of its eight playoff slots were essentially locked up, with six other teams possessing a playoff probability between 15 and 70 percent. Now there are still six spots almost completely wrapped up, with five other teams’ playoff chances hovering between 15 and 75 percent. Only the Detroit Pistons dropped out of the race completely, shedding 39 percentage points of playoff probability since Jan. 19.Realistically, the Brooklyn Nets (17 percent playoff probability) are still long shots, and the Miami Heat (75 percent) are relatively likely to grab one of the two available spots. But the race for No. 8 is as wide-open as ever.A few weeks ago, the Indiana Pacers had a 71 percent chance of making the playoffs, but they’ve lost 29 percentage points of playoff probability since March 9, and now are only marginally better positioned than the Charlotte Hornets or Boston Celtics. Charlotte, too, has seen their playoff chances decline over the past two weeks; after having a coin-flip’s chance at the playoffs in early March, they’re looking at just a 35 percent shot at the postseason.And whenever one team loses playoff odds, another team (by definition) is there to scoop them up. One of those teams, the Heat, spent the past two weeks drastically shoring up their playoff chances after seeing them drop to 30 percent on March 9. Meanwhile, the Celtics have added 23 points of playoff probability since their odds bottomed out at 12 percent in late February. (Although Boston also lost 10 percentage points from their playoff chances over the past week.) Even the aforementioned Nets, left for dead at 6 percent a week ago, clawed their way back into the mix as Boston and Indiana saw their probabilities fall since last week.All of this figures to set up an intriguing three weeks of basketball to close out the regular season. Whoever wins out will have earned the right — in all likelihood — to lose in the first round of the playoffs. That said, most of the teams battling for the final playoff spots are good enough to keep the top seeds in each conference on their toes. read more

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Opinion Ohio State proved in Cotton Bowl the College Football Playoff committee

Urban Meyer raises the Cotton Bowl trophy following the end of game against the University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIt did not take long for the headlines to start appearing, all with a common theme: Ohio State dominates USC in 24-7 victory in Cotton Bowl.Just as soon after those headlines appeared did people begin to criticize the College Football Playoff committee’s decision to omit Ohio State from the top-four teams.But this game proved one thing to me: the committee got it right. Neither No. 5 Ohio State nor No. 8 USC deserved to be included in the playoff.The score shows a defensive battle between two Power Five champions. But the game looked quite the opposite of how the score turned out.USC quarterback Sam Darnold seemed to have Ohio State’s number right out of the gate. He made tough throws look easy and receivers often made similarly challenging catches look routine. He completed 26-of-45 passes for 356 yards, 79 more yards than Ohio State had total offense.The problem for USC and for Darnold was that what mistakes he made, they were major. The pick-6 he threw into the hands of safety Damon Webb was a terrible read, and Webb made him pay. The two fumbles he had were both the result of a constant torment of pressure from Ohio State’s defensive line that the USC offensive line failed to stop for much of the day. His top receiver, Deontay Burnett, also had a bad fumble in Ohio State territory that set the Buckeyes up in great field position. And overall, Ohio State scored 21 of its 24 total points after turnovers. Similarly, the only points USC was able to put on the board came when H-back and punt returner K.J. Hill muffed a punt on the Ohio State 15-yard line. Neither team scored in the second half. The only real chance either team had came when USC missed a 28-yard field goal attempt that bounced off the right upright.USC’s offense crossed the 50-yard line just seven times when it didn’t begin with the ball off a turnover, and Ohio State managed to cross it only three times when not set up by a turnover. Ohio State’s offense, which ranked No. 5 in scoring entering the game, had 13 total first downs while USC, led by a likely top-five NFL draft pick quarterback and a potential early-round running back, had 23.If Ohio State was a playoff team, it would have dominated a porous rushing defense that had given up 1,195 rushing yards to just five other top-30 rushing attacks. It would have decimated a passing defense that had allowed the 30th-most passing yards per game (246.5 per game). It would not have struggled to run the ball and muster just 163 yards on 38 carries. It would not have only passed for 114 yards and completed just 11-of-17 passes. And on the flip side, Ohio State’s defense should have been better against Darnold. While it forced some crucial turnovers, Darnold deserved more blame than Ohio State credit for his interception. He made some throws that were tough to make, but there were plenty others that were more the result of poor coverage. Ohio State’s defensive line and offensive line were really the only two units that lived up to the billing of a potential playoff team. The defensive line dominated USC to the tune of 14 tackles for loss, including eight sacks. On the other side, Ohio State’s offensive line only allowed four tackles for loss, three being sacks.But a playoff-caliber team needs to click more than Ohio State did against USC. Had that been a Clemson, Oklahoma, Georgia or Alabama, Ohio State probably does not come out on the winning side of that matchup. It might not have been shutout again, but the way that offense played against a middle-of-the-road USC defense would not have fared well against top-six defenses like Alabama and Clemson. The way Darnold tore Ohio State apart, there is little doubt a Baker Mayfield, who already torched the Buckeyes once this season, would have again had his way with them. Ohio State had a fine season. It ended as Big Ten and Cotton Bowl champions. But it was not a playoff team. I’m sure if Alabama loses to Clemson, many will berate the committee for getting the No. 4 team wrong. But Alabama would have to lay an Ohio State vs. Clemson 2016-edition egg for this to look like the wrong decision by the committee. read more

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Brexodus quickens 122000 EU citizens leave UK as net migration hits lowest

first_imgmatt  Net migration has fallen to the lowest level for three years and official estimates show the overall measure – the difference between arrivals and departures – was at 246,000 in the year to the end of March, a fall of 81,000 compared with the previous 12 months.The Office for National Statistics said more than half of the change can be accounted for by a 51,000 decrease in net migration of EU citizens.  Nicola White, head of international migration statistics at the ONS, said: “The net migration change was driven by an increase in emigration, mainly for EU citizens and in particular EU8 citizens, and a decrease in immigration across all groups.“These results are similar to 2016 estimates (published in May 2017) and indicate that the EU referendum result may be influencing people’s decision to migrate into and out of the UK, particularly EU and EU8 citizens.”It is too early to tell if this is an indication of a long-term trend.” Theresa May has vowed to cut net migration to the “tens of thousands” but former Chancellor George Osborne has claimed other Cabinet members do not feel the target is achievable. And business leaders have warned cutting the number of skilled migrants coming to the UK would make it difficult to companies and services like the NHS going. The number of EU citizens emigrating from Britain has increased by a third to 122,000 over the past year in the wake of the EU referendum, new figures have found.Net migration has fallen by a quarter in the past year to 246,000, driven by the departure of EU citizens in the wake of the Brexit vote.center_img The EU nations account for the biggest increase in people returning to their home country of origin – 46,000 people left the UK in the past year compared to 29,000 the year before. The “EU8” states – the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia – traditionally accounted for higher numbers of people coming to the UK to find work. Far fewer EU migrants came to the UK looking for work than ever before – down 29,000 to 47,000 over the period. The ONS said in its research paper: “Long-Term International Migration estimated that 275,000 people immigrated for work-related reasons in year ending March 2017, down from 303,000 for the previous year. “This difference was not statistically significant but this is the lowest recorded estimate since the year ending September 2014.  “The majority immigrated with a definite job (188,000) but fewer people arrived looking for work (down 39,000 to 87,000 – a statistically significant decrease).” The new figures give the fullest picture yet of immigration following the EU referendum vote last year. 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

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Retired GP tells of his shame at failing to protect wife when

first_imgA retired GP has revealed he felt “ashamed” and “guilty” after being unable to protect his wife when a burglar broke into their home and kidnapped them.Arthur Manuel confronted serial offender James Evans, 50, in court as he was handed a life sentence, of which he will be in custody for a minimum of nine years before he is considered for parole.Dr Manuel and his wife Frances Manuel were at their home in Baxenden, Lancashire, when Evans forced his way into the house, stealing jewellery, worth more than £250 and pulling rings off Mrs Manuel’s fingers.He then drove the couple, both in their 60s, to a cash point after taking the keys of their Mercedes SLK and ordered them to withdraw more money after threatening them with a knife.However, they raised the alarm at the Tesco store in Accrington before police chased Evans and arrested him.Speaking to The Telegraph Dr Manuel said: “I felt so guilty that I couldn’t protect Frances, but he had a knife and I was only in my pyjamas and socks, I didn’t know what I could do. “I thought about tackling him and I tried to reason with him, but he just kept wanting more – that was his downfall in the end. James Evans was out of prison on licence when he committed the latest robbery, having served half of a 12-year jail sentence for a similar crimeCredit:MEN James Evans drove the couple to a cash point and ordered them to withdraw more money after threatening them with a knifeCredit:Warren Smith It is believed that following his release he absconded from his bail hostel and did not engage with the probation service.Lancashire Constabulary was approached for comment.Prosecutor Emma Kehoe said Evans knocked on the side door of the property at around 9pm on January 7 and pushed Dr Manuel in the chest when he answered the door.Dr Manuel added: “When I heard the door I just thought it was a neighbour, one of them hadn’t been well so I thought they needed help, but he came through the door quicker than a flash.”Defending, Mark Stuart said Evans was “back on drugs and very short of money. He was living on a hand to mouth existence.”Sentencing, Judge Beverley Lunt described the experience as “harrowing” for the couple and said she did not accept Evans had “any true remorse for what he did”.She said: “I hope it brings you closure. Do not feel guilty, you did what you were supposed to do. You survived.”Evans was also disqualified from driving for 12 years. Standing up in court to gave his victim statement the 67-year-old told Evans that the attack had “changed the way we live our lives forever”.He said: “I am angry he felt he could do this to us. For 34 years I’ve tried to look after her and on this occasion, when it mattered most, I failed.“I feel so ashamed. I have feelings of guilt because I am the one that opened the door that led to the horrific events.”Mrs Manuel added that she was happy with the sentence that had been given to Evans, but said: “It was dreadful and it has left me jumping every time the door rings. I never thought this would happen to us.“We have added more security to the house but it will be a while until I get over this, I don’t know if I’ll ever forget. It was an act of pure evil.”Evans pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery, two counts of kidnap, taking a vehicle without authority, driving while disqualified and drink driving at Preston Crown Court. James Evans drove the couple to a cash point and ordered them to withdraw more money after threatening them with a knifecenter_img James Evans was out of prison on licence when he committed the latest robbery, having served half of a 12-year jail sentence for a similar crime “But now knowing he’s been sentenced to nine years, I’ve slept the best I have since it happened, the whole incident was terrifying.” The court heard Evans had been out of prison on licence since July after serving half of a 12-year jail sentence for a similar crime. Prior to the attack he had 36 convictions for 115 offences, including two robberies involving elderly people. 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

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Teenage murder suspect stabbed during brawl at Magistrates Courts

A teenager was on Monday stabbed by his co-accused moments after they were all sentenced to stand trial at the High Court for the murder of Dr Perry Mars, the Professor who was killed in May 2016.The men were reportedly in their holding cells when the incident occurred.City Magistrate Leron Daly had earlier ruled that the Prosecution was able to make out a Prima Facie case against the five teenagers for them to stand trial.Drama erupted at the Court after the teenager’s screams were heard as he was being attacked by two of his co-accused.The young man was stabbed to his abdomen with a weapon allegedly stashed in the holding cell.An ambulance was called to the scene and the injured teen was quickly rushed to Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) where he is said to be in a stable condition.Unconfirmed reports suggest that the teen was stabbed due to an issue over the case.Last year, the Professor’s lifeless body was discovered by his wife with his hands and feet bound at their Prashad Nagar home. Security footage taken from the dead man’s home led to the identification and arrest of his killers.The man had just re-migrated to Guyana and was said to have been familiar with the teens, who would usually assist him with chores.On the day of the incident, the man was allegedly badly beaten and strangled by the defendants, who escaped with valuables.Neighbours reportedly identified the suspects after they saw them leaving the dead man’s premises. The valuables were also recovered in the teens’ homes in Sophia and Campbellville.On the day of their arrests, family members were left in a state of disbelief and reportedly told investigators that none of them acted in a suspicious manner.According to a Guyana Times report, they were all remanded until the trial begins at the High Court. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDuo to stand trial in High Court for Carpenter’s murderJanuary 29, 2018In “Court”Tiger Bay murder accused for High Court trialSeptember 3, 2016In “Court”Man accused of attempting to kill ex-lover to face High Court trial …says “I just got myself into this problem accidentally’June 26, 2018In “Court” read more

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OK Go Makes Video With Samnsung NX100 Toast

first_imgsomewhere out there there’s a person whose three favorite things in this great big world are toast, animation, and indie pop. and boy have we got the music video for them. la-based band ok go, which has largely made a name for itself with quirky youtube-based videos, has just released its latest lo-fi short film.the video for “last leaf” was shot entirely on a samsung nx100, turning thousands of still photos into an animated video featuring two pieces of browned bread and drawings by animator geoff mcfettridge.the “last leaf” video is part of a larger samsung’s “what’s your next project” promotion, which features, among other things, behind the scenes video with the band, the camera, and, i assume, a few pieces of bread.AdChoices广告check out the video, afer the jump. read more

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Its a dogs life

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Man’s best friend is thought to have greater benefits to human health than first thought, according to researchers at the University of Sydney.Greek-born Manos Stamatakis is leading the research team which is aiming to settle what he says are existing “fragmented results” from previous studies into human-dog relations.While his work is yet to yield any results, he stresses the research he will undertake will draw its conclusions from multi-disciplinary perspectives, including those from veterinarians and psychologists.“What we’re trying to do is put together a co-ordinated program, so it’s a long term vision, with sound scientific methodologies, to understand better what the things are that impact on someone’s life when buying a dog,” he told Neos Kosmos.The studies will focus on three elements; the impact of dog ownership on exercise and physical health; social connections and human-to-human contact; and direct psychological benefits – incorporating motion senses to monitor physical and psychological parameters.“Based on existing nationwide data it looks like 40 to 50 per cent of households who own dogs don’t walk dogs, and in many ways this is a lost opportunity – about 60 per cent of Australians are inactive, so they miss the opportunity to use their walking engines.”“We know dogs give people unconditional acceptance, love and loyalty – things humans find difficult to find in other humans these days because we are living in an increasingly solitary, individualistic world.”Stamatakis couldn’t reveal an end date to his research, but expects initial results by mid-2016.last_img read more

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