AB de Villiers backed Virat Kohli as a captain to get a lot of success with Team India in the next few years, asserting the fact that he has enjoyed his time as a player under Kohli and he has seen him evolve from close quarters.Former England captain Mike Brearley recently said that Kohli’s “articulacy, his charisma, his presence, his skill, his fierce thoughtfulness could become tyrannical, a bit autocratic.”De Villiers, however, backed his good mate and said “he leads by example and his teammates follow him”.”Virat is a fantastic captain. We’re friends, I have seen him grow from strength to strength in the last few years and there’s no doubt that he’s a great captain. I really enjoyed playing under him, he leads by example and his teammates follow him. So, I’m expecting a lot of success for him and his team in the next few years,” de Villiers told indiatoday.in on the sidelines of Royal Stag Perfect Strokes event in New Delhi.Also read – You have to be honest with your fans: Mo Farah on how to find takers for distance runningDe Villiers was also very sure about the quality of Indian batsmen despite their failure in England during a five-match Test series. Barring Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara, the others struggled to make an impact as India lost 4-1. AB de Villiers said failures are part of sport and so is criticism. (India Today Photo)The Indian batsmen faced a lot of criticism for their technique and temperament but de Villiers strongly believes that they are all match-winners and said failures are just part of the sport.advertisement”Every batsman in the world goes through phases, no matter who you are, and the minute you fail everyone goes like ‘but he was just exposed, oh wait, it’s in England so okay he’s bad in England conditions’. The Indian batting line-up is one of the best in the world if not the best so they didn’t play so well collectively in England and now everyone’s suddenly saying that they can’t play in England, they should be dropped and whatever. That’s the nature of sport and I have had 15 years of that.Also read – India took their eye off the ball: Ric Charlesworth on decline of Indian hockey in 1990s”The minute I fail people go like ‘alright, why has he failed? Probably because of the wicket and he probably can’t play on that kind of wicket. So I can’t play spin or I can’t play seam, which is quite funny.”There is nothing wrong with the Indian batting line-up, believe me. They are all match-winners, they are incredibly talented, gifted players. Whether they are backed by people above them or by the media, that’s a different beast but there’s no doubt they can all be no.1 players in the world,” de Villiers further said.Also read – You have to be honest with your fans: Mo Farah on how to find takers for distance runningDe Villiers, who announced a shock retirement earlier in the year after South Africa’s victory over Australia in a home Test series, explained the logic behind his decision.What prompted him to hang up his boots after he finished a triumphant series as the second-highest run scorer with 427 runs in eight innings.Did pressure play a big part?”Yes, part of, big part of it. It’s not really pressure, it’s nonsense.”People always see the best of me and not behind closed doors. Some of what is said gets to you and some stupid comments do bother you. Personally, I always have this fear of embarassing myself. All that travelling 12 months a year and the time away from family, it gets to you. I try to give time to the fans and to the media but it’s not always possible. But I have had good 14-15 years in cricket.” AB de Villiers said some negative comments do bother him. (India Today Photo)De Villiers very fondly spoke about his time playing international cricket for South Africa and how he kept driving himself to do better every time he stepped on the pitch.”You don’t say it often but like most guys on the pinnacle, you do believe you’re the best and can produce miracles. I have always had that inner belief and luckily, I have managed to do some cool stuff on the field and I have enjoyed my cricket.”I will always miss it [international cricket]. It has taught me everything but for me, the end was perfect, it may not be for the others but I liked it. I have two young boys at home and I want to spend time with them. And then I am still available to play in the league. So, I get to stay with my family and still play cricket all over the world.”advertisementDe Villiers went on to say that captaining was an extremely tough part of his career but it helped him perhaps become a better player.”Captaining was tough and initially it was difficult to man-manage. But somehow, it improved my performance, that extra pressure, it helped me find my feet. With captaincy, it is about getting the best from your players and getting everyone in the right system. The support system you have during captaincy is very important.”Also read – India took their eye off the ball: Ric Charlesworth on decline of Indian hockey in 1990sThe friendship between Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers is very well documented and so is the Indian public’s love for de Villiers. The South Africa said there was a time when he first visited India, he did not want to come back but the country eventually grew on him.”I have no idea [how I got so much adulation in India]. It is very humbling the way I’ve been accepted here. I remember it was a culture shock to me the first time I came here as a 19-year-old. It was that Christmas, New Year time and I was missing my family and we were staying somewhere around Faridabad.”As a 19-year-old, I thought I didn’t want to come back but then over the year, I began to love this country, the people, the culture. When I walked on to bat and heard the crowd chanting, I went like ‘is that my name that I’m hearing’? I was shocked at first but then I started to thrive under that love and cheer.”I have a very healthy friendship with Virat. We don’t talk about it but there’s a really good competitiveness between us where both of us want to be better than each other and that helps. It is certainly a lifelong friendship and there have been some great moments between us on the field.” AB de Villiers has said that he and Virat Kohli share a “lifelong friendship”. (BCCI Photo)AB de Villiers also called his friendship with Kohli a “perfect” one.De Villiers gave India a good chance in the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup and said that the wrist spinners and having previously won the Champions Trophy in England, gives them a good edge.”In the World Cup, India have a good chance. They have some really good wrist spinners who are getting wickets around the world. They previously won the Champions Trophy when no one though a subcontinent side to win it in England and then this time Pakistan, another subcontinent team, won the Champions Trophy. Also England and Australia are always favourites.”advertisementThere is a constant debate on how Test cricket will survive in the age of Twenty20 but de Villiers said he believes Test is ultimate format of the game and he hopes it can survive.”I’m not sure [how Test cricket will be taken forward]. I personally believe it’s the ultimate format and I have seen incredible things happening in Tests. I really hope the people who are responsible find a way and hopefully, there’s a way for both [Tests and T20s] to survive.”De Villiers is an all-round sportsperson and he was also very good at academics. It was evident when he was asked about who he thought were the ‘perfect’ sportsperson and what would he have pursued if not cricket.”Rafael Nadal [perfect sportsperson] when he is at his best, that fierceness is what I like. I always feel Federer does not have the kind of fire I see in Nadal and Djokovic. I’m more of a Nadal and Djokovic-kind of a guy. Also Tiger Woods because of the kind of comeback he has had.”I have always had this affinity towards learning so if not cricket, medicine.”
Five Premier League clubs after Olympiakos defender Elabdellaouiby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSeveral Premier League clubs are eyeing Olympiakos defender Omar Elabdellaoui.A report from the Daily Mailindicates that five sides from the English top flight are pondering a potential bid for the right back.The Norwegian is wanted by the likes of Bournemouth, Leicester City, Aston Villa, Burnley and Watford.Elabdellaoui has 41 caps for his country, while he is versatile enough to operate on the right wing as well.The 27-year-old would be available for a reasonable fee in January, which will be attractive to Premier League sides wanting to bolster their squads midseason. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Ten more satellites for Iridium Communications have been successfully launched into orbit.A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, at 4:39 a.m. Wednesday and released the satellites about an hour later.It was the seventh launch in Iridium’s $3 billion campaign to replace its entire fleet of globe-circling satellites and brought the number in orbit to 65. One more launch will increase the number to 75, including 66 operational satellites and nine spares.SpaceX says that despite challenging weather and sea conditions, the Falcon’s first stage successfully returned to Earth and landed on a “droneship” stationed in the Pacific Ocean south of Vandenberg.
BC Hydro continues to work to restore power with BC Hydro crews on scene, there is no estimated time of restoration of service, shared Gammer.To stay up to date with the progress of restoration Gammer directs customers to visit the BC Hydro website under ‘Power Outage’ then continue to either the ‘View List’ by clicking; HERE. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Since 6 am there have been multiple power outages in Fort St. John and surrounding areas.As of 12:47 pm, there are now 15 outages from the 22 that were listed at 9:57 am. Customers that are currently affected are now at 530 down from 8600 customers a couple of hours ago, shared Bob, Gammer, Community Relations for BC Hydro.
Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s disgraced ex-leader Najib Razak pleaded not guilty to all charges against him as he went on trial Wednesday over a multi-billion-dollar fraud, almost a year after his shock election loss. The 65-year-old faced the first of several trials over his alleged involvement in the looting of sovereign wealth fund 1MDB, a state investment vehicle established to develop the economy of the Southeast Asian nation. The former premier and his cronies are accused of plundering billions of dollars from the fund and spending it on everything from high-end real estate to artworks and a luxury yacht. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US He had been tipped to win another term in office easily last year and extend his coalition’s six-decade stranglehold on power, only to be soundly defeated by his former boss, Mahathir Mohamad, who rode a wave of public anger over 1MDB to the premiership. In the months that followed, once-dormant investigations into the controversy were relaunched and Najib was hit with dozens of corruption charges linked to the plundering of the fund. A small crowd of supporters was waiting for Najib as he arrived at the Kuala Lumpur court ahead of his trial, and he prayed with them for a few minutes before entering the building to shouts of “Long Live Najib”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls Looking relaxed in the dock, he denied seven corruption and money-laundering charges related to the alleged theft of 42 million ringgit (USD 10.3 million) from SRC International, a former 1MDB unit. It is just a fraction of the hundreds of millions of dollars that he allegedly stole. Opening the prosecution, Attorney-General Tommy Thomas told the High Court it was the “first trial in our courts against a former prime minister, who for nearly a decade occupied the most powerful office in the land and wielded near absolute power. “Such privilege carries with it enormous responsibility. “The accused is not above the law,” he added. After the first witness, an official from the Companies Commission of Malaysia, gave largely technical evidence related to corporate records, the trial was adjourned. The judge set the next hearing for April 15, and trial dates until May 10. Najib left without commenting, to cheers from his supporters waiting outside court. Far from being considered a pariah, the ex-leader has gained a following among members of the country’s Muslim majority as some are worried their long-held privileges are being eroded under the new government. He has become an unlikely social media phenomenon by attacking the new administration’s policies online. He was initially due to stand trial in February, but appeals by his defence team over procedural matters saw his case put on hold until a judge last week ruled the trial should finally proceed. It was a relief for the government, as there had been mounting public anger about the delay in bringing Najib to justice. Najib’s mentor-turned-nemesis Mahathir, now 93 and in his second stint in office, has pledged to bring the younger man to justice and recoup the huge sums of cash stolen from 1MDB. The US Department of Justice, which is investigating the controversy as money was allegedly laundered through the American financial system, believes USD 4.5 billion in total was looted from 1MDB. Malaysia has also charged Wall Street titan Goldman Sachs over the scandal, alleging the bank and its former employees stole billions of dollars from 1MDB. Goldman units and two ex-bankers are accused of misappropriating USD 2.7 billion, bribing officials and giving false statements in relation to bond issues they arranged for the fund. The bank has vowed to fight the charges. While many of Najib’s suspected accomplices have been caught and charged in Malaysian courts, the alleged mastermind behind the 1MDB scandal, playboy financier Jho Low, is still at large. On Wednesday the Malaysian government said a luxury yacht allegedly bought by Low with USD 250 million of stolen 1MDB money will be sold for around half that price. The yacht was returned to Malaysia after being seized last year in Indonesia.
Washington DC: The US has advised its citizens to reconsider their travel to Pakistan due to terrorism and asked them not to travel to restive Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), identified as the most dangerous areas due to terror attacks. While Pakistan in general has been placed in “Level Three” category in the latest travel advisory issued by the US on Monday, several parts of the country, including Balochistan, KPK province, PoK and India-Pakistan border, have been placed in the most dangerous “Level Four” category, in which US citizens are asked not to travel due to high risk areas. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”Due to risks to civil aviation operating within or near Pakistan, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) and/or a Special Federal Aviation Regulation (SFAR), the State Department said in the travel advisory. Asserting that terror groups continue plotting possible attacks in Pakistan, the State Department said that terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, military installations, airports, universities, tourist locations, schools, hospitals, places of worship and government facilities. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”Terrorists have targeted US diplomats and diplomatic facilities in the past, and information suggests they continue to do so, it said. Terrorist attacks continue to happen across Pakistan, with most occurring in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including former Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Large-scale terrorist attacks have resulted in hundreds of casualties, it said. Do not travel to Balochistan province, the State Department said, adding that active terrorist groups, an active separatist movement, sectarian conflicts and deadly terrorist attacks against civilians, government offices and security forces destabilise the province. Similarly, in the PoK, it warned that militant groups are known to operate in the area and the threat of armed conflict between India and Pakistan remains. “Indian and Pakistani military forces periodically exchange gun and artillery fire across the Line of Control (LoC), it said. Noting that India and Pakistan maintain a strong military presence on both sides of the border, the travel advisory said the only official Pakistan-India border crossing point for persons who are not citizens of India or Pakistan is in the province of Punjab between Wagah and Attari.
LaDarius Green of the San Diego Chargers tries to make a catch during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Qualcomm Stadium Dec. 1. The Bengals won, 17-10. Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe Cincinnati Bengals increased their lead in the AFC North to two games with a 17-10 victory over the San Diego Chargers.Timely plays by the defense and a steady ground game powered Cincinnati (8-4) to victory against a San Diego team that was coming off an impressive victory over the Kansas City Chiefs one week before.The Bengals played conservatively against the Chargers (5-7) after having lost their last two road games in overtime. By not asking quarterback Andy Dalton to win the game, his mistakes were limited. Though Dalton failed to reach 200 yards for the second straight game, he only turned the ball over once and did not take a sack. Instead, the Bengals decided to let their defense and running game do the talking.With the game tied at seven in the third quarter, Cincinnati’s second-year cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick changed the game’s momentum when he outmuscled 255-pound tight end Antonio Gates for an interception. That play set up a 21-yard touchdown pass from Dalton to wide receiver A.J. Green.Leading 17-7 in the fourth quarter, Bengals safety George Iloka forced wide receiver Keenan Allen to fumble after a 14-yard reception. On its next drive, San Diego only managed to kick a field goal.The Bengals’ ground game would then seal the deal. With just under five minutes to play, Cincinnati ran out the clock with an 11 play, 61 yard drive behind a power running game. In the win, the Bengals totaled 164 yards on the ground.Sunday’s game offered a number of encouraging signs for Cincinnati fans. The secondary, which has not fared well on the road this season, was not daunted by the task of having to slow down the prolific Philip Rivers (23 touchdowns, nine interceptions and 3,633 yards passing). Dalton also seems to be learning that he gives his team a better chance of winning when he simply puts the ball into the hands of the team’s many playmakers. Running backs BenJarvus Green-Ellis (20 carries, 92 yards, one touchdown) and Giovani Bernard (14 carries, 57 yards) showed that they can carry the team to victory in close games.If last week’s bye accomplished anything, it allowed the Bengals to re-establish their identity, which is key for a young team heading into the stretch run before the playoffs begin.The Bengals head back to Cincinnati next weekend to host the Indianapolis Colts. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
It was a win, but nothing came easy for the Buckeyes.The Ohio State women’s basketball team took down Iowa, 91-85, in overtime Saturday night, advancing to the Big Ten Tournament final.Tied 37-37 at halftime, the Buckeyes roared back to take out the Hawkeyes for their second straight tournament win in Hoffman Estates, Ill.Freshman forward Alexa Hart connected on a free throw with 17 seconds to play to give OSU an 81-79 lead, but the Hawkeyes answered with a layup at the three-second mark to tie the game and force overtime.Iowa held the Big Ten’s leading scorer, OSU freshman guard Kelsey Mitchell, to 21 points in regulation, but she took over in overtime with a pair of 3-pointers and two late free throws, sealing the win for the Buckeyes.OSU is set to face No. 1 seeded Maryland in Sunday’s championship battle at 7 p.m.
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.
Inter Milan have been fighting for the Champions League spots but they have been out of form recently – and they proved it once again by losing against 1-0 against Torino this weekend.Coach Luciano Spalletti insisted that he could see how hard his players tried and he was just disappointed it didn’t work out – but he couldn’t really complain about the overall performance as each of the players gave the best he could.The former AS Roma coach spoke about this bitter loss as he said, according to Calcio Mercato:Report: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“We had less skill in circulating the ball and allowed too many counterattacks, and Torino forced us to run too much and spend energy: we had to manage better and stifle them more in their own half.”“Today and the Milan derby two opportunities wasted? We played these games and there are also opponents, so I wouldn’t say wasted. We gave our best”“The moment with Mazzarri at the end? When shaking hands he is always a bit timid, even when he wins the games. In the end, he won, I complimented him and he offered only his fingertips. I took them in closer and gave a bit of a squeeze.”