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Rohit Sharma: New Zealand series will be ‘different’ because of the bowling attack we…

first_imgImage Courtesy: PTI/ j054NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5v83Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ewn4( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5jdWould you ever consider trying this?😱77szpCan your students do this? 🌚6fjrjRoller skating! Powered by Firework Every cricket team that has ever gone on a tour of New Zealand knows the one infamous nightmare- the indomitable and unconquerable lethality of the bowling action of the Black Caps on their home soil. The Indian cricket team is well aware of this. From the disappointing test series loss back in 2014, to even the defeat in the T20 tour last year. While another tour of New Zealand is coming up, Team India’s stormy opener Rohit Sharma sheds positivity on the outcome.Advertisement Image Courtesy: PTI/ Sharma was on a special interview session with the Press Trust of India. While the white ball expert discussed his path to success in Test cricket, he stated that the loss to New Zealand in the past has little chance of repatation, as the Men in Blues now have gained alot of momentum in the bowling department.Rohit said to PTI: “New Zealand is not the easiest place to play cricket. Last time, we lost the Test series (0-1) but we gave a good fight. But this bowling attack of ours is completely different from what we had back then.”Advertisement From the novice days of Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav, to the rise of superstar pacers such as Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar and Jasprit Bumrah, the foundation of India’s bowling squad has strengthened at its core.However, the New Zealand bowlers also pack a punch. The likes of Neil Wagner, Matt Henry, Trent Boult and Tim Southee will be a tough hurdle on an already challenging environment away from home, as Rohit continues: “For me personally, it’s going to be a challenge without doubt, facing the new ball bowlers and the guys who bowl in the middle overs.”Advertisement While the red ball behaviour is a lot more manageable at home soil that it is on outside, the 32 year old reminded of India’s recent rout of South Africa at home, where Kohli and co thrashed the Proteas 3-0 in the test series back in October 2019.“Facing the new ball in any conditions is not that easy. Of course, it’s lot tougher outside India. But then, we played three Test matches against South Africa and I have never seen the ball swing so much in India like it did in Pune (second Test),” Rohit recalled the different behaviour of the ball in the SA tests.The Mumbaiker had a stunning spell in the series, scoring 176 and 127 in both innings of the first test, and finishing with a blistering knock of 212 runs in the third and final day at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi.Rohit continued: “The first few overs that they (SA) bowled, the pitch was damp and so they got pretty much everything out of it. In Ranchi (where he got a double hundred) also, we were three down in no time.”The NZ series 6 years ago saw a 1-0 win for the hosts, as the first Test at Eden Park saw the visitors suffering a defeat of 40 runs. The second and final test at Basin Reserve was a draw as Rohit managed to make a score of 31 runs in the second innings.“But I know what to expect as I have been there the last time [2014 New Zealand series]. Not the easiest of conditions but I will be ready for that challenge.” Rohit added.Also read-Ian Bishop all praise for Indian fast bowling quartet: I didn’t expect this much improvementRohit Sharma reveals Test success followed after he stopped overthinking his red ball batting Advertisementlast_img read more

Tony Becca | Something to smile about

first_img BRAVO BAT WELL Bravo did bat well, unbelievably well on a fifth-day pitch, probably the best by a West Indian on a fifth-day pitch. At close on Sunday, the West Indies were 95 for two, Bravo and Samuels were not out, and the hope of a stunning and surprising win was still alive. As fate would have it, Samuels was out to the first ball of the day, and although Bravo batted on to score 116 runs off 249 deliveries, the 251 runs that were then needed, the target of 346 runs was always a little too far. It was always a distant dream. When all was said and done, it would have been the seventh-highest total to win a Test match. And it might have been, but for some cricket earlier on, but for Bravo’s late dismissal, and but for some careless running between the wickets at the end. It was just six runs less than Sri Lanka made against South Africa in 2006 to win a match. It was always a challenge, a stiff one at that, and against one like Yashir Shaw on a turning pitch, it was almost improbable, if not impossible, for a team like the West Indies team at the moment. Pakistan’s batsman played terribly in that second innings, and maybe it was because of their impressive first-innings performance. It was, however, some good bowling by Bishoo, some good batting by Bravo, and the hope is that they will continue to perform in such manner, not in taking eight wickets all the time, not in scoring a century every time, but in bowling well and in batting well most of the time. This West Indies team is not the best in the world, but it is also not so bad that a little pride, a little fight, a little discipline in their play, and a little improvement in the thought process cannot change. What happened in Dubai last Sunday should help to convince the fans that all is not lost in West Indies cricket, that the performance of the team does not necessarily depend on the performance of the board, and that what happens on the field depends almost entirely on the players. The players are the ones who play the game. After facing a massive 579 for three declared and the dreaded follow-on, the West Indies routed Pakistan, the number-two ranked team in the world, for next to nothing and battled into the last hour of the Test match to lose by 56 runs and 12 overs, and that, after batting once for 123.5 overs and again for 109 overs. It was the second-highest number of overs the West Indies had ever batted in the second innings of a Test match. The first Test match against Pakistan ended in Dubai last Monday in a thrilling, exciting, and almost dramatic fashion. It ended, surprisingly, in almost victory for the West Indies. Going into the match short on confidence after being the beating stick of almost of every jack man in cricket, and after losing the T20 and the ODI assignments 6-0, and easily at that, the expectation going into the Test match was for nothing less than a 3-0 thumping. And against Pakistan, who, despite their previous showing against England in England, are known as cricket’s most inconsistent performers, good today and unrecognisably bad tomorrow. And after getting away to an astonishing start at 215 before the first wicket fell, to 352 before the second wicket, to 517 before the third wicket fell, and to reach 579 for three declared, with Azhar Ali posting 302 not out, the feeling was “here we go again” with a sound thrashing in sight. It was even worse when, under different circumstances, the West Indies’ best bowler, Devendra Bishoo, finished with two wickets for 125 runs off 35 miserable overs. The end, however, was not as many expected it be. The West Indies, instead of crumbling on what the West Indians described as a slow, unkind pitch, surprisingly put up a fairly good show, with top batsmen Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels contributing nicely to a first innings of 357 runs. Not surprisingly, Pakistan did not enforce the follow-on, preferring, as most captains do these days, to bat the opposition out of the Test match. The plan, no doubt, was to get around 180, or so, for the loss of a few wickets, add that to their lead of 222, and to leave themselves with enough time to bowl out the West Indies a second time. You can bet your bottom dollar that after scoring such a massive first-innings score, and that having things easy, Pakistan never even figured, at that time, that they could lose the match. They would just go, rattle up a few runs, and let loose leg-spinner Yashir Shaw on the fifth-day pitch. Bishoo, the right-arm leg-spinner, who, a few years ago, was named the best young cricketer of the year, but who never lived up to his potential, had other ideas, however, and in a short while, in 31.5 overs, Pakistan were in and out, rolled over for 123. Bishoo, “bowling straighter and at the stumps” than in the first innings when he “bowled short and at a fourth or fifth stump outside the off-stump”, ripped through Pakistan’s batting, claiming eight wickets for 49 runs off 13.5 overs. The end really came quickly, and Pakistan really realised that they were in danger, not when they were 112 for 4, but when their last six wickets crashed for 11 runs. “I pitched the ball up, I pitched it on the wicket and in the rough, and that was that. We had a chance of winning the Test match,” Bishoo said. Some time around 10:30 on Sunday morning, Reds Perreira telephoned me from St Lucia. He asked me if I had heard the score, and he told me Pakistan were 121 for eight and that Bishoo had picked up six wickets. Fifteen minutes or so later, Easton McMorris, as he usually does, telephoned me and asked me if I thought that we could win. “Win what?” I asked him. “The Test match”, McMorris said. “You don’t hear the score? We bowled them out for 123 … Bishoo run through them.” It was then that I sat up straight. “Maybe. Three hundred and forty-odd is a lot to get, especially on a turner. Bravo and Samuels will have to bat out of their skin for us to win.” After that, my telephone kept ringing all day. People kept calling and asking, as if I had a crystal ball in my hand, if the West Indies would win, or if they could win. If Bravo and Samuels both bat well, maybe they could.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Machado stands out for lack of hustle again

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manny Machado reacts after popping out to end the 10th inning in Game 3 of the World Series baseball game against the Boston Red Sox on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)LOS ANGELES — Manny Machado’s lack of hustle is starting to stand out more than his offense this postseason.The star shortstop had a little too much self-confidence in the sixth inning Friday night when he thought he homered for the Los Angeles Dodgers during Game 3 of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox. Instead, Machado ended up admiring what turned out to be a 368-foot single as it bounced off the wall in left field.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Had Machado run it out, it might have been a double. It also turned out to be his only hit as he went 1 for 7 in the Dodgers’ 3-2 win in 18 innings early Saturday that trimmed their Series deficit to 2-1.READ: Dodgers beat Red Sox in longest World Series gameFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I looked up at first and thought it wasn’t going and then I saw it take up and thought it was going to go out,” Machado said. “That was very, very, very, very, very poor baserunning by me.”It is not the first time this postseason that Machado’s effort level has become an issue. He was criticized for not hustling during a groundout in Game 2 of the NL Championship Series against Milwaukee. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Machado said in an interview on FS1 during the NLCS that he’s well aware he’s not going to be known as a hustling type of player, but that is how he has played throughout his career.He was much more critical of himself after Friday night’s game.“I probably wasn’t going to be on second base but that was very embarrassing,” he said.Things didn’t get much better for Machado in the eighth when he struck out on Matt Barnes’ high fastball on a full count with a runner on first. Two innings later he popped out to shortstop Xander Bogaerts after Max Muncy doubled with two outs. That dropped Machado to 0 for 9 in his career against Boston closer Craig Kimbrel.Machado also flied out in the 13th after Muncy walked leading off the inning.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Fall classic: Wild trip for Boston infielder Nunez in Game 3 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The 26-year-old Machado can become a free agent this offseason and is expected to command a large contract. He drew the ire of Milwaukee players and fans — not to mention a fine — for kicking Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar near the ankle as he jogged out a groundout during the NLCS.There was also a pair of hard slides into Orlando Arcia in Game 3 while the Milwaukee shortstop was attempting to turn double plays. The antics led Brewers star Christian Yelich to call Machado “a dirty player,” but the Dodgers slugger has seemed to embrace the role of villain this October.The baserunning gaffes are overshadowing what has been a productive month for Machado, acquired from Baltimore on July 19. He is batting .255 in the postseason but leads the Dodgers in home runs (three) and RBIs (11).Machado is 3 for 14 in the World Series but thinks the Dodgers have momentum after their dramatic win.“This is huge. We were grinding until the last run came across the board. We’re 2-1 in the Series, which we needed,” he said. “We’ll get some rest and get back at it.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Brazil footballers remembered one year after plane crash

first_img0Shares0000Soldiers take part in a ceremony to unveil a commemorative plaque in honor of victims of the plane crash that decimated the Brazilian football team Chapecoense a year ago © AFP / Joaquin SARMIENTOLA UNION, Colombia, Nov 29 – Two army helicopters scattered flower petals over a town square Tuesday as part of sad tributes to the upstart Brazilian football team Chapecoense, most of whose players died in a plane crash exactly a year ago.La Union, the town closest to the site of the accident on a mountainside near Medellin, Colombia, hosted a commemorative ceremony. The names of the late players and team staff — members of a modest squad that was about to play in a championship game — were read aloud in the town plaza.The crash killed 71 of the 76 people aboard the plane operated by the Bolivian carrier LaMia. The team lost most of its players and coaches. Only three players survived.A probe into the crash determined the plane ran out of fuel and was overloaded.“Glory was close,” said Andres Botero, president of Atletico Nacional, the Colombian team that Chapecoense was going to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana tournament last year.“Tragedy crushed their dream,” Botero added.A memorial plaque was unveiled in the town square as part of the remembrance activities, which were also to feature two Masses and flyover of the crash site by a Colombian air force jet.A separate memorial ceremony was planned for just after midnight in the town of Chapeco itself.The plane crash took place a year ago Tuesday Colombia time, early Wednesday Brazil time.An outpouring of tributes came from towering figures in the world of football.“Today my heart is in Chapeco,” Brazilian legend Pele wrote on Twitter. “It is a day to remember and pray for those who went to heaven too soon.”Current Brazilian star Neymar told Spanish TV, “All of us Brazilians carry them in our hearts.”On the road leading to the hill where the plane crashed — known now as Mount Chapeco — a farmer named Luis Albeiro Valencia has set up a monument erected to those killed in the tragedy.It is a wooden replica of a plane beside two brick columns. One holds tires from the landing gear of the airliner that went down, the other a deflated football.He said he was given the items in appreciation for helping with rescue operations that horrible night.Of the monument, Albeiro Valencia said: “It is to remember. So people will not forget them, because with time everyone will probably forget this hill.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Roberto Mancini to offer Yaya Toure route out of Manchester City this summer

first_imgInter Milan are determined to prise Yaya Toure away from Manchester City this summer, according to reports in Italy.The Ivorian has been linked with a move away from the Etihad at the end of the season as new manager Pep Guardiola looks to mould his squad.The midfielder already has lucrative offers from China and the Middle East, while MLS teams are also interested.However, according to Corriere dello Sport, Inter are hoping to persuade Toure to join them in the summer.The Italian club are ready to offer the 32-year-old a two-year contract, with the option of a further year if both parties wish to extend his stay.Inter boss Roberto Mancini worked with Toure during his time at Manchester City and is keen to link up with him again. Yaya Toure in action for Manchester City 1last_img read more


first_imgLYIT Careers Fair, Catherine Lyster, Billy Bennett and Paul Hannigan Pic: Clive WassonDont’ miss the Careers and Postgrad Studies Fair on Monday 21 Oct 10 – 3pm if you’re looking to change career,or want to meet some recruiting employers. Admission is free and there will be lots of free advice, jobs and useful seminars.With over 60 exhibitors, you will be able to meet with a broad selection of employers, education providers, professional bodies and to find out about opportunities for working abroad. In addition to the main event, there are a selection of interesting seminars on topics such as issues to consider if working abroad, effective presentation – tricks of the trade , using Linked In in your job search, and Dress to impress for Success. (If you wish to book for these seminars, book now by emailing is also the CV Clinic, staffed by experts who can help you tailor your CV for whatever job you are applying to. There will be a large Jobs Wall highlighting a large range of current vacancies.For information on exhibitors and seminars, please view our Facebook page or check out how it helped people last year  THE LYIT CAREER AND POSTGRAD FAIR – COULD BE JUST THE JOB! was last modified: October 18th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chelsea transfer report: Blues considering move for Juventus midfielder

first_imgChelsea are eyeing up a summer swoop for Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio.Blues boss Antonio Conte knows the 31-year-old from his time in charge of Juve and Italy, and now he wants to work with him again at Stamford Bridge.Marchisio has been at his boyhood club for the whole of his career, however he found his place in the team under threat last season following the arrival of Miralem Pjanic from Roma.The Bosnian’s arrival meant Marchisio started only 17 games and now, according to La Repubblica, Chelsea are trying to lure him away from Turin.Conte has prioritised signing a new central midfielder this summer as reports grow that Nemanja Matic may be shown the door.Chelsea have been interested in Marchisio for several months and there were claims they failed with a £17million bid in April. 1 Juventus and Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio is wanted by Antonio Conte last_img read more

Man spared prison after 170km/h chase in Letterkenny

first_imgA man who led Gardai on a high-speed pursuit in Letterkenny has been spared prison.James Deegan (27), of 23 Prehen Park in Derry, was given a six-month suspended sentence following the incident on October 20, 2018, described a Judge as ‘truly atrocious’. During an 11-minute pursuit, Deegan reached speeds of 170km/h and, somehow, avoided injuring or killing someone in the process.At 11pm on the night in question, Gardai observed a grey Scoda Octavia traveling at speed from the Ramelton Road to De Valera Road in Letterkenny.Sergeant Jim Collins told Letterkenny District Court that Gardai activated the lights and siren and pursued the vehicle, which ‘took off and failed to stop’.Deegan travelled at speeds of 120km/h on De Valera Road, overtaking vehicles and forcing oncoming cars to ‘swerve from his path’.At Port Road, cars again had to take evasive action, with Deegan now reaching speeds as high as 140km/h.Deegan, the court heart, swerved into two-lanes of oncoming traffic after the Polestar Roundabout after overtaking vehicles.Gardai followed Deegan onto the dual carriageway on the N14 Letterkenny-Derry road, with the defendant traveling at 160-170km/h.“The traffic unit deployed a stinger and caught the vehicle’s front tyres” Sergeant Collins said. “The vehicle continued at 160-170km/h for a number of kilometres until it began to slow down.”The front tyre of the Octavia blew out at the Manor roundabout.Three patrol cars stopped Deegan, who was arrested for dangerous driving and driving under the influence of intoxicants. €40 of cannabis, which was for the defendant’s own use, was found in the vehicle.“His actions were inexcusable,” Deegan’s solicitor, Gordon Curley, told the Court.Deegan, a 27-year-old father-of-one whose partner is expecting their second child, has been receiving treatment for lymphoma.“This was totally out of character,” Mr Curley said. “This was totally out of the blue. He is very contrite and ashamed. He has no rational explanation for his actions.”Mr Curley said his client ‘panicked’ as he was in possession of a bag of cannabis and ‘didn’t want to get caught’.Addressing the court, Deegan admitted that his actions were ‘unacceptable’.Judge Kelly said he was taking into account Deegan’s early plea, the defendant’s personal circumstances and the fact that he appeared ‘very contrite’ in court.“Fortunately, in spite of that, and no thanks to you, no-one was injured and that was a matter of pure luck,” Judge Paul Kelly said, noting that the case ‘undoubtedly warrants a custodial sentence’.Deegan was given a six-month sentence, suspended for two years on his own bond of €500, disqualified for two years and fined €500.Judge Kelly reminded Deegan of the tragic accident on Sunday night in west Donegal, in which four young men lost their lives.The Judge said Deegan could consider himself ‘extremely lucky’ to avoid a custodial sentence.Man spared prison after 170km/h chase in Letterkenny was last modified: January 30th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Gordon CurleyJames DeeganJudge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District CourtSergeant Jim Collinslast_img read more


first_imgNow that the dust has settled, times have been verified, and the blisters have healed; we can reflect on what has proved to be a truly great Donegal sporting event.Despite inclement weather, it was evident that the runner’s spirit would not be beaten and the day was a massive success.The Organising Committee of the second Donegal Marathon and Half Marathon, which took place at the end of August, would like to thank everyone who took the time and effort to lend their support to the ‘People’s Marathon’ whether it was to participate, organise or sponsor. First and foremost, congratulations to all of the runners and walkers who participated so valiantly on the day. Your efforts were truly admirable and inspiring in equal measure.Well done to the winners of each of the categories but in reality, you were all winners on a day that consolidated an annual sporting event that can sit proudly in the Donegal sporting calendar for many years to come.The committee would also like to commend all of the marshals, Donegal Volunteer Centre, all of the volunteers and especially the local gardai who gave of their time to ensure that the event was run in a professional manner with limited inconvenience to the general public. Thanks also to the Donegal Sports Partnership who ran Marathon Information Nights and to the venues that facilitated this.To run any type of sporting event these days, and particularly one as extensive as the Donegal Marathon, will inevitably incur considerable cost and expensive. The committee would also like to acknowledge the support and assistance of their main funder, the locally elected members of the Donegal County Council. Other key sponsors included United Health Care and Watson Hire. Last and by no means least, the committee wish to thank you, the people of Donegal for your continued support and encouragement to not just the participants but also the organisers and staff, both on the day and in the lead-up to the event.It is your support that makes Donegal Marathon, ‘the People’s Marathon’ and it is your turnout along the route and at the finish line that inspires the committee and ensures that, just like the people that take part, this Donegal sporting event will run and run.DONEGAL MARATHON ORGANISERS THANK ALL THOSE WHO MADE IT A HUGE SUCCESS was last modified: September 16th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New rules on electronic vote machines

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Secretary of State Bruce McPherson announced new requirements for electronic voting machines Wednesday and said he would create a unit in his office to test and certify the machines. “We must take these fundamental steps to guarantee public confidence in our voting process,” McPherson said in a speech to the California Black Chamber of Commerce. He laid out 10 requirements that the machines must meet for use in California elections, starting in 2006, including approval by an independent testing unit certified by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. Other requirements include providing state election officials with full information about the workings of the machines and providing machines for testing under simulated Election Day conditions. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The new rules would also set up groups of election experts to review operation of the machines. Ashley Snee Giovannettone, McPherson’s communications director, said four companies with electronic voting machines currently approved for use in California have already substantially complied with the requirements. California law already requires the machines to provide so-called paper trails to assure voters that their votes were accurately recorded. last_img read more