Lakers ink rookie Ball to four-year deal

first_imgAnother vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Lakers new team president Magic Johnson described the 19-year-old Ball as the “new face of the franchise” at a news conference last month.READ: Family affair: Lakers grab Lonzo Ball with 2nd overall pickFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Lakers are in desperate need of offensive help as they finished with the second worst record in the Western Conference after winning just 26 games last season. They finished 41 games back of the first place Golden State Warriors in the Pacific Division.“You have to have a great leader and somebody that can make their teammates better and somebody that has incredible basketball IQ,” Johnson said. What ‘missteps’? Los Angeles Lakers draft pick Lonzo Ball, right, and Magic Johnson smile as they answer questions during the NBA basketball team’s news conference, Friday, June 23, 2017, in El Segundo, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES—The struggling Los Angeles Lakers have signed second overall draft pick Lonzo Ball to a multi-million dollar, four-year contract, the NBA team announced on Monday.No details were released but the deal is expected to be worth about $30 million which is the allowable amount for a No. 2 overall pick under the collective bargaining agreement.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ READ: Lonzo Ball ‘blessed’ to play for Lakers, Johnson“He is somebody that can get his teammates to follow.”Ball averaged 14.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 7.6 assists per game as a US college player last season.The Lakers also signed forward Kyle Kuzma and guard Josh Hart.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Gamescenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Wimbledon: Venus in tears, Murray, Nadal stroll as Wawrinka falls LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View commentslast_img read more

Dhoni is the ‘Obama’ of cricket, says Praveen Kumar

first_imgIf being inspiring is a measure of leadership skills then Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is comparable only to charismatic American President Barack Obama, feels paceman Praveen Kumar.India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. AP”He is the Obama of cricket,” was Praveen’s reply when asked what makes Dhoni a special captain.Lauded for being cool and composed in trying match situations, throwing his weight behind players he believes in and for trying the unconventional, Dhoni’s leadership has rarely been criticised since he took over in 2007.Obama, who became the first Black President of the United States, is widely seen as an inspirational leader and Praveen considers Dhoni no less influential as far as Indian cricket is concerned.The 24-year-old bowling all-rounder, who will be playing in his first World Cup, is naturally excited although there are a few butterflies in his tummy.”I am living a dream right now. World Cup is no ordinary event and we will play in our country. The level of intensity and excitement will be of different level. I can’t really wait to get into the thick of things,” Praveen said over telephone from Bangalore.’PK’, as he is fondly known in the cricketing fraternity, is currently undergoing a rehab programme at the National Cricket Academy for his injured elbow which cut short his tour of South Africa.”I am feeling pretty good now. The rehab programme is on the right track and hopefully I will strike a good rhythm before the tournament starts.”advertisementAsked about India’s chances at the cricketing extravaganza, Praveen said, “The quality of cricket that we have produced during the recent times makes us the favourites.Look at our team, we have such world class players. The preparation has been good. Hopefully, we can win the Cup.”For the new ball bowler, England will be the other team to watch out for during the tournament.”England has also put up some consistent performance of late so one can expect a good show from them,” he said.Praveen Kumar and Sachin Tendulkar. APPraveen, who relies more on his ability to move the ball both ways, admitted that the adjustment of length on the dusty sub-continental pitches will be key to success for the medium pacers.”Obviously when you play in South Africa or Australia, you can hit back of length but on Indian pitches where the ball keeps low, you have to vary your length according to the situations. The more variations you can use, the better it is.”He didn’t forget to mention the amount of guidance he has got from the likes of Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra.”Zaheer bhai and Ashish bhai have always supported me.They have guided me in pressure situations and have come up with some really useful tips,” Praveen, who has taken 57 wickets from 48 ODIs, informed.For someone who comes from a family of wrestlers, his uncle being a Bharat Keshri, Praveen is known to use the long handle to good effect but has underperformed as a batsman.”I know my capabilities as a batsman as I have opened for Uttar Pradesh and India A. But if you have a look at our line-up, we have some class players. However, I will be more than happy if I can contribute with the bat too,” he signed off.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Kumar Sangakkara’s love affair with Surrey continues, races to 1000 first-class runs

first_imgKumar Sangakkara has added one more feather to his cap as he became the first batsman to reach 1,000 runs in the Specsavers County Championship this season.Sangakkara’s latest century, his sixth this season, propelled Surrey to 516 for seven declared during a heavily rain affected Day Two at Headingley against Yorkshire.The left-hander operated at a brisk pace and was happy to score most of his runs in boundaries.The left hander was unbeaten at 180 from 183 balls when Surrey declared their innings. Sangakkara hit 21 fours and four sixes in his knock.The Sri Lanka legend reached his sixth century in only his eleventh innings off 136 balls with 12 fours and a six and his 150 off another 28, reports ESPNcricinfo.The 39-year-old now averages 108.6 this season from just 11 innings. He has scored 1,086 first-class runs so far this season – 271 ahead of the closest batsman – which takes him above 21,00 career first-class runs.last_img read more

World Championships: Faith Kipyegon adds world title to Olympic 1,500m gold

first_imgKenya’s Faith Kipyegon added the world title to her Olympic gold when she won a superb women’s 1,500 metres final in a white-hot London Stadium atmosphere on Monday, judging her charge to perfection and holding off the field.Kipyegon, silver medallist two years ago, took up the running with 600 to go and was stride for stride with in-form Sifan Hassan until the Dutchwoman faded while the Kenyan stayed strong to cross the line in four minutes 2.59 seconds.Jenny Simpson of the United States, the 30-year-old 2011 champion, also showed great track nous as she slipped up the inside and finished like a teenage sprinter to take second.South Africa’s 800 metres specialist Caster Semenya also powered through on the line to grab the bronze.”I knew it would be fast, it is such a quality field,” Kipyegon said. “The best was going to win here. It was always going to be quick and competitive.”After a relatively low-key night’s action, the 55,000 crowd roared their encouragement to home hopes Laura Muir and Laura Weightman to create a vibrant atmosphere.Muir had travelled to Rio de Janeiro with real medal hopes last year after a stellar season but failed to live with the last-lap pace in the Olympic final and finished seventh.CROWD FRENZYThis time she had vowed not to repeat that error and set the pace from the start and, although it was not a particularly punishing one, her positive move sent the crowd into a frenzy.After a slow second lap, Kipyegon and Hassan, the fastest over the distance in the world this year, took it up with 600 to go as Muir and Simpson stayed in their wake in a thrilling last 300.advertisementBut it was the Kenyan who had the superior staying power as she drove through the line for a brilliant win to follow her 2016 triumph at the Olympics in Rio.Hassan, who slipped to fifth, and then Muir, fourth, ran out of gas over the last few metres, allowing Simpson and Semenya, who has barely run a 1,500 in her career but has been unbeatable over two laps, to snatch the minor medals.”My coach has been telling me all day, ‘Be willing to run your guts out and you’ll be great’, so I did exactly what she said,” Simpson said.”The last 300 metres in particular I ran my guts out and it paid off.”Having the experience is huge because having the ability to stay calm is so hard. To come out with a medal, I think it was down to keeping my wits about me.”RISKY MOVESimpson said she has now run a remarkable 17 global championship 1,500m races and “learned 17 different ways of running them.””I don’t think I’ve ever passed on the inside before but for a nanosecond I saw that gap open. It’s risky, it could have closed, but it worked out,” she said.Semenya, who will start as favourite to retain her world title over 800m, said she had enjoyed her major championship experience of the longer distance.”It’s just the beginning for me, you’ll be seeing more of me in the 1,500,” she said.”I like the challenge and I think I can do better.”Semenya, whose entire career has been run in the spotlight of questions about her hyperandrogenism and the claimed advantage her high natural testosterone levels give her, was less happy to discuss that situation.”I’ve no time for nonsense about medication,” she said. “My focus is on being healthy and competing.”Ethiopia’s defending champion and world record holder Genzebe Dibaba looked short of fitness and finished last.last_img read more

The Write Stuff

first_img Continue Reading Previous The Write Stuff: Using BookendsNext A new computing architecture for Big Data and AI applications Not sure how to fill that blank page or even start writing those documents? Read Ron Green’s hints and guidelines for engineers looking to become better writers.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram last_img

ST: single-chip three-phase and three-sense BLDC driver

first_img Continue Reading Previous F&S: COM for battery-powered applications with numerous interfacesNext ADLINK: fanless Embedded computers with Windows 7 support STMicroelectronics’ STSPIN233 is a low-voltage motor driver suitable for both single-shunt and three-shunt brushless-motor driving integrating a 200mΩ 1.3Arms power stage, in a slim and compact 3mm x 3mm package.The STSPIN233 also has the industry’s lowest standby current, at less than 80nA. Moreover, it can be put into standby mode under logic control, making it ideal for extending operation from batteries in equipment like drone-camera gimbals, educational robots, toothbrushes, shavers, medical syringe pumps, or small drives in Internet-of-Things devices.Powering the STSPIN233 is easy and uncomplicated. Its input-voltage range of 1.8V-10V allows use with a power source as basic as a single Li-ion cell. Built-in safety features further simplify system design, including over-current, short-circuit, and over-temperature protection, UVLO, and interlocking.A development ecosystem comprising a Nucleo expansion board (X-NUCLEO-IHM17M1) and related software tools (X-CUBE-SPN17 for STM32Cube) is available for the STSPIN233, to jump-start evaluation and prototyping leveraging the easy-to-use STM32Cube software environment that includes tools, middleware, and application-code examples.With the arrival of the STSPIN233, ST now offers a complete portfolio of miniature monolithic low-voltage drivers for stepping, brush, or brushless motors in small battery-powered devices. The complete family, comprising STSPIN220, STSPIN230, STSPIN233, STSPIN240, and STSPIN250, each with a dedicated Nucleo evaluation board and X-CUBE software package, offers flexible choices including single, dual, or high-current (2.6Arms) brush motor control, and sensed or sensorless BLDC control. The STSPIN233 is available now as a compact 3x3mm QFN.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

Happy Birthday Virender Sehwag: The man who redefined batting at the top

first_imgIndian cricket legend Virender Sehwag celebrates his birthday today. He turns 40.The ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’ as he is also known, will definitely go down in the history books as one of the most feared batsman to ever yield a cricket bat.In a career that spanned 14 years, Sehwag scored 8586 runs in 104 Tests at an average of 49.34 with 23 hundreds and 32 half-centuries. In 251 ODIs, he amassed 8273 runs at 35.05 with 15 centuries and 38 fifties while in 19 T20 internationals he made 394 runs with two fifties.Sehwag made his ODI debut against Pakistan in 1999 at Mohali and his Test debut in 2001 against South Africa at Bloemfontein. He also captained India in the country’s first-ever T20I, when they took on South Africa in 2006.READ – When India played their first ever T20I in 2006Renowned for his attacking play, Sehwag holds many records to his name.On March 29 in 2004, Sehwag became the first Indian batsman to breach the 300-run mark when he hammered the Pakistan bowlers in their own den in Multan.In an innings that lasted for 530 minutes, Sehwag smashed 309 off 375 balls, during which he was also unbeaten on 228 at the end on the first day, which saw him register the highest score by an Indian against Pakistan in Pakistan.On the second day of the Test, Sehwag reached his maiden triple hundred in the second session by smashing a six off Saqlain Mushtaq when he was batting on 295.At the time he was the only batsman in Test history reach a triple century with a six until Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara emulated the feat in a Test match against Bangladesh in Chittagong in 2014.advertisementHe was finally dismissed on 309 by Mohammad Sami but not before he scored 39 boundaries and six sixes while batting with an unbelievable strike rate of 82.40.Sehwag’s knock helped him earn the nickname of ‘Sultan of Multan’ as India won the match by an innings and 52 runsBut that was not all, Sehwag repeated the feat (of scoring a triple hundred) against South Africa in the first Test in Chennai. Overall, just four batsman have scored a triple hundred twice in Test cricket – Don Bradman (Australia), Brian Lara (West Indies), Sehwag and Chris Gayle (West Indies).READ – Virender Sehwag and the story of two triple tonsFour years later, on the very same day, Sehwag finished the day unbeaten exactly on 309 and on the following day (March 29) he added another 10 runs to his total before being dismissed by Makhaya Ntini with the Test match ending in a draw.With his knock of 319, Sehwag still holds the record for the highest individual score by an Indian batsman in Test cricket.Sehwag also became the first player in the history of the game to score an ODI double hundred, when he scored 219 from 149 deliveries balls against West Indies at Indore in 2011.Happy Birthday @virendersehwag. On the swashbuckling opener’s Birthday, we relive his iconic ODI double hundred he scored against West IndiesWatch (@BCCI) October 20, 2018Sehwag was a game-changer for India at the top of the order in both Tests and ODIs after former captain Sourav Ganguly asked him to open the innings in both formats.READ – How Sourav Ganguly shaped the careers of Virender Sehwag Ganguly even revealed how he identified Sehwag’s potential as an opening batsman. Sehwag before coming to the Indian team in 2001 used to play in the middle order for his Delhi Ranji side.But it was Ganguly who promoted Sehwag to open the innings in both Tests and ODIs and the rest is history. Sehwag was the first Indian to smash a triple century in Test cricket and not once but twice.Ganguly saw the potential in Sehwag and backed him even when the selectors felt otherwise and advised against the move of making him an opener.”When Viru opened. During selection, people asked why are you taking for an away tour. He won’t manage bouncers. They’ll hit him in the head with bouncers.READ – How Sachin Tendulkar broke the ice with a young Virender SehwagAnd I replied: ‘You are judging him without even seeing him play or giving him an opportunity’. Then he ended up scoring a century on his debut in South Africa. After that, we did not have a position for him in the middle order, so one day I told him…Viru, no one made a career by sitting on the bench. Why don’t you open? And opening is not a skill anyone is born with. If [Matthew] Hayden and [Justin] Langer could do it, so can you..advertisement”Viru told me he had never opened and batted only at 5 or 6 for Delhi. ‘What if I get out?’ I told him you can get out even in the middle order. And I batted down the order so that I could have him in my team. And then he opened in England and scored a century…”He is a little mad and keeps telling me you never played me in the middle order. I told him ‘you would not have been half the player with that kind of impact and match-winning ability…that would not have come by playing in the middle order,” Ganguly said on Breakfast with Champions.Now retired, ‘Viru’ reigns over the world of social media with his witty takes on topical issues. From funny tweets to birthday wishes, Sehwag is a real treasure.In fact, Sehwag shares his birthday with Allan Donald (who turns 52) and Navjot Singh Sidhu (who turns 55).17,253 international runsIndia’s first Test triple-centurionSecond man to score an ODI double-centuryHappy 40th birthday @virendersehwag! (@ICC) October 20, 2018Dada, Sir aap hain. Main toh pair.Thank you for your wishes. Love Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 20, 2018Happy birthday to a person who gives so much delight and happiness @virendersehwag #HappyBirthdayViru Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) October 20, 2018Wishing a happy birthday to @virendersehwag. May you live a long, happy and healthy life and get everything you want. God bless Viru paaji. @BCCI Dhawan (@SDhawan25) October 20, 2018Happy Birthday @virendersehwag Have a great year buddy…. Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 20, 2018Happy birthday to the sultan of cricket, you are always happy that you pray to God !Gud bless you brother @virendersehwag Punia (@BajrangPunia) October 20, 2018Wishing you a very happy birthday Viru bhai @virendersehwagMay you be blessed with health and happiness forever! #HappyBirthdayViru Raina (@ImRaina) October 20, 2018Wishing the modern generation’s Viv Richards a.k.a. @virendersehwag, my dear friend a very happy birthday! Hope you have an eventful year full of happiness and joy! Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 20, 2018Happy birthday @virendersehwag Paa G May God always blesses u nd ur family members. V al love u so much because of d person u r which is Real TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) October 20, 2018Happy Birthday to a thorough entertainer @virendersehwag . Wish you happiness and success in all you do #HappyBirthdayViru Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 20, 2018The man who defined hard hitting! Happy birthday @virendersehwag! Have a joyous year ahead!cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) October 20, 2018Heartiest wishes to you on your Birthday, Virubhai. Tum jiyo hazaaron saal saal ke din hon pachaas hazaar. @virendersehwag #viruHappyBirthday Sharma (@ImIshant) October 20, 2018Happy birthday to one of the most fearless cricketers of all time. Wish you good health and all the happiness. Keep breaking records on Social Media too 😉 @virendersehwag P Singh (@rpsingh) October 20, 2018Viru was like a ‘Virus’ who always made the opponents uncomfortable and gave them a tough time to recover from his carnage. Wishing @virendersehwag the happiest of Birthdays. Hoping you walk in with the medicine next time at least Badani (@hemangkbadani) October 20, 2018Many happy returns of the day @virendersehwag pa! Godbless. Prayas Ojha (@pragyanojha) October 20, 2018last_img read more

Liam Williams says senior Wales players have ‘stepped up’ after Howley exit

first_img“Rob leaving wasn’t the best start,” said the Wales and Lions full-back Williams, “but we’re in Test week now and some of the senior boys have stepped up including myself. It’s our first game of the World Cup and it’s obviously our biggest at the moment. What’s happened has been put aside now and we’re looking forward. I wouldn’t say training has been overly tasty, but this is where it all comes together.”The former Wales fly-half Stephen Jones arrived in Toyota on Thursday as an emergency replacement for Howley while the players have been trying to strengthen team bonds. Williams said: “We’ve been playing Call Of Duty. It’s me, Gareth Davies and Josh Adams. Me and Gareth always get another TV and stick it in our room so we can have two. Justin Tipuric is online too, but he plays Fifa.“Now it’s the same as the Six Nations. We are in our own little bubble and what happens outside of that doesn’t involve us. We need to set our sights on the World Cup.”Wales were expected this morning to name a strong side to face Georgia. “We’ve got to be smart about how we manage those first two games with certain players in particular. We’ve already talked about that with Georgia,” Gatland said.It also emerged yesterday that Wales’s players were subjected to an integrity briefing the morning after the news broke of Howley’s alleged betting breach. The briefing was prearranged as part of World Cup rules and not held in direct response to Howley’s departure. World Rugby has given similar advice to all World Cup teams.“All the boys get integrity briefings and reminders every season in terms of anti-doping, betting and all the rest of it. Everyone is aware,” said the Wales hooker Ken Owens. Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Rugby World Cup 2019: Wales team guide Since you’re here… Read more Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Rugby World Cup 2019 Rugby union news Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Topics Rugby World Cup Wales rugby union team Share on Twitter Liam Williams has vowed Wales will once again use a sense of adversity to their advantage in the wake of Rob Howley’s departure from Japan. Howley returned home to Wales on Monday to assist in an investigation by the Welsh Rugby Union to see if he has a case to answer over a suspected breach of betting regulations, but no conclusion is expected soon.Wales have previous for using off-the-field chaos to inspire them on it and will hope to do the same here where they are preparing for their opening World Cup match against Georgia on Monday. This year a proposed merger between the Scarlets and the Ospreys was dramatically called off during the Six Nations and Warren Gatland’s side went on to win a grand slam. Could a repeat scenario emerge at the World Cup? Support The Guardianlast_img read more


first_imgThe 2005 Asics NTL is the first NTL that the ACT are represented as their own permit, rather than as a part of the Crusaders permit and it’s certainly proving an interesting experience… Entering teams in Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Mixed Open, Men’s 20s, Women’s 20s and Men’s 45s, the ACT have not only increased team numbers and participants at the NTL but are aiding the growth and development of Touch in our Nation’s capital. For the first time, the ACT players are playing in a tournament with friends, not relatively unknown interstate teammates, as was the case when they were included in the Crusaders. ACT Men’s Open captain Damien Prendergast, and ACT Women’s Open captain Kath Finn, are fully supportive of the new venture and hope their teams can succeed not only for themselves but for the well-being of Touch in the ACT. The ACT teams have realistic expectations about their NTL debut, hoping to achieve personal goals. “We’ve got six players under the age of 19 in the Mens Open side so we came away hoping to learn as a team and enjoy ourselves and hopefully make the quarter finals,” said Prendergast. The women also share similar goals. “A lot of our girls are new to NTL’s, only six or so played for the Crusaders in the past, so we’re just hoping to play to our potential as a team and to enjoy ourselves,” said Finn. The ACT players are excited to finally get a chance to represent their territory. “Guys in our side like Ben Smith and Chris Tarlinton have been around since the beginning of Crusaders in 1997, so it’s great for them that they now get to play for the ACT,” said Prendergast. “I’m proud to play for the ACT, everyone’s very supportive and we’ve got a great spirit in our franchise,” said Finn. This is a spirit that will hopefully filter down to encourage ACT players at a local level. “I think at local clubs in Canberra, people saw that teams were coming away to a national event and realised that there is a path into bigger competitions if that’s your goal,” said Prendergast. “I think Touch in the ACT will benefit greatly from the new franchise as it gives younger players something to aspire to and will encourage them to continue to play,” said Finn. We certainly wish them all the best at the 2005 NTL and hope they continue to improve and develop at a local and national level. By Lisa Plummer The 2005 Asics National Touch League Sporting Pulse website contains the final draws, results and also statistics such as touchdown scorers. Please use the following link: 2005 NATIONAL TOUCH LEAGUE DRAWS & RESULTS All feature articles will be placed on the homepage and also on the above Sporting Pulse page as often as possible.last_img read more

a month agoTalking Tactics: Man Utd crisis looms; Chelsea calm; Wilder flexibility

first_imgTalking Tactics: Man Utd crisis looms; Chelsea calm; Wilder flexibilityby Alex Keblea month agoSend to a friendShare the loveMan City’s 8-0 victory over Watford made the biggest splash of the weekend while Chelsea’s late rally in defeat to Liverpool was the talking point of Sunday, and yet beneath the surface a more interesting story is developing. Manchester United’s defeat, plus Leicester City’s win against Tottenham, suggested that the Big Six may well be broken up this season.Six matches in and only three of the top six are as expected. Bournemouth will probably fall away – their wins and losses always seem to come in streaks under Eddie Howe – but West Ham and Leicester could be there to stay. Here are three tactical talking points from the Premier League action:1) Solskjaer needs to rediscover narrow tactics of early 2019Injuries might have left Man Utd with few attacking options, but their 2-0 loss at West Ham was as much a tactical issue as a personnel one; Solskjaer has emphasised pace on the flanks over the summer in an attempt to mimic the style of football deployed by Alex Ferguson in the 1990s, and the system was entirely inappropriate for this match.When Solskjaer was caretaker manager he looked to funnel attacks through the middle, crowding this area of the pitch to create narrow short-passing attacks via Juan Mata, Paul Pogba, and Jesse Lingard. This now-abandoned approach should be reinstated to give United greater control and purpose. On Sunday, Mata was completed isolated in the number ten zone and therefore forced to move into the channels, where Marcus Rashford also drifted.Consequently West Ham’s defensive shell was barely troubled as the visitors dallied on the ball in harmless wide areas. Solskjaer might be light on numbers, but he should have picked Lingard here and instructed him to stay close to Mata for creative support. What is most damning for Man Utd is that West Ham didn’t even play particularly well. A full-blown crisis looms.2) Smith’s nervousness is making Villa too negativeAston Villa sit 18th in the table and, with one win from six, should begin to worry about their chances of survival this season. Their poor start to the campaign could be highly significant because at the moment manager Dean Smith is being too negative. If Villa develop an inferiority complex they won’t stay up.Just as in the late collapse at Spurs in Villa’s first game of the season, they became very anxious in the final 20 minutes at the Emirates, unnecessarily dropping ultra-deep to absorb pressure despite 10-man Arsenal having performed poorly up until that point. It was being too deep that cost Villa in the end, the defensive mix-up between Tyrone Mings and Neil Taylor that led to Arsenal’s equaliser caused by overcrowding in the six-yard box.Smith should take the blame for his tactical reshuffle. In the 68th minute, just seven after Wesley gave Villa the lead, he substituted the dangerous Trezeguet for Ahmed Elmohamedy, a right-back playing on the wing. It was a very nervous change that set the tone for Villa’s subsequent collapse. The manager must remain brave and confident in matches – or Villa will make a habit of losing leads.3) Chelsea benefit from less frantic tacticsOne of the most important reasons for Chelsea’s porousness this season is their propensity to race out of the blocks, pressing so aggressively that they become tired by the hour mark – when huge gaps in midfield begin to open up. N’Golo Kante’s return to the starting line-up certainly helped solve the problem on Sunday, but as important was Frank Lampard’s tactical change.As in the Super Cup, Chelsea sat much deeper, cautiously allowing Liverpool’s defenders to have the ball and absorbing pressure when necessary. This meant the hosts’ fitness levels were higher towards the end of the match, leading to a final 20 in which Lampard’s side were unlucky not to equalise.Liverpool’s 4-3-3 leaves a lot of space on the flanks because the forwards never track back, so by keeping themselves fit – and in the contest – Chelsea were able to exploit this late on; Trent Alexander-Arnold was repeatedly overwhelmed down Mohamed Salah’s side. In future, Klopp must respond quicker, switching to a more resilient back three far earlier than his injury-time change.Best of the Week – Sheff Utd’s tactical versatility in denying EvertonChris Wilder’s side like to play with the ball, their 3-5-2 a complex formation involving frequent positional swaps and, of course, overlapping centre-backs. However, none of that was on display at Goodison Park where Sheffield United sat back and defended doggedly. They held a meagre 30% possession, grinding out a 2-0 win despite having just two shots on goal all match.Wilder was clearly banking on Everton’s poor chance conversion – and he was right to do so. Moise Kean needs more time to adapt to English football while Richarlison is only really dangerous with space to run into, which explains why United were able to hold firm. Their tactical adaptability puts them in a very strong position to avoid relegation.Worst of the Week – Watford’s passivity at the EtihadThe scars of their 6-0 defeat in the FA Cup final clearly hadn’t healed, because Watford weren’t just defensive at the Etihad, they were completely passive. Their tactics appeared to be: sit deep, retreat even deeper, and wait for City to score. There was no pressure on the ball and no sense of resolve.Man City’s opener within the first minute of the match summed it up. Kevin de Bruyne has been peeling off to the right wing all season, and yet when he did so on Saturday he found acres of space to cross for David Silva’s goal. That’s because Will Hughes, nominally a left midfielder, had already dropped unnecessarily into defence to make a back five – marking no-one. TagsOpinionAbout the authorAlex Keble FollowShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

13 hours agoMan Utd manager Solskjaer hails ‘man-of-the-match’ Williams

first_imgMan Utd manager Solskjaer hails ‘man-of-the-match’ Williamsby Freddie Taylor13 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer was pleased with the performance of James Garner and Brandon Williams in the 1-0 win over Partizan Belgrade on Thursday.The two teenagers were thrown into the deep end in Serbia, with Solskjaer giving his man-of-the-match vote to fullback Williams.He said: “I thought Jimmy grew into the game, did really well in the end got tired in the end which is normal. And Brandon MOTM absolutely excellent, fantastic attitude, great defending, great in the air, gets us the pen by driving the ball forward, brace, we have found a left back there.”The atmosphere was excellent, intimidating but we gave them loads of encouragement our players had to step up and calm the crowd down we couldn’t but Brandon I don’t think he put a foot wrong.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Missing presumed dead Indian in UAE jail

first_imgDubai: A missing Indian man, who was presumed dead by his family back home, is in jail in Abu Dhabi for overstaying his one-month visa during his visit to the Gulf nation, according to a media report. Wasi Ahmad, who belongs to Rampur district of Uttar Pradesh, came to Dubai on a one-month tourist visa through an agent in India on February 9. The agent promised to provide him with an employment visa as soon as he reached and charged him Rs 80,000. Ahmad did not receive any employment visa but got a job after illegally staying for two months in the country. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’He (Wasi Ahmad) is currently in jail for overstaying. In such cases we refer the case to the police who send them to jail. Once all legal formalities are complete, we inform authorities and issue an air ticket, Pooja Vernekar, First Secretary at the Head of Community Affairs of the Indian Embassy, was quoted as saying by the Gulf News on Tuesday. She said that he was being provided consular and financial assistance. Once he is repatriated, we will also write to the state government in India to take legal action against the exploiting agency, she added. Ahmad was handed over to police by the embassy officials after he approached them to report against the agent. He was put in jail for his failure to pay the overstay fine. His phone was also taken from him and he was unable to inform his family about his whereabouts. Meanwhile, his family presumed him dead after no contact from him and contacted his friends who approached the embassy to find Ahmad.last_img read more

Tim Hortons franchisees spat over 700M plan to reno most Canadian locations

first_imgTim Hortons plans to renovate most of its Canadian restaurants over the next several years in what some franchisees say is another “ill-conceived” move that will cost individual restaurant owners about $450,000.The coffee-and-doughnut chain and its restaurant owners will invest $700 million to gussy up almost all its Canadian locations over the next four years, the brand said.The new restaurants will have lighter, more natural looking exteriors, and feature upgraded, open-concept seating, the Restaurant Brands International-owned chain said in a statement.“The expectations of our guests are evolving,” said Alex Macedo, the brand’s president, in a statement explaining the design change.The decision has generated more animosity between the chain and an unsanctioned franchisee group, the Great White North Franchisee Association.Earlier this month, the company held a call with franchisees explaining they wanted each restaurant owner to spend about $450,000 to renovate their stores, the GWNFA’s board of directors said in a letter to its members.The company said Tuesday that costs will be split with restaurant owners on the same proportions as has historically been the case, but declined to specify what those proportions are.The board acknowledged many of its members “will have problems getting the finances in place to carry out these renovations” and called on the company to show a full costing of the renovation program.It advised members, which make up about half of all of Tim Hortons Canadian franchisees, not to sign or agree to anything until more details are disclosed.“This is just one more in the string of ill-conceived programs brought forward by a group of executives who do not understand foodservice, franchise operations or marketing,” the letter reads.Restaurant Brands International, “wants to fix a problem it cannot solve, mainly lack of sales, by getting us to spend money while they contribute very little,” the letter said.Tim Hortons recorded a fifth consecutive quarter of sluggish sales in mid-February, according to RBI’s most recent quarterly earnings report.The GWNFA formed about a year ago to give a voice to frustrated restaurant owners and fight against what they say is mismanagement of the chain by its corporate parent, RBI, known for drastic cost-cutting measures at the fast-food outlets its acquires.The two groups have taken their battle to the courts with multiple lawsuits, and most recently entered a showdown over how to handle Ontario’s roughly 20 per cent minimum wage increase. The GWNFA accuses RBI of failing to help franchisees offset the increased labour costs through a 10 per cent price hike on all menu items.RBI did not agree to the price hikes, but called the actions of some franchisees in the province who clawed back employee benefits, like paid breaks, reckless and completely unacceptable.Companies in this story: (TSX:QSR)last_img read more

TID summons Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam

Reports from Jaffna said that the Tamil politician, son of late Kumar Ponnambalam, is expected to be questioned over some of the recent incidents in Jaffna involving Jaffna university students.Several students of the Jaffna university were arrested last month following alleged attempts by some of them to commemorate the LTTE ‘heroes week’. The Police Terrorist Investigations Division (TID) has issued summons on Tamil National People’s Front (TNPF) President Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam, reports said today.A notice had been sent to him yesterday asking him to be present at the TID office in Colombo tomorrow (Saturday).

Stocks are mixed as tensions build in Ukraine offsetting pickup in hiring

FILE – In this Wednesday, March 5, 2014, file photo, Trader Ryan O’Day works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. World stock markets were muted Friday March 7, 2014 as investors turned cautious ahead of the release of a key U.S. employment report and Chinese economic indicators. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – One positive report on the economy was not enough to make investors more confident.The stock market ended mixed Friday after a day of muddled trading. Among the three main U.S. stock indexes, one edged higher, one closed little changed and the other closed lower.Investors focused on the tensions in Ukraine, where the region of Crimea was preparing for a referendum on whether to split away and become part of Russia. It was enough of a reason to sell into the weekend and to offset optimism over a pickup in hiring by U.S. employers last month.The Labor Department said companies created 175,000 jobs last month, easily topping economists’ forecasts. While encouraging, investors didn’t see the February report as part of a broader trend. December and January job figures were mediocre, and the harsh winter weather has closed factories, cut into auto sales, and caused existing-home sales to plummet for the last three months.“People are hoping and praying that the recent slowness was weather-related, and while this report gave people a little bit of hope that is the case, it is still too early to tell,” said Krishna Memani, chief investment officer of OppenheimerFunds.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index closed roughly flat, up a point, or 0.05 per cent, to 1,878.04. The Dow Jones rose 30.83 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 16,452.72 and the Nasdaq composite lost 15.90 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 4,336.22.On the whole, the overall tone of the market was slightly negative. Three stocks fell for every two that rose on the New York Stock Exchange. Of the 10 industry sectors in the S&P 500 index, six fell.Biotechnology and health care stocks were among the biggest decliners. Biogen Idec fell roughly 4 per cent and Amgen fell 2 per cent. The Nasdaq composite index is more heavily weighted to biotechnology and specialty pharmaceutical companies, which is part of the reason the index fell even though the Dow and S&P 500 rose.Bond prices fell following the release of the jobs numbers. The yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury note rose to 2.79 per cent, up from 2.74 per cent on Thursday. Gold fell $13.60, or 1 per cent, to $1,338.20.As they have for much of the week, investors turned their attention overseas.Lawmakers in Russian-occupied Crimea unanimously declared they wanted to join Russia and would put the decision to voters in 10 days. President Barack Obama and several other Western leaders have condemned the referendum.Ukraine’s economy is not large enough to cause serious damage to the global economy. But the geopolitical tensions that Russia’s occupation is creating between Russia, Europe, Ukraine and the U.S. could potentially be destabilizing for the region, investors say. In particular, trade between Europe and Russia could be severely impacted.Germany’s DAX index fell 2 per cent Friday, and is down nearly 4 per cent this week. The Euro Stoxx 50 index, the European equivalent of the Dow Jones industrial average, fell 1.7 per cent this week.“Europe has a lot more to lose in these Russia-Ukraine tensions than the U.S.,” said Andres Garcia-Amaya, a global markets strategist with J.P. Morgan Assets Management.The geopolitical tensions could flare up at any point, Garcia-Amaya said, giving investors fewer reasons to hold positions through the weekend.In other company news:— The discount retail chain Big Lots soared $6.72, or 23 per cent, to $35.97. Big Lots reported a decline in fourth-quarter profits but the company’s sales came in much better than expected. The company also said it would shut down its struggling Canadian operations.— Grocery store chain Safeway fell 87 cents, or 2 per cent, to 38.60 after the company said private equity firm Cerberus Capital would buy the company for $9 billion. Stocks are mixed as tensions build in Ukraine, offsetting pickup in hiring last month AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ken Sweet, The Associated Press Posted Mar 7, 2014 7:17 am MDT read more

UN rights chief appalled by US border detention conditions says holding migrant

Michele Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. (5 July 2019), by UN News/Daniel JohnsonThe High Commissioner said she recognized the “complexity of the situation and the challenges faced by States of origin, transit and destination”, calling on them to work together to address the root causes which force migrants to leave their homes. She said crosscutting policies needed to be put in place that consider the complex drivers of migration. These include insecurity, sexual and gender-based violence, discrimination and crippling poverty.Ms. Bachelet also paid tribute to individuals and civil society organizations that have been supporting the basic rights of migrants, such as to water, food, health and shelter.“The provision of lifesaving assistance is a human rights imperative that must be respected at all times and for all people in need” she said. “It is inconceivable that those who seek to provide such support would risk facing criminal charges”. Spelling out that immigration detention is never in the best interests of a child, the OHCHR chief explained that “even for short periods under good conditions” it “can have a serious impact on their health and development”. “Consider the damage being done every day by allowing this alarming situation to continue”, she said. ‘Measure of last resort’Noting the disturbing report by the US Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General on the conditions in migrant centres along the southern border, Ms. Bachelet urged the authorities to find non-custodial alternatives for migrant and refugee children and adults.“Any deprivation of liberty of adult migrants and refugees should be a measure of last resort”, she maintained. If migrants or refugees are detained, the High Commissioner emphasized that it should be for the shortest period – with due process safeguards and under conditions that fully meet all relevant international human rights standards.“States do have the sovereign prerogative to decide on the conditions of entry and stay of foreign nationals”, she acknowledged, adding, “but clearly, border management measures must comply with the State’s human rights obligations and should not be based on narrow policies aimed only at detecting, detaining and expeditiously deporting irregular migrants”.The human right chief elaborated that “in most of these cases, the migrants and refugees have embarked on perilous journeys with their children in search of protection and dignity and away from violence and hunger”. “When they finally believe they have arrived in safety, they may find themselves separated from their loved ones and locked in undignified conditions”, she continued, saying “this should never happen anywhere.”Address root causesUN human rights offices in Mexico and Central America have documented numerous violations and abuses against migrants and refugees in transit, including the excessive use of force, family separation, denial of services and arbitrary expulsions. “As a pediatrician, but also as a mother and a former head of State, I am deeply shocked that children are forced to sleep on the floor in overcrowded facilities, without access to adequate healthcare or food, and with poor sanitation conditions”, said High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.She stated that according to several UN human rights bodies, detaining migrant children may constitute cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment that is prohibited under international law.US migration: @unhumanrights Chief @mbachelet is appalled by conditions of detention for migrants/refugees & urges non-custodial alternatives. Border mgmt measures must not narrowly aim at detecting, detaining & deporting irregular migrants.— UN Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) July 8, 2019 read more

Officer Gets Paid Leave For Racial Slur Against Red

Paid leave is all an officer found to have used a racial slur against Boston Red Sox’ Carl Crawford received as punishment — for now, at least.Officer John Perrault was suspended pending a disciplinary hearing scheduled for next week at which he could face more severe punishment, and even could be fired, Leominster mayor Dean Mazzarella and police chief Robert Healey said.Perreault engaged in conduct unbecoming an officer, according to the chief and mayor.The officer, who is white, was placed on desk duty after the July 5 incident. He was described as a veteran officer with no prior disciplinary problems.Perrault was off duty and attending a minor league game in Manchester, N.H.Witnesses said a heckling fan called Crawford, who is black, a “monday” before a game between the New Hampshire Fisher Cats and Portland Sea Dogs. Crawford said he interpreted the word as a racial slur.“It surprised me he was a police officer,” said Crawford, who admitted he is attempting to move on from the incident. “It’s disappointing in all that kind of stuff. I just want to put that stuff behind me and not worry about that stuff anymore.”The word can be used as a derogatory term for blacks, and is often associated with Mondays being one of the least-liked days of the week.Crawford was playing for the Double-A Sea Dogs while rehabilitating a wrist injury. Crawford alerted stadium officials to the remark, and team management apologized.“I don’t know how I really feel about it,” Crawford said. “It was disappointing that it had to happen. It’s just one of those things you’ve got to let go.”Leominster police reached out to Crawford as part of their investigation but did not talk to him, Mazzarella said. The mayor and chief also issued an apology to Crawford.“You would think we would have grown past that kind of stuff,” Crawford said. “Hopefully that’s the last time something like that happens. read more

Man fires on Finks gang members in Oakleigh

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A man in his 30’s fired a shotgun at a large group of bikies at a busy shopping strip in Oakleigh in Melbourne’s east on Tuesday afternoon. It is believed the subject of the firearms incident, well known in the area, deliberately targeted the large group of the Finks gang of up to 30 bikies, who had stopped at an Eaton St cafe around 3.15 pm, after attending a nearby funeral. According to a witness, who did not want to be named, the man was screaming at the gang: “This is my territory, the Greeks run Oakleigh.” After a verbal altercation he pulled out a gun from his car, firing twice in the air and hitting the shop’s awning. Witnesses said that a young child and a female passenger who was also verbally abusing the bikies, were in the car. After the incident, the man sped off in what police believe was a 1986 white Holden Calais sedan. No one was injured in the incident. Following the shooting the Finks gang members stayed at the restaurant for more than an hour. Detectives from the Monash Crime Investigation Unit refused to comment on the incident, as the investigation is ongoing with an assistance from Taskforce Echo. The Police are now appealing for information. Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or anyone with any information related to it, are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit Your call to Crime Stoppers is anonymous.last_img read more

Master The Trash With Katamari Damacy and Donut County on Nintendo Switch

first_img ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Undertale’s’ Sans Is Basically a Brand New ‘Sma… Stay on target At a certain point we’re just going to have to accept we currently live in a bad time. People like to blame the particular year like “2016 was awful, 2017 was even worse, and oh my god 2018.” But if the bad years just keep blurring into each other, something else is probably going on. Still, 2018 was a garbage year, and as it comes to a close one of the most powerful escapist fantasies for me is somehow controlling the garbage rather than the garbage controlling me. Fortunately, two last-minute Nintendo Switch games let me do just that: Katamari Damacy Reroll and Donut County.Katamari Damacy Reroll is an HD remaster of the original Namco PS2 game that put Keita Takahashi and his gentle brand of Japanese weirdness on the map in 2004. And the entire aesthetic is bonkers before you even touch your first Katamari, or clump. As the Prince of All Cosmos it’s up to you to rebuild the stars for your drunken destructive father who speaks in record scratch noises. All of this insane material is presented in a clean, almost sterile and department store-like square depiction of mundane Earth locations, with an absolutely killer soundtrack.Once you do land on the planet your goal is to roll up the biggest ball possible. You have to take on the mindset of a predatory blob. You can only absorb small things at first but as you grow you can capture bigger targets. The exponential nature of your expansion is very satisfying, therapeutic even in the way a clicker game can be. Bumping into insurmountable objects though can damage your Katamari. So you must roll with finesse using either synchronized twin analog sticks or a new motion control option.This formula never really changes. The game mostly mixes things up by throwing you in new environments, from messy living rooms to bustling  town squares, and seeing how you adapt to the physical properties of new items to glom onto as well as the shifting sense of scale. It’s tough to create a round and easy to roll ball when lots of pointy bits are sticking out of it, whether it’s a stop sign or a cat. When you find a rich vein of dominoes and orange slices to roll up before going for the plastic Santa it feels like striking gold. But the original Katamari Damacy was smart to not overstay its welcome, which is probably why the surprising number of similar sequels wound up being disappointments.But if Katamari Damacy sequels made the mistake of giving us too much of the same thing, Donut County from Ben Esposito and Annapurna proves there’s still room to creatively improve on the “trash eating” subgenre. As a literal hole in the ground you use the analog stick to glide along the floor of a bunch of different tiny locales sucking everything down into your abyss. Like Katamari Damacy, most of the challenge comes from monitoring your size. The more you absorb, the bigger the hole gets, the easier it is to absorb bigger things. Even the surreal polygonal art style gives us Katamari Damacy vibes.However, Donut County surprised me with the amount of clever little puzzles it wrings out of the hole mechanic. This is what happens when the developer spends time designing the game, unlike a rip-off like For example, if you suck up two rabbits, they’ll instantly start multiplying the way rabbits do and make the vortex bigger from within. You snag your first rabbit by getting a carrot stuck in the hole. If you get full of water, go near a drinking bird who will suck it out. And if you let a lit firework fall inside you, you can move somewhere else to shoot that firework at a target.Donut County’s most surprising achievement though is its commitment to having a funny and thoughtful storyline linking the vignettes together. It’s a bit like Night in the Woods. The whole reason these holes keep popping up is because a raccoon, another famous trash eater, keeps using a new mobile app. And the way these uncaring uniform bottomless pits literally drain all of these bespoke little communities winds up being a commentary on gentrification. So think about that the next time someone says even the silliest seeming games can’t have real political messages.Like with Abzu and Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, these last couple of December Switch games might get lost in the shuffle because of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s utter dominance. But while that game is majestic, don’t deny yourself the opportunity to be a 2018 trash master that only Katamari Damacy Reroll and Donut County can provide.last_img read more