John Motson comes out of retirement to join talkSPORT

first_img John Motson has joined talkSPORT 2 Motson in one of his made to measure sheepskin coats “It didn’t take long to come out of retirement because talkSPORT is a great place to talk football,” he said. “I’m looking forward to joining the team, commentating on this great game for sometime longer and speaking to a host of footballing legends for a series of shows for fans to re-live the best of football past and present.” Starting next month, his dulcet tones will be heard across the station, including live commentary of a selection talkSPORT’s exclusive Premier League fixtures as well as further analysis and opinion.Each Monday and Friday with Hawksbee and Jacobs (weekdays from 1pm) he will be reviewing and previewing all the football action plus later this year he will interview some of his favourite players in ‘Motty’s Magnificent XI’ nostalgia shows.The move follows the talkSPORT network covering every game of the World Cup in Russia – we were the only broadcasters to do so by the way.What a signing.Listen to Hawksbee and Jacobs on 25 July between 1pm and 2pm to hear the man himself discuss his summer transfer 2 Reports of John Motson’s retirement have been greatly exaggerated.Yes, you read that right. The sheepskin is back. It never left and the voice of football in Britain for the past 50 years can soon be heard on talkSPORT.Motty has seen and done it all in football, whether verbally jousting with Cloughie, calling the action on some of football’s most iconic moments or becoming the first UK sports broadcaster to have his own Twitter emoji (it involved the sheepskin).last_img read more

Tax incentive aims to boost R&D innovation

first_img25 April 2014A tax incentive aimed at encouraging businesses to invest in science and technology research and development in South Africa was announced by the Department of Science and Technology on Thursday.Companies undertaking scientific and technological research and development (R&D) in South Africa can qualify for a 150% tax deduction for operational R&D expenditure in terms of section 11D of the Income Tax Act, the department said.The incentive is available to businesses of all sizes and in all sectors of the economy, as long as they are registered in South Africa. To qualify for the deduction, the R&D activities against which the expenditure is incurred must be approved by the Minister of Science and Technology.“The incentive is aimed at encouraging businesses to invest in R&D in South Africa while helping companies build capabilities and innovations by creating new products, processes, devices and techniques, and/or significantly improving existing ones.“It is part of a package of measures that the government has introduced to support R&D-led innovation, industrial development and employment creation,” the department said.Application processTaxation laws have been amended to clarify the intentions of the incentive and to introduce a pre-approval process for R&D activities undertaken after 1 October 2012.To access the incentive, a company must complete an application form and submit it to the Department of Science and Technology, which is responsible for the administration of the process. Application must be made before the R&D is undertaken.Find the form here: reporter and the Department of Science and Technologylast_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

Rafael Nadal loses to Stefanos Tsitsipas in Madrid as clay slump continues

first_imgRafael Nadal of Spain reacts after missing a point against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during the Madrid Open tennis men’s semi-final match in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, May 11, 2019. Tsitsipas won the match. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)MADRID — For the third straight time this season, Rafael Nadal won’t be fighting for a title on his favorite surface.Nadal’s slump on clay continued on Saturday at the Madrid Open with a third consecutive semifinal elimination, adding to his worst start to the clay-court swing since 2015.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “I’ve won a lot over the years on this surface,” he said.” But this year it hasn’t been the case. I’ve been really close, but I haven’t been able to win.”Nadal, who was yet to lose a set in Madrid this year, had beaten Tsitsipas all three previous times they played, without losing a set, including in the semifinals of the Australian Open.The 20-year-old Tsitsipas converted on his fourth match point to close out the victory on the Magic Box center court.“I’m really happy that I managed to keep my nerves down and fight back. Probably one of the toughest victories I’ve had in my life,” Tsitsipas said. “Adding variety and being unpredictable was the key today.”The young Greek played aggressively from the start, breaking Nadal’s serve six times. He saved 11 of the 16 break opportunities he conceded.ADVERTISEMENT Cherry Rondina, Bernadeth Pons team up anew as PH hosts FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour “I think that to beat these players, Novak, or Rafa, you need to have this little luck, this momentum going for you, and that was not the case today,” Thiem said. “Some break points for me were a little bit unlucky and some of them I missed, which I usually don’t do.”BERTENS WINSLast year’s runner-up Bertens defeated Halep for her second title of the year, adding to her victory in St. Petersburg, Russia.“I am really proud of this week. I played some good tennis,” said Bertens, who next week will reach a career-high No. 4 ranking.The seventh-ranked Dutch became the first woman to win the Madrid title without dropping a set. She had victories over three Grand Slam champions in the Spanish capital — Jelena Ostapenko, Sloane Stephens and Petra Kvitova. Bertens lost to Kvitova in last year’s final.Halep, winner in Madrid in 2016 and 2017, lost the chance to take over the No. 1 ranking from Naomi Osaka. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “I really liked my fighting spirit,” he said. “I went on the court and I was mentally prepared for a fight.”Tsitsipas will be playing in his fourth final of the season and will have a chance to become the first player to win three titles this year, adding to his triumphs in Estoril and Marseille. He is the tour’s winningest player in 2019 with 27 wins.“I have to be mentally prepared for a tough match,” said Tsitsipas, who defeated Djokovic in Toronto last year. “He’s in a pretty good state of his tennis, so it won’t be easy.”DJOKOVIC ON TOPDjokovic can add to his Australian Open title on Sunday thanks to his confidence-boosting win over an in-form Thiem.“Dominic is one of the best tennis players in the world at this moment, especially on this surface, so this was a very big win for me,” Djokovic said.The fifth-seeded Thiem, who beat Roger Federer in the quarterfinals, had won two straight against Djokovic and was trying to make his third straight Madrid final following losses to Rafael Nadal in 2017 and Alexander Zverev in 2018. The Austrian was also attempting to become the first player to win three titles this season, adding to triumphs in Indian Wells and Barcelona.“I thought he was the favorite coming into this match because of his win in Barcelona and the way he played winning against Roger yesterday,” said Djokovic, who will be trying to add to his Madrid titles from 2011 and 2016.“I was still kind of trying to find my best game on clay,” Djokovic said. “These are exactly the matches that I need. I’m very, very pleased with this win.”Thiem played well in both sets but Djokovic prevailed in both tiebreakers. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES He lost to ninth-ranked Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, who will try to win his third title of the year in a final against top-ranked Novak Djokovic, who defeated Dominic Thiem 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) and will have a chance to tie Nadal for the most titles in Master 1000 tournaments with 33.In the women’s final, Kiki Bertens beat two-time Madrid champion Simona Halep 6-4, 6-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “It wasn’t my best night,” Nadal said. “I knew what I had to do, it was clear to me, but I just wasn’t capable of doing it. I didn’t have a good feeling to do the things I wanted to do and that’s it. We don’t have to dwell too much on it.”The second-ranked Spaniard, still seeking his first title of the season, had also failed to make it to the final in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, tournaments he had won the last three consecutive seasons. He lost to Fabio Fognini in Monte Carlo and to Thiem in Barcelona. This is the first time since 2004 that Nadal had arrived in Madrid without a title.last_img read more