Club over Country: We don’t pay the wages other countries do, admits New Zealand coach Mike Hesson

first_imgIndian cricketers are due for a pay raise which is currently only held up due to administrative hiccups resulting out of BCCI’s legal hassles. Efforts are on to adequately compensate even Test specialists like Cheteshwar Pujara who don’t get to benefit from IPL riches.In contrast New Zealand, India’s next opponents, would feel they are playing another sport. Earlier this month their leading left-arm seamer Mitchell McClenaghan inked a deal to play for Sydney Thunders in the Big Bash, refusing a central contract with New Zealand cricket.Indian cricket fans would remember McClenaghan playing for Mumbai Indians in the IPL, managing to keep Mitchell Johnson on the bench.New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson when asked if players making such choices leads to lack of motivation in the change room, ducked under. “The coach would be the best suited to answer this,” he said.The Black Caps coach Mike Hesson was more forthcoming and understanding of the decision their premier seamer took.”I think from a New Zealand cricket perspective, we don’t pay the wages that other countries do. So players do get to a point at their careers where they have to decide where their priorities are in terms of whether it is about preparing for your future. We very much respect Mitch’s decision at this stage of his career,” he said.Ironically having taken the decision to turn a freelance cricketer, McClenaghan has got off to a false start with the South African T20 global league remaining a non starter this year where he was supposed to play later in the year.advertisementMcClenaghan has spoken about going back to playing four-day cricket back home sending out a message to team coach Hesson.Hesson speaking in Mumbai has indicated the door is not closed. “Just because you’re not a contracted player doesn’t mean you’re not available to play. It just means that there are tournaments throughout the year where you’re not available and therefore other players get opportunities to make the most of those. We could well be confronted with those situations in the future years and it’s very much an individual thing,” he said.Hesson’s comments point towards the pausity of resources in New Zealand cricket and bring out the often overlooked pay disparity’ in world cricket. This is also reflected from another reality where New Zealand cricket board has only preferred to schedule four Test matches in the coming year, finding more long form cricket commercially unviable.Their skipper and one of the best in the trade with the bat, Kane Williamson can do little about it. No wonder he chooses to duck questions which is otherwise his last resort when facing the red cherry.last_img read more

Colombo Test: South Africa stare at series whitewash after failing spin trail

first_imgSri Lanka are cruising towards a series whitewash as South Africa continued to struggle against the Sri Lankan spinners in the second and final Test of the series.Chasing 490 to win the Test and level the series, the Proteas are five down for 139 at the end of Day 3 at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo. Spinners Akila Dananjaya and Rangana Herath took two wickets each to place the hosts within five wickets of a 2-0 series whitewash.As the day drew to a close, Theunis de Bruyn (45) and Temba Bavuma (14) remained unbeaten and will face the uphill task of taking the visiting team to a respectable total on turning turf.Herath struck the first blow for Sri Lanka trapping Aiden Markram lbw for 14 with the score on 23 in South Africa’s uphill chase.Dean Elgar and de Bruyn shared 57 runs for the second wicket, aided by a reprieve for Elgar from a catch by the wicketkeeper off a Dilruwan Perera no ball. Elgar failed to make his luck count as he was trapped lbw by Perera for 37 with the total on 80.Hashim Amla was bowled by Herath for seven and Dananjaya struck twice in successive deliveries dismissing Faf du Plessis (7) and Keshav Maharaj (0) to reduce South Africa to 113 for five.Dananjaya returned two for 35 while Herath had two for 54.Stumps: Sri Lanka end day three needing five more wickets for victory, with South Africa languishing on 139/5.#SLvSA SCORECARD (@ICC) July 22, 2018Earlier, Sri Lanka declared its second innings on 275 for five setting South Africa a challenging target.Dimuth Karunaratne top scored for Sri Lanka with 85 while Angelo Mathews (71) and Danushka Gunathilaka made useful contributions.South African left-arm spinner Maharaj took three wickets for 154 runs following up on his career-best nine wickets in the first innings.South Africa is 0-1 down in the two-match series and must put on a record breaking performance on a spinning pitch at the Sinhalese Sports Club if they are to level the series.The highest successful run chase in test cricket is 418 made by the West Indies in Antigua in 2003.South Africa have not lost a Test series to Sri Lanka since 2006.South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton De Kock became the fastest to complete 150 dismissals in Test cricket in 35 matches when he took a catch to dismiss Karunaratne in the morning session. Australia’s Adam Gilchrist had reached the milestone in 36 Tests.Sri Lanka reached 338 in its first innings and bowled South Africa out for 124, securing a 214-run first innings lead.Sri Lanka won the first Test in Galle by 278 runs.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

Toni Kroos hits out at Mesut Ozil for ‘nonsense’ racism claims

first_imgGerman midfielder Toni Kroos slammed his former teammate Mesut Ozil, calling his retirement “out of order”.Ozil, who won the World Cup with Germany in 2014, announced his international retirement in July after Germany crashed out of the World Cup group stage in Russia. He said he had faced “racism and disrespect” because of his Turkish roots.Kroos, however, questioned Ozil’s claims and said that the Arsenal player spoke “nonsense”.”Basically Mesut is a deserved international and as a player he deserved a better departure,” Kroos told Bild newspaper in an interview published on Thursday. “But the way he resigned was not in order.”Mesut Ozil, upset with racist abuse, declares he will no longer play for GermanyOzil was a key member of Germany’s World Cup-winning side in 2014 and was voted by fans as the team’s player of the year five times since 2011.But the creative midfielder faced a barrage of criticism at home for having his photograph taken with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in May and for his performances at the World Cup in Russia.In his resignation statement last month, Ozil also accused the German Football Association of failing to back him in the row over the photo.No racism in German team: Manuel Neuer reacts to Mesut Ozil’s retirementGerman fans jeered him and Ilkay Gundogan, a team mate also of Turkish descent who posed with Erdogan as well, during World Cup warmup games in May.”The parts in his statement that are rightly addressed are unfortunately overshadowed by the significantly higher amount of nonsense,” Kroos said. “I think he knows very well that racism within the national team and the DFB does not exist.”advertisementGermany failed to qualify from the World Cup group stage in Russia, making their earliest exit from the tournament in 80 years and Ozil was one of the scapegoats for their unsuccessful title defence.”In the eyes of (German FA President Reinhard) Grindel and his supporters I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” Ozil wrote in his statement.The 28-year-old Kroos, who has won the last three Champions League titles with Real Madrid, said he had no plans to follow Ozil into international retirement after their World Cup flop.”I will continue towards Euro 2020 and have set myself the goal of being far more successful there than in the recent past,” Kroos said.”I had a good talk with (national team coach) Joachim Loew. “We will find solutions together so that I can get a break here and there. For me that’s the only way and I am thankful for Jogi’s understanding.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

HMD Global to launch new Nokia phone on October 4, Nokia 7.1 Plus expected

first_imgHMD Global is making sure it launches a new Nokia phone every month at the rate the company has been going this year. It seems a new Nokia phone will be unveiled on October 4 in London as per media invites being sent out. While the invite doesn’t reveal any specific information about the new phone, it is widely expected that we could see the rumoured Nokia 7.1 Plus aka Nokia X7.The Nokia 7.1 Plus has been in the news for a while now with teasers earlier this month suggesting it would be unveiled in Taiwan, but that’s yet to happen. In China, the phone will go by the name Nokia X7 much like the Nokia X6 (Nokia 6.1 Plus) and X5 (Nokia 5.1 Plus). The Nokia 7.1 Plus is also expected to come with an edge-to-edge notched display and an all-glass design similar to the Nokia 6.1 Plus and 5.1 Plus. However, some live images of the front panel of the Nokia 7.1 Plus emerged online that suggested there will be no notch and the phone will instead offer even bezels on the top and bottom.Renders seen earlier this month also suggest the phone will come with a dual camera setup on the back with Zeiss lenses, something that the other two phones missed. It seems only logical since the Nokia 7 Plus also sports Zeiss-branded dual camera system. As for the hardware, a lot is still unknown. The Nokia 7 Plus was launched with a powerful Snapdragon 660 mid-range processor. If the Nokia 7.1 Plus is expected to improve on that, we suspect the phone will bring a Snapdragon 710 chipset coupled with 6GB of RAM. The Nokia 7.1 Plus will naturally be part of the Android One program it is rumoured that it could be the first Nokia phone to ship with Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box.advertisementThere is the off chance that HMD could have a flagship Nokia phone up its sleeve rather than the Nokia 7.1 Plus. Recently, we heard rumours of the Nokia 9 with a Snapdragon 845 chipset and a penta-camera setup. HMD is yet to bring out a true 2018 flagship phone this year (Nokia 8 Sirocco was launched with SD835), so it is possible that the event in London could see the launch of the Nokia 9. However, some recent reports have suggested that the company is not ready to bring out its flagship just yet and is instead looking at a MWC 2019 unveiling in February.last_img read more

Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz included in Pakistan’s 15-man squad for 2019 World Cup

first_imgStar fast-bowlers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz along with middle-order batsman Asif Ali have been included in Pakistan’s squad for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, which will be played in England and Wales from 30 May to 14 July. Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq today announced the final squad for the quadrennial event.Pakistan had the flexibility to finalize their line-up until 22 May, but decided to lock their make-up on Monday following the conclusion of the One-Day International series against England in Leeds.From the 15-player provisional squad, which was announced on 18 April, the selectors have replaced Abid Ali and Junaid Khan with Asif Ali and Mohammad Amir, respectively (both were named as additional players), while Wahab Riaz has been recalled to replace Faheem Ashraf.Yasir Shah is the fourth player to be released from the side after he was named as Shadab Khan’s replacement for the series against England.Amir, who is presently in London and has fully recovered from chicken pox, and Wahab is expected to join the squad in Bristol on 22 May. Both the players will be available for selection for the 24 and 26 May warm-up matches before Pakistan launches their World Cup campaign against the Windies on 31 May at Trent Bridge.Pakistan finalises make-up of World Cup squad #WeHaveWeWill Cricket (@TheRealPCB) May 20, 2019Chair of Pakistan men’s selection committee, Inzamam-ul-Haq, said the team combination has been revised after taking into account the fast bowlers’ performance against England as well as considering the nature of wickets that are likely to be presented in the World Cup.advertisementJunaid and Faheem had been originally preferred over a few other bowlers based on their recent performances and the investment we had made on them since 2017. They had the opportunity to cement their Word Cup spots, but they were well below-par in the series against England even though they were up against the difficult challenge of bowling on placid and batsmen-friendly wickets.After it became obvious that the bat is likely to dominate the ball in the World Cup, we revisited our strategy and reverted to the pace of Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz. Furthermore, Amir and Wahab give the fast bowling attack more experience to back and support the relatively inexperienced but immensely talent Shaheen Shah Afridi and Mohammad Hasnain.Wahab has taken 102 wickets in 79 ODIs, including 24 wickets in 12 World Cup matches in 2011 and 2015, while Amir has picked up 60 wickets in 51 matches, including five wickets in Pakistan’s successful ICC Champions Trophy 2017 campaign.Wahab’s last ODI was in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 against India in Birmingham, while he last represented Pakistan in the Dubai Test against Australia in October 2018.Explaining the decision to recall Wahab, Inzamam said: “The lack of potency of our frontline bowlers in the recent ODI series against England meant that a change was needed. In addition, we now know that we will encounter batting wickets throughout the World Cup campaign.”The combination of both these elements meant that we believed that right now, utilizing the World Cup experience and knowledge of Wahab was the correct choice.”Wahab has been training and playing club cricket, and the player of his caliber will not face much problem in adapting and adjusting to the grueling demands of the World Cup. In addition, playing in the World Cup warm-up matches, bowling his quota, will have him match-ready”The bowling unit during the England ODIs has not clicked as anticipated or expected; if we have at our disposal two vastly experienced pace duo of Amir and Wahab, then it will be foolish not to include them,” says Inzamam.On Abid Ali, Inzamam said: “It has not been an easy decision to leave out Abid, particularly after he got only one opportunity on the tour. But, he was our third choice opener. After both the first choice openers struck early form, we preferred Asif Ali as he brings firepower to the team that can strengthen our chances in the tournament.”Both our openers are in form and average over 50 each. If required, we have a fully fit Mohammad Hafeez who can be promoted in the batting order, while Haris Sohail can be the another option.”Pakistan squad for ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Wahab RiazAlso Read | Where are India’s 2011 World Cup winners?advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: No rest days for Hardik Pandya as India all-rounder sweats it out at the gymlast_img read more

10 months agoArsenal manager Emery: Ramsey must stay focused

first_imgArsenal manager Emery: Ramsey must stay focusedby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal manager Unai Emery insists Aaron Ramsey must stay focused amid speculation some of Europe’s biggest clubs are fighting for his signature.The Welsh midfielder can negotiate with interested teams from overseas from January 1.PSG, Bayern Munich and Juventus are among the interested suitors. But Emery wants the 29-year-old to concentrate on the Gunners.”The most important thing for every player is for the focus to be here,” said the Arsenal head coach.”It is not easy for Aaron but I have spoken with him and we need his performances for us.”He played yesterday with a good spirit. We did not win but he is working hard and I am happy.”I also need this focus for Liverpool on Saturday and then for Fulham [on New Year’s Day]. His focus should be to help us.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Property Assessment Appeals Procedure Improved

first_imgThe province is proposing Nova Scotia property owners have access to sales information and an improved property assessment system with amendments to the Municipal Government Act and the Assessment Act. Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister John MacDonell introduced the amendments today, May 2. “These changes will bring more clarity, improved efficiency and greater transparency to the appeal process and to real estate transactions,” said Mr. MacDonell. An amendment to the Municipal Government Act would allow publishing real estate sales prices and related information from deed transfer tax affidavits. It is now available only on a limited basis. “Nova Scotia is the only province in Canada that does not allow government to publish property sales prices,” said Mr. MacDonell. “This amendment will change that and make property transactions and assessment appeals much more transparent.” The Assessment Act amendments would extend the time ratepayers have to appeal property assessments. Currently, property owners have 21 days to appeal after assessment notices are mailed. The amendment would extend that to 31 days. The time allowed to file appeals of amended or confirmed assessments would also increase, from seven days to 14. The legislation will also change the name of the Regional Assessment Appeal Court to the Nova Scotia Assessment Appeal Tribunal and clarify its authority. “This appeal body is, in fact, an administrative tribunal and not a court,” said Mr. MacDonell. “The word tribunal makes it clear that the appeal process is much less formal and more user-friendly than a court proceeding.” The tribunal will be able to require disclosure from appellants or assessors when hearing appeals. Appellants would also be given 14 days notice of a hearing rather than six given for the Regional Assessment Appeal Court. “The Nova Scotia Real Estate Appraisers Association strongly supports public disclosure of property selling prices and believes that giving all Nova Scotians free and open access to this information will reduce fraud, increase the efficiency of real estate markets, and improve the fairness, understanding and transparency of our property assessment system,” said André Pouliot, president Nova Scotia Real Estate Appraisers Association. The changes are expected to be implemented in time for the assessments in 2013.last_img read more

Bimal Gurung set to return to Hills after oneandhalf years

first_imgKolkata: Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leader Bimal Gurung, who has been on the run for the past one -and-half years, is likely to return to the Hills Thursday evening, a day after the Supreme Court asked him and his aide Roshan Giri to move the Calcutta High Court for anticipatory bail in connection with the cases lodged against them. Loksang Lama, the working president of GJM’s Gurung faction, said the Morcha leader, who is scheduled to arrive at Bagdogra airport at 1.30pm, will head straight to the Hills. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “Our leader will leave for the Hills as soon as he lands at Bagdogra airport,” he said. According to poll analysts, Gurung’s return to the Hills is likely to change the course of election in Darjeeling Lok Sabha constituency and swing votes in favour of BJP candidate Raju Singh Bista. Both Gurung and Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) have extended their support to Bista, while the Binay Tamang-led faction of the Morcha have decided to back Trinamool Congress candidate Amar Singh Rai. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway A 104-day-long strike in the Hills over a separate statehood demand had led to the spilt in the GJM last year, with Tamang, Gurung’s deputy, taking over the reins of the party. He expelled Gurung and his loyalists soon after and established himself as the defacto leader of the Hills with the help of the ruling TMC. When contacted, Gurung told PTI that the people in the Hills were eagerly waiting to have him back. “I can’t wait to return to Darjeeling. Once I am there, I will do everything to ensure the victory of BJP candidate Bista. The people of the Hills have rejected traitors like Tamang and Rai,” he said. Maintaining that he was still the supremo of the GJM and “commands respect and love” of the people of the Hills, Gurung said, “Tamang and his group are agents of the TMC”. Tamang, when contacted, claimed that the people of the Hills no longer favour Gurung and his “politics of violence”. The Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat, which is presently held by the BJP, is poised for a prestige fight between the TMC and the saffron party. For the first time in over three decades, the two parties are looking beyond the statehood demand as they stress on the need to restore democracy in the Hills.last_img read more

4yearold spotted walking alone along highway

A four-year-old boy was spotted by police walking alone along Highway 3 on Monday afternoon.Norfolk OPP were patrolling Highway 3 in Windham area when an officer noticed the child walking along the side of the road at about 4 p.m.It was determined that the boy had just been dropped off by his school bus and walked to a residence but no one was home. The child told police that he was walking to a relative’s house when he was spotted.Officers transported him home where he was reunited with his mother.It was determined that there was a mix-up in communication and there were no further concerns for the child’s safety. read more

College Basketball Recruit Michael Haynes Killed In Chicago

The unconscionable violence that has ravaged Chicago claimed college basketball recruit Michael Haynes Thursday night when he was shot and killed in front of his home while trying to break up a fight.The assailant of Haynes, a 6-foot-7 forward who had committed to Iona College in New York, remains at large.  Hayne was 22.He played ast season at Indian Hills CC in Ottumwa, Iowa and had originally committed to University of Texas-El Paso but never played for the Miners. He was ranked the No. 11 recruit in the state of Illinois by following his junior season at Washington High School, during which  he averaged 17 points and 22 rebounds.“We’re shocked and deeply saddened by this news,” Indian Hills coach Barret Peery told the Ottumwa Courier. “He was such a great kid and a great member of our team. Michael was a great friend to all his teammates and a great kid overall. He’ll truly be missed.”Police said Haynes was shot in the wrist, chest and lower back while trying to break up a fight over a stolen necklace near his home. His cousin, Kandice Blouin, 25. said several men were shoving each other when Haynes pushed the shooter, who pulled out a gun and shot him.“He was an innocent victim, very loved by everybody,” Haynes’ cousin, Kandice Blouin told the Chicago Sun-Times. “He was our meal ticket. He was going to heal this hood and they took his life.”“It’s just so hard,” Iona coach Tim Cluess said. “I don’t know how to describe it. Once you got to know Michael you just couldn’t wait to coach him. He came from a very rough area in Chicago and he just wanted to make a better life for himself. He was just looking for a chance to change his life.”Haynes was part of a nine-member recruiting class assembled by Cluess and his staff and was expected to be a contributor in the frontcourt. He was one of just two of the nine recruits not to already be on campus taking summer courses.Chicago is been a virtual war zone. Murders this year have risen by nearly 40 per cent and are projected to reach about 504 killings or 42 a month. read more

Pensioner supplements pension by selling crack cocaine and heroin from retirement home

A pensioner has been accused of selling crack cocaine and heroin from his retirement complex to “supplement his pension”, police have said.Elderly residents living at John Gwynn House, in Worcester, have complained people have injected themselves with Class A drugs after visiting the man’s room.The alleged dealer is said to be a retired man who started selling crack and cocaine to “supplement his pension”, according to residents.An 80-year-old female resident, who did not want to be named, claimed drug activity had been taking place “for years”.She said: “There’s a constant flow of people coming and going, buying drugs. I can tell 90 per cent are drug users from the state of them. “The users sleep in corridors here if they can – with their sleeping bags.”One lady took photographs of them injecting with spoons and flames. It makes people feel frightened.”Another man added: “He’s been doing it for a while, starting off selling cannabis to friends in order to make a few bob on the side to supplement his pension.”West Mercia Police confirmed they are investigating the claims.Sanctuary Housing, which runs John Gwynn House, has urged residents to collect evidence of drug dealing to help the police investigation. He’s been doing it for a while, starting off selling cannabis to friends in order to make a few bob on the side to supplement his pension The retirement complex comprises of 43 one and two-bedroom flats for people aged 60 and over. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Patient shot GP with a crossbow after accusing him of killing his

Dr Griffith said Waterfall looked down at the floor “dejected” upon knowing he had failed to kill him, and said: “I can’t even get that right,” before leaving the consultation room. Waterfall is standing trial after denying a charge of attempted murderCredit:John O’Reilly Waterfall is standing trial after denying a charge of attempted murder The case continues. It is alleged that five days before the crossbow incident, Dr Griffith had seen Waterfall’s father Terrence at the Suthergrey House Medical Centre, who had complained of “breathlessness”.The GP arranged for the 73-year-old to attend Watford General Hospital, where he died the following day.Jurors heard Dr Griffith was saved from serious injury  because it had been very hot and he had loosened his shirt by pulling it up from under the waistband of his trousers so that it was gathered in folds around his midriff area.As a result, the crossbow arrow had to pass through four layers of the check cotton shirt before entering his body and didn’t go deep enough to cause serious injury.After removing the bolt, Dr Griffith followed Waterfall outside the surgery to the car park and tried to stop him from getting into his car by talking to him, the court heard.”I tried to persuade him to go to the police station round the corner. I said I will come with you. I wasn’t sure if he had anything else on him,” he said.In the car park he said the defendant had told him he had “murdered” his father.Waterfall had earlier admitted a charge of wounding Dr Griffith with intent, jurors were told. A patient shot a GP with a crossbow after telling him “you killed my father”, a court heard on Friday.Dr Gary Griffith was writing up notes in his consultation room at his surgery in Watford when Mark Waterfall came in armed with a metal-tipped arrow.Waterfall, 46, is on trial at St Albans Crown Court charged with attempted murder, which he denies, following the attack on July 10 last year.Dr Griffith said Waterfall told him “you killed my father and I am going to kill you,” moments before firing the crossbow, which struck him in his abdomen, the court heard.The GP told jurors: “Although the wound was gaping it hadn’t gone into the colon,” as he told how he was able to pull the bolt from his stomach wall.He continued: “I had to pull the wound apart to check if it had gone into the bowel. I was still sitting down and I removed the bolt and put it on my desk. I pulled the wound apart to see how far it had gone in.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

IPL RCB said theyd call me back but they didnt –

Chris Gayle raises his bat upon reaching his 21st T20 century BCCIWith 252 runs in four matches this season for Kings XI Punjab, Chris Gayle has rediscovered the form that made him such a force for Royal Challengers Bangalore over the years, before he was released by the franchise ahead of the 2018 IPL.Gayle, however, revealed he’d been told RCB would retain him, only to not hear from the franchise again. “I was their biggest draw. It was disappointing from that end, because they had called me. They wanted me in the team and I was told that I will be retained,” Gayle told The Times of India. “But they never called back after that. So that gave me the impression that they didn’t want me, and it’s fine.RCB let Gayle go after he scored only 200 runs at a strike rate of 122.69 in nine innings in the 2017 IPL, but between then and now the batsman had found T20 form.In the 2017 CPL, Gayle was the highest scorer for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. He bettered that in the BPL, where he topped the tournament run charts by a distance and scored 146 not out with 18 sixes in the final.“I think I had a wonderful CPL and BPL – where I scored two centuries for my side Rangpur Riders. The stats don’t lie: 21 centuries, most number of sixes. If that doesn’t put a stamp on brand Chris Gayle, I don’t know what will.”Gayle nearly didn’t make it to this IPL entirely. Having gone unsold when his name came up for bidding the first time during the player auction in January, he was eventually bought at base price by Kings XI towards the end of the auction’s second day.“I’ll be honest in admitting that it was very surprising for me to not get picked by any team,” Gayle said. “I don’t know what went behind closed doors, but I also understand that these things happen,” he said. “It’s just the way it is. But it’s fine, I’ve moved on from it. Like I said, it’s a great opportunity to be playing for King XI Punjab, and so far I’ve had a great time. Perhaps it was supposed to happen, you know. King Gayle: destined to be playing for Kings XI Punjab.”After finally being picked at the auction, Gayle did not have a smooth start to the season either: he was benched for Kings XI’s first two games. However, after overseas batsmen Aaron Finch and David Miller had poor starts themselves, Gayle was given a go at the top of the order. He scored a 33-ball 63 against Chennai Super Kings and then followed up with a hundred and another half-century, forming a prolific opening partnership with KL Rahul, another player RCB let go.“Even though I was selected in the very last round of the auction, I wasn’t really worried about it,” Gayle said. “At some stage, you are going to walk away from the IPL and other forms of cricket. This is how I’ve always been: living in the present. But, given the sense that I was picked up and playing for a new franchise, it was very pleasing. And the way I have played in the first three games, I think it has been fantastic. I’m very happy with where I’m at.” (ESPNcricinfo) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’Gayle getting old’ – Former Indian batting star claims RCB decision understandableJanuary 16, 2018In “Sports”Gayle returns; RCB still in losing modeApril 28, 2014In “Sports”IPL: RCB decide against retaining GayleJanuary 4, 2018In “Sports” read more

Nikola Eklemović in Wisla Plock

MKB VeszpremNikola EklemovićWisla Plock handball ← Previous Story WC 2011 in Sweden Predictions: Croatia goes for gold! Next Story → Mladen Bojinović ready for WC! Hungarian national player with Serbian origin, who made succesful career in Pick Szeged and MKB Veszprem, Nikola Eklemović (33) signed a three years contract with one of the TOP Polish teams, Wisla Plock.  Eklemović began his career in his born city, Belgrade, where he played for Partizan and Crvena zvezda, before he moved to Pick Szeged in 1999. After five years, he changed Szeged for Veszprem.Wisla Plock, obviously has ambitions to become a serious rival to champion, Vive Targi Kielce. Two months ago, they signed Serbian right back, Vukašin Rajković. read more

Serbia HC Crvena zvezda lost 4 points due financial debt

16.Dinamo9 1.Partizan42 2.Vojvodina Železničar39 5.Crvena Zvezda (-2)20 6.Rudar23 9.Napredak21 7.Jugović Unimet22 4.Metaloplastika Zorka Keramika25 Belgrade’s HC Crvena zvezda is still Serbian vice-champion, but only on the paper. In current season of Serbian Merkur Osiguranje Super Liga, the most popular Serbian sports team has a lot of problems to obtain position in the middle of the League table.  Crvena zvezda lost four points due financial debt to six players from previous season. More than 10 players left Belgrade, because of financial problems during the first part of current season and winter break…STANDINGS: 3.Radnički Kg29 ← Previous Story Johannes Bitter 8 months out! Next Story → Rivera excluded Juanin Garcia and Romero for OG Qual in Alicante! Belgradehandball serbiaHC Crvena zvezdaSerbian handball 11.Požarevac18 8.Kolubara22 10.Železničar 194919 13.PKB16 15.Obilić10 12.Smederevo DU-Integral17 14.Crvenka Jafa14 read more

Woman knocked down by articulated truck in Thurles

first_imgA WOMAN IN her mid-50s was knocked down by an articulated truck as she walked on Slievenamon Road in Thurles this morning.She was pronounced dead at the scene and her body removed to MidWestern Regional Hospital.A post mortem examination will take place at the Limerick hospital shortly.The road has been closed for forensic examinations and local diversions are in place. Witnesses to the incident, which happened just before noon, are asked to contact local gardaí at the station on 0504 25100.Since 1 January, nine people have died on Irish roads, including two pedestrians.Read: Woman and child struck by Jeep in Balbrigganlast_img read more

Well Leave It There So Man United spend big departure at Munster

first_img The Chilean team play a spot of football tennis during training today. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesHome NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a round-up of today’s sports news… Bad hair day: Domimika Cibulkova serves to Lucie Safarova at Wimbledon. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesWorld CupIt was the first rest day of the tournament so there were no live matches. Tomorrow, we’re back with two all-South American last 16 ties as hosts Brazil meet Chile at 5pm then Colombia take on Uruguay at 9pm. Munster centre James Downey has left the province to join Glasgow Warriors on a two-year deal. Meath have made one change to their team for Sunday’s Leinster SFC semi-final against Kildare at Croke Park while the Lilywhites stick with the same starting XV.The SSE Airtricity League returns tonight after the mid-season break with six fixtures in the Premier Division including an all-Munster affair between Cork City and Limerick.Ireland’s Philip Deignan has been left out of Team Sky’s Tour de France squad.center_img One the move: James Downey. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOAwayManchester United have announced the signing of English full-back Luke Shaw from Southampton for a fee reported to be €33m. The fall-out from Luis Suarez’s infamous biting incident continues as gambling website 888POKER terminated his sponsorship deal today.At Wimbledon, Venus Williams crashed out, Novak Djokovic beat Gilles Simon while defending champion Andy Murray is underway against Roberto Bautista Agut in the third round.Canadian talent Andrew Wiggins was the top pick in the NBA draft after being selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Venus Williams waves to the crowd after being eliminated. Source: Gareth FullerThe best things we sharedA touch of class from Celtic and Greece striker Giorgios Samaras, who has invited a young Irish fan and his family to join him at the World Cup. 11-year-old Jay Beatty, who has Down’s syndrome, is set travel to Brazil with the help of the Greek FA to see his Hoops hero having met him at a Celtic game in Ireland. Source: ΕΛΛΑΣ Εθνική Ομάδα Ποδοσφαίρου (Greece National Football Team)/YouTubeOn the recordWhy? Who is killed? This is football, this is friction. Why not send him to Guantanamo?” – Diego Maradona backs Luis Suarez during a television interview.The fixture listIt’s Brazil v Chile (5pm) and Colombia v Uruguay (9pm) in the World Cup round of 16.There is plenty of live GAA to look forward to: In football, the All-Ireland SFC qualifier round 1B sees Carlow meet Waterford (2pm), Tyrone face Louth (2.30pm) and Cavan take on Westmeath (3pm), while Monaghan and Armagh clash in an Ulster SFC (7pm)In the Leinster SHC semi-final replay at O’Connor Park, Galway and Kilkenny get reacquianted at 7pm and, at the same time, Waterford and Laois contest an All-Ireland SHC round 1 at Walsh Park.At The Curragh, the Irish Derby is off at 5.30pm.Showbiz, BabyFive-time 800m champion Alysia Montano competes at the US Track and Field Championships and, despite being 34 weeks pregnant, finishes in 2 minutes, 32.13 seconds. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesMy wife thinks you and the Algerian goalkeeper were separated at birth.”last_img read more

PAX 2012 What ZombieU says about the Wii U controller

first_imgThe Wii Remote had a lot of potential, and over the years many games have made excellent use of it, but on the whole it seems like most third party developers never managed, or never bothered, to fully capitalize on what it could do. So when I got the opportunity to try out Nintendo’s next console at PAX 2012, I knew exactly which game I wanted to start with: ZombieU.When Nintendo took the stage at this year’s E3, once again talking up the merits of a revolutionary new controller, the footage of ZombieU stood out from the rest of the games. It wasn’t a first party title focused on being a proof-of-concept for the system, and it wasn’t an older title with touchscreen functionality bolted on, like Mass Effect 3 and Batman: Arkham City. Instead, ZombieU was a completely new third-party game that seemed to have lots of big ideas for the small screen — and that makes it a pretty solid litmus test for the Wii U controller.The demo Ubisoft had on display was limited, so I’m sure I didn’t get to see the full range of controller mechanics that will be in the final game, but I was able to get a good sense of how the basic small screen functionality works. Here are the highlights.No more UI clutterIn ZombieU the Wii U controller handles a lot of UI elements that would normally be scattered around the edge of the screen, most importantly the map of the current surroundings. That may sound like a small change, but in practice it makes a noticeable difference in your sense of immersion. Without little indicators all over your field of vision, the TV can be filled with nothing but the graphics themselves, creating a cleaner and more focused view into the game world. I also appreciated being able to see a broader map on the WiiU controller, rather than a cramped mini-map in one corner of the main screen.Inventory management is a mixed bagZombieU puts the controller screen to work for inventory management, which seems like a logical decision; touch interfaces are great for manipulating objects, and that’s essentially what inventory is all about. When you go to loot a fallen zombie, the small screen lets you drag and drop individual items into your equipment slots or bag. It’s a simple and intuitive way to handle that process, but I was surprised at how cumbersome it felt. Managing inventory can be a bit of a chore in general, so any looting interface needs to be as quick and efficient as possible. But dragging items around on the controller screen, or even tapping the “take all” option, seemed slower than it would have been using hardware buttons. Juggling inventory with the touchscreen is definitely clever, but I’m not sure that it’s better.Minigames find a new homeAs with many other games like Skyrim, ZombieU turns lock picking into a minigame, but it offloads it onto the Wii U controller. Unlike inventory management, this actually seemed to be an improvement over using hardware buttons. Manipulating the lock picks was a natural fit for the touchscreen, where I had more precise control when making fine adjustments. With all the games developed for smartphone touchscreens in the past few years, I’m hopeful that Wii U developers could create some really interesting minigames for those sorts of tasks.Exploring the worldEasily the best use of the Wii U controller that I saw was the handheld scanner tool. When players use the scanner, the controller becomes the scanner itself. By panning the small screen in any direction I got a detailed 360-degree view of the room my character was standing in, which had an incredible immersive quality. That ability to track movement and adjust the controller display accordingly was one of the most compelling features of the Wii U that I’ve seen so far. I could imagine future games using that capability for other things, like aiming a mounted gun on the back of a speeding jeep.Making the switchOne of my biggest concerns about the Wii U, both before and after getting my hands on it, was whether moving between the two screens would feel awkward. When really engaged in a game, the controller is completely out of the way of the experience — players don’t see it, and they don’t think about it. So the idea of needing to mentally pull myself out of one screen to look down at another one seemed like an inherent problem.When doing almost anything in ZombieU that requires the Wii U display, the main screen shows a message that reads “Look at controller,” and that may be the most telling thing about the two-screen dynamic. The message is definitely needed, since looking down at the controller isn’t something gamers normally do, but the very fact that it’s necessary demonstrates how counter-intuitive that idea is. However, I’m not ready to call the “second screen” concept a failure. As I progressed through the demo, I started to get used to the idea of jumping between displays, and with more hands-on time it might become more natural. But at the very least, making that switch will take some getting used to.Final thoughtsZombieU shows that there are definitely advantages to having a touch screen as part of a traditional console experience, some of them rather subtle. The key to the console’s success is getting third party developers to not only use the controller, but use it in thoughtful ways. Overcomplicating simple tasks just for the sake of having one more clever use for the controller isn’t going to win gamers over, but charmingly immersive features might.last_img read more

I kind of feel blessed that I got the opportunity to see

first_img Image: Bryan Keane/INPHO By Ryan Bailey Short URL Daly pictured at Leinster HQ earlier this week. 22,631 Views Daly pictured at Leinster HQ earlier this week. Image: Bryan Keane/INPHO 4 Comments ‘I hadn’t played in so long, they hadn’t seen me in so long, so I owe Leinster a huge amount’Michael’s live up to the billing in three-try quarter-final defeat of Clongowes Feb 22nd 2018, 7:01 AM center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 22 Feb 2018, 9:00 AM Follow us: Updated at 09:00BARRY DALY KNOWS better than most how fine the margins between success and failure at the very top level can be, and — more pertinently in his case — how luck can play a significant role in shaping a career.For Daly, it appeared his opportunity had come and gone when he was overlooked by the Leinster academy at the age of 19, a decision which forced him down a different path and into a career in accountancy with KPMG.Rugby became a hobby, and nothing more.There was even a point when Daly became so unenthused by rugby that he wasn’t interesting in playing in the AIL with UCD anymore, with work and everyday life taking hold as it does for every young person in their 20s.“I wouldn’t say I lost belief in myself,” Daly says. “But I gave rugby up for about two years.“It was Noel McNamara [the then UCD coach] who got me back into it and as I said I started playing sevens again and that really got me going, and thinking I could actually get back and have a shot. It was a combination of a really good club year and a really good sevens year.”Daly always had an eye-catching finishing ability — described by Leo Cullen as a natural — and when he started scoring try after try at club level, his form was too good to ignore and Leinster offered him an olive branch.“I always thought there were loads of guys that can play at the top level, and I always felt that I could, but just the breaks never went my way,” he continues.“I didn’t get the academy in here for whatever reason. I always felt like I could but things just never really worked out the way I need them to.“But that last year [2016] just worked out perfect. I didn’t get injured, had great form and then Luke Fitzgerald got injured. Leinster needed a winger so it was all just perfect timing. I was just lucky.” Daly has scored eight tries this season. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHOThis time it was in Daly’s favour. His initial trial period with Leinster was extended until the end of the 2015/16 season and last April he was rewarded with a senior contract extension five years after being originally turned away.“I think it’s literally just luck and the way things fall for you. Getting a chance with a good team, a good coach, getting a run of form without getting injured. There is just so many different things that you can’t control.“I believed that I could always play at this level because I knew my physical ability was better than a lot of the guys who were coming down to play with me in UCD — from the academy and going on to play with Leinster and Ireland.“I was like ‘I’m physically there.’ I had to prove to myself that I could do it mentally with the speed of the game. I always knew I had the physical tools and not everyone has that.”And for Daly, pace is everything and makes him the player he is. It is why he was so devastating at club level and why, having been given the chance in the professional game, he has 12 tries in blue so far. Cullen describes his journey as a ‘great story’.“When I came out of college I was working in KPMG for a year,” he explains.“It was good. It was different. I kind of feel blessed that I got the opportunity to see what the real working world is like and I got to experience college life. A lot of guys in here didn’t really get to do that. There’s positives in everything.”Daly is the perfect example of a late developer. A player deemed not good enough at 19 but one whose innate talent eventually filtered through and found its way to the top. Leinster always knew he had potential and kept an eye on the former Gonzaga man when lining out for UCD.The 25-year-old made 10 appearances last year but built on that at the start of this season by scoring a hat-trick against the Cheetahs but his momentum and form was halted by an untimely ankle injury – syndesmosis — which sidelined him for the best part of two months.It also meant Daly missed the chance to be called up to Joe Schmidt’s squad for Ireland’s November internationals last year but he remains highly-rated by the head coach, as underlined by the time he spent in camp at Carton House a couple of weeks ago. The winger is in line to start against the Kings on Friday. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO“It was good to be there,” he adds. “It was pretty overwhelming. There was a lot to take in, and a lot to learn with all the calls. I was there for a day and a half and it was great to see how things work at the next level.“It was a complete surprise. I got a call after the squad was announced for the Six Nations and I didn’t expect that, and just saying keep up the good work kind of stuff. I was happy just to receive that call and even happier to get the call to come down for a day.”Now back fully fit, Daly has featured in Leinster’s last two Pro14 outings and is in line to start Friday’s clash with the Kings at the RDS — but after his experience in Carton how close do he feel he is to that call up?“I don’t know. It was the same kind of thing when I came in here [to Leinster]. I didn’t know for sure. I always thought that I could, I always believed that I could but it’s tough to really truly believe it in your own head until you actually just prove it to yourself as much as everyone else.“Once I got that run of games, even at the start of the year. Leading up to Montpellier and Glasgow, I was really playing well. I know that I can get back to that level. If I do get that chance at the next level, I’ll take it.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! ‘I kind of feel blessed that I got the opportunity to see what the real working world is like’ Barry Daly was close to giving up rugby before his luck changed and he earned a professional contract with Leinster. Share6 Tweet Email1 last_img read more