Numero uno spot at stake for India

first_imgIndia face South Africa in the first of a three-Test cricket series starting at the Super Sport Park in Centurion on Thursday.India will not only try to retain their No. 1 spot in the Test rankings but will try to improve their poor record in South Africa.Described as the “final frontier” by coach Gary Kirsten, world number two South Africa will look to exploit the Indian batsmen’s well-known susceptibility to the rising deliveries on bouncy tracks and the hosts have the necessary arsenal to do that — the most potent of their weapons being world number one pacer Dale Steyn.The Indians go into the series well aware that they have won just one out of the 12 Tests they have played in South Africa. Even if they didn’t, Graeme Smith’s men have not missed an opportunity to remind the visitors of the unflattering record ever since their arrival.In fact, the pre-series verbal sparring has added the ting of drama to the series which would make the contest even more interesting.When South African coach Corrie van Zyl stated that “record books don’t lie” in an apparent reference to India’s over the years poor showing here, India coach Gary Kirsten was quick to retort that things have changed in the past couple of years.Indeed, things do seem to have changed as the Indians have been on a dream run in the Test arena, winning seven of their last nine series, but most of them have come on the turning tracks of the sub-continent.advertisementThe pace and bounce of South Africa would not be as easy to adapt considering the visitors go into the series without playing a single warm-up match.Add to this, the Indians also have to deal with a couple of injury worries in pace spearhead Zaheer Khan and S Sreesanth. Zaheer suffered a hamstring injury during the fourth ODI against New Zealand while Sreesanth hurt himself during training.Zaheer and Sreesanth are crucial to the team’s chances given the conditions and it would be a massive jolt if they are ruled out.The conditions, in fact, would prove to be India’s biggest challenge against a quality opposition but captain Dhoni said the his side is ready with a blend of youth and experience to record their first Test series win in South Africa.”It will be important for us to adapt to the conditions. Yet I believe we will be better prepared than before, because the guys have played here in the IPL and in the Champions League and it is not that foreign to them,” Dhoni said.”We do not pay attention to what history says about what happened here in the past. We do not think too much about the statistics,” he added.Dhoni’s confidence does not seem misplaced considering the Indian batting line-up boasts of the iconic Sachin Tendulkar, who would be gunning for his historic 50th Test ton, the aggressive opening duo of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir and the ever-reliable middle-order mainstays Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman.Suresh Raina provides the touch of youth and it would be interesting to see how the likes of Steyn, the lanky Morne Morkel and the exciting Wayne Parnell unsettle such a formidable combination.In comparison, the South African batting may not be as experienced but it is no less dangerous with Smith being the rock.The inspirational captain has veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis, the prolific Hashim Amla and the in-form A B de Villiers for company in an impressive order which would be difficult to contain in home conditions.The hosts have the edge on the bowling front with the tearaway pace of Steyn being the major difference.India would be looking mainly towards Zaheer to provide the spark with Ishant Sharma and Sreesanth doing the back-up job.Given the interesting build-up, it promises to be a mouth-watering contest between two sides who are battling it out to fill in the void that has been created by Australia’s decline as the clear numero uno team in the world.The only spoilsport could be the weather with the forecast of rain here this week.SquadsSouth Africa: Graeme Smith (capt), Hashim Amla, Johan Botha, Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers, Jean-Paul Duminy, Paul Harris, Jacques Kallis, Ryan McLaren, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Alviro Petersen, Ashwell Prince, Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, S Sreesanth, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav, Jaidev Unadkat, Pragyan Ojha.advertisement- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Boxing was nearly scrapped from SA Games: Official

first_imgShillong, Feb 13 (PTI) Boxing was nearly scrapped from the 12th South Asian Games and almost headed the basketball way but timely intervention by the AIBA appointed coordination committee saved organisers the blushes. According to a top official, with the derecognition of the Indian Boxing Federation and lack of clarity from the government and the Indian Olympic Association, world body AIBA was all set to derecognise the event. Lack of clarity meant that the field lacked its sheen as Maldives did not compete in boxing, while countries like Afghanistan and Bhutan have sent a small contingent. Such was the field that the womens 69-75kg had a field of five as the green signal had come only a month to go for the Games. With boxing being a hugely popular sport in the region it was a setback that the venue too was arranged in a haste, so much so that the ring had to be brought from Triprayar Indoor Stadium in Thrissur in Kerala where boxing was held in the 2015 National Games, a top official told PTI. In fact the SAI Complex infrastructure which also hosted the badminton event was not ready till the eve of the match and the Indian team had to practice elsewhere. “I dont want to blame anyone such things happen when a small place like Shillong is organising such a big event,” Indian boxing chief coach GS Sandhu said. Confirming that there was some problem, chairman of the AIBA appointed coordination committee Asit Banerjee told PTI: “Yes there were some issues but it was resolved by us after a meeting between AIBA and IOA.” He further said boxing could have done in a better way to promote the sport which is very popular in the region. “Infrastructure is one big benefit that the hosts get from such games but wheres it created here? I wish it was held somewhere in the central part of the city. People are crazy about boxing here,” Banerjee said pointing out that Shillong had produced national champion duo of Torak Kharpran and Larry Kharpran. “Where will the future Mary Koms come from if you dont organise this in a big way,” he asked referring to the SAI Complex which can host only 300 people. PTI TAP BS BSadvertisementlast_img read more

SPORT-SAG-CEO 2LAST

first_imgGuwahati might have hosted the bulk of the events, Guwahati might have hosted the bulk of the events, including that of athletics but as far as the crowd share was concerned Shillong was way ahead. “Guwahati is a big city and the venues there were spread out. Shillong being a small and sport-loving place, we got an amazing response,” he said pointing out the India-Nepal womens football final which registered a record turnout of more than 20,000 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. “Never before the stadium witnessed such an electrifying atmosphere. We have had I-League matches here but never before we saw such an atmosphere. And that too in a womens football match. It was a real festive fervour,” said the 1983 Assam-Meghalaya cadre IPS officer. He further pointed out that there was a big rush in badminton and boxing venues where tickets were sold out well in advance, though the capacity was restricted to only 500. “Thats the best possible place in the city where we could host the event and we cant do much about the capacity,” he said. The just-concluded SAG, however, was not glitch free and the website that serves as the information hub had come in for a lot of criticism. “We tried our best but there remained some glitches. This is an important experience for all of us. But it really speaks volumes about our organising capability considering that we got just 60 days time to get everything ready,” he signed off, thanking about 1000-odd volunteers and officials who worked day in and day out to make the Games a success. PTI TAP SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh two strongest pillars of Team India: Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia will soon leave for England to defend the ICC Champions Trophy and skipper Virat Kohli said the form of MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh would be key for the side ahead of what would be a stern test.Dhoni stepped aside as captain of India’s limited-overs formats earlier this year, paving the way for Kohli to take over. Yuvraj, who had last played for India in the ICC World T20 in 2016, was brought back into the ODI side for the series against England. Watch Video hereThe two senior pros then got together to destroy the English attack in Cuttack after India had lost three early wickets. Yuvraj, batting at no.4, hammered 150 while Dhoni smashed 134 as India posted a massive 381/6.Before the start of the series against England, Kohli had stresed on the need for his two stars to bat freely without any burden. Dhoni was promoted up the order and Yuvraj asked to express himself.Now, as India gear up for the coveted Champions Trophy, Kohli said he did not need to tell Yuvraj and Dhoni anything they did not already know.”Those two know best how to get the team out of difficult situations. They enjoyed batting with each other and played freely without any burden (vs England).”That confidence rubs off on the team, the team environment was boosted. If two such good players do well, the team environment is automatically boosted.”Dhoni, four years ago, became the only captain to hold aloft all three ICC tournaments while Yuvraj played starring roles in India’s triumph at the 2007 World T20 and the 2011 World Cup.advertisementTogether, Dhoni and Yuvraj bring in a combined experience of 582 ODIs, which could well be an envy for Pakistan, who will feature in an ICC tournament without the services of Shahid Afridi, Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan for the first time in a long while.India begin their campaign against Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 4 before taking on Sri Lanka and South Africa on June 8 and 11 respectively.last_img read more

Sports Illustrated story comes out at 9 AM ET on Tuesday

first_imgPhoto Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSIIt’s pretty clear that Sports Illustrated is all in on Oklahoma State at this point.This is way worse/bigger than I ever imagined it would be.You can read the full release here but here are a few of the quotes from the preview of the 5-part series (seriously, a 5-part series!):• Editor Jon Wertheim: “We wanted to take a comprehensive look at a big-time program, particularly one that made a rapid ascent. There’s obviously a steady drumbeat of scandal in college sports – improper benefits here; a recruiting violation there – and plenty of rumor and hearsay about the unseemly underbelly. For this piece, we were more about venturing inside the factory and seeing how the sausage is made.”Glad we were their choice of school!• The transgressions began under former coach Les Miles, who was the head coach in Stillwater from 2001 to ’04 and is now the head coach at LSU, and continued under current head coach Mike Gundy, who was promoted from offensive coordinator in 2005.I don’t know if people know how bad that part of the statement is.• It includes independent and on-the-record interviews with more than 60 former OSU football players who played from 1999 to 2011, as well as current and former OSU football staffers. In addition, SI.com will feature videos of former Cowboys talking about their experiences in Stillwater.Oh my.• Part I is about money including some players’ claims that they earned more than $10,000 annually.I got a text from somebody that said “BS on the $10K, Prentiss would have overdosed!”• Part II is about academic conduct including OSU personnel completing coursework for players, and professors giving passing grades for little or no work, all in the interest of keeping top players eligible.Well, yeah.• Part III is about drugs, part IV is about sex, and part V is about fallout.Oh, the fallout!The pieces will run Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and next Tuesday.Also, this is a pretty good question that I don’t really want to know the answer to…Honest question. Is there a sports precedent for a 5-part publication release (with SI reporting gusto behind it)? http://t.co/EHe6LsR0Ca— Travis Haney (@travhaney) September 9, 2013 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Torres leaving Europe with future call close

first_imgTransfers Torres set to make future call as departure from Europe is confirmed Dejan Kalinic 14:23 6/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Torres - cropped Getty Images Transfers Atlético Madrid Sagan Tosu J1 League Primera División The legendary Atletico Madrid striker is close to making a decision on his next move, with his father hinting that a switch to Japan is on the cards Atletico Madrid great Fernando Torres will announce his future in the next fortnight, according to his father.Torres, 34, bid farewell to boyhood club Atletico at the end of the season, having helped the La Liga outfit win the Europa League.The 110-time Spain international is expected to join J.League outfit Sagan Tosu, but his move is yet to be confirmed. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now His father, Jose Torres, said Fernando was close to making a decision, confirming the forward’s next move would not be to a European club.”I am sure it won’t be in Europe, it will be a long way away,” Jose Torres said, via Sport.”He still doesn’t know, but he will say soon, in the next two weeks for sure.”The J. League recently jumped the gun with an announcement regarding an impending arrival in Japan for the World Cup winner, forcing them into issuing an apology. “Today on the official website of the J.League, a page containing incorrect information regarding a player joining Sagan Tosu was made viewable,” a statement read.”Our sincere apologies go to the Sagan Tosu club, everybody involved with the club, fans and supporters for any inconvenience this may have caused.”We are currently investigating what caused this error and we will do our very best to prevent this from happening again.”Torres scored 10 goals in each of his final two seasons at Atletico, the club he made his senior debut with in 2001.last_img read more

ONLINE SHOP SET TO OPEN

first_imgTo coincide with the release of Esus’ new Touch Football shoes, the TFA online shop is set to open towards the end of next week.TFA have been working hard to ensure the new shop has the most up to date list of products, technical resources, referees gear and now…Esus Touch shoes!The Esus Touch shoes will soon be available in everyday sporting footwear retailers, but in the meantime will be exclusively available through the TFA online shop.The first 1000 purchasers of a pair of Esus shoes will receive a free backpack (pictured on the TFA website.)The TFA shop can be accessed by using the link on the front page ‘TFA Merchandise’ or by clicking here: TFA ONLINE SHOPTo check out the shoes, visit www.esus.com.au or their specific Touch shoes page www.esus.com.au/brands/brands_esus_touch.html or see the story on the TFA homepage.last_img read more

WISYNCO Products to Carry Jamaica-Made Mark

first_imgStory Highlights ‘WATA’, ‘CRANWATA’ and ‘BIGGA’ will carry the standard mark The Wisynco Group Limited has been certified to use the Jamaica Standard Mark on its products, becoming the first local company in its category to earn the distinction.The three products, which have been certified by the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) under the ‘Jamaica-Made Mark Programme’, are ‘WATA’, ‘CRANWATA’ and ‘BIGGA’. The items will carry the standard mark for a one-year period from May 16, 2013 to May 15, 2014.At a licence signing ceremony between the BSJ and the Wisynco Group Limited, held Thursday, July 18, at the Bureau’s Winchester Road offices, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Anthony Hylton, commended Wisynco on the achievement.“Achieving this important licence is evidence of Wisynco’s adherence to a recognised quality system and speaks volumes about the visionary leadership, the embracing of best practices and the constant steps to ensure that the company and its products remain relevant to the local and global marketplace,” Mr. Hylton said.The Jamaica- Made Mark Programme seeks to verify that products conform to established national/international standards while utilising a minimum of 51 per cent Jamaican raw material, or 70 per cent input such as labour, additives and processing.Mr. Hylton stated that the programme will benefit consumers, who will be able to make more informed choices when they readily recognise products that comply with technical regulations, conform to standards and are authentically Jamaican.“It will also benefit traders by clearly demonstrating the compliance and quality of traded products,” he said, noting that manufacturers will also profit from the improved brand recognition and improved market advantage both locally and internationally, and the Customs Department will spend less time inspecting products to verify authenticity and compliance.”Mr. Hylton also argued that the national economy will gain through the enhancement of the quality of Jamaican products, access to increased export markets and by extension, a boost in foreign exchange earnings.For his part, Chairman of the Standards Council, BSJ, Professor Winston Davidson, stated that building a brand without a reputable quality system to support the product “is like building a house with a leaking roof.”“The Wisynco Group has been establishing strong brands that resonate with Jamaicans at home and abroad. They are satisfied at not just being a part of normal practice but strive for what we refer to as best practice in protecting the integrity of their brand,” Professor Davidson said.He lauded the effort of the Wisynco Group Limited for embracing the programme wholeheartedly, while adding that “you are a worthy example to be emulated by other local manufacturers and brands.”Managing Director of Wisynco Group Limited, William Mahfood, said his company is proud to be the first in its category to carry the mark.“I look at the Jamaica-Made Mark and I know it represents to many people that it is made in Jamaica, but also the qualification that the product is made to the highest standards,” Mr. Mahfood said.The Jamaica-Made Mark seeks to: provide a mark that easily distinguishes authentic Jamaican products of quality; create a significant competitive advantage for authentic Jamaican products, locally and overseas; provide an avenue for the re-establishment of consumer confidence in the authenticity and quality of Jamaican products; and provide an avenue for maximizing the economic benefits to local (compliant) manufacturers, and ultimately the country.center_img William Mahfoodsaid his company is proud to be the first in its category to carry the marklast_img read more

ULCV Milano Bridge Joins K Line

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping company Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has taken delivery of Milano Bridge, a 14,000 TEU containership newbuilding.The ultra large container vessel (ULCV) was handed over to the company by Hiroshima Shipyard, part of Imabari Shipbuilding, on January 18.Featuring a length of 365.9 meters and a width of 51.2 meters, the boxship flies the flag of Panama. The 146,931 dwt vessel currently has a market value of USD 92.6 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.As explained by the company, Milano Bridge is same as the series of containerships delivered in 2015 and the first vessel belonging to the second generation. It will be deployed in the Asia-Mediterranean service (MED2) under THE Alliance.K Line has five ULCVs scheduled for delivery this year, bringing the total number to ten units. Additionally, its total container fleet comprises more than 60 vessels.Earlier this month, K Line and its two compatriot shipping companies Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) and Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) said that their new joint venture company, Ocean Network Express, received all necessary merger approvals from local competition authorities.The three companies are integrating their container shipping businesses, including terminal operation businesses outside Japan. The JV would operate a fleet totaling 1.4 million TEUs, placing it as sixth in the market with approximately 7 percent of global share.last_img read more

Send him home Death row Canadians father breaks silence weeks before dying

first_imgRED DEER, Alta. – Ronald Smith’s father still had a bedroom and a vintage car waiting for the day his son might come home to Alberta from the Montana prison where he has been on death row for 35 years.Nelson Smith will never know if the 60-year-old convict who pleaded guilty to two murders will ever sleep in his own bed or take the mint 1948 Chrysler out for a spin.Smith died on April 10 just weeks after breaking a decades-long silence and voicing what would be his final wish — to see his son beat the death penalty.“Hopefully what little bit I do have to say will go along with his someday being released. He’s spent 35 years of his life in there and it’s about long enough to sit in a place like that,” Smith said in a March 22 interview with The Canadian Press in Red Deer, Alta.“They should pretty well load him on an airplane and send him home.”Ronald Smith has been on death row since 1983 after fatally shooting two young men while he was high on LSD and alcohol near East Glacier, Mont.After refusing a plea deal and pleading guilty, his request for the death penalty was granted. He had a change of heart and has fought for his life ever since. Five execution dates have been set over the years and each has been overturned.The Canadian government sent a letter to Montana Gov. Steve Bullock in 2016 asking for clemency.“All these years I’ve never, ever told anybody about this situation. Nobody knew that I was Ron’s dad,” Smith said. “Once this goes through, everybody’s going to know who I am.”Smith, who was 83, sat in a recliner during the interview with his constant companion of the last 13 years on his lap. Queenie, a black miniature poodle, had been with him since his wife, Deloris, died in 2011.His health was failing. He required a constant supply of oxygen fed to him through a long hose which allowed him to navigate his home.Initially horrified by his son’s actions, he said he eventually made peace with him and was hoping that the intervention of the federal government would lead to his release.“There just might be a light at the end of the tunnel you know? It would be nice to have him home for Christmas. My breathing is getting so bad. I don’t know how many more Christmases I’m going to get in. I’ve even got a room for him.”Smith, who worked in the oil industry before he retired, said his son had a normal upbringing, but was constantly in trouble.“He was a big problem and it was tough. His mother looked after Ronald while I was chasing the oilpatch. I was all over the place and it was hard for me to try and control him.“He started getting into trouble about the time he was 15 years old and he just never flattened out until he wound up there down in the (United) States.”Ronald Smith and Rodney Munro admitted to marching cousins Harvey Mad Man, 23, and Thomas Running Rabbit, 20, into the woods by a highway in 1982 and shooting them both in the head with a sawed-off .22-calibre rifle.They wanted to steal the men’s car, but Smith also said at the time that he wanted to know what it was like to kill someone.“I went for a long time and never had anything to do with him,” his father said. “Then I got to thinking there’s all kinds of people out there doing the same thing, or a lot worse, and are back out on the streets.“I certainly wasn’t proud of what he had done. It was tough. Really tough.”Munro accepted a plea bargain and was sentenced to 60 years in prison, but he was returned to Canada and released in 1998.Smith said his son has changed.“He’s paid his debt. Do I think Ron’s a good man? Oh yeah. He’s as good as you’re going to find. And I’m not just saying that because he’s my son.”Two members of Smith’s family, including his daughter, testified at his clemency hearing in 2012 to support him. Relatives of the two victims also gave emotional testimony urging that there be no leniency.“The decisions he made, he has to pay for,” Running Rabbit’s son said. “He had no mercy for my father.”The clemency request has yet to be ruled on.Ron Smith’s longtime lawyer said his client took the news of his father’s death hard.“Both parents now have passed away while he’s been in prison and not able to really say goodbye or attend the funerals,” said Greg Jackson. “It’s very difficult news particularly in the place he’s at now.”— Follow @BillGraveland on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said the men were shot with a shotgun.last_img read more

Three days left to submit Referendum Packages to the BC Service Centre

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – There are three days left to return your completed Referendum Packages to the BC Service Centre in person.Your completed package is considered received by Elections BC when delivered to a Service BC Centre or Referendum Service Office even if dropped in a 24 – hour drop box.These packages must be handed in person before 4:30 pm, Friday, December 7th, 2018. With current numbers of Referendum Packages received, 34.1 percent from the Peace River North area, that is 8,660 packages out of 25,398 packages sent. While 31.6 percent from the Peace River South area, returned 5,543 packages out of 17,531 packages sent.The Fort St. John (Service BC Office and 24-hour DropBox) are located at, 10600-100th Street.For more Service BC Offices and 24-hour DropBox, locations CLICK HERElast_img read more

Nissan slashes profit amid Ghosn scandal lagging sales

TOKYO — Nissan has lowered its profit forecast for the fiscal year through March as the Japanese automaker, contends with slowing sales and the fallout from the loss of its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn.Nissan Motor Co. said Wednesday it expects to post a 319 billion yen profit ($2.9 billion) for the fiscal year, marking a 22 per cent drop from its earlier 410 billion yen ($3.7 billion) profit forecast earlier.Nissan said the drop resulted from costs in the U.S. and falling sales due to “corporate issues.”Ghosn was arrested in November and is facing charges of underreporting his income and breach of trust. He was released on bail in March and is awaiting another court decision on bail after his re-arrest on April 4. He says he is innocent.The Associated Press read more

Tuesdays Games

Tuesday’s GamesNHLBuffalo 3 San Jose 2 (OT)Ottawa 4 Philadelphia 3Anaheim 3 Tampa Bay 1Carolina 2 Montreal 1Pittsburgh 4 Winnipeg 3Vegas 8 Chicago 3Colorado 3 Nashville 2Arizona 4 Minnesota 3Edmonton 1 Dallas 0 (OT) Los Angeles 2 Vancouver 1 (OT)—AHLSan Jose 4 Stockton 2—NBADetroit 115 New York 108Atlanta 115 Miami 113Toronto 122 Memphis 114Indiana 109 Phoenix 104Denver 117 L.A. Lakers 85— The Canadian Press

NBA Union Plans Grievance Over New Flopping Fines

Anyway, Howard said the only problem he had with the new rule was that punishing floppers after the fact isn’t going to change any of the outcomes on the floor during the game. The new punishment for flopping the NBA instituted is being met with resistance by the players union, which said it will file a grievance and unfair labor practices charge against the league over the disciplinary guidelines aimed at curtailing flopping.“The NBA is not permitted to unilaterally impose new economic discipline against the players without first bargaining with the union,” executive director Billy Hunter said in a statement.Earlier Wednesday, the NBA announced a fine schedule for flopping, the practice of tricking the official into calling a foul by exaggerating contract. Under the guidelines being challenged by the union, the league said players would receive a warning for the first flop, followed by fines of $5,000 for the second offense, $10,000 for the third, $15,000 for the fourth and $30,000 for the fifth. Beyond that, players would be subject to increased discipline at the league’s discretion, including higher fines and/or suspension.All punishments would be handed out after possible flops are reviewed on video after the gameHunter called the new rules “without precedent in our sport or any other sport,” and characterized the penalties as “a vague and arbitrary overreaction and overreach by the commissioner’s office.”NBA spokesman Tim Frank said, “Although we haven’t seen any filing from the Players Association, our adoption of an anti-flopping rule is fully consistent with our rights and obligations under the collective bargaining agreement and the law.”The move by the NBPA was expected and largely procedural. Union officials are not necessarily opposed to putting rules in place to curtail flopping, but are prepared to argue that monetary discipline cannot be imposed outside of the fine schedule for various offenses already contained in the collective bargaining agreement.Player reaction Wednesday was strongly in favor of the new flopping guidelines, however — at least at Lakers camp, where Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash all gave their approval for the concept, if not the execution.“I’d love to see it have an impact on the game itself,” Bryant said. “In international play, they give you a technical foul, a free throw and you get the ball back. I like the rule, though. Shameless flopping is just a chump move. We’re familiar with it, and Vlade [Divac] kind of pioneered it in the playoffs against me and Shaq.” Nash said it’s “good, actually, to try to keep the game honest and penalize guys for trying to trick the referees.” Moments later, he was accused by his own teammate of flopping in practice. “I drove down the lane today and I saw him and as I was going towards him, I passed the ball to Kobe and [Nash] kind of touched me and said, ‘Ahhhh!’ and fell on the ground,” Howard said. “That’s a flop. And coach called a charge on me, but he’s going to get fined by me and David Stern.” After Howard informed his new point guard of this, Nash replied, “There’s no videotape in here.” Good comeback, but it’s not clear whether this incident was an indictment of flopping or the new offense the Lakers are running. Shouldn’t Nash — not Dwight — be driving down the lane and passing to Kobe? “If guys are going to flop in a game, we’re going to get the foul called,” Howard said. “So the fine is not really going to help us in the game. It is what it is. I’ve never flopped. I don’t know how to flop. For the guys who do, this is good. They can’t do it as much and guys like me can be a little bit more physical and get away with it.” read more

Zelenovic makes trouble to Rojewski or Natek

As Handball-Planet.com informed a week ago, the new SC Magdeburg right back will be Serbian NT member and Orlen Wisla Plock shooter, Nemanja Zelenovic. The 25 years-old lefthander will join his new team in DKB Bundesliga in summer 2016. His arrival will be also a departure time for one of two SC Magdeburg’s right back – Andreas Rojewski or Jure Natek. Contract of both players will expire at the end of season 2015/2016.The Polish and Slovenian lefthanders will have to fight for the position, but from the club expecting nothing but fully proffesional level:-There is nothing in life which could be eternal – said Steffen Stiebler, the secretary general of one of the most successful German teams.Zelenovic will stay in “Green” until 2018. ← Previous Story VIDEO: Lichtlein gets confused by Rune Dahmke magic Next Story → Mathieu Grebille to miss 6 months of season! andreas rojewskiJure NatekSC Magdeburg read more

Czechoslovak handball league starts from season 20172018

Czechoslovak handball league ← Previous Story Lino Červar to overtake Macedonian NT? Next Story → Africa is burning of Beach Handball Two Federations, Czech and Slovakian, agreed about renewing the Czechoslovak Inter League which has to start from the season 2017/2018.  These two former “brother” countries had already experience of playing joined Championship between 2000 and 2005, when League dissapeared.League will have name Interleague and it will be consisted from 16 teams, 10 from Czech Republic and 6 from Slovakia. Teams will get a place to new league with the placement in the next season 2016/2017.The strongest team in these two countries is HC Tatran Prešov. read more

Invisible key system unlocks doors with a hand gesture

first_imgRegardless of how quickly technology is advancing, the physical key seems to remain a part of our everyday lives. Many of us have multiple keys for accessing different parts of our homes, and while we no longer need to insert a key to open a car or office door, we still carry some form of fob or card for wireless locking/unlocking.At the 2011 Taipei International Invention Show, a so-called invisible key has been shown off and managed to win Gold in the Invention Awards during the four-day event. How do you make a key invisible but still capable of securing a lock, you may ask. By replacing the key with a hand gesture.What the inventor Tsai Yao-pin did was to take a hint from motion controllers like the Nintendo Wii uses, but create a system that can track the 3D movement of a hand rather than something held in the hand. His team of researchers, working out of the Technology and Science Institute of Northern Taiwan, developed a chip capable of performing such tracking.The user can setup a complex hand gesture only they know. Then, when they want to lock or unlock a door they place their hand in front of a sensor and carry out the gesture. Obviously some kind of gesture recording procedure is required first, but once done you can no longer forget or lose your key, you can only forget the gesture.The Gold Award has gone a long way towards confirming the invisible key is both clever and usable. Tsai Yao-pin believes it will be available commercially by the middle of 2012 as he already has interest from several companies.via Physorglast_img read more

Twitter 10000 tweets par seconde lors des dernières minutes du Super Bowl

first_imgTwitter : 10.000 tweets par seconde lors des dernières minutes du Super BowlLors de la finale du Super Bowl, 10.000 tweets par seconde (évoquant le match) en moyenne ont été enregistrés lors des 3 dernières minutes du match !La finale du Super Bowl était diffusée légalement et gratuitement en streaming sur Internet dans la nuit de dimanche à lundi. L’événement attendu et suivi par 110 millions de spectateurs pouvait donc être suivi sur le Net, pour la première fois, et sans pub. Même si lors du Super Bowl, les pubs sont en général très originales et appréciées par les téléspectateurs.Lors des trois dernières minutes de la rencontre, le site de micro-blogging Twitter a enregistré un chiffre record de 10.000 tweets par seconde en moyenne, liés à ce match de football américain. La diffusion en streaming de ce match permettait aux internautes de revenir en arrière et de choisir entre quatre angles de caméras différents pour visionner la rencontre. Ce record de tweets (messages limités à 140 caractères) sera peut être approché voire battu lors de l’Euro 2012 de football en Ukraine et en Pologne (en juin prochain) ou bien lors des Jeux Olympiques de Londres cet été… Mais le trafic sur Twitter a tout de même été impressionnant, surtout si l’on tient compte du décalage horaire avec l’Europe qui faisait que ce match était diffusé au beau milieu de la nuit, alors que de nombreux usagers du site étaient endormis ! Le 6 février 2012 à 18:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

An Arkansas Dentist Edited Himself Into Star Wars to Sell Root Canals

first_img Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Can we just take a minute to appreciate how great local commercials are? Free from the homogenizing influence of market research or technical training, these self-produced ads can be truly magical. There’s a wonderful homemade, B-movie charm you can’t really get anywhere else anymore. The best really go for it in a way that tells you so much more about the person than just the kind of business they run. That’s certainly the case in this ad from J.S. Abernathy Dental in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Clearly an old school “Star Wars” fan, Abernathy put himself into the final scenes of the first movie, and made them all about root canals. The result is something everyone needs to see right now.“Lasers aren’t just for X-Wings anymore,” Abernathy says before he uses an X-Wing to fire a projectile into the Death Star’s exhaust port, root canal of a tooth. He’s clearly super proud of that line, judging by its triumphant delivery in the ad and its presence in the YouTube description. No joke, there’s some seriously impressive editing here. Especially during the medal ceremony. Not only does he make Han Solo hold up his Before and After X-rays, he extends the final shot so he can get his entire spiel out before it cuts. The only problem? He steals the last line of the movie from Chewie. That’s just not cool.I’ve had this thing on repeat all morning. Every time I watch it, there’s something new to appreciate. There’s the awkward, almost Justin Roiland-like voice dub that opens it. The horrifying diagram that makes a root canal look like someone bombing your tooth. The wonderfully corny dismissal of the “old” tools of dentistry in favor of the miraculous new PIPS. And somehow, Abernathy manages to make that “bullseye womp rats” line a bit less annoyingly smug than when Luke says it.Please J.S. Abernathy, for your next commercial, keep the trilogy going. I want more tales of the world’s most patient Rebellion and their dedication to modern dentistry. Maybe the next one will be “The Empire Strikes Plaque?” “Retainer of the Jedi?” Let’s keep going with this. “The Phantom Molar,” “Attack of the Crowns,” “The Floss Awakens.” Let’s make these happen, J.S. Abernathy!Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Poll Who Do You Think Voters Will Choose For Best Alternative Album

first_img David Byrne, ‘American Utopia’ Björk, ‘Utopia’ Arctic Monkeys, Beck, Björk, David Byrne, and St. Vincent are the nominees. Who would you vote for?Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Jan 2, 2019 – 5:16 pm The 61st GRAMMY Award nominees for Best Alternative Music Album represent a group of artists pushing the limits of genre into something different and albums that take those artists’ sound into new realms.Polls Who Do You Think Voters Will Choose For Best Alternative Album? Choices Arctic Monkeys, ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’ Twitter Email The Arctic Monkeys’ Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino dives into a sci-fi fantasy world outside of earth, executed with frontman Alex Turner’s suave voice. Beck, who over the years has mastered the ability to mix and match hip-hop, folk, and other unlikely combinations, delivers Colors, his13th studio album. St. Vincent blazes her own trail forward in Masseduction, in which lyrics project personal feels and thoughts about herself as an artist and a lover, while Björk’s follow up to Vulnicura—which documented her break-up feels from her long-time partner—, Utopia, is a comeback filled with new ways of looking at romance and a promise to break traumatic cycles. David Byrne creates a different kind of utopia with the socially and politically analytical American Utopia, seen as his first true solo album in 14 years.Who do you think GRAMMY voters will choose for Best Alternative album at 61st GRAMMY Awards? Vote here and catch the show on CBS Feb. 10 to see if voters chose your favorite pick.2019 GRAMMY Awards: Complete Nominations List Poll: Who Do You Think Voters Will Choose For Best Alternative Album? Read more Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? poll-who-do-you-think-voters-will-choose-best-alternative-album Beck, ‘Colors’ St. Vincent, ‘Masseduction’ News Facebook last_img read more