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  • Man City on brink of Premier League glory as Man Utd visit

    first_img0Shares0000Manchester City players react at the final whistle during the UEFA Champions League match against Liverpool on April 4, 2018 © AFP/File / PAUL ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 6 – Manchester City can ease the pain of their Champions League defeat to Liverpool by clinching the Premier League title against bitter rivals Manchester United on Saturday in record time.Pep Guardiola’s men will become the first team in the league’s 26-year history to wrap up the title with six games to spare if they beat United at the Etihad — a fitting end to a season of almost total dominance in the league. City are 16 points clear of Jose Mourinho’s second-placed team so it is a matter of when rather than if they wrap up the Premier League title, the first of Guardiola’s reign in England.The runaway leaders will be desperate to reassert themselves after their chastening 3-0 defeat in the first leg of their Champions league quarter-final at Anfield.But the derby comes just three days before the return leg of their European tie and Guardiola faces a difficult balancing act, still believing he can overturn the Champions League deficit at the Etihad.“Nobody believes but we have another game,” said Guardiola after the defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s men. “We have to accept it and now we have United at home and then Liverpool at home.“We see what happens. Of course it is difficult but we believe.”United, serial winners of the Premier League under former manager Alex Ferguson, will be desperate to throw a spanner in City’s works and reclaim a modicum of pride.City star Kevin De Bruyne knows staging their title celebrations while United are forced to watch is a delicious prospect for the club’s fans.“These are the games you play the whole season for. It would be wonderful, something different,” he said.“You know how it goes between City and United, you know the history, so it would be historic. The sooner we do it, the better.”– Balance of power –After decades of living in United’s shadow, City have changed the balance of power in Manchester firmly in their favour and are on the verge of their third title since 2012.Having endured a disappointing first season with City, Guardiola has silenced the critics who claimed his purist principles would not work in the cut-throat Premier League, meshing his desire for a smooth passing style with an ability to compete physically.Belgian midfielder De Bruyne has been their driving force, while David Silva, Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero have all played key roles.Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola won his first English silverware in February when City trounced Arsenal in the League Cup final.By then, City had already turned the title race into a lengthy coronation and it would be fitting if they complete their journey with one more record-breaking victory, even though their probable Champions League exit threatens to cast a shadow over the celebrations.City set a record earlier this season by winning 18 successive league matches and a host of other statistical milestones are within their reach.Currently on 84 points, the leaders are chasing Chelsea’s Premier League record tally of 95 points set in 2004-05. With 27 wins so far, they can also beat Chelsea’s high of 30 victories set last season.United won the title by the widest margin when they took it by 18 points in 1999-2000 but that record could also fall to City, who, with 88 goals scored, have their sights set on Chelsea’s 103 netted in 2009-2010.City’s dominance has been so overwhelming that many are already ranking them among the best teams in Premier League history, alongside the likes of Arsenal’s “Invincibles”, who won the 2003-04 title without losing a single match, and United’s 1999 treble winners.Yet making City wait for their place among the immortals would be some consolation for United, whose midfielder Juan Mata is well aware how important it is to show some pride.“This game doesn’t come in an ideal situation, for there’s quite a gap of points between the two of us, but we all know that it’s a special game,” Mata said.“We’re looking forward to playing against them and having a good performance. That’s what our fans deserve.”FixturesSaturday (5pm unless stated)Everton v Liverpool (2:30pm), Bournemouth v Crystal Palace, Brighton v Huddersfield, Leicester v Newcastle, Stoke v Spurs, Watford v Burnley, West Brom v Swansea, Manchester City v Manchester United (7:30pm)SundayArsenal v Southampton (4:15pm), Chelsea v West Ham (6:30pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

  • Issues aside, we are focused on derby-Polack

    first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia head coach Steve Polack shouts on the touchline during a past Kenyan Premier League match. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 9 – “Nothing surprises me any more in African football.”These were the words Steve Polack stated just after Wednesday evening’s loss to Mathare United in Machakos when asked whether the off field issues around the team will affect them heading into Sunday’s Mashemeji Derby against arch rivals AFC Leopards at the Kasarani Stadium. K’Ogalo players did not train before their match against Mathare, one they lost 1-0, as they protested delayed payment of salaries and match winning bonuses, straight after their arrival from their CAF Confederations Cup play-off round loss to DC Motema Pembe in Congo.“It wasn’t the ideal situation for us before a game. The day before the match is the day I choose to work on tactics and formation, but we couldn’t do that with no players in training. We just came to the match and played, we had new players on the pitch and it was difficult,” stated the tactician.But, the players have since resumed training and Polack said they have turned their focus straight on their rivals who haven’t beaten them in three years .Polack says the lure of winning the derby is a motivation in itself and reiterates they will go all out to pick victory and wipe away the disappointment of their Confederations Cup exit and Wednesday’s loss to Mathare.“We had a meeting with the players on Thursday and ironed out the issues. We had a little training full of fun just to get the smiles back and I can tell you that everyone is focused and happy. We are looking forward to the match and winning it is motivation enough for us,” the tactician noted.Gor Mahia head coach Steve Polack passes instruction to midfielder Lawrence Juma during their Kenyan Premier League match against mathare United in Machakos on November 6, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluPolack will be taking charge in his first Mashemeji Derby having just joined the record Kenyan champions and he says he is excited ahead of the tie.“I have taken charge of derbies elsewhere and I know just how intense and important they are especially for the fans. I am excited for this one; excited to see the funs and the joy that comes with such a game. The players are up for it, and I am up for it as well,” Polack noted.He expects a tough duel against their arch rivals who have an equal number of points and are placed just a spot below them in the standings, separated by goal difference.AFC have managed to bounce back from a losing start to the campaign and over the last seven games have not lost, a fact that sees them hot in form and a worrying sight for K’Ogalo. But, Polack is unmoved.“I know they are in good form if you look at their results. But I always prefer to look at my own team and what we can do well and how we can counter their strengths and weaknesses. That is what we are looking at,” Polack opined.Gor Mahia defender Joash Onyango vies for the ball with AFC Leopards’ winger Paul Were during their Mashemeji Derby tie in May 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluGor will miss the services of right back Wellington Ochieng for the tie as he is yet to recover from injury while left back Geoffrey Ochieng has returned.With Philemon Otieno also still out, Polack will be forced to do with a makeshift right back once again and Joachim Oluoch will most likely deputize again.Leopards last beat Gor in March 2016 and K’Ogalo have won eight of their last nine meetings including both of this year’s ties. Their last derby was in May 2019 with Gor winning 3-1 courtesy of a brace from Nicholas Kipkurui and another from Jacques Tuyisenge.0Shares0000(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

  • Chelsea v Man City: Hazard plays

    first_imgEden Hazard keeps his place in the Chelsea starting line-up for the FA Cup game against a much-changed Manchester City.The visitors have given full debuts to five players for the fifth-round tie, whereas Chelsea have named a strong side.Branislav Ivanovic again partners Gary Cahill at centre-back in the absence of the injured John Terry and Kurt Zouma. Recent signing Matt Miazga is among the Blues substitutes.Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ivanovic, Baba; Mikel, Fabregas; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Begovic, Miazga, Matic, Loftus-Cheek, Oscar, Traore, Remy.Man City: Caballero; Zabaleta, Adarabioyo, Demichelis; Kolarov; M Garcia, Fernando, A Garcia, Celina; Faupala, Iheanacho.Subs: Hart, Clichy, Humphreys, Kompany, Fernandinho, Barker, Sterling.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

  • News in brief: Foxes dominate Terry’s team of the year, QPR crest, Chelsea youngsters sell-out

    first_imgJohn TerryThe Chelsea captain revealed that he has nominated Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez for the PFA Player of the Year award, and Tottenham’s Harry Kane for Young Player of the Year.Terry posted his completed form on his Instagram page, also revealing that he had selected seven Leicester players – Mahrez, Kasper Schmeichel, Robert Huth, Wes Morgan, Danny Drinkwater, N’Golo Kante and Jamie Vardy – for the Premier League Team of the Year. Chris Smalling, Ryan Bertrand, Dimitri Payet and Kane complete Terry’s XI.Chelsea Under-18sAll tickets for Friday’s FA Youth Cup semi-final, second leg against Blackburn Rovers at Stamford Bridge have been sold. The Blues are 1-0 up on aggregate going into the match, which kicks off at 7.45pm.Chelsea LadiesKick-off for the WSL game with Arsenal on Thursday 21 April has been brought forward to 6pm. The derby will start earlier to allow Arsenal fans to watch both their women’s and men’s teams, with the Gunners’ men facing West Bromwich Albion at 7.45pm.Chelsea Ladies face Arsenal later this monthQPRThe new club crest will be unveiled on Friday 6 May, on the eve of Rangers’ final Championship match of the season.Rajiv OusephFeltham’s world number 21 badminton player received a walkover into the quarter-finals of the Malaysia Open on Thursday after his scheduled opponent, third seed Kento Momota, withdrew having admitting to illegal gambling.Momota, the world number two, has been stripped of the chance to represent Japan in the Rio Olympics and has flown home from the tournament to assist with an investigation. Ouseph will play qualifier Christie Jonatan in the last eight.Ouseph is competing in the Malaysia openCameron Steel and Robbie WhiteThe two Middlesex second XI cricketers put in good performances for their respective MCC University teams. Steel scored 56 for Durham MCCU against Durham, before being removed by Graham Onions, while Ealing-born White made 30 for Loughborough MCCU in their match against Kent.Fran WilsonThe Middlesex Women’s batsman top scored with 62 but England Women’s Academy lost to Australia A in Sri Lanka, the final match of a tri-series between the three countries.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

  • Simulations Can Misrepresent Reality

    first_imgA new paper warns that commonly-used simulation methods in science can misrepresent the real world.In the European Physical Journal Plus, Daan Frinkel warned about the “dark side” of simulations – those applied out of context or extrapolated beyond their capabilities (by “dark” Frenkel means under-exposed, not evil).  Simulations are very common in science; for instance, Monte Carlo simulations are frequently used to study everything from thermodynamic processes to population behavior.The paper was summarized on Science Daily as “Simulations’ Achille’s [sic] Heel,” and on PhysOrg with the headline, “What can go wrong when computer simulations applied outside their original context.” The summary says,Frenkel also focuses on methods that, at first blush, appear reasonable, but are flawed and are akin to attempting to compare apples and oranges. For example, computing a mechanical property of a system—say the potential energy—using a Monte Carlo simulation, which can be based on thermal averages, does not allow us to compute the thermal properties of such a system—such as entropy—in terms of thermal averages. Finally, the article also takes great care to debunk common myths and misconceptions pertaining to simulations, for instance, newer simulation methods are not necessarily better than older ones.Looking inside the paper, Frenkel explained that Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics methods, though simple, are not risk-free.  They require great care, and sometimes are unreasonable even if they seem appropriate.  When used carelessly, they can pretend to provide answers – sometimes when the original question has been forgotten.In Kuhn’s view of science, “guilds” of scientists amuse themselves with busy work on paradigms that may or may not reflect reality.  Guild members can seem mutually self-satisfied that progress is being made on the paradigm, when in fact, the work may not correspond to reality.  Hopefully many scientists really do care about correspondence with reality, but even though they produce papers with whiz-bang simulations that seem to work, their readers should keep a healthy caution in mind that internal self-consistency does not presuppose getting “the world” right.  This is especially true of evolutionary scenarios (see 5/08/2008 commentary, “How Not To Work a Puzzle”).  We reproduce that commentary here for convenience.HOW NOT TO WORK A PUZZLEVisualize your favorite picture.Invite your friends.  Check their credentials.  If anyone from a “different picture club” tries to sneak in, expel them.Make everyone feel good about the picture.  Reinforcement can be achieved with a few choice sermonettes from respected individuals.Draw a big outline of the picture on the floor.  A gymnasium is good for this step.Open the box and spill out the pieces.Throw away the box top and the instructions.  After all, this is science.  We do it our way.Form teams and pass out the puzzle pieces.  These can be distributed by color, shape, or any other useful scheme.Allow each team to work on their part of the picture.  Rearrangement of small parts is permitted, but not changes to the outline.The rules allow for complaints about how hard the work is.  If anyone complains about the big picture, though, they must be expelled.Every two years, throw a party with booze and croissants and let each team share their experiences.  Throw in a few more choice sermonettes to keep spirits high.Report to the media on the progress being made.Draw up a curriculum and teach the next generation how to work the puzzle.INTERPRETATIONNote: Mature, well-trained, experienced readers can skip this section.Philosophy of discovery:  Theories do not emerge from raw data.  More often, scientists begin with a picture in mind.  Even deciding what to call “the data” requires a human choice, because not all inputs are relevant to the picture.  Like Benner said, “science is often what we choose to believe.”Sociology of science:  Scientists tend to hang out with people they know and like.Sociology, cont.:  Science is a human activity, not something that could be done by robots.  It is not purely rational but involves emotions, rhetoric, herd mentality and other non-rational considerations.Kuhnian normal science:  The paradigm determines the research project.  The participants were not assembling to question the picture.  They were assembling to affirm it.Underdetermination of theories by data:  There are inevitably many possible explanations for one set of data.  The same puzzle pieces could be fit to a different picture.Naturalism:  Modern science has chosen to restrict itself to “natural causes” (whatever that means; see 05/11/2006).  Today’s scientists have been trained to deplore revelation (natural and/or special), no matter how well validated by empirical evidence, reason or history.Pragmatism:  Nature does not determine the choice of classification scheme; people do.Limits of science:  No one person can master the whole picture, especially one as broad as evolution.Sociology/psychology of science:  Each researcher works under the assumption that his or her little piece will reinforce the paradigm.  Cooperation is ensured by the fear of being expelled as a maverick, or worse, a pseudoscientist.  Since no philosopher of science has successfully defended demarcation criteria for science vs pseudoscience, and since no universal scientific method has been defined, emotional and sociological judgments again come into play to determine who is “in” and who is “out.”Sociology, cont.:  Social activities, though they have nothing to do with the validity of the proposition under study, serve to reinforce the paradigm and draw in more party members.Positivism:  The party celebration attracts reporters and gives them some fun work to do at a nice hotel.  The atmosphere promotes a spirit of progress.  All this activity, all these smart people, and all the erudite PowerPoint slides must mean that productive science was being done, right?  It must be the case since the government is funding the work.The system feeds on itself.  Reporters get a share of the booze and croissants, paid for by their bosses, who get better advertising ratings for maintaining a lively science page.  The reporters make friends with some of the scientists and learn from the herd who is hot and who is not.  It is unlikely any reporter will go back to the office and write up a scathing rebuke of the entire philosophical premise underlying the event.  Party organizers will be sure to send the cheerful press releases to Senator Earmark.Education:  The paradigm might lose popularity without new blood.  Captive students must be trained and inculcated into the craft before other paradigms capture their attention.  This can be accomplished by making all other paradigms illegal.  Skilled facilitators can create visuals and curricula from the Policies and Procedures Manual of the Paradigm, to inculcate the novitiates into the craft and inoculate the young herd against critical thinkers (12/21/2005).  Successful novitiates are graded on their ability to regurgitate the talking points, meditate on the non-negotiable assumptions and doctrines, sense how to tell the good guys from the bad guys (the creationists), and honor the idol of Our Leader. 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  • SA economy: quick links by sector

    first_imgAgroprocessing, chemical, energy, engineering, financial, mining, telecoms, tourism, vehicle manufacturing … check out our quick links to doing business in South Africa, arranged by sector.Agroprocessing Dept of Agriculture Dept of Land AffairsAgri South AfricaAgricultural Research CouncilSA Association for Food Science & TechnologyFood, Biological & Chemical TechnologiesSA Sugar AssociationSA Meat Industry CompanyFood and Agricultural OrganisationChemicalSA Chemical InstituteChemical and Allied Industries’ AssociationShellSasolAECIDow SentrachemChemissaChemwebEnergyDept of Minerals and EnergyNational Electricity RegulatorEskomEngineeringSA Association of Consulting EngineersSA Federation of Civil Engineering ContractorsBuilding & Construction Technology (BOUTEK)FinancialReserve BankJSE Securities ExchangeSA Futures ExchangeSA Bond ExchangeMetalsSA Iron and Steel Institute IscorMiningDept of Minerals and EnergySA Chamber of MinesMineral and Technology CouncilMining Technology (MININGTEK)SA Institute of Mining & MetallurgyTelecomsDept. of CommunicationsState Information Technology AgencyIcasaTelkomVodacomMTNCell CSA Broadcasting CorporationInformation and Communications Technologies (ICOMTEK)CSIRTextilesTextile Federation of South AfricaManufacturing & Materials Technology (M&MTEK)TourismDept of Environmental Affairs and TourismSA TourismSA Tourism Services AssociationVehicle manufacturingAuto Industry Export CouncilGauteng Automotive ClusterAuto Industry Development CentreAuto Manufacturers of SAAuto Component ManufacturersNational Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA For more information, see also:GCISMbendiDept of Trade and Industrylast_img read more

  • Virgin Australia on the up despite turbulence

    first_imgVirgin Australia has recorded a significantly wider net loss of A$228.4 million for last financial year after taking a hefty charge for cost-cutting and fleet restructuring.The result compared to a 2014-15 statutory loss of $93.8 million and translated to underlying profit before tax of $41 million, which was in the middle of the airline’s $30m to $60m guidance.The airline said this was an improvement of $90.1m on its fiscal 2015 underlying pre-tax performance and an $118.6m rise if calculated on a like-for-like basis taking assuming 100 per cent ownership of Tigerair Australia.It did not specify the magnitude of the charges but has previously indicated they were expected to be between $410 and $450 million. The airline is streamlining its management. Improving procurement and simplifying its fleet as part of moves to repair its balance sheet.It plans to cut between four and six ATR turboprop aircraft, quit its Embraer E190 fleet and progressively move Tigerair Australia from Airbus A320s to Boeing 737s. This in addition to eight Fokker regional aircraft that have already gone.The changes are part of a strategy targeting net free cash flow savings of $300m per year by the end of fiscal 2019 and cumulative cost savings of $1.2 billion by the end of the 2017 financial year.The annual figures were revealed in fourth-quarter results showing an underlying pre-tax loss of $21.9m, a $15m improvement on the same quarter last year.Virgin’s decision to keep a tight rein on capacity saw the group load factor rise 4.5 percentage points for the quarter to 79.7 per cent as group passenger numbers rose 4.2 per cent. Virgin’s domestic load factor rose by 5.8 per cent as passenger numbers increased 4.6 per cent compared to the previous fourth quarter, while low-cost offshoot Tigerair Australia saw a 3.3 point load factor increase off a 15.4 per cent jump in passengers. “The Group improved its underlying performance, passenger numbers and load factors in the fourth quarter in a challenging operating environment’’ chief executive John Borghetti said. “During the quarter, the group took action in response to operating conditions through strategic capacity reductions in line with demand.’’Macquarie Equities analyst Sam Dobson said the increase in domestic load factors and a two per cent reduction in capacity reflected a rational response to demand weakness.Virgin Australia will report its 2015-16 annual results in full on August 5.last_img read more

  • Mo Farah tainted by Salazar link, says British marathon record holder

    first_img Support The Guardian Mo Farah Athletics Reuse this content Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn The British marathon record holder Steve Jones fears Mo Farah will always be tainted by his association with Alberto Salazar – and says he wishes he had left his former coach years ago.Jones fully expects Farah to shatter his 33-year-old UK record of 2hr 7min 13sec during the London Marathon on Sunday and even thinks his fellow Briton could challenge for the world record one day. But he does not understand why Farah decided to stay loyal to Salazar’s Nike Oregon Project training group until 2017, two years after they started to be investigated by the US Anti-Doping Agency – an investigation that continues. London Marathon Share on WhatsApp news The 62-year-old Jones is delighted his marathon record is finally being challenged and is confident he will be bidding it a fond goodbye on Sunday. “I never thought the record would last so long. It is surprising. Although when I did it I kind of blew up in the last five or six miles so it could have been a little quicker had I not been so aggressive early on.“When I look at my 2:07 I’m really looking at 2:05 but it’s good to see it being challenged now. I should just wave the white flag now and hand it over. I was confident in 2014 it would go, although when Mo went from talking about winning the race to breaking my record it made me think he wasn’t quite so confident. This time it’s a foregone conclusion – even a bad run this time should break the British record.”The forecast of 23C for Sunday is likely to scupper the plans of the Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge and the Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele to challenge Dennis Kimetto’s world marathon record of 2:02:57 set in 2014.Kipchoge ran 2:00:25 in Monza last May, but it did not count as a new best under IAAF rules because he was helped by a phalanx of pacemakers who subbed in and out of the race. However he believes he is capable of taking on Kimetto’s time at some point. “Personally I know that one day I will break a world record,” he said. “It might be too hot on Sunday but everyone is running in the same weather. I promise we will see a beautiful race.”Kipchoge’s coach, Patrick Sang, said his man was in very similar shape to his epic run in Monza when he came so close to being the first man to run under two hours – albeit with extra help. “But the heat, of course, will have an effect,” Sang said. “To what degree, I don’t know, but it will have an impact.”When asked whether there was still a hope of a world record on Sunday, Sang nodded before replying: “If the temperature comes down a little bit there is a big chance.”Unfortunately for Kipchoge and Bekele the increasingly certain weather forecasts suggest that chance is dwindling by the hour. Mo Farah splits with controversial coach Alberto Salazar and returns to UK Topicscenter_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Drugs in sport Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Share via Email “Personally, I would have distanced myself,” Jones said. “I said that three years ago when this whole thing blew up about Salazar. The people at Portland thought I was telling Mo to quit Salazar and get away as far as possible. I was just saying distance yourself until it either all falls back into place or the stories became true.”Jones, who is now a distance coach in Colorado, said he was well aware of Salazar’s reputation for pushing himself to the limits since he began racing him during the 80s. “We have had some times together and I know his abilities,” he said.“I know he is a little crazy. In marathon we are all nuts and raisins. It is what level you are. Alberto always takes things to the nth degree. I think that is what he has done with his coaching and his training.”Jones said Salazar’s well-publicised health problems – his heart stopped for 14 minutes in 2007 – may have been a consequence of driving himself too hard. “That is what happens when you overdo things. I mean this is a little unfair to be talking about all this when we’re talking about Mo. I’m not trying to say this is the avenue Mo is taking, or anything, but there is a little taint there. It is guilt by association, I suppose, which is very unfair.”Farah, who has always strenuously denied breaking any rules, is now coached by Gary Lough since quitting the track last year. Salazar has also consistently denied any wrongdoing after the BBC and ProPublica alleged he had broken anti-doping rules in 2015. Share on Pinterest The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Read more Share on Twitterlast_img read more

  • India have strong side for World Cup, says Dhawan

    first_imgNew Delhi: India opener Shikhar Dhawan Tuesday said the selectors have picked a “very strong side” for the the ICC World Cup starting May 30 in the United Kingdom. The MSK Prasad-headed selection committee Monday named a 15-member squad, which will be led by Virat Kohli, with Rohit Sharma being his deputy. Dinesh Karthik pipped Rishabh Pant in the fight for the second wicketkeeper’s slot. “For the world cup we have a very good and a strong side and we are looking forward to the competition. We will perform really well once we get there,” Dhawan said at a event organised by Fortis Healthcare and Delhi Capitals to raise awareness for organ donation. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Talking about his IPL side Delhi Capitals, who are currently placed second on the points table with five wins from eight games, Dhawan said the experience of coach Ricky Ponting and advisor Souran Ganguly is helping the side. “The support of the coaches Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly… Their experience as a captain along with the belief they instill in us is great. At the same time the young boys in our team are also getting mature.” “It has been a good season for us. It’s a clean slate for the Delhi franchise, new name, new adminstration, support staff everyone was new. Our team is strong and is a balanced side with the overseas and Indian players. The way we are performing is good.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later The stylish opener missed out on his maiden century of the season when teammate Colin Ingram hit a six to give Capitals a seven-wicket victory, but Dhawan has no regrets. “I was not thinking of the century, it was more important to win the match. At that time it was important to hold on to my wicket and take the team over the line because we had lost a couple of matches from a winning position.” “People are only seeing that I missed my century by three runs but they should also see that I score a 97. If I have scored it once I can score it ten times more,” Dhawan said.last_img read more

  • Buckeye Brief Ohio State running back Mike Webers reward struggles of defensive

    Ohio State redshirt junior H-back Parris Campbell races to the end zone for a touchdown that was called back due to a holding penalty during the second quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Army. Credit: Nick Clarkson | Social Media EditorOhio State rebounded well Saturday after its 31-16 loss to Oklahoma, beating Army 38-7. Coach Urban Meyer shared his view on what he expects to see from the team in the next couple days before its next matchup against UNLV at a press conference Monday afternoon. Here are some of the key takeaways.Struggles of passing defenseA game in which Ohio State’s defense allowed just 19 passing yards could be viewed as a positive for the team, but only if the context is removed. Ohio State faced off against the least-productive passing offense in college football, as Army had accumulated just 17 passing yards over its first two games of the season. The Black Knights almost solely relied on the triple-option for offensive production. After the game, Ohio State went from ranking last in average passing yards allowed per game (403 yards) to ranking 101st (275 yards), but Meyer said Monday that passing defense is still an area the team is looking to improve.He added that the team’s younger and more inexperienced players could earn themselves playing time if he doesn’t notice improvements, listing freshman cornerbacks Shaun Wade and Jeffrey Okudah as two players who have caught his eye.“Wade’s been dinged up a little bit. He didn’t practice at all,” Meyer said. “Okudah is scratching the surface of playing time. [Cornerback Kendall] Sheffield is getting better. He had his best week of practice last week. And I know it’s [Sheffield’s] third year in college, but he’s not had a lot of experience. And [cornerback Denzel] Ward’s gotta continue to get better. Those are the guys we keep moving forward.”Going back to Oklahoma filmIn preparing for their matchup against the Black Knights, the Buckeyes had to put away the film from the Oklahoma game as they prepared for a team that could not have been much more different than the Sooners. Now that Ohio State has beat Army, it can go back to look at and learn from the Week 2 film as it prepares for more commonly used spread offenses in UNLV and Rutgers.In fact, Meyer said the team already has.“[The defense] spent all day yesterday on Oklahoma,” Meyer said. “Graded the effort and rewarded the effort in here with me and the team, and they went to work. And they’ll continue to work on, because now we’ll see another spread offense.”Campbell being used moreWith six wide receivers listed as starters, it could be viewed as a challenge for any one player to stand above the pack. But if anyone in the receiving corps has looked like he could take that next step, it would probably be H-back Parris Campbell. Campbell leads the team in receiving yards with 217, ranks fifth in rushing yards with 32 on three carries and has averaged 36.5 yards on kickoff returns in four attempts. The redshirt junior first flashed his explosion against Indiana in the opening week, when he caught a pass on a short crossing route and bolted through the secondary, taking the ball 74 yards for a touchdown. He used that speed again versus Army, nearly scoring his first rushing touchdown of the season when he broke out past the defense and into the end zone, before it was brought back due to a holding penalty. Meyer said he sees a lot of former Buckeye H-back and current Carolina Panthers wideout Curtis Samuel in Campbell, and added he’d like to get the ball in Campbell’s hands more often.“Everybody can see [the comparison]. I was so upset we had another holding call,” Meyer said. “Parris has that kind of skill set.”Weber could be ‘rewarded’For the bulk of this season, redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber has been helplessly watching from the sideline as freshman running back J.K. Dobbins dominates on the field. Weber has been limited to 42 yards on seven carries due to a lingering hamstring injury that has prevented him from seeing regular playing time.However, Weber is coming off a season as Ohio State’s primary running back in which he rushed for 1,096 yards on 182 carries and added 91 receiving yards on 23 catches.Despite his injury and Dobbins’ success as the No. 1 running back so far, Weber could still return in a major role for Ohio State’s offense once he is fully healthy.“He’ll be rewarded once he gets back full speed,” Meyer said. “It’s not that Mike’s a lost soul around here … He’s very critical for us as we continue to move forward in conference play coming up in a few weeks.”The third-year running back had just four carries for 13 yards in Saturday’s 38-17 victory over Army.Nuernberger could start as kickoff specialistAnother area Meyer cited kickoff coverage of an area needing dire improvement. Freshman kicker Blake Haubeil has handled kickoff duties so far this season, and Meyer said the freshman and the rest of that special team have not been effective thus far.“Kickoff coverage is a mess right now,” Meyer said. “We don’t have a kicker that can kick the ball. If you notice, one almost went out up in the seats.”Army returned five kicks during the game and averaged 23.2 yards in returns, including a 43- yard return. The Black Knights twice began a drive after a kickoff twice beyond their own 25-yard line, and Oklahoma was able to bring the ball out beyond its own 25-yard line three of its times in four returns. Meyer suggested the poor start for Haubeil could lead to a change, stating that redshirt junior kicker Sean Nuernberger could become the team’s new kickoff specialist. read more