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first_imgDhoni shines for IndiaINDORE, India (AP):Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni produced a courageous knock under pressure and Axar Patel came up with some timely strikes as India completed a gritty 22-run victory over South Africa in the second one-day international yesterday.Dhoni gave a superb exhibition of batting in the company of lower-order batsmen, with his unbeaten 92 helping India to level the five-game series 1-1. Left-arm spinner Patel extracted enough turn from the pitch to grab 3-39 as India bowled out South Africa for 225 in 43.4 overs in reply to the hosts’ 247-9.Dhoni smashed four sixes and seven fours as India fought back after being reduced to 104-5 in the 24th over.”It was not an easy game as a lot of people wait with open swords and want you to make mistakes,” Dhoni said in reference to his below-par spell with the bat. “As a complete batting unit we didn’t perform well, but we bounced back well.”Pakistan takecontrolABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP):A double century by Shoaib Malik and his 248-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Asad Shafiq yesterday gave Pakistan the upper hand at the end of the second day of the first Test against England. Chasing a massive Pakistan first innings total of 523-8 declared, England’s openers made an assured start and were 56 without loss at close of play. Captain Alastair Cook was unbeaten on 39, while his new opening partner Moeen Ali was on 15.Pakistan’s innings was built around Malik’s 245 runs in his first Test match in more than five years, and an eighth Test century by Shafiq (107).”Both Malik and me had planned to be patient and try not to lose our wickets. We knew we will get the runs if we stuck around,” Shafiq said.Malik’s innings lasted more than 10 hours and he faced 420 balls for his 245. He came in at the fall of the first wicket with the score on 5 in the third over and he was seventh to go in the 150th over. Captain Misbah-ul Haq then declared the innings a couple of overs later when Zulfiqar Babar became the fourth victim of Ben Stokes, the most successful England bowler with 4-57.last_img read more

Cotto punches way to best in business

first_imgQuintana was decked twice in the fifth round and could not answer the bell for the sixth, having been taken apart by Cotto, who won the vacant World Boxing Association welterweight title. The win gave the former junior welterweight champion an 8-0 record with seven knockouts in championship fights. It also made a true believer out of his promoter, Bob Arum. “Punching power could be the ability to take out an opponent with one punch, like Tyson had,” said Arum, who will promote Cotto’s title defense against Oktay Urkal on March 3 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. “Punching power could be based on an accumulation of punches, a relentless attack of hurting his opponent as he attacks him and breaking him down. “And I think that Miguel will go down in boxing history in that second category as among the best that ever fought. He’s skilled, has fast hands, but it’s his relentless attack that never, never stops in hurting his opponent.” There is no question Cotto is scary. He works the body as dynamically as he batters the head. He’s one of those fighters who can make even the most courageous opponent cringe while pondering the punishment that is sure to be forthcoming. But getting Cotto to brag a bit is about as difficult as weathering one of his left hooks. MIGUEL Cotto was supposed to be facing a stern test when he took on fellow Puerto Rican Carlos Quintana last Dec. in Atlantic City. Quintana was undefeated at 23-0. At 5-foot-91/2, he was 21/2 inches taller than Cotto. Quintana also had a five-inch reach advantage, is left-handed and had been a welterweight his entire career. Cotto was moving up from junior welterweight. center_img “I just do what I do,” Cotto, 26, said Wednesday. “I come to fight, I come to win. That’s what I think about, winning. I leave it to the fans, to the press, to everyone that knows boxing, to decide what they think of my career.” This is just the attitude that Arum believes will help propel Cotto (28-0, 23 KOs) to the top of every respectable pound-for-pound poll. Not only is Cotto physically gifted, he’s humble. “He’s looked upon as one of the top fighters in boxing, and rightly so, and it is our hope that in the next year or so he will be recognized as the very best,” Arum said. “He is a very hard-working young man and he gives a lot to the sport. “But that’s so much a part of the battle today, to get a young man to not get ahead of himself and not start proclaiming that he is the best, that he can beat everybody, and just let it come. Like the great ones did, like (Marvin) Hagler and (Sugar Ray) Leonard. They didn’t claim to the rafters that they were the best, they proved that they were the best.” Should Cotto get past 37-year-old Urkal (38-3, 12 KOs) – and that should not be a problem – he already has signed to defend his belt against former welterweight champion Zab Judah on June 9 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Judah, of Brooklyn, has not fought since last April 8 when he lost his International Boxing Federation belt to Floyd Mayweather Jr. via lopsided decision. Judah touched off a brawl during the 10th round when he fouled Mayweather with a low blow. (562) 499-1338 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Mediation fails for Wilsona, teachers

first_img(661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAKE LOS ANGELES – Wilsona School District and the teachers union have failed to resolve an impasse in contract talks despite the help of a state mediator, officials said Monday. The negotiations now will advance to the fact-finding stage, which could lead to trustees unilaterally imposing a contract on teachers. “If we accept the offer they have on the table, it puts us last or near last in many areas of salary in the Antelope Valley,” said Jodi Paris, lead negotiator for the Wilsona Teachers Association. “We don’t feel we can afford to do that if our goal is to attract and retain teachers.” The impasse was declared in October over the issue of salaries, with the district offering a 2 percent raise over two years and the union asking for a 7 percent hike for the same period. The mediator on Monday referred the talks to the fact-finding stage where a state-appointed, three-member panel will hear testimony from both sides and issue a nonbinding report to the board with recommendations on what the contract should be. Superintendent Ned McNabb said the district would have more money for salaries if there were a way that both sides could share in the cost of paying for increasing health benefits costs. “We believe the only way to solve it is to address the health benefits cost issue,” McNabb said. Paris said the union offered Monday to lower its request to a 3 percent raise for just the 2005-06 year retroactive to January 2006, but the district rejected that. last_img read more

In a far corner of Mozambique, a World Cup under the stars

first_img0Shares0000In the Mozambique village of Alua residents watched the World Cup and were given health advice too © AFP / GIANLUIGI GUERCIAALUA, Mozambique, Jul 7 – In front of a large screen in a dusty field in remote northern Mozambique, a crowd is gripped by the second World Cup quarter-final, desperately willing Brazil to victory.The project to show live football for free in the remotest parts of Mozambique is a novel attempt to provide a rare night of entertainment and also spread public health awareness. On Friday, the first quarter-final between France and Uruguay began in harsh daylight, rendering the canvas screen unwatchable.Local barefooted players instead kicked around a ball made of plastic bags as other villagers listened to the commentary on large speakers until sun sank below the horizon.Children in scruffy school uniforms followed the game eagerly, still carrying their notebooks and pens in hand.The village of Alua has no mains power and only a few wealthier individuals have televisions powered by generators, and they charge other residents to watch.“We usually have to pay,” Leonardo Joao Batista, sitting a few rows from the front, told AFP.It is often too expensive for Batista, a farmer and father of seven children.“Today you do not have to know people to get in,” he said.– Cheers for Neymar –Cheers rose from the crowd in Mozambique whenever Brazil star Neymar appeared on the screen © AFP / GIANLUIGI GUERCIAMany locals, including Batista, had little idea who was playing in the quarter-finals or that the tournament is being held in Russia.But the crowd soon developed a fierce loyalty to France in the first quarter-final, as several of the team’s players have African heritage. They transferred their loyalty to Brazil in the second match.“Brazil speaks Portuguese like us,” explained Erasmus Anadani, 15.After France won the first game, the audience erupted into wild cheers whenever Brazilian star Neymar appeared on screen.Portugal, Mozambique’s former colonial ruler, was eliminated in the Round of 16, and many fans pinned all their hopes on Brazil.Earlier, the large screen was erected on rough ground and held firm with guy-ropes while organisers crisscrossed Alua village with a megaphone to announce that the broadcast was about to begin.Between the two games, songs, dances and short plays spread messages on how to detect early warning signs of cancer and when to seek treatment — though medical facilities are basic and very scarce.One mother, Lourdes Darin, promised to go to the health centre urgently to learn how to examine breasts and detect any problems.“Football is a way to reach a lot of people, so we combine sport and health education,” said Bastos Azarias, of the Mozambican Ministry of Health, a project partner.“It’s a good way to convey information,” agreed Caetano Alberto, a teacher enjoying the night out.“You have to go to the hospital to be examined,” he said, summarising the health guidance.– The tour moves on –On Saturday, it is the turn of the inhabitants of Namapa, 30 kilometres (20 miles) further north to gather in front the screen.The free big screen viewing was a rare treat for people in the village © AFP / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA“Every day we change villages or city, and the final on July 15 will be inside the old fortress on the Ilha de Mocambique,” said Fabrizio Falcone, director of CinemArena, the Italian initiative behind the broadcasts.“Everyone loves football, everyone wants to see the matches.”In the Brazil game, the final whistle brings deep disappointment as the Selecao suffer a surprise 2-1 defeat to Belgium and go out of the World Cup.The buzz of the generator ceases, the screen goes out and villagers drift into the dark night, their heads full of images.“Since my wedding here, I’ve never seen such a party,” said Teresinia Antonio, his child wrapped in a scarf on his back.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Brighton 2-3 Arsenal: Gunners avoid giant killing with victory at the Amex

first_img Arsenal celebrate win at the Amex Arsenal maintained their FA Cup defence with an enthralling 3-2 victory over Championship strugglers Brighton at the Amex Stadium.Theo Walcott’s first goal of the season stunned the hosts after two minutes, before Mesut Ozil’s composed finish handed the Gunners a deserved lead at the interval.Chris O’Grady’s instinctive drive halved the deficit five minutes into the second half, but Tomas Rosicky’s exquisite volley put Arsene Wenger’s side back in control.Sam Baldock’s clipped finish caused a frantic finale, but Arsenal rode the late Brighton tide to book their place in the the fifth round for the 13th time in 15 seasons.The Gunners displayed a measured build-up approach to open the scoring, beginning with Wojciech Szczesny – recalled for the first time since the 2-0 defeat to Southampton on New Year’s Day – and ending with an emphatic, angled finish from Walcott after Calum Chambers’ composed pull back wrong footed the Seagulls defence.And Arsenal continued to probe, orchestrating moves with intelligent runs and precise passes, with Aaron Ramsey driving from deep before firing a deflected effort wide.The visitors’ studied possession created pockets of space within Brighton’s defence which Rosicky nearly exploited with a dabbed cross towards Olivier Giroud, but the Frenchman was unable to connect.However, the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder was involved in the visitors’ second on 24 minutes. The 34-year-old drifted towards the Albion area unopposed before guiding the ball into the path of Ozil, who dismissed the attention of Lewis Dunk with a neat finish past David Stockdale.But the home side could have reduced the arrears moments later following a defensive lapse from Wenger’s side, when Baldock found time and space inside the area, but the ex-West Ham striker snatched at the opportunity with a wild attempt.A flailing arm from full back Bruno escaped punishment inside the Seagulls box and Brighton’s contempt to protect their 18-yard area allowed Arsenal to play with ease, but they were unable to add a third before the break.The second half began in dramatic fashion when Joe Bennett was called into a last-ditch tackle to deny Walcott from close range, before Chris O’Grady dragged Chris Hughton’s men back into the tie with a clever turn and finish on the edge of the area moments later.But Brighton’s response was soon quelled as Arsenal resumed control of proceedings, with Rosicky’s stunning volley reinstating the Gunners’ two-goal advantage. The Czech Republic international combined creatively with Giroud deep inside Brighton’s half, before sending the ball past Stockdale with a controlled finish on the hour mark.Yet, with the FA Cup holders seemingly in control, the Championship outfit countered with pace and precision to prompt a nervy finish. Danny Holla produced the pass to send Baldock in behind the Gunners’ backline, and the 25-year-old made no mistake with a deft finish over the sprawling Szczesny.Alexis Sanchez, a second half substitute in the place of Walcott, threatened to end the match with a dipping free-kick but his effort clipped the top of the crossbar with the Brighton shot-stopper rooted to the spot.Arsenal escaped a late handball appeal against Chambers, and could have added a fourth in the dying stages when Ramsey connected with Rosicky’s deep cross. 1last_img read more

Ex-Spurs target left out of Barcelona’s 20-man squad for Champions League clash

first_img BOOST Aiming high 2 This is a match Tottenham dare not lose Latest Champions League News 2 on target However, Spurs fans will not be given a chance to see what the club missed out on after former target Malcom was left out of the Barca squad.The Brazilian, who joined the LaLiga giants in the summer, has struggled for game time, making just two substitute appearances so far in the league.Defender Samuel Umtiti also misses out through suspension but wouldn’t have been available anyway because of a knee problem. Sergi Roberto also misses out with a thigh injury.Sergi Samper and Carles Alena have also not made the trip to London. Atletico handed huge boost for Liverpool tie with Diego Costa returning from injury center_img Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman ready? Things have yet to work out for Malcom at the Nou Camp Mauricio Pochettino tells Tottenham stars to ‘enjoy’ playing against Lionel MessiBarcelona squad:1. Marc-André ter Stegen, 2. Nelson Semedo, 3. Gerard Pique, 4. Ivan Rakitic, 5. Sergio Busquets, 6. Denis Suarez, 7. Philippe Coutinho, 8. Arthur Melo, 9. Luis Suarez, 10. Lionel Messi, 11. Ousmane Dembele, 12. Rafinha, 13. Jasper Cillessen, 15. Clement Lenglet, 18. Jordi Alba, 19. Munir El Haddadi, 22. Arturo Vidal, 24. Thomas Vermaelen, 27. Juan Miranda, 30. Inaki Pena.The two teams have only met each other once before competitively  – a UEFA European Cup Winners Cup tie in 1982 which Barca won 2-1 on aggregate – but they did face each other during the International Champions Cup in the summer.Spurs came back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 thanks to strikes from Heung-min Son and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, but lost 5-3 on penalties. Ancelotti tells fans he has Champions League dream for Everton Barcelona have announced their star-studded 20-man squad for their Champions League clash against Tottenham at Wembley on Wednesday.The likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic seem destined to grace the pitch on what promises to be a memorable night in Europe’s premier club competition. Liverpool set for Champions League boost as Takumi Minamino will be availablelast_img read more

Governor denies clemency for Tookie Williams

first_imgGov. Arnold Schwarzenegger denied the clemency petition of Stanley Tookie Williams this afternoon, and Williams’ legal team vowed to continue fighting to save the death row inmate’s life until his scheduled execution at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. Williams, a leader of the Crips in the 1970s often credited for founding the violent street gang, was convicted in 1981 of murdering four people in two 1979 robberies. He still maintains his innocence. Jonathan Harris, Williams’ attorney, said he will seek a stay of execution from both the governor and the courts based on new evidence from three witnesses who came forward in the last week. This afternoon, Williams’ legal team filed petitions to both the governor’s office and the U.S. Supreme Court. Three people have come forward to the defense team in the past week with evidence suggesting Williams was framed, Harris said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “What these people have come forward and said corroborates what Stanley Williams has been saying for 25 years, that he is innocent,” Harris said. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will consider Williams’ petitions for a stay and to reopen the case. O’Connor can act on the petitions alone or refer them to the full court for consideration. Earlier in the day, Williams’ defense team was dealt two blows in the span of an hour – a federal appeals court rejected a request for a stay, and Schwarzenegger rejected Williams’ request for clemency. The clemency request was based on Williams’ claim of redemption. For the past decade, he has tried to spread an anti-gang message from his San Quentin jail cell. He wrote nine children’s books and outlined a formula for gang truces on his Web site, Schwarzenegger, though, questioned Williams’ redemption. He said he has not apologized for his crimes, his writing has little mention of atonement and the dedication to his book “Life in Prison” includes violent criminals. He also questioned the effectiveness of Williams’ books. “It is hard to assess the effect of such efforts in concrete terms, but the continued pervasiveness of gang violence leads one to question the efficacy of Williams’ message,” Schwarzenegger wrote in the clemency decision. “Williams co-founded the Crips, a notorious street gang that has contributed and continues to contribute to predatory and exploitative violence.” Williams’ supporters consider him an effective anti-gang voice that potential gang members can relate to and argue that silencing that voice will cost lives on the street. His critics say he is an unrepentant, cold-blooded killer who has never apologized for his crimes and refuses to provide information about gang members – proof he has not renounced his gang past. The case has galvanized both sides of the death penalty argument. Led by a star-studded cast, including actor Jamie Foxx, rapper Snoop Dogg and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Williams supporters and anti-death penalty activists have held frequent rallies and protests, urging Schwarzenegger to grant clemency. Law enforcement leaders, prosecutors and conservatives have been just as vocal arguing against clemency. — Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 546-3669 josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fancy a burger and a tricky question for a great cause?

first_imgThe Old Orchard Inn is the place to be this Friday night, July 14th for a very worthy cause.If burgers and tricky questions are your thing, then this is your thing.The event, which kicks off at 8.30pm, is in aid of Bumbleance. Entry fee is just €5 and there will be lots of spot prizes and raffles on the night.So don’t worry about the weather or the fact that you don’t know the capital city of Mexico.Get along to the Old Orchard Inn for the craic and a night to remember this summer.Fancy a burger and a tricky question for a great cause? was last modified: July 13th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BBQBumbleanceOrchard Innlast_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, September 28, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry weather today should come with less cloud cover. Yesterday clouds and pesky moisture managed to get in over parts of the state, even though we were dominated by high pressure. Today we are on the backside of the high and should see better south winds moving clouds away. No new precipitation is expected, and we should keep the dry weather in for most of the state for Saturday as well. Moisture overnight tonight into tomorrow morning is shifting farther north, and should stay in Ontario and back into Michigan, but we do see minor precipitation trying to move into the northern third of Ohio overnight tomorrow night into Sunday morning. Moisture totals will be limited to a few hundredths to perhaps a tenth from US 30 northward. The rest of the state sees nothing. Dry weather holds through Monday and early Tuesday morning.Our next system brings scattered showers for Tuesday. That should bring a few hundredths to .5” to about 60% of the state. The heaviest rains (near that half inch level) will likely show up in NW Ohio. We are going to keep a second push of moisture from midnight Wednesday night through Thursday. That wave brings .25”-.75” to about 75% of the state. That front pushes through from NW to southeast. All action is done by Friday, except down in farm southern parts of the state, near the Ohio river. There, we can see showers continue through midday and early afternoon Friday. The map at right shows combined precipitation from the two waves next week.The weekend looks cooler, and we may have trouble breaking the clouds up. We do not see a lot of new precipitation threats for Saturday and Sunday right now, but we also may be looking at a few hit and miss spits and sprinkles. The cold air really starts to drag in as the weekend finishes and we start the second full week of October.The extended forecast still has a very strong front for the 9th-11th. Data suggests that the heaviest rains and the strongest part of the system will pass by to our west and north, but this far out, we would not jump on that solution yet. This system is very strong and could have some 1-2.5” rain potential with it, if we hit the strongest part. We follow that up with another slower moving, but less heavy system for the 13th, which could bring up to half an inch of rain, slowly lifting in from the SW. Temps likely cool off quickly behind the system on the 10th and 11th.last_img read more

NRIs, PIOs don’t need to link bank a/c, PAN with Aadhaar

first_imgNRIs and PIOs are not required to link bank accounts and other services with Aadhaar, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) saidRead it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img