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Ashwin, Vijay to miss IPL, Kohli out for part of tournament


first_img(REUTERS)-India’s bumper 13-test home season has taken a big toll on its players with a host of them set to miss at least part of the Indian Premier League with injuries.Royal Challengers Bangalore will be without captain Virat Kohli for at least the initial phase of the Twenty20 tournament as the India skipper recovers from a shoulder injury that forced him to miss the series-sealing final test win over Australia in Dharamsala.“His recovery will be assessed in the second week of April to determine an exact return to play date for IPL 2017,” the Indian cricket board (BCCI) said in a statement.South African AB de Villiers will lead the side in Kohli’s absence.Bangalore, who have already lost Australia paceman Mitchell Starc to injury, will also be without Lokesh Rahul for the entire tournament, with the India opener likely to undergo surgery on his left shoulder.Rahul’s India opening partner Murali Vijay, who plays for Kings XI Punjab, will undergo wrist surgery and is expected to miss the April 5-May 21 tournament.India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will sit out the entire campaign for Rising Pune Supergiant as he recovers from groin pain, the BCCI said.Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja and paceman Umesh Yadav will both miss the start of the tournament for Gujarat Lions and Kolkata Knight Riders respectively.Jadeja has problems with his spinning finger, while fast bowler Yadav has right hip and lower back soreness.A number of India’s test cricketers played through pain during the home season which included a 3-0 whitewash of New Zealand and a 4-0 defeat of England in a five-match series.India also beat Bangladesh in a one-off test before a 2-1 victory in a hard-fought four-test series against Australia.last_img read more


Badgers hope to get back on track


first_imgSenior guard Rae Lin D\’Alie\’s Badgers have lacked their trademark stingy defense and have shot a miserable 37.9 percent from the field in their past five games.[/media-credit]A lack of energy and intensity never seemed to be among the Wisconsin women’s basketball team’s faults.Through the sprints, scrimmages and drills, the Badgers consistently appear loud and energetic. However, having lost two of their last three after a four-game win streak in January, energy and intensity is exactly what the Badgers (17-7, 7-6) find themselves looking to improve as Indiana (13-10, 6-6) visits the Kohl Center Sunday evening.“I think that we need to crank it up a notch,” junior forward Tara Steinbauer said. “I think that our practices need to be more intense. I think that for games, the next five games are really huge for us, and I think we need to come out focused and mentally prepared for each and every one of those, and I think that starts in practice.”After falling to Purdue on a shot with two seconds remaining last Sunday, Wisconsin finds itself looking to refocus as postseason play approaches. After a successful January that saw the Badgers pick up wins over four quality Big Ten opponents, including a Jan. 14 road upset 48-45 of then-No. 20 Michigan State, Wisconsin has struggled.In its last five games, UW has allowed opponents to score an average of 60.2 points per game — much higher than the team’s Big Ten-leading average of 53.9. Additionally, Wisconsin has shot only 37.9 percent from the field in that span, compared to its season average of 42.7, which is good for third in the Big Ten. Together, these shortcomings on both sides of the ball have left Wisconsin searching for consistency, especially in the second half of games.“Our ability to finish the game,” head coach Lisa Stone noted as one of her team’s recent struggles. “[We need to] make free throws and do some of the details down the stretch, continue to defend as we’re defending and rebound… get more people involved offensively.”Fortunately for Stone’s squad, leading scorer Alyssa Karel survived a scare Sunday after awkwardly landing on her right knee while going for a steal. Averaging 14.1 points per game and consistently keying the Badgers’ offensive attack, the junior guard practiced Tuesday and is back at full strength, according to Stone.Riding a two-game win streak, Indiana will look to exploit Wisconsin’s recent defensive struggles with an up-tempo attack. Sophomore forward Danilsa Andujar is the Hoosiers’ tallest player at 6-foot-2, while the Badgers’ pair of junior forwards, Steinbauer and Lin Zastrow, stand at 6-foot-1 and 6-foot-4, respectively. As a result, Indiana relies on their transition game to trigger fastbreaks and provide easy buckets, as well as an aggressive matchup zone.“They’re a very good defensive team,” Stone said. “They rebound the ball hard. They penetrate really hard to the basket. …They’re good in transition, they’re good at getting to the basket, and, defensively, they play a matchup zone that tries to disrupt your flow. It’s important that we improve on our areas of turnovers and toughness with the ball and find ways to get good shots.”Leading the way for the Hoosiers’ offense are guards Jori Davis and Jamie Braun. Davis, a junior from Rochester, NY, is the Big Ten’s fourth-leading scorer with 17.7 points per game, while Braun, a Wisconsin native, contributes 11.6. Complementing the veteran guard duo in the starting lineup is 6-foot-1 junior forward Hope Elam, junior guard Whitney Lindsay, and Danilsa Andujar.“They’re going to play hard, they always play hard against us,” Wisconsin senior guard Rae Lin D’Alie said. “They’re going to come out with a lot of energy, we have to match that and have more. Our defense has definitely got to be on point. A lot of their guards can score; they have a post player [Elam] who can shoot the three, who can drive, who can make moves inside. So we’re going to have to be ready defensively, definitely.”For the Badgers, taking care of the ball will be at a premium. Despite ranking 56th in the nation in turnovers per game, Wisconsin has gave the ball away an average of 21.5 times over the last two games.“One of the biggest things for us is going to be taking care of the ball,” Steinbauer said. “I think we need to show some toughness with the ball up top.”Under her tenure, Stone’s teams have been known for stingy defense and safe offensive play, so the Badgers’ recent stretch is a reason for concern.“Stay focused on details, take one game a time, redeem ourselves at home,” Stone said of her expectations for Sunday. “It’s important that we come out with some energy and we play harder, longer.”last_img read more


Device threatens safety of millions of hotel rooms


first_imgA fraction of a second: that’s all it takes for hackers to open a locked hotel room door using a new device, which has been demonstrated on the internet.Although creator, security expert Mathew Jakubowski, has withheld exact details on how the ‘pen’ works, pictures and diagrams provided on his blog clearly indicate the composition of the tool, News Limited reported.“If you follow the diagram below you should be able to build and create your own hotel door opener pen,” Mr Jakubowski writes in his blog. Making matters worse for security conscience hotel operators (and guests) the post has been forwarded to tech forums across the globe.Disguised as a dry erase marker, the device exploits a weakness in Onity locks, which are used in 22,000 hotels in 115 countries.Targeting a port on the bottom of the lock designed for hotels to set master keys, the tool has the ability to open swipe card doors in under a second. Proving the worthiness of the device, Mr Jakubowski posted a video on YouTube.”I guess we wanted to show that this sort of attack can happen with a very small concealable device,” he told Forbes.“Someone using this could be searched and even then it wouldn’t be obvious that this isn’t just a pen.”Mr Jakubowski has dubbed the device ‘James Bond’s Dry Erase Marker’. The device dismembered (Image: Forbes) Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more