Lasith Malinga Helps Marcus Stoinis With Art of Slower Ball

first_imgSouthampton: Sri Lanka’s pace veteran Lasith Malinga said he is ready to help anyone on how to bowl the slower delivery after he was seen sharing tips with Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis after their warm-up tie here. On Monday, Sri Lanka lost to the Aussies by five wickets in their final warm-up game ahead of the World Cup which begins in this part of the world from May 30.But what caught everybody’s eye was Malinga sharing tips with Stoinis about how to send down a slower ball.“Variations is very important in the short-format game. During IPL also he (Stoinis) had wanted to know how I bowl (it),” Malinga was quoted as saying by the ICC website.“I wanted to give him tips – that’s how cricket moves forward. Whoever wants to know, I will help them. I’ll share tricks on how to bowl slow balls, which situation you will use it, why you want to use the slow one,” the 35-year old said.Malinga is one of the great exponents of the slower ball and has unleashed it on many occasions to snare wickets. Recently, he was seen bowling the last over of the Indian Premier League final, pulling off a remarkable one-run victory for Mumbai Indians after backing himself to bowl the slower ball as his final delivery against Chennai Super Kings.“Skill comes first, then you have to analyse the game. That’s two things a bowler needs to (do well),” he said.Malinga further said Jasprit Bumrah and Kagiso Rabada are currently the best among the fast bowlers.“Cricket is a batsman’s game,” he said, adding “but bowlers can change the game”. IANS Also Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

WLAX : Q&A with Josh Walfish, The Daily Northwestern

first_imgSyracuse has a chance to win the first national championship in program history when it takes on Northwestern Sunday at 8 p.m. in Stony Brook, N.Y. The second-seeded Wildcats edged the No. 4 seed Orange in their regular-season matchup 11-9 in overtime in the Carrier Dome in February. While SU is looking to capture its first-ever national title, Northwestern is hoping to win its seventh national championship in the last eight years.The Daily Orange spoke with Josh Walfish, sports editor of The Daily Northwestern, about the Wildcats and their matchup with the Orange.The Daily Orange: What separates Taylor Thornton from the nation’s other elite defenders?Josh Walfish:The biggest difference between Taylor Thornton and the other elite defenders in the nation is fitness and speed. Thornton is the fastest and fittest player on the Wildcats and probably in the country and is always playing nearly all 60 minutes of a game. She is able to help on offense, but recover very quickly after a turnover and force a turnover on the other side. What would yet another championship mean for this Northwestern program?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJF:Another championship would mean a tremendous amount to Northwestern. The Wildcats lost twice to Florida and many people speculated that maybe their run at the top was over, but a seventh title in eight years would prove that no matter what happens in the regular season, Northwestern will always be a threat in May.The first time these two teams played, Northwestern killed Syracuse with screens along the crease. How much of a staple of the Wildcat offense has that been this season?JF:Northwestern loves to slow the game down on offense and run those screens and other cuts to the goal looking for an open shot. Most of the Wildcats’ goals have come from those types of plays and will play a huge role in Sunday’s game.What is this Northwestern team’s greatest strength?JF:The team’s greatest strength is Brianne LoManto. The senior goalkeeper’s 7.23 goals against average ranks second in the country and she has made huge saves time after time for Northwestern. In the quarterfinals against Duke and the semifinals versus Maryland, LoManto made a number of saves from point-blank range which helped inspire the Wildcats to put the game out of reach.What is its greatest weakness?JF:Northwestern’s biggest weakness is its slow starts. The Wildcats fell behind 11 seconds into their semifinal against Maryland and have trailed in many of their marquee wins this season including earlier in the season at the Carrier Dome. Those slow starts have come back to haunt them against Florida both times this season in which early multi-goal deficits became too much to overcome.How does Northwestern plan to slow Michelle Tumolo?JF:The biggest difference between Northwestern now and the team that went to Syracuse in February is defender Kerri Harrington. The sophomore is a talented face guarder who has taken the assignment of face guarding the other team’s best player and has done an extremely good job in that role. I would expect to see Harrington and Tumolo within a foot or two of one another for most of the game and force another Orange player to step Published on May 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact David: | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

ESI Esports Gambling Report: Volume 10

first_imgThe Kiev Major is well and truly underway. The Swiss format group stage is done and dusted and has sorted the seeding for the main event. The main event is a straight knockout tournament. There’s no second chances; lose one best of three and a team is sent packing with no further involvement. Fan-favourites Mousesports were the first to be eliminated, and another four will be sent home as the action continues tomorrow. We previewed the tournament here and had a look at the first four match-ups here. Now it’s time to put the other four round of sixteen matches under the microscope and give a few tips on the best bet. TnC versus Team FacelesssIt’s an all SEA battle in this match, with TnC surprising many thus far at the tournament. Coach Kipspul seems to have rubbed off on the young Filipino squad as they’re torn apart teams and achieved a seeding that many wouldn’t have expected.Faceless on the other hand have looked fairly poor. They haven’t really garnered any real momentum and many would look at this and straight up say TnC. The issue is that Faceless what Allardyce’s Bolton were to Wenger’s Arsenal – a bogey team. Since the turn of the year Faceless have a 6-2 record over their SEA neighbours so this suddenly becomes a tough match to predict. With the introduction of a coach to the fray, I still think TnC will have too much and will get the one up on their nemesis here. TnC are 3/5 with Betway. OG versus Team RandomThe International 6 winners have left the Wings Gaming organisation and still don’t look anywhere near back to their best. They’ve struggled for results since their mammoth win back in August. OG on the other hand have broken records. They have won 3 of the 4 Valve Majors and still remain the outright favourites to win the whole thing. They also beat Random in the group stages, so with their experience on the Major stage and more consistent and accomplished playstyle one would expect them to overcome the challenge of Random. OG to win at 8/25 with Betway are the second team in our accumulator. Thunderbirds versus Evil GeniusesThunderbirds are no strangers to the Dota 2 scene. They recently left their organisation Digital Chaos which left them playing under the Thunderbirds tag for this tournament. They looked pretty decent in the group stages and certainly proved they can challenge any team. Evil Geniuses have shown glimpses of their undoubted brilliance yet also indications of their mental fragility and lack of consistency.We’re going to go for an upset in this. Danish captain Andreas ‘Cr1t-‘ Nielsen is liable for a dodgy draft and Artour ‘Arteezy’ Babaev is often targeted heavily by enemy teams. With Thunderbirds at 13/10 on Betway they complete our treble. Secret versus SGSimply put, there’s no way Secret lose this game. Secret are around 1/5 to win 2-0 and that’s the best value you’ll find. The top seeded team looked unbeatable in the groups whilst SG could only pick up one map in their three matches. If you’re going to have a bet, back anything with Secret in it.Thunderbirds, TnC and OG treble: 3.85/1 with Betway.last_img read more

Safe Babysitter Class Set up for Preteens

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisA babysitter educational class was set up this week to give teens an open invitation to learn how to be a safe sitter. The class was held at MidMichigan Medical Center Alpena on Wednesday with 8 attendees. The first day of summer meant more learning for some.The class was set up for the teens to learn how to become a safe sitter when watching a child, and the stages of childhood. Sitter instructor Alecia Dietz said the students were interested in becoming babysitters for preschoolers and school aged kids.“They learned about the different 4 age groups, and how to handle them, and with the diaper changing and exploring what kind of age group that they’d like to baby–sit for and what responsibilities they would have,” Dietz said.Usually students who participate in the safe sitter class are between the ages of 11 to 13 years old. 13-Year-Old Phineas Imhoff said the class helped him learn skills in case of an emergency.“I have learned how to help if an infant is chocking, several ways to deal with kids and some other things. I also learned ways to help out with my younger brother if he gets hurt,” Imhoff said.Dietz said parents would be pleased with the future sitters of Alpena.“I would say that I’d be able to trust them because they have the skills to keep the child safe. If there were an emergency they would know how to handle it. Especially with the first aid skills and management skills. The CPR is the most important part, because you know that you can trust them with a child’s life,” Dietz said.The students even guided me on skills they learned throughout the day. Hopefully parents will feel at ease knowing that their child are in the right hands with these future babysitters.If your young teen is interested in becoming a sitter there will be more classes available in the future.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Babysitters, MidMichigan Medical Center Alpena, Safe SitterContinue ReadingPrevious More Details Emerge in Child Abuse CaseNext Celebrating International Yoga Day: Learn the Origins of Yogalast_img read more

Mahama cautions Black Stars against complacency

first_imgGhana President John Mahama believes the Black Stars can honour the nation with a Cup of Nations glory but reminds the team that they must do away with complacency.The Ghanaian leader hosted players, members of the technical team and management of the national team to the Presidency in Accra on Thursday ahead of their trip to Abu Dhabi for their pre-Nations Cup camp.President Mahama tasked the team to be at their best for every game, treat every match as serious and ensure that they go all out to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.“We shouldn’t take anybody for granted, any nation we meet we must play at our best in order that we are able to continue (in the competition),” he said.“I am sure that with God on our side, we will win the cup and bring it back.”Ghana, is aiming for a fifth title success after their last victory came some 31-years. “And I wish to assure the (Black) Stars that if that happens, this nation will show its appreciation to them in a special way.“And so I want you (Black Stars) to feel encouraged, go do your best, die for your nation and I am sure that God will reward us with the cup.”The Black Stars will leave Accra on Friday for their camp in the UAE capital.Ghana will open their group campaign in the finals in South Africa against DR Congo before meeting Mali and Niger.last_img read more

Ibrahimović Gets Emotional at the Awards Ceremony for the Best Footballer in Sweden

first_imgAt the awards ceremony for the best footballer in Sweden, assigned to him by the Swedish Football Association, everyone had a chance to see Zlatan Ibrahimović’s other side.Although sometimes uncompromising and grumpy at the field, the PSG’s striker showed that it is in fact a mask. Still, he never hid his attachment to family to which he owes his success. He was raised in the ghetto of refugees in Malmo, he didn’t used to see his father a lot, and grew up next to many relatives, brothers and sisters from his parents’ former marriages.In April this year, his half-brother died after losing a battle with a long disease. Zlatan remembered him while he held his emotional speech at the ceremony organized by the Swedish football association and Aftonbladet.Two footballers died this year in Sweden. Klas Ingesson, member of the national team which won the 3rd place at the WC in 1994 died of cancer just as the former goal keeper of Brommapojkarne Pontus Segerstorm. Zlatan’s half-brother died in similar circumstances.“The awards prove I am doing something good but my achievements remain in the shadow of everything that happened to Ingesson and Segerstorm. I had a brother who died couple a months ago from a similar serious disease. Beside football, there is a life which is far more important. May they rest in peace…” – said Ibrahimović with tears in his eyes, followed by a strong reaction of the audience.(Source: Oslobođenje)last_img read more

Soccer teams honour big man

first_imgBata’s Memorial Cup has been held in past years in commemoration of the late Alois Bata, a landowner and community leader of Buluma village who passed away in 2008.The games were usually held during the Independence anniversary period but because of the Provincial Games to be held this year it was moved to the New Year period.Sponsored by Andrew Bata, a son of the late Alois, at a total cost of K7000, the prizes were allocated as follows: K2000 cash for 1st placing, K800 for 2nd placing and K500 for the 3rd placing.Teams in this competition are as follows;2 teams from Buvussi, 1 each from Kimbe, Dami, Sarakolok, 4 teams from Buluma village and 3 teams from SBLC Buluma.Original Crews beat other teams in the last tournament for the cup but didn’t make it to  the finals this year.last_img read more

“Odegaard gathers more things than Xabi Alonso”

first_imgAnd, in addition, he makes a comparison that illustrates the growth of the Norwegian: “I am not going to say that it reminds me of Xabi Alonso, that in his day impacted us for other different things, but he was also in the midfield with those long shots that caught our attention. Of course, he gathers many more things and I do not know if he will go as far as Xabi. “ Odegaard depends … “I think his head is furnished and he knows why he came here: to be seen, to show that he has a lot of football and also that he is waiting for the position in Madrid to be free. Although they are lucubrations, in a year it will be when Modric leaves him. Possibly, that approach is being made and, as he often repeats, he has been here for two years. Another thing is that then they leave him, because it is due to the club that pays him, which is not only Real, but Madrid above all “, López Ufarte has analyzed. Roberto López Ufarte, one of the most legendary players ever in the Real society, has talked to Gipuzkoa News on Martin Odegaard (21 years old). The left-hander has praised the Real Madrid player, who, as AS said, has a place at Real Madrid next season. The decision will be yours.center_img The former player has also appreciated Odegaar’s powerful breakthrough in Spanish football. “It has surprised not only the fans of Real and the technicians, but also the people of Madrid and all of Spain. If you ask which player is more important in the Real, everyone will say that Odegaard, Isak, Oyarzabal, but Odegaard is always put first. He has almost all the qualities required to play in the midfield. We are no longer going to talk only about his technique, which is exquisite, and he knows at all times what he has to do and when to hit the ball, he also stands out in the facet of recoveries and pressure. Because the first one who pressed and pressed the centrals was him. “López Ufarte has pointed out where Odegaard could improve: “At some point, to find him some, but maybe he drives the ball too much, But it was at specific times when he thought that maybe driving gave enough pause for others to distance themselves. But at all times he is a talented player, he knows what is best for him and for the team above all. “last_img read more

Court of Appeal decision an ominous sign

first_imgDear Editor,The Guyana Court of Appeal has, on Thursday, October 18, 2018, upheld the decision of the Chief Justice (ag) in regard to the legality of the President’s action in appointing Mr. James Patterson to Chair the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).As a person who had presented the PPP’s position to the Constitutional Reform Commission and was involved in the numerous struggles for democracy, I am extremely disappointed by this ruling. It is, in my view, a giant step backwards. It is another incident pushing our country along the road to social and economic ruination and towards authoritarian governance.I was very much part of the coinage of Article 161 (2), and therefore I have personal knowledge of the reasons behind its existence; the way it evolved to its current expression, and the way that it was interpreted and applied in the past. It was never ambiguous, and never evoked any controversy over the last 25 years.The Constitution was amended to remove the unilateral power of appointment from the President; to introduce the Leader of the Opposition into the equation, in order to achieve political consensus; and to widen the pool of persons from which the Chairman is to be chosen. What is so difficult to understand? I am sure that every objective-minded Guyanese knows this.In the 1999-2001 Constitutional Reform Process, all the political parties unanimously agreed to constitutionalise this Carter/Price Formula. In fact the PNC were the ones that had led the charge. Their major argument then was that it is important to cement the role of the Leader of the Opposition, and to curtail the President’s power of appointment. Now that they are in Government, they are seeking to exclude the Leader of the Opposition, and increase the power of the President. Therein lies the ideological authoritarianism which exists in the belly of the PNC.As they did from 1968 to 1992, they seem to be getting the Judiciary’s assistance to so do now. It is the very Judiciary that had allowed itself to be so cowed that Burnham was able to place a party flag in the Court of Appeal compound and against the front wall of the court building, shamelessly demonstrating to the world that the Judiciary is under the control of the PNC. This was allowed to take place by a complicit Judiciary.It is the same Judiciary that had refused to strike down laws that introduced overseas voting, which had been used to massively rig the first elections of independent Guyana in 1968.It is the very Judiciary that had thrown out legal challenges to every election held under the PNC from 1968 to 1985, when the world knows that each of those elections was massively rigged.It is the same Judiciary that is now refusing to hear the PPP’s challenge to the 2015 elections, when similar challenges to elections around the world filed after the PPP’s challenge have already been decided by the courts in those countries.Once again, in highly political matters, we see a judicial posture reminiscent of the past. I will never accept that the Court of Appeal do not know the intent of Article 161 (2). From press reports, they give the impression that they know it well. They upheld Nandlall’s submissions and rejected those of Williams, yet they ruled in favour of Williams! The decision simply cannot be justified on rational grounds.I recall that during the days of the PNC dictatorship, when it was widely believed that judges were taking orders from the PNC, Mr. Ashton Chase, a distinguished lawyer and freedom fighter, had observed that there came a time when PNC did not have to tell the judges what to do. The judges anticipated what ruling the PNC wanted, and delivered.Like so many other things that have been reversed since the PNC-led APNU+AFC regime took office, one wonders if we are back on that road.It is important to note that undermining of the confidence of important institutions leads to disaster. When the Judiciary does not stand up courageously to protect society’s fundamental rights, society descends into some level of anarchy, and social and economic ruination follows.Cheddi Jagan was always clear on this point. He never failed to point out the link and interaction between the economic base and the superstructure in any society. They influence and interact with each other.The ruling may initially appear to be a victory for the regime, but in fact it could very well turn out to be one of the biggest blows to all working people; and to businesses and, indeed, to our country.Fortunately, the Guyana Court of Appeal is no longer our final court; we now have the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). This is an important case for that court. I am looking forward to the decision of that court, as I know that the matter is going there.Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

Legislature’s Library Reopens

first_imgThe refurbished Senate and House library at Capital Hill.Members of the Liberian Senate and the House of Representatives as of yesterday began using the newly refurbished joint library section of the Legislative Information Service (LIS) after a three-year closure of the facility owing to a fire disaster.The re-opening of the library section coincides with the celebration of LIS’ 6th anniversary.The bicameral department is charged with the responsibility of providing research and information services to members of the House and Senate to enhance their capacity in making informed decisions and for better public policy formulation.Activities marking the anniversary began yesterday April 26 and will end on the 28th.The theme for this year’s anniversary is, “New Legislative Beginning: A More Effective 54th Legislature,” highlighting the effectiveness and growth of the first branch of government.According to LIS Director B. McCarthy Weh, the events will put a spotlight on the need for a more effective, functional and efficient 21st century compliant Legislature. The occasion will also mark the official resumption of services of the Library to members of the House and Senate, their staff, and the general public.The opening ceremony yesterday was held in the rotunda of the Capitol building, where the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Armah Z. Jallah, gave a statement, and Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, will delivered the keynote address.Also, there will be a launch of the Parliamentary/Legislative Democracy Outreach Program, dubbed “Taking the Legislature to the People.”On the second day  today, Thursday April 27, there will be a roundtable session focusing on a project, writing Liberia’s legislative history, to be led by Dr. Joseph Saye Guanu and Rev. Emmanuel Bowier.  Today’s event will climax with training sessions to be facilitated by Atty. Larmii Kpargo of the Liberia Media Center (LMC) and McAnthony Keah/Thomas Du of the National Democratic Institute (NDI).Tomorrow, the last day of the anniversary celebrations, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai will give a statement at the closing ceremony and thereafter the first phase of ‘Taking the Legislature to the People’ will be held in Kakata, Margibi County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more