Cricket: This is why Ravichandran Ashwin is the best spinner in Tests

first_imgThe emergence of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav has diminished Ashwin’s role in the limited overs squad, but his expertise and experience with the red cherry still makes him a top player in the test setup for the years to come. The 31-year-old gained an admirer in the form of former England spinner Graeme Swann who claimed that Ashwin is the best when it comes to the longest format of the game. In an interview with Sony ESPN and BBC Match Special, the retired cricketer gave his opinion on the current set of off-spinners along with his thoughts on the Kings XI Punjab skipper. Swann said:“Ashwin is easily the best off-spinner in the world, his record in the subcontinent is phenomenal and I loved the way he bowled t Edgbaston (in the first Test). Australia’s Nathan Lyon has come up brilliantly and I am impressed by the fact that he has been successful back home. “While keeping the Indian offie at the pinnacle, The 39-year-old rated Rashid Khan higher than Ashwin when it comes to limited overs and admitted that England have struggled to get in a quality spinner ever since his departure from the game.“Yes, he is the best in Test cricket but in T20s you can’t look beyond Rashid Khan. He has a fast arm, great googly and is a brilliant story as well. Rashid is just a very exciting cricketer and I would love to see him be successful in tests as well.”While Ashwin’s participation in the fourth test at Southampton remains under a cloud of uncertainty due to injury, the former Chennai Super Kings’ core member has been one of the most consistent performers for the visitors in this tour so far. AdvertisementImage Courtesy: SportsWikiRavichandran Ashwin has evolved to be one of the key players in the test squad for the Men In Blue for a while. The off-spinner’s contributions have led India to notable victories over the years. Advertisement Read Also:Virat Kohli reminisces Rakshabandhan with a throwback pictureKL Rahul bumps into Chelsea’s N’Golo Kantelast_img read more

Murray continues Djokovic chase by reaching China Open final

first_imgTop seed Andy Murray continued his pursuit of Novak Djokovic in the race to end the year as number one in the ATP rankings with a crushing 6-2, 6-3 defeat of Spain’s David Ferrer to reach the final of the China Open on Saturday.The 29-year-old, yet to drop a set in Beijing, clocked up a seventh successive victory over the dogged Ferrer to set up a final against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov.Dimitrov was given a walkover in his semi-final after Canada’s Milos Raonic withdrew due to an ankle injury. (Grigor Dimitrov upsets Rafael Nadal to join Andy Murray in China Open semis)With Djokovic not defending his title in China because of an elbow problem Murray could close the gap to 1,555 points if he wins the title – a sizeable gap but that the British player could overturn with a strong finish to the season.”I felt like if I could find a way to get through the first couple of matches, I’d start to feel better and play better here,” Murray, who has had an exhausting summer in which he won Wimbledon and the Olympics, said. (China Open: Andy Murray sets up quarterfinal vs British teammate Kyle Edmund)”Thankfully that’s been the case so far this week. I’ll try to play another high-level match tomorrow.”But it’s very positive leading into Shanghai. Hopefully I can finish the year strong.”Murray leads Dimitrov 7-3 in head-to-heads but did lose to the Bulgarian this year in Miami. (Andy Murray to face David Ferrer in China Open semis)advertisementBig-serving Raonic was forced to play twice on Friday, beating Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri and Pablo Carreno Busta to advance to the last four and he sustained the injury during the win over the Spaniard.”Yesterday during my second match in the evening, I rolled over my ankle, obviously caused it some level of a sprain,” the Canadian told the ATP website. (Andy Murray breezes past Grigor Dimitrov to reach US Open quarterfinals)”I did a test this morning, which showed I had a partial tear on the outside of my ankle. I was told to give it a try. I tried to warm up just before the match like I would normally, and I was unable to play.”last_img read more

Hope teams will now come and play in Pakistan: Sarfraz

first_imgBy Kushan Sarkar London, Jun 18 (PTI) “Not just today, not just tomorrow, this day will be remembered in Pakistan for years to come,? said a beaming Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed as he made a passionate plea to other nations to play international cricket in their country. No major cricketing nation has toured Pakistan since the terrorist attack on Sri Lanka team back in 2009. “It was a great achievement by the boys and full credit to them. Everyone will remember this achievement, not just for today or tomorrow but for a long, long time in Pakistan cricket. The boys were really motivated today. We came here as a number eight ranked team and won the tournament. Hope all nations now come and play cricket in Pakistan,? Sarfraz said at the post-match press conference. “It is an unbelievable feeling which I can?t describe at the moment though. I dedicate this win to the people of Pakistan.? Sarfraz spoke about the benefits of Pakistan Super League (PSL). “We have had youngsters benefitting from PSL. Players like Hasan Ali, Fakhar Zaman were playing their first tournament and showed us that what they are capable of. Lot of credit also goes to senior players like Hafeez bhai (Mohammed Hafeez) and a brilliant spell from Amir,? said Sarfraz. For him, Pakistan cricket has gone through rough times. “For years now, Pakistan is playing home matches in Dubai. We don?t get the home advantage like other teams. Through this victory, I would like to appeal to the other teams that please come and play in Pakistan.? It was his day and as if he wanted to make a statement in his own style. Before the press conference began, Pakistan media manager announced that Sarfraz will make a statement. Sporting a white blazer and a coruscating golden trophy on the table, he looked happier than ever. No one cared for those syntax errors due to language limitations. It sounded endearing as it was a sincere appeal from him. PTI KHS AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

Antetokounmpo, Middleton Pace Bucks Past Pacers 117-98 (Pic,Vids)

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo channeled his frustration over a technical foul in the best way possible.Antetokounmpo scored 29 points and Khris Middleton added 27 to help the Milwaukee Bucks bounce back from their first consecutive losses of the season with a 117-98 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night.Milwaukee, which improved to an NBA-best 49-16, was coming off back-to-back losses to Utah and Phoenix after opening a five-game road trip with three victories.The Bucks ran off 13 consecutive points after Antetokounmpo was assessed a technical midway through the third quarter, one possession after he was knocked down attempting a shot, with no foul called. The Pacers missed the technical free throw and the Bucks responded with a 13-0 run. Antetokounmpo started the spurt with a dunk and finished it with another to put Milwaukee up 80-64 with 2:56 left in the period.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers’ Myles Turner (33) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 7, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)“Sometimes, things are not working out the way you wanted and you just get frustrated,” Antetokounmpo said. “Sometimes you take it out on the ref, sometimes you take it out on yourself. Today, obviously I took it out on the ref and got a tech. Definitely deserved it.“But, I think my team did a great job just picking it up, playing with energy, rebounding the ball and responding that way.”The Bucks padded their lead with a 12-0 spurt early in the fourth quarter. Kyle O’Quinn opened the final period with a floater from the lane to bring the Pacers within 10 at 84-74. Ersan Ilyasova hit a 3-pointer to trigger the run, capped by Antetokounmpo’s drive to make it 96-74 with 8:21 left.The Greek Freak was in MVP mode tonight: 29 PTS | 12 REB | 5 AST | 59% FG #FearTheDeer pic.twitter.com/kC2v6TyH57— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) March 8, 2019Myles Turner had 22 points and Bojan Bogdanovic 17 for the Pacers.Bogdanovic hit a pair of 3-pointers to pull Indiana within three points at 67-64 before the technical on Antetokounmpo. Indiana’s Thaddeus Young thought that was the turning point.“The next play down, he imposed his will,” Young said. “He got a foul on me, got a dunk, and another dunk after that. I think that was the change in the game.”Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said the entire team fed off the technical foul.“It felt like the whole arena, his teammates, I think everybody was probably somewhat frustrated, but I think that frustration got channeled into a great energy,” Budenholzer said. “His teammates, and then Giannis, I thought made a couple big plays coming off the technical.”“We had a bad taste in our mouth after the Phoenix game. We just wanted to get back on track.” pic.twitter.com/B3mKNx7eWa— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) March 8, 2019The Bucks opened their largest lead of the first half at 47-33 on two free throws by Antetokounmpo, but the Pacers went on a 17-7 run to close within 54-50 at the break.“Too much Antetokounmpo, too much Middleton,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “When they have the attack at the basket and are knocking down 3s, they’re going to be tough to guard. They were pretty much knocking shots down from the perimeter and getting shots at the rim tonight. We missed some shots. We had some open looks that you need to knock down and we didn’t early.”TIP-INSPacers: Indy’s two-game road trip to Milwaukee and Philadelphia has important implications in the standings. The Pacers entered the game in third place in the Eastern Conference at 42-23, one game ahead of the Sixers.Bucks: Rookie guard Donte DiVincenzo, sidelined for almost two months with a heel injury, was available for Thursday night’s game against the Pacers. DiVincenzo, who was averaging 4.8 points and 15.6 minutes, is not likely to be back in the rotation immediately. DiVincenzo played slightly more than six minutes in the first half, then scored five points in the closing minutes.McMILLAN LIKES BUCKS MOVESVeteran center Pau Gasol, signed by the Bucks on Monday after a contract buyout by the Spurs, made his home debut, grabbing five rebounds in almost 11 minutes. Milwaukee already had added forward Nikola Mirotic in a three-team trade in early February. “I think they’ve done a nice job of adding to their roster,” McMillan said. “I think it’s a message to the rest of the league that they’re going for it.”UP NEXTIndiana is at Philadelphia on Sunday.The Bucks host Charlotte on SaturdayBy: Jim Hoehn, Associated PressTweetPinShare11 Shareslast_img read more

This Nick Saban Quote About The College Football Playoff Is Going Viral

first_imgHead Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 6: Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to the media during the College Football Playoff National Championship Media Day at Philips Arena on January 6, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Alabama won three of the last five titles of the BCS era. They have done quite well in the first four years of the College Football Playoff.The Tide have been to all four playoffs and reached the title game three times. They’ve won it twice.So, judging by those facts, Nick Saban should love the new system, right? Well, not totally.Saban appeared on The Paul Finebaum Show today at the SEC meetings, and a quote of his is going viral. It has to do with the CFP.It seems Saban’s main beef with the format is that he feels the committee is harsher on teams that lose late in the season than they are on ones that lose early on.“My issue with the playoff is that if you lose late in the season it has a much greater impact than if you lose early in the season” – Nick Saban pic.twitter.com/VArMOp4CT8— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) May 29, 2018If you can’t figure out why this quote has raised a few eyebrows and caused a few laughs, Alabama suffered its only loss in the last week of the 2017 regular season. That didn’t stop the committee from putting the Tide in the four-team field.Of course, the team that beat ‘Bama (Auburn) was eliminated from the playoff with a loss one week later in the SEC Championship Game. But that was the Tigers’ second loss of the year. If it had only been their first, they’d have probably still gotten in.Many feel Saban is trolling with this quote. What do you think?last_img read more

Flight delay leaves Faf du Plessis frustrated ahead of India Tests

first_img Next Flight delay leaves Faf du Plessis frustrated ahead of India TestsSouth Africa tour of India 2019: Faf du Plessis will lead South Africa in the 3-match Test series, starting October 2 in India. Virat Kohli’s men are currently leading the 3-match T20I series 1-0.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service DubaiSeptember 20, 2019UPDATED: September 20, 2019 23:48 IST Faf du Plessis said his connecting flight to Dubai was delayed by 4 hours (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSFaf du Plessis said his connecting flight to Dubai was delayed by 4 hoursDu Plessis is not part of the ongoing T20I series between India and South AfricaIndia and South Africa will begin the Test series from October 2South Africa’s Test captain Faf du Plessis on Friday said he will be missing his flight to India due to a delay en route to Dubai.Faf du Plessis is all set to join the rest of the South African squad well ahead of the 3-match Test series, starting October 2. A Faf du Plessis-led South African side is currently playing a 3-match T20I series against Virat Kohli’s men.Taking to Twitter, du Plessis said: “Finally on a plane to Dubai after a 4-hour delay. Now I’m gonna miss my flight to India, next flight is only 10 hours later.”Meanwhile, the Indian team, after winning the second T20I against South Africa in Mohali, reached Bengaluru on Thursday and some of the players hit the ground to fine-tune their skills under the watchful eyes of head coach Ravi Shastri.With the first game in Dharamshala washed out, the Indians came out all guns blazing in the second game and with skipper Virat Kohli leading from the front as India thrashed South Africa by 7 wickets.Speaking after the game, Kohli praised the youngsters for the comprehensive win. “When you play like that and win a game for your team, it is always a good feeling. The pitch was very good and an outstanding effort from the bowlers to pull things back. As long as they (youngsters) show character in difficult situations, they are going to present a strong case for themselves in the future.”With the bat, Kohli surpassed Rohit Sharma as the highest run-getter in T20 internationals as he remained unbeaten on 72 to guide the team home. The captain said the knock reminded him of his 82 not out at this very ground against Australia in the 2016 World T20.advertisement”That night (2016 game vs AUS) was a revelation of how fit you can be on a cricket field. A lot of positive signs for us and they’ll get many more games to prove their mettle. They are going in the right direction. The badge in front of my shirt — India — it is a pride to play for my country. Whatever it takes, whichever format, to get us across the line, I’ll do that.”Adapting in different formats is nothing but a mindset of making your team win. If you want to win a game for your team, you will find a way. That’s the most important thing. I never think for myself, it’s always about what the team needs. Test cricket, one-day cricket … the will should be to win the game for your country.”Also Read | Hamilton Masakadza’s record-setting swansong helps Zimbabwe end Afghanistan’s T20I streakAlso Read | Rohit Sharma can succeed as Test opener if he tightens his defence: Sunil GavaskarFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Faf Du PlessisFollow India vs South AfricaFollow Quinton de Kocklast_img read more

Parks Reopen Three Beaches Remain Closed

first_imgAll provincial day-use and camping parks reopened today, Aug. 24, after being assessed for damage caused by Hurricane Bill. All but three beach parks also reopened today. Three provincial beaches will remain closed because of damage to boardwalks and stairs. They could reopen as early as Tuesday, Aug. 25. The beaches are: Martinique, Lawrencetown and Conrads. All are located in Halifax Regional Municipality. The Department of Natural Resources will provide an update on the condition of the beaches on Tuesday. All provincial beaches, day-use parks, and camping parks were closed during the weekend as a precaution in advance of Hurricane Bill. For more information on provincial parks, visit www.novascotiaparks.ca .last_img read more

Construction accident in Albertas energy sector kills two workers

first_imgThe RCMP and the provincial Occupational Health and Safety Department are investigating and the site has been shut down, but no other details have been released.The Calgary company says it has sent in emergency counselling services for those at the site and has extended further access to counselling for the dead workers’ families.Source also says it’s co-operating with everyone involved in the accident investigation.“Our thoughts are with the family, friends and co-workers of the deceased during this tragic time,” the company said in its statement Wednesday. FOX CREEK, A.B. – A construction accident in northern Alberta has killed two workers.Source Energy Services says in a statement that the contractors died on Tuesday during work on additional storage capacity for what’s known as fracking sand at the company’s terminal near Fox Creek, about 260 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.The sand is used by companies in Alberta’s energy sector to extract oil and natural gas from tight geologic formations.last_img read more

Morocco Teenager Kidnapped for a Ransom of MAD 1 Million

Rabat- A seven-member gang was arrested in the northern city of Tangiers on grounds of kidnapping a minor. The gang has reportedly demanded the parents of the victim to pay a ransom of MAD 1 million to release him.According to Al Ahdath Al Maghribiya daily newspaper, On October 30, a real estate developer in the city of Tangiers contacted the police in order to report the kidnapping of his son.Preliminary investigation found that the minor was the victim of a gang comprised of seven members, including a woman. Police said the kidnappers demanded at first MAD 1 million ransom, and then lowered their demands to 300,000 Dirhams.The victim was found in the under-privileged neighborhood of Beni Mekada where he was held hostage by the kidnappers, police said.Authorities said the female member of the gang used Facebook to persuade the 16-year-old teenager to meet her.As soon as he met with the young woman, the teenager was confronted with the other members of the gang who forced him into their car.The seven defendants, including the young woman will be brought to justice at the end of the preliminary investigation, according to security sources quoted by the newspaper.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

New US envoy visits Jaffna

Meanwhile the US Embassy in Colombo said that Sison handed over fishing supplies to 130 families in Kallar, Killinochchi yesterday.This donation, through the U.S. Embassy’s development arm, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is part of a larger initiative of partnering with families in conflict-affected areas, bringing dignity back to their communities. The new U.S Ambassador to Sri Lanka visited the north over the last couple of days and had wide ranging discussions with officials and people in the area.Ambassador Michele J. Sison visited Jaffna and Kilinochchci as part of her northern trip, her first since she took over as the Ambassador to Sri Lanka recently. During her meetings in Jaffna Ambassador Sison met with the Muslim Federation of Jaffna and discussed several issues including on the displaced and the needs of the Muslim community, the U.S Embassy said. Speaking at the handover ceremony in the Killinochchi district, Ambassador Sison said, “You have advocated, against many difficulties, to secure access to the sea. You have travelled across the district, searching for a better way of living. It is our hope that these 10 boats, the nets and gear will assist you as you continue to restore your lives; the U.S. Government is committed to helping rebuild Sri Lanka’s communities with initiatives such as this one.”In addition to providing equipment, USAID organizes exposure visits and training programs, giving the fishermen of Kallar an opportunity to learn new technologies, sustainable fish harvesting and environmentally sound practices from southern fishermen. The Ambassador had, during that meeting, reiterated US opposition to a controversial anti Islam video which had resulted in protests against the U.S government in several countries. read more

Religious centre in Sri Lanka where Kerala youth went missing identified

Nawaz studied under Yasin Hajoori, the head of Darul Hadees in Dammaj, and he left Yemen after the centre was closed down following an attack by Houthi rebels. His mother is from Thrissur and he used to conduct classes in some Salafi centres in north Kerala. His mother is from Thrissur and he used to conduct classes in some Salafi centres in north Kerala. Intelligence agencies have identified the religious centre in Sri Lanka where a few among the missing persons from Kerala had stayed for about a month before they disappeared.“It is a centre run by one Nawaz ul-Hind who has connections with Kerala. He had studied at Darul Hadees at Dammaj in Yemen for 12 years before starting the centre at Nigombo in Sri Lanka,“ an intelligence officer told TOI. Intelligence agencies collected details of the Sri Lankan institute from aperson at Athikkad Salafi commune in Malappuram who had sent his son to the institute. They have also been told that Nawaz had ousted Hafeesudheen, one of the members of the gang that disappeared from Padne, from the institute after the latter tried to lure some students into the Islamic State (IS).Other members of the Padne group, including Ashfaq and Rashid, and Ezza and his wife from Palakkad are also suspected to have gone to the Sri Lankan centre. Intelligence sources said the Athikkad Salafi commune would be under close scrutiny in the coming days as they suspected that some elements looking for recruitment into the IS had infiltrated into the Salafi group. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Buying an electric car becomes cheaper today as federal rebates kick in

OTTAWA — Federal rebates to encourage Canadians to buy electric cars take effect today.The rebates, announced in the last Liberal budget, will take up to $5,000 off the cost of electric vehicles, and $2,500 off plug-in hybrids, but they apply only to cars that cost less than $45,000.Ottawa is raising that to $55,000 to increase the options a buyer can choose and still receive the rebate, which will allow some of the most popular cars, including the Tesla Model 3, to qualify. Toyota to boost investment in Canada with plans to build two more Lexus SUVs at Ontario plant Electric vehicle rebate could slam the brakes on sales until Ottawa nails down the details Magna strikes deal to build electric vehicles in China, the world’s biggest EV market Nine electric cars and 13 plug-in hybrids are eligible, including the second- and third-most popular electric cars, the Nissan Leaf and the Chevrolet Bolt.Electric-car experts say there is no doubt government incentives help drive electric-car purchases, noting when the new conservative government in Ontario killed a $14,000 rebate last year, electric-car sales in that province plummeted.Road transportation accounts for as much as one-fifth of Canada’s greenhouse-gas emissions and the incentives are part of the federal government’s strategy to meet its international targets for reducing emissions to halt climate change. read more

Annan calls for security technical and financial aid to Central Africa Republic

In a new report to the Security Council, he thanks those countries and organizations that have assisted the country with the electoral process and asks for continued help to the newly elected Government which will have to focus on reconstruction in all areas of national life during its five-year term in office.“The support of the international community for the action of the Central African authorities is essential for the consolidation of the democratic achievements of recent weeks. I appeal to the good will and generosity of the partners of the Central African Republic, which should provide considerable and immediate financial support to the economic reconstruction effort now under way,” he says.Aid is particularly necessary because CAR is one of the most critical parts of a sub-region where peace is still fragile and volatile, Mr. Annan says.Civil conflict in CAR initially erupted in the mid-1990s when soldiers staged a series of mutinies. The UN Peace-building Support Office in the Central African Republic (BONUCA) was created in February 2000. But tensions continued due to the civil war and political unrest in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the UN Department of Political Affairs.On human rights and national security, Mr. Annan says, “I encourage the new authorities to do everything possible to ensure respect for human rights. It is important for the restoration of trust and reconciliation among the Central Africans that the violators should be brought to justice.”Besides restructuring the national military forces, he says, “impetus should be given to the contacts established at the highest political level in the Central African Republic, Cameroon and Chad on possible responses to the direct security threat to the Central African Republic and certain countries of the sub-region posed by the armed gangs and other roadblockers,” the local highway robbers known as Zaraguinas. read more

Alberta Oil Patch producers face tough times ahead Energy Aspects Analyst

Alberta Oil Patch producers face tough times ahead; Energy Aspects Analyst by News Staff Posted Jan 6, 2015 7:46 am MDT One oil analyst says most, if not all of the Alberta Oil Patch producers are no longer breaking even, and it’s all thanks to the plunging price of crude.Energy Aspects analyst Virendra Chauhan says oil has fallen below the profitability threshold for most producers.Chauhan tells 660news things are not expected to improve until the end of 2015, at the earliest.“Do we go back to a hundred dollars per barrel by the end of the year, probably not,” he said, “it’s looking more like an 18 to 24 month play.”But, it’s not all doom and gloom.“You have to make the investments today, in order to get the oil out in three or five years’ time,” Chauhan said.Experts say industry investments today will likely be popular in the hope they impact longer-term supplies.The U-K based analyst adds some in the patch need $70 dollar per barrel oil just to break-even, “cash flows are under pressure, earnings are under pressure and so it’s fair to say it’s going to be a challenging six to 12 months for producers.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Samsung Note 7 recall to cost at least 53 billion

by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press Posted Oct 13, 2016 2:59 am MDT Last Updated Oct 14, 2016 at 5:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Samsung Note 7 recall to cost at least $5.3 billion SEOUL, South Korea – Samsung Electronics said Friday that the discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 7 would cost the company about $3 billion during the current and next quarters, bringing the total cost of the recall to at least $5.3 billion.The Note 7 discontinuation will cost in the mid-2 trillion won range during the October-December period and another 1 trillion won ($884 million) during the January-March quarter, the company said in a statement.Samsung already slashed its third-quarter profit forecast by $2.6 billion earlier this week, an amount that could wipe out its entire mobile business profit. That did not include the cost of Samsung’s first recall, which analysts estimated at 1 trillion won to 2 trillion won.Samsung has enough cash and other businesses to absorb the shock from the phone recall. It said it expected to generate 5.2 trillion won ($4.6 billion) in operating income during the third quarter after the recall cost. Analysts said most of the income will be generated by sales of advanced displays and semiconductors.Samsung added that it will make significant changes in its quality assurance processes to enhance product safety for consumers. It did not elaborate.The company said it will expand sales of two other smartphones released in spring, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, quashing rumours that it may try to release updated versions of those devices. Samsung usually releases a new iteration of the Galaxy S series in spring, so the company may have to provide a strong incentive to sell the 6-month-old phones, such as lowering their prices.Due to unexplained fires and overheating problems, more than 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones were recalled before the product was discontinued earlier this week just two months after its launch in August.In the United States, 1.9 million Note 7 phones are subject to the two recalls. Samsung also recalled about 200,000 phones in China and about half a million phones in South Korea.The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said there were 96 reports of batteries in Note 7 phones overheating in the country, including 23 new reports since the first recall announcement last month. The company received 13 reports of burns and 47 reports of property damages associated with the phones.“Consumers should immediately stop using and power down all Galaxy Note 7 devices, including Note 7 devices received as replacements in the previous recall,” the agency said.The botched recall raised questions about Samsung’s initial analysis of the Note 7 phone’s problems. At first, Samsung said a minor manufacturing error in the batteries for the Note 7 was causing the phones to overheat.The problem with the replacements is still unclear. Experts say Samsung may have rushed to conclude the Note 7’s problem was a battery issue and it may take a long time to find the real cause.Seeking to retain customers, Samsung is giving an incentive of a $100 credit to Note 7 owners who switch to another Samsung phone.The Note 7 device was one of the most expensive smartphones in the market with all the latest technologies from Samsung, including the ability to unlock the phone by scanning a user’s iris. It was sold for between $850 and $890.__Follow Youkyung Lee on Twitter at twitter.com/YKLeeAPHer work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/youkyung-lee Returned boxes of Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Note 7 smartphones are placed at a shop of South Korean mobile carrier in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. Samsung Electronics says it has expanded its recall of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in the U.S. to include all replacement devices the company offered as a presumed safe alternative after the original Note 7s were found prone to catch fire. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man) read more

Merrittville bridge closure delayed

Staff and students commuting to Brock University via Merrittville Hwy. will have a few extra days to figure out their new driving route.Merrittville Hwy. between Decew Rd. and Beaverdams Rd. had been scheduled to close Sept. 14 so that work could begin on replacing the Power Canal Bridge.However, the Niagara Region said Thursday that because the project to replace a bridge on Beaverdams Rd. is still wrapping up, the Merrittville Hwy. closure will be delayed by three days to Thursday, Sept. 17.Merrittville Hwy. will be closed until August, 2016 for the work to be done. In addition to the new, wider bridge being built, a new causeway leading up to the bridge will also be constructed.The posted detour uses Beaverdams Rd., Collier Rd. and St. David’s Rd. read more

Commentary preseason college football polls should be done away with

Former Miami coach Howard Schnellenberger raises the 1983 NCAA Championship trophy during halftime of a game against Florida Atlantic at Sun Life Stadium. Miami won, 34-6. Credit: Courtesy of MCTBefore each college football season, The Associated Press, USA TODAY and countless other media outlets come out with their preseason top 25 rankings. Essentially, it is a way of letting the world know what their predictions are for the upcoming season.These rankings factor in how teams did the previous year, the players they lost and added to their squads and any potential coaching changes that will affect the program.And every year, we fall into their trap.I’ll admit it, ever since I was young I was always excited for the day that AP released its preseason poll because it gave me something to analyze before the season got under way.But these rankings are flawed and need to be fixed.Since the beginning of the Bowl Championship Series in 1998, there has been only one national champion that started the season ranked outside the top 20 in the preseason AP poll.That was No. 22 Auburn in 2010-11.All in all, there have been only eight teams that started the season outside of the AP top 10 and participated in the BCS National Championship, four of which were victorious.So if a team thinks it has a shot of playing in the BCS National Championship Game or, starting next season, into the College Football Playoff, it has to hope AP thinks so too.Currently there are five undefeated teams in the AP top 20 who started the season unranked: No. 17 Fresno State (5-0), No. 16 Texas Tech (6-0), No. 14 Missouri (6-0), No. 12 Baylor (5-0) and No. 10 Miami (5-0).There is zero guarantee that even one of these teams finishes the season unbeaten but if they do, the odds of them jumping over a one loss LSU (6-1) or Texas A&M (5-1), currently ranked sixth and seventh respectively, is slim.These teams very well could be the best five in the country, but because of the fact that the rankings in the preseason didn’t include them, they could miss out on the opportunity to play for the crystal football.As much hate as the BCS system gets, the one thing it did get right was when it releases its rankings.It isn’t until the eighth week of games that the initial BCS rankings become available, a style all polls should adopt.If AP waited until mid-October to announce its first poll of the season, it might look very different. Instead of discussing whether No. 4 Ohio State should leapfrog No. 3 Clemson or drop below No. 5 Florida State, we may be talking about Baylor or Miami potentially finishing in the top two and making it to the title game.At the end of the day, the preseason rankings are often closer to correct than incorrect, but that doesn’t mean they should continue.The last time the eventual national champion was ranked outside of the top 5 in the AP poll in week eight of the season was 2006-07 when Florida was No. 9 and coming off its only loss of the season the day before.I would rather wait for a couple of months and give voters time to really evaluate teams than just jump right in and potentially cost deserving schools their shot at a championship.With the adaptation of a college football’s first ever playoff system next season, it is time for AP to change its ways as well. Get rid of the preseason and early season polls, wait to release your rankings until later and give every team an equal opportunity to win it all. read more

Ohio State womens basketball looks to catch its breath win first game

OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) during a game against Connecticut on Nov. 16. OSU lost 100-56. Credit: Ian Bailey | Lantern reporterAfter falling to the two top-ranked teams in the country, the No. 7 Ohio State women’s basketball team (0-2) is set to host Belmont (2-0) on Thursday at 7 p.m. in search of its first victory.The Buckeyes began the season on Friday in Columbia, South Carolina, falling to No. 2 South Carolina 88-80 before hosting top-ranked Connecticut, losing to the three-time defending champions 100-56. OSU coach Kevin McGuff and his players remained pleased with the scheduling of the Huskies and Gamecocks, undeterred by the losses.“You never know how good you are, unless you face the best,” junior forward Shayla Cooper said, dismissing the notion that OSU shouldn’t have scheduled the difficult early-season tests.McGuff agreed.“If you’re trying to be relevant, you’ve gotta play the best teams, you’ve gotta get on TV. Even though it didn’t go our way, we had a great crowd, we had a lot of recruits here, we were on national TV,” McGuff said following the loss to UConn, referencing a conversation he had with Huskies coach Geno Auriemma prior to tipoff.Belmont, despite starting the season with two victories over Young Harris, 80-31, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, 63-62, is unranked. The Bruins, who are members of the Ohio Valley Conference, finished the 2014-15 season with a 14-17 record, falling to all three ranked teams they played.“I just know they run a motion offense and they love to shoot,” Cooper said about Belmont.The numbers back up Belmont’s propensity to shoot early and often. The Bruins shot 21 and 24 3-pointers in their first two games, making 33.3 and 47.6 percent, respectively. They also have forced 39 turnovers combined, while committing fewer fouls than their opponents in each of the past two games.But rather than specifically focus on game-planning for Belmont, OSU has worked on improving itself in light of the two losses to start the season.“I think our communication improved today,” Cooper said.She continued, noting that the disappointment felt by the Buckeyes after the loss to South Carolina outweighed the frustration they felt following the loss to UConn because of the close game against the Gamecocks.Missing MavungaMuch is able to be learned when you play against such elite competition early on.The game against South Carolina showed the Buckeyes how close they were to the No. 2 team while the loss to UConn showed them how far they have yet to go.But between both games, rebounding, or the lack thereof, plagued OSU. The Gamecocks outrebounded the Buckeyes 51-42, and the Huskies took further advantage of their size, achieving a 49-29 lead on the glass. Cooper led OSU in rebounding in both games with 15 and eight, respectively, but beyond her, sophomore forward Alexa Hart and sparsely used redshirt junior center Lisa Blair, McGuff’s team lacks size and strength in the interior. This puts a lot of the weight on Cooper’s shoulders.Cooper said she thinks her physicality is her most important skill she brings to the team. “I like going up against one of our transfers, (junior forward) Stephanie (Mavunga) because she’s really physical,” she said.Mavunga, redshirting this year, must sit out a season after transferring to OSU from North Carolina this fall. For the Tar Heels, the 6-foot-3 forward averaged 14.4 points and 9.6 rebounds while leading the team with 2.6 blocks per game.If NCAA rules did not require Mavunga to sit out a season, she would likely start beside Cooper or Hart inside, fortifying the interior that has given the Buckeyes issues. But without her, OSU will need to find ways to improve on the glass all season long. Its search for answers begins Thursday against Belmont. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. read more

Mens lacrosse Statement made No 18 Buckeyes blast topranked Denver 167

The Ohio State men’s lacrosse team huddles before its 8-7 win over University of Massachusetts on Feb. 18. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsThe No. 18 Ohio State men’s lacrosse team didn’t just make a statement against No. 1 Denver; it annihilated the top team in the nation.Freshman forward Tre LeClaire led the Buckeyes (8-0) with five goals as they demolished the Pioneers, 16-7, at Ohio Stadium. LeClaire is the the team’s overall leading scorer and making a case for national freshman of the year.OSU coach Nick Myers said he saw the potential in LeClaire on the recruiting trail, and it’s not a surprise the way he is playing in his first season in Columbus.“He’s working hard and he’s a humble kid, but he’s in a position where he knows he has to shoot the ball when his hands are free,” Myers said. “And I thought he did a nice job of that today.”Senior attack Eric Fannell and senior midfielder Johnny Pearson each had a hat trick.OSU redshirt senior goaltender Tom Carey was excellent in net, saving 11-of-17 shots on goal. Carey made his first save within seconds of the first faceoff by deflecting Denver junior midfielder Trevor Baptiste’s first shot of the game. After that, the Buckeyes pounced with three quick goals in the first period.LeClaire opened the scoring for OSU, but following a goal from Denver’s senior midfielder Tyler Pace, the Buckeyes exploded on offense, refusing to let up.With 11:50 remaining in the first period, Pearson took the 2-1 lead. Then, ten seconds later, Fannell scored a goal. Pearson scored his second of the day with 4:26 remaining in the first. Before the end of the quarter, senior midfielder J.T. Blubaugh put another on the board for an early 5-1 lead.In the second quarter the Buckeyes continued to shutdown the Pioneers’ offense. LeClaire scored twice and junior attack Colin Chell scored once, giving OSU a stunning 8-1 lead at the half.To open the third quarter, the Buckeyes put two more on the more to cap 10 unanswered goals and an insurmountable 11-1 lead.Myers said he told the team to keep going at the Pioneers and not to let up.“I told the team at halftime to stay aggressive,” he said. “We need to play another 30 minutes of Buckeye lacrosse and — versus a team like Denver — we have been in that position before and we can’t let up.”Fannell scored twice in the quarter with assists from freshman midfielder Ryan Terefenko and Chell.With 2:32 left in the third quarter, the Pioneers finally got on the board again when Connor Cannizzaro scored, but LeClaire answered emphatically with his fifth of the day and second in the quarter, giving OSU a 12-2 lead after three.In the fourth, Denver outscored OSU 5-4, but little did that matter.Terefenko, Blubaugh, Pearson and senior attack Austin Shanks all scored in the quarter, suppressing any chance of a comeback.Sophomore attack Austin French, junior midfielder Sean Mayle, freshman attack Ethan Walker, sophomore midfielder Colin Rutan and junior attack Colton McCaffrey all scored for the Pioneers in the quarter.Fannell said this victory should grant OSU more respect than it had been receiving.“We know as a team that we’re good and (if) people aren’t going to give us recognition, then we’re going to keep running it down teams’ throats,” he said.Next week OSU will travel to South Bend, Indiana, to play No. 2 Notre Dame in an attempt to extend their undefeated season and beat another top program. read more

Icelandic player of 2010 – Alexander Petersson

Alexander PeterssonIcelandic handball Icelandic handball Federation chose right wing – back, Alexander Petersson (30) for the best player in 2010. Petersson plays in Fuchse Berlin, where he came last summer from SG Flensburg. Native Latvian got in 2004 Icelandic citizenship and played for their national team with huge role in last bronze medal from EURO 2010 in Austria. ← Previous Story Marko Vujin for Handball-Planet: “My wish for 2011 – Kiel” Next Story → Russian legend, Vladimir Maksimov: “France and Sweden in the final” read more