US Open results (Update)

first_imgMen’s Singles Round 2 1-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat Taro Daniel (Japan) 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-231-Feliciano Lopez (Spain) beat Fernando Verdasco (Spain) 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-111-Roberto Bautista (Spain) beat Dustin Brown (Germany) 6-1 6-3 7-6(3)30-Adrian Mannarino (France) beat Bjorn Fratangelo (U.S.) 6-3 6-7(4) 6-1 6-2Andrey Rublev (Russia) beat 7-Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 7-5 7-6(3) 6-324-Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina) beat Adrian Menendez (Spain) 6-2 6-3 7-6(3)Damir Dzumhur (Bosnia and Herzegovina) beat Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (Germany) 4-6 6-4 6-0 6-1John Millman (Australia) beat Malek Jaziri (Tunisia) 6-1 7-6(1) 6-1Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) beat 15-Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) 3-6 6-1 7-6(5) 6-2Viktor Troicki (Serbia) beat Stefano Travaglia (Italy) 7-6(6) 7-5 6-0Leonardo Mayer (Argentina) beat Yuichi Sugita (Japan) 6-7(3) 6-4 6-3 6-49-David Goffin (Belgium) beat Guido Pella (Argentina) 3-6 7-6(5) 6-7(2) 7-6(4) 6-318-Gael Monfils (France) beat Donald Young (U.S.) 6-3 6-7(3) 6-4 2-6 7-533-Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany) beat Santiago Giraldo (Colombia) 6-2 6-1 3-0 (Giraldo retired)6-Dominic Thiem (Austria) beat Taylor Fritz (U.S.) 6-4 6-4 4-6 7-53-Roger Federer (Switzerland) beat Mikhail Youzhny (Russia) 6-1 6-7(3) 4-6 6-4 6-2Women’s Singles Round 220-CoCo Vandeweghe (U.S.) beat Ons Jabeur (Tunisia) 7-6(6) 6-227-Zhang Shuai (China) beat Risa Ozaki (Japan) 6-0 6-3Shelby Rogers (U.S.) beat 25-Daria Gavrilova (Australia) 7-6(6) 4-6 7-6(5)Monica Niculescu (Romania) beat Ana Bogdan (Romania) 6-2 3-6 6-31-Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) beat Nicole Gibbs (U.S.) 2-6 6-3 6-4Daria Kasatkina (Russia) beat Christina McHale (U.S.) 7-5 6-3Naomi Osaka (Japan) beat Denisa Allertova (Czech Republic) 6-3 4-6 7-54-Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) beat Evgeniya Rodina (Russia) 6-4 6-412-Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia) beat Sorana Cirstea (Romania) 6-4 6-4Kaia Kanepi (Estonia) beat Yanina Wickmayer (Belgium) 6-4 6-2Jennifer Brady (U.S.) beat 23-Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic) 6-1 6-1Kurumi Nara (Japan) beat 8-Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) 6-3 3-6 6-3Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic) beat Nao Hibino (Japan) 6-1 3-6 6-217-Elena Vesnina (Russia) beat Kirsten Flipkens (Belgium) 6-4 6-415-Madison Keys (U.S.) beat Tatjana Maria (Germany) 6-3 6-410-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) beat Yulia Putintseva (Kazakhstan) 7-5 6-2last_img read more

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Atletico Madrid ready new deal for Bayern Munich and Chelsea target

first_imgAtletico Madrid are desperate to offer Antoine Griezmann a new contract with Bayern Munich and Chelsea ready to activate the 24-year-old’s buyout-clause.The forward has been in stunning form since joining Atletico on a six-year contract last summer, scoring 25 goals in all competitions during the current campaign.It has lead to speculation that the forward could already be off – despite being at the Vicente Calderon for just one season.Bayern Munich have expressed an interest in the Frenchman, while Chelsea are said to be keeping tabs on the situation.And now, according to El Confidencial, Atletico are desperate to offer Griezmann a new contract after interested parties learned about the player’s buyout-clause.Griezmann reportedly has a buyout-clause of £24m and Atletico are ready to offer the France international a new contract which would see that eradicated. Antoine Griezmann in action for Atletico Madrid 1last_img read more

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GOSSIP: Man United plot sneaky Griezmann bid, Payet to leave West Ham for £30m

first_imgHere are the top headlines and transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers and online…Manchester United are priming Paul Pogba to tempt France team-mate Antoine Griezmann to sign for the Old Trafford club. (Daily Record)Red Devils full-back Matteo Darmian is house hunting in Italy as he tries to force a move to Inter Milan. (The Sun)West Ham have softened their stance on Dimitri Payet and are now ready to sell to wantaway playmaker to Marseille for £30million. (Daily Mirror)Branislav Ivanovic could be leaving Chelsea as he is in discussions over a move to Zenit St Petersburg. (Daily Mail)Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy is trying to set up a transfer back home to France after being told he can leave the Gunners. (Daily Mirror)Sunderland are closing in on a loan deal for Bordeaux left-back Diego Contento. (Sky Sports)Middlesbrough could look to sign Aston Villa youngster Jack Grealish if forward Gaston Ramirez joins Leicester. The Foxes have already had a bid of £12m rejected for the Uruguayan. (Daily Mail)Latest talkSPORT.com headlines:Jamie Carragher fears Liverpool’s season could unravel completely following their EFL Cup semi-final exit at the hands of SouthamptonHebei China Fortune are working on a move for Watford striker Odion IghaloBrentford holding out for right price before selling striker and West Ham target Scott HoganDEAL CLOSE! Paris Saint-Germain winger Jese Rodriguez to join Middesbrough on loan after transfer U-turnTransfer ALERT! Sean Dyche admits Burnley could miss out on Robert Snodgrass amid West Ham and Middlesbrough bid reportsREJECTED! Leicester City snub Chinese club Tianjin Quanjan’s bid for record signing Islam SlimaniSwansea City and Hull City target Andrea Ranocchia could stay put at Inter MilanRoma have moved ahead of Leicester City and West Ham in the race for Sassuolo star Gregoire Defrellast_img read more

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The ghost is clear

first_imgSANTA FE SPRINGS – Michael J. Kouri entered Heritage Park and immediately spotted a woman in a black, Victorian-style dress. “That’s one of the spirits that’s known to haunt the area,” he said of the woman only he could see as she dismounted a spectral horse near a barn at Santa Fe Springs’ historic Heritage Park, a restored ranch that prospered in the area until the late 1800s. Kouri tried to communicate with her, but the phantom wanted nothing to do with him. No matter. “Where there’s one spirit, there’s usually more,” he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Kouri, you see, sees dead people. Or so the 42-year-old self-proclaimed spirit communicator has claimed in such TV show appearances as the History Channel’s “America’s Most Haunted Places – Haunted Alcatraz Island,” and the daytime talk show “The View.” He also has published books on the paranormal in which he points out haunted places in Pasadena, Monrovia, Orange County and Santa Fe Springs. Kouri says he is producing a special, “Investigating the Unknown With Michael J. Kouri,” in which he highlights ghostly spots in Santa Fe Springs. “I’m like a magnetized antenna. When I go to places that are haunted, the spirits come to me. I don’t have to go to them,” the Pasadena resident said. On Sunday, the psychic-medium led 15 people on a tour of Santa Fe Springs’ most-haunted places. He claims 75 percent of Santa Fe Springs, with its rich history as a former oil boomtown, is haunted. Among the local ghost hangouts are the small cemetery on Painter Avenue, the former oil fields along Telegraph Road, Santa Fe Springs City Hall, the Clarke Estate and Heritage Park. Tragedy, he says, is not necessary for spawning ghosts. Mostly, the spirits tend to stay in familiar places, like the woman he says he has frequently seen inside the Santa Fe Springs Library. Carrying a stack of books in her arms, the spirit seems frustrated, he says. “A lot of people have told me they’ve heard a woman screaming. If she’s angry, I think it’s because things have been changed and she can’t find her way around,” Kouri said. Librarian Joyce Ryan has never heard a ghost, but she says some of her co-workers have. “People have always been interested in the unknown,” she said. “But I also think people like to scare themselves. That’s why we go to scary movies, isn’t it?” Kouri said ghost hunting has been a pastime for more than 100 years. “People are really enamored with it because it’s interesting and different. It’s something we don’t understand fully, but we want to understand,” he said. Pat Linse, co-founder of the Skeptic Society in Altadena, is, well, skeptical. “It is fun to be scared and all that. But no one has ever come up with evidence on \.” Kouri insists his special ability began after he was hit by a car at age 8. After that, he saw an elderly woman at his Sun Valley church. The woman quickly disappeared, Kouri said. Since then, Kouri has made it his mission to help the spirits he encounters. He believes most ghosts are not malevolent, but are people who have died and not come to terms with their death. “People do what they did when they were alive, but in ghostly form. Most times they go back to a place looking for answers,” he said. “If they can’t find that, they go to a place that’s most familiar to them.” araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024 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

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Expanded Lights at the Brickyard Returns Nov. 17-Dec. 30 at IMS

first_imgLights at the Brickyard, the popular, drive-through holiday display that debuted last year at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, will return from Nov. 17 through Dec. 30 this year with a longer route and over 2.5 million bright lights illuminating an expanded lineup of colorful displays.The Lights at the Brickyard course will expand to more than 2 miles from last year’s 1.7 mile layout. As in 2016, the route—which travels through the IMS infield and along the front stretch of the historic oval—will cross the world-famous Yard of Bricks start-finish line.Dozens of new displays can be seen along the route, with more than 500,000 additional lights this year. “Lights at the Brickyard will become a wonderful holiday tradition at IMS, and we’re happy to see it grow into an even bigger and better family attraction this holiday season,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “We’re also grateful for the feedback from our loyal customers after last year’s event, which helped guide improvements such as the longer route, even more displays and a more streamlined pricing structure. We can’t wait to welcome even more families this winter to once again celebrate Christmas by crossing the Yard of Bricks at the Racing Capital of the World.”General admission will be $25 per car on Mondays through Wednesdays and $30 per car Thursdays through Sundays at the gate, with standard entry lane access. Vehicles with 15 or more passengers will be charged $50 at the gate, with standard entry lane access. General admission can be purchased only at the gate, with each admission valid for one drive through the displays per vehicle.The popular Speedy Pass will also return, allowing participants who want the quickest access to the course to skip the longer lines and arrive through a special entry near the IMS golf course. This pass can be purchased now at IMS.com for $40 per car through Nov. 16 and $50 online from Nov. 17-Dec. 30. Speedy Passes are $60 when purchased at the gate, with special midweek pricing to be announced.This year, Emmis Communications and B105.7, “Indy’s Christmas Station,” will become the official radio partners of Lights at the Brickyard.Operating hours for Lights at the Brickyard are 6-9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.Visit IMS.com for more information on Lights at the Brickyard.last_img read more

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2010 Fifa World Cup squads: Group E

first_imgThe final 23 players for the 32 squads competing in South Africa’s 2010 Fifa World Cup were announced after the deadline for confirmed teams passed on 1 June. Get the low-down on the 736 footballers who will be battling it out for the sport’s biggest trophy from 11 June to 11 July.More statistics on the 32 teams  2010 FIFA WORLD CUP: FIRST STAGE GROUPS Group A South Africa Mexico Uruguay FranceGroup B Argentina Nigeria South Korea GreeceGroup C England USA Algeria SloveniaGroup D Germany Australia Serbia GhanaGroup E Netherlands Denmark Japan CameroonGroup F Italy Paraguay New Zealand SlovakiaGroup G Brazil North Korea Côte d’Ivoire PortugalGroup H Spain Switzerland Honduras Chile GROUP E NETHERLANDS Coach: Bert van Marwijk # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperMaarten Stekelenburg22 September 1982 (aged 27)25Ajax2DefenderGregory van der Wiel3 February 1988 (aged 22)8Ajax3DefenderJohn Heitinga15 November 1983 (aged 26)51Everton4DefenderJoris Mathijsen5 April 1980 (aged 30)53Hamburg5DefenderGiovanni van Bronckhorst (captain)5 February 1975 (aged 35)97Feyenoord6MidfielderMark van Bommel22 April 1977 (aged 33)54Bayern Munich7ForwardDirk Kuyt22 July 1980 (aged 29)60Liverpool8MidfielderNigel de Jong30 November 1984 (aged 25)40Manchester City9ForwardRobin van Persie6 August 1983 (aged 26)41Arsenal10MidfielderWesley Sneijder9 June 1984 (aged 26)59Internazionale11ForwardArjen Robben23 January 1984 (aged 26)46Bayern Munich12DefenderKhalid Boulahrouz28 December 1981 (aged 28)28Stuttgart13DefenderAndré Ooijer11 July 1974 (aged 35)53PSV14MidfielderDemy de Zeeuw26 May 1983 (aged 27)23Ajax15DefenderEdson Braafheid8 April 1983 (aged 27)5Celtic16GoalkeeperMichel Vorm20 October 1983 (aged 26)3Utrecht17ForwardEljero Elia13 February 1987 (aged 23)5Hamburg18MidfielderStijn Schaars11 January 1984 (aged 26)11AZ19ForwardRyan Babel19 December 1986 (aged 23)38Liverpool20MidfielderIbrahim Afellay2 April 1986 (aged 24)20PSV21ForwardKlaas-Jan Huntelaar12 August 1983 (aged 26)30Milan22GoalkeeperSander Boschker20 October 1970 (aged 39)0Twente23MidfielderRafael van der Vaart11 February 1983 (aged 27)75Real Madrid DENMARK Coach: Morten Olsen # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperThomas Sørensen12 June 1976 (aged 33)86Stoke City2GoalkeeperJesper Christiansen24 April 1978 (aged 32)11København3GoalkeeperStephan Andersen26 November 1981 (aged 28)5Brøndby4DefenderDaniel Agger12 December 1984 (aged 25)30Liverpool5DefenderLars Jacobsen20 September 1979 (aged 30)29Blackburn Rovers6DefenderPer Krøldrup31 July 1979 (aged 30)28Fiorentina7DefenderWilliam Kvist24 February 1985 (aged 25)13København8DefenderSimon Kjær26 March 1989 (aged 21)9Palermo9DefenderSimon Poulsen7 October 1984 (aged 25)4AZ10DefenderPatrick Mtiliga28 January 1981 (aged 29)2Málaga11MidfielderMartin Jørgensen6 October 1975 (aged 34)94AGF12MidfielderDennis Rommedahl22 July 1978 (aged 31)94Ajax13MidfielderJesper Grønkjær12 August 1977 (aged 32)76København14MidfielderChristian Poulsen28 February 1980 (aged 30)72Juventus15MidfielderDaniel Jensen25 June 1979 (aged 30)47Werder Bremen16MidfielderThomas Kahlenberg20 March 1983 (aged 27)30Wolfsburg17MidfielderJakob Poulsen7 July 1983 (aged 26)11AGF18MidfielderThomas Enevoldsen27 July 1987 (aged 22)4Groningen19MidfielderMikkel Beckmann24 October 1983 (aged 26)3Randers20MidfielderChristian Eriksen14 February 1992 (aged 18)2Ajax21ForwardJon Dahl Tomasson (captain)29 August 1976 (aged 33)108Feyenoord22ForwardNicklas Bendtner16 January 1988 (aged 22)32Arsenal23ForwardSøren Larsen6 September 1981 (aged 28)17MSV DuisburgJAPAN Coach: Takeshi Okada # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperSeigo Narazaki15 April 1976 (aged 34)76Nagoya Grampus2MidfielderYuki Abe6 September 1981 (aged 28)44Urawa Red Diamonds3DefenderYūichi Komano25 July 1981 (aged 28)52Júbilo Iwata4DefenderMarcus Tulio Tanaka24 April 1981 (aged 29)38Nagoya Grampus5DefenderYuto Nagatomo12 September 1986 (aged 23)25FC Tokyo6DefenderAtsuto Uchida27 March 1988 (aged 22)31Kashima Antlers7MidfielderYasuhito Endō28 January 1980 (aged 30)93Gamba Osaka8MidfielderDaisuke Matsui11 May 1981 (aged 29)23Grenoble9ForwardShinji Okazaki16 April 1986 (aged 24)27Shimizu S-Pulse10MidfielderShunsuke Nakamura24 June 1978 (aged 31)96Yokohama F. Marinos11ForwardKeiji Tamada11 April 1980 (aged 30)69Nagoya Grampus12ForwardKisho Yano5 April 1984 (aged 26)18Albirex Niigata13DefenderDaiki Iwamasa30 January 1982 (aged 28)2Kashima Antlers14MidfielderKengo Nakamura31 October 1980 (aged 29)46Kawasaki Frontale15DefenderYasuyuki Konno25 January 1983 (aged 27)36FC Tokyo16ForwardYoshito Ōkubo9 June 1982 (aged 28)48Vissel Kobe17MidfielderMakoto Hasebe18 January 1984 (aged 26)30Wolfsburg18MidfielderKeisuke Honda13 June 1986 (aged 23)14CSKA Moscow19ForwardTakayuki Morimoto7 May 1988 (aged 22)5Catania20MidfielderJunichi Inamoto18 September 1979 (aged 30)79Kawasaki Frontale21GoalkeeperEiji Kawashima20 March 1983 (aged 27)9Kawasaki Frontale22DefenderYuji Nakazawa15 February 1978 (aged 32)104Yokohama F. Marinos23GoalkeeperYoshikatsu Kawaguchi15 August 1975 (aged 34)116Júbilo IwataCAMEROON Coach: Paul Le Guen # Position Player Date of Birth Caps Club 1GoalkeeperCarlos Kameni18 February 1984 (aged 26)58Espanyol2GoalkeeperSouleymanou Hamidou22 November 1973 (aged 36)40Kayserispor3GoalkeeperGuy N’dy Assembé28 February 1986 (aged 24)0Valenciennes4DefenderRigobert Song1 July 1976 (aged 33)133Trabzonspor5DefenderGeremi20 December 1978 (aged 31)109Ankaragücü6DefenderStephane Mbia20 May 1986 (aged 24)29Marseille7DefenderAurélien Chedjou20 June 1985 (aged 24)8Lille8DefenderNicolas N’Koulou27 March 1990 (aged 20)6Monaco9DefenderBenoît Assou-Ekotto24 March 1984 (aged 26)4Tottenham Hotspur10DefenderSébastien Bassong9 July 1986 (aged 23)3Tottenham Hotspur11DefenderGaëtan Bong25 April 1988 (aged 22)0Valenciennes12MidfielderJean Makoun29 May 1983 (aged 27)46Lyon13MidfielderAlexandre Song9 September 1987 (aged 22)20Arsenal14MidfielderLandry N’Guémo28 November 1985 (aged 24)17Celtic15MidfielderEyong Enoh23 March 1986 (aged 24)12Ajax16MidfielderGeorges Mandjeck9 December 1988 (aged 21)4Kaiserslautern17MidfielderJoel Matip8 August 1991 (aged 18)1Schalke18ForwardSamuel Eto’o (captain)10 March 1981 (aged 29)92Internazionale19ForwardPierre Webó20 January 1982 (aged 28)39Mallorca20ForwardAchille Emana5 June 1982 (aged 28)32Real Betis21ForwardMohammadou Idrissou8 March 1980 (aged 30)28Freiburg22ForwardVincent Aboubakar22 January 1992 (aged 18)0Cotonsport Garoua23ForwardEric Choupo-Moting23 March 1989 (aged 21)0NurembergPREVIOUS: GROUP D << • >> NEXT: GROUP Flast_img read more

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How IoT’s Buddy could help solve Flint’s water crisis

first_imgHow IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … If sensors were placed in common water filters used in homes, the Flint water crisis could have been discovered and remediated. This could extend to solve other environmental problems, for example:If air quality sensors were as inexpensive and easy to install as LED garden lights, how many homeowners would be willing to place them in their yard and contribute to an early warning system for abnormal levels of pollution? And if micro-thermometers could be packaged with meat and produce from the time of harvest to the time of consumption, how quickly would noxious foods and their origins be identified and mitigated? Buddy has a goal, to use IoT for the greater good. They’ve created a water quality demo that showcases how Buddy integrates with distributed devices and sensors as part of an initiative they are setting up called IoT for Impact.The result is quality, real-time data, that could be used to preemptively alert health officials of system abnormalities – like those that impacted Flint, Michigan, recently – that could then be addressed immediately.I spoke to CEO and co-founder David McLauchlan, about the initiative. He explained: To some, IoT data is seen as superfluous.  Events with disastrous impact are surfacing all around us and coming to a head. The contaminated drinking water in Flint, poisoned water from fracking in New York and Pennsylvania, continued e. coli and listeria break outs in Massachusetts, or air quality issues in Oregon — these problems could have been predicted or in some way contained if IoT technology had been implemented. Cate Lawrence The Buddy demo uses water turbidity as a proxy for the overall water quality.  A variety of other water quality characteristics could be measured using this same design.  In their demo, data is captured from a turbidity sensor and displayed real-time on a dashboard.  If the turbidity level crosses a certain threshold (for example, 100 NTU), the sensor alerts by changing the color of smart lightbulbs in two separate locations.The demo can be broken down into the following key steps:Turbidity sensor is placed in water sampleData is collected, processed, and streamed real-time to SplunkAs the sensor detects key thresholds, light bulbs change color indicating a threshold was metData is compared against a data-set of water quality data provided by USGS The Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… Flint and other cities need help from all sectorsMcLaughlan admits that none of this is easy.  Sensor and beacon developers must work with product manufacturers to enable easy, low-cost data generation and transmission. Data collection, aggregation and processing platforms must be able to ingest the data, connect it to advanced software tools and make it accessible for in-depth analyses. And public agencies, policymakers, advocacy groups and scientific organizations must leverage the data in ways that increase our collective ability to prevent or minimize social crises.This type of information supply chain can’t happen in a vacuum. It can’t be achieved through closed-door meetings, and it can’t be contained in a lab. It requires widespread participation and collaboration, but the incentives are clear. Businesses can profit. Public agencies can reduce the human and financial cost of health crises. And individuals can play a greater role in their own safety and well-being.It will be exciting to follow up on IoT for Impact and the goal to create an information supply chain that would help confront—and in many cases prevent—human emergencies. Related Posts How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… McLauchlan believes there’s a real opportunity for IoT data to bring value to communities by predicting these events. He wants to start a conversation that will engage and ideally move other IoT and data solution providers into taking action. Fundamentally, he believes that people and positive social impact should be at the center of IoT value creation. How could it work? 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption Tags:#Buddy#environmental health#featured#Flint#health#innovation#Internet of Things#IoT#sensors#social change#social collaboration#water quality last_img read more

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Time for Ravichandran Ashwin to prove he’s an asset overseas

first_imgAs India prepare to take on Australia for the second ODI of the five-match series, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni would hope for a better show from his bowlers, particularly the spinners.Spin was India’s pride in the historic series triumphs over Sri Lanka and South Africa last year. Leading the charge was Ravichandran Ashwin, who finished as the highest wicket-taker in 2015 and climbed to the top of the charts in the ICC Bowlers’ rankings in Test cricket. But the Chennai off-spinner was taken to the cleaners by Steve Smith and George Bailey on a flat WACA pitch in Perth.After Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli’s 207-run stand helped India reach 309/3, debutant pacer Barinder Sran removed openers Aaron Finch and David Warner early to place the visitors in a strong position. But it all went wrong therafter as the spinners – Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja leaked 129 runs from 18 overs.Ashwin was unplayable in Sri Lanka and at home against the Proteas. On pitches that turned square (and earned the ire of the International Cricket Council), he got the ball to turn and bounce menacingly; the variations bamboozled one of the dangerous batting line-ups in the world.Dhoni has always relied on spin to bail him out of trouble. He has even rebuked his pacers in public and has often seemed helpless when they were attacked by opposition batsmen. Ashwin was his asset in such situations, Dhoni had said before the start of the series – on Tuesday it all fell apart.advertisement.@ashwinravi99 wishes you all a very Happy Pongal pic.twitter.com/F65FBdEhrm&; BCCI (@BCCI) January 14, 2016Gone was the sting and bite from Ashwin’s bowling. His nine overs cost 68 runs and the two wickets came when it was too late for India. It was a flat deck with little help for the bowlers, especially the slower breed but a man of his experience was expected to do better.Ashwin is the undisputed leader of the Indian bowling attack – even Kohli, the Test captain acknowledges that. His form will be as crucial as the batmen’s.As the leader of the attack, he can expect to be the target of Australia’s aggressive batsmen. That is what happened in Peth. The pacers had given the Aussies little leeway – Sran and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar bowled tight, probing lines. Smith and Bailey had to get a move-on and their first opportunity came when Rohit was introduced in the 12th over of the innings. They went after him and later pressed the accelerator further when Ashwin and Jadeja came on to bowl.Perth was a flat deck and beyond a point there is very little that spinners can do on such surfaces. But another belter has been prepared for Gabba and there will once again be very little assistance for Ashwin. His critics argued that he was not as good as sub-continental pitches made him look while some former cricketers believed he had developed enough skills to shine overseas. In his first test, Ashwin failed.It is time for Ashwin to deliver and show he deserves the rankings and the acclaim. He is the top-ranked Test bowler, features in the top 10 in the ODI rankings and is No.2 in the T20 rankings. There is little time to recover between these matches but Ashwin has enough experience.Ashwin’s home state Tamil Nadu is celebrating Pongal today – maybe the festival will add some luck to Ashwin’s kitty and help him overcome those overseas miseries as India seek to bounce back on another flat pitch.last_img read more

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Twitter Rules Every Job Seeker Should Follow

first_imgHow should a job seeker craft effective, meaningful Twitter messages that resound with an appropriate, yet impactful tone? Sometimes, the Twitter stream is a smooth rivulet, offering calm conversations, inviting chatter and encouraging words. In other instances, a strongly worded and edgily toned message causes the water to roil.As a job seeker determined to add and receive value from the always moving Twitter stream, I suggest carefully crafting your messages to assure you create positive waves in the stream versus churning water that may offend others or even worse, shipwreck your career.In that I’ve browsed dozens of articles opining best practices to craft a meaningful Twitter message, I think that, though rules of thumb exist, you really should maneuver your own messages in a way that feels intuitive to you. Really, there are no rules, well except for these few musts:Use correct spelling. Misspelled words immediately subtract from the intellectual impression you make and also may imply carelessness, an unattractive trait to display, especially when job seeking.Punctuate correctly. Although fudging a bit with the rules may sometimes be appropriate to fit the 140-character dimensions of Twitter; e.g., omitting a comma here or a colon there, the general rule of thumb is to respect the rules of punctuation.Don’t over abbreviate. Spelling out words versus truncating and abbreviating content until it’s nearly indecipherable is highly encouraged. Insights crammed into the Twitter stream quickly sink and disappear.  Which reads better?Ldr shd b beacn of lght who stops/ask fllowrs if on rght pth. (sink)Leader Should Be “Beacon of Light” Who Stops to Ask Followers if They Are on the Right Path. (swim)Focus on content value. Some communications and social media experts suggest only using 120 characters of your 140 characters in order to ease the job of those retweeting your message (i.e., they need the additional characters to allow for their user ID and your user ID to be displayed in the retweet). Though I think this is a nice rule of thumb, I often don’t heed it, as the appeal of maximizing each and every character, from 1 to 140 is so strong to me. Job seeker, if this is the least of your challenges, then do not despair. Remember, content value is the main objective.Regarding composing meaningful content that exudes your merit, keep in mind that trolling others’ Tweets and discovering links to career-relevant blog posts often will fire up your Tweet message ideas.Moreover, have a look at your own resume, your own knowledge and contributions and leap off of those to appeal to your followership. For example, if you perform in an administrative role in healthcare, how can you distinguish your message? As one example, you might wrap your insights around your particular process prowess in smoothing out the transition throughout the patient admission process. Tweet your wisdom on the how and why this is possible. Show, don’t just tell, potential hiring managers your achievements stories, in 140 character micro-messages.Moreover, after scouring for blog posts that support your learnings and accomplishments, Tweet custom introductions to those links. Build a value proposition through information sharing that is targeted to your future goals. What type of individual, hiring manager, recruiter or human resource professional might be intrigued by your insights? Then, wrap your words around their needs.Through an effective Tweeting process, you will create unsinkable Tweets that provide a peek behind your career curtain.last_img read more

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Denis Cheryshev, Russian winger who is now contender for Golden Boot

first_imgFrom no international goals to three at the World Cup — that has been the story of Russia’s Denis Cheryshev.He arrived at the world’s biggest stage as a player of the Russian squad but will leave as the country’s prolific scorer at their home World Cup. Currently, he has now scored one less goal than the Ballon d’Or holder Cristiano Ronaldo.Cheryshev did not even start Russia’s first game at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, came on as a substitute for the injured Alan Dzagoev and scored twice to cement his place for the next game.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEHe was part of the starting XI for Russia’s clash against Mohamed Salah’s Egypt and he outshone the Liverpool forward, scored another goal for his country and is now a Golden Boot contender. Denis Cheryshev had never scored a goal for Russia before the 2018 World Cup (Reuters Photo)His first international goal was absolutely mesmerising — collecting a pass on the left of the box, he smartly flicked the ball just a little over the two defenders sliding in and then struck it to the back of the net. The Luzhniki Stadium was at its feet with the stunning touch of skill they had witnessed from one of their own.He scored another against Saudi Arabia — a clever little goal from the outside of his foot — and on Tuesday night, his combined with two of his teammates to slot home a goal of pure quality.It has all been a dream World Cup for the 27-year-old.advertisementTHE SPANISH CONNECTIONDid you know that Cheryshev could have actually chosen to play for Spain?The Nizhny Novgorod-born has dual citizenship and was actually eligible to even represent Spain. In 2011, he even went on to say that he felt more Spanish than Russian but eventually it was his home country he chose.Cheryshev is a Real Madrid youth product. Though he initially played at Sporting de Gijon and Burgos, he joined Madrid at the age of 12.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEFrom 2002-2013, Cheryshev played for various Real Madrid teams, from Castilla and reserve side to the first team in 2012, the Russian spent a big part of his life in the Spanish capital.Thereafter, he was loaned to Sevilla and Villareal and he had a fruitful time at the latter.Cheryshev returned to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2015 but he was soon hit by a controversy. From 2002-2013, Cheryshev played for various Real Madrid teams (Reuters Photo)Remember when Rafa Benitez’s Real Madrid featured a player in their Copa del Rey match against Cadiz and got expelled from the tournament? That player was Cheryshev and it happened because he had received three yellow cards in the previous edition and was ineligible for selection.Cheryshev is now at Villareal on a permanent deal and his club finished fifth (Europa League spot) in the La Liga table this season.INJURY-PLAGUED INTERNATIONAL CAREERJust like his club career, Cheryshev’s injury issues have hampered his international career as well.He had made his Russia debut by the end of 2012 and played his first competitive game for the country on August 14, 2013 in a FIFA World Cup qualifier.However, after just five minutes on the pitch, Cheryshev had to be replaced due to injury.He was part of Russia’s provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup but did not make it to the final list and thereafter, he went on to miss the Euro 2016 for Russia with another injury.Two years hence, he did not make a single appearance for Russia and only on March 27, 2018, he got a chance to play against France in a friendly.He made it once against Russia’s extended squad list for the 2018 World Cup but this time, his name was in the final squad as well.Despite not starting the first match, it has been destiny for Cheryshev and it now looks like, it’s finally smiling upon him.last_img read more

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