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  • South Africa’s ’30-day TV advert’

    first_img18 August 2009 While most television advertisements only last for 30 seconds, the 2010 Fifa World Cup offers South Africa the opportunity to stage a 30-day advertisement to the world, says 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) chairman Irvin Khoza. Speaking at the 2010 National Communication Partnership conference in Johannesburg on Monday, Khoza said the World Cup was a once-in-a-lifetime marketing opportunity for South Africa. “Think of the tournament as a 30-day commercial for South Africa – a 30-day television commercial to be watched by a cumulative audience of billions around the globe – this is the scale of our opportunity for South Africans to present this country effectively and proactively,” Khoza said. The LOC chairman said it was up to South Africans to decide what the message of the “30-day commercial” would be. The 2010 Fifa World Cup will be played in nine South African cities over a period of 30 days, with 32 teams playing 64 matches in the battle to be crowned football champions of the world. Assessed in terms of the number of worldwide viewers, the World Cup is the world’s biggest sporting event. It is expected to draw in a cumulative worldwide television audience of more than 26-billion spectators in 2010 – for Germany 2006, the total cumulative television audience was 26.3-billion. Using Monday’s occasion to give a 2010 stadium construction update, Khoza said the six stadiums that have not yet been completed are 80 percent complete and would be complete by the end of the year. Meanwhile, the latest research indicates a major shift in confidence among South Africans regarding the country’s ability to pull off a successful World Cup. During the first quarter of 2009, a Fifa-commissioned survey revealed that 88 percent of South Africans felt a sense of pride at being the first African country to host the World Cup, while 77 percent predicted the tournament would be a success. And in May this year, a separate survey by African Response found that 89 percent of South Africans believed the World Cup would benefit the country. Source: BuaNews / South Africa 2010last_img read more

  • Final touches for Peter Mokaba Stadium

    first_img27 October 2009Peter Mokaba Stadium in South Africa’s Limpopo province is 96% complete and will be officially opened in January, the 2010 provincial technical committee announced after a meeting in Polokwane this week.“It is not surprising that Fifa and the Local Organising Committee in their recent visit were satisfied with our preparations,” said provincial 2010 co-ordinator Seipati Tlaka. “We are working as a team of winners.”Final touchesThe stadium needs only some paintwork and final touches to the surrounding lawns before it is ready for the 2010 Fifa World Cup™.To prepare for an influx of tourists, Limpopo Tourism and Parks will train garage operators and taxi operators along the province’s main roads in both customer and foreign languages.“This will assist in making sure visitors do not feel lost, and will enhance interpersonal engagements during the coming soccer showpiece,” Tlaka said. “In terms of readiness in disaster management, the Capricorn District added three fire-fighting vehicles to be delivered next month.”Some 2 300 citizens also applied for the 2010 volunteer programme, and will start training in January.Tourist attractionsCommunications manager from the Limpopo coordinating unit, Naledzani Rasila, said mobile cellphone suppliers have been asked to strengthen their coverage in surrounding areas.“Some of these areas are tourism attraction centres such as the Nwanedi Resort in the Vhembe district,” Rasila said.Celebrations to mark the 200-day countdown to the 2010 World Cup will kick off on 22 November.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

  • Get casual and celebrate our differences

    first_imgCasual Day ambassadors Benedictor Mokoena (front) and Adri Visser (back) with Alma School learner Angelique Bezuidenhout. Alma School is a school for learners with disabilities in Pretoria and one of the largest schools in the country catering to needs of disabled learners.As Disability Rights Awareness Month draws to a close, Casual Day nears the conclusion of its campaign for the year. But the work is not over, and the organisation is now setting its sights on launching its National Schools Programme for 2016.Schools across the country are encouraged to increase their involvement in the campaign by pairing up with mainstream schools in their area and pledge their support of the 2016 Casual Day campaign.Casual Day project leader Vanessa du Plessis has asked pupils, parents and teachers to make Casual Day one of the stand-out events on their calendars in 2016.Disability Rights Awareness Month began on 3 November and will run until 3 December. 3 December   is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities as well as South Africa’s National Disability Rights Awareness Day.“Disability Rights Awareness Month provides South Africa with an opportunity to inspire hope and confidence in the ability of communities and the state machinery to work together in addressing the common challenges facing persons with disabilities and society in general,” explained Du Plessis.She also urged governmental bodies to ensure all public and private schools across the country made it a point to celebrate Casual Day, stating that “schools are a significant aspect of government and schools are where values and morals are inculcated”.Tshilidzini Special School in Limpopo province is the top performer in the country in raising funds for persons with disabilities.CASUAL DAYEstablished in 1995, Casual Day is the flagship project of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA).Each year, the project invites all South Africans to dress differently and wear the specially designed Casual Day sticker on an allocated day (this year’s Casual Day took place on Friday, 4 September) in exchange for a R10 donation that goes towards supporting the many organisations relying on the project.Since its creation, Casual Day has grown into one of the country’s leading fundraisers in support of disability awareness and creating a fully accessible and inclusive society for all.With the help of the general public as well as a number of corporate sponsors, Casual Day had contributed more than R222-million to the funding of organisations providing education, assistive devices, shelter and employment to the nearly 15% of the population who had disabilities, Du Plessis said.The total sum of money raised this year will be announced in February 2016.“It is important to note that government funding for NGOs working in the sector is inadequate – and that most of them survive on private donations, which means Casual Day is vital to these services,” she said, highlighting the significance of the project in meeting the needs of people who had disabilities.TIMELY INTERVENTIONA series of studies, said the Casual Day organisers, conducted by the NCPPDSA, Mpumalanga’s Department of Social Development, Statistics South Africa and Casual Day participant Disabled Children’s Action Group (DICAG) revealed the following:Only 42% of the children with disabilities identified in Mpumalanga’s Ehlanzeni, Nkangala and Gert Sibande districts were receiving rehabilitation. (Mpumalanga’s Department of Social Development)Only 33% of these children had the assistive devices they required. (Mpumalanga’s Department of Social Development)Around 59% of these children reported that their caregivers did not know how to apply for an assistive device. (Mpumalanga’s Department of Social Development)Children with disabilities were substantially less likely to attend school than their non-disabled peers. (NCPPDSA)Drop-out rates among children with disabilities that did attend school were significantly higher than those of their peers who are not disabled. (NCPPDSA)There were significant gaps in the child justice system in dealing with cases that involved children with disabilities for a number of reasons, such as witnesses being incompetent because of a break-down in communication. (DICAG)“These figures are shocking and saddening,” said Du Plessis, “but Casual Day brings a huge ray of hope, because the awareness campaign around Casual Day puts a public focus on the needs of persons with disabilities.“We do not only focus on children, but provide funding to the entire age spectrum. For example, Alzheimer’s South Africa raises funds for its research and awareness campaigns through Casual Day.”Through its holistic approach, the Casual Day campaign supports a wide range of beneficiaries including the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa, the Deaf Federation of South Africa and the South African Disability Alliance.By continuously raising awareness of the plight of people with disabilities, Casual Day has made strides in transforming our society into one that recognises the positive contributions made by people with disabilities to the country.last_img read more

  • Kings XI thrash Daredevils by 10 wickets,Kings XI thrash Daredevils by 10 wickets

    first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL Kings XI Punjab dished out a disciplined allround performance to notch up a superb 10- wicket win over Delhi Daredevils and keep their IPL play-off hopes alive, here today.In one of the most pathetic batting performances in this edition of the Indian Premier League, Delhi Daredevils were shot out for just 67 by Kings XI Punjab in 17.1 overs overs after invited to bat here.Sandeep Sharma (4/20) was the wrecker-in-chief as he returned with a four-wicket haul, while Axar Patel (2/22) and Varun Aaron (2/3) picked up two wickets each. Mohit Sharma (1/3) and Glenn Maxwell (1/12) also contributed with one wicket each.Chasing the easy target, openers Martin Guptill (50 not out) and Hashim Amla (16 not out) completed the job in 7.5 overs. This is only Punjab’s fourth win in nine matches.Earlier, Daredevils batting looked like a rudderless ship with none of the batsmen getting past 20-run mark. The highest individual score was 18 from Corey Anderson.This was the second lowest score in this year’s IPL after 49 by Royal Challengers Bangalore.Injured Zaheer Khan did not play today and in an inexplicable decision, the team management named Karun Nair the skipper. Nair has been out of form since his triple hundred in Test cricket and did nothing to inspire the confidence of his colleagues. SHARE × cricket IPL 2017 Published oncenter_img Kings XI Punjab openers Martin Guptill (50 off 27) and Hashim Amla (16 off 20) scored the required runs without loosing any wicket during an IPL Match against Delhi Daredevils at I S Bindra stadium in Mohali on Sunday. – Photo: Akhilesh Kumar COMMENT Kings XI Punjab openers Martin Guptill (50 off 27) and Hashim Amla (16 off 20) scored the required runs without loosing any wicket during an IPL Match against Delhi Daredevils at I S Bindra stadium in Mohali on Sunday. – Photo: Akhilesh Kumar COMMENTS April 30, 2017last_img read more

  • Kohli, India maintain top spot in ICC rankings

    first_imgKolkata, Apr 4 (PTI) Indias star batsman Virat Kohli has maintained his number one position in the ICC T20 batsmen rankings and so have India in the team charts after the conclusion of the World T20. West Indies, who won the World T20 title here last night, have number-one ranked India firmly within their sights after they became the only side to win the tournament twice. The West Indies defeated 2010 winner England by four wickets in front of a packed Eden Gardens, and have consequently moved ahead of New Zealand in second place. The West Indies are now on 125 points, one point behind India who lost to the eventual champion in Mumbai in the second semi-final on Thursday. After finishing as the second best side in the tournament, England are now fourth after swapping places with South Africa. New Zealand, who lost to England in the first semi-final in Delhi on Wednesday, have retained their third place at 120 points. In the batsmen rankings, Virat Kohli has comfortably defended his number-one position. India?s top-order batsman, who was adjudged player of the tournament, leads Australia?s second-ranked Aaron Finch by 86 points. Kohli had entered the home competition leading Finch by 24 points. England?s Joe Root, who finished as the third leading run-getter behind Tamim Iqbal and Kohli with 249 runs, has broken into the top five for the first time in his career. Root scored 27 not out in the semi-final and 54 in the final, for which he has been rewarded with a jump seven places that has now put him in fourth position. Marlon Samuels, who won the player of the final award, has also returned to the top 20 in 18th position. The top-order batsman scored eight in the semi-final and 85 not out in the final, which has helped him rise five places to share the position with South Africa?s Quinton de Kock. England?s Jos Buttler is the other batsman inside the top 25 to improve his ranking. The wicketkeeper/batsman is now in 24th spot after moving up three places. Amongst the bowlers, India?s pace duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Ashish Nehra have achieved career-best rankings. Bumrah has vaulted six places to seventh, while Nehra has climbed five places and is now in 11th position. West Indies? Samuel Badree is the number-one ranked bowler and he leads fellow wrist-spinner Imran Tahir of South Africa by 50 points, while India?s Ravichandaran Ashwin is in third position, another 28 points behind. There is no change in the top five of the all-rounders? list, which is headed by a retired Shane Watson. He is followed by Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh, Pakistan?s Shahid Afridi, Australia?s Glenn Maxwell and West Indies? Marlon Samuels. PTI BS CMadvertisementlast_img read more

  • Ben Stokes named in England’s Test squad for New Zealand series

    first_imgThe England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has named Ben Stokes in the 16-man squad for England’s tour of New Zealand, which is set to begin in March.Stokes has been missing from action since being banned by the board over his scuffle in Bristol, which led to his arrest for allegedly inflicting bodily harm on a man, during England’s home series against West Indies.While Stokes is a provisional name which is subjected to completion of the investigation against him, Lancashire batsman Liam Livingstone has earned his maiden call-up.ALSO WATCHThe ECB reiterated that Stokes was in the squad and his involvement will depend on the outcome of the investigation going on against him in England.”Should the ECB Board receive formal confirmation that Stokes has either been charged or that he will face no charges, they would convene within 48 hours to make a decision on his availability for the team at that stage,” ECB said.Meanwhile, batsman Livingstone has been rewarded in the wake of his good form with Lancashire and for his good performances with the England Lions in the last couple of years.”Liam has been a player that we have been impressed with for quite some time, having performed well in the county system with Lancashire and over the past couple of years with the England Lions,” national selector James Whitaker”He is a very talented and tough cricketer who has the ideal qualities and character to be successful in the Test arena,” he added.advertisementWhile seamer Mark Wood has also been recalled in the Test squad after struggling with injury, Ashes underperformers Moeen Ali, James Vince and Mark Stoneman have all been retained.Wood is back in the squad for the first time since last year, and Whitaker believes he would play a significant part in our forthcoming ODI tour of Australia.”Mark is now back to full fitness and is looking forward to being part of our Test plans. He will play a significant part in our forthcoming ODI tour of Australia and we will be paying close attention to his efforts over the next few weeks,” Whitaker said.The two sides will play a two-match Test series from March 22 in Auckland.The England Test squad is as follows:Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Mason Crane, Ben Foakes, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ben Stokes, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.(Courtesy: ANI)last_img read more

  • In the news today Jan 17

    first_imgEight stories in the news for Wednesday, Jan. 17———CANADA, U.S. URGE CRACKDOWN ON NORTH KOREACanada and the U.S. led calls Tuesday for the global community to step up its enforcement of sanctions against North Korea, even as they urged Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons and embrace a more peaceful future. The demands followed a day of closed-door talks in Vancouver where foreign ministers and senior diplomats from 20 countries strategized ways to end North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and force it back to the negotiating table.———TRUDEAU OPTIMISTIC ABOUT NAFTAJustin Trudeau remains optimistic that Canada, the U.S. and Mexico can strike a deal to modernize NAFTA that benefits all three countries. In an interview this week with The Canadian Press, the prime minister said he still believes there’s a good chance negotiations will result in what he calls a “win-win-win” — notwithstanding contradictory signals from the U.S. that have frequently left the impression that NAFTA is doomed.———NOT GOING TO RESTART INQUIRY: TRUDEAUPrime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is a long way from “starting over or scrapping” the federally-funded inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Trudeau’s comment in an interview with The Canadian Press comes as a number of survivors, families and Indigenous leaders call on the federal government to formally restart the process due to concerns over operational matters with the inquiry.———BANK OF CANADA TO MAKE INTEREST RATE DECISIONThe Bank of Canada will makes its latest interest rate announcement this morning. Economists widely believe that based on current economic data, bank governor Stephen Poloz is likely to raise the central bank’s benchmark interest rate today for a third time since last summer. Many economists note that Poloz has indicated that interest rate decisions will be data dependent.———U.S. BORDER DATA FUELS CANADIAN VISA PROBESA budding cross-border data exchange with the U.S. is quietly helping Canada crack down on immigration violators. Ottawa has flagged more than 1,000 possible cases of people overstaying their visas or committing other immigration infractions based on information provided by the United States, newly obtained memos show.———LAC-MEGANTIC DELIBERATIONS ENTERING DAY 7Jurors will deliberate for a seventh consecutive day today at the trial of three men charged with criminal negligence causing death in the Lac-Megantic railway disaster. The 12 jurors sent the judge a letter Tuesday telling him they were at an impasse. But Quebec Superior Court Justice Gaetan Dumas sent them back, urging them to try once more to reach unanimous verdicts.———LIBERALS TO ANNOUNCE BUSINESS OMBUDSMANThe Liberal government plans to make good on a campaign promise to create an ombudsman with teeth to oversee the conduct of Canadian companies operating abroad. International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne is expected to announce the creation of a new position today.———NDP LEADER JAGMEET SINGH IS ENGAGEDNew Democratic Party Leader Jagmeet Singh pulled back the curtain on his closely guarded private life, letting Canadians know that he is now engaged. Singh, 38, proposed to girlfriend Gurkiran Kaur, 27, on Tuesday night just blocks away from the Ontario legislature in Toronto where he served as a provincial legislator for six years. Until December, Singh had declined to confirm or deny that he was in a relationship.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends the “Charlevoix reconnait” gala in La Malbaie, Que., and delivers remarks.— Heritage Minister Melanie Joly will address the media in Toronto after meetings to discuss harassment in film, TV and theatre.— Syncrude Canada to appear in an Alberta court to face charges related to the deaths of blue herons at one of its mine sites.— MP Scott Simms provides an update on steps to address a marine pollution threat from the Manolis L shipwreck.— Canadian Armed Forces soldiers arrive in Edmonton after being deployed in Latvia.— Gov. Gen. Julie Payette continues a visit to Ukraine and Latvia.last_img read more

  • NDP Quebec looking to bring leftleaning nonsovereigntist voters to the fold

    first_imgMONTREAL – For the New Democratic Party of Quebec, the connection to its federal counterpart ends with the name.There’s no working relationship between the new provincial party and its national namesake, and that suits NDP Leader Raphael Fortin fine.“The law in Quebec forbids provincial parties from being linked to federal parties,” said Fortin, 38, who was elected leader in January. “So apart from sharing a community of ideas and carrying a similar party name … there’s no organic link between the parties.”Fortin said his party aims to fill a void on the left of the provincial political spectrum.“More or less, we’re looking for a left-leaning voter who isn’t interested in a referendum on Quebec sovereignty,” said Fortin, who was raised in sovereigntist circles.The Quebec New Democrats avoid the federalist label, advocating instead for an asymmetrical federalism that respects Quebec’s jurisdictions, he said.“There are people (in our ranks) who consider themselves federalist, but the door is open to all political orphans,” Fortin said.The party doesn’t see itself in competition with the Parti Quebecois or Quebec solidaire, despite proposing similar policies, such as free post-secondary education and a $15 hourly minimum wage.“They are left, yes, but they are above all sovereigntist,” Fortin said. Instead, he is targeting disenfranchised Coalition Avenir Quebec and Liberal voters, or those without a political home.The NDP is fielding candidates in 59 of the province’s 125 ridings, well behind such other second-tier parties as the Conservative Party of Quebec, with 101, and the Quebec Green Party, with 97. But Fortin considers the slate respectable, considering a provincial NDP has not run in Quebec since 1994.Fortin, who has taken a leave of absence and sold his condo to commit to the campaign, said electoral success will be measured by credibility raised, not seats won. He is running in the southwestern Montreal riding of Verdun.“I tell my candidates, don’t look at the final results, look at your campaign and how many people you reach,” he said.He got his first taste of politics campaigning for Tom Mulcair in 2007, when the federal NDP made its first breakthrough in the province. He ran and lost twice federally on Montreal’s south shore in 2008 and 2015.The Orange Wave that swept Quebec in the 2011 federal election is a distant memory, but Fortin said that success was connected more to the late NDP leader Jack Layton than the party brand.“We must recognize the reality that Jack was able to seduce an electorate and connect with them, so a lot of people voted without knowing about the NDP,” he said. “They voted for the man.”Four of those 2011 surprise MPs, defeated in 2015, are running provincially.They include Quebec City-area candidate Raymond Cote, who lost the leadership campaign to Fortin but agreed to run in the Jean-Lesage riding. He said the former MPs bring attention to the new party.“Many people told me, finally we’ll have a choice,” Cote said.Concordia University political scientist Daniel Salee said social democrats opposed to sovereignty might be intrigued by the NDP, but it will be an uphill battle when even the federal party is struggling in Quebec.“The NDP at the federal level in Quebec doesn’t have the kind of appeal it did under Jack Layton and (or even) the kind of appeal it still had under Mulcair,” Salee said.last_img read more

  • March Madness Crib Notes For Sundays Games

    West RegionalIN BRIEFGame to watch: No. 1 Wisconsin vs. No. 8 Oregon (87.3) at 7:45 p.m. EDT on TruTVIN DEPTHWisconsin (87 percent) vs. OregonPlayer to watch: Frank Kaminsky, WisconsinOregon’s offense — far and away the strength of the team — came to the rescue against Oklahoma State in the round of 64 as the Ducks shot 55 percent from the floor to outgun the Cowboys in a 79-73 win. But securing enough stops to beat Wisconsin might be a struggle for the defensively challenged Ducks. According to Ken Pomeroy’s ratings, Wisconsin easily owns the best offense in the country, a unit primed to take advantage of Oregon’s weak shot defense and inability to force turnovers. The Ducks also lack the risky traits that sometimes help heavy underdogs chance their way into upsets. But one path the Ducks might navigate to victory is to force the tempo and make the Badgers play at their pace. Oregon had the 33rd-fastest offense in the country this season (as measured by seconds per possession), while Wisconsin had the third-slowest. While Saturday’s top-billed matchups (specifically, Arizona-Ohio State and Kentucky-Cincinnati) looked sexier on paper than any in store on Sunday, day No. 2 of the round of 32 offers some solid games of its own — as well as fewer sleepers. Keep a particular eye on the trio of 2-versus-7 matchups, each of which should be reasonably competitive by the standards of this round.Here’s what else to look for:South RegionalGame to watch: No. 1 Duke vs. No. 8 San Diego State (a harmonic mean of 88.0) at 2:40 p.m. EDT on CBSUpset alert! No. 7 Iowa (27 percent win probability) vs. No. 2 Gonzaga at 7:10 p.m. EDT on TBSIN DEPTHDuke (85 percent win probability) vs. San Diego StatePlayer to watch: Jahlil Okafor, DukeAfter taking care of Robert Morris with ease in its opener, Duke moves on to face the slow-paced, defensively focused Aztecs. San Diego State has a tall team that ranks among the nation’s best at limiting opponents’ shooting efficiency and keeping them from getting to the line. But watch for Duke’s offensive rebounding (spearheaded by All-Everything center Jahlil Okafor) to offset some of SDSU’s defensive advantage. And when the Aztecs have the ball, scoring might be an ordeal. Neither of San Diego State’s two go-to guys on offense — Winston Shepard and Dwayne Polee — could even match the Division I average for efficiency when they ended an Aztec possession, a trend that figures to continue against a solid Blue Devils defense. East RegionalIN BRIEFGame to watch: No. 2 Virginia vs. No. 7 Michigan State (89.5) at 12:10 p.m. EDT on CBSUpset alert! No. 5 Northern Iowa (55 percent) vs. No. 4 Louisville at 9:40 p.m. EDT on TBSIN DEPTHVirginia (72 percent) vs. Michigan StatePlayer to watch: Anthony Gill, VirginiaVirginia didn’t exactly look dominant against a stubborn Belmont team Friday, and now the Cavaliers must face an even tougher opponent in Michigan State. The Spartans have the talent to stick with Virginia — they’d have a 37 percent chance of the upset here if we based our prediction on preseason ratings alone — and their coach is familiar with deep tournament runs. Plus, Virginia operates its offense at a veritable crawl, slowing down the game and inviting the kind of variance that can prove deadly for a favorite. But other than their snail-like pace, the Cavaliers play a sturdy style as upset-proof as any, relying primarily on two-point shooting, ball security, rebounding, and an old-fashioned big, tough interior defense. It all makes for a team with few clear weaknesses, something Michigan State will likely learn the hard way.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. Midwest RegionalIN BRIEFGame to watch: No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 7 Wichita State (87.6) at 5:15 p.m. EDT on CBSUpset alert! No. 5 West Virginia (55 percent) vs. No. 4 Maryland at 8:40 p.m. EDT on TNTIN DEPTHKansas (57 percent) vs. Wichita StatePlayer to watch: Fred VanVleet, Wichita StateWichita State’s offense clicked in the second half of its victory over Indiana on Friday, but the points may not come as easily against a strong Kansas defense that ranks ninth nationally in Ken Pomeroy’s schedule-adjusted ratings. The game may come down to whether Wichita State can execute its pick-and-roll — according to Synergy Sports, the Shockers’ pick-and-roll ball-handling efficiency ranked in the 93rd percentile of Division I schools; the Jayhawks’ defense was in the 85th percentile at stopping the play. At the other end, it’s worth watching whether the more interior-focused Kansas offense can adapt to take advantage of a Wichita State defense that dares opponents to move the ball around and shoot from the outside. read more