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  • Ravindra Jadeja attributes top all-rounder Test ranking to MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli

    first_imgRavindra Jadeja achieved a two-in-one yesterday when the ICC Test rankings were released where he was on top of the rankings in both the all-rounders and bowlers list.Already the top-ranked bowlers in Test cricket, Jadeja played a starring role in India’s one innings and 53-runs victory over Sri Lanka in Colombo, where he scored an unbeaten 70 in the second innings and took seven wickets, which included a five-wicket haul in the second innings.Jadeja took to Twitter to contribute his success to MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli and thanked his fans, family and BCCI for their continuous support.My humble journey 2 be #1 Test AllRounder & bowler was possible due 2 @msdhoni @imVkohli, my fans & family #bcci #icc #teamindia #rajputboy pic.twitter.com/hoGdslikT4- Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) August 8, 2017Jadeja came in the scene during the captaincy of Dhoni and was his teammate at Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League as well.Dhoni backed Jadeja to the fullest throughout his early years when many questioned his skills and consistency. Since Virat Kohli has come out from the same team, Kohli also has no two ways about the quality bowler that Jadeja is and has backed him to the hilt.Jadeja along with Ashwin has been lethal throughout India’s home Test season and will be crucial yet again in India’s upcoming season home and away.Jadeja has been banned for the third Test against Sri Lanka at Pallekele for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct when the all-rounder dangerously threw the ball at Malinda Pushpakumara and the ball missed Dimuth Karunaratne narrowly on the third day of the second Test at Colombo.advertisementlast_img read more

  • Rohit Sharma 208 not out: All the numbers you need to know

    first_imgRohit Sharma scored a historic third double hundred as India continued to be ruthless against Sri Lanka in the second of the three-match series vs Sri Lanka in Mohali.Rohit was the only man to score more than one double hundred in ODIs. Four other batsmen – Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Chris Gayle and Martin Guptill – have only one each.On November 13, 2014, Rohit had set a world record for the highest individual score in ODIs with a scintillating 264 at the Eden Gardens against Sri Lanka. He had scored his maiden ODI double hundred against Australia the previous year.3rd double-century for Rohit Sharma in ODIs. He has scored 10.61% of his career runs (6417) in the three inns alone – 264, 209, 208. No other batsman has more than one 200. #IndvSL- Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) December 13, 2017Rohit blasted 13 fours and 12 sixes in his unbeaten 153-ball knock, celebrating his second wedding anniversary with Ritika Sajdeh. He went past Surrey’s Alastair Brown in English county cricket and now tops the list of most double hundreds in List A cricket.WATCH FULL VIDEORohit Sharma has scored six centuries in the current year, which is the highest by him in his career so far. Tendulkar with nine hundreds in 1998 and Sourav Ganguly with seven tons in 2000 have more the country in a calendar year.Inns to reach 16th ODI 100 (for India)110 Virat Kohli151 Sourav Ganguly167 Rohit Sharma185 Sachin Tendulkar#IndvSL- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 13, 2017Rohit Sharma today:First 100 runs off 115 balls (SR 86.96)Next 108 runs off 38 balls (SR 284.21)Phew!#INDvSL #SLvINDadvertisement- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) December 13, 2017Rohit’s unbeaten 208 was his fifth 150-plus knock, which is the joint highest with Tendulkar and David Warner.  He had scored an unbeaten 171 against Australia in 2016 and 150 against South Africa in 2015.This was his 16th ODI century overall and his 14th since he started to open the innings for India from January 2013. He is only behind South African Hashim Amla in the same time span coming out to bat at the same spot.Double hundreds in ODIs:Rohit Sharma – 3All others – 4#INDvSL #SLvIND- Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) December 13, 2017Rohit’s unbeaten 208 is the second highest individual score by a captain, behind Virender Sehwag’s 219 against West Indies in Indore way back in 2011. Rohit broke Sir Viv Richard’s record (181) of highest score as captain against Sri Lanka.Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawaan (with 12) as an opening pair is only behind the pair of Tendulkar and Ganguly (with 21) having 100-run opening stands.Overall it was India’s 100th score of 300 or more in one day cricket, becoming the first country to reach the milestone. the next best is Australia with 96.last_img read more

  • At 34, Raptors’ Marc Gasol Will Carry Spain’s World Cup Hope

    first_imgSHANGHAI — Marc Gasol is 34 years old, which means he’s particularly fond of offseasons.He didn’t get much of one this year.There’s a very good reason for that — a most unusual and, he thinks, worthwhile opportunity. After helping the Toronto Raptors win the NBA championship in June, Gasol is now looking to lead Spain to a World Cup title in September. And although the 7-foot-1 veteran center’s body may have preferred some more downtime before the grind of another season begins, Gasol could not pass up this chance.“It’s a special group of guys,” Gasol said. “It’s always special when you put on this jersey. And I couldn’t leave them hanging. That’s what my heart told me and that’s what it keeps telling me.”Gasol was on the team that won the World Cup — then called the world championship — for Spain in 2006, rolling past a Greece team that had just beaten the United States in the tournament semifinals. He helped Spain win silver medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, losing both times in the title game to the U.S.He’s the oldest player on a very seasoned team that will play for Spain in this World Cup. Out of the 12 on the final roster for coach Sergio Scariolo, eight have celebrated their 30th birthdays already. But it’s also clear that Gasol, even on a roster featuring the likes of Phoenix’s Ricky Rubio and Real Madrid standout Sergio Llull, is the leader of the bunch.“It was probably a key move for us, one of the important ones, the most important one,” Scariolo said. “We need somebody to be the guy who you can give the ball in the tough moments, not necessarily for the shot but to make a good play — whether it’s to create a shot for a teammate, to take a shot himself, to draw a foul and be a solid free throw shooter. He’s extremely important and the rest of the players respect him a lot.”That respect was there before Toronto topped Golden State in six games for the NBA title.But the ring Gasol will be getting on opening night certainly adds to his legacy.Among players born outside the United States, Gasol is one of only seven — a list that also includes his older brother Pau Gasol, who would have played in this World Cup had he not gotten injured last season — to have amassed more than 11,000 points, 6,000 rebounds and 2,700 assists at the NBA level. And when the Raptors added him in a trade last February, their entire makeup seemed to change.“I think we started passing the ball, our assists started going way up, we became the No. 1 3-point shooting team in the league because of the extra passes and the contagious passing,” said Raptors coach Nick Nurse, who is coaching Canada at the World Cup. “And our team’s sense of who they thought they could become went up.”The same could ring true for Spain.The U.S. has won the last two World Cups, though a third consecutive gold in the event — something that no nation has ever accomplished — hardly seems guaranteed. Spain lost to the Americans by nine in an exhibition earlier this month in Anaheim, California, a game where neither side was exactly in tournament form.Spain should have little, if any, trouble getting through its group phase: It faces Iran, Tunisia and the Dominican Republic in its first three games at Guangzhou, China starting on Friday. The top two teams will advance to the second round. Those first three games will likely become mere tune-ups for Gasol and the Spainards, as they get ready for the bigger matchups later in the tournament.“The teams that are in the past, they’re in the past,” Gasol said. “What matters is the guys who are playing today and their talent and their qualities.”There has been minimal rest for Gasol this summer.The Raptors won the title, had a parade a few days later, and within a few days after that Gasol was simultaneously starting recovery and workouts for the FIBA challenge. Spain spent about a week in the U.S. for the game against the Americans, using that as a bonding trip of sorts. Then it was back to Spain for more games, before heading out to China.All worth it, Gasol said.“I cherish every second of it, every practice, every trip, every lunch that we have together,” Gasol said. “I know how special it is. Obviously it’s not ideal, but I think it was completely worth it to play all the way to June. … Whenever it is, 10 years from now, when I’m sitting on the beach in Spain, I won’t be able to reproduce this feeling.”By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball WriterTweetPinShare11 Shareslast_img read more

  • Seen Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 viral blooper, Jaime Lannister’s hand? It is fake

    first_imgSo now that the penultimate episode of the final season of Game of Thrones is out, it is time to talk about the bloopers that HBO made in this episode.A picture of the famous brother and sister duo, Jaime and Cersei Lannister landed after the show aired. This image is special because Jaime and Cersei are hugging in the image and Jaime can be seen embracing his sister with both of his hands.Yup, his both hands. Jaime Lannister hugs sister Cersei with both handsNow, this piece of information is important because if you have been following Game of Thrones, you know that Jaime Lannister lost his right hand in Season 3 and since then he has been seen wearing a fake hand of gold in all the other seasons. Jaime Lannister with his hand of goldHowever, the original hand is only visible in the still image. This was not the case in show. In the 5th episode, titled, ‘The Bells,’ the actual hand of Jaime Lannister did not make an appearance. Jaime Lannister in episode 5 of Game of ThronesIt was the hand of gold the entire time. His gold stand can be seen shinning even from far away angles.So where did the image came from, you ask?After every episode airs, HBO immediately releases stills from the show. In this case, they forgot to edit the Cersei and Jaime embrace picture and released it just like this.Fans of the biggest fantasy show are not happy.advertisementFirst the Starbucks cup and now Jaime Lannister with both his hands!!!For those who are defending D&D after this episode, explain to me why Jaime’s hand grew back…THIS SEASON IS THE WORST EVER, IN EVERY WAY! NOW FUCK OFF @GameOfThrones @HBO pic.twitter.com/LnunDhIOfcCarla (@draconisignis) May 13, 2019Pacing is all messed up. Completely ruined the show with 6 episodes instead of 10 as usual.Thanks allot #HBO for being cheap!!Sanjin Jovanovic (@JovanovicSanjin) May 13, 2019A random coffee cup was left around the set of episode four.Episode five: Jaime’s hand grows back.Back to back!#GameofThrones #GOTS8E5 pic.twitter.com/RGHA3MMQ8uName cannot be blank (@GeniusBoobs) May 13, 2019I think it’s about time they wrap up the show! they’re all tired!Qatar Is The Best (@QatarIsTheBest) May 13, 2019Nearly ten year a character development ruined within 6 episodes, a character ruined pretty much per episode, total gashDarryl Docherty (@docherty_darryl) May 13, 2019pic.twitter.com/dKMuLQPnYySports Disruptors (@SportDisruptors) May 13, 2019The last one takes the cake.ALSO READ | Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5: Best memes and jokesALSO READ | Game of Thrones ending will leave fans in worst pain possible, says Sophie TurnerALSO READ | Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5 review: Daenerys and Cersei fight it out #ForTheThrone in the ultimate Queen-Offlast_img read more

  • Prosecutors offer Patriots owner Kraft plea deal over massage parlor charges

    first_imgUS sports … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share via Email Share on Facebook Since you’re here… NFL Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Florida prosecutors have offered a plea deal to the New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, after he was charged with paying for sex at a massage parlor.The Palm Beach state attorney’s office confirmed on Tuesday it has offered Kraft and 24 other men charged with soliciting prostitution the standard diversion program offered to first-time offenders. The men must concede they would be found guilty, perform 100 hours community service, attend a class on the dangers of prostitution and pay $5,000 per count, spokesman Mike Edmondon said. Kraft was charged with two counts last month. In return, the charges of misdemeanor soliciting prostitution would be dropped. Edmondson said none have accepted so far. Share on LinkedIn news New England Patriots Kraft’s attorney, Jack Goldberger, did not immediately return a call seeking comment. The Patriots said they did not have a comment on the matter.Police say Kraft visited the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida, twice in late January just before he flew to Kansas City to see the Patriots defeat the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game. According to police records, the 77-year-old billionaire was chauffeured to the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida, on 19 January, where officers say they secretly videotaped him engaging in a sex act and then handing over an undetermined amount of cash. Investigators said Kraft returned 17 hours later, and was videotaped once more engaging in a sex act. Hours later, he was in Kansas City for to see the Patriots beat the Chiefs in the AFC Championship game. His team then won the Super Bowl in Atlanta, the Patriots’ sixth NFL championship under his ownership.Kraft has denied wrongdoing. The NFL has not taken any action against him but has said its personal conduct policy “applies equally to everyone in the NFL” and it will handle “this allegation in the same way we would handle any issue under the policy.” Kraft’s wife, Myra Hiatt Kraft, died in 2011. He has been dating 39-year-old actress Ricki Noel Lander since 2012.Authorities investigated the parlors for months, gathering evidence through observation, interviews with men stopped leaving the spas, trash bin searches and surveillance of their owners. Judges then issued warrants allowing them to secretly install cameras inside the spas. Many of the alleged operators and workers were born in China and Chinese translators are being used to interview women connected with the businesses, according to court documents. The documents said many of the workers were forced to live at the spas and were not allowed to leave without an escort. Will the NFL punish Robert Kraft and the Patriots over prostitution allegations? Read more Florida Topics Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

  • 10 months agoHughton insists Brighton didn’t deserve Bournemouth defeat

    first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hughton insists Brighton didn’t deserve Bournemouth defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton insists they didn’t deserve defeat at Bournemouth.The Seagulls were beaten 2-0 after David Brooks found the back of the net for the Cherries either side of half-time.Hughton said, “I thought we were good value to get something from the game. The difference between the two sides was they put their opportunities away and we didn’t.“We were good in the first half and they scored against the run of play. It was very difficult towards the end when we were down to ten men, but certainly before that I thought we were always in the game.“It was a wonderful strike by Brooks for the first goal, but I thought we created really good chances of our own.“If you don’t put your chances away, then you know that a very good Bournemouth side that play with a lot of pace, with two players up front that run in behind, are going to cause you problems.“The chances are the pinnacle moments of any game, but on the balance of play, I thought we deserved more.”On Lewis Dunk’s dismissal, he added: “Initially we had no problems with it, we thought it was two yellow cards, but seeing them again, we feel that [Yves] Bissouma made the first contact, so there’s some doubt about who should have been booked.” last_img read more

  • 18 days ago​Lampard delighted with Hudson-Odoi against Southampton

    first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Lampard delighted with Hudson-Odoi against Southamptonby Ansser Sadiq18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard was quick to praise young winger Callum Hudson-Odoi after his side’s convincing win over Southampton.Despite an even contest in the first half, it was Chelsea who took the lead and eventually ran away with the game.While Hudson-Odoi did not get a goal, Lampard was delighted with his overall impact in the 4-1 away Premier League success.Speaking about Hudson-Odoi, Lampard said to BBC Sport: “I liked a lot of the stuff he did, there’s competition in those wide areas now. I thought it was a really good performance, really bright stuff, I’m disappointed he didn’t get his goal.” last_img read more

  • Austrian F1 legend Niki Lauda back in hospital after lung transplant

    first_imgAustrian F1 legend Niki Lauda back in hospital after lung transplantNiki Lauda underwent a lung transplant in August last year and was recuperating from the complicated surgery.advertisement Next Reuters ZurichJanuary 6, 2019UPDATED: January 6, 2019 23:08 IST Niki Lauda is in hospital in Vienna with the flu (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNiki Lauda underwent a lung transplant in August last yearLauda was recuperating from the complicated surgeryLauda is expected to be released from the hospital later this weekFormer Formula One champion Niki Lauda is in hospital in Vienna with the flu, five months after undergoing a lung transplant, Austrian media sites reported on Sunday.Lauda, 69, an Austrian, was flown in early January from the Spanish island of Ibiza where he had been vacationing to a hospital in the Austrian capital, the publication Oesterreich reported on its website.Oesterreich reported that Lauda was in the intensive care station but should be released from the hospital later this week, without citing sources.A spokesperson at the Vienna General Hospital could not immediately be reached for comment.Lauda, who was badly burned in 1976 in a Formula One race and later became an airline entrepreneur, underwent a lung transplant in August and was recuperating from the complicated surgery.Also Watch:For 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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Niki Laudalast_img read more

  • Hyundai recalls 20132014 Elantra for braking issues

    first_imgTransport Canada says Hyundai is recalling 103-thousand-556 Elantra cars from the 2013-2014 model years to fix a problem with the braking system.On some vehicles, the rear stop lamps could remain on continuously when the brake pedal is released, providing falseinformation to drivers following behind the affected Elantras.It could also result in the ability to move the shift lever without depressing the brake pedal, which could result in unintended vehicle movement.Transport Canada said dealers will replace the pad to correct the problem.last_img read more

  • Seal hit by car after wandering onto NS highway now eating recoveringshelter

    first_imgHALIFAX – A wayward seal pup that was struck by a car after wandering onto a road two times in Cape Breton is munching on fish and recovering at a wildlife shelter outside Halifax.Hope Swinimer of Hope for Wildlife said Monday that the young hooded seal arrived at her facility in Seaforth late Saturday after being spotted by a driver near Sydney and then loaded into a police car for a short drive to a wildlife volunteer, who delivered it to Swinimer’s home.“The good news is that we couldn’t find anything broken,” she said of the 23-kilogram animal. “But we’re going to try to get about 10 kilograms on him because he is really thin.”Swinimer said the seal — nicknamed ‘ET’ for its large, otherworldly eyes — was bleeding from its left eye after being struck, but was eating on its own and didn’t have any broken bones.RCMP Cpl. Glynis Thomas responded to reports that a seal was on Highway 125 near Leitches Creek on Saturday afternoon. She said someone removed it from the road and put it back in the water, but that it returned to the same spot on the busy road where it was likely hit.She said they had a crate brought in and corralled the small seal into it using a tarp, as they dodged attempted nips by the seal. A shelter volunteer who happened to be driving by helped get the animal into the cage.“They have teeth and they’re fairly good teeth!” she said. “He was definitely trying to grab onto us. It was a little scary, but he was just trying to protect himself.”She said the volunteer arranged to take the seal to the facility, but needed someone to deliver it to the causeway.So, Thomas said police loaded the crated seal into one of their cruisers — an unusual first for her.“He was very well-mannered,” she said with a laugh. “He was a very good traveller.”Swinimer said it’s unusual for them to see this kind of seal and she’s not sure if they will release it back into local waters or return it to Sydney when it is stronger in about two weeks.She said the animal was likely born last year, but was quite thin.Swinimer said it’s not uncommon to see seals lying on the shoreline and trying to get some rest, particularly after high wind and waves. She said people should try not bother them, but should check for any sign of injury or sickness.“They should look like a stuffed sausage,” she said. “Now is the time of year that we get lots of calls about seals.”last_img read more

  • NYC pharmacies cant sell cigarettes starting Jan 1

    first_imgNew York City pharmacies won’t be allowed to sell cigarettes or other tobacco products starting Tuesday.The Wall Street Journal reports the ban also includes businesses that contain pharmacies, such as supermarkets and big-box stores.The city’s health department says the change will affect about 500 pharmacies currently selling tobacco products.The new rules follow a ban on electronic cigarette sales at pharmacies that took effect in late August.The owner of the St. George Pharmacy on Staten Island says cigarette sales had drawn customers who ended up making other purchases. Al Gentile says the government shouldn’t ban certain stores from selling tobacco products that can be purchased elsewhere.But a deputy health commissioner, Sonia Angell, says it’s important for pharmacies to promote health.___Information from: The Wall Street Journal, http://www.wsj.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

  • Chipotle Cracker Barrel rise while Corning SeaWorld fall

    NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Tuesday.Corning Inc., down $1.82 to $28.23The glassmaker warned investors that weak demand will likely hurt two of its units.SeaWorld Entertainment Inc., down $1.56 to $28.52The theme park operator’s CEO, Gustavo Antorcha, resigned after less than a year in the position.Kraft Heinz Co., down $1.26 to $28.363G Capital Food Holdings reduced its stake in the food company known for Ketchup and other products.Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc., up $3.07 to $167.91The restaurant chain handily beat Wall Street’s fourth quarter forecasts.Halliburton Co., down $1.46 to $21.03The oilfield services company and its peers slid as the price of oil reversed course from a previous spike.Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., up $25.88 to $825.75The Mexican restaurant chain is adding a carne asada option to its menu nationwide as it tries to attract more customers.Apogee Enterprises Inc., up $4.68 to $45.92The glass and metal products company beat Wall Street’s second quarter profit and revenue forecasts.KB Home, up 90 cents to $31.24The homebuilder gained ground following a positive report on sales from the National Association of Homebuilders.The Associated Press read more

  • The ServeAndVolley Works But Womens Tennis Players Arent Using It

    Women at this year’s U.S. Open have displayed incredible athleticism and shrewd strategy. We’ve seen blistering serves and masterful groundstrokes in the nearly two weeks of play. But we’ve been missing a powerful, ancient weapon: the serve-and-volley. The tactic is all but extinct from women’s tennis, despite still being incredibly effective.Through the quarterfinals in Flushing Meadows, on points in which women followed their serve by rushing to the net for a volley, they won a remarkable 76 percent of the time, according to U.S. Open data from IBM. But confoundingly, the strategy was deployed only 84 times — less than 1 percent of all points played.Serena Williams, for her part, flashed the potential of the serve-and-volley in her semifinal win Thursday over Anastasija Sevastova. Williams came to the net five times immediately after serving, taking four of those points.After the match, Williams said she usually approaches the net “only to shake hands,” but she wanted to try something different against Sevastova. It was a reminder of just how potent the tactic can be.The serve-and-volley appears to be used more on the men’s side of late. At this year’s U.S. Open, men served and volleyed 488 times through the quarterfinals, for just less than 3 percent of all points played. Though they couldn’t quite equal the gaudy success rate of the women, they still did very well with the tactic, winning 66 percent of the time. No matter who’s doing it, statistically, the serve-and-volley is an effective way to win points.Why this play is underutilized has long been a topic of discussion in tennis. Some have chalked up the change in tactics to advanced racquets and strings that improve passing shots, while others have blamed slower courts at Wimbledon and this year’s U.S. Open.1Theoretically, slower courts allow players more time to tee off on returns, blowing by net rushers. But there’s no doubt that women have been giving serve-and-volley the cold shoulder.During the late 1970s and ’80s, Martina Navratilova dominated the sport using an attacking serve-and-volley style with monsterous success, propelling her to 18 Grand Slam Championships. Even in the 1990s, serve-and-volley was still in a heyday in the women’s game. To illustrate, look at Wimbledon. It’s a place where serve-and-volley has historically been a favorite tactic because of the ability of the server to dominate on grass, where the ball bounces are low. Returners must put loft on their shots to ensure they clear the net. That’s a feast for a volleyer.Wimbledon first released serve-and-volley data in 1997, and it included tournament totals for the first time in 2002. Jana Novotna served and volleyed her way to the final that year, losing to Martina Hingis. For the tournament, Novotna employed the serve-and-volley 339 times, winning 213 of those points. In the final against Hingis, she used it 76 times — almost as often as the entire women’s field through five rounds at this year’s U.S. Open. It’s an astounding drop of a tactic and a big shift in the way women play tennis.Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam that releases historical data, but we can look at its last 17 tournaments to track the decline of serve-and-volley as a strategy in the women’s game: Assuming the point does not end on an ace or double-fault, serving players essentially have two choices: serve and move forward or serve and stay at the baseline. Since the 2000s, players who prefer to remain mainly at the baseline have taken over tennis, despite the unshakably consistent success rates for serve-and-volley over the years. But the difference between the strategies has been stark at this year’s U.S. Open: Through the quarterfinals, women have won just 48 percent of points at the baseline — 28 percentage points less than the share of points won on serve-and-volley.All sports go through trends. As the games change, different approaches fall in and out of vogue. The Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl last year on the strength of the RPO — run/pass option — in which backup quarterback Nick Foles had the option of handing off or passing. But the play wasn’t new. The option has been around in college football since the 1960s. But it’s taken a backseat as more teams have gone to pro-style offenses.This happens all the time in sports: What’s old becomes new again. Tennis is no different. Strategies experience revivals.Women in tennis have been relegating themselves mostly to the baseline. But perhaps Williams’s use of the serve-and-volley Thursday will spark a new trend. read more

  • Frank Flannery Fine Gaels local election campaign was one of the worst

    first_img Frank Flannery: “It’s almost as if Labour was not designed to be in government.” #macgill14 (thankfully, Joan Burton isn’t here)— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 21, 2014 Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter First published 5.58pm More from MacGill: ‘A feature of our calamities in Ireland is that we keep repeating them’ During his speech at MacGill, Flannery also said Fine Gael has 18 months to move away from the “some would say fetishistic” position of “being the party that does the business of the ‘state’ to being the party that does the business of ‘the nation’”.He said that Fine Gael governs as an extension of the civil service and tends to lose its sense of itself as a party and its rapport with the people when it gets into government.“They forget that at the next election, it’s the party, with its raw politics, that is going to be knocking at the doors of the electorate, looking for their vote,” he said.Of the other main parties, Flannery said that Fianna Fáil’s wipeout in the 2011 general election was akin to the losses Manchester United suffered in the Munich air crash in the 1950s due to the loss of many senior figures.He said Sinn Féin is on its way to being a party of government and of Labour he said the party never seems to happy in government as it cannot retain its principles. It thrives more in opposition, he said. Theresa Reidy says bringing down unemployment and bringing down taxes are the “magic bullets” for winning an election #macgill14— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 21, 2014 Flannery: “The country really does need Fine Gael to get its act together.” #macgill14— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 21, 2014 In her presentation, UCC’s Dr Theresa Reidy said that Irish people are less likely to engage in political discussion than their European counterparts.She also said economic issues almost always dominate at general elections with little discussion on political reform, noting that ”we have five-point plans for everything, except political reform”. In his speech, independent TD Stephen Donnelly said that a “political cartel” of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael/Labour governments have run the country since inception, saying there are few differences between the three parties in the public’s mind.The Wicklow deputy said that the strict party whip system means that no one is allowed think in an independent way and act in an independent way.center_img Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Updated 7.04pm FORMER FINE GAEL strategist Frank Flannery has criticised the party’s election campaigns over the last three years, citing the strategy for the recent local elections as “one of the worst I ever saw”.Flannery was speaking at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties this evening where he also said it is the “destiny” of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to govern together. He said there are very little practical differences between the two parties.Fine Gael’s former director of elections quit that role earlier this year amid controversies over his role as a lobbyist for the Rehab Group where he was a former CEO and board member.In his speech during a session on the current political landscape, Flannery said that Fine Gael holds itself “aloof” from the electorate and does not focus enough on the politics of the party but on the interests of governing.He identified this as a reason why the party has never been re-elected despite being in government seven times. Flannery said that Fine Gael’s results in elections since 2011 have “by-and-large” not been good.‘Very, very weak’He said that it took “some ingenuity” to go from over 30 per cent in the general election in 2011 to 7 per cent in the presidential election later that same year.He described Fine Gael’s local election campaign in May as, in his view, “one of the worst I ever saw”. He was the party’s director of elections until he resigned on 10 March over the ongoing Rehab controversies.Speaking to journalists a short time later, Flannery said Fine Gael’s performance during the election campaign in May was “very, very weak”. The party lost four per cent of the vote within the month of the election campaign resulting in the loss of a hundred council seats, he said.“I think it was lost because the government lost the debate during the election,” Flannery said.“The election was fought on the issues that were driven by the opposition. Whoever can set the agenda for an election has the best chance of winning it and I think on this occasion, no really strong or coherent attempt was made to set that agenda.”Flannery said working for Fine Gael again is “becoming a less attractive option by the day”. Asked whether he still has a personal relationship with the Taoiseach, he said:“Have I personal relationship with the Taoiseach now? No. Had I one with him? That’s a different question. I am not sure the situation has materially changed from what it was over the last couple of years.” Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter Read: Who is Frank Flannery and why is everyone talking about him?‘Fetishistic’ TheJournal.ie will be bringing you rolling coverage from the Glenties all this week and you can follow @oconnellhugh for updates. He concluded that current political trends indicate that it is “destiny” that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael come together and for Labour and Sinn Féin to do likewise.Flannery said that Fianna Fáil has “tremendous experience of governing” and is better at the technicalities of it.“In practical terms there isn’t a massive amount of difference [between the two parties]” he added.‘Mad as hell’Political commentator Noel Whelan said that the factors which influenced people’s vote in the 2011 general election also existed at the last elections in May and will continue through to the next general election in 2016.He said those left behind by the economic recovery are “mad as hell” as they expected more from the current government. Whelan: Overwhelming majority of those unemployed in 2011 still unemployed now. Only difference is they’re long-term unemployed #macgill14— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 21, 2014last_img read more

  • Supercar to resurrect Greek auto industry

    first_imgA company in Greece called Korres has announced the Project 4 what may be deemed to be the first ever Greek supercar development. The Greek car industry has been left dormant for decades, but this new venture by Greek architect and inventor, Dimitris Korres could be its saving grace. The one-off Greek supercar dubbed the Korres Project 4 holds the same 7.0-litre V8 engine out of a Corvette Z06 and can go from 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds. Its top speed can reach over 300km/hr. Few other details have been revealed at this stage, other than that the Project 4 features an adjustable suspension system which can raise the car’s height by 400 mm. It also adjusts the suspension on cornering, so when the car turns right, the centrifugal power presses the chasis to push down on the front and rear left suspension, so the car bends left. The Korres suspension simultaneously lowers the right side of the car overcoming the centrifugal power and vice-versa; the car grips better and turns faster. There is no word on price and distribution yet, but once going it shall provide much needed economic stimulus for the Greek economy and fantastic publicity for the auto industry. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

  • National Honors Awards deadline done

    first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Jun 2015 – Today was the final day to submit entries for the seven national awards prizes which the National Honors Committee has been managing under the auspices of the Office of the Premier. The organization, which launched a campaign in April had been open to accepting names and suggestions and applications and evidence of those worthy of these national accolades. Among the options are: Order of National Hero; Order of Turks and Caicos Islands, two Patriotic Awards, Long Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and Natl Young Achievers Medal. The group is not responsible for deciding who is selected for the awards; that responsibility belongs to the Cabinet. Related Items:Long Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, national heroes awards, Natl Young Achievers Medal, Order of National Hero; Order of Turks and Caicos Islands, two Patriotic Awardslast_img read more

  • Shots fired on Miami Beach

    first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Miami Beach Police are investigating reports of shots fired early Saturday morning.Just before 5 a.m., police said they received a call of shots fired near Ocean Drive and 14th Street.Police found two bullet-casings and took two people in for questioning.No injuries were reported.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

  • Wilmington Police Patrol Officers Union Conducting Annual Telephone Fundraiser

    first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Police Patrol Officers Union is currently conducting its annual fundraiser.This fundraiser is a telephone solicitation by a private enterprise contracted by the Union to work on its behalf.Funds raised are returned to the community throughout the year in the form of charitable and civic events. High school scholarship program, the Officer Sean Collier Scholarship Fund, the Pink Patch Project benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Veterans Day Coffee Social, and the Deming Way senior citizens Thanksgiving Dinner are but a few of the events the Union are able to continue to sponsor through the generosity of Wilmington residents.As always, be cautious of any sort of solicitation and if you have any questions about a caller’s legitimacy, please contact the Police Department at 978-658-5071.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Police Parol Officers Union.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Police Patrol Officers Union Conducting Annual Telephone FundraiserIn “Police Log”NEMLEC Police Foundation Raises $9,500 Through All Pro VIP Season Ticket DrawingIn “Community”WILMINGTON GIVES: Wilmington Police Union Provide Early Thanksgiving To Deming WayIn “Community”last_img read more

  • WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS Town Offers Tennis Lessons For Kids Ages 417

    first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a recent announcement from the Wilmington Recreation Department:Get back to enjoying the outdoors by considering some tennis lessons for kids – they’ll learn or improve upon their game with our team of expert instructors. Here are some great options to try to fit your schedule!Spring Tennis Lessons will run for 5 weeks on Thursdays from May 2 – 30 at the Shawsheen School Tennis Courts. Cost is $40.Children in Grades K – 1 will meet from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.Children in Grades 2 – 4 will meet from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.Children in Grades 5 – 6 will meet from 6:30 – 7:30 p.mTennis Clinics for Grades 6 – 8 will be held Monday – Friday, June 17 – 21 and/or August 12 – 16 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the WHS Courts. Cost is $80 each.Summer Tennis Lessons will be offered by the week (June 24 – 28 and/or July 22 – 26), or in the evenings (Mondays for Grades 4 – 12 and Wednesdays for Grades K – 3). Check out our full schedule in our newsletter “Recreation Matters” or on our website.To register, visit https://www.wilmingtonma.gov/recreation, call 978-658-4270, or stop by Town Hall, Room 8, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Tennis Lessons For Kids & Adults Begin May 17 (UPDATED)In “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Learn About Upcoming Offerings In Kayaking, Minecraft, Tennis & BalletIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Limited Spots Available In Playground Program, Kids Club & Morning TennisIn “Community”last_img read more

  • Vatican names new leader of West Virginia diocese to replace Bransfield

    first_img By: Associated Press As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! Share This! News • Photos of the Week Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Associated Press,Load Comments,Most Americans can define atheists, Easter; don’t know US share of Muslims, Jews By: Associated Press Associated Press Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! News Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 TagsCatholic bishops clergy abuse scandal homepage featured Roman Catholic Church Vatican West Virginia,You may also like Share This! Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts By: Associated Press Husband of Christian blogger and father of 6 dies in beach accident Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Pope Francis has named Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Mark Brennan to lead the Wheeling-Charleston, W.Va., diocese after a scandal over the former bishop’s sexual harassment of adults and lavish spending of church money.The 72-year-old Brennan replaces Bishop Michael Bransfield, who resigned in September after a preliminary investigation into allegations of sexual and financial misconduct. Last week, Francis barred Bransfield from public ministry and prohibited him from living in the diocese, while also warning that he will be forced to make amends “for some of the harm he caused.” Brennan will now help decide the extent of those reparations.Coming on the heels of a new wave of sex abuse allegations in the U.S., the Bransfield scandal added to the credibility crisis in the U.S. hierarchy since several top churchmen received tens of thousands of dollars in church-funded personal gifts from Bransfield during his tenure in Wheeling-Charleston, which is in one of the poorest U.S. states.A news conference was planned in Wheeling later Tuesday after the Vatican’s announcement.Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore has overseen the West Virginia diocese since Bransfield’s departure. Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more