DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):Bowling consultant Sir Curtly Ambrose says that the preparation camp here over the last two weeks has allowed West Indies to fine-tune their game as they take aim at the Twenty20 World Cup starting next week.The Caribbean side has been training here and has also played three unofficial warm-up T20 games to gain match practice ahead of the March 8 to April 3 ICC event in India.Sir Curtly said that he saw improvement in the two opening games against Zimbabwe last week and in yesterday’s contest against English County Warwickshire, which West Indies won by 11 runs at the Dubai International Stadium.”I think the bowling is really coming together. We have had a couple of good games so far, and there’s room for improvement, obviously, but I am quite satisfied at the moment with the way the guys are bowling,” Sir Curtly said following the game.PLAN GOING WELLHe added: “As a bowling unit, we are working with a plan and, so far, the plan has gone well and I’m just hoping by the time we get to India, everything will just come together where we can do well in this tournament.”He said Windies batting had also performed well on tour and pointed to the depth as the key to its success.Pointing to the opening game against Zimbabwe and yesterday’s game against Warwickshire, the former West Indies paceman said that the Caribbean side showed it possessed quality batting all the way through the order.”The good thing about this team is that we have depth in our batting. We are a team that doesn’t rely on one or two players. We have depth, and that is going to be key,” he stressed.”When we lose early wickets, guys in the middle and lower order can still come in and get us to a good total, so that, to me, is the strength in our batting so at the moment, I am quite comfortable with both bat and ball.”The fielding has been good, but we still can improve, so generally, I am quite satisfied.”
College football fans aren’t habituated to the rhythm of a playoff — at least not in the same way college basketball fans are before the NCAA tournament. But the games Saturday and the selection committee’s choices Sunday will determine the four teams that enter the first-ever college football playoff. FiveThirtyEight will be here throughout the weekend to update our forecast on which teams are most likely to make it.The math has become simpler after Oregon’s emphatic 51-13 victory Friday night against Arizona in the Pac-12 championship game. Instead of seven teams competing for four positions, there are now effectively five teams — Alabama, TCU, Florida State, Ohio State and Baylor — competing for three slots, with Oregon having secured its position and Arizona out of the running.Nothing’s official yet, but in this case, our statistical model aligns with common sense. Oregon, No. 2 in the selection committee’s rankings entering the weekend, made the playoff in all 20,000 simulations that we ran Saturday morning. Arizona, which now has three losses, never did. Here are the latest numbers:For comparison’s sake, here’s our forecast before the Pac-12 championship:It’s become crowded at the top. No. 1-ranked Alabama is an 82 percent favorite to beat Missouri in the SEC championship, according to ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI). And the Crimson Tide are more likely than not to make the playoff even if they lose to Missouri.Third-ranked TCU probably won’t make the playoff if they lose to 2-9 Iowa State. But they’re 97 percent favorites to win the game, per FPI. Crazy things can happen in college football — but if the Cyclones win, it would be perhaps the most memorable college football upset since Appalachian State beat Michigan in 2007.For the time being, Oregon is the favorite to win the national championship, with a 37 percent chance of doing so. (Alabama may overtake the Ducks if they defeat Missouri, but Oregon’s dominance against Arizona is likely to impress FPI, as well as Vegas oddsmakers.)Oregon’s win is also modestly bad news for the teams ranked No. 5 and 6 entering the weekend, Ohio State and Baylor, because they now have one fewer opportunity to leapfrog other teams in the rankings. Ohio State’s probability of making the playoff dropped to about 30 percent from 35 percent after Oregon’s win; Baylor’s declined slightly, to about 16 percent from 18 percent.Still, Oregon’s gain came mostly at the expense of Arizona. The result wasn’t a total disaster for Ohio State and Baylor, in part because an Arizona win would have created a mess of its own. Arizona, No. 7 entering the weekend, would have had an argument for making the playoff if it beat Oregon. Oregon might have had an argument even with a loss.But Oregon won. Could the Ducks wind up with the No. 1 seed? They almost certainly will if Alabama loses to Missouri. Otherwise, they’ll probably stay at No. 2, according to the model. But the FiveThirtyEight model is calibrated based on a historical analysis of voting in the Coaches Poll. The playoff selection committee has been a bit more aggressive so far in promoting teams after dominant victories. Perhaps if Alabama wins clumsily against Missouri, the Ducks could overtake it. Either way, it was a happy Friday night in Eugene.
IN SportALL EVENTSShare of The Dutch do one thing very, very wellThe countries that have won the largest share of their medals in one sport at the Winter Olympics Among countries that won at least 10 medals in a single sport. Through Feb. 14, 2018 (South Korea time).Source: Sports-Reference.com SwitzerlandAlpine skiing20595013940.042.5 CroatiaAlpine skiing410411100.090.9 NetherlandsSpeedskating401144212195.4%94.2% FranceAlpine skiing15483311545.541.7 ChinaShort track930125375.056.6 The Summer Games’ one-sport specialistsThe countries that have won the largest share of their Summer Olympic medals in one sport At the Olympics in South Korea, highly populated countries such as the U.S. can contend in a broad range of sports, including skiing, hockey, skating and more. But smaller countries have a harder time producing world-class athletes in so many disciplines, so they often concentrate on just a few. Then there’s the Netherlands, which owns one event alone: speedskating.Through the end of competition Wednesday (South Korea time) at the Pyeongchang Games, 40 of the 42 gold medals Dutch competitors have won in any Winter Olympics had come in speedskating — not to be confused with speedskating’s more exciting half-brother, short-track speed skating, which the Olympics count as a separate discipline. Just seven of the nation’s 121 total Winter medals came in a sport other than speedskating, a measly 5.8 percent. At the previous Winter Olympics in 2014, the Dutch claimed 24 medals: 23 in speedskating and one, a bronze, in short track skating. Eight of their medals were gold.In sports, a country’s dominance often fades — look at Romania in Olympic gymnastics or U.S. men in tennis Grand Slams. But Dutch speedskaters have sustained their superiority. In the 2010 Olympics, they won eight medals: seven in speedskating and one, a gold, in snowboarding. They won nine in 2006, all in speedskating. So far this Olympics, they’ve already won nine speedskating medals,1Not counting their two on the short track, or the silver speedskating medal the country won on Thursday. including five golds. The most impressive Dutch medal so far in these games: a third consecutive gold in the 5,000 meter race for Sven Kramer, who is 31 years old. He is the first man to win three straight golds in the same Olympic speedskating event. He won this year’s race by nearly two seconds. JamaicaTrack & Field777898.7 Things weren’t always this way. Looking at all the medals ever given out in speedskating, the Dutch have captured 21 percent. This is impressive, but it’s short of other countries’ performances in other sports: Canada has won 31 percent of all curling medals, and the U.S. has won 29 percent of all snowboarding medals, for instance. But much of this has to do with the fact that speedskating has a long history at the Olympics, and the Netherlands has only reached its current level of dominance relatively recently. The Dutch won 13.1 percent of all speedskating medals between 1924 and the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, and all of those came after 1952. But since the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan, the Netherlands has captured 36.6 percent of all podium spots.2Through the end of competition (Korea time) on Feb. 14, 2018. Medals South KoreaShort track2243275481.579.6 CountrySportIn sportTotalshare of total IndonesiaBadminton193063.3 MoroccoTrack & Field192382.6 Trinidad and TobagoTrack & Field151979.0 BahamasTrack & Field121485.7 CountrySportGoldTotalGoldsTOTALGoldsTotal The Dutch dominance is so complete that it inspires wacky theories. NBC’s Katie Couric was mocked for her recent statement that the Dutch are so good because they have a longstanding tradition of skating from place to place on frozen canals. The problem: Those canals freeze only a few times a year, if at all, and when people skate on them, it’s for recreation. Dutch skeedskaters are also rumored to have an ideal body type for the sport, but while the country’s racers are often tall, so are many of their opponents from other countries. Nor do the Dutch use a proprietary method to glide past other competitors: While many members of the team have spectacular form, which includes bending low and skating with force and precision, the technique isn’t a secret.The real cause, more than anything else, is dedication. Starting in childhood, Dutch skaters train with excellent instructors. The Dutch team’s skating equipment is the best in the world, too. For the Olympics in 2014, officials from the host city of Sochi went to the Netherlands to learn how to build a top-of-the-line racing rink. By the time they are ready to compete, Dutch stars have been skating in ideal conditions and learning how to peak in time for the biggest races.The ultimate proof of a country’s prowess in an Olympic event is sweeping all three medals. The Netherlands managed it earlier this week, when Dutch women took gold, silver and bronze in a 3,000 meter speedskating race. In another race, the 31-year-old Ireen Wust won her fifth career gold medal and 10th overall medal, a speedskating record. That victory was a surprise, as the silver medalist, Miho Takagi of Japan, was a strong favorite. Wust is the first Dutch athlete to win five gold medals.The only champions who beat out the Dutch in terms of winning all their medals in a single sport in either the Winter or Summer Games3Among countries that have won at least 10 medals in a single sport. are Ethiopia and Jamaica, who excel in track and field races. Ethiopia has 53 summer medals, all of them in track and field. Jamaica, famous for the record-holding sprinter Usain Bolt, has won 98.7 percent of its medals in track. The Dutch are next on the list, at 94.2 percent. Great BritainFigure skating515113345.545.5 Among countries that won at least 10 medals in a single sportSource: Sports-Reference.com AustriaAlpine skiing351156122157.452.0 KenyaTrack & Field9310093.0 EthiopiaTrack & Field5353100.0% FinlandCross-country ski20774316446.547.0 SlovakiaCanoeing182864.3 IranWrestling436863.2 TurkeyWrestling639566.3 SwedenCross-country ski31765515356.449.7 So, will the Dutch team’s rule ever end? This seems impossible now, especially given the relatively low levels of attention the sport gets in powerful countries like the U.S. But you never know. As the U.S. and many other countries have shown, Olympic dominance usually doesn’t last forever. Enjoy it, those of you from the Netherlands, while you can.
Brazil have received a welcome boost ahead of their next game against Costa Rica after Neymar returned to training with the squadParis Saint-Germain’s world record signing was seen hobbling off in front of the cameras in Tuesday’s team training session due to a problem with his right ankle.Brazil had insisted that the problem was due to the effects of Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Switzerland in their opening Group E game of the World Cup, where Neymar was fouled 10 times – the highest in 20 years.The five-time world champions were certain that had nothing to do with the foot injury that he had sustained in a PSG game against derby rivals Marseille in February that saw Neymar miss the last three months of the Ligue 1 side’s campaign and required him to undergo surgery.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…A video was posted yesterday showing Neymar back in training with Brazil and practising his free-kicks.Neymar is back in training and his free kick game is ?? pic.twitter.com/2hmN07M6u4— B/R Football (@brfootball) June 20, 2018 Brazil will be facing Costa Rica on Friday at the Saint Petersburg stadium.
Wolverhampton Wanderers are looking to sign winger Wu Lei from Shanghai SIPG, according to Sports Mole.The Midlands club have identified the Chinese winger as a possible addition to the club’s playing staff.The newly promoted Premier League team are looking to strengthen their team as they prepare for the challenge at hand, and it is believed that owners Fosun International are looking to bring in a high-profile Chinese player.Reports in the media suggest Wolves are keen to sign Wu Lei at some point in the future once the player completely recovers from his Achilles injury.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Wu is Shanghai SIPG all-time top scorer and record appearance maker with 155 goals in 328 appearances whilst also scoring 11 times in 55 appearances for his country, China.The 26-year-old has spent his entire professional football career with Shanghai SIPG but has stated his desire to play in Europe at some point.Wolves have made some important signings so far this season as they look to make huge impact in the Premier League this season.
India Harmony Foundation and Penguin launched a book entitled, ‘A Tale of Wonder: Kathakautukam’ by Srivara, translated into English by diplomat /scholar and renowned author A N D Haksar and published by Penguin.The book launch was held on March 29, 2019, at Kamladevi Complex, India International Centre, in the presence of Chief Guest N N Vohra, former Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. ‘A Tale of Wonder: Kathakautukam’ is a scintillating example of cross-cultural harmony from medieval Kashmir. A Biblical and Koranic story in medieval Persian reaches Kashmir and is transformed there into a Sanskrit epic poem, with India’s mythic overtones – an attestation to this country’s rich syncretic and multicultural past. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn this tale, the beautiful princess Zuleikha has nightly visions of Yusuf, a handsome young stranger. Captivated by his beauty, her waking hours are filled with heartaches, much to the anxiety of her near ones. But Zuleikha is resolved to be united with Yusuf. Her dreams also reveal the obstacles to be surmounted. What ensues is a captivating account of longing and love — a parable of the soul’s journey in its search for the divine. Magnificent in its simple elegance, ‘A Tale of Wonder’ is beautifully translated by A N D Haksar, with an introduction shedding light on the remarkable provenance of this timeless story.
State Rep. Joseph Graves has been named by Speaker Kevin Cotter to chair the House Commerce and Trade Committee.Graves, R-Argentine Township, also will sit on the Health Policy, Financial Services, and Oversight and Ethics committees.“It is an honor to be named to this committee, which will continue to play a vital role in Michigan’s economic comeback,” Graves said. “The Legislature has done much to help families recover from the ‘lost decade,’ but we still have lots of work to do to restore our economic health. I look forward to helping draft policy to aid in the state’s economic growth.”House committees review all legislation that affects their issue area and make recommendations as to whether the full House should take up the bills. Committee chairs decide when bills are heard, run the committee meetings and organize informational hearings to help lawmakers and the public understand important issues.##### Categories: Graves News,News 16Jan Graves named to chair House Commerce and Trade Committee