Hardiik Pandya has been looked as Kapil Dev’s natural successor ever since he made his debut in Indian blues against New Zealand at Dharamsala last year.He has been a different beast all together in 2017, after establishing himself as a regular in the Indian national men’s cricket team . He made his debut this year in July against Sri Lanka.On Sunday, he picked up his 30th wicket in 2017 to equal the feat of arguably the greatest Indian all-rounder, Kapil Dev’s record of scoring 500-plus runs and 30-plus wickets in one day international in a calendar year.Kapil Dev had managed the feat back in 1986.In that calendar year, he played 27 matches and scored 517 runs, with a highest of 58. With the ball, he had picked up 32 wickets with a best of 4/30.Pandya has had a very similar 2017, in terms of success with the ball.He has picked up 31 ODI wickets, with best figures of 3/40, and has been no slump with the bat either. He has 557 runs so far with his career best 83 coming in this year against Australia. He is due another go wit hthe bat in the second innings.In the third and final ODI of the three match series, Pandya finished the Sri Lankan innings with respectable figures of 2/49 from his 10 overs, considering the fact that Upul Tharanga took him to the swords in his second over, hitting him for five consecutive boundaries. “I have a lot of faith in him (Hardik) as far as any format is concerned. If he grows in confidence you see someone like Ben Stokes, what he does for England, brings in great balance as an all-rounder. I see no reason why Hardik Pandya can’t become that for India,” regular Indian captain, Kohli had said about the young man from Baroda.advertisementHe picked up the two wickets of Sachith Pathirana and Suranga Lakmal and is fifth in the list of most wicket-takers in 2017, and is 26th in the list for batsmen. He has scored four fifties this year.Ahead of the second ODI in Mohali, the 24-year-old took on the 36-year-old MS Dhoni in a 100m race. Dhoni still managed to outrun the youngster.
OU and Oklahoma State have been top dogs in the Big 12 since it went to 10 teams in 2011. OU is 42-11 in Big 12 games since 2011. Oklahoma State is 38-15. No other team has more than 35 wins. That’s pretty crazy. Even crazier is that this is not necessarily a new trend.Not only do the Pokes and Sooners have the two best Big 12 records, they have also played the most games for the Big 12 title since the league went to a round robin format in 2011. Let’s take a look at each “Big 12 title game” by year.2011: Bedlam in StillwaterProbably the greatest game of the Mike Gundy era. If OU had won, both teams would have been tied with Kansas State at 7-2, but OU would have taken the conference crown because of wins over OSU and Kansas State.2012: Texas at Kansas StateOU claims to be co-champs this year, but I’m only counting outright winners. The Wildcats beat the Sooners that year. They’re the champs. No matter how many banners Bob Stoops hangs. They beat Texas in the final game of the regular season at home.2013: Bedlam in Stillwater, Texas at BaylorOklahoma State would have clinched the Big 12 title with a win over OU in Stillwater. Alas, Justin Gilbert did not catch it. Baylor beat Texas later that evening. Texas (!) would have won the conference with a win. Baylor finished 8-1. OU, OSU and Texas finished 7-2.2014: Kansas State at BaylorBaylor locked up the Big 12 title (with a fat asterisk from Ft. Worth) with a big win at home over Kansas State. TCU beat Iowa State 55-3 and moved out of the top four in the CFB Playoff rankings because of data points and conference champions (or something like that). I wonder if that will happen to Ohio State this year**LOL2015: Bedlam in StillwaterAnother Bedlam for the Big 12 title. This one was improbable as TCU had to beat Baylor in a monsoon earlier in the week. But it happened, and OU finished 8-1 as OSU and TCU finished 7-2.Add ’em UpHere are all the games played by teams in which a win in the final week would have meant a Big 12 title since the league moved to 10 teams in 2011.OSU: 4OU: 3Baylor: 2Kansas State: 1Texas: 1I’m including this year’s Bedlam game. It is just the third game since 2011 in which the winner would take the Big 12, but it is the fourth that could serve as at least a partial de facto title game (as OSU blew its shot in 2013 with the best defense in school history). That’s an impressive run for such a lopsided rivalry. And one that’s about to head elsewhere on the schedule.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
The Australian Mixed Open team have come from behind to take a 1-0 lead in the 2018 Open Trans-Tasman Series in Rotorua.It took six minutes for the Touch Blacks to open the scoring with Nat Turner diving over after applying sustained pressure on the Aussie line. The Australians immediately hit back with stalwart Michael Singh finding Ron Hanson Medallist Elin Mortimer with a precision long ball for her to fittingly score the opening touch down for the visiting team.While the first points took some time to come for both teams the game quickly opened up from there. The Kiwis scored again in the 8th minute and shortly after should have made it 3-1 with Bayley Waudby unable to take advantage of the opportunity spilling the ball over the line. It proved to be a costly error as the Aussies marched up the field and levelled the score at 2 apiece through Leah Opie-Lukins.Every time the Aussies drew level the Kiwis just as quickly edged clear and at 4-3 in favour of the home team and with only minute in the opening half a pair of sublime hands from Leah Percy provided Zara Nicholas with a first half hat-trick and a 4-4 score line.The second half started just as the first did with New Zealand opening the scoring and resuming their position in front. With 15 minutes remaining Touch Black’s Ifor Jones interferred with a certain Australian try and earned himself a period of time for his efforts. The Aussies made him pay scoring off the second play but again failed to hold out the Touch Blacks with the Kiwis taking back their lead and the score to 6-5.The teams traded tries again before Lachlan Hoch drew the scores at 7 all with 3 minutes remaining left. This time the Aussies wouldn’t allow the Kiwis to get back the lead and with just 60 seconds left the visitors hit the lead for the first time in the match through Dylan Thompson and held on in the dying stages for an impressive come from behind 8-7 victory.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Man City, Man Utd target Ndombele stalls Lyon exit plansby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTanguy Ndombele is reluctant to leave Lyon in January.Sky Sports says Ndombele will opt to remain with the French club until at least the end of the season.The combative midfielder has been heavily linked with a move, with Premier League clubs Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham amongst those rumoured to have an interest.But sources close to the player believe he would prefer to remain in Lyon for the rest of the campaign.Ndombele revealed last week he turned down a big money move to Manchester City last summer.
zoom Antwerp-based tanker owner and operator Euronav NV has ordered two high specification Ice Class Suezmax vessels from Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea. The 158,600 dwt tankers were ordered for a price of USD 62 million each, according to data provided by VesselsValue. The contract has an option for two additional Suezmaxes.Euronav signed two long-term time charter contracts of seven years each with Texas-based Valero Energy for the Suezmaxes, which are scheduled to commence upon the vessels’ delivery in early 2018.The vessels will have an increased steel structure, specific emissions controls and other operational capabilities, the company said.“Euronav and its predecessors have been serving the Quebec refinery with purpose built new buildings since 1998. In a world of continuous change our commitment to serve our customer remains a constant point,” Paddy Rodgers, Euronav’s Chief Executive Officer, said:
Justin BrakeAPTN NewsOn the eve of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s apology to residential school survivors in Labrador, Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and Labrador MP Yvonne Jones met with Muskrat Falls land protectors for a sharing circle and to talk about the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The event came just days after federal Justice Minister Judy Wilson-Raybould announced the Liberals would support NDP MP Romeo Saganash’s private members’ bill, C-262, which calls for the full implementation of the UNDRIP into Canadian law.Land protectors and the leadership of two of Labrador’s three Indigenous groups have maintained at various times since the inception of the controversial hydroelectric project at Muskrat Falls that free, prior and informed consent was not given to the provincial and federal governments, or to the provincial crown energy corporation building the dam, Nalcor Energy.Many have argued Muskrat Falls contravenes several articles from UNDRIP and calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.On Thursday evening, land protectors laid out their concerns for Bennett and Jones, arguing Muskrat Falls threatens Inuit and Innu communities’ food, culture and ways of life.“We have real genuine concerns about our families and our future, the future of our children and grandchildren on the land,” said Marjorie Flowers, an Inuk woman from Rigolet who was arrested in 2013 and 2016 for protesting the dam, and who spent 10 days in a maximum security men’s prison in St. John’s after refusing to promise a judge she would stay away from the project site.“We’ve lived here for hundreds and thousands of years. And this project moved in and ripped the land to shreds.”Linda Saunders-McLean, a social worker and occasional minister at the Moravian Church in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, told Bennett and Jones that the Indigenous-led resistance also was met with a frightening response from the RCMP, with the support of provincial Justice Minister and Attorney General Andrew Parsons.In a desperate, last resort effort to protect their country food from projected methylmercury poisoning last fall, dozens of land protectors blockaded and occupied the Muskrat Falls site, prompting Nalcor to apply for court injunctions, and subsequently for the RCMP to deploy hundreds of officers, at the time and in the months to follow, to the remote location in Central Labrador.Many, including elders and community members who had previously never been in trouble with the law, now face lengthy legal battles to defend their actions.“Social workers are here to protect children, but I feel like I can’t protect my children,” Saunders-McLean said, crying and holding a picture of her children and grandchildren. She said her family lives in the flood zone downstream of Muskrat Falls, and that she and many others are convinced once the reservoir is fully flooded, the dam will not hold. Their concerns are shared by independent observers, including retired engineer James Gordon, who has won awards for his work on large hydro dams around the world. Gordon and others have argued that a dam of Muskrat Falls’ size has never been built on the kind of sand and clay that make up the ground that stretches along the banks of the Churchill River. Many have called for an independent review of the North Spur, the natural geological feature on the river at the heart of the dam integrity concerns, and which Nalcor is figuring into its construction of the dam.“I feel like whenever I speak out against this, I have a fear that I’ll go to court, that charges will be laid against me and I’ll lose my job,” said Saunders-McLean. Land protector and event organizer Denise Cole asked Bennett to ensure her government moves “quickly” to align Canadian law with the rights outlined in UNDRIP, and to “look in retrospect at projects that have already been recently approved, such as Muskrat Falls…because that includes Gull Island, which has not officially begun yet.”Though the project has not yet undergone an environmental assessment and construction has not begun, a third dam on the Churchill River in Labrador, at Gull Island, a sacred place for the Innu, has already received approval from Labrador’s Innu Nation.“From coast to coast to coast, our waters, our lands, and our culture is being destroyed on this idea of resource projects for the country,” Cole said in the circle.“So we need to thoroughly look at what’s being approved, and sometimes we need to go backwards and change how things are,” said Cole. “We’ve very much asking for a suspension of the Muskrat Falls project until issues are addressed, including the fact that we no longer feel that we have ever been able to give our free, prior and informed consent to this project. “And UNDRIP specifically states that when it comes to duty to consult it is for the entire life of the project. The Crown should have automatically been triggered to do a new duty to consult as they are doing now in Clyde River.”Cole said in light of the new information and resulting concerns, Muskrat Falls “should have stopped and only moved forward with our free, prior and informed consent.”She maintains free, prior and informed consent “does not just include Indigenous leaders,” and that it “has to include the people.”Responding to the land protectors, Bennett said the government is working to bring Canadian law into accordance with UNDRIP, and that they will “go further than that in a Canadian way, in that here we have First Nations, Inuit, Metis rights, Section 35 rights and treaties, and so our legislation will be specific for Canada but will embody those principles.”However, Bennett indicated the Liberals are not likely to look at resource development projects that have already been sanctioned.She said, “going backwards is going to be very difficult.”But Cole said that if they need evidence as to why things that are anticipated to harm Indigenous people ought to be stopped before they inflict suffering, the federal government need look no further than their own present reason for being in Labrador.“They’re here apologizing for mistakes that were made many years ago. You can go back. You can do it right. You can change,” she said.The meeting was prompted by the actions of a Muskrat Falls solidarity group in Ontario, who occupied Bennett’s constituency office in Toronto last month and demanded the minister meet with land protectors in Labrador.Last week the provincial government launched an inquiry into Muskrat Falls, though the terms of reference do not mention environmental concerns or Indigenous rights.At the height of the Muskrat Falls protests last year, Jones, who is also Bennett’s parliamentary secretary, said she made recommendations to the Prime Minister’s Office regarding the province’s request for a second loan guarantee to continue construction of Muskrat Falls, which is billions over the originally estimated cost.On Friday Jones told APTN that when she offered recommendations to the PMO last fall, they did not include attaching conditions to the new loan guarantee. “At the end of the day it was an economic decision in terms of whether we would assist the province or not,” she said. “It wasn’t a project that was in financial jeopardy, it was a province in financial jeopardy, and the federal government was asked to intervene and provide that support.”One week after the Indigenous-led occupation of Muskrat Falls ended in 2016, and as dozens of land protectors, including elders, were being charged, the Trudeau Government announced a $2.9 billion loan guarantee to Newfoundland and Labrador to continue work on Muskrat Falls.
Patna: Tej Pratap Yadav, the elder son of former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad, on Thursday announced he had quit as head of the RJD’s student wing. “I am resigning as chief of the RJD’s student wing. Those who think I am naive are mistaken,” tweeted Tej Pratap Yadav, a former Bihar Minister who has been having simmering differences with his brother and Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav. Tej Pratap Yadav added that he knew who wields what kind of influence in party affairs. His resignation is expected to hit hard the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
Colombo/ Srinagar: Sri Lanka Army’s chief has said that some of the suicide bombers who carried out the country’s worst terror attack on Easter Sunday visited Kashmir and Kerala for “some sorts of training” or to “make some more links” with other foreign outfits. It is the first time that a top Sri Lankan security official has confirmed the militants’ visit to India which had shared intelligence inputs with Colombo ahead of the attack. Nine suicide bombers, including a woman, carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels on April 21, killing 253 people and injuring over 500 others. In an interview to BBC, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Army, divulged some details on the movements of the suspects in the region and also international links. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”They (the suspects) have gone to India, they’ve gone to Kashmir, Bengaluru, they’ve travelled to Kerala state. Those are the information available with us,” he said. Asked what activities they were doing in Kashmir and Kerala, the Army chief said: “Not exactly, but definitely in some sorts of training or to make some more links towards the other organisations outside the country”. The Islamic State (IS) terror group claimed the attacks but the government blamed local Islamist extremist group National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ). Sri Lanka banned the NTJ and arrested over 100 people in connection with the blasts. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenAsked why the threats were not taken more seriously after receiving information from India, Senanayake said: “We had some information and intelligence-sharing, situations and military intelligence on a different direction and the others were different and there was a gap that everybody could see today”. Reacting to the Lanka Army’s chief claim, Indian Central security agencies’ officials said in Srinagar on Saturday that there is no record to suggest that any of the suicide bombers had visited Kashmir. One of the officials said immigration records were re-visited after the terrorist attacks and none of the bombers had visited Kashmir. However, there could be a possibility of the bombers visiting the state using pseudonym, the official said, adding if Sri Lanka hands over some evidence, it can be verified from the ground.
New Delhi: The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Wednesday wrote a letter to Uttar Pradesh DGP O P Singh to enforce a ban on the sale of acid while noting that it is “disturbed” by the rise in incidents of acid attacks in the state.According to NCW’s letter, they have come across the media report of the acid attack where a woman was allegedly attacked with acid by her two brothers who later dumped her in Kot village in Greater Noida’s Dadri on May 9. “The Commission is disturbed by the rise in the acid attack in the state of Uttar Pradesh,” reads the letter. “Considering the gravity of the matter, it is requested that action be taken to enforce the ban on the sale of acid in the state and a detailed action taken report in the matter may be sent to the Commission at an early date,” NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma said. In a tweet from NCW reads”The NCW has taken Suo-Motto cognizance in the matter reported by the media” Greater Noida: Two men push sister out of car, throw acid at her “urging the DGP, Uttar Pradesh @dgpup, to enforce ban on the sale of acid in the state and a team of NCW has gone to visit the victim.” The incident of throwing acid is not new. Recently in South Delhi, a 22-year-old woman has alleged that an acid attack attempt was made at her by two bike-borne men. They had threatened her to withdraw a rape case that she had slapped against a person, she alleged. In June 2018, a 40-year-old man allegedly threw an acid like substance on his wife and two daughters and then drank it to kill himself in northeast Delhi’s Karawal Nagar, police said on Sunday. The law enforcement agency claimed that initial probe asserted that regular quarrel between the couple was the reason behind the incident. In 2016, police arrested a man for allegedly throwing acid at his wife after she refused to go to her in-law’s house following marital discord. Recently, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) had issued a notice to Divisional Commissioner (Revenue) of Delhi government seeking a complete ban on the sale of acid in the city since the unregulated acid sale is a major cause for continued acid attacks on women. “Citing data from NCRB, the notice says that there have been 20 incidences of acid attack in Delhi, the third highest state after West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh,” said a press statement of Delhi Commission for Women.
College football season kicked off 69 days ago, on Aug. 26. But with the College Football Playoff committee releasing its first set of rankings Tuesday night, the season for irrational pigskin arguments has only just begun.Take the committee’s initial rankings: Although the top three of Alabama, Clemson and Michigan didn’t surprise anyone — they’re three of the only four remaining undefeated major-conference teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision — the decision to put one-loss Texas A&M at No. 4 over unbeaten Washington was generally seen as a head-scratcher. And that’s just the first edition of the rankings! A whole lot more can happen between now and Dec. 4, when the final version drops.To help you sort it all out, FiveThirtyEight is relaunching our College Football Playoff prediction model for the 2016 season. In fact, this year we’ve built a continually updating page that lets you view the current favorites, as well as the not-so-favorites: Every team with at least a 0.1 percent chance of making the playoff is listed. You can also choose custom scenarios for the future, letting you see how the model changes if a given team wins or loses its next game, or if it wins out over the remainder of its schedule. As for the nuts and bolts of the model, we’re using the same system we rolled out last year, itself an improvement over the version we used in Year 1 of the CFP.Here’s a brief refresher on how our model works: It takes the most recent version of the CFP committee’s rankings, simulates the next week of games using ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI), uses a version of our old friend the Elo rating to guesstimate how the committee would react to those FPI-simulated results,1With uncertainty-generating mechanisms in place to “scramble” the rankings in ways that might not always follow historical precedent. and then repeats the process until we have a simulated version of the committee’s final rankings.Do that 10,000 times, and we can estimate the likelihood of any team ranking in the committee’s top four when the dust clears on the season. But … does it actually work? Well, for what it’s worth, the model did a pretty good job of predicting the field last season. Just don’t ask us about what happened in 2014. (Don’t worry, we also tweaked the model afterward to fix some of its first-year bugs.)This season, Clemson, Alabama and Michigan check in at Nos. 1-3 in playoff probability — which isn’t exactly a shock. And Washington fans shouldn’t feel too bummed about their team’s snub in the first CFP rankings. Despite placing fifth in the committee rankings, our model gives the Huskies a 47 percent probability of making the playoff, the fourth-best odds of any team, and greater than a 99 percent chance of making the playoff if it wins out (though it gives the Huskies just a 25 percent chance of doing that).Of course, the model also comes with a lot of built-in uncertainty, especially at this early stage of playoff speculation. It says there’s an 84 percent chance that at least one team outside the Clemson-Alabama-Michigan-Washington quartet crashes the CFP party by season’s end — most likely Ohio State (though the Buckeyes probably need to beat Michigan on Nov. 26 to do it), Louisville, Texas A&M or Wisconsin, all of whom have a 10 percent shot or better at the playoff.Some of those teams need more help than others, however. The Buckeyes and Badgers could control their own destinies to some degree by winning out — Ohio State’s odds would be 96 percent if it ran the table, Wisconsin’s would be 74 percent if they did the same, and Texas A&M’s would be 61 percent. But Louisville’s chances at the playoff would only be 39 percent even if we knew they’d win all their games from here out. (Gaming out contingencies such as those are where the choose-your-own-scenario feature of our interactive comes in handy. Hint, hint.)Even with the perfect number of undefeated major-conference teams for a four-team playoff, the crystal ball is still pretty cloudy at this point. There’s a lot of football left to be played. But our model should at least be a useful guide for making sense of the silliness that’s surely waiting in the season’s second half.Check out our college football predictions. Will your favorite team make the College Football Playoff? See all of our predictions for the 2016 season »