Cricket News Ajinkya Rahane To Play For Delhi Capitals In IPL 2020 After 100 Games With Rajasthan Royals

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Ajinkya Rahane, the most capped player for Rajasthan Royals and who has been with the franchise from 2011 to 2015 as well as on their return in 2018, will play for a new franchise in the 2020 Indian Premier League. Rahane will now play for the Delhi Capitals in the 2020 edition of the IPL after a successful trade-off with Rajasthan Royals. Rahane, who has captained the franchise in 24 matches and represented them in 100 games, has also been their top run-getter having scored 2810 runs at an average of 34.26 and a S/R of 122.65. Rahane also scored two centuries for the Royals and made 17 half-centuries. Apart from Rahane, Mayank Markande and Rahul Tewatia have been traded to Rajasthan Royals from Delhi Capitals.Markande was traded to Delhi Capitals by Mumbai Indians despite a stellar showing for the four-time champions in the IPL. Bowling all-rounder Tewatia will return to Rajasthan Royals, a franchise where he began his IPL career in 2014, when he was bought for INR 10 lakhs. He also played for them in 2015 before moving to Kings XI Punjab in 2017 and settling with Delhi Capitals in 2018 and 2019.Delhi Capitals’ acquistion of Rahane is another big development in the trade-off war as the window comes to a close. Trent Boult will be playing in a fourth Indian Premier League franchise during the 2020 edition of the tournament. After playing for Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals, the New Zealand left-arm pacer will now be playing for Mumbai Indians in the 2020 edition of the tournament. Boult, who has played 33 IPL games and taken 38 wickets ever since his debut in the tournament in 2014, could act as a cover for Australian left-arm pacer Jason Behrendorff who was laid low by a stress fracture on his back and could be out of action for several months.With Lasith Malinga nearing the end of his playing days and with Behrendorff potentially unavailable for the tournament, Mumbai Indians’ acquisition of Boult is seen as a tactical move as the four-time IPL champions look for another strong showing in the tournament. It is not reported that Boult, who was brought for Rs 2.2 crore by Delhi Capitals in 2018, was brought by Mumbai Indians for an extra sum. Apart from Boult, the other names trading their franchises is Ankit Rajpoot, Krishnappa Gowtham and Dhawal Kulkarni. Gowtham is making a move from Rajasthan Royals to Kings XI Punjab while Ankit Rajpoot is moving from Kings XI Punjab to Rajasthan Royals.Also Read | Trent Boult Traded To Mumbai Indians, Krishnappa Gowtham And Ankit Rajpoot Also Make A MoveGowtham was in superb form during the scandal-hit Karnataka Premier League and he will be looking to overcome his horrors of 2019, in which he scored just 18 runs in seven games and took only one wicket. Rajpoot is best remembered for taking 5/14 for Kings XI Punjab in their game against Sunrisers Hyderabad and he was brought by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 3.2 crore. However, the release of Gowtham, who was brought for Rs 6.2 crore by Rajasthan Royals, is a surprising move. The other player to move is Dhawal Kulkarni, who was traded to Mumbai Indians from Rajasthan Royals. Kulkarni has played most of his cricket in Mumbai and it will be a homecoming from him.last_img read more

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Are Stone Age Hunter-Gatherers Evolving or Devolving?

first_img(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Anthropologists typically view stone age tribes as stuck in an eddy from primitive beginnings, never advancing into civilization.  Yet some tribes of hunter-gatherers in Thailand and Laos appear to have been farmers in their past, reports Science Now with apparent surprise:Traditionally, anthropologists thought that modern hunter-gatherer tribes like the Mlabri descended through the ages unchanged.  But an analysis of the tribe led by Mark Stoneking of the Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, indicates that these communities are more complex than previously imagined. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Genetic comparisons with other agricultural tribes, as well as studies of tribal myths, indicate that these people reverted to hunting and gathering after years of experience in agriculture.Stoneking can’t stay away from the E word, even though the evidence is against it: “hunter-gatherers have changed and evolved, particularly in response to interactions with agricultural groups,” he equivocates.  All evolution would have to involve change, by definition; but not all change is evolution, in the Darwinian sense.  Charlie did not intend to teach that humans were evolving downward into more primitive forms.  If that were the trend, we would all be bacteria in a few hundred million years.    Creationists predict that humans will always be found to be innately intelligent and capable, yet often degenerate because of sin.  People started smart and fell backward because of sin, but have always been fully human, made in the image of God.  Evolutionists believe humans are at the end of a long progression toward increasing complexity and intelligence, so they would expect some to be further behind in social evolution.  Whose prediction fit these observations?    The politically-correct view of tribal peoples is that they should be left alone; they are noble savages, in touch with their environment.  But if evolution is falsified, the picture changes.  Biblical creationists especially see them as descendants of advanced civilizations who once knew how to build ships and cities, mine metals and make musical instruments.  If so, it is not merciful to leave them in their lost and degenerate state.  Scientists, of all people, should mourn the foolish mythologies and needless diseases that enslave many of these people.  They should want to help them learn to think scientifically, to test claims by experiment.    This does not imply that civilization is better in every way, or that some civilized nations have inherent superiority over those who choose to live in a simpler manner.  But Christian missionaries know that natives are often eager to get modern medicines, for example, and learn more productive ways to find water and food.  And for tribes lost in pagan darkness, fear and superstition, the message of a loving and forgiving Creator God is often the most hopeful, joyful, liberating thing they have ever heard.  Watch the Ee-taow! films and see.last_img read more

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Brand South Africa views World Bank 2018 Report as a clarion call to action

first_imgJohannesburg, Monday 14 January 2019 – Brand South Africa noted the areas of concern expressed in the World Banks’ Global Economic Prospects report which indicates that South Africa’s real GDP growth will expand by 1.3% in 2019.While the South African GDP outlook has seen a downward revision, this happens in a global context where the World Bank indicates that international trade and investment are moderating. Additionally the global economy and trading system is being challenged by trade tensions that remain elevated.Furthermore, the World Bank expects growth in emerging market and developing economies to lose momentum, and is projected to reach 4.2 percent this year. Important for South Africa is the fact that increased trade tensions between major economies stand to have a negative impact on commodity exporters due to potential price volatility.The World Bank had initially projected South Africa’s growth to be 1.8% in June 2018. However, the downward revision of the GDP outlook for 2019 is attributed to high levels of unemployment, challenges in mining production, low business confidence,  policy uncertainty, as well as slow growth in household credit extension which could constrain domestic demand.Speaking about the report, Brand South Africa’s GM for Research, Dr Petrus de Kock said: “While we acknowledge the bank’s report which states that South Africa’s growth is considerably lower than the 4.2% projected average of its emerging market peers, let us be reminded of the economic revival, and investment initiatives which have been put in place over the last year by President Cyril Ramaphosa.”Dr de Kock continued: “The success of the inaugural Investment Conference – as well as the Job Summit are coming to fruition. We see that the Department of Labour has begun implementing ideas with a R2 billion fund  which aims to create over 10,000 jobs, and fund small businesses.  The Investment Conference led to international and domestic companies pledging R290 billion in investments in South Africa – and this is on top of the R400 billion which was received during the investment drive by the special investment envoys and through various countries during state visits.”The World Bank report cites policy uncertainty as an additional challenge which confronts South Africa’s growth. In response Dr de Kock said that this is a typical and unfortunate opinion in an election year. The South African government, together with business acknowledge that investment will not occur without policy certainty.“In preparation for the 2018 Investment Conference government undertook significant analysis to identify structural constraints, as well as policy- or administrative hurdles, that inhibit investment or business. To this end the President announced initial steps towards structural reform at the investment conference. And subsequently, on the economic policy front, Cabinet, as recently as November 2018, approved the Strategy Framework for the pursuit of South Africa’s strategic economic interests which aims to ensure that international engagements serve the country’s domestic policy imperatives such as poverty alleviation, unemployment and inequality,” adds Dr de Kock.Dr de Kock says since the tabling of the 2018 Budget in Parliament, government has sought to reduce policy uncertainty and restore investor confidence by finalising the Mining Charter – which the SA mining industry has responded to positively; re-established a sustainable approach to energy planning by updating the Integrated Resource Plan for consideration by Parliament; revised the Public Procurement Bill, currently awaiting Cabinet approval for public consultation, which will replace existing regulations; and also appointed a panel to advise government on measures to effect fair and equitable land reform that will increase agricultural output and build self-sufficiency in food production.While the GDP outlook may have been revised by the World Bank, the work to stimulate growth, create jobs, and develop South African society continues. In coming week the President will lead Team SA’s delegation at WEF Davos (22-25 January). Following on the successful investment conference, the President will lead the delegation with a single- minded message focused on sharing outcomes from the conference, and communicating the fact that South Africa offers investors a stable environment, with significant hard- and soft infrastructure, regional connectivity, and a sophisticated and highly diversified market to operate in.At WEF Davos, Brand South Africa in partnership with ABSA, will host an investment seminar where the President and Minister of Trade and Industry – Dr Rob Davies will engage directly with international business representatives, and policy makers to profile South Africa’s policies, initiatives for business and investment. Following on that South Africa hosts the Mining Indaba during February, an event that annually attracts more than 7000 participants from all over the world. At this event developments in the Mining Charter, and opportunities for investment and business in the sector will be shared with fund managers, mining executives and decision makers.“This means that all is not lost, the work of realising GDP expansion requires innovation not only on the investment front. It requires South Africans themselves, who’s innovations, businesses (micro, small or large), creative solutions, products and services will ultimately help drive national economic growth. However, as a nation there are several lessons to take from the World Bank’s annual Global Economic Prospects report. As an open and transparent democratic system, government and business leaders have to work much harder to maintain the momentum and confidence in the country’s economy which was lifted by the investment conference among other initiatives,” concluded Dr de Kock.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact: Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email:[email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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Colombia’s female football players fight for level field

first_imgTrump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem But last week Colombian football officials proposed downgrading the league of 23 teams to amateur status, saying that professional female clubs were not profitable and had created a significant financial burden for clubs that already run male teams. In Colombia, only members of the national football association known as Dimayor are allowed to run professional clubs. Most of the clubs currently running female teams have been running professional male teams for decades.Diego Perdomo, the women’s football director at local team Atletico Huila, said his club spent about $30,000 a month in salaries for female players, coaches and support staff last year.But Huila reported overall losses of $1 million in the first part of 2018, with most of its earnings coming from its long-established male team.The club got a small financial break in December after its women’s team won the female version of the Libertadores Cup, South America’s top club competition, netting $50,000 in prize money.Under current conditions, however, they would burn through that money in just two months. The male version of the Libertadores Cup awards winning teams $6 million in prize money.“We only have one company willing to sponsor our female team,” Perdomo said, “and support from the media has also been lacking.”He noted that only one Colombian journalist made the trip to Brazil to cover the female Libertadores final. The match was not broadcast on Colombian television.Players have proposed solutions to save the league that include reducing the number of teams, and using public funds, as well as grants from FIFA, to sustain it. They have also asked Colombia’s Football Federation to appoint someone to lead efforts to promote women’s football.Government officials have offered to meet with companies to raise funds for the league, but have stopped short of promising public funds.And as the uncertainty over the future of the league continues, the most talented players are already looking for ways to leave the country. Ramon Jesurun, the president of Colombia’s Football Federation, said in an interview with local media Sunday that it is the first time he heard of these complaints, and has promised to open an investigation.But players said they have letters dating from 2012 and recordings that show they had previously brought their complaints to Colombian football officials.Daniela Montoya, a midfielder for the national team, said she was left off the Rio Olympics squad as punishment for speaking to the media about irregularities. Last week, she provided journalists with a recording made in April 2016 where a Colombian football official berates her for speaking out about disputes over prize money and describes her as a “spear in his backside” that had to be removed.The complaints have sparked a national debate on the status of women’s football in Colombia, where the men’s game is passionately followed, while the women often labor in obscurity playing for salaries of around $400 a month.They also encouraged a physical therapist who worked for the national team to disclose details of sexual harassment charges she filed last year against a 70-year-old coach who was in charge of Colombia’s female under-17 team.Carolina Rozo, 34, said coach Didier Luna overburdened her with work, left her out of meetings, shouted at her and made her life at work so miserable that it led to a bout of depression after she rejected several attempts by the coach to engage in a romantic relationship. She also said Luna groped players during training sessions.“I pressed charges because I want justice, not just for myself but for the players who are mostly under-aged girls,” Rozo said. “With everything that is going on now in Colombian football, many of the players are afraid to come forward.”Luna denied the charges in a statement, calling them a “sensational” effort to “tarnish” his image. But he has been removed from the national team and is now under prosecution. A player from the same under-17 squad who does not wish to disclose her identity filed separate sexual harassment charges against another member of Luna’s coaching staff.As members of the national squad wait for officials to take action on the allegations of sexual harassment and mistreatment, some 500 women who played in last year’s local league are stuck in uncertainty.Colombia launched its professional female league in 2017, becoming just the second country to do so after Brazil. MOST READ In Bogota, Pulecio said she’s hoping the pro league will survive. But she has also signed with an agent, who is looking to place her with a team in Spain.“This league is something we have all dreamt about,” Pulecio said. “It would be really sad to end something that generations of players have worked hard to build.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed WNBA star Maya Moore mural on Hypercourt for Her inspires women ballers to raise their game “We try to do things on our own time, to keep in shape,” she said. “But it’s not the same as when you’re training with your team.”Pulecio has represented Colombia in five international tournaments, and last year, she was one of the up and coming stars of the local professional women’s league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBut the defensive midfielder has barely trained since the season ended last May, and could be out of a job altogether this year as football officials contemplate cancelling the local women’s league due to its poor economic performance.News that the recently created professional league could be cancelled capped a turbulent month for women’s football in this country. The month was also marked by sexual harassment complaints against two coaches and claims of poor working conditions for players on the national team. Players are now making a last-minute attempt to save the women’s league, while they seek better conditions for the national team, in a struggle that mirrors the ongoing push for equality in women’s football in the United States.“It’s very tough to have your dreams and aspirations just brushed aside,” Pulecio said following a news conference in which players urged officials to come up with solutions to save the women’s league. She added that cancelling the league “would shatter the hopes of younger girls who are coming up the ranks.”Complaints over the management of women’s football in Colombia started to snowball last month, when two acclaimed national team players published a Twitter video where they outline what they claim are discriminatory practices.Isabella Echeverri and Melissa Ortiz say that for the past two years women’s national team players have been denied stipends paid to their male counterparts when they train with the national team.The players also claimed that they weren’t paid prize money promised to them for qualifying for the second round of the 2015 World Cup in Canada, and said that on several occasions they were forced to pay for their own plane tickets to make national team training camps, something that is unheard of in the men’s game.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sara Pulecio, who played for Colombia’s soccer club La Equidad, controls the ball during a soccer clinic for professional female players in Bogota, Colombia, Friday, March 8, 2019. Pulecio has represented Colombia in five international tournaments but has barely trained since the season ended last May and could be out of a job altogether this year, as soccer officials contemplate cancelling the local women’s’ league, due to its poor economic performance. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)BOGOTA, Colombia— On a recent weeknight, Sara Pulecio dribbled a football ball gracefully through a set of orange cones, and jumped repeatedly over small obstacles placed by coaches along a field, to develop more strength in her legs.The football clinic, organized by a global sports apparel brand, gave Pulecio and several professional female players a rare opportunity to train in the long break between seasons. And even though the drills were intense, the 20-year-old midfielder finished them with a smile on her face.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more

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10 months ago​Chelsea boss Sarri: Barcelona have ended Christensen interest

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Chelsea boss Sarri: Barcelona have ended Christensen interestby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has confirmed that Andreas Christensen going to Barcelona is no longer a possibility.The Catalan giants had been linked with a move for the young center back.But they have gone on to sign Jeison Murillo on loan from Valencia.”I think Barcelona announced a new centre-back,” Sarri said in his press conference.”[Andreas] Christensen for sure is out of the matter at the moment. “He is an important player, he is young and will be more important in the future.” last_img

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More on Joey Vottos Swinging Habits

Responding to my piece earlier on Friday about the Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto and his approach to at-bats with runners in scoring position, reader Keith Anderson asked:How does his [swing] percentage compare to when there isn’t anyone in [scoring] position? Is there a noticeable/meaningful difference? I just wonder if people are picking at how his play changes or just how he plays.Funny you ask, Keith! Before deciding to focus specifically on whether Votto swings at pitches in the strike zone with runners in scoring position, I collected a bunch of other data covering different scenarios.Let’s look at this year first. Here are Votto’s 2014 numbers in RISP situations versus bases empty.Votto with RISP, 2014121 pitches47.1 percent strike rate (strikes + balls in play/pitches)29.8 percent swing rate24.7 percent called strike rate8.7 percent chase rate (swings at pitches out of the strike zone)57.9 percent fastballs57.7 percent swings on pitches in strike zoneVotto with bases empty, 2014437 pitches58.8 percent strike rate40.5 percent swing rate30.8 percent called strike rate17.4 percent chase rate59.3 percent fastballs64.8 percent swings on pitches in strike zoneSo Votto is swinging a lot more often this year in bases-empty situations than he is with runners in scoring position. Not coincidentally, he’s getting a lot more strikes to swing at with nobody on. Interestingly, he’s also doing something very un-Votto like: chasing pitches out of the zone, in this case twice as often with the bases empty as with runners in scoring position. Of course it’s only May 9, so we’re dealing with relatively small sample sizes.Now let’s take a look at how often Votto has swung at strikes with the bases empty over time.Votto swing percentage on pitches in strike zone with bases empty, 2009-20142009 73.32010 69.42011 66.82012 59.72013 64.32014 64.8Votto swing percentage on pitches in strike zone with RISP, 2009-20142009 78.22010 76.22011 69.82012 62.42013 69.22014 57.7The same trend governing Votto’s swing rate with runners in scoring position can be seen with the bases empty. He’s far less aggressive today than he was in 2009, and somewhat less aggressive than he was during his 2010 MVP season. After that, things level out, assuming we discount (or simply ignore) 2012, when a knee injury messed with his entire stat line. Also note that the small-sample-size issues that make Votto’s swing percentage on pitches in the strike zone with runners in scoring position has not carried over to the same stat with the bases empty; 2011, 2013 and 2014 look nearly identical with the bases empty.One other thing. If we assume that the 57.7 percent figure for runners in scoring position this year is a small-sample-size fluke that will even out shortly, then we’re left with a clear and healthy trend: The better the RBI opportunity, the more Joey Votto swings at pitches in the strike zone. read more

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Commentary One Buckeye fell through the cracks

There exists a “Buckeye brotherhood” amongst Ohio State football players.It is a fraternity of sorts, and the members forged their bond on the football battlefields of the Big Ten Conference.This brotherhood is a lifelong connection shared between players past and present, they say. For the fortunate members of this brotherhood, they surely must be ensured lifelong friendships with former teammates.The late Michael Current, a former OSU lineman under coach Woody Hayes and a co-captain of the Buckeyes his senior year, does not appear to have been so fortunate.Current was found dead in the Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge near Salem, Ore., Monday. The former Buckeye was in a troubled state during what we now know were his final days of life as he faced five counts of sexual assault charges, as well as a count of luring a minor, according to multiple reports.Current, who spent the majority of his professional career with the Denver Broncos and also had stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins, is believed to have taken his own life.In the wake of the tragedy, the most notable reactions and statements issued on Current’s passing came from the Broncos organization and former Broncos teammates — not OSU.Broncos spokesman Patrick Smyth told The Lantern the organization is always saddened to learn of a tragedy involving a former Bronco.“… Our hearts go out to Mike’s family and friends during this most difficult of times,” Smyth said.Randy Gradishar, a former linebacker for the Buckeyes and Broncos, told The Denver Post he thought Current’s suicide was tragic, but added that he hadn’t been in contact with his former teammate for a long time.However strong the “Buckeye brotherhood” might or might not be, perhaps that is the way of life — you get old and separate from old friends.Sgt. Michael Holsapple of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s request for comment. Holsapple painted a chilling picture of the scene where Current took his own life for The Denver Post report.It was night time and a light snowfall blew about the scenic overlook where Current apparently shot himself with a shotgun, according to the report.One Buckeye fell through the cracks of the brotherhood. read more

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