Not surprised by Rashid Khans performance: Moody

first_imgMumbai, Apr 11 (PTI) Praising IPL debutant Rashid Khans performance as a leg-spinner in the two games he played so far, Sunrisers Hyderabad chief coach Tom Moody today said he was not surprised at the Afghanistan bowlers early success in the cash-rich T20 League. “I am not surprised, and thats why we were keen to get him in the auction. I have seen him bowl a lot in the last 12 months. I was very impressed with what hes capable of doing. He and Mohammed Nabi are a couple of reasons why Afghanistan have grown as a cricketing team,? said Moody ahead of his sides face-off against Mumbai Indians here tomorrow. Moody pointed out that the two-way turn generated by Khan while disguising his bowling action, has been one of the reasons for him troubling the opposition batsmen. “Generally, most leg-spinners turn it both ways and thats one advantage (with having leg spinners). The other advantage is if you are a spinner like Rashid and can spin both ways with ability to disguise which way its going to turn, it makes it doubly difficult for any batsman,? he said. “Its one of the reasons that Sunil Narine, though hes not a leg spinner, is such a handful over such a long period of time. He turns it both ways, with mystery. Rashid has got a very good wrong one and hes also got a good leggie. He generally bowls a lot quicker than leg-spinners which suited Indian wickets. And obviously he has found some good form early,? he added. Khan has so far bagged five wickets in two matches which were won by SRH — against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Lions. “He, like any spinner, is going to be challenged on smaller grounds, but the surface here offers something for spin; it bounces and turns a bit and he will relish the conditions. With T20 cricket there are going to be times you will be hit out of the ground; how you respond to that is most important,? he replied when asked about how Rashid will cope up with bowling on small grounds like the Wankhede Stadium. The two back-to-back wins has given the team a good momentum, Moody said, adding that he was not worried about his sides lack of success in the matches they had played at this ground in the past. “If we can get some early wins on board in a tournament like the IPL, its certainly goes in increasing the confidence within the playing group and also builds some momentum. “Whats happened in past is not relevant to what is going to happen tomorrow; its a different team and a few different players. Its about time for it to be rectified and we would look forward to that being an additional challenge.” SRH will be boosted by the arrival of Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman who is available for the game. “Hes reaching this evening. He will be fit and available and he is in our consideration for final eleven,” said Moody. Describing Yuvraj Singh as a “dynamic” player, Moody felt the swashbuckling batsman has sported a relaxed demeanour after joining the team midway through the last IPL after recovering from an ankle injury. “Yuvraj missed the first half of tournament last year due to ankle injury. When he joined us I saw a sense of contentment with himself and with his game. He was relaxed and enjoyed the environment with Sunrisers. “I think hes enjoying his cricket which is very important for any young or old player. When they are enjoying they are at their best. Yuvraj is content with everything, on and off field. Hes in pretty happy place and obviously an important member of our side as hes such a dynamic player,” said Moody. PTI SSR PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

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Jack Sock snatches last ATP Tour finals spot with Paris Masters title

first_imgAmerican Jack Sock clinched the last spot in the ATP Tour finals when he beat Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic 5-7 6-4 6-1 to win the Paris Masters title on Sunday.The 16th-seeded Sock, 25, became the first American to win the tournament since Andre Agassi in 1999.Sock, who started the week in 24th position in the Race to London, needed to win the title to leapfrog Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta into eighth place.He did just that with a solid performance, wearing down the defence of world number 77 Krajinovic.Sock won his first two service games to love but ran into a spot of bother in the sixth game. He served and volleyed to save a break point but a double fault handed Krajinovic a break and a 4-2 lead.The American broke straight back but a fine forehand earned the Serb a set point and Sock made a mess of another forehand as his opponent, who defended well, took the lead.Krajinovic, however, lost his focus and a forehand error gave Sock an early break in the second set. The Serb fell 4-1 down and could only break back once, Sock levelling for one-set all.The momentum had shifted and Sock, who will finish the year as the American number one for the first time, raced through the deciding set to claim his maiden Masters title.last_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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20 days agoAC Milan goalkeeper Reina: We can be proud of Genoa fight-back

first_imgAC Milan goalkeeper Reina: We can be proud of Genoa fight-backby Carlos Volcano20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan goalkeeper Pepe Reina was delighted saving an injury-time penalty as they beat Genoa 2-1. Reina was not supposed to play at Marassi on Saturday night, but was a last-minute starter when Gianluigi Donnarumma felt ill during the warm-up. “After the mistake in the first half, experience helped me to stay concentrated on every detail and not let my head slip away from the game,” Reina told Milan TV, referring to gifting the opener to Lasse Schone.“I am proud to see the reaction of the lads, especially after our defeat to Fiorentina and a bad first half here. We never gave up, tried to turn it around and at the end bring home three very important points.“We knew at the break that a goal would get us back into it. We just had to keep going. It’s not easy, as when there’s a lack of confidence, it can feel like the football is burning and you don’t want to be near it.“Mistakes can happen, but we return home knowing we have given our all. The time will come when we feel more confident and the team will play better football.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Kookies for Khloe Kardashian Manitoba cookie company gets custom order

first_imgWINNIPEG – A Manitoba cookie company is receiving praise from Khloe Kardashian for custom creations featuring her daughter True.The famous Kardashian posted a photo of the custom-order cookies made by Winnipeg’s Scientific Sweets on Instagram.“I have never seen cuter cookies in all my life,” Kardashian proclaimed in a video showcasing the cookies on social media.Scientific Sweets was created by Jenn Strauman and Mary Lou Vendivil a couple of years ago. Both work as laboratory technicians in a Winnipeg hospital.When they discovered they had a mutual love of baking, they started making their signature portrait sugar cookies for custom orders and to sell locally at markets.Last week, they received an email from someone claiming to be Kardashian’s assistant who spotted the duo’s work on Instagram.“At first we thought it was a joke. It can’t be legit,” Strauman said with a laugh. “So we did some fact-checking and it turned out to be legit.”“We couldn’t say no. It’s the Kardashians. How can you not do it?” Vendivil added.Kardashian and two-month-old True were heading back to Los Angeles for the first time since the baby’s birth in April. There needed to be very special cookies for the occasion.The Manitoba bakers and the assistant decided to go with a theme of pink, white and flamingos. The portrait cookies were also on order.After final touches of gold lettering and pink flowers were added, the cookies were shipped south where they became a big hit in the Kardashian home on the weekend.“Oh my God, my little baby,” Kardashian says in the video as she zooms in on the cookies.The two bakers were very excited when they saw their cookies on the celebrity’s Instagram account. Vendivil said she screamed so loud her husband was concerned something bad was happening. Strauman, who was at a store, started jumping.“We are just hobby bakers in Winnipeg and for them, our cookies, to land in a celebrity’s house is just insane,” Vendivil said.While they don’t plan on quitting their day jobs just yet — Scientific Sweets currently isn’t taking any other custom orders — Strauman and Vendivil say they’d happily get their aprons on right away if another certain celebrity happened to call.“If Adam Levine asked for cookies today, I would have them tomorrow,” Strauman said.last_img read more

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Government of Canada Working Group on Canola to restore the market

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. – The Government of Canada Working Group on Canola held its first meeting on April 4.The Government says the meeting is to resolve the market access issue affecting Canada’s canola seed exports to China.According to the Chinese Government, the recent halt of imports of Canadian canola is due to pest-related issues. “It is imperative that we find a science-based solution to this issue and we look forward to getting a response from Chinese authorities regarding the proposed Canadian delegation. Resuming canola seed exports with China is the canola industry’s top priority. It is essential for our farmers and their families, and for our entire agricultural industry.”The Working Group says they will continue to meet regularly to closely monitor the situation and collaborate to resolve this issue. During the meeting, representatives discussed the importance of focusing on a science-based solution to resolve this issue.The Group also touched on future opportunities to expand into new markets for canola and reviewed support available to affected producers.The Working Group is co-chaired by the deputy minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the president of Canola Council of Canada and its membership includes the president of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the president the Canadian Canola Growers Association, deputy ministers from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.According to Government statistics, Canada is the number-one producer and exporter of canola in the world, accounting for approximately $11 billion of the country’s exports each year.In addition to the working group, the Canadian Government has called for in-depth technical meetings with Chinese officials, proposing to send a delegation of Canadian plant health experts to China to meet face-to-face with their counterparts, in order to identify a science-based solution to this issue as quickly as possible.Canola Council of Canada President, Jim Everson, says resuming canola seed exports with China is the canola industry’s top priority as it is essential for the entire agricultural industry.last_img read more

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Investment in equity MFs drops 35 to Rs 111 lakh crore in

first_imgNew Delhi: Investors pumped in more than Rs 1.11 lakh crore in equity-oriented mutual fund (MF) schemes in 2018-19, a decline of 35 per cent compared to Rs 1.71 lakh crore inflows in 2017-18, according to the industry data. However, this was the fifth successive year of net inflows in equity mutual funds, according to the Association of Mutual Funds in India’s (AMFI) data. In 2017-18, the markets were on a roll but in 2018-19 the markets were very volatile due to various factors, including border tensions with Pakistan, AMFI Chief Executive Officer N S Venkatesh said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThere was a steep correction in small and mid-cap stocks also. The market volatility and corrections pulled down net inflows in the equities in 2018-19, he said. “But despite that the current inflows of Rs 1.11 lakh crore is a substantial investment by the mutual fund industry into the equities segment which is more than FII investments into the country,” he added. The flows into equity funds in 2018-19 were lower than the flows in 2017-18 primarily due to the equity markets displaying a fair bit of volatility which made some investors take a break from making fresh equity investments, said Kaustubh Belapurkar, manager research, Morningstar. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAccording to the AMFI data, net inflows into equity funds, which also include equity-linked saving schemes (ELSS), were Rs 1,11,423 crore in 2018-19 as against Rs 1,71,069 crore in the preceding fiscal. Net inflows in these funds were Rs 70,367 crore in 2016-17, Rs 74,024 crore in 2015-16 and Rs 71,029 crore in 2014-15, respectively. However, they had witnessed a net outflow of Rs 9,269 crore in 2013-14. The assets under management (AUM) of equity MFs stood at a record high of Rs 7.73 lakh crore at the end of March 2019 as against Rs 7.50 lakh crore in March 2018, an increase of 3 per cent. During 2018-19, the SIP (Systematic Investment Plans) accounts grew by 51 lakh to 2.62 crore from 2.11 crore in March 2018. Besides, SIP contribution to the industry surged to Rs 92,693 crore in 2018-19, from Rs 67,190 crore in the preceding fiscal.last_img read more

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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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Spotlight on Kyra Snyder

first_imgEpisode 13: Kyra SnyderThe Snyder FileNumber: 45Full name: Kyra SnyderNickname: KeeksClass: SophomorePosition: 1B/RHPBats/Throws: R/RHometown:  Lake Forest, Calif.High School: Mission ViejoTravel Team: OC BatbustersMajor: PsychologyFun Fact: Her mom played softball for UC Riverside The University of Louisville Softball Player Spotlight series features short interviews with each of the Cardinals’ players. Episode 13 features sophomore Kyra Snyder.  Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Story Linkslast_img

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