Afghanistan Announce T20I and ODI Squads for West Indies Series

first_imgKabul: Afghanistan on Friday announced their T20I and ODI squad for the upcoming series against the West Indies set to be played at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow, India.As many as five players — Shafiqullah Shafiq, Dawlat Zadran, Shahidullah Kamal, Fazal Niazai and Najeeb Tarakai — have been dropped from the T20I squad that played in the Bangladesh T20I Tri-series in September.Star leg-spinner Rashid Khan, who was made the captain following Afghanistan’s dismal performance in the World Cup under Gulbadin Naib, will lead the team in both formats.The series against West Indies will start with three ODIs (November 6, 9 and 11), followed by three T20Is (November 14, 16 and 17), and a one-off Test, beginning November 27.ODI squad: Rashid Khan (c), Asghar Afghan, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Javed Ahmadi, Afsar Zazai, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Ibrahim Zadran, Yamin Ahmadzai, Naveen-ul-Haq, Ikram Alikhil, Mujeeb ur Rahman.T20I squad: Rashid Khan (c), Asghar Afghan, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Fareed Ahmad Malik, Yamin Ahmadzai, Naveen-ul-Haq, Sayed Ahmad Shirzad, Mujeeb ur Rahman. IANS Also Read: Indian Selectors Give Old Heads One More Go For West Indies SeriesAlso Watch:Watch | ‘Gandhi Sankalp Yatra’ held in Oranglast_img read more

7 World Cup Legends To Assist Lineker For Russia 2018 Draw

first_imgSeven World Cup legends will assist former England international striker Gary Lineker for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Draw in Russia.According to world football’s governing body, FIFA, World Cup greats such as Fabio Cannavaro, Carles Puyol, Cafu, Laurent Blanc, Diego Maradona, Gordon Banks and Diego Forlan will assist Gary Lineker at the 2018 draw scheduled for the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on December 1.World Cup greats Diego Maradona, Laurent Blanc, Gordon Banks, Cafu, Fabio Cannavaro, Diego Forlan and Carles Puyol will assist Gary Lineker at the 2018 draw in Moscow on 1 December— SuperSport Blitz (@SuperSportBlitz) November 21, 2017The line-up for the tournament is complete and the 32 qualified countries (5 from AFC, 5 from CONMEBOL, 5 from CAF, 3 from CONCACAF and 14 from UEFA) will know their group stage opponents when the draw takes place in 10 days time. RelatedLineker To Conduct World Cup Final DrawNovember 18, 2017In “FIFA”World Cup Draw: Host Lineker Reveals Nigeria In Group Of Death In Mock VersionNovember 24, 2017In “National Team”Gary Lineker Brands Maradona ‘A Laughing Stock’ After Celebrations Against NigeriaJune 27, 2018In “FIFA”last_img read more

Steve Ballmer chest-bumps and screams his way into the hearts of Clippers fans

first_imgSteve Ballmer’s introduction into the NBA was no walk down a red carpet at Monday’s fan festival.It was way better. Ballmer’s skipping, hopping, high-fiving, chest-bumping, screaming entry as the NBA’s energetic new owner was so over the top it must be considered one of the best opening acts by a coach, athlete or owner. Ever. Tiger Woods said: “Hello, world.”Ballmer said: “HARD CORE, baby!” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Ballmer weaved his way around Staples Center fans — an estimated 4,500 attended on a workday afternoon — with emphatic interactions with fans. He took the microphone and yelled his way into the hearts of Clippers fans. Inside of two minutes, he practically lost his voice. How do you not love that enthusiasm?Doc Rivers was referring to winning Larrys, slang for the Larry O’Brien Trophy given to the NBA champion. “We’re going to win many many more Larrys in the next 26 years than the last 26,” Ballmer yelled to a raucous crowd. A few days on the job, and he even had some lingo down. He’ll have to deliver the free-agent signings and an actual championship, but this was a good start.center_img Screaming won’t win you championships, but it sure shows the passion Ballmer already has for the Clippers. He went to dinner the previous night with Doc Rivers and the players and staff. Ballmer spent $2 billion of his estimated net worth $20 billion to buy the Clippers, a deal reached last week after a judge gave Shelly Sterling authority to sell the team.The billionaire made everyone in that room feel less intimidated when he told them they’d all been in the basketball business and knew more about it than he did after less than a week as owner.The guy wants to win. He wants to deliver in the community too. He even gave his email address to fans. He didn’t whisper it either. Nothing Ballmer does is quiet.With every Ballmer bellow Monday, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Matt Barnes and Rivers were smiling and laughing. They were having fun watching Ballmer have fun. “When he came through the crowd and started chest-bumping people and high-fiving people, I literally had goosebumps,” Griffin said.An owner gave an athlete goosebumps. How about that.Rivers said he wasn’t surprised at all by the way Ballmer worked the crowd. Ballmer’s emphatic ways and emotionally charged speeches are well-documented. “I was not at all (surprised), not by that part. Are you crazy? You get caught up in that. You really do,” Rivers said. “I’ve seen Steve from YouTube, and I’ve seen the energy. When we first talked, I told him I loved his energy. I think it’s infectious. It’s positive and great for our fans. It was a really cool moment.”Another great thing about the new owner for Rivers: “I have his cellphone number.”Ballmer will sit in courtside seats at Staples, though he doesn’t know where. He knows where he won’t be sitting — behind the Clippers bench.“I don’t know if I could deal with that energy behind me,” Rivers said with a laugh.Clippers fans sure can deal with this energy. It’s optimism on steroids. For an organization that has finally become a playoff contender, though can’t get past that second-round playoff hurdle and has yet to win an NBA title, a gargantuan dose of positive thinking couldn’t hurt.Ballmer reiterated he’s not changing the name Clippers and he’s not moving the team to Seattle, where he’s lived for 34 years and made his fortune when he ran Microsoft. That name change thing got Ballmer all energized in a news conference after the fan festival at Staples Center.Ballmer’s introduction to the basketball world will go down in Clippers lore, especially if his ownership leads to the franchise’s first championship. “I was pretty nervous before I went out,” Ballmer said. “I know what to do with tech folks in the industry, blah, blah, blah. You don’t get a lot of guys too excited about the tech. Turns out tech guys and sports guys might be different, but they still get fired up about the things they get fired up about. I thought, ‘Wing it and go with your natural style and hope you don’t screw it up.’“Fans got fired up, and I got more fired up. … It was real fun.”This Ballmer ownership is going to be an interesting ride.last_img read more

DONEGAL GOLF COURSES SNATCH HOLE IN ONE WITH AMERICAN REPORTERS!

first_imgGolf writers, broadcasters and online media from the US, with a combined audience reach of almost 90 million, will arrive next Monday to play some of the key golf courses along the Wild Atlantic Way including Donegal.The visiting media are here as part of a visit, hosted and supported by Fáilte Ireland, who have designed an itinerary to showcase its top golf courses on the Wild Atlantic Way.The week-long visit will create an opportunity for the US media to experience first-hand a diverse range of courses in Donegal such as the challenging Glashedy Links Course at Ballyliffin Golf Club to the more informal and relaxing Portsalon Golf Club together with the Sandy Hills course at Rosapenna. Among the group visiting is John Garrity, senior writer with Sports Illustrated USA, which has a circulation of 23 million alone. John has connections in the West, with his ancestors coming from Carne, Co Mayo.Ciara Sugrue, Head of International Publicity with Fáilte Ireland, welcomed the benefits provided by the US group’s visit to the Wild Atlantic Way, saying:“North Americans are among the biggest spenders during their stay here in Ireland, so we welcome these top US golf media who will spread the word on our world class golf courses and the Wild Atlantic Way to their readers and followers at home. Our own research shows that the golf sector generates over €200m from overseas visitors for the Irish economy and, with 200,000 international visitors playing golf while in Ireland last year, each golfing visitor is worth on average two and a half times that of the average tourist.“The group also played at Portstewart Golf Club, this multi-accolade winning links course before finishing their golfing experience at the County Sligo (Rosses Point) Golf Links, giving them a final chance on the tour to test themselves against the elements on the Wild Atlantic Way. Ms Sugrue continued “We in Fáilte Ireland believe that trips such as these encourage and help maintain Ireland’s reputation as a destination for high quality and challenging golf and, with the dollar being so strong, we hope to see many more American golfing visitors to our shores this year. In 2014 we welcomed over 1 million US visitors which generated revenue of over €866 million and most encouraging for this year, latest figures indicate that we are already experiencing double digit growth on last year.”DONEGAL GOLF COURSES SNATCH HOLE IN ONE WITH AMERICAN REPORTERS! was last modified: July 17th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalgolfUSWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more

Preston v QPR line-ups: Rangers duo miss out, PNE changes

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR are without Conor Washington and Grant Hall at Deepdale.Both players have failed to recover in time after going off during the midweek win against Wigan with calf and shin problems respectively.James Perch is therefore set to start in midfield and there is a starting place too for on-loan winger Kazenga LuaLua.Preston make two changes, with Tommy Spurr and Daniel Johnson coming in.Preston: Maxwell, Clarke, Huntington, Spurr, Cunningham, Horgan, Browne, Johnson, McGeady, Robinson, Hugill. Subs: Lindegaard, Boyle, Gallagher, Barkhuizen, Makienok, May, Beckford.QPR: Smithies, Furlong, Onuoha, Lynch, Bidwell, Wszolek, Perch, Manning, Freeman, LuaLua, Smith. Subs: Ingram, Goss, Mackie, Luongo, Ngbakoto, Petrasso, Sylla.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Klay Thompson expected to play vs. Lakers

first_imgOAKLAND — Warriors guard Klay Thompson is expected to play in Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers (5:30 pm PT, ABC) after missing Thursday’s loss against Philadelphia with an unspecified illness.“He’s feeling better,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who spoke to Thompson at the Warriors’ practice facility on Saturday morning. “He said he’s going to play. We’ll give him a chance to warm up and see how he feels, but he looks good.”Thompson was in the Warriors’ locker room before …last_img read more

Ekhaya: SA’s London ‘home’ now open

first_imgDrum up support for Team SA;Market and promote South Africa through showcasing its successes and venues such as stadiums as the preferred places to host international events;Inspire people to visit the country and experience the culture of ubuntu; andHost journalists both local and foreign, with the intention of profiling South African athletes, political principals and the country. All South Africans, at home and abroad, are encouraged to wear their supporters T-shirts on Fridays to show their support for Team SA. SAinfo reporter and Brand South Africa 27 July 2012 The Ekhaya Hospitality Centre, a home away from home for South African athletes, fans and friends for the duration of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, opened at London’s Southbank Centre on Thursday, with a packed programme of entertainment on offer. The Ekhaya Hospitality Centre is being run by a host of national government departments – Sport and Recreation, Arts and Culture, Trade and Industry, International Relations and Co-operation, and Tourism – in partnership with South African Tourism and Brand South Africa. The centre was opened on Thursday, a day before London Games’ official launch, by South African Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula. Mbalula announced a star-studded entertainment lineup for the centre, headed up traditional dance programme Dance Africa Dance and including the likes of The Parlotones, Thandiswa Mazwai, Afrika Mamas, Flash Republic, The Indigenous, and Natalia Molebatsi.Download the entertainment programmePlace to meet, connect, get into the spirit According to Noluthando Ngendane, Brand South Africa’s public relations officer, the Ekhaya Hospitality Centre “has been created as a base for Team South Africa, its sportsmen and women, their friends and families and, of course, their supporters to gather. “It is a place where the spirit of South Africa comes alive,” Ngendane says. The centre will be operational from 8am daily, with facilities including wi-fi and internet connectivity, meeting rooms, a media and business centre, a business lounge, function facilities, full coverage of all sports events, and a South Africa bar. Ngendane says: “South African businessmen and women can use the facilities to network and showcase the success stories of our beautiful country to visitors from abroad and the rest of Africa.” Ekhaya Centre is at Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, Belvedere Road, London. It will be open for the Olympics from 26 July to 12 August and for the Paralympics from 28 August to 9 September.Home away from home Among other activities, the Ekhaya programme will feature a daily cultural exhibition; Olympic and Paralympic events broadcast on big screens; meetings for London-based local businesses to network; and celebratory events for Team SA. Ekhaya is a hospitality programme at overseas events presented by the Department of Sport and Recreation in collaboration with partner organisations. “Ekhaya Hospitality Centre is also intended to unite South Africans across race, gender, culture, geographical location, social status and class through sport, thereby promoting social solidarity and common citizenship,” the department notes. The department describes the Ekhaya Centre as “a home away from home” that provides an opportunity to:last_img read more

SA leads African competitiveness

first_img5 September 2012 South Africa is the highest-ranked African country and third-placed among the BRICS economies in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) latest Global Competitiveness Index, ranking 52nd out of 144 countries surveyed while placing third overall for financial market development. Published on Tuesday, the annual Global Competitiveness Report was first released in 1979 and has since evolved into the prime authority on relative competitiveness among most of the world’s nations. South Africa (52nd) and Mauritius (54th) continue to lead the competitiveness rankings by African countries, followed by Rwanda (63rd), Morocco (70th), Seychelles (76th) and Botswana (79th). China (29th) continues to lead the BRICS group of influential emerging market economies, followed by Brazil (48th), South Africa (52nd), India (59th) and Russia (67th). Switzerland tops the overall rankings for the fourth year running, followed by Singapore, Finland, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, the United Kingdom, United States, Hong Kong and Japan completing the list of the top 10 most competitive economies.Strength of institutions, financial markets According to the report, South Africa benefits from the relatively large size of its economy, particularly by regional standards, ranking 25th overall for market size. It also scores well for the quality of its institutions, ranking strongly for strength of auditing and reporting standards (1st), efficacy of corporate boards (1st), protection of minority shareholders’ interests (2nd), efficiency of legal framework (17th), intellectual property protection (20th), property rights (26th), and judicial independence (27th). Particularly impressive, according to the report, is the country’s financial market development, for which it ranks 3rd overall, “indicating high confidence in South Africa’s financial markets at a time when trust is returning only slowly in many other parts of the world”. Contributing to this assessment was South Africa’s high rankings for regulation of securities exchanges (1st), soundness of banks (2nd), availability of financial services (2nd), and financing through the local equity market (3rd). South Africa also shows up well for business sophistication, ranking 38th overall, and innovation, ranking 42nd overall – benefiting in the latter case from good scientific research institutions (34th) and strong collaboration between universities and the business sector in innovation (30th).Weaknesses At the same time, the report identifies weaknesses which South Africa will have to address in order to further enhance its competitiveness. South Africa ranked 63rd overall for infrastructure, and even though this was good by regional standards, it would require upgrading, according to the report. This is something the country has already embarked on, with President Jacob Zuma announcing a massive state-led infrastructure drive in his State of the Nation address in February. The country ranks 113th for labour market efficiency, thanks in large part to “rigid hiring and firing practices (143rd), a lack of flexibility in wage determination by companies (140th), and significant tensions in labour-employer relations (144th)”. The country can also develop its innovation potential by increasing its university enrollment rate, the WEF says, adding: “Combined efforts in these areas will be critical in view of the country’s high unemployment rate of almost 25 percent in the second quarter of 2012.” Other concerns raised by the WEF report include the security situation and the health of the country’s workforce.Sub-Saharan Africa On sub-Saharan Africa more widely, the report notes the region’s impressive growth over the last decade. “Registering growth rates of over 5 percent in the past two years, the region continues to exceed the global average and to exhibit a favorable economic outlook,” the WEF states. “Indeed, the region has bounced back rapidly from the global economic crisis, when GDP growth dropped to 2.8 percent in 2009.” In recent years, according to the report, the region has been improving its competitiveness in specific areas, such as educational attainment and goods market efficiency, “but a persistent infrastructure deficit and health concerns continue to be significant bottlenecks.” As a whole, sub-Saharan Africa continues to lag behind the rest of the world in competitiveness, “requiring efforts across many areas to place the region on a firmly sustainable growth and development path going forward”. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Use care with silage to maintain quality and safety

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Livestock producers need to take extra care when creating and maintaining stored silage piles to not only ensure they produce quality animal feed but also to lessen the risk of injury or even death from suffocation caused by an accidental silage avalanche.Creating safe and nutritional silage piles starts with making sure the height is never higher than what your loading or unloading equipment can safely reach, which is typically 12 to14 feet above the silage floor, said Rory Lewandowski, an Ohio State University Extension agriculture and natural resources educator.While that may sound intuitive, Lewandowski said, numerous silage avalanches have occurred nationwide in recent years that have resulted in several deaths, according to data compiled by Ruthie and Keith Bolsen, nationally known silage safety experts.“The biggest concern is that we can have these silage avalanches where silage will break off the face of the pile that you are drawing feed from, burying anyone beneath it,” he said. “These avalanches or pileups can occur in a second, creating a silent burial for anything that happens to be near, resulting in injury or death.”Maintaining silage piles is also key to preventing feed spoilage or silage quality degradation, Lewandowski said. Once silage is exposed to air, its quality begins to decline, he said.“Yeast begins to grow in the presence of oxygen and those yeast metabolize the lactic acid that was formed during silage fermentation,” he said. “As yeast metabolizes the lactic acid, silage pH begins to increase and this allows fungi and bacteria to grow, which results in silage quality degradation.”To better ensure nutritional silage, the goal should be to create sound silage piles and remove an adequate amount of silage each day from the bunker so that the face of the silage remains fresh and silage quality is maintained, Lewandowski said.“Producers should use equipment that allows for the silage pile to maintain a smooth face to try to minimize the penetration of air into the new silo face as silage is removed,” he said. “Silage face shavers, defacers and silage rakes are good tools to use for this purpose.”Other safety and management tips to follow when creating or maintaining silage piles include:• Never work in or near a bunker or pile alone. Suffocation is a major concern in the event of a silage avalanche and the minutes saved in a rescue attempt when not working alone could mean the difference between life and death.• Use proper removal and unloading techniques. Never dig the bucket of a loader into the bottom of the silage. Do not undercut the silage face. Shave the silage from the top down on the silage face and maintain a smooth silage face.• When collecting a silage sample for quality analysis, do not sample from the silage face. Collect silage in a loader bucket and sample from that loader bucket after it has been moved a safe distance from the silage face.• Post signs indicating pileup or suffocation warnings around the perimeter of bunkers and piles.“And remember, never stand closer to the silage face than three times its height,” Lewandowski said. “When a silage avalanche occurs, the silage falls down and runs out away from the silage face, potentially leaving you buried alive in seconds.“Silage safety is important in all seasons but needs to be stressed during winter months when cold working conditions may lessen awareness of potential hazards or lead to the temptation to take shortcuts that are not safe.”last_img read more