Devika Pawar WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV First Published: 30th September, 2019 18:03 IST Written By Read | PKL 2019: Haryana Steelers Qualify For Playoffs With A Stellar Win FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 30th September, 2019 18:03 IST PKL Playoffs: Brief Overview Of The Playoffs Scenario For This Season PKL 2019 is only a few days away from the playoffs. As teams are gearing up for the final few matches, here is a list of teams that might also qualify. COMMENT PKL 2019 playoffs will be starting from October 14 and will go on till October 19. Matches are scheduled to take place at the EKA Arena in Ahmedabad, which is also Gujarat Fortunegiants home stadium. The PKL playoffs include two eliminators and two semi-finals. The playoffs will be played on October 14 while the semi-finals will take place on October 19 after a break of two days. Top six teams are to qualify for the playoffs. As per current PKL ranks, Bengal Warriors, Dabang Delhi KC, and Haryana Steelers have already advanced to the PKL playoffs. Three teams are yet to qualify.Read | PKL 2019 Top Defenders: Sandeep Kumar Dhull, Vishal Bhardwaj And MoreFor every win, a team is awarded five points, while three points are given for a draw. A defeat by seven or fewer points awards one point, and a loss by seven or more awards no points. For the first Eliminator, the third-ranked and sixth-ranked teams will compete with each other. The fourth-ranked team and the fifth-ranked team will face each other for the Eliminator two. The semi-final 1 will be played between the first Eliminator and the top-ranked team. The Eliminator 2 will meet the second-ranked team. The winners will play for the title two days later.Read | PKL: Top Five Raiders In The History Of Vivo Pro Kabaddi LeaguePKL 2019: Bengaluru BullsCurrently ranked fourth, Bengaluru Bulls can easily qualify for the playoffs. Till Friday, October 11, Bengaluru has three matches left to play. The team has a total of 58 points right now. To qualify, Bengaluru needs to win at least two games, which will comfortably place them on the third position with 68 points. UP Yoddha, with the same number of points, is Bengaluru’s biggest competition as they have four matches left to go.PKL 2019: UP YoddhaUP Yoddha, currently ranked below Bengaluru Bulls, have a higher chance of qualifying for the playoffs with four games left to play. Even if they win two out of their four matches, they will reach a minimum of 68 points. UP Yoddha need to win more games than U Mumba to move ahead in the PKL points table. U Mumba, who is closely flowing UP Yoddha with 54 points, also have four matches to go.Read | Vivo Pro Kabaddi League: Tamil Thalaivas Vs U Mumba Match PreviewPKL 2019: U MumbaAs per the PKL points table, U Mumba is ranked sixth. The Maharashtrian team has to win at least three of their remaining four matches to qualify. A combination of two wins and two ties can also work in the team’s favour. Jaipur Pink Panthers, trailing behind with a total of 52 points, have a slight chance of overtaking U Mumba. If Jaipur wins both their games and Mumbai lose three matches, the former will move up the PKL points table. Never give up and never lose hope. This is our motto for the challenge against the @tamilthalaivas!#UMumba #MeMumba #HowsTheJosh #VivoProKabaddi pic.twitter.com/xYjXcs9SbJ— U Mumba (@U_Mumba) September 30, 2019
Steve 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. 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.
HUNTSVILLE – Director of Athletics Bobby Williams announced on Friday that Garrett Valis has been promoted to head coach of the Sam Houston State softball program, replacing Bob Brock who retired at the conclusion of the 2018 season.Valis becomes the ninth head coach in program history and the first since Brock took over prior to the 2002 season. He has spent the last four years as the Bearkats’ top assistant and has helped guide Sam Houston to the Southland Conference Tournament each of the past three seasons.“I have had the opportunity to watch and get to know Coach Valis over the past four years, and he epitomizes everything I was looking for in the next head coach of our softball program,” Williams said. “I am confident that he will do a great job at building upon what Coach Brock has built over the past two decades and be able to lead our program in a positive direction.”While with Sam Houston he has handled duties as recruiting coordinator and worked directly with the Bearkat hitters. This season he helped four Bearkat hitters earn postseason honors and in four years has seen 11 hitters be named all-conference.“I feel extremely blessed for this opportunity and thankful for all the people who have allowed me to be here, Coach Brock, Mr. Williams, Mrs. (Chris) Thompson, Mr. (Greg) Hinze and Dr. (Dana) Hoyt,” Valis said. “I’m also very thankful for the support my wife Angela, and our daughter Harper has given me. “I look forward to the future with the program. There is lots of experience coming back. We have been playing a lot of young kids these past few years who have been gaining valuable experience and Coach Brock has built a very good foundation for a winning program. I can’t wait to get started,” he said. Before joining Brock’s staff at Sam Houston, Valis served as the head coach for the Austin Storm Under-18 team in Austin. He also coached outfielders and assisted with hitters at Texas State in 2009 while working to complete his postgraduate degree.He played third base and outfield at Ranger College from 2002 to 2004 before transferring to the University of Texas where he completed his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 2007. While at Texas he assisted with the softball team at Concordia University where he was in charge of hitting and outfielders.He was also an assistant coach for the Houston Power Under-18 Select team in 2003 and 2004.A native of Shiner, Texas, Valis comes from a family with strong softball ties. His twin sisters, Haley and Jessica, each played softball at the University of Houston. While there, Jessica earned all-America honors and multiple other postseason awards before eventually being selected to play professionally in the NPF for the Akron Racers.Valis is married to Angela Shimek Valis, also from Shiner and they have a daughter, Harper Faye, who is 10 months old.