Former England captain and QPR defender Rio Ferdinand plans to retire from football at the end of the season. “I’m not fearful of retirement, I’m looking forward to it, I can see some good stuff hopefully happening ahead. “You get to a time where you start understanding your body and the strains playing football (is) putting your body through, going out and training every day.” The former West Ham, Leeds and Manchester United centre back, who has worked as a football pundit, expects to stay involved in football in some capacity and has begun his coaching badges. “I’ve done it for so many years, it’s what I love,” he added. “I will stay in football I’m sure in some capacity. I’ve signed to BT and stuff and I’ve done stuff with the BBC at the World Cup which I really enjoyed and it’s something I’m sure I will take up and do a bit more (of). “I’m doing my (coaching) badges as well and there are other bits and pieces outside of football.” Ferdinand was an unused substitute in last weekend’s loss to Liverpool and could be confined to the bench again for Monday’s match at home to Aston Villa. Adel Taarabt could be offered the opportunity to prove himself to Harry Redknapp after the pair’s public disagreement this week when the QPR boss accused the Morocco playmaker of being overweight. Defender Nedum Onuoha hopes to shake off a hamstring problem sustained against Liverpool, midfielders Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch could be fit again after recent hamstring trouble, but Alejandro Faurlin (knee) is a long-term injury absentee. :: Rio Ferdinand was speaking on The Jonathan Ross Show, which is broadcast on Saturday, October 25 at 2210 on ITV1. He appeared on the show alongside Lindsay Lohan, Russell Brand and Daniel Radcliffe. The 35-year-old told Jonathan Ross in an interview to be broadcast on Saturday evening that this season with Rangers will likely be his last. “I probably think the end of this season,” Ferdinand told The Jonathan Ross Show when asked about retirement. Press Association
Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft has decided to step down from both the Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway boards.The announcement was made Friday on his Linkedin account.Gates who co-founded the Microsoft brand in 1975 with Paul Allen, says that he believes the company is in capable hands and that stepping down will allow him to focus on his philanthropic work:“I have made the decision to step down from both of the public boards on which I serve – Microsoft and Berkshire Hathaway – to dedicate more time to philanthropic priorities including global health and development, education, and my increasing engagement in tackling climate change,” Gates said. “The leadership at the Berkshire companies and Microsoft has never been stronger, so the time is right to take this step.”While Gates says he will be stepping down from the board, he will not be stepping away from the company and will still have a say in it’s direction and vision:“With respect to Microsoft, stepping down from the board in no way means stepping away from the company,” Gates said. “Microsoft will always be an important part of my life’s work and I will continue to be engaged with Satya and the technical leadership to help shape the vision and achieve the company’s ambitious goals. I feel more optimistic than ever about the progress the company is making and how it can continue to benefit the world.”Gates was CEO of the company up until 2000 when he transferred to company over to Steve Ballmer. In 2014, Microsoft’s current CEO Satya Nadella took over with Gates serving as director of the board. He then decided to dedicate more of his time to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.“Bill founded our company with a belief in the democratizing force of software and a passion to solve society’s most pressing challenges and Microsoft and the world are better for it, Nadella said.” ” The board has benefited from Bill’s leadership and vision. And Microsoft will continue to benefit from Bill’s ongoing technical passion and advice to drive our products and services forward. I am grateful for Bill’s friendship and look forward to continuing to work alongside him to realize our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.”Microsoft is considered one of the most successful companies in the world with a market cap of $1.21 trillion. Gates continues to be one of it’s top shareholders owning 1.36%
highlights New Delhi: The M Chinnaswamy stadium witnessed one of the dream all-round performances in a Twenty20 match in recent times. In a Karnataka Premier League Twenty20 game between Bellary Tuskers and Shimoga Lions, Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham blasted an unbeaten 134* and contributed 66 percent of Bellary’s total of 203/3. Gowtham came back and decimated the Shimoga batting line-up to take 8/15 in four overs to help Bellary Tuskers beat Shimoga Lions by 70 runs courtesy the VJD method. Gowtham’s all-round show was simply sensational and it broke plenty of world records. In a match reduced to 17 overs due to rain, Bellary Tuskers chose to bat but they lost CM Gautam cheaply for 13. However, Gowtham started with a bang by blasting two sixes off HS Sarath. Abhishek Reddy struck some big blows and raced to 34 off 16 before he was stumped by Manjunath. That set the stage for Gowtham to explode. Gowtham blasted two sixes and a four off Prithviraj Shekhawat and he notched up his fifty off 24 balls by launching Manjunath for yet another six. After reaching his fifty, Gowtham tore into the spinner by launching him for four consecutive sixes in the 12th over. Gowtham did not spare Abhimanyu Mithun by launching him for a six and a four and he notched up his century off just 39 balls as he blasted a six and a four off Sharath. Gowtham regularly found the boundary in the death overs and his knock of 134* ended with seven fours and 13 sixes as Bellary Tuskers reached 203/3 in 17 overs. In response, Akshay Ballal and Pavan Deshpande, who was picked in the Royal Challengers Bangalore side, stitched a 99-run stand for the third wicket. However, Gowtham, who had taken the wicke of Arjun Hoysala in the beginning, came back and took 8/15 as Shimoga lost seven wickets for 25 runs to lose by 70 runs. The exploits of Gowtham made him a big trend on social media, with former Australian batsman Dean Jones hailing his all-round exploits. Gowtham’s brilliance has put him in several records books and it will be tough for any player to replicate this feat in Twenty20s in the near future. Krishnappa Gowtham slammed 66 percent of the team’s runs.Gowtham blasted a century off just 39 balls. Gowtham took 8/15 as Bellary Tuskers won by 70 runs via VJD method. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.