18 November

Wrist-spinners have become the toast of IPL 2018: Kapil Dev

first_imgFormer India captain Kapil Dev is of the opinion that wrist-spinners have become the toast of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). The 1983 World Cup-winning skipper feels the success of wrist-spinners have made off-spinner like Ravichandran Ashwin try bowling leg breaks.”Everybody has a different bowling attack, depending on which pitch they are playing. But what we have come to know from the first or second IPL (till) now, is that the most successful bowler to come out is the leg-spinner,” Kapil Dev told PTI.”Every team has their leg-spinner. Even a bowler like (Ravichandran) Ashwin, he likes to bowl more leg spin than off spin. That shows the leg-spinners are more successful than anybody else,” Kapil said to buttress his point.Future of finger-spinners in white-ball cricket lies in perception of people: R AshwinAshwin is leading Kings XI Punjab this IPL season, after having turned out for Chennai Super Kings and Rising Pune Supergiants in past editions.In the current edition of the T20 league, leg-spinners have been largely successful with Mumbai Indians’ rookie Mayank Markande shining in the first three games for his franchise.Sunrisers Hyderabad, too, have a good leg-spinner in Rashid Khan of Afghanistan, while his compatriot Mujeeb Ur Rahman is also a wrist spinner who plays under Ashwin.Even the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore possess a successful leggie in Yuzvendra Chahal.Quizzed why leg spinners are more successful, Kapil quipped, “Can’t really put a reason, but that is a wicket- taking bowler. It is difficult and not easy (to read them) and every team loves to have a leg spinner.”advertisementThe 59-year-old former cricket pointed out how a leggie like Karn Sharma had edged out experienced offie Harbhajan Singh for CSK v Rajasthan Royals yesterday.”Karn is playing, not Harbhajan (Singh), so Chennai is playing with two leg-spinners (the other being Imran Tahir). So everybody is there with an extra leg-spinner.”I think that is where in spinners you don’t see so many off-spinners, you don’t see left-arm spinners so much, but you see leg spinners definitely,” Kapil added.He also praised Markande, who had bamboozled CSK in the league opening game at the Wankhede Stadium.”He (Markande) is good and if you are a good leg spinner, it always adds on to the team,” Kapil said.The great all-rounder also hailed India pacer Bhuvaneshwar Kumar as a mature bowler.”He (Bhuvaneshwar) had been excellent in the last three years, why only this one (IPL), he is fabulous, more mature and sensible,” said the former India pace spearhead, who ended his career with 434 Test wickets.Asked whether the IPL is more of a batsman”s game, Kapil said, “From 100 years, it’s (cricket) a batsman’s game, it’s never been a bowler’s game even though in the last 10 years (of the IPL), so many good things have come out from the bowlers – knuckle balls and slow bouncers.”T20 is (not only) for batsmen (but) is there for everybody and you need to improve your skill.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

18 November

IPL Live Streaming DD vs RR: Watch on Mobile, Hotstar, Jio TV

first_imgDelhi Daredevils will be desperate for a win as they fight to keep their Indian Premier League play-off hopes alive when they face Rajasthan Royals in Delhi on Wednesday.After the resignation of Gautam Gambhir, the struggling Daredevils, under new skipper Shreyas Iyer received a ray of hope when he blasted a 40-ball 93 to power Delhi to a 55-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders at the Feroz Shah Kotla here.But Monday’s 13-run loss to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Pune almost dashed all hopes of a comeback as Delhi succumbed to their sixth loss in eight games and now need to win all their remaining matches to salvage any hopes of staying alive in the tournament.SRH vs DDOn the other hand, Rajasthan Royals have experienced a topsy-turvy campaign and find themselves on fifth in the table with six points from seven matches.With the IPL, entering its business end, skipper Ajinkya Rahane will expect his team to get their act together and aim for consistency.What time is DD vs RR?The game starts on 8PM IST on May 2 at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.What TV channel and live stream is the IPL 2018 Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports Select 1 SD, Star Sports Select 1 HD (English), Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 HD (Hindi), Star Sports 1 Tamil (Tamil), Suvarna Plus (Kannada), Jalsha Movies (Bengali), Maa Movies (Telegu). Live streaming will be available on hotstar.com.When is the IPL match Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals?advertisementThe 32nd match of the IPL will be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla from 8PM IST.Where will the IPL 2018 match between Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals be played?The Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals match will be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla from 8PM IST.Where can I watch the IPL 2018 match between Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2018 match between Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals from our live blog on indiatoday.in.How to watch IPL 2018 match between Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals on Airtel TV and JioTV Apps?You have to download the applications and sign in and you can watch the matches for free.What are the team squads for the IPL 2018 match between Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals?Delhi Daredevils: Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Rishabh Pant (WK), Glenn Maxwell, Gautam Gambhir, Jason Roy, Colin Munro, Mohammed Shami, Amit Mishra, Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Daniel Christian, Jayant Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Trent Boult, Manjot Kalra, Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Naman Ojha, Sayan Ghosh, Liam Plunkett, Junior Dala.Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Ankit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Jofra Archer, Stuart Binny, Aryaman Birla, Jos Buttler, Dushmantha Chameera, Prashant Chopra, Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Heinrich Klaasen (WK), Dhawal Kulkarni, Ben Laughlin, Mahipal Lomror, Sudhesan Midhun, Sanju Samson, Jatin Saxena, D’Arcy Short, Ish Sodhi, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Jaydev Unadkat.last_img read more

18 November

Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley crashes during Spanish GP 3rd practice

first_imgNew Zealander Brendon Hartley crashed his Toro Rosso heavily in final practice for the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday while world champion Lewis Hamilton lapped fastest for Mercedes.Hartley was taken to the Circuit de Catalunya medical centre for checks but was passed fit to continue even if his presence in later qualifying looked unlikely due to the extent of the damage.The rear of his Honda-powered car almost broke away from the rest of the chassis when picked up by a crane to remove it from the barriers.The accident, right at the end of the session and after Hartley had gone wide onto the grass run-off and lost control at the right-handed turn nine, brought out red flags to halt the action.Will @BrendonHartley’s car be ready for qualifying after this big shunt in FP3?#SpanishGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/ZEGViMxJjS Formula 1 (@F1) May 12, 2018Hamilton topped the timesheets with a best lap of one minute 17.281 seconds, a mere 0.013 quicker than Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas, on supersoft tyres and under overcast skies.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who won the first two races of the season and will be chasing his fourth successive pole position, was third fastest but 0.269 slower than his title rival.Hamilton leads the German by four points ahead of Sunday’s race, the first of the European season, with some rain forecast before qualifying.Kimi Raikkonen, with a new engine in the back of his Ferrari, was fourth fastest ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and the two Ferrari-powered Haas cars of Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean.advertisementSpain’s two drivers, Renault’s Carlos Sainz and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, were eighth and ninth respectively.The Williams nightmare continued, with Canadian Lance Stroll 19th and Russian Sergey Sirotkin 20th.last_img read more

18 November

7 killed after SUV rams into truck in Amritsar

first_imgAt least seven people were killed on Monday when the sports utility vehicle (SUV) they were travelling in rammed into a truck near Punjab’s Amritsar city, police said.The victims included one child and three women.Eight passengers in the SUV were returning to Delhi after a pilgrimage trip from Himachal Pradesh and the Golden Temple in Amritsar.The accident took place near Khalchian village on the National Highway connecting Amritsar and Delhi.The police said that a three-year-old child survived but was hospitalised in Amritsar with serious injuries.ALSO READ: Karnataka Congress MLA Siddu Nyamagouda dies in road accidentALSO READ: 3 AIIMS docs killed, 4 injured in Yamuna Expressway crashALSO WATCH: Court summons Arvind Kejriwal in defamation case, AAP shows strength in Amritsarlast_img read more

18 November

World Cup 2018: Missed opportunities will haunt me, says German star Hummels

first_imgGermany defender Mats Hummels rued his late miss against South Korea and said that the chance of not taking the opportunities he had will haunt him for a while.The defending champions were handed a shock loss by the Asians, which resulted in them crashing out the World Cup from the group stages for the first time in 80 years.The central defender had the chance to break the deadlock in the 87th minute of Germany’s final Group F match against South Korea when Mesut Ozil swung a cross into the penalty area.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe Bayern defender had the chance to break the deadlock and put pressure on the Koreans in the 87th minute of their Group F match when Mesut Ozil crossed the ball into the penalty area. But, he put himself in an awkward position and instead of powering the ball into the back of the net, he headed it straight into his shoulder and the ball went behind for a goal kick. The Asians then struck two quick goals in stoppage time to hurt the Germans further and send them packing from Russia.Biggest moment of the #WorldCup so far? #KORGER pic.twitter.com/ipuGsOIEHjFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 27, 2018Hummels also had a few more chances to have a say in the game but he failed to put away either of them.”I had a big chance, I had to score this one,” Hummels told reporters.Defending champions Germany crash out of World Cup after losing to South Koreaadvertisement”This chance will haunt me for a few weeks I guess. I hit my own shoulder with the header, so maybe I wasnt in the right position and maybe I wanted to put too much pressure on the ball.”Hummels, who played in his country’s 1-0 opening loss to Mexico but missed the last-gasp victory over Sweden with a neck injury, was not prepared to accept all the blame for Germany’s failure to beat the Koreans, though.German coach Joachim Low shocked after Word Cup 2018 elimination”We had enough chances to score,” he added. “There were three or four big chances we had in the game. We didn’t score in this game and in the Mexico game and this is not good enough.”The 29-year-old, who was an integral part of the team who won the last World Cup in Brazil, said he was at a loss to explain what had gone wrong with Germany’s campaign.”Of course we are extremely disappointed in ourselves and the result and the World Cup we played. We had high expectations for ourselves but I don’t think we could fulfil them in any of the three games,” he said.”There was no game where we could you say we played the style we used to play and we expect to play. We have to be disappointed in ourselves after such a tournament.”I can’t really explain what we did wrong. I don’t know exactly why we didn’t manage to play the way we want to play.”last_img read more

18 November

Virender Sehwag, Amitabh Bachchan doff their hats to Hima Das: So proud of you

first_imgHima Das created history by winning the gold medal in the women’s 400 metre event at the IAAF World U-20 Championships in Finland on Thursday.Hima’s historic gold, India’s first ever medal in track in the history of the IAAF’s Under-20 athletics event, has made the country proud.Hima clocked 51.46 seconds in the 400m race to finish ahead of Andrea Miklos of Romania and Taylor Manson of the United States to win the race.Tributes poured in from all quarters with Virender Sehwag, Amitabh Bachchan, President Ram Nath Kovind among the top names in India celebrating Hima’s triumph in Finland.Wow! So proud of you Hima Das. Incredible, historic achievement on becoming the first Indian track athlete to win a medal at any global event winning Gold at women’s 400m World U-20 Championships clocking a time of 51.47 seconds. Thank you for the happiness. pic.twitter.com/Cs5wY8sDuMVirender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 12, 2018T 2865 – CONGRATULATIONS .. #HimaDas , the first Indian Women to win a GOLD in World Athletic track event EVER ! INDIA is proud of you .. you have given us reason to hold up our heads HIGH ! JAI HIND !! pic.twitter.com/Q0YVCx6FSfAmitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) July 12, 2018Congratulations to our sensational sprint star Hima Das for winning the 400m gold in the World Under-20 Championship. This is Indias first ever track gold in a World Championship. A very proud moment for Assam and India, Hima; now the Olympic podium beckons! #PresidentKovindPresident of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 12, 2018Hima Das creates history by winning Gold medal in 400m of World U20 Championships. She is 1st Indian athlete to win Gold in track event of U-20 World Championships. You have made proud. #NariShaktiadvertisementRajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) July 12, 2018#HimaDas gives #India the most awaited Medal in country’s athletics history with an inspiring performance at U20 World Championships #iaaftampere2018 in #Finland #India Celebrates,Congrats Girl!@sebcoe @iaaforg @Adille1 @Ra_THORe @IndiaSports @Media_SAI @NeelamKapur @Onkarkedia pic.twitter.com/rPBrCsGyy4Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) July 12, 2018Champion ! Many congratulations Hima Das for creating history winning Gold medal in 400m of World U20 Championships, clocking 51.47s. 1st Indian athlete to win Gold in track event of U-20 World Championships. pic.twitter.com/htnmYsZBBjMohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 12, 2018#HimaDas gives #India the most awaited Medal in country’s athletics history with an inspiring performance at U20 World Championships #iaaftampere2018 in #Finland #India Celebrates,Congrats Girl!@sebcoe @iaaforg @Adille1 @Ra_THORe @IndiaSports @Media_SAI @NeelamKapur @Onkarkedia pic.twitter.com/rPBrCsGyy4Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) July 12, 2018Congratulations #HimaDas.. 400 meter winner in world Under-20 championships.. proud moment.Its amazing that it coincides with the 5 year anniversary of Bhaag Milkha Bhaag & Milkha-jis biggest dream was to witness an Indian athlete win Gold in track & field.Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) July 12, 2018Congratulations to Hima Das for winning Women’s 400m Gold at @iaaforg World U20 Athletics Championship in Finland. Assam’s sprint sensation has scripted history by becoming the first Indian athlete to do so in a track event.Keep on believing & keep on making the nation proud! pic.twitter.com/Ebhdc37dPBSarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) July 12, 2018Historic! Congratulations Hima Das for winning India’s first Gold at a global track event in Under – 20 World Athletics. Nicely doneAkshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) July 12, 2018BOOM!What a display from HIMA DAS!Indias own brings home the gold from Tampere after clocking a huge 51.46-400m, defeating Miklos (52.07) & Manson (52.28)!#IAAFworlds pic.twitter.com/vN4VopL5J1IAAF (@iaaforg) July 12, 2018Hima thanked her supporters in India and fans present in Finland for their constant backing.”I am very happy to win the gold in the World Junior championships. I want to thank all the Indians back home and also those, who were here cheering me. It was very encouraging to have this kind of support,” she said after the race.Hima Das becomes the first ever Indian athlete to win a track Gold medal! She clocked 51.46 seconds to win the 400m Gold at the U-20 @IAAForg World Championships #IAAFWorlds #HimaDas @afiindia pic.twitter.com/P2pMAy35dDSports & Youth Dept. (@sports_odisha) July 12, 2018She joined the illustrious company of star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who won a gold in Poland in the last edition in 2016 in a world record effort. In fact, Hima is the first Indian track athlete to have won a medal in the history of this competition.#relive the historic #race of Hima Das who became first Indian athlete to win track event (400m in 51.46s) Gold medal in the IAAF World Junior Athletics Championship @afiindia pic.twitter.com/CB0TzS9y5WadvertisementRahul PAWAR (@rahuldpawar) July 12, 2018Congrats Hima, Adille and AFI. @IndianOlympians @Adille1 @afiindia pic.twitter.com/YySDjXjcELMalav Shroff OLY (@malavshroff) July 12, 2018The previous medal winners at the World Junior Championships were Seema Punia (bronze in discus in 2002) and Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (bronze in discus in 2014).World U20 Championships: Hima Das wins India’s first ever gold in track eventThe 18-year-old was the favourite to win gold as she is the U-20 season leader in this quarter-mile event. Her rise has been nothing less than meteoric as she took up serious running only last year.She had earlier clocked an Indian U-20 record of 51.32 seconds to finish sixth in the Commonwealth Games 400m final in Gold Coast in April.Since then, she has gone on to improve her timings. She lowered the Indian U-20 record in 400m to 51.13 seconds while winning gold in the recent National Inter State Championships in Guwahati.Congratulating Das, Athletics Federation of India president Adille Sumariwalla said it was one of the proudest moments of Indian athletics.”Very proud of Hima for creating history. It is one of the proudest moments of my life and for Indian athletics. Congratulations to Hima and her coaches, the government and SAI for their support to AFI,” Sumariwalla said..@Adille1 -History Created.First ever Gold Medal at World Athletics Championships.Very proud of Hima,her Coaches Galina & Basant. Thank U Hon Minister @Ra_THORe ,SAI & Govt of India for ur support to AFI and belief. One of the proudest moments of my life. @NeelamKapur @Onkarkedia pic.twitter.com/N7shWdENUOAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) July 12, 2018(With inputs from agencies)last_img read more

18 November

Time to Get Serious About the Future of UNEP

first_imgThis post originally appeared in UNEP’s magazine, “Our Planet.”“This gathering represents man’s earnest endeavor to understand his own condition and to prolong his tenancy of this planet.”With these stirring words, Indira Gandhi, India’s Prime Minister, galvanized the 1972 UN Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm. A wake-up call to the state of our planet, Stockholm gave birth to the UN Environment Programme, amid high hopes that humanity could together curb alarming trends in pollution and natural resource loss.Hopes were high when a 43-year-old Maurice Strong took the reins of the new institution – the first UN body to be located in a developing country. UNEP’s remit was simple: to be the world’s lead institution on the global environment. Its mandate included compiling much-needed environmental data, coordinating international activities, developing international agreements, and providing capacity development and technical assistance, especially to developing countries.Forty years on, UNEP has made some vital contributions. It has played a key role in creating dozens of institutions and agreements that have advanced understanding of global challenges and propelled international action. These include such game-changers as the 1987 Montreal Protocol, which led to a 98 percent drop in controlled ozone depleting gases; the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), since 1988 the leading global body on climate science; the 1992 Earth Summit, and its associated global treaties on climate and biodiversity; and the 2005 Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, the first ever survey of the health of the world’s biological resources.And yet, as it enters its fifth decade, few can believe that UNEP is equipped for the magnitude of the task ahead.The stakes are now much higher than at the time of its creation. SinceIndira Gandhi and others raised the alarm at Stockholm, the state of ourplanet – despite a few bright spots such as repairing the ozone layer –has continued to deteriorate. Two billion people already suffer fromwater shortages; by 2030, almost half the world’s population will do so. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment revealed that we have degraded or are unsustainably exploiting 60 percent of the ecosystems services that we rely on for such basic needs as food and shelter. As population climbs, so will demand for food, water, and energy – by 35 percent, 40 percent and 50 percent, respectively, over the next 15-20 years. And even the conservative World Bank now projects a 4 degree Celsius rise in average global temperatures – with massive costs to humanity, especially the poor. Forty years on, UNEP has made some vital contributions…And yet, as it enters its fifth decade, few can believe that UNEP is equipped for the magnitude of the task ahead. At a simple level, the obstacles in UNEP’s way are well known. With less than one third of member states on its Governing Council, it has lacked strong, universal backing from governments (although its membership is now set to expand). Its funding has been perpetually up in the air, due to reliance on voluntary donations from countries. And as a subsidiary body of the UN General Assembly rather than a fully-fledged agency, it lacks independent decision-making authority.These, however, are symptoms rather than causes of the problem. The root causes are deeper.Governments haven’t given the level of seriousness to environmentalproblems that they give to economic issues, nationally or internationally. Environment ministers rarely have the clout of their economic counterparts (Ministers of Trade, Finance, PublicWorks, etc.) within national cabinets, and so few of these discuss global environmental challenges the way they would discuss global economic ones.Indeed, many governments don’t actually want a strong global environmental body. They are willing to give tough authority to the WTO or the IMF, since they prioritize economic growth, but have no appetite for doing the same in an area they consider less important. Our grandchildren may not forgive them.For all these reasons – and despite good leadership from its ExecutiveDirector, Achim Steiner – the world’s governments have failed to giveUNEP the clout it needs properly to fulfill its mandate.The Rio+20 Summit, however, opened the door to improvement. Governments agreed to make membership in UNEP’s Governing Council universal and called for increased, stable funding from UN as well as voluntary sources.If the call for adequate financing is realized (a big if), UNEP should use its new resources and clout to build on its core strengths. These include acting as the world’s leading repository of environmental data and building developing country capacity to implement environmental laws.UNEP should also look to lead in streamlining the 500+ multilateral environmental agreements that have mushroomed in recent decades, fragmenting global environmental action. And the UN General Assembly should beef up the Rio+20 commitments by giving UNEP greater decision-making authority.The Rio+20 Summit offered the prospect for renewed global action to address the gathering environmental storm, but fell far short of what is required. UNEP’s innovative groundwork on pathways to a global green economy, for example, failed to gain traction, instead becoming mired in political debate – even as government and private sector leaders acknowledged the unsustainability of current economic trends.Think of the challenges of the coming half century. What sort ofinternational governance system will be required to ensure that as well as eradicating poverty and creating decent jobs, we are protecting species, preventing climate change, and feeding 9 billion sustainably –all while addressing the aspirations of the booming global middle class,up from one billion in 1990 to two billion today, and due to reach fivebillion by 2030? Each of these big challenges involves managing global public goods. Yet we are lacking any serious mechanism to address those that relate to the global environment – or, indeed, any serious discussion of this issue. Can UNEP’s Governing Council, supplemented with key economic and scientific leaders, help catalyze progress in this area?Indira Gandhi ended her Stockholm speech with words that still ring true: “It is clear that the environmental crisis which is confronting the world will profoundly alter the future destiny of our planet.”One thing, though, has changed. We don’t have 40 more years to get this right.last_img read more

17 November

How to Address Risk and Make Progress on Climate and Development

first_imgThis article was originally published by The Financial Chronicle.The just-released report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirms what many suspect from their own experience and from the warnings of scientists: The impacts of global warming have arrived and are already being felt all over the world. Without further action, the impacts of climate change will continue to mount with devastating implications for human well-being and economic development.As the new IPCC report notes, people are already suffering the “widespread and consequential” impacts of climate change. Around the globe, climate change is driving increased water risks, heat waves, and rising seas. Unless we change course, rural communities will face reduced fresh water resources, decimated forests, and disrupted food supplies. Climate impacts will also take their toll on urban dwellers, especially the poor who are at risk of rising seas and extreme weather events. For example, low-lying cities, like Mumbai and Kolkata, face significant threats from coastal flooding and storm surge.The economic consequences will be severe as communities and businesses will need to cope with devastation to natural resources, as well as impacts to transport and infrastructure. One need only to think about Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines or Hurricane Sandy in the United States to recognize the damage that extreme weather events can bring. Such extreme events take a disproportionate toll on the health and livelihoods of poor people and drive greater inequality of growth.While the world has made remarkable progress on human development over the past several decades, climate change could undermine and even reverse these gains. As a recent report from the UN Development Programme explains, without further action “whatever progress we have made in poverty reduction or improvement of human development will just be erased due to climate change.”Yet there are also opportunities at hand. Addressing the causes and consequences of climate change can reduce risks and even bring economic benefits. Indeed, climate change and economic development are inextricably linked, both in terms of the impacts and the responses that are possible. Smart policies and investments can both drive economic growth and lead to a safer world for people and the planet.Embracing Clean and Affordable Energy1.3 billion people worldwide, including 400 million in India, still lack access to electricity. Delivering these people energy is essential for them to have greater access to education, health services, and economic opportunity. But, as more people gain access to energy, it must be both low-carbon and affordable. The good news is that more clean energy can reduce emissions, drive climate resilience, and foster equitable economic growth.One of the greatest opportunities lies in expanding renewable energy markets. Renewable power technologies now account for around half of all new power generation capacity worldwide. In India, analyses by KPMG and others find that solar energy may be cost competitive with conventional energy by 2018 or even sooner.India’s National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) sets a target of attaining 15 percent of renewable energy generation by 2020 relative to 2008 output. Currently, 12 percent of the country’s energy mix is supplied by renewables, putting it on track to reach this goal. The NAPCC consists of 8 national missions, most of them targeted toward clean energy, including the National Solar Mission and the National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency, which support efforts under the Electricity Act of 2003 and the Energy Conservation Act 0f 2001.One innovative approach to expedite the shift to clean energy in India is the Green Power Market Development Group, a joint initiative of the Confederation of Indian Industry and World Resources Institute, that officially launched in 2013. GPMDG seeks to transform energy markets and enable corporate buyers to access reliable and clean energy, diversify their energy portfolios, and reduce emissions that drive climate change. Commercial and industrial companies in India, like Infosys, have supported the shift to green power purchasing and understand the energy security value of renewable energy.As low-carbon energy technologies—such as solar photovoltaic, small-scale wind, hydro, and biogas—become cheaper and more efficient, the electricity needs in developing countries can be met.Expanding renewable energy supply is only part of the solution. Increased energy efficiency also brings multiple benefits including reducing carbon emissions and lowering costs for consumers. McKinsey & Co. estimates that through energy efficiency and related measures India can avoid the need for 120 gigawatts of power capacity by 2030. Efficiency opportunities abound in buildings, appliances, and industry.Of course, not all energy choices carry benefits for the economy and climate. Often there are real trade-offs that must be resolved. However, there is a growing recognition that typical cost-benefit analyses underestimate the benefits of climate action, while policy and investment options are available that can drive greater development and climate outcomes.The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, comprised of leaders in government, finance, and business from more than 14 countries, is currently overseeing an independent evaluation to find strategies to identify and scale those benefits. Supported by leading economists and researchers from seven top research organizations, including the World Resources Institute and the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, the commission will release the New Climate Economy report in September 2014, revealing economic benefits of policies to tackle climate change.However, the shift to clean energy is not happening quickly enough, and time is running short to keep the world within 2 degrees Celsius of global temperature rise, which is the level we must stay below to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.Global Climate ActionWith a greater sense of urgency, world leaders have the opportunity to step up and ensure resourceful, innovative, and climate-resilient strategies are in place. The next year-and-a-half will be critical to put in place the building blocks for a new universal climate agreement in Paris in 2015. Securing such an agreement that brings in all countries would greatly catalyze climate action at the international and national levels.To help achieve this goal, WRI, together with several other international research organizations, recently launched a new effort to address some of the essential questions around the functions and substance of a 2015 climate deal. The group, called the Agreement for Climate Transformation 2015 (or ACT 2015), will engage in strategic conversations with governments and stakeholders to inform the direction of the agreement.Clearly, there are many core issues that have to be addressed, not least the question of equity and what are the expectations for different countries. Both the potential actions and the constraints facing a country like India need to be recognized.In addition, the international community needs to find ways to ensure financial flows and investment so that developing countries, like India, can tap their full potential. One important milestone is to finalize the operational framework for the Green Climate Fund, which has the potential to catalyze significant funds to support developing countries that are coping with climate impacts and adopting low-carbon pathways. Ensuring that the GCF is truly operational and has financial resources by the end of the year, along with scaling up additional climate funds are critical.Building MomentumReaching a new climate deal will not be easy. But, if the world’s economic powerhouses—the United States, Europe, China, Japan, Brazil, and India—come to the table with strong commitments it would create much needed momentum. Last week, in a joint statement, the United States and European Union reaffirmed their intent to move toward a global climate agreement in Paris that would “be consistent with science and with the goal of limiting the global temperature increase to below 2°C.”Leaders in India can likewise play a vital role in turning this vision into a reality. They can do so by pursuing policies that will bring together measurable benefits of climate action—both reducing emission and building resilience—with robust economic development.Over the coming months, countries will have opportunities to demonstrate that they are serious about delivering on a strong climate agreement. In September, at the UN’s summit on climate change in New York City, world leaders can make clear commits that would benefit the climate and development. And, in the first quarter of 2015, countries will put their national offers on the table in the lead up to the international climate talks in Paris.With the IPCC’s renewed warnings of mounting climate change fresh on our minds, it is clear that business-as-usual will not cut it. It’s time for action that will expedite the shift to clean energy and drive greater ambition into the climate talks. There are big pay-offs waiting down the road and in the short run as well.last_img read more

17 November

The Emissions Gap Roadmap

first_imgThis post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.Momentum on climate action is building: the major joint announcement from the United States and China last week, nearly $7.5 billion in pledges to the Green Climate Fund and commitments made at the UN Climate Summit in September in New York City, where more than 70 countries and 1,000 companies supported putting a price on carbon to encourage investment in a low-carbon future.But this recent momentum—and much more—will be required to keep global mean temperature within 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F) of what it was in pre-industrial times. That message is reinforced by a major new report from the UN Environment Programme, which shows a growing gap between what countries have committed to do and what the world needs to do to cut greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the most extreme effects of climate change.The problem is, we have already taken a costly detour from the most direct route to closing this gap. While the United States, China and the European Union have made substantial new pledges to cut emissions, they fall short of what is required.The 2014 Gap Report, the fifth in a yearly series that tracks countries’ emission-cutting pledges, found that enacting current pledges would still leave the world short by 8 to 10 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent to be on course in 2020 — that’s roughly twice the amount of emissions from all the cars, buses and trucks on the road. Without further action to make sure countries follow through on their commitments, the gap will be at the high end of that range. (Carbon dioxide equivalent, or CO2e, includes carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, and is the standard measurement of global total emissions.)If current trends continue through 2030, the gap will grow to 14 to 17 gigatons, a troubling figure for a planet that has already “spent” about half its carbon budget. That’s the amount of carbon that can be emitted to retain a likely chance of limiting warming to a level that would ward off the extreme heat waves, droughts, severe weather patterns and rising seas that are projected by the world’s climate scientists.How then can we turn the tide?All countries need to do more, including moving forward with a strong climate agreement by 2015.The next step on the road to a climate agreement is an international climate conference in Lima, Peru in December. The Lima gathering (also known as COP20) must deliver a strong foundation for a global climate agreement. To do that, negotiators should arrive with a real sense of purpose and build on the renewed trust and energy shown by China and the United States, along with the European Union. With the U.S. and China finally working together, and more countries putting their pledges and financial commitments on the table, the climate talks can transition from a diplomatic poker game to effective international cooperation.The November 12 announcement in Beijing that both the United States and China plan to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions significantly should spur comparable commitments from other countries. In addition, the United States and Japan have pledged a total of up to $4.5 billion to the Green Climate Fund, which aims to help developing countries in responding to a changing climate, bringing the total to about $7.5 billion. That is a respectable amount, but still not enough.Finally, a growing body of rigorous and objective evidence shows that climate action is affordable, and can actually be part of an economic growth strategy. New technology and innovation are opening opportunities as exemplified by the falling prices of solar power in recent years. The New Climate Economy report, released in September, shows that the world can make a transition to a highly-efficient, low-carbon future without incurring major costs. The focus at the latest G20 meeting on sluggish economies points up the need for just this kind of economic development.We are entering a critical window of opportunity. Further delays would mean locking into carbon-intensive infrastructure rather than low-carbon alternatives. As negotiators head to Lima, they should be armed with the best facts and evidence available. Countries should move forward with an agreement that is not only politically viable but will truly alter the trajectory for the planet.We have the roadmap. We’re gaining momentum. What’s needed now is to follow the course that will close the gap and lead us to a prosperous, low-carbon future.last_img read more

17 November

MS Dhoni’s stature is huge, unfair to compare Rishabh Pant with him: Bharat Arun

first_imgWith Rishabh Pant missing a few chances behind the wicket in the Mohali ODI and the spectators demanding MS Dhoni’s return, India bowling coach Bharat Arun on Tuesday said “it is unfair to compare the newcomer to a legend”.Speaking to the media on the eve of the fifth one-dayer here in Feroz Shah Kotla, Arun said the team is focussed on trying out combinations ahead of the England-Wales World Cup.”Unfair to compare Dhoni and Pant. Dhoni’s stature is huge. He is a legend. His work behind the stumps is exemplary.”MSD is a huge influence on the team. We will be trying out different combinations. Not necessarily these combinations will be in the World Cup. Any mistakes, hiccups have to be now. We are extremely cautious,” he said.India skip training to be “mentally fit”Keeping in mind the workload of the players, the Indian team on Tuesday did not train ahead of the final game against Australia at the Kotla.However, the bowling coach said the team at this point is really happy with the combinations they were trying out going into the mega event starting May 30.India willl comeback stronger: Arun”Considering the workload and the back-to-back matches, we wanted to be mentally fit for the big one,” he said.Commenting on the last game, Arun said that Aussie batman Ashton Turner (84 off 43 balls) must be given credit for his job and he is happy with the way the Indian bowlers have bowled.”If you see, the success of our bowlers, it has been more than 75 per cent. These things do happen (last game) and I am happy that it happened now and it shows us areas where we can improve before the World Cup.advertisement”You should give credit to the knock Ashton played. Dew played a crucial role — but I am not trying to give excuses. Didn’t bowl as well we had planned for him, but we will comeback stronger,” he said.”More or less, the team is sure of the combinations. Want to try out all combinations so that there is no room for any further improvement going into the tournament,” he explained.’Great learning experience before the World Cup’Commenting on Virat Kohli’s batting down the order in the Mohali ODI, Arun said: “This is the only time we can try combinations. Kohli has been absolutely successful at No.3 and we are trying options before the World Cup.”Definitely there are certain areas we need to address both in batting and bowling. We have been thrown in areas we need to work on and that is a great learning experience before the World Cup.”Arun was full of praises for both Kedar Jadhav and all-rounder Vijay Shankar.”Vijay has gained in confidence, batted brilliantly, be it No.4, 6 or 7. The confidence from batting rubbed onto his bowling. He is touching 130 (kmph) and is looking a lot more confident.”Kedar has also done the job on many occasions. But I have told my bowlers that as long as you don’t let him bowl, you have done a good job,” he smiled.Commenting on the camouflage caps controversy created by the Pakistan Cricket Board, Arun said: “I think we did what we felt we needed to do for the country. We wanted to show we appreciate the cause. It is beyond us to think or control what PCB thinks.”Also Read | Bishan Bedi’s message for Virat Kohli: Calm mind ultimate weapon against any challengeAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s India face risk of unwanted record in ODI series vs AustraliaAlso See:last_img read more

17 November

If all goes well, we will play all home games in Kolkata: KKR CEO Venky Mysore

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore said that he is hopeful that KKR will play most of their home games at the Eden Gardens after the Election Commission of India released a seven-phase polling dates in West Bengal for the upcoming general elections.The 2019 Indian Premier League is slated to start on March 23 and end on May 12 while the general will be held in seven phases between April 11 and May 19.After the polling dates were announced, West Bengal will have elections in all seven phases – April 11, 18, 23, 29, May 6, 12 and 19 – meaning that there is a possibility that some of KKR’s home matches may have to be shifted to neutral venues.BCCI have released a two-week match schedule, KKR are slated to play two home games (against Sunrisers Hyderabad on March 24 and Kings Xi Punjab on March 27) and two away games (against Delhi Capitals on March 30 and Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 5).”We have had some good meetings with the concerned authorities today, so fingers crossed. We are waiting for some clarification. I think they [authorities] are very keen to make sure that we play in Eden. If all goes well, we will play our home games here only,” Mysore told reporters at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday.”Now that the date of the elections have come out, the authorities are taking a hard look at how they can ensure we play as many as possible matches in Kolkata,” Mysore said.However if security deployment becomes an issue during the polls, there are back-up plans in place, said Mysore.advertisement”In case we cannot play at the Eden, then we have a plan B and plan C ready. We had a meeting today. Let’s see. All our fans as well as the team wants us play at the Eden,” Mysore reiterated.Also Read | Kolkata Knight Riders look to win third title in IPL 2019last_img read more

16 November

10 Things To Watch For As We Head To The Summer

first_img4. Who will emerge at Wide Receiver?Per the usual, Oklahoma State is extremely deep at the wide receiver position. David Glidden, Brandon Sheperd, James Washington, Chris Lacy, Keenen Brown, Jhajuan Seales and Marcell Ateman are all expected to contribute. It’s an embarrassment of riches at a key skill position for the Cowboys. That’s great news.5. Battle in the trenchesThe Cowboys starting center last season was Paul Lewis, but walk-on Brad Lundblade was able to force himself onto the field throughout the season, making his first start against Baylor – the same day of Mason Rudolph’s debut. Lundblade suffered a minor injury in spring camp, but is expected to return before the season begins. The offensive line desperately needs to build off last season to create more holes for the running game, and Lundblade could be a key factor in that success.6. Mason RudolphA top-10 dark-horse Heisman contender for the 2015 season? Maybe that’s a little too much hype for someone who just started 3 games. But there is no denying that Rudolph is the one, and this team can go as far as he takes them.7. Who slides in the defensive end rotation?As I wrote previously, the defensive line could be another strength for the Pokes this season. With the two starting defensive ends solidified with Emmanuel Ogbah and Jimmy Bean, who else will see action? Trace Clark has been a formidable rotation player in years past. Up and comers Jarrell Owens, Jordan Brailford, and Trey Carter may also see their fair share of reps this season.8. The J.W. packageIt feels like J.W. Walsh has been heavily involved in some capacity of the offense for the last decade. With the quarterback position manned with Rudolph, Walsh’s leadership and knowledge is too valuable for him to be holding water bottles all season. When No. 4 is on the field this season, anything goes.9. Recovery of Sione PaleleiPalelei was a highly regarded recruit who was committed to LSU before flipping his commitment to the Cowboys in 2014. A knee injury sidelined him 10 months ago, but if he could return to form, Yurcich could have another dynamic weapon to add to his arsenal.10. Recruiting seasonThere has been a lot of hype this offseason regarding the football program, but now it’s time to see the on-field product. Some of the most fruitful recruiting classes have stemmed from a successful football season, and this season could produce a great harvest.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Looking ahead towards the summer, here are 10 things to look for as the Cowboys prepare for what looks to be an exciting season.1. Who will emerge at RB?Rennie Childs was essentially the only running back on the roster in spring ball, with the other scholarship backs Todd Mays and Sione Palelei recovering from injury. Four-star running back signee Chris Carson is officially on campus, setting up what should be an intriguing competition in fall camp. Chris has been Working with a capital “W” this offseason, by the way.2. Brandon Sheperd’s recoverySheperd was forced to sit out the spring game after breaking a bone in his finger blocking, but he established himself as Mason Rudolph’s go-to guy last season, and all signs point to more of this next season.3. Emmanuel OgbahThe reigning Big 12 defensive lineman of the year has taken the offseason to get in some WORK.last_img read more

16 November

Quotebook: TCU RB Says ‘We Got Our Butts Kicked’

first_imgHere are all your leftover quotes from TCU coach Gary Patterson, OSU coach Mike Gundy and others after the Pokes’ 31-6 beatdown of the Frogs in Ft. Worth.Ramon Richards on the defense“Last year, we had a lot of great guys, but the chemistry this year is much stronger. I don’t have to worry about whether the man next to me will do his job.” [Tulsa World]Glenn Spencer on the defense“I’m just happy the guys can get recognized for that. Somebody’s gonna say something good about ’em this week. I get tired of people talkin’ bad about ‘em. They really don’t know what goes into what. Now, they need to treat it as garbage like the rest of it is, and I’ll tell ‘em that.” [O’Colly]Mike Gundy on the defense“First I will say this was the best defensive effort game plan; tackling against some tricky, skilled players that I’ve seen for a very long time.”Gundy on how practicing has changed“We’ve adjusted our practice routine this year and we are considerably rested, and it paid off for us today. Actually on field time, we are about 14 hours less of actual practice time than we were last year, and it has helped us from an injury standpoint and in our players, they seem fresh and their attitudes are better.”Gundy on closing games“I told our boys, in the early 2000’s that how we used to win games. That’s what we were known for. When we are not running the ball decent, it makes it harder for us. But we’ve come a long way, we’ve built systems that allowed us to take advantage of the players we have and we created running lanes.”Gary Patterson on getting smoked“It’s simple. I think you have to give coach Gundy and his group credit. They kicked our butts. You’ve got to be able to run the football when you get inside the 5, and you’ve got to tackle. It’s been a long time in the 19 years I’ve been here where we got our butts kicked at home. That was one of them.”More from Patterson on the whipping“I don’t know how much of it was us or how much of it was [Oklahoma State]. That’s two weeks in a row that we’ve played two really good football teams in West Virginia and Oklahoma State on off weeks, and we scored 6 and 10. Coach Gundy and his group got after us. That’s the one team in the Big 12 that we’re not .500 or better against. We’re 1-4 against them, so we’ve got to come up with a better plan of how to beat Oklahoma State. And Oklahoma.”TCU running back Kyle Hicks on getting embarrassed at Home“We definitely got our butts kicked, it was embarrassing. They came to our home turf and just straight up kicked our butt. But there’s nothing we can do about it. It was embarrassing. “We had two weeks to prepare for them. We should’ve come out with more of a sense of urgency and gone out there making plays.”TCU safety Denzel Johnson“They’re a good team. They’re coached well, they’ve got a lot of athletes, they’ve got a lot of speed. You can’t take anything away from them. They played good and we didn’t.”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

16 November

Three Things We Know About Oklahoma State After 11 Games

first_imgWith just one regular season game left in Oklahoma State’s year and the biggest Bedlam matchup since, well, last year this Saturday, I thought we would take a look at three things we’re pretty sure we know about the Cowboys after three months of football.Kyle Porter1. The Ground Game Is BackKyle Cox outlined it well in this post. OSU is averaging just 4.4 yards per carry on the season but 6.6 (!) in its last three games against Kansas State, Texas Tech and TCU. The Wildcats and Frogs are both in the top 35 in yards per carry against on the ground so it’s not like you were racking up empty yards against Kansas.This has been a startling revelation for somebody (me) who had just completely written off the fact that OSU would have a good running game again until at least 2017. Gundy is getting it all, too, because this is how he loves to play. Run the rock, protect your QB, get turnovers, and let the mullet ride.2. We won’t get a 2014 RepeatThere will be no Tyreek Hill remix this year in Bedlam because Oklahoma State’s punt and kick return game is not very good. They are averaging a decent 10+ yards per punt return (No. 28 in the nation) but only have 14 returns on the season (because they’re all fair caught or fumbled). On kickoffs, OSU is No. 107 in the country averaging fewer than 19 yards per return.3. The Cowboys can win in multiple waysThis might be my favorite thing I’ve learned this season. Gone are the days where it was Rudolph2Washington and pray. In are the days of this week we’ll win with turnovers, now we’ll win by churning and burning on the ground, now we’ll climb on Mason’s back, now we’ll let the Ice Pirate shut it down.This team’s versatility has grown monumentally as the season has worn on. Oh, and I forgot one. Now we’ll truck stick you and run out the clock.Kyle Boone1. This team can win in tight gamesThis seems to be a theme with Mike Gundy’s teams over the past two years — a theme that at the beginning of the year seemed to have flipped for them with a “loss” to CMU and Baylor. But of the games decided by a touchdown or less this year, they are 4-1. Last year? 4-0. That’s more than just luck, that’s a team mindset that’s been instilled by the coaches that no matter the score, it’s not over until the MAC officials award an untimed down and there’s always time to make a run.2. Chris Carson is really that dudeI got a lot of criticism for buying a lot of stock in Chris Carson in the preseason, but he’s been the perfect complement to Justice Hill in the backfield since returning from his early season injury. Whether it’s his health that has helped him return to JUCO form, or an attitude — he’s looked every bit the back that OSU recruited and stole from Georgia in the recruiting process. The guy ended a game with a walk-off first down and took a knee after pummeling a dude! With runs like this, OU will have a difficult time stopping him in Norman.Here is another look at Chris Carson truck-sticking the entire DFW metroplex. pic.twitter.com/caf8gUbicq— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguy) November 19, 20163. Mike Yurcich has proven he’s the most improvedGlenn Spencer is a folk-hero, but Mike has proven to be OSU’s most invaluable coach. An improvement targeted from last year’s rushing woes was to reach 125 yards rushing per game. Headed into Bedlam, they average 165 yards per game, which ranks 79th nationally.He’s done that while helping call the sixth best passing offense in the country. It helps when you have one of the best freshmen tailbacks in Oklahoma State history. He has worked his way into one of 40 nominees for the Broyles Award, given to the top assistant football coach. And he’s proven that he deserves the praise. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

16 November

U-17 WC: Squad list for Group E

first_img4) New Caledonia New Caledonia flagGOALKEEPERS:  Une Kecine, Gaizka Ipeze, Robin Escorne.DEFENDERS:  Raoul Wenisso, Josue Welepane, Kiam Wanesse, Sidri Wadenges, Bernard Iwa, Hnautra Enoka, Jules Omei, Josua Hlemu.MIDFIELDERS:   Jekob Jeno, Neil Wahiobe, Pierre Bako, Cyril Nyipie, Gale Luewadia, Paul Wananjie.FORWARDS:  Theo Bosshard, Titouan Richard, Vita Longue, Lionel Thahnaena. 2) Japan Jpanese keeperGOALKEEPERS:  Kosei Tani, Zion Suzuki, Togo Umeda.DEFENDERS:  Nobuki Iketaka, Kobayashi, Sugawara, Seiya Baba, Yamasaki, Kemmotsu.MIDFIELDERS:  Hirakawa, Hinata Kida, Okuno, Fukuoka, Kozuki, Toichi Suzuki, Tsubaki.FORWARDS:  Takefusa Kubo, Yamada, Miyashiro, Nakamura, Koki Saito. 3) Honduras Jose Valladares Honduras U-17 coachGOALKEEPERS:  Alex Rivera. Jordy Castro, Carlos Banegas.DEFENDERS:  Santiago Cabrera, Axel Gomez, Alexander Bahr, Cristian Moreira, Gustavo Vallecillo, Emilio Campos.MIDFIELDERS:  Luis Palma, Gerson Chavez, Alessandro Castro, Carlos Mejia, David Cardona, Everson Lopez, Joshua Canales.FORWARDS:  Jorge Flores, Patrick Palacios, Kenneth Martinez, Asaf Cacho, Reynaldo Bodden.center_img U17 World Cup U-17 World Cup 2017 Group E: Squads of France, Japan, Honduras and New Caledonia Nisanth V Easwar Last updated 2 years ago 00:30 27/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) FIFA U-17 World Cup official trophy with mascot Kheleo FIFA U17 World Cup Japan U17 New Caledonia U17 Honduras U17 France U17 As the FIFA U-17 World Cup kicks off on October 6th in India, we take a look at the squad list of the countries drawn in Group E. India is all set to host the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, scheduled to kick off from 6th October. 24 countries from six confederations will be competing for one of the biggest honours in youth football, with the matches being hosted in six cities across the country. In this segment, we take a look at the 21 member squad list announced by each country drawn in Group E.1) France Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Adli France U17 PSGGOALKEEPERS : Yahia Fofana, Bryan Bernard, Illan Meslier.DEFENDERS : Vincent Collet, Andy Joseph, Oumar Mickael, William Ludovic Brandon, Batista Mendy, Maxence Lacroix, Melvin Bard.MIDFIELDERS : Claudio Gomez (PSG), Aurélien Djani, Maxence, Mathis Christophe, FORWARDS : Yacine Adli (PSG), Amine Gouiri, Willem, Alan, Wilson Isidor, Alexis Flips, Lenny Pintor.last_img read more

16 November

Delhi suffer 1-0 defeat to Oviedo

first_imgIndian Super League ISL 2017: Delhi Dynamos suffer a narrow defeat Goal Last updated 2 years ago 05:35 28/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Delhi Dynamos ISL 2017 squad DDFC Indian Super League Real Oviedo Odisha The Lions played their second pre-season friendly on Wednesday and put up an improved performance… Real Oviedo downed Delhi Dynamos 1-0 on Wednesday at the Estadio Carlos Tartiere with a goal scored by David Gonzales.Coach Miguel Angel named five foreigners in his starting eleven. Among the Indians, Albino Gomes started in between the sticks with Pratik Chowdhary, Sena Ralte and Munmun Lugun being the defenders. David Nghaite and Lallianzuala Chhangte operated as the two wingers.Albino made a double save in the early stages of the game however, in the 21st minute, Real Oviedo got their breakthrough through Gonzales. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Delhi made several changes in the second half with Paulinho’s strike coming off the crossbar.Delhi Dynamos Starting XI: Albino Gomes, Sena Ralte, Gabriel Cichero, Pratik Chowdhary, Munmun Lugun, Edu Moya, Matias Mirabaje, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Jeroen Lumu, David Ngaihte, Guyon Fernandes.last_img read more

16 November

Mbappe gets the fright of his life

first_imgKylian Mbappé Golden Boy Mbappe gets the fright of his life – Ligue 1 goes social Robin Bairner Last updated 2 years ago 15:13 10/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Kylian Mbappe PSG Getty Images Kylian Mbappé Neymar PSG v Anderlecht Anderlecht PSG UEFA Champions League PSG v Nice Nice Ligue 1 It’s been an exciting week at Parc des Princes, with two of their players honoured at major awards It’s getting to that time of the year where ghosts and ghouls start to appear everywhere for Halloween celebrations.No-one in Ligue 1 knows that better than Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe, who was given the fright of his life by the tricksters at his club.Many members of the PSG squad were pranked by the social media team, who conned them into believing that they were filming a promotion to wish their fans Happy Halloween. Midway through their interviews, all the lights in the room would cut out, leaving the players in pitch darkness. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Using an infrared camera, PSG show an actor in ghoulish make up sneak up on their stars to make them jump. While some, like Layvin Kurzawa, took it coolly, others were far more dramatic, with Mbappe the best of these. The teenager literally jumped in the air and took several seconds to compose himself – but at least Marco Verratti had a similarly frightening experience.While that might have been an unwelcome moment in his week, it had started far better for Mbappe as he was named the outstanding youngster in European football by winning the Golden Boy award. He attracted nearly twice as many votes as nearest rival Ousmane Dembele and beat Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford into third.Unsurprisingly, he was keen to share the news with his fans.“First Golden Boy,” he said. “A big thanks to my team-mates in Monaco, Paris and the France national team, and of course my three coaches, presidents and also my family and you, the fans, who have supported me.”But he was not the only one to be celebrating this week.Neymar was crowned the game’s third strongest player of 2017 at FIFA’s ‘The Best’ awards, coming in behind only superstar duo Cristiano Ronaldo, who won the title for a second time, and former Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi.He didn’t offer a comment, preferring instead to allow the picture to do all the talking. Every week seems to be hectic for these top players, and over the course of the next seven days, Mbappe and Neymar will be strutting their stuff in the Champions League as they attempt to live up to their billing as two of the game’s best players.With Anderlecht visiting Parc des Princes on Tuesday, Mbappe in particular will be keen to avoid an upset – he has had enough Halloween shocks for this year.last_img read more

16 November

Oumar Niasse scores twice to give Everton victory over Bournemouth

first_imgThe remarkable rise of Oumar Niasse goes on, with a match-winning double here to add to his strike in the League Cup in midweek. The manager who tried to shove him unceremoniously through the exit door will have felt sheepish, to say the least, when his Senegalese substitute turned the latest lacklustre Everton performance around.Ronald Koeman’s ears must have been burning, if that expression is permissible in response to Twitter abuse, when Everton were trailing 1-0 to Bournemouth in the second half and looking unlikely to climb out of the bottom three. Supporters were rightly pointing out that the team was playing without wingers and looking feeble up front and when Niasse was brought on it appeared more an act of desperation than a likely path to salvation. Koeman admitted it was chiefly to protect the injured Wayne Rooney. Álvaro Morata strikes treble for Chelsea in crushing defeat of Stoke Share via Email A desperately poor first half would have been completely forgettable but for a couple of penalty claims. Martin Atkinson saw nothing untoward when Gylfi Sigurdsson was pushed over, though he must have felt a little awkward in waving play on after a challenge by Simon Francis on Rooney when the Everton player regained his feet with blood pouring from an eye wound. Replays showed he had been caught by an elbow and while the contact was by no means as savage as that makes it sound, an incensed Rooney could be seen complaining that it was happening all the time. Atkinson could hardly award a penalty in retrospect, but Everton were a man down for most of the rest of the half as medics struggled to close the gash.It was clear by the interval that both sides were short of attacking ideas. Bournemouth at least had a focus in Defoe but found it hard to supply him. For Everton, Dominic Calvert-Lewin had the beating of Nathan Aké every time the ball was in the air, though that was not often enough for the home side with even Leighton Baines having an off day with his crossing. The real problem for Everton was a lack of creativity, something Sigurdsson was supposed to remedy, yet the club’s record signing found himself pushed out to the left, with Rooney notionally playing on the right. Of all the No10s at Koeman’s disposal it seemed a trifle odd to hand Davy Klaassen the central role. Facebook Josh King scores the opener with a low shot past Jordan Pickford in Everton’s goal. Photograph: Mark Robinson/Getty Images Topics Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Paul Clement takes the blame after late Richarlison winner sinks Swansea Twitter Premier League Share on Messenger Pressure on Koeman increased early in the second half when Bournemouth registered their first away goal of the season. Josh King took a direct approach and after leaving Mason Holgate in his wake beat Jordan Pickford with a crisp shot from the edge of the area. Things nearly got worse two minutes later when King ran through the middle to free Defoe. It was the sort of chance the veteran goalscorer usually snaps up with relish, though on this occasion his attempt only found Pickford’s outstretched leg and Everton breathed again.Koeman threw on Niasse and Davies and though the effect was not immediate the gamble ultimately paid off. Niasse won possession and a sharp return through-ball from Davies set him up for his well-taken first goal and the same combination struck again to deliver the winner five minutes later. Davies’s ball into the box looped up off Steve Cook and came down at the far post, where Niasse outjumped the Bournemouth defence, hooking over the line to make sure.Much more of this and Roberto Martínez’s judgment might have to be reappraised. Niasse is only playing because Everton failed to satisfactorily replace Lukaku in summer, but by now he has surely done enough to merit a start.center_img match reports Everton Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Pinterest Share on LinkedIn The Observer Bournemouth Read more Yet together with his fellow substitute Tom Davies the striker Koeman shunned last season turned the game, coming up with two goals in five minutes, and though Everton still look shaky at least they are moving up the table.“A win was important today,” a relieved Koeman said. “Everybody knows what it is like for managers, if you lose you are not sure about your job. Oumar was incredible when he came on, when he joined Dominic Calvert-Lewin we showed more aggression. We can use him more. Last season was different, we had Romelu Lukaku.”It is Bournemouth who remain in the relegation zone after looking capable of winning for much of the game, and might have done had the normally reliable Jermain Defoe taken an opportunity to double their lead. “We had several chances, we looked good on the counter,” Eddie Howe said. “I don’t think we deserved to lose but we could still be pleased with the performance.”last_img read more

16 November

Thursday night football: the science behind the NFL’s toughest turnaround

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Because injuries, or a lack of them, can have dramatic effects on success, translating recovery into the prevention and recuperation from injury is also critically important.“Organizations are very aware of the challenges of a short week, so they plan a lot of recovery, with walk-through practices and light workouts with no contact,” says Erik Lorig, a former fullback who played six seasons for the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.If not addressed, the accumulation of physical and mental fatigue, without the proper recovery, can negatively influence later performance. According to Fergus Connolly, past director of elite performance for the San Francisco 49ers and author of Game Changer, that process of physical recovery generally takes three days, barely enough for the Thursday game.Connolly, who now directs football operations and performance for the University of Michigan and Jim Harbaugh, believes that recovery is both a physical and mental challenge. “With less time to prepare, how quickly and efficiently the coaching staff can communicate the game plan – condensed into specific teaching points – is a big part of success for the Thursday game.”According to Connolly, readiness is a factor for players and coaches alike, “The fatigue of the coaching staff is a variable that many don’t consider, especially that of the offensive staff, where creativity and adaptability are important game day skills.”While sloppy play has defined many of the Thursday games, the difficulties involved with the short week of recovery might even be more apparent in future games maintains Connolly. “The problem many NFL teams have is not with recovery and performance for the Thursday game, but the following Sunday’s game.”To the NFL newcomer, perhaps used to the running clock and constant movement of soccer, the game of football seems to consist of inactivity interspersed with brief bursts of intensity. After all, the length of the average play in the NFL is only around give seconds with an average rest between plays of 30 seconds. But football is an intense, physical sport where the players leave it all on the field every week. Players are operating at 100% effort on each play, regardless of position.Sports medicine staffs have the difficult job of trying to put everybody back together again in time to play the next game, a task that is harder with less rest and recovery time. As the season progresses, virtually every player is banged up, and trainers work hard to reduce the impact of injuries, big or small, on a player’s ability to perform. To do that, players follow a comprehensive recovery approach including sleep, rehydration, nutrition, and the use of recovery technology to facilitate speedy recovery from the extreme stresses of the sport.Of course, the recovery needs of each player may differ, as linemen may potentially have more contact than skill position players (quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs). The age of the player and amount of playing time also play a role in the amount of recovery needed. “Generally speaking, veteran players have developed very disciplined recovery routines,” says Lorig, “Young players are usually less likely to have a routine.” “There is a lot of technology dedicated to recovery – everybody is in ice baths and has NormaTec recovery machines (a dynamic compression device used to improve circulation) strapped to them as soon as the game ends – with stuff available even on the plane ride home after an away game,” emphasizes Lorig.On any given week, half the teams in the NFL are trying to do all of this while on the road, wanting to recover while climbing on planes and living out of hotels. When road teams have Thursday games they likely have less time and space to recover. The drive to improve recovery isn’t unique to the NFL, as teams and individual athletes have realized that recovery is an integral part of success. “Recovery is important for all athletes, but because football is such a high contact, physical sport, a consistent dedication to proper and efficient recovery is crucial,” says Gilad Jacobs, CEO of NormaTec. NFL teams use technologies like NormaTec to treat acute and chronic swelling, reduce pain and soreness, and as a rehabilitation device if they are injured.The impact of the Thursday game is likely greater for some teams more than others. “As with many sports science factors, game context is king,” says Connolly, “Early or late in the season, the score of the previous game, and travel are all factors that can influence recovery and readiness.” Twitter Play VideoAdvertisementPlayCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%FullscreenMuteThis is a modal window. Share on Messenger Running into other players at top speed is hard enough without cutting recovery time in half. Thursday night NFL games – called a ‘poopfest’ by Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman—present a challenge to players and coaching staffs as they try to prepare in three days rather than the standard six.Critics, like Sherman, claim that the quality of play suffers when teams are left with less time to prepare a game plan. And though the NFL is quick to point out that injury rates are no greater for Thursday games, players also complain that for a league ostensibly concerned with safety, playing while fatigued heightens the risk of injury.Most teams don’t care to officially comment on the difficulties of playing on Thursday instead of the usual Sunday, but don’t confuse that silence for ignorance. It isn’t that NFL teams ignore the difficulty of playing while still bruised and tired, much of sports science in the NFL is dedicated to monitoring fatigue and optimizing recovery. In fact, the ability to bounce back after a hard practice or game has been recognized as an integral part of success, and a league wide acceptance of technology has been part of this movement. Reuse this contentlast_img read more