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first_img Trent Alexander-Arnold takes a throw for Liverpool England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? MONEY possible standings ADVICE Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Liverpool’s throw-in coach has brushed off belittling comments from Andy Gray and explained his philosophy, in an interview with Training Ground Guru.Thomas Gronnemark is trying to help the Reds improve their ability from the touchline and help them to a first title since 1990. BEST OF To highlight how devastating a poor throw-in can be, he highlighted in the 2011 Champions League final.He recalled: “Eric Abidal had a throw-in from the left back position close to his own penalty area. His technique was bad and the ball didn’t go very far, meaning possession was lost. Seven seconds later, Wayne Rooney scored for Manchester United.”And to further illustrate his talents, Gronnemark’s tutelage of Andreas Poulsen will be of note to Liverpool fans.The player studied under the coach at Midtjylland, who netted 10 times from throw-ins last-term, and improved the distance of his throws from 24.25m to 37.9m.“Think about the throwing area,” Gronnemark explained. “If you draw a half circle from the touchline to the area that Poulsen is able to reach, it’s gone from 923 to 2256 square metres, which is well over double.“That creates so much more space between the players, which opens up a lot of attacking opportunities.” How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack silverware Latest Football News 3 Danish full-back Andreas Poulsen improved his ability from throw-ins thanks to Gronnemark. center_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED smart causal 3 impact highlights But rather than hitting back at Gray, Gronnemark chose to explain his background and theory.He told Training Ground Guru: “I have no problem with what he [Andy Gray] said, because everyone is entitled to their opinion and debate is good but perhaps he could be a little more curious.“On average, there are 40 to 50 throw ins per game. In fact when Liverpool played Brighton on Saturday, they had 54. That’s about 12 minutes per game taken up by throw-ins and situations arising from them.“On average, they lose the ball more than half the time from under-pressure throw-ins, when their team-mates are closely marked.“Have you noticed that the commentators never mention a bad throw-in during a game? I think it’s because there are so many and their expectations are very low. It becomes so they barely notice.” Former Everton star Andy Gray, though, mocked the employment of Gronnemark with withering remarks on beIN SPORTS.“Maybe we are going to see Andy Robertson do a headstand and take it,” he joked. “Here is a lesson: Pick the ball up, take it behind your head, throw it to a teammate and keep both feet on the ground.“I have got a new one. I want to be the first kick-off coach!” Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Joe Gomez is one of several Liverpool stars who will be learning from Thomas Gronnemark. Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more 3 RANKED And the coach’s ‘long. fast, and clever’ philosophy seems to dovetail perfectly with Liverpool’s strategy.He added: “I’m a former sprinter and love the fast, fluent game. I coach how to get the ball back very quickly after it goes out, how to keep possession, how to make the counter attack super-fast.“Long, because players are improving the distance of their throws by 15 metres; fast, because of the counter-attacking opportunities; clever because you’re keeping possession of the ball.”last_img read more

first_imgFor years, evolutionary biologists have battled over the origin of flight.  Did dinosaurs run along the ground and take off, or did they jump from trees?  The first idea is called the cursorial hypothesis; the latter, the arboreal hypothesis.  In 2003, Ken Dial [U Montana] had an idea: maybe watching partridge chicks could inform the debate.  This month his approach made the journal Nature.1    Dial’s team videotaped chukar partridges from hatching to adulthood, and noticed their flapping behavior.  As chicks, they hold out their undeveloped forelimbs and appear to use them as stabilizers when running up slopes and over obstacles.  By the time they have grown up, this behavior has “evolved” into full flapping flight.  The evolutionary history of flight unfolded before his eyes:Based on our results, we put forth an ontogenetic-transitional wing (OTW) hypothesis for the origin of flight.  The hypothesis posits that the transitional stages leading to the evolution of avian flight correspond both behaviourally and morphologically to the transitional stages observed in ontogenetic forms.  Specifically, from flightless hatchlings to flight-capable juveniles, many ground birds express a ‘transitional wing’ during development that is representative of evolutionary transitional forms.  Our experimental observations reveal that birds move their ‘proto-wings’, and their fully developed wings, through a stereotypic or fundamental kinematic pathway so that they may flap-run over obstacles, control descending flight and ultimately perform level flapping flight (Fig. 1).  The OTW hypothesis provides a simple adaptive argument for the evolution of flight and can be tested and observed in extant fledglings.  This hypothesis differs from other published accounts in that it is flap-based (in contrast to requiring a gliding precursor), involves an aerodynamically functional proto-wing, incorporates both the simultaneous and independent use of legs and wings and assumes that a fundamental wing-stroke (described herein) was established for aerodynamic function early in the bipedal ancestry leading to birds.This explanation, the team thinks, overcomes limitations in both previous hypotheses.  The cursorial hypothesis fails to explain why “no extant species uses its wings to run faster, to secure prey or run�glide.”  The arboreal hypothesis has to “assume a gliding form was prerequisite to flapping flight because half a wing would have no function, and that the flap-stroke appears too complex and thus relegated to the derived [i.e., flying] condition.”  The new OTW hypothesis overcomes these pitfalls, he claims, by finding functions all the way up from running with outstretched forelimbs to full “fledged” flight.  If this recaptures the evolution of flight, it answers the question, “what use is half a wing?”    Science news reporters took up this hypothesis with triumphant fanfares: “Secrets of bird flight revealed” (BBC News), “All in a flap: New evidence of how birds took to flight” (PhysOrg).    Is there any fossil support for the transition from running with outstretched forelimbs to flight?  The paper did not refer to any fossils directly: only to “extinct taxa, such as the recently discovered fossil forms possessing what is assumed to be ‘half a wing’ and long cursorial legs” – but a check of the references showed only the 2004 paper about tyrannosaurids with unidentified skin filaments (10/06/2004) which may in fact have been flayed collagen fibers, not feathers (01/09/2008), and a paper co-authored by Dial about Microraptor gui which appears to have been an odd bird capable of flight (see 03/27/2007).  The “long cursorial legs” referred to a year-2000 paper about Caudipteryx, now thought by many to be a flightless bird within the class Aves, not a dinosaur.  None of these fossils appears pertinent to their hypothesis.  One was a dinosaur in the T. rex family.  Obviously, T. rex did not use its diminutive forearms for stabilization or flight!  The other two were probably feathered birds already capable of powered flight.  In short, the paper provided no fossil support and was based entirely on the behavior of modern true birds during their development.  The so-called “ontogenetic transitional wing hypothesis” rests entirely, therefore, on a hunch that this behavior supplies indirect indications of a presumed evolutionary history.1.  Kenneth P. Dial, Brandon E. Jackson and Paolo Segre, “A fundamental avian wing-stroke provides a new perspective on the evolution of flight,” Nature advance online publication 23 January 2008, doi:10.1038/nature06517; Received 20 August 2007; Accepted 27 November 2007; Published online 23 January 2008.Ken Dial has been pushing this fictional plot for five years now.  Our comments about his highly-speculative and unsupportable hypothesis, which rated the “dumb” award, bear re-reading (01/16/2003, 12/22/2003, 05/01/2006).  He claims it is testable – but only on living birds that already have the genetics for flying.  This is absurd.  It amounts to nothing more than job security for storytellers (12/22/2003 commentary).  Instead of repenting in shame, now he has added the Haeckel fallacy to it (to be explained shortly).    Dr. Dial is apparently fond of chukars.  That’s fine.  If he wants to go hunting for them, or even videotape them to understand their wing function, great.  No problem.  But when he tries to weave an evolutionary tale about the ancestry of flight, he is way, way off scientific course.  He is flapping Icarus wings in Fantasyland.  Nothing like a little sunlight of scrutiny to melt them, sending his ideas crashing down.    Over a century ago, Darwin-worshiper Ernst Haeckel promoted a similar idea.  He thought the evolutionary history of animals was preserved in their embryonic development: a human embryo replayed its evolutionary history by going through a worm stage, a fish stage, and finally a mammal stage.  This was dubbed the “Recapitulation Theory” and later was exalted into a law of nature, the so-called Biogenetic Law, by Haeckel.  Darwin himself considered it the most powerful evidence of his theory.  So strong was Haeckel’s belief and commitment to Pope Charlie, he notoriously doctored embryo drawings to support his pet hoax.    Haeckel may have seemed the mild-mannered Jekyll, but his ideas led to a Hyde of terror.  The Recapitulation Theory led to all kinds of social mischief, as described in articles by ICR and AIG.  Scientific racism, Freudian psychology, and abortion trace their ancestry to Haeckel’s myth.  Today, it is almost completely discredited by scientists, even evolutionary biologists.  Why should an animal retain any genetic memory of presumed ancestors and play them out on an embryonic stage?  Stephen Jay Gould was appalled by the idea.  He dismantled the “biogenetic law” mercilessly in his books, announcing that it is, and should be defunct.  Dr. Keith Thompson (Yale) said it went extinct in the 1920s and, as a scientific theory, is dead as a doornail.    Someone needs to inform Dr. Dial that his revival of recapitulation theory is embarrassing.  How can a living bird weave tales about dinosaurs evolving flight?  The whole notion is crazy.  Does Dr. Dial not realize that chukar partridge chicks have DNA for flight in every cell of their bodies?  Regardless of how they get about before they grow strong enough to fly, how on earth can he presume to think that their behavior as chicks tells anything about some mythical evolutionary past?  Where are the fossils?  Where are the modern reptiles holding out their forelimbs in a series of transitions leading to powered flight?    This is not science; it’s divination.  When he looks into the crystal ball (the video screen) of chicks running up a ramp with forelimbs outstretched, the trance comes.  Visions appear in his mind.  He is transported mentally into a swamp 150 million years in the mythical past.  Behold!  A theropod stretches out its forelimbs and escapes the predator bearing down on him.  OK; cut, time out.  Turn off the video playback and turn the lights back on.  Unless a random genetic mutation in the dino’s gonads helped its offspring run faster with outstretched forelimbs, significantly faster enough to make the slower guys die off, he has concocted a Lamarckian tale.  This phony idea, which Dial has been preaching for five years at least, is Lamarckian, progressivist, and Haeckelian.  It’s against the neo-Darwinist official party line.    Why, then, is Nature giving this crackpot idea the time of day?  Here’s why: all’s fair in love and war, and policy notwithstanding, any weapons that can be used against creationists, even old duds and lies, are fair game.  This dud is dressed up in new jargon and fancy acronyms, but it won’t fly.  If you want a shekel for your Haeckel, Dr. Dial, no sale.  To sound convincing, rather than experiment with living birds that already have flight software, chase down some lizards until they take off into the air.  Go experiment on the Geico gecko and see if holding out his forelimbs will help him fly some car insurance policies.  Better yet, give up on evolutionary biology altogether.  Do something useful with your life, like hunting some chukar meat for dinner, or marketing your videotapes to showcase the beautiful design of wings in these handsome birds.  Then we will stop laughing.(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_img26 June 2009On Saturday, 20 June 2009, the town of Rhodes, located in the southern Drakensberg in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, welcomed a group of tired but exhilarated Freedom Challenge cyclists after a 500-kilometre ride that started in Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal a week before.The Ride to Rhodes is an annual six-day race that takes adrenalin-seekers on a rugged but awesomely beautiful mountain biking trail from Pietermaritzburg to Rhodes.The day the cyclists arrived in Rhodes was wintry, with snow on the mountain; the local pub’s roaring fire was a happy welcome to the battered and bruised but happy group of men and women. All dressed in their bright red Freedom Challenge jerseys, they laughed together as they shared stories of their recent adventure.Experience of a lifetimeTwo of the older adventurers, Gavin Greig and Rodney Milford, had an experience of a lifetime.At one point, on the ride from Centocow to Ntsikeni Nature Reserve, they fell far behind and by midnight, after 19 hours of cycling, with the temperature having dropped to minus-three, they just couldn’t go on.A tiny mud hut presented itself, and they knocked on the door. It was opened warily by a nervous lady, but when she saw their plight she welcomed them into her tiny home.Two children were sleeping in the kitchen and she in her bedroom. She immediately made them tea and went to sleep with her children in the kitchen, giving up her bed for the tired and weary men. They were overcome by her generosity, and collapsed into bed and slept until morning.They woke to the smell of mealiepap (maize porridge) that she had made for their breakfast. It was an act of incredible kindness, and one has to wonder how many would, without question, allow two complete strangers into their home at midnight and give up their bed for them!Chatting in the pub after finishing the ride, Milford said: “The fast pace of today’s city life means we don’t take enough time to be truly human. That old woman’s act of kindness really affected me, because I know how rarely such generosity occurs in our ‘normal’ lives.”Stunning sceneryThe Freedom Challenge trail takes the cyclists off-road through some of the most stunning scenery one can see anywhere, never mind in South Africa. The route includes a quick stop at the Centocow Mission Station.Founded in 1892 by the Trappist monk Abbot Francis Pfanner, Centocow treated the famed watercolour artist Gerard Bhengu for tuberculosis when he was a young boy. Dr Max Kohler, who practiced at Centocow from 1925 to 1935, was responsible for discovering Bhengu and encouraging him to paint.While the Ride to Rhodes route is 500 kilometres in distance, it is a particularly testing 500 kilometres, with many tortuous climbs that seem never-ending, winding up and up on slippery tracks and stony dirt roads. However, the fantastic views at the top of each mountain are more than reward for the huge effort and determination needed to ascend each challenging peak.The highest pass in South AfricaNaude’s Nek, the final climb before Rhodes, is without doubt the ultimate mountain climb for cyclists. As the highest pass in South Africa, the ride up is precarious, as is speeding down the dirt road on the other side that winds its way into Rhodes.The vast views are indescribably beautiful, but the riders must keep their eyes on the trail or face potentially disastrous consequences.The challenge is, at times, enough to make cause many a gut check, but afterwards those who have conquered it speak about the “soul” of the ride. It’s more than just a race – it’s a journey into South Africa, its far-flung places and people, as well a unique personal challenge.Carine Reyneke, a business analyst and first-time rider in the Ride to Rhodes, commented afterwards: “It’s the people, the craziness of us all, and coming together for a short period of time to experience something few cyclists ever have the opportunity to share. I will definitely be back again.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Weather was nearly perfect for harvest the entire fall season for much of Ohio. Some parts of Ohio — particularly in the northwest — had six weeks without rain, a far contrast to the spring when it rained week after week. It was a bittersweet reminder of how fickle the weather in Ohio and the Midwest can be. Rains in early October for central and south central Ohio provided a break from a wide-open harvest during September. Winter wheat in Ohio emerged rapidly following rain totals of one to two inches which fell slow and steadily, allowing for maximum soil penetration. December CBOT wheat closed October 30 at $5.22, a weekly gain of 32 cents. This was the strongest weekly gain wheat had seen in four months.Harvest progress across Ohio and the Midwest progressed rapidly in October. U.S. harvest progress the last week of October was 75% for corn and 87% for soybeans. Ohio’s corn harvest at that time was 75% complete, a mind boggling 30% ahead of the five year average. Couple that with the absence of long truck lines for the entire harvest at some Ohio elevators, and you can quickly begin to appreciate the staggering amount of on farm grain storage that has been erected in the past 10 years. Farmers have gone to the bins in storing corn across Ohio this fall. It reminds me of a saying relayed to me from an Illinois friend, “Show me the floor, I’ll shut the door.” Producers across Ohio and the eastern Corn Belt have kept corn off the market, selling very little this fall season. They see more value down the road if they just hold their corn off the market for several months. It has resulted in unprecedented corn basis levels, unseen in my 35 plus years in the grain business.Numerous Ohio locations have a plus basis for corn as harvest is winding down. We are already fielding calls from grain merchandisers seeking corn, willing to push the basis at least a nickel at the outset. Train shipping points are often bidding more than ethanol plants. The next two months or more could be like the Wild West for corn basis levels. Strap on your gun belt and get ready. While you may have the bin door closed and even locked, keep in close contract with local merchandisers. At some point you will have to take advantage of the strong basis levels. If you offer corn just a few cents above published bids it could be a done deal very quickly. Producers during the late summer and early fall were citing the $4 mark as one where corn could start to move. Who would have thought that the strong basis levels were already yielding that $4 mark as harvest was winding down? In mid-October we were seeing corn basis levels in western Ohio at December plus 10 to 25 cents in the midst of a wide open harvest window due to great harvest weather. In the meantime, basis levels in central Ohio were December minus five to 20 cents.Soybean yields seemed to climb even higher as the harvest was drawing to a close. It was a trend well entrenched as harvest progressed across the United States. The October USDA supply and demand report pegged the U.S. soybean yield at 47.2 bushels per acre. U.S. production was estimated at 3.888 billion bushels.  Soybean acres for 2015 were down 1.1 million acres from earlier estimates. The decline was not a surprise as FSA acres had been below expectations for several months. The upcoming November USDA monthly report will likely show a small yield increase for the 2015 U.S. soybean report.U.S. producers will soon be receiving roughly $4 billion in USDA payments from the 2014 crop year. Early estimates suggest producers could be receiving about $70 per acre in payments from the 2014 corn program acres. Payments will be reduced by previous budget sequester near 7%.last_img read more

first_imgHua Hin – Thailand’s original beach-resort town – fortunately gets one thinking beyond the cliche of just a long classic unwind by the ocean. No doubt, endless meals of fresh-seafood and a spot of kite-surfing will prevail, but there’s much else for those keen to return from the journey, not just relaxed but also enriched. Once you’ve paid homage to the usual traveller hotspots like the Mrigadayavan Summer Palace, for instance, with its connected teak buildings that were built during the reign of Rama VI in 1924, it’s worth setting aside a substantial amount of time for the following experiences.Also read: Cancel your flight tickets to Thailand right now!SHOP TALK AT CICADA WEEKEND MARKETHua Hin, like elsewhere in Thailand, is no stranger to the culture of the larger-than-life shopping mall, which never lives too far away from the quirky night market. The Cicada Weekend Market however, deserves special mention amid the night-market pantheon. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. The stalls display a distinct emphasis on the small-scale and the home-grown. Here – a glass-blower creating figurines of birds. There an entrepreneur selling every permutation of I-phone case. If you’re game for some local interaction, there’s plenty with which to be engaged. Have a local artist create a caricature of you. Chat with a fellow traveller over a plate of delightfully fresh seafood, or some delicious homemade cake – all in celebration of the niche and the handmade.Go on a vineyard trail at Monsoon Valley.GET SPA-STRUCK AT CHIVA SOMadvertisementEven if you’ve only been to Chiva Som by armchair, you’ll know it as the five-star international health resort that attracts the most exclusive of clientele. Distinguished by its focus on holistic-vitality, every program you enroll for in here – is dedicated to achieving balance in mind, spirit and body. Rather than create a binary between East and West, this wellness arena harnesses powerful treatments and techniques from both sets of practice. A personalised consultation with a health-advisor at the start of your journey here, is essential. It ensures that you arrive as close to your personal goals as possible, by fine-tuning the choice of what you engage with – from the encyclopedic array of treatments on offer. Think everything – from yoga to aqua aerobics, chi nei tsang (Thailand’s distinctive abdominal massage) to physiotherapy – at the hands of expert practitioners from around the world. For holistic ways to deal with specific health issues, it’s worth also exploring the range of rejuvenation retreats on offer. Think Art of Detox or Cranial Relief – for people who suffer from headaches, for instance.Also read: Here’s an amazing reason to holiday in ThailandCicada Night Market sports street artists who can make your caricature.ECO-ADVENTURE AT PRAN BURIThis natural mangrove forest makes it worthwhile driving the 20-kms from Hua Hin to get to. Even if forests are not your main interest, the 1-km long boardwalks into this natural set, with their interpretative panels that help contextualise your experience, will put you in an appropriate mood. Some of the new friends that you’re likely to encounter as you go along – are ancient lizards, colourful crabs, birds of every hue, and scampering lobsters. Climb up one of the observation towers to take in the surrounding hills, or clamber into a boat with a fisherman. There’s a feast to be enjoyed – for the waters are a hot spot of bio-diversity. Crabs, birds, mudskippers and water monitors – all flourish.Ancient lizards, colourful crabs, birds of every hue, and scampering lobsters greet you at Pran Buri Mangrove Forest.GRAPE EXPECTATIONS AT MONSOON VALLEYIn a part of the world comparatively less known for its wines, what could be the reason to undertake the 35km drive from Hua Hin to the Monsoon Valley Vineyard? Well, besides the obvious cliche that taking the tour here is a good way to learn more about wine – growing in tropical conditions, the vineyards themselves are as expansive as they are inviting. The Sala – the flagship restaurant attached to the vineyards – with its giant picture windows, gives you a panoramic view that goes well with the accompanying food and wine. Also worth looking into is the array of activities offered at Monsoon Valley. You can take a mountain bike and head off on an exploratory vineyard trail; attend a workshop and create your own wine label; or sign up for a full-day wine safari. This would imply at the outset a detailed walkthrough of the nuts-and-bolts of winemaking in the Monsoon Valley Vineyards – followed by a journey into Kuiburi National Park – known for its herds of elephants and gaur. A reasonable way, one assumes, to break up all that nose-to-tail wining and dining.advertisementAlso read: An unusual Thailand and the hidden attractionsTHAILAND DIARIESHOW TO REACH: There are several direct flight options between Delhi and Bangkok. From Bangkok, it’s a threehour drive to Hua Hin.STAYING THERE: If you’re travelling without children under 16, and looking to bring some wellness and holistic health back into your everyday life, Chiva Som is a superlative stay option. Amid a canopy of green, and situated between ornamental and functional pools are the newly-renovated and ever-evolving rooms and suites. The resort has beach access. For more information, visit chivasom.com.If you’re travelling with kids and managing on a more controlled budget, the G Hua Hin Resort satisfies. For more information, visit ghuahin.com.last_img read more

first_img Since you’re here… Swimming Facebook Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. 1) In 1992 professional footballers would race 100m down the side of the Wembley pitch in their respective club’s full kit and boots before the League Cup final, for the not-inconsiderable prize of £10,000. Back then the final was known as the Rumbelows Cup, and so the Rumbelows Sprint Challenge was the perfect warm-up to the main event, hosted by John McCririck and with cameos from Steve Cram and a dodgy-looking bookie. After six regional heats only eight sprinters remained, the fastest players from Hull, Notts County, Reading, Swansea, Sheffield United, QPR, Bournemouth and Mansfield taking their marks on the start line. Swansea’s John Williams – aka the Flying Postman, having recently given up the day job – prevailed, and afterwards revealed he had bet hundreds of pounds on himself. If it all sounds a bit crazy, that’s because it is.2) More post-match interviews like this, please, from the German striker Marvin Pourié of the Danish side Randers, who manages to bring himself to the verge of tears in his second language, effing and blinding with rage at his team’s performance after they threw away a half-time lead. Get that man a ice bath. However, Pourié’s post-match analysis pales in comparison with the Michigan Wolverines women’s basketball head coach Kevin Borseth – particularly his entrance: “that’s how I feel” – who was just a little bit upset about the game’s offensive rebounds. Back in 1993, an interview with the Kansas City Royals head coach Hal Mcrae started off calmly enough, but by the end of it journalists left his office looking bloodied after the former left fielder had performed a perfect 360° spin move in launching a telephone across the room. Meanwhile, the Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy did a pretty good job of defending his players in 2007. But you have to go through a long YouTube wormhole before finding a better quote than this from Allen Iverson: “We talking about practice. What we talking about? Practice? We talking about practice, man!”3) It seems outrageous that Shahid Afridi had never hit a T20 century before. He put that right this week in the T20 Blast for Hampshire, reaching his ton in only 42 balls. Boom. Boom. Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content 2) Red Sox fan and cancer survivor Jordan Leandre had the honour of throwing out the first pitch at a game – and caught a watching cameraman where it hurts.3) Another snapper in the wrong place at the wrong time has a narrow escape during a rally in Italy. Rally isn’t a pursuit for the faint-hearted, as this 229kph jaunt through a forest shows.4) And finally, the kind of thing you come here for – a 1970s German TV documentary on the Old Firm.Spotters’ badges: fi5ty5ive, ManicMailman, BlackCaeser, whobroughtorangesGuardian YouTube football channelDo subscribe, if you fancyGuardian YouTube sport channelDo subscribe, if you fancy Share via Email features Basketball Share on WhatsApp Cricket NBAcenter_img Share on Twitter Twitter US sports NatWest T20 Blast (@NatWestT20Blast)📢 PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT! 📢@SAfridiOfficial’s 1st T20 💯 in all its glory… pic.twitter.com/VlTTPnpRTqAugust 23, 2017 YouTube archive Share on Facebook Sport Topics 4) It’s the Judo World Championships next week in Budapest, and so to celebrate, gorge yourself on the best moves from the last world championships in Astana, Kazakhstan. 5) Wednesday marked Kobe Bryant’s 39th birthday. Of course he is no longer doing his thing on the court but luckily we’ve plenty of footage of when he was. Here are the top 10 plays of his career (as selected by the NBA), his favourite H-O-R-S-E shot, his best play of each of his seasons in the league and take a look at his 81-point (bettered only by Wilt Chamberlain) scoring performance for the Lakers in 2006.6) Fernando Álvarez sacrifices his race at the Fina World Masters Championships in tribute to those affected by the recent terror attacks in Spain. Álvarez stood alone on the blocks after his request for a minute’s silence before the race was denied, he claims. Highlights from last week’s blog1) Aaron Gwin can’t have fancied his chances of making it all the way down a muddy, rain-soaked track at the UCU Downhill MTB World Cup in Canada – never mind winning the thing. Support The Guardian Pinterest Hampshire Share on Messengerlast_img read more

first_imgMumbai: Gully Boy is India’s entry at the Oscars 2019, and the film’s heroine Alia Bhatt still cannot believe it. “This is such a big first for me… my first film to go to the Oscars. It is a big deal for me. It is such an exciting moment for team Gully Boy. I can’t tell you my feelings right now. For now there’s just hope that we make it to five final nominations for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars. But being selected as India’s official entry to the Oscars in itself is a big big deal for me,” said Alia. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold SchwarzeneggerThe film’s director Zoya Akhtar is elated, naturally. “This has been a great year and I am so overwhelmed with the response our work is getting. I am thrilled and very grateful that ‘Gully Boy’ has been picked as India’s official entry for the Oscars,” she said. Aparna Sen, the chairperson of the committee that selected India’s entry this year, was apparently impressed with the film’s originality, vivacity and motivational mood. The originality bit however remains somewhat questionable. Siddhant Chaturvedi who rose to fame playing MC Sher is above the moon. “I am super-excited. My first web show ‘Inside Edge’ got nominated at the Emmys last year and now my first film is going to the Oscars!! It’s a special moment! It is all about Zoya (Akhtar) ma’am’s genius, Ranveer Singh’s uplifting bromance, and (producers) Ritesh Sidhwani and (Farhan Akhtar) sir’s mentorship! Credit goes to the whole crew.”last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Deputy Chief Minister and Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia while attending as the chief guest to the inaugural function of the international conference on sustainable development organised by IP University on Wednesday stressed urgent need for academic institutions and the government to work together to formulate the policies around Sustainable Development.He was of the firm view that academicians and the government if working in isolation, would not be able to bring any major development in the concerned domains. “Working as an Education Minister of Delhi for the last five years, I have learnt that when we talk about serious issues like these, it is important for the government and the academic institutions to come together and find a solution. That translates any decision, or understanding coming out of such conferences into a matter of governance, and that’s how we come close to achieving our goals. So academic institutions and the government should complement each other, and work closely,” said Sisodia. Giving the reference of Greta Thunberg, the teen climate activist, who took the world by surprise when she gave a hard-hitting speech about the devastating impact of climate breakdown, Sisodia also stressed on the need to educate and involve our young generations when taking key decisions on policies and issues around sustainable development, that would eventually affect their lives in the years to come.last_img read more

first_imgDoha: India’s Avinash Sable broke his own national record but it was not enough for him to qualify for the finals of the men’s 3000m steeplechase in an eventful race in the World Championships here on Tuesday. The 24-year-old Indian clocked 8 minute 25.23 seconds to finish seventh in first round heat number 3 and 20th overall out of 44 athletes who completed the race. His earlier national record was 8:28.94 in March this year during the Federation Cup. He thus ran more than three seconds better than his earlier national record. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuThe top three in each of the three heats and the next six fastest qualify for the final race. Sable was involved in two incidents during the race, both triggered by reigning junior world champion Takele Nigate of Ethiopia. In the first, Sable had to jump over another competitor as four-five athletes at the rear fell over each other. Midway during the race, Nigate bumped into an obstacle just in front of Sable. The Indian had to virtually climb up the obstacle as he was blocked by the Ethiopian, thereby losing crucial time. Sable recovered a bit towards the end but it was not enough for a place in the final on a track where he had won a silver in April in the Asian Championships with a time of 8:30.19.last_img read more

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