Sourav Ganguly was critical of the Indian team management’s handling of KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane and reckoned the side was too dependent on the top three – Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli.India lost the three-match ODI series to England at Leeds on Tuesday – it was their first series loss since January 2016 and came after another poor show by the middle-order. Rohit got a hundred in the first match while Kohli scored two half-centuries at Old Trafford and Leeds. Dhawan was far from his best and that meant the onus was on the middle-order to fire.In fact, the India’s batsmen from Nos 4 to 6, had a strike rate of only 66. Overall, they scored 156 runs from seven innings they played in the series. Suresh Raina’s 46 was the best effort by the middle-order.More disconcerting was MS Dhoni’s form. At Lord’s, he failed to get going when India needed some big hits during a steep chase while at Leeds, he scored a scratchy 42. And then there was the bizarre decision to leave KL Rahul out of the last ODI after plenty of pre-series hype given his form in the IPL and the T20Is.Also read – Rishabh Pant named in India squad for first 3 Tests vs EnglandGanguly said Dhoni needed to do more if he is to play in the 2019 World Cup.”If Dhoni has got to play, then he has got to get in a position where he keeps hitting. If it is 24-25 overs and he has got to build an innings, he is struggling at the moment.advertisement”He may turn it around as he has been a great player for India but at the present he is not turning it around enough and this has been going on for more than an year,” said Ganguly.Also read – MS Dhoni asks for match ball after Leeds ODI. Twitter is abuzz”India are too top heavy at the moment. If your top-order doesn’t get runs, then you are struggling. It is a big issue. You have to have quality like England have,” said Ganguly in his post-match analysis for the official broadcasters.Ganguly said he would bat Rahul at number four, behind Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli. On Tuesday, for the series-decider, India decided to bring in Dinesh Karthik instead.”Eyes closed, I will have Rahul at four. Your top four have to be the best players and you got to persist with them. Go and speak to Rahul and say ‘we will give you 15 games’. Just go and play.Also read – India vs England: Root, Morgan and English spinners snap India’s winning run”They (the team management) are not giving enough opportunities at the moment. Rahul got the fantastic hundred at Manchester and now he was dropped. You won’t be able to produce players like that. Same for Rahane.”These are your two best batsmen. You have to have solid number four and five. Then you decide between Dinesh Karthik or MS Dhoni at six and Hardik Pandya at seven,” said one of India’s most successful captains.Ganguly said there was too much pressure on Kohli and Rohit at the moment. The former captain said India won the ODI series in South Africa because of Kohli’s three hundreds (he finished with 558 runs from six matches).Also read – Virat Kohli wants India to move on after first ODI series defeat since 2016Ganguly felt Rahul and Rahane were not being looked after properly.”I think two of your best batsmen (Rahane and Rahul) are not being looked after properly. I am not saying it is deliberate but it is my opinion either of the two have to be played at four because it is too much pressure, especially on Rohit and Virat Kohli.”In South Africa, India did well because Kohli got three hundreds. If he doesn’t get a hundred, you will have issues.”(With PTI inputs)
Man Utd boss Solskjaer ready to roll dice on Juventus veteran Mandzukicby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to roll the dice on Juventus veteran Mario Mandzukic.Since his permanent appointment to the United hotseat in March, Solskjaer has young, hungry British players, in a move away from recruiting star names, says the Mirror.In the summer, United signed centre-half Harry Maguire from Leicester City, right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace , and winger Daniel James from Swansea.United were also in talks over signing Mandzukic, and are to renew their pursuit of the 33-year-old after their failure to sign replacements for Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez left Solskjaer came back to bite them.The gamble backfired after first-choice forwards Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were both injured, leaving 17-year-old Mason Greenwood to lead the line. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team huddle before a game against Minnesota on Sept. 23 at St. John Arena. OSU lost 3-2.Credit: Sarah Mikati / Lantern PhotographerOn Wednesday evening at St. John Arena, the No.12 Ohio State women’s volleyball team opened Big Ten play with a loss at home, falling to No. 21 Minnesota in five sets (22-25, 12-25, 25-23, 25-19, 11-15).Both OSU (11-2, 0-1) and Minnesota (9-2, 1-0) came into the game on extended winning streaks. The Buckeyes had not lost since their opening match against Wyoming and the Golden Gophers came into the game having won eight straight matches.Minnesota won the first two sets of the night as it attempted to win its eighth straight game without dropping a single set. Minnesota gained leads of 4-1 and 15-2 in the first and second sets, respectively, forcing the Buckeyes to play from behind. OSU did not hold a lead at any point until midway through the third set.But OSU battled back, winning the hotly contested third and fourth sets before ultimately falling in the fifth.“We fought back and for as bad as we were the first two sets, we could have rolled over and died, but we didn’t. So, I’m proud of my team for that,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said, finding a positive in the loss.However, Carlston said he was disappointed that the Buckeyes fell behind by such a wide margin early, a hole they were unable to recover from.“We almost had them. We’re better than they are. And we’re at home and we’ve got to show some more pride in how we go about things,” Carlston said.Senior outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell led OSU with 22 points, including 18 kills. However, she said she sees room for improvement.“I think we made a lot of mistakes. Just little things like being in the net or serving the ball into the net or out of bounds. So, if we can control our aspect of the game, I think that we can play a little bit better,” Campbell said.Carlston noted the errors at crucial points in the game as the reason the Buckeyes could not complete the comeback in the fifth set. The Buckeyes were called for a net violation late in the fifth and final set which gave the Golden Gophers an 11-9 lead that they held onto, ultimately winning 15-11.The Buckeyes are next set to face their fifth ranked team of the season on Sunday when they’re slated to host No.16 Wisconsin. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at St. John Arena.
Guillermo Ochoa could be lining up a switch from Standard Liege in Belgium to last seasons runners-up in Serie A – according to his agent. Ochoa received worldwide acclaim for his performances for Mexico during the 2014 World Cup and is currently on duty in Russia for his national side, starring in their opening game victory against Germany.Speaking to CalcioNapoli24 as reported by Football Italia today, the goalkeeper’s representative Jorge Berlanga had this to say: “He’s played for many teams, he’s now at Standard Liege and he’s a leading light for the Mexican national team at the World Cup, like he showed against Germany.”“Who wouldn’t like to play in the Champions League? Still, no offers have arrived regarding this.”“On the other hand, he would be very happy to join Napoli and be coached by Carlo Ancelotti.”Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0. Para que estemos motivados este lunes. ??¡A seguir trabajando duro, Incondicionales! ⚡#NadaNosDetiene | #Rusia2018 pic.twitter.com/bWzg1L5nYT— Selección Nacional (@miseleccionmx) June 18, 2018Mexico will be hoping to build on their huge victory over the reigning world champions in Russia, with their next game against South Korea scheduled to take place this coming Saturday.
In his first official press conference as the new Spain boss, Luis Enrique outlined his aim to “continue the work” that both his predecessors Julen Lopetegui and Fernando Hierro accomplishedRFF president Luis Rubiales announced the appointment of Enrique over a week ago, in what he had described as a “unanimous” decision by the federation.It will mark the first time Enrique has been in football management since his departure from Barcelona in 2017.Having been previously been linked with the managerial vacancies at Arsenal and Chelsea, the 48-year-old surprisingly took up the challenge of taking charge of the Spanish national team following their disastrous World Cup campaign that had seen head coach Lopetegui fired on the eve of their first game and Hierro only being able to take the side past the group stages.“The aim is to continue the work of Lopetegui and Hierro,” said Enrique, according to Football-Espana.Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“We have been analysing everything and we believe the foundations are in place to continue to carry on and re-find success for the team.“Both men worked extremely hard in their roles and we thank them for everything but football is a continuous cycle and winning trophies is not easy.“At Barcelona we had similar ideas of evolution, taking decisions based on ideas of winning more matches and more trophies.“I know what this job entails, and I am fortunate enough to have the trust of the president, whom I thank, and I hope I can impress in the role.“I am very excited for the big challenges that await.”
Funding for cleanup and ongoing operations and maintenance at installations closed during past base closure rounds would jump $32 million from current year spending to $342 million next year, under the conference agreement for the fiscal 2019 military construction-Veterans Affairs spending bill released Monday. The compromise allocation represents a $74.5 million increase over the administration’s budget request, which conferees said should be used to accelerate remediation at closed bases. The conference report directs $60.5 million of the additional funds to go toward cleaning up Navy BRAC sites. It directs $14 million to be spent on identifying, mitigating and cleaning up PFOA and PFOS, two contaminants found in the drinking water supplies used by a number of BRAC communities. The Navy and DOD need to submit a spending plan for the extra funds within 30 days after the spending measure, part of a three-bill minibus, is enacted, the report says. The conferees also highlighted the need for “the department to dedicate funds to demolish BRAC facilities and turn the land over to the local community as quickly as possible,” and noted they are concerned DOD does not have “an adequate plan” for demolishing BRAC sites. They cited the example of Ontario Air National Guard Station, which was shuttered in 1997 and now is home to Ontario International Airport. “Yet the old site has sat largely unchanged for 20 years due to the environmental hazards of demolition,” they stated.Army photo by Cpl. George Huley Dan Cohen AUTHOR
The White House and congressional Democrats are no closer to a spending deal that would re-open the federal government. Tuesday marks the 32nd day of the partial shutdown, which is now starting to impact contractors of all sizes, “making it one of the most economically damaging shutdowns in history,” Politico reported.Some smaller contractors have had to lay people off. Booz Allen Hamilton, Boeing and The Rand Corp. have had to furlough employees or move them to other projects, according to the article.It has affected “tens of thousands” of contractors, said David Berteau, president of the Professional Services Council, a trade group that represents federal contractors. ADC AUTHOR
Ahmed Azwad Imtiaz TalukderHe had just finished his O Levels. Young Ahmed Azwad Imtiaz Talukder was looking for a role model in his father. But that place was soon taken up by a terrorist named Ashikur Rahman Jilani. Ashikur, son of Colonel Mashiur Rahman who was killed during the BDR carnage, later died in Syria while fighting for the IS.Police arrested Azwad at Chandina in Comilla on 8 March, carrying two bombs to Dhaka from Chittagong along with two accomplices. Each bomb weighed around 4 kilograms, Azwad told police during his remand.Azwad went missing on 1 March 2016, around the same time when some other youths, including the three who carried out the attack on the Holey Artisan bakery, went missing. Most of them have either been killed in ‘gunfights’, or arrested by the law enforcement agencies.This correspondent recently spoke to a number of police officials who had quizzed Azwad. The young boy has narrated his harrowing tale of getting involved with militancy and how they developed a network.Introduction to militancyAzwad was the only child of his parents. He yearned for their love and care, to be like his peers and watch cartoons or movies with his parents. He could tell his father and mother didn’t get along well and that his father often lied. His parents separated, leaving Azwad to split his time between his maternal grandfather’s place and his father’s place.His mother was also ill-tempered, often asking him to leave home. His friends started going to parties and taking drugs. He sought solace at the mosque. One day he was sitting there long after the prayers and Ashikur came and spoke to him.Ashikur, a student of the Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), introduced him to some other young people, including Rohan Imtiaz who led the Holey Artisan attack.Azwad requested his father to replace his private tutor with Ashikur, to which his father agreed. They now started discussing Syria, Iraq and Palestine issues at home besides watching IS videos and lectures of Zakir Naik. Ashikur told them they should join Jihad (holy war) and do Hijrat (move from one place to other).Ashikur suddenly left, but kept in touch with Azwad through different mobile apps. Now Azwad also decided to leave home, thinking it would teach his parents a lesson.Used to playing war video games and reading DC Comics, leaving home was like an adventure where he was a super hero like Batman or Spiderman.Around a year after Ashikur had left home, Italian citizen Cesare Tavella was killed and the Imambara Hossaini Dalan came under attack, with IS claiming responsibility for both the incidents. It made Azwad realize that the militant groups have been on the rise. He communicated with them, expressing his interest to join up.One day in December 2015 or early 2016, Azwad was asked to meet a certain person around Dhanmondi Lake. That man told Azwad that they had been fighting for Islam. He said Azwad would be informed after a month whether he was qualified to join the militant groups.On 1 March, his much-anticipated call came. Police said that same person spoke to Rohan as well. However, they did not reveal his identity.Bubbles burstAzwad wrote a letter to his parents before leaving, urging them not to inform police. He also smashed his mobile phone set. He then went to Mohammadpur where someone greeted him and told him to follow. They took a bus to Mirpur Shah Ali Market where another person gave made him wear strong powered glasses. Later he realized that he had to use these so he couldn’t see which road they were taking. Their rickshaw roamed around a few streets before stopping in front of an old building. Inside the stark flat, there were around five to seven boys of his age.He was told that he should not reveal his identity to anyone. At the same time, he cannot ask anyone about his identity as well. His new name here was Haider. They were shown a video where someone who left Al-Qaeda was brutally killed. The message was clear, one would have to suffer the same fate if he tries to escape.Once he finished his ‘course’ at Mirpur, he was given the task to translate different leaflets of IS. He thought he would be given an AK-47 as soon as he joined them and he would kill them right away. Instead, another boy named Nafis was given operation duties.From Mirpur, Azwad and Nafis were sent to Pabna. Azwad was given a notebook while Nafis was given a laptop. Nafis used to keep contact with the top bosses while someone named Alam was tasked with the responsibility to look after their hideout. Alam disappeared after a month and the top management ordered them to return to Dhaka fearing that Alam might leak information to the law enforcement.With Holey Artisan Café attackersWhen Azwad was in a Mirpur hideout, he came to know an operation would be conducted soon on Eid. He also met Holey Artisan Café attackers Nibras Islam and Rohaz Imtiaz in the hideout.Before the Holey Artisan Café attack, it was decided that most of the hideouts in Dhaka city would be wrapped up. Rashed and Azwad were sent to Sylhet’s Subidbazar. They knew about the Holey Artisan Café attack from internet.After the attack, both Azwad and Rashed were sent to a hideout in Shewrapara. A certain Akash, his wife and children were there at the hideout.After the Kalyanpur raid on 26 July 2016 that killed nine militants, Azwad and Rashed were again sent to Sylhet from their Shewrapara hideout.On their way to Sylhet, Azwad and Rashed met Tamim Chowdhury in Narayanganj. Tamim’s interpretation of Islam in Bangla and North American accent motivated Azwad more towards jihadist beliefs.Azwad met Major (retd) Zahidul Islam in the Narayanganj hideout. He also saw two men there. One of the two used to speak in Mymensingh dialect, who was said to have informed law enforcers about Tamim’s den.Thinking of fleeingAzwad and Rashed moved on Sylhet’s Jhalopara via Narayanganj. A certain Mahbub was staying there before them. He told Azwad to roam around entire Sylhet and was given Tk 15,000 and a cell phone.Azwad’s parents, then, started sending him emails requesting to return home. But, Azwad could not answer the mails in fear of being caught.Azwad sent a letter to his parents, saying he wants to return home. But, he had a fear of being arrested by law enforcement agencies while returning home.Arrested while carrying bombsAzwad had contact with militant leaders even after the Kalyanpur raid. But he lost all contacts with them after the RAB-police joint raid in Gazipur.After the Kalyanpur raid, Azwad and Rashed received an SMS, directing Azwad to go Chittagong’s Patia.Azwad, on many occasions, carried bombs to several places from Patia.Farhad, a leader of the outfit, sent Azwad and his associate Hasan with bombs to Dhaka from Mirsarai. Police arrested them on their way in Comilla’s Chandina.Asked about the Holey Artisan café attack by law enforcers, Azwad said he now does not support any such attack.Azwad’s parents now live together and sometimes visit him in jail. *This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Quamrul Hassan and Imam Hossain.
Two workers died after inhaling toxic gas in a septic tank of Chattogram WASA at Madunaghat in Hathazari upazila on Monday, reports UNB.The deceased are Nazrul Islam, 30, son of Abdur Rauf of Patuakhali district and Yusuf, 22, son of Al Amin of Kachua upzaila in Bagerhat district.Zahirul Islam, in-charge of Chittagong Medical College Hospital police outpost, said two workers climbed down to the septic tank of WASA for cleaning in the morning.Getting no response from the workers after a long time, local people entered the septic tank and rescued them. They took to Chittagong Medical College Hospital where doctors declared the duo dead.
Share APA South Texas jury has sentenced a 34-year-old Mexican national to death for the fatal 2014 shooting of an off-duty Border Patrol agent.The Cameron County jury deliberated about two hours Tuesday before sentencing Gustavo Tijerina-Sandoval in the capital murder of Agent Javier Vega Jr. It also sentenced him to life imprisonment for attempted capital murder in the shooting of Vega’s father.According to testimony, Vega and his family were spending the day fishing when Tijerina tried to rob them. Tijerina’s attorney argued that his client was acting in self-defense.
In platform diving, Molly Fears qualified third after five rounds of dives. Michaela Sliney scored points with a 10th place finish and freshman Anika Holland placed 22nd. Print Friendly Version The Cardinals send three in to the finals of the 400-IM. Sophie Cattermole put up a 4:12.09 and qualified sixth overall for the A-final. Maria Sumida clocked in at 4:16.70 in her heat and returns in the B-final. Carley Lowe turned in a 4:20.36 to make the C-Final. Grace Oglesby put up the third fastest qualifying time in the 100 butterfly to make the A-Finals. In the B-final for the Cards will be Alena Kraus, who put up a 53.44 and Nastja Govejsek, who went 53.37. Story Links The University of Louisville will send 15 Cardinals into the finals tonight after a fast day of preliminaries at the 2019 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships Friday night at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Kaylee Wheeler qualified fourth in the 100 breaststroke and will swim in the A-final with a time of 59.75. Also in the A final will be Mariia Astashkina, who had a time of 59.85 and Morgan Friesen, who turned in a 59.98. Avery Braunecker made the C-final of the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:01.6 along with Lauren James, who boarded a 1:02.07. Alina Kendzior made the B-final of the 100 backstroke with a time of 53.43. Ashlyn Schoof went 54.38 and Lainey Visscher had a 54.84 in other performances. Mallory Comerford earned a second swim for the A-final of her signature event, the 200 freestyle. She stopped the clock at 1:44.38. Joining her in the A-final will be Arina Openysheva, who put up a prelim time of 1:45.91. Diana Dunn posted a time of 1:47.65 to make the B-final. Casey Fanz put up a time of 1:50.78 to round out the Cardinal field.
Peter Charissé, managing director of ANGA COM, talks to Digital TV Europe about the key themes of this year’s event and the central issues facing the industry.What will be the main themes of the ANGA COM Conference this year, and how do these reflect current trends in the industry?Hot topics of the exhibition and as well our conference agenda are 5G, the smart city, app TV, Internet of Things, smart home, cloud TV, copyright and personalised TV. Especially this year, big data, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity will be expanded. These keywords reflect the ongoing industry trend of bringing together connectivity and content.What do you expect to be the stand-out features of the exhibition?We already count more than 450 exhibitors for 95% of the exhibition space – including leading international vendors like Cisco, Huawei, Nokia, Arris, Appear TV and Commscope. Our exhibitors will particularly showcase latest innovations in the field of fixed mobile convergence and intelligent TV solutions for app TV and personalised TV. All these topics will be discussed at or new International Content Summit and the International CTO Summit. A completely new feature dealing with digital transformation will be the ANGA International Keynotes.What do you see as the main priorities facing German cable and telecom operators in a year that will potentially see consolidation in the industry?Currently we see two fundamental questions: the implications of 5G for the broadband market and the impact of streaming on TV competition. This also raises the question of how the interaction between larger and local providers will develop.How much progress has the industry made towards offering Gigabit broadband connectivity and what still needs to be done to ensure progress?Both the fibre roll-out and the upgrading of HFC cable networks have accelerated considerably in recent years. To make even better progress, it is particularly important to have an investment-friendly regulatory framework and a technology-neutral subsidy policy.What impact do you think the growing penetration of OTT TV players and the response of commercial and public broadcasters will have on the established pattern of TV distribution in Germany this year? Competition in the field of television and content distribution will continue to intensify. Network operators will therefore have to further diversify their own offerings. This applies to IPTV and OTT, but also in particular to time-shifted and personalised services. This will be one of the main topics to be discussed at our new International Content Summit with C-level experts from Eutelsat, Freenet, HD+, M7, Metrological, Nordija and Synamedia. The requirements on the level of broadband technology will be addressed at our International CTO Summit with, among others, Liberty Global, TDC Group, Tele2 and Vodafone. Both summits will be held on June 4.ANGA COM takes place at the Köln Messe from June 4-6. Click here for details.
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