A 2007 batch Karnataka cadre IAS officer was found dead on Wednesday morning outside a State guest house in Lucknow.Anurag Tewari’s body was found by the road near the Meera Bai guest house in the heart of the city. Wednesday was Mr. Tewari’s 36th birthday.A native of the Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Tewari was posted as the Commissioner, Food Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department, Bengaluru. He was in Lucknow for a few days as part of phase 3 training for IAS officers. According to the post-mortem report, Tewari died of asphyxia, a police statement said. The visera and blood has been preserved for chemical analysis and heart for histopathologic examination to know the exact cause.Earlier, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP)-Lucknow, Deepak Kumar had said it was difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of death. Prima facie, it did not appear like murder but death “due to a traumatic injury”, he had said, before the body was sent for post-mortem.“The reason given by the doctors is that it is a traumatic injury, which could be due to a heart attack or a sudden convulsion. He has no injuries on any part of the body apart from the chin. It could mean two things: an accident or traumatic injuries,” Mr. Kumar said.Mr. Tewari’s body was spotted on the road by a local, who dialled the emergency 100 police services. The officer, who was not carrying his mobile phone with him, was identified by the identity card in his wallet.Mr. Tewari was out for a morning walk and had barely walked a few metres when he is believed to have collapsed. He had been staying at the Meera Bai guest house for the last two days with Prabhu Narain Singh, vice-chairperson of Lucknow Development Authority, his batch mate.‘Untimely demise’Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah expressed his shock at the “unfortunate demise” of the officer. He also deputed a senior officer to Lucknow to monitor the situation. “In constant touch with UP Govt,” tweeted the handle of the Karnataka CM. The IAS Association also said it was, “shocked at the sad and untimely demise of our colleague Anurag Tiwari, IAS 2007 KN in Lucknow”.An electrical engineer from Lucknow University, Mr. Tewari had also been posted as Deputy Commissioner of Bidar district earlier.
The Supreme Court on Monday said the Special Investigation Team of the CBI conveyed an impression that it was not serious about probing the alleged fake encounters by the Army, the Assam Rifles and the police in the insurgency-hit Manipur.A Bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and U.U. Lalit ordered the DIG incharge of the investigation to appear personally before it on January 16 along with a status report of the progress made in the probe.“It appears to us that the matter is not being taken up by the CBI and the SIT with the seriousness which it deserves.” It found that the SIT had registered only 11 FIRs of the 92 cases.The court had on July 14 last year set up the SIT comprising five CBI officers and ordered registration of FIRs and probe the extra-judicial killings. It asked the CBI Director to nominate the team and complete the investigation by December 31.During the hearing, senior advocate Colin Gonsalves for petitioners, said the SIT was dragging its feet. He submitted that a former head constable Herojit Singh, who was an eye witness to the fake encounter cases, had filed an application in the court.He said the CBI team raided Mr. Singh’s residence in 2010 and seized three diaries in which he had recorded the details of the fake encounters. Mr. Gonsalves also said the SIT had not yet recorded the statements of witnesses.
The Metropolitan (Met) Opera of New York suspended its former music director and longtime conductor James Levine on Dec. 4, following accusations of sexual abuse leveled against him by an Indian-origin man and two others when they were teenagers. Yet another man, Albin Ifsich, came out to say later on Dec. 4 that Levine abused him for years.Rumors about Levine’s sexual misbehavior had been floating around, but they were not investigated until Ashok Pai came forward in 2016 and lodged a complaint with the Illinois police.Other famous music organizations, which have been associated with Levine for decades and have contributed to his reputation, have severed ties with him.The complaint by 48-year-old Pai came nine years after the statute of limitation for reporting such crimes was over. Pai had called a former Met board member Beth Glynn who told him to go to the police. Glynn also spoke to the Met Opera general manager about the phone call.Our statement on James Levine: pic.twitter.com/9iJOY24ysc— Metropolitan Opera (@MetOpera) December 4, 2017Statement from the @BostonSymphony pic.twitter.com/9y0lT1Tb75— Boston Symphony (@BostonSymphony) December 3, 2017“Based on recent accounts in the media regarding James Levine, Ravinia has severed all ties with (him),” the statement issued by Ravinia Music Festival said. “Ravinia maintains a zero-tolerance policy and culture on sexual harassment. We are deeply troubled and saddened by the allegations and sympathize with everyone who has been hurt.”Glynn told Lake Forest Police Detective Wendy Dumont that there were “always rumors” about Levine “because he was socially awkward but he never had any issues at the Metropolitan Opera House for 40 years,” according to the police complaint, which the New York Post quoted.The abuse continued from the 1960s to 1980s. Pai first met Levine as a 4-year-old at the Ravinia Music Festival, where he was taken backstage to meet the conductor by his parents. He began going backstage alone when he was 14 years old.“He started holding my hand in a prolonged and incredibly sensual way,” Pai wrote in his complaint. “I was not aroused as I never was during my relationship with him as I am a heterosexual individual. But there were some feelings of affection and mostly confusion. … I was very uncomfortable with the hand holding.”In later years, the abuse increased and he was also fondled multiple times. Another man who spoke out against the abuse was Chris Brown, who said Levine abused him in 1968 when he was a 17-year-old student and Levine was a 25-year-old teacher at a summer program in Michigan. The third man was James Lestock, who said he was abused in 1968 at the summer program when he was 17 years old.The fourth man, Albin Ifsich, said that Levine abused him for years beginning in 1968 when he was 20 years old. Ifsich was a student at the Meadow Brook School of Music in Michigan at the time. Related Itemschild abuseNew YorkUnited States
On September 22, when India play New Zealand in first of their three-Test series, it will be a monumental moment in the history of the Indian cricket. India will become only the fourth nation to play 500 Test matches and will join the league that has Australia (791), England (976) and the West Indies (517).Right from playing their first Test in 1932 against England, India have come a long way in a sport that was introduced to them by their colonial masters, thanks to some of the superstars who have have made exemplary contributions in making cricket a religion in the country.Over the last 84 years, Indian have featured in some truly epic encounters that saw the nation achieve greatness in the sport.With less than a week left for the historic Test match, here’s a look at some of India’s most memorable Test series victories in home and abroad.INDIA’S FIRST OVERSEAS SERIES VICTORY – NEW ZEALAND 1967/68It was the first time India were touring New Zealand and the conditions were cold and tough. India, who had never won a Test abroad, were desperate to get the monkey off their back. The team, under the captaincy of inspirational Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, wasted no time adapting to the conditions and soon got the results too. The Indian spin pair of Erapalli Prasanna and Bapu Nadkarni foxed the New Zealand batsmen with the accuracy to lead India to their first Test win overseas. The victory in the first Test at Dunedin was followed by a loss in the second Test at Christchurch. However, the tourists staged a brilliant fightback to register wins in their next two Tests at Wellington and Auckland, respectively to eventually win the series 3-1. It was India’s Test series in outside subcontinent and it paved the way for India’s many more overseas victories in the time to come.advertisementMost Runs (India): Ajit Wadekar – 471Most Wickets (India): Erapalli Prasanna – 24ROOKIE GAVASKAR STARS IN INDIA’S MAIDEN SERIES VICTORY OVER WEST INDIES (1970/71)India achieved one of the greatest results in their history in the captaincy of Ajit Wadekar in the West Indies in 1971. It was also India’s first series victory in the Carribbean, where they had a poor record. The series also unearthed a future star for India in Sunil Gavaskar, who went to become one of the best batsmen in Test cricket. Gavaskar began the tour as reserve opener but ended it with 774 runs in eight Test innings at an average of 154.8, including a double century and three other hundreds. After a draw in the first Test, India achieved victory in the second match in Trinidad where Gavaskar made his Test debut. The third, fourth and the fifth Test ended in a draw.Most Runs (India): Sunil Gavaskar – 774Most Wickets (India): Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan – 22INDIA CLINCH HISTORIC VICTORY IN ENGLAND (1971)A few months later, India toured England and registered another first. India were lucky to escape with a draw in the first Test at Lord’s and the second match at Manchester too failed to produce any result. However, in the third Test at The Oval, India got their first Test as well as series win in England when they beat the hosts by four wickets. Ajit Wadekar was once again the proud skipper of the side as the Indians celebrated their second away series win of the year.Most Runs (India): Ajit Wadekar – 244Most Wickets (India): Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan – 13VVS LAXMAN, HARBHAJAN SINGH DEFY AND THEN DENY MIGHTY AUSTRALIANS (2001) In the summer of 2001, Australia were virtually invincible. They had come to India on the back of 16 successive Test victories and their mere presence in the sub-continent sent shivers down the spine of millions of fans. Mathew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist turned on the heat in Mumbai, decimating Sourav Ganguly’s men inside three days. Australia were all over India like a rash at the Eden Gardens and were on course for another victory before VVS Laxman (281) and Rahul Dravid (180) played two of the most essayed knocks in Indian cricketing history. Then there was that Harbhajan Singh hat-trick too and his 13 wickets in the match which sealed a dramatic Indian victory in the dying moments of the match. Level at 1-1, the series was eventually clinched by India in another thrilling finish at the Chepauk, thanks again to a pearl by Laxman and another bag of tricks by Harbhajan, who asserted himself as one of the greatest spinners in the game from thereon.Most Runs (India): VVS Laxman – 503Most Wickets (India): Harbhajan Singh – 32advertisementSEHWAG BUTCHERS PAKISTAN INTO SUBMISSION IN THEIR OWN DEN (2004)India had never won a Test match, let alone a series in their previous five visits to Pakistan. However, all that was set to be changed in 2004, when a young and dynamic Team India toured Pakistan for a three-match Test and 5-match ODI series. After wrapping up the limited-overs series 3-2, India managed to beat Pakistan in the first Test at Multan, thanks to Virender Sehwag’s 309 – the first triple hundred by an Indian batsman. Down 1-0, Pakistan staged an expected fightback to take the honours in the second Test at Lahore. However, India held their nerves in the third and deciding Test to clinch their first Test series win in Pakistan. Rahul Dravid starred for the visitors by scoring a 270 in the first innings, while Anil Kumble and Lakshmipathy Balaji wreaked havoc in the second innings to hand India a handsome victory by an innings and 131 runs.(This is the first part of India’s most memorable Test series victories, including their first overseas Test win in 1968 to their first Test series win in Pakistan in 2004. Part two coming up tomorrow.)
ATHENS – Santorini Experience is approaching, on October 4-6, with the unique running and swimming races taking place for the 5th consecutive year in Santorini, the world-famous tourist destination of unparalleled beauty.Santorini Experience is attracting global interest once again, among both professional and amateur athletes participating in running and open water swimming races. The running races will take place on Saturday, October 5, and the open water swimming on Sunday October 6, against the backdrop of the iconic Cycladic island.In particular, on Saturday, the 15 km by Samsung and 10 km races will start at 8:15 AM, while the 5 km Aristides Alafouzos race will start at 11 AM. All races have as the starting point the Desalination Plant located in Oia.Trail running at the Santorini Experience with a stunning view. Photo by Elias LefasOn Sunday, swimming will take place by the volcano. Participants will swim the 1.5 miles (2.4 km) route from the volcano to the old port of Fira with the imposing view of the island in front of them at the Open Water Swimming by Vikos. The race will start at 10 AM from the volcano. Swimming is held under the technical direction of federal coach and director, Nikos Gemelos, with the approval of the Hellenic Swimming Federation, following the FINA regulations and the safety provided by Boatmen Union Santorini, Lifeguard Patrol, Voluntary Lifeguards of Santorini, Atlantis Dive Center, and Santorini Nautical Club.This year’s event will feature the Olympic silver medalist in open water swimming Spyros Gianniotis, Japanese Olympic champion in Rio Yasunari Hirai, and the dynamic presence of the elite of the Greek National Open Water Swimming Team including World Champion Kelly Araouzou, European Champion George Arniakos, and Greek Champions Dimitris Negris, Stellina Aplanti, Dimitris Manios, the twin Greek expatriates racing with the colors of the national team of Netherlands George and Timos Skotadis, as well as Andreas Georgakopoulos, Irene Diakoumakou, Maria Filopoulou, Konstantinos Konstantineskou, Panagiotis Alogakos, Maria Kirykou, Triantafyllia Diakoumakou, and Melina Trochalaki.Check out the video with swimming tips from Spyros Gianniotis and Kelly Araouzou on the exciting swimming race: https://youtu.be/CvnYb1qf_XoMore information about this year’s detailed program: http://www.santorini-experience.com/en/event-info/schedule/schedule-2019.html.Left to right: Open water swimming champions Kelly Araouzou and Spyros Gianniotis at the Santorini Experience. Photo by Babis GiritziotisSpecial offers & participation kit pick up at Alafouzos Sport:Swimming and running registration continues now as well at the official sponsor Alafouzos Sport store in Fira.A 25% special discount on registration costs per activity will apply to all participants for purchases over 15 euros at the sponsor’s store.From Thursday, Oct. 3 to Saturday Oct. 5, participants can receive their participation kits at Alafouzos Sport store (Hours: 9 AM-11 PM). Otherwise, runners and swimmers can receive their registration numbers one hour before the start of their race from the starting point of their races, on Saturday, Oct. 5 and on Sunday, Oct. 6, respectively.Meanwhile, participants may register at the event according to the final wave of registrations which lasts until the start of the event.Register now online: https://activemedia.travelotopos.com.Take advantage of the offers available on ferry tickets, car rentals, and accommodation for Santorini Experience at the following link:http://www.santorini-experience.com/en/event-info/offers.htmlAttend Real Madrid Foundation Clinics in Santorini!In the framework of Santorini Experience, and in cooperation with MGC Soccer Central, head coaches from the academies of Real Madrid will visit Santorini for the first time and specifically the facilities of the athletic center Playland, from October 3-6, and teach football to children ages 6-16, using the coaching methodologies of Los Merengues! Register now.Open water swimming by Vikos at the Santorini Experience. Photo by Babis GiritziotisFor more information visit: http://www.frmclinicsgreece.comSantorini Experience has joined the Greek actions of the #BeactiveHellas 2019 program of the European Commission and is under the auspices of the General Secretariat of Sports.Santorini Experience is a co-organization of Municipality of Santorini, Municipal Sports Cultural Environmental Organization of Santorini (DAPPOS) and Active Media Group.The event is held under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organization with the approval of the Hellenic Swimming Federation.More info at: www.santorini-experience.com.Official Hashtag: #SantoriniExperienceTweetPinShare1313 Shares
India’s selection committee chairman MSK Prasad on Monday explained the rationale behind preferring Vijay Shankar over Ambati Rayudu for the No. 4 spot in the batting line-up at the 2019 World Cup. Prasad said Shankar’s ability to contribute with the bat, the ball and on the field worked in his favour.While most of the squad was expected to pick itself, the major talking point ahead of the India squad selection on Monday centered around the No. 4 spot. India have tried close to 10 batsmen with very little success at the crucial batting position since the 2017 Champions Trophy.The uncertainty around the No. 4 spot was so much so that head coach Ravi Shastri hinted Virat Kohli may drop from No. 3 to No. 4 during the World Cup in England and Wales, starting May 30.However, Vijay Shankar’s impressive performances with the bat gave India a bit of confidence in the lead up to the World Cup.”After the Champions Trophy in 2017, we tried quite a few people in that position. We did give a few more chances to Rayudu. Vijay Shankar is three dimensional. We are looking at him at no. 4 to begin with,” MSK Prasad said.Prasad also hinted India may try Dinesh Karthik or Kedar Jadhav at the No.4 spot if the need arises while insisting that KL Rahul will be a back-up opener in the initial stages of the tournament.India begin their World Cup campaign on June 5 and will play nine matches in the round-robin group stages.”We also have Dinesh Karthik and Kedar Jadhav. It’s not that anything that went against Rayudu, it’s that a few things went for Shankar. To begin with KL will be reserve opener, if need arises the team management will take a call.”advertisementVijay Shankar was handed an India recall in Hardik Pandya’s absence during India’s tour of Australia earlier this year. Coming back into the team after a forgettable performance in the Nidahas Trophy final against Bangladesh last year, the Tamil Nadu all-rounder grabbed the opportunity with both hands.Having batted higher-up the order in the T20Is against New Zealand, Shankar showcased he is more than handy with the bat. The 28-year-old grabbed eyeballs when he hit a well-paced 45 in India’s 35-run win over New Zealand in the fifth ODI of a five-match series in Wellington after a second successive top-order failure. In the three T20Is, Shankar smashed 84 runs at an impressive strike rate of 155.55.On the hand, Ambati Rayudu had received the backing of Virat Kohli for the middle-order role at the World Cup as early as August 2018 after some impressive performances in a home series vs West Indies.However, his performances in 2019 have dipped. Rayudu has scored just 247 runs from 10 matches at a below-par average of 30.87. Rayudu has been struggling to get going in IPL 2019 as well. The CSK batsman has scored just 138 runs from 8 matches at a paltry average of 19.71.Also Read | Unfortunate Rishabh Pant has missed out, says MSK PrasadAlso Read | India team for 2019 World Cup named: Rayudu and Pant fail to make cut, Dinesh Karthik includedAlso Read | India team for World Cup is well-balanced, we have covered all bases: MSK PrasadAlso See:
Brazil expect to win every tournament they play, especially at home, but they go into next week’s Copa America without their talisman Neymar and lacking some of the sparkle that has long been their stock in trade.They have not lost since Belgium dumped them out of the 2018 World Cup in the quarter-finals but their 10-game unbeaten run with the exception of last week’s 7-0 drubbing of 10-man Honduras – has come largely without the usual flair.Brazil’s preparations for the Copa have been overshadowed by Neymar firstly the rape allegations against the striker, which he has denied, and then the ankle injury that ruled him out the tournament last week.Tite’s squad is as good as any in the tournament but the coach is trying to manage a generational change and said that choosing his squad of 23 players was the “most difficult” task he had faced since taking over three years ago.Brazil have included only 14 of the squad that went to the World Cup in Russia a year ago, with Everton’s Richarlison, David Neres of Ajax Amsterdam and midfielders Artur of Barcelona and Luca Paqueta of AC Milan among the young recruits.Apart from home advantage, they are fortunate to be in one of the easier groups with Bolivia, Peru, and Venezuela.The big question will be how they cope without Neymar but his absence could be a blessing in disguise. With the Paris St-Germain forward gone, there will be less of a circus atmosphere around the squad and the focus will be firmly on the pitch.advertisementHis teammates will want to show they can do it without their undisputed leader and they may also take the opportunity to show their solidarity and try to win the trophy for Neymar.The win over Honduras in their last warm-up game, with Philippe Coutinho resurgent and six different players getting their names on the scoresheet, was an encouraging sign.Brazil have won the Copa America eight times but not since 2007 and that trophy drought compounded by a failure to win the World Cup since 2002 – is a long one by Brazilian standards.Fans expect a home triumph and, even though the president of the Brazilian Football Confederation last week said Tite’s job was safe no matter what happens, fans will not spare him unless Brazil win, or lose playing beautiful football.But the coach was his usual inscrutable self when asked what he hoped to achieve over the next three weeks.”We are playing in our own country, and expectations are high that we win,” he said. But the expectation corresponds to how we perform. Are we going to win? I don’t know. But I want us to do the best we can.”Also Read | Neymar wants controversial Santos-Barca transfer trial to be held in BarcelonaAlso Read | Portugal clinch UEFA Nations League title after 1-0 win over NetherlandsAlso See:
Chelsea Chelsea team news: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Watford Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 15:47 2/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Watford Antonio Conte Morata David Luiz Willian Olivier Giroud The Blues are aiming to turn their back on a disappointing January as they enter the new month with a Monday fixture away to their rivals Chelsea are on the brink of a crisis. Their 3-0 midweek defeat at home to Bournemouth has seen them drop into the thick of the Champions League battle, having once been relatively comfortable in third. The Cherries blew Chelsea away thanks to goals from Callum Wilson, Junior Stanislas and Nathan Ake. Meanwhile, Watford are also in poor form having recently sacked their manager Marco Silva and replaced him with Javi Gracia. Now they find themselves on the fringes of the relegation dogfight. Article continues below 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 CHELSEA INJURIES Andreas Christensen is the latest injury worry for Chelsea after he pulled up midway through the first half in midweek with a hamstring problem. The young defender has joined Willian, who also has a hamstring problem, Alvaro Morata (back).The good news is David Luiz has been in full training with the Chelsea first team and he could return to ease the loss of Christensen. Thibaut Courtois returned from his ankle problem against Bournemouth, while Cesc Fabregas came off the bench to come back from a hamstring complaint of his own. Willian is also likely to be in for a return against Watford but the others remain serious doubts for the match at Vicarage Road. New signing Olivier Giroud needs his condition checked.Michy Batshuayi, Kenedy and Charly Musonda all left the club on loan in the transfer window. Conte spoke about potential injuries ahead of the game on Monday. “Alvaro is still out. I hope to be able to solve his situation,” Conte said at Cobham Training Centre. “For a problem in his back, he’s missing a lot of games, and this is not a good situation for me or the team.”I hope in the future that the medical department is able to solve this situation. And then Christensen, the first clinical examination was positive, but we have to wait. For sure he’s out against Watford, and then I have a couple of other situations for the game against Watford.”I have to check a couple of situations. Today is Friday. We have two and a half days. Don’t forget that maybe Willian will be able (to play). That would give me an opportunity to change in a way I didn’t against Bournemouth.”CHELSEA SUSPENSIONS Conte currently has no players suspended, with Morata and Pedro having recently completed their respective bans.Spain striker Morata is, however, two yellow cards away from a two-match ban. POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP Chelsea’s newest recruits Giroud and Emerson Palmieri could be in contention to make their debuts on Monday but are likely to do so from the bench. Giroud joined Chelsea on transfer deadline day for a fee of £18 million, while Emerson joined the day before from Roma for a fee of £17.5m, with a further £8m in possible add-ons. Their arrivals are a welcome boost for Conte, who had been forced into using 17-year-old academy forward Callum Hudson-Odoi in the most recent defeat to Bournemouth. Eden Hazard started as a false nine on Wednesday and he could continue in that role. Christensen’s injury may mean that Gary Cahill plays in the centre of the defence with Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta alongside him, as the only senior defenders available. Courtois will likely remain in goal, while Victor Moses will return after being left out against Bournemouth. WATFORD TEAM NEWS Gracia saw Watford have 12 players doubtful ahead of the 0-0 draw away to Stoke City in midweek. Heurelho Gomes, Mollo Wague, Kiko Femenia, Will Hughes, Miguel Britos, Younes Kaboul, Isaac Success, Nathaniel Chalobah, Craig Cathcart and Tommie Hoban all missed out. However, Tom Cleverley started after shaking off a knock but Gracia’s job on Monday won’t be helped with such a huge injury list. TV CHANNEL & KICK OFF TIME The match takes place at 20:00 GMT on Monday and will be shown live in the UK on Sky Sports. BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Watford are winless in 13 matches against Chelsea in all competitions (D3 L10) since a 1-0 win in the Premier League in September 1999. Chelsea’s 50-point tally after 25 games this season is 10 fewer than they’d won at this stage last season on their way to the title (60). Watford have won six points from 11 games since the start of December (W1 D3 L7) – the worst points tally of any Premier League side in this period. Olivier Giroud has started only one Premier League game this season (vs West Ham in December). Seven of his last nine goals in the competition have been as a substitute, including each of the last four in a row. Chelsea have scored a league-high 13 headed goals this season, while since his Premier League debut in August 2012, Olivier Giroud has scored the most headers in the competition (27). Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Twitter/@Follow24HodgeOn Monday, N.C. State received a commitment from three-star forward Shaun King. It did not take long for Kentucky to muddle up this recruitment, offering King shortly after his decision. King did not sign anything tying him to the Wolfpack, and is reportedly weighing his options.Former N.C. State star Julius Hodge is not happy about this develop, and took to Twitter to express his discontent. He doesn’t specifically call out John Calipari, and denies that he is referring to Kentucky, but that is pretty clearly the target here.I remember when there was a time when coaches respected already “committed” athletes. I only had ONE not do so…seems old dogs=old tricks.— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015CBB recruiting is a vicious part of the business. It’s the guy trying to get a woman’s phone # and she says “I have a bf” and he says “so?”.— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015Why is #BBN on my back? I made no mention of Coach Cal in my tweets. Seems to me Cinderella’s shoe must fit huh? http://t.co/qQebzKBWs2 #WPN— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015College basketball is about the perfect fit. Choose the morally hollowed/sexier pick? Don’t be mad when they cheat on you/over recruit.— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015@shacker56 this argument NEVER gets old.— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015“@shacker56: I am not 1 of the fans that trash plyrs 4 who they pick.Trashing a coach is not cool** which coach YOU THINK fit the narrative?— Julius Hodge (@Follow24Hodge) April 28, 2015Hodge has a point, and generally, college basketball recruiting does not get as cutthroat as college football does after commitments occur. However, it is up to Kirk to make the decision that is right for him, and if Kentucky causes him to reevaluate things, so be it.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy of chuttersnap on Unsplash. Japan-based Mitsui & Co has been linked to an order of two Kamsarmax bulk carriers in China.The company has increased its orderbook at Yangzijiang shipyard by adding the 82,000 dwt bulker pair, according to information provided by Intermodal Shipbrokers.As informed, the ships are scheduled for delivery in 2020.The deal for the newbuilds, which are worth USD 27 million, is understood to have been concluded last month, Clarksons Platou revealed in its weekly bulletin.World Maritime News contacted Mitsui for more details on the matter, however, the company is yet to reply.MOL, part of Mitsui Group, currently has two 82,000 dwt bulkers on order at Yangzijiang yard, slated for delivery in 2019, VesselsValue’s data shows.World Maritime News Staff
TORONTO – Rogers Communications has named a former Telus executive to be president for its wireless division starting Monday.Brent Johnston was most recently at Apple Canada from early 2016 until this year and, before that, he worked for 11 years at the wireless division of Telus Corp., which competes with Rogers.At Apple, his responsibilities included all product lines including smartphones sold through network carriers, national retail channels and enterprise clients.At Telus, he held several positions including senior vice-president for consumer marketing.The wireless business — which includes the Rogers, Fido and Chatr brands — accounts for more than half of all revenue at Rogers, which also owns a major cable and internet business in addition to various media holdings.Last year, wireless revenue totalled $8.3 billion out of a total of $14.1 billion.Looking ahead, Rogers, Bell, Telus and Shaw are upgrading their networks so they can deliver vastly more data at a new level of speed through fifth-generation wireless technology that’s expected to become commercially available by 2020.Companies in this story: (TSX:RCI.B, TSX:T, TSX:BCE, TSX:SJR.B)
Lanka IOC said that it will also be increasing fuel prices. LIOC said that 92 Octane petrol will be sold at Rs 137 per litre, Lanka Auto Diesel Rs. 111 and Lanka Super Diesel Rs. 119 per litre.The Government said the price increase will be part of a new price formula which will be followed in future. Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that fuel prices in Sri Lanka will be revised every two months according to the Platts Singapore benchmark prices. Accordingly 92 Octane petrol will be sold at Rs 137 per litre, 95 Octane Rs 148, Auto Diesel Rs 109 and Super Diesel Rs 119 per litre. The price of kerosene will also be increased to Rs 101. “This means the price could either increase or decrease.” he told reporters today.The IMF had said last month that subject to cabinet approval of an automatic fuel pricing mechanism—consistent with the three-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF)-supported program, the IMF Board is expected to consider Sri Lanka’s request for completion of the fourth review in June 2018.The IMF had said that the measure would represent a major step towards completing energy pricing reforms in 2018. (Colombo Gazette) Fuel prices have been increased in line with the expectations of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).Co-cabinet spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne said that the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) will increase fuel prices from midnight today.
In a judgement read out by presiding Judge Almiro Rodrigues, the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) found Dragoljub Prcac, Miroslav Kvocka, Milojica Kos, Mladjo Radic and Zoran Zigic guilty of persecution, murder and torture and sentenced the first three defendants to five, six and seven years respectively.Mr. Radic was given 20 years, mainly for rape, and Mr. Zigic was sentenced to 25 years for murder and assault as well as for crimes committed in the Keraterm and Trnopolje camps.In rendering its judgement, the Tribunal said it decided “very early on in the trial” that there existed a widespread and systematic attack against the Muslim and Croat civilian population in the municipality of Prijedor between 26 May and 30 August 1992, and concluded that crimes of persecution, murder, torture and cruel treatment were committed in the Omarska, Keraterm and Trnopolje detention camps.”Operating on the pretext that they were seeking out possible criminal enemies, the camps were merely one more cog in the machine for persecuting the non-Serb population in Prijedor municipality,” the Court said in a summary of its judgement.”This cog was, of itself, discriminatory by definition. There were not any, so to speak, Serb detainees at Omarska and those who were accused of collaborating with the non-Serb enemies,” according to the Tribunal. “Each of you, in a different way, made it possible for the cog to turn.”Meanwhile at UN Headquarters in New York, a new report by the ICTY says that the reforms undertaken by the Tribunal over the past year will enable it to try – within a reasonable timeframe – all of the accused currently held at its detention facility in The Hague, as well as those soon to be arrested.The report also says that the arrest of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic and the growing willingness of countries to work with the ICTY “augurs well for a substantial, sustained improvement in future cooperation with the International Tribunal.” It warns, however, that several high-ranking officials charged with serious crimes still remain at large and calls on countries to arrest and turn them over for prosecution.The report further stresses that countries’ domestic courts must also be involved in trying the “subordinates who carried out the orders” in the ongoing effort to build peace and reconciliation in the affected States.
“Eliminating nuclear weapons is a top priority for the United Nations,” said Mr. Ban in remarks delivered on his behalf by UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson to the opening plenary meeting of the Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) earlier this morning. “No other weapon has the potential to inflict such wanton destruction on our world.”However, the Secretary-General added, instead of progress towards new arms reduction agreements, “we have allegations of destabilizing violations of existing agreements.”He noted that the danger posed by nuclear weapons continued to persist since the last NPT Review Conference, including with respect to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and cautioned of the growing series of setbacks the Treaty was facing. “Instead of a Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty in force or a treaty banning the production of fissile materials for nuclear weapons, we see expensive modernization programmes that will entrench nuclear weapons for decades to come. Instead of pursuing proposals to accelerate nuclear disarmament, including my Five Point Plan, there has been a dangerous return to Cold War mentalities,” Mr. Ban continued in the remarks. “This reversal is a regression for our world.” In a separate statement, Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), echoed Mr. Ban’s apprehension regarding nuclear proliferation claiming he was “seriously concerned” about the DPRK’s nuclear programme and declaring that his agency remained unable to conclude that “all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities.”Nevertheless, he said, efforts to render the Middle East free of nuclear weapons continued amid some optimism following a recent forum held on the issue. The ‘Forum on Experience of Possible Relevance to the Creation of a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in the Middle East,’ he explained, had shown that it was possible “to have constructive dialogue on the establishment if a nuclear-weapon-free zone in this region, despite the complexity of the issue and differences of view among States concerned.”At the same time, Mr. Amano did note that the IAEA’s wide-ranging functions – from monitoring nuclear safety to assisting the UN’s Ebola response – were being successfully carried out around the world. “The IAEA is working very hard to fulfil its very broad mandate,” Mr. Amano concluded. “The challenges are considerable, but I am confident that we can continue to address them successfully with the support of all our Member States.”The 2015 Review Conference will run at UN Headquarters in New York through 22 May. The President-designate of the Conference is Ambassador Taous Feroukhi from Algeria.The NPT is a landmark international treaty whose objective is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament. It represents the only binding commitment in a multilateral treaty to the goal of disarmament by the nuclear-weapon States.
“We have seen the continued devastating effect of armed conflict on civilian populations […], witnessed the unacceptable loss of thousands of lives of people in transit in the Mediterranean and elsewhere, and the rise of populist movements that seek to […] blame [refugees and migrants] them for various ills of society,?” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his message on the International Day. Yet, within this turbulence there are rays of hope, with concerned citizens and communities opening their arms and hearts. There has also been a promising international response, culminating with the New York Declaration adopted in September at the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants. ?”It is now crucial that governments honour and build on their commitments to govern large movements of refugees and migrants in a way that is compassionate, people-centred, gender-responsive and rooted in fundamental human rights,?” said Mr. Ban, calling the Declaration a critical step towards the adoption of a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration in 2018. Underscoring that “every migrant is a human being with human rights,?” the UN chief said that to protect and uphold those rights stronger international cooperation is needed among countries of origin, transit and destination that is guided by international law and standards. “We must reject intolerance, discrimination and policies driven by xenophobic rhetoric and the scapegoating of migrants. Those who abuse and seek to harm migrants must be held to account.?”Picking up that thread, William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN focal point agency on the issue, said: “The upheaval we see all around in our politics should serve as a wake-up call to prepare rather than panic. We need to mould the future rather than ignore it [by] embracing the inevitability of migration, changing the perceptions of migrants among our publics and better integrating migrants in our societies.?” More must be done to rectify the current “toxic narrative” of migration, says UN migration chief William Lacy Swing, calling on the international community to show political leadership in dispelling the misconceptions surrounding migration, as well as combat rising xenophobia in various parts of the world.?”There is a real demographic revolution going on today and it is up to us to manage it for the benefit of all,?” he continued, noting that while most migrants simply want an opportunity and would welcome even a temporary one, with the right support, those that stay will contribute to whatever society they settle in, whether it is economically or culturally. For its part, UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, noted that there are more than 244 million migrants in the world, almost half are women, and with ongoing movements of refugees and migrants, it is critical that the global community comes together with unified and gender-responsive solutions that address both the opportunities and challenges that migration presents. The New York Declaration underlines the need for promoting and protecting the rights of migrant women and girls at all stages of migration. Moreover, the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration in 2018 is expected to become a dynamic vehicle for migration governance, which sees migrants, including women and girls, as agents of change with valuable skills, powerful voices and the potential for leadership.
In a news release, Agnes Callamard, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions; and Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, also expressed concern that Doyle Hamm, who is who is due be executed in the state of Alabama on 22 February, may not have received a fair trial.The execution is set to go ahead even though Mr. Hamm has cancer and medical professionals have previously had difficulty accessing his veins, the release added.“We are seriously concerned that attempts to insert needles into Mr. Hamm’s veins to carry out the lethal injection would inflict pain and suffering that may amount to torture,” said the UN rights experts.The release also noted that judges have ordered a fresh medical report to be delivered by 20 February, two days before the scheduled execution.“We urge the authorities to halt [Mr. Hamm’s] execution, annul his death sentence, and hold a re-trial that complies with international standards, as we have received information indicating that his original trial did not fully respect the most stringent due process and fair trial guarantees,” they added.The Special Rapporteurs also said that the planned method of execution, using Alabama’s “three-drug protocol,” may also have torturous effects, because the sedative used is incapable of keeping a convict unconscious in the presence of the “excruciating pain” likely to be induced by the other drugs.Further, Ms. Callamard and Mr. Melzer said that imposing the death penalty in a manner that constitutes torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment would render the execution arbitrary in nature and thus be in violation of the fundamental right to life.The news release also noted that the human rights experts have written to the US Government to express their concerns about the case.UN Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation. The positions are honorary and the experts are not UN staff, nor are they paid for their work.
A group of Brock University student-athletes and coaches are fortunate to have homes to go to, but they’ll spend 24 hours living in cars to help those who don’t.The Badgers will take part in No Fixed Address, an event being held at the Pen Centre from 10 a.m. Friday until 10 a.m. Saturday. Hosted by the YWCA, it’s a 24-hour live-in-your-car-a-thon to promote awareness and raise funds for women’s homelessness.It’s the first official event of the recently launched Badgers Care Program, which is focusing on Brock’s Athletics and Recreation department making a positive impact on the Niagara Community. The department hired a Badgers Care Program co-ordinator over the summer to help organize the University’s involvement in events like No Fixed Address.This is the first official event launched by our Badgers Care Coordinator, Hannah Pass. She was hired this summer to start our Badgers Care Program at our department“This is an exciting event as our first community outreach this year as a team,” said Badgers women’s basketball coach Ashley MacSporran. “I wanted my team to experience a night living in their cars to understand the realities right here in our city. With a majority of people impacted being women and youth, I felt very strongly that my team needed to step up and be a part of this.”In addition to MacSporran and assistant coach Amy Audibert, participating players from the Badgers basketball team include: Kira Cornelissen, Alex Symonds, Mellissa Tatti, Bridget Atkinson, Jess Morris, Chrissy Sirignano, Allie Columbus, Shannon Northey and Nikitia Chappell.Jenna Martin and Hannah Pass from women’s fencing will also be taking part, along with women’s volleyball players Maddie Brown and Hannah Davenhill.
The Americans will be looking to match the Germans better than they did in 2002, which will be difficult against a German offense that is the second-strongest in the tournament (with a 3.2 SPI offensive score). At a minimum, a draw would send the Americans to the knockout stage, so a 0-0 scoreline will suffice. But the Germans are a full goal ahead of the Americans in projected goals for this match (2.1 to 0.9, to be exact), so shutting them out won’t be easy.There are no players left on the American roster who played in that 2002 game, but the U.S. is equipped with a roster full of German-Americans. Fabian Johnson, John Brooks, Julian Green, Jermaine Jones and Timmy Chandler are all of German-American descent, which perhaps isn’t very surprising given head coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s German roots. Johnson and Jones spent time on Germany’s youth national teams, and four U.S. players (Chandler, Green, Brooks and Johnson) currently play in the Bundesliga. All of this to say that there might be even more at stake on Thursday for some of these players than the numbers suggest.YESTERDAYThe Argentina-Nigeria game started with a flourish, as Lionel Messi’s third-minute opener was matched by Ahmed Musa’s fourth-minute equalizer. It was the first time in World Cup history that both teams scored within the first five minutes of a match. And to follow it up, in the second half, Musa scored in the 47th minute and Marcos Rojo the 50th.Messi’s opening goal was the first conceded by Nigeria; entering the match, the Super Eagles were the only team that had not allowed a goal in this year’s tournament. Messi’s second goal came from a free kick, something and somewhere commonplace for him but rare for Argentina in the World Cup. Messi has scored three of his five career World Cup goals from outside the penalty area, and his nine free kick goals over the past four La Liga seasons are second only to Cristiano Ronaldo’s 13. But it was Argentina’s first free kick goal in the World Cup since 1982.Messi’s second goal gave Argentina the lead just before halftime, essentially guaranteeing La Albiceleste the win. Argentina is now 28-1-0 in World Cup matches when leading at half, with its single loss coming in the 1930 final to Uruguay. Messi also became the third player at this year’s tournament with a multi-goal first half (Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri later became the fourth), something that no player managed in the 2010 tournament.Although Nigeria lost, it became the first African team to advance to the knockout stage for a third time. Musa’s brace was the first for Nigeria in its World Cup history, and Nigeria passed Cameroon for the most goals by an African nation in the World Cup. France and Ecuador played to a scoreless draw, good enough for France to win Group E. The French had the advantage throughout the match, finishing with 242 touches in the attacking third compared to 57 for Ecuador. But France was held scoreless in large part thanks to Ecuadorian goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez, whose nine saves are tied for the most in a match this tournament. He leads all players with 18 total saves.The Swiss finished second in Group E , thanks to a hat trick from Shaqiri — the first by a Swiss player in the World Cup since Josef “Seppe” Hugi in 1954. The game also marked the first time Switzerland scored three goals in a World Cup match since 1994. — Jacob Nitzberg, senior stats analyst for ESPNOFF THE PITCHThe United States and Germany have an interesting historical relationship, to say the least. The strong ties between the world powers are well known, despite recent hiccups, such as the revelation that the American National Security Agency had been spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Germans and Americans also often visit each other’s countries and even migrate between them. According to the OECD International Migration Database, 20,149 American nationals migrated to Germany in 2011, and 6,125 German nationals moved in the other direction. This may seem like a big disparity, but when adjusted for total population, just about .001 percent more Germans per capita migrated to the U.S. than the other way around. Cross-tourism data shows a similar relationship. The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that 1.88 million Germans visited the United States in 2012, while the German National Tourist Board shows that 4.85 million Americans spent time in Germany the same year. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGIt’s Judgment Day in World Cup Groups G and HWas the U.S. Robbed Against Portugal? It Depends on What Time MeansHome or Away: Where Does the Future Lie for the USMNT and American Soccer?CORRECTION (June 26, 10:21 a.m.): An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Landon Donovan would have been the only returning player on the U.S. team this year from the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals. Demarcus Beasley is on the current roster and was on the 2002 team, but didn’t play in that quarterfinals match.CORRECTION (June 26, 10:58 a.m.): Previously, this story mistakenly said that any two teams from Group G could move on to the next round of the tournament. While any one team can still advance, there is one combination of two teams — Ghana and Portugal — that cannot advance together. As if you needed any data to tell you why you should watch Thursday’s U.S. vs. Germany game (and the Portugal vs. Ghana match, if you’ve got a split-screen setup), but we’re going to give it to you anyway.U.S. vs. Germany 12 p.m. EDTPortugal vs. Ghana 12 p.m. EDTAlgeria vs. Russia 4 p.m. EDTSouth Korea vs. Belgium 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHGroup G has shaped up to be one of the most exciting yet-to-be-decided groups of the tournament — as it stands, no team is mathematically guaranteed to advance (though Germany is very close at 99.7 percent). The are a huge number of possible outcomes of Thursday’s matches, and any team can technically still advance to the next stage of the tournament.If the uncertainty of Group G isn’t enough to make you tune in, the level of play we’re expecting to see between the U.S. and Germany should; the teams’ combined Soccer Power Index scores is higher than that of any two teams playing Thursday. Although the odds are heavily favored for Germany (63.4 percent to the U.S.’s 14.8 percent), we don’t expect this game to be a blowout (see Belgium vs. South Korea for that).In their last meeting, a June 2013 friendly, the U.S. beat Germany 4-3. But friendlies are friendlies; the teams’ last competitive encounter was at the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals, when the Germans edged the Americans 1-0 in what is considered one of the best U.S. performances at any World Cup. (The U.S. did reach the semifinals at the inaugural 1930 World Cup.)
OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) drives to the hoop during a game against Northwestern on Jan. 28 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorAs the sunset fell on the Charleston Harbor in South Carolina in November 2012, the rays radiating into the faces of the Ohio State and Notre Dame women’s basketball players during the Carrier Classic, then-freshman guard Ameryst Alston lined up on the charity stripe for the first time in her collegiate career.After a couple of warmup dribbles to get a feel of the leather ball, Alston hit nothing but nylon to score her first point sporting the scarlet and gray.The first-year player would finish the game only scoring three points in the 21 minutes that she played, but, as the season progressed, Alston created a name for herself in the Buckeye rotation. Eventually, she would become one of the more pivotal players in the program’s history.Fast forward three years, 12 weeks and three days, and there was just under 1:30 to play in the third quarter in the Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. The No. 7 ranked Buckeyes were leading the Iowa Hawkeyes at their home gym, 76-59. As the clock ticked down, Alston, now a senior, made a stutter-step move from the right wing toward the basket, dribbling to the opposite side of the cylinder, where she pulled up and connected on a short jumper. Usually, a late-game score to put a team up 19 points like Alston’s would be nothing but a trifling tally on a box score. Except that pull-up jumper was not usual — it was historic. With the make, Alston surpassed the 2,000-point scoring mark, making her only the sixth OSU women’s basketball player to achieve the milestone. Instead of cracking an immediate smile and having play stop to send the ball over to the bench to celebrate an archival moment of her career, Alston did what she had done after scoring all the other 1,998 points over the past four years: hustle down to the other end of the court to play defense.That is just who Alston is: a selfless player who is obsessed with earning team accomplishments instead of impressive individual accolades. “I’m really close with her, and I didn’t even know she was close to 2,000 points,” senior guard and four-year teammate Cait Craft said. “She never spoke about it, and even when she scored her 1,000th, I had no idea it was coming.”Alston was solely a role player when she came onto the scene in Columbus. It wasn’t necessarily her fault, though, as it was just because of all the talent that the Buckeyes had at the time, including Tayler Hill (who Alston just passed on the scoring list) and Amber Stokes, both of whom would go on to sign professional contracts.OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) dribbles the ball during a game against Northwestern on Jan. 28 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorAt the time, Jim Foster was at the helm of the OSU program, but he would be relieved from the position for a lack of postseason victories.The program then turned to former Washington coach Kevin McGuff in April 2013 for guidance.Upon arrival in Ohio’s capital city, McGuff said he was comforted by the fact that he was inheriting a talent like Alston, who was only going to be heading into her sophomore year.“When I got here I was obviously excited to have her in the program,” McGuff said. “I knew she could be a big piece of (OSU) kind of rebuilding the program, and she has certainly been that.”In McGuff’s first year as coach, Alston had a remarkable sophomore campaign, receiving a first-team All-Big Ten selection by coaches and the media. She scored 19 points per game and also led the team with 112 total assists. Coming into her junior year, the Buckeyes were able to pick up a couple of premier recruits and transfers, including McDonald’s All-American and the nation’s leading high school scorer in 2014-15, Kelsey Mitchell. The influx of improving talent might have created a feeling of anxiety for a player who wanted to be the face of a program. For Alston, this was not so. “She was our main scorer and our go-to person our sophomore year, and then last year we had a bunch of young talent come in, and that never really bothered her,” Craft said. “It wasn’t just all on her anymore. There were other people to help her, but she took it in stride and she understood that was what was best for the team.”As a junior, Alston finished the year with 694 points, averaging 19.8 points per game and earning another All-Big Ten selection. She helped the Buckeyes become runner-ups in the Big Ten tournament before leading them to the second round of the NCAA tournament, where OSU would eventually fall to North Carolina by one basket. Now Alston, who is one of the two seniors on the team, has progressively become a vocal leader, as well as a leader by example, which she said is something she grew into over her four years in Columbus. “Being vocal is not something that I came in here with,” Alston said. “Now, I’m just trying to help give direction.” OSU is currently 21-4 and 13-1 in conference play, and it is in the midst of a nine-game winning streak. Even with all the success the Buckeyes are having and scoring her 2,000th point, there are still goals that Alston and her squad have with four games left in the regular season. And those start with cashing in on the promising postseason future OSU looks to have.“We are just taking it one game at a time,” Alston said. “The goal is to win every game and to hopefully get a Big Ten championship.”As Alston continues to be one of the Buckeyes’ go-to scorers this season, she will continue to rise on the all-time scoring list in OSU basketball history. With 2,032 points and counting to her name, only three players are above her. Of the trio, Jessica Davenport’s third-place position with 2,303 points is the only one in jeopardy. Even so, the humble Alston never truly had a passion to score 2,000 points in her collegiate career. Her prerogative was always staying focused on her mission of the team winning games. “(Scoring 2,000 points is) actually not something I think about … It just kind of comes with it,” Alston said. “This year has been very special in terms of our success as a team. It’s always great, and fun, when you’re winning.”The next chance for Alston and her team to keep winning is set for Thursday, as OSU is scheduled to take on Nebraska at 6 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center.
On Sunday afternoon, a slender, 22-year-old Cuban pitcher made his professional baseball debut. He struck out nine and pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing an unearned run, five singles and one walk. Fifty-five of his 85 pitches were for strikes and, by all accounts, his first start was a success. Around 4 p.m. Monday, this same phenom strolled into the visitor’s dugout at Huntington Park to answer a throng of questions from the media. He sat down next to Louisville Bats trainer and translator Tomas Vera, looking neither nervous nor excited. The young man took his time answering a myriad of questions, speaking very softly and smiling occasionally as Vera translated for him. And at the end of the session, he got up and walked back down the tunnel to the locker room. Just two days in the life of Aroldis Chapman, the Cincinnati Reds $30 million man. A man who, if he continues to compile dominating performances like the one he had on Sunday, will force the Reds to promote him to the big league club. Count Bats manager Rick Sweet among those impressed. “He handles [pressure] very well. He doesn’t show [nervousness] at all,” Sweet said. “He’s been on the national scene and the international scene, so it’s almost a relief when he gets in between the lines to where he can focus, to where he’s away from all of [the media hoopla].” Even a casual observer of baseball can notice just how special Chapman is. His delivery matches his personality: calm and quiet. Right before Chapman fires the ball home, he hides the ball behind his back, keeping the hitter guessing for a few extra seconds. Then, his body unwinds, and at a three-quarter angle, his left arm slingshots the ball toward home. Sometimes the ball travels as hard as 101 mph, which Chapman reached on a first-inning strikeout Sunday. Despite the aura around his triple-digit fastball, Chapman said he doesn’t concentrate on how hard he throws. “Honestly, I really don’t pay attention to the speed. I think it’s something the Lord gave to me and I have to thank God and all the coaches I’ve had since I was in Cuba,” Chapman said through Vera. “They’re all a part of this, but the speed isn’t that important for me.” And while Chapman may not acknowledge that his fastball is indeed heavenly, Sweet appeared amazed that his young southpaw threw the ball so hard, so often, and with such apparent ease. “I just saw [Chapman] throw over 100 mph I think a total of seven, eight times in one game. I don’t know … if I’ve seen that total in my career,” Sweet said. “It’s very special, especially when you see how he easily he does it. He’s not a max effort guy that’s all over the place. He’s nice and easy and smooth, and the ball explodes out of his hand.” Explode onto the major league scene is what Chapman could do very soon. If a Reds starter goes down with injury, Chapman would be among those considered for the call-up. The main reason for the call-up would be because the Reds believe Chapman’s pitching prowess matches his major-league readiness, but the fact that he can draw a crowd will also heavily factor into the decision. Considering that their attendance has dwindled in recent years, the Reds would be hard-pressed not to consider elevating the left-handed Cuban. Chapman, whose warm-up bullpen session reportedly attracted 150 spectators Sunday, is also quickly gaining the respect of his comrades. Perhaps the biggest surprise of Monday’s media session was how many times Chapman referenced how helpful his teammates have been. At one point, a reporter asked Chapman about his teammates and, after Vera translated it, Chapman flashed his pearly whites. Across the dugout, a handful of his teammates were pointing at him, making sure their famous friend and teammate put in a good word for them. Often times in sports, when a player signs a big contract, the size of his head swells along with his paycheck. Sweet said Chapman is the total opposite. “He’s very quiet, very shy. Not intimidated, but he’s a shy young man,” Sweet said, “and he’s gotten along very well with his teammates.” “It’s been nice to see. You think with all the money he’s making, sometimes guys [let the money get to their head], he’s not that way. He just wants to be part of the team.” So long as Chapman’s cultural adjustments progress alongside his changeup, it’s hard to imagine the Reds keeping their prized left-hander in the minors too much longer.