Bangladesh series step towards Asian conquest, says Steve Smith

first_imgAustralia have an opportunity to improve their record in Asia when they meet Bangladesh in a two-Test series starting next Sunday, captain Steve Smith has said but refused to state outright if his side were favourites to win.Australia have won just two of their 22 Tests in Asia in the last 10 years while Bangladesh drew a two-Test series 1-1 against England last year and pose a serious challenge at home with throes of spinners in their side on turning pitches.”I think it is going to be a great series,” Smith told reporters after Australia’s arrival in the Asian country. “Bangladesh are very good here. I am not picking a favourite.”We have to be confident in our skill set and hopefully we can get our processes right and have a really good series.”Earlier this year Smith’s side lost a four-Test series in India 2-1 and the skipper said the two matches against Bangladesh would be an ideal platform to show what they had learned from the defeat.”We’d certainly like to have done a lot better on the subcontinent that’s for sure,” Smith said. “Now it is an opportunity for us to change (our record).”I thought we did some things really well in India. We just needed to do it for little bit longer, and consistently.”This is another opportunity to showcase our skills, show what we learned over there and hopefully give our best foot forward.”Australia surprisingly dropped Steve O’Keefe, 32, from their squad for Bangladesh even after the left-arm spinner impressed during the series in India.advertisementO’Keefe, with 19 wickets, was Australia’s joint highest wicket-taker with Nathan Lyon in India but had to make way for left-arm spinner Ashton Agar. Australia also have uncapped 23-year-old leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson in their squad.”It is unlucky,” Smith said. “He did very well in the first Test match in India and had some contributions throughout in the other three Test matches as well.”Smith said the inclusion of Agar, 23, was aimed at developing him for the 2021 tour of India.”We just see it as a bit of a time to get us someone new into the group,” Smith said.”Ashton has been around the group for a quite a while now, he’s worked on his art and he’s becoming a lot more consistent in what he’s doing. It’d be fantastic to see him get an opportunity.”It’s four years until we next go to India which is always a tough tour for us and one that I particularly as captain want to win (at some stage) throughout my tenure.”It’s an opportunity for Ashton to get some experience in these conditions and hopefully improve, with an eye to the next time we go to India as well.”last_img read more

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22 days agoStupid Spurs meltdown: Why can’t Eriksen just switch off his phone?!

first_imgStupid Spurs meltdown: Why can’t Eriksen just switch off his phone?!by Chris Beattie22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: Stupid. Moronic. Self-destructive. Pick one out – after all, Hugo Lloris had to do that seven times on Tuesday. But take one word to describe Christian Eriksen’s actions in the aftermath of the Bayern Munich humiliation…Ahh, remember the old days? Way, waaay back? Way back to 2017, when Prem players en masse, having delivered a performance as Spurs fans endured this week, would later admit wanting to stay in doors. Ashamed to show their face around the local haunts. Fearful of seeing the disappointment written across the faces of their most loyal and supportive fans. But today? Well today, at least if you’re a Spurs player, you’re straight onto your phone and your social media account. Not to offer an apology for the rank performance their fans have just witnessed. A humiliation. Something “historic”, as Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bayern’s chief exec, described the 7-2 drubbing in London. Oh no, Eriksen was on his phone, on social media, reacting to some obscure, fantasist’s gossip about his girlfriend and teammate Jan Vertonghen. Gossip which hadn’t reached the press. Something that not only had just existed online – but in a tiny echo chamber. Though clearly an echo chamber Eriksen was aware of.And that gets to the crux of all this. In Eriksen’s world. In the player’s bubble. This social media account making these claims, matters. But beyond the scores of people (and that’s being generous) whom pay attention to this stuff, what matters is the last performance and the last result – in no particular order. That Eriksen, backed up by Vertonghen, should feel the need to address this garbage – and in the process bring it into the mainstream – is indeed stupid, moronic and self-destructive. Especially when the club is teetering as it is.Why even pick up your phone after such a result? Why switch it on and let all the abuse wash over you? Why not, just as players did not so long ago, do the electronic version of keeping their head down and simply switch the bloody thing off? Eriksen is a good pro and a good man. Those whom have been with this column long-term will be well aware of his attempts to move to a higher level. But he never made it obvious. He’s never kicked up a fuss or downed tools. Indeed, as we’ve covered here, the first hint of ambitions elsewhere didn’t come from him, but a former agent, Bayram Tutumlu – and that was over two years ago. But no matter the frustration, Eriksen has never let it influence his football.But with this one, he’s messed up. With Spurs being pulled apart like never before. From the chairman, to the manager and the players. To give oxygen to something that would’ve melted away in time was ridiculous. And delivering another negative angle to the storyline of this Spurs season is only half of it.With Chris Waddle ranting about a needed clearout. With manager Mauricio Pochettino accusing his players of “giving up” – and captain Hugo Lloris later admitting as much. With the headlines ablaze with stories about the commitment at Spurs, the last thing the fans want to see on the backpages of the biggest dailies is the stuff Eriksen volunteered to get in the middle of. At worst, for those who believe what they read on social media, all it’s done is fuel the talk that the players are at eachother’s throats. And for the others, Eriksen’s response only affirms the doubts about their focus this season.A week ago, Pochettino admitted the dressing room was fractured, stating: “Maybe performances are good but we need this mental connection, this energy to be all together, not to have different agendas in the squad. We need time again to build that togetherness.”And in response, this column was critical of the Spurs manager and his contribution to this disunity. However, it must now be said, what chance has Pochettino to turn things around when his senior players are allowing themselves to be manipulated like this?The timing was stupid. The reaction moronic. And the result self-destructive. Next time – and for the sake of Spurs fans you hope there isn’t a next time – just switch the bloody thing off. TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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NCDA on Prevention Campaign

first_imgStory Highlights The National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) is celebrating its 35th anniversary under the theme ‘It Takes a Village…It Starts with Me’.The agency is committed to lowering risk factors and increasing protective measures for substance use among individuals, families, communities, educational institutions and public- and private-sector entities, through public education campaigns, research, advocacy and interactive evidence-based programmes.In an interview with JIS News, NCDA Research Analyst, Uki Atkinson, said the theme entreats Jamaicans to be a part of the process.“It is both an individual and collective call to action to participate in shaping Jamaica’s future by passing on positive values, creating safe environments and enhancing holistic health in the quest for Jamaica to be the place to live, work, do business and raise families, in keeping with Vision 2030,” she said.Drug Awareness Month officially began with a proclamation by the Governor- General on November 1.Miss Atkinson said that a number of events will take place across the island. “These include public engagements, which aim to build awareness on the new and emerging threats in our region and in our island,” she explained.She explained that the NCDA also seeks to build the capacity of parents to prevent, detect and address drug use among their children.“To that end, we have a partnership with the National Parenting Support Commission. They have their events across the island, and we are going to be a significant part of that every Saturday for the month,” Miss Atkinson said.She added that there are also sporting events, youth forums and general public education sessions across communities.“Ultimately, what we want to do is build the interest and active participation among the population… in drug prevention as a key solution to many of the social problems that we’re seeing that are also affecting the health of our people and the development of our nation,” Miss Atkinson said.Drug Awareness Month is observed annually in November to promote active involvement of citizens to prevent substance use, and to seek help for substance dependents to make healthier lifestyle decisions. The National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) is celebrating its 35th anniversary under the theme ‘It Takes a Village…It Starts with Me’.center_img The agency is committed to lowering risk factors and increasing protective measures for substance use among individuals, families, communities, educational institutions and public- and private-sector entities, through public education campaigns, research, advocacy and interactive evidence-based programmes.last_img read more

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RCMP look for help in identifying suspect involved two alleged crimes

first_imgThe RCMP believe this same suspect could have been involved in a robbery that happened on May 25, 2018, at a local lottery kiosk.  The suspect allegedly demanded money and obtained an undisclosed amount of cash before assaulting a lottery employee.Surveillance video from both the convenience store and the lottery kiosk has lead the RCMP to believe the same person was involved in both crimes.The suspect is described as a First Nations man in his mid-20’s to mid-30’s, standing between 5’8″ and 5’10” tall, with a heavier build. He was wearing a grey and black hoodie with a Red Dragon Apparel (RDS) logo, grey pants with distinct black striping, and grey high-top Nike runners.The RCMP have released this photo a suspect alleged to be involved with the robbery at a local lottery kiosk – RCMPThe Fort St John RCMP is asking anyone with information about the suspect(s) or these incidents to call the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or attend the detachment during office hours at 10648 100th St, Fort St John, BC. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John are looking for the public’s help to identify a suspect that is alleged to have committed two different crimes.On April 25, 2018, the RCMP received a report of a theft from a vehicle.  Various personal items including a debit and credit card were taken.  The cards were used at a convenience store on 100 Avenue.  The suspect is described as an adult male wearing a grey and black hoodie with a Red Dragon Apparel logo, along with a backward black brimmed hat.The RCMP have released this photo of the suspect taken at a local convince store – RCMPlast_img read more

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Shell urges CAPP to adjust emission policies to support carbon pricing

first_imgIn the report, Shell says CAPP is out of line because it doesn’t comment on the Paris accord, nor does it publicly support federal and provincial carbon pricing frameworks in Canada.It adds that it is aligned with CAPP, however, on support of Canada’s climate targets and policies that encourages technology and innovation to address climate change, as well as on the use of natural gas as an energy source and properly managing methane.Shell was a much bigger player in the Canadian oilpatch before it sold most of its oilsands assets to Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. in 2017.“Taking into account the broader value of our membership, we remain a committed member of CAPP. We will continue to engage with the association and closely monitor our alignment on climate-related topics,” the Shell report concludes. CALGARY, A.B. – Global energy giant Royal Dutch Shell is urging Canada’s largest oil and gas organization to get off the fence and support both the Paris climate accord and the pricing of carbon to encourage greenhouse gas emission reductions.In a new report, Shell says it has reviewed its relationships with 19 industry associations around the world and decided to leave one of them, the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, because of “material misalignment.”It found some misalignment with nine others, including the Calgary-based Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.last_img read more

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Reinvented the actor in me in New York Anupam

first_imgMumbai: Veteran actor Anupam Kher, who is back in the country after almost three months, says it has been a great learning experience being in New York and reinventing the actor in him there. Anupam was busy shooting for the second season of the medical drama series “New Amsterdam” in the US. He took to Twitter to announce his return to India after 100 days. “I am finally India bound after almost 100 days. It has been a great learning experience being in New York and reinventing my life and the actor in me,” Anupam wrote. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka He also said he felt emotional on his return to India. “I am joyous and emotional going back to my country after a long gap. Looking forward to a familiar experience,” he added. Inspired by Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in the US, “New Amsterdam” follows the brilliant and charming doctor Max Goodwin played by actor Ryan Eggold, the institution’s newest medical director who sets out to tear up the bureaucracy and provide exceptional care. On the Bollywood front, the 63-year-old actor was last seen on screen in “The Accidental Prime Minister”. He played former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the film.last_img read more

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Saints Bounty Program Anthony Hargrove Denies Its His Voice

Former New Orleans defensive end Anthony Hargrove says it’s not his voice saying ”Give me the money” in a video used by the NFL as evidence in its investigation of the Saints’ bounty program.A day after Hargrove and three of his ex-teammates made appeals of their suspensions at NFL headquarters, he returned to the sidewalk outside the league offices Tuesday for an informal news conference. As curious passers-by huddled around, Hargrove read a 13-minute statement, making references to Bill Clinton and the Mona Lisa and often sounding like a colorful defense attorney giving a closing argument.”I’ve never offered nor received money to intentionally hurt a player,” Hargrove said.This week, the NFL showed reporters a clip from the 2010 NFC championship game in which Hargrove purportedly made the ”money” comment about injuring then-Vikings quarterback Brett Favre. Hargrove insisted it was someone else uttering those words, though he said he didn’t know who.Hargrove was flagged and subsequently fined $5,000 for a flagrant hit on Favre, who returned to the game.”This happens,” Hargrove said, looking into the TV cameras. ”Brett, I’m truly sorry.”Hargrove, now with Green Bay, has been suspended for eight games.NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said: ”We stand by the findings of our investigation.”On Monday, Hargrove, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Jonathan Vilma attended appeals hearings with Commissioner Roger Goodell. After the sessions, the NFL presented the same evidence it showed the players to reporters. The Hargrove clip was part of that. read more

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The Falcons Are In Trouble But The Saints Might Be Back

TEN68TEN74TEN 12, CLE 9+1.2– NE68NE60ATL 7, NE 23-8.8– RKTEAMSEASONPOINTS PER GAMESEASONPOINTS PER GAMEDIFF.YEAR 2 RECORD The Falcons’ offensive decline is on track to be historicLargest changes in points per game between seasons, since 1970 * Through first six gamesSource: ESPN STATS & INFO IND55JAX58JAX 27, IND 0+10.8– ARI53LAR55ARI 0, LAR 33+5.1– PHI69PHI69WSH 24, PHI 34-2.9– 2Buffalo197530.0197617.5-12.52-12 According to ESPN Stats & Info, only one team has suffered a worse offensive drop-off — another version of the Falcons, back in 1973 — and only two other teams have undergone a similar decline in offensive potency in the past 40 years: the 2015 Dallas Cowboys and the 2011 Indianapolis Colts, both of which scored a dozen fewer points per game than they had the year prior. Those two teams had something in common: The Colts (2-14) lost franchise quarterback Peyton Manning for the entire year when he was forced to have (another) neck surgery prior to the start of season. Likewise, the 2015 Cowboys (4-12) suffered their worst season since 1989, mostly due to multiple severe injuries to their signal caller, Tony Romo, who started just four games. But while those teams spent the majority of the year toiling under the likes of Curtis Painter and Brandon Weeden, the Falcons have no such excuse. (It should be noted that the 2011 Colts would earn the right to draft Andrew Luck No.1, while the poor showing of the 2015 Cowboys paved the way to the team picking Ezekiel Elliott — but the Falcons aren’t in that much trouble yet.)The NFL is unforgiving, and every team’s misfortune creates an opportunity for someone else. Atlanta and Carolina’s inconsistencies this year have allowed a familiar division foe to become relevant again: the New Orleans Saints. After a spell of mediocrity that saw the Saints finish with a 7-9 record in each of the past three seasons, Sean Payton’s team appear to be on the rise, for now. The Saints have climbed to sixth in our NFL Rankings, with an Elo rating of 1589.1Elo is a metric that estimates each team’s skill level using only the final scores and locations of each game. An Elo rating of roughly 1500 is considered average. At 4-2 and atop the NFC South, the Saints now have a 73 percent chance of making the playoffs and a 56 percent chance of winning the division — both of which are the best chances New Orleans has seen this season.We wrote at the start of the season that the Saints’ lack of success was not the fault of quarterback Drew Brees; if he benefited from even average defense — New Orleans ranked 28th, 32nd and 31st in points allowed per game from 2014 through 2016 — the team could likely get back to winning games. And lo and behold, that appears to be exactly what’s happening so far this season. New Orleans’ defense is hardly one of the best, but because it has improved to being simply OK — it ranks 16th in points allowed per game this year — Brees and the offense have had more room to breathe.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersThough the readers registered a net loss of 14.2 points in Week 7 of our NFL prediction game — in which we invite readers to try to outsmart our Elo algorithm — they tied for their most successful week to date this season. The biggest net win of the week for readers, which also happens to be readers’ biggest net win of the season so far, came in the Saints’ 26-17 win on the road over the Packers. The readers took advantage of Elo’s inability to account for teams’ injuries in its predictions and selected a surging Saints team over an Aaron Rodgers-less Packers team, gaining 20.4 points over Elo on that game.The other double-digit net win for the readers came in the Jacksonville Jaguars’ shutout victory over the Indianapolis Colts. That means the Jaguars continued to haunt Elo for another week: Our algorithm now has a 1-6 record when predicting the outcome of games involving the Jags (that’ll teach us for joking about Jacksonville every week).It’s not too late to try your luck against Elo, so make sure you make your Week 8 predictions. DEN55DEN58DEN 0, LAC 21-5.7– SEA54SEA64SEA 24, NYG 7+6.1– CAR61CAR67CAR 3, CHI 17-9.7– MIA65MIA57NYJ 28, MIA 31-9.0– MIN68MIN66BAL 16, MIN 24-3.6– 2Atlanta*201633.8201721.3-12.5? 4Indianapolis201027.2201115.2-12.02-14 PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.RESULTREADERS’ NET PTS 1Atlanta197322.719747.9-14.83-11 KC67KC70KC 30, OAK 31-6.7– GB63%NO60%NO 26, GB 17+20.4– PIT72PIT70CIN 14, PIT 29-3.4– DAL73DAL74DAL 40, SF 10-1.7– BUF67BUF61TB 27, BUF 30-6.3– 4Dallas201429.2201517.2-12.04-12 Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 7Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 7 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION The NFC South has sent a team to each of the past two Super Bowls, making it one of the NFL’s most successful divisions by this metric. The Carolina Panthers — who lost to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 — followed up by winning just six games the next season and falling well short of making the playoffs. After losing in historic fashion to the New England Patriots in last year’s Super Bowl, the Atlanta Falcons are in danger of turning in a similarly lackluster post-Super Bowl season. The Falcons now have a 47 percent chance of making the playoffs, the lowest that number has been so far this season, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL Predictions.It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what has gone wrong for the Falcons this season. While Atlanta’s defense has improved from last year — 22 points allowed per game through six games this season compared with 25.4 points per game for the whole of last season — someone needs to issue an APB for the team’s offense. Because Matt Ryan’s MVP season last year was so good — the Falcons ranked in the top two on offense last year for points and total yards — anything short of another spectacular offensive season would be a setback. Part of the problem has been Ryan’s inability to connect with his receivers on deep throws: In 2016, Ryan completed an NFL-best 57 percent of throws that went 15+ yards downfield, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group, but that has dropped to 37 percent in 2017. This year’s offense still ranks seventh in total yards per game, but the drop-off in points per game has been historic. read more

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Football Moving past the loss to Iowa and more from Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer watches a Buckeye offensive possession from the sideline in the third quarter of the Ohio State-Iowa game on Nov. 4. Ohio State lost 24-55. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe mood in the postgame press conference room following No. 6 Ohio State’s 55-24 loss to Iowa last Saturday was noticeably down. Head coach Urban Meyer and the two players — center Billy Price and defensive end Tyquan Lewis — were both clearly emotional about the loss they suffered that could prove to be the loss that wipes out its playoff hopes.Meyer spoke on the Big Ten coaches teleconference Tuesday about what he said to the team after the game as he attempted to keep the morale up in the locker room. The message to the whole team — players and coaches alike — was simple. “Move forward,” Meyer said. “We have great trust, great confidence. I just had that discussion with our staff yesterday where we gave up an incredible amount of rushing yards and the week before we shut down Saquon Barkley, arguably the best back in the league or in the country. And then J.T. was 13-for-13 or 16-for-16, or whatever it was, and then it’s athletics and you’ve got to rebound and put that one behind you, which is hard, but you’ve got to move forward.”Meyer said his team knows what is at stake in the upcoming matchup against Michigan State and that the team still has plenty left for which to play.“They understand, they’re a very smart team, understand what’s at stake,” Meyer said. “Come back home and play against the other team that’s tied with us for first place. I’ll know more today, obviously we haven’t seen them yet. These meetings start here in a few minutes.”Here are some more topics he discussed Tuesday.Meyer on Michigan State’s improved season: “Their quarterback’s really starting to play well. Threw for 800 yards the last two games. Defense, they’re No. 1 in the league in rush defense. Playing typical Michigan State, very good defense. So they’ve just got some momentum right now.”Meyer on the linebackers’ performance this season: “This past week was not good at all. To this point, they’ve been playing very solid, at times very good. Especially when you have some new guys in there. Jerome Baker is really the only returning starter. At times, they’ve played very well. And like the week before, they played very, very well. And this week we did not.”Meyer on balancing quarterback and tailback rush attempts: “A lot of those are, when you run the read game, they’re a couple defenses that really tried to take the tailback out of the game. So we’ve been working on that hard this week.”Meyer on whether the inconsistent play is the result of a lack of leadership: “No I think this is one of the better groups that I’ve had. It’s perplexing at times because I know they care so much. The two ejections, one was a mistake by the official and one was in the heat of the moment, there wasn’t a purpose or intent to it.”Meyer on safety Damon Webb’s career and 2017 season: “A very good career. Obviously it remains to be seen how he plays these last few games out, but he’s a very good player for us. Good person … He’s done a pretty good job [this season]. Obviously, the taste in your mouth from last weekend was not good, but before that he’s been playing pretty good.” read more

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Gianluca Mancini admits Atalanta has regrets from match with Copenhagen

first_imgThe match between Atalanta and Copenhagen was goalless and Gianluca Mancini admits it was “galling” even after they had 10 shots on target.The first leg of the Europa League play-off was without tangible result as both club failed to score, however, the host dominated possession of the ball and had 12 shots on goal to one and 10 of them on target.“There are some regrets, because we took the initiative throughout, had so many shots on target and chances to score, so to see it end 0-0 is frankly galling,” the defender told Sky Sport Italia via Football Italia.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“The pitch wasn’t great, but that can’t be an excuse. As time went on, the turf was getting worse and worse, so we had to go with more high balls rather than passing to feet.”In 2017, Mancini signed by Atalanta but were immediately loaned back to Perugia from Atalanta. Mancini made his Serie A debut in a 1–1 draw against his former team Fiorentina, replacing Rafael Tolói after 25 minutes.last_img read more

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