ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Shoaib Malik’s ‘exclusion’ from West Indies game raises questions

Posted on September 19, 2020Categories oimdzshwTags , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Leave a comment on ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Shoaib Malik’s ‘exclusion’ from West Indies game raises questions

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. In Pakistan’s slump since the ICC Champions Trophy, Malik has been in poor form and his selection raised questions. In 23 ODIs before the England series, he managed just 13.6 and scored just one fifty which was in the 0-5 whitewash against Australia. He was even appointed a captain for two games in South Africa after Sarfaraz Ahmed was banned for two games for racially abusing Andile Phehlukwayo in an ODI.The inclusion of Amir and Riaz has also been questionable. Riaz, who did not play an ODI for close to two years, took three wickets in the warm-up game against Afghanistan while Amir has taken only three ODI wickets in the last year. Pakistan faces a West Indies side who are on the resurgence. In 10 World Cup encounters between the two sides, West Indies hold a massive advantage of 7-3 against Pakistan. With so much going against Pakistan, they head into this contest low on confidence and momentum. A loss in the opening game will make matters hard for Pakistan, considering their next match is against England who made a big statement of intent with a 104-run win against South Africa. Pakistan last won against the West Indies in the 2011 World Cup.Wahab Riaz has not played an ODI for the last two years.West Indies have a 7-3 head-to-head advantage against Pakistan in World Cups. highlights New Delhi: Pakistan is all set to open their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign against West Indies at Trent Bridge. Sarfaraz Ahmed’s side has not had an ideal build-up heading into the tournament, losing nine out of 10 ODIs with one game being a no-result against England due to rain. Ever since their win in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Pakistan has won just nine out of 32 ODIs. Heading into the clash against West Indies, the Pakistan cricket team are under pressure and it has reflected in their team selected for the match against the Windies.According to Pakistan cricket team sources, the squad sees the exclusion of Mohammad Hasnain and Shaheen Afridi but there have been plenty of questions raised over the exclusion of Shoaib Malik, who is potentially playing his last World Cup match. Malik had missed the first Twenty20 International and one ODI against England before the World Cup as the Pakistan Cricket Board granted him leave for 10 days to sort out certain ‘personal issues’.last_img read more

Wilkins looks to regroup after 0-3-1 start

Posted on September 17, 2020Categories oimdzshwTags , , , , , , , , , , ,   Leave a comment on Wilkins looks to regroup after 0-3-1 start

first_imgAfter returning from the Washington Tournament last weekend, the UW women’s soccer team finds themselves in a bit of a tough spot after failing to claim their first victory on the season.Following loses to No. 3 UCLA and Cincinnati, Wisconsin (0-3-1) traveled to Seattle, Wash. where the team fell to No. 4 Portland 2-0 and drew a 1-1 tie against host Washington.After entering the season with high expectations, the humbled Badgers now find themselves in need of a kickstart to salvage the first third of their season.“Ideally we are not where I would want to be at this point in the season,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “Obviously, playing two teams in the top-five was going to be a challenge and I think in the long run this is going to be an important series of games for us in terms of building.”“The result we got [against Washington], I’m happy with because I thin it’s a step in the right direction.”Wisconsin will prepare to right itself in time for a two-game homestand against South Dakota State and UW-Milwaukee this upcoming weekend.Wilkins identifies set pieces as problemIn the wake of the season’s rocky beginning, Wilkins has already identified a main factor behind Wisconsin’s woes: set pieces.Of the five goals allowed on the year, four have come off of dead balls reentering play.The root of the problem, says Wilkins, rests on too many fouls committed, an accessory to sloppy second half play.“One thing is that we’re giving way too many fouls,” she said. “We’re not happy with our play in the second half, in the first half we’ve been fantastic and that kind of leads me to believe that fitness is a problem [and] focus.”“I think that is the youthfulness of our team and I think the leadership needs to come out in the second half.”Nosbusch returnsJunior captain Laurie Nosbusch returned to the pitch last weekend against Portland after missing the first two games of the year with a minor injury.Though she thought Nosbusch was “a little bit rusty” over the weekend, Wilkins expects another week of practice to be enough to help return the Mequon, Wis. native to top shape.“Being out with an injury, I think kind of set her back,” Wilkins said. “She basically didn’t practice very much before the games this weekend…but at the end of the second overtime against Washington I thought she was very good and her leadership came out.”“I think a good week of training this week will get her back into the mindset.”Nosbusch, who led the Badgers in all statistical categories over the last two years, totaled three shots over the weekend, including one on goal.Williams punches in first goalFreshman forward Kodee Williams put the Badgers on the board for the first time this season after capitalizing off a deflection against Washington, scoring her first collegiate goal in the process.Even with the season ending-injury to Paige Adams in the preseason and Nosbusch sidelined for the first two games, Williams managed to become a hazard for opposing defenses and has kept the UW offense threatening.“Kodee is definitely a bright spot,” Wilkins said. “I think she’s gotten better in each game this season already.”“What Kodee brings to us is something that both Paige and Laurie lack in terms of athleticism and being able to get behind people with speed and she showed that a little bit on the weekend.”With the return of Nosbusch to compliment Williams, Wilkins expects the offense to open up even further as the two continue to familiarize with the other’s style of play.last_img read more

Stoke claim victory over Swansea

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first_imgAn early penalty from former Barcelona star Bojan was enough for Stoke to take all three points and move above the Swans in the table.Arsenal and Chelsea will be going for wins in the Champions League for very different reasons this evening.Arsene Wenger’s side host Bayern Munich with their chances of progressing hanging by a thread after losing their opening 2 Group F fixtures. The Arsenal boss wants his team to replicate their impressive domestic form.Chelsea are only a point behind Group G leaders Dynamo Kiev going into their match in Ukraine.last_img

One strike won’t do

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first_imgSince the civil war in Syria escalated in 2011/12 with Syrian President Bashar Assad taking very aggressive, brutal measures against the rebels and innocent Syrians, nations in the Western world have been reluctant to intervene even for humanitarian reasons.In 2013 Assad crossed the ‘red line’ set by former President Barack Obama and launched a chemical attack against the rebels resulting in the death of over 1,400 men, women and children. For days Obama contemplated a military response against Assad’s brutality.For several reasons, Obama eventually decided against military intervention. One, he didn’t have the support of America’s main ally, Britain, as the British parliament voted down any involvement. Two, the US Congress which Obama sought authority from, also voted against intervention. Third, then Secretary of State John Kerry brokered a plan with Russia that ostensibly had Assad getting rid of his stockpile of chemical weapons.Obviously, Obama trusted the arrangement brokered by Kerry and the Russians. However, months later Putin, instead of using his influence with Assad to quell the civil war, entered the fray as Assad’s ally, along with Iran. Last week, when Assad launched sarin gas bombs against rebels and innocent citizens, it appeared Putin duped the US when in 2013 Russia confirmed Assad had gotten rid of the chemical weapon stockpile. Televised images of people, including infants, struggling and dying from the effects of the gas were heart wrenching.Reacting to Assad’s latest atrocity, on the evening of Thursday, April 6, President Donald Trump authorized a missile attack against a Syrian airfield used by aircrafts that dropped the chemical bombs against the rebels.Two days before the missile strike, Trump and members of his administration hinted at reaction against Assad. Nonetheless, the attack was surprising especially with Trump’s seemingly close relationship with Putin. Trump had also cautioned Obama about getting involved in a military intervention with Assad in 2013, cautioning such action could herald “World War III.”The suddenness of Trump’s action has fueled conspiracy theories that the strike against Syria was another attempt to deviate attention from investigations into collusion between Trump’s campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 presidential elections.Notwithstanding those theories, the big question is, what’s next? Does Trump have a clear strategy in dealing with Assad and the Syrian civil war? Assuming there’s such a strategy, doesn’t it pit the US military might against Russia and Iran? Is Trump ready to send large compliments of US troops to fight in Syria, or, would the strategy mean escalated air strikes? Does the strategy involve getting rid of Assad? Since Trump said he was so emotionally moved by images of “beautiful babies” dying from the chemical poison attack would he be now prepared to help create ‘safe zones’ in Syria to protect innocent citizens, especially since he’s not inclined to allow Syrian refugees to enter the US?These are just a few of several questions, but they are questions that has arisen since Trump’s surprise attack against Syria. But there is another interesting question. Was the attack meant to show  Trump is a stronger, more decisive commander-in-chief than President Obama? If so that would be a reckless reason to initiate an international conflict. Or, was the attack to show the US is not reluctant to use its military might against Assad and his allies? If that was so, then the US’ attack was similar to a student hitting the school bully with a glancing blow that only provoked the bully to be more aggressive.Indicative of this similarity is within hours after the attack, Syrian planes took off from the same airfield. Moreover, these planes dropped more bombs, albeit not chemical bombs, over the same territory that the chemical bombs were dropped. Incidentally, this begs another question. Why didn’t the US missile strike seek to destroy the runways at the Syrian airfield. Trump’s explanation that runways are easy to repair doesn’t seem like a justifiable military explanation.Although most Americans are revolted by the images of Assad’s chemical attack, they remain wary of the country entering another war. But, Trump has struck a blow that could result in retaliation by Assad, and Syria’s allies. Americans have the right to know what is Trump’s strategy if such retaliation comes, or if Assad continues to butcher Syrians. One thing is evident. One missile strike against Syria by the US won’t do.last_img read more

Retail realities bite William Hill’s 2019 performance

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first_img SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit Share Related Articles FTSE250 William Hill Plc has this morning published its full-year 2019 results, recording a 2% decline in group revenues to £1.58 billion (FY2019: £1.6bn). The bookmaker branded 2019 as a ‘transformative year’, in which it has restructured its three core trading divisions for online, retail and the US.Continued retail adjustments related to shop closures and redundancies saw William Hill book exceptional charges of £134 million, as the betting group continued to soak up costs related to the UK government’s £2 FOBTs stake reduction.Absorption of a number of anticipated restructuring costs led to a 37% decline in 2019 operating profits to £147 million, while group performance was maintained ahead of management expectations.  Updating investors, Group CEO Ulrik Bengtsson commented: “2019 was a year of transition during which we executed on our ambition to diversify internationally with the acquisition of Mr Green and the continued strong growth of our US business. The Group delivered a strong operating performance, ahead of our expectations and against a challenging regulatory backdrop.”Closing its full-year 2019 accounts, William Hill governance declared group statutory losses before tax of £38 million, compared to FY2018’s £720 million loss – the year in which the FTSE bookmaker began its group-wide transformation programme, resulting in the closure of 700 UK betting shops. Detailing 2019 highlights, William Hill maintained confidence in its online performance with ‘three consecutive quarters of growth’ which was further supported by Mr Green assets performing ‘in line with expectations’, achieving cost synergies of £4 million in its first year of full integration. Despite navigating continued shocks related to the FOBTs stake reduction, William Hill said that retail sportsbook wagering saw a 6% increase in average weekly staking across its self-service betting terminals.The FTSE betting group enters 2020 maintaining a cash flow of £183 million, as corporate net-debt is expanded to £535 million to reflect its group restructuring costs, US expansions and acquisition of Mr Green.   “We move into 2020 in a stronger position,” Bengtsson added. “Almost a quarter of revenue is now generated outside the UK compared to 15% in 2018. We made positive progress with our digital platform, launching our purpose-built platform in the US and product developments in the Online business in 2019. “We will invest in our proprietary technology as we continue to improve the competitiveness of our customer offering. We have also made great progress embedding a culture of safer gambling across the Group.” He concluded: “This is an exciting time to be William Hill’s CEO. Our industry is evolving and this brings great opportunities, underlining the importance of our efforts to re-position the business. We look forward to building on these foundations with a renewed focus on customer, team and execution.”last_img read more

FIFA consider expanding World Cup to 40 teams

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first_imgFIFA is expected to expand the World Cup to 40 teams on a dramatic day in Zurich, according to multiple reports.The proposal should be ratified by FIFA’s executive committee later on Thursday – despite the dawn raids which saw two unnamed officials, reportedly Concacaf president Alfredo Hawit and Conmebol president Juan Angel Napout, arrested.The current quota of 32 nations started at the 1998 World Cup in France, with the eight-team boost expected to increase spots available to non-European countries.Europe currently has 13 automatic spots, with the other continents lagging well behind in terms of representation – Africa (five places), South America (four and a half), Asia (four and a half), North and Central America (three and a half) and Oceania (half a place). The final berth goes to the host.Should the vote go as predicted, the new format could start from the 2026 tournament.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Friday Fortnite Bracket: Results from Week 5 tourney starring JuJu Smith-Schuster

Posted on August 16, 2020Categories oimdzshwTags , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Leave a comment on Friday Fortnite Bracket: Results from Week 5 tourney starring JuJu Smith-Schuster

first_imgBreaking or weakening opponent’s built or non built structures or cover by any means.Causing opponents to miss shots or miss opportunities for advancing their scores in any way shape or form.Building in front of your opponent.Boogie Bombing your opponent.The use of a boogie bomb on your opponent at any point in the game are subject to disqualificationWatch the Friday Fortnite Week 5 live streamUMG is hosting the tournament above, but if you want to watch individual streamers they are allowed to stream on their respective channels.Friday Fortnite Week 5 teamsJuJu & GrandmateetsMatthew Espinosa & Dwarf MambaFaZe Rain & FaZe TemperrrFaZe Tenser & FaZe KazJoshy & PinkyLG Kiwiz & LG FormulaDrDisrespect & 100T ArkhramNick28T & NepentheZDavid Meyler & Connor BallFaZe Jarvis & FaZe KayNickmercs & SypherPKClassify & THumpDrLupo & MarioHTXXFaZe H1ghsky & TSM SlappieFaZe Mongraal & Mitr0Spastic & Nice1nico (QW)Ghost Aydan & Ghost InnocentsTypical Gamer & FaZe ThiefsTSM MYTH & Deez of outcastMAD Ruski & 100T CeiceGhost Kamo & Ghost ISSAFaZe Dubs & FaZe MeggaFaZe Natehill & FaZe FunkGotaga & Solary AirwaksAkademiks & Ghost AssaultMSF Clix & DellorDolanDark & NopeifyFaZe Replays & HighDistortionLOLiTOFDEZ & VGIA xisma Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and Dr. Disrespect are making their first appearances in the tournament in 2019. Bronny James, son of LeBron James, is entering in again as well.MrSavage and benjyfishy won Week 1, FaZe Tilt & FaZe Jarvis won Week 2, Mongraal and Mitr0 won Week 3 and Aydan and innocents won Week 4. There’s a $20,000 overall prize pool with the winners taking half ($10,000) and a random viewer on Twitch winning the other half.Now, let’s get in to Week 5’s details.MORE: Everything you need to know about Fortnite Trios Cash Cup tournamentWhat time does Friday Fortnite start?Date: Friday, July 12Time: 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PTFriday Fortnite Bracket: Week 5 live resultsHere’s how the above bracket works.Pairs of competitors will join a squad match, but will not be playing as a true squad. The two pairs of teams will instead be battling for a higher amount of eliminations. The duo with the higher amount of elims after two matches advances. The higher seeded team hosts the first match, and then the lower-seeded team hosts the second match on their server. Duos are not allowed to sabotage the other Duos.Examples of sabotage: UPDATE: Ninja and his teammate FaZe Sway have dropped out of this week’s tournament.ORIGINAL STORY: Keemstar and UMG have brought back Friday Fortnite for another week, and Week 5 has a pretty star-studded cast.last_img read more

Dynamic Learning Center is offering FREE high school diploma program to start your year right

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first_imgIt is off to new beginnings in 2016! Join the Dynamic Learning Center on-line or on-site learning community, where virtually anything is possible!  This is a FREE High School Diploma program with 24/7 virtual access.  Computers are available for those without computers at home.  Program is flexible with self-paced hours with supportive teachers to assist you.  Enrollment is open year-around. Contact Shari Mills at (620)488-5638, 823 N. Main St., Belle Plaine, KS 67013.  The free high school diploma completion program provides unique opportunities for people from 18 to 80 looking to earn credits toward graduation requirements. Courses meet the state and local graduation standards. These courses are available on site and online.Enrollment is easy. Just log onto the Dynamic Learning Center website here for information about how to get started. You can visit the office at 823 N. Main in Belle Plaine, or just call today at 620-488-5638.Also, “like” their Facebook page here. Don’t hesitate to give them a personal message.Also, e-mail Shari Mills at smills@sckesc.org if you have any questions or for more information.last_img read more

Ask the Mayor — July 15, 2020 — Clear Lake mayor Nelson Crabb

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first_imgKGLO News · Ask the Mayor — July 15, 2020 — Clear Lake mayor Nelson Crabb Clear Lake’s mayor Nelson Crabb was the guest on “Ask the Mayor” on July 15th, 2020. Listen back to the program (and download it) via the audio player below.last_img

Digging Up History on Sandy Hook

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first_imgBy Allison PerrineSANDY HOOK – With the noonday sun beating down on them, a group of students from Monmouth University (MU) scraped the earth at the foot of the Sandy Hook lighthouse with mini-shovels and brushes. They were digging holes in an effort to discover evidence of Revolutionary War history.The program held June 18, 25 and 26 was a project by the university and the National Park Service to introduce archaeology to students and community volunteers. What they found intrigued them. Musket balls, pottery, bottles and more.Rumson resident and MU graduate student Nicky Kelly got a chance to handle the century-old artifacts. “It helps to tell the whole story,” she said.Richard Veit, the archaeology professor at MU who helped orchestrate the event, said, “It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn about one of New Jersey’s historic sites and it’s cool to have artifacts from the Revolution that gave insight into the people’s lives from that time.”The site was roped off into five units and later broke ground for a sixth. The first unit, called “excavation unit one,” is believed to have been part of the lighthouse keeper’s home, according to MU student Elliott Wilson, 22, of Cranbury. “We think it’s the corner of the cellar, which likely would have stored cold items for the lightkeeper,” Wilson said.Monmouth University students work on excavation unit five to uncover Revolutionary War artifacts.Unit two appears to be the former curb-line of the road, a theory supported by the possible trail that lead to the old horse carriage house. Artifacts found in the unit included a hand-blown wine bottle, a pin, shell-edge pottery and stoneware. “This is definitely evidence of human activity,” said MU graduate student Mike Brennan of Fair Haven.On the top of the hill Marilyn Scherfen, of Atlantic Highlands, and Marjorie Charlton, of Somerset County, worked on unit three as volunteers. “What’s beautiful is that you find everyday items (such as a Château-Lafite bottle), but also things like musket balls,” Scherfen said.At unit five, recent MU graduate/volunteer Mark Schulze, 22, of Belford, speculated on what wall they were unearthing. “We’re trying to expose a corner of a wall and see where it leads,” he said. “We’ll dig down a foot or two and see if we can get to the bottom of it.”After artifacts were discovered, the team labeled and placed them carefully in bags to bring to the artifact washing station. There, findings were delicately washed several times with a toothbrush so that nothing was damaged. Kelly and Samantha Muller, 41, from Rutgers University, worked at this station.Students seemed to have enjoyed the experience.Nicky Kelly worked the artifact-washing station and showedtwo pieces of pottery that were found during the excavation.“I loved it,” said MU student John Brown, 21, of Wildwood Crest. “You learn so much more in the field than you ever could in a classroom. You hear about what to do all the time in class – but to actually have the opportunity to do it is valuable,” Brown said.last_img read more