As the Syracuse men and women try to pace themselves during the most important three weeks of the season, the Orange encounter a familiar foe: Buffalo weather.The past two years at NCAA Northeast Regionals in Buffalo, the Orange have seen below freezing temperatures and have not been able to effectively recover when they head to nationals, senior Aidan Tooker said. Friday’s forecast includes an expected wind chill of 24 when the women’s race begins at 11 a.m.“You can’t dwell on things you can’t control,” junior Amanda Vestri said. “Every single team out there has to race in it too. So if you go in with the mentality of knowing that everyone has to do it, then there should be no excuses. Just wear gloves and a hat.”Entering Friday’s race, the men are coming off their sixth ACC championship win in seven years, while the women placed fifth, their worst finish since 2016. The men haven’t lost at the Northeast Regionals since 2012, but they’re wary of overextending their training, a problem they’ve had in the past during the final three races of the year — ACCs, regionals, and NCAA Championships.“You go into a championship cycle and workouts might get a touch harder but you have a lot more rest in there too,” SU head coach Brien Bell said. “You don’t want them to get stale as well.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn 2017, the men’s team followed a near identical script to the current group. Behind a mix of seasoned upperclassmen and rising stars, SU notched an early-season victory at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown and took home first place at the ACC Championships. The 2017 roster would go on to triumph at regionals but fell flat at the NCAA Championships, finishing 13th.The following year in 2018, the team again started off the season strong but lost their first ACC Championship meet since joining the conference. Redshirt senior Simon Smith said that the team may have overlooked the event in preparation for later races. Despite another victory at regionals later on in the year, the team felt like it had let the program down, Smith said.The Orange have adopted a new practice schedule to simulate the actual race times and elements. While the team has practiced at around 3 p.m. for the past few years, they have started to run in the morning. The ACC Championships were in warmer-climate Virginia, so they’ve been re-adjusting to the upstate New York weather.Four years removed from winning the program’s only national championship, Syracuse is led by upperclassmen Joe Dragon, Dominic Hockenbury, Kevin James, and Smith. Behind them, a new wave of ascending runners in Nathan Henderson, Noah Beveridge, and Nathan Lawler round out the top seven. Tooker, who led Syracuse in sixth last year at regionals, will miss the race and is out for the remainder of the season with an undisclosed injury.The men are ACC champions, but the women had a more disappointing finish to conference play. After a third-place finish in 2018, the women dropped to fifth in 2019. Bell said there were no silver linings to the fifth-place finish.Last year, the women did not perform well enough at the Northeast Regional to qualify for the national championships. Shannon Malone won the regional and qualified as an individual runner, but she was the sole representative in the second year since 2012 that the team did not qualify.The Orange are struggling to keep momentum this season after graduating two of their top runners: Malone and her sister, Mary. Four of the six runners at the regional last year are still on the roster, but with Laura Dickinson and Emma Wilson out for the season, Rachel Bonner and Madeleine Davison are the only returning runners from that race. Even with these losses, Vestri has consistently been Syracuse’s top runner.At the Nuttycombe Invitational in Wisconsin, the women had one of their worst finishes in recent memory. They placed 25th out of 36 teams just one week after a first-place finish at the Coast-to-Coast battle in Beantown.“Wisconsin was a good wakeup call that we needed and it didn’t define what we had been doing the whole time,” Bonner said.But SU may have hit the snooze button and failed to recover two weeks later at ACCs. SU’s best hopes to place are Vestri, who finished ninth at ACCs and Bonner, who placed 16th.Said Bonner: “I have full confidence in the work that we just did over the past month.” Comments Published on November 13, 2019 at 11:16 pm Contact Eli: [email protected]edu Facebook Twitter Google+
Share StumbleUpon Share UKGC data reveals ‘notable recovery’ for sports betting July 6, 2020 Related Articles Submit Successful summer leaves Leadstar positive over industry’s recovery August 18, 2020 Gambling.com maintains momentum against COVID-19 impacts August 19, 2020 B2B supplier Relax Gaming has expanded its presence in the Baltic region, after agreeing to integrate its table games and slot content with online casino operator Optibet.The operator will roll out the supplier’s cost-effective blackjack and roulette games in the first instance, with the introduction of the slot games set to follow.Relax’s blackjack offering allows players several opportunities to win at a fast pace, allowing for play on up to three tables at any one time.The roulette product can recreate a live casino experience with realistic ball movements, based on the latest physics models and Relax’s own unique RNG engine.Founded in 2010, Relax Gaming is is currently licensed by the UK Gambling Commission, Malta Gaming Authority , the Alderney Gambling Control Commission and the Romanian regulator.Daniel Eskola, Relax CEO, said: “With Optibet operating in important Baltic markets, such as Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, this is a very important and exciting deal for Relax Gaming.“We are sure Optibet’s players will thoroughly enjoy our proven premium casino content.”Chris Davies, Head of Casino at Optibet, added: “Relax Gaming’s content will allow us to bring a first-class and innovative online casino experience to our players, and we are very happy to be on board with them.”
24 Jan 2018 Remarkable youngsters give golf a new voice A group of 11 remarkable young people are set to give golf a fresh, new voice.They are Young Ambassadors for England Golf and the Golf Foundation and through their own stories, enthusiasm and love of the sport, they will challenge negative perceptions and play a part in getting more people talking about and playing the game.The ambassadors range in age from 10 to 22 and include school pupils, students, a volunteer coach, a trainee PGA professional, a would-be PE teacher and a trainee doctor. They’re all prepared to do what it takes to inspire others, whether it’s speaking at meetings, blogging or vlogging, getting involved with national campaigns or helping to organise events.“They’re an amazing group,” said Lee Dolby, England Golf’s Young People Manager. “They’re bringing to life our Children and Young People’s Plan for Golf and helping us achieve our vision of inspiring a love of golf that lasts a lifetime.“By sharing their stories they’ll help raise awareness of golf, show the positive impact of young people and prove that it’s a game for all.”The Ambassadors are:Emma Anderson, 20, of Sherwood Forest Golf Club, NottinghamshireElla Baker, 12, of Warley Woods Golf Club, HalesowenIsabella Bleaken, 10, of Westonbirt Golf Club, GloucestershireWarren Clark, 17, from Hampshire and a member of Salisbury & South Wilts Golf ClubEmily Furniss, 18, of Gaudet Luce Golf Club, WorcestershireMorgan Halpin, 19, of Morecambe Golf Club, LancashireAli Jodiyawalla, 18, of Hatchford Brook Golf Club, BirminghamYsobel Lush, 16, of Langdon Hills Golf Club, Essex,Hope Neild, 16, of Royal Norwich Golf Club, NorfolkJessica Pilgrim, 12, of Harewood Downs Golf Club, BuckinghamshireMatthew Wilcox, 22, of West Lancashire Golf Club, LancashireThe ambassadors recently got together for a training session involving the Youth Sport Trust and the Sport and Recreation Alliance. It was a chance to share their stories and experiences and similar themes emerged right across the age range.They spoke of how golf has given them confidence and inspired their career ambitions, how they want to work to make the game truly inclusive and their passion to show that it’s not an ‘old man’s’ game.Here, four of them talk about golf:Ali Jodiyawalla took up golf at the age of 12 when his dad was introduced to the sport through his work. Now, aged 18, he wants to give back, commenting: “Golf’s given a lot to me, if it wasn’t for golf I think I would just be out with my mates a lot more, instead of being focussed on something.Ali is a Level One volunteer coach and his main interest is helping other people to enjoy golf and discover what a great game it is. “There’s a lot of stereotypes around golf but when you actually start playing and get more and more involved it’s so different,” he said.“If young people start representing golf a lot more than the elderly it will take away the biggest stereotypes, that it’s an old man’s sport and a rich man’s sport. And if younger people are doing it, it looks a lot more fun!”Ysobel Lush is, at the age of 16, a veteran volunteer, having helped to recruit girl golfers for three years with Girls Golf Rocks in Essex. The sport and her experience has shaped her life and ambition to be a PE teacher. She says: “I’ve been playing golf since I was little and I’ve made all my best friends through golf. It’s made me what I am and what I want to be.”Morgan Halpin started playing golf with plastic clubs as a three-year-old and is now in the first year of his PGA training. He likes the social aspect of golf and comments: “It’s fun, that’s what it’s all about.”Morgan is passionate about sharing his pleasure in the game and has particular interest in disability golf, inspired by his sister who has a rare genetic disorder. His mum and a friend founded Unique Kidz, a charity to help families find suitable childcare and social activities for their disabled children, and Morgan has been involved with golf activities.Emma Anderson was England Golf’s 2017 Young Ambassador of the Year in recognition of her extensive volunteering. But the university student reckons she has benefited from golf: “It’s made me so much more confident and helped me know that I want to work in sport.”She’s upbeat about the way golf is changing, but says the challenge is getting the wider world to recognise this. “When I talk to people my age about golf there is a perception that it’s older people who are making the decisions, but within golf a lot of young people do have a voice that is listened to. What we’ve got to do is get that voice out there to say that golf is a progressive sport which is changing and that it’s something for people to get involved with.” Tags: England Golf, Golf Foundation, Young Ambassador
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, serves to Danielle Collins at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Monday, March 11, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) ___More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Collins struggled with her serve throughout the match, committing seven double faults and connecting on just 47 percent of her first serves.Osaka’s first-serve percentage was 66 and she won 70 percent of her first-serve points.“In the first set I was just really flat-footed. I didn’t feel like I was moving well at all,” Osaka said. “Then I just tried to really hype myself up. My mindset was just to keep trying to get my feet moving and stay pumped up and positive.”Jermaine Jenkins, coach of Naomi Osaka, of Japan, applauds during her match against Danielle Collins at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Monday, March 11, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Osaka won her first career title at Indian Wells a year ago, propelling her to a career-best year in which she defeated Serena Williams for the U.S. Open title. She began this year winning the Australian Open and moving to the top of the rankings. After that triumph, she fired her coach and lost in the first round in Dubai before taking on a new coach, Jermaine Jenkins.“It is different from last year, but I think I am getting used to it,” Osaka said. “I have been practicing on Court 3 for the past few days, and I’m really grateful there is a lot of people that come out and watch. I try to sign all of the signatures.”Venus Williams returns a shot to Christina McHale at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Monday, March 11, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Venus Williams is turning back her own clock, moving into the fourth round with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over qualifier Christina McHale.Williams is seeking her 50th career WTA Tour title in the desert, where she has never won the event. And at 38, she’s showing vintage form.“I don’t really play that often, so when I do, I need to play well,” she said. “It’s extra motivation for me to play just a little bit better out there.”Serena Williams, a two-time champion at Indian Wells, retired from her match on Sunday because of a viral illness.Ranked 36th in the world, Venus Williams endured three sets in her first two matches. She rallied past Andrea Petkovic in the opening round and followed up by outlasting No. 3 seed Petra Kvitova in a third-set tiebreaker.Kvitova had made the finals in two of her first three tournaments this year.Williams, who made the semifinals in the desert last year, was playing McHale for the first time. Williams rallied from early breaks down in both sets to win.“I never played her, so it’s also you’re out there learning,” Williams said.Fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova eased past qualifier Ysaline Bonaventure 6-3, 6-2. No. 8 Angelique Kerber outlasted qualifier Natalia Vikhlyantseva 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 and No. 9 Aryna Sabalenka defeated 24th-seeded Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 7-5.Two seeded women lost: No. 11 Anastasija Sevastova, who retired trailing 5-0 in the first set against No. 21 Anett Kontaveit, and No. 15 Julia Goerges, who lost to Mona Barthel 7-5, 1-6, 6-4. INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Naomi Osaka rolled past Danielle Collins 6-4, 6-2 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday night, keeping the world’s No. 1 player on track to defend her title.
(Visited 58 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 How long does it take to form veins of gold in the rock? (a) millions of years; (b) less than a second.If you guessed (b), you overestimated. It might just be a few tenths of a second. So reported Richard A. Lovett in Nature News about a new study in Nature Geoscience on the relationship between heat, pressure, precipitation, and earthquakes.Scientists have long known that veins of gold are formed by mineral deposition from hot fluids flowing through cracks deep in Earth’s crust. But a study published today in Nature Geoscience has found that the process can occur almost instantaneously — possibly within a few tenths of a second.The process takes place along ‘fault jogs’ — sideways zigzag cracks that connect the main fault lines in rock, says first author Dion Weatherley, a seismologist at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.The idea is that hot fluid flashes into vapor in the fault jogs during earthquakes, causing nearly instant precipitation of the fluids within them under rapid depressurization. This is called “flash vaporization.” Small earthquakes appear to be more efficient at gold vein formation than large ones. A slip of merely 130 micrometers in a 90-centimeter fault zone can result in a 50% pressure drop, allowing the rapid precipitation of gold and quartz.The caption in a photo of a gold vein accompanying the article says, “Veins of gold, such as this one trapped in quartz and granite, may deposit when the high-pressure water in which they were dissolved suddenly vaporises during an earthquake.”Lovett still promoted the idea that large veins of gold might take hundreds of thousands of years to form out of the “tiny” veins hypothesized in the study.That, Weatherley adds, might be one of the reasons that the rocks in gold-bearing quartz deposits are often marbled with a spider web of tiny gold veins. “You [can] have thousands to hundreds of thousands of small earthquakes per year in a single fault system,” he says. “Over the course of hundreds of thousands of years, you have the potential to precipitate very large quantities of gold. Small bits add up.”Nevertheless, it’s still a “flash in the pan” to use Lovett’s clever double metaphor. Given that so many small earthquakes can occur in a few years, it would seem hundreds of thousands of years are not necessary to find gold in them thar hills. The authors of the original paper said, “Multiple earthquakes progressively build economic-grade gold deposits.”See also the 10/15/2006 entry, “Gold Can Form in a Geological Instant.”It takes a lot of findings like this to overcome the programming many students receive in school that everything on earth takes millions of years. Darwin was enamored with the idea of slow and gradual processes accumulating large changes over time. That, however, is a worldview preference, not a fact of nature.
Brand South Africa is at the 45th World Economic Forum in the Swiss town of Davos from 21 to 24 January 2015 to share that message that South Africa is a globally competitive nation, an integral part of a rising Africa, and open for business. Open for businessAt the 2015 WEF annual meeting in Davos, Team South Africa will be showcasing eight major economic sectors that are open for business to international investors. More >Click on an image for a larger version.MINING AND BENEFICIATIONAGROPROCESSINGINDUSTRIAL INFRASTRUCTURETOURISMHEALTHCAREMANUFACTURINGINFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGYFORESTRY & RELATED PRODUCTS Introducing WEF Davos 2015South Africa to showcase its success at Davos15 January 2015 – President Jacob Zuma will be heading up the high-level South African delegation of cabinet ministers and business leaders attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, from 21 to 24 January, the Presidency said on Wednesday. More > South Africa’s education system critical to competitiveness15 January 2015 – As Team South Africa prepares to showcase the country’s successes at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, we must remember that a quality education for young people is critical to our global competitiveness, writes Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola. More >A plan to move South Africa forward15 January 2015 – On the eve of the World Economic Forum at Davos, South Africa grapples with three challenges in building an equal society: high unemployment, poverty and inequality. A way forward is in infrastructure investment, considered the most direct way to creating skilled, high-paying jobs. More > Four key issues on the agenda for WEF Davos 201515 January 2015 – The world is changing at a breathtaking pace. In the past year, it seems to have become a darker place, marked by deepening geopolitical fault-lines which jeopardise the era of economic expansion, integration and partnership that began with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. More >Gallery: Nelson Mandela at Davos12 January 2015 – The World Economic Forum has unearthed historic photographs of Nelson Mandela attending the annual meetings in Davos in 1992, two years before he became South Africa’s first democratically elected president, and in 1999, the final year of his presidency. More >
Caring4Girls is a programme under the Imbumba Foundation. Richard Mabaso is the founder of Imbumba. (Image: Nelson Mandela Foundation)There was great excitement when the 27 climbers of the Trek4Mandela campaign got together yesterday to start their journey to climb Africa’s highest mountain.Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula and Miss South Africa Liesl Laurie were among those at the send-off event in Johannesburg earlier today.Mbalula said that he planned to join the climbers in summiting Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, at 5 895m above sea level, in 2016. He also pledged R100 000 to the campaign this year.Trek4Mandela, an initiative for Nelson Mandela International Day, is in its fourth year. It benefits Caring4Girls, a programme to provide sanitary towels and menstrual hygiene information to underprivileged girls in rural communities. Since it was established in 2012, Trek4Mandela has attracted massive interest from the government, the private sector and NGOs locally and internationally.It has generated support for over 50 000 beneficiaries, mainly in Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.Many of the climbers – as well as those sending them off – made known their enthusiasm on social media:Take action. Inspire change, make everyday a #MandelaDay. Kicking off the @Trek4Mandela climb with @flysaa pic.twitter.com/5bB4aRDahZ— Liesl Laurie (@LieslLaurie) July 13, 2015Equality for our children must be a reality. #MyHeroes #Trek4Mandela https://t.co/2rrjnmZJWe— Greg Maloka (@GregMaloka) July 13, 2015#Trek4Mandela climbers leaving their footprints as they ready for their symbolic Long Walk to Freedom #Caring4Girls pic.twitter.com/2AM4pSL2tx— NelsonMandela (@NelsonMandela) July 13, 2015The #Trek4Mandela team as they ready to leave South Africa for their summit of Mt Kilimanjaro #GirlChild #Dignity pic.twitter.com/YlxUXC6qol— NelsonMandela (@NelsonMandela) July 13, 2015Good luck to the #Trek4Mandela team. That is a real #MotivationMonday ahead of #MandelaDay. Long live the legacy of #NelsonMandela— Real Steven Taylor (@StevenTaylorSA) July 13, 2015These are @GerriLiive ‘s blinged out hiking shoes for #Trek4Mandela . What do you think? #180OnFridays pic.twitter.com/WdxJSeRoep— 180 with Bob (@180withBOB) July 10, 2015Why the climb?The climb is led by Sibusiso Vilane, the first black African to summit Mount Everest, and the founder of the Imbumba Foundation, Richard Mabaso. It celebrates Madiba’s legacy through supporting the education of South African girls who cannot afford sanitary towels.Yase Godlo, the manager of Mandela Day and Outreach at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, said to the South African Broadcasting Corporation that the objective of the climb was to help 270 000 girls across the country, or “30 000 girls per province”.It has been reported that girls miss up to 50 days of school a year each because they cannot afford sanitary towels.The climbers expect to summit Kilimanjaro by 18 July, Madiba’s birthday and Nelson Mandela International Day. There are 27 climbers in the group, one for each year that Mandela was in prison. They include hip-hop artist Proverb and television news presenter Leanne Manas. Each climber aims to raise at least R1.5-million for Caring4Girls.They will return to South Africa on 20 July. For more information on how you can contribute, visit the Nelson Mandela Foundation site. You can also sms the word “girlchild” to 42513 to pledge R30.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Today USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that avian influenza, which devastated poultry operations around the country in 2015, was discovered on an Indiana farm.“Unfortunately we have had a reemergence of avian influenza in a facility in Indiana. We found out about it yesterday. We sent the lab sample and basically confirmed it as the North American variety. We are sending an emergency response team to the farm in question and we will begin the process of depopulation quickly,” he said. “We want to encourage folks to be ever vigilant on the biosecurity of their operations. We are hopeful to contain this as best we can. We were aware this could happen. We were hopeful that it wouldn’t. We want to be as responsive as we possibly can.”The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H7N8 avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial turkey flock in Dubois County, Indiana. This is a different strain of HPAI than the strains that caused the 2015 outbreak. There are no known cases of H7N8 infections in humans. As a reminder, the proper handling and cooking of poultry and eggs to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F kills bacteria and viruses, including HPAI.Samples from the turkey flock, which experienced increased mortality, were tested at the Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at Purdue University, which is a part of USDA’s National Animal Health Laboratory Network, and confirmed by USDA this morning. APHIS is working closely with the Indiana State Board of Animal Health on a joint incident response. State officials quarantined the affected premises and depopulation of birds on the premises has already begun. Depopulation prevents the spread of the disease. Birds from the flock will not enter the food system.As part of existing avian influenza response plans, Federal and State partners are working jointly on additional surveillance and testing in the nearby area. The rapid testing and response in this incident is the result of months of planning with local, state, federal and industry partners to ensure the most efficient and effective coordination. Since the previous HPAI detections in 2015, APHIS and its state and industry partners have learned valuable lessons to help implement stronger preparedness and response capabilities. In September, APHIS published a HPAI Fall Preparedness and Response Plan that captures the results of this planning effort, organizing information on preparatory activities, policy decisions and updated strategy documents.The United States has the strongest AI surveillance program in the world, and USDA is working with its partners to actively look for the disease in commercial poultry operations, live bird markets and in migratory wild bird populations.Anyone involved with poultry production, from the small backyard to the large commercial producer, should review their biosecurity activities to assure the health of their birds. To facilitate such a review, a biosecurity self-assessment and educational materials can be found at http://www.uspoultry.org/animal_husbandry/intro.cfmIn addition to practicing good biosecurity, all bird owners should prevent contact between their birds and wild birds and report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to State/Federal officials, either through their state veterinarian or through USDA’s toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593. Additional information on biosecurity for backyard flocks can be found at http://healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Department of Agriculture announced that eight land trusts, four counties and 15 Soil and Water Conservation Districts will receive funding to help preserve farmland across the state. These organizations will receive allocations from the Clean Ohio Fund to select, close and monitor easements under the Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program (LAEPP).LAEPP sponsor organizations will accept applications from Ohio landowners interested in selling an agricultural easement on their farms. A total of nearly $8.5 million will be made available in this funding round. Local sponsors have been certified to accept applications in 34 counties. Interested landowners should contact the certified local sponsor in their county for application details.The program allows landowners to voluntarily sell easements on their farms to the state of Ohio. The easement requires the farm remain permanently in agriculture production. Selected farms must be 40 acres or more, actively engaged in farming, participate in the Current Agricultural Use Valuation program, demonstrate good stewardship of the land, have the support of their local government and not lay directly in the path of development. Landowners may use the proceeds of the easement in any way they wish, but most reinvest it in their farm operations.Funding for the program is derived from the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund, approved by voters in 2008. When combined with easements from all programs, 449 family farms in 59 counties have collectively preserved more than 73,500 acres in agricultural production. For more information on Ohio’s farmland preservation effort visit: www.agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/programs/farmland-preservation-office.
Any hopes Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) had of qualifying for the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) play-offs virtually ended after they lost by 61 runs to Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Saturday.The 2017 edition of the IPL has been a disappointing one for the Bangalore franchise, losing seven of their 10 outings so far to be virtually knocked out of the race to the play-offs. Pune, on the other hand kept their play-off dreams alive to stay at the fourth spot after registering their fifth win from nine matches.Chasing a decent 158, RCB were in self-destructive mode losing wickets at regular intervals with skipper Virat Kohli (55) fighting a lone battle to take the team through.Kohli, who went in to open the innings with Australian Travis Head (2), failed to find the support at the other end as the Pune bowlers seized the momentum to their favour.Medium pacer Jaydev Unadkat started the downfall for the visitors with the wicket of Head, who chopped one to the stumps before New Zealand quick Lockie Ferguson packed back the dangerous AB de Villiers (3) after the South African added RCB’s highest partnership of 21 runs for the second wicket with Kohli.New man Kedar Jadhav (7) looked good in the middle before a lack of communication between him and the skipper cost Bangalore their third wicket.Rookie off-spinner Washington Sundar immediately jolted the visitors with the wicket of Sachin Baby (2), brilliantly caught by a diving Steve Smith before Furguson saw the back of Stuart Binny (1) to reduce the men in red and black to 49/5.advertisementLeg-spinner Imran Tahir then joined the party with the wickets of Pawan Negi (3), Adam Milne (5) and Samuel Badree (2) to further dent RCB’s hopes.Struggling at 82/8, Kohli, who by then had reached his half century, the lone RCB batsman to get to the double figures also lost his focus to be caught at sweeper cover by Mayank Agarwal off Daniel Christian after striking four boundaries and a six.Towards the end, tailenders Yuzvendra Chahal (4 not out) and Sreenath Aravind (8 not out) had little answer to the mounting asking rate as RCB finished at 96/9.Earlier, Pune rode on skipper Smith’s 45 and Manoj Tiwary’s unbeaten 44 to reach 157/3 after being sent in to bat.The home side failed to find the momentum against the RCB bowlers, who stuck to a perfect line and length as the last five overs yielded just 46 runs for the home side.Ajinkya Rahane’s (6) dismal run continued to haunt Pune before opener Rahul Tripathi (37) cashed in on the dropped chance by Virat Kohli at 11, to help the hosts cross the 50-run mark with Smith.Smith, who looked in good touch raised a 40-run second wicket stand with Tripathi before the Maharashtra right-hander spoilt another good start to be caught behind by Kedar Jadhav off left-arm spinner Pawan Negi.The fall of Tripathi, who slammed four boundaries and a six during his 28-ball knock, however dried up the boundaries for Pune before Smith broke the shackles in the 12th over, by spanking Badree for a flat six and two consecutive fours.New man Tiwary, promoted to No.4 joined the party by taking Yuzvendra Chahal to the cleaners before Smith added two more fours off Stuart Binny as the third wicket partnership flourished to 50 off 32 balls.Struggling to find the momentum at 115/3 after 16 overs, Pune needed Mahendra Singh Dhoni (21 not out) and Tiwary to press on the accelerator and the former skipper responded in style by muscling Sreenath Aravind for a flat straight six.