Victor Gomez: No stridency, but successful in all the balls he touched. He played ahead of Javi López to help him with defensive tasks and signed a meeting that confirms him. It was the first change.David López: He participated in the center of the field and showed that he has returned from the Christmas holidays ready to be a key piece in the struggle for permanence. Well to the cut, in the distribution and also marked. Great head goal.Marc Roca: Abelardo has managed to play the right key to recover his best version. I hope I don’t know about a single day. He was well physically, willing, sacrificed and successful. He put the center in the goal of David Lopez.Melendo: He did not participate as much as he would have liked in the creation of the game, but he showed himself in specific moments and was successful. Well in that darker job that is defensive.Darder: He tempered the game and knew how to speed it up when he played. He tried several orientation changes. He ran, fought and helped his teammates. Full duel and in the second half he had more contact with the ball.Calleri: He barely had scoring chances because when his teammates found him he was excessively thrown into the band, but he signed a hopeful match. He fought and fought with the Barça defender. Good duel and forced the second yellow of De Jong.Vargas: He tried to be vertical and dangerous and attended Wu Lei for 2-2.Iturraspe: He replaced David López in the spinal cord and put temper and marked the line.Wu Lei: In 77 ’he had a good chance to tie and did so in 88’ with a great cross shot. He unleashed the euphoria of the stands. Diego López: He was safe and stopped most of Barcelona’s rush. In the aerial actions it gave a lot of security. He allied himself with stick in the first half before a shot by Luis Suarez, but he could not avoid 1-1 after the break. The 1-2 surprised him. He avoided 1-3. Javi López: His first half was to frame. He perfectly controlled his area and demonstrated a commendable tranquility with the ball at his feet. In the second half he suffered a little more because Alba went more to the attack.Naldo: He was successful in the actions in which he had to go to court and was always predisposed to help his teammates in the first half. Good in aerial actions. In the second half he appeared somewhat cold and was not so blunt. He gave an extra meter to Luis Suarez in the 1-1.Bernard: Exceeded with note the stake against Luis Suarez in the first half. It is true that there were actions in which he danced, as in which the Barca striker threw the stick, but it was correct and gave security. After the break, with Barça more to attack suffered.Dídac Vilà: He gave security and peace of mind in the left wing in the first half. He was successful in actions in which he had to go to court and added himself to the attack. In 1-2 he was surprised by Vidal.
Veteran jockey Vassell ‘Jollyman’ Najair, at age 62, became one of the oldest jockeys to win at Caymans Park, this aboard the Oneil Markland-trained STIR IT UP in the ninth race over 1100 metres for the Titania Trophy yesterday. STIR IT UP stormed though approaching the distance, disposing of the leaders FIRE ALARM and SWEET DIMENSION for an 11-1 upset, winning by four lengths. It was the second time in eight days that Markland, who is popularly called ‘Sweety Man’, was providing Najair with a winner, following the 35-1 outsider FIX IT UP over the round five course on December 15, Najair’s first winner in over three years. Najair, who started riding as an apprentice to the legendary female trainer, Eileen Cliggott, at Caymanas Park in 1967, joins David ‘Scorcher’ McKenzie as the oldest jockeys to win at the park. McKenzie, who is still active in the saddle at 66, recalled that he rode his last winner four years ago at age 62 as well. And McKenzie was on hand in the vicinity of the Jockeys’ Room to congratulate Najair on his return. Trainer Markland, who also ran FIX IT UP in the race with an apprentice rider replacing Najair, said he was always confident that ‘jolly’ would get the job done. “Despite his age, he’s one of the fittest jockeys at the track. It’s all about self-belief and Najair is convinced that he has some good years left in the saddle,” said Markland. Smiling from ear to ear en route to the Jockeys’ Room – accompanied by the trainer – Najair, a father of three, said despite a rocky career, which included a number of suspensions mainly for anger management related issues, he still enjoys the thrill of victory. “They will have to carry me off the track … in another 10 years,” he jokingly remarked. Meanwhile, in the two other trophy races on the card, the Gary Subratie-trained BLUE DIXIE turned the tables on recent conqueror BUBBLING KITTEN by a head in the Sweet Ruckus Trophy. First past the post LORD EQUUS, in the Stewards’ Cup, was disqualified and placed second following a stewards’ inquiry and the race awarded to first-time runner SIR RAJA BABA, with whom he had interfered a furlong out.
Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments A jubilant Lindsay Stalzer. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA familiar face is coming back to the Philippine Superliga, although she’ll be wearing a different hue of blue.The prolific Lindsay Stalzer will suit up for Petron in the import conference after leading Foton to two straight Grand Prix titles.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ironically, it was Petron that Foton beat for its back-to-back Grand Prix titlesStalzer joins Yuri Fukuda, her one-time teammate for PSL-F2 Logistics in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship, and Hillary Hurley at the Foton side.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIn response to Stalzer’s departure from their camp, the Tornadoes tapped the services of Serbian national Sara Klisura, Montenegro national Dragana Perunicnic, and libero Katarina Vukomanovic of Serbia.Cignal HD recruited middle blockers Beth Carey, who represented Australia in the 2017 World Grand Prix, and Michigan State University product Alexis Mathews, and libero Mami Miyashita. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed How to help the Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES DAY6 is for everybody Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Manganti game-winner lifts Adamson past UP Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Cocolife tabbed Santa Clara University alum Taylor Milton and Tai Manu-Olevao of University of Hawaii as its imports while Sta. Lucia got Canadian nationals Marisa Field and Kristen Moncks and Bulgarian star Slavina Koleva.Generika hired American open hitter Katelyn Driscoll and Croatian Katarina Pilepic, who played for University of Arizona.American Katelyn Driscoll and Venezuelan national Maria Jose Perez will banner F2-Logistics.ADVERTISEMENT
GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Iniesta’s return key for Barcelona against Chelsea Silva put Smart on her back and nearly towed her squad to its first victory with a conference-high 35 points.With the loss, the Giga Hitters remained as the only winless team in the tournament at 0-5.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments “I just told them not to get pressured. Just follow the instruction and treat this match as if this is just a practice game,” said Generika-Ayala coach Sherwin Meneses.Darlene Ramdin of Trinidad and Tobago kept her composure, hitting 26 points off 23 kills and three blocks to lead the way for Generika.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Lifersavers turned to Ramdin in the crucial stages and the returning import delivered, scoring on a kill that made it, 12-10, before hammering another attack to put her team at match point.Ramdin also had ample help with American reinforcement Symone Hayden unloading 21 points as the two teamed up to overcome Gyselle Silva’s scoring outburst. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Rhea Meneses of Generika-Ayala vs Jenine delos Reyes and Maureen Penetrante-Ouano of Smart. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOGenerika-Ayala outlasted Smart, 25-21, 25-23, 23-25, 22-25, 15-11, in a grueling five-setter in the 2018 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Tuesday at Imus Sports Center in Cavite.It was the Lifesavers’ first win after starting the conference at 0-4 but it took everything they got to hold off the Giga Hitters.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew
The LYIT School of Tourism has begun a unique overseas arrangement with a college in Germany.A bi-lateral arrangement for students to study abroad has started for local tourism students with Bremerhaven University in Germany.The first group of students travelled to Bremerhaven at the beginning of March to undertake a semester of study on the highly regarded Cruise Tourism Management programme. Iosif Ciobanca, originally from Romania, but living in Ireland and studying International Tourism and Hospitality Studies at LYIT School of Tourism is delighted with the opportunity.“This exchange gives me a great chance to review the areas of the industry where I might further my career in the future. The growth of Cruise Tourism is interesting, even with the growth in Cruise Liners visiting Killybegs where I study”.Ciarán ó hAnnracháin, Head of Department of Hospitality and Tourism, also travelled to Bremerhaven and met Prof Dr Alexis Papathanassis, Programme Director and Aleksandra Rupietta, Erasmus Co-ordinator.“There are many distinct advantages for students transferring to Bremerhaven for a semester of study. Firstly, Bremerhaven is a great city, with a fascinating maritime history, about the size of Cork, the city is big enough to give a different experience to students from Killybegs, but compact enough to feel welcoming. “The Hochschule is in the centre of the city at the end of the main shopping street. It couldn’t be in a better location. The Hochshule organises intensive German language tuition with the Goethe Institute for three weeks prior to the commencement of the semester. This gives our students time to settle in to the new surroundings and to meet with their study-buddies from the German school.“Thirdly, the programme is delivered through English, which makes it much more attractive to Irish students travelling abroad for the first time”.Dr Sylvie Walsh, Erasmus Co-ordinator at LYIT is equally optimistic about the agreement.“LYIT has been part of the Erasmus programme for a number of years now, but we find that the number of students coming to Letterkenny from abroad far exceeds the number of Irish students travelling abroad. Any opportunity that encourages Irish students to travel to Europe will get the full support of this office and Erasmus.”LYIT School of Tourism plans to introduce Study abroad and Work abroad elements in all new programmes. Ciarán ó hAnnracháin explains “The hospitality and tourism industry is truly a global industry, but we are also aware that the four biggest markets into Ireland are Britain, the US, France and Germany.“Any international placement or study programmes that provide our students with a cultural experience that better prepares them for working with or in these markets can only benefit their career progression. Our focus now is to expand our circle of partners in these four main markets and beyond.”Information on the hospitality, tourism and culinary arts programmes available at the LYIT School of Tourism visit www.lyit.ie.LYIT SCHOOL OF TOURISM FORGES UNIQUE RELATIONSHIP WITH GERMAN UNIVERSITY was last modified: April 5th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:LYIT School of Tourism
DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University track and field teams are set to kick off the 2018 portion of their indoor season this weekend at the Graduate Classic, hosted by the University of Nebraska at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Last year in Lincoln, Drake recorded 10 top-five finishes against a strong field that included competitors from Nebraska and Oklahoma State. Story Links Drake returns 46 of 55 athletes from last season including three all-conference honorees, seniors Taryn Rolle (Nassau, Bahamas), Bas Van Leersum (Zaandam, Netherlands) and Young. The Bulldogs will face competitors from 18 schools including Nebraska, Nebraska-Omaha, UMKC, Nebraska-Kearney, Wayne State and Northwestern Missouri State. The competition is set to begin Friday at 4 p.m. with field events and preliminary heats before resuming Saturday at noon. The women’s team was led by veteran senior Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) with a victory in the 60-meter hurdles. Junior Victoria Coombe (Centennial, Colo.) added another title for the Bulldogs by finishing first in the 400 meters in 57.51. Under the direction of first-year head coach Mark Carroll, Drake opened its indoor season last month at the Cyclone Duals where the Bulldogs won five events against in-state foes Iowa State and UNI. Junior Josh Yeager (Center Point, Iowa) helped lead the men’s team along with sophomores Deonne Witherspoon (South Bend, Ind.) and Xavier Lechleitner (Edgar, Wis.) who each recorded individual event wins. Witherspoon lead the way with a 60 meter personal-bestof 6.85. Lechleitner won the 800 meters in 1:56.37 while Yeager claimed the mile title with a personal-best time of 4:18.56. Live Results Meet Schedule The Bulldogs continue their season Jan. 26-27 in Cedar Falls, Iowa at the Messersmith and Jack Jennette Invite, hosted by UNI. Print Friendly Version
Need to improve the montages in your next project? Check out the technique in this video tutorial to improve the flow of your edit.This is by far one of my favorite editing techniques for creating montages, and it’s super easy to do. By using this simple scale in (or scale out) technique, you can make all of your sequences flow better with more energy.Let’s dive into this video tutorial. Steps on Cutting a Dynamic MontageYou first want to assemble the shots you want to play out in the timeline together. Once you’ve created your sequence, it’s time to get grooving.Click on your first shot, then go up into its effects panel. Drag your cursor over to Scale, and then make a keyframe marker at the beginning of your clip (by pressing the stop watch). This will make a marker point of your current clip scale, which is 100.Now go to the end of your clip, and raise the scale up to 105 (or higher).This will automatically make another keyframe marker.If you play out your clip, you will see that you’ve created a digital scale.This method can be done in reverse too, creating a digital scale out. For example, start with your clip scale at 110. Then go to the end and make it 100.To make this effect work properly, you must apply it to at least three other shots in your sequence. Right-click your first shot, then select Copy in the drop-down menu.Once you’ve done that, highlight the other clips in your sequence, and then right-click. From the drop-down menu press Paste Attributes.An additional window will appear; just select Motion and press okay.This will apply your scale in effect to all of the shots you highlighted. Depending on the length of your other clips, you may need to adjust the scale manually to make sure they don’t zoom in too slow or too late.Again, I can’t express how much this little technique has gotten me through a ton of edits. You can apply to almost every project’s montage sequences.
The campaigning in Haryana will gain momentum with Prime Minister Narendra Modi scheduled to address four rallies across the State, starting from Ballabhgarh on October 14, Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Tuesday. Mr. Tomar, who is also the party’s election in-charge for the State, said the BJP will win 75 seats and return to power for a second consecutive term. The State will go to polls on October 21 and results will be declared on October 24.Star campaigner The campaigning will gain momentum in the coming days as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is BJP’s star campaigner, will address four rallies across the state. Mr. Modi will address his first rally at Ballabhgarh in Faridabad district on October 14, Mr. Tomar said. “We will win 75 seats in Haryana. Have faith in our target. During general elections, we had said we will cross 300 seats and we did so,” he said. The mood in the State is in favour of the BJP because of several reasons including transparent administration, a strong central government and better implementation of the schemes, he said. Noting that Haryana was known for corruption, he said after many years, there is a transparent BJP government in the State with Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar taking several measures for the same.Curb on corruption “Mr. Khattar has taken several steps to curb corruption. The filling up of teachers’ post in a transparent manner and without taking any bribes has created a massive impact on the peoples mind,” Mr. Tomar said. The Union Minister also mentioned that farmers are benefiting from various central schemes including ₹6,000 annual income support under the central scheme PM-KISAN. Since Haryana contributes significantly to the armed forces, people have welcomed the Centre’s decision to abrogate the Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, he added. In the last Assembly polls, the BJP had won 47 seats with 33.2% vote share.
One week is all that stands between Indian sportspersons and their shot at glory. Gold at the Commonwealth Games has often proved to be the launch pad to greatness for many an athlete, and the strong Indian contingent will be hoping that they don’t leave their home fans disappointed once the Games take off.Mail Today begins this final countdown to the Games by presenting to you the biggest medal hopes India possesses in its ranks, across all sports. From India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist – Abhinav Bindra – to world champions to top rank- holders in their respective sports, they’ll all be in the Capital within a couple of days and will be raring to go. After months of hard training, they are ready to unleash their repertoire of skills on their competition.This list is far from complete. After all, at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, India won 22 gold, 17 silver and 11 bronze medals, and finished fourth in the medals tally, behind runaway leaders Australia (84 gold), England (36 gold) and Canada ( 26 gold).This time, every national federation and each athlete is promising a big jump in the number of medals, with shooting, wrestling and weightlifting hoping to be the chief contributors to the tally.Two more sports that India can expect to dominate are tennis and archery – one is being introduced for the first time; the other is making a return to the Games after 28 years.Of course, athletics is considered India’s Achilles heel in multi- discipline events, but there are those who have proved they have it in them to not just compete with traditional powerhouses, but also stay ahead of them on the track and in the field. The time has now come for the controversies surrounding the Organising Committee and its officials to be pushed into the background.advertisementHere’s hoping that the dark shadows brought on by infrastructure, deadline and hygiene issues will disperse and the glow of sport will be the only lasting memory of Delhi 2010.ShootingThe Big Game Player: Abhinav BindraThe young man from Chandigarh took Indian shooting to an unprecedented high with a gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, but his golden run goes back a long way.He struck gold at the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002 in the pairs event, and finished with a silver in the singles. He went on to defend the pairs gold in Melbourne in 2006. His build- up to the Delhi Games has been quiet, as he has participated in only two ISSF events all year – finishing 24th at the World Cup in Belgrade and 25th in the World Championships.But he is known as a big- game player and one can expect him to raise his game when it matters the most – on October 5 and 6.Gold Medal Forecast: 6/ 10Lady Luck Smiles Again: Tejaswini SawantShe first shot to fame as the female equivalent of Abhinav Bindra – a 10m air rifle specialist who won the silver at the Asian Shooting Championships in Bangkok in 2005.She then struck a double gold – pairs and singles – at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. Three years of disappointment followed, with no world- level medals. In this interregnum, she changed her events to 50m prone and three- position rifle.Her luck turned when she struck a threeposition bronze at the World Cup in Munich in 2009 and, at the same range a year later, became world champion in the prone position.With the field at the Commonwealth Games being decidedly weaker than the world championships, Tejaswini can be expected to add more gold medals to India’s shooting kitty.Gold Medal Forecast: 9/ 10BadmintonCarrying India’s Hopes: Saina NehwalRanked third in the world, the Hyderabad teenager has become the new face of Indian badminton. Saina made history in 2010 by becoming the first Indian woman to win two Super Series titles – Singapore and Indonesian – in back- to- back weeks. This performance also propelled her to her highest international rank ever – No. 2.Her meteoric rise started with 2006 Melbourne Games, where she played a big role in the team clinching the bronze medal. She also came close to a medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but lost in the quarter-finals. Within the four years she’s spent at the senior level, the shuttle queen has demonstrated her potential to stay the very best in the years ahead. She carries the burden of the nation’s expectations from her but that doesn’t deter her from going for gold.Gold Medal Forecast: 9/ 10ArcheryOn Target For Yellow Metal: Dola BanerjeeadvertisementArchery makes a return to the Games after 28 years and Dola Banerjee will bank on her experience as India look to make merry on home turf. Dola was the only Indian to win a gold in the women’s individual recurve event at the World Cup Grand Final in 2007 in Dubai after notching up top honours in the fourth leg of the World Cup in Dover, England, a few months earlier.The 2005 Arjuna Award winner also represented the country at the 2004 Athens Olympics. That year, she struck gold at the European Grand Prix and Golden Arrow Grand Prix archery tournaments in Antalya, Turkey. And in 2006, Dola returned home with a gold from the South Asian Games in Colombo. At the Yamuna Sports Complex next month, she will wish to be on song like her gifted musical cousins Shaan and Sagarika.Gold Medal Forecast: 7/ 10BoxingPacking A Punch For India: Vijender KumarThe Olympic and World Championship bronze medallist has earned India many firsts. It’s not mere statistics but his technique that makes him the boxer to watch out for during the Commonwealth Games.The middleweight (75kg) Vijender belongs to a class of boxers who exhibit their profound skills without wasting energy. In the ring he looks more like the thinker who plots his every move. Unlike most boxers who go all- out from the word go, he waits for his opponent to unleash his attack and then he scores on counter-attack.Vijender’s well-thought-out game strategy has lifted him to world No. 1, though he doesn’t get too many opportunities to show his class at home because of the fewer number of International competitions held here. The Commonwealth Games will be Vijender’s big chance to do so.Gold Medal Forecast: 8/ 10Table TennisPaddler In Top Form: Achantha Sharath KamalWith two Commonwealth Games gold medals under his belt, Achantha Sharath Kamal must be feeling the burden of expectations weigh him down.In Melbourne, not only did he win the men’s singles title, he also led the men’s team to the top of the podium. The 2004 Arjuna Award winner has participated in the Athens and Beijing Olympics and the 2006 Doha Asian Games, and been India’s top-ranked player for many years.Now that he has become the first Indian to break into the top- 50 in world rankings, Sharath’s fortunes will be followed all the more keenly.Gold Medal Forecast: 7/ 10 Achantha Sharath Kamal WrestlingThe Home Turf Favourite: Sushil KumarAn acolyte of 1982 Asian Game gold medalist and wrestling coach Satpal, Kumar has single-handedly brought wrestling back into the public consciousness.His bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics was a surprise gift and the first Olympic medal in wrestling for India since K. D. Jadhav’s bronze at the 1952 edition in Helsinki. The Najafgarh strongman kept dating headlines when he became the first Indian to be crowned world champion in the 66- kilo category in Moscow not so long ago.His form makes Sushil, a Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna honoree, the odds- on favourite for a gold on the home turf next month. Sushil has several other achievements in the international arena under his belt. He has struck gold at three Commonwealth Championships and also bagged top honours at the 2010 Asian Championships.advertisementSushil was placed fourth in the 2003 World Championships, but could not do much at the 2004 Athens Olympics. He was conferred the Arjuna Award in 2005.Gold Medal Forecast: 9/ 10WeightliftingA Weighty Comeback: Monika DeviNot long ago, Monika Devi was fighting with her back to the wall against the ban imposed on her for testing positive in a dope test, but the 27- year-old weightlifter is now one of the top contenders for gold. She has several national records to her name and was a silver medallist at the last Commonwealth Games.From there on, her performance has just kept improving and she has followed her Melbourne milestone with two silvers and a bronze at the Asian Championships in Japan in 2007 – but the dope test scandal denied her a place in the Indian team for the Beijing Olympics. Monika returned to competitive world at the Commonwealth Games trials – two years after she was dropped from the Olympic team. She announced her arrival with a gold in her 75kg category.Gold Medal Forecast: 8/ 10Discus ThrowNothing Less Than Gold: Krishna PooniaPoonia’s greatest international achievement so far has been her bronze at the 2006 Doha Asian Games. At the Melbourne Games that year, she finished fifth, but she has put her past behind her and is brimming over with confidence. Says the Arjuna Award winner, “I will aim for gold. I am training very seriously and I hope to peak at the right time.”At the Asian All Star Athletics meet, the test event for the 2010 Commonwealth Games held in July, she clinched the gold. But Poonia is getting a tad carried away when she says: “I expect tough competition and anything less than my best effort will deprive me of a gold.”Gold Medal Forecast: 5/ 10TennisRallying From The Baseline: Somdev Dev VarmanThe young man from Tripura is the first Indian tennis player to break the top- 100 ceiling in singles in a long time. The 25-year-old from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, had an illustrious collegiate career, becoming the first player to make it to three consecutive NCAA finals, winning two of them. Somdev made his Grand Slam debut at the 2009 US Open and progressed to the second round.Earlier that year, he achieved his best tour result till date, reaching the final of the Chennai Open, where he went down to Croatian Marin Cilic. Known for his fitness, athleticism and speed around the court, he relies on rallying from the baseline.Gold Medal Forecast: 7/ 10
Mohammed Shami has not yet joined the Bengal team even as the team’s Ranji Trophy match against Kerala begins in Kolkata on Tuesday.Shami had sought BCCI’s permission to play for Bengal in the Ranji Trophy and he was cleared on the condition that he would only bowl 15-17 overs per innings.Shami was expected to join his Bengal squad on Sunday but was yet to join the team on the eve of the match.However, Bengal skipper Manoj Tiwary said that Shami had gone to his native house and would join the side later on Monday.”There’s a death in his family. He’s gone to attend that. Family is always first priority. He is coming this evening. I have no issues,” Tiwary said.”I don’t think he has done it purposefully. There’s a reason behind it.”Shami’s inclusion in the squad has revived Bengal’s hopes for season’s first win after they secured six points from two matches on basis of their first innings lead.The conditions are ideal for the pacers with a green top on offer at the Eden Gardens.Also read – Virat Kohli promises to retaliate if Australia start sledging war”He is the number one Test bowler for India. He is such a quality that he would not have any issues [in straightway joining without practice].”Tiwary said it was Shami’s wish to play for Bengal before leaving for the gruelling Australia tour where India will play four Tests beginning December 6.”He was very keen about playing. He said he’s available for second match. Then we did the formalities [of seeking permission from BCCI].”advertisementTiwary added Bengal have plan B in place with the team boasting four other pacers in Ashok Dinda, Ishan porel, Mukesh Kumar and uncapped Amit Kuila.Bengal’s batting on the other hand will miss the services of promising opener Abhimanyu Easwaran who is on India A tour to New Zealand.In his absence, last match centurion Koushik Ghosh is likely to be promoted while Sudip Chatterjee who’s battling for runs would come to his usual number three slot.This will be for the first time the two teams will cross swords in the Ranji Trophy and Sachin Baby-led Kerala side are excited about it.Kerala, who defeated Andhra in their last match, lead the group B table with seven points, followed by Bengal.”Back home we played on spinning track. It’s a new challenge for us. There’s a lot of grass on this wicket. We are really prepared to face the Bengal pace attack. We are excited to face Shami,” Baby said.The match will pit Kerala’s strong batting against Bengal’s pace attack. Kerala have three batsmen who have scored centuries this season including the skipper.Opener Jalaj Saxena, who scored 133 against Andhra, will look to give them a solid start while VA Jagadeesh will lend stability in the lower middle order.(With PTI inputs)Also watch –