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NEW DELHI: Cheteshwar Pujara finds the constant fuss over his strike-rate a tad unfair and wants to clarify once and for all that he has the full backing of the team management.In the age of slam-bang cricket, Pujara brings delight to the purists of the game by batting on and on without worrying too much about the strike-rate. But to appreciate someone who epitomizes patience in Test cricket is maybe asking for too much from the “millennials”.Last week, the soft-spoken 32-year-old from Rajkot found himself at the receiving end again on social media as he labored his way to 66 off 237 balls in thefinal against Bengal.To his credit, he overcame fever and throat infection to share a game-changing stand with Arpit Vasavada, helping Saurashtra to their maiden title on the basis of a first-innings lead.Whether it is playing for Saurashtra or India, Pujara is used to the constant chatter around his strike-rate.“I don’t think there is too much talk (on the inside). In media, it is described differently, but the team management has been backing me on this completely. There is no pressure from the captain, coach or anyone else,” Pujara, who is currently getting much-needed family time due to the COVID-19 outbreak, said.“I just want to clarify that when it comes to striking rate people start pointing towards the team management’s take on it, but there is no pressure on me at all. The team management understands my style of play and its importance.”For someone who averages 48.66 in 77 Tests, perception counts for little.“The question that was asked on social media (during the Ranji Trophy final) was ‘why am I taking so long to score X number of runs’? Whether I pay attention to that? No, I don’t. My job is to make sure that the team wins at all times.“People have this tendency to pinpoint one person, but it is just not about me. If you look at any Test series where I have scored runs and taken a little bit of time, the opposition batsmen, most of them, have consumed the same number of balls.“I know I can’t be a David Warner or Virender Sehwag, but if a normal batsman takes time there is nothing wrong in that.”The entire batting unit had a tough time in New Zealand with the 0-2 loss in Tests marking the end of the international season. Pujara collected five half-centuries this season, including one in New Zealand, but could not add to his 18 hundred.“People expect big knocks from me. I always challenge myself to score a 100, but to average close to 50 in Tests means you are scoring a half-century almost every second innings.“My standards are always high and I am not satisfied with the season that I had but I would not call it a bad one at all.”It may be boring and exhausting for a majority of the fans, but batting time and wearing out the opposition excites Pujara the most.Asked why they don’t make it like him anymore, Pujara gave a practical response.“I don’t think it is on the decline (the art of batting time). There is value for it. Maybe the youngsters are not inclined towards this format. It is a fact that there are more games in white-ball cricket. A youngster would want to play shorter formats because it is financially better.“There is nothing wrong with that but they should understand that real cricket is Test cricket and you will be judged only on the performances in the five-day game.”With uncertainty over the upcoming county season in the UK due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Pujara has no game time lined up in the near future. The biggest international assignment for him this season is the tour of Australia and he can’t be more fired up for that.Rather than focusing on the loss in New Zealand, Pujara looked at the Australian challenge, especially after India’s historic triumph Down Under last year.“It is one of the most important series for us.”On playing a full-strength Australia this time, he said: “They (Steve Smith and David Warner) are important players, but if we played the way we played in the last series, we should be able to beat them. AgenciesAlso Read: Arpit Vasavada, Cheteshwar Pujara help Saurashtra hold egde over BengalAlso Watch: Prices of Protective Masks and Hand Sanitizers are Increasing rapidly due to fear of Coronavirus.
The West Coast Conference has postponed all conference fall competition because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The conference announced the decision on Thursday, saying the “welfare” of the student-athletes was the “guiding principle.”The league says it is working on plans to ensure a safe environment to conduct the 2020-21 WCC men’s and women’s basketball seasons in the winter.The postponement does not preclude schools from scheduling non-conference competitions in low-risk sports in the fall.___ The USTA says the sort of “controlled environment” that will be used for the Western & Southern Open and U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows “would logistically and financially be difficult to create” at the smaller tournaments that are being scrapped.___New Mexico State has postponed its football season because of COVID-19 concerns and state restrictions.The Aggies are the third independent FBS program to decide not to play in the fall, joining Connecticut and Massachusetts. They are the 53rd major college football program overall to opt out. New Mexico State noted it had four games left on its schedule, plus the state of New Mexico has a 14-day quarantine for those traveling into and out of the state. Tulane had scheduled Southland Conference member Southeastern Louisiana for its season-opener at Yulman Stadium on the Thursday night before Labor Day weekend.The Southland’s decision to postpone fall sports while investigating the possibility of playing in the spring has put the Green Wave’s first game in doubt.Tulane plays in the American Athletic Conference, which for now has maintained its fall football schedule.Tulane was scheduled to play 12 games before the Southland’s decision, which for now has at least temporarily reduced the Green Wave’s 2020 slate to 11 contests.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Tulane University officials say they’re “actively pursuing” a new opponent for the school’s Sept. 3 home opener after the Southland Conference announced on Thursday it was postponing football and all other fall sports. August 13, 2020 Tom Burnett, commissioner of the Southland Conference, said the board determined that an entire fall sports season wasn’t likely.___Five lower-level tennis tournaments in the United States in September have been called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.The U.S. Tennis Association — which plans to hold the U.S. Open and another tournament in New York starting Aug. 20 — announced Thursday the cancellations of all ITF World Tennis Tour and ATP Challenger events in other cities around the country next month.Those tournaments are ATP Challengers in Cary, North Carolina, and Columbus, Ohio, and ITF stops in Champaign, Illinois; Fayetteville, Arkansas; and Lubbock, Texas. Houston Baptist and Central Arkansas are still planning to play non-conference football games after the FCS-level Southland Conference decided Thursday to postpone league games this fall with the intent to explore playing those in the spring.Southland Conference presidents also authorized planning for spring semester championship events for volleyball, soccer and cross country, while allowing schools to participate in limited fall competition if they choose to do so.Houston Baptist plans to honor its existing contracts to play non-conference football games against North Texas, Texas Tech and Louisiana Tech. Central Arkansas intends to play its scheduled opener Aug. 29 against Austin Peay, and a game at Arkansas State.“While not unexpected, it is still a sad day for our fall sport student-athletes,” HBU athletic director Steve Moniaci said. “We are taking measures to ensure they can compete safely in a limited capacity this fall and be prepared should the league resume play and reschedule the championships for the spring.”UCA athletic director Brad Teague said his school was “moving forward with its fall campaign in all sports, playing a reduced schedule.” New Mexico State says it will explore playing football in the spring.“Rival New Mexico has postponed its season as part of the Mountain West’s decision to attempt to play in the spring.New Mexico State competes in the Western Athletic Conference for other sports, and that conference also announced it would not have fall sports this year.___Fans will be allowed into MotoGP races for the first time this season, at the Misano circuit in Italy next month. The Latest: Tulane looking for new foe for home opener Associated Press ___French golfer Alex Levy has been withdrawn from the Celtic Classic, which started on Thursday.Levy came into contact with a friend who has tested positive for the coronavirus, the European Tour said in a statement.The contact happened while Levy was at home in France last weekend. When he arrived at Celtic Manor Resort in Wales on Tuesday, he tested negative. He is showing no symptoms, the tour said, but he has been withdrawn from the tournament as a precaution and must self-isolate for 14 days.___ The region of Emilia Romagna has given the circuit permission to open to a maximum of 10,000 fans a day for the doubleheader of the San Marino and Emilia Romagna MotoGP rounds.There will be strict measures in place to protect against the coronavirus, and fans will not be allowed to roam around. The circuit has a capacity of around 110,000 including more than 40,000 in the stands and welcomed approximately 160,000 people across the three-day weekend last year.Organizers say in a statement: “It is a decision that makes us emotional because it also represents a green light for the restart of world sport finally in front of the fans.”The first three MotoGP rounds were held without fans and no spectators will be allowed into the upcoming doubleheader in Austria. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Ex-West Indies vice-captain, Deryck Murray, and former off-spinner and head coach, Roger Harper, yesterday announced their support for Ricky Skerritt and Dr Kishore Shallow, as resistance continued to build against the incumbent Dave Cameron ahead of today’s Cricket West Indies (CWI) elections.Murray, also a former Trinidad and Tobago board president, said in a statement that the Skerritt/Shallow ticket represented the “way forward for West Indies cricket” at a stage when the game in the region was at a “crucial juncture”.“I am asking for full support of those who can vote, to cast it in favour of Mr Ricky Skerritt and Dr Kishore Shallow,” said Murray, who played 62 Tests for West Indies between 1963 and 1980.“I think their candidacy is a way forward for West Indies cricket and thank these gentlemen for putting themselves forward at this crucial juncture in West Indies cricket.“We all know that West Indies cricket needs radical change and hope Mr Skerritt and Dr Shallow can bring that to the table and I look forward to them taking over and improving the fortunes of West Indies cricket on and off the field.”Harper, who played 25 Tests between 1983 and 1993 and led the regional team as head coach from 2000 to 2003, said Skerritt possessed both the professional and personal qualities necessary to advance West Indies cricket.“During my time as coach of the West Indies team I had the opportunity to work closely with Mr Ricky Skerritt who was the team manager,” Guyanese Harper said.“I was able to observe Mr Skerritt’s management, organisational and communication skills first hand and I have no doubt that he will be able to build positive relationships with all of the relevant stakeholders in West Indies’ cricket to ensure that the West Indies team progresses to the top of our beloved game where it belongs.”He added: “Importantly, we need leaders who are responsible, objective and honest, who will put cricket first but treat the governance of West Indies cricket with the seriousness it deserves. I believe that Mr Skerritt and Mr Shallow will do that.”Harper’s home territory has already signalled its support for the incumbent Cameron, so much so that it snubbed a request from Skerritt and Shallow to address the body.But with the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) embroiled in confusion in recent years, Harper says a change in CWI change could also have positive spin-offs for the GCB.“As a Guyanese, I look forward to new leadership of CWI, new leadership that will be committed to resolving the crisis in the administration of Guyana’s cricket that has been ongoing since 2011 without democratic elections.”Murray and Harper are the two latest cricketing personalities to come forward in support of Skerritt/Shallow candidacy.This follows similar endorsements over the last week by legendary former players Sir Vivian Richards, Sir Andy Roberts and Clive Lloyd, along with two-time Twenty20 World Cup-winning captain, Darren Sammy.So far, veteran former Windies left-hander, Shiv Chanderpaul, along with former speedster, Tino Best, have publicly endorsed Cameron and vice-president, Emmanuel Nanthan.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Over the past four weeks, 22 participants from 10 different counties in Michigan have prepared to become correctional officers. They’ve learned correctional law, ethics, stress management, and subject control among other things.Instructor Larry Thomson says that these students are now ready to enter any jail in the state and do the job. “I believe these students that graduated today are more than ready to go into the jails of their employment and do the job,” he said. “Certainly, we learn everyday. If there is a day that goes by we don’t learn something, then we probably haven’t done our job, but I’m very confident confident that these 22 young people will go out and do the job that’s expected of them.”Initially, the academy had been postponed due to COVID–19 concerns, and extra precautions were taken. Graduate of the academy and member of the Kalkaska County Sheriff’s Department Kayla Varney says that made learning a little different. “I don’t think it affected us too bad,” she said. “It was different. It was weird to mask up or glove up all the time. That was definitely different.”Now that they’ve completed the academy, these graduates are now able to work at any jail in the state. There were two graduates from Alpena County, one from Presque Isle and one from Montmorency.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena community collegeContinue ReadingPrevious Enbridge responds regarding temporary restraining orderNext Health department warns of possible coronavirus exposure at a party in Alpena County
Robey-Coleman now claims “someone on the field said the ball was tipped,” according to The Athletic. A tipped pass would make pass interference inapplicable, ProFootballTalk notes. Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman appears to be changing his stance on what happened during a controversial play involving Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis in the NFC championship game.Robey-Coleman was trying to stop Lewis from scoring a touchdown with the score tied at 20 and the ball in the red zone. Lewis was knocked down by Robey-Coleman and failed to catch the pass. Robey-Coleman appeared to make contact with Lewis before the ball arrived, but the referees did not call a penalty. The NFL later fined Robey-Coleman $26,739 for the hit. Just an FYI: I spoke to #Rams Nickell Robey-Coleman about this and he is adamant someone on the field said the ball was tipped. At the very least there is some compelling video showing that might have been the case. https://t.co/lJ8o0KRMRM— Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) January 26, 2019There is some video evidence that could prove Robey-Coleman’s case depending on the angle: Related News NFL playoffs 2019: Social media reacts to controversial no-call in final minutes of Saints-Rams matchup @slotgod23 👀👀https://t.co/bxiTKQy9yR— Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) January 26, 2019The Saints ended up kicking a field goal and the Rams answered with one of their own to force overtime. Los Angeles went on to win 26-23 in overtime, though the play created a strong reaction from the NFL community. Saints coach Sean Payton said he spoke with someone in the league office who told him “they blew the call.”The Rams will face the Patriots in Super Bowl 53 on Feb. 3 with kickoff set for 6:30 p.m. ET.
JOHNSTON — An economist who monitors Iowa’s farm sector says things would be far worse if the Trump Administration hadn’t given farmers $28 billion in trade relief payments. Iowa State University economist Chad Hart says the farm economy has been struggling for the past five years due to depressed commodity prices.“It wasn’t just the trade war that brought this on,” Hart says. “The trade war sort of exacerbated the problems that we’re seeing out there.”Hart says one of the lessons Iowa farmers learned from the “farm crisis” of the 1980’s was not to get too deep in debt.“The ag community was tightening its belt over the past four or five years, but we are seeing debt levels rise. We are seeing bankruptcies rise,” Hart says. “That general malaise in the ag economy over the last five years has taken its toll and there’s not as much cushion for farmers as there was in the past.”Hart says most economists see signs the U.S. economy will dip into recession sometime in 2020.“We started to see the ag economy really take its lumps in 2014, 2015, 2016 and we’ve been basically staying down since then,” Hart says. “The general economy is starting to reflect what the ag economy has been going through over the past five years, so it is eerily similar to what we saw in the ’20s and ’30s in that sense.”During the “roaring ’20s” the U.S. economy grew as a 1922 law imposed tariffs on imported goods and Americans increasingly bought U.S.- made products. Consumer spending currently accounts for about two-thirds of the U.S. economy and Hart says it’ll be up to the U.S. consumer if or when a recession may occur.Hart made his comments during a recent appearance on Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” program.
‘Mudo’ Vázquez assured that they deserved to get at least one point of their visit to Santiago Bernabéu and regretted the missed occasions in the last minutes to achieve it: “I think that for what we did we deserved to take at least one draw. It was very often. In the second we were playing well, we managed to draw and well, the team went to the end. We had that of Jesus Navas, that of En-Nesyri … I think it’s a shame because we played a great game, “he said.Banega: “If it had happened in our area, I don’t know what would have happened”Éver Banega He did not bite his tongue when criticizing the arbitration received. The Sevilla midfielder, who saw the fifth yellow against Real Madrid and next weekend will not be able to play against Granada, showed his anger at the end of the match.Analysis. “We played a great game against a tough opponent. We knew we could score or win and we used our weapons, but it couldn’t be.”Goal annulled to De Jong. “I am not who to say anything, because I am in the center and I don’t see it well. If it had happened in our area, I don’t know what would have happened.”Gudelj “We haven’t had time to talk, just how we got out in the second half.” Sevilla’s Argentine Franco ‘Mudo’ Vázquez said in the mixed zone of the Santiago Bernabéu, after the 2-1 defeat against Real Madrid, yes “say what you think” on the goal both annulled the Dutchman Luuk de Jong in the 30th minute of the match, which would have been 0-1, they “suspend” him. “I didn’t see the play; Nemanja (Gudelj) says that their player hits him. We can’t do anything with that; If you say what you think, you are suspended. I better keep it to myself. They are decisions that the referee makes, he does not do it in bad will, but it was doubtful, “he criticized the media.“We are hurt because we played a great game on a difficult court, against one of the best in the League. A pity those two goals that marked us in which we were not concentrated, and this against these teams is expensive, “the Argentine analyzed about the game.
The collective titles are, without a doubt, the most ambitious Christian and there, he has several tasks. Winning their fifth Champions League and the third of Juventus, a title they haven’t held since 1996, is the main one and also, get a national double (League and Cup), something he did not achieve in United or Real Madrid.With his selection he will have the opportunity to defend the title in the European Championship and, in addition, he is 11 goals with the national team of an absolute record: Be the top scorer in the history of national football.If you get these six challenges or a good part of them, Cristiano will be closer to winning his sixth Golden Ball, the seventh challenge for seven in the face of this 2020. The withdrawal of Cristiano Ronaldo does not seem something close in time. As the striker himself has commented publicly, despite his bulky medal winners, he still has the ambition to continue winning and hopes to be another five years on the pitch. With 35 years recently completed, O Jogo poses seven challenges that Cristiano Ronaldo has left before 2020.The Portuguese lives a great scoring moment getting score in nine games in a row and now, If he scores against Hellas Verona, Brescia and SPAL will add twelve exceeding the Quagliarella record. Batistuta has the absolute with thirteen games in a row but between two seasons. This will bring you closer to another of your challenges: Be Capocannoniere for the first time and win, again, the Golden Boot.
An East La Penitence, Georgetown man who pleaded guilty to the offence of trafficking narcotics was on Tuesday sentenced to one year’s imprisonment when he appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s Court.Jailed: Nigel HodgeNigel Hodge admitted that on February 16, 2019, at 58 Miles, Mabura, he had in his possession 38 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.The 53-year-old man, in plea of mitigation and in tears, explained to the court that he uses the illegal drug for medical purposes as well as an appetite stimulator.However, Magistrate Wanda Fortune, after listening to Hodge’s mitigating factors, handed down the one-year prison term. He was also fined $57,000.