Great move to live stream matches: Advani

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first_imgBengaluru, Dec 5 (PTI) Indias ace cueist Pankaj Advani has welcomed the initiative to live stream the action from the IBSF World Billiards Championship. “Its great that the action is reaching more than 100,000 billiards fans across the country. The best way to learn the sport is to see the top players in action and I am sure the live telecast will encourage the youngsters not just to pick up the game but also make billiards their career option,” said Advani on the first day of the Championship. Sports App Sports Flashes is to telecast the matches Live. Apart from the defending champion Advani, Sourav Kothari, winner of the National Billiards Championship 2016, Dhruv Sitwala, 2015 & 2016 Asian billiards champion, Rupesh Shah, two-time world champion, Peter Gilchrist, winner of the WPBSA World Championship in 1994, 2001 & 2013, Ben Judge of Australia, Englishmen Nalin Patel and Robert Hall are some of the participants who are vying for the title. The eight-day championship that includes the Long Up format and the Points format offers a prize purse of USD 20,000. PTI AT ATlast_img read more

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How to Get Paid What You’re Worth

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first_imgMarket considerations: If there’s not a lot of demand for your work, pricing high may not make as much sense. In economic slumps, you may find yourself charging less in order to fill gaps. But pay attention to market conditions, and never consider that a permanent-case scenario. Also, remember that having a specialty can stabilize your income against market changes because specialities are perceived as having a higher value.Calculate Your RateBelow is a loose formula for setting your basic hourly rate, which you may choose to tell clients as our hourly rate or use as a baseline when figuring out your project/package/day rate. Remember, this is an art and not a science!(annual salary + annual expenses + annual profit) ÷ annual billable work hours = your basic hourly rateAnnual salary: What would you like to make a year? Consider this as a business expense (paid out to you as your own boss).Annual expenses: Includes purchases and overhead outlined in previous section.Annual profit: This is the profit charged over and above your expenses. Our friend Ilise Benun suggests 10 to 20 percent of your salary as the norm.Annual billable hours: 365 days minus vacation, sick time, weekends off, and time you spend doing administrative stuff, and multiply by the number of hours you work a day, approximately.Basic hourly rate: This is a guide, not a rule. You may choose to share this with a client as your hourly rate, or you may just build it in when you give a project fee.Hourly? Daily? By Project?After you figure out your basic hourly rate, it’s time to figure out how you’re going to present this fee to clients in a contract. (Yes, contract! All freelancers need contracts. Please work with a contract.)HourlyPros: Simple. Easy to negotiate. Rush rate can be established for time sensitive jobs. Accommodates variable job scope.Cons: Client may be wary, since there’s no project ceiling. No rate flexibility for a demanding project. Penalizes you if you’re fast! Can be difficult to raise.Project feePros: Can be tailored to job scope and client. Enables you to predict your income more easily.Cons: May be difficult to calculate. If your client tries to add on extras to the project, you may have to renegotiate, which can get sticky.Pricing packages (for example, $350 will buy you proofreading, light editing, for X number of pages, $500 will buy you developmental editing, X number of pages, etc.)Pros: Can be posted publicly. This makes it difficult for clients to “bargain you down.” Also may be efficient for a client you know well. Lets clients select from a menu, which can allow them to feel more in control of pricing.Cons: No flexibility for challenging project or client.Day ratePros: No need to negotiate. Useful for a small project that wouldn’t be cost-effective otherwise. Can be broken into time increments spaced out over a longer peoiod.Cons: You may be underpaid if you haven’t calculated your costs, overhead, and project requirements correctly. Can be difficult to raise once word gets out about what the fee is.This should all be laid out clearly in the appropriate section of your contract. Did we mention you should have a contract?More Price-Setting Guidelines: Do your homework1. Learn the benchmark rates in your industry. Read industry-standard books that include pricing. Some industry professionals are brave enough to post their rates online (thank you!) and that can be a good start. Also check industry discussion boards and professional networking sites.2. Talk to the pros. Ask if you can meet a freelancer in your industry for coffee if you’re new to freelancing. Chances are this freelancers was once in the same position you’re in, and will take the time to help you out. If your company used to hire freelancers, ask your old HR guy or gal what someone of your skill level would usually charge.3. Do market research about your client before setting a price. As discussed earlier, the size of your company may change the value of your services and may not. It’s important that you get a sense of how much the project that they need means to the company.4. If possible, get a budget from the client before you crunch the numbers. There’s nothing worse that doing all your calculations, giving a client your price, and then getting complete silence on the other end because your price is very different from what they expected. Get a sense from the client what the budget is. They may low-ball you — expect that. But at least you’ll have a ballpark. If the client’s expectations and budget are way off, this is your opportunity to educate them.It’s your job to communicate your value & educateSee it as a service to your clients to educate them about what it means to do the work that they’ve asked of you, especially if they seem a bit surprised about your pricing. It’s not their job to know what you do!Explain how what you will do will enhance their business. For example, show them why a professional logo does more than “look good” and quote research about a logo’s influence on customer perception. Explain why writing that paragraph on their website takes a lot more time than they think it will — because it’s the first paragraph a customer will see, and you have to distill the company’s mission and a call-to-action….you get the idea.This not only makes a client feel like they’re getting their money’s worth, but it also gives you an opportunity to demonstrate your expertise and explain the thought process behind your work.**Join Freelancers Union today and gain access to more great content like this. ** As a freelancer, your goal isn’t just to make ends meet — it’s to get paid what you’re worth.This quick guide will help get you started, but you’ll have to revisit this topic throughout your career. Remember, what you charge will largely depend on your industry, your level of experience, and your area — and may also vary client-to-client.Some of these tips come from the founder of Freelancers Union, Sara Horowitz. If you want to learn more about pricing, check out her book, The Freelancers Bible.Figuring Out FeesAlways take into account the following:Billable time: Whether or not you quote an hourly rate, it’s extremely important that you know how long certain tasks take you, and that you factor that into your fee calculations. Some freelancers find it helpful to base their project fee on an hourly rate as a baseline, though they won’t tell the client how much that is.Purchases connected with the project: This includes supplies, ingredients, travel, ad space, domain names, photo rights, and any other expenditure you have to lay out to complete the project.Overhead: If you know that this project will take you a month, divide the cost of keeping the lights on, your wifi, the heat in your office, your mortgage, your marketing costs, your insurance, etc. by 12. Yes, include insurance.Your profit: This added percentage reflects your value, and as such is the most difficult to calculate. The biggest thing you should consider is your talent and level of expertise, and what true value this brings to your client. This is often called “value-based pricing.”For instance, your expert copywriting isn’t simply filling in a blank hole on a client’s website, but may provide a level of brand trust, positive perception, and marketability for your client that is worth a lot more than the time you spent doing the work.This is also where the size of your client can be important. Your profit from the multi-million dollar company you design a website for should be greater than your profit from the mom-and-pop store down the street.This is not because you can “milk” more off of the big company or you spend more time on it.The website for your large company provides greater value to that company and to each of their thousands of customers, and your mom-and-pop store’s website has lesser value because its goal is to reach only a couple hundred visitors a week.last_img read more

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St Helens extend lead at top with comeback to win at Warrington

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first_imgShare on Twitter Nothing is won at this time of the year but for St Helens this was a significant step towards leg one of a treble. The Saints are now eight points clear at the Super League summit with nine games remaining after surviving a ferocious battle with second-placed Warrington to move a step closer to a second successive League Leader’s Shield.They were in some battle here, though. For over an hour neither side could register a try in undoubtedly the game of the season so far. Prior to that three penalties from the boot of Declan Patton either side of half-time had given the hosts a 6-0 lead that looked plentiful. Warrington But St Helens, under the studious guidance of Justin Holbrook, do not know when they are beaten. “That was as good as it gets,” Holbrook said, after witnessing his side survive a brutal encounter in which their young hooker, Aaron Smith, was taken to hospital with a neck injury following a clash with Sitaleki Akauola in the first two minutes which left Holbrook unhappy with the Tongan’s ball-carrying technique. “He’s got an issue we as a game need to fix,” he said.The Wolves’ defence had done a sterling job in the opening hour but the sin-binning of Jack Hughes for Warrington proved decisive. Two minutes later the Saints opened their account through Mark Percival. Then, with nine minutes remaining, Luke Thompson underlined why he is being courted by some of Australia’s best clubs after collecting a loose ball and racing through to put the visitors ahead for the first time.That try came directly from an error by the Warrington full-back, Jake Mamo, and, though he atoned for that with a try in a frantic few minutes, by then Lachlan Coote had opened up a two-score lead for the first time with a drop goal. Mamo’s try briefly made it 10-13 but, with two minutes remaining, the result was put beyond doubt when Alex Walmsley crashed over from close rangeWarrington: Mamo; Charnley, King, Goodwin, Lineham; Austin, Patton; Hill, Clark, Cooper, Currie, Hughes, Akauola. Interchange: Clark, Tasi, Philbin, Davis Tries: Mamo Goals: Patton 3St Helens: Coote; Makinson, Naiqama, Percival, Grace; Lomax, Fages; Walmsley, Smith, Thompson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Knowles, Peyroux. Interchange: Paulo, Amor, Lees, Bentley Tries: Percival, Thompson, Walmsley Goals: Coote 4 Drop goal: CooteReferee: B Thaler Attendance: 14,211 Read more Super League should take NRL’s lead and promote international matches match reports Share via Email Share on Pinterest Super League Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Topics Share on Messenger St Helens Rugby league Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Dalot completes £19m Man Utd move

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first_imgTransfers Man Utd complete £19m move for teenager Dalot Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 21:06 6/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Diogo Dalot Porto Manchester United 2017-18 Getty/Goal Transfers Manchester United Porto Premier League Primeira Liga The Portuguese 19-year-old has been snapped up from Porto on a five-year deal, adding to United’s options in both full-back slots Manchester United have completed the signing of Porto teenager Diogo Dalot for a fee of around £19 million ($25.5m).The Portuguese full-back has signed a five-year contract with a club option of a further year, and becomes United’s second addition of the summer transfer window after an agreement was reached to sign Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk .Dalot only made seven senior appearances for Porto but had previously been a regular for their B team and has also played for his national team at every level up to under-21s. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now He will now add much-needed depth and competition to United’s defensive stocks, with Jose Mourinho having been keen to add extra options beyond 33-year-old first-choice full-backs Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young.The 19-year-old can play on either flank in the back four, having made his Champions League debut for Porto at Liverpool in March on the less familiar left-back role.Mourinho said of his new signing in a club release: “Diogo is an extremely talented young defender with all the qualities to quickly become a great player for this club.”He has all the attributes that a full-back needs: physicality, tactical intelligence and technical quality, combined with a Porto Academy mentality which prepares players for the maturity they need at the professional level.“In his age group, he is the best full-back in Europe and we all believe he has a bright future ahead of him at Manchester United.”EMBED ONLY Diogo Dalot Manchester United GFXDalot added: “Joining Manchester United is an unbelievable opportunity for me. I have grown up in Porto’s Academy and I am so thankful for everything they have done for me. But the chance of coming to the biggest club in the world is something I just couldn’t turn down.”Dalot’s signing comes at a time when Matteo Darmian looks set to leave for Juventus and Daley Blind has also been linked with an exit. Luke Shaw’s future is also the subject of much speculation following the England left-backs slide down the full-back pecking order.The youngster was featured in Goal ‘s NxGn XI earlier in 2018, featuring as right-back in the squad made up of the greatest teenagers in the game.last_img read more

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World Cup 2019 final: Australian bookmaker returns money to punters who bet on New Zealand

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first_img (1.0) 241/8 15/0 graphs Series Status: England wins the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup Player Of The Match: Ben Stokes Player Of The Series: Kane Williamson World Cup 2019 final: Australian bookmaker returns money to punters who bet on New ZealandICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final: Popular Australian bookmaker Sportsbet has slammed the International Cricket Council, saying they did not want the punters who bet on New Zealand to lose money due to the ineptness of the world cricketing body vs Top Batsmen Top Batsmen advertisement New Zealand NZ New Zealand NZ 241/8 241 New Zealand NZ Super Over – Match Ended Match Ended 59 (60) & 7 (3) Scorecard India Today Web Desk LondonJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 14:49 IST World Cup 2019: New Zealand finished 2nd best in the final despite a tied Super Over vs England (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe Australian bookmaker claimed it has refunded close to 11,500 puntersPunters shouldn’t have to pay for the ineptness of the ICC: SportsbetEngland lifted the trophy even after the final and the Super Over were tiedPopular Australian bookmaker Sportsbet has said it has refunded punters who placed bets on New Zealand cricket team during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final at Lord’s on Sunday.The Australian bookmaker said the manner in which England were crowned champions in the World Cup final after a tied Super Over against New Zealand was “absolute disgrace”. Sportsbet, according to reports, have refunded close to 11,500 people. The refund amounts to 426,223 AUD, according to New Zealand Herald.”Punters who backed New Zealand in both the head to head and the outright tournament market will be refunded their stakes in bonus bets,” Sporsbet spokesperson Rich Hummerston was quoted as saying.”Let’s not beat around the bush, for a World Cup to be decided in that manner is an absolute disgrace, and the punters shouldn’t have to pay for the ineptness of the ICC.”England vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019 final: Highlights | ReportEngland were crowned champions even after a tied Super Over in the most dramatic Word Cup finals ever played. New Zealand posted 241 after winning the toss at Lord’s on Sunday and England were bowled for 241 in 50 overs, resulting in the first-ever tied World Cup final.The final went to the Super Over and incidentally the 2 teams finished with the same total in the Super Over as well. England batted first and posted 15 and New Zealand ended with 15 after Martin Guptill was run out in the final ball of the Super Over.England were crowned as world champions as ICC rules say that the winner of the Super Over would be decided by the number of boundaries hit during the entire match. New Zealand had managed only 17 bounadaries (sixes and fours) but England managed 26.advertisementICC’s Super Over rule has come under severe criticism after New Zealand’s heartbreak in the World Cup final.Several cricketers, including Scott Sytirs, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif have questioned the Super Over rule. A few from the cricket fraternity even opined that England and New Zealand should have shared the trophy after the tie.New Zealand captain was gracious despite the heartbreak. After the tense final, he was asked if the rule was a fair way to determine who would become world champions.”I suppose you never thought you would have to ask that question and I never thought I would have to answer it,” Williamson said with a wry smile. “Yeah, while the emotions are raw, it is pretty hard to swallow when two teams have worked really, really hard to get to this moment in time and when sort of two attempts to separate them with a winner and a loser it still doesn’t perhaps sort of shine with one side coming through, you know. It is what it is, really. The rules are there at the start.”No one probably thought they would have to sort of resort to some of that stuff. But yeah, very tough to swallow. A great game of cricket and all you guys probably enjoyed it.”Also Read | Furore over ICC’s Super Over rule for World Cup final: Gambhir, Rohit and Yuvraj raise questionsAlso Read | How New Zealand lost this game: World Cup 2019 final in Jofra Archer’s tweetsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Why Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid walked away from England celebrations?Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 finalFollow England cricket teamFollow New Zealand cricket teamFollow World Cup 2019 final bettingFollow ICC (50.0) & Liam Plunkett (ENG) L. Plunkett (ENG) 3/37 (9) (50.0) Super Over 15/1 New Zealand England (1.0) center_img view more view less Chris Woakes (ENG) C. Woakes (ENG) Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SL) Umpires: Marais Erasmus (SA), Kumar Dharmasena (SL) and Rod Tucker (AUS) Top Bowlers Top Bowlers (50.0) Ben Stokes (ENG) B. Stokes (ENG) (50.0) & ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019, Final 15/0 England ENG New Zealand tied with England (England win Super Over by boundaries) 84 (98) & 8 (3) commentary 3/42 (10) No data available! view full scorecard 241 (1.0) Toss: NZ elected to bat England ENG Super Over ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 (1.0) Next ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 15:00 (Local Time) Jos Buttler (ENG) J. Buttler (ENG) 15/1 England ENGlast_img read more

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Ashes, 2nd Test: Steve Smith clears concussion protocol after being hit on neck by Jofra Archer bouncer

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first_img Next Reuters LondonAugust 18, 2019UPDATED: August 18, 2019 09:48 IST Ashes 2nd Test: Steve Smith was hit on his neck during a hostile spell of fast bowling from Jofra Archer on Saturday (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith has passed his assessments after the blow to neck: Team DoctorSmith will undergo another concussion test before the final day’s play on SundaySmith did not take the field in England’s 2nd innings after the nasty blow to neckAustralia’s Steve Smith was given the all-clear after being forced to retire hurt when he was struck by a short ball from England fast bowler Jofra Archer on the fourth day of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s on Saturday.Smith was on 80 when he was hit on the neck by test debutant Archer, who bowled a hostile spell from the Pavilion End during which his deliveries reached speeds of well over 90 miles per hour.Smith, who made 144 and 142 in Australia’s emphatic victory in the first Test, had defied the England attack again as the touring side replied to the hosts’ first-innings total of 258.He was given a standing ovation by the crowd at the home of cricket as he walked off the ground before returning to the crease about 40 minutes later following the dismissal of Peter Siddle.”Steve was hit on the neck below the left ear,” Cricket Australia said in a statement. “He was assessed lying on the pitch at the instructions of team doctor Richard Shaw.”Dr Shaw made the precautionary decision to remove Steve from the field of play to have him further assessed under Cricket Australia’s head impact protocol. Steve then passed his assessments and will now be monitored on an ongoing basis, as is routine.”Smith, who was also struck on the arm by another Archer delivery, showed he was suffering no serious ill-effects by hitting Chris Woakes for successive boundaries, but he misjudged a straight ball from the same bowler and was adjudged lbw for 92.advertisementHe reviewed the decision but walked towards the pavilion as the replays were being studied by the video official who confirmed that the ball would have hit the stumps.No way we would let him come back if he wasn’t healthy: Justin LangerSmith did not come out to field at the start of England’s second innings. Cricket Australia said he had suffered a bruised left forearm and had gone for a precautionary X-ray.”It’s hard to watch, he’s in good spirits tonight and he passed all the concussion protocol,” Australia coach Justin Langer said.”It was a nervous time. He’ll have another test for concussion in the morning, thankfully his arm is OK as well. He is an incredible player and as long as he passes the guidelines I am sure he will be out there tomorrow.”There is no way we would have let him come back out if he wasn’t healthy.”Former Australia batsman Phillip Hughes died after being struck by a bouncer in the neck during a first-class match in Sydney in 2014.It was the seventh Ashes innings in a row that Smith has passed fifty, a record in test matches between England and Australia.The former Australia skipper was stripped of the captaincy and served a 12-month ban for his role in a ball-tampering scandal during the test series in South Africa last year.Also Read | India vs West Indies A: Cheteshwar Pujara hits hundred, Rohit Sharma shines on Day 1Also Read | Fans slam Jofra Archer for smiling after nasty bouncer to Steve SmithFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Steve SmithFollow Jofra ArcherFollow AshesFollow England VS AustraliaFollow Ashes cricket news Ashes, 2nd Test: Steve Smith clears concussion protocol after being hit on neck by Jofra Archer bouncerEngland vs Australia: Steve Smith was hit on his neck in the middle of a fiery spell of fast bowling by Jofra Archer. Smith walked off before returning to bat again on Day 4 of the 2nd Ashes Test. advertisementlast_img read more

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We will be happy to have Ashwin at Delhi Capitals: Sourav Ganguly

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first_imgWe will be happy to have Ashwin at Delhi Capitals: Sourav GangulySourav Ganguly has said that Delhi Capitals will be happy to have off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in their ranks for the upcoming Indian Premier League.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiAugust 31, 2019UPDATED: August 31, 2019 22:29 IST File Photo: R Ashwin (IANS)Former India captain and Delhi Capitals mentor Sourav Ganguly said that their franchise will be happy to have senior India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in their ranks for the upcoming Indian Premier League provided Kings XI Punjab releases him.Ashwin led KXIP for a couple of seasons without much success and there has been news that the Preity Zinta co-owned franchise is ready to trade him off.”We would be more than happy to have Ashwin if KXIP is ready to release him,” said Ganguly, who was in the national capital for a promotional event, sounding hopeful that the Delhi franchise can close the deal.Ashwin has played 28 IPL games for KXIP, taking 25 wickets and scoring 146 runs which at best could be termed modest.Meanwhile, Ashwin, who is in the squad for the 2-Test series in West Indies has been warming the bench as Ravindra Jadeja has played the role of the lone specialist spinner for both the matches.India’s head coach Ravi Shastri said on Saturday that Ravindra Jadeja’s improved batting and more control on a flat deck has prompted his selection ahead of Ashwin in the playing XI against the West Indies.Jadeja’s selection in the playing XI ahead of Ashwin, who had a proven record against the West Indies, “astonished” none other than Sunil Gavaskar but the all-rounder silenced everyone with an under-pressure half-century and a couple of wickets in the first Test.Ashwin has always been found wanting on flat tracks outside the sub-continent. While Shastri didn’t speak about the Tamil Nadu off-spinner’s weakness but did speak about what stood out for Jadeja as a spinner.advertisement”And if you see these tracks (North Sound and Kingston). From what I have seen of this track (Kingston), I don’t think there would be much on offer for the spinners where you would need control,” said Shastri.Also Read | Didn’t expect Dhoni to be picked for SA T20s as Pant rightly deserves more chances: Sourav GangulyAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Delhi CapitalsFollow Ashwin Nextlast_img read more

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Trekking: Strap in and step up with our favorite crampons

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first_img 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity How to Shave With a Straight Razor The Best Men’s Work Pants for Getting Down to Business Editors’ Recommendations It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a quick surf session or seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons. One day we may highlight an ultra-light stove and the next a set of handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace, so get outside and live it.Winter excursions aren’t for the faint of heart. While the summer months may feature balmy temperatures and dry conditions — that is, depending on your region — peak snow season rarely allows you to hit the trail with simply a pair of cargo shorts and some synthetic-leather boots. That said, crampons are an overlooked necessity when carefully skirting snow and ice, providing you with a secure means of trudging up snow-capped peaks and across treacherous glaciers that would otherwise pose a risk to your well being and that of those around you. After all, safety should always be a priority.Related: The best base layers for 2016, including the venerable Patagonia R1These days, most lightweight crampons feature semi-rigid construction and a steel framework, granting the basic devices the utmost versatility and flexibility when it comes to winter walking or moderate climbing. However, while there might be scores of capable offerings on the market specificity designed for activities such as technical climbing and waterfall ascension, choosing the right pair for you is seldom an easy task. Below are three of our favorites to make your decision a bit easier, whether you’re looking for a rudimentary set of crampons or a pair conveniently built for any scenario.Black Diamond Sabretooth Crampon ($180)Black Diamond’s Sabretooth is one of the best all-around mountaineering crampons available, constructed of lightweight stainless-steel and outfitted with versatile horizontal front-points. Their sturdy and agile build render them as apt for moderate ice routes as they are alpine slopes, while the aggressive set of secondary points allow for a more stable platform in softer conditions. One-size construction adds to their appeal, too, along with the two binding systems and excellent anti-balling plates.Hillsound Trail Crampons ($60)You certainly wouldn’t want to take Hillsound’s carbon steel crampons up the frozen walls of Valdez, Alaska, but they’re more than capable of helping you trek across slick trails and icy pavement when you have little cash to spare. The lightweight crampon’s basic harness is easy to apply and adapts to nearly all types of footwear, while the 1.5-inch spikes and extended heel point provides ample traction when moving downhill. Their reinforced-elastomer construction even helps them maintain their pliability in subfreezing temps.Grivel G-12 New-Matic Crampons ($175)If you’ve never heard of Grivel before, you’re not alone. However, the Italian company has been manufacturing climbing equipment for decades, and the G-12 is a testament to its craft. The 12-point crampon is made of chromoly steel and dual-component plastic, which allows it to retain its durability and adhere to the boot at the same time. The one-size-fits-all design is aimed at general mountaineering, too, and makes use of four perpendicular points that work to prevent shearing and and improve stability when the time comes to trudge downward.C.A.M.P. USA Stalker ($80)The C.A.M.P. USA Stalker function much like the aforementioned Grivel G-12, in that they utilize chromoly steel construction — a trusted mainstay in mountaineering — and benefit from easy size adjustment. Moreover, the universal bindings make use of a thermoplastic heel and toe harness specifically designed to wrap around nearly any hiking or mountaineering boot you have in your arsenal, allowing you to secure them in place with more than a couple nylon straps. They’re even more appealing when you factor in the anti-balling plates, assorted color options, and rock-bottom pricing.Petzl Irvis ($145)Petzl designed the Irvis with two things in mind. The French company wanted to craft a crampon that provided solid traction, while keeping the number of points to a minimum in order to protect your pants from unwanted crampon attacks. Thankfully, the 10-point Irvis achieves both, with a full-strap Flexlock binding system in tow. The basic design works with most boots — with or without front and rear welts — and capitalizes on anti-balling plates and a linking bar that allows for both flexible and semi-rigid modes. The wide, horizontal front points only further their piercing power.last_img read more

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Black Friday deals in US expected to lure even more discounthungry Canadian

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TORONTO — Last year on Black Friday, Silvana Castronovo was standing in a Best Buy in Buffalo, N.Y., at 4 a.m., watching two people duke it out over an electric toothbrush.[np_storybar title=”Tips for Black Friday shopping in the U.S.” link=””] — Wear comfortable shoes because the lineups will undoubtedly be long. — If shopping with others, have your friend hold your place in line while you browse, and then switch places, to cut down on wait times. — Many retailers close their dressing rooms so wear clothes you can layer or remove easily if you plan on trying on items. — Bring snacks and water. — If you plan to start shopping in the early morning hours, consider taking a nap in your car to avoid paying for a hotel. — Call your credit card company to let them know you will be shopping in the U.S. so your card isn’t flagged for fraud. — If you don’t like crowds, try online shopping instead. [/np_storybar]“It was kind of funny. The security guards were around them. Everyone was just watching, wondering what they were fighting over,” said the 29-year-old tech worker.“It was an electric toothbrush. They were pulling at it. They both had their hands on it and they wanted it.”The absurdity she witnessed was not enough to make Castronovo rethink her Black Friday tradition.At the end of the month, the Vaughan, Ont., resident and three friends will again make the trip south — five hours this time to Pennsylvania — to cash in on the biggest shopping day of the year in the United States.A poll released Thursday by the Bank of Montreal says 47 per cent of Canadians it surveyed planned on shopping on Black Friday this year — up from 41 per cent last year — with each shopper expecting to spend an average of $292.BMO finance expert Laura Parsons said Canadians continue to flock to popular cross-border destinations because they believe they can’t find the same kind of deep-discounted deals at Canadian retailers on Nov. 29.“It’s terrible to say, but some of the selection in the U.S., the unique items, is what’s driving us south to do our Christmas shopping,” she said from Calgary. “The outlets aren’t here in Canada and things are probably a lot cheaper there than in Canada.”And those who are planning to shop are looking for a good deal. A recent study by Google Canada found that 60% of those surveyed go online to research discounts offered on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, the Monday following the American Thanksgiving.In addition to online research beforehand, experts say it’s important to stay on track by making a list of what you want to buy and by drawing up a budget to help avoid impulse spending.But most agree that the top tip to lessen the chaos of Black Friday shopping is to get there early to avoid disappointment. Typically, stores open at midnight on Black Friday but, this year, many stores are opening their doors as early as 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28. The best deals are often in limited supply and sold on a first come, first served basis.Black Friday marks the start of the crucial holiday shopping season for retailers in the U.S. — the time when most begin to turn a profit, or head into the black.And while some Canadian retailers, particularly U.S. entrants like Target and Nordstrom, have embraced Black Friday discounts, the industry here hasn’t jumped on board with the idea, says Ken Wong, a marketing and business strategy professor at Queen’s University.“Now I think if retailers can get their collective act together, there is certainly great incentive for them to try to create an event around which everybody can launch. I don’t get the sense that there is that collective response in Canada,” he said from Kingston, Ont.Castronovo said images of people sleeping outside a store, or a frenzied mob scene charging into a store as doors open on Black Friday are pretty accurate. And so are the discounts.One year, she waited for four hours to buy a camera for $200 — half price. Another year, she scored a $4 Disney pyjama set for her niece and came home with a handful of movie DVDs at 99 cents a pop. Then there was that one time when she didn’t’ come back to Canada with anything but 10 boxes of Pillsbury cake mix.“It’s an adventure,” laughed the avid shopper. “You never know what’s going to happen.” read more

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WBD man killed in early morning accident at Le Resouvenir

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedFamily mourning death of elderly Melanie woman following early morning accidentMarch 4, 2018In “Crime”Elderly Melanie woman killed in early morning accidentMarch 4, 2018In “Crime”UPDATE:1 dead, several injured in WBD accidentFebruary 3, 2018In “Crime” The police are investigating a fatal accident which occurred about 04:30h this morning on the Le Resouvenir Public Road, East Coast Demerara.The accident involved minibus PTT 7715 driven by 45-year-old Winston Belgrave  of Laing Avenue, Charlestown and another minibus BPP 1340 driven by 37-year-old Jagdeo Singh of Lusignan, East Coast Demerara.The accident resulted in the death of 53-year-old Clive Hercules, a security officer of Canal Number Two Polder, West Bank Demerara who was the lone passenger in minibus PTT 7715. According to a Police report, the driver of PTT 7715 said he was proceeding west along the southern side of the road when he was blinded by two bright lights from a vehicle coming from the opposite direction and into his lane, causing him to pull north and both vehicles collided head-on. As a result of the impact, both occupants of PTT 7715 received injuries. However, Winston Belgrave was pinned down in the vehicle.The Police also indicated that the driver of BPP 1340 and the following occupants received injuries: Caleb Henry, 24 and Raphael Khemraj, 21 both of Lusignan, East Coast Demerara. They were all (except for Winston Belgrave), picked up by public spirited persons and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation where Jagdeo Singh and Caleb Henry are admitted in stable condition. Raphael Khemraj was treated and sent away, whilst the driver of PTT 7715 was later taken to Woodlands Hospital and admitted in a semi-conscious condition.With the assistance of the Guyana Fire Service, Clive Hercules, who was pinned in the front passenger seat of the minibus, was taken out and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The body is presently at Lyken’s Funeral Parlour awaiting a post-mortem. read more

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Leszek Starczan two more seasons in Schaffhausen

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The most experienced member of the Kadetten Schaffhausen squad, Leszek Starczan (35) will stay for two more years in Swiss champion. Polish left wing won five Championship title with the team since 2004 and still have a chance to win the sixth. In accordance with objectives in Swiss handball until 2014, team captain, Starczan will pick up a few more national trophies with Kadetten.photo: www.kadettensh.ch ← Previous Story Velux EHF CL 1/4 Final: Berlin in Leon – Kiel wants to win in Zagreb! Next Story → EHF CL (1/4 Final): Fuchse humbled by brilliant Ademar Leon! Kadetten SchaffhausenLeszek Starczan read more

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U.S. economic growth revised up to 3.1 percent rate in Q2

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first_imgWASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at an upgraded annual rate of 3.1 percent in the spring, the fastest pace in more than two years. But growth is expected to slow sharply this quarter in the wake of a string of devastating hurricanes.The April-June expansion in the gross domestic product — the economy’s total output of goods and services — is up slightly from a 3 percent estimate made a month ago, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. It is the strongest performance since the economy grew at a 3.2 percent pace in the first quarter of 2015. The upward revision reflected larger farm stockpiles.The year started with a lackluster 1.2 percent gain in the first quarter. Economists believe growth has slowed again to around 2 percent in the current quarter.The revised figure was the government’s third and final look at GDP for the April-June period, and left GDP rising at an average 2 percent pace over the first six months of the year. That matches the lackluster average annual growth rates seen since the recovery from the Great Recession began in mid-2009.Analysts have been busy trimming their forecasts for the current July-September quarter to reflect the adverse effects of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria that have hit in recent weeks. But many are optimistic that growth will bounce back quickly as rebuilding gets underway.last_img read more

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West Brom target Sam Allardyce

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first_imgWest Brom will reportedly target Sam Allardyce for their managerial vacancy if Everton decide to fire the coach at the end of the season, claims Daily MailThe Baggies recently sacked Alan Pardew at the beginning of April and have since appointed Darren Moore as their new head coach on an interim basis with no decision to taken on a permanent appointment until the summer.While Moore has impressed the board in his short spell in charge, with WestBrom unbeaten in four matches, the club will be relegated to the Championship if they are unable to defeat Tottenham this weekend.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Currently, the board are uncertain if the appointment of Moore on a permanent basis would be a wise decision with West Brom ideally looking for someone who will be capable of leading them back to the Premier League immediately for next season and they have come to the conclusion that Allardyce is the ideal candidate to lead that charge.However, the former England coach is keen to remain at Everton for next season. But his future at Goodison Park is looking increasingly uncertain with the club believed to be unsatisfied with his work since taking charge from the fired Ronald Koeman in late November.last_img read more

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5yearold with autism mistakes bride for Cinderella

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first_imgBUFFALO, N.Y. (WSVN) — A 5-year-old girl who mistook a bride for her favorite Disney princess has everyone’s hearts melting.During a wedding photo shoot near Buffalo, New York, Olivia Spark was approached by Layla, who thought the bride was Cinderella.Layla’s mom said her daughter has autism and doesn’t always interact with people. However, Layla did not hesitate when she saw “Cinderella.”“I was flattered. I was like in tears that she thought I was a princess, and it just made my day absolutely more amazing than what it already was,” Spark said.The wedding photographer snapped some pictures of the adorable moment that have since gone viral.Spark then explained to Layla that she had to go because she had a ball to get to. But she made a point to find Layla after her wedding so she could deliver presents to her biggest little fan.“She is the epitome of what a real life princess would be,” said Layla’s mother. “She’s kind and she’s sweet and she went out of her way to be nice to Layla.” Now, the community has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money so Layla’s family can go to Disney World so she can meet all the other Disney Princesses.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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That Netflix price hike will boost your bill at least 1 a

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first_img Now playing: Watch this: 1:41 Netflix’s Bird Box is one of the service’s latest big-budget originals.  Netflix Netflix plans to increase its subscription prices starting this month for all tiers in the US, the company said Tuesday, with its most popular plan rising from $11 a month to $13. “We change pricing from time to time as we continue investing in great entertainment and improving the overall Netflix experience for the benefit of our members,” a company’s representative said in a statement Tuesday.   Netflix’s standard plan — its most popular, allowing two simultaneous streams and offering HD-quality video — isn’t the only one getting a $2 price hike. The premium tier, which unlocks four simultaneous streams and ultra-HD video in addition to HD quaility, will rise to $16 a month from $14. The company also will increase the cost of its cheapest plan, the basic tier that streams to only one device in standard definition, by a buck to $9 a month from $8, the first increase to that entry-level price in almost eight years. New members will be signing up at the new rates immediately, and existing members will see their bills rise progressively over the “next few months,” Netflix said. In the past, Netflix has rolled out price increases to its newer members first and its most loyal subscribers last. But the company is pacing these increases faster than it has before. Its previous rate hikes usually had advance notice of several months to a year before they went into effect for existing members. For this hike, existing members will be notified by email and within the Netflix app 30 days before the new prices are applied to them.  25 Comments What we know about the Disney+ streaming service: It’s getting ready to rival Netflix.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. Netflix’s price hikes are coming quickcenter_img Netflix has long aggravated financial watchers with its eye-popping budgets despite its persistently low subscription price. Without enough money coming in from members to fund all its investments, the company has been taking on large sums of debt to keep expanding the number of shows and movies it makes and to continue upgrading its product. Wall Street welcomed news about the rate increases, with Netflix shares rising more than 6 percent to around $355 in trading midday Tuesday. The company has a bumpy history of price hikes. In 2011, Netflix said it would divorce its DVD-by-mail service from its streaming one. The DVD spinoff would be called Qwikster, and rather than a combined $10 bill for both, customers would pay $8 for each, essentially dropping what felt like a $6 increase on customers out of the blue. The move enraged its members, and a chastened Netflix ultimately aborted the spinoff idea, but not without losing 800,000 subscribers and 77 percent of its stock’s value in four months.But Netflix’s more recent tack, to ease consumers into price increases more gently, has generally gone over fine with customers. CEO Reed Hastings has said in the past that “consumers are tolerant as long as something [on the service] is improving.”  The price hikes will begin Tuesday in the US and will also apply to countries in Latin America and the Caribbean where the company bills in US dollars, such as Uruguay, Barbados and Belize. The increases exclude major markets like Mexico and Brazil. The company, which operates virtually around the world except China, didn’t specify any plan for increases in other big markets in Europe or Asia. Netflix is expected to explain the pricing plan in detail Thursday, when it will report its latest financial results.Originally published at 7:02 a.m. PT. Updated at 9:56 a.m. PT: Adds context and further details. Netflix Share your voice Tags Digital Media TV and Movieslast_img read more

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Two Alakanuk men face felony charges for kidnapping sexually abusing a minor

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first_imgAn Alaska State Trooper cruiser parked on Nome’s Front Street in January 2015. Photo: Matthew F. Smith, KNOM file.Two Alakanuk men have been arrested on six felony charges of sexual assault, kidnapping and sexual abuse of a minor.Louis Shelton, 69, and Anthony Shelton, 23, were charged with abusing a 13-year-old girl.Earlier this month, on Jan. 10, troopers in Emmonak were notified of a sexual abuse case in Alakanuk. The Violent Offenders Unit assisted with the investigation.Last Wednesday, Troopers arrested them. They were arraigned the following day at the Bethel Courthouse.last_img read more

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Santa Fe Pastors Hold Night Of Hope and Healing

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first_img– / 4 Several hundred people gathered at the junior high school football stadium in Santa Fe Wednesday evening, where they grieved and tried to understand the recent school shooting that killed eight students and two teachers last week.A group of local pastors organized the service, which they called  a “night of hope and healing.”“This is really just the beginning of what will be a long process for these families and this community to build themselves back up,” said Brad Drake, senior pastor at Dayspring Church. “And we believe that God has placed us here, best-suited to do that for the long term.”Remaining community members form into a prayer circle at the conclusion of a vigil in #SantaFe tonight. Full story from @Jdharden @HoustonChron https://t.co/2RNtnfirEF#SantaFeSchoolShooting pic.twitter.com/96t52EdpYV— Mark Mulligan (@mrkmully) May 24, 2018The service opened and closed with Christian hymns and spirituals. In between, one by one, almost a dozen ministers preached, read Bible verses and remembered grieving families and first-responders. Tim Gregory, pastor at Santa Fe Family Worship Center, urged people to come together as a community and keep their spirits up.“The rain’s coming now but a beautiful rainbow’s going to come. That rainbow’s going to come over Santa Fe, you believe it. That sun is going to shine. Our faith will not be shaken. God bless you,” he said to applause.Other pastors talked of their own grief, from this shooting and also from personal tragedy. One talked of how he lost his own son in a car accident several years ago. Several pastors also recognized that it will take time for many people in Santa Fe to recover. Many families wore green and gold — Santa Fe’s school colors — to the event. While many people filled the bleachers, others sat in lawn chairs in the middle of the soggy football field, or used the fence behind the goal post as a prayer rail. At the end of the service, a few dozen remaining participants joined hands in a prayer circle.Bleachers filling up with families for Santa Fe’s “night of hope and healing,” worship service organized by local churches on the junior high’s football field to help community grieve after school shooting #SantaFe #hounews pic.twitter.com/tvcMX4kv4q— Laura Isensee (@lauraisensee) May 23, 2018Annette Holder came with her son, who will be a freshman at Santa Fe High School in the fall. She said that many people are “struggling to wrap their heads around how something like this could happen in our town.”“I think our community and mostly our kids need this, just to get together and know everyone’s behind them and that God’s there for them,” Holder said. “I think thoughts and prayers are everything. I think if prayer was around, if everyone had that all the time and we still had it in our schools, it would make a world of difference.”Richard Pourchot, the youth minister at Dayspring Church, said he hoped the event could be a model for the country.“When things like this happen, we can lift one another up,” he said. 00:00 /00:00 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X Sharelast_img read more

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Multiple Layers In Trade War Between Trump And China

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first_img This article is part of the Party Politics podcast Share Susan Walsh/APPresident Donald Trump speaks at the National Association of REALTORS Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Washington. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X This week on Party Politics, co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer analyze the multiple layers of the years-long trade war between President Donald Trump and China. Jay and Brandon discuss the logistics behind the trade talks and how China’s raised taxes on U.S. imports will impact businesses and the American economy. Stay tuned towards the end of the show where Jay reveals a big announcement!Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public MediaJay Aiyer (left) and Brandon Rottinghaus (right) moments before the Party Politics podcast recorded on May 16, 2019.NATIONAL TOPICS2020 Presidential roundupDonald Trump Jr. to testify before Senate Intelligence CommitteeAlabama abortion banTrump gives Pete Buttigieg a nicknameFormer President Jimmy Carter breaks hipTEXAS TOPICSTexas Senate electionUpdate on race for Texas Congressional District 23Texas judicial pay raisesChick-Fil-A bill is backComptroller revenue estimate updatedSandra Bland ActYou can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Tweet us using #PartyPoliticsPod or email partypoliticspod@houstonpublicmedia.org. Party Politics is produced by Sophie Moll, the audio engineer is Todd Hulslander and our digital editor is Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz.center_img 00:00 /29:12 Listenlast_img read more

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Ekic and Whitsett Earn a Second Top Drawer Soccer Honor

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first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. –  Emina Ekic and Maisie Whitsett pulled in a second postseason honor from Top Drawer Soccer this week.  Ekic was ranked 26th in the Top 100 Upperclassman list.  Whitsett was ranked 17th among the Top 100 Freshmen.This is the second Top Drawer Soccer Postseason honor for Ekic.  Earlier this week she was named to one of their Best XI teams.  She earned second team All-American honors by the United Soccer Coaches Association at the end of November.Ekic was also named a first team all-region selection after an impressive sophomore campaign.  Following the regular season, she earned first team All-ACC honors.  Coming off an injury from last season, she was outstanding in ACC play this season.  Ekic, the 2017 ACC Freshman of the Year, finished the regular season with seven goals and five assists for 19 points. She helped the Cardinals score in five of the last six matches, including two game-winning goals.  She led the team with 47 shots and 22 shots on goal. Whitsett had a breakthrough rookie year, finishing the season as the Cardinals’ second leading scorer.  Earlier this week she was named to the Top Drawer Soccer Freshman Best XI teams.  She played in every match for the Cardinals and finished with 20 points.  She led the team with nine goals and also dished out two assists.  She finished the year second on the team in shots with 41, including 21 on goal.  She was also second on the team with three game-winning goals.  Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

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