Pakistan set for first real ‘home’ Test in a decade on Wenesday

first_imgLAHORE (Reuters) – There is a lot more at stake than World Test Championship points for Pakistan when they host Sri Lanka in a two-match series this month as the country hosts its first Tests on home soil since the 2009 militant attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore.That attack left six security personnel and two civilians dead and six players injured, and saw Pakistan spend the next decade in the Test wilderness as teams refused to play there.With the country’s cricket board (PCB) giving assurances that Pakistan was safe to travel, Sri Lanka returned to play several limited overs matches earlier this year, though 10 key players opted out citing security concerns. Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne said it was now time to bring Test cricket back to Pakistan.“After the 2009 incident, players were scared to travel to Pakistan,” he said in a PCB podcast.“But our Twenty20 and ODI teams have toured the country and they told us that security and other arrangements were really good. “All our guys are ready to play. We are looking forward to a good series in Pakistan.”The series, which begins in Rawalpindi on Wednesday, will be as much a test of Pakistan’s organisational abilities as its cricketing skills.The PCB has promised watertight security for the tour and has invited Bandula Warnapura and Javed Miandad, captains in the first Test between the teams in 1982, for the series opener.“December 11 will be a very special day in Pakistan cricket history and it is appropriate that it is celebrated with Bandula Warnapura and Javed Miandad on our side,” PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said in a statement. “PCB will continue to hold similar events … as we are now on the road to hosting regular international cricket at home.”Pakistan, who were forced to play their “home” Tests at neutral venues, will look to use the series as an opportunity to bounce back after being swept 2-0 in Australia, suffering innings defeats both in Brisbane and Adelaide.Sri Lanka will be playing under new head coach Mickey Arthur, who only took charge last Thursday and will start his tenure against his former employers Pakistan. The tourists suffered a blow hours before their departure for Pakistan on Sunday when quick Suranga Lakmal was ruled out of the series with dengue fever.Uncapped Asitha Fernando, currently playing in the South Asian Games in Nepal, will join the squad ahead of the second test in Karachi from Dec. 19.The series is part of the World Test Championship, which sees the top nine test nations face-off over a two-year period, scoring points based on their success and culminating in a final at Lord’s in June 2021.last_img read more


first_imgView Roundup 3/5 in a larger mapThe following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident report summary between Wednesday, Feb. 28, and Saturday, March 2. Miscellaneous incidentsat 12:48 a.M. on March 2, DPS officers responded to a report of a staff member driving recklessly inside Parking Structure A and detained her for investigation. The officers determined that the staff member was intoxicated, and she was arrested by LAPD 2:39 A.M. on March 1, DPS officers responded to a report of an intoxicated student involved in an altercation with fraternity members after being asked to leave a party at the Sigma Phi Epsilon house.  The fraternity members stated that the student was forcibly removed from the party due to his belligerent behavior and he subsequently urinated on the front lawn.  The student remained belligerent when contacted by the officers and he was allowed to leave after refusing to cooperate with their 12:49 A.M. on March 1, DPS officers on routine patrol observed a student sleeping in the alley behind the Alpha Phi sorority house and contacted him to check on his welfare.  The student was intoxicated, but the officers found him to be coherent and he declined medical treatment.  The student was then transported to his residence and 7:52 P.M. on Feb. 28, DPS officers responded to a student who collided with the rear driver’s side door of a university vehicle when it was opened in her path while she was riding her bicycle near 32nd and Figueroa streets.  The student was not injured, and there was no damage to her bike or the 3:24 P.m. on Feb. 28, a student was cited to Judicial Affairs for failure to comply with DPS officers enforcing the bike ban at 34th St. and McClintock Ave. and attempting to elude them to avoid being 2:32 P.m. on Feb. 28, an underage student was cited to the Student Judicial Affairs Council for using another student’s ID to purchase alcohol at a restaurant at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.last_img read more

Inside Ben Polk’s experience at the MLS SuperDraft

first_img Published on January 19, 2016 at 9:47 pm Contact Connor: | @connorgrossman As MLS commissioner Don Garber walked on stage with still more than two minutes for the Portland Timbers to announce their first-round pick in the MLS SuperDraft, Ben Polk was sure Garber was about to announce another trade.Seven teams within the first 19 picks had already swapped draft picks, and Polk thought the Timbers’ selection was coming too quickly to have already decided on a player.But as the words “Syracuse University” spilled out of Garber’s mouth, Polk recalled uttering, “Oh my God.” He embraced Syracuse volunteer assistant coach Blair Stevenson and headed up the stage to meet the commissioner.“I tried to play it cool,” Polk said, “pretend I wasn’t nervous.”He was so caught up in his “play it cool” act, Polk realized on stage he forgot to bring up his speech notes he’d held on to the entire day. But he delivered short words, thanking his former coach Pepe Aragon at Herkimer Community College and SU head coach Ian McIntyre and his staff.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Related Stories Heavy lifting: Ben Polk carries aspects from turbulent childhood into SU careerFormer Syracuse players Julian Buescher and Ben Polk are selected in 1st round of MLS SuperDraftBen Polk header launches Syracuse to 1st Final Four in program historyJulian Buescher accepts Generation Adidas contract and becomes eligible for MLS SuperDraft Facebook Twitter Google+ Polk walked off the stage in the Baltimore Convention Center as a member of the Timbers and the final first-round selection of the MLS SuperDraft on Thursday, picked nine spots after former Orange teammate Julian Buescher. It was a weight lifted off his shoulders, as with each passing first-round pick he tried not to think about his lackluster performance at the MLS Player Combine just days prior.He’ll head to Portland, Oregon, for the first time ever on Wednesday, and three days later he’ll fly to training camp in Arizona to begin his professional career.“I’m nervous,” Polk said. “But they obviously saw something they liked in me. They’re going to work with me.“I’m only gonna get better.”After Syracuse’s season ended in a penalty-kick loss to Clemson in the College Cup semifinal on Dec. 11, Polk struggled to stay in shape. Inclement weather at home in Banbury, England, kept Polk off the pitch.He didn’t touch a soccer ball again until working out with Toronto FC on Jan. 5 — 25 days since losing to the Tigers in his final collegiate match. Polk could tell immediately that his touch was off, and that translated to his workouts in the combine two days later.The first game of the combine “was like a million miles an hour,” and Polk knew he wasn’t in good enough shape. He was more capable of long-distance running instead of executing quick sprints and cuts.“I just wasn’t the same player,” Polk said. “There was times where I was like ‘Aw for God’s sake Ben they’re coming to watch you do what you do well.’“And I was just not doing it well.”He shook off the rust in the second scrimmage, netting a shot past the 6-foot-2 frame of former Creighton goalie Connor Sparrow. The familiar presence of McIntyre and Buescher helped too, Polk said, but Buescher was likely the most talented player on the field, according to Polk.Eight MLS teams conducted face-to-face interviews with Polk toward the end of the combine — not Portland though — and he flew back to Syracuse to meet up with McIntyre, Stevenson and assistant coach Matt Verni to drive to the draft in Baltimore.“See, I’m still taking care of you,” Polk recalled McIntyre joking with him on the drive. “Still needing things from me and you’re not even one of my players anymore.”Playing at Syracuse was a life-changing experience for Polk, he said, and the program’s historic success in 2015 gave him the platform to end up playing professionally.As he spends his final hours on campus, primarily sifting through the 300-plus social media notifications he received on draft day, he’s still struggling to fathom what’s transpired in the five short months since he arrived at SU.“To go in the first round is obviously crazy,” Polk said. “I didn’t expect that to happen coming to Syracuse in August.“(Being at Syracuse) was definitely one of the high points in my life.” Commentslast_img read more

Men’s basketball: Badgers turn it up late against No. 21 Maryland to earn fifth straight victory

first_imgThe No. 24 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (16-6, 8-3 Big Ten) secured another signature Big Ten victory Friday night 69–61 over the No. 21 Maryland Terrapins (17-6, 8-4) at the Kohl Center. After a shaky first half, the Badgers came up with several big shots and hustle plays down the stretch to extend their current winning streak to five games.Though the Badgers were graced with electric performances from both Ethan Happ and Brad Davison, the difference Friday night came from the Wisconsin bench.Sophomore Aleem Ford provided 10 crucial points off the bench, including two second-half three-pointers to help extend the Wisconsin advantage. This, coming off a scoreless three-game stretch in which he went 0-for-7 from beyond the arc, was a testament to Ford’s confidence and the trust that his teammates have in him.“They were always in my ear saying the next one will fall,” Ford said.Men’s basketball: Is Nate Reuvers the real deal?Amid a sophomore season that has seen more efficient offensive production, a 42 percent three-point percentage and the occasional block Read…The three-ball proved to be a deciding factor in Friday’s victory. Wisconsin struggled to defend the perimeter in the first half, as Maryland opened the game 6 of 10 from deep. Poor transition defense and weak closeouts gave the Terrapins plenty of open looks, particularly for guard Eric Ayala, who went 4 of 4 on three-pointers in the first half.Just as important in the game’s outcome, however, was foul trouble. Maryland’s big men — Bruno Fernando and Jalen Smith — dominated in the first half, outmuscling Happ on the block and providing valuable rim protection on defense. But when they were each whistled for their third foul early in the second half, Maryland Head Coach Mark Turgeon was forced to go to his bench.With the Terrapins in the penalty, the Badgers were given plenty of opportunities to score from the free-throw line, but Wisconsin was unable to take control of the game with Fernando and Smith out for nearly six minutes. The Badgers trailed by six with 12 minutes to go.But Wisconsin stood tall thanks to sharpshooting from Ford, Brevin Pritzl (2-of-2 3PT) and Davison — who finished with a game-high 21 points. The Badgers made six of their last eight three-point attempts to take command of a hotly contested conference battle in front of a raucous home crowd.Davison finished 4 of 6 from behind the arc, firing up the intensity late in the game’s tightest moments. Wisconsin finished 9 of 18 on three-pointers.UW posted 23 free throw attempts — 12 coming from Happ — compared to Maryland’s eight. Happ finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds, his 45th career double-double.Women’s basketball: Marsha Howard, Imani Lewis look to maintain consistency against visiting Michigan SundayThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (11-10, 2-7 Big Ten) returns to the Kohl Center Sunday, just one week Read…Turgeon was proud of how his team fought but realized he had limited options down the stretch.“I thought our defense was terrific at times,” Turgeon said. “But when both of your big guys are in trouble and you’ve got an All-American in Happ, they’re hard to guard.”The Badgers held Maryland to 2 of 10 on three-pointers in the second half, while Ayala finished with 18 points. Fernando finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.Up next, the Badgers travel to Minneapolis for a Feb. 6. showdown against rival Minnesota.last_img read more

EPILEPSY FLORIDA Officially Launches

first_imgOn Monday July 23, the now-former Epilepsy Foundation of Florida relaunched as Epilepsy Florida, a state-based organization dedicated to providing support, care, and service to Floridians with epilepsy, and their families, caregivers, and communities.Epilepsy Florida was founded in the wake of the Epilepsy Foundation of America’s disaffiliation on July 22 of several state affiliates, following disagreements about that organization’s direction. In recent years, the Epilepsy Foundation’s focus had shifted towards research, fundraising, and centralizing operations in its Washington area headquarters, while state affiliates remained engaged in providing direct support to people living with epilepsy in their local communities.“This is a brand new day for those with epilepsy. We have a new name, but the same mission of caring for people with epilepsy, and the people who care for them,” said Karen Basha Egozi, CEO of Epilepsy Florida. “For decades, our focus has been on service, and we’re excited to continue providing education, resources, and hope to people living with epilepsy, their families, their caregivers, and their communities.”Services provided by Epilepsy Florida include educational programs in schools, support groups and information services for those with epilepsy, case management, a neurologist referral network, and Affordable Care Act enrollment assistance. Anyone in Florida seeking assistance managing their epilepsy should visit million Americans are living with epilepsy, with 150,000 more people diagnosed each year. More than 400,000 Floridians live with epilepsy. 1 in 26 people will be diagnosed in their lifetimes with epilepsy, a common neurological condition that can cause seizures.last_img read more

Ghana set to miss out on Timothy Fosu Mensah after being called up by Holland

first_imgGhana are set to miss out on young Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu Mensah after he was called up by Dutch coach Danny Blind for their friendlies against Ireland, Poland and Austria later this month.Interest in Fosu Mensah had risen following a string of impressive performances for the Red Devils.The Manchester United defender is set to follow fellow internationals Memphis Depay and Georgino Winjnaldum both of Ghanaian descent to play for the Oranje.Fosu-Mensah’s inclusion in Netherlands full squad means he will miss U19 Euros. Probably a ploy to stave off Ghana interest. – Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Lakers’ Wayne Ellington given leave of absence after father is killed

first_img“All of us have to give him space right now to grieve and deal with this with his family,” Scott said before the Lakers (1-5) played the Memphis Grizzlies (6-1) at FedEx Forum. “We’ll welcome him back with open arms when he decides to come back.” Ellington earlier described this season as “an interesting journey” that entailed making a roster spot on a non-guaranteed contract and overcoming a concussion he experienced at the end of training camp. Ellington averaged 7.8 points on 57.1 percent shooting in 20.6 minutes.“This is our livelihood, but this is still just a game,” said Scott, who also coached Ellington in Cleveland two years ago. “What happened to Wayne is real life,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak added in a statement that “our players are upset for their friend and teammate.”“Ownership and all Lakers employees are also saddened by this tragedy,” Kupchak said. “Those of us who work with and have gotten to know Wayne have come to know what a wonderful and caring person he is. Our hearts go out to Wayne and his family, as do our thoughts and prayers.” Welcome backEd Davis left the Grizzlies this offseason and signed a two-year, $2 million deal with the Lakers to, making his return “definitely motivating.” Davis has averaged 10.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.33 blocks on a 71.2 percent clip from the field.“I wouldn’t say I’ve developed,” said Davis, who has a player option for his second season. “Being in the rotation every night and knowing when I’ll play helps out a lot.”Davis lacked that chance in 1 1/2 seasons with Memphis because of a flooded frontcourt including Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph.“All our guys are very positive about him,” Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger said. “It wasn’t about Ed. It was more about what player plays that role for us. I’m happy he has an opportunity.”So does Scott, though he still envisions Davis as a reserve.“Most of the guys that come off the bench have to have that type of element where they’re playing with a bunch of energy,” Scott said. “I’m pretty happy. I like the rotation so far.”Injury updateLakers forward Ryan Kelly missed his fourth consecutive game because of tightness in his right hamstring. Scott expects to play Kelly tonight against New Orleans. Staff writer Evan Barnes contributed to this report MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Lakers’ early string of adversity morphed from game results and injuries to something far more serious. The Lakers granted reserve guard Wayne Ellington an indefinite leave of absence after his father was shot and killed Sunday night in Philadelphia. “My family and I are devastated by the news,” Ellington said in a statement released by the Lakers. “We appreciate everyone’s support and ask that you respect the privacy of our family during this very difficult time.”Lakers coach Byron Scott said the team, including Ellington, were informed of the news on Sunday night shortly after the team’s win against Charlotte at Staples Center. The Lakers then consoled Ellington, who also grieved with close friend Gerald Henderson of the Hornets.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Bat search volunteers needed for Hamilton and Marshall counties

first_imgWEBSTER CITY — When you need to find Batman, Gotham City’s commissioner shines the Bat Signal in the night sky. To find bats in Iowa, you use something a little more high tech.The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is looking for volunteers to help search for bats in two more central Iowa counties. Stephanie Shepherd, a DNR wildlife diversity biologist, says you won’t have to actually look for bats with your eyes as it’s an all-acoustic search.“You get a big microphone stuck on the top of your car and then it’s recorded on a special detector that records their echo-location calls,” Shepherd says. “You can tell when a bat is flying over, the noises the detector makes, you can tell that it’s recording a bat.”Volunteers are needed in Hamilton and Marshall counties. They’ll need a vehicle and a partner to run the driving portion of the survey. It’ll be done twice within seven days during a two-week window in July. The driving survey begins 30 minutes after sunset and takes roughly two-and-a-half hours. Shepherd says the gadgets you’ll take along do all the work, recording bats’ calls from the roof-mounted mic.“That information gets post-processed and a program can identify the bat species by the sonogram of the echo-location call, it’s pretty nifty,” Shepherd says. “It gives us a way to collect data on a lot of species of bats without people having to handle bats or look for bats at night.” Iowa has nine species of bats and Shepherd says four of them are of “conservation concern,” meaning, they’re not officially endangered but they’re definitely in trouble.“Bats as a group, they’re having a lot of struggles right now,” Shepherd says. “The survey that we have in place is meant to keep an eye on those populations and see what’s going on, especially in response to White Nose Syndrome.” That disease can infect hibernating bats with a deadly fungus that’s wiped out millions of bats in Iowa and at least 32 other states in the past dozen years.This will be the seventh year for the surveys in Iowa.Learn more about the project and how to volunteer at: read more

Impressive KC equal sprint-relay record

first_imgPHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania: Jamaican high schools stole the spotlight on yesterday’s final day of competition at the 2016 Penn Relays in Philadelphia. Kingston College (KC) produced the most impressive display with a record-equalling 39.63 seconds to capture the 4×100 metres. The record was set last year by Calabar High. The win gave KC their eighth sprint relay title. They joined Camperdown High as the winningest high school male team in the event. Major upset KC got a brilliant start from Shivnarine Smalling, then the outstanding Akeem Bloomfield ran a scorching second leg to put KC in a commanding lead as Jhevaughn Matherson and anchorman Tyrese Bryan went through the motions for an emphatic win. Defending champions Calabar also went under 40 seconds, finishing second in 39.89, with T.C. Williams of Virginia placing third in 40.56. St Jago High were fourth in 40.63 as Jamaica College were disqualified after placing sixth. Commanding lead St Jago avenged their Gibson Relays defeat in the 4×800 metres relay. The quartet of Eric McKenzie, Joel Jean Pierre, Keenan Lawrence and Leon Clarke on anchor with a 1:52.17 leg was too good for St Elizabeth Technical, who had to settle for second in 7:35.20, with third going to Green Hope out of North Carolina in 7:41.01. Kingston College ended fifth in 7:45.12. There was a major upset in the 4×400 metres. Favourites Calabar were beaten by Jamaica College (JC). With KC’s Bloomfield pulled from the event due to a calf injury, the stage was set for Calabar to defend their title easily after qualifying impressively in their heat early yesterday. Calabar led easily for the first two legs, but JC’s Devaughn Baker ran an impressive third leg to give teammate Phillip Lemonious a healthy lead. Despite a valiant effort from Christopher Taylor, the task was too much as JC won in a season’s best 3:12.34. Calabar were second in 3:13.09 as the much touted T.C. Williams had to settle for third in 3:13.55. St Jago clocked 3:14.53 for fifth, while Edwin Allen were sixth with 3:16.69. Kingston College finished at the back of the field on 3:19.48. Jamaican high schools also picked up three individual wins. In the first race of the day, Edwin Allen High’s Rayon Holmes won the 400 metres hurdles in 52.47 seconds. Jamaica College’s Clayton Brown captured the high jump with a leap of 2.12m, while Kobe Jordan Rhooms of Cornwall College was third with 2.03m. Obrien Wasome, also of JC, won the triple jump with 16.91m from Calabar’s Javier Lowe, 15.83m, and Jordan Scott of Campion, 15.08m.last_img read more

Manu Ginobili returning for 16th season with Spurs

first_imgHotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Ginobili will become the eighth player in NBA history to spend his entire career with one team and play at least 16 seasons, joining Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, John Stockton, Reggie Miller and John Havlicek.Ginobili averaged 7.5 points, 2.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 69 games last season, In 992 career regular-season games, he has averaged 13.6 points, 3.9 assists and 3.6 rebounds. In 213 playoff games, the four-time NBA champion has averaged 14.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ View comments McGregor must get rough and creative to upset Mayweather Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles MOST READ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What’s in store for your animal sign this yearcenter_img Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Manu Ginobili. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOSAN ANTONIO — Manu Ginobili is returning for his 16th season with the San Antonio Spurs.The Spurs re-signed the 40-year-old Argentine guard Thursday. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacueeslast_img read more