Playing at Home Gives India the Edge in Olympic Qualifiers: Rani Rampal

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian women’s hockey team’s recent tour of England, where they played five Tests against Great Britain, would prove beneficial for the team ahead of the crucial Olympic qualifiers, according to captain Rani Rampal.The tour ended on October 4 and Rani feels that Great Britain’s style of play is quite similar to that of the US whom India will face in the Olympic qualifiers on November 1 and 2 at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar. “The preparations (for the Olympic qualifiers) are going well. We have been preparing for these matches for quite some time now and we have to win them. Our camp will start on Sunday in Bhubaneswar where we will start our final preparations,” Rani told IANS.Rani was in the national capital for the awards ceremony of the Fenesta National Tennis Championship.The last meeting between India and the US ended in a 1-1 draw. Rani said the team has improved a lot since then and the fact that they are playing in front of their home crowd is always an advantage.”Our team has improved a lot in the past one year. And our chances of winning is a lot more because we are playing in front of our home crowd. Whatever training we have done thus far, we will make it count in the qualifiers. I have full confidence in the team and we will qualify for the Olympics,” she said.Out of the five matches that were played in the tour of England, India and Great Britain won one apiece while three matches ended in draws.”Playing Great Britain before the qualifiers was a good opportunity. The US and Great Britain’s playing styles are similar, and we tested a lot of moves that we are planning to use against the US in the qualifiers,” she said.”There have been times when we won a match because of a late goal. In the 2-1 win against Great Britain, the winning goal was scored very late in the match. So it’s not like how it was earlier when we would only concede late goals,” she said.Conceding goals off penalty corners has been a headache for India, but Rani feels that there has been improvement on this front too.”We have worked on this a lot over the past one year. Most teams in the world have been working on this. In fact, I think we don’t concede too many goals via penalty corners nowadays,” she said. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. 2020 tokyo olympicshockeyhockey indiaIndia First Published: October 12, 2019, 11:30 PM ISTlast_img read more

Martinez Gets Grand Welcome Home

first_imgSANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Thousands of people in the Dominican Republic greeted new baseball Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez after he landed Jan. 10 in his homeland aboard a private plane bearing his country’s flag.A caravan greeted the former Boston Red Sox pitcher at the airport and took him to a public park in Santo Domingo, where a crowd lined a 19-mile stretch of highway to catch a glimpse of him.Once at the park, Martinez went on stage accompanied by players David Ortiz and Robinson Cano as merengue music played and fireworks lit up the sky.“This is only the beginning,” he said. “I now pass the torch to those behind me, to Sammy Sosa, to Vladimir Guerrero, to David Ortiz, to the younger generation.”The 43-year-old Martinez was voted into the Hall of Fame on Jan. 6, becoming only the second Dominican to receive that honor. Former San Francisco Giants pitcher Juan Marichal was elected in 1983.“I want to dedicate this to the Dominican people,” Martinez said with a wide smile as he spoke at a news conference shortly after arriving.His mother was among the dozens of people who greeted him at the airport. “I’m so grateful to God,” Leopoldina Martinez said.She recalled a conversation they once had after her son injured his shoulder, with her telling him, “If you can’t handle the pain, bear it, but you need to end your career clean,” she said, referring to concerns she had about banned substances.“Thank God my son recognized that money isn’t everything, and that he thought of himself and he thought of me,” she said.The slightly built Martinez said he remained clean throughout his career despite several teammates being sanctioned for steroid use.“I’m not going to deny that I maybe could have earned an extra $20 or $30 million,” he said, adding, “No one in the major leagues can buy the name Martinez off my back. That’s why I didn’t choose any shortcuts.”Among the thousands of fans who greeted Martinez was Dave Hagman, a retired U.S. citizen from Minnesota who was in the Dominican Republic for charity work. He arrived with three other friends, even though he’s a Minnesota Twins fan.“We like Martinez’s style,” he said.“This is the most generous Three Kings Day that our country has had,” wrote President Danilo Medina in a letter he sent to Martinez after calling to congratulate him.Martinez finished with a 219-100 record and a 2.93 ERA. He struck out 3,154 batters, twice surpassing 300 in a season. He was an eight-time All-Star, and five times led the majors in ERA. He also won a Cy Young Award with the Montreal Expos.(EZEQUIEL ABIU LOPEZ)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

World Cup 2018: Peter Schmeichel proud of son Kasper even as Denmark bow out

first_imgDenmark’s Euros 1992 winner and Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel was in the stands as Croatia beat Denmark on penalties in the FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16 on Sunday.Peter, whose son Kasper was under the sticks for Denmark, cheered for his son and screamed at every kick the latter saved.Peter is famous for his club and international exploits, even guiding United to a treble in 1999 and now his son Kasper also plays for Denmark and club Leicester City, who he won the Premier League title with two years ago.Peter was seen celebrating widly, punching his fist in the air when Kasper saved a Luka Modric penalty in the dying minutes of the extra time to take the match to penalty shootout.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEIt was a dramatic shootout, with Kasper saving a couple of penalties before Ivan Rakitic scored the decisive penalty to send Croatia in the quarter-finals.On the whole, Kasper saved three penalties in the entire match and yet ended up on the losing side. Peter, however, could not have been prouder.Also read – World Cup 2018: Denmark goalkeeper gutted after shootout heroics go in vainHe took to Twitter to share a picture of himself and a younger Kasper and said, “Lost for words. Can’t be more proud of my country, my son, his teammates, all the staff and our fantastic national coach Age Hareide. When all the tears have dried out we will realise how well we did #WorldCup.”Lost for words. Cant be more proud of my country, my son, his teammates, all the staff and our fantastic national coach Åge Hareide. When all the tears have dried out we will realise how well we did #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/vhGZQtDyJmadvertisementPeter Schmeichel (@Pschmeichel1) July 2, 2018As Peter let his emotions out with each save from his son Kasper, Twitter marvelled in that moment and termed it as one of the best moments of the World Cup so far.This has to be one of the moments of the tournament for me. A proud Peter Schmeichel celebrating his son Kasper keeping Denmark alive in the tie. Oh football, I tell you! pic.twitter.com/p8anyHA9KFAakash Bhatt (@aakashbhatt97) July 1, 2018Hats off to cameraman/director who found Peter Schmeichel for straight after the penalty save from Kasper Schmeichel.Archie Rhind-Tutt (@archiert1) July 1, 2018Peter Schmeichel celebrating Kasper’s save is for dads everywhere! #WorldCup #DEN #CRO pic.twitter.com/0Rd8xcHS9kDave Hellyer (@Hellyers) July 1, 2018Seeing Peter Schmeichel watch his son Kasper saving a penalty against Luka Modric in the World Cup was a great moment ngl.Ryan. (@Vintage_Utd) July 1, 2018Gave me goosebumps last night watching Peter Schmeichel celebrating his son saving penalties at a World Cup. One of the moments of the tournament, and such a shame Denmark couldnt win after Kaspers heroics. pic.twitter.com/2ZF4p6c9RhThe Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) July 2, 2018Peter Schmeichel classic football dad. Celebrating more than his son after the save.RG (@registability) July 1, 2018Peter Schmeichel watching his son Kasper Schmeichel saving a crucial penalty for his country. Love this. pic.twitter.com/l89sAqPBe4Sam (@VintageSalah) July 1, 2018Peter Schmeichel tonight embodying every single football dad ever#WorldCup#CRODAN pic.twitter.com/i5FmZVFKVhStef Dicembre (@stefdicembre) July 1, 2018Nothing melts my heart most than a father’s pride #WorldCup #peterschmeichel #kasperschmeichel pic.twitter.com/EjLpC29cxP(@bintt_othman) July 1, 2018Peter Schmeichel just won his own #WorldCup there. Imagine the levels of that Dad-feeling seeing your son single handedly keep your national team in the World Cup (even if its only for 10mins more).#CRODENGraham Day (@Graham_Day) July 1, 2018#Croatia won the match, but Kasper #Schmeichel and his Dad #PeterSchmeichel won all the Hearts! Beautiful play even before shootout, What saves and the way he was cheering and motivating his team during break. What beautiful save during play! #CRODEN #WorldCup #Denmark pic.twitter.com/V0YCqFRP91anju antony (@RJanjuCityangel) July 1, 2018It was the day of the goalkeepers as both the last 16 matches — Spain vs Russia and Croatia vs Denmark — went to the shootout.While Igor Akinfeev (Russia) and Danijel Subasic (Croatia) ended up on the winning side with their heroics, Kasper and David de Gea (Spain) lost the match.MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSWhile Kasper’s performance was still heroic and social media even went on to express that the Dane should alone march into the quarters for that performance, De Gea was brutally trolled for not being able to save a single penalty.advertisementKasper saved a remarkable penalty from Modric on his left to keep Denmark in the game during extra time.Also read – World Cup 2018: On night of penalty shootouts, goalkeepers turn superheroesIn the penalty shootout, Kasper first saved Milan Badelj’s low shot with his legs on his right side. He then conceded a penalty to Kramaric and Modric before saving another effort from Pivaric.In the end it just wasn’t enough though.last_img read more

VAR troubles labeled a ‘shambles’ in Bundesliga

first_imgBerlin, Aug 27 (AP) The video assistant referee system stole the spotlight on the opening weekend of the German league as frustrations with the technology carried over from last season.Players, coaches and fans are wondering how VAR can have worked so well at the World Cup in Russia in June and July, yet continue to cause problems in the Bundesliga.Several games were overshadowed by what Schalke general manager Christian Heidel called a “shambles,” starting with contentious decisions in defending champion Bayern Munich’s win over Hoffenheim on Friday.Franck Ribery earned a spot kick at 1-1 when he fell as he tried to get past a despairing tackle from Havard Nordtveit, then Robert Lewandowski was ordered to take it again when Arjen Robben encroached in the penalty area before the Poland forward tucked away the rebound after missing his first effort.Bayern, which had been struggling, went on to win 3-1.Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann was particularly critical of the VAR watching in Cologne for not intervening on the initial penalty decision.The issues continued the next day, which was punctuated by the sight of referees consulting pitch-side monitors and talking on their headsets to the VAR.Patrick Ittrich initially sent off Wout Weghorst before allowing him to continue in Wolfsburg’s 2-1 win against 10-man Schalke. The Dutch forward was shown a red card after barging into Guido Burgstaller, but the referee changed it to a yellow after looking at the incident again.Ittrich had already sent off Schalke defender Matija Nastasic after an intervention from the VAR, leading to complaints from the visiting team.advertisement”I felt sorry for the referee today. Cologne introduced the confusion,” Heidel said of the VAR. “The referee would probably have done a wonderful job if the VAR hadn’t intervened.” Hertha Berlin was awarded a penalty in a 1-0 win over promoted Nuremberg despite an apparent foul from Vedad Ibisevic in the buildup.There were issues too in Augsburg’s victory over Fortuna Duesseldorf and Borussia Moenchengladbach’s triumph over Bayer Leverkusen.It’s not always clear why goals are ruled out, or why the VAR is intervening. Referees on the pitch are right in the firing line.”They’re being left high and dry,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.FAVRE’S RETURNSwiss coach Lucien Favre finally won again in the Bundesliga as his new side Borussia Dortmund came from behind to beat Leipzig 4-1 on Sunday.Favre spent the previous two seasons at French side Nice. He lost his previous six games in the Bundesliga before quitting as Moenchengladbach coach in September 2015.RAPID RISEHendrik Weydandt was playing for seventh-tier amateur side TSV Gross Munzel until 2014, when he joined fourth-tier Egestorf/Langreder. Hannover snapped up the 23-year-old striker in the offseason and he has repaid the side with three goals in two games.Weydandt scored one minute after coming on as a substitute in the 1-1 draw with Werder Bremen on Saturday, one week after claiming two goals in the 6-0 win over Karlsruher SC in the German Cup.”It’s a fairytale,” Hannover sporting director Horst Heldt said. “That’s what is special about football.” (AP) APAAPAlast_img read more

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard relishing partnership with Gonzalo Higuain

first_imgChelsea playmaker Eden Hazard is convinced that he can form a great partnership with the club’s new striker Gonzalo Higuain after playing two matches together.Chelsea signed Higuain on loan from Juventus last month and the Argentina striker scored twice in last week’s 5-0 thumping of the Premier League’s bottom club Huddersfield Town.Hazard, who also scored two goals in that game at Stamford Bridge, said he was already enjoying playing alongside the former Real Madrid and Napoli striker.”I’ve only played two games with Higuain and I know we can do something great together, not only with him but also with the other strikers, the other winger,” Hazard told The Times ahead of Sunday’s league meeting with Manchester City.”Chelsea is not about Higuain and Hazard, it is about 25 players. But Higuain is a fantastic striker.”That @HazardEden10 x @G_Higuain link-up play… pic.twitter.com/IL3NWBoVaMChelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 7, 2019Victory over Huddersfield followed league defeats by Arsenal and Bournemouth where midfielder Jorginho was man-marked to nullify the Italy international’s influence.”If one guy is marking him all the time, we need to adapt also. Jorginho is always trying to be free to take the ball to create something. He’s a fantastic player,” Hazard said.Manager Maurizio Sarri has also faced questions about his insistence on playing N’Golo Kante on the right side of midfield instead of in his natural holding role, but Hazard believes the Frenchman has to adapt.”N’Golo’s a clever guy, one of the best in his position, maybe the best in the world. N’Golo now plays six months in the different position. He needs to adapt,” Hazard said.advertisementChelsea account open!What a finish from @g_higuain to score his first goal for the Blues against Huddersfield! pic.twitter.com/bNYEHNnyPKChelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) February 5, 2019″When we win, everyone will say, ‘yes, he plays in his (best) position, and if we lose everyone will say, ‘no, he needs to go a bit behind’. Depends only on the result.”Hazard said Chelsea still need time to adapt to Sarri’s possession-based style of play, which contrasts to the counter-attacking football of previous managers Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho.”Sometimes we keep possession, and I understand the fans want us to go forward (more directly), but it is part of the football,” Hazard said.”We are still learning about his concept. We are doing well. I like this kind of football.”Also Read | Manchester United caretaker boss Solskjaer named Premier League manager of the monthAlso Read | No extra pressure for title-chasing Liverpool, says goalkeeper AlissonAlso Read | West Ham United hand evidence to police on racist abuse of Mohamed Salahlast_img read more

Volvo Cars India registers 25% sales growth to 2,687 units in Financial Year 2018-19

first_imgVolvo Cars India retailed a total of 2,687 units in the financial year 2018-19, registering a growth of 25 per cent over the previous fiscal.During the financial year 2017-18, the company had sold 2,157 units.According to Volvo Cars India, the growth was largely driven by new product launches, including XC40. Also, the opening of five new showrooms in Calicut, Raipur, Kolkata, Indore and Mumbai, further propelled the sales of the company.”We had a strong performance in the last financial year because of greater customer demand for our award-winning products and new dealer openings,” Volvo Cars India Managing Director Charles Frump said.”We continue to be optimistic about the future, but are somewhat cautious about the year ahead owing to external factors and predictions of an impending downtrend,” Frump added.Below is the Volvo Cars India product price list (ex-showroom).– S60 Momentum – Rs 38.50 lakh– S60 Polestar – Rs 56.02 lakh– S60 Cross Country – Rs 44.26 lakh– S90 D4 Momentum – Rs 51.90 lakh– S90 D4 Inscription – Rs 58.90 lakh– V90 Cross Country – Rs 65.31 lakh– V40 CC Inscription – Rs 32.83 lakh– V40 R-Design – Rs 31.91 lakh– XC40 Momentum – Rs 39.90 lakh– XC40 Inscription – Rs 43.90 lakh– XC60 D4 Momentum – Rs 52.90– XC60 D5 Inscription – Rs 59.90– XC90 Momentum – Rs 80.90 lakh– XC90 Inscription – Rs 87.90 lakh– XC90 R-Design – Rs 84.91 lakh– XC90 Excellence – Rs 1.31 croreSwedish luxury car company Volvo arrived in India in 2007. Currently, Volvo Cars India has dealerships in Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Calicut, Chandigarh, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kochi, Kozhikode, Kolkata, Lucknow, Ludhiana, Mumbai, Pune, Raipur, Surat, Vishakhapatnam and Vijayawada.advertisementALSO READ | Jeep Compass Sport Plus sale starts, new variant priced at Rs 15.99 lakhALSO READ | TVS Radeon crosses 1 lakh sales milestone since launch in August 2018ALSO READ | Citroen C5 Aircross SUV to be launched in India before the end of 2020last_img read more

FIRE DAMAGES LAWTON SCHOOL BUILDING

first_imgTHERE WILL BE NO CLASSES WEDNESDAY FOLLOWING A FIRE AT THE LAWTON-BRONSON GRADE 7-12 BUILDING IN LAWTON LATE TUESDAY AFTERNOON.WOODBURY COUNTY AUTHORITIES SAY THE FIRE STARTED JUST BEFORE 5PM IN A CLASSROOM WHERE A RACK OF COMPUTERS CAUGHT FIRE.SMOKE FILLED SOME OF THE CLASSROOMS AND THE SCHOOL WAS VENTILATED SO REPAIRS COULD GET UNDERWAY.NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.BECAUSE OF THE DAMAGE, CLASSES IN THE LAWTON BUILDING WERE CALLED OFF FOR WEDNESDAY.CLASSES WILL TAKE PLACE AS NORMAL AT THE BRONSON KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 6TH GRADE SCHOOL.PHOTO COURTESY KMEGlast_img

Report: Inter 3 Sampdoria 2

first_imgInter 3 Sampdoria 2: Icardi and Skriniar send Spalletti’s men top Nicholas McGee Last updated 2 years ago 04:47 10/25/17 MauroIcardi-Cropped Getty Images Sampdoria were undone by two familiar faces as Inter went top of Serie A with a 3-2 win despite a late fightback. Mauro Icardi scored twice and Milan Skriniar was also on target as they came back to haunt former club Sampdoria and send Inter to the top of Serie A, for 24 hours at least, with a 3-2 win on Tuesday.Having claimed a thrilling 3-2 derby win over AC Milan and then held Napoli to a 0-0 draw in their last two games, Luciano Spalletti’s men continued their unbeaten start to the season with a dominant display at San Siro.It represented a second defeat of the season for sixth-placed Samp while Inter moved a point clear of Napoli, who visit Samp’s arch-rivals Genoa on Wednesday, and four ahead of champions Juventus and Lazio ahead of their respective games with SPAL and Bologna. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Skriniar left Samp for Inter in the close season and his scruffy 18th-minute opener was reward for a strong start from the hosts.Inter continued to bombard the Samp goal and it was Icardi, who departed them for Inter in 2013, that made it 2-0 in the 32nd minute, taking advantage of some unconvincing defending to lash home.A simple 54th-minute finish from Icardi, who took his tally to 11 in 10 league games, brought about the third goal.Samp pulled one back through Dawid Kownacki before Fabio Quagliarella sent home nerves jangling with a late header, but Inter held on for a win that will only increase talk of them challenging Juve.#Skriniar broke the deadlock.#InterSampdoria 2-0 pic.twitter.com/YIZ4ZV301Z— Inter (@Inter_en) October 24, 2017After Samp’s Duvan Zapata had sent the game’s first chance well over the crossbar, Antonio Candreva went much closer with a long-range effort that swerved just past Christian Puggioni’s right-hand post.Inter soon began to take control and Ivan Perisic supplied a low cross which Danilo D’Ambrosio should have converted, the right-back instead side-footing narrowly wide.Candreva was then denied by Puggioni at the end of a driving run, but the deadlock was broken a minute later.Skriniar never scored for Samp but netted his second goal for Inter as he poked home from point-blank range after Matias Vecino had diverted a corner into his path.Icardi was presented with an opportunity to double Inter’s lead in stunning fashion but the Argentina striker could not get the direction on his volley from Candreva’s right-wing cross following a surging Vecino run through midfield.And Puggioni was soon extremely grateful that an incredible 40-yard lob from Perisic, after a weak clearance from the goalkeeper, bounced off the right-hand upright and into his arms.Puggioni was required to make two saves in quick succession to thwart Yuto Nagatomo and Icardi, but could do nothing to prevent the latter from finding the second goal Inter’s onslaught deserved, the 24-year-old rifling into the bottom-right corner after Sampdoria failed to properly clear Vecino’s ball into the box.Only the woodwork stopped Icardi from making it 3-0, his header from Candreva’s corner clattering against the right-hand post.But just nine minutes into the second half he put the game seemingly beyond doubt by tapping in Perisic’s cross with Puggioni stranded at the end of a well-worked team move.54′ Hello again #PerisicToIcardi! #InterSampdoria 3-0 pic.twitter.com/8sbcrJ5EO6— Inter (@Inter_en) October 24, 2017Icardi returned the favour by sending Perisic through on goal down the left side of the box, but the winger cannoned his effort against the bar.Despite being second-best throughout, Samp pulled one back against the run of play, Kownacki turning Quagliarella’s ball to the back post beyond Samir Handanovic from a tight angle.Candreva fired wide before Quagliarella wasted a gilt-edged chance and was then thwarted by some fine defensive work from Perisic before finally beating Handanovic from Dennis Praet’s cross, with Inter left to cling on to take their place at the summit.last_img read more

5 Frontrunners Named For The 2019 Heisman Trophy

first_imgBaker Mayfield with Lamar Jackson and Bryce Love at the Heisman trophy ceremony.NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 09: Lamar Jackson of Louisville (L), Bryce Love of Stanford and Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma attend the press conference for the 2017 Heisman Trophy Presentation on December 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)Early odds have been released for the 2019 Heisman Trophy. Which college football stars are going to be in contention to win the most-prestigious award in the country next season?The oddsmaker, BetMyBookie, has released initial odds for the 2019 Heisman Trophy. There’s already one clear favorite.Unsurprisingly, Alabama star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is the frontrunner to win the award next season. Tagovailoa finished second in the voting this year, but he’s got at least one more season of eligibility with the Crimson Tide.Here’s the full top five:Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa: +350 alabama and georgia play in the sec championship gameATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 01: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to pass in the first half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the 2018 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence: +500 trevor lawrence celebrates a touchdown against louisvilleCLEMSON, SC – NOVEMBER 03: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after throwing a touchdown pass against the Louisville Cardinals during their game at Clemson Memorial Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Georgia QB Jake Fromm: +550 Jake Fromm throwing a pass in his red Georgia Bulldog's uniform.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs throws a pass during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor: +600 Jonathan Taylor celebrates touchdown for the Wisconsin Badgers.MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 09: Michael Deiter #63, Jonathan Taylor #23, and Austin Ramesh #20 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrate after scoring a touchdown in the third quarter against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Camp Randall Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)Clemson RB Travis Etienne, Georgia RB D’Andre Swift: +700 Tee Higgins #5 and Travis Etienne #9 of Clemson celebrate.CLEMSON, SC – NOVEMBER 11: Teammates Tee Higgins #5 and Travis Etienne #9 of the Clemson Tigers react after a touchdown against the Florida State Seminoles during their game at Memorial Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)***Who are you going to be pulling for?last_img read more

ESPN Believes These 4 Teams Have A Chance At Going Undefeated

first_imgThe College GameDay crew on set in New York City.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Chris Fowler are seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)Four college football programs went undefeated during the 2018 college football regular season: Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and UCF.Only one, of course, finished unbeaten: Clemson.How many teams have a chance at going undefeated in 2019?According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, there are four teams with somewhat of a chance at going 12-0 this fall. The four teams:1. ClemsonPercentage chance: 48.9 Trevor Lawrence celebrates touchdown with Garrett Williams.TALLAHASSEE, FL – OCTOBER 27: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers hugs Garrett Williams #44 after he rushed for a two-yard touchdown in the second quarter of the game against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)2. AlabamaPercentage chance: 14.2 A closeup of Alabama quarterback Tua TagovailoaTUSCALOOSA, AL – NOVEMBER 17: Tua Tagovailoa #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide in action against the Citadel Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)3. OklahomaPercentage chance: 10.2 A closeup of Oklahoma Sooners coach Lincoln Riley during a game.FORT WORTH, TX – OCTOBER 20: Head coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners leads his team against the TCU Horned Frogs in the fourth quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)4. MichiganPercentage chance: 8.2 A closeup of Jim Harbaugh wearing a Michigan hat and jacket.PISCATAWAY, NJ – NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines coaches against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the third quarter at HighPoint.com Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Piscataway, New Jersey. Michigan won 42-7. (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)***You can view ESPN’s full projections here.last_img read more

Pakistan blind cricketers stranded in Sri Lanka due to closure of Lahore airport

first_img Press Trust of India ColomboMarch 3, 2019UPDATED: March 3, 2019 23:53 IST Pakistan blind cricket team whitewashed Sri Lanka in ODI and T20I series. (@PakBlindCricket Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan blind cricket team is forced to stay put in Sri Lanka with the shutdown of Lahore airportSri Lanka blind cricket team manager said Pakistan are having to incur personal expenditurePakistan whitewashed Sri Lanka on tourThe Pakistan blind cricket team, which is on a tour of Sri Lanka, has been stranded in the island nation due to the closure of Lahore airport in the wake of escalating tension with India.”They have been forced to stay longer and also have to pay additional expenditure,” Chaminda Pushpakumara, the manager of the local blind cricket team said.”They had already incurred personal expenditure to travel to Sri Lanka,” Pushpakumara added.The official has sought the Sri Lankan government’s intervention to provide the Pakistani team with assistance.After border tensions broke out between India and Pakistan last week, the Sri Lankan Airlines cancelled all its flights to Lahore.The Pakistan government then closed its airspace for domestic and international flights because of the situation, which forced the 24-member Pakistan team to postpone its departure.The Pakistan blind cricket team white washed Sri Lanka 3-0 in the ODI series.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 Tags :Follow Pakistan blind cricket teamFollow Sri LankaFollow Pulwama terror attackFollow Lahore airport Pakistan blind cricketers stranded in Sri Lanka due to closure of Lahore airportPakistan blind cricket team on tour of Sri Lanka is stuck in Sri Lanka after the Lahore airport was shut down due to tension with India.advertisementlast_img read more

England vs Australia: Alex Carey bats with bandaged jaw after getting hit by Jofra Archer bouncer

first_img 0 England ENG Match Ended 0 226/2 0 1 4.85 6.5 Next 0 43 England beat Australia by 8 wickets 223 (49.0) England batting ENG batting covers England third Man Mid on graphs covers covers third Man 70 e/r Jason Roy (ENG) J. Roy (ENG) 34 Steve Smith (AUS) S. Smith (AUS) r Top Bowlers Top Bowlers 9.8 Super Over Adil Rashid (ENG) A. Rashid (ENG) Point 85 (119) w 8 Mid on All batsmen are considered right handed Chris Woakes (ENG) C. Woakes (ENG) Mitchell Starc M. Starc Mid Wicket commentary advertisement 6s 9 Referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SL) Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena (SL), Marais Erasmus (SA) and Chris Gaffaney (NZ) Point Steve Smith S. Smith 65 130.76 1 106.52 1 Toss: AUS elected to bat 7.77 England ENG Square Leg 5 Jonny Bairstow J. Bairstow lbw b Mitchell Starc – 21 Mid Wicket not out 226/2 Liam Plunkett L. Plunkett B England vs Australia: Alex Carey bats with bandaged jaw after getting hit by Jofra Archer bouncerWorld Cup 2019: Wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey was hit on his jaw during the semi-final between Australia and England. The Southpaw continued to bat with a bandaged jaw and added 46 runs to Australia’s score. ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019, 2nd Semi Final Nathan Lyon N. Lyon 1 Series Status: Player Of The Match: Chris Woakes third Man m Mid on (32.1) India Today Web Desk BirminghamJuly 11, 2019UPDATED: July 11, 2019 20:07 IST Australia batsman Alex Carey was hit on chin off a Jofra Archer bouncer during the World Cup 2019 semi-final vs England. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAlexc Carey survived a blow on his chin off a Jofra Archer bouncerCarey was hit during the 8th over of the Australia vs England World Cup semi-finalAustralia lost 3 wickets in the first 7 overs of the game after opting to batAn Australian side, who are already hit by injury concerns, breathed a sigh of relief when their wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey survived a major injury blow during the ongoing World Cup semi-final against England at Edgbaston in Birmingham, Thursday.Carey, who has emereged as an unlikely hero for Australia time and again in this tournament, was hit on his chin by a Jofra Archer bouncer on the final delivery of the 8th over of the game. The impact of the pacer’s bouncer was so strong that Carey’s helmet came flying off.The blow left a deep cut on Carey’s chin after which he immediately signalled towards the dressing room for medical assistance.To Australia’s relief, the physio cleared Alex Carey of any serious injury as the left-handed batsman continued to bat with a bloodied bandage on his jaw.Alex Carey has had an overwhelming World Campaign thus far, with 3 half-centuries for Australia in a crucial time. Carey has accumulated 329 runs at an average of 65.8 and a strike rate of 113.44.Alex Carey injured but still Playing #ENGvAUS pic.twitter.com/giY3ojh0xgSyed Atif (@_SmokeDream_) July 11, 2019The Southpaw had batted lower the order for Australia in the first few innings, but after his brilliance with the bat, Carey was promoted to No. 5 in the ongoing match.Earlier in the day, after opting to bat against England, Australia had a horrific start as they lost their openers David Warner and Aaron Finch within the first 3 overs of the game. The five-time World Cup champions were then reeling at 14 for 3 when Peter Handscomb, too, perished in the 7th over of the game.advertisementAlex Carey then bailed Australia out of troubled waters once again by stitching a 103-run partnership with Steve Smith for the fourth wicket before falling to Adil Rashid for 46.Also Read | Rohit Sharma still ahead of David Warner in list of most runs in World Cup 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli chokes, MS Dhoni calm under pressureAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow England VS Australia 0 Joe Root J. Root not out (49.0) 49 Match Ended vs 2 S/R R Mid off Mid off view more view less Marcus Stoinis M. Stoinis 79.06 ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 15:00 (Local Time) 1 All batsmen are considered right handed Mid Wicket Scorecard 46 0 13 0 3/54 (10) 2 view full scorecard 3/20 (8) All batsmen are considered right handed Top Batsmen Top Batsmen fine Leg Fall of Wickets 9 5 8.1 4.65 Chris Woakes C. Woakes 39 Mid Wicket 1 7 Australia Bowling AUS Bowling 223 (32.1) 0 0 147/2 ( J. Roy 19.4 Overs) , Mid off 0 not out 34 226/2 nb o fine Leg 45 lbw b Mitchell Starc ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 38 0 Ben Stokes B. Stokes Point Jos Buttler (wk) J. Buttler (wk) Pat Cummins P. Cummins Square Leg wd fine Leg fine Leg Mid on No data available! third Man Jofra Archer J. Archer Mark Wood M. Wood 0 Jason Roy J. Roy c Alex Carey b Pat Cummins Point 0 2 0 Mid off 5 0 0 85 (65) 85 covers 0 c Alex Carey b Pat Cummins Australia AUS 0 Australia 8 Extras: 13 runs (B: 0, LB: 1, WD: 12, NB: 0, P: 0) 49 21 Australia AUS 115.38 Jason Behrendorff J. Behrendorff 124/1 ( J. Bairstow 17.2 Overs) , All batsmen are considered right handed Square Leg Adil Rashid A. Rashid 0 3 Eoin Morgan (c) E. Morgan (c) not out 4s (32.1) Square Leglast_img read more

Ontario woman among Hurricane Dorian victims in the Bahamas

first_imgThe family of a woman from Windsor, Ont., says she has died in the Bahamas as a result of Hurricane Dorian.A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money to bring the body of Alishia Sabrina Lioli back to Canada.The page says Liolli died from the impact of Hurricane Dorian, which authorities say have left at least 20 people dead in the country.The organizer says extra funds will be donated to help rebuild the school she worked at in the Bahamas.The woman’s cousin, Aislinn Liolli, says in a Facebook post she has lost her best friend and confidante.Aislinn Liolli says her cousin would help anyone in need and was always smiling and joking and making those around her feel better.The Canadian Presslast_img

UN identifies strategies to accelerate development and poverty reduction

Access to low carbon energy and mobilizing domestic capital by, for example, improving tax collection, are the other factors the UN Development Programme (UNDP) identifies in a new report as crucial factors for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).The MDGs are eight internationally-agreed targets which aim to reduce poverty, hunger, maternal and child deaths, disease, inadequate shelter, gender inequality and environmental degradation by 2015.“For those living in poverty, the MDGs have never been abstract or aspirational targets,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, when she launched the report entitled What Will It Take To Achieve The Millennium Development Goals? An International Assessment at UN Headquarters in New York.“They [MDGs] have offered a pathway to a better life – a life with access to adequate food and income; to basic education and health services; to clean water and sanitation; and to empowerment for women. Put simply, advancing the MDGs is an important milestone in our quest for a more just and peaceful world,” Miss Clark added.The report draws examples of development models that have worked from 50 countries across the world.The abolition of primary school fees in Ethiopia and Kenya, for example, led to a surge in the number of children enrolled in school, while innovative health servicing options in Afghanistan resulted in a reduction of mortality rates among children under the age of five, according to the UNDP report.Adequate expenditures by governments have led to improvements in both education and health, the report said, adding that evidence from assessments suggested that reductions in poverty and hunger occurred when economic growth is “job-rich.” That also resulted in improved agricultural production.Ghana’s nationwide fertilizer subsidy programme, for instance, increased food production by 40 per cent and reduced hunger by nine per cent between 2003 and 2005.Other examples include a national rural employment initiative in India which benefited 46 million households. The programme guarantees a minimum of 100 days of work for landless labourers and marginal farmers, with almost half being women.“Such robust social protection and employment programmes reduce poverty and reverse inequality,” the report stresses.It praises Albania for adopting a “ninth MDG” by reforming public administration, legislation and policies to promote accountability and strengthen results, an indication that country-led development and effective government are at the root of achieving the MDGs.The UNDP assessment also highlights linkages between many of the MDGs. For example, improving opportunities for women and girls and expanding access to energy have a multiplier effect on MDG progress. The report notes that providing generators in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali and Senegal, has helped to free up an average of two to four hours per day for women, which they have been able to spend on education, improving their health and generating additional sources of revenue.The report finds that “well-targeted and predictable aid” is a critical catalyst for meeting the MDGs and has produced significant results in Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda and Viet Nam by making more resources available for service delivery. Countries also need to expand their own domestic resource mobilization and to adjust their budgets to ensure maximum return on their investment.“Of course, the global recession, the food and fuel crises, and the challenges of climate change and of natural disasters generally have complicated the road to 2015,” said Miss Clark. “But they do not make the MDGs unobtainable if we collectively determine that we want to achieve them,” she added.The report, which will be shared with UN Member States as they prepare the outcome document for the September MDG Summit, also singles out the failure to conclude the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Doha Development Round of trade negotiations as the most significant gap in formulating a global partnership for development.Market access for products from developing countries remain limited and domestic agricultural subsidies by rich nations continue to overshadow policy coherence needed to accelerate MDG progress, UNDP notes. 17 June 2010Development models that focus attention on the poor while expanding job opportunities, increased government spending on social services and aid flows from affluent nations are all successful strategies for alleviating global poverty, the United Nations says. read more

Security situation improves in eastern Chad but concerns remain – UN official

The Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Valerie Amos, briefed the Council on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report concerning the protection of civilians in Chad. The report also provides information on human rights violations, including reports of arbitrary arrests and detention, particularly at the time of legislative elections in February. The UN Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT) was established in 2007 to contribute to the protection of civilians; promote human rights and the rule of law; and promote regional peace. It completed its mandate at the end of 2010, in accordance with the relevant Security Council resolution and at the request of the Chadian Government, which had pledged to take full responsibility for protecting civilians on its territory. Speaking to the Council, Ms. Amos cited various factors which had contributed to improved security situation for civilians in eastern Chad. These included better bilateral relations between Chad and Sudan; the deployment of a joint border force on their shared border; an increase in the number and deployment of personnel providing security in and around camps for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), and for humanitarian operations. As well, there have been no reports of armed clashes in eastern Chad since April 2010. “Despite these positive developments, the Council must remain vigilant about the situation in Chad. Remnants of Chadian opposition armed groups that have not demobilised continue to pose a potential threat. Although there has been a decline in banditry, violent attacks are still a daily threat for the civilian population in many parts of Chad, including in the south of the country, where there have been increased reports.” Regional developments in Sudan, the CAR and Libya are also being felt in Chad. Ms. Amos said that by 5 May, 42,000 Chadians had fled the crisis in Libya which had been home to an estimated 300,000 Chadian migrants. “The situation in Libya has also affected the Chadian economy by cutting off remittances and disrupting commercial trade. It is the poor and most vulnerable that will be affected first,” Ms. Amos said. “World Food Programme operations in eastern Chad have been affected as the organisation can no longer bring food supplies through Libya.” Ms. Amos said that, on balance, the Government had made steady progress in meeting its benchmarks for the protection of civilians. But durable solutions for the 131,000 IDPs in Chad and the 264,000 Sudanese refugees and 64,000 Central African refugees still need to be found. While noting that the Government has announced that displacement should be over by the end of this year, and some IDPs have returned home, Ms. Amos said many others do not feel it is safe enough for them to do so and are concerned about the lack of basic services in return areas. “The Government of Chad, with the support of the United Nations, must implement a viable durable solutions strategy coupled with an operational plan that allocates financial and human resources to facilitate the sustainable return and reintegration of the IDPs.” She said that despite there being improved security, the humanitarian situation remains fragile. Out of a population of 11 million in Chad, 2.5 million people need assistance. “If there is to be a transition from the chronic humanitarian crisis that has plagued the country in recent years, it is vital that we make the shift from relief to recovery. A sustainable path to long-term economic development is the best way of emerging from the cycle of armed violence, which affects civilians more than anyone else.” 13 May 2011The withdrawal of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) and Chad at the end of last year so far does not appear to have adversely affected security in eastern Chad, the UN’s top humanitarian official told the Security Council today. read more

Markets update at midafternoon

On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index is up 40.76 points to 15,175.76.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 70.33 points to 21,623.42.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index added 9.61 points to 2,457.44.The Nasdaq composite index climbed 32.24 points to 6,306.67.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.06 cents US, up from Thursday’s average price of 78.47 cents US.

Markets update at midafternoon

On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 16.77 points to 15,873.99.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 6.96 points to 23,335.59.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was down 2.14 points to 2,573.07.The Nasdaq composite index was down 15.36 points to 6,613.69.The Canadian dollar was trading at 79.05 cents US, down from Friday’s average price of 79.36 cents US.

Census Home ownership rates take historic dip as more Canadians opt to

OTTAWA — Not everyone wants to own a home these days, Evan Siddall concedes — not even his own millennial-age son. For the head of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., that’s really saying something.But Siddall’s experience is far from uncommon, the latest census figures show: 30-year-old Canadians are less likely to own a home today than their baby boomer parents did at the same age, mirroring a modest but unmistakable decline in the national home ownership rate.At age 30, 50.2 per cent of millennials owned their homes, compared to 55 per cent of baby boomers at the same age. Young adults today are more likely to live in apartments than their 1981 counterparts, are less likely to live in single-detached homes, and — as Statistics Canada revealed over the summer — more likely than ever before to still be living at home.The figures should change the way Canada thinks about its real estate sector, said Graham Haines, research and policy manager at the Ryerson City Building Institute in Toronto. Policy-makers have focused almost exclusively on policies to promote home ownership over the last 20-plus years, he said, pointing to tax policy and incentives.“We have to start thinking about — if rent is going to start becoming a more important part of our real estate sector once again — how we make sure we’re building the right type of rental, rental where we need it and rental that’s affordable for the people who are going to be using it,” Haines said.In 2016, more than 9.5 million of the 14.1 million households captured in the census owned their homes, an ownership rate of 67.8 per cent — down from 69 per cent in 2011 after 20 steady years of baby boomers flooding the real estate market.Since 2011, the census shows, the value of homes has steadily increased to a national average of $443,058, up from $345,182 in 2016 dollars. Vancouver had the highest prices in the country with the average home valued at over $1 million; Toronto was at $734,924 and Calgary at $527,216. Montreal came in at $366,974.As values have climbed in cities like Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa, so too have the percentage of renters, even though the supply of purpose-built rental units nationally has been on a decades-long decline as developers build more condominiums than apartments.Census data showed renters are more likely to be over-stretched financially to keep a roof over their heads.Almost 40 per cent of renters captured in the census spent more than 30 per cent of their average monthly income on housing — a figure largely unchanged from 2011 and more than double the approximately 17 per cent recorded for homeowners.Overall, affordability remains an issue for almost a quarter of Canadian households, a figure that hasn’t changed much in a decade, with the pressure most acute in the hot housing markets of Toronto and Vancouver.The federal Liberal government has promised to address affordability issues as part of an $11.2 billion, 11-year housing plan to be released in the coming weeks. It’s expected to have a heavy focus on building affordable units, with a new portable housing benefit that would be tied to individuals, rather than properties.Speaking earlier this fall about work on the strategy, Siddall said that the focus wasn’t solely on helping the ranks of homeowners.“Rent or own, a home is a home,” Siddall said in an interview.“When we think about housing we have got to think about renters who need support to rent, renters who rent on a market basis, and make sure people can migrate and own homes who should own homes.”The migration to home ownership is likely to pick up for millennials in the coming years as they start families and look for homes or condominiums — a class of home that saw a 1.2 per cent increase in households from 2011 — to fit their growing brood. At the same time, seniors will be looking to downsize.That means the baby boomers will continue to fuel changes in the housing market by how long they remain homeowners and whether their children and grandchildren decide to rent or buy.Haines said the two age groups, even though they are at different points in their lives, are likely to compete for the same kind of two-bedroom units that are a rarity in the market, potentially driving up costs. That may require policy-makers to get more involved in the market to make more family-friendly housing gets built instead of a heavy focus on studios and one-bedroom units, Haines said.“We’ve fallen into this trap of building (condo) units for investors rather than end users,” Haines said.“There are positive signs that we’re starting to recognize that over the last 20 years, we’ve sort of let the market do what the market wants and maybe we need a little more attention (to make sure) that we’re actually getting what we need for our population.”— Follow @jpress on Twitter read more

Yahoo buys blogging forum Tumblr for 11 billion in boldest move yet

by Associated Press, The Associated Press Posted May 20, 2013 8:06 am MDT Yahoo buys blogging forum Tumblr for $1.1 billion in boldest move yet under CEO Mayer SAN FRANCISCO – Yahoo’s CEO is making a $1.1 billion bet on the online blogging forum Tumblr as Marissa Mayer tries to make a former Internet icon cool again.The deal announced Monday is Mayer’s boldest move since she left Google 10 months ago to lead Yahoo’s latest comeback attempt. It marks Yahoo’s most expensive acquisition since it bought online search engine Overture a decade ago for $1.3 billion in cash and stock.Mayer told analysts that she is “making a sincere promise to not screw it up.”Yahoo is paying mostly cash for Tumblr, dipping into what remains of a $7.6 billion windfall reaped last year from selling about half of its stake in Chinese Internet company Alibaba Holdings Group. Taking over Tumblr will devour about one-fifth of the $5.4 billion in cash that Yahoo had in its accounts at the end of March.Mayer praised Tumblr as a fount of creativity that attracts 300 million visitors each month. David Karp, a 26-year-old high school dropout who started Tumblr six years ago, will remain in control of the service in an effort to retain the same “irreverence, wit and commitment to empower creators,” Yahoo said.“David Karp is one of the most inspiring, insightful entrepreneurs that I have ever met,” said Mayer, who worked closely with Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin during her time at the company.Tumblr will fill Yahoo’s gaping void in the realm of social media. Yahoo so far has had to connect its services to Facebook and Twitter to give its users a social networking outlet.Tumblr, which will remain based in New York, has about 175 employees, while Yahoo has 11,300.In his statement, Karp predicted Yahoo would help Tumblr grow even faster as he strives “to make the Internet the ultimate creative canvas.”The deal is expected to close during the second half of this year.Tumblr will now play a pivotal role in Mayer’s attempt to reshape Yahoo after her highly successful 13-year career at Google, which she helped surpass Yahoo as the Internet’s most influential company. Since coming to Yahoo, Mayer has concentrated on redesigning services and bringing in more engineering talent through a series of small acquisitions that have collectively cost less than $50 million.Yahoo will still focus on mostly small deals, Mayer said, but “Tumblr is a game changer,” she assured analysts.As popular as Tumblr has become, the service remains unprofitable. That is likely to raise questions about whether Yahoo paid too much in Mayer’s zeal to gain control over a hot service. Facebook Inc. faced similar doubts last year when it bought Instagram, a rapidly growing photo sharing site. Facebook initially agreed to pay $1 billion in stock for Instagram, but the value had fallen to $715 million by the time that deal closed. Facebook still hasn’t proven it will be able to make money off of Instagram.Mayer’s efforts at Yahoo have been well-received on Wall Street so far, although most of the 69 per cent surge in Yahoo’s stock price under Mayer’s leadership has been driven by the rising value of Yahoo’s remaining 24 per cent in Alibaba. When Alibaba goes public within the next few years, analysts have estimated Yahoo could collect another $10 billion to $20 billion by selling the rest of its Alibaba stock.If this deal pays off the way Mayer envisions, Tumblr could help Yahoo finally get its stock price to $33. That would be a major coup because many investors soured on Yahoo after a previous regime led by co-founder Jerry Yang squandered an opportunity five years ago to sell the entire company to Microsoft for $33 per share. The stock spent more than four years trading below $20 before the recent surge.The shares added 6 cents Monday to close at $26.58.The deal could backfire, though, if Yahoo’s effort to make more money alienates a Tumblr user base that so far has been subjected to hardly any advertising during the service’s six-year history.Mayer said Yahoo will work with Tumblr to create ads that “are tasteful and seamless.” The company expects Tumblr to start increasing Yahoo’s revenue next year.Mayer is betting that Tumblr will provide Yahoo with a captivating hook to reel in more traffic and advertisers on smartphones and tablet computers. That rapidly growing market is expected to become even more important during the next decade.More than half of Tumblr’s users connect to the service through the mobile app.Tumblr also runs one of the world’s busiest websites, featuring 75 million daily posts about everything from politics to pets. Advertising has been a missing ingredient so far as Tumblr, like many online services in their early stages, focused on building a loyal audience before turning its attention to making money.The deal also has some symbolic significance for Yahoo, an 18-year-old company that had spent much of the past decade drifting under different management teams while Google Inc. overtook it in size and influence. At the same time, newcomers such as Facebook Inc. and Twitter began to command attention.Yahoo flirted with potential acquisitions of Google and Facebook in those two companies’ early days, only to have the talks unravel because Yahoo wasn’t prepared to pay asking prices that were far below the current market values of Google ($300 billion) and Facebook ($63 billion). Yahoo also considered buying YouTube in 2006, only to be outbid by Google, which snapped up the world’s leading online video service for $1.76 billion — a price that now looks like a bargain.Tumblr could help Yahoo recapture some of its cachet with teens and adults in their early 20s, a demographic that has become tougher for Yahoo to reach in recent years as it fell behind the technological curve.While Facebook has turned into a mainstream social network where even grandparents now connect family and friends, Tumblr has become one of the places where the cool kids hang out. The service says it has amassed more than 50 billion posts from 108 million blogs.Having its own social networking service will give Yahoo more insights into the things that people like — a key to distributing ads to consumers. That data, in turn, should help Yahoo sell more ads and accelerate its revenue growth. After three successive years of declines, Yahoo’s revenue rose slightly last year, but lagged far behind the growth at Google and Facebook. Mayer has vowed to bring Yahoo’s revenue growth back to at least the level of the overall Internet ad market.Karp’s cut from the Yahoo deal is about $275 million. Most of the rest of the money will be paid to the venture capitalists that invested about $125 million into Tumblr. That list includes Spark Capital, Sequoia Capital, Greylock Partners, Union Square Ventures and Insight Venture Partners.The Tumblr deal overshadowed Yahoo’s previously scheduled announcement on changes to its Flickr photo-sharing service, including a boost in the amount of free storage to 1 terabyte, far more than what rivals offer. Like Tumblr, Yahoo got the photo service by buying a promising startup.___Associated Press writer Michael Liedtke contributed to this report. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Week in Westminster – week ending Friday 20 March 2015

DOWNLOAD1. Budget 2015 announced2. HM Treasury launch review of business rates3. New apprenticeship funding mechanism announced4. SMMT – production figures5. SMMT – British cars become even more British6. Week aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)