For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights New Delhi: Marnus Labuschagne had created history by becoming the first concussion substitute in history when Steve Smith was withdrawn from the Lord’s Test after suffering a blow to the side of the neck by a pacy bouncer from Jofra Archer. Labuschagne’s first delivery was a bouncer from Archer at 92 mph and it hit him flush on the helmet and he looked rattled. However, the right-hander showed tremendous composure and slammed a fifty and aided by some sluggish England fielding, Australia managed to hold on for a thrilling draw as the Lord’s Test ended with Australia still leading 1-0 in the five-match series.Labuschagne was not confirmed as playing until Sunday morning. Previously, a substitute would only have been permitted to field. But this series is the first in the ICC’s inaugural World Test Championship featuring new rules that allow replacement players to bat or bowl if they are covering for concussed team-mates.Earlier man-of-the-match Stokes made a fine hundred before Root declared England’s second innings on 258-5. Stokes slog-swept off-spinner Nathan Lyon for two sixes in as many deliveries on the way to a 160-ball century, his seventh in Tests and second against Australia.England pressed hard late on to level the series at 1-1 after captain Joe Root declared to set Australia a stiff target of 267 in 48 overs following Ben Stokes’s 115 not out. It seemed the match was destined for a draw, with Australia 132-3 after tea in a Test where five sessions were washed out and rain also delayed Sunday’s start by over an hour. But Australia, who won the first Test at Edgbaston by a huge margin of 251 runs, lost three wickets for 17 runs to give England renewed hope.Labuschagne fell when his sweep off Leach deflected off Jos Buttler at short leg before looping to Root, diving forward at midwicket. The onfield ‘soft signal’ was out and third umpire Joel Wilson upheld that verdict to the disgust of Labuschagne. Leach then had Matthew Wade (one) taken at short leg before Joe Denly held a sensational diving left-handed catch at midwicket to dismiss Paine following a full-blooded pull off Archer. But with the natural light fading, the umpires appeared to instruct Root not to bowl Archer even though the floodlights were on — effectively depriving the Sussex quick of two overs. Come the last over, bowled by left-arm spinner Jack Leach, England needed four wickets for victory, but Pat Cummins played out three deliveries to secure the draw. Fast bowler Archer took 3-32 to finish with five wickets on his Test debut, with Leach returning figures of 3-37. Marnus Labuschagne became the first concussion substitute in cricket.In new ICC rules, concussion substitutes can be allowed to bat or bowl.Australia lead the five-Test Ashes series 1-0 against England.
Bayern move to third in the Bundesliga, with Dortmund in fifth. Bayern, who are chasing their seventh consecutive Bundesliga title, are now level on points with second-placed RB Leipzig and a point behind leaders Borussia Monchengladbach, who host Werder Bremen on today.And Lewandowski was again responsible for carrying their main threat in front of goal. The Poland forward opened the scoring against his former employers with a brilliant diving header from Benjamin Pavard’s cross before sweeping in his second of the night from Thomas Muller’s pass.Serge Gnabry’s tap-in and a Mats Hummels own-goal, either side of Lewandowski’s contributions, rounded off the scoring for the hosts on a miserable evening for Dortmund at the Allianz Arena, with the visitors having now shipped 15 goals across their last three visits.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Robert Lewandowski’s incredible scoring run continued as Bayern Munich thrashed Borussia Dortmund in ‘Der Klassiker’ yesterday.Lewandowski, who hit two goals, has scored in all 15 of Bayern’s European and Bundesliga games this season, with a tally of 22 across both competitions.England forward Jadon Sancho was substituted after 36 minutes for Dortmund with an injury.
Austin Paik | Daily TrojanIn the final drive of the second quarter, redshirt quarterback Sam Darnold finally came alive.It wasn’t that his night had been subpar — he threw a perfect first half, consistently hitting his receivers and buying time in the backfield to keep busted plays alive. But when he opened the final drive of the half with a 49-yard pass to Steven Mitchell Jr., Darnold found a way to silence the doubt that began to cloud his Heisman hopes after a disappointing season opener.The ball hung in the air long enough for every fan in the stands to crane their necks to watch it, then dropped perfectly into Mitchell’s arms as he crashed into the ground. The crowd went wild, as any crowd will when it witnesses a hero step up fully into his spotlight. The roar was equally as loud one play later, when Darnold connected a 25-yard pass to Burnett, who dove and stretched out to snag the ball in the end zone.The team carried its 28-17 lead into the half, entering the locker room to a rumbling cheer. Coaches and players alike danced off the field and leapt to chest bump each other. It was a completely different scene than what took place just a week earlier, when the Trojans trudged into the locker room to smattered boos. And the game was a different feeling for the team as well, as USC went on to top Stanford 35-24, breaking a three-year losing streak to the Cardinal. “There was an energy about our kids and a confidence about our kids,” Helton said. “We’ve had a lot of hard roads and hard days with [Stanford] in the past. Our kids had their jaws set and had the mentality to come out and be physical and they believed in what they were doing.” After facing criticism in the wake of the Western Michigan game, the defense approached the game with one plan in mind — to attack. The unit packed the box, blitzing heavily to disrupt the Stanford rush game and holding star running back Bryce Love to only 168 rushing yards, most of which came in the first quarter.Up front, the defensive line was a nightmare, with senior linebacker Uchenna Nwosu breaking up four passes, and junior tackle Rasheem Green swatting away another. Senior defensive tackle Josh Fatu wrapped up the lone sack of the night, but most of Stanford quarterback Keller Chryst’s nine incomplete passes were forced by aggressive pressure on the pocket. To senior linebacker Cam Smith, the game was an answer to the questions that the first week of play presented to the defensive unit.“We’re playing really well as a unit,” Smith said. “As a group we clicked really well tonight and we’re going to build confidence off of this game.”The offense also thrived, especially in the explosive first half, with a wide range of players breaking out for moments in the spotlight. Mitchell hauled in two touchdown catches, notching a career-high 94 receiving yards on the night, while freshman running back Stephen Carr continued to impress with 119 yards of rushing. Darnold went 21-for-26 after completing his first 11 passes, tossing four of the night’s touchdowns. Behind a balanced rushing game and improved chemistry between Darnold and his receivers, the Trojans were only scoreless on two drives of the first half.“The ability for our receivers to make plays when needed … it was huge,” Darnold said. “When [their] opportunity presents itself, they make the most of it. Whenever they get the opportunity to make a big play, they have.”The second half slowed considerably, as both teams struggled in a scoreless third quarter. Penalties held the Trojans back on both sides of the ball, but the team’s response was positive, with players skipping and dancing to the sidelines to pump the crowd up.“We take a lot of energy from the fans,” Darnold said. “When our fans come out and are loud it helps us as players to have that energy. We can feed off that and that’s something special you don’t get anywhere else.”Darnold broke the silence in the fourth quarter, tossing 35 yards to Burnett to put the Trojans within striking range. After rushing for a quarterback keeper, Darnold scrambled and lofted a pass over two defensive backs to hit Mitchell in the back corner of the end zone. The touchdown pushed the lead to 35-17, and fans began to filter out of the stands as the point differential widened.The Cardinal responded quickly, relying on long passes to cut the lead to 35-24 with seven minutes remaining. But a 22-yard touchdown run by Jones with under five minutes to play in the fourth quarter was enough to put the game away.
He said, beneficiaries would combine their studies with training sessions, while in camps as well as have three hours lectures daily adding that, participants would also be awarded certificates after the four months programme.Yabo, who is the African coordinator of the programme said the sports management fundamental programme is being delivered in Africa for the first time by the University of Amsterdam to blend academic with sports.Hear him: â€œWhy we are introducing the course to young people is to give opportunity to blend academic with sports because, when you are exceptionally talented, most times there is the tendency to disconnect from school.â€œThis course is providing opportunity for those players who wish to pursue formal education while being actively involved with soccer to combine academic and their football career. It is a programme for all those who want to have a career in sportsâ€.He lauded the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta/Coordinator of the Amnesty Programme, Gen. Paul Boroh (rtd) for providing the opportunity for youths in the Niger Delta to excel in sports and make it an alternative source of livelihood.The CEO of Sia-One Sports Academy and former Super Eagles Head Coach, Samson Siasia, had earlier expressed confidence in the programme, acknowledging the role of Gen. Boroh in providing the platform for the youths to showcase their talents through the Sports for Peace Initiative in the Niger Delta.On his part, Ezekiel Nya-Etok, commended the Akwa Ibom State government for providing the venue for the training of youths from the region while also expressing optimism for the state government support for the programme.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Okon Bassey in UyoNo fewer than 66 former Niger Delta militants have been offered scholarships to study sports management fundamentals at the Johan Cruyff Institute in Barcelona.The Chief Executive Officer, To-be Connected Nigeria, Alhaji Faruk Yabo, dropped the hint in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State during a media chat held by Sia-One Sports Academy.
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There may be nobody better suited to lead sports television into a new era than a former Microsoft CEO who seems to live by a motto of “hard-core energy.”Though he may not relish being saddled with the responsibility, Steve Ballmer could be the perfect candidate at the perfect time to capitalize on his latest investment. After shelling out $2 billion to purchase the Clippers this past summer, money may be enough to motivate a diversion from the eroding conventional cable model in an effort to begin recouping the largest sum ever paid for a professional sports franchise in North America.Particularly because of the proximity to the Dodgers, whose latest TV contract may have burst the country’s regional sports television bubble, and the Lakers, who had trouble partnering with Time Warner Cable to launch their own regional sports channel, the ripple effect could move the Clippers to get creative in selling its media rights to a new technology. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error But it doesn’t preclude them with getting creative and being the first to make the leap ahead of everyone else in digital, outside-the-box platforms.“Think about how a company like Netflix is sticking its toe in the water with the new Chelsea Handler show as live programming,” said Bevilacqua. “You’ll probably see them experiment more with live programming, and sports will have to be a viable option.“As the pay TV ecosystem changes and there’s more movement, somewhere in there sports doesn’t have to be just on linear cable TV to reach the critical masses. If there was a regional sports network willing to try something digital only in an area of L.A. with its size and density, there’s an interesting possibility for someone like Microsoft or Apple or Amazon or Hulu or even YouTube to make a big investment.”Bevilacqua added that another kind of hybrid ownership of a channel with a team and media partner is more viable these days, “because there’s nothing cut and dry anymore, there’s no one-size-fits-all situation.“I’m sure that, like all other live sports rights deals that come into the market, the Clippers will have a nice uptick no matter where they go, but the L.A. market is a whole other interesting dynamic,” added Bevilacqua. “They’ll have the option of staying with Fox Sports, but the Dodgers’ channel, without live winter programming, could be an option as well. And its not unprecedented for the Lakers’ channel to expand and include the Clippers as well, because there are RSNs that have two teams of the same sport sharing a channel.“The overriding factor is trying to figure out what the L.A. marketplace will look like when that time comes. Right now you could argue it needs to be rationalized to make sense.”Or in the case of Ballmer, what is the definition of rational?The threat of the Clippers joining the mass exodus from FSW as the Dodgers and Lakers eventually did over the last three years could create enough urgency from the network to overpay the Clippers to stay before media technology widens its playing field. FSW and the Clippers have been business partners since 1995, and the two signed a seven-year extension as recently as 2009.If that is considered the most general Plan A, it is because Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket can’t afford to see what an L.A. TV landscape would look like if it only survived on the Kings, Ducks and Angels alone. That may be enough incentive for Fox Sports “to pay whatever it takes” to keep the Clippers, said Wladka.“They’re trying to keep two channels viable in Southern California,” Wladka added. “If they lose the Clippers, it’s going to be very difficult to maintain two channels. Within reason, I expect them to pay what they can.”Ballmer knows a little something about overpaying.His bid for the Clippers was $1.425 billion more than Forbes’ valuation of the franchise. Predicting the potential of the team’s television contract in an environment of increasing instability may be even more of a guessing game.One other advantage the Clippers may have over the Dodgers is how advanced the NBA is compared to MLB in going outside the box with media rights. The NBA also signed a nine-year rights extension earlier this month with ESPN and TNT, one the New York Times reported to be worth $2.6 billion a year, or $24 billion total, and includes more “over-the-top” content on mobile platforms.David Carter, executive director of the Sports Business Institute and professor at USC’s Marshall School of Business, has heard investment bankers predict the Clippers’ current $20 million per year TV contract to quadruple. That would still come up a bit short from the $200 million per season the Lakers are receiving from Time Warner after signing the richest TV contract in NBA history in 2011 to anchor TWC SportsNet, which also had its own distribution hiccups along the way.The Clippers’ product on the court may currently be the best in its franchise history, but after toiling for decades under the ownership of Donald Sterling, the team’s brand is dwarfed by its purple and gold counterpart.Losing certainly doesn’t appear to agree with Ballmer and at the rate television contracts are climbing in Los Angeles alone, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if the Clippers’ owner found a way to for his franchise’s television contract to compete with that of the team across the hall at Staples Center.Los Angeles is the epicenter of the conversation, but the question looming around the country is: When will the astronomical ascent of sports television contracts stop?Perhaps the Dodgers and TWC answered that question as the embarrassing saga continues to leave 70 percent of the nation’s second-largest TV market without coverage of its hometown major league baseball team. “You keep thinking the bubble is here, but it’s never here,” Carter said. “People talk about the bubble bursting with player salaries, TV contracts and endorsement deals but Kevin Durant just got $300 million from Nike.“I think what you’ll see is more push-back. The cable model funding these sports franchises all over the country, it’s in for a change. Whether it’s a la carte or people opting out, this model isn’t sustainable with costs rising like this.” Without question, sports television is the genesis of escalating cable costs already pricing out plenty of Americans.The leverage specific to sports is born from its exclusive status as virtually the last remaining DVR-proof programming. With the increasingly invasive 24-hour news cycle compromising efforts of recording games to watch later commercial-free, live sports command exponentially larger advertising dollars. Accordingly, franchises are demanding television contracts ascending into the billions of dollars.The trickle-down to the living room couch is two-fold.Television networks pay astronomically higher prices to franchises like the Angels, for example, who signed a 20-year contract with Fox Sports in 2011 that pays them $150 million per season, but they also have twice as many regular-season games to televise than an NBA or NHL team. In turn, networks demand more from cable providers to carry mainstays like Fox Sports West and Fox’s Prime Ticket. Ultimately the cable customer pays for the rate hikes in addition to new fees for channels that didn’t exist a few years ago like the Lakers’ English and Spanish channels, the Dodgers’ SportsNet LA and the Pac-12 network.“Los Angeles is the largest and most diverse sports community in the country, but this is becoming a very crowded marketplace,” Carter said. “I’m not sure anybody would balk at the subscriber fee for any of those channels. When you have to pay for all of them is when it becomes an issue with consumers who are paying for sports programming they’re not necessarily using.”Channels are strategically bundled such that even non-sports fans are supporting the movement, but the roots of rising cable costs grow in places like Chavez Ravine.The Dodgers’ new ownership had to find a way to fund Major League Baseball’s highest payroll, including the $250 million in salary it traded for in 2012, the $362 million combined owed to pitching duo Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke and the $150 million it dropped on Dodger Stadium renovations before last season. Naturally, the franchise squeezed every penny it could out of Time Warner, a tactic some believe should implicate the Dodgers in the TV mess. Time Warner is simply trying not to lose its shirt on an $8.5 billion investment.At the rate sports TV contracts are rising, the Dodgers’ deal with TWC may look like a bargain a few years from now, but it can be argued now that Time Warner overpaid, simply misjudging what consumers are willing to pay to watch the Dodgers.Regardless of who is to blame among the Dodgers, Time Warner and providers like DirecTV, which refuses to pay the subscriber fee to carry SportsNetLA as well as the Pac-12 Network, the consensus is that sports television contracts are accelerating out of control.“When they rise to the point where you’re getting government and consumer groups to pay attention to them, they’re rising too fast,” Wladka said. “The Dodgers could have taken a little less money and left 20 games – one game a week – on KCAL. They went from having 40 or so games over the air on network TV to zero. That’s when you make it absolute and that’s when you invite the scrutiny.”Sports franchises have typically negotiated television contracts in relative quiet. But the more fans draw a straight line from their rising cable bill to the front office of their local sports franchise, the more closely they’ll be listening to dealings with television contracts.The details of the Dodgers’ deal with Time Warner, for example, were arguably more widely syndicated than the actual product on the field.With Ballmer at the front of improving the Clipper brand at this point, nothing will be really secretive.“Obviously the franchise is on the rise, it has a good young roster, enthusiasm about the brand, and a change in ownership,” said Bevilacqua, “all positive things.” At the conclusion of its first season, the Dodgers’ own SportsNet L.A., in a distributor partnership with Time Warner Cable that promises the team approximately $340 million a year until 2038, has already proven too rich for the masses and led to a local PR disaster. The Lakers’ belated launch of another partnership with TWC SportsNet was hardly a smooth transaction either.But when the Clippers’ modest $20 million per year TV contract with Fox Sports West’s Prime Ticket expires after the 2015-16 season, the conventional options for the NBA franchise appear limited. Which may play right into Ballmer’s wheelhouse.“Ballmer needs to look at the Dodgers and say, ‘I’m not going to be able to build a TV channel on the current platform because it’s not working like it used to,’” Vince Wladka, media industry consultant and former head of Fox Sports communications, said. “He could turn around and cut a deal with Google for $200 million a year. Ballmer is betting he’s going to recoup his money on media rights from something we’ve probably never heard of.”Or how about a partner that can offer a marketing slogan “nothing but Netflix”?Chris Bevilacqua, a New York-based media consultant in the sports and entertainment field, agrees with many analysts in that, with six regional sports networks costing viewers from $18-to-$20 a month in fees and populating the same Los Angeles market with just the two FSW channels six years ago, the Clippers’ owning their own network appears unrealistic. At least, one in the traditional sense.
…escape with jewellery At about 20:15h on Friday last, Laing Avenue Georgetown resident Desmond Gordon was crossing the West Ruimveldt bridge between Front Road and Laing Avenue when two masked men armed with handguns confronted him from the opposite direction and relieved him of three gold chains valued $210,000 and two gold rings valued $70,000.The 52-year-old a vendor said he was wearing his jewellery on Friday evening as he proceeded north in the direction of downtown Georgetown when the bandits approached him from the opposite direction, and both men pulled out handguns from their front pants waist. They held him at gunpoint, and one of them relieved him of his jewellery.Both perpetrators then made good their escape in a southerly direction, joining a silver coloured Toyota Spacio motorcar which had no number plate as it sped away in a westerly direction.The matter was reported to the Police, and persons in the area were questioned, but no useful information was received.The area was also checked for CCTV cameras, but none seen. Nevertheless, investigations are in progress.
The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) has submitted its annual report to the Finance Minister, even as the Unit has revealed that financial crimes involving over $8 billion worth of illicit money were reported to it for the 2018 fiscal year.This was according to FIU Director, Matthew Langevine in his comments during the handing over of the report on Monday at the Ministry of Finance. According to Langevine, many of these reports centred on money laundering.“We’ve done a lot of work in sharing information [with] the Special Organised Crime Unit and the other stakeholders like the central bank, about some of the suspicious transactions we’re seeing in the sector,” Langevine said during the handing over of the report.He added that reports were also received about suspected money laundering from the money transfer sector. “But we’ve also seen suspicious transactions related to tax evasion, drug trafficking, corruption in public office, suspected terrorist financing and insider trading.”According to Langevine, they would have examined all these reports and shared information where applicable. Besides SOCU, Langevine revealed that they have also been sharing info with the State Assets Recovery Agency and the Guyana Revenue Authority.Meanwhile, Finance Minister Winston Jordan noted that this is the first report from the FIU that he has received. Despite the passage of a No-Confidence Motion against the Government, Jordan was optimistic of having the report tabled in Parliament.The Minister was also optimistic that the FIU will be preparing similar reports on an annual basis.The FIU is an autonomous agency that investigates financial crimes. It operates under the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Act. The Unit has to work closely with other agencies, including the Guyana Revenue Authority and the Gaming Authority.But while the FIU has been walking the straight and narrow, its sister agency, SOCU, has been beleaguered with problems since an audit into its operations was carried out by the Guyana Police Force.The audit into SOCU, an arm of the police, was first ordered by Police Commissioner Leslie James in February following claims of grave mismanagement which included the misuse of its operational fund.The audit of the financial records of SOCU subsequently uncovered serious irregularities, including the falsification of records, and it has recommended immediate transfers and a fraud investigation of several of the discrepancies, sources say.It has resulted in Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan announcing in May of this year that several SOCU ranks would be transferred or even have their services terminated based on the findings.Added to this, SOCU has had several of its cases tossed out of the window by the courts, including a number of charges against former Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) executives and Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) Directors.
GPHC’s PRO, Terrence EsseboomOne day after the Guyana Times published that there was a shortage of malaria drugs at the Georgetown Public Hospital, the medical facility has confirmed that it has restocked on specific drugs to treat the illness.The institution’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Terrance Esseboom explained that in the specific case that was reported, the patient might have needed a specific type of malaria drug which the pharmacy did not have at the time, but such was uplifted the following day from Vector Control Services.“The hospital is not out of stock of malaria drugs but this guy apparently had to have a specific drug which I understand targets all classes of malaria. The pharmacy has three other kinds of malaria drugs but they didn’t have that one yesterday, they have it today. They collected it this morning I would assume that he would have gotten his dosage,” he explained.On Tuesday last, the unavailability of the drug at GPHC’s main pharmacy was confirmed by Esseboom.The confirmation of the shortage of malaria medication was made after this newspaper contacted the Ministry regarding a patient who was diagnosed with malaria but was not given any medication at the health facility.When this publication visited the health institution, the patient, who has been shivering with high fever for the past four days, revealed that the doctors informed him that the hospital does not have any medication to treat him for malaria.The male patient said he is being treated with injections to control his fever; however, he does not know when he will be able to leave the hospital. The man added that he longs to be at home, reunited with his family. Guyana Times observed that the patient’s lips were cracked and pale as he complained of feeling weak.In this regard, Esseboom informed this publication that he was in shock after learning that the Hospital was without this drug, given that the Vector Control Services, which is a mere stone’s throw away from the Hospital is equipped with the medication.In an almost annoyed tone, the Public Health PR said, “They collected the drugs from Vector Control (on Wednesday) if they had asked yesterday (Tuesday) they would have gotten it because it is there”.GPHC has been accused many times of not only offering bad service, but delivering slow and inefficient ones as well.This latest case highlights one of the Hospital’s flaws in treating patients.Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease which can lead to death. The disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito.Due to the fact that the malaria parasite is found in red blood cells of an infected person, malaria can also be transmitted through blood transfusion, organ transplant, or the shared use of needles or syringes contaminated with blood.Malaria can be cured once treated with the right drugs. Affected persons will experience shaking, high fever, profuse sweating, headaches, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhoea among others.