Ontario’s attorney general has withdrawn environmental charges against the provincial environment ministry, its minister and several wind companies, citing a lack of evidence and the uncertain likelihood of a conviction.The case, involving allegations of environmental offences at several wind turbine projects across Chatham-Kent, was in provincial offences court in Blenheim Wednesday, when a lawyer with the Ministry of the Attorney General said there wasn’t sufficient evidence to proceed.“There’s no prospect of conviction,” Brian Wilkie told the court.Wilkie declined to elaborate further on the withdrawal of charges outside court.Ontario’s environment minister, Jeff Yurek, along with the ministry itself and several wind turbine companies were named in the private prosecution charges, filed by Dover resident Christine Burke under Section 14 of the Environmental Protection Act.Yurek and the ministry were accused of failing to take reasonable care to prevent the installation and operation of the turbines at the East Lake St. Clair Wind Farm, run by Engie Canada, and at the North Kent 1 Wind Farm, run by Pattern Energy Group and Samsung Renewable Energy, from discharging, or causing or permitting the discharge of contaminants.The projects had been approved under the previous Liberal government.Pattern Energy declined to comment on the withdrawal of the charges.“We believe the ruling speaks for itself,” company spokesperson Matt Dallas said.Residents in the North Kent area have voiced concerns about their private water wells and the potential for turbine-caused contamination by black shale and hazardous metals.“All I’m going to say is that we’re moving forward with our lawyer to pursue other options,” a visibly upset Burke said after the charges were dropped.Her Toronto-based lawyer, Eric Gillespie, wasn’t in attendance Wednesday, as his office had already received notification about the decision. But he said the case is far from over.“The decision is very puzzling to our client,” Gillespie said in a phone interview.He said there was additional evidence available that he offered to provide, adding there was also the chance to obtain more from experts. He said he did not hear back from the government.Gillespie added the optics of having the government withdraw charges against another ministry and a minister raises concerns.“It’s kind of like leaving the fox in charge of the henhouse,” he said.In a statement Wednesday, Yurek said “this government and I will always take the public’s concerns about wind projects very seriously and will continue to stand with the families living in Chatham-Kent to make sure what happened under the previous Liberal government never happens again.”Yurek said an expert panel was formed by the minister of health to study the health toll. That panel has been meeting regularly since July and the final report is anticipated by the end of 2020, Yurek added.He called it unfortunate he had been named and associated with the legal matter since the previous government made the decision about the wind projects.Since the Progressive Conservative government took office, Yurek said it kept its promise by repealing the Green Energy Act, restoring municipal planning power, and cancelling and winding down more than 700 energy projects.But Gillespie said the sitting government should still take further action on the existing projects.“The reality is the turbines are still there,” he said. “The reality is in many people’s minds they are still causing harm. The reality is this government can, and in many people’s view, should be doing a lot more about the problem.”Gillespie said legal options for his client could include appealing the decision or filing new charges. He said this will be discussed in the coming days.“This certainly doesn’t appear to be the end of the matter,” he [email protected] Twitter.com/DailyNewsTT
Business Analytics services will be $51.6 billion in 2014 and will reach $89.6 billion by 2018, according to a recent report by IDC.Other findings from the IDC report are that:The top ten vendors in the Business Analytics sector are Oracle, SAP, IBM and Microsoft. Together these companies account for more than 53 percent of the entire marketThe Business Analytics sector over the next five years is expected to grow at a rate of 14.3 percent annuallyBusiness Analytics outsourcing will grow at a rate of 12.8 percentThe lack of skilled professionals in this space, like mathematicians, statisticians and business analysts, is one reason why businesses are looking outside their companies for assistanceA parallel report released by Technavio in August covering Data Analytics estimates that the Data Analytics Outsourcing will grow at at a rate of more than 30 percent annually over the next four years.Ali Zaidi, senior research analyst at IDC, said that the “talent shortage coupled with the high interest in adoption of new technologies will continue to drive growth in business analytics services spending at the worldwide level. In addition, the desire to consume the entire life cycle of business analytics services will drive spending growth across all business analytics services lines in the near future.”
Jack Rodwell isn’t the only free agent undergoing medical tests with Roma, as Marcel Buchel is also ‘auditioning’ for a contract. The Giallorossi are in the middle of an injury crisis, with long-term problems for Lorenzo Pellegrini, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Amadou Diawara, Bryan Cristante and Davide Zappacosta. There is above all a lack of midfielders, so the club is going back on the market for free agents who can sign immediately rather than wait for the January transfer window. It has already been reported that English player Rodwell is in Rome for medical tests, but it seems he is not the only one. According to Il Messaggero newspaper, Liechtenstein international Buchel is also in the Italian Capital for a series of medicals. Coach Paulo Fonseca will decide over the next few days whether to sign one or both of these midfielders. Unlike Rodwell, Buchel spent practically his entire career in Italy with Siena, Cremonese, Juventus, Lanciano, Bologna, Verona and Empoli. He has 66 Serie A appearances under his belt, plus 80 in Serie B and 24 at Serie C level. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/
What an absorbing day of play we have witnessed at the Wanderers! 82.4 overs, 193 runs and 11 wickets — that sums up that the bowlers have had a ball. India were ominous in the final 25 odd minutes of the day and got the prized scalp of Markram as well. Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah breathed fire and got a lot of movement to trouble the Proteas.Earlier, the visitors were skittled out under 200. A couple of factors were the reason for their poor show with the bat. One was that some batsmen gifted their wickets away and another reason was that the South African pace battery bowled with a lot of heart. Only Pujara and Kohli managed to get themselves in and scored important fifties.Right then! Only a day has gone by but the bowlers have got exaggerated movement and have ruled like a king. Tough times lie ahead for the batsmen. Will the Proteas fight fire with fire? Or will there be another surrender on display? Join us to catch all the action from Day 2 of the third and final Test tomorrow at 1pm IST. Some fast-paced cricketing action beckons us. Till then, cheers!South Africa 1st Innings:21.02 IST: STUMPS! South Africa 6/1 after 6 overs, traling India (187) by 181 runs. Dean Elgar 4*, Kagiso Rabada 0*. Bhuvneshwar 1/3.20.46 IST: Bhuvneshwar to Markram, OUT! The strike bowler for India delivers! He is so good upfront and it is rarely he disappoints. Runs in with good rhythm from overs the wicket and bowls a back of a length ball around off. The ball shapes in after pitching as well. Markram hops and tries to defend it but gets a faint nick behind. Patel moves to his right and accepts it gleefully. Just the start India wanted. South Africa 3/1 after 2.3 overs.advertisement20.43 IST: 2 overs down and a maiden over later from Bumrah, South are 3/0.20.37 IST: Bhuvneshwar to Elgar, SINGLE! Elgar gets off the mark straightaway with a single. Positive start for South Africa.20.36 IST: Aiden Markram and Dean Elgar begin the innings for South Africa while Bhuvneshwar Kumar begins the attack for India.India 1st Innings:A meek surrender from India has meant that they have ended with a way below par-score. The visitors elected to bat first on a conducive track for swing bowling and were found wanting. They lost their openers very cheaply and were struggling to come to terms with the pace and bounce on offer. Kohli came in and along with Pujara started the revival work. They played cautiously and saw off the new ball. There were times when the duo got lucky but still, credit needs to be given to them for fighting it out.20.27 IST: Rabada to Bhuvneshwar, OUT! That’s the final nail in the coffin! Short ball, angling in and climbing on Kumar. He gets into an awkward position and still goes through with his pull shot. Ends up getting a top edge that swirls in the sky towards short mid-wicket. Phehlukwayo backtracks and takes a fine catch. INDIA ARE BOWLED OUT FOR 187 after 76.4 overs. Kohli (54), Pujara (50), Rabada (3/39)20.20 IST: Ngidi to Bhuvneshwar, FOUR! Another solid shot from the seamer. He looks solid and is really helping India survive in the match. India 186/9 after 75.2 overs.20.16 IST: Rabada to Bhuvneshwar, DROPPED! Ngidi completely misjudges that and Bhuvneshwar and India survive.20.11 IST: Philander to Bhuvneshwar, FOUR! A good strong strike from Bhuvneshwar straight. India 176/9 after 73.2 overs.20.07 IST: Rabada to Bumrah, FOUR! That’s a leg bye four! South Africa take a review because they feel it hit Bumrah on the pads but eventually lose it.20.04 IST: Rabada to Ishant, OUT! After quite many misses, Ishant finally edges the ball and Faf du Plessis takes a good low catch at second slip. India 166/9 after 72.1 overs.19.42 IST: Philander to Shami, OUT! Shami plays a rash shot and Rabada takes an easy catch. This had been coming with Shami teasing the fielders since some time now. India are 163/8 after 67.5 overs.19.26 IST: Morkel to Shami, FOUR! Nice shot! A short ball outside off, Shami arches back and flashes it over – what is that? A man somewhere between short third man and third man – and gets a boundary! Morkel is not happy with that field placement and wants that man at a traditional third man position!19.24 IST: Phehlukwayo to Bhuvneshwar, FOUR! Fine shot. On a length outside off, Kumar punches this off the back foot through the covers for a boundary!19.22 IST: Phehlukwayo to Pandya, OUT! Horrible shot by Pandya, top edges a short ball from Phehlukwayo and de Kock took the catch once more. Indian batting is disappointing once more. India 144/7 after 63.2 overs.advertisement19.18 IST: Morkel to Parthiv, OUT! Caught behind! That is a bad, bad shot. The ball was not the best, short and wide outside off, Patel leaps and tries to punch but is comfortably beaten by the extra bounce. Only manages a thick nick and that is gobbled by the keeper. Two quick wickets for South Africa. India are 144/6.19.12 IST: Phehlukwayo to Pujara, OUT! The least impressive of the bowlers has taken out the most prized wicket! Indecision costs Pujara. Outside off, pretty wide, Pujara is not sure whether he should play at that or leave it. He is across his stumps and pushes at the ball. Halfway through the shot, he realizes that the ball can be left alone. Now, he tries to withdraw his bat but his commitment to the earlier cause does not allow him to get the bat behind much. The ball moves just enough to take whatever piece of willow is available and goes to the keeper! End of a long vigil.18.54 IST: Ngidi to Pujara, FOUR! Another loose delivery from Ngidi and Pujara whacks it to the boundary. India 135/4 after 58.2 overs.3rd Test. 58.2: L Ngidi to C Pujara (42), 4 runs, 135/4 https://t.co/ixhjf9ik8J #SAvInd #TeamIndia BCCI (@BCCI) January 24, 201818.48 IST: India are 129/4 after 57.2 overs. Parthiv 0* (12) and Pujara 38 (162).18.36 IST: Ngidi to Pujara, FOUR! A rare loosener, short and wide outside off, Pujara cuts it through the covers and gets a boundary.18.31 IST: India (114/4) at tea vs South Africa. Kohli (54), Pujara (27*), Philander (1/22), Ngidi (1/7)India started the session well though, with AB de Villiers handing another life to Virat Kohli and the stand between him and Pujara building on. But the new kid on the block, Lungi Ngidi, got rid of the Indian captain for the second time in a row, this time AB taking a superb catch. Rahane then survived a caught behind appeal off a no ball but then was dismissed soon after.End of session two on day one of the 3rd #SunfoilTest in the #FreedomSeries. Two late-ish wickets for SA have left India on 114/4. Rahane (9) going to Morkel and the big one, Kohli (54), taken out by Ngidi #ProteaFire #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/YHZOZmrhqC Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 24, 2018Amidst all the rumble, Cheteshwar Pujara has stood out royally. His runs scored and the strike rate might be a cause of concern for some but in reality, had he not been there, India might well have been bowled out. Only two batsmen have managed double figures so far and the visitors will hope to see off the day without losing more than a wicket.In command, are South Africa. Every bowler except for Andile Phehlukwayo has taken a wicket and all of them have been extremely economical. The over rate is a worry but then if the Proteas manage to dismiss India tonight itself, captain Faf du Plessis will not complain. He will be looking to get to the bowlers quickly after Tea and perhaps even dream of batting tonight, if the opportunity presents itself. No sign of rain so far, thankfully.advertisement18.04 IST: WICKET! Ajinkya Rahane lbw b Morkel 9 (27 balls). The decision stays as it is! Umpire’s call! Hard, hard luck for Rahane. Only a small part of the ball is hitting the leg stump but that will do for South Africa. Good bowling by Morkel, getting this full after the previous short one and tailing it in. Rahane looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. Morkel appeals, umpire Ian Gould thinks for a while and then raises his finger! Rahane has a long chat with Pujara and then signals for the review. Hawk Eye shows the ball to be clipping the outer half of leg stump. The no ball life earlier does not count for Rahane. India do not lose a review though… if that can be called as a cloud with a silver lining… India 113/4 in 51.4 overs WICKET!!! Big strike from SA as Rahane is trapped LBW for 9. He reviews the decision, but this time the hosts get the benefit as replays show it’s umpires call. India 113/4 #ProteaFire #SAvIND #SunfoilTest pic.twitter.com/FOlCvvy1ch Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 24, 201818.00 IST: Morkel to Rahane, FOUR!3rd Test. 50.6: V Philander to C Pujara (26), 4 runs, 109/3 https://t.co/ixhjf9ik8J #SAvInd #TeamIndia BCCI (@BCCI) January 24, 201817.57 IST: India 105/3 in 50.4 overs17.48 IST: Ajinkya Rahane is VERY VERY LUCKY! He gets caught behind off Vernon Philander but the bowler overstepped the line. NO BALL. India 101/4 in 48.3 overs. IT IS A NO BALL! What a lifeline for Rahane! He has had a pretty uncomfortable last 10 minutes and was nearly consumed by this peach. The ball lands on a length around off and Rahane commits himself to play at that. But then the ball moves away and the batsman thinks, should I leave it? Rahane tries to withdraw his bat but is a bit late and the ball goes off the edge to the keeper! The Proteas appeal but Rahane starts to walk even before the umpire raises his finger. Oh wait… he is asked to stop as Aleem Dar wants to check for the no ball. And replays show that Philander has nothing behind the line! The foot has landed right on the crease! Come back, Rahane!Frustration for Du Plessis here as Philander gets a wicket of a no-ball. The third time India have a reprieve in the innings. Rahane survives being caught behind on 3. India 102/3 #SAvIND #SunfoilTest pic.twitter.com/HkZh0mZhOL Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 24, 201817.20 IST: WICKET! Virat Kohli 54 c de Villiers, b Ngidi (106 balls). Kohli does not chase the previous one but he chases this one and is gone! AB de Villiers dropped him on the previous occasion but not this time. Full and wide outside off, could have been left alone, Kohli reaches out for that without moving his feet much and gets a thick outside edge. AB de Villiers at third slip is initially not sure to have his hands in reverse cup position or the bucket-like one and in the end, goes for the second choice. The decision has to be made in a split second as the ball travels really fast to him. Mr. 360 degrees takes that decision quickly, keeps his hands bucket-like and takes the catch. He then lands surprised on the ground, thanking his stars that he did not go reverse cup for that. End of a fine, fine knock from Kohli, taking the bull by the horns. The stand is broken at 84, still no triple digit partnership for India in this series. Ngidi’s parents have a proud moment in the stands, applauding their kid’s wicket. This is the first time they are watching a live cricket match. Great moment. India 97/3 in 42.4 overs WICKET!!! A big strike by @NgidiLungi as he gets Kohli for 54. The captain edging to De Villiers to slip. He had two lives earlier remember. India 97/3 #ProteaFire #SAvIND #SunfoilTest pic.twitter.com/IJpMNyO8XT Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 24, 201817.15 IST: Rabada to Kohli, FOUR! Brings up his 16th Test fifty in style, took 101 balls to get there. In total command is King Kohli! A short ball outside off, Kohli swivels again, this time getting on top of the bounce and pulls it through square leg for a boundary! Brings up his half century as well. Superb knock. Now for the big one. India 94/2 in 41.3 overs The 50 has just come up for the India captain and it has been a fighting one for his side. It has taken 101 balls with India up to 97/2 #SAvIND #SunfoilTest #FreedomSeries pic.twitter.com/h6RtZOmgUW Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 24, 201817.02 IST: Rabada to Kohli, FOUR!17.01 IST: Ngidi to Kohli, Ah ah… Kohli taps it towards the off side and sets off for a single. Pujara is not interested at all and the Indian captain reluctantly goes back. Don’t think there was a run available, even if Hardik Pandya would have been at the non-striker’s end. Kohli is doing his best to make Pujara run hard between the wickets for singles but the Saurashtra batsman is going nowhere. India 84/2 in 39 overs 16.48 IST: Rabada to Kohli, FOUR! Full and outside off, Kohli leans and drives it through the covers for a boundary!Ah ah… Kohli taps it towards the off side and sets off for a single. Pujara is not interested at all and the Indian captain reluctantly goes back. Don’t think there was a run available, even if Hardik Pandya would have been at the non-striker’s end.16.43 IST: Morkel to Kohli, FOUR! STREAKY FOUR! Luck is on the Indians’ side at the moment. Morkel lands this on a length outside off and gets it to jag back in. Kohli looks to defend but is cramped up. An inside edge is induced but the ball goes over the stumps to the fine leg fence!3rd Test. 34.4: M Morkel to V Kohli (42), 4 runs, 77/2 https://t.co/ixhjf9ik8J #SAvInd #TeamIndia BCCI (@BCCI) January 24, 201816.41 IST: Morkel to Kohli, FOUR! MARVELLOUS! Made that look really easy. Not exactly a half volley, it is on a length outside off but Kohli gets across and drives it as straight as a rocket down the ground for a boundary.16.32 IST: Morkel to Kohli, DROPPED AGAIN on 32 this time by AB de Villiers at 2nd slip! Would you believe it that AB de Villiers is the culprit? Short and room on offer, reckless approach from Kohli who reaches out to it and tries to cut it. Only manages to get a bottom edge that flies towards AB at third slip. He crouches and attempts to catch it as the ball dips in. Only gets his fingertips to it and the ball bursts through towards third man. Two runs taken. This is the second time the Indian skipper has been dropped. He is certainly leading a charmed life.16.31 IST: Vernon Philander bowls yet another maiden over, his 8th in 11 overs. India 63/2 in 32 overs, run rate – 1.9716.21 IST: Philander to Pujara, FOUR! All of a sudden, the runs are flowing. Three boundaries have been scored in the last 4 balls. Shortish again and well outside off, Pujara pounces on the opportunity and slaps it through covers to find the fence. For the first time, Philanders has been off the radar. The protection is there for the drive but he is bowling too short for the liking of his side. That brings up the 50-run stand between the duo. It has been a fighting one.3rd Test. 29.3: V Philander to C Pujara (15), 4 runs, 59/2 https://t.co/ixhjf9ik8J #SAvInd #TeamIndia BCCI (@BCCI) January 24, 201816.21 IST: Philander to Pujara, FOUR! Poor delivery and gets the treatment! Short and room to play with, Pujara rises on his toes and crunches it through point. The fielder hares after it but only comes second best.16.18 IST: Morkel to Kohli, FOUR! Gorgeous cover drive yielding four runs for the captain. Pleasing to the eyes! Full and outside off, Kohli strides ahead and times his punch beautifully through wide mid off to pick up a boundary.16.14 IST: Vernon Philander bowls a terrific over post lunch giving away just 1 run. India 46/2 in 28 overs 16.09 IST: We are back for the afternoon session. Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara to continue their innings. Will the Indians attempt to up the scoring rate? Or will it be again a rearguard action from them? Vernon Philander to bowl first up after Lunch. Three slips and a gully in place. Here we go…15.30 IST: India (45/2) vs South Africa at lunch. Kohli (24*), Pujara (5*), Philander (1/1), Rabada (1/15)A top start to the game for the Proteas. They didn’t win the toss but got the desired choice of bowling first on a conducive track. They have been all over the Indians, picked up early wickets and kept a stern check on the run-flow as well. The ball has swung like a banana, bounced steeply, seamed off the deck substantially to test the batsmen. The Big Vern was in the thick of things once again as he got rid of Rahul with a beauty of a delivery. There was another case of a batsman throwing his wicket away in the form of Vijay. So, it seems that he has not learnt from his mistakes.Over and lunch. End of the opening session of the 3rd and final #SunfoilTest of the #FreedomSeries. SA struck two early blows, but India are holding firm for now on 45/2. Kohli has 24* #ProteaFire #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/jEbECNpFW6 Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 24, 2018The duo of Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli have been watchful and have been lucky to have survived so far. The Indian skipper was dropped on 11 by Philander and it was not a difficult chance. Faf du Plessis also missed a trick as Ngidi trapped Pujara in front of the stumps once but he didn’t challenge the decision. However, credit to the experienced duo for fighting it out. Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi have played the perfect foil to Vernon Philander to keep the batsmen guessing. Will the Proteas continue to have a firm grip over the proceedings? Or will the visitors show strong resilience and settle in? Join us shortly to find out.At Lunch on Day 1 of the 3rd Test India are 45/2 (Virat 24*, Pujara 5*)Follow the game here – https://t.co/ixhjf9zV0h #SAvIND #FreedomSeries pic.twitter.com/Z3f52Yjez6 BCCI (@BCCI) January 24, 201815.15 IST: Ngidi to Kohli. So Close!! Back of a length ball around off, some nibble in the air. Kohli wants to leave it initially but then is caught in two minds. Is late to let it go and the ball catches the inside edge of the bat to strike him on the back leg. Fortunately for him, the ball deflects past the off stump and goes towards the keeper.15.01 IST: Rabada to Kohli, FOUR!!3rd Test. 20.4: K Rabada to V Kohli (15), 4 runs, 31/2 https://t.co/ixhjf9zV0h #SAvInd #TeamIndia BCCI (@BCCI) January 24, 201815.01 IST: Rabada to Kohli, DROPPED!! Virat Kohli goes for the pull, skies it and the catch is dropped.14.59 IST: FIFTY balls for Pujara without getting of the mark.14.50 IST: Ngidi to Pujara, takes a single but its off the thigh pad so the umpire signals leg-bye. The wait continues for Che!14.48 IST: Vernon Philander has bowled 8 overs which include 7 maiden overs and given away just 1 run with a wicket in his kitty. India 20/2 in 17 overs 14.40 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara has now faced 37 deliveries without getting off the mark. India 20/2 in 15 overs14.36 IST: Vernon Philander bowls a maiden after the drinks break. India 19/2 in 14 overs 14.30 IST: First hour of play is done and its now time for a Drinks Break! India 19/2 in 13 overs. Virat Kohli 6*, Cheteshwar Pujara 0* Drinks were taken a few minutes ago. The first hour and a bit of the Test match has been bossed by SA with India 20/2. A wicket each for @VDP_24 and @KagisoRabada25 #ProteaFire #SAvIND #SunfoilTest #FreedomSeries pic.twitter.com/GSfgBm1fiu Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 24, 201814.27 IST: 26 balls he’s faced now but Cheteshwar Pujara has still not gotten off the mark. India 17/2 in 12 overs 14.20 IST: Rabada to Kohli, FOUR! Glorious! Trademark Kohli cover drive. Fullish ball outside off, the Indian skipper leans ahead and caresses it through extra cover to find the fence. This will get him going.3rd Test. 10.4: K Rabada to V Kohli (4), 4 runs, 17/2 https://t.co/ixhjf9ik8J #SAvInd #TeamIndia BCCI (@BCCI) January 24, 201814.13 IST: The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli strides out to bat. He has been the only batsman among the top six who has looked in decent form. A captain’s knock is the need of the hour.14.12 IST: WICKET! Murali Vijay c de Kock b Rabada 8 (32 balls). India 13/2 in 8.4 overs WICKET!!! Into the attack comes home boy @KagisoRabada25 and he takes just 4 deliveries to strike as a Vijay edge is taken by De Kock for 8. India 13/2 #ProteaFire #SAvIND #SunfoilTest pic.twitter.com/AvLV7K0ITZ Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 24, 201814.09 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara is yet to get off the mark even after facing 14 deliveries. India 13/1 in 8 overs 14.00 IST: NOT OUT! Definitely close but the batsman just survives! Fuller in length in the avenue of apprehension, seaming in after pitching. Pujara comes forward gingerly to block it but misses to get hit flush on the front pad. Philander roars in an appeal along with his teammates but the umpire stays put. He tells his skipper to go for the review to which he agrees. Snicko doesn’t spot any nick. Time for the Hawk Eye. The impact is in line but it is clipping the top of middle. Hence, the on-field call stays and India retain their review. Fifth maiden on the trot, the pressure is certainly on India.Huge appeal by Philander against Pujara and it’s not given. SA opt to review but replays show it as umpires call. Batsman survives and India remain on 7/1 #SAvIND #SunfoilTest pic.twitter.com/WdWrHG7QCn Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 24, 201813.58 IST: Philander to Pujara, Wrapped on the pads and the South Africans go up in a loud appeal. Umpire says NOT OUT. The Proteas take the review.13.50 IST: Vernon Philander bowls a wicket-maiden. India 7/1 in 4 overs 13.46 IST: Cheteshwar Pujara strides out to bat. He has had a poor tour so far. Can he stand tall on this occasion?13.45 IST: WICKET! KL Rahul c de Kock b Philander 0 (7 balls). Philander draws first blood! He has begun on a positive note in his 50th Test match to provide the ideal start for his side. Bowls a length delivery in the corridor of uncertainty and gets it to move in late after pitching. Rahul is caught in the crease as he feels for it with a big gap between his bat and pad. Ends up getting a faint inside edge and de Kock behind the stumps is alert. He gets low to his left and takes a fine catch. Good stuff from Philander. He brought some balls in and swung some away to catch the batsman off guard. You are always unsure when the bowler is bowling that way. Yet another failure for Lokesh Rahul in this series. The South African players are jubilant! India 7/1 in 3.1 overs WICKET!!! Great start for SA as @VDP_24 strikes in the fourth over. A great start to his 50th Test as Rahul edges behind to De Kock for a duck #ProteaFire #SAvIND #SunfoilTest pic.twitter.com/SR6YO9sZDr Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 24, 201813.40 IST: Vernon Philander, who is playing in his 50th Test match, starts off with a maiden over. India 7/0 in 2 overs Two overs gone as @mornemorkel65 and @VDP_24 take the new ball. India are 7/0 after winning the toss and batting #ProteaFire #SAvIND #FreedomSeries pic.twitter.com/zvMSuOtjgX Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 24, 201813,38 IST: Vernon Philander to share the new ball from the other end. This is his 50th Test match and he will be eager to make it a memorable one.13.37 IST: Good first over from Morkel, India 7/0 in 1 over13.33 IST: Morkel to Vijay, FOUR! Streaky way to open the account for himself! Full delivery outside off, encouraging Vijay to go for an ambitious shot. He fiddles at it with minimal foot movement and gets a thick outside edge which goes past the right side of the gully fielder and runs through to the fence.13.31 IST: The players get ready for their respective national anthems. After the completion, we are set to get underway. Murali Vijay and Lokesh Rahul to open the batting for India. Morne Morkel to start off the proceedings with the brand new cherry. Three slips and a gully in place. Here we go…Pre-match updates:13.13 IST: Meanwhile, South Africa have also benched their spinner Keshav Maharaj and brought in Andile PhehlukwayoGood morning and welcome to Johannesburg for the final #SunfoilTest of this #FreedomSeries. Will it be a clean sweep by SA or will India salvage some pride? #ProteaFire #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/5Hwajol5pN Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 24, 201813.04 IST: Ajinkya Rahane comes in for Rohit Sharma while Bhuvneshwar Kumar replaces R Ashwin in the Indian playing13.00 IST: Virat Kohli wins the toss, India opt to bat vs South Africa at Johannesburg. Proteas lead 3-match series 2-0#TeamIndia has won the toss and elected to bat first in the 3rd Test #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/SEpdvhhYIq BCCI (@BCCI) January 24, 201812.40 IST: Johannesburg track looks like its going to be a nightmare for the batsmenGood morning from the @BullringZA. We’re almost an hour away from the 3rd Sunfoil Freedom Test. Preparations are in full steam #SAvIND pic.twitter.com/GYtxKK767s Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 24, 2018Match Preview:India will be playig only for pride when Virat Kohli and Co. take the field for the third and final Test at The Wanderers in Johannesburg.South Africa have the oppoutunity to complete a first clean-sweep of a three-Test series against India, and skipper Faf du Plessis have promised a ruthless approach.South Africa defeated India in the first Test by 72 runs in Cape Town and then again won the second by 135 runs at Centurion. It is India’s first series loss under Kohli’s captinacy and another loss in the third Test would make it 3-0. But won’t be enough for South Africa to take over from India at the top of the International Cricket Council’s rankings, but would move them to within decimal points of doing so.With a four-Test series to come against Australia in March, top spot would be tantalisingly close.”I don’t think we’ll make changes for the third Test just for the sake of giving opportunities. We want to keep our foot on the gas and apply as much pressure as possible,” Du Plessis told reporters.”It doesn’t happen a lot that you get the chance to beat a team 3-0 and I would favour dominating India and being ruthless.”We can use the ODIs and T20s to try and rotate players. We have an amazing opportunity as a team to win 3-0, and that makes us even more hungry to go where no team has gone before.”South Africa will on Tuesday hand a fitness Test to in-form opening batsman Aiden Markram, who injured his thigh in the second Test.If he is ruled out, his replacement is likely to be Theunis de Bruyn, with Temba Bavuma already out for four weeks with a fractured finger.Virat Kohli is the only Indian batsman to score a century in the series, was especially disappointed with their display in Pretoria on a wicket that was more suited to their game than South Africa’s.Another defeat would be devastating for him as skipper, and he believes his side can get the better of their hosts.
Everton loanee Vlasic slams Allardyce: It wasn’t footballby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNikola Vlasic has said that Everton played terrible football under Sam Allardyce.The winger has admitted the players were even scared of the home supporters, as they knew that no one was happy with the way they were playing.Vlasic thinks that it has improved under Marco Silva, even though Everton are below the 8th place where they finished last season under Allardyce.”Everything changed after Koeman left. The football played by Big Sam was awful, if it could even be called football,” Vlasic told Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti.”In such football I do not have a place. The football team was terrified by everything, the fans mostly. This season, Marco Silva plays different, much nicer football, but has not got results.”It is true that Everton did not make an expected breakthrough but at least fans now look at the normal football in which the guys, through their actions, are trying to score and win.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Royalty to attend Man Utd v Liverpool clashby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNorwegian King Harald V will be at Old Trafford tomorrow.While a fan of Tottenham, King Harald will attend Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool to support Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Harald was delighted when the Norwegian was named manager of United last season.”It’s impressive. Really,” stated Harald. “I hope with all my heart that he succeeds.”
OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston (14) dribbles the ball during a game against Northwestern on Jan. 28 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorEnergy filled the Schottenstein Center on Monday in Columbus, as everyone who was present for the late-night tip was well aware of what the contest meant for both parties. The top spot in the Big Ten was on the line, and No. 5 Maryland (21-3, 10-2) was the challenger for seventh-ranked Ohio State (19-4, 11-1). Earlier in the season when these two powerhouses faced off in College Park, Maryland, OSU took home the win, defeating the Terrapins 80-71. But the Buckeyes weren’t going to let past success affect how they entered Monday night’s meeting.The teams are both known for their impressive scoring attacks, with Maryland averaging 85.9 points per game and OSU right behind them with 85.3 points per contest, but it was the Buckeyes who administered a greater effort to propel them to a 94-86 upset victory at the Schott.The intensity that was circling around the arena from the start of pregame warmups translated immediately to a Buckeye success, as they started off the game with a 7-0 run.“I was really proud of our effort to start, and we had great focus and energy right from the tip,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said.Maryland had a tough time against OSU’s full-court pressure, turning the ball over 12 times in the first half, but when it was able to adjust to the Buckeye defense and the atmosphere that was presented, the Terrapins were able to play catch-up and keep the deficit to seven points heading into the locker room at the break.OSU senior guard Ameryst Alston went on a surge to begin the first quarter, scoring 11 points, but more pressure came her way when she had the ball in the second quarter. She was limited to only two points, ending the half with 13. Along with her scoring in the first 20 minutes of play, Alston weaved passes through the defenders to her teammates, having three flashy assists at the half.The Terrapins were able to make a majority of their shots off second-chance opportunities, grabbing 11 rebounds in the first half. The Buckeyes, being a more guard-heavy unit, have struggled on the glass throughout the season. Maryland truly took advantage of OSU’s weakness Monday evening.Alston, though, would not point to height differences as an excuse for poor rebounding.“We are looked at as being undersized,” Alston said after the game. “But it’s just ‘who wants the ball?’ so that is effort.”Second-half action was dominated by the Buckeyes. They began to pull away after sophomore guard Asia Doss buried a 3-pointer with 4:26 left to play in the third, forcing a Maryland timeout and all the Scarlet and Gray fans to their feet.Going into the final quarter of play, the Buckeyes led 75-61. Even with the lead, OSU kept the foot on the gas pedal. It continued to apply the pressure and push the ball on the fast break. “I thought that we disrupted (Maryland), and those turnovers that we caused were key,” McGuff said. “Then we played at a really fast pace on offense. Overall, probably our best game to date.”The second-leading scorer in the Big Ten, sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell, was back to her normal self, scoring 33 points after an underwhelming performance in OSU’s previous game in which she only scored 16 points. Mitchell went on a tear in the first half,, putting in 18 points with three deep balls, and knocked down another 3-pointer in the second half to pad her point total for the night.It wasn’t only Mitchell who was knocking down 3-point field goals. The entire team shot an impressive 52 percent from beyond the arc, going 12-of-23.“I think we have a special team,” Mitchell said. “Everyone can shoot and do something well on and off the court, and I think it helps us throughout the course of games.”Alston had a productive second half as well for the Buckeyes, finishing her night with 22 points and eight assists.Maryland was led by junior center Brionna Jones, who scored 28 points on the night. She acted as an absolute force in the paint with her extraordinary post play. Along with scoring buckets for the Terrapins, Jones dominated the glass,, grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds.The Buckeyes are scheduled to hit the road for their next two games, facing Iowa on Thursday night and then traveling to “Happy Valley” to take on Penn State on Valentine’s Day. Now riding a seven-game winning streak, OSU has emerged as the team to beat in the Big Ten.
Nearly seven months after a one-year contract was signed putting Ohio State in charge of managing both the Schottenstein Center and Nationwide Arena, no plans have been made for when the agreement expires June 30. The deal has provisions that provide for extensions of either month-to-month or yearly after this date, said Xen Riggs, assistant vice president of OSU’s Office of Administration and Planning. Riggs was responsible for the oversight of the Schottenstein Center, along with other major events on campus. He helped work through the details of the general goals for the partnership on a daily basis. OSU and Nationwide aren’t taking the fast track to decide what will come next for the long-term contract between the venues. “I don’t think anybody’s in a monstrous hurry,” Riggs told The Lantern. “We want to do it right and we want to do it well. We want to make sure the structure benefits the community and university in the most advantageous ways.” Riggs said there are ideas being thrown around for the new contract that still need to be refined, but overall, there won’t be much difference on how the venues operate. No ideas were disclosed to The Lantern, since they are still in the works. “It’s really just structure that will be put in place,” Riggs said. “One nice thing about being into this (seven) months is we’ve got (seven) months of experience and history. Now that we know each other better, we know what works best.” Karen Davis, director of business communications for the Columbus Blue Jackets, said the focus on the contract is now on leveraging combined resources to provide the best entertainment and event experience for customers. However, she reiterated there are no immediate timetables dictating discussions regarding the future of the agreement. OSU and Nationwide joined forces for financial and marketing reasons. Officials felt it was also the right thing to do for the community. “The synergies between the two venues is better than it was when we were competing against each other,” Riggs said. When the arenas were competing against each other before the contract on non-sporting events, they often undercut each other’s efforts to land events, causing the winning venue to actually lose money, said Stephen Buser, an OSU professor emeritus of finance who conducted a report on the financial viability of the National Hockey League franchise in 2009. OSU President E. Gordon Gee agreed that “having two competing arenas in which each are undercutting each other creates a level of competition that is unhealthy.” OSU now handles booking for concerts and other non-athletic events for both arenas. Tickets for events can be purchased at both venues. Instead of duplicating efforts on marketing, the venues have combined all marketing tactics. More time and money can now be spent on cross-promotion and gaining larger audiences for events. “The co-management relationship offers us more opportunities at reaching our core audience in the Columbus area by being able to now market our shows across both venues and their customer bases,” said Donna Larkin Lake, public relations manager of Feld Entertainment, a production company that brought “Disney on Ice” to Nationwide last week. Riggs said the vision of joint marketing tactics is to enhance Columbus as a destination for concerts and live events by providing marketing and other tools that might not be available in other cities. Financially, combined marketing tools have brought the venues big savings and revenue. According to Riggs, the collaboration was hitting and exceeding the expected financial and programmatic outcomes they anticipated. However, there are no specific target numbers in the contract. Before the contract, Nationwide was in contract with SMG, a Pennsylvania-based management corporation that handles booking for events. Eliminating this management fee has also helped save money between the two venues. The estimated cost savings for both arenas from consolidation in terms of management will be close to $1 million for both arenas, Gee said. “From the Blue Jackets’ perspective, we’ve been very pleased with the partnerships,” Davis said. “The consolidation of duties in some areas and sharing of best practices has been mutually beneficial, as we had hoped it would.” Gee credits the success of the contract to Riggs. “He’s a magician,” Gee said. “He’s one of the best in the business in managing these large arenas. In fact, that’s why we have someone like him here who can escalate the use of both of those arenas in good ways so that we all benefit from it, as a community and as a university.” Another agreement benefit for OSU is the use of Nationwide Arena for its hockey team. “I think that would be a great place for them to play,” Gee said. “I don’t want to move them entirely off campus, but the more we can integrate ourselves in the city, I would welcome that.” In Buser’s NHL report, he found the Blue Jackets lose between $4 and $5 million a year in management fees. According to his study, the team has been losing an estimated $12 million annually. Despite this money loss, the level of tax revenues generated by the Blue Jackets in terms of accelerated growth of business in the Arena District is more impressive than is the case of the typical city hosting an NHL team, Buser said. “I discovered that other cities now look to Columbus as a new model for development in and around a hockey arena,” Buser told The Lantern. “The visiting cities were stunned to see that strong business development continued in the Arena (District) even during the worst of the recent recession.” Buser also said other cities have concluded the Blue Jackets, Nationwide and the Arena District provide a virtual money machine for the generation of business development and local tax revenues. The only financial fear Buser has is if Columbus loses the Blue Jackets. “Development of the Arena District could easily stagnate or even reverse the current trend and Columbus, Franklin County and the state of Ohio would suffer tremendous losses in current and future tax revenues,” he said. The only struggle the venues have faced so far deals with the economy of the concert business. “The number of tours out on the road has been a little lower than it has in past years, but that seems like it might be coming back,” Riggs said. Riggs estimated the number of major tours through Columbus has been down by as much as 20 to 25 percent. Earlier reports of the initial contract speculated ticket prices for events would be cheaper with this contract. Riggs said the concert business doesn’t work this way. “We’ve said that from the beginning,” he said. “It really wouldn’t have any impact on ticket prices. The market is the market regardless of those factors.” Venue officials don’t know where the decision making process on the long-term contract will be in the next six months, but said they have good ideas in the works. “I don’t think anybody wants to put a hard timeline on it because that’s not our intent,” he said. “We’ve got a long way to go and (five) months sounds like a long time, but it’s really not for a project like this.”
Ohio State men’s ice hockey coach Mark Osiecki maintained the ebbs and flows of this season haven’t unnerved his team. But a sweep against Lake Superior State last weekend likely boosted their spirits. “I don’t think our guys have lost any confidence (all year), but it certainly helps to win,” Osiecki said. “Now we have to turn the page and get ready for the Irish.” The Buckeyes are set to host Notre Dame for a two-game series this Friday and Saturday at the Schottenstein Center. After all, only five points separate OSU and the Irish in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings. And, in the process, OSU might have a chance at upsetting the No. 11 team in the country. The Fighting Irish (16-10-0, 12-6-0-0 CCHA), losers of five of their last six games, have recently dropped from first to third in the CCHA standings. The Buckeyes, coming off back-to-back wins against the Lakers, sit sixth out of the league’s 11 teams. The weekend will showcase the teams’ only two meetings of the regular season. Goals will likely be at a premium all weekend as both teams are in the top seven schools in the country in goals allowed per game. OSU junior forward Alex Szczechura said scoring first in the game, as his team did twice last weekend, is crucial. “It’s something we really emphasize, jumping on teams early on. We’ve struggled with that in the past,” Szczechura said. Osiecki said he hopes to break through the stingy Notre Dame defense with the pace of his players’ attack. “Our strength is our transition, and our strength is our speed,” Osiecki said. Although Notre Dame’s defense has allowed .08 fewer goals per game than OSU’s defense has this season, the advantage between the posts goes to the Buckeyes. OSU senior goalie Brady Hjelle is second in the conference to Miami’s Ryan McKay in both goals-against average (1.60) and save percentage (0.946). McKay, though, has only played nine games this season, compared to Hjelle’s 32. Hjelle was named CCHA Goaltender of the Week for the fourth time this season after making 64 saves in the sweep of Lake Superior State. The series marks the tail end of a four-game home stand for OSU. Junior defenseman Curtis Gedig said he loves the Schottenstein Center’s atmosphere as well as other aspects of playing in Columbus. “Guys are a lot more positive in a way,” Gedig said. “We don’t have to worry about catching up on school because we’re traveling.” OSU is set to open its series with Notre Dame Friday at 7:05 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. This article has been revised to reflect the following correction: Correction: January 31, 2013 An earlier version of this story said that OSU’s men’s hockey won back-to-back games against Northern Michigan last weekend. They actually played Lake Superior State.