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Wallabies survive Fiji scare to win Rugby World Cup opener

first_imgBut that did not stop a physical team featuring several of Fiji’s Olympic Sevens gold medallists going ahead 21-12 against the 2015 runners-up four minutes after half-time.Australia, rattled by Fiji’s powerful running, eventually made their forward dominance count thanks to unlikely try hero Latu’s double following the match-changing entry of scrum-half Will Genia.Tries from Fiji-born backs Samu Kerevi and Marika Koroibete then sealed Australia’s comeback win.“It’s a fantastic match for us, after going down like that in the fashion we did. Fiji really came out of the blocks, aggressive. They are big physical guys and they took it to us there. Really proud of our guys to regroup,” said Wallaby captain Michael Hooper.Australia almost scored from the opening kick-off when Reece Hodge charged down an ensuing clearance kick, only for Fiji to scramble the ball clear.After Australia-born Fiji fly-half Ben Volavola knocked over an early penalty, a box-kick from Wallabies scrum-half Nic White was too long and allowed Fiji to counter-attack.Fiji right wing Josua Tuisova then bounced off Hodge — who’d already been knocked over by Semi Radradra on the other flank — and burst through Christian Lealiifano’s tackle before releasing flanker Peceli Yato for a try in the right corner.Australia eventually made their setpiece play count in the lead-up to an 18th-minute try for captain Hooper, who drove over after the Wallabies pushed Fiji off their own scrum.Two Volavola penalties extended Fiji’s lead to 14-7, while Australia were fortunate not to give away a try when a reckless quick line-out throw from David Pocock led to Kerevi being tackled behind his own line.That gave Fiji a scrum five metres out only for a knock-on — one of several handling errors — to cost them a potential score.Australia’s forwards then earned a 33rd-minute penalty that led to an attacking line-out.The Wallabies retained possession at a maul and, then displaying a measure of calm that had earlier been beyond them, worked the ball well across field through the backs before Hodge went over for a 36th-minute try in the right corner.– ‘A dangerous team’ –Rugby World Cup match Australia-Fiji (Pool D) on Saturday, September 21 in Sapporo. © AFP / Jonathan WALTERLealiifano’s difficult conversion was off target and Fiji led by two points at half-time, and they were nine in front four minutes after the break.After a poor Australia pass sailed over Lealiifano’s shoulder, Fiji centre Waisea Nayacalevu gathered it up and ran in from nearly half-way before flamboyantly diving between the posts.Hodge then kicked a penalty to cut Fiji’s lead to 21-15 and it was no surprise when Australia coach Michael Cheika brought veteran scrum-half Genia off the bench in a bid to regain control.Playing the ball close from a succession of line-outs, Latu eventually went over from a maul for a 57th-minute try to cut the deficit to one point.Hodge missed the conversion but Australia finally went ahead in the 62nd minute through an almost carbon-copy score by Latu, after more good work by the Wallaby pack.Matt Toomua, Australia’s third goalkicker of the match, missed the conversion but Kerevi put the result beyond doubt in the 68th minute.Australia’s pack were drawing in Fiji’s forwards, creating space out wide, and Genia then sent the ball out wide to Kerevi, who barged his way over the line.Toomua converted this time and Australia finally had breathing space at 32-21 with 10 minutes left.Appropriately, Australia completed their win with a setpiece move. They won their own line-out, Genia found Toomua and his pass found Koroibete, who beat his man for a well-worked try.“I’m not going to complain at all. They are such a dangerous team,” said Cheika.“We know them very well, their players and that’s what we expected. Probably didn’t expect to be as far behind!” he admitted.0Shares0000(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Australia hooker Tolu Latu was the unlikely hero for the Wallabies © AFP / WILLIAM WESTSAPPORO, Japan, Sep 21 – Australia hooker Tolu Latu scored two tries in five minutes as the Wallabies came from nine points down in the second half to beat Fiji 39-21 and escape a huge upset at the Rugby World Cup on Saturday.Fiji haven’t beaten Australia for 65 years — a run of 17 winless games against the two-time world champions — whose fans dominated the crowd of 36,482 at the indoor Sapporo Dome.last_img read more

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Religious Events Calendar

first_img “An Adventure or Nothing” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Thomas E. Witherspoon, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Unity Church of the Valley, 2817 Montrose Ave., La Crescenta. Call (818) 249-4396. “Second Chance” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Lui Tran, 10 a.m. Sunday, Knollwood United Methodist Church, 12121 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills. Call (818) 360-8111. “Solar Cooking in Africa: A Missionary’s Story” will be the topic discussed by guest speaker Toni Barry, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. A “solar-cooked” brunch will follow the service; proceeds go to solar Cookers International. Call (818) 894-9251. “Jacob’s First Date” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Dave Wilkinson, 8:30 and 10 a.m. Sunday, Moorpark Presbyterian Church, 13950 Peach Hill Road, Moorpark. Call (805) 529-8422. “The Rate of Faith” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Joey K. McDonald, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood, 4832 Tujunga Ave. Call (818) 763-8231. “Crowded Loneliness: Managing Too Many Worlds” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Paula A. Ferris, Northridge United Methodist Church, 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Call (818) 886-1555. “In Remembrance of Me” will be the message delivered by guest speaker Larry Redeopp, 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Heart of the Valley Community Church, 18644 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 881-3651. “Keep the Peace” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Evelyn Hammond, 10 a.m. Sunday when the Center for Highly Effective Living, Church of Religious Science, meets at Pacific Lodge Youth Services, 4900 Serrania Ave., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 883-1300. “What is Prayer?” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Carrie Lauer, 10:30 a.m. Sunday when the Center of Spiritual Awakening meets at the Radisson Hotel, 9777 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth. Call (818) 709-1451. Religion events are compiled by Staff Writer Holly Andres. Notices must reach the Daily News two weeks before the Saturday on which they are to run. Phone numbers must be included for contact purposes. Mail to Religion Calendar, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365-4200. Fax (818) 713-0058 or e-mail without attachments to Holly.Andres@dailynews.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles “Affordable Housing: No Renter Is Safe” will be discussed by Larry Gross, director of Coalition for Economic Survival, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. Call (818) 894-9251. “Wednesday Night Fellowship,” 6:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist, 7 p.m. soup supper and 7:30 p.m. Bible study Wednesday, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 14646 Sherman Way, Van Nuys. Call (818) 785-4251. “Lunch and Learn” discussion with Rabbi Rick Schechter, noon Thursday, Temple Sinai, 1212 N. Pacific Ave. Bring your own sack lunch. Call (818) 246-8101. West Hills Aglow, a Christian fellowship for women, will hold a meeting with guest speaker, the Rev. Rebecca Baur, director of women’s ministries at The Church on the Way in Van Nuys, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road. Buffet breakfast reservations required; $18. Call (818) 888-5067. “Interpreting for Religious Services,” a workshop for bilingual people interested in a professional interpreter career in religious settings, 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 19, California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. Fee $49. Reservations required. Call (818) 677-7638 or see www.tsengcollege.csun.edu/courses.html. Havdallah service, 7:30 p.m. today, led by Rabbi Jan Offel and Cantor Caren Glasser from Temple Kol Tikvah, meeting at Serrania Park, 20865 Wells Drive, Woodland Hills. Bring your own picnic dinner. Call (818) 348-0670. Tridentine Mass, led by the Rev. Msgr. Francis J. Weber, noon Sunday, Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana, 15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd., Mission Hills. Call (818) 361-0186. Persian-Israeli-AmericanBusiness Forum, sponsored by the Valley Beth Shalom Men’s Club, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. $20. Call (818) 530-4097. “Trading Places” vacation Bible school, 9 a.m.-noon weekdays, Magnolia Park United Methodist Church, 2828 W. Magnolia Blvd., Burbank. Free. To register, call (818) 846-2866. last_img read more

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Industry’s land plan raises questions

first_imgIndustry cleared its final legal hurdle recently and can now work on plans for thousands of acres of undeveloped land it owns outside city limits. This past month, a state appellate court upheld a previous ruling that Industry did not intend to build a dam and bypass road in Tonner Canyon – a 525-acre parcel south of Diamond Bar purchased in 2004. The city of Brea filed the lawsuit against Industry in 2004. “There were once talks to use the land as a reservoir, but the \ was changed to recreation,” Industry Mayor Dave Perez said. “It will be used for public good.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleIf there were undisclosed future plans, an environmental review would have been required and approved by the California Environmental Quality Act, according to court documents. Brea was considering trying to appeal the decision, but officials said Wednesday they will accept the rulings. “We’re hopeful that it will stay open space as Industry has represented, but we will be vigilant in fighting any dam or bypass road proposal,” Brea Assistant City Manager Terry Matz said. For the past 28 years, Industry has spent more than $40 million buying more than 5,700 acres south of Diamond Bar and on the borders of Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. Industry bought the 2,800-acre Tres Hermanos Ranch near Tonner Canyon in 1978, 2,423 acres of the Firestone Scout Reservation from the Los Angeles Area Council Boy Scouts of America in 2001, and the 525-acre Tonner Canyon in 2004. “We will now explore using the land for recreational uses,” Perez said, such as developing campsites and soccer fields. Conservationists, however, have different hopes for the property. The land is vital to the Puente-Chino Hills Wildlife Corridor, which allows animals to roam from Whittier Narrows to the Santa Ana Mountains. “It is a crucial link for the wildlife corridor,” said Claire Schlotterbeck, executive director of Hills for Everyone, an organization that has helped protect 17,000 acres in the area. “If it is going to be open space as Industry says it is, it shouldn’t be used as a cash cow for city council business.” Industry has not moved forward with any plans for the land since 2001, when it was slapped with a lawsuit by the Sierra Club after the Firestone Scout Reservation purchase. “Only time will tell what’s up their sleeve,” Schlotterbeck said. “I expect that it will remain open space, and if it does not, the city has lied to numerous courts.” Matz said Brea has long been committed to preserving open space. The city is a member of the Wildlife Corridor Conservation Authority, which joined the Sierra Club in its 2001 lawsuit against Industry. “Obviously, there is a certain amount of skepticism,” Matz said. “When you have a city in Los Angeles County that is not connected in any way to property it purchased that is in another county, and they say they purchased it for open space, we are certainly concerned.” Industry officials, however, said the lawsuits initiated by Brea are less about legality and more about being upset that they didn’t buy the land. “What this is really about is that Brea is a failed suitor,” said Industry City Attorney Michele Vadon. “They wanted both of these pieces of property \ and they didn’t get them.” “The bottom line,” said attorney Doug Evertz, who is representing the city of Brea, “is \ would like to know why Industry is purchasing land in Brea’s sphere of influence.” Bob Henderson, a Whittier councilman and chairman of the Wildlife Corridor Conservation Authority, described Industry’s purchases as “very strange.” “Here is a city buying property way outside of the city limits,” Henderson said, adding it didn’t make sense to him that a town of about 840 residents “would go out and pay what is now more than $40 million for the benefit of its city.” Perez, however, said there is a need in the area for recreation. “Yes, we’re not a residential community, and we’ve got an industrial base, but we do create 85,000 jobs, and a majority of those people live in neighboring cities,” Perez said. Now the litigation is over, Industry City Manager Phil Iriarte said the city will likely hire consultants to determine what they can do with the property. “We’ve owned the property since 1978, and nothing has ever been done there,” Iriarte said. “If we have the plan to do something, we have the slowest plan in history.” jennifer.mclain@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Gerrard blasts Scotland staff for treatment of Ryan Jack

first_imgSteven Gerrard has blasted Scotland’s coaching staff for their “careless” management of Ryan Jack’s knee injury.The midfielder was sent home from international duty after an ongoing issue flared up and is a doubt for his team’s game against Livingston on Saturday. Gerrard said: “Unfortunately he was asked to do an 11k session two days after an Old Firm, which made his knee flare up. So we have had to manage him, he has had to have a couple of procedures since.“He did a light session with the physio today and we are hoping to get him into training tomorrow. “I think it’s just careless. You should never, ever do 11k two days after playing 90 minutes. That’s the education I’ve had.”“Ryan’s got a knee issue that he manages and he has done for a long time,” he added. “The SFA are aware of that, their fitness coach is aware of that. I think everyone in Scotland watched the Old Firm and saw Ryan play 90 minutes. And then 48 hours afterwards, he did a double session.”last_img read more

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Customer Service: When A Company Does It Right

first_imgI’ve had my Canon SX260 HS camera for a few years and love it. It’s a compact camera I can hold in my hand, and is always in my purse or backpack. With multiple shooting modes (including manual), a 20X megazoom, and the ability to shoot video, it’s the perfect small camera for me when I’m shooting at fireworks displays or Canton Liberty Fest Classic Car Show. In addition, it has a panorama option and GPS for adding the location to my shots.So when the shutter got stuck in the camera and wouldn’t close a couple weeks ago, I was disappointed. I called a local camera repair shop only to discover they don’t do repairs on compact Canon cameras. “You’ll need to contact Canon support directly. Here’s their phone number.”I called the number, expecting to go through multiple voice mail menus, and waiting for 20 minutes to talk with someone.Was I surprised when I followed the steps in one voice mail menu and was connected to a real person. Kelsey in Canon Repair asked me what was happening with my camera. She listened to my story and asked me when I bought the camera. I knew I was out of warranty for the camera.She explained a stuck shutter couldn’t be repaired. But a new or refurbished camera could be sent out for minimal cost, once I sent my camera in.Kelsey explained the process, timeframe, and gave me the address to send in my camera. In addition, she provided me with a direct phone number should I need further assistance, and ended the conversation with:Is there anything else I can help you with?What a great experience!I didn’t have to wait on the phone, listen to multiple voice mail menu options, and the whole process took about 10 minutes. I would soon receive a replacement for my camera.Off I went to the local UPS shop to send my camera.Replacement Camera ArrivesWhen I returned from vacation last Saturday, I was excited to see a brown box from Canon. I unpacked the box quickly and unwrapped the camera from the bubble-wrap. Hmm. I discovered the replacement wasn’t the same camera model.My replacement camera was a newer model with more features! Nice! And the new camera came with a limited warranty for a year. I started playing around with the camera features, and yes, I read the manual. And that’s when I discovered the camera was missing two features I used in my old camera. On the Phone, AgainThanks to the “Dear Valued Customer” document from Canon Customer Support in the packing box, I didn’t have to search my Google Doc notes for a phone number. I called the number, and once again, was quickly connected to a real person in Customer Support. Dorcas listened to me explain what was missing in the new camera I received. She thanked me for the information, and said I needed to speak with a manager. I replied OK, expecting a long wait on the phone, and retelling my story about the missing features.Surprise. No long wait as the manager Sharise greeted me on the phone. I didn’t have to repeat my story; Sharise had the information. She explained the newer model had more features than my broken camera.When I replied the new camera didn’t include two features I used regularly, she apologized and said she would connect me with someone in Customer Relations. Could I hold while she connected me? Yes, I replied. Again, no long wait. Within 40 seconds, I was connected with Scott from Customer Relations who knew my story, and offered to see if he could find a replacement camera model. We chatted for about 30 seconds about the two features I was looking for, and he said he knew of two possible models. It would take time to see if there were any available.Scott took my phone number, offered me his direct phone number, and said he would call me back in two days. He needed the time to search for the camera models.The phone conversation with the three people took about five minutes. Customer Service Done RightWhile I didn’t get the replacement camera model I expected, I’m impressed with how Canon handled my customer service request:Phone support with quick access to a real personExplanation of the process, timeframe, and a direct number to call with questionsHelpful sheet in the packing box with contact email, phone number, and support website for further assistanceNewer model to replace an older model (nice, even though it didn’t have all the features I use)Escalation in their customer support process with no delays or need to repeat the story to each personOffer to look for the camera model I want, with a specific timeframe to call me backDirect number to Customer Relations person if I have further questionsI’ve been a Canon customer for over 20 years. I’ve always been impressed with the quality of their cameras and lenses, but never had any need to contact customer support until this year. Am I a happier Canon customer? Yes! They’ve backed up their excellent products with great customer support, proving to me this is a company I want to continue to buy products from in the future.I’ve written about it before: it’s the small things like a simple thank you note, that make a big difference in the relationships and experiences we have. Have you had any great customer support experiences recently? What made them special for you?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedWest Metro Detroit WordPress: What to Look for in a Web HostI was frustrated. I needed to talk with my web host’s customer support about an issue on my new site. But I couldn’t find their 24-hour phone number for support. Two weeks earlier, I signed up for a hosting plan at a new web host, expecting to move my testing…In “Internet”State of Multichannel Customer Service in 2015 [Infographic]What caught my attention when I discovered this customer service infographic was the heading in the top right section: Customer Service is not a Department. It’s Everyone’s Job. That’s what I’ve said for years. It’s not one person’s job; it’s the goal for everyone in the company to make sure…In “Business”UX Win: Fresh Thyme Farmers Market Customer SurveyYou know that type of customer survey, the one that’s printed on your receipt when you buy something at a store? It says something like: Our XXX store values your opinion. Fill out our online customer survey in the next 24 hours and you’ll be entered for a chance to…In “User experience”last_img read more

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Soweto to Oxford and beyond

first_imgTamara O’ReillyIf the Rhodes Scholarship Trust were looking for a poster boy, Nhlanhla Dlamini would probably make the cut.As the latest recipient of the generous and prestigious Rhodes scholarship, 23-year-old Dlamini possesses all the certificates, medals, blazers and fancy “colours” that have come to be expected of applicants.The scholarship, founded by Cecil John Rhodes more than a century ago, will see him begin reading for his Masters in African Studies in September 2008 at University of Oxford, England. Dlamini views this as a vital step in achieving his goal of playing an active role in the broader development of his community, and ultimately Africa.“I understand that my analysis of Africa’s problems is incomprehensive. It is this acknowledgment that leads me to want to pursue a Masters in African Studies,” he says. “It will broaden my knowledge of African economics, history and sociology – three essential areas in understanding Africa’s context and challenges. By being in a class that will explore socio-economic concepts in Africa, I will be able to deepen my passion for my continent by grounding it in evidence and research.”His selection, over several other hopefuls from the Gauteng, North West, Limpopo, and Mpumalanga regions who no doubt displayed credentials that were also admirable, has not surprisingly been stunning.“I am extremely grateful at this stage to all those who have influenced me and contributed to moulding me into the person I am today,” says Dlamini. “Everyone has been overwhelmingly congratulatory and happy for me. It’s been a humbling reminder just how many friends and family members I have who are always rooting for me.”‘Resigned to a life of hardship’Although he was born in Soweto, at age seven his family moved to a traditionally white suburb and he was transferred to a multiracial school.Beyond the challenges of acculturation, both his parents were also retrenched from their jobs in the early 1990s, resulting in significant financial woes for his family.“I was convinced at the time that my family and I were resigned to a life of hardship,” says Dlamini.In 1992, what he calls a “seemingly small event” changed his outlook on what he could achieve academically.“At the end of Standard One [now Grade Three], I was invited to a prizegiving. I knew nothing of prize giving or what actually happens at such evenings. It turned out I was awarded the “Most Conscientious Student “ award. For the first time since I had moved to my new school, my background didn’t matter. It didn’t matter that I came to school in a jalopy or that I was part of an awkward minority in the school.”By the end of his secondary education at Marist Brothers College in 2001, Dlamini finished top of his class with five distinctions and full academic colours. He had also by then amassed several other awards in the areas of academics and community work. In Grade 11, he became the first pupil in the school’s history to be awarded an Honours Blazer, an accolade usually reserved for final year students.In 2002 he enrolled for a BCom Degree in Information Systems at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He graduated cum laude, making the Dean’s Merit List every year and pronounced Wits University Council’s Academic Merit Scholar from 2002 to 2004.Dlamini is an avid sportsman with several school and university captaincies to his name in the games of rugby and soccer. He is a national silver medalist in martial arts.He is currently employed in Atlanta, USA as a consultant for McKinsey & Company, a firm that advises leading companies on strategies around operations, staff and advancing their business.Dlamini returns to South Africa in March 2008 and he has left the six months remaining until he begins at Oxford without serious commitment for now, affording him well-deserved time to “tie up loose ends and perhaps take a road trip through the country”.Useful linksRhodes Scholarship WebsiteWits Universitylast_img read more

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Kohli can match Tendulkar’s feats to some extent: Jonty Rhodes

first_imgFormer South Africa cricketer Jonty Rhodes feels that India’s middle-order batsman Virat Kohli has the ability to match the extraordinary feats of iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar to some extent.”Kohli is only 22 but he has already shown his potential with the bat. He has shown that he can be a superstar,” Rhodes told reporters on the sidelines of the launch of his new range of nutritional supplements under ESN (Evolution Sports Nutrition).”His conversion rate from fifties to hundreds in ODIs is amazing. Once he gets a fifty, he is a difficult batsman to dismiss. With regards to the stats and the number of runs scored, he has shown that he can compete with the records of the likes of Sachin Tendulkar in the long run.”Kohli is expected to play a big role in India’s success in the future. He is a fine cricketer and a fine athlete. He is a complete all-rounder,” he added.Kohli has scored 2,496 runs in 66 ODIs at an average of 45.38 with the help of seven centuries and 16 fifties.The 42-year-old Rhodes also believed that Kohli although does not have an impressive record in Tests, having scored only 76 runs in five innings, had it in him to become a successful player in the longer version of the game too.”The right-handed batsman has been consistent in IPL, T20s and ODIs because he plays good cricketing shots,” said Rhodes.”He plays shots all-round the park. From the team point of view, he has shown maturity. He finishes games for India and does not throw his wicket away. That’s what Test cricket is all about,” he added. Rhodes, who scored 2,532 and 5,935 runs in 50 Tests and 245 ODIs respectively, felt it would be an uphill task for England, who have lost the first two one-dayers against India in the ongoing five-match series, to bounce back.advertisement”England are a team that have come off a convincing win (over India) in their home. But being 0-2 down is always a dangerous position to be in, especially when you are playing against a quality side. England have shown that they are very good but beating India in India is a tough ask,” Rhodes said.”We all know its pretty tough to play in India. England had played pretty well recently but India have bounced back.They are the world champions. No team would like to go to England and fail to win even a game there, especially if they are the world champions. India have given England a lesson in cricket in the last two games,” he added.The South African came out in support of veteran off- spinner Harbhajan Singh, who has been dropped from the national team, saying that he has a lot to offer to the Indian team.”Bhajji has always been a fighter and he has been known for it throughout his career. I have been dropped in my career. There are two things you can do in that situation — either sulk and say that’s it I’m not going to participate or you can get back to the field. That’s what he did for Mumbai Indians in the Champions League,” said Rhodes, who is the fielding coach of IPL franchisee Mumbai Indians, the team in which Harbhajan plays.”He could have said Sachin is not here, I’ve been dropped from the Indian team so what’s the point, but he led (Mumbai Indians) from the front. That’s shows the kind of guy he is.He is a real team man. He has got a lot to contribute to the India team.”last_img read more

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Loss to Pirates only motivates Red Lions

first_imgMocon fired 14 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists to help the Red Lions’ cause, but he’s especially glad with how his other teammates stepped up despite the loss.“On the bright side, we had lots of players who stepped up for us,” he said, giving special mentions to Donald Tankoua, Clint Doliguez, and Franz Abuda.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingTankoua fired a career-best 34 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, and two blocks, Doliguez had 13 markers and five boards, while Abuda got eight points and six rebounds as all three saw significant minutes in the clutch.Despite losing the twice-to-beat advantage as they figure in the stepladder semis, the Red Lions are using the setback as a fuel to make it to the Finals and meet the Pirates again. MOST READ Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Westbrook has triple-double, new-look Thunder rout Knicks Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJavee Mocon is sticking to the positives in the aftermath of San Beda’s 107-105 double overtime defeat to Lyceum on Thursday.“We’ve proven that we could win against them. We had so many chances but we also had so many turnovers and we just couldn’t grab the opportunity,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges View comments Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Every time we lose, we’re so sad in our locker room. We rarely lose and that’s the reason we feel bad. We’re just going to improve and get back to work especially on our defense. We follow the game plan of coach Boyet regardless of who out opponent is,” he said. “Everybody wants to get back on track and everybody now has the motivation to beat LPU.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

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David De Gea future uncertain after surreal transfer deadlock

first_imgManchester United’s Spain goalkeeper David De Gea was facing an uncertain future on Tuesday after his expected move to Real Madrid was apparently scuppered when the paperwork did not arrive at the Spanish league on time.As the clock ticked towards the midnight local time deadline on Monday, media reports said Real and United had reached a deal for De Gea to return to La Liga, with Real’s Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas going the other way.However, when Spain’s professional league (LaLiga) declared the transfer window shut there was still no official confirmation and reports later said that although De Gea had signed his new contract, the relevant documents had not arrived in time for him to be registered.FIFA rules state that players can only be registered during one of two annual transfer periods — the other is in January — with the exception being if their contract has expired before the end of a registration period.Sports daily As quoted unidentified Spanish league sources as saying the paperwork had not been delivered until 28 minutes past midnight, while rival paper Marca reported that Real had proof the paperwork arrived at one minute before midnight and were still expecting the transfer to go through.As things stand, however, De Gea, whose deal with United expires at the end of the season, could find himself out in the cold, at least until the end of the year.As the transfer saga rumbled on, United coach Louis van Gaal left the 24-year-old former Atletico Madrid keeper out of the squad for the Premier League club’s opening games of the season, with Argentina international Sergio Romero playing instead.advertisementReal want De Gea as a long-term replacement for his Spain team mate Iker Casillas, the former club captain who joined Porto in July.De Gea was selected last week for Spain’s forthcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Slovakia and Macedonia although coach Vicente Del Bosque hinted he could lose his place in the squad if his club situation remained unresolved.last_img read more

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Watch: Harbhajan Singh shows how he wants to dance at Yuvraj Singh’s wedding

first_imgIt is no secret that off-spinner Harbhajan Singh shares a great rapport with India teammate and star all-rounder Yuvraj Singh.Harbhajan and Yuvraj’s camaraderie goes back a long way with both playing Ranji Trophy for Punjab and subsequently representing India.Reuters Photo Last year, Yuvraj skipped Punjab’s Ranji Trophy match against Andhra Pradesh to attend Harbhajan’s wedding reception. Harbhajan married Bollywood actress Geeta Basra on October 29 last year in Jalandhar in a lavish celebration that saw the who’s who from the cricket and Bollywood fraternity. (Yuvraj Singh accused of smoking weed, father Yograj rubbishes claims)And now when it is Yuvraj’s turn to tie the knot, Harbhajan is keeping no stone unturned to make it a grand affair. (Yuvraj Singh wants to play 2019 World Cup)Harbhajan, who was part of India’s 2011 World Cup squad with Yuvraj, seems unable to contain his excitement and posted a hilarious dance video on social media, revealing he too wants to dance like that in Yuvraj’s wedding which is set to take place in December this year. (No score is safe anymore in limited-overs cricket: Yuvraj to India Today)Yuvraj, the hero of India’s 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup winning campaigns, will marry his fiancee and Bollywood actress Hazel Keech in the first week of December, as reported by the Times of India.Yuvraj and Hazel got engaged in a low-key affair in Bali, Indonesia earlier this year.last_img read more

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