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first_imgIndia finished their Asian Wrestling Championships campaign on a resounding note with Sumit winning a silver medal in the 125kg category on the concluding day of the continental event.Sumit went down to Yadollah Mohammadkazem Mohebi of Iran in men’s 125kg Freestyle gold medal bout on the final day of the competition here.The Indian wrestlers finished with 10 medals, including a gold, five silver and four bronze, bettering their tally of nine medals in the last edition of the Championship at Bangkok.In the gold medal round, the Indian wrestler could not pose much threat to his formidable Iranian opponent – losing 2-6 to settle for the second position.After conceding a point, the Indian grappler was quick to pull back two points by overpowering his opponent and throwing him out of the mat.The Indian once again managed to grab the Iranian leg but failed to capitalise on the advantage as Mohebi push Sumit down on the mat to bag two points before finishing off the opening round with two more to lead 5-2 at the break.In the second half, the Iranian gained one more point even as Sumit failed to make a comeback and lost out on a gold medal.Earlier, the heavyweight grappler showed his mettle on his way to the final as he faced little difficulty in overcoming his opponents during the quarterfinal and semifinal bouts.In his first bout of the day, Sumit beat Taiki Yamamoto of Japan 6-3 in the quarters and then outplayed Farkhod Anakulov of Tajikistan7-2 in the semifinal to reach the gold medal round with much ease.advertisementHowever, all the other Indian freestyle wrestlers in the fray today – Harphool (61kg), Vinod Kumar Omprakash (70kg) and Somveer (86kg) – bowed out early.Harphool went down fighting 6-7 to Rei Higuchi of Japan in the quarterfinal round to crash out of the tournament.The Indian wrestler though did well during his qualification bout, thrashing Divoshan Charles Fernando of Sri Lanka 11-0.Vinod Kumar Omprakash lost to Japan’s Momojiro Nakamura in the quarterfinal of men’s 70kg.Somveer bowed out of the competition after he was handed a 0-11 defeat by Gwanuk Kim of Korea in his qualification bout.last_img read more

first_imgChelsea boss Sarri tells Pochettino: You need a trophy – like meby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says Tottenham rival Mauricio Pochettino needs to win a trophy – just like him.Ahead of Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup semi-final between the sides, Sarri admitted his admiration for the Argentine.Sarri said, “He (Pochettino) is a very good coach, one of the best at the moment. I agree he has to win a trophy, I hope not this one. I think it is the same for me. Of course Pochettino is in Tottenham from four years ago and I am here for six months.”I think the first season is really very difficult for everybody, for Pochettino, for Jurgen Klopp. Also for Pep Guardiola, so here it is really very difficult to build up a very good team. You need time.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgHeadshot of an Ohio State student.ohio state student broken neck osu.eduosu.eduEarlier this week, tragedy struck Ohio State’s campus when junior Austin Singletary passed away following the school’s annual Mirror Lake jump. Initial reports suggested that he’d been pulled from the water after suffering from cardiac arrest. Those reports now appear to have been incorrect.According to The Columbus Dispatch, the Franklin County coroner has “tentatively” determined that Singletary actually died of a broken neck – specifically, a C-5 vertabra fracture. Here’s more:The autopsy, which was done on Thursday, revealed a fracture of the C-5 vertebra, which would lead to paralysis of the arms, legs and diaphragm, causing death, said Coroner Anahi Ortiz. She said the injury was consistent with him hitting his head on something hard, such as the bottom of the lake or a rock.Ortiz said Singletary survived for about two hours before dying at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center. She added that the results are “very preliminary” and could be modified once Singletary’s medical history is completely reviewed and toxicology results — which would show any drug or alcohol use — are available. That’s expected to be complete in about six weeks.As noted, the findings aren’t definitive. But as you can imagine, it’s becoming more and more likely that the 2015 jump will be the last. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to Singletary’s family and friends.last_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER – Eight organizations in British Columbia are joining forces to advocate for ride-hailing services in the province as soon as possible.The Ridesharing Now BC coalition has been formed by groups including the Vancouver Board of Trade, BC Business Council, Canadian National Institute for the Blind and San Francisco-based on-demand transportation company Lyft.A news release from the coalition says it has launched a letter-writing campaign to B.C. politicians calling for a competitive ride-hailing industry “that can deliver much-needed choice to B.C. passengers.”Supporters are directed to the www.ridesharingnow.com website, where they can sign and email a letter to their representative in the legislature calling for speedy introduction of ride-hailing services.Coalition spokesman Ian Tostenson says politics, rather than public opinion, is driving decision making in Victoria.He says the government sets the conditions that will attract ride-hailing services to B.C., and warns it should not be taken for granted that companies such as Lyft and Uber will inevitably operate in the province.“The B.C. government appears to be moving toward a model that would simply replace the taxi monopoly with a one-app monopoly that favours taxis,” Tostenson says in the release.Other anchor members of the coalition include the Vancouver Economic Commission, BC Chamber of Commerce, Finger Food Studios, the BC Restaurant and Foodservices Association and the Urban Development Institute.Anne McMullin, president and chief executive officer of the institute’s Pacific region says balanced, well-planned communities depend on convenient, reliable and affordable transportation options.“The Urban Development Institute is strongly encouraging the B.C. government to follow the lead of over 40 other Canadian jurisdictions that already benefit from ride-sharing, and take immediate action to introduce a framework to enable a competitive market for ride-sharing that increases choice for passengers,” McMullin says.last_img read more

first_imgRaipur: A Naxal was killed in a gunbattle with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district on the day of polling for the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency on Thursday, police said. The encounter took place in the restive Orchha area of the district when ultras attacked a team of security forces guarding a helipad, Director General (Anti-Naxal Operation) Girdhari Nayak told PTI. Firing on security forces by the rebels triggered the gunbattle, which left one Naxal dead, he said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The ultras later escaped from the spot, from where the Naxal’s body was recovered, Nayak said. A combing operation was underway in the area, around 300 km from state capital Raipur, the IPS officer said. The Naraynpur assembly segment falls in the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency where polling was held Thursday. Voting in the assembly segment ended at 3 pm after which polling personnel from interior pockets were airlifted to Naraynpur town by helicopters.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin says it will not sell its newly rolled out F-21 fighter jet to any other country if India places an order for 114 planes, a move aimed at pitching itself ahead of its US, European and Russian competitors for the mega deal. Vivek Lall, vice president of Strategy and Business Development for Lockheed Martin, says if F-21 wins the contract, then India will also be integrated into the company’s global fighter ecosystem, which is a USD 165 billion dollar market. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework In an interview with PTI, Lall said the new combat jet is designed to operate across over 60 air force stations in India, and its key aspects include superior engine matrix, electronic warfare system and weapons carrying capacity. “We will not sell this platform and the configuration to anyone in the world. It is a significant commitment by Lockheed Martin and it shows importance of India and importance of unique requirement India has,” he said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Last month, the Indian Air Force issued an RFI (Request for Information) or initial tender to acquire 114 jets at a cost of around USD 18 billion, which is billed as one of the world’s biggest military procurement in recent years. The top contenders for the deal include Lockheed’s F-21, Boeing’s F/A-18, Dassault Aviation’s Rafale, the Eurofighter Typhoon, Russian aircraft MiG 35 and Saab’s Gripen. Lall said if Lockheed wins the contract, it will not only set up a state-of-the-art F-21 manufacturing facility along with the Tata Group, but will also help India create an ecosystem for overall growth of the country’s defence manufacturing. On observation that the F-21 is similar to Lockheed’s F 16 Block 70 combat jet, he said such a view is unfair as there have been significantly differences between the two platforms. F-21 is different in terms of various aspects including its air frame, weapons capability, engine matrix and availability of engine options. “As for example, you are now looking at 12,000 hours of service life air frame in F-21 versus 8,000 hours previously (F 16 Block 70). The additional 40 per cent weapons carrying capability is new in F-21 which was not there in F 16 Block 70. The electronic warfare system is uniquely developed for India,” he added. “Looking from a distance may make it look similar to F 16 Block 70, but it is different,” he added. Besides having a traditional boom-delivered refuelling facility, the F-21 also has a extendable hose-and-drogue refuelling probe. “This is only fighter in the world which has both the capability,” said Lall, adding the cockpit has a new large area display. “It is a modern cockpit and has a significant piece of ability to synthesise information. These are unique capabilities that we are not offering to other countries in the world,” said the Lockheed executive. The jet has a Long-Range Infrared Search and Track (IRST), enabling pilots to detect threats with precision and Triple Missile Launcher Adapters (TMLAs) allowing it to carry 40 per cent more air-to-air weapons. Without giving any approximate price of each bare-bone aircraft, he pitched it as the most cost effective compared to the competitors in terms of life-cycle and operational costs. “If you look at the US government data, the advantage is 30-40 per cent in terms of cost effectiveness. This is lower compared to the comparable competitors. If you aggregate with years and years of operations in the life cycle, it is a huge amount of saving for India if it goes ahead with F-21,” said Lall. Lockheed, which has a longstanding relationship of 25 years with India, unveiled the F-21 during the Aero India show in Bengaluru in February, saying it will address the Indian Air Force’s unique requirements.last_img read more

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (April 5, 2018), Neil, Chris and Kyle break down the Eastern Conference ahead of the playoffs.First, the Philadelphia 76ers have clinched a spot, but the team has also lost star center Joel Embiid to injury. Embiid may miss the beginning of the postseason. How will the Sixers function without him?Next, the Toronto Raptors are on track to be the No. 1 seed in the East, but the team’s past several playoff runs have been disappointing. The crew takes a look at why Toronto is playing better this season. Plus, a significant digit on Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers.Here are links to what the podcast discussed this week:Keep an eye on FiveThirtyEight’s 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.ESPN reported on Embiid’s surgery to fix his fractured orbital bone.Sports Illustrated took a look at how the 76ers are surviving without Embiid.Foreshadowing? The Cavs took down the Raptors on Tuesday.Significant Digit: 8. According to Basketball-Reference.com, Victor Oladipo is on track this season to become the eighth player in the past decade to have a usage rate of 30 percent or higher and a true shooting percentage of 57 percent or higher while 25 years old or younger. read more

OSU junior safety Vonn Bell (11) dives toward the end zone after interception in a game against Minnesota on Nov. 7. OSU won, 28-14. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe number of vacancies on the Ohio State depth chart keeps growing, as the count of starters not returning has climbed to 16 on Tuesday with Vonn Bell’s declaration for the NFL draft. “I have decided to make myself eligible and enter the 2016 NFL Draft,” the junior safety said in a press release through the university.  “It has been an honor and a privilege to play at the best university in the country, to play for the best coach in the country, and to help bring the 2014 national championship to The Ohio State University and the best fans in the country.”A two-year starter for the Scarlet and Gray, Bell finishes his career in Columbus with 176 total tackles, nine interceptions and two fumble recoveries. In the Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame on New Year’s Day, the Rossville, Georgia, native recorded a pair of tackles. Bell found his way to the end zone twice in 2015, the first on a 14-yard fumble recovery against Hawaii and the second on a 15-yard interception return versus Minnesota. In what turned out to be his final collegiate season, the 5-foot-11 Bell received first-team All-American honors by the Associated Press. Bell’s announcement comes just hours after redshirt junior wide receiver Michael Thomas announced his plans to turn pro, as well. The duo joins seven other OSU underclassmen who have declared for April’s draft. In addition to the nine underclassmen leaving Columbus, seven starters that were seniors will no longer be with the program in 2016. Bell’s declaration is likely to be the last one for coach Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes, as all the players rumored to be mulling to turn pro have done so thus far. Bell’s draft projection varies amongst analysts but many have him graded as a second- or third-round pick. “My time here has been very special to me and my family,” Bell said in the release. “And I thank all Buckeye fans for their love and support.” read more

With the Ohio State men’s soccer team’s roster in limbo and its schedule loaded with tough opponents, coach John Bluem seems to have his work cut out for him in 2012. Despite the obstacles, the team’s goal remains to compete for a Big Ten title. The Buckeyes begin regular season play Friday with a roster comprised of 9 returning starters, 13 letter winners – seven freshmen and four transfers – and an injured Ben Killian, the senior defender who started 16 matches for OSU last season. OSU is also rebounding from the losses of former all-Big Ten goalkeeper Matt Lampson, who signed with the Columbus Crew after the 2011 season, and two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, David Tiemstra, who was drafted by the San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer’s Supplemental Draft. Bluem is confident as the season’s opening kick draws near. “I’m pretty happy where we’re at right now,” Bluem said. “We have a long ways to go still, I think, and a very difficult schedule.” Minor injuries have affected several players, but Bluem said he expects to see players integrated back in the lineup throughout the season. Killian, who is out six to eight weeks with a broken foot, is a different story. “Losing Ben was tough,” Bluem said, “because he had been a starter for three years.” Senior midfielder and team captain Austin McAnena said the team was keeping their eyes on the Big Ten Championship prize through the pain. “I think we can for sure win,” McAnena said. “We’ve got to be in it 100 percent.” Junior defender and captain Sage Gardner agreed that the season focus is conference play and conference wins. “I want to win a Big Ten championship really bad, and coming back from last year and not being able to make the championship,” Gardner said. “I want a chance to go after it again.” With McAnena and Gardner leading the team, the 11 new players also bring opportunities for the team. McAnena said freshman forward Louie Berra and defender Zach Mason could make a difference. “Zach works super hard, and Louie is very confident and very comfortable around the ball,” McAnena said. With ranked competition in No. 12 Indiana, No. 20 Northwestern, No. 7 Louisville and No. 10 Akron on the schedule, Bluem said no game will be an easy win, but he still feels positive about the season with the returning starters and new players alike.  “As a group of players, our target every year, first and foremost, is to win a Big Ten Championship,” said Bluem. Noting that team chemistry helps win games, Bluem said the team is bonding very well and supporting each other ahead of Friday’s opener against the Dayton Flyers. “The core values that we look for in players (are) to be competitive, to work hard, to be a good teammate,” Bluem said. “It’s there.” Friday’s game against the Flyers is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. in Dayton. read more

It seems that for every story to emerge from the NFL Scouting Combine about the honest, hardworking former collegians trying to fight their way onto an NFL roster, there’s another about a drug fiend or a failed attempt at online dating. It is likely many players at the Combine can tout a lifetime of obeying societal norms and laws, showing up for class and making the grade – the good guys. However, the good guys find themselves jockeying for a draft selection against athletes who have faced widespread public ridicule from being kicked out of their respective college programs to even drug rehabilitation. Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., site of the Combine, is ground zero for this intersection of good and bad, the law abiding and the criminal, the internet savvy and the potentially gullible. Players of diverse and textured backgrounds speak to NFL coaches, general managers, scouts, the press, occasionally mere feet from each other, about the paths they chose in life. Good or bad, each player is trying to argue that his life’s path should include a stay in the city where that concerned NFL general manager or eager member of the media has traveled from. Take Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah, the former Brigham Young University linebacker, for instance. Ansah was born in Accra, Ghana, and you could hear it in his accent as he fielded questions during a Saturday press conference. Ansah spoke of his African homeland with a toothy smile and expressed gratitude for the opportunity to work out at the Combine and pursue an NFL career despite not being formally introduced to the game until after he enrolled at BYU. “It’s a blessing,” Ansah said during his Saturday press conference. “This is a really humbling experience for me. I know a lot of people want to be in my shoes.” Hours later, Manti Te’o, a former Notre Dame linebacker, finalist for the 2012 Heisman Trophy and later an alleged victim of an online dating hoax, took to podium “C” in the Combine’s media room as a sea of reporters let fly with camera shutters and questions about his now-public personal follies. The story of Te’o’s victimhood is convoluted, but he maintains that his supposedly deceased girlfriend – Lennay Kekua – never existed. Te’o’s once-inspiring story of perseverance went up in smoke, and he claimed he was the victim of a hoax. At a Saturday Combine press conference, Te’o attempted to deflect questions (one reporter asked if he was currently dating anyone “in real life”) about the incident. “I understand that people have questions,” Te’o said during his Saturday press conference, his first since news of Kekua not existing broke, “but I think I’ve answered everything I could. For me, I’d really like to talk about football … It’s pretty crazy. I’ve been in front of a few cameras. But not as many as this. I said all I needed to say about that.” Te’o was calculated in his remarks about the hoax, causing some pundits to wonder about whether getting caught up with a fake girlfriend could actually cause him to drop in April’s NFL Draft. Tyrann Mathieu was a little more candid while remarking on his very public missteps. Mathieu, a finalist for the 2011 Heisman Trophy as a cornerback, was kicked off the LSU football team after two marijuana-related incidents and an arrest. Mathieu was stirred from his sleep on Sunday at 4 a.m. for a drug test, but wide eyes and a smile accompanied this plea to the NFL during his afternoon press conference: “I’m not totally asking them to trust me right now, but what I am asking is for them to give me a chance.” It’s hard not to think that the bad guys outshone the good guys when you look at the attention paid to athletes like Te’o ad Mathieu versus that paid to Ansah and even the seven Ohio State football Combine invitees. Just as Ansah expressed appreciation for his Combine invitation through his thick Ghanian accent, the Buckeyes said they were thankful for what OSU football did for their careers. “Going through this process, wherever I get drafted, I’m blessed to even be here,” former OSU defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins said during a Saturday interview session. “Wherever I go, I’m happy with that … All the OSU coaches supported me.” read more