The 30-year-old has had a difficult relationship with Emery since the manager’s appointment last year and his absence from the squad will lend weight to speculation that he does not have a long-term future at Arsenal.On a positive night for the Gunners, Rob Holding, Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin, who captained the side, all came through 90 minutes as they continued their comebacks from injury.Bellerin battled back from a long lay-off with a serious knee injury to skipper the side on his first start since January and was proud to lead out the team.“There’s not a better way to come back,” he said.“I feel very honoured to wear the Arsenal armband and lead the team out. It’s been a tough road for me over the past eight months but I feel very lucky to have had my players, family and friends around me.”Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Mesut OzilLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Unai Emery said Mesut Ozil did not deserve his place even in a squad packed with youngsters after Arsenal beat Standard Liege in the Europa League.Ozil, the highest-paid player in the history of the club, was once again left out of the matchday squad as Gabriel Martinelli hit a brace in a 4-0 Group F victory at home on Thursday.The 18-year-old scored twice in three first-half minutes before laying on Dani Ceballos to score his first goal for the club, Joe Willock having already added the third.Emery made 10 changes from the side that drew at Manchester United on Monday, with Ozil not making the matchday squad on either occasion.“I am thinking every time to decide the best players for each match and the best players in the squad to play and to help us,” Emery replied when asked about Ozil’s omission.“When I decided he shouldn’t be in the squad it’s because I think other players deserved it more.”
Absentee ballots are available until 5 p.m. Monday, and must be returned by 7 p.m. Tuesday.Meanwhile, Link’s office has mailed letters to voters in the 17 precincts at assisted living facilities that have been moved telling them where they must vote on Tuesday.Despite the circumstances, more Floridians are taking advantage of early voting this year than in 2016.Statewide, nearly 526,000 voters — 64 percent of them Democrats — cast ballots at early voting sites through Saturday. In 2016, early voting drew a total of 538,000 voters.About 29,000 early votes had been cast in Palm Beach County through Saturday morning, just past the total of 28,889 from four years ago. Additionally, 80 percent of the county’s early voters were registered Democrats.As of Saturday afternoon, 1.27 million Floridians had cast vote-by-mail ballots, 51 percent of them Republicans, the Florida Division of Elections reported.In Palm Beach County, 77,800 votes had been cast by mail, 63 percent of them from Democrats. Palm Beach County has nearly one-million registered voters.The four states holding presidential primaries on Tuesday — Florida, Arizona, Illinois and Ohio — will not postpone their elections because of coronavirus outbreaks, according to officials from those states.The Democratic primary includes former Vice President Joe Biden against Sen. Bernie Sanders, along with more than a dozen other candidates, many of whom have dropped out.On the Republican side, while President Trump is the presumed nominee, the Florida ballot actually includes three contestants.Aside from the presidential primary, 20 Palm Beach County municipalities have races and referendums on Tuesday’s ballot, which is open to residents of any political party or none, but they must live within their city’s limits. The presidential primary is open to registered Republicans and Democrats.Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the 11th Democratic presidential debate is set to take place Sunday.In an effort to prevent further transmission of the virus, the Democratic National Committee announced last Thursday that it will hold the debate in Washington, D.C., with no live audience, rather than the original planned location of Arizona, which is one of four states voting on Tuesday.The debate is being hosted at 8 p.m. ET by CNN, and will take place at the network’s studios.It will be moderated by CNN’s Dana Bash and Jake Tapper and Univision’s Ilia Calderón. Nearly 500 of Palm Beach County’s 3,500 poll workers are unlikely to show up for work on Tuesday because of fears of the coronavirus, according to Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link.However, her office has been training replacements and expects to have at least 3,200 workers to deploy to the county’s 454 polling locations on Election Day. She held six training sessions on Friday and two more on Saturday.Some of the poll workers, many of whom are over age 60 — which puts them in the category most vulnerable to the virus — quit out of fear of catching the virus, or because their doctor recommended it, Link says.“We probably overstaffed for the election to begin with because we have new equipment,” she adds. “I wanted as many people to use it as possible,” as training for the far heavier turnout expected in November’s presidential election.To assure cleanliness at the polls, Link is supplying workers with bleach, hand sanitizer and gloves, and is ordering them to wipe down equipment and surfaces at least once per hour.If a voter comes in with a cough, her staff will not ask them to leave. Rather, “Hopefully people will be quick. Get them in, get them out. Poll workers would wipe up after that person.”Voters may bring their own pens, black ink preferably.“Rovers” and election clerks will restocking polling places that run out of supplies such as sanitizer and hand wipes.Early voting ends at 16 sites across the county at 6 p.m. Sunday, although voters can still pick up absentee ballots at elections headquarters at Military Trail just south of Southern Boulevard. Voters may also assign a family member or friend to pick up a ballot if they sign an affidavit, which is available at pbcelections.org.Don’t wait until Election Day – cast your vote TODAY! Lines are short and locations are CLEAN! Early Voting is open now through March 15th from 10am-6pm. For locations, maps, addresses, and wait times, please visit https://t.co/Is3pa4M8Y0 pic.twitter.com/4kbhgox9j9— Wendy Sartory Link, PBC Supervisor of Elections (@pbcelections) March 12, 2020
The 28th Pattaya Marathon takes place Sunday, July 21, 2019.Pattaya City officials have finalized security and medical preparations for the Pattaya Marathon, which hits the streets this coming Sunday.Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh chaired a July 9 planning meeting that also covered details on facilities and cleanup.About 10,000 runners from around the world are expected to participate in the 28th running of the marathon. As usual, it will feature a full 42.2-kilometer full, half- and quarter-marathons. There also will be a 3.7-km. micro-marathon and wheelchair race.Full details and route information can be found at website: PattayaMarathon.go.th. Runners and walkers are also invited to take part in the Chonburi Run for the King 2019, which will kick off at the provincial hall on August 10. Registration remains open until July 24 and the first 8,000 to sign up will receive a commemorative shirt.The walk-run, organized to mark the King’s July 28 birthday, includes both a 3-kilometer fun run and 10-kilomater race. Five winners in various age brackets will win trophies.
Thai golfer Jazz Janewattananond (center) poses with his parents as he holds the trophy following his victory in the Asian Tour Queen’s Cup at Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club in Pattaya, Sunday, July 1. (Photo/Asian Tour)Young Thai talent Jazz Janewattananond took advantage of a hot streak to close with a four-under-par 67 to seal a solid four-shot victory at the Asian Tour endorsed Queen’s Cup in Pattaya last Sunday.After trading one birdie against two bogeys to turn in 37, Janewattananond fired five straight birdies from the 10th to pull away from the pack before reeling in four closing pars for a winning total of 19-under-par 265 at the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club.Janewattananond, who was trailing by one shot at the turn, sparked his hot run with a chip-in birdie from 11 yards on the 10th. The 22-year-old Thai bounced back from a wayward tee shot on the next with a brilliant approach from the trees which left him a one-footer for birdie.He went on to make a seven-footer on the 12th, drain a long 24-feet uphill putt on 13th and nail an eight-footer on 14th to cap five birdies in-a-row en route to winning the US$300,000 event, which celebrated its 10th straight edition on the Asian Tour. Janewattananond made up for the disappointment of finishing runner-up last year with this victory which saw him take home a winner’s prize purse of US$54,000 and receive a total of 14 Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points.India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar battled to a 71 to take second place while American Sihwan Kim and Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand shared third place on 270 following respective rounds of 70 and 71.“I got off to a slow start today. I was a bit shaky, made some bogeys there. The turning point came after I chipped it in on the 10th hole,” said Janewattananond. “I felt like my game just came back after that. It wasn’t easy out there today. I am just happy to come out on top. It feels very good to win at home and with my parents watching me win as well.”Janewattananond will be making his Major debut at The Open at Carnoustie later this month. He earned the coveted spot after finishing tied-fourth at the season-opening SMBC Singapore Open in January, which was part of The Open Qualifying Series.“I came here with the mindset of putting my game in good shape for The Open later this month. I did more than that. To be able to win this week is a bonus. It has definitely helped to boost my confidence,” said the young Thai star.(Source: Asian Tour)
Serena Williams Serena Williams woke up a 3 a.m. Monday morning. But instead of being in Detroit to speak at the Forbes Under 30 Summit at 1:30 EST, she was in London. The nearly 9-hour flight across the Atlantic Ocean would not have allowed Williams enough time to arrive in Detroit to speak at her allotted time. And instead of cancelling, she pushed her speech back a few hours to accommodate attendees who paid as much as $700 per ticket to attend the conference.The Forbes Under 30 Summit will bring thousands of young business professionals and entrepreneurs to Detroit’s historic Masonic Temple this week to hear more than 200 leading entertainment, sports, and business figures discuss how they hustled their way to the top.Williams’ “Lunch with Serena Williams” speech, which was preceded by a performance by the Detroit Youth Choir, lasted about 45 minutes, and touched on an array of topics, including her illustrious tennis career, motherhood, her new journey of becoming a venture capitalist, and much more.The world already knows Williams’ tennis accolades. She has 23 Grand Slam singles titles, which is the most by any man or woman in the Open Era; holds the Open Era record for most titles won at the Australian Open and the U.S. Open; and has won four Olympic gold medals, along with a long list of other accomplishments. In June, Williams became the first athlete to land on Forbes’ list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women with a projected net worth of $225 million, ranking her 80th overall. She also graced the cover of the edition.But what many did not know about Williams is that she is a savvy investor. In fact, the 38-year-old has been focusing on companies founded by women and minorities for the last five years. Back in April, the tennis legend publicly shared the details of her venture-capital investment firm, called Serena Ventures, which has quietly invested in more than 30 companies already, which 60 percent are minority led.“I’ve always felt that I’ve invested in myself and my career. My whole life has been about investing in my career,” Williams said to a packed theatre in Detroit. “But as the world is changing, I thought to myself, ‘why am I not on the level of those companies or why have I not had the opportunity to support or invest in these companies?’ So I asked questions, trying to learn more about these companies and the industry, and began investing.”Serena Ventures was created to give opportunities to a diverse set of founders, particularly women and people of color. Investments have gone into early-stage companies that value individual empowerment, creativity, and opportunity. The investment firm also works to mentor young founders and emerging entrepreneurs.Female-started companies received only 3 percent of the combined invested capital for the second quarter of 2019. It is much less for women entrepreneurs that look like Williams, which inspired her work. Some of the companies Williams has invested in include a wedding gown brand called Floravere; and aesthetics bar specializing in cosmetic microtreatments called Alchemy 43; and the tampon subscription service LOLA. All three businesses were founded by women.“When I heard that number, I immediately knew that I needed to support these types of companies,” Williams said. “It also helps bring awareness to these companies and it was important to me to take the lead on this. We try to invest in companies that fill a need in the world.”In 2018, Williams became a fashion designer, launching “Serena,” her first independent clothing line, adding another notch onto her belt of successes. Fashion is not new to Williams. In 1999, she enrolled at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in Florida for fashion design and has collaborated on projects with Nike and the Home Shopping Network.The fashion line is inspired by femininity and strength and takes into account all budget lines, where prices range from $15 to $215.“I grew up sewing and some of the first tennis tournaments that my sister and I played in, my mom made our outfits because we didn’t have the sponsors yet,” said Williams. “She taught us how to sew and I would practice on my dolls. I always joked that somewhere in between winning Wimbledon and U.S. Opens, I was in school doing fashions projects. That’s where my love for fashion started and I wanted to continue that.“My brand represents women that want to look and feel good, and not feel unapologetic for it.”Williams has not played since losing in the U.S. Open final in September and will enter her 25 season as a professional tennis player in 2020. She is still one of the best players in the world and does not plan on retiring anytime soon.“However long Roger Federer plays, I’ll play,” she laughed.,Serena Williams woke up a 3 a.m. Monday morning. But instead of being in Detroit to speak at the Forbes Under 30 Summit at 1:30 EST, she was in London. The nearly 9-hour flight across the Atlantic Ocean would not have allowed Williams enough time to arrive in Detroit to speak at her allotted time. And instead of cancelling, she pushed her speech back a few hours to accommodate attendees who paid as much as $700 per ticket to attend the conference.The Forbes Under 30 Summit will bring thousands of young business professionals and entrepreneurs to Detroit’s historic Masonic Temple this week to hear more than 200 leading entertainment, sports, and business figures discuss how they hustled their way to the top.Williams’ “Lunch with Serena Williams” speech, which was preceded by a performance by the Detroit Youth Choir, lasted about 45 minutes, and touched on an array of topics, including her illustrious tennis career, motherhood, her new journey of becoming a venture capitalist, and much more.The world already knows Williams’ tennis accolades. She has 23 Grand Slam singles titles, which is the most by any man or woman in the Open Era; holds the Open Era record for most titles won at the Australian Open and the U.S. Open; and has won four Olympic gold medals, along with a long list of other accomplishments. In June, Williams became the first athlete to land on Forbes’ list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women with a projected net worth of $225 million, ranking her 80th overall. She also graced the cover of the edition.But what many did not know about Williams is that she is a savvy investor. In fact, the 38-year-old has been focusing on companies founded by women and minorities for the last five years. Back in April, the tennis legend publicly shared the details of her venture-capital investment firm, called Serena Ventures, which has quietly invested in more than 30 companies already, which 60 percent are minority led.“I’ve always felt that I’ve invested in myself and my career. My whole life has been about investing in my career,” Williams said to a packed theatre in Detroit. “But as the world is changing, I thought to myself, ‘why am I not on the level of those companies or why have I not had the opportunity to support or invest in these companies?’ So I asked questions, trying to learn more about these companies and the industry, and began investing.”Serena Ventures was created to give opportunities to a diverse set of founders, particularly women and people of color. Investments have gone into early-stage companies that value individual empowerment, creativity, and opportunity. The investment firm also works to mentor young founders and emerging entrepreneurs.Female-started companies received only 3 percent of the combined invested capital for the second quarter of 2019. It is much less for women entrepreneurs that look like Williams, which inspired her work. Some of the companies Williams has invested in include a wedding gown brand called Floravere; and aesthetics bar specializing in cosmetic microtreatments called Alchemy 43; and the tampon subscription service LOLA. All three businesses were founded by women.“When I heard that number, I immediately knew that I needed to support these types of companies,” Williams said. “It also helps bring awareness to these companies and it was important to me to take the lead on this. We try to invest in companies that fill a need in the world.”In 2018, Williams became a fashion designer, launching “Serena,” her first independent clothing line, adding another notch onto her belt of successes. Fashion is not new to Williams. In 1999, she enrolled at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in Florida for fashion design and has collaborated on projects with Nike and the Home Shopping Network.The fashion line is inspired by femininity and strength and takes into account all budget lines, where prices range from $15 to $215.“I grew up sewing and some of the first tennis tournaments that my sister and I played in, my mom made our outfits because we didn’t have the sponsors yet,” said Williams. “She taught us how to sew and I would practice on my dolls. I always joked that somewhere in between winning Wimbledon and U.S. Opens, I was in school doing fashions projects. That’s where my love for fashion started and I wanted to continue that.“My brand represents women that want to look and feel good, and not feel unapologetic for it.”Williams has not played since losing in the U.S. Open final in September and will enter her 25 season as a professional tennis player in 2020. She is still one of the best players in the world and does not plan on retiring anytime soon.“However long Roger Federer plays, I’ll play,” she laughed. by Branden Hunter, The Michigan Chronicle
QPR remain keen to sign Celtic star Ki Sung-yueng, the Daily Mail report.Talks between the two clubs have been ongoing for some time, and R’s chairman Tony Fernandes is quoted as saying: “Discussions are continuing with Celtic.”The Mail also report Cardiff’s move for Rangers forward Heidar Helguson.Related West London Sport story: QPR’s Helguson a target for CardiffChelsea are to increase their bid for Spain right-back Cesar Azpilicueta having had a £5m offer rejected by Marseille, according to The Sun.The French club apparently want £8m for Azpilicueta, with Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo said to be determined to take him to Stamford Bridge.The Sun also suggest Romelu Lukaku has told Chelsea he will only go on loan to one of their Premier League rivals.Belgian striker Lukaku, 19, has been linked with Fulham and a number of clubs in Europe.And The Sun pick up on Real Madrid’s supposed interest in Moussa Dembele.It follows the player’s agent telling a Dutch newspaper that Real were looking to sign Dembele from Fulham.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Australia and New Zealand contain some of the most unique and distinctive flora and fauna in the world. Evolutionary explanations for some of these animals and plants have come to light in the press recently.Koala: Did you know there are extinct koalas? Science Daily reported about work by Aussie biologists to understand the evolution of the koala, based on recently discovered skulls of extinct varieties. They infer that the continent was wetter when those species lived. “The team led by Dr. Louys found that the chewing apparatus of the living koala is much more specialized than its fossil forebears, including adaptations for more powerful bite forces and the ability to shred the tough leaves of the eucalypts [sic] that are the mainstay of its diet.” The middle ear bones, though, have changed very little. The scientists interpreted this, “This indicates that the specialized loud and complex vocalizations of living koalas – a trait unusual among marsupials – likely have an ancient origin.” The article ended with a description of how evolution works: “The study therefore shows that the chewing apparatus and hearing adaptations in living koalas evolved at different times and under different environmental circumstances, an indication that adaptations, even in the most specialized animals, may have disparate origins and evolve in mosaic fashion.” Another article on Science Daily inferred from the fossil teeth that “ancient koalas may have been loud and lazy, but they didn’t chew gum.”Platypus: Talk about a mosaic animal: as mentioned briefly last month (11/16/2009, bullet 10), researchers at the University of Adelaide have been studying the genes of the duck-billed platypus. 28 papers on monotremes (platypus and echidna) were published recently in the Australian Journal of Zoology and Reproduction Fertility and Development, five of which promised to “shed new light on the extraordinary complex platypus sex chromosome system.” This was not a case of shedding light on evolution itself, though: “We discovered that a remarkably organised mechanism must exist in platypus, where sex chromosomes from one end pair first and then they go down the sex chromosome chain, just like a zipper,” said the lead author. “There is nothing random about it.” As for platypus evolution, he said that their findings “have given us valuable clues about the evolution of Y chromosomes in all mammals, including humans,” but the article failed to mention what those clues were, or if they suggested an increase in genetic information. He also said he expected “these results to make a major impact in the field of monotreme research and mammal evolution.”Wollemi Pine: The discovery of Wollemi pines alive in a remote canyon of Australia 150 km northwest of Sydney was one of the big stories of 1994, because they represent a “living fossil” species from the age of dinosaurs, thought to have been extinct for millions of years. PhysOrg reported that the genome of the Wollemi pine has been sequenced by students at the University of New South Wales. Not much was revealed about what the genome shows yet. “The students’ preliminary findings show that the Wollemi chloroplast DNA is unique but shares some features with other pines such as the Kauri and Norfolk Island Pine,” throwing doubt on the meaning of unique. “Further analysis of the data,” the article promised, “will provide clues to the evolution of the Wollemi and other pines.” Nothing was said about how these living trees, possessing low genetic diversity, “survived 200 million years of shifting continents and changing climates.” If they were so hardy for so long, why are humans fighting to protect them from extinction now? “The Wollemi is being protected from extinction by secrecy surrounding the locations of the wild populations, and by widespread cultivation of the pine in Australia and around the world,” the article said.Marsupial evolution: An article on Science Daily said that researchers from the University of Florida traced marsupials back to the death of the dinosaurs and found “evidence to support North America as the center of origin for all living marsupials.” So did kangaroos hop over the sea? Their answer would be that they weren’t kangaroos then, but primitive opossum-like creatures that were the ancestors of all marsupials. South America and Australia were connected at the time of the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, they would also point out. Their evolution story, however, rests on very fragmentary evidence. The researchers examined one opossum skull from Wyoming, claimed to be 55 million years old, and “two 30-million-year-old skeletons of Herpetotheriidae, the sister group of all living marsupials.” Those data points apparently were deemed sufficient for the team to draw evolutionary conclusions: “Based on fossil evidence from the skull and two skeletons, the study’s authors concluded the evolutionary split between the ancestor of opossums and the ancestor of all other living marsupials occurred at least 65 million years ago,” they said. Somehow, all the North American marsupials went extinct, but when a land bridge opened back up at Panama, opossums came back to the north and became one of the most commonly observed mammals in North America.If the above story is to be believed, North American marsupials never got much past the look of the 55 million year ancestor of the opossums: “You would probably recognize it as an opossum, but it wouldn’t look quite right,” the lead author said. In that same time, however, the marsupials that made it to Australia evolved into kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, wombats, koalas, marsupial lions, marsupial moles, marsupial squirrels, and (of course) opossums – some 200 species of the world’s 334 marsupials. Put beside one another, they would look like a fair representation of many animals in the zoo – except the females would have pouches instead of a placenta.It is clear that evolution as an explanatory device serves only as a storytelling framework. Toss in millions of years here, tens of millions of years there, hundreds of millions over yonder. Evolution can produce rapid change (from opossum to kangaroo) or incredible stasis (12/26/2006). Opossums will wander into one continent and evolve into kangaroos and marsupial lions, but on another continent, in the same amount of time, will stay looking pretty much like opossums (read The Convergence Concoction to see how incredible this evolutionary explanation is). Conifers will give rise to the vast array of flowering plants in 200 million years, but some of them will stay completely unchanged, leaving no trace in the fossil record for millions of years, till they are discovered alive and well today. The framework is only limited by the imagination and faith of the evolutionary biologists. They are convinced they are doing science when weaving these fantastic, incredible tales based on a fragments of bone and teeth. The framework is reinforced by the sheer number on the Darwin Party roster. All the Know-Nothings (02/22/2008 commentary) who have bought into the framework provide one another with comaradarie, fellowship and emotional support. Their millions of years are like Monopoly money that can be traded and exchanged according to the internal rules of the game they have set up for themselves. That description is apt; the quote after this entry described today’s science as the perpetuation of knowledge monopolies. These factors permit self-fulfilling prophecies and self-reinforcing commitments that allow evolutionary biologists to feel comfortable with Groupthink, lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and recognize their folly, and repent of following the imagination of their own hearts (01/17/2007 commentary), while pretending to “shed light” on reality. G’day anyway, and Merry Christmas to all our loyal readers down unda (picture). 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India beat Bangladesh by a massive 87 runs in the opening match of the World Cup at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Saturday. ScoreIndia put on a mammoth 370 runs of board thanks to superlative batting performances by Man-of-the-match Virender Sehwag, who scored 175 and Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 100.But contrary to the expectations of the Indian fans Bangladesh managed to deliver under pressure and scored 283/9 before they ran out of balls.Bangladesh got off to a fine start with Imrul Kayes and Tamim Iqbal chipping away at the mammoth 271 target. But, the inevitable was bound to happen sooner or later and Bangladesh lost their wicket in the form of Kayes.Kayes attempted a cut off a widesh ball off Munaf Patel, but the surprise drop in pace foxed him and an inside edge crashed into his stumps. He was forced to walk back on 34. when he team total was 56/1.Finally, Harbhajan Singh got the better of Junaid Siddique on 37. Junaid batted on for an hour and pushed the Bangladesh score from 56-1 to 129, before Harbhajan’s ball sharply moved away from him and caught him off guard as skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni removed his bails in a second from behind the stumps.Then Munaf Patel struck back to claim the wicket India desired the most. A good length ball from Patel saw Tamim Iqbal shoot towards the leg side, but the ball fails to go past Yuvraj Singh who claims a low catch to send the opener back on 70. Munaf claimed the wicket on first ball of his second spell and Bangladesh go down to 188/3.advertisementThen it was Yusuf Pathan’s turn to display his bowling prowess and he did it by claiming opposition skipper Shakib Al Hasan. Shakib got out on 55 as Bangladesh slumped to 234-4 in the 40th over.At this sage the pressure started having an effect of the Bangladesh batters as they found it difficult to concentrate in the face of a mammoth target. Mushfiqur Rahim was next to depart with caught Suresh Raina (the substitute), bowled Zaheer written against his name. He scored 25 and the Bangladesh score read 248-5.Soon, it was all over for the Bangladesh batters as the India bowlers, even though not up to the mark on the day banked on the huge 371 target to press for a win and that they did with a 87-run win.Munaf Patel proved to be the wreaker-in-chief claiming four wickets on the day.India innings India opener Virender Sehwag went all guns blazing against Bangladesh as India posted a record 370/4. The opener remained at the crease for most part of the innings and rained boundaries even as the Bangladesh bowler tried hard to curtail his onslaught.He equalled Kapil Dev’s record of 175 that the former India captain had scored against the Zimbabweans way back in 1983, when the team won the World Cup.However, like Dev’s innings he could not carry on till the end and fell to opposition skipper Shakib Al Hasan’s turner. A fullish ball angling into Sehwag took the bottom edge of his bat and crashed into the stump. He departed, but not before doing the damage.His 175 that came off just 140 was decorated with 14 boundaries and five over the fence shots. When he fell the team total was 355/3.But Sehwag’s second-wicket partner Virat Kohli was still at the crease and continued to pound the Bangladeshi camp. He scored an unbeaten ton off 83 balls as India scored 370/4 in their stipulated 50 overs.On the last ball of the innings Shafiul Islam claimed Yusuf Pathan on 8.Earlier, Gautam Gambhir fell to Mahmudullah on 39. The ball entered his bat-pad gate and crashed into his stumps as India slumped to 152/2 in the 24th over.Still earlier a mix-up saw Sachin Tendulkar run out on 28 as the India score read 69/1 in 10.5 overs. The last time India met Bangladesh in the World Cup in 2007, India were bowled out for 191, and Bangladesh had chased it down easily.
FILE – In this Aug. 24, 2018, file photo, Japan’s Rikako Ikee holds up her gold medal after winning the women’s 50m freestyle final during the swimming competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. Ikee, the favorite for the 100-meter butterfly for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, has been diagnosed with leukemia. Ikee said on her verified Twitter account Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, her illness surfaced when she got tests after returning from Australia not feeling well. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)TOKYO— Japanese swimming star Rikako Ikee has been diagnosed with leukemia less than 18 months before the Olympics in Tokyo.The 18-year-old Ikee won six gold medals at the Asian Games in Jakarta last year and was tipped to be one of the faces of the 2020 Olympics in her home country.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “It is a sickness for which there is recovery with proper treatment,” she said. “It would make me happy if you would all continue to warmly watch over me.”Ikee has been a highly regarded junior swimmer and finished sixth in the 100-fly almost three years ago in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Russell Westbrook sets new triple-double record in Thunder win “I will take some days off for now and focus on my treatment to do my utmost so that I can show you as soon as possible an even more powerful Rikako Ikee,” she said.Ikee is among the world’s best in the 100-meter butterfly, an event where she is close to breaking the world record of 55.48 seconds held by Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden. She swam 56.08 last year and talked about being able to break that mark.“If everything goes well, I think I will be able to set the world record,” she told The Associated Press in an interview after being selected as MVP at the Asian Games.Her other top race is the 200-meter freestyle.Ikee wrote optimistically on Twitter about her chance for a recovery.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss She posted on her verified Twitter account Tuesday that her illness surfaced when she got tests after returning from a training trip to Australia.“I still can’t believe it, and I am in a state of confusion,” she wrote.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesOfficials of the Japan Swimming Federation called a news conference and said Ikee was at a hospital being treated.Ikee expressed hopes for recovery but acknowledged she could not compete for a while. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations
2012U-17 WCYouth32.00 Dynasty Points are awarded for success in a tournament. A team gets 1,000 points for winning the tournament, 250 for losing in the semifinals (with a 100-point bonus for finishing third), 115 for losing in the quarters and 40 for losing in the Round of 16.* Ties are counted as a half-win.Source: FIFA YearTournamentTypeMatchesWins*Dynasty Points 2015World CupSenior76.51000– 1991World CupSenior66.01000– 2004U-19 WCYouth65.0350– Wherever it lands in the upcoming World Cup draw — which will be held in Paris on Saturday at noon ET — the United States Women’s National Team will go into next year’s tournament in its familiar perch as favorites. The U.S. has been the most dominant team in the history of the event (which began in 1991), capturing the Cup three times and winning more matches (33) than any other country. Along the way, Team USA has given us multiple generations of superstars, the latest of which includes names like Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Tobin Heath — all of whom figure to represent the Stars and Stripes in France next summer.But this won’t quite be the same roster as the one last seen hoisting the World Cup in 2015 (or even the one America sent to the 2016 Olympics). Likely gone are goalkeeper Hope Solo, forward Abby Wambach, midfielder Lauren Holiday and defenders Meghan Klingenberg, Christie Rampone and Ali Krieger, among others. And while the U.S. has perpetually been able to retool on the fly with the emergence of even greater young talent than before (remember Morgan’s breakout performance as a 22-year-old at the 2011 World Cup?), there’s growing concern that the next generation won’t be as ready to carry the torch.Specifically, the U.S. results at the youth level — including both the Under-17 and Under-20 Women’s World Cups — have been pretty mediocre in recent years. The U.S. didn’t advance out of its group in either tournament this year and has advanced past the quarterfinals just twice at the youth level since 2008.1That year, Morgan helped power the U.S. to the championship at the Under-20 Cup with this ridiculous goal. 2002U-19 WCYouth66.01000– 2003World CupSenior65.0350– Is the USWNT’s youth-level talent pipeline drying up?Results for the United States at both the World Cup and youth-level tournaments Obviously, those 2018 youth players won’t be old enough in 2019 to figure into the senior team’s World Cup fortunes. But the lack of earlier success could suggest a down period coming for the Americans in upcoming World Cups. At least, that’s assuming youth-level results are predictive of future senior-team outcomes. But is that true?Fortunately for the U.S., the relationship there is only a moderate one. To measure this, I’m using a system called “Dynasty Points,” which I’ve used before to track a team’s postseason success over multiple years. In each tournament, you get 1,000 points for winning the whole thing, 500 for finishing second, 250 for losing in the semifinals (with a 100-point bonus for finishing third), 115 for losing in the quarters and 40 for losing in the Round of 16 (when applicable).2These values are roughly scaled to reflect how many teams you needed to beat out in order to reach a given level of the tournament, while keeping the value of winning at a constant 1,000. If a team’s performance at the youth level was cause for concern or optimism for later iterations of the senior team, we’d expect a strong relationship between World Cup dynasty points and dynasty points produced by the youth teams in the decade between five and 15 years before.But looking at the 2007, 2011 and 2015 World Cups (and weighting by the number of youth tournaments that led up to each — meaning 2015 had more of a sample, since the era of two youth tournaments didn’t begin until 2008), the correlation coefficient between youth performance and World Cup success is 0.49. That’s not a nonexistent relationship by any means, but it also indicates that about three-quarters of the variation between countries in World Cup success is explained by something other than youth-level results in the years beforehand.Broadly speaking, if a team consistently finishes well in the Under-17 and Under-20 events, it tends to do better at the World Cup as well. Many of the most successful youth-level countries — such as Germany, the U.S. and Japan — are also among the best World Cup teams. But the relationship isn’t perfect. According to Dynasty Points, North Korea is the most successful youth-level team since 2002, winning four tournaments and finishing second on two other occasions. Yet North Korea has advanced out of the group stage just once in its World Cup history.3The North Korean team was banned from the 2015 World Cup after a doping investigation. Meanwhile, Norway and Sweden have been incredibly successful at the World Cup level (they rank third and fifth in all-time Dynasty Points, respectively) and have combined to advance out of the group stage of a youth tournament just twice since 2002.The U.S.’s own history is instructive in the imperfect relationship between youth results and World Cup outcomes. Although it dominated junior tournaments from 2002 to 2008 — winning two events, finishing second in another and never losing before the semifinals — it has also made two World Cup Finals and won Olympic gold with the senior squad since its ongoing youth-level dry spell began in 2010. 2007World CupSenior64.5350– 2008U-17 WCYouth63.5500– 2010U-20 WCYouth42.5115– 2008U-20 WCYouth65.01000– 2011World CupSenior64.0500– 2012U-20 WCYouth64.51000– 1999World CupSenior66.01000– 1995World CupSenior64.5350– 2016U-17 WCYouth31.00 2018U-20 WCYouth31.50 2014U-20 WCYouth42.0115– 2006U-20 WCYouth64.0250– 2018U-17 WCYouth31.00 2016U-20 WCYouth63.0250– It bears mentioning that the 2012 Under-20 squad also won gold, so the U.S.’s recent youth results haven’t been completely devoid of success. And it’s also important to note that the senior team can poach promising young stars from the youth level, inherently limiting the U.S.’s performance in U-17 and (especially) U-20 tournaments in favor of bolstering the main roster.It’s true that next summer’s team will be asking more of some players who hadn’t taken on full-fledged starring roles in previous major tournaments. But a number of those have drawn rave reviews during friendlies and qualifiers with the national team this year, including Lindsey Horan and Crystal Dunn, both of whom also logged time on the 2016 Olympic team. And forward Mallory Pugh, who will turn 21 just a few months before the World Cup, is as promising as any member of the U.S.’s next generation. Pugh returned from injury to score six goals and set up three others in 10 international games this year — and could be just scratching the surface of her talent.According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, the average age of Team USA in its 2018 games was 26.4 years old, compared with the average age of 32.6 for the group that took the field in the 2015 World Cup. A few standbys do remain from the rosters of old — Lloyd and Rapinoe are still the anchors of this team, while Morgan remains at the top of her game, having scored or assisted on 14 goals in 15 games with the national team this year. But the 2019 World Cup will also serve as a transition of sorts into a new era for the USWNT. And although America’s youth-level results leading up to next year aren’t great, we shouldn’t assume that the U.S.’s senior-team dominance will end any time soon.