New Zealand will look to leave behind the thrashing against West Indies and aim for a positive start to their World Cup campaign when they take on Sri Lanka at the Cardiff Wales Stadium on Saturday.The Black Caps were taken for plenty by the West Indies in their final warm-up match where they squandered 421 runs and eventually lost the match by 91 runs.However, they would take a lot of confidence from their first outing against India where they bundled out the Men in Blue for 179 before chasing down their total with six wickets to spare.Against India, Trent Boult and Jimmy Neesham impressed with the ball while against Windies, it was Tom Blundell — yet to play a one-day international — who hit an 89-ball 106 and showed promise. Apart from that, skipper Kane Williamson is also in great form.For Sri Lanka, their tournament preparations have been not been ideal as they lost both of their warm-up fixtures against South Africa and Australia.If there was any positive for Sri Lanka in those two matches, it was the half centuries hit by newly appointed skipper Dimuth Karunaratne and the wise old head of Angelo Matthews.The 1996 champions are in dire need of motivation and captain Karunaratne himself has to inspire the unit. The left-hander, who had scored his maiden test hundred against the Black Caps in 2014, could be the glue that holds the Sri Lankan batting together. He will have the support of veteran pacer Lasith Malinga who can instil confidence into the team, both with his bowling and experience.advertisementIn the 2015 World Cup edition, the Black Caps had opened their tournament with a rampant 98-run victory over Sri Lanka and they would once again like to replicate that performance.SquadsNew Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross TaylorSri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Avishka Fernando, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Kusal Mendis (wk), Kusal Perera (wk), Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Dhananjaya de Silva, Milinda Siriwardana, Lahiru Thirimanne, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey Vandersay.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Oshane Thomas and Chris Gayle star as West Indies hammer PakistanAlso Read | World Cup 2019: David Warner fit to play Australia’s opener vs AfghanistanAlso See
Touch Football Australia offers its thoughts and well wishes to the people of Fiji following the recent devastation caused by Cyclone Winston. Fiji is the manufacturing base of long term TFA major partner and apparel provider, BLK. As a result of this natural disaster, members are advised that there may be a delay in the production and delivery of some orders as the country deals with the recovery from Cyclone Winston.Please find attached an open letter from BLK CEO Tryon Brant. We thank you for your compassion and understanding at this time.Related Filesfiji_letter_feb_2016-pdfRelated LinksBLK Update
Chelsea defender Cahill will fight for his place – Zolaby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea veteran Gary Cahill will stay and fight for this place.That is according to assistant manager Gianfranco Zola.The club legend, who is assisting Maurizio Sarri this term, says that Cahill is always one who will compete for a first team spot.There is speculation that Cahill will move on in January as he is not getting much playing time.”It is difficult to say about that,” Zola said during the press conference.”It was not Gary has done badly when he played, but at the moment there are players performing very well. “I don’t know what will happen, but he is a fighter. “It was a surprise to find out his personality, he will try to fight for a place.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool assistant Lijnders: Klopp impact like Cruyff at Barcelonaby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders has compared Jurgen Klopp’s impact at the club to that of Johan Cruyff at Barcelona.Klopp has been credited by many for restoring a winning mentality and positive atmosphere at the Anfield club.They won the Champions League last season and came within a whisker of the Premier League title.And Lijnders believes that Klopp deserves all the credit for those successes.When asked about Klopp winning the Best Manager award at a FIFA gala, Lijnders said at a press conference: “[It is a] big compliment for our structure, I think. For our owners to have faith in Jurgen from the start, giving him a six-year deal. That helps with the trust, to build.”Big compliment for our team, because without success the individual prizes will never come. Then of course a big compliment for Jurgen himself. I’m really proud. It says a lot.”He is not only the face of the team, he’s the face of the club and not many foreign managers in a different country made the impact he has made.”An example I always say is that Cruyff at Barca had an impact in that it’s not only about now, but about the future also.”He [Klopp] created a real identity about the way we play, the way he wants to play, and that could last for a long time.”
New Taipei City: Taiwan’s upcoming elections will be a “heart-pounding, soul-stirring battle” for the island’s future, Beijing-friendly candidate Han Kuo-yu said Sunday in his first speech since becoming the opposition party’s presidential candidate.Han described January’s vote as a choice between “peace or crisis” with China in a speech to a packed stadium at the Kuomintang (KMT) party’s national congress.Taiwan has been a de facto sovereign nation since the end of a civil war in 1949 but China still views the island as its territory and has vowed to seize it, by force if necessary. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHan is looking to unseat President Tsai Ing-wen of the Beijing-sceptic Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in a contest that will be dominated by relations with China.”This won’t be a polite gentleman’s race, it will be a heart-pounding, soul-stirring battle for the survival of the Republic of China (ROC) and Taiwan’s next generations,” he told the crowd, using Taiwan’s formal name.”The people will make a sacred choice for the fate of our country in the next four years. We will choose whether to defend the ROC or destroy the ROC… we will choose cross-strait peace or Taiwan Strait crisis.” Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsRelations with Beijing have soured since Tsai came to power in 2016 because her party refuses to recognise the idea that Taiwan is part of “one China”.Han also criticised the Tsai administration’s domestic policies and vowed to create “an economic miracle”.The 62-year-old has enjoyed a stunning rise in the last two years, journeying from relative obscurity to become his party’s presidential candidate in a phenomenon that has been dubbed the “Han tide”. Some have likened him to US President Donald Trump and other populist leaders who hail from outside establishment circles and command a fervent voter base buoyed by lofty promises of resurrecting their fortunes.Billing himself as a “president of the people,” Han has been able to muster huge, enthusiastic crowds during campaigning, where he has vowed to restore warm ties with Beijing and kickstart the economy.He was a relative unknown until he seized the Kaohsiung mayoralty in local elections last year, a shock win in the southern city that has long been a DPP heartland.To become the KMT’s candidate, he saw off a challenge from Taiwan’s richest man, billionaire Foxconn founder Terry Gou.But speculation is rife that Gou could run independently — a move that would likely split the KMT vote.
Painted Pony has halted production of about 60 million cubic feet of natural gas because of the pipeline constraints and resulting lower prices.It forecasts fourth-quarter production of between 303 million and 312 million cubic feet equivalent per day, down from third quarter output of 350 million cfe/d.The Calgary-based company says gas prices at the Station 2 trading hub above T-South in northeastern B.C. have plunged because of the inability to get all of the gas to market, but the hit to its bottom line is balanced by higher prices at the Sumas/Huntingdon hub on the border of B.C. and Washington state.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – Oil and gas producer Painted Pony Energy Ltd. says its fourth-quarter production will drop by up to 20 percent because of reduced shipping capacity after the explosion of a natural gas pipeline in B.C.A line in Enbridge Inc.’s T-South pipeline system ruptured on Oct. 9, about 15 kilometres northeast of Prince George, B.C., causing a huge fireball.Repairs were completed at the end of October and service is gradually being restored, but both the affected line and a smaller parallel line are to operate at a maximum of 80 percent of normal pressure until safety of the system is assured.
San Francisco: Netflix has suddenly withdrawn support for Apple’s AirPlay, a feature that let people watching Netflix on their iPads and iPhones to instantly play the content on their TVs, the media reported. The move came as a shock to may fans as Netflix for iOS had been supporting AirPlay since 2013. Netflix, however, denied that the drop of AirPlay support has anything to do with Apple emerging as one of its competitors in the streaming space, Digital Trends reported on Saturday. “Airplay is no longer supported for use with Netflix due to technical limitations,” according to a support page on Netflix’s official website, thereby leaving built-in Chromecast, the Netflix 2nd Screen feature, and external cables as the only ways to connect Netflix for iOS to a TV. “We want to make sure our members have a great Netflix experience on any device they use. With AirPlay support rolling out to third-party devices, there isn’t a way for us to distinguish between devices (what is an Apple TV versus what isn’t) or certify these experiences,” a Netflix spokesperson was quoted as saying by Digital Trends. “Therefore, we have decided to discontinue Netflix AirPlay support to ensure our standard of quality for viewing is being met,” the spokesperson added.
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer and OSU’s associate vice president and athletic director Gene Smith fired back Friday at in-conference criticism of the Buckeyes’ recruiting tactics. Meyer put the finishing touches his first OSU recruiting class Wednesday — a class rated No. 4 in the nation by Rivals.com. Several of the recruits that signed to play for Meyer had previously committed to other Big Ten teams, prompting criticism from Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema and Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi. Both Meyer and Smith defended the recruiting practices employed while assembling the Buckeyes’ newest class. During a National Signing Day press conference Wednesday, Bielema said that he thought Meyer’s staff had used illegal tactics to obtain recruits. Narduzzi spoke Monday of an unwritten agreement amongst Big Ten coaches, saying former OSU coach Jim Tressel and MSU coach Mark Dantonio would never call or talk to each other’s commitments. “People coach Dantonio knows well don’t come in and take players away,” Narduzzi said according to the Canton Repository. “When you do, you lose friendships over that.” In a Friday release, Smith condemned the use of the media to voice his concerns related to Big Ten football, though he did not specifically mention Bielema or Narduzzi. “I am disappointed that negative references have been made about our football coaches, and particularly head coach Urban Meyer regarding recruiting,” Smith said in the release. “In our league appropriate protocol, if you have concerns, is to share those concerns with your Athletic Director (AD). Then your AD will make the determination on the appropriate communication from that point forward. The ADs in our league are professionals and communicate with each other extremely well. Urban Meyer and his staff have had a compliance conscience since they have arrived.” The OSU athletic department also released a statement on Meyer’s behalf in which the Buckeyes’ $4 million-dollar-per-year coach said that his staff was in compliance with recruiting rules. “I was pleased to take part in a productive, regularly scheduled meeting of the Big Ten Conference coaches today in Chicago. We had an opportunity to discuss a number of issues with each other and conference staff, including those that have arisen this week,” Meyer said in the release. “It should be noted that my coaching staff is in full compliance with our recruiting efforts, and no one on this staff did anything illegal or unethical. We will continue to comply with NCAA rules and recruit with relentless effort, especially the great state of Ohio.” Big Ten spokesman Scott Chipman declined to comment to The Lantern regarding the Friday coaches meeting. Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald, who chaired the Big Ten coaches meeting, told ESPN.com Friday that the meeting was “nothing but great dialogue.” “We understand what’s acceptable and what’s not acceptable in recruiting,” Fitzgerald told ESPN.com. “We also talked about regardless of what’s been reported, we agreed there’s been no basis for accusing any coaches of illegal or unethical recruiting. There’s been no gentleman’s agreement inhibiting recruitment of verbally committed players, but we’re going to do all of our recruiting based on respect for each other.” Meyer and the Buckeyes will pay visits to both MSU and Wisconsin during the 2012 season, on Sept. 29 in East Lansing, Mich., and Nov. 17 in Madison, Wis., respectively.
Chalk up the sixth and seventh different Buckeyes football players named to award watch lists this preseason. Redshirt senior linebacker Etienne Sabino was named to the Butkus Award watch list, an honor that highlights college football’s most outstanding linebacker. His teammate, junior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown, has been named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list, which recognizes the nation’s top wide receiver. Sabino, who was named Ohio State’s Most Valuable Player in its 24-17 Gator Bowl loss to Florida, recorded 62 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss in 2011. Sabino is one of three OSU players who will travel to Chicago for the 2012 Big Ten Media days on July 26 and 27. Meanwhile, on the other side of the ball, Brown’s 22 career grabs for 310 yards and two touchdowns at OSU leads all active Buckeye receivers for the most receptions and yards. Brown totaled 205 of those career yards last season on 14 catches. Additionally, three more football players were named to either their second, third or fourth award watch list after redshirt senior tight end Jake Stoneburner, senior defensive lineman John Simon, and junior defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins were named to college football’s Lombardi Award watch list, which honors the nation’s best lineman. Simon, who has also been named to the Nagurski Award, Bednarik Award and Lott IMPACT Award watch lists, made seven sacks and 16 tackles for loss in 2011. Like Sabino, the 2011 Associated Press All-American will be present at the 2012 Big Ten Media Days. His efforts in trenches, however, are not unaided. His defensive line comrade, Hankins, amassed 67 tackles and 11 tackles for loss last season. The junior has already been named to both the Bednarik Award and Outland Awards watch lists. Hankins was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection in 2011. Stoneburner, the third Buckeye named to the Lombardi Award watch list, is one of eight tight ends selected to the honor’s watch list. It’s the second time the redshirt senior has been named to an award watch list this preseason – his first honor coming from the Mackey Award, which honors the nation’s best tight end. Stoneburner enters the 2012 season with 37 career catches for 445 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. Despite his placement on multiple award watch lists, though, he and redshirt senior offensive lineman Jack Mewhort are indefinitely suspended from the team after Shawnee Hills Police arrested Stoneburner and Mewhort for “obstructing official business” at about 2:30 a.m. June 2 by the Bogey Inn near Dublin, Ohio. Both, however, in addition to Simon, Hankins, Sabino and Brown, are expected to be large contributors to OSU coach Urban Meyer’s first season in Columbus.
Real Madrid fullback Theo Hernandez has explained that he has always held an interest in playing for Real Sociedad after completing his loan move on FridayThe 20-year-old had only arrived at Madrid last summer from city rivals Atletico Madrid after an impressive loan stint at Alaves.But the appointment of Julen Loptegui as Zinedine Zidane’s replacement at Madrid saw Hernandez fall completely out of favour at the Santiago Bernabeu after just making 23 appearances in all competitions last season.Now the left-back has joined Sociedad on a season-long loan and intends to take full advantage of his opportunity at another “big club”Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I’m here because Real Sociedad is a very big club, everybody knows it,” said Hernandez, as stated on TribalFootball.“Last year, I came to play with Real Madrid and I saw that it was a competitive team, which produces a lot of intensity, with fans who follow you enormously.“Teammates told me good things about the city. I think I can have a quiet life here, while playing in a big club.”Hernandez could make his debut for Sociedad this Saturday in the opening game of their La Liga campaign away to Villarreal.