McDonald happy with Penn Relays success

first_img “A new environment and new coaching techniques, along with being injury-free, have also helped a lot this season, and competing against Holmwood was a big motivational factor as I was pumped up whenever I competed against them,” she added. She is very satisfied with her performance here. “It is a good feeling winning at the Penn Relays as I just went to do my thing. I followed my coach’s advice and executed well,” she said. “I am kind of disappointed with the time, but I think Nicolee Foster’s absence contributed to this as she has become my main rival in the event. If she was there, I think I would have gone much faster.” McDonald, who prefers the sprint hurdles, stated that Australia’s Sally Pearson is her role model. “I like Sally’s style of running and I prefer the sprint hurdles as I know that I am really fast”, said McDonald, who stated that her next focus is on the National Junior Championships in June before deciding on an overseas college. PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania: Edwin Allen High school athlete Gabrielle McDonald has been having an excellent season with several spectacular performances on the track. McDonald, who started her high school career at St Andrew High before moving to Holmwood Technical then Edwin Allen, was a double winner at the ISSA Boys and Girls’ Championships in Class One. She won the 100m hurdles in a record 13.12 seconds and then captured the 400m hurdles Open in 56.53 seconds, a world junior leading time. McDonald continued her winning ways at the Penn Relays last Thursday, taking the 400m hurdles championship event in 58.65. “Patience, hard work and determination have been the key to my success this year,” said McDonald on Friday. “Leaving Holmwood to attend Edwin Allen was a very hard decision, but I prayed hard about it and God answered my prayers.” According to McDonald, the change in environment has played a pivotal role in her success this season. Coaching techniqueslast_img read more

Back to drawing board for Team Lakay after 2017 letdown

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson But it’s not the first time that Team Lakay has experienced a skid like this, and coach Mark Sangiao is more than confident that his Igorot warriors will bounce back in 2018.“We’ve been here before, so we’ll go back to basics and study where we lacked,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseSangiao cited the disastrous 2015 campaign for Team Lakay, which prompted his fighters to focus on their weaknesses that led to their glory run in 2016.“We’ll do individual assessments on what we need to work on,” he said. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Top lightweight contenders Folayang and Honorio Banario, flyweights Danny Kingad and Geje Eustaquio, bantamweight Kevin Belingon, and strawweights Joshua Pacio, April Osenio, and Gina Iniong are all looking to recover from the funk and put themselves in a position to challenge the champions in their respective weight divisions next year.However, the first step in getting back on the saddle is pinpointing the problem, and Sangiao admitted that his fighters fell to the trap of complacency.“I think we relaxed a bit, that’s why you can’t deny those results. We need to focus more on our training and the skills we need to develop on our fighters,” said Sangiao.ADVERTISEMENT Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netBANGKOK —It hasn’t been the best year for Team Lakay.With a string of losses to end the year, none more painful than Eduard Folayang losing his ONE Lightweight Championship last November, it’s easy to assume that Benguet-based stable has lost its winning touch.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Horn wants to show Pacquiao win was no fluke MOST READ Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’01:04Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad01:27ONE: Geje Eustaquio, Adriano Moraes looking for convincing finish to trilogy02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View commentslast_img read more

Man City break Sh66 billion income barrier

first_img“Our journey is not complete and we have more targets to fulfil,” said chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, who recently celebrated a decade since an Abu Dhabi-backed takeover of the club transformed City’s fortunes.“There should be no doubt that we are looking forward to the challenges of the new season and those beyond it with equal commitment and determination to the 10 seasons that came before.”Before Sheikh Mansour’s takeover, City’s revenue was a mere £87 million for the 2007/08 season.Huge losses of over £584 million followed during the first six years of their ownership due to massive investment in the playing squad and facilities, including the £200 million Etihad Campus training ground.However, surging television revenues, commercial sponsors and regular Champions League football mean that City now trail only local rivals Manchester United and European powerhouses Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich for income, according to football finance specialists Deloitte.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has overseen a transformation in the club’s fortunes on and off the field © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 13 – English champions Manchester City posted record revenues of Sh66 billion (£500.5 million) in a record-breaking 2017/18 campaign on the pitch as Pep Guardiola’s men romped to the Premier League title amassing 100 points.City reported profits of £10.4million, a fourth consecutive year of profitability, with wages to revenue ratio falling to 52 percent.last_img read more

Championship round-up: Wins for top four, Birmingham edge closer to play-offs

first_imgIt was a good night for the leading teams in the Championship as the top four all recorded victories.Hull maintained their one-point lead thanks to Mohamed Diame’s 48th-minute goal in a 1-0 win at Ipswich.Burnley won by the same scoreline against Nottingham Forest, with Sam Vokes scoring in the 68th minute.Middlesbrough had to come from behind to post a 3-1 victory against Cardiff.Fabio’s first goal for Cardiff after 20 minutes was cancelled out five minutes later by a calamity moment for his team-mate Matthew Connolly, whose attempted clearance ended up in his own net.Gaston Ramirez popped up in the 63rd minute to put Boro ahead and David Nugent made sure of a first win in six shortly after Grant Leadbitter had missed a penalty.It was rather easier for Brighton, who emphatically ended Bristol City’s winning run with a 4-0 victory at Ashton Gate.Jamie Murphy and Sam Baldock put the Seagulls two up in 21 minutes, Tomer Hemed extended the lead in the 56th minute and a Mark Little own goal rounded off the scoring, with City missing a late penalty.Sheffield Wednesday climbed to fifth after a 1-1 draw with QPR on a mixed night for Atdhe Nuhiu.Daniel Tozser put Rangers ahead shortly after Nuhiu had missed a penalty but the Wednesday man made amends by netting a 63rd-minute equaliser.Birmingham moved to within three points of the play-off places and deepened Bolton’s woes with a 1-0 win thanks to Clayton Donaldson’s 29th-minute goal.It is looking increasingly likely that Dean Holdsworth will be chairman of a League One club, with the Trotters now seven points from safety.It would have been nine but 10-man Huddersfield scored a late equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw with MK Dons.Alex Revell put the Dons ahead in the 28th minute and Philip Billing was sent off four minutes after half-time but Nahki Wells popped up with an equaliser in the 86th minute.The other sides in the bottom three also lost, with Charlton going down 2-1 at Preston and Reading beating Rotherham 1-0 thanks to Hal Robson-Kanu’s 66th-minute strike.Callum Robinson scored the winner for Preston in the 52nd minute after Johann Berg Gudmundsson had quickly cancelled out Joe Garner’s opener. Charlton’s cause was not helped by a red card for Harry Lennon.A stunning goal from Lewis Cook earned Leeds a 1-1 draw with Fulham, who had taken the lead through Tom Cairney’s third of the week. The Londoners had Fernando Amorebieta sent off in stoppage time.John Swift scored twice for Brentford and Sergi Canos once as they eased to a 3-0 win against Wolves.Result in fullBirmingham 1-0 BoltonBrentford 3-0 WolvesBristol City 0-4 BrightonBurnley 1-0 Nottingham ForestIpswich 0-1 Hull CityLeeds 1-1 FulhamMiddlesbrough 3-1 CardiffMK Dons 1-1 HuddersfieldPreston 2-1 CharltonSheffield Wednesday 1-1 QPRReading 1-0 Rotherham 1 Brentford eased to a 3-0 win against Wolves last_img read more

One-armed worker builds own business

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Yet Groman still thrived. Over the past 21 years, he has built a $200 investment in a portable carpet steamer into his own business – J&M Carpet Care – and established a warm home with his wife and two children. “When it’s dirty, you just scrub it till it’s clean,” he said. Groman arrived, tubing in hand, at 9 a.m. sharp for his first job on a recent Saturday – cleaning 73-year-old Joan Chenoweth’s one-bedroom apartment, which she shares with her pet Chihuahua, Jesse. “You got to be regimented about it,” Groman said. “You’ve got to show up when you say you will. … Never go up empty-handed. I always carry a couple lengths of hose. It saves you a couple of trips.” Chenoweth welcomed Groman in, then left for breakfast and took Jesse with her. She said a neighbor had recommended the carpet man as quick, with an eye for detail. VALENCIA – For Jim Groman, steel nerves and perseverance can overcome anything – a life-altering accident that took his right forearm, homelessness or just a tough carpet stain. The 44-year-old Canyon Country carpet cleaner had faced more adversity in his teens than most people are likely to see in a lifetime. When he was 18, a motorbike accident left him with third- and fourth-degree burns over 85 percent of his body and claimed the arm and his left pinkie. He was discharged from the hospital in about four months, only to drift into homelessness. His parents had separated and sold the family home. “The house was in escrow when I got out,” he said. “As teenagers, you don’t really know what could happen.” “I’m sure he could do the job,” Chenoweth said. Groman jumped into action, connecting the water line and unraveling a hose and attachments. Within 15 minutes, he was sweeping. Asked if customers ever hesitate to hire someone disabled, he said: “At first, I think some of them will be skeptical. They see me work for two minutes; that’s the end of that.” Groman said he has always worked – for money since he was about 14 and growing up in Chatsworth with his identical twin brother, Dan. He worked in landscaping and as a furniture mover – physically tough and sweaty jobs. “We grew up poor,” he said. Larry Buckler, 44, grew up with the Groman twins, hanging out in the canyons and a cul-de-sac in Chatsworth. “That whole neighborhood – it was the baby boomers there, and there were a lot of kids the same age,” said Buckler, who now lives in Arkansas, but spends his summers in California, working with Jim. “It was a lot of fun, but it was not so fun. There were a lot of hard times. I was in and out of my house at about 14. “You’ve never met two nicer guys,” he said about the Groman brothers. “I trust them with my life.” Then came the accident. The twins were riding double in Brown Canyon on a motorbike that took a spill. The bike had a faulty gas cap, and a spark ignited the fuel, engulfing both brothers in flames. When Jim Groman arrived at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, he had burns on 85 percent of his body. His right arm had to be amputated at the elbow, along with a left finger, as doctors attempted to reconstruct the surviving hand. He recovered, partly thanks to a skin graft from his twin brother, who suffered third-degree burns only to his legs. “Of course, I fought like hell, too,” he said about his will to live. But little awaited him outside the hospital. His parents were in the midst of a divorce even before the accident, and the family home was sold months after he was discharged. He briefly stayed with his mother in a guest house, but the owner did not want Jim there. Dan Groman took charge of his brother and moved into a camping trailer with Buckler and three other friends, some as young as 15. They formed a family and survived for for some 10 months on Groman’s disability checks and the meager earnings from those old enough to work. “Teenage throwaways – it was the thing to do then,” Jim Groman said. “We were just young,” said Dan Groman in a phone interview from his home in Surprise, Ariz. “If we were really serious about it, we could have done it quicker. We were young men. We didn’t know what to do.” The boys took turns looking after Jim. His body had shriveled from the burn injuries, so even using the bathroom was tough. It took him years to learn to move again. “We all worked at different times, so there was at least someone with him, normally,” Dan Groman said. “Jim wasn’t a wuss, but he had it tough.” “We weren’t in contact with our families back then,” Buckler said. “We were kind of a family. We were really close. We relied on each other, especially with Jim and the condition he was in. “He could hardly stand for a period of time. There was a lot of stuff he couldn’t do for himself. And rehabilitation? It was us.” After about eight months of camping at local parks, the friends pooled enough money to move into a two-bedroom apartment. They haven’t looked back since. “It was on De Soto,” Jim Groman said. “You never forget your first one.” Still, it took him two more years to rehabilitate a body with skin taut from burns. He soon returned to work, delivering auto parts and learning the carpet-cleaning trade from a business owner he met at church. “I probably would’ve been doing something like this (even without the accident),” Groman said of carpet cleaning. “I was always physical. … I like it. Going in and beautifying someone’s home, it gives me a pretty good feeling.” “You’re surprised what you can do when you’re thrown into a situation,” Buckler said. “The thing about Jim: I don’t look at him as handicapped. It’s pretty amazing the things he went through, the things he overcame, but I don’t look at him as handicapped. He’s a remarkable person.” By chance, Groman came across a used portable carpet cleaner and purchased it for $200 – his share of the month’s rent. With a few modifications on the unit, he was in business. “It was a risk,” he said. “If I didn’t hustle enough work that month I would have been out.” Groman built his company through two decades of cold calls, late nights and weekends away from home. He gained clients through word-of-mouth, one stain at a time. “Starvation is a good motivator,” he said. “If you don’t work, you’re homeless.” Groman wants this work ethic instilled in his children – Chris, 16, and Julia, 14. They join him on jobs occasionally, and he hopes to save enough to send them to college. “I want them to have a good life,” he said. “But I don’t want them to think everything’s lollipops and sunshine.” Still, life turned out well for Groman and lifelong friends. All six managed to remain off the streets. “At least four are homeowners,” he said. “It’s the circumstances,” Dan Groman said. “You either rise above it – it’s a conscious decision – or you let them sink you.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 eugene.tong@dailynews.com center_img 160Want 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

Open-Access Group Sanctions Three Publishers After Science ‘Sting’

first_imgA leading trade association for the publishers of free, open-access (OA) scientific journals has expelled two of its members, and put a third on probation, as a result of a controversial investigative journalism project published earlier this year by Science. The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) announced today on its blog that it is terminating the memberships of publishers Hikari Ltd. and Dove Medical Press and placing the membership of SAGE Publications “under review” for 6 months.Last month, reporter John Bohannon sparked extensive debate with a story, part of a larger special issue on how scientists communicate with each other, which documented lax standards for accepting manuscripts at a number of OA journals. He found that dozens of free journals accepted a fake and obviously flawed study that he had created. The “sting” prompted fierce debate, with some critics arguing that Bohannon’s methods were flawed and designed to undermine the OA movement, while others said the story highlighted an important problem in the rapidly growing OA industry.When the story appeared, OASPA, which includes more than 50 major scientific publishers and related organizations among its members, issued a statement noting that Bohannon’s story “provides some useful data about the scale of, and the problems associated with … low-quality publishers,” and promising to “issue a fuller response … once we have had a chance to review the data in more detail.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In today’s statement, OASPA says its review revealed problems serious enough to merit action at three journals that accepted the fake paper: Clinical and Experimental Medical Sciences, published by Hikari Ltd. of Ruse, Bulgaria; Drug Design, Development and Therapy, published by Dove Medical Press, which has offices in the United States and the United Kingdom; and the Journal of International Medical Research, published by SAGE Publications of Thousand Oaks, California.“[T]here was a lack of sufficient rigour in editorial processes at all three of the journals in question, and that for Hikari and Dove the issues may extend wider than the single affected journal,” the group writes in its statement. Hikari and Dove can reapply for membership in 12 months, the group says, while it will consider readmitting SAGE for full membership in 6 months “if there is evidence that its processes have been sufficiently strengthened.”The groups says it has also moved to “strengthen its own membership procedures,” in part by adding “more detailed questions about the editorial process” to its membership application.“In conclusion, although we have unfortunately now terminated memberships as a result of the Science news article, positive outcomes have also arisen from its publication,” the group writes.A Hikari employee reached by ScienceInsider declined comment on the announcement. Dove did not respond to requests for comment.In a statement, SAGE wrote: “We welcome OASPA’s investigation into the quality of research published by its members and will fully cooperate with the 6-month review. We have already taken steps to ensure that the peer review process of the Journal of International Medical Research is much more robust and are confident that OASPA will find our processes more than sufficiently strengthened when they undertake the review. Any paper with similar flaws would not get through either stage of the peer review process of JIMR today.”“SAGE is committed to ensuring that the peer review and acceptance process for all of our journals, whether traditional subscription-based or open access, is robust and to working with OASPA to ensure this. We are pleased that OASPA has recognized our efforts and that they will allow us to formally remain a member of the organization while our official status is put under review.”You can see SAGE’s full statement here.*Update, 11 November, 5:25 p.m.: SAGE’s statement has been added to the article.last_img read more

PCB to review Arthur & Cos performance after CT

first_imgKarachi, Jun 8 (PTI) The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will review the performance of national team head coach Mickey Arthur and support staff after the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy. PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan has indicated in an interview that the performance of the coaches and support staff would be scrutinised by a committee which will submit its report to the board of governors after the Champions Trophy. “It is a wrong impression that we have formed another committee to probe Pakistans defeat to India. That is not the case. Before the Champions Trophy I had already formed this committee to look into the performance of the teams support staff,” Shaharyar said. He said the committee included former Test players Mudassar Nazar and Haroon Rasheed, who are already working in senior positions in the Board. “Win and loss are part of the sport and no panic button is being pressed because of the defeat to India. But this committee has been asked to talk to the players and support staff and gather feedback on their performances. We have been observing things and have got information from our managers,” he said. Shaharyar said although there was concern over the inconsistent batting performances of the team but otherwise the feedback about batting coach Grant Flower and even trainer Grant Ludon was good. “Everyone we have spoken to says the batting coach is doing well. But obviously he has been there for nearly four years and we want to see more results,” he said. Shaharyar also noted that contracts of some of the support staff were due for reviews after the tournament. PTI Cor SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

Pakistan welcome end of isolation from international cricket

first_imgEven Pakistan’s prime minister did not believe it could happen but when Sri Lanka visit the eastern city of Lahore on Sunday for a T20 match, the hosts will celebrate the end of eight years of isolation from international cricket.Less than a year ago, none of this appeared possible for a nation that had largely been shunned by international teams since 2009 due to security risks.That year gunmen attacked a bus carrying the Sri Lanka team from their hotel to Lahore’s Gaddafi stadium for a Test match, injuring six players and killing six security personnel and two civilians.The incident forced Pakistan to play their home matches in the United Arab Emirates and the country has since remained starved of international cricket at home, apart from Zimbabwe’s limited-overs tour in 2015.Last year, the inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL), based on the franchise model of the Indian Premier League and Australia’s Big Bash League, became a success though all the matches were played in the UAE.Things changed in March this year when Pakistan hosted the final of its domestic T20 competition featuring high-profile international players.”Even that baby step seemed an impossibility. I can tell you that none of the franchises wanted it, they were scared … the government was scared…the players were scared,” Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi told Reuters in an interview.The match proved pivotal in changing the global cricket community’s opinion of Pakistan’s ability to host international matches and garnered support from cricket’s governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC).advertisementThe months leading up to the final were filled with endless negotiations with the government, persuading domestic franchise owners and convincing players that security was under control.”I had two meetings with the prime minister, I raised it with him, he heard me out, he didn’t give me an opinion, he said we will think about it closer to the event,” Sethi said.AP PhotoAs the match drew closer Sethi became desperate, sending then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif numerous requests “from various quarters” in the hope that he would make a favourable announcement.Sharif’s office did not respond to requests for comment.Weeks before the final was to be played Sharif made the announcement that it could go ahead.”I think he saw the wisdom of it and took the risk,” said Sethi.ALMOST WENT UP IN SMOKEIn mid-February, less than a month before the final, a suicide attack outside Lahore’s provincial assembly killed 13 and wounded 83.”There was doom and gloom over here. The franchises came to me and said nothing doing,” Sethi recalled.A series of late night phone calls and endless meetings with players and franchise owners ensued. The PCB insisted that adequate security measures were in place.Despite assurances, two days before the match, four international players pulled out, leaving the board 48 hours to find replacements.”Luckily we had every contingency arrangement in place,” Sethi said.After the final, Sethi went to work on bringing an international World XI to Pakistan with the support of the ICC.An international security company hired by cricket’s world governing body gave Pakistan the green light.Then came the work of assembling a high-profile team for the three-match series.”I said unless and until you give me top quality players, no way,” Sethi said.Once the players were finalised, administrators and fans were thrilled to welcome a star-studded World XI team led by South Africa captain Faf du Plessis.”There was huge tension,” Sethi said, adding that despite all the planning, the PCB was still on edge during the series.”There were all these calculated risks but in the end it worked out,” he addedNext on the list was Sri Lanka, whose players were reluctant to tour Pakistan after the events of 2009.AP PhotoOn a trip to Colombo, Sethi talked about how Pakistan had always toured Sri Lanka even during the civil war, which ended in 2009, when other countries refused to visit.”I told them we need you now, when you needed us we were there for you,” he said.With Sri Lanka’s visit confirmed, Sethi is confident that international cricket in Pakistan will soon be fully restored.West Indies have committed to playing a three-match series but the dates are still undecided.”I have two other countries lined up who are ready to come,” Sethi said. “By the end of 2020 I think every cricket country would have come and played in Pakistan.”last_img read more

England choose attrition rather than razzle-dazzle to deal with USA

first_imgShare via Email Cokanasiga helps England crush USA as Quill gets World Cup’s first red card Read more Rugby union High hits and Ford’s finesse: five things learned from England 45-7 USA Steve Hansen reflected this week on how much European teams had improved since the 2015 World Cup when, for the first time, they failed to provide a semi-finalist. In Japan this time around there should be at least one semi-finalist from the north, more likely two. The group match between Wales and Australia on Sunday will reveal more but, at a World Cup in which the team with the best defence has tended to prevail, the deliberation with which they have started the tournament – no nonsense and fewer frills – has not been lost on New Zealand’s coach. It is there where England have an advantage over their two European rivals. Wales have more depth than they did in 2015 but their starting lineup picks itself behind and there are only two real talking points at forward, loosehead prop and where Josh Navidi should play in the back row. They are more adept at playing catchup than England and Ireland, but they look the most susceptible to injuries.Ireland have more options, but not as many as England who as well as strength in depth have pace to go with their power – but it is the way all three are able to resist temptation that will pose the greatest threat to New Zealand, who waited in vain for Ireland to crack in Dublin last year.All three countries are coached by men from the southern hemisphere who, were they working with teams in their own countries, would have a different approach. They are making the most of what they have, patience against the virtuosity of the holders. Share on WhatsApp England rugby union team features Share on Facebook Reuse this content Topics There was a frenetic energy to his side’s match against South Africa, as if winning without style was not enough, that has not been imported by the Europeans: Ireland fed off mistakes against Scotland, Wales confounded Georgia by moving the ball quickly from set‑pieces and England, having ground down Tonga, were as remorseless against the USA.New Zealand dare, England wear down. They led 19-0 at half‑time having shut out their opponents, just as they had restricted Tonga to a penalty. They should have exposed a narrow defence more, but Eddie Jones would have been most irritated by a loose pass from Billy Vunipola near the break that would have given Shaun Davies a run to the line but for the quick reaction of Willi Heinz.Otherwise, the USA were frozen out, unable to seek refuge in any part of the game. Their head coach, Gary Gold, had said the previous day that despite a desperate search he could find no detectable weaknesses with England. There were a few on display here, not least passing and decision-making, but what he had not found the answer to was how to loosen the chokehold they impose on opponents.Ireland and Wales also minimise risk, profiting from the pressure they exert in defence. Ireland’s tries on Sunday came from Scotland’s mistakes while Wales’s grand slam success this year was founded on what they did without the ball. It is a different approach to New Zealand and, when Hansen talked about Europe having raised the bar, they have become far more difficult to beat.England, Wales and Ireland are the products of high-quality coaching. Gameplans are tailored on strengths, which do not include the innate understanding of New Zealanders, and England were at their least impressive here when throwing the ball around with victory secured, in the USA’s territory rather than their own: even a George Ford pass found the grass after a neat loop.The ball was slippery by then but, where the All Blacks are about the speed of their reactions and their capacity to improvise, England’s opening two matches were notable for the total control they exerted. The USA were given little hope of winning, but they thought they would cause problems for opponents who had played four days before and made 10 changes.Gold prepared his squad meticulously and had them together for three months. As the last team to feature in the tournament, they spent more than a week in Okinawa, training in the heat and humidity for nights such as this, practising defence in repeated bursts of 150 seconds to enhance their composure and decision‑making in the heat of battle.England gave them nothing. The USA spent 81% of the match in their own half. They did score a try, at the very end, which irked Jones but one of the stronger tier-two nations, one made up of professional players, was overwhelmed by a team some way below full strength. Read more Rugby World Cup Support The Guardian US sports Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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