Russell fires KKR to victory

first_img Maxwell and Wriddhiman Saha (24) put on 40 for the fourth wicket and added a further 67 for the fifth wicket with David Miller (13). However, Maxwell fell in the 16th over with 45 runs needed from 27 balls and Russell returned in the 18th over to remove the dangerous Miller and swing the advantage KKR’s way. In the final over, Russell ran out Axar Patel for 21 after Gurkeerat Singh drove the second delivery back to him and he turned and hit the stumps, with the batsmen at the non-striker backing up too far. Gurkeerat Singh was then run out off the next delivery, attempting a second run to the deep, and Russell picked up his fourth wicket when he trapped Swapnil Singh lbw with a full length delivery, to the first ball he faced. ADDING ON RUNS KOLKATA, India (CMC): Irrepressible West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell played a small cameo with the bat, grabbed four wickets and bowled a remarkable final over as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) shot to the top of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a tense seven-run victory over Kings XI Punjab here yesterday. The Jamaican lashed 16 from 10 balls at the death as KKR rallied to 164 for three off their 20 overs, after they were sent in at Eden Gardens. KKR were propelled though by openers Robin Uthappa, who stroked 70, and Gautam Gambhir, who gathered 54. In reply, Kings XI’s run chase was crippled by pacer Russell’s opening burst, which reduced them to 13 for three in the fourth over; and despite Australian Glenn Maxwell’s superb top score of 68, the visitors could only reach 157 for nine. Kings XI required 12 runs from the final over but Russell, voted Man of the Match, proved outstanding in conceding just four runs, effecting a run out and grabbing another wicket to finish with four for 20 from his four overs. With the victory, KKR joined new boys Gujarat Lions on 12 points, but topped the standings courtesy of a superior net run rate. Uthappa lashed six fours and two sixes off 49 balls in posting 101 off 81 deliveries for the first wicket with Gambhir, before adding 36 for the second wicket with Yusuf Pathan, who finished on 19 not out. Russell arrived in the 17th over to help give KKR a flourish at the end, belting a four and a six in putting on 27 for the third wicket, before falling to the final delivery of the innings. The 28-year-old then gave KKR a fine start, claiming Marcus Stoinis without scoring off the fourth ball of the innings, with a single run on the board. In his next over, Russell had Manan Vohra caught at deep backward square without scoring as Kings XI tumbled at the top.last_img read more

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SA disappointment in Osaka

first_img3 September 2007South Africa’s athletes have a lot of work to do before the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, judging by a disappointing showing at the World Athletics Championships in Osaka, where the team failed to land a single medal.The country’s biggest hope for a medal, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi, ranked number one in the world in the 800 metres, struggled in the final of the race, finishing seventh as Kenya’s Alfred Yego won in a pedestrian 1:47.09. That time was the slowest winning time in a major championship since the Olympic Games in 1956.Mulaudzi was boxed in during the race, which seemed to affect his rhythm. Looking a little heavy in the legs, he failed to find a finishing sprint as he clocked 1:47.52. That was well off his season’s best time of 1:43.74 and over two seconds slower than his time in the semi-finals of 1:44.71.The slow pace definitely didn’t suit the South African as the first 400 metres was passed in 55 seconds; in his semi-final heat that mark was reached in 50 seconds.EncouragingThere was an encouraging performance from Robert Oosthuizen in the final of the javelin. The 20-year-old threw a career-best 84.52 metres with his first effort, which proved enough for him to claim sixth place.Oosthuizen was happy with his showing, saying he couldn’t have asked for more. His 84.52 effort improved his personal best by 1.19 metres and, considering his age, the chances are good of him bettering that effort by the time the Beijing Games come around a year from now.SA’s Head coach Wilf Daniels was pleased with Oosthuizen’s performance, describing it as the best of the championships for South Africa.Highest finishThe highest finish by a South African came in the men’s long jump in which Khotso Mokoena claimed fifth place with a distance of 8.19 metres. He reached the final with the best jump of the qualifiers, leaping 8.28 metres.While Mulaudzi disappointed in the 800 metres, the other major disappointment came in the men’s 400 metres hurdles.Three athletes lined up in the heats, but only Ter de Villiers – third in heat three – advanced to the semi-finals. Alwyn Myburgh reinjured a hamstring during his heat, while LJ van Zyl, ranked number two in the world heading into the World Championships, inexplicably was beaten into fifth place in his heat.The Commonwealth champion’s time of 49.71 was way below what he is capable of running. His personal best time is 48.05 and he had beaten all the leading athletes in the event during the course of the season.No medals … againMaking South Africa’s lack of a medal winning performance in Osaka all the more concerning is the fact that two year’s previously, at the World Championships in Helsinki, the Rainbow Nation also came away empty-handed.The country has far greater potential than the results indicate and the athletes themselves will, no doubt, be disappointed by their results. The fact is, in most instances, they failed to come even close to challenging for medals, producing results far below their personal expectations.The question that needs to be asked is: what is going to be done between now and the Olympic Games in Beijing to get the country’s athletes onto the podium?Another major championship without a medal would not only be disappointing but unacceptable. There is a year left to make things right. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Nigeria champs, Banyana third at AWC

first_imgAfter the break, however, the Nzalang Nacional took the game to Super Falcons and they were eventually rewarded when Caroline Conceicao headed home from close range in the 63rd minute. Nigeria were crowned CAF African Women’s Championship winners following a 4-2 victory over defending champs Equatorial Guinea in Daveyton outside Johannesburg on Sunday, while South Africa won the playoff for third place, beating Cameroon 2-0. She made a nice run, slicing through the centre of Cameroon’s defence as she raced deep into the box. But, just as she found space beyond the defenders and created a one-on-one goalkeeper Fouda Ndongo, she lost control of the ball and had to centre it. Jermaine Seoposenwe shot, but her effort was deflected behind. Third place playoffSouth Africa, runners-up two years ago, faced Cameroon for third place and made sure of the bronze medal with an enthusiastic and forceful display. They were clearly the better side and made Cameroon look like anything but the “Indomitable Lionesses”. Star of the tournament Banyana Banyana took an early lead in the eighth minute after Nthabeleng Modiko had come close to scoring from a free kick. Cameroon failed to clear the danger and when the ball was crossed back into the centre from the left an unmarked Nocawe Skiti was on hand to head home from right in front of goal. The defending champions managed a late consolation goal through Bojo Jade, but Nigeria, the most dominant team during the course of the finals, had done the business by then and went on to a 4-2 victory. Thirteen minutes later Nigeria hit the front again when Ugochi Oparanozie rose high to head the ball into the net. Extended their leadAfter forcing a corner, Banyana extended their lead in the 38th minute when Cameroon once again displayed lousy marking from a corner. Amanda Dlamini didn’t even need to leave the ground to head a shot into the net from the far post and put South Africa 2-0 up. Shortly after that, the Super Falcons extended their lead with another header, but this one came from Equatorial Guinea’s Noah Nkein whose attempted clearance flew powerfully past her own goalkeeper. Kylie-Anne Louw created South Africa’s best opportunity in the second half. Own goal Victory in the final didn’t come easily, and it took until deep in the second half for the Nigerians to go clear. Bizarrely, it took two own goals by Equatorial Guinea to separate the teams. Nigeria took the lead in the first half when Perpetua Nkwocha, the star of the tournament, struck for the eleventh time in only five matches. He refused to single out any player, saying: “I think my outstanding player has been the 21 players in the squad. They’ve played well and given their best.” When Equatorial Guinea ousted the Nigerians in the semi-finals before going on to claim the title two years ago, it was a big upset. However, in South Africa, the Super Falcons were expected to reclaim the title that they had won on every other occasion that it had been contested. They didn’t disappoint. Cameroon’s only chance of the first half fell to Gaelle Enganamouit, who tested Banyana goalkeeper Thoko Mndaweni in the 25th minute with a stinging, dipping drive. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material ‘I’m happy’After the game, Banyana coach Augustine Makalakalane told Sapa: “I’m happy for the support the people came out and gave us, and the players stayed motivated.” Incredibly, Nigeria’s lead increased on another own goal only four minutes later by Guinean captain Conceicao Carolina. 15 November 2010last_img read more

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Durban to host World Marathon congress

first_img30 AprilThe names of the speakers for the 20th World Congress of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), to be hosted by the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) in Durban on 29 and 30 May, have been announced.The theme of the Congress, which will showcase some of the continent’s great African runners, is “Africa: The Home of Distance Runners”.SpeakersAmong the speakers will be Blanche Moila, the first black woman to be awarded Springbok colours and a former South African Sportswoman of the Year; three-time winner of the Boston Marathon, Ibrahim Hussein; and Olympic medallist, world champion and former multiple world record holder, Elana Meyer.Renowned exercise physiologist Professor Tim Noakes, the author of The Lore of Running, will also be part of the notable line-up.Keynote speakerThe keynote speaker will be Luis Felipe Posso. One of the world’s top sports management agents, including in the worlds of athletics and football, he has represented some of the top talents in global sport including South Africa’s Josiah Thugwane, the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games marathon champion.Posso’s address will focus on “The Emergence, Impact and Dominance of African Runners on the World of Distance Racing”.Personal experiences and perspectivesHussein, Moila and Meyer will talk about their personal experiences and perspectives on running, while Noakes will present an interesting take on the “Historical Reasons Why African Runners are Successful”.Race organisers will also have the opportunity to promote their races to over 50 000 runners and visitors at the Bonitas-Comrades Expo.Comrades MarathonThe Congress will culminate in all delegates attending the finish of the 89th edition of the Comrades Marathon on 1 June, where they will be accommodated in a special AIMS marquee on the finishing straight at the Sahara Stadium Kingsmead cricket ground in Durban.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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FTC Cracks Down On Text Message Spam

first_imgTags:#FTC#Government#Spam What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The U.S Federal Trade Commission announced today that it is cracking down on text messaging spam. The FTC’s ire is targeted at affiliate marketers that use SMS to send spam messages intended to get consumers to visit deceptive websites promising “free” gift cards. The FTC charged 29 defendants with collectively sending 180 million unwanted text messages to consumers.The messages promised consumers free gift cards worth as much as $1,000 to retailers like Best Buy, Target and Walmart, according to an FTC release. Consumers that clicked on the messages were prompted to provide personal information, apply for credit or pay to subscribe to get access to the supposedly free gift cards.The FTC complaints targeted both the senders of the spam messages as well the owners of the deceptive websites. In addition, the FTC filed contempt charges against serial spammer Phil Flora, who was barred from sending spam text messages in 2011 and was found to be part of the recent complaints. Of the eight complaints the FTC issued, seven were against the text senders and one against a website operator. According to the FTC, the defendants that sent the text messages were paid by the operators of the free gift card websites based on how many people were eventually duped into entering their personal information. The FTC alleges that the sites violate the FTC Act by failing to tell consumers of all the conditions set forth to obtain the supposedly free gift cards. The complaints are levied against companies and individuals. The list of text spammers includes several marketing firms such as Superior Affiliate Management, Rentbro, Inc., Jason Q. Cruz (doing business as Appidemic, Inc.), AdvertMarketing, Rishab Verma (Verma Holdings) and Seaside Building Marketing. The one complaint against a website operator was made against SubscriberBase Holdings, Inc.The FTC filings at this point are just complaints. The FTC notes that it, “files a complaint when it has ‘reason to believe’ that the law has been or is being violated and it appears to the Commission that a proceeding is in the public interest. The complaint is not a finding or ruling that the defendant has actually violated the law. The cases will be decided by the court.”Image courtesy of Shutterstock. dan rowinski Related Posts center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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J&K Governor raises issue of manhandling of Kashmiri students with Adityanath

first_imgJ&K Governor Satya Pal Malik on Friday raised the issue of manhandling of Kashmiri students at a varsity with UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.“Governor sought the intervention of the UP Chief Minister to ensure that the Kashmiri students are provided a safe and secure environment in the educational institutions of the State,” said a Raj Bhawan spokesman.A Kashmiri student was injured at Sharda University Campus in Greater Noida area in an attack by a mob two days ago.“Mr. Adityanath informed the Governor that strict disciplinary action would be taken in the Sharda University incident,” said the spokesman. The UP government has already ordered an inquiry into the incident. “All measures would be taken to ensure safety of Kashmiri students so that they can continue their studies in a safe environment,” the spokesman added.last_img read more

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24 elected unopposed in BDC polls in Kashmir

first_imgThe maximum number of chairpersons of Block Development Councils (BDC) who were elected unopposed in Kashmir Valley were from the two worst militancy-affected districts of Shopian and Pulwama.Of the 24 chairpersons elected without contest in 133 blocks in the Kashmir Valley, 10 were from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and 14 were Independents. In the block elections in Shopian, six BJP candidates won unopposed and, in Pulwama, two BJP candidates won without a fight.Elections were held in 310 blocks in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. Thirteen winning candidates were women.The elections of BDC chairpersons are indirect and they are elected by Panches and Sarpanches of a Panchayat falling within a particular block. The Congress, the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party did not take part in the polls, the first to be held after the revocation of the special status of J&K in August. Most cadres of the political parties, except the BJP, are in detention.The panchayat elections were held in J&K in 2018 and total of 27,281 panches and sarpanches were elected. There are 12,776 vacant sarpanch and panch seats in J&K.As many as 217 Independents won in the BDC elections, of which 101 were from the Kashmir Valley.On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that the BDC polls held for the first time since 1947, “witnessed a historic turnout of 98%”. “I am delighted to share that the BDC polls in Jammu, Kashmir, Leh and Ladakh were conducted in a very peaceful manner. There was no violence. This shows the people’s unwavering faith in democracy and the importance they accord to grassroots level governance,” he tweeted.last_img read more

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