Baines: Stones will be a top player

first_img Once the European Under-21 Championship is over, Stones is sure to be promoted to the seniors again – provided he continues to put in the kind of display he did on his 24th outing for Everton this season. “He is going to continue to grow and develop as a player and he is going to be a top player for Everton and England,” said Baines, who has 30 England caps. “He has got a huge future ahead of him at international level because not only is he a top-class defender but because of his composure as well. You need a bit of that at international level. “You need to be able to play and when you look at the young centre-halves around the country, John is the best in that respect.” Leighton Baines has no doubt Everton youngster John Stones will become a star for club and country in the next few years. Stones scored his first Everton goal on Sunday in the impressive 3-0 win over Manchester United. From the way Stones shrugged off Antonio Valencia and expertly glanced Baines’ corner past David de Gea, he looked like a seasoned professional of 15 years. Press Association But this is just the 20-year-old’s second full season at the club. The centre-back was plucked from hometown club Barnsley two-and-a-half years ago by David Moyes. The Scot would have been forgiven for cheering with joy as his final signing for Everton played a big role in the hammering of the club that sacked him after just 10 months in charge. Not only did Stones score Everton’s second, he also kept United’s stellar cast of attacking talent at bay, and Baines was keen to praise the imposing centre-back after the final whistle. “His composure for a lad of his age is unbelievable,” the Everton left-back told Press Association Sport. “He is a down-to-earth kid that he just wants to play football, work hard, he doesn’t get involved in anything else and when you are around people like that you just want to see them be successful – and that is the road that John is on at the moment.” After being named on the standby list for the World Cup, Stones started his first England match in September against Norway. The centre-half began a crucial qualifier in Switzerland the following week but he has not played for the senior team since. Injury kept him out of the matches against San Marino and Estonia in October and the player has since dropped down to the Under-21 squad. last_img read more

ICC World Cup Ricky Ponting surprised on Pant’s exclusion; says could have been India’s X factor

first_imgPonting had a chat with Rishabh Pant after his exclusion from World Cup squad. Ponting believes that Pant could have been the X factor in India squad. Post-IPL, Ponting will be seen working closely with Australia squad for the World Cup 2019.  Ponting had nothing but words of encouragement for the star Delhi Capitals player. “One thing we know about Indian cricket is that there is a lot of depth around in batting and this time Rishabh has missed out. Knowing what he is like and the talent he has, I would be surprised if he doesn’t play in at least three World Cups before his career is over.” I had a quick chat with him. He seems to have taken it pretty well. There is no doubt that he is disappointed, he would have loved to be in that squad but the thing he still has to remember is, potentially, he will get the opportunity to play in three to four World Cups.”What is a negative thing for the Indian team is positive for Delhi Capitals. Really happy that the decision has been made and he can focus on the back half of the tournament.” Pant at times has been criticized for throwing away a good start. Asked if that could be the reason selectors did not pick Pant, Ponting said: “I don’t know the selection criteria. Don’t know why he is not being picked. I don’t why the other guys have been picked ahead of him. To be honest it is none of my business.”Though I don’t think he is impatient, he is a very smart player. I think he sums up situations and conditions really well. But they obviously have their reasons for not picking him and I am not going to comment on that.”I actually think he missing out you will see a different player in the IPL. His determination will shine through and I am sure he will score heavily in the back half of the tournament,” he said.On the game against Mumbai Indians, Ponting said his team has adjusted to the wicket and the opposition will have a tough time on a slow and low Kotla pitch.”It should not be difficult for us anymore. We have an understanding of how the wicket is going to play. It is going to be quite slow and slow and we expect it to turn a little bit. I feel it would be difficult for Mumbai to come to play on this wicket. The last wicket caught us a bit off guard, we thought it was going to play better.”Meanwhile, Ricky Ponting will be seen working closely with Australian squad after the conclusion of the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League. He will be seen sharing his experience with the chosen Australian squad and his experience can be vital for Australia to defend their title.  New Delhi: Australian cricket legend Ricky Ponting on Wednesday expressed his thoughts on Rishabh Pant’s exclusion from India’s World Cup squad, saying he could have been the X factor in the playing eleven. Ponting made an effort to meet Rishabh Pant on Monday night after he was excluded from the World Cup squad. He further said that he was happy to see that Pant has taken this sportingly. “Yes, I was surprised when he was left out of the Indian squad. I thought he would be in and he would be in the starting eleven. I thought someone like him batting at four or five could have been that X factor and the difference between India and the other teams,” said the Delhi Capitals head coach. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Ponting voted Australia’s greatest ODI player

first_imgRicky PontingODI recordM: 375 | Runs: 13704 | Ave: 42.03 | SR: 80.39 | 100s: 30 | 50s: 82 | HS: 164World Cup recordM: 46 | Runs: 1743 | Ave: 45.86 | SR: 79.95 | 100s: 5 | 50s: 6 | HS: 140*World Cup titles won: 3 … beats long-time teammate Adam Gilchrist in the finalAFTER almost 1.5 million votes from cricket fans around the world, can reveal that the unofficial title of Australia’s greatest-ever ODI player belongs to … Ricky Ponting.In a series of head-to-head fan polls over the past 10 days, lovers of the game have voted in huge numbers to select Ponting as Australia’s best-ever when it comes to one-day cricket.From a shortlist of 16 players, Ponting and his former teammate Adam Gilchrist were well ahead of the pack and faced off in a ‘grand final’ to decide Australia’s best ever.And after more than 135 000 votes across, the CA Live app, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter on Thursday and yesterday, Ponting prevailed with 57 per cent of the vote compared to 43 per cent for Gilchrist.Speaking before being announced as the winner, Ponting told he would vote for Gilchrist – as long as his long-time teammate returned the favour.“If you ask Gilly, he’s going to say me. And if you ask me, I’m going to say Gilly!” Ponting said with a laugh.“I’ll say Adam Gilchrist. Hopefully he says me … Gilly, you better do the right thing!“I was lucky to play a lot of games with Gilly and I captained him on a lot of occasions. He was a match-winning player at the top of the order and at certain times probably made my job a lot easier going in at No.3.”Players and coaches in Australia’s World Cup squad were split between the two legends, with several sitting on the fence and coach Justin Langer – who ended up siding with his assistant Ponting – likening the choice to being asked to pick his favourite daughter.All-rounder Glenn Maxwell opted for Gilchrist – a call he conceded was “controversial” given Ponting is one of his childhood idols – while assistant coach Brad Haddin broke with the wicket-keeping union in picking Ponting.“He’s led us to a number of World Cups, he’s got longevity in the game and every time we had a big moment, Ricky Ponting was there to deliver,” Haddin said.With three World Cup wins to his name – including two as skipper – as well as 4 000 more ODI runs than any other Australian, it comes as little surprise that Ponting has been crowned Australia’s best-ever by the public.For more than 15 years, Ponting held down the No.3 spot in an Australian side that enjoyed an unprecedented level of success, highlighted by the unbeaten World Cup campaigns he skippered in 2003 and 2007.In a career full of great moments, his stunning assault on India’s bowlers in Johannesburg in 2003, on no less a stage than a World Cup final, is an innings that’s difficult to forget.Ponting was matched-up against Mitchell Starc in the opening round of Australia’s ODI GOAT, winning comfortably, while the first round also saw surprise eliminations for two-time World Cup winners Steve Waugh and Michael Bevan, who were knocked out by Mike Hussey and Matthew Hayden respectively.In Round 2, Ponting, Gilchrist and Brett Lee all won comfortably, while Shane Warne just edged out his old teammate Glenn McGrath with 51 per cent of the vote to 49 per cent, a margin of less than 4 000 votes.Ponting and Gilchrist both won more than 70 per cent of the vote in their semi-finals, against Lee and Warne respectively, to set up a final between the former captain and vice-captain.Round 1Adam Gilchrist (91%) – Dennis Lillee (9%)Ricky Ponting (82%) – Mitchell Starc (18%)Mark Waugh (75%) – Dean Jones (25%)Mike Hussey (68%) – Steve Waugh (32%)Brett Lee (54%) – Shane Watson (46%)Shane Warne (92%) – Greg Chappell (8%)Matthew Hayden (67%) – Michael Bevan (33%)Glenn McGrath (70%) – Andrew Symonds (30%)Round 2Ricky Ponting (80%) – Mike Hussey (20%)Adam Gilchrist (92%) – Mark Waugh (8%)Brett Lee (62%) – Matthew Hayden (38%)Shane Warne (51%) – Glenn McGrath (49%)Semi-finalsRicky Ponting (78%) – Brett Lee (22%)Adam Gilchrist (72%) – Shane Warne (28%)FinalRicky Ponting (57%) – Adam Gilchrist (43%)last_img read more

Indian Boxing League moves to Delhi with double header on Saturday

first_img WE RECOMMEND Nikhat Zareen sparked the NE Rhinos’ turnaround against Bangalore Brawlers and she will hope that her team sustains the momentum against the Amit Pangal-led Gujarat Giants, who are no pushovers.  Last Updated: 6th December, 2019 20:49 IST Indian Boxing League Moves To Delhi With Double Header On Saturday Odisha Warriors, who have lost both their encounters, will meet Bangalore Brawlers with the hope that they stay in the hunt for a place in the semifinals. In the opening clash, Odisha Warriors, who have lost both their encounters, will meet Bangalore Brawlers with the hope that they stay in the hunt for a place in the semifinals.READ | Sonia, Jyoti Enter Quarters Of Women’s National BoxingHowever, the Bangalore Brawlers will believe that Pinki Rani, Simranjit Kaur and Gaurav Bidhuri help the team post their maiden victory.Saturday’s second clash between NE Rhinos and Gujarat Giants promises to draw the fans to the edge of their seats. READ |Gujarat Giants Beat Odisha Warriors In Indian Boxing LeagueThe Giants are bubbling with confidence after a 5-2 win over Odisha Warriors. Written By WATCH US LIVE After four days of action at the Gautam Buddha University in Greater Noida, the league will shift to the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium complex, promising a bonanza for the boxing fans this weekend. SUBSCRIBE TO US The Mary Kom-led Punjab Panthers are currently leading the table with two victories. NE Rhinos and Gujarat Giants are the other teams with victories against their name while Bangalore Brawlers, Bombay Bullets and Odisha Warriors are yet to finish on the winning side.READ |  Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju Urges MPs To Play Sports For Reducing StressThe Big Bout Indian Boxing League, approved by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI), is a unique three-week competition for top Indian and international boxers. Six 14-member teams are competing for an Rs. 3 crore prize purse. The squads will play one another in the league before the top four teams compete in the semifinals. Each match consists of seven bouts.READ | Anthony Joshua Believes Harry Kane Will Thrash Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang In Boxing 9 months ago Things to do in Delhi: Here is what you can do in the capital to electrify your weekend 9 months ago Delhi guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in India’s capital citycenter_img 9 months ago Neroca beat Aizawl FC 1-0 to notch up first win First Published: 6th December, 2019 20:49 IST 9 months ago UP rape victim airlifted to Delhi FOLLOW US LIVE TV COMMENT With Mohammed Husamuddin and Sarita Devi also lending their shoulders to the task of getting the Gujarat Giants in the semifinals, Pangal will look for that crucial fourth point from among Rajesh Narwal (women’s 51kg), Duryodhan Singh Negi (69kg) Ashish Kumar (75kg) and British champion Scott Forrest (91kg). Press Trust Of India  Odisha Warriors will take on Bangalore Brawlers, while NE Rhinos will face Gujarat Giants in a doubleheader as the Big Bout Indian Boxing League moves to the national capital on Saturday. 9 months ago Fake Xiaomi products worth Rs 13 lakh allegedly seized in Delhi, company issues advisorylast_img read more

Cooperation between Jamaica and Belgium to be strengthened

first_imgJamaican Minster of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson-Smith Increased cooperation on criminal matters between Jamaica and the Kingdom of Belgium is to be strengthened. This follows approval of the Mutual Assistance (Criminal Matters) (Foreign States) (Kingdom of Belgium) Order, 2018 Resolution by members of the Jamaican Senate during its recent sitting.Leader of Government Business Kamina Johnson Smith, said mutual assistance can also be used to identify and recover the proceeds of crime, and is particularly important in preventing criminals from evading prosecution because evidence or proceeds are in different countries.Johnson Smith, who is also Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, said the Order refers to two conventions to which both Jamaica and Belgium are parties – the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) 2005 and the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime 2000.“The UNCAC requires parties to the treaty to implement measures that focus on areas such as prevention, law enforcement, international cooperation, asset recovery, technical assistance and information exchange. The Order before us today would implement chapter four of the UNCAC international cooperation.”Acting against transnational organized crimes She said as a party to the Palerma Convention and the Palerma Protocols, Jamaica has committed to taking a series of measures in relation to transnational organized crime, including the adoption and revision of frameworks relating to extradition, mutual legal assistance and law-enforcement cooperation.Satisfying international obligations “By affirming the Order by resolution, we are not only safeguarding our relationship with Belgium, but we are also ensuring that our international obligations are satisfied,” she said.Meanwhile, leader of Opposition Business in the Senate, Donna Scott-Mottley, said the opposition People’s National Party (PNP), fully supports the Resolution.“We expect that our country will accede to these international requests, especially because the focus is on transnational crime and unearthing any kind of corruption which cuts across all borders,” she said.last_img read more

The US Men’s National Team to come for Prep Matches against BiH

first_imgThe U.S. Under-23 Men’s National Team will travel to BiH for a camp running March 23-April 1 in its preparation for Olympic qualifying later this year.The U-23s, headed by Men’s National Team assistant coach Andi Herzog, will play Bosnia on Friday, March 27, in Tuzla, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and then travel to face Denmark on Tuesday, March 31. This marks the USA’s first camp of the year.“With six months before the start of Olympic qualifying, this is an important opportunity for our coaching staff to evaluate the players first hand as we put the pieces together for October,” said Herzog. “We are going to build understanding, build team spirit and really try to enjoy this huge opportunity we have together to reach the Olympic Games.”Herzog says each game will present its own challenge, both technically and tactically.“Bosnia and Denmark are two totally different teams, so it’s good exposure for our guys,” Herzog said. “Bosnia is a technically gifted team, while Denmark is a physical team that is very good tactically that typically has a lot of success at this age level.”A 20-player roster for the 10-day trip, as well as specific game details, will be announced at a later date.Qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Rio will be held in October. (Source: ussoccer)last_img read more

Conservatives rail against ‘activist’ judges, hail GOP lawmakers’ plans for courts

first_imgDES MOINES — Conservatives who oppose Iowa Supreme Court rulings legalizing same-sex marriage and overturning abortion restrictions are urging the Republican-led legislature to strike back.“Iowa has one of the most activist Supreme Courts in the country,” Chuck Hurley, legal counsel for The Family Leader, said Wednesday afternoon. “You name it and the Iowa Supreme Court is to the left on almost every issue currently.”Public hearings were held at the state capitol today on a plan to reshuffle the commission that nominates judges as well as a bid to amend the Iowa Constitution to specify that it does not “secure” the right to an abortion. Isabelle Barrett of Des Moines accused Republicans of pursuing a “crazy ideology.”“It is about wanting to control bodies,” Barrett said during a news conference organized by a Democrat in the state senate. “It is about wanting to make people’s choices for them.”Keenan Crow of One Iowa, representing Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Questioning Iowans, said Iowa’s courts are giving everyone a fair shot at justice.“The response to that should not be to politicize the court in order to get decisions that we want,” Crow said.Representative Sandy Salmon, a Republican from Janesville, said it’s time to give Iowans a “larger voice” in who gets to be a judge.“Out in rural Iowa, everybody sees that politics is part of the judiciary,” Salmon said during a House subcommittee meeting today. “There’s no getting around it.”Iowa lawyers currently vote on which lawyers should serve on the Judicial Nominating Commission alongside people selected by the governor. David L. Brown of the Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers argued against undoing that process, which was set up in 1962.“If you talk to people who actually are still alive who were here at the time…they’ll tell you how bad it was before they changed to this merit-based system,” Brown said.Bill Gustoff, a Des Moines attorney who unsuccessfully sought a spot on the commission in 2011, said trial lawyers are choosing the judges they’ll face in court.“The current system is unelected lawyers, who nobody knows and they don’t account to any voters, basically controlling the system,” Gustoff said.A bill that instead would have the top four legislative leaders appoint half of the members of the Judicial Nominating Commission cleared House and Senate subcommittees today.The other abortion-related proposal — a constitutional amendment to block future court rulings upholding abortion rights — advanced out of a Senate subcommittee. Kimberly Laube of Lutheran Family Service said the Iowa Supreme Court has overstepped its authority.“This amendment became necessary when a handful of unelected members of Iowa’s Supreme Court…chose, in essence, to create law rather than interpret it,” Laube said during a Senate subcommittee hearing.Jamie Burch Elliott of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland said constitutional amendments usually expand rights rather than take them away.“At what point can we acknowledge that there are different views on this issue and understand that our own personal views should not infringe on the private medical decisions of others?” she asked.A district court judge recently ruled Iowa’s six-week abortion ban was unconstitutional. Last year the Iowa Supreme Court nullified the state’s 72-hour waiting period for abortions.last_img read more

Delray Beach residents say homes flooded after city took their sandbags

first_imgSome residents in Delray Beach are reporting that they experienced flooding in their homes after the city removed the sandbags they purchased and placed around their homes to help protect them from the rising waters during king tide.On resident in particular, CJ Johnson, told our news partners at CBS12 that he purchased $6,000 worth of sandbags to protect his and his neighbors’ homes. Johnson says he placed the bags in the roadway by the Intracoastal which is across the street from their homes.City officials later came out and removed the bags from the roadway“My sandbags would’ve stopped all of this and they took them away,” Johnson said.While Johnson and other residents believe the city is responsible the for damage because they removed the bags, City of Delray Beach spokeswoman Gina Carter says the sandbags caused damage to the road and would have not protected their homes from flooding.“The sandbags that were placed on the roadway by one of the residents caused a good deal of damage to the road which now needs to be repaired. It is not sound, from an engineering perspective, to put so much weight the edge of a older road. In short, the sandbags could not stay and were not providing any substantive protection to those residents from their most common flooding issue, namely ground water,” said  Carter.“Placing sandbags on a small section of roadway can not provide protection from flooding, especially if it is actually caused by ground water. In other to truly address their ground water flooding issue the homeowners would need to raise their homes,” said Carter.Eugenia DePonte, who has lived in the area for almost 30 years says he has noticed the flooding is getting worse, she continued.“It seems to be getting worse, particularly during a hurricane,”DePonte said.The city says they have plans to build a seawall to help prevent flooding, however, residents say they need a fix while that is in process.last_img read more

Study of gay brothers to offer genetic insight

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.If fresh evidence is found suggesting genes are involved, perhaps homosexuality will be viewed as no different than other genetic traits like height and hair color, said Julio, a student at De- Paul University in Chicago. Adds his brother, “I think it would help a lot of folks understand us better.” The federally funded study, led by Chicago area researchers, will rely on blood or saliva samples to help scientists search for genetic clues to the origins of homosexuality. Parents and straight brothers also are being recruited. While initial results aren’t expected until next year – and won’t provide a final answer – skeptics are already attacking the methods and disputing the presumed results. Previous studies have shown that sexual orientation tends to cluster in families, though that doesn’t prove genetics is involved.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Lindsey Tanner THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CHICAGO – Julio and Mauricio Cabrera are gay brothers who are convinced their sexual orientation is as deeply rooted as their Mexican ancestry. They are among 1,000 pairs of gay brothers taking part in the largest study to date seeking genes that may influence whether people are gay. The Cabreras hope the findings will help silence critics who say homosexuality is an immoral choice. last_img read more


first_imgA man who was intoxicated during an altercation with a Gardai during which he was called a pig was given the chance to have his case struck out if he paid €100 to charity.Letterkenny court.Sean McGarvey of Dollar Row, appeared before Falcarragh Dsitrict Court in Letetrkenny yesterday. The court heard how McGarvey, 21, was with a friend at the Dollar Bar at Ballyconnell on June 28th, 2014.A Garda was passing and two males began roaring at Gardai.They were asked to quieten down but McGarvey continued to shout at Gardai calling them ‘pigs’ and shouting ‘oink, oink” the court was told.He was eventually arrested and was then given a lift home to his father’s house.Judge Paul Kelly asked McGarvey if he had a drink problem and the builder, with no previous convictions, said he had not.“This was completely unedifying behaviour and after all this the Gardai still brought you home,” commented the Judge.He was told that if he handed over €100 to the Falcarragh Youth Diversion Project, the matter would be struck out.McGarvey agreed to pay the money which he produced in court.MAN ROARED ‘PIGS’ AND ‘OINK, OINK’ AT GARDAI was last modified: April 16th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalFalcarraghGardaipigsSean McGarveylast_img read more