Delighted West Ham boss Sam Allardyce felt Diafra Sakho’s second-half goal effectively ended any prospect of a QPR comeback in the derby at Upton Park.Bottom-of-the-table Rangers were dealt an early blow when Nedum Onuoha scored an own goal after only five minutes.Charlie Austin missed a good chance for the visitors before Sakho scored the Hammers’ second goal just before the hour mark.And Allardyce said: “The second goal was a big moment. Even though we dominated the game there was a period where QPR were trying to get back into it and we then scored the second.“At 2-0 up at that stage, I think in the end that killed QPR’s spirit. It was difficult for them.“The lads stepped up and gave a very good performance and came out with a very good result.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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In a scathing attack on the BCCI, former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga said the Indian Board’s financial might has turned the ICC into a “toothless tiger” and called the IPL a “monster” that will destroy international cricket.Ranatunga, who led Sri Lanka to the 1996 World Cup triumph, said the ICC has become a body which is constantly under the BCCI’s pressure.”The ICC’s job is to protect the game. They don’t have to favour anyone. The game has been nurtured by honourable men of the ICC for decades, but at present, ICC looks to be under the thumb of India,” Ranatunga told ‘The Island.'”Not too long ago we had individuals like Malcolm Speed, Eshan Mani and Malcolm Grey who stood against India. But the current ICC is weak and they simply give in. The ICC is becoming a toothless tiger,” he said.Ranatunga praised former England captain Tony Greig for stating that the ICC needs to shake off India’s influence on it to make right decisions.”Hats off to Tony. Everyone these days fear India and no one wants to antagonise the BCCI. Tony is spot on, except for the fact that he has stated Bangladesh and Zimbabwe Boards do whatever the Indians want. He should have added Sri Lanka Cricket too.”SLC is like a puppet on a string. The job of the ICC is to protect the game rather than any individual country,” Ranatunga said.Ranatunga said he fears for the future of Test cricket due to the IPL as players seem to be gravitating towards the league instead of the traditional format.advertisement”I have seen this IPL and I must say from the first day I didn’t like it. We have created a monster that will go on to destroy international cricket,” Ranatunga said.Ranatunga said calls for creating a window for IPL in the international calendar are “ridiculous”.”It’s absolutely ridiculous. If we are going into that, what about if other countries also ask for windows. If you take football, international matches aren’t the priority except for the World Cup, which comes once in four years. In football the glamour is in club tournaments.”Are these people going to make cricket a club based sport too? I feel very sorry and sad at the state of affairs and I hope and pray sanity will prevail,” Ranatunga said.He blamed the absence of cricketers from the ICC’s top decision-making body for the current scenario.”One fault that I see with the ICC at the moment is that most of the Directors haven’t played the game and the main decisions are taken at the Directors’ meeting.”If you take most of the CEOs of cricket boards, they are past cricketers, but when they come up with suggestions for the well-being of the game, the Directors need to support those decisions rather than rejecting them,” he remarked.-With PTI inputs
DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ramos forces four-way tie for lead Salas and Johnson each scored 12 points, while Jeanette Panaga added 11 as PetroGazz handed BaliPure also a third consecutive loss.But for Panaga, their foreign players are doing more than score points.“They give us advice and sometimes help with game plans,” said Panaga in Filipino, adding there’s still much room for improvement for the team. “We need to press on and train even harder.”“The more we win, the more we have to be wary of becoming overcomplacent,” said PetroGazz coach Arnold Laniog.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue View comments LATEST STORIES Later, BanKo Perlas picked up its second win with a 26-24, 32-30, 26-24 victory over Motolite.Like PetroGazz, BanKo also relied on its imports, especially Lakia Bright who finished with 20 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We did a better job just staying together and not giving up on those tight situations,” said Bright, referring to how narrowly they escaped with the three-set win.BanKo improved to 2-2 while handing Motolite its third defeat in as many games. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Petrogazz sustained its high-octane drive on Wednesday, mowing down BaliPure, 25-19, 25-12, 25-15, on its way to its fourth straight win in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.As in the previous wins, imports Wilma Salas and Janisa Johnson once again provided the firepower for PetroGazz, who is now a win shy of sweeping the elimination round.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting
After months of waiting, HMD finally announced the Nokia 6.1 Plus for the Indian market. In a surprise little add-on, the company also unveiled the Nokia 5.1 Plus. You may know these phones by the name Nokia X6 and Nokia X5, respectively, as they are called in China. The phones are notable as being the first Nokia devices to sport the notch. They also highlight all glass bodies and Android One software, among other things.The Nokia X6 has seen a tremendous success in China, having sold out on JD.com in just 10 seconds during its initial sale. The company promised its global launch would take place after a overwhelmingly positive response from fans around the world. The Nokia 6.1 Plus and 5.1 Plus are touted to bring the best of the industry design to Nokia, bringing not just a notched display, but also a glass design that covers the phone by over 90 per cent. HMD is also assuring a solid build quality with an aluminum frame in between.Nokia 6.1 Plus and 5.1 Plus price in IndiaHMD has priced the Nokia 6.1 Plus pretty aggressively in India at Rs 15,999. Unlike its version in China which comes in three variants, HMD is only offering the phone in one option with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The pricing is notably cheaper than what the Nokia 6.1 originally cost i.e Rs 16,999. HMD did not announce the pricing of the Nokia 5.1 Plus and that will be revealed when it goes on sale in September.At the event, HMD also announced a new partnership with Flipkart, which will be the exclusive e-commerce platform for the new Nokia phones. Both the Nokia 6.1 Plus and Nokia 5.1 Plus are online-only models and will be available via Nokia.com/phones and Flipkart. The Nokia 6.1 Plus will be available from August 30.advertisementNokia 6.1 Plus specificationsThe Nokia 6.1 Plus brings a stunning edge-to-edge display with a display cutout. The notch allows the company to add a bigger display on a form factor that’s more compact than the Nokia 6.1. The new Nokia phones offers a 5.8-inch FHD+ (2280×1080) display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a high screen-to-body ratio. The device comes with Gorilla Glass 3 on the front and back and will be offered in three colour options – Gloss Midnight Blue, Gloss Black and Gloss White.Powering the Nokia 6.1 Plus is an octa-core Snapdragon 636 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM. This is offered with 64GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 400GB via a microSD card. The Nokia 6.1 Plus is also an Android One device which means stock Android Oreo with a promise of timely security updates and Android 9 Pie and Android Q in the future. Both the Nokia 6.1 Plus and 5.1 Plus will also come with Google Lens out-of-the-box.The dual camera system on the Nokia 6.1 Plus includes a primary 16-megapixel sensor and a secondary 5-megapixel sensor. Housed within the notch on the front is a 16-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture. The cameras get some AI support as well which helps improve image quality and bokeh effect. The dual-SIM Nokia 6.1 Plus houses a 3,060mAh battery with support for fast charging via USB Type-C.Nokia 5.1 Plus specificationsThe Nokia 5.1 Plus looks similar to the Nokia 6.1 Plus in that both sport a notched display, glass design and rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. Notably, the notch on the 5.1 Plus is wider and more similar to the iPhone X. The device sports a 5.86-inch HD+ (720×1520) display with a 2.5D curved glass on top and a 19:9 aspect ratio. Powering the device is octa-core 2.0GHz Helio P60 chipset coupled with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage.The Nokia 5.1 Plus bears a dual camera system on the back which is made up of a 13-megapixel sensor with PDAF and f/2.0 aperture and a 5-megapixel sensor for depth of field photos. An 8-megapixel sensor can be found on the front with f/2.2 aperture and support for AI face unlock. The front camera on both the phones also support AI Assisted Portrait Lighting feature. The phone houses a 3060mAh battery and runs stock Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box as part of the Android One program.
OTTAWA – If you get bumped from a flight because of something like overbooking or left sitting in a plane on the tarmac, you could find yourself with a hefty cheque.The federal government has announced draft regulations for the new air passenger bill of rights. It includes compensation of up to $1,000 for delays and cancellations due to issues in an airline’s control.“So if there are matters like overbooking, a flight is cancelled because of low sales, that would entitle you to compensation,” NEWS 1130 Parliament Hill Reporter Cormac Mac Sweeney explains. “Although, if there are safety issues, such as a mechanical problem with an engine or if it is weather-related, you would not be entitled to that kind of compensation.”Anyone who is denied boarding a flight because of something like overbooking could be compensated up to $2,400 under these new regulations.Here are some of the highlights of the draft air passenger bill of rights. This is the press release #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/INRVWNRDCm— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) December 17, 2018According to the feds, the amount of compensation will vary depending on the size of the airline, as well as the impact on your travel plans.“In Europe, there are no criteria, none whatsoever,” Transport Minister Marc Garneau says. “There is no maximum time. In the United States, it’s three hours for domestic flights and it’s four hours for international flights.”In this country, compensation will be based on a sliding scale.“If it’s a delay that’s considered to be within the carrier’s responsibility, then after three hours there is a certain amount that you must be compensated,” Garneau adds. “After six hours, it’s a greater amount and after nine hours it’s a greater amount.”Transport Minister @MarcGarneau unveiling the draft regulations for the air passenger bill of rights. Includes compensation of up to $1000 for delays and cancellations due to issues in airline’s control. Up to $2400 for denied boarding for something like overbooking #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/Hj6LZw0fMK— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) December 17, 2018If an airline loses your luggage, the proposed bill would see airlines offer compensation, as well as a refund of any baggage fees.Other proposed regulations include an obligation for airlines to provide passengers with food, drink, and accommodation when flights are delayed, as well as a requirement for airlines to “communicate in a simple, clear way with passengers regarding their rights and recourses, and provide the reasons for flight delays and cancellations.”“Canadian air passenger regulations will apply to all air carriers flying into the country — they don’t have to be Canadian, by the way — out of the country, or across the country,” Garneau adds.If an airline does not comply with regulations that are agreed upon, they can face penalties of up to $25,000.The federal government is giving airlines 60 days to weigh in on the new proposed rules before moving forward.Public input is also required before the rules are finalized. The Canadian Transportation Agency hopes to have the new rules in place by July 1, 2019.
Marco Belinelli has been one of the NBA’s more successful marksmen from deep the past decade. But few would suggest emulating the Italian’s often unsightly approach to shooting. The 11-year veteran has a curious habit of leaning into his jumpshots “Smooth Criminal”-style. The move puzzles even Gregg Popovich, who, as the longest-tenured American professional coach in sports, has seen just about everything by now.“It’s not a sometimes thing — he always is leaning somewhere,” said Popovich, who is coaching Belinelli for a second stint. “I don’t know who taught him that, but it can’t be untaught at this point. It’s just there.”But watch the 32-year-old dart around on offense long enough, and it becomes more clear why he does what he does. Much like an armadillo curls into a ball for protection, Belinelli leans to safeguard his shot from being blocked from behind, particularly as he comes around teammates’ screens.“It looks crazy when I’m off-balance all the time, but I just want to be quick with the ball,” said Belinelli, who’s had just two of his 265 jumpers blocked this year.1Of those two blocks, per Second Spectrum data, one resulted in an immediate putback and basket for the Spurs, while the other drew a loose-ball foul on Jimmy Butler, who’d blocked Belinelli’s shot just before. “That’s the life of a shooter, I guess.”Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/MarcosLeaners.mp400:0000:0003:45Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.It’s hard to overstate Belinelli’s offensive importance off the bench in San Antonio, which not only came into the year short-handed but also had several new faces in its experienced rotation. Aside from the trade of star Kawhi Leonard,2Danny Green was also sent to Toronto, while Tony Parker signed with Charlotte in free agency. Manu Ginobili — the 16-year warhorse who gave the Spurs’ reserves stability — retired, leaving Belinelli with even more scoring to replace.The Spurs are the NBA’s biggest shot-selection outlier, with long, midrange jumpers making up a league-high 17 percent of their shots while 3-points are an NBA-low 27.7 percent of their shots. Because of that, Belinelli’s production as a reliable perimeter shooter is welcome.His return from an early season hibernation — he shot a frigid 35 percent from the field over San Antonio’s first 25 games — lines up with the Spurs’ streak of 13 wins in 16 games, which put the team squarely back in the Western Conference playoff race. During this hot streak, Belinelli has connected on 46.8 percent of his field-goal tries, including almost 41 percent of his threes.A handful of Belinelli’s most successful tendencies are used more often by the game’s elite ball-handlers. His desire to come off screens aggressively (and with almost no space between him and his screener) is an art that Kemba Walker perfected some time ago. And he sometimes makes use of the perimeter give-and-go, which Steph Curry employed to blister the Cavs in last year’s NBA Finals.But few players, if any, shoot as well as Belinelli while using such unorthodox leans and angles. He initially developed the tendency to lean forward on a number of his jumpers when he first entered the league with Golden State, playing for Don Nelson’s up-tempo Warriors club. Because the team was always in transition, Belinelli often had forward momentum as he’d launch threes in Golden State’s offense — something that would become a habit elsewhere.As for his penchant for leaning as he comes around screens, Belinelli said that was something he took from his lone season in Chicago, where the Bulls needed him to serve as a point guard of sorts in the absence of Derrick Rose. The team didn’t have many players capable of creating their own offense, so his coaches there told him to be aggressive — and quick — about shooting when he saw daylight after getting a pick at the top of the key.Belinelli acknowledges that a fair number of his misses stem from being too off-balanced. But similar to Klay Thompson, the Spurs swingman suggested that it’s usually most important for him to square his shoulders — and less important to think about where his feet or toes are pointed as he lets it fly.Having the occasional embarrassing miss (or a seemingly impossible, completely redeeming make) simply comes with the territory in this day and age, according to J.J. Redick, the Sixers sharpshooter who was teammates with Belinelli in Philadelphia last season.“The game’s changed too much for us to stand still and wait for open shots. If we did that, we’d get maybe a shot or two each game,” Redick said of his and Belinelli’s perpetual movement. “We’re not getting many swing-swing passes where we can come straight up and down. When you’re on the move and beating someone to that spot, you’re going to be a bit off-balanced.”So next time you see Belinelli nearly falling over on a jumper, as strange as it might seem, just remember that it’s likely not an accident. 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OSU women’s lacrosse members celebrate a win over Maryland on May 1. Credit: Courtesy of Ben SolomanThe No. 15 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team started its in-conference season on the right foot with a 10-9 win over Michigan in snowy Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Saturday. The hard-fought battle between the Buckeyes and the Wolverines allowed OSU to improve to 10-1, setting the program record with eight consecutive wins and the best start to a season.Senior attackman Cian Dabrowski led the Buckeyes with three goals on the day, while sophomore attackman Molly Wood and junior midfielder Paulina Constant each contributed two.OSU trailed 3-1 in the first half, but the defense held the Michigan attack while the offense tied it up with consecutive goals from Dabrowski and Wood. The Buckeyes led 4-3 going into halftime when senior attackman Rainey Hodgson found Wood for the score with two minutes left.The Buckeyes lost the lead again after the intermission, though, trailing 6-5 with 21 minutes left. But the Buckeyes clicked from there.Over the next 12 minutes, OSU scored five consecutive goals to give it a 10-6 lead. Constant started the trend with an unassisted goal with under 19 on the clock before Dabrowski and Hodgson added one each. With 10 minutes left, freshman midfielder Mackenzie Maring got into the action by scooping up a rebound from Wood’s shot to make it 9-6. Constant then added the 10th and final goal about a minute later.It certainly seemed like with the four-goal lead and all the momentum in the Buckeyes’ favor, the game was pretty well at hand. But, desperately trying to defend its home turf against its archrival, Michigan clawed back to make it a game again.The Wolverines notched three goals over the final seven minutes, the last of which put them one goal behind the Buckeyes with 23 seconds remaining. After a timeout, Dabrowski came in clutch with a draw control to help OSU run out the clock and hold on to the victory. Senior goalkeeper Katie Fredrick made four saves on the day.OSU beat Michigan for the fourth consecutive time, and the Wolverines fell to 5-7 on the season and 0-1 in Big Ten play.Up nextThe Buckeyes are next scheduled to return to Columbus to welcome No. 9 Penn State at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The game is set to be played at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
OSU then-junior Alex Bayne (2) is welcomed by her teammates at home plate after hitting a home run during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Lantern File PhotoAbout 20 miles south of Houston, in the small town of Manvel, Texas, Edith Applegate walked her 10-year-old granddaughter Alex Bayne home from elementary school.As the pair walked up the driveway, a young Bayne pranced up toward the house that stood on 5 acres of land. She patiently sat, waited for her parents to get home from work, and thought about her upcoming dance recital.Later that night, she would play catch with her father, David, as her mother Joni looked on. As the ball hit the glove that was bigger than her head, Bayne knew almost immediately this was something she would want to do for a long time.Fast forward to a decade later, Bayne crosses home plate at Buckeye Field, pauses at the dish, firing an imaginary bow and arrow into the outfield. She just hit her second three-run home run of the game against Maryland, giving the team a 12-2 lead in the 2016 Big Ten opener.These would be just two of the 19 home runs she slugged in her junior season for the Ohio State softball team, leading the team and tying a single-season school record.But before Bayne was leading the Buckeyes in home runs, she was told by multiple schools that she was just too small to succeed in their programs.“It’s kind of ironic now,” said Bayne, who is now entering her senior season. “There were times when schools would literally tell me they were looking for someone with bigger stature or someone with a little more power in their bat.”At 5-foot-5 inches tall, Bayne might not be the biggest player on the field, but she sure does pack a punch. What she lacks in size, she makes up for in drive and determination.“With a small stature, she is still our strongest player in the weight room,” said coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly. “She absolutely crushes it in there.”Bayne learned her drive and focus from an early age.As an Associated Press and Texas scholar during her high-school career, Bayne was able to excel in both academics and athletics, while still maintaining a social life. She learned to prioritize what was most important with the help of her parents. It also helped that Bayne had an immense interest in learning.“It sounds kind of geeky, but I loved it and I still do,” Bayne said. “My parents helped me to learn that education is the most important thing. They taught me that if you excel in your education, you’ll be able to play softball and still hang out with friends.”Joining an 18-and-under league by the age of 14, Bayne realized she had the talent to play at the next level. After what felt like hundreds of emails and handwritten letters to coaches all across the country, she found herself at Marshall University for her freshman year of college.While falling in love with the community atmosphere of Marshall University that reminded Bayne a lot of home, the program wound up not being the right fit. As a result, she would take the year off from softball during what would have been her sophomore season, giving Bayne time to refocus and regain a passion for the sport.It was during this time that Bayne discovered OSU. After numerous visits with her then-boyfriend, now-fiancé Bryce Calvin, who was a student at OSU, Bayne felt a special connection with the university.“I fell in love with the school, the traditions and how everyone strives for excellence here,” Bayne said. “You don’t come to Ohio State to be average. You come here to be awesome academically and athletically. I knew this is where I wanted to be and the people I wanted to surround myself with.”Having already made her transfer academically, Bayne then looked to join the Buckeyes’ softball team. After numerous emails with the coaches, Bayne came in for one of the team’s open tryouts, where she impressed enough to become a member of the team.“At the time we really didn’t have a lot of room on our roster, but there was something about Alex; a spark and determination that we couldn’t turn down,” Kovach Schoenly said. “I really didn’t know how she would fit in or develop, but we took the chance.”The rest is history. Through long hours and steady focus, Bayne has made herself into one of the best power hitters Ohio State has ever seen. She attributes much of her success to the advice she has received from hitting coach Jenna Hall and strength coach Andres Britton.“She bought into the training program and puts all her energy and focus into it and it has paid off,” Britton said. “She takes her time and makes sure she gets the most out of every training session. She embraces the process, trusts in the program and has a tremendous work ethic and positive attitude.”While acknowledging the schools that overlooked her for her lack of power, Bayne does not hold a grudge. Rather, she is grateful.“I’m very happy with where I am,” Bayne said. “If they hadn’t have passed on me, I wouldn’t have worked my way here to where I am today. Now I’m just like ‘Hey, I’m still 5-foot-5, but I do have power.’”With just one year of eligibility left, Bayne has big goals for herself and her team in her final season. While wanting to limit strikeouts, make herself a harder out and become a better leader, the main thing on her mind is making the postseason. “The most important thing to me in my senior season is knowing I helped this team get to where we wanted to go, regardless of my recognition,” Bayne said. “That is what would make me have a happy and fulfilling senior year.”
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde believes that they had their chances to win “El Clasico” on Sunday against Real Madrid in a game that he described as “very intense” and completely “decaffeinated”The league champions were reduced to 10-men after Sergi Roberto was shown a straight red card with the score 1-1 at the end of the first half of an ill-tempered match between arch-rivals.The Spanish right-back had provided the cross for Luis Suarez to give Barcelona the lead at the Nou Camp before Cristiano Ronaldo equalised for the visitors.Lionel Messi restored Barcelona’s advantage before Gareth Bale levelled the score for Real with a sweetly struck first-time finish.“Nothing was decaffeinated, it had a lot of caffeine, it was a very intense game. We know how these games are and we all want to win. We started well but with each ball lost of ours, Madrid did us damage,” said Valverde, according to Sport.“The game became complicated with the cards, we were fighting so we didn’t feel the absence (of Roberto).”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.Despite having dropped down to 10-men in the first-half, Valverde hailed the effort of his side and believes that they could have scrapped a win on the night.“We did not renounce going on the attack,”“It’s clear that we had to work together a lot and in the end, we could even have won.”Roberto was sent off after he appeared to have slapped Real defender Marcelo.“It’s strange to me that Sergi would have hit Marcelo, I’ll have to see it again on TV.”