In January Mitchell Marsh opted out of IPL auction. 8 months later, Ashes heroics

first_imgHow much money are you ready to forego in order to play for your country in one of the biggest rivalries in sport? Okay let me rephrase this. How much money would you sacrifice in order to have a ‘slim chance’ at representing your country in one of the biggest rivalries in sport? 1,00,000 INR? 1 million INR? Okay, this might be getting a bit ridiculous. But what if we tell you that Mitchell Marsh let go about 3 million dollars in order to get himself ready to play for Australia in the World Cup and the following Ashes, if and when he got the chance.Marsh skipped last year’s IPL auction to play for the English county Surrey for much less money than what he would have got playing in the biggest cash-rich league in the world, just so he could be fit and ready when the call came to play for Australia. According to senior cricket writer Robert Craddock, Marsh was looking at about 3 million dollars worth in salary if he had not pulled out of the auction. Marsh had earned 1 million dollars playing for Rising Pune Supergiant during the 2016 IPL and with the increased salary cap for a 3-year deal, his salary was only expected to shoot up.Marsh’s fortunes however declined sharply as he couldn’t even play for Surrey due to injury – an upset that also cost him a place in the World Cup 2019 squad. Obviously Marsh was heartbroken after being snubbed from the squad.”That’s the lure of the IPL, the money and playing in India, but I made my decision based on cricket,” Marsh had said at the time when he decided to head to Surrey.advertisement”We’ve got a lot of cricket coming up in England over the next few years and I want to give myself the best opportunity and get used to the conditions (in England in 2019.”But even Marsh wouldn’t have guessed how that opportunity would present itself. After being selected in the Australian squad for the ongoing Ashes series, Marsh had to wait till the 5th Test to get his chance. And what a show it was!Marsh picked up his maiden 5-wicket haul (5/46) during England’s 1st innings at The Oval to setup the match for his side. It was his 1st outing with the Baggy Green after playing against India in the Boxing Day Test and 4th overall. Craddock made a valid argument that Marsh made a $3 million sacrifice to play a single match!”Mitchell Marsh turned his back on about $3million of Indian Premier League money to make this (Test) squad,” Craddock told Fox Sports News.”It’s basically a $3million sacrifice for one Test. Extraordinary really.”As Hardik Pandya recently said: magical things do happen in cricket!Also Read | Ashes 2019: Ricky Ponting surprised with Australia’s decision to bowl 1st at The OvalAlso See:last_img read more

Paris Masters: Rohan Bopanna-Denis Shapovalov pair crashes out in quarters

first_imgIndia’s top doubles player Rohan Bopanna, along with his partner Denis Shapovalov of Canada, bowed out of the Paris Masters after a hard-fought defeat against the Russian duo of Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev in the quarter-finals.On Friday evening, Bopanna-Shapovalov went down fighting 5-7, 7-6, 8-10 against the Russian duo in a match that lasted over 80 minutes to exit the ATP Masters 1000 tournament.The Indian-Canadian pair fired 10 aces and committed three double faults throughout the course of the match. They also saved four out of seven break points and won two of two but still emerged on the losing side at the end of the match.Bopanna and Shapovalov had earlier defeated the American-Argentine pair of Manuel Gonzalez and Austin Krajicek in their Round of 16 match. Before that they had got the better of Benoit Paire and Fernando Verdasco to move into the pre-quarters.Khachanov and Rublev will now face the Slovakian-Croatian pair of Filip Polasek and Ivan Dodig for a place in the final.Also Read | Paris Masters: Djokovic thrashes Tsitsipas, Nadal outclasses Tsonga to reach semi-finalsAlso See:last_img read more

Dropped on 4, makes 264: Remembering Rohit Sharma’s record-breaking ODI knock

first_imgRohit Sharma had become the 3rd Indian cricketer after Sahin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag to hit a double hundred as early as 2013. Rohit had hit 209 against Australia in Bengaluru in a six-fest wherein he took the Australian attack to the cleaners.However, a year later, Rohit Sharma went on to do the unthinkable as he became the only batsmen to post a 250-plus score in ODI cricket. Against Sri Lanka in Kolkata on November 13, 2014, Rohit rewrote history books.Rohit Sharma hit 264, the highest-ever ODI total against Sri Lanka, smashing 33 boundaries and 9 sixes. Rohit started slow but accelerated in his inimitable style after getting to the 100.Despite taking 100 balls to get to his hundred, Rohit raced to 264 in just 173 balls, scoring the last 164 runs in just 73 balls.Rohit also broke compatriot Virender Sehwag’s earlier world record of 219 runs, which the former India opener had scored against West Indies in Indore, in 2011.#OnThisDay in 2014, Rohit Sharma went big!The Indian opener smashed 264, the highest ever ODI scoreThe worst part? Sri Lanka dropped him when he was on 4 pic.twitter.com/E6wowdoGULICC (@ICC) November 13, 2019Sachin Tendulkar was the first male cricketer to smash a double hundred in ODIs when he hit 200 not out against South Africa in 2010.Incidentally, Rohit Sharma’s knock at the Eden Gardens was filled with drama. Batting on 4, Rohit charged down and tried to hit one out of the park. Instead, he got a thick edge and the ball flew to Thisara Perera at third man. The Sri Lanka all-rounder dropped a sitter and it proved to be among the costliest missed opportunities in cricket.advertisementRohit Sharma was also involved in the run out of Virat Kohli. After having stitched a 201-run stand for the 3rd wicket, Kohli was run out on 66 after a mix-up with Rohit in the middle. Notably, Kohli had given a cold stare at Rohit as he walked off the pitch with disappointment.India went on to post 404 in 50 overs and then managed to bowl out Sri Lanka for 251, 13 less than Rohit Sharma’s individual score.Rohit Sharma went on to hit his 3rd double hundred in ODI cricket (208 not out) in Mohali in 2017.Only recently, Rohit notched up his 1st double hundred in Tests. The India star had a record-breaking outing as Test opener in a 3-match series against South Africa at home.Also Read | Remember his name: Aakash Chopra’s tweet about Deepak Chahar from 2010 is a hitAlso Read | Wriddhiman Saha eyes MS Dhoni record in India vs Bangladesh Testslast_img read more

Hughton rejects Dembele reports

first_imgTransfers ‘Dembele to Brighton reports pure speculation’, Hughton denies bid for Celtic star Jamie Smith 21:31 1/5/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Moussa Dembele Getty Images Transfers Brighton & Hove Albion Dundee v Celtic Celtic Premier League Premiership There has been no contact with the Scottish side regarding a potential move for highly-rated striker, the Albion manager admitted Chris Hughton has “categorically” rejected speculation Celtic striker Moussa Dembele is set to join Brighton and Hove Albion for £18 million.Reports over the festive period indicated the 21-year-old was close to joining Brighton, with Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers accepting he could not guarantee the striker’s future.Dembele scored 17 Scottish Premiership goals last season to build a reputation as one of the hottest young strikers in Europe, with Real Madrid and Chelsea listed among his potential suitors. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Dembele has been less prolific in a campaign disrupted by a hamstring injury, scoring only four times in the league in 2017-18, although Celtic are still on track to collect another title.Brighton sit 12th in their first Premier League season but have struggled for goals, with their haul of 17 league strikes only bettering the bottom two sides, West Brom and Swansea City.But Hughton, speaking ahead of Monday’s FA Cup tie with rivals Crystal Palace, brought an end to rumours Dembele would be presented as a solution to Brighton’s problems in front of goal.”There’s been huge speculation, certainly on this particular one,” Hughton told reporters regarding Dembele.”There were certainly some quotes going back a little while ago about figures and about some communication between the two clubs.”Categorically, there hasn’t been any communication between the two clubs. Hence he is a name, along with lots of other names.”[The Dembele reports are] pure speculation. If I look at players that we might have an interest in then there would be numerous names and of course this is one name that’s consistently been linked, but there could be numerous other names.”Hughton also dismissed claims Brighton could sell centre-back Lewis Dunk, who has been tipped for an England call-up after impressing in the Premier League this season, with pundit Garth Crooks having suggested Liverpool should pay £45m for the defender to partner Virgil van Dijk.”That would be a huge surprise to me,” Hughton added. “Lewis has been magnificent for us in my period of time here. He’s improved each season as a player.”We have an owner and a chairman who has resisted any temptation for him to not be here in this period of time. I fully expect him to be a Brighton player come the end of January.”last_img read more

Normal 3D prints these headphones for the perfect fit

first_img Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors There are few things in life more pleasurable than a perfect fit. But when it comes to in-ear headphones, such a luxury can be extremely elusive. The twists and turns of each of our ears are as unique as a fingerprint, and no matter how many tip sizes or designs we try, it’s nearly impossible to get it just right. To tackle the problem, Normal harnesses the burgeoning new technology of 3D printing along with the smartphone in your pocket to create tailor-made headphones you can design from anywhere.Until Normal came along, the path to custom headphones was both extremely expensive and time consuming. The process – usually costing over $1,000 – requires going to an auditory professional for custom molds, which then have to be sent away for manufacturing and construction, normally taking weeks. But, luckily for us, we live in the future. Normal CEO Nikki Kauffman knew there had to be a better way, and thanks to her background in 3D printing, she set out to create it.Her solution involves a simplified process for mapping the human ear that combines a highly developed smartphone app, a state-of-the-art design facility in New York, and what the company calls “nerdalicious software and 3D printing to create each one-of-a-kind pair.” Using the app, users take ear selfies, which the company then uses to sculpt each unique sonic solution in as little as 48 hours. And the best part? The price is only $200 per pair.Each pair of Normals employ a brilliant combination of standardized premium earpieces affixed with custom-printed upper fins, which are designed to slide into those extraordinary coils of cartilage on the sides of your head like a glove. To ensure great performance to go with their great fit, each custom shell packs premium components, including a 14mm dynamic driver, a CNC anodized aluminum housing and outer cabinet, and a “bass tube” for a rich lower register.Normals haven’t made their way onto the market yet, so we can’t tell you just how good they sound. But if you’re looking for an earphone that fits better than your bespoke suit, Normals just might be the headphones you’ve been waiting for. Orders are slated to start shipping August 9th, and you can pre-order your Normals in a variety of colors at the company’s website today. An Honest Review of Smartwool’s New Intraknit Base Layer Fall in Love with Tentree’s New Fall Collection, Then Plant a Tree Editors’ Recommendations It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel last_img read more

ELC Students host music clinic at Margaret Ma Murray

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Two students from the Energetic Learning Campus (ELC) are going to host a mini music clinic at Margaret Ma Murray Community School.Aurora Fredericks and Jay-Cee Siemens as part of their school’s community project wanted to make a positive impact on the community.Fredericks and Siemens decided to host a mini music clinic at Ma Murray for grades 4-5 students from all schools in the Fort St. John school district on Saturday, June 8th.The student team will teach how to play the recorder, by playing games and playing fun songs will help teach the young students to learn notes. Participants will learn to play the recorder, learning notes and a few songs.The event runs from 1 pm -5 pm and you are required to RSVP to attend the event by emailing elcmusicday1@gmail.comlast_img read more

Shell earnings rise on the back of higher oil prices

LONDON — Anglo Dutch energy giant Shell says its fourth-quarter earnings rose 32 per cent as the company took advantage of higher oil prices following years of streamlining operations.Earnings excluding one-time items and fluctuations in the value of inventories — the industry’s favoured measure of performance — rose to $5.69 billion in the final three months of 2018 from $4.30 billion in the same period a year earlier. Net income jumped 47 per cent to $5.59 billion.Shell is benefiting from a rebound in energy prices after it slashed costs and reined in investment when crude oil plunged to less than $30 a barrel in 2016.But the company says it is bracing for a decline in first-quarter production in its integrated gas and upstream divisions because of the divestments.The Associated Press read more

What recession Joe Oliver says Canada was not in downturn earlier this

Finance Minister Joe Oliver addresses the Australia-Canada Economic Leadership Forum in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Oliver says the country was not in a recession in the first half of the year despite economic data to the contrary. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 23, 2015 7:20 am MDT Last Updated Sep 23, 2015 at 10:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email What recession? Joe Oliver says Canada was not in downturn earlier this year TORONTO – Finance Minister Joe Oliver says the country was not in a recession in the first half of the year despite economic data to the contrary.In an interview with The Associated Press, Oliver said there was an economic contraction mainly confined to the energy and resource sector — but he doesn’t believe there was a recession in the first two quarters of 2015.“We don’t believe that the economy was in fact in a recession,” Oliver told the news agency.“We’re really talking about a contraction in the energy and resource sector of the economy, which is less than 20 per cent of the economy. Granted there is a spillover but the other 80 per cent was growing.”Earlier this month, Statistics Canada reported that real gross domestic product contracted at an annual pace of 0.5 per cent in April to June, preceded by a decline of 0.8 per cent in the first three months of the year.That meets the federal government’s definition of a recession, which is two consecutive quarters of negative GDP.Oliver’s comments clash with those of his party leader. Stephen Harper has acknowledged that there was a recession, at least in Alberta, saying last week it was brought on by oil prices that have fallen in half.Some economists say whether Canada fell into a recession is subject to some debate, as the country did not exhibit some of the classic hallmarks of an economic downturn, citing job growth and strong trade figures.Oliver, who is running for re-election in the Toronto riding of Eglinton-Lawrence, pointed to economic growth of 0.5 per cent in June — the first monthly increase in six months.“I can tell you this, we don’t believe we’re in a recession at all now,” Oliver said. “The trade numbers are robust. Consumer confidence is good and we returned a budget surplus.”The Finance Department said last week that Canada had a $1.9-billion surplus in 2014-15. Harper has used that to buffer his image as a sound fiscal manager in his bid to get re-elected on Oct. 19.The Liberals and NDP have said they believe the country is in a recession now. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau says Conservative government underspending in areas including veterans and seniors brought on the recession, while Tom Mulcair of the NDP says the recession is a clear indication that Tory economic policies have failed. read more

UK faces strikehit Christmas by post train and air

FILE – In this Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016 file photo, passengers queue up for an express train to Gatwick Airport, running a reduced service as a result of a train strike, in Victoria rail station London. The United Kingdom faces a Christmas of discontent as labor unions threaten to disrupt airports, rail services and mail deliveries. The Unite union and aviation services company Swissport announced negotiation plans Saturday, Dec. 17 intended to avert a Dec. 23 walkout by 1,500 baggage handlers, check-in staff and other workers at 18 airports. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, file) UK faces strike-hit Christmas by post, train and air by The Associated Press Posted Dec 17, 2016 9:10 am MDT Last Updated Dec 17, 2016 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LONDON – The United Kingdom faces a Christmas of discontent as labour unions threaten to disrupt airports, rail services and mail deliveries.The Unite union and aviation services company Swissport announced negotiation plans Saturday intended to avert a Dec. 23 walkout by 1,500 baggage handlers, check-in staff and other workers at 18 regional airports from Belfast to Bournemouth.Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said he hoped “fairness will prevail” in Tuesday’s talks.Swissport retorted that it had made several pay-rise offers to Unite-represented staff since April 2015, but “a minority of trade union members are acting in a cynical fashion to disrupt the travel plans of the public and attempt to hold employers to ransom.”At British Airways, a fourth of the airline’s cabin crew members are planning a two-day strike starting on Christmas, Dec. 25. British Airways condemned Unite’s timing and vowed to ensure that all customers reached their holiday destinations.“This calculated and heartless action is completely unnecessary and we are determined that it will fail,” the airline said in a statement.McCluskey countered that the airline “needs to come to the table with a positive offer.”Rolling strikes by two unions at Southern Railway already have disrupted much of England’s train services this month, with worker protests over cutbacks in overtime scheduled to go on until Jan. 14.To top things off, the U.K. Communication Workers Union plans a Post Office strike starting Monday through Christmas Eve. read more

UN rights experts stress need for protection of LGBT people in places

Ahead of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, UN human rights experts highlighted the lack of policies and methods to recognise people’s self-identified gender, and the need to carry out proper risk assessments in order to protect LGBTI people from stigmatization and violence in detention.In a joint statement, the Chair of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture, the Chair of the UN Committee against Torture, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture called on Member States to redouble their efforts to prevent the ill-treatment and torture faced by LGBTI people in places of detention. Underscoring the risk of torture and ill-treatment that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons are at, particularly where they may be deprived of their liberty, Jens Modvig, Chair of the Committee against Torture, said “The Committee is striving to protect LGBTI people from being forcibly sent back to countries where, based on their sexual orientation, gender identity or sex characteristics, they may face torture, criminalization, detention, ill-treatment and even murder.” “For transgender women and men, for example, it is often a situation of complete abandonment, resulting in some transgender women being placed in male-only prisons, where they are exposed to a high risk of rape, often with the complicity of prison personnel,” said Sir Malcolm Evans, Chair of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture.In its ninth annual report, the Subcommittee identified measures for the prevention of torture and ill-treatment of LGBTI people in detention. Drawing the attention of countries to their obligations under international human rights law and standards, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan E. Méndez said, “LGBTI people are often stigmatized and dehumanized, leaving them particularly vulnerable to violence and ill-treatment, that in many cases amounts to torture.” “Breaking the silence on torture and ill-treatment endured by LGBTI people is critical,” said Gaby Oré Aguilar, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the UN Fund for Victims of Torture, calling for increased support for the rehabilitation of victims, including LGBTI people. “The UN Fund for Victims of Torture thus supports programmes providing specialized assistance to LGBTI victims of torture,” added Ms. Aguilar. “It is crucial that LGBTI people are fully involved in discussions and decisions concerning how detention systems can respond most effectively to their needs and respect their human rights,” the experts stressed. read more