KOLKATA, India, CMC – West Indies star Andre Russell sparkled with the bat and then produced a miserly spell with the ball, as his Kolkata Knight Riders stormed into the final qualifier of the Indian Premier League with a convincing 25-run win over Jofra Archer’s Rajasthan Royals here yesterday. With his Windies teammate Sunil Narine enduring a quiet all-round night at Eden Gardens, Russell stepped up to fill the breach, finding his touch when it mattered most for the two-time IPL champions with a strong Man-of-the-Match performance.Sent in, KKR never quite found their footing but still rallied to 169 for seven off their 20 overs, with captain Dinesh Karthik top-scoring with 52 and Russell slamming an unbeaten 49.They were slumping at 51 for four in the eighth over after Sunil Narine perished cheaply for four but Karthik started the recovery in a 55-run, fifth wicket partnership with Shubman Gill (28). Karthik faced 38 balls and struck four fours and two sixes while Gill belted three fours and a six in a 17-ball knock before he became Archer’s second wicket of the innings, edging a cut at one too close to him and falling to a catch at the wicket.Russell then arrived to add 29 for the sixth wicket with Karthik and a further 29 with Barbadian Javon Searles (2) for the seventh, to further lift the innings. With just 57 runs in his six previous innings, Russell found his best touch, smashing three fours and five sixes in a 25-ball knock.He and Karthik combined to take 19 runs from the 17th over from left-arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat before the Jamaican lashed a couple of sixes in the following over from seamer Ben Laughlin that went for 14 runs. Fast bowler Archer finished with two for 33 from his four overs to end his maiden IPL campaign with 15 wickets from 10 matches. In reply, Sanju Samson top-scored with exactly 50 from 38 balls while captain Ajinkya Rahane struck 46, but KKR’s managed to restrict Royals to 144 for four off their 20 overs.Rahane put on 47 for the first wicket with Rahul Tripathi (20) and a crucial 62 for the second wicket with Samson, but the partnership required 54 deliveries and slowed the momentum.When three wickets – including those of Samson and Rahane – fell for 21 runs in the space of 23 balls, the innings lost its way. Russell was at the heart of the bowling effort, conceding just 22 wickets from his three overs. KKR will face clash with Carlos Brathwaite’s Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday, for a spot in Sunday’s final against Dwayne Bravo’s Chennai Super Kings.
(Reuters) – The NBA has reached an agreement with the National Basketball Players Association to withhold 25% of each player’s salary from May 15 due to the shutdown of the sport because of the coronavirus pandemic. The deal would provide a gradual reduction in player salaries in case a “force majeure” event, such as the pandemic, wipes out the rest of the regular season.The money will be placed in escrow and paid back to players if all of the remaining regular season games are played, ESPN reported.If only part of the season can be played, the amount paid out would be on a pro rata basis based on the number of games completed. The salary reductions will continue through the first two months of the 2020-21 NBA season, ESPN said.The NBA has not held a game since March 11 and it is unclear when it might return to action.
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German Football Association President Reinhard Grindel resigned on Tuesday after apologising for accepting an expensive watch from a Ukrainian colleague as a gift, although he said he had not known its value.Grindel, who took over the world’s biggest sports federation by membership in 2016, had come under pressure over reports about income he received from a DFB subsidiary and about a watch he had been given by Ukrainian businessman and football administrator Grigory Surkis.“Everyone who knows me knows that I am not greedy. The price of the watch was 6,000 euros. I did not know the brand or its value at the time,” Grindel said in a brief statement to reporters.“Mr Surkis had no intention to use this with the DFB. He never asked me for any support. It was a private gift with no relation to the Ukraine federation or commercial enterprises. It was a matter of politeness to accept it.”“I cannot explain why I did not take action for swift clarity. I am stunned by my mistake. I resign as DFB president. I apologise for my less-than-exemplary action of accepting the watch.”The DFB, which will host the Euro 2024 tournament, said vice presidents Rainer Koch and Reinhard Rauball would be an interim solution until elections in September.Grindel, a former journalist and conservative CDU member of parliament, had also been in the spotlight after a Spiegel report identified a 78,000 euro income he had received from a DFB subsidiary that had not been made public.He is also a UEFA Executive committee member and a FIFA Council member. He took over at the DFB from Wolfgang Niersbach, who was forced to resign amid allegations of vote-rigging for the 2006 World Cup and a payment to world soccer’s governing body FIFA that led to a separate investigation.Grindel had virtually no international experience in football when he took over the role. But he oversaw the DFB-commissioned investigation in the 2006 affair that found no proof of vote-buying but could not explain the million-dollar payment via FIFA that eventually landed with a senior FIFA official.
One of the rules of the campaign is that each "Mo Bro" must be clean shaven on November 1st. Lido Theatre manager Byron Stewart and Fort St. John Movember organizer Neil Evans kicked off the festivities by ridding fully bearded Tyson Mowat of Trimtek Custom Signs and Devon Wigglesworth of Patch Java of their scruff. Even Councillor Bruce Christensen lost his duster. This year, Fort St. John fundraising teams are hoping to beat last year's total of over $27,000.- Advertisement - Many local businesses are doing their part to raise money for prostate cancer research. Marc Joseph clothing store is donating a dollar from every purchase, and both Patch Java locations will donate 10 per cent of every purchase made by someone participating in Movember. Every Tuesday in November, Remedies Lounge is hosting a Movember Poker Tourney at 7:00 p.m.Advertisement To take part in Movember, men and women begin by registering online at www.movember.com, where friends and family can make donations to the cause. Women get involved as well by raising money, organizing events, and supporting those who can grow moustaches.All funds raised go to Prostate Cancer Canada for research, education, support and awareness for prostate cancer. For more information or to register, visit www.movember.com. On Thursday, November 17, Northwoods Pizza will be donating $5 from each pizza sold from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-close. On Wednesday, November 23, Egan's Pub is holding a "Mo'pen" Mic night. On Saturday, November 26, Looney Tunes is hosting its Movember party starting at 9:00 p.m. Prizes will be given out for Best Costume and Best Moustache Combo. To finish it all off, the Official Movember Wrap-Up Party is taking place on November 30 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lido Theatre.Advertisement
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You're all set! Re: “One for the ages” (Our opinions, Jan. 24): As soon as America stops making a big fuss about people’s skin color, maybe, just maybe, it would not be a big issue anymore. The way I see it, two very well-coached teams – the Colts and the Bears – will be playing in the Super Bowl. The color of the two coaches’ skin does not matter to me, and it should not matter to anyone else. – Larry Reyes Canyon Country Not-so-smart growth Re: “Mission College ready to grow” (Jan. 25): The following is a direct quote from the Los Angeles Mission College Facilities Master Plan Draft Program Environmental Impact Report: “No feasible mitigation measures are available to reduce the project’s future significant impacts on Hubbard Street/I-210 westbound ramps during the a.m. and p.m. peak hours. Impacts to this intersection remain significant and unavoidable because improvements to this ramp would be physically and institutionally infeasible.” Why are we even considering a Mission College expansion plan with such a disastrous prognosis for this off-ramp? Expanding student population to the campus by 7,500 students over the next five to 10 years is unreasonable considering the immense traffic problems this community already endures. – Tim Wilkins Sylmar Exercise in futility Re: “Officials net 761 illegal immigrants” (Jan. 24): Congratulations to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for grabbing 13,000 illegal immigrants since June 2006, which is a good start. Unfortunately, it is only 0.1 percent of the total number of illegal immigrants in our country. This minimal apprehension is symbolic at best, not a “big success” as claimed by the ICE director. At this low capture rate, the constant influx of new illegal immigrants far exceeds apprehension. – Mort Arditti Los Angeles Another option Why does the L.A. City Council always look to raising property taxes as the solution to a pressing problem? Last I heard there was $75 million sitting in a fund collected from property owners’ recently increased water rates. I am sure no one would object if that money was allocated to fight gangs, especially since it was created for public safety in the first place, i.e., to hire more LAPD officers, which is not happening for valid reasons. – Ellen Vukovich Sherman Oaks Show of hypocrisy I watched, with great interest, the president’s State of the Union speech and was left with this thought: This event has to be, singularly, the quintessential demonstration of hypocrisy in the modern world. I heard the most outrageous statements, hypotheses and promises made since my grammar school class elections (then it was Coke in the drinking fountains), and the audience greeted each bloviation with huzzahs and standing ovations. The introduction of business and sports personalities, military and civilian heroes toward the end was touching, if not a little too reminiscent of the start of the old “Ed Sullivan Show.” What a joke! – Eddie Johnson Panorama City Cops have rights, too Re: “More action, less talk for real LAPD fix” (Viewpoint, Jan. 21): In his Sunday op-ed, Earl Ofari Hutchinson at times vacillates between common sense and outright racism and ignorance. His tirade about his view of the black community’s role in decrying the LAPD Board of Rights in-confidence absolution of Officer Steven Garcia in the death of Devin Brown shows he hasn’t the foggiest idea of either the personal constitutional rights of police officers or of the relevant laws. When any community is so adept at shielding its own faults for so long, and so successful at garnering a disproportionate share of the media’s fawning attention, little full justice will ever be perceived by the public at large. And the police are further reduced to the hand-waving forms of policing. – Richard M. Holbrook Retired LAPD lieutenant Weatherford, Texas Get tough first Re: “Fighting gangs may get taxing” (Jan. 24): Councilwoman Janice Hahn’s proposal for a new tax to do something about the gang problem is just plain stupid. This action is typical of local government trying to solve a problem by throwing money at it. Local government can use tools currently available to do a better job of cleaning up the gang problem at little cost to the taxpayer. Local government should detain any Hispanic, black or white gang member for any infraction of the law. If that person is illegal, turn him over for deportation. If he is legal, follow the link to the parents. If they are illegal, turn them over to ICE for deportation. – Gus Smyrnos Newbury Park Let them pay If the L.A. City Council wants to raise $50 million to combat gang violence, why place a tax on property owners? Why not get the gang members to pitch in and help pay for their own abatement? A temporary quarter-percent sales tax dedicated to this problem should raise more than the targeted amount in six months or less. So every time a gang member buys a beer or a pack of cigarettes, he or she is sharing the burden for their activities. – Joe Williams Chatsworth Let them pay, Part II Rather than pay $72 per parcel per year to fight gang violence, a tax should be established for all gang culture-related items such as those baggy pants, car stereo systems, rap music, handguns, bullets, tattoos and car accessories. Throwing money at this problem will not fix it. Responsible parenting is the missing piece in this puzzle. Why doesn’t the City Council draft a bill to make parents responsible and accountable with fines? – Jack McMahon Lake Balboa Not a bank I’m a senior on a fixed income. I own a home. I am not a bank. The Los Angeles City Council is now proposing a $72 per parcel tax hike to fund the fight against gangs. I have four parcels. That hits me pretty hard. Why is it they always tax the homeowners? Why not tax the entire population and make it easier on everybody? I don’t have tenants I can pass the cost on to. It’s just me. If they don’t stop, they’re going to tax me right out of my home. – Penny Antine North Hollywood Clone concern I was dismayed to read reports that the FDA has approved the use of meats from cloned animals in the U.S. food supply. Remember Dolly, the first cloned sheep? She lived to about 6 years old (most sheep live to 12) and suffered from arthritis and lung disease, which is not usually seen in such young animals. Leading scientists say clones are likely to carry genetic abnormalities, and the scientist responsible for creating Dolly has warned that even small imbalances in a clone’s hormone, protein or fat levels could compromise the safety of its milk or meat. Yet the FDA is ignoring scientific and public concerns and fast-tracking a decision for the benefit of a handful of cloning companies, regardless of the consequences to human health. – Gerry Katzman Los Angeles
1 Peter Crouch has scored two goals in his last three games Peter Crouch has put pen to paper on a new Stoke deal that will see him remain at the club until at least the summer of 2018.The 35-year-old former England international, whose current contract was due to expire at the end of this season, has scored twice in his last two Premier League outings for Mark Hughes’ side.Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes told the club’s official website: “Peter still has a great deal to offer us as a player and we are pleased he has decided to extend his stay with us.”Crouch was on target in the Potters’ 4-2 defeat to Chelsea on New Year’s Eve and again in last week’s 2-0 victory over Watford to make it five goals in all competitions for the season and take his career tally of Premier League goals to 98.The ex-Liverpool and Tottenham forward, who also counts QPR, Portsmouth, Aston Villa and Southampton among his former clubs, joined Stoke in August 2011 for a then club-record fee of £10million and has scored 49 goals in 186 appearances since.Crouch is confident he can continue to cause defences problems following his decision to extend his stay at Stoke by one year.He said: “I’m really pleased to be staying at the club; I’ve been here for a number of years now and I love it.“I come in every day with a smile on my face and long may that continue.“Obviously I didn’t want to go anywhere, I just wanted to play.“I was a little bit frustrated at not playing as many games as I’d like. That’s changed recently – I’ve played a few and really enjoyed it.“I know that I can play and impact games at this level for a number of years yet so hopefully I can continue to do that.”The veteran striker began this season with a hat-trick in the EFL Cup win at Stevenage and is hoping to keep his spot in Hughes’ starting XI since being recalled for last month’s defeat at Liverpool.He said: “The manager has said right from the start that I’d have an important role to play; that’s been the case recently and hopefully it will be towards the end of the season.“I work hard every day and I knew that when that chance came along I had to grab it.“Hopefully I’ve done myself a bit of justice recently and I’d like to stay in.“The fact that the contract is out of my mind now is a great relief for me and now I can just concentrate on pushing us up the league.”
Willy Caballero has usurped Claudio Bravo as Pep Guardiola's first-choice goalkeeper 1 Pep Guardiola intends to review Manchester City’s goalkeeping situation at the end of the season – though the door appears to remain closed for England stopper Joe Hart.Having loaned Hart out to Torino in a season-long deal earlier this term, City’s boss switched goalkeepers last month and chose Willy Caballero between the sticks after previous first-choice Claudio Bravo conceded six goals from as many shots across two games.Bravo could return for the FA Cup fifth-round replay against Huddersfield on Wednesday, though it is the 35-year-old Caballero, out of contract in the summer, who has started the past three Premier League games and the Champions League victory over Monaco.Guardiola has stressed the futures of Caballero and Hart will be determined in the summer but when asked directly whether the issues he has had with the position in recent months could force him to reconsider his view on Hart, the City manager was blunt.“I’m so happy with Willy and Claudio,” he replied.Asked again whether Hart could be part of his plans or would need to find a new club, Guardiola said: “We are going to talk about it at the end of the season.”Discussions with Caballero will also take place then, despite the fact he, Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta, Yaya Toure and Jesus Navas will all be available on free transfers come the summer.Guardiola insists he is in no rush to come to a resolution over those six – or whether he will be looking for a new number one for the second straight summer.“I will decide about that at the end of the season; I trust a lot in both (Caballero and Bravo) and we’ll decide,” he said.“Not just the goalkeepers, the midfielders, wingers, strikers, full-backs – we are going to decide at the end of the season.“They have to try to keep going, to convince me every day – there are five, six players out of contract but they know the situation.“Of course there is a risk, maybe they can sign a contract for another club and we have to accept that. But we are going to decide in the last months of the season.”In terms of Guardiola’s own future, the Catalan revealed that City’s hierarchy had told him they hoped he would enjoy an extended tenure when he met with them at their recent Abu Dhabi warm-weather training camp.Yet he is realistic enough to know that such an arrangement can only continue if City are challenging for multiple trophies.“He knows and I know that it all depends on the results,” he said of his meeting with chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak and owner Sheikh Mansour.“He would like that I stay here for a long, long, long, long time. But of course it depends on the results.“If not they would say, ‘What happened? What can we do?’ What we need to improve, to improve. That’s the process – to finish the process they are going to help us.”
He told STV: “I’m not surprised if teams would be looking at Liam given his goal tally and overall play this season but he’s under contract here and we hold all the cards on that one.“They’ve scored 23 goals between them so that’s a hell of a blow but we have got Brian and Alex, who are good players who have been waiting patiently.“It’s up to them to take that opportunity.“When the two strikers have been doing ever so well and you are sitting patiently on the sideline, you are waiting for an opportunity whether it’s loss of form or injury so those two have it and it’s up to them to make their mark.” Jim McIntyre has called on Brian Graham and Alex Schalk to help him forget about losing his 23-goal Ross County strike force.Top scorer Liam Boyce is set to miss the next four weeks with a broken hand while fellow forward Craig Curran was forced off after just 18 minutes of the Highland derby loss to Inverness CT.Boyce has hit 17 goals in all competitions for the Staggies while Curran has chipped in with seven of his own.In April both Boyce and Curran extended their deals with County until the summer of 2017 and McIntyre isn’t concerned by any interest from other clubs in their Northern Irish attacker.
“We know potentially Hearts will improve, certainly Rangers will improve and we expect Celtic to improve under a new manager as well and show their power in terms of spending. But we can only concentrate on ourselves and we’re confident we will improve again.“We just need to make sure we’ve got a competitive team next season again and that for me is all you can concentrate on.”Aberdeen need two wins from their final three matches to beat their 2014/15 points total of 75 points and continual improvement remains a key motivation for the club’s management team.After a campaign chasing Celtic, McInnes expressed his admiration for the consistency achieved by Deila’s team in the Premiership.He said: “Celtic deserve huge credit for their league challenge. “I’ve talked about us maybe expecting more from our league campaign, they probably expected more as they spoke openly about a treble, getting to the Champions League group stages. They failed in all of that but their league form was good.“They’ve only lost three games this season, twice against us and their points tally to win the league will be up there with what most teams normally win a league by. They deserve credit for that.” Derek McInnes has congratulated Celtic for securing their fifth successive top flight title before warning the champions that his Aberdeen side intend to push them all the way next term.Ronny Deila’s men are nine points ahead of the Dons with three games left to play and Celtic’s goal difference means that the championship race is over ahead of Sunday’s meeting between the two sides.With Rangers gaining promotion to the top flight and already targeting a bid for the crown and Hearts aiming to build on their third place finish under Robbie Neilson, McInnes was asked if he believed his team could replicate their league form in 2016/17.Victory at Celtic Park on Sunday would see Aberdeen record three wins over the Hoops in a single season for the first time since 1990/91. And McInnes is in no doubt that his side won’t be taking lightly this weekend or in the next 12 months.He said: “Win, lose or draw Celtic have known we were there this season, there’s no question of that. The marker has been laid down over the last 35 games not just for this game on Sunday.“They know we’ve been there and that pleases me. There’s been different stages of the season where we have thought we could get a bit more. We had aspirations to win the league and there’s nothing wrong with that.“We learned from last year and hopefully we can learn from this season heading into next year. We don’t intend on going anywhere.