Jacob Stockdale: How to chip and chase

first_img The Exeter Chiefs and England wing explains how… Expand “I have a long stride when I’m running, but before I chip I’ll shorten my stride length. This is so I can get good timing and it makes it easier to kick. Then once I’ve kicked, it’s back to the long stride to chase the ball quickly.”MORE SKILLS ADVICE… Jonny May: How to counter-attack Jack Nowell: How to up your wing work-rate Collapse LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Jess Breach: How to deliver a hand-off The England wing gives his top tips for… Expand The Ulster and Ireland wing explains how to kick over defences Jess Breach: How to deliver a hand-off Jack Nowell: How to up your wing work-rate Jacob Stockdale: How to chip and chase Jacob Stockdale’s ability to chip ahead and chase his own kick has resulted in memorable tries against England and New Zealand amongst others. Here the Ulster and Ireland wing, who scored a record seven tries in the 2018 Six Nations Championship, gives his advice on how you can replicate the skill…Space exploration“The key thing to look for is the space. Be aware of the players around you. If their full-back isn’t in the backfield and the winger is 
up, there is space in behind. Don’t put a chip in if someone is standing in the space.”Clean connection“You want an upright ball drop so it comes down and makes a clean connection with your foot. You want the ball to hit the top of your laces; your toes should be pointing up, so the 
ball goes up rather 
than long.”Change in stride Jonny May: How to counter-attack The Harlequins and England wing gives her tips… Kick on: Jacob Stockdale chips over the All Blacks defence (Getty Images) Muscle memory“In Ireland camp after training, all the wingers – Andrew Conway, Jordan Larmour and Keith Earls, for instance – will get together with the kicking coach, Richie Murphy, and put in chips against each other, as well as trying longer kicks and grubbers. You get that muscle memory and when I’m in a game I don’t think about it!”This article originally appeared in the November 2019 edition of Rugby World magazine. Every month Rugby World features advice from professional players and coaches on specific skills. Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Two children among 80 suicides in first three months of this year, figures show

first_imgThere have been almost 80 deaths by suicide in the country in the first three months of the year, including two children, figures show. The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has released its Vital Statistics Report on births, deaths, and marriages for the first quarter of 2019.Statistics in relation to deaths are provisional and may be revised as more inquests and investigations are completed over time, according to the Irish Examiner. The figures are broadly in line with previous years. Provisional CSO data shows that 352 people died by suicide last year, and 392 in 2017.In its births section, the CSO found that more than 200 teenagers had a baby in the first three months of the year. Of these, 23 were aged 16 or under and three were aged 15 or under. In total, there were 15,893 births in the first quarter of the year, 7,761 of which were female and 8,132 of which were male.It is 1,234 more than in the same period last year and represents an annual birth rate of 13.1 per 1,000 people, the same as this time last year.The average age of mothers continues to increase and is now 33. The average age of first-time mothers was 31.3 years.The report also noted that there were 1,061 mothers aged 40 to 44, and 101 aged over 45, 41 of whom were first-time mothers. According to the CSO report, almost two-thirds of births (62%) were registered to married couples. There were more than 6,000946 births registered outside marriage in the first three months of the year.Limerick City showed the highest percentage of births outside marriage at 53.9%, with the lowest percentage of this in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, where it was 24.9%.Of the 15,893 births registered in the first quarter, 77.7% were born to mothers of Irish nationality. This was almost identical to the same period in 2018.According to the report, there were 52 infant deaths registered in the first three months of the year, equating to an infant mortality rate of 3.3 per 1,000 births.There were also 41 neonatal deaths, referring to deaths of infants under four weeks.According to the CSO report, there were 8,618 deaths in the first three months of the year, a decrease of 7.1%.Cancer was registered as the most frequent cause and was cited in 30.3% of cases. Issues related to the circulatory system were a factor in 29% of cases, and respiratory diseases were the registered cause of death in 14% of cases.Accidents, suicide, and other was the registered cause of 261 deaths, two-thirds of which were accidents. Of the 261 deaths, two-thirds were male.The leading cause of death in quarter 1 2019 varied widely by age group. For those aged from 15 to 34 years, external causes of death including accidents, suicide, and other ranked first (39 deaths).Among individuals aged 35 to 74, cancer was the leading cause (1,299), while for those aged 75 and older, it was diseases of the circulatory system (1,866 deaths).There were 7,197 deaths of persons aged 65 and over registered in quarter 1 2019.This represents an annual death rate of 42.8 per 1,000 population aged 65 and over and represents a decrease of 5.6 when compared with the corresponding quarter of 2018.The number of marriages registered during the quarter was 3,235, of which 120 were same-sex marriages. This is equivalent to an annual marriage rate of 2.7 per 1,000 population, no change from the first quarter of 2018.Two children among 80 suicides in first three months of this year, figures show was last modified: September 1st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

The Space Race: Just Staying Alive

first_img“Ad astra!” the sci-fi slogan announces with eternal optimism: “To the stars!”  Medical doctors and astrobiologists are not sure you would want to stay there long, though.  Some recent findings give a dismal picture of the prospects for life – human or bacterial – at least in our solar system, if that can be assumed a plausible random sample of the universe.    New Scientist Space announced that future moon astronauts may be in grave danger from solar X-rays.  These come without warning preceding a solar flare.  Without a 21-kg shield 3 square meters in area, an astronaut roving around on the surface could be killed by lethal doses of X-rays before he even knew what was happening.    Space.com gave depressing news that life on Mars is unlikely to be found.  The reason?  Cosmic radiation levels would likely sterilize the first few meters down.  While this article and one on EurekAlert envision deep aquifers providing a safe haven for life, they both admit that current and planned missions are unlikely to get to such levels.  Earth’s bacteria protect against DNA damage with elaborate repair mechanisms.  These would be unlikely to work, however, in the permafrost of Mars, where life would come near a standstill.  The radiation would not stop for days off by the repair crew.  Tests of Martian radiation levels on Earth organisms under various conditions were not encouraging.  Even if a colony could live for a few million years, the cumulative effects of constant radiation would eventually take their toll.And that’s under present conditions.  Obviously surviving is easier than emerging in the first place.  Is anyone going to believe for a moment that the first primitive Martian organism evolved with genetic quality control and repair right off the bat?  It’s sad to have to puncture so many dreams of sci-fi writers and early advocates of space flight, bit reality must be faced.  Life underground in perpetual darkness is probably not what the dreamers had in mind.    These discoveries are having an unexpected benefit, though.  They are generating thankfulness for all we have down here.  As the old hymn expresses, I sing the goodness of the Lord, who filled the earth with food / Who formed the creatures through the Word, and then pronounced them good. / Lord, how Thy wonders are displayed, where’er I turn my eye / If I survey the ground I tread, or gaze upon the sky. // There’s not a bird or flow’r below but makes Thy glories known / and storms arise and tempests blow by orders from Thy throne, / While all who borrow life from Thee are ever in Thy care / And everywhere that man may be, Thou God art present there.    This calls for an encore!  A little Beethoven, perhaps?  Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love; / Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above. / Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away; / Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day! // All Thy works with joy surround Thee, earth and heaven reflect Thy rays, / Stars and angels sing around Thee, center of unbroken praise. / Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea, / Singing bird and flowing fountain call us to rejoice in Thee.    The moon and Mars are interesting and worth exploring, but there’s no comparison.  Rejoice and give thanks today on God’s green Earth, the best real estate in the world!(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Immelman wins US Masters

first_img14 April 2008South African golf has another major winner after Trevor Immelman emulated his hero Gary Player’s feat of 30 years ago to win the US Masters at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia on Sunday.It was a convincing victory by the 28-year-old. He was tied for the lead with Johannesburg-born Justin Rose after the first round; from round two, his name remained alone atop the leaderboard as he claimed victory by three shots on eight-under-par 280 after rounds of 68, 68, 69, and 75.Remarkable returnImmelman’s victory marked a remarkable return to winning ways for the modest man who just four months previously had a tumour removed shortly after winning the Nedbank Challenge in scintillating fashion. He experienced abdominal pain the week after his win at Sun City at the South African Airways Open, which forced him to withdraw from the event, and turned out to be the tumour.Six weeks later, he was back on tour, contesting the FBR Open. It was a tough return as he missed the cut. Next, he missed the cut in the Northern Trust Open, followed by a tie for 17th in the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.Another missed cut followed at the Honda Classic. Then, a number of finishes way out of the big money positions: a tie for 65th at the PODS Championship, a tie for 48th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and a tie for 40th at the World Golf Championships-CA Championship.The famous green jacketIn his final tournament before the US Masters, Immelman missed the cut at the Shell Houston Open. Then.BOOM! There he was on Sunday at Augusta, having the famous green jacket fitted onto his shoulders by last year’s Masters’ winner, Zach Johnson.Speaking about his win, Immelman’s thoughts reflected his fight back from surgery. He said: “You know, I’ve always dreamed about winning majors and deep down I always thought I was good enough, but at time you obviously doubt yourself because you miss a few cuts and screw up a few times and you just… it’s like ‘Man, maybe I’m not as good or not good enough.’”The legendary Gary Player is the only previous South African winner of the Masters, having won it in 1961, 1974, and 1978. Immelman spoke about South Africa’s proud golf tradition and following in his idol’s footsteps, saying: “It hasn’t been hard to represent the country. Obviously, Gary won here three times and it’s such an incredible feat and, as you see, Ernie and Retief have come real close.More SA winners“Tim Clark finished second, Sabbatini – Rory – finished second, so there’s been a bunch of guys that have come so close and there’ll be a few more South Africans that will win this tournament.“This tournament is such a big deal down in South Africa. We grow up idolising this event, and kids dream about winning this tournament, just as I did, and obviously Ernie and all those guys I mentioned, they still have many opportunities to win this event, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they get it done at some point.”Now that he has won a major, Immelman says his ambition extends beyond a single title. “Obviously this is a tremendous confidence boost, now that I know I have got one under my belt,” he said, “and all I can do is go out there and prepare well for the majors from now on and just try my best.“I mean I’m definitely not going to sit back and go ‘okay, that’s me, I’m done’. I’m going to keep working hard and try to make the most of what I’ve been given.”DominationImmelman’s win was hugely impressive because of the manner in which he dominated the elements, the course, and the competition.He and Justin Rose led Brandt Snedeker, Lee Westwood, and Brian Bateman by one shot, on four-under-par 68, after the opening round.In round two, only Steve Flesch, with a five-under 67 bettered Immelman’s 68. Snedeker equaled the South African with a 68 to trail by one at the halfway mark.In the third round, only three players managed to better Immelman’s 69, which left him with a two-shot advantage heading into Sunday’s fourth round.Final roundWith his parents watching, and a good luck message from Gary Player left on his cellphone, he teed off in the most important round of his career. By the inward nine, his lead had grown as large as six shots, but he injected minor tension into the finish by carding a double-bogey on the 16th.However, with such a big cushion, he wasn’t about to give up the coveted green jacket and pars on the final two holes secured the biggest win of his career.Immelman went on to pay tribute to his parents. His father, Johan, the former Commissioner of the Sunshine Tour, politely told a reporter that it was Trevor’s moment, not his, when approached for comment.‘Mister Player’He also thanked his wife, Carminita, and his brother, Mark, for coaching and encouraging him and, showing his respect for Gary Player, said: “This one is also for Mister Player.”Immelman began his week by playing a practice round with Player, who contested the Masters for a record 51st time.Victories don’t come bigger than winning the US Masters at Augusta. And speaking of “big” wins. Once converted to rands, Immelman’s prize money works out to R10.26-million – over R2.5-million per round – which is a seriously impressive return for a superb effort.However, it’s not the money that matters. Honestly.Pulling on the green jacket and emulating his hero, winning the US Masters for himself, his family, and the Rainbow Nation… That’s what matters. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Nigerian project wins top award

first_imgCows to Kilowatts takes abattoir wasteand converts it into a low-cost renewableenergy source. (Image: stock.xchng) MEDIA CONTACTS • Dr Joseph AdeleganGlobal Network for Environment and Economic Development Research+234 80 6284 3428RELATED ARTICLES • SA to produce more solar energy • Africa’s carbon trading potential • A power plant in your home • Rallying aroud cleaner energyJanine ErasmusAn innovative Nigerian project that processes abattoir water and converts the collected organic waste into fertiliser and methane, has won the 2009 Intel Environment prize at the annual Tech Awards in the US.The Tech Awards, held this year in San Jose, California, in November, honoured creativity and inventiveness across a range of fields, including the environment, education, science, health and more.The project, titled Cows to Kilowatts, was founded by civil engineer Dr Joseph Adelgan. In developing countries especially, abattoir waste is a major source of water pollution and greenhouse gas production. Through the processing of organic waste, the project helps mitigate one of the biggest threats to the future of the planet, as well as promote the use and benefits of renewable energy.Adelgan is the founder of the Global Network for Environment and Economic Development Research (Gneeder), an NGO that that works in poor urban communities to improve quality of life, reduce air pollution and create cheap sources of domestic energy.The organisation is currently working on another power-generating project for impoverished West Africans, using cassava factory waste.Projects are based in Nigeria and Ghana at the moment, but there are plans to roll them out in other sub-Saharan countries.Keeping water cleanIn Nigeria regulation of abattoir waste is lax, and there are few facilities for water treatment. In Ibadan, the country’s second biggest city, waste from the Bodija Municipal Abattoir used to run out into open drains. These are connected to surface water sources, which resulted in severe contamination of groundwater with pathogens such as salmonella, Escherichia coli, and the deadly Rift Valley fever virus.The waste water from this abattoir has an extremely high biochemical oxygen demand, which is an indicator of organic pollution. Communities living in the area had no choice but to use the contaminated water, so the situation was desperate.“People were drinking from shallow wells,” said Adelgan in an interview, “and people in the neighbourhood were getting sick. They didn’t understand why they were getting sick.”Cows to Kilowatts started off as a collaborative project between Gneeder, the Centre for Youth, Family and the Law, and the Sustainable Ibadan project. The initial goal was merely to treat the abattoir waste in an effluent plant, rendering it less harmful to communities and the environment and preventing groundwater pollution.However, the team soon came across a related problem – the decomposing organic waste that was releasing carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere. Both are greenhouse gases, but methane is 23 times more lethal in bringing about climate change than carbon dioxide.A new strategy using biogas technology was introduced. Applicable on both large and small scales, the process uses reactors to digest organic waste and convert it into low-cost energy.The three founding organisations joined up with scientists at the Biogas Technology Research Centre at Thailand’s King Mongkut University of Technology Thonburi, and with funding from the UN Development Programme in Nigeria, they designed and built a pilot biogas plant in Ibadan. This uses an anaerobic fixed film digester to break down the waste. The resulting sludge is turned into high-quality organic fertiliser, and methane and carbon dioxide are collected before they can dissipate into the atmosphere and cause harm.The plant supplies around 5 400 cylinders of biogas per month, which is used for cooking, electricity generation, and to power vehicles – at just 25% of the cost of liquefied natural gas. Furthermore, the organic fertiliser is sold to farmers at a fraction of the cost of chemical fertiliser.Poor families often have to rely on kerosene, paraffin and wood for heating, cooking and light, which pollute the air in the home. By using biogas they not only improve their living conditions, but also help curb deforestation, as the demand for wood drops.Honouring innovationEstablished in 2001, the Tech Awards came about as a result of the State of the Future report, a publication of the Millennium Project of the American Council of the United Nations University. The report stated that acknowledgement of innovation through awards is a valuable tool for stimulating scientific and technological breakthroughs to improve people’s quality of life.The Tech Awards programme pays tribute to technology that enables people to live a better life. It honours 15 enterprising projects in five categories: health, education, equality, the environment, and economic development. There are three winners in each category, and the top five laureates walk away with US$50 000 (R378 717) each.Laureates are then inducted into the Tech Awards Network, which provides opportunities for learning, networking and collaboration.last_img read more

Six Videography Tips for Shooting in Bright Sunlight

first_imgIn this roundup, check out some tips for keeping your cool and shooting quality footage in bright sunlight for your next video project.Cover image by welcomia.It’s hot in the summer desert sun. After driving a few miles out of town, the west Texas landscape opens up and seems to stretch for endless miles in every direction. Pulling the car over on the side of the two-lane blacktop, I crunch across the dry earth to the edge of a snaking barbed-wire fence post to set up my camera and tripod.When shooting in middle of the day in bright sunlight, you have to be aware of more than the normal videography factors. Not only do you have your composition to compose, you also have to take care of yourself and protect your gear from overheating. From one solo videographer out in the fields to others in all types of bright light outdoor situations, here are some tips to keep in mind when shooting video in the bright sunlight.1. Stay Safe and CoolImage by Kristina Kokhanova.Number one: don’t die. Don’t get overheated, dehydrated, attacked by rattlers, or run over by a semi. Also, make sure your camera stays safe and cool as well. This means preparing accordingly and being ready for any setback or emergency. In the hot summer, shade isn’t just a style choice, it’s a precaution. In cold weather you can be more lax, but drinking and bringing plenty of water is always a concern.For some tips on keeping yourself and your camera safe in hot weather, check out this article. Safety should always be your foremost concern.2. Shade Your MonitorImage by Kolbakova Olga.After safety, your next biggest issue is visibility. For my trip, I was shooting on a Canon 5D Mark IV, which has a built-in monitor on the back of the camera. In bright sunlight, this quickly becomes a problem for viewing and setting your shots. Other cameras might have side-mounted monitors, which can turn or rotate. In any case, you’ll need to find a way to provide some shade so you can view your monitor optimality.You have some options here, whether it’s some brand-recommended monitor covers, a portable monitor to move and shade remotely (here’s a great hands-on review of one option), or a DIY fix with a towel or extra shirt to cover yourself and the monitor to check your shot.3. High F-StopImage by Aris Suwanmalee.If you’re new to this, you’ll quickly learn just how much bright light will push your camera’s F-stop to keep from blowing out your shot. Before applying some tricks to darken your light input (more on that below), you’ll need to know what this means for your shot. A high F-stop means a wider depth of field, which isn’t always a bad thing. For more information on what high and low F-stops mean for your shot, check out this in-depth resource.4. ND FiltersImage by happylemon.Once you understand lighting and F-stops, you may want to consider using neutral density (ND) filters. Some cameras may have these built-in, while others screw on to the end of your lenses. An ND filter will do more than just reduce light — it can also help to bring out image color and contrast while allowing you more control of your depth of field.Here’s a good article for more on ND and other filters.5. Keep Track of the Sun and ShadowsImage by Andrei Trentea.You could say trudging out under the middle-of-the-day, 100-degree, Texas sun is a terrible idea, and I’d be quick to agree with you. First off, you’re putting yourself in the harshest and most dangerous elements. Secondly, your shots may not have all the beautiful dynamics you get during a cooler magic hour shoot. However, sometimes you may want that middle-of-the day look, which can actually provide some beautiful compositions without shadows altogether.The sun is the most powerful dynamic in any outdoor daytime shoot. Keeping track of its location (and the shadows it casts) will give you more options for creating dynamic compositions.6. Pick Your SpotsImage by welcomia.As with keeping track of the sun and any shadows, shooting in bright sunlight requires you to know what you want then find the safest and best way to get your shots. If you know you want magic hour, you may want to get up in the early darkness to trek to your scouted locations so that you can be done by the time the sun starts to heat up. Use all the tools and resources at your disposal to keep yourself safe and shaded and your shots dynamic and awesome.For some more articles on videography tips and tricks, check out these articles.Shoot, Produce, Edit: The Rise of the Pro “Shreditor”Get Sharper Footage with These 7 Focus TricksRun-and-Gun Production Tips for Documentary Filmmakers7 Things All Video Professionals Should Share with ClientsEducate Yourself: 16 Must-Read Books for Filmmakers and Videographerslast_img read more

23 days agoBVB chief Watzke mocks Aubameyang over Arsenal move: Champions League on TV!

first_imgBVB chief Watzke mocks Aubameyang over Arsenal move: Champions League on TV!by Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has taken aim at Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The Gabon international left Dortmund in January 2018 for a lucrative move to Arsenal. And Watzke has laughed at Aubameyang spending the last two seasons watching the Champions League on television.”Of course it is hard to keep a player in the face of such sums,” Watzke told Suddeutsche Zeitung. “Some go to clubs because of this money, where they have not played Champions League for years.”Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who plays great at Arsenal, will probably be warm-hearted when he looks at his bank account, but on Wednesdays, will be saddened when he has to watch the Champions League on television.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

5 hours agoMan Utd fullback Wan-Bissaka: I idolised Thierry Henry

first_imgMan Utd fullback Wan-Bissaka: I idolised Thierry Henryby Ansser Sadiq5 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveAaron Wan-Bissaka aspired to emulate Arsenal legend Thierry Henry when he was a youngster.The 21-year-old instead developed into a promising fullback, earning a 50m move to Manchester United over the summer.”Growing up I looked up to Henry,” the Englishman told Joe.”I just like goals, I liked the way he scored goals. I always pictured myself scoring goals when I was younger.”I trained there (at right-back) a few times because Palace needed players in that position, that’s when they noticed how good I am at tackling and defending.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

2016 ACC Tournament Bracket, Schedule, Analysis

first_imgMalcolm Brogdon brings the ball up the floor during ACC Tournament.GREENSBORO, NC – MARCH 16: Malcolm Brogdon #15 of the Virginia Cavaliers bring the ball up court against Tyler Thornton #3 of the Duke Blue Devils during the championship game of the 2014 Men’s ACC Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on March 16, 2014 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The Madness is almost here! After Saturday’s regular season finale, the bracket for the ACC Tournament has officially been set. The event kicks off at noon on Tuesday, March 8, with 12-seed N.C. State vs. 13-seed Wake Forest. North Carolina claims the No. 1 seed, and will face the winner of Pittsburgh and Syracuse on Thursday, while Virginia is the No. 2 seed, and will take on the Clemson-Georgia Tech winner. The Tar Heels and Cavaliers are both in contention for No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. Ticket information is available here.Here is the full bracket:2016 acc tournament bracket Every ACC Tournament game will be available on either ESPN or ESPN2, as well as the ACC Network.Favorite: North Carolinaunc logoThe Tar Heels captured the ACC regular season title, beating Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday night. Roy Williams’ squad has a talented assemblage of frontcourt talent, led by ACC Player of the Year candidate Brice Johnson, who averages 16.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. He is joined by Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks, to make up one of the deepest forward rotations in the country. Marcus Paige leads the way for UNC’s guards. He’s taken a bit of a backseat this season, averaging just 12 points a game after scoring over 17 per game in 2013-14, and over 14 last season. He provides excellent leadership, and is a clutch performer. The Tar Heels haven’t been perfect this season, and have had some close calls in ACC play, but with their depth and talent, they are the definite favorite in this year’s tournament.Sleeper: DukedukeCalling Duke a “sleeper” is probably a tough sell, but this year’s edition of the Blue Devils is definitely not a vintage Mike Krzyzewski team. The team hit a real swoon at mid-season, and fellow out of the Top 25 altogether, but in recent weeks it has rebounded to become a very dangerous outfit. Guard Grayson Allen is the latest in a long line of classic Duke heels, and he backs it up with his play. He averages 21.5 points per game this season. Rangy freshman forward Brandon Ingram is a dynamic player, who is a likely Top 5 pick in this year’s NBA Draft. With the loss of Amile Jefferson for the season, the Blue Devils don’t have much depth, which is the team’s main issue. However, if Allen, Ingram, and the rest of the team gets hot, it can absolutely make a run in the post-season.last_img read more

It’s going to be amazing but gruelling: Jonny Bairstow on World Cup, Ashes

first_imgLondon: England batsman Jonny Bairstow can’t wait for the “biggest summer” of his cricket career to get underway with the World Cup this month but he also expects it to be the most gruelling as the Ashes is lined up just a few weeks later. Bairstow, who scored 445 runs from 10 matches for Sunrisers Hyderabad in his debut IPL season, will be a key player for the England in the World Cup starting May 30 in the United Kingdom. The World Cup will end on July 14 and the Ashes, against arch-rivals Australia, will start August 1. “It is huge. It is the biggest summer I will ever be involved in. It is the biggest ever summer for English cricket full stop,” he told ‘The Daily Telegraph’. “A World Cup and an Ashes; it is going to be amazing. You dream of winning them. If you can’t dream about that and think what that is going to feel like then what is the point (of playing)? “At the same time you know it is going be a gruelling summer. Five Tests at the end of World Cup is going to be tough, mentally and physically,” he added. Bairstow played alongside Australia’s David Warner, who came back after serving a one-year ban for his role in the infamous ball-tampering scandal, in the IPL. Speaking of his impressions of the controversial but swashbuckling batsman from Down Under, Bairstow said, “I think that experience (ball-tampering) can only change you as a person. He was a very good team-mate, he passed on a lot of knowledge about local bowlers, game-plans, pitches, everything. He was excellent.” All praise he might be for Warner but the Englishman said there would be no love lost when the two square off during the Ashes. “We can say hello now. We did not have a connection before, but now we’ve played together and done well together and had a good partnership it will make a difference. “We spent five weeks together having dinner and coffees. It changes things but it will still be England versus Australia,” he said. Bairstow also spoke of an interaction with England football manager Gareth Southgate, who was widely credited for the team’s run till semifinals of the FIFA World Cup last year. The batsman, however, did not elaborate on the interaction. “The biggest thing for us will be home support, playing in front of our own fans. We heard from Gareth Southgate last week. He was brilliant. A lovely guy. The football lads were so meticulous in their planning for the World Cup last year.last_img read more