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Peter Crouch’s Vardy verdict: ‘I would have NEVER retired from England’

first_img 2 Crouch – who was hailed for his brilliant strike-rate in a Three Lions shirt, scoring 22 goals in 42 appearances – has not been called up to the England squad since 2010 after being dropped by Fabio Capello.But the 37-year-old insists he has never officially hung up his boots from the national side and would have NEVER called it quits.Speaking on the Weekend Sports Breakfast, the Stoke City striker said: “I don’t think I would have ever retired.“But, having said that, I understand where Jamie Vardy is coming from to a certain degree.“I’ve been there, certainly with Fabio Capello towards the end. Vardy made four appearances at the World Cup, but started just one game – the Group G dead rubber against Belgium “You go away for ten days, everyone else is with their families or relaxing, and you don’t even get any minutes.“You literally train, sit in a hotel and you’re bored stiff while you could be doing other things and resting.“So although I wouldn’t do it, I do sympathise with Vardy because I’ve been there.“It’s one of those things people don’t like to see, because it looks like you’re turning your back on your country – but I’m sure he hasn’t done that.”Listen back to Peter Crouch on the Weekend Sports Breakfast IN FULL above! Crouchy scored against France in his last appearance for England back in 2010 2 Peter Crouch has told talkSPORT he sympathises with Jamie Vardy about his decision to hang up his boots for England, but insists he would have NEVER retired from representing the Three Lions.Vardy called it a day with the national team following their run to the World Cup semi-finals this summer.The Leicester City striker made himself unavailable for selection as Gareth Southgate prepares for the start of his side’s qualification campaign for the 2020 European Championships – which kicks off against Spain on Saturday evening.Vardy, who has scored seven goals in 26 appearances for England, has said he ‘hasn’t shut the door completely’ and ‘wouldn’t say no’ if asked to return to help solve an injury crisis.last_img read more

Ferndale surrenders early lead in loss

first_imgFerndale High played one great quarter of football in its season debut.But as head coach Clint McClurg was quick to point out following his team’s 28-17 loss to visiting Clear Lake, Saturday afternoon at Coach Carlson Field, the Wildcats didn’t do it for four quarters.“We have aspirations of being a great team,” McClurg said. “But to do that, it takes constancy. We can’t have just one good quarter, we need to be good throughout the entire game.”Ferndale scored all of its 17 points in the …last_img read more

#3. Update on Coy Wolf sighting in Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The #3 story of 2015 was: Update on Coy Wolf sighting in OhioAre there crosses between coyotes and wolves roaming the rural areas of Ohio? There is evidence to suggest that is the case and we have photos to prove it. There are clearly plenty of people around the state interested in the topic and other mysteries of Ohio wildlife.last_img

Two Artists Use Projection Mapping to Make a Forest Come Alive

first_imgThis film shows the creative potential of projection mapping in organic environments.Most video producers and filmmakers are accustomed to having their finished work projected on a flat screen, but have you ever seen footage projected on organic surfaces? That’s exactly what Friedrich van Schoor and Tarek Mawad did in their art film Projections in the Forest.Instead of using a traditional projection mapping surface like a screen, building or wedding cake, the artists decided to use the rugged and organic surfaces found in the forest, from mushrooms to spiderwebs. The result is an avatar-like image that can only be described as amazing.The film was inspired by a natural phenomenon known as bioluminescence, the emission of light by a living organism. The filmmakers took careful considerations when projecting their video on the forest to play off the natural beauty and shape of the objects in nature, rather than simply project a square image on them.If you haven’t already seen the video here it is:As you can probably imagine, shooting the video was quite a feat to accomplish. In the following behind the scenes video you can see what went into creating this innovative project. The artists had to work day and night to get the perfect shots, while overcoming some challenging obstacles like frogs jumping, lining up the projections, and working with a complicated rig.From the video we can see that Friedrich and Tarek used a combination of Photoshop and After Effects to create the luminescent designs.If you want to read more about Projections in the Forest check out the website that Friedrich and Tarek created for the project. On the website you can read more about how they got the shots, where they drew their inspiration from, how they prepared, and the entire production process.What did you think about this video and technique? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Key accused in Dadri lynching case gets bail

first_imgThe Allahabad High Court on Monday granted bail to Vishal Rana, a key accused in the lynching case of Mohammad Akhlaq in Dadri. Residents of Bishahra village in Dadri, 45 kilometers from the national Capital, lynched Mohammad Akhlaqu, a fellow villager and brutally assaulted his younger son Danish, over rumours of them having eaten beef in September 2015. According to the chargesheet of Akhlaq’s murder case, Vishal Rana, son of a local BJP leader Sanjay Rana, spread the rumour of Akhlaq having eaten beef after which a village mob lynched the Muslim man. Rana was charged with 302, 307, 147, 148, 149, 323, 504, 506427, 458 of the IPC and Section 7 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act.While giving bail to Rana, Justice Pratyush Kumar in his order said, “It is submitted that co-accused Saurav, Shivam, Gaurav, Puneet and Arun having similar role to that of the applicant have already been granted bail by this court. Therefore the applicant is also entitled to be released on the bail on the ground of parity. Without commenting on the merits of the case, I find it a fit case for bail”J.B. Singh, one of the lawyers of Rana told The Hindu, “Honorable High Court granted bail to Vishal on the grounds of parity of other accused. The court did not go into the merits of the case”.Syed Farman Ahmad Naqvi, the lawyer of Akhlaq, however, told The Hindu that they will consider challenging the bail of all the accused who were named in the FIR, in the higher court.Despite Akhlaq’s murder case is under trial in a fast track court in Greater Noida, the charges are yet to be framed against the accused 22 months after he was lynched.With Rana’s bail, only three of the total 19 accused Sri Om, Rupendra and Vivek, will be in jail in the lynching case that led to a national debate on intolerance. One accused, Ravin Sisodia, died in jail due to apparent case of Chikangunya fever.last_img read more

Chance for Indian youngsters to shine on big stage

first_img(Eds: Updating with qualifying results)By Amanpreet SinghPune, Dec 31 (PTI) Indian youngsters, led by Yuki Bhambri, will look to exploit the familiar home conditions and start the new season on a high even as Wimbledon finalist and world number six Marin Cilic will start as favourite at the inaugural Tata Open Maharashtra, beginning here tomorrow.It?s easier said than done for the home players since there can?t be drastic progress in their game overnight but Bhambri and Ramkumar Ramanathan did enjoy stupendous success against top players in 2017, raising hopes.Apart from these two senior Pros, Sumit Nagal will also compete in the singles main draw after coming through qualifying stage.Nagal will make his debut on the ATP World Tour at this event, which moved out of Chennai due to financial issues. Much more is expected from the doubles draw, which will have four Indian pairs competing.Bhambri enjoys an unbeaten run on the tennis courts at the Balewadi Sports Complex since October 2015.The 25-year-old has won 10 matches here on the trot, pocketing two Challenger titles here but the level of opponents will be completely different at the ATP 250 event, fielding five top-50 players.The Delhi lad could not have asked for an easier draw as he opens his 2018 campaign against local boy Arjun Kadhe, who has returned to professional circuit only this year after completing graduation degree from University of Oklahoma and is ranked below 600.For long, India have been looking for a singles player who would compete on the big stage and inspire new generation.advertisementWhen Bhambri won the 2009 junior Australian Open and was ranked world number one, a lot of expectations were riding on him but did not materialise.He has the game but lack of support coupled with injuries marred his progress. Bhambri is India?s number one tennis player but he is still without a regular coach, who would travel with him on Tour.Nevertheless, Bhambri on his own has managed to break the top-100 barrier and will carry home hopes, irrespective of the tough field.Going by recent form and fitness, he is expected to reach at least the quarterfinals and may have to contend with world number 81 Pierre-Hugues Herbert from France after getting past Kadhe.Ramkumar, who shocked the world number eight Dominic Thiem at Antalya Open, has been drawn to meet Spain?s Carballes Baena, the world number 108, in his opening round.The gritty Chennai boy will run into Cilic, if he crosses first hurdle. It?s time that Ramkumar, who is aggressive and has a fearsome inside out forehand, makes his presence felt at the biggest tennis event in India.Mere doing well on the Challenger circuit will not take him to the Grand Slams. He has shown promise but perhaps needs to have more faith in his talent. A win over a player of Thiems caliber would not come, if he did not have it in him.With that win, the mental barrier has been broken and it must be taken forward. He has got tremendous support from TNTA, which has taken care of his training in Spain.Nagal joined his senior Davis Cup colleagues in the main draw after battling past Spains Adrian Menendez Maceiras 6-2 3-6 6-4 in the final qualifying round. Prajnesh Gunneswaran though fell at the final hurdle following a 5-7 5-7 defeat at the hands of top seed Brazilian Thiago Monteiro.Nagal had ended the year on a high by winning the Bengaluru Open and has carried the good form into the fresh season as he is set to make his debut on the ATP World Tour.He will be up against another qualifier from Belarus Ilya Ivashka, who defeated Carlos Taberner.Cilic, who suffered a shock second round defeat in the last edition in Chennai, did not end the season on great note, losing all three matches at season-ending finale in London but ended a runner-up to Roger Federer at the Wimbledon.The six feet six inches Croat has beaten most of the players in the field, including defending champion Roberto Bautista Agut, in 2017 and barring an upset, is unlikely to be challenged much before the semifinal stage.He managed to win only one title on the Tour ? Istanbul Cup ? out of three finals in 2017 and it is the easiest of draw for him to win a trophy at the start of the season.Bautista-Agut, the world number 20, will be under pressure to defend his points even as he is the only player in the singles draw to have won two titles in 2017 ? Chennai and Winston Salem Open.advertisementAnother hot contender would be US Open finalist and second seed Kevin Anderson, the world number 14 from South Africa.He had a breakthrough performance at the last Grand Slam of the year, losing to the great Rafael Nadal in the final. He had also ended a runner-up at the Citi Open, where he lost the trophy to world number eight Alexander Zverev of Germany.Apart from these three, the other top-50 players in the draw are Benoit Paire (41) and Robin Haase (42).India will have lot of interest in doubles where nine Indians are in the fray. Legendary Leander Paes and his partner Purav Raja have been pitted against defending champions Rohan Bopanna and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan.It?s a match which could easily been reserved for a final, due to obvious reasons.Paes, at 44, is not winning much on the ATP World Tour, but the sheer passion for the game is still driving the legend. There is a strong possibility that it would one of the last times that fans will see him play at home since there are not many events India.Had it not been for timely effort of MSLTA, India would have lost the only ATP World Tour event it hosts. PTI AT BS BSlast_img read more

Would Baseballs AllTime AllStar Team Go 1620

Every year, MLB’s All-Star game brings together the best players from each league to form two superteams. For one game, we get to see Jose Fernandez as a reliever against lineups in which Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera hit back to back. But unlike the NBA’s fantasy rosters made real, we never get to glimpse how dominant such a talent-laden squad would be against normal MLB competition. So with a little statistical analysis and some conjecture, I took a guess at how well an MLB All-Star team would fare in a regular season — and even how often they’d go a perfect 162-0.1This piece was prompted by an email from reader Rich Chiesa, so thanks, Rich.To get an idea of how good each All-Star team would be, I added up the wins above replacement2The FanGraphs version. for every All-Star team’s best player at each position since 1933 (the first year of the All-Star Game). To further make things comparable to regular-season teams, I summed the top five pitchers’ WAR totals to get a rotation’s worth of pitching WAR.3I excluded relievers from the rosters in order to make an apples-to-apples comparison across history, since relief pitching didn’t really exist in anything like its current form until the 1970s. I also did not consider any WAR contributed by the designated hitter for each All-Star and regular season team, since the DH did not exist before 1973. The result of all this was a predicted WAR total for each All-Star team, which I could use as a comparison against real regular-season teams.Not surprisingly, All-Star teams tend to carry far more talent in their ranks than most normal teams. The average All-Star squad put 60 full-season WAR on the field, which is about the same as the 1976 Reds — widely regarded as one of the best teams in MLB history. No regular-season team in history exceeded the 1927 Yankees’ 66.3 WAR, but about 30 percent of All-Star teams would have if given the chance to play together in the regular season.But 66.3 WAR is kind of an abstract idea; what most fans care about is Ws and Ls. To establish how well these All-Star rosters might have fared in the standings, I used regular-season teams as a guide. I regressed their winning percentages against the total WAR on their rosters to get a sense for how much each additional WAR was worth.4I used a logit transformation on these winning percentages, since I expected them to become asymptotic at some point (i.e., no team can win more than 100 percent of its games). The correlation between a team’s WAR total and its winning percentage was a robust and statistically significant 0.82. As expected, each win above replacement contributed to a team increases winning percentage by roughly 0.7 points, or the equivalent of about one win in a 162-game schedule. By this method, practically every All-Star team would be predicted to have a winning record, and the average All-Star squad would be predicted to win 73.4 percent of its games.5The sole All-Star team predicted to have a losing record was the 1933 National League’s outfit, and this is largely by virtue of the fact that they listed only four pitchers on their roster. In a 162-game schedule a .734 winning percentage would lead to 120 wins, a feat no real-life team has ever achieved. And that’s just the average; the very best All-Star teams — the top 10 percent — would be predicted to win more than 81 percent of their games, or 132 contests in a regular season.Standing atop that group as the best All-Star team ever was the 1997 National League squad. (Which, by the way, lost to the AL 3-1, a reminder that in any one game a superteam can lose to a merely great team, especially if there isn’t much at stake.) Seven players from that roster have already made the Hall of Fame, with two more (third baseman Chipper Jones and pitcher Curt Schilling) likely to reach induction in the near future, and a few others (such as outfielder Barry Bonds and first baseman Jeff Bagwell) mainly excluded over performance-enhancing drug concerns. (By comparison, only five players from the AL team that opposed them have made the hall so far.) Combined, the top players on the ’97 NL team produced 86.2 WAR; six of them reached the MVP level threshold of 6 WAR; their worst position player, Jones, ended up producing 3.7 WAR — still 23rd best in the NL.We can’t say for sure how such a team might have fared over a 162-game schedule; the assumptions of any model can break down at the extremes, particularly since we’re trying to extrapolate from a sample of regular-season teams that have never been anywhere near as powerful. But by the model outlined above, the 1997 NL All-Stars would have been predicted to win 87 percent of their games, or 140 times in a season. Even given the amount of luck in baseball records,6Random variation can can cause a team’s win total to fluctuate by something like 6 to 10 wins per year. the ’97 NL would hypothetically go undefeated only once every six billion seasons. (So the best team in baseball history — by a huge margin — would still be the longest of long shots for a perfect record.)I can, of course, take things a step further and assemble the all-time greatest All-Star team. By assembling the greatest single-season performances at each position throughout history, I can build a team with almost 137 WAR, more than 50 percent better than the greatest single All-Star team ever. This team — with Lou Gehrig from 1934 manning first base, Barry Bonds from 2002 in the outfield, and ’99 Pedro Martinez sharing a rotation with ’72 Steve Carlton — would be predicted to win 96.8 percent of its games, becoming the first 157-game winner. With a lot of luck, it could eke out an undefeated regular season, but even for them it would be far from a certainty. (According to the binomial distribution, it would happen once every 200 or so seasons.)Obviously, no such team will ever play the regular season, and this simplified approach ignores many factors that limit teams from such otherworldly performance, such as injuries and the grind of the long schedule. Even so, it’s intriguing to consider how overwhelming an All-Star team likely would be in the face of regular-season competition. For a game in which the default is to fail seven times out of 10, most All-Star teams would suddenly make baseball look quite easy.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Pujols wants the biggest contract in MLB history – and I dont

You would think the only player in Major League Baseball history to hit .300, have 30 home runs and drive in 100 runs for 10 consecutive seasons would be the highest-paid player in baseball — but he’s not. St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols isn’t even the highest-paid player on his team. That would be outfielder Matt Holliday, whose $120 million contract he signed last year is $20 million more than what Pujols received in 2004. Don’t get me wrong, $100 million is a lot of money. But when it comes to professional sports, and especially baseball, Pujols is vastly underpaid for the numbers he puts up. The fact that Hiroki Kuroda made more during the 2010 season than Pujols just doesn’t make sense. And that you just asked yourself who Hiroki Kuroda is, is my point exactly. Now, maybe you’re thinking that the Cardinals just pulled a Bronx Bombers and have two of the highest-paid guys in the league — but Pujols isn’t even in the top 25 when it comes to his annual salary as of the end of the 2010 season. That’s a little hard to wrap my head around, considering former Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox said he would give Pujols $50 million a season. Cox is not far off. A good barometer of where Pujols stands is comparing him to New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez. They both have put up consistent numbers over the years, except for income. For the 2010 season, they put up somewhat similar numbers, with Pujols batting .042 higher with 12 more home runs and A-Rod having seven more RBIs. Rodriguez’s annual salary for the 2010 season, $33 million, was more than double what Pujols made. Pujols will creep a little closer to that $33 million because of the Cardinals exercising their option for 2011, which will put him at a base salary of $16 million for 2011. But still nowhere close to A-Rod status. The Cardinals had offered Pujols a contract extension earlier in the year, which some baseball insiders reported to be in the vicinity of 10 years, $200 million, but Pujols respectfully declined. And he was right to decline that. He knows what his value is, and the Cardinals are coming up short on their offer. It’s like any other profession: If you are great at what you do, someone will pay you what you are worth. It has been rumored that Pujols is looking for $300 million, but there is no way he’s going to get that, especially if he “wants to be a Cardinal forever,” like he says. $300 million would be a little steep for a team whose payroll is just more than $93 million. But that is the beauty of America and free agency: If you don’t like the offer, you can look somewhere else. It won’t come down to that, though. The Cardinals and Pujols will secretly negotiate during the season and work out a deal that satisfies both parties. Prediction: 9 years, $262 million. read more

Sami Khedira is happy after signing new Juventus contract

first_imgThe former Real Madrid player talks how well he feels with the Italian Lega Serie A club and what’s next on his careerSami Khedira has been with Juventus since he decided in 2015 to leave Real Madrid.And now the player has signed a new deal keeping him in the team until 2021.In an interview with Juventus TV, he spoke on the challenged he overcame to get to where he is now with his current team.“It’s an important day and I’m very happy to have signed a new contract with Juventus, an extraordinary day, after Madrid I thought it would not be easy to find a club to have new challenges, then I found Juventus,” he said.“It’s my fourth year and I’m going to stay here for a long time, that’s why I renewed my contract, it’s enough to go out on the street or to the stadium to understand what it means to wear this special shirt.”Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“You have to fight and take it with pride, so I’m very happy that we managed to find a new deal for the next few years so that I can continue to play for Juventus,” he explained.“Juve is synonymous with history and if you play in Juventus you must be a champion, you must always give your all and be proud to play here.”“Because it is the best club in Italy and I hope it will soon be in Europe too,” he warned.I just extended my contract at @Juventusfc until 2021. Since my first day I’ve had a special feeling and it quickly felt like home here. I’m very proud to be a part of the great history of the club and of the Juventus family. Let’s continue to make black and white history ?? pic.twitter.com/Cz5Fk7oZPn— Sami Khedira (@SamiKhedira) September 12, 2018last_img read more

Bahamiam veteran journalist and photographer presents a copy of his book to

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 1, 2017 – Nassau – Veteran Journalist and Photographer Eric Rose presented a copy of his book, Poetry of A Life Renewed, to Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General, during a courtesy call at Government House, Tuesday, October 31, 2017.(BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson) Related Items:last_img