Other Sports Kiren Rijiju assures help to ‘India’s Usain Bolt’ who ‘ran 100 meters in 11 seconds’

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has assured help to the 24-year-old man from Madhya Pradesh, hailed by many as India’s Usain Bolt, whose video of running 100 meters in just 11 seconds has gone viral. Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had come across the video and asked Rijiju to support the sprinter to advance his skills.“India is blessed with talented individuals. Provided with right opportunity & right platform, they’ll come out with flying colours to create history! Urge @IndiaSports Min. @KirenRijiju ji to extend support to this aspiring athlete to advance his skills!” Chouhan tweeted.On Shivraj’s request, the Sports Minister assured that he will arrange to put the man at an athletic academy. “Pls ask someone to bring him to me @ChouhanShivraj ji. I’ll arrange to put him at an athletic academy,” Rijiju tweeted.Soon after Rijiju’s tweet, the Sports Ministry also assured all support to the 24-year-old Rameshwar Singh and informed that he has been called to SAI Bhopal.“Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has assured all support to 24-yr-old Rameshwar Singh. He has been called to #SAI Bhopal & will be joining the centre shortly. His training requirements will be assessed & given support to make a career in sport,” the Sports Authority of India tweeted.Speaking to news agency ANI, Singh said that he was preparing for the last 4-5 years and showed zeel to win medal for the country. “I’ve been preparing for 4-5 yrs.I want to win a medal for the country.Govt has assured me of good training facilities.I won’t break the govt’s trust,” the agency quoted him as saying. last_img read more

Top-ranked Trojans gear up for Pac-12 Tournament

first_imgIn the match against No. 5 UCLA (20-3, 6-1), USC made a swift recovery from dropping the doubles point by coming out strong in singles.Junior Yannick Hanfmann, currently ranked No. 13 in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, knocked off UCLA’s No. 1 Clay Thompson in straight sets. The Trojans also got wins from juniors Eric Johnson and Roberto Quiroz as well as sophomore Max de Vroome in the 4-2 victory over the Bruins.“Those four guys led us — Yannick, Roberto, Max and Eric,” said USC head coach Peter Smith. “To play in that kind of atmosphere against your big rival and rise to the occasion, you’ve got to feel good about that.”With the resounding comeback victory, USC completed an undefeated Pac-12 run this season, earned the top seed in the conference tournament and extended its win streak to 16 consecutive matches.The Trojans earned a first-round bye and will take on the No. 19 California Golden Bears today in the semifinals of the tournament. The Bears (15-6, 4-3) defeated Utah, 4-0, in Thursday’s quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals against USC.Earlier this season, the Trojans hosted the Bears and pulled off an easy 4-0 victory behind impressive doubles play and wins in singles by senior co-captain Ray Sarmiento as well as Johnson and de Vroome.Though Sarmiento played a key role in that victory, he has underperformed in conference matches this season. The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. native peaked at No. 3 in the national rankings in March, but a 2-4 record in Pac-12 play, including three losses to unranked players, has caused him to drop to No. 10.Still, Smith has faith in the three-time All-American.“He’s struggled as of late, but the one thing I know about Ray is when you least expect it, expect it,” Smith said. “He has a ton of experience, a ton of talent and he’s working hard.”Despite Sarmiento’s losing record in Pac-12 singles competition, he and Hanfmann have ascended to the top spot in the national doubles rankings. The duo entered the season unranked in the national polls, but has won nine straight matches and put together a 13-1 record overall.“We’re just communicating with each other and doing what works for the both of us,” Sarmiento said. “Our chemistry on court has definitely improved from last year, and we are just playing freely.”Hanfmann and Sarmiento have an impressive supporting cast behind them, as Johnson and de Vroome have also lit up the doubles scene this season. Though they are unranked, the teammates have put together a 22-9 record, including a 15-4 mark in dual-match play.Senior co-captain Michael Grant and freshman Nick Crystal are ranked No. 64 in the nation together despite no longer playing with each other. Crystal has played the last eight matches with Quiroz, with the pair going 7-1.More impressive than his success in doubles is Quiroz’s singles play this season. Ranked No. 43 in the nation by the ITA, the Ecuador native has won 16 straight matches and has only lost one match since dual match play began in January.By the numbers, the Trojans far outmatch their opponents today, with six ranked singles players and two ranked doubles teams.Cal’s Ben McLachlan is the team’s only ranked singles player, sitting at No. 61 in the national polls. The Bears’ Gregory Bayane and Chase Melton are ranked No. 23 in doubles, while McLachlan and Andre Goransson are ranked No. 85.Should the Trojans top the Bears for a second time this season, they would move into the finals, where they will likely face the Bruins again. After the team’s resounding victory against UCLA last Friday, Smith likes his team’s chances heading into the tournament.“We can beat them again,” Smith said. “It’s funny, we got pushed against the wall, and we decided to come out punching. And that’s the attitude we have to have, even when we’re up … Just having that mindset of not waiting for anybody to give us anything, not being afraid of the situation.”USC’s match against Cal kicks off today at noon in Ojai, Calif. The championship match will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday.Despite the fact that USC has already locked up a spot in the NCAA Tournament, which begins next month, Smith and his team are looking forward to playing this weekend.“A lot of people would shy away from this match,” Smith said. “I know that what is good for us is adversity. It’s a little easier to turn off the alarm and roll over and snuggle under the covers, but if you want to be the best and you want to achieve the goals that we’ve set for ourselves, you’ve got to put yourself in a tough spot. So we look forward to it, and you’ve got to embrace it.” USC’s men’s tennis team is back on top.After defeating crosstown rival UCLA last weekend, the Trojans (25-2, 7-0 Pac-12) earned the top seed in the Pac-12 Tournament and moved up to the No. 1 ranking in the nation.Snap out of it · Senior co-captain Ray Sarmiento has gone 2-4 in Pac-12 play this season, but looks to improve his conference record this weekend. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

NHL awards 2019: Picking the Hart, Norris, Vezina and other trophy winners

first_imgJune is still a long way away, but for now, Sporting News’ hockey experts offered up their picks for this year’s NHL annual awards.NHL MOCK DRAFT 2.0: Devils hit jackpot with Jack Hughes; lottery prizes aplenty after No. 1 General Manager of the YearExpertWinnerJackie SpiegelJarmo Kekalainen (Blue Jackets)Brandon SchlagerSteve Yzerman (Lightning)Steve KournianosBrad Treliving (Flames)Dave McCarthyGeorge McPhee (Golden Knights)Mike MurphyDoug Wilson (Sharks)Murray PamLoue Lamoriello (Islanders)Lyle RichardsonDon Sweeney (Bruins)Sammi SilberKyle Dubas (Maple Leafs)Yes, we know Steve Yzerman technically was not a general manager at any point during the 2018-19 season (and thus won’t be on the official ballot for this year’s award). But let’s not allow for semantics to distract from an honor so obviously and rightfully his.Put simply: Yzerman was responsible for all the heavy lifting building the 2018-19 Lightning, stepping down two days before training camp. The mastermind behind the greatest regular-season roster in the salary cap era should be a write-in on every ballot — playoff performance notwithstanding. — Brandon SchlagerJack Adams Award (Coach of the Year)ExpertWinnerJackie SpiegelBarry Trotz (Islanders)Brandon SchlagerBarry Trotz (Islanders)Steve KournianosBarry Trotz (Islanders)Dave McCarthyJon Cooper (Lightning)Mike MurphyCraig Berube (Blues)Murray PamBarry Trotz (Islanders)Lyle RichardsonJon Cooper (Lightning) Sammi SilberBarry Trotz (Islanders)This year’s Jack Adams race is so close that it has stolen some attention away from the most coveted individual player awards. There are so many bench bosses who are deserving of the honor this year, including Jon Cooper, Rick Tocchet, Barry Trotz, Bill Peters, Rod Brind’Amour and Craig Berube. You can definitely make a strong case for any of them, but it’s hard to beat what Berube pulled off in St. Louis.The Blues were dead in the water when Mike Yeo was fired Nov. 20 and Berube was named interim head coach. Under Berube, the Blues went 38-19-6 thanks in large part to the emergence of rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington and drastically improved even strength play. In other words, St. Louis transformed into a true Cup contender under Berube after a 7-9-3 start to the year and missing the playoffs in the 2017-18 season. — Mike MurphyBill Masterton Memorial Trophy (for dedication to hockey)ExpertWinnerJackie SpiegelRobin Lehner (Islanders)Steve KournianosRocco Grimaldi (Predators)Dave McCarthyRobin Lehner (Islanders)Mike MurphyRobin Lehner (Islanders)Murray PamRobin Lehner (Islanders)Lyle RichardsonRobin Lehner (Islanders)Sammi SilberDerek MacKenzie (Blue Jackets)The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to the sport. Robin Lehner is the epitome of the award’s definition.Making his debut at Islanders training camp in September, the goaltender revealed he’d been battling alcohol and substance issues throughout his career. The 27-year made the admission of struggling with his mental health that led to suicidal thoughts. While attending rehab during the off-season, Lehner received a diagnosis that he’s bipolar.After being non-tendered by the Sabres in June, Lehner signed a one-year “show-me” deal with the Islanders. The netminder did just that. Overcoming his demons, Lehner was a key contributor to his club’s surprising resurgence. The Swede had his best season statistically, finishing third league-wide in goals-against average (2.13) and second in save percentage (.930). Sharing the crease with Thomas Greiss, the tandem earned a 2.33 GAA to win the William Jennings Trophy.Frank J. Selke Trophy (Best defensive forward)ExpertWinnerJackie SpiegelElias Lindholm (Flames)Brandon SchlagerMark Stone (Golden Knights)Steve KournianosMark Stone (Golden Knights)Dave McCarthyPatrice Bergeron (Bruins)Mike MurphyAleksander Barkov (Panthers)Murray PamMark Stone (Golden Knights)Lyle RichardsonSidney Crosby (Penguins)Sammi SilberMark Stone (Golden Knights)Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Winners (most gentlemanly player)ExpertWinnerJackie SpiegelAleksander Barkov (Panthers)Steve KournianosSamuel Girard (Avalanche)Dave McCarthyRyan O’Reilly (Blues)Mike MurphyAleksander Barkov (Panthers)Murray PamAleksander Barkov (Panthers)Lyle RichardsonAleksander Barkov (Panthers)Sammi SilberAleksander Barkov (Panthers)Vezina Trophy (best goaltender)ExpertWinnerJackie SpiegelAndrei Vasilevskiy (Lightning)Brandon SchlagerBen Bishop (Stars)Steve KournianosJohn Gibson (Ducks)Dave McCarthyAndrei Vasilevskiy (Lightning)Mike MurphyAndrei Vasilevskiy (Lightning)Murray PamAndrei Vasilevskiy (Lightning)Lyle RichardsonBen Bishop (Stars)Sammi SilberAndrei Vasilevskiy (Lightning)Ben Bishop is a two-time finalist (2014, 2016) whose performance this season is Vezina-worthy. He led all starters in save percentage (.934), finished second in goals-against average (1.98) and third in shutouts (seven). Without his stellar performance this season, the Stars don’t make the playoffs. — Lyle RichardsonJames Norris Memorial Trophy (best defenseman)ExpertWinnerJackie SpiegelMark Giordano (Flames)Brandon SchlagerJohn Carlson (Capitals)Steve KournianosMark Giordano (Flames)Dave McCarthyMark Giordano (Flames)Mike MurphyMark Giordano (Flames)Murray PamMark Giordano (Flames)Lyle RichardsonMark Giordano (Flames)Sammi SilberJohn Carlson (Capitals)It’s been a long time coming for defenseman Mark Giordano, but finally, the Calgary captain will get his due. The 35-year-old recorded 74 points (17 goals, 57 assists) in 78 games during the regular season, finishing second to the Sharks’ Brent Burns. However, he led the NHL with a plus-39, which is really where the best defenseman should be. Looking to become just the fourth 35-or-older player to win, Giordano maintained an even keel in the Flames locker room and on the blueline as a veteran presence. — Jackie Spiegel Calder Memorial Trophy (best rookie)ExpertWinnerJackie SpiegelJordan Binnington (Blues)Brandon SchlagerElias Pettersson (Canucks)Steve KournianosElias Pettersson (Canucks)Dave McCarthyJordan Binnington (Blues)Mike MurphyElias Pettersson (Canucks)Murray PamElias Pettersson (Canucks)Lyle RichardsonElias Pettersson (Canucks)Sammi SilberElias Pettersson (Canucks)Ted Lindsay Award (best player as voted by players)ExpertWinnerJackie SpiegelConnor McDavid (Oilers)Brandon SchlagerConnor McDavid (Oilers)Steve KournianosConnor McDavid (Oilers)Dave McCarthyConnor McDavid (Oilers)Mike MurphySidney Crosby (Penguins)Murray PamNikita Kucherov (Lightning)Lyle RichardsonConnor McDavid (Oilers)Sammi SilberConnor McDavid (Oilers)Connor McDavid has won the Ted Lindsay the last two seasons and he could do it again this year. The 22-year-old finished with 41 goals and 116 points, trailing just Nikita Kucherov in points. With his leadership and skill, McDavid did what he could to keep Edmonton in the playoff race and has continued to shine above the team’s struggles. He’s also heavily respected by his fellow players, with Sidney Crosby even dubbing him the best player in the NHL earlier this season. — Sammi SilberMark Messier NHL Leadership AwardExpertWinnerJackie SpiegelJustin Williams (Hurricanes)Steve KournianosSidney Crosby (Penguins)Dave McCarthyJoe Thornton (Sharks)Mike MurphyMark Giordano (Flames)Murray PamZdeno Chara (Bruins)Lyle RichardsonJustin Williams (Hurricanes)Sammi SilberAlex Ovechkin (Capitals)Hart Memorial Trophy (MVP)ExpertWinnerJackie SpiegelNikita Kucherov (Lightning)Brandon SchlagerNikita Kucherov (Lightning)Steve KournianosConnor McDavid (Oilers)Dave McCarthyNikita Kucherov (Lightning)Mike MurphyNikita Kucherov (Lightning)Murray PamNikita Kucherov (Lightning)Lyle RichardsonNikita Kucherov (Lightning)Sammi SilberNikita Kucherov (Lightning)A simple case of the best player in the league being the clear-cut most valuable. McDavid continues to carry the Oilers on his back and even made a 50-goal scorer out of Leon Draisaitl. The lack of a supporting cast up front or a Norris-caliber defender on the back end has not hampered McDavid in the least, and he joined Alex Ovechkin as the only two players since Jeremy Roenick between 1992-1994 to register three straight 100-point seasons.Some might say McDavid at this best still doesn’t improve the Oilers in the standings. But Edmonton’s issues in amassing quality personnel have more to do with the shortcomings of its front office rather than with McDavid himself. — Steve Kournianos Now that the 2018-19 NHL season is fully behind us, and the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs are in full swing, it’s time to venture into the ever-tricky world of awards voting. Is the Hart Trophy destined for the Sunshine State? Is Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson’s name already etched on the Calder Trophy? And will we see Mark Giordano finally get his Norris due? These are just a few of the biggest questions that won’t be answered until the awards ceremony.last_img read more

Vintage Firehouse For Sale

first_imgLiberty House firehouse, 40 White St., was sold to Michael Morgan, of Rumson, for $400,000. Plans call for the structure to be redeveloped as residential and commercial use, possibly a restaurant or retail site on the first floor and apartments on the upper level. By John BurtonRED BANK – If you’ve ever wanted to own your very own firehouse, the Borough Council has one to sell you.The council is looking to sell the second of its borough-owned fire facilities. It is seeking bids for the firehouse at 32 Mechanic St. that currently houses the Independent Fire Company and its equipment. According to Borough Administrator Stanley Sickels, the two-story, approximately 2,200-square-foot building was constructed in 1910, at a time when the borough volunteer fire department relied primarily on hand-drawn and then horse-drawn equipment to battle local blazes.Given the building’s age, “It’s largely antiquated,” and limited in keeping modern firefighting equipment.“It’s very tight. There’s not a whole lot of space in the building,” for the company and equipment, he said.The location had first housed automotive equipment in 1912, according to Sickels, who also serves as the borough’s fire marshal as well as a longtime member of the borough’s volunteer fire department.The building remains largely as it was when it was first built and “it hasn’t been updated in decades,” Sickels noted. But the fire company did replace the roof in the aftermath of Sandy, when the 2012 super storm further damaged the already in poor shape roof, he continued.The local volunteer fire department, much like volunteer organizations around the state and country, has had difficulty getting new members. And with the diminished ranks, Sickels pointed out, the borough department is looking to consolidate membership and equipment among its six companies.The Independent Fire Company will likely move its equipment to the borough First Aid Squad facility, 121 Spring St., but the details are still being finalized by department members, according to Sickels.That was the case when borough officials looked to sell the Liberty Hose Fire Company firehouse, 40 White St., two years ago, when the company and equipment relocated to the First Aid building.Those seeking to submit a bid must do so by Aug. 30 prior to 10 a.m. Officials are planning to open them at 10 a.m. on that date at the Municipal Complex, 90 Monmouth St.Officials did not advertise for a minimum amount. But all bids must contain a $750 check to cover legal and search fees and cost of advertising, according to the borough council-approved resolution. In addition to the $750, bidders must enclose another check for 10 percent of the bid amount for deposit.Unsuccessful bids will have their money returned and if there is a winning bid, the purchaser will have 30 days to complete the transaction.Borough officials have the right to reject all bids, Sickles explained.Anyone who looks to buy the site “would need to update for a change of use,” and would be subject to all construction and development requirements, he added. The Independent company and Liberty House firehouses are the only two owned by the borough. The other fire companies are independently incorporated with the companies responsible for maintaining the buildings.last_img read more

Leafs, Hawks meet in Murdoch Showdown

first_img“I definitely have got to play with more discipline,” St. Pierre said after the Fernie game.“I thought (check) was clean but I can’t be taking risks like that anymore and I’m certainly starting to understand that now.”Despite losing twice during his last suspension — 6-5 in overtime to Castlegar and 5-2 to Grand Forks — St. Pierre is confident the Leafs can get the job done without their captain.“We’ve got a full defensive lineup now so that’s going to help the blueline but we also have a really strong leadership group I trust will easily make up for my absence and show be able to do a fine job without me,” he said.Joining St. Pierre in the stands is converted defenceman Blair Andrews, also serving a two-game suspension for the game accumulation of head contact minor penalties.Vlanich on way to Selkirk Saints next seasonFill the net and scouts will come calling.Which is why no one is surprised by the Selkirk Saints announcing earlier this week the Castlegar-based squad has received a commitment to play next fall from Trail native Jamie Vlanich.The 20-year-old sniper leads the KIJHL in scoring with 32 goals and 58 assists in 41 games.Vlanich also notched his 200th point during Saturday’s 5-1 win over Fernie.BV assistant suspended for abuse of an officialBeaver Valley Nitehawks will be a little short staffed on the bench for the weekend set against Nelson as assistant coach Jeremy Cominotto was handed a gross misconduct following the Hawks 3-1 loss to Fernie January 31.Cominotto is suspended for the next three games for abuse of an official. So does it really matter how the regular season plays out for the Beaver Valley Nitehawks and the Nelson Leafs?Nelson currently leads the Murdoch Division by four points as both teams prepare to play a Kootenay International Junior Hockey League home-and-home series beginning Friday in the Heritage City.However, Beaver Valley has played only 45 games to Nelson’s 47.But the way this season is shaping up, both teams no doubt will be seeing the other in the Murdoch Final come March.Entering the weekend the Hawks and Leafs have three more games against each other.Nelson has five games left on the regular season schedule while Beaver Valley has seven.Puck drop is 7 p.m. Friday in Nelson and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hawks Nest.Leafs Captain Darnel St. Pierre sits for both gamesThe Leafs will one again be missing captain Darnel St. Pierre from the lineup as the burly defenceman was whistled for another head contact penalty last Saturday against Fernie.last_img read more

South Africa: what defines us?

first_imgWhat is it that defines South Africa, that sets us apart from other countries? What is it that binds us, that makes us what we are – and what we could be? Give us a minute or two, complete the quick (completely anonymous) survey below – and help us get to the essence of the country we’re marketing to the world. Thank you for your support!last_img

OSA sets legislative priorities

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Soybean Association Board members met to review and update the organization’s policy priorities for the upcoming year. Some of the top priorities for 2018 are water quality, nutrient management, infrastructure, and fuel quality standards.Other OSA priorities for 2018 include: Water quality and nutrient managementThe Ohio Soybean Association (OSA) strongly supports implementation of the 4R concept of nutrient management — Right Source, Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place. Properly managed fertilizers supporting cropping systems that provide economic, social, and environmental benefits.Supports policies backed by science and research-based discoveries to create practical regulations.Supports allowing current policies and regulations the time needed to achieve expected outcomes.State FundingOhio Department of Higher Education: OSA supports full funding of the Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio State University Agricultural Research and Development Center, and the Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory at Lake Erie.Ohio Department of Natural Resources: OSA supports funding for the Clean Lake Erie Fund and continued funding to be utilized for feasible practices to reduce phosphorus in Lake Erie.Ohio Department of Agriculture: OSA supports the funding the Department needs to fulfill their required duties. Rural development• Supports efforts to increase broadband access to rural Ohio in order to help improve quality of life and create strong and competitive farming operations. Biobased products and biodiesel use• Supports and encourages the increased purchase and use of biobased products by state agencies• Supports the usage of biodiesel by state vehicles and heavy equipment and encourages the Ohio Legislature to explore the impact of a biodiesel requirement or incentives on all fuel sold in Ohio.• Supports biodiesel fuel quality standards to protect consumers from unknowingly purchasing substandard fuel, maintain the integrity of the fuel supply, and protect the reputation of biodiesel as a high quality, high performing fuel.• Supports timely and consistent inspections of bridges in rural areas, and adequate funding for bridge maintenance• Supports higher truck weight limit implementation when technology shows that increased limits are appropriate due to modern equipment• Supports resources allocated toward the upgrade of inland water systems and harbor management.last_img read more

Fiscal update to lay out competitiveness plan close loop on some Liberal

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government will release a fall economic update later today that will seek to close the loop on some of its outstanding mandate commitments, leaving the door open for the Liberals to use next year’s budget as their 2019 election platform.The document will also include Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s long-awaited plan to help Canada compete for investment dollars, which many warn has become increasingly difficult following major tax and regulatory changes in the United States.Morneau has faced pressure to lower Canada’s corporate rate — but the government has signalled it will focus on targeted measures to accelerate investment rather than across-the-board tax cuts.A government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, says Ottawa’s competitiveness blueprint will be fiscally responsible and designed to entice companies to choose Canada over the U.S. when it comes to investments.The official says the fall statement will also show that Canada’s annual projections for the federal deficit and the debt burden will continue to slide downward on trajectories similar to those outlined in the 2018 budget.The Liberals have faced regular criticism from the Opposition Conservatives for abandoning their 2015 vow to run only modest annual shortfalls of no more than $10 billion and to eliminate the deficit by 2019.Morneau’s budget last February predicted an $18.1-billion shortfall for this fiscal year — a number expected to gradually shrink to $12.3 billion in 2022-23, including annual $3-billion cushions to offset risks.The Liberals have no timetable to eliminate the deficits even though the economy is running close to full strength, which has raised concerns among some economists.The Canadian Presslast_img read more