Mitchell Starc threatens to hit Ravichandran Ashwin on the head with a bouncer

first_imgThe ongoing four-Test series between India and Australia has been acrimonious with players from both sides trading verbal blows but Australian pacer Mitchell Starc’s latest comments could send relations between the two teams spiralling down further. (Johnson, Warne take a dig at Virat Kohli’s Team India after Ranchi draw)Also watch: Cheteshwar Pujara is definitely India’s wall: Michael Clarke to India TodayThe injury-prone Starc had to return home after Australia were crushed in Bengaluru as India drew level following a heavy defeat in Pune. But the left-arm pacer, far from the maddening action in India, did not want to miss out on the banter and sledging that has dominated the series and took a nasty dig at star India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, promising to hit him on the head when he next visited Australia. (Inability to bowl us out will be hurting India, says Steven Smith)”I look forward to bowling to Ashwin in Australia. (I might) take his advice and hit him on the badge,” Starc was quoted as saying by (Steve Smith says Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh repaid his faith)Starc’s insensitive comments come on the back of a cheeky response by Ashwin, who had rubbed his forehead with a forefinger after dismissing the Aussie all-rounder during the visitors’ failed run-chase at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. (Virat Kohli alleges Australia of disrespecting team physio Patrick Farhart)As Australia stuttered and stumbled in their 188-run chase on a tricky Bengaluru pitch in the second Test, Ashwin, who had rocked the visitors with three wickets before tea, snuffed out the dangerous Starc. As part of the celebrations, Ashwin rubbed his forehead with his index finger. (Sunil Gavaskar says Virat Kohli missed a trick in Ranchi)advertisementFor those of you wondering why Ashwin did that, here’s a recap of what happened in India’s second innings. Starc was bowling a fiery spell on Sunday and Abhinav Mukund was in the firing line. As it happened, a top-edge off his bat flew over his head for a six. It was then that Starc rubbed his forehead with his index finger.Ashwin was clearly standing up for a teammate and added insult to Starc’s injury after a crucial blow.While India’s players have been matured enough to leave the onfield rivalry behind, Starc’s latest comments could pave the way for another controversy.In 2014, Australian batsman Phil Hughes was killed after being hit on the head by a bouncer. Ever since, there have been serious concerns after batsmen have copped blows on their headgear. Starc, in retrospection, might be embarrassed with his words.Australia, the pioneers of mental disintegration, have been clearly rattled by India’s onslaught over the last two decades. In 2014, the likes of David Warner and Steve Smith were involved in some heated moments with Indian cricketers before Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma responded in kind.This time, Smith’s brain fade moment has clearly overshadowed the intense cricket between the two sides. India’s response to Australia’s verbal volleys have not been dealt with deftly by the tourists.”(The on-field banter has) probably come a lot more from their side than ours.”There was a lot made of it before the series and there was so much hype before the series. I think we’ve just gone about the cricket that we have done for a long period of time now.”last_img read more

Health Minister Calls for Behaviour Change to Tackle Obesity

first_img Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says behaviour change is critical to reduce obesity levels and to improve lifestyle choices in the country.“Part of the challenge that we face in combatting the scourge of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is that we are not as consistent as we ought to be in trying to address, not just perception but also behavioural change,” he said.Dr. Tufton was speaking at the launch of the third phase of the obesity-prevention campaign in Jamaica, held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on October 11.“This (change) doesn’t come overnight; this is going to require consistent effort. It is going to have to deal with objections, which you will get from time to time, and what we are aiming to do is to create, over time, a change in behaviour because until we change behaviour, we are not going to achieve the objectives that we have set for ourselves,” he said.Data from the 2016/17 Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey showed that one in two Jamaicans or 54 per cent were overweight or obese.The data further revealed that women are more affected by overweight/obesity, with two-thirds of Jamaican women 15 years or older being overweight or obese.The overall weight/obesity trend for adults is 34 per cent in 2000, 51.7 per cent in 2008 and 54 per cent in 2016.Recent findings from the Global School-based Student Health Survey (2017) show that obesity is increasing for boys and has almost doubled from 5.3 per cent to 10.3 per cent, and from 6.7 per cent to 9.9 per cent for girls.In the meantime, Dr. Tufton said the Government is taking a holistic approach to combatting unhealthy lifestyle choices, particularly from the earliest age, with the introduction of several initiatives.These include the restriction on certain types of sugary beverages come January 2019; the development of the school nutrition policy, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, which will influence what is prepared within the school system.“We have reintroduced in the schools our sealant and fluoride programmes,” he said, adding that this is being undertaken through the Ministry’s Oral Health Programmes.He noted, too, that the Ministry’s Jamaica Moves initiative will be introduced in schools shortly.This introduction is to be guided by a nutrition policy, a physical activity regime, as well as public education on health and wellness programmes.Jamaica Moves is part of the National Strategic and Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases, which covers seven main categories of diseases – cardiovascular conditions, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes, sickle cell, mental health disorders and chronic renal failure.Dr. Tufton said the third component of the campaign, which is being led by the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, in collaboration with several partners, including the Ministry, is critical.The new phase of the campaign focuses on reducing children’s consumption of sugary drinks.Entitled ‘Are Your Children Drinking Themselves Sick?, the campaign shows the negative effects of sugary drinks on physical and dental health, from childhood into adulthood, and encourages Jamaicans to reduce consumption of sugary drinks at home and at school. Dr. Tufton was speaking at the launch of the third phase of the obesity-prevention campaign in Jamaica, held at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St. Andrew on October 11. “Part of the challenge that we face in combatting the scourge of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is that we are not as consistent as we ought to be in trying to address, not just perception but also behavioural change,” he said. Story Highlights Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says behaviour change is critical to reduce obesity levels and to improve lifestyle choices in the country.last_img read more

Inconsistent Tiger Woods Still Favorite At British Open

Tiger Woods has not won a major in four years, has been schizophrenic this season and still is an 8-1 Las Vegas favorite to win the British Open that begins Thursday at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.For Woods, the expectations are not what matters. It’s about how he plays, and this course is a not easy. There are 205 bunkers , making position off the tee critical. It also has the Open’s most exclusive list of winners — all nine are either in the Hall of Fame or were ranked No.1 in the world at some time.“This is one of the more difficult ones that we play,” Woods said of the nine courses used in the Open Championship rotation. “It’s more confined, but I think that as far as shot making, it tests us. It tests us a lot, because we have to shape the golf ball both ways.“It’s not like playing Troon (in Scotland) where you have right-to-left (shots) going out and left-to-right coming home. Here you have a lot of different angles. And it tests your ability to hit shots and hit them the proper distances, more so than most links courses.”Woods said he would not be able to employ that same strategy that helped him to his last Open victory, at Royal Liverpool in 2006. There, Woods hit just one driver off the tee, keeping his ball in play on the fast-running course, positioning himself away from the numerous pot bunkers.At the rate his going, with a four-year drought of majors, Woods will try any tactics to get back on top. After winning three times this year but also looking scattered in others, Woods, who has 14 majors, said he has no anxiety about not winning another major.“No, no. I just try and put myself there,” Woods said Tuesday morning after his third practice round at Royal Lytham & St. Annes. “I think that if I continue putting myself there enough times, then I’ll win major championships.”Even tour pros are not sure what Woods will show up this week.“If Tiger’s instincts are his new swing now and he has ownership of his new swing, then his instincts are going to be an advantage,” ESPN’s Paul Azinger said. “If his instincts are to revert back, he’ll be all over the place.”Said Curtis Strange, ESPN analyst: “If he’s playing well, he’s better than everybody else in the field,” said ESPN analyst Curtis Strange, twice a U.S. Open champion. “If he’s not, he’s average. It just depends on which Tiger shows up. And we of late have seen two different Tigers.” read more

Change of Heart Cavs Rehire Mike Brown as Head

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown talks with sports journalist Chris Mannix about how excited he is to coach the Cavs next season. Brown also talks about Kyrie Irving’s potential and where he ranks with the top point-guards in the league.Mannix questioned Brown about Anthony Bennet as the first round draft pick.Brown replied, “We look at his talent level. Not only his talent level, but the upside, and his character and the versatility and athleticism. When you combine all that he brings to the table he has a very high ceiling.”The Cavs fired Brown three years ago, shocking the league as he had coached the Cavs to the first conference finals in the team’s history. read more

You Asked We Answer A Holiday Mail Bag From The Lab

Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (Dec. 27, 2017), Neil, Chris and Kyle are opening the mail bag to answer their favorite questions from listeners. Which team or player has been the biggest surprise so far? Which team stands to improve most in the second half of the season based on the stats? Who will regress to the mean? We get into all those and more.Here are links to what was discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.Kyle on why LeBron is still getting better.Chris on how the last-place Bulls became the hottest team in the Eastern Conference. Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner read more

Want To Bet Now On The Heisman Trophy Winner Maybe Dont

On paper, the Heisman winner seems like a reasonable thing to handicap as the winners tend to fit a longstanding mold. Almost all are quarterbacks or running backs, and most will be competing in the national title picture late in the fall. If the teams favored to compete for the title this season hold up, that would seem to whittle the Heisman field to a pair of easy choices: Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence. Neither is mired in a quarterback competition this summer,2Jalen Hurts transferred from Alabama to Oklahoma, and Kelly Bryant left Clemson for Missouri. and both were brilliant for much of last season. They’re co-favorites at 11-4 odds, according to the Westgate Superbook. In the past 10 years, only Tim Tebow (9-4) in 2009 was a bigger preseason favorite.But change comes quickly in college football. One year ago, neither Tagovailoa nor Lawrence was even certain to start his team’s season opener. Tagovailoa spent much of the fall as the Heisman front-runner until he went down with an ankle injury and Kyler Murray surpassed him for the Heisman. Lawrence ended the season as the spectacle of the national championship game. But now Tagovailoa is healthy again and coming off a season in which he had better overall numbers than Lawrence. Would you bet money on one of the two weathering another long season to prevail as the country’s most outstanding player? And even if you would, which one?Of the top five Heisman contenders according to Westgate, three — Lawrence, Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts and Ohio State’s Justin Fields — are in their first full year as the starting quarterback on their current team. Two of the five are transfers, and only Tagovailoa has been a finalist before.3The fifth favorite is Adrian Martinez of Nebraska. Then contend with the fact that five of the past 10 winners started with odds of 100-1 or longer, which opens the door to the likes of Arizona’s Khalil Tate, Washington State’s Gage Gubrud and Florida’s Feleipe Franks. If they seem obscure, just remember Manziel in the summer of 2012.That 2012 race was perhaps the wildest in recent memory, complete with the awarding of a “September Heisman.” Through five weeks, West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith was unstoppable, it seemed — a 1-1 favorite. In his first five games, Smith completed 81.4 percent of his passes with 399.2 yards per game, 24 touchdowns and zero interceptions. But in his last eight games, he completed just 64.6 percent of his passes with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. Manziel, meanwhile, went from off the board to 7-4 in five weeks. If that sounds quick, this is Lawrence’s 2018 in comparison: He was a 40-1 contender entering Week 1 despite the fact that he wasn’t the starter until Week 5. Then Lawrence threw more touchdowns and fewer interceptions in his last five games than Manziel did in the last five of his redshirt freshman season.The odds are not a science,4Heisman odds are mathematically a bad bet. In May 2015, SBNation’s Bud Elliott wrote that the summer betting line was designed for a 37.4 percent profit by sports books. July’s odds from Westgate generate a 29 percent house edge. for many reasons. They also favor big names. The “leaderboard” trends toward returning winners (like Tebow in 2009 or Ingram in 2010), even though only Ohio State’s Archie Griffin has won the Heisman twice, in 1974 and 1975. Who might make a rise from relative obscurity this year to win the trophy?It should be clear by now that guessing is a fool’s errand. But the winner has typically been someone with a combination of a firm hold on the starting job, a place on a team that will contend and a role in an offense conducive to big numbers. Outside the top five preseason contenders, Washington’s Jacob Eason and Notre Dame’s Ian Book fit that profile. The winner could be someone better-known. It could also be someone you’ve never heard of. The college football season starts in less than a month, and bold predictions are rolling out. Just don’t believe everything you hear, especially when it comes to the Heisman Trophy. Making picks about the sport’s preeminent award is as difficult as ever.The Heisman is always a standard futures bet before the season kicks off. But in the past decade, according to Sports Odds History, only one of the 10 players favored to win the award entering Week 1 has hoisted the trophy in December: Oregon’s Marcus Mariota in 2014, who was a slim favorite after leapfrogging returning winner Jameis Winston of Florida State in the offseason. If we add up their implied probabilities, the past 10 favorites should have produced 2.14 winners. But a $10 bet on each of the 10 would have cost $100 and paid out just $42.50, on Mariota.In fact, of the past 10 winners, four started the season off the board — Alabama’s Mark Ingram in 2009, Auburn’s Cam Newton in 2010, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel in 2012 and Winston in 2013 — as did 15 of 40 finalists. That’s because college football is filled with unexpected breakout stars. Especially as the top performers have been younger recently,1Only one of the past 12 Heisman winners was a senior. predicting which candidates will live up to the hype is a tough task. read more

Seven Stars Resort Spa recognized with Conde Nast Travelers 2016 Readers Choice

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 20, 2016 – Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 29th annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Seven Stars Resort & Spa recognized as the #6 Top Resort in the Atlantic.“It is such an honor to be recognized once again by a top travel industry resource such as Conde Nast Traveler” said Ken Patterson, CEO of Seven Stars Resort & Spa. “Prestigious awards and rankings continue to serve as a firm validation that we are achieving our goals to lead the region as one of the most sought-after destination resorts in the Caribbean.”“The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prominent recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best” of travel,” said Grant Noble, General Manager of Seven Stars Resort & Spa.Seven Stars Resort & Spa’s recognition comes on the heels of several notable recent accolades from prominent industry outlets in 2016.  Seven Stars recently received a Silver Magellan award from Travel Weekly in the Hospitality- Beach Resort/Hotel category.  The Resort was also honored by World Travel Awards as the leading Turks & Caicos hotel and once again named to TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards list of the ‘Top 25 Hotels in the Caribbean.’ Seven Stars achieved a number 19 ranking – six spots higher than it’s ranking in 2015.  The resort also earned a coveted spot on U.S News & World Report’s Best Caribbean Hotels list taking the number 17 spot, progressing 25th on the same list in 2015.Seven Stars Resort & Spa lives up to its recent accolades by offering guests top-notch service and well-appointed luxury suites that are among the Island’s most spacious.  Seven Stars is home to the Island’s only heated salt-water pool and offers guests private pool deck cabanas for lounging, beach butler service, on-site spa and wellness services and award-winning top gourmet dining options.  For more information on Seven Stars Resort & Spa visit www.SevenStarsGraceBay.comThe Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prominent recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel.”  Under Editor in Chief Pilar Guzmán, the Readers’ Choice Awards have become more selective and specific to the passions that inspire today’s travelers. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

North County checkpoints lead to multiple drunk driving arrests overnight

first_imgNorth County checkpoints lead to multiple drunk driving arrests overnight SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Two separate North County drunk driving checkpoints each led to one arrest, authorities said Saturday.Both checkpoints were conducted late Friday.Police in Escondido arrested one person for driving under the influence of a combination of drugs and alcohol at a checkpoint at East El Norte Parkway and Ash Street, Escondido Police Lt. Michael Kearney said.In Encinitas, one person was arrested at a checkpoint near the intersection of South Coast Highway 101 and Chesterfield Drive on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy Brenda Sipley.Police at the Escondido checkpoint issued a total of 33 citations for various infractions including driving without a license, on a suspended license or without insurance, Kearney said.Sheriff’s deputies in Encinitas gave out 25 citations for the same offenses at that city’s checkpoint, Sipley said. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter April 21, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 21, 2018last_img read more