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first_imgLondon: The final of the World Cup 2019 had everything a sports lover could have asked for. Both England and New Zealand gave their all to lift their maiden World Cup trophy on Sunday.The scores were levelled twice in the game — one after the allotted 100 overs and the other after the Super Over. In the end, it was the superior boundary count which saw the Three Lions have their hands on the coveted trophy.However, apart from all the breathtaking cricketing action, there were other moments too, which grabbed eyeballs during the summit clash of the 2019 World Cup.One such moment happened during the course of the New Zealand inning when the score read 45/1. A pitch invader was stopped from entering the field of play at the Home of Cricket. The woman, identified as Elena Vulitsky, who is the mother of YouTube prankster Vitaly Zdorovetskiy, was stopped outside the boundary by the stewards as she attempted to enter the field of play.The woman was pictured wearing a clothing with the advertisement for an adult website “Vitaly Uncensored”.The website is run by Zdorovetskiy who tweeted the photo of his mother being caught with the caption “My mom just tried to Streak The Cricket World Cup,” and added: “My mom is crazy!!!!!” in a separate tweet.Zdorovetskiy’s girlfriend had earlier made headlines with her pitch invasion during the Champions League final in Madrid. IANS Also Read: Streaker Comes in Way of World Cup Tielast_img read more

first_imgIn Jackson’s three starts, he’s competed 60 percent of his passes for one touchdown and three interceptions. He also has two rushing touchdowns and 265 yards on the ground.The 7-5 Ravens will have a tall task in Week 14 when they face Patrick Mahomes and the 10-2 Chiefs. Baltimore holds on to the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC, for now. ​ Ravens DC Don Martindale offers high praise of Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes Joe Flacco is getting closer to returning under center.The Ravens veteran quarterback has missed significant time after injuring his right hip on Nov. 4, but Friday, he was able to fully participate in practice for the first time since sustaining the injury. Flacco has yet to be cleared to play in a game, but he could get the OK from doctors before Sunday’s game against the Chiefs.But, even if Flacco is finally healthy enough to play, coach John Harbaugh wouldn’t say who would be the starting quarterback going forward. Related News “I’m not getting into all that,” Harbaugh said after Friday’s practice, via ESPN. “It’s not something that we’re going to talk about. I’m not trying to be coy or clever. We’re just rolling. We’re just going to play the games. We don’t feel like we owe any explanations to anybody. We’re going to put our best team out there and try to go play some football.”According to ESPN, Flacco moved around better than he did a week ago but had a slight hitch in his walk.”It didn’t look like there were any ill effects from the hip,” Harbaugh said. “From my amateur eye, it looks like it was the right thing to give him the rest. We’ll see what the docs say.”First-round pick Lamar Jackson has stepped up in Flacco’s absence, and became just the second rookie play-caller in nine seasons to win his first three starts — Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz was the only other player to do so.Harbaugh added there could be a possibility that Flacco would back up Jackson. If he does, it would be the first time the once Super Bowl MVP will serve as a backup. Flacco has started all of the 163 games he has played in his long 11-year career.Flacco, 33, has completed 61.2 percent of his passes in the nine games he’s played this season. He has thrown 12 touchdowns and six interceptions.last_img read more

first_imgI turned around without complaint and took roughly a 45-minute detour to my hotel and back. Both times, I was literally the only person on the bus besides the driver.The NBA bubble is a rigid world, and what typically passes as reasonable human error suddenly becomes Serious Stuff. One of the biggest misconceptions people have of the bubble is that the work to create it is already done — that because the NBA and NBPA have recently reported no new positive coronavirus tests, that it’s all smooth sailing from here.But player indiscretions have helped people realize that the work of the bubble is never done — not until a champion is crowned and we all go home.Outsiders have been drawn to the bubble as a novelty: They see the videos of players fishing and playing golf and chugging beer, and they hear players like Alex Caruso say it’s like “summer camp.” There’s a truth to this: Players do have a lot of free time, and the NBA has been attentive to offering amenities for them. But remember that the bubble is, first and foremost, a workplace. And working where you live, away from the rest of the world, is a grind.I experience this as a media member: Before I leave my room in the morning, I’m supposed to take my temperature and read my oximeter to let the NBA know I’m not showing signs of illness. If I don’t do this, my MagicBand won’t work and I won’t be allowed into work areas. I’ve structured most mornings so I get my coronavirus test before breakfast, when the testing areas have been set aside for media in a one-hour window (you can go later, but it might be more congested).There’s a Groundhog Day vibe to this process: telling the tester my date of birth to confirm my identity, bringing my paperwork over to a sample-taker, closing my eyes as I feel the swab brush the back of my throat and then my nostrils. I’ve stopped checking my lab results every day — the league has told us someone will call us if we test positive, so the initial daily suspense I felt has dropped off. Editor’s note: This is the Monday, July 27 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. SCNG Lakers reporter Kyle Goon is in the NBA’s bubble and sharing what it’s like on the inside in posts we’re calling “Bubble Dribble.” To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. >> It was the second afternoon of scrimmages in the NBA bubble, and I had time to kill before the Lakers tipped off. I set myself up for an afternoon tip of an earlier game just for fun, then grabbed my credential, my MagicBand and my backpack and headed off for the World Wide of Sports complex, about a 10-minute bus ride from the hotel.As I prepared to enter the complex, I was doing a self-check of all these items again — then my stomach dropped. I don’t know how, but I had flown some 3,000 miles with my All-Star Weekend credential from February in my luggage, then grabbed it for this game instead of my all-important green credential. This tells Disney security what level of access I receive — if I’m in “the bubble” or not.In a typical NBA event, you can wiggle out of this: Call the right person, and they’ll have a replacement made up and get you through. But not here on the Disney campus and not with a pandemic. Getting as far as I did already without my credential was a risk that I was going to wind up in an additional quarantine, like Richaun Holmes or Lou Williams. From there, everything is about schedules. Structuring your day is one of the biggest demands there is. The NBA asks for us to RSVP to events two days in advance because every venue has limited space given social distancing guidelines. The 22 teams are spread out across seven different practice venues, which requires planning time often to either walk or take a bus to get there in time. If I ever lose my planner, I won’t be able to function.There is no obvious pattern to these: The Lakers, for example, have practiced late into the evening, and they’ve practiced in the morning. They practice a walk from their hotel, or they practice a bus ride away. It’s worth noting that players and coaches dislike this irregularity as well, but it was determined to prevent one team from gaining any distinct advantage based on time of day or proximity of practice slots. Teams cancel practices or finish early as well. Outside radio and TV outlets want to schedule interviews to know what the bubble is like. Sometimes I’m cramming meals in at halftimes of scrimmages because that’s the only time I have to eat.There’s also tons of security everywhere we go. Their job is to protect the integrity of the bubble, and make sure outsiders don’t wander in, or approved personnel don’t wander off. They’re also there in some instances to protect the private areas of players and coaches. I understand all of this. But it can be grating to be questioned over and over again when you’re trying to reenter areas you just left, or when you run up against a barrier on the Coronado Springs resort. I think of one of Disney’s most famous rides when I run along a kilometer-long stretch of road that’s been approved for media to use before turning around at a gate: “It’s a small, small world.”Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams recently had a memorable quote: “This is not Syria. It’s not that hard.” No one is comparing the NBA bubble to Syria, and the truth is everyone here has access to reliable shelter and food, in addition to being in one of the safest places from COVID-19 there is in the country.But the difficulty of the bubble is not suffering; it’s tedium. It’s feeling simultaneously like you’re hemmed into the same routine every day, while having extremely limited control over that routine. A lot of people, including myself, naturally enjoy breaking up the monotony with say, a dinner out, or a short weekend trip. These are not possibilities in the bubble.That’s why you’re seeing people struggle with it. While Lou Williams was likely warned when he left for his excused absence, he couldn’t resist the siren call of, well, whatever drew him to the Magic City strip club. As a bubble attendee who interviewed Williams in a postgame session in relatively close quarters last week, my immediate reaction was relief that this indiscretion was caught. The pattern of testing sometimes makes the days run together — which might help explain why Paul Millsap and Kristaps Porzingis recently forgot to take tests on the day prior to their respective scrimmages and were forced to sit out. These flaws can, on the one hand, be frustrating, because the NBA is trying to protect a reported $180 million investment into the restart and because everyone’s collective safety here relies on strict adherence to the rules. But on the other hand, as someone in the bubble, these human errors are also relatable in the sense that I, too, desire some control to shake up the routine. I’ve thought over the last week about how these days will feel in September and October, how it will be like closing in on the last steps of a marathon and hoping your resolve doesn’t give out.Time has seemed to validate the NBA’s approach. Major League Baseball couldn’t get its players union to agree to a bubble structure, and now outbreaks on multiple teams threaten its season. But it’s also understandable why people wouldn’t want to subject themselves to this kind of life, even for a lot of money.The rigidity can roll over you like a mill. The isolation from loved ones, especially for those with children, can be painful. You have to worry about an innocent mistake, like taking the wrong credential, thrusting you back into the even more strict experience of quarantine. Taken all together, it’s a weighty process.It’s early days yet, and it has to be concerning that the NBA has already had a few players break protocol in irresponsible fashion. But the bubble was always going to be a grind, and there’s a lot more people than just players here. It’s a bit of an unsettling thought as you consider that it just takes one of us, obeying our human impulses rather than the well-intentioned guidelines, to make this whole thing pop.– Kyle GoonEditor’s note: Thanks for the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.From the BubbleA JaVale-eye view – How the Lakers’ center has become a breakout documentary filmmaker (sort of) in the bubble.Say cheese – Dion Waiters is happy to be here, and based on the bench reaction to his play, the Lakers are happy to have him.Kuz on the rise? – A great Saturday scrimmage puts us in the familiar position of building Kyle Kuzma buzz.Not so Magic – Mirjam had the latest on the Lou Williams situation that has the interest of the entire bubble.The sights and mostly sounds of no fans – You can hear a lot more in the new NBA arenas.LeBron weighs in – A piece that got a lot of strong reaction from readers: What LeBron James thinks of the state of social justice in America.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgThe Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia, Dr. J. Mills Jones, received a thunderous reception over the weekend in Greenville, Sinoe County, where he had gone to dedicate the newly built Sinoe County Community Bank, as part of the CBL Micro-finance project.The warm reception accorded the CBL boss indeed brought the truth in the popular saying that there is nowhere like home. And as many people noted, it might just be one of the biggest receptions so far throughout his visits around the country.The citizens were highly overwhelmed in welcoming one of their sons who has had such a great impact in the lives of ordinary Liberians through the Central Bank of Liberia’s nationwide financial assistance scheme.At the program marking the dedication of the Sinoe County Community Bank in Greenville City, Governor Jones, who hails from the county, told his fellow compatriots that he has brought them hope.“The message that I bring to you, the people of Sinoe, and to all Liberians is hope; we believe in ourselves and to lift ourselves out of the valley of poverty. This is the message of hope that I brought to all Liberians, we take the opportunity that is given to us by the President and by this endeavor we need to take it seriously,” Dr. Jones told them.He stated, “We believe we will be given this time in order to make the difference in the lives of other Liberians. This is what is behind the politics in financial inclusion that we must show at the Central Bank of Liberia.”He said it is because of the quest for financial inclusion for every Liberian that the CBL, under his stewardship, has embarked on the financial inclusion exercise through the provision of loans to marketers and other ordinary Liberians.Dr. Jones asked rhetorically, “What is financial inclusion?,” and explained, “it is big English but in simple English and in simple terms it means that we are trying to give hope to majority of our people the opportunity for themselves, so that their lives can be better; so that they can get access to small money to do something to improve their lives.”He indicated that if only few people have money then they are the few that reside in Monrovia and who have access to the natural resources of the country.Dr. Jones noted that his presence in the county indicated the dawning of a new day. “A new day is dawning in Sinoe from the crowd I see here today, from this crowd it says to me that it is time for healing in Sinoe,” he said.He indicated that the honor bestowed upon him in Sinoe surely indicated that he was home. “I had some very good experience while growing up and it contributed immensely to shaping who I am today, although I was young, I know that I am in the place where I need to impact the lives some of the community, and share each other’s joy as well as sorrow.”“We were taught to respect our elders, respect those that are in authority, we were taught to be disciplined and from both our father and mother, we want to appreciate their values of hard work, though their pay was low but then were hardworking people. Our teachers taught us to be competitive and encouraged students to focus on their learning,” he said.Earlier, Sinoe County Superintendent T. Romeo Quioh lauded the CBL boss for economically empowering Liberians, which has helped greatly to improve the lives of ordinary Liberians.He, however, indicated that the county cannot be developed without the involvement of every citizen, and called all citizens to put their difference aside and contribute their quota to the development of their beloved county.He said that the bank will be of great help to the people, especially business people who are often involved in financial transactions.Marketers of the county overwhelming lauded the CBL Governor for the development initiative which they indicated will go a long way in augmenting their businesses.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgDONEGAL TD Pears Doherty has said that for any television debate on the referendum to be fair, inclusive and representative it must involve Sinn Féin.Pearse Doherty said: “Sinn Féin is key to the current referendum campaign and indeed the party’s stance is likely to determine the outcome.“Sinn Féin has a very clear position, campaigning for a Yes vote which is distinct and separate from that of the government. “We already know that the Taoiseach has refused to partake in public debate and that the Fianna Fáil leader has made an issue of this.“However Gerry Adams TD is on record as willing and available to debate the Seanad with with Micheál Martin.”Doherty added: “RTE or TV3 should now schedule a debate between the Sinn Fein and Fianna Fáil leaders as a matter of priority.”  ‘WE’LL TAKE ON FIANNA FÁIL IN TV DEBATE’ – DOHERTY was last modified: October 1st, 2013 by John2Share 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) Tags:fianna failgerry adamsPearse DohertyreferendumSeanadlast_img read more