Billy Porter & Partner Adam Smith Are Engaged

first_imgBilly Porter & Adam Smith(Photo: facebook.com/pg/Billy-Porter) View Comments Wedding bells will soon ring in the land of Lola. Broadway.com has confirmed that Kinky Boots Tony winner and Broadway favorite Billy Porter and his partner Adam Smith are engaged.Porter most recently appeared on Broadway in Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All that Followed. His additional stage credits include Angels in America, While I Yet Live (which he also wrote), Smokey Joe’s Café, Grease, Five Guys Named Moe and Miss Saigon. On screen, Porter has appeared in The Get Down, The Big C and Twisted.Best wishes to the happy couple! last_img read more

Peanut drink research

first_imgPeople around the world eat peanuts in all sorts of ways: as a roasted snack, as a powder sprinkled onto cereal, as a sauce blended into stew. But would consumers gulp down a peanut beverage? Aggrey Gama thinks so.Gama, a doctoral student at the University of Georgia’s (UGA) Griffin campus, is crafting a drink that would deliver the nutrition and tastiness of peanuts to consumers in his home country of Malawi.He recently returned to the U.S. from Malawi, where he visited with family and conducted surveys of potential consumers.“What are the factors that Malawians are considering when they are making food choices? That is what we wanted to know,” said Gama.He surveyed shoppers in the northern, central and southern regions of the country to find out how they prioritize nutrition, ease of preparation, cost and other factors. For their trouble, survey respondents received the equivalent of $1.“These consumers are completely different than the consumers in the U.S. It would not be practical to base assumptions on the priorities of the American consumer,” Gama said.Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, and more than 85 percent of the population lives in rural areas. That doesn’t mean that consumer preferences don’t matter.Developing a product that appeals to consumers can drive economic growth, creating demand for farmers’ produce and jobs for the people who manufacture food products. These jobs put cash into people’s pockets so that they can then buy the product.But getting a peanut beverage to market requires some basic information: Would consumers buy a drink that needs refrigeration or do they require something that is shelf-stable? Do mothers want a fully prepared drink or a concentrated one? Is cost the greatest factor or would people pay more for a tastier drink?The survey measured those opinions and more, but Gama was surprised how many people didn’t necessarily rank taste or nutrition highest. They wanted a drink to satisfy their hunger, a beverage that would make them feel full.“It’s a survival technique, hunger abatement,” he said.Data compiled by the country’s National Statistical Office show that 37 percent of Malawi’s children are stunted and 64 percent suffer from anemia. A beverage that fits consumers’ expectations for flavor and shelf life, while providing the vital nutrients found in peanuts, would offer multiple benefits.Gama will now head into the Sensory Evaluation and Consumer Laboratory, which is part of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ (CAES) facilities at UGA-Griffin. He’ll be working with six varieties of roasted peanuts that he brought from Malawi to create the peanut-based beverage. This product optimization will test the physical, chemical and sensory properties of various potential recipes and will allow Gama to develop the processing protocol.One of the questions he’ll face along the way is just how much oil is acceptable in the drink. He wants a filling drink, but the polyunsaturated fatty acids that make up about one-third of the fat in peanuts can go bad fairly quickly. Monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid are much more stable, but peanut breeders are still working to develop varieties for Africa with high oleic acid concentration, along with traditional traits for good flavor and disease resistance. “This is a bit more challenging because I am considering full-fat peanuts,” Gama said. “It is important because protein and fat are very expensive in my country.” The final drink formula might also include cow’s milk, an ingredient that many survey respondents favored. Once he has refined the recipe to meet all the important criteria — nutrition, shelf life, flavor, cost, etc. — Gama will return to Malawi to conduct taste tests with potential consumers. By the end of the project, he plans to have a product ready for a company to scale up to production. Gama, under the mentorship of CAES Assistant Professor Koushik Adhikari, has a fellowship from the Legume Scholars Program, a partnership between the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and the Feed the Future Legume Innovation Lab and Peanut and Mycotoxin Innovation Lab. The program specifically targets promising young scientists from developing nations who will study in the U.S., then return to their countries and work to increase food security and household incomes for smallholder farmers through enhanced legume production, processing or marketing.  Back in the U.S., where he has already completed the coursework for his doctorate at UGA in Athens, Georgia, Gama is analyzing the data from the consumer survey. “A lot of people were not satisfied with (the) diversity of peanut products on the market, but could not suggest alternatives they’d like to see,” he said. While many groundnut farmers in Malawi are smallholders who sell into an informal market, a formal market does exist. Creating new products that appeal to consumers creates a loop that adds sustainability to the market. Processors buy the local peanut crop, which increases farmers’ profitability. Farmers have more expendable cash, so they buy more of the peanut beverage and processors buy even more peanuts. In two years, by the time Gama completes his doctoral work, the product will be ready to scale up to commercial production.Gama always knew he wanted to work on the food supply, but he wasn’t certain how. Raised by grandparents who were primary school teachers, he learned the value of education at a young age. Still, he watched as his grandparents grew maize, beans and groundnuts for the household and realized how important food safety and security is to a society. After getting a bachelor’s degree 10 years ago, he first went to work in the dairy industry, then with the Malawi Bureau of Standards. After a few years, he returned to school at the University of Leeds in the U.K., then went on to UGA. He is currently an academic member of staff in the Department of Food Science and Technology at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) in Malawi.“Whatever you do in school, that may change. But you should choose something that can help you to stand on your own, even if you are unemployed,” he said. “There are careers in research, but I also see vendors selling things to eat on the street and think, ‘That’s food science, too.’”last_img read more

Old Canoes on the New River

first_imgCowritten by Hartwell Carson and Chris TrumbauerThe Toyota Prius is not generally regarded as a top-notch off-road vehicle. This is especially true when it has two canoes on the roof and is stuffed to capacity with two grown men, camping gear and a cooler full of beer. This did not deter Hartwell Carson, the Prius’s driver, as he careened down a sketchy dirt road high above the New River Gorge in rural West Virginia. We had debated whether this “short-cut” would be passable – and the jury was still out, as the condition of the road deteriorated with each passing mile.From the passenger seat, I looked down into the valley below, scouting the river that we would spend the next three days paddling (if we ever made it to the put-in). The water level was super low, and we worried that we’d have to portage some of the rapids. That concern seemed unimportant, however, when the Prius suddenly bottomed out in a deep, muddy pothole. Fortunate to have lost only time rather than an axle, we had to backtrack and take the long way to the put-in, nervously laughing about the intermittent metallic rattling sound the car was now making.img_0802Most people extol the virtues of being prepared. That’s a fair point – and probably good advice.  But the real adventures – the stuff of good stories – often result from times when you are unprepared or end up overcoming some daunting (but likely avoidable) adversity.An hour later we met up with our friend Kemp Burdette at the Glade Creek put-in. We started gearing up the canoes, which looked a little beat up. Hartwell informed us that he was up until midnight fixing one of them. Looking at the old canoes, Kemp remarked that he heard the New River is “flashy,” meaning that water level can rise rapidly. Hartwell looked around for a few seconds then told Kemp that he was being ridiculous. That was about the time that we noticed our boats, which had been sitting on dry land minutes before, were now floating. I looked at Hartwell – he shrugged. We threw caution to the wind, because the sun was out, the beer was cold and our spirits were high.Kemp and I jumped into one canoe and Hartwell threw the cooler into the other. We paddled for about an hour until the sky darkened and it started raining, gently at first but then harder. We made it through the class III Quinnimont Rapids and then raced for a place to camp as the storm engulfed us. We waited out the storm in our tent, drinking bourbon and telling stories.We emerged from the tent after the storm had passed and darkness had fallen. Too cold and wet to make a real dinner, we settled for devouring a box of cookies and warmed ourselves up with a hatchet-throwing contest.screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-11-18-33-amAfterward, Kemp pointed into the darkness. “Is that a picnic table?” Sure enough, we were right next to a day-use area. We went to investigate and spotted a sign indicating that camping, fires and alcohol were prohibited. Huh. We had already broken all three rules but it was too late to do anything about it. On the plus side, there was a bathroom here – an unexpected (but welcome) amenity.Shortly after that, headlights pulled into the parking lot and Kemp went to check it out. He came back and reported that it was a couple of rangers and they were “cool,” after he explained the situation to them. He had promised them that we would be quiet and pack up early.The next morning, we awoke to two important realizations. We had neglected to eat dinner and the river had risen three feet. A big breakfast solved the first problem but there was nothing we could do about the second one.The river was swollen and whitewater appeared where no rapids were marked on our map. These conditions were much more suited for rafts than our old canoes. The first class II we encountered was way more challenging than the two class IIIs we breezed through the day before. A tricky wave train threw Kemp and my canoe right over. We hung on to our overturned boat as Hartwell nosed his canoe into ours and helped to push us to safety before we encountered any more rapids.We broke for lunch at Dowdy Creek and scrambled through a large railroad culvert that led to a beautiful waterfall. The falls drop 50 feet straight into a beautiful, clear pool of water, then a second cascade falls another 40 feet. After scrambling around the falls for a bit, Hartwell reminded us that I had promised to grill up lunch. Back by the river, I set up the stove on a small peninsula of river stones, but before the sausages were done, the peninsula was under water and we had to move to higher ground. The river was still rising fast and we had two more Class III rapids to finish that day.img_0862We heard the next rapids before we saw them and knew we were in trouble. Kemp and I watched Hartwell disappear over the horizon line and moments later the big wave swamped and flipped our boat. We swam the rest of the rapid, gathered our gear and boats, and headed downstream to look for a place to camp. The river was so high we couldn’t find one, so we pressed on. We came to the next rapid, which looked gnarly. “Might as well – you’re already wet!” yelled Hartwell. He shot through but Kemp and I flipped again.Shortly after we righted the canoe we found a decent place to camp. I started a fire and – making up for the last night – Kemp started on a double dose of dinner (shrimp and steak fajitas). A good night’s sleep was interrupted only by the roar of a coal train barreling past on the other side of the river at 4:00 A.M.The next day, a bald eagle soared over an angry, brown river. All we wanted was not to get wet. I put on the dry clothes I was saving for the ride home. “I’m all in,” I declared. “Not getting wet today.” At first our canoe, which we had named “Tippy McTipface” didn’t seem likely to cooperate. But we ended up navigating a couple of unmarked – and pretty nasty – rapids without dumping.img_0814We pulled into the take-out on time and dry. We packed into the station wagon we had left there and headed back to the put-in. Hartwell wondered if any local Trump supporters had messed with his car, which had a prominent Hillary Clinton sticker on the bumper. “This will be a good barometer for the state of the country – if you can leave a Prius with a Hillary sticker in a remote parking lot for three days, in a red state and it doesn’t get vandalized, we are all good.” With the Prius unscathed and our faith in humanity secure, we drove back laughing that despite our lack of preparation, we had plenty of stories to last until our next adventure.last_img read more

Messi, Marta Win FIFA Ballon d’Or

first_imgBy Dialogo January 12, 2011 WOW.. THIS IS GREAT .. BESIDES KNOWING THAT MESSI (MY IDOL) WON THE AWARD AGAIN … AND MARTA ALSO… MESSI DESERVED THIS AWARD MORE THAN INIESTA AND XAVI, WHO ARE ALSO MY IDOLS … BUT MESSI DESERVED IT … In a major upset in Zurich, Argentine Leo Messi won FIFA’s Golden Ball for the best player of 2010, beating out Spaniards Andrés Iniesta and Xavi Hernández, Barcelona teammates of his, who were the favorites. With all bets on Iniesta or Xavi, Barcelona’s coach opened the envelope containing the winner’s name, and it was Messi, for the second year in a row, after winning the Golden Ball and FIFA’s World Player award, which were merged this year, in 2009. Messi’s triumph breaks with the tradition of recent years in which a player from the team that won the World Cup takes home the trophy for the year’s best player. “It was already great to be with these teammates among the finalists. I want to share this with my teammates and with my loved ones, and with all Barcelona fans and all Argentines,” Messi said after receiving the trophy. “It surprised me to win, given how the betting pools were, which were favoring Xavi and Andrés, but I’m grateful to the people who voted for me,” a stunned Messi said. “The truth is that both Andrés and Xavi did a huge amount to earn the award; they ended the World Cup spectacularly,” the Argentine added. Messi joins soccer legends who won the Golden Ball more than once, such as his compatriot Alfredo Di Stefano, Dutchmen Johan Cruyff and Marco Van Basten, Germans Franz Beckenbauer and Karl Heinz Rummenigge, Englishman Kevin Keegan, Frenchman Michel Platini, and Brazilian Ronaldo. “The truth is that it’s a privilege to be among the greats and have two Golden Balls,” Messi indicated. On the women’s side, Brazilian Marta won FIFA’s trophy for the world’s best female player for the fifth year in a row, beating out the other two finalists in the voting, Germans Birgit Prinz and Fatmire Bajramaj. Marta, who won this year’s U.S. Women’s Professional Soccer League championship with the Gold Pride, also took home the trophy in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. “Nothing would have been possible without the people who accompany me day after day, my family, my professional teammates, and my teammates on the national team. Without all these people, I couldn’t have attained these successes, which I can’t believe. I ask for health in order to keep reaching other objectives,” Marta said after receiving the prize. The head coaches and captains of the national teams of FIFA’s associated federations, in addition to 154 international reporters, voted in the balloting for the best female player.last_img read more

Dutch pension fund for notaries agrees to merger

first_imgThe schemes said their supervisory (RvT) and accountability boards (VO), as well as the regulator, had responded positively to their plans.In the coming months, the schemes will look into how exactly the merger should be executed.Stijn Marks, employers’ chairman at SBMN, said SNPF was likely to join the industry-wide scheme. “In order to keep the new set-up simple,” he said, “we’ll try to develop one pension plan for all participants, possibly with additional modules for deviating arrangements.”The new, and yet nameless, scheme is to be directed by a “lean and mean” pensions bureau, according to Eric Uijen, director at SNPF.SBMN does not have a pensions bureau, while SNPF is in the process of scaling down its own bureau, following its recent contracting out of its pensions administration to TKP, which already acts as SBMN’s provider.According to Uijen, both schemes will also look into the most desirable set-up for asset management.SBMN has placed almost all of asset management with insurer Aegon, which has invested the assets through its own funds, while SNPF has six external asset managers.Uijen said: “In principle, we want to follow current practice and focus on contracting out as much as possible.”Both schemes stressed that the merger would not have consequences for accrued pension rights and current benefits.The coverage ratios at SBMN and SNPF was 108.9% and 109.2%, respectively, as of the end of March.Both schemes have cut pension rights twice, in order to stay on the mapped out route to recovery to the minimum required funding of 105%. SNPF, the €1.2bn pension fund for notaries in the Netherlands, and SBMN, the €850m industry-wide scheme for notary employees, have announced their intention to merge on 1 January 2015. The pension funds said their decision was a response to the decreasing market for notary services – following a slump in the housing market – and that it aimed at the benefits of scale for efficiency and cost-cutting.They pointed out that the falling number of active participants meant lower income from contributions, while costs per participant were rising.“At the same time,” they added, “the provision of pension plans, as well as asset management, has become increasingly complicated, and requirements for pension funds’ boards are continuously being raised.”last_img read more

Ebola virus mutating, scientists say

first_img Tweet Share Share HealthLifestyle Ebola virus mutating, scientists say by: BBC News – January 29, 2015 Hundreds of blood samples are being analysed to keep track of the virusScientists tracking the Ebola outbreak in Guinea say the virus has mutated.Researchers at the Institut Pasteur in France, which first identified the outbreak last March, are investigating whether it could have become more contagious.More than 22,000 people have been infected with Ebola and 8,795 have died in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.Scientists are starting to analyse hundreds of blood samples from Ebola patients in Guinea.They are tracking how the virus is changing and trying to establish whether it’s able to jump more easily from person to person“We know the virus is changing quite a lot,” said human geneticist Dr Anavaj Sakuntabhai.“That’s important for diagnosing (new cases) and for treatment. We need to know how the virus (is changing) to keep up with our enemy.”It’s not unusual for viruses to change over a period time. Ebola is an RNA virus – like HIV and influenza – which have a high rate of mutation. That makes the virus more able to adapt and raises the potential for it to become more contagious.“We’ve now seen several cases that don’t have any symptoms at all, asymptomatic cases,” said Anavaj Sakuntabhai.“These people may be the people who can spread the virus better, but we still don’t know that yet. A virus can change itself to less deadly, but more contagious and that’s something we are afraid of.”But Professor Jonathan Ball, a virologist at the University of Nottingham, says it’s still unclear whether more people are actually not showing symptoms in this outbreak compared with previous ones.“We know asymptomatic infections occur… but whether we are seeing more of it in the current outbreak is difficult to ascertain,” he said.“It could simply be a numbers game, that the more infection there is out in the wider population, then obviously the more asymptomatic infections we are going to see.”Member of MSF at isolation ward in Conakry, Guinea. 29 June 2014The current outbreak began in south-eastern Guinea and spread to Liberia and Sierra LeoneAnother common concern is that while the virus has more time and more “hosts” to develop in, Ebola could mutate and eventually become airborne.There is no evidence to suggest that is happening. The virus is still only passed through direct contact with infected people’s body fluids.Infectious disease expert Professor David Heyman said“No blood borne virus, for example HIV or Hepatitis B, has ever shown any indication of becoming airborne. The mutation would need to be major”Virologist Noel Tordo is in the process of setting up a new from the Institut Pasteur in the Guinea capital Conakry. He said,“At the moment, not enough has been done in terms of the evolution of the virus both geographically and in the human body, so we have to learn more. But something has shown that there are mutations,”“For the moment the way of transmission is still the same. You just have to avoid contact (with a sick person)”“But as a scientist you can’t predict it won’t change. Maybe it will.”Researchers are using a method called genetic sequencing to track changes in the genetic make-up of the virus. So far they have analysed around 20 blood samples from Guinea. Another 600 samples are being sent to the labs in the coming months.A previous similar study in Sierra Leone showed the Ebola virus mutated considerably in the first 24 days of the outbreak, according to the World Health Organization.It said: “This certainly does raise a lot of scientific questions about transmissibility, response to vaccines and drugs, use of convalescent plasma.“However, many gene mutations may not have any impact on how the virus responds to drugs or behaves in human populations.”‘Global problem’The research in Paris will also help give scientists a clearer insight into why some people survive Ebola, and others don’t. The survival rate of the current outbreak is around 40%.It’s hoped this will help scientists developing vaccines to protect people against the virus.Researchers at the Institut Pasteur are currently developing two vaccines which they hope will be in human trials by the end of the year.One is a modification of the widely used measles vaccine, where people are given a weakened and harmless form of the virus which in turn triggers an immune response. That response fights and defeats the disease if someone comes into contact with it.The research may explain why some people survive Ebola and others do notThe idea, if it proves successful, would be that the vaccine would protect against both measles and Ebola.“We’ve seen now this is a threat that can be quite large and can extend on a global scale,” said Professor James Di Santo, and immunologist at the Institut.“We’ve learned this virus is not a problem of Africa, it’s a problem for everyone.”He added: “This particular outbreak may wane and go away, but we’re going to have another infectious outbreak at some point, because the places where the virus hides in nature, for example in small animals, is still a threat for humans in the future.“The best type of response we can think of… is to have vaccination of global populations.”center_img Sharing is caring! Share 108 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Cardinals Boys Basketball Results

first_imgThe 6th Grade St. Louis Cardinals took on the Laurel Yellow Jackets on Monday, November 26th.  The Cardinals placed 7 boys in the scoring column and came away with a 28-23 victory.  Sam Laloge led the way with 8 points, 9 rebounds, and 1 block.  Ben Miller scored 6 points, followed by Max Amberger (4 points), Henry Wanstrath (4 points), Adam Meer (2 points), Sully Hill (2 points), and Christian Mack (2 points).  The Cardinals had 10 players record rebounds including Ryan Duerstock, Max Amberger, and Henry Wanstrath with 5 each.  Others chipping in were Santiago Schutte, Max Richardson, Ben Miller, Mark Meneses, Zavier Tekulve, and Adam Meer.  Wanstrath did a great job on defense with 7 steals, followed by Miller with 3.  The Cardinals scored the most points they have all year in large part by sharing the basketball as an assist was recorded on 9 of the 14 made baskets.  Laurel and St. Louis are set for a rematch on Thursday, November 26th when the Cardinals travel to Laurel.  Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Ryan Tekulve.St. Louis 7th Graders came up short against South Dearborn 40 to 31. St. Louis led by 1 at the half but struggled against strong physical defense and a well disciplined offense in the 2nd half. St. Louis was led in scoring by Hank Ritter with 14 and Carson Meyer with 7 rebounds.  Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Chad Miles.The St Louis Cardinals 8th Grade Basketball team pushed their record to 10-0 on the season tonight by defeating the South Dearborn Squires by a score of 37-33. The Cardinals are back in action tomorrow night, Tuesday, November 27th, as they face St. Michael of Brookville at home with the 7th grade game tipping off at 6:00pm followed by the 8th grade game. Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Ryan Schebler.last_img read more

Harry Kane ready to get back on the goal trail with Tottenham

first_img He was carrying a knock on his knee which he picked up in the recent draw at Liverpool but he came off the bench to miss two gilt-edged opportunities in Brussels. His knee was still strapped up at Bournemouth but, with Tottenham’s next game not until next Monday night against Aston Villa, Kane insists he will not face any sort of spell on the sidelines. When asked if he is fully fit, Kane said: “Not far off. “It was a little niggle I picked up against Liverpool towards the end of the game. We didn’t want to risk it in midweek, the manager makes his decision on who wants to play but I was fully fit for today. “I was always going to be playing and it showed with the performance. The strapping was just a precaution, we haven’t got a game for eight days now so by then it should be 100 per cent.” Manager Eddie Howe refused to blame anyone for Sunday’s loss despite the glaring errors from ex-Southampton goalkeeper Boruc. The 35-year-old keeper also felt he was not the only one at fault and suggested the whole team now need to work hard as they prepare for next weekend’s south-coast derby against his former club. “Some people say that but that isn’t how it is,” he said when asked if he was to blame for the goals conceded. “Talking is not going to do any good to me just now. As a football club we need to take our a**** back to the training ground and work hard on some of the things we need to do. “I will get down to the training ground and try and prove myself – I have nothing more to say.” Press Association Harry Kane believes his hat-trick at Bournemouth on Sunday could set him on a path to emulating the kind of goalscoring feats he achieved last season. But Tottenham were soon in the ascendancy as Kane levelled from the spot having been tripped by Boruc, with Mousa Dembele putting them ahead shortly afterwards. Boruc then spilt a tame Kane cross into the path of Erik Lamela, who made it 3-1 before half-time. The Polish goalkeeper could do nothing about Kane’s second as the forward latched onto a marvellous ball from Christian Eriksen – but he was culpable once again as he spooned Toby Alderweireld’s header right into Kane’s path to present the 22-year-old with his hat-trick. Kane’s only other goal before Sunday was in the 4-1 win over Manchester City but, having scored 31 goals last season, he is now ready to kick on for the rest of this campaign. “Yes, definitely,” he replied when asked if this kind of performance had been in the offing. “I feel I have been playing well all season. Sometimes as a striker you need a bit of luck to come your way and I got that today and you have got to be ready to take your chances when they come. “I’m delighted to get the three goals and get the ball rolling so overall it is a good day.” Kane has emerged as Mauricio Pochettino’s undisputed first-choice forward over the last year but was only a substitute for Thursday night’s Europa League defeat to Anderlecht. The England striker helped himself to three goals in Tottenham’s 5-1 cruise at Bournemouth – whose goalkeeper Artur Boruc was left red-faced after a number of blunders. The Cherries took a first-minute lead at the Vitality Stadium as Matt Ritchie flashed an effort past Hugo Lloris. last_img read more

Cricket News I just hope BCCI does not announce their decision on the 90th day: Sreesanth

first_img“I am not bothered by my fitness as I am inspired by Leander Paes and Ashish Nehra, they both kept on playing even after reaching the age of 36. I just hope BCCI does not announce their decision on the 90th day, I hope they do it in a couple of weeks time,” Sreesanth said.The ball is in the BCCI’s court now and they have to decide on the fresh punishment they want to impose and leave any door open for Sreesanth to make a comeback to competitive cricket or even the Indian team. The apex court also said that its verdict will have no effect on the criminal proceedings pending against the former cricketer in the Delhi High Court, where the Delhi Police has challenged a trial court’s order discharging all accused, including Sreesanth, in the IPL spot-fixing case.The bench passed this order on Sreesanth’s plea challenging the decision of a division bench of the Kerala High Court which had restored the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI. New Delhi: Sreesanth, who tried for five long years to get the life-ban lifted has finally got a bit relief from the turmoil he has been through in the last six years as the Supreme Court revoked the life ban imposed on him from cricket on Friday. The apex court gave the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) three months (90 days) stint to decide afresh on the point of the quantum of punishment for the spearhead. When the news hit Sreesanth’s ears’ he was not only relieved but is hopeful to be back on the cricket field soon. “I need cricket back, I do not think it will take BCCI 90 days to make the decision but I am grateful that the life ban has been removed. I fought my battle all by myself. My practice is going on and the road ahead totally depends on the selectors,” Sreesanth told reporters after the verdict.”It was a huge fight and the Supreme Court has given me a lifeline. There were so many opportunities where I was even going to announce my retirement, but thank god I didn’t. I have started staying fit to play the game, thanks to the T20 and T10 leagues, I can still earn my bread and butter somewhere,” he said. Sreesanth’s life-time ban lifted by the apex board of India. The BCCI has been give 90 days to come up with their final decision. Sreesanth is hopeful to make a comeback into the Indian team.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightslast_img read more

Women of Troy face off against Arizona, Arizona State in final two home games

first_imgOn the heels of four straight shutout victories, the USC women’s tennis team (16-2, 5-0) looks to finish strong in its final homestand of the regular season against Arizona (12-6, 2-3) on Friday followed by Arizona State on Saturday (10-5, 2-3).Ranked No. 4 in the nation despite seven straight victories, USC is looking to build off of their recent success after dominating the Pac-12 so far this season. Before the Women of Troy look ahead to an arduos road schedule to end the year, they first have to deal with two hungry conference rivals looking to play the underdog role to perfection at Marks Stadium this weekend.Arizona will rely heavily on their top two players this Friday as senior Natasha Marks an sophomore Lacey Smyth rank 66th and 81st nationally in singles and also combine to be a fearsome top-50 doubles squad as well.The Wildcats are looking for revenge on USC, who wiped the floor with Arizona in their last meeting during a 7-0 drubbing in 2010 and had to forfeit their Pac-12 match last season. Overall, USC leads the all-time series 45-15, but the Wildcats aren’t looking to even the series just yet as they set their sights on ending USC’s current winning streak.On Saturday, the Women of Troy take on the 29th-ranked Sun Devils, who come in on a two-game slide after being beaten by California and Stanford in back-to-back shutouts. Arizona State boasts one of the top singles players in the nation in No. 9 Jacqueline Cako as she poses a serious threat on court one against freshman Zoe Scandalis after defeating her in ASU’s only win in a 6-1 loss to USC earlier this season.On the doubles side, Cako and Joanna Smith form a competitive duo that is currently ranked No. 56 in the nation.For the Women of Troy to be successful, they have to start strong out of the gates, which has been an important part of their recent seven-game winning streak along with a fairly weak Pac-12 schedule. Earlier in the season, USC had a difficult time against quality teams because they would put themselves in a hole after losing the doubles point.Now, though, the Women of Troy have been able to save energy normally wasted on coming back in matches and focus that on closing out victories.Freshmen like Sabrina Santamaria, Gabriella DeSimone, and Scandais have shown maturity throughout the year and it’ll be interesting to note how they — and the rest of the Women of Troy — handle the wear and tear of a tough schedule both mentally and physically.last_img read more