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Pandya stars as Mumbai Indians end CSK’s unbeaten run

first_imgMUMBAI Indians (MI) registered a comprehensive 37-run victory to end Chennai Super Kings’ unbeaten run in IPL 2019 yesterday.Put in to bat first, MI started slowly but late blitzkrieg from Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya helped them end at 170/5.Quinton de Kock (4) departed in just the third over as he looked to up the ante but holed out at square leg with Deepak Chahar drawing first blood.Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav then tried to repair the damage, adding 37 runs for the second wicket. But Ravindra Jadeja cut short the MI skipper’s stay, dismissing him on 13. Rohit edged one to Dhoni who took a smart catch.Tahir then removed in-form Yuvraj Singh (4) cheaply. Krunal Pandya came out all guns blazing, hitting Chahar for three consecutive boundaries. Local boy Suryakumar Yadav looked good as well during his stay, timing the ball well and getting on top of the bounce early.The two took their time but ensured that MI didn’t lose anymore wickets. Suryakumar completed his half-century from 38 balls. However, Mohit Sharma removed Krunal Pandya for 42, with the all-rounder missing out on a deserving half-century. Krunal hit five boundaries and one six.Suryakumar departed for 59 in the next over and that brought big hitters Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard to the crease.MI were 125-5 after 18 overs and were headed for a below-par score but things changed dramatically in the final two overs.Shardul Thakur conceded 16 runs from the 19th while usually reliable Dwayne Bravo conceded 29 runs from the final over as Mumbai added 45 runs in the final two overs.Pandya hit 25 runs from just 8 balls, with three huge sixes and one boundary. Pollard meanwhile hit 17 from 7 with two sixes, much to the delight of MI dressing room.All the CSK bowlers were among the wickets, with Tahir’s 1-25 being the standout performance. Jadeja interestingly bowled only two overs and ended with figures of 1-10. Bravo’s figures of 1-49 were marred by a disastrous final over.CSK’s chase got off to the worst possible start, with Ambati Rayudu’s struggles with the bat extending further. The opener was removed for a first-ball duck by Jason Behrendorff as he extracted some extra bounce from the wicket.Malinga removed the other opener, Shane Watson, as he hit one straight to Pollard at covers.Behrendorff kept things tight and was soon rewarded with a wicket but it was more due to the fielding brilliance of Pollard on the boundary line.Suresh Raina looked to hit one into the stands, but Pollard stationed at the point boundary took a one-handed blinder, ending with a somersault.MS Dhoni got a hero’s welcome as he joined Kedar Jadhav at the crease. The two steadied the ship for CSK but took their time, completing the 50-partnership. Jadhav targeted Bumrah, hitting him for 15 runs in his first over.Just when the game seemed to be heading to Dhoni territory, Rohit threw the ball to Hardik and the all-rounder delivered by removing Dhoni and Jadeja in the same over.Dhoni hit one straight to square leg, departing for a 21-ball 12. Jadeja nicked one straight to de Kock for 1.After that, it was always going to be an uphill task for the visitors. Jadhav scored a valiant half-century but departed for 58 as he looked to hit Malinga out of the park but only managed a nick to the keeper.Bravo hit one into the third tier but departed next ball for 8, again Malinga getting the wicket.Shardul Thakur did hit a six and a four, ending unbeaten on 10 but it was never going to be enough as MI registered a comprehensive win.Pandya was the standout bowler, ending with figures of 3-20. Malinga also picked up three but conceded 34 runs in his three overs. Behrendorff was the other star performer with the ball, ending with figures of 0-22.last_img read more

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Before college football stardom, Nick Saban brought intense style to Syracuse

first_imgShortly before Nick Saban’s first game at Syracuse as a coach, Art Monk and Bill Hurley looked at each other, puzzled. Monk, the future NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver, shook his head as he stood next to Hurley while Saban instructed Syracuse defensive players to tackle one another. There was Saban, 25 years old, pacing the field at Parker Stadium in Oregon as players tried to bring down one another, just minutes prior to kickoff of the 1977 season opener.“I remember watching those guys on defense go through a few drills and me just shaking my head,” said Hurley, then-Syracuse starting quarterback and current wide receivers coach at Albany. “I was like, ‘What the hell are they doing? Why would somebody be live-tackling at pregame warmups?’ I was glad I didn’t play defense.”The drills before his first game on the job reflected Saban’s nature. They embodied the unsparing, unsmiling disposition possessed by one of the most successful figures in all of college sports. On that mid-September afternoon four decades ago, Saban illustrated the unwavering, persistent coaching style that has propelled him from defensive ends coach at Syracuse to arguably the best coach in the history of college football.Saban, who coached at Syracuse 40 years ago this fall, roamed the halls of Manley Field House and Archbold Stadium before several stops on his rise to coaching stardom, including his current role as head coach at Alabama, where the undefeated Crimson Tide appears poised for another national championship run.Saban, who turned 66 on Tuesday, brought to Syracuse meticulous micromanagement, few smiles and similar intensity to what he now shows at Alabama, where he has won three national titles since 2007.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“All business,” said Glenn Williams, an offensive lineman on the Syracuse 1977 team. “I remember him exactly the way he is today. When I see him on TV, I think back to him at Syracuse. His stature, his demeanor was exactly the same.”Saban could not be reached for comment on this story.Nick Saban, with his whistle on the right, drilled Syracuse’s 1977 team hard, players said. Courtesy of SU ArchivesSaban grew up in West Virginia’s coal country. After Syracuse, he coached for West Virginia, Ohio State, the Cleveland Browns, LSU, the Miami Dolphins and Alabama, among other destinations. His reputation is an excellent defensive coach, top-notch recruiter and cutting-edge leader, said former SU players.In 1999, Saban arrived at LSU and in four years rebuilt a struggling program into a national champion in 2007. After leaving the Tigers, Saban turned Alabama back into a national powerhouse. This year, he will make more than $11 million for the top-ranked Crimson Tide, according to USA Today’s salary report.But Syracuse was where Saban took a step toward that hefty payday. A whistle always hung around his neck, former players said. He wore white socks high to the mid-calf and often wore a Syracuse collared shirt. He gave impassioned locker room speeches, players said, even though he was only about 5-foot-9, 170 pounds and four years removed from college.“He was very boisterous,” Williams said. “When he spoke, he got his voice across, loud and noticeable.”Since Saban departed Syracuse, New York, he has won three national titles at Alabama, one at Louisiana State and has become one of the most recognizable college football coaches in the country. Courtesy of Alabama AthleticsWhen he arrived in central New York, Saban wasn’t a stranger to Syracuse football. He served as a graduate assistant at Kent State in 1974, when the Golden Flashes pulled out a last-minute win over SU at Archbold Stadium.Though he wasn’t much older than the players, Saban did not shy away from speaking up. One afternoon at Manley Field House, Syracuse defensive back Warren S. Harvey was walking toward his locker. He nodded as Saban walked by. That was not good enough.“What’s the haps?” Harvey recalled Saban asking.The coach thought Harvey wasn’t acknowledging him properly, and he didn’t fully pass by until Harvey said something. Harvey nodded again and asked how Saban was doing, then they continued walking in opposite directions.“He was just as demanding as he is now,” said Harvey, who added that players were disappointed when Saban left Syracuse for West Virginia after only one season.Frank Maloney, Syracuse’s head coach from 1974 to 1980, interviewed Saban for the position at SU. Dennis Fitzgerald, Kent State’s head coach, played college football with Maloney at Michigan. When a position opened at SU, Fitzgerald recommended Saban to Maloney. Saban impressed him in the interview and earned the job, Maloney said.Maloney did not recall specifics from that year, but he said he found Saban to be more forthcoming with players than most other coaches with whom he had worked. Saban spoke up in team events and practices, often giving his opinion during coaches meetings. He “didn’t have a single smile in him,” Maloney said.Syracuse finished 6-5 in 1977 under head coach Frank Maloney. Quarterback Bill Hurley attempted 201 passes and 200 rushes on the season.Courtesy of SU ArchivesOne day in the fall of 1977, on the steps of Goldstein Alumni & Faculty Center, Ron Cavanagh was chatting with Saban. Cavanagh, then a professor at SU and member of the Athletic Policy Board, assisted with Syracuse football recruiting. During an encounter with Saban, they exchanged ideas about high school players they wanted to bring to SU, as well as defensive ideas.Cavanagh recalled being impressed with Saban’s foresight. Within months on the job, he had already recruited several players for the following year, despite being only an outside linebackers coach. Based on that brief conversation near Watson Hall, Cavanagh described Saban as “unusually energetic” and a brilliant defensive coach for his age.“He appeared not only serious, but he had an energy and an intelligence about him,” Cavanagh said. “He carried himself with a sense of mission. He just had that presence about him that you knew he was going to go somewhere. It’s gratifying Syracuse had a role in shaping him.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 2, 2017 at 12:56 am Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

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Alpena Residents Gather Against Gerrymandering

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisEarlier today Alpena residents gathered together to learn about political gamesmanship in the state of Michigan.I was there, and spoke with today’s speaker. Here’s a look at that story.A group of Voters Not Politicians Ballot Committee hosted a town hall meeting in Alpena Sunday in conjunction with Count Michigan Vote in hopes to stop what’s called gerrymandering.The town hall meeting was set up to get Michigan citizens on board with amending the constitution so that they could decide the boundary lines for both congressional and state legislative districts.“What’s happened especially with computer science and all of the data is the maps are being manipulated in a way that the results of the election is predetermined. In most districts they already know whose going to win before they even reveal who the candidates are. As a result the voters really don’t have a choice anymore. There are too many cases where they are being manipulated. The politicians are choosing their voters; the voters should be choosing their politicians,” Sunday’s speaker, Walter Sorg said.Sorg says right now things are designed to be unfair.“For the state legislative we have 110 state representatives. Only about 20 of them of those 110 districts are really in play between the two parties. Most of the time the same party is going to win time after time after time, and it’s designed that way. More importantly the party that gets the most votes doesn’t always win the most elections, and they end up in the minority even though they got the most votes, and that’s kind of a violation of the fundamentals of having a representative of democracy, ” he added.In order to make change, so that Michigan citizens will be able to decide boundary lines, the ballot committee must have over 400,000 valid signatures before November 2018.“We have to gather 320,000 valid signatures in a 180 day period. Which means we have to mobilize thousands of volunteers across the state to circulate petitions in several months. We only have 180 days to do it under state law. So that means about 12,000 signatures a week, for 26 consecutive weeks to get on the ballot. That’s a huge undertaking. Either one you spend a lot of special interest money to hire people to collect signatures, or you mobilize people the grassroots organization who is really impacted by this fundamental issue,” Sorg said.Saturday’s event is one of more than a dozen that is being held throughout the state of Michigan trying to educate citizens to fight fair when it comes to politics.“This is about basic fundamental fairness in our election system. Right now we’ve got a system that serves the interest of the political insiders. We need a system that fairly represents the interest of the voters,” Sorg finished.In Alpena for WBKB News, I’m Star Connor.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Count MI Vote, Gerrymandering, MICHIGAN, Politics, Voters Not PoliticiansContinue ReadingPrevious United Way of Northeast Michigan Currently Accepting Applications for Mini Grants.Next Good Morning Alpena Showcases ‘Cool Things We Make Part Two’last_img read more

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MLB trade rumors: Tigers’ asking price for Matthew Boyd could prevent deal

first_img Dodgers trade rumors: Los Angeles among teams interested in Orioles reliever Mychal Givens The Tigers, widely expected to be offloading some of their top talent before the trade deadline, may not be so eager to part with Matthew Boyd.According to MLB.com, the Tigers “remain uncertain” about whether to deal the 28-year-old lefty, one of the most sought-after starters on the market. The Phillies are rumored to be particularly interested in Boyd (4.07 ERA, 1.13 WHIP in 2019). The Yankees, Astros and Brewers have also been mentioned as possible trade destinations. MLB trade rumors: ‘Chances are pretty high’ Mets move Zack Wheeler before deadline The trade discussions involving Boyd have also reportedly involved pairing him with either Castellanos or Greene to sweeten a potential deal.center_img But the MLB.com report notes that the Tigers’ “high asking price” for Boyd has made some baseball executives “doubt that he will be moved at this year’s deadline.” Boyd is under team control for three more seasons.On the other hand, the report says the Tigers are “virtually certain” to trade outfielder Nicholas Castellanos and “almost certain” to trade All-Star closer Shane Greene. Detroit has reportedly been very active in shopping Greene in recent days, with the Phillies also believed to be involved in those discussions. Related News MLB trade rumors: Rays have ‘checked in’ on Nicholas Castellanos, spoken with Giants about relieverslast_img read more

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