NCB Sporting Clays Open in spotlight at Woodleigh

first_imgConsidered one of the premium clay-shooting events here in Jamaica, today’s NCB Capital Markets Sporting Clays Open will feature an exciting and compact contest among Jamaica’s best. It will be staged at Woodleigh in Clarendon, which is adjacent to the Gun Range. Registration will open at 8 a.m., while Shotgun Start will be at 10.30 a.m. The entry fee is $1000, but ladies and juniors will enter free. Lunch will be provided. The competition involves Classes A to Hunters, Ladies, Juniors and Sub-juniors, who will be locked in their respective battles for titles, honours and bragging rights. “Each year, we all look forward to the NCB Capital Markets Sporting Clays Open with 16 interesting presentations,” said Khaleel Azan, Jamaica Skeet Club president. Azan said that a 60-80 feet articulated lift, sponsored by Zoukie, will provide shooters with international-type tower targets, while David Subaran will be providing scaffolding, enabling lower- tower type presentations. “Anyone that enjoys clay shooting should ensure that they are at this shoot,” stressed Azan. Many eyes will, no doubt, be on young Danzell Knight of Campion College, who is fresh off his first championship win and sub-junior Roman Tavares Finson of Hillel, who was runner-up in the junior inter-schools tournament recently. Meanwhile, David Subaran, who emerged top marksman at the recent Spectrum Systems Limited Sporting Clays to capture his first championship, will have to show his mettle against defending National Shotgun champion Christian Sasso, Bruce DuQuesnay, and Brett Thwaites. No doubtlast_img read more

Victory against Aussies ‘gives extra boost’ for ICC World T20 – Bravo

first_imgMUMBAI, India (CMC): West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has said their warm-up victory over Australia has lifted the team’s confidence ahead of their opening group game of the T20 World Cup today. West Indies defeated Australia by three wickets on Sunday in a nail-biting game in Kolkata, with one ball to spare. The win came after the Windies had lost their first official warm-up match against hosts India. “It (the win) has done a lot to our confidence. We had a two-week camp in Dubai. We won all our games there in Dubai. We came here and lost our first warm-up game against India, and then to win last night definitely puts us in a good place,” said Bravo. “You know Australia is one of the better teams in world cricket, so to beat them always gives you that extra boost and confidence.” Bravo was part of the Darren Sammy side which defeated Sri Lanka to win the T20 World Cup in 2012. “The World Cup is always a great tournament to be in. I am very excited to be part of yet another World Cup. I was lucky enough to win one (World T20 in 2012). We lost in the semi-finals in the last one (World T20 in 2014),” Bravo recalled. “For us as West Indies team, we want to take one game at a time, and want to obviously qualify from our group and take it from there.” His presence, along with T20 specialist Andre Russell and big-hitting Chris Gayle, is expected to enhance the chances of West Indies, already considered a favourite next to host India. “I focus on my bowling a lot because most teams that I play for in T20 cricket rely on my bowling,” said Bravo, after launching a video, ‘Champion’, by Vega Entertainment and Venus Entertainment. “Yes, my batting is important, but they (the teams) rely on my bowling in tough times and in death overs. Variation is key for my success as a bowler.” West Indies play England at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai today.last_img read more

Astrobiology Justifying Itself

first_imgIs astrobiology a legitimate science?  Seth Shostak, director of the SETI Institute, tried to answer that question in the weekly SETI Thursday column on  He estimates there are “approximately a thousand scientists who would be proud to print ‘astrobiologist’ on their business cards.”  Astrobiology still gets a cool reception in some quarters.  Shostak likened this reaction to the initial response to other new programs, such as women’s studies and quantum mechanics.  He recalled how a paper by Grote Reber on radio emissions from space (see 02/06/2003) – an epochal paper that opened up the field of radio astronomy – was “uniformly rejected” by the reviewers at the Astrophysical Journal.  (Thankfully, the editor published it anyway.  See also the quote at top right of this page.)    Astrobiology, though, gets respect and funding without too much trouble, so why the need to justify it?  “The field is young enough to still have vocal critics,” Shostak replied, “in particular, those who think that ‘astrobiology’ is nothing more than a hope that life will someday be discovered beyond Earth.”  To calm the critics, Shostak produced a short list of achievements to show that astrobiology is producing scientific fruit in the process of looking for life.  In short, they are: (1) finding extrasolar planets, (2) refining the conditions for life, (3) and generating research on the origin of life and intelligence.  Furthermore, astrobiology is the “most powerful incentive for our explorations of the solar system,” he added as an encore.  “Why do we pay so much more attention to Mars, Europa and Titan than we do to Venus, Io, or Rhea?  It’s because the former worlds have the conditions that might foster and nurture the most compelling activity in the universe: life.”    Shostak did not address whether the achievements in his list might have occurred without astrobiology, other than to suggest that astrobiology gives impetus to those research fields:It’s true that incontrovertible proof of extraterrestrial life is still lacking.  But there are just two paths to the future: either we will eventually find biology elsewhere, or we won’t.  If you are among those who think that only Earth has spawned life, then astrobiology is, indeed, only useful in proving your hypothesis by enduring endless failure to reach its ultimate goal.  But if it seems plausible that, among the 10 thousand billion billion other star systems of the visible universe, there are some places where the remarkable chemical interplay we call life also occurs, than [sic] astrobiology research can only speed its discovery.Shostak assumed that life and intelligence would have evolved by unintelligent causes.  He did not consider what a creationist explanation for extraterrestrial life might include, nor whether non-evolutionary assumptions might also speed the discovery of extraterrestrial life.Shostak’s writings are usually stimulating and entertaining, but you won’t find much of substance here to prove his case that astrobiology is a valid science.  Consider the fundamental fact that it hasn’t found any life yet.  If you founded a branch of science to look for gnomes, and went for years without finding any, would it justify your funding to consider the spinoff discoveries along the way?Suppose you discovered that the undersides of certain rocks have the conditions for gnomes.  Then, you found, serendipitously, a new species of toadstools growing in habitats thought inhospitable for fungi.  Gnomes love toadstools, you say, so this certainly shows you are making progress.  To top it off, your efforts spawned a number of other research projects, such as clarifying the conditions for gnomes and speculating about the evolution of gnomic intelligence.  Would these selling points qualify for respect in the research community?Some of the marks on Shostak’s astrobiology scorecard are disqualified because they assume evolution to research on evolution – a circular and incestuous line of reasoning.  As for the remaining valid scores, is astrobiology the only contestant?    A creationist worldview could just as easily have achieved the practical spinoffs Shostak claimed for astrobiology: discovering extrasolar planets, discovering extremophiles, exploring the limits of habitability, and promoting the space program.  Why?  Some creationists admit the possibility that God created life elsewhere than earth.  Wouldn’t that belief motivate efforts to find them and communicate with them?  Other creationists who feel life (especially intelligent life) is restricted to earth might still be fascinated to understand just what are the life-giving features of our planet by comparing it with others.  Finally, creationists are arguably more motivated to do pure research into all aspects of creation because they love and honor any handwork of the Creator.    Unfortunately, we will never know how well creationists would have scored on these research programs, because they have been systematically expelled from the academic community and funding sources.  A hint at what might have been, however, can be seen by a look at their track record in history.(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The 2019 Africa Energy Indaba embraces innovation

first_imgThe 11th annual Africa Energy Indaba Conference took place at the Sandton Convention Centre last week under the theme Africa’s Energy Future.The two-day conference was focused on the on-going development of the African energy sector and encouraged dialogue around enabling adequate energy generation across the African continent. This year, delegates from over 38 African countries were present.Conference sessions took place parallel to the exciting exhibition on show, as well as technical workshops. One of the workshops, presented by Eskom’s Head of Research for Testing and Development Kubeshnie Bhugwandin, spoke to strategic responses to disruptive innovations. The workshop had a look at the effect of disruption over the years, how it’s directly affected both business and consumer and how we should shift our perspective around it. Ms. Bhugwandin also warned about the detriment of embracing disruptive technologies when your business and audience is not yet ready for it.It is evident that no sector is able to fully function without laying claim of the impending Fourth Industrial Revolution, and Africa’s preparation for it.The MarketPlace Business Matchmaking Programme gave businesses and individuals an opportunity to sit down with exhibitors, speakers, sponsors and investors to explore potential ventures. Director of Divaine Growth Solutions, Dr Sindi Mzamo encouraged engagement, face to face interaction and social media platforms in her talk about the Power of Networking.Low Carbon Transport South Africa had electric cars on display and gave visitors an opportunity to discover the benefits of getting plugged in.In a recent statement about the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme, Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe said: “Let us take up the challenge, eradicate poverty and grow the economy for our children and their children, never forgetting our responsibility towards Mother Nature. If we do not look after our future, there will not be a future.”We now look forward to the 2020 Africa Energy Indaba that takes place 3 – 4 March 2020 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, as we work to build a better South Africa.Image: Instagramlast_img read more

Remembering Tony Woods, a Building Science Pioneer

first_imgThe industry loses one of its best-known and most respected building-performance expertsTony Woods, a building science visionary who pioneered techniques and materials for improving the performance of all types of structures, died on May 8 after a battle with cancer.A physicist by training, Woods graduated from the University of Hull (England) in 1959. In 1980 he co-founded Canam Building Envelope Specialists Inc., based in Mississauga, Ontario, and, more than a decade ago, a Canam division called Zerodraft, which manufactures building envelope improvement materials and application and testing equipment.Woods’ analytical abilities, depth of knowledge, and drive helped put him at the forefront of the systems approach to building-performance diagnostics and improvement. A tribute released this week by the Building Performance Institute notes that Woods was a mentor to many. His combination of humor and expertise made him a popular presenter at conferences and training programs offered by weatherization organizations and home performance contractors across North America.Woods made regular appearances at regional and national conferences hosted by the nonprofit educational group Affordable Comfort Inc.. He also was a favorite speaker at events staged by the Energy and Environmental Building Association, Construct Canada, Buildings X, Thermal Solutions, and the National Building Envelope Council of Canada.Tony Woods’ professional legacy will be a lasting one. As BPI points out, he was past-president of the Ontario Building Envelope Council and executive vice president of the National Energy Conservation Association and the Contractors Warranty Corporation. He also was a member of HRAI Toronto Chapter, the Construction Specification Writers Association and the Ontario Association of Home Inspectors.On April 28, ACI awarded Woods its Lifetime Achievement Award. The same day, BPI announced the inaugural winner of The Tony Woods Award for Excellence in Advancing the Home Performance Industry, a new initiative that replaces the former BPI Awards, or “Bippies.”What’s more, a paper written by Woods, “Retrofitting the Building Envelope is the Most Cost-Effective Path to Improved Building Performance,” will be included posthumously in the proceedings of the Fourth International Building Physics Conference, June 15-18, 2009 in Istanbul, Turkey.Donations may be made in memory of Tony Woods to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s “Light the Night Walk,” at funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. May 15 at the Church of St. Bride, 1516 Clarkson Road North, Mississauga, Ontario. Visitation will be held one hour before the service begins, and a reception will follow the funeral.last_img read more

10 Quotes from Quentin Tarantino on Filmmaking

first_imgQuentin Tarantino is one of the most influential directors in film history. For those looking to follow in his footsteps, here are ten of his best quotes on filmmaking.Cover image via Humby ValdesLast week at Adobe Max, Quentin Tarantino reaffirmed his declaration to retire after completing ten movies. For those keeping track, he’s currently standing at eight (he doesn’t count Death Proof). If he stays true to his promise, that leaves one of the most successful, most influential, and, at times, most controversial directors with only two films left to make.A true cinephile who made his rise in the 1990s with Reservoir Dogs and cemented himself into mainstream cinema with Pulp Fiction, Tarantino has been a highly visible film advocate who rarely shies away from interviews and the limelight.His rags-to-riches success story from video store clerk to big-budget director has been very well documented and recanted throughout the years. As such, for those seeking advice on how to follow in his filmmaking footsteps, here are some of his most important quotes for aspiring filmmakers.Filmmaking Can Be a Democratic ProcessVia Adobe MaxSpeaking at Adobe Max, Tarantino talked in depth on how digital technology is drastically changing the filmmaking process from when he started out. While he’s always been a film-stock preservationist, he’s grown to appreciate the accessibility of digital filmmaking and how it opens filmmaking doors for those who haven’t had access in the past.There’s a parenthetical downside to it that is completely dwarfed by the upside. The upside that exists today, filmmaking can be a democratic process. In which other people, other than rich white men, can make movies.Have a Passion and Don’t Give UpImage via IGNTarantino has made many mentions of his failed first foray into filmmaking. While, like many popular directors, he may not have attended film school, his first film served as his de facto film school curriculum. Needless to say, it takes lots and lots of passion to stay with it and make it through.If you have the passion to do it, and you do it and it doesn’t work out — I worked for 3 years on a 16mm movie that became nothing but guitar picks. And I was very disappointed when I realized it wasn’t any good. But it was my film school — and I actually got away really cheap. When it was all over I knew how to make a movie. Let Your Subconscious Guide YouImage via Slash FilmIn the interview below with the Village Voice, Tarantino talks about his creative process and his focus on the subconscious. Tarantino’s works are all very character-driven stories. As such, he puts a lot of effort into making them visceral. They are all deeply connected to his subconscious.Oh, very much so. Most of it should be subconscious, if the work is coming from a special place. If I’m thinking and maneuvering that pen around, then that’s me doing it. I really should let the characters take it. But the characters are different facets of me, or maybe they’re not me, but they are coming from me. So when they take it, that’s just me letting my subconscious rip. — Village VoiceBe a Sponge of StoriesImage via YouTubeAs with most great filmmakers, Tarantino considers himself a writer first and foremost. When working on a film, the original idea and the story should be strong enough to guide the rest of production. Tarantino’s films are so successful in part to his endless dedication to the writing process and how he uses the writer’s mindset to view the stories around him.I am a writer. That’s what I do. It’s a writer’s job not just to write about himself but to look at the rest of humanity and explore it — other people’s way of talking, the phrases they use. And my head is a sponge. I listen to what everyone says, I watch little idiosyncratic behavior; people tell me a joke, and I remember it. People tell me an interesting story in their life, and I remember it. — The TalksLet Your Film Be InteractiveImage via The PlaylistTarantino has been quite lucky in some regards to have consistently worked with all-star casts. While he can be considered a control freak on set (more on that later), he is also able to encourage his actors to add to their roles as he works to bring out the best in them and the project.Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, you can read almost as a piece of literature, but I still had to figure them out [before shooting]. It’s not for sure that I’m going to pull them off. There is a “finding it” in the course of making it. But with Hateful Eight, it was right there. I mean, if I had those actors and we did it in a little theater on Santa Monica Boulevard, 99 seats, it would kill, it would be terrific. — Hollywood ReporterIt’s About the Characters Over the ActorsImage via Pulp FictionBy the same token, it’s important to note that it takes great actors to realize that it isn’t about them — it’s about the character. When you focus and put as much into your characters as Tarantino does, it gives the actors ample material to further bring those characters to life.I’ve been making movies for 20 years, and as great as some of those decisions I made in the first ten years were, I probably wouldn’t make them again. What I mean is, I really liked the scripts I wrote, and I really liked my characters, but I wasn’t over-enamored, and I wasn’t that precious about them. Back then, I got much more excited by cool casting. I liked the idea of taking an actor I’ve always liked but wasn’t being used much anymore and putting him in the movie and showing people what he could do. But I don’t feel that way anymore. Now it’s all about my characters. I actually think my characters are going to be one of my biggest legacies after I’m gone. So I have no obligation whatsoever other than to just cast it right. — Slash FilmCare About the Movie You’re MakingImage via Vanity FairIn a 1994 interview with Robert Ebert, the famous film critic described Tarantino as a “joyous, arm-waving, head-shaking, table-pounding cascade of cinematic theory and big plans.” Ebert’s early reviews were spot on, as Tarantino’s enthusiasm and cinema knowledge has led him to make successful film after successful film. If not his signature trait, Tarantino’s passion and enthusiasm for every project he works on is paramount to his success.My integrity will always be the same. I mean, I might fail. But I find it almost impossible to believe that I’ll ever do a movie for the wrong reasons because — it’s just too hard to make a movie! It takes too long! It’s a year of your life! And I can’t believe I’ll ever do something completely for money because I’m making enough money now. I never want my overhead to get so big that I gotta do stuff I don’t care about. — Roger EbertIt’s Okay to Rely on DialogueImage from Reservoir DogsIf there is a criticism of Tarantino’s work (besides the violence and profanity), it might be in his, at times, over-reliance on dialogue instead of action. The old film adage is “Show, don’t tell,” however Tarantino’s dialogue in itself would hardly be described as “telling.” It’s more often meandering and off-topic, but is always so riveting that it can drive the story and capture that audience’s attention.It’s not only dialogue, it’s also mood, situation and mise en scene. But I have no problem relying on dialogue. It’s one of the reasons I can direct my material better than anyone else, because I have a confidence in my material that no one else would. — Timeout LondonBe the Captain of Your ShipImage via CinearchiveTarantino is also notorious for how he manages his set. He has a reputation for being a bit of a hot-head and control freak, famously firing crew members on the spot for a cell phone ring. However, his job is not to be friendly — it’s to be loyal to his vision, get the most out of his actors, and to see the project through to the end.I am the captain of the ship, and they have to follow my orders as far as that’s concerned. But when it comes to getting the best out of them in any given scene or performance, then I’m at their disposal. Because it’s not about getting my way, it’s about making them comfortable and getting the best out of them. — VarietyNot Every Movie Needs to Be MadeEnding back where we started. In his most recent interview at Adobe Max, Tarantino was at his unapologetic, highly animated and obviously passionate best. In his meandering conversation, he shows how he’s grown and is able to look back at his filmography with sympathy and admiration. With his ten film limit, he likens his legacy to those of famous directors before him. However, as is true to his form, he points out that not everyone can be the next Tarantino and that every film does not, in fact, need to be made.When you had to go and convince people and get the money to make a movie. There [are] some hurdles that aren’t bad to go through. There was a filtering out process. Not every movie needs to be made. Not every movie should be made.Maybe Tarantino’s advice and legacy will precede him as his career winds down for being the last of a great generation before a tidal wave of mediocracy overtook the industry. Or maybe, in his own words, he’s just laying out an expletive-filled challenged to the next generation of filmmakers to step up.Yeah, two more. That’s it. And then drop the mic. Boom. Tell everybody match that sh*t!What’s your favorite filmmaking quote? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Pirates, Lions extend streaks

first_imgLyceum coach Topex Robinson, though, was dissatisfied with how his unbeaten squad played as the cellar-dwelling Cardinals gave the Pirates everything they could handle.“We didn’t honor the game and it almost backfired on us,” said Robinson. “Credit to coach Atoy (Co) for preparing his team well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSan Beda also sustained its streak with a 72-58 rout of St. Benilde in the first game.The Lions’ eighth straight victory, however, was overshadowed by an endgame fracas where Carlo Young tackled a driving Robert Bolick down on a fastbreak with 2:28 left. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Quarters: 17-18, 41-28, 63-41, 72-58LYCEUM 96 – MAPUA 90LYCEUM 96—Perez 22, Jc. Marcelino 19, Ayaay 10, Tansingco 10, Caduyac 8, Pretta 8, Jv. Marcelino 6, Liwag 5, Nzeusseu 5, Marata 3, Baltazar 0, Cinco 0, Ibañez 0, Santos 0.MAPUA 90—Gabo 21, Buñag 18, Victoria 16, Aguirre 11, Nieles 9, Orquina 7, Pelayo 6, Raflores 2.Quarters: 20-21, 48-43, 73-58, 96-90 UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments Rio silver medalist Diaz back in action Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Things escalated quickly under the basket which led to a disqualifying foul on Young and the ejection of Bolick, who was seen retaliating by the referees during the replay, and Clint Doliguez, who entered the playing court.After the game, coach Boyet Fernandez expressed disgust on how officials handled the commotion and expects the commissioner to review the incident. —RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NETSAN BEDA 72 – ST. BENILDE 58SAN BEDA 72—Bolick 14, Potts 12, Mocon 10, Soberano 8, Tankoua 7, Cabanag 5, Noah 5, Bahio 4, Carino 3, Adamos 2, Doliguez 2, Abuda 0, Oftana 0, Tongco 0.ST. BENILDE 58—Leutcheu 25, Domingo 8, Sta. Maria 8, Pili 5, Castor 4, Belgica 2, Dixon 2, Naboa 2, San Juan 2, Johnson 0, Young 0.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Lyceum didn’t look like it missed a beat as it sustained its hot streak in the second round of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament with a 96-90 victory over Mapua Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.CJ Perez paced the Pirates with 22 points and nine rebounds, while Jaycee Marcelino got 19 points, six boards, and two assists in the Pirates’ 10th straight win.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

England put Australia on the mat on Day 1

first_imgEngland bowled out Australia for a mediocre 268 on the opening day of the third Ashes Test at the WACA grounds on Thursday.In reply, England was 29 without loss at stumps with skipper Andrew Strauss and Alistair Cook set to resume the second day on 12 and 17 runs respectively.Swing bowlers James Anderson and Chris Tremlett snared three wickets each to send the Australian top order crashing after Strauss had put the home side to bat first on a green top pitch.The situation could have been worse for Australia, which slumped to 69/5 just after lunch, but half centuries from Mike Hussey, Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson enabled the hosts to post a decent total before being bowled out 30 minutes before stumps Thursday.Still, England is well positioned to push for a victory that would see the tourists secure a successful Ashes defense, with Australia”s bowlers having struggled for wickets over the first two Tests. England won the second Test in Adelaide by an innings and 71 runs to take a 1 0 lead in the five Test series.Tremlett wasted no time in making an impact, bowling recalled Australian opener Phil Hughes for 2 with the last ball of the first over, and then having the out of touch Michael Clarke caught behind for 4. He took 3 63 in 23 overs.In between, James Anderson, 3 61, claimed the prized scalp of Ricky Ponting for 12 when the Australia captain was brilliantly caught at third slip by Paul Collingwood, who flung himself to his right at third slip and held on to a one handed catch.advertisementPonting, whose scoring shots were three boundaries, hung his bat out at a James Anderson delivery, and another brief innings will increase pressure on the captain to keep his place in the team.Tremlett deepened Australia”s problems when he removed Steve Smith for 2 in the second over after lunch.Hussey and Haddin, who also batted Australia out of trouble in the first Test, counter attacked effectively. Hussey hit a six and nine fours as he continued with his imperious form with the bat. With other scores of 195, 93 and 52, he has been Australia’s standout batsman of the series.Haddin, another batsman in form, added 52 runs for seventh wicket with Johnson before another brilliant slip catch ended Haddin’s two hour knock.Johnson became the unlikely batting hero in his Test comeback hitting a six an eight balls.Earlier, opener Shane Watson, who batted for over an hour for his 13 runs off 40 balls, failed to have an lbw decision overruled by video review. He had an earlier reprieve when he was given out caught down the leg side off Anderson, but the on field decision was overruled by third umpire Aleem Dar.Numbers Game of Day One 62 Number of wickets claimed by Grame Swann at an avg of 25.01 in 13 Tests this year, most by any player53.50 Is the batting average of Brad Haddin against England. In seven Ashes Tests he has scored 535 runs, most against any country in Test cricket.66.76 Is the batting average of Michael Hussey against England. In 13 Tests he has scored 1,135 runs, which includes three centuries and nine half- centuries5 Number of half- centuries scored by Mitchell Johnson in 40 Tests. It was his second half- century against England in seven Tests7 Number of half- centuries scored by Brad Haddin in 30 Tests. It was his third against England in seven Tests. Prior to this, he has also hit two centuries in the Ashes24 Number of half-centuries scored by Michael Hussey in 57 Tests. It was his ninth against England in 13 Tests.Compiled by Manoj Kumarlast_img read more

Gundy’s One Goal: ‘To Win a Conference Championship’

first_imgWhen somebody tells you you have the ninth-best winning percentage of Power 5 teams over the last 10 years.— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 29, 2016“I think the benchmark is to win it,” said defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer. “Maybe six, seven or eight years ago, to play was good, but the benchmark has changed. How you are evaluated has changed. The way this team is critiqued has changed. That just means we’ve gotten to this point. A lot of people have done great things to get to this point.”Yes they have. And so while a CFP Playoff berth might be the dream, a Big 12 title is all you can control. Sixty minutes to your second one of the decade. Sixty minutes until OSU-OU enters a new phase as a rivalry. You do it once with a NFL QB and first-round pick at receiver, and it’s considered a one-off. You do it again five years later on OU’s home field with their perfect Big 12 season hanging in the balance and, well, we have a full-blown conference war on our hands.Four days. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. There has been a lot of hand-wringing about the College Football Playoff this fall from Big 12 country. Yours truly has been the chief culprit. We have thought and argued and debated and been more frustrated than humans should be over amateur athletics. And the conclusion for Oklahoma State (and Oklahoma) in a lot of ways is this: None of it matter.The CFB Playoff is an entity that exists independent of the way the rest of college football operates. It is almost disassociated from the ecosystem of the sport altogether except in the way it affects postseason bowl berths. So let’s put that to the side for now and talk about just how much Bedlam means. Mike Gundy, you’re up first.“Our goal each year is to get our team prepared so that when we step on the field the fans can be proud of the product that’s on the field,” said Gundy on Monday. “We’re going to play hard, we’re going to do it respectfully. We’ve been in that situation every game this year. That’s always been our goal.”“It’s extremely difficult to predict wins and losses or to see how the game is going to go — any game. But our goal is to win a conference championship. We have always felt like if we can win the conference championship that would allow us an opportunity to get to the playoff.“The only thing we can control is what we do tomorrow and each day in practice and how we play Saturday. What I mentioned to them is that I want them to continue with what they’ve done over the last two months, because for a coach, it’s just enjoyable to watch them. They play for each other. There’s not any selfish players on the field. And I would fully expect them to play that way Saturday. We can worry about the playoff system next Monday.”Well said. And good advice for fans, players and media members alike. We have talked a lot about how Bedlam this season is the conference championship for the fourth time in six years for Oklahoma State. That’s true, but it sort of veils the fact that OSU has only won one of those.Lot of consternation via OSU fans about CFP. OSU has 1 conf. title in 40 yrs. Playoff or not, Bedlam win would be massive moment for program— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) November 28, 2016For all the winning OSU has done — and it has done a LOT of it since Mike Gundy arrived — it still only has one banner hanging from the east end of Boone Pickens Stadium on the side of Gallagher-Iba Arena. A banner that could use a cohort.last_img read more

Report: Mason Rudolph, James Washington Returning for Senior Year

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. According to a report from The Oklahoman’s Jenni Carlson, quarterback Mason Rudolph and wide receiver James Washington are expected to return to school for their senior years.Rudolph and Washington both requested draft information to determine where they may go if they decided to forego their senior year.Rudolph recorded 3,777 passing yards and 25 touchdowns to just 4 interceptions this season.His main target, James Washington was the recipient of the majority of those yards. He topped his sophomore campaign with 1,209 yards receiving and 9 touchdowns — and was a semifinalist  for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nations top receiver.Also expected to be back for his senior season is inside linebacker Chad Whitener, according to the report from Jenni Carlson. Vincent Taylor has not yet made a decision on his future and whether he will return for his senior year.last_img read more