Cricket News Cheteshwar Pujara special gives Saurashtra grand win in Ranji Trophy quarterfinal, Vidarbha also in last four

first_imgVidarbha thrash UttarakhandCompleting the semi-final line-up was Vidarbha, the defending champions who thrashed Uttarkhand by an innings and 115 runs. After Uttarakhand reached 355, Vidarbha were boosted by Wasim Jaffer’s brilliant 206, his 57th ton in First Class cricket and he got able assistance from Sanjay Ramaswamy (141) and Aditya Sarwate (102) as they secured a 274-run lead.Vidarbha were boosted by Umesh Yadav’s magnificent burst of 5/23 and Aditya Sarwate’s 5/55 and Vidarbha achieved a crushing innings win to set-up a semi-final encounter with Kerala, who entered the semi-final for the first time after beating Gujarat in a low-scoring contest.The semi-finals will be held on January 24 with the venue yet to be confirmed by the BCCI. Pujara scored 521 runs in the series in AustraliaSaurashtra will face Karnataka in Ranji semi-finalVidarbha will face Kerala in the other semis highlights Lucknow: Cheteshwar Pujara had hurt Australia in a massive way during the recently concluded four-Test series. His centuries in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney proved to be the difference maker in India securing a Test series win in Australia for the first time ever. With 521 runs in the four Tests at an average of 74, the presence of Pujara in the Ranji Trophy 2018/19 quarterfinal clash against Uttar Pradesh was greeted with tremendous joy and the the 30-year-old did not disappoint. After a blip in the first innings, Pujara’s magnificent 67, combined with Harvik Desai’s 116 and solid contributions from Sheldon Jackson and Snell Patel helped Saurashtra chase down 372 to win by six wickets in Lucknow on Saturday and enter the semi-final of the Ranji Trophy 2018/19 where they will face Karnataka.After Rinku Singh’s 150 and valuable spells from Yash Dayal (4/55), Ankit Rajpoot (3/71) and Shivam Mavi (3/40) gave Uttar Pradesh a valuable 177-run lead, Saurashtra fought back by dismissing the hosts for 194 with Dharmendrasinh Jadeja taking 4/53. In response, Harvik Desai and Snell Patel stitched a 132-run opening stand which gave Saurashtra the best platform. Desai reached a magnificent century but after he fell for 116, it was the Pujara and Sheldon Jackson show. The duo negotiated the Uttar Pradesh bowlers with ease. Mavi, who had accounted for Pujara for 11 in the first innings, failed to dislodge the ‘New Wall’ of Indian cricket as the 152-run stand guided Saurashtra to a magnificent win. The chase of 372 in the fourth innings is the highest in the history of the Ranji Trophy, going past the 371 in the game between Assam and Services in 2008/09 at Palam. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

USC announces 3.5% tuition hike

first_img“We want to emphasize … that the University will continue to ensure to support financially insecure students,” Stone said. “Whether that’s making sure that any increase in resources is also equally distributed to things like the food pantry, to the Trojan Shelter, to the community house, to the financial aid office, things like that.”  The University will hold an open forum Tuesday to address tuition increases and student well-being, according to an email Interim President Wanda Austin sent to the USC community March 6. The forum will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center on the University Park Campus and Aresty Auditorium on the Health Sciences Campus simultaneously via livestream. Stone said he believes it is up to the current and incoming administration to ensure the value of USC’s tuition is maintained and that tuition hikes are justified. Sam Lopez, the assistant vice president of University Advancement Communications at USC, said the University expects a decline in donations this year due to recent events.  Undergraduate Student Government president-elect Trenton Stone, a sophomore majoring in philosophy, said he hopes resources for financially insecure students are maintained as USC’s tuition increases.  In addition to its involvement in the college admissions scandal, USC is currently being sued by 652 plaintiffs regarding former campus gynecologist George Tyndall, who is also being sued for alleged sexual misconduct. In October, the University announced a multi-tier $215 million class action settlement that will get dispersed to Tyndall’s former patients and victims of his abuse.  “There is no issue in USC’s financial soundness, period,” Caruso said.  “Is the cost of a tuition an issue that needs to be solved? Yes, it does,” Caruso said. “And that is a national issue. It is a USC issue and a national issue.”  “The value of a USC degree keeps getting stronger,” Provost Michael Quick said. “By keeping tuition increases low and boosting financial assistance, we are providing a world-class education to a diverse and talented student body who will go on to be the next generation of leaders.”  Two out of three USC students receive some form of financial aid, according to the news release. Since 2008, USC financial aid has increased by 79 percent. USC is the ninth most expensive school in the country for the 2018-19 school year, according to the U.S. News and World Report. The Board of Trustees approved the change, according to the news release. Board of Trustees Chairman Rick Caruso said the tuition increase reflects rising University costs.  The tuition hike is the same as last year’s, which the University said was the lowest since the 1969-70 school year. But, according to previous Daily Trojan reporting, the increase is the lowest since the 2011-12 school year, when tuition increased by 2.11 percent. The average annual tuition increase for private, not-for-profit four-year institutions over the last decade was 2.4 percent, according to the College Board Annual Survey of Colleges.   “If those promises aren’t fulfilled … if the new leadership that comes in doesn’t listen to student voices and continues to allow scandals to happen … then that value will decrease,” Stone said.  The announcement comes less than a week after the FBI released its investigation regarding the largest alleged college admissions bribery scheme in history, of which USC was at the forefront.  “It is important to emphasize that gifts will not be used to pay legal settlements,” Lopez said. “Gifts to USC always have been, and will continue to be, used solely for their intended purpose as stated in the gift agreements or in the designated fund’s guidelines.”  Tuition for undergraduate students at USC will increase to $57,256 for the 2019-20 academic year, the University announced in a press release Monday. That’s an increase of 3.5 percent from this academic year’s tuition of $55,320.  Mia Speier contributed to this report.last_img read more

The First Unusual Marathon will take Place Today!

first_imgA very unusual marathon will be organized on January 20th in BiH’s capital Sarajevo. Following the extreme ultra marathons, extreme triathlon and other challenges that move its own borders, the first “Unusual 42.195 m Sarajevo” marathon will take place on cold Sunday.The organizer, Athletic Club Novi Grad Sarajevo “Athlete”, stated that participants will run through the streets of the city, through the five Sarajevo municipalities, from Dariva to Vrelo Bosne, over Miljacka and Zeljeznica Rivers, ending in Safet Zajko Center.“Our marathon is unusual in every sense of the word, the traffic will not be stopped, there will be no fixed judges along the route or chips. We want to believe that the runners are good and honest people, and hence we will value the information on a cell phone, clock or pedometer, and by the account on the STRAVA application. The result will be evaluated if participants show the running activity within 6 hours of the 42.195 meters distance route, “the organizers say.If someone believes that 42.2 km is extreme, he or she can take two more runners and apply in that way.In the starter pack, participants will get a drifit t-shirt and an Unusual Finish Medal, and the organizer will ensure route patrol mobile revving stations with refreshments for runners.last_img read more

Amanda Nunes: Sporting News women’s MMA Athlete of the Decade

first_imgThings started well as she went 2-0 with two stoppages. People thought Nunes could be a possible challenger for then women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. A win against Cat Zingano at UFC 178 in September 2013 would have sealed the deal. After being ahead in the fight with one round to go, Nunes faded badly in the third round and lost by TKO, and the title shot instead went to Zingano. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearNunes knew she had to change something, or the quest to the best would be nothing but talk. She changed up her game and hasn’t lost since, winning nine consecutive fights with seven those coming inside the distance.The nine wins didn’t just come against anybody. In those seven fights, Nunes’ defeated current women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko (twice), capturing the bantamweight title from Miesha Tate, blasting through Rousey in 48 seconds, Raquel Pennington, former bantamweight titleholder and the woman who ended Rousey’s reign of terror, Holly Holm and then ending the 21-fight winning streak of the person MMA pundits felt was the best female fighter on the planet, Cris Cyborg in just 51 seconds to win the women’s featherweight title and become the first woman in UFC and only the third fighter in UFC history (Conor McGregor and Daniel Cormier) to hold two belts at the same time. SN’s ATHLETES OF THE DECADENFL | NBA | MLB | NHL | College football | College basketball | Men’s soccer | Women’s soccer | Men’s boxing | Women’s boxing | Men’s MMAThese dominant performances in the decade of the 2010s have seen Nunes go from an unknown commodity to the best female fighter in the world and quite arguably the greatest female competitor of all time. And for these accomplishments, Amanda Nunes is the Sporting News women’s MMA Athlete of the Decade. Runner’s up: Cris Cyborg and Ronda Rousey.By the numbers— Nunes went 13-3 — Nunes won the UFC women’s bantamweight title from Miesha Tate at UFC 200 in July 2016. She has made four defenses of the title. Nunes also is the current women’s featherweight champion after defeating Cris Cyborg at UFC 232 in December 2018.What they’re saying:— Nunes on herself being the greatest of all time : “I am the greatest of all-time. I beat the most dominating woman on the planet. I feel like I deserve it now.”— UFC President Dana White to TMZ Sports : “Yes [Nunes is the greatest female fighter]. She’s the best. We said it going into that fight; the one that came out with the 135- and 145-pound belts would be the best ever; the winner of that fight would be the best ever.”Anybody who wins two belts—the whole champ-champ thing is real. She won two belts. Cyborg, the most feared fighter out there, she went in and made it look easy.”— Miesha Tate on Nunes’ striking : “Her simple jab feels like a right hand, and then her right-hand feels like you got hit by a truck. I didn’t even know where I was half of that fight.”— American Top Team owner (where Nunes trains) Dan Lambert : “There is no conversation to be had of who is the best female fighter of all-time. Now, it is about how high she will set that bar,” he said. “As far as just the greatest fighter of all-time, not even women, she is knocking on that door. Defending both belts would add to that. I don’t see anyone beating Amanda right now.” The next decade belongs to: Maycee BarberGoing into the next decade, the list of female talent is as deep as it’s ever been. But the one who stands out head and shoulders above the rest is Maycee Barber.Since turning professional in June 2017, Barber is 8-0 with seven of those victories coming by way of stoppage, including her last three in the UFC. The 21-year-old from Colorado has taken the MMA world by storm with her uncanny way of combining her ability inside the octagon to being able to the talking chops, which is sorely lacking not only on the women’s side of the sport but also her male counterparts. How good will she be? Who knows, but she checks all the boxes as the next big thing. In 2010, women’s mixed martial arts was still considered a novelty. Female fights were persona non-grata in the UFC as President Dana White didn’t see the value. Amanda Nunes was five fights into her career, sporting a 4-1 record. It was a good start that had the potential to be a blossoming career. But then things went sideways for the Brazilian as she went 3-2 from February 2010 to January 2013. Nunes appeared to get a new lease on life when the UFC implemented Women’s MMA at the beginning of 2013. last_img read more