Hockey World Cup 2018: India aim for rare semi-final berth vs Netherlands

first_imgIndia have made it to the semi-final of a Hockey World Cup only thrice and they last reached the last-four stage – in 1975 and then India went on to lift their only title at the major tournament. On Thursday, India will look to get a historic win against the Netherlands in the quarter-finals and take another step towards the elusive title at home.India will face the Netherlands in the quarters at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar and will surely have the backing of thousands in the stands beside that blue turf.It has been a 43-year long wait for a World Cup trophy and India have put a good account of themselves so far. In the group stages, India put up some scintillating hockey on display but that was just the start – the knockouts start from now and every step they take on that AstroTurf will be crucial.Even though India’s performance in the World Cup so far shows otherwise, the home team have a huge task against the Netherlands. India have never defeated the mighty Dutch in the World Cup and they will be up against history on Thursday.Hockey World Cup 2018: FULL COVERAGE | FULL SQUADS | SCHEDULE | TABLEIndia have played against the Netherlands six times in the World Cup and have lost five times while one ended in a draw. Manpreet Singh’s men will break a jinx if they manage to get past the Dutch.Going by the current world rankings, there’s not much to differentiate India and the Netherlands. While the Dutch are placed fourth, India are just a place below on fifth. What makes the result all the more unpredictable is the fact that India and the Netherlands last went head to head at the Champions Trophy 2018, where the match ended in a 1-1 draw.advertisementThe overall head-to-head record between India and the Netherlands belongs to the Dutch, where off the 105 games between the two sides, India have won 33, lost 48 and the rest have ended in draws.Indian hockey has improved quite a lot in the recent times and that is testified by the fact that since 2013, India have played the Netherlands nine times – both teams have won four games each and one has finished in a draw.India captain Manpreet Singh was not ruling out the fact the history favoured the Netherlands but he also made it a point to mention the improvement Indian hockey has seen in the past few years.”The past results matter a lot because Netherlands have a better result against us. But, we have played well against them recently. We have also beaten them, drew against them at the Champions Trophy. Indian hockey has improved a lot. The match will be tough and whichever team plays better will win,” Manpreet said.The India-Netherlands duel is expected to be a fast-paced and attacking encounter with both the teams heavily relying on their goal scoring abilities to come out as winners.Both India and Netherlands have scored heavily in the pool stages. While India have scored 12 goals and conceded three, the Dutch have pumped in 18 goals and conceded five.In the likes of captain Billy Bakker, Seve van Ass, Jeroen Hertzberger, Mirco Pruijser, Robbert Kemperman, Thiery Brinkman, the Dutch have got plenty of experience in the midfield and their strike force.The Indians too would be relying on their strikers Mandeep Singh, Simranjeet Singh, Lalit Upadhyay and Akashdeep Singh to continue their good work.With the Kalinga Stadium expected to be packed to its full capacity, there will also be tremendous pressure on the Indian team and the Dutch will be more than happy to exploit any mistake.”This will be not be the first time. We have played in front of big crowds in pool games and in the past as well. We are used to playing in front of big crowds,” Netherlands coach Max Caldas said.”We always try to play in our own pace, whether it is fast or slow, we like to dictate. We are not concerned about India because we can’t influence what India will do.”Netherlands skipper Bakker added: “The Indian team also has lot of pressure. They need to perform in front of their home crowd. So I feel the pressure is more on the Indian team than us.”However, India’s chief coach Harendra Singh did not agree that the crowd will put India under pressure. In fact he said that his boys know how to cope with the massive home support.advertisement”There is no chance that the opposition can easily be in the driving seat. The boys have tested the crowd and they know how to cope with them. The crowd have always stood with us,” Harendra said.”We are prepared to solve the challenge physically and mentally. You cannot even take 25% chances in the knockout stage. You have to be prepared for the game.”(With inputs from agencies)Also Read | For India, Hockey World Cup 2018 starts now: Coach Harendra SinghAlso Read | Hockey World Cup 2018: Pakistan accuse Dutch official of bias, turns out the official is GermanAlso See: Sardar Singh exclusively on Hockey World Cup 2018last_img read more

The race is heating up: R Ashwin after KXIP win their 5th match of IPL 2019

first_imgR Ashwin was a happy man after Kings XI Punjab won their 5th match of the 2019 Indian Premier League and moved to 4th spot in the points table on Tuesday. KXIP defeated Rajasthan Royals by 12 runs and now have 10 points from 9 matches this season.R Ashwin led from the front with bat and ball. He first a quick unbeaten 17 before picking up 2 for 24 off 4 overs to ensure the RR chase never really got any momentum. He won the man-of-the-match award for his efforts and showed he is still a force to reckon with in the shorter formats.KXIP had got off to a strong start in the 2018 Indian Premier League but had lost their way in the business end of the league. This year, they have been consistent and others like Sam Curran, Mohammed Shami, Mayank Agarwal, the captain himself have chipped in with significant contributions after the brilliance of KL Rahul and Chris Gayle.R Ashwin said it was important for KXIP to get into the 10-point category. As of now, KXIP, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals have 10 points while Chennai Super Kings have 14 points. But CSK. DC and MI have played 8 matches while KXIP have played 9.Kolkata Knight Riders (8 points from 8 matches) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (6 points from 7 matches) also have realistic chances of making it to the playoffs while time is running out for Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore.In a tight situation like this, R Ashwin was happy to get into double digits in the points column.advertisement”It was very important for us ot get into the 10-point category. The race is heating up. Everyone is on 8 points. It’s important to catch the momentum right now,” R Ashwin told the broadcasters after the match.R Ashwin was not considered for the World Cup as India have recently focused on bolstering their bowling attack with wrist spinners. But he has been in top form this season of IPL and Ashwin said he believes reinventing is the name of the game for spinners.”A spinner is someone who reinvents the wheel all the time. For me it’s about hitting various lengths at different speeds. The undercutter, the reverse carrom. I live by the sword and die by it, plenty of people say I try too much, but it’s good that I’m keeping on experimenting,” he said.Also Read | IPL 2019: KL Rahul, R Ashwin shine as KXIP beat RR to move into top-4Also Read | IPL 2019: KL Rahul storms past 1000 runs for KXIP in only his 23rd matchlast_img read more

2017 Masters Trans Tasman Nominations

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) and its national representative teams are about to enter the first stage of the 2019 World Cup cycle. As part of the international program, TFA and Touch New Zealand (TNZ) have committed to conducting once again a Masters Trans Tasman Series. This event is scheduled for April 2017 and will be hosted by Australia (specific dates and venue yet to be finalised). The event will be held in conjunction with the Open Trans Tasman Test Series and will be similar to the 2013 Super Trans Tasman series held in New Zealand. TFA will again implement a Masters Training Squad Program, whereby preliminary training squads will be selected. Players will then participate in selection and training camps in the lead up to the international event. Early indications are that divisions will be offered in Senior Mixed, Women 27’s, Men’s 30’s, 35’s, 40’s and 50’s, although there is no guarantee that all these divisions will go ahead.  The attached document outlines the nomination and selection process for the Australian Masters Teams for the period – March 2016 to April 2017.This story first appeared on the website on Thursday, 3 March 2016. Related Files2016-17_masters_nomination_information-pdfRelated LinksMasters Trans Tasmanlast_img read more

CBS Sports’ Doug Gottlieb Criticizes Ezekiel Elliott For Post-Game Rant

first_imgDoug Gottlieb criticizes Ezekiel Elliott.doug gottlieb criticizes ezekiel elliottFollowing Ohio State’s last-second loss to Michigan State Saturday night, Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott went on a bit of a rant, criticizing his team’s coaching staff for its play-calling during the contest. Elliott also announced that he’ll be declaring for the NFL Draft after the season.Well, it doesn’t look like everyone is impressed with Zeke’s decision to air his frustrations via the media. CBS Sports college basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb says that Elliott should be embarrassed. He added that you should never “call out” your teammates or coaching staff after a big loss.pretty embarrassing what Ezekiel Elliott pulled, Im sure some on twitter will support him…but that is why they are on twitter— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) November 22, 2015Kids feel mirror society- feel entitled- you don’t ever call out your teammates or coaches after a big loss. EVER.— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) November 22, 2015“He was honest” – you can be right, and be out of a job. Close friend of mine told me that…words to live by #EzekielElliot— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) November 22, 2015Is Gottlieb right? Or does Zeke have the right to speak his mind following a loss? Expect a national debate in the coming days.last_img read more

Coach Cal Releases Ridiculous Video Asking Fans To Vote For His Former Players In The NBA All-Star Game

first_imgJohn Calipari asks fans to vote for former Kentucky players in the NBA All-Star game.coach calipari nba videoKentucky head coach John Calipari does a great job of keeping tabs on his former players – and making sure that Wildcats fans continue to support them throughout their careers. Friday, he released an interesting video that UK supporters should enjoy.In the below clip, Calipari urges Kentucky fans to vote for the school’s former stars – including DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Enes Kanter, Brandon Knight, Rajon Rondo, Karl-Anthony Towns, John Wall – for the upcoming NBA All-Star Game. He name-drops pretty much every player who ever came through the system.Coach Cal also uses some props – including a fake unibrow – to make his point. Enjoy:last_img read more

Language barrier Why some of Canadas diverse filmmakers are shut out of

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twittercenter_img Ava has been nominated for eight Canadian Screen Awards including best actress for Mahour Jabbari, right. But the Farsi-language film didn’t qualify for funding from Telefilm Canada, which only finances films made in English, French or Indigenous languages. (Sweet Delight Pictures) But Ava was not eligible for Telefilm funding.That’s because writer-director Sadaf Foroughi is a Canadian citizen but decided to make Ava in Farsi, her native language, and film it in Iran.The co-production with Iran and Qatar qualified as a Canadian film under the federal government’s rules, since key creative roles are filled by Canadians. But Telefilm only finances films made in English, French or Indigenous languages. A small film called Ava — the story of a teenage Iranian girl facing pressures from family and society — is the biggest movie at this year’s Canadian Screen Awards. It has eight nominations and one special win already: it was announced in late January that Ava had won the Best First Feature Award, sponsored by Telefilm Canada.Telefilm is the country’s main film funding agency, helping Canadian filmmakers get their movies made. Last fiscal year, Telefilm allocated more than $100 million to the production and promotion of Canadian films. Login/Register With:last_img read more

Aimia apologizes for Aeroplan survey that offended some customers

first_imgTORONTO – Aeroplan parent company Aimia Inc. apologized Monday for a survey it circulated in mid-March that “offended” customers with questions on immigration and marriage, but one expert said the queries shouldn’t be much of a surprise because they pop up in plenty of other surveys.The apology came after Lacey Willmott, a PhD candidate at the University of Waterloo, complained to Aimia about its shopping and life habits questionnaire because she found it “problematic” when it asked her if too much immigration “threatens the purity of the country,” whether getting married and having children is “the only real way of having a family,” whether “men have a certain natural superiority over women, and nothing can change this” and if “the father of the family must be master in his own house.”The last of the questions “has been asked a ton of times by a ton of different people,” including at least one other major polling and marketing firm in the country, said Laurence Ashworth, an associate marketing professor at Queen’s University.“Just a quick search and I have seen (the questions) in published academic papers. I can’t say that about all of them, but it absolutely would not surprise me.”He said he’s also seen survey questions elsewhere covering views around sensitive topics like abortion and self-worth.Aimia spokesperson Christa Poole said in an emailed statement that the questions came from CROP, a Montreal-based marketing research company, which did not respond to the Canadian Press’s request for comment.Poole said CROP “has been asking the same questions of Canadians for 30 years.”“Multiple large Canadian organizations have used the same CROP questions and survey and taken the same approach as Aeroplan, adding their own proprietary questions to CROP’s larger annual survey,” she added.However, she admitted, the questions had not been properly reviewed internally and “don’t meet the standards we hold ourselves to in terms of the kind of information we gather in order to provide the best program for our members.”She said Aimia would be deleting the data it collected and had asked CROP to do the same.Ashworth hypothesized that the data likely would have been used to figure out the nature of Aeroplan members so they can be targeted with marketing. He said making the questions more neutral would have impacted the data collected.“If you are trying to measure a particular social value like social conservatism and you really want to get a sense of whether people possess that particular value, you are not going to be able to capture it if you ask a very toned-down question,” he said.While his work in marketing and surveying means he’s quite used to seeing questions like the ones Willmott complained about, he said he still found the queries “out of left field” coming from a loyalty plan company.To comply with research ethics policies across Canada, anyone collecting data through such a survey should offer forewarning about the sensitive nature of questions or about how broad the range of topics will be, he said.Willmott said the survey did have a mention part way through about how tedious the survey is, but didn’t flag that some survey-takers might find questions to be intrusive.She said she has studied social sciences before so she wasn’t entirely surprised to learn that Ashworth said they questions are frequently used, but said “I don’t think that means they’re not problematic.”“Just because the market research companies have always been using this language and always been asking these questions does not make it okay,” she said.Willmott said she spoke to Aeroplan’s vice-president of marketing, who she said apologized and told her that she was the only one to complain out of thousands who completed the survey.While she’s happy to learn the company is deleting the data, she said some of her concerns still remain.“If they say they are deleting the data, is there anyway they can prove that is actually happening and what is CROP, the third-party survey company they were working with, doing with the data as well?”last_img read more

MP Bob Zimmer receives award for supporting recreational fishing and conservation

first_imgThe all-party Outdoor Caucus includes M.P.’s and Senators from all political parties who work together on legislation and policy which is essential to fishing, hunting, trapping and target shooting.“Whenever there is a program to encourage young people to enjoy fishing, Walter Oster and CNSS have been there to support it,” said Rhodes. He added, “When some M.P.s and others work against the best interests of anglers and our industry, Bob Zimmer and his Outdoor Caucus colleagues have our backs in Ottawa.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies M.P. Bob Zimmer has received Sportfishing Industry President’s Award.The award is handed out by Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association out to those who advocate for recreational fishing and conservation.  MP Zimmer is Co-Chair of the all-party Parliamentary Outdoor Caucus.  Walter Oster who recently retired as Chair, Canadian National Sportsmen’s Shows was also honoured.“Bob and Walter are both excellent ambassadors for our outdoor heritage sports, and we appreciate all that each man has done, and continues to do on behalf of recreational fishing,” said Kim Rhodes president of the CISA.last_img read more

PRRD cancels Thursdays public meeting about the Caribou Recovery Plan

first_imgThis is the third public meeting that has been cancelled by the Regional District in regards to talks with the Province about Caribou.According to PRRD, the Province is aware that northern residents have a heightened focus on potential caribou recovery and conservation plans and has and continues to advise that public consultation and ‘robust engagement’ will occur before final decisions are made.Regional Chair, Brad Sperling, says he will continue to ensure that Caribou Recovery talks are open to the public for comment.“This is an important issue that will affect the entire region in many ways. we will continue to share concerns on behalf of northeast residents with the Province as they work toward formulating a caribou recovery and conservation plan that is open for public comment.” DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has cancelled Thursdays public Caribou Recovery Meeting.In a release, the Regional District says they continue to be “keenly interested” in hearing from the Province about the plan for caribou recovery and conservation.It has been agreed that the PRRD should instead meet with Provincial Ministers privately during meetings next week in Prince George.last_img read more

England new boy Archer relaxed over WC chances

first_imgDublin: Jofra Archer insisted he had received a warm welcome into the England set-up but stressed he would have no complaints if he failed in a late bid to make it into the tournament hosts’ World Cup squad. The Barbados-born fast bowler made his much talked about England debut in a tense four-wicket win away to Ireland in a lone one-day international in Dublin on Friday. Archer, 24, was all set to be unavailable for the World Cup until the England and Wales Cricket Board reduced its residency qualification rule from seven years to three. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuThe Sussex star has made an impact on the Twenty20 franchise circuit but doubts have been expressed as to whether England, top of the ODI rankings, should ‘parachute’ him into their World Cup squad at this late stage. Archer showed his quality when he bowled Mark Adair with a 90mph yorker to claim his first international wicket. Before this match, several England bowlers — David Willey, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood — whose places in the World Cup squad could be threatened by Archer’s inclusion were somewhat reticent when asked about his imminent promotion to the international scene. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersBut the new recruit insisted he had felt no hostility when joining up with Eoin Morgan’s men. “It’s been very welcoming,” said Archer, who could also play in Sunday’s Twenty20 against Pakistan in Cardiff. “Sometimes the media can get things wrong and misquote people. Since I’ve been here I didn’t feel any malice at all. It’s a really welcoming bunch of lads. “I knew most of the guys before coming here and it’s nice to come into a new team with some people you know. I’m here with a great team at a great time. I’m happy.” England selection chief Ed Smith is due to unveil his final 15-man squad for the World Cup on May 23 Willey, Wood and Woakes were named alongside Liam Plunkett and Tom Curran as the specialist seam pacemen in the preliminary pick last month. “Anyone would think about it (the World Cup) but I’ll just try to play well and hope, I guess,” said Archer. “I’ll try not to set my heart on it. “Obviously the guys have been together a long time and they probably do deserve it so I won’t feel too bad if I’m left out. “If I do well here it will probably put my case forward but I’m not focusing on the World Cup spot.”last_img read more