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first_imgPV Sindhu reached her second consecutive final at the year-ending BWF World Tour Finals 2018 (read BWF Super Series Final till last year) with a scintillating victory over Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon in Guangzhou, China on Saturday. Sindhu beat Intanon 21-16, 25-23 in 54 minutes in the semi-final to reach the final. Sindhu will now face Nozomi Okuhara in the final in a repeat of last year’s BWF World Championships final.Sindhu is still unbeaten in the tournament as she won all three of her group games and came into the semi-final in a solid form and she showed her repertoire of strokes against the Thai player.Intanon is a deceptive player much like the world No.1 Tai Tzu Ying of Taiwan — all she lacks is the consistency and the mental fortitude to play her strokes freely. Tai Tzu in fact has openly stated that Intanon is the one player she is scared to face because they think alike.Earlier in the tournament, Sindhu had managed to decode the Tai Tzu puzzle and ended her six-match losing streak against the world No.1. There was no such streak against Intanon but her display on Saturday was world class.Sindhu was throughout in control in the first game of the semi-final with Intanon looking like she was still settling into the court and the match. Sindhu, on the other hand, was at her attacking best from the word go.What Sindhu has shown in the tournament so far is the variety in her strokes and the level of maturity and strokeplay she has achieved since she last competed in this tournament.advertisementOn Saturday, it was pretty much the same — take around Intanon, patiently play strokes, conserve energy and hit the stride when you’re absolutely sure you’re going to get the point.In the first game, Sindhu applied her strategy to perfection and took a 1-0 lead in the match.The second game was a feisty contest with Intanon also beginning to bring her deceptive strokes into play completely. Many a times, Sindhu was caught wrong footed because Intanon would change her strokes right at the last moment.But Sindhu had cracked a far more deceptive player (read Tai Tzu) and Intanon makes more mistakes, which make it a little easier to exploit her weaknesses.Sindhu stuck to her gameplan, got everything she could back to the other side of the court and stayed neck-and-neck with the Thai. Intanon led 11-10 at the break but Sindhu stormed right back to take a 15-13.Intanon was not giving up and the two were tied at 18-18. From there, it was like they alternated points. Some breathtaking rallies followed, some high-energy strokeplay was at display as the audience in Guangzhou began to leave a gasp at almost every point.From 20-20 to 23-23, Intanon had three game points but Sindhu levelled it every time. Sindhu had one match point of her own when Intanon smashed back at her to level the proceedings.However, with Sindhu bringing in her second match point, she played a brilliant calm rally, sought out her nerves and with a steep smash at the net, she made her way to the final stage of the tournament.SAMEER LOSES TO SHI YUQI Sameer Verma won the first game but lost the next two to lose the BWF World Tour Finals semi-final. (BAI Photo)Sameer Verma seemed like he has tired away by the time his semi-final against Shi Yuqi came to the last stages. It might be mental, it might be physical with all the court coverage but the end result was just one — Sameer bowed out of the tournament and could not make it to the final.Sameer lost 21-12, 20-22, 17-21 to Yuqi after an hour and 8 minute-battle in Guangzhou in front of the latter’s home crowd that grew in voice and confidence towards the end as Yuqi began to smash the court away.Despite a start from Sameer that left everyone gasping over his quality of badminton, it was his lack of athleticism at the end that took centre stage.Sameer started the match brilliantly, absolutely demolishing Shi Yuqi with each stroke of his. It was similar to what he did to Wangcharoen on Friday, tearing apart the opponent’s attack and defence with his staunch retrieval, fluid movement and crafty strokes.In what was a dominant show, Sameer took the first game 21-12 in just 17 minutes.Yuqi began the second game well taking an 8-3 lead over the Indian. However, Sameer upped the ante once again and went on a spree of seven straight points to take a 10-8 lead. He even went into the break with a two point-advantage.advertisementAfter the break, Sameer kept his control and went up 14-11, only for Yuqi to fight back and make it 14-14. From there, the two alternated points before a match point arrived for Sameer at 20-19.Yuqi, though, jumped and smashed his way to 20-20. Then lady luck smiled at him when his tap at the net was called right even though the replays showed that it was very close and may be, the shuttle had not crossed-over to his side of the court. He made no mistake with the game point in hand though and took the second game 22-20 in 26 minutes.Yuqi began the decider with a sense of real purpose. Both the players were going for the kill, not wanting to engage in long rallies and Yuqi took a 9-6 lead.Sameer, however, fought back and levelled it to 9-9 before Yuqi took another two points to go into the break with a little cushion.After the break, Yuqi came down hard and fast at Sameer, smashing his way to points. Sameer tried to fight back but he was tired and Yuqi had the energy of the crowd.In the end, the home fans smiled as Shi Yuqi had entered another final and Sameer had to be content with a semi-final finish in his maiden BWF World Tour Finals.Also Read | Saina Nehwal marries Parupalli Kashyap: ‘A perfect match that resulted in a tie’Also Read | Saina Nehwal ties the knot with Parupalli KashyapAlso See:last_img read more

first_imgOver the next four  years Touch Football Australia (TFA) will have numerous representative teams competing in various international events. The cycle will culminate in the 2015 World Cup being hosted in New South Wales, Australia. Leading up to 2015 Australia will compete on the international stage annually at various events in various divisions. TFA is therefore seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from suitably qualified, currently accredited and active coaches to fill a number of coaching positions. For full information please see the attached doucment. Related Files2011_tfa_hp_coaching_advertisement-pdflast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Christian Pulisic flop? Why the US whiz on outer at Chelseaby Chris Beattie23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: He can’t say he was never told. Christian Pulisic and his far from hoped for start at Chelsea. The advice now being relayed through the press is spot on. Well, at least some of it is…First, let’s put the fantasists to one side. There’s no anti-American bias at Cobham. And there’s no belief amongst the coaching staff, including manager Frank Lampard, that Pulisic is the wrong fit for his system. Such claims, as we’ve seen in recent days, is simply the stuff of mischief-making.Indeed, the opposite is true. Lampard and his backroom team know they have a potential world-beater on their hands. They know the ability Pulisic possesses. But they need the American to come out of his shell more. To stretch himself amongst his teammates and on the training the pitch. “He needs to fight for it”, as one Cobham source told this column a week ago.As mentioned, no-one doubts Pulisic’s ability inside Chelsea. Like us on the outside, they’ve already seen it in glimpses in preseason and the limited action Lampard has handed him thus far. And we say handed, as for the moment the consensus amongst those pushing the witches hats around is that Pulisic isn’t doing enough in training to warrant selection. And it’s not so much what he does in drills and bounce games – “he keeps it all nice and tidy” – but in his overall drive to get himself ahead of teammates currently occupying what should be his place. As Jurgen Klinsmann, the former USA coach, put it this week, Pulisic needs to get “nasty”.If Pulisic doesn’t have Klinsmann’s number, then you hope his father, Mark, can reach out to the German great and have him call his son. Klinsmann’s interview this week discussing Pulisic’s problems nailed it. He hit many of the points our source made last week. Not just the need for the 21 year-old to show a willingness to compete for his place, but also how he is in unchartered water. As we were told, this is the first time in Pulisic’s career where set expectations are waiting to be met. The staff at Chelsea understand this. They’ve seen it before. But it’s up to the player to cut loose from what he’s known.As Klinsmann says, “He’s a very special player, he’s tremendously talented, but this is a big step, because Borussia Dortmund was also basically the club where he got formed into a professional player.”He came out of the youth system there, he moved himself up, he had all the support within the club and now going to London…”We’d also add Pulisic’s international career to Klinsmann’s assessment. The German capped Pulisic at 17, with no great expectation. At that stage in his career, everything he achieved at senior level was a bonus. It was all about learning his craft, gaining experience. He was given the time and space to adjust to international football. To meet it’s demands. Just as he was with Dortmund.But now he’s in a very different environment. A reputation needs to be built. New relationships established. And a realisation must dawn that he’s not entitled to anything. No-one is going to give him a free pass. Or better yet, a free place in the manager’s XI.Klinsmann again: “He will go through a phase now where more and more he needs to bring his elbows out to fight himself through the system, at Chelsea it goes from game to game, week to week. “You’re basically in training, and you have to tell the coach: ‘I’m in, I’m going to start this game, you have to become nasty to make yourself a starter.”From what we know, Klinsmann and Lampard aren’t close. But the German was definitely helping Chelsea’s manager this week. Klinsmann essentially parrotting what Lampard had stated after leaving Pulisic on the bench for the home defeat to Valencia.”He’s shown some really good moments,” reasoned Lampard, “but what he has to do, as all the players have to, not just the wingers, is reach levels in training daily that make you sit up and go ‘here’s my team selection and that’s actually affected it, I have seen good stuff’. That’s the same for every player in the squad.”Training ground form and application is what makes Lampard tick. It’s what transformed a chubby, but talented, midfielder at West Ham, into a modern day great at Chelsea. Going through the motions. Doing just enough to get by. It just won’t survive within a Lampard-managed squad.Pulisic has been given some great advice this week. And he can make it at Chelsea – so long as he acts upon what Klinsmann says. last_img read more

first_imgThere are 52 weeks in a year, why not make at least one of them meat-free? Now in its fifth year, US VegWeek (April 22-28) is a fun way to explore a wide variety of meat-free foods and discover the many benefits of vegetarian eating—for our health, the planet, and animals. This year’s celebration, kicking off on Earth Day, will be bigger and better than ever!Former NBA star and vegan advocate John Salley will be kicking off Ann Arbor’s full week of vegan events! He’ll be joined by Mayor John Heiftje who will issue a Proclamation making Ann Arbor VegWeek “official.”John Salley, former Detroit Pistons player and four-time NBA champion, is a father, athlete, actor, entrepreneur, talk show host, philanthropist, wellness advocate, and vegan. John has adopted a plant-based lifestyle and is a frequent speaker at VegFests across the United States. As a Wellness Advocate, one of John’s main missions in life is to educate people about the benefits of living a healthier lifestyle through better eating habits.John will be at the Ann Arbor Big Kickoff event at Downtown Home & Garden, 210 S. Ashley Street at 7pm on Monday, 4/22. Find out more here.To learn more about US Veg Week 2013, visit USVegWeek.com.last_img read more

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina — President Trump kicks off two days of diplomacy at the Group of 20 summit in Argentina on Friday after his abrupt decision to cancel a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin overshadowed the proceedings before they even started.Trump barrelled into the two-day meeting by announcing via Twitter that he was cancelling on Putin over Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian vessels. His agenda Friday is expected to include meetings with world leaders, the signing of a revamped trade deal with Canada and Mexico, as well as a number of group activities for the gathering of rich and developing nations.Coming into this G-20, Trump faces a series of diplomatic challenges — most notably whether he can strike an agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) to ease trade tensions.Catherine Lucey And Zeke Miller, The Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Girls outshone boys in the ICSE Class 10 and 12 examination, with two students scoring 100 per cent marks.This is the first time that students have scored 100 per cent marks in the ISC exam. The results of the ICSE class 10 and ISC class 12 were announced on Tuesday by Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) chief executive and secretary Gerry Arathoon. While girls achieved a pass percentage of 99.05 per cent in class 10 examination as against 98.12 per cent by boys, the pass percentage achieved by girls in class 12 examination is 97.84 per cent as against 95.40 per cent of boys. Mumbai’s Juhi Rupesh Kajaria and Muktsar’s Manhar Bansal topped the class 10 ISCE examination with 99.60 per cent. The second rank has been shared by ten students with 99.40 per cent marks and the third rank has been shared by 24 students with 99.20 per cent marks. Kolkata’s Dewang Kumar Agarwal and Bengaluru’s Vibha Swaminathan topped the class 12 ISC examination with 100 per cent marks.last_img read more