Diakite: I owe QPR

first_imgQPR midfielder Samba Diakite has told the BBC World Service he feels he owes the club for the support given to him.The Mali international, signed from French side Nancy earlier this year, was allowed to return to France for personal reasons.“I hope I can repay them for that. I think I owe the club a lot for what they’ve done for me,” he said.“I won’t forget how helpful the club was with me. They were very, very patient with me. They did everything to make sure I was okay.”Diakite also indicated that he may not take part in the Africa Cup of Nations if QPR are involved in a relegation battle.Adel Taarabt is expected to feature for Morocco in the tournament in South Africa, which is due to begin in January.R’s boss Mark Hughes recently admitted his concern but stressed that clubs have no choice but to release players if they are called up.Click here for Thursday’s QPR quizSee also:Hughes braced for Cup of Nations 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Ernie Groscup Beef Memorial Educational Class to be held Friday

first_imgRed Bluff >> A special educational class, the Ernie Groscup Beef Memorial Class, is being held immediately after Round Robin, which is at 7 p.m. Friday, in honor of the former Tehama County resident and life-long cattleman.Ernie and his family moved in 2004 from Los Molinos to Oklahoma, where they remained active in the livestock industry.Groscup’s daughter, Tiffany Groscup-Goodman, still lives in Oklahoma, but following Ernie’s death in 2011 wanted a way to pass on his legacy and started the …last_img read more

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Kader Asmal hailed as fighter for justice

first_img23 June 2011 Tributes have been pouring in for Kader Asmal, South African struggle veteran, human rights activist, academic and politician, who passed away on Wednesday. The former education minister died in the Constantiaberg Mediclinic in Cape Town’s southern suburbs, after suffering a heart attack. Asmal also held the position of minister of water affairs and forestry before taking on the education portfolio in 1999, a post that he held for five years. On behalf of the government and all citizens of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma offered his condolences to Asmal’s family. “Professor Asmal made a sterling contribution to the struggle for liberation and sacrificed a lot in his life to ensure the attainment of freedom and democracy,” said the Presidency statement. “In the dawn of freedom he served in government, making a noticeable mark in the water and education portfolios in Cabinet.” Asmal would be remembered for his “energy, forthrightness, efficiency and commitment to making this country a better place”. His passion for upholding human rights was also a hallmark of the life he lived, said Zuma. Achmat Dangor, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, hailed Asmal as a lifelong fighter for justice and freedom, who devoted decades of his life to bringing down the apartheid system. His aim was always to see the establishment of a democratic South African society and government, where everyone would be treated as an equal. Dangor referred to a letter written by Mandela to Asmal on the latter’s 75th birthday. “While serving in our Cabinet we often referred to you as the ‘Minister of all portfolios’”, wrote Mandela. “Although we did so in a humorous way, there was truth to it.” Mandela paid tribute to Asmal’s knowledge and experience in many areas, and thanked him for his friendship. “The role that you played will remain in our history books forever.” South Africa’s national cricket board also praised the stalwart, commending his love for sport, and cricket in particular. In addition to his Cabinet duties, Asmal was legal adviser to the South African Non-Racial Olympic Committee. “He did a lot of significant work for cricket,” said Cricket South Africa CEO Gerald Majola. “Perhaps his greatest contribution was the work he did with the then finance minister Trevor Manuel to recognise sports that had credible development programmes and allow them to get tax rebates so that the money could be ploughed back into amateur and grassroots level sport.” Majola expressed his appreciation for Asmal’s firm support, saying that he rarely missed a game at Newlands, and was always there to support the national team in international games. He was also a qualified umpire, and was committed to strengthening the amateur sector of cricket, as he felt that this was crucial for the advancement of the professional game. “On a personal note I will miss him and always appreciate the wise advice he gave me in many areas of cricket,” said Majola. “Asmal was far more than a politician. He represented the best of a generation of struggle heroes who made unimaginable sacrifices to realise a democratic South Africa,” said Helen Zille, Western Cape premier and leader of the Democratic Alliance. Teacher, lawyer and humanitarian Born and raised in KwaZulu-Natal, Kader Asmal originally qualified as a teacher at the Springfield Teachers’ Training College. A childhood encounter with Chief Albert Luthuli, Africa’s first Nobel Peace Prize laureate, left him with a deep respect for human rights, which remained with him all his life. Asmal taught in KwaZulu-Natal schools until 1959, when he emigrated to London and qualified as a lawyer at that city’s School of Economics and Political Science. He was a founding member of the British anti-apartheid movement and later started the Irish branch when he took up a teaching post in the law school at Trinity College in Dublin. In the meantime, he passed bar exams in London and Dublin in 1963 and 1975 respectively. He remained at Trinity College for 27 years as a professor of law, specialising in international and labour law, and human rights. Between 1980 and 1986 he was the dean of Trinity’s humanities faculty. Asmal returned to his homeland in 1990, the same year that Nelson Mandela was released from prison. He became a senior member of the African National Congress and served on the party’s executive committee for many years. He resumed his teaching career, as professor of human rights at the University of the Western Cape, and was a visiting professor at Princeton and Rutgers Universities in the US and at Christ’s College in Cambridge, UK. In May 1994 he became a member of South Africa’s first democratic government, as the minister of water affairs and forestry. He was appointed as education minister after the second democratic general election in 1999, but resigned from Parliament in 2008 because he felt it would be unethical of him to vote for the dismantling of the Scorpions, an elite and successful crime-busting police unit. During his distinguished career Asmal received numerous honours, including the Unesco Prize in 1983, the Agfa Award for conservation from the University of Chile in 1997, and the Stockholm Water Prize in 2000. In 2005, he received France’s Order of the Legion d’Honneur. He was an honorary fellow of the London College of Economics and Political Science and Ireland’s Royal College of Surgeons, and an honorary member of the Southern African Water Institute. The academic also garnered seven honorary degrees from universities in South Africa and Ireland. As well as being a prolific author, Asmal served in various South African and international associations, including the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at Wits University, African Association of International Law, the Independent World Commission on the Oceans, and the World Commission on Dams, which he chaired. MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporter – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

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Paralympic heroes back in South Africa

first_imgHundreds of supporters were on hand to welcome Paralympic Team South Africa home. Queen of the pool Natalie du Toit, who has announced her retirement, was one of a number of athletes who received a well-deserved incentive. Triple medallist Oscar Pistorius expressed his surprise and delight at the turnout, saying that it was unexpected.(Images: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Paena Galane  Media liaison officer, Department of  Sport and Recreation  +27 12 304 5000 or +27 79 509 9833 RELATED ARTICLES • Running into the history books • A bit of SA in London • SA’s fashion gold medallist • Paralympic dream teamMediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporter“The very last anthem played at the 2012 London Paralympics was South Africa’s,” said sports minister Fikile Mbalula. “It was a fitting end to the games, and a tribute to our sportsmen and women.”Mbalula was speaking at OR Tambo International Airport, where a noisy, enthusiastic crowd of hundreds of people gathered to welcome South Africa’s Paralympic team home after a successful campaign in London.Team South Africa finished 18th overall with 29 medals – eight gold, 12 silver and nine bronze.Mbalula was referring to the 2012 Paralympic Games’ final event, the T44 400m, won by Oscar “Blade Runner” Pistorius. The last day of competition saw five medals added to the South African tally, including silver for Dyan Buis (T38 200-metre), Kevin Paul (S9 100m breaststroke) and Anruné Liebenberg (T46 400m) and gold for Pistorius and Fanie van der Merwe (T12 100m).“It’s time now to look forward to 2016 and Rio,” said Sascoc CEO Tubby Reddy, speaking at the same event.Warm welcomeThe homecoming was organised by social activism initiative Lead SA, in conjunction with Airports Company South Africa, the Department of Sports and Recreation and the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc). Children skipped classes and workers took a bit of time off work to be there. Many disabled people, some of whom were athletes themselves, were also in the crowd.“Welcome back our heroes”, “You made us proud”, and “We love you Natalie” were just a few of the slogans seen on placards all over the arrivals hall, while flags, vuvuzelas and ululations added to the festive atmosphere.A delayed touchdown and a longer wait were eased by a tireless group of drummers who entertained the crowd and kept their spirits high.Chukuru the rhino, Team South Africa’s mascot in all multi-coded sporting events, was also spotted mingling with supporters.Rewarded for their hard workThe fiery politician is also credited with a big role in the decision by Sascoc to award Paralympic medallists the same bonuses as their able-bodied counterparts. Initially Paralympic athletes were offered R100 000 (US$12 200) for a gold medal, R75 000 ($9 100) for a silver medal, and R40 000 ($4 900) for bronze, whereas Olympic medallists got R400 000 ($49 000), R200 000 ($24 400) and R80 000 ($9 800) for gold, silver and bronze respectively.“But anything less would be discrimination,” said Mbalula, making the announcement at the official closing in London of Team South Africa’s Olympic and Paralympic base, e-Khaya, on 8 September.And true to his word, Mbalula, his deputy Gert Oosthuizen, Reddy and Sascoc president Gideon Sam presented the winners with dummy cheques right there in front of the cheering crowd at OR Tambo. The amounts ranged from R80 000 to a whopping R1.4-million ($170 660) for superstar Natalie du Toit, whose glittering swimming career is now over, as she has announced her retirement.The medallists’ coaching and other support staff also deservedly received a bonus. “I couldn’t have done it without my coach,” said triple medal winner Pistorius, adding that he hadn’t expected such a warm welcome, and that he was “humbled”.last_img read more

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Spring management of malting barley

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Management of Ohio Winter Malting Barley (including spring management) is now available online at: https://stepupsoy.osu.edu/winter-malting-barley Keep in mind, this is a working document that will be updated as we learn more about winter malting barley management.Ohio farmers need to carefully consider growing winter malting barley as it may not be suitable for all operations. Malt quality barley must meet several criteria to avoid being rejected by the malt facility- this risk may be too high for certain farmers since today there are no markets in Ohio for barley that does not meet the requirements for malt. Malting barley is not sold through traditional grain elevators like corn, soybean, and wheat, so contracts or agreements should be in place before planting. Special considerations for post-harvest handling include drying capability, grain cleaning, and delivering in totes (versus hopper trucks). Each farmer must understand the unique challenges of growing malt quality barley before contracting and purchasing seed.last_img read more

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Ohio Corn and Wheat backing DeWine’s 18-cent gas tax increase

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Board of Directors for the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association recently voted to unanimously support Governor Mike DeWine’s original proposal calling for an increase to Ohio’s Fuel User Fee.Gov. DeWine proposed an 18-cent increase in the state’s gas tax which, if approved by lawmakers, would take Ohio’s tax to 46 cents a gallon. The governor’s tax proposal is estimated to generate an additional $1.2 billion annually for road and bridge projects, the bare minimum, he claims, the state can spend to ensure its transportation infrastructure remains safe. In addition, the plan also calls for revenue sharing with Ohio municipalities, counties and townships.“The Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association Board has reviewed the various plans that have been announced and we back the proposal from the governor and the Advisory Committee on Transportation Infrastructure. Money the state receives through the fee on motor fuel hasn’t kept pace with maintenance and construction needs to keep Ohio roadways in good condition. These roadways are the lifeblood for farmers to get grain to the marketplace,” said Jon Miller, president of the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association. “As the Ohio General Assembly reviews the budget plan unveiled by Gov. DeWine, we urge them to fully consider the ramifications that continuing to delay maintenance and upgrades of our transportation system will have on the public and on commerce. The advisory committee and the governor have laid out a case, and it shows, that there is a need for additional revenue in order to maintain investment that we made in highways across Ohio.”last_img read more

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Calendar of events

first_imgApril 15, 2011: Relish a new pasta menu at The Beach Shack, 104, Palm Spring, Link Road, Malad. April 16, 2011: Go for the organic food fest called Farmers Market at Turf Club from 3 p.m. to 9p.m. April 17, 2011: Solo exhibition by artist Jitish Kallat titled Stations of,April 15, 2011: Relish a new pasta menu at The Beach Shack, 104, Palm Spring, Link Road, Malad.April 16, 2011: Go for the organic food fest called Farmers Market at Turf Club from 3 p.m. to 9p.m. April 17, 2011: Solo exhibition by artist Jitish Kallat titled Stations of a Pause at Queens Mansion, G.T. Marg, Fort.April 18, 2011: This summer experience true Goan five-star hospitality at Kenilworth Beach Resort and Spa.April 19, 2011: Bag fabulous deals at the shopping Bazaar at world Trade Centre, Hall 1, Cuffe Parade from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m..April 20, 2011: Beauty pagent Glamour Face 2011 to be held at TM Studio, Kharghar from 5 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.April 21, 2011: Valhalla presents new seasonal menu comprsing contemporary choice of World cuisine with Asian and Mediterranean dishes. April 22, 2011: Learn how to set up your own business in 56 hours at Mumbai start up camp at HQ (Headquarters), Colaba.April 24, 2011: Suhas Roy’s paintings titled Beyond Radha at Hacienda Art Gallery, Great Western Building, Kala Ghoda. April 26, 2011: Project 88 presents installations by Zuleikha Chaudhari titled Propositions: On Text and Space 11 at BMP Building, Colaba.April 28, 2011: Splurge at the summer shopping festival at Hotel Tulip Star, Juhu from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 30, 2011: Savour eastern flavours with a set lunch menu comprsing Japanese dishes at Fenix, The Oberoi from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.May 2, 2011: Attend a workshop on effective parenting at Andheri-512 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.May 3, 2011: Escapades adventure trips organises an adventure camp to Matheran for children between 7-16 years. Cost: Rs 4,500 per child.May 4, 2011: India International Hospitality fair at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon, 10 a.m. onwards.May 6, 2011: India International Sign Show 2011 on latest developments in electronic and print media at Bombay Exhibition Centre.May 7, 2011: PALM India Expo 2011 on professional audio, music production, FM Radio and live sound at Bombay Exhibition Centre.May 8, 2011: Aayush presents health, beauty, fitness and sports expo at Bombay Exhibition Centre.May 9, 2011: Mumbai Cafe to host final screening of the Def Poetry Jam, 9:30 p.m. onwards. May 11, 2011: Summer camp for children between 8 to 12 years at Saifee Hospital, Charni Road. Cost: Rs 1,000 per child.May 12, 2011: Attend the Sleep Event 2011, a two-day conference on architecture and design, at The Western Mumbai Garden Centre.May 13, 2011: Summer smoothie festival at Gostana, Bandra. Get any smoothie with a burger for just fifty bucks.advertisementlast_img read more

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Giving her a place in our homes

first_imgWearing baby pink hot pants paired with a lace trimmed bikini top and a cross dangling between her breasts, the ethnically ambiguous Sunny Leone leans against a balcony railing bobbing her head up and down as she stares into the camera with an appropriately sullen look on her face.It’s one of her earlier turns at mainstreaming. The video is for the rapper Ja Rule’s hit single “Livin it up”; half way through the video, she’s gone and the rapper moves on to other video vixens (the term for women in hip hop videos). It’s regular hip hop stuff – Krystal Champagne, night club shots, marble floors, bling and hot women grinding at a ratio of twelve is to one for every male.JourneyFor Sunny Leone to have scored a solo spot with Ja Rule is an achievement in the world of hip hop videos. But these were early days, only 2001, the start of a career that would eventually bring her to a country her parents had left decades ago, even before she was born.Meanwhile in India in 2001, the highest grossing film was the patriotic love story – Gadar with Sunny Leone’s name sake Sunny Deol in the lead. The film was a phenomenon and was mentioned in the same breath as Sholay. It was a revisiting of a turbulent time in India’s history; marrying it with a passionate if unnecessarily amplified story track. The other two big movies of the year were Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gum – sporting the byline “it’s all about loving your family” and Lagaan, a superlative period piece that went on to compete at the Oscars. If we were to assume that Hindi films are a barometer of pop culture and sentiment, it can be said with some assertion that in 2001, India was looking back and digging her heels in. We were celebrating Indian identity, regional dominance and family values; these films and their success were in some ways a reflection of how India at the turn of the millennium was choosing to view itself. Three years later the BJP would launch its prematurely titled but expansive – “India Shining” campaign, possibly after an optimistic viewing (by its spin doctors) of these films and their mass appeal.advertisementTo imagine that ten years on, an adult film actress would permeate the most democratic and pervasive disseminator of entertainment – cable television, is intriguing. Sunny Leone entered the Bigg Boss house with a strategy that may be summed up in one word – acceptance. One that was quite at odds with the real reason for her entry – trashiness. A good dose of trashiness has never done reality television any harm, not here and not abroad. However, Sunny Leone, chose not to oblige; instead she morphed into the fresh faced girl who spoke halting Hindi and wanted to be loved for herself. HERSELF, had been an evolving concept, from the video vixen, to pent house playmate, she moved on to pornography, initially only with girl on girl action then later with her boyfriend, exclusively. At some point she went the whole hog. Along the way she also set up a company – Sunlust that deals in all things that facilitate “adult entertainment”. There has been a muted debate on how she has managed to stay herself and yet not faced uproar from a judgmental society like ours. Maybe we are changing, getting less judgmental, some discussions suggest. And maybe we just don’t care enough. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.Besides, in the last few years we the people have been administered a strong dose of full-fledged raunchiness. In your face item girls, televised cat fights, exhibitionism, provocation and Hindi film actresses, those erstwhile goddesses of virtue who now kiss on screen, make love and titillate unabashedly. Against this backdrop, it couldn’t have been a better time for an adult film actress to make a debut; she was after all the real deal, only she didn’t need to act it 24/7, if anything she managed to prove that she was quite “like us” when the cameras weren’t rolling. Here was an example of an outsider behaving like an insider, while the insiders were intent on being perceived as outsiders.CultureShe was if anything a breath of fresh air from the parade of in your face practitioners of personal “exceptionalism” – riding on a misguided representation of female empowerment that assumed it to be tantamount to lewdness. “Liberated” women who were purporting to define what it meant to be the new Indian women – by articulating what they had to say to the world and society via bawdy actions. Using one’s body as a feminist statement is not unheard of, but using it to gain personal attention makes it a manifestation of what Ariel Levy calls the “raunch culture”: an increased sexualisation of society which leads to its manipulation for the furtherance of personal goals. It is also she believes an articulation of the unresolved tension between the sexual liberation movement and the feminist movement. Women in this culture of heightened sexual awareness are objectified and willing to be objectified.advertisementSignificanceIt’s really this that most women take exception to – objectification. And that is what makes the presence of Sunny Leone in our public domain so interesting, the fact that women have not responded to her in an overwhelmingly negative way. I daresay more public female ire has been directed against women who stand up for errant husbands (think Shiny Ahuja’s wife) than this adult film actress.At a dinner party a few weeks ago, a group of urban housewives sat around discussing Jism 2. “Oh my god, Sunny Leone is so hot” one said. “What an innocent face”, another completed, as the rest nodded along. And maybe between those two statements lies some sort of an answer.last_img read more

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Bucks dominate Raptors for 2-0 East finals lead

first_img‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Game 3 is Sunday in Toronto.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Milwaukee had a big rebounding edge for the second straight game — 60-46 in Game 1, 53-40 in Game 2 — and finished with only seven turnovers.“When the game started, we did a great job setting the tone,” Antetokounmpo said.The tone never changed, either.Toronto was down 21 when Lowry got his third foul with 1:27 left until the break. The Raptors left Lowry in; he wound up getting his fourth foul while battling Mirotic for a rebound 24 seconds later and let the referees have an earful as he headed to the bench. Another roll of the dice didn’t pay off, either: Raptors forward Pascal Siakam got his fourth shortly after halftime, then got his fifth with 9:26 left in the third.They weren’t happy.They shouldn’t have been, but this wasn’t about calls.It was just a rout.Milwaukee’s lead was 35-21 after the first, 64-39 at the half. It was the first time Toronto had been outscored by 10 or more points in each of a game’s first two quarters since May 25, 2016, against Cleveland and the 25-point halftime hole was, by far, the Raptors’ worst of the season. They trailed Houston 55-37 on March 5.Antetokounmpo started the second half with a three-point play, pushing the lead to 28.That’s when Toronto found a bit of a groove. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES MILWAUKEEMilwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to drive past Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff finals Friday, May 17, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE—Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 17 rebounds, Ersan Ilyasova came off the bench to add 17 points and the Milwaukee Bucks never trailed on the way to beating the Toronto Raptors 125-103 on Friday night and taking a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.ADVERTISEMENT Antetokounmpo scored 11 points in the fourth for the Bucks, who wound up with six players in double figures — three of them reserves. Nikola Mirotic scored 15, Malcolm Brogdon had 14, George Hill 13 and Khris Middleton 12.Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points for Toronto, which gave up the game’s first nine points, never led and trailed by double digits for the final 39 minutes. Kyle Lowry scored 15 and Norman Powell had 14 for the Raptors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsGame 3 is Sunday in Toronto.Milwaukee, which led the NBA with a 60-22 record during the regular season, became the 16th team to start a playoff run with at least 10 victories in its first 11 games. Only three teams — the 1989 Los Angeles Lakers, the 2001 Lakers and the 2017 Golden State Warriors — started a postseason 11-0.center_img Ex-Oregon football star Keanon Lowe stops armed student at Oregon school The Raptors outscored Milwaukee 31-16 over the next nine minutes, getting within 83-70 on a 3-pointer by Fred VanVleet. But a quick flurry by the Bucks restored order — Brogdon rebounded his own miss and scored, then set up George Hill for a score in transition, and Hill scored again off a Raptors turnover a few seconds later.Just like that, the lead was back up to 19, and it was 95-78 going into the fourth.TIP-INSRaptors: The 14-point deficit after one quarter was Toronto’s second-largest of the season, with a 38-19 opening quarter at San Antonio —in Leonard’s return there— on Jan. 3 the only one that saw them down more after 12 minutes. … Lowry became the second player in these playoffs with four fouls by halftime. Detroit’s Bruce Brown did it April 22, also against the Bucks. … The Raptors are 0-63 all-time when trailing by 20 or more at the half.Bucks: It was Milwaukee’s 70th win of the season, tying the 1973-74 Bucks for the second-most in franchise history. The 1970-71 Bucks won 78. … Robin Lopez, Brook’s brother, was in the sellout crowd. … Ilyasova’s 15 first-half points matched a season high, and were part of a 31-11 bench scoring edge by the Bucks in the half. … Milwaukee has won its last six playoff games, tying the franchise record for longest such streak. … The Bucks are now 50-13 vs. the East this season.HISTORY LESSONThe Bucks have never lost a series when leading 2-0; they’ve been in this spot 13 previous times. Toronto has never overcome a 2-0 series deficit in seven previous attempts.AWARD FINALISTSThis series has plenty of representation on the list of finalists for the NBA’s top individual awards, revealed Friday. Antetokounmpo is a finalist for MVP and Defensive Player of the Year; the Bucks’ Mike Budenholzer is a finalist for Coach of the Year and Siakam is a Most Improved Player finalist. Antetokounmpo is assured of being the Bucks’ highest finisher in the MVP race since Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won the award in 1974.UP NEXT View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The Bucks led by as many as 28, before Toronto did just enough chipping away to keep some semblance of hope.Eventually, Antetokounmpo decided enough was enough.With 5:51 left to play Antetokounmpo backed Leonard down on the block, spun back toward the center of the lane, scored while getting hit and starting a three-point play.He yelled to the crowd and punched the air.The knockout blow was landed, and soon, the Bucks moved two wins away from their first NBA Finals berth in 45 years.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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PCB boss slams Sarfraz Ahmed ban in racism row: Common sense should have prevailed

first_imgPakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani was livid at the manner in which the International Cricket Council (ICC) handled the racism controversy and their course of action. Mani felt that there was no need for ICC to ban Sarfraz after all the public apologies and talks with Andile Phehlukwayo.Sarfraz was caught on the stump mic during the second ODI against South Africa in Durban saying to Phehlukwayo: “Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj?” (Hey black guy, where’s your mother sitting today? What [prayer] have you got her to say for you today?).A social media furore followed which led to Sarfraz tendering an apology to the public on Twitter and he also went on to meet Phehlukwayo and personally apologise to him. However, ICC then decided to ban Sarfraz for four games and amidst all this decision-making from ICC, Sarfraz even played and led the team in the 3rd ODI.”So as far as we were concerned, an apology had been tendered and accepted and the only question was whether Sarfraz deserved any punishment,” Mani told ESPNcricinfo.”I had already said we should pull Sarfraz out for 2-3 games. I felt very strongly that this has to be a strong message for everyone.”Mani was unhappy particularly with how they decided to suspend Sarfraz after Phehlukwayo refused the reconciliation process, as allowed under the anti-racism code as a means to resolve such disputes and which would have involved an ICC mediator. Mani said that Phehlukwayo’s refusal meant the matter was over and the South African also wanted to move on from the row.advertisement”We made an apology at all levels and it had been accepted by everyone. We have a good relationship with CSA. For the ICC to jump in because Phehlukwayo was upset and didn’t want a reconciliation process, [and to feel they] have to charge Sarfraz, that’s where I think a bit of nonsense comes into this. What else can you achieve by sitting them in a room? They’re not school children.”Mani also expressed issues with the amount of time ICC took to make the decision. The incident took place on Tuesday and Sarfraz wasn’t charged till Saturday night.”This is my issue that they sat on it,” Mani said. “Our statements and apologies were public. This is not something you brush under the table, it has to be dealt with openly and transparently. We did all of that. But because ICC couldn’t get the two players in a room together, they said let’s charge him. And that to my mind is utter nonsense.”Why this bureaucratic process that it didn’t go exactly according to the book in terms of reconciliation with an ICC mediator? We don’t need an ICC mediator. So very seriously, we will push on this because somewhere common sense was overruled by bureaucratic process.”Even as Mani disagreed with ICC’s sanctions, he did not play down the incident at all. He said that he was planning to speak with Sarfraz over the matter and that it was a “distasteful comment” in his opinion.”Unfortunately, somewhere the message to the players has gotten missed, or it hasn’t sunk in, or too much time went by without further refreshing. It is a distasteful comment to make at any level. The sensitivity in South Africa is understandably very high and it was disappointing the captain made that comment – any player but the leader of the team more so.”Obviously Sarfraz will be spoken to. The whole team will be told that you have to be very careful. It is also a bit of a cultural issue – the word that he used, in Pakistan it would be ignored. That doesn’t mean the culture is right but the tone wasn’t in any way vicious or vindictive.”Also Read | Have learnt my lesson: Sarfraz Ahmed after 4-match suspension for racist tauntAlso Read | Wasim Akram slams PCB for calling back Sarfraz Ahmed from South AfricaAlso Read | Pakistan Cricket Board disappointed with Sarfraz Ahmed’s ICC ban over racial slurlast_img read more

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