(ESPNCricinfo) – The BCCI has been asked by the Supreme Court to give an undertaking by Friday, October 7 (today), that it will “unconditionally” implement all the court-approved recommendations of the Lodha Committee. If the board failed to provide such an undertaking, the Supreme Court indicated it would pass an order today to replace the board’s office-bearers with a panel of administrators.The court asked the BCCI’s legal counsel Kapil Sibal to check with the board and respond by today. It is understood that Sibal had asked for more time but the court refused.“What do you want?” TS Thakur, the Chief Justice of India and head of the three-judge bench hearing the matter, said. “Either we pass orders tomorrow or you give us a statement that you will abide unconditionally by the recommendations and directions of the Lodha Committee.”The latest developments in the tussle between the BCCI and the Lodha Committee took place in the Supreme Court yesterday.The court was hearing the BCCI’s response to the status report filed by the Lodha Committee last week, which recommended that the BCCI office-bearers be superseded because they were impeding the implementation of the recommendations passed by a Supreme Court order on July 18.There was a dramatic turn of events towards the final half-hour of the hearing. Sibal’s argument that the BCCI needed approval from two-thirds of its member associations, according to the Tamil Nadu Societies Act under which the board was incorporated received sharp response from Chief Justice Thakur.Thakur said the BCCI had been the “face” and “forefront” of defiance against the Lodha Committee’s recommendations. “You are giving the lead to the associations,” he said. “You are trying to obstruct the Lodha panel.” His suggestion to the BCCI in response to its members’ resistance was to either block their funding or to debar them.At that point, Thakur gave the BCCI an ultimatum: agree to push through the recommendations, agree to discuss with the Lodha panel and “stop wasting our time”.The BCCI then asked for time until October 17, keeping in mind that the court will take a 11-day break next week, but the request was denied.Sibal was asked whether he could give the BCCI’s undertaking of acceptance by today, and when he said it was not possible because the board needed approval from its state associations, he was told: If you don’t implement the recommendations, we will pass the orders.”Justice Thakur reminded the BCCI and the state associations that their money was public money. He warned that funds would be stopped to states that did not want to accept the Lodha Committee’s recommendations.When Sibal said the state associations had their own by-laws and the BCCI had no control over them, the court said: “If the associations are reluctant to reform, why do you continue to give them money? You are giving crores of money to them even as they refuse to reform?”At the start of the hearing yesterday, the court heard submissions made by the amicus curiae Gopal Subramanium. If it were to approve the Lodha Committee’s recommendation to supersede the BCCI office-bearers, the court asked Subramanium, would there be eligibility criteria for the people comprising the panel of administrators, and whether they needed to be cricketers? He said there were no criteria as long as the new administrators were of impeccable stature and integrity.The court was also told that ICC chief executive David Richardson had said the BCCI president Anurag Thakur had asked the ICC for a letter saying it would not allow any government nominee on the BCCI Apex Council.The Lodha Committee had recommended that one official from the Comptroller and Auditor General’s office be part of the nine-member Apex Council, which would replace the existing BCCI working committee.
AFRICAN WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPAfrican wrestling referees will be back to school today and tomorrow to boost their knowledge of the sport ahead of the Africa Wrestling Championship taking place in Port Harcourt this week.Twenty-five countries from the continent have sent in entries for the Africa Wrestling Championship taking place between February 7 and 11 at the Alfred Diete Sports Complex in the Garden City. The venue is incidentally also the place scheduled for the refereeâ€™s course. The President of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation, Daniel Igali, said yesterday that the programme was aimed at upgrading the knowledge of referees to conform with the global best practices in the game.Igali said the course was a great advantage for many wrestling officials who ordinarily would not have been able to sponsor themselves abroad for the event.â€œWe expect 30 Nigerian officials to be upgraded from their respective levels to improved ranks. It is a rare opportunity for our officials to get better and I am sure many of them will be excited to be part of this course,â€ Igali said.The wrestling championship will have Rivers hosting 25 countries in attendance with a total of 90 wrestlers billed to represent Nigeria. 90 gold medals are available in various categories.Only yesterday, the countryâ€™s wrestlers who were camped in Ondo State arrived the Garden City for the championship.The President of the United World Wrestling Africa, Fouad Meskout, on Sunday arrived Port Harcourt, Rivers State to take charge of the competition.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
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Chris Gayle’s swagger is unmatched and the ‘Universe Boss’ shows no modesty or pretension when asked where he sees himself among the pantheons of greats in West Indies cricket.”I’m definitely up there. I’m definitely up there with the greats without a doubt,” Gayle, who came for an interaction after a request from the travelling Indian media contingent, answered it in two straight sentences.Gayle, who was supposed to retire after the World Cup, has reversed his original decision and will hang his boots after playing a home series against India, a country where he enjoys manic fan following.”Like I say, I enjoy each and every moment of West Indies, playing for West Indies. Like I said, it’s still not the end. I still have a few games to go. Maybe another series to go who knows we’ll see what happens,” said the soon-to-be 40 Jamaican.Gayle has had a roller-coaster ride in the last two decades for West Indies cricket when the performance of the assortment of islands reached an all-time nadir.”But like I say, it’s been a lot of ups and downs. I have got to say I really enjoy each and every moment. But we share some quality moments with some quality players as well,” he said when asked to reflect back on his career in which he has scored more than 18,000 international runs.He took a trip down the memory lane having started way back in 1999.”I started my career with the likes of Courtney Walsh, Curtly Ambrose, you watch them on TV and you realize they’re in the dressing room, it’s just a bunch of guys. And Brian Lara, the first captain as well, Carl Hooper. So it’s some quality moments when you look back on it,” he fondly recollected.advertisement”I’ll have to analyse it and give you full details, a better exclusive interview on that particular moment, and then you can take it further,” he laughed.”But like I said I could not have had a better career as a player representing the West Indies,” he added.Call it irony, his limited overs jersey number is 333, which again is his highest Test score. The two triple centurions were absolute highs along with a double hundred in the 2015 ODI World Cup.”Two triple centuries in Test cricket. Those two will definitely be on top. A double century in the World Cup as well. But there’s a lot more to actually talk about. But if I get into detail it will be a long list, to be honest with you. But I’ll stick with those for now,” Gayle said.As he prepares to bid adieu in the next couple of months, Gayle finds Nicholas Pooran as a “savage youngster” who could potentially be a ‘mini Universe Boss’.”Mini-universe boss, that’s a serious name. Nicholas Pooran is going to be a savage youngster, trust me on that one. I must commend Pooran’s work ethic. It’s fantastic for a youngster to actually just come into the team. And he’s going to be a world record beater,” he didn’t say but declared.He sees a future leader in Shai Hope.”And Shai Hope as well. Definitely, he will have a big part to play in West Indies cricket. He’s a guy who actually may be a future captain as well.”Gayle is confident that with the likes of Pooran, Hope and Shimron Hetmyer in the ranks, the future is bright for West Indies.”Definitely, the future is bright for West Indies cricket, without a doubt. The likes of Nicholas Pooran and Hetmyer, his name has been calling in all forms of the game so far, for these guys to actually believe and build on start. Trust me, it will be much, much better for them within their career going forward,” said Gayle.Also Read | Chris Gayle to retire from international cricket after home Tests vs IndiaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Match against India, an opportunity to showcase our skills, says Jason HolderAlso See
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atletico Madrid defender Godin agrees Inter Milan termsby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid defender Diego Godin has assured Inter Milan he’ll join them in the summer, it has been revealed.Off contract in June, El Larguero says Godin has assured Inter he’ll make the move in June.He has agreed terms over a two-year deal worth €5.5m-a-season with the option for a third.Godin has made the decision after Atletico refused to offer more than a 12-month deal for the veteran to renew.The captain had been seeking a two-year contract and is disappointed by Atletico’s unwillingness to meet his demands.
A sum of $49 million has been set aside for the Poverty Reduction Programme II in the Ministry of National Security.This has been outlined in the 2013/14 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The project, which is being financed by the European Union, seeks to contribute to poverty alleviation through sustainable growth with emphasis on the promotion of community safety and the reduction of criminal behaviour in volatile and vulnerable communities.Activities to be undertaken this financial year include: renovation of the Tivoli Gardens, Hunts Bay and Spanish Town Police Stations; provision of furniture and equipment for all three stations; and furnishing and equipping the community rooms of the Half-Way Tree and Hunts Bay Police Stations.Achievements up to March 2013 include completion of drawings and Bills of quantities for the Tivoli Gardens Police Station.The project which commenced in April 2009 is slated to end in May 2014, following a number of extensions.By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter
Spurs6123.516106.89+16.7 These Celtics produced a lot more value than expectedActual vs. projected wins added (based on Box Plus/Minus) on offense and defense, for members of the 2017-18 Boston Celtics in the regular season Abdel Nader24SF522+0.2-1.3+0.5+0.7 TeamRkPts/100 poss.RkPts/100 poss.RkPts/100 poss. Kings13109.3170.01+39.3 Jazz7123.3387.32+36.0 Rockets4132.41097.93+34.6 Data up-to-date through games played May 8.Source: Second Spectrum Jarell Eddie26SF6+0.0+0.0+0.0+0.0 OffenseDefenseNet Raptors5131.319111.58+19.7 Jaylen Brown21SG2152-0.2+1.6+1.5+2.9 Greg Monroe27C496+0.7+0.6+0.9+1.8 Pistons12110.5689.87+20.7 Terry Rozier23PG2068-0.3+3.3+2.3+3.6 Nuggets10117.0894.75+22.3 Guerschon Yabusele22PF235+0.1+0.1+0.2+0.3 +15.3+18.8+22.3+35.1 Kadeem Allen25PG107+0.0-0.3+0.1+0.1 Shane Larkin25PG775+0.5-0.2+0.5+1.0 Marcus Morris28PF1447+1.3+0.7+1.5+1.1 Semi Ojeleye23PF1150+0.4-1.2+1.1+1.4 Celtics8122.0588.64+33.4 PlayerAgePos.Min.Proj.ActualProj.Actual Xavier Silas30SG7+0.0+0.0+0.0+0.0 The best teams on out-of-bounds plays (at both ends)Net efficiency on sideline or baseline inbound plays, 2017-18 NBA season Suns16105.1284.26+20.9 Even with home-court advantage, there was little reason to think the Boston Celtics should be favored in their conference semifinal series against the Philadelphia 76ers. As Boston was struggling to grind out a seven-game first-round victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, Philly was resting up, having dispatched the Miami Heat with relative ease. And while the Celtics were down their best scorer (Kyrie Irving), the Sixers had center Joel Embiid back from injury to join all-around terror Ben Simmons as the series’ two headline players. On paper, the Celtics seemed to stand little chance — and the Las Vegas bookmakers agreed.In the end, though, Boston kept defying the odds like it’s done all season, closing out a surprising five-game series win over the 76ers Wednesday night. Al Horford outplayed Embiid, Terry Rozier continued his unheralded rise to playoff stardom and — perhaps most importantly — head coach Brad Stevens continued his yearlong project of spurring this team to play better than ever seemed possible. That’s been part of Stevens’s reputation since his days at Butler University, and the numbers bear it out, too: Stevens really does stand out in the ways we can measure coaching effectiveness.First, there are the X’s and O’s of Stevens’s playcalling, which got extra acclaim in the Philly series as the undermanned Celtics relied as much on tactics as talent to engineer the upset. Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer did a great job of detailing them here: How Stevens repositioned his bigs to reduce Embiid’s impact; how he deterred Simmons’s forays to the hoop in transition; how his inbounds plays changed the course of the series. That last skill is one Stevens has been making good use of all season, with Boston ranking fourth in the league in net efficiency on sideline and baseline out-of-bounds plays (according to Second Spectrum): Gordon Hayward27SF5+0.0+0.0+0.0+0.0 Daniel Theis25C936+0.3+0.6+0.9+3.0 Jayson Tatum19SF2438+0.8+2.0+2.3+4.9 Off. WinsDef. Wins Al Horford31C2277+3.2+4.1+5.3+6.5 Jabari Bird23SG115+0.0+0.0+0.1+0.1 That’s only the sixth time since the dawn of the 3-point era (1980) that a team won at least 55 games while carrying a projected record under .500.2The others were the 1998 San Antonio Spurs (in Tim Duncan’s rookie year), 1993 Houston Rockets, 1990 Spurs (David Robinson’s rookie year), 1989 Phoenix Suns and 1980 Boston Celtics (Larry Bird’s rookie year). Granted, much of it was due to the instant contributions of rookie Jayson Tatum, dramatic improvements from Rozier and NBA sophomore Jaylen Brown, and an MVP-type season by Irving — but that’s also the point. The best coaches, such as San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, have a repeatable tendency to put up more wins than statistical projections say their roster should. With an average of 4.9 extra wins per season over his first five years on an NBA sideline, Stevens appears to be one of those coaches. And while Stevens’s value was clear to even the most casual NBA observers when Boston kept winning despite the injuries to Gordon Hayward and then Irving, it wasn’t so clear to the other 29 coaches in the league: Stevens received zero Coach of the Year votes from his peers.He’s taking it up an extra notch this postseason. The Celtics had a schedule-adjusted efficiency differential of +3.4 points per 100 possessions during the regular season (5.7 points/100 better than projected), but they’re up to +4.9 in the playoffs (8.3 points/100 better than projected). Sometimes, teams who overachieve in the regular season struggle to keep beating expectations in the postseason, where raw skill rules and the margin for error is much smaller. But Stevens and the Celtics have only gotten better at overachieving as the playoffs have gone on.Now Boston will have to face its toughest test yet, in the form of the team that eliminated them from last year’s postseason — the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs did their own overachieving (maybe …) by unexpectedly sweeping the East’s No. 1 seed Toronto Raptors, but that was only after they lost more regular-season games than teams like the Celtics despite superior talent. A month into the playoffs, that talent is beginning to round into form next to LeBron James, who could be playing the best basketball of his entire career.If that sounds like a problem that even superior game-planning and locker-room management can’t solve, well, it may prove to be. But if anyone is up to the task, it’s probably Brad Stevens.Check out our latest NBA predictions. Total Beyond drawing on the whiteboard, Stevens seems to already be a master of the art of squeezing wins out of a roster via intangible factors such as fit, chemistry and player development. If we use each player’s projected Box Plus/Minus (Basketball-Reference’s estimate for points added per 100 possessions) as a guide,1Based on a variant of Basketball-Reference’s simple projection system, which regresses each player (particularly rookies and other low-minute players) toward a below-average, rather than average, mean on offense and defense. (This improves the predictive value of the projections.) and if we plug in how many minutes each player actually logged this season — a big consideration for a team riddled with injuries — we’d have expected Boston to only win about 38 games this season.The Celtics won 55. Aron Baynes31C1485-0.6-1.7+2.2+3.5 Jonathan Gibson30PG40+0.0+0.2+0.0-0.1 Kyrie Irving25PG1931+7.3+10.2+0.0+1.3 Bucks9121.615105.710+15.9 Projections use a weighted average of the previous three seasons, regressed to the mean and adjusted for aging patterns.Source: Basketball-Reference.com Marcus Smart23SG1614+1.7+0.2+2.9+2.9
Then-sophomore linebacker Joshua Perry (37) tackles a player during The Game Nov. 30 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-41.Credit: Ritika Shah / Lantern TV News directorWith the first game of the 2014 season only days away, the Buckeyes are just recovering from one of the biggest overhauls of the offseason.Not only have they lost senior quarterback Braxton Miller for the year because of a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder, but they’ve also seen a turnover at two defensive coaching positions — former co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers left for the head coaching position at James Madison University and former defensive line coach Mike Vrabel took a job with the Houston Texans as their linebackers coach.Co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash and defensive line coach Larry Johnson were brought in to overhaul a defense that gave up a combined 115 points in its final three games last season, and the players have responded to the new defensive style.Ash was brought in after one season as defensive coordinator at Arkansas while Johnson was a member of the Penn State coaching staff for 18 years before joining Meyer’s crew in Columbus.“I think that the scheme change — playing a more aggressive defense — it’s a little bit easier to grasp and has helped us a lot,” junior linebacker Joshua Perry said.Perry said the new aggressive style of play particularly helps the linebackers better play to their skill sets.“We have got some of those guys who played safety in high school. Kind of the hybrid guys who are a little bit lighter and they can hit which is really important,” Perry said. “We have got some of the other guys like (freshman Raekwon McMillan) and (senior Curtis Grant) and myself, who are a little bit of the bigger guys who can still run and cover.”Junior cornerback Armani Reeves said the new scheme has also helped out a secondary that let up an average of 378 yards passing in its final three games last season.“I am very excited,” Reeves said of the new defense. “Playing bump-and-run and playing physical, being able to use our skills — you got (redshirt-freshman Eli Apple), (redshirt-freshman Gareon Conley), (who are) big long corners, then you got me and (senior Doran Grant) that are really strong and really know how to manhandle the wide receivers.”Coach Urban Meyer said the corner position opposite Doran Grant is still up for grabs heading into the first game against Navy.“The other corner, it’s Eli and Gareon. They haven’t separated themselves yet either, which is a good sign,” Meyer said. “They’ll both play.”Then-sophomore cornerback Armani Reeves prepares for a play during a game against Florida A&M Sept. 21 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 76-0.Lantern file photoReeves said while the two young players continue to fight for playing time, they each have distinctive skills.“They both bring a different type of style to their game, but that’s what makes them special,” he said. “Gareon has really fluid hips, and he reads routes really well and Eli is a really strong and physical guy so they both play a little bit different.”The new style of play is set to be tested against an uncommon offensive scheme with Navy, a team that runs a triple-option wishbone look which features the quarterback and wing backs in a run-heavy style offense.While playing against such an unusual offense would normally be a tough challenge, Perry said having the entire offseason to practice for it has helped.“The really good thing for us is we have had all camp to prepare,” Perry said. “Whereas you would come in on a typical game week and you really only have four or five days to prepare.”The attitude and toughness that comes with playing against a U.S. military academy is something the Buckeye defense have also been preparing for, Perry said.“That is something we talked about in meetings today. These guys are guys who are trained to be fearless,” he said. “They are trained to be relentless all the time. We know that we have to go full go the whole game.”The Buckeyes are set to play Navy on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.