Test pitches in India are boring and Favour Batsmen: Michael Vaughan

first_imgNew Delhi: Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has slammed the cricket pitches in India, saying the tracks are “boring” and are more in favour of the batsmen. “Test match cricket pitches in India are boring…The first 3/4 days the contest is far too in favour of the bat…needs more action for the bowler…My thought of the day …,” Vaughan tweeted on Friday.His comments came during the ongoing second Test between India and South Africa being played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune where the Indian batters have dominated the proceedings. Skipper Virat Kohli and Mayank Agarwal scored brilliant hundreds and have taken the hosts to a commanding position.Even in the first Test, the Indian batsmen had a great time at the ACA-VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnam. While Mayank scored a double hundred, Rohit Sharma — in his debut match as an opener in red-ball cricket — scored hundreds in both the innings in the game which India won by 203 runs. IANSAlso Read: Jasprit Bumrah shares motivational post on social mediaAlso Watch:All Assam Bengali Youth Students’ Federation in Biswanath demands error-free NRClast_img read more

USC School of Pharmacy expands clinic with grant

first_imgUSC’s School of Pharmacy received a grant of $401,370 from UniHealth Foundation last week, a non-profit organization whose stated mission is to facilitate community-based activities. The foundation has already funded much of the school’s involvement in safety net clinics.The grant will fund the “Pharmacist Clinical Service Delivery Expansion and Medication Safety Improvement” project, in which the school looks to bolster its Center for Community Health clinic near Skid Row. Besides improving the clinic’s quality of care, the funds will also provide for full-time, residential pharmacists and student volunteers. The ultimate goal of the grant is to increase patient coverage.“It has been tremendous for the School of Pharmacy and the community that UniHealth has supported us through our work in these clinics,” said Kathleen Johnson, chair of the Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Economics & Policy, in an interview with USC News.The UniHealth Foundation initially helped build the program from the bottom up — a program that has been succeeded by more than 100 safety net clinics.“The USC School of Pharmacy’s commitment to safety net providers is exemplary,” said Mary Odell, president of the UniHealth Foundation, in an interview with USC News.In addition to the clinic on Skid Row, the USC School of Pharmacy is also helping run several other safety net clinics around Los Angeles County, including South Central Family Health Center and Clinicas Del Camino Real in Oxnard, Calif.last_img read more

Illinois stuns No. 6 Wisconsin 24-23 on last-second FG

first_img 10 months ago Chile’s president rolls back subway fare hike amid protests Written By Associated Press Television News COMMENT Last Updated: 20th October, 2019 19:37 IST Illinois Stuns No. 6 Wisconsin 24-23 On Last-second FG The plan was for Wisconsin to roll into a showdown with Ohio State next week unbeaten, with a defense putting up historic numbers and a Heisman Trophy contender at running back. 10 months ago Alabama’s Tagovailoa leaves game with ankle injury 10 months ago Air Asia launches Agartala-Kolkata flight service SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV First Published: 20th October, 2019 19:37 IST FOLLOW US WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago Altuve’s HR in 9th sends Astros to World Series WATCH US LIVE The plan was for Wisconsin to roll into a showdown with Ohio State next week unbeaten, with a defense putting up historic numbers and a Heisman Trophy contender at running back. Illinois had other plans. James McCourt kicked a 39-yard field as time expired and the Illini pulled off the biggest upset of the college football season, knocking off No. 6 Wisconsin 24-23 on Saturday.“Our program, we needed to get a signature win. I was just hoping today was the day, and the day came,” said Illini coach Lovie Smith, the former Chicago Bears coach who entered the game 11-31 overall and 4-26 in the Big Ten since taking over Illinois in 2016.“Against the No. 6 team in the country, we played them toe-to-toe,” Smith said. “We saw so much fight. We learned an awful lot about ourselves. We’re pumped up. One of the best wins we can possibly have at this stage in our program.”Tony Adams picked off a pass by Jack Coan for the Illini (3-4, 1-3 Big Ten), who were 30 ½-point underdogs, at midfield with 2:33 remaining that set up the winning drive.Dre Brown’s tackle-breaking 13-yard run got Illinois (3-4, 1-3) to the Wisconsin 25 with 34 seconds left and then the Illini set up McCourt to attempt a winner. The junior kicker was down the middle with the field goal to give Smith the most significant victory for Illinois in years.“No matter if it’s an extra point or a game-winner you kind of have to take the approach that every kick is the same because if you take a different approach you might get thrown off or something might be a little different,” said McCourt, who missed a 40-yard attempt in the first quarter.Fans rushed the field when it was over and “Jump Around” — a signature song at Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium — blared through the speakers at Memorial Stadium. “It was amazing,” Adams said. “It was an amazing feeling.”After the first six weeks of the college football season produced few surprises at the top of the rankings, there have now been major upsets in consecutive weeks. Last week it was then-No. 3 Georgia losing at home to South Carolina in double overtime. Wisconsin becomes the second-highest ranked team to lose to an unranked foe this season. This was even more stunning.The Badgers had not trailed this season, allowing only 29 points with four shutouts in six games. Illinois lost to Eastern Michigan earlier this season and has not even been bowl eligible since 2014. Instead, the Badgers (6-1, 4-1) blew a nine-point lead in the final 9:46 of the fourth quarter on Saturday.Illinois beat a ranked team for the first time since 2011 and knocked off a ranked Big Ten team for the first time since 2007 when the Illini beat No. 1 Ohio State in November on their way to a Rose Bowl appearance. The last time Illinois beat a ranked Big Ten team at home was October 2007, a 31-26 victory against No. 5 Wisconsin.Heisman contender Jonathan Taylor rushed 28 times for 132 yards and one touchdown for Wisconsin, but he also lost a fumble in Illinois territory in the fourth quarter to help fuel the comeback.“We had two drives late in the game that ended in turnovers,” Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said. “It’s always hard to win on the road, and that made it even harder. We just have to move on and learn from this.”Coan was 24 of 32 passing for 264 yards and a touchdown, but his second turnover of the season came at a crucial time. He sailed a pass on third-and-5 that Adams grabbed to give Illinois a short field against the No. 1 defense in the nation.Illinois had cut Wisconsin’s lead to 20-14 late in the third quarter on a 43-yard touchdown run by Reggie Corbin. Wisconsin had opportunities to pad its lead but settled for a field goal after a first-and-goal from the 3 and then Taylor fumbled at the Illinois 25.After the fumble, the Illini ripped off a 75-yard touchdown drive, capped by Brandon Peters’ 29-yard pass to Josh Imatorbhebhe to make it 23-21 with 5:53 left.Wisconsin: Put aside the College Football Playoff implications. The Badgers’ loss also twists the Big Ten West race, with No. 20 Minnesota, No. 23 Iowa and Wisconsin all yet to play each other.Illinois: The Illini pulled the stunner despite losing top receiver Ricky Smalling (right leg) early in the game and star defensive end Oluwole Betiku (undisclosed injury) early in the second half. Betiku ranks fourth in the nation in sacks last_img read more

Eyes on Rio… Bolt pulls out of Brussels Diamond League

first_imgBRUSSELS (AP):With three more gold medals in the bag and his superiority proven beyond doubt, Usain Bolt declared his season over yesterday.The Jamaican pulled outof Friday’s Van Damme Memorial, unwilling to risk any injury problems that might compromise his preparations for next year’s Rio de Janeiro Games, where he will seek a third Olympic sprint treble in a row.”I am already thinking about next year and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio,” he said in a statement.After winning three gold medals at the World Cham-pionships in Beijing, Bolt was supposed to focus on the season’s top time in the 200m at the Diamond League meet in Brussels. The King Baudouin Stadium has extra-wide curves that half-lap racers love, and Bolt has never profited fully from the track facilities. Friday would have been the ideal opportunity.Bolt has the world record of 19.19 seconds, but his best time at the Van Damme only stands at 19.57. In comparison, his teammate, Yohan Blake, ran the second-fastest half lap there by clocking 19.26.But after two seasons of injuries and a drawn-out recovery, Bolt now knows the preparations for a big event like the Olympics starts a year in advance. The 29-year-old Bolt said in a statement he was “happy to end the season without any injuries and ready to go for 2016”.And Brussels meet organiser Wilfried Meert said in a statement that “Bolt felt tired after Beijing and also was troubled by his left leg, with a pain radiating from his hip”.Bolt beat Justin Gatlin both in the 100 and 200 metres in Beijing, before anchoring Jamaica to gold in the 4x100m relay.With Bolt a no-show, Gatlin will now run both sprints in Brussels.last_img read more