Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Pingris went to as far as comparing the meeting to a championship series.“Every time we face Ginebra, we feel like we’re in the Finals. The history is there with Manila Clasico and a lot of fans are watching.”Pingris, though, will have to wait until the finals for his dream matchup to come true and given that both teams survive their respective quarterfinals and semifinals duels.Meralco’s 104-101 victory over San Miguel in the final eliminations game on Sunday propelled Ginebra to the No. 3 spot and Star to four.The Gin Kings will face the Grand Slam-seeking Beermen in the playoffs, while the Hotshots will have an early rematch with the NLEX Road Warriors, whom they beat 101-93 on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT With the match-ups now set, Pingris’ focus is on Star’s cohesion as it seeks to further develop its teamwork in the quarters with reinforcement Kristofer Acox in tow.“What’s important here is the chemistry we’re building. We changed imports so he needs to understand our games and know that it’s always going to be our defense which will help us win games,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DAY6 is for everybody “Even if we’re twice-to-win, I want Ginebra,” said the energetic forward.Pingris has no problems even if the odds will be stacked against the Hotshots knowing that their team will be tested early, and what better opponent to have than the reigning Governors’ Cup champion to gauge themselves.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“It’s a great feeling to play because you’ll be facing a strong team. If you can’t beat them, how can you be a champion? It’s better to face a strong team early,” he said.Since coach Tim Cone left for the Gin Kings, the Purefoods franchise are 4-10 against its fierce rival and has lost its last four duels. View comments PBA IMAGES“To be the best, you have to beat the best.”And that’s exactly what Marc Pingris wants Star to do as he wishes for a collision course with defending champion Barangay Ginebra in the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award How to help the Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Fajardo takes blame for SMB loss to Bolts In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ
Ferndale >> Today’s potential rain and one remaining Big 5 League game have forced officials to push back the start time of the Charlie Lakin Baseball/Softball Tournaments originally scheduled to begin today.With today’s forecast providing a 100-percent chance of rain, both baseball and softball tournament games have been pushed back to later this week.“An updated schedule of all tournament games will be sent out [Tuesday] morning,” wrote tournament coordinator Jack Lakin in a press release …
Ex-Real Madrid GM Valdano: Isco must do some soul searchingby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid GM Jorge Valdano says Isco needs to “do some soul searching”.Valdano recognises Isco is on the outer of coach Santiago Solari’s plans.He said, “A year ago, Isco and Asensio were the great sources of hope at Real Madrid; [now] one has lost his way and the jury is out on the other.”Everyone knows something’s up, but nobody knows what; it has to be resolved in private. Today, [B-team striker] Cristo played ahead of Isco, [so] the issue has clearly developed into a very serious one. I imagine it’s something they’re discussing within the club. Isco needs to do some soul-searching.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Mumbai: A M Naik, who led the transformation of Larsen & Toubro into a global construction, engineering, manufacturing, technology and services conglomerate, was conferred India’s second highest civilian award –the Padma Vibhushan –by President Ram Nath Kovind, at a ceremony in the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2009. Accepting the Padma Vibhushan, Naik said, “I have always considered myself fortunate to be in a position of service to India and to millions of my fellow countrymen. To receive such a high national honour is a matter of utmost joy for the L&T Group.” Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsHe added, “For me, the Padma Vibhushan is an acknowledgement of the contributions made to the nation, industry and society by Larsen & Toubro – the company I am proud to have served for over five decades and led for the last two. I thank the Government of India for this honour and take this opportunity to congratulate my fellow awardees who have won recognition in different fields.” In a career spanning more than 50 years, Naik spearheaded some of the country’s landmark and marquee projects, setting new benchmarks in infrastructure both in India and abroad. Under him, L&T ascended the value chain, providing solutions in critical sectors –Defence, Nuclear Power, Aerospace, Infrastructure, Water and Effluent Treatment, Hydrocarbon and Financial Services. Also Read – Coking coal shipments rise 15 pc to 29 MT at 12 state-run ports in Apr-SepHe led the company’s foray into new age businesses like Information Technology and Engineering Services. Deeply committed to social upliftment of the underprivileged, Naik plays an active role in meeting the health, educational and vocational needs of these sections of the populace. In recognition of his services in this segment, he was recently appointed as the Chairman of National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India. This honour is a well-deserved recognition of Naik’s extraordinary record in serving the Indian industry and fulfilling the twin objectives of building the nation and creating value for all stakeholders.
Houston: India is a very attractive market with high brand recognition for a computer hardware producer like Hewlett Packard, said HP Inc’s President for Asia Pacific and Japan, Tian Chong Ng. The Asia Pacific region — in which India is a key focus area — has been the fastest growing for HP and provided 16 per cent revenue growth last year. In Q1 of FY2019 it registered 8 per cent growth year-on-year, said Ng in the course of the HP Reinvent 2019 conference, the company’s largest global partner event. One reason for that is — India – and also the Asia Pacific region — tick marks on demographics trends which provide clear wins for HP: rapid urbanisation and more millennials are joining the work force. While HP is very positive on India and recognises its potential, there are no plans yet for setting up a manufacturing base in India. Ng said it already has a manufacturing base in China apart from others in Vietnam, Thailand and Japan. “There is an existing ecosystem in China and we don’t have plans for setting up a manufacturing base in India, he said. One focus area is the 3D printer, which offers HP great opportunity. Construction and automotive sectors are the focus areas here. Meanwhile, an MoU has been signed with the Andhra Pradesh government. “To be successful in India demands that we understand it,” he said. HP is also pushing gaming in a big way. However, this has not led to any thinking for manufacturing mobile phones in India, despite the high number of gamers in the country spurred by affordable android phones and cheap data. “Our strength is the PC business and we offer a whole family of products in that space,” Ng said.
New Delhi: Bajaj Auto and Austria’s Pierer Industrie AG have started discussions to assess the possibility of transferring Bajaj’s 48 per cent stake in KTM AG to KTM Industries AG, with the Pierer-Group continuing to retain the controlling majority over KTM Industries AG. “Pierer Industrie AG and Bajaj will now evaluate the proposals in detail. The transaction decision is targeted to be made in the second quarter of 2019,” Bajaj Auto said in a regulatory filing Thursday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal At present, Pierer Industrie AG holds approximately 62 per cent of the shares of KTM Industries AG. The listed company KTM Industries AG holds approximately 51.7 per cent of the shares of KTM AG. “If Pierer Industrie AG and Bajaj decide to execute the transaction, KTM Industries AG will examine the legal and economic requirements and conditions of a capital increase by contribution in kind from the existing authorised capital of the company. The authorised capital enables a capital increase of up to 50 per cent of the existing share capital,” the filing added. Bajaj Auto said if the transaction is executed, KTM Industries AG’s stake in KTM AG would increase from current 51.7 per cent to approximately 99.7 per cent.
Chennai: It will be a battle of leadership styles of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravichandran Ashwin when Chennai Super Kings clash with Kings XI Punjab an IPL match here on Saturday. Dhoni’s ability to stay calm and keep his cool even in the trickiest of situations versus Ashwin’s aggressive approach and out-of-the-box decisions would certainly make for an interesting contest. The two teams have three wins each and both will try to outdo each other to take the upper hand. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhDefending champions CSK suffered their first defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians in their last match after three straight wins, and they would hoping to get back to winning ways as they return to their ‘den’. The two previous matches at MA Chidambaram Stadium have produced contrasting performances. While Royal Challengers Bangalore were shot out for 70, Rajasthan Royals made CSK sweat before going down by eight runs on a better surface for the batters. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe spin-heavy CSK will now be up against KXIP, which also have quality spinners in their line-up with Ashwin himself at the forefront apart from Mujeeb Ur Rahman, leggie M Ashwin and mystery bowler C V Varun. The home team’s bowlers will be wary of Chris Gayle’s power-hitting provided he plays after missing the game against Delhi Capitals on April 1. With Gayle sitting out in their last match, KXIP showed it is not about the hard-hitting West Indian alone as KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal put their hands up. And Punjab would hope that they continue to shine. CSK has relied on team effort to win their matches as different players have delivered the goods in the IPL so far. The only worry would be the form of opener Ambati Rayudu, who has struggled to get going after last year’s success, perhaps creating a chance for Murali Vijay at the top. There is uncertainty over the availability of star all-rounder Dwayne Bravo for tomorrow’s game after he suffered a hamstring injury against Mumbai. His absence could open up a spot for the New Zealand pacer Scott Kuggeleijn. Dhoni will expect his bowlers to step up after the Mumbai batsmen went on the rampage during Wednesday’s match. In fact, CSK may opt for an extra spinner in place of either Mohit Sharma or Shardul Thakur. KXIP skipper Ashwin, who was part of CSK before the franchise let him go, would be looking to put his best foot forward against his former team.
Midwest region East region South region Top seed outlook: According to the FiveThirtyEight model, top seed Duke has the best chance of advancing to the Final Four in the entire field (53 percent probability) as well as the best odds of winning the national title (19 percent).The Blue Devils are led by four soon-to-be first-round draft picks, including Zion Williamson, one of the greatest talents in recent memory. Duke is a walking highlight reel on the offensive end and far stingier on defense than many may realize. This is among Mike Krzyzewski’s most-balanced teams and projects to be his first since 2010 to rank inside the top six in Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted offense and defense metrics. That team won the national title.1 Granted, they won the title again in 2015 with a team that fell below that benchmark on defense.What this team lacks, however, is touch along the perimeter. Duke shoots a ghastly 30.2 percent from beyond the arc, the worst mark among tournament-qualifying teams. In an offensive era increasingly dominated by space and perimeter scoring, the Blue Devils could buck the trend punishing the rim.On the other side of the region is the winner of the Big Ten conference tournament, Michigan State. As their reward, the No. 2 Spartans have the honor of a potential matchup against the top overall seed in the Elite Eight. Head coach Tom Izzo was none too pleased. The Spartans have been pummeled by injuries but remain one of the most balanced teams in the country, ranking inside the top eight in Pomeroy’s adjusted offense and defense metrics.Sneaky Final Four pick: No. 4 Virginia Tech. Led by the star pairing of Kerry Blackshear Jr. and Nickeil Alexander-Walker, the Hokies are a balanced squad that ranks among Pomeroy’s Top 25 teams on both offense and defense. Although they’ve lost eight times, only two of those were by double-digits. Virginia Tech also has a not-altogether-unfriendly draw, with extremely winnable opening games against Saint Louis (87 percent) and the Mississippi State-Liberty winner (63 percent) before most likely running into Duke’s juggernaut. We give the Hokies a respectable 25 percent chance against the Blue Devils — and a 54 percent chance against whoever emerges from the bottom of the region if they do manage to knock off Duke.Don’t bet on: No. 3 LSU. With coach Will Wade embroiled in a pay-for-play scandal and his team probably overvalued as a 3-seed, the Bayou Bengals could be ripe for an upset in this tournament. They ranked only 18th in Pomeroy’s ratings — roughly the quality of a No. 5 seed — thanks in large part to a defense that didn’t even crack the nation’s top 60 in adjusted efficiency. (This showed up in the 51 second-half points they allowed to Florida while losing their first game of the SEC tournament.) Their NCAA path isn’t very easy, either: Yale is no pushover as a No. 14 seed, nor is potential second-round opponent Maryland, and we give the Tigers a mere 26 percent chance of beating Michigan State if the teams meet in the Sweet Sixteen. This is easily the lowest-rated top-three seed in the field.Cinderella watch: No. 11 Belmont. The East is top-heavy, with Duke and Michigan State soaking up most of the Final Four odds. But the Bruins are an intriguing lower-seeded team because of an impressive offense led by do-everything swingman Dylan Windler. According to Pomeroy, Belmont ranks 20th in the country in adjusted offensive efficiency (and second nationally in raw points per game behind Gonzaga), while Windler was one of only three players nationally to average 20 points and 10 rebounds per game. Although the Bruins do have to win a play-in game against Temple just to make the field of 64 — we give them a 59 percent chance — they would have a very competitive 39 percent probability of upsetting Maryland in the first round and an even better chance against the LSU/Yale winner.Player to watch: Cassius Winston, Michigan StateThree years ago, zzo said he thought his 6-foot-1 freshman could be Michigan State’s best passer since Magic Johnson. The Spartans’ do-everything point guard — one of the best facilitators in the country — is validating his coach’s comment. Only Murray State’s Ja Morant, a surefire lottery pick in this year’s draft, has a higher assist rate than Winston (46.0 percent). And behind Winston, the Spartans assist on the highest rate of field goals in the country.The junior also happens to be Izzo’s leading scorer and one of the country’s top perimeter threats, shooting better than 40 percent from beyond the arc. As injuries have relentlessly sapped the Spartans of their on-court production, Winston has elevated his game to compensate. As he put it to The Athletic, “I have to do a lot for my team to win.”Likeliest first-round upsets: No. 9 Central Florida over No. 8 VCU (47 percent); No. 11 Belmont* over No. 6 Maryland (39 percent); No. 10 Minnesota over No. 7 Louisville (34 percent)(* Must win play-in game first.) Top seed outlook: Can No. 1 Virginia exorcise last year’s demons now that the team is at full strength? Our model thinks so. The Cavaliers have a 49 percent probability of cracking the Final Four and a 31 percent probability of reaching what would be the program’s first national title game.With De’Andre Hunter, who wasn’t on the court last year during UVA’s historic loss to No. 16 Maryland Baltimore County, the Cavaliers have been dominant on both ends — the only team ranking in the top five in Pomeroy’s adjusted offense and defense metrics. Once again, Tony Bennett’s pack line defense is suffocating most every offensive opportunity and successfully turning games into rock fights. But this year’s team is even better on the offensive end and should breeze into the Elite Eight, where it could meet Tennessee. Thanks to Grant Williams and the wonderfully named Admiral Schofield, the No. 2 Volunteers are playing their best basketball in program history. We give them a 22 percent probability of reaching the Final Four.Sneaky Final Four pick: No. 6 Villanova. Is it “sneaky” to pick the team that’s won two of the past three national titles? Maybe not. But this hasn’t been the same team that coach Jay Wright guided to those championships. After losing a ton of its best players from last year’s title-winning team, the Wildcats had an up-and-down year and lost five of their final eight regular-season Big East games. But they also got hot over the past week, capping off a season in which they still won the Big East regular-season and conference-tournament titles — and still had one of the 20 best offenses in the country according to KenPom (powered by an absurd number of 3-pointers). Our power ratings think they’re the fourth-best team in the South despite being the No. 6 seed, and they have a 5 percent chance of making it back to the Final Four for a third time in four seasons.Don’t bet on: No. 4 Kansas State. Coach Bruce Weber’s Wildcats nearly made the Final Four last season, but they might find it tougher this time around. K-State has an elite defense (it ranks fourth in the country according to Pomeroy’s ratings), but its offense is prone to struggles — and could be down its second-leading scorer, forward Dean Wade, who missed the team’s Big 12 tournament loss to Iowa State with a foot injury. A brutal draw that gives the Wildcats tough No. 13 seed UC Irvine in the first round, then places them opposite the Wisconsin-Oregon winner in Round 2, could limit their potential to advance deep into a second consecutive tournament.Cinderella watch: No. 12 Oregon. According to our model, the Ducks have the best Sweet 16 odds (24 percent) of any double-digit seed in the tournament, more than twice that of any other candidate. Oregon struggled to string together wins for most of the regular season, and its chances seemed sunk after 7-foot-2 phenom Bol Bol was lost for the season with a foot injury in January. But the Ducks have rallied to win eight straight games heading into the tournament, including a convincing victory in Saturday’s Pac-12 championship. Oregon fits a similar mold as K-State — great defense with a suspect offense — but that’s telling, given that the Ducks are a 12-seed and the Wildcats are a No. 4. If they meet in the Round of 32, we give Oregon a 47 percent chance at the upset.Player to watch: Grant Williams, TennesseeThe junior has come a long way from being “just a fat boy with some skill.” Williams, the de facto leader of Rick Barnes’s Volunteers, has bullied the SEC over the past two seasons, collecting two consecutive conference player of the year honors.The Vols might just feature the best offense of Barnes’s coaching career — and we’re talking about a guy who coached Kevin Durant! Much of that offensive potency can be traced to Williams, the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, who ranks in the 97th percentile in scoring efficiency, according to data courtesy of Synergy Sports.Williams possesses an old-man game you might find at a local YMCA, a back-to-the-basket, footwork-proficient offensive assault that manifests primarily in post-ups, where he ranks in the 98th percentile in scoring efficiency and shoots an adjusted field-goal percentage of 56.1. He can get the Volunteers buckets in the waning moments of games, too, as he ranks in the 96th percentile in isolation scoring efficiency.Likeliest first-round upsets: No. 9 Oklahoma over No. 8 Ole Miss (53 percent); No. 12 Oregon over No. 5 Wisconsin (45 percent); No. 10 Iowa over No. 7 Cincinnati (34 percent) Top seed outlook: On paper, the Midwest seems to be the most open of the four regions, but we still give No. 1 North Carolina the best odds, with a 35 percent probability of reaching the Final Four and an 18 percent probability of appearing in the national championship game. Those odds are at least 8 percentage points lower than any other No. 1 team in the field, though, and for good reason: North Carolina’s offense depends on turning every play into a fast break. The Tar Heels struggle to get to the free-throw line and give up a ton of shots along the perimeter, which, in a slowed-down, half-court matchup, could be quite problematic.After getting waxed by Duke to open the season, No. 2 Kentucky has caught fire in recent weeks while finding balance on both ends of the floor and mostly abstaining from the 3-point line. No. 3 Houston, meanwhile, is in the midst of its best season since Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon were revolutionizing college basketball, and they boast a defense that ranks among the very best along and inside the perimeter.Sneaky Final Four pick: No. 5 Auburn. When the Tigers steamrolled Tennessee 84-64 in Sunday’s SEC title game, it likely got the attention of a lot of bracket-pickers. That wasn’t a one-off — Auburn also beat Tennessee eight days earlier, part of a string of eight straight wins for the Tigers, and 10 in their last 11 games. With an explosive offense (No. 8 in KenPom efficiency) that got more of its points from downtown than any other team in the NCAA field, Auburn can heat up in a hurry. We give the Tigers nearly a coin-flip’s odds of making the Sweet 16 — and a very solid 37 percent chance of beating top-seeded North Carolina if the Tar Heels are waiting for Auburn there. The only kryptonite might be a hypothetical regional-final matchup with No. 2 seed Kentucky, which beat the Tigers by 27 in late February to sweep their season series.Don’t bet on: No. 4 Kansas. The Jayhawks went into the season ranked No. 1 in the AP’s preseason poll, and they appeared to validate the choice by starting the season 10-0. But a 15-9 record (and some key injuries) since then have cast doubt on Kansas’s NCAA Tournament potential. This is a well-balanced team, but to say it doesn’t shoot well from the outside is an understatement — see KU’s 3-for-18 performance from deep in Saturday’s Big 12 ouster against Iowa State. Add an unfavorable draw that puts them on a potential second-round collision course with Auburn (see above), and we give the Jayhawks only an 8 percent chance of making out of the Midwest with their championship hopes intact.Cinderella watch: No. 11 Ohio State. If a Big Ten team that has made 11 Final Fours can be a Cinderella, then you’re looking at it in these Buckeyes. (Hey, the committee’s increasing tendency to seed underwhelming power-conference schools this way really messes with the definition.) OSU went only 18-13 during the regular season, was defeated in its second Big Ten tournament game and has almost twice as many losses as wins since New Year’s. So why are the Buckeyes a potential Cinderella? Despite the seed, this is still a dangerous team, one that ranks 27th in Pomeroy’s adjusted defensive ratings and has star forward Kaleb Wesson back from suspension. So maybe they’ll give Big 12 champ Iowa State trouble. But mainly this tells you something about the other potential Cinderellas in this region: Seton Hall got a very tough first-round matchup with underseeded Wofford; none of the other low seeds here are world-beaters. That leaves the Buckeyes, a team that did all it could to play its way out of the tournament, but has some upset potential regardless.Player to watch: Cameron Johnson, UNCOn a team that doesn’t hoist a ton of shots from the perimeter, Johnson is as lethal as they come. Following an injury-riddled campaign in which he barely made more than one-third of his looks from beyond the arc, the grad student is canning 46.5 percent of his attempts, which ranks inside the top 25 nationally.Johnson has thrived in North Carolina’s every-possession-is-a-transition-opportunity scheme this season. He’s blossomed into one of the best scorers in the ACC, ranking between the 85th and 100th percentiles in scoring efficiency in transition, off screens and on spot-ups.Johnson has elevated his game in conference play, boasting the ACC’s top offensive rating (132.5) and true shooting percentage (64.6). Suddenly, a player who wasn’t seen as a guaranteed professional now projects to be a second-round pick.Likeliest first-round upsets: No. 9 Washington over No. 8 Utah State (49 percent); No. 10 Seton Hall over No. 7 Wofford (37 percent); No. 11 Ohio State over No. 6 Iowa State (33 percent)Check out our latest March Madness predictions.CORRECTION (March 18, 2019, 3:10 p.m.): A previous version of this story misstated the number of Sweet 16s made by Villanova in recent seasons. Although the Wildcats have reached the NCAA Tournament’s “third round” in four of their past five seasons, that round was the Round of 32 until 2016 because of NCAA naming conventions. The NCAA Tournament is finally here! Will we see another No. 16 seed beat a No. 1 seed? Will Gonzaga finally win its first national championship? Will Zion Williamson’s shoe explode again? We can’t tell you exactly what will happen over the next three weeks, but we can help steer you in the right direction when picking your bracket using our March Madness prediction model. You can read about how the system works here, and read on to learn what the model has to say about the top seeds’ fates, dark horses and Cinderellas to watch, and favorites to avoid. Let the madness begin… West region From ABC News: Top seed outlook: Gonzaga is the best team in the West by a considerable margin, but the Zags, despite reaching the final two years ago, haven’t always performed well under the bright lights of the tournament. Still, Gonzaga has a 70 percent probability of reaching the Elite Eight, according to our model, and the third-best odds of any team to reach the national championship game (26 percent).Should Gonzaga face Syracuse in the second round, the zone defense of the Orange could give the Bulldogs trouble. This is the best offense Mark Few has had in Spokane, but it may be tested by any of the terrific defenses in the West: Four of the top 15 can be found in this region, including the top two in Texas Tech and Michigan.Sneaky Final Four pick: No. 4 Florida State. A fixture in the KenPom Top 20 for most of the season, the Seminoles are hoping to build on last season’s tournament run, which saw them come within a 4-point margin of making the Final Four. FSU has a dominant defense (No. 9 in Pomeroy’s ratings) and a balanced roster that saw four players accumulate at least 2.5 win shares. This draw isn’t terrible, either: Vermont isn’t especially difficult as a first-round foe, and Marquette is very beatable (more on that below). No. 1 seeded Gonzaga probably looms after that, and we give FSU a 24 percent chance against the Zags — but the Seminoles would have a 48 percent chance of making the Final Four if they were to pull off the upset.Don’t bet on: No. 5 Marquette. Teams seeded fifth aren’t usually good bets to make it past the Sweet 16 anyway, but Marquette might be an especially bad pick. According to the FiveThirtyEight power ratings, the Golden Eagles are by far the worst No. 5 seed in the field, and a first-round date with breakout mid-major superstar Ja Morant didn’t do them any favors. Marquette has some star power of its own in junior guard Markus Howard, who ranks sixth in the nation with an average of 25 points per game, but this team lost five of its last six games and has a tough tournament road ahead of it.Cinderella watch: No. 10 Florida. The Gators may have been one of the final bubble teams to sneak into the field of 68, but they could be poised to do some damage now that they are here. They drew Nevada, a so-so No. 7 seed, in the first round, and we give Florida a 42 percent chance of pulling the upset there. Last year’s national runner-up, Michigan, likely waits in Round 2, and that is a tough matchup (23 percent odds for Florida) — but if the Gators win, they have a 38 percent chance of making the Elite Eight. In a region with a number of good-but-flawed options, Florida looks better than the typical 10-seed.Player to watch: Brandon Clarke, GonzagaThe linchpin of the Zags isn’t the consensus lottery pick, nor the two veteran guards who have together started 87 percent of Gonzaga’s games over the past two seasons. It’s Brandon Clarke, a transfer from San Jose State who is in his first active season with the team. He’s perhaps the most underappreciated player in the country.On a team that typically features a 7-footer protecting the rim, it’s Clarke, at 6-foot-8, who is tasked with protecting the paint this season. Clarke has responded by setting a single-season blocks record and posting the highest block rate of any team under Few.“If I feel like if I can get a good, quick jump first, I’ll pretty much jump with anybody,” Clarke told me. “I mean, I’ve seen Zion (Williamson) coming down through the lane before on TV, and if I can’t jump at the right time, I probably wouldn’t jump with him, but … I don’t really see myself not jumping with anybody.”Likeliest first-round upsets: No. 9 Baylor over No. 8 Syracuse (48 percent); No. 10 Florida over No. 7 Nevada (42 percent); No. 12 Murray State over No. 5 Marquette (32 percent)
Legendary striker Alan Shearer is one of the few who actually defends Jose Mourinho’s status as the manager, he goes after Pogba and Sanchez.Manchester United’s most recent form is very alarming, there are people blaming Mourinho and people blaming some of the players, but Alan Shearer is clear about where his allegiances are.The former Newcastle striker and Premier League’s all-time top scorer wrote a column for The Sun, where he felt the need to let it all out and publicly defend Jose Mourinho in a time when it’s easier to just go after the manager for all the bad results.Other legends of the game like Paul Scholes have come hardly after the Portuguese manager, flat out saying that his mouth is completely out of control and he should quit the job while he still has some dignity left.But for Alan Shearer, talking trash about Mourinho is wrong because the boss has an impressive resume that gives him more than enough credit to turn things around at Manchester United.Shearer wrote that he has never liked going after the manager because the players are also to blame when situations like this take place at any club, and Manchester United is no different as he specifically singled out Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez. Alan Shearer on Pogba:”He was offering nothing. Despite being a World Cup winner, he cannot lace the boots of those whose names will go down in history at Old Trafford” pic.twitter.com/o9syUVLiJm— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) October 2, 2018On his Monday column for The Sun, Shearer expressed how incredible the difference this Manchester United has with the one that Sir Alex Ferguson managed. Back when he was still a player, the Red Devils inspired a lot of respect and no information was leaked like today.Carrington is a source of drama 24/7, something that was impossible to imagine back in the day. For the England legend, there are two specific players to blame, and he went after them hard. His first victim was aul Pogba as he wrote: “It was never like this when I started in the game. The club had the power, as did the boss.”“Now all the power is with the players. Paul Pogba is Manchester United’s record signing. Just take that in for a moment and consider all the great players who have played for this club. Despite being a World Cup winner, he cannot lace the boots of those whose names will go down in history at Old Trafford.”“He was pathetic again at West Ham and was that bad that Mourinho had to drag him off as he was offering nothing. If he is looking to get the manager out then he is doing a much better job of that than playing football, as his team-mates were not much better,” he wrote.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Alan Shearer and Alex Ferguson. pic.twitter.com/9LIXWEFYvT— 90s Football (@90sfootball) October 2, 2018But Shearer wasn’t done, as he also pointed out the terrible situation that Alexis Sanchez is currently going through at Manchester United. The Chilean player was reportedly told by Mourinho that he won’t play a single more minute for the club until he modifies his attitude.For Alan Shearer, buying the Chilean forward from Arsenal was the single biggest mistake that the Red Devils could’ve made and he agrees with us that he may be one of the club’s biggest flops in recent history.“And where was Alexis Sanchez? This is a player they fought tooth and nail to sign ahead of their big rivals, pipping Pep to his signature. Yet he sums up everything wrong with United. He was not even on the bench after a series of poor displays.”“He has got nowhere near the levels we saw at Arsenal since the move and you have to ask why. City’s decision to step away from that deal is looking better and better.”“A manager of Mourinho’s stature and an incredible CV does not deserve this. Yet is he blameless? What on earth was he doing tactically in the 3-1 defeat at West Ham?” wrote Shearer in his explosive column for The Sun last Monday.And then, this Tuesday in the Champions League, Alan’s words made even more sense as the Red Devils weren’t even capable of getting past a goalless draw against Valencia.Alexis Sanchez regrets joining Manchester United from Arsenal in January after turning down the chance to join eventual champions Manchester City. [Mirror] pic.twitter.com/gqBt0NB12y— City Watch (@City_Watch) October 1, 2018Who do you think should leave Manchester United, Jose Mourinho or the players who are not performing? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
German great Lothar Matthaus believes Borussia Dortmund’s Achraf Hakimi has already become the Bundesliga’s best left-backThe 20-year-old arrived at Signal Iduna Park in the summer on a two-year loan from Real Madrid, where he spent the majority of his time playing back-up to Dani Carvajal and Nacho Fernandez.Hakimi has started 12 of Dortmund’s 17 league matches and even provided three assists on his Champions League debut for the club in their 4-0 win over Atletico Madrid in October.The Morocco international’s performances have been so impressive in Germany that Matthaus reckons the national team coach Joachim Low would love to have him.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Hakimi has played a crazy first half of the season,” Matthäus wrote on his Sky column.“For me, Hakimi is the best left-back in the league right now. It would make ‘Jogi’ Löw happy if he had someone with his dynamics, pace and technical ability.”Dortmund will return to action away to RB Leipzig on January 19 in the Bundesliga.
After doubling ticket cancellation charges recently, Indian Railways has increased the minimum passenger fare from Rs 5 to Rs 10 in non-suburban trains to end the problem of people buying such tickets in place of platform tickets.The new fare will be effective from 20 November.In April, the cost of the platform ticket was hiked from Rs 5 to Rs 10, to reduce overcrowding at platforms.But some oversmart people started buying the minimum single journey second class tickets priced at Rs 5 instead of platform tickets, said a senior railway ministry official. As a result, the railways failed to “realise” the objective behind hiking the cost of the platform ticket. “It will be effective from 20 November to make it at par with the platform ticket charges. It aims at meeting the objective of controlling the rush at platform for the convenience of passengers,” PTI quoted the official as saying.The new fare will be applicable only for travel in second class coaches in non-suburban services.Last week, the Railways had decided to double the charges levied on cancellation of tickets and made the refund valid only till four hours before the scheduled departure of trains.The new rules from the public transporter, which became effective from 12 November, are targeted at preventing black marketing of tickets, thereby assisting “genuine passengers” to obtain confirmed tickets.
N R Narayana Murthy, founder and former chairman of Infosys.Reuters fileThe Infosys row has resurfaced after N R Narayana Murthy, the founder of the company wrote a mail to its board a few days ago, demanding that they make the Panaya probe report public, ET Now news channel reported on Thursday.Let us rewind. On February 16, 2015, a whistleblower had written to the Securities and Exchange Board of India, saying that Infosys had overpaid for the acquisition of Panaya, an Israeli firm. After a strenuous probe of two years, the Infosys management was given a clean chit in June this year by international law firm Gibson Dunn and investigation firm Control Risks.”We found no evidence supporting the whistleblower allegations regarding acquisitions, there were no conflicts of interests or kickbacks, required approvals for M&A were obtained, thorough due diligence was done, valuations of the target companies done by an outside advisor were reasonable and the purchase price was within the range determined by the advisor. We found no evidence that the CEO received excessive variable compensation or incurred unreasonable expenses for security, travel and its Palo Alto office,” the investigators said in a statement.In an assertive email to employees, Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka said, “Reports questioning the company’s acquisition of Panaya were orchestrated by people who are hell-bent on harming the reputation of the company and its employees.” He denied that the management of the company benefited in any sort from the acquisition, calling the allegations “libellous”.Sikka and his team were still struggling to move past the allegations and its aftermath when Murthy demanded Panaya probe to go public. Differences over corporate governance between Murthy and Sikka don’t seem to be abating.Previously, the founders of Infosys had also raised objections to the quantum of salary hike given to Vishal Sikka and size of severance packages given to former CFO Rajiv Bansal and former General Counsel David Kennedy.As told to ET Now by unidentified sources, Infosys has no plans to make the report public as this would violate client confidentiality agreements between Panaya’s investors and their limited partners.
Amazon logoReutersIn a major boost to its offline retail segment ambitions in India, Amazon is all set to take over a minority stake in the Future Retail next week. The deal is expected to get the board approval on 14th November. This is likely one of the most the aggressive measures taken by the e-commerce giant, Amazon, to gain access to the growing retail business in India.The Economic Times has reported that the deal is likely to give Amazon access to one-third of India’s organised food and grocery market through the Big Bazaar and Nilgiris supermarket chains. The deal is expected to cost Amazon’s investment arm an amount of about Rs.2,500 crore. Notably, Future group has more than 1,100 stores in the country upon which Amazon will capitalize.One of the people associated with the development told the Economic Times “Amazon, through the foreign portfolio investor (FPI) route, will buy about 9.5% stake in Future Retail and has already signed a term sheet. The deal will be announced after board approval on November 14.”The two companies started negotiating for a partnership since the starting of this year when Future Group founder Kishore Biyani first met Amazon founder Jeff Bezos at his Seattle-based headquarters. Later, the executives of two companies met multiple times to deliberate on the modalities of the deal.The investment laws in Indian allows 51% foreign investment in multi-brand retail, however, Amazon is entering through the arm that’s registered as an FPI. It is the same route through which it acquired a minority stake of 5% in Shoppers Stop last year. An FPI is allowed to acquire less than 10% stake in an Indian company as a single firm, on the other hand, an Indian entity can dilute up to 49% stake to multiple FPIs. Pictured: A retail outlet of Big Bazaar, which is owned by the Future Retail Ltd.Wikimedia commonsThe Indian consumer is still preferring offline retails business over the online mode which is evident with the fact that retail sale through physical stores accounts for more than 95% of all retail sales in the country.
Rathish Chandra Bhoumik. File photo Prothom AloThe main accused in the murder case of special public prosecutor Rathish Chandra Bhoumik died at Rangpur Medical College Hospital in police custody early Saturday, reports UNB.The deceased is Kamrul Islam.Ratna Roy, senior jail superintendent of Rangpur central jail, said Kamrul had been suffering from depression.”He tried to commit suicide by hanging himself with his bedsheet around 5:00am and got injured critically,” Roy said.He was later taken to the hospital where physicians declared him dead, the jail official said.Rathish, a public prosecutor at the special judge’s court in Rangpur, was killed over alleged extramarital affairs between his wife Snigdha Sarkar Dipa and Kamrul on 29 March this year.
Two lighter vessels capsized in the Bay of Bengal near Bhasanchar of Noakhali in two separate incidents on Thursday, officials said.A sailor remained missing in one of the incidents. The name of the victim could not be known immediately.Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) officials said, one vessel named Khaja Baba Faridpuri laden with wheat left Chattogram for Narayanganj on Thursday morning. After several hours, the vessel ran aground while crossing Bhasanchar. It sank after the vessel developed a crack at its bottom and tilted towards one side. Out of 13 sailors, 12 were rescued by the members of Navy and Coast Guard.Another vessel named N Islam loaded with corn left Chattogram for Narayanganj. The vessel hit by another vessel capsized near Bhasanchar. Navy and Coast Guard men rescued all the 13 sailors of the vessel.