Gayle smashes T20 record fifty off 12 balls

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC):Mercurial Chris Gayle equalled the fastest ever half-century in Twenty20s with an extraordinary knock as he brought the curtain down on his controversial – and perhaps final – campaign in the Australia Big Bash here yesterday.With Melbourne Renegades needing to overhaul Adelaide Strikers’ 170 in order to have a chance at a semi-final spot, opener Gayle blasted a top score of 56 off 17 deliveries, but wickets fell steadily around him and the hosts came up short at 143 all out in the 16th over to lose by 27 runs.Gayle, who will perhaps best be remembered in this tournament for his controversial ‘Don’t blush, Baby’ remarks to Channel Ten reporter Mel McLaughlin a fortnight ago, set the stage for the run chase by racing to his 50 in record pace.He smashed two fours and seven sixes en route as he equalled the previous record set by Indian left-hander Yuvraj Singh nine years ago against England in Durban during the Twenty20 World Cup.Gayle plundered 26 runs from the first over of the innings sent down by 21-year-old rookie seamer Greg West, which cost 27 runs.After starting with a wide, West watched as Gayle collected a couple to mid-wicket. The left-handed Jamaican blocked the second delivery but then burst to life, clearing the ropes with the remaining four deliveries of the over.The first six was a savage pull over mid-wicket; the second was an even bigger hit into the same area; while the third sailed over backward square leg. Gayle ended the over by depositing a full toss over long on.In the third over from seamer Ben Laughlin, Gayle belted sixes over long off and then over mid-wicket to move into the 40s before punching the right-armer to the long-off boundary.Off the first ball of the next over, he drew level with Yuvraj when he cleared the ropes at long on with off-spinner Travis Head.CAUGHTBEHINDDisappointingly, Gayle fell in Head’s next over, the sixth of the innings, top-edging a catch behind – the last of the bowler’s first three wickets.The half-century was Gayle’s first in eight innings in the Big Bash this season.Despite his fireworks, Renegades capitulated with opener Tom Cooper and West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo suffering the indignity of first-ball ‘ducks’ and captain Cameron White managing just six.Earlier, Tim Ludeman hit 49 and Jono Dean, 48, in an opening stand of 85 off 64 deliveries, which gave Strikers a flying start.At the end, captain Brad Hodge stroked a cameo, unbeaten 37 off just 21 deliveries in a 55-run, fifth-wicket stand off 31 balls with Jake Lehmann (24).Bravo claimed one for 36 from his four overs of medium pace.Renegades’ defeat ensured that AndrÈ Russell’s Sydney Thunder booked their first spot in the BBL semi-finals.last_img read more

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Podolski set for Inter Milan move after arriving in Italy

first_img Podolski arrives in Italy 1 Lukas Podolski is set to sign for Inter Milan after arriving in Italy ahead of his proposed loan move to the San Siro.The initial approach from the Italian giants was described as a joke by Arsene Wenger, but the German international has grown frustrated by the lack of first-team football at the Emirates and hopes to further his career in Italy.Podolski is expected to complete the formalities of his move over the weekend, and is said to have agreed to a pay-cut to help facilitate the move.“I expect so much from this adventure,” the Germany international said at the airport.“I spoke to [Roberto] Mancini and think he is a great coach. He wanted me and I am happy to be here.“I know Serie A, it’s a very competitive League. I want to help the team get into the Champions League.“Forza Inter – we hope to have a great season.”last_img read more

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10 days ago​Man Utd receive positive news over Lindelof

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Man Utd receive positive news over Lindelofby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have received a boost regarding central defender Victor Lindelof.The Red Devils were concerned the Swedish centre-back would miss their key clash with Liverpool at the weekend.But it appears that Lindelof is set to start for Sweden in their Euro 2020 qualifier against Spain at home in midweek.”I haven’t heard anything other than Vigge [Lindelof] getting ready to play,” Sweden coach Janne Anderson told Aftonbladet.The news would mean that he is fit enough to play for his club as well.The Swedes face a key game against Spain tomorrow, which will go a long way towards determining their chances of qualifying for Euro 2020. last_img read more

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Dotting the i Dontre Wilson not 100 percent yet shining in senior

OSU senior H-back Dontre Wilson (2) makes a second half catch despite the efforts of Wisconsin outside linebacker Zack Baun (56) during the second half of the Buckeyes game against the Badgers on Oct. 15. The Buckeyes won 30-23 in overtime. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorWith under six minutes left and down 23-20 to Wisconsin, Ohio State redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett was staring down a 2nd-and-11 from OSU’s 32-yard line. When the Buckeyes need a play, it’s usually either Barrett, junior H-back Curtis Samuel or redshirt sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown who gets the ball. This time, it wasn’t any of them.Senior H-back Dontre Wilson was matched up against Wisconsin redshirt freshman linebacker Zack Baun. Barrett stood in the pocket, checking off his receivers before he saw Wilson turn a button hook into a go route down the sideline. Wilson hauled it in for 43 yards, which ultimately set up the game-tying field goal before OSU won 30-23 in overtime.After nearly giving away a muffed punt earlier in the game, Wilson recovered to give OSU a chance to win the game.When the team went into the locker room after the victory, Wilson was called upon to stand up in front of the team in recognition of his play. The message was simple. He told the team he was grateful for what had just occurred, but that game was not the goal for OSU.“It wasn’t about me at that moment. It’s a team effort,” Wilson said on Monday. “Even though I made that play, it’s still a big team effort. It wasn’t about me, it was about the team.”For Wilson, that play was as significant as any in his career in Columbus. It was even more significant given that he still has not recovered from his broken foot suffered against Michigan State during his sophomore year in 2014.Over the offseason, Wilson said he went to the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon to have a pair of cleats custom-made for him. Wilson’s cleats are wider than the team-distributed ones, and limit the pain on his foot. OSU coach Urban Meyer said during Monday’s press conference that Wilson still wasn’t quite 100 percent and often doesn’t practice early in the week. Wilson told the media he’s probably about 95 percent, but it’s certainly something he feels out on the field.“When you break a foot, it’s tough, especially a skilled athlete,” Meyer said. “I just love his unselfish approach right now, and the fact he made a play to help us go win a game. He flipped the ball to the official, went back, and almost made another great one to help us. I like where he’s at, and he’s a team player that’s doing the best he can.”For an athlete such as Wilson, a broken foot is not only a physical obstacle, but a mental barrier. Any athlete at OSU will tell you that it’s easy to get frustrated or get down on yourself, however for Wilson, it was much more than a little adversity.“When I first had my injury, I was going through a lot,” Wilson said. “I was going through some stuff with my mother and I had just had my child two days after my injury. I was going through a lot, man. I was real frustrated.” As he stood in a walking boot and crutches on the sideline watching his teammates win a national championship, Wilson said he took that as a sign from God that better days were ahead.Heading into the remaining half of his final season of college football, Wilson is enjoying his most successful season yet. He already has a career-high five total touchdowns (four receiving, one rushing), has accumulated 16 catches for 232 yards and has run the ball 12 times for 75 yards. He is on track to shatter his career mark of receptions and receiving yards in a season.What has enabled Wilson to be a high-impact player is his maturity through his injury. Barrett said he doesn’t see Wilson get frustrated any more than any other receiver. He just fits right in.“It’s almost like we overlook one or the other between Dontre and Curtis. They’re one and the same,” Barrett said. “They’re both dynamic players that do a lot for our offense that create mismatches with linebacker and get up on the safeties and make guys miss all over the field.”Saturday’s game against Penn State will be another difficult test for the Buckeyes, given an environment that Wilson said is the most impressive he has seen as a player. Lingering foot injury, or no injury, Wilson is doing what he can to make the most of his senior season.“I always tell myself I’m going to take it week by week and day by day,” he said. “(I’m) using all of the resources I can for the final games and final months here.” read more

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Commentary Retirement should not halt Ohio State involvement for Michael Redd

Then-Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Redd (22) attempts to beat a defender during a game against the Detroit Pistons Oct. 7, 2009, at the Palace of Auburn Hills.Credit: Courtesy of MCTAs a child, I was raised to be a Buckeye from the start. My mom instilled these beliefs in me as an infant, and my father didn’t have a say in the matter. If he had, it wouldn’t have been any different.I became an avid fan myself though, just before the age of 10. This was largely because of the OSU men’s basketball team and really just two players.Scoonie Penn and Michael Redd are two of OSU’s most memorable former athletes, and they successfully led their team to a 1999 NCAA tournament Final Four appearance. This, however, would later be vacated from the record books because of a rule violation under then-coach Jim O’Brien. I still count it.Redd was a monster player at shooting guard for all three years he attended the OSU, with scoring averages of 21.9 points, 19.5 points and 17.3 points, respectively. His freshman season has yet to be topped by any Buckeye, as he leads all freshmen with 658 points, a 21.9 scoring average and 241 field goals made. Redd has some strong company in Buckeye freshmen, outscoring former OSU stars Jared Sullinger, Greg Oden, Jim Jackson and Herb Williams.Redd ended up with 1,879 career points in 96 games, good enough for sixth in the OSU record books for career point totals. Both Redd and Penn quickly became OSU legends and Redd continued his stellar level of play in the NBA after three seasons as a Buckeye.In 2000, Redd was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks and played for them for 11 years. Redd reached a career best 26.7 points per game in the 2006-07 season, including a season a franchise record 57 points against Utah. He was a member of the U.S. gold-medal winning basketball team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and set an NBA record for three-pointers in a quarter when he made eight shots from beyond the arc in the fourth period against Houston on Feb. 20, 2002.Redd, who is back with Milwaukee after a short stint in Phoenix, is set to retire from the game Wednesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He leaves as Milwaukee’s fourth all-time leading scorer, but I doubt he leaves the game for good. The game means too much to him, and he means too much to it.He currently has a home in New Albany, a mere 20 minutes from OSU’s Columbus campus. I would like to see him get more involved in OSU athletics and I feel like he will.Granted, he needs to take some time off and enjoy the life of retirement, but eventually I hope to see him walking around campus like I do other Buckeye legends and with his $500,000 donation to the new Buckeye locker room called, “The Michael Redd Locker Room,” I feel it may be sooner rather than later. read more

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Numericable owner Altice has no intention of raisi

first_imgNumericable owner Altice has no intention of raising its offer for Vivendi’s SFR following Bouygues’ improved offer for the French telco, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.Bouygues on Thursday made a new offer of EUR13.15 billion for SFR, an increase of EUR1.85 billion on its previous offer.According to the Journal, citing an unnamed source, Altice owner Patrick Drahi has decided not to increase his offer and hopes to strike a definitive deal with Vivendi before the window of exclusivity between the pair expires on April 4.Bouygues said at the end of last week that its improved offer will be on the table until April 8, four days after the end of the exclusive negotiations between Vivendi and Altice.Bouygues has made the case that Vivendi has a duty to consider its new offer irrespective of its agreement to enter into three weeks of exclusive negotiations with Altice.last_img read more

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is releasing a free firmware upgrade for its 2014

first_imgis releasing a free firmware upgrade for its 2014 webOS smart TVs and is adding new content partners to the platform – including HD and 4K video from DirecTV.LG said the update will give TV owners “virtually all of the new webOS 2.0 features that debuted on this year’s new Smart TV models”. These include an improved user experience, more intuitive layout, shortcuts, quicker boot-up time and even faster response when switching between apps.The webOS 2.0 TVs will also offer “more online access to more streaming content than ever before”, according to LG, including, on selected models, the DirecTV Ready and DirecTV 4K Ready applications. The latter offers 4K UHD titles, including new releases, popular films and nature documentaries.Other new content partners for LG webOS TVs that are due to launch this month include the iHeartRadio and Rdio music streaming services.“As more consumers embrace streaming content as a preferred method for their video consumption, our goal is to ensure LG smart TVs are offering the simplest, fastest ways to access content services,” said David VanderWaal, vice president of marketing, LG Electronics.“Continuing to add high-value content providers, such as DirecTV, supports our webOS brand promise of ‘making TV simple again,’ even on previous years’ models as seen with our webOS updates.”The firmware update us due to happen later this month and will give current webOS 1.0 users the improved webOS 2.0 platform, which includes: a faster performance when launching the home menu, accessing settings and loading applications; a ‘my channels’ option that allows users to customise their favourite live TV or set-top box channels on the launcher bar; and improved ‘quick settings’.Other updates include faster access to TV inputs and a modified live menu, which updates the live channel list with new look and more detailed information.last_img read more

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CocaCola Is Betting Big on a New Kind of Milk That Costs

first_img Image credit: fair life via Youtube Next Article Coca-Cola Is Betting Big on a New Kind of Milk That Costs Twice as Much as Regular Enroll Now for $5 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Introducing fairlife purely nutritious milk! Hayley Peterson November 25, 2014 Coca-Cola is launching a new kind of milk nationwide that the company says will “rain money.”The product is called Fairlife and it will sell for twice the price of regular milk when it hits store shelves nationally in December, Coca-Cola’s North American chief Sandy Douglas said at Morgan Stanley’s Global Consumer Conference last week.”It’s basically the premiumisation of milk,” Douglas said.The milk doesn’t contain lactose, and it has 50% more protein and calcium than regular milk, as well as 30% less sugar. Click to Enlarge+These are some of the advertisements for Fairlife milk.Fairlife is “a milk that’s premiumised and tastes better and we’ll charge twice as much for it as the milk we’re used to buying in a jug,” Douglas said, according to a transcript of his remarks. The milk is made on a sustainable dairy farm with “fully sustainable high-care processes with animals” and “has a proprietary milk filtering process,” he said. “The test markets have been amazing, and we’ve created a joint venture with a bunch of dairy farmers who are innovative leaders in the dairy industry.”This is the beginning of a long-term investment in the dairy business for Coca-Cola.”We’re going to be investing in the milk business for a while to build the brand so it won’t rain money in the early couple of years,” Douglas said. “But like Simply [orange juice], when you do it well it rains money later.”Coca-Cola’s investment comes at a tough time for the milk industry. Fluid milk sales have been declining for the past four decades. This story originally appeared on Business Insider Product Innovation Add to Queue 2 min read –shareslast_img read more

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Apple Offers Big Cash Rewards for Help Finding Security Bugs

first_imgApple The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. –shares Next Article This story originally appeared on Reuters August 5, 2016 Apple Inc. said it plans to offer rewards of up to $200,000 (£152,433) to researchers who find critical security bugs in its products, joining dozens of firms that already offer payments for help uncovering flaws in their products.The maker of iPhones and iPads provided Reuters with details of the plan, which includes some of the biggest bounties offered to date, ahead of unveiling it on Thursday afternoon at the Black Hat cyber security conference in Las Vegas.The program will initially be limited to about two dozen researchers who Apple will invite to help identify hard-to-uncover security bugs in five specific categories.Those researchers have been chosen from the group of experts who have previously helped Apple identify bugs, but have not been compensated for that work, the company said.The most lucrative category, which offers rewards of up to $200,000, is for bugs in Apple’s “secure boot” firmware for preventing unauthorized programs from launching when an iOS device is powered up.Apple said it decided to limit the scope of the program at the advice of other companies that have previously launched bounty programs.Those companies said that if they were to do it again, they would start by inviting a small list of researchers to join, then gradually open it up over time, according to Apple.Security analyst Rich Mogull said that limiting participation would save Apple from dealing with a deluge of “low-value” bug reports.”Fully open programs can definitely take a lot of resources to manage,” he said.Apple declined to say which firms provided advice.Such rewards are currently offered by dozens of firms, including AT&T Inc., Facebook Inc., Google, Microsoft Corp., Tesla Motors Inc. and Yahoo Inc.Microsoft, which has handed out $1.5 million in rewards to security researchers since it launched its program three years ago, also offers rewards for identifying very specific types of bugs. Its two biggest payouts have been for $100,000 each.Not all bounty programs are as focused as the ones from Apple and Microsoft.Facebook, for example, has an open program that offers rewards for a wide-range of vulnerabilities. It has paid out more than $4 million over the past five years, with last year’s average payment at $1,780.In March, Facebook paid $10,000 to a 10-year-old boy in Finland who found a way to delete user comments from Instagram accounts.(Reporting by Jim Finkle; Editing by Andrew Hay) Apple Offers Big Cash Rewards for Help Finding Security Bugscenter_img 3 min read Image credit: TungCheung | 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Reuters Add to Queue Apply Now »last_img read more

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Pegasystems Named a Leader in Gartners Magic Quadrant for the CRM Customer

first_imgPegasystems Inc., the software company empowering digital transformation at the world’s leading enterprises, announced it has been named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for the CRM Customer Engagement Center (1) for the 10th consecutive year.In the report, Gartner evaluated 14 CRM vendors based on their completeness of vision and ability to execute. According to Gartner, “The best of today’s CEC applications have tools for both agents and customers. For this Magic Quadrant, vendors had to have clear views about how to escalate customer support from digital self-service to human agents (and to de-escalate it again), while retaining interactions’ context for the purposes of reporting and improving customer engagements. Additionally, their CEC applications for use by customer service agents must have been designed to operate seamlessly on a common platform by means of common development and integration tools, open APIs and a common graphical user interface.”Marketing Technology News: Step Raises $22.5 Million Series A Led by Stripe to Disrupt Banking for TeensPega’s suite of customer engagement applications for marketing, sales, and customer service enables organizations with end-to-end automation and real-time AI within a unified platform to transform how they interact with customers. Part of the Pega Infinity™ digital transformation suite, Pega’s customer engagement solutions provide predictive analytics and decisioning capabilities that help brands gain unique insights and recommend the next-best action in real time throughout the customer journey – helping ensure optimal customer experiences.Marketing Technology News: L.A. Lakers Partner Wish Jumps to No. 1 in Earned Social Media Value Among NBA Jersey Patch SponsorsThis recognition is among Pega’s recent analyst recognitions for customer engagement. Pega was recently named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Real-Time Interaction Management, Q1 2019 (2) report and earned the highest combined scores across all technology categories and the top ranking for Customer Engagement Platform in Ovum’s 2018 Decision Matrix (3). Pega also was named a Visionary in the 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Multichannel Marketing Hubs (4) for the second year in a row and received the highest scores in three of four use cases in Gartner’s 2018 Critical Capabilities for the CRM Customer Engagement Center report (5).Marketing Technology News: Tellius Named by Gartner as a 2019 Cool Vendor in Analytics crmGartnerNewsPegasystems Previous ArticleBrightcove Publishes Annual Asia Over-The-Top (OTT) TV Research Report On User Adoption, Payment, and Advertising PreferencesNext ArticleAndrey Andreev Consolidates Badoo, Bumble, Chappy and Lumen Into New Entity: Magic Lab Pegasystems Named a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for the CRM Customer Engagement Center for 10th Consecutive Year PRNewswireJune 17, 2019, 6:02 pmJune 17, 2019 last_img read more

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