Baptiste prepares for first session in charge of WI

first_imgCOLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CMC):Interim head coach Eldine Baptiste will oversee West Indies training for the first time today when the regional side undergoes their first practice session since arriving here Thursday.The 15-man squad will train at the Singalese Sports Club in the capital here as they begin final preparation for their two-Test series against Sri Lanka.Baptiste, a current West Indies selector, was a last-minute replacement for Phil Simmons, who was suspended for the tour following controversial comments last week that were critical of the selection process, regarding the one-day team for the Sri Lanka tour.The Antiguan Baptiste, who played 10 Tests and 43 one-day internationals, is a former Kenya coach.Despite Simmons’s late withdrawal, CMC Sports understands the Windies squad are in high spirits, especially coming off a productive training camp in Barbados last week.Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, who missed that camp while on a two-match contract with Worcestershire in the English County Championship, has joined the squad here and is expected to bring freshness to the pace attack.The 27-year-old Gabriel played two games, taking nine wickets, including a five-wicket haul in the last game against Middlesex, which Worcestershire won by an innings and 128 runs.West Indies will face Sri Lanka President’s XI in a three-day tour match starting next Thursday before clashing with the hosts in the opening Test in Galle starting October 14.last_img read more

Pique says Rafael Nadal to play in new Davis Cup format

first_imgTiger Woods blames fatigue for Ryder Cup flop “If the No. 1 in the world is playing, that’s more than enough,” Pique said in the official presentation of Madrid as host of the Davis Cup finals for the next two years. “Rafa is very positive about this event, especially because it is taking place in Madrid.”The new event was developed in a partnership between the International Tennis Federation and the investment group Kosmos, which was founded by the Barcelona and Spain player.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPique said he knows it will not be easy to have all top-ranked players participating.“This is a team event, so it’s impossible to have all the top players involved. Some teams won’t qualify, not everybody will be able to play anyway,” Pique said. “Of course we would like to have the top players, but we want to focus on the teams.” Stars such as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have already hinted they don’t intend to play. Djokovic said the tournament could be competing with the ATP’s World Team Cup, while Federer said the revamped Davis Cup didn’t seem to be designed for him.Pique said he already didn’t expect Federer to be playing, noting the Swiss veteran has limited his tournament schedule in recent years and might not “have the legs” to play in the Davis Cup again. He said he still hoped to convince Djokovic, though.“I have a lot of confidence that we can negotiate and the top players will play,” Pique said.The new format of tennis’ top team event will be a season-ending, 18-team tournament, but teams will still play matches in February to advance to the championship in November. The Davis Cup has previously been played over four weekends throughout the year.The first championship will be held next year from Nov. 18-24 on an indoor hardcourt at the Magic Box arena, which already hosts the Madrid Masters. The ITF said players will compete for prize money that will rival what is offered in Grand Slams.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Pique said there is no “perfect date” for the tournament as the tennis calendar is very tight, but he was happy with the week they picked.“We’ve spoken with everybody,” he said. “We think this is a week that won’t affect any of the other tournaments. We want to be well seen in the tennis world. We are here to help. We think this will be a magical week for the world of tennis.”The 2018 Davis Cup semifinalists — Croatia, France, Spain and the United States — have already secured their spot in next year’s tournament, along with Argentina and Britain.Defending champion France will host Croatia in the last Davis Cup final in the current format from Nov. 23-25 in Lille.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? FC Barcelona player and founder of investment group Kosmos Gerard Pique delivers his speech during the presentation of the city of Madrid as hosts of the new Davis Cup for the next two years in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Gerard Pique is not worried about the possible absence of some top players in the revamped Davis Cup, especially since Rafael Nadal has said he will play in the new-look competition when it debuts next year.The Barcelona defender, who spearheads the company behind the new format of the Davis Cup, said Wednesday that Nadal has told him he will play as long as he is not injured.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

SXSW 2010 for Noobs

first_imgTags:#conferences#SXSW 2010#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A ReadWriteWeb Guide So, you’ve booked your passage, you’ve made sleeping arrangements, you’ve got your Interactive Badge all lined up and you just can’t wait for the second week of March to roll around. You’re a first-time SXSW attendee!We know the feeling: The manic excitement, the trepidation, the wondering which essential knickknack you’ll forget to pack. We were once South By Newbies, too. Here’s our list of ten sessions, events and venues you absolutely must hit up on your first foray into South by Southwest Interactive.This is part of a series of ReadWriteWeb guides to SXSW Interactive 2010. If this guide isn’t your cup of tea, be sure to check back for more information soon!How to Not Be a Douchebag at SXSW“Aimed at both first-time and long-time attendees to SXSW Interactive, this biting and humorous yet useful panel takes a look at the common actions and behaviors to avoid if you don’t want to be described as ‘doing it wrong.’” This conversation features Ed Hunsinger and Violet Blue (a fan favorite at RWW).TechKaraokeIf music is your bag, head to this second-generation event at Six Lounge for more than five hours of karaoke with a live band. There will also be dancing with DJ Johnny Bravvo in the Tap Room next door and the mellow tunes of The James Moran Band on the upstairs patio.ReadWriteWeb’s PartyOf course, we’d love it if you stopped by our party on Sunday night! We’re cohosting with NPR, PBS and a few others at KLRU’s Legendary Austin City Limits Studio. We’ll have live bands, Tex-Mex nosh, margaritas – the quintessential Austin experience. Free shuttles will be available at the Hilton.SXSW SARSAvoid it like the plague! (Sorry, we saw the pun, and we went for it.)“Each year at SXSW, you hear about ‘SXSW SARS’ or ‘SXSW Scurvy.’ Days packed with panels, movies and concerts are exhausting and wear down your immune system. Learn some ways in which you can prepare for and perhaps avoid getting sick at SXSW.” With Jay Goldman.Salt Lick Bar-B-QueLocated about 22 miles outside of Austin, this famous and much-loved restaurant is a favorite of many longtime SXSW attendees – and it’s well worth the drive. We suggest organizing a caravan or hitching a ride with a group that plans to go. It’s also great for those who’d like an hour or two away from the madness in the city. One word of warning: Don’t go on a completely empty stomach. The wait for a table can be a bit long, especially when you’re starving from a day of running around the convention center.How to Rawk SXSW“Panels or parties? Sleep or sessions? Veteran SXSW speakers and attendees give their light-hearted insights and tips on making the most of your next few days in geek wonderland.” With Min Jung Kim, Ben Huh, Denise Jacobs and Jeremy Keith.The DriskillIf you’re the kind of fellow or lady who shuns the big-brand-sponsored, jam-packed, fanboy-fueled blowouts such as take place each spring in Austin, perhaps this hotel lounge will be more to your liking. Often a favored location for impromptu meetups, the Driskill features comfortable seating, agreeable lighting and a more grownup atmosphere for those who take exception to dirt floors and plastic cups.SXSW Web Awards“The Web Awards Ceremony is the centerpiece of evening activities at the SXSW Interactive Festival and an event not to be missed. Hosted by Doug Benson with special surprises in store for the big ‘lucky 13’!”Keynote Interview with Ev WilliamsThree years after his web app hit it big at SXSW 2007, Twitter co-founder Ev Williams takes the main stage to be interviewed by Havas Media Lab director Umair Haque in front of a live audience . All we have to say is that you’d better get there early if you don’t want to get stuck watching a simulcast in an adjacent room!SXSW MusicYes, you read that right: We’re calling the Music portion of SXSW a must-do for any attendee of SXSW Interactive. Here’s why.Each year, a few Music folks come to Austin early, and a few Interactive folks stay late – but those folks are few, indeed. There’s a wonderful opportunity here for our very different crowds to mingle, to make the Web better for musicians and make the experience of music better for online and mobile platforms, and it all begins with conversations.Also, even two days of SXSW Music will provide you with enough shows, parties and coincidental meetups to leave you seeing the world through rose-colored glasses for months afterward. So book another day at your hotel and scalp a wristband – you’ll never regret it.Those are our SXSW Interaction recommendations for noobs of all stripes. If you’ve got suggestions or feedback, let us know in the comments! See you in Austin, folks! Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Related Posts jolie odell 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

IPL 2019 Auction: Rs 8.40 crore for mystery Indian spinner, Rs 5 crore for hard-hitting Mumbaikar

first_imgShivam Dube, who recently hit five sixes in an over in a Ranji Trophy match, was picked up by Royal Challenger Bangalore for a whooping Rs 5 crore at the IPL Auction Live 2019.Shivam, a Mumbai all-rounder, who is a rising star of the T20 Mumbai league, where he had hit another five sixes.Shivam, who scores at a strike-rate 147.65 in T20s, is no dud with the ball as well clocking good speeds.His strike-rate in T20s reads an exceptional 147.65 and with the ball as well he can conjure up good speeds.As a batsman, Shivam idolises Jacques Kallis and Brian Lara. He became the costliest uncapped Indian fast bowlers.Can clear the ropes with ease, provides crucial breakthroughs with his golden arm and comes in to strengthen our middle order! We’re thrilled to rope in Shivam Dubey to the RCB family #PlayBold #BidForBold #IPLAuction Challengers (@RCBTweets) December 18, 2018 Another uncapped Indian Varun Chakravarthy was sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 8.40 crore.After a bidding war between Kolkata Knight Riders and KXIP, mystery spinner Chakravarthy went to Punjab. He too can ball the carrom ball.Earlier, Jaydev Unadkat was sold back to the Rajasthan Royal for Rs 8.40 crore.Axar Patel became one of the costliest Indian players when he was bought for Rs 5 crore by Delhi Capitals on Tuesday. Patel matched West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite’s price, who went to Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 5 crore.Kings XI Punjab and Delhi were engaged in a bidding war for the India cricketer and the player finally went to Delhi after an intense round of auction which saw Yuvraj Singh going unsold in the first round of bidding.advertisementAxar was one of the high-profile Indian player to be sold in the auction after India all-rounder Hanuma Vihari. They both will play for the Delhi Capitals in the 2019 season.Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore were engaged in a bidding war for Vihari, who had a base price Rs 50 lakh and finally Delhi placed the winning bid.A total of 70 players can be bought at the auction with 20 slots available for the foreign players.last_img read more