A gang-rape victim from Meerut committed suicide on Monday morning after the Uttar Pradesh police allegedly took no action on her complaint. After the victim, who was resident of Kharkhauda in Meerut, committed suicide, the police tried to distance itself from the incident and claimed that she had not submitted any complaint with them. According to the victim’s complaint, she used to stay in a slum in Kharkhauda and she was allegedly raped by three men with the help of three woman of the slum on June 29. But the Kharkhauda police did not file any FIR when the victim went to the police station with her complaint. According to family members of the victim, she was depressed and tense because no action was being taken against the culprits. “This is a very serious complaint. Action will be taken against the concerned police personnel, if they are found to have not done their job in this case. I am ordering a probe by the SSP (Senior Superintendent of Police),” Inspector General of Police (Meerut range) Rajkumar Verma Verma told the media.
Four people were rescued even as some were feared trapped after two building blocks, constructed under a government housing scheme nearly two decades ago, collapsed in Odhav locality on Sunday, officials said. Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the fire brigade were deployed to rescue people from the debris of the two blocks, each four-storeyed, said Minister of State for Home Pradipsinh Jadeja. “The blocks were vacated on Saturday by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation officials after it appeared that the buildings might collapse any time. But a few residents of the apartment came back and were inside the building when it collapsed,” Jadeja said. Jadeja said it was likely that 8-10 people were trapped under the debris but added that the exact number of those trapped was still not known. AMC Assistant Chief Fire Officer Rajesh Bhatt said four people had been rescued so far. “Some residents had returned to the building today due to rains despite them AMC officials asking people to vacate their houses,” said Ahmedabad Mayor Bijal Patel. AMC Commissioner Vijay Nehra said two blocks of the building of the government colony, each having around 150 residents, collapsed completely. “After noticing damage, we got the buildings vacated yesterday. Around 300 people had vacated, but some of the residents returned. Some of them are still trapped,” Mr. Nehra said. Gujarat Chief minister Vijay Rupani directed the district collector to take the services of the NDRF to evacuate the trapped people, a government official said.
As the Centre grades panchayat constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir according to their “threat potential”, the chief of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) says that “grenade attacks” on forces was a major concern this year.CRPF Director-General R.R Bhatnagar told The Hindu that militants active in the Kashmir Valley got most of their armaments, including the “so-called Chinese grenades”, from across the border.The CRPF would be at the forefront of the security set-up for the panchayat polls in the State, where the security for individual candidates would also be factored in, a senior government official said on Tuesday. The State under Governor’s rule is gearing up for panchayat and urban local body polls that were previously held in 2011 and 2005, respectively, after a gap of four decades. Major political parties such as the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have decided to boycott the polls to be held in October-November. J&K has 4,378 panchayats.A senior Home Ministry official said that panchayat polls were not “party-based” and the boycott by the political parties was unlikely to have any bearing on them. The Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) has threatened to pour acid in the eyes of people who participate in the electoral process. Mr. Bhatnagar said, “Till August this year, there have been 20 grenade attacks on security pickets. In 2016, there were eight such attacks. Since our presence in crowded areas has increased, militants use the cover of the crowd — they hit and run.”Stone throwingThe officer said that since 2016, there had been a sharp decrease in incidents of stone throwing in the Valley. “Stone pelting is well under control. We are dealing with it more effectively. A lot of encounters have taken place, security forces have had huge success, and they have an upper hand now,” he said.The DG said that stone throwing incidents involving the CRPF were down to 400 this year, compared with about 1,600 in 2016. Violent protests broke out in the Valley after July 8, 2016 — when HM commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces. Several people were blinded due to injuries inflicted by pellet guns used by the CRPF.“We are effectively using less lethal ammunition to be able to control the mobs, it is a challenge…we have got better protective gears now, so that fewer injuries are suffered by our personnel. We use various less lethal options like tear gas ammunition and plastic bullets…pellet guns are used as a last resort,” he said. Another official said that around 30,000 CRPF personnel deployed for the Amarnath Yatra would be diverted for the polls.
The U.S. is losing its luster for graduates of prestigious Indian Institute of Technology.A study by a leading global research and analytics’ firm, Evalueserve found that the proportion of IITians going abroad has dropped by half in recent years.A survey of 677 IITians by Evalueserve found that while 35 percent of IIT graduates from 1964 to 2001 went abroad after graduation the number dropped to 16 percent among those who graduated after 2002. “Recent graduates also believe India will be the most promising geography for IIT graduates in 10 years,” the report says.“It is well known that graduates from IIT … have historically preferred to move to the U.S. or other countries to pursue higher studies and explore more attractive career opportunities. However, preferences have changed during the last few years.”60 percent of IIT graduates from 1964 to 2001 said U.S. and other developed countries offered better career opportunities than India. However, the proportion dropped to 51 percent among those who graduated after 2002, the year the company is the point of “inflexion,” a year when India’s economy began to boom. Related Items
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Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram feels the fourth Test at The Oval will provide Sachin Tendulkar with an ideal opportunity to reach the milestone of scoring 100 international centuries, in the ongoing four-match series against England.The Oval is the venue for the fourth and final Test.Akram is, however, not certain if the champion batsman would be able to get to the landmark in the third Test at Edgbaston, where the ball swings around, and the pressure would be on India to come back into the series.”I think Tendulkar will reach the milestone in the fourth Test at the oval where he has the best chance of creating history. But I have no doubt he will get this milestone and become the first batsman to achieve this record,” Akram told reporters in Karachi.He was in the city to attend the opening of a T20 corporate tournament being organised by former captain and close friend, Moin Khan at a brand new ground in the posh Defence Housing Society area here.Akram said the pressure comes from the fact that Tendulkar is standing on the threshold of achieving a landmark no cricketer has come close to in the history of the game.”There has been so much hype and build up to this series and particularly around Tendulkar’s milestone that obviously the pressure must be felt by the great batsman. Even the greatest of batsman feel the pressure in such situations.” MORE PTI Cor AHAkram said Tendulkar had not batted badly so far in the series, considering the conditions in England.advertisement”You need a bit of luck in English conditions where the ball does a lot and unfortunately he has not got that bit of luck. But I think his best chance of scoring his 100th international hundred will be at the Oval,” he added.The pacer, who has played a number of times against Tendulkar, said there was no doubt about the greatness of the Indian.”To be able to score 100th international hundreds is an amazing achievement and I don’t see anyone coming close to it for a long long time,” Akram said.India, who have lost the first two Tests by huge margins, are grappling with several fitness issues with top players like Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh down with injuries.
(REOPENS MDS8)(REOPENS MDS8)Meanwhile, independent MLA P C George came out in support of Jayarajan.George accused Anju, who is President of Kerala Sports Council, of taking sportspersons away from the state.”Why are you blaming Jayarajan? She (Anju) is not eligible for holding the presidentship of Kerala Sports Council because she is settled in Karnataka. She is taking away sports stars from Kerala. They are being taken to Karnataka,” George told reporters at Kottayam reacting to the controversy over Anjus allegations that the Kerala Sports minister insulted her.The former government chief whip said he was not concerned even if Jayarajan had used more harsh words against her.George, who won from his home turf Poonjar Assembly seat as an independent candidate, said he had raised objections when the previous Congress-led UDF appointed Anju, who is now staying in Bengaluru, as Council president. PTI COR TGB BN BSA DK
PV Sindhu made India proud by winning a Silver medal in women’s badminton event at the Rio Olympics, which concluded last month. The country has been celebrating Sindhu’s success, with many states coming forward to felicitate the star shuttler and her coach, Pullela Gopichand. (Life for PV Sindhu after Olympic Silver: Cash, cars and land)In an exclusive chat with India Today Consulting Editor Boria Majumdar, Sindhu talks about her next big target and how life has changed for her.”Life has certainly changed a lot. There will be many more responsibilities. Apart from that, I am really enjoying the felicitation and the recognition that I am getting,” Sindhu said. (Sindhu dines with India Today after winning Silver at Rio. Burgers, nuggets on the menu)Sindhu became the first ever Indian woman athlete to bag a Silver medal at the Olympic Games.”It was a dream come true and winning the medal gave me confidence and with that same confidence, I have to go further,” she added. (Sindhu’s secret to Rio Silver: Fitness sessions with boys)Now that the Olympics are over, the 21-year-old shuttler is back to her daily training sessions for the upcoming tournaments.”I have started training already. We have upcoming tournaments like Japan, Denmark, Paris and Korea. Felicitations are still going on so whenever I get time, I hit the court,” Sindhu added. (Sindhu, Sakshi, Dipa and Gopichand to be gifted BMW cars)Sindhu is now hoping that her historic victory will encourage more people to watch the game whenever she steps onto the court.advertisement”Everybody will hope that much better medal or she will win or she should win,” she further said.’SUCCESS CAN’T BE TAKEN FOR GRANTED’Gopichand, however, cautioned her prodigy to not take her success for granted and work hard.”What Sindhu has achieved is phenomenal. Her victory has changed everything. We have to look further now but more aggressively and more confidently. It is also important to realise that the path is not easy. However, we all have to work hard and we must keep in mind that success can’t be taken for granted,” Gopichand said. (Sindhu hasn’t shown the world her best yet: Pullela Gopichand)ON RESPONSIBILITIES”We have to live our life responsibly. I feel that there’s also a huge opportunity to make a change because I believe that sport has a lot to offer. Hopefully, we can make that change,” Gopichand added.WATCH FULL INTERVIEW HERE:
“May be we need a little bit of luck. We are still “May be we need a little bit of luck. We are still confident of making the play-offs. Except against Delhi (Dynamos), in every other game we have shown good attitude and spirit,” said Materazzi.Chennaiyin have won just a match away from home this season. Much will depend on the goal-scoring prowess of Italian striker Davide Succi, especially with Dudu Omagbemi out of form and Jeje Lalpekhlua injured.”Football is not science or mathematics. All we can do is collect as many points as possible. What matters is getting to the play-offs and once you are there, the whole thing starts all over again,” said Materazzi. PTI SSR NRB PDS PDS BAS
Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) Chief Rajat Sharma on Wednesday said that the association will impose a life ban on Under-23 cricketer Anuj Dedha for physically assaulting former India pacer and selector Amit Bhandari for not including him in the state U-23 side.”We are imposing a life ban on the player that attacked chief selector Amit Bhandari, apart from following all the legal procedures. He will be banned from all cricket activities,” Rajat Sharma said at a press conference.Senior selection committee chairman Bhandari was attacked by Dedha and his hired goons at the St Stephen’s ground on Monday when he was watching a warm-up game of the senior Delhi team preparing for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.Dedha along with 15 others attacked Bhandari with hockey sticks, cricket bats and rods and the former pacer sustained injuries on his forehead and other body parts.He was taken to hospital and subsequently discharged after treatment while Delhi Police arrested Dedha. He is currently under police custody.Bhandari got 7 stitches for cuts on his legs and head.
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ex-Juventus coach Capello tells Napoli: Don’t give up!by Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Juventus coach Fabio Capello has urged their rivals not to give up on the Scudetto.Capello believes Napoli are capable of catching the Serie A leaders.“I don’t agree, look at the available points,” Capello insisted in an interview with Il Messaggero.“Those who are chasing Juventus must not give up, Napoli and the others. The fans are used to it, the Bianconeri have been dominating for seven years, but the passion is still there.“In Milan it has even grown.”
MANHATTAN, KS – SEPTEMBER 18: The Kansas State Wildcats return to the locker room after pre-game warm-ups ahead of the game against the Auburn Tigers at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on September 18, 2014 in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)The search for Bill Snyder’s successor at Kansas State appears to have reached its conclusion as the Wildcats have reportedly found their new head coach.According to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman, the Wildcats are expected to offer the job to North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman.Per the report, Klieman will accept the position but stay with NDSU through the end of their FCS Playoff run.Klieman is 67-6 in five years with the Bison, winning three FCS national titles during his tenure.BREAKING: #KState is expected to offer #NorthDakota State’s Chris Kleiman the head coaching job tonite, per source.. All indications point to him accepting the job & he’s expected to coach NDSU as far as they go in FCS Playoffs. He is 67-6 at NDSU and has won 3 national titles.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 10, 2018Klieman will have huge shoes to fill at Kansas State. Snyder led the Wildcats to two conference titles during his multiple stints with the team, including all nine of the team’s bowl wins.The team went so far as to name their home stadium after him: Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium.Snyder announced his retirement after his 27th season at the helm for the Wildcats.Kansas State went 5-7 this past year, their first losing regular season since 2008.
Director General in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Vivian Brown, says the Government remains committed to the growth and development of cooperatives, as these entities are critical to Jamaica’s social and economic development.Addressing a stakeholder conference staged by the Department of Co-operatives and Friendly Societies (DCFS) in Montego Bay today (October 19), Mr. Brown said cooperatives are among the best ways of doing business to empower people, and must figure prominently in the country’s efforts to achieve inclusive development.“We want cooperatives to be fully recognised as part of the solution to economic and financial problems. The time has come to include cooperative actions in major socio-economic development strategies for sustainable and equitable prosperity,” Mr. Brown said.He emphasised that cooperatives are an important ingredient in the Government’s thrust to stabilise the macroeconomy, create a more business-friendly environment, and stimulate domestic and foreign investments in order to move Jamaica from its “extended history of low economic growth and stagnant job creation to a path of sustained economic growth and employment expansion”.The Director General also commended the DCFS for its role in facilitating the establishment, development and supervision of the overall operations of cooperatives, which have grown over the decades to become a strong national movement.He said new studies have shown that cooperatives are responsible for almost 10 per cent of the world’s employment and have been pivotal in bringing wealth to rural areas, preventing many families and communities from sliding into poverty.Consequently, he said, the cooperative movement must be made commercially viable, so it can continue to serve the marginalised.“A telling fact of the suitability of cooperatives is that during recent decades when countries in many regions have experienced collapse of their financial systems and when several market economies have experienced economic meltdown, cooperative-run businesses and industries have remained largely untouched. Here in Jamaica, the credit unions are as strong as ever,” he said.Mr. Brown noted that c-operatives have played a vital role in strengthening the agricultural sector in particular, by giving farmers access to capital and resources they need for productivity as well as markets.“Agricultural cooperatives have been making an important contribution to food security in numerous countries. It has now become one of the main job-creation sectors in rural areas, where the majority of the world’s population struggle with poverty and malnutrition,” he said.The conference was aimed at enabling greater networking among credit unions and the producers and services sectors of the cooperative movement.It was staged in collaboration with several of the island’s credit unions, and targeted members of producers and services cooperatives. Areas covered included the capitalisation of cooperatives, cooperative regulations, and the importance of training and education on cooperative development. The conference was aimed at enabling greater networking among credit unions and the producers and services sectors of the cooperative movement. Director General in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Vivian Brown, says the Government remains committed to the growth and development of cooperatives, as these entities are critical to Jamaica’s social and economic development. He emphasised that cooperatives are an important ingredient in the Government’s thrust to stabilise the macroeconomy, create a more business-friendly environment, and stimulate domestic and foreign investments in order to move Jamaica from its “extended history of low economic growth and stagnant job creation to a path of sustained economic growth and employment expansion”. Story Highlights
Madrid (spain): Sevilla moved to the top of the early La Liga table on Sunday as Joan Jordan’s brilliant free-kick helped them seal a 1-0 win at Alaves. Julen Lopetegui’s side continued their excellent start to the campaign, remaining unbeaten and moving a point clear of Atletico Madrid, who lost 2-0 at Real Sociedad on Saturday, at the summit. Sevilla host Real Madrid next Sunday in a meeting of two sides yet to taste defeat. “That means nothing (being top),” said Sevilla coach Lopetegui, whose team next face a marathon trip to Baku to play Qarabag in their Europa League opener on Thursday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”The only thing that (being top) tells me is that the team is doing things well. We have to keep improving before going to Baku, where they will make it very difficult for us.” It was a first defeat of the season for Alaves, who slipped to 11th in the standings. Lopetegui, who joined Sevilla for his first job since being sacked in quick succession by both Spain and Real Madrid, saw one of his close-season signings produce the game’s defining moment. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterMidfielder Jordan, who arrived at Sevilla from Eibar for a reported 14 million euros ($15.62 million), curled home a wonderful free-kick in the 37th minute which flew into the top corner to give him his second goal of the season. The visitors comfortably saw out the match to claim their third league win this term, as Alaves failed to muster a shot on target. Real claimed a 3-2 win over Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, when reigning champions Barcelona eased to a 5-2 victory against Valencia, with 16-year-old Ansu Fati scoring inside two minutes.
The Secretary-General will head first to the village of Bürgenstock, near Lucerne, Switzerland, where the latest stage of negotiations on his plan to reunify Cyprus before its entry into the European Union on 1 May got under way today.According to a UN spokesman, the Greek and Turkish Foreign Ministers have joined the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot delegations in Bürgenstock, with the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser, Alvaro de Soto, scheduled to meet each of the four by the end of today.Speaking in Bürgenstock, Mr. de Soto told reporters that discussions between the parties had already been held either in bilateral meetings or with him shuttling between the two sides, and that work continued in Cyprus to finalize agreement on technical issues.”We are coming to the point, we hope, of convergence,” he said. “The Cypriots have never, in the past three years, been so close to actually coming to a settlement and we hope that they will also take advantage of this opportunity.”Starting 19 February the Turkish Cypriot leader, Rauf Denktash, and the Greek Cypriot leader, Tassos Papadopoulos, met in Cyprus for face-to-face talks in a bid to reach agreement on modifications to the Secretary-General’s plan, which would then be submitted to separate referenda on 20 April for approval by the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots.After the talks stalled, Mr. Annan invited Greece and Turkey last week to lend a hand in Bürgenstock. The two countries’ Prime Ministers are expected to join the discussions on Sunday. Should this last push fail to resolve disagreements, Mr. Annan would then step in to use his discretion to complete the plan, which would ultimately create a federation of two constituent states – a Greek Cypriot state and a Turkish Cypriot state – and contains some suggestions for security arrangements between Greece and Turkey.After taking part in the Cyprus talks, the Secretary-General will go to Tunis to attend and address the meeting of the League of Arab States. Afterwards, Mr. Annan is scheduled to travel to Vienna for the semi-annual meeting of the Chief Executives Board (CEB), which brings together the heads of UN specialized agencies, funds and programmes.From Vienna the Secretary-General will go to Moscow for an official visit, meeting with President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and other officials.Mr. Annan will return to Switzerland to address the Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, and is expected back in New York before Easter, his spokesman said.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Lowe’s second-quarter net income increased 10 per cent, bolstered by improving weather.The home improvement company’s performance beat analysts’ expectations, but the Mooresville, North Carolina, company lowered its full-year revenue outlook slightly, citing its year-to-date sales and prior assumptions for the second half.Shares fell in premarket trading on Wednesday.Spring is the most important season for home-improvement retailers, as homeowners and others work on their yards and gardens. While the season started off a bit cold and rainy, weather improved and shoppers headed out to stores to pick up supplies.For the three months ended Aug. 1, Lowe’s Cos. earned $1.04 billion, or $1.04 per share. A year earlier it earned $941 million, or 88 cents per share.Analysts, on average, expected earnings of $1.02 per share, according to a FactSet survey.Revenue rose 6 per cent to $16.6 billion from $15.71 billion, topping Wall Street’s $16.57 billion forecast.Sales at stores open at least a year, a key indicator of a retailer’s health, climbed 4.4 per cent. This figure excludes results from stores recently opened or closed.Chairman, President and CEO Robert Niblock said in a statement that the improving weather helped Lowe’s recover most of the outdoor product sales it missed in the first quarter, when weather was less favourable.“We believe home improvement spending will continue to progress in tandem with strengthening job and income growth,” Niblock said.On Tuesday larger rival Home Depot Inc.’s second-quarter results also topped Wall street’s view due in large part to a rebound in the spring selling season.Looking ahead, Lowe’s now anticipates full-year revenue rising about 4.5 per cent. Its prior outlook was for an approximately 5 per cent increase. Based on fiscal 2013’s revenue of $53.42 billion, the new guidance implies revenue of $55.8 billion. Lowe’s reaffirmed its forecast for full-year earnings of about $2.63 per share.Analysts are calling for fiscal 2014 earnings of $2.62 per share on revenue of $55.79 billion.The company’s stock declined $2.17, or 4.2 per cent, to $49.35 before the market open. Lowe’s 2nd-quarter profit climbs on improving weather; trims full-year revenue outlook AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Aug 20, 2014 4:40 am MDT
“We live in an era of rising and violent extremism, radicalism and widening conflicts that are characterized by a fundamental disregard for human life,” Mr. Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the Day, observed annually on 16 November. There are more people displaced by fighting today than at any period since the end of the Second World War, he added. Innocent lives are being lost in senseless clashes around the world. The youngest victims are robbed of their childhoods, conscripted and abused, or even kidnapped simply for wanting an education. “I call on all people and governments to actively combat fear, hatred and extremism with dialogue, understanding and mutual respect. Let us advance against the forces of division and unite for our shared future,” the UN Chief urged. Democratic and peaceful societies are not immune from prejudice and violence. And there is growing hostility and discrimination towards people crossing borders in search of asylum or opportunities denied to them at home. “Hate crimes and other forms of intolerance mar too many communities, often stoked by irresponsible leaders seeking political gain,” Mr. Ban said. Echoing that sentiment, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova said that tolerance is a principle that is more relevant now than ever and it is under serious threat. “Cultural diversity is being targeted by extremist groups seeking to impose their sectarian vision on the world, and minorities are being persecuted, falling victim to attempts at ‘cultural cleansing’,” she said. Within societies, economic and social crises are sometimes used as a pretext for blaming and rejecting others.Additionally, it is no longer enough to live side by side, in passive indifference – tolerance requires active vigilance, renewed each day, against xenophobia, discrimination and hatred, Ms. Bokova stressed. Tolerance is at the heart of the United Nations Charter as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. And UNESCO is guided by the conviction that lasting peace starts in the minds of men and women, by nurturing principles of tolerance through dialogue and cooperation. “We learn through tolerance to reconcile the universal rights that bind us together with the diversity that gives us so much, and to see that we need others, in all their diversity, so that we can be fully ourselves,” she said highlight that this is the spirit of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022).Tolerance is also at the root of the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence, awarded this year to two human rights activists – Mr. Ibrahim Ag Idbaltanat from Mali and Mr. Francisco Javier Estévez Valencia from Chile, Ms. Bokova added.
It’s the last round of rugby tests for the year. Everyone wants to finish on a high.Wales and Ireland are going for November sweeps.New Zealand, Argentina, and Scotland are looking to rebound.Australia hasn’t won two in a row all year.France seeks a fourth win of the year.The United States is trying to go unbeaten.Here’s a look at the main tests on Saturday:ENGLAND vs AUSTRALIA, London (Australia leads 25-1-23, in England 11-1-15)When the Bernard Foley-inspired Wallabies cut through England at Twickenham to leave its Rugby World Cup dreams in ruins in 2015, few could have imagined they’d go winless in the next five matches against their biggest rival in the northern hemisphere.England’s winning spree against Australia has come under the stewardship of Eddie Jones, the former Wallabies coach and an ex-teammate of current Australia coach Michael Cheika at Sydney club Randwick.The relationship between Jones and Cheika has been a much-scrutinized subplot in matches over the last three years, but the big question this time round is whether Australia can end its testing year on a high.The Australians beat Italy 26-7 last week, but it was only their fourth win in 12 tests in 2018 and the performance failed to mask issues that still affect a team that has slipped to No. 7 in the rugby rankings — Australia’s lowest ever position.Unlike with Cheika, the pressure has eased somewhat on Jones as England looks for a third win of the month after a narrow victory over South Africa, just as tight a loss to New Zealand, and a second-half fightback against Japan.In what feels like a significant decision ahead of next year’s Rugby World Cup, hooker Dylan Hartley — one of England’s two co-captains — has been dropped to the reserves for the first time against top opposition under Jones.Cheika will be praying David Pocock’s neck holds up after the flanker came off early in the second half against Italy.— By Steve Douglas.SCOTLAND vs ARGENTINA, Edinburgh (Argentina leads 9-8, in Scotland 4-3)For a country which schooled its forwards in the Bajada scrum from a young age and turned it into a fearsome weapon, Argentina’s set-piece has been hellish viewing in Dublin and Paris this month.The Pumas’ scrum has been hideous, conceding five tightheads to France and one to Ireland. Both teams exploited the superiority into tries.The front row is no mystery to coach Mario Ledesma, who hooked 84 times for the Pumas, and yet he has stayed faithful to props Santiago Medrano and Santiago Garcia Botta, and not called on any European-based players.Argentina changed its policy this year to allow overseas-based players to be picked in exceptional cases, and the poor stock of props prompted Ledesma to summon England-based Juan Figallo and France-based Ramiro Herrera during the Rugby Championship. Then Figallo injured knee ligaments in September, and Herrera suffered a back injury after being picked to tour. The other mainstay, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, was left out of the tour after shoulder surgery in October.That left the two Santiagos as the senior props. Medrano has made his Jaguares and Pumas debut this year. Garcia Botta has been in and out since 2013. Both have played 10 of Argentina’s 11 tests this year, and it has been tough going, with no respite coming from Scotland at Murrayfield.England-based hooker Marcelo Bosch recently called on Ledesma to choose more European-based players to strengthen the squad. But Ledesma has limited himself to the Jaguares, which is the equivalent of the All Blacks limiting their selection to the Crusaders. His decision will be tested next year when stalwart flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez leaves after this tour to join Stade Francais.No. 8 Javier Ortega Desio marked his 50th test in Paris last weekend, and wasn’t happy with the result.“We failed in areas where we had not been failing,” Ortega Desio said. “We did not maul well and our scrum also had some problems.”He acknowledged the team’s ultimate goal was the Rugby World Cup, but performance still mattered in the meantime, and called on his teammates “to look within without reproach” to raise the bar back high against Scotland.— By Foster Niumata.IRELAND vs UNITED STATES, Dublin (Ireland leads 9-0, in Ireland 3-0)The United States may be about to fall back to earth, but the year has been a blast.Expectations are the Eagles, even against a second-string Ireland side, will come to the end of their unprecedented nine-test unbeaten run this year. If so, it won’t spoil a great year.They successfully defended their Americas Rugby Championship title, becoming the first team to go 5-0, a Grand Slam of sorts. In June, they overcame Scotland from 21-3 down in Houston, beating a tier one side for the first time in 94 years. And this month they defeated Samoa for the first time. When Romania was accounted for last weekend in Bucharest the Eagles had nine wins in a row. Their previous best all-time winning streak was four.It was after beating Scotland that the U.S. nailed down a match with Ireland at Lansdowne Road to complete an historic year. With combinations in synch and confidence soaring, it’s a perfect time for the Eagles to meet the Irish and measure themselves.They even feature a player the Irish are wary of, centre Paul Lasike. The Kiwi moved to the U.S. on a rugby scholarship and switched to American football. He played 10 games for the Chicago Bears in 2016 and returned to rugby last year. He debuted for the Eagles in February, and was signed by Harlequins in August.Last Saturday, he scattered Romanians to set up the Eagles’ first two tries.“Very talented player,” Ireland coach Joe Schmidt noted.– By Foster Niumata.ITALY vs NEW ZEALAND, Rome (New Zealand leads 14-0, in Italy 7-0)The All Blacks and the Azzurri visited St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome this week.If Italy prayed for a miracle to get its first win against New Zealand, the All Blacks probably prayed for a high score on Saturday to salve some of the wounds after losing to Ireland in Dublin for the first time.The All Blacks have never lost to Italy and won 68-10 on their last visit, two years ago. The Azzurri haven’t managed to score more than 10 points against New Zealand since 2007.In the aftermath of the 16-9 defeat in Dublin, New Zealand has come to Rome and relaxed some, with the players taking in the sights.Some visited the Colosseum, and others went to the Cassino War Cemetery to pay their respects to the 343 Kiwi soldiers, including two All Blacks, who were buried there after World War II.“It’s a different feel to the last two weeks, there’s no doubt about that,” assistant coach Ian Foster said, “but come Saturday we’re going to have to be ready for an Italian team that is going to really back themselves to have a good crack at us.“We’ve got a lot to learn, we need to fix a few things, so it’s a pretty important week for us.”— By Daniella Matar.FRANCE vs FIJI, Paris (France leads 9-0, in France 6-0)When coach Jacques Brunel announced his squad for France’s November tests, there was no trace of Rabah Slimani.It was a real setback for the Clermont prop, a mainstay for France over the past four years.“At the time, it upset me not to be in the list,” Slimani said. “But, with hindsight, I told myself it was part of the game, the law of sport.”Slimani was finally called back as a second choice after Uini Atonio pulled out injured. A month later, he will end France’s November tests in a starting role against Fiji at the Stade de France.In addition to his good substitute appearances against South Africa and Argentina, Slimani’s return to favour is largely due to his improved mobility.“I needed to work in that area,” said Slimani, who won his 50th cap against Fiji. “I worked a lot on my skills, did a lot of runs without the ball, small things that can seem futile but matter much during a game. I’ve been asked to run more and to be at the right place at the right time.”Slimani will have to watch his behaviour in the scrum, though, as he is often a target for referees as one of the most scrutinized forwards in rugby.“It went well during the first two tests. There is still one left,” Slimani said. “We know very well that each referee interprets things differently. I’m trying to do things as neatly as possible.”— By Samuel Petrequin.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsThe Associated Press
The Ohio State women’s track and field team will look to add to its groundbreaking season at the NCAA East Regional preliminaries, set to begin Thursday in Bloomington, Ind. After claiming both the indoor and outdoor Big Ten Championships, 13 Buckeyes will compete in the qualifying rounds of the NCAA Championships. Leading OSU will be junior sprinter and hurdler Christina Manning, the top seed in the 100-meter hurdles. Manning will also be participating in the 100-meter dash and the 4-by-100-meter relay. Senior Letecia Wright, junior Madison McNary and freshman Chesna Sykes also will compete in the 4-by-100-meter relay. Big Ten outdoor triple jump champion, junior Kelcey McKinney, is the 16th seed and will look to carry momentum from her recent championship into this weekend. Junior sprinter and Big Ten Champion Shaniqua McGinnis is competing in the 400-meter dash. Other Buckeyes competing are Alana Gray, in the 100-meter hurdles; Nyjah Cousar, in the 400-meter hurdles; Ella Birmingham, in the 10,000-meter run; Ashley Galbraith, in the high jump; Norianna Brown, in the shot put; Alexis Thomas and Maggie Mullen, in the hammer throw; and Mullen, in the javelin. After outperforming conference competition at regular-season meets and the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, the women’s 4-by-100-meter relay team is set to make a run at nationals. All-American and Big Ten Indoor and Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year Manning will anchor the fourth-seeded team in the East preliminaries. Coach Karen Dennis said she has faith in her relay team. “We know that we’ve got four strong runners,” Dennis said. “This team is one of the best relay teams I’ve ever coached.” Competing along with Manning will be Wright and McNary. In her first season, Sykes has adapted well to the competition and attributes her success to her teammates. “I feel like we have consistently ran good times and we work hard at practice and the results are shown at every meet,” Sykes said. “As a freshman, I feel so honored to be on a relay team with Madison, Tish and Christina. They are all amazing role models and runners and they really help the relay come together and win.” During their freshman year at the Big Ten Championship, Manning and Wright fumbled the baton exchange in the 4-by-100-meter relay event. Since then, the team has grown and continued to perform at a high level. “We have this chemistry,” Manning said. “It’s a tight bond there.” Despite the team’s success, Dennis and her athletes aren’t yet satisfied. “I think we’ll come out of the region, and, more importantly, they believe they’re supposed to be out of the region,” Dennis said. “I believe this team has the ability to be on the podium at the national championship.” It’s not just the titles that have made Dennis proud — she said she’s learned as much from her athletes as they have from her. “I think that they are smart,” Dennis said. “I think that they’re highly opinionated. I think that they are confident, and I think that they’re courageous. And that’s what I’m most proud of.”