United given boost at the back before Celta semi

first_imgManchester United were given a much-needed boost in defence ahead of their Europa League semi-final first leg at Celta Vigo as coach Jose Mourinho said on Wednesday that Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly had all been passed fit. Centre-backs Smalling and Jones have not played for six weeks since getting injured on England duty while Bailly has recovered after being forced off during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Swansea.Bailly’s injury temporarily left United with no natural centre backs following Marcos Rojo’s serious knee injury.While Mourinho has previously criticised Jones and Smalling for being too “cautious” with their injuries, he praised the Ivory Coast international Bailly for returning so quickly.“Bailly is ready to play, he is this kind of personality that fights against every problem unless it is impossible,” Mourinho told a news conference ahead of Thursday’s game (10.05pm).Mourinho also said world-record signing Paul Pogba is ready to return against Celta – who are in their first European semi-final and have never won a major trophy – after missing the last two games with muscle fatigue.Juan Mata, who has been absent for the last six weeks with a groin problem, is also fit although Mourinho said the Spaniard was not ready to play 90 minutes.The UEFA Cup, the Europa League’s predecessor, was the first European trophy Mourinho lifted, with his Porto side beating Celtic in the 2003 final.The Portuguese has belittled the competition in the past but reiterated on Wednesday that winning it with United was his priority and his side’s best chance of qualifying for the Champions League after an inconsistent domestic campaign.The record 20-time English champions are fifth in the Premier League with four games remaining.Although they are one point behind fourth-placed Manchester City, Mourinho said he was willing to rest players for Sunday’s Premier League game at Arsenal in preparation for next Thursday’s second leg against Celta.“It is the only competition Manchester United has never won and it would be good to close the cycle and say we have won every competition as a club. It would be important for us as a team and allows us to play Champions League next season,” he said.“The Europa League becomes now more important for us. It depends on the result tomorrow but if we have to rest players next weekend we are going to do that.“The Europa League is a long competition, to be in the final the team has to play in a group stage, three knockout phases, you have to travel a lot. So when you arrive in the semi-final you want to be in the final. Celta wants it and we want it.” Celta meanwhile are confident they have the mental strength to upset United, according to the Spanish side’s striker John Guidetti.“I think with the mentality we’ve built here, nothing is impossible,” Swede Guidetti, a former Manchester City player, told UEFA.“We may be a small club and a team that others don’t take much notice of, but we also know how good we are.“That’s why we’ve beaten Barcelona two years in a row. We knocked Real Madrid out of the Copa (King’s Cup), we’ve beaten Atletico Madrid. We’ve shown that we are a good team.”last_img read more

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Oscar gives message to Chelsea fans angry at change in form after Mourinho sacking

first_img1 Oscar in Chelsea blue This interview appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app here, and follow on twitter @sportmagukBlues midfielder Oscar tells Sport Magazine how his side are picking themselves up for a tilt at Champions League glory…Doing an interview through a translator is a strange process. You ask questions in English, nod sagely as your subject answers them in a language you can’t understand, before a third person gives you the gist of what they said. You’re never quite sure who to look at.Some words, however, require no interpretation. And when Chelsea’s Brazilian playmaker Oscar answers one of our questions, there’s a ripple of laughter through the room. He doesn’t hold back. “Merda,” he says. “It’s shit.”Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Junior is only 24, but he’s had enough highs and lows to last a whole career. He’s talking about one of those low points – and Brazilian fans’ attitude towards the national team since the 2014 World Cup, which ended in embarrassment for the home side.Oscar grabbed the most consolatory of goals in that 7-1 mauling by Germany. It was not the way the tournament was supposed to go for a player who, from a young age, had been marked out as a future star. His fluid attacking midfield play had drawn comparisons with greats such as Kaka, who he idolised, after he scored a hat-trick in the under-20 World Cup final in 2011.“It is getting better,” he says with a smile. “It’s getting better. It’s hard to lose a cup in Brazil, but I think we have all the tools to improve.”Since then, the rollercoaster of Oscar’s footballing life has only intensified. He was an integral part of Jose Mourinho’s title-winning Chelsea side last year. But his form this season has slumped, along with that of his colleagues. The Blues collapsed, and remain 13th in the table going into their game at home to Newcastle this weekend. There’s only one question you can really ask of a Chelsea player at the moment: ‘What happened?’Breaking character“It’s just the results,” says Oscar – calm within the storm. “We started off not doing well this season. Last year we would play well and win, this year we were playing well and not winning. The results are everything.”Those results have turned around since Mourinho’s departure – Chelsea are currently on an 11-game unbeaten run in all competitions. Oscar’s form has recovered, too. So what has changed, and how has Guus Hiddink been able to have such an impact? “It’s hard to answer that,” says Oscar. “It’s about giving trust to the players, showing the best football, helping Chelsea go back to winning games.”From the outside, it seemed as if there must have been a general malaise at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea’s Cobham training ground – disillusionment with the manager and his methods. But Oscar insists the mood never changed, even in those dark times.“It’s better now because we’ve started to win games again,” he says. “We went back to playing well again. But when we lose, the mood is bad. When we win, the mood is good. It’s the same anywhere.”That answer might not satisfy some Chelsea fans, who were vocal in their disapproval when certain players rediscovered their best form suspiciously quickly after Mourinho’s departure. We ask whether Oscar has anything to say to the supporters after a difficult spell.“My message is that we are doing everything we can to win games and get back to the old Chelsea that won last season.”Hollywood scriptThere’s a tattoo on Oscar’s right forearm, in Portuguese. Translated, it reads: “Every step I take, every night I pray, I’ll be missing you.” It’s inspired by a version of The Police song. “It’s for my father,” Oscar tells us.Oscar dos Santos Emboaba senior was a furniture salesman in Americana, a town in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo. Both he and his brother were fine amateur footballers who could have made it as professionals.“My family have always been players,” Oscar tells us now. “My dad played – not professionally, but he played very well.”Although Oscar recalls watching his uncle in action (“I don’t know how he didn’t become a professional”) he never saw his father play. Oscar senior was killed in a traffic accident when his son was three. He left behind two young children and a pregnant wife.“Of course I don’t remember him,” he has said. “But you miss your father when you are playing football. All the parents are there, but yours is not there.”‘Oscarzinho’ and his two young sisters grew up with their mother, who made ends meet by making and selling clothes. Their home was opposite a futsal court. There, Oscar took the first steps on the path that led him to local club Sao Paulo, then to Internacional in Porto Alegre. He moved to Chelsea for £25m in 2012.“I got better with time,” he tells us. “When I was little, everyone saw that I played well but never thought that I was going to become who I am now.”He was not, however, the finished article when he arrived in England. “It changed my life completely, moving to Europe for the first time, to a big club,” he explains. “The biggest difference was the weather, and to be away from my friends.”The presence of fellow Brazilians David Luiz and Ramires helped him settle at the club. On the pitch, two goals – including a stunning swivel and strike from outside the box – against Juventus on his first start helped assuage doubts about his slight, boyish frame and the demands of English football.A string of managers – Roberto Di Matteo, Rafa Benitez, Mourinho and now Hiddink – have helped Oscar adapt to the the Premier League. “I have evolved a lot,” he says. “Technically, in my way of thinking about the game, everything.”His position has shifted over the years. “I don’t have a best position,” he says. “I play as a winger, number 10, midfield, attack… I like to play in several positions.”Under Mourinho he settled into a central position that carried with it defensive responsibilities. “I wouldn’t say I’ve gotten stronger,” says Oscar, who has eight goals in 28 appearances this season – including a hat-trick in the FA Cup against MK Dons (above).“[But] it’s about knowing how to steal the ball, something forward players do a lot in the Premier League. That’s one of our qualities at Chelsea – the front players steal the ball, and I do that very well.”For a side big on Brazilians over the years (see box, below), however, Chelsea have at times played a very un-Brazilian style.“To play in the Premier League you have to play simpler,” Oscar explains. “If you dribble past someone, the guy will push you off the field and the game won’t stop for a foul. You have to be simpler, more tactical.”Star-crossed rivalsWe once heard a rumour that David Luiz and Oscar shared a flat in London. This doesn’t appear to be true – a shame, because it is a concept rich in comedic potential. They were merely neighbours, and remain close friends.“He’s funny,” says Oscar. “Everybody knows he’s a funny guy. But he was serious in helping me outside of the pitch.”Oscar will face the centre-back in the Champions League again this week. The competition represents a glimmer of hope in an otherwise miserable season for Chelsea. Their campaign resumes on Tuesday, with a tricky trip to French champions Paris Saint-Germain.David Luiz and co are obliterating their competition in the league this season. Their closest challengers, Monaco, are 24 points behind – closer to the relegation zone than they are to the Parisians. “I’m a little bit anxious,” says Oscar. “It’s one of the biggest games we have this season.”PSG knocked Chelsea out on away goals at the same stage last year. This tie, then, represents a chance for revenge – and for Chelsea’s squad to prove their worth.“We have a great team,” insists Oscar. “We know that we didn’t have a great start to the season, but our team are still the champions of England.”Becoming the champions of Europe for a second time would make all of Chelsea’s struggles in this year seem insignificant. Does Oscar believe they can do it?“Yes,” he says. No translation required.Oscar wears the new Adidas ACE16 Purecontrol football boot, available at adidas.co.uklast_img read more

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Every Premier League club’s greatest ever No.1 revealed

first_img 20 West Ham United’s greatest ever No.1 is Ludek Miklosko – The Czech keeper joined West Ham in 1990, and made over 300 appearances for the club in an eight-year spell in east London. Capable of producing both the sublime and the ridiculous – often within the same game – Miklosko became something of a cult hero for the Hammers’ faithful. He was first-choice for much of his spell with West Ham, and played through one relegation, one promotion, and many, many battles for top flight survival. Crystal Palace’s greatest ever No.1 is Nigel Martyn – Martyn joined Palace a few years before the Premier League kicked off, and in seven years at Selhurst Park he established himself as one of the Eagles’ greatest ever keepers. In total, Martyn made 349 appearances for Palace, though he did only appear in two Premier League campaigns as the south London club yo-yoed between the top flight and the second tier. In 1996, Martyn joined Leeds United for £2.25m – at that time a record fee for a goalkeeper in English football. Brighton and Hove Albion’s greatest ever No.1 is Michel Kuipers – Following his arrival at Brighton in June 2000, Kuipers, a former Dutch Marine, quickly established himself as a fans’ favourite. In total, he made 247 league appearances for the Seagulls over a 10-year spell, and perhaps his most famous performance came against Manchester City in a League Cup upset. Incredibly, Kuipers suffered several career-threatening injuries during his time with Brighton, but he kept on playing despite a car crash in 2003 and a severe shoulder problem suffered in 2005. Arsenal’s greatest ever No.1 is David Seaman – click the right arrow to see every other top flight club’s best No.1 in the Premier League era – Former England keeper Seaman joined Arsenal a couple of years before the Premier League started, and when squad numbers were introduced in 1993 he was handed the No.1. He won three top division league titles with the Gunners, four FA Cups, one League Cup and the Cup Winners’ Cup, and established himself as one of the greatest keepers in the history of both the club, and the English national team. Stoke City’s greatest ever No.1 is Asmir Begovic – Jack Butland could take this award from Begovic if he continues his upward trajectory and stays with Stoke for the best part of his career, though for now Bosnia international holds the title of Stoke’s best No.1 of the Premier League era. The 30-year-old joined Stoke in 2009 and went on to make 173 appearances for the Potters in all competitions. He was consistently named the best keeper that didn’t play for a top six side, and finally got his move to one of those teams in 2015 when he joined Chelsea for £8m. Watford’s greatest ever No.1 is Heurelho Gomes – Though Alec Chamberlain is a club legend for his time wearing the No.1 shirt, in terms of pure goalkeeping ability Gomes wins this for the Hornets. In fact, he is so well regarded, many supporters of the Vicarage Road club compare the Brazilian alongside Tony Coton and Steve Sherwood – two of the greatest keepers in Watford’s history. This was not expected when he joined Watford, given his hilarious failures while Tottenham’s No.1. Tottenham Hotspur’s greatest ever No.1 is Hugo Lloris – Spurs’ current No.1 has made 236 appearances for the north London club since his signing in 2012, and he’s been a key figure in their rise under Mauricio Pochettino, during which time they have established themselves as one of the best football clubs in Europe. Though he still has a few shaky moments – as is the tradition of Tottenham’s Premier League-era goalkeepers – Lloris wins Spurs more points than he loses. A fans’ favourite, Lloris, 31, is expected to remain Tottenham’s No.1 for a few years yet. 20 David de Gea has put in another world class performance for Manchester United.De Gea, the Spain goalkeeper, made eight saves in United’s Champions League round-of-16 draw at Sevilla, which places the Red Devils in a strong position to qualify for the quarter-finals of Europe’s premier cup competition.On so many occasions De Gea has been United’s hero since he arrived at Old Trafford in 2011 and inherited the No.1 shirt that has been worn by other club heroes such as Edwin van der Sar and Peter Schmeichel.But who is every top flight club’s greatest No.1 in the Premier League era? This is not their greatest goalkeeper, but the best players to have worn the No.1 shirt, since the Premier League era started in August 1992.Click the right arrow, above, to find out… Chelsea’s greatest ever No.1 is Petr Cech – There is a serious claim that Cech is Chelsea’s greatest ever goalkeeper, with only Peter Bonetti rivalling him for that title. Certainly Cech is the Blues’ best since the Premier League started in 1992, with 494 appearances, four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, the Champions League, and the Europa League to his name. Cech, now at Arsenal, is often considered one of the greatest ever Premier League goalkeepers, while he also fought for the title of world’s best during his prime at Stamford Bridge. 20 20 20 20 20 20 Swansea City’s greatest ever No.1 is Roger Freestone – Lukasz Fabianski has been Swansea’s best No.1 since their promotion to the Premier League, though Freestone takes the title since 1992 for his service to the club in the lower leagues. In fact, many regard Freestone, who joined Swansea on a permanent basis in 1991, as the Welsh club’s greatest ever goalkeeper. The once-capped Wales international made more than 550 league appearances for the club, and his performances helped Swansea win the EFL Trophy in 1994 and Division Three in 1999/00. Bournemouth’s greatest ever No.1 is Artur Boruc – Boruc joined Bournemouth, originally on loan, when they were in the Championship, and he spent nearly the entire season with the Cherries as they won promotion to the Premier League. He joined the Dean Court club on a free transfer before their debut top flight campaign got underway, and spent the next two years as Eddie Howe’s first-choice stopper. He has since been replaced by Asmir Begovic in that role, but Boruc has retained the No.1 shirt and his importance to Bournemouth’s Premier League story will never be forgotten. 20 Southampton’s greatest ever No.1 is Kelvin Davis – A Southampton hero, Davis was a servant of the Saints for 10 years. He turned down Premier League offers while Southampton were in the lower divisions to stay with the south coast club, and was awarded a testimonial in 2016 – the year he retired from professional football and joined Southampton’s backroom staff. He made, in total, 301 appearances for the Saints, with the majority of them coming during Southampton’s spells in the Championship and League One. 20 20 Liverpool’s greatest ever No.1 is Jerzy Dudek – As Liverpool’s greatest ever Premier League goalkeeper, Pepe Reina, wore No.25, there are slim pickings for the No.1 shirt. David James, Sander Westerveld and Brad Jones have all worn the hallowed jersey with varying success, so Dudek takes the title of Liverpool’s best No.1 of the Premier League era. The Pole spent six years at Anfield in total – four as their first-choice keeper – and his greatest moment came in the 2005 Champions League final – when he saved penalties from Andrea Pirlo and Andriy Shevchenko to guide the Reds to a fifth European Cup success. Manchester United’s greatest ever No.1 is Peter Schmeichel – Perhaps the greatest ever Premier League goalkeeper, Schmeichel is an easy pick for Man United’s best No.1. That is despite David de Gea and Edwin van der Sar both wearing the famous shirt for the Old Trafford club. Schmeichel played 398 games for the Red Devils, joining the year before the Premier League was created, and he was part of that most famous of football teams – the treble winners of 1998/99. 20 20 20 West Bromwich Albion’s greatest ever No.1 is Ben Foster – Though Russell Hoult excelled wearing the No.1 shirt, he falls just short of Foster as his greatest achievements came outside the top flight. He kept a record number of clean sheets in Division One as the Baggies won promotion to the Premier League in 2001/02, though he never managed to excel once getting to the pinnacle of English football. Foster, on the other hand, has been perhaps West Brom’s most consistent performer since he arrived at the club, originally on loan, in 2011. He has twice been named the Baggies’ Player of the Season to signify his excellence at the Hawthorns. 20 20 20 20 Leicester City’s greatest ever No.1 is Kasper Schmeichel – Schmeichel is into his seventh season as a Leicester player, and he’s been their first-choice keeper in his entire spell with the Foxes. He played all 38 Premier League games when Leicester won the most memorable of top flight titles in 2015/16, and he impressed in the Champions League the following season. These successes were enough for Schmeichel to step out the shadow of his father, Peter, who was a superstar for Manchester United. Newcastle United’s greatest ever No.1 is Shay Given – Given spent 12 years at Newcastle, and in only one season (1999/00) did he total fewer than 20 appearances in all competitions. A reliable servant for the Magpies, Given was often regarded as one of the best keepers outside the big clubs, and, in total, he played 462 games for Newcastle before leaving for Manchester City in 2009. He left St James’ Park only 34 games short of Newcastle’s all-time appearance record, held by Jimmy Lawrence. 20 Everton’s greatest ever No.1 is Neville Southall – Southall’s professional career was winding down by the time the Premier League started in 1992/93, and he had already spent 11 seasons at Goodison Park. Regarded as one of the world’s finest keepers in his prime, Southall spent another six years with Everton – five as their first-choice – and further established himself as a club legend. He left Everton in 1997 having played an incredible 747 games for the Toffees. Manchester City’s greatest ever No.1 is Joe Hart – Though Hart’s stock has fallen in recent years, there is no denying that Manchester City’s former No.1 was, at one time, one of the best keepers in English football. He remains contracted to the Etihad Stadium club, though is unlikely to ever play for them again, meaning he is set to end his City career after 348 appearances. The 30-year-old is currently on loan at West Ham, and is hoping to be England’s No.1 at the World Cup this summer despite his recent dreadful form. Huddersfield Town’s greatest ever No.1 is Nico Vaesen – Following a transfer to Huddersfield in 1998, Vaesen’s debut for the Terriers was woeful; he lasted just 10 minutes of a 1-0 defeat against Bury after being shown a controversial red card. However, things improved after that unfortunate appearances, as Vaesen went on to play a further 135 league matches for the club. Vaesen was also named the Supporters’ Player of the Year in his debut season with Huddersfield. 20 Burnley’s greatest ever No.1 is Tom Heaton – Heaton has starred for Burnley since his arrival at Turf Moor in 2013, and he is now regarded as one of the best keepers in the Premier League. The 31-year-old is a fully fledged England international, and he should be heading to the World Cup this summer as long as he has no problems fully recovering from a shoulder injury suffered at the beginning of the 2017/18 season. A former Manchester United academy prospect, Heaton has taken the long road to the top – but he is finally there. last_img read more

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Jewellery to disarm Africa

first_imgMen’s steel encrusted custom rings, designed by Philip Crangi. The purchase of one ring enables the destruction of 75 assault rifles in Africa. (Image: Michael Kraus) The purchase of a set of mechanical cufflinks destroys 100 assault rifles in Africa (Image: Fonderie 47) Fonderie 47 steel fused earrings with 18-Karat yellow gold. The earrings have a polished antique mirror finish. The purchase of one pair removes 70 assault rifles from Africa. (Image: Joanna Kelly) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jen Hirsch   Group SJRRELATED ARTICLES • SA jewellery design students excel • Turning jobless into jewellers • Finding SA’s most beautiful object • Take a diamond tour in Cape Town • Bright future for Rwanda’s women Wilma den HartighAn international project has pledged its support to bring an end to the destruction caused by illegal assault rifles in Africa’s war zones – and they are using jewellery made from AK-47 rifle parts to achieve this.Who would have thought that the parts of AK-47 assault rifles, synonymous with fear and violence, could be transformed into beautiful high-end jewellery?A New York-based jewellery manufacture project is doing just this. Fonderie 47 is removing AK-47s from war-torn countries in Africa and transforming the metal nuts and bolts into individually-designed watches, accessories and earrings.Fonderie 47 is more than just a jewellery manufacturer with a clever idea – its main goal is African disarmament.It was founded in November last year by businessman and philanthropist Peter Thum, as well as entrepreneur, designer and educator John Zapolski, in response to what they saw on their extensive travels throughout Africa.For years, the illegal use of assault rifles has caused devastation in Africa’s war zones and seeing weapons in the hands of children was a great concern for the two entrepreneurs.Throughout the world, the USSR-developed AK and its variants are the most commonly smuggled small arms sold to governments, rebels, criminals and civilians.In Africa, access to rifles is easy and the going rate is low. In countries such as Somalia, Rwanda, Mozambique, Congo and Tanzania, prices for AK-47s range between $30 (R226) and $125 (R943) per rifle. These prices have fallen further in the past few decades because of mass counterfeiting.“A transformation is needed to break the cycle of violence in Africa. To this end, we are turning the power of the AK-47 against itself,” Thum says. “Not only do we destroy these weapons, but we invert what they stand for by remaking them into wearable art.”Thum explains that the AK-47 weapons that are used to produce their jewellery all come from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).Disarming AfricaThe venture has been very successful – both in removing arms from Africa and making luxury jewellery.In partnership with the Mines Advisory Group, a non profit organisation that works to clear landmines and other remnants of conflict, Fonderie 47 has funded the destruction of over 10 000 assault rifles in the DRC, and they plan to expand the reach of these programs.To date, they have also funded weapon destruction programs in the DRC, even though their materials are not sourced from these programmes. “That material is recycled by the government of the DRC locally,” he says.Fonderie 47’s material comes from weapons that were confiscated from poachers in the Virunga National Forest in the DRC’s North Kivu Province. The forests are part of the Virunga National Park, a world heritage site, which was established as Africa’s first national park in 1925.“We destroy the weapons there locally with the assistance of local craftsmen and then transport the material back to the United States,” says Thum.Jewellery with meaningFonderie 47’s range includes a limited series of men’s cufflinks, custom-made men’s rings, and hand-made earrings for women.The items are sold at private events around the world and the sale of each item, along with donations from individuals and foundations, fund programmes to destroy more assault rifles in Africa.“We have not yet sold any pieces in South Africa, or Africa, but we very much would like to,” he says.The items all have a common theme of bold, angular design. The colours vary from brushed amber and silver to shades of yellow, creamy brown and marbled patterns.Some of the pieces such as the cufflinks look almost mechanical, and you can image its previous function as an important lever or joint in the rifle.Creating jewellery of this nature is a challenge because the material has to undergo many steps of preparation, before it is ready to be used.“In comparison with softer metals such as gold, which we also use, it requires much more planning, experimentation and effort,” Thum says.The founders had to find designers with the skill to work with a difficult medium.They spent months searching for the right designers.“Now we’re working with designers who have a natural affinity for Fonderie 47’s mission, vision, skill in design, craftsmanship, persona, and aesthetics,” he explains.Today, leading international jewellery designers such as New York- based jeweller Philip Crangi and Swiss designer Roland Iten are creating the limited edition pieces.“While we create rare objects, their true value emanates from the principles, purpose, ideas, and skill that go into them,” Thum says. “The pieces are not merely beautiful – they have real impact on the world.”Unexpected responseThum and Zapolski never expected the project to draw so much attention.“The response has been a little overwhelming,” Thum says.Each piece of jewellery that is created and sold is a visible reminder that the removal of weapons in Africa is gaining momentum.last_img read more

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Human Resource Professional Day 2019 | Spotlight: Anthony Paradiso

first_imgSeptember 26 is #HumanResourceProfessionalDay. Every day, HR professionals positively impact the lives of employees in workplaces around the world and contribute to the business strategy that allows their organizations to compete, grow and thrive. We asked our bloggers to share their HR stories.Why did you choose a career in HR?I can’t say that I chose HR but after graduating college I became a mortgage consultant and knew this was not for me. After resigning, I went on Craigslist and found a job that specialized in employee relations and that’s where I am now.  What has been the most rewarding part of your HR career? There are rewarding parts of my HR career. I really have a passion for helping organizations and people and being in employee relations I am able to. Another passion of mind is diversity and inclusion. It is very important to me that all feel included. As a gay cisgender male, I had some tough times in my life before coming out. Before coming out I did not feel included.  I never want people to feel that way so it is my mission to make sure that organizations have an inclusive environment.Why would you recommend a career in HR to students or those looking to transfer into the HR profession from another field?          HR needs you. We are a field that is heavily involved in all facets of the organization. HR helps organizations in all areas, such as talent acquisition, compensation, employee relations, benefits, mergers and acquisitions, training & onboarding, etc. What advice can you share with others who are planning a career in HR?  My advice to anyone is just be your authentic self. Be you and be proud!last_img read more

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6 Free E-Books and Tutorials on HTML5

first_imgWhy You Love Online Quizzes Dive Into HTML5 probably offers the best balance of depth and accessibility to the would-be HTML5 developer that you can find online for free. Mark Pilgrim has been writing about HTML and Web development for several years. The “paid version” of this book is HTML5: Up and Running from O’Reilly.HTML5 DoctorHTML5 Doctor has been publishing tutorials for the past couple years. The site is well organized and includes a section on getting started, and several others that focus on specific features.SitePoint’s HTML5 and CSS3 Tutorials Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Tags:#hack#How To klint finley Related Posts How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? The HTML5 Cheat Sheet is a free PDF features a quick reference guide to HTML5W3Schools HTML5 TutorialThe W3Schools have come under fire by the Web development community in recent years, but many developers have learned a lot from the site’s tutorials. Its HTML5 tutorial covers all the basics. You can download a free PDF sample of HTML5 and CSS3 for the Real World by Estelle Weyl, Louis Lazaris and Alexis Goldstein from SitePoint, but you’ll have to swap your e-mail address for it. Much of the same free material can also be found in the site’s HTML5 and CSS3 sections. But unlike HTML5 Doctor, you’ll have to dig around a bit.One particularly helpful tutorial is this one on HTML5 and CSS3 in Internet Explorer 9.W3C HTML5 ReferenceIf you want to know everything that’s in new in HTML5, you can check out the W3C’s HTML5 reference site, an extensive source of information on all the HTTML5 elements.You can also check out the current draft of the spec.HTML5 Cheat Sheet HTML5 is popular for building rich Web sites as well as cross-platform mobile applications. And it looks like with Windows 8 Microsoft is embracing using HTML5 and JavaScript as a paradigm for building desktop applications as well. With everyone from Apple to Microsoft embracing HTML5 as “the future,” if you don’t know it yet, you should probably get started.If you want to take full advantage of HTML5, you will need to know JavaScript, so you might want to start with our round-up of free JavaScript books.Dive Into HTML5.last_img read more

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Amazon To Everyone: You’re Toast

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting To every big-business tech vendor of pretty much any kind, Amazon Web Services has a message for you: Goodbye.At its annual Re:Invent conference, AWS dismantled pretty much every comfortable fallacy that legacy vendors have used to battle the public cloud generally and AWS specifically. “Security!” “Performance!” and other myths all crumbled, one by one, with customer testimonials and new product announcements.And while some complain that AWS is becoming the Mother of All Lock-in, customers don’t seem to care. Developer Jeff Waugh declares that new AWS services should put a scare in companies that didn’t consider AWS competition. QuickSight will terrify a bunch of bunch of enterprise software vendors. AWS is rocketing up the value chain. ? #awsreinvent— Jeff Waugh (@jdub) October 7, 2015Game over?No More Goodie Two-Shoes Cloud ServiceAWS used to be that cute little service developers used to run dev and test workloads. But no one beyond Netflix would ever trust its data to the inherently unsecure, variable performance of a public cloud like Amazon, right?Wrong. Even if we accept that such myths were once truths (or partial truths), they certainly aren’t today. On stage at Re:Invent, Amazon trotted out the CIO of Capital One, a top-10 megabank. He was followed by the CIO of GE. GE, for its part, will dismantle 30 of its 34 data centers, moving 9,000 workloads—all but “the most essential secret sauce”—into AWS. Pretty impressive, but maybe outdone by another unnamed customer that is moving 250 petabytes into AWS and shutting down all of its data centers. One big reason they can do this is that AWS turns out to be really secure. At least, if you believe the CIO of Capital One, who declared that he trusts AWS security over his in-house security, and will be running the company’s new mobile apps on AWS.For customers, it’s going to keep getting better, too, as AWS announced its new QuickSight business-intelligence service, and continues to improve its database, data warehouse, and other services. Which means for competitors, it’s just going to get worse. Speaking of QuickSight, Forrester analyst Jeffrey Hammond laughs that it must have set off “[t]he sound of gnashing teeth in Walldorf,” the German city where SAP is based. But it’s not just SAP. Oracle, Informatica, and every other tech vendor is in the cross-hairs of AWS.In fact, there’s no area of software that AWS can’t reach, as Hammond went on to state: Think the price-skimming business model for your ent. software market segment is safe from AWS? They just haven’t got there yet… #reInvent— Jeffrey Hammond (@jhammond) October 7, 2015The only company that seems calm about AWS is Salesforce. Salesforce has its own range of cloud services but runs its Heroku platform-as-a-service, which it’s increasingly pushing to bigger businesses, on top of AWS. Salesforce App Cloud executive vice president Tod Nielsen recently told ReadWrite at the company’s annual Dreamforce conference that more often than not, Salesforce ends up getting deals referred to it by Amazon Web Services. (The two companies don’t have a formal agreement.)We’ll see if that cooperation continues as Amazon pushes QuickSight to customers who might otherwise buy Salesforce’s Wave business-intelligence tools—or if the companies keep cooperating, since customers can connect Salesforce data to QuickSight.But, But … The Lock-In!Of course, not everyone is happy about AWS’s cloud ambitions. For some, it’s a matter of losing business to AWS. And let’s be clear: They should be very, very worried. Gartner analyst Merv Adrian summarized the Re:Invent discussion of its new database services as a “full-on attack on negotiation tactics among legacy DBMS vendors.” But for others, it’s a matter of principle. Take Alessandro Perilli, general manager of cloud management strategy at Red Hat. Perilli is impressed by the pace of AWS innovation, but notes the “unidirectional freedom” that AWS promises. That is, AWS makes it easy to get data into its cloud, but not necessarily to get it out.Or, as his Red Hat colleague, Krishnan Subramanian, styles it: “The future of proprietary lock-in is the cost to move out of a public cloud service.”Roach Motel Or Ritz-Carlton?But here’s the thing: No one is forcing enterprises into AWS. It’s convenience that calls them.Or, as Perilli puts it: “Do you know how Google offers great food so engineers stick around as long as possible? Replace Google with AWS and food with services.”Is there a risk of lock-in along the way? Of course. But that same risk applied to Microsoft, but it never stopped enterprises from pumping hundreds of billions of dollars into the enterprise IT giant, nor has it stopped consumers (or companies) from pouring cash into Apple. Convenience sells.And let’s be clear: AWS is really, really convenient. It’s not a marketing slogan or a philosophy, something Apprenda executive Chris Gaun insists doesn’t really matter: “Customers find more value in dope — —- than tertiary IT philosophy concerns and AWS is some dope — —-.” Worried much, Oracle?With reporting by Owen Thomas. Screenshot by Matt Asay for ReadWrite Tags:#Amazon#Amazon Web Services#AWS#enterprise IT#Salesforce#Tod Nielsen Matt Asay Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…center_img Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Related Posts How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloudlast_img read more

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Bajaj Pulsar 200NS launched

first_imgShowcasing another leap in technology , Bajaj Auto on Monday unveiled a new motorcycle model – Pulsar 200NS – which will be commercially launched in the beginning of the next fiscal.The new Pulsar has a 200 cc gasoline engine while its chassis comprises a pressed steel perimeter frame and a rectangular tube section swing arm delivering over three times the lateral stiffness of a P220 frame.”The new Pulsar is all set to re-define motorcycling technology and design as much as the original Pulsar did way back in 2001,” the company said in a statement.”The Pulsar 200NS showcases the next leap in technology and design and will set the standard for others to follow. We believe that 2012-13 will be an exciting period where Bajaj Auto will excite customers both here and abroad,” said K. Srinivas, president-motorcycles, Bajaj Auto.- With inputs from IANSlast_img read more

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Arellano, San Beda eye Finals slots

first_img‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Assured of a twice-to-beat incentive after ending the elimination round tied on top with 8-1 (win-loss) slates, the Lady Chiefs and the Lady Red Spikers hope to finish off their foes in the doubleheader that kicks off 2 p.m.San Beda takes the court first, battling Perpetual in an expectedly tough duel while Arellano shoots for its goal against JRU’s Lady Bombers at 4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingArellano is eyeing a second straight finals appearance where it hopes to capture a second straight crown and third overall. San Beda is aiming to make it to the finals for the first time.“Winning the title has always been our goal. But we need to focus in the Final Four first before thinking of anything,” said Arellano coach Obet Javier in Filipino. PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Perpetual Help and Jose Rizal hope to steal a win that will force winner-take-all matches for Finals slots.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto LATEST STORIES Arellano University and San Beda try to forge a title duel while Jose Rizal and Perpetual Help seek to spoil that bid when the Final Four of the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball tournament fires off Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.ADVERTISEMENT PSC curbs recognition of PKF as legit NSAlast_img read more

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IPL 7, RR vs MI: Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians

first_imgMumbai won the toss and elected to bat first against RajasthanWelcome to the coverage of the Indian Premier League 2014, Match 44 between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians from the Sardar Patel stadium in Ahmedabad.Full IPL Coverage Mumbai Indians defeated Rajasthan Royals by 25 runs at the Sardar Patel stadium in Ahmedabad. Rohit Sharma pumps his fist in joy and the Mumbai dug-out is absolutely elated! The players shake hands and it’s a well deserved victory for Mumbai! The run chase didn’t begin that well for Rajasthan as they lost Unmukt and Watson very early. Karun Nair played some lovely shots to keep them in the hunt but his partners were just not willing spend quality time out there. They lost 5 wickets for 33 runs at one stage before Nair eventually ran out of patience. Pollard’s one-handed stunner was the feature of Mumbai’s fielding tonight. Harbhajan bowled exceptionally well to make life difficlut for the batsmen. Hodge hit some lusty blows at the death to thrill the capacity crowd but the pressure got the better of him in the penultimate over. In the end, Mumbai were come comfortably by 25 runs to stay alive in the tournament. They now have to sit and pray for the other results to go their way for them to sneak into the last four.That’s a CRUCIAL DEFEAT for Rajasthan Royals!!19.6 overs: Rajat Bhatia waits for it and dabs it towards third man for a single.19.4 overs: FOUR!! Rajat Bhatia goes for the drive and gets an outside edge past the wicket-keeper for a boundary. advertisementJasprit Bumrah will bowl the FINAL OVER for Mumbai. It’s 34 off 6 for Rajasthan!! With James Faulkner(29) and Rajat Bhatia(0) at the crease, Rajasthan Royals are currently at 145/8 after 19 overs.EIGHTEEN RUNS off the over!!Rajat Bhatia comes to the crease for Rajasthan Royals.18.5 overs: OUT!! Krishmar Santokie has got Brad Hodge out caught at long-on. Hodge skips down the track looking for the big shot but sends it straight down the throat of Rohit Sharma right under the fence. Brad Hodge departs after scoring 40 runs off 30 balls with three sixes. BIB WICKET for Mumbai!!18.4 overs: SIX!! Brad Hodge takes it on the full and smokes it over long-on for another maximum. 18.2 overs: FOUR!! James Faulkner leans forward and drills it through covers for a boundary. Faulkner is NOT HOLDING BACK here!!18.1 overs: SIX!! James Faulkner stands tall and bludgeons it over long-off for the maximum. It’s RAINING SIXES for Rajasthan!! With James Faulkner(18) and Brad Hodge(34) at the crease, Rajasthan Royals are currently at 127/7 after 18 overs.ELEVEN RUNS off the over!! 17.5 overs: SIX!! Brad Hodge picks it from outside off and sends it screaming over long-on for the maximum. FOURTEEN RUNS off the over!!16.6 overs: SIX!! James Faulkner picks the length early and slogs it over long-on for the maximum. With James Faulkner(7) and Brad Hodge(16) at the crease, Rajasthan Royals are currently at 96/7 after 15 overs.TWELVE RUNS off the over!!14.3 overs: SIX!! Brad Hodge stands tall and slogs it over deep midwicket for the maximum. Hodge needs to STAY TILL THE END!! With James Faulkner(4) and Brad Hodge(3) at the crease, Rajasthan Royals are currently at 80/7 after 13 overs.FIVE RUNS off the over!!James Faulkner comes to the crease for Rajasthan Royals.11.6 overs: That’s OUT!! Harbhajan Singh has got Karun Nair out caught at long-off. Nair goes straight down the ground but mistimes it towards Krishmar Santokie who takes it comfortably. Karun Nair departs after scoring 48 runs off 24 balls with four boundaries and three sixes. BIG BLOW for Rajasthan!!11.5 overs: FOUR!! Karun Nair bends down on his knee and employs the sweep towards fine leg for a boundary. With Karun Nair(44) and Brad Hodge(1) at the crease, Rajasthan Royals are currently at 70/6 after 11 overs.ONE RUN off the over!!Brad Hodge comes to the crease for Rajasthan Royals.10.3 overs: OUT!! Shreyas Gopal has got Stuart Binny out stumped by the wicket-keeper. Binny skips down the track looking for the big shot but gets beaten with the turn as Aditya Tare whips the bails off in a flash. Stuart Binny departs after scoring two runs off 10 balls. ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST for Rajasthan!! With Karun Nair(44) and Stuart Binny(2) at the crease, Rajasthan Royals are currently at 69/5 after 10 overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!Stuart Binny comes to the crease for Rajasthan Royals.8.3 overs: That’s OUT!! Shreyas Gopal has got Ankit Sharma out caught at deep midwicket. Sharma flays the slog-sweep and instead of finding the gap, sends it straight down the throat of Ambati Rayudu for a simple catch. Ankit Sharma departs after scoring four runs off three balls. Rajasthan IN TATTERS now!! advertisementShreyas Gopal comes into the attack for Mumbai Indians.THREE RUNS off the over!!Ankit Sharma comes to the crease for Rajasthan Royals.7.4 overs: OUT!! Harbhajan Singh has got Kevon Cooper out caught at long-on. Cooper was looking to go over the fielder but Kieron Pollard clinches the one-handed catch in mid-air and after realizing he was going over the ropes he throws the ball in the air to come back in the field and complete a SCREAMER. Kevon Cooper departs after scoring five runs off eight balls. Another BLOW for Rajasthan!! Harbhajan Singh comes into the attack for Mumbai Indians.ELEVEN RUNS off the over!!6.5 overs: SIX!! Karun Nair bends down and slogs it over deep square leg for the maximum. Nair is the BATON BEARER for Rajasthan!! With Karun Nair(35) and Kevon Cooper(0) at the crease, Rajasthan Royals are currently at 47/3 after six overs.SIX RUNS off the over!! Kevon Cooper comes to the crease for Rajasthan Royals.5.3 overs: That’s OUT!! Krishmar Santokie has got Sanju Samson out caught at cover. Samson was looking to go inside out but spoons it high in the air for Ambati Rayudu to complete a regulation catch. Sanju Samson departs after scoring for two runs off five balls. HORRIFIC START for Rajasthan here!! With Karun Nair(30) and Sanju Samson(2) at the crease, Rajasthan Royals are currently at 41/2 after five overs.THREE RUNS off the over!!Sanju Samson is the new man in for Rajasthan Royals.4.2 overs: OUT!! Pragyan Ojha has got Shane Watson out caught at mid-on. Watson was looking to pull but mistimes it straight into the hands of Ambati Rayudu who takes it comfortably. Shane Watson departs after scoring five runs off six balls with a boundary. BIG WICKET for Mumbai!! With Karun Nair(29) and Shane Watson(5) at the crease, Rajasthan Royals are currently at 38/1 after four overs.ELEVEN RUNS off the over!!3.6 overs: SIX!! Karun Nair shimmies down the track and whacks it over long-on for the maximum. Nair MEANS BUSINESS here!!3.3 overs: FOUR!! Shane Watson goes on the backfoot and crashes the almighty cut for a boundary. That was BEAUTIFULLY TIMED by Watto!! Kieron Pollard comes into the attack for Mumbai Indians. With Karun Nair(23) and Shane Watson(0) at the crease, Rajasthan Royals are currently at 27/1 after three overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!2.6 overs: FOUR!! Karun Nair employs the cut shot again and picks up a boundary in front of square.2.5 overs: FOUR!! Karun Nair goes deep in the crease and crashes the cut towards third man for a boundary.Shane Watson comes to the crease for Rajasthan Royals.2.3 overs: That’s OUT!! Pragyan Ojha has got Unmukt Chand out caught at deep midwicket. Chand flays the pull and sends it straight down the throat of Michael Hussey who doesn’t drop those. Unmukt Chand departs after scoring two runs off nine balls. EARLY BLOW for Rajasthan!!advertisementFirst sign of spin, Pragyan Ojha comes into the attack for Mumbai. With Karun Nair(13) and Unmukt Chand(2) at the crease, Rajasthan Royals are currently at 17/0 after two overs.THIRTEEN RUNS off the over!!1.6 overs: FOUR!! Karun Nair picks the length early and heaves it over the in-field for a boundary.1.4 overs: SIX!! Karun Nair takes it on the full and swats it over backward point for the maximum. POOR LINE from Santokie!! Krishmar Santokie will bowl from the other end for Mumbai.FOUR RUNS off the over!!Unmukt Chand and Karun Nair are out in the middle for Rajasthan Royals while Jasprit Bumrah will start the proceedings for Mumbai Indians. Mumbai Indians scored 178 runs at the loss of three wickets after batting first against Rajasthan Royals at the Sardar Patel stadium in Ahmedabad.That’s the END OF INNINGS for Mumbai!!19.6 overs: That’s OUT!! Rohit Sharma has been run-out by James Faulkner in a bid to steal a quick single. Sharma dabs the yorker on the pitch and sets off for a quick single but Faulkner sprints across and breaks the stumps to catch him short at the crease. Rohit Sharma departs after scoring 40 runs off 19 balls with three boundaries and four sixes. 19.5 overs: FOUR!! Rohit Sharma squeezes it out and drills it straight down the ground for a boundary.19.3 overs: SIX!! Rohit Sharma stands tall and smashes it over long-off for another maximum. LATE FLOURISH for Mumbai!!19.2 overs: SIX!! Rohit Sharma picks the length early and sends it deep into the stands over deep midwicket for the maximum. James Faulkner will bowl the FINAL OVER for Rajasthan!!With Kieron Pollard(13) and Rohit Sharma(24) at the crease, Mumbai Indians are currently at 161/2 after 19 overs.TWELVE RUNS off the over!!18.3 overs: SIX!! Rohit Sharma goes on the backfoot and pulls it with disdain for the maximum. That was MUSCLED from Sharma!! With Kieron Pollard(11) and Rohit Sharma(16) at the crease, Mumbai Indians are currently at 149/2 after 18 overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!17.5 overs: FOUR!! Rohit Sharma was looking to scoop but gets an outside edge past the wicket-keeper for a boundary. With Kieron Pollard(9) and Rohit Sharma(11) at the crease, Mumbai Indians are currently at 141/2 after 17 overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!!16.4 overs: SIX!! Rohit Sharma gets a big stride forward and sends it deep into the stands over covers for the maximum. Sharma is ON FIRE!! With Kieron Pollard(8) and Rohit Sharma(5) at the crease, Mumbai Indians are currently at 134/2 after 16 overs.TWELVE RUNS off the over!!15.6 overs: FOUR!! Rohit Sharma flays the paddle sweep and sends it racing towards fine leg for a boundary.15.4 overs: SIX!! Kieron Pollard dances down the track and whacks it over long-on for the maximum. That was SMOKED by Pollard!! With Kieron Pollard(1) and Rohit Sharma(0) at the crease, Mumbai Indians are currently at 122/2 after 15 overs.Rohit Sharma comes to the crease for Mumbai Indians.14.6 overs: OUT!! Ankit Sharma has got Michael Hussey out caught at long-on. Hussey flays the slog-sweep but sends it straight down the throat of Kevon Cooper who doesn’t drop those. Michael Hussey departs after scoring 56 runs off 39 balls with three boundaries and two sixes. Another BLOW for Mumbai!!Kieron Pollard comes to the crease for Mumbai Indians.Ankit Sharma gets the BREAKTHROUGH for Rajasthan!!14.3 overs: That’s OUT!! Ankit Sharma has got Lendl Simmons out caught at long-on. Simmons was looking to for the big shot but holes out to Kevon Cooper who takes it comfortably. Lendl Simmons departs after scoring 62 runs off 51 balls with six boundaries and two sixes.11.3 overs: Michael Hussey waits for it and cuts it towards point for a single. That’s FIFTY for Hussey!!11.2 overs: SIX!! Michael Hussey flays the slog-sweep and sends it deep into the stands over square leg for the maximum. With Lendl Simmons(35) and Michael Hussey(27) at the crease, Mumbai Indians are currently at 64/0 after eight overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!7.5 overs: FOUR!! Michael Hussey uses the pace of the bowler and slices it through backward point for a boundary. With Lendl Simmons(30) and Michael Hussey(22) at the crease, Mumbai Indians are currently at 54/0 after seven overs.TWELVE RUNS off the over!!6.6 overs: FOUR!! Michael Hussey employs the frontfoot drive and sends it wide of the sweeper cover for a boundary.6.2 overs: FOUR!! Lendl Simmons goes deep in the crease and sends it racing towards third man for a boundary. Stuart Binny comes into the attack for Rajasthan Royals. With Lendl Simmons(25) and Michael Hussey(15) at the crease, Mumbai Indians are currently at 42/0 after six overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!5.2 overs: FOUR!! Lendl Simmons leans forward and creams the drive through covers for a boundary. Simmons is LOOKING SOLID for Mumbai!!Kevon Cooper comes into the attack for Rajasthan Royals. With Lendl Simmons(20) and Michael Hussey(13) at the crease, Mumbai Indians are currently at 34/0 after five overs.THIRTEEN RUNS off the over!!4.5 overs: FOUR!! Lendl Simmons makes room and slices it towards third man for another boundary. BACK-TO-BACK boundaries for Simmons!!4.4 overs: FOUR!! Lendl Simmons reaches out and cracks it past backward point for a boundary. 4.1 overs: FOUR!! Michael Hussey walks down the track and drills it through extra cover for a boundary. First change, James Faulkner comes into the attack for Rajasthan Royals. With Lendl Simmons(12) and Michael Hussey(8) at the crease, Mumbai Indians are currently at 21/0 after three overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!! 3.1 overs: FOUR!! Lendl Simmons goes on the backfoot and crashes the cut past backward point for a boundary. That went LIKE A TRACER BULLET!! With Lendl Simmons(7) and Michael Hussey(7) at the crease, Mumbai Indians are currently at 14/0 after three overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!Ankit Sharma continues for Rajasthan Royals. With Lendl Simmons(5) and Michael Hussey(3) at the crease, Mumbai Indians are currently at 8/0 after two overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!!1.5 overs: FOUR!! Lendl Simmons goes on the backfoot and carves it past short fine leg for a boundary. POOR LINE from Kulkarni!! Dhawal Kulkarni will bowl from the other end for Rajasthan Royals. TIDY START by Sharma, just four runs off it!! Lendl Simmons and Michael Hussey are out in the middle for Mumbai Indians while Ankit Sharma will start the proceedings for Rajasthan Royals. TEAM NEWS: Rajasthan have Shane Watson, Brad Hodge, James Faulkner and Kevon Cooper as the overseas players in their Playing XI. On the other hand, Mumbai will play Krishmar Santokie, Kieron Pollard, Michael Hussey and Lendl Simmons as the overseas players in their Playing XI today.TOSS: Mumbai Indians won the toss and elected to bat against Rajasthan Royals. Team Profiles:Rajasthan Royals:The 2008 Indian Premier League champions, Rajasthan Royals, finished third last season. The team, coached by Paddy Upton, was also the runners-up against Mumbai Indians in Champions League last year.During the IPL Auction this year, Rajasthan Royals spent big on Steven Smith, Tim Southee, Rajat Bhatia, Kane Richardson and Unmukt Chand to boost their squad.The Royals will be lead by Australia’s swashbuckling batsman Shane Watson this season following Rahul Dravid’s transition into the role of team’s mentor. Watto will be supported by Ajinkya Rahane at the top-order who has been a consistent performer with the bat for Royals over the years now. In Brad Hodge and Sanju Samson they have two seasoned Twenty20 batsmen who can absorb pressure and accelerate the innings.Their bowling department is comprised of James Faulkner, Tim Southee, Kane Richardson, Kevon Cooper and Vikramjeet Malik. The new signings Amit Mishra and Steven Smith will cater to the spin-bowling attack for the Rajasthan Royals.Last year’s loss in the second qualifier of the tournament would surely be fresh in the minds of the players and with new recruits at their disposal, Royals will be eager to end their trophy drought this year.Mumbai Indians:The 2011 Champions League winners finally clinched their highly-awaited IPL title in 2013 which was followed by their second Champions League title in the same year. The team in blue, coached by John Wright, avaenged their 2010 final defeat by beating Chennai Super Kings in the IPL final last season.After splurging nearly Rs 60 crore in the IPL auctions this year, Mumbai Indians boasts of numerous match-winners including the recently bought Mike Hussey and T20s hottest property – Corey Anderson. The team also retained their top-five performers ahead of the IPL auctions this year.Mumbai Indians are undoubtedly one of the strongest teams on paper this season. The team boasts core players including Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Rohit Sharma and Harbhajan Singh.Pragyan Ojha will cater to the spin bowling for Mumbai Indians, while newbie Josh Hazlewood and Krishmar Santokie will provide support to Malinga with the new ball.Five key players from Rajasthan Royals:Ajinkya Rahane: The 25-year-old youngster has been a prolific opening batsman for Rajasthan Royals over the years now. The right-hander was the highest run-scorer for his team with 560 runs in 16 matches last season. He has also scored am unbeaten century in the shortest format of the game.James Faulkner: The 23-year-old Tasmanian has become an ntegral part of Rajasthan Royals in a relatively quicker span of time than one would have expected. A left-arm medium pacer and a right-hand batsman, Faulkner has got the right mix for being a successful T20 player. Faulkner was the second highest wicket-taker in the IPL last season with a tally of 28 scalps for Rajasthan Royals. Apart from his fiery bowling, Faulkner can also strike it big in the death overs which makes him a crucial batsmen down the middle-order for Royals.Shane Watson: The 32-year-old ‘Queensland tornado’ is one of the most devastating and consistent performers in the shorter version of the game. The aggressive right-hander boasts of over 1000 runs alongside 36 wickets in T20 internationals. With his batting might and ability to pick up crucial wickets at regular intervals, Watto is one of the best all-rounders in the modern era of cricket. He was the highest run-scorer with 543 runs in 16 games for Rajasthan Royals last season. He’ll be one of the crucial pieces of the puzzle for Rajasthan Royals in the tournament.Unmukt Chand: The 20-year-old budding cricketer has proved his mettle in the past to confirm that he is ready to rumble with the big boys. The young right-hander failed to make a mark for Delhi last season but that shouldn’t deter Team India’s U-19 World Cup winning captain from making it count this year. With a change in team and a bit of luck, Unmukt should have ample amount of opportunities to showcase his talent in Royals’ shirt this year.Steve Smith: The 24-year-old Australian all-rounder was a run-machine for now-defunct Sahara Pune Warriors over the last two seasons. He was the second highest run-scorer for Pune with 362 runs in 15 matches in 2012 and boasts of over 500 runs alongside five wickets in 22 games in his IPL career so far. His all-round abilities were spotted by Rajasthan Royals who shelled out a whopping Rs 4 crore during the auctions to secure his services this year.Five key players from Mumbai Indians:Corey Anderson: The 23-year-old New Zealand player was known for his powerful hitting but his record-breaking 36-ball ODI hundred made him an overnight star across the globe. With the ability to clear the ropes at regular intervals, Anderson is just the guy you need to take the game away from the opposition. Apart from his batting prowess, Anderson is a more-than-handy seamer with a knack of picking wickets at crucial intervals. His all-round abilities also earned him a whopping Rs 4.5 crore after Mumbai Indians secured the services of the Kiwi sensation during IPL 2014 auction. The Christchurch batsman will surely be one of the most influential players in the IPL this year.Lasith Malinga: The biggest reason why Mumbai are feared by their opponents are Malinga’s toe-crushing yorkers. He was pivotal with 20 scalps in 17 games in Mumbai India’s victorious 2013 IPL campaign. He will continue to lead the bowling and will hope the batsmen can keep up their end of the deal this time around.Kieron Pollard: The 26-year-old Trinidadian cricketer has been one of the most influential players for Mumbai over the years. A prolific batsman, wicket-taking bowler and an absolute livewire in the field, Pollard has the right mix of being a successful limited-overs specialist. The right-hander slammed 420 runs and took 10 wickets to lead Mumbai to their first-ever IPL title last season. Kieron Pollard will need to continue his good run if Mumbai intend to successfully defend their title this year.Michael Hussey: The 38-year-old Australian run-machine was sensational at the top-order for Chennai Super Kings last season. The left-hander was the tournament’s leading run-scorer with 733 runs in 17 matches, a reason why Mumbai Indians paid a whopping Rs 5 crore to secure his services. He will play a crucial role in stabilising the innings for early in the batting-order for Mumbai.Rohit Sharma: While he faced a lot of criticism for his performances in an Indian shirt, Rohit Sharma has been an absolute sensation with the bat for Mumbai Indians. The right-handed batsman has amassed over 2500 runs and took 14 wickets in 97 games for Mumbai in his IPL career. He was also the leading run-scorer with over 500 runs for Mumbai Indians in their victorious 2013 IPL season. The Mumbai skipper will face stern test in defending the team’s title against arch-rivals this season.Teams(from):Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson(c), Sanju Samson(wk), Ajinkya Rahane, James Faulkner, Stuart Binny, Steven Smith, Brad Hodge, Karun Nair, Unmukt Chand, Rajat Bhatia, Abhishek Nayar, Ben Cutting, Kevon Cooper, Rahul Tewatia, Dishant Yagnik, Ankush Bains, Iqbal Abdullah, Ankit Sharma, Pravin Tambe, Tim Southee, Dhawal Kulkarni, Kane Richardson, Deepak Hooda, Vikramjeet Malik, Amit MishraMumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(c), Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu(wk), Michael Hussey, Corey Anderson, Aditya Tare, CM Gautham, Ben Dunk, Sushant Marathe, Apoorv Wankhede, Jalaj Saxena, Pragyan Ojha, Shreyas Gopal, Zaheer Khan, Jasprit Bumrah, Josh Hazlewood, Krishmar Santokie, Marchant de Lange, Pawan Suyallast_img read more

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