Ayala girls to resume their state title quest today

first_imgSims felt horribly ill Sunday and turned down the offer. In fact, as recently as Tuesday morning, he had a 101-degree temperature; it was 102 the day before. “That’s almost critical for someone my age,” Sims said. “The fever finally broke (Tuesday) and I was able to go to practice.” Sanger lost 50-40 to Fresno Edison in the Central Section title game. Ayala is young and talented, with all of its key players being underclassmen. The Bulldogs are coming off a 52-25 win over Temescal Canyon in the Southern Section title game. Ayala is led by junior 5-11 guard Rebekah Gardner (22.9 ppg., 9.2 rpg., 4.2 spg. and 34 3-pointers on the season). Other Ayala standouts are Jasmin Holiday (14.0 ppg., 10.1 rpg., three spg.), Ariel Marsh (11.2 ppg., 55 3-pointers) and freshman 5-11 forward Rhema Gardner (7.0 ppg., 5.4 rpg.). In other girls CIF-State games tonight, Woodland Hills Taft (24-2) is at Miller (31-2) in a second-round D1 clash, Norco (27-3) is at San Diego Mt. Carmel (23-7) in D2, and Mesa Grande Academy (22-6) is at San Luis Obispo Mission Prep (20-9) in D5. In boys CIF-State play, Arroyo Valley (24-6) is at La Mesa Helix (24-6) in a D1 second-round game, Norco (20-11) is at San Diego Scripps Ranch (24-6) in D2, Twentynine Palms (28-2) is at Tehachapi (21-8) in D3 and Ontario Christian (24-5) is at Bakersfield Garces (24-6) in D4. Arroyo Valley, which was playing in its first-ever state playoff game, is coming off a monumental upset over Los Alamitos, stunning the Griffins 61-53 on Tuesday night after trailing 21-4. Junior center Joseph Richard scored 23 points and took 13 rebounds for the Hawks. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ayala High School girls basketball coach Mel Sims was given a proposition late last week. He could have driven to Bakersfield on Sunday to exchange a tape of Silverado with Clovis West for one of Sanger. Sanger is Ayala’s CIF-State Division II opening-round opponent. The Bulldogs (28-3) and visiting Apaches (25-7) meet at 7 p.m. tonight in Chino Hills. center_img Sims said driving that long distance while ill to get the tape was “not worth it.” “I don’t like to use the term `anti-climactic,’ but I will anyway,” Sims said. “If this was for a CIF title, I would have driven up there.” Instead, the Bulldogs will take on Sanger blind, with nothing but statistics to consult. Sanger is a big team, with senior 6-foot forward Gisele Bernthold and senior 6-1 forward Gabby Ramirez. Neither scores much, though Bernthold averages 6.9 rebounds per game. Sanger’s star is Katelyn Gilliam, who averages 13.8 points, 4.7 assists and 6.8 rebounds per game. Other players to watch for are 5-10 forward Claire Tirapelle (9.9 ppg.), Veronica Gines (8.8 ppg.) and Bailey Balbach (8.7 ppg). last_img

Man City want £30m winger to kick off Guardiola era, West Ham turn to Benteke?

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers and online…Manchester City are ready to make £30million-rated winger Leroy Sane the first signing of the Pep Guardiola era. Bayern Munich boss Guardiola, who takes over at City this summer, has hailed Sane as the most exciting young talent in German football. (Daily Mirror)West Ham have had a record £31million bid for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette rejected. The 24-year-old France international, who scored 23 goals this season as his club finished second behind Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1, is one of several names on the Hammers’ shopping list as they try to land a high-class frontman for next season’s move to the Olympic Stadium. (Daily Mirror)West Ham are now ready to turn their attention to Christian Benteke — who is another long-term target for Slaven Bilic. The club hope Liverpool may agree to a loan deal for the unwanted Belgian. (The Sun)Theo Walcott will have showdown talks about his future – but Arsene Wenger will make it clear he is not for sale. Arsenal boss Wenger is planning a shake-up of his squad this summer but pacy forward Walcott remains firmly in his plans. (Daily Mirror)Arsenal have submitted a huge offer to sign Alvaro Morata in the summer transfer window. Morata, 23, notched up 11 goals and 10 assists for Juventus this season but is being heavily linked with a move to the Emirates. (Metro)Rafa Benitez wants to ‘hit the ground running’ after verbally agreeing to stay on as Newcastle manager in the Championship and spent Tuesday working on a list of transfer targets. (Daily Mail)Tomas Rosicky hopes to put himself in the shop window if he appears for Czech Republic at the European Championship finals next month. The midfielder will be a free agent this summer, having left Arsenal on Sunday after ten years at the club. (The Times)Claudio Ranieri has launched a bid to bring £15million-rated Ajax goal machine Arkadiusz Milik to Leicester. Foxes boss Ranieri is in talks with the Amsterdam club over a deal that could significantly boost the new Premier League champions ’ firepower. (Daily Mirror)Everton have been offered Swiss coach Lucien Favre – who is big pals with Arsene Wenger. The 58-year-old has held discussions with Goodison officials and is now among the contenders to succeed Roberto Martinez. (The Sun)Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli is wanted by Espanyol. The maverick Italy international has spent the season on loan at AC Milan but has not impressed. (Daily Star)Swansea are planning to make Junior Hoilett their first signing of the summer on a free transfer. Canadian international Hoilett is out of contract at Queens Park Rangers and the Championship club are happy to offload the winger, who is on £45,000 a weekthanks to a deal signed when they were in the Premier League. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe blasts ‘bizarre’ timing of West Ham’s double bid for Matt Ritchie and Callum WilsonEdinson Cavani weighs up Paris Saint-Germain contract extension with Arsenal and Manchester United waiting in the wingsLiverpool FC transfer report: Trabzonspor lead the race to sign Anfield flop Samed YesilArsenal FC transfer report: Lyon prepare Mathieu Debuchy swoopManchester United transfer news: Long-time target Nicolas Gaitan closing in on £35m move… to Atletico Madrid!Wojciech Szczesny: Roma deal in doubt as Arsenal demand £15m for goalkeeper after loan spelllast_img read more

SOCCER NEWS: CAPPRY U14’S EARN BRILLIANT 3-1 WIN OVER LOCAL RIVALS BALLYBOFEY UNITED

first_imgCAPPRY ROVERS NOTESCAPPRY ROVERS LOTTOLast weeks lotto numbers were 4, 14, 15 and 24. There was no jackpot winner.The winner of the €50 lucky ticket was P.J. Doherty, Roadhouse.Next weeks jackpot is €2050. Remember if you’re not in, you can’t win!!!SENIORSCappry Rovers had a free weekend. Next week they welcome Donegal Town to Cappry Park. Even though Donegal are sitting bottom of the league, this will prove to be a tough test. Donegal always prove to be a tough team for Cappry to beat. Kick off on Sunday at Cappry is 2pm. All support is gratefully welcome.CAPPRY ROVERS U14’sCappry Rovers 3-1 Ballybofey UnitedThis game was played in poor conditions in Cappry on Wednesday night. Cappry started the game well and took the lead in the 10th minute when Conor Doherty’s free kick found the bottom corner. Even in the poor conditions both teams played good football and had chances to score in the first half. Ballybofey started the second half well and got their reward in the 40th minute when Dillion Murphy finished well at the back post. The game could have went either way with both teams going close to taking the lead on a few occasions. In the 60th minute Cappry took the lead again when Alex McGeehan curled his corner into the net. Ballybofey didn’t give up and pushed hard to get level but just couldn’t get a second goal. Cappry made the points safe in the 70th minute when Jamie Murray finished off a Conor Doherty cross. Team performances from both teams.Ref: John CoyleCAPPRY ROVERS U12’sCappry 2-0 Fintown Harps Cappry started the brighter in this game against Fintown Harps on Friday night and took the lead from a Jamie Murray strike, Cappry kept up the pressure and doubled their lead in the second half with a great headed goal from Mark Mbuli.Team performances with special mention to Luke Mc Glynn of cappry with a solid game in defence.CAPPRY CRUSADERS U12’sCappry Crusaders u12 travelled to Gweedore on Sat 21st to play their final League game against Gweedore Celtic Cosmos. In what was a close and thrilling encounter from kick off it was Gweedore who started the brighter playing into a stiff breeze. Crusaders were missing a few regulars but the ever improving Jason McElchar, Dane McGlinchey and Niall Brady Devanney were showing that they can tackle and work hard. Gweedore took a deserved first half lead due to a defencive mix up in the Cappry defence. The introduction of Jason Dunne before half time and some incisive defencive play from Johnny Griffin and the hard working Tim Scanlon brought Cappry into the game. After some strong words at half time Crusaders took the game to Gweedore in the second half with Conor Thompson and Oisin Doherty running at their defence time and time again. Conor Lynch, Shane McBride and Ronan O’Donnell were getting the ball forward quicker and this resulted in a prolonged period of pressure and a Jason Dunne Goal. Gweedore were dangerous on the break but Captain Kian Gallagher and Odhran Thomas dominated the second half in defence. Yasin Bradley showed good hands with a great save in the dying minutes to see the game finish 1 -1. Well done to the 19 players on the panel who all contributed so much during this league campaign. Thanks to Seamus Doherty and Gweedore Celtic for their hospitality.These boys have represented Cappry with pride this year.Congrats to Gerry Doherty, Leo Gallagher and the Cappry Colts for a great season also.Next up is the Cup competition.CAPPRY COLTS U12’sGlencar Hammers 5-3 Cappry ColtsThe Colts last league match of the season was played in ideal conditions on Saturday morning last. The colts took the lead after 3 minutes through an o.g. and were very comfortable until the 15th minute when the floodgates opened and Glencar scored 5 goals in a 12 minute spell before the break.The second half started brightly for the Colts and 6 minutes into the 2nd half a couple of great goals from Odhran Quigley Doherty cut the deficit to 5-3.The Colts layed siege on the Glencar goal after this and quite remarkably never scored again.This young side showed great guts and never gave up until the end and all 18 who played some part can be very proud of themselves.We would like to thank Adrian and his Glencar team for a very entertaining and sporting contest.The colts next match will be in the cup, the draw will be made soon.LAST MAN STANDINGWe are entering our 6th week of our Last Man Standing competition and we are down to the last 4 participants in the competition. 8 departed the competition at the weekend.This weeks selections will be posted on our Facebook page.Good luck to all.SOCCER NEWS: CAPPRY U14’S EARN BRILLIANT 3-1 WIN OVER LOCAL RIVALS BALLYBOFEY UNITED was last modified: February 24th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CappryNoticessoccerSportlast_img read more

Arrests rise to 13 over St Patrick’s Weekend

first_imgThe number of arrests across Donegal has risen to 13 over the St Patrick’s Weekend period.A total of 12 people were arrested for suspected drink-driving while another was arrested for driving while under the influence of cocaine. All of those charged are expected to appear before the local courts shortly.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison told Donegal Daily “We had a very busy weekend which also included a number of public order incidents.“So far a total of 13 arrests have been made.”The spate of arrests followed a disclosure by Inspector Harrison that the number of road offences across Donegal had risen sharply in the first two months of this year compared to the same period last year.Drink-driving, the non-wearing of seatbelts and the use of mobile phones while driving are all significantly up.Arrests rise to 13 over St Patrick’s Weekend was last modified: March 18th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arrestsdonegalSt Patrick’s Daylast_img read more

Warriors, 127, Kings 123: Warriors feature Stephen Curry in entire fourth quarter

first_imgSACRAMENTO — The smile on Stephen Curry’s face revealed two things. He showed satisfaction with the Warriors’ 127-123 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday. Unlike the previous nine games, Warriors coach Steve Kerr also did not stagger Curry’s minutes in the final quarter.“It was nice to play the whole quarter,” Curry said.Curry finished with 42 points while shooting 14-of-26 from the field and 10-of-20 from the perimeter in 38 minutes. The Warriors’ coaching staff normally limit …last_img read more

Sasol Uzbek GTL project one step closer

first_img26 July 2012 Infrastructure development has begun on the site of a planned gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Uzbekistan as the partners in the project – state-owned oil and gas firm Uzbekneftegaz, South African petrochemicals giant Sasol, and Malaysia’s Petronas – move closer to a final investment decision. Speaking at a ceremony at the proposed plant site at Shurtan in the south of Uzbekistan on the weekend, Uzbekistan Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyaev said the multi-billion dollar project would result in the first such high-tech plant on the Eurasian continent. “Once completed, it will reprocess 3.5-billion cubic metres of gas annually … producing $1.5-billion worth of products including diesel and jet fuels, naphta and liquefied gas,” Mirziyaev said. At the ceremony, the project was officially named Oltin Yo’l GTL. “Oltin Yo’l” translates as “golden road” and is a reference to the centuries-old trade routes which passed through Uzbekistan and specifically through Samarkand, the country’s second city. According to Sasol – a world leader in gas-to-liquid technology – the 38 000 bpd plant will produce a combination of GTL diesel and GTL naphtha and, in an important development in the application of GTL fuels, GTL kerosene for the aviation sector. The GTL project will reduce Uzbekistan’s dependence on imports of crude oil and transportation fuels and will diversify the use of its domestic gas resources. The project will also improve the quality of the fuel pool, reducing emissions and thereby securing associated environmental benefits. Sasol said a final investment decision is expected during the second half of 2013. “Sasol is proud to be part of this strategic project, which will provide Uzbekistan with world-class environmentally friendly fuel, contribute to the country’s energy security, and diversify the utilisation of its domestic gas resources,” Sasol CEO David Constable said in a statement. “This project will significantly contribute to the economic growth of Uzbekistan by bringing billions of dollars of foreign direct investment into the country, thereby creating hundreds of skilled jobs and additional indirect employment opportunities for the country’s population.” Sasol and Uzbekneftegaz each hold a 44.5% interest in the project, and Malaysia’s Petronas an 11% interest. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

How One iPhone App Could Save Public Radio

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#NYT#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Some newspapers scrambling to survive the internet condemn websites like Google News and the Huffington Post. Aggregators, they say, need to pay for the right to point to a newspaper’s site. Public radio stations, on the other hand, face competition from the internet as well and are just as competitive between themselves as they are collaborative. Somehow, they’ve responded differently to new media. There may be no better example of that than an iPhone application built by several large public radio organizations and called Public Radio Player. The team behind the app launched a major new release this morning.The application aggregates live streaming and recorded radio broadcasts from across the US, displays their current and planned content schedules and now offers a search function that stretches across all those different types of content: live streams, podcasts and text show descriptions. It’s a free app and the organization that makes it hosts almost nothing on its own servers. The end result is a remarkable user experience that ought to be an inspiration for old media of every kind. It isn’t perfect, but it’s getting better fast. The app was made by a non-profit organization called Public Radio Exchange (PRX). PRX was founded and is run by Jake Shapiro, a man who used to be an associate director at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Shapiro used to produce an NPR radio show with Christopher Lyndon and before that he was one of the first tinkerers with web distribution of music for his band Two Ton Shoe. Two Ton Shoe didn’t find a lot of success in the United States, but thanks to the long tail of the web Shapiro says they somehow found a big fan base in Korea. The band toured there and Korean bands have covered some of their songs. “I’m a Korean rock star,” Shapiro says, “and I believe there’s a ‘Korea’ out there for everybody.”About a year ago Shapiro says he called around all the major players in public radio and argued that they had a unique opportunity in the iPhone platform if they could collaborate and create a really strong offering. An organization called American Public Media decided to contribute the work they had done so far on their own iPhone app to Shapiro’s project and NPR and Public Radio International agreed to lend their support to what would become the Public Radio Tuner, today renamed the Public Radio Player.Funding Local Radio on the iPhone Public Radio Player could facilitate that long tail experience for obscure local public radio content by making it far more available on the iPhone. But PaidContent’s Rafat Ali worries that by freeing radio listeners all the more from their local radio station, the Player could sever the loyalty and fund raising connections that keep public radio alive.To that concern Shapiro has two interesting responses. First, he says that survey data shows most users prefer listening to their local stations on the app, along with a variety of favorites from elsewhere. Even more interesting is the project’s collaboration with Cluetrain Manifesto co-author Doc Searls. Searls is at Harvard’s Berkman Center now, developing a framework for what’s being called Vendor Relationship Management (VRM) – a customer-based response to the business paradigm of Customer Relationship Management (CRM). The VRM project and Shapiro’s PRX are developing ways for Public Radio Player users to track what they listen to on the player and make financial contributions to the radio stations they’ve consumed from the most.Shapiro says that part of the project faces a major roadblock from Apple. Though Apple introduced in-application payments last month, the feature is only available to paid apps (Public Radio Player is free) and charitable contributions through the iPhone are strictly prohibited. They can’t even be talked about, Shapiro says, because Apple doesn’t want to deal with the possibility of charity scams, there’s tax complications, the platform’s standard 30% fee for payments isn’t tenable in a non-profit context and Apple has no financial incentive to solve this sticky complex of problems.For now the app is funded by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. That funding is up for renewal this summer. Shapiro says that a second round of funding would be used to create “showcase apps that would break new ground and create new technology.” He says the company is particularly interested in technologies that represent a hybrid of digital and broadcast. “With radio,” he says, “there is still a tremendous amount of reach that you don’t want to give up on when you move into the digital space.”Fixing the AppThat hybrid paradigm is very well represented by the new version of the Public Radio Player. The previous version, called Public Radio Tuner, was one of the most popular free apps in the iPhone store but it didn’t really work that well. Radio streams got dropped a lot. That’s no longer a big problem with version 2.0.The new version of the app tackles the problem of dropped streams by making the buffering settings much more sophisticated. Remember, the App doesn’t host any of the audio, it just points to the live streams or podcasts stored on public radio stations’ own servers. Project manager Matt MacDonald says the app now determines what kind of bandwidth the receiving phone has, then buffers the inbound stream accordingly before serving it up to listeners. The end result is a radically more usable radio app on wifi, 3G or Edge connections.It’s still not perfect; this like every app is at the mercy of AT&T’s wireless network, but dropped streams appear to be much, much less frequent than they used to be. The interface sometimes hangs when loading menus, but Shapiro says that with the new release today bug fixes are a top priority and though crash reports are appearing infrequently, they are being closely watched. “Just shake the phone,” he jokes. “Then it will work better.”More Than One Kind of Content The new app brings a whole lot more radio to your iPhone. In addition to pointing to hundreds of radio streams, PRX has co-ordinated a number of different sources to pull show schedules down to be stored locally on your phone. “Scheduling data has been a big effort,” Shapiro says. “It never existed in one place and is still a moving target.” A company called Public Interactive (recently acquired by NPR from Public Radio International) has a metadata tool that originally captured music playlists but now publishes radio show schedules as well. NPR and many radio stations also display schedules on their own websites. PRX aggregates all that data, stores it on your phone, syncs it with the radio stream links and then checks for changes each time you launch the Public Radio Player app. Having the particular show that’s playing displayed along with a station name makes a very big difference in the user experience.The 2.0 version of the app also includes support for “on demand” or podcast listening. Hundreds of podcasts are navigable by featured shows, category or alphabetically. Podcasts are integrated into some of the show schedules as well. When listening to a streaming station, you can view the rest of the day’s schedule and see what other shows will be broadcast later. Then you can choose to listen to previous recorded editions of those shows. It’s a pretty seamless experience.Search is No Small MatterThe new search functionality integrates all of the above, letting you search for keywords or topics and finding both recorded and currently live shows that match your search. MacDonald says the company used an open source program called ThinkingSphynx on the back end, worked closely with the NPR API team and is still working on teaching local radio stations about the importance of standards-based content titling. Listening to streams and podcasts on iTunes or an iPod may not have been so difficult with incomplete file names, but show a radio station how broken its content looks in a dynamic iPhone directory and the message comes through loud and clear. There have been other efforts to index all the public radio streams online; Public Radio Fan is the most notable and is more international, but is less sophisticated and is based on the desktop and browser. (After listening to some international broadcasts via Public Radio Fan it’s hard not to be a little disappointed with even Public Radio Player’s extensive but exclusively US menu.)As a media technology, Public Radio Player offers a unique blend of content aggregation, focus on both real time and recorded content and extensive data integration on the back end. All on the iPhone. Its design and performance continue to improve. It’s a very impressive offering in terms of content delivery; if it can find a way to use the new platform it’s on to transcend the public radio paradigm of on-air pledge drives, that would really be remarkable, wouldn’t it?Jake Shapiro says that offering Public Radio Player on other platforms, including a web interface, is a logical next step. You can follow the project’s progress on the Public Radio Player blog and download the application here. Related Posts last_img read more

When the stars come blazing down to earth…

first_imgsport SHARE In mission mode, for a change Rio 2016: Faster, Higher, Stronger × SHARE SHARE EMAIL Hope fills Indian hearts as the ‘samba’ Games begin 2/2 Going on a Gold hunt The GOAT, Lightning Bolt and a World No. 1 desperate to strike gold August 05, 2016 He may be the man with the most number of medals in Olympic history – 22 at the last count in London four years ago with 18 of them gold – but when American swimmer Michael Phelps takes off from the blocks at Rio in his fifth Summer Games, it will mark a new beginning.It will be the 31-year-old’s first Olympics after being treated for addiction and depression. He will be a new man, his goals have changed and his prime aim will not be on hunting for more medals.“This time, it’s about trying my hardest, giving my all. I don’t want to live the rest of my life with any regrets,” the man known as ‘The Phenomenon’ said recently.“It will be very interesting to see what one of the greatest athletes of all time ends up after his last Olympics.The 31st Summer Olympics begin in Rio de Janerio on Friday (on Saturday, India time), but it is already being slammed as the worst-ever with athletes posting photos of collapsing wash basins at the Athletes Village and lack of electricity and water in some rooms.Together with the Zika virus scare, the organisational disarray, and the Russian doping scandal, there is bound to be chaos ahead of the opening ceremony.But once the real action begins on Saturday, the spotlight will be mainly on the stars. And there are plenty of them to watch out for. Here, we line up the best of the best.BOLT, THE MAIN MANJamaican Usain Bolt, the planet’s fastest man ever and clearly the ‘main man’ in Rio, will be going for a golden ‘triple triple’ after winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay golds at the last two Olympics in Beijing and London. Trying to stop him will be American Justin Gatlin, the world’s fastest man this year who has a dope-tainted past.Meanwhile, Britain’s distance running great Mo Farah will be hunting for a ‘double double’ after taking the 5000m and 10,000m golds in London.WELCOME TORIThere could also be a fresh new face in the sprints with American Tori Bowie, a long jumper till 2013, who appears to be a favourite to win both the women’s 100 and 200m at Rio. She is now among the three best 100m runners in the world this year and the second best, after the Netherlands’ World champion Dafne Schippers, in the 200m.Schippers, incidentally, competed in the heptathlon at 2012 Olympics, where she finished 11th, and at 2013 Moscow Worlds, but is now the third-fastest woman in history in the 200m.South African Caster Semenya, who came up with some stunning times while winning the 2009 World Championships but whose gender was questioned shortly after that, could run into some controversy again for she is now at her best and is a clear favourite for the women’s 800m gold.GREATEST OF ALL TIME?Away from the track, it should be worth watching American gymnast Simone Biles, who according to many could be the greatest of all time, in her debut Olympics.The first African-American to be the all-around world champion – she won it at the last three Worlds – and along the way collected a record 10 golds at the Worlds and 14 medals overall.And in football which had an early start in Rio, all eyes will be on superstar Neymar as host and five-time World Cup champion Brazil looks to win its first men’s Olympic gold in the sport.FIFTH GRAND SLAM!The big boys of golf, an event that is returning to the Olympics after 112 years, may be missing from Rio because they are worried over the Zika virus, but it is interesting to note what the world’s No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic had to say about the Olympics. “We have the best players in the world participating in arguably the fifth grand slam. It’s of that importance for all of us, even more, because it happens every four years,” said the Serbian who took the bronze in Beijing in 2008 and finished fourth in London after losing to eventual champion Andy Murray in the semifinal.Some of the greats of cycling will be in action too with Britain’s Chris Froome, who won his historic third Tour de France title a few days ago lined up in Rio.LEE’S OLYMPICSMeanwhile Malaysian Lee Chong Wei, badminton’s World No. 1, who has slipped up often when it came to the big stage – he has five world silver medals, including two in the Olympics, from Beijing and London – will be very hungry to hit gold this time. And it looks like this could be Lee’s year.SHOOTERS, OUR BEST HOPEWhile Lee will be looking for his first Olympic gold, the record 119-member Indian team will be mainly looking at its shooters to bring the bulk of its medals, especially Asian Games champion Jitu Rai who is the among the world’s top three in the 10m and 50m pistol events, and Abhinav Bindra, who won the country’s lone individual gold at the Olympics (10m air rifle, in Beijing, 2008).Badminton star Saina Nehwal, a bronze medallist at London, is another player capable of coming good again while PV Sindhu and K Srikkanth could spring a surprise. The men’s hockey team, after its recent run, wrestlers, tennis players and archers all hold promise. Lee Chong Wei al eventscenter_img Olympics stars (file photo). Lee Chong Wei al Olympics stars (file photo). It doesn’t get bigger than the Olympics Lee Chong Wei al Olympics stars (file photo). null 1/2 COMMENT Published on RELATED COMMENTSlast_img read more

New renders show OnePlus 6T in Midnight Black and Mirror Black colours

first_imgSome more renders of the OnePlus 6T have leaked ahead of the official launch later this month. The new renders show the complete rear and front panel design of the phone. Notably, the pictures don’t reveal any new information about the smartphone. It just re-confirms the already known information. The renders show the OnePlus 6T with waterdrop notch display, minimal bezels compared to the OnePlus 6, in-display fingerprint sensor, dual rear cameras, and no 3.5mm headphone jack. The renders also show the OnePlus 6T in two colours — Midnight Black and Mirror Black, similar to the OnePlus 6.Besides the Midnight Black and Mirror Black colours, we also expect the OnePlus 6T to come in Silk White and Red colours, yet again similar to the OnePlus 6. Going in line with the past rumours, the new renders also suggest that the OnePlus 6T will come with waterdrop style notched display quite similar to some of the recently launched Oppo and Vivo phones. The teardrop notch will sport the selfie camera on it. The earpiece and the sensors of the OnePlus 6T will be placed in a way so that they are not visible from the outside. The sensors are expected to be embedded inside the display just like the V11 Pro.The new renders also show the OnePlus 6T with much thinner bezels compared to the OnePlus 6, which means that the phone will deliver a much better multimedia experience in comparison. In the picture, the back panel of the phone looks almost the same as the OnePlus 6, minus the fingerprint sensor which has found a new place under the display on the front.advertisementOnePlus is yet to reveal the camera configurations of the OnePlus 6T, but we expect the cameras of the upcoming OnePlus phone to be similar to the predecessor. We expect the OnePlus 6T to sport a 16MP primary sensor and 20MP secondary sensor with lots of camera modes to enhance the picture quality. On the front, the OnePlus 6T is expected to come with a 16MP camera embedded in the tiny waterdrop notch. Time and again, OnePlus has said that the USP of the OnePlus 6T is the fingerprint sensor which will be placed beneath the screen. OnePlus has been teasing the OnePlus 6T for a while now and has revealed that the in-display fingerprint sensor of the phone will be fast and secure.The newly leaked renders also show the OnePlus 6T with Type-C port at the bottom of the phone placed between two speaker grills. Yes, unlike the OnePlus 6, the upcoming OnePlus phone will come with two speaker grills to deliver better music experience.ALSO READ: OnePlus 6T teased yet again, shows the phone partially with thin bezels and sleek bodyOnePlus has already announced the coming of the OnePlus 6T, but the company is yet to reveal the launch date of the phone. Rumours say that the OnePlus 6T will be launching on October 17. Ahead of the launch, we already know a lot of specs details of the phone. The OnePlus 6T will come with either a 6.3-inch or a 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with 19:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, the smartphone is expected to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with 6GB/8GB RAM and 64GB/256GB of internal storage. We also expect the OnePlus 6T to ship with Android 9 Pie with the latest version of Oxygen OS on top. A rumour last week had revealed that the 6T will come with a much bigger battery setup than the OnePlus 6. The rumour said that the phone could sport 3700mAh battery.last_img read more