LaLiga hopes to restart on May 2 and 3 behind closed doors

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first_imgOnce UEFA has already decided from this noon on the future of all its competitions and, by extension, also that of the national ones, LaLiga also holds important telematic meetings to address this coronavirus crisis and the impact on Spanish football. If yesterday Thebes met with his trusted team and then chaired the monthly Delegate Commission, today it has reconvened its Management Committee from 12:00 noon to finish shaping a strategy in which time has been working but is at the expense of what happens internationally this Tuesday officially.If the Federation assured last week that it works in four possible scenarios, as today it is recording its intervention in the UEFA meeting with 55 other federations and the FIFpro players union, LaLiga works mainly on a hypothesis: that the Spanish championship can be restarted in the first week of May (May 2 and 3, although it would be attempted earlier) and end it in June, playing days on weekends and weekdays to accommodate even the Second Playoffs. Of course, as much as it hurts the leaders, almost certainly this outcome would be behind closed doors. The fact that the Euro Cup has already been postponed to June 2021 makes this LaLiga intention much more viable. The main slogan of LaLiga is to save the more than one hundred television contracts that professional clubs around the world have. Thebes understands that it is a chore for their associates to be unable to make the corresponding ticket offices that still remain, but the first thing is the health of the fans and players. The key is not to lose that 25% of the audiovisual income that is still in the eaves, since many television and sponsors are very concerned with the fact that the championship cannot be finished. Above all, LaLiga sources assure, with some alternatives that have been launched with some recklessness. That would lead to a review of television contracts with the significant inconvenience that it would pose for LaLiga. Thebes is confident that this afternoon what is already an open secret, the suspension of the Euro Cup, and even the reduction of the format of the Champions League will be made official. That would facilitate some plans that he wants to share with all the clubs, very pending and concerned, throughout this Tuesday. The fact that UEFA asks for a solidarity fund to the leagues for postponing their competitions, as AS has revealed this Tuesday, is not funny.last_img read more

Jamalco look to parish’s youth

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first_img “These (young) players played other leagues. I watched them and the quality they possess. They can manage and match up with the Premier League boys. It’s just getting them in the right shape [and] mindset and to go in the league and perform well,” said Johnson. “Sometimes, when you have too much experienced players, they break down the team, so we want a quality team that is going to work together, but we have to take it a game at a time and not focus on the long season ahead,” he added. Jamalco will debut against last season’s beaten finalists, Portmore United, at Juici-Patties playing field, and Johnson is comfortable with his team’s progress going into the season. “We are just fine-tuning to hit the Premier League. We have played a few practice games and I am comfortable. There is room for improvement, but I am comfortable. Jamalco is a good defensive team and we have a strong attack, so we will be good enough in attack and protect what we have,” he said. “The first game against Portmore, we will try to start on a high and maintain it. It will get tougher as the season goes on and teams will get tougher, but we have to gain all the points we can in the early rounds and see how much we can accumulate. But we will be taking it one step at a time,” he added. No player has left the club. Jamalco Football Club will make their first appearance in the nation’s top flight, the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), this season. However, unlike most Premier League debutants, the Clarendon club is not making a desperate bid to contract players with Premiership experience. On the contrary, coach Rayon Johnson is banking on the parish’s young talent, and he’s confident that they’ll come good during the season. “We have added a couple new players, but we haven’t added any with any Premier League experience,” he told The Gleaner. “We try to get young players who are talented from the parish. We have one player (Sean Coleman) with Premier League experience. He came on loan from Humble Lion and we’ve still retained that player. We haven’t gone in search on any other player from any Premier League club,” he revealed. Johnson believes that experience is overrated, noting that experienced players usually cause distractions in the teams. GETTING PLAYERS READYlast_img read more

Flyers drop second in a row to Dawson Creek Senior Canucks

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – It was a high scoring hockey game for both the Fort St. John Senior Flyers and the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks on Saturday night at the North Peace Arena.Dawson Creek struck first in Saturday night’s contest just 2:45 into the first period. However, Rick Cleaver evened things up for the Flyers less than 20 seconds later on a feed from Jeff Shipton and Taylor Greatrex. Brennan Giroux made it 2-1 Flyers three and a half minutes later assisted by Cole Calliou and Jake Ebner. A minute later, the Sr. Canucks tied the game up at two before taking the lead with just over six minutes left in the frame. Cleaver scored his second of the game just over a minute after Dawson took the lead, this time on the power play. Brody Busche and Jeff Fast tallied assists on Cleaver’s tying power play goal. With two seconds shy of three minutes to play in period number one, Joey Massingham gave Fort St. John a 4-3 lead assisted by Cleaver and Andrew Payou.The see-saw battle continued in the second frame, with Dawson Creek adding a pair of goals in the first ten minutes. The Flyers’ power play struck again to tie things up at 5-all with 6:06 remaining. Cleaver got the hat-trick on a feed from Shipton and Greatrex once again. In the fifteenth minute of Act II, Dawson Creek once again pulled ahead, this time with a pair of goals. Jake Ebner’s goal at 1:37 got Fort St. John to within one on a pass from Cleaver and Massingham, but the Flyers had a one goal deficit heading to the dressing room for the second intermission.- Advertisement -In the third, Dawson Creek scored again, and successfully shut the Flyers’ offence down to just one goal. Jeff Shipton scored with a minute and a half left in the game assisted by Massingham and Adam Horst to make it 8-7, but Dawson Creek sealed the deal with 4.7 seconds left to take the win 9-7.The Flyers have now lost two straight, and will be looking to bounce back this Thursday, when they host the Spirit River Rangers at the North Peace Arena for their final home game of the calendar year. Puck drops at 8:30.last_img read more

DDTV: BLAST FROM THE PAST – HISTORIC PICTURES FROM BUNDORAN

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first_imgBUNDORAN has been rebranded as the surf capital of Ireland.And with all the big waves rolling onto the town beach recently, little wonder it is starting to attract surfers from all over the world.This video however is from a time when the simple pleasures of the seaside involved a paddle, a stroll and some ice cream.It contains wonderful pictures from Bundoran’s past. Click to play and enjoy. DDTV: BLAST FROM THE PAST – HISTORIC PICTURES FROM BUNDORAN was last modified: March 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV: BLAST FROM THE PAST – HISTORIC PICTURES FROM BUNDORANlast_img read more

Santa Clarita Calendar

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. MONDAY Memorial Day program, 10 a.m. at Eternal Valley, 23287 N. Sierra Hwy., Newhall. Call (661) 259-0800. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Grand Opening, 3 p.m. at Canyon Dental Group, 28237 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia. Start Smart, a free class geared toward new or soon-to-be drivers and their parents, 6 p.m. at The California Highway Patrol office, 28648 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Wendy Hahn at (661) 294-5540. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Career Open House for health care professionals, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Greeley Education Center at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-8370. Free health lecture, “Memory Loss and Stroke: Know the Facts,” 1-2 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Opera Tales, 3:30 p.m. at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2720. “A Toast to Roberta” will celebrate the life of Roberta Gillis, 6-8 p.m. at Valencia Hills Clubhouse, 24060 Oak Vale Drive, Valencia. Call Leigh at (661) 296-4278 or visit www.MyTownUSA.com. “Zorro” discussion group 7 p.m. at Borders Books & Music, 24445 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Call (661) 286-1131. Beverly Hillbillies Bible Study, 7:30 p.m. in the library at Santa Clarita United Methodist Church, 26640 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 297-3783. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. THURSDAY Grand Opening, 5:30 p.m. at Gateway Cleaners, 28227 Newhall Ranch Road, Valencia. Hispanic Business Committee Mixer, 6 p.m. at South Point Argentine Grill, 24320 Town Center Drive, Valencia. Call Felicia Scorse at (661) 702-6977. Reading Group will discuss “The Power of One” by Bryce Courtenay, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call Agnes Zagar at (661) 259-8942. Santa Clarita Corvette Club will meet, 7:30 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-4675. Le Tip Business Network Group will meet, 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe, 24201 Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call Lisa Eichman at (661) 297-3333 or visit www.allvalleyletip.com. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. FRIDAY Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY National Trails Day event needs volunteers to help clear trails, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call (310) 858-7272, Ext. 115. Volunteer Orientation, 10-11 a.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Free used oil recycling kits will be distributed, 6 p.m. at Valencia AutoSpa, 23440 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 286-4098. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TODAY Junior Rangers will meet, 2-4 p.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. last_img read more

49ers sign journeyman as swing tackle candidate to replace Coleman

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first_imgSANTA CLARA — Sam Young, a 10th-year journeyman, might be the “next man up” for the 49ers this season if either of their starting offensive tackles gets hurt.Young, 32, signed a one-year deal Monday and filled the roster spot of Shon Coleman, this season’s projected swing tackle who instead went on injured reserve because of Sunday’s ankle surgery.Over Young’s career, he’s started 21 of 88 games played, including stints with the Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars and, for …last_img read more

Darwin Debate Strategy: Declare Victory

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first_imgThe easiest way to win a debate is to simply disallow your opponent, and then declare victory by forfeit.  Is that what supporters of Darwin are doing to their critics?The winner is: Darwin:  PhysOrg reported favorably on a book by Mano Singham (Case Western Reserve University) that declares victory against creationism and intelligent design: e.g., “The Dover case, says Singham, also brings the curtain down on the long history of religious groups trying to breach the wall between church and state.”  Neither Singham nor PhysOrg allowed the other side time to rebut this and other claims.  No, despite the fact that the Discovery Institute wrote a detailed rebuttal to this conception of what happened at Dover, and has repeatedly answered such claims on its Evolution News and Views web page, the title states as a matter of fact, “Science wins fight over evolution in schools, says Case Western Reserve University author.”  The article gives him the victory lap at the end, too: “For now the battle between religion and Darwin has been won by science, says Singham.”Inherit the Wind won’t die:  Despite numerous misrepresentations of the Scopes Trial, the play Inherit the Wind still makes the rounds.  It’s playing in London.  Celeste Biever mushed over the play in New Scientist and reflected on its bittersweet lessons about how science trumps religion, but how sad it is that so many well-meaning people can’t let go of their faith.  In her article Biever recounted an event from the Dover trial that never happened.  She claimed Michael Behe said astrology would count as science and the courtroom erupted in laughter.  Behe has answered this claim with clarification that Biever was misunderstanding his statement and that the laughter was at a different time about a different matter (check Uncommon Descent archives).  Of course, his side of the story was not allowed into the article.Selective book reviews:  Lawrence D. Hurst reviewed two pro-evolution books for Nature.1  His article shows a photo of Dawkins proudly holding a copy of his book The Greatest Show on Earth.  To Hurst, the only controversy between the pugilistic Richard Dawkins and the gentlemanly Carl Zimmer was which approach is most likely to be effective in smashing creationists over the head.  “So which is the better strategy for explaining the difference between fact and fantasy: that of the quiet American or that of the British Rottweiler?  Zimmer makes the facts palatable but Dawkins reminds us that some people persist in their beliefs even if they are profoundly contradicted by observation and logic,” Hurst declared.  Sounds like he supports the Dawkins approach.It has been a fairly well-known phenomenon that a faceless army of anti-I.D. editors scours Wikipedia daily to maintain their lies about intelligent design supporters.  This is true for other controversial figures like Rush Limbaugh, too.  Some I.D. scientists have corrected factual errors on pages about themselves, only to find their corrections overwritten almost immediately with the same lies.  Wikipedia maintains no method of accountability for editors and no method for targets of these lies to get them corrected.  Because of this, no one should consider Wikipedia a reliable source for information – particularly on controversial topics like evolution and intelligent design.1.  Lawrence D. Hurst, “Showcasing the evidence for evolution,” Nature 461, 596 (1 October 2009) | doi:10.1038/461596a.The Darwinists are not above telling outright lies in pushing their views in the media.  “Our enterprise has established facts and we should have the confidence to say so.  Evolution is one such fact,” says Hurst, conveniently equivocating over the word evolution.  Celeste Biever lies about Behe but calls Darwin “the man who has contributed more than any other to our understanding of where humanity came from” (a majority might give that honor to Jesus Christ).  Singham repeatedly portrays critics of Darwin as violating separation of church and state.  These three examples of Darwin debating tactics (e.g., one-sided presentations) are riddled with simplistic either-or fallacies, glittering generalities, outright lies and half-truths.  In a real debate they could not get away with it.  They do what is typical of leftists and radicals: shut the other side up, and declare victory.  Wasn’t that tactic famously displayed in certain totalitarian dystopias over the last century?  We report both sides and give you original sources so that you can judge for yourself.  In other words, we respect your freedom and the dignity of your individual intellect.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Much at stake in a last NBA Finals trip to Oracle Arena

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first_imgToronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) scores past Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) during the second half if Game 5 NBA Finals basketball game in Toronto on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — The NBA Finals are making one last trip to Oracle Arena.For the Toronto Raptors, it’s a second shot at a first championship.ADVERTISEMENT Toronto will bring a 3-2 lead into the building and try again to win a title that seemed so close in Game 5. The Raptors had a six-point lead with less than 3 minutes remaining Monday, poised to put an end to a Golden era in the NBA. Then Thompson and Stephen Curry rallied Golden State to a 106-105 victory, fueled by three straight 3-pointers.Now the Raptors have to do things a little bit better, for a little bit longer.“Come out and do the same thing. Just be mentally focused, try to limit our mistakes, and be the aggressor,” Kawhi Leonard said. “Just play hard 48 minutes and see what happens.”It’s the last game in the arena before the Warriors move to the new Chase Center in San Francisco, and the first one for Golden State with the knowledge that Kevin Durant won’t be back this season. The two-time defending champions began the series hoping he could return from a strained right calf, but not long after he did he was lost in the second quarter of Game 5 with an Achilles tendon injury.Center Kevon Looney also went out again, so the Warriors are nowhere near full strength as they make their final stand.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport They can’t worry about that now.“It’s not like we’re the only team battling,” Draymond Green said. “They’re battling as well. Everybody is facing fatigue at this point. No one cares who is tired or if you’re facing a little fatigue. You’ve got to do what you came here to do anyway.”The Warriors are trying to become the 12th team to come back from a 3-1 deficit and only the second in the NBA Finals, after the Cleveland Cavaliers did it against them in 2016. Being back home Thursday is a luxury but certainly no guarantee, not after Toronto won Games 3 and 4 at Oracle Arena to go along with its victory there in the regular season.So the Raptors won’t be rattled by having to go back there, even though they nearly avoided it.“We came into this series expecting a long series and we put ourselves in a good position,” guard Fred VanVleet said.A loss Thursday sends the Warriors into a summer they won’t be eager to face. Durant can become a free agent and will have to decide where he wants to play — whenever he can play. Thompson’s contract also expires, so these could be the final days of a dynasty.But until then, the Warriors are showing they can win with skill or will. They’ve beaten teams for so long just because of their talent advantages, but getting this title would require much more than that.“We made a lot of different statements over the course of these five years,” Curry said. “Win or lose, I don’t feel like we need to prove anything anymore. It’s just about can we get the job done or not.” View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue NorthPort, TNT shoot for lead Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess For the Golden State Warriors, it’ll be a night to play for a fallen teammate and the fans they’re leaving behind.Game 6 is Thursday and the stakes could hardly be higher.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We owe our fans one more game in Oracle,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson said.There have been so many already during Golden State’s stretch of five straight trips to the NBA Finals, the second-longest run in NBA history. But few had all the drama and emotion that will fill the Oakland air Thursday. LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toolast_img read more

New Mitsubishi Pajero Sport makes its global debut at GIIAS 2015

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first_imgThe new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport made its public debut at the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) 2015 on Friday amidst loud cheers. The new Pajero Sport will be launched in India by the end of 2015 and will compete against the new Chevrolet Trailblazer, Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner.The new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport will come with a 2.5L DI-Diesel with Intercooler Turbocharger, 4 Cylinders In-line giving a power output of around 178 PS and torque of 350Nm, mated to a mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and will have a fuel capacity of 70 litres.ALSO READ:Mitsubishi Pajero Sport to launch soon in IndiaThe new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport will come with an upright grille. Although the overall look of the car is pretty much the same as the current car, numerous sheet metal fundamentals are taken from Mitsubishi’s Triton pick-up truck.The new Mitsubishi Pajero Sport will come with Rise Body with Front & Rear side door impact bars, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with EBD(Electronic Brake-force Distribution) & hydraulic brake booster, Collapsible Steering column, SRS Airbags (Driver + Passenger), 3-point ELR seat belt for all.last_img read more

Sri Lanka offers diplomatic job to retired Kumar Sangakkara

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first_imgKumar Sangakkara didn’t get a fairytale farewell fit for an all-time great, but the cricketer did get a pleasant surprise on the final day of his last test: The government offered him a role as Sri Lanka’s envoy in Britain.President Maithripala Sirisena, who attended a ceremony to honour Sangakkara on his retirement Monday after Sri Lanka’s loss to India at Colombo’s P.Sara Oval, asked the batting great to accept the position.Sangakkara told reporters later that he was surprised at the request. Also read: 10 quotes that best describe Kumar Sangakkara”I actually just heard it and it got me surprised. So I have to go and think about it and really have a proper chat with his excellency as well,” Sangakkara said.Sangakkara was carried around the ground on his teammates’ shoulders after a somewhat disappointing end his illustrious 15-year career. Sri Lanka suffered a 278-run defeat at the hands of India which enabled them level the three-match series 1-1. Sangakkara himself aggregated just 50 runs from both innings.In an emotional speech, Sangakkara had some advice to offer captain Angelo Mathews.”I hope you just work hard and enjoy the sport, sport you will play only for a short time, it comes and goes,” he said. “But don’t be afraid. Take pride in what you do, don’t be afraid to lose when you are searching for a win and keep Sri Lanka’s flag flying high.”Sangakkara began his cricket at Trinity College, an Anglican mission school in the central city of Kandy, and then started his first-class career at the Nondescripts Cricket Club.advertisementHis performances earned his a one-day international call up against Pakistan in 2000 and he made his test debut against South Africa shortly afterwards.Since then he played 134 test matches for 12,500 runs at an average of more than 57.Sangakkara retired from limited overs cricket after this year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. By then he had scored 14,234 runs in 404 ODIs and 1,382 runs in 56 Twenty20 internationals.In 2012, he was the ICC Cricketer of the Year.last_img read more