Photo © Tipp FM & Denis Vahey Photography Bill Mullally will take over from Brian Boyle, who stepped down following Tipperary’s loss in the All Ireland Quarter Final this year.The Newport man has been manager of the minor squad for the past two years, and guided them to All Ireland victory in the 2015 season.He will also take charge of the intermediate team.
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Attention will quickly turn to see if football’s world governing body FIFA allows the scandal-tainted ally of President Vladimir Putin to retain his senior World Cup role.In a statement, FIFA said it had “taken note” of the IOC decision but it had “no impact on the preparations” for Russia 2018. Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Lausanne, Switzerland | AFP | Russia was banned Tuesday from the 2018 Winter Games by the International Olympic Committee over its state-orchestrated doping programme, but clean Russian athletes will be allowed to compete under an Olympic flag.The sanction was the toughest ever levelled by the IOC for drug cheating and was delivered just 65 days ahead of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.In announcing the decision, IOC president Thomas Bach accused Russia of “perpetrating an unprecedented attack on the integrity of the Olympic Games and sport”.An explosive report by the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) and two subsequent IOC investigations have confirmed that Russian athletes took part in an elaborate drug cheating programme which peaked during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.Mounting evidence has indicated that the scheme involved senior government officials, including from the sports ministry, with help from secret state agents.The IOC also banned Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko — who was sports minister during the Sochi Games — for life.Mutko is currently the head of the organising committee for the 2018 World Cup, which Russia is hosting.
For complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.ALAMEDA — After losing his first game in nearly 10 years, Jon Gruden used a little levity Tuesday to ease the tension.In addressing a question about the second-half struggles of quarterback Derek Carr, Gruden interjected at the first of his weekly day-after-game press conferences, “I heard a skunk got loose in our tunnel. I think that’s what screwed us up a little bit.”True enough, the skunk part anyway. Anyone who made the …
As we proceed into the age of genomics, the DNA codes of more and more animals are coming into focus. The genomes of humans, chimpanzees, mice, chickens, dogs, rats and pufferfish have been sequenced so far, and more are planned. Evolutionists expected the ancestry of all living things to be traceable in the genetic code by comparing the DNA of distant vs. closely-related species, but the task has proven far more complicated than expected. One recent finding has evolutionists really scratching their theoretical heads, as summarized in the May 28 issue of Science:There are 481 segments longer than 200 base pairs (bp) that are absolutely conserved (100% identity with no insertions or deletions) between orthologous regions of the human, rat, and mouse genomes. Nearly all of these segments are also conserved in the chicken and dog genomes, with an average of 95 and 99% identity, respectively. Many are also significantly conserved in fish. These ultraconserved elements of the human genome are most often located either overlapping exons in genes involved in RNA processing or in introns or nearby genes involved in the regulation of transcription and development. Along with more than 5000 sequences of over 100 bp that are absolutely conserved among the three sequenced mammals, these represent a class of genetic elements whose functions and evolutionary origins are yet to be determined, but which are more highly conserved between these species than are proteins and appear to be essential for the ontogeny of mammals and other vertebrates.Why is this unexpected? According to evolutionary theory, mutations accumulate over time. Evolutionists believe that fish, birds and mammals all diverged on the family tree and went their separate ways millions of years ago. Why, then, are there these thousands of sequences that have not changed at all? Mutations, in theory, could be harmful, beneficial, or neutral. If harmful, natural selection should weed them out. If beneficial, natural selection should preserve them, as Darwin said in a classic passage on gradualism: “Natural selection is scrutinizing the slightest variations, rejecting those that are bad, preserving and adding up all that are good.” But most evolutionists also consider the gray area between, the “neutral” mutations that cause neither benefit nor harm. Exposed to mutagens in the environment over vast ages, each section of the genome should accumulate neutral mutations, resulting in genetic drift. Presumably, the amount of drift between two species (like rats and humans) would be a function of the time since their lineages diverged, assuming a “molecular clock” ticking with a steady mutation rate. (Is the molecular clock reliable? See 04/20/2004 headline.) Yet there are significant segments of DNA that are 100% identical in the mammalian genomes, despite evolutionists’ belief their ancestries diverged tens of millions of years ago. The puzzle is even more striking when fish and bird genomes show 95% or greater sequence identity with mammals in these ultraconserved elements for 300 to 400 million years. How could this be, especially when some parts of the genomes appear to evolve rapidly? The Darwinian explanation is that the ultraconserved regions have been subject to “purifying selection.” This presumes that certain stretches of DNA are so important, so indispensable, that natural selection protects them from change and is vigilant about correcting mutations. Thus, purifying selection is the converse of natural selection: instead of selecting positively for a new function, it selects negatively against change. Yet the authors of this paper do not seem completely satisfied with this explanation. For one thing, not all ultraconserved elements are in the exons of active genes that code for proteins. Many exist in introns and other regions thought to be “junk DNA.” Why would natural selection preserve junk to a high degree of accuracy for millions of years? The implication is that it’s not junk at all, but something vital to the regulation of gene expression.Non-exonic ultraconserved elements are often found in “gene deserts” that extend more than a megabase. In particular, of the non-exonic elements, there are 140 that are more than 10 kilobases (kb) away from any known gene, and 88 that are more than 100 kb away. (See also 10/16/2003 headline.)Indirect evidence suggests that these segments, far distant from genes, are important for regulating embryonic development or act as “distal enhancers” of the genes. Simple scaffolding they are not. It is true that these ultraconserved elements do not extend to distant species, such as between humans and jellyfish or fruit flies; yet extreme conservation is apparent even among the more primitive lineages, going back to the earliest chordates. The best that evolutionists can explain is that rapid evolution occurred in these regions in the past, then stopped in its tracks: “the bulk of the ultraconserved elements represent chordate innovations that evolved fairly rapidly at first but then slowed down considerably, becoming effectively ‘frozen’ in birds and mammals.” When the scientists searched for conservation in shorter segments, they found it everywhere:A more extensive analysis of paralogs, based on a recent global clustering of highly conserved noncoding human DNA, reveals several further highly conserved intronic and intergenic elements in functionally equivalent positions relative to paralogous genes. These were not classified as ultraconserved by our stringent criteria. Indeed, if we merge alignment blocks of 200 bases, each with at least 99% identical columns, we obtain 1974 “highly conserved” elements up to 1087 bp long in the human…. If instead we demand at least a 100-bp exact match between humans and rodents, we get more than 5000 highly conserved elements. Tens of thousands more are found at lower cutoffs; for example, there is a 57-bp exactly conserved sequence overlapping an alternatively spliced exon of the WT1 gene which is invariant in mammals and in chickens and is largely conserved in fishes (fig. S1). The percentage of the conserved elements that overlap with a known coding region steadily rises from 14 to 34.7% as the length criteria defining these elements is reduced from 200 to 50 bp (table S6). If experiments with less conserved elements in recent studies are any indication, many of these shorter elements are also functional.The scientists put these findings into three possible explanations: (1) either strong purifying selection is 20 times better at correcting mutations in these regions, or (2) the mutation rate is 20 times slower, or (3) a combination of both. The importance of these regions must be extreme if the strong negative selection is the reason; does the conservation of active gene exons create structures that “must be extremely constraining over hundreds of bases of DNA”? Perhaps, but questions remain for either explanation. The article concludes on a question mark:On the other hand, if reduced mutation rates are the explanation, then the existence of regions of a few hundred bases with 20-fold reduced mutation rates would itself be quite novel. Although neutral mutation rates may vary depending on chromosomal location on a megabase scale, there is to our knowledge no evidence or precedent for the existence of short “hypomutable” or “hyperrepaired” neutral regions. Finally, the answer could also be a combination of negative selection and better repair in these regions, owing to some vital role that these elements play, such as self-regulating networks of RNA processing control in the case of exonic elements and self-regulatory networks of transcriptional control for non-exonic elements. In any case, the questions remain: What kind of elements associated with these processes would have arrived relatively early in chordate evolution and then become practically frozen in birds and mammals? And what mechanisms would underlie this, allowing them to resist virtually all further change?New Scientist June 3 reports an experiment the deepened the mystery: mice born without the some of the ultraconserved regions do just fine. This announcement produced “gasps of amazement” at a scientific talk, the article says, because it was assumed if they were so conserved, they must be important for survival. A team deleted 1000 highly conserved sequences shared between humans and mice, and found the lab mice to be virtually identical with normal mice in every measurement: growth, lifespan, metabolism, and overall development. One of the deleted segments was over 1.6 million DNA bases long. Perhaps backup copies exist on other chromosomes for redundancy. The article puzzles over why some of the ultraconserved regions showed higher levels of conservation than many genes. “What’s most mysterious is that we don’t know any molecular mechanism that would demand conservation like this,” one researcher said.1Bejerano et al., “Ultraconserved Elements in the Human Genome,” Science, Vol 304, Issue 5675, 1321-1325, 28 May 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1098119].It was supposed to be so easy. Where fossils and comparative anatomy failed to confirm Charlie’s story, the genes would come to the rescue. Now this. The only way the Darwinians can keep their story going now is to propose that evolution is both lightning-fast and then frozen. Somehow, brainless early chordates invented all kinds of elaborate molecular mechanisms, then put them under the Law of the Medes and the Persians; these regions of DNA could not be altered. Thenceforth, genomes underwent fantastic degrees of evolution by natural selection, creating flying reptiles, flying birds, flying mammals and flying fish, blue whales, giraffes, lizards, peacocks and people, while these ultraconserved regions, exposed to all the natural forces affecting the other parts of the genome, remained steadfast and immovable. Strong positive selection played fast and loose with genes, duplicating and recombining and mutating them and adding introns with seeming reckless abandon. Simultaneously, strong purifying selection kept the ultraconserved regions virtually untouched. All the while, genetic drift threw in a few neutral mutations at random that somehow didn’t touch the ultraconserved regions. Ockham would slash away like a knight at this convoluted concoction of explanations. These findings may shed additional light on the mystery of introns, those sections of DNA that the transcription machinery cuts out and apparently discards (see 09/03/2003, 09/12/2003, 05/10/2004 and 05/19/2004 headlines). It would seem evolutionists would predict just the important functional genes to be conserved, if anything; why would introns be conserved, unless they too are vital? There is clearly much we don’t know yet. While some differences between animal genes appear to be functions of their assumed ancestral distance, many others do not. The picture is getting very complicated for the Darwin Party. 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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen (NOCK), managed by CIFT, achieved a superior score on a Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) third party food safety audit.EAGLE Certification Group conducted the extensive audit that assessed the facility condition and food safety processes and provided independent, third party verification that the GMP program is effective and robust. Several dozen small businesses use the Bowling Green, Ohio based kitchen incubator to produce food products sold at retail locations. Achieving this exceptional score assures retailers, as well as customers, brokers and other parties that these products were manufactured in a facility that is regularly monitoring product safety, sanitation and facility design and integrity.CIFT has worked with small and startup companies since the center’s inception in 1995 by providing product development guidelines, resources and marketing direction to entrepreneurs involved in the production of value-added food products. Technical capabilities, including nutritional analysis and shelf-life stability testing, ensure safe production of products.“CIFT is delighted to achieve such high marks in this third party audit,” said Rebecca A. Singer, president and CEO, CIFT. “The organization is pleased to continue to provide an affordable venue for entrepreneurs to develop a concept into a commercially viable food product – all within a facility that strives for the highest standard in food safety.”For nearly 25 years, woman-owned EAGLE has built a strong reputation on providing first, second and third party auditing services that are objective and value-added. The company holds thousands of active certificates, and utilizes more than 100 auditors to serve 15 countries around the world.
Can insulation materials, which we use to save energy and help prevent climate change, cause greenhouse gas emissions? Yes, in two ways.First, it takes energy to produce and ship these materials—which we refer to as “embodied energy”—and using fossil fuels for these energy needs releases carbon dioxide (our most significant greenhouse gas). So in a sense, all insulation materials have embodied global warming potential (GWP).Second, two of our common insulation materials are made with hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) blowing agents that are very potent greenhouse gases. Extruded polystyrene (XPS), best known by the brands Dow Styrofoam (“blueboard”) and Owens Corning Foamular (“pinkboard”), insulates to R-5 per inch and is made with HFC-134a, which has a GWP of 1,430—meaning that it’s 1,430 times as potent a greenhouse gas as carbon dioxide.(I have to note here that I’m not 100% sure that XPS is made with HFC-134a; manufacturers are unwilling to divulge the exact blowing agents they use, saying the information is proprietary, and material safety data sheets have not been updated yet to reflect the new blowing agents that were required as of January 1, 2010. But various hints in technical literature have led me to believe that this is the blowing agent being used.) RELATED ARTICLES Calculating the Global Warming Impact of Insulation New Blowing Agent Addresses Climate Impact of Foam InsulationInsulation to Keep Us Warm — Not Warm the Planet Are there closed-cell spray foam products that have low global warming aspects on the market now? The other insulation material made with a high-GWP blowing agent is closed-cell spray polyurethane foam (SPF). This insulation material is sprayed into building cavities, onto a foundation walls, or onto roofs, and it insulates to about R-6 per inch. Most, but not all, closed-cell SPF is made with HFC-245fa, which has a GWP of 1,030. Some closed-cell SPF is water-blown, thus avoiding this concern, though the vast majority is HFC-blown. Open-cell (low-density) SPF, such as Icynene, is all water-blown, so has a very low GWP.Lifetime GWPA blowing agent with a high GWP is only problematic if that chemical leaks out over time and, unfortunately, not much is known about how quickly this occurs. Some researchers, such as L.D. Danny Harvey, Ph.D., of the University of Toronto (who first raised the concern about the high GWP of foam insulation materials in a technical article a few years ago), has assumed that a large majority of the blowing agent leaks out over time, but based on conversations with technical experts in the industry, our analysis in Environmental Building News adopts a more conservative assumption that only 50% leaks out over the life of the insulation—which could be 50 years or 500 years.When we combine these two sources (embodied GWP and GWP related to the blowing agent used) for an insulation material, we arrive at the “lifetime GWP” of these materials. For insulation materials made with HFC blowing agents, the vast majority of the total GWP comes from the blowing agent. See the table for the assumptions we used in the EBN article.Payback of lifetime GWPIf we then calculate how much energy a given amount of insulation will save over its life (which depends on where the house is located and how efficient the heating system is) we can calculate the “payback” of the lifetime GWP in the insulation. In other words, this is the length of time it will take for the energy savings from the insulation to pay back the greenhouse gas emissions that will result from the use of that insulation.With the help of John Straube and Daniel Bergey of Building Science Corporation in Westford, Massachusetts, we calculated the paybacks for adding different amounts of these insulation materials. This is reported in the June issue of Environmental Building News for those who want to see the analysis in more detail. We looked at adding R-5 increments of insulation to a 2×6 wall system insulated with dense-pack cellulose (whole-wall R-value of 14 for the starting wall). The energy model assumed the building is in a moderately cold Boston climate. This is shown in the two charts.The good news is that, except for XPS and HFC-blown SPF, the payback for the lifetime GWP of insulation materials is very low. If you add four inches of polyisocyanurate (R-25) to the 2×6 wall, for example, (R-39 total) the lifetime GWP payback for that added polyiso insulation would only be 2.7 years. Even if you go all the way to a final R-60 for the wall system (adding 7.5 inches of polyiso), the payback would be only slightly over four years.By comparison, if it’s XPS you’re adding to the 2×6 wall, the payback for that added insulation is much longer. Adding one inch of XPS has a 36-year payback. With two inches, the payback jumps to 46 years, and with four inches, 65 years. To go all the way to a final R-value of R-60 (adding about 9 inches of XPS) would have a payback of over 110 years. For SPF, the paybacks will be similar, though somewhat lower.Bottom Line – Avoid XPS and SPFSo what does all this mean? These differences are dramatic enough that, even if our assumptions are off by a significant factor, we can draw some general conclusions about sensible choices.If we’re building highly insulated buildings and doing so in part to mitigate global warming, we should use insulation materials other than XPS or SPF—at least until these insulation materials are produced with blowing agents that have far lower GWP. (Low-GWP blowing agents, such as hydrofluoroolefins, HFOs, are likely to be available from Honeywell and DuPont in the next few years, though it is unknown how quickly XPS and SPF manufacturers could convert to these or other compounds.)There are lots of good alternatives. Now that polyisocyanurate (a common foil-faced rigid insulation material sold under such tradenames as Thermax, ACFoam, and Rmax) is made with pentane as a blowing agent, its GWP is very low (the GPW of pentane is about 7). Expanded polystyrene (EPS or beadboard) is also made using pentane as a blowing agent. Open-cell SPF, such as Icynene, uses water as a blowing agent. Fiberglass, mineral wool, and cellulose do not use blowing agents at all. Note that XPS and closed-cell SPF offer some excellent performance properties (controlling moisture migration and airflow through the building envelope), so if we are substituting a different material, we have to address these building science issues carefully.The bottom line is that when we insulate our homes so that they will use less energy and thus help to mitigate climate change, we should be careful about which materials we use. Providing high levels of insulation with XPS or closed-cell SPF will counteract a lot of that well-meaning effort.To get a more complete understanding of this issue and for a checklist of alternatives to XPS and closed-cell SPF, check out the June, 2010 issue of Environmental Building News (to access this article, a log-in is required–$12.95 per week or $199 per year).I invite you to share comments on this blog. Will this information affect your choices of insulation materials?Alex Wilson is the executive editor of Environmental Building News and founder of BuildingGreen, LLC. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feeds.
PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO CITY—TNT import Michael Craig filled up the stat sheets in his first PBA game with a triple-double in their 106-96 win over Kia in the Governors’ Cup.Craig led the KaTropa with 21 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists, and he knows that what he does is all for the improvement of his chemistry with his TNT teammates.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 “I think it should be me fitting in with them, I’m the import,” said Craig Friday at Ynares Sports Center here in Antipolo. “And I feel like I’m doing a great job in that aspect.”TNT played its first game of the Governors’ Cup later than the other teams in the league as the KaTropa played in the Commissioner’s Cup Finals, and Craig used the time between the two conferences to get acquainted better with his teammates.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I’ve been here a little bit earlier,” said Craig, who was with TNT during the six-game series against eventual champions San Miguel. “So I’ll see how every thing works and how every thing goes. And I think I got to feel how they like to play.”And Craig, despite not playing in the San Miguel series, added that the Beermen are already in his sights. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “I’m definitely looking forward to it,” said Craig. “I would definitely want to play in that game because of the intensity, I love their players, they’re competitive and I just want to go out and be part of that competitiveness.” National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress View comments FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Aguilar thinks Standhardinger fits Gilas’ needs
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Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Iowa forward Megan Gustafson (10) celebrates with teammates after an NCAA college basketball game against Maryland, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Iowa City, Iowa. Gustafson scored 31 points as Iowa won 86-73. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)NEW YORK — Women’s basketball teams across the country found many different ways to honor cancer survivors this week as part of the Play4Kay initiative.Texas A&M and Iowa had their players wear names on their jerseys of people who had touched their lives and battled cancer.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “I can walk and am pain free. But I’m not strong enough yet,” he said. “You don’t know how weak your legs are until the therapist pushes you.”NEARLY PERFECT OFFENSE: Villanova lit up the scoreboard in the third quarter against Georgetown on Friday. The Wildcats scored 39 points, going 17 for 18 from the field. Kelly Joket made all seven of her shots, and Mary Gedaka was 5 for 5. The team scored on all 17 possessions it had in the quarter and won the game 91-43.ROUGH WEEK TO BE RANKED: A dozen of the Top 25 teams lost games this week, including No. 2 Louisville, No. 5 Mississippi State and No. 8 Marquette. The Lady Bulldogs and Golden Eagles fell to unranked teams in Missouri and St. John’s.SNAPPED: Illinois State ended a 13-game winning streak for Missouri State on Friday. The Lady Bears had won 17 consecutive Missouri Valley Conference games (371 days) and 13 straight home league games (404 days). MOST READ LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Aggies coach Gary Blair had a jersey with the name of ESPN sideline reporter Holly Rowe on the back for the team’s game Thursday against LSU. Rowe, who fought desmoplastic melanoma, a skin cancer, was the first to interview Blair on the court in Indianapolis after A&M won the NCAA championship in 2011.“Coach Blair and I have shared some special moments, like when his team won the national championship and he did the ‘Dougie Dance,’” Rowe said in an email to The Associated Press. “He has done so much for women’s basketball. When I heard he was honoring me as a survivor, of course I cried. I haven’t really processed yet that I am a survivor because I feel like I am still fighting. But maybe that is what surviving is, thriving, living and loving through the worst of cancer. Coach Blair honoring me does make me feel strong. I will work hard to keep making him proud and help, honor and uplift survivors everywhere.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe game had special meaning for Texas A&M assistant coach Bob Starkey. His wife, Sherie, is a breast cancer survivor. He and his wife donated $1,000 to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in honor of the 1,000 students who came to the game Thursday.Iowa also had its players don special jerseys for its game Sunday against Maryland. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “We always talk about as a team, even before the season starts, that we’re playing for the name on the front of our jerseys. But it’s really special that we get to put the name on the back of our jerseys, someone in our life that’s been affected by cancer,” Iowa’s Kathleen Doyle said. “It’s a really powerful feeling. I’ve got my grandma on the back, and I never got to meet her, but I know that she’s watching and that she’s really proud. It’s really special.”All the games across the country are inspired by former N.C. State coach Kay Yow, who died 10 years ago after a 22-year fight against breast cancer.FEELING BETTER: DePaul coach Doug Bruno is counting his blessings every day. It’s been nine weeks since he had spinal fusion surgery and he’s still on the mend.“I was afraid I wouldn’t walk or coach again,” Bruno said after his team beat St. John’s on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. “Thank God it went well and it released the pressure on my spine.”Bruno started rehab three weeks ago and his legs are getting stronger.ADVERTISEMENT
Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Dinesh Karthik said here on Tuesday he would miss playing at the Eden Gardens terribly if some of their home games are shifted out to neutral venues because of the coming Lok Sabha polls.”I will really miss Kolkata because there is a certain vibe, certain energy playing at Eden. Playing in front of 60,000 cheering for you makes a massive difference,” Karthik told reporters on the sidelines of the Mayor’s Cup at Eden Gardens.”If we do miss a few games, I would miss Eden gardens terribly,” said Karthik.The IPL dates are likely to clash with the Lok Sabha elections towards the second-half of the tournament. The BCCI is considering the possibility of changing the competition’s home and away format and making it venue-specific.Matches will be scheduled at neutral venues where polling would have already concluded or coming up at a later date.According to fixtures released for the first two weeks, KKR will play two home matches against Sunrisers Hyderabad on March 24 and Kings XI Punjab on March 27.Time to #KorboLorboJeetboHere’s our schedule for the first 2 weeks of VIVO #IPL2019! #KKRHaiTaiyaar pic.twitter.com/LEh5ctCpnqKolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) February 19, 2019KKR have a more well-rounded team for IPL 2019: KarthikTalking about the team, Karthik who took over the captaincy of the side last year said they have a slightly different team from last year and he is looking forward to the new season.”We are slightly different to the team we had last year. We are really looking forward to it as a team. We have realised what we lacked last year and we have added resources accordingly. Thus, we are a more well-rounded team this year,” the 33-year old said.advertisementThe Kolkata outfit shelled out Rs 5 crore for West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite and another Rs 1.6 crore for New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson.They are additions to an already stacked side that has the likes of Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Karthik and Kuldeep Yadav.Karthik will lead the team for the second season running and will look to continue the run-making heroics that yielded him 498 runs as the team’s highest scorer in the last campaign.Asked about his personal goal, Karthik said: “I am not somebody who sets goals per se. For some strange reason, it is not something I have enjoyed doing.””If we can go out there and put our best foot on the park, and the best we can, I will be very happy,” he said.Mumbai stalwart Abhishek Nayar, KKR’s academy coach and also one who Karthik credits for his recent success, was also present along with KKR Chief Executive Venky Mysore at the Eden Gardens.Asked about Karthik using IPL to prove a point to Indian selectors ahead of the ICC World Cup, Nayar said: “He has already made a statement playing for India. When he plays the IPL, it’s more about making sure his team wins. It’s more about KKR the team than DK the individual.””With the limited opportunities he has got for India, he has proven himself in the role he has been assigned in terms of being a finisher for the team. He has been consistent in doing that,” Nayar said.Also Read | Teach Pakistan a lesson, even if it means aar paar ki ladaai: Yuzvendra ChahalAlso Read | Absolutely crystal clear: Shahid Afridi on Imran Khan’s Pulwama reaction Also See: