COVID-19 made me realize life’s more than just cricket: Jemimah Rodrigues

first_imgNEW DELHI: The COVID-19-induced break served as a ‘blessing in disguise’ for me as it helped overcome the heart-wrenching defeat that India suffered in the women’s T20 World Cup final against Australia in March, India’s top-order batswoman Jemimah Rodrigues has revealed.On March 8, hosts Australia shattered India’s dream of winning their maiden World Cup in front of a record crowd at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. That match turned out to be the last women’s international this year. “It’s never easy coming back after the World Cup. We were in Australia for more than a month and a half. Also, losing the World Cup was also not easy, both mentally and emotionally,” Jemimah, 20, told IANS in an exclusive interview. “You need some time to recover and get back into the groove. So, the lockdown has been a blessing in disguise to get back to that emotional space that we normally like to be in. However, the break has been there for too long. We can’t just wait to get back on to the field and play cricket,” she said. In the last edition of the women’s T20 World Cup, Australia scripted their fifth triumph, defeating the Harmanpreet Kaur-led young Indian team by 85 runs in the final. And Jemimah feels it was the lack of execution that led to the team’s defeat. “It was the execution of the plan which according to me led to our defeat. Australia had a plan, they stuck to it, and executed it well. We also had a plan, but the execution couldn’t come from our side. So, I guess we lacked on the execution part.” The young player from Mumbai revealed the biggest lessons she has learned in the past six months, during the Covid-induced lockdown. “I realised how blessed we are. We travel to places and are playing cricket. But all of a sudden, everything came to a halt and I was able to spend some time with myself and with my family,” she said. “I realised life is more than just cricket. Cricket is a great sport and I love playing it and once I get back to the field, I will surely give my 100 per cent. But cricket is just a part of my life. There are many more things in my life such as family, friends which are equally important,” she emphasised. “During the lockdown I realised so many people are struggling to get their basic needs fulfilled. However, I was blessed to have a house, a family to be my side to take care of me, had food to eat, and water to drink — small-small things that we often take for granted.” After the pandemic impacted the entire world since early this year, the women’s World Cup, which was scheduled to be played in February next year in New Zealand, has been postponed until 2022. And Jemimah believes the postponement has allowed the team to prepare better for the prestigious tournament. IANS Also Watch: Special Trains from September 12: Here are the Detailslast_img read more

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Rank Group pursues Stride Gaming for £115 million

first_img Related Articles Submit Share Share StumbleUpon Rank lowers profit guidance as Mecca venues begin reopening  July 3, 2020 The governance of Rank Group Plc has this morning confirmed that it has entered ‘advanced discussions’ to acquire London AIM-listed online gambling group Stride Gaming Plc.Rank the operating company of Mecca Bingo and Grosvenor Casinos, has tabled a ‘28% premium’ offer on Stride’s share price, putting forward to investors an all-cash ‘151 pence per share’ purchase price to acquire Stride assets outright.The bid sees Stride Gaming, considered the UK’s largest online bingo network, valued at approximately £115 million.Rank’s pursuit of Stride comes as the UK gambling group undertakes a ‘corporate transformation programme’ led by Chief Executive John O’Reilly.Focusing on improving corporate efficiencies and shareholder value, O’Reilly and Ranks new executive team have focused on expanding the group’s digital assets, countering retail ‘venue declines’ within its Mecca and Grosvenor properties.The Stride bid sees Rank governance continue its strategy of expanding the group’s digital portfolio. In 2018, Rank would move to acquire popular Spanish online bingo portal YoBingo for €21 million.John O’Reilly – Rank GroupThe acquisition would see Rank significantly boost its online gaming profile, absorbing the Stride UK bingo brands’ of Kitty Bingo, Lucky Pants, Bingo Extra and Lucky VIP, Regal Wins and Spin&Win online casino properties.Issuing a market update, Rank Group CEO John O’Reilly: “We have long been impressed with the quality of the Stride management, technology and operations, which, we believe, offer significant opportunities to create value when combined with the Rank brands, customer-base and infrastructure.“The joining of our businesses will accelerate delivery of Rank’s Transformation Plan and create one of the UK’s leading online gaming businesses.” Rank gifts Ipswich Town’s Magical Vegas sponsorship to Carers Trust July 3, 2020 Rank Group extends support for Carers Trust July 28, 2020last_img read more

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Southland Men’s Basketball Season Tips Off Next Tuesday

first_imgThe contest is one of 117 broadcasts across the ESPN Networks and various other platforms on the slate of television and streaming games for the 2019-20 season. Coverage will also be provided for each matchup in the Southland Conference Tournament, set to take place March 11-14 at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. The Southland title game will tip off at 8:30 p.m. on March 14 on ESPN2. SEC Network Plus:Wednesday, Nov. 6 – Northwestern State at Texas A&M, 7 p.m.Wednesday, Nov. 6 – UIW at Missouri, 7 p.m.Friday, Nov. 8 – Sam Houston State at Mississippi State, 7 p.m.Saturday, Nov. 16 – Nicholls at LSU, 3 or 7 p.m.Sunday, Nov. 17 – New Orleans at Mississippi State, 2 p.m.Monday, Nov. 25 – Southeastern Louisiana at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m.Friday, Dec. 6 – Stephen F. Austin at Alabama, 7 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 15 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Texas A&M, 5 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 21 – Southeastern Louisiana at Mississippi, 1 p.m. ESPN+:Tuesday, Nov. 5 – Central Arkansas at Baylor, 11 a.m.Wednesday, Nov. 6 – LeTourneau at Stephen F. Austin, 6:30 p.m.Wednesday, Nov. 6 – McNeese at Western Michigan, 7:00 p.m.Saturday, Nov. 9 – McNeese at Louisiana, 7 p.m.Tuesday, Nov. 12 – Lamar at Duquesne, 6 p.m.Wednesday, Nov. 13 – Niagara at Stephen F. Austin, 6:30 p.m.Wednesday, Nov. 20 – LeTourneau at Sam Houston State, 6:30 p.m.Friday, Nov. 22 – McNeese at Richmond, 6 p.m.Saturday, Nov. 23 – Southeastern Louisiana at Austin Peay, 7 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 3 – Southeastern Louisiana at Louisiana, 7 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 5 – Southeast Missouri State at Abilene Christian, 7:30 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 7 – Rice at Lamar, 2 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 14 – ULM at Stephen F. Austin, 8 p.m.Wednesday, Dec. 18 – Southeastern Louisiana at Lamar, 7 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 21 – Nicholls at Abilene Christian, 7 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 28 – Paul Quinn at Stephen F. Austin, 2 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 29 – Southeastern Louisiana at Oklahoma State, 2 p.m.Wednesday, Jan. 8 – McNeese at Abilene Christian, 7 p.m.Wednesday, Jan. 15 – Sam Houston State at Lamar, 7 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 18 – UIW at Stephen F. Austin, 4:30 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 18 – Southeastern Louisiana at Abilene Christian, 7 p.m.Wednesday, Jan. 22 – Abilene Christian at Sam Houston State, 7:30 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 25 – Stephen F. Austin at Lamar, 4:30 p.m.Wednesday, Jan. 29 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Sam Houston State, 6:30 p.m.Wednesday, Jan. 29 – Abilene Christian at Stephen F. Austin, 6:30 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 5 – Nicholls at Stephen F. Austin, 6:30 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 5 – Central Arkansas at Lamar, 7 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 8 – New Orleans at Stephen F. Austin, 4:30 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 8 – Lamar at Abilene Christian, 7 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 12 – Houston Baptist at Abilene Christian, 7:30 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 19 – Lamar at Sam Houston State, 6:30 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 19 – Central Arkansas at Stephen F. Austin, 6:30 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 22 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Lamar, 4:30 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 22 – Houston Baptist at Sam Houston State, 5:30 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 26 – Northwestern State at Stephen F. Austin, 6:30 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 26 – UIW at Lamar, 7 p.m.Wednesday, Feb. 26 – Sam Houston State at Abilene Christian, 7:30 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 29 – Central Arkansas at Abilene Christian, 3:30 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 29 – UIW at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 3:30 p.m.Tuesday, March 3 – Stephen F. Austin at Abilene Christian, 7:30 p.m.Tuesday, March 7 – McNeese at Lamar, 4:30 p.m.Tuesday, March 7 – Sam Houston State at Stephen F. Austin, 4:30 p.m.Wednesday, March 11 – Southland Men’s Tournament Game 1 – First Round, 5 p.m.Wednesday, March 11 – Southland Men’s Tournament Game 2 – First Round, 7:30 p.m.Thursday, March 12 – Southland Men’s Tournament Game 3 – Second Round, 5 p.m.Thursday, March 12 – Southland Men’s Tournament Game 4 – Second Round, 7:30 p.m.Friday, March 13 – Southland Men’s Tournament Game 5 – Semifinal Round, 5 p.m.Friday, March 13 – Southland Men’s Tournament Game 6 – Semifinal Round, 7:30 p.m. Six other teams begin their campaign Tuesday, including defending Southland Conference Tournament champion Abilene Christian facing Arlington Baptist in the league’s nightcap at 7:30 p.m. Reigning regular-season champion Sam Houston State hosts Paul Quinn at 6:30 p.m. Longhorn Network:Saturday, Nov. 30 – McNeese at Texas, 1 p.m. ESPN2:Saturday, Dec. 28 – New Orleans at Memphis, 12:30 p.m.Saturday, March 14 – Southland Men’s Tournament Championship, 8:30 p.m. Big Ten Network:Wednesday, Nov. 13 – McNeese at Wisconsin, 6 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 29 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Nebraska, 3 p.m. Big Ten Network Plus:Tuesday, Nov. 5 – Nicholls at Illinois, 7 p.m.Wednesday, Nov. 20 – Stephen F. Austin at Rutgers, 6 p.m.Friday, Nov. 22 – Houston Baptist at Michigan, 6 p.m. Mountain West Network:Saturday, Nov. 16 – McNeese at New Mexico, 7 p.m. ACC Network:Tuesday, Nov. 12 – Central Arkansas at Duke, 6 p.m. WAC Digital Network:Thursday, Nov. 21 – Lamar at Utah Valley, 8 p.m.Saturday, Nov. 30 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at UTRGV, 7 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 3 – UIW at Seattle, 7 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 3 – Sam Houston State at UTRGV, 7 p.m. West Coast Conference Network:Saturday, Dec. 14 – Central Arkansas at Pepperdine, 7 p.m. SEC Network:Monday, Nov. 11 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m.Sunday, Nov. 24 – Lamar at Kentucky, 6 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 3 – New Orleans at LSU, 8 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 8 – Northwestern State at LSU, 3 p.m. Houston Baptist travels to Tulsa for a noon tip off against the Golden Hurricane, and Nicholls faces a road test against Illinois at 7 p.m. Northwestern State will square off with in-state foe Centenary at 5:30 p.m.center_img ACC Network Extra:Saturday, Nov. 9 – Nicholls at Pittsburgh, 11 a.m. 2019-20 Southland Men’s Basketball Television & Streaming Schedule (PDF)2019-20 Southland Men’s Basketball Media Guide ESPN3:Tuesday, Nov. 5 – Champion Christian at Lamar, 11 a.m.Tuesday, Nov. 5 – Houston Baptist at Tulsa, NoonTuesday, Nov. 5 – Paul Quinn at Sam Houston State, 6:30 p.m.Tuesday, Nov. 5 – Arlington Baptist at Abilene Christian, 7:30 p.m.Wednesday, Nov. 6 – Southeastern Louisiana at Tulane, 7 p.m.Friday, Nov. 8 – Arlington Baptist at Lamar, 7 p.m.Saturday, Nov. 9 – North Carolina Central at Stephen F. Austin, 1:30 p.m.Tuesday, Nov. 12 – New Orleans at SMU, 7 p.m.Friday, Nov. 15 – Mount St. Mary’s at Lamar, 7 p.m.Saturday, Nov. 16 – Northwestern State at Tulane, 1 p.m.Saturday, Nov. 16 – Drexel at Stephen F. Austin, 5:30 p.m.Saturday, Nov. 16 – Pepperdine at Abilene Christian, 7:30 p.m.Tuesday, Nov. 26 – Houston Baptist at Houston, 7 p.m.Tuesday, Nov. 26 – Sam Houston State at CSU-Bakersfield, 9:30 p.m.Friday, Nov. 29 – Abilene Christian at SMU, 7 p.m.Monday, Dec. 2 – Arlington Baptist at Stephen F. Austin, 6:30 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 3 – Northwestern State at SMU, 7 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 7 – Dallas Christian at Abilene Christian, 7 p.m.Wednesday, Dec. 11 – Southern at Lamar, 7 p.m.Wednesday, Dec. 18 – Houston Baptist at Stephen F. Austin, 6:30 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 4 – Abilene Christian at Lamar, 2 p.m.Wednesday, Jan. 8 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Stephen F. Austin, 6:30 p.m.Wednesday, Jan. 8 – Nicholls at Lamar, 7 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 11 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Abilene Christian, 3:30 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 25 – Southeastern Louisiana at Northwestern State, 3 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 1 – Stephen F. Austin at Sam Houston State, 5:30 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 1 – UIW at Abilene Christian, 7 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 15 – Houston Baptist at Lamar, 2 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 15 – Southeastern Louisiana at Nicholls, 3 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 15 – Central Arkansas at Sam Houston State, 3:30 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 29 – Lamar at Stephen F. Austin, 4:30 p.m. Fox Sports 1:Saturday, Dec. 28 – Central Arkansas at Marquette, 1 p.m. 2019-20 Southland Men’s Basketball Television & Streaming Schedule Pac-12 Network:Saturday, Dec. 7 – Central Arkansas at Utah, 4 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 21 – UIW at Washington State, 6 p.m. FloSports:Sunday, Nov. 10 – Abilene Christian at Drexel, 2 p.m. Fox Sports Southwest:Saturday, Dec. 14 – Lamar at TCU, 2 p.m. Fox Sports Go:Saturday, Nov. 9 – Central Arkansas at Georgetown, 11 a.m.Saturday, Nov. 9 – New Orleans at Butler, 7 p.m.Tuesday, Nov. 26 – Stephen F. Austin at Duke, 8 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 14 – Nicholls at West Virginia, 2 p.m. Conference USA TV:Tuesday, Dec. 3 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at UTSA, 7 p.m. New Orleans, the preseason favorite according to the preseason poll voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors, takes on Spring Hill at 7 p.m. FRISCO, Texas – The 56th season of Southland Conference men’s basketball tips off at 11 a.m. CT Tuesday, Nov. 5, when Central Arkansas takes on No. 16 Baylor in Waco, Texas, on ESPN+, and Lamar hosts Champion Christian.last_img read more

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Murder charges dropped against suspect in slaying

first_imgMeanwhile, police on Tuesday said they were investigating whether Onate was involved in questionable business dealings with at least one of the suspects that could have led to his death. “We speculate they were involved in illegal goings-on, but I can’t say what that is. … It may have been something that went wrong that precipitated the attack,” said Pasadena Police Department Cmdr. Mike Korpal. Court records show Bruister has a 2003 conviction for burglary. Hampton was convicted in 2005 of possession of heroin and cocaine paraphernalia. She was also convicted in 2001 of being under the influence of narcotics while driving with a suspended license. Villagomez was convicted in 2006 of receiving and concealing stolen property, in 2005 of possessing narcotics, and in 1988 of grand theft, according to court records. Police were called to the bus stop about 9:55 p.m. Thursday. Officers found Onate lying on the sidewalk near the stop. He had been shot multiple times. He died later at a hospital. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – Prosecutors on Tuesday declined to file charges against one of three people arrested in the shooting death of a 42-year-old Pasadena man at a bus stop last week. Prosecutors said they rejected filing a murder charge against Jorge Villagomez, 38, of Pasadena in the Thursday shooting of Frank Onate in the 700 block of North Los Robles Avenue. Villagomez was expected to be released from custody Tuesday. Murder charges remained in place against a second suspect, Johnny Bruister, 46, of Pasadena. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Deputy District Attorney Martin Bean said prosecutors have a videotape that shows the shooting. The third suspect, Cherlyn Hampton, 42, of Pasadena, was charged with being an accessory after the fact. Bruister’s and Hampton’s arraignments were postponed. Bail for Bruister was set at $2million. Hampton’s bail was set at $500,000. Investigators believe Onate might have known one or more of the suspects. last_img read more

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FIVE DONEGAL PLAYERS NAMED ON ‘SUNDAY GAME’ TEAM OF THE YEAR

first_imgFIVE DONEGAL players have been named on The Sunday Game ‘Team of the Year’.Five others from Kerry, three from Mayo and two from Dublin made up the rest of the line-upPaul Durcan was named as goalkeeper, with centre back going to Neil McGee. The brilliant Neil Gallagher was named in midfield with Ryan McHugh at left half forward.Donegal captain Michael Murphy was picked ahead of Ciaran Donaghy at full forward. FIVE DONEGAL PLAYERS NAMED ON ‘SUNDAY GAME’ TEAM OF THE YEAR was last modified: September 21st, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalRTESunday Gameteam of the yearlast_img read more

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