US: Germany is ‘highly valued’ station for American troops

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — Germany’s Defense Ministry says U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin told Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in his first conversation with her since taking up his new post that Germany is “highly valued” as a station for American soldiers. Former President Donald Trump last year ordered the reduction of the U.S. military contingent stationed in Germany by more than 25% and the Pentagon has been studying how that could be done. German officials have hoped that order will be rescinded, and German’s Defense Ministry said Thursday Austin “emphasized that Germany is highly valued as a station and that American soldiers feel very comfortable here.”last_img read more

Indian Premier League Ravichandran Ashwin’s Mankading of Jos Buttler results in social media firestorm

first_imgAnd no. I don’t think Ashwin must henceforth be referred to as the “Line of Punjab.”#AshwinMankads— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) March 26, 2019In the post-match press conference, Ashwin reiterated that he had done nothing wrong. “It’s there within the rules of the game. I don’t understand where the spirit of the game comes, naturally if it’s there in the rules it’s there. I don’t understand the point of sporting or sportive in that point because it’s rules. What applies for one man does not apply for everyone else,” Ashwin said. Upton, though, was blunt in his criticism. “I think R Ashwin’s actions tonight speak for him and represent him. When I looked in the eyes of his teammates, I’m not sure it represented his teammates. We’ll leave it up to the IPL fans to decide if that’s the kind of thing they want to see, and we’ll leave it up to the cricket world to judge R Ashwin’s actions tonight,” Upton said with anger. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. In April 2017, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) tweaked the rules and cleverly changed the title of the law related to Mankading, which stated that it was the batsman’s fault in case he got mankaded. The new law 41.16 notes: “If the non-striker is out of his/her ground from the moment the ball comes into play to the instant when the bowler would normally have been expected to release the ball, the bowler is permitted to attempt to run him/her out.”  R Ashwin’s Mankading of Jos Buttler was the first-ever in history of IPL.Kings XI Punjab defeated Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur for the first time.Chris Gayle smashed 79 in the encounter while Jos Buttler hit 69. highlights This was not the first time that Buttler had been Mankaded, having been on the receiving end during the Edgbaston ODI between England and Sri Lanka in 2014 where Sri Lanka offspinner Sachithra Senanayake ran him out. Even for Ashwin, this was not the first time. In the 2012 tri-series in Australia, the offspinner had mankaded Sri Lanka’s Lahiru Thirimanne but the appeal was withdrawn by the-then captain Virender Sehwag.   New Delhi: The clash between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab at the Sawai Mansingh stadium on Monday witnessed a controversial moment when Ravichandran Ashwin mankaded Jos Buttler when the England batsman was batting on 69 and guiding Rajasthan Royals towards victory. However, in a flash, Ashwin removed the bails at the non-striker’s end and appealed for a run-out. The third umpire had a look and gave him out. This resulted in a fiery exchange between Buttler and Ashwin and when the batsman was given out, he was livid. In the post-match greetings, there was no eye contact between Buttler and Ashwin while Rajasthan Royals head coach Paddy Upton exchanged some terse words with the offspinner. The incident fueled plenty of criticism on social media, with the England players having a go at Ashwin. Many former players believed that Ashwin’s action went against the Spirit of the Game and that it was unwarranted. Some former Indian players and commentators supported Ashwin’s actions while even Australian players, notably Rajasthan Royals mentor Shane Warne had some harsh words for Ashwin’s action. last_img read more

Asa Goldstock’s aggressiveness isn’t working in her freshman year

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 7, 2017 at 11:14 pm Contact Nick: | @nick_a_alvarez Syracuse goalkeeper Asa Goldstock has a problem. Opponents are taking her supposed strength and turning it into a weakness. Throughout her lacrosse career, Goldstock came out of the net more than other goalies do. But through seven games, college offenses have exposed her.“I’m a lot more active and more athletic than other goalies,” the freshman said. “I don’t really sit tight. I play more as another defender.”That’s left the goal empty, at times. In several games this season, she tried to jump out and intercept the ball. Other times, she ran the ball out to midfield, hesitated and threw the ball away. It happened in the season opener, then against Binghamton, then against Albany — when her flub almost cost SU the game — and last week against Virginia. SU head coach Gary Gait pulled her before halftime against UVA. (She reentered less than two minutes later).Goldstock’s tendency to come out of the net helped make her the No. 3 recruit in the country. But through seven games, No. 4 Syracuse’s (7-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) play in goal has kept lesser teams in games longer than they should. Through seven games, Goldstock leads the team with 12 turnovers.The Niskayuna, New York, native didn’t start her career in net. Her lacrosse journey originated on attack with boys teams. Her cousin asked her to play goalie and she hasn’t left the spot since. She hasn’t lost the aggressiveness that came with playing attack. On club teams, Goldstock broke the seal of her crease and pressured opposing attacks. When Goldstock’s aggressive style of play worked, she began to push farther and farther out, her mother Tiffany Moore said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBefore the season, Goldstock said that in practice her strategy had worked. Junior attack Riley Donahue, who ranks second on the team in goals (13), said the freshman’s aggressiveness frustrates her. When the season started, Goldstock stumbled.In the second half against Binghamton, Goldstock sprung from her crease and intercepted a pass. As she looked around for an outlet, a Bearcats attack knocked the ball from her stick and gained possession.Teams invite Goldstock to come out of the net with the ball. Against Virginia, the freshman made a stop and immediately looked for a teammate but found none open. The Cavaliers matched up on every SU defender and midfielder, forcing Goldstock to take the ball up the field, more than 50 yards from her crease.When Goldstock’s feet crossed midfield, Gait yelled. As the shot clock ticked down in what was a close game, Gait called for her to pass the ball. Flustered, Goldstock flung a pass over the head of Kathy Rudkin and UVA regained possession.Goldstock saves 50.5 percent of shots faced, good for 16th in the country. She said she believes she has quickly adapted to the increased velocity of shots hurled at her by collegiate attackers and midfielders.Against Virginia, the Orange trailed 11-2 in the first half. Goldstock posted her worst save-percentage of the season (.317), but SU mounted a furious comeback to win. Asked why he took Goldstock out of the game and put her back in net just a minute later, Gait chuckled and sarcastically asked why he waited so long. Commentslast_img read more

Football player investigated for pushing fan

first_imgA USC player is under investigation by the Washington State University Police Department after video captured footage of him knocking over a Cougars fan after the Trojans’ loss in Pullman on Friday.The video shows No. 93 — who is listed as redshirt freshman defensive lineman Liam Jimmons — pushing a fan to the ground with both arms. At least two angles of the incident have been posted online on social media.“We’ve reached out to see if the athlete wants to talk to us,” said Steve Hansen, the police department’s assistant chief to the Los Angeles Times.The investigation comes after Washington State received $25,000 worth of fines for fans rushing the field after the upset victory. USC players had to weave through frantic fans on their way to the locker room.“It was an electric game and a very exciting atmosphere, and the safety of both fans and players always needs to be taken into account,” USC head coach Clay Helton said. “It’s hard. When you have that many fans that excited, they found their way down on the field and makes for a chaotic scene.”last_img read more