EL SEGUNDO – For his one-day ticket to go snowboarding at Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah over the All-Star break, Lakers forward Vladimir Radmanovic paid somewhere in the neighborhood of $64. For the separated shoulder he suffered while snowboarding on that ill-fated trip, violating the terms of his contract, Radmanovic will pay a $500,000 fine, or enough to buy a lift ticket every day for the next 21 years. “I was prepared for everything,” Radmanovic said. “They came up with a number. I think it’s fair for what I did.” He initially lied about how he was hurt, claiming he slipped on an icy sidewalk while on a trip for coffee, before coming clean to coach Phil Jackson and general manager Mitch Kupchak. The Lakers opted not to void the five-year, $30.2 million contract Radmanovic signed last July and wound up cutting the 26-year-old forward a break for coming forward with the truth and showing contrition. Jackson lamented that he was unable to field a full complement of players for any of the three practices this week. Andrew Bynum was sick again Thursday and Aaron McKie went home with an upper respiratory infection. Maurice Evans was still experiencing soreness in his right knee while Bryant practiced, but not before first undergoing an MRI on his hyperextended left elbow. The exam showed no further damage. [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I made a mistake,” Radmanovic said, “and obviously there’s a price for that mistake.” After much internal debate, that was the punishment the Lakers agreed was appropriate for Radmanovic, who is expected to be sidelined until mid-April with the injury. For his part, Radmanovic said he wouldn’t appeal the fine.
The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon is the only run in Africa to receive Silver Label status from the International Association of Athletics Federations. It’s also been declared as carbon neutral. The scenic run will take place on 20 September, and organisers hope to reach Gold Label status soon. The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon has received Silver Label status from the International Association of Athletics Federations. (Image: Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, Facebook) • Rugby’s full story: the Springbok Experience Rugby Museum • Watch: Giving South Africa the #HomeGroundAdvantage • South Africa’s Rugby World Cup journey • South Africa in top 20 best places to raise children • Clive Rice: South African cricketing icon dies at 66 Priya PitamberCape Town is world renowned for its tourist attractions such as Table Mountain and Robben Island.Now, the Mother City can add another accolade to its growing list: the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon has been granted Silver Label status by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The race will be held on 20 September 2015; it is the first race in Africa to receive the status. In addition, it has been declared carbon neutral.Marathon ambassador Elana Meyer, an Olympic gold medallist, said the organisers were delighted that the marathon received the status. She was proud to be associated with an event that was sustainable, Meyer added.To receive the silver status, a race has to meet certain criteria, such as having international runners take part in the race running faster times than the IAAF’s guidelines; the race route should be closed to motor traffic; and using full electronic timing to generate the results. The highest level, with the strictest guideline is gold, followed by silver, then bronze.This means the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon met the international guidelines set out by the IAAF to make the race a world-class event. “The annual event, relaunched last year, achieved the necessary criteria to be listed among 22 road races around the world with second-tier status,” reports the Times Live website.“The Silver Label status puts the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon on the race calendar for the top tier international runners in 2015,” Meyer said. “We are excited to be planning a spectator-orientated event over the Heritage Day weekend.”As for sustainability, “the marathon endeavours to benchmark itself against leading international city marathons in order to pioneer and be seen as leaders in sustainability initiatives”, she added.“The marathon’s three core focus areas are to demonstrate concern for sustainability; to minimise its environmental impact and to maximise engagement of all key stakeholders.”The 2015 marathonThe IAAF noted the route for the 42.2km run has been designed to offer runners a view of the city’s natural and cultural attractions. “Our fast picturesque route sees you weave through the city centre’s sky-scrapers,” reads the marathon website.“Past the many masts of the Royal Cape Yacht Club, along the banks of the Liesbeek River, under the shaded canopy of the tree-lined Southern Suburbs, around the historic Rondebosch Common, the world famous Newlands Cricket ground, the President’s residence – Groote Schuur, Africa’s finest tertiary institution – the University of Cape Town, historic District Six, the Castle of Good Hope, the Cape Town City Hall, the Houses of Parliament, the City Gardens, St Georges Cathedral, and the Nederduitse Kerk all beneath the watchful gaze of Table Mountain.” Runners enjoy a scenic view of the Mother City as they run the marathon. 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(Image: Sanlam Cape Town Marathon)Other than the 42.2km marathon, there is a 10km Peace Run, a 4.2km Community Fun Run, and 22km and 11km Peace Trail runs.Going for goldShortly after the silver status announcement, organisers and sponsors were already eyeing gold status.“The bar has certainly been raised quite high and as we launch this year’s event, the organisers have set yet another challenge – the IAAF’s Gold Label status for the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon,” said Carl Roothman, chief executive: retail of title sponsors Sanlam Investments. “We are confident that this will also be achieved in no time.”Besides achieving that, organisers would like the marathon to become popular all over the continent. “We want this to be the must-run marathon in Africa,” said Janet Welham, a member of the race’s executive committee to news website, Times Live.“We want it to become Africa’s largest running event and one of the biggest fundraising sporting events in South Africa.”Ready to runRunners have showed their excitement on social media, some even sharing their training tips.Its very close now, just days away, training done, just rest now #CTmarathon — Simon Cox (@akindofstranger) September 16, 2015Almost time for me and my legs to sit down and have a serious talk on whats waiting for them @ #[email protected] suuuper excited!! #pb — Stefan Wahl (@wahl_stefan)September 15, 2015Great last few weeks of running. Feeling ready for #ctmarathon this weekend. I may have done just enough mileage (long runs) +speed is there — Drew Fisher (@DrewFisher3) September 15, 2015Families and friends supporting their runners, and the public, can also make use of the supporter bus routes.Are you ready to support the @CTMarathon runners next Sunday? Get onto the FREE Sanlam hop-on-hop-off spectator bus. pic.twitter.com/KUOqO05GNq — Cape Town Marathon (@CTMarathon)September 12, 2015
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal hero Keown slams quality of Leno: Cech superiorby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Martin Keown has slammed the quality of Bernd Leno.The Gunners lost 5-1 at Liverpool on Saturday.Keown slammed the defenders in their poor efforts for some of Liverpool’s goals, and he also questioned the quality of goalkeeper Leno.”Leno didn’t even make the German squad,” said Keown. “Is he better than Petr Cech? No I don’t think so, but Petr Cech hasn’t played since September.”
LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 30: Genreal view of the stadium during the game between the Fresno State Bulldogs and the USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on August 30, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Woods, now in his third year with the team, has been returning to his alma mater, USC, in the offseasons to finish up the credits needed to earn his degree. This past spring, he finished his final semester – meaning he’s now graduated. The speech he gave during the ceremony was released by the school Friday, and it’s worth watching.Woods revealed what his sister, who passed away from cancer back in 2007, told him the day she died. Her wish was that Woods become a role model. He believes that by graduating from USC, which he calls the best school for both academics and athletics, he’s accomplished that. Check it out:USC WR @robertwoods made a promise to his late sister to be a role model.#USCgrad speech: https://t.co/GQ7UHBUeOG pic.twitter.com/PsgkNEmj8c— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) May 13, 2016Woods has caught 152 passes for 1,838 yards and 11 touchdowns in his three years. It’s clear he’s very proud of where he went to school.
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The Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) is the nodal agency for promotion and development of handicraft exports from India. The Council with the support of Embassy of India in Santiago, Chile and Santiago Chambers of Commerce organised a Buyer-Seller Meet from March 11 – 12, 2019 at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santiago, Chile, informed Rakesh Kumar, Director General – EPCH. The BSM was inaugurated by Awadh Kumar, Commercial Attache, Embassy of India, Chile. Rodrigo Mujica R Director International Affairs, Santiago Chamber of Commerce and Magdalena Diaz Le Fort, Executive Director, Chile India Chamber of Commerce also graced the occasion. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainOn day one, Anita Nayar, Ambassador of India to Chile also visited the BSM and interacted with the Indian exhibitors. The Buyer Seller Meet in the Latin American Region has been a successful annual event since the last five years and this is the 7th such event organised by Council in Chile since the year 2010. 32 Indian exporters, who participated in this BSM, displayed a wide range of handicrafts, decorative, houseware home furnishing, garments, shawls, scarves, fashion jewellery and accessories, from the state of Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana, Kolkata and Madhya Pradesh. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardWith premium products to suit contemporary demands, manufacturers in India focus on freshness and new thinking. India’s exports to the Latin American Region have seen a healthy and consistent growth with Indian manufacturers and exporters growing knowledge of market trends and consumer preferences. Rakesh Kumar, Director General – EPCH elaborated that the objective of organising this Buyer-Seller Meet is match making of Indian companies with Chilean companies interested in sourcing handicrafts, gifts, lifestyle products for the Chilean market thereby creating a ‘Brand Image’ of Indian handicrafts amongst Latin American buyers. During the event, meetings with some of the big brands in Chile like Walmart, Home Republic, Cencosud Retails S.A., Lounge, Home Republic, Imprtadora Triveni SA, and La Casa Magica took place. The Director General – EPCH further elaborated that the LAC and Caribbean countries are potential markets for Indian handicrafts. The exports of handicrafts from India are growing at a healthy rate. The average exports growth in exports of handicrafts from India has remained between 15 –16% per annum. The exports of India handicrafts to Chile was of USD 11.36 million during the 2016-17 which increased to USD 12.05 million during 2017-18. It is expected that this Buyer-Seller Meet in association with Indian Embassy and Santiago Chamber of Commerce will lead to a growth in Indo-Chilean Trade relations.
Bangkok: Indian boxer Amit Panghal (52kg) picked up his second successive gold of the year, while two others claimed silver medals in the Asian Championships here on Friday. Panghal, who won the Asian Games gold medal last year, defeated Korea’s Kim Inkyu in a unanimous decision. He came into the tournament on the back of a gold at the Strandja Memorial Tournament in February in Bulgaria. This was his maiden international competition since moving up to 52kg from the 49kg division earlier this year. Panghal had won a bronze in the 2015 edition of the event. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuHowever, national champion Deepak Singh (49kg) and Kavinder Singh Bisht (56kg) signed off with silver medals after close losses. Up against a lanky opponent, who was willing to play the waiting game, Panghal started in his usual aggressive style. The strategy of stumping rivals with relentless attacks paid off against Inkyu and the Korean simply had no answer to Panghal’s aggression. The Indian managed to corner his rival quite often and his solid defences thwarted the feeble attempts at connecting by Inkyu. Earlier, at the end of Deepak’s highly contentious split loss to Nodirjon Mirzahmedov of Uzbekistan, the Indian contingent handed the referee the yellow card meant for seeking a review, which was introduced in the tournament on a trial basis this year. However, India’s High Performance Director Santiago Nieva said that the gesture was merely to highlight “how wrong” the decision was. “We cannot get the decision changed. Just a protest here,” he said. “The system will officially start in the world championships,” added national coach C A Kuttappa. Bisht, on the other hand, also lost to an Uzbek in Mirazizbek Mirzahalilov, a unanimous decision. The boxer from Uttarakhand fought with a bandage over his right eye but did not back down from going for the offensive. The aggressive approach resulted in his wound, sustained in the semifinals, opening up just a minute into the third round. This made Bisht slightly defensive and allowed the Uzbek to edge ahead. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersEarlier, Deepak also put up a gutsy performance that failed to find favour with the judges. It was a bout in which both the boxers were mostly looking to counter-attack. Deepak’s focus was getting his straight punches across, while Mirzahmedov looked to connect right hooks occasionally. The Indian was a clear winner in the opening round but Mirzahmedov came back strongly in the second. The Uzbek turned a shade defensive in the last three minutes, which gave Deepak a chance to assert himself. However, the final outcome was in favour of the Uzbek, much to the surprise of the Indian camp.
Dubai: Iran’s supreme leader issued a veiled threat in the same speech in which he stated that “no one is seeking war,” saying it wouldn’t be difficult for the Islamic Republic to enrich uranium to weapons-grade levels amid rising tensions with the US, state media reported Wednesday. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s comments late Tuesday came after Yemen’s Houthi rebels launched a coordinated drone attack on a critical oil pipeline in Saudi Arabia. A satellite image obtained by The Associated Press shows one of the two pumping stations attacked by the drones apparently intact. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe drone assault is just the latest incident in the Mideast to shake global energy markets, as authorities allege oil tankers anchored off the coast of the United Arab Emirates were targeted by sabotage. Benchmark Brent crude prices remained around 71 a barrel in early trading Wednesday. Meanwhile, the US is deploying an aircraft carrier strike group and B-52 bombers into the region in response to a still-unspecified threat from Iran, further ramping up tensions a year after President Donald Trump withdrew America from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsSpeaking Tuesday night in Tehran at an iftar, the traditional dinner Muslims have when breaking their daylong fast during the holy month of Ramadan, Khamenei’s reported comments first focused on him downplaying the chances of a wider conflict in the Mideast with America. He reportedly told senior officials that his country won’t negotiate with the United States, calling such talks “poison.” But he also said, “Neither we, nor them is seeking war. They know that it is not to their benefit.” In Wednesday’s edition, the state-run IRAN newspaper carried his comments on the nuclear program, his first since Iran announced it would begin backing away from the accord itself.
Pretty much every team that survives its first two games and advances to the Sweet 16 has the right to be pleased with its performance. But four men’s teams — Duke, Arizona, Michigan State and Gonzaga — should be especially giddy. Their odds of winning the championship have improved the most so far.In the table below, I’ve compared the 16 surviving teams in two ways: First, by the change in their power rating in the FiveThirtyEight forecast since before the tournament began, and second, by the change in their probability of winning the tournament.Teams’ power ratings can change for two reasons. Our model updates the power ratings at the end of each game based on how a team performs relative to its expectations. A team that wins by an especially wide margin, or that wins as an underdog, will see the largest gains. By contrast, a team’s power rating may decline if it wins by a smaller-than-expected margin.We’re also continually updating the model with new data on player injuries. Two injury situations are the most critical so far: North Carolina’s Kennedy Meeks’ Sweet 16 status is uncertain after he hurt his knee in the Tar Heels’ Saturday win against Arkansas. And Wisconsin point guard Traevon Jackson has yet to play despite hopes that he might have returned.Apart from the changes in its power rating, a team’s chances of winning the tournament can change because its draw becomes harder or easier. Michigan State’s probability has improved not just because they beat Virginia, for instance, but also because the No. 1 seed in the East region, Villanova, was ousted by North Carolina State.Here’s a quick look at the teams with the largest shift in their probability:Duke’s championship probability has roughly doubled to 11.9 percent from 5.7 percent. The Blue Devils won their first two games easily, and they were helped by losses elsewhere in the bracket, especially to Iowa State, their one-time potential opponent in the Elite Eight.Arizona’s chances have improved to 14.5 percent from 9.5 percent. The Wildcats have also been helped by an upset: Instead of facing No. 3 seed Baylor in their Sweet 16 game, they’ll get Xavier. It helps, too, that Wisconsin, Arizona’s potential Elite Eight opponent, has not looked as strong as the model had them originally.Almost everything has gone Michigan State’s way: The Spartans beat the No. 2 seed in their region, Virginia, and got a lot of credit for it in the model. But the No. 1 seed in the East, Villanova, was eliminated too. The Spartans are now the favorite to reach the Final Four from the East and have some chance to go further than that — they were underseeded to begin with, and will stay reasonably close to home for the rest of the tournament with the remaining games in Syracuse and Indianapolis. (Plus, there’s Tom Izzo’s amazing run of postseason success, although the model doesn’t give them any extra credit for that.)Gonzaga won easily on Sunday against an Iowa team that looked excellent in its opening game. Its path has also gotten easier because of the elimination of Iowa State, a team they could have played in Sweet 16. Instead, they’re 75 percent favorites to win their grudge match against UCLA.By contrast, Wisconsin and North Carolina’s probabilities have declined slightly, partly because of their injury issues and partly because Arizona looms large in the West regional, which will be played in Los Angeles. Wisconsin also played a closer game against Oregon than the model expected.Still, Wisconsin retains the fourth-best overall chance to win the tournament, after Kentucky, Arizona and Duke. And even if the Badgers don’t win the tournament, their chances of winning an NCAA spelling bee are up after they learned all about stenography this weekend. What’s a 10-letter word for “in the hunt?”Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed he is concerned by the threat posed by Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho.The reds face Leicester in the Premier League at the King Power stadium this weekend, and the host will be without star striker Jamie Vardy who is still serving suspension after picking up a red card against Fulham in the second game of the season.However, Klopp has warned his players to be wary of the threat posed by Kelechi Iheanacho who has replaced Vardy in the starting line-up.“Jamie, what a player. He causes pretty much every team problems with his style of play, going in behind, on the shoulder. It’s difficult to defend, and makes him special, different to all the other strikers in the Premier League,” Klopp said in a pre-match conference, according to Goal.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“Now he will not play, that changes a few moments in a game for Leicester, but Iheanacho is a very good striker as well. They changed their style anyway.”“They’re a very good team, you see the work of Claude Puel paying off with Maddison, Gray, that offensive line, not a lot of teams in the Premier League have that.”“The preparation for the game was really interesting, because Leicester are playing good football. I think they are full of confidence after the last result which always helps. It will be difficult for us, but we are in a good moment as well. We go there and try everything to get the result we deserve. Maybe we can deserve a win, we have to be at our best.”