Overall, waist measurements recorded by the researchers were about 90 percent of the hip measurements. People in China scored best at 88 percent, followed by 89 percent in southeast Asia, 90 percent in North America, 92 percent in Africa, 93 percent in the Middle East and 94 percent in South America. A 30-inch waist and 36-inch hips, for instance, translate into a favorable 83 percent. The study said the protective mechanism still isn’t clear. Hormones might influence waist size and hip size, the authors speculated, or there could be important differences in the fat composition in the two areas. Larger hips might also be a marker of overall muscle mass, the study added. If dieting leads to a loss of skeletal muscle mass, that could counteract some of the benefits of simply losing weight, the authors said. Previous studies have pointed to the benefits of losing weight, but those studies were all based on single well-defined populations, most of European or North American origin, said Charlotte Kragelund and Torbjoern Omland of Akershus University Hospital in Norway. They were not involved in the study. “The Interheart investigators show that the population risk attributable to waist-to-hip ratio is much larger than the population risk attributable to body-mass index,” they wrote in the Lancet. “This result suggests that previous estimates of the impact of obesity as a cardiovascular risk factor have been too low.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONDON – A waist that is trim compared with the hips – not just the pounds you carry – appears to be one of the best protections against heart attacks, according to a study of thousands of people in different countries. Researchers reported in today’s issue of The Lancet medical journal that a hip-to-waist ratio is a better predictor of the risk of heart attack for a variety of ethnic groups than the body-mass index or BMI, the current standard. Based on weight and height, the body-mass index ignores where fat is or how muscular a person is, said Dr. Arya Sharma, professor of medicine at McMaster University and co-author of the study. An athlete and a couch potato could have similar BMI scores, he noted. “Irrespective of your BMI, your waist-hip ratio is important.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Previous research has shown that having a potbelly is a better predictor of heart trouble than weight, but most of those studies focused on Europeans or North Americans. The Interheart study, directed by Dr. Salim Yusuf of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, drew on data from 27,098 people in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, including 12,461 who had suffered a heart attack. In the new study, the risk of heart attack rose progressively as the ratio of waist size increased in proportion to hip circumference. The 20 percent in the survey who had the highest ratio were 2 times more at risk than the 20 percent with the lowest ratio, the study found. That finding, researchers said, suggested a two-part strategy: trimming the abdomen and possibly increasing hip size by increasing muscle mass or redistributing fat. “This clearly will be a better way of identifying people at risk and helping avoid a heart attack,” said Dr. Charmaine Griffiths of the British Heart Foundation, who was not involved in the research.
Tags: CagliariItalian Serie Ajuventus AC Milan vs UdineseStadio Giuseppe Meazza, MilanTuesday, 02-04-2019 @10pmMilan have lost two on the bounce and feel Champions League football is in doubt as they host Udinese revitalised by a new Coach.Gennaro Gattuso and director Leonardo are back to dealing with questions over the tactician’s future and what happens if they fail to finish in the top four, as back-to-back defeats to Inter and Sampdoria have thrown everything back in doubt.On the other hand, Udinese surged away from the drop zone thanks to an impressive 2-0 victory over Genoa, the ‘debut’ of Coach Igor Tudor. He had already been at the helm for four games at the end of last season, but walked away after failing to agree on a joint path forward. The Croatian was recalled during the break for international duty to replace sacked Davide Nicola.Tudor moved to a 4-3-3 formation, but is without suspended Jens Stryger-Larsen and midfielder Sandro, while Antonin Barak, Bram Nuytinck and Marco D’Alessandro are injured. There are many options open to him, including Kevin Lasagna stepping in for Stefano Okaka, flanked by Ignacio Pussetto and Rodrigo De Paul.Milan have practically a full squad to choose from, having rested Lucas Paqueta against Sampdoria. Franck Kessie was benched for that trip following his unseemly row with teammate Lucas Biglia on the touchline during the derby, but should return on Tuesday night.Suso’s form has been awful lately and he could well be the next player to be given the evening off, with Patrick Cutrone raring to go in more of a 4-3-1-2 system than Gattuso’s usual 4-3-3. It should allow Paqueta to move in a role more suited to him, with Cutrone ensuring Krzysztof Piatek is not so isolated.Udinese have kept one clean sheet in their last 20 Serie A trips to Milan, a 1-0 victory in September 2016.Cagliari vs JuventusSardegna Arena, CagliariTuesday, 02-04-2019 @10pmJuventus just about got back to winning ways last week, but are distracted by the Champions League in a very tricky visit to Cagliari.Ajax are on the horizon and Cristiano Ronaldo joined on the treatment table by Paulo Dybala, Leonardo Spinazzola, Andrea Barzagli, Sami Khedira, Juan Cuadrado, Douglas Costa and flu-ridden Mario Mandzukic. It all means Moise Kean gets his chance to start for Juve, having scored last week as a substitute to beat Empoli, and before that finding the net in each full senior Italy cap against Finland and Liechtenstein. We could also see a return to the 3-5-2 system, although Martin Caceres can play as a full-back or in central defence when needed.Cagliari are very strong on home turf and that is the only reason why they are currently eight points clear of the relegation zone. Rolando Maran’s men crushed Chievo 3-0 last week for only their second away win of the season, the first since September. It was achieved despite missing suspended hitman Leonardo Pavoletti, who returns on Tuesday and is raring to go at a Juve defence that has shown weakness on set plays. He has faced the Bianconeri three times and is yet to score against them.The Sardinians have won their last two Serie A games and a third would be their best run since October 2016. They have also registered three consecutive home victories and seem to have found their form in the final sprint to stay in Serie A.Juve are unbeaten against Cagliari in Serie A since November 2009, emerging with 13 wins and three draws. They’ve won each of the last five encounters, home and away, with four clean sheets.Empoli vs NapoliStadio Carlo Castellani, EmpoliWednesday, 03-04-2019 @10pmEmpoli slipped into the relegation zone following their unlucky defeat to Juventus and have another extremely difficult task with Napoli.The Tuscans had received a boost with the return of Coach Aurelio Andreazzoli, replacing sacked Beppe Iachini, but a dominant first half performance against Juve was not enough to pick up any points. Moise Kean came off the bench to score the deciding goal. That result, coupled with victories for Udinese, Bologna and SPAL, mean that Empoli have slipped back into the bottom three and are currently two points adrift of safety.They are certainly more motivated than Napoli, who know the Scudetto party in Turin is only a matter of time with the gap at 15 points. The lone target for this season at the Stadio San Paolo is the Europa League and all focus is going towards that quarter-final with Arsenal.Having said that, the Partenopei showed they are still capable of turning on the style, thrashing Roma 4-1 in the Capital on Sunday. That was achieved despite missing Lorenzo Insigne, Faouzi Ghoulam, Raul Albiol, Amadou Diawara and Vlad Chiriches, but Dries Mertens and Elseid Hysaj limped off during that game and are both expected to sit this one out.It’s the opportunity for Carlo Ancelotti to perform a few experiments, such as Adam Ounas and Arkadiusz Milik upfront, with Simone Verdi retaining his spot on the left wing after an impressive performance – and goal – against Roma. Piotr Zielinski returns refreshed from suspension, while Amin Younes and Sebastiano Luperto are pushing for more playing time too.Empoli continue to miss Antonino La Gumina, Levan Mchedlidze and Jacob Rasmussen, but Diego Farias and Francesco Caputo form a strong attacking partnership. Marko Pajac has been an interesting discovery since Andreazzoli took over, with Rade Krunic and Ismael Bennacer the midfield inspiration.Napoli have won their last four Serie A meetings with Empoli. It’s a high-scoring fixture, as in the last three Stadio Castellani encounters, both teams have found the net at least twice for a total 15 goals.Roma vs FiorentinaStadio Olimpico, RomeWednesday, 03-04-2019 @10pmThe wheels are coming off the bus for both their seasons, as Roma and Fiorentina risk missing out on their European targets.Claudio Ranieri has so far been unable to stop the rot at Roma, as replacing Eusebio Di Francesco has made little difference to results or performances. Defeat to SPAL was followed by a 4-1 thrashing at home courtesy of Napoli, which saw his team jeered off the pitch. As things stand, not only do they risk missing Champions League football, but could also feasibly be overtaken in the Europa League spots.Fiorentina have practically given up on their ambitions already this season, as far too many stalemates – most of them at the Stadio Franchi – saw them fall behind the other contenders. Coach Stefano Pioli has dropped multiple hints he is leaving at the end of the season, with Federico Chiesa and Jordan Veretout among those considering their futures.Chiesa missed the 1-1 Torino stalemate last week with a muscular injury and is expected to still be out here too, along with Edimilson Fernandes and long-term absentee Marko Pjaca. Bryan Dabo and Roma loaner Gerson could well start, sending Kevin Mirallas to the bench, as Giovanni Simeone and Luis Muriel lead the way. Roma are Muriel’s favourite Serie A targets, putting six goals past them.Roma are decimated by various problems, as Kostas Manolas only just made his comeback from injury and immediately got suspended. Alessandro Florenzi, Stephan El Shaarawy and Javier Pastore are still on the treatment table, but Nicolò Zaniolo is available from the start after recovering from a stomach bug. Lorenzo Pellegrini also returns in midfield, where Daniele De Rossi is not 100 per cent fit.The experiment of using Edin Dzeko and Patrik Schick has yet to work, but Ranieri seems determined to keep trying. The big surprise could be in goal, where another howler from Robin Olsen against Napoli prompted many to call for Antonio Mirante to take over for the rest of the season.Of course, Roma are still having nightmares about their most recent encounter with Fiorentina. They played at the Stadio Franchi in the Coppa Italia quarter-final on January 30 and emerged with an historic 7-1 thrashing, their worst ever result in the competition. Chiesa had a hat-trick, with Giovanni Simeone’s brace, while Muriel and Marco Benassi were also on target. Aleksandar Kolarov had the lone reply and Dzeko saw red late on.If Roma lose, it’ll be the first time they’ve suffered three consecutive Serie A defeats since May 2014.Genoa vs Inter MilanStadio Comunale Luigi Ferraris, GenoaWednesday, 03-04-2019 @10pmGenoa already beat Juventus a couple of weeks ago and hope to inflict more damage on an Inter side torn apart by in-fighting.The situation in the Nerazzurri camp reached breaking point on Sunday night after a 1-0 home defeat to Lazio. When questioned about Mauro Icardi’s absence, Coach Luciano Spalletti finally cast off the shroud of diplomacy and revealed what everyone suspected anyway – the striker was stripped of the captaincy for his behaviour, milked a knee injury and the club had to negotiate with a lawyer for his return to training.The question now is what happens next? Icardi returns, but with what atmosphere? The injury crisis in attack rages on, as Lautaro Martinez is still out following a problem on international duty, as is Stefan de Vrij, so Keita Balde Diao is again the only option as a makeshift centre-forward. Radja Nainggolan should at least be ready to start, sending Borja Valero and Matias Vecino to the bench, with Roberto Gagliardini a likely midfield addition.Genoa are a difficult side to predict, as they seem to raise their game against the big clubs. They became the first and so far only side to beat Juventus in Serie A this season, but then promptly lost to relegation-threatened Udinese with a whimper. Marassi also brings the best out of them and Antonio Sanabria returns after he was rested in Udine, partnering Christian Kouame.Captain Domenico Criscito is suspended, so Giuseppe Pezzella should step in, with Pedro Pereira and Davide Biraschi challenging for the right-back slot. Goran Pandev is raring to go against his old club, having scored in each of the last two editions of this fixture at Marassi.Inter have lost each of their last five Serie A trips to Genoa, firing blanks in four of them.SPAL vs LazioStadio Paolo Mazza, FerraraWednesday, 03-04-2019 @10pmSPAL and Lazio are both coming off precious away victories, but the pressure is on for every point in the final weeks of the season.Leonardo Semplici’s men snatched a 1-0 win at Frosinone, but remain only four points clear of the relegation zone. It is absolutely no coincidence that the upturn in form came when Manuel Lazzari returned from injury and he’ll be particularly eager to impress, seeing as Lazio have been repeatedly linked with a swoop this summer.Ex-Lazio veteran Sergio Floccari is battling with Alberto Paloschi to start as partner to striker Andrea Petagna. It’s a special match for Alessandro Murgia, the Aquile youth product currently on loan at SPAL.Lazio came so close to Champions League football last season and look set to make it another dramatic fight to the final round. In recent weeks, Simone Inzaghi’s side have shaken off the reputation of failing to beat the big clubs, seeing off Roma and Inter, while they are also in the Coppa Italia semi-final against Milan.More importantly, the Biancocelesti have a game in hand against Udinese on April 17, so if they win that, will be level on points with Milan in fourth place. There’s still a San Siro showdown to go in Serie A between those rivals, with Atalanta and even Roma also hovering.Stefan Radu and Joaquin Correa are injury doubts, with Jordan Lukaku out for the rest of the campaign. Felipe Caicedo is the natural choice to partner Ciro Immobile, with Adam Marusic returning in place of Romulo on the right wing.If SPAL win this, it’ll be the first time they’ve had three consecutive Serie A victories since 1967-68.Frosinone vs ParmaStadio Benito Stirpe, FrosinoneWednesday, 03-04-2019 @10pmThese sides were promoted together from Serie B last summer, but Frosinone look like they’re heading straight back and Parma are comfortably mid-table.The Canarini are quite rightly proud of their Stadio Benito Stirpe arena, one of the most modern in Italy, but are also somehow yet to win a Serie A match here. They have the worst home record in the division, managing just five draws and nine defeats, with nine goals scored and 28 conceded.Last week’s 1-0 defeat to SPAL was probably the final straw in any lingering hopes of safety, because it left them 10 points adrift of Bologna, who clambered out of the drop zone. Bologna, Udinese, SPAL and Cagliari have all stepped up a gear recently, but it’s probably too late for Frosinone.Parma have been coasting for weeks now, as they sit mid-table and rest on their laurels. It’s understandable enough, considering the extraordinary intensity of the last four years since bankruptcy, becoming the first Italian team ever to win three back-to-back promotions and then secure safety by the onset of spring.Roberto Inglese and Jonathan Biabiany were out injured against SPAL and Gervinho limped off too, joining Leo Stulac and Alberto Grassi on the treatment table. It means Uruguayan talent Nicolas Schiappacasse should finally get his first Serie A start, supporting Fabio Ceravolo and Luca Siligardi.Frosinone miss Federico Viviani and Mirko Gori, but aren’t expected to make many changes to Marco Baroni’s starting XI. Paolo Sammarco comes in for Viviani in midfield and will be hoping for better luck after he hit the upright last week.The Canarini are the only team in Europe’s top five leagues yet to register a home victory this season. Only the Premier League’s Huddersfield (seven) have scored fewer home goals than Frosinone (nine).Torino vs SampdoriaStadio Grande Torino, TorinoWednesday, 03-04-2019 @10pmTorino and Sampdoria have emerged as genuine contenders for the Europa League places, so this is a six-pointer for position.They go into this midweek round locked together on 45 points in joint eighth place, yet are only three points off Lazio (who have a game in hand) and Atalanta in fifth. It’s incredibly tight and the race for a ticket to Europe will go down to the wire.Fabio Quagliarella is shattering every record this season, top of the Capocannoniere charts with a career best 21 goals and becoming the oldest ever player to score for Italy at 36 years and 54 days. His inclusion in the Azzurri squad for those Euro 2020 qualifiers against Finland and Liechtenstein came at the expense of Andrea Belotti, who has really struggled so far this term with just 10 goals in 29 Serie A games.If Quagliarella scores, don’t expect him to celebrate, as he never does against his old clubs. He made his Serie A debut for Torino in May 2000, but they are now among his favourite victims, putting four goals past them.Iago Falque is not 100 per cent fit, so Simone Zaza should be Belotti’s strike partner, while Ola Aina continues his three-match ban for insulting the referee. Nicolas N’Koulou returns from suspension and Sasa Lukic fights to keep his midfield berth from Soualihe Meite.Sampdoria continue to miss Gianluca Caprari, Edgar Barreto and Albin Ekdal, but Gregoire Defrel has found form lately and scored the winner against Milan within 33 seconds last week. Riccardo Saponara is hoping to push Gaston Ramirez back on to the bench, with Jakub Jankto and Bartosz Bereszynski also eager to get more playing time.Blucerchiati Coach Marco Giampaolo marks his 300th Serie A game, so far enjoying 89 victories, 125 defeats and 85 draws.Samp have not lost both to Torino home and away in a single Serie A season since 1976-77.Sassuolo vs ChievoMAPEI Stadium, Reggio nell’EmiliaThursday, 04-04-2019 @10pmSerie B beckons for Chievo, but Sassuolo surprisingly find themselves only seven points clear of the relegation zone and in dire form.The Flying Donkeys realistically never stood a chance, as they started the campaign with a three-point penalty for financial irregularities, then went through three Coaches – including Giampiero Ventura for four games – while even improving performances under Domenico Di Carlo haven’t been enough to scrape results.With just one victory all season, Chievo are already preparing for life in the second tier next season. Frosinone look practically guaranteed to join them, but it’s a huge fight to avoid that final berth.Empoli are currently sitting third from bottom with 25 points, but Sassuolo only have 32, followed by SPAL and Udinese on 29, then Bologna 27. The Neroverdi had a stunning start to the season, but selling Kevin-Prince Boateng to Barcelona in January lowered the quality level significantly and the whole squad seemed to rest on their mid-table laurels.Claud Adjapong is the only injury absentee for Roberto De Zerbi, although Marlon is also at risk just days after his first start of the campaign. Domenico Berardi and Jeremie Boga will complete the trident attack with either Khouma Babacar or Filip Djuricic.Chievo have Fabio Depaoli and Riccardo Meggiorini suspended, with Ezequiel Schelotto and Nenad Tomovic still on the treatment table. Manuel Pucciarelli is expected to get the nod in attack, with Sergio Pellissier ready to come off the bench.Chievo have only lost one of their five Serie A trips to Sassuolo, drawing two and winning two.Atalanta vs BolognaStadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia, BergamoThursday, 04-04-2019 @10pmAtalanta can move to within a point of Milan and the Champions League places, but host a Bologna side that just escaped the drop zone.The Scudetto race may have been won embarrassingly early, but the fights for European qualification and to avoid relegation look as if they’ll go down to the wire. Inter and Milan are stuttering, and the Rossoneri only drew 1-1 with Udinese on Tuesday evening, meaning a victory here would put Atalanta one point off the Champions League berth.Bologna are no less motivated, as the dramatic last-gasp victory over Sassuolo allowed them to climb out of the bottom three for the first time in four months, leapfrogging Empoli and moving two points clear. It was their third straight win after beating Cagliari and Torino, so a fourth would be their best Serie A run since May 1967.Mattia Destro came off the bench to score the winner and promptly celebrated with such intensity that he injured himself, so is out of this game along with Federico Mattiello. Federico Santander returns after a shoulder injury and should start with either Simone Edera or Nicola Sansone in support. Riccardo Orsolini was very lively against Sassuolo and Erick Pulgar is back in the starting XI.Atalanta miss Rafael Toloi, but Josip Ilicic has shaken off a knock to start with Papu Gomez and Duvan Zapata, returning Mario Pasalic to the bench. Berat Djimsiti is more likely than Jose Luis Palomino to deputise for Toloi in defence.Bologna have won only one of their last 27 Serie A trips to Atalanta, losing 15 and drawing 11. That includes four consecutive defeats, while they have lost their last six top flight encounters with Atalanta, home and away.Comments
Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC As they left the field, the Indians were handed AL Central championship T-shirts, caps and swimming googles to put on before heading to their clubhouse. Moments later, champagne corks popped and the room was turned into a free-for-all of sudsy spray.Last year, the Indians celebrated their division, playoff and AL Championship Series wins on the road. Being at home made this one more special.“It never gets old,” said pitcher Josh Tomlin, who has been with the Indians since 2010. “This is why you play the game — to win. And to be able to celebrate victories like this or little milestones like this.”Kluber could be on his way to a second Cy Young Award win, following 2014′s. The right-hander is 10-1 in his last 10 starts.Despite missing nearly a month, he leads the league in wins (17), ERA (2.35), shutouts (3) and complete games (5).In the major statistical categories, Kluber trails only Boston’s Chris Sale, his closest competition for the pitching award, in strikeouts.“He’s a tough draw,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He’s a premier guy. The year he won the Cy Young is the way he looks now. He’s in the conversation again this year.”CENTER OF ATTENTIONJason Kipnis didn’t embarrass himself in the outfield. He didn’t do anything, really.The Indians’ two-time All-Star second baseman made his debut in center but didn’t have a chance. He had been on the disabled list since Aug. 6 with a hamstring injury. MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LATEST STORIES “It was good. I didn’t touch a ball all day offensively or defensively,” said Kipnis, who struck out twice. “I had nothing, but it was fun. Obviously, I had some nerves.”As soon as Kipnis left the game, two balls were immediately hit to center.ANOTHER STREAKThe Indians have allowed four runs or less in 24 consecutive games, the longest such streak since the St. Louis Cardinals had a 25-game run in 1942-3.TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: C Salvador Perez (pulled side muscle) and OF Lorenzo Cain (rest) sat out but are expected to return Tuesday for the series opener in Toronto.Indians: All-Star 2B Jose Ramirez (hamstring) was rested for the second day in a row as a precaution. … Team president Chris Antonetti said there is still no clarity on whether OF Michael Brantley will return this season. He’s been out since Aug. 9 with an ankle injury. … Rookie OF Bradley Zimmer (broken hand) is keeping up with his conditioning and maintaining his arm strength after surgery. Zimmer had a plate and nine screws inserted into his hand, which he broke on a headfirst dive into first.UP NEXTRoyals: Either RHP Ian Kennedy or Sam Gaviglio will start against the Blue Jays. Kennedy missed his last turn in the rotation with shoulder fatigue. Gaviglio has started twice since being claimed on waivers from Seattle.Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger will look for his 11th win on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series in Los Angeles. He was drafted by the Angels in 2011 and traded to Cleveland in 2014. The Cleveland Indians celebrate winning the American League Central Division after defeating the Kansas City Royals 3-2 after a baseball game in Cleveland, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. At right is manager Terry Francona. (AP Photo/Phil Long)CLEVELAND — There was champagne chilling on ice for them, bottles and bottles of bubbly and beer.But before the Cleveland Indians partied after winning a second straight AL Central title, there was work to be done to complete a week none of them will ever forget.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Parker’s layup completes Sparks sweep of Mercury; Finals rematch set Read Next Kluber (17-4), who has lost once since July 4, allowed three singles in seven innings and has not given up a run in 22 straight.The right-hander set the tone on a day of celebration which began with the Indians standing together in front of their dugout to watch a flag rise beyond the center-field wall commemorating their latest division title.The Indians were going to have a good time — win or lose — but they didn’t want to disappoint another sellout crowd or fans captivated by their recent record 22-game winning streak.“When we come out here and it’s time to play, we want to win,” Kluber said. “Nobody in that clubhouse likes losing, so regardless of whether we clinched or not, we were going to come out and try to win the ballgame and here’s what we’re going to do from here on out.”Encarnacion homered in the fourth off Danny Duffy (8-9) as the Indians improved to 33-5 since Aug. 11 despite getting only three hits.The Royals closed to 3-2 in the eighth on a two-out, two-run single by Brandon Moss off Tyler Olson. Cody Allen finished the inning and then worked out of a two-on jam in the ninth for his 28th save.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City They could have taken the easy route and phoned it in.Not this team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We want to win,” Corey Kluber said.Cleveland’s ace pushed to the front of the Cy Young race with another dominant start and Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer as the Indians, who officially clinched the division crown a day earlier, kept on rolling with a 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals. 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In a respite for India opener Virender Sehwag, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has said it will be a little flexible on his jersey issue if it’s because of superstitions.The cricket’s governing body had raised objections to the Indian batsman playing during the World Cup opener against Bangladesh without a number on his jersey.Sehwag, in fact, has played all his matches since his return to the Indian team, without a jersey number. He is also known to carry a red handkerchief while batting.The ICC had raised the matter with the BCCI.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Bruce confident Joelinton will be regular goalscorerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce is confident Joelinton will be a regular goalscorer.Joelinton got off the mark at Tottenham last month and Bruce feels the build-up to that goal – 17 passes in 46 seconds – proves Newcastle’s ‘big, physical animal’ will get benefit from better service.”I think when he played for Hoffenheim, he played towards the left a lot. I saw him play against Manchester City and he played to the left, which a lot of the teams do,” he told the Evening Chronicle.“They’re not actual wide players or wingers as such – they play on the left-hand side – and I think he got used to that role.“Certainly he’s aware – and we’ve made it clear to him – that we have to score more so all the spotlight, of course, is on him and Almiron. But, as a team, we have to create more and that’s got to be the aim going forward.”
West11Xavier3281+25+7+1 Midwest3Oregon43112+20+4+1 After a boring first round and an exciting round of 32, we’re through the first weekend of March Madness. Here’s a rundown of four major storylines that jumped out at me and the numbers behind them:Happy trails, DukeThat Duke’s run as the No. 2-seed in the East would ultimately end against No. 7 South Carolina, was undoubtedly surprising. But the way it lost wasn’t. Duke struggled this season to pressure opposing guards into turnovers and is not a strong rebounding team. Against the Gamecocks, Duke lost the turnover battle 18-11, and the Blue Devils were outrebounded 37-34, grabbing a measly 62 percent of the rebounds available on defense. Both performances were among the worst of Duke’s season, and they happened to be in metrics that had correlated with disappointing Duke games all season, particularly at the defensive end of the floor.No wonder South Carolina on Sunday posted the fifth-highest offensive rating Duke had allowed all season long.VIDEO: How the Villanova and Duke losses shook the bracket East8Wisconsin46275+35+22+3 South3UCLA32144+12+5+2 Midwest7Michigan57173+38+11+2 East4Florida54346+41+28+5 Midwest4Purdue30194+10+7+1 Midwest1Kansas705315+15+15+5 South1N. Carolina68349+10+5+2 CURRENT CHANCE OF ADVANCING TOCHANGE SINCE END OF ROUND 1 East7S. Carolina44161+34+14+1 West2Arizona68269+30+10+5 South4Butler32122+7+2+1 West4W. Virginia34206+8+5+3 The Gamecock guards also destroyed what had been a strength of Duke’s defense: Keeping opponents off the free-throw line. Against the Blue Devils, South Carolina’s backcourt drew 26 free-throw attempts, with Sindarius Thornwell and Rakym Felder making 12 and 10 trips to the line, respectively. The Gamecocks’ 32 total attempts tied for the most Duke yielded in a game all season, and South Carolina made 84 percent of them — including several crucial ones down the stretch to extinguish a potential Duke rally.For Duke, it was the kind of flat performance associated with most of its midseason struggles. It was also a game that wouldn’t have come as much of a surprise if you hadn’t tuned in for Duke’s dominating ACC tournament run.The favorites play it close (again)Although the second round of the NCAAs wasn’t as upset-free as the first, it’s still been a good year for favorites at the tournament. Through Sunday night’s games, better-seeded teams have won 38 of 48 matchups, or 79.2 percent — tied for the best rate for favorites through two rounds since 1991. (Going into this year,1Since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985. the average winning percentage for favorites through the first two rounds was 73.2 percent.) Although we’ve seen a No. 1 seed (Villanova), two No. 2s (Duke and Louisville) and a No. 3 (Florida State) be dispatched at a relatively early stage of the tourney, the rest of the bracket’s chalk is entirely intact, with only one double-digit seed (West No. 11 Xavier) still alive to play Cinderella.That being said, this year’s favorites have been pretty lucky to win so often. Their average margin of victory is currently 7.9 points per game, which is below the historical average of 8.1 points per game even though they’ve won more games than usual. In other words, the games have been close enough to allow for slightly more upsets — it’s just that things have broken the better seeds’ way more often than we’d expect. The good news is that we’re now left with an unusually strong, balanced set of teams for the Sweet 16, which should lead to even tighter, more exciting games.Weekend winnersEvery team that punched a ticket to the Sweet 16 is now significantly closer to winning the tournament than they were at this time last week. But some teams have seen their chances improve more than others, based on what happened in the bracket around them. For each of the remaining teams, here are the swings in their chances of getting to the Elite Eight, making the Final Four and winning the championship as a result of this weekend’s games: South2Kentucky684011+22+11+3 REGIONSEEDTEAMELITE 8FINAL 4CHAMPSELITE 8FINAL 4CHAMPS How our tournament predictions changed during the round of 32 East3Baylor56%23%4%+27+14+2 West1Gonzaga664618+4+4+4 Florida won big this weekend — both literally (they crushed Virginia 65-39 on Saturday night) and figuratively. With both the No. 1 and 2 seeds in the East now eliminated, the Gators’ chances of making the Final Four skyrocketed. Then again, so did Wisconsin’s: Our model now thinks the eighth-seeded Badgers are the second-most-likely team to represent the East in Phoenix.The other regions saw less movement, which makes sense considering that they haven’t been as chaotic. Midwest No. 1 Kansas’s path got slightly easier with No. 2 Louisville out of the picture; by contrast, West No. 1 Gonzaga’s odds were relatively unchanged after No. 2 Arizona (and No. 4 West Virginia) stayed on a collision course with the Bulldogs. And the same was largely true for North Carolina in the South, after both Kentucky and UCLA moved on.No tournament magic for Izzo this timeI’ve written before about how Michigan State coach Tom Izzo squeezes more NCAA tournament victories out of his teams than just about any other coach ever, and it seemed like he was set up for more of the same this year. Contrary to what our model predicted before the tourney, Midwest No. 9 Sparty knocked off No. 8 Miami with ease in the first round. And in their second-round game, MSU nearly pulled even with No. 1 Kansas with about 12 minutes left. Visions of another overachieving Izzo Final Four run were surely dancing through heads in East Lansing — but, alas, it was not to be. KU switched on the afterburners down the stretch and turned what had been a close game into a 20-point blowout.Taking a No. 9 team to the Final Four would have been a remarkable run even by Izzo’s standards. He’s gone that far seven times as Michigan State’s coach but never with as low a seed as he had this season. Izzo’s Final Four squads have carried seeds No. 1 (1999, 2000, 2001), No. 2 (2009), No. 5 (2005, 2010) and even No. 7 (2015). But only five teams seeded ninth or worse have made the Final Four since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, and only one — Wichita State in 2013 — was specifically a 9-seed. No. 9-seeds have a particularly hard mission: They must upset a first-round opponent and then immediately face the No. 1 seed in the second round. Taking that difficult a route to the Final Four is just about the only thing Izzo hasn’t pulled off yet.You have three days to rest up before the games begin again. Take a breath, take stock of your bracket, and start prepping for another four days of nonstop basketball. Come Thursday, those win probabilities are going to start changing again.Check out our March Madness predictions.
Ohio State women’s lacrosse team is riding contributions from some less harolded players. Credit: James King II | Lantern reporterWith 10 points in two games and two consecutive Big Ten Freshman of the Week titles, freshman midfielder Liza Hernandez is making a name for herself early in the season.She is joined in her success by freshman goalie Jill Rizzo, who has started both games this season and helped the team remain undefeated in its first two games.The pair represent a youth movement on the women’s lacrosse team, as they are two of five underclassmen — along with sophomore midfielder Baley Parrott, freshman attacker Alex Vander Molen and sophomore midfielder Mackenzie Maring — who have led the way to a strong start.“The underclassmen are doing a good job,” said Ohio State coach Alexis Venechanos. “They’re playing fearless and they’re playing really brave right now.”Hernandez, a two-time All-American, is leading the team in points, after coming off an incredibly impressive high school career. Scoring 253 goals total over her four-year career, she’s bringing that same drive and dedication as she begins to play for the Buckeyes.“Yeah, it was great to get those awards, but I knew, like, once I get to college, those awards don’t really mean much,” Hernandez said. “You’re just in a pool … but I keep working and just getting better.”With two straight Big Ten Freshman of the Week awards, Hernandez is already continuing her pattern of excelling on the field and being rewarded for her performance.Currently, Hernandez is leading the team in goals, assists and shots, but isn’t letting her underclassman status intimidate her. Even though she’s only a freshman, she’s already becoming the person around whom the team rallies. “I’m not much of a vocal leader,” Hernandez said. “But in practice, I try to lead by example.”On the opposite end of the field, Rizzo has been dominating in the goal, playing full-time in both games and stopping an impressive number of shots. Rizzo was a six-year starter and three-year captain for her varsity team. She was also given the award for Queensbury High School Athlete of the Year in 2015 and 2016. But where Hernandez got her start excelling in a high school league that helped her build her skills, Rizzo got most of her experience playing in a more diverse summer league.“My high school isn’t — my league wasn’t that great,” Rizzo said. “When I played summer ball, and played on my club team … that’s where we were able to develop my skills.”Rizzo met Venechanos when she was younger and the two stayed in contact as Rizzo played through her high school career. Venechanos made sure to recruit her for the Buckeyes. Sunday’s game against Jacksonville had the Buckeyes starting the second half down five goals. Rizzo refused to get frustrated and thanks her teammates for helping build her up. “I made a couple of good saves that gave our offense a little confidence,” Rizzo said, noting that they then went on to win the game 13-12 in the second half. Rizzo’s hard work and dedication is paying off. She was a contender for the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, making 16 saves on Sunday and improving her save percentage to 0.475, rising to third place behind the goalies at Rutgers and Maryland.It’s not only these two underclassmen who are currently championing the OSU lacrosse team as the season gets underway. Parrott is tied for second in points with freshman attacker Vander Molen. Tied for third is Maring and Morgan Fee, a senior midfielder and the only upperclassman who has appeared among the top five girls on the team. The underclassmen might be leading the team right now, but it’s the upperclassmen who are helping them feel confident enough to do so. “I think our upperclassmen create that environment, that culture, of letting the younger players step up and be courageous,” Venechanos said. “Our returners are doing a great job of pumping them up.” At practice, the girls consistently motivate each other to do better and to push past their limits, and it’s the cohesive effort by the team that makes them all willing to work harder. The Buckeyes are hoping to keep the momentum going as they face off against Cincinnati on Sunday.“We’re not really looking at the past, we’re kind of in the current,” Venechanos said. “We’re going to be a little more focused and dial it up from the start.”With Hernandez in the middle, Rizzo in the net and the rest of the team rallying around the two, the team looks to be setting themselves up for success for the rest of the season.
The No. 8 Ohio State women’s basketball team lost, 71-57, to the No. 23 Nebraksa Cornhuskers in their its final regular season game of 2011-12 campaign Sunday. After senior guard Samantha Prahalis scored the first basket of the game, OSU (24-5, 11-5) fell behind early. The Cornhuskers (21-7, 10-6) capitalized on the Buckeyes poor shooting and ten turnovers in the first half and went on a 15-1 run. At the end of the half, OSU was shooting 10-of-27, and trailing, 39-29. The second half didn’t see the score improve for the Buckeyes. The 10-point first half deficit reached 16 in the second, after an OSU turnover led to a layup by freshman guard Brandi Jeffery, to make the score 52-36, at 12:08 in the second half. The Cornhuskers maintained the lead and finished the game with a 71-57 victory. The Buckeyes had 17 turnovers and shot 33 percent from the field. Prahalis led OSU in scoring with 18 points and added three assists. Junior guard Tayler Hill contributed 16 points. Prahalis’ three assists make her four shy of becoming the all-time Big Ten assist leader. Northwestern’s Nancy Kennelly had 892 assists from 1989-1993 The Cornhuskers were led by freshman forward Emily Cady with 24 points. The loss also iced any hope the Buckeyes had of clinching a share of the Big Ten regular season title. Following their defeat, OSU heads to Indianapolis for the Big Ten tournament. Before the game, OSU has clinched the No. 2 seed in the tournament and will play at 11:30 a.m. Friday against the of the winner of the Michigan-Wisconsin game.
Junior guard Raven Ferguson (31) blows past a defender during a game against Old Dominion Nov. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 75-60.Credit: Liz Young / Campus editorA 12-7 (2-1) record is not exactly a stellar start to the 2013-14 season for the women’s basketball team. However, with 13 games left in the regular season, the year is far from over.Despite seven losses, the Buckeyes are coming off of arguably their biggest win of the year, knocking then-No. 22 Indiana from the ranks of the unbeaten and out of the top 25 in a 70-51 win Saturday.Part of the Buckeyes’ struggles might be their tough schedule, which is ranked as the hardest in the country according to Women’s Basketball State, a website that specializes in women’s basketball statistics.The tough schedule is something coach Kevin McGuff said will help his team down the stretch.“We have faced a variety of styles. We have faced big teams and small teams,” McGuff said. “All of that together, I think, has really put us in a good position to kind of embrace the great challenge of the Big Ten schedule.”Of OSU’s remaining 13 games, four come against opponents currently ranked in the top 25. OSU plays No. 16 Penn State twice (Thursday on the road and Feb. 9 at home) No. 18 Nebraska (Feb. 20) and No. 22 Purdue (Feb. 6) a team the Buckeyes beat 89-78 in Columbus Jan. 2.McGuff said a key to success for the rest of the season is keeping their eye on the prize.“We will not beat one single team in this league if we do not have great focus and concentration,” McGuff said.Sophomore point guard Ameryst Alston has been an important asset to the team so far this season. She has played in every game and currently leads the team in average points per game with 16.9. Her 29-point performance at Indiana matched her career high and earned her Big Ten Player of the week honors.“It’s a blessing and it does feel great,” Alston said of the honors. “Hard works pays off.”Alston is not the only player on this OSU team that has contributed to their improved play, with the Buckeyes winning five of their last six games.Junior guard Raven Ferguson has also stepped up her game as of late, recording a career-high 18 points in the win against Indiana.“This was Raven’s best game all year,” McGuff said in a press release following the win against Indiana. “She generated a lot of offense for herself and her teammates.”Ferguson said the win against Indiana gave her and her team confidence going forward.“It is something we can build on for the future,” Ferguson said. “It was just a confidence builder because I had not been playing well.”Ferguson is one of five players averaging more than nine points per game, something that she said is a big positive going forward.“It helps us as a team knowing that anybody can score,” Ferguson said. “That is the main thing … putting points on the board and getting everybody to contribute.”The Buckeyes are set to take on the Nittany Lions in State College, Pa., Thursday at 7 p.m.
Ohio State redshirt senior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) guards a Michigan player on an inbound play in the first half in the game against Michigan on Dec. 4. Ohio State won 71-62. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOne day after finals have ended for students at Ohio State, the men’s basketball team (8-3, 2-0 Big Ten) plays host to Appalachian State (5-6) for both teams’ first game in a week. The Buckeyes are coming off a dominant 97-62 victory against William & Mary in their first matchup since returning to their nonconference schedule. Here is a rundown of what to expect in Ohio State’s 6 p.m. matchup against Appalachian State Saturday.Projected StartersAppalachian State:G — Ronshad Shabazz — Junior, 6-foot-5, 217 lbs., 21.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.5 apgG — Justin Forrest — Freshman, 6-foot-2, 195 lbs., 16.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.5 apgF — Tyrell Johnson — Junior, 6-foot-8, 205 lbs., 8.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 0.9 apgF — Griffin Kinney — Senior, 6-foot-8, 240 lbs., 11.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.9 apgF — Isaac Johnson — Sophomore, 6-foot-9, 212 lbs., 6.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.4 apgOhio State:G — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 13.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.0 apgG — Kam Williams — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-2, 185 lbs., 6.9 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 0.5 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 18.3 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.5 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 3.0 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 12.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.8 apgScouting Appalachian StateThe Mountaineers have been one of the more prolific offenses in college basketball to this point in the year. They are 18th in both points per game at 87.6 and 3-pointers made per game with 10.6.The bulk of the Mountaineers’ offense has run through its starting point guard, Ronshad Shabazz. He will be the only player in this game with a points per game average of more than 20.“[Shabazz’s] a lefty that can score at every level,” Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann said. “He’s an older kid. Strong, built a little bit like [Ohio State forward Jae’Sean Tate] and can do it all in terms of scoring and facilitating for his team.But according to Ken Pomeroy, much of that has to do with the type of opponents they have played. They have faced off against the 166th-best defensive schedule to this point, and thus their adjusted offense is only 124th-best in the nation. While the offensive success might be in question, the Mountaineers’ ability to rebound well and outplay their opponents on the inside has been a standout feature of their season. They are tied for 27th in the nation, averaging 8.3 more rebounds per game than their opponents. Appalachian State is not an exceptionally tall team. According to KenPom, it is only the 64th-tallest team in the nation. But the Mountaineers hold a significant weight advantage over many of their opponents. They have four starters that weigh in at more than 200 pounds compared to just three for Ohio State.“Depth and size across the board, really maybe in some ways, as good a positional size as we’ve seen in terms of bigger guards, bigger wings. They’re certainly bigger than us at those guard and wing spots,” Holtmann said. “They’re a tough, physical, veteran team that’s going to play exceptionally hard and I’m interested to see how we’ll respond after kind of a week of final exams and you’re always concerned about any game, but certainly concerned about the game after finals.”Avoiding the upsetOn paper, Ohio State should handle its business against Appalachian State. Ohio State has appeared the more dominant team against stronger teams and seems to have more on-court talent than the Mountaineers. But with finals week having just taken place, a week away from action and knowing they are playing against a weaker opponent, this could set the stage for a potential upset. Holtmann — citing a similar opponent in the University of Texas Arlington, who beat Ohio State in 2015 — said the Buckeyes are aware of the importance of not overlooking opponents like Appalachian State since that loss. He added that veterans on the team will be leaned on to keep a younger team focused on the matchup. “What I rely on and lean on in those situations is our older guys who’ve been through it. Because young guys don’t know,” Holtmann said. “They just don’t know. It’s not their fault, but freshman have no idea how good players are at all levels of college basketball.”Holtmann said that while he brought up the concept of losing to a heavy underdog if overlooking them, he is letting his veterans who were on the team that lost to UT Arlington — Bates-Diop and Tate — handle how much the team reflects on that loss. Those two veterans both said that loss was the reason Ohio State failed to make the NCAA Tournament that year.“They’re important games, and sometimes they can make or break you when it comes to March,” Tate said. “The only thing that me and Keita as older guys can do is learn our lesson that time and only that time, and just try to prepare the younger guys on the team who haven’t been in this situation.”Health UpdatesBoth sophomore center Micah Potter and freshman forward Kyle Young were absent from the team’s win against William & Mary, but they both practiced Thursday, Holtmann said. He said the two will be gametime decisions. Young and Potter are dealing with ankle injuries.