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Eye On Overhead Conditions As India Play New Zealand In Semifinal

first_imgManchester: Considered flat track bullies, the Indians have so far been tested only once in the ongoing World Cup in England and that was during their opening warm-up game against New Zealand in London on May 25. While the group stage encounter between tahe two teams got washed off, they are set to clash again and this time it will be the semi-final of the 2019 edition of the showpiece event at Old Trafford on Tuesday.Going into the tournament, the Indians were considered favourites while the Kiwis flew under the radar to start with. But as it has been the case with New Zealand when it comes to any limited-overs tournament, this time too, they have shown their mettle and walked straight into the knockouts at the fourth spot. In fact, at one stage they were leading the pack before a couple of bad games towards the end of the group stages saw them fall down the ladder slightly.But on Tuesday, the Black Caps will have to play out of their guts to challenge the Indian team that has only lost one game so far — against England in Birmingham as they failed to chase down 300-plus. Yet, the question is whether or not it will be a batting paradise. After all, the ICC has refrained from producing belters and like CEO Dave Richardson said during the game between India and England in the group stages, the idea is to bring in balance.Yet, there is forecast of rain starting Tuesday. While it may be passing showers, but then, the New Zealand attack suddenly looks all the more menacing with the likes of Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Souther and Colin de Grandhomme almost looking unplayable.For Virat Kohli, it will be about wanting to see the clear blue skies like never before. After all, New Zealand is one attack that turns a completely different picture when the conditions are overcast. Unlike the Australians and Englishmen, the Kiwis are hardcore swing bowlers.Another area of concern for the Indian skipper will be the form of the middle-order batsmen. While the team management has shown a brave face, the fact remains that most of the runs have been scored by the top three — Kohli, Rohit Sharma and K.L. Rahul. IANS Also Read: Three Team’s Fate Hangs in Balance as England Face New Zealandlast_img read more

MLAX : SU struggling to keep possession late in games

first_img Comments Published on March 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13 JoJo Marasco was one move away from being in the clear. With less than 80 seconds remaining in Saturday’s 5-4 win over Villanova, Syracuse head coach John Desko put the ball in the stick of the sophomore attack with his team up by a goal.The task was simple: run out the final 1:17 and preserve a victory.‘I thought I was going to be able to run out the clock,’ Marasco said. ‘Coach told me not to make too many moves, and I was going to make that last move and just run it behind. Hopefully outrun them.’But a well-timed check from Villanova’s Brian Karalunas poked the ball free, and the Wildcat defender took off downfield to set up the tying goal.It’s a series of events that has reared its ugly head twice so far already against the Orange, and the season is only at its midway point. Two weeks before Marasco’s blunder, midfielder Jovan Miller lost the ball in a game against Georgetown that allowed the Hoyas to sprint downfield and score to send the game into overtime. An inability to protect the ball late in games isn’t a good sign for a team hoping to make push to the final four.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the Orange’s first trip away from home of the season on March 12 against Georgetown, Desko called timeout when his team had possession with 1:16 to go. Much like this past Saturday, he entrusted Marasco to essentially play keep-away from the Hoyas defense and not make a mistake.But when Marasco was double-teamed with 43 seconds left, Desko called another timeout and assigned the task to Miller. He was harassed by GU’s Gerry Reilly and dropped the ball. Reilly sprinted downfield, ripped a shot from the right of the goal and stunned Syracuse by tying the game with five seconds left.‘We expected as a defense knowing that we were going to keep the ball up top and try and keep it from going behind,’ SU goaltender John Galloway said after the eventual win over Georgetown. ‘We knew if anything went wrong, they had an opportunity to get the ball up the field quickly.’And in both those chances the Orange had to preserve the game, it has gone wrong. Miller and Marasco each turned the ball over, and the opponent took advantage with a long sprint the other way to set up a transition goal.Though Galloway knows those chances are possible, he’s 0-for-2 in save situations this season. It’s something the senior certainly isn’t pleased with thus far.‘Whatever happened there, you just have to make that save,’ he said.Close games mean smaller rotationOf the Orange’s seven wins, five of them have come by a combined seven goals. Three have come by one goal. And two have come in overtime.Put simply, there hasn’t been any room for error.‘It’s been difficult with the kinds of games that we’ve been in,’ Desko said following his team’s win over Albany on March 15. ‘We’ve been in these one- and two-goal games, and you bring somebody in and they’re cold. They turn the ball over, and you kind of question yourself.’And with those thoughts playing through his head, the SU head coach has kept his younger players off the field for the most part. Of the 54 players on Syracuse’s roster, only 25 have made appearances in at least five games this season. Much of the monster 19-member freshman class hasn’t gotten a chance to gain any experience.Though the team’s record remains perfect at 7-0, Desko said he needs to find ways to get these younger players on the field. At any given moment, a starter can go down. And with a bench that is filled with inexperience and youth, a drop-off in ability is likely to follow.‘If we had an injury, we’ve got to get some of these guys some game experience for the future,’ Desko said. ‘I think that’s the silver lining that we’ll take out of it.’The silver lining he spoke of was a game against Albany in which the Orange cruised to a comfortable 18-13 victory. Desko was able to mix in a wealth of younger players and finally give the future of his program some minutes.Eleven different players scored for Syracuse in that game, and nine different players tallied an assist.‘It was great tonight that these guys could get in and feel comfortable and find their way,’ Desko said following the game.Chris Daddio is one freshman, though, who has been making his presence felt on the field this season, despite all of the close games. He’s appeared in all seven games SU has played, taking 47 faceoffs for the Orange. He’s won 21 of them — second most behind senior Jeremy Thompson.Daddio’s best moment of the season came in that game against Georgetown. After the Hoyas stunningly sent the game to overtime, Daddio won the opening faceoff. SU never relinquished possession, and a few minutes later Stephen Keogh netted the game-winner.It was an important play by a first-year player that didn’t go unnoticed by one of the veterans.‘Daddio comes out as a freshman and makes a great play to get the ball back to me after winning the faceoff,’ Galloway said. ‘It’s one thing on the stat sheet, but that probably won us the game.’mjcohe02@syr.edu— Staff writer Zach Brown contributed reporting to this article.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Steer Wearable Literally Shocks Drowsy Drivers

first_img Drowsy driving kills.Which is why Latvian design studio Creative Mode invented Steer, a wearable device aimed at keeping motorists awake and alert.The bracelet, worn on the upper forearm, analyzes heart rate and skin conductance. If either drops below a certain level, Steer shocks you back into consciousness.Dazed, lethargic drivers claimed more than 840 lives in 2014, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which estimated 83,000 drowsy driving-related crashes between 2005 and 2009.Most people have experienced bouts of “micro-sleep”—drooping eyes, head nodding, even unconsciousness that can last up to 30 seconds, during which you fail to respond to environmental sensors.via Creative ModeBut while it’s one thing to doze off at your desk or in a dark movie theater, until fully autonomous vehicles start chauffeuring folks around, there is no time for a catnap behind the wheel.Steer, however, helps curb micro-sleep.Strap on the accessory to verify resting heart rate and skin conductance, then wear it while driving to determine potentially harmful changes.If your pulse decreases by ten units, for example, Steer sends out a strong vibration and shines a yellow light. Drop another three units, and you’ll receive a “gentle” electric shock.via Creative ModeThe stimulation, according to Creative Mode, boosts neurotransmitters serotonin, noradrenaline, and cortisol, and decreases the “sleeping hormone” melatonin.“These changes will make you feel fresher and less drowsy and will return your heart rate to normal,” the firm’s Kickstarter campaign said.Promising a safer, more effective, and more reliable remedy than traditional quick fixes like energy drinks, coffee, loud music, or smoking, Steer—made from durable and hypoallergenic plastic—has “no negative effect on your health.”Pre-order the bracelet now for an early-bird price of €99 ($116); snag extra for friends or family with the twin pack (€198/$231), trio pack (€299/$349), or four-device family pack (€380/$444).Production is expected in September and October, ahead of a November rollout to backers.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Covert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your PocketRugged BlackBerry Clone With QWERTY Keyboard Hits Kickstarter Stay on targetlast_img read more