Cheteshwar Pujara, leading run-scorer in Test cricket so far in 2017, said he was ready to deal with pressure as well as opportunity for the high-profile tour of South Africa.The first Test will be played in Cape Town from January 5.Pujara, 29, currently No.4 in the ICC’s Test rankings for batsmen, amassed 1140 runs from 11 matches this year. Given his form and appetite for big runs, the Saurashtra batsman will be key for Virat Kohli’s men in a land where Test success has been a rarity for Indian teams.India have played 17 Tests in South Africa since 1992 and have won only two. Incidentally, both victories came in the last decade. In fact, India drew a three-match series in 2010-11 and came close to drawing the series in 2013.Pujara was a part of Indian teams which toured South Africa in 2010 as well as 2013. In four Tests there, Pujara has 311 runs including a classy 153. So he knows how to get runs in South Africa, in testing conditions, on bouncy pitches against some of the best fast bowlers in the world.That experience, Pujara said, will be useful this time too.”I think the experience, which is the most important thing,” Pujara told India Today when asked what would be the difference between this tour and the last two. “I have been there in 2010, in 2013. So when I went there in 2010, obviously it was difficult and luckily, we had players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag, all of them were there and I definitely spoke to many of them and that experience definitely helped me in 2013 and now we are going again in 2017-18. I think that experience will definitely help me this time.”advertisementIndia have been near invincible in Test cricket over the lat two years. They have now won nine successive series which is a joint world record with England and Australia.A series win in South Africa would give India an unprecedented 10th successive series win. Besides, it would mark the start of India’s aim of world domination. Undoubtedly, then there would be immense pressure but it is also an opportunity for India’s stars to show that they are tigers home and away.”I think it’s a bit of both (pressure and opportunity) I would say because as an individual, I always feel that when the team is in trouble, I lift up my game, I try to motivate myself, my concentration goes up.”So, I always take it as an opportunity. But at the same time, there is a lot of pressure, I would agree to that because when you go abroad or try and bat in tough situations, you definitely have some pressure on you. But it is how you handle and that is the most important thing,” Pujara said.(Watch the full interview on India Today at 7:30 PM on Saturday)
Mike Pesca knows just how dominant Connecticut’s women’s basketball team has been this year. He lamented recently on Slate’s “Hang Up and Listen” podcast (around 49 minutes in) that every time he tuned in to a UConn game while working out at the gym this season, usually with 10 minutes left on the clock, the game was already effectively over.By just how much have the Huskies been draining the drama out of Pesca’s workouts? A lot, and by a whole lot more than their predecessors did.At halftime of the average UConn game this year, the Huskies were winning by 25 points. That’s staggering — so staggering that it blows away four of the best teams in recent history: the last four UConn teams, which all reached the Final Four. The last two won the title. Those two championship teams averaged halftime leads of a mere 20 points; the Huskies’ average halftime lead was even lower in the two years before that.By five and a half minutes into the second half, this year’s UConn team averaged a lead of more than 32 points, compared to less than 26 points last year and 24 points or less in the prior three seasons. (Just four teams other than UConn this year beat opponents by more than 20 points per game. And that was their margin at the end of games, not soon after halftime.)But at that 5:30 mark we begin to see a dip. At that point, the ultracompetitive Huskies showed a tiny fraction of mercy. If they’d carried on at the same rate for the whole game, they’d have won by an average of 51 points. Instead they won by only 42 points per game. By the time Pesca was tuning in, UConn led by an average of 35 points. (This is all based on data provided by ESPN Stats & Information, supplemented with play-by-plays from the UConn website.)We also looked at the data another way: How often this season was UConn, say, trailing? Or winning by 40 points?The Huskies established dominance early: By six and a half minutes into their games this year, they were tied or trailing just once. And they led for the entire second half in most games, though Stanford tied things up in regulation and then dealt UConn its only loss, back in November. More than half the time, UConn led by at least 30 points two minutes into the second half. That all adds up to lots of minutes of Mike Pesca doing bicep curls with dull basketball on in the background.This doesn’t necessarily mean this year’s UConn team is the best UConn team of the last five years. The school shifted to the American Athletic Conference two seasons ago from the Big East, which has made for easier conference games and more blowouts. And the previous seasons’ stats include NCAA tournament games, some of which were close — though many were also blowouts.Even so, it’d take a whole lot of NCAA tournament drama to undo all the meaningless second halves the Huskies have played so far this year. Our forecast currently gives them a 74 percent chance of winning the title, before they’ve played their first game. That doesn’t leave much room for nail-biters.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions.
Now playing: Watch this: Phones Best Buy Samsung’s Galaxy-something is already building up plenty of buzz as the first foldable phone by a household brand. Foldable phones are expected to change the way that people use their devices by giving you a larger screen surface in a small enough package to carry around. Samsung is moving quickly to get its product on sale ahead of rivals.But chances are high that Samsung’s foldable phone won’t knock it out of the park on its initial attempt. As one of the first of its kind, this foldable phone and others face staggering challenges in how they’re designed and how well the apps work with a bendable body.”I can’t stress this enough, this is a beta product,” said Stephen Baker, VP of industry analysis at NPD Group. “All these problems should be expected and anticipated, and as the first version this is an early adopter product for consumers who like to be on the bleeding edge.” How To • How to take badass car photos with your Galaxy S10 Plus We don’t know much about Samsung’s foldable Galaxy phone, including its name. Angela Lang/CNET A foldable phone by any other name may not sound as sweet. Samsung has already shown off the foldable Galaxy phone on stage and confirmed it’ll come in the first half of 2019 — but it doesn’t yet have a real name. There are at least four rumored front-runners, including the Galaxy X, Galaxy F, Galaxy Flex and Galaxy Fold. Samsung, unsurprisingly, did not respond to my request for a heads-up on the official name (it would like to keep that a surprise). But one of these candidates is undeniably the worst.Samsung should definitely not choose “Galaxy F.” In the US at least, “F” is for “fail,” the lowest grade a person or thing can get. And no product wants to be linked to failure, or to “the F word.” The mind just doesn’t leap to “foldable” or “fantastic.” Samsung The 30 worst phone names of all time 2:17 Any product marketer will tell you that names matter. Brands can spend hundreds of hours on market research to select the right name that conveys the right message to buyers. Pick wrong and you might fail to connect with your desired demographic or worse, offend them in their native land and language.Both negative connotations for “Galaxy F” would open up Samsung to endlessly creative criticism akin to the worst online bullying, especially if the foldable phone turns out to be anything other than “s” for “stellar.” (For the record, the “S” in Galaxy S stands for “Super Smart.”) Samsung’s foldable phone is here, with brand-new One UI for Android 21 Photos Share your voice Sprint Xiaomi’s double-folding phone looks impressive in teaser… Now playing: Watch this: Samsung’s first foldable phone may be awkward, but it, and others, are an essential first step into learning what to do and not to do when making devices with bendable screens.”We believe that devices with flexible displays will eventually become a larger part of the market as prices drop, designs improve and usability issues are overcome,” said Ben Wood, chief researcher at analyst firm CCS Insight. Samsung will want to put its best foot forward. News • Samsung Galaxy S10, S10E and S10 Plus updates are already waiting for you It may be too late for the electronics titan to whip up excitement by taking fan suggestions, as Xiaomi is doing for its remarkable-looking phone prototype that folds on both ends, and as Google did for Android N. But it isn’t too late for Samsung to think long and hard about its legacy and steer clear of any name that could expose it to one of the internet’s most vicious “F”s: flaming.Published: Jan. 28 at 4:00am PT.Update: Jan 29 at 3:00am PT with minor edits. 22 The Galaxy S10 arrives Feb. 20 but the photos are here now $899 Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 (128GB, prism black) 31 Photos Samsung Galaxy S10 Galaxy V because it’s a flat line folded almost in half~— 👾.ashley.🎙 (@AshleyEsqueda) January 23, 2019 See It $899 What we know about Samsung’s foldable phone See It $899 See it Comments 1:28 Abt Electronics $899 They had better not call this thing the Galaxy F… https://t.co/95PmNf9nnh via @jdolcourt— Dan Ackerman (@danackerman) January 23, 2019 See It Galaxy X? Galaxy F? Samsung’s foldable phone faces 9 big issues.Everything we know about Samsung’s first foldable phone. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. As a name, “Galaxy X” (pronounced “ex,” not “ten”) has the right kind of sizzle. Think of how the phone’s shape could play into an “X” form and all the adjacent marketing about the device having the “X” factor. Samsung would run the risk of copycatting the iPhone X, and while it’s unlikely to result in another dragged-out lawsuit, such a name would perpetuate the dreaded (and not totally fair) “Samesung” reputation. And with the “X” name painting Apple into a corner, it’s something Samsung would want to sidestep anyway.Perhaps Samsung should take my colleague Ashley Esqueda’s safer suggestion to go with the Galaxy V, because it looks like a foldable phone opening or closing. Of course, V is the Roman numeral “5.” There’s always something. Review • Galaxy S10 review: As good as the S10 Plus, in a smaller package Tags 36 Photos A better name for a foldable phoneSamsung’s naming dilemma is extra potent because the expected reveal of its foldable Galaxy phone comes at a time when the tech giant will also unveil the Galaxy S10. That model will have a more traditional glass slab look and feel that should appeal to the mass market, but Samsung will likely show off a fully working version of its foldable phone to add drama to the event and to underscore Samsung’s ability to keep innovating, even a decade on. It’s unclear if Samsung would also announce the phone’s name here or simply tease a later dedicated event, rumored to take place in March. Whenever Samsung does share its name, there are plenty of more harmonious options than the foreboding “F.” Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Flex are infinitely better, but still pretty tame considering what a watershed moment this is for Samsung’s brand, which holds the coveted title of world’s largest smartphone maker. Also, LG already had a “G Flex” as recent as 2015 so “Flex” could wind up on the cutting room floor.
Game of thrones season 8 episode 5 release dateGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Game of Thrones season 8 is marching towards its end and fans are disappointed to see the fate of several characters and their respective story arc. A petition is calling on HBO to reshoot a whole new season.As earlier reported, an online petition has been started by disappointed Game of Thrones fans who are urging HBO to redo season 8 because of the poor writing. Earlier this week, that petition had only 13,000 signatories but in just 24hrs, the number of signatures has crossed more than 600,000.The ongoing HBO series, which is based on George RR Martins’ acclaimed books, has faced severe criticism online because of its poor writing. Fans have even stated that they expected something more from a series like Game of Thrones but in the end, they were left disappointed because of the poor execution of such highly anticipated story.As earlier stated, after seeing the penultimate episode of Game of Thrones season 8, disappointed fans have demanded HBO to have a complete do-over with some “competent writers.”At the time of writing this, the online petition has more than 610,000 signatures from all over the world and it requires only a million. Given the ongoing speed, there are chances that it will reach 1 million signatures by the end of this week.Disappointed fans who signed the ongoing petition left several comments about the final series and even stated that everything “seems rushed,” “totally disrespected the author,” and even stated that the makers have completely thrown away last eight years of character development into the drain. Game of Thrones season 8 episode 6 promoGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)”The story fell apart, the characters became caricatures of themselves–and some worse, unrecognizable–and the world lost the cohesiveness and believe-ability it had maintained previously. Do not mistake this petition as fans who ‘don’t like the dark turn it took,’ since I think this fanbase can handle really dark things. I’d argue that we no longer recognize the narrative and characters we once knew,” wrote one fan.While talking about Daenerys Targaryen’s story arc, another fan wrote, “What they did to Daenerys was a total travesty and a cliche, sending the message that a woman in power will be overcome by her emotions and cannot be trusted. Such a disappointment.”
Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uWEAA and First Edition reports 17 pharmacies were looted during the Baltimore uprising last month, and some believe the subsequent deluge of prescription drugs on the streets of the city may be fueling this most recent surge of homicides and non-fatal shootings. We’ll explore all angles of this story with our experts and regular contributors Stephen Janis, Taya Graham and AFRO reporter Roberto Alejandro coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.