Batting great Rahul Dravid, the second most prolific batsman in the game’s history and India’s middle order bulwark for years, on Friday bid adieu to Test cricket, bringing down the curtains on a glorious 16-year career.No sooner had The Wall announced his decision that the microblogging site Twitter went abuzz. Following are some of the reactins:Tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi: Congratulations Rahul Dravid. Champion on and off the field, showed us all that sky is the limit with hard work, patience and discipline…TV anchor Mandira Bedi: The end of an era. R Dravid personified class, propriety & dependability. The wall stands tall today too as he retires. India will miss him.English cricketer Kevin Pietersen: Rahul Dravid-LEGEND!! Plain & simple.. congrats on an incredible career!! India WILL miss #thewall.Sanjay Mohta: If I see any match in this IPL it will only be cos won’t be able to see Rahul Dravid on field anywhere else.Prateek Agrawal: They couldn’t break The Wall. Finally, it made a door for itself and walked out into the sunset proudly.
<p><img src="http://a28.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2028/IMG14407.jpg" alt="first_img" />Michael Stephens clocked a personal best 10.30 seconds in the men’s 100m heat, to advance to the next round as the joint fastest qualifier at the IAAF World Under 20 Championships in Tampere, Finland on Tuesday. Stephens, who got the time after winning his heat at Ratina Stadium, will be joined by the other Jamaican in the event, Michael Bentley, who stopped the clock at 10.34 seconds in his second place run in his heat, to also secure a lane in tomorrow’s semi-finals, which start at 9:50 a.m. Wayne Pinnock, 7.76m, had the second best mark of all qualifiers to the men’s long jump final and will push for the gold medal along with team-mate Shakwon Coke, 7.55m, who was also impressive in qualifying and moving on to the medal round, which takes place at 9:55 a.m. on Wednesday. In women’s 800m qualifying, both Shaquena Foote, 2:07.75, who finished fifth in her heat and Chrissani May, 2:09.88, who was fourth in her event, booked their places in the next round, which takes place at 9:10 a.m. on Wednesday. Stacey-Ann Williams will line up in the heats of the women’s 400m, which get underway at 8:50 a.m. today.<img src="http://a31.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2031/IMG10776.jpg" alt="last_img" /></p>
<p><img src="http://b47.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/B2047/IMG18217.jpg" alt="first_img" />Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Ticha Penicheiro was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame on June 8.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Cignal-Ateneo bags 2019 PBA D-League title, rips CEU in Game 4 Penicheiro also shared success secrets with the young ballers that will help them excel on court and out. Here are some of Ticha’s success tips for young and old alike.Proper nutritionIn her active years, Ticha played basketball all year round, playing in the WNBA in summer and played in Europe in winter. With that kind of grind, keeping her body in shape with proper nutrition and a good exercise routine helped her become the super athlete that she is.“Our body is like a car, you have to put gas in your car. You have to put good gas otherwise it’s not going to work right,” she said. “So you must feed your body right. 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Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “I don’t eat red meat. I don’t eat fried foods. I like sweets but I’m really conscious about it and then it’s working out and doing weights. I think the most important thing is you gotta’ drink water.”Family is importantTicha grew up in a basketball-loving family. Her parents gave her a basketball when she was five. Since then Penicheiro’s family has been on her side all the way — in victories and “lessons learned.”“For me, family is everything. I left Portugal to go to the United States. It was not easy. Without my parents’ blessing to go and unconditional love, I’m definitely not where I am today.”READ: 4 young Filipino ballers make it to Jr. NBA Global ChampionshipShe credits her success most to the unconditional love that her family gave her.“I heard that sometimes it is not cool for little girls in the Philippines to play basketball. But I think parents should let their kids pursue whatever they want to do and whatever makes them happy. For as long as they are happy, it should be a good thing.”Dream big, work hardAlthough Ticha played in the USA, she also represented her country numerous times in international tournaments and excelling everywhere she played. All the success, the awards and accolades, she said, are fruits of big dreams and hard work.“Don’t be afraid to dream big and follow through with hard work to make your dreams a reality. Remember that fulfilled dreams won’t happen overnight. Nor will it happen just because you have a dream.“You have to put in the work and never give up. With hard work, anything is possible. The key ingredient in any success in life is to dream big, work hard and believe in your dreams.” MANILA, Philippines—A WNBA Champion, four-time All-Star and Women’s Hall of Fame inductee, Ticha Penicheiro’s glowing resume speaks for itself.ADVERTISEMENT Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted When she left Portugal at the age of 19 to study in the United States, it was a leap of faith that turned her basketball dreams into reality. Playing for Old Dominion University (ODU) from 1994 to 1998, she was something the collegiate league had never seen before. She led her team –wizard-like–to the 1997 NCAA Championship, and left her mark in the league as ODU’s all-time steal leader and second in assist.READ: Ticha Penicheiro’s new career has Hall of Famer focusing on futureFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIn 1998 she was drafted second overall in the WNBA and continued her intelligent, pesky play with signature flashy-but-high precision passes for the Sacramento Monarchs. Later she joined the LA Sparks and Chicago Sky. Again, she led the WNBA in assists from 1998 to 2003 and again in 2010. She was part of the All-WNBA First Team twice from 1999 to 2000 and Second Team in 2001.This soon-to-be Hall of Famer was in Manila recently to help coach young basketball players in the Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 presented by Alaska. Together with Cleveland Cavaliers rookie, Collin Sexton, Ticha trained and taught Jr. NBA participants basketball fundamentals and basketball skills. She inspired especially the young girls to love the game and pursue their dreams by believing in themselves and never giving up.<img src="http://a24.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2024/IMG133.jpg" alt="last_img" /></p>
<p><img src="http://a42.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/A2042/IMG2048.jpg" alt="first_img" />The new school academic year started on Monday, when thousands of our nation’s teachers took to the streets in their respective regions to protest for better wages and benefits.Given what is currently unfolding with regard to the current strike by teachers, uncertainty seems sure; for there are concerns, especially for those rife with expectation on both sides — teachers and students.For the young minds, more so those entering high school, Monday’s moment was another stepping stone, and generally an eagerly anticipated one. It is not dissimilar for the teachers, as they look forward to welcoming their new batch to mould over the next year. It is also a time when their own success can be seen at different levels, as their previous batch takes another step in the process of advancement. Unfortunately, the stage seems very much unprepared.There is no disputing the need for teachers to benefit from increased salaries, as other public servants should. With the focus currently being on the teachers, their plight continues to be played out for all to see. Their clarion call for much needed increases has reached the stage of strike and protest action, as negotiations remain unsuccessful. One of the uncertainties is how long this will obtain.There is no doubt about the impact the strike will have, especially if it were to be prolonged. There is no argument over the important role teachers continue to play in the development of children and the nation, by producing the necessary human resource skill. The teachers are also part of that critical human resource, and like everyone else, have challenges, including having to provide for their own children who attend school.To provide what it takes is burdensome for many, and removal of the education grant compounds the situation, as do increased taxation and the continuous rise in cost of living. This makes current salaries woefully inadequate to mitigate the increasing demands. To add to the ongoing situation, teachers and students who use public transportation will have to pay more for their commute, as increase in minibus fares took effect on September 1.This will further squeeze workers who are already drowning in financial challenges to meet even the basic of demands in supporting their families.Everyone who has to outfit a child, or children for some, knows of the economic difficulties in doing so. The teachers are no exception, and with additional transportation cost, their plight worsens. With that a given, there are other uncertainties: whether their salaries will be withheld during the strike period? How long the protest will be sustained? And what support mechanism is in place during the process?These will be answered as time progresses, but a fundamental question remains: How can success be achieved if the salaries remain inadequate? More than likely, this will be vehemently articulated by the leadership of the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) within the negotiating room whenever the sides find themselves back there. Therein lies the bottom line; for a nation to go forward, especially with the coming of oil, sustained academic success is vital.The infamous and seemingly imposed brain-drain that plagued the country a few decades ago ensured a protracted denial of necessary skills for development. If current uncertainties as alluded, coupled with the worsening economic situation, were to continue, then it becomes extremely difficult to stop a renewed exodus of academic skills. That is why it becomes even more imperative that an immediate solution be found to address the short- and long-term fallout of this strike.When workers are told that monies are not available for salary increases, it appears to be deceptive through the actions of the administration. This seems evident by the fifty percent hike in Ministerial emoluments; Government’s increased dietary, travelling and security bills; costs for numerous Commissions of Inquiry, and funding for projects like the imposing fence at the Ministry of the Presidency and Durban Park, which appear to have little or no impact on national development.These scenarios not just fester uncertainty, but can infuse a deep sense of irrelevance through growing despondency in those who are the builders of society but are made to feel otherwise.</p>
<p><img src="http://a29.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2029/IMG9367.jpg" alt="first_img" />The Scarborough, Ont., native played five seasons from 2010-15 and is one of only 34 Varsity Blues to reach over 100 regular season career points. He appeared in 137 regular season games, scoring 56 goals and adding 54 assists for 110 points.Markovic had a two-year tenure in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), beginning as a linesman in 2016-17 before becoming a referee in 2017-18. He also wore the orange bands this season in Guelph at the 2018 Sherwin-Williams CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.He participated in the 12th annual CHL/NHL Officiating Development Camp back in November with the program aimed at supporting and enhancing the development of current CHL officials in cooperation with the NHL through on-ice and off-ice activities.#OHL officials join #NHL ranks:Congrats to Tyson Baker, Mitch Dunning, Michael Markovic set to turn pro in 2018-19 season.DETAILS: https://t.co/xJ2DpiAy5J #OHLAlumni pic.twitter.com/yObXlUZa8e— OntarioHockeyLeague (@OHLHockey) July 4, 2018 Story Links For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version<img src="http://a29.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2029/IMG3027.jpg" alt="center_img" /> Former University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s hockey forward Michael Markovic has been hired by the National Hockey League (NHL) for the 2018-19 season.<img src="http://a29.29626262.net/wp-shlf1314/2029/IMG8530.jpg" alt="last_img" /></p>