Dustin Byfuglien: Five potential landing spots for the now former Winnipeg Jets defenseman

first_imgWashington CapitalsThe Capitals have been led by Norris Trophy candidate John Carlson this season. The 30-year-old blueliner has posted 75 points but the rest of the defensemen have combined for 77.Byfuglien could plug right in and be a high-scoring defenseman, with Washington having the second-highest scoring offense, averaging 3.42 goals-for-per-game. He would also improve the Capitals defense, which ranks 18th in the league allowing 3.07 GA/G.Defensemen Radko Gudas, trade-deadline acquisition Brenden Dillon and Jonas Siegenthaler are all set to become free agents this offseason. According to TSN’s Frank Seravalli, Byfuglien sacrificed the remaining $14 million on his contract, which was set to expire after next season. The NHL confirmed to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun that Byfuglien will not be able to sign with a team for the 2019-20 season, should it resume.And as obvious as it may be, but I checked again anyway, the NHL confirms Byfuglien can’t sign with a team for the rest of this season (if there is one). Earliest he can sign is for next season. https://t.co/H7rzmxdQ1p— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) April 17, 2020It’s still unclear whether Byfuglien will lace up the skates again, but he is surely a wanted commodity for many teams should he decide to play next season. The three-time All-Star has tallied 525 points in 869 career games with the Chicago Blackhawks and Atlanta/Winnipeg.Here are five possible destinations for Byfuglien.Toronto Maple LeafsLike previous years, Toronto’s defense was an area of concern all season long. Injuries plagued the Leafs’ blue line, and the team was tied for the sixth-worst defense in the league this season (3.17 goals-against-per-game).The Maple Leafs have three defensemen set to become free agents in Tyson Barrie, Cody Ceci and Travis Dermott, which should clear up some cap space. According to CapFriendly, the Maple Leafs are currently slated to have $7 million to work with.MORE: NHL free agency 2020: List of best available playersByfuglien would provide an offensively productive, puck-moving defenseman on the blue line, especially if Barrie departs this offseason. With a full season off, he would probably also come at a relatively low cost for the cap-strained Leafs.Florida PanthersSimilar to the Maple Leafs, the Panthers have had a leaky defense this season, ranking tied-for-third in GA/G (3.25). Despite that, the Panthers were right on the playoff bubble before the season paused.Panthers defensemen Mark Pysyk and MacKenzie Weegar are set to become free agents after the season. Byfuglien could replace Pysyk as one of Florida’s right-handed defenseman while also adding a physical presence. The Panthers ranked 27th in hits per game (18.1) this season while Byfuglien has tallied at least 200 hits four times in his career.Buffalo SabresBuffalo could be an interesting landing spot for the Sabres should they decide not to re-sign restricted free agent Brandon Montour. The 26-year-old defenseman scored 18 points in 54 games in 2019-20.After strong starts to begin each of the last two seasons, the Sabres faded out of playoff contention by January and have not made the playoffs since 2011. Buffalo’s defense ranks the 10th-worst in the league allowing 3.12 goals against.The Sabres need help on the back end and could be one of the most aggressive teams in the offseason as they will have $36 million in cap space, per CapFriendly. NHL free agency 2020: Complete list of all 31 teams UFA, RFA playersNashville PredatorsThe Predators clawed back into a playoff spot under new head coach John Hynes before the season was paused. What has defined the Predators in recent years has been their defense, but this season they have taken a step backward.In the two previous years, Nashville had the league’s stingiest defense allowing just 2.54 GA/G; this season, they’re 21st (3.10).Nashville is set to have three defensemen become free agents in Yannick Weber, Dan Hamhuis and Korbinian Holzer. Byfuglien would give them two solid defensive pairings with Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis and Mattias Ekholm. The Dustin Byfuglien saga came to a conclusion Friday as the defenseman agreed to mutually terminate his contract with the Winnipeg Jets.Byfuglien was suspended in September after he failed to report to training camp while mulling retirement. The 35-year-old then underwent ankle surgery in October, putting his NHL future in limbo.last_img read more

Former captain Michael Clarke claims Aussie cricketers ‘sucked up’ to Virat Kohli – here’s…

first_imgImage Courtesy: AFP/India TodayAdvertisement eNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsrpprWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eo81( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bs8tWould you ever consider trying this?😱3y3aCan your students do this? 🌚27Roller skating! Powered by Firework Over the years, Team India cricketing stalwart Virat Kohli hasn’t just transformed himself into one of the most formidable batsmen of all time, but has also been one of the most successful captains of the team. Loved by his fans and respected by the global cricketing fandom, Kohli is even a revered figure for India’s arch rivals, the Australian cricket team. In fact, once upon a time the Aussie players were ‘scared’ to sledge at the Indian captain, and as Michael Clarke reveals, the reason was Indian Premier League!Advertisement Image Courtesy: AFP/India TodaySince its inauguration in 2008, the IPL has become the world’s most popular cricket tournament, and  the highly successful cash-rich league is a bulls eye for all international cricketers.Even in case of Australia, who despite having their own KFC Big Bash League, the players would eye the IPL season each year for the big prize pool, and in former Aussie captain Michael Clarke’s words, would ‘suck up’ against swearing at Kohli or their IPL franchise teammates in any international match.Advertisement In the sports talk show ‘Big Sports Breakfast’, Clarke spoke on the powerful impact the success of IPL has been on world cricket.“Everybody knows how powerful India are in regards to the financial part of the game, internationally or domestically with the IPL,” the former batsman said in the show.Advertisement Clarke continued by saying that the impact for India worked in their favour: “I feel that Australian cricket, and probably every other team over a little period, went the opposite and actually sucked up to India.”The ‘suck up’ of Aussie players to try and protect their IPL contracts worked in favour of Kohli, who captains Royal Challengers Bangalore.“They were too scared to sledge Kohli or the other Indian players because they had to play with them in April. The players were like: ‘I’m not going to sledge Kohli, I want him to pick me for Bangalore, so I can make my USD 1 million for my six weeks’,” the 39 year old comically added.Clarke’s experience in the IPL has only been limited for the 2012 season, when he debuted for Pune Warriors India, a franchise that now has been dissolved.Also read-India’s T20 WC 2007 winner wants to play in one more World Cup! Advertisementlast_img read more

WI selectors keep faith with Sabina 13

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC :West Indies selectors have retained faith in the same 13-man squad for the second Test against Pakistan starting here tomorrow, despite their drubbing in the opening match in Kingston.The Caribbean side underperformed with the bat to plunge to a seven-wicket defeat, 20 minutes after lunch on last Monday’s final day at Sabina Park.West Indies entered the contest with a greenhorn batting line-up which included Vishal Singh and Shimron Hetmyer on debut but selectors have opted against changes and will enter the critical game at Kensington Oval with the same squad.Singh and Hetmyer failed in both innings along with Shai Hope and usually dependable opener Kraigg Brathwaite, but rookies Roston Chase and Shane Dowrich both managed half-centuries.Another defeat for West Indies in the upcoming match will hand Pakistan their first-ever Test series win in the Caribbean.West Indies arrived late Wednesday and trained on Thursday and yesterday, as head coach Stuart Law brushed up on final preparations for the game.The hosts won their last Test at the venue two years ago when they defeated England by five wickets inside three days.SQUAD: Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Vishal Singh, Shane Dowrich, Shai Hope, Jermaine Blackwood, Shannon Gabriel, Devendra Bishoo, Alzarri Joseph, Miguel Cummins.last_img read more

Spurs to sign Chelsea target, Liverpool tracking Pulisic, huge Martial bid?

first_img Lewis Cook is rated as one of the best young midfielders in the English game IN DEMAND Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Chelsea are hoping to hijack Tottenham’s move for Jack Grealish, the Aston Villa attacker. Sarri is ready to sanction a £20million bid for the 22-year-old. (Sun)However, Spurs remain favourites for Grealish, and they believe they have won the race for the youngster’s signature. (Standard)Manchester United officials have flown to Spain to try and finalise the signing of Yerry Mina, the Colombia centre-back, from Barcelona. (Sun) Latest transfer news Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LATEST Take a look at the biggest football news, transfer rumours and gossip from today’s newspapers and online…Jurgen Klopp remains keen on Christian Pulisic, the United States forward, who plays for the Liverpool manager’s former club, Borussia Dortmund. (Times)Manchester United could sell Anthony Martial to Real Madrid in a deal worth up to £89million, with a bid currently being considered. (Diario Gol) Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Crystal Palace are set to confirm the signing of Max Meyer, the Germany midfielder, on a free transfer following his release from Schalke at the end of last season. (Sun)Roy Hodgson is also attempting to bring Swansea forward Jordan Ayew to Selhurst Park, in a deal that will send Jairo Riedewald to Wales in exchange. (Guardian)Eric Abidal, the Barcelona technical director, has denied he discussed a potential move to Camp Nou with Manchester United’s France international Paul Pogba. (Mundo Deportivo)Leicester have made an approach for Nicolas Pepe, the Lille forward, who could be allowed to leave if a good offer is made. (France Football)And here are the top talkSPORT.com stories…EXCLUSIVE: Thibaut Courtois will ‘definitely’ leave Chelsea this summer, talkSPORT toldEXCLUSIVE: Frank Lampard has told talkSPORT Matej Vydra is staying at Derby, after the Czech Republic forward’s proposed move to Leeds collapsedLyon are set to win the race to sign Spurs starlet Reo Griffiths, with PSG and Real Madrid missing out 4 Martial is expected to leave Old Trafford this summer West Ham are set to take their summer spending past the £100million mark by signing Thiago Maia, the Brazil midfielder, from Lille. (Sun)Tottenham are considering making a £30million bid for Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook. The England youth international, 21, could be offered a new deal by the Cherries. (Star) Reo Griffiths has been the subject of interest from a number of top European clubs targets TOP WORK Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LIVING THE DREAM Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? 4 4 REVEALED Yerry Mina is on the lookout for a new club despite only joining Barcelona in January targets 4 RANKED Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing three-way race Everton have pulled out the race to sign Mina as they are not willing to match the defender’s £35million asking price. (Goal)Maurizio Sarri, the Chelsea manager, is set for crunch talks with Brazil ace Willian, who failed to report back for pre-season training on time amid reports he could leave Stamford Bridge this summer. (Star) Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father moving on Burnley have applied for UEFA dispensation to sign a goalkeeper for their Europa League qualifier second leg against Aberdeen, due to the injuries suffered by Tom Heaton and Nick PopeAC Milan are to sign Gonzalo Higuain, the forward, and defender Mattia Caldara from Juventus, with Leonardo Bonucci returning to Turin in exchangeWest Ham have made a bid worth almost £27million for Celta Vigo forward Maxi Gomez, a Uruguay internationalMateo Kovacic has rejected the chance to join Manchester United after the Red Devils tabled a £53.5million offer for the Real Madrid midfielderlast_img read more


first_imgEXCLUSIVE: A CURATE forced to quit his ministry has spoken of the reasons behind his decision – intimidation by some parishoners who didn’t want him there.Yesterday Donegal Daily reported readers’ concerns after Father Bill McGeady stepped down after morning Mass at St Columb’s in Glencolmcille.Father McGeady, 74, was born in Gortahork but grew up in Glasgow before becoming a religious brother. He joined the priesthood 16 years ago and had been in Glen since 2010. In his letter of resignation which he gave to parishoners yesterday, he spoke of his love for the village – but said physical and verbal attacks had taken its toll on him“When I came in September 2010 I was happy to be here. Have been a priest for a while, but I soon found out that a very small number of people wanted to tell me how I should run my parish,” he said.“When I refused to listen to them I was verbally and physically abused in the Sacristy, Church and in the street.“Letters of complaint were sent to the Bishop from those few. Sadly they did not write to tell him of the abuse they gave me. “The complaining has continued and sadly it has affected my mental and physical health.“Apart from what I have written above, I tell you truthfully I have very much enjoyed my time here. Together we changed the parish in very many good ways. The Church is now more beautiful than it ever has been.“As for the Masses at weekends, the numbers attending have increased a lot. Our clerks are many as so willing to clerk at Mass. The Readers Rota has many young people reading at Masses. Our choir has always been first class.“This is why so many came from all over for Christmas Eve and Day Masses. Let us be positive about our future.”The curate went on: “The parish is not all about one priest or person in charge. It is about all in the Parish doing their bit to serve God and each other. “I will miss all the good decent people of Glen, especially the housebound and sick.”He concluded by adding: “Please God I will return one day.”‘I QUIT MY DONEGAL PARISH BECAUSE I WAS PHYSICALLY AND VERBALLY ATTACKED’ – SAYS PRIEST was last modified: February 4th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Father Bill McGeadyGlencolmcillelast_img read more


first_img DDTV: DONEGAL RALLY DAY 1 CATCH-UP VIDEO was last modified: June 21st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Day 1donegal rallyhighlightsvideo DDTV: Catch up with all the interviews and highlights from Day One of the Donegal International Rally.Click Play to watch last_img

Manhattan Restaurant relaunch brings big city dining to the heart of Donegal

first_imgDonegal Town, Ireland’s top Foodie Town, is celebrating a delicious new addition with the reopening of Manhattan Restaurant this weekend.The former steakhouse on Main Street is now under new ownership. With a new look and a new menu, it’s about to be the next big hotspot for wining and dining.Chef Jonathan Reeves and Catherine Keown are leading the family-run venture. This Friday night (6th September) they are hosting a relaunch party from to cheer in a new era for the Manhattan. All are welcome to get a taster of the menu from 6pm.  The Manhattan Restaurant, Donegal TownThe cocktail bar of the Manhattan Restaurant, Donegal TownChef Jonathan is an award-winning chef who previously owned a 2 AA Rosette restaurant in England. He has worked in Ireland for almost 10 years and is best known as the former Head Chef of one of Mayo’s top restaurants, Brennan’s Lane.Now, he is bringing all the influences of his career together to design a new menu for Manhattan.Chef Jonathan Reeves and Catherine Keown – new owners of The Manhattan Restaurant“The difference is, rather than just being a steakhouse, we have a much-varied menu from bar bites to fine-dining such as surf and turf,” Jonathan said.“We have an eclectic menu with 12 starters, 4 salads and 20 main courses. There are a few funky and trendy courses people will enjoy, like duck poutine.” Chef Jonathan ReevesThe ingredients at Manhattan start local, with fish from Killybegs, vegetables from Doherty’s Bridgend, all-Irish chicken and pork, and lamb from the local butchers.“We’re all about low food mileage and staying in the village. We try to be as green as possible, we manage our food waste and take care of the environment while we provide a casual and warm environment for people to enjoy a great meal experience,” Jonathan said.Manhattan boasts two venues – a stylish cocktail lounge and dining room. Guests can book a party room if they have a special event, or simply visit to enjoy a premium cocktail. “Our cocktails are done a little differently – like the frozen daiquiri has no ice or syrups,” Jonathan said.The warm and friendly restaurant is just another exciting event for Donegal Town, which is still celebrating the success of A Taste of Donegal Food Festival and the Foodie Destinations Awards. Jonathan said: “I can’t believe the buzz that’s here in Donegal Town, it’s a fantastic town for food, the award was amazing. We are so excited to add to it.”Everyone is welcome to call into The Manhattan Restaurant on Friday from 6pm for a complimentary drinks reception and a taste of what their fresh new menu has to offer.Phone (074) 974 0111 to book your next meal out at Manhattan, or follow them on social media for updates and sneak peeks: View the menus at:www.themanhattanrestaurant.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/manhattansteakhousedonegaltownInstagram: @themanhattanrestaurantTwitter: @JonreevesChefManhattan Restaurant relaunch brings big city dining to the heart of Donegal was last modified: September 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:chef jonathan reevesdiningDonegal Townfoodrelaunchrestaurantthe manhattan restaurantlast_img read more

Higgins’ victory in pictures

first_img  See also:Higgins blasts his way to another 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook A selection of images from Alan Higgins’ second-round demolition of Matteo Cecchetto at York Hall in Bethnal Green, which made it three stoppage victories out of three professional fights for the Kilburn middleweight.(Click on an image to begin slideshow)last_img read more

AI Is Key to Bias-Free VC

first_imgSecuring venture capital funding is a tricky terrain to travel. It’s hard enough for founders to accrue the capital needed to continue scaling, but it’s even more difficult for entrepreneurs from underrepresented demographics.In a recent study jointly published by Babson and Wellesley colleges, it was found that just 3 percent, or $1.5 billion, of the $50.8 billion in VC funding handed out between 2011 and ‘13 was raised by women. And companies with all-male executive boards were four times likelier to garner funding than boards that included at least one woman.Optics such as gender and race can at times dissuade VCs from supplying worthy companies with the funding they need. But what if VCs awarded funds by using a blind approach to assessing a company’s potential trajectory? Artificial intelligence informed by concrete data could lower that curtain, crafting a future in which machine learning helps VC funding lean less on appearances and more on a company’s potential merit.Scant funding for minority and women-led startups is an issue that’s been building for some time. Less than 1 percent of VC funds raised go to minority-run business, while 2 percent goes to companies fronted by women, despite the fact that 38 percent of U.S. companies have women in charge.Trends like that, no doubt, prompted Dell entrepreneur-in-residence Elizabeth Gore to create Alice, an AI platform that uses a litany of data points in order to open female, minority, and LGBT founders up to greater VC funding opportunities. Biases also exist in favor of younger entrepreneurs or those from certain universities. By using AI, investors can leave behind biases that they may not even be aware of and focus solely on a company’s merits as an opportunity for returns.In the PricewaterhouseCoopers Digital IQ Survey of 2017, 52 percent of professionals in the industry reported making “substantial investments” in AI, and two-thirds expect to be doing the same three years from now. Perhaps even more telling is that 72 percent of business leaders and decision makers picked AI as the most compelling future business advantage.The metrics and data points that define successful startups are becoming increasingly visible and increasingly repeatable, giving investors a recently accessible degree. AI lets entrepreneurs align their metrics with a successful blueprint. For VC firms, it’s a chance to focus less on closing deals and more partnering more diverse, high-quality startups.Venture capital is an industry that revolves around people and relationships, but it doesn’t come without its own risks. VCs may relate better to individuals who resemble themselves at different parts of their career, and in a male-dominated business, this might be one reason for the existence of a systematic bias toward men.June Manley saw that bias firsthand when she pitched her software enterprise company in 2015. She participated in more than 80 VC meetings, repeatedly witnessing funders disregard her product, condescend to her about her qualifications, or even suggest her husband take the lead when pitching to VCs. She even witnessed similar companies fronted by men get the nod as she went to meeting after meeting looking for someone to take a chance on her.From that frustration sprung Female Founders Faster Forward, a nonprofit organization that uses a tech-based model designed to minimize that type of bias. Using a Startup Investment Model Index, a kind of startup FICO score based on attributes from some 750 VC-funded businesses, the software will be an evolving entity that female founders can use as a complementary resource to shield their funding quest from bias.This fluid, AI-inspired approach will use metrics such as startup risk and maturity to compile a score that founders can attach to their startups and use in the funding process. Manley hopes the tech will help raise female funding from 3 percent to 20 percent by 2020.Data and figures can cut through whatever potential biases a VC might have when it comes to funding companies. Machine learning can sift through metrics and stray from any biases a VC might have and drill down to the numbers that will ultimately point to a startup’s chances for success.AI can establish a different kind of relationship, one that hinges more on what the data says about a company’s potential and less on any personal connection or potential biases. For any AI product or startup to be successful, there needs to be data. Feeding empirical information into an AI engine allows engineers to confirm their theories and demonstrate its impact. Without data, there is nothing to learn from, no matter how effective the algorithm.AI never stops learning, which is why it’s an ideal match for VC firms. Data and numbers are unencumbered by personal bias, free to assess bodies on the data in front of them. As that information continues to pour in and change from minute to minute, a VC can take startups at face value, making decisions on the potential a company brings to the table instead of who is sitting across it. Hossein Rahnama is the founder and CEO of Flybits, a cloud-based, context-as-a-service solution with offices in Toronto, Redwood City, and London. China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … Hossein Rahnama AI: How it’s Impacting Surveillance Data Storage Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#AI#VC AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Themlast_img read more

Indian women create history, win 4×400 relay gold

first_imgIndian women’s 4x400m relay team celebrates after winning gold during the CWG at the JN Stadium. PTIIndia won their second athletics gold at the Delhi Games with the women’s relay team’s stellar show in the 4×400 race at the JN Stadium here. Medals | WATCH VIDEO On the same day, India also collected four athletics bronze, taking their tally in track and field to an unprecedented 12.Indian women’s 4x400m relay team added another gold to the one won yesterday by discus thrower Krishna Poonia as medals rained for the home country in front of a cheering near-capacity crowd at the Jawaharalal Nehru Stadium.VIDEO: HEENA, ANNU GIVE INDIA 31ST GOLDPaddlers keep medal hopes aliveBreathtaking closing show on cardsThe men’s and women’s 4x100m relay teams, triple jumper Renjith Maheswary and javelin thrower Kashinath Naik added a bronze each.After today’s events, only men and women’s marathon remained in the athletics competition.In terms of number of medals won, it turned out to be the most productive day for India. Yesterday, India swept women’s discus throw with Poonia winning gold to break a 52-year-old drought, while Harwant Kaur and Seema Antil bagged a silver and bronze respectively.The 12 medals, including a gold, is more than the 10 medals the country had won in the earlier editions.The women’s 4X400m relay quartet of Manjeet Kaur, Sini Jose, Ashwini Akkunji and Mandeep Kaur set the track ablaze by winning the race in 3:27.77, ahead of Nigeria (3:28.72) and England (3:29.51).Manjeet was running second at the end of first leg and Jose maintained it. Akkunji then took India to lead with a fast run in the third leg before Mandeep saw off a late surge from a Nigerian to cross the finishing line ahead of the rest.advertisementThere were scenes of wild celebration among the Indian officials present at the VIP stand and among the vociferous crowd. National coach Bahadur Singh termed it as the beginning of India’s emergence as an athletics power.”We have shown that we can win medals at the highest level. Athletics competition in the Commonwealth Games is of high standard. If we maintain this level for another 3-4 years, India can become an athletics power,” Bahadur told PTI.The medal-surge began with the women’s 4x100m relay team of Geetha Satti, Srabani Nanda, P K Priya and H M Jyothi finishing third in a photo finish with a timing of 45.25secs, just one-hundredth of a second behind second-placed Ghana (45.24secs). England won gold in 44.19secs.It looked like India’s final-leg runner H M Jyothi would cross the finishing line at second but Ghanaian Janet Amponsah did better and the home team had to be content with a bronze.India clocked 45.25secs, while Ghana clocked 45.24secs.The men’s quartet of Rahamatulla Molla, Krishnakumar Rane, Shammer Mon and Mohd Abdul Qureshi smashed the national record with a timing of 38.89secs.The same quartet had set a national record of 39.00secs in the semifinals yesterday.India were lagging behind in the first and second legs but Mon took them to fourth place by the end of third leg in the field of eight. Qureshi beat a runner in the final leg to take India to bronze. England won the gold in 38.74secs while Jamaica settled for a silver in 38.79secs.Triple jumper Renjith Maheswary broke his own national record by clearing 17.07m in his third of the six attempts.His earlier national record was 17.04m.Till the fifth and penultimate round, Maheswary was second, behind eventual gold winner Tosin Oke (17.16m) of Nigeria, but Cameroonian Lucien Mamba jumped 17.14m in his final attempt to win silver.”I though I would win a silver but I am happy that I won a bronze. I dedicate the bronze to my daughter Jia (born in August),” he said after the race.In the men’s 4×400 race, India finsihed seventh in 3:07.60.”I am too happy to say anything. We worked very hard and by the grace of God we finally got our prize. We practised non stop for one and a half months to get our coordination right.We have improved a lot and we have broken the national record,” he said.But the surprise medallist of the day was Kashinath Naik, who cleared 74.29m, in men’s javelin throw. The gold and silver were won by Jarrod Bannister (81.72m) of Australia and Stuart Farquhar (78.15m) of New Zealand respectively.”I am not satisfied by my performance as I could do better. But I am happy that India won its first medal in javelin throw,” Naik said later.advertisementlast_img read more