Team South Africa upbeat ahead of Commonwealth Games

first_img16 July 2014South Africa’s Commonwealth Games athletes, coaches and administrators were in confident mood on Tuesday as Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula wished them well at send-off functions in Pretoria and Johannesburg.The team, which is currently at a training camp in Johannesburg, leaves for Glasgow, Scotland on Wednesday. The twentieth edition of the Commonwealth Games takes place from 23 July to 3 August.South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) president Gideon Sam, interviewed on the sidelines of the Johannesburg send-off, said: “We have set our target for 40 medals, and out of those 40 we want at least 15 gold, which would give us a very good position of around fifth on sixth on the medal table, and that’s what it is all about.“You can have all the medals, but if you don’t have gold medals you just don’t feature on the medal table,” Sam said.“For us, the medal table is what is important, and when you listen to the athletes and the coaches and the technical officials, I don’t think I have seen a higher confidence level than I have seen today. It is a good sign for us that we are ready for a good one.”‘Swimming is in good form’Questioned from where he expected the South African team’s medals to come, Sam said: “I’m looking at swimming. Swimming is in good form, and I am looking at lawn bowls. I am looking at wrestling, our wrestlers did very well in India. We are overdue in boxing. We are overdue in weightlifting, so, yes, we believe that there is enough spread of medals, anchored by swimming.”He was a little less buoyant about the prospects of track and field athletes, given the administrative problems that have haunted the sport in South Africa in recent times. “I am a little bit reluctant to say that athletics will also contribute, but I know that the athletes will give us their best.“I think what we need to do with athletics is to take the athletes from the Commonwealth Games and prepare them 120 percent for the Olympics, because what we really need to do is to have those two – swimming and athletics – anchoring the rest of the team,” Sam reckoned.Potential swimming medallistsGraham Hill, who was head coach of the South African swimming team in London, and who coaches golden boy Chad le Clos, identified some of the potential medallists from among the team, saying: ” The swimmers have got some good results in the past and we have Cameron van der Burgh up there with two events, we have Roland Schoeman in two events, we’ve got Chad le Clos in six events, we’ve got Sebastian Rosseau, Dylan Bosch, all highly ranked, Karin Prinsloo is a medal hope in the freestyle events, so we’re looking pretty good.Le Clos is facing a stiff challenge, as Hill explained: “He’s taken on a big programme. He’s in six individual events and three relays, so its nine races. It’s a tough programme. It’s something no one has attempted before, so it’s going to be great, and we’re testing it on the road to Rio.”Pushed to offer up how he thinks the swimmers could do, Hill said: “I would really be happy if we could come home with nine or 10 medals.”Delhi 2010In India, the swimming team fared well, winning seven of the South African team’s 12 gold medals, along with four silver and five bronze medals.The big guns in the South African team are undoubtedly Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh.Le Clos won the 200m butterfly and 400m individual medley at the 2010 Games, added a silver in the 4 x 100m medley relay, and bronze medal in the 4 x 100m and 4 x 200m freestyle. Van der Burgh did the double in the 100m and 200m breaststroke and was part of the silver medal-winning medal relay quartet. Le Clos and Van der Burgh later went on to win Olympic gold medals in London in 2012 in the 200m butterfly and 100m breaststroke respectively.Le Clos is a better swimmer than he was four years ago, while Van der Burgh remains the world’s leading breaststroke swimmer. They both face very tough opposition, as swimming is a particular strength among a number of Commonwealth countries, but should be able to add to their impressive medals collections.Legitimate threatSomeone who has emerged as a legitimate medal threat since Delhi is distance swimmer Myles Brown, who will contest the 400m and 1 500m, as well as the 200m freestyle relay. He has proved his ability time and time again on the Fina World Cup circuit and during 2013 he smashed Ryk Neethling’s South African record for the 1 500m by almost three seconds. However, it is in the 400m where he believes he has the best chance of success.Recently, on the Mare Nostrum circuit in Europe, Brown won gold over the 200m, 400m and 800m distances, picking up seven medals, six of them gold, in Monaco, Canet and Barcelona. His sole silver was in the 1 500m.While not identifying potential medal-winning performances from Karin Prinsloo, Hill said: “Karen started what has been a great year well in in Australia at the BHP Billiton Aquatic Series in Perth. She has got better and better and she has had a great summer in Europe now and she’s ready to go.”South African lawn bowlers stood out in Delhi, winning three gold medals in the women’s and men’s triples and the men’s pairs. Included in the line-up this time around are Gerry Baker, who won gold in the pairs with Shaun Addinall, and the trips gold medal winning team of Tracy-Lee Botha, Susan Nel and Susanna Steyn.Women’s javelinWhile a number of South African men will be eyeing medals in track and field competition, javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen will be aiming the first woman in the history of the Commonwealth Games to win three gold medals in succession. England’s Tessa Sanderson has three gold medals to her name, but they came in four Games: 1978, 1986 and 1990.To win gold again, though, Viljoen will have to see off the challenge of Australia’s Kimberley Mickle, who with a throw of 66.83 metres has the second best mark of 2014 in the world. Viljoen’s best so far is 64.77, which also trails another Australian, Kathryn Mitchell, who has twice bettered the South African star’s mark.The performance of 100m sprinter Simon Magakwe will be one to watch. He became the first South African to break the 10-second barrier in April, but up against a wave of outstanding Jamaican speedsters a medal would be a huge bonus for the South African champion.The country looked a good bet for a 4 x 100m relay medal, but the withdrawal of Anaso Jobodwana, a 200m finalist at the London Olympic Games, on Monday has undermined the team’s prospects. Jobodwana said he was not in form after undergoing hernia surgery earlier in the year.400m starAn interesting medal prospect is 400m runner Wayde van Niekerk, who smashed the South African record in New York City at the beginning of June, clocking a time of 44.38.Three Commonwealth Games’ athletes are ranked above him, world leader Kirani James of Grenada (43.74), Isaac Makwala of Botswana (44.01) and Deon Lendore of Trinidad and Tobago (44.36). James should rightfully be regarded as the gold medal favourite, but a medal of another colour is a definitely possibility for Van Niekerk.Cornel Fredericks owns the second fastest time over the 400m hurdles among Commonwealth Games’ athletes his year, having stopped the clocks after 48.58 seconds in June, just one-tenth of a second slower than Jamaican Roxroy Cato’s best. Fredericks is a medal contender and LJ van Zyl, a gold medal winner in Melbourne in 2006 and a silver medallist in Delhi in 2010, is another possible medallist.Middle distance prospectsSouth Africa boasts outstanding middle distance competitors in Andre Olivier (800m) and Johan Cronje (1 500m), but the problem they have is dealing with the strength of African middle distance running.Olivier showed his form to be good by finishing in second place over the two-lap race at the most recent Diamond League meeting this past weekend in Glasgow. However, he was well behind Kenyan world record holder David Rudisha, who, when he is on song, is in a different league to any other runner on the planet.Cronje, who surprised by winning a bronze medal at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, is also in good form. He finished fourth in the Diamond League meeting in 3:34.97, a decent time against strong competition, but Kenya’s Silas Kipligat, who won the event was more than two seconds clear of the South African.Top triathleteSomeone to keep an eye on is triathlete Richard Murray. He has been a star performer on the ITU World Triathlon Series, but in order to medal faces a double challenge from the outstanding Brownlee twins, Alistair and Jonathan, among others.Alistair won the ITU World Series event in Hamburg on the weekend, but is ranked below Murray in the world rankings, in eighth place, with the South African in fourth place, while Jonathan occupies second place. The Brownlees, though, are the men to beat with Alistair having won the London Olympics and Jonathan having claimed the bronze medal.CyclingLike the triathlon, cycling is a sport that is a strength of Commonwealth Games countries. South Africa has some outstanding talent, but would do well to claim a cycling medal. Perhaps the best medal prospect is track star Nolan Hoffman, who won silver in 2012 in the scratch race at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne.Bernard Esterhuizen, who won the one-kilometre time trial at the UCI Junior World Championships in Italy in 2010, is an intriguing talent. In recent times he has shone while competing in the USA, and in sprint events anything is possible.Sevens rugbyWith Rio de Janeiro set to feature rugby at the Olympic Games for the first time in 2016, the competition in Glasgow takes on more significance than in the past.The Blitzbokke should be in the hunt for a medal after finishing second on the the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series. They lost some form towards the end of the Series as injuries took their toll, but the break between the last tournament in London in early May and the start of the Commonwealth Games should have done the team the world of good.At their best, they should battle it out with New Zealand for the gold medal.last_img read more

Google Doubles Spending for Cloud Infrastructure… But Where?

first_imgGoogle has doubled what it spends on its data centers – the company’s largest investment since 2008.According to Data Center Knowledge, Google spent $476 million in the second quarter, compared to $239 million in the previous quarter . Historically, the company’s capital spending tracks data center construction. That means this increase could mean a new data center or that it’s adding to an existing one. Data Center Knowledge reports that a typical data center costs between $200 million and $600 million. Google could not be reached for comment about the spending increase. How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Tags:#cloud#cloud computing#Data Centers As cloud computing becomes more predominant, we expect to see a wave of spending for data centers built specifically for that purpose. And politicians are looking for the chance to have them built in their communities. Microsoft recently started construction on a data center in Des Moines, Iowa.“When the recession hit, Microsoft shelved previous plans to build a $600 million data center at the site in West Des Moines. Google is currently operating a “server farm” in Council Bluffs. The Google and Microsoft projects received special tax incentives from the state; over $3 million worth of road improvements were made around the Microsoft site in West Des Moines. Microsoft was considering sites in San Antonio and Chicago for its newest data center. “We’ve now scored the big trifecta,” Governor Chet Culver told Radio Iowa. “We have IBM, Google and Microsoft all doing business and creating hundreds and hundreds of good-paying jobs in Council Bluffs, Dubuque and now West Des Moines so it’s a good day for our economy.” It’s a big deal in this economy when a high profile company like Google builds a data center. It’s our expectation that we will know soon enough abut the location of a new data center if indeed one is in the works.Source for graphic on spending: Data Center Knowledge alex williams Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

Somdev falls as India’s singles challenge ends

first_imgQualifier David Goffin from Belgium lowered Indian superstar Somdev Devvarman into the coffin as he posted a stunning 6- 2, 6- 4 first round win in the Chennai Open on Tuesday.With crowds filling the stadium and rooting for Somdev, fans hoped for a miracle.Runner- up in 2009 at the Chennai Open and second round loser in 2010, Somdev could not reproduce the magic which he has shown in the recent past. India’s singles challenge ended with Somdev’s loss.They say the first event of the year is always a tricky one. Somdev realised it as he was unable to come up with the big shots. As one who had become the toast of the nation after his efforts in the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games, this was a night of deep disappointment.To his credit, Goffin, just 20, soaked in the atmosphere and finally won when Somdev hit a forehand long. Overall, the way Goffin served and churned out the groundstrokes, there was no doubt he deserved to win.People will talk of Somdev loving the ambience, but his inability to string together big points made for bad viewing on Tuesday.” I am very disappointed with the result. Hopefully, the season will get better for me,” Somdev said at the press conference.” I was hitting very well in practice.That obviously doesn’t count when you are playing a match. I do not want to make any excuses but I can tell you it was a bad day. I am not going to kill myself over it,” added Somdev, with a laugh.advertisementTitle favourite Tomas Berdych came out all guns blazing as he demolished Frederico Gil of Portugal 6- 0, 6- 1 in the first round.After Kei Nishikori dumped second seed Marin Cilic on the first day, no one wanted another shocker.Berdych, who is playing here for the first time, treated the audience to top quality tennis and was aggressive to the point of being ruthless.It could have been a total rout had not Gil, ranked 101, won a game after being down 0- 5. ” It is important to start well in the new season and I am happy I was able to do that tonight,” said 25- yearold Berdych. He next faces Ivan Dodig of Croatia.From the Indian point of view, there was mixed news with Yuki Bhambri losing. However, Rohan Bopanna, who plays singles rarely, showed once again he can trouble the big players as he By S. Kannan in Chennai played his heart out before losing 4- 6, 4- 6 to third seed Stanislas Wawrinka.The more one sees Wawrinka, the more one is certain that the Swiss player will never give the opponent a free point. On Tuesday, Rohan, playing on the same court where he won the Davis Cup tie for India against Brazil in September, played as well as he could.Lack of singles play was evident, but the tall and strapping Coorgi tried hard with his serve against a top class singles player.The scoreline may suggest it was a routine match, but Bopanna put his heart and soul into it.Where the Indian came short was when he made some loose sorties to the net and got passed or when Wawrinka was ripping some incredible forehand drives.One such shot came in the eighth game of the second set when the Swiss faced a break point. Wawrinka hit a full blooded forehand cross- court pile driver which had a touch of class.” It was not an easy match tonight. After losing in doubles, I was keen to do well in singles. I was playing Bopanna in front of his home crowd and I couldn’t take it easy,” said Wawrinka.Fourth- seed Richard Gasquet of France, ranked 30th in the world, ousted compatriot Edouard Roger- Vasselin 6- 1, 6- 3 to reach the second round. The Frenchman next plays Bjorn Phau of Germany for a place in the quarter- finals.Seventh- seed Xavier Malisse of Belgium, who won the Chennai event in 2007, outplayed Marsel Ilhan of Turkey 6- 3, 6- 1 in another match.last_img read more

Nets crush Mavericks to end 3-game skid

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) dunks in front of Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith, bottom, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 4, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK — The Nets needed a win, and they got their easiest one ever in Brooklyn.DeMarre Carroll scored 22 points, Rodions Kurucs had 19 and the Nets easily snapped a three-game losing streak with a 127-88 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT “It was ugly from start to finish,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. “When you lose every quarter in an NBA game, you certainly haven’t done what you needed to do, so very disappointing night.”With Treveon Graham out with back soreness, Kurucs started at power forward, and coach Kenny Atkinson also inserted Allen Crabbe for LeVert at shooting guard. LeVert had started the previous seven games after coming off the bench in his first two after a returning from a 42-game absence with a dislocated right foot.“I think we wanted to change something up, do something different. Him coming off the bench or starting, he told me this morning, ‘I really don’t care, Coach, as long as I get my minutes,’” Atkinson said of LeVert, who was the team’s leading scorer when he got hurt. “He got his minutes.”Atkinson said before the game that Brooklyn’s problem in its recent losses to Washington, Charlotte and Miami was poor shooting affecting their effort on defense.Neither side of the floor was a problem in this one, as the Nets were shooting above 60 percent into the fourth quarter before finishing at 56.5 percent. They limited Dallas to 35.6 percent.ADVERTISEMENT They extended it to 26 after three, also their biggest margin of the season, and all that was left from there was cheering for Nowitzki to get on the board. Fans screamed his name as soon as the Mavs started bringing the ball up the floor, and booed the Mavericks players who took shots rather than pass to Nowitzki, who still hasn’t said if he will retire.TIP-INSMavericks: Dallas opened a three-game road trip. It has won five straight and 16 of the last 17 matchups with Washington, its next opponent. … Nowitzki finished 2 for 13.Nets: Kurucs and Carroll both made five 3-pointers. … Russell had 13 points and 11 assists.SUPPORT FOR DIRKNowitzki said the receptions he has received on the Mavericks’ trips to the East have been phenomenal, but he wishes the Mavericks could play better. They lost by 30 at Memphis in their previous game.“So I am really appreciative,” he said. “I enjoy it, but I enjoy winning a little better.”ON THE ROAD Kristaps Porzingis has been traveling with the Mavericks, even though he won’t play this season while recovering from his torn left ACL. Carlisle said it’s doubtful Porzingis takes part in full practices this season, but that he’s been doing a lot of things behind the scenes and vocal in huddles during the games. The 7-foot-3 forward hadn’t been traveling with the Knicks before they dealt him to the Mavs.“The No. 1 thing right now is his health, getting him back 100 percent, which will happen,” Carlisle said. “But in the meantime he’s picked up his workouts, he’s doing more aggressive 1-on-1, controlled banging-type stuff with some of our assistants and making great progress.”UP NEXTMavericks: Visit Washington on Wednesday.Nets: Host Cleveland on Wednesday. Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Caris LeVert added 18 points and Spencer Dinwiddie finished with 16 on a night the Nets shook up their starting lineup but were fueled by their reserves. The 39-point margin was their most lopsided victory at home — and matched their biggest victory overall — since moving from New Jersey in 2012.“This was definitely a game for us to build off of,” guard D’Angelo Russell said. “Coming into this one, we knew we had to get it. We know we’ve got a tough stretch coming up so we need all the confidence we can get.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Nets were routed by teams below them in the standings in their last three games but led nearly the entire way, with the lead ballooning to 44 points. Brooklyn moved back into a tie for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.Dwight Powell scored 20 points and Luka Doncic had 16 for the Mavericks, who lost for the seventh time in eight games. Dallas did finally get Dirk Nowitzki a couple late baskets after he missed his first nine shots in what could have been his last game in Brooklyn. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash The Nets led 31-21 after one and quickly pushed the lead to 18 led by Carroll and Dinwiddie. They maintained that 18-point cushion at halftime — after Doncic threw in a halfcourt shot for the final basket — for their biggest halftime advantage of the season. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Rookie Lycha Ebon shows killer instinct this time in FEU win over UE

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem So when the opportunity presented itself again, the 19-year-old was now better prepared than the last time.FEU led, 13-9, when Ebon rose to the occasion and scored on two similar plays for the victory to clinch the Lady Tamaraws’ third win in five outings.“I was telling myself that I won’t be afraid because the more I feel scared the more that my performance will dip,” said Ebon, who finished with 21 points. “I was just thinking that I had to play out what I trained for in FEU.”“I never doubted myself and I trusted my older teammates that we can win.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Ebon admitted that there was always the fear factor in their game against the Lady Warriors but she knew that she can’t let her emotions consume her and that she has to know better than let their opponents once again get the upper hand.“My mindset was to end it then and there,” said Ebon in Filipino at Filoil Flying V Centre. “We worked hard for us so I knew I had to end it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“Of course, I was a bit scared during the match but I knew it should not let it affect me.”Ebon had already experienced losing in five sets when the Lady Tamaraws squandered their two-set lead over Ateneo en route to a tough 25-14, 25-19, 21-25, 18-25, 12-15 setback late last month. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Lycha Ebon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Far Eastern University’s Lycha Ebon is showing that she’s more than just a rookie.The Lady Tamaraws’ prized youngster showed utmost composure in just her second time playing in a pressure-packed five-setter in the UAAP women’s tournament when she led FEU over University of the East, 25-15, 24-26, 25-22, 20-25, 15-9, Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Columbian boosts playoff bid, beats Rain or Shine again Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policylast_img read more