Vishaul career best puts Windies A in command

first_imgPALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (CMC):Vice-captain Vishaul Singh struck a career-best fifth first class century to spearhead a massive West Indies A batting effort on the second day of the second four-day ‘Test’ against Sri Lanka A here yesterday.Unbeaten on 81 overnight at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, the left-hander carved out a superb 161 to lift West Indies to 509 for nine declared in their first innings.Opener Rajendra Chandrika, who had retired hurt on 51 on Tuesday’s opening day, returned to make 84, while tailender Kemar Roach chipped in with 39.At the close, captain Dimuth Karunaratne was holding the hosts’ innings together with an unbeaten 66 as they reached 128 for four – still 381 runs behind heading into today’s penultimate day.Wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella was not out on 38 and has so far put on 91 for the fifth wicket with Karunartne, a partnership which pulled Sri Lanka A from danger at 37 for four.Seamer Roach trapped Avishka Fernando lbw for seven at 19 for one and Test batsman Lahiru Thirimanne followed for three at 32 for two when he was caught at the wicket off fast bowler Keon Joseph, who has taken two for four from four overs.Joseph removed Roshen Silva for a first-ball ‘duck’ at 36 for three and with a run added, Charith Asalanka was lbw to off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall for one.However, first ‘Test’ century-maker, Karunaratne, produced yet another excellent innings to stave off the collapse, facing 124 deliveries and counting 12 fours, while Dickwella has struck two fours in his 65-ball knock.MORE RUNSEarlier, resuming from their overnight 331 for five, West Indies A flourished, thanks to the Guyanese pair of Vishaul and Chandrika, who put on 54 for the sixth wicket.While Vishaul faced 306 deliveries and struck 16 fours, Chandrika hit nine boundaries off 84 balls, falling with his second first class century in sight when he was lbw to leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay.Vishaul, who reached triple figures 40 minutes before lunch, then added a further 90 for the seventh wicket with Roach, who hit four fours and two sixes in his 80 balls at the crease.The partnership took West Indies to lunch at 410 for six and helped the visitors increase their dominance in the second session, before Roach finally departed, an hour after the resumption.Off-spinner Charith Asalanka was the best bowler, with four for 104.last_img read more

UCLA’s Drew off to the NFL

first_img Drew confirmed Friday that he won’t return to UCLA. “Yeah, you can say that,” Drew said. “I’ll make that announcement (today) but yeah, you can say that.” Drew’s durability has been an issue the last two years. Drew suffered a bruised right knee against Stanford, which forced him to miss some of the Arizona game. Last year, he sprained his ankle and missed the better part of three games. If Drew is viewed as a Sproles-type player, he stands to make about $2 million. Sproles was a fourth-round draft pick and earned a $396,000 signing bonus. He signed a four-year deal worth 230,000 the first year and 460,000 in 2008. Sproles returned 59 kickoffs for an average of 24.4 yards per return. Drew exhibited no signs of turning pro until after the Sun Bowl. Drew left that game in the first quarter with a separated left shoulder. He returned for a couple of plays in the second quarter but was a non-factor. Television cameras showed him trying to run back onto the field at one point but Dorrell grabbed him and pulled him back. Drew didn’t look happy. Drew’s roommate, defensive end Kyle Morgan, will attend today’s press conference. Morgan is from the Bay Area, too. Drew’s mom, Andrea, confirmed Drew is leaving and that he’ll explain his reasons why today. “He just made the decision,” Andrea Drew said. “He’ll say why and what played a part in it (today).” Andrea Drew said she filed paperwork earlier to have Drew’s draft status evaluated. If Drew doesn’t sign an agent, he can return to UCLA for his final season of eligibility. Underclassmen have until Jan. 15 to declare for the NFL draft. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson UCLA coach Karl Dorrell isn’t expected to comment until after today’s press conference. Drew’s departure is a huge blow to the Bruins, who finished 10-2 and beat Northwestern in the Sun Bowl. Drew led the country in punt returns, averaging an NCAA-record 28.5 yards. He had three punt returns for touchdowns this season and four in his career, along with two kickoff returns for scores. He rushed for 914 yards on 186 carries (4.9 yards-per-carry average), scored 13 touchdowns this season and had 2,503 rushing yards and 26 rushing touchdowns in his UCLA career. Drew’s pro career could mimic that of Darren Sproles, who was drafted by the San Diego Chargers last year out of Kansas State. Sproles is a speedy punt returner but not an every down running back. Sproles had eight carries this season. It’s likely that Drew’s gig in the NFL will be as a punt and kickoff returner. Drew is probably considered too small (5-foot-8, 205 pounds) to be an every down back but he’s bigger than Sproles (5-6, 181). This was an unexpected move, since Drew, 21, maintained most of the year that he would return for his senior season. As late as Nov. 26, he told the Press-Telegram: “I don’t understand why people keep asking. I don’t want people to think football is my whole life. That’s one thing I don’t want it to be. If it happens, it happens. If not, I’ll get a degree and go about my day and try to work at a big-time business and try to get to the top of it.” center_img Maurice Drew wasn’t the Los Angeles running back everyone figured was a shoo-in to leave college a year early for the NFL draft. But that’s exactly what Drew will do. Drew, UCLA’s junior tailback and All-American punt returner, will announce his decision to skip his senior season and enter the draft at a 2 p.m. press conference today at Concord De La Salle High School, where he prepped in Northern California. last_img read more

Google – The Biggest Threat Yet

first_imgGoogle and travel has been the elephant in the room of the online travel business for awhile. In a related sense, I have been astounded that agents continue to use wholesalers that retail as ultimately, you are giving money to your competitors to take you out of business.But this is different. Very, very different.The Sabre press release demonstrates thethreat of the new development to agents “…reducing the abandonment rate commonly seen when consumers have to switch sites to complete a transaction.”It’s like saying it’s so easy, why not do it all now. Search once. Book. Its immediate, connected, technology.Why the big threat?Google is omnipresent . If you have a Gmail account the content can be scanned. Every Google travel related search has been stored and categorized and the big data pool flooding like nothing before it. Google has more market intelligence on travel than anyone. Their work on big data is unprecedented.Google knows more about how, where, when and why people want to travel. Now they are giving pax the option to book that directly. They will even track when people travel. Big brother.Can Google be trusted?Put simply, in this context would be if you search for accommodation in New York, is the top result the most relevant one or the one which services the Google commercial interest?On one hand, Google has made life great. Business has changed. Rules are different. The whole anti-trust thing has been tried but it’s hard to prove and Google are so big that they have the best lawyers and no one is going to legally kick their arse anyway.  There has been accusations that Google in its search results returns results for products/services/knowledge which in turn promotes their business. People can’t be that fussed as we continue to use Google.An Expedia Manager has written some articles were factually incorrect with search result ranking. Point taken David. So make up your own mind. Remember, you don’t have to use Google, Expedia or Facebook, but people do. You can’t complain as they are freebie information sources.Who is going to hurt?Travel agents, although Australian and New Zealand travel agents will hurt least as it still a long way to go from Australia to anywhere. On the other hand, Expedia does sell to whilst simultaneously competing with travel agents, but at least travel agents can make some commission through an agent program. No benefit for agents with the Google tech.How will Expedia and Tripadvisor search results be displayed in the future? How far away are we from seeing Google’s own hotel ranking algorithm which becomes the new gold standard instead of TA?How about Sabre?For many years Sabre have been known for their work providing platforms used on a day-to-day basis by travel agents. Commercially they have made a great move by aligning with Google. Massive win. The business community is pretty happy as Sabre shares have gone up 8% in the past week.Will traditional travel companies feel the same?? Time will tell.Is it the end or just the beginning?Depends how you look at it. With the NDC or new distribution capability being rolled out, Sabre and Google have positioned themselves at the absolute forefront to capture the travelers dollar as soon as they finished searching.Hotels are only the beginning.That elephant in the room is going to be very hard to ignore.Source = roomsXMLlast_img read more