Indian PM describes Nelson Mandela as shining beacon of democracy

first_imgIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday described South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela as a “shining beacon of democracy”.“Remembering the apostle of peace, a shining beacon of democracy and a champion of equality, the beloved Madiba on Nelson Mandela Day,” Modi said.The Indian prime minister was paying tribute to the late South African president on the occasion of his birth anniversary.Mandela’s birthday on July 18 was declared by the United Nations in 2009 as Nelson Mandela International Day in recognition of his contribution to peace and freedom.last_img read more

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Serena Williams matches on to face Sloane Stephens in third round

first_img Promoted ContentInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe 10 Most Irresistible Asian ActressesWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Contemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing LocationsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much She was handed a further boost on Wednesday when top seed Karolina Pliskova tumbled out of the tournament. The Czech was stunned in straight sets by France’s world No. 50 Caroline Garcia. Williams’ American compatriot Sofia Kenin, the No. 2 seed, continued her impressive form this year with a straightforward 6-4, 6-3 victory over Canadian Leylah Fernandez to progress into the third round. The reigning Australian Open champion Kenin is yet to drop a set at Flushing Meadows as she bids for her second Grand Slam title of the year, and of her career. “I feel like I found a groove. I’m really focused on every shot,” said the Moscow-born player who will take on 27th seed Ons Jabeur of Tunisia in the next round. Read AlsoVenus, Clijsters bow out of US Open It was however not sweet song for Andy Murray as he was stopped from progressing to the third round by Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime 6-2 6-3 6-4. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Twenty three Grand Slam champion Serena Williams continued her quest for record 24th title and 7th US Open title with a 6-2, 6-4 defeat of unseeded Russian Margarita Gasparyan at the Flushing Meadows on Friday. The 38-year-old closed out the first set with ease before a slight wobble in the second when she was broken twice by Gasparyan, before progressing into the third round. “I’m just happy to get through it and try to focus on the next round,” said Williams, who will take on 2017 champion Sloane Stephens in the last 32. A tournament victory next week would also see her break away from Chris Evert, on six titles, as the most decorated US Open champion of the women’s game in the modern era. Williams’ chances have been improved by the absence of several top players, included top-ranked Ashleigh Barty and Simona Halep, over coronavirus fears or injury.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Grades: Offense fails for 1st time

first_imgJunior wide receiver Isaac Anderson hurt the receivers grade with two big drops against the Buckeyes.[/media-credit]Every week Herald Sports will take a look back at the Wisconsin football game and grade the position groups on a scale of zero to five.Here is how they fared in week six against unbeaten Ohio State:Quarterbacks — 1.5 of 5What a weird stat line for junior quarterback Scott Tolzien’s worst game of the season. Completing 60 percent of his passes (on 45 attempts) Tolzien moved the ball fairly effectively finishing with 250 yards — nearly three times as many as his OSU counterpart Terrelle Pryor. Several drops from the wide receiver corps also hurt him. However, Tolzien threw two interceptions the Buckeyes returned for touchdowns, putting the Badgers in a hole they couldn’t recover from. For the first pick Tolzien should have gotten the ball out sooner, and the second interception was a ball that should not have been thrown at all with double coverage on the route. Tolzien also took six sacks, having taken just two in the previous five games.Running Backs — 2 of 5Trailing by 15 points heading into the fourth quarter, UW’s backs found their role severely diminished with the offense taking to the air. Still, John Clay finished with only 59 yards at 3.0 per carry and the only rushing touchdown came from safety/holder Chris Maragos. The running backs did chip in with a season-high of six total catches.Wide Receivers — 3 of 5Starters Isaac Anderson and Nick Toon combined for 10 catches and 106 yards, while David Gilreath and Kyle Jefferson had their best games of the season with 39 yards and 22 yards, respectively. Gilreath also kept the OSU defense off balance with offensive coordinator Paul Chryst’s favored end around, taking the ball four times for 36 yards. Anderson had two costly drops, however: one for a first down and a tough but makeable catch for a touchdown. In a game where Tolzien had little time to set and throw, the wide outs could have provided more support.Tight Ends — 1.5 of 5In their worst game of the season, UW tight ends combined for six receptions and 43 yards. Senior Garrett Graham picked up several penalties and had a long of merely 13 yards. As a tight end, he could have been better utilized as a security blanket to help check the pressure OSU kept bringing. Lance Kendricks and Mickey Turner were mostly invisible on the field.Offensive Line — 1.5 of 5Coming off their best game of the season at Minnesota, the O-line took a step back against an athletic, aggressive Ohio State defense. Dubbed as the best defensive line rotation head coach Bret Bielema has seen in the Big Ten, OSU left Tolzien bruised and battered. Reaching Tolzien for six sacks, the Buckeyes knocked him down several other times, winning one-on-one battles repeatedly with the UW line. Left guard John Moffitt summed it up best when he said, “we didn’t really give [Tolzien] a chance.”Defensive Line — 4 of 5With the exception of one long drive for the OSU offense, UW’s D played their best game all season. Senior O’Brien Schofield once again competed like a man possessed, registering two sacks and 3.5 tackles for a loss. The Buckeye rushing game was held under 100 yards with most of the yardage coming on two big plays. The one blemish was when J.J. Watt blew containment on Pryor’s 27 yard scramble with less than two minutes in the first half. Linebackers — 4.5 of 5Freshman Mike Taylor continued his dynamic play this season, leading the team in tackles with eight including 1.5 for a loss. Aside from his seven tackles, Culmer St. Jean also showed off deft hands and perception reading Pryor’s eyes for the Badgers’ only interception of the game. As a group, they contained the running game and kept Pryor scrambling in the backfield.Secondary — 4.5 of 5With an inaccurate quarterback, the secondary did their job holding Pryor to a measly 87 yards passing. The corners stuck to receivers and the safeties helped in the run game. Maragos picked the perfect time to call a fake field goal and showed some burst to find the end zone. The touchdown given up by Antonio Fenelus wasn’t due to poor coverage but a well-thrown ball. The only factors preventing the grade from being a five is OSU’s lack of talent at receiver and an inconsistent Pryor posed little threat.Specialists — 2.5 of 5Punter Brad Nortman averaged a decent 48.8 yards in four punts but failed to land any inside the twenty. Kicker Philip Welch inexplicably missed from 33 yards but made from 50, proving every kick with him is still an adventure. He continues to miss to the right, a problem that may be correctable.last_img read more

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