New Delhi: West Indies batting great Brian Lara on Thursday likened Virat Kohli to a run machine, avowing that the India skipper is way ahead of rest of the world when it comes to batting across formats. Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar remains Lara’s all-time favourite but in today’s era, he said it is Kohli, who is the best.”He (Virat Kohli) is a (run) machine. But sorry to say Sachin Tendulkar is my (choice),” he said after being conferred the Doctorate in Science (Honours Causa) by the D Y Patil University in Nerul here.”But getting back to your question, no doubt there is a huge gap between Virat Kohli and the rest of the world in all forms of the game. Rohit Sharma might have got four centuries in this World Cup, (Jonny) Bairstow or whatever, if you want somebody to bat in T20, T10, 100 balls (cricket) or Test cricket, it is going to be Virat Kohli today,? added Lara, who still holds the record for highest score in Tests.Lara, who scored 22358 (11953 in ODIs) in international cricket, said if today Indian batsmen are doing well in away series, it is because of Tendulkar, who instilled such confidence in them.”The (impression) Sachin left on the game is just unbelievable, because he sort of bridged that period, where you felt that when Indian batsman leaves Indian soil, Indian pitches, they are not that good. But Sachin Tendulkar was good on every surface and all of the Indian batsman are good on every single surface today, I think simply because they took a page out of his (Sachin’s) book,” added Lara.Meanwhile, Lara was pained to witness the plight of the Caribbean cricket. The West Indies have already been knocked out of the World Cup semifinal race”We have been turned to a corner. Every country, every sports team goes through a little bit of cycle, but we seem to be in the same position for quite some-time, which is unfortunate.”During the over-hour programme, Lara spoke at length about his early days, contribution of his father, his college days and facing the spin duo of Sri Lankan great Muttiah Murlidharan and Shane Warne and his relationship with Tendulkar. D Y Patil Univesity Chancellor Dr. Vijay Patil was present on the occasion. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
“Leveling the Playing Field” runs Fridays. If you would like to comment on this story, visit DailyTrojan.com or email Sean at [email protected] During the last four weeks, the parallels between 2012 Ohio State in its first season of sanctions and 2010 USC were becoming a little too eerie. Both teams fumbled through their first four games, narrowly beating teams they should have obliterated and shakily clinging to their undefeated status, with pollsters still pinning them around the middle of the Associated Press top-25 poll —mostly in deference to historical precedent.Fast start · Despite starting 4-0 in 2010, quarterback Mitch Mustain and USC would drop five of their final nine games, to finish 8-5 overall. – Daily Trojan file photoIn the fifth week of the 2010 season, USC fell to unranked Washington on a last-minute 32-yard field goal by Erik Folk — a newly-minted Trojan nemesis who had also beat USC in 2009 — that set in motion a dismal 4-5 finish to the season and booted the Trojans from the top 25.To be honest, I expected the same of Ohio State in its road matchup against No. 20 Michigan State last Saturday.For everyone who came away unimpressed with USC’s methodical 27-9 dismantling of Cal, look no further than the week before to see the Buckeyes’ fortunate 35-28 victory over the Golden Bears on a 72-yard touchdown heave to wide receiver Devin Smith in the game’s waning moments. The preceding week’s lackluster 29-15 edging of still-winless UAB — at home, nonetheless — didn’t convert many to the Buckeyes’ bandwagon.In advance of Ohio State’s first road game of the season, I anticipated (and, admittedly, hoped) the longtime Big Ten behemoth would stumble badly, as college football’s karmic way of punishing the Buckeyes for evading penalties far worse than whatever the Trojan administration was “supposed to know.”Understandably, USC fans met Ohio State’s December 2011 sanctions with universal scorn. Former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel denied knowing his players were selling signed Ohio State memorabilia for tattoos — a blatant lie. There was even a paper trail linking former quarterback Terrelle Pryor to checks he received from a Columbus sports memorabilia dealer when he was a student at Ohio State — a smoking gun if there ever was one.This is not the space, however, to relive past injustices. Trying to sort out the NCAA’s “rationale” can make your head spin.The fact of the matter is: the Buckeyes did not falter against Michigan State, staving off the Spartans’ fourth quarter comeback attempt with stout defense and notching a narrow 17-16 win in East Lansing, Mich.Now No. 12 Ohio State rightfully sits one spot ahead of No. 13 USC, though its positioning is largely inconsequential to the Trojans because the Buckeyes are not eligible for the postseason.Ohio State, much like USC and every other team besides Alabama and perhaps Oregon, is flawed. It is subject to bouts of poor tackling, leading to explosive plays for opponents, and is over reliant on quarterback Braxton Miller’s playmaking ability with his legs. When Miller exited twice in the game against the Spartans, it became clear that needing a quarterback to run for more than 100 yards each game to win is a risky proposition.Despite these flaws, however, there is significantly more hype surrounding the Buckeyes going forward than the 2010 Trojans ever had for two main reasons: The beleaguered Big Ten is eminently winnable and coach Urban Meyer is much more likeable than USC coach Lane Kiffin.USC faced an uphill battle against Oregon and Stanford in 2010 and 2011, so the Trojans mostly disappeared from the public consciousness until they shocked Oregon at Autzen Stadium last season.Moreover, the public perception of Kiffin was — and still is in many circles — of a petulant, entitled narcissist who rode his father’s coattails into the coaching profession. Critics believe a guy, who had burned so many bridges in the past surely had no chance of resurrecting the program.Meyer, on the other hand, is universally respected, especially after successful stints at Utah and Florida.By almost all accounts, the Buckeyes are positioned much better this season than the Trojans were in 2010.That said, don’t let it surprise you if the season suddenly turns south and, you quickly begin to hear analysts professing the team’s imminent decline.A loss to No. 21 Nebraska at home Saturday could begin a downward spiral similar to the one the Trojans experienced in 2010 after their upset loss to the Huskies.In fact, controversy is already lurking beneath the surface.On Sunday, news broke that Michigan State’s coaching staff accused Meyer’s assistants of doctoring the game film the team is obligated to send opponents before each game. Meyer’s film crew allegedly cut out pre-snap motions on offense, so that the Spartans couldn’t study the different motions the Buckeyes run out of various formations.If this story balloons any further and coincides with an upset loss to the Cornhuskers, the Buckeyes might tread the same lonesome road of the hated and ignored the Trojans navigated a mere two years ago.The verdict is still up in the air on how Ohio State will fare in the later stages of the season once the reality that they are not playing for a bowl game really settles. But the Buckeyes should know that early season success doesn’t mean much when you’re sanctioned.Take it from a USC program that’s already been down the bowl-less road.
The Brazil Embassy in Ghana says it is ready to handle the expected high visa application for the 2014 World Cup but has urged fans to begin their application process early to avoid the challenges often associated to such last minute rushes.According to the embassy, a task force had been put in place to handle the about 3,200 visa applications likely to come from Ghana for the World Cup.While the task force has begun work, albeit without pressure at the moment, they expect the pressure to be more intense between March and May, when most fans would be concluding their travelling arrangements.Madam Irene Vida Gala, the Brazil Ambassador to Ghana in an interview with the Daily Graphic, said her outfit was ready to attend to everyone who satisfied all the requirements for applying for a World Cup visa or tourist visa even during the world fiesta but it would be in the interest of both applicants and the embassy if the process was hastened.Madam Gala explained that as of last Friday, many tickets had been sold to fans who applied for them on the FIFA online ticketing sales and since they had been issued with their confirmation slips and had made air ticket flight bookings, as well as confirmed their accommodation bookings, they could go ahead and apply for the visa.The second window for fans to apply for tickets closed last Friday and those who were unsuccessful or are yet to buy a ticket would have to wait till March 11, when the final window opens. However, the last phase for the ticket sales would be on first come, first served basis, thus fans who want to go to Brazil at all cost would have to hurry in placing their order when the FIFA window opens. Madam Gala also indicated that by the process used by FIFA for the ticket sales, no tour operator in Ghana was chosen to sell tickets on behalf of football”™s world governing body and said tour operators who were planning to organise trips for the World Cup were also required to book for the tickets for their clients online.She, however, indicated that the embassy were liaising with interested tour operators to ensure that things was well ironed out so no one is disadvantaged.“The World Cup visas would be issued for free so we would want to give it out to those who will really make use of it. Otherwise, it will be waste of time and resources on both sides.”
Tokyo: Japan and the United States have reached a broad agreement in trade negotiations, reports said Sunday, with the leaders of both countries expected to hold talks on the sidelines of the G7 summit.”We saw a great progress,” Japan’s minister in charge of trade talks with the US, Toshimitsu Motegi, told reporters in Washington on Saturday after three days of extended bilateral negotiations with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.”This progress will be confirmed at the Japan-US summit” on the sidelines of the Group of Seven (G7) summit currently being held in France, where how to proceed further will be also discussed, Motegi said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USUS President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe enjoy close ties but the bullish US president has frequently claimed that Tokyo has an advantage in bilateral trade and has called for a “more fair” relationship.Lighthizer and Motegi agreed Japan will place tariffs on US agricultural products up to levels that apply to members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) pact, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK and major Japanese national dailies reported. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsBoth sides agreed that Japan will cut tariffs on US beef and pork to the TPP levels, but will not set new quotas for butter and skim milk, NHK said, citing unnamed sources.Japan has repeatedly said the extent of the opening up of its agricultural market would be within the concession it had made to members of the TPP pact.After an abrupt US withdrawal, 11 countries circling the Pacific last year signed a slimmed-down version of the TPP trade deal, and the pact has been championed as an antidote to growing US protectionism under Trump. The US president has since sparked fears of a trade war by levying steep tariffs and denouncing unfair trading practices.The US will eliminate levies on a wide range of Japanese industrial products, but its tariffs on Japanese automobiles will be left for further negotiations as Trump sees the US trade deficit with Japan as a problem, NHK said.Both sides hope to reach the final agreement by late September, reports said.
U.S. President Donald Trump says he wouldn’t mind seeing the North American Free Trade Agreement replaced by two separate, bilateral trade deals with Canada and Mexico.Trump told reporters of America’s neighbours: “these are two very different countries.”He said NAFTA has been “a very lousy deal” for the U.S. and added, “they’re our allies but they take advantage of us economically.”The U.S., Canada and Mexico have been holding talks to renegotiate the deal.Trump spoke to reporters after a lengthy meeting with a top aide to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un to discuss an on-again nuclear summit later this month.Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, also said Friday that he remains optimistic about the outcome of negotiations with Canada, Europe and Mexico in spite of recent escalations. Trump this week announced a 25 per cent tariff on imported steel and a 10 per cent tariff on imported aluminum from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.Countries around the world are already fighting back, announcing retaliatory countermeasures and warning that the U.S. plan will hurt U.S. consumers.Canada retaliated for the tariffs Thursday with $16.6 billion worth of “countermeasures” that hit a range of products from flat-rolled steel to playing cards, while Mexico also plans tariffs on a variety of U.S. products, including flat steel.