US investments push Varma returns to 7.1%

first_imgThe average nominal return on investments over the past 10 years is now 5.5% per year.Varma said its investment returns developed strongly during the first half of the year, but uncertainty in investment markets caused the result to fluctuate considerably during the second half.The last quarter in particular was very turbulent.Reima Rytsölä, CIO at Varma, said: “The investment result was improved by a fairly strong focus on the US markets. Instead of a stagnant Europe, we were involved in a growing economy.”Returns were generated consistently across the different asset classes.Equities – which make up 41% of the portfolio, including 32% in listed stocks and 6% in private equity – were the best performers, with a 9.1% return (21.8% in 2013).The decline in interest rates ensured the return on fixed income investments was also good, at 5.5% (compared with 1.2% in 2013).At end-2014, fixed income made up 30% of investments.Returns were also boosted by hedge fund investments, which returned 7.8%, compared with 8.8% in 2013.The weighting had been increased early in 2014, taking the allocation to 17% by end-2014, compared with 13% the previous year.Real estate returned 3.8% over 2014, increasing from 3.1% the year before. The asset class made up 10% of the portfolio at end-2014.Rytsölä said: “It is realistic to expect lean times for investors. Interest rates are hovering around zero, and if economic growth does not pick up, the return on equities might also remain modest.”The company warned that the economic environment remained challenging for Finland.It said the change in the value of the euro and the drop in the price of oil would promote growth this year and next.But growth forecasts remain moderate with respect to recent history, and for investors, the interest rates especially are dramatically low.Risto Murto, president and chief executive at Varma, said: “We are used to a situation where low interest rates reflect a strong economy and stable currency, but that is not the case now. The record-low interest rate levels indicate economic problems, not strengths.”Meanwhile, during 2014, the company wrote premiums totalling €4.3bn and paid pensions of €5bn. Varma Mutual Pension Insurance, Finland’s largest earnings-related pension insurer and private investor, has announced a return on investments for calendar 2014 of 7.1% (€2.7bn), taking its solvency to a record high level.By the end of last year, its investment portfolio had reached €40bn – again, a record high – from €37.7bn the year before, while solvency capital was at €10.3bn, compared with €9.1bn at end-2013.This meant solvency capital amounted to 34% of technical provisions (31.6% in 2013).However, returns were lower than the previous year’s €3.2bn (9%).last_img read more

OSV oversupply overstated, the market is tightening, MMA Offshore says

first_imgOffshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email.Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form, where you can also see our media kit. Oversupply of offshore vessels in the market is overstated, and the market is tightening, Australian OSV player MMA said Thursday. The company also expects an increase in demand for its services in its key regions of operations.Illustration: MMA Pinnacle; Source: MMA OffshoreIn a statement prepared for its AGM of shareholders, MMA said its returns on assets, while significantly below the company’s historical average, are gradually improving. The company is seeing higher utilization and increasing charter rates, particularly in the multi-purpose and platform supply vessel segments.In its FY 2019 highlights, the company reported a 50 percent increase in EBITDA which was $27.8 million, and 72% vessel utilization (up from 68% pct last year), with higher weighting to larger vessels.“These trends support our view that the offshore vessel market is in the early stages of a recovery,“ MMA said.“On the supply side, our view is that the market is tightening and that the oversupply of vessels is overstated, with many vessels which have been laid up during the downturn facing prohibitive reactivation costs and lower demand due to their age and condition. Industry experts predict that a large portion of the laid-up fleet will not return to service,” MMA said.According to MMA, which owns 30+ offshore support vessels, the company is seeing signs of the market improving with increased tendering activity and longer contract durations, fewer available vessels, and improved rates in some regions and vessel segments.“At a macro level, the fundamentals for a continued recovery remain positive. We are seeing a significant number of oil and gas projects being sanctioned globally, with this trend expected to continue. Importantly, a large number of projects are scheduled for development in our key regions of operation, which will translate into increased demand for offshore services and vessels in our markets,” MMA said.MMA Offshore’s Key Regions / Source: MMA OffshoreAlso, the company has been working to grow return on assets, with its growth strategy based on expansion higher-margin services offering such as specialized offshore services, Subsea, and Project Logistics. For this reason, MMA has recently acquired Neptune Marine Services.Related: MMA cheers Neptune takeover as key step in subsea expansion strategy“The recent acquisition of the business of Neptune Marine Services, which completed earlier this month, is a key platform in our strategy to expand our subsea business. The acquisition will enable us to package a range of subsea services on the back of our vessels, enabling us to capture additional margin as we move up the value chain,” MMA said.According to MMA, the acquisition is expected to deliver a number of strategic benefits including an improved service offering to both Neptune’s and MMA’s clients, increased asset utilization, increased return on assets as well as revenue and cost synergies associated with combining the two businesses.“With the acquisition undertaken at a low point in the cycle, we expect the combined business to benefit from increased offshore and subsea investment as the market continues to improve. With the acquisition now complete, our focus is on integrating the two businesses to ensure that we gain the maximum benefit from the acquisition,” MMA said.In related MMA Offshore news, the company last Friday said it had been awarded three contracts for its vessels, with the total revenue across the contracts estimated at $38 million for the firm contract periods only. Read more on that MMA Offshore’s new contracts here.last_img read more

SHI, Korean Register to bolster cyber security capabilities of smart ships

first_img“Through this partnership and joint research with Samsung Heavy Industries, we will strengthen our ship cyber security certification and our technical service capabilities. KR will also continue to increase its cyber security technology leadership in the global maritime market using world-class construction technology through our cooperation and close working with shipyards,” said Kim Dae-heon, head of KR’s Digital Technology Center. Image by Korean Register In the lead up to this date, KR and SHI will work together to enhance and support the application and verification of ship cyber security rules. “We expect to considerably increase the security capabilities of smart ships through our joint research with KR, which is renowned for its cyber security certification technology. In addition, we will continue to deliver ships with the very latest world-class cyber security capabilities for our customers,” Shim Yong-rae, head of the Shipbuilding and Marine Research Institute of SHI, added. The duo expects that by combining KR’s classification capability and the smart ship technology of Samsung Heavy Industries, the resulting synergies will be extremely beneficial to the shipping industry moving forward. Cyber security risk management is expected to be significantly strengthened in 2021 when the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Maritime Safety Committee’s resolution “Cyber Risk Management in Safety Management System (MSC.428 (98))” comes into effect. center_img In addition, they will study technologies that can respond to cyber threats faced by ships, by diagnosing ship cyber security vulnerabilities using the cybersecurity testbeds built by SHI. Under the MOU, the two organizations have agreed to evaluate the construction and design safety of cyber security networks applicable to new ships. Korean Register (KR) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with compatriot Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) to conduct a joint study on “Ship Cyber Security Network Construction and Design Safety Evaluation” at the Marine Engineering Research Center of SHI. KR established a maritime cyber security management certification system in 2018. The maritime cyber security management certification system encompasses the international security standards (ISO 27001 and IEC 62443), the maritime cyber security guidelines of the IMO and the shipping association BIMCO.last_img read more

Ken Friar OBE to become Arsenal’s life president

first_img Loading… Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? “I made this decision several months ago before the pandemic arrived. The club is in the hands of good people in Stan and Josh Kroenke, the board and our staff. They understand what we stand for and what we mean to our many millions of supporters around the world. I look forward to finally being able to watch our matches purely as a supporter without the inevitable concerns and stresses which come with management and board responsibilities.” read also:Arsenal midfielder Guendouzi targeted by Valencia boss Gracia Speaking on behalf of our owners, Kroenke, Sports & Entertainment, Stan and Josh Kroenke said: “Mr Friar epitomises everything we strive for as a club. He is always looking forward and has a relentless desire to make Arsenal stronger and better. “We thank him for everything. Seventy years working for one organisation is extraordinary. The support, counsel, and wisdom he has shown us and so many hundreds of people during his time at the club will never be forgotten. We are sad that he has decided to step down from the board but fully understand. He will always be a big part of what the club stands for and we’re delighted that he has accepted the invitation to become our life president.” Everyone in the Arsenal family thanks Mr Friar for his huge contribution over many years. We will all miss his daily presence but look forward to still seeing him at Emirates Stadium for matches in the future. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Arsenal’s respected executive director, Ken Friar, is to become a life president of the club from after deciding to step down from the board and retire from his executive responsibilities. ‘Mr Friar’, as he is known to all at the club, started working for Arsenal 70 years ago. Starting full time in the club’s box office in 1950, he progressed to the role of box office manager before becoming club secretary in 1973. Ten years later, in 1983, Mr Friar was appointed managing director, a position he held until 2000 when he changed role and took charge of the club new stadium project alongside his great friend and fellow director, Danny Fiszman. Together with Danny and many others, Mr Friar delivered the hugely complex stadium project on time and within budget, a wonderful legacy to all those involved. He was awarded an OBE in 2000 for services to association football and has also received the Freedom of the Borough of Islington. Announcing his decision, Mr Friar, now aged 86, said: “Every day of my working life has been at this great club and I have treasured them all. It has been an honour and a privilege to see the club grow whilst maintaining its core traditions and values. “Society, football and the club have all changed radically over the years but Arsenal has remained a constant force. We’ve won and lost many football matches but we have always recognised that as a club we play a really important role in our local community and beyond. I know that will continue as we move forward.last_img read more

Hall completes move to QPR

first_img QPR head coach Chris Ramsey told www.qpr.co.uk: “I’ve always liked Grant from when I worked with him at Spurs. “He’s an old fashioned defender – he can head the ball, he can tackle and he doesn’t mind putting his foot in when he needs to. But he can play as well from the back, and that’s what we’ll be looking to do when the opportunities present themselves this season. “He’s still a young boy and centre-half is a very responsible position, but he’s got experience in the Championship and that’s vitally important for us.” Hall, who has been on trial at Loftus Road over the summer, has put pen to paper on a two-year contract. The 23 year-old was registered prior to the midday deadline and is therefore expected to go straight into the Hoops squad for Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship opener against Charlton at The Valley. QPR have signed Tottenham defender Grant Hall for an undisclosed fee.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini to miss Belgium friendlies due to injury

first_img Press Association Louis van Gaal confirmed the 27-year-old missed Saturday’s 2-0 win against West Brom with an unspecified injury sustained in training on Friday. That issue has subsequently forced Fellaini out of Belgium’s squad for the upcoming friendlies against Italy and Spain, it was confirmed on Sunday evening. Red Devils manager Marc Wilmots posted on Twitter: “.@Fellaini and @J_Lukaku94 are out for #belita & #belspa. Speedy recovery!” Oostende left-back Jordan Lukaku – younger brother of Everton striker Romelu – and Fellaini have been replaced by Gent midfielder Sven Kums and Everton forward Kevin Mirallas. center_img Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has withdrawn from the Belgium squad through injury.last_img read more

The Latest: F1 cancels season-opening Australian Grand Prix

first_imgThe Latest: F1 cancels season-opening Australian Grand Prix The tour called off the Volvik Founders Cup in Phoenix on March 19-22, the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, California, on March 26-29 and the major ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California, on April 2-5. LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement he’s “fully committed to rescheduling these important events on our 2020 schedule,” especially the ANA Inspiration.Earlier, the tour called off events in Thailand, Singapore and China.Two California events on the developmental Symetra Tour also were postponed, the IOA Championship in Beaumont from March 27-29 and the Windsor Golf Classic in Windsor from April 2-4.___ ___1:05 p.m.The Big East Conference basketball tournament has been canceled at halftime of Thursday’s first game because of the coronavirus outbreak.As several other big conferences around the country canceled their postseason tournaments, the Big East resumed on schedule at New York’s Madison Square Garden. It started its second-round game between top-seeded Creighton and St. John’s at Madison Square Garden and not until halftime was the tournament called off with St. John’s leading 38-35.As the Bluejays and Red Storm were playing, a few subway stops away at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Atlantic 10 Conference was holding a news conference to called off its tournament. The club issued a statement quoting Arteta as saying: “This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed.” Arsenal’s game at Manchester City was called off on Wednesday after players came into contact with a rival team owner who announced Tuesday that he had contracted COVID-19. They met Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis after the Greek team won at Arsenal in the Europa League on Feb. 27.___6:17 p.m.NASCAR has put strict regulations in place for this weekend’s race at Atlanta, which will be held without spectators. The Atlantic Coast Conference has suspended all athletic-related activities. That includes all games, practices, recruiting — and participation in NCAA championships until further notice.The NCAA has not — at this point — postponed the men’s basketball tournament that’s scheduled for next week, but several individual schools have announced they’re taking a break from sports due to the coronavirus pandemic.ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement that “this is uncharted territory and the health and safety of our student-athletes and institutions remains our top priority.”___3:15 p.m. 12:15 p.m.The International Tennis Federation has postponed all of its sanctioned tournaments for six weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic, joining the men’s professional tour in suspending action.The ITF oversees various junior, wheelchair and lower-tier events.The group says no tournaments on the men’s and women’s ITF World Tennis Tour, the ITF World Tennis Tour Juniors, the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour, ITF Beach Tennis World Tour or ITF Seniors Tour will take place until at least the week of April 20.The men’s tour announced earlier Thursday it was calling off ATP Tour and ATP Challenger Tour events for six weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak. He told players and coaches, then held a news conference and says, “We’ve made a decision as a league this morning, as owners, that play will be suspended temporarily.”The expansion team owned by Mas and former England captain David Beckham had been scheduled to play its home opener Saturday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 IndyCar and NASCAR are still mulling options. IndyCar has been told by the Mayor of St. Petersburg that fans cannot attend Sunday’s season-opening race. NASCAR received the same message for next week’s racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway.___11:40 a.m.Major League Soccer is shutting down because of the coronavirus, according to Inter Miami owner Jorge Mas.Mas says the target period for the hiatus is 30 days. 2:30 p.m.Football season is months away, but spring practice for college teams was in full swing around the country. That is being put on hold in many places, too. USC and Notre Dame both announced they would suspended practice as their campuses shut down. The SEC’s suspension of sport through March will also take football teams off the practice fields.___1:45 p.m. The WTA women’s tour has not made any comment so far related to its schedule.___12:05 p.m.The 12 Hours of Sebring scheduled to run in Florida next weekend has been rescheduled because of the ban on travel from Europe. Many teams that compete in IMSA’s sports car events use European drivers and team members.The race was rescheduled as the IMSA season finale to be held Nov. 11-14 at Sebring International Raceway. Bowlsby also said that nobody from the conference, including staff members, coaches and players, had fallen ill or been tested for coronavirus.___12:35 p.m.The Pac-12 and Southeastern conferences have gone beyond canceling just their men’s basketball tournaments.The SEC announced within an hour of canceling the tournament that the league was suspending regular-season competition for teams in all sports on SEC campuses as well as league championships until March 30. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):___7:10 p.m. 5:30 p.m.USA Gymnastics has canceled all sanctioned events through the end of March, which includes local meets scheduled at hundreds of USA Gymnastics-sanctioned clubs throughout the United States. The cancellations also extend to USA Gymnastics-sponsored workshops and clinics as well as any national team camps. The organization had already limited travel for USA Gymnastics staff and national team athletes.___5:15 p.m. The NCAA has canceled the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments because of the spread of coronavirus. The decision came one day after the NCAA announced games that were scheduled to start next week would be played in mostly empty arenas.That plan was scrapped as every major American sports league, beginning with the NBA, put the brakes on their seasons due to concerns about the pandemic.The NCAA also canceled all of its championships in every winter and spring sport, including hockey, baseball, lacrosse and several others.___3:30 p.m. 7 p.m.Cavaliers star forward Kevin Love is committing $100,000 toward helping arena workers in Cleveland who were impacted by the shutdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.Love announced his intentions to make the donation through the Kevin Love Fund on Instagram.Love, who has been very open about his struggles with anxiety, said he appreciates how the outbreak can be “extremely overwhelming” to people and that the suspension of the NBA season has caused a “sudden life shift” for workers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse — home of the Cavs.The team announced plans to financially help staff during the interruption. The Pac-12 said it was scrapping all league championship events and all competitions effective immediately and until further notice.___12:20 p.m.All five Power Five conferences have canceled their basketball tournaments, putting the NCAA Tournament in doubt.The Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, ACC and Pac-12 conferences were all preparing to play games in large arenas across the country, but with few people in the buildings. Associated Press The Colonial Athletic Association says an official who worked a game during its men’s basketball tournament has tested positive for the coronavirus.The league says the official did not exhibit symptoms of the virus until 72 hours after the game he worked. The conference says it has made the institution involved and tournament personnel aware of the situation so they can take proper precautionary measures.___5:55 p.m.The LPGA Tour has postponed golf’s first major championship of the season and two other events because of the coronavirus. The NHL is following the NBA’s lead and suspending its season.NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the pause of the season amid concerns about the new coronavirus. The NBA announced Wednesday night it was suspending play, after a player tested positive for COVID-19.Several NBA and NHL teams share arenas. The NHL has not said any player has tested positive for COVID-19. The league is halting play with 189 games left in the regular season, sparking uncertainty about how many more, if any, could be played before the playoffs.Bettman said the NHL has tried to follow mandates of health experts and local authorities without taking premature or unnecessary measures.” Bettman’s statement said the NBA’s news made it “no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time.” Formula One organizers canceled the season-opening Australian Grand Prix hours ahead of the first official practice sessions because of concern over the spreading coronavirus.The sport’s governing body, FIA, issued a joint statement with F1 and the Australian Grand Prix to confirm the cancellation of the race. It followed McLaren’s decision to withdraw after one of its team members tested positive for the virus.The statement says discussions between F1 and the other nine team principals “concluded with a majority view of the teams that the race should not go ahead.”There had been two practice sessions scheduled Friday, with qualifying Saturday for Sunday’s GP. No fans had been allowed into the Albert Park circuit on Friday morning.___ Photographers will not be permitted at the event beyond a pool photographer, and media will not have access to the garage area or pit road. All driver availability will take place via teleconference, fed into the media center. The NASCAR Cup Series race winning team and second- and third-place finishers will be available via teleconference. In short, there will be no in-person competitor availability this weekend outside of live broadcast partners and NASCAR Productions.___6:09 p.m. The NFL has canceled its main owners meeting scheduled for later this month in Palm Beach, Florida.Commissioner Roger Goodell notified the 32 teams “after careful consideration and consultation with medical experts,” according to a league statement. Goodell said the decision was made out of “concern to protect the health of club and league employees and the public while enabling the league to continue with its essential business operations.”Further changes could be coming for the draft, scheduled to be held in Las Vegas from April 23-25.Major football issues, including playing rules, bylaws and resolutions, as well as other business matters on the agenda for the March meetings will instead be handled at the May 19-20 spring meeting in Marina del Rey, California.___ 5:40 p.m.Horse racing is continuing to operate in North America and abroad without fans in the stands.Races at Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields in California, Aqueduct in New York, Gulfstream Park in Florida, Laurel Park in Maryland and Turfway Park in Kentucky will go on without spectators. The upcoming Dubai World Cup will be held at an empty Meydan Racecourse on March 28. Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky, says when it opens for racing again in April there will not be fans allowed in.Churchill Downs said preparations to hold the Kentucky Derby on May 2 are up in the air. According to a statement from track officials: “With the event still seven weeks away, a decision will be made closer to that date with respect to postponing the event until later in the year, using the most recent information while working with and seeking guidance from public health experts and authorities.”___ The NCAA had announced Wednesday that it planned to play its men’s and women’s tournament games that start next week with restricted access for the general public. The NCAA said only essential staff and limited family members would be allowed to attend the games.The ACC announced the cancellation about 10 minutes before the scheduled start of Thursday’s first quarterfinal game featuring No. 4 Florida State and Clemson. With the tournament scrapped, the Seminoles will earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament after winning the regular-season title.ACC Commissioner John Swofford presented the Seminoles with the tournament trophy on the court, while the Tigers joined them on the court instead of tipping off their game.The men’s NCAA Tournament is one of the most popular events on the American sports calendar. March Madness draws hundreds of thousands of fans to arenas from coast to coast.___ IndyCar will open its season on the streets of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, without spectators.The three-day event typically draws more than 130,000 fans. Local officials said earlier Thursday that no general admission would be permitted. Only essential personnel will be permitted inside the fencing that surrounds the course.The event will also be shortened to two days, with Friday used for driver health screenings and determining who is considered essential.___3 p.m. March 12, 2020 The Colonial Athletic Association says it has been informed that a game official who worked at the conference men’s basketball tournament has tested positive for the coronavirus.The CAA said the official did not exhibit symptoms of the virus until 72 hours after the game he worked. The conference said it was using an “abundance of caution” to make the involved institutions and tournament personnel “aware of the situation so they can take proper precautionary measures.”Hofstra beat Northeastern in the conference championship game on Tuesday in Washington.___4:30 p.m. ___12:40 p.m.The Big 12 is canceling all of its championships through April 15, including upcoming gymnastics and equestrian meets, and will reassess the rest of its spring sports schedule April 15.Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said he anticipated a conference-wide policy for spring football, though athletic directors have not yet discussed a plan.The league anticipates a heavy financial hit from refunded ticket sales to its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments and having to adjust the rights fees it receives from its TV partners. Earlier, arena CEO Len Komorwski said despite the cancellation of the Mid-American Conference tournament that employees will be paid as if the event was held.6:27 p.m.Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing the club to close its training complex and put the entire first-team in self isolation.Arsenal was due to play at Brighton on Saturday, with the Premier League pushing ahead with a full fixture list and stadiums with fans — unlike most other major sports.However, Arsenal said “it is clear we will not be able to play some fixtures on their currently scheduled dates.” last_img read more

England struggle to 271-8 after familiar collapse

first_imgBy Ed OsmondLONDON, England (Reuters) – England’s batting frailties were exposed again as they wasted a solid start and laboured to 271 for eight on the first day of the final Ashes Test against Australia at The Oval yesterday.The Australians, who have retained the Ashes, dropped England captain Joe Root three times as he made 57 but the hosts failed to take full advantage and only Jos Buttler’s late unbeaten 64 saved them from complete collapse.“The boys batted really well in the morning and we got ourselves into a fantastic position but could not capitalise,” Buttler said. “Both sides are feeling a long series with a quick turnaround between Tests so that’s why the intensity goes up and down. Australia have a really good bowling attack and asked questions all day. It’s frustrating for us not being able to capitalise on our start.”Medium-pacer Mitchell Marsh took four wickets to boost Australia’s bid to secure a 3-1 series win after their captain Tim Paine won the toss and surprisingly sent England in to bat. Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood bowled tidy opening spells but the touring side’s vaunted pace attack lacked the consistent threat which has caused problems for England’s fragile top order throughout the series.Joe Denly, on 14, played a loose stroke at a wide delivery from Cummins and edged to second slip where Steve Smith fumbled the chance before grabbing the ball before it hit the ground.The opening partnership of 27 was the highest of the series but it was another failure for the 33-year-old Denly, who made battling fifties in the last two Tests without staking a claim to a long-term place in the team.CHARMED LIFERoot, badly dropped on 24 by Peter Siddle at fine leg, after playing a casual pull stroke, was also put down by wicketkeeper Paine off Cummins and England reached lunch at 86-1.Root was given another life when Smith spilled a sharp chance in the slips but Rory Burns hit seven fours in another determined knock. The young opening batsman was three runs away from his half-century when he got cramped up by a short ball from Hazlewood and spooned a simple catch to Marsh at mid-wicket.Ben Stokes, loudly cheered to the wicket after his match-winning century in the third Test, cautiously moved to 20 before he was tempted into a wild heave at medium-pacer Marsh and the ball looped off a leading edge to point.Root got to a patient fifty, off 105 balls, and his side moved on to 169-3 at tea, but any hopes England had of a substantial score disappeared in the final session. Root was bowled by a fine Cummins delivery which hit his off stump and Jonny Bairstow was trapped lbw for 22 by a Marsh yorker.Sam Curran hooked Cummins for an audacious six, but two deliveries later the young all-rounder was adjudged lbw, only to be recalled to the crease because Cummins had bowled a no-ball.His reprieve was short-lived, however, as Curran edged Marsh to Smith at second slip for 15 and the same bowler snared Chris Woakes lbw to claim his fourth wicket on his recall to the side.“I was like a kid at Christmas this morning,” Marsh said. “It can be a long tour when you are not playing. I just wanted to try and get an opportunity at some stage and it was nice to produce today. The ball came out reasonably well.” Jofra Archer then nicked Hazlewood to Paine before Buttler briefly lifted the crowd by hitting Hazlewood for two sixes in a row.Buttler pulled Hazlewood over the ropes again to reach his fifty and with Jack Leach providing obdurate support, the ninth-wicket pair shared an unbroken stand of 45 to boost England’s chances of levelling the series.ENGLAND 1st innings R. Burns c Marsh b Hazlewood 47J. Denly c Smith b Cummins 14J. Root (c) b Cummins 57B. Stokes c Lyon b Marsh 20J. Bairstow lbw b Marsh 22J. Buttler not out 64S. Curran c Smith b Marsh 15C. Woakes lbw b Marsh 2J. Archer c Paine b Hazlewood 9M. Leach not out 10Extras: (b-2, lb-7, nb-2) 11Total: (8 wickets, 82 overs) 271Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-103, 3-130, 4-170, 5-176, 6-199, 7-205, 8-226.Bowling: P. Cummins 22.5-5-73-2, J. Hazlewood 21-7-76-2, P Siddle 17-1-61-0, M. Marsh 16.1-4-35-4, N. Lyon 4-0-12-0, M. Labuschagne 1-0-5-0.last_img read more

Women of Troy prepare for crosstown rivalry game

first_imgThe game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will be televised on ESPNU.Unlike USC, the Bruins (8-1) have already had a misstep so far this year, despite their No. 1 rank, after stumbling to Nebraska during the first week of the season. Since then, though, UCLA has rattled off seven straight wins behind the play of senior leaders Rachael Kidder and Tabi Love.Coincidentally enough, the Women of Troy counter the senior outside hitters of UCLA with a pair of freshman who have played well beyond their years during the early part of this season. Leading the pack has been freshman outside hitter Samantha Bricio, a native of Guadalajara, Mexico, who has burst onto the national scene with her stellar play at the net.Along with Bricio, fellow freshman Alicia Ogoms has started to come on strong, as her playing time has slowly begun to increase. At 6-4, Ogoms has displayed an uncanny knack for the big block, even in part-time duty, and has flashed the ability to be a dominant force at the net as the season goes on.Supplementing the play of the pair of freshman has been junior All-American libero Natalie Hagglund and potential All-American and senior captain Katie Fuller.After playing a marginal role on last year’s Final Four team, Fuller has been a dominant force from the off-hand position and has gracefully taken on the job of being the elder statesman of the group. While her hitting has been excellent, the senior opposite hitter has continued to impress with her passing as she has set and then broken her career-high for digs in a game.In the back row, Hagglund doesn’t have a pretty job, but her serve-receive and passing prowess has been a boon to the undefeated Women of Troy. Constantly moving and hustling, the libero provides playoff experience and sets the tone for USC on and off the court.Over their last 10 matches against each other, USC and UCLA have an even split at 5-5, with the Women of Troy garnering the last win at the end of the 2011 season. For USC, Wednesday’s game is their first chance to successfully defend the Pac-12 title they earned last season.Though the 2012 season is still in its infantile stages, it is never too early for a tough test, even against a conference rival. For a team like the Women of Troy that lack big-game experience as a group, Wednesday’s game is a great way to gauge both where the team is and where it might end up. The No. 2 USC women’s volleyball team is set to face crosstown rival and top-ranked UCLA on Wednesday at the Galen Center. Coming off of four straight weekends that have ended with tournament wins, the Women of Troy (12-0) won’t catch a break, opening up Pac-12 play with their toughest challenge so far this season.Rivalry · Freshman outside hitter Samantha Bricio has led USC to a 12-0 start. They play UCLA Wednesday, winners of the 2011 national title. – Corey Marquetti | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

Former Stoke City Defender Dies At 25 After Suffering a Heart Attack

first_imgRelated A former Stoke City defender Dionatan Teixeira has died at the age of 25 from a suspected heart attack.Teixeira joined Stoke in 2014 having had trials at a number of Premier League clubs including Manchester City. However, the Brazilian’s time in England was blighted by injury and he made only two substitute appearances for Stoke in three years at the club.Stoke City in a statement said, “The thoughts of all at Stoke City are with his family and friends.”After his arrival at FC Sheriff in February, Teixeira made 10 appearances for the club as he helped guide them to win the Moldovan National Division title.Teixeira was in his native, Brazil when he was taken ill and he died on Sunday after a suspected heart attack, according to his current club, FC Sheriff, a Moldovan team who are playing in the Europa League this season.last_img read more