Mathare quash Tusker, ‘hat-trick Were’

first_imgTusker were denied the chance to move up to second on the table above Sofapaka and Ulinzi Stars with the 2010 champions, Mathare showing scant respect to another titan of the competition.The turning moment of the contest came when won a free-kick on the edge of the area and ironically, they felt bitter about the decision by referee James Kagera, to award it to them instead of playing the advantage after Daniel Mwaura was scythed down.To the players, Edwin Lavatsa, the former Gor forward was in a better placed position to score in the box but Abich stepped up and curled in a ferocious shot that left keeper Duncan Ochieng in the Tusker goal hanging desperately in trying to stop it before falling to the ground with a thud as the net bulged.In the second half, Were spurned a gilt edged opportunity to net his 20th of the season but the hottest property in front of goal saw the killer touch desert him at the vital moment in heading wide from Daniel Kago dipping delivery.Perhaps the reported interest from Premier Soccer League side, Bidvest Wits, has turned his head but it was among the half chances he wasted in the match.In fact, Mathare would have extended their lead in the dying stages on the break but they did enough to seal the points despite over five minutes of added on time.Tusker had blown apart Chemelil 5-1, then Sofapaka 5-0 before Thika United got to the end of a 4-0 spanking with Were notching hat-tricks in all those heavy routs but on Friday, Mathare once again turned up against the big boys.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Noah Abich (lefts) celebrates his goal against Tusker FC at Nairobi’s City Stadium as Mathare United fell the giants 1-0. PHOTO/Raymond MokhayaNAIROBI- Dead ball specialist, Noah Abich, brought high flying Tusker and Jesse ‘hat-trick’ Were crashing back to earth with a thud on Friday when he delivered the only goal in a close Kenyan Premier League encounter at Nairobi’s City Stadium.The Brewers who were looking to claw back the gap from the top against absent champions and runaway leaders, Gor Mahia, to eight points were stunned when their former lynchpin in defence delivered the fatal blow with a pin-point free-kick in the 43rd minute.last_img read more

Barca close in as Real fixture is called off

first_imgHowever, that match has been called off after strong winds damaged Celta’s Balaidos stadium and left it unsafe to hold the game, La Liga confirmed after a security evaluation was carried out by local authorities.Barca took their chance to apply pressure at the Camp Nou, but needed some wasteful finishing by Athletic in a much tighter game than the scoreline suggests.Luis Suarez was left on the bench to allow Paco Alcacer a rare start and he netted his first La Liga goal since joining from Valencia for 30 million euros ($32 million) in August, whilst Messi came off 25 minutes from time.Barcelona’s Lionel Messi sits on the pitch during their match against Athletic Club Bilbao at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on February 4, 2017 © AFP / LLUIS GENE“Today a lot of players who haven’t had a lot of minutes took part and showed what they can do,” said Barca boss Luis Enrique.“We were able to give a rest to some because, without that, it is impossible to compete at 100 percent with all the games we have coming up.“Thirdly, we’ve won three marvellous points.”Athletic should have been in front before Alcacer’s 18th-minute opener as Raul Garcia’s low effort was turned onto the post by Marc-Andre ter Stegen before Inaki Williams headed wide when unmarked from 12 yards out.Alcacer has endured a torrid time since joining Barca but settled the hosts when he turned home Neymar’s cut-back inside Gorka Iraizoz’s near post.Athletic’s day was summed up with Barca’s second, five minutes before half-time. After scoring in both legs of the Copa del Rey last 16 clash between the sides from free-kicks last month, Messi again outdid Iraizoz from the narrowest of angles.– Pique injured –Barcelona’s Rafinha (R) vies with Athletic Bilbao’s Yeray Alvarez during their Spanish league match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on February 4, 2017 © AFP / LLUIS GENEThis time, though, the goalkeeper was more at fault than brilliance from the Argentine as Messi registered his 31st goal in 30 games this season.Only injuries to Gerard Pique and Rafinha blighted Barca’s day. Pique limped off at half-time as a precautionary measure with a groin strain, whilst the Brazilian suffered a knock in clashing with Ter Stegen.Messi then took a rare break as he was replaced by Sergi Roberto.Yet, even that change worked in Barca’s favour as Aleix Vidal was pushed into a more advanced role from right-back and rounded off the win by firing into the far corner 23 minutes from time for the Catalans’ 100th goal in all competitions this season.In Vigo confusion reigned for hours as to whether Balaidos would be safe enough to host the European champions on Sunday.However, La Liga finally issued a statement confirming the postponement, saying the stadium “will not be secure for players and fans”.Atletico Madrid players celebrate at the end of their match against Deportivo at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on February 4, 2017 © AFP / CESAR MANSOCelta’s Galician rivals Deportivo la Coruna saw their clash with Real Betis on Friday also postponed due to weather-induced damage to Deportivo’s Riazor ground.Elsewhere, Atletico Madrid strengthened their hold on the final Champions League position in fourth as Fernando Torres scored twice to see off lowly Leganes 2-0 at the Vicente Calderon.Torres won the penalty that led to the opening goal on 15 minutes as he was chopped down by Dimitrios Siovas.For the fifth time in his seven penalties for Atletico, Antoine Griezmann failed to find the net as Iago Herrerin saved his tame effort, but Torres poked home the rebound for his first league goal since September.The roof of the Rio Alto grandstand in the Balaidos stadium in Vigo was damaged by heavy wind, forcing officials to cancel Real Madrid’s trip to Celta © AFP / MIGUEL RIOPAAnd the former Liverpool and Chelsea striker doubled the lead just six minutes into the second half when he dinked home Angel Correa’s fine through ball.At the other end of the table, Valencia’s struggles continued as they were thrashed 4-0 at home by Eibar to remain six points above the relegation zone in 15th. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s Alcacer celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during their match against Athletic Club Bilbao at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on February 4, 2017 © AFP / LLUIS GENEMadrid, Spain, Feb 4 – Lionel Messi struck another trademark free-kick as Barcelona moved to within one point of La Liga leaders Real Madrid with a 3-0 win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.Madrid have two games in hand, the first of which was supposed to take place on Sunday at Celta Vigo.last_img read more

Goldson: ‘Fallout from Old Firm melee was overblown’

first_imgHe said: “It’s football, and I just think the type of game that it is and the atmosphere in the whole game, it probably boiled over a bit more than it should have.“But at the same time I don’t think there was really that much harm done. “It wasn’t like a big fight it was just a little bit of pushing between maybe 20 players.”Rangers will take on their Glasgow rivals again on May 12 at Ibrox in their final home game of the season. Rangers defender Connor Goldson believes the reaction to a melee at the end of last month’s Old Firm game was overblown.Two of Goldson’s team-mates – Alfredo Morelos and Andy Halliday – were sent off and both sets of players clashed after the fiery game at Celtic Park.Both manager Steven Gerrard and winger Ryan Kent were also handed bans following their side’s 2-1 defeat.But the English defender said “not much harm was done” and is looking forward to the next derby. They currently trail the champions by 11 points but Goldson believes beating their ancient rivals is all the motivation they will need going in to the game.He said: “I don’t think there is an added determination (to win the next one) because you go in to every single Old Firm with the same determination and same motivation to every game for this football club.“I think that the boys done themselves proud in the second half, but at the same time, when you lose the game, it is hard.“It would’ve been hard for Celtic when they lost at our place, it’s just the rivalry and the atmosphere that you get in those big games that when you are on the losing side it does hurt. “So we will go in to the next one with the same motivation and determination to win the game.”Goldson was speaking at the launch of a new project by Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland aimed at tackling Scotland’s biggest health problems.In 2017 the defender had to undergo surgery after being diagnosed with a heart condition during a routine check up.The 26-year-old now hopes to encourage others to confront their own health risks after agreeing to front the campaign which will be opened in Glasgow this summer.He said: “I remember actually telling the physio at Brighton I didn’t want to go for the appointment at the hospital because I wanted to go home and play PlayStation with the lads.“It was a routine check-up which we were made to go for every two years by Brighton.“The physio told me it would cost the club £1,500 so I went. A few days later I got the news in that I required an op which was a big shock.“It’s not the type of thing you want to hear. I was 24 years old, flying high in the Championship at Brighton. How did I feel? Horrible. Scared.“When you hear that news your first worries are, ‘What am I going to do? Football is all I know’.“I had to wait seven weeks for the operation and in that time I was told not to do anything,” he explained.“I wasn’t allowed in the gym, I wasn’t allowed to run, I wasn’t allowed to do anything.“I had what looked like a swollen aorta but they didn’t know if that was actually swollen or had always been like that as they didn’t have previous tests to check it against. But the volume it was showing at, the surgeon was worried it was a risk.“If it goes, you die straight away. There’s no coming back.“He didn’t want to take that risk, so we just went on holiday a couple of times and waited. After the op, though, I was back playing within eight weeks.”last_img read more

Six Rafters chosen for Major League Dreams Showcase

first_imgFor the City TimesWISCONSIN RAPIDS – The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters will be well-represented at the 2019 Major League Dreams Showcase in Madison, with six players headed to the event hosted by the Madison Mallards at Warner Park on Aug. 6.The Dreams Showcase features 100 of the top prospects from around the Northwoods League, selected by major-league scouts. The participants form four teams of prospects to work out and play a doubleheader, giving the selected Rafters a unique opportunity to perform in front of professional scouts.Right-handed pitchers Jimmy Borzone, Brayden Bonner, and Zack Hunsicker will represent a Rafters pitching staff that holds the second-lowest ERA in the league. Infielder Edarian Williams and outfielder Davion Downey were also selected. CJ Willis earned a spot in the prestigious event, but will not be participating due to injury.Borzone, a sophomore from Dixie State, boasts a 1.42 ERA and has 28 strikeouts with five saves this summer. Brayden Bonner, also a Dixie State product, leads the team with six saves and holds a 1.71 ERA with a 3-1 record out of the bullpen. Central Florida’s Zack Hunsicker has 16 strikeouts in eight appearances.After a stellar freshman season at UNLV, Williams is hitting .241 with 14 RBIs and 20 walks. Downey has driven in 18 runs while hitting .356 for Rapids. The Baylor sophomore has a .477 on-base percentage and 12 stolen bases.last_img read more

Standard Bank on global ‘green 100’

first_img25 January 2013South Africa’s Standard Bank has been ranked 98th on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list, released during the World Economic Forum’s (WEF’s) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland on Thursday.Standard Bank came in as one of nine banks, and the only African company, on the list of the 100 top-performing stocks worldwide according to a range of sector-specific “sustainability” measures.The list is published annually by Canadian media and investment research company Corporate Knights, which commissions independent data collection for the project through direct engagement with the 350 companies that make the project’s shortlist, chosen from approximately 4 000 global mid- and large-cap stocks worldwide.Canada and the United States led the way in country representation, each with 10 companies on this year’s list, followed by Australia, Britain and France, each with nine. Overall, the Global 100 drew companies from 22 countries on six continents.Belgium-based materials technology and recycling company Umicore topped the list, followed by Brazil’s Natura Cosmeticos, Norwegian energy firm Statoil, Finnish energy firm Neste Oil, and Danish pharmaceuticals and biotechnology company Novo Nordisk.Standard Bank’s head of sustainability management, Karin Ireton, told news publication Business Day that the group had made “significant investments in renewable energy, providing both debt financing and advisory services to project developers in South African renewable energy programmes.“Our carbon finance team has also made a great contribution to cleaner development in many emerging markets countries by innovating in the use of carbon credits, by working in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme and other agencies enabling practical, life-changing opportunities,” Ireton told Business Day.Corporate Knights CEO Toby Heaps said the Global 100 companies “are leading a resource productivity revolution, transforming waste into treasure and doing more with less. They are steering our civilization away from ecological overshoot and back to a place of balance with our planet.”Doug Morrow, vice-president of research at Corporate Knights, said the Global 100 was “one of the few equity indexes that we are aware of that has outperformed the MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI) – the Global 100’s benchmark – by over 900 bps over the last eight years.“It turns out that our methodology for stock selection in the Global 100 is a strong proxy for corporate operational efficiency, which has been an increasingly important driver of stock returns in recent years,” Morrow said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Movable Type 4.0 Announced – Becomes Social Media Platform

first_imgRelated Posts richard macmanus Tags:#web Six Apart is announcing today the beta release of Movable Type 4, a much anticipated upgrade to a blog platform that has two distinct user bases nowadays – consumer base (like R/WW, which uses MT) and Enterprise. Of equal interest is that Six Apart is also announcing the Movable Type Open Source Project, a move that will see the release of an open source version of Movable Type in Q3 of this year.MT4 boasts over 50 new features and “a completely redesigned user interface”, which includes a more advanced WYSIWYG editor and a system dashboard with dynamic graphic display. MT4 is also pushing itself as “a social media platform”, which allows users to turn their audiences into communities. In effect this means that readers can become members of a website, with rights to post alongside authors – including sharing photos, videos, and audio. There is also a new ratings framework and later in the beta period more community features are promised.MT4 also promises more down-to-earth functionality, like improvements in fighting blog spam. There will be a number of technical improvements, such as database caching through Memcached and authenticating of users with OpenID. MT4 also brings a new component-based architecture, which unifies its commercial and enterprise product lines “while enabling advanced capabilities with optional functionality packs”. All in all, there is a lot of new and improved functionality in MT4 (more on how this will effect bloggers like me, below).To understand why Six Apart is releasing an open source version of Movable Type, we need to briefly revisit its past. Movable Type was once the darling of the blogosphere, especially from its original launch in 2001 to about 2004 (when licensing issues upset many bloggers). Since 2004/05, many bloggers have migrated to the open source WordPress – and perhaps of more concern, a lot of third party developers transferred their efforts from MT to WordPress. However to make up for the loss of momentum in the consumer market, Movable Type began to sow some seeds in the Enterprise market. Back in October 2006 Read/WriteWeb reported on the release of Movable Type Enterprise 1.5. Movable Type at that point was being positioned as an advanced tool, suitable for enterprises and power bloggers alike. What’s changed since then is that it now wants to be a social media platform, and the open sourcing will address some market concerns over licensing.What MT4 will bring to current Movable Type usersRead/WriteWeb is powered by Movable Type. It’s held up well over the years, particularly as the site has scaled a lot over the past 1-2 years. I do however have some minor issues with MT (and note we are using MT 3.2 currently, so we’re not using the most recent version). The first is that I have looked on rather enviously at some of the plug-ins available to WordPress users. For example, outputting tags for posts, integrating comments and trackbacks, and listing “related entries” – these things are a lot harder with MT than it is with WordPress. In chatting with Anil Dash from Six Apart tonight, he assured me that almost all of the top 10 or 15 MT plugins have been integrated into MT4. This would certainly make things easier for me, as I am not a fan of fiddling around with Perl (when I could be writing blog posts with that time).Another of my current peeves is that comments are far too slow on R/WW currently. I haven’t been able to pinpoint the exact cause of this, but I am almost certain it’s an MT issue (as my research has indicated other MT blogs have suffered similar problems with slow comments). Anil told me that there are a lot of scaling pieces that are new in 4.0, that come from Vox and LiveJournal and Typepad – and from that they’ve learned to handle commenting from tens of milions of users. It sounds like relief may be on the way for R/WW’s commenters then!ConclusionIt remains to be seen how the open source effort will be received by the blogging public, but certainly MT4 sounds like a big functionality and performance improvement over MT3. For purely selfish reasons I hope it can fix all the minor technical issues R/WW has had with scaling, but also of course it will be a huge boost for Six Apart if MT4 has indeed ramped up technically and can meet the needs of small businesses (like mine) and enterprises alike. The social media platform is exciting too, and I can certainly see ways R/WW can leverage that!Here are some early screenshots. Let us know in the comments what you think of MT4. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Marketing Day: Amazon shopper report, a new AdSense tool & top holiday retail strategies

first_imgHere’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.From Marketing Land:New report: The Internet of Things and blockchain tech are made for each otherJan 11, 2018 by Barry LevineIoT devices are constantly talking about themselves, and shared ledger technologies just love to record it all, permanently.46% of Prime members say they buy on Amazon at least once a weekJan 11, 2018 by Amy GesenhuesNew Amazon shopper study from Feedvisor gives insight into consumer behavior on the e-commerce site.7 B2B marketing strategies you need to knowJan 11, 2018 by Digital Marketing DepotFor B2B marketers, it has become more important to blend together marketing best practices to create a customized strategy that will fit your target audience. For this white paper, Salesforce picked seven of the most popular marketing trends and techniques to examine how they fit together to make your marketing stronger and more adaptable.AdSense rolls out ad balance optimization tool for publishersJan 11, 2018 by Susan WenogradPublishers also now have a metric showing ad session length.The top 3 retail strategies that dominated the holiday seasonJan 11, 2018 by Tom MucklowAs we say goodbye to the holidays and hello to a new year, columnist Tom Mucklow looks back at the strategies and technologies that drove online shopping.2018 mobile marketing predictions from 18 industry veteransJan 11, 2018 by Aaron StroutWhat are the mobile and location-based trends that will take shape in 2018? Columnist Aaron Strout taps forward-thinking professionals in the industry to share their thoughts on what to expect.What are you putting on the front burner? B2B marketing predictions and recommendations for 2018Jan 11, 2018 by John SteinertTo help B2B marketers prepare for what the future holds, columnist John Steinert lays out three trends you should keep top of mind in the coming year.Recent Headlines From MarTech Today, Our Sister Site Dedicated To Marketing Technology:‘Consent is unworkable’ for programmatic ads in the era of GDPRJan 11, 2018 by Barry LevinePageFair says the current digital ecosystem is dying, and here’s how to fix it.Can autonomous stores catch on?Jan 11, 2018 by Barry LevineThese unmanned physical stores are being tested and launched, as are technologies replacing humans. But will shoppers want them?Online Marketing News From Around The Web:10 Skills and Traits of Great Marketing Technologists, CMS WireBuilding Community Together With Music, Facebook MediaIs Our Social Media Terminology About to Change?, Convince and ConvertMarketers Seek to Drive Revenue Through Mobile Marketing, KoMarketingMove over DMP, DSP and SSP: CDP is ad tech’s hot new acronym, DigidayMulti-Channel Ecommerce Strategy: Selling Everywhere Starts Onsite, ShopifyOK, marketers: Here’s what people are saying about their voice-activated speakers, Think with GoogleThe Five Top Trends That Will Shape Influencer Marketing in 2018, MarketingProfsFrom our sponsors: Marketing Day: Amazon shopper report, a new AdSense tool & top holiday retail strategies HomeDigital MarketingMarketing Day: Amazon shopper report, a new AdSense tool & top holiday retail strategies Posted on 12th January 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Marketing Day: Amazon shopper report, a new AdSense tool & top holiday retail strategiesYou are here:last_img read more

Two dead, four seriously hurt in Cole County crash

first_imgTwo people from Jefferson City are dead, and four people are badly hurt, after a crash in Cole County.Highway Patrol troopers say Sydney Shrag’s car crossed the center line of Route B near Clover Hill Lane on the south side of Jefferson City at about 9 p.m. Tuesday. The car hit an SUV head-on.The 19-year-old Shrag, and 21-year-old passenger Damani Winters, are both dead. The other passenger in the car, 20-year-old Anthony Bertucci of Russellville, has serious injuries. All three people in the SUV have serious injuries too: 51-year-old Aaron Hauzer of Jefferson City, 46-year-old Twila Hauzer of Jefferson City, and 67-year-old Bobbie Wilfawn of Branson.last_img

Sport stars lift gloom

first_imgThe beauty of sport is that even when your feel-good factor is low, there are several magical moments you can recall to lift the spirits. As the sun sets on another fairly good year for Indian sport, there are several events worth recalling which gave us joy. For months, we have been battered by all negative news from corruption to price rise and how politicians refuse to let Parliament function.Sports View by S. Kannan.Yet, on the sporting field, it has been business as usual with the Indian heroes toiling ceaselessly in pursuit of excellence. Hockey is our national game but cricket continues to be enjoyed with much more passion, and MS Dhoni’s Team India conjured up magic in the ICC World Cup to lift the trophy after 28 years.Ever since Kapil Dev lifted the Prudential Cup on the Lord’s balcony in June 1983, we started believing that in each edition of the World Cup which followed, India would be in with a chance to crown themselves champions again.We failed and fooled ourselves in six editions after that before the Indian team rose to the top in style at the Wankhede Stadium in April. The scenes were delirious all over the country as players danced, wept and displayed a whole gamut of emotions after the intense battles.One man who stood out in a victorious campaign was of course the man of the tournament Yuvraj Singh. An entertainer par excellence, the prince showed his immense utility with bat and ball and played the biggest role in India winning the coveted trophy.advertisementAs we recall those magical moments of the World Cup, Yuvraj is away from the game battling a tumour in his lung. Luckily, it is a benign tumour so there is less to worry about. But as people are bound to celebrate the highs of the year in sport, one must say a special prayer for Yuvraj and hope the dashing all-rounder comes roaring back to the sport, which he plays from the heart.If the World Cup was all about highs, the tour to England was a huge disaster and the 0-4 thrashing in the Test series was painful viewing as the world- famous batting line- up crumbled.In sport, it’s better to forget the bad results and look at the positives, and Team India did well to beat the same Englishmen at home in an ODI series, after which they tamed the West Indies.One man who has now made the entire nation impatient is Sachin Tendulkar, as he has failed to get to his 100th international hundred in 17 innings. The talk has now shifted to which venue will see Sachin get the elusive ton Down Under.BUT before that, one has to salute the man who made batting look bold and beautiful in Indore: Virender Sehwag slammed an ODI-record 219 against the West Indies. The effortless ease with which Sehwag batted left everyone benumbed. It was as if it was just that one man’s day under the sun as he played strokes with amazing timing. As for hockey, it has again been a year of squabbles as far as the officialdom goes but a win in the Asian Champions Trophy was creditable. Sadly, the team was unable to repeat the feat in the Champions Challenge last month. Under new coach Michael Nobbs, the team is working hard though the big test is how it fares in the Olympic qualifiers next year at home, where nothing less than winning the tournament will guarantee India an Olympic berth in London.Talk of athletics, the National Anti Doping Agency’s (NADA) decision to ban seven athletes for flunking out-of-competition dope tests is fully justified. Yet, what comes as a huge shock is that these were the same athletes who brought us glory last year in the Commonwealth Games and the Guangzhou Asian Games.But there were heroes as well with Tintu Luka, Vikas Gowda, Krishna Poonia and Mayookha Johnny booking London Olympics berths by virtue of their performances in the year gone by. Archery is one sport where we have been making good improvement. And the solid showing in 2011 was once again underlined by the women archers, with Deepika Kumari in particular catching the eye.Deepika was unlucky as she missed a gold medal at the World Cup Finals. Looking ahead, this is one sport in which India can spring a few surprises at the Olympics.The surprises came in boxing as well. With well-known names like Vijender and Akhil failing, it was left to the Young Turks to steal the limelight as Vikas Krishan won a bronze medal at the World Championships. It helped him clinch an Olympic berth, with Manoj Kumar, Devendro Singh and Jai Bhagwan also getting their tickets for London.advertisementMore boxers can make the grade in 2012 with the Asian championships offering more berths.However, in weightlifting and wrestling, the Indians disappointed. Sushil Kumar has grappled with form and fitness and how he does in 2012 will be watched with interest.As for the lifters, it has been a pathetic year with the dismal showing at the world championships proof that this is one sport where we stand no chance now on the international stage.But, as if to lift the gloom, we have the Indian shooters making a huge mark once again. The lament of lack of ammunition and coaches will be heard constantly but the marksmen have continued to raise the bar. For sheer class and consistency, Ronjan Sodhi came out tops as he won the double trap World Cup yearend finals once again and also booked his quota berth.In addition, six more sealed their quota places in 2011, with Shagun Choudhary the first Indian woman shotgun shooter to do so. Abhinav Bindra also joined the list of Olympic qualifiers and 2012 could again be a year where his rivalry with Gagan Narang will make this sport even more exciting.What of the women in racquet sports? Saina Nehwal has struggled this year and in a way it is good she understood what it is like to fail at the top. The shuttle queen did pull herself up at the end of the year, but we have grown to expect a lot more from Saina.The grand old men of Indian tennis – Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi – regrouped and won three titles before splitting again!They will make news in 2012 as well, though they will not be on the same side of the net.For chess champion Viswanathan Anand, it was an average year and the Indian golfers did not scorch the greens either.And while the Indian participation in Formula One was short and not very fruitful, the inaugural Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit showed us that the country could host a world-class event well, and helped us get over the scandals that surrounded the Commonwealth Games last year.When one looks at the gloom which politicians have inflicted on us in 2011, we can feel proud of what the Indian sportspersons have done. This is enough reason to say Merry Christmas!last_img read more