Patna Pirates on a roll and Bengal Warriors defeat Bengaluru Bulls in a crunch…

first_imgAdvertisementPatna Pirates won yet another game to keep their hopes alive of qualifying for the playoffs after defeating the Jaipur Pink Panthers by 3 points in a game which could prove to be very vital in order to decide the top 6 teams which will qualify for the playoffs. On the other hand, Bengal Warriors kept their winning momentum going after defeating the Bengaluru Bulls in a high scoring encounter at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indoor Stadium in Kolkata. It was yet another defensive masterclass by the Iranian defender Mohammed Nabibaksh.Match 87: Jaipur Pink Panthers vs Patna Pirates (33-36)Yet another Pardeep Narwal special as the star raider scored 14 raid points which included a super raid which helped the Pirates to win two games in a row and keep their hopes alive to qualify for the playoffs. The silver lining for Pirates was Jang Kun Lee returning back to form as the Korean raider scored 8 raid points which proved to be vital as defender Neeraj scored his first high-five to help the team win a crunch game against Jaipur Pink Panthers.Match 88: Bengal Warriors vs Bengaluru Bulls (42-40)A game which went down to the wire as the winner of the game was decided at the last raid of the game. It was yet another defensive masterclass by Mohammed Nabibaksh as the Iranian defender scored 6 tackle points and put pressure back on the Bulls raider. Star bulls raider Pawan Sherawat completed 200 points in this season as he became the first player in the season to do so.The Next leg of Pro Kabaddi League will be played in Pune at the Shivaji Indoor Stadium where hosts Puneri Paltans will face Gujarat Fortunegiants and Tamil Thalaivas will face Haryana Steelers.Advertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli lauds MS Dhoni’s smart decision-making

first_imgIndia and England are all set to face off in the first ODI of the three-match series in Pune on Sunday under new skipper Virat Kohli. The series will mark Kohli’s first assignment at the helm, since Mahendra Singh Dhoni relinquished the post earlier this month. (India seek fresh start under Virat Kohli in first ODI vs England)CLICK TO WATCH VIDEOKohli though had reiterated time and again that he will be seeking advice from his former captain Dhoni and that his nine-year experience as will be invaluable for the him and the team. Kohli also said on Saturday that Dhoni would also make it easier for him to take a call as far as the Decision Review System (DRS) is concerned. (Virat Kohli’s Team India will rewrite history, says MS Dhoni)”He is one voice if he tells me it’s outside the line or if it’s missing the stumps the decision stands there it’s not left up to doubt or any further debate from there on. He is someone who has always been very smart in decision making as far as appeals are concerned as well,” said Kohli in the pre-match press conference in Pune. (Kohli already has a formidable record as ODI captain)”I think his word would be the one word that I would trust as far as DRS is concerned because he is in the best position plus he is the most intelligent cricketer around, there’s no doubting that.” (The more I serve Virat Kohli, the better it will be for Indian cricket: MS Dhoni)advertisement’LEARNT A LOT FROM DHONI’[email protected] has always been smart with decision-making. He is the most intelligent cricketer around: @imVkohli #TeamIndia #INDvENG BCCI (@BCCI) January 14, 2017″Already I have learnt a lot. Since the time have come to the team observing how Dhoni has operated and I have said that a lot of times in the past. (Also Read: Kohli and Tendulkar, two champion batsmen: One a fitness freak, the other a foodie)”Many people have had different styles of captaincy and I think he has been so successful because he has been able to find the right balance in being offensive with his plans as well as understanding when the game is dominated by the opposition and how to slow things down. I think that has been his biggest strength and that is something that I would like to understand.”READY TO CAPTAIN INDIAI am ready, not thinking about the burden at all. Leading India gives me more opportunities to take Indian Cricket forward: @imVkohli BCCI (@BCCI) January 14, 2017″I’m pretty read in accepting of taking captaincy in all three formats. I feel really honoured, I don’t feel any stress and I’m not thinking about the burden at all. It just gives me more opportunities to take Indian cricket forward which I think is the best thing to happen to anyone,” Kohli concluded.last_img read more

When the Ax-Man Cometh: What to cut out of your budget

first_imgJeff Brooks is not only one of my favorite bloggers and fundraising experts, he’s my personal hero for giving his time today to speak on our Network for Good Nonprofit 911 call on the topic of where to cut if you’ve got to cut your budget. He is still talking (this is live blogging, folks) and I’m happy to say he is wise, helpful, insightful and provocative, my favorite combination in a speaker. You can see his slides here and access the MP3 file at this same link in another day or so.Here are some gems from his talk:1.) DO NOT CUT net-positive donor cultivation programs. To be wise enough to keep those programs, though, you have to know which are NET positive (not gross positive). How much did you NET from your gala (as opposed to raise)? Figure out net present value of a donor: what money do you expect in projected lifetime giving from that donor (take their first gift and multiply by ten), then subtract the cost of acquisition and the ongoing cultivation cost. Measuring net present value can tell you where you’re spending too much and where you can spend more to get more. 2.) KEEP ACQUIRING DONORS. Cutting donor acquisition is the quick path to long-term pain. Donors are worth more every year (he suggested two times the second year and exponential growth from there, for example) so if you get far fewer donors this year, you’re going to feel bad pain next year and far worse pain the following year.3.) CUT WHAT’S UNCLEAR. If you’ve got less money to spend, don’t spend it on things that have unmeasurable or questionable impact. In hard times, stick to things that have demonstrable impact, not things like your warm fuzzy brand awareness effort. Direct response fundraising is a better investment now than general “branding” campaigns. PR and media relations are a relative bargain – positive impact for very few dollars – but non-response advertising (with no measurable response vehicle) is not. Kill the “we exist and we’re really cool” ads if you’re short on dough. Leave that to people who can do it on a scale where it’s effective – like Coca-Cola.I completely agree with the last point. And it’s going to make some people nuts. Really nuts. I like how Jeff put it —What would you rather do with your limited budget:• Move 100 people 10% of the way toward giving?• Move 10 people 100% of the way toward giving?He added a positive note that I’d also like to second: In hard times, innovation doesn’t happen because people are afraid of risk. New ideas often don’t work out, but you can’t let these times cut off innovation or let fear rule you. Be wise, but also be bold.last_img read more

Pakistan coaching staff had high praise for Indian Under-19 team: Rahul Dravid

first_imgRahul Dravid has clarified he did not visit the Pakistan dressing room after India’s semi-final victory at the ICC Under-19 World Cup last week.It was widely reported Dravid, India’s Under-19 coach had gone to the Pakistan dressing-room to greet the players in what was seen as a warm gesture and appreciated by cricket fans.WATCHHowever, Dravid, one of the most respected figures in world cricket, said he had gone on to congratulate a “talented left-arm pacer” in the Pakistani team.Presumably, Dravid was talking about 17-year-old Shaheen Shah Afridi, who grabbed headlines with an eight-wicket haul on his fist-class debut and caught the attention of the cricket world in the course of the World Cup.India, thanks to a gutsy hundred by Shubman Gill, first posted 272/9 and then bowled Pakistan out for 69. Dravid said the Pakistan coaching staff were effusive in their praise of the Indian boys and as a coach, he too felt happy to see genuine talent.”I did not go to the Pakistan dressing-room,” Dravid said in a press conference in Mumbai after the Indian Under-19 team returned home. “They had a very talented left-arm pacer – I went and congratulated him – they were very appreciative of our talent as well. They told us the standard of cricket we have seen your boys play is a benchmark for the rest of the world, They were effusive in their praise.”Dravid also said he did not have any regrets not winning the World Cup as a player. He played in three World Cups – 1999, 2003 and 2007 but never laid his hands on the coveted trophy.advertisement”My cricket career is over – I always say I have been around a long time – not lifting a World Cup is not a regret. I have no regrets – I do not walk around in pain or something,” Dravid said.India had defeated Australia by 100 runs, Papua New Guinea by 10 wickets, Zimbabwe by 10 wickets, Bangladesh by 131 runs and Pakistan by 203 runs to set up a title clash against Australia.In the final, Ishan Porel, Shiva Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkotti, Anukul Roy and Shivam Mavi were among the wickets – as Australia were bowled out for 216. That was never going to be enough against a strong Indian batting line-up.There are busy days ahead for India’s Under-19 team. They will be felicitated by BCCI in Mumbai on Tuesday. The Indian board had announced a cash reward of Rs 50 lakh for coach Rahul Dravid, Rs 30 lakh for the players and Rs 20 lakh for the support staff.Next, as many as seven players from the side – Shaw, Gill, Kamlesh Nagarkotti, Shivam Mavi, Anukul Roy, Abhishek Sharma and Kalra – will also play in the IPL from April after bagging lucrative contracts in the IPL Auction held in Bengaluru on January 27 and 28.last_img read more