Injury, illness hit top six before Australian Open

first_imgBRISBANE, Australia (AP):It’s been an injury and illness-filled start to 2016 for the top six women in tennis and just a week from the start of the Australian Open.Defending Sydney International champion Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon winner, pulled out of the Sydney tournament yesterday, the second week in a row she’s had to quit due to a stomach virus. She was joined a few hours later by Agnieszka Radwanska, the No. 2-seeded player in Sydney, who has a left leg injury.Last week, the world’s four top-ranked women retired or withdrew from tournaments due to injuries on the left side of their bodies: No. 1 Serena Williams (Hopman Cup/knee), second-ranked Halep (Brisbane/ankle), No. 3 Garbine Muguruza (Brisbane/foot) and fourth-ranked Maria Sharapova (Brisbane/forearm).Now No. 5 Radwanska and No. 6 Kvitova are on the ever-growing injury list.Kvitova retired during the first round of the Shenzhen Open in China last week. She was scheduled to play her first match in Sydney against Germany’s Sabine Lisicki today.”I’m really disappointed to have to withdraw … but unfortunately I am still not feeling well,” the sixth-ranked Kvitova said in a statement.Former No. 1 and now 16th-ranked Ana Ivanovic is healthy, but her new season is nonetheless off to a poor start. After losing in the first round last week in Auckland, she was granted a Sydney wild card.Ivanovic, who won the French Open in 2008, months after losing the Australian Open final to Sharapova, was beaten 6-4, 6-2 by fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova in a first-round match yesterday.”I was thinking, it’s not really (an) easy draw for first round,” Pliskova said. “I was really expecting a tough match. I’m just happy it went a little bit more my way.”In other first-round matches, another Serbian former No. 1, Jelena Jankovic, beat American CoCo Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-4; former French and U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Australian Tammi Patterson 6-2, 6-0; and Caroline Garcia, who represented France at the Hopman Cup last week, beat countrywoman Kristina Mladenovic 7-6 (4), 6-4.Bernard Tomic is the top-seeded man at Sydney, while Halep is the top-seeded woman.Halep, who has a first-round bye, said yesterday she’ll likely carry the injury into the Australian Open, which begins January 18.”It’s difficult to know that you will be injured when you come to Australia. To me it happened this year,” she said. “I was not happy but we have to accept it.”At the Hobart International, another of the Australian Open warm-up tournaments, second-seeded Camila Giorgi of Italy beat Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 and seventh-seeded Alize Cornet of France defeated Denisa Allertova of Czech Republic 6-4, 7-5 yesterday.Sloane Stephens, who won the ASB Classic in Auckland on Saturday, was a late withdrawal from Hobart due to a virus.Former No. 5 Eugenie Bouchard, who is entered at Hobart, says she has “zero expectations” at the Australian Open as she makes her comeback from a concussion she sustained at the US Open when she slipped and fell in the dressing room.last_img read more

Warriors HQ: Can anyone in the West challenge Golden State?

first_imgWith less than a month left in the NBA’s regular season, the Western Conference playoff picture is becoming clearer, but it’s quite crowded.Warriors beat writer Mark Medina and sports columnist Dieter Kurtenbach break down the potential matchups Golden State will face on their quest for a fifth consecutive NBA Finals berth.James Harden, Chris Paul and the Houston Rockets have provided the stiffest challenge for Golden State so far in the 2018-19 season, and they proved they could push the …last_img read more

Bumper export for Mercedes Benz

first_img16 September 2009In a reassuring sign for South Africa’s automotive industry, East London-based Mercedes Benz has shipped over 2 600 locally built C-Class cars – its largest consignment since November 2008 – to the United States east coast.In a statement last week, Mercedes Benz South Africa said that the 2 674 cars travelling on the vessel the Grand Orion would arrive in Jacksonville, Florida on 23 September and Baltimore, Maryland on 26 September.Build qualityRainer Ruess, manufacturing site leader at Mercedes Benz South Africa’s local automotive plant, said the shipment reaffirmed that US customers were very satisfied with South African build quality.In July, JD Power and Associates presented a Gold Award for Initial Quality to the East London-based plant following a US survey conducted among over 80 000 new US car owners earlier this year.“The local plant was placed fourth in the world, after three Asia-based plants, outperforming all European, American and African automaker plants,” Mercedes Benz South Africa said.Car terminalTerry Taylor, East London-based corporate affairs manager of Transnet National Ports Authority, was delighted with the smooth and quick loading of the consignment – the first to make full use of the R20-million car terminal expansion project that was completed at the city’s harbour earlier this year.A new benchmark was set, with the cars being loaded onto the vessel at a rate of 170 per hour, 15% faster than the norm.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

BJP forges alliance with RLP in Rajasthan

first_imgThe BJP on Thursday announced an alliance with Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) for the Lok Sabha elections in Rajasthan after bringing the fledgling party, headed by Jat leader Hanuman Beniwal, within the NDA fold. Mr. Beniwal, 47, will contest the Lok Sabha polls from the Nagaur seat.Mr. Beniwal, who was earlier a BJP MLA, was terminated from the party’s membership in 2011 after he fell out with former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. He was elected as an Independent MLA from Nagaur district’s Khinvsar constituency in 2013 and on the RLP ticket in 2018.Union Human Resource Development Minister Pravash Javadekar, who is in charge of BJP’s election campaign in the State, said here that the RLP would be a part of the NDA and the party workers would campaign in support of BJP candidates in Rajasthan as well as in Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh.Under the terms of alliance, the BJP has given only the Nagaur seat among the 25 Lok Sabha constituencies in the State to RLP. The alliance will benefit the BJP in Jodhpur, Pali, Barmer and Ajmer districts, where Mr. Beniwal wields a considerable influence and had organised massive “Hunkaar rallies” before the Assembly election. The RLP won Khinvsar, Merta and Bhopalgarh seats in the Assembly polls.Mr. Beniwal said he had made the poll pact with the BJP “in national interest” and to ensure that Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister again. “The support to the BJP is the need of the hour after the Pulwama terror attack. Only the BJP, under Mr. Modi’s leadership, is capable of giving [a] befitting reply to countries like Pakistan and China,” he said. Tie-up bid failedThe RLP chief was earlier reportedly in touch with some senior Congress leaders to explore the possibility of forging an alliance. The attempts could not make a headway because the Congress was not willing to give the number of seats which the RLP was demanding.Mr. Beniwal will be pitted in Nagaur against the Congress candidate and former MP Jyoti Mirdha, who belongs to the politically influential Mirdha family of the region.last_img read more

Mexican GP: Daniel Ricciardo beats Lewis Hamilton in practice

first_imgRed Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo reminded Lewis Hamilton on Friday that he has a fight on his hands to win the Mexican Grand Prix however inevitable the Mercedes’s driver’s fourth world championship may be.Hamilton is on the brink of becoming Britain’s first four times world champion but he wants to do it with a victory on Sunday.He is 66 points clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and needs only to finish fifth on Sunday to secure the title with two races to spare, even if the German wins.The 32-year-old was the meat in a Red Bull sandwich in second practice at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, however, with Ricciardo top of the timesheets with a lap of one minute 17.801 seconds.Hamilton had a big spin and was 0.131 slower with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen third, 0.163 off his team mate’s time, despite an engine failure with an older power unit that was of no concern.Vettel was fourth, and also with a hot backside after his car’s fire extinguisher went off beneath his seat half an hour into the session.”On the long runs, I still think we could find a bit more,” said Ricciardo.”On low fuel we are more or less there. Mercedes always have more on Saturday so I think we still need to find a few tenths if we want to stay ahead of them.”I feel we can be a bit better on race pace and I think we can improve a few things. I think these last three races will be pretty close between the top three teams.”MORE FUNadvertisementFinland’s Valtteri Bottas had been fastest in the sunny morning session with a best lap of 1:17.824 also keeping Hamilton off the top. Verstappen and Ricciardo were third and fourth respectively.Hamilton’s 2016 pole position time was 1:18.704.The Briton said it had been a good day, even if it did not start out that way and he had put himself on the back foot by damaging a set of supersoft tyres in the spin.”But the single lap and then the long run on the ultraSoft was probably one of the best I’ve ever done. I don’t think I’ve ever done 26 laps that consistent, apart from in the race maybe,” Hamilton said.”We got lots of information, the track was feeling better in the second session once the temperature came up,” added last year’s race winner.Sergio Perez was seventh fastest for Force India before lunch, with regular team mate Esteban Ocon sitting out the session to make way for Mexican Adolfo Celis Jr. to give the home crowd two drivers on track.Ocon will not have enjoyed being a spectator as Celis put the Frenchman’s car backwards into the barriers at turn 16 and halted the session. Ocon returned to the cockpit after lunch and was 10th fastest.New Zealander Brendon Hartley, preparing for his second race with Toro Rosso, managed only 10 laps in the morning with mechanics working on the car after he stopped on track. He was 13th fastest in the afternoonThere were also more problems for McLaren, with Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne sidelined completely as the team changed his car’s power unit to a spare. He already has a 35-place grid penalty.last_img read more

Brierty Inspires Alliance Team

first_imgHow has your day been so far?We lost our first game to the New South Wales Mets, 12-7, I think a few boys, including me, were fairly nervous, and then we just beat the Rebels 8-6. The boys were over the moon with it so we’ve just got to make sure that we’ve got cool heads going into the next game and come out and hopefully get another one. How did it feel coming to the fields this morning, knowing that you were going to be playing for the Alliance?I actually didn’t get much sleep last night, I was thinking about it a lot. I woke up really early and was thinking about it all this morning. I was really excited and I think that all of the guys were excited and amped to play today. Does it feel like all of the hard work has paid off from over the past couple of months in the lead up to the series?It has been a little bit tough just with the distance between everyone, so me being in Sydney, I’ve been training by myself  because I don’t have anyone to train with but I know that the guys in their individual states, they’ve been putting in the hard work and we’ll surprise a few people over the tournament. How did it feel to be named the captain of the Alliance side?It was a great honour, especially being in the inaugural Elite Eight, and getting the first captaincy, I couldn’t have been prouder. And the boys, I didn’t know them all but I knew the Western Australia guys before, and they were happy, even the Tasmanian blokes that I’ve met for the first time, they’ve been great so it’s been really good. What was your initial reaction to the Elite Eight series and the Alliance when you first heard about it?I made sure I spoke to the right people about it, that it wasn’t going to interfere with anything long term  like the World Cup, and everyone said go for it, it’s promoting the sport and they couldn’t have been more happy that I was doing it so it took me seriously five seconds to make my decision. And how did it feel when Paul Sfeir came on board as the coach of the Alliance?He was great. He actually said the reason he came on board was because he knew that I was playing so I’ve got a great connection with Sfeirsy and we’ve been in a lot of sides together so it was really good to have his experience on board. What did you say to the team before the start of your first game against the New South Wales Mets this morning?I said that I’m nervous, I’m excited, it’s ok to be nervous and excited. It’s just a game of Touch Football in the end of it. These guys, they put them up on such a high pedestal because they are good players the Mets team, but when it comes down to it they are just 14 guys that are trying to do the same thing that we are. How did it feel to play the Mets first up considering you have spent a lot of time with the Sydney Mets permit over the past couple of years?It was good. Sfeirsy and I had a little joke about it because we’ve both been involved in Mets for so long. I think I’ve played six years with the Mets. Western Australia is where I am from and I’ve always said I want to go back and play over there so I couldn’t have been prouder of the boy’s effort this morning, it was a good first game and I think we showed it in the second game. What is the culture like within the Alliance team?It’s actually really good, obviously there are little niches, like Western Australia, there’s about five or six from Tasmania, a few from the Northern Territory etc., but we’ve really tried to keep the squad as a whole, the first division and the Men’s. Everyone is rooming with blokes from different states as well so not just on the field but off the field you get to know the blokes as well and that brings us closer together. It must be good for the team to have a player of your calibre in the line-up as well, what have they said about it?A few of them have commented about it, they say its good because it shows them, not necessarily that you have to leave Western Australia or leave Tasmania to make a representative team but that’s the path I chose, and I said to them this tournament is about them becoming known players, so players come out next tournament and go ‘wow that Craig Boston from WA is good, wow that Jason Haines from Tasmania is a good player’, it’s no longer ‘we’re going out there to play for him’, we are going out there to create names for those other guys and that’s why I’ve always said that I want to pass what I’ve learnt playing at the highest level onto them for them to become better Touch players when they go back home and hopefully lift the standard back there. Did you ever think when you first moved to Sydney that a concept of the Elite Eight would come about or you’d make it as far as you have?Not at all because when I first moved over I was 18 and I had always wanted to play for Australia and then I didn’t make any of the Youth Aussie teams, which I thought I might have a shot at the 20’s, and I missed the boat on those but I played consistent football and got recognised in the state Mixed team and I played a 20’s City versus Country, so I think that’s a big stepping stone for developing a career, like Dyl (Australian player Dylan Hennessey) has come through all of the junior developments, Steve Roberts, they’ve all come up through the ranks.What do you hope the Alliance team gets out of playing in the Elite Eight series?Hopefully they just get the confidence out of it that they are good players. You look at the Rebels and the Mets teams and they are stacked full of Australian and New Zealand representatives and State of Origin players and these guys are underrated players and I think over the weekend they deserve that recognition that some of them can play in the Aussie 20’s team and some of them can make the Aussie Men’s squad, that they are just as good as anyone else, they just don’t get the limelight which the Elite Eight is now showing for all of them. So hopefully we have a good time and hopefully we actually win it.last_img read more

9 months agoChelsea agree to go higher for Zenit midfielder Leandro Paredes

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea agree to go higher for Zenit midfielder Leandro Paredesby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea have upped their offer for Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Leandro Paredes.The Blues are going to £36m to convince Zenit to sell.The Daily Star says Maurizio Sarri’s side have turned to Zenit midfielder Paredes after being told by Cagliari that £45m starlet Nicolo Barella is off the market.Paredes was next on Chelsea’s wish list and the Argentina international, 24, has now agreed terms on a four-and-a-half year deal worth £80,000-a-week.Chelsea have previously bid £26.8m and £31.2m for Paredes but a third offer is expected to get the deal over the line. last_img read more

15 days agoChelsea expected to welcome back James, Rudiger for Newcastle

first_imgChelsea expected to welcome back James, Rudiger for Newcastleby Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea duo Reece James and Antonio Rudiger are on track for a return to action after the international break.James was forced to withdraw from England U21 duty on Thursday due to an ankle injury, but he’s expected to be back in training next week.According to the Daily Mail, the injury is not serious.Rudiger has been injured for most of this season but he posted an update on Thursday on social media of him training at Cobham.The Blues face Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on October 19. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

The NBA Players Who Are Too Busy Complaining To Get Back On

Of course, it’s one thing to lag and another to complain. You’ll notice, for example, that the list is filled with stars, who can be forgiven for not running quite as hard on defense sometimes since they’re doing so much on offense for their clubs each night.So I dove into the film, watching hundreds of these lag instances. I found that someone like Houston’s Trevor Ariza, a player whose role is to spot up for corner 3s, owes his Lag Rate to his positioning on the court. Look where he is at the end of this Rockets possession, for example, in the top-left portion of the screen.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/arizastuckinthecorner.mp400:0000:0000:08Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But the top five, I discovered, aren’t really victims of positioning — they’re victims of their own play styles. Play styles that, yes, sometimes include complaints.Draymond Green: Some of Green’s delays in getting back down the court appear to happen because he’s disappointed with himself after an overly fancy pass he’s made is intercepted. But the Warriors’ fiery fifth-year forward makes his fair share of complaints and often stays behind to air them.No one can dispute Green’s value, given his superb passing ability and his immense defensive skill, which makes him a deserving candidate for defensive player of the year. But he’s prone to joining plays late when he feels he’s been bumped off course while en route to the basket. (He sometimes argues when he feels teammates are fouled, too.)Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/draymondarguing.mp400:0000:0000:12Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/draymondreallylate.mp400:0000:0000:14Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.There are times when Green’s lateness burns Golden State. But based on the film I watched, the Warriors’ defense — one of the league’s best — was able to hold off opponents until Green made it back down the court more often than not.Russell Westbrook: Through March 21, Westbrook had 41 instances of lags of more than 3 seconds, 17 more than LeBron James, the next-closest wing player. Studying video of each example, I found a wide variety of reasons why he took so long to get back on defense.Every now and then, Westbrook seems to fall this far behind as a way to catch a quick breather — understandable given how much he’s asked to do for OKC’s offense. Other times, the hyper-athletic Westbrook takes an ugly spill or appears to get hit in the face, sending him into a momentary daze.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/westbrook.mp400:0000:0000:14Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But, yes, he absolutely complains, and occasionally does it by continuing to sit on the floor long after he’s fallen to the ground.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/westbrookcomplaining.mp400:0000:0000:22Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/westbrooknotgettingback.mp400:0000:0000:17Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.LeBron James: The King’s inclusion on this list is not a surprise. But it was surprising to see why he made the list. Yes, James complains plenty about no-calls.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/lebron1.mp400:0000:0000:13Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/lebroncomplains.mp400:0000:0000:13Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But the primary reason that James is in this group is simple: After missed shots and turnovers, he often cherrypicks when it looks like the opposing team may speed the ball down the court for a quick shot. That makes for awkward instances when Cleveland’s opponents pull the ball back out to actually run their offense, as it forces him to try to rejoin the action up to 10 seconds after the fact.Cleveland’s struggles on defense have been a head-scratcher to many. James’s choice to often stay on one end of the floor is likely part of the reason why the Cavs ranked last in transition defense during the regular season.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/lebron6.mp400:0000:0000:15Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/lebron5.mp400:0000:0000:16Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.John Wall: Wall — every bit as explosive as Westbrook, if not more — encounters many of the same issues as the Oklahoma City star. When Wall is bumped in the air while moving at a high speed, he goes flying. As such, his delays in getting back are seemingly split: About half the time, the Wizards guard appears to genuinely fall down; the other half, he is beside himself over a no-call.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/wall2.mp400:0000:0000:14Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/wallnotgettingback.mp400:0000:0000:14Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.One thing that sets Wall apart from many of the others on this list: He’s fast enough to be completely out of a play and then recover in time to force a turnover.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/wallhustleplay.mp400:0000:0000:14Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.James Harden: Harden is the player whose lag seems most often to be the result of complaining. Unlike Wall and Westbrook, who race around the court, Harden is more deliberate and generally doesn’t fall over when bumped. His displeasure with the calls is generally what’s slowing him down.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/hardencomplaining.mp400:0000:0000:15Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/hardenlate.mp400:0000:0000:15Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/hardencomplains.mp400:0000:0000:15Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Harden, the slowest-moving defensive wing in the NBA,2Among players logging 20 minutes or more. sometimes argues for too long, putting the Rockets in a tough spot when he does. Houston’s been fantastic when it can set its defense; the club ranked seventh in efficiency on that end after a make, according to Inpredictable, which specializes in win probabilities and advanced stats. But the club falls to 24th after it misses a shot and has less opportunity to align itself properly.While the playoffs figure to stop players from lagging behind, don’t expect the shot at a title to quiet the arguments. Over the weekend, ESPN commentators Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson were taken aback by all the complaining.“I understand why referees just put their hands up at a certain point and say, ‘Just stop,’” Van Gundy said during Game 1 of the Pacers-Cavs series. “Because on every call or non-call, everybody is complaining.”“To me, it’s at an all-time high,” Jackson responded. NUMBER OF TIMES PLAYER CROSSED HALF COURT BEHIND BALL … PLAYERTEAMTOTAL3+ SECONDS LATERLAG RATE Only players who lagged more than 3 seconds behind the ball at half court at least 15 times included. Through March 21.Source: SportVU LeBron JamesCLE1292419 Russell WestbrookOKC2134119 James HardenHOU1191916 Bradley BealWAS1341813 As someone who each week watches about a dozen NBA games for a living, I have my fair share of pet peeves. Like many fans, I lose my patience with the glitchy League Pass whenever I’m forced to stream a game on my laptop. By the ends of close games, I’ve often lost interest during the 15-minute span it takes to play the final two minutes.I have a special place reserved, though, for players who fail to get back on defense. In particular, nothing drives me up the wall like seeing a complaint from a player about a no-call lead to a 5-on-4 advantage on the other end of the floor and a basket by the opposing club. Now, instead of losing out on just 2 points from the no-call, a 4- or 5-point swing has taken place in mere seconds.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/cousinscomplaining.mp400:0000:0000:15Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.With that in mind, I wanted to find a fun way to estimate which players most frequently take the longest to get back on defense, because of complaints or other reasons. Even with all the fancy new player-tracking systems, there’s no “lagging” stat. So we tried to approximate it. Brittni Donaldson, a data analyst from SportVU, the NBA’s camera-based tracking system, sent me how many times each player had trailed the ball across the half-court line this season (as of March 21) after a failed offensive possession.But a player might be slow across the line for lots of reasons, some more legitimate than arguing with the refs — battling under the boards, for example. So to get a better sense of who’s taking their sweet time instead of getting back on D, we baked another layer of data into our analysis, looking at how many times each player took more than 3 seconds to reach half court once the ball had already crossed that point.From there, we divided the second number by the first one to find how often a player was lagging way behind. And voila — that’s what we’re calling “Lag Rate.”1This also helps neutralize elements of pace, since a player like Toronto’s Kyle Lowry gets so many fewer plays per game than Houston’s James Harden, for instance. Only players with at least 15 instances of crossing half court more than 3 seconds after the ball qualified for inclusion on the list. Players who rank highly don’t always trail the ball across half court — but when they do, they’re behind it by seconds and seconds.One huge caveat here: No power forwards or centers rank highly in this metric because they’re generally bigger and slower than other players. They also camp near the rim for offensive boards — something that makes it more difficult for them to get back on D as quickly. So, in effect, we’re seeing a list of the wing players who lag behind most often. With that said, here are the leaders in “Lag Rate”: Draymond GreenGS901820% Kyle LowryTOR1141614 Kyrie IrvingCLE1231714 DeMar DeRozanTOR1011515 Which NBA players lag behind on defense? Trevor ArizaHOU1101715 John WallWAS1242319 read more

Beleaguered carrier Jet Airways Naresh Goyal turns to Mukesh Ambani and Ratan

first_imgAn aircraft of India’s Jet Airways lands during rain showers in Mumbai on September 20, 2017PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty ImagesIt looks like troubled times for Jet Airways is far from over. The Naresh Goyal-owned carrier is said to be looking for a new investor to raise working capital and has reportedly turned to Reliance Industries’ chairman Mukesh Ambani.While Reliance Industries has never involved itself in the aviation sector until now, Goyal is said to have gotten in touch with Ambani in his personal capacity.”In the past, Reliance Industries has ruled out any investment in the aviation sector and turned down various offers, including bailing out defunct Kingfisher Airlines, but this time, Goyal has approached Mukesh Ambani in his personal capacity,” a source in the know told LiveMint.However, Ambani is yet to respond to Goyal’s offer.Not just Ambani, Goyal, who owns a 51 percent controlling stake in Jet, is also known to have discussed the offer with chairman emeritus of Tata Group Ratan Tata. Another source told LiveMint that the Tata Group has shown an interest in bailing out Jet Airways, but it depended on Goyal and his willingness in giving up his controlling stake.While Reliance, if it decides to bail out Jet, will be a brand new player in the aviation market, the Tata Group is a seasoned player with low-cost airline AirAsia India Pvt. Ltd and full-service carrier Vistara. Naresh GoyalReutersNeither the Tata Group, nor Reliance Industries has commented on the issue. Jet Airways too refuses to speak of the plans and a spokesperson for the troubled carrier told the daily that “in line with its policy Jet Airways does not comment on speculation.”Jet Airways, in which Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways owns 24 percent stake, has been facing serious financial issues for a while now. It has faced consecutive quarterly losses of Rs 1,036 crore and Rs 1,323 crore in the March and June quarters in 2018, and has also been unable to pay its employees and manage other operational expenses.The airline is known to be defaulting on salary payments and it was earlier said that the management of the carrier had told its pilots that it may have to ground about 23 Boeing 737 aircraft to cut costs.”The management suggested it is looking at grounding 23 Boeing 737s operating on domestic routes to mitigate losses,” one of the senior pilots, who was at the meeting, told the Financial Express.However, Jet Airways has denied the reports of 23 Boeing 737s being grounded, calling the information “factually incorrect” and “misleading.””Jet Airways categorically denies your information which is factually incorrect and misleading. The airline also urges the publication to refrain from reporting speculative information being circulated via sources with malicious intent,” a Jet Airways spokesperson told FE.Just last week, it was also being said that the carrier had handed pink slips to about 15 employees asking them to leave by the end of October.last_img read more