Kayak Fishing 101

first_imgKayaking is an ancient form of transportation, dating back over 4,000 years. Indigenous peoples of the Artic are credited for the first kayaks, mainly using them for hunting on open rivers, lakes, and coastal waters, and for transportation during times of travel and migration. And now kayak fishing is gaining popularity in the South East.Kayak fishing has recently exploded in the sport fishing world. They are relatively inexpensive (compared to drift and motor boats), low maintenance, and can easily be stored and transported. They provide a stealthy way to sneak up on fish and can easily access hard to reach habitats.ram-mount-fly-2_1716_detailKayak Fishing with a fly rod is no different than beginning any other hobby. It can be overwhelming with all the options available and can be frustrating at first, but like all things, practice makes perfect. Take your fly fishing game to the next level with these 5 quick tips on where and how to begin in the world of kayak fishing.1. Boat Selection is key. Kayaks come in all shapes, sizes and colors. You need to analyze where you fish the majority of the time, and what is important to you when you’re out on the water. Ask yourself, what fish do you want to catch and where do they live?Do you paddle on open waterways where tracking and speed make life easier? Maybe you’re out chasing reds in the coastal regions or taking on bigger lakes in search of striped bass. Look for a longer kayak with tracking ability that will allow you to cover more ground quickly and with less effort.ATAK Redfish1Unedited2. What is life without accessories right?Here are a few key accessories that you need to have for successful kayak fishing.PFD – Find a PFD (Personal Floatation Device/Lifejacket) that fits you and is comfortable. Now wear it. It can SAVE YOUR LIFE. Make sure it works with the seating of your kayak, so you can stay comfortable during long outings. Pick one that will also act as a fishing vest. Keep your essential fishing tools easily accessible.Paddle & Paddle Leash- Again, endless options out there. Know the width of your boat, your height and arm span. Pick a paddle that is the right length for you. You need to get the most of each stroke. Picking the wrong paddle will only make you work harder on the water. Save your energy to get more casts in. Have some way of connecting your paddle with your boat at all times. Nothing would suck more than being stuck off-shore (or up the creek) without a paddle.Rod holders- Several fishing kayaks now come with top of the line rod holders. Test a few out to see which ones you like best. Move them around to different places on your kayak and experiment to find a setup that works for you. Two I recommend are Scotty Rod Holders and Mounts and Ram Mounts Rod & Accessory HoldersOrion-Big-Rig-2-e1440968608118Cooler – You need to have a cooler, and it needs to fit on your boat. If you have a sit-on pick a good collapsible cooler that can fit in your dry storage or behind your seat. The Yeti Hopper is a great example. For sit-on-tops most kayaks have a large deck in the front or back of your boat that a cooler will fit on. The Orion Coolers by Jackson Kayak provide a great seat and/or standing platform on several of their fishing kayaks. With 4 tie down points, you can easily strap it down to your kayak.Once you pick out your accessories and have your ideal set-up, test it out. Find out how to rig everything for a successful day of kayak fishing. Distribute the weight as evenly as possible. It will help you with stability. Plan on a capsize. Make sure everything is secured to the boat before heading out. Again, practice your cast after you have your set-up figured out. Know where your line will go and where everything is located so you can access it quickly.3. Plan to get wet, try to stay dry.Wear the right clothing.Quick drying and self-wicking apparel can make a big difference on the water. If you’re in the sun, pick clothing with SPF capabilities. In colder environments, focus on keeping your extremities warm. Elements can be more severe on the water. Plan on quick weather changes. Be prepared and check your forecast, tide schedules, and/or river flows & releases before getting on the water.It’s all in your HEAD! Keep your head centered in the kayak. Most fishing kayaks are designed to be as stable as possible within their design. But if your center of balance goes too far one way or the other, so will the boat. Keeping your head centered will drastically reduce your chances of capsizing. Again, practice your cast, sitting and standing, so you can find your balance. Lean over the edge only when you need to, and lean with your body keeping your head as close to the center of the boat as you can.coosaproductpage34. Casting from your kayak. Where you are fishing will determine the cast you use the most. Big open water allows for more overhand cast, whereas tight streams require more roll and side arm cast. Practice your cast before heading out. It will feel a bit different from your kayak at first.   Naturally, the less body movement and body weight shifting the better. Casting with your rod and line closer to the water can be difficult. Maintain a firm wrist when casting and put more emphasis on an abrupt stop no further than the 2:00 position. It is easier to drop your rod and cause line slap out of a kayak. Keeping a firm wrist and paying attention to your stop points can help you avoid spooking fish. Always pay attention to your line. Line management is key, and remember to anchor up before casting and secure your paddle before grabbing your rod.5. Landing a Fish.If you’re standing when you set the hook, most anglers will try to ease their way to a sitting position while playing the fish. Stabilize yourself. Keep your line tight and rod above head. (Head centered in kayak) This will allow you to maneuver the fish and avoid obstacles such as anchors. Use your seat and foot pegs for balance. Fish grips are a popular way to handle fish on a kayak, but many keep a net ready. Your preference.img_1221Many local outfitters have demo and rental kayaks. Take advantage of this. Rent a few different styles of kayaks/SUPS to see which one fits you best. A good test drive before committing to buy is always recommended![divider]About the Author[/divider] 12743498_223674107977541_6632161688953423639_nJessica Whitmire is the Operations and Marketing Director for Headwaters Outfitters, a Fly Fishing and Paddle Sports Outfitter located in Rosman, North Carolina on the banks of the French Broad River. Headwaters was voted Best Fly Fishing Outfitters in 2016 by Blue Ridge Outdoors readers.last_img read more

Oceanside Man Indicted in La Cosa Nostra Bust

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Embed from Getty Images A 36-year-old Oceanside man was charged in a sweeping indictment along with nine other alleged members of the infamous La Cosa Nostra crime syndicate who stand accused of raking in millions as part of a racketeering and loan-sharking scheme.Nicholas “Pudgie” Festa of Oceanside, an alleged La Cosa Nostra Bonanno family “soldier,” and nine other alleged mafia associates were arrested Tuesday, the climax of a years-long investigation into the organized crime family, federal authorities said.Festa was charged in a loan-sharking scheme that contributed to the syndicate’s earning $26 million in illicit proceeds, authorities said. Other members of the gang were charged with murder conspiracy, illegal gambling, robbery and obstruction of justice, among other illegal acts over two decades. They were all expected to be arraigned at Brooklyn federal court on Tuesday.Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Bridget Rohde said Tuesday’s arrests highlight the mafia’s “continued presence in the community.”“The mafia hasn’t stopped operating and the crimes these members are charged with today proves that,” added FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William Sweeney.The indictment accuses various gang members of brutal acts of violence against victims for failing to pay back illegal loans or for retribution.Ronald Giallanzo of Queens, an acting captain in the gang, beat a man so badly that he soiled himself as Giallanzo screamed, “Where’s the f—g money?,” according to the indictment.Another member, Evan Greenberg of Queens, bragged about his ability to get people to pay up, the feds alleged.“I get my sh—t. I blow up cars. I f—g knock on people’s doors. I pull them out of their f—g house,” he said, according to the indictment.Investigators also accused Giallanzo of ordering a rival’s murder after he robbed his associates. Giallanzo allegedly traded gunshots with the victim on the streets of Howard Beach, Queens, on multiple occasions, the feds said.The government’s investigation included the use of wiretaps, cooperating witnesses, and video surveillance. Most of the alleged crimes occurred in Howard Beach. “La Costra Nostra” is roughly translated from Italian to “our thing,” and representative of the five main mafioso crime families: Bonanno, Gambino, Genovese, Lucchese and Colombo.Festa faces up to 20 years in prison for his alleged role in loan sharking. His Oceanside home is also subject to forfeiture, authorities said.This is the second mob-related bust in six days. Last week, two reputed mobsters were indicted for allegedly robbing a Franklin Square jewelry store six years ago.last_img read more

Syracuse’s next opponent: What to know about No. 12 Notre Dame

first_imgNo. 8 Syracuse (5-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast), in the top-10 for the first time this year, plays it’s first true road game of the season on Saturday. The Orange travel to South Bend, Indiana, for a noon start with No. 12 Notre Dame (4-3, 0-1) at Arlotta Stadium. SU most recently defeated then-No. 2 Duke, 9-8, in overtime and the Fighting Irish fell in the extra period to No. 4 Ohio State. Here’s what to know about the matchup.All-time series: 10-4, Syracuse leads Last time they met: The conference rivals traded three-goal runs to start the game, the Orange pulling ahead by a goal before halftime. The Irish tied it 1:24 into the second half before SU went on a 4-0 run spanning 15:20 of game time and ended with 7:05 to play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBrian Willetts was the only Notre Dame player to notch more multiple goals (two) and the Irish as a team finished with a single assist. Three Syracuse attackers, Nate Solomon, Jamie Trimboli and Brendan Bomberry, scored two goals a piece. In net, Dom Madonna made 13 saves.Notre Dame also beat SU in faceoffs (11-8), ground balls (29-24) and man-up opportunities (8-0). The Irish converted none of their extra-man chances a year ago.The Notre Dame report: The Fighting Irish feature four double-digits scorers in Bryan Costabile (16), Brian Willetts (15), Brendan Gleason (12) and Connor Morin (11). Beyond those top scorers, Wheaton Jackoboice has 17 points (nine goals, eight assists) and has registered two or more points in the last five games. But beyond those five, UND’s production is limited.UND ranks No. 15 in the country in scoring defense, allowing a sparse 9.71 goals per contest. However, Notre Dame’s man-down defense is feeble by comparison, ranking 54th in the country and allowing opponents to convert nearly 40 percent of their extra-man chances.Matt Schmidt has started all seven games in net for UND, posting a 9.59 goals-against average but only saving 48 percent of shots. Syracuse’s Drake Porter, though allowing about half a goal more per game, has saved 56.1 percent of shots he’s faced. At the faceoff X, Charles Leonard wins 55.4 percent of his draws, good for 28th nationally.How Syracuse beats Notre Dame: Dominate the ball and exploit man-up chances. While Leonard is a good faceoff specialist, Syracuse’s Jakob Phaup is currently outshining him, winning 66 percent of draws, eighth in the country. Phaup winning at the faceoff X should set up SU’s offense to work at a comfortable pace and hopefully wear down Notre Dame’s defense — and keep the ball from UND’s scorers.But like they did against Duke last Saturday, the Orange need to make the Irish pay for going down a man. The Orange have the No. 3 man-up unit in the country, scoring 14 times on 27 chances. SU is one of seven teams currently scoring half the time or more on the man up. Schmidt is not a force in net, so if the Orange can consistently win the ball at the faceoff X and leverage that into man-up chances, it should pull away from the Irish.Stat to know: 38.1 percent — The Fighting Irish have allowed opponents to score on nearly four out of every 10 man-up opportunities, 54th of 73 teams.Player to watch: Brendan Gleason, senior attack, No. 9With 20 points to his name — the only UND attacker to amass that many to this point — Gleason heads the dangerous stable of scorers the Irish possess. He’s on the Tewaaraton Award watch list and for good reason. Gleason’s ability to feed and score in multiple ways could present a problem for the Orange, and he’ll likely be defensive priority No. 1. Comments Published on March 29, 2019 at 7:18 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Tottenham Hotspur announce Jose Mourinho as their new manager

first_imgAdvertisement 1mNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9vekWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 40dWould you ever consider trying this?😱cumoCan your students do this? 🌚u60Roller skating! Powered by Firework Tottenham Hotspur have appointed Jose Mourinho to succeed Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager. It was a big surprise when Pochettino was shown the door on Tuesday after five long years with the club, but the appointment of Mourinho as his successor has sent a bigger shockwave through the football world. Negotiations between the north London club and Mourinho’s agent have intensified over the last few days and the club confirmed the news this morning.Advertisement Pochettino, who led his side to the Champions League final in Madrid six months ago, was sacked yesterday with several reports claiming a fall out between the Argentine and club chairman Daniel Levy, due to the poor results in a number of Premier League games since the season started.Advertisement Meanwhile ‘The Special One’ last month claimed that he is keen to return to English football because of a desire to win major trophies with a third Premier League club.The 56-year-old was working as a pundit for Sky Sports on their Premier League coverage for the last few months and now faces a mammoth task; pulling Spurs out of the 14th spot in the Premier League table and ending the season in the top 4.“In Jose we have one of the most successful managers in football. He has a wealth of experience, can inspire teams and is a great tactician. He has won honours at every club he has coached. We believe he will bring energy and belief to the dressing room.” Daniel Levy said in a statement.The Lilywhites will be eager to salvage 3 points under their new manager when they face West Ham this Saturday.  Advertisementlast_img read more

Carn pupils set to star in new production of Bugsy Malone in Colgan Hall

first_imgThe Carndonagh Musical Society are set to return to the Colgan hall stage with their 2019 production, Bugsy Malone, this April.Running from the 10th-14th of April, the production will mark the group’s first ever youth production, while a talented cast of over fifty young Inishowen performers, aged 9-19, are set to storm the stage.The 2019 production is directed by Aideen Doherty, with choreography by Jessica Peoples (Zona Dance Company) and musical direction by Maeve Byrne. Tickets are on sale from Monday the March 25 in Doherty’s Newsagents (Fintan’s), The Diamond, Carndonagh. Adults €12 and Children €8. The show runs nightly from Wednesday, April 10th to Sunday, April 14th. Doors open 6.45pm with curtain up at 7.30pm sharp. Booking is essential.For further information, see Carndonagh Musical Society on Facebook or contact [email protected] pupils set to star in new production of Bugsy Malone in Colgan Hall was last modified: March 24th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bugsy Malonelast_img read more

What to look for when scouting for frost damage

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Earlier this week, many parts of Ohio got some mid-May snow and overnight lows below the freezing point. In this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report, Account Manager Trent Brisby discusses what to look for when scouting corn and soybean fields for frost damage.last_img

Open house to feature the Condor ClearancePlus sprayer

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Evolution Ag in Plain City has announced that it will be holding its annual Open House and Customer Appreciation event on Wednesday Feb. 22, 2017 and those in attendance will be some of the first to see the revolutionary Condor ClearancePlus sprayer from Europe.Evolution Ag Principal, Doug Loudenslager said that Agrifac’s Condor ClearancePlus sprayer can be adjusted to spray crops over 6.5 feet without damage and provides adjustable width to facilitate road travel as well as a stable platform for in-field use. It also boasts some of the latest technology available in the world today.As previously announced the event will also be providing producers the opportunity to be recertified for pesticide application as well as being able to complete the new course required of all producers to be able to apply nutrients.Loudenslager said that current and future customers are invited to the dealership on Feb. 22 to enjoy lunch as well as discounts on parts, filters and fluids as well as specials on products throughout the store. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.  Classes will be run in conjunction with the open house.The dealership is located on US 42 North, 8 miles south of Delaware and 8 miles north of Plain City. Product specialists from Case IH and the other companies that Evolution Ag represents will be in attendance to answer questions and review new product offerings. In addition, new Dodge Ram trucks will be on display along with available test drives.last_img read more

Rethinking Recessed Lighting

first_imgRecessed can lights have gained a reputation as the go-to fixture for inexpensive downlighting. But they have their drawbacks. When placed in an upper ceiling and not sealed and insulated, they can bleed energy. When improperly insulated, they can present a fire hazard.One answer from Philips, released this week, is an ultra-thin surface-mount LED fixture designed to look like a recessed can when viewed from below. Measuring only 5/8 inch deep, the SlimSurface LED can be mounted in a shallow electrical box (see Image #2, below). If the installer specifies an airtight box (or implements a few simple air-sealing steps), the SlimSurface fixture will leak much less air than most recessed cans.To create a uniform glow, Philips places LEDs at the edge of the fixture, relying on a specially designed lens to distribute the light (what they call their Edgelit technology). This approach is is similar to that used in their SlimStyle LED light bulbs, which were introduced earlier this year.The SlimSurface is available as a square (either 4-inch or 6-inch) or round (5-inch or 7-inch) luminaire. The fully-integrated fixture (the LED itself is not replaceable) is has a rated life of 50,000 hours.The fixture comes in two color temperatures (2,700 K and 3,000 K); two lumen levels (630 and 980); and two color rendering indexes (80 CRI or 90 CRI). RELATED ARTICLES Canned Lighting ConundrumBan the CanMartin’s 10 Rules of LightingLED Lights Brighten Our Nearly Completed Home Recessed Can Lights It can be dimmed to 10 percent using ELV (electronic low voltage)-type dimmers. The light is also Energy-Star certified, using as little at 10 watts of power and producing 70 lumens per watt.The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the new light, which will be available from lighting distributors beginning on October 23, starts at $40.last_img read more

Team India’s poor World Cup performance troubles BCCI

first_imgCoach Greg Chappell with Rahul DravidThe Indian team’s theme for this World Cup was called, “Let’s Win Together.” In Trinidad, the man on the street has his own theme. India, they sigh, shaking their heads and smiling crooked smiles, “plenty licks, man, plenty licks.” On the morning of match against,Coach Greg Chappell with Rahul DravidThe Indian team’s theme for this World Cup was called, “Let’s Win Together.” In Trinidad, the man on the street has his own theme. India, they sigh, shaking their heads and smiling crooked smiles, “plenty licks, man, plenty licks.” On the morning of match against Sri Lanka, Marvan Atapattu looked across at a bystander. “If we make 220, it’s enough, we’re through.” The bystander, an Indian, asked how could the Lankan could be so confident? “Look at their faces,” Atapattu said, “For them, 220 is like 350.”In the last 11 months, India’s batsmen have failed to bat out a full 50 overs in 12 of 17 ODIs outside home. Is this really what the world thinks of our cricket team? The envy that a strong India generates has given way to something approaching the ranks of tongue-clucking sympathy in the Caribbean and scorn in the Anglo-Australian cricket world. Former West Indian captain Richie Richardson admits to disappointment, “I thought India had the best batting line up on paper. We all wanted India to go a little bit further. I can’t work out what went wrong, lack of confidence maybe, or internal problems.” It’s like Indian cricket has been struck over the head with a blunt instrument and is trying to regain consciousness and comprehension. The questions are short, sharp and seek meaning from the muddle: What the…? But why? Now what?Team IndiaWhat the…? The Indian team’s training sessions at the Cup were two-faced: one, a spurt of enthusiasm in Jamaica for the warmup games, the other, a few ho-hum sessions in Port of Spain. Like all other teams, India were allotted only two and a half hours, but their sessions looked like they were men on borrowed time.”You practise like you play,” said one Indian player, indicating that younger players needed to go into nets with a purpose. May be the Indians did play like they practised: flat, perfunctory, with no urgency. Former West Indian fast bowler Ian Bishop has seen a trend over the last season: “Their fielding is un-athletic and that is just based on those matches I saw.”advertisementThe Australians, who set the benchmark in the field, have hired former American baseball pro Mike Young as their fielding coach. Their sessions work around improving ‘balance and vision’. Sri Lanka, constitutionally, temperamentally much like the Indians, put in a minimum of an hour of fielding practice in every training session, concentrating on what captain Mahela Jayawardene calls, “the small things” in one-day cricket, every run-out, every half-chance taken puts you a step closer to winning.”Sharad Pawar to take a drastic stepBut let’s not be harsh: the Indians did try, and not just the boring stuff like fielding practice. After losing to Bangladesh there were apparently attempts made to straighten out kinks in the cricketers’ ‘auras’, to rid them of ‘negative energies’. In keeping with the principles of pranic healing, the men in blue stood around a bowl of water where their bad vibes were flung in; they even tried collective prayer. It worked against Bermuda, but the gods needed more appeasement against Lanka. Okay, what the hell, let’s be harsh: maybe what cricketing deities really wanted, guys, was more fight with the bat, ball, more signs of spirit and sweat on the field.There’s a view that Dravid and Chappell should continue while four ‘difficult’ senior players must go.But why? Captain Rahul Dravid and coach Greg Chappell have said it repeatedly: “We didn’t play well. Yes, but why not? Here comes Indian cricket’s now de rigueur fig leaf, hastily put into place after every big loss: our system stinks, you see. On the surface of it, a soothing explanation: the Indian team has no permanent manager, no media manager, no medical back up at home, its itinerary is far too crowded, selection is a minefield, players have not been paid their dues for more than half a year. Words that matterSir Vivan Richards “Your team has a lot of ability, but lacks mental strength. They are babies in the mind.” SIR VIVIAN RICHARDS WEST INDIAN CRICKET LEGENDJohn Buchanan “India is one of the excitement machines that heighten competition. As a coach I’m glad they are not here.” JOHN BUCHANAN COACH, AUSTRALIAN TEAMDilip Vengsarkar “Every debacle has a silver lining. We have a young team and I have tremendous faith in them despite everything.”DILIP VENGSARKAR CHAIRMAN, SELECTION COMMITTEEIan Bishop “I did not feel from what I saw with India last year that I fancied them doing well away from home.” IAN BISHOP FORMER FAST BOWLER, WEST INDIESadvertisementSharad Pawar “Even England, where cricket originated, has not won the Cup but their players didn’t face mindless protests.” SHARAD PAWAR PRESIDENT, BCCIRichie Richardson “India had the best batting line up. We wanted India to go a little bit further. I can’t work out what went wrong.”RICHIE RICHARDSON FORMER CAPTAIN, WEST INDIESBut the system is merely the backdrop; it is not central to the plot of why India’s team bombed in the World Cup. India bombed because they didn’t hit the ground running. Dravid believes the 2003 format gave teams time to hit their stride unlike in 2007. Four years ago, despite putting up their best impersonation of struggling fish on a line of hooks, once the Cup began, India beat the teams they were expected to beat, losing only to Australia.In the last 11 months, India’s batsmen have failed to bat out a full 50 overs in 12 of 17 ODIs outside home. They have won only three of those, beating West Indies twice and Bermuda once. Bishop saw it coming. He didn’t rank India amongst his pick of four potential semi-finalists before the event: “I didn’t feel from what I saw with India last year in the West Indies, Malaysia, Champions Trophy and South Africa that I fancied them doing well away from home.” Former Sri Lankan wicket-keeper Ranjit Fernando stands back from making the linkage between systemic malaise and specific results. Whenever Sri Lanka loses, he says the same arguments are proffered. “What does a system have to do? At the very basic, produce three-four players a generation who can play for the country. Our systems-India’s, Sri Lanka’s- are far from perfect, but every generation, they produce those threefour players.”Between May 2006 and the West Indies World Cup, despite a notoriously fractious Board, Sri Lanka ensured that its team played all its ODIs away from home. The one tournament scheduled on the island was washed out. Of course, the BCCI needs to overhaul how they run domestic cricket and how they manage the Indian team. But does the BCCI’s blinkered inefficiency explain why India couldn’t dismiss Bermuda for less than 156 and take 43.1 overs to do it? Or, heck, why it lost to Bangladesh?Now what? Now is when the mills of Indian cricket begin to churn. Insiders say that the next man who takes over will have to start from scratch, which means the team is back to where they were just before 2000-splintered, insecure, on the edge. One distinct murmur emerging from team management centres round Sourav Ganguly’s low strike rate and the failure to rotate the strike in his three innings in the Cup. Another backed by the powerful in the BCCI, name Sachin Tendulkar as Dravid’s successor. A third point of view insists that the BCCI wants Chappell and Dravid to continue in their respective positions but the team needs to purge the ‘spoilers’-Ganguly, Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh.A player said, “I feel for Rahul, it’s hard when the team loses, even more so as captain. Rahul really tried to keep the team together, but it didn’t work out.” In the post-Lanka press conference, Dravid walked on the edge of composure, saying quickly that his tenure ended with the World Cup, so he was, in fact, no longer the captain. After an India defeat, Chappell had once produced this Zen-like epigram, “Nothing’s a disaster.” Specially called into the press conference, Chappell stonewalled questions with, “We just didn’t play well,” until an exasperated Caribbean journalist asked, “Coach, by saying that all the time, aren’t you trying to shirk responsibility?” Halfprotecting his own position, half-extending sympathy to his players, Chappell, who has aimed to coach and spread his gospel through the written press, tried to spread accountability and blame around, like it were marmalade on toast.advertisementWhat could rescue Dravid’s captaincy is the fact that there is no clear choice over his succession. Dravid understands and can internalise Chappell’s philosophies but their intellectual compatibility has not found resonance with the rest of the team. It may well be the players’ own weaknesses and inadequacies, but a cricket match is not a steeplechase race in which the captain can run alone. Everyone has to be pulled along, which the team of Dravid and Chappell have been unable to do.So Indian cricket has three choices: Plans A: Dravid and Chappell stay and four ‘difficult’ players go. Plan B: Chappell goes, Dravid stays and tries to reconnect with his squad and take another shot at the job with a coach who is more of a backroom worker and less of a ruckus-magnet. Plan C: Dravid and Chappell go as team leaders, India gets a new captain and the entire churning begins again.To many, Plan A might seem like the way forward: get rid of the old, the deadwood, start with the new. Going by the Dravid-Chappell record in man management, even if the selectors get rid of the spoilers, consistency or growth is not guaranteed. The players who the two men seem to prefer have either come undone (a la Irfan Pathan) or have been undercooked at the international level (Suresh Raina). This means one of them will have to go.At the moment, Dravid is far more valuable to the team than Chappell is; whether he is valuable as captain still or if he can rescue his leadership away from the looming presence of his first coach, is a call the selectors must take. What could rescue Dravid’s captaincy is the fact that his succession is not as clear cut as it could be. Dravid’s deputy and the front runner for the job, Tendulkar faces the wrath of public disappointment. Sehwag’s return to form is tenuous and the outsider Yuvraj Singh is seen as too callow. There is, of course, another man, who has done the job before with some success, but declared since that captaincy doesn’t excite him. Sourav Ganguly doesn’t smile much these days, but surely the thought enters his head: what goes around, comes around.last_img read more

Kylian Mbappe hints at move away from PSG

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Mbappe, who joined from Monaco in 2017 for 180 million euros, had never speculated before on a possible transfer away from the French champions.“I feel it may be the right time to take more responsibilities,” Mbappe said after succeeding Neymar as the league’s best player. “Hopefully it will be at Paris Saint-Germain, it would be with a great pleasure. Or maybe elsewhere, with a new project.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAfter winning the World Cup in Russia, Mbappe followed up with 32 league goals this season, becoming the first French player to reach at least that tally since 1966.Mbappe has been linked with a possible move to Real Madrid, where Zinedine Zidane returned as coach earlier this season. Grand Slam remains on Beermen bucket list Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPcenter_img Paris Saint Germain’s Kylian Mbappe arrives at the UNFP (Union of French Professional Footballers) ceremony, in Paris, France, Sunday, May 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)PARIS — Kylian Mbappe has opened the door for a move away from Paris Saint-Germain.Just after receiving the award for the French league’s player of the season, the 20-year-old World Cup winner said he wants more responsibility, either at PSG or “elsewhere with a new project.”ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PSG sealed a sixth French league title in seven years but failed to defend its French Cup and French League Cup crowns this season. PSG was eliminated in the Champions League last 16 for the third straight year.Mbappe was also named the young player of the season for the third straight year.After leading Lille to a second-place finish, Christophe Galtier won the coach of the year award.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more