One new cap for experienced Springboks

first_img5 June 2014 South Africa’s 2013 Sevens Player of the Year, Cornal Hendricks, will make his debut for South Africa in the 15-man code next to ten players who started in the Springboks’ final test of 2013 when they face a star-studded World XV at DHL Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday. The speedy Hendricks is the only newcomer in the team as Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer opted for continuity in his team’s first match of the year. The old firm of Bakkies Botha and interim captain Victor Matfield are re-united in the second row. JP Pietersen moves to outside centre. Schalk Burger makes a return to the side for the first time in two-and-a-half years while Frans Steyn, Schalk Brits, Lwazi Mvovo and Johan Goosen are also back after playing no test rugby last year. The five players who started in the 19-10 win over France in Paris last November but are not in the starting team this week, are the injured Jean de Villiers, Jaque Fourie and Eben Etzebeth, as well as Flip van der Merwe and Coenie Oosthuizen, who will both start on the bench.‘Continuity’ “It’s positive to have this kind of continuity in our first start of the year,” said Meyer on Wednesday. “Even though we’ll be starting with a new midfield combination, Frans and JP have both played more than 50 tests for the Boks and with Bryan Habana also in the backline, Cornal will start with a lot of experience around him. “We’re expecting a stern test on Saturday against the World XV and our mindset is to make our nation proud. It should never be anything else when the Springboks play. It will also be a good way to start the season before our first test next week against Wales, but for now we’re only focused on the World XV and playing well.‘Aim’ Looking at the bigger picture, Meyer added: “Our aim for the season is to accelerate and make a step up from 2013. To put ourselves in a position to do that, we simply have to start well.” Of the 23 in action on Saturday, 13 featured in the victory in Paris. One of the new faces is Matfield, who has been named captain with De Villiers out injured during the Castle Lager Incoming Series this month. It will be the 110-time capped lock’s first match in the green and gold since the Rugby World Cup in 2011. Meyer said it was pleasing to see Matfield and Botha re-united, while he was also very excited about the prospects of Hendricks on the wing, Pietersen at outside centre and the return of Burger, Brits and Steyn.‘I wouldn’t have believed it’ “If anyone told me two years ago that Victor and Bakkies would play together again for the Boks, I probably wouldn’t have believed it. They have been great servants of the game in South Africa and now have the opportunity to take it further. “We’re also keen to see what JP can offer at outside centre, where he’s played very well for the Cell C Sharks earlier in his career and for his club in Japan. “Cornal is a player I’ve been following for some time and I thought he made a very good transition from sevens to the 15-man code earlier this year. He’s big and very fast, and hopefully we’ll be able to provide him with some space to attack in. The Springbok Sevens can be very proud of the way in which they aided in his development to a top-class player.‘X-factor’ Meyer also welcomed back two players who he said brought something extra to the Springbok squad: “Frans [Steyn] and Schalk Brits are both special players with the X-factor and it’s wonderful to have them back. Their attitude has been superb and I know they can add a lot in the coming weeks,” he said. “Lwazi has been great for the Cell C Sharks this year and I believe he can make an impact later in the match, while I’ve always rated Johan and it’s good to see him getting back to his best. “This was a tough team selection to make and a couple of players were unlucky to miss out, but I know all of them will keep on pressing hard for selection in the weeks to come. I always like it if players in the team must make it easy for me to leave them in, and players outside the team must make it difficult to leave them out.”SPRINGBOK SQUAD 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Willem Alberts, 5 Victor Matfield (c), 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Gurthro Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Flip van der Merwe, 20 Schalk Burger, 21 Fourie du Preez, 22 Johan Goosen, 23 Lwazi Mvovo SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

When You Choose a Self-Limiting State

first_imgStephen Covey wrote about the space between stimulus and response, and he strongly suggested that we take note of the pause between the stimulus and the response, and understand that the pause provides an opportunity. The pause provides power.The pause provides an opportunity to reflect on the stimulus. It provides an opportunity to respond appropriately to the response. It also provides the possibility of not responding at all, of not being stimulated.To ignore the pause is to disempower yourself.The State of Your StateSomeone else’s state can be a stimulus if you allow it to be. When someone is angry, short-tempered, or in a generally foul mood, your interaction can be a stimulus. If you allow it, their foul mood can infect you with the same state.There are some people who walk around in state of unhappiness, as if the only thing that makes them happy is being unhappy. You may know someone who resembles this from time-to-time. Their state doesn’t have to be your state. Between that stimulus and your response is a pause.You can choose not to allow their negativity to infect your state. Or, you can choose to ask them what is upsetting them and how you can help instead. Or you can choose to be happy and empowered in spite of their disempowered and self-limiting state.In Tension, IntentionsSome people operate from the belief that other people are acting out of bad intentions. They travel through life always being harmed by other people, regardless of how little the stimulus, the response is always a disempowering state change, usually anger or frustration.That person who cut them off, well they’re a rotten bastard. The waiter isn’t serving them well because he is incompetent and isn’t even trying.By assuming bad intentions, by not using the pause between the stimulus and the response, these poor folks allow their state to be changed by the smallest of things. Then, they interact with others in a state that all but ensures they provide a negative stimulus.You have control over your state. The pause, however short, between stimulus and response, is always available to you.last_img read more

Wade’s return to Heat has a neat perk: A different uniform

first_imgA sign at the entrance of Miami International Airport welcomes back to the Miami Heat Dwyane Wade, who was traded to the Heat by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)Dwyane Wade could not be more excited to get back to his familiar surroundings.He’s also excited for an unfamiliar uniform.ADVERTISEMENT It’s an unusual perk, but one of the things Wade said he’s looking most forward to when he returns to the Miami Heat on Friday night is the team’s new “Vice” jersey and shorts — the design being a play on the themes of Miami in the 1980s, replete with pastel trim and a font the team used when it played in its original arena.READ: Dwyane Wade returns to Miami as Cavs continue to deal FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“OK, I’ve seen the jerseys — me and a friend of mine, won’t say his name — and I was like, ‘Listen, I need to get those shorts, at least,’” Wade told The Associated Press in an interview after his trade from Cleveland to Miami was completed Thursday. “The jerseys are unreal.”The friend, by the way, was fellow former Heat star — and fellow fashion aficionado — LeBron James. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City “I will not confirm nor deny who it was,” Wade said.Good things come to those who wait… @MiamiHEAT VICE Jerseys have made a #R3TURN! You can NOW reserve limited quantities, hurry!— The Miami HEAT Store (@MiamiHEATstore) February 9, 2018The Heat are wearing the uniform 15 times this season, with 10 of those left to play. They are in them for Wade’s return against the Milwaukee Bucks, his first game with the Heat since the 2016 playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Mila’s Lechon in hot water as PBA digs deeper into miserable showing NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next “Right now, definitely top three in the best jerseys in the NBA,” Wade said. “Definitely excited to put that on my body real soon here.”Wade will be back in his No. 3 jersey, and back in his old locker as well. The locker’s most recent occupant, Okaro White, was traded away by Miami in a separate move Thursday.READ: Cavaliers send Thomas, Frye to Lakers for Clarkson, NanceThe Heat have not announced what sort of tributes will accompany Wade’s return. He said he isn’t worried about that, and insisted he’s more excited to reunite with the likes of Goran Dragic, Udonis Haslem, Josh Richardson and Hassan Whiteside.“It will be a seamless thing for me to come in and add something to the team,” Wade said. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

Top hopes

first_imgHeena SidhuThe Commonwealth Games is the focus of sports talk and aspirations in Punjab now. Sports has been a fix of sorts in the state for decades; the Maharajas indulged in it while lesser men too have not lagged behind. And now with the Games at the doorsteps, all eyes,Heena SidhuThe Commonwealth Games is the focus of sports talk and aspirations in Punjab now. Sports has been a fix of sorts in the state for decades; the Maharajas indulged in it while lesser men too have not lagged behind. And now with the Games at the doorsteps, all eyes are on medals, more so, because it has become a matter of prestige with the event being held at home. Be it hockey, wrestling, shooting, cricket or athletics, Punjabis excel in almost every kind of sport. In fact, there have been times when nine out of the playing 11 team members of the gold winning hockey Olympic teams have been from one small village in Punjab (Sansarpur, near Jalandhar-also referred to as the Mecca of Indian Hockey).Rajpal SinghWith such a history egging them on, Punjabi players are under pressure to perform at the Commonwealth Games. High on excitement but slightly low because of the negative publicity the Games are attracting, these players are readying to make India proud.”We have a well balanced team and we have a fair chance of winning a medal,” says Rajpal Singh, captain of the Indian Hockey team. Determination has always been Singh’s strength. After he won the best player award in the under-18 Asia cup in 2001 held in Malaysia, he said, ” One day I will definitely lead the senior team.” And he has proved himself. Singh honed his skills at Chandigarh’s Sector 42 hockey stadium. There were times when he used to pedal to the stadium for training.Singh, training at the Pune camp now, said, “The schedule is the same for any major international event.” Happy that he will be playing in front of a home crowd, he says, “I want to emerge as the leading scorer of the tournament. The home crowd usually acts as a 12th teammate.” The short-corner expertise is something that the team is perfecting which has made them number nine in the world and winners of Sultan Azlan Shah Tournament.Another hockey player, Sandeep Singh from Haryana had always wanted to represent the country in the FIH (International Hockey Federation) World Cup, which he did this February. Capped this August with an Arjuna award, he says, “It was the greatest moment of my life.” But he doesn’t want to stop here. “I want India to win the gold at the CWG and that day will be the biggest hour for our hockey fans.”Manavjit SidhuAnother CWG star, Manavjit Singh Sandhu, shooter who specialises in trap shooting and a Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee, says, “The Government has invested huge money, so I think the only way I can give back is through bringing medals.” Sandhu has been training in Italy for the last few months and is hopeful that the CWG will inspire the youth. “We should get over with stories on the scams so that foreigners who come here leave with pleasant memories. It should not give a bad name to India.” Much of his time being taken up by training round-the-clock, Sandhu says, “We will be performing in front of the home crowd and it has to be our best.”Abhinav BindraThe maharaja of the shooting ranges, Abhinav Bindra is as modest in depicting his chances of winning a medal as would be an amateur shooter. Bindra who will compete in the 10 m air rifle event, was under training by his foreign coaches and was working on mental, physical and technical aspects of the game. He trains for about 40 hours a week, and in the last leg, is specifically training on the physical aspect of game.Ronjan SodiFor Ronjan Singh Sodhi, double trap shooter from Punjab , the CWG could be the beginning of a sports revolution. “Almost everyone is taking about the Games, positive or negative.” Sodhi who is basking in the glory of winning the World Cup held in Italy this June is all set for the CWG. Sodhi has been training in Australia and Italy and says, “When I started, I didn’t even have a gun of my own. But times have changed- all thanks to my family and the Government.” Sodhi who hails from Ferozepur region in Punjab , says, “I have been fascinated by guns since my childhood. When hunting was not banned, I used to accompany my grandfather to the fields.”Maha SinghMaha Singh, long-jump athlete, has his target set. “If I can jump at eight meters, I will get a medal for sure,” he says. Singh who is being trained under a Russian coach felt that changing his coaching style has helped a lot. Singh is proud of the CWG. “I am sure many parents after CWG would like their children to take up sports as their career.”When it comes to sports, Punjabi women are not far. Another promising medal prospect for India is Heena Sidhu, ranked 16th in the world who is competing in the senior category of the 10m air pistol. “Along with the physical training, I have included breathing exercises and meditation in my schedule to improve my concentration. The year so far has been good for me as I came fourth in the World Championship in America and missed a medal by a whisker in Munich.” Sidhu’s biggest support system is her father who accompanies her everywhere. “I am very optimistic of India ‘s chances in the CWG but I am not happy with the discordant noises being made about the poor management.”Hardeep KaurFor Hardeep Kaur, 30, selection for the CWG has been like a dream come true. This athlete from a small village Lehan near Ludhiana received a major setback in 2004 when she failed the dope test. But that is history now. “I am looking forward to go past 62m at the Delhi Games,” said Kaur. Initially, she excelled in shot-put and discus events at the junior national meets. But she came into prominence in 1999 when she won the hammer title at the national level. In the same year, she came in contact with former international hammer thrower Nirmal Singh and started taking her career more seriously. Kaur’s inspiration has been her elder sister Jagdeep who was the winner of the first women hammer throw event when it was introduced in the athletics calendar in the early 1990s. A few years ago, she got married to hurdler Gurpreet Singh.Harwant KaurThe discus throw, one of India ‘s best prospects for women, is being represented by three participants, chief of them being Harwant Kaur,32.Since 2005 after she played for the international meet, Asian Grand Prix at Singapore, Kaur has had issues- injuries and personal problems but now she is back with a better focus. “If she is able to repeat her Patiala performance, she should be one of the medalist,” said officiating AFI secretary Ravinder Chaudhary. Her younger brother is an international level low hurdler. And Harwant’s family is very encouraging. Perhaps that could be one of the factors that she has been around on the national scene for more than a decade and still going strong.Manjit KaurManjit Kaur,28, is one of those whose talent surfaced quite early. In fact, during a local school meet, Kaur was first spotted by athletics coach RS Sidhu in late 1990s.There was a time when this international level runner didn’t even have a good pair of running spikes and then Olympian and former international athlete, Gurbachan Singh Randhawa arranged for a pair of shoes for her.This talented athlete in roughly six years has made rapid strides to stardom in the domestic circuit.She set a new national mark of 51.05 seconds in 2004 at the National Circuit Atheltic Meet held in Chennai. A few years back, Manjit further got a boost to her career when she was inducted into the Punjab Police.Way back in 1995 during the junior national women hockey tournament, one of Haryana’s hockey team members scored 37 goals in one competition, setting a new record of sorts. She was none other than Surinder Kaur. Four years later when she donned senior colours, she scored 33 goals in the National hockey championship. With such talented sportsmen, India’s chances of lapping medals at the Delhi games stand high. Punjabi sportspersons are all set to make their state as well the country proud.We wish them luck.Rajpal Singh, 27Sport: HockeyDebut: Youth Asia Cup, 2001Big role: Leading the Indian hockey team in CWGHeena Sidhu, 20Sport: 10m air pistolMissed it: Chance of pocketing a medal in the opening competition in Changwon, KoreaNumber crunching: Ranked fourth in World Championship in AmericaRonjan Sodi, 27Sport: Double-trap shooterNumber game: 14 medals till date besides an Arjuna AwardFirst time: He won his first World Cup medal-a bronze in 2007Golden shot: Won the gold at the ISSF World Cup in Lonato in June this yearManavjit Sidhu, 34Sport: ShootingHighest honour: Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2006Daddy’s footsteps: His father Gurbir Singh Sandhu was also an international level shooter and Arjun awardeeHarwant Kaur, 30Sport: Discuss throwPersonal best: 63.05 meters achieved in August 2004 in Kiev wineMiss chance: She contested at the 2008 Beijing Olympics but failed to reach the finalsManjit Kaur, 28Sport: Sprint athleteCurrent record: 400 m national record of 51.05 secondsHigh point: Arjuna Award in 2005Golden victory: In Doha Asian Games in 2006, she led India to a stunning 4 x 400 metres relay gold.Maha Singh, 27Sport: Long JumpWorld ranking: 38Latest Medals: Two silver and three bronze medals in the last Asian Grand Prix eventsLowest point: Faced a ban in 2003 on charges of dopingHardeep Kaur, 30Sport: Hammer throw tries to bring wineMedal cart: Silver medal at the 2002 Asian Championships, finished fourth at the 2003 Asian Championships and seventh at the 2006 CommonwealthAbhinav Bindra, 28Sport: ShootingFirst time: First Indian to win an individual gold at the Olympic Games, 2008Young turk: Youngest Indian participant in 2000 Olympicsadvertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more