Colombo Test: South Africa’s spin struggle continue as Sri Lanka take big lead

first_imgSri Lanka moved a step closer to a 2-0 series sweep over South Africa after the second day of the final Test on Saturday.South Africa’s spin frailties were laid bare once again as the tourists collapsed for 124 to concede a first innings lead of 214 runs at Colombo’s Sinhalese Sports Club Ground.Sri Lanka, who made 338 in the first innings, were 151-3 at stumps after deciding not to impose follow-on against the tourists who now stare at the possibility of a second successive Test defeat inside three days.Dimuth Karunaratne was batting on 59 at stumps, his fourth successive 50-plus knock in the series, with Angelo Mathews on 12 at the other end.Keshav Maharaj second South African to take 9 wickets in a Test inningsFor South Africa, left arm-spinner Maharaj took his match-haul to 11 wickets but his team were in dire straits.Earlier resuming the day on 277 for nine, Akila Dananjaya and Rangana Herath frustrated South Africa with a dogged 74-run stand for the final wicket before Maharaj struck when the latter was caught behind for 35. Dananjaya remained unbeaten on 43.Maharaj’s 9-129 is the second best by a South African in Tests, behind only Hugh Tayfield’s 9-113 against England in 1957, but his success brought little cheer to a side battling their own spin vulnerabilities.Herath and Dananjaya (5-42) returned from the innings break to harm South Africa with the new ball, reducing the leaden-footed tourists to 15 for three.Dilruwan Perera (4-40) then joined the rout as South Africa lost all 10 wickets to the Sri Lankan spinners.advertisementFaf du Plessis (48) and Quinton de Kock (32) counter-attacked but it was not enough as the tourists once again failed to reach the 150-mark in the series.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Cherry Wins Sevens Player of the Year

first_imgAustralian Women’s Open Touch Football representative, Emilee Cherry has been recognised for her impressive start to her Rugby Sevens career, being named the Women’s Player of the Year at the John Eales Medal in Sydney on Thursday night. Cherry, who celebrates her 20th birthday today, has had a busy year, juggling her Touch Football commitments with her Sevens commitments as well as university studies. Cherry has had an impressive year on the Touch Football field, helping her South West Queensland Swans team make the final of the 2012 National Touch League and being part of the Australian Women’s Open team that defeated New Zealand in the 2012 Trans Tasman Series. She also helped guide the Queensland Women’s Open team to their State of Origin Series win over New South Wales in September, being named Player of the Series. Cherry recently was also a part of the South West Queensland Swans team that won the 2012 Queensland State Championships and was named Player of the Final. After taking up Rugby in 2011, Cherry has been a constant inclusion in the Australian Women’s Sevens team and was recently part of the team’s title win at the Asia Pacific Women’s Sevens Championships in Malaysia. Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate Emilee on her award. Related LinksCherry Wins Sevens Awardlast_img read more

Iran considering bringing First Nations leaders to Tehran diplomat

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsThe Iranian government may arrange a Tehran trip for First Nations leaders to address that country’s parliament, according to a senior diplomat with the Iranian embassy in Ottawa.Kambiz Sheikh-Hassani, charge d’affaires for the Iranian embassy, said the request made by former Roseau River First Nation chief Terry Nelson and two Dakota chiefs to meet the Iranian parliament had been sent up Tehran’s chain of command.“They have…requested to travel to Iran and to speak at the Iranian parliament,” said Sheikh-Hassai, in a statement sent to APTN National News. “Their wish has been sent to the relevant officials for consideration.”Sheikh-Hassani said Iran emphasized its respect for “the sovereignty of Canada” during Monday’s meeting with Nelson, Canupawakpa Dakota Nation Chief Frank Brown, Dakota Plains Wahpeton First Nation Chief Orville Smoke and former Sioux Valley First Nation chief Ken Whitecloud.“In accordance with our constitution and principles of foreign policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the door of our embassy is open to all Canadians,” said Sheikh-Hassani’s statement. “We believe that all countries should respect their international obligations and responsibilities through cooperation with their Indigenous communities to find a just and sustainable resolution.”Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s office issued a statement earlier condemning Iran for using the First Nations leaders as “pawns” to distract from its own “abhorrent record” on human rights.Baird’s spokesman Joseph Lavoie said in an emailed statement that Iran was exploiting “tragedy” and playing a “sad game” with the First Nations leaders.“The Iranian regime is now attempting to exploit tragedy and feign concern as yet another PR stunt to distract from its own abhorrent record,” wrote Lavoie. “We hope the Aboriginal leaders in question won’t allow themselves to be used as pawns in this sad game the Iranians are playing.”Iran has repeatedly called out Canada over the treatment of First Nations people on the international stage over the years.In the mid-1920s, Iran, then known as Persia, supported a request by Haudenosaunee hereditary Chief Deskaheh to have the League of Nations consider a Six Nations Confederacy for formal membership as a state. The attempt eventually failed, and the federal government dissolved the Six Nations Confederacy Council and imposed an Indian Act government.Iran, however, has a history of repressing its own Indigenous population.The Iranian Kurds, which occupy the northwestern region of Iran, have faced repression from both the Iranian government under the Shah and the Islamic Republic that emerged after the Shah was overthrown.Iranian Kurds, who have tried to establish a degree of autonomy in Iran, faced not only violent repression and the assassination of its political leaders, but also systemic discrimination in everything from employment to political participation, according to Amnesty International.Kurdish regions are economically neglected, Kurds have “restricted access to adequate housing,” and Iran bans parents from registering their children with select Kurdish names, according to the human rights group.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Naxals will be rooted out by 2023 Rajnath Singh

first_imgHussainabad (Jharkhand): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday said naxals will be rooted out in the country by 2023. Rebels and terrorists come in the way of the country’s security, which is an essential part of development, and will be crushed, Singh told a poll rally here. Naxals have been almost eliminated in Jharkhand and their remaining pockets in the state will end soon, he said. Singh, who was campigning in support of Palamau (SC) constituency sitting BJP MP V D Ram, claimed that Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and Congress have joined hands in the state due to their “lust for power” but will not be successful in acheiving their goal. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details There is no leader in the opposition to match the stature of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Those who appear to be leaders in the opposition are “dwarfs” compared to him, he said. Referring to developmental schemes like the Ujjwala Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and Jan Dhan Yojana, the union minister said BJP is committed to usher in development of the country by 2022 and its poll manifesto reflected it. Ridiculing opposition parties seeking proof of bodies in the aftermath of Balakot air strikes, Singh said the air force’s job was to hit the terror camps, which it carried out, and not count bodies. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Our leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who was then in the opposition, had praised the then prime minister Indira Gandhi after the 1971 war against Pakistan and creation of Bangladesh. But now that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken a big step (Balakot air strike) the opposition leaders are raising questions instead of praising him. After Pulwama attack all the countries, including Islamic countries, stood with India. “India’s policy is not to fire the first bullet but to respond strongly to any bullet fired at it”, he said. Addressing another rally in neighbouring Chatra Lok Sabha constituency for BJP’s sitting MP Sunil Kumar Singh, the union minister said that Garibi-mukt Bharat can only be possibble only when there is a Congress-mukt Bharat. In the last five years the BJP-led NDA government made notable achievements in opening bank accounts for the poor, building roads, distribution of gas cylinders and its housing scheme and according to a survey report 7.5 crore people were taken out of poverty. Palamau goes to the polls along with Chatra and Lohardaga(ST) seats in the fourth phase of polling on April 29, which will be the first phase for Jharkhand.last_img read more

The World Chess Championship Opened With A Wild Draw

87654321abcdefgh Game 2 begins tomorrow at 3 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time — that’s 10 a.m. Eastern. I’ll be covering it here and on Twitter.Read more: The American Grandmaster Who Could Become World Champion By the 43rd move, the two grandmasters had traded queens, clearing the board significantly, and they entered an intricate endgame that stretched on — for hours. 87654321abcdefgh

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The rooks and kings traveled around for what seemed like an eternity. But the lava that had flowed over the game earlier in the day had finally cooled — and finally (finally!) hardened into a draw. Here’s the whole dang thing, compressed into less than a minute: It was 55 degrees and lightly raining in London, just as I imagine it always is, as the grandmasters Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Fabiano Caruana of the United States sat down to begin playing for the 2018 World Chess Championship. The gray meteorology belied the volcanic and lengthy chess on Day 1 of the World Chess Championship. Over seven hours and 115 moves, the players fought a fiery and oscillating battle to open the match, which will likely stretch to the end of the month. The American was lucky to emerge, largely unscathed, with a draw.The players’ venue is in central London, in a place called The College, about a 15-minute walk north of the Thames. Carlsen, 27, and Caruana, 26, are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the world, respectively. Carlsen is the three-time defending world champion. Caruana is vying for the first American title since Bobby Fischer beat Boris Spassky in 1972.Following a drawing of lots, Carlsen chose to begin the best-of-12-game match on defense with the black pieces. Wins here are worth 1 point, draws a half-point for each, and losses zero points. If the 12th game ends with each player having 6 points, a series of tiebreaker games will ensue. And that’s exactly what happened at the last world championship, in 2016, when Carlsen edged out Sergey Karjakin of Russia. There may still be a lot of chess left.But there was a lot of chess Friday, too. Carlsen began with the combative Sicilian Defence, and the two entered into something called its Rossolimo Variation. Carlsen was likely pleased — he had beaten Caruana in this very variation in an attacking game in 2015.After move 9, Caruana went into what the official match broadcast called the first “deep think” of the match, and the game ground to a near-halt as the position ventured into uncharted territory. By Caruana’s 11th move, a board like this had never been seen before at the game’s high levels, according to ChessBase’s database.Carlsen donned a puffy jacket. Caruana removed his blazer.Time soon became an issue. The players each get 100 minutes for their first 40 moves, with 30 bonus seconds after each move. After that, they get 50 minutes for the next 20 moves and 15 minutes for any moves after that. Nevertheless, while contemplating his 22nd move, Caruana’s clock ticked down to less than 10 minutes. Carlsen, across the board, moved quickly. With his 25th move, Caruana’s clock had dropped to six minutes. On his 32nd move, less than two minutes. On his 34th move, 6 seconds. If his clock had hit zero, he would have forfeited the game instantly.Forestalling the end, Caruana fought for his life in the lower right corner of the board. The time pressure — and the pressure from the powerful pieces controlled by the best player in the world — were obviously too much to handle. It was over, and the players would surely head to an early dinner. The computer engines and the chess cognoscenti assessed Carlsen’s position as “surely winning” and Caruana’s as “sad.”Carlsen’s troops were standing over Caruana’s king, ready to kill and take a devastating early lead in the championship.But black slipped. The Norwegian champ captured a juicy-looking pawn he oughtn’t have, giving the American a chance to scurry to safety with seconds to spare. You can see what happened below. Carlsen, playing black, captured the pawn on c3 with his bishop. The better move, according to a chess engine whirring on my laptop, would have been to venture deep into the American’s territory, moving the black queen to g1. Carlsen’s advantage, according to the computer, dropped from roughly three pawns to roughly nothing. Despite the draw, Robert Hess, an American grandmaster, called it a “dominant start for Magnus.”The championship is level at a half-point each in this race to 6.5. We’ll keep the chart below updated throughout the match. read more

Ohio State enters conference tournament as No 1 seed

The Ohio State field hockey team isn’t satisfied with a regular-season championship. On Saturday, the No. 5-ranked Buckeyes (15-3, 5-1 Big Ten) won a share of the Big Ten Championship, defeating Iowa 3-0. OSU split the Big Ten title with Michigan after both finished 5-1 in league play. It is the third time the OSU field hockey program has won the Big Ten Championship, with wins in 2001 and 2006. The celebration was short-lived, however, as OSU quickly shifted its attention to playing in the Big Ten Tournament. “It’s a new season, it’s postseason. We are 0-0 now,” junior back Jenn Sciulli said. OSU will be the No. 1 seed in the tournament because of its head-to-head win over Michigan on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes have a first-round bye and play the winner of Michigan State (14-4, 3-3 Big Ten) and Northwestern (11-8, 3-3 Big Ten) in the second round. “The bye will be good because we will have fresh legs for the semifinals,” Sciulli said. OSU enters the tournament as winner of nine straight games. The Buckeyes have out-scored opponents 39-4 and shut out five teams during the winning streak. “We have a lot of confidence right now,” junior co-captain Aisling Coyle said. “We are definitely playing our best (field) hockey, which is what you want heading into the tournament.” This year OSU will try to avoid another early exit from the tournament. In the 2009 Big Ten Tournament, OSU entered as the No. 2 seed only to be upset in the first round by Penn State, 2-1. “Penn State was ranked last and we were expected to beat them, so I think we were a little complacent,” Coyle said. “We’re not going to be complacent this year at all. We will take every game as it comes.” OSU coach Anne Wilkinson stressed the importance of keeping players focused and not becoming overconfident. “They know it’s important to play one game at a time and to not take any (of) your opponents lightly,” she said. “You know you have to play your best every game when it comes to tournament time.” OSU will play the winner of Michigan State and Northwestern in the semifinals Friday at noon. The Championship Game will be at 2 p.m. Sunday. Northwestern is hosting the tournament in Evanston, Ill. read more

Ohio States defense might be hitting its stride as season ending

The conversation about Ohio State’s defense is changing inside and outside the huddle. The Buckeyes, which limited a hapless, anemic Illinois offense to 170 yards in a 52-22 shellacking on Saturday, moved to 10-0 and one step closer to the program’s first undefeated season since 2002. And while the Illini’s own incompetence and 118th national ranking in total offense might have helped OSU’s Silver Bullets, sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier said the talk in the huddle among members of the once much-maligned defense is different than what it was before. “It just got a lot easier to talk to each other, everybody’s gonna have each other accountable for everything,” said Shazier, who was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after a 14-tackle outing Saturday. “Now when we go in the huddle, we don’t talk about ‘Don’t let the big play happen, don’t let this, don’t let that’ – we just go in there talking about ‘We need a turnover, three-and-out, get the offense the ball.’” This just might be reflective of a defense coming of age, particularly after surrendering 49 points on the road against a now 4-5 Indiana squad. Though the Buckeyes left Bloomington, Ind., with a shaky 52-49 win, first-year coach Urban Meyer approached the contest’s postgame press conference arguably as disgusted as he’d been all season. Meyer even hinted at taking a more active role in a defense that had given up 87 points in back-to-back weeks. But now? After allowing 22 and 23 points in wins against Purdue and at Penn State, respectively, Meyer said improvement on the defense’s part has been evident. “Ever since the Indiana debacle in the second half, I’ve seen pretty much four-to-six seconds,” Meyer said regarding the level of effort he’s come to expect out of the Buckeyes. “And I see a lot of hard coaching going on. And that’s what I expect out of our staff.” It’s a line Meyer’s used since he came to Columbus in Nov. 2011-4-6 seconds, he said, of relentless effort, relentless pursuit on every play of every game. By the former Florida coach’s calculations, it’s enough to win football games. OSU cornerback redshirt sophomore Bradley Roby said the defense is getting back to that pillar of Meyer’s coaching philosophy. “Since the Indiana game we had a lot of serious meetings and we had to get it done on defense, and that’s what we’ve been doing lately,” he said. Like Meyer, Roby said the game against the Hoosiers was a “wake up call.” “We were like, ‘Man, we’re way better than this.’ Ever since then we been practicing harder and playing harder and it’s been showing,” Roby said. Arguably, such progression had never been so apparent before Saturday in a game which saw OSU secure more first downs (32) than the Illini had points. In reality, OSU’s defense gave up just 14 points, considering eight of Illinois’ points came off a 77-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown late in the game’s fourth quarter. Illini junior quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase mustered just 96 yards and an interception against an OSU front-seven that harassed him from start to finish. “From what I saw he was just running around all day,” Roby said. While Scheelhaase was sacked twice, the Buckeyes’ defensive line appeared to be getting enough of a push to allow its linebackers, Shazier included, to slam the door shut on runs to the outside and entrench themselves against short, dump-off passes over the middle. “It’s pretty fun when the coaches let the team loose and let us go after the ball,” Shazier said. “I’ve been playing like this mentality for all my life, see ball, get ball.” That aggressiveness, however, might only be made possible because of a more aware defense. OSU assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator Everett Withers said players are comprehending, perhaps now more than ever, what’s happening on any given play. “The biggest deal is I think our kids in the back seven are starting to understand when we get this formation, these are the two or three things that will happen,” Withers said. “Everybody’s recognizing exactly what they need to see in that formation.” And if Illinois is any indication, it might be working. “We knew exactly what was coming before they even ran it sometimes,” Shazier said. With a bye this weekend, OSU travels to Wisconsin on Nov. 17 for its second-to-last game of the 2012 season. read more

Mens basketball 2018 recruit Dane Goodwin remains committed waiting for new coach

Upper Arlington four-star shooting guard Dane Goodwin goes up for a shot against Westerville South on Jan. 24, 2017 at Upper Arlington High School. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing EditorAn anxious state of uncertainty flows through the Schottenstein Center and anyone affiliated with the Ohio State men’s basketball team after Monday’s firing of coach Thad Matta.Before OSU Athletics Director Gene Smith announced with Matta that the program would be heading in a different direction, the two commitments for the 2018 class, Justin Ahrens and Dane Goodwin, each received a call from OSU assistant coach Greg Paulus informing them of the news.Tuesday, the three-star forward Ahrens from Versailles, Ohio, decommitted from the Buckeyes 2018 class, making Goodwin, a four-star shooting guard from Upper Arlington, Ohio, the lone commitment in the class as he awaits the hiring of a new head coach at OSU for the 2017-18 season.Damon Goodwin, Dane’s father and coach of Capital University’s men’s basketball team, told The Lantern that when the two returned home from Damon’s basketball camp at Capital Monday, the family discussed what they wanted to do. He said that Dane still wants to be a Buckeye, if he feels that the program is a good fit.“He’s kept his commitment (to OSU),” Damon said. “In Dane’s mindset, I think he wants to lay low for the next few days and see what happens and see who this guy is going to be and hopefully they do it fairly quickly.“Dane committed two-and-a-half years ago and we certainly didn’t foresee this happening at the time. We knew a little bit before it happened. But did we expect it? No. Did I expect it? Certainly not.”Dane committed to OSU on Dec. 1, 2014 as he was beginning his freshman season at Upper Arlington High School. Having committed so early in the process, Dane’s family never had to worry about going through the recruiting process with him, which Damon said he was thankful for. Now, a wrench has been thrown into that seamlessly easy recruiting cycle raising lots of questions that not only he has to find an answer to, but also other Columbus-area prospects like 2019 guard Jeremiah Francis and 2019 forward Jordan Mitchell.“The reality is this: (Dane) committed to Ohio State two-and-a-half years ago, but he also committed to Thad Matta. One of those variable is gone now,” Damon said. “Ohio State is a special place and Dane knows that. And he knows how special it can be for him. But there’s just so many question marks as of today.”Damon said that some of those question are regarding who OSU decides to bring in. Dane and Damon will evaluate the new coach’s style, what type of players he will be looking for among other factors. Damon said he has no doubt OSU will find a very good coach — one who he hopes has a lot of the same qualities Matta had.“With Dane being a 17-year-old, the last few years he kind of had it planned out where he was going to be and who he was going to be playing for,” he said. “That world has been rocked a little bit right now. It’s tough for him and tough on us as parents. There’s really nothing to do until they decide who is going to lead the program.”As of now, Dane has not had any other schools directly reach out to him, his father said.Matta’s departure was especially hard on Dane and their family given the profound impact the former coach had on them from the start of Dane’s recruitment.“I never knew (Matta) before he recruited Dane,” Damon Goodwin said. “I think Dane and I and our whole family were just kind of blown away by his sincerity. He offered Dane — you know, he hadn’t played a high school game. (Matta) saw him play in the summers. He saw him work out in the fall and when a guy like that makes a commitment to your son, that’s impressive.“As a father, I don’t know what else you would want out of a coach for your son. He’s a good man. That’s certainly the toughest part.”Jacob Myers: myers.1669@osu.edu and Twitter @Jacob _Myers_25 read more

Cristiano Ronaldo plans reality show of himself

first_imgIn 2015, there was a Cristiano Ronaldo’s film which gave an insight into his sporting and personal life, it is 2018 and the Portugues international star is set to start up his own reality show and it will be about himself, only that this time, it will be on social media.The reality show will follow Ronaldo on and off the pitch and shall be partly produced by Tom Brady’s Religion of Sports media company who had before now, created a series on the NFL star named Tom vs Time for Facebook Watch, according to Variety via FourFourTwo.Ronaldo who has 122m followers on his official Facebook page seeks to sell the concept of a 13-part series with Facebook reportedly keen to secure it.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The series has been reported to have a value of around $10m (£8.8m) and this means Ronaldo will be adequately paid no matter who it’s sold to. However, that isn’t the only one the five-time Ballon d’Or winne wants to have.Ronaldo will launch a superhero series named Striker Force 7 and a drama following a girls’ high school soccer team in upstate New York very soon.last_img read more

Cesc Fabregas drops Arsenal return hint

first_imgChelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas dropped a major hint over his potential return to Arsenal once his contract at Stamford Bridge ends in seven monthsThe 31-year-old Spaniard has been on the fringes of Chelsea side since the arrivals of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic.Although he has got a couple of chances to make an impact under Maurizio Sarri, it’s obvious the ex-Napoli boss prefers Kante, Jorginho, Barkley, and Kovacic over the former Barcelona star.Widely recognized as one of the best playmakers the Premier League has seen over the past ten years, Fabregas has been one of the cornerstones of Blues’ 2017 EPL title.However, due to a lack of playing time, Catalonia native is considering a departure, hoping to find some regular first-team football.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.The British publication, Football London, have transcribed Fabregas’ interview with Marca, where the player expressed his desire to keep playing at the highest level.“In seven months my contract ends with Chelsea. It will be 16 seasons playing at the highest level, over 750 games, a lot of training, traveling… I feel young and strong but maybe I can’t do 60 games a season. With my style, I think I can keep playing for longer and obviously I want to keep playing for many years.”When asked about the potential return to Arsenal, Fabregas replied:“Of course, Arsenal will always be in my heart and I will never forget them so why not return. You never know.”The Spain international has played a total of 215 Premier League games with the Gunners before returning to Barcelona in 2011.last_img read more

How much more black can the 2020 Honda Pilot Black Edition be

first_img 71 Photos Now playing: Watch this: 3:33 2019 Mercedes-Benz G550 review: An anachronistic SUV with modern luxury and tech Review • 2019 Honda Pilot Review Comment Enlarge ImageHonda should have gone all-in and painted it Vantablack. You can’t get a speeding ticket if light is incapable of reflecting back to a police officer’s laser, after all. Honda North America Murdered-out cars, as people often like to call them, are basically painted as dark as possible in as many areas as possible. While it’s always been a popular idea with people who like car customization, it’s a growing factory option as automakers try to align with everyone’s tastes. The latest entry in this field takes a darker approach to a traditional three-row family crossover.Honda on Monday unveiled the 2020 Honda Pilot Black Edition. Living at the top of the lineup and borrowing most of its kit from the formerly tip-top Pilot, the Black Edition focuses on improving the car’s aesthetics — there don’t appear to be any equipment upgrades that aren’t also present on the Pilot Elite.On the outside, the Pilot Black Edition is available in one paint color — Crystal Black Pearl. It wears 20-inch alloy wheels finished in black, and there are chrome-removing “blackout” parts in the grille, headlight trim, door handles, window trim, fog light accents and side trim. As you might expect, there are also a pair of Black Edition badges on the tailgate and grille, because a model is only good if it comes with a badge.2020-honda-pilot-black-edition-002Enlarge ImageThere’s a fair bit of darkness in here, but the red does a good job of balancing it out so it’s not a total cave. Honda The interior keeps things a little lighter — in terms of the number of changes; it’s still very black. The black interior gets red accents on the first- and second-row seats, in addition to a Black Edition logo embossed on both the seats and the floor mats. That stitching extends to the door panels and steering wheel, too. To cap it off, there’s red accent lighting on the dashboard, doors and center console.Otherwise, the trim is just about the same as the Pilot Elite, which carries as much kit as any Pilot. Standard equipment on this trim includes a panoramic moonroof, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, illuminated cupholders, three-zone automatic climate control, a hands-free tailgate and rain-sensing wipers. Lane-keep assist, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control are all included, as well, as is an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.Then again, for the price Honda’s charging, all that stuff had better be standard. With its 280-horsepower V6 and standard all-wheel drive, the 2020 Pilot Black Edition costs a mighty $50,715 including destination, a $1,500 premium over the Pilot Elite. The rest of the lineup is a bit more affordable, though, with a FWD Pilot LX starting at $32,645. Preview • 2019 Honda Pilot: Sugar, spice, nice 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 first drive: Diesel power and upgraded tech Share your voice Tagscenter_img Honda More about 2019 Honda Pilot SUVs 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A strong crossover gets stronger 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV More From Roadshow 1 2020 GMC Sierra HD first drive: Towing tech marvel Hondalast_img read more

Texas Police Detective Dies 2 Others Hurt In Highway Wreck

first_img Share A Texas police detective has died and two colleagues injured when their car was struck by a pickup while traveling to a conference on preventing crimes against children in Dallas.Thirty-three-year-old Elise Ybarra and two other detectives had just begun their drive from Abilene, Texas, on Interstate 20 on Sunday evening when they slowed for traffic that had backed up because of an auto accident.The pickup then struck their unmarked police vehicle. Ybarra, who was driving, died at the scene.Detectives Chris Milliorn and Robert Collins were taken to a hospital for treatment.It’s not clear whether charges are pending against the pickup driver.Ybarra, the married mother of a 10-month-old girl, joined the Abilene police force in 2014 after working as a police officer in Sedalia, Missouri.last_img read more

The BBC iPlayer Lovefilm and Netflix areamong the

first_imgThe BBC iPlayer, Lovefilm and Netflix areamong the services offered by the Playstation 4 console when it launches on Friday.A total of 18 services will be available from launch, with another following on December 4. An additional 20-plus apps are scheduled to launch on the platform by Spring next year.Launch apps available to Playstation Pluscustomers include the BBC iPlayer in the UK, Amazon-owned Lovefilm in the UK and Germany and Netflix in Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK.Emerging on-demand platform Wuaki.tv will be available in Spain, while MTG’s Scandinavian service Viaplay will be offered across that region.German Playstation Plus subs will be able to access the Watchever and Maxdome platforms, with the latter also available in Austria.Demand5, the Channel 5 on-demand service, is to go out in the UK, along with another pair of BBC apps, BBC Sport and BBCNews.Belgian pubcaster RTBF is offer programming in that territory. Belgium also gets Ximon, along with the Netherlands. Spanish users will be able to access Total Channel.Streaming service Quickflix will be added to users in Australia and New Zealand in December.Other apps available from launch include Video Unlimited, VidZone, IGN, NOS Sports and Music Unlimited.last_img read more

Liberty Global has tapped SeaChange to provide its

first_imgLiberty Global has tapped SeaChange to provide its Adrenalin multi-screen video technology to support the latest version of the cable giant’s Horizon advanced TV service.SeaChange said that Adrenalin would be a ‘key element’ of the Horizon 4 platform.Adrenalin will provide the content information and transaction support for Liberty’s viewers across both broadcast and IP video delivery networks on Liberty’s latest Horizon set-top boxes.The Horizon platform is based on the Comcast-driven RDK standard, which SeaChange is a strong supporter of.“We are pleased to be chosen as a key contributor to Liberty Global’s next-generation video platform. SeaChange’s Adrenalin video solution enables video delivery at the massive scale needed to support customers such as Liberty Global. As video platforms transition to virtualized cloud infrastructure and enable advanced capabilities such as replay TV and network DVR to multiple devices, SeaChange will continue to support customers like Liberty Global to monetize their video assets and modernize their video delivery platforms,” said Ed Terino, SeaChange’s CEO.Olivier Philippe, vice president of entertainment within Liberty Global said: “We have had a long relationship with SeaChange as a key technology provider within our video ecosystem. As the industry continues to evolve its video platforms to support advanced consumer experiences that are truly device agnostic, we need solution providers who can provide a rich set of capabilities and stay relevant in those platform ecosystems. This helps us to continue to innovate and rapidly evolve our video services so that they truly resonate with our customers. Our selection of SeaChange as a key part of our video platform reflects their continued development of leading video delivery technologies and their relentless commitment to operational excellence.”last_img read more