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Apple hones health focus

first_img Apple detailed plans to launch a Research app, through which users will be able to contribute to medical studies on heart, hearing and women’s health.The company said the studies will be conducted in collaboration with leading medical institutions and healthcare organisations including the US-based National Institutes of Health; American Heart Association; Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Brigham and Women’s Hospital; University of Michigan; and World Health Organisation.Apple’s heart and movement study will analyse how heart rate and mobility indicators such as walking pace correlate to hospitalisations, falls and heart health. The auditory study will explore how exposure to everyday sounds impacts hearing, and a women’s health study aims to determine how data about menstrual cycles and gynecological conditions can be used to inform screening and risk assessments covering infertility, osteoporosis and menopause, among others.The move builds on Apple’s launch of its ResearchKit and CareKit platforms in 2015 and 2016, which it used as the basis for a previous heart study in 2017.Apple COO Jeff Williams stated the 2017 study showed the company it could “positively impact medical research,” adding the new research “carries our commitment to health even further by engaging with participants on a larger scale than ever before”.During a recent launch event, Apple VP of Health Sumbul Desai emphasised users will be in control of data shared via the app, adding: “Apple cannot access any information that directly identifies you”.The app will be available as a free download later this year. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Tags Diana Goovaerts KT makes LG Electronics trade-in move Related UK consumers seek £1.5B from Apple AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 11 SEP 2019 Authorcenter_img Previous ArticleApple goes Pro with iPhone 11Next ArticleYTL chief plays down mass 5G rollout Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more Apps Google taps retail with NYC store Home Apple hones health focus appApplehealthlast_img read more

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News / XPO signs up for ‘breakthrough’ rail-road Paris city logistics project

first_img XPO Logistics has signed up to become part of an innovative multimodal urban logistics project in Paris that will see consumer shipments into the French capital carried by both rail and truck.Yesterday it became the road transport provider for the so-called Chappelle Logistics hotel project, a “landmark project in urban logistics will enable the routing of products to the heart of Paris by combining a railway shuttle and road transport. The seamless solution is designed to provide a reliable, economically efficient and eco-responsible last-mile service”.A schematic of the Chappelle Logistics supply chainThe project brings together XPO Logistics with rail operator Eurorail and Sogaris, a French firm that is developing an urban rail terminal in the Paris suburbs, and will see short-line rail services into the Paris city centre launched in September 2017. Alexandre Gallo, general manager of International Eurorail, said: “A real breakthrough in rail logistics with an urban rail shuttle and the associated operations of an ultra-modern terminal, this new solution illustrates that rail transport can be both civic and innovative, through mass-scale distribution at the heart of a major city.”Each train can carry 60 containers, with goods then distributed by XPO Logistics trucks running on alternative fuels, such as gas, rather than diesel, which will reduce city centre emissions as well as the number of trucks on Parisian roads by an average of 30 a day.Luis Angel Gomez, managing director of transport solutions for XPO Logistics Europe, said: “With this multimodal innovation, a pioneer in Paris and complementary to our XPO shipment services via the Seine, we will be able to offer our customers a reliable urban supply and distribution solution that is economically efficient and in line with the commitment of Paris and its suburbs to reduce the environmental impact of urban logistics.”XPO Logistics’ will help design, direct and market the transport solution, as well as providing road transport services; while Eurorail, through its RegioRail subsidiary, will provide management of the merchandise routing by rail, including reserving train paths with the SNCF network, renting freight cars and managing train driver teams. By Gavin van Marle 31/03/2016last_img read more

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Stoddart opts for Terex all-terrain crane

first_imgThe Terex AC 40/2L features a main boom length of 37.4 m and a system length of 45.4 m. With travel speeds of 80 km/h, Terex adds that the unit can travel at highway speeds.The compact design of the all-terrain crane also makes it easy to position on job sites. www.terex.com www.stoddartcranehire.co.uklast_img

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Coping with coronavirus: Excel’s Fabian Broich on performance during quarantine

first_imgIt isn’t easy living in a world with COVID-19. The coronavirus has caused widespread disruption even in esports, one of the only live entertainment industries still functioning during isolation.Yet in the face of the crisis, we’ve seen just how plucky and creative our industry is. Competitive gaming has bounced back online, led the way for sports during extensive lockdowns, and provided relief and escapism for millions of people.As part of a new Esports Insider series, Coping with coronavirus, we’ll be speaking to experts from different sectors, countries, and regions across esports, to see how their companies are adapting for life in a pandemic. With any luck, the knowledge and advice we’re able to share will help us all get through this together.First to the table is Fabian Broich, Head of Performance for Excel Esports. Broich was based with Excel’s LEC roster in Berlin, which narrowly missed out on playoffs after a positive Spring Split, when the crisis hit. He’s since released a useful practical guide, Staying Healthy When Quarantined, and discussed what steps Excel was taking to protect its players from the virus. We caught up with him to find out how Excel has maintained the health and performance of its players and staff during a period of isolation.Photo credit: Riot GamesEsports Insider: Last month, you laid out your plans for adjusting the team’s lifestyle to cope with COVID-19. Of the moves you made, which were successful, and what did you learn from the process?Fabian Broich: Obviously, we had to make adjustments, since we do a lot of stuff outside of the game that is my focus as the Head of Performance. We had to make sure that the physiotherapists, the masseuse, the cook, and the cleaners were doing health screenings, so if they had any symptoms they couldn’t come anymore. And we, as coaches, used taxis instead of the tram to make sure that we prevent [the spread of] any disease or any virus [as much as] possible.We changed into doing home workouts, doing yoga inside, since we couldn’t go out—obviously, it’s high risk when you’re in a gym, touching things that many hundreds of people in Berlin use in the same spot. We wanted to make sure, first, that we repeated our focus and our schedule.“We change and adapt to the circumstances that we are living in and make the best out of it.”When there are changes, you have to adapt. Let’s say we have to construct a day, how it looks like. And it’s like a puzzle: some parts are getting smaller because we can’t focus too much on sport anymore, so we have to find solutions. We had to adapt to circumstances, and then, shortly after, we thought, “Okay, we can plan a lot, but we have to react more right now, because it’s not foreseeable, what’s happening in the future.” Every day, you’ve got more updates, more regulations about the virus, so I made sure that they got a daily update. In a WhatsApp group, I also reached out to the parents, because they are worried about their sons, [who] are in a different country. We change and adapt to the circumstances that we are living in and make the best out of it.ESI: You mentioned it being necessary to change the schedule. Can you give us an overview of how the changes played out?FB: We start with an early breakfast together, as a team, and then we would normally do gym. So instead of doing that, we did yoga inside of the house. Since it’s not really healthy to almost not walk at all, and not move at all, we did more stretches and stuff like that.And after that, they could take showers and play 1 or 2 Solo Queue [games], then we had team meetings, or scouting, and went into our scrims. We made sure that between every game we went outside for five minutes. We play, usually, five games: game, review, game, review. So, we’d go outside on the balcony. But we’d also make sure we get supplements, like vitamin C or zinc to boost the immune system, vitamin D, because we don’t get too much sunlight. And whenever we had the possibility we’d go outside, and we also made sure that we increased the [amount of] smoothies and berries and fruits.Obviously, it can be pretty psychologically exhausting being just in the building all day. Not that they usually don’t spend a lot of time inside the house, but now that they’re actually being caged or not able to go outside that much, it has a big health and psychological effect on a human.Photo credit: Riot GamesESI: You’ve recently released a stay-at-home health guide. Is there anything that you’d like to mention that you believe would be particularly useful to other teams, staff working in esports, or people in general?FB: Yeah, we realised that we’re all, now, in the same boat. We’re in Berlin, we’re isolated, but [Excel’s staff] in Twickenham, they’re not in the stadium anymore, they work from home. So, I would say that everyone who’s a 9-to-5 worker, and working at a desk, has the same issues as an esports player has: not being with colleagues but by yourself in the house, can’t really go outside, don’t really meet friends. It’s really important to focus on health and performance for us, but we can also call them just “essential human needs.”“When you’re in nature, you don’t have to learn, you can fully relax, because that’s where you’re from. Now we’re basically caged like an animal in the zoo, and we are not used to this.”That means that we should play some music, focus on our diet, get enough fresh air, sleep well enough, and also get enough fluid intake. I made some health guidelines for our company because, for me, it’s really easy to focus on, but some people are not aware of this—so why not give them a “cheat sheet” that they can lookup?And obviously some exercise, some workout. I do it here in the morning. It feels really good to do it because we’re all just inside and not moving too much. We don’t have a huge house, we don’t take too many steps, so we need some movement to also decrease stress. We really focused on giving away these small tips for essential needs. [Since] we’re all sitting a lot, I do [exercises] for the wrist, for the neck, for the back, all these kinds of things. We make sure we stand up each hour and drink a glass of water, and then have some healthy snacks: [keep] some nuts, some bananas next to you so that you don’t end up always ordering food, or having frozen pizzas, or stuff like that. Really small things, they do have a big impact.But also, it seems you get bored a lot when you’re just at home. You find difficulty in going to bed, because you’re in front of digital devices or monitors most of the time, and they all have blue light, which prevents you from producing the sleep hormone, melatonin. So, basically, it manipulates your brain and tells you it’s day and then you can’t really fall asleep, even though you haven’t done too much. And then it’s obviously a circle: you have less and less energy, you meet fewer people, and that is also psychologically exhausting. So, I really hope that people try still to do calls with their friends, with their family, and (if it’s possible) go outside on the balcony each hour, or get your head out of the window.“It’s a really difficult topic because I think it’s essential that we show responsibility.”If you go really back in evolution, we are coming out of nature, so when you’re in a room, everything you’re seeing had to be learnt at some point. Whereas when you’re in nature, you don’t have to learn, you can fully relax, because that’s where you’re from. Now we’re basically caged like an animal in the zoo, and we are not used to this.It’s a really difficult topic because I think it’s essential that we show responsibility. We’re luckily young, at least the players and I, and we’re not hit the most since we don’t have too many health conditions. But I think it’s a responsibility to the people who are in need or who are in danger that they get protected. So, I think it’s just nice to see that society holds together and makes a statement.The other side effect that could happen is that people could get some psychological issues because the longer and longer it goes on, it could be really depressing. Luckily, the sun is coming more and more out here. It’s not full winter, it’s spring, and the days are getting longer, so that’s going to help. I really hope that people focus on sleep, the right nutrition, and do some movement. I think that makes it way easier to cope with all this stress in a changing environment.Photo credit: Riot GamesESI: Would you say those are the major points, then? Sleep, exercise, fluid intake, and getting some fresh air?FB: Yeah, those are the essentials. Sleep, nutrition, movement. And then also, for the mental part, maybe do something… I love to cook! And I now have a lot of time to cook. I hear from some people, “I always want to do this, but I never have time.” If you have an instrument or want to read a book, there is the time now. It actually gives you, also, more opportunities.Of course, we can all dwell on it, and say we can’t really do anything, we can’t go outside, but actually, it gives us more time to do things we wanted to at one point, and we can now pick that up and learn a new language, for example. I tried to learn Danish; I haven’t really been able to do so, but I want to learn it, and I want to cook more, and now there’s the time. Obviously, in the off-season, you have to prepare a lot [for the next split], because you want to change the environment in order to get better, but it also gives you freedom. So, you can say the glass is half full or half empty. There are definitely things that are not that nice in this situation, but also new opportunities.And the same is also for esports. I think we have a huge chance right now to make sure we post more. I really don’t post that much, but I want to help people, I want to have an impact on the health “scene” of esports. It’s not that healthy now, but especially right now there is a lot of [outside] focus on esports. People love to game, love to compete, and we can make sure that we educate people on how to live a successful or a healthy life, or a happy life. And so I think, since everyone is shut down, with esports competition esports getting higher and higher numbers—which makes sense, everyone is inside, in front of their digital devices—we have a big chance to show the “mainstream” what esports is, and give some time to introduce [it] to the general population. And show them that it’s actually quite professional, getting more professional, and we can even compete during this crisis.ESI New York 2020 – Find out morelast_img read more

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Lauren Holiday opens up about brain tumor health scare while pregnant

first_img Related Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Retired U.S. women’s soccer player Lauren Holiday took to social media over the weekend to open up about her life as a new mother and the obstacles she faced upon learning she had a benign brain tumor while six months pregnant.Holiday, 29, posted a photo of daughter Jrue on Saturday to her Instagram page and wrote, “I have never quite known suffering like I experienced the last 6 months. I can remember countless nights repeating ‘there may be pain in the night but joy comes in the morning.’ I remember half believing it and half still in disbelief that this was my life.”The two-time Olympic gold medalist had the tumor, a type called meningioma, successfully removed in October, just one month after she gave birth to her daughter, Jrue Tyler Holiday.Holiday says that in addition to the support of her husband, NBA player Jrue Holiday, and other family, her strength comes from her faith in God.“I memorized scripture and some days my faith felt unshakable and others I was scared to death,” she wrote beneath the photo of her daughter. “Every time I see this smile, I’m reminded that joy does come in the morning. Maybe not the next day, maybe not even the next month but it comes. I can’t imagine what heaven will be like if this is the joy I get to experience on earth. Psalm 30:5”The Holidays, college sweethearts, married in 2013. After Lauren Holiday’s diagnosis, her husband, a guard for the New Orleans Pelicans, took a leave of absence from the team to focus on his family.He missed the preseason and 12 regular season games before returning to the court in late November.“I’m blessed, man,” he said at a news conference at the time. “Blessed to have my family back, blessed that we’re OK. So blessed for the support from especially the team. I can’t even explain how much they were there for me and my family through everything.”Jrue Holiday gave another update in January, saying, “My wife is a lot better so I’m doing a lot better.”“I guess it’s been going well and it hasn’t been affecting me, I don’t think,” he said, according to ESPN. “My wife is doing really well and she’s gradually getting better, and that’s all I can ask for. She’s alive, and I’m blessed for that. My daughter is OK. So, I’m happy.”Lauren Holiday has used social media to post photos of the couple’s daughter, including one eight weeks ago, captioned, “You’re my hallelujah.”“There’s ultimate joy for Lauren Holiday on social media,” said USA Today columnist and ABC News consultant Christine Brennan. “I mean, she’s using it to tell what appears to be a very happy ending.”Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

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Ask a Designer: finding beauty in subtlety

first_imgPaint your walls a bold color and friends will likely praise your creativity. Invest in a standout piece of furniture or striking work of art and your decorating is bound to earn compliments. But creating a noteworthy room with subtle, understated elegance is a bit more complicated.Understated style “rides the fine line between too sparse and too cold,” says designer Brian Patrick Flynn, creator of the FlynnsideOut design blog. “A lack of objects makes a room feel unfinished, and a lack of color can also read of lifeless.”But finding the right, subtle balance can be worth it. Although bold decorating has been in the spotlight for a while, a more neutral room, if well-designed, “will never become tired,” Flynn says.“Every once in a while, it’s nice to have a space that’s just simple and clean,” he says.How do you design a room that’s low-key and beautiful, not bland and boring?SOFTEN EVERY SURFACEWithout warm, vibrant colors, you can create warmth in understated rooms by filling them with soft, elegant materials that look and feel appealing.“Think of a camel cashmere sweater,” says designer Betsy Burnham of Burnham Design in Los Angeles. “It’s the simplest thing in the world,” but it’s timelessly beautiful and feels great.Materials like cashmere, silk and “breathable fabrics such as linen or cotton blends” bring a sense of warmth and comfort, Flynn agrees.He also recommends wood surfaces softened by white-washing, smooth stone surfaces, and “broadloom carpet that adds texture and softness underfoot.”Use natural and artificial lighting for a soft glow. Sheer curtains can maximize daylight, while “in the evening, it’s about lamps,” says New York-based designer Jon Call of Mr. Call Designs. Place lamps to evenly spread light throughout the space, eliminating bright spots and dark shadows.Flynn also recommends dimmers to control light precisely.COMPELLING SHAPESIn a subtle room without busy patterns or bold colors, find other ways to create interest, Call says. One strategy is using objects with interesting or intricate shapes that draw attention to workmanship and creativity.Burnham recently designed a bedroom with a large bed that featured beautiful wood carving, bringing some excitement to an otherwise subtle room. Flynn seeks out furniture with “interesting detail, such as fretwork or inlaid paneling.”CONTRAST AND LAYERMonochrome doesn’t mean only one shade; mix a variety of tans, beiges and creams into a neutral room.“I usually add several shades and tints of the same neutral tone throughout the space to give it depth,” Flynn says.Also use a variety of contrasting textures. Silk will maximize light, Call says, while materials like linen and cashmere absorb it. So use them together: Pair a linen sofa with silk pillows, for example, or a seagrass rug with a silk-covered chair.“Think of what materials and shapes are missing, and then keep adding until they fit together like a puzzle,” says Flynn. “The key to a well-balanced room is a mix of natural materials.”ELIMINATE WHAT’S NOT SPECIALIn a subtle but striking room, “everything you do use should mean something,” Burnham says. “Either it’s an interesting shape, or the finish is unusual or the fabric is so fine and special.”There are fewer items, but better ones. Your coffee table may be a neutral color and simple material, she says, but “maybe it’s a vintage coffee table that has this amazing provenance or patina.”Eliminate items that don’t contribute much. If letting go of them is difficult, Burnham suggests this exercise: “For everything you bring in, you take two things away.”Flynn agrees: “Editing plays a huge role in understated rooms,” he says. “In a dining room I did in Atlanta, I used all dove gray tones in the room, and every single element had highly sculptural qualities that made the play on shapes and texture the prominent story.”last_img read more

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Szczesny not to blame for Arsenal’s woeful defensive displays, claims father

first_img1 Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny should not be singled out for some of the Gunners’ woeful defensive displays this season, according to the Poland star’s father.Szczesny has found his position under the spotlight this week following revelations he was caught smoking in the showers after the north London club’s 2-0 defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day, when his errors had played a part for both goals.It remains to be seen whether the 24-year-old will be back between the posts for Sunday’s game against Stoke at the Emirates Stadium after he was replaced by Colombian David Ospina for the FA Cup tie versus Hull – a move always planned by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.Reports suggest the player will be fined around £20,000 for his misdemeanour, but Maciej Szczesny, himself a former Poland international goalkeeper, claims the Arsenal defenders must also shoulder their share of the blame for when things went wrong on the pitch.Speaking in an interview with Polish newspaper Przegladu Sportowego, Maciej Szczesny maintained reports of the smoking incident and a bust-up with Wenger were inaccurate, although he admitted he had not spoken to his son directly about the issue.The 49-year-old also called for more focus to be placed on Arsenal’s shortcomings in other areas rather than just the form of their goalkeeper.Maciej Szczesny told the newspaper: “He made a mistake for the first (Southampton) goal, coming too far from the goal, but please look at the Arsenal defence – how these guys are playing is a disaster, but for some reason, nobody pays any attention to it.“Laurent Koscielny should immediately have run (back) to protect Wojciech, and Per Mertesacker should have stood in the goal.“Unfortunately they did not do that and gave him zero support, and in that situation Mertesacker showed the agility of a rhinoceros.“Wojciech is often paying for it (the mistakes), and that he really cares. He needs someone who will critically analyse every game with him, but also remain positive.“Someone should support him, but the coaching staff at Arsenal are not doing that, meanwhile the entire defence this season is an embarrassment.” Wojciech Szczesny in action for Arsenal during their 2-0 defeat to Southampton last_img read more

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‘Did he just say penetration live on air?’ – Brazil and McCoist left speechless

first_img OFF Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ latest Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested LATEST FOOTBALL HEADLINES 1 on target LATEST If you didn’t know, not only is Pearcey one of talkSPORT’s top pundits and an English football legend, he is also one of our very own music gurus – with a particular taste for old school English punk.And when he spoke about his recent trip to a music festival, Alan and All were left wondering what sort of events Psycho is frequenting… @SportsBreakfast on Twitter BIG PRESENTS UP TOP What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ FAREWELL It’s not often Alan Brazil and Ally McCoist are left speechless, but somehow Stuart Pearce managed it on Friday’s Sports Breakfast.The Sports Breakfast crew will be the first to tell you it’s hard to shut either of them up on Thursdays and Fridays – but there was stunned silence in the studio after the Scottish duo asked Pearce about his recent trip to a music festival. New job deals Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Alan Brazil and Ally McCoist bring a little piece of Scotland to your earholes every week Pearce: Two weeks ago I was at the Rebellion Punk Festival, it was absolutely outstanding.Ally: Who was on mate?Pearce: “I’ll give you a snapshot – we had Spear of Destiny, Gimp Fist, Penetration and The Stranglers headlined.Alan: Sounds like he’s got a rubber suit on… what?!Pearce: Oh yeah, all your mum’s favourites!Alan: We’ll leave it there Stuart… thank you.Ally: Penetration? Did he just say penetration live on air?Alan: He did! He’s probably sitting in the car with one of those PVC suits on!You can hear the hilarious moment above!last_img read more

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Ross County 2-3 Aberdeen: 10-man Dons keep pressure on leaders

first_imgTen-man Aberdeen closed the gap on Premiership leaders Celtic to three points after an inspired performance against Ross County at the Global Energy Stadium. Aberdeen were a man short for over an hour after Mark Reynolds was red-carded by referee Crawford Allan for a professional foul on Alex Schalk. County took the lead seconds later with an Ian McShane free-kick but an Adam Rooney penalty and a Shay Logan goal in the space of three minutes saw the Dons go 2-1 up. Aberdeen stretched their lead on the hour mark when Logan scored again from close range and although McShane pulled one back eight minutes from the end with a long-range effort the visitors held out for the points.  But the Dons were back on level terms in the 33rd minute when Chris Robertson hauled Rooney down inside the box and he got up to convert the spot-kick himself. Incredibly, Aberdeen went ahead three minutes later when a Hayes ball across goal ended up in the net after Logan bundled it home the ball into the net despite an attempt from Jamie Reckord to keep it out. There were chances at either end before the break, which included a Hayes shot which just cleared the bar and a downward header by Brian Graham at the other end which Brown somehow kept out. County made a couple of changes at the start of the second half with Jackson Irvine and Raffaele De Vita coming on for Stewart Murdoch and Fraser. Irvine was soon involved in the action when he got on the end of a McShane free-kick but Brown kept his effort out at the back post. Logan and Rooney both went close for Aberdeen before the former added his second and his team’s third of the day on the hour mark. A deep cross from Graeme Shinnie was helped on by Rooney to Logan, who tucked the chance away from three yards to make it 3-1. Irvine came close with a header from a McShane cross in the 74th minute which flashed over the bar, and then County sub Greg Morrison pushed the ball wide after Graham laid it off inside the box. But County were thrown a lifeline in the 82nd minute when McShane scored with a stunning 30-yard drive which flew into the net. However, despite a spirited finish from the home side Aberdeen held out for all three points. Aberdeen started brightly and Johnny Hayes tested County goalkeeper Scott Fox who tipped his fierce drive over the crossbar in the second minute. The Dons threatened again a couple of minutes later and it took a last-ditch tackle from Marcus Fraser to deny them. The home side had the chance to go ahead against the run of play in the 15th minute when Michael Gardyne slipped the ball through to Richard Foster but the former Aberdeen man shot straight at Scott Brown. County had strong claims for a penalty turned down five minutes later when Taylor appeared to bring down McShane just inside the box but play continued and Schalk fired weakly at Brown. Aberdeen found themselves down to 10 men in the 27th minute when Reynolds was red-carded and McShane compounded their misery by firing his free-kick into the bottom corner of the net for the opener. last_img read more

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Australia hammer India in World Cup warm-up match

first_imgMaxwell slammed 122 from 57 balls before retiring and Warner hit 104 from 83 deliveries. (AP Photo)Rapid centuries by Glenn Maxwell and David Warner lifted Australia to a 106-run win over India in a warm-up match on Sunday that built up their prospects for the World Cup while leaving India winless in the dry Australian summer.Maxwell slammed 122 from 57 balls before retiring and Warner hit 104 from 83 deliveries as Australia made 371 in 48.2 overs after winning the toss and batting. India were all out for 265 in 45.1 overs in reply.Australia are the world’s top-ranked one-day side and World Cup favourite and the all-round quality of their performance on Sunday helped substantiate that billing. India’s World Cup prospects appear bleak as they remained without a win in three Tests and five one-day matches in Australia this summer while losing veteran fast bowler Ishant Sharma to a knee injury.Warner set the tempo for the first half of the Australian innings with a century from 80 balls and Maxwell accelerated later, reaching his hundred from 53 balls – the second 50 coming from only 19 deliveries.Maxwell rushed on to 122, retiring after hitting three consecutive sixes from the bowling of Umesh Yadav in an over that claimed a wicket and cost 27 runs.”It’s nice to be hitting the ball really well coming to a massive tournament like this,” Maxwell said. “One more practice to go and then hopefully I hit the tournament running with lots of runs and in a good head space.”India bowled well enough late in the innings to prevent Australia reaching 400. After his savage welcome at Warner’s hands, Shami recovered strongly to dismiss George Bailey (44), Mitchell Johnson (19) and Pat Cummings (5) to finish with 3 for 83.advertisementAjinkya Rahane made 66 and Shikhar Dhawan 59 as India were dismissed in reply. While Rahane and Dhawan were together, in a 104-run partnership for the third wicket, India were scoring at just behind the run rate needed to threaten Australia’s total.But when both were out within 15 runs between the 25th and 29th overs, India’s challenge faltered. India captain MS Dhoni suffered the indignity of a first-ball duck caught by Mitchell Starc from the bowling of Pat Cummins, one ball after Suresh Raina was run out, to effectively end India’s bid for a drought-breaking win.Ambati Rayudu made 53 as India’s last hope but he was out at 254 for 8 in the 42 over, with 118 still needed for victory.Shane Watson returned to the Australia lineup Sunday after recent hamstring problems while captain Michael Clarke remains on track to play in Australia’s second World Cup group match against Bangladesh on February 21.last_img read more

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