MOHALI, India (AP): New Zealand stormed into the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 with a 22-run win over former champions Pakistan yesterday, their third successive victory in Group Two. Martin Guptill scored 80 off 48 balls with 10 fours and three sixes in New Zealand’s total of 180-5 and also took three catches as Pakistan failed to build on Sharjeel Khan’s blistering start, finishing on 158-5. Pakistan never got their momentum back after Khan hit 47 off 25 balls with nine fours and a six in an opening stand of 65. He was dismissed in the sixth over, caught by Guptill. Fast bowler Adam Milne (2-26) and left-arm spinner Martin Santner (2-29) led the New Zealand recovery with two wickets each and put Pakistan on the brink of a tournament exit. “On the back of Martin Guptill’s superb knock, the batting unit played their roles truly nicely to get to us to a very good total,” New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said. “It was nice to see, in the second innings, our bowlers kept their composure after a tough start and pulled it back nicely.” New Zealand have already beaten tournament favourites India and Australia, while 2009 champions Pakistan have just two points from their victory over Bangladesh after also losing to India. Pakistan, notorious to slip in run-chases, scored nearly half of the required runs in the first 10 overs before their batsmen let the game slip away. Ahmed Shehzad (30), Umar Akmal (24) and captain Shahid Afridi (19), who was dropped off the first ball, couldn’t build any real momentum as New Zealand kept taking wickets in reply. Pakistan also missed the experience of Mohammad Hafeez, who was ruled out of the match due to pain in his right knee. Hafeez’s replacement, Khalid Latif, playing his first T20 international after almost four years, looked out of sorts in his brief stay before holing out in the deep after scoring only three runs. “It was a chaseable total, we played well in the first six overs. But after that, instead of building partnerships, we played too many dot balls,” Afridi said. “Maybe I will play my last game of the career (against Australia) and we should focus on it.”
Baseball America released its annual list of Top 100 Prospects last month, tabbing Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton as the best emerging talent in baseball. But what can you expect out of the No. 1 prospect — or Nos. 2 through 100, for that matter?I gathered data on Baseball America’s historical Top 100 lists back to 1990 and tracked how many wins above replacement (WAR) each player generated over the seven seasons after each list was released. (A team has control of its players for the first six years of their careers, according to service time, but not every prospect’s clock starts ticking the same year he’s ranked by Baseball America.)For example, Baseball America’s No. 1 slot gets 46 WAR from 1995’s top prospect, Alex Rodriguez. But the top spot loses 1.9 WAR from Todd Van Poppel, one of the game’s all-time biggest busts. Among 18 players from 1990 to 2007, the average for Baseball America’s top spot was nearly 20 WAR.Do this for all 100 slots, and you arrive at an average, early-career WAR total for each ranking. It’s not a perfectly smooth drop-off from each spot to the next — for instance, the average at No. 10 (15.5 WAR) was quite a bit higher than the average at No. 5 (9.3) — but overall, the shape of the list’s average WAR resembles a logarithmic curve. In other words, a disproportionate amount of WAR is generated by the top handful of prospects.The expected future value of a guy like Buxton is about 17 WAR over the next seven seasons (that’s 2.5 WAR per year, which would be solid for a starter but something less than an All-Star on average). If that number seems low, it’s because Baseball America’s top prospects, from A-Rod to Van Poppel, have been all over the place. This underscores the difficulty Baseball America, or any scouting organization, faces when trying to project the future for 20-year-old prospects, as even the most promising talents have a history of flaming out.
The S&P BSE Sensex soared over 500 points – its biggest single day gain in the past seven months – on Friday, on receding fears over yuan devaluation and rising prospects of a rate cut by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The Sensex closed at 28,067, up 518 points from its previous close, while the 50-scrip Nifty gained 163 points to close at 8,519.The rally was mainly driven by metal stocks, which were under heavy selling pressure earlier this week. The Chinese central bank said it saw “no reason” for the yuan to depreciate further, which calmed down fears of volatility in currency markets worldwide. While the Vedanta stock rose 3.73% to close at Rs 107.20 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), Hindalco gained 2.64% to end at Rs 93.30.The rupee, which traded at two-year lows in the past three trading sessions, also stabilised following the Chinese central bank comment. Another major support for the markets came from the declining inflation rate in the country. Data showed that the wholesale price inflation (WPI) fell to a decade low of 4.06% in July, strengthening expectations for an interest rate cut by the RBI next month. “Looking ahead, the WPI rate should remain low by past standards. There is still evidence of spare capacity in the economy, which should keep a lid on core price pressures,” said Capital Economics in a note.Bank stocks rose sharply on the possibility of a rate cut. Punjab National Bank was the biggest gainer, with its share prices soaring over 8% on the BSE to end at Rs 166.25.Stocks prices of ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, SBI and Kotak Mahindra Bank rose in the range of 2-3%. Markets started pricing in a rate cut by the RBI in September, following a sharp decline in retail inflation, reported earlier on Wednesday.Retail inflation (CPI) dropped to a nine-month low of 3.8% in July due to lower food prices and high base effect. The inflation rate stood at 5.4% in June.”While the RBI has rightly reiterated that its policy action will remain data dependent, a 25bp repo rate cut in September is our baseline scenario,” said Barclays Capital in a note.The RBI governor Raghurajan Rajan had kept repo rate unchanged at 7.25% at the 4 August meeting. “Coupled with continuous negative prints in WPI, we think the recent drop in CPI inflation will assuage the inflationary concerns of the central bank,” Barclays said.
By Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, firstname.lastname@example.orgAnxiety is pervasive in the hearts and minds of millions of high school seniors across the nation, as college acceptance and rejection letters are being mailed out, carrying the hopes and heartbreak of many college hopefuls.However, one Maryland high school senior is floating on cloud nine right now after being accepted to all eight Ivy League schools.Mekhi Johnson has been accepted at all eight Ivy League schools, the first Gilman student to do so in the history of the prestigious school. (Courtesy photo)After hearing a radio story when he was six, about a student who was accepted to all eight Ivy League Schools, Mekhi Johnson, a senior at the prestigious Gilman School in Northeast Baltimore, apparently told his mother, “I’m going to do that one day.”That day came this year when Johnson, a National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student with a 98.1 average, achieved the extremely rare feat. Johnson was also accepted at the University of Chicago.According to Gilman officials, there were more than 280,000 applications from hopeful students to Ivy League schools last year, but less than five applications achieved the honor of being accepted at all eight schools. Johnson is the first Gilman student to do so.Johnson engages in several extracurricular activities at Gilman including, editing the yearbook and literary magazine; playing in the jazz band and drumline; singing with “the Traveling Men,” Gilman’s a capella group and Johnson is president of Gilman’s Diversity Council.Johnson has not yet chosen which college he will attend.