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Norwich’s Hooper hopes for England call

first_img Press Association His aims are simple after moving to Carrow Road on a three-year deal, with Norwich having the option of a further year. “(To) score goals,” Hooper said. “That’s what I get paid for, that’s what the gaffer got me in for and that’s the challenge: to play and score goals. I wanted to play in the Premiership and to try to get an England call-up. I think there’s a good chance of that.” Hooper felt that at Celtic the opportunity for England recognition was limited, even though he came close to a call-up under Roy Hodgson earlier this year, only to be ruled out through injury. “You don’t really get a look in up there,” Hooper said. “Down here you’ve got more chance. The main thing is playing, getting on the pitch first, and doing what I do. To play for your country is anyone’s dream, but my first dream is to play in the Premiership.” Manager Chris Hughton supports Hooper’s ambition. “He’s got to play well enough for Norwich City Football Club and score goals and prove that he can do it in this very, very difficult league,” Hughton said. “That’s the reason why he’s here and that’s the wonderful challenge that he has.” Hooper scored 31 goals for Scottish champions Celtic last season and is the Canaries’ seventh summer signing. He was Celtic’s leading goalscorer for the last three seasons, having joined from Scunthorpe in 2010 for £2.4million. Hooper could have joined sooner, but opted to stay in Glasgow in January to be part of Celtic’s Champions League campaign. Hooper added: “I had the Champions League and Celtic wanted to keep me. It was a tough decision, but I’m here now and I’m happy.” QPR also had a bid accepted for Hooper and he carefully considered a move to Loftus Road. “I was close, but I wanted to come here and play in the Premiership,” Hooper added. The 25-year-old signed from Celtic last week and met up with the Norwich squad on Sunday following their return from the United States. The Canaries’ long-standing interest and the prospect of playing in the Barclays Premier League persuaded Hooper to swap Champions League nights at Parkhead and the goldfish bowl that is football in Glasgow for Norfolk. center_img Gary Hooper hopes moving to Norwich from Celtic will enhance his bid for a place in England’s World Cup squad next summer.last_img read more

Windies crash to 59-run defeat after Kohli’s 42 nd ODI ton

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, (CMC) – Veteran opener Chris Gayle broke Brian Lara’s record for the most runs by a West Indies batsman in One-Day Internationals but his failure typified the Caribbean side’s brittle batting and overshadowed the achievement, as the hosts crashed to a 59-run defeat under Duckworth-Lewis-Stern in the second ODI here Sunday.Chasing a revised target of 270 off 46 overs following a rain break 13 overs into their run chase at Queen’s Park Oval, West Indies were toppled for 210 with four overs remaining, to fall behind 1-0 in the three-match series.Opener Evin Lewis, playing in front of his home crowd, top-scored with 65 while fellow countryman Nicholas Pooran chimed in with 42 but West Indies lost wickets at key stages to watch their chase come apart at the seams.In fact, they appeared well en route to victory at 148 for three in the 28th over but collapsed and lost their last seven wickets for 62 runs in quick time.Bhuvneshwar Kumar led India’s attack with four for 31 while fellow new-ball seamer Mohammed Shami claimed two for 39 and left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav, two for 59.India captain Virat Kohli had earlier struck his 42nd One-Day International hundred to become his country’s second highest run-scorer in ODIs as the visitors reached 279 for seven off their 50 overs, after choosing to bat first.The right-hander’s polished 120, which also saw him surpass Pakistani Javed Miandad for the highest ODI aggregate against West Indies, left him only behind legend Sachin Tendulkar in India’s all-time ODI scoring charts.He was supported by Shreyas Iyer who stroked 71, the pair putting on 125 for the fourth wicket to stabilise the innings.Kohli struck 14 fours and a six off 125 balls while Iyer’s knock required only 68 balls and included five fours and one six.Seamer Carlos Brathwaite was the best bowler with three for 53 from his 10 overs.West Indies struck as early as the third ball of the morning when left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell got one to straighten and trap Shikhar Dhawan lbw for two, courtesy of DRS.Kohli then dominated a 74-run, second wicket stand with an unusually subdued Rohit Sharma whose 18 came from 34 balls before he was taken at point by Nicholas Pooran in the 16th over, attempting to clear the infield with off-spinner Roston Chase.When left-hander Rishabh Pant fell for 20 in the 23rd over, bowled trying to pull a length ball from Brathwaite, India were in need of a partnership and got it through Kohli and Iyer.Kohli started positively with boundaries on either side of the wicket off seamer Kemar Roach in the second over, and he sustained the momentum to reach his half-century off 57 balls at the end of the 15th over, when he steered Brathwaite to the third man ropes.He needed a further 55 deliveries to reach triple figures, with the landmark arriving in the 38th over when he punched pacer and captain Jason Holder to long on for a single.Kohli eventually fell in the 42nd over to a catch in the deep off Brathwaite but India never found the acceleration they wanted in the last 10 overs, and managed only 67 runs.Faced with a challenging but hardly daunting target, West Indies were handed a decent start of 45 off 57 deliveries for the first wicket by Lewis and Gayle.Not for the first time, Gayle struggled with momentum but passed Lara’s mark of 10 405 runs when he took a single to third man at the start of the ninth over.Unsurprisingly, however, he perished in the following over after facing 24 balls for his 11, lbw to a full length delivery from Kumar, with the resulting review more out of desperation than prudence.Shai Hope then played on to left-arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed in the 13th over for five as the Windies reached 56 for two at the rain break.With the target revised, Lewis set about building the foundation for a possible win, facing 80 balls and striking eight fours and a six as he anchored two key partnerships to tilt the balance in the home side’s favour. First, he put on 40 or the third wicket with Shimron Hetmyer (18) before adding a further 56 for the fourth with Pooran.He lost Hetmyer at the end of the 18th over, caught at cover off Kuldeep miscuing a pull before he then departed in the 28th over, hauled in at cover by Kohli also off Kuldeep.Even then, West Indies still looked safe bets to prevail as Pooran struck four fours and a six off 52 balls in a 31-run, fifth wicket stand with Chase (18).But with the partnership threatening, Kumar removed both in the 35th over in a wretched period that saw West Indies lose four wickets for three runs in the space of 14 balls, as India regained control of the contest.INDIAS Dhawan lbw b Cottrell 2Rohit Sharma c Pooran b Chase 18*V Kohli c Roach b Brathwaite 120+R Pant b Brathwaite 20S Iyer b Holder 71K Jadhav run out 16R Jadeja not out 16B Kumar c Roach b Brathwaite 1Mohammed Shami not out 3Extras (b1, w9, nb2) 12TOTAL (7 wkts, 50 overs) 279Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Dhawan), 2-76 (Sharma), 3-101 (Pant), 4-226 (Kohli), 5-250 (Iyer), 6-258 (Jadhav), 7-262 (Kumar)Did not bat: K Yadav, Khaleel AhmedBowling: Cottrell 10-0-49-1 (w2), Roach 7-0-54-0 (w2, nb1), Holder 9-0-53-1 (w1), Thomas 4-0-32-0 (w2, nb1), Chase 10-1-37-1, Brathwaite 10-0-53-3 (w2).WEST INDIES (target: 270 off 46 overs)C Gayle lbw b Kumar 11E Lewis c Kohli b Kuldeep Yadav 65+S Hope b Khaleel Ahmed 5S Hetmyer c Kohli b Kuldeep Yadav 18N Pooran c Kohli b Kumar 42R Chase c and b Kumar 18*J Holder not out 13C Brathwaite c Mohammed Shami b Jadeja 0K Roach b Kumar 0S Cottrell c Jadeja b Mohammed Shami 17O Thomas lbw b Mohammed Shami 0Extras (b4, lb5, w11, nb1) 21TOTAL (all out, 42 overs) 210Fall of wickets: 1-45 (Gayle), 2-52 (Hope), 3-92 (Hetmyer), 4-148 (Lewis), 5-179 (Pooran), 6-179 (Chase), 7-180 (Brathwaite), 8-182 (Roach), 9-209 (Cottrell), 10-210 (Thomas).Bowling: Kumar 8-0-31-4 (w1), Mohammed Shami 8-0-39-2 (w2), Khaleel Ahmed 7-0-32-1 (w2), Kuldeep Yadav 10-0-59-2 (w1), Jadhav 5-0-25-0 (w1), Jadeja 4-0-15-1 (nb1).Man-of-the-Match: Virat Kohli.last_img read more

Professor raises awareness of Asian politics and relations

first_imgDetermined to educate people about the history of East Asia, a USC professor of international relations and business began writing a book three years ago to achieve just that.Diplomatic relations · Professor David Kang has been teaching at USC for two years and is the director of the Korean Studies Institute. – Brandon Hui | Daily Trojan David Kang recently released his latest book, East Asia Before the West: Five Centuries of Trade and Tribute, saying that most people are only taught about Europe’s historical international relations and rarely learn about how the East Asian countries interacted in their history.“The main point is to show that historical East Asian international relations was complex and vibrant and as nuanced as was Europe’s historical international relations,” Kang said.He first developed the idea for his book a decade ago but only started writing it three years ago.Kang said despite the fact that these Asian countries are important today, people tend to not know anything about how the countries interacted with one another 30 years ago, before they were integrated into the global society.“[It’s important to] make people more aware and present people with some knowledge of this time in a readable way, so that when we try to make sense of Asia today we have some sense of how it got to today,” Kang said. “We talk about China and Japan with no knowledge of how they came to be.”One of the most interesting things about East Asian history, Kang said, is that between 1300 and 1800 there was very little war between the countries themselves.He notes that it wasn’t the fact that the countries didn’t have the means to fight wars — the countries did have large armies. This was an interesting contrast to European countries, he said, which were constantly at war with each other.“War wasn’t in their minds the same way it’s not in our mindset that we might invade Canada. We could, but that’s not the way it is,” he said. “Historically, these countries had stable relationships. Among themselves they saw each other as legitimate.”Kang began teaching at USC two years ago, after teaching at Dartmouth College. He is a professor in both international relations and business administration and teaches International Relations for non-majors (IR 101) and East Asian Societies (EASC 150).In addition to teaching, Kang has also been the director of the Korean Studies Institute since he came to USC. The institute is still relatively young, he said, but he has big ambitions for the center.The institute supports all research that has to do with Korea, and it is available to undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty. It also helps with research grants, holds conferences and sponsors a traditional Korean drumming troop.The institute hosts speakers and public events, and according to Kang, the United States ambassador to South Korea will be speaking this winter.USC is in the perfect position to make the institute the best in the world, Kang said, because of the location in Los Angeles and the resources that the school has as a private university.“The overall mission is to educate USC students,” Kang said. “The vision is to be the best Korean studies institute in the world. We have a realistic chance to do that.”last_img read more