Spain will be the FIFA World Cup champions while Germany will beat Uruguay to bag the third place, ‘Octopus oracle’ Paul has predicted.Paul the Oracle Octopus – Offbeat pics from FIFA 2010The eight-legged creature – who is as much loved as hated by football fans for his precise match predictions – chose the winners of World Cup’s two remaining games at an event held in Germany.The exercise began with Paul being made to predict the outcome of Saturday’s Germany-Uruguay clash.World Cup Beauties – Larissa Riquelme, Sara CarboneroAllahabad parrot tips Netherlands to winIn India, there’s apparently a little birdie in Allahabad that’s been doing the same – predicting correct results in the FIFA World Cup.This bird called Shyama has got her owner convinced that she can give Paul the Octopus in faraway Germany a run for his money.According to him, she too has been picking the winners correctly, but hasn’t got her share of the limelight.So, who has she picked for the final? Well, after some heckling from her owner, this fortune telling bird has picked Spain for the title. Believe her or not, we’ll know for sure on Sunday.Coming back to Paul, two boxes, one having Germany’s flag and the other Uruguay’s, were lowered into Paul’s water tank. The octopus opened the lid of the box containing the German flag and ate the food inside – his standard way of signalling the winner.But Paul took his sweet time to reach a conclusion. Fans and the media waited in anticipation as he fiddled with the two boxes for a while. Things initially seemed to be going Uruguay’s way until Paul changed his mind.advertisementIn the end, it was worth the wait for the German fans, who had been heartbroken after their team’s 0-1 loss to Spain in the World Cup semi-finals in South Africa. Paul had predicted the outcome of the match – and correctly. [See pics of that match] All eyes then moved to the Spain-Netherlands final and the ‘oracle’ was made to undergo the same drill. This time, Paul feasted from the plastic box containing the Spanish flag.The psychic octopus has correctly predicted all the matches of Germany in this World Cup. Germany’s loss to Spain in the semi-finals had triggered an outcry against Paul, with the Internet swarming with surfers who wanted to have the creature on their dinner table.
Record signing Raheem Sterling made an instant impression on his Manchester City debut, scoring in the third minute of the Premier League club’s penalty shootout win over AS Roma in a pre-season friendly on Tuesday.The 20-year-old was jeered at the Melbourne Cricket Ground when he tripped over the ball on one of his first touches in the area, but a minute later soaked up the acclaim after slotting home a through ball from Nigerian teenager Kelechi Iheanacho.Though all eyes were on Sterling, the most expensive English player in history after joining from Liverpool for a reported 49 million pounds, it was goalkeeper Joe Hart who secured victory with two fine saves in the shootout as City prevailed 5-4 on spot-kickshh after the teams drew 2-2.Aleksandar Kolarov missed City’s second kick in the shootout but Hart parried away a weak effort from Seydou Doumbia and also denied Seydou Keita to clinch the International Champions Cup victory in front of a crowd of 41,134.Sterling’s transfer fee generated plenty of debate, but his man-of-the-match performance against the Serie A side was a positive start in justifying his price-tag.He was desperately unlucky not to create a second goal before being substituted at halftime, garnering no sympathy from Australian referee Jarred Gillett despite a forceful challenge from Alessandro Florenzi that took out the Englishman’s legs.Roma forward Adem Ljajic curled in a sumptuous free kick three minutes from full-time after being brought down just outside the area to take the match into the shootout.advertisementEighteen-year-old Iheanacho, a much-hyped product of City’s youth academy, also impressed with his calm in front of goal, hammering home City’s second in the 51st minute after being gifted the chance when a defensive pass intended for keeper Morgan de Sanctis landed horribly short.Miralem Pjanic scored Roma’s first in the eighth minute with a thundering 25-metre strike.
Pakistan’s former captain and fast bowling great Wasim Akram has been given the task of working with the country’s 12 best young pacers during a 12-day camp in Karachi.The Pakistan Cricket Board today named 12 young fast bowlers to attend the camp with Akram at Karachi’s National stadium from August 1.The 12 have been selected after a series of trials held at four centres in Pakistan this month.The PCB’s decision to secure the services of Akram came after a leading electronics giant agreed to sponsor the entire talent hunt scheme on condition that the former Pakistan speedster would head it.According to sources Akram will be paid directly by the sponsors instead of receiving any payments from the board with whom he has had a hot and cold relationship for a while now.Also read: Lord’s failure spurred me on, says England’s Anderson Only recently Akram criticised the national selectors and team management for mishandling left-arm pacer Junaid Khan and senior batsman Younis Khan.This is the second time that Akram will hold such a camp for fast bowlers in Karachi with the involvement of a sponsor as he did it in 2013 as well when he worked with Pakistan team bowlers like Wahab Riaz, Muhammad Irfan, Sohail Khan and Junaid.The former pace great has always said that he is keen to help Pakistan cricket in any capacity and would love to work with young pace bowlers.Also read: England on top after Anderson six-for in 3rd Ashes TestThe 12 youngsters selected for the camp by the national selection committee include some established domestic cricket performers.advertisementThe list includes Mir Hamza, Ahmed Jamal (who won the best bowler prize in the last camp), Majid Ali, Taj Wali, Ahmed Butt, Amir Yamin, Azizullah, Muhammad Irfan, Sameen Gul, Altaf Khan, Bilawal and Zia ul Haq.The list includes a rookie pacer from the Federally Administrated Tribal areas, Sameen Gul and three others pacers from Peshawar.
Real Madrid’s diminutive stars uplifted Real Madrid in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo as they overcame Leganes 3-1 on Wednesday to climb to the third spot in the La Liga table.Real Madrid were able to bury the ghosts of Copa del Rey, where Leganes knocked them out at home, and came from behind to outclass Los Legionarios as they made it to the third place for the first time since December 2.Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez and Mateo Kovacic were handed starts by Zinedine Zidane in the absence of injured trio of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Marcelo while he chose to rest Ronaldo and bench Bale. Zidane’s gamble paid off as the relatively inexperienced trio gave Madrid the speed and boost they were lacking, putting forth one of the best Madrid performances this season.¡El equipo consiguió darle la vuelta al marcador y se llevó los tres puntos de Butarque! #RMLiga pic.twitter.com/NyhpXEqyP8Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) February 21, 2018Despite Madrid’s attacking prowess, the defence came under scrutiny once more when Leganes defender Unai Bustinaza scored through a set piece in the sixth minute of the match. Despite the first choice central defensive pair of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane starting the match, Madrid’s defence looked as shaky as they have been all season.Cashing on some lazy defending from Madrid, Bustinaza slided in at the back post to knock the ball towards the goal and then bundled in the rebound after poor goalkeeping from Kiko Casilla.advertisementSpanish winger Lucas Vazquez pulled the champions back into the game five minutes later by latching on to a backheel by Casemiro and arrowing his finish into the far bottom corner.Vazquez then returned the favour to Brazilian midfielder Casemiro, who finished off a slick passing move to give Real the lead in the 29th, while Real captain Sergio Ramos rounded off the scoring by converting a penalty in stoppage time.Casemiro’s goal was almost Barcelonesque in nature as Real Madrid produced some delightful one touch football to leave Leganes guessing.Ronaldo missed his first league game since September 20 as Zidane rotated his side. The game was originally scheduled for December but had to be postponed due to Real’s participation in the FIFA Club World Cup.The win lifts Zidane’s side above Valencia and into third in the La Liga standings on 48 points after 24 games, 14 behind leaders Barcelona and seven behind second-placed Atletico Madrid.(With inputs from Reuters)
Despite government efforts over the years to fix the situation, Canada’s Indian Act still discriminates against Indigenous women when it comes to passing on their status to their descendants, the United Nations Human Rights Committee ruled this week.The committee found the act violates Canada’s international obligations and urged Ottawa to put an end to the differential treatment of an estimated 270,000 women and their descendants.The complaint came from Sharon McIvor, 70, and her son Jacob Grismer, 47, both of Merritt, B.C., who argued they had not been treated as “real Indians” because of flaws in the Indian Act, which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this week called a “colonialist relic.”“This decision is a game-changer for First Nations women and for Canada,” McIvor said in a statement. “If the government of Canada fulfills its obligations and finally treats First Nations women as equals, it will be a new day for us, for our communities and for Canada.”McIvor’s grandmother was a member of the Lower Nicola Band — part of the Nlaka’pamux Nation — who married a non-Indigenous man. As a result of prevailing rules that determined Indian status on the basis of male lineage, their daughter was ineligible for registration as an Indian.As a result, neither McIvor nor her siblings were deemed to be Indians because their ineligible mother married a non-Indian. McIvor would also marry a non-Indian and had three children, including Grismer.The federal government changed the Indian Act in 1985 in response to complaints and various court decisions in an effort to address the overt gender discrimination. However, McIvor and Grismer argued the changes didn’t remedy their situation but instead continued the “existing preference for male Indians and patrilineal descent.”According to their complaint, McIvor can only pass on partial Indian status to her son, who also married a non-Indian, but no status to her grandchildren. Her brother, on the other hand, can pass on full status to his children as well as his grandchildren.“The committee notes that Sharon McIvor is treated differently from her own brother under the Indian Act,” the committee said.In addition, McIvor said she had suffered from the stigma of being a lesser-status Indian, while Grismer said he, too, experienced “isolation and stigmatization” despite spending his life in the territory of his forebears.In response to the complaint, the federal government said it made changes to the Indian Act in both 2011 and again in 2017 to deal with gender issue — although not all the 2017 changes are in effect pending consultations with First Nations.“(Canada) regrets the historical discrimination and other inequities to which Indigenous women and their descendants have been subject,” the committee report cites the government as saying.McIvor and Grismer countered that Ottawa was wrong to claim a “sub-class” of Indian no longer exists under the act, specifically in Section 6 (1). While the changes have improved the situation, they argued they are still victimized.“The 1985 act as amended in 2011 still excludes from eligibility for registration status Aboriginal women and their descendants who would be entitled to register if sex discrimination were completely eradicated from the scheme,” they told the committee.The committee ruled that Canada must remove the discrimination and ensure all First Nations women and their descendants are granted status on the same footing as First Nations men and their descendants.The federal government had no immediate comment.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press