The Minnesota Vikings found a way to stop Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins, showing late resolve after a series of final-minute collapses.Adrian Peterson ran for 75 yards and two touchdowns, and the Vikings forced Griffin into three straight incompletions from the 4-yard line to hold on for a 34-27 victory Thursday night.After losing three games this year in the final minute, the Vikings finally pulled one out.“There were many times during the course of that game where they could’ve gone, ‘Oh, no, here we go again,’” coach Leslie Frazier said.Christian Ponder went 17-for-21, for 174 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for Minnesota before leaving late in the third quarter with a dislocated shoulder on his non-throwing left arm. John Carlson had seven catches for 98 yards and a touchdown, and rookie Cordarrelle Patterson also had a scoring reception for the Vikings (2-7).“We just played the way we were supposed to,” Ponder said. “We executed like an NFL team is supposed to, especially a 10-6 playoff team like we were last year. We really needed that, to help out with our confidence, and now that’s our expectation for the rest of the year.”Griffin was 24-for-37 for 281 yards, three touchdowns and no turnovers for the Redskins (3-6), who led 27-14 early in the third quarter. He also ran seven times for 44 yards, but the Vikings took him down for four sacks for 39 yards in the second half, including 2 1/2 by Kevin Williams.The Redskins committed eight penalties for 63 yards.“You can’t do that,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. “You’ve got to keep your poise. You make mistakes like that and so often it will cost you the game.”With the Redskins out of timeouts, Griffin ran for 12 yards on fourth-and-1 at his own 49, right after the 2-minute warning. After a run to the 4, the Vikings stopped the clock. Wide receiver Greg Jennings was livid on the sideline, but Frazier defended the timeout to give the drained defense a rest and allow at least a few seconds for a comeback in case the Redskins scored.Read more at ESPN.
History was made at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Sunday night, when the Pittsburgh Penguins became the first team of the NHL’s salary-cap era to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.1The NHL instituted a salary cap after labor disputes that resulted in the loss of the entire 2004-05 season. Winning back-to-back titles wasn’t as big of a deal for much of the NHL’s history — through the 1970s and ’80s, it wasn’t uncommon to see teams win two, three or even four Stanley Cup titles in a row — but repeating has been notoriously difficult in recent decades.The last franchise to go back-to-back was the Detroit Red Wings, whose ridiculously talented Steve Yzerman-led teams won in 1997 and 1998. And before that, it was Mario Lemieux’s Penguins, buttressed by some teenager from the Czech Republic named Jaromir Jagr; they lifted the Cup in the springs of 1991 and 1992, cementing Pittsburgh as a hockey town.Just as those Penguins teams from the early 1990s owed a lot to their captain — Lemieux won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP in both Cup-winning campaigns — these Penguins have been powered by their leader, Sidney Crosby. He played brilliantly in this season’s playoffs, scoring 27 points in 24 games, including 7 in six games during the Final, and earning a second consecutive Smythe. Only one other player, beyond Crosby and Lemieux, has won back-to-back Smythes since the award was first given out in 1965.2That player is goalie Bernie Parent, who led the Philadelphia Flyers to Stanley Cup championships in 1974 and 1975. (And it was never done by all-time greats like Wayne Gretzky, Patrick Roy and Bobby Orr, although each of those players won the trophy at least twice in his career.)Of course, netminder Matt Murray wasn’t too shabby, either. After returning from injury to play in the conference finals, Murray was virtually unbeatable. In 11 games, he recorded seven quality starts3Hockey-Reference.com defines a “quality start” as one in which a goalie records a save percentage greater than or equal to the league average for the season. (Or, if a goalie faces 20 shots or fewer, he must record an 88.5 percent save percentage for the start to be considered “quality.”) and stopped 93.7 percent of the shots he faced.Here’s the most ludicrous thing of all: Murray led Pittsburgh to not one, but two titles as a rookie. After backstopping the Pens to the title last season, he still qualified as a rookie for 2016-17 because of the way the NHL judges rookie status. That elevates Murray into the same territory as Montreal great Ken Dryden, who as a rookie led the Habs to a Stanley Cup championship in 1971.Dryden won the Conn Smythe that year, and because he’d played in only six regular-season games, he still qualified as a rookie for the 1971-72 season. The Habs failed to repeat, but Dryden won the Calder Trophy as the league’s best rookie. Regardless of what Murray does over the rest of his career, he and Dryden will always be mentioned in the same breath. That’s not bad company!Beyond Crosby and Murray, Penguins center Evgeni Malkin was exceptional, finishing as the leading scorer in the playoffs. Geno’s 28 points are tied for the sixth-most of any player in a single postseason since the lockout and are the second-most of his playoff career (trailing the insane 36 points he dropped in 2009, when he won the Conn Smythe).In the first nine seasons they played together, Crosby and Malkin were playoff fixtures. They won one Cup, but otherwise, the Penguins during that time frequently seemed to disappoint in the postseason. After Pittsburgh’s championship in 2009, its record under coach Dan Bylsma was just 27-27 in the postseason, and the team was 0-5 in elimination games. Despite having two of the best players of their generation, the Pens were underachieving. The Crosby-Malkin era had held such promise, but each star was aging out of his prime. It was beginning to look like they might have missed their window for further championship success.All that panic feels like a dream now. Two championships in succession have put Pittsburgh’s tally during the Crosby-Malkin era at three — one more than the team earned in the Lemieux-Jagr era.So where does this place Crosby and Malkin in Penguins lore? It’s difficult (and kind of foolish) to compare eras. The game has changed a lot since Lemieux and Jagr played together, and Crosby and Malkin probably won’t touch their predecessors’ scoring totals. But in terms of titles, the Crosby-Malkin era has been the most successful run in the Penguins’ history. It’s hard to argue with all that silverware.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Jan. 23 (JIS): A Bill which seeks to decriminalise ganja for medicinal, religious, and private/personal use was tabled in the Senate today (January 23).The Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act, 2015, was laid on the table by Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding.The amendments will make the possession of small quantities of ganja, amounting to two ounces or less, a non-arrestable but ticketable infraction, attracting a fine payable outside of the court, but not resulting in the possessor attaining a criminal record.However, failure to pay the monetary penalty will be deemed a minor offence punishable in the Petty Sessions Court by an order for community service.The legislation prohibits the smoking of ganja in public spaces, subject to specified exemptions.Proposed changes to the Act will also facilitate ganja being used for therapeutic purposes, as prescribed by a registered practitioner, or for scientific research conducted by an accredited tertiary institution or otherwise approved by the Scientific Research Council (SRC).The changes will enable the use of ganja in religious engagements by stakeholders, such as Rastafarians.The Bill also makes provisions for the creation of a Cannabis Licensing Authority to regulate the proposed hemp and medicinal ganja industry in Jamaica. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Consultation on Gaming Policy 2015 Recommended for you Police execute search warrants and get Ganja; questioning man in cutlass crooks case Related Items:bill, dangerous rugs act, ganja, petty session court, scientific research council PM Tables Sexual Harassment Bill
Vikram in Kadaram Kondan.PR HandoutRajesh M Selva desired to make Kadaram Kondan with Kamal Haasan, but the Ulaganayagan, in spite of being impressed with the script, could not take up the project due to his busy schedule. His liking towards the story became evident after the actor came forward to produce the flick, while roping in Vikram to play the lead role.Kadaram Kondan is an action thriller, which has Kamal’s daughter Akshara Haasan playing an important role. Abi Hassan, Lena, Vikas, Jasmine, Cherry and a host of actors are part of the supporting cast. The film has Ghibran’s music, Srinivas R Gutha’s cinematography and Praveen KL’s editing.Story: Chiyaan Vikram enacts the character named KK, who is on the run in Malaysia. He will be seen as a dangerous man with a murky past. There are complications in his appearance which makes him menacing and unpredictable person. Abhi and Akshara appear as husband and wife in Kadaram Kondan. How their lives and interlinked is the interesting part of the story.Analysis and Reviews:Kadaram Kondan is fast-paced action thriller which impresses the viewers with top notch technicalites. The brilliant action sequences are well-backed by pulsating background score. Vikram looks as stylish as ever in the crisp thriller in which Chiyaan has minimal dialogues. Akshara makes a good debut and Abi Haasan is equally impressive. On the flip side, there are lags in the screeplay here and there. Check out the viewers’ response to the film below:Kaushik LM: #KadaramKondan -Has a Thoongavanam vibe, with the Malaysian milieu setting it apart. Macho #ChiyaanVikram doesn’t have any romantic side to his character, and means ‘action’ all through with a hugely deep bass voice dubbing. He just eases through, sharing space with many actors #KadaramKondan 2nd half – High on stunts – bike chase, car chase, hand to hand combats etc. The ending is decent, with an emotional touch.. Overall, a lightweight action flick with a crisp runtime of 2 hrs. @GhibranOfficial’s work Competent debut for @AbiHassan_#KadaramKondan 1st half – So far, #ChiyaanVikram is akin to a caged, wounded tiger waiting to pounce.. Needless to add, he looks grt on screen with yet another new style trend to impress us. He is brooding and serious throughout – an easy cakewalk for the ‘actor’ in him.. #KadaramKondan 1st half – Takes all its time to set up the core characters. The mysterious KK & a young married couple drive the plot. ‘Thaarame Thaarame’ is a nice melody, sung by @sidsriram .. Debutant @AbiHassan_ ‘s screen presence is pleasing. Hoping for an action packed 2nd! #KadaramKondan 1st half – So far, #ChiyaanVikram is akin to a caged, wounded tiger waiting to pounce.. Needless to add, he looks grt on screen with yet another new style trend to impress us. He is brooding and serious throughout – an easy cakewalk for the ‘actor’ in him..Sathish Kumar M: #KadaramKondan Excellent Debut got @AbiHassan_ He comes throughout the movie and has done complete justice to the role. Didn’t feel that it was his debut film. Proud moment for #Nasser @nasser_kameela #KadaramKondan Director has tried to give ‘A’ Class Action Thriller. Cinematography & BGM by @GhibranOfficial adds more value to the film. Slow paced screenplay. #ChiyanVikram Looks Vera Level. His action scenes in the second half has come out well. Good debut for @AbiHassan_Review Ram: The stunt sequences in #KadaramKondan are well shot, but surely not well choreographed. They are in fact tedious. Action is nothing but chases here in different forms like bike, car, walking and running. Doesn’t build any tension while watching…ZaZuOke: #KadaramKondan I thoroughly enjoyed that and with that being said as a non-tamil as an African Canadian #ChiyaanVikram is hands that with that performance the best Tamil industry has to offer such talent .. blown away just wow… Thank you so muchSidhu: #KadaramKondan: Crisp and progressive thriller that qualifies as a fair watch. #ChiyaanVikram is in his element and handles the film well along with @AbiHassan_ who is equally impressive. Some good action upholds the second half!Dumeel Dravidian: #KadaramKondan 1st half is like roller coaster ride.. Stunts & bgm were amazing.. Chiyan is the pulsating.. If 2nd half carries the moment like this.. Then it will be massive comeback for Vikram..@RajeshMSelva nails in direction department @GhibranOfficial oh man u r a rockstar #KadaramKondan #KadaramKondan Theatre erupted for this scene.. Stunts & visuals on par with Hollywood standards.. Much awaited moment for chiyaan fans.. It will biggest blockbuster of this year next to #Viswasam & #Kanchana3 #KadaramKondan Done with the 2nd half.. Without thinking just book the tickets buddies. Perfect entertainer from chiyan this time.. Pre climax twist will stun you like hell.. WINNER.. 4/5sridevi sreedhar: #KadaramKondan : interval report : Fast paved & Slick …u cannot take ur eyes off #ChiyaanVikram who has least dialogues, looks Superstylish and riveting new boy #Abhi is apt .. So happy for @AbiHassan_ one of the most promising debutant in recent time. He has done a fabulous job You have all the reasons to smile and be proud @nasser_kameela and #Naseer sir #KadaramKondanRamesh Bala: #KadaramKondan [3.25/5] : A racy action thriller.. Jus 2 hrs flat.. #ChiyaanVikram ‘s stylish action sequences are the major highlights.. @AbiHassan_makes a fine debut.. @aksharahaasan1 @GhibranOfficial’s BGM Dir @RajeshMSelva has made a neat action entertainer.. #KadaramKondan 1st Half: Racy.. Riveting.. #ChiyaanVikram subtle Mass.. The story happens in a day.. Nicely setup for an explosive 2nd half.. @GhibranOfficial BGM Thaaru Maaru.. Going good so far..Kaazhingan: #KadaramKondan 1st half is like roller coaster ride.. Stunts & bgm were amazing.. Chiyan is the pulsating.. If 2nd half carries the moment like this.. Then it will be massive comeback for Vikram.. @RajeshMSelva nails in direction departmentKrishna Krish: #KadaramKondan 1st Half: Racy.. Riveting.. #ChiyaanVikram subtle Mass.. The story happens in a day.. Nicely setup for an explosive 2nd half.. @GhibranOfficial BGM Thaaru Maaru..Going good so far..DJ: #KadaramKondan what an movie unimaginable performance by chiyaan Anna ,stunt sequence Vera level Especially opening entry Vera level ,Pukka mass really enjoyed the movie , waiting for 2nd timePrashanth Rangaswamy: #KadaramKondan Interval – Slow paced screenplay , Ok va poguthu so far. Stunts – Just exceptional. Easily the career best performance for @aksharahaasan1 so far. And Mr. Chiyaan – Truly hollywood standards. Second half fightellam mass panni irukaapdi. Classy is the word ! #KadaramKondanHisham: #KadaramKondan – So well made action thriller which will engage you through out. Super good looking Chiyaan supported by some good supporting actors. Perfect casting, good direction and brilliant music score. Easily the best Chiyaan movie after ages. Sure shot HIT. Go watch..!!
REUTERS/Darren OrnitzFormer Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj passed away at the age of 67 after suffering a cardiac arrest on Tuesday night. During her tenure as a minister, she was very much active on social media and was always offering help. But, she shares an interesting connection with Afghanistani spinner Rashid Khan. During the 2018 season of IPL, Sunrisers Hyderabad faced the Kolkata Knight Riders in a much-awaited clash at the Eden Gardens in the second qualifier of the tournament. The match had a nail-biting finish and Rashid Khan delivered a stand-out performance. The 20-year-old cricketer scored 34 runs off 10 balls and also finished with impressive figures of three wickets for just 19 runs in his quota of four overs.The Afghan all-rounder became the biggest topic of discussion on Twitter that day and there were demands for him to be given Indian citizenship. Then foreign minister Sushma Swaraj took to twitter and made a witty comment. Rashid Khan.IANS”I have seen all the tweets. Citizenship matters are dealt with by Ministry of Home affairs,” her tweet read.In response to that Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani stated that they were not going to let Rashid go and also appreciated India for giving the Afghani players a platform to perform and prove themselves.”Afghans take absolute pride in our hero, Rashid Khan. I am also thankful to our Indian friends for giving our players a platform to show their skills. Rashid reminds us what’s best about Afghanistan. He remains an asset to the cricketing world. No we are not giving him away,” his tweet read.This was not the first time that Swaraj spoke about Afghanistan’s success in international cricket. Earlier in an interview with the PTI, she praised their efforts.”The fact that Afghanistan attained the status of a Test-playing cricket nation is a testament to the indomitable spirit of the people of Afghanistan to not let the forces of death and destruction prevail,” she told PTI.
Dame Maggie Smith and other actors from Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter films will be giving voice to characters in the new “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery” role-playing game, which is officially slated to launch April 25.In the game, players create a personalized student avatar to experience life as a student at the famed Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It’s set in the 1980s, before Harry Potter’s birth.Smith, who played Prof. McGonagall in WB’s big-screen adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s best-selling books, said, “If I could attend Hogwarts as a student, I would be most excited to attend the potions class taught by Severus because it is the most exotic.”In addition to Smith, actors from the Harry Potter films providing voiceovers for Jam City’s “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery” are: Michael Gambon (Prof. Dumbledore), Warwick Davis (Prof. Flitwick), Sally Mortemore (Madam Irma Pince), Gemma Jones (Madam Pomfrey) and Zoe Wanamaker (Madam Hooch). Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The free-to-play mobile game is developed by L.A. games studio Jam City in partnership with Portkey Games, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s game label dedicated to Rowling’s Wizarding World.“Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery” players join one of the four Hogwarts Houses before progressing through their years at Hogwarts, participating in magical classes and activities such as Potions and Transfiguration. As players improve their skills, they unlock new locations, spells and other magical abilities — and their decisions affect their character’s story arc and how other characters interact with them.The game will be available for mobile devices via Apple’s App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon Appstore. More info is available on HarryPotterHogwartsMystery.com as well as on the game’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.Separately, WB’s Portkey Games also will be publishing the forthcoming “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite” augmented-reality game being developed by Niantic Labs (the company behind “Pokemon Go”).