Ever since the Di2 was introduced, at prices that most mortals would need a mortgage re-fi to afford, there have been rumors flying (OK, make that wishes being aired) that the line-topping electronic groupset would beget a cheaper Ultegra version. Which would, undoubtedly, be a coup for the Japanese company, and confirm its leading position in terms of consumer products vis à vis its Italian rival.But, so it seems, the rumors have no basis in fact. Shimano Europe has released the following short-and-sharp press release: “On the Internet some information was published about Shimano Ultegra Di2. Please note that this is not official Shimano information.”Now. BikeBiz (the source of this info), is taking this denial as a sign that there may in fact be some substance: why should notoriously tight-lipped company need to deny anything… are some execs feeling a little jumpy, perhaps?Think you that the lady doth protest too much? (With apologies to Shakespeare.)UPDATE: We’ve heard rumor from an anonymous industry source that the current model will actually become the electronic Ultegra and that Di2 is the one getting some new-ness…smaller, lighter battery, perhaps?UPDATE #2: We just heard actual confirmation from an absolutely reliable industry source that it’s happening! Even better, it should be around half the price 0f Di2, which means it could very well put a hurt on the standard Dura-Ace mechanical group, especially at OEM…more as we get it!
DHAKA, Bangladesh, CMC – West Indies left-hander, Evin Lewis, confirmed his return to form when he thumped an unbeaten half-century to propel Comilla Victorians to a convincing eight-wicket win over Chris Gayle’s Rangpur Riders in the Bangladesh Premier League here yesterday. Playing in the first qualifier at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Victorians chased down their target of 166 with eight balls to spare, with Lewis carving out a handsome unbeaten 71 off 53 deliveries.Anamul Haque supported with 39 while Shamsur Rahman stroked an unbeaten 34 in a cameo at the end.Veteran Gayle had earlier made a patient 46 from 44 deliveries as Riders, opting to bat first, reached 165 for five off their 20 overs. The 39-year-old put on 33 for the third wicket with South African Rilee Roussouw (44) before holing out to long off in the 11th over, after hitting six fours and a six.Riders then needed Benny Howell’s swift 53 not out off 28 deliveries with three fours and five sixes, in a 70-run, fifth wicket stand with Roussouw, to make a strong finish to the innings.In reply, Lewis carried the Victorians innings, punching five fours and three sixes as he put on 35 for the first wicket with Tamim Iqbal (17) and a further 90 for the second wicket with Anamul. Shamsur then arrived to dominate an unbroken third wicket stand of 41, lashing four fours and a couple of sixes in a 15-ball knock.In the other match, West Indies star Sunil Narine produced a solid all-round display to lead star-studded Dhaka Dynamites to a six-wicket victory over Chittagong Vikings and to another shot at the final.First, Narine bowled brilliantly to take four for 15 off his four overs as Vikings struggled to 135 for eight off their 20, with Mosaddek Hossain top-scoring with 40. Narine then slammed 31 off just 16 deliveries, with six fours and a six as Dhaka raced to their target with 20 balls remaining.Crucially, he got the innings off to a flyer, posting 44 off 27 balls for the first wicket with Upul Tharanga who made 51 from 43 deliveries.Gayle and Narine will feature in tomorrow’s second qualifier as Riders and Dynamites clash for a place in the final alongside Victorians.
DUNDEE, N.Y. – Outlaw Speedway plays host to the IMCA Atomicwraps.com Empire State Series Friday night, with a $500 to win feature for the touring Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds.All applicable IMCA points will be awarded at the May 20 show.Pit gates open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors; kids 12 and under get in free while pit passes are $30.More information is available at the www.outlawspeedwayllc.com website or by calling 607 228-7038.Outlaw has been site of 10 previous IMCA tour events since 2006 and hometown driver Rich Karlnoski became the first repeat winner by taking the checkers last September.Round three takes the Empire State Series to Skyline Raceway on Memorial Day Monday, May 30.Atomicwraps.com IMCA Empire State Series top 20 point standings – 1. Matt Cole, Vestal, 40; 2. Drue Perrault, Locke, 39; 3. Eddie Sites, Towanda, Pa., 38; 4. Gary Roberts, Afton, 37; 5. James Cornell, Port Crane, 36; 6. Brad Sites, Monroeton, 35; 7. Tyler Stoddard, Binghamton, 34; 8. Keith Jack Lamphere, Monroeton, Pa., 33; 9. Beau Ballard, Grand Gorge, 32; 10. Brian Steigerwald, Norwich, 31; 11. Michael Stoddard, Binghamton, 30; 12. Robert Maynard, Towanda, Pa., 29; 13. J.J. Courcy, Parish, 28; 14. Michael Butler, Richmondville, 27; 15. Jessy Velez, Port Crane, 26; 16. Will Ward, Cobleskill, 25; 17. Billy Ward, Cobleskill, 24; 18. Brad Smith, Horseheads, 23; 19. Ray McClure, Troy, Pa., 22; 20. Brendon Shepard, Gloversville, 21.
GUWAHATI: A helicopter carrying Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal was forced to make an emergency landing in Lakhimpur district on Monday after being affected by heavy turbulence. The Chief Minister was travelling from Guwahati to Narayanpur town for an event when his helicopter ran into trouble. All seven people on board, including the Chief Minister, are safe. “The helicopter twirled three times in the air and it was due to the efforts made by the pilot and the co-pilot we could land safely,” Hrishikesh Goswami, media advisor to the Chief Minister, told reporters in Lakhmipur. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”It is due to the prayers of the people and the blessings of the Almighty that we got lucky today,” Goswami, who was on board, added. In addition to the Chief Minister and Goswami there were five other people on board, including the pilot and the co-pilot. According to official sources, the chopper had been rented from Pawan Hans Limited, a Delhi-based helicopter service company. The pilot reported bad weather and poor visibility before being forced to land. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThis is the second helicopter-related incident reported on Monday. Earlier in the day, seven people on board a private helicopter had a narrow escape after the tail end of their aircraft hit an object while making an emergency landing at a helipad in Kedarnath in Uttarakhand. They were returning from Kedarnath to Fata when the helicopter pilot noticed a technical snag. “As the helicopter was making an emergency landing on the helipad its rear portion hit an object, perhaps a railing,” a district disaster management official said, adding, “Luckily, all on board the helicopter are safe”. Seven persons, including the pilot, were on board the helicopter when the incident took place, he said.
New Delhi: Former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh on Tuesday called for an end to the constant criticism of Rishabh Pant, saying the young stumper-batsman desperately needs guidance from captain Virat Kohli or anyone who can understand his psyche. Yuvraj said Pant doesn’t deserve the criticism coming his way and needs the support of Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri to overcome the slump. Pant has been drawing flak for failing to grab his chances and getting out to rash shots despite being given a long rope by the Indian team management. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”I really don’t know what is happening with him (Rishabh). He is facing a lot of criticism which is not needed. Somebody needs to get the best out of him,” Yuvraj said on the sidelines of ‘The Sports Movement’ summit of the India On Track organisation. Pant struggled during the away series against the West Indies last month before failing to ake an impact in the recent home T20 International series against South Africa. “The people monitoring him, the coach (Ravi Shastri), the captain (Kohli) have to guide him,” the former left-handed batsman added. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersThe former swashbuckler, who retired from international cricket earlier this year at the age of 37, said Pant needs to be given confidence to overcome the drop in form after a spectacular start which fetched him Test hundreds in England and Australia in his maiden year at the top level. “At the moment the thing is in IPL, the young guys are getting a lot of money. So somebody needs to tell them how to go about their business and tell them what is their priority. Somebody really needs to talk to them,” Yuvraj said. “That guy has got two away Test hundreds. He has a lot of potential. He is an outstanding talent. Someone should know how to read him, how to encourage him, point him what he needs to focus on,” he added.