Daily Archives: March 28, 2016

Spylce, Giants Gaming and Team Roccat retain LCS hope

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Spylce, Giants Gaming and Team Roccat retain LCS hope

The European League Championship Series (LCS) has come to a conclusion as Spylce, Giants Gaming and Team Roccat book their places in the summer season.

Earlier, Giants were in danger of disqualification after being narrowly beaten by Splyce at 3-2. Splyce had a hard time cracking the Giants, as the latter led the final game well until 43rd minute.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and Splyce went with a high-risk high-reward Baron Nashor takedown that won the game and thus, the series.

But Giants gaming were merely being delayed. The team had pushed huge roster changes three weeks ago and one more last week in hopes of doing whatever it takes to remain on the LCS, and it ultimately paid off.

Lennart “SmittyJ” Warkus, Son “S0NSTAR” Seung-ik and Morgan “Hustlin” Granberg made their keep by combining to make 36 kills, eight deaths and 93 assists in their three winning games. The only Giants player that remained on the roster, Isaac “Xpepii” Flores flourished too.

The team rallied after the defeat against Splyce with a convincing 3-1 win against Huma, the top squad of the 2016 European Challenger Series spring season. Huma’s only win came from a standout performance from Dan “Godbro” Van Vo (8/1/4 KDA, 75 percent kill participation ratio).

Meanwhile, Felix “Betsy” Edling and Karim “Airwaks” Benghalia powered Team Roccat to a 3-1 victory against Huma.

It was a sheer show of class as Roccat’s mid laner got “Flame Horizon” (killing 100 more minions than his positional opponent) well before the 15-minute mark. But Airwaks also showed great sportsmanship as he took responsibility for the team’s only loss.

“I think we lost Game 3 because I got caught too (many) times,” he explained, “This game should’ve been won if I played better.”

But in a nutshell, these three teams need to either implement changes or start working on their game to avoid another promotion tournament. Giants top-laner Lennart “Smittyj” Warkus described that “it was a really exhausting” as his team played 14 games, with back-to-back five-game series that went to the deciding game.

Romanian players change squad numbers for math problems

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Romanian players change squad numbers for math problems

Romanian players have swapped their normal squad numbers for maths problems in an effort to help promote the importance education for children back home.

Romanian national players prepared for their friendly against Spain whilst wearing their unusual training gear. The idea for the new numbers, printed on the back of training tops was supposed by a video at the Cluj Arena.

It was explaining that the unique move was designed to combat the nation’s problem with uneducated children and the country’s high dropout rate. As of 2014 Romania had a dropout of 18%, the highest of all European Union countries.

“Football and mathematics are not mutually exclusive,” Romanian Football Federation (RFF) president, Razvan Burleanu explained.

“We must look at sports and education as not only complementary but fundamental elements integrated in the training and perfection of children. We want to have healthy generation and smart students who achieve performance and tools through tailored passions.”

“Through this project, children will learn the basics of football and have an opportunity for the first time in our country – to discover mathematics through an attractive approach.”

On top of holding a lackluster Spain to 0-0 draw in the friendly, Romania had finished second in their Euro 2016 qualifiers group behind Northern Ireland. But the Central Europeans face a tough test in the tournament, playing host nation France in their opening match on June 10, before facing Switzerland and Albania.

India edges Australia by six wickets

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India edges Australia by six wickets

ICC World Twenty20, Group 2, Mohali
Australia 160-6 (20 overs): Finch 43 (34), Pandya 2-36
India 161-4 (19.1 overs): Kohli 82* (51)
India wins by six wickets

India made it into the World Twenty20 semi-finals and edges Australia out by six wickets after Virat Kohli made a brilliant 82 in their do-or-die showdown in Mohali on Sunday.

Australia would bow out of the tournament despite their hopes after becoming the top-ranked Test side. To add insult to injury, they were the ones who managed to take the initiative, racing to 55 from only 22 deliveries but India dragged them back by force to 160-6.

Early on, opener Aaron Finch shared 54 runs for the opening wicket with Usman Khawaja to give Australia a flying start after Steven Smith won the toss and elected to bat.

In fact, India looked down and out as they arrived at 94-4.

But Kohli proved that he was a cut above and a maestro of the run chase – averaging 91.80 in the second innings of T20 internationals. Here, he essentially carried the whole team by covering for openers Shikhar Dhawan (13) and Rohit Sharma (12) who cooled their heels in the dressing room with 37 runs on the board.

The 27-year-old planned meticulously to make his knocks legendary, working alongside skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (18 not out) and put on 67 runs to take the team to the finish line.

Dhoni himself effected three dismissals, and hit the winning four with five balls to spare to trigger wild celebrations from the home crowd.

Shane Watson, who announced his own international retirement before the game had accounted for Dhawan and Sharma. Kohli’s brilliance would end the Aussie’s international career with apparent disappointment.

As India prepares to face the West Indies in the semi-finals, so would England prepare for their own semi-final meet against New Zealand in New Delhi.