Chairman Alan Bowkett sees no reason why Norwich should not target a top-10 finish in the Barclays Premier League as the Norfolk club look to build on solid finances with their debt now ‘eradicated’. Norwich on Thursday morning revealed a robust set of latest accounts published for the year end May 31, 2013, which returned a small profit after tax of £500,000 as a large portion of additional £26.3million revenue was used to slash down external debt which had stood at £11.3m, with the remainder now cleared since June 1. Last season, manager Chris Hughton guided his side to 11th place after eventually pulling clear of the relegation battle. Plans to develop Carrow Road’s capacity up to around 35,000 are now, for the short-term at least, on the backburner with projected costs of around £30m which would currently have to be financed by a 20-year mortgage-type loan. “What keeps us in the Premier League is what I term the software – which is the back-office, football management and players. I cannot guarantee we are going to be in the Premier League for the next 20 years, no-one can,” Bowkett added. “Having just taken a huge burden away from the football club, probably the board would prefer to invest in the software rather than the hardware at the moment, so that is what we are doing. “If you are indebted to the bank, there are specific repayment structures. We control the football club now and so you can take your own decisions.” Bowkett was appointed chairman in July 2009 with Norwich’s financial outlook very much different. He added: “I am very happy, if the board want me to stay, I will stay. The moment they want me to go, I will go.” Norwich have been quick to further bolster the playing staff, with seven summer signings including a club-record £8.5m purchase of Dutch striker Rickie van Wolfswinkel from Sporting Lisbon. Even though the Canaries currently sit in 18th place following a 3-1 home defeat by Chelsea – a fourth loss in the first seven Premier League outings – Bowkett is confident the team can push on again through to May 2014. “Internal debt to the directors is around £2.1m, and we will be budgeting to eradicate that in this current financial year – and I don’t think there are many football clubs in the Premier League who could have a balance sheet like that,” said Bowkett, who was quick to pay tribute to the role of majority shareholders Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones as well as deputy chairman Michael Foulger, each of them having committed significant personal investment to help keep the Norfolk club afloat when just a few years ago it languished in League One and stood on the brink of administration. “We always sensibly budget for staying in the Premier League at a modest level (of 16th place), but the ambition of the football club – and Chris knows this – is continuous improvement, so 12th (in 2011), then 11th (last season). What does that mean? Well, it is (now) a top-10 finish. “We have spent £24m in the two months since the end of the financial year, so an expectation of continuous improvement would be reasonable.” Should Norwich – brought up through successive promotions under Paul Lambert – retain their Premier League status for a third consecutive season, then the rewards would increase further following the lucrative new broadcasting deal, with 16th place likely to generate around some £70m. Bowkett insists the board will look to continue their policy of investing all profits back into the team. “We will try to remain in profit, but we wont be making huge profits going forwards because our business model is to continually improve all of the offering to fans, both the football and facilities,” he added. Press Association
The Euro 2016 qualifier between Montenegro and Russia in Podgorica on Friday was abandoned with the score at 0-0 after trouble forced the German referee to stop play on two separate occasions.Referee Deniz Aytekin first stopped play for around half an hour.This was after visiting goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was struck by a flare and eventually abandoned the match altogether after more missiles were thrown from the stand in the second half.Akinfeev, 28, was hit on the right shoulder by a flare thrown from behind the goal at the Gradski Stadion just moments after the start of the qualifying Group G fixture.The CSKA Moscow goalkeeper was stretchered off and taken to hospital as a precaution, while Aytekin ordered the players off the pitch and called a halt to the match.Uefa doctor Slobo Mandic went with Akinfeev and said the goalkeeper was conscious. A Montenegrin supporter in the crowd apologised through a loudspeaker at the stadium and said the “hooligan” who had thrown the flare had been identified.The game eventually got under way again, with Akinfeev’s place on the field taken by Yuri Lodygin.However, the second period only started after another long delay and there was another flashpoint when Russia were awarded a penalty in the 66th minute, much to the dismay of the home side.Russia captain Roman Shirokov’s penalty was saved by home goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic and a brawl between rival players and benches followed.And when an object thrown from the crowd struck one of the Russian players, the referee decided to abandon the contest altogether. It remains to be seen how Uefa will react to the trouble, although they could opt to award Russia a 3-0 victory, with Montenegro in danger of facing further punishment.RESULTSEngland 4-0 LithuaniaLiechstenstein 0-5 AustriaMacedonia 1-2 BelarusMoldova 0-2 SwedenSlovakia 3-0 LuxembourgSlovenia 6-0 San MarinoSpain 1-0 UkraineSwitzerland 3-0 EstoniaMontenegro – Russia (postponed)––
For most Big Ten football teams, the cancellation of non-conference games in 2020 knocks out a trio of home contests at the beginning of the season.From ESPN: “If college football can be played this fall, Big Ten presidents and athletic directors prefer playing a conference-only schedule, which would eliminate some long-distance travel and help ensure that their teams are being tested for the coronavirus universally. …MORE: Why a conference-only schedule is the only hope for college football”Some Big Ten schools preferred playing only conference foes with one additional non-league game — which would preserve some of the marquee non-Big Ten matchups — but there is overwhelming support for a 10-game conference-only schedule.” The Big Ten on Thursday became the first Power 5 conference to announce a major schedule change for 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.The conference announced that, if it is able to participate in fall sports (men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball) based on medical advice, it will move to conference-only schedules in those sports for 2020. Which means high-profile matchups like Ohio State at Oregon, Notre Dame at Wisconsin, Michigan at Washington, Iowa State at Iowa, Penn State at Virginia Tech and Miami at Michigan state are off the table for 2020.Organized by school, below are all of the 2020 college football games that will be canceled by the Big Ten’s decision to play a conference-only schedule in 2020.Canceled 2020 college football games for each Big Ten teamIllinoisSept. 4: vs. Illinois StateSept. 12: vs. UConnSept. 19: vs. Bowling GreenIndianaSept. 12: vs. Western KentuckySept. 19: vs. Ball StateSept. 26: at UConnIowaSept. 5: vs. Northern IowaSept. 12: vs. Iowa StateSept. 26: vs. Northern IllinoisMarylandSept. 5: vs. TowsonSept. 12: vs. Northern IllinoisSept. 19: at West VirginiaMichiganSept. 5: at WashingtonSept. 12: vs. Ball StateSept. 19: vs. Arkansas StateMichigan StateSept. 12: at BYUSept. 19: vs. ToledoSept. 26: vs. MiamiMinnesotaSept. 3: vs. Florida AtlanticSept. 12: vs. Tennessee TechSept. 26: vs. BYUNebraskaSept. 12: vs. Central MichiganSept. 19: vs. South Dakota StateSept. 26: vs. CincinnatiNorthwesternSept. 12: vs. TulaneSept. 19: vs. Central MichiganNov. 14: vs. Morgan StateOhio StateSept. 5: vs. Bowling GreenSept. 12: at OregonSept. 19: vs. BuffaloPenn StateSept. 5: vs. Kent StateSept. 12: at Virginia TechSept. 19: vs. San Jose StatePurdueSept. 12: vs. MemphisSept. 19: vs. Air ForceSept. 26: at Boston CollegeRutgersSept. 5: vs. MonmouthSept. 12: vs. SyracuseSept. 19: at TempleWisconsinSept. 12: vs. Southern IllinoisSept. 19: vs. Appalachian StateOct. 3: vs. Notre Dame (at Lambeau Field)The Big Ten’s decision impacts 36 opposing programs across both the FBS and FCS, including six teams (Ball State, Bowling Green, BYU, Central Michigan, UConn and Northern Illinois) that had two Big Ten opponents on their 2020 schedules.
OMAHA — Officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers say the big upstream reservoirs on the Missouri River are ready for spring snowmelt — and possible flooding.Corps engineer Mike Swenson, in the Omaha office, says they already have hit their flood storage goals and are starting to cut back flows from Gavins Point Dam, upriver from Sioux City.“Gavins Point releases averaged a record 34,800 (cubic feet per second) in February,” Swenson says. “Releases were decreased from 38,000 to 35,000 CFS earlier this week.”Corps officials say releases will fluctuate up and down frequently as we head into spring as part of an “aggressive strategy” to maintain flood storage space for as long as possible.“As the Plains snowpack continues to melt, releases will be adjusted as needed based on reservoir system and downstream conditions,” Swenson says. “Releases will remain above average as conditions allow in order to maintain more flood storage for a longer period of time.”The Corps reports snowpack in the mountains of Montana and Wyoming is now over 100-percent of normal. Officials say runoff has contributed to rises on downstream river levels with the potential to cause setbacks to levee repairs, while cutting back releases from Gavins Point should take the peak off higher river stages.
Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic goes up to shoot in front of Orlando Magic center Bismack Biyombo (11) as forward Aaron Gordon (00) and forward Jonathon Simmons (17) watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)ORLANDO, Fla. — Tyler Johnson and Goran Dragic took over in the second half Saturday night, leading the Miami Heat back from an 18-point deficit in a 117-11 victory over the Orlando Magic.Johnson scored 22 points in the third quarter and Dragic had 14 in the fourth to help Miami avoid a second straight embarrassing defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Nurmagomedov beats Barboza at UFC 219 The Magic (12-25) lost for the 10th time in 11 games despite shooting 54 percent.“This hurts,” Magic coach Frank Vogel said. “Our guys played their hearts out, played with great effort. I felt like they deserved to win, but you’ve got to get stops down the stretch and we weren’t able to do that.”Just one night after a 24-point loss to Brooklyn, the Heat (19-17) shot 63 percent in the second half in winning for the eighth time in 12 games.“Basically halftime was about them. I stepped back and let them talk and figure it out,” Heat coach Eric Spoelstra said. “It was a much different disposition in the second half. I was speechless after that game last night. I feel like that a little bit right now.”Orlando led 68-50 early in the second half when Johnson led Miami back into the game. He made 10 of 11 shots including a couple of 3-pointers. His only miss of the quarter was a long buzzer shot that left the Heat down 92-86.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Aaron Gordon scored 39 points for the Magic, who took a commanding lead with 24 fast-break points in a 66-point first half.“They were running us out of the gym,” said Johnson, who finished with a season-high 31 points. “We couldn’t seem to stop anything in transition. It was hard to get into an offensive rhythm because we were using all our energy trying to run back on defense.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkOrlando got only two points off the break in the second half.“In the second half we completely changed the game,” said Dragic, who finished with 25 points and eight assists. “We defended them in the halfcourt, and I think that was the ball game.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “Tyler was tremendous, player of the game for us,” Spoelstra said. “Really inspiring. Other guys wanted to step up for him.”SLOW START FOR JOHNSONJohnson’s big night started with a nearly invisible first half in which he missed three of four shots. “Really the ball just started going in,” he said. “I felt like in the first half I wasn’t very assertive, kind of like what I was doing early in the season when I wasn’t putting my fingerprints on the game.”TIP-INSHeat: Johnson’s 22-point third quarter was a season high for Miami and only three points short of his personal season high for a game before Saturday night.Magic: Rookie F Jonathan Isaac will be placed in an injury rehabilitation and conditioning program and will be out indefinitely. Isaac has played only 36 minutes in three games since spraining his right ankle Nov. 11.UP NEXTHeat: Host Detroit on Wednesday night.Magic: At Brooklyn on Monday night. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
An article in the March 3 issue of Nature1 explains how tissues communicate to fight off infection. As reported before, cells display samples of the proteins they contain on their outer membranes, a process called presentation. Killer T cells wander around, like cops, looking at the presentations. When they recognize alien proteins (antigens), they respond by killing the cell (see 06/27/2003 entry, “Cell to Phagocyte: I’m Dying – Eat Me”). Now, Dutch scientists Neijssen et al.2 have found that cells in tissues can also pass these flags to neighboring cells through passageways between them called gap junctions. The uninfected neighboring cells thus signal the cops that a firebreak needs to be constructed to avoid further damage. Australian biologists William Heath and Francis Carbone explain:As well as providing another possible mechanism for initiating immunity by dendritic cells, the gap-junction-mediated cross-presentation described by Neijssen et al. offers an interesting method of efficiently limiting the spread of replicating virus. The authors show that not only will a cell expressing viral proteins be killed by T cells, but so will its closest neighbours – because they present viral peptides obtained through gap junctions. Extending the destruction to adjacent cells may provide a ‘fire-break’ around an infection, ensuring that if low levels of virus have spread to surrounding cells, but have yet to produce sufficient protein to allow recognition, such cells will still be eliminated. (Emphasis added in all quotes.) The width of the firebreak is controlled, they explain: “The rapid degradation of peptides within the cell’s cytosol means that the spread of peptides through gap junctions will be rather limited, probably allowing the targeting of adjacent cells but not those more than one cell distant from the infection. Thus, the integrity of targeting should be maintained, with only limited bystander destruction.”1Heath and Carbone, “Coupling and cross-presentation, Nature 434, 27 – 28 (03 March 2005); doi:10.1038/434027a2Neijssen et al., “Cross-presentation by intercellular peptide transfer through gap junctions,” Nature 434, 83 – 88 (03 March 2005); doi:10.1038/nature03290.Neither article attempts to explain how such a clever protective technique could have evolved.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
The new free financial management app, Military & Money, by McGraw-Hill and the Better Business Bureau offers users instructional videos, financial calculators, and tips for increasing savings and building budgets on the go. The app’s developers say this new product is ideal for military members and military families because of the strain that comes from a dynamic lifestyle that includes deployments, frequent moves and other demands everyday life places on military families’ financial management.The app is available for free download from iTunes and can be used on the iPhone and iPad.The Military Families Learning Network’s Personal Finance Web Conference Coordinator, Dr. Michael Gutter, took this app for a spin on his iPad and found it offered good key tips. However, the savings plan doesn’t allow users to tie their plan to a goal. Additionally, he found the debt program lacking and wished the app integrated PowerPay.Have you used the Military & Money Financial App? Offer your own review in the comments.Review: Military & Money App by Military Families Learning Network is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
We talked with Brooklyn Nine-Nine composer Dan Marocco about his influences, his artistic process, and how technology plays a part in his creativity.PremiumBeat: Growing up in Japan had to impact you creatively. How do you think being raised in Osaka and in New York influenced your style and approach? Or do you attribute more to your formative years assisting premier artists such as Alexandre Desplat and Javier Navarette?Dan Marocco: It all plays a part in the way I hear music. The first concert I went to was Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi, a Japanese folk rock icon, but I loved all sorts of things, from John Williams to Dr. Dre before that, and by then I hadn’t even gotten into The Beatles, which is a huge influence for me. I did learn a lot from seeing how guys like Alexandre and Javier write, but when it comes down to it, I just write the way I know how, and what sounds good to my ear, which is definitely informed by a wide range of influences growing up.Image courtesy of Dan Marocco.PB: So many artists stare at the blank page in horror. Do you have a system in place before you sit at the piano or pick up the guitar to compose a new score?DM: What’s great about writing music to picture is that I almost never have a blank page. I almost always have picture to draw inspiration from. I really started writing music by writing to picture, so for me it really is much easier to have the guidelines of where the music needs to stop and start, what it needs to help, and what lines to stay out of the way of, etc. I’m sure for musicians that started by just writing songs it’s a little harder to have all of those boxes to check while you’re just trying to write a cool piece of music, but for me it’s an essential part of the creative process.Image via Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox).PB: Your score for Brooklyn Nine-Nine has become almost another squad member. It’s hard not to think back to the Lalo Schifin ’70s bold jazz TV themes for detective shows such as Starsky and Hutch or Mannix. What influenced you the most when igniting your imagination for the opening music?DM: Thanks! Yeah, it was definitely about trying to find something that you instantly identified as a classic police show, but then taking that idea and making it feel new and fun and specific to our show. I didn’t have the full visual to work with on this one, but had a few stills of the graphics, and I had seen the first two or three episodes, so I had a decent idea of what the show would feel like, and I was just trying to match that energy. It’s been really fun to hear that Terry Crews and the cast will sometimes launch into the theme song on set after they hit the last joke in the cold open, or to watch people on YouTube learn how to play it on the bass or even the harp. I’m so happy it just instantly reminds people of a show they love.Image via Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox).PB: Tell us about your studio in LA. How much does digital technology play a part for you? Do you start acoustically and then blend electronic sound, or does it wholly depend on the tone and tenor of the project?DM: It definitely depends on the project. On B99, the music always has a bit of a retro feel. I kind of see it as blend of ’70s funk, ’80s hip-hop, and ’90s rock. So, with this palette, I try to record as much live as I can. The drums are the exception because the sampled drums really give it that hint of old-school hip-hop. But I often say that the computer is the instrument I really play the best. There’s no question that it’s an essential part of the band.PB: You grew up with musical parents, and it became your passion as well. Now, as the father to two sons, do you feel an obligation to pass down that melodic legacy, and what do you hope music can do for them?DM: As a kid, despite my father being a music teacher and being from a very musical family, I never even considered music could be my thing. It wasn’t until I was in college that I really started to realize what a big part of me music is. I get excited to see my boys dancing and enjoying music. As a kid, I loved wandering around my dad’s empty band room and banging on the drums or watching the drum line practicing, and I look forward to my kids getting to mess around in the studio and try out some instruments. I’ve tried to show them what I do, but they’re still young. My wife has the B99 theme song as the ringer for me on her phone, so whenever my youngest hears the theme song he says “Dada song,” but that’s kind of the extent of it at this point.Cover image via Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox).Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Industry Advice: Two DPs on Good Documentary FilmmakingInterview: Tips for Blending Documentary and Narrative in “The Drug Runner”Screenwriter Patricia Resnick on Altman, Mad Men, and Working 9 to 5Interview: Composer Federico Jusid Makes Some Noise in HollywoodScreenwriter James V. Hart on Career, Coppola, and Creating a Method
MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ She played in two other Wimbledon singles finals, losing to Steffi Graf in 1993 and to Martina Hingis in 1997.Novotna also won four Wimbledon doubles titles with compatriot Helena Sukova in 1989 and 1990, with Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 1995 and with Hingis in 1998.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWearing her distinctive headband, she won doubles titles at all four Grand Slam tournaments.Born on October 2, 1968, Novotna won a total of 24 singles tournaments and 76 doubles tournaments in her career that spanned from 1987 to 1999. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:15Zimbabwe ex-president Robert Mugabe dies aged 9502:11CJ Peralta assures fair decision on Marcos poll protest vs Robredo01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA This file photo taken on July 4, 1998 shows Czech Republic’s Jana Novotna enjoying her championship trophy after winning the final of the women’s singles at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships.Novotna has died at the age of 49 after suffering from cancer, the WTA said on November 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANIFormer Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna has died at the age of 49 after suffering from cancer, the WTA said on Monday.Novotna, who won the Wimbledon title in 1998 when she defeated France’s Nathalie Tauziat in the final, died on Sunday in her native Czech Republic surrounded by her family, a WTA statement said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lonzo Ball’s triple-double sends Lakers past Denver Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa She also won the Fed Cup with the former Czechoslovakia in 1988.
Rohit Sharma scored an unbeaten 68 as India overcame a shaky start to notch up an easy four-wicket win over the West Indies in the first One-Day International of the five-match series at the Queen’s Park Oval here Monday. Score | PhotosIndia had won the T20 match against West Indies on Saturday.Chasing a modest 215-run target, Rohit anchored the Indian innings and together with captain Suresh Raina (43) raised 80 runs for the fifth wicket to guide India home in 44.5 overs after the visitors lost their first three wickets for just 61 runs.Rohit’s unbeaten knock came off 75 balls during which he struck three fours and a six while Raina scored his 43 from 50 deliveries with the help of four boundaries.At the top, opener Shikhar Dhawan (51 off 76) notched up his maiden half-century and guided the chase initially to help India’s cause.Leg-spinner Anthony Martin (2/39) was the best bowler in action for the home team while pacer Ravi Rampaul also snarred two wickets but gave away 58 runs in the process.Earlier, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Marlon Samuels scored hard-earned half centuries as West Indies struggled to score a modest 214 for nine.Opting to bat, West Indies witnessed a wobbly start to their innings as they lost their first three wickets scoring just 59 runs in 18.2 overs.But Sarwan and Samuels then paired up to resurrect the innings with a 82-run fourth-wicket partnership that came of 118 balls.While Sarwan’s 56 came off 94 balls and was studded with only five boundaries, Samuels took 75 deliveries to score his 55. He hit three fours and two sixes.advertisementThe stand between Sarwan and Samuels was the only silver lining in the West Indies innings as the hosts scored 73 runs in the last 12 overs losing as many as six wickets.Down the order, Dwayne Bravo tried his bit to up the scoring rate with a 20-ball 22 while opener Kirk Edwards (21 off 45) was the next best scorer for the Caribbean side.For India, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh relished at the low and slow Queen’s Park Oval pitch with figures of three wickets for 32, while Praveen Kumar (2/37), Munaf Patel (2/47) and captain Suresh Raina (2/23) shared six wickets among them.Coming onto bat, the Indians found it difficult to bat with fluency on a sluggish Queeen’s Park Oval wicket and against the niggardly line of West Indian bowlers, especially leg-spinning duo of Martin and Devendra Bishoo, who conceded only 76 runs from their 20 overs and picked up three wickets between them.West Indies skipper Darren Sammy was an excellent foil to his spinners and it was only the depth of India’s middle order which gave them a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.Openers Parthiv Patel (13) and Dhawan (51) had smoothly moved to 29 runs by the sixth over when a smart throw from Dwayne Bravo at mid-on found the former short of his crease at the batsman’s end.Virat Kohli (2) aimed a lordly drive at an away going delivery from Ravi Rampaul and nicked a straight forward catch to Carlton Baugh behind the stumps as India slumped to 34 for two.Badrinath then under-edged a cut off Bishoo into the gloves of Baugh to leave India in testy waters at 61 for three.Dhawan and Rohit then soldiered on to bring up the hundred of the innings, which also was the moment to celebrate the former’s maiden ODI fifty.Dhawan appeared to have got carried away by the occasion as he slogged-swept Martin from outside the off-stump to hole out to Lendl Simmons at deep midwicket.Dhawan played a useful hand of 51 off 76 balls with three fours and a six.Rohit and Raina then played like seasoned campaigners and first layed the foundation of their stand and then slipped into top gear to gallop towards the target.Rohit reached his half century with a gorgeous backfoot drive off Martin into the covers in the 39th over and ensured he stayed till the end to take India past the finishing line in the 45th over.Raina, on the other hand, thrived under pressure and batted with authority to make 43 from 50 balls.The West Indies fought gamely but they didn’t have enough runs on the board to stretch the visitors.Earlier, the West Indian batsmen failed to rotate strike for most part of their innings and could score only 70 runs from the 20 overs of frontline Indian spinners — Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra.Even the part-time bowlers, Yusuf Pathan, Raina and Virat Kohli conceded only 54 runs from the fifth bowler’s quota to strangulate the West Indian innings.Despite some early play-and-miss and a dropped chance in the slips, the hosts found themselves tottering at 28 for two by the eighth over after electing to bat.advertisementOpener Lendl Simmons was on naught when he was reprieved by Rohit Sharma off Munaf in the first slip, but despite the life he scored only six runs before an over-hit was caught by Harbhajan off Praveen at mid-off. .Young prodigy Darren Bravo departed in the very next over when he drove at a moving delivery without much foot movement and this time the thick edge was well-accepted by Rohit in the lone slip.West Indies then began the long haul of recovery as painfully slow Kirk Edwards (21) and Sarwan dropped anchor for the next 11-odd overs.But Edwards departed next as he pulled too early at a slow delivery from Harbhajan and a leading edge went high up in the air for Virat Kohli to accept in the slips.It made the score 59 for three in the 19th over but there was no break in the tempo as Sarwan and Samuels buckled themselves up for the long, hard and boring grind.The crowd was thrilled when Samuels made the most of a free-hit against Kohli and hoisted him over widish long on for six and then Sarwan steered and flicked Munaf for two consecutive fours to move past his half century.However, the stands fell silent when Sarwan edged an innocuous Munaf delivery down the leg side to Parthiv Patel behind the stumps.Samuels too reached his half century in stirring fashion with a powerfully hit six down the ground off Amit Mishra but after doing all the hard work he suffered a soft dismissal when a Raina delivery dislodged his stumps after hitting the inside of his pads.Samuels departed in the 42nd over with the West Indies scoreboard reading 177 for five.Harbhajan finished his final spell with two critical wickets of Dwayne Bravo, who was stumped by Parthiv and Carton Baugh (16) lbw while attempting a sweep.Raina then showed up West Indies batter’s complete ineptness against spin when he picked up two late wickets to leave the hosts gasping for breath.- With PTI inputs