OAKLAND – The Warriors wrapped up Wednesday’s practice in preparation for Thursday’s showdown against the Sixers.Here are the biggest takeaways from the session. DeMarcus Cousins preps for first home game. In 13 career games at Oracle Arena, DeMarcus Cousins always has been a visitor. That will change Thursday when the Warriors face the Philadelphia 76ers in Oakland, Cousins has played five games for the Warriors since returning from his 11-month injury rehab, but all of them have …
A month after a trial court in Bhubaneswar absolved the two accused in the 2011-12 case of rape and murder of a 19-year-old from Pipili, the State crime branch police here on Thursday approached the Orissa High Court challenging their acquittal.Criminal appeal plea High Court sources confirmed filing of the criminal appeal plea but said the matter has not been listed for adjudication yet. The crime branch moved the High Court after consultations with the State Director of Public Prosecutions and the State Advocate General. However, a special public prosecutor appointed by the crime branch police will conduct the case on its behalf. Crime branch Additional DG Santosh K. Upadhyay had earlier indicated the government’s decision to challenge the acquittal verdict, stating that the case was investigated properly. “The prosecution had argued the case, touching every possible angle, clearly establishing the involvement of the accused persons in the case,” the ADG had said.One of the accused, who reportedly had a relationship with the victim, and his younger brother were arrested in connection with the case. The teenager was allegedly raped and an attempt was made to kill her by strangulation on November 28, 2011.Allegations that local BJD MLA and then Minister Pradeep Maharathy was sheltering the accused had led to massive public outcry. Following this, the State government handed over the case to the crime branch police and Mr. Maharathy was asked to put in his papers. The rape victim, who was rescued, had slipped in a coma while undergoing treatment at S.C.B. Medical College and Hospital here and died on June 21, 2012, after battling for life for nearly seven months.Soon after the lower court verdict, Mr. Maharathy, a Minister, made distasteful observations regarding the victim and her family. After a massive public backlash, he was forced to tender his resignation from the Cabinet for the second time.
Speedster Brett Lee and all-rounder David Hussey are seen as near certainties in Australia’s campaign to defend the coveted World Cup after the two were selected for the series opener against England.Brett LeeChairman of selectors, Andrew Hilditch after announcing the team for the fist game against the visitors to be held at MCG on Sunday mentioned that the WC squad “will probably be very much reflected in the team we have just announced.”Hilditch however said that there are still some spots to be filled before the final team is announced. “We are still looking at two or three people ahead of that final 15 selection,” the chairman said.”I don’t want to be specific, obviously we know the areas we need to be looking at ahead of the final selection,” he added.The 34-year-old fast bowler had yesterday hinted that he might hang his boots if not picked for the mega event in the sub-continent.The experienced duo will be making a comeback to the national squad after a gap of more than 15 months. While Lee battled injury woes after his last appearance for the Aussies in October 2009 the Victorian batsman hasn’t played a one-day game for Australia since August 2009.Pinning hope on Hussey’s return Hilditch said, “We think he’ll be well suited for the subcontinent conditions.”Hussey was picked by the Punjab IPL team for the fourth edition of IPL which is scheduled to be held immediately after the World Cup is over.Hilditch was also hopeful that a fit Lee will be a potential weapon in the Kangaroo’s armoury. “Brett has had a longer lead in from injury and obviously we’re looking at him to make sure that he’s back to his best,” he said.advertisementCricket Australia is supposed to announce the final World Cup squad on January 19 with injured captain Ricky Ponting seeming to be definite inclusion.- With PTI inputsAustralian squad for first ODI v England: Michael Clarke (capt), Cameron White (vice-capt), Doug Bollinger, Xavier Doherty, Brad Haddin, Nathan Hauritz, David Hussey, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Shaun Tait, Shane Watson.