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29 SPORTS January 8, 2021 – that’s all you need to know By Ian Ransom India Fine With Strict Quarantine For Brisbane Test – CA Boss Liverpool Great Fowler Tastes First Victory With East Bengal America Is Pumping Out Too Many Ph.D.s -MELBOURNE C ricket Australia boss Nick Hockley has dismissed speculation that India is weighing a boycott of the fourth test in Brisbane over the need to re-enter strict quarantine condi- tions. Australian media, citing unnamed sources within India’s touring party, re- ported the team’s players would refuse to travel to Brisbane if they were to be sub- jected to a hard lockdown in Queensland state. Hockley said the Indian cricket board (BCCI) was “fully across (and) sup- portive” of quarantine requirements in Queensland. “We speak to our counterparts at the BCCI daily,” he told reporters in Sydney on Monday. “We’ve had nothing formal from the BCCI to suggest anything other than they’re supportive … Both teams have wanted to play the schedule as we’ve set out.” The third test in the four-match series will start at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday, after Cricket Australia decided not to move the match in the wake of an outbreak of COVID-19 in the city. The series is level at 1-1. Queensland has closed its border with New SouthWales, of which Sydney is the capital, but agreed to let the players travel to Brisbane for the fourth test on Jan. 15, as long as they agree to abide by strict biosecurity protocols. Five Indian players are under investiga- tion by CA and the BCCI for a potential breach of health protocols after video sur- faced of them at a Melbourne restaurant. The team and BCCI have declined to publicly affirm their support for the Bris- bane quarantine plan or comment on the investigation, although the BCCI said in a brief statement on Monday that all players and staff had been cleared of COVID-19. Australia spin bowler Nathan Lyon called on players from both sides to “stop complaining” about touring in the CO- VID-19 “bubble”. “There’s a few people from both squads who have been in a bubble for close to six months now but in my eyes it’s a very small sacrifice,” he told reporters on Monday. “Let’s just suck it up and get on with it.” - Reuters -NEW DELHI R obbie Fowler’s agonizing wait for his first win as SC East Bengal head coach ended on Sunday and the former England striker believes the victory will spur his team to move up the points table in the Indian Super League (ISL). Liverpool great Fowler joined the team on a two-year deal in October but the Kolkata side began their maiden ISL season with a hat-trick of defeats. They arrested the slide with a goalless draw against Jamshedpur FC but had to wait eight games to register their first win in the tournament. “It’s always nice to get a win,” Fowler said after Sun- day’s 3-1 victory against Odisha FC in Goa. “We have now lost just once in the last five games. It was a good, professional performance. “We are building and we know that there is a lot of work to be done. It’s a great start to the new year and hopefully we can continue.” One of Fowler’s recent recruits, Nigerian forward Bright Enobakhare, scored on his debut for the club, while Anthony Pilkington and Jacques Maghoma also found the net. “We have been playing OK. We have made a few changes and it is important to have secured the win eventually. We are working very hard to get the results that we need,” Fowler said. “We have a way of playing and we want to keep it simple. When we do that, the game becomes a little bit easier for us.” East Bengal, currently second from bottom in the 11- team league, face third-placed FC Goa onWednesday. - Reuters Question Marks Over Australia-India Test After Boycott Threat Reports -SYDNEY T he schedule for Australia’s test series against India was under threat again on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, after reports the tourists were unhappy at the pros- pect of re-entering strict quarantine for the fourth test in Brisbane. The third test in the four-match series is slated to start at Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, after Cricket Australia decided not to move the match in the wake of an outbreak of COVID-19 cases in the city’s northern beaches. On Monday, both squads will fly to New SouthWales, which reported eight new locally transmitted cases of the virus and ramped up social distancing measures on Sunday. Queensland state has closed its border with New South Wales and although agreement has been reached to allow the players to fly to Brisbane for the fourth test on Jan. 15, they will have to quarantine having been in Sydney. “No different from anyone else, if they are coming from a declared hotspot they will have to quarantine,” Queensland’s chief health officer, Doctor Jeannette Young, said on Sunday. “That is a discussion Cricket Australia will need to have with the players.” Reports in the Australian media, citing sources within the touring party, said India’s players, many of whom have been in some form of quarantine or other for six months, would refuse to travel if they were going to be subjected to a hard lockdown. A spokesman for the India team did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the reports. India’s players underwent 14 days of strict quarantine after their arrival in Australia but have since enjoyed more freedom while preparing for and playing matches in Adelaide, Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne. There are still some restrictions, however, and five Indian players were placed in isolation on Saturday after a video surfaced showing them eating inside a Melbourne restaurant on NewYear’s Day. The Australian and Indian cricket boards are investi- gating the alleged breach of biosecurity protocols with precedent suggesting the players might be fined for their actions. Sydney, which at one stage looked like losing the third test to Melbourne, would be the most likely beneficiary if it was decided to move the fourth match from Brisbane. The acting Premier of New SouthWales state, John Barilaro, told reporters on Sunday that the government was focusing on staging the third test safely in front of a crowd of up to 20,000 fans. “We’re going to commit to the test we have,” he said. “If an opportunity arises post that, we’ll take that opportu- nity then.” Australia batsman MatthewWade rejected the idea that there was now uncertainty over the schedule. “There’s a lot of talk out there but for us as a group and me position personally, we’ll go Sydney and play the SCG and then we’ll go the Brisbane and play the Gabba,” he told reporters. “Until the powers that be knock on the door and tell us that that’s going to change, we just roll onto the next game…” - Reuters REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/Files Soccer Football – Champions League – Quarter Finals and Semi Finals Draw – Nyon, Switzerland – March 15, 2019 Liverpool club ambassador Robbie Fowler before the draw. to lead revolutions. There are two solutions to the Ph.D. overproduction problem. The first is to in- crease the demand for Ph.D.s. In the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, that’s actually pretty easy to do: Simply pour a lot more government money into research. That’s something the U.S. badly needs to do anyway, in order to maintain technological leadership and push up economic growth rates. The Endless Frontier Act, a bill introduced by Democratic Senator Charles Schumer in May with bipartisan support, proposes spending $20 billion a year on research and development. If that legislation were to be passed, it would probably be suffi- cient to mop up any excess Ph.D.s in engi- neering, biology and other STEM fields. But for humanities and social science Ph.D.s, there’s no such quick fix. The government isn’t going to dole out billions a year boosting research in non-STEM areas. So the production of Ph.D.s in these fields simply needs to be reduced to a level in line with new economic realities. Already this is happening, with more than 140 humanities and social science pro- grams suspending Ph.D. student admis- sions for 2021. This is going to be painful and frustrat- ing for some young people who dream of studying those subjects for a living. But the squeeze on universities meant that those dreams always contained an element of fantasy. As with so many other things, America is going to have to do the hard work of bringing its academic dreams down to earth. -Bloomberg LIFESTYLE - Continued From Page 27