Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa San Miguel sports director Alfrancis Chua also likewise thanked the fans who trooped to the games and endlessly supported the crowd favorites.“This celebration is for all of you, for the ka-barangay,” the Ginebra team governor said as he led the ceremonial toast. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:08Ginebra planning for long series vs San Miguel01:37Protesters 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 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion SMC president Ramon S. Ang and San Miguel sports director Alfrancis Chua hold the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup title during Ginebra’s victory party. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netCoach Tim Cone said Barangay Ginebra isn’t done yet collecting championship trophies. The man on top had something to say about how the pursuit for more glory should be done.“I hope with this win, we’ll be humble and nice to everybody,” said San Miguel Corp. president and COO Ramon S. Ang in Filipino during the celebration of the team’s successful defense of the PBA Governors’ Cup Monday night at the SMC head office in Ortigas.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “Ginebra waited for a championship for eight years. [Then] we won last year. And this year, even up to the final minute, we didn’t know if we could repeat. But we’re thankful that we were able to win back-to-back,” he said.In the basketball sense, Cone also has ideas as to how the Kings plan to add to their trophy case.On top of his list: Maximize the strengths of Greg Slaughter and minimize the negative impact brought about by teams running small lineups against the 7-footer.“I feel like I haven’t exploited him yet,” Cone explained.Barangay Ginebra also managed to snare a promising talent in the draft by tabbing former UP gunner Jett Manuel with the 12th pick overall. The Kings hope Manuel can be groomed into a replacement for Jayjay Helterbrand, who announced his retirement.ADVERTISEMENT Ateneo issues clarification: Bundit stays as Lady Eagles coach The Kings captured the season-ending crown in dramatic fashion, holding off a tough-fighting Meralco Bolts in an epic Game 7 at Philippine Arena—a coronation witnessed by a record 54,086-strong audience.Moments after that thrilling 101-96 victory that capped a 4-3 series win, Cone made a promise to the fans of the country’s most popular basketball team.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 shutout“We’re not going to stop here, we have more championships to win,” he said.San Miguel’s top honcho reminded the Kings to make sure they pursue their goal the right way. Ang is also thankful that after nearly a decade of drought, Cone was able to lead Ginebra to back-to-back titles against a worthy adversary in Meralco. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ View comments
CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Caguioa, Helterbrand close ‘Fast and Furious’ chapter of their careers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This photo taken on August 15, 2017 shows Mexican challenger Luis Nery (L) fighting against Japan’s Shinsuke Yamanaka (R) during their WBC bantamweight title match at the Shimadzu Arena in Kyoto.Nery won with a fourth-round knockout. / AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / STR / Japan OUTTOKYO — The World Boxing Council has ordered a rematch between Japanese boxer Shinsuke Yamanaka and Luis Nery for the bantamweight title three months after the Mexican failed a drug test.Nery denied Yamanaka a 13th straight title defense on Aug. 15 in Kyoto.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 A week after the bout, the WBC announced that Nery failed a drug test performed in the lead-up to the fight with an amount of the banned substance and stimulant Zilpaterol detected. The findings were from Nery’s“A” sample taken July 27, but additional tests taken in Japan gave negative results.The WBC issued a statement Wednesday saying “Based on the evidence the WBC examined concerning this matter, the WBC cannot make a determination with sufficient certainty as to whether Mr. Nery’s adverse finding was the result of intentional ingestion of a banned substance to improve performance. All information and facts lead to conclude that the adverse finding was due to consumption of contaminated food products.”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 shutout Read Next View comments
MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni questions a call during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. The Pelicans won 115-113. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW YORK — Houston coach Mike D’Antoni will lead Team Stephen in the NBA All-Star Game.D’Antoni and his staff earned coaching honors Friday when the Rockets clinched the best winning percentage in the Western Conference through games of Feb. 4 among eligible coaches. Golden State’s Steve Kerr is ineligible because he coached in the game last year.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kemba Walker hits big 3-pointers in Hornets win Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH D’Antoni has led the Rockets to a 34-13 record, second in the league to Golden State’s 39-10.The 2017 NBA Coach of the Year will be coaching in the All-Star Game for the second time, having led the West to a rout in 2007 in Las Vegas when he coached the Phoenix Suns.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe NBA has gone to a new format this year in which captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry drafted teams. D’Antoni will coach Curry’s team on Feb. 18 in Los Angeles, while the East coach will be in charge of Team LeBron. Toronto’s Dwane Casey has the inside track there with Boston’s Brad Stevens ineligible. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next
PBA IMAGESMarinerong Pilipino squandered an early 21-point lead but recovered just in time to end its two-game losing slide with a 92-78 win over Batangas-EAC Tuesday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena.Rian Ayonayon saved the Skippers in the payoff period where he scored eight of his 16 points. He also had six rebounds, two assists, and two steals to help even his team’s slate at 2-2.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Quarters: 32-13, 48-32, 71-62, 92-78. LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next “It only shows that anybody can compete this conference,” said Banal. “We have to bring the right kind attitude every game, which is to respect every opponent that we have. Clearly that game shows how competitive the field is and how well prepared they will come in facing us.”Diego ended up with 20 points and four rebounds for the winless Batangas-EAC (0-3), while Earvin Mendoza got 15 markers, seven boards, and five dimes.The Scores:MARINERONG PILIPINO 92 — Banal 17, Ayonayon 16, Pasaol 13, Iñigo 10, Paredes 10, Tolentino 8, Subido 7, Babilonia 4, Toth 3, Brill 2, Tratter 2, Lopez 0, Terso 0.BATANGAS-EAC 78 — Diego 20, E. Mendoza 15, Bautista 11, Maguliano 11, De Joya 10, Garcia 6, Dela Peña 3, Altamirano 2, Laude 0, Martin 0, J. Mendoza 0, Neri 0, Pate 0, Tampoc 0.ADVERTISEMENT Compton downplays coaching duel with Alas: ‘I did not outcoach him’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “After back-to-back losses, that’s what a team would want to happen in our next outing,” said a relieved coach Koy Banal. “Good thing the players listened and followed what we instructed because we’re pressured against a team that will keep on fighting.”Gab Banal just missed out on a double-double with 17 markers and nine boards, while Alvin Pasaol had his best game to date, firing 13 points and six rebounds off the bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMarinerong Pilipino had a blistering start where it took a 36-15 lead early in the second quarter and was seemingly on its way to an easy rout.Jeric Diego brought the Generals back to life, leading the 30-point third quarter which got his side within three, 52-49, midway in the frame but the Skippers pushed the gas pedal again and built a 10-point cushion en route to the victory. AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments
The Lakers want Thomas to mentor their young players, and they’re giving him rest and recovery time when he needs — mindful that he wants to go into this summer as healthy as possible.“I think he’s been judged pretty harshly with the fact that he missed that much time,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “He’s playing good for us. I think with the more time he has just playing basketball, the better he’ll get as far as getting back to doing the things he was doing in Boston last season.”Walton speaks highly of Thomas, which suggests that the Lakers could be that one team Thomas is looking for.Games like Thursday certainly won’t hurt his cause. He came into the night averaging 14.3 points in 26 minutes on 37 percent shooting. Against the Heat, he shot 11 for 20, 6 for 11 from 3-point range.“If they give me a bigger opportunity, I’m capable of bringing more to the table,” Thomas said. “Until then I’m doing what I can. I’m getting as healthy as I possibly can. Every day I’m feeling a lot better. I’m just grinding it out and just trying to be ready for any opportunities that come my way.”ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Thomas went through pain of the emotional and physical kind with the Celtics a year ago, after his sister died in a car crash just before the start of Boston’s postseason run. About three weeks later, on the day Chyna Thomas would have turned 23, her brother — a day removed from oral surgery — scored 53 points to lead the Celtics past Washington.Not long after that, the Celtics shut the 5-foot-9 guard down because of the right hip problem.“Him being a competitor and a warrior, he made his injury even worse instead of putting his stock up there and saying ’I’m done, let me get ready for the next season so I can get a max deal,’” said Miami guard Dwyane Wade, a Thomas teammate in Cleveland this season. “He kept trying to fight and fight and fight for the city that he was playing for. So it’s a tough situation.“One thing I know about him, you don’t become a household name at 5-foot-whatever-he-is without having grit, without having toughness and without knowing you can overcome anything.”That’s the belief Thomas still has these days.He doesn’t think he can merely return to the level he was at last year. He thinks he can get even better. The challenge will be making someone else believe that this summer.“It’s ‘what have you done for me lately.’ That’s the league we’re in and I understand that,” Thomas said. “But if I’m given the same opportunity I was given in Boston, I would do the same thing. And that’s just what it is. My resume speaks for itself. What I can do on the basketball floor speaks for itself. I can’t do nothing but control what I can control, and that’s taking advantage of any opportunity I’m given and playing my heart out.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Nothing is certain now.He’s gone from a star in Boston to being cast aside in Cleveland and now finds himself as a backup with the Los Angeles Lakers, still trying to get healthy after hip surgery. If that wasn’t enough, there’s the added strain that what he does over these next few high-stakes weeks will go a long way in determining what he’ll earn and where he’ll play over the next few years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“All you need is one team to love you,” Thomas said Thursday. “It’s like the draft all over again. You just need one team.”He averaged just under 29 points per game last season. And until Thursday night, when he led the Lakers to a 131-113 win in Miami over the Heat, he hadn’t scored more than 24 in any game this season. He couldn’t get on the floor until January while recovering from the hip surgery and lasted only 15 games with the Cavaliers before getting traded to the Lakers in early February. Thomas was the main piece that Cleveland got from Boston in the deal that sent Kyrie Irving to the Celtics, and his on-court Cavs tenure lasted roughly one month. Read Next FILE – In this Feb. 10, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas (7) gestures during an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas. The way Isaiah Thomas sees it, what awaits in free agency this summer is like what he faced when he was the last pick in the NBA Draft. “I only need one team to love me,” Thomas said Thursday, candidly opening up about his health, his past, his present and his future while he deals with a season that absolutely has not gone the way he envisioned. (AP Photo/ Richard W. Rodriguez, File)MIAMI — Isaiah Thomas still feels like there’s time.He’s four months away from free agency, the wheeling-and-dealing period when — the way things were looking a year ago — he would be signing a contract worth well over $100 million, ensuring himself a level of wealth that would be well beyond what the player picked last in the 2011 NBA draft should have reasonably expected.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Lakers shred Heat defense, stay hot with easy win Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments
PBA IMAGESRarely do coaches say that they have resorted to prayers to ask for help during games.Nash Racela was man enough to admit that and Anthony Semerad rose from among TNT KaTropa’s superstars with four fourth quarter triples that propelled the Texters to a 107-103 win and a 2-0 lead over Barangay Ginebra in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup Final Four series at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT The last time the TNT franchise had Ginebra buried in a hole this deep didn’t end well for the Texters, as they eventually walked out in Game 4 of the 2010 Philippine Cup’s quarterfinal stage before losing the rubber match.The Final Four series between San Miguel Beer and Star goes into its third game on Wednesday, also at 7 p.m.The Beermen and the Hotshots slugged it out in the lowest-scoring playoff game here on Monday and San Miguel was lucky to escape with the win, by coach Leo Austria’s admission, as Paul Lee barely missed a running jumper in the waning seconds.“Star knows our weaknesses and strengths,” Austria said. ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’? 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES “To be honest, I don’t know which part of the fourth period, when the referees were calling consecutive fouls on us and we were about to lose focus as a team, I just prayed on the sidelines,” Racela said after the gut-wrenching triumph that put him on the cusp of a first title series appearance.And Semerad, never known to be an offensive player, was the answer to his prayers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe last of Semerad’s treys gave the Texters a 105-103 lead, before Joshua Smith sealed the deal with a putback of a Jayson Castro airball as the series many saw will go the distance could have an ending on Thursday when Game 3 is played at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“We need to guard against complacency,” Racela said. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Bali Pure sets aside distractions after car trouble to forge Finals decider MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments
FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Gervacio is known for her jump serves and her strong presence on the court.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Dzi Gervacio of Perlas CONTRIBUTED PHOTOPhilippine Superliga reigning Grand Prix champion team Foton is trying to get the services of former Ateneo stalwart Dzi Gervacio who is now on a sabbatical from rival league Premier Volleyball League.Foton owner Rommel Sytin bared talks between him and Gervacio, who is in the United States for a short course.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The back-to-back Grand Prix champion club is beefing up its roster behind 6-foot-5 main weapon Jaja Santiago and 5-foot-6 open spiker EJ Laure.They are still shopping for imports for the PSL’s much awaited conference slated to begin in October.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 25-year-old Gervacio once played for the Tornadoes in the 2014 Grand Prix and 2015 All Filipino where she suffered a dislocated patella.The 5-foot-8 open spiker returned to action in the Shakey’s V League for BaliPure and Perlas in the PVL. Blatche says there are numerous reasons why he can’t join Gilas Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant
View comments LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Ravena added: “I would love to play for a fifth SEA Games. But nobody knows what will happen. There could be another coach. Another program. Other players.”Of all the Philippines’ basketball gold medal runs, he said this edition was the toughest.“All the countries have stepped up. They really want to win over us. They prepared for us,” said Ravena.But for the meantime, Ravena, who would watch girlfriend Alyssa Valdez the following morning for the women’s volleyball bronze medal match, would like to relish the newest addition to his growing collection.“It’s icing on the cake,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – Gilas’ Kiefer Ravena drives against Singapore during their game in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — With four gold medals around his neck, Kiefer Ravena is still not taking anything for granted.Just when about everybody was trying to score in garbage time in the gold medal match against Indonesia, Ravena dashed for a fast break, but found the lanes suddenly crowded.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Rain or Shine banks on Cruz, deals Star its 1st loss Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The 6-foot playmaker, his hair pulled back by a hairband, then, decided to take a step back before swishing a three.Just another basket in the Philippines’ pile of points that buried an overmatched Indonesia side Saturday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingREAD: Philippines defends basketball titles, rips Indonesia for the gold“But for me, that step-back three,” Ravena, would say later, “That was my graceful exit.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul
What makes the athletes and officials, more so the volunteers, happy about the Village? The food, surely, but what makes them really happy is the shuttle bus service.There is a bus arriving every two minutes or so, and just the sheer number of red, air-conditioned buses plying from one end of the village to another is a sight for sore eyes (and a relief to sweaty foreheads).Even before you could take a few paces the buses follow you, the athletes say. “You don’t have to wave at drivers,” one athlete said. “They stop the moment they see you walking.”- That Pakistan hockey forward Rehan Butt is a movie buff is an open secret. He is also a diehard fan of actor Shah Rukh Khan. But what is not known is that after the release of 3 Idiots , Butt is now an Aamir Khan fan.He has seen the blockbuster movie 10 times already and he is willing to watch it several times more. “I love the movie for its message, the cinematography and the comedy.Aamir being Aamir, he has portrayed his role too well and only he could have done that,” says Butt.
The National Investigating Agency (NIA) on Monday filed a chargesheet against Hindutva leader Swami Aseemanand and four others, holding them responsible for the Samjhauta Express blasts in 2007 which left 68 people dead. Asimanand allegedly propounded a bomb ka badla bomb (bomb for bomb) theory and masterminded the terror strike, instigating the other accused to carry out the attack.Aseemanand represents right-wing Hindutva organisation Abhinav Bharat. He was arrested by the CBI on November 19, 2010, from Haridwar in Uttarakhand for his alleged role in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast in Hyderabad.Others named in the 24- page chargesheet filed in a Panchkula court were the late Sunil Joshi, Lokesh Sharma, Sandeep Dange alias Parmanand and Ramchandra Kalasangra alias Ramji alias Vishnu Patel. While Joshi has been murdered, two other accused – Kalasangra and Dange – are absconding.The investigating agency was also looking into the part played by other suspects such as RSS leader Indresh Kumar, Malegaon blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, Amit alias Sunny and Devender Gupta for their involvement in the conspiracy.India will now formally hand over the NIA chargesheet to Pakistan. ” Our chargesheet shows that India has the courage to expose the real masterminds and plotters behind the Samjhauta Express attack. We expect the same from Pakistan, which continues to deny the involvement of the real masterminds such as Hafiz Saeed, ISI’s Major Iqbal and LeT commander Sajid Mir in the 26/ 11 case,” a top source said.Government sources revealed that Pakistan would be informed of the chargesheet if a query is raised from that side during the upcoming foreign- secretary level talks in Islamabad from June 23. ” A copy of the chargesheet would soon be handed over to Pakistan through diplomatic channels and Pakistan high commissioner Shahid Malik may be called to collect the same,” sources added.advertisementAccording to the chargesheet, Asimanand was upset with the jehadi terrorist attacks on Akshardham temple in Gujarat, Raghunath Mandir in Jammu and Sankat Mochan temple in Varanasi. He and Joshi held a meeting at Shabridham ashram in Gujarat’s Dang district following the Varanasi blast in 2006.This was when they plotted the train attack. Asimanand presided over the meeting in which he said: ” Bomb ka jawab bomb se dena chahiye .” The accused chose to attack Samjhauta Express since the majority of travellers were Pakistani citizens. Asimanand provided financial and logistical support to the terror group. Dange, Ramji and Sharma and some others led by Joshi had procured the raw material for the IEDs. They also fabricated and planted the explosives in the train.The accused were charged with hatching a criminal conspiracy leading to murder, attempt to murder and some other offences under the IPC, in addition to the Railways Act, Explosive Substances Act, Prevention of Damage of Public Property Act and Unlawful Activities ( Prevention) Act. The Samjhauta Express blasts had taken place on February 18, 2007, at Diwana village near Panipat in Haryana.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.
For a nation starved of success stories in football, being the top star means that one would be hounded by the fans and media.Sunil Chhetri knows it well and after his Sporting Lisbon sojourn, the expectation from the 28-year-old striker has only picked up.No surprise, that in the prematch press conference ahead of India’s opener against Syria in the Nehru Cup, the captain of the team was time and again asked about what difference he could make, especially after his Portugal experience.”I was in Portugal for just 28 days. I don’t think playing with a new team and set-up for such short time can impact your game,” he said.The Delhi boy, who was a part of India’s victorious team in the 2009 edition, said the youngsters in the squad had a very important role to play.”We have six to seven players who are relatively new. They are a good bunch but on this stage, they need to understand their responsibility,” he said.About coach Wim Koevermans’ newly propounded “possession football,” he said it would take some time.”We should take into account the fact that he has with us for only two weeks. We are being told to keep the ball as much as possible. The good thing is that the coach is working with a certain plan and a vision,” he said.Chhetri had high regards for their first match’s opponent Syria. “I have seen their game in the Asian Cup and they are a talented lot,” he said.advertisement
Cricket icon Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar will now bat for Maharashtra’s endangered big striped cats by becoming a ‘Tiger Ambassador’, an official said here on Monday. Last Thursday (Aug 13), Tendulkar wrote to Maharashtra Finance and Forests Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar expressing his willingness to join the cause of conserving and protecting tigers in the state. The development came three days after Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan agreed to become a Tiger Ambassador.The duo’s response followed Mungantiwar’s personal letters to on July 29, which was the World Tiger Day, an aide to the minister said. “I compliment your team on the efforts being undertaken for Project Tiger and would be happy to meet you to discuss this. I have always been concerned about tiger conservation and distinctly remember dedicating one of my Test centuries, during my playing days, to increase awareness of the cause,” Tendulkar wrote. Also read: Court dismisses petition against Sachin Tendulkar’s Bharat RatnaHe sought details of the government’s expectations from him in the capacity of a Tiger Ambassador and how he could promote the cause. Last Tuesday, Mungantiwar called on Bachchan at his office and discussed the modalities of his new real-life role as the state’s first Tiger Ambassador. “I have around 42 million followers on social media. I am confident that these followers will understand and appreciate my role as Tiger Ambassador. Maharashtra is bestowed with abundant resources of nature and wildlife which is not known to many people in and out of Maharashtra,” Bachchan said on the occasion. advertisementMungantiwar presented a life-size replica of a tiger and books published by the forest department on the topic to Bachchan. Maharashtra has six tiger sanctuaries, including five in Vidarbha (eastern part of the state) and one in the Sahyadri ranges in the western part, besides Madhya Pradesh’s four, Chhattisgarh’s three and Telangana’s one. The state has asked the central government to allocate special funds to conserve and protect the big cats in these four states. Mungantiwar pointed out that Vidarbha had the potential to become the ‘tiger capital’ of the country, with its tiger population rising from 169 in 2006 to 190 in 2014. India is currently home to 2,226 tigers, shooting up significantly from 1,706 in 2010.
Los Angeles, Sep 21 (PTI) Actor Jeffrey Tambor, his “Transparent” co-star Gaby Hoffmann and “Game of Thrones” author George R R Martin, among others sported green ribbons at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards in a bid to support US President Barack Obamas climate change plan. The ribbons were created to demand climate action and the Natural Resources Defense Council thanked the TV stars for wearing the cause, reported Entertainment Weekly. “Thanks to @jeffreytambor, @OfficialJLD, Louis C.K., @IamDonCheadle and others for supporting climate action!” the official account of the council tweeted. The green ribbons, which include the phrase “Demand Climate Action,” were meant to support the EPA plan to take on climate change. Comedian Brad Hall and “Game of Thrones” director David Nutter were also spotted wearing the ribbon at the event. Many stars donned the ribbons last year as well, backing the Green Ribbon Campaign, a movement to open up discussions about mental health. PTI SHD PSH
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Sumit Nagal reached the semi-finals of ATP Challenger Campinas in Brazil with a straight sets win against Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo on Friday and secured his second semi-final appearance in two weeks.Nagal had won the ATP Challenger Buenos Aires last week and continued his form into this week as he beat Cerundolo 7-6 (2), 7-5 to set up a semi-final meet with another Argentinian Juan Ficovich. With the win, Nagal now has the highest number of semi-final appearances on the ATP Challenger Tour this year.At the back of this win, Nagal also moved to the world No.129 spot in the ATP live rankings. After winning the Challenger title in Argentina last week, Nagal had moved to career-best ranking of 135.Nagal has defeated Cerundolo just last week on his way to the title in Buenos Aires at the same stage but that win had come in three sets. In Brazil, it was a more straight forward win for the Indian.Nagal had moved into the second round of the tournament after his opponent Portuguese Gastao Elias retired while the Indian was leading 4-1 in the first set.In the second round, Nagal was up against the local player Orlando Luz, who he beat 7-5, 6-3.Earlier this week, Nagal had expressed disappointment over not receiving any financial assistance despite showing his caliber against Roger Federer in the first round of the US Open.”I was all alone here. No one was with me to help out. One way, it has been great that I have been playing good tennis but it’s not easy to do it and I’m really sad,” Nagal told PTI from Buenos Aires.”The path is lonely despite doing well at the US Open. I qualified at 22 and led a set against Roger Federer but it still has not made impact anywhere. It’s really sad nobody is coming up to invest into tennis,” he added. atpATP Challenger TourIndiaIndian tennis First Published: October 4, 2019, 11:59 PM IST
SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT Roelant Oltmans Published on COMMENTS Roelant Oltmans × SHARE Hockey India today sacked national coach Roelant Oltmans after a string of unimpressive outings at the international level.High Performance Director David John will be in charge till a suitable replacement is found for a smooth transition of the the men’s team.The decision was taken during the three-day meeting of the Hockey India High Performance and Development Committee, which concluded today.Though the federation did not say it in as many words, it is apparent that the HI bosses are not impressed with the Dutchman. “Key decisions taken included Chief Coach Roelant Oltmans to step down,” Hockey India said in a release.“While Roelant Oltmans role as Chief Coach in improving the teams’ overall fitness and cohesiveness has been appreciated, the results are what matter and the performance of the team has not been consistent or up to the desired levels,” it read.The power-packed meeting to assess the way forward for Indian hockey was attended by over 24 members over the last three days.Harbinder Singh, chairman of the Hockey India Selection Committee, said, “The Committee was convened since we are collectively not satisfied with the Indian Men’s Hockey team’s performance in 2016 and 2017 and feels that wins in Asia can’t be a benchmark for success any more.”“We need to show results beyond intent in key international tournaments where the sporadic success over the last two years is more incidental than deliberate. To make results a reality, we need to make hard decisions for the greater good of the future of Hockey in India,” he said.This move comes before critical tournaments including the Asian Games & World Cup in 2018 and 2020 Olympic Games. September 02, 2017
2020 Olympics2020 tokyo olympicshockeyhockey india First Published: October 31, 2019, 1:51 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. The upcoming hockey qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will see the Indian men’s and women’s hockey team fight to seal their Olympic berths on November 1 and 2. The Olympics 2020 Indian Hockey qualifiers will be played at the Kalinga Hockey Stadium in Bhubaneswar.World No. 5 Indian men’s hockey team led by Manpreet Singh will lock horns with Russia, who are currently World No. 22. Meanwhile, Rani Rampal-led women’s hockey team, who are currently at 9th spot in the world ranking, will be facing the US. According to the latest 2020 Olympics qualifying format rolled out by the International Hockey Federation (FIH), 28 teams with 14 players each side (both for men and women) will be featuring in seven qualifiers. The 2020 Olympics hockey qualifiers draw were held in September this year.Here is a list of team’s who have qualified for 2020 Tokyo Olympics:2020 Tokyo Olympics Men’s Hockey Qualifying list:Japan, Argentina, South Africa, Belgium, Australia Spain, Netherlands, Canada2020 Tokyo Olympics Women’s Hockey Qualifying list:Japan, Argentina, South Africa, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, China, AustraliaIndian Men’s Hockey Squad: Manpreet Singh (C), PR Sreejesh, Krishan Bahadur Pathak, Harmanpreet Singh, Varun Kumar, Surender Kumar, Gurinder Singh, Rupinder Pal Singh, Amit Rohidas, Nilakanta Sharma, Hardik Singh, Vivek Sagar Prasad, Lalit Kumar Upadhyay, S.V. Sunil, Mandeep Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh and Simranjeet Singh.Indian Women’s Hockey Squad: Rani Rampal (C), Savita, Rajani Etimarpu, Deep Grace Ekka, Gurjit Kaur, Reena Khokhar, Salima Tete, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Nikki Pradhan, Monika, Neha Goyal, Lilima Minz, Namita Toppo, Vandana Katariya, Navneet Kaur, Lalremsiami, Navjot Kaur and Sharmila Devi.
With Gambhir certainly winning the round against the Pakistani media, India would look to assert their dominance over the noisy neighbours.Read Also:Asia Cup 2018- India vs Pakistan Preview: Arch-rivals clash for group supremacy Advertisement AdvertisementImage Courtesy: India TodayGautam Gambhir was a crucial cog in the early decades for the Indian team, and while declining form has forced him to take a step back from the national setup, the opener is still a dominant presence in Indian cricket with his strong opinions.The former Delhi Daredevils skipper defended India in his usual demeanour during his time on ABP News, where he came across the Pakistan media who questioned the Men In Blue’s chances at the Asia Cup after a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of England.Gambhir meanwhile went on to state to the counterparts that winning against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh cannot be termed as an achievement with even India A capable of doing the same.The next statement that popped up for Gambhir was Pakistan’s triumph over India to win the Champions Trophy in 2017, the left-handed batsman went on to remind that the Champions Trophy is Pakistan’s only notable achievement in the recent past, while India have been consistent in the ICC tournaments as of late.Watch the highly entertaining video below
West Indies ended India’s unbeaten run in the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2016 to clinch their maiden title. The junior Caribbean side thumped Dravid’s boys by five wickets on Sunday in Dhaka. (Also read: U-19 World Cup – Heartbreak for India as West Indies clinch maiden title) Skipper Shimron Hetmyer’s team also ended India’s 15-match winning streak with the win in the final. Indian batsmen had no answers to West Indies’ pace bowling attack on a green top at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Mirpur. New-ball bowler Alzarri Joseph ran through India’s top-order. Sarfraz Khan was the top-scorer for India scoring his fifth half-century of the tournament. (Also read: How Dravid’s boys failed to cross the final hurdle) In reply, Indian bowlers tried hard to defend a total of 145, but West Indies’ Keacy Karty and Keemo Paul batted responsibly to lead their team to glory.The cricket fraternity was all praise for the youngsters from West Indies. They also lauded India U-19 team for its brilliant run in the tournament. Here are a few Twitter reactions.Our U19 boys fought with all their heart & soul today. Hard luck boys, but you’ll had an excellent journey this #U19CWC! We are proud of you Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) February 14, 2016Congratulations to the West Indies U19 on winning the #U19CWC ???? #FutureStars #Champions ???? #Brilliant Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) February 14, 2016Spare a thought for indian bowlers, defending 145 n taking it to 50th over is no child’s play. Hard luck boys but we know future is bright.advertisement Mohammad Kaif (@KaifSays) February 14, 2016Congrats WI U-19 on winning the U-19 CWC????Showed a lot of character&application chasing the small target??Bad luck Ind team… @BCCI VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 14, 2016Made it to the finals as a player…made it to the finals as a coach too. It’s really unfortunate that World Cup keeps eluding Dravid. Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) February 14, 2016What a team! These guys showed the depth and balance of their side. Stuck together in tough times and now can celebrate this moment.#champs Jason Holder (@Jaseholder98) February 14, 2016What a spell from Mayank Dagar??Love the way he is flighting the ball & forcing the batsmen to play big shots????Keep it up?? @BCCI #Under19cwc VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 14, 2016I’m a Proud West Indian today and we must CELEBRATE this wonderful achievement as these guys have done a lot for our region. #2016champions Jason Holder (@Jaseholder98) February 14, 2016Congrats to @westindies U19’s for winning the #U19WCFinal ???? maybe the future is bright???? be very interesting to see how many come through? Alex Tudor (@alextudorcoach) February 14, 2016Admirable from these young West Indians, Paul and Carty. This is their biggest stage so far and they are looking good. Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 14, 2016Lets all celebrate Under-19s stylie with a #chestroll! #U19WCFinal #U19CWC #westindies pic.twitter.com/ocNnse8RFN CPL T20 (@CPL) February 14, 2016Youngster who effected Mankad, Keemo Paul, hits winning runs for WI #U19WCFinal. Cue great minds of cricket trying to make sense of it all Quentin Hull (@QuentinHull) February 14, 2016Hope for the future of Caribbean cricket. A beacon among the gloom. A tonic for the soul of the game #U19WCFinal https://t.co/6umvEylGAM Quentin Hull (@QuentinHull) February 14, 2016India did it to them as underdogs in 1983, WI return the favour in 2016. WI under 19 win is great news for World cricket. #U19WCFinal Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) February 14, 2016India left to rue dropped chances. But what a stellar performance by West Indies.Hopefully will revitalise cricket in Caribbean #U19WCFinal Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) February 14, 2016
Shillong, Mar 29 (PTI) Union Minister Smriti Irani today conferred honorary degree to Olympian and five-time Boxing World Champion M C Mary Kom and first woman Chairperson of the Union Public Service Commission Rose Millian Bathew for their contributions in respective fields.The pugilist from Manipur, who is also coaching the underprivileged children in boxing and an animal rights activist, was conferred with the degree in absentia while 85 year-old Rose received the award in person.”The degree of Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) is hereby awarded by NEHU to M C Mary Kom … in recognition for her outstanding contributions in the field of sports,” the citation which NEHU VC S K Srivastava conferred on Kom, said.For Rose, the citation read, “… in recognition of her invaluable contribution in teaching, public administration and towards the society at large,” she was honoured in person by the HRD Minister herself during the 23rd convocation of the Central University.Over 10,000 students were conferred with degrees in various disciplines in the university. PTI JOP SUS RCJ LNS
Ajinkya Rahane is back in focus ahead of India’s semifinal against the West Indies after Yuvraj Singh twisted his ankle in the ICC World T20 match against Australia.Rahane, who is yet to get a game in the tournament, could find himself playing at his home-ground in Mumbai if Yuvraj doesn’t recover fully in time for the last-four game on March 31. (Manish Pandey likely to replace injured Yuvraj Singh in the semifinal )Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, speaking after the six-wicket win on Sunday, said he is open to changes in the playing XI if the conditions demand.”I don’t know whether we should make changes but it is possible, depending on the wicket. We have to see Yuvraj’s injury as well. We would definitely like to have a replacement ready if the physio says his injury is bad,” he said.The team management is assessing Yuvraj’s condition. The southpaw, who was dismissed on 21, was in pain after twisting his ankle and had to be attended by the physio in the middle. Rahane should be match ready if the need arises and even before the Australia game, he had an extended session at the nets of the I S Bindra Stadium.Shane Watson, who retired with the Mohali loss, was asked about his former IPL teammate Rahane not finding a place in the XI.”Jinks (Rahane) I think is a very good player. But where do you fit him with the quality of Indian batting line-up? He certainly knows how to score in all conditions,” Watson had said.advertisement
Manchester City reached the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time after a superb curling shot from Kevin de Bruyne gave them a 1-0 second-leg win over Paris St Germain that sealed a 3-2 aggregate victory on Tuesday.The Belgian picked his spot perfectly with 14 minutes remaining, firing past goalkeeper Kevin Trapp as PSG went out of the competition in the quarter-finals for the fourth successive season.City should have taken the lead at the Etihad Stadium in the first half when Trapp brought down Sergio Aguero to concede a penalty, but the normally lethal Argentine fired his spotkick wide of Trapp’s left-hand post.City would have advanced on the away goals rule if the game had finished 0-0 or 1-1 following last week’s 2-2 draw in Paris, but the final scoreline just about reflected City’s superiority in a tense, dramatic match.”Kevin de Bruyne is an important player for us, we deserved a goal before he scored. We dominated that game from the beginning until the end,” Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini told BT Sport.After a bright, attacking opening from City, PSG took control and played some flowing passing football.Coach Laurent Blanc had opted to start with a three-man back line of Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and Serge Aurier but switched to a 4-4-2 formation after Thiago Motta went off injured a minute before halftime.Yet despite dominating possession, with Adrien Rabiot and Angel Di Maria linking well, PSG did not mount a serious attempt on goal, apart from a dipping free kick from Zlatan Ibrahimovic after 17 minutes which City keeper Joe Hart did well to tip away.advertisementCity came more into the match as their fullbacks Bacary Sagna and Gael Clichy became more adventurous and their slicker attacking approach play should have paid dividends when Aguero won the penalty.To the horror of the home fans, however, he missed the target with his effort.The closest PSG came to a goal in the second half was when Ibrahimovic bundled the ball into the net in the closing minutes but was narrowly ruled offside.
The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has challenged the Bombay the High Court’s order to move the Indian Premier League matches out of drought-hit Maharashtra. The matter will come up for hearing on April 25. (Maharashtra government ropes in Tendulkar to combat drought)The High Court had ordered moving all IPL matches from April 30 onward out of the Maharashtra, which affected the schedule of 13 matches in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur. BCCI’s request to hold the May 1 game in Pune as scheduled was agreed upon by the High Court.A public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Foundation for Democratic Reforms and Loksatta Movement forced the IPL matches out of the state after it highlighted that over 60 lakh litre of water will be used to maintain the pitches at the three venues while the state was fighting a drought.Interestingly, Mumbai had opted for Jaipur’s Sawai Man Singh Stadium as their ‘adopted’ home for the games moved out of Wankhede Stadium. But the Rajasthan High Court pulled up the state government and asked it to reply how it can allow IPL to be held when the state was facing acute shortage of water.The Wankhede Stadium is home to defending champions Mumbai Indians while debutants Rising Pune Supergiants have the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune as their base.(With PTI inputs)
Delhi Daredevils captain Zaheer Khan lauded India Under-19 batsman Rishabh Pant after the youngster smashed his maiden Indian Premier League half-century to power Delhi to an eight-wicket victory over Gujarat Lions last night. (Rishabh Pant’s maiden fifty sees Delhi crush Gujarat by 8 wickets)Playing only in his third IPL match, 18-year-old Pant stole the limelight as he hit a 40-ball 69 with the help of nine fours and two sixes as the Daredevils chased down the target of 150 with 16 balls to spare in Rajkot.Pant stitched 115 runs for the opening wicket with Quinton de Kock (46) and that took the game away from the Lions who lost their second consecutive match and third in nine games. (Full IPL 2016 Coverage)Zaheer, who is leading Delhi in their best-ever IPL campaign, praised the youngster, saying his knock was special.”Rishabh’s performance was amazing, special. Batting with Quinton would have helped him. Rishabh has taken a leaf out of Quinny’s book,” Zaheer said at the post-match presentation.”You have seen the way Quinton has been going this tournament. He is a match winner,” he added.With Tuesday’s win, the Daredevils move up to the second sport with 10 points in seven matches.Pant, who was brought for INR 1.9 crore by the Daredevils, is one of the highly-rated talents in the U-19 circuit. He played some fantastic knocks at the U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh earlier this year and was praised by India U-19 coach Rahul Dravid, who is also the mentor of the Daredevils.Pant, who was adjudged the Man of the Match, said he relishes playing for Delhi and thanked his captain and coach for their support.advertisement”It is pleasure playing for this team. I am a youngster, and it’s great or receive the support of the captain and coach. It’s great to play under Rahul Dravid,” he said.
Former Australia batsman Stuart Law has turned down an offer to coach Pakistan, expressing his inability to join the team immediately.The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), which zeroed in on Law, said it will try to convince the Australian or would pick between Englishman Andy Moles and former Australia batsman Dean Jones. (Shahid Afridi demands overhaul of Pakistan’s domestic circuit)”Yes there are hurdles in the way of signing on Stuart Law as head coach although he is our first choice for this position,” PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan told PTI.”He had applied for a coaching position with us but he has now conveyed he is more interested in a consultant’s position and that he wouldn’t be able to join the team immediately,” Khan said.Law, a former Australian Test batsman, is already signed up by Cricket Australia as a batting consultant for the tour to Sri Lanka from July to September and apparently he has told the PCB he is also not available when Pakistan tour Australia in November-December this year.Khan admitted that finding the right person for the job had become a tedious task for the board.He also confirmed that the board of governors unanimously picked Law as the first choice and Moles as second choice.”We are now also talking to Moles and Jones although the board of governors had some reservations over some candidates,” the PCB chief said.A reliable source in the board told PTI that the PCB was uncertain about signing Moles, 55, as yet because of his history as coach with teams like Kenya, Scotland, Afghanistan and New Zealand.advertisement”What is of concern to us is that Moles left or had to leave coaching assignments with Kenya, Scotland, New Zealand and Afghanistan due of disagreements or discord with their boards or players,” the source said.The PCB chief said negotiations were going on with prospective candidates and a final decision should be taken in the next two to three days.”We want the new coach to join the team before the tour to England from next month. Once the head coach is appointed we will also finalise the rest of the support staff with him,” he added.(With PTI inputs)
Liverpool, with its confident dispatch of Villarreal, have crashed the Spanish party.Never before have two European finals in the same season been contested by clubs from only one country. It would have been a feat to underscore Spanish supremacy, the strength in depth that football fans, particularly those in thrall to the percussive English Premier League, don’t typically associate with a league in which the two leading clubs appear to occupy some astral plane. (Though in recent seasons Diego Simeone’s cussed Atletico side has gloried knocking in pulling them into the mud, knocking those haloes askew.)Impressive as Spanish teams are — able, as Atletico showed against Bayern Munich, to defend with resolve and vigour just as they are to attack with the adroit short passing and educated technique for which they are famous — we should be grateful to Liverpool. European competition shouldn’t be reduced to a domestic squabble. Until 2014, no two teams from the same city had reached the final of the European Cup or Champions League. It has now happened twice in three seasons. Milan — a city with two great clubs of its own — will host Real Madrid and their neighbours Atletico in the Champions League final on May 28 in a reprise of the final two years ago in Lisbon.To have to watch Sevilla chase their third successive Europa League win against Villarreal on May 18 would have been like watching the undercard to the main event, two lesser-known boxers from the same gym slugging it out before the big boys take to the ring. Instead, we now have two European finals to savour. One featuring two clubs that are anathema to each other: the glistening, preening Real Madrid, flaunting its trophies (this could be their 11th European Cup win, their closest challengers are AC Milan with seven) and establishment bona fides taking on their self-consciously ‘working class’ city rivals. It is a final that promises all the nervous energy, the claustrophobic strife, of a couple who have lived for too long with each other but cannot separate because they know no other way of life. The other final features teams that come from two distinctive, prideful cities; teams that are defined, marked out, like the cities they represent, by their passion.advertisementIndeed, the Europa League final might prove to be the more watchable, the more attractive.More importantly, Liverpool, with an exacting, exciting run to the final, beating Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund (the game at Anfield, a 4-3 win for Liverpool, is a strong contender for game of the season) and Villarreal, has breathed new life into the competition. In England, the Europa League, has been treated with a strange disdain. Or perhaps not so strange, given the insular self-regard of English football and the financial rewards for finishing mid-table in the Premier League. It is difficult to win the Europa League — with its onerous travel, it’s weird Thursday night scheduling, and curious mix of heavyweights in lean times and competent if unheralded teams from European outposts — and most Premier League teams seem to have concluded that affecting indifference is easier than having to face up to not being good enough. The decision to award the winner of the Europa League a place in the Champions League has given the former a fillip. Should Liverpool win it, and qualify for the Champions League despite likely finishing out of the top six in the league, that should give the likes of Manchester United pause.Sevilla, of course, has been treating the Europa with the seriousness of purpose it deserves for a decade now, winning it a record four times. Liverpool have won it thrice, and another win, a ninth major European trophy, would see Liverpool equal Barcelona and Milan’s European hauls. Only Real Madrid has won more. That European record is what has kept Liverpool fans warm at night during two decades that has seen their domestic record eclipsed by Manchester United. Sevilla is probably the better team than Liverpool, but finals are treacherous affairs as Atletico Madrid will attest. Atletico, up to now, has enjoyed a marginally better season than Real. They have, in the last two rounds at least, been better than Real Madrid against significantly better opposition. They have beaten Barcelona and Bayern as opposed to an overmatched Wolfsburg and a becalmed Manchester City. But they’ve also lost their last two Champions League ties to Real, the final in 2014 and last year’s two-legged quarter final. They have had two heartbreaking defeats in European Cup finals. Surely, it will be third time lucky. Surely?advertisementAs for Liverpool, winning against Sevilla would be the culmination of a wonderful campaign. Sevilla is on the verge of winning the Europa League for an unprecedented third time but it’s an opportunity afforded by failure in the Champions League, albeit in a tough group including Juventus and Manchester City. The parachuting of third-placed teams from the Champions League into the Europa knockout rounds contributes to the devaluing of what was once, as the UEFA Cup, a superb competition. It’s probably too late to go back to the old format of three separate European competitions, one for league champions, one for teams that finish high up in their domestic leagues, and one for cup winners. There is too much money and prestige concentrated in the Champions League, too many teams that demand a global audience of armchair supporters. But wouldn’t it be great to have two fine European tournaments? To have the Champions League open to only the top two from all the European leagues, including those of Spain, England, Germany, and Italy? To have better teams in the Europa League and more intense competition?Never before has talent and money coalesced to so few clubs at the very top of the European game. It’s why the Champions League will remain bloated, to give the very richest clubs the best opportunities to get even richer. It is to Atletico’s enormous credit that they have managed to muscle into this cartel. And it is to Liverpool’s credit that they have found the energy and the will to turn another humdrum season into a potentially excellent one and along the way reminded us that there’s romance and glory to be had outside the Champions League.
Big Bash League (BBL) franchise Melbourne Renegades’ chief executive Stuart Coventry has confirmed they will not re-sign swashbuckling West Indian opener Chris Gayle for next summer’s tournament. (IPL Full Coverage|Points Table)Gayle also faces possible censure from his English county club Somerset when he arrives in the UK following his latest controversial remarks to female journalist Charlotte Edwardes of The Times. He has since said the comments were made in jest. ‘BIG, BIG BAT’ CONTROVERSYAt one point in the interview, Gayle told the journalist he has “a very, very big bat, the biggest in the wooooorld,” adding: “You think you could lift it? You’d need two hands.” (Read – Gayle asks female journalist: Have you ever had a threesome?) Earlier this year, Gayle had courted controversy during his infamous “Don’t blush, baby” interview with Australian reporter Mel McLaughlin during a boundary-line interview at the BBL . Gayle equaled the record for the fastest Twenty20 fifty in his final innings for the Renegades last summer, but otherwise was below par with 260 runs at an average of 32.50 in eight matches.’CHRIS GAYLE NOT PART OF OUR PLANS’ “Well unveil our international signings soon and Chris isnt part of those plans,” Coventry was quoted as saying by News Corp on Tuesday. Gayle’s banishment from BBL comes as the West Indian launched a publicity drive for his forthcoming autobiography in which former Aussie cricketers Chris Rogers, Ian Chappell and ex-England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff have earned his wrath.GAYLE HIT BACK AT ROGERS, FLINTOFF Each of the trio critical of Gayle’s comments to McLaughlin last summer and Gayle has hit out at them in his biography. Rogers had said that he was concerned about the influence the West Indian might have on youngsters when they played together at the Sydney Thunder. But Gayle hit back to claim Rogers was his partner in crime at the Sydney nightspots. “Chris Rogers, how can you claim that when it was you and me at the bar most nights?” Gayle was quoted as saying by The Times, London, on Monday. “I’m not a snitch, but I’ve heard from your own mouth what you’ve done. Next time you want to open your mouth, maybe chew on a carrot instead,?? he added.’YOU’VE TO BAN CRICKET ITSELF’ Gayle also said, “you would have to ban cricket itself” if the International Cricket Council (ICC) followed through on Chappell’s request to remove him from the sport. “Ian Chappell, a man who was once convicted of unlawful assault in the West Indies for punching a cricket official. Ian Chappell, how can you ban the Universe Boss? You’d have to ban cricket itself,” Gayle said.advertisementFlintoff tweeted after the infamous “don’t blush baby” remarks to say that Gayle had “made himself look a bit of a chop there” to draw Gayle’s ire. “This coming from a man who admitted he (Flintoff) took Viagra during a Test match. The only chop Freddie knows is when he used to bowl short to me and I would chop him past backward point for four,” Gayle said. Gayle was forced to apologise the following morning for asking McLaughlin out for a drink on live television. However, he still maintained the whole affair was nothing more than a joke. Gayle is currently playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.
Guwahati, May 31 (PTI) Four militants of Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO), including an area commander and a deputy area commander, were arrested and a cache of arms and ammunitions recovered from them by a joint team of army and Assam Police in Kokrajhar district.According to a Defence release a joint search was launched last night and four KLO militants were apprehended from Kalipukhri village.The apprehended militants included the area commander of Kokrajhar, Mridul Roy alias Surjakoch, and the deputy, Dhananjay Roy alias Dhorkha.The other two militants have been identified as Kanak Roy and Konu Jeet Roy.The team also seized four pistols, three hand grenades, few rounds ammunitions, some documents and extortion notices, the release added. PTI TR KK TIR
Spain’s preparations for Euro 2016 suffered a blow as they were beaten 1-0 by Georgia on Tuesday in their final warmup friendly ahead of the tournament in France.Tornike Okriashvili tapped in from close range in the 39th minute to secure a surprise victory for Georgia at Getafe’s Coliseum Alfonso Perez stadium.Spain, who have won the last two European Championships, had not lost since being beaten in a friendly by the Netherlands in March 2015 and came into their final warmup match after convincing wins against Bosnia and South Korea.The hosts, however, lacked a cutting edge against a well-organised Georgia side who defended deep after taking the lead.Spain coach Vicente del Bosque made eight changes to the side that beat South Korea 6-1 last week, with Real Madrid’s Lucas Vazquez making his senior debut, while Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea also started.The hosts dominated possession and nearly scored in the 27th minute when Vazquez found Thiago Alcantara in the area, but his right-footed shot rebounded off the far post.Georgia went ahead against the run of play when a defensive mistake from Jordi Alba allowed the visitors to steal the ball in midfield.Jambul Jighauri surged into the area before teeing up an unmarked Okriashvili in the six-yard box for an easy tap-in.Del Bosque brought on Andres Iniesta, Coke, Hector Bellerin and Mikel San Jose at halftime, but Georgia defended deeply and forced Spain into speculative long-range shots with Nolito’s 25-metre effort going just wide.A superb cross from substitute David Silva in the 69th minute found Alba in the six-yard box but his first-time shot lacked power and his attempt was saved by substitute goalkeeper Nukri Revishvili.advertisementThe home side continued to press forward but lacked the finishing touch against a well-marshalled Georgian rearguard.Spain travel to France on Wednesday and begin the defence of their title against the Czech Republic on June 13 in Toulouse. They also face Turkey and Croatia in Group D.
There remains “a question mark” against Alisson despite Liverpool’s record-breaking deal, says Graeme Souness, but the Reds are set to be the side that Manchester City will “fear the most”.Jurgen Klopp has spent big this summer in an effort to push his side closer to the top-flight crown, with those at Anfield having finished 25 points off record-breaking pace last season.Brazil international Alisson is among those to have been drafted in, with a £67 million ($87m) deal making him the most expensive goalkeeper in history. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The 25-year-old impressed on his pre-season bow against Napoli on Saturday, but Souness believes he still has plenty to prove if he is to be the answer in a problematic area for Liverpool.The former Reds captain wrote in a column for the Sunday Times: “A goalkeeper was clearly a priority and Liverpool have broken the world record for that position by signing Alisson from Roma for £67m.“He played in Brazil and Portugal, then was initially kept out of the Roma team by Wojciech Szczesny, who found English football difficult at Arsenal.“So he’s not coming with 300-400 games at the highest level under his belt and, despite the fee, there has to be a question mark against him.”While Souness is yet to be convinced by Alisson, he has been impressed by the work overseen by Klopp.Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri have also been added to the Liverpool squad this summer, leading to a feeling on Merseyside that the Reds can challenge for major honours in 2018-19.“If their signings work out, if the goalkeeper is a proper one and the new midfielders are workaholics who can handle our football, Liverpool will push City all the way in the two big competitions this season – the Premier League and the Champions League,” added Souness.“They are the team that City will fear most, unless somebody goes on a late summer spending spree. They must put Pep Guardiola’s side under pressure and see if they crack.”Liverpool have one more friendly fixture to take in before competitive action resumes, against Torino on Tuesday.They will open their Premier League campaign at home to West Ham on August 12, before going on to face Crystal Palace and Brighton in the first month of the season. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Gennaro Gattuso said he laughs when AC Milan are hailed as Serie A challengers and lashed out at his team’s “embarrassing” performance against Cagliari.Gonzalo Higuain’s first Rossoneri goal salvaged a draw at Sardegna Arena on Sunday, cancelling out Joao Pedro’s early opener on the midfielder’s return from a doping ban.Suso forced two saves from Alessio Cragno in the closing stages, while Higuain headed a Diego Laxalt cross wide, but Gattuso was furious at his side’s first-half display. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “The start we have had is a problem that we have to solve,” Gattuso told Sky Sport Italia.”The first 20 minutes were embarrassing. If you go down 2-0 in this game we cannot recover it anymore.”We did a lot of good, but in those 20 minutes it was a very bad game on the mental level, tactical, over everything.”I did not see any offensive insertion in the first half hour, that’s not good enough. The road is still long, today we went well.”Milan have a game in hand over leaders Juventus but sit eight points off the pace after their opening three fixtures, leading Gattuso to mock pundits who suggest they could rival the Bianconeri.”I laugh when people say that we are the second or third best team,” he added.”Our potential is strong, but if we do not win these games it becomes tough. “I do not want to throw my hands in the air, but there is still a long way to go. If we can learn to manage certain situations we can have an important season.”If you want to be a contender for a championship you cannot afford to have an attitude like this – and this happened last year.”
Gianluigi Buffon is showing no sign of slowing down at the age of 40, with the Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper suggesting that he could still have 10 years left in the tank.The legendary Italian decided to prolong his playing career over the summer when making a move to France.After 17 years as an iconic figure at Juventus, the World Cup winner opted to shelve retirement plans and take on a new challenge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! He is now refusing to set a date for the hanging up of his gloves, with a veteran performer determined to make the most of every opportunity he gets – even if that means playing until he is 50.Buffon told L’Equipe’s Sport & Style magazine: “I’ve learned in recent years that it would be a mistake to set a limit.“At 32 I thought I’d play until 35. After that, circumstances dictated that I keep playing. Then I said to myself: ‘I’ll stop at 38’. But at 38 I said: ‘I’ll stop at 40’.“Life has made it so that I’m still here today, I could stop in six months, a year or 10 years and I don’t want to ask, I don’t want to know.“I’m sure that the emotions and the life I’ve had, even in the dressing room, are not something I can find elsewhere. I’m not sure that a normal player would have lived this life the way I have.“You have to accept that life has several phases, and you must never be surprised. So, I know that one day it’ll happen, and I won’t be taken by surprise.“But I also know that everything will be completely different.”The deal Buffon penned with PSG upon arriving at Parc des Princes in July includes a 12-month option to take him through the 2019-20 campaign.He has already taken in six outings for the Ligue 1 giants this season, although he does face fierce competition for places from talented France international Alphonse Areola.
Liverpool midfielder Fabinho is remaining calm despite a lack of playing time since a big-money transfer from Monaco this summer. The Brazil international moved from France to England in May in a deal worth €45 million (£39m/$52m) plus bonuses of up to another €5m (£4m/$6m).Despite Liverpool’s big investment in the 24-year-old, he has been brought along slowly, making just one start and a total of three appearances in all competitions this season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Though Fabinho has admitted he’d like to be playing more, he insists he is not concerned over his future with the club as he remains patient. “Of course I want to be playing,” Fabinho told Goal. “However, I know I am on a new team in a new league, and it has its period of adaptation.”I already know the way our coach likes to play, I’m happy here in Liverpool. I hope that I will gradually gain a few minutes on the field.”The adaptation on the pitch is good, and I’m working and calm, waiting for my moment to arrive.”Fabinho says his mentality has been helped by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and his coaching staff, who have kept him calm while gradually easing him into the Reds set-up.”From the start he gave me a lot of peace,” Fabinho said of the German boss. “He said he knows my quality, the preparation was good.”We did not have much time in the games, but we’re working hard during the week. It’s not a problem.”Not only coach Klopp, but the whole coaching staff has helped me in the adaptation, not only on the field, but also off the field.”Prior to joining the Reds, Fabinho quizzed Roberto Firmino on life in Liverpool, and the attacker helped convince his compatriot to make the move.”Before signing with Liverpool, I talked to Roberto Firmino about what the club is like and what the city is like,” Fabinho said. “He spoke well of the club and the city, and other people who have already visited the city. The information only gave me more motivation to come to Liverpool.”The Brazilian says his adaptation to life in England has also been helped by his two international team-mates on the club’s roster, Alisson and Firmino. “It’s good to have someone who speaks your language in everyday life, especially for me, who does not speak English so well,” Fabinho said.”It is good to have someone who can help with day-to-day life, for me and for my family. This is very important. We are always together, talking or making dinner in someone’s home.”Fabinho is currently away on international duty with Brazil ahead of Tuesday’s meeting with South American rivals Argentina, and will be hoping to impress ahead of Liverpool’s next Premier League outing against Huddersfield Town on October 20. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Unai Emery has Arsenal “going the right way”, says Ray Parlour, but will need “maybe three transfer windows” in which to get the players he wants.The Spaniard was given no recruitment warchest when inheriting the reins from Arsene Wenger over the summer.As a result, he had to make only minor tweaks to the ranks at Emirates Stadium, with experience added across the backline and exciting potential drafted into midfield. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! He has been able to deliver impressive results with those at this disposal, with the Gunners currently on a 16-game unbeaten run.Growing confidence at Emirates Stadium is built on a belief that there is even more to come, with Emery offering cause for optimism as he prepares to further bolster his ranks with more players that fit his system.Former Arsenal star Parlour told the Daily Star on the present and future in north London: “I think the club is all going the right way now. “Everybody’s sticking together, fans are behind the team, which is very important. “Last year we saw fans weren’t turning up and suddenly everyone wants to go to the games. “So you’ve got to give the manager two, maybe three transfer windows because they’ll be certain players he might be looking at now to try and bring in. “He’s got the system he wants to try and play.”Emery is still looking for Arsenal to dominate games, as Wenger did before him.He has, however, tried to make the Gunners harder to beat, with the club often accused of having a soft centre when the going got tough under their former boss.A change in approach has delivered rich rewards so far, with an ongoing push for a top-four finish in the Premier League complementing productive runs through Carabao Cup and Europa League competition. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Vasco (Goa), Apr 14 (PTI) Title aspirant Aizawl FC will be looking to garner full points when they take on Churchill Brothers in the crucial Round-16 match of football Hero I-League championship, to be played here tomorrow.Earlier on Sunday, Aizawl FC suffered a jolt to their title aspirations when they went down to defending champions Bengaluru FC by a solitary goal scored in added time.With three rounds to go, Aizawl FC is now tied on 30 points each along with Mohun Bagan at the top, and three points above East Bengal, who are on the third place.The match will be played at the Tilak Stadium.Aizawl FC, who got relegated last year but got a chance to play this season after three Goan clubs – Dempo SC, Salgaocar FC and Sporting Clube de Goa – pulled out of the tournament, are in race for their maiden I-League title along with Mohun Bagan and East Bengal. The teams coach Khalid Jamil is optimistic that his team can win the title.”We are just three rounds away and tomorrows match is crucial in our race for the title. We need to win to keep ourselves in race for the title.The boys have been positive and have come all along the way, and now they need to keep themselves focus and win tomorrows match before we play against Mohun Bagan at home next for the title clash,” Jamil told reporters today.”The last time we played against Churchill Brothers, we won convincingly but after Derrick Pereira took over the reins they are a transformed side. We need to put up collective performance and not feel the extra pressure of winning the title,” he said.advertisementChurchill Brothers, who have pulled themselves out of relegation are placed 6th with 17 points from 15 matches, and will be now looking to finish among the top five.Pereira, also former DSK Shivajians FC coach will look to stick with his top performers, especially Ansumana Kromah, who has been in a blazing form. He will be partnered by Anthony Wolfe upfront.Adil Khan and Rowilson Rodrigues will look to helm the defence while Bektur Talgat will be charged with marshalling the mid-field. PTI MCS ARS DK DK
NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal said the “WWE messed up” in context to his alleged match against Big Show in the WrestleMania 33.The two 7-footers were calling each other out for almost a year in a build-up to what could have been the biggest match in the WrestleMania history but things didn’t materialise and the match never happened.Big Show and O’Neal were also involved in mud slinging months ahead of WrestleMania in what looked like a customary promotion of the match.On “The Big Podcast with Shaq”, the NBA star blamed the WWE chairman Vince McMahon and said, “They kept playing. First, they said it was me and Big Show. Then, they said it was going to be 3-on-3. Then, they cancelled it so when they cancelled it, I made other arrangements.”Shaq further mentioned that WWE did approach him again but the time was gone. “I just said, ‘I’m not going to do it.’ They messed it up.”Shaq’s co-host John Kincade asked the NBA legend if he was afraid that the WWE wouldn’t have scripted his win, Shaq retaliated and said that he was willing to lose “for the kids.”The WrestleMania 33 was reported to be Big Show’s final WrestleMania with the superstar’s contract with WWE running out soon. Big Show was recently in the news for his destructive match against Braun Strowman where the ring collapsed.
Former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova has hit back at Canadian tennis ace Eugenie Bouchard after the latter called her a ‘cheat’ and urged the WTA not to allow dope offenders to return to the sport.Sharapova made a successful comeback to tennis after a 15-month suspension for doping by reaching the quarter-finals of the Stuttgart Grand Prix on Thursday.The 30-year-old Russian, who has won five Grand Slams and is among the highest-paid athletes in the world, returned to action on Wednesday with a straight sets win over Roberta Vinci following her suspension for the use of banned substance meldonium. She then eased past fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova 7-5, 6-1 in her second match to move into the last-8 stage.”I don’t have anything to say – I am way above that,” she told reporters when asked to respond to Bouchard’s comments.”Being in the Quarterfinals here again, is special” [email protected] #PTGP2017 pic.twitter.com/kIV1HQKwBK- WTA (@WTA) April 27, 2017Many of her rivals were not happy with Sharapova receiving a wildcard entry into the Stuttgart event including Bouchard, who said the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) was sending the wrong message in allowing Sharapova to come back.”I don’t think that’s right. She’s a cheater and so, to me, I mean I don’t think a cheater in any sport should be able to play that sport again,” Bouchard said in an interview on Thursday.”It’s so unfair to all the other players who do it the right way and are true. I think from the WTA it sends the wrong message to young kids, you know, cheat, and we’ll welcome you back with open arms. I don’t think that’s right and it’s definitely not someone I can say I look up to anymore because it’s definitely ruined it for me a little bit,” she added.advertisementShes a cheater. She shouldnt be allowed to play again.?? We asked @geniebouchard about Maria Sharapovas comeback https://t.co/GU1O4BhI3W pic.twitter.com/irGblcL7wW- TRT World (@trtworld) April 27, 2017
Kanpur police is verifying an audio message received by Nayan Shah, the man arrested in connection with the huge betting scam that erupted during the ongoing Indian Premier League.The audio message had come to Shah from his handler Bunty alias Bikash Khandelwal. In the message, Bunty is heard abusing Shah and telling him that it was because of Nayan that he had to endure huge losses.Investigations reveal Shah was in regular touch with Bunty Khandelwal and provided information related to matches and the pitch.In Kanpur, Shah had managed to rope in one Rakesh Bihari and tasked him to tamper the pitch by putting excess water to make it slow. Rakesh had even sent several photographs of the pitch to Shah. These photos, were in turn, forwarded to several bookies across the country.Preliminary investigations revealed that Bunty was Shah’s main handler and it was Bunty, who passed orders to him to get in touch with players.It has been learnt that in one of the conversations, Bunty had candidly accepted that he was in touch with two players who were ready to work for the betting syndicate.Meanwhile, the Kanpur police moved to keep Shah in remand. He is likely to be taken into custody and interrogated once again to fathom the deeps of the betting syndicate.The police also put under surveillance approximately 50 cell phones of people close to Bunty to ascertain his location.Bunty is on the run and he managed to escape moments before the Ajmer police conducted a raid at his residence.advertisementThe Kanpur police is suspecting a spill-over of information. Bunty fled from his house in an Ertiga, which was found abandoned at the Jaipur Railway station. Now, a massive manhunt had been launched for him in three states.His wife Komal, during sustained interrogation, provided vital leads about his whereabouts to the police. It is learnt that Bunty rarely stayed at home and often traveled to Mumbai.In the cell phone records of Shah, another prominent name has surfaced – one of Haneef, who is originally from Gujarat. However, his cell phone records indicate his presence somewhere in South Africa.Meanwhile, police analysed CCTV footage of over 72 hours from four cameras installed at Hotel Landmark. It reveals Shah spent 20 minutes at the hotel lobby just before the players were about to arrive. He also talked at length to an official who wore some kind of identification card on his neck.The police has to identify the official and is likely to question him. It is not yet clear if the official is a manger in any of the teams which was offered baits by Shah.The official is being examined. Now the police is banking heavily on Shah’s confessional statements as it feel the syndicate runs deep and the business runs in thousands of cores.Here are the key points:Kanpur police verifying an audio message received by Nayan Shah from master mind Bunty KhandelwalAudio clip heard Bunty saying to Shah, “tu chahe pitch pe tejab dalwa, tumahari wajas se bahut loss hua”Bunty was the handler of Nayan Shah, accepted 2 players are ready to work50 cellphones are under survillence to ascertain Bunty location, all are closedMassive manhunt in 3 states to find Bunty who fled in ertiga car, which later found abondoned at Jaipur railway stationPolice analysed 72 hours footage of hotel landmark’s lobby in Kanpur hotel 20 minutes before team arrivalBunty can be seen talking one official with I-card in the neck as per the policeBunty close associate Haneef is also on run, last cellphone location is in South AfricaBunty’s wife Komal interrogated.(With inputs from Seema Gupta)
World number one Angelique Kerber says she has put her disastrous claycourt season firmly behind her and will have to start “from zero” at Wimbledon as she attempts to rediscover her best tennis over the next few months.The German suffered a humiliating first-round exit at the French Open in May, losing to 40th-ranked Ekaterina Makarova and becoming the first top seed to be eliminated from the tournament at the very first hurdle in the professional era.She was also forced to withdraw from a warm-up tournament in Birmingham last month with a hamstring injury, but said on Saturday that she had recovered from that setback.”It’s great to be back,” Kerber told a news conference ahead of Wimbledon, which starts on Monday. “I’m feeling good … I’m healthy so far, so this is very important for me.”I’m not thinking about Paris, about the claycourt season any more … I’m starting from zero here. My mind is just day-by-day here, like last year. I will try to play good tennis again.”Kerber finished runner-up at Wimbledon last year, losing to Serena Williams in the final. And with expectant mother Williams not defending her title at SW19 this year, Kerber said the tournament would have a different feel about it.”Of course, it’s different if Serena is not here,” the German added.”I will not put the pressure too far, too high. I’m here to really try to focus day-by-day, not thinking too far, not thinking about other things, making the things maybe, again, a little bit not too complicated.advertisement”I mean, everything is possible, in two weeks especially. It’s a long time. So we will see.”Such has been the deterioration in Kerber’s form over the past few months that the German said it could take her months to get back to her best.”I will not put the pressure on Wimbledon,” she added. “I have still the next months where I have big tournaments.”Of course I am here to play good tennis, try to win every single match. But I will think more about the next half-year … I think this is more in my mind to not put too much pressure now for this tournament on my belt.”Kerber kicks off her campaign on Monday against American Irina Falconi, who is ranked 246th in the world.
India will look to continue their winning streak when they take on Sri Lanka in a group stage match of the ICC Women’s World Cup at the County Cricket ground here on Wednesday.The Indian eves have won all three of their previous matches and are currently at the top of the table with six points. Defending champions Australia are also on six points, but India have pushed them to the second spot on superior run rate.India defeated hosts England by 35 runs in the opening match, thrashed the West Indies by seven wickets before outclassing arch-rivals Pakistan by 95 runs in their last match.On the other hand, Sri Lanka are virtually out of the tournament, having lost all their three matches.India enjoy a vast advantage in the head-to-head records, having won 23 of their 24 completed One-Day Internationals (ODI) against Sri Lanka. They come into this game having claimed wins in 20 of their last 21 ODIs.However, Sri Lanka will take heart from the fact that they thrashed India by 138 runs when the two sides last met in the World Cup in 2013.Indian opener Smriti Mandhana has been on the list of top run scorers this tournament and will look to give her side a good start along with Punam Raut.Mandhana has scored 198 runs in three matches with an average of 66.00.One down batter Deepti Sharma, skipper Mithali Raj and middle order batters Harmanpreet Kaur, Mona Meshram and Sushma Verma have looked in good nick and will look to maintain their good form.advertisementSkipper Raj has depended heavily on spin in this tournament and spinners Ekta Bisht and Deepti Sharma will also expect to play crucial roles against Sri Lanka.Bisht and Sharma are the joint highest wicket takers in the tournament with six scalps each. Bisht was the key in India’s 95-run win over Pakistan where she picked up a five-wicket haul.Bisht’s figures of 5/18 against Pakistan is the best recorded in the tournament so far.On the other hand, Sri Lanka will look to come all guns blazing against India having lost their initial matches.One down batter Chamari Athapattu has scored 232 runs in her three matches with an average of 77.33. Athapattu will be a key against India to help her side post a match winning total.Opening batters Nipuni Hansika and Chamari Polgampola will look to play a steady hand to help their side to a good start.Squads:India: Mithali Raj (captain), Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Mansi Joshi, Harmanpreet Kaur, Veda Krishnamurthy, Smriti Mandhana, Mona Meshram, Nuzhat Parween, Shikha Pandey, Poonam Raut, Deepti Sharma, Sushma Verma (wicket-keeper), Poonam Yadav.Sri Lanka: Inoka Ranaweera (captain), Chamari Athapaththu, Chandima Gunaratne, Nipuni Hansika, Ama Kanchana, Eshani Lokusooriya, Harshitha Madhavi, Dilani Manodara (wicket-keeper), Hasini Perera, Chamari Polgampala, Udeshika Prabodani, Oshadhi Ranasinghe, Shashikala Siriwardena, Prasadani Weerakodi and Sripali Weerakkody.
By Shyam Sundar Chennai, Jul 12 (PTI) Top Indian paddlers will rub shoulders with the best in business as Ultimate Table Tennis (UTT), countrys first ever professional league, kicks off here tomorrow. Table tennis has become the latest sport in India to jump on the Pro league bandwagon after badminton, football, hockey, wrestling and kabaddi, aiming to raise profile of the racket sport in the country. Unlike other city-based leagues, UTT will have six franchise-based clubs fighting it out for top honours. What is expected to give the venture a big fillip is that all matches will be broadcast live with film star Amir Khan being the leagues biggest ambassador. While the top Chinese players have given the project a miss, one can still expect some high-quality table tennis from the likes of mens world number 8 Wong Chun Ting of Hong Kong and womens number nine Han Ying of Germany, who are headlining the field.The first match of the opening leg here will see RP-SG Mavericks, featuring Indian ace Sharath Kamal, Stefan Fegerl and Sabine Winter, take on Falcons TTC comprising Wu Yang, Lee Ho Chong, Par Gerell and Sanil Shetty.The other franchises in the fray are Shaze Challengers, Dabang Smashers TTC, Maharashtra United and Oilmax-Stag Yodhas.Eight matches would be played in Chennai from July 13 to 20 before the league moves to Delhi (July 21 to 25). The final leg would be held from July 26 in Mumbai.A foreign coach and Indian coach will be with each franchise with the matches being played in a best of three format, different to the best of seven and best of five played on the international circuit. The list of foreign coaches includes Elena Timina, Peter Engel, Ilija Lupulesku, Francisco Santos, Joao Geraldo and Ferenc Karsai.advertisementSpeaking ahead of the tournament, India number one Sharath said he was excited to play in his own backyard, years after playing leagues in Europe. “I think personally as far as Indian players are concerned, its a very good platform where we play foreign players and we?ll also play one of the mixed doubles, so we?ll have enough matches where the Indians are also playing against the foreign players,” said the world number 43. Former national champion Kamlesh Mehta, who is one of the brains behind the league, said UTT was a dream come true with ground work having started two years ago. “It is finally happening. There were naturally some teething issues but we are off the blocks. The biggest challenge was to convince foreign players to come and be part of the league. “When they go back and give positive feedback to their teammates, I am sure more players in the future will be part of the league,” Mehta, who is a director with league organisers 11Even Sports, told PTI. UTT was originally planned to take place last year but was postponed due to the Rio Olympics. PTI SS BS AT AT
Normal business has resumed for Indian cricket after a tumultuous period. Shortly before the Champions Trophy got underway in England, murmurs of a rift between Virat Kohli and Anil Kumble first appeared in the media. In the subsequent days and weeks, what unfolded was a messy sequence of events.There had been a total breakdown of communication between Kohli and Kumble. The players were far from happy with the coach’s headmasterly behaviour and there was absolutely no way the Cricket Advisory Committee, Committee of Administrators or the BCCI could have salvaged the situation. After what seemed like an eternity, Kumble stepped down as coach following a Champions Trophy final defeat to Pakistan. (Team India living it up in Sri Lanka: Pool splashes and fun dinners)About three weeks later, after much conjecture, Ravi Shastri, the former team director and the man who was overlooked at Kumble’s expense, was brought back to the fold. And life was all smiles and roses again.India returned from the West Indies and set sail for Sri Lanka, Shastri’s first appointment as the new coach. And in scenic Galle, the venue of India’s first Test against the hosts, Shastri made an immediate impact.AP PhotoAccording to reports, the coach wanted his wards to remember why they started playing cricket for the first time, forget everything else and just enjoy the game. The batsmen were encouraged to reach the ground well before game-time to warm themselves up.Shikhar Dhawan reaped the rewards, making 190 while Abhinav Mukund made his best in Tests in the second dig as India destroyed Sri Lanka by 304 runs. Besides, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli helped themselves to centuries too and Hardik Pandya smashed an aggressive fifty on debut. advertisementKumble’s exit had left the cricket community in India shocked. He had done remarkably well as coach and an extension till the 2019 World Cup was taken for granted. Yet, despite the success, he could not hit the strike the notes with his captain and the rest of the team. Shastri has a different method. He believes in motivating the players, superstars in this country.Hardik Pandya Twitter PhotoIncidentally, Kohli’s record-breaking run in Test cricket (double hundreds in four successive series) came with Kumble in the dressing-room. But an ordinary series against Australia ensued, when it is understood the differences between the two were at their peak. However, Kohli came back strongly in the Champions Trophy, made a fine hundred against West Indies and tuned up for the Sri Lanka tour with a glorious, unbeaten 103 in the Galle Test. Two years ago, that was where Kohli and his men started their ascent to the top of the Test rankings.Indian cricket touched new peaks under the Kohli-Kumble combination and the show will go on with Shastri at the helm. It was a typical Indian victory that unfolded at Galle – methodical, clinical and ruthless.However, the onus would be on the team to push hard for the 2019 World Cup and that is when Shasri and Kohli would be truly judged. However, for now, both men have their hands full and it will be a tough road ahead with key overseas tours coming up. Will they be up for the challenge?
India’s Sarthak Gandhi registered his best-ever performance as he grabbed runner-up position in the men’s singles event at the 2017 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Challenge Seamaster Nigeria Open in Lagos.The 23-year-old, ranked 356 in the world, challenged Egyptian Omar Assar for the men’s singles title in the summit showdown.However, Sarthak went on to suffer a 11-6, 13-11, 11-6, 11-8 defeat at the hands of his Egyptian opponent to settle for the silver medal.Before entering the finals, Gandhi trounced Qatar’s Li Ping, the former world champion, in six games 11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8, 9-11, 12-10.After this performance, Sarthak is now among five Indians who have played finals in either a world tour or a challenge series conducted by ITTF.
(Eds: Changes in headline)Jammu, Aug 20 (PTI) The Rajouri district administration has initiated a project to provide education and skill development opportunities to children of safai karamcharis working for the local municipal committee.They would also be provided career guidance under the Project 100 Dreams.Under it 112 children of safai karamcharis (sanitation workers) of the Rajouri Municipal Committee will be provided educational assistance, financial support and all pre- requisites for career development, District Development Commissioner Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said in a press note here this evening.Employment avenues will also be explored under the project, he said, adding that the administration is concentrating on career development of marginalised sections.A number of initiatives have been taken in this regard for students of Nari Niketan, Bal Asharam, Pahari and Tribal Girls hostels, the officer said.The district administration has shortlisted the 112 children, including 57 girls, aged between 4 to 18 years, for the project, he said.Of the total 23 children are in nursery and kindergarten, 14 in class 1, 11 in class 2, 13 in class 3, 10 in class 4, four in in class 5, five in in class 6, four in in class 7, six each in classes 8 and 9, eight in in class 10 and one each in in classes 11 and 12, and six are drop-outs, the officer said.These children would be provided scholarships, tuition for various subjects, insurance cover, pension for their parents, training in self-defence, uniform, school bags, sports material, books, stationery and other items, Choudhary said.Specialised skill development courses, computer certificate courses, vocational training, career counselling and specially designed courses, including spoken English would be provided as part of the project, he said.advertisementThe officer said special focus is laid on girl students and that additional facilities will be provided to them.The project also includes exposure visits, distance education, interaction through video-conference, extra- curricular activities among other components.It also includes a special module of health care and fitness, he said.Choudhary said a committee headed by deputy district commissioner would implement the project which is beginning next month and will be an annual scheme.PTI TAS AB ANB ANB
Neymar’s acrimonious split from Barcelona escalated on Thursday as the Paris St Germain forward announced plans to sue the Liga club, two days after Barca revealed they were suing the Brazilian over breach of contract.Reports in the Spanish media said that Neymar had filed a lawsuit via soccer’s world governing body against Barca for an unpaid loyalty bonus of 26 million euros ($30.69 million), which was included in the last contract the player signed with the Catalan side in November 2016.FIFA confirmed to Reuters that they had “received a claim from Neymar against FC Barcelona” and said the matter was being investigated.PSG smashed the world transfer record earlier this month by triggering the 222 million euro buyout clause in the contract.On Tuesday, Barcelona said they were suing Neymar for 8.5 million euros as they want him to return the bonus he was paid when he signed the five-year deal.The bonus Barca referred to is separate to the 26 million euro payment, according to reports in Spain.Neymar’s management group N & N Consultoria responded in a statement on Tuesday that the player had fulfilled the terms of the contract, as well as stating it was planning legal action.The player’s lawsuit against Barca is the latest chapter of an increasingly bitter split between Neymar and the club which catapulted him to world fame by signing him from Santos in 2013 and with whom he won two La Liga titles, three Copa del Reys and the 2015 Champions League.The Brazilian launched a tirade against Barcelona’s board and president Josep Maria Bartomeu after starring on his home debut for PSG last Sunday in a 6-2 win over Toulouse.advertisementHe said: “I am disappointed with them (Barcelona directors). I spent four very happy years there and left happy, but not with them. For me they shouldn’t be in charge of Barcelona. Barca deserve much better and everyone knows this.”
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary said he is shocked with what has transpired this morning after India Today conducted a sting operation on the Pune pitch curator and caught him revealing details about the wicket on camera.India Today reporters caught the MCA pitch curator Pandurang Salgaonkar on camera allowing people to tamper with the pitch and even agreed to doctor the pitch according to their needs just hours before the first ball is bowled in the second ODI between India and New Zealand.”The BCCI has zero tolerance on such issues. I am not yet aware of the full thing. I will attend to it immediately and take strictest action. The guilty will not be spared,” Chaudhary told India Today.MCA president Abhay Apte also spoke to India Today right after the sting operation and promised strick action.”We will look into the matter. Rest assured, if anyone found guilty, strict action will be taken,” Apte said while on his way to the stadium.The reporters, who posed as bookies/fixers, asked Salgaonkar that two players want bounce on the pitch and if it can be arranged to which Salgaonkar replied, “it will be done”.Salgaonkar also said that it is going to be a 337-340 wicket either way. He also assured on camera that a score as big as 337 will be chaseable.Salgaonkar even allowed our reporters to inspect the pitch in person, clearly violating the laws as set by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the International Cricket Council (ICC).advertisementRemember the pitch in question here is the same one which was rated poor by the ICC after the India-Australia Test match which was played in February this year.Australia had thrashed India by 333 runs on a rank-turner after the hosts were bowled out for 105 and 107 in both innings and the match finished within three days.India are trailing 0-1 in the three-match series after losing the first match by 6 wickets at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.
Panaji, Nov 24 (PTI) Dempo Sports Club chairman Srinivas Dempos dream of having a residential football academy finally came true when he formally inaugurated phase-I of the facility at Ella in Old Goa.Indias U-17 World Cup coach Luis Norton de Matos and captain Amarjit Singh were also present at the inauguration of the Dempo Academy yesterday.The new facility has a full size grass pitch, shooting wall, pavilion and temporary changing rooms, offices, washrooms and class rooms.”We had opportunities on one side and challenges on the other. Its at that time the management decided to concentrate on grassroots and give the boys an avenue to pursue their dreams of becoming professional footballers. With this in mind we decided to create a world class residential football academy,” stated Srinivas Dempo.The academy began functioning early this year with 24 footballers, born in 2004 and 2005, selected during a 10-day camp involving 67 boys.After the 24 players were selected, they were offered contracts with full scholarship and the academy was launched on June 4. These boys are attending school at Fr. Agnel High School, Pilar.”The next phase is to create a residential boarding facility for the boys who are currently residing in a block of flats,” said Dempo.Technical Director Karnagaran Naidoo said that coaching and training sessions for these boys will be based on the long term player development (LTPD) method.”I have given the boys two mantras; one is keep ball possession and the other is dont let them score. Monthly and quarterly performance assessments are conducted and the reports are sent to the parents and the management,” said Naidoo.advertisementThe construction of the second phase of the Academy will begin in January next year and will accommodate 96 players. It will have all the amenities, including library, catering, conference room, gymnasium, physio therapist room and other facilities.The long term goal is to have a school within the academy. PTI MCS PDS PDS
Chris Gayle blasted an unbeaten 146 off 69 balls as Rangpur Riders finished 206/1 off their 20 overs in the Bangladesh Premier League at Dhaka.Gayle hit 18 sixes in the course of his knock to better his own record for most sixes in a T20 innings. The 38-year-old Jamaican had smashed 17 sixes during his record-shattering 66-ball 175 not out for Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Pune Warriors in the 2013 IPL.Gayle shared an unbroken 201-run stand with former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum who finished 51 off 43 balls. The Kiwi star hit three sixes which meant Rangpur Riders equalled RCB’s record of 21 sixes – the most by a team in an innings.He completed 11,000 runs in the shortest format of the game, and also became the first to score 20 centuries in T20s. He incidentally became the first player to blast 100 maximums in the Bangladesh Premier League.Gayle had last played international for West Indies in September and has not featured in a Test match since 2014.He was in poor form for RCB in the IPL this year, managing only 200 runs from 9 matches. However, his form in the BPL is certainly good news for RCB and it would be interesting to see whether they would still want to retain the West Indian or use their Right to Match card in the auction scheduled early next year.On December 8, Gayle had hammered an unbeaten 126 off 51 balls in the BPL Eliminator against Khulna Titans.Rangpur Riders went on to beat Dhaka Dynamites by 57 runs to lift their maiden BPL title.advertisementSohag Gazi, Isuru Udana and Nazmul Islam picked two wickets apiece for Rangpur as they restricted the Dynamites to 149/9 off their 20 overs.
India registered their eighth consecutive ODI series victory after beating Sri Lanka by 8 wickets in the third and final ODI at Visakhapatnam. (Scorecard)India Innings:That’s it and that’s a wrap. #TeamIndia do it in style and win the series 2-1 #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/ftYwFqSNYQ- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201720:04 IST: A dominating performance by India to clinch the series! They have made a mockery of the run chase. Sri Lanka did strike early with the wicket of Rohit Sharma and with the ball turning and doing all sorts of things it looked like the visitors would make a match of this. But such was not the case. The attacking due of Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer, gave no respite to the Lankan bowlers. Right from the outset they played their shots and in no time took the game away from the visitors by stitching a 135-run stand. The latter once again threw his wicket after getting to a half century but the former took his side home and remained unbeaten on a ton. Dinesh Karthik did his part too after the wicket of Iyer, ensuring there were no further hiccups.19:54 IST: INDIA WIN BY 8 WICKETS! They do it in style. A full by on off, Karthik goes inside out over covers for a boundary. Hand shakes all around. India have made quick work of this run chase.19:52 IST: CENTURY! 31.5: A Gunaratne to S Dhawan, FOUR! Century for Dhawan! His 12th. Take a bow, what an innings this has been. A thoroughly entertaining one. He has gone after the bowling right from the start and made sure he has stayed till the end. A full ball on leg stump by Asela. Dhawan brings out the sweep shot which he has played really well. He does so again, through mid-wicket for a boundary.advertisement19:50 IST: 31.3: A Gunaratne to S Dhawan, FOUR! A boundary away! and India only need 7. A hit me ball by Asela. A full delivery on the pads. Dhawan flicks it down towards fine leg for a boundary.3rd ODI. 30.3: A Mathews to S Dhawan (91), 4 runs, 198/2 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201719:42 IST: 29.4: D Gunathilaka to S Dhawan, FOUR! 14 runs away now! He sweeps the ball through mid-wicket and fetches himself a boundary.19:41 IST: 29.2: D Gunathilaka to S Dhawan, SIX! He moves into the 80s. He needs 18 more for a hundred and India need 29. He comes down the track and lofts it over the long on fence for a biggie.19:36 IST: 28.1: A Mathews to S Dhawan, FOUR! He is eyeing a hundred here! A full ball on middle by Mathews. Dhawan, goes down on one knee and whips it over square leg for a boundary.3rd ODI. 26.4: NTLC Perera to S Dhawan (68), 4 runs, 168/2 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201719:25 IST: MILESTONE! 25.3: A Gunaratne to S Dhawan, 4000 ODI runs for Shikhar Dhawan! Becomes the second fastest Indian and 6th overall to do so. Well done! Fuller ball on off, Shikhar drives it towards long off for one.19:19 IST: 24.2: T Perera to D Karthik, FOUR. Karthik’s first boundary! A fuller in length delivery on middle, Karthik walks across and flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary. 57 runs more needed.19:18 IST: 23.6: S Pathirana to D Karthik, NOT OUT! Dhawan has made it! Pathirana tosses it up on off, Karthik tries to force it through the off side but gets it off the inner half towards mid on. He calls for a run and his partner obliges. The fielder is quick to the ball and scores a bull’s eye at the striker’s end. The players appeal and the umpire goes upstairs. Replays show Dhawan has just about made his crease. He survives.19:12 IST: WICKET! 22.4: T Perera to S Iyer. A wicket but a bit too late? Iyer once again throws his wicket away. He moves away to the leg side expecting a fuller one. Perera bowls a short ball, cramping him for room. Iyer tries to pull but is late on the shot. He mistimes it to Lakmal who takes it at mid on. No real celebrations from the Lankans. A dejected Iyer walks back to a standing ovation as it has been an enterprising innings by him. The 135-run stand is broken. India need just 67 more runs to win. India 149/2 (22.4 overs) vs Sri Lanka 21519:09 IST: 21.5: A Gunaratne to S Dhawan, FOUR. Short and wide outside off, Dhawan cuts it past the point fielder to fetch himself another boundary. Back-to-back boundaries for India.19:09 IST: 21.4: A Gunaratne to S Dhawan, FOUR BYES! Dhawan goes down on one knee to the full ball in an attempt to sweep. He misses, the ball turns away. Dickwella fails to collect it and the ball races to the third man fence.advertisement19:08 IST: 21.3: A Gunaratne to S Dhawan, EDGED BUT DOES NOT CARRY! Asela bowls it slower on off, gets it to turn away. Dhawan tries to defend but gets an outside edge which falls short of first slip.19:05 IST: 21.1: A Gunaratne to S Iyer, WIDE! Three in a row! Once again he bowls it down the leg side. Iyer lets it be and the umpire calls it a wide.19:05 IST: 21.1: A Gunaratne to S Iyer, FIVE WIDES! He has not got it right here! Sri Lanka can’t give away such easy runs. Asela again fires it down the leg side. Dickwella fails to collect and the ball races to the fine leg fence.19:04 IST: 21.1: A Gunaratne to S Iyer, WIDE! Starts off with a wide down the leg side. Iyer misses the flick and the umpire signals a wide. He start the last ODI with a wide also.The Dhawan Domination continues. Second consecutive half century for @SDhawan25 #TeamIndia #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/9LMSzl5sKy- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201718:55 IST: FIFTY! 19.3: A Dananjaya to S Dhawan, SIX! The leg spinner googly picks it and sends it into the sands. That also brings up his fifty. His 24th and like his partner he too has back-to-back half centuries. Akila tosses it up on off, a leg spinner by him. Dhawan sees it early goes down on one knee and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket for a maximum.18:53 IST: 18.4: T Perera to S Dhawan, FOUR! CRUNCHED! Perera is just not learning! Short balls at his pace is not threatening. He bangs it short on middle, Dhawan gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.And young Shreyas Iyer gets to a well-made half century. His second in ODIs. Such an impact innings this #TeamIndia #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/eOlSWvdh31- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 20173rd ODI. 15.4: S Pathirana to S Iyer (54), 4 runs, 103/1 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201718:37 IST: FIFTY! 15.2: S Pathirana to S Iyer, 1 run. Back-to-back fifties for him. His second in ODIs and he has brought it up in quick time. A brilliant counter-attacking innings which has probably taken the game away from the Lankans. Shreyas drives the flighted ball outside off through covers to get to the milestone. India 98/1 (15.2 overs) vs Sri Lanka 21518:37 IST: 15.1: S Pathirana to S Iyer, SIX. Shreyas Iyer loves using his feet to the spinner. We saw that in the last ODI and we can see the same now. He comes down the track and launches the ball over mid-wicket for a maximum.3rd ODI. 14.3: N Pradeep to S Iyer (42), 4 runs, 90/1 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201718:31 IST: 13.5: S Pathirana to S Iyer, FOUR! Not convincing but Iyer will take it! He comes down the track, does not get to the pitch of the ball but still goes forward with the shot. He gets a thick inside edge through square leg for a boundary. India only need another 130 now.advertisement18:23 IST: NOT OUT! 11.6: S Pathirana to S IyerMissing leg indeed! Sri Lanka loose a review. It never looked out to be honest. Pathirana bowls an arm ball on middle, Iyer plays for the turn and is beaten as he tries to defend. The ball hits him on the front pad. The bowler makes a very confident appeal and the umpire shakes his head. Perera after a chat with his teammates opts to review. Replays show there is no inside edge but the ball is missing the leg pole. The on field decision stays.18:22 IST: Howzaaat! A huge appeal for an LBW by Pathirana, not given. After consulting the keeper and the bowler, Perera opts to review. Missing leg I feel.18:20 IST: 11.1: S Pathirana to S Iyer, FOUR.18:18 IST: 10.5: A Mathews to S Iyer, FOUR. The fifty-run stand between the two is up in no time and it is brought up in style. Mathews bowls a full ball on off, Iyer leans into it and drives it through covers for a boundary.3rd ODI. 10.2: A Mathews to S Iyer (18), 4 runs, 60/1 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201718:13 IST: 9.4: A Dananjaya to S Iyer, FOUR.18:12 IST: 9.2: A Dananjaya to S Dhawan, FOUR. A freebie and it has been put away! A short ball by Akila on middle, Dhawan rocks back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. He is dealing in boundaries.18:10 IST: 8.6: S Lakmal to S Dhawan, FOUR. Full this time and it is caressed! Lakmal dishes out a full ball outside off. Dhawan leans into it and drives it through covers for another boundary. Second in the over. 13 runs from it.3rd ODI. 8.4: S Lakmal to S Dhawan (18), 4 runs, 41/1 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 20173rd ODI. 5.5: A Dananjaya to S Dhawan (11), 5 runs, 26/1 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201717:55 IST: 5.1: A Dananjaya to S Dhawan, FOUR.17:53 IST: 4.4: S Lakmal to S Iyer, That was close! Lakmal again bowls it outside off but this time closer to the off pole. Iyer covers his off stump and makes a watchful leave.17:48 IST: WICKET! 3.4: A Dananjaya to R Sharma. Akila draws first blood and it is a big one of Rohit Sharma, the Indian skipper. A great comeback by the youngster after being hit for a biggie. He tosses this one up on off, it is the googly by him. The ball turns back in, also stays a touch low. Sharma tries to defend but is beaten by the low bounce and the ball hits the stumps. The experiment of starting off with a spinner has paid off. Rohit Sharma walks back cheaply and an early wicket, just what the doctor ordered for Lanka. India 14/1 (3.4 overs) vs Sri Lanka 21517:47 IST: 3.2: A Dananjaya to R Sharma, SIX! Boom boom goes Sharma! Sharma comes down the track to the flighted ball, gets to the pitch of it and goes over long on for a biggie.3rd ODI. 2.6: S Lakmal to S Dhawan (6), 4 runs, 8/0 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201717:40 IST: 1.3: A Dananjaya to S Dhawan, Lovely fielding effort! Just what the Lankans need as they are not defending a big total. Dhawan this time nails the sweep shot to the ball on leg stump towards short fine leg. The fielder there, dives full stretch to his right and makes an excellent stop. He can’t prevent a single tough.17:39 IST: 1.2: A Dananjaya to R Sharma, In the air… but does not carry! Sharma trying to take the attack to Akila. He comes down the track and tries to go big. He does not connect that well and the ball goes on the bounce to the fielder at long on. The batsmen take a run.17:31 IST: Welcome back for the run chase. The Lankan players along with the umpires walk out to the middle. Followed by the two Indian openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma who is fresh of a double ton in the last game. Suranga Lakmal will bowl with the first new ball. He has two slips in place. Can he get an early wicket? Sri Lanka will hope so.AP PhotoSri Lanka Innings:16:55 IST: A stunning comeback by the Indians have seen them head into the break as the happier side. After winning the toss and putting the opposition into bat. The Sri Lankans got off to a flier with a 124-run stand Upul Tharanga and Sadeera Samarawickrama.16:52 IST: SRI LANKA HAVE BEEN BOWLED OUT FOR 215! 44.5: B Kumar to A Gunaratne, OUT! That’s it! Kumar wraps it up. He gets his first of the match. He lands it on a length outside off, Gunaratne tries to guide it down towards third man but gets an outside edge to Dhoni who pouches it.16:31 IST: WICKET! 40.1: H Pandya to S Lakmal! Lakmal is walking back now! Pandya with his second. He lands it on off, gets it to shape back in. Lakmal tries to drive but is beaten by the inswing. The ball hits him on the front pad and the Indians appeal. Pandya is celebrating even before he has started appealing. Sri Lanka 211/9 (40.1 overs) vs India39.5: WICKET! A Dananjaya (1) is out, b Kuldeep Yadav, 210/8 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201716:21 IST: WICKET! 38.4: H Pandya to S Pathirana! In the air… gone! Pandya gets his first! Pathirana wanted to go big but fails to get the timing right. A length delivery on the stumps, Sachith swings his bat but gets it off the toe-end of the bat towards mid on. Chahal there backpedals a bit and takes a safe catch. What a turnaround this is from India. Will Sri Lanka play out their quota of 50 overs? Sri Lanka 208/7 (38.4 overs) vs India3rd ODI. 35.4: Y Chahal to S Pathirana (4), 4 runs, 201/6 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201716:07 IST: WICKET! 35.1: Y Chahal to T Perera! That is plumb! The Indian spinners have turned it around completely. Chahal gets his third and the dangerous Perera is walking back. Once again, the turning ball is causing the problems for the Sri Lankan batsmen. Chahal lands it outside off and gets it to turn back sharply. The ball was also bowled a touch quicker and hence beating Thisara as he is late to defend it off the back foot. The ball sneaks through and hits the back pad. The Indian players appeal and the umpire raises his finger immediately. Perera walks up to his partner and after a chat reviews it. Replays roll in and Ultra Edge shows there is no bat involved and Hawk Eye shows umpires call which is out. Perera is given his marching orders. Sri Lanka though don’t lose a review as it is umpires call. Another one bits the dust for the Lankans and now the Indians will hope to wrap it up quickly.16:04 IST: Thisara is a goner! He has been adjudged LBW but after a chat with Asela he reviews. To be honest only an inside edge can save him there.15:57 IST: WICKET! 33.5: Y Chahal to A Mathews. TIMBER! Mathews is walking back. A huge wicket for the Indians as he has been in terrific form. This is also the first time he has been dismissed in this series and it had to a gem to get him out. Chahal bowls a flighted ball, which first drifts into the batsman, pitches on middle and then turns away sharply. Mathews lunges forward and does not play for the turn as he is undone by it. The ball hits the top of off and Yuzvendra is ecstatic. Mathews can’t believe it as his look says it all. Sri Lanka are completely losing the plot and the Indian spinners are once again weaving their magic. Sri Lanka 189/5 (33.5 overs) vs India3rd ODI. 32.3: J Bumrah to A Mathews (15), 4 runs, 186/4 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201715:28 IST: WICKET! 27.5: K Yadav to N Dickwella. Sri Lanka have lost their fourth wicket. Guided straight to first slip! Two quick wickets and Kuldeep has turned it on here! The bowling change has worked for Rohit Sharma. Dickwella comes and perishes! Smart bowling! Yadav once again bowls a slower delivery outside off, Dickwella just like what he did on the previous ball tries to do it again. Gets back but this time guides it straight into the hands of Shreyas Iyer at first slip. Sri Lanka in a bit of bother now.15:27 IST: 27.4: K Yadav to N Dickwella, FOUR. Nicely done! Slower through the air, outside off, Dickwella goes back and guides it past the first slip fielder for another boundary. Pandya in the deep does well to stop but the ball still wins the race.15:26 IST: 27.2: K Yadav to N Dickwella, FOUR. Dickwella is off the mark straightaway! On middle and leg, Niroshan gets down and paddle sweeps it through backward square leg for a boundary to get going.He’s got eyes like a Hawk. How good was that from @msdhoni #TeamIndia #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/Peh8UWti5O- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201715:24 IST: WICKET! 27.1: K Yadav to U Tharanga! Stumped! Yadav comes and strikes immediately! But credit to one man, MS Dhoni! He is just too good behind the stumps, isn’t he? Another timely wicket as Tharanga was looking really dangerous. Kuldeep tosses it up outside off, Upul looks to drive it but the ball turns away and he gets beaten. Dhoni behind the stumps collects the ball and waits for a bit and then takes the bails off. He appeals and the umpire refers it upstairs. Replays show Tharanga hasn’t dragged his back leg behind. It’s firmly on the crease and the Giant Screen flashes OUT!15:22 IST: And an appeal straightaway. Dhoni removes the bails and appeals for a stumping. It has been taken upstairs. He isn’t that confident though. Has Tharanga dragged his leg behind the line? Let’s wait and find out.15.16 IST: 25.2: Pandya to Mathews, FOUR!3rd ODI. 25.3: H Pandya to A Mathews (5), 4 runs, 151/2 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201715.14 IST: 24.5: Chahal to Tharanga, SIX! 3rd ODI. 24.5: Y Chahal to WU Tharanga (86), 6 runs, 145/2 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201715.08 IST: Angelo Mathews walks out to the middle. He is fresh of a ton in the last game. Can he replicate his from here?15.05 IST: 22.3: Chahal to Sadeera, OUT! Chahal provides the breakthrough and the crowd erupts. A much-needed one for the Indians. A false shot again by Sadeera, he has been riding his luck throughout his innings but this time he runs out of it. Yuzvendra tosses it up outside off, gets it to turn away. Samarawickrama comes down the track but does not quite get to the pitch of the ball. He still tries to go inside out but only manages to slice it to the man at sweeper covers. Dhawan there positions himslef under it and takes it. He also performs his trademark celebration by turning towards the crowd. Sadeera walks back after getting a start. The 121-run stand comes to an end. Can India now build on this?22.3: WICKET! S Samarawickrama (42) is out, c Shikhar Dhawan b Yuzvendra Chahal, 136/2- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201714:57 IST: 20.6: Y Chahal to U Tharanga, FOUR.3rd ODI. 20.6: Y Chahal to WU Tharanga (79), 4 runs, 129/1 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201714:52 IST: DROPPED! 19.2: K Yadav to S Samarawickrama. A touch one but should have been taken at this level. Yadav gives it air on middle. Seeing the flight, Sadeera comes down the track and tries to flick it over mid-wicket. He does not get the elevation desired. The ball goes towards Dinesh Karthik who jumps high and tries to take it but can’t. He then recovers and tries to take it on the second attempt but fails to get to it.3rd ODI. 18.6: Y Chahal to WU Tharanga (73), 4 runs, 117/1 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201714:50 IST: 18.3: Y Chahal to U Tharanga, SIX! That has gone up and over the fence! What a shot! Chahal gives it air on middle, Tharanga lofts it over the bowler’s head for a maximum.14:42 IST: Drinks are on the field. This is some start for Sri Lanka. They have come out with a lot of intent and it has worked so far for them. Tharanga has already notched up his fifty while Samarawickrama has done justice to his selection. The Indians need to break this stand and it will be interesting to see if the spinners can put a lid on the scoring rate now.3rd ODI. 15.1: K Yadav to S Samarawickrama (24), 4 runs, 93/1 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201714:31 IST: 13.5: K Yadav to S Samarawickrama, No run. Another appeal and this one is very close! India don’t review again and have they missed a chance? Kuldeep once again bowls it on off, but a touch fuller this time. He gets it to turn into the batsman who tries to flick but misses. Sadeera is struck on the front pad and the Indians appeal. The umpire shakes his head. Rohit after having a word with Dhoni opts not to review. But the Indians should have there, Haw Eye later shows three reds and yes India have missed a chance.14:28 IST: 13.2: K Yadav to U Tharanga, Cracking delivery! Kuldeep bowls a googly which completely foxes Upul. He fails to read it and tries to defend it leaving a gap between bat and pad. The ball sneaks through and goes extremely close to the off pole.14:26 IST: 12.5: B Kumar to S Samarawickrama, OUCH! That has hit him flush on his helmet! Kumar once again bangs it short on middle, Samarawickrama comes down the track and tries to pull. But is late on the shot this time and is hit on the helmet. The ball rolls towards square leg and the batsmen take a leg bye. The good thing here is the batsman is fine.3rd ODI. 12.4: B Kumar to S Samarawickrama (14), 4 runs, 80/1 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201714:20 IST: FIFTY! 11.1: K Yadav to U Tharanga, 1 run. Tharanga’s 36th in ODIs. It has been a very exciting one here. Kuldeep dishes out a fuller ball on off, Upul drives it towards long off for a run. He has to make it big if Sri Lanka are to get to a decent total here. Sri Lanka 73/1 (11.1 overs) vs India14:19 IST: Time for spin! Kuldeep Yadav is into the attack.3rd ODI. 10.5: H Pandya to S Samarawickrama (10), 4 runs, 72/1 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201714:10 IST: 8.5: H Pandya to U Tharanga, FOUR. 5 in a row! Upul Tharanga is in the mood now! This is the best of the lot! Once again keeps it full, slower in pace. UT stands tall and hits it off the meat over mid off for another boundary. Runs coming at a quick pace for the Lankans.14:10 IST: 8.4: H Pandya to U Tharanga, FOUR. Edgyyyy! Pandya doesn’t know what to do now! Slower this time, just outside off, Tharanga looks to drive again but gets another edge towards Dhoni. The ball dies down in front of the keeper who in spite a dive to his left couldn’t stop it. The races away towards the fence again. 16 already from the over!14:09 IST: 8.3: H Pandya to U Tharanga, FOUR! Up and past the man at mid off! Fuller in length and outside off, Tharanga decided to go after it. Chips it aerially past the diving mid off fielder for the third boundary of the over.14:08 IST: 8.2: H Pandya to U Tharanga, FOUR! And again! Not off the middle but had enough the clear mid on! Fuller and angling in, Upul chips it over mid on. The fielder there was interested but the ball sails over him and goes to the fence for back-to-back boundaries.14:08 IST: 8.1: H Pandya to U Tharanga, FOUR! Edged and away! Pandya from around the wicket, hurls a length delivery outside off, Tharanga looks to go hard at it. Gets a thick outside edge throuh the vacant slip cordon for a boundary to start the over.3rd ODI. 6.2: H Pandya to WU Tharanga (28), 4 runs, 45/1 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201713:56 IST: 5.3: J Bumrah to U Tharanga, FOUR. They are dealing in boundaries here! Poor line again! Bumrah again sprays it on the pads, Tharanga gets across and tickles it fine down the leg side for a boundary. Back-to-back for Lanka.13:55 IST: 5.2: J Bumrah to U Tharanga, FOUR. Sprays on the pads, too easy for Tharanga, he loves it there. He flicks it over square leg to fetch himself another boundary.3rd ODI. 4.5: B Kumar to WU Tharanga (12), 4 runs, 29/1 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201713:53 IST: 4.5: B Kumar to U Tharanga, FOUR. Crunched! 10 runs from the last 3 balls. Shorter in length around middle, Tharanga gets on top of the bounce and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.3rd ODI. 4.3: B Kumar to WU Tharanga (6), 4 runs, 23/1 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 20173rd ODI. 3.5: J Bumrah to S Samarawickrama (4), 4 runs, 19/1 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201713:46 IST: WICKET! 3.4: J Bumrah to D Gunathilaka, OUT c Rohit Sharma b Jasprit Bumrah. Sri Lanka have lost their first wicket. Sri Lanka 15/1 (3.4 overs) vs India13:43 IST: 2.6: B Kumar to D Gunathilaka, FOUR! Gunathilaka has opted for the attacking approach! He comes down the track to the ball which is not that short. He pulls it through square leg and fetches himslef a boundary. He might have been given the license from the dressing room to go after the bowlers.3rd ODI. 0.3: B Kumar to D Gunathilaka (4), 4 runs, 4/0 https://t.co/7CfC0ViuBc #IndvSL #TeamIndia @Paytm- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 201713:29 IST: Bright sunshine welcomes us here in Visakhapatnam. The Indian team are in a huddle near the boundary ropes and now they walk to the middle. Upul Tharanga and Danushka Gunathilaka will open the batting the batting for Sri Lanka. They will hope to provide their team with a good star. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will open the bowling for India. He has two slips in place.13:24 IST: Both the teams along with the umpires walk out for their respective national anthems. The away side will sing their first, followed by the Indians.13:06 IST: TEAMS!Sri Lanka: Danushka Gunathilaka, Upul Tharanga, Angelo Mathews, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunaratne, Thisara Perera, Sachith Pathirana, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan PradeepIndia: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal13:01 IST: TOSS! India have won the toss and they will bowl first.12:45 IST: Pitch report! Sunil Gavaskar and Russel Arnold feel this is a very good batting pitch. Further add it is nice and hard. Reckon the bowlers can get a little bounce and lift as there is a little grass in the middle. Opine the cracks won’t make a difference as it is a one-dayer. Win the toss and bowl first as dew might come into play later on say the two.And we are gearing up for the series finale #TeamIndia #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/kwjQuvcn9V- BCCI (@BCCI) December 17, 2017India will be eyeing their seventh straight ODI series victory when they take on Sri Lanka in the third and final ODI at the Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Vishakhapatnam on Sunday.One day to go for the final @paytm #INDvSL ODI and #TeamIndia made sure they are fully prepared. pic.twitter.com/BQPHNSZ6X9- BCCI (@BCCI) December 16, 2017Captaining the Indian cricket team for the first time, Rohit Sharma will aim to continue the momentum from the second match at Mohali in order to win his maiden series as captain.India lost the first ODI in Dharamsala by a massive seven wickets, where the Indian batting line-up went through a dramatic collapse. However, led by captain Rohit, who created history by becoming the first batsman to score a third double ton in ODIs, India roared back to form in Mohali and levelled the series with a 141-run victory.Ahead of South Africa tour, India will look to keep up their dominant form at home that has seen them win every series since the defeat to South Africa in October 2015.On the contrary, if Sri Lanka pull off a win on Sunday, it will be their first bilateral ODI series win in India.If India’s past record at this venue is anything to go by, they have an excellent chance to keep their winning run going.The hosts have lost only one of the seven matches they have played at this ground and a generally unimpressive Sri Lanka will have to be at the top their game to get past the Indians here.
Manchester City’s eight point advantage after 11 games is leading to talk of the Premier League title race being over in November, but as Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho noted – English football has a habit of throwing up surprises.It is undeniable that City are currently playing with such a verve, fluency and effectiveness that it is hard to imagine them losing three games and allowing their rivals, whether it be United, Spurs or Chelsea, into the race.But while the form of Pep Guardiola’s team and – second-placed United’s recent losses to Huddersfield and Chelsea – point towards a runaway title win, there is indeed lot of football left to be played.”Eight points in the Premier League is not the same in Portugal, La Liga or the Bundesliga. Yes, it is eight points but there is still a lot of play (to come),” Mourinho said after the loss at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, which followed City’s comfortable 3-1 win over Arsenal.While Mourinho was not explicit in his explanation, the fact is that suspensions and injuries to key players happen and, over the course of a long season, can radically impact a team’s form.And while City certainly have plenty of quality, their strength in depth has not yet been truly tested.Guardiola was already taking about his team being tired after their midweek trip to Naples in the Champions League. How will they be holding up physically after a fixture-congested festive season? How will they cope in February when they will be in knockout action in the Champions League?advertisementCity made a strong start last season but then suffered successive defeats — to Chelsea and Leicester City — at the start of December before ending that month with a loss at Anfield on New Year’s Eve.KEY FIGURESPhoto Credit: Reuters United host City at Old Trafford on December 10 — a game which Mourinho surely has his eye on already as a chance to reign in the leaders and he suggested that his team will be stronger with some key figures set to return.”I hope, feel, think and wish that in the busy period at the end of November, December and January, we’re going to be at maximum strength with (Paul) Pogba, (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic and (Marcus) Rojo back (from injury),” he said.Certainly United’s stumble in form after their excellent start of six wins from seven games, has coincided with the absence of French midfielder Pogba, whose partnership in central midfield with Nemanja Matic was developing so well.Romelu Lukaku’s goal drought has had a bigger impact given the absence of an alternative central striker and the return of Ibrahimovic, who had scored 17 goals in 28 Premier League games before his knee ligament injury, would give Mourinho another option.While the focus is on United’s challenge, it is worth noting that Tottenham are level on points with them and after their crushing of European champions Real Madrid last week, a long winning run from Mauricio Pochettino’s team cannot be ruled out.But while Guardiola is right to play down talk of an inevitable title win, he couldn’t help highlighting one key difference from last season – his team’s performances against top six clubs.”Last season against title contenders, we were able to win just twice. Coming into November, we have already beaten Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal,” he said.Six days after December’s clash with United, Guardiola’s side face Tottenham at the Etihad and then on January 14 they are at Anfield, where their title bid unravelled last year.If City can triumph in those games then perhaps talk of a one-horse race can be justified. But as Mourinho says, there is a lot of football left to be played.
Olympiakos striker Konstantinos Mitroglou, who is emerging as Greece’s best player and hope the team will do well in the 2014 World Cup of soccer in Brazil – where it is a 200-1 shot, is also subject to a bidding war by two of the English Premier League’s top teams, Arsenal and Liverpool, who want his fire power and scoring ability.Mitroglou, 25, has shown himself to be a clutch player and a crowd favorite with his exuberant style. Arsenal coach Arsene Wegner is said to be especially eying the Greek star to back up Olivier Giroud, while Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is looking for another striker to support Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge after being left disappointed with the form of summer signing Iago Aspas, The Daily Star reported.Mitroglou has struck for 22 goals for both club and country this season, and may be available in January for £7.5million, about $12.26 million, the report said.“If he keeps on doing well, it will be hard to keep him,” Olympiaios coach Jose Miguel Michel said. “We’ve known for some time that there has been interest from many clubs, but that’s only logical considering how well he has been doing lately.”Mitroglou is currently playing alongside Arsenal loanee Joel Campbell at the Greek champions, which Wenger may look to use to his advantage when it comes to tempting the forward to north London.Premier League high flyers Newcastle United are also looking at Mitroglou but would have a hard time convincing him not to sign with one of the more celebrated teams.TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — It was a great night for the graybeards at Citi Field.Bobby Abreu went 4 for 4 with two RBIs and Bartolo Colon pitched four-hit ball into the eighth inning as the New York Mets turned to a pair of 40-somethings to beat the San Diego Padres 6-2 on June 13.“Representing the 40s. When we go to the field, we throw everything that we’ve got,” Abreu said. “Been playing this game for a long time, so pretty much we know what we have to do.”Abreu scored twice in the rain-delayed opener of a three-game series between fourth-place teams struggling to score. Colon (6-5) set down 18 straight batters and improved to 4-0 with a 1.78 ERA in his last five starts, sending the Mets to only their second victory in 10 games.“We needed to have him get deep in the game. It was important for us because we were so short in the ‘pen,” Manager Terry Collins said.Rene Rivera hit a two-run homer but Andrew Cashner (2-6) failed to hold a rare lead for the Padres, who have dropped five straight and nine of 11.The hard-throwing Cashner, who entered with a 2.13 ERA, has lost five straight decisions. He gave up four runs and eight hits over six innings in his second start since spending more than three weeks on the disabled list with a sore right elbow.Fans were advised to take cover on the concourse during the rain delay because of dangerous weather.Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals between the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings was shown on the big video screen in center field for most of a delay at the start that lasted 1 hour, 56 minutes. And even after the ballgame began, some in the sparse crowd announced at 28,085 seemed to be paying much more attention to hockey.With the Rangers trying to stave off elimination again, an audible groan went up in the seventh inning — just as New York defenseman Ryan McDonagh hit the post with a shot in overtime.After the final out, some fans lingered near TVs inside the ballpark to keep watching. In the end, the Rangers lost in double overtime.The 41-year-old Colon had uncharacteristic trouble with his command at the start. He walked his first batter and gave up Yonder Alonso’s leadoff single in the second before Rivera connected for his fourth home run.“I got a little mad. I was meaning to throw that pitch outside and I just went in a little too much so that really got me fired up,” Colon said through a translator. “I think it was just a matter of getting through the first two innings. After that I got really comfortable, found my zone and kept going from there.”The home run gave Cashner an uncommon 2-0 lead — the Padres had scored only once in his previous 33 innings.Colon, however, quickly regrouped and retired his next 18 batters until Alexi Amarista opened the eighth with a double.“I’ve known Bart for a long time and at times, you’ll see him get stronger as the game goes on. I think you saw that tonight,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “He held his velocity throughout the game, even into the eighth inning.”After throwing a called third strike past pinch-hitter Tommy Medica with his 118th pitch, Colon was lifted. He walked off the mound to a warm hand and softly clapped his hands. Vic Black retired cleanup man Carlos Quentin with the bases loaded to end the inning.Batting fourth in place of Curtis Granderson (calf), the 40-year-old Abreu hit a leadoff double in the second and scored on Taylor Teagarden’s two-out single.“Anytime they need me there, I’m always going to be ready to play the game,” Abreu said.He singled in the fourth and Lucas Duda tied it 2-all on a two-out double just beyond the reach of diving center fielder Will Venable. Matt den Dekker blooped a ground-rule double that put New York ahead. “Couldn’t stop the two-out hits,” Cashner said.Abreu added RBI singles in the fifth and seventh. Slumping star David Wright had a long sacrifice fly in the seventh.It was the first four-hit game for Abreu, who did not play in the majors last season, since May 30, 2011, with the Angels at Kansas City. “I made two good pitches to him,” Cashner said. “He’s a good hitter, a professional hitter. Couldn’t get him out.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
HOYLAKE, England — With the nasty weather holding off and Royal Liverpool essentially defenseless, everyone took aim at Rory McIlroy.Rickie Fowler led the way.The 25-year-old American piled up seven birdies through the first 12 holes July 19 and pulled even with McIlroy, who failed to take full advantage of the favorable scoring conditions in the third round of the British Open.The R&A went with an unprecedented two-tee start, hoping to get the round completed while under the threat of severe thunderstorms.When McIlroy teed off with a four-stroke lead shortly before lunchtime, there was only a light sprinkle and hardly any wind. Not surprisingly, the world’s best players attacked the softened greens with fearless abandon.“I think everyone was getting ready for a hurricane,” said Keegan Bradley, who shot a 3-under 69. “But it’s as nice as we could imagine”Darren Clarke’s 67 included an amazing stretch of six birdies in seven holes and was better than any of his rounds when he won the Open at Royal St. George’s in 2011. Graeme McDowell posted a 68. The Northern Irishmen were the leaders in the clubhouse at 5-under 211.Their countryman McIlroy built his commanding lead with two straight 6-under 66s. But he got off to a shaky start, squandered a booming drive in the middle of the fairway, his next shot catching a deep pot bunker next to the green. He barely got it out of the sand and took bogey.Dustin Johnson, playing in the final group with the leader and his closest challenger at the start of play, stuck an approach to about 5 feet and rolled in the birdie. Just like that, McIlroy’s lead was cut in half.But it wasn’t Johnson who emerged as McIlroy’s prime challenger.Fowler kept up his strong play in the majors, which began with a fifth-place showing at the Masters and continued with a runner-up showing behind runaway winner Martin Kaymer in the U.S. Open last month.Now, it looks as if Fowler will have his best chance yet going to the final round on July 20.When he rolled in his third straight birdie at No. 12, and McIlroy came along in the final group and made bogey, the two young players — born less than five months apart — were tied for the lead at 12 under.Of course, McIlroy already has a couple of major titles, romping to victory at both the 2011 U.S. Open and 2012 PGA Championship, each time by eight shots. Fowler has yet to win one of golf’s signature events, but he’s set up his schedule this year with an idea of peaking at the biggest tournaments.Clearly, it’s paying off.Johnson, another talented player without a major championship, dropped back with three straight bogeys on the front side. Perennial contender Sergio Garcia, still seeking his first major as well, was 3 under on the day but squandered several prime chances to take his score even lower — most notably, missing a 3-foot birdie try at No. 12. The Spaniard was three shots off the lead.Also in the mix were major winners Jim Furyk and Charl Schwartzel, both at 7 under along with Johnson and France’s Victor Dubuisson.The 44-year-old Furyk was surely heartened by the last three Opens being won by 40-something players.Defending champion Phil Mickelson was hoping to make a big push after shooting 70 on July 18. But Lefty made three bogeys on the front side and, even with a rally after the turn, still managed just a 71 that left him a daunting 11 shots off the lead as he signed his card.He knew he should have done better. “It’s as easy as I have seen the course play,” he said.Coming off one of the worst Open rounds of his pro career, Tiger Woods teed off in the final group at No. 10, still clinging to the hope of mounting a Paul Lawrie-like comeback.No chance. After birdies at his first two holes, Woods made another major blunder with a double bogey at the second — his 11th hole of the day — and remained 13 shots off the lead.(PAUL NEWBERRY, AP National Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Carmelo Anthony scored 17 points in a successful return to his college home, and the New York Knicks beat the Philadelphia 76ers 84-77 in a preseason game on Oct. 14.Anthony, who led Syracuse to its only national championship in 2003, also had seven rebounds in 27 minutes at the Carrier Dome. He was 5-for-12 from the field and 6 for 8 at the free-throw line.Two more former Syracuse stars took the night off. Philadelphia was without Michael Carter-Williams, who had right shoulder surgery in May, and rookie Jerami Grant, who was sidelined by an ankle injury.Tony Wroten and Nerlens Noel led the 76ers with 12 points apiece. Noel also had 11 rebounds and four steals.New York had a 17-1 run in the first quarter and led 45-29 at halftime.Jason Smith scored 14 points for the Knicks, who had a 43-36 rebounding edge. Tim Hardaway Jr. had 13 points, and Iman Shumpert finished with 12.Philadelphia shot 38 percent from the field, including a 2-for-18 performance from 3-point range.TweetPinShare0 Shares
ARLINGTON, Texas — LeSean McCoy said beating Dallas with the NFC East lead on the line felt a lot like last year, when Philadelphia wrapped up a playoff berth in the Cowboys’ $1.2 billion stadium.There’s one big difference for the Eagles, though: They might have to do it again in a rematch on their home field next month to make sure they get back to the postseason.McCoy ran for 159 yards and a touchdown, Mark Sanchez had his first scoring run in almost three years and the Philadelphia defense took advantage of a ragged Tony Romo in a 33-10 victory on Nov. 27.“This is only the first half,” linebacker Connor Barwin said. “We have them again in two weeks and we need to back it up again. The same way we did today, if not even better.”The Eagles (9-3) opened with quick drives of 80 and 88 yards for touchdowns. They took sole possession of the division lead with four games remaining, including the Dec. 14 rematch.“We’re not into statements,” Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly said. “We’ve given ourselves the opportunity to play meaningful football in December, and in this league, every week is a whole different deal, a whole different animal.”McCoy, who led the NFL with 1,604 yards rushing last season, had his fourth 100-yard game in the past seven after going without one through the first five weeks. He secured his fourth 1,000-yard season since 2010, and the Eagles improved to 6-0 on Thanksgiving.Although his deficit to Dallas’ DeMarco Murray in the rushing race is probably insurmountable, McCoy outgained Murray, who was held under 100 yards for just the second time this season.Murray finished with 73 yards and Dallas’ only touchdown on 20 carries, the last a 6-yard loss when he was dropped by Mychal Kendricks on fourth-and-1 early in the fourth quarter.“I don’t really compare myself,” said McCoy, who had a season-high 25 carries. “I just try to be me. I don’t really get into that whole, especially during the season, who’s this, who’s that thing. In the big picture, we’re trying to win games.”(SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Rex Ryan is simply out of answers.Going back to the ground-and-pound approach on offense that was so successful in Ryan’s first few years as coach, the New York Jets kept running the ball and gaining yards in chunks against the Miami Dolphins.It still wasn’t enough in a 16-13 loss on Dec. 1. “I feel sick,” Ryan said. “Our guys just played great, for the most part, in a lot of areas. Dang. We can’t buy a win.”Caleb Sturgis’ third field goal, from 26 yards with 1:57 remaining, gave Miami (7-5) a comeback victory — even after New York (2-10) rushed for 277 yards on 49 carries.“This one,” center Nick Mangold said, “stings for multiple reasons.”It was key errors in the second half, primarily on special teams, that sent the Jets to yet another loss in a brutal season that could prove to be Ryan’s last as coach in New York.“I can’t believe we’re 2-10,” a sighing Ryan said. “It’s a joke.”The Dolphins remained a factor in the AFC wild-card race thanks to rookie Jarvis Landry’s eight receptions, Lamar Miller’s 4-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter and plenty of defense when the Jets needed Geno Smith to pass.New York threw only 13 times, fewest in the NFL this season, and gained 49 yards. The usually reliable Nick Folk missed two field goals.“It’s easy to sit back and say we didn’t throw the ball this much now, but we wanted to run the football against them,” Ryan said. “That gave us the best opportunity to win the game, both on offense and defense. We needed to keep that team off the field a little bit.”Smith threw for 65 yards on his seven completions, but also was sacked twice for minus-16 yards. “It has zero to do with us not having faith in our quarterback,” Ryan said.Smith’s final throw of the night was an interception that went off Jeff Cumberland’s hands as Reshad Jones picked it off to seal the win for the Dolphins with 34 seconds left.“I’ve got to make those plays,” Smith said. “I can’t tell you how hard it is for us to fall short after all we sacrifice every single week. You know, the effort and time spent by every man in that locker room and to fall short every single week, it’s gutwrenching, man.“I can’t tell you how heartbroken I am,” he said.The Jets turned back to Smith as their starting quarterback after Michael Vick was under center the last three games. Smith, who came in with seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions, was picked off on three straight possessions in his last start, against the Bills on Oct. 26, before being replaced by Vick.New York introduced the offense before the game — but didn’t announce Smith’s name. Smith said it was his decision not to come out with the rest of the starters, not because he was worried about a rude reception from the fans.“I just wanted to run out with the team,” Smith said. “I wanted to run out with the guys.”The Jets’ problems with penalties on special teams hurt them all night — and a holding call against Saalim Hakim set up the Dolphins at New York’s 39 on the tying drive. On the winning possession, backup tight end Dion Sims had catches of 18 and 17 yards. Ryan Quigley had a punt blocked for the second straight game.“Scratch, claw, bite, kick, whatever you have to do make a play and win,” Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake said.All of that offset a season high on the ground as Chris Johnson had his best performance for the Jets with 105 yards.After trailing most of the way, Miami tied it on Miller’s run with 10:24 remaining. That brought the loudest cheers of the night; thousands of Dolphins fans at MetLife Stadium braved the wet, windy conditions.Jets wide receiver Greg Salas got the home fans excited early by scoring on a 20-yard end-around reverse for his first career touchdown.As New York kept grinding away on the ground — it had 210 yards rushing in the opening half — it also ate up the clock. But Folk missed from 48 yards and Miami took advantage on Sturgis’ 43-yard field goal to end the half.Sturgis added his 44-yarder to start the second half, and Folk followed with a 45-yarder that bounced off the crossbar and through, making it 13-6.“Everybody in there’s hurting,” Ryan said. “They’re hurting for each other, hurting for our fans. We’d do anything for a win.”(DENNIS WASZAK Jr.)TweetPinShare0 Shares
ATHENS — A Greek Cup quarterfinal between league leaders Olympiakos and second division AEK was abandoned after a last-minute Olympiakos goal sparked crowd violence.Argentinian attacker Franco Daniel Jara scored the only goal of the game in the 89th minute, bouncing a pass off his chest to give Olympiakos a 2-1 win on aggregate.A few home AEK supporters then invaded the pitch at the Athens Olympic Stadium, and one threw a flare at celebrating Olympiakos players.The violence came two weeks after Greek authorities suspended top league games for a week following crowd violence. League games were held again over the weekend, but without spectators.TweetPinShare0 Shares
LONDON, ENGLAND — Two tennis umpires have been banned and four others are under investigation for corruption, authorities said Tuesday.The sanctions were confirmed by the International Tennis Federation in response to a story published online by The Guardian.Kirill Parfenov of Kazakhstan was banned for life in February 2015 for using Facebook to contact another official in an “attempt to manipulate the scoring of matches,” the ITF said in a statement.Denis Pitner of Croatia was suspended for a year in August after passing on details on the “physical well-being of a player to a coach during a tournament and regularly logging on to a betting account from which bets were placed on tennis matches,” the ITF said.Four other unidentified officials were suspended while investigations continue into their conduct.“In order to ensure no prejudice of any future hearing we cannot publicly disclose the nature or detail of those investigations,” the ITF said. “Should any official be found guilty of an offense, it will be announced publicly.”The ITF code was changed in December to allow the public reporting of sanctions for officials, but the governing body could not explain why it only announced details following media questions. The ITF also declined to explain why it would not provide details on matches involved in the case.The Guardian said the offenses took place on the Futures Tour, the lowest rung of professional tennis. It said umpires allegedly took bribes from betting syndicates in exchange for manipulating live scores, allowing gamblers to place bets already knowing the outcome of the next point.The story follows BBC and BuzzFeed allegations about match-fixing at the top level of the sport that overshadowed the start of the Australian Open last month. Those reports led to the announcement of an independent review into tennis’ anti-corruption practices, which are overseen by the Tennis Integrity Unit.TweetPinShare0 Shares
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — Danijel Subasic saved three penalties, and Croatia’s World Cup hopes.In the second straight shootout of the tournament, the Croats advanced to the quarterfinals on Sunday with a 3-2 victory over Denmark on penalties following a 1-1 draw.Subasic tipped the first penalty of the shootout from Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen onto the post. He then dived to his right to save an attempt from substitute Lasse Schone. Finally, he used his feet to block Nicolai Jorgensen’s attempt.“He was a hero tonight,” Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said. “He saved three penalties in a shootout. You don’t see that every day.”Subasic became only the second goalkeeper to save three penalties in a shootout at the World Cup, matching the feat of Portugal keeper Ricardo against England in 2006.Croatia will next face host Russia in the quarterfinals on Saturday in Sochi. Russia also advanced on penalties, beating Spain 4-3 following another 1-1 draw.Croatia had a chance to take the lead late in the game at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, but Luka Modric’s penalty was saved by Kasper Schmeichel. The Denmark goalkeeper, who also saved a pair of penalties in the shootout, dived to his left to smother Modric’s attempt in the 116th minute.Croatians players celebrate after the penalties during the round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Sunday, July 1, 2018. Croatia eliminates Denmark 3-2 on penalties after game ends 1-1. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)Subasic’s three saves and Schmeichel’s two made it the most combined saves in a World Cup shootout.Modric, however, made his penalty in the shootout and Ivan Rakitic scored the decider with a shot to the left side of the net as Schmeichel dived the wrong way.After surviving the shootout, Subasic had to survive the celebration. Domagoj Vida lifted the keeper onto his shoulders as they celebrated the win, and then dropped him.“He is fine,” Dalic said.Croatia entered the match after impressing in the group stage, including a 3-0 dismantling of two-time champion Argentina at the same stadium. But Denmark, unbeaten in 18 games coming into the game, provided tough opposition.The Danes took the lead in the first minute when defender Mathias Jorgensen scrambled in a shot that went in off Subasic’s left hand and then the left post. It was Denmark’s fastest ever World Cup goal.Croatia equalized in the fourth minute with another untidy goal. Henrik Dalsgaard’s clearance hit a teammate and fell for Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic to hook the ball in.Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic, left, celebrates with his teammates after scoring the opening goal of his team during the round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Saturday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)The teams stayed even for the next 116 minutes, including the 30 minutes of extra time.But it was Schmeichel, the son of former Denmark goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel, that sent it to extra time with his penalty save on Modric’s attempt.The Croats earned the penalty when Ante Rebic was set free on a counterattack and skipped past Schmeichel, only to be fouled from behind by Mathias Jorgensen — the scorer of Denmark’s goal.Modric’s spot kick was weak, though, and Schmeichel dived to his left to smother it for the first of his three penalty saves.In the shootout, Schmeichel saved attempts from Milan Badelj and Josip Pivaric.Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic, right, celebrates with his teammates after scoring the opening goal of his team during the round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Saturday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)“I am so sorry for Kasper and the whole team,” Denmark coach Age Hareide said. “That’s just the brutality of football.”FAMOUS FACESTwo famous faces watched from the stands, Peter Schmeichel and Davor Suker.Peter Schmeichel jumped out of his chair and roared with delight when his son saved Modric’s penalty in extra time. The former Manchester United keeper did the same when Kasper Schmeichel stopped two penalties in the shootout.Suker was the happy one at the end, though, watching as his country made the World Cup quarterfinals for only the second time. Suker was the star for Croatia when it made the semifinals in France in 1998 in its first World Cup appearance.RUSSIA NEXTCroatia will next face the host nation, a team written off at the start of the World Cup.“We must not relax. We must not be arrogant,” Dalic said. “Russia would not have progressed if it was not a good team.“The whole world will watch. We’ve come so far, but we do not intend to stop here. I am sure Russia has the same mentality. It is going to be a big game.”—By GERALD IMRAY , AP Sports WriterCroatians players clebrates after the penalties during the round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, Sunday, July 1, 2018. Croatia eliminates Denmark 3-2 on penalties after game ends 1-1. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)Croatia’s Luka Modric, left, and Denmark’s Thomas Delaney challenge for the ball during the round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, in Nizhny Novgorod , Russia, Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)Denmark’s Yussuf Yurary Poulsen, second right, and Andreas Christensen, right, celebrate after teammate Mathias Jorgensen scored the opening goal during the round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, in Nizhny Novgorod , Russia, Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)Denmark players celebrate after teammate Mathias Jorgensen scored the opening goal during the round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, in Nizhny Novgorod , Russia, Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel fails to stop Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic from scoring the opening goal during the round of 16 match between Croatia and Denmark at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, in Nizhny Novgorod , Russia, Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Continue Reading Previous Requirements for OTA software updates for connected embedded devicesNext AI system transforms large facilities into intelligent environments Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Display technology being utilized for digital advertising is not a new concept — Times Square, downtown Tokyo, and other big-city environments typically come to mind when we think of outdoor displays. However, display technology is increasingly finding its way into the great outdoors in new and different formats. While indoor applications still represent about 80 percent of the display market, the pace of growth for outdoor technologies and applications is picking up, thereby expanding manufacturers’ market opportunities.Outdoor signs have typically been static and made of paper, plastic, or metal. In the last few years, however, electronic signage has become fairly common. Outdoor electronic signs started as cathode ray tubes (CRTs), which served a purpose but posed multiple challenges — they were a couple of feet thick and very heavy, creating the need for a robust, concrete-and-steel mechanical support structure; shielding them from the sun was difficult; and they were not innately attractive. Once liquid crystal displays (LCDs) arrived in the scene, they were viewed as a better alternative. However, they were still several inches thick due to the powerful backlight they required, particularly in an outdoor setting.Currently, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) dominate the roughly $15 billion outdoor signage market, with LCDs holding a tiny market share in second place. However, electronic paper, or ePaper, is starting to gain ground, with good reason; we’ll return to consider this technology shortly.Using displays in outdoor environments creates challenges, particularly in the daytime. People tend to be outdoors during the day more than at night, and this creates a problem when the sun shines directly on the display — images fade due to poor contrast, and it can be difficult for the viewer to see messages clearly from any angle. Since these displays are essentially competing with the sun, they need to put out a great deal of light to compensate, thereby causing power consumption to go through the roof. Even when used in sports stadiums, shopping malls, and other venues that receive indirect sunlight, they require dedicated high-power cabling and power supplies. Forget about battery backup in case of power loss from the grid. Typically, the cost of power consumption for these large LED signs is paid for by advertisers, by arena owners (actually, by fans via higher ticket prices), or by taxpayers when on public roadways. (Of course, gambling revenues help offset LED power costs in places like Las Vegas.) The recurring costs due to power consumption for large signage displays are non-trivial, but the unit cost of power from the grid (11 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) is affordable for most operators.LEDs can stand extremes of weather, whereas LCDs have complicated temperature maintenance requirements. LCD-based signage units contain heaters to warm them when it gets too cold and to keep them at the proper material level (i.e., not too liquid or too crystallized). Hot weather creates further problems; while fans can be inserted, they require a separate outlet, and dust will enter the unit when the fans are not running, clogging up the filters. And fans are not always permissible in some sites, e.g., retail gas stations, where you don’t want to circulate gasoline fumes onto hot surfaces inside the display. Some places, such as train stations, are using LCDs, but they require a very powerful backlight to combat the sun. Making the display visible in sunlight requires a huge amount of power, which — in turn — creates heat and thickness issues, shortens product life, and boosts costs. The bottom line is that cost and power consumption create serious issues regarding long-term outdoor use of LCDs.How do we solve this power problem? Power consumption by indoor TV displays is problematic, let alone when the display size increases and additional issues associated with outdoor use come into play. The long-term answer to the outdoor-display challenge is reflective or transflective display technologies. The combination of ePaper with specialized LCDs, which can use the sun rather than fight it, is beginning to gain traction. In some applications, such a combination uses 99 percent less power than LED or outdoor LCD, and eliminates glare issues in daylight. For nighttime use, a front light can be set up to reflect off the display to ensure readability is maintained.ePaper is being employed globally in a growing range of locations, as the accompanying images illustrate. Increasingly, these locations are standalone and remote. In London, for example, ePaper displays are being deployed using a solar cell on top of the sign, which therefore requires virtually no electricity and, when outfitted with WiFi, no data cables.London bus stop using ePaper (Source: Visionect) ePaper billboards used in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana (Source: Visionect) At the The Society for Information Display (SID) , we believe ePaper for outdoor displays will take off in a major way for a broad range of applications in the next two to three years. For a start, ePaper can be used for street signs — it’s visible in areas where inclement weather is an issue, and the display — like any electronic sign — provides a significant leg up as compared to static plastic or paper signs. This can be particularly valuable when a natural disaster occurs. When Fukushima, Japan, was hit by a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011, for example, large signage displays jointly developed by E-Ink and Toppan were able to keep running in certain cities, consuming just 1% of the power needed by other, similar-sized signs. These very low-power, easily viewed displays became a valuable resource for residents, who would trek to the city center to view updated information on emergency contacts, disaster relief, water quality, and other important news.One technology that’s not being used much for outdoor applications is organic LED (OLED). OLEDs can be viewable outdoors, but — once again — their power consumption is very high, so their cost and lifetime outlook is negatively impacted when used outdoors. However, one specific application for OLEDs is emerging — transparent displays in semi-outdoor applications. Retail shop windows can be replaced with transparent displays, heightening the window shopping experience while providing information that transcends the traditional “card in the window.” Signage providers have begun to offer transparent OLEDs designed to showcase dynamic or interactive information on a transparent glass surface. This can be particularly useful for high-end retail goods, allowing the entire window to offer a means of comparing and promoting products.Outdoor displays will be showcased during Display Week 2017, which comes to Los Angeles May 21-26. Display Week allows attendees to preview display technologies that they’ll be able to buy in the next few years– not only through demonstrations provided by exhibitors, but also via many high-value workshops and talks. This year’s technical symposium will feature a track on Digital Signage Display Solutions, looking at new and enabling innovations and applications. If this sounds like something you’d like to check out, please register now at DisplayWeek.org, and plan to join us in sunny Los Angeles this spring.With more than two decades of experience in the technology industry, Sri Peruvemba is the Chief Executive Officer at Marketer International. As the go-to expert source on electronic displays, touch screens, and related technologies for many of the leading technology writers in the country, Sri is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, Bloomberg, Financial Times, and many other publications. He is also regularly invited to present at major technology conferences, has published several articles and white papers, and often leads seminars and classes on the display industry.Sri’s 25 years of experience in the electronics industry include marketing LCD, CRT, TFEL, OLED, LED, Plasma, and ePaper displays into the mobile, industrial, medical, signage and TV markets. He earned a BSEE, an MBA, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management. Previously, Sri held senior level positions at E Ink, Sharp Corp, TFS Inc, Planar Systems and Suntronic Technology. He also volunteers his time as Head of Marketing for The Society for Information Display (SID) and also serves as advisor to several technology companies in Europe, Asia, and North America.
It is worth noting that engineers are migrating from parallel to serial interfaces for new system designs. Serial interfaces reduce pin count for both the memory and the SoC, shrinking the PCB for reduced cost and smaller form factors. Octal SPI, Quad SPI, SPI, and HyperBus now offer performance that rivals parallel interfaces, including up to 400 MBytes/sec for Octal SPI and HyperBus.Choosing the right memory ultimately helps ensure the success of your product. NAND Flash is ideal for mass storage workloads typically found in cloud computing and personal electronics. In contrast, NOR Flash and F-RAM are suitable for embedded systems and edge devices, which are often located in extreme and remote environments. In tandem with edge computing growth, advances in artificial intelligence are driving new capabilities which raise the bar on fail-safe operation, pushing manufacturers to deliver NOR Flash and F-RAM with safety and security features.Manish Garg is Senior Product Marketing Manager in the Memory Products Division at Cypress Semiconductor. Previously he has worked in different roles in Product Planning and Marketing at Altera (now Intel PSG) and Lattice Semiconductor. He holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Santa Clara University. Performance Characteristics IdealWorkload High-frequency data logging Target Applications ✓ Medium density✓ Virtually infinite endurance✓ Very high data retention (~100 yrs)✓ Very low energy F-RAM ✓ SSDs for data centers and consumer devices ✓ Medium density✓ High endurance✓ High data retention (~20 yrs) ✓ Industrial sensing✓ Portable medical NOR Flash In the past, memory advancements were primarily measured by improvements in density, or cost-per-bit. But, as performance requirements for nonvolatile memories evolved, the criteria used to select them also changed. Applications such as factory automation, autonomous vehicles, portable medical devices, edge computing, and IoT sensors are demanding memories purpose-built for their unique requirements. Mass storage in data centers, computers, and consumer devices require the highest densities and lowest cost-per-bit, typically supported with NAND Flash. Embedded computers store boot code and transaction data, usually in NOR Flash. Data recorders, sensors and edge computers capturing rapidly changing data over long periods of time use specialized technologies, such as ferroelectric RAM (F-RAM). Matching memory to workload delivers optimum performance and reliability, and each of these solutions trades off certain characteristics to best fit the target application.For decades, NAND Flash has served consumer markets with ever-improving cost/gigabyte and adequate read/write performance. NAND-based solid state drives (SSDs) are also widely deployed in data centers and cloud servers. Higher densities have been achieved through process improvements and geometry shrinks, but this comes with trade-offs. In the very small NAND Flash memory cells, each program/erase (P/E) cycle stresses the cell, which translates to lower endurance, even with overprovisioning and wear-leveling. Data retention is also relatively low—approximately 10 years—owing to the smaller geometries.In contrast to NAND, NOR Flash has been optimized for reliability and ease-of-use. NOR Flash uses a relatively large memory cell which provides high endurance and long data retention. Combined with a byte-addressable architecture, NOR Flash is ideal for boot code—including execute-in-place systems—and transaction data. In response to the increased focus on fail-safe operation, the latest products offer functional safety and secure boot mechanisms as well. NOR Flash also supports very fast read performance which enables instant-on displays for automotive instrument clusters and other applications. However, this high reliability and improved performance comes with a trade-off, as NOR Flash densities are lower than NAND Flash (see NOR Flash for Automotive and Functional Safety).F-RAM is ideal for devices that continuously capture data over long periods of time (see Ultra Low Energy F-RAM). Unlike NAND and NOR memories which rely on stored charge to represent binary data, the F-RAM memory cell switches polarity within a crystal lattice made of a thin ferroelectric film of lead zirconate titanate, commonly referred to as PZT. The switching requires extremely low energy, enabling very long battery life, and it doesn’t wear out, delivering virtually infinite endurance (see Designing with Low Power F-RAM). There is also no charge leakage, so data retention is very high—approximately 100 years. A common misconception is that F-RAM can be disturbed by magnetic field. This is not true. While excellent for data logging, the F-RAM densities generally do not meet the needs of code and mass storage.Table 1: Performance characteristics, ideal workloads, and target applications (Source: Cypress) ✓ Automotive systems✓ Industry 4.0✓ Industrial IoT Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Generic mass storage NAND Flash Boot code and transaction data Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Analog Continue Reading Previous Survey offers grim view of IoT security deploymentNext Solid Sands @ Renault Co-Innovation Days High density / low cost✓ Low endurance✓ Medium data retention (~10 yrs)
Tottenham Hotspur will open their Premier League campaign against Newcastle United at St James’ Park. Manager Mauricio Pochettino said that Spurs must not be satisfied with qualifying for the Champions League and have to mount a more serious challenge in the Premier League and for other trophies.The London club finished third last season to secure their place in Europe’s elite club competition for a third season running.”Of course it is a massive success for the club to be in the Champions League for the third year in a row. But maybe that is not enough, maybe we need to change certain things. For me, it is not enough,” Pochettino told British media.Spurs, who are preparing to move into their new 850 million pounds ($1.1 billion) stadium for the new season, have yet to sign any players in the current transfer window.”If some people believe the manager of Tottenham does not want trophies they are not right in their minds. I am here to win,” said the Argentine.”Can we win something this season? In football, all can happen. It will be tough because our opponents are at a level where every year they improve … we are competing in the same race but with a different car.”Tottenham on Tuesday saw the return of their World Cup stars, but Pochettino said he already has plans to integrate the returning players into training ahead of the game.Reporting for duty. #COYS pic.twitter.com/KsGAjxcM45Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 6, 2018″It’s a massive challenge for us after we tried to provide the team a good rest. For the players that were involved in the World Cup, it was massive and so important to give a very good rest and recovery after a very tough season and World Cup and now it’s a big challenge for us to try to provide them with the best tools to be competitive as soon as possible,” Pochettino told Spurs TV.advertisementBut the Spurs manager was not willing to divulge the names of the players who might start in the Premier League opener.”If some players are ready, of course we are going to use them but we are not going to take some risks because sometimes for one game, you lose the players for one month or two months and that is (why it’s) so important to be clever in the decisions that we are going to take.”(With inputs from Reuters)
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Italian Moto2 rider Romano Fenati was banned for two races after leaning over on the straight and grabbing the brake lever on rival Stefano Manzi’s bike following an earlier clash in the San Marino Grand Prix on Sunday.He was dumped by his Moto2 team on Monday, and was also set to lose a 2019 MV Agusta deal.The Marinelli Snipers team announced they had terminated the 22-year-old’s contract on account of “his unsporting, dangerous and damaging conduct for the image of all.””With extreme regret, we have to note that his irresponsible act endangered the life of another rider and can’t be apologised for in any way,” the team added.The boss of Italian bike maker MV Agusta also vowed to scrap a contract for 2019.FIM MotoGP Stewards ??Black flag Romano Fenati for irresponsible riding ??#Moto2 #SanMarinoGP pic.twitter.com/sTqv6nhZerMotoGP?????? (@MotoGP) September 9, 2018Stewards ruled he had “deliberately attempted to cause danger to another rider by interfering with his machine whilst on track”.Fenati was immediately shown the black flag, disqualifying him from the race, but Crutchlow felt the rider had got off lightly.”I think he should never race a motorcycle again,” Crutchlow told reporters. “He should have walked back to the garage and his team should have just kicked him straight out the back.””This has been the worse and saddest thing I ever seen in a bike race. True sportsmen would never act this way,” MV Agusta president Giovanni Castiglioni told his 565,000 followers on Instagram.advertisement”If I would be (MotoGP promoters) Dorna I would ban him from world racing.”Regarding his contract for a future position as rider of MV Agusta Moto2, I will oppose myself in every way to stop it. It won’t happen, he doesn’t represent our company true values,” added Castiglioni.Fenati, who also caused headlines in 2015 when he was penalised for kicking out at Finnish rider Niklas Ajo in a Moto3 warm-up in Argentina, had been due to join MV Agusta’s new Moto2 project next season.Moto2, previously the 250cc category, is a feeder series one rung below the main MotoGP class.The MV Agusta project is in partnership with Forward Racing, whose rider Stefano Manzi was on the receiving end of Fenati’s actions.It was Italian Andrea Dovizioso who won the San Marino Grand Prix for Ducatiwhile reigning world champion Marc Marquez finished second to increase his MotoGP championship lead to 67 points.Local favourite Valentino Rossi managed only a distant seventh for Yamaha and lost second place overall to Dovizioso who now has 154 points to Spaniard Marquez’s 221 with six races remaining. Rossi has 151.Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo, who had started on pole position at the Marco Simoncelli circuit on Italy’s Adriatic coast, crashed out on the penultimate lap while heading for a Ducati one-two finish.That lifted Britain’s Cal Crutchlow, whose home race at Silverstone last month was cancelled due to heavy rain and drainage problems, to third as the leading non-factory finisher on an LCR-Honda.”We did everything perfectly,” said Dovizioso, who had started in fourth place and was leading after six laps. His winning margin was 2.822 seconds.”That was the only way to win today because Jorge was very strong and beating Marc was very difficult,” added the Italian.The win was Dovizioso’s first at Misano and third of the season as well as his team’s third in a row. Lorenzo had won in Austria while his team mate triumphed in the Czech Republic before that.Lorenzo and Marquez had a lively battle for second place while closing in on Dovizioso but that ended when the polesitter slid out at turn eight.”It was so difficult,” said Marquez, who made the point that Ducati had tested at Misano while Honda had not. “When I saw that Dovi was so strong today my target was to finish second and to lose only five points.”I’m disappointed that Jorge crashed but we were both pushing a lot because Dovi was there in front.”Australian Jack Miller, who had lined up in second place at the start on a non-factory Pramac Ducati, also crashed out early on while fourth.(With inputs from Reuters)
Mumbai, Nov 28 (IANS) Actor Rahul Bose, who was last seen in “Vishwaroopam II”, has said that he will start shooting for “Baahubali: Before the Beginning” in December.He was interacting with media at the inauguration of an art show called ‘Breaking Barriers’ on Tuesday here.Sporting a bearded look when Rahul was proded about it, he said: “I am doing a prequel to ‘Baahubali’ for Netflix. It is called as ‘Baahubali: Before the Beginning’. “I have a big role in it. We will start shooting December beginning. My character has a bearded look, and I don’t want to sport a fake beard for the next six months. I will have the same look.””Baahubali: Before the Beginning” is a web series based on Anand Neelakantan’s 2017 novel “The Rise of Sivagami”, and is a Netflix Original from India. A part of the Baahubali franchise, the series is directed by Deva Katta and co-directed by Praveen Sataru. It is produced jointly by S.S. Rajamouli and Arka Media Works.It stars Rahul Bose, Mrunal Thakur, Shriya Saran and Atul Kulkarni in key roles.”Baahubali: Before the Beginning” is the third Netflix Original produced in India after the crime thriller “Sacred Games” and horror mini-series “Ghoul”. The first season consists of nine episodes and acts as a prequel to “Baahubali: The Beginning”, following the journey of Sivagami’s rise to power in the fictional Mahishmati kingdom.–IANSiv/in
PV Sindhu is almost a new player in the fag end of 2018, as she stormed into the final of the women’s singles event at the BWF World Tour Finals.Sindhu defeated Ratchanok Intanon 21-16, 25-23 in 54 minutes to reach her second straight final in Guangzhou, China on Saturday.After the match, Sindhu when asked what is different given her chance in ‘fortunes’ she said it was all in her head. Sindhu revealed that she has improved a bit in the mental aspect of the sport, and she is no longer losing those ‘crucial points’.”I have improved a bit [in mental fortitude] because sometimes, couple of times before if I was leading and say she would fight back and take the lead, I would get nervous but now I have been comparatively much more stronger. I think it’s okay, she has taken a good point and why not just appreciate it and focus on the next point rather than thinking what and why did it go wrong. In that case, I tend to think and lose crucial points,” Sindhu said, when asked about the mental aspect of the game by indiatoday.in.World No. 6 Sindhu has lost a list of major finals – including the Rio Olympics, two World Championships in 2017 and 2018, Commonwealth Games and the Jakarta Asian Games – to settle for silvers, in the last two years.With the win, Sindhu remained unbeaten in the tournament as she won all three of her group games and came into the semi-final on the back of some superlative performances and she showed her repertoire of strokes against Ratchanok Intanon.advertisementSindhu had come into the match with a 3-4 record against the Thai player but she was buoyed by her recent results as she has not lost to Intanon in the last two years.Sindhu and Inthanon started on an equal note, splitting the initial 14 points. Sindhu tried to attack the long serves of Intanon, putting pressure on the Thai with her power-packed returns to lead 10-7. The Indian missed a couple of points before entering the break with a small 11-9 advantage.Intanon quickly erased the deficit with a brilliant angled return at the net. While the Thai shuttler tried to target Sindhu’s body, she also committed errors of judgement and went wide allowing Sindhu to stay a step ahead always.Sindhu tried to put some lovely touch to her returns, leaving Intanon wrong footed many times. She also unleashed some powerful smashes to trouble the Thai player.Sindhu grabbed four game points when Intanon went wide and sealed it when the Thai player’s angled return got buried in the net.After the change of sides, Sindhu rushed away with the first four points but the deceptive Intanon narrowed down the lead to 5-6 with counter-attacking cross-court smash and then drew parity at 7-7 when Sindhu sent one wide.But another shot going long and Sindhu was back in the lead and she made it 10-7 when the Thai player made another error in judging the shuttle on the line.A 27-shot rally ended with a powerful smash from Intanon, who again levelled the scores at 10-10 and went to the break with an 11-10 advantage when Sindhu committed two unforced errors.Sindhu reeled off four points to again go into the lead but Intanon produced a superb net dribble and a precise smash at the deep corner to keep breathing down the Indian’s neck.Intanon equalled again when Sindhu went wide and then led 16-15 with another body smash.Errors again caught up with Intanon as she missed the line and then went long as Sindhu led 18-16. But the Thailand shuttler again drew parity at 18-18 with another brilliant smash and a lucky net chord placed the game evenly-poised 19-19.Intanon unleashed a superb cross-court smash to move to a game point advantage. Sindhu responded with her trademark smash before hitting one out as it was advantage Intanon again.An angled backhand return at the nets helped Sindhu make it 21-21 and she immediately grabbed her first match point with another smash.Intanon saved it with another smash at the deep forehand corner and shot to lead when Sindhu found the net. But she stumbled on two unforced errors to hand Sindhu the match point. Sindhu converted it with a smash from near the net following a fierce rally. “I was leading but then in the end, she came back and took the lead. I never really thought that oh I am leading but she played well. I was mostly making negative and small errors but I think when I was making those errors, which I shouldn’t, I was nervous ‘like what is going on’ but then I remained patient and kept going and after 20-20, it was anybody’s game. Even though I had won the first game, I thought each point was important and I had to finish it off,” Sindhu said after the match.advertisement”I think some points I was just playing, like even if it was mid-court, I was playing high toss and pushes and I was making simple errors. I thought just hit and see what happens next. But then I was successful and I think it was a good finish overall and even she played well,” Sindhu said.The Olympic silver medallist will now fight for the title with Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara, to whom she had lost an epic World Championship final, last year.”It’s going to be a long match [chuckles], a good match but I think it’s not going to be easy because we know each others game. Over there we need to strategise and play accordingly,” Sindhu said when asked about the final.When posed with the question what it will mean for her to claim gold on Sunday, she replied “very important”.”Definitely it will mean a lot [gold medal instead of silver]. I will not say that like pressure but I will just play like I have played the last four matches and definitely if I win it will be very important for me,” Sindhu said.As for the mental aspect for Sindhu, she said she will just have to keep the shuttle on the court.”Well, it [mental aspect] will be important, patience will be very important because whenever we play there are long rallies and we both have to be patient enough and be there on the court as much as possible and otherwise I think with her, there’s not much of strategy but just that I have to keep the shuttle on the court,” Sidhu signed off.(With inputs from PTI)Also Read | Sachin Tendulkar goofs up while wishing newlyweds Saina and Kashyap, uses Srikanth’s photoAlso Read | Saina Nehwal marries Parupalli Kashyap: ‘A perfect match that resulted in a tie’
Star wrestler Bajrang Punia on Sunday dedicated his gold medal victory at the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov to Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who returned to India from Pakistan on Friday.Bajrang defeated American Jordan Oliver in the 65kg catergory final on Saturday at the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov wrestling in Ruse, Bulgaria.”I want to dedicate my gold to Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. He has inspired me. I want to meet him one day and also shake hands with him,” Bajrang Punia tweeted after his victory.65kg Gold goes to – BAJRANG (IND) pic.twitter.com/BlPLvysNJYUnited World Wrestling (@wrestling) 2 March 2019Bajrang, who bagged the top prize at the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games last year, has won four gold medals and one silver in the last five tournaments.On Wednesday, Wing Commander Abhinandan, while flying the MiG 21 Bison, was chasing Pakistani F-16 fighters, which had transgressed into the Indian airspace, and in the process, his plane crossed over to Pakistani side and was shot down. He ejected safely but was taken into custody by the Pakistan Army upon landing. Before his plane was shot, he had hit a Pakistani F-16.Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday announced that Abhinandan would be handed over to India as a “peace gesture” and the moment finally came on a rainy night on Friday after hours of waiting.On March 1, wearing blue blazer and grey khaki trouser, he crossed over into India from Attari-Wagah border at 9:20 pm IST. He was handed over by the Pakistan Rangers to the Border Security Force (BSF) following paperwork.advertisementWing Commander Abhinandan was accompanied by an officer of the Pakistan Foreign Office and Indian Defence Attache Group Captain Joy Thomas Kurien.Tensions escalated between the two neighbouring nations following the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 in which India’s Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) lost 40 soldiers.Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the ghastly attack in which a suicide bomber blew up a CRPF bus in Pulwama.India responded to it by launching air strikes on a Jaish terror base in Balakot, early Tuesday morning. Pakistan retaliated with their own air strike inside the Indian territory the very next day after which Wing Commander Abhinandan crossed the border.Also Read | BCCI pays tribute to Abhinandan Varthaman: You rule the skies and you rule our heartsAlso Read | Virat Kohli salutes real hero Wing Commander Abhinandan: I bow down to youAlso Watch:
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday shared his past experiences of playing at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup with its national team.The cricketer-turned-politician Khan had led Pakistan to their only World Cup win in 1992, where the team defeated England by 22 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).Khan met the men in green at his Bani Gala residence in Islamabad. Entire 17-member contingent along with the national selection committee, headed by Inzamamul Haq, head coach Mickey Arthur and rest of the team management were part of the meeting, Cricket Pakistan reported.Pakistan will leave for England on April 23 to play in a one-off T20I and five ODIs against England, beginning May 5.The team will then clash with Afghanistan and Bangladesh in the warm-ups before opening their World Cup campaign against West Indies on May 31 at the Trent Bridge, Nottingham.Also Read | 2019 World Cup: Mohammad Amir not named in Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan squadAlso Read | Ajinkya Rahane seeks BCCI permission to play for HampshireAlso See
Defending champions Manchester City have shown they can compete like “animals” this season in a bid to retain their Premier League title, midfielder Fernandinho has said.City restored their one-point lead over Liverpool at the top of the table after Wednesday’s 2-0 win at Manchester United and can become the first team to retain the Premier League title since the Old Trafford club in 2009.Victory in the final three games of the season will ensure a fourth league crown in eight years and Fernandinho said City’s display at United showed how determined they were to succeed.”We showed the desire in competing for every ball like animals. I think this is the spirit of a team that wants to be champions,” Fernandinho told reporters.Liverpool, who are looking to end a 29-year drought for an English league title, were seven points ahead of City in January before Pep Guardiola’s side handed them their only defeat of the season to reduce the deficit.City have displayed ruthless form since, winning their last 11 league games, and Brazil international Fernandinho believes that the title race will go down to the wire.”If you look back to January, they could have been 10 points clear after our game. We didn’t want that. We reduced the gap to four points and now we’re one point up,” he said.”That’s the way the Premier League is going to be decided and I hope we can do our job and win those three games, and be champions again.”advertisementCity are at Burnley on Sunday and finish their season with games against Leicester City and Brighton and Hove Albion.”Burnley are always difficult. They have a specific way to play and it’s not easy to go there. They drew with Chelsea last Monday,” added Fernandinho, who is a doubt for the game with a knee injury.”We have to recover as soon as possible and try to be fit and be ready. It’s going to be a very important, very difficult game for us.”Also Read | Manchester City star Raheem Sterling honoured with award for fighting racismAlso Read | East Bengal exploring Barcelona tie-up possibilityAlso Watch | Love the energy of the Indian players in the IPL before World Cup: Virat Kohli
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) skipper Kane Williamson said his side did not come out with their best performance in the Eliminator of the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and that’s why Delhi Capitals deserved to win.Sunrisers had to face a heart-wrenching two-wicket defeat in the knockout game at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium here on Wednesday.After setting up a competitive 163-run target, SRH failed to capture key moments during the course of the game and eventually bowed out of the competition.After the match, Williamson felt the total of 162 was adequate. “It was one of those surfaces that produce such close matches. I believed we had a competitive total after the first half. I knew it would be a tricky chase after the powerplay overs as with such totals there are small margins.””We have been in a position of strength before and haven’t nailed it, today was another such day and that’s a little bit frustrating,” he added.It was Prithvi Shaw who set up the chase for Delhi with 56 off 38 at the top of the order before Rishabh Pant blasted 49 off 21 to take them to the brink of victory. However, there were hiccups during the run chase towards the end as the Shreyas Iyer-led side lost a flurry of wickets before Keemo Paul pulled Khaleel Ahmed for the winning boundary off the penultimate delivery.”Delhi played very well, they are a strong outfit and I think they deserved this win and I think they will go all the way,” said Williamson.advertisement”We believed it was a winning total and it looked like it for a long time, they started well and had all the momentum, they had some quality players, as expected on this wicket we squeezed them back and got ourselves ahead, we weren’t very clinical with the catching or in our bowling, we weren’t great today. It wasn’t our best performance, a few things needed to be changed and it could have been a winning total,” he added.The Kiwi further said the team was building and hoped the players would continue to grow and come out with a better performance in the next season.”We are building well as a franchise and the development process will have to continue,” he signed off.Also Read | IPL 2019: Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw knock SRH out, Delhi Capitals on course for maiden finalAlso Read | How is Rishabh Pant not in World Cup squad? Asks Michael Vaughan after DC beat SRH
SHIKHAR DHAWANThe 33-year-old left-handed batsman Shikhar Dhawan made his India ODI debut in 2010. Since his debut, he has been an integral part of the ODI set up in the backdrop of some excellent performances. With a total of 5178 runs in the 123 matches that he has played for India, Shikhar Dhawan is India’s one of the most sought after opening batsmen. Boasting of a solid strike rate of 93.48, and a highest ODI score of 137, Shikhar Dhawan can take apart the opposition bowling attack with his flamboyant batting skills on his day. Come 2019 World Cup, he would aim to add to his 27 half-centuries and 15 hundreds.ROHIT SHARMARohit Sharma is a right-handed batsman who made his ODI debut for India against Ireland on June 23, 2007. Born in Nagpur, the 31-year-old Rohit has three double centuries to his name in ODIs. What sets Rohit Sharma apart is the way he goes about his innings – he usually takes his time to settle on the pitch but once he crosses 50-60 runs, he tends to explode. Rohit has played 201 ODIs for India and has scored 7808 runs at a strike rate of 88.33. Rohit’s highest ODI score is 264 that he scored at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. In his ODI career so far, Rohit has scored 22 hundreds, 39 fifties and three doubles hundreds.KL RAHULThe 26-year old KL Rahul is a right-handed batsman from Karnataka who made his ODI debut for India on June 11, 2016 against Zimbabwe away from home. The wicketkeeper-batsman has played 13 ODIs and managed to score 317 runs at a strike rate of 80.66. Rahul’s highest score for India is 100 and that’s the only ODI hundred he has to his name. Rahul has also scored two fifties in the ODIs for India. Rahul, who was recently embroiled in the Koffee with Karan controversy along with Hardik Pandya, is a flamboyant batsman and is known for his stroke-making once he gets going.advertisementVIRAT KOHLIVirat Kohli, who is now the Indian captain, shot to fame after leading his squad to a memorable victory in the U-19 World Cup. Kohli then made his ODI debut for India on August 18, 2008 and there was no looking back for the batsman. Born in Delhi, the 30-year-old Kohli is set to lead India in the World Cup 2019 in England and Wales and would be looking to get his second World Cup victory. Kohli was a part of the 2011 World Cup-winning Team India under MS Dhoni. Kohli is regarded as the best batsman of the current generation and one of the best of all time as he chases Sachin Tendulkar’s batting records. Kohli has scored 10533 runs in 222 ODIs for India at a strike rate of 92.59 and an excellent average of 59.51. Kohli has scored 39 hundreds and 49 fifties in his career so far.MS DHONIThe 37-year-old MS Dhoni is at the last stretch of his career having captained India to three ICC trophies is now set to play under captain Virat Kohli in the World Cup 2019. Ranchi-born Dhoni made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka on December 2, 2005 and since then he has scored 10415 runs in 338-ODI appearance for the country. Dhoni, who is a right-handed batsmen, is famous for his trademark helicopter shot and fast hand behind the stumps. MS Dhoni, who has scored over 10000 runs at an average of 50.8 and a strike rate of 87.69, has a highest ODI score of 183. Dhoni has 10 centuries and 70 half-centuries to his name.DINESH KARTHIKThe Chennai-born wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik made his ODI debut for India against Australia on September 5, 2004 but had been in direct competition with MS Dhoni throughout his career. At the moment, Karthik is seen in the role of a finisher for the Indian team. Karthik has played 91 ODIs, scoring 1738 runs including nine half-centuries. Karthik has scored the runs at a strike rate of 73.71.VIJAY SHANKARThe 28-year-old Vijay Shankar made his ODI debut for India on January 18, 2019 against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Born in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, Shankar is seam-bowling all-rounder alongside Hardik Pandya for the Indian cricket team. Even though Shankar is an all-rounder, he is a batting all-rounder and showed spark and stability with the bat against New Zealand last month. In the four ODIs that Shankar has played, he has scored 45 runs at a strike rate of 70.31 with his highest being 45. With the ball, Shankar has much to improve as he has gone wicketless in the four matches.HARDIK PANDYABorn in Baroda, the 25-year old Hardik Pandya made his ODI debut for India against Sri Lanka on July 26, 2017. Hardik plays the role of a seam-bowling all-rounder in the Indian team – he is a right-handed batsman and a right-arm medium pacer. In the 45 ODIs Hardik has played for India, he has scored 731 runs with the bat at a strike rate of 116.59. His highest ODI score is 83. With the ball in his hand, Hardik has picked 44 wickets in 45 matches at an average of 39.73. His best ODI bowling figure is 3 for 31. Though Hardik is a handy bowler for his captain, he is more famous for his explosive batting.advertisementKEDAR JADHAVKedar Jadhav is a batting all-rounder for India and is 33 years old. Born in Pune, Jadhav made his India ODI debut on November 16, 2011 against Sri Lanka. Jadhav is a right-handed batsman and bowls right-arm off break. Apart from his steady and stable batting skills, Jadhav is famous for his unique round-arm bowling action and often picks crucial wickets and breaks partnerships during ODIs for India. Jadhav has played 54 ODIs for India scoring 1002 at a strike rate of 106.82 with his highest score being 120. With the ball, Jadhav has picked 25 wickets in 54 games at an average of 31.56.KULDEEP YADAVThe 24-year old Kuldeep Yadav was born in Kanpur and is a crucial spinner for India. He made his ODI debut against Australia on March 25, 2017, and since then, he has been a crucial element in India’s limited-overs plans. Kuldeep is a left-arm chinaman and is often referred to as a mystery bowler. Kuldeep has played 39 ODIs for India and has picked 77 wickets at an outstanding average of 20.65. Kuldeep’s best ODI bowling figure is 6 for 25. He has four 4-wicket hauls to his name and one 5-wicket haul. Kuldeep also has a hat-trick to his name that he picked against Australia in 2017.YUZVENDRA CHAHALBorn in Jind, Haryana, Yuzvendra Chahal forms the spin partnership with Kuldeep Yadav for the Indian team in limited-overs cricket. The 28-year-old is also a wrist spinner and bowls right-arm leg break. Chahal made his India ODI debut against Zimbabwe on June 11, 2016. In 40 ODIs, Chahal has 71 wickets to his name with an average of 23.83. 6 for 42 is Chahal’s best bowling figure in ODIs. Chahal has picked two 5-wicket hauls for India in just 40 matches while he also has a 4-wicket haul to his name. Along with Kuldeep, Chahal remains a very integral part of India’s World Cup plans.RAVINDRA JADEJARavindra Jadeja is not India’s primary spin option in limited-overs cricket but remains an important part of the setup owing to his all-round abilities on the field. Belonging to Rajkot, the 30-year-old Jadeja made his debut for India in ODIs back on February 8, 2009 against Sri Lanka. In his 147-ODI career, Jadeja has picked 171 wickets at an average of 35.41. Jadeja’s best ODI figure is 5 for 36 and that’s the sole 5-wicket haul of his. He, however, has seven 4-wicket hauls to his name. A left-arm orthodox, Jadeja is also extremely handy with the bat and is the best Indian fielder in the current unit. Jadeja has scored 1990 runs in 147 matches at a strike rate of 84.97 with his highest score being 87. Apart from his batting and bowling, Jadeja is especially an asset due to his exceptional fielding standards.advertisementJASPRIT BUMRAHJasprit Bumrah is undoubtedly the best limited-overs bowlers at the moment. Born in Ahmedabad, the 25-year-old Bumrah is a certainty to the World Cup for India. Bumrah, who is a right-arm fast medium, made his India debut in ODIs against Australia on January 23, 2016. Since his debut, Bumrah has represented India in 44 ODIs and has picked 78 wickets at an average of 21.01. Bumrah best ODI figures are 5 for 27. Bumrah has picked one 5-wicket haul in his ODI career so far and four 4-wicket hauls. Bumrah’s measly bowling skills makes him a huge asset for the Indian team. Also, he is a death-over specialist for Team India and is known for his remarkable ability to bowl perfect yorkers. Another aspect that makes Bumrah tick is the variety in his pace and deliveries.BHUVNESHWAR KUMARBhuvneshwar Kumar made his ODI debut for India on December 30, 2012 and has been a regular feature ever since. Born in Meerut, the 29-year-old Bhuvneshwar is a right-arm medium pacer and swing bowling is one of his biggest assets. Bhuvneshwar has 114 wickets to his name in 103 ODI at an average of 35.91. Bhuvneshwar has picked three 4-wicket hauls and one 5-wicket haul in his ODI career so far with his best figures being 5 for 42. Bhuvneshwar is famous for troubling the batsmen with his line and length and his death-over bowling.MOHAMMED SHAMIThe 28-year-old Mohammed Shami has made his way back in the limited-overs setup of the Indian team with his improved fitness and strike bowling. Born in Jonagar, Bengal, Shami made his India ODI debut on January 6, 2013 against Pakistan. Shami is a right-arm medium pacer and has picked 108 wickets in the 59 ODIs he has played for India at an average of 25.35. Shami has six 4-wicket hauls to his name with his best figures being 4 for 35. Shami is essentially known for generating excellent seam and picking wickets.
Young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant arrived in Manchester on Friday ahead of the blockbuster India vs Pakistan ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 clash in the city on Sunday.Pant flew to the United Kingdom to join the India squad as cover for Shikhar Dhawan who had suffered a thumb injury during India’s World Cup clash against Australia last Sunday. Dhawan, it has been revealed, suffered a minor fracture but the opening batsman continues to be part of the squad. The team management are not ruling Dhawan out of the tour tournament yet, considering the success he has had for the team in ICC tournaments.However, Pant has joined the team and train with them in order to keep himself ready if an opportunity comes his way. Notably, Pant wasn’t picked in the initial 15-member squad as chief selector MSK Prasad said India had opted for the more experienced stand-by wicketkeeper-batsman in Dinesh Karthik.After arriving in Manchester on Friday, Pant did not waste any time before joining India’s practice session in Manchester on the eve of the much-anticipated India-Pakistan clash.Look who’s here #TeamIndia #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/V4y27pBYOCBCCI (@BCCI) June 15, 2019Interestingly, the Indian cricket team had shared a photo of India’s wicketkeepers from Saturday’s training session under grey skies at the Old Trafford in Manchester. 21-year-old Pant can be seen listening to senior compatriot and World Cup-winner MS Dhoni with rapt attention even as Dinesh Karthik watches on.Notably, Pant had posed for a few photographs with Karachi-born cricket fan, Mohammad Bashir aka Chicago Chacha in Manchester. Chacha Chicago is a huge fan of MS Dhoni and the superstar India cricketer has been gifting match tickets for India-Pakistan clashes to his fan since the 2011 World Cup.advertisementPant was in fine form in Indian Premier League 2019. The explosive left-handed batsman had smashed 488 runs at a staggering strike of 162.66 in 16 matches for Delhi Capitals.Also Read | Rishabh Pant arrives in Manchester, shares a smile with Chacha ChicagoAlso Read | India vs Pakistan in World Cup: Recapping 6 Indian victories from 1992-2015Also See:
87-year-old Charulata Patel, who took the world by a storm as she cheered for India during their last match at Edgbaston on Wednesday, was once again seen in the stands during India’s ongoing match against Sri Lanka in Leeds. The BCCI tweeted a picture of the superfan present at Headingley, along with a letter from the man who made it possible for the veteran to show her presence at every India game from now on.India captain Virat Kohli has in a great gesture arranged the match tickets for Charu Lata and her family for all remaining India games including the semi-final and a possible final at Lord’s if the Men in Blue make it to Lord’s on 14th July. Kohli also sent a letter to the veteran calling her presence ‘inspiring’.”Dear Charulata ji, It is so inspiring to see your love and passion for our team and I hope you enjoy the games with your family. Lots of love and regards, Virat,” wrote Kohli.Hello Charulata ji. #TeamIndia captain @imVkohli promised her tickets and our superfan is here with us is in Leeds. #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/lKqbVllLjcBCCI (@BCCI) July 6, 2019Earlier on Wednesday, Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma went onto meet 87-year-old Charu Lata Patel after India defeated Bangladesh by 28 runs to reach the semi-finals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.Virat Kohli also tweeted an image with Charu Lata Patel, thanking her for the immense support and saluting her passion and dedication as a fan.”Also would like to thank all our fans for all the love & support & especially Charulata Patel ji. She’s 87 and probably one of the most passionate & dedicated fans I’ve ever seen. Age is just a number, passion takes you leaps & bounds. With her blessings, on to the next one,” Virat captioned the image.advertisementAlso would like to thank all our fans for all the love & support & especially Charulata Patel ji. She’s 87 and probably one of the most passionate & dedicated fans I’ve ever seen. Age is just a number, passion takes you leaps & bounds. With her blessings, on to the next one. pic.twitter.com/XHII8zw1F2Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 2, 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma meet 87-year-old superfan after India reach semi-finalsAlso Read | Amul celebrates 87-year-old Charulata Patel with adorable doodle. Calls her, Grandmother India
Actor Shiva, known for the spoof film Tamizha Padam, is now father to a baby boy. The actor and his wife Priya welcomed their first baby on Friday afternoon. A report in Behindwood said that Priya and Shiva have named their son Agasthya.Priya and Shiva got married in 2012 in a grand wedding in Chennai, with many leading celebrities in attendance.Shiva rose to fame after the success of his spoof film Tamizh Padam, which criticised all the mainstream elements of Tamil cinema. The sequel to the film was released in 2018, which was also a huge hit.He is also known for his films with director Venkat Prabhu like Saroja and Chennai 28. Shiva is currently busy with an upcoming film called Sumo, which is directed by SP Hosimen. The director is known for the film February 14.Shiva is also awaiting the release of another Venkat Prabhu film called Party, which is a multi-starrer with many known faces like Sathyaraj, Ramya Krishnan and Nivetha Pethuraj in the lead roles.ALSO SEE | Rajinikanth’s Darbar crew attacked with stones by college students?ALSO SEE | Darbar: Rajinikanth to sport two different looks for AR Murugadoss filmALSO WATCH | Rajinikanth’s daughter Soundarya gets married to actor-businessman Vishagan Vanangamudi
Ideas for a variety of new small business ventures are being showcased in Sioux City the next several days as part of the annual Entrepalooza event.Highlighting the week is the 8th annual Innovation Market, a venue for entrepreneurs to showcase their ideas for starting a new business.Those ideas will be displayed at the downtown Public Museum on Thursday for the public to vote on.Adrian Kolbo of Sioux City Go says cash prizes will be awarded to the top three business ideas:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/INNO.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………$1000. :16This year’s Innovation Market will also serve as host for the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce’s February Rush Hour Connect, to provide greater networking opportunities for event attendees.A separate high school competition takes place at 3pm Thursday.The Innovation Market and Chamber Rush Hour begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Public Museum at 4th and Nebraska.
The game flipped in the third quarter when OSU scored on Washington’s first TD, got a fumble and scored another TD to start the fourth quarter to make it 31-28 after it looked like all was lost halfway through the second half. From there, OSU’s defense forced two punts, had a pick and forced another turnover on downs.It took a full 45 minutes, but Glenn Spencer and Co. finally showed up when OSU most needed them. The end of the game, seemingly like the end of all OSU games lately, was a borderline disaster. OSU got the ball back with just under two minutes left and instead of rushing it a few times and kicking a field goal, took a knee and gave ISU the ball back with 0:20 on the clock (what on earth could go wrong?!)Thankfully, this one ended better than the Central Michigan game, and OSU moved to 4-2 on the year. OSU also moved to 31-2 in the Mike Gundy Era when forcing three or more turnovers and turning it over one or fewer times (they turned it over zero times on Saturday).On to the bye week. We will be back with tons more coverage later tonight. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Oklahoma State somehow held off Iowa State 38-31 at the end of an insane game in Stillwater on Saturday to keep Mike Gundy’s home record against the Cyclones clean. In fact, Oklahoma State hasn’t lost at home to ISU since the last year of the Bill Clinton administration (2000).It got ugly before it got pretty on Saturday though. OSU trailed 31-14 with three minutes left in the third quarter when it got the ball back on a punt and reeled off 24 unanswered points to close out the game.Mason Rudolph was 26/44 for 351 yards and four TDs but didn’t play nearly that well. He missed short and intermediate throws early and often but threw some dimes to Jalen McCleskey and The President James Washington late when it mattered. I’m still all in on No. 2 (and always have been) but some of his throws on easier routes have been mysterious the last few weeks.What is not mysterious is whether James Washington is good at football. No. 28 had eight catches for 152 yards and two TDs after we were uncertain whether he was even going to play. He also caught what turned out to be the game-winner.
Recently we looked at how effective Oklahoma State has been on red-zone trips this year. I am using a stat I call PPR or “points per red-zone attempt”.The stat basically shows how good a team is at getting touchdowns (six points) instead of settling for field goals (three points) once they get into the red-zone.I thought it would be helpful to go a little more in-depth on the stat and in the spirit of context, compare the Cowboys to the rest of the Big 12. Here I compared this year’s Cowboys to previous OSU teams.Here are the current PPR rankings for the Big 12.Iowa State is higher than I would have thought and Baylor and West Virginia are lower. Of course this is only part of the equation. We need to look at how many times each team gets to the red zone in order to use that effectiveness.Here are the red-zone attempts per game.So, while Iowa State is third in red-zone points per attempt, they make it to the red zone less than three times per game, better than only Kansas. Baylor hasn’t been the most efficient as far as touchdowns to field goals inside the 20-yard line, but they get there over five times per game, meaning more points.The Cowboys went a perfect three-for-three in the red zone last week against Kansas State and didn’t attempt a single field goal. They’ll need to continue that uptick in efficiency if they want to keep up with the remaining three offenses on their schedule.Check out my look at PPR numbers as they pertain to a grading Big 12 defenses.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Indian Super League Indian Super League: Jamshedpur FC set to rope in Andre Bikey Last updated 2 years ago 04:25 8/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) ISL Indian Super League The Tata Group owned franchise are all set to announce the signing of former NorthEast United defender… Jamshedpur FC are continuing with their philosophy to sign players who have plied their trade in the Indian Super League (ISL) before as they have almost closed the deal for Andre Bikey, Goal can confirm.The 32-year-old was signed as an injury replacement for Miguel Garcia by NorthEast United in season two. In the nine appearances he made for the Highlanders, the Cameroonian even got on the scoresheet once. The former Middlesbrough defender also featured as a defensive midfielder for Cesar Farias’ outfit.He has had spells in Greece, Portugal, Russia and has a lot of Premier League experience up his sleeve. The former youth product of Espanyol has played for a total of six English clubs, namely Burnley, Reading, Bristol City, Middlesborough, Charlton and Port Vale. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Interestingly, he was to play for FC Pune City last season but an injury before the start of the ISL season saw him being sidelined. Thereafter, he joined Port Vale and made seven appearances for the League One side who suffered relegation.This isn’t the first time that Bikey would play under the tutelage of Steve Coppell having previously worked together at Reading where he made over 70 appearances.Bikey is known for his physical presence and is also capable of scoring a goal or two at the other end.Jamshedpur FC have already signed the likes of Tiri, Memo, Kervens Belfort and Sameehg Doutiee for the upcoming ISL season.
Tanzania Mbwana Samatta: “Tanzania was too strong for Botswana” Meshack Brighton Last updated 2 years ago 16:46 9/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Goal Tanzania Tanzania Botswana Tanzania gifted striker, Simon Msuva who play for Morroco’s Al Jadida scored twice to give Taifa Stars 2-0 win over the host at Uhuru Stadium Tanzania striker Mbwana Samatta has admitted that Saturday’s evening’s friendly against Botswana was a “must win” game for his side.Simon Msuva scored twice to give Taifa Stars a 2-0 win over the visitors in an exciting match at Uhuru Stadium in Dar es salaam on Saturday.”Botswana played very well, the defended a lot, but it was a must win game today and we have had it in the past and we have stood up to the challenge and the most important thing is that we defeated them,” Samatta told reporters. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina “We always speak about the performance but tonight was just great determination. I think Tanzania was too strong for Botswana, and there was no point they could score.”We defended very well and we played professionally, I don’t see how Botswana could beat us.”Many people questioned Samatta’s form, but it is obvious that Taifa Stars is not a one man army, he made his contribution to the team even if he couldn’t find the net.
Gustavo Poyet Poyet resigns after dismal Shanghai Shenhua run Joe Wright 19:41 11/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Shanghai Shenhua Shanghai Shenhua v Henan Jianye CSL With the team sitting 12th in the Chinese Super League, the Uruguayan has departed and been replaced by technical director Wu Jingui Gustavo Poyet has stepped down as Shanghai Shenhua head coach following Sunday’s defeat to Henan Jianye.The former Chelsea and Uruguay midfielder took charge last November after lasting only six months in La Liga as Real Betis boss.Shenhua have only taken 24 points from 23 matches in the Chinese Super League and sit 12th in the table, eight points clear of the relegation zone. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing They also failed to reach the group stage of the AFC Champions League after losing to Brisbane Roar in the play-off round.”Shanghai Shenhua have agreed to accept Mr Poyet’s resignation,” a club statement confirmed on Monday. “Following discussions, both parties have agreed that it is in the best interests of the club to make this change. “Technical director of the club Wu Jingui is appointed as the new coach.”The club would like to thank Mr Poyet and his backroom staff for all his hard work over the past years and for the difficulties we’ve had to overcome during that time. “We wish him and his staff all the best for the future.”Shenhua’s latest defeat means they have won just one of their last seven matches in all competitions.Fans have been growing increasingly frustrated and vented their anger towards striker Carlos Tevez, who made his return from injury as a substitute on Sunday.Tevez, who signed from Boca Juniors last December for a reported fee of £71.6 million and is said to earn in the region of £615,000 per week, was booed during his latest disappointing display.
Manchester City 5 Crystal Palace 0: Guardiola’s men sink strugglers to go top Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 00:01 24/9/2017 Getty Images Raheem Sterling’s second-half brace and goals from Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero and Fabian Delph gave Manchester City their latest big win. Free-scoring Manchester City added to Crystal Palace’s mounting misery with a 5-0 win at the Etihad Stadium, a result that sent Pep Guardiola’s men top of the Premier League.Palace are the only team without a goal in Europe’s five major divisions this season after a sixth straight top-flight defeat, and the scale of the task facing the recently appointed Roy Hodgson is thrown into a stark light by a fixture list that places Manchester United and Chelsea next on their agenda.Contrary to the final scoreline, Hodgson’s men acquitted themselves well in the first half and should have led through Ruben Loftus-Cheek before a splendid opener from Leroy Sane arrived a minute before half-time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Raheem Sterling’s quickfire second-half brace put the result beyond any semblance of doubt and an overworked Wayne Hennessey in the Palace goal was unable to keep out Sergio Aguero’s 79th-minute header from Sane’s cross.The goal moved Aguero to within one strike of Eric Brook’s all-time club scoring record of 177 and an excellent fifth from substitute Fabian Delph extended the goal-difference advantage Guardiola’s side enjoy over Manchester United at the summit to four.How many more goals ’til you’re the Club’s all-time record goalscorer, @aguerosergiokun? pic.twitter.com/IkLyHwWoLy— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 23, 2017Despite the array of City attacking talent on the field, they almost opened the scoring courtesy of a Palace defender in the seventh minute when Mamadou Sakho headed Kevin De Bruyne’s testing cross against his own post.Guardiola’s men were not operating with the pleasing fluency of their recent outings but should have led in the 12th minute, with Fernandinho blasting straight at Hennessey after Nicolas Otamendi’s attempt from a right-wing corner dropped to him seven yards out.Hennessey was operating behind an amply stocked defence, well drilled by Hodgson, whose team nearly led in the 19th minute.Loftus-Cheek let fly from the edge of the area and his shot clipped a lunging Otamendi before bouncing clear off Ederson’s right-hand post.The Chelsea loanee then spurned a glorious chance on the end of Andros Townsend’s deflected cross and an uncomfortable period for City was compounded by left-back Benjamin Mendy limping off with a knee injury.Aguero lifted over left-footed when Sane presented him with the chance to score his 176th goal for the club before the Germany international took matters majestically into his own hands, touching David Silva’s chipped return pass over Scott Dann and slotting home on the half volley.Sane turned provider six minute into the second period, Silva sliding a pass down the left channel for him to send over a low cross and hand Sterling a simple finish.The England winger should have doubled his tally when he blasted into the side-netting shortly afterwards and Aguero shot too close to Hennessey at the end of a solo run.Those two players combined to make it 3-0 before the hour – Aguero knocking De Bruyne’s raking ball back across goal for Sterling to convert.5 – Raheem Sterling has scored five goals in his last four Premier League games, as many as he’d scored in his previous 31. Form. pic.twitter.com/gEjLwh2ZNp— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 23, 2017Palace were rocking and Aguero released Sane into the box, where Hennessey stood firm despite his earlier protection having evaporated.Guardiola remonstrated extensively after a Sane penalty claim fell on deaf ears with 15 minutes to play, but it was his slumped counterpart in the opposite dugout who could reflect on more genuine reasons for anguish by the time Aguero got in on the act.Hodgson handed Delph his England debut in 2014 but would rather not have seen a career that has stalled through fitness woes in Manchester dazzlingly spark a minute from time, as he cut inside and looped a right-footed shot into the top corner. Key Opta facts:- Crystal Palace are the first side in England’s top four tiers to lose their first six games of the season without scoring.- Palace are the only team in Europe’s big five divisions yet to score a league goal this season.- This is Manchester City’s best goal return after six league games (21).- City are the first side to score 5 or more goals in three consecutive top-flight games in the same season since Blackburn in 1958-59. read more
U17 World Cup: Spain 4-0 Niger: La Rojita maul Menas in four-goal masterclass Nisanth V Easwar Last updated 2 years ago 19:39 10/10/17 Getty FC Barcelona’ Abel Ruiz scored a brace as Spain won their first game in Kochi… Spain reacted to their loss against Brazil with a scintillating 4-0 win against FIFA U-17 World Cup new boys Niger in their second game of Group D at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Tuesday.Abel Ruiz (21′ & 41′) and César Gelabert (45+1) scored in the first half followed a Sergio Gómez (82′) curler towards the end of the second as Spain exploited the spaces offered to them all over the field.Mohamed Moukhliss started in midfield for Spain alongside Antonio Blanco. Ferran Torres, who impressed against Brazil in the first game, was fielded on the right once again, with Cesar Gelaber in behind striker and skipper Abel Ruiz.Salim Abdourahmane lead the line for Niger, with Karim Tinni and Ibrahim Boubacar providing support from the flanks.Spain threatened right from the get-go, with Mohamed Moukhliss impressing in the double pivot. Niger found it difficult to deal with the one-touch passes, flicks and tricks of the Spanish attack. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez didn’t have the greatest of starts to the game, as Niger, despite their opponent’s technical superiority, pressed high up the pitch.La Rojita’s dominance was finally rewarded with the opening goal in the 21st minute. Left back Juan Miranda set off on a marauding run, beat his marker and crossed low into the box into the feet of Abel Ruiz and the striker tapped it in to make it 1-0.Both Spain full-backs were spending most of their time in the attacking third and with Niger refusing to sit back and defend, they were spaces to utilize.Goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez started the game on a sketchy note but when called into action in the 37th minute, he was quick and alert. Tinni’s diagonal run was perfectly timed but Fernandez came off his line to launch it away.Four minutes before the break, Spain doubled their lead. A free-kick from outside the box was launched into the box and Abel Ruiz latched onto it like a fox in the box. Khaled Lawali blocked his initial shot but unfortunately for the keeper, the rebound fell to the Ruiz again, who made no mistake in scoring his second goal of the game.Niger was struggling to get a grip in midfield. They were open spaces to pick out and just before the break, Spain struck the third blow. Sergio Gomez, who worked his socks off against Brazil on the left flank, picked out Cesar Gelabert’s late central run into the box. The attacking midfielder diverted the ball into the top left corner of the net to make it 3-0 at the half-time whistle. La Rojita started the second half just as they did the first. Precise passes, flicks and late runs by midfielders and from the flanks. One such period of play in the 54th minute resulted in Gelabert sliding in a precise through ball into the path of a surging Moukhliss but the midfield engine lost his balance and Rachid Soumana pounced on his tiny window of opportunity to clear the ball away from the area.Abel Ruiz almost scored his third goal when Miranda’s cross after an overlap on the left met his right foot inside the box but the end product wasn’t on target.Cesar Gelabert dazzled the crowd with his touches on the ball through the centre of the pitch. He showed great composure on the ball and ran the show as Spain continued to threaten the Niger defence. The crowd applauded him off the field, as he was replaced by Jose Lara in the 78th minute.Sergio Gomez struck the final nail in the coffin in the 82nd minute when he curled a low left-footed shot into the bottom right corner to make it a dominant 4-0.Spain passed their way towards the final whistle and there was Niger could do to claw their way back into the game. The winning side looked hungry and threatened with every surge forward.Spain will now take on DPR Korea whereas Niger will hope to keep their hopes alive against tournament favourites Brazil. read more
Tottenham Hotspur Dier confident Tottenham will be in Premier League title race Declan Payne 21:21 11/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Tottenham Hotspur Premier League England v Germany Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur Germany England Friendlies The midfielder is looking for his club to keep pushing the boundaries following the sustained progress made under Mauricio Pochettino Tottenham’s Eric Dier is confident the early gulf opened up by Premier League leaders Manchester City is not insurmountable.Spurs go into the international break eight points behind City following a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace which followed up a memorable victory over Real Madrid in the Champions League.It was a positive response from Spurs after losing at fellow title rivals Manchester United in late October, and midfield marshal Dier believes Mauricio Pochettino’s side are on the right track. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I believe what we are doing is right, that has been the case for a long time,” he said.“Win, lose, or draw against Real Madrid, that would have been the same. Winning that game has obviously given us confidence as individuals and as a group.“You’ve got to keep trying to improve and push the boundaries. That’s the same for club and country; you’ve got to keep trying to improve. That’s the key.”The contrast between the dazzling performance against European champions Madrid and the gritty nature of the struggle against Palace has also Dier confidence that Spurs will be in the thick of the title race come season’s end.“The games we have had in the last month have been really good and the results have been very positive,” he said.“Obviously, Manchester City have been fantastic recently but there is so much football to be played before the end. I’m sure there are going to be a lot of twists and turns before the end.”Dier was one of six Tottenham players called up for England duty, but that number has been cut to three after Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Harry Winks withdrew from the squad due to injury.Having secured World Cup qualification, glamour friendlies against current world champions Germany and Brazil will act as a benchmarking tool for the Three Lions.Despite the mixed reputation attached to international friendlies in recent times, Dier says it is still an honour to step onto the pitch for England.“Playing for your country is the pinnacle of football,” he said.“It is what you all want to do and it has to be special. I think that it’s essential, you cannot just think you will be in every squad because you have done ‘X and X’ in preview years, it has to be constant.”Dier believes the mood among the England squad is more competitive than ever – a belief backed by the fact that Three Lions mainstay Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was dropped after a series indifferent performances for Liverpool.He said: “You always have to be on your toes to get the call-up otherwise you can become complacent and I don’t think that is a good thing.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Everton Everton fined €30,000 over fan trouble against Lyon Jamie Smith 00:21 11/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Everton UEFA Europa League Everton v Olympique Lyonnais Olympique Lyonnais After a Toffees fan appeared to strike opposition goalkeeper Anthony Lopes, the Premier League side have been fined Everton have been fined €30,000 (£26,656) after crowd trouble during last month’s Europa League game against Lyon at Goodison Park.After Everton defender Ashley Williams clashed with Lyon’s Anthony Lopes, a fan in the Everton end – who was holding a child – appeared to strike the goalkeeper on the forehead.Everton confirmed they would ban the supporter involved in the incident, but a UEFA charge has led to the Premier League club being issued with a fine. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body confirmed on Wednesday that Everton have been ordered to pay €30,000 due to “aggressions by supporters against players”.A statement from Everton released at the time said: “Club officials have reviewed the footage of an incident that occurred in the 64th minute of the game against Olympique Lyonnais where supporters towards the front of the lower Gwladys Street End became involved in a confrontation between players.”We have identified one individual whom action will now be taken against. This will include a ban from attending future Everton fixtures and the club registering a formal complaint with Merseyside Police.”
When the hammer fell on Lot 35 at the Goffs Orby sale in County Kildare on Tuesday, a yearling filly by Galileo changed hands for €1.2m and a 12-year rift between Europe’s biggest racing and bloodstock operations seemingly drew to a close. The filly, a daughter of the Group Two winner L’Amour de Ma Vie, was bought to race for Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation, and the owner’s long-standing boycott of yearlings by stallions which stand at John Magnier’s Coolmore Stud seems to be over – just in time for Europe’s most prestigious bloodstock sale, Tattersalls Book 1, in Newmarket next week.The cause of the rift between Magnier and Sheikh Mohammed has never been publicly revealed, though any number of theories have circulated since September 2005, when the Sheikh’s team abruptly stopped bidding for the offspring of Coolmore stallions at the high-profile Keeneland sales in Kentucky. 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Cracksman out of Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with Champion Stakes unlikely While the Sheikh has since bought horses in training sired by Coolmore stallions, including New Approach, who won the 2008 Derby in the colours of Princess Haya, his wife, the boycott of Coolmore-sired yearlings was maintained until a few weeks ago, when a handful were purchased in the United States.Significantly, though, the €1.2m purchase on Tuesday was the result of a bidding duel between John Gosden, representing Godolphin, and John Magnier’s son, MV Magnier, which carried the eventual selling price into seven figures, more than double the €580,000 paid for the day’s second-top lot.Magnier and his partners in the Coolmore Stud syndicate, including Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, are regular buyers of the offspring of their own stallions at the major bloodstock sales, which keeps the market buoyant for breeders while also filling Aidan O’Brien’s racing stable with a fresh generation of potential Classic winners – and future Coolmore stallions – each season.Coolmore’s grip on the most sought-after bloodlines in racing owes much to the brilliant stallion Sadler’s Wells, who was the leading sire in Britain and Ireland for 13 years running from 1992, and the potency he passed on to his sons Montjeu and, above all, Galileo, the 2001 Derby winner and champion sire in eight of the last nine seasons.Sheikh Mohammed has spent the dozen years of his boycott adopting a similar policy to that of Magnier and Coolmore, by buying and racing the offspring of his own stallions in the Darley Stud operation, including Dubawi, the runner-up to Galileo in the sires’ table in 2015 and 2016.The price of avoiding Coolmore’s stallions, however, has been paid on the track. O’Brien has won the Derby six times since 2001, holds the all-time record for victories in Group One races and is on course to set a new record for Group One wins in a single season this year. Sheikh Mohammed, by contrast, has yet to see his own colours cross the line in front in the Derby, while the last trainer to win the British championship solely with Godolphin-owned horses was Saeed bin Suroor in 2004.Gosden, the champion trainer in 2015, was originally lured home to Britain from America to train for Sheikh Mohammed in 1989, and is now training an increasing number of horses for Godolphin.Gosden’s growing significance in the operation is underlined by his successful bid for Tuesday’s top lot in Ireland, and follows the sudden resignation of John Ferguson, Godolphin’s chief executive and one of the Sheikh’s longest-serving bloodstock advisors, in June this year following an internal feud with Bin Suroor. Enable to be supplemented for Arc after Cracksman’s absence Share on Twitter Godolphin Read more Horse racing tips Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share via Email news Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum Share on Messenger Though he is now within sight of his 70th birthday, Sheikh Mohammed’s will to win on the turf is apparently undiminished. If Godolphin’s purchase on Tuesday truly marks the end of his Coolmore boycott, prices for Europe’s most choicely-bred yearlings at Tattersalls next week could be heading through the roof.Godolphin will send only a single runner, the 25-1 outsider Cloth Of Stars from Andre Fabre’s stable in Chantilly, to the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Chantilly on Sunday, when Gosden will saddle Enable, the odds-on favourite. She will be added to the field at Wednesday’s supplementary stage to join the 19 horses remaining after the second forfeit stage on Tuesday. All seven of Aidan O’Brien’s initial entries are still in the running, while the going at Chantilly is soft ahead of what could be significant rainfall this weekend.The possibility of a soft-ground Arc could influence Ryan Moore’s choice of partner from the O’Brien team, and he is now 5-4 (from 4-1) with Ladbrokes to ride Order Of St George, the 2016 Ascot Gold Cup winner, in Sunday’s big race. Winter, the 1,000 Guineas winner, is out to 11-4 (from 7-4) to step up to 12 furlongs for the first time in the Arc with Moore in the saddle, and could yet be re-routed to the Prix de l’Opera, over 10 furlongs.Wednesday’s tips, by Greg WoodGoodwood2.10 Setting Sail 2.40 Billesdon Brook 3.10 Me Too Nagasaki (nb) 3.45 What About Carlo 4.20 Notice 4.50 Bahamian Sunrise 5.25 The Big ShortRedcar 2.00 Rock On Bertie 2.30 Milan Reef 3.00 Al Hajar 3.35 Valdolobo 4.10 Quatrieme Ami (nap) 4.40 Fort Bastion 5.15 Desert Ruler 5.45 Point Of WoodsPerth2.20 Pat’s Oscar 2.50 Hope’s Wishes 3.25 Brutal 4.00 Urtheoneiwant 4.30 Ahead Of The Curve 5.05 BallypointKempton Park5.40 Tony Soprano 6.10 Manthoor 6.40 Dazzle Gold 7.10 Maghaweer 7.40 Cape To Cuba 8.10 Batts Rock 8.40 Alfarris 9.10 Atlanta Belle Reuse this content
Share on Pinterest Australia sport ECB England cricket team Cricket Share on Messenger The last big ballyhoo in English cricket was after the team’s abject 2015 World Cup. Paul Downton lost his job as the managing director and Andrew Strauss took over with instructions to improve England’s limited-overs cricket before the 2019 tournament. Concurrently, the board was concocting plans to bring in a new T20 league. It’s been designed to address two other long-standing criticisms of the way it has run the sport, which were that having invented T20, the ECB’s version of it had long since been overtaken by others around the world and that youth interest and participation in the sport had dropped off a cliff while it was stuck behind Sky’s paywall.Most of the key decisions since have been made to serve those ends. Trevor Bayliss was hired, in the large part, because he had such a strong record as a limited-overs coach. Then, the number of County Championship matches was cut and the schedules rearranged so teams could play limited-overs cricket on hard, fresh pitches at the height of summer, the one-day final could take centre stage again, and the players would have to do less chopping and changing between formats.Problem being that when the ECB shifted one piece of this jigsaw into place it left a muddle in the other corner. The championship has been marginalised, shunted into the far ends of the season, when conditions are more likely to suit the very kind of bowling that suffered in Australia, and at domestic level, the counties and their players are being encouraged to prioritise limited-overs cricket.So the ECB has over-corrected, and ended up off course in the other direction. But then, you would need to be a hell of a plate spinner to come up with a system that serves the national team in all three formats, keeps the counties solvent, satisfies diehard fans and seduces a new audience too. The ECB would do well to find a chaplain to blame. Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Topics Ashes 2017-18 Steven Finn Read more Melbourne miracle of 1998 shows ‘dead-rubber’ fourth Ashes Tests do matter Dexter had a rare flair for the form, though. These days (if not always) a lot of the explanations, excuses and arguments about what went wrong are starting to sound tired and familiar. As if English cricket was turning circles while it tries to find the way ahead. On the one hand there are the pundits offering old bromides about a weak county game that fails to produce the particular cricketers the national team needs, and on the other, there are county fans who bounce the blame back on to the ECB’s mismanagement of the sport and their coaching set-up at junior and elite levels.This winter the focus is on fast bowlers, because England’s batsmen have been skinned by three of them. Steven Finn touched on the issues when he was doing some charity work for Chance to Shine last week. He picked out the pitches, which are “a bit of a pancake because people are scared of losing games”, and the workload, “when you play 12 months a year it can suck the pace out of you”, but defended the ECB’s national performance centre in Loughborough, where the coaches cannot seem to decide whether they should be teaching quick bowlers to stay fit or get fast.The telling detail was what Finn had to say about the ECB’s recent changes to the playing conditions. Last winter it was not the lack of quick bowlers everyone was worrying about but the shortage of spinners, because England had been thrashed in India. The ECB had taken a step to fix exactly that problem earlier in the year, when they decided that in the championship visiting captains would have the choice of whether or not to bowl first. This was supposed to encourage counties to produce pitches that would bring spinners into the game as it wore on. And it worked.The flip side, Finn explained, is that “we are trying to develop spinners in this country with the toss rules and not making pitches biased towards fast bowlers but I do think the slowness of the wickets discourages people from bowling fast.” Point being that in the attempt to fix one problem, the ECB has exacerbated another. Which is a pattern it is repeating on a larger scale. Steve Smith edges closer to Bradman with new ICC rankings high Sportblog comment Share via Email Read more Ian Botham Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp A stock of explanations and excuses is a valuable bit of any cricketer’s kit and should be kept ready, stashed by bat, box and pads. “The sun was in my eyes. I couldn’t pick it up in this light. My foot slipped. Somebody was moving behind the sightscreen.”England, who, after all, have had no shortage of practice at this, have used some particularly ripe examples over the years. Ian Botham blamed the rain that ruined their chances in a group match against Pakistan at the 1992 World Cup on the team chaplain, Andrew Wingfield Digby “You’re useless, you are,” Botham told him, “It’s not surprising there’s a worldwide movement in favour of Islam.”That was when Ted Dexter was the chair of selectors. Dexter, who once explained away his late arrival for pre-season at Sussex by saying “I was fascinated by an adorable girl”, had a fine line in alibis himself. When England were thrashed in Caluctta in 1993, he announced he was going “to commission a report into pollution levels in Indian cities” (India’s environment minister replied that Dexter should “commission a report into the effect of pollution levels on the trajectories of India’s spinners” instead). And when England lost the Ashes in 1989 Dexter offered the deathless: “Venus may be in the wrong juxtaposition to somewhere else.” Share on Facebook Reuse this content
Parkinson and his players have endured an extremely difficult week after 29-year-old Darby was forced to retire because he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease. “I’ve worked with Stephen for a long time, and it was important that we put in a performance that reflected his character. Despite not getting the right result, I thought we did that.”Pulis said: “I thought we played really well in the first half, but we’ve got to make sure that we take our chances and the opportunities we get.”Millwall’s poor run continued in a defeat at improving QPR. Two goals inside three first-half minutes proved decisive for Steve McClaren’s side, with Massimo Luongo heading in from close range in the 30th minute and Eberechi Eze doubling the advantage with a left-foot drive. After beginning their campaign with four successive defeats, Rangers are now unbeaten in four. McClaren hailed Eze after the young forward played a starring role. “He’s a talent but he can get better. We need to add discipline to his game and work-rate. He is showing more of that and he’s getting the rewards, McClaren said.Millwall manager Neil Harris admitted he got his tactics and team selection wrong.“I take full responsibility for picking the team I did and the tactics in the first half. I’ll hold my hands up and say I got it wrong – I’ve no problem with that.”Lewis Grabban’s header and a fine finish by João Carvalho were enough to give Nottingham Forest only their second league win of the season, against Sheffield Wednesday.Grabban headed in Ben Osborn’s cross on 41 minutes and Carvalho doubled the lead after the break with an angled shot into the top right-hand corner. Steven Fletcher pulled one back for Wednesday with two minutes remaining but Aitor Karanka’s team held on. Karanka said: “I could have been happier, because we could have won this game even easier. We had a lot of chances and I only remember one chance for them, in the first half.“We played really well. I knew we needed to take a step forward after Saturday and we did that.” Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Middlesbrough bounced back from their defeat at Norwich and returned to second place in the Championship with a 2-0 home win against Bolton. George Saville’s first-half drive, his first goal for the club, set them on their way and Brit Assombalonga added a second in the 90th minute. Victory puts Tony Pulis’s team a point behind the leaders Leeds. Bolton manager Phil Parkinson felt his players produced a performance Stephen Darby would be proud of. Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Read more Championship Leeds maintain unbeaten start while West Brom put four past Bristol City Sheffield Wednesday Read more Topics Reading’s struggles continued with a 2-1 defeat by Norwich at the Madejski Stadium. Teemu Pukki’s long-range shot in the 14th minute put Norwich ahead and though Jón Dadi Bödvarsson equalised with 18 minutes remaining the visitors regained the lead within a minute as Mario Vrancic rifled into Sam Walker’s bottom left-hand corner to keep Paul Clement’s side in the bottom three.Birmingham remain winless after a goalless draw at Sheffield United, Omar Bogle wasting a glorious late chance for the Blues. Garry Monk insists it is only a matter of time until Birmingham’s luck changes. “Everyone wants to say it’s a winless run which we understand – anyone that’s seen us this season we’ve deserved a lot more than what we’ve got.” Bolton Wanderers news Rotherham’s Paul Warne: ‘Players we sign have to be amazing people’ Millwall Share via Email QPR Middlesbrough Nottingham Forest Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content
news Old Trafford and the Ashes stir great memories – plus one of leaving early The Ashes Share on LinkedIn England have made one change to their side for the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford with Craig Overton coming into the side in place of Chris Woakes.The Somerset paceman was drafted into the squad following confirmation that James Anderson would not be able to return in the series due to a calf injury and is brought straight into the team.England captain Joe Root also confirmed the expected switch of positions for Joe Denly and Jason Roy, with the latter moving down to bat at No 4 after struggling as an opener in the series so far. “Jason is a high-quality player, we all know that, and he might be better suited at four,” said Root. “I think to play in an Ashes series is very exciting and he was extremely excited to get the chance to open the batting but I think that he might be better suited for the middle order on the evidence we have seen over the last three games. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Australia sport “It’s a great opportunity for him to make it his own and we have seen him play enough international cricket to know what he can do when he gets himself in so hopefully batting lower down allows him to do that. Joe has played some good cricket throughout the summer, he has got himself in and he was very good in that second innings [at Headingley]. It’s a great opportunity for him to get us off to a good start with Rory [Burns].”Steve Smith has returned to Australia’s squad after being forced to miss out at Headingley following the concussion he suffered when hit by a Jofra Archer bouncer at Lord’s. Root is looking forward to seeing the pair go head-to-head again.“For everyone watching I’m sure it will be an exciting contest between two world class players,” he added. “What that Headingley win has done is make this a very special week this week and a great opportunity for us to build on what was a great win and carry that forward. I thought the way we performed in that second innings was more what we are about as a team and as a batting group. It’s a great opportunity for us to do that in the first innings this time around.” Ashes 2019 Share on Messenger England cricket team Cricket Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Australia cricket team Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Topics Share via Email Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Read more Support The Guardian
Transfers ‘Coutinho €160m pricetag a bit high!’ – Rakitic Jack Davies Last updated 1 year ago 01:00 1/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(12) Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Philippe Coutinho Ivan Rakitić Primera División The Croatia international feels the transfer fees being spent in the current market are starting to become too expensive after the Brazilian’s arrival Ivan Rakitic concedes the price Barcelona have had to pay to prise Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool is “a bit high”, but hopes the Brazilian can help secure the LaLiga title.Coutinho will cost Barca €160 million, making him the third most expensive player of all time, behind Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, who will move to Paris Saint-Germain on a permanent deal from Monaco at the end of the season for €180m.And Rakitic, who will now face increased competition for a place in Barca’s midfield, believes the Coutinho fee is a sign of the times. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “My opinion doesn’t matter, but the price has gone a bit high, that’s what the market dictates,” he is quoted as saying by Marca .”Every great player is welcome here. I congratulate the president and everyone else who made it possible for him to be here.“He is one of the family now, we are going to enjoy him a lot, he’s now at the biggest club in the world.”Coutinho will not be eligible to feature in the Champions League this season but will boost Barca’s bid for a domestic double, with the Catalans leading Atletico Madrid by nine points at the top of La Liga.”We are happy another player has joined us, one who is among the very best,” added Rakitic.”Obviously, he can’t play in the Champions League, but we already knew that.”He will help us in La Liga and hopefully the Copa del Rey, but we must give him time to settle.”
Liga MX Pumas atop Liga MX but staying humble after two victories Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 08:49 1/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ronaldo Schemidt Liga MX Pumas Pumas v Atlas Atlas After finishing dead last in the Apertura, Pumas are atop the league after two weeks, but new manager David Patino knows there’s still plenty to do The Liga MX leader after Jornada 2 is a surprising but familiar face. Pumas’ 3-1 win over Atlas on Sunday afternoon means coach David Patino’s men are one of just two teams to take all six points out of the first possible six. The other, Leon, has scored fewer goals and sits second. Far less important than being the superlider after two weeks is how Patino has Pumas fans dreaming again.The former Pumas forward has rejuvenated the current crop of Pumas’ forwards, with Nicolas Castillo already up to four goals in two games and Matias Alustiza adding one today as a reward for his strong work alongside the Chilean.The two wins were different. Pumas needed an aggressive comeback at the Estadio Hidalgo to top Pachuca after falling behind 2-0 early last week. It was obvious Sunday that they weren’t going to make the same mistake. Jesus Gallardo found Castillo in the sixth minute with a gorgeous pass from his left foot. Castillo brought down the ball and beat Cristopher Toselli to give the home side the early lead. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player #NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽L de Nicolás [email protected] 1-0 @atlasfc #Jornada2 #Clausura2018 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/4yVdEKp0r2— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) January 14, 2018It again was Castillo creating issues for the opposing defense on Pumas’ second goal. The 24-year-old pressured Atlas right back Juan Vigon into a poor pass for Leiton Jimenez. The Atlas center back coughed up possession and Castillo pounced, setting up Alustiza and sending Pumas into the halftime break with a two-goal lead.Castillo confirmed the victory by winning and converting a penalty just after the hour mark as the Estadio Universitario was able to celebrate a victory for the first time since Oct. 17, 2017. Pumas didn’t let go of the momentum with even Ravel Morrison’s beautiful goal from a free kick failing to dampen their enthusiasm.#NoTeLoPierdasG⚽⚽⚽L de Ravel [email protected] 3-1 @atlasfc #Jornada2 #Clausura2018 #LIGABancomerMX⚽ #SienteTuLiga ⚽ #AbrazadosPorElFutbol pic.twitter.com/ld61n9ZZdn— LIGA Bancomer MX (@LIGABancomerMX) January 14, 2018After all, this once-great team – the runner-up as recently as the 2015 Apertura – finished dead last in Liga MX in the recently concluded Apertura. Patino took over as the interim coach after Paco Palencia was fired, but sticking with the former Pumas player seemed like a move of convenience more than brilliance after Patino ran off a few draws but also struggled to get victories. The early results in this tournament say otherwise – that while Palencia wasn’t a young Mexican manager who has what it takes to lead Pumas into a successful new era, the 50-year-old Patino is.The attack is thriving with Castillo getting a boost from Alustiza playing behind him and with Marcelo Diaz and David Cabrera in the midfield looking to get the ball forward after winning it. At the back, Alejandro Arribas looks like an improvement at center back next to Luis Quintana, though the Spaniard had to leave Sunday’s game with an injury.It’s the first time since the 2011 Apertura that Pumas have won their first two matches, but Patino isn’t getting ahead of himself.”I’m really happy with the two matches, but this is just getting started. We’re not going to (celebrate prematurely) or change our style,” Patino said after Sunday’s win. “Humility above everything and work. That’s it.”Staying humble is at the center of Patino’s model, but Pumas’ fans will have extra swagger around Mexico City and beyond this week. Their team is in first place, and they’re dreaming of big things once again.
Transfers Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Lindelof set for crunch Mourinho talks over his future Goal Last updated 1 year ago 22:08 2/21/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Premier League Bundesliga Ligue 1 Serie A Primera División Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Lindelof wants future cleared up by MourinhoVictor Lindelof hopes to have a discussion with Jose Mourinho over his future with Manchester United, The Sun reports.The Swede has made just 10 appearances in the Premier League since joining the Red Devils from Benfica in the summer and has not played in the top flight since January 1. AdChoices广告And with no sign of his return to the first-team, the £31 million signing wants to have a talk with his coach to decide if he should remain in Manchester much longer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Kroos is Man Utd’s top targetReal Madrid’s Toni Kroos is Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho’s leading summer midfield transfer target, reports The Independent .Mourinho has confirmed he is in the market to sign a new midfielder at the end of the season, with Michael Carrick due to retire.Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl is one option, but Mourinho’s main target is Kroos, with the Germany international not being considered as a replacement for Paul Pogba.Milan line up €25m Dzeko moveAC Milan are lining up a €25 million summer move for Roma striker Edin Dzeko as they search for a prolific goalscorer, reports Tuttosport. Dzeko was wanted by Chelsea during the January transfer window, but a deal failed to be agreed and the former Manchester City man remained in Rome.However, Milan are set to make a push for the Bosnian at the end of the season and are also interested in Borussia Dortmund attacker Marco Reus. Bailey to make Man Utd and Arsenal waitBayer Leverkusen striker Leon Bailey has indicated that he is prepared to make his long list of suitors wait, as he is not willing to depart before he has developed sufficiently.The 20-year-old attacker moved from Genk to Leverkusen for €13.5 million in January 2017 and is under contract with the Bundesliga outfit until 2022. His outstanding form this season has seen him net nine times in 20 outings and attract attention from some of Europe’s biggest clubs, with Milan, Manchester United and Arsenal among the teams leading the chase to sign him. Read the full story on Goal! Courtois unsure on future amid Real Madrid linksThibaut Courtois has revealed that he does not know if he will leave Chelsea this summer amid links with Real Madrid.Goal understands that Real have prioritised the purchase of a goalkeeper in the next transfer window, with Courtois one of a number of targets, including Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak and Manchester United’s David De Gea .Recent reports have suggested that Real believe Courtois will be easier to extract from the Blues than De Gea from United.Read the full story on Goal! ‘Icardi suits Inter better than Man Utd’Inter boss Luciano Spalletti has advised Mauro Icardi to forget the interest in his services coming from elsewhere and to commit himself to the San Siro side. Real Madrid, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have all been linked with a move for the 25-year-old, who has scored 18 goals so far this season in just 22 league appearances.Read the full story on Goal! Juve interested in Man Utd’s DarmianJuventus are interested in securing the signing of Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian.The Serie A giants are keen to replace 34-year-old defender Stephan Lichtsteiner, who is set to leave the club when his contract expires this summer.Darmian has also been the subject of interest from Napoli and Roma, but Mourinho has so far resisted his sale – valuing him as a useful squad member.Read the full story on Goal! Chelsea to battle Bayern for PulisicChelsea have identified Borussia Dortmund teenager Christian Pulisic as a summer target, but face competition from Bayern Munich, reports the Daily Mail. Dortmund are reluctatnt to sell the 19-year-old, but the winger could spark a bidding war this summer among several of Europe’s biggest sides. Bayern want Pulisic to help replace the aging Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, while Chelsea are looking for cover in case Willian and/or Eden Hazard leave the club. Kroos key to De Gea moveNot only is Toni Kroos reportedly Jose Mourinho’s top midfield target, but he also holds the key to David de Gea securing his move to Real Madrid, claims Don Balon .Madrid are in the market for a new goalkeeper in the summer and Manchester United No.1 De Gea has long been linked with a transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu.But, with United reluctant to sell, De Gea has reportedly told Madrid president Florentino Perez that letting Kroos move to Old Trafford will persuade the Spanish keeper’s current club to do business.Juventus still eye North Korean teenJuventus are still determined to land North Korean forward Han Kwang-Song from Cagliari, Calciomercato explains.The 19-year-old spent the first half of the season on loan at Perugia and impressed Juventus scouts, but is now back in Serie A with Cagliari.Han, capped twice for his country, is expected to be a big star in Italy and Juve are hoping to lure him to Turin in the summer.De Vrij wants to join Man UtdLazio defender Stefan de Vrij wants to join Manchester United this summer, according to the Mirror . The Netherlands international has already confirmed his intent to leave Lazio this summer when his contract expires, and has drawn interest from several Premier League sides. But the 26-year-old reportedly favours a move to Old Trafford, and Lazio believe that negotiations between the Red Devils and De Vrij over a contract have already taken place. Liverpool interested in NavasLiverpool have expressed an interest in signing Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas, claims D iario Gol. The report states that the Costa Rican has never been a favourite of Madrid president Florentino Perez, with the Blancos hoping to sign David de Gea or Thibaut Courtois this summer. The Reds could be interested in signing the 31-year-old but initially appear willing to only bid as high as €20 million, which is far too low for Madrid’s taste. PSG not planning Rojo moveParis Saint-Germain are not currently planning a summer move for Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo, reports ESPN FC. The Argentine has been linked with a move to Parc des Princes, but the Ligue 1 leaders are not interested in the 27-year-old at present time. Spurs chase DiawaraTottenham Hotspur are on the trail of Napoli midfielder Amadou Diawara, reports TuttoMercatoWeb .Diawara’s agent has recently claimed that there is Premier League interest in the 20-year-old, with Everton previously having been linked with a bid.Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, though, has made Diawara a leading target and is reportedly ready to offer in the region of £33 million.Real Madrid move of no interest to SanchezDavinson Sanchez is giving no thought to future moves away from Tottenham, with Real Madrid of no interest at this stage.Sanchez has produced a number of composed performances in the Premier League and Champions League for Spurs, sparking speculation that he could be targeted by Real at some stage.The youngster is, however, feeling settled at Tottenham – having already snubbed Barcelona – telling Fox Sports Radio Colombia : “I do not think about money or where it is.”Read the full story on Goal! ‘Alexis moved to play Champions League’Alexis Sanchez’s frustration at Arsenal’s failure to qualify for the Champions League last season was central to his decision to join Manchester United, says Jose Mourinho.Chile forward Sanchez completed his move to Old Trafford last month in a swap deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan join the Gunners.Mourinho described the former Barcelona star as a player United “needed” and believes the 29-year-old’s desire to play in Europe’s premier competition was the motivating fact for his move.Read the full story on Goal! De Vrij ready to leave his ‘comfort zone’Stefan de Vrij is ready to step out of his “comfort zone” at Lazio after offering Manchester United and Liverpool hope of securing his signature.The Dutch defender has been unable to agree a new contract in Italy and as a result will drop into the free agent pool this summer.Premier League clubs have been linked with a move for some time, and De Vrij is ready to take on a new challenge.Read the full story on Goal! Romeu would snub Barcelona returnOriol Romeu claims he would snub a return to Barcelona in favour of regular football at Premier League relegation-threatened SouthamptonThe 26-year-old is a product of the famed La Masia academy system, but he made just two first-team appearances for Barca before moving to England to link up with Chelsea.His efforts since then have taken him to Southampton and sparked talk of a potential second stint at Camp Nou , but Romeu insists he is happy at St Mary’s and unaware of any interest from afar.Read the full story on Goal! Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.