Ajinkya Rahane shows class with 8th Test century

first_imgThe Sunday crowd at Holkar Cricket Stadium had lot to cheer after Ajinkya Rahane reached his eighth Test century off 210 balls, this was also his third hundred on home soil. Unlike Virat Kohli’s flawless hundred, which he scored on the opening day, Rahane had to toil hard to get to the three-figure score. India, resuming at the overnight score of 267/3, and Rahane batting on 79 didn’t have an easy time at the crease with Matt Henry digging in short. In Indian conditions, the morning sessions are always tricky with the ball doing a bit, but Rahane remained dogged despite taking a blow on his head. New Zealand had a plan for the Indian vice-captain and Henry implemented well by banging short from round the wicket.  In the past, Rahane had never looked that uncomfortable against short-pitched bowling having a solid technique. But quite surprisingly in this Test, the Mumbai batsman looked a bit unsure playing the short balls. Is the two-paced Indore track to be blamed? Rahane’s last century was in July this year against the West Indies in Kingston and his past two hundreds in India came against South Africa at the Feroz Shah Kotla in 2015. The current series against New Zealand has not been bad either for Rahane with scores of 18, 40, 77, 1 from two Tests. He played some gorgeous shots en route to his eighth century and stitched a 365-run partnership with Kohli to put India in a commanding position. Rahane was eventually dismissed for 188 off 381 balls, studded with 18 fours and four sixes.advertisementlast_img read more

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Cut all ties with Pak till terrorism ends: Gambhir

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 18 (PTI) Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir today called for a complete freeze on ties with Pakistan till the time cross-border terrorism does not end, saying that “Indian lives are more important than sports”. “I would not even think of playing cricket with Pakistan. Indian lives are more important than sports,” Gambhir told mediapersons here. Gambhir insisted that every Indian must put himself into the shoes of an army personnel before talking about keeping politics and sports separate. “I absolutely endorse that we should not have any relation or ties with Pakistan until the time this cross border terrorism finishes. People need to put themselves in armys shoes who have lost their kids, someone have lost their father, son. “We can say this sitting in an AC room that cricket or bollywood should not be compared to politics as long as we dont think ourselves as Indians, or think for our own countrymen. So I totally endorse that until the time we dont secure our own Indians, our own countrymen, all other things can be kept aside,” the 35-year-old added. Gambhir, who had recently made a comeback to the India Test team against New Zealand, is not the first Indian sportsperson to express his views on the issue of Pakistan. India Test skipper Virat Kohli had condemned the Uri attack of September 18 on an army camp that claimed the lives of 19 Indian soldiers and former opener Virender Sehwag has also spoken out this on the social media. The Indian team has not played a bilateral series with Pakistan since the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai. India were due to tour Pakistan in January 2009 but that series was cancelled following the attacks. Another scheduled series in March-April 2012 was also cancelled after the Indian government refused to give the green signal to the tour. PTI CM PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

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Zinedine Zidane praises Real Madrid’s fighting spirit in Europe

first_imgReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane praised their battling display against Sporting Lisbon as they claimed a place in the Champions League knockout stages with a scrappy 2-1 win on Tuesday.Karim Benzema’s 87th minute header gave Real victory after they let 10-man Sporting back into the game following Joao Pereira’s red card – the third time in five Champions League games this season a late goal has got them out of trouble. (Also read: Dortmund break Champions League record, Real and Leicester advance to last 16) “We had difficult moments but that’s what you expect and what we knew could happen, but once again we refused to give up,” said Zidane.”We kept playing after conceding and scored a great goal thanks to Karim. It’s obvious that playing every three days is not easy and we lacked a bit of energy.”Real also beat Sporting 2-1 back in September with two late goals and drew 3-3 at Legia Warsaw with an 85th minute equaliser from Mateo Kovacic.The win stretches Real’s unbeaten run in all competitions to 30 games, two short of a club record of 32 matches without defeat set by Leo Beenhakker’s side in 1989.”These 30 games are an extra motivation for us to keep working as we are. We want to keep doing what we’re doing, while being aware that there will always be moments in games when we suffer,” added the Real coach.”We’re going to keep going like this but I don’t know for how long because it’s not easy for us physically.”advertisementCOENTRAO ERRORReal defender Fabio Coentrao was critical of himself after throwing his hands up to appeal for handball against Sporting’s Joel Campbell and in the process handling it himself to concede the penalty Adrien Silva scored in the 80th minute.”It was a very serious error, I messed up really badly,” he said. “I appealed for handball but I shouldn’t have done, I should have been more concentrated.”Real are second in Group F, two points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund, and will battle it out with the Germans in a fortnight’s time for top spot.Spanish newspaper AS pointed out on Wednesday that finishing runners-up in the group could serve Real better than coming top as they could potentially avoid sides such as Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Bayern Munich.If Real finish second, they would also avoid fellow Spanish sides Barcelona and Atletico Madrid and could be paired with the likes of Leicester City or Monaco.Real defender Raphael Varane, however, said they were fully focused on topping the group.”We don’t think about who we could get in the next round, we only think about winning and finishing first in the group.”last_img read more

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Jayant Yadav slams maiden Test century

first_imgJayant Yadav scored his maiden Test century as India took control over England in the fourth Test with Virat Kohli hitting a magnificent double hundred. (Thrilling first day on field for Test debutant Jayant Yadav)The 26-year-old reached his century in 196 balls and the knock was studded with 14 fours. (Scorecard)Jayant also became the first Indian to score a century at No.9 in Test cricket, surpassing Farokh Engineer, who scored 90 against New Zealand at Chennai in 1965. He was finally dismissed by Adil Rashid on 104, ending a strong 241-run stand with skipper Kohli. Their eighth-wicket partnership is a record for India in Tests.The Haryana all-rounder has impressed the pundits in his short Test career. On his Test debut in the second match against England at Vizag, he had scored a crucial 55. (India vs England, 4th Test, Day 4: Live Cricket Scores)Jayant, who has claimed eight wickets in just two matches, looks promising as an upcoming all-rounder for the Indian squad. (Virat Kohli joins Bradman, Ponting in elite list after third double hundred in 2016)India are looking confident to clean sweep the five-match series, currently leading by 2-0.last_img read more

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Huesca pass their way beyond Barca in La Liga feat

first_imgLa Liga debutants Huesca achieved an impressive landmark after scoring against Barcelona on Sunday.The Spanish minnows stunned the Camp Nou crowd as they raced into an early lead thanks to Cucho Hernandez’s effort.And Huesca’s strike was no ordinary goal as they put together a move which contained 19 passes en route to finding the back of Barcelona’s net. 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 19 passes in the build-up to the goal were the most by a team in a La Liga game against Barcelona at Camp Nou since at least 2005/06.19 – There were 19 passes in the build up to Huesca’s goal in this game; the most by a team in a La Liga game against Barcelona at Camp Nou since at least 2005/06. Historic. pic.twitter.com/xYwIKriDlk — OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 2, 2018 Lionel Messi soon ended Huesca’s joy, though, as the Argentina superstar levelled the tie on the 19th-minute mark.Jorge Pulido scored an own goal to put Barcelona 2-1 in front before Luis Suarez added a third for the hosts.Huesca were not done there, though, as Alex Gallar netted a second for the visitors just before the half-time interval.But Ousmane Dembele restored Barca’s two-goal buffer with a strike after 48 minutes and Ivan Rakitic added a fifth for the hosts.There was no way back for the Aragonese outfit when Messi scored his second of the game after the hour mark, before Jordi Alba made it 7-2.And Suarez wrapped up the scoring for Barca with a strike in stoppage time.last_img read more

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Monaco vs Atletico Madrid: TV, stream & preview

first_imgAtletico Madrid will get their Champions League season underway with an away clash at Monaco in Group A, with Diego Simeone hoping that this season will be his luckiest after guiding his side to two finals in the past four years but losing to city rivals Real Madrid.The Spanish side’s European opener will be the first time in which Thomas Lemar faces his old side in what will be an interesting challenge.Simeone’s side enter the fixture as Europa League champions, though will be eager to make progress in the Champions League after being eliminated in the group stage last 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! Game Monaco v Atletico Madrid Date Tuesday, September 18 Time 8pm BST / 3pm EST TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game will be shown on Univision and livestreamed through B/R Live. US TV channel Online stream Univision B/R Live In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport ESPN and livestreamed on BT  UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport ESPN BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Monaco players Goalkeepers Subasic, Benaglio, Badiashile Defenders Barreca, Jemerson, Sidibe, Raggi, Glik, Toure, Henrichs, Serrano Midfielders Aholou, N’Doram, Rony Lopes, Tielemans, Ait Bennasser, Golovin, Chadli, Grandsir, Diop, Traore Forwards Falcao, Jovetic, Mboula, Pellegri, Diop, Sylla Croatia international and World Cup hero Danijel Subasic is still sidelined with a muscle injury and missed Monaco’s first opening five fixtures.Russia star Aleksandr Golovin is still out after ankle trouble, while Rony Lopes, Stevan Jovetic, Willem Geubbels and Pietro Pellegri are also sidelined from the attacking sector.Ronael Pierre-Gabriel completes a long list of injury problems.Potential Monaco XI: Benaglio; Sidibe, Jemerson, Glik, Henrichs; Aholou, Ait Bennasser; Mboula, Tielemans, Chadli; Falcao. Position Atletico Madrid players Goalkeepers  Adan, Oblak Defenders Godin, Luis, Arias, Savic, Juanfran, Hernandez, Gimenez Midfielders Partey, Koke, Niguez, Lemar, Rodri, Martins, Vitolo, Rodriguez Forwards Griezmann, Kalinic, Correa, Costa, Poveda, Garces, Mollejo French defender Lucas Hernandez is struggling with a gastric problem and may not feature against Monaco but he has been named in the squad.Croatia international Nikola Kalinic is sporting an ankle injury, while Vitolo has a knee problem and Santiago Arias has a fractured rib. Stefan Savic is absent with a calf problem.Potential Atletico Madrid XI: Oblak; Juanfran, Godin, Gimenez, Flilipe Luis; Lemar, Niguez, Rodri, Koke; Griezmann, Costa.Betting & Match Odds Atletico Madrid are priced at odds of winning 3/4 according to bet 365, while a draw is available at 13/5. A win for Monaco is up for 19/4.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Kamil Glik Monaco Leipzig UEFA Champions League 11212017Group A is one of many Groups of Death in the Champions League this season, with Atletico tasked with overcoming the likes of Monaco, Borussia Dortmund and Club Brugge.The Ligue 1 side have a knack of selling their best players to other teams after letting go of the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Fabinho and Benjamin Mendy – and none other than Lemar, who is set to face his old club on Tuesday.Atletico Madrid exited the European competition at the group stage in last season’s campaign and face an equally tough challenge to progress to the last 16 this year, with a clash against Dortmund also on the cards.Simone will be eager to finally lift a Champions League with Atletico, however, after coming close on to occasions but ultimately suffering heartbreak after losing both finals to Real Madrid.The La Liga side managed to keep hold of star forward Antoine Griezmann this summer after speculation that a move to Barcelona was likely. The added experience of Diego Costa will also favour the visiting team, though Monaco have a strong attacking threat in Radamel Falcao.last_img read more

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How do Man Utd end Pogba v Mou war? Get rid of both

first_imgHow did it all come to this? Two grown adults squabbling in thinly-veiled public soundbites at a time when the people they represent need them now, more than ever, to sort out their act and get on with performing in the best interests of Manchester United.Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho. “Oil and water” was how Sir Alex Ferguson likened his relationship with Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola ahead of the Frenchman’s initial departure from Old Trafford as a 19-year-old in 2012, and the same term might well be used for the differences between Pogba and his current manager as the rift between them grows every day.The list of issues is as long as one’s arm, with Mourinho publicly chastising Pogba for his failure to win a header against Newcastle and then picking Scott McTominay ahead of him for the Champions League tie against Sevilla. 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! Then there’s Pogba refusing time and again to commit his future to United when questioned during World Cup duty. Mourinho responded by suggesting Pogba’s summer success with France and relative failure with United was due to a short attention span in longer seasons.And that was all even before this season started!The last seven weeks has been one tedious saga after another, with the latest issues resulting in Mourinho telling Pogba he will never again captain United despite having recently served as vice-skipper, and on Wednesday there followed footage of a heated exchange on the training ground after the manager greeted his exuberant midfielder with a message which managed to immediately alter the player’s mood.Whatever their clear disdain for each other – because, let’s face it, this is more than mere dislike right now – there has to be some sort of resolution in the name of progress for the club. And however you look at the present situation, the biggest loser right now is Manchester United.Already eight points adrift on the Premier League ladder and having been this week dumped out of the Carabao Cup by Derby, the last thing the club needs is for this nonsense to continue. But what is the answer?Plainly put, if the two cannot grow up and work out their issues, then at least one of them has to go. And Pogba arguably should be the first out of the door as things stand.Paul Pogba quote on Jose Mourinho Manchester UnitedThe 25-year-old, normally known for shunning many an invitation to speak to the press, has taken glee from stopping in the mixed zone on numerous occasions already this season as he seeks opportunities to stick the knife in.“There are things that I cannot say otherwise I will get fined,” is Pogba attempting to make a point of the fact all is not well. “I am not the manager, I cannot, like, say that, but obviously we should show more options of playing,” is not the rhetoric of somebody working for the group cause.Right now, Pogba couldn’t be doing a better job of alienating himself among the United fan base if he tried. But then the suggestion that he is attempting to do exactly that is not beyond the question either, as repeated talk of interest from Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain will always pique the curiosity of Raiola. And when the super-agent sniffs a great deal for himself and his players, he rarely loses the scent.For as long as Pogba is taking every opportunity to land a snide counter-blow every time Mourinho opens his mouth, there is no hope of anything but open warfare between the two. And if the club are to maintain a grip on the runaway power that players have to dictate the course of the organisation’s destiny whenever the whim takes them, they need to side with their manager and make a statement.If United had backed players over the manager every time Ferguson had a run-in with one of his stars, the great Scot could have been sacked a million times over and the club would likely have come nowhere near the success they achieved. The likes of Ryan Giggs, Lee Sharpe, David Beckham, Roy Keane, Wayne Rooney and many others would all have had their United careers curtailed long before they eventually moved on.Paul Pogba Manchester United 2018-19But all of that is not to say that Mourinho is untouchable. Fundamentally, it is results which should always dictate a manager’s job security and, quite simply, United’s form is hardly helping the Portuguese’s case.There is every possibility that Mourinho could outlast Pogba at Old Trafford only to remain a sitting duck thanks to his inability to get the best out of this squad. Sure, the group ought to have been strengthened further in the summer, but the players he has are still massively underperforming and he has to sort that sooner rather than later.It should not be the Pogba war which brings about the end of Mourinho’s tenure, but it could end up helping to be a deciding factor nonetheless. Should January arrive with the manager encouraging the board to allow Pogba to leave in a bid to allow everyone to move on there are two scenarios which would potentially come into play.If United are flying and back in with a shout of Champions League football and potentially even an outside interest in the title race, then Mourinho’s words will carry some gravitas. In those circumstances, a petition to sell Pogba might be agreed upon by executive vice-chair Ed Woodward and the board.Ed Woodward, Jose MourinhoBut should they continue their struggles through the autumn, by the time the transfer window comes around what board of directors is going to be convinced to sell their biggest playing asset by a manager whose own future would be very much up in the air? Flog potentially your best player because a dead man walking asks you to? Doubtful.As such, United’s results over the next three months become monumental for Mourinho. Not just because he needs to get his side back into a position of strength but also because on a personal level he must regain a position of true power when it comes to the club’s decision-makers choosing between him and Pogba.But even if he sees the back of Pogba, the chances of Mourinho lasting much longer than the Frenchman appear narrow given the current state of affairs. Because this story is oh so typically Jose Mourinho.Whether it is Iker Casillas, Eva Carneiro, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial or Paul Pogba, it appears that Mourinho always has to be grappling with somebody to take the attention away from the graver issues beneath the surface.Selling Pogba would not mark the end of the problems, and nor would siding with the player and sacking the manager.With a player looking to undermine his manager and a manager picking fights wherever he can, United’s best resolution might well be to find exit strategies for the pair of them.But until that time comes, the only thing that can be guaranteed is that the fireworks will continue behind the microphones around Old Trafford way. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Drawing Canada presents India a golden chance in Davis Cup: Anand Amritraj

first_imgFormer Davis Cup captain Anand Amritraj believes drawing Canada in the play-offs presents India a golden chance to make it to the World Group in next year’s tournament.The Indian team beat Uzbekistan in Asia-Ocenia zonal match in Bengaluru recently and was drawn to meet Canada for a spot in the elite group of the 2018 Davis Cup.Canada & India have never met in #DavisCup! Canada has won 4 play-offs in a row, while India has lost in each of the last 3 years pic.twitter.com/LS3oYi5jSk- Davis Cup (@DavisCup) April 11, 2017Speaking at the Tamil Nadu Tennis Association annual day function here yesterday, Amritraj said in his opinion Canada was the best team to draw from among the eight which had lost in the first round of this year’s competition. “This is our golden chance. If we are going to get into the World Group, this is the year we have to do it,” he said.Amritraj said if Canada didn’t have its top player Milos Raonic playing, India stood a good chance of winning, the best in the last four years.Raonic recently pulled out of the Miami Open after aggravating a right hamstring injury that sidelined him for nearly a month. He had earlier withdrawn from Canada’s Davis Cup World Group tie against Britain after a nagging adductor injury flared up during his recent Australian Open run.Meanwhile, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, who won the doubles title at the Aircel Chennai Open earlier this year along with Rohan Bopanna, was chosen for the T K Ramanathan annual award for 2016, for the best player of the year.  advertisementlast_img read more

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MYChoize to invest USD 20 mn for expansion, add 1,000 cars

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 25 (PTI) MYChoize Self Drive cars, a part of Japans car leasing firm ORIX, will invest USD 20 million (around Rs 130 crore) to expand operations in India in the next two years.As part of its expansion, the company has also started a new segment under which it is offering super sports cars such as Lamborghini, Audi R8 and Porsche on rent for self-driving at the Buddh International Circuit through an auction process.”We are planning to add 1,000 cars and as per the current rate we are almost adding 50 cars a month and the investment would be USD 20 million in the next 18-24 months,” ORIX India CEO and Managing Director Sandeep Gambhir told PTI.At present, the company has around 300 cars available for self drive rentals in nine cities in India.He said the expansion will be within the existing cities where self drive rental is picking up fast.Currently the self drive car rental market in India has other players like ZoomCar and Voler Cars.On super sports cars self drive initiative, Gambhir said it is mainly aimed at offering good user experience to customers.”As of now we are trying to create a place for ourselves as there are larger players in the market who have started much before us,” he said. Stressing that the company is not in the business to create valuation and monetise it, he said: “We are creating a proposition that could be a great revenue stream in the years to come.” Customers, who want to participate in the super sports car self drive, will have to bid for the drive on the companys website. The bids will start at Rs 100 and the auction facility will be available from April 29. PTI PRJ RKL SBTadvertisementlast_img read more

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Jeep Compass: Everything you need to know

first_imgJeep India has big plans with the Compass SUV in India, as the company is building the compact SUV at Fiat’s Ranjangaon plant near Pune. With the Wrangler, Grand Cherokee and the Grand Cherokee SRT in its line-up, Jeep is leaving no stones unturned for the grand launch of the Compass SUV in India.With the Wrangler costing around Rs 56 lakh and the Grand Cherokee siblings costing in the range of Rs 1 crore, the Made-in-India Jeep Compass will surely and definitely be a product to beat in the premium compact SUV segment, which has the Hyundai Tucson and the Honda CR-V as its biggest rivals.2017 Jeep CompassSo, what does the Made-in-India Jeep Compass have that its competition won’t be happy to see? We tell you everything that you need to know about the upcoming Jeep Compass compact SUV.Engine:The Jeep Compass is available in both petrol and diesel guise internationally. The diesel in question is a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine which comes from Fiat’s MultiJet series. In the Compass, it churns out 170bhp and 350Nm of torque. Jeep claims that the Compass in this spec can sprint to 100kmph in just 10 seconds and can keep going until it touches 194kmph. We also expect Jeep to offer this same engine here in India.2017 Jeep CompassAn AWD version is also expected to be offered in this spec and gearbox options will include a 6-speed manual and 9-speed automatic. Details of the petrol engine are yet to be revealed but we believe that it is going to be the 1.6-litre unit.advertisementDesign:Look at it from any angle and it is unmistakably a smaller Grand Cherokee. It offers the seven slat grille which has become the identity of this American brand. The sleek pair of headlamps flanking the grille come with LED daytime running lamps. The fog lamps sit on the bumper which also has a dual tone effect to it.  In profile it is clear that the Compass has proper SUV intentions. The big wheel arches house the 18in alloys and the claddings give it that tough look.2017 Jeep CompassVariants:Jeep is offering the Compass in four variants which include the entry level Sport followed by the Limited. Then comes the Longitude and finally one can have the top of the line Trailhawk. The Trailhawk though will come with even more features which include a dual-tone paint treatment.Boot Space:The boot on the other hand offers 410 litres of cargo space which can be enhanced to a rather large 1,191 litres by folding the seats down.2017 Jeep CompassCompetition:The upcoming Jeep Compass will take on the Hyundai Tucson and Honda CR-V in India.  Price:We expect the Jeep Compass range to start from the Rs 20 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi)- Rs 30 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).ALSO READ:Jeep Compass revealed in India: See full specs and pictures hereALSO READ:Fiat to unveil Made-in-India Jeep Compass in India on April 12last_img read more

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BCCI plans grand felicitation for Indian women’s team

first_imgThe BCCI is planning a grand felicitation for the Indian women’s cricket team, which won a billion hearts despite a heartbreaking loss in the World Cup final at Lord’s on Sunday.The team is scheduled to return home in batches from Wednesday onwards.The date and venue for the felicitation has not been finalised yet and will be done after checking the availability of the players.At the ceremony, the players will be presented with cheques of Rs 50 lakh each while the support staff will receive will Rs 25 lakh each, as announced by the BCCI before the final.Efforts are also on for a players’ interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who richly praised the women for taking India to their first final in 12 years.”They lost the final but made the nation proud with their performance. The BCCI will organise a felicitation for the team and we are also trying to fix up a meeting with Prime Minister Modi,” a BCCI official close to the development, told PTI.”There is a feeling (among the BCCI and COA) that the surge in popularity of the women’s game should be cashed in on. One way to build on the World Cup gains is by having a women’s IPL.”The focus now should immediately turn to the World T20 next year,” the official added.last_img read more

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Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh offers DSP post to cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur

first_imgOwing to her stellar performance at the recently concluded ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 the 11 players received an overwhelming response from politicians to celebrities of the country.Harmanpreet Kaur, who is the toast of the nation, with an unparalleled score 171 not out in the semi final against Australia, has won an admirer in Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.The Punjab Chief Minister, immediately after the Indian Women’s team lost the match against England, congratulated the team by tweeting that they showed an excellent fight. Not only did he shower praise, the chief minister also went on to say that he would be happy to appoint Kaur as DSP if she desired to.Proud of @ImHarmanpreet, they gave an excellent fight to England in the World Cup final, would be happy to appoint her DSP if she desires.- Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) July 23, 2017The cricketers who put out a tough battle against England today were appreciated for their gritty performance.Incidentally, in 2011 the Punjab government had snubbed Kaur’s job application to the state police department even after playing for two years in the national team.ALSO READ |  Harmanpreet Kaur 171* India’s greatest World Cup innings since Kapil Dev’s 175*?Wanted to prove myself, thanks to God my plan worked: Harmanpreet Kaur after 171 not out  ALSO WATCH |  Harmanpreet’s stellar show in World Cup semi-final: From Moga to pinnacle of world cricketlast_img read more

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Ben Stokes to be pulled out from England’s ODI team vs Australia

first_imgBen Stokes will not be playing in the five-match One-Day Internationals (ODIs) series between England and Australia, starting January 14 in Melbourne.Ben Stokes’ name in the England ODI squad, announced by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), had raised a few eyebrows and now it is certain that the all-rounder won’t be a part of the ODI series in Australia.Dawid Malan is likely to replace the all-rounder in the English squad.ECB had included Stokes’ name in the England squad and had made it clear that his eventual selection is subject to the outcome regarding his Bristol incident.As Stokes still awaits a decision into the case from Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), he will not be able to play for England.Alex Hales, who was with Stokes during the Bristol brawl, was not charged by the police and has been cleared to play for England in the upcoming ODI series Down Under.Ben Stokes was arrested after an incident in Bristol and was detained before being released without charge.Having been left out of England’s Ashes squad post the incident, Stokes signed a short-term contract with Canterbury.Apart from his 47-ball innings of 93 against the Otago Volts in a Twenty20 Super Smash match at Hagley Oval last Thursday, Stokes had largely been mediocre.Stokes scored just 36 runs from three 50-over matches and went for 1-144 with the ball. In the T20 Super Smash, he took just two wickets and notched up 133 runs from three innings.He has already returned to United Kingdom post his short stint in New Zealand.advertisementIn a statement, Canterbury said on Saturday that Stokes has cited ‘family reasons’ for ending his cameo with them.Despite an underwhelming performances ‘back home’, Canterbury CEO Jez Curwin said that the English all-rounder has made a good impression at the club.”We can’t fault his attitude or his all-round contribution in his time with us and we are sorry that he couldn’t stay with us for longer but Ben knows that he will always find a welcome here should the opportunity arise for him to return,” Curwin said in a statement on the team’s website.Stokes said he had “thoroughly enjoyed training and playing with Canterbury”.”It’s a wonderful club and I couldn’t have asked for any more from my time here,” he said in the statement.last_img read more

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Kapil Dev turns 59: The captain who brought about a revolution in Indian cricket

first_imgOctober 16, 1978 is a date which will forever be remembered as the day one of the greatest all-rounder’s in the history of cricket made his debut.It was the day 19-year-old Kapil Dev made his Test debut against arch-rivals Pakistan at Faisalabad. India managed to draw the Test match with Kapil scoring just 8 runs and picking just 1 wicket in the game.40 years later as Kapil turns 59 today, the world remembers the Haryana Hurricane as the captain who changed the face of Indian cricket forever.Kapil went on to represent India in 131 Test matches over a career spanning 16 years during which time he picked up 434 wickets at an average of 29.64 with 23 five-wicket hauls.He currently holds the 7th spot on the list of most Test wickets but for almost 6 years he held the top spot before being surpassed by legendary West Indies fast bowler Courtney Walsh in March 2000.With the ball, Kapil is known for his lethal outswingers, which left the right handers rooted to their crease.He was a game-changer with the bat as well and had the skills to change the game’s momentum at any given time with his aggressive batting.Fielding wise, the decorated all-rounder was extremely athletic, giving his all to each ball.Kapil scored 5248 runs in Test cricket at an impressive average of 31.05 with 8 hundreds and 27 fifties.His hard-hitting abilities was on full display in one-day internationals as well where he slammed 3783 runs in 225 matches at 23.79 with one hundred and 14 half-centuries. He also took 253 wickets at 27.45 with one five-for.advertisementThe only hundred he scored in ODIs was probably the innings which defined Kapil the batsman.It came against Zimbabwe in the 1983 World Cup at Tunbridge Wells. Kapil walked in the middle with India tottering at 9 for 4 with the semi-final spot on the line.Kapil batted with the tail, scoring runs at a fair clip but also batted with caution and smashed an unbeaten 175 off 138 balls with 16 boundaries and 6 sixes. His knock powered India to 266 for 8 in 60 overs.Reuters PhotoWith momentum on their side, India rode on a superb bowling performances from Madan Lal (3/42), Roger Binny (2/45) and Kapil (1/32) himself to bowl out Zimbabwe for 235.Former skipper and Kapil’s teammate Sunil Gavaskar himself described that knock as the greatest he has ever seen in a World Cup.”When you had lost half of your side with less than 20 runs on the board, obviously it was not looking good. But this gentleman (Kapil Dev) went out and played his innings. Best innings I had seen in limited overs international.””That 175 has to be in my view the greatest knock in the World Cup,” Gavaskar said.India then went on to defeat Australia and hosts England in the next two games and booked a berth in the final alongside the mighty West Indies.The summit clash at Lord’s was a classic David vs Goliath battle with two-time champions West Indies facing India, who were playing their first final.India posted a paltry 183 but an inspired bowling performance from Mohinder Amarnath (3/12), Madan Lal (3/31) and Balwinder Sandhu (2/32) saw them bowl out West Indies for 140 triggering massive celebrations at the home of cricket.Kapil lifted the World Cup trophy on the Lord’s balcony and started a revolution in Indian cricket.Last year in January, Kapil was inducted into the Legends Club ‘Hall of Fame’ in presence of former India captains Ajit Wadekar, Gavaskar and Nari Contractor at the Cricket Club of India.Tests – 5,248 runs, 434 wicketsODIs – 3,783 runs, 253 wicketsHappy Birthday to India’s 1983 @cricketworldcup winning captain, and one of the game’s greatest ever all rounders, @therealkapildev! pic.twitter.com/fk1uNQJmzS- ICC (@ICC) January 6, 2018Accepting the honour, the Haryana Hurricane said, “There is nobody in this country who do not want to be Sunil Gavaskar. For Sunil, was he best in the best in the game, no, he was best for the game.”Lot of people will come in, but this name (Sunil) will remain on the top. We had a passion for the game and were not looking for rewards and awards, anything. At that time we had so much of passion. With our success, if people get happiness, you feel proud about it. Now I feel, cricket has changed (and) it feels so nice,” said Kapil.”I was not technically correct, but we had no one to teach. In Mumbai, there were a lot of teachers. When we played cricket, there were no turf wickets in Chandigarh, what was there is passion,” he remembered.last_img read more

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Jose Mourinho welcomes international break, calls it recovery time for injured players

first_imgManchester United’s injured players can utilise the international break to regain full fitness while key squad members can get much-needed rest, manager Jose Mourinho has said.United midfielders Michael Carrick (calf) and Paul Pogba (hamstring) have been injured since September while long-term absentees Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo, who sustained knee injuries last season, are yet to recover.Mourinho’s team head into the international break following a 1-0 league defeat at champions Chelsea which left them second in the standings, eight points behind leaders and local rivals Manchester City.”We have the group of players which are the ones that we hope will recover as soon as possible,” Mourinho told the club’s website.”They have to work every day but they are in a good position now. Pogba, Ibrahimovic, Rojo, Fellaini. They are in good positions so I think we can go into this part of the season, the Christmas period, and after, in a strong position.”United have won all four of their Champions League games and are on the verge of qualifying for the knockout stages while also competing to retain the League Cup title.With nine matches to be played across all competitions in December, Mourinho is hopeful that his key players, who were not selected for their national teams for this month’s friendlies, get a well-earned break.”They (international players) all disappear and then we have a couple… like (Chris) Smalling and (Ander) Herrera and they really deserve, after so many matches, to have a week off which I’m going to give them,” Mourinho said.advertisementFollowing the international break, United host Newcastle United at Old Trafford on November 18.last_img read more

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Obama Sends Sochi Gay Message

first_imgWASHINGTON –  President Barack Obama says the delegation he’s sending to Russia for the Winter Olympics shows the United States doesn’t make distinctions on the basis of sexual orientation.Russia has come under fierce criticism for passing national laws banning “gay propaganda.”Obama’s group heading to  Sochi includes openly gay athletes Brian Boitano, Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow. He says the delegation “speaks for itself,” and they are world-class athletes who happen to be gay.The Sochi Games are the first since 2000 to which the U.S. is not sending a president, former president, first lady or vice president.Obama says it would be tough for him to attend the games himself next year with all that’s going on in Washington. But he predicted he will attend again after his presidency.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Big Game 6: Rangers-Habs

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — The last time the New York Rangers had a game to forget, they responded with five straight wins that put them on the cusp of the Stanley Cup finals.They are still there, and the Montreal Canadiens aren’t going away without a fight.New York needs one more victory to reach the championship round for the first time in 20 years. The Rangers know that Game 6 at home on May 29 is their best chance to get it.They returned home from Montreal on May 28, one day after a wild 7-4 loss cut their series lead to 3-2. If New York doesn’t end it on May 29, the Rangers will have to go back to Montreal for a deciding Game 7.New York, which went the full seven games in each of the first two rounds of this year’s playoffs, will be playing its 20th postseason game. No team that played a pair of seven-game series before the conference finals has reached the Stanley Cup finals.“It’s an opportunity to win the game to go to the Stanley Cup final,” Rangers forward Brad Richards said. “I think everybody is alert and ready that way. We were talking about it all (Tuesday) how excited we were to get on the ice and start playing.“We had some mental breakdowns, but I don’t think it had anything to do with (fatigue). We’ve had a lot of rest this series. The opportunity that faces us right now, we’re pretty excited about it. I don’t think there is too much letdown.”In the second round, a poor performance at home in Game 4 against Pittsburgh dropped the Rangers into a 3-1 series hole. But New York won Game 5 on the road, took Game 6 at home, and won the clincher back in Pittsburgh to set up the match-up with Montreal.Now that the Canadiens have staved off elimination once, the Rangers are wary of giving them any more hope they can turn the tables.“You learn a lot from it. That’s why experience is experience,” Richards said. “You go through many situations. (Tuesday) night was a bad feeling, but today we’re getting on a plane to go back to our city, and we get to play in front of our fans.“It’s always, forget as quick as possible and try to remember the good things that we’re doing. It was one bad night, but we’ve been doing a lot of good things in this series.”The Rangers won the opening two games in Montreal and then split a pair of overtime decisions at home. Even though they have had success on the road and in recent Game 7s, they know that going the distance again works against them.“It’s a desperate time,” Richards said. “You don’t want to go back to a Game 7 where anything can happen. We want to get this done. They’re a good team anywhere.“We’re going to have to be a lot better, and we will be.”This is as far as New York has advanced since captain Mark Messier led the club to the 1994 Stanley Cup title — breaking the Rangers’ 54-year drought.The Garden will be ready to celebrate again May 29. After the Rangers lost Game 4 to Pittsburgh, the loyal fans thought they might not see their team again until next season. That will be the situation again if the Canadiens pull off another victory.“You win a game, and things change in your locker room and you start feeling better about yourselves,” Rangers defenseman Marc Staal said. “We know how it feels coming back in a series, but it doesn’t change anything in our room. We are as confident as ever going into our building, and looking forward to it.”So are the Canadiens.They know that if they would’ve scored in overtime of Game 4 as they did in Game 3, they would’ve had a two-game sweep at the Garden and would be the ones looking to advance Thursday.“We’ll be ready for one of those tight-checking games,” defenseman Josh Gorges said after an optional practice in Montreal. “I’m sure it will be again one of those hard-fought games that we’ll have to make sure that we’re even better than we were last game.”Montreal will have rugged forward Brandon Prust back in the lineup after he served a two-game suspension for a late hit on Derek Stepan in Game 3 that broke the Rangers forward’s jaw. Stepan returned May 27 and scored two goals while wearing a full faceguard.The Rangers will be without defenseman John Moore. He was suspended for two games after receiving a match penalty  for a hit to Montreal forward Dale Weise’s head.Moore will miss the remaining two games in this series if it goes the distance, or will sit out Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals if the Rangers advance with a win Thursday.“It’s kind of what I would’ve thought would’ve happened,” Canadiens captain Brian Gionta said Wednesday night after the team arrived at their New York hotel. “They were very similar plays, and I guess the precedent was set on Prust’s hit.”Henrik Lundqvist will be back in goal for the Rangers after he was pulled in Game 5 on a rare off night in which he allowed four goals on 19 shots in less than two periods. He avoided the loss when New York rallied from a 4-1 deficit to get even. Backup goalie Cam Talbot gave up two goals in relief.“(Tuesday) night was probably the best game we’ve played in this series,” Canadiens forward Lars Eller said. “If we keep doing a lot of those things, I think the end result will be good.”(IRA PODELL, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

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Kenyans Sweep Athens Marathon

first_imgATHENS — Felix Kipchirchir Kandie won the Athens Marathon on Nov. 9, setting a new course record of 2 hours, 10 minutes and 37 seconds.Kandie broke away from compatriot Raymond Kimutai Bett after 35 kilometers to win by nearly two minutes. Bett was timed in 2:12:34.Josphat Kiptanui Chobei came in third in 2:15:38, 13 seconds ahead of fellow Kenyan Julius Kiplagat Korir.The previous course record was held by Italy’s Stefano Baldini, set at the 2004 Athens Olympics.“This is my first time in this race and I had aimed at a top-three finish. I am ever so happy to have won! The atmosphere here with the fans is so welcoming,” said Kandie, his head covered with a laurel wreath.Christoforos Merousis from the island of Chios, was the first among the Greeks to win the national championship, for a second year in a row.Naomi Maiyo was the first among women reaching the finishing line in 2:41:05.The course was followed by tens of thousands of fans and those who packed the historic Panathenaic Stadium, the finish line for the marathon in the first Modern Olympics in 1896, won by Greece’s Spiridon Louis. Greece’s organizers called the race The Authentic to remind people where it began.“This is an opportunity for people from the world over to get to visit Athens in November, with visiting rates already on the rise. There are tens of thousands of people who have arrived for the event and every year their number grows. More and more top Marathon runners visit Athens to run the Authentic course following the promotion we have done around the world,” said Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni who attended the finishing of the race.(Material from the Associated Press was used in this report)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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