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FIFA World Cup 2018 Final pitch invaders released from jail: lawyer

first_imgThe four members of Russia’s anti-Kremlin ‘Pussy Riot’ punk band, who invaded the pitch during the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup between France and Croatia, have been freed from policy custody after spending 16 days in detention, their lawyer said on Wednesday.The pitch invaders spent 15 days in policy custody for wearing the police uniforms and running on the pitch during the World Cup final on July 15 — something they did to promote free speech in the country.Moscow court has sentenced a 15-day jail term to all the four of the pitch invaders. The judge also banned the four from attending sports events for three years.The four were Veronika Nikulshina, Olga Pakhtusova, Olga Kurachyova and Pyotr Verzilov, the only male.Their lawyer Nikolai Vasilyev said on Wednesday that they were due to be released on Monday but were immediately detained after being freed and then they were held for a further day before being let up late on Tuesday.Also read – World Cup 2018 final pitch invaders get 15-day jail sentenceIt was unclear whether they will face further charges of disobeying the police and of holding a public event without prior permission, which the police had unsuccessfully tried to pin on them, Vasilyev said.Those offences carry maximum jail terms of 10 and 15 days.The group’s brief pitch invasion at Moscow’s main stadium in front of President Vladimir Putin and other high-ranking officials marked a rare security breach in the Russia-hosted World Cup. Four members Russia’s ‘Pussy Riot’ punk band invaded the pitch during FIFA World Cup final. (Reuters Photo)One of the invaders, Kurachyova said their stunt, which held up the game only briefly, was meant to promote freedom of speech and condemn policies of FIFA, soccer’s global governing body.advertisement”It is a pity that we disrupted the sportsmen,” Kurachyova told reporters on Monday.WATCH: Russian punk band invades pitch”FIFA is involved in unfair games unfortunately. FIFA is a friend of heads of states who carry out repression, who violate human rights.”Another invader Verzilov said the performance was also meant to show how “the state, in the form of the police, intrudes into people’s lives”.Three of Pussy Riot’s original members were jailed in 2012 for staging a protest against Putin in a church and the group has since become a symbol of anti-Kremlin direct action.Security personnel reacted slowly initially as the quartet, all identically dressed in white shirts, black trousers and black hats, ran on to the field from behind the French goal, trying to high-five players.Croatia defender Dejan Lovren shoved one person to the ground before security personnel carried them off.On the other hand, Kylian Mbappe shared a high-five with one of the intruders as she ran towards him for a high-five. (With Reuters inputs)last_img read more


November 17, 2019 0

Norway’s brothers in arms advance at Euros

first_imgBerlin, Aug 8 (AFP) Norway’s defending European champion Filip Ingebrigtsen, along with brothers Henrik and Jakob, moved smoothly into the final of the men’s 1500m after successfully negotiating their heats at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium today. The 25-year-old Filip, the sixth fastest European of all time over 1500m who also won world bronze in London last year, clocked 3min 40.88sec in finishing third in his heat behind Poland’s Marcin Lewandowski and Briton Charlie Grice to progress to Friday’s 12-man final. Henrik, the eldest of the trio at 27, won bronze behind Filip in Amsterdam having previously won the European crown in Helsinki in 2012 and a silver in 2014. He also progressed after coming in third (3:49.54) in his heat won by Britain’s Chris O’Hare. Jakob, who will be 18 next month, might be the one to watch out for, however, posting 3:40.81 in winning the third and final heat. The teenager, coached like his siblings by father Gjert, has a fledgling career based on a solid all-rounder’s grounding in cross-country, steeplechase and 5000m, as well as over 1500m and the mile. “Of course I’m satisfied to get into the final,” he said. “It’s all about training. We’ve been working really, really hard. I’m really excited.” In May this year, Jakob ran a 3:52.28 mile, which included an incredible final lap of 55.42sec, showing how dangerous he could be should family tactics come to the fore come Friday. “If anyone wants to join the Ingebritsen party, please do so!” said a buoyant Henrik, sporting a mohawk and bushy moustache.advertisement “I’m a championship runner and I haven’t done a fast time this year, so I am confident.” Filip admitted that “Henrik has more experience” as temperatures in Berlin soared above 34 degrees Centigrade (93F). And Jakob discounted family tactics, saying: “Initially we were thinking about racing tactics together, but Filip will go for himself, so we decided that we all will do the same.” – Howe’s reincarnation -======================== Italy’s US-born one-time long jumper Andrew Howe admitted he was looking for an unlikely reincarnation over 200m, 11 years on from his last major championships podium. “After I tore my achilles tendon in 2011, I couldn’t continue with the long jump,” Howe said. “I lacked that reactivity, so my coach suggested I switch to the 200m and it was a really good idea.” Howe, who won the 2006 European long jump title and world silver in Osaka a year later, clocked 20.60sec in his heat to advance to semi-finals later Wednesday. In pole for the 200m will be Azeri-born Turk Ramil Guliyev, the reigning world champion who was pushed back into silver in Amsterdam by Spain’s Bruno Hortelano. The Spaniard, born in Australia to Spanish parents who then relocated to Canada, insisted he was focused initially on the 200m. “I feel stronger than ever,” said the 26-year-old, who missed all last season after a catastrophic car accident in Madrid, in which he was a passenger, that left him at risk of a hand amputation. After consulting Spanish surgeon Xavier Mir, the go-to specialist for ranks of battered MotoGP riders, the amputation was avoided and the Cornell University genetics graduate made his return to the track. He has since set Spanish records for both the 200 and 400m (20.04, 44.69). “The 200m is my favoured distance and I have a lot less experience over 400m.” Wednesday’s evening session, with temperatures tipped to top 37C (99F), features four other medal events as well as the denouement of the decathlon. Women will compete in the 10,000m and shot put, while long jump and discus take centre stage for the men before the sapping 1500m finale of the decathlon. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more


November 17, 2019 0

From shooting balloons to gold, Saurabh comes of age at 16

first_imgBy Abhishek Hore New Delhi, Aug 22 (PTI) Shooting balloons and blowing bubbles in village fairs, Saurbah Chaudhary would dream of excelling in the Olympic sport one day. Having an air rifle resting on his shoulders and taking aim at those blue, yellow and red balloons, acquaintances say, would make him feel like Abhinav Bindra. Then, there came a time when Chaudhary would shoot day in and out, leading to participation in inter-school and inter-state meets and as pastime gave way to habit and habit to obsession, he found himself competing in national level tournaments. Impressed, his farmer father, who owns almost 20 acres of land in his village, set up a shooting range at home. The schoolboy honed his skills at the backyard and at national level shooter Amit Sheoran’s academy in Baghpat, Haryana, which is around 15 kilometres from his UP village. Doubly impressed with his son’s progress, Chaudhary senior eventually bought the promising shooter, who was once fond of playing around with toy guns, a pistol. Sugarcane farmer Jagmohan Singh was filled with hope despite some apprehensions. That was some years ago. Some years later, Bindra, the country’s lone individual Olympic gold medallist would end up calling himself a “sissy” when compared to this new generation of Indian shooters, of whom the 16-year-old from Kalina village in Meerut has become an integral part. Bindra expressing his admiration for this supremely talented and confident bunch of teenagers — which includes Anish Bhanwala, Manu Bhaker (notwithstanding her sixth-place finish in 25m pistol), Elavenil Valaviram, Mehuli Ghosh and Chaudhary — best sums up their astounding achievements in recent times.advertisement Baby-faced, ineligible to drink and drive and not old enough to even perhaps understand the enormity of the feat he has scaled, it was no surprise then when Chaudhary said he “did not feel any pressure” while shooting in the 10m air rifle event of the ongoing Asian Games in the Indonesian port city of Palembang. “No, there was no pressure at all. I just came to compete and do my best. I have trained hard, have been in good form and got good results,” he had said after winning the biggest medal of his career yesterday. He created ripples at home and away. He was picked ahead of multiple time gold medallist Jitu Rai and in his first competitive senior tournament, trumped men with enviable record. Japanese Tomoyuki Matsuda is a two-time world champion and Korea’s Jin Jong-Oh, with four Olympic gold medallist and three World Championships titles, is one of the greatest to have played the sport. Chaudhary prevailed and in his faraway village, his father was filled with pride as the family members celebrated. “We feel proud because he has made the country proud,” he said. “There is still a long way to go.” PTI AH PM PM PMlast_img read more


November 17, 2019 0

Spain’s Isco looking forward to UEFA Nations League under new coach Luis Enrique

first_imgLuis Enrique has not been one of the favourite appointment as successor to Julen Lopetegui due to his prickly relationship with the media and his barely concealed distaste for Real Madrid in the past.But midfielder Isco has come out in support of the team’s new manager, saying that he welcomes coach Luis Enrique’s ban on mobile phones during team meals and has embraced the new manager’s footballing ideas and team building exercises.”It’s always good to have a little bit of discipline, not having phones at meals is a good idea to me, these days we are often more focused on machines than speaking with our team mates,” Isco told a news conference on Thursday.No importa si es con la derecha o con la izquierda… ¡@isco_alarcon tiene el punto de mira perfectamente afinado!#UnaNuevaIlusión pic.twitter.com/0gp0qvIyDSSelección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) September 4, 2018Spain play their first game under former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique on Saturday away to England in their opening match of the UEFA Nations League before hosting Croatia on Tuesday.Their last outing was their shock elimination from the World Cup to Russia on penalties following a 1-1 draw in the last 16.Real Madrid midfielder Isco, however, said the team have taken to the coach’s training methods as well as his quirky ideas off the pitch, which saw him take the players to an escape room on Wednesday, where participants have to break out of a locked room by completing puzzles.advertisementOFICIAL | Lista de convocados por @LUISENRIQUE21 para los partidos ante Inglaterra (@England) y Croacia (@HNS_CFF) de la UEFA Nations League#UnaNuevaIlusión pic.twitter.com/JXES4A9VoDSelección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) August 31, 2018″The escape room was very good, we were able to disconnect a bit and have a lot of laughs. We had to find clues and solve riddles,” Isco added.”We are very happy with him and we are excited about starting the important things which are the games so we can know what level we are at.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more


November 17, 2019 0

Middle muddle for India needs to be sorted

first_imgAs stand-in captain, Rohit Sharma has plenty of reasons to feel happy. Under his leadership, India’s winning record in ODIs is healthy, though it does not mean he is going to get the job on a permanent basis soon.The Asia Cup was all about desert duels becoming interesting in the United Arab Emirates, with India playing all their matches in Dubai. The final against an inspired Bangladesh was close, making it money’s worth for fans who were present inside the arena and those who watched it live on television.After the disaster in England, where India lost the Test series in an insipid manner, this win in the Asia Cup has helped some fans overcome trauma. However, that does not mean lessons from England should be forgotten and there are still plenty of points to ponder for the demanding tour of Australia later in the year.Matches played in the Asia Cup have also provided pointers where India need to focus on in the ODIs. With Virat Kohli, who bats at No.3, missing this series, the middle order looked even more suspect. When the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna winner is batting, he makes chasing totals look so easy.Also read – Former India cricketers happy with Asia Cup triumph but…Yet, the crucial positions in the middle – No.4, 5, and 6 – are ones which need attention in the ODIs. With the ICC World Cup to be held in England next summer, India must try out players who can fill these slots.advertisementLooking at the performance of some of the batsmen like Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya, it would be advisable for the think-tank in Indian cricket to look at other faces.Initially, Pandey promised a lot but has been unable to live up to it. Karthik, after his exploits in the Indian Premier League (T20 format), certainly does not look capable of winning India ODIs. Hardik Pandya, billed as the next all-rounder in Kapil Dev mould, still has a long way to go. Jadhav did do his part against Bangladesh in the final but his fitness remains suspect.Also read – Harbhajan Singh lauds India’s well deserved Asia Cup 2018 triumphOne man who gets pilloried and yet remains essential to the Indian team in the shorter formats is Mahendra Singh Dhoni. You can criticise him for not batting as aggressively as before but he is still chipping in so coolly.As a motivator and team person to the core, Dhoni is still a big plus for the Indian team. Be it Kohli as captain or Rohit, Dhoni stays in the background and has plenty of gyaan to give them. This has been seen on television vis a vis field placing and also acknowledged by the two captains.Dhoni’s six-hitting may have receded but as a fast runner between wickets and one who values his own wicket, his runs are still crucial to the Indian team. There is no way this man can be touched till the next World Cup.Talk of his work as wicket-keeper, Dhoni is still the best bet. He has crossed the 800-mark in list of dismissals in international cricket, which is a record worth boasting. To think of a replacement for him before next year would be an academic exercise.Also read – Ravindra Jadeja should not have been dropped: Mohammad AzharuddinLooking back, conditions in Dubai were quite different compared to other ODI centres. Scores here were not in the 300 plus region. Even around 250 in an innings was fairly competitive with India’s bowlers again doing their job well.Preparing wickets in the UAE is not easy. There is high water salinity and in high heat and humidity, to prepare these kinds of tracks was on expected lines. If the Indian middle order struggled in such conditions, batting in England will be much more different.One doesn’t need experts to tell us India needs to look at other options for the middle order. Rishabh Pant, who scored a Test hundred in England, should be tried out. As a left-hander, he will bring variety to the batting line-up and has the ability to score big.Also read – Asia Cup: A team like this always makes the captain look good, says Rohit SharmaSomeone like Ajinkya Rahane also needs to be looked at as an option, because there are hardly any other names. KL Rahul may also be one more option to try out in ODIs ahead as the process of building the core team for the World Cup has to begin soon.advertisementThe middle order worries are serious and minus a quality all-rounder, the pressure is showing. Not long ago, Rahane was considered good enough for ODIs as well but to typify him as a dour bat and good for only Test cricket is wrong.One cannot forget the role played by Ravindra Jadeja in the Asia Cup. Virtually pulled out from the deep freezer, his bowling was effective. As batsman, he can be pretty effective. At least, one can now say that after watching the middle order struggle.last_img read more


November 17, 2019 0

Statistician Vijayan Bala comes up with new book

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 18 (PTI) Veteran commentator and cricket statistican Vijayan Bala has come up with his new book “Indian Sports: Conversations and Reflections”, a compilation of interviews of eminent sportspersons he has conducted since 1971. The 68-year-old Bala, who has also been a member of BCCI’s Statistical Committee apart from being an English teacher, has interviewed Olympians like Balbir Singh Senior, Abhinav Bindra, Sushil Kumar, Sakshi Malik, Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore to name a few. Among the cricketers of yesteryears, he has interviewed MAK Pataudi, GR Viswanath, Eknath Solkar while Gautam Gambhir, Unmukt Chand are some of the current day players interviewed by him. Bala has earlier published a book on Statistics called ‘Indian Test Cricket back in 1974’. In 2016, he authored a second book “The Complete Indian Sports Quiz” inaugurated by sports minister Rathore. PTI KHS PMlast_img read more


November 17, 2019 0

India vs Australia: Mitchell Starc replaces injured Billy Stanlake for 3rd T20I

Mitchell Starc has been called upon to replace Billy Stanlake in the Australian squad for the third and final T20I against India in Sydney after the latter was ruled out of the match.Stanlake was replaced by Nathan Coulter-Nile in the playing XI for the second T20I in Melbourne with the tall pacer straining his ankle during a warm-up ahead of the start of the match at the MCG.Aaron Finch ruled Stanlake out of the final match with him injuring his ankle on the boundary line while having a catching practice as part of the warm-up for the Melbourne T20I, which was eventually washed out.Australia have taken an unassailable 1-0 lead in the three-T20I series after they won the first match in Brisbane by four runs and the second was washed out.Starc, who was origially preparing for the Test series against India, will now playing his first T20I for the country since September 2016. Starc last played a T20I for Australia against Sri Lanka and Colombo and at home, his last T20I was at the SCG in February 2014 against England.”[Starc has] got so much experience in the limited-overs games as well and we’ve seen how dominant he can be when he gets it right with the ball,” Finch said.”We’ll have a look at the wicket this afternoon and discuss the side but coming straight off a Shield game with an eye on the first Test, his preparations will be really good.”advertisementEven though Stanlake will miss the final T20I against India, he has a moderate grade ankle sprain and should return to the Big Bash League with the Adelaide Strikers.Also read – Australia fined for slow over rate in Brisbane T20I against IndiaAfter his 1/27 off three overs in Brisbane against India, Finch said he was beginning to find good rhythm and would have featured in Melbourne if not for the injury.”He started to find some really good rhythm in Brisbane and he’s been around the mark for quite a while,” Finch said.”He obviously had a tough tour of England and to come back and have that time to get his body right and start to feel good again, it’s unfortunate he tripped on the rope and went straight over [on the ankle].”Finch only found out about Stanlake’s injury when he was “halfway out for the toss”. Initially, it was thought that the injury was not serious but scans on Saturday showed it was enough to rule him out of the third T20I.The final T20I of the series will be played in Sydney on Sunday.Also watch – read more


November 17, 2019 0

Swapna’s coach wants better incentive from Bengal govt

first_imgKolkata, Nov 27 (PTI) Absence of a state sports policy for rewarding its medal winners is a big impediment in consistently producing champion athletes like Swapna Barman, her coach Subhas Sarkar said on Tuesday. Born with six toes on each foot, Swapna, who belonged to a poor family in North Bengal, made headlines winning an Asian Games gold medal in hepatathlon in August this year. While her gold medal winning compatriots like Dutee Chand of Odisha (Rs 3 crore) and Hima Das of Assam (Rs 1.6 crore) were honoured with cash rewards running in crores, Swapna got a paltry financial incentive of Rs 10 lakh from the Mamata Banarjee-led government which also promised a job. “I don’t want to get into political issues but everybody knows how much amount did Swapna get,” Sarkar rued, on the sidelines of felicitation programme by Bandhan Bank that awarded the heptathlete Rs 10 lakh. Sarkar cited example of Haryana, which is now the leading state in producing medal winners. There were 18 medalists — five gold, five silver and eight bronze — at the Asian Games from the state. Swapna, the first individual gold medalists from Bengal after Saraswati Saha (200m event in Asian Games 2002), was among the three medal winners — including two bronze — from the West Bengal at the Jakarta-Palembang Games this year. “There’s no dearth of talent in West Bengal but our government should take up a sports policy that will set an example for the next generation. I want to say this for the sake of next generation. There has to be hunger in you, for that you need a financial incentive.advertisement “There are many talented kids like Swapan Barman in interior West Bengal but they are getting lost in the way without proper guidance. “But if there’s a financial incentive, for example one crore for an Asian Games or Commonwealth Games gold medal, many from downtrodden families of Bengal will be ready to even give their life. Just look at how Haryana are producing athletes with their government’s full support,” Sarkar said. Sarkar, who spotted Swapna in 2011, said her financial status has not improved and they have also not yet accepted the job offer, as they were waiting for her graduation to complete to maker her eligible for a higher-ranked post. “We are waiting for her to become a graduate so that she will be qualified to get an inspector-level post,” he added. PTI TAP ATATlast_img read more


November 17, 2019 0

AFC Asian Cup: Chhetri proud of his boys, says India a difficult team to play against

first_imgBrimming with joy after leading India to their biggest-ever AFC Asian Cup win on Sunday, talismanic striker Sunil Chhetri said the Blue Tigers may not be the most technically sound team but their ability to fight till the final whistle makes them a difficult side to play against.Sunil Chhetri scored a double as India thrashed lower-ranked Thailand 4-1 in a Group A match in Abu Dhabi to start their Asian Cup campaign on a high. Anirudh Thapa and Jeje Lalpekhlua also put their names on the scoresheet as India came up with a clinical performance.Ranked 97 on the FIFA charts, India were expected to make a positive start against Southeast Asian powerhouses, Thailand. However, it is safe to say the win with a three-goal margin was unexpected.”It feels good. To be very honest, all the other three teams [in Group A] are more experienced and better than us. I have no shame in saying that. The way the boys fought… they showed character,” Chhetri said after the match.”As I said before, we might not be the most technical team but we are a difficult team to play against, we fight and fight till the end. That’s what the boys showed out there. Everyone of them ran for their lives and defended and that’s what we play the game for.”Considering the bigger picture, this is a good but small start. But I’ll talk about just this game – it was bloody brilliant to be a part of the way my team went about things. And it’s even more special knowing we made a country happy, even if it is only for a day.advertisementSunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) 6 January 2019What a thumping win by @IndianFootball over @Changsuek_TH (Thailand)!India are now at the top of Group A!3pts1pt1pt0pt#BackTheBlue #THAIND #AsianDream #BlueTigers: AFC Media pic.twitter.com/7BqEVwFvkXHero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) January 6, 2019Chhetri helped open the scoring as he converted a penalty in the 27th minute of the match to send the section of Indian fans at the Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi into a tizzy.Thailand captain Teerasil Dangda led the team’s reply as the War Elephants found the equaliser six minutes after conceding the goal. Both the teams headed to the break tied at 1-1.Biggest ever Asian Cup win for the Indians!What an achievement to KO the Blue Tigers’ #AsianCup2019 campaign! pic.twitter.com/fsXo4QB586#AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) January 6, 2019However, it was one-way traffic in the second-half. Chhetri opened the scoring as early as the first minute after the break with a stunning finish after nimble-footed Udanta Singh ran down the right flank and sent in a cross. Anirudh Thapa and substitute Jeje Lalpekhlua scored in the 68th and the 80th minute respectively to put the game to bed.Speaking about the shift in style after the break, Chhetri said India wanted to just make sure they didn’t give space to Thailand who worked the Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh quite a lot in the first 45 minutes.”Told ourselves ‘Make sure you defend in numbers, make sure you don’t give them space.’ They are so good with the ball, we saw in the first half… if we allow them, they will keep passing. So the team spoke about getting close and cutting down on the space,” Chhetri added.Chhetri became the highest scorer for India in the AFC Asian Cup history as the Bengaluru FC captain surpassed Inder Singh, who struck twice in the 1964 edition when the country had finished runners up.He also went past Lionel Messi to become the second highest active international goal scorer behind Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal. The India striker now has 67 goals while Messi has 65.However, the goal-scoring machine insisted he is not thinking about records but only about the team’s progress in the ongoing continental tournament.”It’s time now to focus on the stuff. It doesn’t matter who scores. I am happy we got the three points. You can see the happiness and jubilation in our faces when someone scores. That tells you how tightly knit we are as a team. I just hope we get much more from the tournament. I am so happy and proud of the boys.”Thanking the Blue Pilgrims, who had turned out in considerable numbers to support the team, Chhetri said: “Brilliant. We expect so much from them because they have made us get used to great support wherever we go. I just want to thank them. I just hope we can give them more to cheer in the coming matches. Keep supporting us, we will give our best in the pitch.”advertisementlast_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

Thibaut Courtois joins Real Madrid’s long list of injured players

first_imgReal Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has been sidelined with a hip problem, leaving the stuttering European champions without a total of seven players due to injury and suspension.Madrid said in a statement on Wednesday that the Belgian had a grade one injury in his left hip muscle, without stating for how long he would be ruled out.Spanish media reports said Courtois would be out for around 10 days, ruling him out of Sunday’s trip to Real Betis in La Liga as well as both Copa del Rey games against Leganes.The Belgian was expected to be on the bench for Wednesday’s first-leg match and the return leg on Jan. 16, with Keylor Navas playing instead.Courtois’s injury setback comes one day after Germany midfielder Toni Kroos was diagnosed with a thigh problem, ruling him out for between three to four weeks and meaning he will miss a crunch league game against high-flying Sevilla on Jan. 19.Real winger Lucas Vazquez is suspended for Sunday’s visit to Real Betis after being sent off in last week’s 2-0 defeat to Real Sociedad, which left Santiago Solari’s side fifth in La Liga and 10 points behind leaders Barcelona.Record signing Gareth Bale is currently sidelined with a groin strain and is not due back until the end of the month, while fellow forwards Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz as well as midfield anchor Marcos Llorente are also unavailable due to injury.Also Read | AFC Asian Cup 2019: After dream start vs Thailand, India brace for tougher test against UAEAlso Read | Bayern Munich rope in France defender Benjamin Pavard from VfB StuttgartAlso Read | Mohamed Salah voted African Footballer of the Year for second successive yearadvertisementlast_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

Sydney weather forces Team India to practice indoors ahead of 1st ODI

first_imgIt is raining once again in Sydney which has affected India’s preparations for the first one-day international against Australia which will be played on January 12.Preparations kicked off in earnest from Thursday as the full squad hit the nets together for the first time since the home series against West Indies in November. But rain played spoilsport as Team India players had to practice indoors at the Sydney Cricket Ground.MS Dhoni was seen batting in the nets along with Ambati Rayudu, both of whom had reached Sydney along with the rest of the one-day squad on Tuesday.The first match will be played in Sydney on January 12, the second in Adelaide on January 15 while the third ODI will be played in Melbourne on January 18.When it’s raining outdoors, we switch to indoors #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/pkWBcyygtMBCCI (@BCCI) January 10, 2019It was bright and sunny on Wednesday as the likes of Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan, Kedar Jadhav and Ambati Rayudu sweated it out at an optional training session with batting coach Sanjay Bangar but they had to change their plans on Thursday.The quartet primarily took throwdowns as no specialist bowlers from the squad were present for this optional session.While Dhawan and Rayudu prepared with both the right and left arm throwdown specialists, Dhoni worked in the indoor nets with assistant coach Sanjay Bangar. Jadhav alternated between the two nets’ options.Snapshots from #TeamIndia’s optional training session ahead of the 1st ODI against Australia. pic.twitter.com/HDuR3hDcjaadvertisementBCCI (@BCCI) January 9, 2019With the 2019 ODI World Cup on the horizon, focus has firmly shifted to white-ball cricket with the arrival of limited-overs’ specialists.India have a long white-ball season lined up ahead of the marquee tournament in England this summer, with three ODIs in Australia and another five ODIs in New Zealand along with a three-match T20I series there as well.Australia then visit India for a return leg of five ODIs and two T20Is, before the 2019 Indian Premier League season gets underway on March 23.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

Sanjay Manjrekar highlights England’s flawed approach. Michael Vaughan responds

first_imgFormer India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar, in a tweet, pointed out England’s flawed approach when he cited England coach Trevor Bayliss’s observation on Sam Curran’s performance in the first Test against the West Indies at Bridgetown. Curran picked one wicket and scored 31 runs across two innings as England lost by an innings and 381 runs after being bowled out for 77 in their first innings.Sam Curran has so far played 8 Tests and scored 435 runs and taken 15 wickets. He made his debut against Pakistan at Headingley in June 2018 and had some impressive performances against India during England’s 4-1 triumph at home.In Bridgetown, Sam Curran was one of several failures for England. Despite some gritty performances against India, Curran batted at No.9 in both innings of the first Test against West Indies and scored 14 and 17 in both innings.Manjrekar reckoned Bayliss was referring to Sam Curran’s batting when he spoke about the first “bad game” of the England all-rounder’s career.”Trevor Bayliss said that Sam Curran has endured the first bad game of his career. Curran has 15 wickets in 15 innings. So it’s more his batting Bayliss is talking about…Curran bats at no 8 & 9. Highlights the flawed thinking & approach of England,” Manjrekar tweeted.Trevor Bayliss said that Sam Curran has endured the first bad game of his career. Curran has 15 wickets in 15 innings. So it’s more his batting Bayliss is talking about…Curran bats at no 8 & 9. Highlights the flawed thinking & approach of England.#ENGvWISanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) January 29, 2019Michael Vaughan, a former England captain, responded with:advertisementThe same flawed thinking that beat India 4-1 Sanjay .. #OnOn https://t.co/u9Lq2jKeWHMichael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 29, 2019India had toured England last year and won the T20I series before losing the five Test series 1-4. Virat Kohli scored nearly 600 runs and the pacers were outstanding but the other batsmen had failed to stand up as India lost their second overseas Test series of 2018.However, India fought hard and won their first ever Test series in Australia in 2018-19.Also Read | Jason Holder and Shane Dowrich create Test history for West IndiesAlso Read | Alastair Cook blasts England’s preparations after West Indies Test defeatAlso Read | Focus on 2nd Test team selection for England after historic loss vs West Indieslast_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

IAS officer Ashok Khemka transferred for 52nd time in 27-year career

first_imgThe Haryana government on Sunday issued transfer and posting orders for nine IAS officers with immediate effect, including 1991-batch senior bureaucrat Ashok Khemka.Ashok Khemka, principal secretary of Sports and Youth Affairs Department has been posted as principal secretary of Science and Technology Department, where he had been posted earlier as well.The 1991-batch IAS officer had first been mentioned by the media in 2012 when he had cancelled the mutation of a land deal between Congress leader Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra’s Skylight Hospitality and major real estate developer DLF.The IAS officer, who was posted for nearly 15 months in the Sports and Youth Affairs Department, headed by Minister Anil Vij, has been transferred over 50 times in his career so far.The other IAS officers transferred include Amit Jha, additional chief secretary of Medical Education and Research, advisor to Haryana Saraswati Heritage Board and additional chief secretary of Science and Technology Department. He has been posted as additional chief secretary of Sports and Youth Affairs Department and advisor to Haryana Saraswati Heritage Board, an official release said here.Siddhi Nath Roy, additional chief secretary of Forests and Wildlife Department, has been given additional charge of Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department as Additional Chief Secretary.Rajeev Arora, chief resident commissioner of Haryana Bhawan, New Delhi and additional chief secretary of Health and Family Welfare Department, has been given additional charge of Medical Education and Research Department.Apoorva Kumar Singh, principal secretary of Town and Country Planning and Urban Estates Department, has been given additional charge of Faridabad Metropolitan Development Authority as its chief executive officer.advertisementAmit Kumar Agrawal, Excise and Taxation commissioner and Excise and Taxation Department secretary and nodal officer of International Gita Mahotsav, 2018 has been given additional charge of Haryana Medical Services Corporation Limited as managing director.Wazeer Singh Goyat, secretary of Finance Department, has been given additional charge of Development and Panchayats and Rural Development as director general and secretary of Development and Panchayats Department.Chander Shekhar, secretary of Haryana Secretariat Establishment and Cooperation Departments has been posted as secretary of Haryana Human Rights Commission.Vijay Kumar Siddappa Bhavikatti, director of Development and Panchayats and Rural Development and additional secretary of Development and Panchayats Department has been posted as additional secretary of Finance Department.Special Coverage | Lords of the filesRead | Ashok Khemka ready for work after 51st transfer, says he’s prepared for everythingRead | DLF land deal: Khemka blasts Khattar govt for giving plum posting to controversial retired IAS officerWatch | Khemka shunted out from Haryana again, figures in EC poll duty listlast_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

Jawa, The Forever Bike: Here is a coffee table book worth having

first_imgSo most of you must be wondering what the book! But let me tell you one thing. The charm of holding a coffee table book has no comparison to reading one on a fancy tablet. That’s where Adil Jal Darukhanawala’s latest creation titled ‘Jawa, The Forever Bike’ comes in.The author if you might not be aware has in the past created a plethora of books on motor vehicles and each one of them is nothing short of being a collector’s item. This one though can be hailed as the Bible for the lovers of the Jawa brand. The book encompasses the entire life of the Jawa brand all the way to its resurrection in India. Jawa, The Forever Bike: Back cover of the book.The chapter wise tale takes you through all stages of Jawa. Right from describing and writing about each and every model to how Jawa created a ruckus in the world of motorsport in the past. The author has also brought in a third dimension by introducing the human element here when he gets talking to those who raced these bikes in the past! What a story it is!To me though Chapter 24 is the most special and an emotional one at that! The chapter takes you through the last days of the Mysore factory and gives you a glimpse of the factory floor. Pictures of bikes which we never saw on Indian roads standing there gathering dust and some really rare specimens of special project bikes. What a story. Last but not the least; we do have a proper look at the new range of Jawa bikes.advertisementThe book is available on request for purchase and you can write into info@adiljal.com to get your copy. Take our word and write in.ALSO READ | Volvo Cars India registers 25% sales growth to 2,687 units in Financial Year 2018-19ALSO READ | Jeep Compass Sport Plus sale starts, new variant priced at Rs 15.99 lakhALSO READ | TVS Radeon crosses 1 lakh sales milestone since launch in August 2018last_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

Thailand Open: Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty 1st Indian doubles pair to win Super 500 title

first_imgSatwiksairaj Rankreddy and Chirag Shetty created history on Sunday as they became the first Indian doubles pair to win a Super 500 title. The unseeded Indian duo stunned reigning world champions Li Jun Hui and Liu Yu Chen in the final of Thailand Open to win their biggest career title on the BWF tour.Satwiksairaj and Chirag took the Chinese world champions by surprise with their approach and won the final 21-19, 18-21, 21-18 in an hour and 2 minutes at the Indoor Stadium Haumark in Bangkok. Notably, The 16th-ranked Indian men’s doubles pair had beaten former world champions Ko Sung Hyun and Shin Baek Cheol in the semi-final on Saturday.With the win, Satwiksairaj and Chirag will enter the top 10 of BWF men’s doubles rankings for the first time in their careers.History created!UNSTOPPABLE @satwiksairaj @Shettychirag04 They have etched their names in history!They win the biggest title of their career, beating the reigning world champions Li & Liu! What a performance! What efforts!P.C: @BadmintonTalk#ThailandOpen #IndiaOnTheRise pic.twitter.com/grQ4bBlksG BAI Media (@BAI_Media) August 4, 2019Heading into the big final, Satwik and Chirag were the underdogs as they were up against the 2nd seeds and the reigning world and Thomas Cup champions Li and Liu. However, the youngsters from India did not care about reputations as they tested the Chinese pair with some fine teamwork on the court.Satwik and Chirag were up 10-6 in the first game as the duo kept charging to the net and putting pressure on the established Chinese pair. The two Indian shuttlers kept their composure at nervy moments towards the end of the first game before taking it 21-19.advertisementThe Indian duo though was not able to hold their nerves when they had the opportunity to finish the match in straight games .Momentum is a big thing in any sport and in badminton it has a decisive effect. That’s why when Li and Liu raced to a 6-3 lead in the deciding game, it looked like they were going to run away with the match. However, Satwik and Chirag showed immense girt and determination to claw back into the match and seal it with their first match point.Satwik, who is known for his powerful jump smashes, wonderfully mixed it up as he was quite effective at the net as well. Flick serves, powerful smashes and what not. The 18-year-old Indian shuttler was at his absolute best on the big day in Bangkok.Woohooo! Killed it @Shettychirag04 @satwiksairaj . Historical win ??India is proud of you ????????????#thailandopensuper500 Ajay Jayaram (@ajay_289) August 4, 2019Great win for the Indian doubles…that to in the Olympic year!! Amazing performance boys #satwik #chiragOnly the beginning ???????????? Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) August 4, 2019Meanwhile, Chirag Shetty controlled the rallies wonderfully well from the front court and charged to the net whenever there was an opportunity to put pressure on the Chinese pair. Shetty’s defence and net play peaked towards the end of the deciding game.The two Indian shuttlers were delighted as they hit the winner. There was excitement so much so that that they forgot to complete the customary post-match duties.Did not take pressure ahead of the final: Chirag ShettyChirag Shetty spoke to the official broadcasters after the historic win and insisted that the Indian pair did not want to take pressure ahead of the big final.”Not really, it was just our first major final. The people we were playing were the reigning world champions. They have been pretty regular at the seim-finals and finals of Superseries. I think, the moment we entered the court, we did not take pressure. That’s what helped us,” Chirag said.Satwiksairaj and Chirag Shetty are finding form at the right time as consistent appearances in the final stages of major touraments will come in handy in the Olympic qualification period.Satwik had not played for more than 5 months on the tour after suffering a major shoulder injury in December and subsequently aggrevating in the Premier Badminton League. However, the fit-again teenage shuttler is making the right moves and forging a strong partnership with Chirag Shetty.Also See:last_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

Navdeep Saini in breach of ICC Code of Conduct after Nicholas Pooran send-off

first_imgNavdeep Saini received an official warning from the International Cricket Council after he was found to be in breach of the Level 1 off the ICC Code of Conduct during a dream debut for India in the first T20 International against West Indies on Saturday.Navdeep Saini dismissed West Indian batsman Nicholas Pooran in the 4th over of the innings but according to an ICC press release, his celebration was found to have breached “Article 2.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to using actions or gestures which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon their dismissal. He has also been handed one demerit point.”Saini admitted to the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by match referee Jeff Crowe – there was therefore no need for a formal hearing.Navdeep Saini had a spectuaclar debut. He picked 3 for 17 off his 4 overs and bowled a wicket-maiden in the final over as India restricted West Indies to 95 for 9 off 20 overs.India got home with 4 wickets and 16 balls to spare.Navdeep Saini was named man-of-the-match after his sensational spell broke the back of the West Indies batting line-up on a tricky pitch.Bhuvneshwar Kumar reckoned Saini would be dangerous on good bowling wickets.”He [Saini] bowls really quick and the wicket was a bit slow but he’s a quick bowler, he bowls around 145-150kmh. So we’ll get to see him bowl really quick on good bowling wickets,” Bhuvneshwar said.Read more | Would love it if some Indian players attend my wedding: Hasan AliAlso see:advertisementlast_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

NEBRASKA DEMOCRATS TO DROP STATE CAUCUS

first_imgNebraska Democrats are giving up on the presidential caucus.During a meeting in Ord, the Nebraska Democratic Party’s State Central Committee overwhelming approved returning to a May primary for the 2020 election.The party first instituted the caucus in 2008 in hopes of having a say in the national race while drawing people into the political process.Barack Obama won the initial caucus, as well as the Democratic presidential nomination before being elected the country’s 44th president.In 2016, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont captured the caucus, but Hillary Clinton won the party’s nomination.Critics argued the caucus diverted resources and focus from electing Democrats in Nebraska.Pictured Jane Kleeb, State Democratic Chairlast_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

10 Thoughts From a Texas Fan

first_imgNCAA Football: Texas at MississippiPhoto Attribution: US PresswireAn anonymous Texas fan emailed me yesterday to let me know what he thought about Stillwater. Hope you guys enjoy.1. Crazy how nice the people are, coming up to my group all day asking how we liked Stillwater, how our drive was, where we were staying. And it’s such a small town. The guy who was selling cheese fries at the Eskimo Joe’s tent before the game remembered me several hours later at a bar. Such great hospitality.2. Old School Bagel has the best breakfast sandwich I’ve ever had, though I was sad to learn there was one in Norman. Boo.3. The Strip was a pleasant surprise, though the whole “can’t go in until somebody goes out” rule is silly. I get why it’s in place and that there’s really nothing the bouncers can do about it, but it’s a drag standing in line for 15 minutes to get into a bar. And no yellow cabs?4. Speaking of the Strip, how good is the limee at the Copper Penny? Wow.5. Probably wouldn’t do Shortcakes again.6. The tailgate scene is as good or better than UT’s. Eskimo Joe’s seems to have a monopoly in the area, so if you can’t get in it’s tough to find another sit-down, sports bar place, but the beer was cheap ($2 ?!?) and just about every inch of asphalt and grass near the stadium was covered with tents, TVs, grills, cornhole, kegs, lawn chairs.7. No, I could not get a table inside Eskimo Joe’s.8. That was the second best football atomsphere I’ve experienced, right behind the 2008 Texas-Oklahoma game at the Cotton Bowl. Texas needs fans like yours. And you guys have a horse? What?9. Lots of fun to drive in Stilly. Minimal traffic, big, open roads. Got lost Saturday morning and wasn’t upset about it one bit.10. Stillwater >>>>>> Norman. I’m coming back in 2014.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!last_img read more


November 16, 2019 0

Mike Gundy Calls His Hair a ‘Millennial Mullet’

first_imgI compiled a list of the eight stages of Mike Gundy’s mullet today because he went on ESPN Radio to discuss it recently. I thought it was hilarious. You can listen to the whole interview here, but I pulled the mullet-related stuff.“All this football talk is great, but I want to talk about the mullet,” said the ESPN Radio host. “I was up at West Virginia last week, and they actually had a FatHead cutout of you in one of the windows just of the mullet.”Side note: I think he was talking about being in Stillwater for the West Virginia game and Gundy misunderstood thinking he was actually in West Virginia.“Once it started taking off, I saw potential free marketing on social media,” said Gundy. I’m more or less certain Gundy could not explain marketing on social media if you gave him $3.75 million to do so.“Why would a guy not want free marketing in West Virginia with a mullet. It would probably become very popular there. They probably have a few mullets and they’re down-to-earth salt of the earth people over there.“The younger generation, it’s somewhat foreign to them. But I’m a big 70s and 80s music guy, and every once in a while it’s OK to bring the mullet back and have some fun with the team. We know the real mullet was if you permed it a little on the ends and had it bi-leveled. This is kind of a millennial mullet.”Incredible. You can listen to the entire thing here.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!last_img read more


November 16, 2019 0