Ravichandran Ashwin emulates Waqar Younis, Malcolm Marshall with 22nd Test five-wicket haul

first_imgRavichandran Ashwin left the Rajkot Test failure behind him to bounce back in style and grab another five-wicket haul in Test cricket on Saturday.Ashwin was on fire as he picked up five for 67 — his sixth fiver-wicket haul in 2016 — in the ongoing Vizag Test that helped India bundle England out for 255 in their first innings. This after India had scored 455 in their first innings.Interestingly, Ashwin will be on a hat-trick when England come out to bat again in their second innings. Despite having a 200-run advantage, India decided not to enforce a follow-on. (Scorecard)Ashwin bagged his 22 five-wicket haul to equal all-time greats Waqar Younis (Pakistan), and West Indians Malcolm Marshall, Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh.Only three Indians Anil Kumble (35), Harbhajan Singh (25) and Kapil Dev (23) have more five-wicket hauls than Ashwin.Former India captain and commentator with official broadcasters Sunil Gavaskar was all praise for Ashwin.”Must give credit to Ashwin with the way he bowled. Fully deserving of those five wickets on a pitch that did not assist spinners much,” Gavaskar said on-air.50 WICKETS IN 2016Milestone-man Ashwin also became the second bowler after Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Rangana Herath to breach the 50-wicket barrier in 2016. Last year, the Tamil Nadu off-spinner finished with 62 wickets.Only one other Indian bowler has taken 50 wickets in two consecutive years — Harbhajan did so in 2001 and 2002.50 wickets in a calendar year on most occasions (Indians) Instances Bowler Year 3 Anil Kumble 1999, 2004 & 2006 3 Harbhajan Singh 2001, 2002 & 2008 2 Kapil Dev 1979 & 1983 2 R Ashwin 2015 & 2016 1 Vinoo Mankad 1952 1 Bhagwat Chandrasekhar 1976 1 Zaheer Khan 2002(Stats courtesy Rajneesh Gupta)advertisementlast_img read more

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International Cricket Council penalises India women’s team for not playing Pakistan

first_imgTheInternational Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed that India women’steam would forfeit their three sixth-round games of the ICC Women’sChampionship 2014-16 against Pakistan women.Followingconsideration of written submissions from both the PCB and the BCCI, the ICC Technical Committee has ruled that the associated points should beawarded to Pakistan. The matches, which were due to be playedbetween 1 August and 31 October 2016, were not formally scheduled anddid not ultimately take place, and the Technical Committee has ruledthat Pakistan will be awarded two points for each of the three gamesand, in accordance with the ICC Women’s Championship playing conditions, India shall be considered to have scored 0 runs in each of the 50 overs in each of the three matches and that its net run rate shall beadjusted accordingly.  The Technical Committee was sensitive tothe current state of relations between the nations of India andPakistan, but concluded that the BCCI has not been able to establish’acceptable reasons’ for not participating in this series.Thisdecision means that there will be no change to the current standings onthe ICC Women’s Championship points table, with India remaining in fifth position and Pakistan remaining in seventh position.ICC conducts Women’s World Championship since 2014 which involves eight member boards, including India and Pakistan.Each board is expected to play against the other either home or away and they need to play at least three ODI games.Following this exercise, four top-ranked teams automatically qualify for the next World Cup and the bottom four have to battle it out in the qualifiers.advertisementAs per bilateral talks between the two boards, India were supposed to play Pakistan in UAE in a window between 1st August to 31st October.Both BCCI and PCB had made their written submissions to ICC and it has beenlearnt that BCCI refused to play games citing strained relations between the two countries.ICC has found BCCI’s stand unacceptable andpenalised the Indian women’s team. “These games cannot be calledbilateral cricket as they are part of ICC’s Women’s WorldChampionships,” said an ICC spokesperson.India will have tocompete with Bangladesh, Ireland, Zimbabwe, Scotland, Papua New Guineaand Thailand in the Women’s World Cup Qualifier, to be played in SriLanka from 7-21 February 2017 to make it to ICC Women’s World Cup, to be played in England from 26 June 2017 to 23 July 2017.last_img read more

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Cantona joins Mata’s Common Goal

first_imgManchester United legend Eric Cantona has become the latest star to sign up to Juan Mata’s Common Goal initiative, with the Frenchman questioning football’s business model.A man who enjoyed a distinguished playing career, with a spell at Old Trafford being the undoubted highlight, joins a list of more than 60 players who have committed to a charitable cause.The likes of Mats Hummels, Shinji Kagawa and Giorgio Chiellini have all pledged to donate one per cent of their wages to helping football-based projects around the world. 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! Explaining his reasons for wanting to get involved, Cantona told The Players Tribune: “There are many more people in the world who can’t even afford to buy a football than there are people who can afford to pay 200 Euros to attend a Premier League match, or 400 Euros a year to watch it on TV.“Football is one of life’s great teachers. It is one of life’s great inspirations. But the current business model of football ignores so much of the world.“Poor neighbourhoods need football as much as football needs poor neighbourhoods. We need to support a more sustainable, positive and inclusive football, and I will do anything that I can to help.“That is why I am joining the Common Goal movement as their first mentor. Common Goal’s mission is to unlock 1% of the entire football industry’s revenues for grassroots football charities, and more than 60 footballers have already pledged 1% of their salaries.“The beautiful thing is that they are players from big clubs, players from small clubs, men and women, from leagues all over the world.“Football should be for the people. This does not have to be a utopian idea. There is no reason why the major actors in the game today cannot come together and support the social aspect of football.“All of us, whether we are rich or poor, whether we are immigrants or 10th-generation citizens, find the same simple joy in the game of football. We speak the same language. We feel the same emotion.”Eric Cantona Manchester UnitedCantona added: “Please, allow me to ask this same simple question to those who run the global game — the footballers, the agents, the sponsors and the committees – what is football if it is not about freedom? What is life if it is not about freedom?“What is the meaning of life? I think we can all agree that we can do more for humanity?”Common Goal co-founder Jurgen Griesback said of Cantona’s desire to join the project: “Welcoming Eric on board and creating the new role of Common Goal mentor is another unique moment for all of us.“We believe that position of mentor not only allows true legends of the game to harness their voices for the good of all, but also gives them the opportunity of creating a lasting legacy far beyond the incredible achievements of their playing career.“We could think of few people better-suited to become the first Common Goal mentor than Eric Cantona.” 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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The best Football Manager 2019 free agents

first_imgFootball Manager 2019 is out now – in beta form, at least – and that means virtual bosses can get started on a brand new managerial project.While the game’s engineers have been meticulously delving into the minutiae of football management to make it a much more immersive experience, the simple mechanics of transfers can be the most enjoyable part.Indeed, when dipping into the transfer market in search of reinforcements, finding a bargain or, better yet, a top class free agent is one of the most satisfying aspects of the game. 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! At the beginning of the latest edition of the Sports Interactive management simulation, a host of quality players can be acquired without forking over a transfer fee, which makes them particularly attractive targets for cash-strapped clubs.Generally speaking, the players who tend to be without a contract are those at the end of their careers, but occasionally you will find a star who is still in his prime. Lots of factors come into play when attempting to lure a free agent to your club, such as wage demands and club reputation, so it must be noted that they won’t all be easily snapped up.To help you get started on your new managerial odyssey, Goal takes a look at some of the best free agents to sign in Football Manager 2019.Football Manager 2019 free agent goalkeepersThe standard of free agent goalkeepers available at the beginning of the new game is not really sufficient if you are managing at the highest level, but a number of players could fit in at Championship level or lower.Age can be a concern for players in outfield positions, but it is common to see goalkeepers ply their trade well into their late 30s and sometimes their 40s.Diego Cavalieri is a former Brazil international who was last on the books of Middlesbrough and he is probably the pick of the goalkeepers who can be picked up for free. Player Age Nationality Position Diego Cavalieri 35 Brazil GK Marco Storari 41 Italy GK Oscar Ustari 31 Argentina GK Vincent Enyeama 35 Nigeria GK Javi Varas 35 Spain GK Cedric Carrasso 36 France GK Other top-level international goalkeepers who can be signed for nothing are 31-year-old Oscar Ustari, who has represented Argentina, and former Lille shotstopper Vincent Enyeama.If you’re concerned about falling foul of work permit regulations, there are a number of European options too, including former Sevilla star Javi Varas and ex-Bordeaux number one Cedric Carrasso.Football Manager 2019 free agent defendersEvra West HamThere is an interesting array of talent available on free transfer when it comes to defenders and, while the age profile tends towards the older end of the spectrum, there are a few who players who are in their 20s.A host of senior internationals can potentially be signed, with the likes of Germany’s Serdar Tasci, Cameroon’s Sebastien Bassong and England’s Glen Johnson looking for a new club.If you’d like to get a true veteran into your ranks you could always try your hand at persuading former Inter and Argentina centre-back Nicolas Burdisso to join your project, or perhaps former Manchester United star Patrice Evra. Both players are approaching 40, so their physicality has decreased considerably, but their intelligence and skill set remains strong. Player Age Nationality Position Serdar Tasci 31 Germany DC Nicolas Burdisso 37 Argentina DC James Collins 34 Wales DC Robert Huth 33 Germany DC Joleon Lescott 35 England DC Christopher Samba 34 Congo DC Sebastien Bassong 31 Cameroon DC Florentin Pogba 27 Guinea DLC Russell Martin 32 Scotland DRC Chris Baird 36 Northern Ireland DRC/DM Sebastian Boenisch 31 Poland DRLC Benoit Tremoulinas 32 France D/WBL Patrice Evra 37 France D/WBL Benoit Assou-Ekotto 34 Cameroon D/WBL Eliseu 34 Portugal D/WBL Glen Johnson 33 England D/WBR Dennis Diekmeier 28 Germany D/WB/AMR You can sign Pogba for free too – Florentin, that is. The former Saint-Etienne man may not be at the same level as his World Cup-winning brother Paul, but he could certainly do a job at a lower level.The likes of Joleon Lescott, Chris Baird, Robert Huth and James Collins may not be household names, but they all have years of Premier League experience under their belts, which is valuable.Football Manager 2019 free agent midfieldersSamir Nasri AntalyasporFormer Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri was once considered one of the best midfielders in Europe, so it is a surprise to see him among the free agents in Football Manager 2019.Perhaps all the France international needs is the right manager to resurrect his fortunes and, who knows, maybe he will have one final flourish before his career comes to an end – that could be you.Another fascinating name on the list of free agent midfielders in Football Manager 2019 is Portugal international Miguel Veloso, who counts Sporting Lisbon, Dynamo Kiev and Genoa among his former clubs.The defensive midfielder has appeared at two World Cups and two European Championships and, given his age, could probably still be relied upon to do a job for a top level club. Player Age Nationality Position Samir Nasri 31 France AMRLC Mbark Boussoufa 33 Morocco AMRLC Ederson 32 Brazil AMRLC Abou Diaby 32 France AMC Pablo Batalla 34 Argentina AMC Alberto Aquilani 33 Italy CM Didier Ndong 24 Gabon MRC Eugen Polanski 32 Poland DM Jan Kirchoff 27 Germany DC/DM Jeremy Toulalan 34 France DC/DM Denilson 30 Brazil DM Miguel Veloso 32 Portugal DM Mathieu Flamini 34 France DM Michael Essien 35 Ghana DM Fans of Arsenal might be tempted to bring old team-mates together, with the likes of Mathieu Flamini, Denilson and Abou Diaby joining Nasri among the former Gunners who are out of contract in the game.Other blasts from the past include former Chelsea enforcer Michael Essien and ex-France international Jeremy Toulalan.Football Manager 2019 free agent strikersDimitar BerbatovIf you’re looking for a bit of experience up front and can’t afford (or don’t want) to pay, Football Manager 2019 has a number of nostalgia-evoking options.Former Manchester United and Tottenham hero Dimitar Berbatov is available on a free and, amazingly, he still has rating of 20 for his first touch.Despite his advancing years, Berbatov’s finishing, technique and penalty-taking attributes are all still quite strong, so he could certainly do a job for a season at least.  Player Age Nationality Position Emmanuel Emenike 31 Nigeria ST Robbie Keane 37 Republic of Ireland ST Giuseppe Rossi 31 Italy ST Kenwyne Jones 33 Trindidad & Tobago ST Nilmar 33 Brazil ST Diego Forlan 39 Uruguay ST/AMC Dimitar Berbatov 37 Bulgaria FW/AMC Victor Anichebe 30 Nigeria AML/ST Spurs fans will be delighted to learn that a potential reunion with Robbie Keane is actually possible too, with the Republic of Ireland’s record goalscorer also out of contract following his stint in India with ATK.Other free agent strikers include Giuseppe Rossi, but a thorough scouting may be preferable before making a move for the injury-plagued Italian.last_img read more

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Thiago Silva: Monaco’s plight not Henry’s fault

first_imgParis Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva said Thierry Henry is “the least guilty” for Monaco’s desperate plight after the Ligue 1 champions inflicted a 4-0 defeat upon their beleaguered rivals.Edinson Cavani scored twice in the first half and completed his hat-trick after half-time before Neymar added a fourth from the penalty spot to maintain PSG’s 100 per cent league record this season.Monaco are without a win since the opening day and Henry has picked up just one point from his four Ligue 1 games in charge since replacing Leonardo Jardim in October. 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! Silva offered a sympathetic view of Henry’s predicament and backed the former France forward to turn the club’s season around, despite Monaco’s squad being ravaged by injuries.”Monaco’s situation is complicated,” Silva told reporters. “People talk a lot about the head coach. But I think the coach is the least guilty of all this.It’s all over at the Stade Louis II where PSG take the points.0-4 #ASMPSG pic.twitter.com/4XgVkfp2hD— AS Monaco EN (@AS_Monaco_EN) November 11, 2018″For two years [since] they won the championship, players have left and they cannot easily replace them. This makes things harder, this replenishment.”Henry is going to have a lot of work to do to get the team back on the road to winning. If I’m not mistaken he has not won yet. But he has a history in football, a winning story.”I’m sure he’ll do good things for this group and get out of this situation. But it will not be an easy situation, if I am not mistaken there are 12 injuries or more. It is a very difficult situation.”Henry was critical of his side’s failure to take the chances that fell to them when the game was in the balance but pledged to continue working hard to reverse the club’s fortunes.Monaco face a trip to Caen in Ligue 1 on November 24 after the international break, before taking on Atletico Madrid away in the Champions League four days later as they seek a first win in over three months.”We knew it was going to be hard against Paris,” said the 41-year-old. “We’re not looking for excuses.”We played against a team of another level. When they have the ball it’s not easy.”We could have put them in trouble at the beginning of the game. We had a big chance to get back to 1-1 and we didn’t even shoot.”I will continue. It has not always been easy. We must stay positive. We play the game, we do not play anything else.”last_img read more

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Lalit Modi camp hits out in the ongoing Rajasthan Cricket Association tussle

first_imgThe tussle between different camps in the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) got further entangled after the Lalit Modi camp hit out at the other side in Jaipur today. The Modi camp claimed some people had outside political support and were trying to subvert the Constitution of the body by targeting its duly elected members. Lalit Modi’s son Ruchir Modi was planning to contest the RCA elections before they were called off.Today, Mehmood Abdi, who claims to be the Deputy President of RCA (despite his suspension by the other side) claimed, they wanted the elections to be conducted in the cricket association by following the guidelines laid down by the Lodha Committee.Abdi mentioned, “It is very necessary to adopt the Lodha Committee recommendations because under the present orders of the honourable Supreme Court, any association, including BCCI and its Constituent bodies, like what you said, the state association, they are mandated, they are bound to fall in line with the Lodha Committee recommendations. Whosoever is not in line with the Lodha Committee recommendations, he is not going to get any recognition from BCCI, no funding, nothing and cricket will suffer in any state where Lodha Committee recommendations are not implemented. So, that is why, in our wisdom we decided to go ahead with implementing the Lodha Committee recommendations so as to become acceptable to BCCI for funding and for development of the game of cricket in the state.”  Earlier, a statement issued by Abdi mentioned, “Media Reports about the so called meeting convened by a joint secretary of the R.C.A. for taking decisions beyond his authority are totally unauthorized and illegal. The reports of so called suspension of the duly elected president, secretary, Deputy president and the treasurer of the Rajasthan Cricket Association by an authorized assembly of persons many of whom are unconnected with cricket association is not only laughable but also expression of utter frustration on the part of the disgruntled elements who are somehow hell bent upon capturing power in R.C.A.”advertisementlast_img read more

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IPL 2017, KXIP vs DD Highlights: This is how Sandeep, Guptill brushed aside Delhi in Mohali

first_imgHello and Welcome to our Live Coverage of Match No. 36 between Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils at the PCA stadium in Mohali. (Scorecard | Points Table)PUNJAB INNINGS:18.14 IST: PUNJAB WIN WITH EASE BY 10 WICKETS! Martin Guptill also scores his maiden fifty. Delhi crushed. They were first blown away by the tsunami named Sandeep Sharma and then Martin Guptill arrived to complete the destruction.18.12 IST: SIX! Fuller one around off, Guptill kneels down and clobbers it over wide long on for a maximum. Doesn’t even look at it as the ball sails into the stands.Match 36. 5.5: M Shami to M Guptill, 4 runs, 49/0 https://t.co/PaqLpXgDge #KXIPvDD- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 2017Match 36. 5.4: M Shami to M Guptill, 4 runs, https://t.co/PaqLpXgDge #KXIPvDD- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 201718.00 IST: SIX! What-a-shot! That’s Martin Guptill for you. Morris bowls a length delivery around middle and off, Guptill makes room and smashes it over long on for a maximum.Beautiful late upper-cut from @amlahash goes for 4? runs! @Martyguptill joins in by hitting a 4? over mid-off!We are 28/0 off 4.#KXIPvDD- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 30, 2017Powerful cut from @Martyguptill flies past backward point for another 4?! Good start boys!8/0 off 1 over.#LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #KXIPvDD- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 30, 201717.44 IST: FOUR! Boundary to end the over. Back of a length outside off, Guptill again makes room and slaps it through point for a boundary. Good over for Punjab!Whack goes @Martyguptill over cover for 4?! Good start!4/0 off 0.4 overs.#LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #KXIPvDD #KXIP- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 30, 201717.41 IST: Players are back in the middle. Hashim Amla and Martin Guptill to open for Punjab. Mohammed Shami with the ball in his hand. He has a slip in place.advertisementDELHI INNINGS:17.21 IST: WICKET! DELHI ARE SHOT OUT FOR 67! Mohit starts this spell with a clever slower delivery, on a length and around middle and leg, Nadeem tries to flick but closes the face of the bat early. It loops in the air off the leading edge and the bowler takes the simplest of return catches. Big smile on his face. Outstanding effort by Punjab! They have bundled out Delhi to their lowest ever total in the history of this tournament. After putting the visitors into bat, the Punjab bowlers were right on the money.17.18 IST: WICKET! Aaron once again bangs in a short ball outside off, Shami tries to smack it over the infield on the off side but mistimes it in the air. Sandeep Sharma at extra cover backtracks a bit and catches the ball easily. He can do nothing wrong today. Can Delhi survive till the 20th over? Delhi 67/9 (17 overs) vs Punjab17.11 IST: WICKET! This time Shaun Marsh makes no mistake! Sandeep angles in a full ball on middle, Rabada clears his front leg and tries to clear long on. But he fails to get enough distance and Marsh in the deep takes the skier safely. The dropped catch didn’t cost much. Delhi 62/8 (15.3 overs) vs Punjab17.08 IST: DROPPED BY MARSH! Would have been a stunning catch! Back of a length delivery angling away from the batsman, Kagiso slaps it from the back foot, it’s aerial as it travels towards short cover, Marsh dives but fails to hold on to the catch.17.04 IST: WICKET! Drags it on! Anderson, the last recognized batsman is dismissed! Aaron getting into the act straightaway. Hurls across a fuller length ball outside off, Corey tries to play a booming cover drive but it takes a big inside edge and cannons onto the stumps. Varun roars in delight, Delhi continue to slip further. Delhi 59/7 (14.1 overs) vs Punjab16.59 IST: Dropped by Saha! Another quicker delivery, flatter and a touch shorter on off, Anderson tries to play the late cut but gets a thick outside edge to Saha. He reacts but fails to hold on to the catch.Match 36. 12.6: A Patel to K Rabada, 4 runs, 58/6 https://t.co/PaqLpXgDge #KXIPvDD- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 2017A huge six from @coreyanderson78 to end the 11th over.#DDTweets #KXIPvDD #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 30, 201716.45 IST: WICKET! Axar Patel strikes again. Nothing going Delhi’s way! Another batsman walks to the pavilion. Axar continues to fire it in, another flatter one on middle, 92 kph, Morris gets back and pushes hard at it. It comes from the middle of the bat and lobs back to the bowler. Patel accepts the return catch gleefully and the visitors are now six down. Delhi 33/6 (8.4  overs) vs Punjab16.42 IST: WICKET! Glenn Maxwell traps Rishabh Pant leg before. Pant flops again. Maxwell dishes out a slider around off, Pant gets forward to play for the spin but it skids through and raps him on the front pad. They appeal and the umpire agrees. Another one bites the dust. Punjab are on fire. Delhi 30/5 (7.4 overs) vs Punjabadvertisement16.37 IST: Time Out has been taken. Rahul Dravid has walked out in the centre to have a chat with the two batsmen. Punjab were right on the money from the word go and they are well on top right now. Can the duo of Pant and Anderson take their side out of troubled waters?16.34 IST: WICKET! Axar Patel joins the party as he castles captain Karun Nair with a peach. Axar bowls a flatter ball around off, 91 kph, the Delhi skipper plays for the arm ball but it straightens a touch to beat the outside edge and goes on to disturb the off stump. Delhi 25/4 (6.1 overs) vs Punjab16.26 IST: WICKET! Sandeep Sharma on a roll. Stunner by Sandeep! What a return catch! You won’t see many like this often! On a fuller length around off, Shreyas tries to play through the mid off region probably but it catches the toe end of the bat and loops back towards the bowler. Sandeep Sharma anticipates the catch exceedingly well, flies to his left in the follow-through and snaps a one-handed stunner. He is absolutely delighted but the umpire wants to check it upstairs. The replays confirm it’s a clean catch and Iyer has to walk back. Scintillating stuff. Talk about athleticism. Take a bow, SS! Delhi 22/3 (5 overs) vs Punjab16.24 IST: SIX! Boom, out of here! Terrific shot from Karun Nair, the skipper. He fetches a short delivery from outside off and hooks it brilliantly over mid-wicket for a biggie. Got a plenty of wood behind it.#Smacked through the covers for a 4 by #ShreyasIyer#DDTweets #KXIPvDD #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 30, 201716.15 IST: WICKET! This is a massive breakthrough as the in-form Samson departs! Sandeep bowls another smart delivery, on a length and around off, straightening a touch, Sanju tries to flick off the front foot but closes the face of the bat early. It pops out of the leading edge and Mohit Sharma moves across to his right from mid off to take the catch safely. Terrific start for Punjab! Delhi 7/2 (2.5 overs) vs Punjab16.05 IST: WICKET! Billings bags a duck! Brilliant bowling by Sandeep Sharma, probes with a good length ball around off and gets it to straighten a touch, Sam tries to run it down to third man with an angled bat but gets a faint edge insted to the keeper. Saha makes no mistake, they appeal and the finger goes up. Delhi 1/1 (1 over) vs Punjab16.01 IST: The players are out in the middle. Sanju Samson is back with Sam Billings to open for Delhi. Sandeep Sharma to start with the ball. He has no slip in place.15.49 IST: Karun Nair says that the injuries has been frustrating but the boys are well prepared. Mentions the three changes – Zaheer Khan, Pat Cummins and Ankit Bawne make way for Sam Billings, Shabaz Nadeem and Mohammad ShamiadvertisementIt’s almost time for the northern derby and this is how our playing XI looks today.How many got this right?#KXIPvDD #DilDilliHai pic.twitter.com/03TIYWCAG1- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 30, 201715.45 IST: Glenn Maxwell says they want to bowl and feels there will be some juice in the pitch due to the overnight rain. Adds that they had a couple of injuries but the 5-day break helped and Hashim Amla and T Natarajan return. Also informs that Varun Aaron and Sandeep Sharma are back in the playing XI. Kings XI: H Amla, M Vohra, S Marsh, G Maxwell, M Guptill, W Saha, A Patel, M Sharma, V Aaron, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan.#KXIP #KXIPvDD- Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 30, 201715.33 IST: TOSS! Kings XI Punjab win the toss and opt to bowl first vs Delhi Daredevils. Zaheer Khan is out injured, Karun Nair will lead Delhiin his absenceBrief Preview:Back from four consecutive losses, Delhi Daredevils are in a do-or-die situation when they take on struggling Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 tie at the I.S. Bindra Stadium here on Sunday.With just two wins from seven games, Delhi are languishing at the bottom of the league table while Punjab have three wins from eight outings to be placed at sixth.Both Punjab and Delhi come into this match having been comprehensively beaten in their previous games against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders respectively.The Zaheer Khan-led side, which boasts of a world class pace battery comprising the likes of the skipper himself, along with Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris, Corey Anderson failed to contain the onslaught from the KKR duo of Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa on Friday.Batting first, Delhi posted a modest total of 160/6, thanks to opener Sanju Samson’s 38-ball 60 and Shreyas Iyer’s 47 off 34 balls before KKR rode on fine half centuries from Gambhir and Uthappa to tame the visitors by seven wickets at the Eden Gardens.Delhi’s middle order needs to step up to the occasion if they are to set a healthy total against a strong home batting line-up. A loss on Sunday will virtually bring the curtains down on Delhi’s campaign in IPL-10.On the other hand, after going down to Hyderabad by 26 runs on Friday, Punjab will hope to have back their in-form opener Hashim Amla, who missed the game with a hamstring injury.But the hosts can take a lot of heart from Shaun Marsh’s fighting spirit, who scored a valiant 84, studded with a range of shots. Punjab will also expect some runs from the willows of their captain Glenn Maxwell and Eoin Morgan to put up a formidable score.If the batting looks sorted, Punjab need to re-strategise on their bowling department, which looked toothless against Hyderabad. Maxwell will be hoping for a better show from the pace trio of Ishant Sharma, Sandeep Sharma and Mohit Sharma besides his spin duo of Axar Patel and K.C. Cariappa against Delhi on Sunday.last_img read more

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F.C. Barcelona ‘fully support’ Lionel Messi after fraud sentence

first_imgLa Liga club Barcelona have expressed their support for Argentine striker Lionel Messi and his father after the Spanish Supreme Court upheld their prison sentences over tax fraud charges, although neither are expected to go to jail.Five-time World Player of the Year winner Messi, who has been at Barcelona since the age of 13, was handed a 21-month prison sentence and fined 2 million euros (2.25 million U.S. Dollars) for three counts of tax fraud between 2007 and 2009.”The club reiterates, once again, its full support for Leo Messi, his father Jorge Messi, and his family,” a statement on the club’s official website read. (www.fcbarcelona.com)”FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu contacted the player’s family to communicate this support.”The family was very grateful, not only for today’s gesture, but also for the support the player and his family have received from the club throughout this process. The club will continue to stand with Leo Messi, his father, and his family.”Argentine international Messi has scored 506 goals in 582 senior appearances for Barcelona, winning eight league titles and four Champions League trophies.last_img read more

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Govt. open to possibility of bidding for 2032 Olympics: IOA

first_imgChennai, Jun 16 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association President N Ramachandran today claimed that the government has agreed to consider the possibility of India bidding for the 2032 Olympics hosting rights. Speaking to reporters here after being elected as President of the Tamil Nadu Olympic Association (TNOA), he said, “the government in principle has agreed to look into the possibility of bidding for the Olympics in 2032. It is at a very preliminary stage. We need to get all the approvals.” Ramachandran said bidding for the mega-event would involve an elaborate process.”IOA has to make a proposal and give it to the government. That has to be agreed to by the government. Then the government has to give a sovereign guarantee. Not only from the incumbent government but also from the Leader of the Opposition,” he explained. “And, the Chief Minister of the State in which the chosen city is located apart from the leader of the opposition have to say yes,” he said. Ramachandran played down the cost factor in bidding for the Games, which are next scheduled in 2020 in the Japanese capital of Tokyo.”It (the process) will take at least anywhere between six to eight years. It can be done easily. If you look at todays cost, it roughly comes to about USD 12 million, out of which roughly 50 per cent you get by way of revenue and funding from the IOC. “The balance, for a country of Indias size, it is not great money. (Rough) six million over eight years, shouldnt be difficult,” he said.advertisementRamachandran also said there was no problem in his holding the post of IOA president while being the head of TN Olympic Association.”(The late) B Sivanthi Adityan was president of IOA and TNOA. There is no bar on that,” he said.The elections to the TNOA were held on May 27 but because of a High Court order, the results were withheld. The Returning Officer S Sambandham, District and Sessions Judge (retired) announced the results this afternoon after the petitioner, A K Chitrapandian, who had been sacked as TN Volleyball Association secretary, withdrew his case seeking to stay the elections.Ramachandran said the aim would be to work together and take sports forward in Tamil Nadu.”We have a huge task ahead of us, in the sense that we have to do more. It will be important to help various sports associations build infrastructure,” he said.The other office-bearers elected are: Vice-presidents: Ishari K Ganesh, S Vasudevan, Solai M Raja, M Ramasubramani, T R Narayanaswamy, D V Seetharama Rao; General Secretary: J M Fernando and Treasurer: K Rajendiran apart from two joint secretaries and nine executive committee members. PTI SS PM PMlast_img read more

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Team India’s day off in Antigua: Beach volleyball, Jet ski and a dip in the water

first_imgIndia’s star cricketers have made the most of their time in the West Indies after the grind of the last one year. A packed home Test season was followed by the IPL and the Champions Trophy.Then the Anil Kumble resignation left a bad taste in the mouth. In the course of India’s Champions Trophy campaign, reports emerged that captain Virat Kohli and several other players were not happy with Kumble’s style of coaching. Things took an ugly turn after the tournament when the coach stepped down over differences with Virat Kohli.The sudden resignation created shockwaves at home. However, Team India counted its lucky stars to be far away during this turbulent period. In the Caribbean for a five-match ODI series and a one-off T20 International, Kohli and his men have taken it easy in the West Indies – the first ODI was washed out and it was easy sailing in the second as Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane set up an easy victory.The action now moves to Antigua from Port of Spain. There was a long break after the second ODI on Sunday. The third match will be played on Friday and the players were given a day off to explore the scenery around.Not surprisingly, the players took in the sights and played some beach volleyball and took a dip in the clear blue water.Dhawan and MS Dhoni are also travelling with their wives and kids and that has certainly helped the team bond better.advertisementIndia will take on the West Indies in the third ODI at Antigua on Friday.last_img read more

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Nissan, Skoda, Isuzu cut prices to offer GST benefit

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 6 (PTI) Automakers Nissan, Skoda and Isuzu Motors have reduced prices of passenger vehicles in India by up to Rs 2.4 lakh to pass on GST benefit to customers. Similarly, Tata Motors has also cut prices of its commercial vehicles, while Bajaj Autos Austrian arm KTM dropped prices of its sports bikes in the country. Japanese automaker Nissan announced reduction in prices of its vehicles, including the Datsun brand, by an average of 3 per cent in the country. “The implementation of the GST is a positive move for both automobile manufacturers and customers. We are happy to pass on the benefits to our customers for a more attractive value proposition,” Nissan Motor India MD Arun Malhotra said in a statement. The company sells a range of vehicles under Nissan and Datsun brands, ranging from hatchback RediGo to SUV Terrano, in Indian market. Czech car maker Skoda reduced prices of Superb model range by up to 7.3 per cent in Mumbai, resulting into a price benefit of up to 2.4 lakh. The revision in the Octavia model range varies from 4.9 per cent and 7.4 per cent, resulting in a maximum benefit of Rs 1.75 lakh, the company said. Similarly, Tata Motors cut prices of its commercial vehicles by up to 8.2 per cent. “We are offering a price reduction in commercial vehicles (cargo) in the range of 0.3 per cent to 4.21 per cent and in commercial vehicles (passenger transportation) in the range of 0.6 per cent to 8.2 per cent,” Tata Motors Head of Commercial Vehicle Business unit Girish Wagh said. Tata Motors, which is the largest commercial vehicle player in the country, has already reduced price of its passenger vehicles by up to Rs 2.17 lakh. Isuzu Motors India said it has reduced prices by up to 12 per cent. The company has reduced ex-showroom prices of Mu-X in the range of 6 per cent to 12 cent. Price of D-MAX V-Cross has been cut by 6 per cent. Bajaj Autos Austrian arm KTM has reduced the prices of bikes by up to Rs 8,600. Ex-showroom prices of the sub 350cc KTM range, including the 200 Duke, RC 200 and 250 Duke have been reduced by up to Rs 8,600 post GST. The company said the rate of reduction varies across locations depending on the VAT rates applicable prior to GST. Tata Motors and Renault had yesterday announced reduction in prices. Companies like Mahindra & Mahindra Honda Cars India, Ford, Maruti Suzuki, Toyota Jaguar Land Rover, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi have already reduced prices to pass on the GST benefits. Even two-wheeler makers like TVS Motor Company, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India, Hero MotoCorp, Bajaj Auto, Royal Enfield, Yamaha and Suzuki Motorcycle have cut prices. PTI MSS RKL SAadvertisementlast_img read more

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Maharashtra government may bring in ordinance to end restrictions on dahi handi celebrations

first_imgThe Maharashtra government is likely to follow into the footsteps of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. In the wake of growing demands seeking removal of restrictions on Dahi Handi celebrations, the state government may promulgate an ordinance to make the festivities legal.The tall human pyramids beyond 20 feet, banned by the High court may once again become legal if the Maharashtra government brings in an ordinance to this effect.After meeting the aggrieved dahi handi and ganpati mandals, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday assured the mandals that if needed, the Maharashtra government would bring in an ordinance to permit festivities to take place the same way they have been for years in the past.”We want the restrictions on height and age limit to be removed. The state has assured us that the festivities will go on smoothly”, said Abhishek Surve, convenor of the Dahi Handi Co-ordination Committee.BOMBAY HC RESTRICTED HEIGHT OF HUMAN PYRAMIDS TO 20 FEET  So far, Dahi Handi is the most popular street festival in Mumbai where thousands take to the streets. But citing growing numbers of accidents particularly involving minors, the Bombay High Court restricted the heights of human pyramids to 20 feet. The Maharashtra government had moved the Supreme Court against the order. The apex court too upheld the high court’s decision in 2016, calling it a scary practice to involve minors in the ritual.No wonder then that the political parties are bringing up the matter to score brownie points. We are of the opinion that festivals must be celebrated the way they are. So this government has taken a stand that if needed, we will bring in an ordinance and change laws so that celebrations like Ganeshotsav or dahi handi do not suffer”, said Mumbai BJP President Ashish Shelar, who was part of the meeting.advertisementLast year, parties like the MNS had openly called for defiance of the court’s orders and the festival was celebrated under police surveillance. This year, the Shiv Sena too has taken up the issue. This also goes on to show that apart from the concern for safety of children, it is the political parties tug-of-war over festivities in Maharashtra that is at work.Also read | Dahi Handi: Unhappy, but will abide by SC’s order, says Shiv Sena’s Pratap SarnaikAlso read | Dahi Handi: MNS workers defy Supreme Court, string up matki over 40 feet in Thane  Also read | Maharashtra declares Dahi-handi an adventure sportlast_img read more

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Army has no order to enter Dera premises in Sirsa: official

first_imgSirsa (Har), Aug 26 (PTI) The Army has not been given any order so far to enter the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters, Sirsa sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Paramjit Singh Chahal said today, even as the defiant followers of self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh stayed put at the campus.”There is still no order for the Army to enter the campus. They are only ensuring enforcement of curfew in the area,” Chahal said.The Army along with the police and paramilitary forces has put up barricades at entry points of the Dera Sacha Sauda premises.Chahal said that a high-level meeting between the Army and the state authorities was underway this afternoon.An estimated one lakh people, including women and children, were present in the sect headquarters. The Army and district authorities have been appealing through loudspeakers, asking those inside to leave the premises.Fifteen Dera followers have been arrested since last night here, police said.”We will not spare those who have taken the law in their hands. We will take strict action against then,” IG (Hisar) A S Dillo said outside the Dera headquarters.Sources said th Army was last night provided with the map of the sprawling dera campus, which is spread over nearly 1,000 acres and is a township on its own, with schools, sports village, hospital and cinema hall. PTI BUN PLB RTlast_img read more

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Country marks Sardar Patels birth anniversary with Run for

first_imgUnityNew Delhi, Oct 31 (PTI) The country today marked the 142nd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel with Run for Unity organised in many states and the Iron Mans contributions in uniting over 500 princely states recognised.Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the run at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi where the event saw the participation of a large number of people, including sports personalities like Sardar Singh, Deepa Karmakar, Suresh Raina and Karnam Malleswari.The 1.5 km run in the national capital came to an end near the India Gate C-Hexagon-Shah Jahan Road radial.PresidentRam Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, the prime minister, and Home Minister Rajnath Singh paid floral tributes to Patel on Parliament street where his statue is installed.Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das took part in the run in Ranchi on National Unity Day and said that Patels will-power and vision had resulted in approximately 550 self- governing princely states merging with the country.Dass Bihar counterpart, Nitish Kumar, paid floral tributes to Patel along with Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik at a state function in Patna.Union Minister Mahesh Sharma flagged off the run from the Noida Stadium and said that Patel had brought unity in the country. He also asked BJP workers to follow Patels path and philosophy.In West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee remembered Patels contribution to the nation amid controversy over the her government asking state institutes of higher education to ignore the Centres directive of organising events to remember the Iron Man.advertisementJammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh at an event said Patel had played the biggest role in ensuring the accession of the state to the country.He flagged off the Run for Unity in Jammu and said that the run was for re-discovering Patels legacy to unite the country.The three-km run witnessed the participation of 15,000 to 20,000 people including school children, elders, sports- persons, artists and politicians.Uttarakhand Governor K K Paul and Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat flagged off the run and described Patel as a great leader without whom the integration of Indias princely states was not possible.”The merger of over 500 princely states with the Union of India was not easy. It was Sardar Patels firm will power, his political sagacity and farsightedness that helped the country overcome the challenge smoothly without bloodshed,” Paul in Dehradun.The chief minister made a strong pitch for organising programmes in educational institutions on the birthdays of great people such as Patel.The run was flagged off from the Vidhan Sabha and concluded at the police lines.Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi particpated in an Run for Unity event at Rampur in Uttar Pradesh. PTI TEAM ANBlast_img read more

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Vijender Singh vs Ernest Amuzu: Highlights

first_imgHello and Welcome to our Live Coverage of the Rajasthan Rumble boxing bout between India’s Vijender Singh and Ghana’s Ernest Amuzu.22.02 IST: Vijender Singh beats Ernest Amuzu from Ghana by unanimous decision to retain WBO Oriental and Asia Pacific Super middleweight titles. Vijender improves his record to 10-0 in professional boxing Vijender Singh has won his 10th bout in Jaipur defeating his opponent from Ghana Ernest Amuzu in the 10 round contest by Unanimous Decision.#IndiaBullsRajasthanRumble pic.twitter.com/IYovPXYwSo- IOS Boxing (@IOSBoxing) December 23, 201721.58 IST: End of Round 10! Vijender seemed to have pulled a muscle somewhere on his upper body that’s why didn’t attack too much in the final round. We will have to await the judges verdicts before the referee can raise Vijender’s hand as the winner21.54 IST: Just one more 3-minute round stands between Vijender and his 10th win in professional boxing. 21.54 IST: End of Round 9! Amuzu has never been knocked out in his career and he is doing all that he can to stay on his feet. But nothing can stop him from his third career loss now with just one round to go.21.50 IST: End of Round 8! Credit must go to Amuzu for he is still able to stand on his feet after taking so much punishment throughout this fight. Vijender wins yet another round but is not taking any risks. He doesn’t want to put Amuzu on the floor and wants to take the fight till the end it seems. (IOS Boxing Photo)21.46 IST: End of Round 7! Vijender wins another round after landing some heavy blows on Amuzu at the end there. Viju must be miles ahead of Amuzu on points at this stageadvertisement21.41 IST: End of Round 6! Amuzu does well to hold on as it almost seemed the referee would have to stop the fight after Vijender landed a combination of left and right jabs flush on his opponent’s face21.40 IST: Amuzu is struggling big time now.21.39 IST: AMUZU WOBBLES! Vijender goes on the aggression and manages to connect heavy blows. Amuzu is starting to wobble. The end is near now21.37 IST: End of Round 5! All-action round with Vijender landing quite a lot of heavy blows on Amuzu, the Ghana boxer fought back but in vain. No doubt about who took this round(IOS Boxing Photo)21.37 IST: Vijender has a small cut on his forehead due to an accidental headbutt from Amuzu.21.35 IST: OUCH! That much have hurt the Ghana boxer! Vijender lands two heavy right hand punches but Amuzu holds on.21.33 IST: End of Round 4! Another good round of the Indian, Vijender is well and truly in charge of the fight now. Amuzu though, has managed to put Viju under pressure a few times. The unofficial scorecard has Vijender ahead on points at the moment21.29 IST: End of Round 3! Vijender is going from strength to strength as he has a great round this. Amuzu is trying his best but hasn’t been able to breach Vijender’s defence yet. The Indian boxer is surely in the lead now21.27 IST: Vijender throws in a few combination punches and lands a right upper-cut. Amuzu shakes his head as if to say he’s not hur21.25 IST: End of Round 2! Amuzu raises his hand as he goes to his corner but it was Vijender who clearly had the better round. The Indian landed quite a few punches on the Ghana boxer21.24 IST: It’s going to be a very cagey fight it seems as Ernest is certainly no pushover. Vijender is looking to attack more in the second round 21.22 IST: End of Round 1! Both fighters didn’t really go all out in the first round. Vijender is taking his time before he can launch an all out attack on Amuzu21.21 IST: Ernest is coming forwards despite Vijender’s better reach21.20 IST: As is his usual style, Vijender takes a few rounds to size up his opponent and he is doing exactly that against Ernest Amuzu21.18 IST: Ernest throws in the first few punches early in the first round. Vijender though, is undeterred21.17 IST: The main fight will be a 10-round bout.21.15 IST: Amuzu has a professional record of 23 wins and 2 defeats, he has never been knocked out.21.11 IST: This is Vijender’s second fight against an African boxer. He faced Francis Cheka from Tanzania last year in December and won the bout through technical knockout in the third round21.10 IST: VIJENDER SINGH comes out to the tune of Singh is King!21.08 IST: Challenger Ernest Amuzu from Ghana will come out first21.07 IST: The moment we have all been waiting for is finally here. Both fighters will make their way to the ring very shortlyadvertisement20.55 IST: Now for the main fight of the night – Vijender Singh vs Ernest Amuzu – coming up next20.54 IST: Pardeep Kerera beats Nikhil Sharma by unanimous decision. Paredeep Kharera won his bout against Nikhil Sharma through the Unanimous Decision!#IndiaBullsRajasthanRumble pic.twitter.com/lnVrVgxG05- IOS Boxing (@IOSBoxing) December 23, 201720.18 IST: Amandeep Singh beats Manoj Kumar on points. Two judges gave equal points but the experienced Amandeep clinched it with the points awarded by the third judge. Amandeep Singh won his bout against Manoj Kumar in a very tight contest via Unanimous Decision.#IndiaBullsRajasthanRumble pic.twitter.com/KEe6abNfGH- IOS Boxing (@IOSBoxing) December 23, 201720.10 IST: End of Round 3! Amandeep’s experience is now starting to show as he took this round for sure. All to fight for in the final round now20.06 IST: End of round 2! Manoj Kumar could produce the first upset of the night. There has been some great combination punches from both fighters20.03 IST: End of Round 1! Solid first round for both fighters, this is exciting stuff. Difficult to say who had the upper hand in the first round19.57 IST: Amandeep Singh, who has a pro record of 2-0, won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010. He will be fighting from the red corner19.55 IST: Manoj Kumar is making his debut in pro boxing. He will be fighting from the blue corner. This is a four-round bout19.53 IST: Meanwhile Kuldeep Singh wins by knockout decisions, beating Amrinder Singh in Heavyweight Category.#IndiaBullsRajasthanRumble tune with-us from 7pm onwards exclusively on Sony Six & Sony Ten3. pic.twitter.com/TZWNcfzfHA- IOS Boxing (@IOSBoxing) December 23, 2017Asad Asif vs Sunil Siwach bout went out to be a draw! As they both fought great and no-one was ready to give up!#IndiaBullsRajasthanRumble tune with-us from 7pm onwards exclusively on Sony Six & Sony Ten3. pic.twitter.com/teoRm0yDYz- IOS Boxing (@IOSBoxing) December 23, 201719.51 IST: The third fight of the night will be between Amandeep Singh and Manoj Kumar. This will be a bantamweight bout, both fighters are from Punjab.19.48 IST: Kuldeep Dhanda beats Fateh Singh by unanimous decisions from the judges. Dhanda improves his professional record to 7-0. All three judges gave a score of 60-54 in favour of DhandaKuldeep Dhanda won his bout via Unanimous Decision against Fateh Singh.#IndiaBullsRajasthanRumble pic.twitter.com/5NPezYRzex- IOS Boxing (@IOSBoxing) December 23, 201719.43 IST: End of Round 5! Dhanda had Fateh pinned on the ropes but the latter hangs on till the end of the round19.40 IST: End of Round 4! Dhanda has got the better reach and is faster than Fateh Singh for sure19.36 IST: End of Round 3! Kuldeep will definitely be ahead on points but Fateh is hanging in there.19.32 IST: End of Round 2! Fateh Singh fought back well in the second round, he was able to land more punches in this round.19.27 IST: End of Round 1! Clearly it was Kuldeep Dhanda who was the aggressor in the first round.advertisement19.25 IST: Dhanda has a professional record of 6-019.23 IST: Delhi’s Fateh Singh is making his professional debut.19.20 IST: The next fight will be a lightweight bout between Kuldeep Dhanda and Fateh Singh19.16 IST: Dharmendra Grewal improves his professional record to 5-0Dharmender Grewal wins his bout via TKO, beating his opponent Harsh Nagar in the 2nd round.#IndiaBullsRajasthanRumble pic.twitter.com/X78aFqiBBd- IOS Boxing (@IOSBoxing) December 23, 201719.14 IST: That’s it! Dharmendra Grewal beats Harsh Nagar by Technical Knockout (TKO) in the 2nd round19.12 IST: The much experienced Dharmendra has cut open Harsh’s nose. The doctor has been called in the ring to stop the bleeding.19.10 IST: End of the 1st round, it has been Dharmendra who has dominated the first round against Harsh, who is making his professional debut tonight.19.08 IST: The main fight between Vijender and Amuzu will be the final bout of the night. There will be four fights before the main bout#IndiaBullsRajasthanRumble �???�?���??��??� pic.twitter.com/WpATs4FYZx- Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) December 23, 201719.04 IST: The first bout will be between Dharmendra Grewal from Bhiwani and Harsh Nagar from Mumbai.This is a six-round cruiser-weight bout.Brief Preview:Vijender Singh is all set to defend his WBO Oriental and Asia Pacific Super middleweight titles against African Champion Ernest Amuzu on Saturday at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.Vijender is unbeaten since having made the transition to professional boxing and in the ‘Rajasthan Rumble’ against Amuzu, the Indian will look to expand his domination and stature.’Rajasthan Rumble’ will also feature Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Amandeep Singh who will take on Manoj Kumar from Punjab while two-time Asian Boxing champion, Kuldeep Singh will face Amrinder Singh from Haryana.The event will also see participation from other young talented Boxers like Pardeep Kharera, Kuldeep Dhanda, Dharmendra Grewal and Asad Asif Khan.Vijender’s opponent Amuzu is a 34-year-old from Ghana and has 23 wins under his belt, including 21 knockouts out of 25 matches. This is the first time that Amuzu is fighting in India.Having won his last bouts in knockouts, Vijender will want to only build on his image of the knockout king in India.Having said that, Vijender is not taking Amuzu lightly and is fully concentrated on winning the bout.”It is a matter of just one good punch and the bout is decided. Many a times we have seen that lower-ranked boxers defeat their much higher-rated rivals. I am not taking anything easy,” Vijender said.”It is often said that everything is fair in love and war this bout is also like a war. If his morale is down I would be happy,” he added.last_img read more

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Ashes 2017: Deserved criticism after Perth Test defeat, says Stuart Broad

first_imgThe Ashes series might be a dead rubber now but the spirit of England’s old horses have not dampened coming into the festive season.Under fire veterans Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad rose above the criticism and showed their mettle at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday.Broad bowled with purpose on Day 2 of the Boxing Day Test and returned with figures of 4/51 to help his side bowl out a dominant Australia for 327. The hosts were only able to add 83 runs to their overnight total of 244. Cook followed that up with a strong and resolute innings of his own to shut the doubters, who raised questions about his technique and movement in the crease.The Essex opener, who came into the fourth Test with only 83 runs behind him in the series, strode off at stumps unbeaten on 104, having driven England to a position of strength at 192 for two.  The pair’s revival came too late for England, with the urn already surrendered after the third Test in Perth. But it was a case of better late than never for Joe Root’s rebuilding team, who are desperately counting on the experienced trio of Cook, Broad and James Anderson to avoid the trauma of a second successive whitewash in Australia.The performances would provide the duo much needed time after some critic demanded they be axed midway through the series.Stuart Broad back on form in Melbourne.SCORECARD: https://t.co/ZMP3jBQinI pic.twitter.com/AD2PwqyxCF- England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 27, 2017Former England captain Michael Vaughan was among them and said Broad should have been dropped for Melbourne after he went wicketless for 142 runs in Perth, his worst ever Test figures.Speaking about the criticism and about Vaughn’s comments, he said that he is not aware of anything like that and maybe they deserved such criticism after their performance at the WACA.advertisement”It was only two weeks ago that I was on holiday with (Vaughan), so I don’t know what he’s been saying,” Broad told reporters with a smile.”To be honest I’ve had one of those weeks where you get your tin hat on and duck down and don’t really see much, so I’ve been very unaware about things being written and things being said.”You’ve got to say your opinion, you’ve got to be critical at times and I deserve criticism after the Perth test defeat for sure.”I am not going to hold any grudges or get too disappointed if people slag me off because at the end of the day in 15 years’ time I might be doing the same. Not six months.”Our best day of the series? RECAP: https://t.co/qfmhQR0wVt#Ashes pic.twitter.com/wl4qVSQGfS- England Cricket (@englandcricket) December 27, 2017Former captain Cook was already under the microscope before arriving Down Under, with doubts swirling about his motivation to carry on for the long haul.He struggled through 10 innings without a half-century before his breakthrough on Wednesday, his highest test score in Australia since a knock of 189 in the final match of the 2010-11 series in Sydney.A stroke of luck helped him on his way, with Australia captain Steve Smith dropping him on 66 when he nicked all-rounder Mitchell Marsh to slip.Two days after Cook’s 33rd birthday on Christmas Day, Smith then gift-wrapped the opener’s century by bowling a profligate final over before stumps.Cook smashed him for 11 runs, pulling his 15th four to the fence to bring up his 32nd test ton, leaving his team mates jumping in joy in the dressing room.Cook, who moved past Allan Border to ninth in the all-time test runs list during his innings, raised his bat in an understated celebration.”He’s not someone who gets particularly fazed or down,” Broad said of his team mate’s form slump.”He went through so much stuff with his captaincy I don’t think a bit of stick about scoring runs is going to bother him too much.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Panjab University Semester Exam 2017: Check datasheet released at puchd.ac.in

first_imgPanjab University has released the dates for various semester examinations 2017 to be conducted in the month of December.The examination is being held for various undergraduate courses.Candidates can check the datesheet on the official website, puchd.ac.inDatesheet:The date sheets are available for regular and reappear exams of semesters 1, 3 and 5 for courses including BSc (honours) bioinformatics/biotechnology, BCom (general and honours), BCA, BBA and BA/BSc (general and honours).Examination schedule:BCom and BA: The examination for these courses will begin from December 2 and will continue till December 23.BCA, BBA and BSc:The examination for BCA and BBA will begin from December 4BSc (honours): The examination for BSc will start from December 7.Exam timings:The papers will be held in two sessions on each day.Morning: From 9:30 am to 12:30 pmEvening session: 1:30 pm to 4:30 pmHere’s what the official notification read:”Candidates are not permitted to carry any communication equipment such as mobile phone/pager, wireless set, scanner pen, scanner camera or any such electronic/digital gadget to the examination hall which is punishable with disqualification for period of two years with the subsequesnt examination,” said the controller of examinations of Panjab University.About Panjab University (PU):One of the oldest Universities in India, Panjab University (PU), initiated at Lahore in 1882, has a long tradition of pursuing excellence in teaching and research in science and technology, humanities, social sciences, performing arts and sports. The University supports excellence and innovation in academic programmes, promotes excellence in research, scholarship and teaching.advertisementThe University is committed to attract and support the best students and faculty, who excel at teaching and research.Read: Urdu becomes Telangana’s second official language Read: Doctoral programme in ‘Entrepreneurship’ launched by IIM Bangalorelast_img read more

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Jacoby Ellsbury Out with Strain

first_imgTAMPA— New York Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has been scratched from the starting lineup against Toronto due to a mild right abdominal strain.Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Ellsbury will not play Tuesday and Wednesday, then will be evaluated Thursday. He didn’t rule out Ellsbury missing up to a week.Girardi says that he’s “not too concerned” about the injury.Ellsbury was examined by a team doctor Tuesday.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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Nationals Squeak By Mets, 2-1

first_imgWASHINGTON — Before his team’s 2-1 loss to the Nationals on April 8, Mets Manager Terry Collins was meeting with reporters, preparing for questions about lineup decisions, when GM Sandy Alderson spoke up from the back of the room.“Hey, Terry. Here’s your lineup for tomorrow,” Alderson said, then reached over and handed a blue card to Collins.Finishing the bit, Collins put the prop in a pocket and joked, “I was waiting for that all day.”Before their team even played its second game of the season, Collins and Alderson were drawn into a debate over whether the skipper or the front office is figuring out who bats where.That includes curiosity about Curtis Granderson leading off instead of Juan Lagares, David Wright’s move to the No. 2 spot from his usual No. 3, and pitcher Jacob deGrom hitting eighth instead of ninth.As it turned out, deGrom came up in a key spot with two men aboard in the second inning, tried to sacrifice them over, but popped up a bunt that first baseman Ryan Zimmerman made a headfirst dive to grab.“That makes a big difference in the game,” said deGrom (0-1), who allowed Zimmerman’s two-run homer in the first.Another important moment involved Granderson later in that inning. With the bases loaded and the count full, he struck out looking at an 86 mph slider from Jordan Zimmermann (1-0) that Granderson thought was a ball. When the call came from umpire Mike Everitt, Granderson leaned in for a chat.“I thought it was up,” Granderson said. “He said otherwise.” Through two games, the Mets have scored one earned run.As for the lineup choices, Collins and Alderson knew that topic would arise.“Well, first of all, you want to know who wrote that lineup? Who came up with it first? And he came up with it on about February 18 — (bench coach) Bob Geren,” Collins said before the game. “So I mean, sources around here, a lot of them don’t know what they’re talking about.”Asked whether he’s been told who should play and who should sit, Collins replied: “Absolutely not.”“The one thing the manager has in his power is this,” Collins said, referring to a lineup card. “He’s got one hammer, and that’s who plays. And I am certainly very, very lucky to have that hammer.”Alderson, for his part, said: “Look, I didn’t have any conversation with Terry about the lineup. I didn’t talk to Bob Geren about the lineup. I was probably as surprised as many about the lineup. But that’s his prerogative.”(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Knicks Hold Off Wolves, 107-102

first_imgNEW YORK -” In a matchup of top rookies, Karl-Anthony Towns had the better individual matchup but Kristaps Porzingis and the Knicks got the victory.Carmelo Anthony had 20 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, Arron Afflalo scored 29 points, and New York beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 107-102 on Wednesday night.“(Anthony) always makes things easier for us,” Porzingis said. “He was rebounding the ball good, helping us bigs get the rebound. He was passing the ball well. He had nine assists. He was really doing it all on the floor and that’s what we need from him.”Porzingis had 11 points, seven blocks, six rebounds and three assists for the Knicks in his first matchup against Towns, the No. 1 pick.“For Kristaps to block seven shots, he took away seven opportunities for the other team to score,” Knicks coach Derek Fisher said.“That’s more important than him making one more basket. Our guys are continuing to embrace the fact that your stat line won’t make the difference every night. It’s really about the Knicks winning the game.”Anthony felt the same about his high assist total.“There comes a time when you’ve got to do something different to figure the game out and not kind of be narrow-minded coming into the game,” he said.Towns had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins scored 23 points, and Zach LaVine had 19 points for the Timberwolves.Ricky Rubio nearly had a quadruple-double with 12 assists, 10 rebounds, nine points and eight steals.The Knicks built a 60-40 halftime lead after outscoring Minnesota 33-14 in the second quarter. Porzingis, the No. 4 pick from Latvia, blocked six shots in the half.“We got down and we missed some shots,” Timberwolves coach Sam Mitchell said. “I think they shot 55 percent in the first half. We missed some shots down the stretch.”Minnesota got within three in the fourth quarter, with Towns scoring 10 points and LaVine nine in the period, but Afflalo put it away at the free throw line.While Porzingis won Round One against Towns, the No. 1 pick look forward to their next matchup.“(Porzingis) is talented,” Towns said. “He proved it again. He’s very talented. He’s a versatile player. I can’t wait to be playing against him for the next 20 years plus.”(MICHAEL SCOTTO) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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