Proud of the fearless brand of cricket we played throughout the World Cup: Mithali Raj to India Today

first_imgMithali Raj and the Indian women’s cricket team are the toast of the nation at the moment after their stupendous success in the Women’s World Cup. The team is being hailed despite their loss in the final with the BCCI planning a grand felicitation ceremony for the team when they reach home.CLICK TO WATCH FULL INTERVIEWMithali spoke to India Today after the summit clash which they lost by nine runs against hosts England at Lord’s on Sunday.The 34-year-old spoke of how proud she is of her team for the fearless brand of cricket they played throughout the tournament and how they would like to continue playing with the same intensity in future as well.”It’s something new for all of us to come back into the tournament from two defeats (against South Africa and Australia). The girls have really shown a fearless brand of cricket, a very confident brand of cricket. That is something we need to continue to do and improve on that,” Mithali told India Today.India came within touching distance of the 229-run target in the final but a middle-order batting collapse saw them lose the last seven wickets for 28 in a span of six overs as they got bundled out for 219 in 48.4 overs.Mithali said the defeat is still hurting the team and would continue to do so for a few more days.”None of the players would have had good sleep after the defeat on Sunday. It will take time for all of us to accept it and make peace with it,” she added.advertisementWith the matches being televised, the World Cup saw women’s cricket finally getting the kind of viewership that it was lacking for all these years. Veterans Mithali and Jhulan Goswami were relatively well-known before this tournament but players like Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Punam Raut and Deepti Sharma became household names in the past few weeks.More people have started to follow women’s cricket now and hopefully this trend will continue. Mithali is also glad that her team got so much love and support from back home and in England with her phone ringing non-stop after the final.”In the larger picture it is good for women’s cricket in India. So many people have started to follow women’s cricket. The whole nation was rooting for us and made us feel very special on a very special location (Lord’s stadium). Sending messages from all quarters which was very overwhelming,” Mithali said.On the personal front the highest run-getter in women’s ODI cricket said that she wants to continue playing for a couple of years more and aims to get India a direct entry into the next World Cup.”I haven’t given it much thought. But as the runners-up in the World Cup it’s important that we need to again start grooming players for the next edition. The journey has to start in a couple of months time. Now it is important for us to maintain our No. 2 position and have a direct entry. For that we need to be in the top four in the ICC Championship.”If I’m playing for a few more years that would be my aim to see that the team doesn’t have to play the qualifiers unlike this time,” she concluded.last_img read more

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Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor, The Money Fight: When and Where to watch

first_imgAfter months of hype and profanity Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor will take their war of words into the ring on Sunday (August 27) for a boxing mismatch that is poised to become the richest fight in history. Promoters have sold the bout as “historical,” a fight that will be talked about around the world for years to come and many intrigued fight fans have bought into the hype surrounding undefeated boxer Mayweather and mixed martial arts champion McGregor.The winner will also be getting the ‘Money Belt’ created by the World Boxing Council (WBC) for this weekend’s 154-pound showdown. The Money Belt is made of 1.5 kilograms of 24 carat gold; 3,360 diamonds, 600 sapphires, 160 emeralds and crocodile leather.(VEQTA Photo)A crowd of close to 20,000 is expected to fill the T-Mobile Arena, where ringside seats on resale sites are being offered for more than $100,000, with millions more around the globe watching on pay-per-view.LIVE STREAMING IN INDIAVEQTA, India’s only dedicated sports OTT service, has bagged the broadcasting rights for the much awaited event and will live stream the fight only on its digital platforms VEQTA.in.When and where to watch The Money Fight?Fans in the India will be able to watch the historic fight of the millennium live on VEQTA.in on Sunday August 27, 2017 at 9:00am (IST).The under-card fights will be broadcast Live on the platform from 6:30 am (IST) onwards. The fights will also be available on the platform for sports fans to view on a video on demand basis after the event.advertisementVEQTA in an official statement said, “We are thrilled to be the official broadcaster in India for what will be one of biggest and most anticipated sporting events in recent history.”This will be the first time that such a global mega sporting event will NOT be telecasted on any television channel in India but only on a digital platform.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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FIFA and other confederations to follow UEFA’s Nations League example

first_imgFIFA has confirmed it is considering ways to expand UEFA’s new Nations League tournament on a global scale with ongoing talks involving a number of regional confederations considering radical proposals.UEFA’s Nations League starts next September and features four divisions of national teams, replacing friendlies with competitive fixtures.While the format has yet to be tested, the idea of a similar style of competition has already been under consideration at CONCACAF, which governs the sport in North and Central America and the Caribbean.With UEFA’s competition set to fill the international dates left for friendly games, teams in other confederations will find it difficult to get windows for games against European nations.Responding to reports that UEFA was talking with other confederations, the global governing body said it was directly involved in the discussions.”FIFA has been always involved from the beginning in the process. Thanks to the cooperative atmosphere FIFA will continue to have constructive discussions about the next steps together with UEFA and the other confederations,” the global governing body said in a statement.UEFA said it had begun the process of consultation with all concerned bodies.”UEFA can confirm that it has initiated discussions regarding the evolution of the UEFA Nations League. These constructive discussions involve our national associations, European football stakeholders, all confederations and of course FIFA, with whom we have a very good relationship.”We have included them in discussions on this topic since the start. No decisions have been made at this time,” it said in a statement.advertisementCONCACAF did not respond to a request for comment but in April their president Victor Montagliani told Reuters that the body was well on the way to creating its own version of UEFA’s competition.”There has been overwhelming acceptance that it is a great idea and the way we need to go. There are a few formats that we have looked at and we have had various members coming back with ideas,” he said.”What people need to realise is that the world of friendlies is going to change, with Europe changing to the Nations League, it is going to get harder to get friendlies,” said Montagliani who believes that will be no great loss.While discussions are at a relatively early stage, one of the ideas that has been floated in media reports is for regional ‘leagues’ with a mini-tournament involving the winners from across the world.Such mini-tournaments could also be held for teams from the lower divisions from different confederations, creating a sort of ‘minnows World Cup’.last_img read more

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Ahluwalia elected Bombay Industries Association president

first_imgMumbai, Nov 16 (PTI) Industrialist Ajit Singh Ahluwalia has been elected president of the Bombay Industries Association (BIA).Ahluwalia took charge from the outgoing president Jeenanath Shetty at an event held here recently to celebrate the 54th foundation day of the association, a BIA release said.A sports enthusiast, Ahluwalia is director of Surindra Engineering Company, engaged in manufacturing pipes.He is also associated with the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects aimed at providing quality education to the needy children. PTI APM RSYlast_img read more

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ICC U-19 World Cup: Second generation Waugh, Ntini ready to emulate star fathers

first_imgICC U-19 World Cups have had many second genaration cricketers since their inceptpoion way back in 1988 and the next edition in 2018 will be no differernt.Austin Waugh (son of former Australia captain Steve Waugh) and Thando Ntini (son of fomer South African pacer Makhaya Ntini) will look to emaulte their fathers and bring glory their respective nations.Yuvraj Singh, son of Yograj Singh who played alongside Kapil Dev, won the 2000 edition of the ICC U-19 World Cup. He was adjudged the player of the tournament and wnt onto win the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup with the Indian senior team. Next in the following edition in 2002 it was Stuart Binny, son of Roger Binny who starred for India in the 1983 World Cup.Austin Waugh, first burst into public consciousness when he hit an unbeaten 122 in the final of the U-17 National Championships in 2016 while Makhaya Ntini’s son Thando grabbed four for 56 on his debut for the South Africa U-19 team against the Windies earlier this year.Austin, who likens his game to India all-rounder Hardik Pandya and whose favourite cricketer is late Australia batsman Phil Hughes for his “free flowing technique”, wants to make the most of his potential in the tournament from January 13 to February 3 in New Zealand.”I’m aiming to test myself against the best players from around the world. I want to make the most of my potential and see how far it can take me. All three formats attract me as I enjoy testing my skills and being able to adapt from format to format,” Austin said.advertisementOn the other hand, Thando compares his approach to that of India captain Virat Kohli even though as a player he is much different, being a left-handed batsman and right-arm pace bowler. His cricketing idol is not far from home.”I started playing cricket in the passages of hotels with the Proteas as a three-year-old. My father played, so I followed in his footsteps,” Thando said in an ICC release.Giving Austin company in the Australia squad is Will Sutherland, son of James Sutherland, Cricket Australia’s Chief Executive who represented Victoria in the domestic circuit till 1993-94.Will Sutherland, who looks up to Shane Watson, has already played List A cricket as an all-rounder. He, like Austin, was one of Australia’s key performers in a recent series against the Sri Lanka U-19 team.last_img read more

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Kuwait’s international ban lifted after more than two years

first_imgKuwait can return to international football following an absence of more than two years after FIFA lifted a ban on the country’s football association on Wednesday.Kuwait was suspended in October 2015 over a government bill which the global soccer body said interfered in the independence of the country’s FA and fell foul of the FIFA statutes.FIFA said in a statement that the lifting of the ban followed official confirmation “that the Kuwait Parliament has adopted a new Sports Law of Kuwait, which replaces all the previous ones and has been amended in order to be fully compliant with the FIFA Statutes and requirements.”The lifting of the ban means Kuwait’s national teams and clubs can take part in international competition again and it again becomes eligible for FIFA grants.last_img read more

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Euro Champ Olympiakos Falls Again

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares Olympiakos may be the king of the hill in European basketball but it’s still struggling in the Greek league, this time tumbling to lightly-regarded KAO Dramas, 75-69, effectively ending the champion’s hopes of winning the regular season title.Olympiakos’ bitter rival, Panathinaikos is still first. Against KAOD, the Reds looked lost, especially playing without captain and shooting star Vassilis Spanoulis.KAOD was led by J’Kovan Brown, who scored 25, and Bosnian Edin Bavcic, with 19, who led the victory that put their team in fourth place, tied with PAOK, which was beaten 81-61 by Panathinaikos, led by James Gist’s 15 points.Panionios jumped into second over Olympiakos with its 74-66 defeat of AGO Rethymnou at Nea Smyrni. The low-budget but spirited Panionios bunch is only one point behind Panathinaikos and has also qualified to play in the European tourney.Ilisiakos moved out of last place with its 74-62 win at home overstruggling Kolossos Rhodes. Trikala beat Pdanelefsiniakos, 70-59 while Nea Kifissia whipped Apollon Patras, 72-54.Aris avoided relegation in beating Ikaros Halkidas 84-67 in Thessaloniki, one week after clinching a spot in the cup final. This was its first game without coach Vangelis Angelou, who left to manage Efes Anadolu in Turkey. Paraskevas Mouratidis took his place.last_img read more

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Knicks Pick Greece’s Antetokounmpo

first_imgGREENBURGH, N.Y. — The New York Knicks selected 6-foot-5 small forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo of Greece with the 51st pick in the NBA draft.Antetokounmpo, the older brother of Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, comes to the Knicks from the D-League’s Delaware Sevens. The 21-year-old averaged 12points and 4.3 rebounds with the Sevens last season.The Knicks also had the 34th selection, and chose Wichita State forward Cleanthony Early in that slot. The two draft choices were acquired as part of a trade with the Dallas Mavericks.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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US Sends JVs To World Hoops

first_imgBILBAO, Spain — The bad news just kept coming, the only difference whether the culprit was injury or interest.Some stars couldn’t play. Others wouldn’t. Then the losses really started piling up for the U.S. national basketball team.Kevin Love pulled out while awaiting his recently completed trade to Cleveland. Paul George broke his right leg in a horrific collision that shook up teammates and perhaps the future of international basketball.Finally, Kevin Durant, the Americans’ best player and the NBA’s MVP, changed his mind about taking part in the FIBA Basketball World Cup.The U.S. team that remains is good enough to win but vulnerable enough to lose — perhaps to the Spain squad that was so close against much more powerful Americans in the last two Olympics and could get a third shot on its home court.“We still have a goal and that’s to win gold, and we can’t (say), ‘Oh, Kevin dropped out, Paul got hurt, so this is going to be tough for us,’” U.S. center Anthony Davis said. “We hear everybody saying that. We’re trying to prove that wrong.”The former world basketball championship begins Saturday at four sites throughout Spain and the Canary Islands. The Americans start a fairly benign group here in Basque Country against Finland, with Spain facing the most powerful pool in Granada, joined by European champion France, Brazil and Serbia.Eight teams will advance to Barcelona and the other eight to Madrid for the knockout rounds. The gold-medal game is Sept. 14 in Madrid, the only time the U.S. and Spain could meet.The Americans held off the Spanish in Olympic thrillers in 2008 and 2012, fueled by LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony. It would now be up to a much younger U.S. squad — its youngest featuring professionals — led by Davis, Stephen Curry, Derrick Rose, James Harden and Kyrie Irving.And if they win, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo said it would be even sweeter than the Olympic victories.“When you have expectations based on what you think you had, and you get dealt those blows and you recover and you’re able to still get the job done, it’s sweet,” Colangelo said. “That’s why I said what I did.”Other contenders are also short-handed.Tony Parker is taking the summer off instead of playing for France, and Spurs teammate Manu Ginobili can’t suit up for Argentina because of a lingering leg injury. Lithuania starting point guard Mantas Kalnietas was lost to a shoulder injury Tuesday in an exhibition game, weakening a potential semifinal opponent for the Americans.That could leave Spain as the team arriving in the best shape, a skilled and veteran unit featuring Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka up front and Jose Calderon, Ricky Rubio, Rudy Fernandez and Juan Carlos Navarro in the backcourt. The 2006 world champions went 8-0 in exhibition play.“It’s a very special opportunity to try and achieve something big, which is nothing other than to be world champions again,” Pau Gasol told FIBA.com recently. “It would be incredible to achieve this at home but in order to do that, we need to follow a lot of steps, compete at the highest level, give everything and enjoy every moment.”The Americans were beaten by Greece in the semifinals of the 2006 worlds but haven’t lost since, running off 54 straight victories. They are the only team deep enough to withstand the kind of player losses they’ve faced and still be considered by many the team to beat.“They have a great team and I think they are the favorite in this world championship,” Slovenia’s Edo Muric said after the Americans’ 101-71 exhibition victory in the Canary Islands on Tuesday.But they are young, with an average age of just 24.08 years, about a half-year younger than the 2010 championship team that featured holdovers Curry, Rose, and Rudy Gay. That might seem old in the future if NBA owners, in the wake of George’s injury, push to re-examine the policy of allowing veteran players to compete internationally.For now, youth is another obstacle the Americans face as they try to repeat as world champions for the first time. “I feel old. I’m like the third-oldest guy on the team compared to back then,” the 26-year-old Curry said.“We were all 21 and 22 year olds, couple of vets, so we’re all at different parts of our career right now. More experienced, and having that experience in Turkey to rely on for myself, D-Rose … and Rudy hopefully can lead this team where we want to go.“We definitely have high expectations for what we’re trying to do.”(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Bad Luck Mets Lose Hurler Matz

first_imgNEW YORK — Mets pitcher Steven Matz has a partially torn muscle in his upper back that will sideline the impressive rookie at least a month — probably longer.In a surprise announcement July 9, the Mets revealed Matz was examined at the Hospital for Special Surgery and diagnosed with a partial tear of the lat muscle on his left side.He received a platelet-rich plasma injection and will not throw for three weeks before getting examined again.Matz pitched six innings of two-hit ball July 5 in an 8-0 victory over the Dodgers in Los Angeles. The left-hander has won both his major league starts, compiling a 1.32 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 13 2-3 innings.Matz had been scheduled to pitch July 12 at home against Arizona in New York’s final game before the All-Star break. The team did not say who will replace him, but starters Jonathon Niese and Bartolo Colon would both be available on full rest.The injury is an unexpected blow to the Mets and their fine rotation. New York (44-42) is three games behind first-place Washington in the NL East, and three games back of the Chicago Cubs for the second NL wild card.The latest in a line of highly touted Mets pitching prospects, Matz was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas on June 28 and enjoyed a storybook debut during a 7-2 win against Cincinnati.Pitching approximately 50 miles from his Long Island home with more than 130 family members and friends in the Citi Field stands, he got three hits and became the only big league pitcher to have four RBIs in his first career game.Matz’s promotion was part of the team’s plan to return to a six-man rotation while managing innings for their prized young starters, including Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard and All-Star Jacob deGrom.If the Mets stick with that blueprint, it could mean another opportunity for Dillon Gee.New York had tried a six-man rotation in early June when Gee (0-3) came off the disabled list. But he made two ineffective starts sandwiched around a relief appearance before he was finally designated for assignment.Gee accepted a demotion to Las Vegas, where he struggled until tossing seven innings July 5 in a 3-2 win over Albuquerque.The veteran right-hander is 2-1 with an 8.82 ERA at Triple-A. He has a 5.90 ERA with the Mets.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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On reading

first_imgWhat do you read?Add this: https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201607/the-golden-age-teaching-yourself-anythingI’ve always been a bookworm and generally prefer reading to social interaction. My book consumption peaked in high school at 5-7 per week, though much of that was pabulum like science fiction. Probably most of my reading then was escapism from the Jesuits. Today I go through about 4-5/month. Probably half of that is technical material; the rest a mix of history, biography and fiction.Then there’s the Internet. It’s marvelous to have so much information just a click away. All of my newspaper consumption is online, with the exception of Sunday’s Carroll County Times, which is more about agriculture than culture. Unfortunately, most of my technical magazine consumption is online, too, since there are basically no print magazines for professionals anymore. It’s interesting that successful print magazines seem to be targeted at people’s avocations rather than vocations. We’re willing to write a check for Fine Woodworking, but not for Electronics or Computer Design (remember those magazines?). I do think print is more user-friendly than the ‘net, but that could be the old fart in me speaking.I do pay for access to some sites and to print pubs like Circuit Cellar Ink. We “pay” for other on-line content by tolerating ads. I’d happily pay cash for the old-style EDN and other technical publications because the ads that pepper the site just slide by the eyeballs. Back in the day of print the ads were juicy technical content we read to keep up with what products were available to aid our work.(Bernie Sanders wants to make college free; one wonders if salting textbooks with ads could offset the costs. I disagree with him, feeling that one should have skin in one’s hugely-important education, but do agree the costs are unconscionable.)Never have there been more books published each year, and never, because of on-line retailers, has it been easier to buy them. Yet sales are down. In my circle of friends I see some whose incessant browsing of Facebook (an ironic name in this context) has largely replaced reading real books, or even ebooks.Never has any sort of literacy been more available. Consider scientific literacy: the world is awash with great and very accessible books describing every aspect of science. (A recent favorite of mine: The Emperor of All Maladies, by Siddhartha Mukherjee, which is about the push to eradicate cancer.) According to a recent article this is the best of all times to be an autodidact. Yet it seems scientific illiteracy is rampant. I can’t find any reliable data about whether this is the norm, improving, or getting worse. But it is clear that science and technology has never been more important to mankind, so you’d think there would be a rush to the, alas too small, science section at Borders.In this political season plenty of tomes are out promoting various views. Last week I read Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance based on a breathless review by Rod Dreher, but was disappointed. Though an interesting story about growing up poor in Appalachia, the writing is subpar and the focus too personal to honestly draw large conclusions. In fact, I find most of those sorts of books unremarkable due to their shallow analysis or hopelessly-biased viewpoints. Do you find yourself immersed in political books?Is reading in decline? It’s hard to know since there’s so much content on the Internet which is likely trumping books. But I wonder if video is subsuming reading. YouTube alone gets 4 billion views per day. The amount of time people spend on that site is growing 50% per year. I have a hate/tolerate relationship with online videos. They can consume vast amounts of time to no useful end. But occasionally there’s something I want to learn where a video is truly worth 1000 pictures. I always crank the speed up to 1.5X which is a bit more efficient.How are your reading habits changing? Do you find yourself spending more or less time huddled with a book, and how much of that is for technical content versus the sheer joy of being immersed in a story?Jack G. Ganssle is a lecturer and consultant on embedded development issues. He conducts seminars on embedded systems and helps companies with their embedded challenges, and works as an expert witness on embedded issues. Contact him at . His website is . September 6, 2016 at 4:52 pm Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram 2 thoughts on “On reading” Log in to Reply Continue Reading Previous Small/Home office? Computers down? Who ya gonna call?Next Feel the power with TI’s power supply design seminars “I love reading — and I prefer real books — I guess I spend my time 50:50 between fiction (science fiction and fantasy) and science, technology, math, and history books.nnI used to save (hoard) every book, but I had a big clear-out about 10 years ago w Max The Magnificent says: Colin Walls says: “I am right with you on the topic of YouTube, Jack. As usual, you’re a man after my own heart. I loved “I always crank the speed up to 1.5X which is a bit more efficient.” – I thought I was the only person on the planet that did that! :-)” September 4, 2016 at 2:27 pm Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

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MS Dhoni struggling at the moment, India too top-heavy: Sourav Ganguly

first_imgSourav Ganguly was critical of the Indian team management’s handling of KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane and reckoned the side was too dependent on the top three – Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli.India lost the three-match ODI series to England at Leeds on Tuesday – it was their first series loss since January 2016 and came after another poor show by the middle-order. Rohit got a hundred in the first match while Kohli scored two half-centuries at Old Trafford and Leeds. Dhawan was far from his best and that meant the onus was on the middle-order to fire.In fact, the India’s batsmen from Nos 4 to 6, had a strike rate of only 66. Overall, they scored 156 runs from seven innings they played in the series. Suresh Raina’s 46 was the best effort by the middle-order.More disconcerting was MS Dhoni’s form. At Lord’s, he failed to get going when India needed some big hits during a steep chase while at Leeds, he scored a scratchy 42. And then there was the bizarre decision to leave KL Rahul out of the last ODI after plenty of pre-series hype given his form in the IPL and the T20Is.Also read – Rishabh Pant named in India squad for first 3 Tests vs EnglandGanguly said Dhoni needed to do more if he is to play in the 2019 World Cup.”If Dhoni has got to play, then he has got to get in a position where he keeps hitting. If it is 24-25 overs and he has got to build an innings, he is struggling at the moment.advertisement”He may turn it around as he has been a great player for India but at the present he is not turning it around enough and this has been going on for more than an year,” said Ganguly.Also read – MS Dhoni asks for match ball after Leeds ODI. Twitter is abuzz”India are too top heavy at the moment. If your top-order doesn’t get runs, then you are struggling. It is a big issue. You have to have quality like England have,” said Ganguly in his post-match analysis for the official broadcasters.Ganguly said he would bat Rahul at number four, behind Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli. On Tuesday, for the series-decider, India decided to bring in Dinesh Karthik instead.”Eyes closed, I will have Rahul at four. Your top four have to be the best players and you got to persist with them. Go and speak to Rahul and say ‘we will give you 15 games’. Just go and play.Also read – India vs England: Root, Morgan and English spinners snap India’s winning run”They (the team management) are not giving enough opportunities at the moment. Rahul got the fantastic hundred at Manchester and now he was dropped. You won’t be able to produce players like that. Same for Rahane.”These are your two best batsmen. You have to have solid number four and five. Then you decide between Dinesh Karthik or MS Dhoni at six and Hardik Pandya at seven,” said one of India’s most successful captains.Ganguly said there was too much pressure on Kohli and Rohit at the moment. The former captain said India won the ODI series in South Africa because of Kohli’s three hundreds (he finished with 558 runs from six matches).Also read – Virat Kohli wants India to move on after first ODI series defeat since 2016Ganguly felt Rahul and Rahane were not being looked after properly.”I think two of your best batsmen (Rahane and Rahul) are not being looked after properly. I am not saying it is deliberate but it is my opinion either of the two have to be played at four because it is too much pressure, especially on Rohit and Virat Kohli.”In South Africa, India did well because Kohli got three hundreds. If he doesn’t get a hundred, you will have issues.”(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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India vs England: Bayliss banking on others to step up in Ben Stokes’s absence

first_imgTrevor Bayliss has sent out a clear message to the England players before they take on India in the second Test at Lord’s from Thursday. The plan from the coach is simple – step up.England are looking at the rest of the players to step up in the second Test against India in the absence of all-rounder Ben Stokes.Stokes grabbed four for 40 including the prized wicket of India skipper Virat Kohli that turned the game in England’s favour in the first Test at Edgbaston which the hosts won by 31 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.But Stokes won’t be available for the ‘Three Lions’ in the next game as he faces a court hearing in Bristol this week on charges of affray. The burly all-rounder has been replaced by Chris Woakes in the squad.Read – India vs England: Dawid Malan dropped for 2nd Test, Chris Woakes returnsHead coach Trevor Bayliss said that England players must pull together to make up for the absence of Stokes.”It means that someone else has got to take up the slack,” Bayliss told the British media after the hosts defeated India by 31 runs in the opening Test at Edgbaston to take the lead in the five-match series.Read – Always a miss whenever Ben Stokes is not playing: Joe Root”It will be interesting to see who can step up and take his place. Someone, or two or three guys, have to do the extra yards. That will be a telling factor for the next match.”advertisementThe answer to the Stokes dilemma might be Sam Curran, whose presence in the team was described by captain Joe Root as “quite like two Ben Stokes in the side.”Sam Curran, playing only his second Test, proved his credentials with both ball and bat. His crucial 63 in the second innings gave England bowlers enough on the board to fight for.READ – 1st Test: Joe Root ‘thrilled to bits’ after England win cliff-hanger vs India”Sam Curran has a great amount of skill; great having him in our side and he’s a very exciting and promising cricketer. He just didn’t seem to feel any sort of pressure with the bat and we just love having him in our side, quite like two Ben Stokes in the side. He is only in his second Test and it is easy to get carried away, but a great prospect for us,” Root said.Read – Ian Chappell feels Hardik Pandya can benefit from watching Ben Stokes bowl”We’ve got a few guys who are not cemented in the team and that puts extra pressure on people like (Joe) Root, Jonny Bairstow and those guys to make the big scores,” Trevor Bayliss said referring to the lack of runs from the middles order.As for that, England have also called up uncapped batsman Ollie Pope to replace David Malan, who had scored 28 runs across both innings and dropped catches aplenty. Right-handed batsman Pope has been in excellent form for Surrey as they lead the County Championship Division One.Since the start of the season, Pope has scored 684 runs in the Championship, at an average of 85.50, which includes three centuries and a top score of 158 not out.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Virat Kohli becomes 22nd Indian batsman to get out hit-wicket in Tests

first_imgVirat Kohli today provided 22nd instance of an Indian batsman getting out hit-wicket in Tests. He is the 20th Indian to suffer this fate. The difference in count is because of Mohinder Amarnath, who suffered this fate on three occasions (only Dennis Compton got out in this way on more occasions than him in all Tests- five times).Interestingly Virat had also been out hit-wicket in an One-Day International – vs England at Cardiff in 2011 off the bowling of Graeme Swann after making 107. This makes him only the second Indian batsman to be out in this fashion in both Tests and ODIs. Nayan Mongia is the only other to suffer this fate.On day four of the first Test against England in Rajkot, Kohli looked in fine touch and struck some crisp boundaries in his knock of 40 before the right-hander’s back leg hit the stumps and dislodged a bail while trying to pull a delivery from legspinner Adil Rashid. Kohli stood at the wicket in disbelief before trudging off with his team at 361/6.Complete list of Indian batsmen getting out hit-wicket in Tests: Player Score Vs Venue Season L Amarnath 13 WI Madras 1948-49 ML Apte 30 WI Georgetown 1952-53 CG Borde 96 WI Delhi 1958-59 NS Tamhane 5 WI Delhi 1958-59 BK Kunderan 2 AUS Bombay BS 1959-60 DN Sardesai 28 ENG Kanpur 1961-62 VL Manjrekar 0 WI Port-of-Spain 1961-62 Hanumant Singh 0 NZ Bombay BS 1964-65 ML Jaisimha 1 NZ Delhi 1964-65 S Abid Ali 78 AUS Sydney 1967-68 S Madan Lal 7 ENG Old Trafford 1974 AV Mankad 43 ENG Edgbaston 1974 BP Patel 21 ENG Calcutta 1976-77 DB Vengsarkar 48 AUS Brisbane 1977-78 M Amarnath 20 PAK Lahore 1978-79 M Amarnath 2 AUS Bombay WS 1979-80 S Venkataraghavan 0 WI Kingston 1982-83 M Amarnath 37 PAK Faisalabad 1984-85 NR Mongia 34 WI Mohali 1994-95 SS Das 39 AUS Calcutta 2000-01 VVS Laxman 130 WI St John’s 2001-02 V Kohli 140 ENG Rajkot 2016-17advertisementlast_img read more

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First convicted FIFA bigwig awaits US sentencing

first_imgNew York, Aug 22 (AFP) The first bigwig convicted in the United States in the FIFA corruption scandal that disgraced world football awaited sentencing on Wednesday.US prosecutors are seeking 10 years in prison and a $6.6 million fine for Jose Maria Marin, 86, the former president of the Brazilian football federation.Marin was convicted of accepting bribes from sports marketing companies in exchange for contracts to broadcast major tournaments like the Copa America and the Copa Libertadores.Citing his age and frail health, his defense attorneys are asking that he be sentenced to 13 months in prison.US District Court Judge Pamela Chen was expected to announce her decision at 1430 GMT.Marin was one of the FIFA executives arrested in May 2015 at a luxury hotel in Zurich in a raid requested by the United States.The US probe revealed the corrupt, ugly underbelly of world football and the lavish lifestyle of FIFA executives who traveled around in private planes and were treated like royalty as they arrived for conferences in places like the Bahamas or Mauritius.The scandal rocked football around the world.US prosecutors ultimately indicted 42 people and sports companies, accusing them of multiple crimes and of accepting more than $200 million in bribes.Of the 42, three have since died. Of the rest, 22 pleaded guilty and two have already been sentenced by judge Chen.Another 14 remain in their own countries, where they have been either tried by local courts, are fighting extradition or are still free.Marin spent five months in a prison in Switzerland before being extradited to the US.advertisementHe posted bail of $15 million and spent two years under house arrest. He stayed in Trump Tower on 5th Avenue in New York. He ventured out only a few times a week, to go to mass.Marin was imprisoned immediately after his conviction on December 22 on six counts of racketeering, money laundering and bank fraud.During the trial, defense attorneys depicted Marin as an innocent, unsuspecting elderly man that Brazil’s football federation tapped out of the blue to fill the vacancy left by the sudden resignation of the powerful Ricardo Texeira.These lawyers said Marin did nothing without the guidance of his right hand man, Marco Polo del Nero, with whom, according to prosecutors, he shared bribe payments.(AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy J2 Core Android Go phone goes on sale in India at Rs 6,190

first_imgLast week, Samsung quietly announced its first Android Go phone, the Galaxy J2 Core. The new entry-level phone from the company looks to offer basic hardware and a stripped down, optimised version of Android Oreo software for first time smartphone users. The Galaxy J2 Core is now available for purchase in India and has been priced at Rs 6,190. The device will be available in three colours – Gold, Black and Blue – and will be available across all retail stores and Samsung’s online store.The Galaxy J2 joins aa handful of Android Go phones that have been launched in India this year including the Nokia 1, Nokia 2.1 and Micromax Bharat Go. These Android Go devices run a version of Android Oreo that is designed to work smoothly on phones that are low on RAM and storage. The software brings a custom set of Google Go apps that will take up minimum storage space. You can also find specific Go apps in a dedicated space within the Play Store. The software also promises the latest security updates as well so that the entry-level device stays up-to-date and secure.The Galaxy J2 Core sports a 5-inch display with a 960×540 pixel resolution. It is powered by an Exynos 7570 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card. The Android Go software inside will offer preloaded apps like Google Go, Gmail Go, Maps Go and more. Note that this is not a stock Android phone and it will ship with a layer of Samsung UI on top.advertisementThe entry-level handset houses a 2,600mAh battery which the company says will deliver up to 11 hours of non-stop video streaming on YouTube Go. The Galaxy J2 Core bears an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel selfie sensor. Notably, Samsung says that it is also introducing a ‘Make in India’ feature that will allow consumers to direct social media content to an external memory card. Additionally, the device comes with a feature called Smart Manager that delivers automatic RAM management to ensure that it has sufficient free memory.”Galaxy J2 Core reiterates Samsung’s commitment towards meaningful innovations that delight our customers. We are pleased to integrate industry-first smart memory management solutions that allow apps or content on the memory card. We are also pleased to partner with Google in bringing the latest Android experience for entry-level smartphones with Oreo (Go Edition) on Galaxy J2 Core. This approach eradicates current consumer pain points by opening apps 15 per cent faster, delivering 2X storage out of the box, and allowing consumers to stream content for up to 11 hours on YouTube Go. This is indicative of Samsung’s commitment to a digitally enabled India by allowing our customers to Go Faster & Go Longer,” said Sumit Walia, Director, Mobile business, Samsung India.last_img read more

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Govindan Lakshmanan rewarded with Rs 10 lakh after winning hearts at Asian Games

first_imgSports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore, on Thursday, felicitated long-distance runner Govindan Lakshmanan for his excellent showing in the recently-concluded Asian Games 2018 at Jakarta.On Tuesday, the Indian government had felicitated the Asian Games 2018 medal winners with cash awards after India registered its best-ever medal haul in the history of the Asian Games.Cash rewards of Rs 40 lakh were given to gold medallists while silver and bronze winners got Rs 20 and Rs 10 lakh each.India returned home with 69 medals from the Jakarta and Palembang games. Out of the 69 medals, 15 were gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze.Lakshmanan was unfortunate to have missed a medal in the 10,000 metre race. He was stripped of his bronze medal after the race as he was disqualified for lane infringement.WATCH THE FELICITATION OF ASIAN GAMES MEDALLISTSThe decision to disqualify Lakshmanan under IAAF 163.3b (lane infringement), came from the referees after video footage found his foot touched the inside the track. Lakshmanan had stepped off the track momentarily, as he was hit by the spike of another athlete.Lakshmanan had finshed the race in third with an impressive time of 29:44.91 behind Chani Hassan of Bahrain, who won gold with a time 28:35.54, and Bahrain’s Cheroben Abraham, who clocked in at 29:00.29.Also read – Government felicitates Asian Games 2018 medal winners with cash awardsThe Indian team protested against the disqualification at two levels but their appeal was turned down.However, the Sports Ministry have rewarded Lakshmanan for his feat with Rs 10,00,000.Govindan Lakshmanan gave a medal-winning performance in Men’s 10,000 m in #AsianGames2018, but a minor technicality led to his disqualification.Regardless, he is our champ & we stand by our champions.A moment of pride for me to have met and felicitated him today. #KheloIndia pic.twitter.com/VG5iEMr4HoadvertisementRajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) September 6, 2018If he had not been disqualified, Lakshmanan would have been the first Indian to have won a medal in 10,000m since Gulab Chand, who won bronze in 1998 in Bangkok Asian Games.At the Asian Gams 2018, India returned with a total of 19 medals in athletics — seven gold, 10 silver and two bronze medals.The seven gold medallists for India in the sport of athletics were Tajinderpal Singh Toor, Neeraj Chopra, Manjit Singh, Jinson Johnson, Arpinder Singh, Swapna Barman and a women’s relay quartet of MR Poovamma, Saritaben Gaikwad, Hima Das and Vismaya.last_img read more

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Moeen Ali rates current Indian bowling attack as one of the best

first_imgMoeen Ali scored 50 off 170 balls, and put on a 73-run stand with Alastair Cook on the first day of the fifth Test at The Oval on Friday.But those runs came after struggle and a lot of patience, with the all-rounder accepting that the current Indian bowling attack is one of the best he has ever faced.”I just tried to take it a ball at a time. I thought they bowled really well. The wicket was quite slow, but the ball was always doing something, so I just tried to stay as patient as I could. The Indian bowlers didn’t give me a lot to hit. So I just tried to bat. I don’t always play like that, but we were in a decent position,” said Ali on Friday.DAY 1 REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | PICS | SCORECARD”You’re always hoping to let them bowl and bowl. But they just kept coming, bowling same pace, same areas. It was one of the best bowling attacks I’ve faced. They were just always, consistently there.”England managed to finish on 198-7 at stumps, after some quality bowling by the Indian pacers.READ – Shikhar Dhawan entertains The Bharat Army with bhangra movesCook scored 71 runs off 190 balls and put on 60 runs with Keaton Jennings, England’s best stand of the series thus far. He survived a dropped chance at 37, but couldn’t capitalize to score a hundred as India struck back after tea.Ali and Cook also put on 73 runs for the second wicket, after which England six wickets for 65 runs in the final session.advertisementREAD – Alastair Cook touched by India’s gesture in farewell Test”When he got dropped, I just said it was meant to be for you. A player will come in to try and replace Cook, which will be very difficult. He was finding it difficult, probably not as easy as we thought it would be (on this wicket). There were some dents in the wicket.”I prepared different this week than I would have done previously against a bit newer ball. It just gives you time to get your mind around batting at number three for England. I know I was dropped, I know I played and missed, but I just tried to bat. I’m always confident. There’s always good players, maybe some you don’t know about at the moment. Obviously we don’t want these collapses at the time,” he said.Ali played and missed on umpteen occasions, but just didn’t nick the ball, much to India’s frustrations particularly Mohammed Shami.Talking about his role as the number three batsman, he said, “I probably wasn’t good enough to nick them. When I went into tea, the guys were calling me Geoffrey Boycott, then they came in, played and missed their first ball, and I was pretty happy with that.”I’ve not done it (batting at number three) much for England, and I don’t see why I can’t bat there. I just go out and try to play according to the situation. I bat number three for Worcester and managed to score some runs (double hundred) there earlier this year. Why not?”Sometimes, it’s a good thing. There are times when you can balance the team out, and you get into the side probably before most of the other guys. But there are times when you just feel you want a set batting position,” he signed off.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Fakhar Zaman wears Pakistan cap backwards: He should wear it properly, says Gavaskar

first_imgSunil Gavaskar said that Pakistan batsman Fakhar Zaman should have wore the Pakistan cap properly during their match against India at the Asia Cup on Wednesday.Fakhar wore the national cap backwards while he was bowling on Wednesday at the Dubai International Stadium. Fakhar won the cap like a rapper for the entirety of his first over and according to Gavaskar, that is not right.”Somebody, maybe the captain should tell him that it’s the national cap. He should wear it properly. You can do this in PSL (Pakistan Super League) may be but this is the national team,” Gavaskar said on air for the host broadcasters Star Sports.However, he did hand it to the umpires before bowling his next over. Gavaskar said that Dinesh Karthik should use his full name instead of ‘DK’ (Reuters Photo)Gavaskar also said that Dinesh Karthik should write his full name behind his shirt instead of his initials ‘DK’, which is his nickname in the cricketing circuit.”Maybe that’s his nickname but since the jersey carries his number, people should identify with the name. Maybe with the name he can have his initials,” Gavaskar said.Gavaskar is known to be particular about how the players wear their national jerseys and the legend has it that Gavaskar during his days as a young cricketer of Dadar Union Club was given a piece of advice by club’ mentor Vithal ‘Marshal’ Patil — “If you can’t be a cricketer, at least dress like one”.Gavaskar has always been very touchy about how players treat their jerseys and caps as he learnt a lesson from his maternal uncle Madhav Mantri, when as a kid, he had demanded to wear former’s India pullovers.advertisement”You need to earn that pullover to wear it,” little Sunny was told by his uncle.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Sports Flashes acquires ICC World Cup audio broadcast rights

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 30 (IANS) Sports Flashes, a multi-sports app, has acquired the rights from the UAE based Channel 2 Group to broadcast, promote and distribute audio content of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup 2019, it was announced on Friday. The live audio feed would be broadcast across the Sports Flashes App and web platform besides multiple other platforms including FM radios, mobile operators and digital platforms around the world. Sports Flashes will also be using the services of world known commentators and former cricketers. Ajay Sethi, Chairman of Channel 2 Group said: “I am happy to be associated with the Sports Flashes and creating a World Class experience for cricket loving fans around the World.”On the occasion, Raman Raheja, Founder, Sports Flashes said: “After the phenomenal global success of the India-West Indies series and thereafter expanding our footprint in India through the current India-Australia cricket series, we are getting ready for the Mega World Cup 2019.”–IANSgau/bglast_img read more

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