Rajya Sabha bypoll: Nitish Kumar seeks Lalu Prasad’s support for JD-U candidates

first_imgOnce sworn enemies following a bitter parting of ways, Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad are making news for a different reason in the changed political scenario in Bihar.Former chief minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday sought RJD chief Lalu Prasad’s support for two JD-U candidates in the Rajya Sabha by-election.”I have appealed to the RJD, Congress and CPI to support the two JD-U candidates in the Rajya Sabha by-election to defeat the BJP. I have also talked to Lalu Prasad over this matter,” Nitish Kumar said in a press conference at the party’s office.It is probably the first time in last two decades that Nitish Kumar has publicly admitted that he sought support from the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief after he and Lalu Prasad parted ways in 1994.Nitish Kumar said he has requested Lalu to support the Janata Dal (United) (JD-U) candidates as the RJD extended its support last month to the government of Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.”I am hopeful that the RJD, the Congress and the CPI would understand the BJP’s design and support the JD-U candidates in the by-election,” he said.The former chief minister also accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of conspiring to destabilize Manjhi’s government in the state. “The BJP has been trying hard to destabilize Manjhi’s government for the mid-term assembly election because it is over-upbeat after its victory in the Lok Sabha polls,” he said.Nitish Kumar said the BJP was behind fielding two Independent candidates to ensure the defeat of the JD-U candidates. “Name of the two Independent candidates was finalized at the house of a senior BJP leader here.”advertisementEarlier this week, state JD-U president Vashsisht Narain Singh said the RJD should support the party to defeat the game plan of anti-secular forces. “The RJD has been constantly fighting against communal forces and trying to stop the BJP. If it supports the JD-U in the by-election, we will welcome it,” he said.Senior RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddqui said only Lalu Prasad can take a final decision on this issue.The JD-U faces tough task to ensure that its candidates – Pavan Verma and Ghulam Rasool Balyavi – win the by-election amid some of its rebel legislators announced to support two Independent candidates, Sabir Ali and Anil Sharma.A group of rebel JD-U legislators, who claimed to have the support of over two dozen party legislators, is giving sleepless nights to the JD-U leaders.BJP has yet to announce its official stand to support the two Independent candidates fielded by rebel JD-U legislators. It is likely to make its stand clear only next week.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: 5-star France dismantle Swiss defence

first_imgBlaise Matuidi celebrates after scoring the opening goal for France in Group E tie Forwards Olivier Giroud and Karim Benzema each scored one goal and created another as rampant France blew Switzerland away 5-2 Friday to take control of Group E and all but seal a place in the next round. France has six points and can qualify if Ecuador and Honduras draw later Friday.Giroud and Blasie Matuidi scored a minute apart and Mathieu Valbuena added another to give France a 3-0 halftime lead.Benzema made up for a penalty miss in the first half with a poacher’s finish in the 67th, and then turned provider for Moussa Sissoko, who made it 5-0 with a neat side-footed effort in the 73rd.Switzerland pulled two consolation goals back as Blerim Dzemaili scored with a free kick in the 81st and Granit Xhaka slotted in the second in the 87th.Team Line-ups(from):Switzerland: Diego Benaglio; Ricardo Rodriguez, Steve von Bergen, Johan Djourou, Stephan Lichtsteiner; Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri, Gokhan Inler, Valon Behrami; Haris Seferovic, Admir MehmediFrance: Hugo Lloris; Mathieu Debuchy, Mamadou Sakho, Raphael Varane, Patrice Evra; Moussa Sissoko, Blaise Matuidi, Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Valbuena; Karim Benzema, Olivier Giroudlast_img read more

Indo-Pak Test: Pakistanis share this weakness with India

first_imgGavaskar: Chasing a recordThere are two lessons to be learnt from the first encounter of the short series between India and Pakistan, at Bangalore.The first is that playing Test cricket in India in September is tantamount to defrauding the public. The other is that playing conditions for a series, if,Gavaskar: Chasing a recordThere are two lessons to be learnt from the first encounter of the short series between India and Pakistan, at Bangalore.The first is that playing Test cricket in India in September is tantamount to defrauding the public. The other is that playing conditions for a series, if they are going to be at great variance with convention, should be formulated and circulated in advance to all concerned and should be discussed by the rival captains before the start of the series.Misunderstanding of the playing conditions and different interpretations of them by the two sides very nearly precipitated a major crisis in cricketing as well as diplomatic relations between the two countries. This was caused by the incident during the closing moments of the first Test which, for the first four days, was played in the most pleasant and relaxed atmosphere known in any Indo-Pak Test.Weather Conditions: But for the outrageous weather of the first three days, this Test match could have developed into a most enthralling contest. There was proof of it in the piquant flavour of the small portion of cricket that was served up in the form of the first innings. But let a review of the events of the match wait until the two vital side issues – the tour programme and the playing conditions – are put into perspective.Four years ago, when the Australian side led by Kim Hughes started its tour in the south zone in September, both the first and second Tests, played at Madras and Bangalore, were wrecked by heavy rains.advertisementDespite that experience and the known threat of interference by rain, the current series was arranged for the same time of year. Incidentally, the one-day international at Hyderabad, the pipe-opener of the short tour, only escaped the vagaries of the weather. Dark clouds looked over Fateh Maidan as the winning hit was made.What happened at Bangalore was that the city’s cricket lovers, amongst the most knowledgeable in the country, were deprived of an opportunity of watching a full Test match, and as only a few took a gamble with the weather and paid their rupees in advance, the finances of the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) took a hefty blow.Inadequate Facilities: No doubt the KSCA would have resisted the board forcing down their throat a September Test if they did not already have a pistol held to their heads. After staging six Test matches in the most efficient manner, with due respect and regard for the game’s traditions. Bangalore was deprived of its status as a regular Test venue and the Test just concluded could be its last for some years.Under the circumstances, the association could be excused its reluctance to invest in covering facilities more efficient and elaborate than tarpaulin sheets. These were vulnerable, particularly as the rainstorms often struck with great suddenness.However, to be fair, it was never the pitch that caused any delay to resumption of play. It was always the outfield and even here, delays were reduced to minimum by the swiftest mopping up operations anywhere in the world.The rain, frequent and heavy on the first three days, reduced playing time in the whole match by more than seven hours and hence it was hardly surprising that on the last day, it was dying a slow lingering death.Palling Game: At tea, India, 13 runs behind on the first innings, had crawled to 73 for no loss from 33 overs in 130 minutes’ batting. Both sides had dragged their feet a bit. It was all a big yawn and the end was awaited with great longing.The Pakistanis dropped their guard a bit after tea. Gavaskar, 37 not out at the break, played a couple of hearty shots at Iqbal Qasim and got to his 50 just before the start of the 20 mandatory overs. The pitch was easier than at any time in the match and suddenly, there appeared a glint in the little man’s eye.Gavaskar detected an opportunity – under circumstances of no pressure – of gaining a little more ground on that other little man. Sir Donald Bradman, whose 29 centuries are the highest number scored by any mortal in Test cricket. Gavaskar’s tally then was 27 and the 28th was now there to be picked, like a ripe peach.Initially, Gavaskar showed only the slightest bit of extra haste. He was 51 at the start of the mandatory overs and after ten, he was no further than 64. There was still some doubt whether he was making a serious assault on the magic figure. He declared his intentions by cutting loose now and plundering 23 runs in the next four overs, Anshuman Gaekwad assisting by giving him as much of the strike at possible.advertisementMiandad: Swashbuckling performanceAt the end of that fateful 14th over Zaheer enquired the time of the umpire and being told that it was just gone 4 o’clock, he turned on his heels and started to make for the pavilion, followed by his troops. The umpires tried to stop the exodus, but to no avail. Meanwhile, Gavaskar and Gaekwad stood in their respective creases.The crowd kicked up a fearful din but the Pakistanis, disregarding umpires’ orders or crowd reaction, went into their dressing room and stayed there. Officials of the KSCA went in to reason and negotiate with them and were told that the playing conditions required that a total of 77 overs had to be bowled in a day and that requirement was fulfilled.At last, the ground authorities were able to bring the Pakistan team management and the umpires face-to-face for a discussion and the umpires pointed out to them that the 77 overs clause applied only to the first four days and that proceedings on the last day were governed by that law of the game which insists that at least 20 overs should be bowled in the last hour.With the match being in the state it was, this law seemed absurd, but the umpires were right. At all times, the laws of the game take precedence over local playing conditions. Had the Pakistanis not relented and gone out, the umpires would have had no alternative but to award the match to India on default.However, the ramifications of such a conclusion to the Test match would certainly have been serious beyond imagination. The Pakistanis would either have packed their bags and gone home immediately or they would have had to face hostile receptions from crowds wherever they played their following matches.Furthermore, the aftermath would have been another long pause in cricketing contact between India and Pakistan and relations between the countries generally would have been soured.Playing conditions of Test matches in all countries except India provide for a match to be stopped half-way through the last hour if both captains are agreed that a result cannot be reached, as was the case in Bangalore.Mentally conditioned to this convention, Zaheer wanted to call it a day. But there have been recent examples of play being continued only to allow a batsman to get a hundred. It happened in Karachi, earlier this year, for Mohinder Amarnath’s benefit and, not many weeks later, for Kapil Dev’s, in Trinidad.Splendid Beginning: Though it was apparent even after the first day that the match would be drawn, the two sides played with great keenness and enthusiasm. After all, any moral ascendancy gained in the first encounter would serve them well in the battles that lay ahead of them.The tussle in the only innings of consequence was truly enthralling and as so often happens, the thrilling situations were brought about by indifferent batting. India won the toss – Kapil Dev’s first in six Test matches – and were bowled out for only 275.advertisementBinny: Tenacious standThey could not be criticised overmuch for their patchy batting for the majority of the team had played no first-class cricket since the end of the World Cup, barring the Irani Trophy match just before the Pakistanis arrived. They were clearly not match-light.On the eve of the Test, the pitch had looked very hard but it sweated under the covers and the ball tended to move about a little off the seam. Moreover, Mudassar Nazar, whose military medium has won Test matches before, made the ball swing as well in the heavy atmosphere.Batting conditions were not hostile, but there was just enough help for the bowlers to discomfit a side not performing at concert pitch. Despite a tenacious 42 by Gavaskar, only his second highest score in his last six Test matches, India were 85 for six at one stage.Erratic Batting: They achieved the comparative respectability of 275, thanks to a record seventh-wicket stand of 155 between the all-rounders, Roger Binny and Madan Lal. At the end of the second day, the day before the intermission, they had taken the score to 191 for six, which was not alarmingly large. When the match resumed, Pakistan were bowling with the second new ball which was only eight overs old and yet Zaheer Abbas, to his disadvantage, gave his pace bowlers defensive fields and kept Azim Hafeez bowling right through the morning to slow down the tempo.Like India, Pakistan too batted erratically, but at least one of their batsmen in the higher order, Javed Miandad, played a major innings, a superb one of 99 which was ended by his own arrogance. Pakistan still would have fallen some way behind India but for a staunch eight-wicket partnership of 44 between Wasim Ban and Iqbal Qasim.The pitch had become even more true while Pakistan batted but the ball still swung sometimes and Kapil Dev and Madan Lal bowled well, accurately and intelligently to prevent Pakistan from getting on top.If any bowler troubled Javed Miandad during his masterly innings of 99, it was left-arm spinner Dilip Doshi, and that in spite of the pitch affording even less help to the spinners than to the seamers. Coming back to the side after being dropped halfway through the series in Pakistan and then left out of the West Indies tour, Doshi nearly had Miandad edging him twice in his very first over. Still, Kapil Dev soon took him off.Great Potential: In a later stint, Doshi brought about the downfall of the left-hander Wasim Raja, who had looked extremely dangerous while making 39. Yet, at the end of the match, Doshi again found himself out of the Test squad which seemed most unjust.There are many more Test matches ahead of India this season and once they get into the swing of things, they should be batting to their recent high potential. Within its limitations, the bowling did well in the first Test, but it is not good enough to bowl a side out twice in a Test match.The Pakistanis share this weakness with India. Even without Imran, a superlative all-rounder who was in magnificent batting form for the last half of the English season, Pakistan are without doubt a formidable batting side, capable of building colossal totals.But the bowling, minus Imran and Sarfaraz Nawaz, looks moderate. Perhaps it is just good enough to contain the opposition in the right conditions, but lacks the firepower to win a Test match. Until another time, when they are more fully equipped, Pakistan will probably be happy to go home drawing the series.last_img read more

LeBron James picks Kevin Durant first for NBA All-Star game

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes After choosing Durant first, James then added former Cleveland team-mate Kyrie Irving to his team.In-form Toronto star Kawhi Leonard was picked third by James before he selected reigning MVP James Harden with his fourth pick.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesNew Orleans Pelicans ace Anthony Davis — linked to a move to the Los Angeles Lakers before the trade deadline closed Thursday — headed James’ reserves.Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge, Karl-Anthony Towns and Bradley Beal completed the squad. FILE – LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes up to shoot and get fouled by Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors during the first half of their NBA Basketball game at ORACLE Arena on December 25, 2018 in Oakland, California. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James opted for Golden State star Kevin Durant with the first pick of the All-Star draft on Thursday.James, who will lead a team against fellow All-Star captain Giannis Antetokounmpo’s line-up in Charlotte on February 17, assembled a formidable looking starting line-up.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Lakers edge Celtics on Rajon Rondo’s jumper at the buzzer LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Note: Westbrook traded from Team LeBron for Simmons after draft.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte James then added close friend Dwyane Wade with the NBA’s “special selection” in the draft, which was televised this year for the first time.Rival captain Antetokounmpo meanwhile selected Durant’s Golden State team-mate Stephen Curry with the second overall pick.The Milwaukee Bucks star then selected Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid before adding Paul George and Kemba Walker.Khris Middleton, Nikola Jokic, Ben Simmons, Blake Griffin, D’Angelo Russell, Nikola Vucevic and Kyle Lowry made up the reserves.Antetokounmpo added Dirk Nowitzki as his special selection.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In a surprise move, the two captains then agreed to a trade, with James swapping Oklahoma City Thunder star Westbrook for Ben Simmons after the draft.James proposed the move in order to get Westbrook and Embiid on the same side.“I know Ben Simmons is your guy so I’ll do it,” Antetokounmpo said.All Star Squads:Team Lebron:Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden; Reserves: Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Ben Simmons, LaMarcus Aldridge, Karl-Anthony Towns, Bradley BealSpecial pick: Dwyane WadeTeam Giannis:Stephen Curry, Joel Embiid, Paul George, Kemba Walker; Reserves: Khris Middleton, Nikola Jokic, Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, D’Angelo Russell, Nikola Vucevic, Kyle LowrySpecial pick: Dirk Nowitzkilast_img read more

Raptors sign guard Jodie Meeks to 10-day contract

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Vladimir Putin asks FIFA for support on World Cup legacy Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief LATEST STORIES FILE – Jodie Meeks #20 of the Washington Wizards poses during media day at Entertainment and Sports Arena on September 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFPTORONTO— The Toronto Raptors signed guard Jodie Meeks to a 10-day contract Wednesday.While with Washington last season, Meeks was suspended 25 games after testing positive for Ipamorelin, a growth hormone prohibited under the NBA drug program. The suspension came a day before Game 1 of the Wizards’ first-round playoff series against Toronto.ADVERTISEMENT Meeks was traded to Milwaukee during the offseason with 19 games remaining on the suspension, then waived when the ban ended.The 31-year-old former Kentucky player has appeared in 531 regular-season games with Milwaukee, Philadelphia, the Los Angeles Lakers, Detroit, Orlando and Washington, averaging 9.3 points, 2.1 rebounds and 22.6 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war View comments MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantslast_img read more

Heat stay hot, pull away late to beat Cavaliers

first_imgLacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Josh Richardson scored 20 points to lead a club record-tying eight Miami players in double figures, McGruder had a seven-point possession in the fourth quarter to help put the game away, and the Heat beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 126-110 on Friday night.“How can you not have fun right now, in a playoff hunt, in a playoff race?” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “To be in a playoff race, every game has context and pressure and meaning to it, that’s a lot of fun. I want our guys to have fun with this.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesFun was had. Miami beat Cleveland at home for the 16th consecutive time, a Heat record against any opponent. Bam Adebayo scored 17 points and Justise Winslow finished with 16 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for the Heat — who got 15 points from Kelly Olynyk, 13 from McGruder, 12 from Dwyane Wade, and 11 apiece from Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside.“It’s been a lot of fun. It has been,” McGruder said. “You can see it on everyone’s faces out there on the court. We’re just enjoying everyone’s success.” His seven-point, 22-second play sealed the outcome.He made a 3-pointer from the left corner while getting flagrantly fouled by Kevin Love. McGruder made the ensuing free throw, Miami retained the ball because of the flagrant, and McGruder then made a 3 from the right corner. A nine-point game became a 16-point game in an instant, and Miami soon finished off its fourth straight win to remain No. 8 in the East.“Strength in numbers,” Wade said. “At this time of the year, the numbers really don’t matter. It’s about us having team success.”Collin Sexton led Cleveland with 27 points. Jordan Clarkson scored 21, Love had 19 and Brandon Knight finished with 15 for the Cavaliers, who were officially eliminated from playoff contention.“They got in their run at the right time,” Clarkson said. “But I felt we were in the game for the most part. Just a lot of mistakes in the fourth.”ADVERTISEMENT The game kicked off a season-high, five-game homestand for Miami, which has matchups left with Toronto, Detroit, Milwaukee and Charlotte — all either playoff-bound or playoff-contending in the East — before hitting the road again. Once this homestand ends, Miami will have only four home games left before the end of the regular season.COMING HOMEKnight, who grew up in nearby Fort Lauderdale, played at Miami for the ninth time in his NBA career. Each of his last four appearances have come with him wearing four different uniforms — Milwaukee, then Phoenix, then Houston and now Cleveland. He’s also played at Miami with Detroit.UP NEXTCavaliers: Host Toronto on Monday.Heat: Host Toronto on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Klay Thompson returns to lift Warriors over Nuggets View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Cavs made 19 3s, three of them coming from Sexton, who broke Kyrie Irving’s club rookie for 3s by a rookie. But the Cavs lost Larry Nance Jr. to a chest injury in the third quarter, and he did not return. He was scoreless in 17 minutes.Cavs coach Larry Drew said his team won’t play out the season like nothing matters.“That’s not an option and our guys understand that,” Drew said. “Every time we step out on the floor, we’re going to have some good days and bad days, we understand that. But we will continue to look like a basketball team.”It was Miami’s third game in five days — and like the first two, it was tied at halftime.Neither team ever led by more than five points in the opening 24 minutes, which featured 22 lead changes and 13 ties. Cleveland outscored Miami 29-28 in the first quarter, the Heat outscored the Cavaliers 29-28 in the second, and that adds up to a 57-57 knotting at intermission.But in the third, the Heat got separation. Miami shot 68 percent in the quarter and went into the fourth up 94-83.TIP-INSCavaliers: Love said he hasn’t decided if he will be part of USA Basketball’s quest to win the Basketball World Cup in China this summer. He’ll give it more serious thought after the season. “USA Basketball has been very good to me in my career,” Love said. … Matthew Dellavedova (concussion protocol) missed the game. He took a hard hit late in the game at Brooklyn on Wednesday.Heat: A video tribute to former Heat forward Chris “Birdman” Andersen played in the third quarter. Andersen was at the game. … Olynyk has made at least one 3-pointer in 11 consecutive games, a new career high…. Friday marked the first game this season where the Heat had no players ruled out with injuries.STAYING HOME MOST READ Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow (20) shoots as Cleveland Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman (16) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 8, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI — Rodney McGruder was having a quiet night.And in a span of 22 seconds, everything changed.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

After woeful start, Magnolia Hotshots ‘peaking at the right time’

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Yeng Guiao ejected in 2nd quarter of crucial NLEX game “They are also very hungry. It’s going to be a good game. Both teams are well motivated.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MANILA, Philippines–Magnolia coach Chito Victolero is starting to see his team slowly regain its form.ADVERTISEMENT Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandemcenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ The Hotshots on Wednesday chalked up their third win in four games after dumping the Columbian Dyip in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.The victory allowed Magnolia to sneak into the playoff picture as it claimed eighth place with still four games left in its elimination round schedule.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“We talked about the importance of this game and the importance of our effort and aggressiveness so I’m very happy we were able to surpass Columbian’s effort and aggressiveness,” said Victolero in Filipino after Magnolia blasted Columbian, 109-83, at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“At least, our run towards the playoffs is getting better.” SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The Hotshots started the season with three straight losses but they’ve begun playing with a lot more intensity especially on the defensive end and it’s paid dividends.“Compared to our first few games, I’m happy with my players’ rhythm and their defense,” he said.“Like I told my players, I think we’re peaking at the right time.”Magnolia has a relatively light schedule with three of its last four games against teams at the bottom of the standings.The Hotshots, however, can’t afford to be complacent with fierce rival Barangay Ginebra next on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Last foul, dribble no-call make refs focus of Final Four

first_imgKyle Guy hits FTs on disputed foul, Virginia shocks Auburn View comments Kyle Guy hit three free throws with 0.6 seconds left to help the Cavaliers beat Auburn 63-62 in a wild, controversial finish Saturday night that put the refs at the center of the national semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.It’s the result of a sequence that will be long discussed, with official James Breeding whistling Samir Doughty for a bump on Guy’s desperation 3-point shot, and a no call moments earlier on what many Auburn fans say was a double dribble.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Survive and advance,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said, “I guess that’s taking on a new meaning.”Doughty’s torso made contact with Guy’s right thigh as he elevated for the twisting shot, even as Doughty extended his arms skyward and he almost leaned backward in an attempt to avoid the contact. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew It was too late.Guy’s shot bounced off the rim as the horn sounded in what appeared to be an Auburn win. Guy even began to cover his face with his jersey as the shot missed as though thinking his season was over — though he said afterward he heard the whistle immediately.“That was me focusing,” Guy said.Still, it took a few confusing moments before it was clear there had been a foul call, prompting a wave of stunned cheers from Virginia fans and furious boos from Auburn supporters.“I thought it was going to be a no-call,” Auburn center Austin Wiley said, “but he made the call.”ADVERTISEMENT Doughty said he was focused on trying to stay close to Guy — who had made a key 3-pointer moments earlier — but not fouling him.“They missed some calls and they made some calls, but like I said, that’s why they’re reffing the Final Four because they’re the best of the best,” Doughty said. “You’ve got to trust their decision that they make on that floor.”Officials reviewed a replay and confirmed Guy’s feet were behind the arc. Guy made the first two free throws to tie it, then came out of an Auburn timeout to hit the third and put Virginia ahead.The Tigers’ final heave downcourt for a desperation catch-and-shoot 3 from Brown wasn’t close.This time, however, it was the end.“NCAA needs to get some new refs,” Auburn guard Bryce Brown said after as the team made its way back to the locker room.In a statement, national officiating coordinator J.D. Collins said that Breeding had ruled that Doughty moved into an airborne shooter while crowding into his landing spot to violate a rule governing “verticality.”Virginia players mobbed Guy on the court and Cavaliers fans celebrated wildly, continuing their rise from the rubble following an unprecedented 16-vs-1 upset loss to UMBC last season. It was also the Cavaliers’ second straight tournament escape, following Mamadi Diakite’s buzzer-beating shot to force overtime on the way to beating Purdue in last weekend’s South Region final.Auburn fans, however, were irate.Auburn assistant coach Steven Pearl, son of head coach Bruce Pearl, ran part of the way across the court after the buzzer, shouting at the officials before departing. The officials soon sprinted off to the tunnel for their exit amid a few obscene gestures and insults hurled their way from the nearby Auburn student section, where shock had given way to fury. Virginia’s Kyle Guy (5) shoots the last free throw to defeat Auburn 63-62 during the second half in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)MINNEAPOLIS — Virginia looked done.Everything changed with one slight bump, one whistle and three clutch free throws — along with a pretty big no-call moments earlier.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Police escorted away a few of the most unruly fans. Others walked away from floor seats in tears.There was frustration, too, that a key non-call went against the Tigers only moments earlier.Virginia’s Ty Jerome dribbled a ball off his ankle while trying to go behind his back. He picked up the ball, then kept dribbling with about 3 seconds let near halfcourt in what CBS rules official Gene Steratore declared a missed double-dribble during the broadcast. Yet replays also showed Brown as the defender snagging Jerome’s jersey as the Tigers were trying to foul and disrupt Virginia’s offense with plenty of fouls to give.Collins declined comment on that play.The plays turned out to be the cappers of a wild tournament run for the fifth-seeded Tigers that had seen them take down bluebloods Kansas, North Carolina and Kentucky in succession to win the Midwest Region and reach their first Final Four.Yet that tournament run very nearly ended in the first round with an eerily similar foul call.It was in Salt Lake City where Auburn fouled a 3-point shooter for New Mexico State while protecting a slim lead with 1.1 seconds left. That time, though, Terrell Brown missed two of three free throws to help Auburn survive 78-77.The foul happened again. This time, the free throws fell through to end the Tigers’ romping ride. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more

Playoff time: 10 things to know for the NBA postseason

first_imgMilwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, middle, gives high-fives to Sterling Brown (23) and Khris Middleton (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)There’s no LeBron James in these playoffs, so the NBA Finals will have a distinctly new look for the first time in nine years.There’s no Tony Parker, for the first time in nearly two decades.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES There’s no Dwyane Wade, and he’ll never play a playoff game again.San Antonio is in the postseason for a record-tying 22nd consecutive season. Brooklyn, Denver, Detroit, Orlando and the Los Angeles Clippers got into these playoffs after watching the postseason last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAs always at playoff time, there are some familiar things and some not-so-familiar things. With the postseason set to begin Saturday, here’s 10 things to know going into the best time of the NBA year:DRIVE FOR FIVE DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew WELCOME BACKKawhi Leonard’s last postseason appearance ended earlier than planned, when he hurt his left ankle while taking a jumper over Golden State’s Zaza Pachulia in Game 1 of the 2017 Western Conference finals. Pachulia closed out aggressively, Leonard didn’t have space to land safely and he missed the rest of that series.When Leonard left the game, he and San Antonio were up by 23. The Spurs lost that lead, lost the game, lost the series and Leonard never played a postseason second with the Spurs again after that bad landing.Toronto is hoping that Leonard can rekindle his typical postseason magic in his playoff return.Leonard enters these playoffs with a 32-game streak of double-digit postseason outings, averaging 24.1 points in those contests.STEPH RISINGWarriors guard Stephen Curry is on pace to catch Ray Allen and become the NBA’s all-time 3-point leader sometime in the 2020-21 season.That stat only takes regular-season games into account. In the postseason, Curry is about to become No. 1.Curry has 378 career postseason 3s, good for No. 2 on the NBA’s all-time playoff list. Allen is No. 1, with 385.PLAYOFF CASH The 16 playoff teams are playing for the Larry O’Brien Trophy, for rings, for a parade … and for a stake of $21,676,510.That’s the amount of this year’s NBA Playoff Pool — a record.Every playoff team is assured of some of the pie, which is often used to fund bonuses for players and team staff.So far, all 16 teams are due at least $323,506 each. Most have already clinched much more because finishing in the top six spots in each conference also comes with a bonus. For example, Milwaukee — because it had the best record in the NBA — is already due $1,495,750.Teams get an additional $384,930 for winning a first-round series. Conference finalists get another $638,094. The losing team in the NBA Finals gets another $2,543,681 and the NBA champs get one more payout of $3,838,798.Add it all up, and the Bucks could get $6,355,572 if they win the title. No other team can win that much.HOUSTON, A PROBLEM?Houston is the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference, and faces No. 5 seed Utah in the first round.History suggests the Rockets are in trouble.In each of the last seven seasons, and nine of the last 10, the No. 5 team in the West has beaten the No. 4 team in the first round. Utah has won each of its last five appearances in a 4-versus-5 series. The fifth-seeded Jazz knocked off Oklahoma City in 2018, the Los Angeles Clippers in 2017 and Denver in 2010. The Jazz were seeded No. 4 when they won a 4-versus-5 series in 2007 and 2008 — both of those coming against Houston.BOOGIE’S DEBUTDeMarcus Cousins is No. 1 on a list that nobody wants to lead.By this weekend, he’ll be off the list entirely.Cousins has played in 565 regular-season games and zero postseason games. That’ll change this weekend when he and Golden State play host to the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 1 of a Western Conference first-round series.No active NBA player has been in more regular-season games without a playoff appearance than Cousins. When he plays for the Warriors this weekend, and when Kyle O’Quinn — currently No. 2 on the list with 443 regular-season games without a postseason minute — plays for Indiana, the new active leader in games played without a postseason appearance will be Brandon Knight.He’s played in 421 and is still looking for his first playoff outing.MILESTONE COMINGSometime in the next couple of months, the 4,000th playoff game in NBA history will be played.There have been 3,934 postseason contests so far. Based on the way last season went, the milestone game will come late in the conference-semifinal round or early in the conference-final round. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments Golden State is trying to reach the NBA Finals for the fifth consecutive season.If the Warriors get there, they would be the second franchise ever with such a streak — joining only the Boston Celtics, who went there in 10 straight seasons from 1957-66.The Warriors are one of five franchises with a streak of four straight NBA Finals trips: the Los Angeles Lakers did it from 1982-85, the Celtics also did it from 1984-87, the Miami Heat did it from 2011-14 and the Cleveland Cavaliers did it from 2015-18.Golden State is also seeking its seventh championship in franchise history. That would put the Warriors in sole possession of third place on the NBA’s most-titles list, behind Boston (17) and the Lakers (16).The Warriors and Chicago are currently tied for third with six championships each.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FINALS STARTThis season’s NBA Finals start May 30. It’ll be the earliest Game 1 of the title series since 1986, when Boston and Houston opened their series on May 26.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated BLOWOUT BUCKSMilwaukee had 45 double-digit wins this season, the most in the NBA.That’s a really good omen for the Bucks.Only four teams in NBA history have posted more double-digit wins in a regular season than the Bucks this year. Those clubs are the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (50), the 2016-17 Golden State Warriors (48), the 1970-71 Bucks (47) and the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls (46).All four of those teams went on to win the NBA championship.MR. 3000?Houston’s James Harden scored 2,818 points in the regular season, which puts him on the cusp of joining a very elite club.If Harden scores 182 in the playoffs, that will give him a total of 3,000 — and he would be the 10th player in NBA history to score that many in a full season, postseason included. The others: Michael Jordan (10 times), Wilt Chamberlain (five times), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Rick Barry, Elgin Baylor, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Bob McAdoo and Shaquille O’Neal.Durant was the last to do it, in 2013-14.LeBron James almost got into the club last year, coming as close as humanly possible — he scored 2,999 points for Cleveland. 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Rafael Nadal overcomes stomach virus to advance in Madrid Open

first_imgMOST READ Rafael Nadal, from Spain, celebrates after winning Felix Auger-Aliassime, from Canada, during the Madrid Open tennis tournament in Madrid, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)MADRID — Rafael Nadal was concerned going into his first match at the Madrid Open.He lost practice time ahead of the tournament because of a stomach virus and didn’t know exactly how his body would react when he stepped onto the “Magic Box” center court on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT But despite the lack of preparation and the physical toll of the illness, Nadal cruised to a 6-3, 6-3 win over Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime to reach the third round in the Spanish capital.Playing only a few days after falling ill, Nadal lost only four points on his serve in the first set and broke Auger-Aliassime three times in the second.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I’ve had this stomach virus for a few days so this was a very important match for me,” the second-ranked Spaniard said. “I’ve been improving but obviously the body remains a bit debilitated for a while. I’m very happy with the victory. It was very important.”Nadal is trying to rebound from consecutive eliminations in the semifinals of both Monte Carlo and Barcelona, which marked his worst start to the clay-court season in four years. “I think everything went very well for me to today,” said Halep, a two-time champion in Madrid. “I felt the ball, every single shot.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES “The important thing is to win, you know, especially given what’s happened in the last three days,” he said. “In general, it’s a day to be very satisfied, very happy.”A five-time champion in Madrid, Nadal will next face American Frances Tiafoe, who defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.“He is playing really well,” Nadal said of Tiafoe. “He has that drive and energy and it will be a good test for me and an opportunity for me to play a tough match and to keep improving.”The 18-year-old Auger-Aliassime is having his breakthrough season on tour, having moved to 30th in the rankings after reaching the final in Rio and the semifinals in Miami.He converted on his only break opportunity of the match late in the second set, but Nadal broke right back to close out the match. The 17-time Grand Slam champion converted four of his 10 break opportunities, with the last one coming on his sixth-match point of the final game.ADVERTISEMENT With Kevin Durant down, Warriors fight off Rockets to pull ahead 3-2 DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The last match of the day was also the last ever on tour for David Ferrer, whose career came to an end with a 6-4, 6-1 loss to defending champion Alexander Zverev. The 37-year-old Spaniard had said before the tournament he wasn’t fit enough to keep competing at a high level.Ferrer finished his 20-year career with 27 singles titles, fifth-best among active players behind the top four of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Ferrer had 733 wins in 1,111 matches, fourth-best among active players.“I couldn’t keep playing at the level that I wanted, but I’m very happy and very proud of my career,” Ferrer said.Earlier, Juan Martin Del Potro squandered a match point in a 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 loss to Laslo Djere in his second tournament since injuring his knee in October. Del Potro converted only two of his 11 break opportunities, failing to capitalize on the match point at 5-4 in the final set. The Argentine had last played in Delray Beach in February, losing in the quarterfinals.Stan Wawrinka defeated Guido Pella 6-3, 6-4 and will face Kei Nishikori, who got past Bolivian qualifier Hugo Dellien 7-5, 7-5.Fabio Fognini beat John Millman 6-2, 6-2, while Gael Monfils edged Marton Fucsovics 1-6, 6-4, 6-2. Estoril Open champion Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Adrian Mannarino 6-2, 7-5.On the women’s side, top-ranked Naomi Osaka reached the quarterfinals with a straight-set win over Aliaksandra Sasnovich and will next face Belinda Bencic, who dropped only two games in her victory over Kateryna Kozlova.“I’m at a really good place right now,” Osaka said. “I feel like I’m having fun playing tennis again, which is always a good thing for me and I always play well if I have that mentality.”Defending champion Petra Kvitova defeated Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-3 to set up a quarterfinal match against Kiki Bertens.Sloane Stephens needed three sets to defeat Saisai Zheng, while third-seeded Simona Halep routed Viktoria Kuzmova 6-0, 6-0. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View commentslast_img read more

Three Gopichand academies in pipeline

first_imgPullela GopichandPullela Gopichand has changed the face of Indian badminton since taking over as national coach in 2006. The former All England Champion has groomed many top-notch performers in recent years, and his wards vouch for the passion he has for the game.His academy in Hyderabad has played a crucial part in this endeavour. To spread the game across the country, he is now ready with a comprehensive plan to open three new academies in Vadodara, Jaipur and Gwalior. While the Vadodara academy will open next month, the other two are on the pipeline.”It is going to be a big challenge. For the game to grow at the grassroots, it is important that we have academies well spread out. There is no dearth of talent in the country. Many states have come forward and expressed interest in opening academies. I have been in talks with several stakeholders regarding this,” Gopichand told MAIL TODAY.Olympic silver medallist and BJP MP from Jaipur (Rural) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has been keen on Gopichand opening an academy in the city.”He has sent a proposal to us. He has been co-coordinating with the state government. In fact, the chief minister (Vasundhara Raje) wants to encourage sports. We will work on it once I come back from the Asian Games,” Gopi said.The academies will have residential facilities. Gopi is working with the Badminton Association of India and other stakeholders to put a structure in place for running these centres.”It needs co-ordination from everyone, the government, SAI, and the sports ministry. The game is growing and corporate houses too are coming forward to contribute. We also have to see that there are exchange programmes in place among the centres.”advertisementAt present, there are three national training centres – in Hyderabad, Bangalore and Lucknow.last_img read more

Sandeep Jajodia elected as president of Boxing India

first_imgElected Boxing India officials and other members of boxing fraternity in Mumbai on Thursday.Delhi-based Sandeep Jajodia was elected president unopposed at the much-awaited Boxing India (BI) election in Mumbai on Thursday. Jay Kowli, president of the Maharashtra Boxing Association, upset Rohit Jinendra Jain of New Delhi to be elected secretary general of the new federation.In a three-way contest, Assam’s Hemanta Kumar Kalita eased past Manipur’s Khoibi Salam and Tripura’s Rupak Debroy to become treasurer. A total of 10 vice-presidents and seven executive members were elected in the polls, held under the supervision of International Boxing Association (AIBA) observers – Cliodhna Guy and Kishen Narsi. The sports ministry and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) didn’t send their observers.The election proceedings were videorecorded. The observers will now submit a report to AIBA, which will continue BI’s provisional membership, providing it the right to run the sport in India. A decision to this effect will likely be taken this week itself or by the beginning of the next. The continuation of provisional membership will also pave the way for Indian boxers to compete under the national flag at the Asian Games and other competitions.AIBA can grant BI full membership only during its general council meeting in mid-November in South Korea.The onus now lies with the sports ministry and the IOA as BI needs their recognition too. Since the new body is using the word ‘India’, it needs various government agencies’ nod. In the process, it also needs to register itself as a society under the Societies Registration Act 1860. Once these formalities are completed, the sports ministry can also recognise BI. The IOA can only recognise the new federation after the sports ministry does so.advertisementBut the IOA still recognises the nowdisbanded Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF), the former body running the sport in the country, as its affiliate member. The IOA has to first disaffiliate IABF before recognising BI. However, it cannot be done before the IOA general council meeting, which will be held in November or December.The elected committee: with number of votes in brackets President: Sandeep Jajodia (Elected unopposed); secretary general: Jay Kowli (32); treasurer: Hemanta Kumar Kalita (41); vice-presidents (10): Jaipal Singh (49), Nirwan Mukerjee (46), G.V. Ravi Raju (46), C.K. Jerath (45), C.B. Raje (43), Kalikanta Boro (42), T. Meren Paul (38), Anil Kumar Bohidar (37), Dalpat Singh Arya (34), Rohan Khuante (34); members of the executive council (seven): Jas Lal Pradhan (58), R. Gopu (49), Rajeev Kumar Singh (40), Nirmolak Singh (39), Anil Mishra (38), D.P. Bhatt (32), Amarjit Singh (29).last_img read more

UEFA Champions League: As Messi Returns From Injury, Griezmann Attempts to Find His Feet at Barcelona

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Antoine GreizmannbarcelonaBarcelona vs Inter Milanernesto valverde First Published: October 1, 2019, 11:59 AM IST Barcelona: Antoine Griezmann said he knew it would be tough settling in at Barcelona but it may have proven harder than he thought. Barca play at home to Inter Milan on Wednesday looking for lift-off in the Champions League after a goalless draw against Borussia Dortmund made for an underwhelming start to their latest bid for success in Europe.Lionel Messi is expected to make his return from a thigh injury, but Griezmann also has something to prove after two steady but unspectacular months, elevated by moments rather than the consistency Ernesto Valverde would have hoped for when the Frenchman’s 120-million euro release clause was activated last summer. “Against Bilbao he was not as involved as we would like,” Valverde said at the start of the season. “But it is also up to the team to allow our strikers to participate more.” When Griezmann scored twice in the next game, against Real Betis, before tossing glitter above his head at Camp Nou, it felt like he had made his big introduction and not just because of the theatrics.But five La Liga games have since brought only one more goal and assist while a handful of rather muted displays have left a sense of a player finding his feet, despite excelling in La Liga for the past nine seasons. After last week’s win over Villarreal, Griezmann was asked about his start at Barcelona. “It’s different,” he said. “It’s a different type of football, a different position and I knew it was going to be difficult to adjust.”But I feel like I’m improving every game and that’s it. Three goals, it’s not bad right? I can do better but I just arrived. I work for the team and if I can score or assist, even better.” Griezmann has reason to defend himself. He joined a team that after five games had posted its lowest points total in 25 years, with last season’s collapse against Liverpool still lingering, not least for Valverde, whose future is never secure.He also arrived as one of the world’s premium strikers but found his new club pursuing Neymar for the duration of the summer, as if the Brazilian might add something he could not.There were relationships to repair too, with Barcelona’s fans and players, after Griezmann not only turned them down 12 months before but embarassed them, by announcing his decision in a documentary.Inconsistency”I’ve spent very little time with him to be honest,” Lionel Messi told Diario Sport last month. “Since I returned, I’ve been injured and training on my own. “They went on tour and when they came back we saw each other a little in the dressing room but I’ve not been there in the training sessions. We’ll have the opportunity to share a lot of things.” Once in position, Griezmann has been played in “different positions”, three times down the middle as a lone striker and five times on the left of the front three.In his eight games, there have been six different attacking combinations, the revolving pair around him involving all of Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele, Rafinha, Carles Perez, Ansu Fati and Messi.”He is a player who can play in several positions,” Valverde said. “We have to see who plays but it’s clear the system has to accommodate the players.” When he announced he would be leaving Atletico in May, Griezmann said he wanted a fresh challenge and he would have been under no illusions about the inevitable dimming of status alongside the likes of Messi, Suarez and Dembele.The emergence of the 16-year-old sensation Fati and 21-year-old Perez has added two more into an already-crowded attacking roster. But consistency has been hard to come by in a team ridden with inconsistencies and in that context, Griezmann’s start has been encouraging. Against Inter, he will hope for something more. last_img read more

MI, KKR to lock horns in qualifier 2 to enter IPL final,MI, KKR to lock horns in qualifier 2 to enter IPL final

first_img× Both Mumbai and KKR have won the IPL trophy twice in the last nine editions. File photo of a match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders.   –  The Hindu Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) would be eager to avenge their twin defeats in the league stage when they face old foes Mumbai Indians (MI) in the IPL Qualifer 2 here tomorrow.KKR have an abysmal 5-15 head-to-head record against Mumbai Indians, who notched up twin victories over their rivals in the league stage of the tournament this year.In fact, Mumbai Indians had pulled off their first win of the season against KKR at the Wankhede stadium last month when they beat them by four wickets with just one ball to spare.Needing 60 runs off last 24 balls, Hardik Pandya had finished the job in dramatic fashion, smashing 29 off 11 balls.Mumbai once again got the better of KKR when they handed them a nine-run defeat in their last league match at Edens Gardens.Come tomorrow, MI and KKR will face each other once again with the IPL final spot at stake after suffering contrasting fates in qualifier 1 and eliminator respectively.Mumbai are coming into the match after a 20-run defeat against Rising Pune Supergiant, while KKR defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets via Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-truncated eliminator last night.Both Mumbai and KKR have won the IPL trophy twice in the last nine editions and a win will take them to the final against Rising Pune Supergiant to be played in Hyderabad on Sunday.Mumbai’s batting has been remarkable this season with openers Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel giving them good starts and skipper Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayadu and Kieron Pollard firing in unison.Adding to this, the Pandya brothers — Hardik and Krunal — have been exceptionally good whenever the team has needed them.With 10 victories in the league stage, table-toppers MI have been in rampaging form and they would like to forget their defeat against Pune and rise to the big occasion.In bowling, Mumbai may continue to open their attack with Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga and Kiwi Mitchell McClenaghan.Jasprit Bumrah has been their best death overs specialist and along with Hardik, he will have to play a key role to restrict KKR, which boasts of some big names like Chris Lynn, Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa, among others.After clinching a win against Hyderabad last night, the Shah Rukh Khan-owned side would like to continue its winning momentum.KKR would hope Lynn, who just scored six in the last match, comes to the party. Lynn had scored a quick-fire fifty off just 21 balls against Gujarat Lions on his return at Chinnaswamy stadium after recovering from an injury.Lynn had an excellent start to the season when he stitched a record opening partnership of 184 with skipper Gambhir against Gujarat and went on to score an unbeaten 93.Sunil Narine’s pyrotechnics as a pinch-hitter have helped KKR’s cause. He had blasted 50 off just 15 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore to equal the record for the fastest fifty in the IPL and Gambhir would hope the West Indian to come up with another whirlwind innings.Among others, KKR also boasts of Manish Pandey and Robin Uthappa, who have scored 396 and 387 runs respectively.Uthappa, though would like to forget the previous match after he scored just one when he was asked to open the innings with Lynn.Gambhir, who is placed in the second spot in the most runs list with 486 runs, will hope to lead from the front. He was in red-hot form early in the season but seemed a tad off-colour in the business end.As far as their bowling is concerned, Chris Woakes (17 wickets) and Umesh Yadav (16 wickets) have been on song, and they have their task cut out to stop Simmons and Rohit at the top of the order, and Rayadu and Pollard in the middle.Teams SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT Mumbai are coming into the match after a 20-run defeat against Pune, while KKR defeated SRH by 7 wickets via D/L Lewis method in eliminator. cricket SHAREcenter_img Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Lendl Simmons, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nitish Rana, Parthiv Patel, Saurabh Tiwary, Shreyas Gopal, Tim Southee, Lasith Malinga, Krunal Pandya, Keiron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Asela Gunaratne, Harbhajan Singh, Hardik Pandya, Jagdish Suchith, Jaspreet Bumrah, Jos Buttler, Karn Sharma and Vinay Kumar.Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (C), Darren Bravo, Trent Boult, Piyush Chawla, Nathan Coulter Nile, Colin De Grandhomme, Rishi Dhawan, Sayan Ghosh, Shakib-Al-Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Ishank Jaggi, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Woakes, Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Ankit Rajpoot, Suryakumar Yadav, Robin Uthappa and Umesh Yadav. May 18, 2017 Published on Both Mumbai and KKR have won the IPL trophy twice in the last nine editions. File photo of a match between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders.   –  The Hindu IPL 2017 COMMENTSlast_img read more

Umesh, Shami return for first three ODIs against Australia,Umesh, Shami return for first three ODIs against Australia

first_imgSeptember 10, 2017 SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT Published on The fast bowling duo of Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami today returned to a 16-member India squad for the first three games of the five-match ODI series against Australia.The selectors have chosen to rest leading spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, as per the BCCI’s rotation policy, for the first three games of the series, starting September 17 in Chennai. The only change in the Virat Kohli-led squad was the omission of pacer Shardul Thakur. Yadav and Shami, who were rested after the Sri Lanka Test series, have been recalled after a break.India have named a 16-member squad instead of 15 for the first three games. Mumbai pacer Thakur will now go back to India A series for New Zealand. Selection committee chairman MSK Prasad said players such as Yuzvendra Chahal and Axar Patel have been given an extended run due to their impressive showings on the tour of Sri Lanka, where India won all their matches. “The team for the three ODIs against Australia has been selected in line with the rotation policy of the Board and accordingly R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been rested,” Prasad said.The former India stumper added, “The team’s performance during the Sri Lanka tour was outstanding and players like Axar Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal, who performed very well are being given an extended run and this will in turn supplement our approach, to build a strong reserve strength, as we prepare for forthcoming tours.”Ashwin is playing county cricket in England while left-arm spinner Jadeja has been rested since the Test series in Sri Lanka last month. As per his four-match contract, Ashwin has two more home games left for Worcestershire.As expected there were not much changes from the squad that thrashed Sri Lanka in the ODI series recently.The squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami. COMMENTScenter_img India have named a 16-member squad instead of 15 for the first three games. Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami return to a 16-member India squad for the first three games of the five-match ODI series against Australia. File Photo   –  The Hindu cricket × Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami return to a 16-member India squad for the first three games of the five-match ODI series against Australia. File Photo   –  The Hindulast_img read more

Tokyo 2020 unveil bug-eyed Olympic mascot probables

first_imgSHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT SHARE COMMENTS December 07, 2017center_img Published on sport Tokyo Olympic organisers unveiled a shortlist of three official 2020 Games mascots today – from bug-eyed cartoon heroes to cuddly raccoons. The Olympic and Paralympic designs, which celebrate the themes of harmony, diversity and resilience, were unveiled by pupils at a Tokyo elementary school.After a bungled rollout of the official Olympic logo that led to it being scrapped following accusations of plagiarism, local organisers have left the selection of the Tokyo 2020 mascots in the hands of schoolchildren. From December 11 to February 22, pupils at every elementary school across Japan – and Japanese schools overseas – will choose their favourite design, with each class casting a single vote. The winner will be announced on February 28.The competing mascots are instantly recognisable as “Made in Japan”, ranging in appearance from sci-fi cool to a glum-looking fox closer in spirit to the country’s beloved “yuru- kyara” (soft characters).Design A’s futuristic blue-checked design with pointy ears and oversized eyes evokes Japanese manga, while Olympic organisers revealed it has a “strong sense of justice” and can apparently move faster than light. Its Paralympic cousin, meanwhile, sports red checks derived from cherry blossoms and possesses the ability, helpfully, to “talk with stones and the wind.”Design B pairs a cartoon hybrid of a “lucky” cat and a fox draped in a red flame-like cloak with a blue lion-dog of the type seen guarding Japanese shrines – the common thread between them big round eyes resembling disco lights. Olympic Mascot B also “loves to take naps underneath the sunlight,” said Japanese organisers, adding that it “gives happy energy to people by touching them with its tail.”he softer appeal of Option C, meanwhile, brings together a fox looking less than overjoyed at being decorated in prehistoric “magatama” beads and a red raccoon looking a little bemused by all of the commotion.Tokyo organisers will hope to make smooth progress on the mascots to build on recent momentum following a series of public relations disasters. Last month, Tokyo opened its first new permanent venue for the 2020 Olympics – a welcome boost after plans for the main stadium were torn up by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe two years ago over its $2 billion price tag.Designs for the official Games emblem were then scrapped amid a plagiarism row. There was more bad news in October when Olympic organisers admitted that prolonged summer rain had brought high levels of bacteria to a venue earmarked for triathlon and open water swimming.While Tokyo has taken successful measures to reduce costs, the International Olympic Committee has urged local organisers to try to further cut its current USD 12 billion Games budget.last_img read more

Pregnant Bengaluru FC Fan Welcomed to Owner’s Box After She Sought Permission to Carry Hot Water

first_imgBengaluru FC started their Indian Super League 2019-20 season with three consecutive draws before a win against Chennaiyin FC. Kerala Blasters, meanwhile, have not won a single game since their opening day victory against ATK. Bengaluru FC are scheduled to play Kerala Blasters on Saturday, November 23. The team is currently placed at the fifth position. Hey, Meghana. We love the fact that you’re introducing your little one to the Fortress already!We’d be more than happy to accommodate you in the Owner’s Box for Saturday’s game, where there’s hot water and more. This one’s on us. 🙂 #FansFirst #BENKER https://t.co/xpNZHYKe3Q— Bengaluru FC (@bengalurufc) November 20, 2019In an interaction with Sportstar, Meghana revealed that there are no elevators in the stadium forcing people to often climb four flights of stairs to reach their seat. She further added that during the last game against Chennaiyin FC, the stands were crowded and the stadium did not have enough water and food.Furthermore, according to Meghana, there are no restrooms nearby, and one has to climb down to the ground floor to reach the restrooms.The mum-to-be also added that a ban on single-use plastics resulted in bans of conventional water bottles being taken to stadiums. This prompted Meghana to reach out to the club.BFC media manager Kunaal Majgaonkar told the website that it took them less than a minute to get a green signal from the management to upgrade her to the owners’ box.”It’s these small things that keep bridging the gap between the club and the people who support it,” the report quoted him as saying.Needless to say, Bengaluru FC’s gesture got social media talking with a number of fans taking to Twitter to commend their wonderful gesture.BFC is not just club! it’s a family ❤️— Shreesha Shastry (@ShreeshaShastry) November 20, 2019 Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Now where are the manjappada? This is what is Bengaluru FC Rockstars on and off the field as well 😎proud of BFC😘😘— I live for Bangalore (@i_bangalore) November 20, 2019 Meghana Nair, who is 33-weeks pregnant, took to Twitter to reach out to Bengaluru FC seeking permission to carry hot water from her home to the Kanteerava Stadium on matchday. The football fan, who earlier had issues with getting access to proper drinking water and staying hydrated during matches, reached out to the team to seek permission for making her own arrangements.Taking to Twitter Meghna posted, “Hello @bengalurufc! Is there any possibility that I could permission to carry some hot water from home in a reusable bottle?? I’m currently 33 weeks pregnant & I need to stay hydrated also take my medication. It was terribly inconvenient when I came to watch previous matches!!” Bengaluru FC, however, surprised her by giving her an upgrade to the owner’s box for Saturday’s game against Kerala Blasters. They added in their tweet, “We love the fact that you’re introducing your little one to the Fortress already!” Wow! Kudos @bengalurufcCongratulations Meghana.— Sebastien John (@SanisSocial) November 20, 2019 There’s a reason why we’re the best club in the country! #bfcforlife— Satish Perumal (@satperumal) November 20, 2019 bengaluru fcchennayin fcfootballindian football First Published: November 21, 2019, 11:40 AM IST Best club ever— Shane Lobo (@shanelobo) November 20, 2019last_img read more

Stadium Inspection for FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 to Take Place in November End

first_imgNew Delhi: With less than a year to go for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020, the stadium inspection is set to take place in the end of November with a FIFA delegation visiting India.Oliver Vogt from FIFA Tournaments and Events division will be visiting the country between November 26 and December 1, during which he will make the inspections. The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2020 will be held in India from November 2 to November 21.The FIFA delegation will make the inspection in Kolkata (November 27), Guwahati (November 28), Bhubaneswar (November 29), Ahmedabad (November 30) and Navi Mumbai (December 1). The FIFA and Local Organising Committee (LOC) delegation will inspect each stadium and all the designated training sites in each city to evaluate the progress made towards the preparation for the major tournament.Last week, an U-17 Women’s Championship was organised in Kalyani to gauge the skills of the players for the U-17 Women’s World Cup and help head coach Thomas Dennerby scout girls for the national team.Alex Ambrose’s Lionesses emerged as the winner of the tournament with Lynda Kom Serto receiving the Player of the Tournament, having scored six goals in the four matches played. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. FIFAFIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020footballIndia First Published: November 22, 2019, 1:51 PM ISTlast_img read more

Football: Argentine Legend, Diego Maradona ‘fine’ as confirmed by doctors after seeming to have…

first_imgAdvertisement Maradona was seen celebrating ecstatically by showing his middle finger after Marcos Rojo’s right foot finish which won Argentina the match. Many pundits who were big names in their careers aren’t impressed with the antics of Maradona.Read Also:-FIFA World Cup 2018: Neymar and co. put two past Siberia to end group stage as the toppersFIFA World Cup 2018 : Switzerland and Costa Rica share points. AdvertisementDiego Maradona was in an ecstatic form the earlier day when Argentina beat Nigeria to qualify for the last 16 in the World Cup even when it was deemed tough for the Latin American nation to qualify.He was reportedly seen being helped off his seat from the gallery and then he collapsed into a chair inside the stadium. The 57-year-old, who captained Argentina to World Cup victory in 1986, said his “neck hurt a lot”.He was immediately attended by local paramedics and then transported to a local hospital. However, it is being reported that he was stabilised at the stadium even though he denied being taken to the hospital.last_img read more

Boxing: Gilberto Ramirez outpoints Roamer Alexis Angulo to retain super middleweight title

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementSuper middleweight world titleholder Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez has not been able to get the major fights he has wanted, but he has nonetheless been taking care of lesser opponents while biding his time waiting for a big one. Ramirez got the victory, winning handily on the judges’ scorecards — 120-108, 119-109 and 119-109 — in a fight a bit tougher than those scores would indicate.The fight wasn’t much of a spectacle or an electrifying performance for Ramirez, but it was good enough to take a win. His opponent, Angulo, was mostly content to play it defensively and wait for a counter opportunity to land a fight-changing power shot — it never came. In the post-fight interview, Ramirez admitted that he wasn’t really happy with his performance tonight.“Right now, I want a unification,” Ramirez said. “That was a good fight for me, (but I want) James DeGale, Benavidez, Callum Smith. I’m ready for all those guys.”last_img read more