Team Europe outclass Team World 13-8 to retain Laver Cup

first_imgRoger Federer and Alexander Zverev won clutch singles matches as Team Europe beat Team World 13-8 to retain the Laver Cup on the third and final day of action in the international tournament in Chicago on Sunday.Federer’s hardfought 6-7(5) 7-6(8) 10-7 victory over American John Isner put the Europeans just three points from their victory target and Zverev got them there with a 6-7(3) 7-5 10-7 win over Kevin Anderson.German Zverev needed to be at his sharpest to get past the South African stalwart but won the final five points of the third set tie-break to ensure Europe would keep the trophy they won at the inaugural event in Prague last year.Watch: Nick Kyrgios calls umpire delusional, gets away with just a warning”It was such a close match all around, not only this one but all weekend, a few points here and there and it could have been different,” said Zverev.”I’m just happy to get the win and we defended the title, that’s the most important thing.”Watch Djokovic’s priceless reaction after hitting Federer with a forehandIt was fitting that 21-year-old Zverev punctuated the triumph for Europe by conquering Anderson, one of the most formidable players of the tournament.Anderson had teamed up with American Jack Sock to knock off Federer and Novak Djokovic in doubles on day one, then defeated Djokovic in a singles contest on Saturday.On Sunday, John McEnroe’s Team World had taken their first lead of the tournament at 8-7 after the opening doubles when Sock and Isner slipped past Federer and Zverev 4-6 7-6(2) 11-9.advertisementFederer needed to save three match points to disarm Isner’s big serve and take the day’s opening singles contest, which like all of Sunday’s matches was worth three points.The World Team needed to win one of the first two singles matches to take the tournament down to the final singles clash between Djokovic and Australian Nick Kyrgios but Zverev’s victory ensured it was not required.Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin and Kyle Edmund were the other members of the triumphant team led by Swedish great Bjorn Borg.”It’s been an unbelievable week,” said Borg. “I’m very proud of my team, we knew it’s going to be very difficult to beat Team World with John as the captain. He has a great team, they’re very professional.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Indian flight attendant claims Arjuna Ranatunga sexually harassed her

first_imgAn Indian flight attendant has accused former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga of sexually harassing her at a hotel in Mumbai.The woman narrated the alleged incident in a lengthy Facebook post which also contains some of the other sexual harassment encounters she has faced in the past.During a visit to India, Ranatunga (currently Sri Lanka’s Minister of Petroleum Resources Development), allegedly grabbed the woman by her waist. The woman allegedly later ran to the hotel reception and complained about Ranatunga’s actions but the staff allegedly told her, “It is your private matter.”Jwala Gutta joins #MeToo movement, opens up on mental harassment, selection snubs”My star struck colleague spotted Indian and Sri Lankan cricketers in the elevator of Hotel Juhu Centaur, Mumbai and decided to meet them in their room for autographs. I decided to chaperone her, fearing for her safety, we were offered drinks (perhaps laced) I declined and stuck to my bottle of water I’d brought along . They were 7 and we 2, they latched the room door putting the chain secure. My discomfort growing inside of me, I urged her to get back to our room.”She was smitten and wanted to go for a stroll by the poolside, this was at 1900 hrs, the walk to the pool a desolate, unlit pathway at the back of the hotel, I look back to find (her friend) and the Indian cricketer nowhere in sight.”Ranatunga grabs me by waist, sliding his hands along the side of my breasts, I scream fearing the worst, kicking on his legs and feet. Threatening him of dire consequences, passport cancellation, reporting it to the cops etc., for he is a Sri Lankan misbehaving with an Indian. Wasting no time, I dashed for the hotel reception a good run on an incline screaming on top of my voice. The reception said, “it is your private matter” and that they can’t help me,” the woman wrote in her Facebook post.advertisement In her Facebook post, the flight attendant claimed she threatened Arjuna Ranatunga of dire consequences (Courtesy Facebook)Ranatunga is one of Sri Lanka’s most celebrated cricketers. He had led the country to World Cup glory in 1996. Besides, he scored 5105 runs in 93 Tests and 7456 runs in 269 ODIs.The Me Too movement has gathered storm in India after Bollywood actress Tanushree Dutta accused veteran actor Nana Patekar of sexually harassing her on a film set back in 2010.Since Dutta’s allegations, a lot of women from various fields come out to speak about their own sexual harassment encounters.last_img read more

Tendulkar lauds Kohli’s 3rd successive ODI hundred: Incredible feat by a special player

first_imgVirat Kohli on Saturday achieved a feat which even the legendary Sachin Tendulkar couldn’t during his illustrious career.Kohli became the first Indian cricketer to smash three successive hundreds in one-day internationals during the third ODI against the Windies in Pune.And Tendulkar was one of the first ones to wish the Indian captain after yet another dazzling knock.”A hat-trick of hundreds is just an incredible feat by a special player. Well done,” the Little Master wrote on his post on Twitter.A hat-trick of hundreds is just an incredible feat by a special player. Well done @imVkohli. Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 27, 2018Kohli’s knock however, went in vain as India lost to the Windies by 43 runs in the third ODI.Kohli scored 107 off 119 balls but couldn’t take his team over the line as India failed to chase down 284 after the visitors batted first and posted 283 for 9.Despite ending up on the losing side, Kohli managed to break numerous records along the way.Read – Kohli gutted after India lose 3rd ODI vs West Indies: Just a bad day in the officeThis was Kohli’s 23rd century while chasing and his third consecutive in the series and fourth straight century on home soil.In the first two matches, he smashed 140 and 157 not out in Guwahati and Visakhapatnam respectively.The only other batsman to score four consecutive centuries on Indian soil is South Africa’s AB de Villiers.India vs West Indies 3rd ODI: HighlightsThis was also Kohli’s sixth hundred in ODIs in 2018. With the first three coming against South Africa earlier in the year.advertisementEarlier this week Kohli broke Tendulkar’s record to become the fastest to reach 10,000 runs in ODI cricket during the second match against the Windies in which he scored 157 not out. Tendulkar took 259 innings to get to the landmark – Kohli did it in only in 205 knocks.MS Dhoni takes stunning catch: Fans taunt BCCI over T20I snubTendulkar was also one among the many who wished the Delhi batsman and welcomed him to the 10k club.”The intensity and consistency with which you bat is just amazing. @imVkohli, congratulations on achieving 10,000 runs in ODIs. Keep the runs flowing,” Tendulkar tweeted.The intensity and consistency with which you bat is just amazing. @imVkohli, congratulations on achieving 10,000 runs in ODIs. Keep the runs flowing. Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 24, 2018Kohli became the 13th overall and fifth Indian after Sachin Tendulkar (18426), Sourav Ganguly (11221) and Rahul Dravid (10768) to reach the elite club. MS Dhoni has also scored over 10000 ODI runs (10123) but only 9949 of those have been scored for India. The other 174 runs came for Asia XI.Kohli has a better strike rate than any of the other 12 batsmen by the time they brought up their 10,000th run. He already has 38 hundreds after the latest one on Saturday. During the last game he also became the quickest to 1,000 runs in a calendar year.Kohli also overcame Tendulkar to become the highest run scorer for India against West Indies in Guwahati. Kohli, with his fourth score of 150 and more, also has the most hundreds against the Windies.Kohli also has more than 1000 runs in a calendar year five times (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017).last_img read more

1st Test: Bangladesh set 321-run target after Taijul runs through Zimbabwe on Day 3

first_imgBangladesh left-arm spinner Taijul Islam grabbed his second five-wicket haul in the match to finish with career-best match figures of 11/170 on day three of the first Test versus Zimbabwe in Sylhet.Bangladesh ended the day on 26/0 and need 295 runs to win from two days.However, Zimbabwe would fancy their chances to bowl the hosts out cheaply yet again following their score of 143 in the first innings.And the home side will need to pull off a record chase in order to win the match as their highest fourth innings chase is 217/6 against West Indies at St. George’s in 2009. And so far, Bangladesh have just won three matches out of 28 games while chasing in the fourth innings.Taijul, however, was instrumental in triggering a collapse in Zimbabwe’s second innings, when they were bowled out for 181 from a dominating 101/2.Taijul’s 5/62, following his 6/108, was complemented by off-spinner Mehidy Hasan’s 3/48 and left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam’s 2/27.Mehidy broke through by dismissing opener Brain Chari for 4 to give the hosts hope in the morning session when Zimbabwe began the day on 1/0. But Brendan Taylor counterattacked in a bid to keep Bangladesh’s spinners at bay.Islam ended Taylor’s attacking knock by inducing him to play a big shot, resulting a catch at long-on. Taylor scored 24 off 25, hitting four boundaries.Mehidy, however, got the prized wicket of Hamilton Masakadza for 48, ending his 104 ball knock. Taijul then took three wickets in five balls to raise the prospect of bowling Zimbabwe out cheaply.But the resistance came from Regis Chakabva (20) and Wellington Masakadza (17), who played 116 balls between them to add 35 runs for the sixth wicket.advertisementBangladesh was bowled out for 143 in the first innings, its seventh straight Test innings below 200, in reply of Zimbabwe’s 282.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

US Olympic to dissolve USA Gymnastics

first_imgLos Angeles, Nov 6 (AFP) The United States Olympic Committee said it had begun moves to disband the country’s governing body for gymnastics in the aftermath of the sport’s devastating sexual abuse scandal, a statement said.USOC chief executive Sarah Hirshland on Monday said in a statement Olympic chiefs had started proceedings to revoke USA Gymnastics’ status as the official governing body for the sport in the United States.In an open letter addressed to US gymnasts, Hirshland said USA Gymnastics had failed to “change its culture, to rebuild its leadership, and to effectively serve its membership.””You deserve better,” Hirshland told gymnasts in the letter.The USOC bombshell comes after a series of humiliating body blows to USA Gymnastics, which has lurched from one self-inflicted crisis to the next as it struggles to rebuild in the aftermath of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.Former US team doctor Nassar was jailed for life earlier this year after abusing more than 250 athletes, including several stars of the United States’ gold medal-winning teams at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.The beleaguered governing body, which had been accused of covering up Nassar’s crimes, has been in a state of perpetual crisis ever since the scandal broke.Last month, newly installed chief executive Mary Bono resigned after just four days following an outcry by Olympic stars Simone Biles and Alexandra Raisman.Bono had taken over from chief executive Kerry Perry, who had resigned after just nine months after criticism of her performance by USOC.Perry’s departure came after the appointment and swift resignation of elite coach Mary Lee Tracy — who had made comments supportive of Nassar in 2016 when allegations of abuse against him had begun to emerge.advertisementUSOC had warned it was prepared to take the ultimate sanction of revoking USA Gymnastics’ status as a governing body unless it put its house in order.On Monday, Hirshland said USOC had taken its decision after lengthy deliberation.”This is a situation in which there are no perfect solutions,” Hirshland said in a statement.”Seeking to revoke recognition is not a conclusion that we have come to easily.”In the short-term, we have to work to ensure that USAG gymnasts have the support necessary to excel on and off the field of play.”We are building plans to do just that. In the long-term, it will be the critically important responsibility of the recognized Gymnastics NGB, whether the existing organization or a new one, to lead gymnastics in the United States and build on the supportive community of athletes and clubs that can carry the sport forward for decades to come.”We are prepared to identify and help build such an organization.” (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

Alexander Zverev on smashing racquet into pieces at Australian Open: I let my anger out

first_imgFourth seed Alexander Zverev suffered a monumental meltdown at the Australian Open on Monday as she smashed his racquet onto the ground eight times during his straight-set loss to lower-ranked Milos Raonic in the men’s singles fourth round.Zverev, it seemed, was switched off in the first two sets as he was handed a 6-1, 6-1, 6-7 thrashing by the big-serving Canadian at the Rod Laver Arena. Zverev tried to focus and get back into the game after the second set but Raonic made sure there was no late fightback from the German by winning the third-set tiebreaker.Zverev let his frustrations out during the second set after Raonic held his serve and immediately broke to make it 4-1. The 21-year-old took his seat at the courtside chair before smashing his racquet and flinging it out of his sight.Zverev was warned for racquet abuse after the display and, after dropping the set two games later, he left the court and went to the locker room.”Yeah, it made me feel better. I was very angry, so I let my anger out,” Zverev told the media in Melbourne.Zverev was not able to hold his serve throughout the first set and did so just once in the second. This is also the 14th out of 15 times the young German has failed to reach the quarter-final at Grand Slams.A lot was expected of Zverev as he broke the big tournament drought to win the ATP Finals, beating Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, enroute to the top step of the podium.advertisementShowcasing his disappointment, Zverev added: “I mean, I played bad. The first two sets especially I played horrible.”Yeah, I mean, it’s just tough to name one thing (I did well). I didn’t serve well, didn’t play well from the baseline. Against a quality player like him [Raonic], it’s tough to come back from that.”While Zverev has extra time to prepare for the Sunshine tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami, Raonic will face the winner of the ongoing fourth-round match between Borna Coric and Lucas Pouille in the quarter-final on Wednesday.Also Read | Kids club? Naomi Osaka seeks inspiration from Tsitsipas, Tiafoe at Australian OpenAlso Read | I am a ghost: Naomi Osaka says no one recognises her in MelbourneAlso See:last_img read more

Jason Holder and Shane Dowrich create Test history for West Indies

first_imgShane Dowrich and Jason Holder created history on Friday during the third day of the first Test between West Indies and England in Barbados. Jason Holder and Shane Dowrich became only the second pair in the rich history of Test cricket to be involved in hundred-run partnerships for the sixth, seventh and eighth wickets.The Windies duo joined the South African pair of Mark Boucher and Lance Klusener in achieving the feat.Jason Holder, who hit his third Test century, also became only the second Windies captain after Brian Lara to score more than England’s innings in the same Test. England were bowled out for only 77 in their first innings.Only the tenth time in history of Test cricket that 300+ runs have been scored and no wicket has fallen in a day’s play. The last such instance came in 2008.#WIvENGRajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) January 25, 2019In 2004, Lara had scored 400 not out after England were bowled out for 285 at St John’s.England were absolutely demolished by West Indies pacer Kemar Roach on Thursday and were bowled out in the first innings of the first Test for a mere 77 runs — their lowest-ever Test total against the West Indies. England’s score of 77 was also the lowest total by any side in 54 Tests at Bridgetown. Last year in March, England were bowled out for 58 by New Zealand in Auckland but apart from that, this was England’s lowest total in seven years.Fastest double hundreds for WI in Tests:221 balls, Chris Gayle v SL (Galle 2010)229 balls, Jason Holder v Eng (B’town 2019)232 balls, Gordon Greenidge v Eng (Lord’s 1984) #WIvENGadvertisementRajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) January 25, 2019West Indies, who scored 289 in their first innings, turned a commanding lead into a virtually unbeatable one on Friday.Jason Holder and Shane Dowrich were rarely troubled by the England attack at Kensington Oval in Bridgetown.After 18 wickets fell on day two, the first session on Friday provided a stark contrast on a pitch that posed few problems for the batsmen.Fastest double hundreds vs England in Tests:153 balls, Nathan Astle (Christchurch 2002)229 balls, Jason Holder (B’town 2019)232 balls, Gordon Greenidge (Lord’s 1984) #WIvENGRajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) January 25, 2019Holder, a handy number eight with a Test average of more than 30, was particularly aggressive, scored at a rate of almost a run a ball.Jason Holder (202*):-His highest Test score-His highest first-class score-Highest score by a WI batsman at no. 8-Most sixes by a WI batsman v Eng (8)-Only the second WI captain to score a double hundred v Eng (after Lara). #WIvENGRajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) January 25, 2019West Indies and England are playing a three-Test series in the Caribbean.(With inputs from Reuters)Also Watch:last_img read more

Maria Sharapova pulls out of Indian Wells with shoulder injury

first_imgFormer world number one Maria Sharapova will miss next month’s BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells due to a right shoulder injury, organisers said on Wednesday.The shoulder problem had also forced the 31-year-old to withdraw from her second-round match in St Petersburg, Russia last month.”We will miss Maria this year and hope to see her back at Indian Wells next year!” the tournament said on Twitter.Sharapova’s withdrawal allowed German Mona Barthel to secure a spot in the Indian Wells singles draw. The tournament will take place from March 4-17.Also Watch:last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Buds images show off design, expected specs detailed

first_imgWhile the Unpacked event on February 20 will be centered around the Galaxy S10 series, and possibly the Galaxy Fold foldable smartphone, Samsung has a few more interesting products up its sleeves. The company wants to make the tenth anniversary Galaxy event big, which is why you can also expect the Galaxy Buds truly wireless earphones and the Galaxy Watch Active smartwatch make their appearance as well. This week, a bunch of renders of both the devices leaked out along with some key specifications.First up we have the Galaxy Watch Active in high quality renders, posted by SamMobile, that seem to confirm the design as well as the operating system. The Galaxy Watch Active will reportedly run on Samsung’s new One UI customised for the smartwatch. The renders show off some watch faces of the Galaxy Watch Active and what the UI will look like. It certainly looks new and clean, which is what Samsung is going for with One UI. There also seems to be a Dark Theme going on as most of the watch faces, Settings menu and other modes have a dark background. This should also improve the battery life of the smarwatch.It is becoming clear that Samsung will not be bringing its trademark rotating bezel to the Galaxy Watch Active. Instead, the UI will have to be navigated by swiping through the display and using the buttons on the side. The watch faces have been design to keep the focus on delivering activity tracking data and daily goals. The Galaxy Watch Active is said to come with a continuous heart tracking feature.advertisementBased on previous reports, the Galaxy Watch Active will come with a 1.3-inch circular AMOLED display with a 360×360 pixel resolution. It will be powered by an Exynos 9110 chip with 768MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. Interestingly, it seems the Galaxy Watch Active will offer a slightly smaller battery at 230mAh compared to the 300mAh battery inside the Gear Sport. The Galaxy Watch Active will also come with an in-built speaker and LTE support, along with Samsung Pay via NFC and GPS. The Galaxy Buds are clearly Samsung’s answer to Apple’s AirPods. The buds are small and will come in a charging case that can be wirelessly charged by placing the case on the back of the Galaxy S10. The buds are said to come with 58mAh batteries, while the case will hold a 252mAh capacity. The Galaxy Buds will be able to store around 2,000 songs as well thanks to 8GB of onboard storage. The Buds will support Bluetooth 5.0 and will come with IPX2 rating for sweat resistance.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Watch Active specs leak out ahead of February 20 launchALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy S10 full specs leak out revealing everything ahead of February 20 launchlast_img read more

DC vs SRH, IPL 2019: Shreyas Iyer disappointed as Delhi lose heavily again

first_imgDelhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer cut a dejected figure as he walked up to complete the post-match duties after his team suffered a five-wicket thrashing at Feroz Shah Kotla against table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday. DC vs SRH – Report | HighlightsIyer didn’t hold back and conceded the performances of Delhi Capitals in the last two games were far from impressive. Before the latest defeat to the Sunrisers, the Capitals had suffered one of the most humiliating collapses in IPL, losing seven wickets in a span of 17 balls and eight runs in their 14-run defeat to Kings XI Punjab.On Thursday, Delhi Capitals were completely outplayed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar-led SRH on a slow and low turner at the Kotla. After being put into bat, DC were restricted to 129 for 8 in their quota of 20 overs.Captain Iyer top-scored with 43 and all-rounder Axar Patel scored a quickfire 23 but it wasn’t enough as Sunrisers gunned down the total despite losing a few quick wickets towards the end.So wonderful to see Jonny Bairstow carrying his great run of form, Nabi , playing an important role with both bat and ball. Another very satisfying win for the #OrangeArmy. May we continue with this winning momentum. Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) April 4, 2019Jonny Bairstow, who had hit his maiden IPL hundred earlier this week, took the game away from the Capitals in the first six overs wherein he smashed a 28-ball 48.”The last two games have been the same [disappointing]. It was a tough wicket to bat on and since they bowled first, they had an idea about how to go about it. We didn’t play that well as a batting side. Another learning – we should come back positive and strong. After the first time out, I thought 140-150 would have been a good score, especially with three spinners playing. Unfortunately, we lost too many wickets and we could not capitalise,” Iyer said.advertisement”I needed a little support over there because one of the top four batsmen had to be there, I had taken the responsibility but unfortunately I took on Rashid and got out as well,” Iyer added.The Delhi Capitals’ captain though managed to find positives as he lauded his bowlers for not throwing in the towel after being tonked for 62 in the first six overs.”We had almost lost the game after the first few overs, but the way we came back should be appreciated. The bowlers are mentally strong at the moment. That is really good to see from a captain’s point of view.”Meanwhile, winning captain Bhuvneshwar pointed out that the start that SRH got from their in-form openers helped them complete a tricky chase with relative ease.”It is always easy as the captain when the team does well and I always believe that the captain is as good as the team. We weren’t sure at the toss about how the pitch would play, but we always wanted to bowl given how small the ground is. We knew that it would be easier in the second innings and it would be a tricky chase, but the start we got was great.”Also Read | There are some chinks in Virat Kohli’s batting against spinners: VVS LaxmanAlso Read | IPL 2019: Royal Challengers Bangalore under the pump, concedes Parthiv Patel Also See:last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Starc elated after ‘fantastic’ performance vs West Indies

first_imgMitchell Starc saw plenty of positives after his five-wicket haul helped Australia to a 15-run World Cup win over West Indies on Thursday but it could have been a different story.The fastest man to take 150 wickets in 50 overs cricket dismissed Windies captain Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite and Sheldon Cottrell in the last five overs to finish with figures of 5-46 from his 10 overs at Trent Bridge.”It was probably touch and go there,” the seamer told reporters.”Look, we’ve always had the belief there, and we’ve got plenty of good bowling in our line-up, and we know we’ve got guys that can bowl at the death.”We were always only a couple of wickets away, and at the same time they were probably only a few sticks away from taking the game away from us. A fantastic game of cricket today,” he added.Nathan Coulter-Nile had earlier struck a defiant 92, the highest World Cup score for a number eight batsman, after Australia lost their first five wickets for 79 runs.Starc said Australia were fortunate to get as many as they did, having earlier felt anything over 200 would give them a chance, and they came away with two wins from two games and heaps of positives.”He’s (Coulter-Nile) such a clean striker of the ball, and he hit some fantastic shots today, said Starc. Without his 92, it would have been a real battle for us with the ball.””As long as I can keep contributing to the group the way I’ve done today and hopefully the last couple of weeks, it’s a great sign for the group going forward, and we can start to string performances together, he added.advertisement”If we can all keep contributing and having a great tournament, it’s going to result in some really positive cricket for Australia.”While Coulter-Nile steadied the ship and helped set a competitive total of 288, it was still a close run thing in a match peppered with umpiring errors.One of them was a no-ball that went undetected just before the delivery that finally dismissed West Indies opener Chris Gayle.Starc admitted he had been unaware of the mis-step at the time.”I’m normally pretty close and I’ve actually been a fair way back for the last few weeks,” he said.”I didn’t know I was over there, but someone told me about five minutes ago that I was a fair way over. Got away with that one, fortunately.”Also Read | No regrets: Cricket South Africa on turning down AB de Villiers’ comeback offerAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Yuzvendra Chahal turns guest for Chahal TV after demolishing South AfricaAlso Seelast_img read more

Maria Sharapova to return to action at Mallorca Open

first_imgFormer world number one Maria Sharapova is set to return to the tour after accepting a wildcard entry at the Mallorca Open, four months after undergoing surgery on her right shoulder.The Russian has not competed since she withdrew from a second-round match at the WTA St Petersburg Ladies Trophy in January and she skipped the entire claycourt season, including the French Open.I’m very happy… to announce that I’m going to accept the wild card to play the Mallorca Open, the 32-year-old said in a statement.I want to thank the tournament for the opportunity it gives me and all my incredible fans who have been supporting me in recent months.The Mallorca Open, a warm-up grasscourt tournament for players before Wimbledon, begins on June 17 and the draw will also feature other former world number ones such as defending Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber and Victoria Azarenka.Also Read | French Open 2019: Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to clinch 12th title at Roland GarrosAlso Read | French Open 2019: Marketa Vondrousova will be new face of Czech tennis, says Hana MandlikovaAlso Seelast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Bangladesh know where to bowl to India, says spin coach Sunil Joshi

first_imgBangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan’s consistency with the bat and ball at the Cricket World Cup is down to his fitness regimen and his presence in the squad has driven them to new heights, the team’s spin coach Sunil Joshi has said.Shakib made 51 in Monday’s 62-run victory over Afghanistan to reclaim his position as the tournament’s leading run scorer (476 runs) and also logged the best bowling figures of 5-29 to take his tally to 10 wickets.The 32-year-old brushed aside suggestions Bangladesh were a one-man team but his third man-of-the-match performance has moved them one step closer to the semi-finals, the side sitting in fifth place and a point behind England.”It is a source of great pride that we have a player like that in the Bangladesh side,” Joshi told reporters.”He is Mr. Consistent for us — be it with the bat, the ball or in the field. He has really focused on his fitness and lost between five and seven kilos recently.”You can see how that has paid off with his running between the wickets, you can see the hunger in his cricket. His presence is really helping us to take our whole game forward.”Bangladesh has a break until they play India next Tuesday and Joshi, who played 69 one-day internationals for the twice champions between 1996 and 2001, is expecting a battle of the spinners on a slow pitch at Edgbaston.”We all know they play spin well but so do we,” Joshi said.”We have shown in the white ball formats here and before this that we are a good side. We won in Ireland, we have beaten West Indies home and away and come close to beating India three times in the past three years.advertisement”I have seen India very closely when we have played them. We know where to bowl to them.”Also Read | Yuvraj Singh tries to troll Jasprit Bumrah. India pacer makes smart comebackAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Bangladesh not a one-man army, says Shakib Al HasanAlso Seelast_img read more

India head coach interviews next week but will Ethics officer play third umpire again?

first_imgThe Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) meeting in Delhi on Monday cleared the Kapil Dev-led Cricket Advisory committee (CAC) to pick the next head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team. Some BCCI officials however, fear this move could be self-defeating if the appointment process of the coach itself is embroiled in conflict.”WV Raman was appointed women’s coach by the ad-hoc CAC. CoA member Diana Edulji questioned the process and now Ethics officer DK Jain has to decide if Raman can continue. One hopes we don’t face a situation again where the Ethics officer has to play the third umpire on whether due process was followed with the head coach’s appointment,” a BCCI official told Indian Today.In Monday’s meeting too, the CoA could not be unanimous on the move to allow the ad hoc CAC to pick the Coach. “I wanted the matter to go to the Ethics officer to decide on the conflict. I also reasoned in the meeting that appointing any ad hoc CAC would be going against the BCCI constitution. I voiced my dissent but the committee went ahead with a 2:1 verdict,” CoA member Diana Edulji told India Today.The three committee members which also include Shanta Rangaswami and Anshuman Gaekwad were told to submit an undertaking declaring their involvement in any other cricketing activities to clear them of conflict of interest charges.CoA Chairman Vinod Rai told the media after the meeting, their declarations were fine. “We are satisfied with the declarations submitted by the CAC. They will now go ahead with the selection of the next Indian CoAch once they receive the shortlist for the post from the BCCI. We are hoping to organize the interviews on August 13 or 14 and we’ll be able to announce the name of next CoAch in a couple of days.”advertisementCurrent head Coach Ravi Shastri starts favourite to keep the job with no high-profile candidates having thrown their hat in the ring. Australian Tom Moody and former Indian cricket manager Lalchand Rajput are amongst the few others who have applied for the top job. A section of the BCCI says the very public nature of talking up Shastri by captain Virat Kohli and CAC members has discouraged big names from applying.”What’s the tearing hurry to pick the head CoAch for two years by an outgoing CoA? The new BCCI dispensation when it comes to power in October can make the appointment. In any case Ravi Shastri and the rest of the support staff have been given an extension for the West Indies tour. They could have been asked to continue for two more months,” a BCCI official said.The conflict charge against Kapil Dev pertains to his Directorial position in Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) and his business that supplies floodlights to some Indian cricket grounds.Anshuman Gaekwad is member of BCCI affiliation committee while Shanta Rangaswami is a director with ICA. Opinions are divided if holding these posts can be seen as conflicts with their CAC role but strictly going by ‘the one person, one post’ principle they could be deemed ineligible.Also Read | BCCI CoA clears Kapil Dev and team to pick next India head coachlast_img read more



Midseason Position Grades: Running Back

first_imgIt would be hard to come up with a more maligned topic of conversation among Oklahoma State fans over the last couple of years than the Cowboys’ running game.3.51, 3.58, and 3.43.Those numbers represent the average yards per carry for the OSU offenses in 2014, 2015 and through the first half of 2016. Each one equally disappointing and each one ranking ninth ahead of only Kansas in the Big 12.The Cowboys haven’t enjoyed a 1,000-yard rusher since Joseph Randle cruised to 1,417 in 2012. A school that used to be known as Tailback U hasn’t had a running game that could get out of its own way in three years.But it looks like there might be a mini-renaissance occurring in Stillwater and it starts with a true freshman named Justice Hill. With a crowded running back group that included three seniors and a sophomore who got meaningful time last year, Hill would have made good a redshirt candidate. But he had other plans.Those plans included playing himself into meaningful reps during fall camp and then playing himself into an early starting role, despite a couple mistimed fumbles. It’s clear Hill is the best option to get the bulk of the carries. He’s shown the ability to not only make defenders miss but to attack the hole and has the type of break-away speed that can turn decent runs into big plays.Let’s take a look at his numbers:Hill: 403 yards / three touchdowns / 4.63 yards per carryIf we assume Hill continues to get 15-20 carries per game (let’s make it 15) and keeps his current average per carry, that’s an additional 486.15 yards (assuming the Cowboys go Bowling) for a total of 889.15. So, let’s round up and call it 890 yards. Chris Carson, the Cowboys’ 2015 lead rusher ended with 517 yards and 2014’s lead rusher was Desmond Roland with 770 yards. In 2013, Roland had 811. So Hill is not quite on pace to hit the 1,000-yard mark but he does have a good change to be the leading rusher since Joseph Randle.Here’s how the rest of the group has fared so far: Childs: 178 yards / six touchdowns / 4.81 yards per carryCarr: 86 yards / one touchdown / 8.60 yards per carryCarson (in two games): 45 yards / one touchdown / 3.75 per carrySanders: 41 yards / two touchdowns / 1.95 yards per carryBehind the freshman is another seemingly unlikely No. 2 back. Rennie Childs has looked as good this season as we’ve probably seen him. Again, if you were to look at my projected depth chart for the running backs two months ago, it would have been way off.I saw Childs as the odd man out with Chris Carson the starter from last year and Barry J. Sanders the supposed difference-making transfer. Of course, Carson has been injured and Carr seems to be the one lost in the mix with just ten carries from the backfield in six games. Sanders has looked good sparingly from the backfield and on special teams.Based on OSU’s recent history with running back production, I think we can grade this group on a curve. A B+ was the grade our writers came up with and that’s what I picked as well. There are definitely improvements to be made but we’ve seen a trend in the right direction.2016gradesWhile it’s taken longer than most would like, the running game is improving. We can see it on the field. Blocking is getting better and so is running back play. Whether it’s in the second half of this season or next year,  I think we’ll see it on the stat sheet as well.RB Grade: B+If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

UKM, Sime Darby win promotion to MPL

first_imgLiga M3 UKM, Sime Darby win promotion following FAM Cup semi-final wins Zulhilmi Zainal Last updated 2 years ago 18:02 10/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Sime Darby, FAM Cup, 08102017 Twitter @SimeDarbyFC Liga M3 UKM v Shahzan Muda Sime Darby v Felcra Shahzan Muda UKM Sime Darby Felcra UKM and Sime Darby have booked their places in the FAM Cup final, following their second leg semi-final wins on Sunday. BY        ZULHILMI ZAINAL       Follow on Twitter University side UKM FC and Sime Darby have secured promotion to the 2018 Premier League, following their FAM Cup semi-final wins on Sunday. Coincidentally, both ties ended in 1-0 scorelines on aggregate.At the UKM Mini Stadium, Bangi, Sulaiman Husin’s charges are set to become the second university side to enter the M-League, after they defeated Shahzan Muda 1-0 in their second leg semi-final match. UKM endured a jittery start to the match to retain the stalemate at the end of regulation time.With 10 minutes remaining in the extra-time, things looked bleak for the hosts when one of their players had to receive treatment off the pitch, while they had used up all three of their substitutions. But while the physio was frantically patching up the injured man, forward Faidzol Fazreen Shamsudin made sure Shahzan Muda did not get to take advantage of their extra man, scoring following a corner kick. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. With seconds remaining, the visitors had two brilliant chances from outside the box. But the first was kept out by UKM goalkeeper Khairi Hassan, and the second hit the crossbar.UKM celebrate promotion to Premier League!— Zulhilmi Zainal 🇲🇾 (@zulhilmibzainal) October 8, 2017UKM players and fans celebrate their winThe other semi-final tie too ended a 1-0 affair, when Sime Darby beat Felcra FC at the Petaling Jaya City Council Stadium. After the first leg had ended goalless, the second leg only produced one goal, scored by Zul Fahmi Awang in the 40th minute. The win has ensured a swift return to the M-League for the Giant Killers, who at the conclusion of the 2016 season were relegated from the Premier League to the FAM Cup.With their places in the second tier now secure, the two sides will now face off in the two-legged FAM Cup final to decide the champions. The first leg will be hosted by UKM on October 15, with Sime Darby hosting the return fixture on October 22. The kick-off times and venues have not been announced.last_img read more

‘I’ve never seen anything like Mbappe!’

first_imgKylian Mbappé ‘I’ve never seen anything like it’ – Mbappe hailed by Angers players Robin Bairner 18:19 11/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) Kylian Mbappe, PSG Kylian Mbappé PSG Angers SCO v PSG Angers SCO Ligue 1 Videos After a stunning individual display on Saturday, the teenage striker has been the subject of praise from his Ligue 1 opponents Kylian Mbappe scored two and created another as Paris Saint-Germain routed Angers 5-0 in Ligue 1 on Saturday, and stars from the home side were lining up to pay tribute to the 18-year-old attacker.PSG were without Neymar for their trip to Stade Raymond Kopa, yet that did not stop them turning in what was one of their most impressive performances of the season to date. Mbappe had come in for some moderate criticism in recent weeks due to a handful of subdued performances, but was right back to his best at the weekend. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player What a ball. What a finish.Dani Alves + Kylian Mbappe =— Goal UK (@GoalUK) November 4, 2017“The acceleration that he showed on the fifth goal, before he had touched the ball, I’ve never seen anything like it,” admitted home player Gilles Sunu, who was once on the books of Arsenal.Centre-back Romain Thomas said: “I asked myself if I’ve ever faced anything so quick in my whole life. With his ability to find spaces, the qualities he’s got to support others, those are the best things.”Mbappe, however, was involved in a late clash with Angelo Fulgini.Kylian Mbappe just keeps scoring!— Goal UK (@GoalUK) November 4, 2017“At that moment, I thought he was a little riled,” Thomas said. “He’s a young player. I told him that he didn’t need to do it, I tried to give him some advice, but I don’t know if he’s going to take it.”Thomas was impressed with the whole side, though.“That’s what the best in Europe do. Julian Draxler and Javier Pastore aren’t even starters,” he added. “I don’t see any defects in their side. I hope they can win the Champions League.”last_img read more