Indian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar finishes 5th at Indonesian Masters

first_imgIndia’s Gaganjeet Bhullar fired five-under-par 67 in the final round to finish fifth at the Indonesian Masters golf tournament on Sunday.Bhullar, who won his sixth Asian Tour title last week, finished with a total of 12-under-par 276 at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club.He ended his campaign six shots behind the champion, Poom Saksansin of Thailand, who also fired a 67 on the final day to win his first Asian Tour title with a total of 18-under-par 270.Saksansin cruised to a comfortable five-shot victory and Thai teenagers Phachara Khongwatmai (68) and Suradit Yongcharoenchai (68) — both aged 17 — and Japan’s Masahiro Kawamura (70) had to settle for the tied second place at the $750,000 Asian Tour event.The 28-year-old Bhullar, meanwhile, found 14 fairways and 18 greens in regulation but was let down by a cold putter where he negotiated the greens in 31 putts. (Ganganjeet Bhullar ends long wait with win in Korea)”A 62 was definitely out there. I’m pretty happy the way I played after winning last week. This course is one of my favourites on the Asian Tour,” the Indian said after his round.”I played well for three days. Today was in the first in a long time that I hit 14 fairways and 18 greens. I’m glad that I was in contention during the week. There’s a lot of positives I can take out from the last two weeks,” he added.S. Chikkarangappa, the other Indian in the fray, also scored 67 in the final round to finish joint sixth with a total of 277. Lee Chieh-Po of Taipei was also at the joint sixth spot with a final round of 68.advertisement”I’m happy with how I finished. I must take the result however it comes. I’m playing really solid. Sometimes luck is not on your side but it doesn’t mean that I should be disappointed with that. I’m happy with how I’m playing,” Chikkarangappa said.”I learnt how to play in the tough conditions. Now I’m used to it so when there is a rain delay no matter what, I will make sure it doesn’t distract me. I’ll stay focussed and not blame the weather. I can take out a lot of positives from this week.”Saksansin held a two-shot lead at the start of the day and stayed ahead of the chasing pack by shooting six birdies against one bogey.The 23-year-old, who won his first Asian Development Tour (ADT) title in Malaysia last year, showed no signs of nerves when he made the turn in 34 shots before tightening his grip on the pole position with three straight birdies on holes 10, 11 and 12.Dropping only two shots in 72 holes, Saksansin played solid golf throughout the week and stayed calm under pressure when a host of players briefly threatened his lead early in the round.”It feels great to be a champion. I just tried not to make bogeys today. Anything in the red numbers was good enough for me. Honestly, I was only hoping to make enough money to keep my Asian Tour card. This victory exceeded my expectations,” he said.”I didn’t get into trouble in the first place so that’s why I only dropped two shots this week. My putting really saved me as well. My family will be very happy that I won, it also proves that I can play among the best players.”The victory earned him $135,000 which moved him from 101st to 21st position on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.last_img read more

Ravindra Jadeja fined 50 per cent of match fee for damaging pitch

first_imgIndia all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been fined 50 per cent of his match fee and has also received three demerit points for breaching Level 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the second day’s play in the third and final Test against New Zealand in Indore on Sunday. (India vs New Zealand, 3rd Test, Day 2: As It Happened | SCORECARD)Jadeja was found to have breached Article 2.2.11 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “causing avoidable damage to the pitch during an international match.” (Indore Test, Day 2: Key highlights)In accordance with Article 7.3 of the revised Code, which came into effect on September 22, in addition to the sanction imposed for his breach of Article 2.2.11, three demerit points have been added to Jadeja’s disciplinary record.Pursuant to Article 7.6 of the Code, if Jadeja reaches four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, his demerit points will be converted into, at least, two suspension points which will equate to a ban from his next match or matches. Two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player.The incident happened during India’s first innings when Jadeja, after previously receiving two informal and one official warnings, infringed the protected area for the fourth time and damaged it.Jadeja admitted the offence and accepted the sanctions proposed by David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees and, as such, there was no need for a formal hearing.advertisementThe charge was levelled by on-field umpires Kumar Dharmasena and Bruce Oxenford, both from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires, third umpire Chettithody Shamshuddin and fourth official Nitin Menon.last_img read more

Italy, Germany play out 0-0 draw, Buffon equals European record

first_imgWorld champions Germany and Italy played out an entertaining 0-0 draw in their friendly international on Tuesday with both sides missing a string of chances in their final match of the year.The Germans, who beat Italy twice this year including in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals following a penalty shootout, were without half a dozen key players – with Toni Kroos, Manuel Neuer, Mesut Ozil and Jerome Boateng all missing.In a game which marked Italy keeper Gianluigi Buffon earning his 167th cap – equalling the European record – the hosts dominated the encounter but Germany also had their share of chances.Italy’s biggest chance came eight minutes from the end with Andrea Belotti hitting the post with a low shot.”It was a demanding game, tactically speaking,” said Germany coach Joachim Loew. “We managed to draw a lot of conclusions regarding the young players. We did it well for long stretches of the game.””We have now played six games in a row without conceding a goal so that is also a very positive thing.”Italy, unbeaten at the San Siro, got off to a better start and came close with a lightning quick break but Eder failed to properly connect with a Belotti cutback in the box, leaving Bernd Leno to pick up the loose ball.The Germans responded with a counter attack of their own and Ilkay Guendogan sent Leon Goretzka through but veteran keeper Buffon, who equalled the European record of Spain’s Iker Casillas, reacted quickly to slide in and save.advertisementThe hosts, however, kept up the pressure and forward Ciro Immobile thought he had scored when he beat the offside trap to fire past Leno only for his shot to sail narrowly wide.”The result is acceptable seeing as we played well and gave little to the world champions,” Giampiero Ventura, Italy’s coach, told reporters.”We played with different systems and I have to congratulate my players for their overall performance.”Germany put the ball in the net on the hour but Kevin Volland was ruled offside.Substitute Federico Bernardeschi almost scored with his first touch but his low drive after yet another textbook break by the Italians was saved by Leno, before Belotti hit the woodwork with his right-footed effort a little later.last_img read more

Bernat completes €15m switch from Bayern to PSG

first_imgJuan Bernat has joined Paris Saint-Germain from Bayern Munich on a €15 million (£13m/$17m), three-year deal, the Ligue 1 champions have announced.Bernat joined Bayern from Valencia in 2014 and has played 113 competitive games for the club, winning four Bundesliga titles and scoring five goals.”I am very proud to be joining Paris Saint-Germain,” the 25-year-old told his new club’s official website. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “After my debut in Spain and my experience in Germany, I will discover a new country and, above all, a new club who have made a spectacular rise in recent years.¡Bienvenido @JuanBernat !   pic.twitter.com/JaE2cVVMYC — Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) August 31, 2018 “Paris Saint-Germain are known throughout Europe, with world-class players.”Additionally, Bernat cited the importance of PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel in his decision, having gone up against his Borussia Dortmund sides with Bayern.”I am also looking forward to working under Thomas Tuchel, whose work in Germany was remarkable. I am truly excited to be taking the next step of my career with Paris.”Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said: “Juan Bernat has asked us to accept the offer from Paris and to release him from his contract. We have complied with this request and have reached an agreement with PSG in very good talks.”Juan has always been a model pro and played a big part in the eight titles we’ve won with him. We wish him and his family all the best in Paris.”Tuchel is expected to further bolster his squad with the surprise acquisition of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting from Stoke City before the transfer window closes.last_img read more

Nsoki signs first pro contract with PSG

first_imgParis Saint-Germain have handed Stanley Nsoki his first professional contract after the teenager impressed in his three league appearances at the start of the campaign.Nsoki, 19, made one Ligue 1 appearance as a substitute in 2017-18 but he has emerged as a regular first-team player under Thomas Tuchel, starting two games during the club’s unbeaten start to the season.The Poissy-born defender emerged through the club’s youth system before making his debut in a 3-1 victory over Caen in December 2017. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The former France Under-17 international has agreed terms with the club in a deal that runs until June 2021, according to L’Equipe.The young left-back was behind Layvin Kurzawa and Yuri Berchiche in the pecking order in Paris last season but the latter joined Athletic Bilbao in the summer, which has allowed Nsoki to force his way into Tuchel’s thinking for a place in the starting XI.PSG have won all five of their matches at the start of the new Ligue 1 season, scoring a whopping 17 goals and look well placed to continue their recent domination of French football.Before facing Rennes on Sunday in their next domestic clash, the Parisians must travel to England to face Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday, as they begin their 2018-19 Champions venture.Nsoki could be in line to feature in some capacity in both games as he continues his development, but it is fairly safe to say that the future looks bright for the France U-20 international.PSG continue to grow as one of the biggest superpowers in world football and if the defender can continue to impress when given the chance, he could not only attract interest from some of the other big clubs in Europe but also earn himself a call-up to the France senior squad.last_img read more

Sandeep Sharma thrilled after bagging Big 3 of Royal Challengers Bangalore

first_imgSandeep Sharma became the first bowler to dismiss Royal Challengers Bangalore’s big three in the same match. Kings XI Punjab were defending a modest total and Sandeep’s opening burst to remove Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers set the tone for a sensational victory.The young seamer was key to KXIP’s win against Delhi Daredevils in Mohali on Sunday and was at his best again in different conditions in Bengaluru to pick up his second man-of-the-match award.He was obviously a proud man when Ravi Shastri asked him for a reaction after removing three of the most dangerous T20 batsmen in world cricket.”It is making me feel great (about picking three great T20 strikers). It is a dream come true for me, getting those key wickets. I’m very happy. I have been talking to my coaches especially Viru who told me to swing the ball both-ways and pitch it up. Any batsman will find it difficult to tackle swing. I hold a good record against them (Gayle and Kohli) and I’m happy I got them again,” he said.”It was not a typical Bangalore wicket, it was not that flat, but there is assistance for the bowlers. Next two games, we are playing in Mohali that is my home ground. Bangalore is my second home ground I’ve always done well here also. I’m just hoping that we do well and win the remaining games to qualify for the playoffs,” he added.Kohli set a record last year, hammering 973 runs and scoring four hundreds – no other batsman has made more runs or smashed more hundreds in a second season. De Villiers was not far behind with 687 runs.advertisementGayle may not be the danger man he was a couple of years ago but he still holds the record for the highest individual IPL score (175) and has the most hundreds in the tournament (5).last_img read more

PM greets nation on Eid, says diversity is Indias strength

first_imgNew Delhi, June 25 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today extended Eid-ul-Fitr greetings to all and said inspiration should be drawn from such pious festivals to spread happiness and to take the nation forward.He emphasised that Indias diversity is its speciality as well as its strength.”The holy month of Ramzan was celebrated with devotion. Now it is time for Eid. On the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, my best wishes to all,” Modi said in his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat.Eid-ul-Fitr, which marks culmination of the fasting month of Ramzan, will be celebrated tomorrow.”Ramzan is a month of holy donations, to spread happiness… Come, let us all together take inspiration from such pious festivals to keep spreading the treasure of happiness and keep taking the nation forward,” he added.While talking about the diversity, the prime minister also referred to the Lord Jagannath Yatras taken out today in the country as well as some parts of the world with devotion and religious fervour.”I extend greetings to the countrymen on the occasion of Jagannath yatra,” he said during the 30-minute programme.”The countrys poor people are connected to Lord Jagannath. Those who have studied Baba Sahab Ambedkar would have seen that he used to shower praise on Lord Jagannath temple and its traditions because it involved social justice and social harmony,” Modi said.In this context, he referred to the word “juggernaut” and said it means “such a chariot which cannot be stopped by anyone.”While mentioning about Ramzan, the prime minister highlighted an “inspiring” gesture of the people of Muslim- dominated Mubarakpur village in Bijnaur district of Uttar Pradesh.advertisementHe said during the Ramzan, the people of the village with a population of about 3,500 families, mostly Muslims, decided to collectively construct a toilet.To extend help in this endeavour, the government provided about Rs 17 lakh, Modi said.”But you will be happy to know that all the Muslim brothers and sisters, on the occasion of Ramzan, returned the amount of about Rs 17 to the government saying they would construct their toilet with their own money and labour,” the prime minister said.He said the villagers told the government to spend the amount on providing other facilities in the village.Congratulating the villagers of Mubarakpur for this, Modi said while their gesture was inspiring, the bigger element was that village was made open defecation free (ODF).He said three states — Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala — had already been declared ODF and recently Uttarakhand and Haryana had also joined these states.”I thank the governments and public of these five states for accomplishing this task,” Modi said.The prime minister, who is vigorously pushing the Swacch Bharat campaign, said accomplishment of the programme will need a sustained and a prolonged effort.”Such bad habits (of open defecation) have become a part of our lives. To get rid of these (bad habits), we will have to persevere. We will have to draw everybodys attention. Positive and inspiring stories will have to be told again and again,” he said.At the same time, he expressed happiness that cleanliness is now no longer a government programme but has become a mass movement. He said this strengthens the governments resolve.In this context, he mentioned a recent case in Vijaynagram district of Andhra Pradesh, where the people and the administration took a resolve of constructing 10,000 home toilets in 71 villages within 100 hours non-stop.They accomplished the task within the time period and 71 villages became ODF, he said about the initiative launched at 6 am on March 10.He hailed the endeavour, saying it was very inspiring.During the programme, the prime minister also referred to a letter written by a housewife in Madurai district of Tamil Nadu.In the letter, she had written that she was selling goods through the Government E-Marketplace, an online portal, and even the Prime Ministers Office had bought two items from her through it.”This is empowerment,” the prime minister underlined, highlighting how entrepreneurial skills can be utilised in a transparent manner by anyone in the country.Modi also appreciated the manner in which the International Day of Yoga was celebrated across the world recently.Along with it, he referred to the recent successful launches of satellites by the ISRO.”This shows that while our feet are on the ground, our dreams are flying high,” the prime minister remarked.He also said that the Mars Mission, which had been launched on June 19 last year for a six-month period, had completed one year and was still functioning well.advertisementHe also sought to give a push to the concept of presenting books or khadi items as gifts instead of bouquets.Modi also asked parents to encourage their children to play more sports as he praised badminton player K Srikanth for winning the Indonesia Open recently.He said everyone should aspire for medals in the next Olympic Games. 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KL Rahul ruled out of Galle Test due to high fever

first_imgIndian opener KL Rahul has been ruled out of the opening Test of the three-match series against Sri Lanka starting July 26 at the Galle due to high fever.Confirming the news, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said that although Rahul is making rapid progress, he is advised further rest and hence he would not be available for selection for the Galle Test.”The BCCI medical team confirms that opening batsman Mr. KL Rahul is presently down with viral fever. There are no major health concerns and he is making rapid progress, much to the satisfaction of the medical team,” the BCCI said in a release about Rahul, who missed the training on Monday,”As a precautionary measure, KL Rahul is advised further rest and hence will not be available for selection for the first Test match against Sri Lanka, which starts on July 26 at Galle,” the release added.The BCCI also confirmed that the medical team would continue to monitor Rahul’s progress.The Karnataka-based batsman had just come out of a four-month long break after he injured his shoulder during the four-match series against Australia.He then underwent surgery, subsequently missing the 2017 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Champions Trophy.On his comeback, Rahul scored a quick fifty in the two-day warm-up match in Moratuwa, but he said he was nervous making his comeback after such a long lay-off.Earlier, opener Murali Vijay, who had suffered a wrist injury during Australia’s tour of India, complained of pain in his right wrist, while playing a preparatory match and was eventually ruled out of the Test series. He has been replaced by Shikhar Dhawan.advertisementThe right-handed opener had missed only one match against Australia out of India’s long home season of 13 Tests and had later revealed he had been playing with a fractured wrist.Dhawan, who is a regular in the Indian ODI side, last played a Test for India in 2016 against New Zealand.The left-handed opener has so far played 23 Tests and averages 38.52. He scored 1464 runs, which included four centuries.India Squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice captain), Rohit Sharma, R Ashwin, R Jadeja, W Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, M Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund.last_img read more

Injured Novak Djokovic will come back mentally stronger, says Pat Cash

first_imgTwelve-times grand slam champion Novak Djokovic’s enforced injury break gives him enough time to rediscover his intense playing style and will also make him mentally tougher on his return, former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash has said.The 30-year-old Serb said he will miss the rest of the tennis season, including next month’s U.S. Open, to recover from a right elbow injury.”It will take time for him to get his intensity back,” Cash, the 1987 Wimbledon singles champion, told the BBC.”Djokovic’s style is very similar to almost everyone else on the circuit, but he was just that bit fitter, that bit more flexible, that bit more mentally tough.”It is probably just what the doctor ordered, to take time off. After so many unbelievable years, 2017 has been poor for him.”Djokovic has struggled over the last 12 months on the court, losing all the grand slam titles he held simultaneously after winning the 2016 French Open. He also lost his world number one ranking to Andy Murray at the end of last year.Cash believes Djokovic should not be expected to return from his injury layoff as spectacularly as Roger Federer, who came back from a long-term knee issue earlier this year to lift Australian Open and Wimbledon titles.”It won’t be like Roger Federer, who was winning Grand Slams straight out of the blocks after he came back, but some time next year he will be playing well again,” Cash added.”He will be very sensible and make sure he is ready when he does come back.”advertisementlast_img read more

Twinkle and Kajol spotted in the same dress. Who wore it better?

first_imgIt happens quite often that our favourite celebs, both in India and abroad, step out in clothes that look similar. But rarely does it happen that two celebrities sport the exact same clothes on the same day.This is exactly what happened when we spotted both Twinkle Khanna and Kajol in the same floral-print dress recently.Mrs Funnybones and Mrs Devgn both looked picture-perfect in what is clearly one of the best summer outfits–a white, half-sleeved cotton dress with red flowers. The neckline and the loose skirt made this dress airy, and we appreciate their smart choice.But then comes the question of accessorising, and only one of them did it better than the other.Also Read: Let Twinkle Khanna teach you how to dress sexy for the summer Twinkle paired the dress with brown sandals, oval sunglasses and a black bag. With no lip colour, silver stud-earrings and a neat bun, she looked very cool indeed.Photo: Yogen Shah Kajol, on the other hand, left her ears bare and sported a pony tail. The pink lip gloss went well with the dress. She matched her ensemble perfectly with white sneakers, a white bag and white-rimmed cat-eye sunglasses.Photo: Yogen Shah When pitted against each other, we noticed both Twinkle and Kajol had earned some brownie points, and failed in another respect.Also Read: Kajol in this red-hot dress is too much to handle Kajol definitely wore shoes that went better with the dress, and Twinkle’s shoes were quite the mismatch. But, Twinkle’s sunglasses paired better with the dress than Kajol’s.advertisementThe tie-breaker here was Kajol’s white bag. In this round of the same celeb outfit, Kajol clearly bagged the game thanks to her bag.last_img read more

Watch: When Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan sought blessings from Ram Rahim

first_imgVirat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Ashish Nehra were seen bowing down to self-styled godman Ram Rahim in a video that has gone viral.The video dates back to several years ago. Kohli, now the India captain and world cricket’s premier batsman, looked like he was still in the early years of his career. It was unclear whether Dhawan had still made his international debut.In the video, Nehra was seen standing next to Ram Rahim in a Team India tracksuit.Ram Rahim, in an interview, had once claimed that India’s top cricketers and other sporting icons had learnt the finer details of their tradecraft from him.”I have accomplished several feats in my life. As you may have noticed, I am capable of doing so many things. I have participated in 32 different sports at the national level and have coached as well,” Ram Rahim had said in another video which had gone viral in the aftermath of his conviction in a 15-year-old rape case.”Vijender Singh, Virat Kohli and the likes came to me to learn and are now making India proud. There is a video which I will release,” Ram Rahim had claimed in the interview dating back to September 2016.Ram Rahim was unperturbed that none of the cricket superstars had ever mentioned his contribution to their bright careers.”Dhawan, Nehra, Zaheer Khan, Yusuf Pathan all came to me to ask (what they could do to become better,” the godman said.Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s cult Dera Sacha Sauda has a vast rural following in Punjab and Haryana states, where frenzied mobs burned down gas stations and train stations and torched vehicles after a local court found him guilty of raping two women in a 2002 case.advertisementAt least 38 people were killed and more than 200 injured in the violence in Haryana, officials said.India is deploying thousands of riot police and shutting down internet services in two northern states, as it prepares for the sentencing on Monday the ‘godman’ whose followers went on the rampage after he was convicted of rape on Friday.last_img read more

Injured Chamara Kapugedera doubtful for fourth ODI vs India

first_imgSri Lanka’s stand-in skipper Chamara Kapugedera is in doubt for the fourth ODI of the ongoing five-match series against India after aggravating a back injury.Kapugedera had been nursing a stiff back before the third ODI which India won comfortably by six wickets to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series.The right-handed batsman has not trained since Sunday’s game and a decision on his availability will be taken by Wednesday.”I was talking to the physio and he hasn’t been ruled out quite yet,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Sri Lanka cricket manager Asanka Gurusinha as saying of Kapugedara.”He’s being treated. Only five or six guys are training tonight, so anyway we gave him a break. We’ll most probably look at it tomorrow (Wednesday) at training tomorrow afternoon. If he doesn’t train tomorrow then definitely he is out,” he added.The 30-year-old, if ruled out of Thursday’s match, will become the fifth batsman to become unavailable for the hosts.Danushka Gunathilaka has been ruled out with a shoulder strain while regular skipper Upul Tharanga has been suspended due to a slow over rate.Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal, who was brought into the squad ahead of the third ODI, has been ruled out with a fractured finger while wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera and batting all-rounder Asela Gunaratne had earlier also been ruled out of the series with injury.last_img read more

Tendulkar invites Kerala CM for ISL opening match

first_imgThiruvananthapuram, Nov 2 (PTI) Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar today met Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and invited him for the opening match of the Indian Super League season, which will kickstart at Kochi on November 17.Sachin, accompanied by his wife, Anjali, Blasters CEO Varun Tripuraneni, Director N Prasad, met Vijayan at his office at the secretariat here.Kerala Blasters, co-owned by Tendulkar, among others, will meet Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) in the inaugural match at Jawaharlal Nehru stadium at Kochi. “We want CM to be there and support Kerala Blasters. Last season indeed was an exciting one. The team played well. There were some tough times along the way. But that happens in sport. But the team stuck together and there was quality football,” he told reporters after meeting Vijayan. “It is not about winning matches. The brand of football we play, we need to win hearts as well which Kerala Blasters did so well last season. We expect the team to got out and do the same this year”, Tendulkar said. He said Blasters was also training about 1,800 children at the grassroots level, who aspire to play for Kerala Blasters some day. These players are their role models, he said and sought the support of everyone for the team. A government press release said Sachin had also requested the chief minister to provide the services of the Special Battalion for Kochi matches as part of enhancing security during the matches. The seats in the stadium have been decreased due to security concerns. The release said Vijayan assured that he would consider the matter. The chief minister also requested Tendulkar to talk to the Greater Cochin Development authority, which manages the stadium. PTIUD APR SRYadvertisementlast_img read more

Mask-wearing Lankans force India to declare on smog-hit day

first_img(Eds: Updating with more inputs)By Kushan Sarkar/Sourav Roy BurmanNew Delhi, Dec 3 (PTI) In an unprecedented turn of events, the embattled Sri Lankan cricket team today held up play during the third Test against India, complaining of poor air quality that forced the hosts to declare their innings.The first-ever incident of this kind in the sports 140- year-old history saw an international team resort to anti- pollution masks while fielding and then refuse to continue, stopping play for 26 minutes over three interruptions.Record-breaking India skipper Virat Kohli, who was dismissed for 243 after the action resumed, was forced to declare at 536 for seven as some of the visiting teams substitute fielders too refused to take the field.The Lankan move irked the BCCI and Team Indias support staff nearly called it a deliberate tactic, though the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)s rating of the capitals air quality remained “very poor”.BCCI acting president CK Khanna said, “If 20,000 people in the stands did not have problem and the Indian team did not face any issue, I wonder why Sri Lankan team made a big fuss. I will need to talk to the secretary and ask him to write to the Sri Lanka Cricket.”Two Ranji Trophy matches in the city in the beginning of November last year – between Hyderabad and Tripura and Gujarat against Bengal – were cancelled due to smog. Those games, though, were scheduled a few days after Diwali when the quality of air in the capital is at its worst.advertisementAsked about Sri Lankas protest, Indias bowling coach Bharat Arun said, “Virat batted close to two days and he didnt need a mask! We are focussed on what we need to do. The conditions are the same for both teams, we arent too bothered about it.”As the day drew to a close, a question mark hung over the fate of the third days play at the Feorz Shah Kotla, and both the cricket boards are expected to sit across the table to sort out the issue. The ICC may not get involved as bilateral series is prerogative of the two boards.Once an angry-looking Kohli signalled declaration, the Lankan players were booed by the crowd who chanted losers losers, as the visitors retreated to the dressing room.Interestingly when the Indian team took the field, none of the players wore anti-pollution masks.Sri Lankas interim coach Nic Pothas cited the health issues that their players faced, saying match referee David Boon found Suranga Lakmal and Dhananjaya De Silva vomiting inside the dressing room.”Gamage and Suranga Lakmal were struggling. The match referee was in our change room as well as the doctor. The poor guy (Lakmal) was continuously vomiting. Dhananjaya de Silva was also vomiting. Its tough and you rely on doctors to give you advice, because we arent medical people,” Pothas said.He said that whether they will play tomorrow will be decided by the match officials.Earlier in the day, the CPCB, the body that measures air pollution, had stated: “Exposure to such air for a prolonged period can trigger respiratory illness. The most dominant pollutants are PM2.5 and PM10. These are ultrafine particulates, which can measure up to 30 times finer than the width of a human hair.”The concentration of PM2.5 and PM10 were 223 and 383 micrograms per cubic metre at 1pm today afternoon. The corresponding 24-hour prescribed standards are 60 and 100.”Sri Lankan players halted the proceedings thrice ? first between 12:32 to 12:49 for 17 minutes – after which they were convinced to resume playing. Gamage, who had complained of uneasiness, immediately got rid of Ravichandran Ashwin in the 125th over but again felt unwell. He was taken off the field with Lakmal completing his over.The next break happened between 1:14 and 1:19 pm when Lankan manager Asanka Gurusinha and Indian coach Ravi Shastri came out with contrasting requests.It was the third stoppage at 1:28 pm that led Kohli to declare the innings as the fielders refused to carry on.Smog is a very common phenomenon in Delhi as farmers in the adjoining states of Punjab and Haryana burn crops during the end of October and November.However, smog, over the years, has been prevalent during the first two weeks of November. The BCCI has never been forced to shift the venue of a Test match as the air quality improves during the month of December. PTI KHS/SBR AH AHlast_img read more

PBL 3: Saina Nehwal vs PV Sindhu match not happening just yet

first_imgSaina Nehwal will miss out on the first tie of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) between Awadhe Warriors and Chennai Smashers on Thursday.Since Saina is still recovering from an ankle strain, the marquee clash between PV Sindhu and her will not happen just yet.PBL 3 was slated to kick start with Saina vs Sindhu at the heart but the fans are all set to be disappointed in that respect.”Saina is recovering from a small ankle issue which she had developedfew weeks back. She is recovering well and we are expecting her to befully fit for the next match,” Awadhe Warriors coach Anup Sridhar said. #ContestAlertStart with your predictions already! #PredictTheTrump of #CHEvAWD and stand a chance to WIN #VodafonePBL merchandise.Check the T&Cs here: https://t.co/3XMUizSLFE pic.twitter.com/mMP7duX1Uj- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) December 23, 2017Saina and Sindhu last met in the final of the National Badminton Championship in Nagpur where the former came out victorious in straight sets.Saina, recently, lashed out at BWF for its cramped schedule in 2018 saying players don’t have time to breath between tournaments and it may lead to injuries.”Lots of practice and recovery time needs to be given to players between tournaments. Just pointing Nationals is not right, there are too many tournaments anyway, if you see even PBL makes it heavy. 2018 is especially tough with Asian Games and Commonwealth Games (CWG) also there. Earlier this year, when the BAI made it compulsory for the top shuttlers to participate in the Nationals, subsequent to which Srikanth got an injury and could not participate in China Open and Hong Kong Open, a lot of questions were raised on the frequency of matches the top badminton players play.advertisement”In a big tournament like World Championships, half your energy is gone and then having a tournament as big as that with only two weeks in between, it is challenging yourself mentally and physically once more and that is not easy. There is no time at all and that is why you see quite some top players not at their 100 per cent,” Saina told reporters at a pre-tournament event.last_img read more

Roger Federer’s strong showing helps Switzerland beat Russia in Hopman Cup

first_imgRoger Federer overcame a tricky Karen Khachanov in straight sets while Belinda Bencic got one over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova as Switzerland blanked Russia 3-0 in the Hopman Cup on Tuesday.Ahead of the Australian Open, Federer once more got momentum on his side with a 6-3, 7-6(8) win over Khachanov of Russia in front of a record crowd of 13,943 at the Perth Arena.After a comfortable first set victory, Federer was pushed to the brink before topping the 21-year-old Russian.Khachanov began the match with a little inhibition but the power in his shots meant he broke Federer early on.However, it did not take much out of Federer as the Swiss quickly got into his zone and wrapped up the opening set in 29 minutes.ALSO WATCHKhachanov held Federer on the ropes in the second, not letting his foot off the gas. However, the 19-time Grand Slam champion brought all his experience to play and dug out the tie breaker to clinch the match on his third match point.”It was nice to see him free swinging the entire match, which isn’t easy to do,” Federer said of his opponent.”I remember those days, match point down, you go for it, you don’t care. That is what you have to remind yourselves sometimes when you’re older, to go for it. He mixed up the play well, so it was a tough match for me.”The tiebreak was close, it was good to play that early on in the season, to play those nervy situations with the pulse up high, you’re sweating loads. The match had a bit of everything, so I’m very happy with the performance.”advertisementBencic, on the other hand, had to dig deep to bring up the victory for Switzerland.In what was a close contest, Bencic outlasted world No.15 Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.Bencic later pair up with Federer in the mixed doubles dead rubber to win the match.Earlier, the United States scored a 2-1 win over Japan after Naomi Osaka was too ill to participate. Osaka’s withdrawal gave CoCo Vandeweghe a 6-0, 6-0 victory in their singles match.Japan drew level after Jack Sock retired while trailing against Yuichi Sugita but Osaka’s absence meant the Americans were awarded a 4-0, 4-0 win in the deciding mixed doubles rubber.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Moeen Ali a doubt for second Ashes Test, says Joe Root

first_imgEngland all-rounder Moeen Ali is a doubt for the second Ashes Test against Australia as he struggles to recover from a cut on his index finger, captain Joe Root said on Friday.Moeen, whose bowling was affected by the cut during England’s 10-wicket defeat at the Gabba, would probably be retained as a batsman at Adelaide Oval in the match starting Saturday even if were unable to bowl, said Root.The skipper, however, would not rule out a potential Test debut for leg-spinner Mason Crane, depending on the conditions and if Moeen was deemed unfit to play.”We’ll have another look at things after practice and see how he is then and see if there’s any more damage to it and then we’ll have to make a decision from there,” Root told reporters at Adelaide Oval.”His batting’s been a huge part of our team for a long period of time now so I think he would still play as a batter.”I think we’ll have to look at the situation with Moeen, see how bad it is, look at the conditions but it’s definitely not out of the question,” Root added, when asked about the possibility of a debut for 20-year-old Crane.Moeen aside, Root said it was still too early to confirm whether his starting team was otherwise settled.”Not just yet, I think it’s important that we take everything into consideration,” he said.With England 1-0 down in the series, Root took some comfort in the damp conditions in Adelaide with rain likely to feature over the opening days of the first day-night Ashes Test.advertisement”It’s very English outside,” he said.”It’s forecast to be damp and that should play into our hands.”last_img read more

Russia doping culture will take years to change, says whistleblower Vitaly Stepanov

first_imgRussia’s doping “culture” will take years to change, regardless of the nation’s ban from the Winter Olympics, whistle-blower Vitaly Stepanov said on Tuesday.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) banned Russia from the Pyeongchang Games on Tuesday after it found evidence of an “unprecedented systematic manipulation” of the anti-doping system.Stepanov, a former employee of the Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA, helped expose massive doping problems in Russia in 2014 with his athlete wife Yulia Stepanova.He welcomed the IOC decision as “fair” but expressed doubt that it would do much to change Russia’s mindset in the short term.”I think we are still many years away from the time when the doping culture truly changes in Russia,” he told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday.”There are many sports officials running sports in Russia in the old way. Many coaches that are still doing the same… doping athletes.”Many athletes who believe everybody is doping and the only way to win is to dope as well.”Those are the things that have to change and it takes a long time.”Stepanov and his wife’s evidence triggered a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) investigation that alleged the Russian government was complicit in an elaborate scheme of institutional doping.Moscow has consistently denied state involvement and the couple, who live in the United States at an undisclosed location, have been denounced as traitors.WADA has demanded Moscow own up to state-sponsored doping as a condition of lifting its suspension of RUSADA.Russian president Vladimir Putin is expected to respond to the IOC decision on Wednesday.advertisement”We’ll find out tomorrow,” Stepanov said.”If the Russian president agrees to the terms by the IOC, and they do not boycott the Games, then that would mean they admit the guilt, admit the state-run doping system.”Even if they say something different, I think to the rest of the world it would be clear that they did it. Not that it is not clear now,” added Stepanov.”You have to admit your own guilt before starting to change.”last_img read more

Giants Take Apart Lowly Titans, 36-7

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Giants can breathe a big sigh of relief. Their skid is over at the expense of a Tennessee team with even more problems than New York.Eli Manning threw for 260 yards and a touchdown, and New York snapped a seven-game skid by routing the Tennessee Titans 36-7 on Dec. 7.The Giants (4-9) won for the first time since Oct. 5 with two rookies having big games. Odell Beckham Jr. set a team rookie record with his fourth game with 100 yards receiving this season: 11 catches for 130 yards and a TD. Andre Williams ran for a season-high 131 yards, including a 50-yard TD.Tennessee (2-11) lost its seventh straight and for the 11th time in 12 games with a performance that had fans booing and even a handful wearing paper bags over their heads. This is the franchise’s longest skid since losing 11 straight in 1994 as the then-Houston Oilers.The Titans’ loss became even more painful with rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger hurting his sprained right shoulder in the fourth quarter, and he did not return.The Giants came in with an NFL-high 19 players on injured reserve but relatively healthy on offense, even with running back Rashad Jennings not starting because of a sore ankle that kept him out of practice. With Manning and Beckham connecting early and often, they helped the Giants dominate with a 402-207 edge in total offense.Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who played on this field in college at Tennessee State, had a 36-yard TD off an interception wiped out by a personal foul on Damontre Moore for a hit on Mettenberger. Josh Brown kicked his fifth field goal for a 36-7 lead.With plenty of fans in New York blue on hand, the Giants dominated the first quarter, taking a 17-0 lead with a 151-6 edge in total offense. Beckham notched his seventh game with at least 90 yards receiving and a TD in the first 11 minutes. Devon Kennard sacked Mettenberger, with the rookie fumbling, and Markus Kuhn ran the recovery 26 yards for a TD.The Giants were up 23-0 at halftime. The lead that would have been even bigger if not for the Titans at least forcing them to settle for three field goals from Brown, two when New York had first-and-goal.For Tennessee, the patchwork effect on offense showed. The Titans had only four players that started the season at their positions with left tackle Taylor Lewan and right tackle Michael Oher missing their second straight starts because of injuries. When right tackle Byron Stingily went down, Tennessee finished with a tackle signed Dec. 2..The Titans’ only points came when Marqueston Huff returned an interception 23 yards for a TD. The Titans couldn’t even run out the final seconds of the first half properly, drawing a penalty for an illegal snap that prompted boos from fans still paying attention.(TERESA M. WALKER, AP Pro Football Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

MLB Steroid Supplier Bosch Jailed

first_imgMIAMI — The former owner of a Florida medical clinic who posed as a doctor and illegally supplied steroid injections and other performance-enhancing drugs to professional baseball players and even high school athletes was sentenced Feb. 17 to four years in federal prison.Anthony Bosch — who choked back tears in court and said the clinic was a legitimate business gone awry — sought a more lenient term because of his cooperation in the investigation, but U.S. District Judge Darrin Gayles refused.“This defendant was the most culpable in this conspiracy,” the judge said. Prosecutors said Bosch could still get his sentence reduced through further cooperation, including potential trial testimony.Gayles said Bosch falsely held himself out as a licensed medical doctor at his Biogenesis of America clinic, where he accepted thousands of dollars a month to provide steroid injections to players such as New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers. Most troubling, Gayles said, was Bosch’s injections of high school players in the Miami area.“He was the mastermind,” Gayles said. “He was the one who recruited others to assist him.”Miami U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer issued a statement saying the message of the case is that “cheating doesn’t pay and individuals like Bosch, who distribute performance enhancing drugs to athletes and, more importantly, to our children, will be held accountable for their actions.”Bosch, 51, pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to distribute testosterone, the sixth person charged in the Biogenesis case to do so. Bosch and Rodriguez are expected to testify if the last two defendants — Rodriguez cousin Yuri Sucart and ex-University of Miami pitching coach Lazaro Collazo — go to trial as scheduled in early April.MLB imposed a record season-long suspension last year on Rodriguez, one of 14 players penalized in the scandal. The Yankees say Rodriguez, 39, is no longer their third baseman and will have a chance to earn at-bats as a designated hitter.MLB spokesman Pat Courtney declined to comment.A few hours after Bosch’s sentencing, Rodriguez issued a vague handwritten apology to fans saying he wants to “put this chapter behind me and play some ball.”Bosch, who has been undergoing treatment for cocaine addiction since his guilty plea, was joined by more than two dozen friends and family members at his sentencing hearing.“I’m ashamed of myself. I’m remorseful,” Bosch said. “I can’t put into words how sorry I am.”But Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan said that rather than help people with medical problems, Bosch’s main goal was to rake in money by illegally making the athletes “bigger, stronger and faster ballplayers.” Bosch liked to call himself “Dr. T,” according to court records.“He was not a legitimate doctor. He wasn’t treating an illness. He wasn’t treating a disease,” Sullivan said.Bosch lawyer Guy Lewis, a former U.S. attorney in Miami, said that without his cooperation, MLB would not have had sufficient evidence to sustain Rodriguez’s suspension.Lewis said Bosch has met dozens of times with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and helped prosecutors pore over thousands of pages of documents.That cooperation, Lewis added, came despite threats from unnamed people warning Bosch to keep his mouth shut, forcing him to hire security services and move to several different locations. Bosch was also offered $150,000 to flee to Colombia and “lay low,” but he did not, Lewis said.“Mr. Bosch has cooperated thoroughly and extensively,” Lewis said. “He was truthful. He was reliable.”But Gayles refused Lewis’ request that Bosch receive a lighter sentence of just under three years._____By Curt Anderson, AP Legal Affairs Writer. AP Sports Writer Ronald Blum in New York contributedTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more