Rangers Beat Pens in OT, 3-2

first_imgPITTSBURGH — The best line on hockey’s busiest team hardly looked gassed.The way Derick Brassard and Benoit Pouliot were furiously pouring in overtime goals, the New York Rangers didn’t exactly look like a group in need of a day off.Brassard beat Marc-Andre Fleury 3:06 into overtime — with Pouliot bizarrely doing the same seven seconds later — and the Rangers stunned the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-2 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on May 2.The winner officially went to Brassard, whose wrist shot from in front beat Fleury cleanly but caromed back onto the ice. Referee Steve Kozari waved it off, however, and play continued before Pouliot slammed the puck into a wide open net moments later for good measure.“I found out way later (Brassard) got the goal,” Pouliot said. “Good for him. We’ve been playing well against Philly and now tonight. We deserved that.”Pouliot and Brad Richards gave the Rangers an early 2-0 lead. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 34 shots and stuffed a late Pittsburgh breakaway in the final seconds of regulation. The line of Pouliot, Brassard and Mats Zuccarello combined for 14 points in New York’s four regular-season meetings with the Penguins.They were the best trio on the ice on a team barely 48 hours removed from a wearying seven-game victory over Philadelphia in the opening round.“Since Christmas they’ve probably been our most consistent line,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “They’ve got real good chemistry. They read off one another and support one another well and … they scored two in overtime.”Lee Stempniak and James Neal scored for the Penguins. Fleury made 24 saves but was helpless on the winner. “It was just a big pile of guys and I was trying to find the puck out of it,” Fleury said.Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby was held without a goal for the 12th straight playoff game as the Rangers took away much of the open ice where Crosby likes to operate.“It could’ve went either way,” Crosby said. “I don’t think we played a full 60 (minutes).”Not exactly.The Rangers were supposed to be exhausted after outlasting the Flyers in the opening round, not advancing until a 2-1 victory in Game 7 on April 30. Instead, it was the well-rested Penguins who appeared to need a nap.Pouliot gave New York the lead 5:04 into first period, capitalizing on a Pittsburgh turnover then splitting Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta and Matt Niskanen before firing a wrist shot that caromed off Fleury’s right arm and into the net.Richards doubled the lead late in the period with his third and easiest goal of the postseason. Carl Hagelin beat Maatta to a puck in the corner and fed it to Richards, who had enough time in front to go from his backhand to his forehand and flip the puck by an overmatched Fleury.Whatever sluggishness the Penguins felt after a three-day layoff vanished in the second.Stempniak cut the lead in half by taking a nice drop pass from Beau Bennett then streaking down the middle and beating Lundqvist with a backhand 7:15 into the period.Neal tied it just over 6 minutes later thanks to a rare mistake by Lundqvist, who deflected Neal’s into the air then had it glance off his back and into the net. Lundqvist pleaded with officials that Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin had interfered with him while trying to make the save, but replays showed Malkin’s high-stick swat didn’t come close to touching the puck.New York gathered itself before the third and the teams traded chances over the final 20 minutes of regulation with Lundqvist stopping a slap shot from Stempniak in the final 15 seconds to send it to overtime.Whatever adrenaline the Rangers had left fueled them during the brief extra period. New York dominated play before the madcap finish to beat the Penguins in Game 1 of a postseason series for the first time.The Penguins came in 4-0 in the playoff series against New York. Now the Rangers find themselves in control with a welcome day off before the May 4 rematch.“Yeah we played seven games and the seventh one was a grueling match but I think most of us have been through it,” Pouliot said. “It’s the NHL and you have to find a way and we did.”(WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Knicks Offer Anthony Max Deal

first_imgNEW YORK — The Knicks went coast-to-coast to let Carmelo Anthony know they want him to stay in New York.Team officials traveled to Los Angeles on the night of July 3 to meet with the free agent and offered him the maximum contract allowable, a person with knowledge of the details said.Team President Phil Jackson and General Manager Steve Mills were part of the meeting but not Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan, an official with knowledge of the plans told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because details of the meeting were to remain private.The meeting was first reported by ESPN.Anthony was in Los Angeles to meet with the Lakers, who are among the teams hoping to convince the All-Star forward to leave New York. Anthony already visited Chicago, Houston and Dallas this week.The Knicks can offer him the largest contract, nearly $130 million over five years, though Jackson has said he hopes Anthony would take less than a maximum deal.Anthony had previously said he would be willing to do so if it would help build a winning team, but the Knicks have made it clear the money won’t be an object.Other teams can offer Anthony slightly less than $100 million in a four-year deal, according to NBA rules.Contracts can’t be signed until July 10, so Anthony is under no rush to make a decision. But the Knicks apparently wanted to make sure they got to make a final pitch after his free agency tour.Jackson, Mills and new coach Derek Fisher had already met with Anthony last month in Los Angeles, where he informed them he would be terminating the final year of his contract and becoming a free agent.He has never said he wants to leave the Knicks, who acquired him from Denver in a February 2011 trade. But the 30-year-old forward also said his priority is contending for championships, and the Knicks were just 37-45 last season, the first time in Anthony’s 11-year career that he missed the playoffs.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Greece Faces Soccer Ban Over Politics

first_imgNYON, Switzerland — UEFA and FIFA say they have sent a final warning to Greece that it faces suspension from international football for government interference.The Greek government wants to pass laws punishing violence at sports events, including imposing fines and threatening to cancel matches.Football’s governing bodies have strict rules protecting their member federations’ independence to run their own affairs.UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino says a joint letter with FIFA was sent to the Greek government on April 22.Infantino hopes the threat “will make them reconsider their actions, so we can still work together to resolve the issues affecting Greek football.”Teams and officials from suspended countries cannot take part in international matches and meetings.In 2006, FIFA briefly suspended Greece when European champion for government interference.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Farnell stocking accessories for micro:bit, Arduino and Raspberry Pi

first_img Continue Reading Previous u-blox: Bluetooth low energy beacons optimize asset tracking on siteNext Kontron: 40 Gigabit Ethernet switch for use in harsh environments Farnell is now stocking Kitronik products; an exciting range of accessories for micro:bit, Arduino and Raspberry Pi, perfect for educators, students, makers and hobbyists.Kitronik products encourage imagination and creativity when used in conjunction with the latest generation of open-source programmable computer boards. The kits and accessories enable interaction between programming and hardware, making them ideal for developing computational thinking skills in younger students. This new partnership with Kitronik enhances Farnell’s range of products for education and builds upon its position as the exclusive manufacturer and distributor of the BBC micro:bit, the largest manufacturer and distributor of Raspberry Pi boards and major stockist of Arduino boards.Kitronik products can be used to support STEM education in classrooms and after school clubs and seek to engage and inspire students of all abilities to further their knowledge of electronics, coding and design. Farnell stocks everything required to get started in physical computing for both education establishments and independent coding clubs.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

AITA agrees to field Bopanna-Sharan as team at Asian Games

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 30 (PTI) The AITA today agreed to field Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan as a team at the Asian Games on request of the two players which means that veteran Leander Paes will team up with young Sumit Nagal. Bopanna and Sharan had requested AITA and the Sports Ministry to pair them. The AITA at its Executive Meeting (EC) discussed the matter and accepted Bopanna and Sharan’s request. “Yes, the EC has decided that Rohan and Divij will play as a team,” a source told PTI. Since Ramkumar Ramanathan and Prajnesh Gunneswaran will focus on singles, the third singles player left in the squad is Nagal. Paes and Nagal will be fielded as India’s second team at the Asian Games, scheduled to begin in Indonesia from August 18. PTI ATATlast_img read more

Swaraj holds wide-ranging talks with her Bahraini counterpart

first_imgManama, Jul 15 (PTI) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today held wide-ranging talks with her Bahraini counterpart Shaikh Khalid during which they discussed ways to expand cooperation in a number of fields including tourism, oil and gas, petrochemicals, security, defence and intelligence training.Swaraj, who is visiting Bahrain for the third time, co-chaired with Shaikh Khalid the second meeting of the India-Bahrain High Joint Commission. The first meeting of the Commission was held in New Delhi in February, 2015.”The wide-ranging discussions were held in a friendly and forward-looking atmosphere, with useful exchanges of views on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest,” said a joint statement issued after the meeting.The two sides discussed in detail various aspects of bilateral relations. These included ways and means to expand cooperation in the fields of education, health, housing, renewable energy, space cooperation, tourism, culture, youth and sports, women empowerment, customs, oil and gas and petrochemicals, security, defence and intelligence training and exchange of expertise, it said.They also discussed ways to enhance the cooperation between universities in both countries and the possible exchange of researchers and faculty members in the fields of food security, cyber space and energy; as well as enhancing cooperation in the field of information sharing within the framework of existing Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Information Affairs and the Indian news agency, the joint statement said.They also exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual interest, including recent developments in the Gulf, Middle East, West and South Asia.advertisementThe two sides reiterated condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and called all states to reject and abandon the use of terrorism against other countries. They also agreed to work together for the early adoption of India’s proposed Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism at the United Nations, the statement said.The two sides welcomed the signing of the agreement on exemption from short stay visa for holders of diplomatic and official/special passports. They agreed to consider further liberalization of visa regime for each other’s nationals.Bahrain and India agreed to explore opportunities health care industry and welcomed the signing of an MoU for cooperation in the field of healthcare, which would contribute in expanding the cooperation between the two countries.An MoU for cooperation in the field of renewable energy was signed during Swaraj’s visit, which was welcomed by the two sides as it would encourage and promote bilateral technical cooperation on new and renewable energy on the basis of mutual benefit, equality and reciprocity.The two sides also agreed to strengthen coordination on consular issues taking into consideration humanitarian cases on both sides. They agreed to work towards integration of e-Migrate system with the work permit issuance system of Bahrain.The two sides also agreed to enhance cooperation in the field of civil aviation and the Bahraini side encouraged Indian companies to participate in the Bahrain International Airshow- prominent airshow in the Region.They agreed to explore collaborative arrangements between National Space Science Agency of Bahrain and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in training, human resource development, use of space technologies and applications for developmental and other purposes and to benefit from the low-cost Indian experience in the operation and launch of satellites and other space areas.The two sides highlighted the importance of the regular meetings of well-established bilateral mechanisms and high-level bilateral visits.Swaraj recalled her visits to Bahrain in September 2014 and January 2016, during which she had an opportunity to meet and discuss range of bilateral and regional matters of mutual interest with the Bahraini top leadership.During the meeting, the two sides underlined their close bilateral ties, deep-rooted in shared history and cultural affinities, sustained and nourished through growing economic linkages, multi-faceted cooperation and close people-to-people contacts.Shaikh Khalid recalled the historical and friendly relations between the two countries and highly appreciated the role and contribution of the Indian expatriate community in Bahrain’s progress and economic development.The Indian community of about 3,50,000-4,00,000 people forms nearly one-fourth of Bahrain’s population.The two sides noted the existing potential for two-way investments and reaffirmed their desire to provide favourable environment for investments, both from public and private sectors, from the two countries, the statement said.Both sides agreed on the importance of regular and timely exchange of information on available investment opportunities.The High Joint Commission was established by a MoU signed between two sides during the historic visit of Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to India in February 2014. 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Arsenal’s star midfielder Aaron Ramsey yet to decide on club future

first_imgArsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is yet to take a call on his future at the club. The Wales international is in the final year of his contract and is yet to reach an agreement with Arsenal.Ramsey had joined the Premier League club in 2008.”We’ll see what happens, but my agent and the club are talking,” Ramsey told Sky Sports News. “I’m not sure exactly what it hinges on, I’m just leaving it to them to discuss and to figure it out but we are yet to come to an agreement.”Arsenal boss Unai Emery has said the 27-year-old was an “important player” for the club and that he was eager for him to extend his stay.Arsenal kick off their pre-season International Champions Cup campaign against Atletico Madrid in Singapore later on Thursday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

India vs England, 1st Test: Virat Kohli vs Joe Root in battle of the heavyweights

first_imgThe last time Virat Kohli and Joe Root played against each other in whites, the Indian captain comfortably outscored his English counterpart with 655 runs in five Tests including a hundred and a double hundred as the hosts clinched the series 4-0.Root however, was also in very good form and ended up as the second highest run-scorer with 491 runs at 49.10 with one hundred and four half-centuries.Two years prior to that, England thrashed the visiting Indian side 3-1 under MS Dhoni with Root emerging as the highest run-getter with 518 runs in five Tests at 103.60 with two centuries and three fifties.Also Read – I’ll be surprised if India doesn’t win Test series vs England: Shane WatsonKohli was nowhere near Root on that tour as he endured his worst form in Tests scoring just 134 runs at a poor average of 13.40. His highest score in that series was just 39 as England bowlers kept dismissing Kohli outside the off-stump.But Kohli is no longer the same batsman that he was in 2014. A lot has changed since that tour. Today, he is No.2 in the ICC’s rankings for Test batsmen and is the only captain with six double hundreds to his name.Also Read – Virat Kohli says he’s not in a frame of mind to prove himself in any countryHe has played 37 Tests in this period and scored 15 centuries, including six double hundreds. He, in fact, is the only captain to record six double centuries in Test cricket. He has amassed 3699 runs at an incredible average of 64.89 and has also scored 7 fifties. He has also captained India in 35 Tests with 21 wins.advertisementAlso Read – We have strong plans in place for Kohli, says RootAll the talk prior to this series however, has still revolved around Kohli’s Test record in England and how he will perform this time around.Even after four years, all eyes are on Kohli and Root as India get ready to lock horns with England in a five-Test series on English soil with just a few hours to go before the first ball of the series is bowled.Also Read – Controversial? Adil Rashid in England playing XI for first Test vs India1st Test vAugust 1, 2018Edgbastonhttps://t.co/CPALMGgLOj15.30 IST#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/YqVrQJr87CBCCI (@BCCI) August 1, 2018The cricketing fraternity is expecting Kohli to turn his fortunes around in England and lead from the front with his bat in this series. But the captain himself is not bothered about what awaits him over the next one month.India vs England: Virat Kohli has improved since 2014, says James AndersonKohli is not unduly worried about proving himself – even if it’s in a country where India have traditionally not done well.”Back in the day when I did not know better, these things used to bother me because I used to read a lot. But honestly, I genuinely do not read anything (anymore),” Kohli told the media on the eve of the first Test.Adil Rashid hit out at Michael Vaughan like a spoilt brat: Geoffrey Boycott”My motive is to score runs & take Indian cricket forward” – @imVkohli #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/52jDOEkCWXBCCI (@BCCI) July 31, 2018″When I walk out to bat, I have the bat in mind, not people on the outside who predict things. I need to be in the most convinced and clear mental space that I can be and that happens when I am focussed on what I need to do.”Tendulkar feels Kohli ‘is in a good space’ ahead of 1st Test vs EnglandRoot knows Kohli won’t lose his wicket as cheaply as he did four years ago and therefore, has set new plans in motion to dismiss the 29-year-old.”From our perspective, we’d love similar form but we know how good a player he is and what he is capable of. He’s come a long way in the last few years in this format in particular.India vs England: ‘Virat Kohli will not look back after his first 20 runs'”We feel we have some strong plans in place for him but ultimately when you play against the world’s best players they generally have answers,” said Root on the eve of the first Test.England’s highest Test wicket-taker, James Anderson also knows that it will be difficult for the hosts to dominate a much-improved Kohli now.Asked if Anderson could have a similar impact against Kohli when the two teams face off again, the pacer told Sky Sports: “Not really… it’s a long time ago, a lot of cricket has happened since then and he’s improved as a player in that time.”advertisementVirat Kohli since England Tests of 2014: 15 hundreds, 3699 runs in 37 TestsBut more than his record as a batsman, Kohli himself, will be looking to re-write history as captain and become only the fourth Indian skipper after Ajit Wadekar (1971), Kapil Dev (1986) and Rahul Dravid (2007) to win a series in England. Personal form won’t matter to him if the team is performing well.Virat Kohli in with a chance to upstage Steve Smith as best Test batsmanOver the last 86 years, India have played 17 Test series in England, winning only three. More significantly, India have won a mere six Tests in the country.The conditions and stats at Edgbaston heavily favour the hosts and only time will tell if India can change register their first win on this ground.last_img read more

Hardik Pandya records maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket

first_imgHardik Pandya picked up his maiden five-wicket haul as the all-rounder ripped through the England middle-order on second day of the third Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Sunday.Pandya became the second fastest Indian to take a five-wicket haul when he took just 29 balls to wreak havoc. Harbhajan Singh is the fastest when he had taken 27 balls against West Indies in Kingston back in 2006.Pandya produced an inspired spell of bowling to record his best figures in Test cricket. Pandya had come under criticism earlier for lack of contributions with the ball and for failing to justify his position in the Test team with the bat.India vs England: Day 2, 3rd Test – Live Updates | Live Score He led the team off the ground after India bowled England for 161 in the first session on the second day of the Test.Pandya also became the joint fourth fastest to have scored a hundred and take a five-wicket haul. Panya, like Salim Durani and none other than Kapil Dev, to take just 10 matches to achieve the feat.Fantastic cricket, both in front and behind the wickets. Congratulations @hardikpandya7 and @RishabPant777 on your respective 5 wicket hauls! Lets nip this in the bud now. #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/lNDVRbQFPc Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 19, 2018Wonderful effort by India to bowl out England in this extended 2nd session. Brilliant stuff from Pandya and the rest of bowlers for the probing lines and 168 is a very significant lead. Hope the batsman now capitalise and we have the match firmly in our controladvertisement VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 19, 2018Before the start of the third Test, Michael Holding had come out and questioned Hardik Pandya’s place in the Indian team. He had said that Pandya is not yet the all-rounder India wants him to be, because he is ineffective as a bowler and also not scoring enough runs with the bat.”The (Indian) attack has not been the right balance. Apparently they are playing Hardik Pandya as an all-rounder to help out with the bowling. When he bowls he isn’t as effective as he should be,” Holding was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.”If he was a good batsman, if he was getting runs – 60s, 70s, not even regular hundreds – at the number at which he bats and then he bowls and gets two or three wickets, happy, hallelujah.”Congratulations to @hardikpandya7 for his maiden Test five-wicket haul! What a spell! #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/4ZX3PkHno2ICC (@ICC) August 19, 2018Incidentally Pandya was the second highest run-scorer in the Indian side after the first two Test matches of the series – both which India lost.This is how Pandya took the wickets: 32.5 – H. Pandya to S. BroadOUT! That is plumb! Fifer for Hardik Pandya. All the talks about why he is being selected have just been thrown out of the window. He has turned the game around in just 29 balls. Another delivery which is on the fuller side has done the trick for him. It swings back in late from around off, Broad from within his crease tries to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. The players appeal and the umpire raises the finger. Broad asks his partner about the review but Buttler asks him to keep walking. England need another 2 to avoid the follow-on, they have one wicket in hand.32.1 – H. Pandya to A. RashidOUT! Maiden four-fer for Pandya in Tests! He is relishing the conditions out there. Wickets in consecutive balls for him. Lovely stuff again. He has really found his length and line today. He bowls it around off, just behind the fuller length. Once again it swings away. Rashid tries to defend inside the line. The ball kisses the outside edge of the bat and settles into the mitts of Pant who is having a dream debut with the gloves. His fifth catch and the end now is nigh for England. Hat-trick ball coming up.30.6 – H. Pandya to C. WoakesOUT! Snicko shows a spike and Woakes starts walking back. He takes a review along with him and England are now in dire straits. This is excellent from Pandya. He says enough of the full ones and bangs in a short ball. It is a well-directed one. Surprises Chris Woakes as he goes for the pull without keeping his eyes on the ball. It seems to have taken the glove and Rishabh Pant behind takes it one handed. The Indians appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Chris Woakes walks up to his partner and has a chat. He then goes for the review and replays show there is an edge. Pandya now has a three-fer and the centurion of the last game walks back with a single digit score.advertisement30.1 – H. Pandya to J. BairstowOUT! Another one bites the dust! Hardik Pandya is silencing his critics in some style. He gets his second and India are all over England now. This is another top nut. The outswinger on a fuller length around off, Bairstow tries to drive but his feet are rooted to the crease. The ball takes the edge and goes into the hands of Rahul at second slip who takes his third catch of the innings. The Indians are pumped up as they probably have the most destructive batsman in this English line-up. 329 looks farfetched now.24.1 – H. Pandya to Joe RootOUT! This is what the big screen flashes and Root has been given his marching orders. The crowd is not happy and neither is Root as he shakes his head while walking off. The soft signal has surely played a big role in this being given out as it could have gone either way. India though won’t mind as they have the talisman of the English batting line-up and that too cheaply. Hardik Pandya has delivered straightaway. He bowls it on a back of a length around off, it pitches and straightens. Root goes back and tries to push the ball inside the line but it takes the outside edge and goes low towards Rahul at second slip. He seems to have taken it and starts celebrating. Root waits there. The umpires have a chat and then take it upstairs. The soft signal is OUT. Time for the replays and after several looks, it is ruled in favour of the visiting side. Really a 50-50 call as from one angle it looked like the ball had bounced off his fingers while from the other angle, it appeared to have touched the ground first. Anyway, the decision has been made and the Indians are celebrating. They are right on top now as England trail by another 243 runs.last_img read more

Asian Games 2018 Day 8 wrap: 3 athletics silver medals take India’s tally to 36

first_imgIt was a seven-medal day for India on Sunday at the Asian Games 2018 as they took their tally to 36. India are currently in the ninth position in the medal table with 7 gold, 10 silver and 19 bronze.The first medal of the day came for India in the equestrian event as Fouaad Mirza won a silver medal in the jumping final. His valiant effort also helped the Indian team bag silver in the same event.Mirza scored 26.40 points behind Japanese gold medallist Yoshiaka Oiwa, who scored 22.70. China’s Alex Tian Hua finished third with 27.10 points.In the team event, India, comprising Rakesh Kumar, Ashish Malik and Jitender Singh and Mirza, finished with 121.30 behind Japan’s 82.40 to get a silver. Thailand finished third with 126.70 points.Asian Games, Day 8: HighlightsMirza became the first Indian to win an Asian Games individual medal in the equestrian event in 36 years. Raghubir Singh, Ghulam Mohammed Khan and Prahlad Singh had won the gold, silver and bronze in the 1982 Asian Games in Delhi.Fouaad Mirza, Team India win silver medals in EquestrianFouaad topped the dressage and cross-country qualifiers with a score of 22.40 and went into the jumping finals as a favourite. In the medal round, he notched up 26.40 to bag silver in the three-day competition.What a day for India in athletics!In a Magnificent run, Indias Dutee Chand won SILVER medal in Women’s 100 m with a timing of 11.32sec.KUDOS to you Champion! #AsianGames2018 #KheloIndia #IndiaAtAsianGames pic.twitter.com/GI6ZH8o4TmRajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 26, 2018India had previously won 10 medals in the sport, including three gold.advertisementThe last individual medal in eventing came in 1982 when Raghubir Singh finished on the podium in the Indian capital.TWO MEDALS IN BRIDGETwo medals came for India in the debut sport of bridge.India earned the bronze medals after the men and mixed teams lost their semi-final matches.India settle for two bronze medals in bridgeThe men’s team lost to Singapore while the mixed team suffered defeat at the hands of Thailand.Seems like a great day for the Bridge Team! Our Mens team wins a Bronze and so does our Mixed Team. Congratulations to the contingent. #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/PgpQX8WAMJNarendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 26, 2018There is no bronze medal play-off in bridge sport at the Games.The sport of bridge has been introduced for the first time in the Asian Games.ATHLETES SHINE ON SUNDAYHima Das shattered the 400m national record for a second time in two days for a silver while Dutee Chand grabbed the second place in 100m dash.Muhammed Anas clinched a silver in men’s 400m as well as Indian track and field athletes followed up the gold won by shot putter Tejinderpal Singh Toor yesterday.Muhammed Anas wins men’s 400m silverLong distance runner Govindan Lakshmanan crossed the finishing line at third in men’s 10,000m race but was later disqualified under IAAF 163.3b (lane infringement). He was initially shown to have clocked 29:44.91.India did lodge a protest against the decision to disqualify Lakshmanan but the jury of appeals rejected it.It was indeed a sensational performance by our 22yr-old star @DuteeChand who won a silver medal in the womens 100m with a timing of 11.32s.The whole nation rejoices in your achievement. #SAI #IndiaAtAsianGames #Athletics @afiindia @iaaforg #AsianGames2018 #KheloIndia pic.twitter.com/N6pMo5WckcSAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 26, 2018India’s new track sensation, Hima clocked 50.59 seconds to win the silver, behind Bahrain’s Salwa Naser who won the gold in a new Games record time of 50.09 seconds.Hima Das wins silver in 400m with National RecordHima, the reigning Under-20 world champion, had qualified for the final with a national record time of 51.00 seconds yesterday, bettering the 14-year-old mark set by Manjeet Kaur (51.05) in Chennai in 2004, and she today bettered it again.Naser, the Nigerian-born 2017 World Championships silver medallist and winner of four legs of Diamond League Series this year, did not have to exert much in the end to clinch the goal.Another Indian in the women’s 400m final, Nirmala Sheoran finished fourth in 52.96.Dutee Chand wins silver in women’s 100m raceAsian champion Anas settled with a silver in the men’s 400m final as he timed 45.69 seconds, behind Asian season leader and 2017 World Championships bronze medallist Hassan Abdalelah of Qatar, who clocked in 44.89 seconds.Anas, who holds the national record of 45.24, had clocked 45.30 in the preliminary heats.Heres the #MedalTally at the conclusion of action today!With a total of 36 medals won by #India, were moving up the tally. #SAI #IndiaAtAsianGames #TeamIndia #AsianGames2018 #KheloIndia pic.twitter.com/Uvfo6Ea7vOadvertisementSAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 26, 2018Arokia Rajiv finished fourth by clocking 45.84 which was better than his semifinals (46.08) timing.Dutee qualified for the women’s 100m final by clocking 11.43 in semifinal and two and a half hours later, she came out to run a memorable race.Running in lane number 7, Dutte clocked 11.32 seconds, a tad below her national record of 11.29 seconds.Dutee Chand delighted with Asiad medal after troubled pastOdiong Edidiong of Bahrain won the gold in 11.30 while Wei Yongli of China took the bronze in 11.33 in a close finish.The 22-year-old from Odisha was taking part in her first Asian Games. She was suspended by the IAAF in 2014 under its hyperandrogenism policy but she filed an appealed before the Court of Arbitration for Sports and won it.Recently, under a revised rule of the IAAF, Dutee was left outside the purview of the hyperandrogenism policy (which bars women athletes having male hormones above permissible limit from competing) which gave her liberty to pursue her career.Sindhu in semi-finals!A gritty performance from our star shuttler & #TOPSAthlete @Pvsindhu1 as she bt #THAs #NitchaonJindapol in 3 sets to reach her 1st #AsianGames SF in womens singles.#GoForGold #Badminton #SAI @BAI_Media #IndiaAtAsianGames #AsianGames2018 #KheloIndia pic.twitter.com/V6M67qxbVDSAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 26, 2018SAINA MAKES HISTORYIn badminton, PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal won their respective singles quarter-final match to assure two more medals for India.Asian Games 2018: India’s medal tally after Day 8First it was London bronze medallist Saina, who ended a 36-year-old wait for an individual medal after locking at least a bronze following a 21-18 21-16 win over world number five Ratchanok Intanon in a 42-minute quarterfinal.Rio silver medallist Sindhu then fought past world number 12 Nitchaon Jindapol 21-11 16-21 21-14 in the other quarterfinal.SARJUBALA ADVANCESIn boxing, former world silver-medallist Sarjubala Devi advanced to the quarter-finals but Manoj Kumar and Shiva Thapa were ousted after pre-quarterfinal losses.Sarjubala, competing in the flyweight 51kg category, defeated Tajikistan’s Madina Ghaforova 5-0 in a bout which was more gruelling than what the score-line might suggest.Govindan Lakshmanan loses 10,000m bronze due to disqualificationManoj went out after being bested by Kyrgyzstan’s Abdurakhman Abdurakhamanov in the welterweight 69kg category, while Shiva spent less than a minute in the ring before referee stopped the contest in favour of China’s Jun Shan in the lightweight 60kg category.INDIA REACH HOCKEY SEMISIn hockey, Defending champions India continued their unbeaten run and beat South Korea 5-3 in a pool match to storm into the semi-finals of the men’s hockey competition.India scored through Rupinder Pal Singh (1st minute), Chinglensana Singh (4th), Lalit Upadhyay (15th), Manpreet Singh (49th) and Akashdeep Singh (55th), while Korea’s goals came from the sticks of Manjae Jung (33rd, 35th) and Jonghyun Jang (59th).India were also assured of at least two more silver medals after its men and women’s team progressed to the final of the compound archery team events in Jakarta on Sunday.advertisementThe Indian men are the defending champions and they lived up to their reputation by getting the better of Chinese Taipei 230-227 in the semi-finals.The Indian women, who had returned with a bronze medal from Incheon four years ago, too, beat Chinese Taipei 225-222 in the semi-finals to progress to the gold medal match.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Manu, Jeremy make it a day of golden firsts for India at Youth Olympics

first_img(Eds: Collating relevant stories, results and quotes) Buenos Aires, Oct 9 (PTI) India’s next generation of athletes scripted history not once but twice in the space of 24 hours as weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnunga and shooter Manu Bhaker picked up the country’s maiden set of gold medals in the Youth Olympics here on Tuesday. The 15-year-old Lalrinnunga shattered the national record in the men’s 62kg category to claim the top honours and announce his arrival at the big stage. Bhaker, on the other hand, rediscovered the form that made her a sensation in the women’s 10m air pistol event. Lalrinnunga, who is also a world youth silver-medallist, lifted a total of 274kg (124kg +150kg) to finish on top in the Argentine capital on Monday night, which was early Tuesday morning in India. “I am feeling really happy that I won the gold medal here,” Lalrinnunga told PTI. The 16-year-old Bhaker shot 236.5 to finish on top of the podium on Tuesday, making up for the heartbreak at the Asian Games in Indonesia and the World Championship where she could not live up to her billing. “This is an important win for me. It will be a morale booster (after the Asian Games disappointment) as I look forward with an aim to bring home more laurels,” Bhaker said after winning the gold. Mizo sensation Lalrinnunga, who will turn 16 on October 26, is the son of a former boxer, Lalneihtluanga, who has seven national-level gold medals to his credit. Lalrinnunga was himself an aspiring boxer before he shifted to weightlifting on the advice of coaches and was picked up by the Army Sports Institute scouts in 2011 at the age of 8.advertisement Earlier this year, Lalrinnunga claimed a silver (youth) and a bronze (junior) in the Asian Championships, smashing two national records in the process. On Tuesday, Bhaker began the eight-woman final with a 10.0 and followed it up with a 10.1 and 10.4. She led the Stage 1 with 99.3 after a sequence that included seven scores of 10 and above. Two 9.8 in the beginning of second stage (elimination) were followed by a 10.1 and 9.9, helping her maintain the lead over Thailand’s Kanyakorn Hirunphoem by some distance. The World Cup and Commonwealth Games gold medallist extended her domination in the following shots and looked to be on course for the yellow metal. She slipped once to the second place but quickly regained the top position. Earlier, Bhaker topped the qualifying with 576, which included a series of 95, 96, 96, 96, 95, 98 and placed second and third in the qualification were Russia’s Enina Iana and Chinese Lu Kaiman with 569, the gulf in scores clearly highlighting the form the Indian was in. Representing the country in the women’s 10m air pistol event, Bhaker has won medals at all major events she has participated barring the recent Asian Games. While Lalrinnunga and Bhaker made the nation proud, weightlifter Sneha Soren could not finish on the podium in the women’s 48kg category, signing off fifth. In swimming, Srihari Nataraj, who competed in the 100m backstroke final despite being a reserve, could only manage a sixth position. In other events, Archana Kamath and Manav Thakkar, India’s representatives in table tennis, won their singles matches of the group stage. Kamath beat Malaysia’s Javen Choong 4-2 while Thakkar defeated Slovakia’s Aleksandra Vovk 4-1. It was a big win for India in hockey as the team thrashed Austria 9-1. Rising badminton sensation Lakshya Sen had it tough against Danylo Bosniuk in the first game before he regained his composure to beat the Ukrainian 23-21, 21-8. India have already won four medals with Tushar Mane and Mehuli Ghosh bagging a silver each in 10m rifle shooting while Thangjam Tababi Devi won India’s first medal in judo by finishing second in the 44kg category. India won just two medals — a silver and a bronze — in the last Youth Olympics in 2014 in Nanjing in China. In the inaugural 2010 edition in Singapore, the nation fetched six silver and a couple of bronze medals. The country is being represented by 47 athletes at the ongoing Games, its biggest ever contingent. PTI AH BS PM PDSPDSlast_img read more

New DTH regulations have made 49 per cent consider switching to online streaming services

first_imgIt has been almost two months since TRAI introduced the new DTH regulations. The new DTH regulations have so far gained mixed responses from the consumers. While some have given nod to the new regulations for a fair pricing system, others have complained about incurring higher bills than before. YouGov, a research agency, had conducted a study on the DTH market post the implementation of the new regulations and here are some findings from the study.Out of the number of people participating in the study, YouGov found that around 54 per cent felt that the new DTH regulations will make them spend even more for all the channels they require on their TV. Around 92 per cent knew about the new TRAI rules and 76 per cent of these have already made the switch to the new regulations.When it comes to satisfaction, around 55 per cent people voted in favour. They felt the new system brought more transparency to the system and has led to people paying only for those channels at a fair price. However, those who weren’t in favour of the new regulations claimed that they were willing to move to OTT platforms for their entertainment dose. Online platforms such as Hotstar, Prime Video and others come with overall cheaper plans and people are willing to ship to those platforms soon.With the new regulations, TRAI expected consumers to choose the a la carte system of choosing TV channels for a more efficient billing system. The study found that the new regulations have led to around 52 per cent of people choose channels on their own. Around 24 per cent had preferred to choose the Free-To-Air channels along with a few pay channels while the other 24 per cent preferred to go for the bundle packs.advertisementAs for the bouquet packs by broadcasters, the Star Value Pack was chosen by 46 per cent of consumers while the Zee Family Pack Hindi was chosen by 32 per cent of people. Tata Sky came up as the most preferred DTH operator in India with 30 per cent opting for it over others. However, 46 per cent felt the need to change to another operator since the standardized prices have been now implemented.With the new DTH regulations, it seems that more people are now willing to shift to online platforms due to lower costs and the advantage of accessibility around the world. Hotstar recently announced a new yearly plan at a price of Rs 365 that offered a year’s subscription to all Hindi TV shows, Hindi movies, news channels and sports channels. With affordable Internet added to the mix, online content channels seem the way to go in the future.ALSO READ | Soon, you may no more need to buy a Set Top Box while changing your DTH connectionALSO READ | New DTH TV rules from Feb 1: What is base pack, what is a la carte and everything you need to know in 10 pointslast_img read more

WTA Finals: Sloane Stephens, Kiki Bertens reach semi-finals in Singapore

first_imgSloane Stephens and Kiki Bertens continued their dream debuts at the WTA Finals when the tournament rookies won their final Red Group matches to advance to the last four of the season-ending event in Singapore on Friday.American Stephens stayed calm and saw off an increasingly agitated Angelique Kerber in the winner-takes-all night match to complete round-robin play with a spotless 3-0 record after she wrapped up a 6-3 6-3 victory against the German.In the afternoon match, Bertens advanced to the semi-finals after Naomi Osaka retired with a left hamstring injury at the end of a first set the versatile Dutchwoman had captured by a 6-3 margin.Kerber enjoyed a brilliant season with her third Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in July but the world number two seems to struggle in Singapore and was once again undone by Stephens, who now boasts a 5-1 head-to-head record against the German..@SloaneStephens gets the win and books her place in the @WTAFinalsSG semifinal!Defeats Kerber 6-3, 6-3! pic.twitter.com/rMiw4wGwCQWTA (@WTA) October 26, 2018″I stayed solid the whole time. I knew it was going to be a battle against one of the toughest players on the tour, so I just came out and played as hard as I could and am really pleased with the win,” Stephens said in a post-match interview.Stephens staved off seven break points early in the first set and added to the German’s frustration by converting the first two she fashioned to pull clear for a 5-2 lead after little could separate the baseliners in the opening exchanges.advertisementAn ace brought up the first of three set points but she was unable to convert any of them as Kerber made it eighth time lucky to pull a game back. Her joy was short-lived as Stephens broke again to seal the opener.The games were getting longer as the intensity levels increased and the pair traded breaks early in the second set until Kerber’s form dipped when she was broken in the eighth game and the American gleefully raced away to seal victory.TEARFUL OSAKAThank you Singapore, didn’t want it to end like this but I’m still really proud of how I did here see ya. pic.twitter.com/4RYDVDU9SANaomiOsaka (@Naomi_Osaka_) October 26, 2018In the early match, U.S. Open champion Osaka took to the court with tape on her left leg for a problem that flared up in her loss to Stephens on Monday, and was competitive for half a set before opting to withdraw after Bertens took the opener 6-3.Perhaps mindful of the injury, Osaka went for her shots from the outset, a tactic that comes with the risk of giving away free points, while Bertens was content to keep the ball in play and pin the powerful Japanese player to the back of the court.Both strategies worked in the early stages until Osaka pushed the limits a little too far in the seventh game and was broken after she sent a string of forehands either long or wide..@KikiBertens reflects on a win over Naomi Osaka that takes her through to the @WTAFinalsSG semifinals! pic.twitter.com/0wglq6ue5VWTA (@WTA) October 26, 2018Osaka left the arena for a medical timeout after Bertens held easily to move 5-3 ahead. The 21-year-old Japanese returned with her thigh heavily strapped and was immediately broken to love as she hobbled painfully around the baseline.The popular Osaka called for the trainer once more but tearfully succumbed to her fate after consulting with her coach to end her breakthrough season with a disappointing three straight defeats at the year-end championships.Saturday’s semi-finals will see Bertens take on White Group winner Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, before Stephens faces big-hitting Czech Karolina Pliskova in the night match of a tournament that has seen the four lowest-ranked players advance.last_img read more

Hong Kong Open: Kidambi Srikanth advances, Saina Nehwal knocked out

first_imgKidambi Srikanth, HS Prannoy and PV Sindhu advanced to the second round of the Hong Kong Open in Kowloon on Wednesday. However, it was curtains for Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap.Fourth seed Srikanth was too good for Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent as the Indian took only 32 minutes to dispatch his opponent 21-11, 21-15.Saina fought hard before going down to Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in three games 21-10, 10-21, 19-21 while Kashyap lost 16-21, 13-21 Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting.Prannoy did not disappoint as he battled his way past Denmark’s Anders Antonsen 21-14, 13-21, 21-19 to set up a second-round meeting with Srikanth.Men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri-B Sumeeth Reddy started their campaign on a high by registering an easy win over Thai pair of Bodin Isara-Maneepong Jongjit. But Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty suffered a defeat against Denmark’s Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen.Earlier, B Sai Praneeth and women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy bowed out of the tournament after opening round losses.Sindhu fought hard for a 21-15, 13-21, 21-17 victory over Thailand’s Nitchaon Jindapol and advanced to the second round of the tournament on Wednesday.Sindhu just a minute over an hour to get past Jindapol in a match that consistent of three well-fought games.Sindhu began the match well with a solid 21-15 win over Jindapol in the first game. However, she let go of her intensity in the second round and was outplayed 13-21 by Jindapol.In the final game, it remained close till almost the end before Sindhu regained her touch and took the game 21-17 and the match.advertisementSindhu will next be up against South Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun, who earlier beat Japan’s Aya Ohori 21-10, 21-12. Sindhu leads Sung 8-5 in their head-to-head record but has one win and a loss this year against the Korean.Also read – The year is not over yet, hope to finish on a high: PV Sindhu to India TodaySameer Verma also got off to a winning start in Hong Kong with a comfortable 21-17, 21-14 win over Thailand’s Suppanyu Avihingsanon. Sameer, who had reached the quarter-finals in Denmark before losing to compatriot Srikanth, took just 40 minutes to win his first round match.Avihingsanon stayed in touch with Sameer in the first game and the Indian edged out the Thai but Sameer was far more in control in the second game and brought up an easy win.Sameer has a tough task ahead of him in the second round as he will be up against China’s Olympic champion and recently, the French Open winner Chen Long.The one time Sameer played Chen Long was back in 2015 and the Indian had lost.SAI PRANEETH, ASHWINI-SIKKI LOSESai Praneeth could not bring about a change in his misfortune this year as he bowed out of the Hong Kong from the first round itself, losing 21-16, 11-21, 15-21 to Thailand’s Khosit Phetpradab.Praneeth, who has struggled to go beyong the second round in the last three tournaments, had his match fitness come under scrutiny as he failed to last in the match and the rallies with the clash going into three games.Praneeth began the match on the fore taking the first game quite comfortably. However, the next two games showed exactly how Praneeth struggles with a three-game match.Phetpradab has been in a good form recently and has some wonderful strokes up his sleeves. While even Praneeth is a technically gifted player, Phetpradab could outlast the Indian on Wednesday.In the women’s doubles, Ashwini-Sikki fought extremely but the gulf in the class of the Indian pair and the Japanese pair of Misaki Matsutomo and Ayaka Takahashi.Despite losing the first game surprisingly, the second seeded Japanese pair outclassed Ashwini-Sikki 18-21, 21-10, 21-8 in 52 minutes.Ashwini-Sikki played extremely well to take Matsutomo and Takahashi off guard in the first game and stayed close to them before taking it away 21-18.However, the next two games they could managed a total of only 18 points and the Japanese ran away with the match into the second round.last_img read more

Found Dhoni near Wagah border: Sourav Ganguly had jokingly told Musharraf

first_imgFormer Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf is a self-confessed fan of MS Dhoni. The Ranchi cricketer had mesmerised Musharraf not just with his big-hitting skills but also with his much-talked-about long hair during the nascent stages of his career.In 2006, Dhoni won a lot of hearts in Pakistan on his maiden tour across the border in 2006. The wicketkeeper-batsman played a couple of match-winning knocks during India’s 4-1 win in the ODI series and made himself an indispensable member of the Indian side.As it turns out, Sourav Ganguly, who had led the team during to Pakistan during the 2006 tour, has recalled Musharraf’s admiration for Dhoni.The former India captain revealed that Musharraf had asked him where he had found Dhoni and that he had jokingly told the former Pakistan leader hepicked up the big-hitting stumper from near the Wagah border.”I still remember Pervez Musharraf asking me from where did you get him? I told him he was walking near the Wagah border and we pulled him in,” Ganguly said while speaking at Tollygunge Club in Kolkata.Also read: Ganguly relates to Mithali’s omission from World T20 semi-final: ‘Welcome to the group’In a heartwarming episode during a post-match presentation ceremony on India’s 2006 tour, Musharraf had even advised Dhoni to keep his long hair.Dhoni though went on trim his hair after India’s triumph in the inaugural World T20I in South Africa. Incidentally, India had defeated Pakistan in the final that went down the wire.Meanwhile, Ganguly insisted that even “champion players” like Dhoni need to keep performing in order to retain their places in the squad while discussing the 37-year-old’s future in international cricket.”He [Dhoni] is another champion… Fantastic career for 12-13 years since winning the World Twenty 20. Just like everyone else he has to perform,” Ganguly added.”There’s one must in life: whatever job you do, wherever you are, whatever age you have, how much experience you have, you have to keep performing at the top level otherwise someone else will take your place.”advertisementAlso read: VVS Laxman hopes MS Dhoni emulates IPL 2018 form in 2019 World CupDhoni’s place in the senior national side has become a hot topic of discussion, especially after he was dropped from the T20I side. The World Cup-winning former captain, who has got the backing of captain Virat Kohli and the team management, is expected to continue at least until the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England.Dhoni has been under-par in the 50-over format as well, managing just 275 runs 20 matches at 25. The senior campaigner’s absence from domestic tournaments has raised serious concerns as he has struggled without match practice in the recent past.Also see:last_img read more

BWF World Tour Finals: Sameer Verma thrashes Tommy Sugiarto to stay in knockouts race

first_imgIndia’s Sameer Verma dished out a dominating performance to outclass Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto in straight games to keep his hopes of qualifying for the knockout stage alive at the BWF World Tour Finals here Thursday.World No.14 Sameer, who qualified for the tournament at the last moment after defending his title at the Syed Modi International last month, looked at ease against the 10th ranked Sugiarto, defeating him 21-16 21-7 in a 40-minute Group B clash.The 24-year-old Indian, who had lost the opening match against world no 1 and world champion Kento Momota, will face Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen next on Friday. He had defeated Wangcharoen en route to his Swiss Open title but lost at the Thailand Open this year.Sameer had come into the tournament with a 1-1 head-to-head record against the Indonesian and he looked comfortable as his sharp game made life difficult for his opponent.The Indian lagged 1-3 and 5-6 initially but he soon wrested the lead with four straight points before entering the break at 11-7.Sugiarto stried to stage a comeback and narrowed the deficit to 16-17 but Sameer reeled off the remaining four points to earn the bragging rights.In the second game, Sugiarto again took a slender 5-3 advantage early on but the Indian soon stamped his authority to move from 7-6 to 16-6 with a nine-point burst and then slammed the door on his rival with another five straight points.Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu will take on World No 1 Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in a Group A women’s singles match later in the day.advertisementThe top two players from each group will qualify for the semifinals, after which a knockout draw will be conducted.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

India vs Australia: Mitchell Johnson unhappy after ICC rates Perth pitch average

first_imgMitchell Johnson was not too happy after the International Cricket Council rated the Perth pitch average. The Perth Stadium hosted its first ever Test match last from December 14 which Australia won by 146 runs.India saw the pitch and decided to go in without a spinner – they played four pacers. Australia had three pacers and one spinner in their ranks. Nathan Lyon, the off-spinner, was named man-of-the-match for his eight-wicket haul.Australia had scored 326 in the first innings before India responded with 283 thanks to Virat Kohli’s 25th hundred. In the second innings, Australia folded for 243 but not before Aaron Finch was hit on the finger by a Mohammed Shami delivery.The Test was over only on the final morning. Match referee Ranjan Madugalle rated the pitch average after assessing pitch and outfield conditions. The Adelaide Oval pitch received a ‘very good’ rating.Johnson, who was recently in the news for calling Virat Kohli silly over his Perth altercation with Australian captain Tim Paine was not too impressed with the average rating for Perth. And when former India cricketer Aakash Chopra presented his point of view, Johnson had a sharp retort.Nothing wrong with it. It was exciting to watch a contest between bat and ball for a change and not these dull flat tracks being served up constantly. I’d actually be interested in knowing what a good pitch is? Hope for another exciting test at the MCG https://t.co/Q1vOYm6AaBMitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) December 21, 2018Vihari bowled a bouncer on the first day’ to dismiss a well set Harris. I rest my case https://t.co/gELNtmLUuIadvertisementAakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 21, 2018Pretty shitty case if that what your coming with Aakash. You’re saying it was a dangerous delivery from a spinner? Did you pipe up when the Indian 4 man attack bowled plenty of short balls, which I enjoyed as a fan & was awesome to watch? What is a good wicket is to you?Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) December 21, 2018You spoke of natural deterioration that leads to variable bounce. That ball was a reflection of variable bounce on the first day. Not dangerous then. But yes…that Shami spell on day four was close to dangerous….felt that player safety was in question. Therefore the rating. https://t.co/AlE4Me9IkoAakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 21, 2018I disagree, I’ve seen far worse & played on pitches similar to it. Do you want to see boring flat belters? I don’t. I want to see pitches that produce an exciting contest between bat and ball. Anything else you want to get off your chest?Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) December 21, 2018I never said that I want to see cricket on feather beds..ICC rated the pitch Average’-I agree with their neutral observation based on the feedback of match officials. You don’t. We r entitled to have our own opinions. FOE. Too bad if the pitches you played on got a good’ ratingAakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 21, 2018Plenty of pitches much worse that never had this rating. I know what you saying & no issues with you disagreeing & having your opinion, that’s all good. But I still disagree & have no idea why you would comment directly to me?Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) December 21, 2018And they wonder why Test Match cricket is struggling .. Was a tremendously exciting pitch which had a bit for everyone .. Should be more like this IMO .. https://t.co/c5jx99oQfO Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) 21 December 2018There was plenty of talk on the pitch leading into the Perth Test. The curator had promised express pace and bounce on a grassy surface. Once the match started, a debate was sparked by India’s move to not play a single spinner.R Ashwin was injured but Virat Kohli said he would not have been considered had he been fit. Besides Ashwin, India have two other spinners in the squad- Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav.last_img read more

Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill should just enjoy their cricket now: Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgSachin Tendulkar knows a thing or two about being a ‘boy wonder’, as he gave his seal of approval on India’s young stars — Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill.The pair made a big splash at the Under-19 ICC World Cup in 2018, which India won. Since then Prithvi and Shubman have only grown from strength to strength.Prithvi and Shubman both got picked up for big sums in Indian Premier League. Prithvi went to Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) for a whopping INR 1.2 crore, while Shubman went to Kolkata Knight Riders for INR 1.8 crore. Shubman scored 203 runs from 11 games for KKR, while Prithvi made 245 runs in 9 matches for Delhi Capitals.As for their senior record for India, Prithvi made a stunning debut in Tests as he hit a century and became youngest Indian to do so. He went onto aggregate 237 runs in three innings at an average of 118.50 against the West Indies. Shubman has played only two one day internationals for India, although he did have scores of 7 and 9 – his promise as an Indian mainstay will not be judged on these two games.Master Blaster Tendulkar has come out in praise of the Prithvi and Shubman, saying that the pair should enjoy their cricket.”I’ve spoken about Prithvi earlier as well, having watched him bat in the nets as a little boy, all of 8-9 years of age, he had something special even back then. I knew instantly that he would play for India,” Tendulkar said in an interview with Timesofindia.com.advertisement”Shubman also played a crucial role in last year’s U-19 World Cup and has had a good domestic season, so both of them (Prithvi and Shubman) have a lot of potential. Having said that, these boys have just started playing for India and they should enjoy their cricket,” Tendulkar added.Earlier, Team India skipper Virat Kohli had praised Prithvi and Shubman, saying that he wasn’t even 10 per cent of what the youngsters are when he was of their age.Also Watch:last_img read more

Wealth on a plate

first_imgIntermittent fastingWith increasing success in helping drop sugar levels, better insulin working, rapid drops in cholesterol and triglycerides levels, getting people to eat in shorter windows of time has me stoked and pushing the plate for lesser food in lesser eating time windows. For centuries, we did not have food,Intermittent fastingWith increasing success in helping drop sugar levels, better insulin working, rapid drops in cholesterol and triglycerides levels, getting people to eat in shorter windows of time has me stoked and pushing the plate for lesser food in lesser eating time windows. For centuries, we did not have food on our plate in excess of one meal per day. Man survived and managed. We are gluttons today. I recommend that people begin to explore an eight-hour eating window. No more. Keep 12 hours between dinner and breakfast. Reduce carbs in your diet and add more fats. Good fats will help you remain full longer. Choose your protein wisely. Less is more. You will reduce your carbon footprint by eating more efficiently and become slimmer. Teff is the new super grain. Photo: ShutterstockTeff grainAs a sports nutritionist I have researched teff flour extensively. It is my choice of super food in 2019. I love it as it is high in resistant starch, a newly-discovered type of dietary fibre that can benefit diabetics, help lose weight and improve gut health. About 20-40 per cent of the carbohydrates in te. are resistant starches. Since I work with many elite athletes we are constantly looking to improve the energy in their meals for their performance, this works well. Oats need to move out as instant cooking oats are devoid of fibre and have a high glycemic index. Teff is the new age answer to a slimmer waist line and since I am a gluten free maniac, I just love an early morning teff porridge.advertisementOne meal fast for the lazyFast for an entire meal in a day and replace it with water. Say skip a dinner once a week. The human cells will begin to go into spring cleaning mode. While I do recommend a water fast for the novice, there will be veterans who can do a fast minus water as well. This dry fasting does have its scientific merits. I do recommend any new eating strategies be practised under guided advice and after getting a blood test done to monitor if that this new age idea actually works or harms you.Nutrigenomicsthe science of genes and your dietNutrition-based gene testing will be the new fashion statement to eating right in 2019. By discovering that my body does not process coffee, milk and gluten and removing these foods from my diet may have limited my choices, but it has altered my brain waves, sleep and energy patterns for the better. If a person can discover all their vitamin and mineral genes receptors readings, then the need for a multivitamin becomes obsolete. For example, a vitamin D and C deficient gene that do not work seem to have a correlation to lowered immunity. All a good nutritionist has to do is boost those foods, or recommend a good food supplement and changes are evident in weeks. Today people are happy to modify their behaviour and are open to accepting advice that will enrich their health.By Ryan FernandoRyan Fernando leads India’s largest team of nutritionists practicing at the Qua Nutrition Clinics across the country.last_img read more

MS Dhoni lucky to get away with small fine: Sanjay Manjrekar on IPL 2019 no-ball row

first_imgFormer India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has said MS Dhoni was “clearly out of the line” when he walked onto the pitch and confronted on-field umpires during Chennai Super Kings’ tense chase against Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 match on Thursday in Jaipur.MS Dhoni was fined 50 percent of his match fee after he was found in breach of IPL’s Code of Conduct. An IPL press release stated Dhoni had admitted to admitted to the Level 2 offence of the tournament’s Code of Conduct.”MS Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings captain, was fined 50 per cent of his match fees for breaching the VIVO Indian Premier League’s (IPL) Code of Conduct during his team’s match against Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur.””Mr Dhoni admitted to the Level 2 offence 2.20 of the IPL’s Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction,” the release said.Dhoni, in an uncharacteristic act, stormed onto the field at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium and had an intense argument with on-field umpire Ulhas Gandhe after the latter retracted a no-ball call during a tense Chennai Super Kings chase.Dhoni, who made a 43-ball 58, was dismissed off the previous ball by Ben Stokes. CSK had needed nine runs from the last three balls when Gandhe signalled a no-ball against Stokes before retracting his decision after leg-umpire Bruce Oxenford ruled out a waist-high no-ball.Miffed with Gandhe’s calls, Dhoni made his way into the middle and reasoned with the two on-field umpires after Ravindra Jadeja and Mitchell Santner were seen arguing with the umpire. Ben Stokes tried to calm things down but Dhoni was in no mood to listen to anyone. The CSK captain had to walk back disappointed as Gandhe stuck to his reverted decision.advertisementStressing Dhoni has escaped a sterner punishment, Manjrekar took to social media and wrote: “Have always been a big Dhoni admirer, but he was clearly out of line walking out like that. Lucky to get away with just a small fine.”Have always been a big Dhoni admirer, but he was clearly out of line walking out like that. Lucky to get away with just a small fine. #VIVOIPLSanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) April 12, 2019Manjrekar, who is a popular on-air commentator now, also pointed out that players are bossing the game a bit too much these days.”Have felt this for a while now, players just bossing the game too much these days, often to the detriment of it. Over rates, No day night Tests, just a couple of examples.”For a player who has been charged under a Level 2 offense (first offense), the range of permissible sanctions is: “The imposition of a fine of between 50-100% of applicable Match Fee and/or a suspension of up to two (2) Matches.”Chennai Super Kings though managed to gun down a 151-run target and extend their lead at the top of the IPL 2019 points table.Shedding light on Dhoni’s outburst at the umpires, CSK head coach Stephen Fleming said the celebrated India player wanted clarity about the no-ball call and thus entered the pitch.”MS was after some clarity and it didn’t seem to be coming. So, he took the opportunity to go out in there and discuss it with the umpires. That’s how I saw it and that’s how I discussed it with him afterward.”Meanwhile, Fleming also said that MS Dhoni will be questioned about Thursday’s outburst at the umpire for a “long, long time” but refused to be drawn into answering whether what the CSK captain did was right or wrong.”He only just wanted clarity. The rights and wrongs will be discussed by everybody, including Mahi (Dhoni), I’m sure. But, I think, it’ll be a discussion for the umpires afterward and I am a watcher as you guys are, for now.”Also Read | Unlike Captain Cool: MS Dhoni slammed for confronting umpire after no-ball controversyAlso See:last_img read more