Champions League: Regal Real Marid fight back to beat Napoli 3-1

first_imgCasemiro’s stunning volley crowned a superb display from Real Madrid, who fought back to beat Napoli 3-1 at the Bernabeu in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Wednesday.The Brazilian midfielder thundered a spectacular right-foot shot into the net early in the second half to complete Real’s comeback, adding to efforts either side of halftime from Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos. (Also read: Champions League: Whirlwind Bayern Munich rout sorry Arsenal)Napoli, the top scorers in Serie A, grabbed an early goal when Lorenzo Insigne spotted keeper Keylor Navas out of position to curl the ball home from distance, but when Real clicked into gear they created chances at will.Holders Real, who are chasing a 12th European title and eying a seventh straight quarter-final appearance, will travel to Naples for the return leg on March 7. (Also read: Champions League: Birthday boy Angel Di Maria celebrates as Paris Saint-Germain thrash Barcelona)”We’ll go there to a difficult ground where we’ll suffer and it’s still an open game,” Real coach Zinedine Zidane told reporters.”We need to go there and finish it off with our 3-1 advantage.”Real were defending an enviable home record in the Champions League, having gone 11 games undefeated at the Bernabeu, but were facing a Napoli side in form, unbeaten in their last 18 matches in all competitions.The hosts were at the throats of their opponents within moments of the kickoff as Benzema forced a reflex save from Pepe Reina with barely 20 seconds on the clock.advertisementAt that point it looked like it could be a long evening for Napoli, but the Italians were in no mood to lie down and took the lead to cap a frenetic opening after eight minutes.Insigne was fed through by Marek Hamsik and spotted Real keeper Navas out of position. Quick as a flash and with two defenders closing in, he bent a shot into the corner from 35 metres.The lead lasted 10 minutes as Real drew level when Dani Carvajal’s arrowed cross was headed powerfully into the net by Benzema, his 51st Champions League goal, lifting him into fifth on the all-time scorers list.The remainder of the half was spent mainly in Napoli territory as Real continued to press, with Cristiano Ronaldo blasting over after being set free by Luka Modric and Benzema clipping the outside of the post when through on goal.Their dominance, however, was rewarded four minutes after the restart as Ronaldo skipped to the byline and pulled it back for Kroos on the edge of the box to sidefoot calmly past Reina.Four minutes later Casemiro took the game, and perhaps the tie, away from Napoli with a stunning right-foot volley from 25 metres that left Reina flailing.”We faced the best team in the world, but it’s a pity that we made so many mistakes with the ball because we usually don’t do that,” said Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri.”The return leg? We will try to win 2-0, but I don’t think Madrid would agree with that.”last_img read more

One loss doesnt mean series is lost, says Tendulkar

first_imgNew Delhi, Feb 26 (PTI) Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar today threw his weight behind the beleaguered Indian team and said that the Virat Kohli-led side will bounce back from the embarrassing defeat against Australia in the first Test in Pune. India lost to Australia by a huge 333-run margin in the first Test failing to score even 110 runs in both innings. Tendulkar, who flagged off the New Delhi Marathon here this morning, said that four-match Test series is still wide open. “Coming to India-Australia Test series, it was a tough Test match for us. But it is a part and parcel of the game. The loss (in the first Test) does not mean that the series is lost, the series is still wide open,” Tendulkar told reporters after flagging off the marathon race. “Knowing the spirit of the Indian team I know that they will fight back hard. Australian team also knows about it because when we beat them, we also knew that they are going to come back at us really hard. I have no doubt that the Indian team is going to come back and compete hard,” he added. Tendulkar said tough moments come in every team and sportspersons career and that makes sports interesting. “There are good moments and there are tough moments but it is all about how you stand back on your feet again and start competing. That is what makes the sport interesting. That is what sportspersons play for,” said Tendulkar who retired from international cricket in 2013 on pile of records, including an incredible 100 centuries. Talking about the IDBI Federal Life Insurance New Delhi Marathon, he said, “The positive thing about having this marathon is getting everyone more engaged, more involved and lead a better healthy lifestyle. There is so much enthusiasm among the people of Delhi who participated. “There were some special kids who were taking part on wheelchair. Hats off to their commitment and their grit. They were looking to break their own records and that is really inspiring. In spite of these huge challenges, they were willing to go out and show the spirit. “This is something for all of us to learn. All in all the response has been good and it is all about leading a better lifestyle. I hope that with the support of the people, this event gets bigger and bigger,” concluded Tendulkar, who is also a Rajya Sabha member. PTI PDS KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Lethal PSG stay in title race with 5-1 rout of Marseille

first_imgParis St Germain stayed in the hunt for a fifth successive French league title after ruthless finishing gave them an impressive 5-1 win at old rivals Olympique Marseille on Sunday.The result left PSG second in Ligue 1 with 59 points from 27 games, three behind leaders Monaco and ahead of third-place Nice on goal difference.It also stretched their unbeaten record in all competitions to 15 matches and handed them a 12th win out of 14 against Marseille, with the other two games drawn. (Luis Enrique says Barcelona future unaffected by PSG thrashing)The fervent atmosphere generated by home fans in Stade Velodrome only seemed to galvanise Paris St Germain, who outplayed Marseille in all departments and could have easily won by a bigger margin.Brazilian centre back Marquinhos headed them into a sixth-minute lead after midfielder Marco Verratti floated a lovely free kick into the box and Thiago Silva steered the ball into his compatriot’s path.Striker Edinson Cavani continued his rich vein of form with a superbly dinked finish 10 minutes later, beating goalkeeper Yohann Pele after a delightful exchange between Verratti and Javier Pastore sent him clear.Slack defending by Marseille allowed forward Lucas Moura to slot home the third from close range shortly after the break and substitute Julian Draxler piled more misery on Marseille on the hour. (Champions League: Birthday boy Angel Di Maria celebrates as Paris Saint-Germain thrash Barcelona)The German midfielder rounded off a swift move after right back Thomas Meunier raced down his flank and delivered a perfect low cross into the five-yard box.advertisementDefender Rod Fanni pulled one back with a fine finish before the hard-working Blaise Matuidi blasted in Paris St Germain’s fifth with a fierce shot from the edge of the penalty area.Many Marseiile fans left the ground well before the final whistle as PSG looked likely to score every time they came forward.last_img read more

Liverpool appoints Peter Moore new CEO

first_imgLiverpool football club on Tuesday appointed Peter Moore, the Electronic Arts Sports chief competition officer, its new chief executive officer.According to the club website, the Englishman, 61, is a lifelong fan of the Reds and will replace Ian Ayre in June before the start of the 2017-18 season, reports Efe. (Also read: Leicester’s Jamie Vardy keen to build on Liverpool display)Moore spent nearly 10 years at EA Sports in which he held a number of leadership positions, including chief operating officer and president of the video game giant company.He previously held senior roles with Microsoft, SEGA and Reebok while he received his degree from Keele University in the UK as well as a MA from California State University.last_img

Katy Perry googles herself when she feels insecure

first_imgLos Angeles, Apr 7 (PTI) Katy Perry has revealed that she googles herself when she feels insecure.The 32-year-old singer took to Instagram where she posted a screenshot from her search where she used the keywords “Katy Perry hot”.”Was feeling insecure about my last two posts so,” Perry captioned the picture, which showed the songstress dolled up in cutoffs-and-bra working in a kitchen.The “Chained To The Rhythm” singer had earlier shared two posts on social media and in one of them she could be seen getting a jaw massage.Perry captioned it, “When your roll-in calls with your A and R but trying to massage the stress out your jaw at the same time cause everything is coming to a head. (Scroll right for full trauma)”She shared an old picture where she can be seen sitting in a computer chair.”Im proud to announce the cover for my 4th album! Happy April Fools! Been plotting in the same type of sports bra from my IM and laminated calendar since 99 Its all about the long game…” wrote Perry. PTI RDS BKlast_img read more

Hollywood villains often sport skin diseases: study

first_imgHouston, Apr 10 (PTI) Classic Hollywood villains – such as Darth Vader and Hannibal Lecter – sport facial scarring, deep wrinkles and warts, contributing to prejudice against people suffering from skin diseases, a new study has found.Researchers from University of Texas in the US analysed the dermatological features of top 10 classic movie villains and compared them with those of 10 classic movie heroes.The top villains included Dr Hannibal Lecter – The Silence of the Lambs, Darth Vader – The Empire Strikes Back, The Queen – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Regan MacNeil – The Exorcist and The Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz.The heroes included Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird, Indiana Jones of Raiders of the Lost Ark, James Bond from Dr No and Rocky Balboa from Rocky.They found that 60 per cent of the villains had noticeable dermatological features, compared with none of the heroes. The dermatologic conditions among villains were hair loss in three villains, dark circles under the eyes in three villains, deep wrinkles on the face in two villains, multiple facial scars in two villains, warts on the face in two villains and Rhinophyma – a bulbous nose in one villain.Besides subtle facial scars in two of the top 10 heroes, none of the heroes had significant dermatological features, Live Science reported.Use of skin features to contrast good and evil characters “may foster a tendency toward prejudice in our society directed at those with skin disease,” researchers said.advertisementThe results show Hollywoods tendency to depict skin disease in an evil context, the implications of which extend beyond the theatre and contribute to misunderstanding of skin diseases among the general public, they said.The study was published in the journal JAMA Dermatology. PTI APA MHN SAR MHNlast_img read more

Attention nonprofits: this is how to tell a story

first_imgI’m getting ready to move house today and tomorrow. I’ve been feeling a little stressed about it all. Then I got an email from Mark Horvath, a formerly homeless person who now chronicles the lives of the homeless. And I got perspective (I’m lucky to have a home). And I got inspired.THIS is how you tell an amazing story. A few words, a few pictures, a transformative experience. All we need now is a call to action. One would be to hire Mark, who is funding his efforts out of his own pocket while unemployed! Follow him on Twitter!Just yesterday, I was lamenting a lame piece on homelessness on the radio. That what the “what not to do.” Today, we get the “how-to.”I always like to call a good story three-way communication. Old nonprofit marketing is one-way – we talk at people. New nonprofit marketing is two-way – it is a conversation. Stories are three-way – they include the story teller and the audience both in the experience and transport them both to a third place, a shared experience, together. Please, do that as much as you can.last_img read more

A short film that can end with you

first_imgHow about a video that stars your organization? The four-minute film, A Declaration of Interdependence (shown below), features a montage of videos and graphics submitted by people from around the world talking about our connections to each other. Thanks to a program funded by the Bezos Family Foundation, you can submit your logo, website, and call to action, such as signing a petition, fundraising, or volunteer recruitment. It will be added to the end and voila – your own film.Declaration of Interdependence is the first film in new series of shorts directed by Tiffany Shlain with support from the foundation. Organizations that would like to create a customized video can visit Let It Ripple for more information. You can also email their 80 character call to action, organizational logo (with a transparent or black background) and URL to sawyer (at) moxieinstitute.orgThe film is directed bylast_img read more

Nonprofit Spotlight: April

first_imgOur Nonprofit of the Week spotlight helps us recognize some of the shining stars of the Network for Good community. During the month of April we celebrated organizations working to honor WWII veterans, theatres bringing great art to their communities, a health clinic in rural Nicaragua, and a coalition of women innovating in central Ohio. Check out the great things these organizations are doing to better their communities:Honor Flight Capital Region provides DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia World War II veterans with trips to view their memorial and experience a special day of honor and remembrance. By bringing together hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers to greet veterans, Honor Flight Capital Region ensures that those that served and sacrificed during WWII get the thanks they deserve at the memorials built in their honor. The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio empowers the women and girls of Central Ohio to give of their time and money to celebrate, elevate, and educate women in their community and beyond. By making grants to local organizations, the Women’s Fund supports programs that drive at the root cause of issues to create long-term solutions. Long Wharf Theatre brings world-renowned theatre experiences to the New Haven area. With unique productions, they aim to start conversations and advance the art of live theatre. Their current production, The Shadow of the Hummingbird, has received high praise and national attention but is only one of 6 distinct productions they’re staging this season. Clinica Verde has created a beautiful, sustainable, and most importantly, effective health center in Boaco, Nicaragua. By focusing on the community’s needs and a holistic approach to individual care, CV is creating a prototype for community and health centers across an impoverished nation.Forum Theatre aims to bring adventurous plays that inspire and challenge their audience while still being “accessible, affordable and entertaining.” By being actively engaged in developing the skills of local artists, Forum Theatre truly enriches the greater Washington, DC area’s artistic community. Join us in thanking these amazing causes and keep up with the latest Nonprofit of the Week by following us on Facebook or Twitter.last_img read more

Griezmann: I get more stressed playing Fortnite!

first_imgAntoine Griezmann says he experiences more stress playing Fortnite than he does when he is attempting to score a goal.The French forward has long been a fan of the videogame, incorporating dances from Fortnite as celebrations after scoring.He memorably performed the “Take the L” dance from the game at the World Cup as he guided France to glory in Russia this past summer. 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! While the forward kept his cool all through his team’s push to the World Cup trophy, Griezmann says he finds it more difficult to keep a level head while playing Fortnite.”Ahh I think it’s the Victory Royale,” Griezmann told Oh My Goal when asked to compare scoring goals to winning a game of Fortnite.”I’m more stressed trying to get a Victory Royale than when I’m in the penalty area. I think [Fortnite] is tougher.”Griezmann has continued to fire throughout the La Liga season, scoring 12 goals while providing seven assists in league play this term. He’s also helped guide Atletico Madrid closer to a spot in the Champions League quarter-finals as the Spanish side topped Juventus 2-0 in the opening leg to seal a massive advantage.Asked to assemble his dream five-a-side team, Griezmann leaned on one of his Atletico Madrid team-mates, fellow French stars and one legend to construct his squad.”I’d go with Ousmane Dembele and I would say NG, N’Golo Kante, because you never lose when he’s on your team,” Griezmann said. “I would take Godin because he always finds a way to cheat and win!”I’ve picked three, right? With me, that’s four. And the last person, David Beckham. No goalkeeper. An open goal!”Griezmann and Atletico Madrid are back in action on Sunday against the forward’s former club, Real Sociedad, before facing Leganes after that.Then comes the pivotal match with Juventus as Atleti travel to Turin to take on the Serie A champions.last_img read more

Freelancers, Let’s Own The Next Economy

first_imgYou are powering tomorrow’s economy and you might not even realize it.Every time you rent a room on Airbnb, hail a car on Uber, or, um, share your leftover pizza on LeftOver Swap, you’re participating in a dynamic new economy that is changing the way we think of everything we own. It’s called the “sharing economy,” and it’s not only a new way of doing business, it may actually be the future of business.But as our founder Sara Horowitz pointed out, every time the big brands make all the headlines, it’s easy to forget that apps, investors, and regulators aren’t the real story.Who drives the cars? Who hosts people in their houses? Who rents out their lawnmowers?Who drives the cars? Who hosts people in their houses? Who rents out their lawnmowers?All of these things are done thousands of times a day, all over the country, by independent workers — a group of people who own and rent their own assets, set their own schedules, and file good-ol’ 1099s. So stand up, freelancers: you are making tomorrow’s economy happen today.But there’s still more to the story.This isn’t about new sharing platforms made in Silicon Valley, it’s about what we can build together. Sara said it best: “The sharing economy is a mindset, not an app.”The sharing mindset is about trusting strangers. It’s about cooperation and working together. And it’s about making the most of what you have. It’s a worldview rooted in the same entrepreneurial spirit that fuels all independent workers. Everything you own can be rented out as a side gig as long as you have someone you can share it with. It’s capitalism served with a side of collaboration.But the sharing mindset doesn’t just have to benefit a few people in Silicon Valley and Tribeca. Instead, we can take what’s at the heart of the “sharing economy” and work together to make a true positive difference.How?Freelancers already make money from participating in the sharing economy. But we can “own” the sharing economy by creating collectives with other freelancers, which would mean profits go to local economies, not big investors. We can connect with one another, build new communities, and strengthen local economies – which is good for everyone.Think this sounds like it can’t be done? Well, guess what: people are already doing it. And we’re going to be featuring more of those people on this blog.The sky’s the limit. These social changes aren’t just on the horizon, they’re already happening. The way the entrepreneurial community of Detroit has responded to the city’s woes is a great example.The sharing economy is redefining how business is being done, and independent workers are a major part of the equation. We now live in a world where anyone with a smartphone can have an instant side gig, and that’s a good thing. Not only is the entrepreneurial spirit alive and well, it’s becoming commonplace.Now let’s take it to the next level.last_img read more

US Open: Juan Martin del Potro knocks out Roger Federer to set up semi-final vs Rafael Nadal

first_imgSo much for the first U.S. Open matchup between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.Federer failed to live up to his end of the bargain.Hours after Nadal did his part with an easy-as-can-be victory to get to the semifinals at Flushing Meadows, Federer was unable to join him for what would have been the most-anticipated showdown of the entire two weeks, wasting chances to take control and missing makable shots in a 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4 loss to 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro on Wednesday night.Federer entered the quarterfinals with an 18-0 Grand Slam record this season, including titles at the Australian Open and Wimbledon to raise his record count to 19 major championships.But he tweaked his back at a tournament last month, curtailing his preparation for the U.S. Open, and he was not quite at his best for stretches. He needed five sets to win each of his first two matches – and Wednesday, he succumbed to the same formula of massive forehands and booming serves that del Potro used when he upset Federer in the final eight years ago.Before the tournament began, Nadal was honest as can be when asked whether he hoped to face Federer at the only Grand Slam tournament where they’ve never met.The answer, the No. 1-seeded Nadal said earnestly, was no – because he’d rather go up against someone easier to beat.Well, as it turns out, he’ll go up against del Potro on Friday, when the other semifinal features two men who have never been this far at any major: No. 12 Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain vs. No. 28 Kevin Anderson of South Africa.advertisementNadal, who has won two of his 15 Grand Slam trophies in New York, overwhelmed 19-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals, then had to wait hours to see what Federer would do under the lights.Arthur Ashe Stadium was packed, and both men had loud groups of supporters. Federer’s fans would cheer for del Potro’s faults, considered bad etiquette in tennis. Del Potro’s faction would break into raucous, soccer-style songs of “Ole, ole, ole, ole! Del-po! Del-po!””Well, I think it’s my home court, too,” del Potro said in an on-court interview.The 2-hour, 51-minute contest was filled with some sublime shotmaking by each player, and some real moments of shakiness for the 36-year-old Federer, whose forehand in particular was problematic. The turning point was the third-set tiebreaker, which Federer was a single point from winning on four occasions.At 6-4, del Potro hammered a good return that caught Federer off-guard, resulting in a forehand into the net. At 6-5, del Potro delivered a service winner. At 7-6 – set up by a double-fault from del Potro – Federer missed a backhand, and his wife, Mirka, put her hands to her temples, before standing to offer encouragement. At 8-7, Federer’s fourth and last set point, del Potro hit a huge forehand winner.That began a run of three points in a row for del Potro to claim that set, the last when Federer pushed a backhand volley long.The suspense in the fourth set was brief: At 2-all, Federer dumped an overhead into the bottom of the net to gift a third break point of the game, which del Potro converted with a stinging cross-court backhand return winner to nose ahead for good.Del Potro showed no ill effects from his three-and-a-half hour, five-set comeback victory in the fourth round – or the illness that’s been bothering him and had the 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) Argentine coughing into a towel late in the second set. His forehands were powerful and precise, including one reflex pass hit so hard and so close to Federer’s head that he ducked out of the way.Federer was uncharacteristically off at moments, including a very bad forehand volley that was way off the mark and set up del Potro’s match point.Nadal, meanwhile, strolled past the 53rd-ranked Rublev.”He gave me a lesson,” acknowledged Rublev, the youngest U.S. Open quarterfinalist since Andy Roddick in 2001.Rublev didn’t put up much of a fight, with seven double-faults among his 43 unforced errors.”I will try now to practice harder to improve everything for the next time if we play each other,” Rublev said, “to try to compete better.”Truth is, the way Nadal is playing at the moment, few would be able to offer much in the way of a challenge.He has won his past three matches in straight sets, his uppercut of a forehand at its dangerous best.advertisement”He’s been playing better and better every day,” said Carlos Moya, the 1998 French Open champion who is helping coach Nadal. “The last couple of matches have been very good. He is confident. He had a few doubts at the beginning of the tournament that I believe now are gone and he is able to play his best tennis.”last_img read more

Ian Botham ‘100 percent wrong’ over Paul Coughlin move, says Andrew Strauss

first_imgAll-rounder Paul Coughlin did not move to Nottinghamshire because the county’s director of cricket Mick Newell is also an England selector, England cricket boss Andrew Strauss said.Durham chairman Ian Botham expressed his frustration after the 24-year-old Coughlin signed a three-year contract with Nottinghamshire after rejecting a new deal with his side. The former England all-rounder said the decision could have been influenced by Newell’s position.England director of cricket Strauss said Botham would be wrong to imply there was a conflict of interest and that players who swap counties only consider the quality of teams and the chance to further their careers.”He (Botham) is 100 percent wrong if he’s implying that (Coughlin) has gone there on the back of one of our selectors saying he’s got a better chance of playing for England coming to my county,” Strauss told British media.”They won’t say that. And if they did, that would be a problem. If players are going to move, they are thinking about the quality of the club, their chances of playing and how that might further their chances of playing for England.”I don’t think the fact an England selector might be a director of cricket influences their decision.”last_img read more

Ranji Trophy: Ishant Sharma shines vs Assam, Himachal’s Prashant Chopra hits double ton against Punjab

first_imgHimachal Pradesh opener Prashant Chopra cracked an unbeaten 271 while veteran Paras Dogra remained undefeated on 99 to help the hill state reach a mammoth 459/2 against Punjab on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy 2017-18 Group D match at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala on Friday.Chopra blasted 37 boundaries besides hitting a sixer in his 289-ball effort as Himachal also rode on skipper Sumeet Verma’s 120-ball 79 to decimate Punjab on a pitch that assisted the pace bowlers earlier in the day.Meanwhile, in Group A, India pacer Ishant Sharma shone with the ball to help Delhi restrict Assam to 224/7 on the opening day of their Ranji clash at the Feroz Shah Kotla here.Ishant returned with figures of (3/31) after Delhi opted to field after winning the toss.For Assam, skipper Gokul Sharma (51) and Swarupam Purkayastha (57 not out) were the main contributors as the top order comprising the likes of Pallavkumar Das (18), Rishav Das (14) and Sibsankar Roy (11) failed to capitalise on their starts.At stumps, pacer Abu Nechim Ahmed was unbeaten on a 28-ball 27 along with Purkayastha.Delhi skipper Ishant was complemented well by his new ball partner Navdeep Saini (1/39), pacer Kulwant Khejroliya (1/46) and off-spin duo of Pulkit Narang (1/39) and Nitish Rana (1/23).In other Group A matches, the Railways were bundled out for a paltry 182 before Uttar Pradesh ended the day on 9/0 at the Ekana International Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.Electing to bat, Ashish Yadav top-scored for the Railways with a patient 53 before the UP bowlers led by Ankit Rajpoot (3/30), Zeeshan Ansari (3/78) broke the backbone of the visitors’ line-up. Skipper Suresh Raina also contributed with two wickets with his gentle off-spin.advertisementIn the third match of the group, rains forced abandonment of the first day’s play between Hyderabad and Maharashtra at the Gymkhana Ground in Hyderabad.In Group B, half centuries from Prerak Mankad (68) and wicketkeeper-bat Sheldon Jackson (51) lifted Saurashtra to 271/7 at the end of the first day’s play against Haryana.Pacer Ashish Hooda (4/59) shone with the cherry for the hosts at the Chaudhary Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium at Lahli.In another Group B tie, Kerala off-spinner Jalaj Saxena (6/50) decimated Jharkhand’s batting to restrict them to 200/9 at the stumps on the opening day at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram.Wicket-keeper Ishan Kishan provided some resistance with the willow, scoring a 100-ball 45 for the visitors.In the other match of the group, Robin Bist’s (105) brilliant century provided the momentum for Rajasthan to score 249/4 against Jammu and Kashmir at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.For the hosts, Ashok Menaria (69) and opener Amitkumar Gautam (51) also contributed with classy half tons.In Group C, skipper Devendra Bundela missed his 27th first class ton by just one run but helped Madhya Pradesh to a comfortable 268/5 at stumps against Baroda at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore.Shubham Sharma (88 not out) was at the crease when the bails were dislodged for the day.The first day’s play of the Group C match between Odisha and Tripura was washed out without a single ball being bowled at the Vikas Cricket Ground in Cuttack.In another Group C tie at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, the star-studded Tamil Nadu side folded for a paltry 176 against Andhra Pradesh before the visitors reached 8/0 at stumps.Baba Aparajith was the top scorer for the hosts with a valiant 137-ball 51 as Andhra’s duo fo Bhargav Bhatt (4/52) and Prithvi Raj (3/39) ripped apart the Tamil Nadu batting.In Group D, skipper Mohammed Kaif’s patient 129-ball unbeaten 49 helped Chhattisgarh reach 189/5 at stumps on day 1 against Goa at Porvorim. Wicket-keeper Manoj Singh was unbeaten on 31 when the bails were removed for the day.In another Group D tie, Bengal rode on Sudip Chatterjee’s unbeaten 114 to score a healthy 341/3 at stumps against the Services at the Palam A Stadium here.For the tourists, the opening duo of Abhimanyu Easwaran (65) and Abhishek Raman (40) gave a flying start before Chatterjee and skipper Manoj Tiwary (69) stamped their authority in the match.At stumps, India Test keeper Wriddhiman Saha (32 not out) was at the crease with Chatterjee.last_img read more

Australian Open: Rohan Bopanna-Timea Babos cruise into pre-quarters

first_imgRohan Bopanna and his Hungarian partner Tímea Babos reached the pre-quarterfinals of mixed doubles at the Australian Open with a straight sets victory in their last-32 clash on Sunday.The Indo-Hungarian pair brushed aside the duo of Ellen Perez and Andrew Whittington 6-2, 6-4 on the Margaret Court Arena.The two will next face the pair of Vania King and Franko Skugor in the last 16 clash.The Indo-Hungarian duo debuting as a team in href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/AusOpen?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#AusOpen@rohanbopanna @TimeaBabos pic.twitter.com/dgWBaY56oZ— Ashish TV (@Ashish__TV) January 21, 2018King and Skugor had already reached the pre-quarters by seeing off the Australian pair of Anastasia Rodionova and J. Smith.(With ANI inputs)last_img

I-League: Aizawl FC fined three lakh by AIFF for crowd violence

first_imgAll India Football Federation (AIFF) disciplinary committee fined Aizawl FC Rs three lakh for crowd violence during their home match against Mohun Bagan on January 25.The five-member disciplinary committee headed by lawyer Usha Nath Banerjee found Aizawl FC (AFC) “guilty” and said they must pay the fine before their match against Indian Arrows on February 23.WATCH”After considering and evaluating all the aspects and hearing the president of AFC (Robert Royte), who was present, the committee has come to the decision that Aizawl FC be treated as guilty for spectator violence for the match between Aizawl FC and Mohun Bagan, played at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium on January 25, 2018,” the AIFF said in a statement.”In view of the fact as could be verified and seen, the team manager of AFC Hmingthan Sanga found guilty of raising his fist addressed to the referee. As because there was lack of evidence against the reported utterings of foul languages by the coach and assistant coach of Aizawl FC, the committee is not in a comfortable zone to impose any punishment or hold them guilty,” the statement added.”Based on this, Aizawl FC have been imposed with a fine of INR 3 lakhs. Taking into account its dimension, size and volume of finance which they have, the fine could have been much more. Considering the nature and functioning of Aizawl FC, the committee sympathetically reduced the fine. It has also been done because the President of Aizawl FC clearly and specifically admitted in a very candid way that there was a total wrong on the part of the spectators, they could not have reacted in a violent way and the referee’s decision is always final and it should have been respected by everyone.”advertisementThe fine comes with a specific direction. Aizawl will have to ensure complete safety and security at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium for the next matches.This includes ensuring closed enclosures for spectators and appropriate police arrangements to the satisfaction of the AIFF at least 48 hours prior to the next match on February 23.They will have to give an undertaking in writing to the AIFF stating that they will be responsible for security and peace at the stadium. If there is any default, the AIFF has been instructed to hold the next or any other subsequent match behind closed doors.”The team manager has been imposed with a four-match suspension with immediate effect including a stadium ban. The fine has to be submitted before the next match,” the AIFF statement said.On being asked if Aizawl FC will appeal against the AIFF’s decision, club president Robert Royte replied: “Maybe, there are a lot of people associated with the club so I need to consult them first before appealing.”The match, played in Aizawl, had finished 1-1, with irate home fans venting their ire on the away side by hurling bottles and two days later, Mohun Bagan had lodged an official complaint.The AIFF has also revoked the suspension of Chennai City FC’s Edwin Vanspaul who was mistakenly given a red card by referee Akash Jackson Routh at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Coimbatore during a match against Mohun Bagan.”Edwin Vanspaul red card has been revoked – It was a mistake on the part of the referee, therefore we have revoked that suspension,” Banerjee said.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

Winter Olympics 2018: Short track speed skating star Elise Christie taken to hospital

first_imgBritain’s medal hope Elise Christie was rushed to the hospital after she crashed in the Women’s 1500m final of short track speed skating event at the Winter Olympics 2018.Four years ago British short track skating hope Elise Christie crashed or was disqualified in all three events at the Sochi Olympics, blaming everyone but herself along the way, and it was deja vu in Pyeongchang on Tuesday after another final disaster.Christie, the 500 metres world record holder who set two Olympic records over the distance in qualifying this week, slid off the track while trailing in fourth in the five-woman final without ever working herself into a position to win it.Italy’s Arianna Fontana took gold – having won five previous medals of a different hue – and after second-place finisher Choi Minjeong of South Korea was disqualified, Yara van Kerkhof of the Netherlands took silver and Canadian Kim Boutin bronze. Elise Christie was stretchered off after the crash (Reuters Photo)Christie, who bounced back from her triple Sochi setback to claim three world titles in the harum scarum sport last year, was left wondering, crying and blaming.Her hopes had ended when Van Kerkhof caught her grounded hand a lap and a half from the end as the Briton desperately tried to make up ground following a stuttering start that left her in fourth place for most of the race.Minutes later, as Fontana celebrated, Christie struggled to speak to a series of TV interviewers through floods of tears.”I was knocked over, I didn’t fall on my own. I’ve worked so hard for the 500 and it was taken away from me,” said the Scot whose first DQ in Sochi was for knocking into Fontana. “I got crashed into in the semi and so got lane four (for the final)…I know it’s short track and you have to prepare for his but it hurts.advertisement”It’s out of my control. I got knocked over and that’s that. When it’s something you’ve worked on, for someone to knock you over, it seems so unfair….at least I can go home and think I didn’t make any mistakes but it still sucks.” In Sochi and its aftermath Christie was similarly keen to lay the blame elsewhere, despite getting herself into a bad position in the third race – leading to her disqualification – with the same tactics she used in the first. She was also disqualified from her second race for inexplicably moving too far infield at the finish and missing the line.At the time she said she received abuse on social media and for a long while said she considered giving up the sport.But she fought back well to establish herself among the world’s best and one of Britain’s few realistic medal hopes in Pyeongchang.Christie, who also raced in the Vancouver Olympics and is a 10-times European champion, can still deliver on that front but was not in the mood to think about it too much on Tuesday. “Hopefully, I can come back again, I can reset, I’ve got a week until my best distance (she races over 1000m and 1,500m),” she said. “But right now I can’t see living with this feeling.”(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

IPL 2018 to start from April 7 in Mumbai, final on May 27

first_imgThe 11th edition of the Indian Premier League will get underway in Mumbai From April 7. The final will also be held in Mumbai from May 27.The IPL Governing Council met in New Delhi on Monday and also agreed to change the timings of the IPL matches from this year. The afternoon matches will start at 5.30 PM instead of 4 PM while the evening matches will commence at 7 PM instead of 8 PM.The change also means the timings of both matches will clash on double-headers over the weekends. “By and large, the IPL governing council has accepted the proposal of the broadcasters to change the timings,” IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla said.It was decided the opening ceremony will take place on April 6.Meanwhile, Kings XI Punjab will host four of their home matches in Mohali and three in Indore.A decision on Rajasthan Royals’ home matches will be taken on January 24 after a court order. If the court order does not go in favour of RR, they will play their home matches in Pune.The mega auctions of the 2018 IPL will be held in Bengaluru on January 27 and 28. As many as 578 players will go under the hammer over the weekend.The likes of Ben Stokes, Mitchell Starc, Chris Gayle, R Ashwin, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Joe Root and Ajinkya Rahane have been named in two sets of marquee players for the auction.Chennai Super Kings and Royals, who are returning to the IPL after serving a two-year suspension would be keen on retaining the core of their sides. CSK signed up MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja, three of their biggest superstars while the Royals retained only Steve Smith.advertisementMeanwhile, Kolkata Knight Riders, who retained only West Indians Sunil Narine and Andre Russell, would look to build from scratch as they did not retain Gambhir, who led them to two IPL titles.Royal Challengers Bangalore retained skipper Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Sarfaraz Khan while Delhi Daredevils retained Rishabh Pant and Chris Morris.Sunrisers Hyderabad have retained David Warner and Bhuvneshwar Kumar while Kings XI Punjab retained only Axar Patel.last_img read more

Fletcher should get credit for Indian crickets smooth transition: Kirsten

first_imgBy Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, Apr 21 (PTI) Handling a transition phase for any successful unit is a challenge in itself and thats why the Indian cricket teams most successful former head coach, Gary Kirsten, feels that Duncan Fletcher played a “huge role” during his four-year tenure, which has now become a footnote. Fletcher took over from Kirsten after Indias 2011 World Cup triumph and in the next four years saw doyens of Indian cricket such as Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan walk into the sunset. “I think Duncan Fletcher and MS Dhoni played a huge role in creating an environment for young players to thrive. This has really helped younger players to deal with the trials and tribulations of international competition,” Kirsten told PTI during an interaction. Statistics are normally the yardstick to judge on-field or coaching performances and Kirsten feels often a lot of intangibles are not taken into account. “Not every environment is suited to ones coaching style and philosophy. Although coaches are measured by the results of a team, the bigger picture often reflects what kind of an impact a coach had on a player. “We as coaches often take more pleasure out of watching individuals thrive under ones leadership,” Kirsten was replying to a question about not being able to replicate his success as international coach in the franchise cricket. Kirsten had a forgettable tenure with Delhi Daredevils and now he is with the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. “Winning games often just buys a coach more time to be able to have positive influence on individuals within the group,” opined Kirsten.advertisement Apart from his IPL commitment, Kirsten is partnering with Grassroots Sports Academy to offer state-of-the-art coaching to aspiring youngsters. “I am excited about partnering up with Grassroots Sports Academy to offer a coaching service to those who not only play for enjoyment but also have aspirations to play at a higher level. “We are not necessarily different to other coaching businesses, but Im also aware there are many many cricket players in India,” he said about his academy Gary Kirsten Cricket conducting trials between April 23 and May 18 across various Indian cities. Kirsten said that if someone really talented is spotted, he might be taken for a stint at his high performance academy in South Africa. “I will be around as often as my schedule allows but we will be setting up a coaching structure which will include many Indian coaches, who reach the GKC coaching standards.” The hunt will also be held in Bangalore (April 28 and 29), Pune (May 2 and 3), Delhi (May 10-11), Chennai (May 14-15) and Jaipur (May 17 and 18). Six players from each city will be invited to Pune for a weekend training programme in July. Following this, three players out of 36 will be given a scholarship for a two-month residential High-Performance Camp worth Rs 2 lakhs each. PTI KHS KHS AH AHlast_img read more