Australia have named uncapped all-rounder Hilton Cartwright and thrown Glenn Maxwell a lifeline in a 14-man squad for a three-match one-day international series against New Zealand next month.Selectors have also recalled front-line pace bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood after the pair were omitted from an under-strength squad humiliated 5-0 during their tour of South Africa.Western Australia all-rounder Cartwright, who was born in Zimbabwe, impressed during the recent Australia A series against India in Queensland.Interim chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said on Wednesday they had been watching the 24-year-old’s development.Hilton bowls useful aggressive medium-pace and is a very good striker of the ball,?? said Hohns in a media release.He is an exciting young prospect for Australian cricket and we have been watching him at the pathway level for some time now.”Mercurial all-rounder Maxwell returns from the international wilderness after being ignored for the tour of South Africa following a lean run with the bat.Selectors were criticised by former players and pundits for sending a second-string pace unit on that tour but have picked a strong squad for the home matches against New Zealand in Sydney (Dec. 4), Canberra (6th) and Melbourne (9th).Paceman Pat Cummins, who has endured a wretched run of injuries since his 2011 debut against South Africa, is back in the international frame for the first time in 14 months.”It is fantastic to see Pat back in Australian colours again,” said Hohns. “It has been a frustrating period for him but we are certainly excited to have him fit and firing ahead of this series.”advertisementHohns’ ODI squad will go some way to deflecting the fierce criticism heaped on selectors in recent months for failing to pick the nation’s best players in short format series.South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis said the 5-0 whitewash left “scars” on the Australians and gave the Proteas a huge boost of confidence before they wrapped up the ongoing three-Test series against the same opponents with a game in hand.The third and final Test starts in Adelaide on Thursday.Squad:Steve Smith (capt), David Warner, George Bailey, Hilton Cartwright, Pat Cummins, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa
Mumbai, Nov 28 (PTI) An Indian team would be taking part in the inaugural Asian girls U-18 rugby sevens championship to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from November 30 to December 1. This is the first time a girls U-18 team would be competing in an international rugby event, a media release said today. The team is supported by Societe Generale, the financial partner of Rugby India, and would be participating under the aegis of the Indian Rugby Football Union (IRFU), the governing body for the sport in the country. A total of six countries from across Asia – comprising Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Sri Lanka, India and hosts UAE – would participate in the event, the release added. Speaking about the team, Mahesh Mathai, secretary general of Rugby India, said, “This is the first time an Indian girls under-18 team is participating in an Asian rugby event. It is encouraging to see rugby growing at a rapid rate in India, particularly amongst the women.” The squad: Sumitra Nayak (captain, Odisha), Ruchi Shetty (vice-captain, Maharashtra), Basanti Pangi, Manjulata Pradhan (both Odisha), Krutuja Manglurkar (Maharashtra), Sweta Shahi (Bihar), Kshitija Manglurkar, Gargee Walekar (both Maharashtra), Rajani Sabar, Lija Sardar (both Odisha), Priyanka Bais, Shraddha Lawand (both Maharashtra). PTI SSR NRB SSC SSC RYS
Pakistan tainted fast bowler Mohammad Asif, who was convicted in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal, has revealed he has decided to shift his focus completely on bowling after the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) clarification about his future. (Nothing ‘special’ about current Pakistan pace attack, says Mohammad Asif)The ICC had clarified that it did not ask the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to stop any of the three cricketers — Asif, Mohammad Amir and former skipper Salman Butt, who all served spot-fixing bans, from returning to the international cricket.There were speculations that the ICC had asked the PCB not to allow the three cricketers, especially Asif and Butt, to return to the national side.Downplaying the claims, the world’s cricket governing body said it is solely up to the country’s board to decide whether to select these players or not.”All the three players became eligible to return to domestic and international cricket after their bans expired in September 2015. The ICC has not asked the member board [PCB] to not select them or any one of the three players since they completed the sanctions. It is solely on the discretion of the member board to select these players,” the Express Tribune quoted the ICC spokesperson as saying.The 33-year-old, who had earlier revealed that he would write a letter to the ICC to seek an explanation for these speculations, said he is relieved to hear the reply and added that he would now work harder to gain his place back into the national side.advertisement”I was very concerned about my future when these rumours surfaced. That was affecting my performance because I was confused. Now I am clear [on the issue] and will focus completely on my bowling. I have plenty of cricket left in me and will continue to work hard for a return to the national team,” he said.Asif, whose ban from spot-fixing expired at the end of Pakistan’s domestic cricket season last year, made his List-A return in the National One-Day Cup, where he bagged a total of seven wickets in as many games at the strike rate of 43.However, his performance couldn’t earn him a spot in the Pakistan Super League, a lucrative domestic T20 league. Butt, on the other hand, insisted that he never had any doubts about his ability to return to the international fold before adding that these kind of rumours hardly affect him.The former skipper further said he is only looking forward to give good performances in domestic cricket in order to gain national selectors’ attention.”I was in contention for the World T20 and then the England tour. “This means there was no embargo on my selection from the ICC. I have not contemplated contacting the ICC over my selection and neither have I given any such statement. I am aware that only a good performance in domestic cricket will make my case for a return to the national side and that’s what I am doing,” said Butt.Asif, along with Amir and Butt, were found guilty of various offences of corrupt behaviour relating to the Lord’s Test between England and Pakistan in August 2010 by the independent Anti-Corruption Tribunal in February 2011.Although Amir has returned to the national team in impressive style against New Zealand in January this year, Asif and Butt remained sidelined and are yet to be considered for Pakistan selection.
Panaji, Dec 10 (PTI) The seventh edition of Goa River Marathon would be flagged off tomorrow in Vasco town by Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty.Around 3,600 runners including 100 international participants from European and African countries, will take part, the organisers said today.”I love Goa for its spirit. I am not surprised for the turnout as for me Goans are very enthusiastic, fun loving,? Shilpa told reporters.Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar will also be the Chief Guest for the flagging off ceremony.”When it comes to fitness, I feel happy even to be a small catalyst,” she added.The Goa River Marathon will be held alongside the Zuari River.”This year 3,600 participants have registered for the marathon of which 100 are international participants from European and African countries. There are also participants who have come specially from Japan to run the marathon,” said Nitin Bandekar, President, Vasco Sports Club.VSC has tied up with NEB sports for the organisation of the marathon.”With the notable increase in registrations, this year?s participation is spread across three categories – 42.2 km Full Marathon distance, 21.1 km Half Marathon, and 5 km Family Fun Run. The prize pot for this event is 7 lakh which is spread across 21 divisions in the above-mentioned categories,” Bandekar added. PTI RPS NRB SDM
Lionel Messi is in line to make his return from a broken arm on Sunday against Real Betis after being named in Ernesto Valverde’s squad.Messi endured an awkward fall when colliding with Sevilla’s Franco Vazquez in the 4-2 win on October 20 and fractured his arm in the process, ruling him out for three weeks.He was provisionally named in the travelling squad for Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Inter in the Champions League, but having not been given the all-clear from medical staff, Barca opted to not include him in the final matchday selection. 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! However, Barca announced on Saturday he is back in contention to face Betis at Camp Nou, while Samuel Umtiti – who has not featured since the 2-1 defeat at Leganes on September 26 – is also in the squad after recovering from his knee injury. Leo #Messi is back!Barça number ’10’ named in squad for #BarçaBetis pic.twitter.com/HzKw62YhyO — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 10, 2018 Ousmane Dembele will not be involved after the Frenchman reportedly missed training without permission on Thursday.Philippe Coutinho is out for a few weeks with a muscle injury.[ SQUAD LIST]#BarçaBetis #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/2h4rxi2ZNx — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 10, 2018 Barcelona are currently top of La Liga, having won seven, drawn three and lost just one of their opening 11 games.
Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic faces a long injury layoff after landing awkwardly on his knee in the Europa League quarter-final win over Anderlecht, British media reported on Friday.The 35-year-old Swede sustained damage to his right knee late in the game against Anderlecht on Thursday and was assessed by the club’s medical staff.He looks certain to miss the rest of the season as United battle to finish in the Premier League’s top four and win the Europa League. They play Spanish side Celta Vigo in the semi-finals of Europe’s second-tier club competition.United did not issue any update on his condition but ligament damage could rule him out until the end of the year.Ibrahimovic, United’s leading scorer this season with 28 goals, is out of contract at the end of the season but has been talking to the club about a 12-month extension.He has been linked in media reports with a move to Los Angeles Galaxy or Los Angeles FC.
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HTC U11 is launching on May 16. Ahead of the launch, the flagship phone has been subjected to several leaks and rumorus. Just the other day, full specs sheet of the HTC U11 leaked online, now a new teaser of the smartphone hits the web, and is going viral. The video teaser shows that the upcoming HTC flagship device – HTC U11 is capable of recording 360 videos.In the teaser, HTC says that their upcoming flagship device is capable of “360 real-life recording”. This means that if the rumours prove right, HTC U11 will let the user’s record 360-degree video. However, this piece of information is not confirmed by the company as of now and hence should be taken with a pinch of salt and wait for May 16 launch.Also Read: HTC U11 spotted on GFXBench, full specs sheet leakedLast day HTC U11 was spotted on GFXBench, which revealed the specs sheet of the phone. Although the sheet didn’t reveal any new information about the device, instead just confirmed the previously leaked ones. The listing almost confirms that the upcoming HTC flagship will come packed with a 5.5-inch QHD display, 4GB RAM, and 64GB internal storage. However, an info-graphics leaked earlier shows the device with 6GB of RAM with 128GB of internal storage space. So, this somewhat indicates that the smartphone might come in two RAM and storage variants.Earlier, HTC U11 was also spotted on GeekBench. The listing reveals that the smartphone might run on the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat and will be further powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor which also powers the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and also the Xiaomi Mi 6. Not only that, if rumours turn true, the upcoming OnePlus 5 will also be seen with the same SoC.advertisementAlso Read: HTC U11 render leaks online, looks like a mishmash of HTC U Ultra, U PlayOn the camera front, the HTC U11 is expected to pack a 12-megapixel camera on the rear which comes also with OIS and HTC’s “UltraPixel 3” and “UltraSpeed AF” brandings. On the front, the smartphone comes with a 16-megapixel selfie shooter which is paired with f/2.0 and selfie panorama. Further, on the display front, HTC U11 is speculated to sport a 5.5-inch Quad HD display which is further expected to be protected by a Gorilla Glass 5.Apart from these, HTC U11 has been subjected to several other leaks and rumous. However, these should be taken with a pinch of salt for now and wait for the May 16 launch.
New Delhi, May 18 (PTI) In a major step in its fight against doping, the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) today said that the country will have its first Athlete Passport Management Unit (APMU) to handle the administrative management of Biological Passports. There are only 11 APMUs recognised by the WADA all over the world while India does not have one till now. The NADA said that it will constitute a group of experts in related subjects for Athlete Biological Passport Management. “The details of the implementation will be discussed with the experts, and Athlete Passport Management Unit shall be created which will analyse test reports on a longitudinal basis and submit specific recommendations to NADA,” the countrys anti-doping watchdog said. The NADA said that it will plan the implementation of the ABP haematological module for continuous evaluation and monitoring of the athlete biological data. The data generated through the blood testing will help in detecting any possible use of prohibited substances or prohibited methods. The objective of having Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) is to monitor selected variables (biomarkers of doping) over time that indirectly reveal the effect of doping, as opposed to the traditional direct detection of doping by analytical doping controls. According to WADA website, ABP is currently composed of two modules — Haematological and Steroidal. Haematological Module considers a panel of biomarkers of blood doping that are measured in an athletes blood sample. The Steroidal Module considers a panel of biomarkers of steroid doping measured in an athletes urine sample. Meanwhile, the NADA conducted a one-day symposium on Athlete Biological Passport Management with experts from various medical institutions mainly from AIIMS, Safdarjung and RML Hospital. NADA Director General Navin Agarwal mentioned the importance of the Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) and need for implementation. Sports Secretary Injeti Srinivas also spoke about the need for measures in place for the testing and also providing a better environment for athletes about regulations. “Clean athletes would be facilitated if biological passports are created, wherever they go for international events,” the NADA said. PTI PDS SSC SSCadvertisement
Johannesburg, Jun 1 (PTI) South Africa has launched an eight-team T20 league of its own, with CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat stating that the ambitious venture would stand up to popular events such as the Indian Premier League. Cricket South Africa CEO Lorgat is confident that the inaugural T20 Global League will be successful. “We all know the kind of cricketing culture and the fan base in South Africa, and the kind of competition that you can expect in South Africa. “That must go some way towards competing with if not exceeding (the other tournaments),” Lorgat said. Lorgat conceded that there was still a lot of work to be done before the inaugural tournament takes off in October this year. “The tourism officials are excited about what is coming and weve got more than enough takers for the eight teams. Youll be impressed when we announce who some of those contenders are.” The eight successful team owners will be announced on June 19 in London, where the ICC Champions Trophy is currently being played out, alongside the eight allocated international marquee players announced previously. The process of applying to own and operate a team opened on February 4, with more than 150 expressions of interest that will be narrowed down to just eight. “This tournament is about the warmth of the African continent. We want to demonstrate what Africa and South Africa in particular can do. “I have never seen Hashim Amla play against Kagiso Rabada, or AB de Villiers face up to Imran Taahir, except maybe occasionally in the IPL, but in a competitive tournament going day in and day out, Ive not seen our own players play against each other. “Every year come October and November, we want to create an atmosphere that will make South Africa and indeed the globe focus on South Africa.” The T20 Global League ? and its associated logo ? were unveiled amid much fanfare at the Wanderers Stadium after former Protea Ashwell Prince hit a six off former paceman Makhaya Ntinis bowling amid a laser light and fireworks show. The logo was designed to visually position South Africa as the destination for global T20 cricket, and draws on the colours of an African sunrise: a hint of red on the horizon radiates a golden glow over the continent, with the brightest point highlighting South Africa. “It is our duty as Cricket South Africa to safeguard the future of the game. By backing a high-value tournament like the new T20 Global League, and investing in synergistic partnerships with key stakeholders, the T20 Global League is perfectly positioned to become an internationally successful sporting event,” said CSA president Chris Nenzani. PTI FH AH AHadvertisement
Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri on Wednesday signed a contract extension until 2020, as the record Italian football champions rewarded the tactician who guided them to hat-trick of Serie A and Coppa Italia titles and two Champions League final appearances in three seasons.”Today’s agreement extends a working relationship that has seen the Bianconeri consolidate their position as Italy’s top team and also evolve into one of European football’s major forces,” Juventus posted in their website.”Side by side, Juventus and Allegri have created history and legend. Now is the time to make the next step forwards together,” the statement added.Allegri will reportedly earn around seven million euros ($7.8 million) per season, making him the highest-paid coach in the Serie A.He was linked with Arsenal before Arsene Wenger signed a contract extension with the London club. There were even reports that Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) offered him 10 million euros ($11.2 million).Under Allegri, Juventus have won 84 out of 114 Serie A matches, taking an average 2.36 points per game for a grand total of 269. With the 49-year-old in charge, the Bianconeri have scored 224 and conceded just 71 goals.In Europe, Allegri “has undeniably transformed the club into a significant player on the continent”. “Two UCL finals in three years and fifth place in the UEFA ranking are clear testament to this,” the Turin giants said.”Three years ago, Allegri inherited a team already used to winning, but with every match and training session, he has evolved the way they play and think on the field. Now this Juventus vintage is very much in his own image, brimming with technical quality, tactical flexibility and mental toughness.”advertisement
When India lost to arch-rivals Pakistan in Sunday’s Champions Trophy cricket final match in London, it not only broke millions of hearts but also left hundreds of bettors and bookmakers broke.According to an estimate, over 80-90 per cent Indian punters staked their money on the Men in Blue who were the firm favourites with a brilliant 12-2 record against their neighbours in ICC events.A total of Rs 2,000-2,500 crore was riding on the match that transfixed two nations and received eye-popping media coverage. Legal gambling in India is confined to horse-racing while casinos are allowed only in a couple of states. Sikkim is the only state that allows betting on sports including cricket. But the underground market in the country is worth thousands of crores, say observers.NO BETS ON HOCKEY MATCHBookies told Mail Today that huge sums of money were riding on Team India- not just within the country but also gambling hubs abroad such as in the Gulf nations- as this was one of the most-anticipated sporting events in months.However, there were no takers in the betting bazaar for the Hockey World League semi-final game on Sunday in which India demolished Pakistan 7-1. “When the (cricket) match started, the odds were in favour of India. If the Men in Blue would have won the match, then punters would have earned 80 paise for every rupee while Pakistan’s rate was around Rs 3.40,” a Delhi-based bookie told this reporter. Pakistan inflicted a massive 180-run defeat upon title-holders and favourites India at the Oval in London to win the tournament featuring the world’s top eight one-day international nations.advertisementPATRIOTISM MATTERS IN BETSThe bookmaker said almost all his 50-60 customers lost money as they had placed their bets on India. Till India dropped two early wickets, the rate chart in the gambling circuit was in favour Virat Kohli’s boys. Even the massive total of 338 put up by Pakistan failed to deter bookies. History was unequivocally on India’s side.The team had comprehensively beaten Pakistan when they met in the group stage. Experts claim that in an India-Pakistan match, patriotism plays a key role for bettors. “It is certain that most of the Indian punters burnt their fingers in the match. The Indian team was stronger and had also defeated Pakistan in the tournament earlier, so huge money was riding on it. Even patriotism was at an all- time high and maximum bets were placed on Team India,” said Jay Sayta, founder of GLaws.in, a gaming laws’ web portal.According to experts, gambling was at its peak during the match as the viewership too was massive with premium advertisement rates. “Not only Indians, but many international punters too burnt their fingers by putting money on India. Even after Pakistan ended their batting and put up a huge score before India, the odds were in favour of Virat’s team due to the strong batting line-up and ability to chase down big totals,” said another bookie from Mumbai.SIKKIM BOOKIES ON FIREThe only legal outlet for sports betting in India, which is in Sikkim, also witnessed a sharp rise in business volume. “Our feeds before the match started were in favour of India as the rate was 1.6 while the rate for Pakistan was over 2.20. This means that if a player had placed Rs 100 on Pakistan, then he or she would have got Rs 220 in return. But most of the people invested on India,” said Ratul Sethi of Golden Gaming.Sethi explained that the rates at the sports betting zone change at frequent intervals and as the game moved on rates shifted in favour of Pakistan. “Not everyone playing at our outlet lost money as players can invest on different probables like scores in an over, next wicket, run rates, etc. We also promote sensible gaming so we advise players to place their bets reasonably,” Sethi said. However, he said there were no takers for the India-Pakistan hockey match. While gambling is illegal in the country, Indians can lay their bets through UK websites with international credit cards and e-wallets. The bets are not only placed on the outcome of a match but also on other factors.Also read: Breaking TV sets, burning posters to crying on roads; How Indian fans found closure after Champions Trophy defeat Also read: Champions Trophy Final: Pakistan were more intense and passionate than India, says Kohli Also read: Price of Kohli’s rift with Kumble: Heavy defeat vs Pakistan in Champions Trophy final Also read: India superstars surrender meekly to Pakistan: Are Dhoni, Yuvraj good enough to play overseas? advertisement
India women’s cricket team on Saturday registered their 18th victory in their last 19 One Day Internationals. India started their ICC Women’s World Cup campaign with a comfortable 35-run win over former champions and hosts England at Derby.India recorded their 18th victory out of 19 ODIs played since February 7, 2016 with their only defeat coming against South Africa in May. Interestingly, the men’s team has played 22 matches so far from January 2016 and has won 12 games.Put into bat, India women’s openers Punam Raut (86) and Smriti Mandhana (90) put up a 144-run stand in 27 overs. But just when the going seemed good, Mandhana was sent packing by off-spinner Heather Knight. Mandhana, who slammed 11 boundaries and two sixes, was caught at midwicket by Danielle Hazell.India Women’s 18th ODI win in their last 19 games since 7-2-2016Only loss came v SA @ Potchefstroom, 17-5-2017 #ENGWvINDW#WWC17#EngvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) June 24, 2017An unperturbed Raut continued the attack with new batswoman and skipper Mithali Raj (71), and forged a 78-run partnership in 16 overs. But while trying to up the ante, Raut was caught at deep midwicket by Danielle Wyatt off Hazell. Raut’s 134-ball knock was laced with seven boundaries and a six.With the scoreboard reading 222/2 in 42.3 overs, Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur (24 not out) played sensibly and added 59 runs to post a challenging total 281/3. Raj, however, was dismissed by Knight in the last ball of the final over.However, Raj became the first player women’s cricket history to hit seven consecutive half-centuries in ODIs.Great effort by the entire team on the victory against the hosts. On to the next match on a positive note #WWC17 @BCCIWomen #GoforGlory ????º pic.twitter.com/yRtAZSnzZnadvertisement- Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) June 24, 2017Chasing 282, England were bowled out for 246 in the 47.3 overs with Deepti Sharma and Shikha Pandey scalping three and two wickets each.For England, middle-order batswoman Fran Wilson top scored with 81 runs off 75 balls and Heather Knight contributed 46 runs. Apart from them no other batswoman stepped up to the occasion. The resounding victory helped India register their first win over England in five years as they had lost all six previous matches to the hosts.Superb batting performance by the @BCCIWomen’s team! Keep it up @SmritiMandhana, Poonam Raut and @RajMithali- sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) June 24, 2017Congratulations on a wonderful victory @BCCIWomen . Beating the hosts at home is indeed a great beginning.#WWC17- Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 24, 2017Class batting setting up a great win for India against a strong England side. Terrific start for India in the #WWC17 ?????????- Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) June 24, 2017Fantastic start @BCCIWomen to the #ICCWomensWorldCup , beating Eng convincingly #IndvsEng ????????????- Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) June 24, 2017What a great start by @BCCIWomen , convincing victory. Well done girls. Super Proud. #WWC17 pic.twitter.com/zCqfTi7paP- Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) June 24, 2017Congratulations @BCCIWomen and my fav player is Deepti Sharma and @mandhana_smriti ????????????? https://t.co/icSAcACZDQ- Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) June 24, 2017Congratulations @BCCIWomen on a wonderful start in #WWC17 Well played @mandhana_smriti @M_Raj03 and Poonam Raut ???????- Manoj Tiwary (@tiwarymanoj) June 24, 2017Congratulations @BCCIWomen on their victorious start. Way to go- Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) June 24, 2017(With IANS inputs)
talentNew Delhi, Jul 19 (PTI) With less than three months to go for the FIFA U-17 World Cup, which would be held in India, Union minister Arun Jaitley today urged various government institutions to hold sporting events, so that the country could connect to the global popularity of football.He was addressing the gathering at the closing ceremony of Oorja 2017 – CAPF U-19 Football Talent Hunt Tournament at the J L Nehru Stadium here.”I congratulate the winners of this tournament, organised under the aegis of the All India Police Sports Control Board. These tournaments themselves become a nursery of sports and therefore, if like the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), other institutions can also organise such events, it will help identify and blossom domestic talent,” said Jaitley.The Union finance minister said Prime Minister Narendra Modis vision was to use the FIFA platform to take football to all corners of the country.”India is hosting the FIFA (U-17) World Cup this year and though our country is faring well on the rankings, we still have a long way to go. The popularity of football is growing around the world and such tournaments would help India connect to it,” he added.The FIFA U-17 World Cup is scheduled to kick off in October.Jaitley felicitated the winners of the tournament — the Punjab team in the boys section which defeated Karnataka today in a penalty shoot-out. In the girls segment, Manipur had lifted the trophy yesterday.Nearly 1,200 matches were played in three stages of the tournament over the last two months, said officials.advertisementThe Central Armed Police Forces include the BSF, SSB, ITBP, CISF and CRPF. The Assam Rifles was also part of the organisers.Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, the chiefs of various paramilitary forces and singer Sukhwinder Singh, who lent his voice to the Oorja anthem, were also present on the occasion. PTI KND RC
New Delhi, Jan 11 (PTI) The following are PTIsNew Delhi, Jan 11 (PTI) The following are PTIs top/expected sports stories at 5:30 pm:STORIES IN THE PIPELINE:GOA – Report of Indian Super League match between FC Goa and Jamshedpur FC.NEW DELHI – Report of Pro Wrestling League tie between NCR Punjab and UP Dangal. HYDERABAD: Report of Premier Badminton League match between Hyderabad Hunters and Bengaluru Blasters.STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-SQUASH-SAUDI Changing Saudi Arabia: Dipika, Joshna recall memorable stayBy Bharat SharmaNew Delhi, Jan 11 (PTI) Not in even her wildest dreams, Indias leading squash player Dipika Pallikal imagined that she would visit Saudi Arabia one day but there she was in Riyadh for five days, competing in the first womens PSA event in the kingdom state. SPO-ISL-ATK Buoyant NorthEast United have ATK in their sightsGuwahati, Jan 11 (PTI) High on confidence after winning their first match under former Chelsea manager Avram Grant, NorthEast United FC will need to be at their best to stop a desperate ATK in a ninth round Indian Super League clash here tomorrow. SPO-ATP-IND Bopanna and Roger-Vasselin lose to world no. 1 team in Sydney Sydney, Jan 11 (PTI) Indias Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin, who joined forces for the 2018 season, fought their hearts out before losing the semifinal of the ATP Sydney International to world number one team of Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo, here today. SPO-DAKAR Santosh 51st overall after stage 5 at Dakar RallyArequipa (Peru), Jan 11 (PTI) Indian driver C S Santosh, racing for Hero MotoSports Team, gained five positions to be 51st overall after the fifth stage of the Dakar Rally, which will now move into Bolivia. SPO-GOLF-QSCHOOL Rahul Bajaj leads after first round at Asian Tour Q-SchooladvertisementRayong (Thailand), Jan 11 (PTI) Rahul Bajaj fired four birdies in his last five holes to card a six-under 65 and grab a share of the lead after the first round of the Asian Tour Qualifying School Final Stage here. SPO-CHESS Ziaur Rahman beats Tran Tuan Minh to take sole leadNew Delhi, Jan 11 (PTI) Bangladeshi Grand Master Ziaur Rahman of Bangladesh defeated Vietnamese GM Tran Tuan Minh to claim the sole lead after the fourth round of 16th Delhi International Chess tournament here. PTI AT AT
Legendary Test batsman VVS Laxman has heaped praises on Virat Kohli who struck his sixth double century in the longest format during the third and final match of the series against Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi on Sunday.Kohli smashed his second successive double hundred to power India to a commanding position on the second day of the final Test against Sri Lanka on Sunday.The skipper’s majestic 225 not out included 23 boundaries, while fellow overnight batsman Rohit Sharma rubbed salt in Sri Lanka’s wounds with a fluent 65 before becoming Lakshan Sandakan’s third victim when lunch was taken.After scores of 104 not out and 213 in his previous two innings, Kohli, 29, becomes the first international captain to score six double centuries, all of which have come over the last 17 months.”You can’t compare two generations. Sachin Tendulkar was the trend-setter of our generation. He used to go out and win matches for India and we thought we will do that and I see that in Virat. He has become the trend-setter of his generation and a role model,” VVS Laxman said at Agenda Aaj Tak.Kohli became the second Indian after Vinod Kambli and joined the likes of Wally Hammond, Don Bradman, Kumar Sangakkara and Michael Clarke to score successive double hundreds.Speaking on Kohli’s achievements on the field, Aaj Tak managed to bring former India captain Sourav Ganguly, Laxman, Aakash Chopra and Harbhajan Singh together at Agenda Aaj Tak where the cricket stars heaped praise on the 29-year-old.advertisement”When we used to go to Australia, there was a gut feeling Laxman and Harbhajan will defeat Australia on their own. Kohli gives me the same feeling,” Ganguly said at Agenda Aaj Tak.”When we played, Indian cricket was different and the thinking was different and we had to take Indian cricket forward, when Dhoni came, he took it forward. Now during Virat’s time he had an established team and he had to take it even further.”The best thing about Indian cricket is that we have had different role-models in different eras. It has been a step by step growth and we have created champions in different generations. Kohli is the role model now.””If Virat wins the World Cup in 2019, he will roam around Oxford Street with his shirt off. Mark my words,” joked Ganguly.Kohli had on Saturday surpassed Tendulkar (107) to become the second fastest Indian batsman to score 20 hundreds in Test cricket.Talking about the comparisons between Kohli and Tendulkar, Gnaguly said the current skipper can come close to the Little Master’s records but only time will tell if he can break any of them.”Don’t know if Virat can break Sachin’s records…I don’t compare two generations. But he has scored 52 and if he plays at this rate…he can reach Sachin’s record,” Ganguly said.
TweetPinShare0 Shares EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Brave words after difficult defeats don’t come close to soothing a losing team’s spirits. Only wins can turn that trick.The New York Giants didn’t let Washington steal a victory late, finishing off a 32-21 decision the night of Sept. 24 on Odell Beckham Jr.’s 30-yard touchdown catch and Rueben Randle’s 41-yarder.The Giants fell apart in the fourth quarter of losses to Dallas and Atlanta. This time, New York (1-2) dominated most of the action against the injury-plagued Redskins (1-2), who lost veteran cornerback DeAngelo Hall to a right leg injury that looked serious.“It’s definitely important to get a win,” said running back Rashad Jennings, whose blocked punt got things started for New York.“I’m reluctant to use the word confidence, but it puts assurance on everything we know we’re capable of accomplishing. There’s a lot of stuff we still need to clean up, obviously. But it feels good to get a win.”The Giants scored in nearly every way possible, beginning with Jennings blocking Tress Way’s punt for a safety on Washington’s opening series.“Ever since I was a rookie, I’ve always had a knack for blocking punts,” Jennings said. “I can’t give you all my secrets, but you just anticipate. It just worked.”Andre Williams scored on a 1-yard run, Josh Brown kicked three field goals, and Beckham toasted Bashaud Breeland to settle matters. Randle had a 41-yard TD catch in the closing minutes, after which Washington’s Rashad Ross returned the kickoff 101 yards for the final score.New York also led at halftime and through three quarters of its losses to the Cowboys and Falcons. “Players need the reinforcement that comes with closing out the game with a win,” coach Tom Coughlin said.Prince Amukamara and Uani Unga had interceptions of Kirk Cousins, who struggled once more against New York. Last season, he threw four picks in a loss to New York.Washington, which has lost five straight to the Giants, got field goals of 44 and 37 yards from Dustin Hopkins, but any thoughts of a comeback ended when Matt Jones fumbled on his way into the end zone with 9 1-2 minutes remaining. A late 4-yard TD pass to Chris Thompson and 2-point conversion brought the deficit to 11, then Randle made his scoring catch.“You go on the road and you play a big division game, a game like this, and you turn the ball over three times and have a punt blocked, and it’s going to be very tough to overcome,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said.The victory provides some optimism for the Giants in the muddled NFC East, where Dallas is 2-0 but missing several stars, and Philadelphia is 0-2.“I felt bad for the first two games,” said Eli Manning, who struggled in key situations in the two losses. “We were right there, could easily have won. To not be at our best in final minutes of a game is frustrating. You have to want to get back in that moment, have success and feel good about yourselves.”Manning was coolly efficient, finishing 23 of 31 for 279 yards. Beckham had seven receptions for 79 yards, and Randle had seven for 116.The Giants were super-aggressive with the blitz, with inconsistent results. Cousins’ mobility helped him avoid sacks, but the sloppy Redskins couldn’t find the end zone until it was too late.New York, meanwhile, was scoring with variety. Jennings, who rushed for only 32 yards on the night, surged through to block Way’s punt out of the side of the end zone for a quick 2-0 lead.“Everyone has to contribute,” Coughlin said, “including starters (on special teams).”That margin increased to 9-0 after Amukamara jumped Pierre Garcon’s route and picked off Cousins’ pass deep in Washington territory. Williams rushed a yard for the TD four plays later.Big plays by Randle (30-yard reception) and Daniel Fells (one-handed catch for 23 yards on third down) set up Josh Brown’s field goals of 35 and 36 yards in the first half. Brown made a 48-yard in the third period.New York was missing five starters, including top draft pick Ereck Flowers at left tackle and cornerback Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie.Washington was hit with several injuries during the game, the worst of which appeared to be Hall’s. He had to be helped to the sideline, unable to put any weight on the leg. The team said he had a toe injury and Gruden said he “was not too thrilled” about Hall’s injury being short term.(BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer)
MELBOURNE, Australia — Ronda Rousey was the UFC’s unstoppable force until Holly Holm used the former champion’s aggression against her to produce one of the sport’s biggest upsets.Rousey chased Holm around the ring at UFC 193 on Nov. 15 — looking for the right hold and taking head shots along the way — until Holm saw an opening 59 seconds into the second round and snapped a kick to the head that immediately dropped her more fancied opponent to the canvas.Holm (10-0) jumped on the prone Rousey, delivering several blows to her head before the referee intervened, ending Rousey’s 12-fight unbeaten run and handing Holm the bantamweight title.An ecstatic Holm jumped around the ring while Rousey stayed on the canvas as she received medical treatment amid the roar of a stunned, record UFC crowd.“She’s won a lot of fights and imposed her will on a lot of fighters,” Holm said. “So I expected her to be aggressive and impose her will on me.“She had me on the cage for a minute and obviously she was trying in for a take down right there … she had a lot of things she was trying so I’m just glad I put in the practice,” she added.Rousey, a former judo Olympian, was unbeaten through 12 UFC fights before meeting Holm, and a win would have been her seventh title defense.Instead, Holm, a 34-year-old veteran female boxer from Albuquerque, New Mexico, has the championship belt.“We figured her aggression was coming, if it didn’t that’s OK, but with footwork and my career we figured she wouldn’t give me that space,” Holm said. “There’s been a lot of blood, sweat and tears but it was all worth it.”Rousey left the stadium to receive treatment for concussion and facial cuts at a nearby hospital after the loss and skipped the post-fight media conference.“She was transported (to hospital) because she got knocked out,” UFC chief Dana White said. “Obviously she’s completely bummed out and depressed.”White said a rematch between Holm and Rousey made “a lot of sense” and would put other potential matchups on the backburner.“Obviously we don’t make fights the night of the fight, but the rematch makes a lot of sense,” he said. “The rematch is what the people want to see.”In the other title bout, a bloodied Joanna Jedrzejczyk outlasted Valerie Letourneau to successfully defend her straw-weight belt in a five-round slugfest.Jedrzejczyk (11-0) won a unanimous points decision over Letourneau (8-4) who offered the champion one of her tougher fights in some time.The six-time Muay Thai world champion Jedrzejczyk started to pressure her opponent from the second round with some trademark, lightning-quick combinations to Letourneau’s head, while forcing the challenger to keep her distance with some effective kicks.Organizers announced a crowd of 56,214 at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium, which normally hosts Australian rules football matches. The mark eclipsed the 55,724 fans who attended UFC 129 at Toronto’s Rogers Centre in 2011.Rousey, 28, has taken UFC by storm since her debut in 2012 and her success has led to several movie projects as well the publishing of her autobiography.But it was Holm’s calm confidence and the manner of her win that attracted all the attention Sunday.“Tonight was one of those moments,” White said. “These are the moments in fighting that make it so crazy and so fun. Tonight was one of those moments.”Holm, a former undisputed welterweight boxing champion, said the moment of her UFC title victory was “one of those moments that you live for.”“They’re the scariest moments. This fight was a lot for me mentally,” she added. “I couldn’t tell you how many times I cried in the gym leading up to this fight.“It’s a lot to take in, but those kinds of fights are the ones where a loss is devastating but a win is that sweet of a victory.”White said that while most onlookers were shocked by Rousey’s loss, he was not one of them.“At the end of the day I made this fight. I said this was a good fight,” he said. “Holly was the right fight. Ronda had never faced anybody who uses the range and distance the way she does.“This woman has four times more fights than Ronda does. She’s been a world champion,” he said.In other fights on the undercard, Mark Hunt of New Zealand (11-10-1) won his rematch with Brazil’s Antonio Silva (19-8) by technical knockout after the referee stopped the feature heavyweight bout in the first round.New Zealand-born Australian middleweight Robert Whittaker (16-4) earned a gutsy win on points over Uriah Hall (13-6), while Jared Rosholt (14-2) won a unanimous decision of towering Dutchman Stefan Struve (30-8) in a scrappy opening heavyweight bout of the main card.(NEIL FRANKLAND, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
TweetPinShare0 Shares PHILADELPHIA — Kobe Bryant breezed through the Philadelphia 76ers locker room and said to no one in particular, “keep it going, guys.”His homecoming game spoiled, Bryant said one final goodbye to Philly, which is winless no more.The 76ers said good riddance to the longest losing streak in major U.S. professional sports — winless in 28 games dating to last season. And 0 for 18 to begin this one.No more.With the spotlight on Bryant during the final game of his career in his hometown, the Sixers stole the show and defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 103-91 on Dec. 1 for their first victory of the season.The Sixers remain tied for the worst start in NBA history with the 2009-10 New Jersey Nets, who also opened 0-18.It was the first win for the Sixers since March 25 at Denver. “Finally,” forward Nerlens Noel said.Coach Brett Brown’s team has long languished at the bottom of the NBA standings and reeled off two separate losing streaks of at least 26 games in his three seasons.For one night, in front of a sellout crowd of 20,510 that came to cheer Bryant, the streaks hardly mattered.“I’m pleased for the city,” Brown said. “We don’t want this streak continuing.”Hours earlier, Bryant felt the love in Philadelphia as soon as he entered the arena.He took selfies with fans who might never see him play again, and his presence injected a playoff atmosphere into a city that has lost much of its passion in NBA basketball.With a packed crowd standing and roaring in appreciation, Bryant was lauded like a hometown hero, not the “Hometown Zero” he was once labeled in Philadelphia’s tabloids.Bryant, who will end his 20-year career this season, opened the first leg of his farewell tour in his hometown and was feted with the kind of reverence and gratitude normally reserved for a Sixers great.“I wasn’t expecting that type of reaction, ovation,” he said. “Deeply appreciative beyond belief. It was really, really special.”Playing with the shot selection of a pickup artist, Bryant tried to deliver a special performance in his finale.He buried a step-back 3-pointer off the opening tip. He hit another 3 on the next possession.Bryant made it 3 for 3 and had the Philly crowd chanting “M-V-P!” as he turned back the clock to his championship form.“It was a little spurt of old-school Kobe,” Noel said.Bryant said he could tell the start made the Sixers a little starstruck — most were babies when he started his career.“I could sense they were like ‘I really don’t want to touch him.’ … ‘Is this going to be an 81 type of situation?’” Bryant said. “I’m just playing possum because I know my legs ain’t going to carry this energy for 48 minutes.”Bryant scored 20 points on 7-of-26 shooting and made four 3s.By the fourth quarter, the Philly fans had turned their attention toward the home team, chanting “Beat L.A.!” when beleaguered rookie Jahlil Okafor made a layup for a 94-80 lead.Okafor, the No. 3 overall pick out of Duke, has been attached to a string of off-court incidents that included reckless driving and a fight in Boston. Brown said Okafor, who has apologized for his recent decisions, will likely soon be accompanied by team security on public outings.Bryant said he would simply tell the 19-year-old rookie to stay focused on basketball.The Sixers stayed focused and finally finished the job after taking an 80-75 lead into the fourth.The 76ers had led after three quarters three other times this season: Nov. 21 at Miami (led 74-67, lost 96-91), Nov. 25 at Boston (led 62-57, lost 84-80) and Nov. 29 at Memphis (led 67-64, lost 92-84), according to STATS.Robert Covington scored 23 points and Jerami Grant and Noel had 14 for the Sixers.The win belonged to Philadelphia. The night belonged to Bryant.(DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer)