India’s new spin twin Ravichandran Ashwin and Jayant Yadav in awe of each other

first_imgR Ashwin’s class was never beyond doubt. He looked little undercooked in Rajkot and on a surface that had little to no help for spinners, India’s strike bowler struggled to get going. (Match Scorecard | Key Highlights)Ashwin had been out of action for nearly a month before India’s five-match Test series against England got underway from November 9. The star off-spinner was rested for the ODI series against New Zealand and understandably, he was rusty.In the first Test as England staged a strong fight, Ashwin finished with 3/230. His other spin partners, Ravindra Jadeja and Amit Mishra failed to find any kind of momentum either and India’s attack looked listless for the first time in four years. (Ashwin, Jayant script India’s memorable win)However, the equations changed in Vizag. The pitch for the second Test was executed to turn square (it was the same venue where Mishra’s five-for had spelt doom for the Black Caps). But that was from the case. India made the most of good batting conditions after winning the toss and posted 455. England, led ably by Joe Root and aided by a stubborn partnership between Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow, were on the cusp of another great fightback, before Ashwin, who finally found his rhythm, tore through the lower-order to snare another five-wicket haul.In Vizag, Ashwin could also count on an old friend and a debutant – Jayant Yadav. After Mishra’s ordinary outing in Rajkot, India decided to blood Jayant, an off-spinner, against an English side that had in its ranks seven left-handed batsmen.advertisementThe two off-spinners, in tandem with Jadeja, accounted for 14 of the 20 English wickets in Vizag as India wrapped up a massive 246-run win.Besides, Ashwin and Jayant were involved in a 64-run stand in the first innings after a bit of a middle-order wobble.Ashwin, who now has 231 wickets from 41 Tests, was in awe of Jayant, who he goes back a long way with.”Jayant is a great kid. His work ethics are great. He has a very strong temperament. There’s nothing hurried about his action,” said Ashwin.Jayant was in Chennai four years ago and it was Ashwin who had taken care of his lodgings and made sure that the youngster was comfortable in his hometown.Perhaps that close bond also allowed the two to bat out of their skins against a disciplined bunch of England bowlers after they had struck enough blows on a vaunted middle-order.”I had to tighten my batting. I have done the hard yards. It was also a beautiful partnership with Jayant. Communication is something that gets me going and he is someone who absorbs communication very well,” Ashwin said.Jayant, who had a memorable debut, and finished with figures of 1/38 and 3/30 with the ball and scores of 35 and 27 not out, said it took a lot of pressure off him, bowling in tandem with Ashwin.”Bowling in tandem with Ash is great. It takes the pressure off you. He always gives meaningful inputs and he never questions what you are doing,” he said after admitting that there were some nerves on the first day.last_img read more

Griezmann: Mbappe partnership will only get stronger

first_imgAntoine Griezmann has sent out a warning to France’s rivals, stating that his on-field partnership with Kylian Mbappe will only become stronger.Both were vital players as France won the World Cup in Russia during the summer, beating Croatia 4-2 in the final. Griezmann was voted the third-strongest player at the event, while his colleague was anointed as the outstanding youngster, having become the first teenager to score in the final since Pele for Brazil in 1958. 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! And now the Atletico Madrid star has said that the pairing will only become better.Asked prior to Sunday’s Nations League match with the Netherlands on Sunday, how they can improve as a duo, Griezmann said: “With more matches. We’ve played very little together. Then, it’s up to me to work on his patterns, on what he likes to do. We’ve not had time to work on that. I’ll watch his videos.”Meanwhile, Griezmann spoke out on the prospect of winning the Ballon d’Or, having insisted previously that he deserves to finish in the top three of the voting.“It’s not me who votes,” he said. “It’s up to me to continue playing like this for the four months that are to come and we’ll see what happens. For the moment, I’ll try to think of my club, even if it’s something that’s in the corner of my head. “I must think of the team, which is the most important thing. Without thinking collectively, you can have nothing as an individual.”last_img read more

Cahill’s future U-turn hints at Chelsea stay

first_imgGary Cahill appears to have performed a U-turn on his January transfer plans, with the experienced defender hinting at seeing out the season at Chelsea.Having struggled for regular game time, the 32-year-old has admitted to having considered his future options.A winter exit from Stamford Bridge was expected for a man eager to see as many competitive minutes as possible. 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! Cahill has, however, come back into favour under Maurizio Sarri of late, due to the injury issues of others, and started his most recent outing against MOL Vidi in the Europa League.With Chelsea having made a positive start to their quest for continental silverware, a former winner of that competition is considering staying on for another shot at glory.Cahill told reporters: “We won the Europa League in 2013 and it was an amazing night, an amazing feeling. I take those memories and think to myself, ‘I want to do that again’. “This year, we are in the Europa League and we will try to win this. For me, it’s just about getting out there playing as much as I can.”If Cahill does decide to remain in west London, then he will drop into the free agent pool next summer.He is in the final year of his contract with Chelsea and is not expected to agree an extension.A fresh start elsewhere certainly appeals to the ex-England international, but he is eager to achieve as much as possible with the Blues before heading elsewhere.Cahill added: “I’m ambitious in everything I do. That is never going to change. I’m excited to see how far this team can go.”Chelsea are yet to taste defeat this season and have collected eight wins from their 10 outings across all competitions.Liverpool and West Ham are the only sides to have denied them victory, with a 17-point return in the Premier League seeing them sat third in the table.Sarri’s side have also taken maximum points from two Europa League fixtures and are safely through to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.last_img read more

Who is Real Madrid interim boss Solari?

first_imgSantiago Solari has been thrust straight into the deep end at Real Madrid.The 42-year-old, who spent five years at the club as a player, has been promoted from the Madrid B team to take the reigns of the senior side following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui on Monday.Solari takes over at a time of immense upheaval at the club, with Real having been thumped 5-1 by Barcelona on Sunday, and also struggling for form without the goals of Cristiano Ronaldo. 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! But who is the former Real midfielder, and how long will he remain in charge?Who is Santiago Solari?Solari was born in Argentina in 1976, and began his career with Richard Stockton College in the United States.A return to Argentina saw him take in spells at Newell’s Old Boys and Renato Cesarini, but his professional career did not begin until 1996, at River Plate.Three years later, a move to Atletico Madrid followed, before his dream move to Real.A total of 208 appearances followed, with Solari playing 90 minutes as the club beat Bayer Leverkusen in the 2001-02 Champions League final.Spells at Inter, San Lorenzo, Atlante and Penarol followed, with Solari earning a total of 11 caps for Argentina; he eventually returned to Real in 2013, taking charge of the youth team.Before the 2016-17 season, he was given the reigns to the Real Madrid Castilla – the Blanco’s B team that plays in the third tier of Spanish football – and will now take charge of the senior side as they look to hire a permanent replacement for Lopetegui.How long will Solari be in charge of Real Madrid?Real have a total of two weeks to appoint a new permanent coach, whomever that may be.The Spanish Football Federation’s (RFEF) rules state that Real Madrid have a fortnight to permanently hire a new coach, or face disciplinary proceedings.Article 160 in RFEF’s General Regulations document reads:1. If a coaching vacancy occurs after the competition (La Liga) has started, the club will be obliged to find a new coach who is licensed for the category within a maximum time frame of two weeks.It is worth noting that Solari possesses such a licence.2. Failure to carry out the duties referred to in the previous paragraph will lead to the carrying out of corresponding disciplinary measures by the federation.Thus, provided he is not appointed permanent manager, Solari’s reign is set to last a maximum of four games, starting with Wednesday’s Copa del Rey clash against Melilla.They then face surprise package Real Valladolid in La Liga before travelling to Czech Republic to take on Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League.Their final fixture before November’s international break is back in La Liga against Celta Vigo, by which time Solari’s immediate future should be a lot clearer.Who will be Real Madrid’s next permanent manager?Antonio Conte, Real MadridReal Madrid are currently in negotiations with former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, but his potential appointment is a complicated one.The Italian is understood to be interested in taking the reigns at Santiago Bernabeu, but protracted negotiations between Madrid and Conte’s former side, Chelsea, have the Blancos scrambling ahead of Wednesday’s Copa del Rey match against Melilla. Though Conte is keen to take charge of Madrid, the Italian’s compensation package with Chelsea still must be thrashed out after the Blues fired the Italian following the 2017-18 season. In order to sign with Madrid, Goal understands Chelsea want Conte to forego a €10 million (£9m/$11m) payment, which is complicating the negotiations between all three parties.Conte has won Serie A three times, as well as the Premier League, but it remains to be seen if the Italian will eventually be appointed in Madrid.If not Conte, then Solari could be placed in permanent charge until the end of the season, though that is far from the ideal scenario.Other external candidates include Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, whom the Madrid hierarchy have long been a fan of, though his signing of a new five-year contract in north London during pre-season complicates matters somewhat.Arsene Wenger remains out of work having left Arsenal at the end of the 2017-18 campaign while Joachim Low – who Madrid reportedly spoke to following Zinedine Zidane’s resignation in May – is struggling with Germany and may be glad of the change of scenery.Roberto Martinez has also been linked following his successful World Cup showing in charge of Belgium while there are even suggestions Jose Mourinho could return to the hotseat as he continues to struggle for consistency at Manchester United.last_img read more

Asensio eyes Real Madrid’s Ronaldo role

first_imgMarco Asensio sees his future at Real Madrid, despite what mounting transfer talk may suggest, with there a desire on his part to follow in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo.The 22-year-old playmaker has taken on a more prominent role at the Santiago Bernabeu, with his ongoing development allowing him to become a key creative influence.He has passed the 100-appearance mark for Madrid this term and is among those the Blancos are looking to for attacking inspiration. 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! Somebody is required to fill the void created by Ronaldo’s summer departure to Juventus, with a new talisman being sought, and Asensio believes he is the man for the job.“Why not, for sure,” the Spain international told Marca.“At the end of the day, of course I want to continue to be successful at Madrid, I want to be important here, I have never hidden from that.“I have been a Madridista since I was young, I always wanted to play for Real Madrid and now that I have the opportunity to be important here I want to take it.”Quizzed on the position he would like to play in order to become Madrid’s on-field leader, Asensio added: “I won’t lie, my favourite is 10 and whenever I’ve been able to I’ve worn that.“Now it’s in the hands of Luka [Modric] who still has many years ahead at Real Madrid but of course I would like to have it in the future.”With Asensio facing competition for his preferred role and Madrid having endured a testing 2018-19 campaign to date, it has been suggested that more sales could be on the cards.Marco AsensioReports have claimed that Asensio may be tempted to follow Ronaldo to Juventus, but he insists there is no substance to the rumours as he has never looked for a move or received any offers.“No, they don’t come to me,” he added.“That’s for my agent. I don’t think about anything other than focusing at Real Madrid. I have made it clear that I want to succeed at Real Madrid and continue here.”While eager to stay put, Asensio could see more top talent drafted into his area of the field during upcoming transfer windows.Talk of a big-money approach for Chelsea star Eden Hazard refuses to go away, with the Belgian considered to fit the ‘Galactico’ mould.“It’s speculation. We will see if anyone comes, but right now it’s just speculation,” Asensio said as he seeks to focus on the present and ignore the incessant rounds of gossip in the Spanish capital.last_img read more

Mohammad Nabi becomes second Afghanistan cricketer to play in IPL

first_imgAfghanistan all-rounder Mohammad Nabi became the second Afghanistan cricketer, after young leg-spinner Rashid Khan, to play in the Indian Premier League as Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Kings XI Punjab by five runs in Hyderabad.He made the Hyderabad playing eleven by replacing Ben Cutting against Kings XI Punjab in Hyderabad on Monday and had a decen touting where he picked up one wicket for 28 runs from his four overs and scored two off three balls after coming out to bat late in the innings.The veteran all-rounder was bought by the Sunrisers at his base price of Rs 30 lakh, a mere amount compared to what the franchise paid for his fellow compatriot Rashid – a whopping Rs 4 crore. (Also read: IPL 2017: Rashid Khan is superstar in the making, says David Warner)Nabi, who made his limited-overs debut for Afghanistan back in 2009 versus Scotland, has been an ever present figure in the national side. He made his debut in the shortest format of the game a year later against Ireland in Colombo.Before this match, he had played in 121 T20 matches in his career, scoring 1772 runs and picking up 139 wickets. He has a highest of 89, while his best figures are 4/10. (Also read: Rashid Khan a special talent: Muttiah Muralitharan to India Today)The 32-year-old will got his first chance in this year’s IPL to showcase his talent ad did a decent job to match up with his compatriot, who has been stealing all the headlines since the start of the league.Rashid has picked up nine wickets from five matches with his best being 3/19 versus the Gujarat Lions.advertisementThe young leggie has been in sensational form and has been bamboozling batsmen with his variations since his debut. He took 2/42 in this game after Vohra hammered him for 21 runs in his last over.Bhuvneshwar Kumar currently tops the list with 15 wickets after a brilliant 5/19 in the match.last_img read more

Nokia 8 with 23MP camera, Snapdragon 835 may launch in June: Report

first_imgEarlier in the day, sources close to HMD Global confirmed to India Today Tech that Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6 and the re-designed Nokia 3310 would launch in India in June. Now, we hear more rumours about the new Nokia devices. A report notes that the company, along with launching the Nokia 6, Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 globally in June, will also launch high-end Nokia 8 in the same month.The report comes from Pocketnow, a website that covers smartphones. There have been several speculations about the upcoming Nokia 8 that are doing rounds on the web for months. Some reveal the specs of the upcoming Nokia 8 while some seemed to have “revealed” the price.Amidst all the rumours surfacing the web, new rumours have come to the light. New rumours suggest that the upcoming Nokia 8 will come with a 23-megapixel camera. However, the report also mentions “at least” this means there are chances that the smartphone might sport a much higher primary camera than 23-megapixel. The smartphone is also rumoured to feature Carl Zeiss lens.Also Read: Nokia 3310 to have its own limited edition on launchPreviously leaked sketches of the Nokia 8 also seemingly confirmed Carl Zeiss lens onboard. The report also indicates that the Android device will offer a vanilla Android experience. This means that like the recently launched Lenovo’s Moto G5, G5 Plus and LG G6, Nokia 8 will also offer monthly security updates and quick upgrades to new versions of Android and Google’s AI Assistant to the users.The vanilla aka pure Android is something that Nokia is making a feature for all its new phones. Even the Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 will use pure Android.advertisementThe report further states that the upcoming Nokia 8 will come with Qualcomm’s latest processor – Snapdragon 835. The upcoming HTC flagship to be launched in May 16, dubbed HTC U11, will also come packed with the same processor. This means that both to-be-announced smartphones are somewhat expected to give a tough fight to the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and also Xiaomi Mi 6, which also use Snapdragon 835.Nokia 8 price and screenNokia 8 has already been subjected to several leaks previously. Earlier rumours suggested that the smartphone was expected to come in two variants. Out of which, one will be a cheaper version, while the second one is going to a premium model. According to rumours, the low-end variant of the Nokia 8 is going to sport a 5.2-inch QHD AMOLED display, on the other hand, the top-end model of the Nokia 8 will sport a 5.5-inch display.Also Read: Exclusive: Nokia 3310, Nokia 6, Nokia 3, Nokia 5 coming to India in JuneRumours don’t end just here. Nokia 8 is also expected to come with Google’s Daydream VR platform support. Furthermore, the smartphone will be equipped with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. This is all about the specs we know so far about the upcoming Nokia phone. On the storage front, the smaller variant of the handset will come with 128GB of internal storage, while the top-end version of Nokia 8 will be equipped with 256GB of internal storage.On the pricing front, the 5.2-inch variant of the Nokia 8 will be priced around 4,000 Yuan (roughly Rs 37,220). On the other hand, the 5.5-inch model will cost 4,500 Yuan (roughly 41,873). The coming of Nokia 8 is just a rumour for now. Although Nokia Mobiles has tweeted that fans should expect more devices. “More announcements coming in 2017” and “We’ve only just begun” are two tweets that the account has made.last_img read more

Goel asks PCI to submit report in 10 days in para swimmer case

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 12 (PTI) Asserting that funds were released by the government on time for para-athletes, Sports Minister Vijay Goel today sought a report from the Paralympic Committee of India on how para-swimmer Kanchanmala Pande was left to fend for herself without money in Berlin. Visually challenged Pande, who took part in the Berlin Para Swimming Championships with five others, was forced to borrow money in Berlin from a friend and was reportedly fined for travelling without a ticket on public transport after she was not given enough money by the PCI. The incident has triggered reactions from the likes of Abhinav Bindra and Mahesh Bhupathi, who called the incident “unacceptable” and “shameful”. Terming the incident as unfortunate, Goel today asked PCI to submit a report within ten days. “The Ministry through SAI released Rs. 3.21 Lakhs as 75 percent of dues as advance payment to Para Olympic Committee of India (PCI) in time and arranged tickets etc,” the ministry said in a release. “This amount was transferred in the account of PCI on 22nd June, 2017. Since the amount was transferred to the account of PCI, the players should not have been put to any hardship,” he said. “The Minister found this (incident) as very unfortunate and has ordered that a report from the PCI be sought in the matter within ten days.” Goel, who immediately sought report into the incident from his officers in the ministry, said he also spoke to the PCI CEO. The minister said he has been informed that for some reasons the money was not transferred by PCI to the team members. The Indian Para-Swimming team was in Germany from July 3 to 9. The PCI, however, washed its hands off the incident, saying the sanctioned amount could not be distributed due to the non-availability of court-appointed committee chairman. The PCI vice-president Gursharan Singh said that the national Paralympics body could not be blamed for the incident. He said the fund sanctioned by the government could not be withdrawn as the PCI needed the approval of Justice (Retd) Kailash Gambhir, who was appointed by Delhi High Court as Chairman of the Committee. Under the order of the High Court, which appointed the committee, the PCI needs the approval of the committee to withdraw money till a pending case is decided. “We feel sad that this kind of incident had happened, it should not happen again. We regret that this incident had happened. We will seek a report from the team manager and find out how this had happened,” Gursharan told PTI today. “The sanctioned amount from SAI came five days before the departure of the athletes but we could not withdraw the money as it needs the approval of the Chairman of Committee appointed by the Delhi High Court. He (Justice Retd. Kailash Gambhir) was not available to clear the funds. “So, we told the athletes not to take part in Berlin or go on their own and get reimbursed later. The team went on theirown and I am hearing about this incident. We have asked for a report about what happened in Berlin from team leader Kamaljit Singh,” said Gursharan from London, where an Indian team is taking part in the World Para Athletics Championships. Gursharan said that Kamaljit, a Haryana government coach, had recently led some para athletes to a championships in Australia on their own funds, which was reimbursed later. “Taking part in an event on their own and getting compensated later is not happening for the first time. Kamaljit had taken some para athletes in Australia earlier this year. They went there on their own funds and were compensated later.” Gursharan said henceforth this practice of para-athletes taking part on their own fund (to be compensated later) will not be encouraged. “We will not encourage this kind of participation in future. We work for the well being of our para-athletes. We do not wish this kind of incidents to happen in future.” Abhinav Bindra, the countrys lone individual Olympic gold medallist, took to the social media to express his anger on this incident. “This is UNACCEPTABLE. People must be held accountable,” Bindra wrote on his Twitter handle. He even tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sports Minister Vijay Goel. Indian Davis Cup captain Mahesh Bhupathi and another player Somdev Devvarman also reacted to the incident. “Against all Odds has been every sportspersons story in India at some level but this is an all time low,” tweeted multiple Grand Slam winner and Indias non-playing Davis Cup captain. “Horrible stuff to read… Changes need to be made in the way we perceive sport and the way we run it… The current system is a shame… ,” Devvarman wrote. PTI PDS KHS KHSadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test Day 3: Highlights

Lighter gloves spell quick end of Floyd Mayweather, says Conor McGregor

first_imgMixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor is happy about the switch to lighter gloves for his August 26 fight against undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather and says his opponent will now struggle to make it past the second round.The Nevada State Athletic Commission on Wednesday, just 10 days before the hotly anticipated Las Vegas fight, approved requests from Mayweather and McGregor to wear eight-ounce gloves rather than 10-ounce ones.”That was a good thing for me. I’m very happy with it,” McGregor told reporters on a conference call.Mayweather had nearly all of his 49 professional wins using eight-ounce gloves, which may accentuate one of his advantages – his hand speed.McGregor preferred the lighter gloves since he is used to the fingerless, four-ounce gloves typically worn in MMA.”That’s it in a nutshell, you’ve got pros and cons on both sides,” he said. “Favours us both in certain ways.”I believe now that the gloves are eight ounces, I don’t believe he makes it out of the second round,” McGregor added.”Part of me … kind of wants to show some skills and dismantle him that way. (But) I do not foresee him absorbing the blows in the first two rounds.”While most pundits have McGregor, who has never boxed professionally, as a heavy underdog, the Dubliner said he was determined to prove the doubters wrong.”I’m just looking forward to August 26, going in and proving what I’m saying and educating the world on what martial arts is,” he said. “And earning my respect in this game also.”advertisementThe Irishman said his gruelling preparations for the fight would enable him to triumph no matter how the fight develops.”There is no way in hell that I am not ready to fight in the deepest of trenches in this contest,” McGregor added.”The training sessions and the practice that we’ve been putting in has been through hell and back. We are ready for absolutely every scenario.”I’m ready to go to war for the full 12 rounds and I am ready to put him away in the first 10 seconds. That’s where my head’s at.”Dana White, president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), followed McGregor on the conference call and predicted the fight could even threaten the reported $600 million haul from the Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao 2015 showdown.”This is the biggest event ever in combat sports history. This is the most distributed event in pay-per-view history,” White said, also citing the additional digital reach.”This thing is in like 200 countries on pay-per-view. Boxing doesn’t usually do a lot of digital. If you’re in Manhattan or on a desert island somewhere, if you have Wifi you can buy this fight.”last_img read more

The Ashes: Hope you practice your bouncers, Pat Cummins’ warning to England

first_imgAustralia fast bowler Pat Cummins has told England’s batsmen to prepare themselves for the barrage of short-pitched bowling that awaits them when the Ashes series begins next month.The 24-year-old was brought home early from Australia’s ongoing limited overs tour of India to prepare for the Ashes where he is likely to partner Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood in a tall and fiery pace battery.”Hope you practice your bouncers because we’ll be bowling a lot of them,” Cummins told reporters in Sydney on Thursday in a warning to Joe Root’s side.”No one really likes it if you’ve got real pace and real accuracy,” added the right-armer, who, like Starc, is capable of regularly exceeding 150 kph.”They play on slower wickets, not as much bounce, so over here … it’s one of our biggest strengths.”We grow up on these wickets and as bowlers getting bounce has always been really important.”I think we’re lucky that there’s a few of us who are all pretty tall and get a bit of bounce and like to bowl with a bit of pace.”Hopefully the wickets have a bit of pace and bounce in them, there’s nothing like getting your adrenalin up and then running in trying to bowl short.”Cummins made a sensational Test debut as an 18-year-old in South Africa six years ago but has since had his career blighted by injury, particularly to his back, and has played just four further Tests and a smattering of limited overs internationals.advertisementDue to those injuries, the five-Test Ashes series, which starts on Nov. 23 at the Gabba in Brisbane, would be Cummins first Test matches on home soil and he said he was keen to make a similar impression to that which Mitchell Johnson made on the 2013-14 tour.”To watch ‘Johno’ do what he did, (he) kept the whole morale of the side and Australia up against the Poms almost single-handedly,” Cummins said of the left armer, who took 37 wickets at 13.97 as Australia swept the series 5-0.”It shows the importance a really quick bowler can have and hopefully one of us three or four guys can do a similar job.”last_img read more

Sports Medicine Departments to come up at Medical Colleges

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 31 (PTI) Recognising the crucial role of Sports Science in catering to the needs of athletes in the country, the Sports Ministry has identified five institutions where it will be help set up Sports Science Centres and Sports Medicine departments.Earmarking a fund of Rs 25 crore, the ministry will help establish Sports Science Centres at Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar, Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education in Gwalior and National Institute of Nutrition in Hyderabad.The Ministry will also provide a fund of Rs 12.50 crores for setting up Sports Medicine departments at Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi and at King Georges Medical University in Lucknow.Sports Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar, who recently took charge from Injeti Srinivas, informed that the fund will be given in a period of five years and after that Universities will sustain themselves.”We need such steps. We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with these Universities and Medical colleges since there is a need for such education and facilities,” Bhatnagar said.Several new courses such as Sports Biochemistry will be added to the University programmes.”A few of these institutions did not have these courses before like Sports Physiotherapy and Sports Biochemistry but these will be taught and we will help in funding the faculty,” Bhatnagar said.At Vardhman Mahavir Medical College, the seats will be increased from five to between 8-10 and it will all begin from the next academic session, starting July 2018. PTI AT PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Tata TIGOR portfolio expands with new AMT variants

first_imgTata Motors has added to its range of models equipped with Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) by expanding its sedan portfolio. TATA Motors announced the addition of two AMT variants to the Tigor Styleback sedan range. Available in XZA and XTA variants, with the Revotron 1.2L petrol engine – the XTA variant is priced at INR. 5.75 Lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi and the. The TIGOR AMT will further strengthen the company’s addressable market range. The new TIGOR AMT brings global and contemporary design with advanced technological features targeted at young and dynamic customers and comes with the first-in-class Sports Mode, which gives one a spirited and peppy driving experience.According to Mr. Vivek Srivatsa – Head – Marketing, PVBU, Tata Motors – “As per our turnaround strategy, we are working with a renewed focus and energy to improve our market share and bring products that align with customers’ aspirational and practical requirements. Keeping with the trend of this growing segment, we introduced the AMT variants of the hatchback TIAGO. Now, with the TIGOR AMT, we continue to reach out to our customers with stylish and feature loaded products that offer best-in-class technology and design engineering.” The TIGOR AMT is equipped with four gear positions – Automatic, Neutral, Reverse and Manual for smooth and regular acceleration to offer a comfortable and stress-free driving experience. In addition, it boasts of a first-in-class Sports mode, for a spirited and peppy driving experience. The Manual mode helps shift gears at a flick of a gear stick for an engaging experience. advertisementFor ease of manoeuvrability in heavy traffic conditions and during parking, the TIGOR AMT comes with an in-built ‘creep’ feature, which enables the car to crawl as soon as the pressure is eased off the brake pedal, without pressing the accelerator. This function also prevents the car from rolling back when it starts from an inclined position.last_img read more

Song, logo, mascot out; team awaited for youth World Cships

first_imgGuwahati, Nov 6 (PTI) The team is yet to be finalised but the fanfare was hard to miss as Boxing Federation of India unveiled an official song, a logo, and a mascot for the first World Championship to be held in the country in over a decade, featuring close to 200 boxers from 38 countries.The youth womens world championships, to be held here from November 19, will mark the return of big-ticket boxing to India, which last hosted a world championship in 2006 — for senior women.”The boxers we will see in this tournament will be the ones who will go on to represent the country in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics,” said BFI President Ajay Singh at the “official launch” of the championships, where Assam chief minister Sarbanda Sonowal was also present.Sonowal used the opportunity to declare that he intends to make the state capital the new sports capital of the country.Assams famed one-horn Rhino was expectedly picked the official mascot, named Gappi, while a peppy number sung by Sunidhi Chauhan and composed by Shaan — were here to knock you out — was unveiled as the official song for the event.The tournament is significant not just for the medals but also for the fact that it will double up as a qualifier for the Youth Olympic Games next year in Buenos Aires.”I cant say how many but India will definitely be winning a good number of medals here. The girls have come along quite well,” Indias first ever foreign coach for youth women boxers, Raffaele Bergamasco, told PTI.advertisementThe team for the championship is yet to be finalised and is not expected to be out before the November 17 deadline set by the International Boxing Association (AIBA).The championship is the first of three world championships that India would be hosting in the course of next three years.Next year, the country will play host to the senior womens world championships, before conducting the marquee event for men in 2021. Both the showpiece tournaments will be hosted by national capital Delhi. PTI PM CM CMlast_img read more

Yanks Hurler Sabathia Out 6 Weeks

first_imgNEW YORK — Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia is expected to miss at least six more weeks with an injured right knee.The left-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list May 11. He was examined by Dr. James Andrews last week and had his knee drained. Sabathia also received a cortisone and stem cell injection to treat a degenerative cartilage condition.The team confirmed that the procedure means Sabathia likely will remain sidelined through at least the end of June, maybe longer.The 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner is 3-4 with a 5.28 ERA in eight starts. He has allowed 10 home runs in 46 innings.New York also is missing injured starters Ivan Nova and Michael Pineda, forcing the Yankees to go with a makeshift rotation that includes Vidal Nuno, David Phelps and rookie Chase Whitley.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Giants Beat Mets in 9th, 5-4

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The New York Mets missed multiple opportunities to build a bigger lead and hold it.The San Francisco Giants took advantage of the chances they had when it mattered most.Anthony Recker had a crucial misplay behind the plate in the ninth inning and Jenrry Mejia blew his first save of the season as the Mets lost their fifth straight game, 5-4 at San Francisco on the night of June 7.“We’re not happy with what’s happened but we’ve been in all the games,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “All it takes is a base hit here or there to turn things around.”Former Mets outfielder Angel Pagan had three singles, two RBIs and got on base all five times. He reached leading off the ninth when Recker dropped the third strike and his throw pulled Lucas Duda off first base. Collins challenged the play but lost.Hunter Pence hit a tying double that scored Pagan and advanced to third on Buster Posey’s deep fly to left-center. After Mejia (4-3) intentionally walked Pablo Sandoval, Michael Morse sent a game-winning single to deep right and was mobbed by teammates before he reached second.“The ball got away from me a little farther than I would have liked,” Recker said of the dropped strikeout. “I didn’t have to rush, but I rushed more than I should have.”Jeremy Affeldt (2-1) tossed one scoreless inning to help the Giants (41-21) extend baseball’s best record.Bartolo Colon gave up three runs — one earned — and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings for the Mets. The 41-year-old, who spent the past two seasons across the bay in Oakland, struck out four and walked two.Tim Hudson, who began the game with a majors-best 1.75 ERA, allowed season highs of nine hits and three runs. Even with the tough outing, Hudson (1.97 ERA) is the first pitcher in San Francisco history with an ERA below 2.00 through his first 12 starts with the team.The Mets grabbed leads of 3-0 and 4-1, but stranded 12 runners to help Hudson’s team rally. “At this level you can’t give good teams more than three outs, if you do, you are going to get burned by it,” Collins said.The Mets ended Hudson’s scoreless streak at 16 consecutive innings in the second, when Duda doubled and scored on Recker’s single. In the third, Duda broke his bat hitting an RBI single off the wall in right and Recker drove in another run to give the Mets a 3-0 lead.The Mets might have had more if not for a baserunning blunder. Ruben Tejada was tagged out between second and third after Duda stopped at third and Recker ran to second.With the bases loaded and no outs in the fifth, Posey grounded into a double play to score San Francisco’s first run. Colon then got Sandoval to fly out.New York extended its lead to 4-1 on a wild pitch by George Kontos in the sixth, but couldn’t overcome an error by third baseman David Wright in the bottom of the inning.Wright fielded a grounder and misfired to second trying to get the lead runner with two outs. Pagan followed with a two-run single to bring the Giants within 4-3 and chase Colon.Pence’s single loaded the bases for Posey again, but Jeurys Familia struck out Posey on a sinking fastball clocked at 96 mph.“We were in control of the game most of the way,” Recker said. “And we let them back in it and they took advantage of it.”(ANTONIO GONZALEZ, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Kings Take Cup, Down Rangers in 2OT

first_imgLOS ANGELES — The longest postseason for the Los Angeles Kings led into the longest game they had ever played.After 94 minutes of impossibly tense hockey, Alec Martinez could scarcely believe it when a rebound off Henrik Lundqvist’s pads came straight to his stick.“After it went in, I think I blacked out,” Martinez said. “I’m just so happy for these guys.”From their first elimination game seven weeks ago to Martinez’s championship-winning goal, these Kings were resilient, relentless and remarkable.And now they have the Stanley Cup. Again.Martinez scored 14:43 into the second overtime, and the Kings won the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years with a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 5 on Friday the 13th at night.Marian Gaborik scored a tying power-play goal in the third period for the Kings, who rallied from yet another deficit before finishing off the Rangers in the finals’ third overtime game at Staples Center.Jonathan Quick made 28 saves and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Justin Williams scored an early goal as Los Angeles added a second title to its 2012 championship, the first in the franchise’s 47-year history.Long an NHL afterthought in their warm-weather city, the Kings have turned into a burgeoning dynasty — and they’ve turned Hollywood into a hockey town with two titles, capped by this glamorous finish.“We have a team that simply will not be denied,” said Williams, a three-time Cup champion after scoring 25 points. “Every Cup is special. What we went through in 2012 (versus) what we went through this year, huge difference, and we really earned it.”After innumerable chances for both teams in two nail-biting extra periods, Martinez started the final rush with a pass to Kyle Clifford, who dropped it to Tyler Toffoli for a shot. The rebound went straight to Martinez, and the depth defenseman buried it for his fifth goal of the postseason.Martinez is becoming a late-game playoff legend after also scoring in overtime in Game 7 against Chicago in the Western Conference finals, but the Kings all see themselves as part of something bigger.“I don’t know if we’re part of (a dynasty) yet, but hopefully we’re on our way to that,” defenseman Drew Doughty said. “I believe this group could be at that point, but it’s going to take a lot of work.”The Kings rocketed off the bench and gathered for a huge group hug near the Rangers’ net before the handshake line and the Stanley Cup ceremony featuring captain Dustin Brown’s second chance to take the 35-pound silver trophy from Commissioner Gary Bettman.While his players went crazy, coach Darryl Sutter nonchalantly walked onto the ice with almost no celebration of his second title. He wore a broad grin when he raised the Cup above his head several minutes later.Brown swiftly handed the Cup to Robyn Regehr, the veteran defenseman and first-time NHL champion who never got back in the Kings’ lineup after his May 3 knee injury.Regehr handed it to Gaborik, the goal-scoring dynamo and late-season acquisition who led the playoffs with 14 goals to win the first title of his 13-season NHL career.The trophy soon went to Doughty and Jeff Carter, who became the seventh and eighth players to win an Olympic gold medal and the Stanley Cup in the same year. Leading scorer Anze Kopitar raised it for the second time, and Quick gave a triumphant shout after his turn.Chris Kreider scored a power-play goal and Brian Boyle added a tiebreaking short-handed goal late in the second period for the Rangers, who showed no nerves while facing elimination for the sixth time this spring.Both teams had tantalizing chances in overtime, from shots off posts by Ryan McDonagh and Toffoli to Kreider’s failed breakaway late in the first OT. Rick Nash had an open net in the second OT, but Slava Voynov deflected the shot just high with the shaft of his stick.Lundqvist stopped 48 shots in another standout performance for the Eastern Conference champions, but the Rangers repeatedly came up one goal short against the Kings despite their goalie’s brilliance.“You go into this hoping that you don’t regret anything,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “We put it out there. We gave our best shot, best effort. Three games here all went to OT. What can I say?”Los Angeles’ 2012 title run was defined by that raw, eighth-seeded team’s improbable dominance, but the second crown was all about resilience for the third-place team in the Pacific Division.After fighting through three straight seven-game series to emerge from the tough Western Conference, the Kings won the first three games of the finals, starting with consecutive OT wins on goals by Williams and Brown.Game 5 was the Kings’ 26th playoff game of the spring, matching the NHL record for the longest postseason run. Los Angeles has played 64 playoff games over the last three years, setting another league record.“This time around, we didn’t have time to think about ‘My God, we’ve been playing elimination games so many times,’” defenseman Willie Mitchell said. “I guess that’s probably the difference, that we were on the brink so many times playing really good teams. So that’s pretty cool.”The Kings raised the Stanley Cup just over seven weeks after they faced a 3-0 first-round series deficit against San Jose. Los Angeles confidently won four straight elimination games to become the fourth team in NHL history to rally from that deficit, and then won two more elimination games in a second-round series against Anaheim.The defending champion Blackhawks forced Los Angeles to a seventh game in Chicago, but Martinez’s deflected overtime goal sent the Kings into the franchise’s third Stanley Cup finals.After three straight wins, New York staved off elimination with a 2-1 victory in Game 4 at Madison Square Garden.Staples Center was packed well before the opening faceoff with fans eager for another celebration, rocking the arena with chants of “Go Kings Go!” while both teams were still in their dressing rooms.Los Angeles started out with yet another big-game score from Williams. He got his ninth goal of the postseason on a loose puck after linemates Dwight King and Jarret Stoll applied pressure on Lundqvist.The Rangers finally equalized when McDonagh found Kreider in front. Boyle then got a stunner after Carl Hagelin got the puck away from Voynov, skating around Doughty and wiring a pinpoint shot into the far top corner.But the Kings showed the same determination that has characterized their entire spring run, and they finally equalized with Mats Zuccarello in the box.Doughty’s long shot hit Lundqvist in the chest and dropped in front of him before Gaborik alertly poked it between his legs for the Slovak star’s latest goal in a spectacular postseason with his new club.That’s when the nail-biting hockey started — and roughly 46 minutes later, Martinez drove in the final nail.(GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Murray Fends Off Tsonga at US Open

first_imgNEW YORK — An hour-and-a-half into his stay at the U.S. Open, Andy Murray had to wonder whether it would end quickly.A week later, the same guy who hobbled through head-to-toe cramps in his first-round match looked strong on a day that was even more hot and humid — and now he’s in the quarterfinals. The eighth-seeded Murray beat No. 9-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 in 2 hours, 35 minutes on Sept. 1.“I don’t feel like I’m that far away from playing my best tennis,” Murray said.He hasn’t reached a tournament final since back surgery late last year. Coming into the U.S. Open, Murray felt he was playing well but lamented that he was struggling to close out matches.In a tight one against a tough opponent, Murray won enough crucial points to pull out the victory in straight sets.Tsonga had three break points to go up 3-0 in the third, but Murray fought them off to swing the momentum. He promptly broke in the next game to get the set back on serve, and then closed out the match with another break.Murray, who still isn’t sure why the cramps struck so early in his opening match on Aug. 24, drank too many fluids this time and gave himself a stomachache.It was a tough draw for both players — and gets even tougher for Murray, who next faces No. 1 Novak Djokovic. That matchup feels much more like a Grand Slam title match than a quarterfinal, and for good reason. Murray and Djokovic have met five times in major tournaments, with four coming in the finals; the other was a semi.Tsonga rolled into the U.S. Open full of confidence after beating Djokovic, Murray and Roger Federer in Toronto to win the title. In Tsonga’s 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4 victory over Murray in early August, he was the one winning the key points in a close match.“Tennis, it’s never a straight line. It’s always like this,” Tsonga said, tracing peaks and valleys with his hand. “So today it was like this maybe at the wrong moment.”Murray hasn’t been back to a final since becoming the first British man in 77 years to win Wimbledon in July 2013. He beat Djokovic to clinch that title and also defeated him at the 2012 U.S. Open for the first Grand Slam championship by a British man in 76 years.“Great memories from that match,” Murray said in an on-court interview. “Hope we can play another top-level match.”After beating 22nd-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-1, 7-5, 6-4 earlier, Djokovic called the prospect of facing Murray or Tsonga a “very tough, tough draw.”Murray, he said, “knows how to play center court U.S. Open where he played some great tennis and we had some great matches.”They went to five sets twice in 2012, in Djokovic’s win in the Australian Open semis and Murray’s breakthrough victory in the U.S. Open. “Long games, long rallies, long points, because we do a lot of the same things well,” Murray said.When Murray’s ranking slipped after the surgery, it left him vulnerable to this sort of draw: He could potentially play Tsonga, Djokovic, Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka and 17-time major winner Federer in the last four rounds. Wawrinka beat 16th-seeded Tommy Robredo 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2.Murray may finally be playing well enough to make that run sound plausible. “It’s still obviously a long way from trying to win the tournament,” he said, “but it’s only nine sets now, three matches. … Maybe five, six days away from potentially winning another Grand Slam.”(RACHEL COHEN, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Mets Arise, Pound Marlins, 9-1

first_imgNEW YORK — The New York Mets told Wilmer Flores the starting shortstop job is open next year, and the young infielder might just win the job with his bat.Flores homered twice and drove in six runs for the second time this year, Ruben Tejada capped a four-run fourth inning with a two-run double, and the Mets routed the Miami Marlins 9-1 on Sept. 16 night to end a three-game skid.“I think what he’s done offensively has helped him defensively,” Manager Terry Collins said of Flores, who has been knocked for his play in the field.Just hours after Commissioner Bud Selig said he was impressed with the manner in which the Mets were rebuilding, the 23-year-old Flores hit a three-run shot in the fifth and a two-run drive in the seventh — both off reliever Brad Penny.He also had an RBI double in the fourth as the Mets scored their most runs at home since they tallied 11 against the Phillies on July 30. After slowly developing the power stroke the organization thinks he is capable of providing, Flores is 8-for-15 with three homers and 10 RBIs in his last four games. He has six long balls overall.“Maybe it takes a little more time for some people,” Flores said about finding his swing against big leaguers. “I’m seeing the ball well right now.”Bartolo Colon (14-12) bounced back from his shortest outing of the year to pitch 7 2-3 innings for New York, allowing one run and a season-high 12 hits. The only extra-base hit was a double to Reed Johnson, who had three hits. He struck out seven without a walk.“I was able to execute at the right moment to get out of the big inning,” the always smiling Colon said through a translator.The Mets and Marlins each have 73 wins in the competition for third place in the NL East. New York has two more losses with 10 games to play. Miami, which outhit the Mets 13-12, has 12 games remaining.The Mets must go 8-2 to avoid their sixth straight losing season.Curtis Granderson had an RBI single among his three hits, and the Mets handed Nathan Eovaldi (6-12) his sixth straight losing decision over seven starts, dating to Aug. 13. Eovaldi yielded six runs and six hits over 4 1-3 innings.Flores connected off Penny two batters after Eovaldi was pulled in the fifth. Flores also had six RBIs on June 2 at Philadelphia.“He’s in a career record for innings, so maybe he could be running out of gas. I don’t know. The ball seems to still be coming out of his hands. He’s just making mistakes,” Marlins Manager Mike Redmond said of Eovaldi. “He’s making mistakes and they’re making him pay.”(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Vargas shines as AEK wins Greek Cup

first_imgATHENS, Greece (AP) — Midfielder Ronald Vargas set up a goal in each half for AEK Athens to beat Olympiakos 2-1 and win the Greek Cup on Tuesday, ending a tournament marred by violence and administrative disputes.The final was played without fans at Athens’ Olympic Stadium, and followed repeated match date delays.AEK kept the Greek league champion in check, and Vargas picked out Pantalos Mantalos for a header in the 39th minute. Six minutes into the second half, he led a counterattack that saw Rafik Djebour fire past goalkeeper Roberto.Alejandro Dominguez got one back with a shot from distance in the 85th.Cup games were canceled by the government in March following fan violence at a semifinal. It later reversed the decision, under the threat of an international ban from FIFA.Although fans were forced to stay away, the win came as a huge relief for supporters who remained loyal to the Athens club after it collapsed financially three years ago and clawed its way back from the amateur leagues.“We are extremely happy tonight,” Vargas said. “We had a goal: Win the league or win the cup. We’ve won the cup and it feels great. … It doesn’t matter if you help the team by scoring or by helping teammates score. Everyone is overjoyed.” TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more