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ICC Champions Trophy: India clubbed with Pakistan in Group of Death

first_imgTwo-time world champions India have been clubbed with arch-rivals Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy, which will be held in England next year. (Latest Cricket stories | Click here for Snap Post)The tournament, which was last played in 2013, will feature eight teams playing 15 matches over 18 days across three venues. Incidentally, England had also hosted the ICC Champions Trophy three years back.England will play the opening game of the tournament against Bangladesh at the Oval. India, slotted in Group B, will go in as defending champions and will open their campaign against Pakistan on June 4, before taking on Sri Lanka on June 8 and South Africa on June 11. The two semi-finals have been scheduled for June 14 and 15 while the final will be played on June 18, at the Oval.India and Pakistan had last played an ODI during the World Cup last year. The two also clashed at the Asia Cup T20 and the World T20, with India emerging victorious on all three occasions.Group A will consist of reigning world champions Australia, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh.CAPTAINS SPEAK”Having won the event in 2013, we know how intense this event can be and we are under no illusion that it will be any different next year,” India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said in an ICC statement.”In the ICC Champions Trophy, it doesnt matter which other sides are in your group or who your semi-final or final opponent is.”You have limited time and the key to success is consistency, and being on top of your game each time you step out on to the field. There is very little room for error.”advertisementEngland are hosting the tournament for the third time, having reached the finals in 2004 and 2013.”The ICC Champions Trophy is an elite ODI competition, contested by the sports top eight ranked sides featuring the finest 50-over cricketers,” England captain Eoin Morgan said.”As professionals, we want to be involved in such intense competitions where our individual and team skills are tested almost each day.” Here is the full schedule:June 1 – England vs Bangladesh, at The OvalJune 2 – New Zealand vs Australia at EdgbastonJune 3 Sri Lanka vs South Africa at The OvalJune 4 – India vs Pakistan at Edgbaston June 5 – Australia v Bangladesh, The OvalJune 6 – England v New Zealand, CardiffJune 7 – Pakistan v South Africa, EdgbastonJune 8 – India v Sri Lanka, The OvalJune 9 –  New Zealand v Bangladesh, CardiffJune 10 – England v Australia EdgbastonJune 11 – India v South Africa, The OvalJune 12 – Sri Lanka v Pakistan, CardiffJune 14 – Semi-final (A1 v B2), CardiffJune 15 – Semi-final (A2 v B1), EdgbastonJune 18 – Final, The OvalJune 19 – Reserve Daylast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Unlike many in the top ten, Fitzgerald has actually appeared in a Super Bowl. He caught seven passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns in the Cardinals’ Super Bowl XLIII loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers seven years ago. Fitzgerald’s 64-yard touchdown catch with 2:37 remaining gave Arizona a 23-20 lead and is still one of the most iconic plays in franchise history.Topping Harrison’s list is Denver Broncos outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware, who has a chance to graduate from the club with a win over the Panthers in Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7.Cleveland tackle Joe Thomas, Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson, Detroit wide receiver Calvin Johnson and Dallas tight end Jason Witten round out the top five.Ranking below Fitzgerald are Carolina defensive end Jared Allen, San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers, Indianapolis wide receiver Andre Johnson and Baltimore wide receiver Steve Smith. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo It’s not exactly a club you want membership in: the best active NFL players who have never won a Super Bowl. Unfortunately for Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, he’s in it, according to NFL.com’s Elliot Harrison. Fitzgerald ranks sixth on Harrison’s list of the top ten current NFL players who have never hoisted the Lombardi Trophy.Fitzgerald certainly owns the career numbers (1,018 receptions for 13,366 yards and 98 touchdowns) to merit inclusion on this list. And then, when you add in his postseason career and his ability to lift his game against the top competition, it becomes even more apparent that this is a player who more than deserves a Super Bowl ring. He is the only player ever to have three games of 150-plus receiving yards in the playoffs, and he has more postseason touchdown catches (10) than any other active player.Many thought this would be the year that Fitzgerald graduated from the dubious club. In his 12th season in the league, Fitzgerald caught a career-high 109 passes for 1,215 yards and nine touchdowns in helping the Cardinals to a 13-3 regular-season record, an NFC West title and an appearance in the NFC Championship Game. Top Stories Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald stands with his teammates before the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn) Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more