New Delhi : Behind every successful journey, there is a lot of struggle and heartbreak that goes unnoticed. Done with the celebration and the post-match presentation at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Sunday, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma took a trip down the memory lane as he walked back into the dressing room after lifting the IPL trophy for a record fourth time.With the noise settling down and the feeling of being the champions sinking in, Rohit took the boys down to May 20, 2018. A loss to Delhi Capitals (then Daredevils) at the Feroz Shah Kotla saw the Mumbai Indians’ journey end as they failed to qualify for the playoffs. This very team, which on Sunday was the cynosure of all eyes, had people questioning their ability and prowess. But the skipper had the back of the boys when things went downhill and the boys repaid the faith with the title this season.IANS has learnt that Rohit, after Sunday’s summit clash, in his speech inside the dressing room mentioned how he believed in the boys even when the chips were down and he was extremely proud of how they came back with a bang this season.“Last year after we couldn’t qualify for the playoffs in Delhi, I told you all that this is a damn good team we have. Our run (2018 season) didn’t go as expected, but I believed that this team can do wonders. Today we have shown our character. This is the hallmark of our team. We believed in each other till the last minute. Each one of you was exceptional this season and I am just the lucky guy who gets to lift the trophy. So, thank you to all the boys, support staff, management and everyone for being a part of this wonderful and historic journey,” Rohit said in his victory speech to the boys.In fact, sources in the know of developments said that this year too, Nita Ambani and Akash had a word with the boys after their loss to Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on April 28. Speaking to the team in a huddle after the game, both the owners had told the boys to believe in themselves and their abilities. In fact, Akash had told the boys to avenge the defeat when the two teams would meet again at the Wankhede Stadium in a week. Not only did the boys avenge the loss with a resounding nine-wicket win, but they also went on to win the remaining two games of the season to be crowned champions. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWS
Published on February 8, 2016 at 1:05 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman After back-to-back losses to Louisville and Pittsburgh toward the end of January, Florida State has reeled off four consecutive wins heading into Thursday’s game against Syracuse.The Seminoles (16-7, 6-5 Atlantic Coast) are tied with the Orange (16-8, 6-5) in the middle of the conference standings and will visit the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m. to spell SU from reaching double-digit off days since its win over Virginia Tech last Tuesday.Syracuse is on a streak of its own, having won three consecutive games while allowing an average of just 61 points over that span.“The defense is as good as it’s been,” FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton said of Syracuse on Monday’s ACC coaches’ teleconference. “One of the top defensive teams in the league.”The Seminoles are fourth in the ACC in points per game during league play. FSU posts an average of 75.5 per contest and its high-powered offense will match up against the third-best defense in the conference in the Orange (64.3 point per game allowed in ACC play).AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHamilton has five first-year rotation players at his disposal, two of which lead the team in scoring. Freshman Malik Beasley is fourth in the conference with 17.3 points per game and freshman Dwayne Bacon chips in 16.2 points per contest.“They got so many guys that can score,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said on the teleconference. “They’ve got tremendous offensive talent.”Ten Seminole players see an average of over 10 minutes per game with no single player averaging more than 30. They also have seven players grabbing over three rebounds per contest and 10 players shooting more than 42 percent from the field.Despite the youth on his hands, Hamilton has made it mesh with Beasley and Bacon at the forefront.“It’s a challenge any time you try to integrate that many first-year players into your rotation,” Hamilton said.“I think they’ve got three guys that are going to be first-round draft picks,” Boeheim said.Since SU’s head coach returned from his suspension, the Orange is 6-2. It stifled one of the nation’s best offenses just over a week ago in a 15-point win against Notre Dame. Up against another of the ACC’s top scoring teams, Syracuse will have to reach into its defensive arsenal once again to continue its hot streak.“Coach Boeheim has come back with this team and he’s rejuvenated them,” Hamilton said, “and they’re playing awfully well.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Nate Solomon ducked his defender and took a step to the middle, curling toward the cage.He cocked his stick back over his right shoulder and unleashed a shot past North Carolina goalie Caton Johnson. Solomon pumped his fist then turned to hug Brett Kennedy and Peter Dearth, who swarmed him after setting up the fastbreak that put Syracuse ahead, 11-7, with less than a second to play in the third quarter.“It can be a little bit deflating (for the opponent),” SU head coach John Desko said. “It was a big one for us.”No. 9 Syracuse (8-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) started the second half tied with No. 18 North Carolina (7-5, 1-2) at seven goals each. It ended the third quarter up 11-7, smothering the Tar Heels offense and squeezing out enough goals to pull away and win, 12-9, on Saturday afternoon at Fetzer Field. The victory moves the Orange to .500 in conference play, potentially pushing it out of the ACC tournament’s play-in game.“To tie it up at halftime was huge for us,” attack Bradley Voigt said. “And we just went in to the locker room at halftime knowing we could control the rest of the game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe conference moved to a new tournament format this season to include the fifth team, previously left out. The No. 4 and No. 5 seeds play to face the No. 1-seed, already secured by Virginia.The Orange have finished 2-2 or better in the ACC for the last four years. The last two seasons they went 4-0 in conference. Coming into North Carolina with a 1-2 record, SU hoped to preserve the streak.It did, but with Duke topping the Cavaliers minutes after SU’s win, the Orange are reliant on a UNC win against Notre Dame next Saturday to secure a third-place or higher finish. After Saturday’s win, Desko said he’d heard chatter from players in the locker room about the stakes, but opted not to jump in and distract from the opponent.“I thought about it a little bit before — what could happen where in the ACC tournament,” he said. “But, right now I can’t control anything.”Syracuse, a team that’s avoided early lulls in back-to-back dominating wins, looked like it would do the same. The Orange bolted to a 2-0 lead. But the Tar Heels’ top-20 offense punched back, ripping off six-straight to put the Orange in a 6-2 hole early in the second quarter.The Orange responded with a four-goal run of their own. A goal each way knotted the contest, seven each, at half. In the locker room, SU’s attack knew they hadn’t played at their highest level, Voigt said. They still churned out seven goals despite rushing shots early in the shot clock and playing frantically through transition.“Halfway through the shot clock we were settling for shots that we could get with 10 seconds left,” Voigt said.With 10:40 left in the quarter, Jared Fernandez forced a turnover and Stephen Rehfuss scooped the ground ball. Pat Carlin drove to his right hand from the alley. When his defender forced him wide, Carlin spun right, dropped his stick and shot between Johnson’s legs, breaking the tie and putting SU up for good.About a minute later, the Orange got the ball back after a low pass from behind Drake Porter’s cage slipped through the legs of UNC attack Nicky Solomon. The ball trickled out of bounds, and SU got the restart. Barely a minute later, David Lipka sprinted out to his left from the midfield, whipping a shot across his body and rippling the twine behind Johnson to build a 9-7 lead. Voigt tacked on a tally of his own 1:11 later.For the rest of the half, the Orange smothered the North Carolina offense, deflecting shots, forcing turnovers and pushing possessions late into the shot clock. It never broke down.Then, finally, Solomon put the finisher on one of the most important quarters Syracuse has played all season. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 13, 2019 at 6:04 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham
Over 100 city businesses proprietors have failed to pay taxes and according to Mayor Ubraj Narine, this results in the build-up of garbage in Georgetown.Several photos began circulating on social media on Friday morning of overflowing bins throughout the capital city which saw City Hall coming in for a massive backlash.However, at a press conference later on Friday, Mayor Narine revealed that the overflow was as a result of damages to the tyres of the lone tractor owned by the City Council.A replacement of the tyres is difficult to obtain locally, he said, which saw the garbage bins throughout Georgetown being left unattended for the past three days. Further, it is expensive to buy new tractors, the Mayor said.The Mayor then lambasted some 144 “high-end businesses” in Georgetown which have failed to pay their taxes and who owes City Hall billions.According to Narine, City Hall is willing to procure two additional tractors, however, this is difficult since the finances are unavailable.“There is only one tractor we have at this moment to remove all those skip bins and that tractor is currently down…however, we can do better but only if we get the resources from the taxpayers then we would be able to have two more tractors. There is a list with 144 business entities that due us tax and if these taxes can be paid up to the City Council we will get the additional tractors so that we will be able to do a better job…they owe us billions, these high-end businesses,” Narine revealed.The Mayor is urging the businesses to pay up monies owed, which will make the work of City Hall less strenuous, since according to Deputy Mayor Alfred Mentor, the monies for the tractor cannot be obtained from the Communities Ministry.“This is a teamwork, this is a job that the ratepayers themselves, especially those in the commercial community, has to do…we just can’t be going to the religious communities and tapping the Central Government resources to be able to get these other machineries There are allocation of funds in the subvention that we will use to buy some other machineries but there are other departments that also have needs and we have already allocated funds for those things so it is very important for the business community to play their part,” Mentor urged.Director of Solid Waste, Walter Narine, however, said efforts were being made to have the skip bins cleared.He reiterated the Mayor and Deputy Mayor’s call, noting that the City Council is doing its part and as such, he implored businesses to do theirs.“These waste primarily comes from the business community and we are expending a lot of resources and time to clean up waste in the business communities. We have a business truck that traverse the business community every morning, we have street orderly that walks the street to clean up garbage, we put those bins at those locations because before those bins, you had mountains of garbage every single day in front of those businesses.”He added that the businesses which are not paying their taxes are putting tremendous pressure on the municipality’s finances.