India were once again sloppy in the field on the first day of the third Test against England in Mohali. The Indian fielders dropped as many as four catches after England won the toss and opted to bat first.England rode on Jonny Bairstow’s 177-ball 89 to reach 268 for eight at close of play. Bairtstow was dropped twice by wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel before he was trapped leg by Jayant Yadav in the 84th over. (Scorecard)India’s fielding has been an area of concern throughout the series. They dropped seven catches in the drawn first Test in Rajkot, including three in first six overs.Former captain and expert Sourav Ganguly was not too impressed with India’s fielding.”India’s fielding needs to be looked after, especially the slip cordon. There have been too many changes in the slip cordon. Ravindra Jadeja was standing at third slip. I don’t think he’s a consistent fielder at the third slip. So, India have to get their slip cordon right. They have to stick to them. Even if they drop a few, they’ll have to make sure that these are my guys for slip cordon,” Ganguly told India Today.”I think Ashwin dropped a sitter and I think Ashwin was an accident and he would not drop nine out of 10 of those. I don’t think he expected it. You normally don’t get those chances early on in Test matches at square leg in first session. So I don’t think he was expecting it. I think he’ll catch most of them. He’s a safe catcher,” he added.advertisementON TOSS”Tosses don’t win cricket matches but in sub-continent pitches like Vizag, if you win the toss and have big first innings total, you put enormous pressure on team batting second. Look at England’s win in 2012, they won the toss in Mumbai and won the game. India won the toss and won the game. It doesn’t guarantee you Test match wins but it does put a lot of pressure on team batting fourth.”‘NOT OVER YET'”300 is still a good total on the first day of a Test match rather in first innings of a Test match. If England get to 320-330 and then keep India within 400 with a lead of 40-50, India still have to get 400 on this pitch. With a lead of 40-50, this game could go interesting ways in innings three and four. Still not over yet but I think India have done a remarkable job on Day 1 after losing the toss.”ON ENGLAND”I think England missed the opportunity today. It was a great toss to win because this pitch has looked very, very dry. We should have expected them to be in a better position. 270/8 (268/8) on this pitch, I think they would be dissapointed. Toss was crucial and they called it rightly to win it. From that point of view, I think they will be disappointed.”The details of dropped catches by the Indians on Day 1: Batsman Fielder Position Bowler Score at drop Final score A Cook R Jadeja Slip M Shami 3 27 A Cook R Ashwin Mid-wicket M Shami 23 27 J Bairstow Parthiv Patel Keeper R Ashwin 54 89 J Bairstow Parthiv Patel Keeper J Yadav 89 89Runs scored by England batsmen after being dropped: Test Catches Missed Runs added first first drop Rajkot 7 165 Vizag 2 65 Mohali 4 59(Stats courtesy Rajneesh Gupta)
Barcelona’s signing of Malcom has caused controversy. The winger arrived last week in a €41 million deal , despite the fact that both Bordeaux and Roma had announced the player would be moving to the Stadio Olimpico this summer.The Catalans’ late interest in the 21-year-old Brazilian even sparked some suggestions that the club had been unaware of him until Roma’s sporting director Monchi made his move, while the nature of the deal also raises serious doubts over Barca’s strategy in the transfer market.Coach Ernesto Valverde had wanted to sign Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid and everyone at Barca was sure the France forward would arrive at Camp Nou this summer. There were even indications from the player that he would be joining. 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 Griezmann accepted a huge offer to stay at Atleti that will see him bring in around €23m after tax every year and his decision, announced in a documentary at the start of the World Cup, meant Barca had to think again.So after signing midfielder Arthur from Gremio earlier in the summer and then bringing in centre-back Clement Lenglet from Sevilla , they swooped to recruit Malcom to bolster their forward line for 2018-19. The Brazilian is undoubtedly an exciting player who was wanted by a number of clubs across Europe, although not seemingly by Barca until right at the last minute (although they were aware of him), and not by Valverde. Asked about his new winger in his first press conference of the pre-season, Valverde gave a somewhat awkward response. “He is a player the club has known for some time and in the end they have decided to sign him,” he said. “He is a young player, with future projection, and the club decided to sign him.” It was not a very convincing statement and one which did not suggest harmony between the technical team, now led by former left-back Eric Abidal after Robert Fernandez left in June, and the coaching staff. Malcom, who hit the winning penalty against Tottenham after a 2-2 draw in the teams’ International Champions Cup clash on Saturday night , will now line up against Roma, the side he snubbed to join Barca, in Texas on Tuesday .Roma were also the team that knocked Barcelona out of the Champions League last season and Valverde surprisingly left out Ousmane Dembele of his line-up in both legs of that away-goals loss, only throwing on the France forward for the final few minutes as the Blaugrana sought a late goal in the Italian capital.That was despite the fact that Philippe Coutinho, signed in January from Liverpool, was cup-tied and unable to feature in the Champions League after playing in the group stages of the competition with the Reds earlier in the season.Certainly there was a sense that Valverde did not trust Dembele when it mattered most and there were even reports that he could leave the Catalan club after an injury-interrupted first season at Camp Nou. An unremarkable World Cup – despite France winning the tournament – where Dembele barely featured in the knockouts after a poor group stage did little to repair his reputation.The signing of Malcom has only intensified speculation surrounding his future, but Abidal said last week: “Dembele is important. We absolutely count on him. [He and Malcom] are players who play in the same position, but the seasons are long and we are thinking of the club. Dembele can be relaxed, he is important.”One of the concerns over the former Borussia Dortmund attacker last season was a perceived lack of defensive discipline, but the club are sure he will benefit from a full pre-season and believe he can continue to adapt in this coming campaign.”We hope it’s his season,” Valverde said on Friday. “He has to give us a lot of things, he is an extraordinary player. Last year was unfortunate because of the injury he had, but even then he gave us a lot.”Having paid an initial €105m for Dembele a year ago, Barca are definitely not ready to give up on the France forward, now a World Cup winner and still only 21, but it is likely that he and Malcom will be in direct competition for a starting spot for the Catalan club in 2018-19.
Kevin De Bruyne has made a welcome return to training at Manchester City after being sidelined with knee ligament damage since mid-August.The Belgium international, who starred for his country at World Cup 2018 as they secured a third-place finish in Russia, suffered an untimely injury in training.He had taken in just one domestic outing at that stage, with City having opened their 2018-19 campaign with a 2-0 victory away at Arsenal. 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! It was initially suggested that De Bruyne was facing up to at least three months on the sidelines, in what was a serious blow to Pep Guardiola’s plans.City were, however, always confident that the 27-year-old could be brought back into the fold ahead of schedule.De Bruyne, meanwhile, was quick to state that he intended to be back on the field in time for a derby date with Manchester United on November 11.He should be well up to speed by then if his presence back on the training field is anything to go by.Guardiola revealed ahead of Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Brighton that he expected to have the Belgian back soon, saying: “Yeah, Kevin is making the last steps [in his recovery]. He could start training in next few days, doing part of the sessions. Everything is going well.”De Bruyne will not be rushed back into action, with City aware of the need to ease him into their plans and avoid taking any risks.They have another international break coming up, which should give them the chance to work on the fitness of an important figure.There are two outings to come before then, though, with Hoffenheim set to be faced in the Champions League on Tuesday.City then head to Anfield on Sunday for a crunch clash with fellow Premier League title hopefuls Liverpool.De Bruyne will likely be restricted to a watching brief for that encounter, but his return to action may not be too far off as he prepares to provide Guardiola’s side with a timely boost in their quest for major silverware across multiple competitions.
Arsenal will be aiming to clinch their eighth straight victory when they travel to Qarabag on Thursday for their second Europa League group stage fixture.The Gunners ran out comfortable winners in their opening continental game against Vorskla where they won 4-2 to send them top of their group ahead of Sporting Lisbon, while the Azerbaijan side face a steep hill if they are to retain their hopes of progressing to the next round.It will be a crucial fixture for the hosts, who lost their opening match 2-0 and sit bottom of the group with zero points, and they will need to register at least a point against the North London side if they hope to make it to the knockout phases. 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! Game Qarabag vs Arsenal Date Thursday, October 4 Time 5:55pm BST / 12:55pm EST TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Galavision fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport 2 and livestreamed through BT Sport Live. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 2 BT Sport Live Squads & Team News Position Qarabag players Goalkeepers Vagner, Halldorsson Defenders Medzedev, Huseynov, Rzezniczak, Gurrier, Agolli, Mammadov Midfielders Qarayev, Diniyev, Zoubir, Ozobic, Delarge, Abdullayev, Michel Forwards Madatov, Emeghara Qarabag coach Gurban Gurbanov has the benefit of an almost fully-fit team to face Arsenal, with only Dani Quintana sidelined from the team due to a ligament injury until December.They start in a 4-2-3-1 formation, led by Nigerian striker Innocent Emeghara.Qarabag XI: Vagner; Medvedev, Huseynov, Rzezniczak, Agolli; Qarayev, Michel; Madatov, Ozobic, Zoubir; Emeghara. Position Arsenal players Goalkeepers Leno, Martinez Defenders Bellerin, Lichtsteiner, Holding, Mustafi, Papastathopoulos, Kolasinac Midfielders Monreal, Xhaka, Elneny, Torreira, Guendouzi, Smith-Rowe Forwards Iwobi, Ozil, Welbeck, Lacazette Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Aaron Ramsey and Petr Cech have all been left behind in London and will not feature against Qarabag. Cech could miss up to the next four weeks due to injury, which will give Bernd Leno the opportunity prove himself ahead of the former Chelsea goalkeeper.Henrikh Mkhitaryan has not travelled for the fixture due to political tensions between his home country of Armenia and Azerbaijan, where Qarabag are based.Emile Smith Rowe has been handed a start. The 18-year-old striker came off the bench for 20 minutes in the Gunners’ opening game.Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil are both left on the bench.Arsenal XI: Leno; Sokratis, Holding, Monreal; Lichtsteiner, Guendouzi, Elneny, Kolasinac; Smith Rowe, Welbeck, IwobiBetting & Match Odds Arsenal are priced at odds of winning 9/20 according to bet 365 , while a draw is available at 17/5. A win for Qarabag is up for 8/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Despite registering two huge losses against Manchester City and Chelsea in the start of their campaign, new Arsenal manager Unai Emery has managed to steady his ship and bring a winning stability to the side.The Gunners have registered seven straight wins in all competitions since they lost to Chelsea, with five of those victories coming in the Premier League and the other two coming in the Carabao Cup and Europa League.Winning the Europa League may be the Gunners’ best bet of qualifying for the Champions League next season, what with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur still occupying the top-four spots of the Premier League table.Emery may be tempted to field a less-experienced side to face Qarabag though it is important that he not remain complacent in his team-picking, though he will already be without key players in Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan.Danny Welbeck is expected to step up for the Gunners in attack after scoring twice against Bentford in the Carabao Cup last week.Three points against Qarabag will be crucial for the North London side ahead of the toughest fixtures in their group against Sporting Lisbon.
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Afghanistan’s leg-spinner Rashid Khan says the entire country watches Indian Premier League and the support of the people back home gives him energy to perform better in the cash-rich T20 tournament.The 18-year-old Rashid returned with impressive figures of 4-0-16-1 to help his side Sunrisers Hyderabad beat Kings XI Punjab by 26 runs here.”The whole of Afghanistan is watching this league. The way they are supporting us both, me and (Mohammed) Nabi, it is just amazing. The prayers of our people back home help me and whenever we have a game, they all pray for us,” Rashid told reporters last night after the match.”Their back up, their support really helps me and gives me energy,” said Rashid, who hails from Nangarhar province in war-ravaged Afghanistan.Rashid has impressed one and all as he not only has been among the wickets but also putting brakes on the opposition run flow.Asked what does his performance mean for Afghan cricket, he said, “It means a lot to them because coming to this stage and performing here is a very positive message for the people of Afghanistan.”He said the message to the youngsters back home was “to work hard, do your best and you will achieve for which you have set your foot for”.”It is my message for youngsters of Afghanistan to work hard. It does not matter whether you are from Associate or other team, just do your best, you will get your achievements.”Talking about the experience of his maiden appearance in the IPL so far, Rashid said, “Actually, most of the pitches in Asia, they are good for spinners. I have been working a lot with my coaches, especially Muttiah Muralitharan, he is the best spinner in the world. He has been helping and giving me all the confidence to just go out there and give my best.”advertisementAsked how much of the experience gained in IPL will help him in Test and one-dayers, Rashid said, “It makes a big difference. Playing in IPL alongside some of the big names and big coaches and getting their experience will help me a lot. I am just trying my best to get their experiences to do my best.In future, I will work hard for longer format games. Mentally I am preparing myself for that.””I am trying my best to do 100 per cent and follow what the team requirement is,” he said.
The Gunners still need Liverpool or Manchester City to drop points before they stand a chance, but Wenger’s side have now regained crucial momentum and confidence ahead of their final two games against Sunderland and Everton.”We had a difficult week playing Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday. We had three wins in a very convincing way so the focus is there, the desire to play together is there and the fighting spirit is there and of course we are very pleased for that,” Wenger told the BBC.Arsenal have struggled at the home of the abrasive Potters, not winning there since 2010, therefore the manner of victory was particularly impressive with a controlled defensive performance setting the foundations for their scintillating attack.They controlled the game and led 2-0 through stylish goals from Oliver Giroud and Mesut Ozil before Peter Crouch pulled one back — with his hand — to set up a potentially nervous finish.The atmosphere inside Stoke’s famed Britannia Stadium ramped up and many would have been forgiven for expecting the Gunners usual frailties to come to the fore.Instead the mercurial Alexis Sanchez and Giroud added further goals to secure an impressive victory for the fast-finishing Gunners.”I believe when the team plays well we have individual talent and of course that always benefits from it,” Wenger added.”When they scored the hand goal they made it rough. In the games like that when you go to Stoke you need at some stage to suffer, to stick together and that’s what we did.advertisement”We survived a few corners and from then on at 3-1 it was game over. The physio told me he (Sanchez) wants to come off (with injury) but he is still a fighter and still found the resources to score an exceptional goal after.”We just have to win our games now.”
Virat Kohli bounced back in style with a superb half-century against South Africa after falling for a five-ball duck against Sri Lanka. Kohli was removed by Nuwan Pradeep in a crucial Group B match at the ICC Champions Trophy at The Oval on Thursday.Chasing 192 for a win, India were jolted early when opener Rohit Sharma departed with the defending champions on 23 in 5.3 overs. Kohli then joined forces with Shikhar Dhawan to lead India’s fightback in a must-win game at the Oval.The duo then stitched together 128 runs for the second wicket to bail India out in a low-scoring match. The stand also helped India reach their third successive semi-finals in ICC tournaments in three years.Kohli looked uncomfortable at the start but kept his cool to convert his start into a good score and guide India into the semi-finals. He played some flamboyant shots to keep the crowd entertained.The India skipper reached his 41st fifty off 71 balls when he played a short ball towards the third man for a single.Virat Kohli in ODIs batting 2nd – ave 65.18, S/r 93.13, 100s: 17batting 2nd (winning) – ave 92.80, S/r 97.19, 100s: 15#CT17#IndvSA- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) 11 June 2017Kohli had smashed an unbeaten 81 off 68 balls against Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 4 as India started their campaign with a massive 124-run victory over their arch-rivals.The 28-year-old was in sensational form for most of the packed Test season at home. In fact, he became the only batsman in history to make successive double hundreds in four successive series. However, he went through a slump in form against Australia and then endured a middling IPL, managing just over 300 runs.advertisementBut once again under pressure in a run-chase, Kohli brought his A-game to the park and dismantled a strong South African attack to take India home in a match that saw a tense build-up because of the stinging defeat to Sri Lanka at the same venue.
Mumbai, Aug 11 (PTI) Typewriter, the prime tool in government offices before the arrival of computers, is all set to become part of history in Maharashtra.The state council of examinations is holding the last examination of the manual typewriting tomorrow, setting aside the objection from the typewriting training centres that still lure aspirants across the state.The process of phasing out the typewriters was set in motion through a Government Resolution (GR) in 2013.Based on the order, the council has been conducting the typewriting examination by using computers.”Following the GR, we have started conducting the typewriting exams through computers and tomorrow, on 12th August, for the last time we will conduct the typewriting exams through typewriters,” Sukhdev Dere, the commissioner of Maharashtra State Council Of Examination told PTI.”From August 18 onwards, all the exams would be conducted on computers only, which means in the coming days the use of typewriters would get extinct,” Dere said.The GR, issued by the Department of School Education and Sports, had emphasised on the need to educate computer trained professionals for government offices to follow the e-governance motto.It was opposed by the institutes imparting training in typewriting and they lobbied to keep the typewriting examination for few more years.Prabhakar Dambal, the president of Bombay Commerce Educational Institute Association, said the decision would hit over 3,500 private typewriter training institutes in the state”We are not averse to advancement, but we want this issue to be addressed in a humane manner. This decision would definitely cost heavily around 3,500 typing institutes and 10,000 instructors across the state who are dependent on it,” he said.advertisement”Typewriting has been an integral part of personal and professional life of lakhs of people in the state and phasing it in a haste would have an adverse impact on them,” said Ashok Abhyankar, who runs a shorthand and typewriting institute here.Setting aside the objections of the typewriter trainers, Dere termed the decision to phase out typewriters as “progressive” and said it is in-line with Digital India.”Typewriting machines are getting outdated. Now we are advancing in the digital world and therefore, computer-trained individuals and professionals to adopt the e-governance model in the demand in present times,” he said. PTI APM GK NM GK
Mobs rampaged across Haryana on Friday, leaving at least 30 people dead and more than 350 injured, while tensions flared in other parts of northern India after a court declared quasi-religious sect leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh guilty of raping two of his followers.Officials said the rioting erupted in Panchkula, 250km north of Delhi, minutes after the special CBI court convicted the 50-year-old of the crimes committed in 2002. Singh, a burly, bearded man who has scripted and starred in his own films and travels in a fleet of bullet-proof cars, commands a near-devotional following – he claims in the millions – in Punjab and Haryana, where his Dera Sacha Sauda group is based.RAMPAGESupporters attacked railway stations, petrol pumps, buses and television vans as the Army was called in to restore order. Shocking photos showed bodies lying in the middle of the road, ringed by burning vehicles, as scores of security personnel marched past.The Punjab and Haryana High Court ruled that if Singh’s followers are found involved in causing loss to properties, the damages will be recovered from the Dera.The quantum of sentence against Ram Rahim, who enjoyed ‘Z’ category security, will be pronounced on Monday, but experts say he faces at least seven years in prison. He was taken by a helicopter to a jail in Rohtak. Facing a barrage of attacks from the Opposition and on social media, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar admitted that there were lapses but asserted appropriate action was being taken.Asked how thousands of Dera followers managed to reach Panchkula and was his government equipped for this, the CM said, “We were prepared to deal with the situation.”advertisementThe rape allegations surfaced in an anonymous letter sent to the then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2002. Scrutiny of the ashram grew when a journalist investigating the sect was shot dead the same year.The trial in Panchkula triggered a security lockdown, with police closing schools and converting a cricket stadium into a jail in Chandigarh. Authorities in Haryana and Punjab had suspended internet services to curb social messaging in a bid to contain anticipated unrest.In 2015, Ram Rahim was also accused of encouraging 400 followers to undergo castration at his ashram so they could get closer to God.24 ASSAULT CASESThe CBI chargesheets, main and supplementary, have mentioned names of 24 female disciples who left the Dera after being sexually abused. This reporter established contact with four victims through a former Dera aide, Gurdas Singh Toor, who spent six years with the sect and had access to the Baba’s “secret place”, called goofa (a cave), where girls were raped and tortured.Two rape victims have revealed that he would ask his close female disciples to deploy three to four beautiful sadhvis as sentries to guard the cave through the night. The sect leader allegedly picked a new victim each day. One victim even accused Singh of raping schoolgirls.Also ReadRam Rahim followers go on rampage in Haryana, Punjab after Dera Sacha Sauda chief gets convicted for rape; 30 dead Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar under pressure after Dera rampage; admits lapses
Bayern Munich edged past 10-man RB Leipzig 5-4 on penalties on Wednesday to advance to the German Cup round of 16 after drawing 1-1 over 120 minutes.Timo Werner’s penalty was saved by Sven Ulreich after all nine previous efforts had succeeded as Bayern continued their successful run under coach Jupp Heynckes ahead of the two sides’ Bundesliga meeting on Saturday.Leipzig, who had Naby Keita sent off in the 54th minute for a second booking, should have scored during a strong first-half performance.Emil Forsberg wove his way into the Bayern box but keeper Sven Ulreich did well to save in the 24th minute, and another similar run should have earned him a penalty when Arturo Vidal clipped the Swede’s legs.But they got their spot-kick in the 68th minute when Yussuf Poulsen was brought down by Jerome Boateng.Forsberg converted it to put Leipzig ahead but Boateng took his revenge five minutes later, chipping over a beautiful cross for Thiago Alcantara, who headed in the equaliser.Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi kept his side alive with a string of sensational saves as Bayern, who also hit the post, took complete control.They scored all five of their penalties before Ulreich saved Werner’s spot-kick to send them through.Cologne, without a win and in last place in the Bundesliga, beat Hertha Berlin 3-1 to advance, while VfB Stuttgart also advanced with a 3-1 victory over second-tier Kaiserslautern.There was also joy for Werder Bremen, in 17th place in the league, who beat Hoffenheim 1-0.advertisement
New Delhi, Oct 30 (PTI) Birendra Prasad Baishya has been re-elected president of the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) in the Annual General Body Meeting here today.The newly formed Executive Committee of IWLF comprises seven vice-presidents, while Sahdev Yadav became the Secretary General.The elections of IWLF was conducted under strict guidelines, issued by the Sports Ministry. The observers from the Sports Ministry and Indian Olympic Association supervised the elections.New members of the elected body for the term 2017-21 are:President: Birendra Prasad BaishyaVice Presidents: D Chandrahas Rai, Tara Singh, Sunil Elangbam, K Suryanarayana, Narayan Sahu, Paramjit Singh, Abraham Techi.Secretary General: Sahdev YadavSecretary: Badeti VenkataramaiahTreasurer: Naresh SharmaJt. Secretaries: NPS Chauhan, Jayesh C Naik, H Thangchungnunga, S Udaya Kumar.Executive Members: M Ramkoteswara Rao, Pardeep Sharma, Kamaldeep Singh, Ranjit Bhattacharya, Ravi Sharma.Associate Vice Presidents: Pon. Robert Singh, Bhabajyoti Goswami, Sunil Kumar. PTI CM CM
India set their date with China in the final of the 9th women’s Asia Cup after beating hosts Japan 4-2 in the semi-final here on Friday.The Indian junior women’s team rode on a brace from Gurjit Kaur and field goals from Navjot Kaur and Lalremsiami to advance to a fourth Asia Cup final. India won the title in 2004 and finished runners-up in 1999 and 2009.Gurjit gave India a perfect start, successfully converting a penalty corner in the seventh minute before Navjot’s field goal in the ninth minute made it 2-0 for the tourists.In the same minute, Gurjit inflated India’s lead to 3-0 with a brilliant field goal.But Japan was no pushover. It managed to dominate the Indians in the second quarter and reduced the deficit to 2-3 through field goals from Shiho Tsujii (17′) and Yui Ishibashi (28′).FT! The Indian Women’s Team are through to the Final of the 9th Women’s #AsiaCup2017 with a splendid win over Japan on 3rd Nov.#INDvJPN pic.twitter.com/VjFGoHxboa- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) November 3, 2017The third quarter saw Lalremsiami score her first goal of the tournament to put India ahead 4-2, and the defenders did well to keep the Japanese at bay thereon.India entered the knockout stage of the tournament following big wins over Singapore 10-0, China 4-1 and Malaysia 2-0 to top their pool, and on Thursday defeated Kazakhstan 7-1 in the quarter-final.On Sunday, India will aim to avenge their 3-5 loss to China in 2009 as the winner of this year’s edition will qualify for the 2018 World Cup in England.advertisement
It’s Christmas time — the time of joy and happiness with friends and family — and MS Dhoni is celebrating the day to the fullest.After guiding India to a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the final T20 on Sunday in his trademark fashion, Dhoni is back home and is enjoying the festival with his daughter Ziva.In a video that has made its way to social media, Ziva can be heard singing ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’ while Dhoni is looking at her with all the love.Here Comes Christmas wishes from #Dhoni & his Santa Ziva ï¿½??ï¿½#MerryChristmas @msdhoni @SaakshiSRawat @ChennaiIPL pic.twitter.com/K13Fx1yayT- MS Dhoni Fans #Dhoni (@msdfansofficial) December 25, 2017It was all smiles in the Indian camp after the Rohit Sharma-led team thrashed Sri Lanka to sweep the the Twenty20 international series at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.The Indian team celebrated Christmas eve wearing the the Santa Claus hats after India finished 2017 with their 37th victory in international cricket — second most in a calendar year behind Australia’s 38 international wins in 2003.Chasing 136 for a series whitewash, India held their nerves to reach the target in 19.2 overs with five wickets in hand when MS Dhoni hit Thisara Perera for winning runs. Dhoni always spends all his time with family when he is not helping India win on the field.The camaraderie between him and Ziva is extremely fun loving when they share ‘besan ka ladoo’ and pose for pictures together with Snapchat filters.advertisementRecently Ziva was also seen signing a Malayalam song named Ambalapuzhe unnikannanodu Nee from the movie Adwaytham on Instagram. The song was sung by M.G. Sreekumar and K.S. Chithra.A month ago, Ziva became internet’s favourite child when she was seen carrying a water bottle for MSD during the Celebrity Classico, where Virat Kohli’s team beat Ranbir Kapoor’s team 7-3.This is also not the first time she has been seen showing her affection towards music. Earlier during the Champions Trophy, her mother Sakshi uploaded a video where she was playing the piano.
After wowing fans with their chemistry in the music video of Befikra, Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani are all set to come together on the big screen in Baaghi 2. Incidentally, Tiger and Disha are also rumoured to be a real-life couple, although they have both maintained that they are “just good friends.”Tiger and Disha are often clicked together, whether it is at parties or film screenings or dinner dates. But while fans cannot get enough of their pictures, the makers of Baaghi 2 are apparently not too happy. According to a report in Deccan Chronicle, the makers feel that the freshness of Tiger and Disha’s pairing will take a hit.However, Disha refuted the reports as baseless speculation. “No, nobody has any problem with that. I don’t think this is going to affect the film. The story is what takes a film forward,” she told the publication.Meanwhile, Tiger’s look in Baaghi 2 was leaked on the internet last month. The actor was snapped outside his vanity van as he was on his way to shoot for an action sequence. The picture shows that Tiger has ditched his trademark curls and sports short hair, a stubble and bulging biceps in the film. Baaghi 2, directed by Ahmed Khan, also stars Manoj Bajpayee and Prateik Babbar in pivotal roles. It is scheduled to release on April 27, 2018.ALSO WATCH: Tiger Shroff opens up on kissing Shraddha Kapoor, his stunts in Baaghi and more
NEW YORK — The Mets had runners at second and third with none out in the fifth inning and came up empty. Only fitting on a night when they wasted chances in just about every way possible.New York left 15 on base and lost 3-2 in 11 innings to the Philadelphia Phillies on May 10 in a game full of missed opportunities.“You’ve got the infield back; they’re giving you a run,” Manager Terry Collins said about the fifth. “All we had to do was put the ball in play.”Time after time the Mets failed to get the big hit, going 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.The Mets returned home after a 2-6 road trip that ended with a three-game sweep in Miami and a 23-inning scoreless streak. They quickly ended the drought on Curtis Granderson’s RBI double in the first but then reverted to their struggling ways until the eighth, when David Wright doubled in the tying run off Antonio Bastardo.New York loaded the bases in each of the first two innings against Roberto Hernandez. The Mets also put two runners on in three other innings, including the fifth when shortstop Jimmy Rollins’ errant throw on a potential double-play ball put two in scoring position.But Josh Satin, starting at first base because Lucas Duda was out with a stomach flu, struck out and newcomer Wilmer Flores also was fanned by Hernandez. Travis d’Arnaud then grounded out to end the threat.“He was amazing, phenomenal,” Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd said of Hernandez. “That’s what it’s about, picking up your teammates.”Byrd certainly did that, driving in the go-ahead run in the 11th inning with an opposite-field double down the right field line.Chase Utley had three hits and scored all the Phillies’ runs, two on singles by Domonic Brown, to help Philadelphia end a four-game skid and beat the Mets for the first time in six meetings.Carlos Torres (2-2), the seventh Mets pitcher, gave up a one-out double to Utley and intentionally walked Ryan Howard. Byrd, who played for the Mets last season, reached low and away to send a liner inside the foul line.“He’s got a great mentality for that. He’s always on the positive side and he’s always up there,” Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg said. “He’ll grind it out. He’ll grind out a game and that’s what he demonstrates.”After the big hit by Byrd, the Phillies left the bases loaded in the 11th, only fitting as the teams combined to strand 32 runners on a damp night in a game that took 4 hours, 39 minutes.Jonathan Papelbon earned his 10th save. Mario Hollands (1-1) got the win.While the Mets wasted opportunity after opportunity, the Phillies were hardly better in their first game since Toronto swept four from them in a home-and-home interleague series. Philadelphia stranded 17 at Citi Field and couldn’t capitalize on 11 walks — three intentional.Brown and Utley teamed in the third and fifth against Jenrry Mejia to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead.Utley led off the third with a double and advanced to third base on Howard’s fly to left field. After a walk to Byrd, Brown fisted a soft liner the opposite way to left to tie it 1-all.Brown drove in Utley in the fifth with another hit dunked into left field.Mejia gave up two runs and six hits in 4 2-3 innings. He walked three, hit a batter with a pitch and struck out four.“He kept the damage to a minimum, even though he had deep pitch counts, even though he had walked some guys,” Collins said. “When he had to he made some pretty good pitches. They did not hit him hard.”Mets fans got excited in the third when Mejia’s weak fly to left looked as though it had a chance of dropping. Instead, a charging Brown made the catch to leaveNew York pitchers 0 for 59 this season.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
HAVANA — When President Barack Obama watches the Tampa Bay Rays play Cuba’s national team Tuesday, it will come at the deepest moment of crisis in more than 50 years for the island’s famed state-run baseball league.A flood of high-profile defections to the U.S. has gutted the country’s teams. Stadiums and fields are run down, and experts and fans say quality of play is too. The national team hasn’t won a major international tournament in nearly a decade.“It’s going through a bad period,” said Ismael Sene, a Cuban baseball historian.Now authorities are considering once-unimaginable changes to save the socialist country’s national game — reforms partly prompted by Obama’s detente.Major League Baseball is in talks with both nations’ governments on a potential deal that could make it easier for Cuban ballplayers to play in the United States without having to sneak away at international tournaments or risk high-seas defections with human smugglers.Last week the Obama administration implemented a policy to let Cubans earn salaries in the U.S. as long as they don’t pay special taxes back home. Those regulations specifically mention athletes, along with artists and performers.Victor Mesa, a retired Cuban baseball legend who’s managing the team facing the Rays, said he has dreamed of a day when Cuban players could compete in the United States without abandoning their homeland.“They could go work there, they would give us work permits, the money can be brought back to Cuba — that is what we want, for our baseball players to be able to play there,” Mesa said.One key sticking point is that while Cuba now allows some players to compete in foreign leagues, they are legally on loan from the Cuban Baseball Federation, which takes a cut of their salaries. Paying money directly to the Cuban government would violate the U.S. embargo under its current form.Yulieski Gourriel became the first big star to go overseas in the prime of his career with the island’s full blessing, in 2014. He made $1 million in Japan with the Yokohama Dena Baystars and paid 10 percent of that to the federation — a huge payoff for a country where take-home salaries for Cubans average about $25 a month.But last season he ended up back in Cuba after the club canceled his contract.Then last month he and younger brother Lourdes — also considered a promising prospect — slipped out of their hotel at the Caribbean Series in the Dominican Republic, joining the likes of Yasiel Puig and Yoenis Cespedes in a string of high-profile defections.Photos posted on Twitter in early March showed Gourriel at the Miami airport.At the time he left, Gourriel was batting around .500 for Havana’s powerhouse club Industriales and was on pace to shatter multiple hitting records. Some of that was surely skewed by a decline in local pitching, but Gourriel is widely considered to be the finest Cuban player of his generation.“That was a symbolic blow,” said Peter C. Bjarkman, author of the forthcoming book “Cuba’s Baseball Defectors: The Inside Story.”Bjarkman interpreted it as a sign that no MLB deal was imminent, because otherwise Gourriel probably would have stayed: “Running out of time as he was (at age 31), he felt he had to go now or never.”Another problem is that Cuba plays in the winter. That means players who also compete in Japan or elsewhere get precious little offseason. Senior players like Gourriel would risk exhaustion and potentially serious injury.Sene said authorities already are talking of shifting to a May-September league that would operate without players who sign with the Majors. A second, six-team league could run from October to December when they would be available to play back home after the U.S. season ends.“I hope that can happen,” Sene said. “For me it is the solution to the general quality” of play in Cuba.It would likely be necessary, because MLB clubs that pay millions of dollars in salaries will aggressively defend their investment.“The White Sox are not going to release (Jose) Abreu in the middle of a pennant race to go play for Cuba,” Bjarkman said.Cuban baseball insiders say many players are genuinely torn between loyalty to the Cuban system that nurtured their talent and the dream of competing against the best.But MLB salaries are a powerful lure. In recent years signings have netted whopping deals for Cubans like Rusney Castillo ($72.5 million, Red Sox) and Abreu ($68 million, White Sox).“Every baseball player would like to test himself in that league,” said Livan Moinelo, a left-handed pitcher for Pinar del Rio. “Big possibilities are opening for Cuban ballplayers to play in the Major Leagues, and we hope it turns out for the best.”Meanwhile many Cuban kids today are taking up soccer instead of baseball, and idolizing stars like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. While a single ball is all it takes for 22 kids to play soccer, gloves, bats and other baseball equipment are expensive and scarce.The last time Cuba’s national team won an international tournament was in 2007 at the Pan American Games, although Pinar del Rio did take first at the 2015 Caribbean Series, a club competition. Cuba sent what was considered a strong squad to the 2013 World Baseball Classic, but it crashed out before the semifinals. Since then at least seven key players from that team have defected.Bjarkman said the lack of success has prompted even more to leave. While Cuba was winning tournaments, the athletes were treated like rock stars back home. But these days, fans are more interested in the exploits of the Cubans in the Major Leagues than those still here.“They’re second fiddle to the guys who left. It’s taken away one more reason for staying home and staying in the system,” Bjarkman said. “They’re not the real heroes anymore. The heroes are the ones who left.”PETER ORSI, Associated Press___Associated Press writer Andrea Rodriguez in Havana contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shares