Real Madrid C.F.’s Welsh forward Gareth Bale will start the new football season under pressure after missing the end of his club’s successful last campaign with an ankle injury while players such as Marco Asensio and Isco took the chance his absence gave them to stake their claim for a regular first team place.Now, Bale is back training with the Spanish and European champions and hoping for better luck as he prepares to start his fourth campaign at a club where he is constantly under the spotlight, reports Xinhua news agency.”Last season the pain in my ankle made it hard for me to be fully fit, but I am able to go flat out in pre-season,” he said in an interview with Spanish sports paper Diario Marca.”My ankle hurt last season, but you always want to be back in the side. Maybe I should have taken more time to recover and not force my return, but it doesn’t hurt me now, my ankle is strong and I am ready,” said the 28-year-old.”Everything went well until January, but it was bad luck and you can’t avoid injuries in football,” he said, explaining he has worked “12 hours a day” to be fit in time for the UEFA Champions League final, which was played in Cardiff.”It was incredible to be able to raise the Cup in front of my family and friends. But now I want to have a good pre-season and to start 100 per cent fit, because when I came back last season I was only 50 per cent fit.”advertisementThe former Tottenham Hotspur F.C. star was asked about his future amid constant rumours of interest from a few English Premier League (EPL) clubs, but he said he had “signed a long contract with Real Madrid” and was “happy” at the club.”I am a British player and they will always talk about me returning home. It happened with David Beckham and other English players who came here. But I am happy at Madrid and there is no offer to buy me and so there is nothing to talk about,” he explained.
The Malaysia Football Federation has cancelled the first of two friendlies between Indian women and Malaysia, where were to be held on July 29 and July 31.According to FIFA rules, there ought to be a two-day gap between two friendlies but FA Malaysia had given only a one-day break.FA Malaysia confirmed the same through a tweet.WOMENS MATCH BETWEEN MALAYSIA AND INDIA TOMORROW CANCELLED, THE MATCH ON MONDAY REMAINSRead more at https://t.co/oJmugJGqMP pic.twitter.com/LS5UP74rvT- FA Malaysia (@FAM_Malaysia) July 28, 2017India had a practice match with Malaysia on Friday which they drew 2-2.Trailing at the interval, India equalised through Mandakini Devi before Kamala Devi put them ahead. However, Malaysia pulled another back in the dying moments of the game and the match was a draw.India women were playing their first series of friendlies for over four years. Maymol Rocky is their head coach, the first-ever woman coach of an Indian senior national team.The 22-member squad is as follows:GOALKEEPERS: Panthoi Chanu, Roshini Devi.DEFENDERS: Ashalata Devi, Manisa Panna, Umapati Devi, Dalima Chhibber, Radharani Devi, Jabamani Tudu, Tony Devi.MIDFIELDERS: Premi Devi, Prameshori Devi, Lochana Munda, Sanju, Mandakini Devi, Ritu Rani, Bindyarani Devi.STRIKERS: Bala Devi, Kamala Devi, Anju Tamang, Dangmei Grace, Pyari Xaxa, Kashmina.
Former India Sourav Ganguly said it was difficult to pick the greatest of all time from India Today’s selection of Muhammad Ali, Diego Maradona, Roger Federer, Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt. However, Ganguly said the five were the brands of their respective sports and benchmarks for everyone.WATCH FULL VIDEO”It’s so hard to say which champion is bigger than the other – These are what champions made of. They are champions because they choose when to finish,” Ganguly told India Today when asked to pick his greatest of the five. “Ali, Maradona, Federer, Bolt and Phelps are all champions. It’s hard to pick who is bigger than the other.”Reuters PhotoGanguly said the five would be remembered for their efforts for the next several years.”They are five different sports and they are brands of the sports and will continue to remain for the next 50, 60 or 100 years – just like Bradman in cricket,” he said. In terms of achievement, they are all on the same page.Bolt’s 100 metres springing career finally came to an end on Saturday at the World Championships in London.The Jamaican could not bow out on a high but he certainly gave the fans a great time before leaving the arena.Bolt finished third to Justin Gaitlin and Christian Coleman in the race to go out with a bronze. Now he has 34 medals in international competitions. Out of which 25 of them are gold, seven silvers and two bronze. He finished with a whopping 75 per cent gold tally, followed by 20 per cent silver and six per cent bronze.advertisementFederer recently won his eighth Wimbledon and 19th majors title to create history in men’s tennis. Phelps is the greatest Olympian of all time with 23 gold medals.Reuters PhotoHowever, Ganguly was sure about one choice. Asked to pick the greatest of the two footballers Maradona and Pele, Dada chose the Argentinean.”I’ll always say Maradona. I’ve been blunt about it. People always say why does Sourav always take a side in life? Why can’t Sourav be in the middle and not get criticised by people around the world? But that’s the way I am. I take a decision and I’ve given my decision. I’ve given my decision with honesty, with what I feel and hopefully everyone will respect that. There’s nothing more to it except for what I see with my own eyes. When I see Pele and Maradona play together…my eye tells my mind that the man with the left foot is probably the greatest in the world. I’ll keep that thought right throughout and I’ve said that before,” said Ganguly.Reuters Photo”That doesn’t make Pele a smaller player. There are no hard feelings but for me it is the man with the left foot because when I saw him in 87…the game against England. I just felt that nobody could play better football than he did,” he added.(With inputs from AP)
Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) troubled T20 Global League has been postponed to 2018 in an embarrassing climb-down for the organisation which launched the tournament amid great fanfare in London in June.Failure to secure a suitable broadcast package and a title sponsor meant CSA stood to lose about $25 million, representing roughly half of the organisation’s cash reserves.”We have not come to this decision lightly,” acting CSA CEO Thabang Moroe said in a statement on Tuesday.”Having discussed it with all our stakeholders including the franchise owners, we believe that the interest of the league should be our first priority. We have re-assessed our strategy and believe that postponing the first edition of the T20 Global League to next year will serve us well.”A number of top international players had been signed for the 2017 competition, including England one-day captain Eoin Morgan and former England batsman Kevin Pietersen.The six-week tournament, due to feature eight teams, was scheduled to run from Nov. 3-Dec. 16.Former CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat left his job suddenly last month citing a clash with the organisation’s board, widely reported in South African media to be about his role in setting up the T20 Global League.
Mumbai, Oct 26 (PTI) Former American basketball player and NBA star, Andre Miller will pay his first ever visit to India to promote the game in the country.”Im looking forward to my first visit to India to see firsthand how the NBA has been developing basketball in the country,” said the 6ft 3inches tall star, who will also appear as a guest analyst on TV show Around The the Hoop.”I understand theres a lot of potential in India, and Im excited to contribute to the growth of the sport,” said Miller, who ranks ninth on the NBAs all-time assist leaders.Millers itinerary also includes a visit NBA Basketball school in Delhi on October 30. NBA had launched its elite basketball training center at Jaypee Greens Integrated Sports complex in Delhi in the month of May. Sim Bhullar, Bruce Bowen, Muggsy Bogues, Chris Bosh, Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Seth Curry, Pau Gasol, Robert Horry, Dwight Howard, Robin Lopez, Brian Shaw, Shawn Marion, Jason Richardson and Kevin Durant are some of the players who have visited India since 2006.In fact, Durant was the first active NBA player to visit the facility in July this year. PTI ATK ATK
Former India Test cricketer Kirti Azad praised India Today’s Operation CricketGate which revealed how Pune curator Pandurang Salgaonkar was ready to doctor the pitch according to the bookies’ needs.Two of India Today’s undercover reporters, posing as bookies, caught Salgaonkar on tape. The curator assured the reporters that the pitch would yield 337 runs and the target would be easily chaseable.He also said he could tamper the pitch to suit the needs of a particular team. Soon after the sting operation aired on India Today and Aaj Tak on Wednesday morning, BCCI and MCA swung into action.Azad, who played 7 Test matches and 25 one-day internationals for India between 1980-86, lauded India Today’s efforts and said, “it was shameful to see what he (Salgaonkar) did for greed.”Salgaonkar was suspended by the MCA with immediate effect and an investigation will now take place to determine who else were involved in this scandal. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has promised strict action against all those guilty.The Indian cricket board also appointed curator Ramesh Mhamunkar as the point person for the centre wicket and the ground immediately afterwards.India beat New Zealand by six wickets in the second ODI at Pune to level the three-match series 1-1. It was a low-scoring match as opposed to what Salgaonkar told our reporters on camera that the pitch would produce 337-340 runs.India restricted New Zealand to 230/9 with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/45), Jasprit Bumrah (2/38) and Yuzvendra Chahal (2/36) starring with the ball. Shikhar Dhawan (68) and Dinesh Karthik (64*) then struck half-centuries each to guide India home with four overs to spare.advertisement
The Bharatiya Janata Party today released its election manifesto, or what the party called its ‘sankalp patra’ (vision document) for Gujarat, which will see the first phase of polling for its Assembly election tomorrow.The manifesto carries the photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah on its cover, along with the slogan “Darek Gujarati no ekaj aavaj; hun chu vikaas, hun chu Gujarat (Each Gujarati speaks in a single voice; I am development, I am Gujarat).”The heading on the BJP Gujarat manifesto cover is a nod to a slogan PM Modi coined to counter the Congress’s much-talked about ‘vikas has gone mad’ social media campaign. At the unveiling of the vision document in Ahmedabad, the BJP claimed the Congress was making false promises in Gujarat, with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, an MP from Gujarat, saying the Grand Old Party’s poll promises were either constitutionally or financially “impossible”.At the announcement, Jaitley claimed Gujarat, which has been ruled by the BJP for more than two decades, has the “highest” gross state domestic product growth in the country. “In the last 5 years Gujarat grew at the average rate of 10% amongst large states,” Jaitley added.Jaitley went on to say that the BJP will not only maintain Gujarat’s growth rate, but would “increase it further”. “Gujarat growth rate to be maintained, if we maintain it at 10% during global slowdown, we can increase it further,” Jaitley said.The BJP try to ensure unity of Gujarat and work towards the welfare of all groups in the state, the BJP leader also said, adding that social polarisation would only hurt the Congress.advertisement?????? ?? ?? ???? ?? ?? ???? ?? ????? ???? ?? ????? ?????? ??? ?????? ??? ??????? ????????? ?? ???????? ?? ?? ?????? ???? : ???? ???? ????? #Gujarat4Modi pic.twitter.com/LBEwgliS0U- BJP (@BJP4India) December 8, 2017The vision document itself promises to double farmers’ income and ensure good prices for produce. The document also vows to help fulfil the aspirations of the Gujarati youth as well as promote traditional sports while making the state a top-most hub for sports.Off late, the BJP has been avoiding using the word “manifesto”, preferring the name ‘vision document’. The announcement of the release of the vision document came just as the Opposition began attacking the party for delaying the release of its promises.Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was among those who criticised the BJP, saying the delay was an “insult” to Gujarat, while firebrand Patidar leader Hardik Patel took a dig at the party, saying it was too busy “making [sex] CDs” to release its manifesto.Gujarat will vote tomorrow in the first phase of its two-party election. Voting in the second phase will be held on December 14 while results for this high-stakes election will be announced on December 18.WATCH | SO SORRY: Modi plans Gujarat strategy in a Deewar warehouse while Rahul runs to the temple
Olympiacos Piraeus improved its playoffs options in Top 16 Group F by downing Zalgiris Kaunas 74-59 at home on Friday. Olympiacos improved to 5-6 while Zalgiris dropped to 2-9 and is mathematically out of chances to make the playoffs. Georgios Printezis led the winners with 17 points. Kostas Papanikolaou added 11 while Othello Hunter pulled down 11 rebounds for Olympiacos. Ian Vougioukas had 14 points for Zalgiris while Paulius Jankunas added 12. Printezis and Vassilis Spanoulis shined early to give Olympiacos a 14-8 lead but a 0-7 run that Brock Motum capped with a reverse layup gave Zalgiris a 14-15 lead after 10 minutes. Daniel Hackett rescued the Reds early in the second quarter and got plenty of help from Papanikolaou and Printezis to give Olympiacos a 39-30 lead at halftime. Back-to-back three-pointers by Ioannis Papapetrou and Printezis broke the game open, 53-35, midway through the third quarter. Olympiacos kept a 58-41 lead after 30 minutes on a buzzer-beating layup by Dimitrios Agravanis and kept a safe margin throughout the fourth quarter to seal a well-deserved win all before the final buzzer.First quarter: Zalgiris shakes off slow startPrintezis got Olympiacos going with a layup and improved Renaldas Seibutis’s five-meter jumper with an off-balance layup-plus-free throw for a 5-2 lead. The guests struggled to find the way to the basket and entered the foul penalty in the games third minute . Vassilis Spanoulis took over with a driving layup, Vougioukas and Nikola Milutinov traded free throws and Edgaras Ulanovas kept the guests within 9-6. Milutinov dunked and Spanoulis matched Vougioukas’s foul shots with another driving basket, good for a 13-8 Olympiacos lead. Printezis split foul shots before a three-pointer by Kaspars Vecvagars got Zalgiris within 14-11. As Olympiacos started to miss shots around the basket, a mid-range jumper by Jankunas brought the guests even closer, 14-13. A reverse layup by Brock Botum capped a 0-7 run and gave Zalgiris its first lead, 14-15, at the end of the first quarter.Second quarter: Olympiacos uses late run to take offHackett hit free throws to open the second quarter and punished the guests’ zone defense with a bomb from downtown, good for a 19-15 Olympiacos lead. D.J. Strawberry took over with a fastbreak layup that Vougioukas matched with free throws. Olivier Hanlan shined with a big driving basket for Zalgiris that Strawberry bettered with a bomb from downtown. Jerome Randle hit free throws and Jankunas buried his trademark mid-range jumper to make Olympiacos call timeout at 24-23. Milutinov made free throws and Randle split his before an inside basket by Papanikolaou restored a 28-24 Olympiacos lead. Marty Pocius, Papanikolaou and Ulanovas did not miss from the foul line and a dunk by Hakim Warrick gave the Reds some fresh air at 32-28. Papanikolaou shined with a fastbreak reverse layup but Vougioukas kept Zalgiris within 34-30. Papanikolaou sank a corner triple before a layup by Printezis boosted Olympiacos’s lead to 39-30 at halftime.Third quarter: Olympiacos improves defense, extends leadSpanoulis banked in a close shot immediately after the break and Papanikolaou added a tip-in to give Olympiacos a 43-30 margin. Jankunas nailed a mid-range jumper that Printezis erased with a jump hook. Vangelis Mantzaris buried a one-handed jumper in the lane, forcing Zalgiris to call timeout at 47-32. Jankunas kept pacing the guests with free throws and Vougioukas kept his team within 47-35. Papapetrou struck from downtown and Printezis also hit one from beyond the arc to break the game open, 53-35. Vougioukas scored in the low post but Milutinov kept Olympiacos way ahead, 56-37. Motum tried to change things for Zalgiris with a fastbreak layup and Martynas Sajus added a tip-in for the guests, but a buzzer-beating layup by Agravanis restored a 58-41 Olympiacos margin after 30 minutes.Fourth quarter: Reds seal outcome earlyHackett hit a stop-and-pop jumper early in the fourth quarter and soon added a driving layup that made Zalgiris call timeout at 62-43. Jankunas took over with an acrobatic basket and a jump hook by Vougioukas kept Zalgiris within 62-45. A layup by Jankunas forced Olympiacos to stop the game at 62-47. Printezis stepped up for Olympiacos with a three-pointer and Darius Johnson-Odom bettered Hanlan’s driving basket with his own shot from downtown that sealed the outcome, 68-49, with under 6 minutes left. Motum joined the three-point shootout and free throws by Lukas Lekavicius brought Zalgiris a bit closer, 68-54. Spanoulis banked in a driving shot and Johnson-Odom provided a highlight with a huge block on Lekavicius. By the time Printezis hit free throws, everything was said and done, as Olympiacos had cruised to a well-deserved home win.TweetPinShare0 Shares
DENVER — Jose Reyes now knows when he can return. His role — and perhaps his future — with the Colorado Rockies remain as murky as ever, especially given the emergence of rookie shortstop Trevor Story.Reyes was suspended through May 31 on May 13, the second player penalized under Major League Baseball’s new domestic violence policy.Reyes agreed to the punishment and won’t appeal, the commissioner’s office said. The penalty stemmed from an alleged altercation with his wife at a Hawaii resort last October.In Reyes’ absence, Story has taken his job and become one of baseball’s big surprises this season. Story ranks among the big league leaders with 11 homers and 28 RBIs and is batting .275.“I don’t worry myself too much in the future or what’s going to happen when Jose comes back,” Story said. “Take it day by day and things will work out.”The Rockies are still formulating a plan with Reyes — whether he will head to Arizona for extended spring training or maybe on a minor league rehab assignment.“We are in phase 2 of this, which is, ‘OK, what next?’ and, ‘What now?’” Rockies General Manager Jeff Bridich said. “There is no sense or need to put the cart before the horse before we fully understood what the penalty was going to be under the policy.“Now we’re going to have to start truly re-engaging with Jose and his agent, making sure we’re on the same page.”The four-time All-Star shortstop will lose 52 days of pay under the agreement, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press, which amounts to $6,251,366 of Reyes’ $22 million salary. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because that aspect of the penalty wasn’t made public.“I want to apologize for everything that has happened,” Reyes said in a statement released by the players’ union. “I am sorry to the Rockies organization, my teammates, all the fans and most of all my family.”The 32-year-old has not been with the Rockies all year and will miss the first 59 days of the season, which currently covers 51 games. But outfielder Carlos Gonzalez doesn’t think the chemistry in the clubhouse will be drastically altered once he does return.“He’s a guy who will bring a smile to the field. He enjoys the game,” Gonzalez said. “It’s never bad when you have talent on your team.”Bridich refused to speculate about whether he will look to trade Reyes.“Everybody has kind of been in limbo, Jose included, the Rockies included,” Bridich said. “We’ll see what goes on. But any of those sorts of conversations — not at liberty to comment on right now.”Earlier this week, New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman joined the team after serving a 29-game penalty.Discipline under the MLB policy, which was agreed to last summer after a number of high-profile incidents involving NFL players, isn’t predicated on a conviction.Reyes had been scheduled to go to trial April 4 after pleading not guilty to abusing a family or household member. Hawaii prosecutors dropped charges before the trial date and said his wife was not cooperating.Reyes is a career .290 hitter with 479 stolen bases in 13 seasons, and his contract with the Rockies runs through the 2017 season and includes a club option for 2018.He won the 2011 NL batting title while with the New York Mets — who opened a three-game series May 13 at Colorado with a 5-2 loss.“It’s been a long time since I’ve been around Jose Reyes, but there was nobody more shocked — knowing him and being around him — than I was,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “Let’s get it behind us and let’s move on. I think he’s a great player and love him as a human being. Hope it’s all settled.”Reyes’ penalty without pay was retroactive to Feb. 23, when he was put on leave ahead of the Rockies’ spring training report date for position players.Commissioner Rob Manfred said Reyes has agreed to contribute $100,000 to one or more charitable groups that focus on preventing and treating survivors of domestic violence.“I am encouraged by Mr. Reyes’ commitment to the treatment provisions of the policy in order to ensure that such an incident does not occur in the future,” Manfred said in a statement.Last Oct. 31, Reyes was arrested at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea. According to a recording of a 911 call released by police, a hotel security guard reported the woman had injuries to her leg and scratches on her neck.Reyes was released after posting $1,000 bail and was ordered to stay away from his wife for three days. He pleaded not guilty to abusing a family or household member.Chapman agreed in March to a 30-game suspension after an altercation with his girlfriend last October in Florida. A rainout cut the games he missed to 29.__By Pat Graham, AP Sports Writer. AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum in New York contributedTweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK (AP) — David Villa had two goals and an assist on “David Villa Day” and New York City FC beat Colorado 4-0 on Saturday, extending the Rapids’ losing streak to five.It was NYCFC’s first home game after the Spanish forward scored his 400th goal in all competitions on April 29.NYCFC (7-2-3) opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when Yangel Herrera intercepted a clearance attempt and fed it back to Maximiliano Moralez, who connected with Villa for the finish.Ronald Matarrita made it 2-0 in the 49th minute with a putback header, and Villa fed Moralez, who finished from the top of the box in the 56th. Villa capped the scoring, bending a right-footed shot inside the far post in the 74th minute.Colorado dropped to 2-6-2.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Continue Reading Previous On readingNext Free: Analog Engineer’s Pocket Reference Guide I don’t know about you, but power supply units (PSUs) are something I tend to take for granted… right up to the point where I find myself needing a specific PSU capability for a particular project, at which point I start running around in ever-decreasing circles shouting “Don’t Panic! Don’t Panic!” Once I’ve quieted down a little, I amble over to see my chum Ivan in the next bay, because he’s forgotten more about PSUs than I will ever know. In the case of my projects, I can invariably use an off-the-shelf PSU; the only trick is tracking down the unit that best satisfies my size, cost, performance requirements.I don’t know what I’d do if I had to design a PSU from the ground up. Actually, that’s not quite true — I do know — I would amble over to see my chum Ivan in the next bay because… (“In order to understand recursion, you must first understand recursion,” as the old joke goes).But what do you do if you don’t have an Ivan to hand? Well, one solution would be to attend one of Texas Instruments’ forthcoming power supply design seminars, which are a bargain at only $79.(Source: Texas Instruments) Since their introduction in 1977, TI’s power supply design seminars have featured a mix of technical and practical presentations that combine basic design principles and advanced new power supply concepts with real-world application examples.(Source: Texas Instruments) When you come to think about it, there are many implications to selecting the correct/incorrect power supply for your specific application, including safety (property damage, injury and/or death, lawsuits…), cost/profit margin (bill-of-materials, labor, testing, potential product recalls…), and performance (meeting efficiency requirements, RF emissions and other standards…).At the end of the day, “stuff” simply doesn’t work unless it’s equipped with the appropriate power supply, so if you are in any way involved in power supply design or selection and you want to make sure you are on top of everything, you may want to consider attending one of these seminars. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: EDA
Continue Reading Previous Ultimaker products now available from FarnellNext IBASE: IoT gateways with TPM security Arrow Electronics announced a series of events that will bring together leading authorities in the design and deployment of artificial intelligence. Starting in September, the “AI Experience Tour” will demonstrate how AI is being used in commercial applications today and help attendees to understand how they can leverage AI to advance their own applications. Arrow is hosting this unique tour with Intel, Microsoft, Nvidia and other suppliers who are leading the way in AI.AI has become an established, powerful tool for analysing large data sets in the cloud. Now it is increasingly moving to the edge of the network, bringing sophisticated processing to local devices and enabling the hybrid edge/cloud scenario. Machine learning, deep learning and neural networks can now be implemented in embedded devices, which brings a host of potential benefits including reduced latency, improved network resiliency and greater data privacy. New tools and techniques are required to harness AI at the edge and turn smart devices into cognitive devices.Visitors to each one-day event will learn about AI trends, key growth areas, best practices and use cases that will help in the development of their future products. They will see how Arrow can help with the design ecosystem, bringing together the leading suppliers and combining them with Arrow’s own services to deliver end-to-end solutions for accelerating the design-to-deployment journey. Through eInfochips, Arrow is able to offer critical in-house engineering resources to support complex AI development.Arrow Electronics’ AI Experience Tour will run at ten locations: Tel Aviv (Sep 10), Odense (Sep 24), Stockholm (Oct 7), Hamburg (Oct 24), Paris (Oct 29), Madrid (Nov 6), Milan (Nov 21), Berlin (Nov 26) London (Dec 3), and Munich (28 Jan 2020).Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules, Chips & Components, Tools & Software
India’s key batsmen might have got among the runs in their only practice match against Essex before the start of the Test series against England but there those nagging issues with technique persisted.Shikhar Dhawan got out for a golden duck in the first over, Cheteshwar Pujara followed soon after and Ajinkya Rahane, who was promoted to bat at No.4, edged an away moving delivery.India’s top-order found the Essex pacers too hot to handle as Dhawan found an edge to the wicketkeeper off Matt Coles.Considered to be one of India’s batting mainstays in the longest format, Pujara lasted just seven balls.Pujara had played county cricket in England for Yorkshire leading up to this series but hasn’t been in the best of forms. In six matches he amassed just 172 runs at a poor average of 14.33 with a highest score of 41.Second wicket of the day for Coles, as Pujara is caught behind by Foster#ESSvIND pic.twitter.com/wkfz3FfxmPEssex Cricket (@EssexCricket) July 25, 2018The overseas records of Dhawan and Pujara are far from impressive and Rahane, once India’s best bet overseas, has not looked the same batsman for quite some time now.But Rahane has proved his credentials as a batsman in testing conditions. He was surprisingly dropped from the playing XI in the first two Tests in South Africa and India paid a heavy price, losing both matches. Rahane’s replacement Rohit Sharma did little to give his captain any confidence. Rahane was recalled for the third Test and he made an immediate impact to save India from embarrassment.advertisementQuinn has his first wicket of the day with Rahane edging behind to Foster#ESSvINDWatch live here: https://t.co/0WMzSvtsrw pic.twitter.com/KvAdNSNSenEssex Cricket (@EssexCricket) July 25, 2018India will have to battle swing throughout the Test series in England come August 1 and coming out on top against the likes of James Anderson & Co. will not be easy for India’s top order.India have had trouble against swing bowlers and not just away from home but in India as well. The more recent one at home was when Sri Lanka’s pacer Suranga Lakmal rattled the Indian line-up in the Kolkata Test last year.In South Africa too, the story was no different. While both teams struggled in the three-match Test series but every game produced result and South Africa won 2-1.The South African pace battery consisting of Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi preyed on Indian batsmen in a series that produced low totals.England will have their plans set against the Indian batting line-up and that probing line outside the off stump will of course be on the menu.For Australia, Virat Kohli is similar to Steve Smith: Pat CumminsIndia’s best bet at the moment is Virat Kohli, who made his intentions clear with a solid half-century in the warm-up. He endured a torrid time when he toured England in 2014 but has looked a far different and confident batsman since then.Kohli’s confidence as a batsman is sky high at the moment and it will be up to him to inspire his teammates in the gruelling series.Kohli will have to be very careful chasing deliveries outside off stump — something he did in 2014 and was caught behind stumps 6 out of 10 innings.In the warm-up game vs Essex too, Kohli was dismissed chasing an angled delivery bowled by Paul Walter when he edged to first slip for 68.5 Kohli goes for 68 after being caught by Chopra off the bowling of Walter#ESSvINDWatch live here: https://t.co/0WMzSvtsrw pic.twitter.com/dHWjS3WwTcEssex Cricket (@EssexCricket) July 25, 2018Opener Murali Vijay made 50 off 113 balls but he was dropped twice — on 6 at the second slip and on 18 at the first slip. Vijay eventually got out when Walter bowled him in the 41st over.Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Wriddhiman Saha injuries raise several questionsAnother player who has impressed with the bat is KL Rahul. The Karnataka batsman scored 58 off 92 and has looked in sublime touch since coming to England.It’s a long series and India will have to identify their main men to counter and subdue the England pace attack.”I believe KL Rahul has to be given all the support and opportunities possible, for he is potentially India’s next successful overseas batsman to partner Kohli with the bat,” Sanjay Manjrekar wrote in his column for ESPNCricinfo.Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin wants Indian team management to give KL Rahul a chance ahead of out-of-form Pujara.advertisement”KL Rahul is an in-form batsman, he should play in place of Pujara. Rahul is an attacking player and he can score big,” Azharuddin told Sports Tak.The first Test will be played at Edgbaston from August 1 and that will be followed by Test matches at Lord’s (August 9 to August 13), Trent Bridge (August 18 to August 22), The Rose Bowl (August 30 to September 3) and Kennington Oval (September 7 to September 11).
By Amanpreet Singh New Delhi, Sept 22 (PTI) For the first time, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has managed to procure services of a coach from Asian powerhouse Iran with Hossein Karimi set to join as one of the three foreign coaches along with Andrew Cook of USA and Georgia’s Temo Kazarashvili on a one-year contract. The Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Wednesday approved the appointment of Hossein to coach men’s freestyle grapplers. Cook will guide the women’s wrestlers while controversial Kazarashvili will coach the men’s Greco Roman wrestlers. The WFI was keen to rope in Russia’s Farniev Irbek Valentinovich as women’s coach but by the time bureaucratic hurdles were cleared, he got another assignment. The first assignment for the three foreign coaches would be the Under-23 World Championship, scheduled to be held in Bucharest from November 12-18. “It is first time that we have coaches from Iran and USA. Iran was never interested in providing coaches to India but of late, the relations between the two federations have improved, so we managed to rope in Karimi,” WFI Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar told PTI. Karimi was involved with Iran’s team as an assistant coach at the 2016 Rio Olympics, where the country won five medals including a gold in men’s free style through Hassan Yazdani. “Keeping in mind the demand and requirement of India’s top wrestlers, we have hired foreign coaches. They want personal attention during training. We are hoping that along with the Indian coaches, these foreign coaches will be able to help our wrestlers in a big way,” Tomar added.advertisement Asked about the appointment of Kazarashvili, who was suspended for favouring an Uzbekistan wrestler during the Rio Games, Tomar said, “He says he never did that and it was just an allegation. And it’s mistake in past. We are hopeful that he can produce good results. He is a good coach and a former world champion. We did not have a better option.”Kazarashvili had won both junior (1979) and senior (1982) world championship titles. “The women’s grapplers have improved a lot in the US. Getting Cook on board is not a bad deal at all.” India’s current national coaches — Jagmander Singh (men’s freestyle), Kuldeep Singh Malik (women’s) and Kuldeep Singh (Greco Roman) will continue to work with the wrestlers at national camps. PTI AT AT KHSKHS
Kevin Roberts, the face of Cricket Australia during toxic negotiations for a new pay deal with players, will succeed long-serving James Sutherland as the board’s CEO later this month.A former first class batsman for New South Wales with a strong corporate background, the 46-year-old Roberts has been Sutherland’s deputy for a number of years since joining the CA board as an independent director in 2012.Roberts beat out a number of credentialled candidates, including board director John Harnden, who organised the successful 2015 World Cup co-hosted with New Zealand, and former New South Wales cricket chairman John Warn.He takes over CA at a sensitive time, amid reviews into the board’s governance and the culture of the men’s team whose reputation was left in tatters by the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.A former Adidas executive, Roberts is best known to the public as CA’s lead negotiator in pay talks with players that grew increasingly poisoned and led to the boycott of a tour last year.CA’s insistence on ending a 20-year revenue-sharing model proved a colossal miscalculation, and players ended up refusing to deal with Roberts.They were only coaxed back to the table once Sutherland joined the talks late and agreed to continue the revenue-share.Roberts told a media conference in Melbourne on Wednesday that he would be paying players’ union boss Alistair Nicholson “the respect” of a phone call later in the day.But he added that plenty of relationship-building had already been occurring behind the scenes.”There’s no doubt it was a challenging situation,” he said of the pay dispute.advertisement”But we move forward, we learn and we make commitments as to how we grow the game and how we develop relationships.”I’ll head up to the UAE (United Arab Emirates) to meet with the Australian men’s team and coaching staff and also catch up with the women’s team,” he added.Tim Paine-captained Australia are set to play Pakistan in a two-test series in the Gulf nation starting next week.The Australian Cricketers’ Association said its chairman Greg Dyer wished Roberts well on his appointment but his comments suggested lingering distrust between players and the board.”This is a critical time for Australian cricket,” Dyer said in a statement.”The cricket public need to reconnect with the game and this will begin with CA being open, fair and transparent in order to regain their trust.”The on and off field events of the past 18 months have created an expectation that a number of things will need to change.”Just as the players have been held accountable, we also expect that CA will be fully accountable in taking the difficult steps required to restore the reputation of the game.”Sutherland, in charge since 2001, announced in June that he had given CA a year’s notice of his intention to step down but Roberts will formally take over the role later this month when confirmed at the board’s annual general meeting.Roberts will have big shoes to fill, with Sutherland having helped turn the game into a commercial powerhouse in one of the world’s most crowded sports markets, securing a string of lucrative broadcast deals and ushering in the popular Twenty20 ‘Big Bash’ league in 2011.(With Reuters inputs)
(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PR Newswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.)PUNE, India, October 17, 2018/PRNewswire/ –HCL, a leading global conglomerate, is set to host the 2nd HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship in Pune from October 20 – 27, 2018 at the Deccan Gymkhana, in the heart of the city. The Championship is being held in association with the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association and under the aegis of the International Tennis Federation (ITF); Asian Tennis Federation (ATF); and All India Tennis Association (AITA). This is the only B1 category tournament in India and also one of the most reputed tennis championships in the world after the junior grand slams for the U/18 category. Players from 11 countries in the region — China, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Hong-Kong, Malaysia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Indonesia and India — are participating in the Championship.HCL, through this Championship aims to provide a much-needed platform to the Indian Tennis players to compete against their international counterparts on their home turf. It will also offer the top Indian players a chance to earn valuable ITF points and build on their overall international ranking. The six-day Championship will witness participation from over 100 Indian and international players in the Singles and Doubles categories for both boys and girls. 32% of participants are international and some of the top seeds playing in the Championship are Hong Yi Cody Wong (Hong Kong; World rank 28); Thasaporn Naklo (Thailand; World rank 38) and Dostanbek Tashbulatov (Kazakhstan; World rank 51).advertisementEach category draw of 32, will include the top 22 players (basis their ITF ranking) who will get direct entry into the main draw and the remaining players will be drawn from the qualifying matches and wild cards.Announcing the Championship open, Sundar Mahalingam, Chief Strategy Officer, HCL Corporation and Shiv Nadar Foundation said, “With a view to furthering HCL’s core brand philosophy of touching people’s lives, HCL has created various programs in the field of sports and music. As a part of its sports initiatives, HCL has been supporting Tennis for three years now and has created platforms that also attract international players to help the top Indian juniors test their mettle and improve their game. The HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship is the most prestigious tennis tournament in the region and I hope the participating players are able to perform their best.”Hon’ Secretary of the MSLTA Sunder Iyer said, “The Asian Junior Tennis Championship is second only to the junior grand slams. It is happening in India for the second time in a row, thanks to the support extended by HCL. The 2017 tournament saw great participation from players of 11 countries and this year as well we have received encouraging response from the participating countries where the top players from the region are ready to battle for the title. I am hopeful that the Indian players will be able to further up their game and win titles across all categories.”For details on the matches log on to http://www.hcltennis.com.About HCLFounded in 1976 as one of India’s original IT garage start-ups, HCL is a pioneer of modern computing with many firsts to its credit, including the introduction of the 8-bit microprocessor-based computer in 1978 well before its global peers. Today, the HCL Enterprise has a presence across varied sectors that include technology, healthcare and talent management solutions and comprises three companies – HCL Infosystems, HCL Technologies and HCL Healthcare. The enterprise generates annual revenues of over U.S. $8 billion with more than 124,000 employees from 100 nationalities operating across 41 countries, including over 500 points of presence in India.For further information, visit www.hcl.com.PWRPWR
Usain Bolt has rejected the offer from Maltese champions Valletta FC for a two-year deal to play football for the club, his agent confirmed. The sprinting legend is currently in Australia on a trial with Central Coast Mariners.Valletta was hoping to sign the 8-time Olympic gold medallist soon enough so that he could feature in a Maltese Super Cup match against Balzan next month but Bolt’s agent has confirmed that he is willing to make the move.Bolt recently improved his chances of earning a contract with the Mariners by scoring a brace in the first start he got with the club during a pre-season friendly last week.”Usain does not wish to pursue this Malta opportunity,” Ricky Simms told ESPN. “There is a lot of interest in Usain playing football. We regularly receive similar approaches.”Bolt, who holds the world records for the 100 and 200 metres, has repeatedly expressed his hope to win a contract ahead of the 2018-19 A-League campaign which kicks off this weekend.Also read – Usain Bolt surprised with drug test notice in AustraliaMariners coach Mike Mulvey, however, was reluctant to talk about Bolt on Thursday, insisting he was not involved in negotiations.”I’m really not interested in it (contract speculation) to tell you the truth,” he told reporters.”He’s been great among the guys and I was happy for him last week with the two goals he scored, but we move on.”(With Reuters inputs)