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No shortage of self belief! “We can beat China!”-Anas Edathodika

first_imgAdvertisementIndian center-back Anas Edathodika recently took part in a press conference organised by the AIFF. When asked on the prospect of getting a positive result out of their game against China, the Keralite sounded highly confident.Anas Edathodika believes India can beat China“It’ll be a tremendously tough job for us against China, that too at an away match. But winning isn’t impossible. We had a 13-match unbeaten streak including 9 wins recently and that is a perfect testament to the team’s hard work.”It is good to see that confidence is oozing in the Indian camp before their eventual match against the People’s Republic of China. One ought to note that China had played out a 0-0 draw with Bahrain, who are in India’s group at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, on the 10th of September. So, even if the Blue Tigers manage to sneak out a draw against the Red Dragons, it could serve as a moral victory for the team.India will face China on 13th of September in the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre at 5:05 p.m. IST. The fans can catch the game live on the Star Sports Network, Jio TV, and Hotstar.The Sportsindiashow team wishes the ‘Men in Blue’ all the best for their clash against China.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Bolt, Phelps, Federer, Maradona, Ali benchmarks for everyone: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgFormer 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)last_img read more

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Reyes Suspended For Wife Abuse

first_imgDENVER — 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 Shareslast_img read more