India remain the headline act of the New Zealand summer which will contain 40 days of international cricket, but top-ranked team will not play a Test against the Kiwis.Instead, India will meet New Zealand in five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches from January 23 till February 10.The Boxing Day Test match is back in New Zealand’s cricket calendar. They will host Sri Lanka in Christchurch in one of the highlights of a heavy domestic cricket schedule for the 2018-2019 summer.But a projected day-night Test against Bangladesh – which would have been the second pink ball Test in New Zealand after last season’s pioneering match against England at Eden Park – is off the schedule after a change of heart by Bangladesh officials.Sri Lanka will play two Tests and three ODIs in December (2018) and January (2019), before the India tour, and Bangladesh will round out the summer with three Tests and three one-dayers in February and March.Mitchell Santner is on the mend recovering from injury and he has a message for fans ahead of the home summer! | https://t.co/RsdZyz8o17 #CricketNation pic.twitter.com/PC5UkDhkr1BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) July 31, 2018The decision to award the Boxing Day Test to Christchurch suggests New Zealand Cricket sees the South Island town’s Hagley Oval as New Zealand’s premier cricket venue, ahead of Eden Park which hosted a World Cup semifinal in 2015 and is the sport’s traditional home.Eden Park will host only two Twenty20 matches this summer, against Sri Lanka on Jan. 11 and India on Feb. 8 as New Zealand Cricket moves gradually towards an alternative cricket venue in Auckland. The 60,000-seat stadium is in a residential area and subject to restrictions around night-time events.advertisementHagley Park and Wellington’s Basin Reserve will each hold two of the five Tests New Zealand will play at home this summer and Hamilton’s Seddon Park will host the other.All the details for a summer schedule that features double-headers with the @WHITE_FERNS and a Boxing Day Test are here! | https://t.co/CKXEW3Y16L #CricketNation pic.twitter.com/OxSAPq73VJBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) July 31, 2018Bangladesh considered playing a day-night Test at Hamilton from Feb. 28 but has now rejected the proposal, citing insufficient preparation.”We were hopeful we would get it across the line but ultimately Bangladesh thought they weren’t prepared enough for it,” NZC chief operating officer Anthony Crummy said. “They haven’t played a day-night Test, nor have they had a lot of preparation in their own first class cricket. We respect that decision and I’m sure day-night cricket will continue.”The Boxing Day Test returns to the domestic schedule for the first time in several years, having been replaced recently by a one-day international on Dec. 26.(With AP inputs)
Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the singles event of Asian Games 2018 with a 21-23, 19-21 loss to Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong. Srikanth endured a shocking end to an overall disappointing campaign for him in Jakarta.Srikanth completely looked out of sorts, troubled by the air movement in the hall while Vincent, with his defence and solid attack constantly caught Srikanth off-guard.Srikanth played some good strokes during the match but on the whole, he was no match to the aggressiveness of Vincent.While the first game of the match remained close throughout where both the players had their chances till the last moment, the second game always looked like Vincent’s.Vincent took the first game 23-21 when Srikanth’s wrong judgement at the back line did him in.In the second game, Srikanth remained on the backfoot, almost all the through the game. He event went into the break trailing 7-11.Srikanth fought back after the break, even took the lead for a brief moment before Vincent caught up with him and then defeated him.Earlier in the year, Srikanth had settled for silver at the Commonwealth Games 2018 after a loss in the final to Malaysian legend Lee Chong Wei.However, there was none of it at the Asian Games this time. In the men’s team event quarter-final as well, Srikanth had lost to Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia, which eventually led to India crashing out of the event.On Thursday, PV Sindhu survived a scare against Vu Thi Trang of Vietnam to enter the Round of 16 with a 21-10, 12-21, 23-21 win. On the other hand, Saina Nehwal cruised to a 21-7, 21-9 win over Iran’s Soraya Aghhajiagha.advertisementHowever, India’s campaign in the mixed doubles came to an end. Satwik Sairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa crashed out after losing 25-27, 16-21 to Thailand’s Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai while Pranaav Chopra and Sikki Reddy were knocked out after losing 15-21, 23-21 to Malaysian pair of Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying.Later in the day, HS Prannoy will take on Thailand’s Kantaphon Wangcharoen in the Round of 32.Also in women’s doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will be in Round of 16 action against Malaysian pair Kantaphon Wangcharoen and Meng Yean Lee.Earlier in the day, Indian women’s kabaddi team settled for a silver for the first time after winning two straight gold medals in 2010 and 2014 with a 27-24 loss to Iran.Before that, Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan won the gold medal in the men’s doubles tennis event with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Bublik and Denis Yevseyev in the final in Jakarta.Prior to that gold, Indian rowers put up a fabulous show as the Indian team clinched a gold medal in the men’s Quadruple Sculls final. Before that gold, Dushyant Chauhan bagged the bronze medal in the men’s Lightweight Single Sculls final and the team of Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh took a bronze in the men’s Lightweight Double Sculls final.Also, Heena Sidhu settled for bronze in the 10m Air Pistol Women event after finishing with a score of 219.2 while Manu Bhaker endured another disappointing day in Palembang with a fifth-place finish in the same event.
Her green, Yanina Couture gown might’ve served as a gorgeous prologue to her Cannes story this year, but Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s latest appearance has managed to take things a notch higher.As she stepped out wearing an elegant Mark Bumgarner gown, Aish did complete justice to her title of being a former beauty queen. The stunning actress who is celebrating her 16th year at the Cannes Film Festival didn’t look a day older as she embraced the sheer simplicity of her outfit.Also Read: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s 16th year at Cannes Film Festival starts with a refreshing change Reunited with our #Lorealista @EvaLongoria ???? #LifeAtCannes #AishwaryaAtCannes pic.twitter.com/0NKLEWJoWV- L’Oral Paris India (@LOrealParisIn) May 19, 2017While her effortless beach weaves weren’t any different from the hairdo she sported earlier in the day, the vibe of this particular look was entirely different from her first one.#AishwaryaRaiBachchan twirls to perfection in this gorgeous gown by #MarkBumgarner pic.twitter.com/1LI0waWApH- L’Oral Paris India (@LOrealParisIn) May 19, 2017The sweetheart neck of the strapless gown looks great, but you know what’s better? The colourful-yet-subtle floral embroidery that tastefully balanced the dominant shade of the outfit.Add to that a stunning lip colour, minimal accessories and a pair of gorgeous footwear and Aishwarya is ready to mesmerise everyone including her husband, Abhishek Bachchan who took his Instagram account and posted her picture captioned, “There she is.”
To accommodate those travelling from around the world to attend the Kumbh Mela and Republic Day, the date for the 15th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas convention has been moved from January 9 to January 21 to 23.While Pravasi Bhartiya Divas (PBD) has been celebrated on January 9 every year, the decision to move the date this time was done as PBD 2019 will be held in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency of Varanasi.The Indian diaspora attending the event will also get an opportunity to participate in the ‘Kumbh Snan’ and attend the Republic Day parade.The website for the 15th PBD 2019 was jointly inaugurated by Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath in New Delhi on Saturday.The event also launched the commencement of online registrations for participation in the PBD Convention 2019. The government of Uttar Pradesh is the partner state for the convention.”In 2003 it was during Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure that we decided to dedicate a day for overseas Indians. While deciding on the date, it was felt that it should be on the day Mahatma Gandhi – the most important overseas Indian – returned to India from South Africa and became the main protagonist of India’s freedom struggle. So it was decided that January 9 should be celebrated as Pravasi Bhartiya Divas,” said Sushma Swaraj explaining the history of PBD.She added that she received a lot of requests from various quarters to postpone the event by a few days in order to include Kumbh Mela and January 26 celebrations in their itinerary. “We will be celebrating PBD on January 9 but have decided to move the big event to a later date to accommodate the wishes and requests of our overseas Indians,” she said.advertisementA statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs explained the reason for the change in date.”In reverence to the sentiments of the larger diaspora to participate in Kumbh Mela and Republic Day celebrations, the 15th PBD Convention is being organised from 21 to 23 January 2019 instead of 9th January. The convention will be held at Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. After the convention, participants would be given the opportunity to visit Prayagraj for Kumbh Mela on January 24, 2019 and witness the Republic Day Parade at New Delhi on 26th January 2019,” it said.The three day event will kick-off with the inauguration of the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on January 21 which will be held in partnership with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. Himanshu Gulati, Member of Parliament of Norway, will be the special guest and Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi, Member of Parliament of New Zealand will be the guest of honour at the Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.The government of Uttar Pradesh will also organise the state PBD 2019 on January 21, 2019. “PBD is an event for overseas Indians to connect with India and with their culture yet again. They have preserved their culture wherever they live in the world,” said Yogi Adityanath.On January 22, Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate the PBD convention. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Prime Minister of Mauritius, will be the chief guest of the convention.On January 23, the valedictory address will be delivered and Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards will be conferred by President Ram Nath Kovind.PBD convention is the flagship event of the government and provides an important platform to engage and connect with the overseas diaspora. The theme of PBD 2019 is the “Role of Indian Diaspora in building a New India”.On January 24, arrangements will be made by the UP government for them to experience Kumbh Snan (holy bath) at the sangam.”We are proud to have been given this opportunity to host this event… I am thankful to the External Affairs Minister. We will be welcoming all participants to Kashi to ensure they feel at home. Arrangements for the same have already begun. We are going to organise Swiss cottages and hotels as well as home stay experience for travellers,” said Yogi Adityanath.With a focus on “religious tourism”, the Chief Minister said Kashi is prepared to host the guests and take the opportunity to show them important religious places.”After the event, all the guests will move to Prayagraj where they will not only see the sangam but will also be taken to various other places that are connected to the times of Ramayan like the Ashram of Rishi Bharadwaj, Singarpur which is famous for the friendship of Lord Ram and Nishadraj, or the Ganga-Yamuna-Saraswati sangam. We will be taking them to ‘Akshay Vat Vriksha’ which covers thousands of years of Indian culture”, he said.advertisementThe Railway ministry has offered to bring the participants to Delhi and they will then be able to attend the Republic Day celebrations on January 26.Also read: 2+2 dialogue: Sushma, Sitharaman meet with American counterpartsAlso read: Yogi Adityanath immerses Vajpayee’s ashes in Yamuna at native villageWatch: India Today investigation exposes Uttar Pradesh’s cash-for-encounter raj
West Indies skipper Jason Holder wants his side’s bowling unit to pull up their socks in the remaining matches of the one day international series in India.India, who gunned down the 323-run target with ease in the first ODI in Guwahati, lock horns with the Windies in the second game of the series in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.After setting a mammoth target, West Indies bowlers provided an early breakthrough but a strokeful 246-run partnership between skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma fired India to an 8-wicket victory with 47 balls to spare.Holder Tuesday demanded discipline from his bowlers and said picking up wickets upfront would be crucial.”In limited-overs cricket, in these conditions you need to utilise the new ball. This is an area every team targets. We want to take few more wickets with the new ball,” Holder said at the pre-match press conference.Also read – Feels good to know that legends like Viv Richards, Brian Lara back me: Shimron Hetmyer”We got one wicket in the last game and if we can get two or three wickets upfront, it will help us put pressure on their (India’s) middle order.”Holder felt the 320-odd runs his team scored at the Barsapara Stadium was below par, and given the way Kohli and Sharma made mince meat of the bowlers on a featherbed, he is not way off the mark.”Getting 320 is positive for us and we can build on that. We have all seen how the conditions can be in India. Here the par score can be anything from 320, 340 to 350 and you need to bowl ridiculously well to defend it,” he said.advertisement”Hopefully, we will be able to repeat it (batting effort).”Also read – India name unchanged 12-man squad for 2nd ODI against West IndiesSkipper Jason Holder is heartened by the batting performance from 1st ODI but challenges the batsmen to surpass that in the 2nd ODI vs India on Wednesday.Start time 1:30pm local time, 4:00am Eastern Caribbean time, 3:00am Jamaica time.#WIvIND #WindiesCricket #ItsOurGame pic.twitter.com/hLbpQJdNGjWindies Cricket (@windiescricket) October 23, 2018Shimron Hetmyer produced a sensational century and Kieran Powell a brisk fifty, but Holder, citing the Kohli-Sharma 246-run partnership, said his team’s batting has to be clinical.”I felt 320 was a little below par. Then again if we had taken a few more wickets, had broken that Virat-Rohit partnership it could have been different. It was a tough game,” he said.”When you put runs and are never too sure if it is enough or not… Obviously our bowlers dictated and struggled against Kohli and Rohit.”We need to be more disciplined in bowling and a bit more clinical with the batting. Like how Rohit and Virat went the distance after India lost an early wicket,” Holder added.With less than a year to go for the World Cup, the visiting team’s skipper said the aim is to give everyone opportunity to prove their mettle, helping the team settle into a cohesive unit.”For this tour we just want to give everyone an opportunity which can help them grow. World Cup is next year. We have got a young group. It’s about giving them the opportunity to know what it takes to perform at this level,” Holder said.Motivation could be a problem when a team keeps losing, but Holder said the youngsters’ eagerness to prove that they belong to this level, is good enough reason to stay motivated. West Indies batted beautifully in the first ODI but failed to back it up with the ball (AP Photo)”It’s not too hard. It is matter for us to be motivated. It’s not hard as it’s a young group who are eager to prove themselves when given an opportunity, showcase what they can do. Motivation is easy, it’s about coming together more as a team,” he said.Asked for his take on the long tour, he said, “You got to manage the players in the best way possible. There are pretty closely scheduled games. It is a matter for us to manage our players in the best way possible, keep them fresh.”When asked about the pitch for tomorrow’s game, the West Indies skipper said, “I had a look at the wicket and there is no grass. Spinners do pretty well here. Our spinners did not do that well in the last game but credit must also go to the Indian players.”I felt (Devendra) Bishoo came good in the second spell and looked a lot better, was able to get the wicket of Kohli, which will be crucial for him.”advertisementAs far as absence of big names such as Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard and the Bravo brothers — Darren and Dwayne — was concerned, Holder said, “Gayle is not here and what happens after this series is too far beyond.”We have youngsters like Chanderpaul Hemraj in the top order. We want to give them as much exposure as possible.(With inputs from PTI)
New Delhi, Nov 12 (PTI) Having finished second best in the last edition, Rio Olympics bronze medallist boxer Anastasiia Beliakova of Russia wants to go one step further and claim a gold in the AIBA Women’s World Championships to be held here from November 15 to 25. Beliakova, who won a bronze in the lightweight 57kg category in Rio Olympics, had to settle for silver in the last World Championships two years back in Astana, Kazakhstan. But the Russian boxer said this year she is in no mood to settle for anything less than the yellow metal. “I want to take gold back home this time. There won’t be any compromise on the colour of the medal after coming so close in my World Championships debut in Kazakhstan,” Beliakova said. “I am fully prepared for the goal I have set for myself.” The Russian boxing contingent arrived here last night for the event but Beliakova said it won’t be a problem to acclimatise with the conditions here. “I don’t think we will have any problem (getting used to the adverse weather conditions here). Everything is fine here and we are best prepared for the event,” Beliakova said. Beliakova said boxing happened by chance to her and now the sport has become an integral part of her life. “I never dreamt of becoming a boxer. I loved adventure sport from childhood and did some sport like skiing, climbing. But I started boxing only after I met a coach, who invited me to try my hand in boxing and I started loving it,” she said. PTI SSC SSC ATKATKadvertisement
November 16, 2013 was a day like any other. Only it was not. On this day, Sachin Tendulkar bid farewell to international cricket.The Test match was historic for several reasons. It was Tendulkar’s last and his 200th. No man has played those many Test matches and no man will anytime soon.But nothing else mattered to the packed house at the Wankhede for the the three days that the Test lasted. India were all over the West Indies and on the second day, the capacity crowd got what it wanted – a Sachin Tendulkar masterclass for one final time.Read – November 16, 2013: The end of the Sachin Tendulkar eraA packed house at the iconic stadium saw Tendulkar unleash some of those textbook drives. He faced 118 balls, hit 12 boundaries and scored 74. In the 150 minutes he spent at the crease in his final innings, there was hope of a farewell hundred.There was stunned silence when Tendulkar edged Narsingh Deonarine and Darren Sammy held on to a smart catch at slip and then refused to celebrate. That was a mark of honour to the greatest batsman that ever played the game.The shocked Wankhede crowd finally rose to their feet and applauded the ‘Little Master’ as he walked up the steps back to the dressing room. In those final moments, it was almost easy to forget that Tendulkar had played an unprecedented 200 Test matches. Throw in those 100 international hundreds and you would have a perfect career. Exactly 24 years after his fabled debut in Pakistan, the Master Blaster had decided to walk away from the game that had brought him the adulation and admiration from kings, presidents and ambassadors.advertisementThere was an outpouring of emotions across the country for well over a month after Tendulkar had announced his retirement in October.Read – Sachin Tendulkar reveals what happened on the morning he decided to retireThe fans had got what they wanted – there was no Tendulkar hundred but their hero had played a superb knock and India were about to bid goodbye to its favourite cricketing son with a resounding victory.However, MS Dhoni had a special gift in mind.When West Indies lost skipper Darren Sammy (at that stage West Indies were 162/8), Tendulkar was brought into the attack. There was a huge roar around the ground as the Little Master marked his short run-up.Tendulkar bowled the 41st and 43rd overs, giving away eight runs. He did not pick a wicket but for millions of emotional cricket fans, that was a sight to behold. Ironically, one of the greatest batsmen in the game’s history, bowed out by bowling a couple of overs. But then he had done his job as a batsman the previous day and by all accounts, Tendulkar loved bowling.. he loved playing mindgames with batsmen.Shortly after, Ravichandran Ashwin replaced Tenulkdar and got the ninth West Indian wicket. Dhoni got his troops around as Tendulkar walked back to take his fielding position.Also read – November 15, 29 years ago: 16-year-old Sachin Tendulkar begins quest for greatnessAs Mohammed Shami castled Shannon Gabriel, the last wicket to fall, Tendulkar got surrounded by his teammates and was asked to lead the team off the field for one final time. Dhoni and the rest of the players gave Tendulkar a never-seen-before rolling guard from the pitch towards the pavillion. Tendulkar had a tough time controlling his tears as the packed stadium erupted in chants of “Sachin, Sachin”.Watch – Sehwag feels Kohli can break all records except Tendulkar’s 200 TestsFormer India all-rounder Ravi Shastri quickly completed the formalities of the post-match presentation and then promptly handed over the mike to Tendulkar, who had both the teams, his wife and kids for company on the field. Former teammates Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Anil Kumble were also present, while his mother and coach Ramakant Achrekar witnessed the scenes from the VIP stand. Then came the speech which everybody was waiting for. Tendulkar started with the words, “My life between 22 yards, for 24 years”, and everybody was reduced to tears almost instantly. Tendulkar then went on to thank everybody from his family to his coach, former and current teammates, the media, fans and the goundsmen.READ – Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell speech: FullFor nearly 20 minutes, Tendulkar mesmerised the crowd for one last time, this time with the mike in his hands and gave the most emotional and fitting farewell speech any sportsperson has ever given.Also watch –
Mumbai Indians’ Australia pacer Jason Behrendorff left for Australia to join the national camp for ICC World Cup in England next month.For skipper Steven Smith and opener David Warner will play one match before leaving while Marcus Stoinis will also be heading home to join the camp starting May 2.Twenty nine-year-old Behrendorff, who had joined Mumbai Indians after featuring in the ODI series against Pakistan, which the Aussies swept 5-0, took to Twitter to announce that he has left the franchise for now.”#VIVOIPL was this much fun with @mipaltan. Great 1st #IPL experience with an excellent franchise! Keep playing well boys, looking forward to watching us in the final in a couple of weeks! Until next time,” tweeted Behrendorff along with three pictures.#VIVOIPL was this much fun with @mipaltan Great 1st #IPL experience with an excellent franchise! Keep playing well boys, looking forward to watching us in the final in a couple of weeks! Until next time pic.twitter.com/QvOT8iYl71Jason Behrendorff (@JDorff5) April 29, 2019Behrendorff played in five IPL matches and took five wickets conceding 165 runs.Mumbai Indians also through their official Twitter handle wished the pacer well for the upcoming World Cup which begin May 30 in England.”Until next time, @JDorff5. All the best for #CWC19 and see you in Mumbai soon. #OneFamily,” the Mumbai Indians said in a tweet quoting Behrendorff’s tweet.Until next time, @JDorff5All the best for #CWC19 and see you in Mumbai soon #OneFamily https://t.co/D8o725AD2NadvertisementMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 29, 2019Mumbai Indians, who lost to Kolkata Knight Riders last night by 34 runs in a high-scoring thriller, take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Wankhede Stadium here on May 2.Also Read | I don’t care about records: Hardik Pandya after 34-ball 91 vs KKRAlso Read | IPL 2019 playoffs and final to start at 7:30 PM IST
West Indies captain Jason Holder have put concerns over fitness of Chris Gayle and Andre Russell to rest, saying the star players will fully recover from their niggles before the team’s second World Cup game against Australia on Thursday.Gayle scored a trademark fifty off just 33 balls as West Indies secured a seven-wicket win over Pakistan in their World Cup opener at Trent Bridge on Friday.Three massive sixes gave took him to 40 in his career at the tournament, more than any other player, but also took its toll as he struggled with running between the wickets and hobbled towards the pavilion after his eventual dismissal.But captain Jason Holder is confident the five-day rest between this win and the match with Australia will be enough. Russell, who turned the match with a barrage of short-pitched deliveries, taking two wickets from his 18 balls, also insists he will be okay despite seeming to aggravate a knee injury.”I’ve more than enough time to get my knee back to normal and get it settled,” he said.All which is great news for Holder, who couldn’t have been happier with the way his team started their World Cup campaign.This is Gayle’s last international tournament but Nicholas Pooran gave a glimpse to the future with a 34 run contribution as the Windies knocked off Pakistan’s 105 runs in 13.4 overs.Pooran faced just 19 balls for his score and unleashed six boundaries, including two massive sixes.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Oshane Thomas and Chris Gayle star as West Indies hammer PakistanAlso Read | Want to be aggressive: Holder sends warning to West Indies’ World Cup rivals after Pakistan demolitionAlso Seeadvertisement
MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya are great friends. On Thursday, the two added 70 runs for the 6th wicket and set up India’s 125-run win over West Indies to record their 5th win of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.India are now 2nd in the points table with 11 points from 6 matches and almost through to the semi-finals of World Cup 2019. India’s win was scripted by Virat Kohli who was named man-of-the-match for his 72 and Mohammed Shami who finished with 4 for 16.However, MS Dhoni, who had been criticised for his slow strike rate against Afghanistan on Saturday, scored a crucial 56 not out while Hardik Pandya made 46. The two men battled hard on a tricky pitch to help India finish with 268 for 7 off their 50 overs.Hardik made his day even more special after he dismissed Sunil Ambris to trigger a West Indies collapse. MS Dhoni, meanwhile, once again got the backing of his captain Virat Kohli who said Dhoni was very important to the team for several reasons.After the game, Hardik Pandya posted a cool photo with MS Dhoni.We keep going #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/iV3Qxx0p48hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) June 27, 2019Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Kohli said Dhoni knows what to do in the middle.”MS Dhoni knows exactly what he wants to do in the middle. When he has an off day here and there, everyone starts talking.”We always back him. He has won us so many games. The best thing about having someone like him is when you need those 15-20 runs, he knows exactly how to get them,” he said.advertisementKohli also praised the partnership between Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni.”Hardik played really well and MS finished strongly. When those two play in that way, we always get to a good total.”Also See
Former NDMC chairman Umesh Sehgal has asked Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia to compare the Delhi government-run schools, and the schools run by the New Delhi Municipal Council, which comes under the Centre.His reaction came after Sisodia challenged BJP working president JP Nadda to compare the top 10 government schools in the BJP-ruled states, with the ones under the AAP government and then debate after Nadda had claimed that the AAP in Delhi had become a laughing shock.What Umesh Sehgal wrote in his letter “I read with interest your challenge to compare the best 10 government schools with the best in any of the other states. Please note that for comparison purposes you do not have to go anywhere else, please compare your schools with those run by the NDMC! Even your best 10 with their worst 10,” wrote Umesh Sehgal.”This will not just be an idle boast but may prove a wake-up call for you and maybe enable you to take effective steps to improve your own schools even further,” he wrote.”Training teachers abroad may seem an attractive idea but it is uselessly expensive. Recruiting better teachers and arranging both off the job and on the job training here may be a better idea,” the letter said.” Please give up your uselessly expensive ‘cameras in classrooms’ scheme, the government cannot be seen spying on its teachers and students. Also, do not build classrooms in vacant land or open mobile clinics and so on, this land be used to develop sports and recreational activities in the school,” Sehgal added.advertisementManish Sisodia’s tweet:I challenge @JPNadda & @VijayGoelBJP to choose top 10 govt schools of BJP education model from any BJP state. I’ll choose top 10 govt schools of Kejriwal education model. I’ll visit your schools, you can visit ours. Let’s then debate- what’s laughing stock and what makes one cryManish Sisodia (@msisodia) June 30, 2019What was the debate about?Addressing BJP Delhi leaders on Saturday on the second day of the state working committee’s meeting, Nadda asked them to work together for the Delhi assembly elections due early next year. Referring to the 2015 Assembly election results, where the Aam Aadmi Party had won 67 of the 70 seats, Nadda claimed the people of Delhi were now realising what the leaders had actually done.”They (AAP) have become the laughing stock. Delhi, being the national capital, needs leadership which has a serious vision for the city,” he said.Nadda claimed the people were not happy with the Arvind Kejriwal-led government. “I am fully confident that we will succeed in Delhi,” the BJP working president said.Reacting sharply to Nadda’s words, the Delhi deputy minister said, “By calling the choice made by the people of Delhi a subject of ridicule. I want to remind him about what Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his maiden speech in the new Lok Sabha. He said that when some people make fun of the elected government, they are making fun of the people of the country. Perhaps Nadda-Ji’s views differ from the prime minister’s.”Read: Govt. taking steps to promote regional languages in higher education: HRD Minister Ramesh PokhriyalRead: Lok Sabha passes Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre Bill 2019: Colleges, universities to be considered single unitRead: Arts integrated pedagogy can strengthen academic learning
His father was part of the team that went till semifinals in the 1992 World Cup and New Zealand’s wicket-keeper batsman Tom Latham says he is determined to go a step further in the ongoing edition.Despite losing by 119 runs to England, New Zealand, who have never won the World Cup, have one foot in the last four with Pakistan needing a highly improbable margin of victory over Bangladesh to oust them.Rod Latham, who played four Tests and 33 ODIS for New Zealand, was part of the Black Caps squad that lost to eventual winners Pakistan in the 1992 edition of the World Cup.”I’ve spoken to him a lot over the years about that tournament it was the same format as this one and hopefully we can go one better than they did,” Tom said.Left-hander Tom, 27, made his first half-century of the tournament before he was dismissed by Liam Punkett on Wednesday.”It was nice to spend time in the middle and get familiar with the things that I do well but we weren’t on the right side of the result.”The Black Caps vice-captain was batting in familiar surroundings at the Riverside, having played two seasons for Durham.”It was nice to come back and see a lot of familiar faces. It was a great day here in the north-east.”New Zealand suffered their third straight defeat of the tournament, losing by 119 runs to England. Chasing 306, the Kane Williamson-led side collapsed under pressure managing just 186 but all-rounder Jimmy Neesham said he has already moved on from the defeat.advertisementThe all-rounder was the pick of the Kiwi bowlers, taking 2/42 and removing the dangerous Jason Roy. But despite defeat and the remote possibility of a Pakistan miracle at Lord’s, the Black Caps seem to be in the semi-finals.”It was poor, certainly below the level we expect of ourselves as a team. But if you look at our goal this tournament, it was to give ourselves a chance of making the semi-finals,” Neesham said.”Once you are in the top four it is only a case of having two good days and anything prior to that will be swept under the carpet. We prepare for every game and I will forget this game tomorrow,” he added.New Zealand have seemed far too reliant on captain Williamson with the openers disappointing in all the games.Against England too Henry Nicholls and Martin Guptill were gone within the first six overs leaving the 2015 finalists reeling at 14 for 2.”It would have required a good start and I think we had a fair bit of misfortune in our top four especially. We didn’t have a whole lot go our way.””We certainly had a chance when myself and Tom were together to put something together and give ourselves a chance of a tilt at the end.””It wasn’t to be but we are pretty happy to have ended up in the semi-finals,” Neesham said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan need lightning to strike Bangladesh team, jokes Mohammad YousufAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Rishabh Pant batting at No. 4 gives India the power option, says Michael ClarkeAlso See
Nebraska Republican Senator Ben Sasse says he sees himself as an “independent conservative who happens to caucus with the Republicans.”The vocal critic of President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that he “regularly” considers leaving his party and becoming an independent.He said Sunday that he wants both the Democratic and Republican parties to be “healthier” and not seeking to be less bad than the other.The Nebraska senator told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he is committed to the “party of Lincoln and Reagan” as long as it sticks to principles of universal dignity and the First Amendment.He says Republicans don’t talk about that much and both parties are naysayers who are “anti-, anti-, anti-.”Republicans hold a 51-49 edge in the Senate going into the November elections.AP
Kyle and I will be sorting through the 20 most important people leading up to the 2015 season every day until the Central Michigan game which, as you know, is just 5 (!) days away.Porter: Mike Gundy is No. 5 for me. Again, I’m answering the question “whose absence would most affect Oklahoma State this year?” Gundy himself said the machine is the machine whether he’s there or off on his tractor.“I can leave here for a week and this thing runs itself,” he said. “Everybody knows what to do, and I don’t get in anybody’s way. I let everybody do what they think is best.”This is a great spot for a leader to be in. The entire thing shouldn’t be dependent on your presence. Now, long term, it’s a different story. Gundy would easily (and obviously) be No. 1. But for 12 13 14 (?) games? Yeah, 5th seems about right.Boone: Chris Carson is the No. 5 most important player for the Cowboys this season in my eyes. He has the breakaway speed of an elite running back, along with excellent protection skills which will be equally as important early in the season. Early on in camp, Carson drew praise saying he has ‘an NFL look’, and after being named the starter for week one, he’ll get a chance to prove just that.#okstate Early takeaways on new guys: Victor Salako a mountain at LT, Carr is a bottle rocket, Carson has an NFL look, Burton is a hammer.— Bill Haisten ?? (@billhaisten) August 7, 2015No. 6 (Porter: Ogbah | Boone: Sheperd)No. 7 (Porter: Bean | Boone: Childs)No. 8 (Porter: Spencer | Boone: Taylor)No. 9 (Porter: Carson | Boone: Washington)No. 10 (Porter: Taylor | Boone: Bean)No. 11 (Porter: Maile | Boone: Burton)No. 12 (Porter: Burton | Boone: Simmons)No. 13 (Porter: Walsh | Boone: Seaton)No. 14 (Porter: Peterson | Boone: Crabtree)No. 15 (Porter: Washington | Boone: Jacobs)No. 16 (Porter: Sterns | Boone: Salako)No. 17 (Porter: Childs | Boone: Sterns)No. 18 (Porter: Sheperd | Boone: Maile)No. 19 (Porter: McEndoo | Boone: Walsh)No. 20 (Porter: Jacobs | Boone: Lampkin)If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Mason Rudolph got the start in the Sugar Bowl on Friday evening, and looked every bit as good as the pre-injury Rudolph. His mobility, throwing, and general comfort level did not appear to be any different, despite the surgery that he underwent just days after Bedlam in the middle of December.Rudolph reportedly practiced in full capacity this week, and capped the end of his sophomore season going 18/31 passing on 179 yards through the air.According to ESPN’s Joe Schad, it is confirmed that Mason Rudolph is, indeed, tough as screws. OSU QB Mason Rudolph told me he played with a screw in his foot to repair a broken fifth metatarsal— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) January 2, 2016“There was some soreness,” he told The Oklahoman’s Kyle Frederickson. “But it was very minimal.”The procedure may not sound familiar, but Dez Bryant actually broke the same bone – the fifth metatarsal – that Rudolph injured. Bryant was shut down by the Dallas Cowboys earlier this week to undergo surgery and end his season.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
India U17 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup: Know Your India U17 Players Last updated 2 years ago 20:00 10/5/17 Comments(0) 1/23 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup: Know Your India U17 Players AIFF Media Anselm Noronha/Goal Full screen 1 of 23 Share Close Luis Norton de Matos leads the brightest 21 young guns of the nation into its first ever FIFA competition’s finals… FacebookTwitterRedditcopy India U17 U17 World Cup
Scotland Slovenia vs Scotland: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Oli Platt Last updated 2 years ago 16:00 10/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Scotland WC Qualification Europe Slovenia v Scotland Slovenia World Cup Gordon Strachan’s team must win to keep their chances of reaching the play-offs for next summer’s World Cup alive on Sunday Scotland’s World Cup hopes rest on their final qualification match against Slovenia.Gordon Strachan’s side boosted themselves into second place in Group F by beating Slovakia on Thursday and now have their fate in their own hands.Their task is simple: they must win. If they do so, they will book a spot in the play-offs and keep their dream of going to Russia alive. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Game Slovenia vs Scotland Date Sunday, October 8 Time 17:00 ET / 12:00 BST TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Football and by stream via Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on FS2 and by stream via Fox Sports Go. US TV channel Online stream FS2 Fox Sports Go SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Slovenia players Goalkeepers Oblak, Belec, Koprivec Defenders Cesar, Jokic, Samardzic, Mevlja, Skubic, Struna, Delamea, Viler, Sirok Midfielders Kurtic, Verbic, Rotman, Vetrih, Repas, Bohar Forwards Ilicic, Matavz, Bezjak, Sporar Slovenia will be without midfielders Valter Birsa and Rene Krhin, who picked up yellow cards against England and are suspended.Potential starting XI: Oblak; Struna, Mevlja, Cesar, Jokic; Rotman, Kurtic; Bezjak, Sporar, Verbic; Ilicic. Position Scotland players Goalkeepers Archer, Gordon, McGregor Defenders Anya, Berra, Cooper, Hanley, Mulgrew, Robertson, Tierney, Whittaker Midfielders Bannan, Fletcher, Forrest, McArthur, McGinn, McGregor, Morrison, Phillips, Snodgrass Forwards Fletcher, Griffiths, Martin Ryan Fraser has dropped out of the Scotland squad but Strachan will not name a replacement.Andrew Robertson suffered a wrist injury against Slovakia but played through the pain and should be ready to feature again in this match.Potential starting XI: Gordon; Tierney, Berra, Mulgrew, Robertson; Morrison, Fletcher, Bannan; Forrest, Griffiths, Phillips.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Scotland are 13/8 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Slovenia priced at 9/5 and the draw available at 11/5.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets.GAME PREVIEW Scotland have the momentum behind them after one of their biggest wins in recent years against Slovakia.They still have a long way to go to reach the World Cup finals due to the difficulty of a two-legged play-off, but they know what is required to reach that stage: just win again.Although they currently sit bottom of the second-place ranking, a victory will be enough to ensure they rise above Greece. They play Gibraltar in their final match, and so will not gain any additional points as matches against sixth-placed teams are discarded.Even if Greece fail to beat the minnows, Bosnia & Herzegovina – the team that could subsequently replace them in second – cannot keep pace with a Scotland win.A draw will not be enough. In that scenario, Scotland do not catch Greece and the representatives from Group D and Group I, whoever they may be, are guaranteed to finish ahead of them.So the Scots must go away from home and pull it out of the bag again. They will be aided by the absence of two experienced midfielders in Rene Krhin and Valter Birsa for yellow-card accumulation but face a formidable opponent in Jan Oblak.Having won four of their past five games and been so close to beating in England in the fifth, Gordon Strachan’s men will not be short of belief.
Transfers Chivas sign midfielder Sandoval from Santos Laguna, bid Gallito farewell Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author @ArnoldcommaJon Last updated 1 year ago 07:52 11/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Liga MX Santos Laguna Guadalajara The 22-year-old is moving to Guadalajara, with veteran midfielder Jose Juan Vazquez heading to Torreon in return Chivas have wasted no time making a signing after missing out on the Liguilla.The Guadalajara side, which won the Liga MX and Copa MX titles during the Clausura but crashed out of both competitions in the Apertura, announced Monday that it has signed midfielder Gael Sandoval from Santos Laguna. You emerged from the youth ranks of @ClubSantosEn to fight each battle with passion and heart.Thank you, @GSanoval! We wish you much success in this next step. 👊⚽ pic.twitter.com/wNWALvUk6j— ClubSantosLaguna (@ClubSantosEn) November 20, 2017The 22-year-old Sandoval was named to Mexico’s preliminary Gold Cup roster this summer but didn’t make the cut. He has bolstered his national team stock with a solid campaign in the Apertura despite a disappointing tournament from Los Guerreros. He moves to Chivas after being named the league’s top new player in 2016-17 and had more assists than any other Mexican player in the 2017 Clausura. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We appreciate the commitment, dedication and professionalism shown by our homegrown player during his stay at the institution, and wish him a lot of luck and the best of success in his new step,” read a Santos Laguna news release.¡Bienvenido a la familia más grande de 🇲🇽, @GSanoval! 🔴⚪️🔵 pic.twitter.com/FY8nwQcsCP— CHIVAS (@Chivas) November 20, 2017Chivas also bid farewell to defensive midfielder Jose Juan “Gallito” Vazquez, who is headed the other way in the transaction. Vazquez was deemed surplus for Chivas, with Orbelin Pineda and Michael Perez continuing to develop into regular starters.A five-time Mexican first division title holder and @miseleccionmx international, @ClubSantosEn announces the official signing of @GalloVazquezG ahead of the 2018 Clausura.Welcome, Guerrero! 👏#SinGuerrerosNoHaySantos pic.twitter.com/BwanfsclvB— ClubSantosLaguna (@ClubSantosEn) November 21, 2017After a number of excellent campaigns for its youth teams, with many of its youth players a part of Mexico’s setup, Santos Laguna is beginning to cash in on the investments the club has made in young talent. The Torreon-based club sold Uriel Antuna to the City Football Group before the season, with the 20-year-old currently playing with Dutch side Groningen. The northern club has become known for developing and selling talent, with Liga MX stars Oribe Peralta and Darwin Quintero among those to pass through the club before moving on to a bigger side. Chivas, meanwhile, signs only Mexican players and needs to reload after a campaign that saw Matias Almeyda’s men finish 13th in the table with 18 points — the same amount as Santos. In addition to Vazquez, goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota also is expected to head for the exit door this winter while being linked with a number of players.Some rumors, like the return of Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez from the Premier League, seem like fantasy while others, like Lobos BUAP forward Amaury Escoto arriving to back up Alan Pulido, have more credence.
Chris Wyles leads the way as Saracens sail past wretched Worcester Travel can broaden game but club trips to US and South Africa make little sense The Wales hooker Scott Baldwin has apologised after being bitten on the hand while trying to pet a lion in South Africa, causing him to miss Ospreys’ defeat to the Cheetahs in their Pro14 match on Friday.The 29-year-old was described as “stupid” by the Ospreys coach Steve Tandy after suffering the wound, which needed stitches, during a pre-match visit to a game park. Read more Baldwin took to social media on Saturday to apologise. “Sorry all Ospreys fans for letting you and the team down by missing the game through the bite!” he said on Twitter. “Should [have] known he wouldn’t be impressed with me stroking his lioness before introducing myself to him first. And for those asking, my hand is on the mend thankfully and should be up and running round soon enough, thanks for your support and concern.” Baldwin came in for a ribbing from his coach after Friday’s 44-25 defeat at the Free State Stadium, where Tandy explained the incident to the media in candid terms. “There was an incident with a lion, but in fairness it was nothing to do with the lion. He did bite Scott but when you put your hand in a fence where there is a lion, then you will get bitten. Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Wales rugby union team Share on Messenger Pro14 “It was pretty stupid on Scott’s behalf and he is pretty lucky … I don’t know what sort of wildlife show Scott has been watching where you can pat a lion on the head as if it’s a kitten. “It’s probably one of the silliest things I’ve ever been involved in, but thankfully he is OK and hopefully he will be back up and running in the next couple of weeks.” The club confirmed that Baldwin had suffered the injury on Wednesday and said he was treated at the scene by the team doctor before being admitted to a local hospital in Bloemfontein on Thursday for further treatment to prevent infection. He was released on Saturday to travel home with the rest of the squad as planned. Support The Guardian news Ospreys Topics Share via Email Read more Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Rugby union Reuse this content
Read more Stanway’s stunner earns Manchester City a point against WSL leaders Chelsea Intellectual footballers are considered a rarity. As teams scoop primary school-age talent into their glistening academies, the lives of young players become consumed with football and education often becomes secondary at best – despite the low chances of ‘making it’.Yet in the women’s game it is different. Because professionalism is relatively new, most of those playing football at the top level today have had to have a plan B from the off. Pinterest However, that did not kill off Durack’s international career. England coaches were on the hunt for players and emailed US universities asking if they knew of female goalkeepers who would be eligible. Durack, born in Australia to an English mother, was put forward by Harvard. And, with eight months to kill before she headed to the States, she flew to the UK to join an England Under-19s camp. “I spent a week in camp and they asked me to stay in the UK.“They said Everton were looking for a goalkeeper. Rachel Brown-Finnis was there and I would have been playing and training with Brownie, so I went to Liverpool for the next six to seven months. Unfortunately for Brownie, but fortunately for me, she got injured and I ended up playing most of the league that year and got myself into the England Under-19s squad.”Then she left for Harvard. “The American style of play is a lot more direct and a lot more physical over technical and tactical. I would say it’s not WSL1 level but it would be competitive at WSL2 level. It was the most fun environment I’ve ever played in. The Americans get so competitive and enthusiastic about everything. In the Ivy League you have got to come top of the table to make it through to the national championship play-offs, so you’ve got to play every game as though it’s a must-win.”Once her four years at Harvard were done, Durack had eyes only for coming back to the WSL. However, the Everton the 23-year-old has rejoined are very different from the one she left. “When I was playing there before I was on hardly anything – I can’t even remember being paid to be honest – and now the whole team are on professional contracts. We’re training fully at Finch Farm and all the infrastructure is there for us to be professional athletes. There’s still a long way to go but it’s fantastic to see how far it’s come.”Everton are starting to find their feet in the top flight. This year they have lost narrowly to Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal (1-0, 3-2 and 1-0, respectively), chalked up a good win against Reading and are progressing in the FA Cup. There is a confidence that suggests taking points off a big team will not be far away.Durack is studying for level one of the chartered financial analyst programme – part-sponsored by the PFA’s educational programme; the PFA represents her – and watching her boyfriend, who does the job she turned down, gives her an insight into the life she has delayed. “I sometimes miss the intellectual stimulation of what he’s doing but at the same time his hours are pretty gruelling and he’s not playing football every day. That’s something I’ve always dreamed of doing. It wouldn’t have been fair to my younger self to give that up just for the gratification of getting a bit more money.”Talking points• Houston Dash’s Rachel Daly and Manchester City pair Abbie McManus and Georgia Stanway have been drafted into England’s squad for the SheBelieves Cup after Steph Houghton, Jordan Nobbs and Karen Carney withdrew through injury. Lucy Bronze has been given the captaincy, with Houghton and Nobbs out. England play France in Thursday’s opener.• Crystal Dunn is leaving Chelsea for North Carolina Courage one year after joining from Washington Spirit. Dunn won the WSL Spring Series with Chelsea and scored on her competitive debut.• Georgia Stanway came off the bench to equalise as Manchester City salvaged a point against a dominant Chelsea in their 2-2 WSL1 draw. Chelsea, the league leaders, were 2-0 up at half-time left regretting missed chances as a depleted City fought back through Nikita Parris and Stanway’s stunning strike. Topics blogposts Share via Email Women’s football Facebook Share on Facebook Sportblog Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Lizzie Durack saves from Bethany England during Everton’s match against Liverpool last September. Photograph: Paul Currie for FA/Rex/Shutterstock Manchester City celebrate after Georgia Stanway’s equaliser. Photograph: Tom Flathers/Man City via Getty Images However, as in the men’s game, there are a few who do not regard education as a back-up or side project but as an integral – if not equal – partner to their football.So when Australian-born Lizzie Durack finished college and had to choose which path to focus on, she sought to do both. Now a professional footballer in England’s top tier with Everton, she majored in economics and minored in neurobiology at Harvard University before turning down a job at Goldman Sachs to head for Merseyside.“I’ve always valued my education pretty highly,” she says. “In Australia, like how it is here, you have to choose whether you want to play high-level sport or want to do a really good uni degree and I didn’t want to choose. I had friends in the States on sports scholarships, so I looked into that and I ended up, in a hopeful but unrealistic way, emailing some Ivy League coaches – Harvard, Yale, Princeton – and Harvard were really interested. I sent over a video of me playing and they recruited me.”The goalkeeper’s football story has not been an easy one but she has exhibited a never-say-die attitude that has mirrored her academic drive. She played in her school’s all-boys team before being spotted by the coach of a local girls’ club and spent time with the Australia Under-16 and under-17 sides, including going to the Asian Cup, before falling out of favour with the international set-up.“At the time they told me they didn’t think I was good enough. As a 16-year-old I thought that was a bit harsh but that’s how football goes sometimes – it’s a subjective sport. I can look back on it now and calmly talk about it but it’s a very tough thing to deal with.“And I didn’t quite give up on Australia immediately. I played for another three years in Australia, played for the Western Sydney Wanderers in the W-League and then I actually called up the under-20s Australia coach and was like: ‘Any chance of me getting in any of these squads?’ And it was still a no.” Share on LinkedIn Twitter Share on Twitter Facebook • The FA has announced a rebranding of tiers one to four of the women’s football pyramid. The top tier will be the FA Women’s Super League (changing from WSL1); tier two the FA Women’s Championship; tier three the FA Women’s National League – Northern Premier Division/Southern Premier Division; and tier four the FA Women’s National League – Division 1 North, Midlands, South East, South West. The top tier will be professional and the second tier semi-professional from next season.• Crystal Palace will apply for a place in the second tier for next season. Palace are currently an amateur side who play in South Division of the Women’s Premier League (third tier). 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