Team Swachh to support Swachh Bharat campaign

first_imgKolkata, Feb 23 (PTI) In an effort to build a social movement for sanitation and toilet use, thereby leading to an open defecation-free India, the UNICEF and International Cricket Council (ICC) have come together by launching Cricket for Good with the aim of leveraging the vast reach and power of the sport.Team Swachh is a nationwide initiative in support of the Government of Indias Swachh Bharat Mission.Captained by UNICEFs Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia, Sachin Tendulkar, and supported by other cricket stars, ICC and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Team Swachh will be launched with the upcoming World Twenty20 and will tap into the power of cricket to spread the movement for sanitation in the country irrespective of class, gender, age, region and religion.As part of this partnership, Team Swachh will be rolled out during the pre-tournament eight city tour, followed by events and field activations during the Twenty20 World Cup.Following this, the campaign will be taken to the community level through government schools and on-ground activation across states.UNICEF and ICC have a five-year global partnership, announced last October in New York, and will be used as the ICCs platform to advocate for children in India and other countries where cricket is a popular sport. PTI SCH SUS PRMlast_img read more

Winning La Liga will be difficult, not impossible: Zinedine Zidane

first_imgAfter the 1-1 draw against Malaga in their La Liga match, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane admitted that his team’s mission is getting more “difficult,” but he believes that winning the title “isn’t impossible” after all, as “there are still 38 points left to play for”.In a press conference held at La Rosaleda Stadium after the match on Sunday, Zidane said, “of course, you think the league is lost, but for me and my players it isn’t, in any way, shape or form.” (Cristiano Ronaldo misses penalty as Madrid teams falter in La Liga) “I don’t believe that we didn’t play well. We have to keep going and stay positive because we’ve been outstanding in our games until now,” the Frenchman added.After Sunday’s away draw, Real Madrid now have 54 points. They are in third place, nine points behind leaders Barcelona. Atletico Madrid are in second place with 55 points.last_img read more

US Senators slam H-1B visa programme

first_imgFrom Lalit K JhaWashington, Feb 26 (PTI) Top US lawmakers today slammed the popular H-1B visa programme and demanded strict action against companies abusing it to replace Americans with low-paid foreign workers, including from India.”The sad reality is that ? not only is there not a shortage of exceptionally qualified US workers ? but across the country thousands of US workers are being replaced by foreign labour,” Senator Jeff Sessions, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and The National Interest, said during a Congressional hearing.Sessions refuted the claims of many US companies about shortage of skilled workers in the US and thus the need to bring in qualified foreign workers from India.”The data shows that there is no shortage of highly qualified working American professionals, nor is there a shortage of American STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) college graduates every year,” he said.Senator Patrick Leahy, Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee said immigrant visa programmes must be used to complement the US workforce, not displace it.”We must ensure that current laws are not misused in ways that disadvantage American workers,” he said.Sharing the concerns Leo Perrero and several other, who were fired by Disney, Leahy said when immigrant visa programmes are misused to depress the wages of American workers and outsource jobs, all workers suffer.”These programmes should be used to help create opportunities in America, not displace them, but the current allocation system does nothing to achieve that result,” he said.advertisementTestifying before the Senate Committee, Perrero, the fired Disney IT engineer, with teary eyes recollected the days when he was asked by Disney to train foreign skilled workers to replace him.Perrero said there are many American IT workers who have been displaced by both H1-B visa holders, who are physically being flown in from foreign countries, as well as the growing use of foreign remote offshore workers.Democratic Senator Dick Durbin alleged that the top recipients of H-1B visas are foreign outsourcing companies which use loopholes in the law to disqualify qualified American workers and offshore American jobs.This, he argued, is contrary to the very purpose for which H-1B visas was established. PTI LKJ NSAlast_img read more

Asia Cup: Why India should be wary of dangerous Sri Lanka

first_imgIndia have had a stupendous run in T20s recently but off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin believes his team needs to execute their skills perfectly on green top in Bangladesh in order to keep their winning form in tact.”It is very important to know what conditions are thrown at you. You can’t try and beat the conditions. It is very important to go back and understand that it will not spin a lot on these surfaces. That’s why it is even more imperative that we try to bowl in good lengths, get away with our overs rather than looking to go for wickets,” Ashwin said on the eve of India’s Asia Cup tie against Sri Lanka. (Injury concerns haunt India, Parthiv likely to play vs SL) “In T20 format, it is the pressure that gives you wickets rather than exact skill of the ball. That’s what I look to do and when there is any window to attack I will attack irrespective of the wicket. It’s T20 cricket, we might have slower wicket, flatter wickets in World T20. We have to understand situation rather than complaining about it. Testing ourselves in various environments is good for us,” the off-spinner added.Team India are the clear favourites to beat a depleted Sri Lankan side in its penultimate match of Asia Cup.  While India have won seven out of their eight T20 internationals this year, Sri Lanka have managed only two wins from seven games. (Pakistan’s pace battery the best in the world, says Azhar Mahmood)advertisementThe defending Asia Cup champions suffered a humiliating loss against hosts Bangladesh failing to chase a total of 147.  Having lost their in-form skipper Lasith Malinga to an injury, Sri Lanka have an uphill task ahead of them in the tournament.However, Ashwin said the Indian team was wary of the dangerous Sri Lanka. “There is a familiarity since only 10 teams play international cricket and once you have played couple of years, you are familiar with each opposition. Sri Lanka is a team we have played a lot and they can punch above their weight and play as a pack. I don’t know if they are missing (Lasith) Malinga as he is a champion bowler,” he said.Ashwin said his team will not disrespect any opposition and will focus on every match in hand in the long T20 season.”The kind of cricket we play is what’s going to put us in best shape possible. We are looking at longer season of T20 in the next 3-4 months crossing the IPL. Opponent doesn’t matter, not disrespecting anyone but we have to treat everyone with same respect,” he said.The Tamil Nadu off-spinner was all praise for Virat Kohli’s gutsy knock against a fiery Pakistan bowling attack. He said Kohli’s batting against Amir was one of “guts and courage” that gave the dressing room a lot of relief. (‘Kohli vs Amir will replace Tendulkar vs Akhtar’) “We needed someone to stick his head out as Amir was going through a really good spell. We needed someone to show intent. Virat showed that intent while defending as well as attacking, which gave the dressing room a lot of comfort.”Obviously, we knew that with a 20-30 run stand, the match will be over as it was not a huge score. From that perspective, Virat showed a lot of guts and courage and that was very encouraging,” Ashwin said.last_img read more


first_imgWest Indies innings (target: 183 runs from 20 overs)West Indies innings (target: 183 runs from 20 overs) Johnson Charles c Ali b Willey 0 Chris Gayle not out100 Marlon Samuels c Willey b Rashid 37 Denesh Ramdin c Rashid b Ali 12 Dwayne Bravo c Hales b Topley 2 Andre Russell not out 16 Extras: (lb-4, w-10, nb-2) 16Total: (For 4 wkts in 18.1 overs) 183 Fall of wickets: 1/2 2/57 3/103 4/113Bowling: David Willey 3-0-33-1, Reece Topley 2.1-0-22-1, Chris Jordan 4-0-24-0, Ben Stokes 3-0-42-0, Adil Rashid 2-0- 20-1, Moeen Ali 4-0-38-1. PTI PDS PMlast_img read more

Virat Kohli’s 82* blasts India into ICC World Twenty20 semi-finals

first_imgVirat Kohli produced a sublime 82 not out off 51 balls on Sunday to help India defeat Australia by six wickets in their World Twenty20 match and advance to the semifinals. (Scorecard|Points Table)Kohli took charge at a crucial time in what was a virtual quarterfinal,smashing nine fours and two sixes as India reached 161-4 off 19.1 oversin reply to Australia’s 160-6. (India vs Australia: As it happened)India reached 161-4 off 19.1 overs in reply to Australia’s 160-6 in what was a virtual quarterfinal.The iconic image of #WT20 so far as Virat Kohli’s heroics lead #IND to a home semi-final in Mumbai #INDvAUS ICC (@ICC) March 27, 2016The No. 3 batsman added 67 off only 31 deliveries with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (18 not out) after a useful 45-run stand for the fourth wicket with Yuvraj Singh (21) as India scored 59 runs in the last 4.1 overs of the Group 2 game. (Also read: Virat Kohli better than Sachin Tendulkar in terms of chasing, says Sourav Ganguly)  Kohli, who had also guided India to a six-wicket win over Pakistan with 55 not out, remained calm during his 15th T20 half-century after Shikhar Dhawan (13), Rohit Sharma (12) and Suresh Raina (10) failed to get going with India struggling at 49-3 in the eighth over. (Also read: Virat Kohli’s 82 against Australia reminds Shane Warne of Sachin Tendulkar)Kohli batted himself in with Yuvraj and then took the initiative, smashing 19 off the 18th over bowled by James Faulkner and 16 off the 19th from Nathan Coulter-Nile, to the delight of more than 25,000 fans.advertisementDhoni hit Faulkner for a four down the ground to complete a memorable win that sets the 2007 champion against 2012 champion West Indies in the semifinals in Mumbai on Thursday.”That was a pretty serious innings there, under pressure,” Australia captain Steven Smith said. “He hit it right out of the middle and he’s done it for a long time. Virat played an unbelievable knock … I think 160 was around par, it just took an unbelievable innings to get India over the line.”Earlier, Australia got off to a quick start as left-handed opener Usman Khawaja began the innings with a pulled four off Ashish Nehra and then took four fours off the following over from Jasprit Bumrah to finish with a 16-ball 26 comprising six fours.Australia raced to the 50-run mark in only 3.4 overs as Aaron Finch (43 off 34) smashed two consecutive sixes over long on off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin but the scoring rate was checked as wickets fell at regular intervals.”It was a tough score, they got 60 runs in the first six overs,” Dhoni said.Australia reached the 100-run mark in 12.5 overs and 150 in 19.4.The opening stand was worth 54 and ended in the fifth over when Nehra induced an edge to dismiss danger man Khawaja.David Warner (6) and Smith (2) fell to spinners Ashwin and Yuvraj Singh respectively with Dhoni having a hand in both dismissals.Ashwin’s single wicket Sunday made him the first Indian to take 50 wickets in T20 internationals while wicketkeeper Dhoni’s three victims brought him level on 60 with Pakistan’s Kamran Akmal for dismissals in T20 internationals.Glenn Maxwell chipped in with a useful 31 that included a reverse-sweep six off Yuvraj SinghShane Watson made an impressive exit from international cricket as he followed up his unbeaten 18 with 2-23 in four overs and a brilliant diving catch at cover to dismiss Yuvraj off Faulkner.last_img read more

IPL 2016: Quinton de Kock 108 helps Delhi Daredevils gun down 192 vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

first_imgQuinton de Kock slammed his maiden Indian Premier League ton to help Delhi Daredevils gun down 192 against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday. (Full IPL coverage) Chasing an imposing 192 for win, De Kock blazed his way to 108 off just 51 balls with 15 boundaries and three sixes and in the company of young Karun Nair (54 off 42) added 134 runs in 12.4 overs for the third wicket to help Daredevils overwhelm the target with five balls to spare.De Kock’s century was also the first in this year’s tournament. (Here’s how de Kock’s ton stunned RCB) However, the Daredevils did not have the best of starts as they lost Shreyas Iyer early, courtesy a brilliant cor-ordinated catch between Shane Watson and David Wiese at the long-off boundary off Sreenath Aravind’s final delivery of the first over off the innings. Next in Sanju Samson too did not last long as he offered a regulation catch to Yuzvendra Chahal at midwicket off Watson (2/25) in the sixth over with Daredevils score at 50 for two in 5.4 overs.Thereafter, it was all De Kock and Nair show as duo took the below-par RCB attack to task and played real cricketing shots, helped by some luck to keep Daredevils in the hunt on a small ground.De Kock might have been the architect of Daredevils chase with his brilliant century but credit should also go to young Nair who gave the South African able support from the other end and in the process struck six boundaries and a six to remain unbeaten on 54.advertisementEarlier, Virat Kohli played a captain’s knock with a quickfire 79, while A B de Villiers made a brisk 55 before Delhi Daredevils pulled things back a little towards the end to restrict Royal Challengers Bangalore to 191 for five.At the M Chinnaswamy Stadium where the average score is 200 plus, RCB at one stage looked on course to achieve the target when Kohli and De Villiers were going great guns before pacer Mohammed Shami pulled things back for Daredevils with the wickets of Shane Watson and Virat Kohli in quick succession.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Heat wave grips Guj; Ahmedabad records seasons highest

first_imgAhmedabad, May 13 (PTI) Heatwave conditions continued to sweep several parts of Gujarat with Ahmedabad city today recording the highest maximum temperature of the season at 44.6 degrees Celsius.”Heat wave conditions prevailed in most parts of Gujarat as weather remained dry during the day with most cities, except those in the coastal region, recording maximum temperatures in the range of 40 to 44 degrees Celsius,” the daily weather bulletin released by Meteorological Centre in the city said.The Met Centre has also predicted rise in mercury levels in the days to come.”Ahmedabad city today recorded its highest temperature of the season with 44.6 degrees Celsius, which is almost one degree more than yesterday. Other cities also reeled under scorching heat as mercury levels either remained as they were yesterday or slightly increased,” Assistant Director of Met Centre Manorama Mohanty said.Kandka Airport in Kutch region was at the second place with 44.4 degrees Celsius, followed by Surendranagar (44.3), Gandhinagar (44), Amreli (44), Rajkot (44), Vadodara (43.2) and Bhuj (42). Todays readings showed a rise of one to two degrees from yesterday.The Met officials said there would be no respite from the heat wave in days to come.”As per our forecast, there will be no change in the heat wave situation during the next two days. The mercury in the city may touch 45 degrees Celsius on Sunday. We may see slight decrease in the maximum temperature only after Sunday,” Mohanty added. PTI PJT PD NP KISlast_img read more

I am under no extra pressure, says Vijender

first_imgMumbai, Jul 13 (PTI) Star Indian boxer Vijender Singh today said he felt no additional pressure before his first home professional bout against Australias Kerry Hope for the WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title, but only a sense of responsibility for the future of the sport in the country. “I think, there is no pressure (but) more responsibility because this fight will decide what is the future of pro boxing in India. People are excited and would be coming to see (the fight),” the 2008 Olympic Games bronze-medallist told reporters here. “Of course I will have to give (my) 100 per cent, I have to win the fight, thats (an) important part, but there is no pressure, (only) responsibility is there, fulfil it and take the title,” said the 30-year-old. Vijender was on a visit to the Jamnabai Narsee School in suburban Vile Parle to promote the July 16 fight in Delhi, along with Bollywood actor John Abraham. Vijender, who had won his first six professional fights inside the distance, is up against an opponent, who brings with him the experience of 30 bouts, of which he has won 23, out of which two were by knock-outs. Exuding confidence ahead of the title fight, Vijender said, “He is a southpaw (left-hander) and I know him and he is a very experienced guy. I spoke to (my) coach. We will take him, its not that difficult, dont worry.” “I dont want to say anything before the fight, pass any comment or any bad thing about him, like I am going to destroy him,” said the bronze medal winner in the 2009 World Championship in middleweight (75kg). “But I know, he has experience, I know that his recored is 35 or something, but it is a record right now. But I have an Olympic medal. I have got an Olympic medal, I did get (medals) in the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games. I can do that and I know that.” (MORE) NRB SSR GK PM PM BASadvertisementlast_img read more

NFL’s Saints get unexpected boost from Pope Francis Twitter tag

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “Couldn’t lose after this,” the Saints said on their official Twitter feed. “#Blessed and highly favored”.Indeed the Saints, who have thrived despite losing star quarterback Drew Brees to a thumb injury in the opening game of the season, had little trouble beating the Jaguars 13-6 to improve to 5-1.Coach Sean Payton put the win down not to papal intervention but to solid defense.Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew was sacked twice and intercepted once as Jacksonville failed to muster a touchdown.“I told our defense I felt like if we had played eight quarters they wouldn’t have scored a touchdown today,” Payton said.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ View comments JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 13: Jared Cook #87 of the New Orleans Saints reacts after scoring a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth quarter of a football game at TIAA Bank Field on October 13, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. Julio Aguilar/Getty Images/AFPThe New Orleans Saints got a surprise shoutout on Sunday from Pope Francis, with fans and at least one player taking the inadvertent tag as a good omen for the NFL team.Francis created five new saints on Sunday in a canonisation ceremony at the Vatican attended by heads of state from across the world.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Becoming his own man La Salle bags 2nd straight UAAP poomsae crowncenter_img Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ “Today we give thanks to the Lord for our new #Saints.” he posted on Twitter — with the combination of a hashtag and the capital letter of Saints apparently adding the New Orleans team’s fleur-de-lis logo. “They walked by faith and now we invoke their intercession.”One wag with the Twitter handled @hacksawDG2 replied with a Tweet asking “Who Dat, father” — invoking the Who Dat rallying cry of Saints fans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceSaints linebacker Alex Anzalone took time out from preparations for the team’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars to put a screen shot of Francis’ tweet on his own Twitter feed.“Wow, are we blessed or what?!??” Anzalone wrote. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics This jewelry designer is also an architect Paranaque cemetery bust: Marijuana seized from minor PLAY LIST 02:11Paranaque cemetery bust: Marijuana seized from minor01:38Trillanes accused of harassment, hiring social media trolls03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issuelast_img read more

Important to recognise Northeasts contribution to ISL: John

first_imgGuwahati, Sep 10 (PTI) Northeast United FC owner John Abraham says the opening ceremony of the Indian Super League (ISL) 2016 will inspire the youth from the region and give recognition to the people here. “I cannot even begin to tell you how big it is for us. It is fantastic! Finally, we can give the Northeast an occasion to be proud off and to feel good about being the centre of attraction for the Indian Super League. We are a football hub and it was important for the people of the region to feel recognised. We are privileged and honoured,” the Bollywood actor said. For the first time, the ISL opening ceremony will be held at the Indira Gandhi Stadium and nobody is more excited than John, who thanked Nita Ambani, chairperson of Football Sports Development Ltd (FSDL), for giving the franchise an opportunity to host the opening ceremony. “I want to especially thank Mrs Nita Ambani for awarding Guwahati the honours of hosting this mega event. We have been working towards this for quite some time now and I am ecstatic that we will finally be hosting the opening ceremony at one of the homes of Indian football,” he said. In the past, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai and Goa have hosted either the opening ceremony or the final. “When young kids will watch this mega event, they will hopefully be inspired by the magnitude of it all and tell themselves I want to perform on a stage like this one day. Such events always give a fillip to the community and aspire athletes. I can assure you that the entire region will be gearing up for the opening ceremony,” said John. PTI AH CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli’s ability to dominate in all formats makes him special: Kane Williamson

first_imgAhead of the three-match Test series against India, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson on Tuesday hailed host skipper Virat Kohli’s ability to dominate in all the three formats of the game as “special”.Addressing reporters ahead of the Black Caps’ three-day practice game against Mumbai, starting on Friday at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground here, Williamson named Kohli as one of the players, whom the Kiwis will look out for during the Test series.”Virat (Kohli) is a great player. The ability to dominate in all three formats like he does is something very special and certainly something that I admire. I love watching him play,” Williamson said.”There are a lot of good players in the Indian team whom we will have to look out for. Virat is one of those players, against whom we have to be at our very best.”The 26-year-old right-hander, who is often counted in the same bracket as Kohli along with Australia skipper Steve Smith and England batsman Joe Root, said each player has his own style and game plan which sets him apart from each other. (Also read: Adapting quickly to Indian conditions will be key for New Zealand: Ish Sodhi to India Today)”Smith, Root are both great players as well and I think all different players have different strengths, trying to stick to their own game plans, their own strengths and I suppose there lies the beauty of the game.”TOUGH CHALLENGE AHEADWilliamson, who is part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL), admitted playing India at home is one of the toughest challenges.advertisement”We know it will be a challenge. India in their home conditions is one of the toughest challenges in the game, specially in the longest format. New Zealand is quite excited to take them on, specially after returning from Zimbabwe and South Africa where the conditions are quite different,” he said.”We have a number of guys in the team who have been a part of the IPL for a few years now and no doubt those experiences help.””The format is different and the focus is on Test cricket at the moment but still I suppose those conditions are something that we can draw from little bit to try and help in preparations going into this series. It’s a different format, we’ll have to prepare well.””During the previous series in India (against South Africa), spin certainly played a huge part and I think batting was difficult. I have no doubt it will be a bit of a scare, so spin from both teams will play a big part. We have three good spinners and it should be a good contest,” he added.PLAYING SPIN PROPERLY THE KEYExpecting a spin-dominated series, Kiwi coach Mike Hesson, who was seated beside the captain, said the team will bank on the previous experiences of playing in sub-continent conditions. (Also read: New Zealand eye reverse swing to escape India’s spin trap)”We spent a lot of time in Bulawayo in Zimbabwe before South Africa, so that was a pretty much spin dominant series (against Zimbabwe) and was in similar conditions and pace with what we expect in India.”It’s very difficult for us to replicate those conditions at home, so the week ahead of the first Test is crucial for recovery and preparing individual game plans but most of the players have played here before and certainly had success in the sub-continent and we will certainly go on that experience as well,” he said.Going into the high-profile series, New Zealand’s biggest headache will be the form of swashbuckling opener Martin Guptill, who recently scored 7, 8 and 0 from the Test series defeat in South Africa.But Williamson is unfazed with the recent slump, and backed the 29-year-old as a world class cricketer.”Martin (Guptil) has been working very hard. We know that he is a world class cricketer and he has shown that a lot in the white ball format and certainly we are backing him to do well with the red ball,” he said.last_img read more

F1: Nico Rosberg tops Singapore practice as Lewis Hamilton struggles

first_imgNico Rosberg set the fastest time in practice Friday for the Singapore Grand Prix, while Mercedes team-mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton could manage only seventh after being hampered by a hydraulics failure.Rosberg, who has won the past two races and trails Hamilton by only two points, recovered from a crash into a tire barrier in the first session at the Marina Bay street circuit.In the night session – with greater grip and in conditions more representative of what they will face in Saturday’s qualifying and Sunday’s race – he was a quarter of a second faster than Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen a further tenth of a second back in third.The presence of Mercedes, Ferrari, and Red Bull in close proximity at the top of the timesheets promises a hard-fought qualifying and race, living up to expectations that this grand prix was one in which the usually dominant Mercedes could be vulnerable.The headline times promised a tight qualifying shootout, while the long-run times during Friday’s sessions were also close, indicating an even contest Sunday.Daniel Ricciardo was fourth fastest, only a couple of hundredths of a second behind teammate Verstappen despite the young Dutchman having the advantage of the exclusive use of the upgraded Renault engine while Ricciardo used the old version.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was fifth and Nico Hulkenberg of Force India sixth ahead of Hamilton.The Briton sat out the last third of the evening session due to low hydraulic fluid pressure, and there was not enough time to get it fixed and return him to the track.advertisementEven before that, Hamilton was struggling on the ultra-soft tire, with which the fastest times were set, having twice run wide off the racing line.”It doesn’t look like anything serious,” Hamilton said of the hydraulics issue. “The guys are working on it and it should be fine for tomorrow, which is the main thing.”Our pace looked OK today, definitely much better than last year so I’d say we’re looking relatively strong.”The two practice sessions represented a reversal of fortunes for the Mercedes rivals, as it was Rosberg who had the major problem in the early session. The German badly misjudged the tricky left-hand turn 18 and crashed nose first into the safety barrier before limping back to the pits with his front wing missing.Barring unforeseen circumstances, Rosberg will start his 200th career grand prix here.Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr. was eighth fastest and his teammate Daniil Kvyat 10th, separated by McLaren’s Fernando Alonso.last_img read more

Biker suffers fatal injuries after crashing into Nuwan Kulasekara’s car

first_imgSri Lanka fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara on Monday was involved in a horrific road accident in which a bike rider was killed, a Sri Lanka Cricket release stated. Kulasekara was later released on bail.The 28-year-old unidentified man lost control of his bike and rammed into Kulasekara’s car, who was coming from the opposite direction. The accident took place on the A-1 highway, which is considered to be one of the most dangerous roads in the country.”Preliminary inquiries have revealed that Mr Kulasekara was returning to Colombo from Kandy, when the unfortunate motorcycle rider who was travelling in the opposite direction had lost control of his bike whilst trying to overtake a bus and got flung into Mr Kulasekara’s path,” the release said.The 34-year-old cricketer retired from Tests in June this year to concentrate more on limited-overs cricket. The right-arm medium pacer has 48 wickets from 21 Tests at an average of 37.37. He has played 173 ODIs so far and has taken 186 wickets at 34.08.last_img read more


first_imgKanpur, Sep 22 (PTI) Following are milestone Tests in Kanpur, Sep 22 (PTI) Following are milestone Tests in Indian cricketing history over the past 84 years. India 1st Test: 1932 Captain: CK Nayudu Opposition: England Venue: Lords Result: Lost by 158 runs 100th Test: 1967 Captain: Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi Opposition: England Venue: Edgbaston Result: Lost by 132 runs 200th Test: 1982-83 Captain: Sunil Gavaskar Opposition: Pakistan Venue: Lahore Result: Drawn 300th Test: 1996-97 Captain: Sachin Tendulkar Opposition: South Africa Venue: Ahmedabad Result: Won by 64 runs 400th Test: 2006 Captain: Rahul Dravid Opposition: West Indies Venue: Kingston Result: Won by 49 runs Performance over the years – after every 100 Tests Tests 1-100 Won: 10 Lost: 40 Drawn: 50 Tests: Till 200th Won: 35 Lost: 72 Drawn: 93 Tests: Till 300th Won: 56 Lost: 98 Drawn: 145 Tests: Till 400th Won: 88 Lost 129 Drawn: 182 Test: Till 499th Won: 129 Lost: 157 Drawn: 212. PTI KHS KHSlast_img read more

See this batch representing India for next 10 years: Tendulkar

first_imgKanpur, Sep 22 (PTI) Legendary Sachin Tendulkar today lavished praise on the current team led by Virat Kohli as he feels that the core will remain same for the next decade expecting India to dominate world cricket. “We have a fabulous combination. The best part about all these players is that they are young and they will play for a while. I see this team playing together for 8-10 years and dominating world cricket,” Tendulkar, who is here as a part of BCCIs 500th Test celebrations, told Star Sports. The maestro, who has played 40 percent (200 out of 500 Tests) of Indias 500 Test matches is happy with the balance of the side. “We have the firepower, balance is really nice. If we continue to stick to these players, obviously there will be few changes here and there, but if players are fit, in proper shape and condition, we have bright days ahead,” Tendulkar said. Tendulkar however said that those in charge of running the game should try to find a proper balance between bat and ball. “There has to be a nice balance between bat and ball. The balance is not right as its too much in favour of batsmen, to be fair. In T20s, batters go after bowlers. 300 is no more a safe target in ODIs. There has to be a format, where bowlers dominate the bat,” Tendulkar said. The highest run-getter in world cricket termed the pitch as a “typical Kanpur wicket”. “New Zealand will bat fourth in match. It is a positive sign. Test cricket is about knowing when to pace up, when to slow down, how to play a full match for five days,” he said. On 500th Test, the iconic batsman said:”Being part of history, I would like to believe, we have also been able to influence the next generation and leave some impression behind.” PTI KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

ISL: Atletico de Kolkata pip Mumbai City FC 3-2 in semi-final first leg

first_imgFormer champions Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) edged past ten-man Mumbai City FC 3-2 in a rip-roaring semi-final first leg of the Indian Super League at the Rabindra Sarovar Stadium on Saturday.This was ATK’s second home win this season.ATK took the lead in the third minute through Lalrindika Ralte but soon fell behind to two goals from Mumbai’s Leo Costa and Gerson Viera.But the fate of the match swung rapidly in the hosts’ favour with Iain Hume striking a brace (39th and 45+4) towards the end of the first session.Mumbai’s Diego Forlan was sent off in the 74th minute after a double booking. The 2010 World Cup Golden Ball winner was booked first in the 51st minute.ATK play in Mumbai for the second leg next Tuesday.To the surprise of all, Jose Molina ringed in six changes with the likes of Debjit Mazumder — one of their key performers under the bar — finding a place on the bench.Mumbai, on the other hand, handed Leo Costa and Sunil Chhetri starts in place of Matias Defederico and Udanta Singh.ATK started as the brighter side and got their reward when the match was three minutes old, albeit from fortuitous circumstances.Borja Fernandez’s cross from the right found Ralte who knew little about his looped flick which cushioned into the top right corner, making it difficult for Amrinder to gauge.The hosts’ joy was shortlived though as the visitors drew level seven minutes later.Forlan’s free kick found Chhetri, who nodded the ball in the path of Costa for the Brazilian to slot it in.advertisementThe boisterous 12,500 crowd was stunned to silence moments later when the blue shirts took the lead.ATK’s sloppy defending was for all to see as Gerson Viera banged in a Forlan inswinging free kick with Henrique Sereno caught napping.Fernandez came close to equalising soon after the setback but his effort flew over.He was in the thick of things again when Hume headed back for Doutie to shoot on the half volley. Thankfully, Goian was at the right place at the right time to get an important deflection for keeper Amrinder to save.Just when it looked like Mumbai would go into the break with their noses ahead, ATK not only restored parity but went ahead for the second time in the game.Hume scored both the goals. First Ralte crossed from the byline for Doutie to set up Hume after Amrinder only got his fingertips to the ball. Hume then smashed home as Amrinder was left stranded.In the first half added time, Lalhmangaihsanga Ralte tripped Postiga inside the box to concede a penalty which Hume comfortably tucked in to the keeper’s right.After the breather, Hume and Chhetri were guilty of wasting two good chances.It became an uphill task for Mumbai when their star player Forlan saw his second yellow card of the game for kicking Jewel Raja after the Uruguayan failed to win a duel with him.Sehnaj Singh got into the referee’s book soon after as Mumbai seemed to be losing their cool.Hume came close in the dying minutes of the game, but his fizzing shot finished off-target.last_img read more

Report: BATE 0 Chelsea 1

first_imgOlivier Giroud’s first goal under Maurizio Sarri sealed Chelsea’s progression to the Europa League knockout rounds with a 1-0 win at BATE on Wednesday.France striker Giroud headed in Emerson Palmieri’s cross in the 52nd minute to decide a tentative contest and break his club drought dating back to May.BATE, who hit the woodwork three times, would have been deserving of a point, but will now seek to revive their hopes in their next meeting with Vidi, who edged PAOK 1-0. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! That result means the Blues, having racked up a fifth successive competitive victory, must wait until the Greek side’s visit later this month to confirm top spot in Group L..@_OlivierGiroud_ #BATEvCFC— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 8, 2018Two goals down inside eight minutes at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago, BATE were unfortunate not to be ahead early on home soil as Dmitri Baga crashed a long-range shot against the post.Chelsea soon settled into a dominant share of possession without ever looking like making the breakthrough before half-time.Giroud had fleetingly threatened with one header before the break and it was in similar circumstances that he opened the scoring, convincingly meeting Emerson’s cross at the near post.Only another moment of misfortune prevented BATE from responding quickly, with Nikolai Signevich’s close-range effort coming back off the underside of the crossbar, before an unmarked Aleksey Rios skied an even more promising opening.Eden Hazard was withdrawn just after the hour and with him went the last of Chelsea’s minimal attacking verve as they settled for an uninspiring, albeit important, 1-0 victory after the upright denied substitute Evgeni Berezkin.3 – This is the first time Chelsea have started three English players (Cahill, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek) in a European match since April 2014 vs Atletico Madrid in the Champions League (Cahill, Terry, Cole). Homegrown. #BATEvCFC— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 8, 2018What does it mean? Scoring confidence for Chelsea strikersBlues boss Sarri suddenly has competition for his centre-forward spot with Giroud following the lead set by Alvaro Morata against Crystal Palace and finally finding form in front of goal.794 – Olivier Giroud’s goal for Chelsea was his first in 794 minutes of action for the club, since netting against Liverpool in May. Relief. #batche #EuropaLeague— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 8, 2018Emerson provides amid short supply of opportunitiesIn a match of few clear-cut chances, Emerson’s wicked delivery from the left for Giroud’s winner stood out as a moment of overdue quality.Loftus-Cheek a let downIt may be a case of two steps forward and one back for Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who struggled to make any kind of impression on the match despite his team’s wealth of possession, marking a stark contrast to his hat-trick heroism in the reverse fixture. Key Opta Facts- BATE have lost on each of the three occasions they have hosted an English side in Europe.- Chelsea have won four consecutive games in European competition for the first time since April 2012, when they went on to win the Champions League.- Maurizio Sarri has won all 10 of his Europa League group-stage games as a manager, with his sides scoring 28 goals while conceding just four in return.Three Englishmen started for Chelsea against BATE (Ross Barkley, Gary Cahill, Ruben Loftus-Cheek), the most for the Blues in European competition since April 2014 versus Atletico Madrid (Cahill, Ashley Cole, John Terry).- Olivier Giroud scored his first goal for Chelsea since netting against Liverpool in May – he had gone 14 games, 793 minutes and 24 shots without scoring.What’s next?Chelsea host an improving Everton in the Premier League on Sunday, while BATE have a break before next weekend’s clash with FK Gorodeya in the Belarusian Cup. read morelast_img read more

‘Solari is very similar to Zidane’

first_imgReal Madrid have made the perfect managerial appointment in the eyes of Borja Mayoral, with Santiago Solari considered to be “very similar” to Zinedine Zidane.Comparisons between bosses of the Blancos from past and present are easy to make, given the paths they have trodden to fill the coaching hot-seat at the Santiago Bernabeu.Both Zidane and Solari represented Real with distinction during their playing days, before then going on to cut their coaching teeth within the club’s academy system. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Having proved themselves at that level, the opportunity to take charge of the senior side has been presented to two club icons.Zidane revelled in his role, landing the Liga title and three Champions League crowns, and Solari is now hoping to follow that lead after being handed a three-year contract on the back of a productive caretaker stint.“He’s really close to the players, very similar to Zidane,” academy graduate Mayoral, who is currently on loan at Levante, told AS.“He’s very good at managing the squad, which is something Madrid always demand. I’m happy for him and pleased the club has put its faith in him.”Solari is also a coach to have talked up Mayoral’s potential in the past, which is offering the Spain U21 international striker hope of seeing more game time for Madrid.He said of those comments: “Yeah, I remember. He said it after a Youth League game.“The fact that the current Real Madrid coach said that about me makes me feel proud and gives me confidence.”Borja Mayoral Real MadridMayoral has made 31 first-team appearances for the Blancos, netting seven goals.He is, however, only 21 years of age and hopes a spell away from the Bernabeu spotlight will help to put him in a stronger position to push for more recognition in a star-studded squad.“Definitely,” he said when asked if it is still his intention to make the grade in the Spanish capital.“I’d love to do well at Madrid and with the national team, but I know it’s too soon for that and I have to focus on my current club, Levante.”Mayoral, who linked up with Levante on a season-long agreement at the end of August, has found the target on one occasion in seven outings for his loan employers.last_img read more

Virat Kohli says sorry to Royal Challengers fans after dismal season

first_imgAfter last season’s high, Royal Challengers Bangalore have had a season to forget.With yet another loss, a crushing 6-wicket to Kolkata with 4.5 overs in hand, Virat  Kohli’s men find themselves in the bottom of the league table.Virat Kohli took to twitter to thank Bangalore’s loyal fans, while apologising for his team’s performance. ” Thanks to the @RCBTweets fans for all the unconditional love and support this season as well. Sorry we couldn’t play up to our standards,” he tweeted.Thanks to the @RCBTweets fans for all the unconditional love and support this season as well. Sorry we couldn’t play up to our standards.- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 7, 2017After the match, Kohli admitted that throughout the season “if the batting has clicked the bowling has not worked for them and vice-versa.” “It was a season to forget. Things are just not coming together for us,” he said.Kohli though promised that things can’t get worse and hopes that the team can perform better for the fans who come out in numbers.In the match after electing to bowl, Bangalore did really well to keep the hosts in control. Travis Head and Mandeep Singh made useful contributions after another dismal batting performance from the big guns.Once the visitors turned out to bat, the wicket looked a totally different. Sunil Narine and Chris Lynn started hammering everyone all around the park. The former registered the joint quickest fifty of the tournament ever while the latter also managed to score a half century on his comeback. They both stitched in a partnership of 105 runs in 37 balls to take the game away from the hosts. It was a mere formality but the visitors did lose a couple of wickets before crossing the line eventually.advertisementBangalore in their 13 matches so far this season, have managed to win only two games, and a washed out game against Sunrisers Hyderabad.  The Challengers have only one game left in the season, at the Feroz Shah Kotla against the team from the capital on the last day of league phase.last_img read more