South Africa captain Faf du Plessis believes Australia will head into next month’s Test series against his team mentally scarred following their one-day whitewash by the Proteas.Australia suffered their first ever 5-0 one-day bilateral series defeat against South Africa month and will now host Du Plessis’s side for three tests starting on Nov. 3, including a day/night game in Adelaide.”Beating Australia the way we did – really convincingly, not giving them a sniff – will leave a bit of a scar on them mentally. I appreciate it’s test cricket, a different format,” Du Plessis told reporters. (Also read: David Warner’s 173 in vain as South Africa whitewash Australia 5-0 in ODIs)”They will have a different team, probably a more mature team (than their ODI squad). So it’s important to start well in that first test and remind them that we are in the same space as the one-day team.”Du Plessis, who will captain the team in the absence of injured AB de Villiers when they visit Australia, is wary of the threat posed by left-armer Mitchell Starc, who has picked up 115 wickets in 28 tests.Starc, who was rested from Australia’s ODI tour of South Africa, sustained a freak accident in training last month.”Starc is a huge bowler for them. We’ll need to make sure we get good prep in with left-arm quicks. He’s obviously someone who can crank it up and get it close to 150km/h and then obviously he’s very good with reverse swing,” Du Plessis added.advertisement
Two Manchester United fans hid inside an Old Trafford toilet and spent Friday night inside the stadium in the hope of watching their team play Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday.The duo, who did not have tickets for the match, were found during a security sweep before the match, which ended in a 1-1 draw, and handed over to the police who chose not to arrest them, British media reported.The fans took a stadium tour a day before the game but slipped away before it ended.A Manchester United spokesman said all members of the tour group had been searched before entering the stadium and there had been no risk to public safety.”The fact that they and their belongings had been searched before entry means we are confident there was no risk to safety,” the spokesman added.”We realise people will go to any lengths to watch a game at Old Trafford but these people went too far.”A league game in May between United and Bournemouth was abandoned and the stadium evacuated before kickoff after a bomb scare.The device that sparked the evacuation on that occasion turned out to be a dummy bomb left behind after a security drill.
Dozens of hearses carrying the coffins of those killed when a plane flying Brazil’s Chapecoense soccer team crashed into a Colombian mountain will leave Medellin for the airport on Friday to be flown home. (Colombia and Brazil football teams join in tribute after plane crash)The disaster on Monday night killed 71 people and shocked soccer fans the world over. It appears that the LAMIA Bolivia BAe146 airliner ran out of fuel, lost electrical power and was preparing for an emergency landing as it smashed into the mountains in central Colombia. (Bodies of Brazilians killed in Colombia crash expected back on Friday)Only six on board the flight survived, including three members of the soccer squad en route to the biggest game in their history: the Copa Sudamericana final. (Colombia crash: Plane carrying Chapecoense players was running out of fuel)The tragedy plunged Latin America’s largest nation, Brazil, into mourning as it reels from a deep recession and political crisis. Video footage of the team seated before takeoff showed them laughing and pulling faces at the camera.The bodies and ashes of five Bolivians will leave shortly on a Hercules aircraft and those of a Venezuelan on a commercial flight. The remains of a Paraguayan victim left Colombia late on Thursday. (From Wayne Rooney to Neymar, soccer world sends condolences to Brazil’s Chapecoense after air crash)A convoy carrying the dead Brazilians will leave the funeral home in Medellin later on Friday for the journey along a mountain road to Rionegro airport, where the victims will be flown back to Brazil. (Rivals rule out final league game against Chapecoense)advertisementIn the club’s small farming hometown in southern Brazil, workers erected temporary structures in the stadium to shelter the coffins of 51 victims – players, staff and journalists – expected to arrive at night for an open-air wake on Saturday.Some 100,000 fans, about half the city’s population, are likely to attend, as is Brazilian President Michel Temer and Gianni Infantino, president of world soccer governing body FIFA. (Brazilian clubs offer to loan players to Chapecoense after plane crash)Roberto Di Marchi came to Colombia to escort the body of his cousin Nilson Folle Junior, 29, a director of Chapecoense, back home.”He always travelled with the team, to every game, he was a fantastic person, he was so dedicated and loved the Chapecoense,” Di Marchi said at the funeral home, adding Folle’s father was one of the team’s founders.Two of the Bolivian flight crew and a journalist also survived along with the three players. They remain in hospital.”Authorities are working on the diplomatic paperwork around the clock to ensure that by 10 at night all the bodies are returned to their families,” Colombian police commander Colonel Jose Contreras.Two black boxes recovered from the crash site on a muddy hillside in wooded highlands near the town of La Union are due to be sent this week for examination by experts in Britain, where the jet was manufactured.Colombian aviation officials said the absence of fuel at the crash site and in the plane’s tubing indicated it had completely run out of fuel.
Manchester United have turned their attention to Yerry Mina after deeming Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire too expensive, Goal understands. The Red Devils have been looking to upgrade the centre-back position this summer, and identified the Tottenham and Leicester City defenders as their top two options.But, as Goal reported last week, United were put off the chase for Maguire after Leicester demanded a sum in excess of £75 million ($99m) for the 25-year-old. 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! Spurs are also asking for at least £75m for Alderweireld, a figure United are similarly unwilling to pay. With time and their available funds both presenting issues, Jose Mourinho’s side have been forced to look toward the 23-year-old Barcelona defender instead of their preferred duo.Mina has been offered to United and with the clock ticking ahead of the August 9 transfer deadline, the Colombia international may represent the most realistic option for the Red Devils. Barcelona will demand €40m (£36m/$46m) for Mina, a figure that is more in line with United’s budget. Mourinho has been sufficiently impressed with Mina to make a bid, though the former Palmeiras man quickly fell out of Barcelona’s plans after only joining in January. The main difference between Barcelona and United now appears to be a buy-back clause for Mina, with the Blaugrana insisting on including one and United hoping to land the defender with no strings attached. But it appears the two sides are still close to a deal, and Mina could be making a move to Old Trafford in the coming days.
Ajax Amsterdam, trailing 3-0 and down to 10 men, scored two late goals to overcome Schalke 04 in the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday while Olympique Lyonnais won a 16-kick penalty shootout against Besiktas.Manchester United needed an extra-time goal from Marcus Rashford to beat Anderlecht 2-1 and go through 3-2 on aggregate while a 1-1 draw away to Racing Genk was enough to give Celta a 4-3 aggregate win.Four-times European champions Ajax, leading 2-0 from the first leg, appeared to be on the way out as Schalke wiped out the deficit in just under an hour and then scored again early in extra-time.Yet, despite having Joel Veltman sent off in the 80th minute, Ajax replied with a scrambled goal from Nick Viergever and a clinical effort from Amin Younes in the last 10 minutes of extra-time to bring it back to 3-2 and win 4-3 on aggregate.Schalke’s defeat, following Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund’s elimination from the Champions League this week, meant that there were no German semi-finalists in either of the European competitions for the first time since 2004/05.The Royal Blues dominated the match and looked well capable of ousting their Dutch opponents, who fielded two 17-year-olds in a side with an average age of under 23.Leon Goretzka and Guido Burgstaller scored twice in a four-minute spell early in the second half for Schalke and it got worse for Ajax when defender Veltman was sent off after picking up two yellow cards in quick succession.When Daniel Caligiuri headed Schalke’s third in the first period of extra-time, there seemed no way back for the visitors.advertisementYet Ajax never abandoned their slick passing game and grabbed an away goal when Viergever controlled a cross from Kenny Tete and managed to fire into the roof of the net with nine minutes left.Schalke lost their composure, were left wide open and Younes took advantage when he cut inside to score another for Ajax.”It’s hard to explain what happened at the end. I’m speechless really,” said Caligiuri.Brazilian Anderson Talisca scored both goals for Besiktas as they beat Lyon 2-1 to level their tie at 3-3.Alexandre Lacazette replied with a superbly-taken goal for the French side, collecting a pass and lifting it over goalkeeper Fabri for his 31st of the season in all competitions.The first six penalties in the shootout were all converted before Dusko Tosic saw Besiktas’ seventh attempt saved by Anthony Lopes, only for Christophe Jalle to send Lyon’s next effort over the bar.Lopes then saved another, this time from Matej Mitrovic, but there was no second let off for Besiktas as Maxime Gonalons converted Lyon’s eighth kick.United, the last remaining English side in Europe, took the lead in the 10th minute through Henrikh Mkhitaryan but Sofiane Hanni brought Anderlecht, winners of both the old European Cup Winners’ Cup and the UEFA Cup, back level in the 32nd minute.After Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who later went off with a potentially serious knee injury, wasted two great chances in the final stages of normal time, the contest went into extra time and Rashford settled the tie with a fine finish early in the second period.Pione Sisto scored a spectacular goal to put Celta ahead against Genk as he won the ball in midfield, burst forward and unleashed an unstoppable effort into the roof of the net.Leandro Trossard replied four minutes later for the Belgian hosts but they were unable to find a winner.
(Eds: Correcting name in second para)New Delhi, Apr 21 (PTI) The Delhi High Court today stayed its single judge order which has held that installation of air conditioners (AC) in schools of the national capital cannot be a ground to hike tuition fees to pay electricity charges.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra, however, was of the view that 15 per cent hike in tuition fees by school towards power charges and running of the AC system they had installed, was not appropriate.”There may be many parents who cannot afford to even pay one per cent of the enhanced fees by the schools,” the bench orally observed.It asked two city-based schools, challenging the single judge order declining their decision to hike tuition fees to pay electricity charges, whether they wanted to force the parents out of the schools.It, however, said that till the next date, it will stay the verdict of the single judge who had said that providing AC facilities in the school cannot be connected with the curricular or co-curricular activities.The division bench also directed the schools that it will not insist on parents to pay any enhanced fees till pending of the appeal before it.To this, the counsel for the two schools submitted that they have not enhanced any fees since 2015-16 academic year.The bench issued notice to the Delhi government on the schools appeal and sought their stand in this regard.The single judge ruling had come while dismissing the plea of the schools against a June 16, 2016, order of the Delhi governments Directorate of Education (DoE) holding that the 15 per cent hike in tuition fees was illegal.advertisementThe schools had challenged the order before the single judge saying, they hiked the tuition fee to meet the expenses incurred in maintaining and running the AC system and in paying electricity bills for the same, which are all recurring expenses in the nature of revenue expenses.The schools had also claimed that AC have been installed for an academic purpose, the running cost for the same is thus a revenue expense for improvement of curricular facilities.Disagreeing with the schools, the court said the DoEs order “rightly held” that the charges for the electricity bill cannot be included in tuition fees and overheads, nor it is expenses on play-ground, sports equipment, cultural activities etc. and also on co-curricular activities.The electricity bills can only be claimed under the head annual charges.The schools had also contended that if the charges can be claimed under annual charges and not tuition fees, then they have not done anything illegal.Rejecting the argument, the single judge had said, “The same does not appeal to this court, more so when there is a finding in the impugned order (of DoE) that the schools have already increased annual charges in the session 2015-2016. The school could not have further claimed the electricity charges under the head annual charges.” PTI PPS HMP ARC TIR
Delhi Daredevils captain and former India pacer Zaheer Khan got engaged to Bollywood actor Sagarika Ghatge, famous for her role of hockey player Preeti Sabarwal in Shah Rukh Khan-starrer “Chak De India”.The star cricketer announced the development on Twitter on Monday. Zaheer is currently busy leading the Daredevils in the IPL and in his heydays, was one of the most widely followed cricketer, thanks to his good looks and spectacular bowling skills.Never laugh at your wife’s choices. You are one of them !!! Partners for life. #engaged @sagarikavghatge pic.twitter.com/rUOtObFhiX- zaheer khan (@ImZaheer) April 24, 2017Zaheer debuted for India back in 2000 in Kenya and went on to become an integral part of Indian teams subsequently.Zak, as he is fondly called by his teammates, played 92 Tests and picked 311 wickets. In 200 ODIS, he pocketed 282 wickets and played a major role in India’s World Cup triumph in 2011.He retired from international cricket in 2015Zaheer also recently breached the 100 – wicket mark in the IPL. He has been in fine form this season with the ball and has made a telling difference in the overall performance of the Daredevils.Sagarika, his fiancee, is a noted Bollywood actor.Zaheer will soon join the list of married Indian cricketers. His good friend Yuvraj Singh married Hazel Keech late last year while Harbhajan Singh had tied the knot in 2015.#Yuvihazel wedding marathon finally ends . Congratulations @YUVSTRONG12 @hazelkeech. Finally it’s time to head back to the bay ! pic.twitter.com/FKgDY2Ht5g- zaheer khan (@ImZaheer) December 8, 2016advertisement
Former Romanian tennis player Ilie Nastase will not be welcome at this year’s Wimbledon championships and could be stopped at the gate if he tries to attend, organisers said on Wednesday.The 70-year-old former French and U.S. Open champion is provisionally banned from all International Tennis Federation (ITF) events after hurling allegedly racist and sexist comments during Romania’s Fed Cup tie with Britain last month.All England Club chairman Philip Brook said he “condemned” the behaviour of two-time Wimbledon runner-up Nastase.”In terms of an invitation to the Royal Box, he won’t receive one this year,” Brook said at the club’s spring news conference.Club chief executive Richard Lewis went further, saying Nastase “could be stopped at the gate” if he tried to enter the grounds with a ticket.Romanian Fed Cup captain Nastase, who courted controversy throughout his career, was booted out of his country’s tie with Britain for “unsportsmanlike” behaviour.The singles rubber between Britain’s Johanna Konta and Sorana Cirstea was briefly suspended after remarks made by Nastase to Konta and Britain’s captain Anne Keothavong.Nastase had already run into trouble during the World Group II playoff tie in Constanta, after allegedly making a derogatory comment about American great Serena Williams’s unborn child.
May 5 Tottenham Hotspur’s exhilarating Premier League title surge came to a shuddering halt as they lost 1-0 at West Ham United on Friday to leave Chelsea needing six points from four games to be crowned champions.At the former London Olympic Stadium made famous by the likes of Mo Farah and Usain Bolt, a 10th successive league win for Tottenham would have put them one point behind Chelsea but they stumbled over one of their final hurdles.Manuel Lanzini’s scruffy 65th-minute goal sparked an East End party, and celebrations over in west London too, as West Ham guaranteed survival with only a second win in 12 games.Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham dominated possession for long periods but never reached the levels that had raised hopes of a first title since 1961.Chelsea can open up a seven-point lead with victory over relegation-threatened Middlesbrough on Monday and would then clinch the title before Tottenham play again if they win at West Bromwich Albion next Friday.”It is not over. It is true that it will be difficult… to catch Chelsea,” Pochettino told reporters. “Maybe we were a little desperate tonight after they scored.”Today was a key moment and one of those moments where if you are going to win a title you have to win.”Just over a year ago West Ham put a spoke in the wheel of Tottenham’s title challenge with a 1-0 win at Upton Park when victory would have put Spurs level with Leicester City.The Hammers, who have endured a mediocre season at their new home, raised their game again with a hard-working display.advertisementTottenham, for all their controlled passing, struggled to penetrate West Ham’s rearguard. Even when they did home keeper Adrian frustrated them with some fine saves.Twice he denied Harry Kane in the space of a few seconds midway through the first half and he also reacted well to keep out an Eric Dier header.Son Heung-Min went closest to breaking the deadlock for Tottenham in the second half but West Ham were always dangerous and Lanzini, wasteful with a first-half chance, delivered what could be knockout blow to Tottenham’s title hopes.On a rare foray forward West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell crossed from the right and with Tottenham’s defence dithering, the ball squirmed to Lanzini who smashed past Hugo Lloris.West Ham kept Tottenham at arm’s length once they went ahead and the final whistle sparked scenes of jubilation around the ground as the hosts moved up to ninth with 42 points.”Tonight was great in terms of character and determination but to beat a team like Spurs you need also quality,” West Ham manager Slaven Bilic, whose future has been under a cloud, told reporters.”We showed that in the second half and perhaps deserved to score another goal. Friday night, lights, 60,000 against them, you can’t beat that feeling.”
Virat Kohli is undoubtedly the most exciting batsman in world cricket and his fan following cuts across international boundaries. The Indian captain is once again in focus as his team attempts to defend the ICC Champions Trophy in England.Kohli was also the center of attention for some of the greatest captains of the game at Aaj Tak Salaam Cricket 2017 . In a session titled ‘World Captains XI’, former Pakistan skipper Aamer Sohail said he liked Kohli’s attitude and the way he always looks to attack.”I would go with Virat Kohli,” Sohail said when asked who he reckoned was the best batman in world cricket now. “I like his attitude. The coaches would ask you to first defend the ball in our time. These days, batsmen are looking for boundaries (from the word go). Kohli is one exciting player. He is one cricketer you wouldn’t mind paying and watching in the cricket stadium.”Former England player Nasser Hussain mentioned a couple of other players and had high words of praise for fellow-Englishman Joe Root but said Kohli would be his go-to man in a run-chase.”You cannot go beyond Kohli in a run chase. I would bet my life on Kohli.”Earlier during the cricket conclave, another legend, Shane Warne had also rated Kohli as the best in the business across all formats.Kohli’s form will be key if India have to retain the Champions Trophy. He has so far scored 27 ODI hundreds and is rated highly by his peers from all corners of the world. As captain, the 28-year-old has revelled in the pressure and has constantly ensured ruthless cricket from the rest of his teammates. (India much stronger than Pakistan now, say Mohammad Azharuddin and Aamer Sohail).advertisementAlso Read:Salaam Cricket 2017: Pakistan should be wary of MS Dhoni, he is still a dangerous player, says Aamer Sohail
Xiaomi recently announced the Redmi 4 in India, which, as the company itself claims received an overwhelming response. Xiaomi India claimed that they managed to sell out over 2.5 lakh units of Redmi 4 in a day’s time. In just a few days after the Redmi 4 launch, rumours about its successor have already started surfacing on the web, dubbed Xiaomi Redmi 5.Leaks and rumours about the Xiaomi Redmi 5 have been making rounds on the web for quite some time now. Lately the device has been spotted on Chinese certification website, TENNA, wherein the listing reveals a lot about the device already. Wherein the listing, the upcoming Redmi 5 will come with a model number MAE136.Now, press renders of the Redmi 5 smartphone has been reportedly leaked. The report comes from by MobileXpose. As per the leaked images, the smartphone will come with a polycarbonate body and is also expected to pack ARM processor with a clock speed of 2GHz. However, going back to the TENNA listing, the features that are tipped for the Redmi 5 looks a little different. The listing hinted that the successor of the Redmi 4 will come with a full metal body display and a processor clock speed of 1.4GHz.Photo Credit: MobileXpose Specifications revealed by TENNA indicated that the device will come with a fingerprint sensor. However, now the newly leaked images show Xiaomi might ditch the fingerprint sensor for the upcoming Redmi 5. Leaked renders further shows that the front camera of the upcoming smartphone might come with LED flash which is expected to sit at the top, right next to the MI brand logo. The images don’t reveal any further details about the upcoming Redmi 5.advertisementGoing back to the previously leaked TENNA listing, Redmi 5 is expected to sport a 5-inch HD display with 720×1280 pixels resolution. Further, the smartphone is tipped to be powered by a 1.4GHz octa-core processor and will be paired with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, which can further expandable up to128GB via microSD card slot. Other leaks suggest that the upcoming Redmi 5 will run on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow and will be backed by a massive 4000mAh battery.As far as the leaks about the camera is concerned, Xiaomi Redmi 5 is expected to sport 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, while on the front, the device may to feature a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The Redmi 5 will include other sensors and connectivity options like — gravity sensor, distance sensor, light sensor, dual SIM, 4G LTE, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, and also a microUSB port.Lastly, the TENNA listing also tipped that the upcoming Xiaomi device will come in several colour variants like – gold, rose gold, matte black, and dark grey.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi 4 4GB RAM, 64GB memory variant won’t be available until June endAlso Read: Your Xiaomi phone may never get the latest Android update but that’s okay
Pakistan edged South Africa by 19 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method on Wednesday to keep alive their Champions Trophy hopes as rain continued to play havoc with the tournament.Hasan Ali produced a disciplined bowling display that allowed Pakistan to restrict South Africa to 219 for eight wickets in their 50 overs. Pakistan were 119/3 in reply after 27 overs when rain stopped play.The match at Edgbaston was abandoned two hours later, as the rain persisted, to hand Pakistan their first points of the tournament and leave them with a chance to go through to the semi-finals if they beat Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Monday in their last group game.Pakistan had lost to India in their opening match on Sunday, suffering a crushing 124-run defeat as they chased a rain revised target.South Africa, who were the top ranked one-day team going into the tournament, now face a tough fight with India at the Oval on Sunday if they are to advance.South Africa, Pakistan and Group B leaders India, who take on Sri Lanka in their second match on Thursday, are all tied on two points. The top two teams from each group progress to the semi-finals.Hasan Ali took two wickets in successive balls on his way to figures of 3/24 off eight overs while Junaid Khan and Imad Wasim also contributed with two wickets each.”We bowled in the right areas and our fielding was much improved,” said Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.David Miller toiled to keep South Africa’s batting from not imploding further as Pakistan took regular wickets to shackle an impressive batting line-up.advertisementMiller finished not out on 75 off 104 balls after a dogged innings that included a 48-run partnership with Kagiso Rabada for the eighth wicket.South Africa suffered two ‘golden ducks’ with captain AB de Villiers dismissed with his first delivery for the first time in his ODI career, slashing the ball to Mohammad Hafeez at backward point. Wayne Parnell also fell first ball when he was clean bowled by Hasan Ali.Morne Morkel came on as first change to remove both of Pakistan’s openers in his second over and reduce Pakistan to 41/2 in their reply. Debutant Fakhar Zaman went for 31 and was followed two balls later by Azhar Ali for nine.Morkel had Hafeez caught in the deep for a third wicket but by then Pakistan had accelerated the run rate and gone ahead of South Africa on the D/L method.”We were outplayed by a better team. We came out with a good attitude in the field but just came up short,” said De Villiers.”We know what is required now against India and we’ll have to up our game to get past them.” Inclement weather has produced two ‘no result’ matches and interrupted others with a 20 percent probability of rain for Thursday’s India v Sri Lanka showdown in London, according to forecasters.
Ghaziabad, Jul 5 (PTI) Congress MLA from Jalandhar cantonment and Olympian Pargat Singh today said the Narendra Modi government should bring sports bill to dig out talent from far flung areas could and also increase the budget spending on sports.The Arjun awardee and Padam Shree former hockey player also demanded audit of funds allotted to the sports authorities.”Sports budget in our country is less than one per cent while in China it is 10 to 15 per cent. India must enhance its sports budget to the tunes of China. Due to this reason talented players are not coming out,” Singh told reporters.He said that hockey legend Dhyan Chand was a deserving candidate for Bharat Ratna but “no government cared for it”.He had won gold medal in Olympics when the country was under British dominion, he added.On the youths of Punjab, he said that a large number of them have become drug addicts and physically unfit so they are unable to join the Army.”Youths must socialise so that adopt the right path for their betterment,” he said.The Congress MLA said that his party does not believe in “dirty politics” of religion and caste, and asked the other political parties to leave such politics for the betterment of the country. PTI CORR SMJ
Ziro (Arunachal Pradesh), Dec 21 (PTI) Three-time APRC champion Gaurav Gill aims to reassert his supremacy as Round 5 of the MRF FMSCI Indian National Rally Championship, the Rally of Arunachal, got underway here today.Gill, who missed Round 4 of the INRC in Chikmagalur as it was held simultaneously with the APRC, is still ahead with 50 points after winning the rounds in Coimbatore and Jaipur.But INRC 3 leader Dean Mascarenhas and defending champion Karna Kadur are snapping at his heels with 45 and 43 points respectively.He will have to be at his fiercest best here in Ziro, which will be making its debut as hosts in the picturesque backdrop of Arunachals majestic mountains, as he sets his eyes on his fifth title in INRC.”We welcome Arunachal Pradesh into the INRC fold,” Arindam Ghosh, Director of RRPM and promoter of the MRF FMSCI INRC 2017, said at a press interaction just after the ceremonial start.”This is a wonderful backdrop for rallying and I am sure all the participants are going to enjoy driving here,” he added.”Its a big step for us to host the Rally of Arunachal,” Lhakpa Tsering of the Motorsports Club of Arunachal said. “Motorsports is fast becoming a very popular sport in the North-East and this is a good boost for al the young enthusiasts,” he added.The Team Mahindra Adventure driver, Gill, will be accompanied by his long-time navigator Musa Sherif as they grapple with the 149.70-kilometre distance, including 72 in special stages and 77.70 in liaison.Dean Mascarenhas and co-driver Shruptha Padival have been consistent through the season, taking the fourth, second and third positions in the earlier rounds of the INRC.advertisementIn his own class, the INRC 3, the pair has been unbeatable, winning all the three rounds for a solid 75 points.Second-placed Saddam Shaikh is way behind with 36 points to pose any sort of a real challenge.ARKA motorsports Karna and Nikhil Pai are back in the fray, despite a non-finish in Round 3, the Rally of Jaipur. They clinched the top position in Round 4, the Rally of Chikmagalur, in the absence of Gill and will hope to push the champion to the edge.Karna yielded his pre-eminent position in the INRC 2 class to Rahul Kanthraj and Vivek Y Bhatt, who have managed a 2, 1, 2 finish so far. He is fourth in the INRC standings with 37 points.Gills teammate in Mahindra Adventure, Amittrajit Ghosh, will rue the missed opportunity in the Rally of Chikmagalur. He was in the game with a third place and a fifth-place finish in the initial two rounds. But in Round 4, his car let him down even as he was leading the pack, forcing him to return empty-handed. PTI KHS KHS
Former Indian captain and current coach of India’s Under 19 and India A teams, Rahul Dravid turns 45.Patience, resilience and above all, class, are some the words that have come to be associated with Dravid. And after 31258 Test runs, 10889 ODI runs from a total of 508 international matches for India, ‘legend’ has to be added that list. Rahul Dravid, the man who was the backbone of the Indian batting line-up for years, turns 45.Since his debut in international cricket back in 1996, in a Test match against England at Lord’s, along with Sourav Ganguly, the legend of the ‘Wall’ has only grown. He scored 85 and along with fellow debutant Sourav Ganguly started took the game away from their hosts.ALSO WATCHBecoming captain, keeping wickets, or even batting throughout the day while pouring bucket after bucket of sweat from his helmet, Dravid has adapted and moulded himself to every requirement of the Indian cricket team. And, as of this day, he leads the country’s charge for the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand as coach.He took the last batch of ‘young-stars’ to the final in 2016, where they lost to the talented bunch of West Indies, but this time with a new team and renewed ambitions, he is ready launch challenge on the trophy yet again.Talking about India’s preparations for the 2018 edition of the tournament, David said in an interview with ICC that, “It’s been good. We started the process almost a year ago in terms of identifying a core group of 35-40 kids that we wanted to give exposure to. We’ve had a few series, a couple of Asia Cups where we’ve had the opportunity to see a large group of talent, and just in the build up to this tournament as well they’ve been playing a lot of domestic Under 19 cricket as well.”advertisementThe Twitter community posted messages whishing the great man:I’ve always looked up to Rahul Bhai, not only for his cricket achievements but also for the way he leads his life with simplicity and utmost dignity. #HappyBirthdayDravid pic.twitter.com/gFjwgch20H— ajinkyarahane88 (@ajinkyarahane88) January 11, 2018Commitment, Consistency, Class. Here’s wishing a very Happy Birthday to Former #TeamIndia Skipper Rahul Dravid #HappyBirthdayDravid pic.twitter.com/FTgk1SjdT9— BCCI (@BCCI) January 11, 2018VIDEO: #HappyBirthdayDravidThe Wall turns 45https://t.co/KhBsXRi88w #Legend pic.twitter.com/goqbAM2nXn— BCCI (@BCCI) January 11, 201813,288 Test runs10,889 ODI runs48 international centuries1 legendary careerHappy Birthday Rahul Dravid! pic.twitter.com/R1kdkFQH5w— ICC (@ICC) January 11, 2018The BFC Family wishes club ambassador Rahul Dravid a very Happy Birthday and a smashing year ahead. Tweet in your wishes tonhim here. #WeAreBFC pic.twitter.com/Tbo7p6DxiI— Bengaluru FC (@bengalurufc) January 11, 2018There might be many strong walls around us but the greatest yet is the one and only, #RahulDravid. Happy birthday, Jammy! My best wishes for the U-19 World Cup. #HappyBirthdayDravid pic.twitter.com/RICNJXzIWM— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 11, 2018Wall in Pic 1 may or may not shake or break.But Wall in Pic 2 riding me is unshakable and unbreakable. Just sit back ,relax and have a safe ride. #HappyBirthdayDravid . Best wishes to the U-19 boys! pic.twitter.com/fP07xmQIMc— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 11, 2018Happy birthday, Rahul Bhai. A thorough gentleman who taught us the meaning of commitment and sacrifices. Getting my ODI and Test caps from you will always hold a special place in my heart.Hope the boys make you proud in the upcoming U-19 World Cup. #HappyBirthdayDravid pic.twitter.com/f9JqYvhn82— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) January 11, 2018Birthday wishes Rahul Bhai hope you have a terrific year & best wishes for the under -19 World Cup, boys couldn’t ask for a better man at the helm #HappyBirthdayDravid— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) January 11, 2018Friendship isn’t about being inseparable but knowing and realising that inspite of not meeting regularly nothing will change. Wishing the very best to a dear friend, Rahul with whom I have shared some great memories #HappyBirthdayDravid pic.twitter.com/9BcLlN7wFF— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 11, 2018One of the legends of the game, an inspiration as much off the field as on the field and a man who taught me so much, #HappyBirthdayDravid pic.twitter.com/GPmDcdIsKD— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 11, 2018
Leading from the front, stand-in Indian skipper Rohit Sharma slammed his third double century in ODIs on Wednesday during the 2nd ODI between India and Sri Lanka. Sharma scored an unbeaten double century as India scored 392 for 4 at the PCA cricket stadium in Mohali, Chandigarh. The right-handed batsman sent the Sri Lankan bowlers on a leather hunt and became the first player on the planet to cross the 200-run mark thrice in ODIs. In the process, he surpassed multiple records as India set a target of 393 runs. Sharma ended his innings on an unbeaten 208, thereby becoming the second captain to score a double ton in the history of cricket.He scored the coveted double off 151 balls in grand style in the final over of India’s innings. In his brilliant knock, he hit 13 fours and 12 sixes.While his performance speaks all about him, here are six interesting facts about Rohit Sharma that you should not miss:Rohit Sharma can fluently converse in four languages — English, Hindi, Marathi and TeluguLike many cricketers, Rohit Sharma did not want to become a batsman. He began his career as an Off-Spinner. But his coach Dinesh Lad noticed Rohit’s potential with the bat and transformed him into a batsmanRohit Sharma’s parents could not afford to pay his school fees. So, he was given a scholarship in his school just because of his cricketing abilityRohit Sharma was the first Indian to score a hundred in T20s when he scored one for Mumbai against Gujarat in the 2006-07 edition of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 competition. He scored 101 not out off 45 balls with 13 fours and five sixesadvertisementRohit Sharma is an ardent fan of Manchester UnitedRohit Sharma is the 2nd Indian to score a century in a knock-out match in ICC World Cup history. First to do so was Sourav Ganguly against Kenya in 2003Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to email@example.com
Pakistan bowling coach and former all-rounder Azhar Mahmood believes his team is blessed with a bunch of bowlers with amazing mindset, who are completely capable of executing the plans on the field effectively.When quizzed about the wicket-taking approach of the Pakistan bowling attack in limited overs cricket, the 42-year-old said, “It’s not rocket-science to realise that in the modern-day limited overs game, where boundaries are small and bats are big, it is absolute madness to think that you can simply contain a top-quality opposition team by drying out runs. The only real way to stop runs from being scored against you is by taking wickets.””In this regard, we are very blessed that we have a bunch of guys who are wicket-takers and are able to effectively execute the plans given to them and deliver on the field. There is an amazing mindset among these bowlers that they need to get the batsmen out and not just worry about containing them, which is very important for the team as a whole,” he emphasised.Giving example of his side’s recent performances in the ODIs, Azhar stressed that his bowling line-up are confident of taking wickets at every stage of the game regardless of the opposition. He further emphasised on the rapid improvement in their bench-strength.”With this bowling line-up, we are confident of taking wickets at every stage of the game regardless of how well the opposition is doing at that time. The proof of our recent progress is in the fact that in the last nine ODI games, the most any team has scored against us is 236 which is a great sign for Pakistan cricket. On top of that, our bench-strength is improving rapidly with each back-up player performing really well when given the chance,” he said.advertisementMeanwhile, Azhar also reflected his disappointment on Pakistan’s recent two-match Test series defeat to Sri Lanka 0-2 in Dubai.The former all-rounder admitted that his side failed to bowl well in both innings of the Tests which cost them defeat.”Obviously, we were thoroughly disappointed by the loss of both Tests in the home series against Sri Lanka, but the fact of the matter is that we did not bowl well in both innings of the Tests. Again, this is not an attempt to look for excuses but the guys were playing Tests after a long time as our last game had been in May of this year and that rustiness showed up against Sri Lanka,” he said.Pakistan are now slated to play against West Indies in a three-match T20 series this November. However, the Caribbean side’s tour to Pakistan might get postponed due to adverse weather in Lahore.
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Frans Nielsen has seen a lot with the New York Islanders since the 2006-07 season — and much of it has been frustrating.But in his 455th game, Nielsen notched his first hat trick, and the Islanders outlasted the Dallas Stars in a wild 7-5 win on the night of Oct. 25.Nielsen beat goalie Anders Lindback with a wrist shot at 9:39 of the third period to break a 4-4 tie after he and Nikolay Kulemin skated into the Dallas zone on a 2-on-1 rush.He scored again six minutes later and then finished with an empty-net goal with less than a second remaining. He deferred to his teammates as the Islanders won for the sixth time in eight games to start the season.“It was pretty cool,” the 30-year-old Danish center said. “We know we’re a good team and we’re working hard. We wanted to make a statement in the beginning, and we’ve done it.”New linemates Mikhail Grabovski and Kulemin also earned praise from Nielsen, a third-round draft pick by the Islanders in 2002. Grabovski had two assists and Kulemin scored his first goal with the Islanders.“They are both really smart players, and it’s fun playing with them,” Nielsen said.Nielsen’s second goal came at 15:09 off another 2-on-1 with Grabovski before Shawn Horcoff pulled Dallas to within 6-5 just 23 seconds later.Backup goalie Chad Johnson made 26 saves for the Islanders in his second straight start. He has won all three games he has played this season.“You won’t score six or seven goals every night so I have to make more key saves,” Johnson said. “But a win is a win. You get the two points any way you can.”Anders Lee, recalled by New York from AHL Bridgeport this week, opened the scoring with his first of the season at 5:11 of the first period.After Vernon Fiddler tied it at 13:25, Kulemin scored on a short-handed breakaway at 18:42.Lee’s goal came when he redirected Thomas Hickey’s shot past Lindback. It was the 11th goal for Lee in 26 NHL games.Brock Nelson scored his fifth of the season at 1:12 of the second period to extend New York’s lead to 3-1.Then Stars’ leading scorer Tyler Seguin narrowed the deficit to 3-2 with his sixth of the season at 5:25 before Jason Spezza tied it with a power-play goal at 6:50.Antoine Roussel put Dallas ahead 4-3 at 15:50 but Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky ripped a shot over Lindback’s right shoulder 30 seconds later to tie it again.The goal was the first of the season for the 38-year-old Visnovsky, who missed the first five games of the season with a back injury.The Islanders have eight goals from defensemen this season. They had 23 all of last season from blue-liners.Contributions from throughout the lineup against Dallas didn’t include Islanders’ leading scorer and captain John Tavares. Linemates Kyle Okposo and Cory Conacher assisted on Visnovsky’s goal.“We’re doing the right things defensively and that leads to chances like the 2-on-1 we finally got,” Nielsen said. “We compete hard, which leads to bounces going your way. Now we have to keep working hard.”New York is 9-3-3 in its last 15 games against Dallas, which fell to 4-2-2 one night after beating the Devils in New Jersey in a shootout.“We created more than enough chances, but we didn’t adjust well enough,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “We did some good things and played hard, but we were inconsistent.”Grabovski returned after a three-game absence with concussion symptoms. He replaced Josh Bailey who went on the injured list after he broke a hand against Boston.Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic missed his second straight game due to an upper body injury.(ALLAN KREDA) TweetPinShare0 Shares
SAN FRANCISCO — The NFL is moving back extra-point kicks and allowing defenses to score on conversion turnovers.The owners on May 19 approved the competition committee’s proposal to snap the ball from the 15-yard line on PATs to make them more challenging. In recent seasons, kickers made more than 99 percent of the kicks with the ball snapped from the 2.“There was strong sentiment coming out of our meetings in March that something had to be done with our extra point,” said Texans General Manager Rick Smith, a member of the competition committee that proposed this specific rule change. “From a kicking perspective the try was over 99 percent (successful), so we tried to add skill to the play.“It was also a ceremonial play.”The accepted proposal places the 2-point conversion at the 2, and allows the defense to return a turnover to the other end zone for the two points, similar to the college rule. The defense can also score two points by returning a botched kick.The change was approved only for 2015, then will be reviewed. But Smith predicts it will become permanent. “This isn’t an experiment,” Smith added. “This is a rule change. We expect this to be a part of the game.”The vote was 30-2. Washington and Oakland voted no.New England and Philadelphia also made suggestions on changing the extra point, but the owners went with the powerful committee’s recommendation.Officiating chief Dean Blandino said the percentage of kicks made from the 33- or 34-yard line has been around 93 percent. And Troy Vincent, in charge of NFL Football Pperations, noted that placekickers can handle such an alteration.“The kicker’s a skill position now,” Vincent said. “We’re not trying to take the foot out of the game.”The short-lived XFXL, a developmental league, used the 15-yard line as the line of scrimmage on extra point placements.A major part of the change is the hope more teams will go for two points. In contrast to the traditional extra point kick from short distance, that is an exciting and usually a critical play.Some teams could look into 2-point specialists; there’s conjecture that Eagles coach Chip Kelly brought in Tim Tebow to potentially fill such a role.___By Barry Wilner, AP Pro Football Writer. AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley contributedTweetPinShare0 Shares
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — England beat New Zealand by 56 runs in a one-off Twenty20 international on Tuesday, adding to the feel-good factor surrounding its team ahead of the Ashes and denying the Black Caps a farewell victory on their tour.Protecting a score of 191-7 that was underpinned by in-form Joe Root’s 68 from 46 balls, England dismissed New Zealand for 135 in 16.2 overs on a balmy evening at Old Trafford after taking the last five wickets for four runs.The Kiwis started the chase ahead of the required run rate of 9.55, but Kane Williamson (57) ran out of partners before becoming one of three batsmen to depart over four balls in the 15th over.That plunged New Zealand to 131-8 and left-arm paceman David Willey (3-22) took the final two wickets in successive deliveries.Propelled by a new attacking mentality, England also won a thrilling one-day international series 3-2 and is a different proposition in white-ball cricket to the team that surrendered so meekly at the Cricket World Cup in February and March.“We were so far away in the World Cup,” said England captain Eoin Morgan, whose side was eliminated in the group stage. “Things have turned around pretty quickly.”New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum described some of his team’s batting as “amateurish.”“We got off to a reasonable start,” McCullum said, “but we weren’t able to build partnerships as the innings progressed.“Credit to England, they’ve played some outstanding cricket this summer.”Root came to the crease when opener Jason Roy was run out after an explosive 23 that included two sixes in the second over, and smashed eight fours and one six to continue his strong recent form from the ODI series.Alex Hales (27), Ben Stokes (24 not out) and Sam Billings (21) also weighed in with cameos and a target of 192 was competitive.McCullum smashed 35 off 15 balls and Williamson’s knock came off 37 deliveries and included eight fours. But Ross Taylor (17) was the only other player to get into double figures as England ended up sealing a comprehensive win.TweetPinShare0 Shares