India lose to Bangladesh by eight wickets, knocked out of U-19 Asia Cup

first_imgDefending champions India were knocked out of the Under-19 Asia Cup after suffering their second defeat in three days as the Rahul Dravid-coached side went down to Bangladesh by eight wickets here on Tuesday.After being upset by Nepal on Sunday, the Indian colts were once again at the receiving end as Bangladesh chased down a modest 188 with eight wickets and four overs to spare in a rain-curtailed match at the Royal Selangor Club here.The defeat meant that Bangladesh and Nepal, from Group A, will join Pakistan and Afghanistan, respectively, in the semi-finals.Put in to bat, India lost half their side on 96 runs as none of the top order batsmen managed to get going against a disciplined Bangladesh bowling attack.Salman Khan’s unbeaten 39 remained India’s highest as two others — Harvik Desai (21) and Anuj Rawat (34) — wasted their respective starts.The last four wickets added 71 to shore up the total to 187/8 in the must-win tie.For the Bangladeshis, medium pacer Mohammad Robiul Hoque was the wrecker-in-chief with figures of 3/43 while Nayeem Hasan and Hafif Hossain contributed with two wickets apiece.In reply, the Bangladesh’s opening pair of Pinak Ghosh (81 not out) and Mohammad Naim Sheikh (38) provided a solid 82-run start to dent India’s hopes.Ghosh then teamed up with Mohammad Tawhid Hridoy (48 not out) to accelerate towards victory with an unbroken 83-run stand for the fourth wicket.Brief Scores: India U-19: 187/8 (Salman Khan 39 not out, Anuj Rawat 34; Robiul 3/43, Nayeem 2/38) lose to Bangladesh U-19: 191/2 (Pinak Ghosh 81 not out, Mohammad Tawhid Hridoy 48 not out) by 8 wickets.advertisementlast_img read more

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Olympiakos Beats OFI, 4-0

first_imgATHENS — Marko Scepovic scored a hat trick to lead Olympiakos to a 4-0 victory at OFI in the Greek league Feb. 22.Scepovic, playing in his seventh game this season, saw all his three shots at goal find the net, in the 42nd, 52nd and 88th minutes. Paulo Machado had opened the scoring in the 39th.Olympiakos remains undefeated after 26 rounds, 23 points ahead of PAOK, which hosts Panthrakikos Feb. 23.The bad news for Olympiakos is that Scepovic is not eligible to play in the Feb. 25 Champions League round of 16 first-leg home game against Manchester United. Worse still, veteran striker Javier Saviola, whom Scepovic replaced in the 33rd, has injured his left thigh and is doubtful.Also, Levadiakos beat Asteras 3-1 and Panionios won 2-1 at Apollon.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Watson Wins Master’s Again

first_imgAUGUSTA, Ga. — One of golf’s most exciting players squeezed most of the drama out of the Masters on April 13. That’s just fine with Bubba Watson.All he cared about was slipping into that green jacket.Instead of hitting a 40-yard hook out of a forest of Georgia pines — the signature shot in his playoff victory two years ago — the final act at Augusta National took place on the 18th green. Watson had a three-shot lead and consulted with his caddie on a 15-foot birdie putt.“I went over to him and I said, ‘I’m not very good at math, but we’ve got four putts, right?’” Watson said.This was more about great golf than Bubba golf.Watson kept his poise during an early burst of birdies from 20-year-old Jordan Spieth, turned the tournament in his favor with consecutive two-shot swings to close out the front nine, and coasted to a 3-under 69 to win the Masters by three shots over Spieth and Jonas Blixt of Sweden.“Small-town guy named Bubba now has two green jackets,” Watson said. “It’s pretty wild.”Watson made it look routine over the final hour. On a Sunday when Spieth was trying to become the youngest winner in Masters history and 50-year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez had a chance to become the oldest major champion, Watson turned in another masterpiece and joined an elite group as the 17th player to win multiple Masters.Surprisingly for Augusta, the most compelling action was on the front nine.His only nervous moment was a drive so mammoth around the corner on the 13th hole that it clipped a few trees and still went some 360 yards, leaving just a sand wedge into the par 5. That was his lone birdie on the back nine. No one got closer than three shots the rest of the way.“The shot out of the woods made me famous,” Watson said. “But this one was a lot better for me and my nerves.”This was nothing like the Masters he won two years ago, especially when it was over.His wife and newly adopted son were home in Florida in 2012 when Watson made four straight birdies on the back nine and won on the second playoff hole with his great escape out of the trees.When he tapped in for par on 18, there was 2-year-old Caleb — decked out in a green-and-white striped Masters shirt and green tennis shoes — walking toward him. Watson had tears streaming down his face when he scooped him up, a prize as great as the green jacket.“Seeing him back there … what an amazing feeling as a parent,” he said. “And then throw on the green jacket on top of it just changes everything.”After high-fiving the crowd on his way to sign his card, Watson returned to Butler Cabin to take back that green jacket after slipping it on Adam Scott a year ago.“After giving it away last year, I wanted it back,” Watson said. “I told Adam we could just swap it back and forth every year.”Spieth could only watch from the side of the green.He dazzled the massive crowd early by holing out for birdie from the front bunker on No. 4, and making back-to-back birdies to build a two-shot lead through seven holes. Bidding to become the first player in 35 years to win a green jacket in his first try, Spieth looked to be well on his way.But he three-putted for bogey on No. 8 — the first 6 on his card all week — as Watson got up-and-down for birdie to tie for the lead. Spieth then made a rookie mistake, leaving his approach below the flagstick on No. 9 and watching it roll back into the fairway, setting up another bogey and two-shot swing.Whatever prayer he had might have ended at Amen Corner.His tee shot on No. 12 found Rae’s Creek. He missed a short birdie attempt on the 13th.Watson was too powerful, too experienced, too tough to beat. Spieth closed with six pars for a 72 and tied for second with Blixt, who never went away but never really threatened. Blixt shot a 71.“Obviously, I’ve worked my whole life to lead Augusta on Sunday. And although I feel like it’s very early in my career, and I’ll have more chances, it’s a stinger,” Spieth said.Watson finished at 8-under 280 and goes to a career-best No. 4 in the world.Jimenez, the ageless wonder from Spain, shot 71 and finished alone in fourth. Matt Kuchar lost a share of the lead with a four-putt double bogey on the fourth hole and never challenged again. He closed with a 74 and tied for fifth with Rickie Fowler (73).Nine players were separated by three shots at the start of the final round only for this to turn into a two-man show. For the opening two hours, it was anything but dull.After trading pars on the opening hole, either Watson or Spieth — sometimes both — made birdie or bogey over the next nine holes.Spieth holed out from a bunker for birdie on the tough par-3 fourth. He made back-to-back birdies with a 12-foot putt on the seventh for a two-shot lead.Two holes to close out the back nine changed everything. Amen Corner swung the Masters in Watson’s favor for good.Watson won for the second time this year, and his second major puts him at the top of the Ryder Cup standings.He was guided all week by a simple game plan of hitting fairways and greens, and he was calmed by knowing that regardless of how it turned out, he still had a green jacket. Now he has two of them.(DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Suarez Says World Cup Bite Accident

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO — Luis Suarez told FIFA’s disciplinary panel that he did not deliberately bite Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup.The Uruguay striker’s defense that he lost balance and fell on his opponent will now be presented to FIFA’s appeal panel, after his national federation notified FIFA late June 27 it would challenge the nine-match, four-month ban.“In no way it happened how you have described, as a bite or intent to bite,” Suarez wrote in Spanish in a letter dated June 25.The player’s defense is in paragraph 6 of FIFA’s disciplinary committee ruling, which has been seen by The Associated Press.“After the impact … I lost my balance, making my body unstable and falling on top of my opponent,” Suarez wrote in his submission to the panel which met June 25, one day after Uruguay beat Italy 1-0 in a decisive group-stage match.“At that moment I hit my face against the player leaving a small bruise on my cheek and a strong pain in my teeth,” Suarez said. However, the seven-man panel which met dismissed the argument.The bite was “deliberate, intentional and without provocation,” the ruling stated in paragraph No. 26 of the panel’s conclusions.Suarez was banned for nine Uruguay matches and four months from all football. He was also fined 100,000 Swiss francs ($112,000).The panel, chaired by former Switzerland international Claudio Sulser, included members from the Cook Islands, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Panama, South Africa and Singapore.On June 28, FIFA confirmed that formal proceedings had begun to challenge the longest ban for a World Cup player in 20 years.“We have a declaration that they are planning to appeal,” FIFA spokeswoman Delia Fischer said. The Uruguay federation now has seven days to submit written grounds for the appeal.Back in Montevideo, Suarez has been welcomed home as a hero by Uruguay fans.“I’m writing this message to express thanks for the outpouring of support and affection that I’m getting. Both me and my family really appreciate it,” Suarez said on his Twitter account.“Thank you very much for being on my side and I want all of us to support our teammates today in the match against Colombia,” he wrote, ahead of Uruguay’s Round of 16 match at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.FIFA’s disciplinary ruling confirmed that Suarez’s bite was missed by referee Marco Rodriguez of Mexico, who acknowledged the oversight in his match report. So did his two assistants and the fourth official.“I haven’t seen the incident because the ball was in another sector of the pitch,” Rodriguez writes in paragraph No. 4 of witness submissions in the 11-page document.FIFA’s verdict was welcomed by Brazilian great Pele.“FIFA’s decision was good, it was correct, because they had to set an example,” he was quoted as telling Folha de S. Paulo newspaper. “If this example hadn’t been given quickly, it could spread (the bad behavior on the pitch). This example shouldn’t be copied by anyone. I think it was fair because it serves as a parameter going forward.”(GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Mavs Beat Nets 96-88 in OT

first_imgDirk Nowitzki made a clinching 3-pointer in overtime that moved him into seventh place on the NBA’s career scoring list, as the Dallas Mavericks beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-88 on Jan. 5.Monta Ellis scored 19 points and made a pair of jumpers early in overtime before consecutive 3s by Chandler Parsons and Nowitzki made it 96-88 with 34 seconds to play. That gave Nowitzki 15 points for the game and 27,412 in his career, moving him past Moses Malone into the No. 7 spot.Nowitzki called it an “insane, crazy ride” that’s carried him past some of the NBA’s greats.There have been plenty of games across 17 years like that of Jan. 5, when the legs are heavy, the shots a little flat, while playing on the second consecutive night at the end of a road trip. That’s why his latest personal achievement ranked behind continued team success.“I’m proud of it but more proud that we got the win,” Nowitzki said.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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A-Roid HR, Jays Beat Yanks, 6-3

first_imgNEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez proved he’s still a power threat at age 39. Daniel Norris demonstrated he’s more than just a curious character living out of an old van.Rodriguez hit his first home run since serving a yearlong drug suspension, but the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 6-3 April 9 in the first major league win for the eccentric Norris.“The main focus is baseball. Winning ballgames, like tonight,” Norris said. “So if I can keep going out there performing like I did tonight, hopefully I’ll put that stuff behind me.”Edwin Encarnacion homered and the Blue Jays got RBI singles from Jose Reyes and Kevin Pillar in a four-run second inning against CC Sabathia. Toronto took two of three in the season-opening series, boosting its record at Yankee Stadium to 7-30 since May 24, 2011.On another raw and rainy night in the Bronx, Rodriguez led off the sixth by launching a high fastball deep into the left-field seats for his 655th career homer.Rodriguez, moved up to second in the lineup against a lefty, tossed his bat aside and rounded the bases without any fanfare, though the drive invigorated a sparse crowd announced at 32,152.“I felt like I needed a Google map to run the bases, it’s been so long,” Rodriguez said. “Anything I can do this year is going to be a surprise, even for me.”It was A-Rod’s first home run since Sept. 20, 2013. The three-time MVP ranks fifth on the career list, five behind Willie Mays.Mark Teixeira homered off Norris (1-0) two batters later, cutting it to 5-3, but Encarnacion hit a long drive against Esmil Rogers in the eighth that banged high off the wall behind the bullpen in left-center, some 430 feet or so from home plate.Miguel Castro pitched a perfect ninth for his first career save.Norris wore a knit hat as he walked through the clubhouse hours before the game, but pitched in short sleeves on a 42-degree night.“It feels weird for me to pitch in sleeves. I’ve just got to keep everything the same,” said Norris, who had his parents in the stands and was given the game ball as a keepsake.The 21-year-old rookie received plenty of attention in spring training for his unusual, rustic lifestyle — he was living out of his 1978 Volkswagen van in a Wal-Mart parking lot and cooking on a portable stove. Hardly what you would expect from a second-round draft pick who got a multi-million dollar signing bonus.But the Blue Jays are hoping for big things on the mound from Norris, who went 12-2 and led the minors in strikeouts per nine innings last year. The left-hander from Tennessee, an avid surfer with curly hair and a dark beard, used his polished off-speed pitches and allowed six hits in 5 2-3 innings.“I thought he was really in control. He looked confident and relaxed out there,” Toronto Manager John Gibbons said. “He picked up where he left off in spring training.”Sabathia (0-1) was much more impressive than his pitching line would indicate. Coming off right knee surgery in July and making his first start since last May, the big lefty threw his fastball 88-90 mph but had good downward tilt on his slider. He struck out eight and walked none in 5 2-3 innings.He ran into some tough luck in the second, when the Blue Jays grounded four singles through the infield and scored four times.Sabathia had a chance to start a double play in the middle of it all, but Danny Valencia’s comebacker deflected off his glove for an infield single that loaded the bases with none out.“He didn’t give up any hard hits,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “They just found some holes.”(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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O’s-Nats TV Money Battle Goes On

first_imgNEW YORK — A New York State judge put off a decision in the television revenue dispute between the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals after listening to four hours of arguments.Supreme Court Justice Lawrence K. Marks said May 18 he will issue a written opinion. Marks put a preliminary injunction in place last August, preventing the Nationals’ from breaking their deal with the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, which is controlled by the Orioles.Baltimore wants Marks to overturn an arbitration decision by a panel of three baseball executives, who said last June the network should pay the Nationals about $298 million for their rights from 2012-16, starting at approximately $53 million for the first year and rising to nearly $67 million for 2016. Washington is asking Marks to confirm the decision.The Orioles contend the decision was improper because the law firm Proskauer Rose represented MLB and the teams of all three arbitrators, and because MLB gave the Nationals a $25 million loan in August 2013 in anticipation it would be repaid from higher broadcast revenue.“We believed it’s actually poisoned,” MASN lawyer Thomas J. Hall said. “The harm is the taint, the suspicions, the lack of an unbiased, impartial panel.”Nationals lawyer Stephen R. Neuwirth said under the deal forming MASN, Baltimore agreed to the procedure and had no right to an independent, pristine group of arbitrators who have no relationship to the parties.”“This was supposed to be an inside baseball arbitration. The Orioles knew that,” he said.With Nationals owner Ted Lerner sitting in the second row of spectator seats, Neuwirth said the lack of increased broadcast revenue caused the team’s owners to “dig into reserves” and renegotiate loans.“They don’t have the cash flow,” Neuwirth said.MASN was established in March 2005 after the Montreal Expos relocated to Washington and became the Nationals, moving into what had been Baltimore’s exclusive broadcast territory since 1972.The Orioles were given a supermajority partnership interest in MASN, starting at 90 percent, and Washington made a $75 million payment to the network for an initial 10 percent stake.The agreement called for the Nationals’ equity to increase 1 percent annually, starting after the 2009 season, with a cap of 33 percent.The network’s rights payments to each team were set at $20 million apiece in 2005 and 2006, rising to $25 million in 2007, with $1 million annual increases through 2011.After that, the network was to pay fair market value. The settlement agreement requires disputes to be heard by MLB’s Revenue Sharing Definitions Committee, and when the parties couldn’t agree on what the Nats’ rights fees should be for 2012-16, they appeared in April 2012 before Pittsburgh Pirates President Frank Coonelly, Tampa Bay Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg and New York Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon.Washington claimed its rights fee for 2012 should be $109 million and MASN said it should be $34 million.Marks noted the Nationals “asked for more than Yankees and Dodgers.”“They were highballing?” he said to Neuwirth.Then-Commissioner Bud Selig asked the committee to hold off on its decision in hopes of a resolution or a possible sale to Comcast, but with none in sight he finally allowed the committee to rule last June 30.Carter G. Phillips, one of the Orioles’ lawyers, said Marks should either appoint a new arbitrator or tell the parties to pick someone from the American Arbitration Association to rehear the dispute.“The one thing you cannot do is send it back to the same group,” Phillips said.MLB lawyer John J. Buckley Jr. asked Marks to confirm the decision and predicted a fight between the teams when it becomes time to determine the Nationals’ right fees for 2017-21.(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Serena Williams Talks Fashion, not Fouls at Las Vegas Event

first_imgLAS VEGAS (AP) — Serena Williams talked about her fashion business and her family, but not tennis fouls during a Friday appearance before a business trade group in Las Vegas.The 23-time Grand Slam champion wasn’t asked about gender equality in sports or an argument she had last weekend with the chair umpire at her U.S. Open finals match in New York during about 25 minutes onstage with Sarah Robb O’Hagan, chief executive of Flywheel Sports, at the National Retail Federation trade show.Williams, who took no questions from the audience, said previously she felt she had been treated more harshly than a male player would have been for smashing her racket and arguing with match official Carlos Ramos during her straight-set finals loss to Naomi Osaka of Japan on Sept. 8 in New York.Williams received three code violations and was penalized one game. She was later fined $17,000.The incident drew a volley of commentary in recent days.Tennis icon Billie Jean King said she believes tennis applies a double standard to women compared with men, and that a similar outburst by a male player would have drawn no repercussions.A cartoon caricature of Williams appeared in an Australian newspaper drew comparisons to U.S. racial stereotypes of the past.In Croatia, U.S. Davis Cup team captain Jim Courier said he thought the gender issue had been polarized and in some ways politicized.“It’s been quite the week,” O’Hagan said before steering the conversation away from controversy.“It isn’t the first time you have had to deal with unfair judgment against you, and yet you have this amazing an ability to come back with such courage and grace,” she said.She drew applause praising Williams for calming a riled-up audience that booed the U.S. Open outcome to refocus the moment on Osaka’s victory.“I feel it’s really important to stand up for what you believe in,” Williams said, “especially if it can affect the future and affect a lot of people in the future. That’s what it’s all about.”Williams also was asked about what O’Hagan termed “epic comebacks” during her 20-year tennis career, including having a baby a little more than a year ago.The tennis star, who has her own fashion line, advised business owners to “really figure out, ‘What can I do to revamp and bring it back to the top?’”“Really it’s just about having a great team … and rolling up your sleeves and hard work,” Williams said. “I work really, really hard at my game. And then I work super hard at my fashion business. And I’m working incredibly hard at being a mom.”By KEN RITTER , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Vonn Wins Bronze Medal in the Final Race of Her Career

first_imgARE, Sweden (AP) — One last comeback complete. One last medal.Five days after crashing in super-G, Lindsey Vonn bounced back to win the bronze medal in the world championship downhill Sunday in the final race of her career.“I laid it all on the line. That’s all I wanted to do today,” Vonn said. “I have to admit I was a little bit nervous, probably the most nervous I’ve ever been in my life. I wanted to finish strong so badly.”It’s a medal that brings Vonn full circle: the American’s two silvers at the 2007 worlds on the same course in Are were the first two major championship medals of her career.When Vonn crossed the finish line she had a big smile on her face, waved and bowed to the crowd.“I had a really hard time controlling my nerves and I never have a hard time with that. I’m just happy I made it to the finish and I came down in the lead, which was nice for my last race,” Vonn said. “I’m also safe. I made it down safely. My boyfriend and my family are happy.”United States’ Lindsey Vonn smiles in the finish area after the women’s downhill race, at the alpine ski World Championships in Are, Sweden, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)Vonn had been planning on retiring in December but she recently moved up her retirement plans due to persistent pain in both of her surgically repaired knees. She then crashed in Tuesday’s super-G , coming away with a black eye and a bruised rib.“Thank You Lindsey: Forever A Star,” read one sign positioned by the side of the course.As soon as she exited the finish area, Vonn embraced Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark, the only skier to win more World Cup races than Vonn — 86 to 82.“I’m happy that I could finish strong. I’m happy there are so many people here,” Vonn said. “I wish my mom and my brother and my sister could be here, but half the family is here so that’s good. I soaked it all in. I waved to the crowd one last time. Ingemar being in the finish area was literally the best thing that’s ever happened in my life.”Ilka Stuhec of Slovenia defended her title from the 2017 worlds, finishing 0.23 seconds ahead of Corinne Suter of Switzerland and 0.49 ahead of Vonn.Vonn becomes the first female skier to win medals at six different world championships. It’s also her fifth downhill medal at worlds, matching the record established by Annemarie Moser-Proell and Christel Cranz.Four U.S. flags were in the grandstand when Vonn came down and there were quite a few cheers when she started her run wearing a suit with blue-and-yellow trim — Sweden’s colors — to honor Stenmark.United States’ Lindsey Vonn smiles in the finish area after the women’s downhill race, at the alpine ski World Championships in Are, Sweden, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)One Italian competitor bent down to the snow at Vonn’s feet when Vonn was still in the leader’s throne.At 34 years and 115 days old, Vonn also became the oldest woman to win a medal at a worlds, eclipsing the record set by Veronika Velez-Zuzulova in the mixed team event in 2017 at 32 and 214 days.While it was snowing heavily three hours before the race, the skies cleared up quickly. However, fog and wind forced organizers to shorten the course to the second reserve start.A shorter course favored Vonn, as it reduced the strain on both of her surgically repaired knees.“It really helped me to start lower down,” Vonn said. “The upper section was a bit bumpy and with my knee it’s really hard on the body. I knew I had a good chance and thankfully right before I went, exact opposite of the super-G, the sun came out. I was like, this is it. This is my day. I just charged. I gave it everything I have like always. I put the nerves aside and just enjoyed it. I love going fast. It was a perfect day for downhill.”___By ANDREW DAMPF , AP Sports WriterAP Sports Writer Steve Douglas contributed to this report.United States’ Lindsey Vonn smiles in the finish area after the women’s downhill race, at the alpine ski World Championships in Are, Sweden, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)United States’ Lindsey Vonn smiles in the finish area after the women’s downhill race, at the alpine ski World Championships in Are, Sweden, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)Lindsey Vonn speeds down the course during the women’s downhill race, at the alpine ski World Championships in Are, Sweden, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)Lindsey Vonn speeds down the course during the women’s downhill race, at the alpine ski World Championships in Are, Sweden, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Gabriele Facciotti)United States’ Lindsey Vonn, right, poses with Sweden former skier Ingemar Stenmark in the finish area after the women’s downhill race, at the alpine ski World Championships in Are, Sweden, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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India look to make 100th T20 International special against Ireland

first_imgIndia will look to start their tour of Ireland and England on a high when the Virat Kohli-led side take on Ireland in first of two Twenty20 Internationals in Dublin on Wednesday.It will a special occasion as the match at the Malahide Cricket Club Ground in Dublin will also be India’s 100th game in the shortest format. India captain Virat Kohli is 17 shy of 2000 runs in T20Is while Rohit Sharma, who made his ODI debut in Ireland, returns to country after 11 years.India, who are on their first international assignment since Nidahas Trophy triumph, start favourites against hosts.The T20Is against Ireland are only a precursor to the sterner tests in England, where the Kohli-led side will tour next to play three T20Is, three One-day Internationals (ODI) and five Test matches.Yuzvendra Chahal not intimidated by England’s tall ODI scoresThis is the first time a full-strength Indian team will be seen in action, since the tour of South Africa earlier this year.Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mahendra Singh Dhoni were rested for the T20 tri-series in Sri Lanka in March, while the former trio also missed the one-off Test against Afghanistan in Bengaluru recently.Going into the first T20I, Kohli and the team management will have a sweet dilemma over the selection of the playing XI.With a set opening combination in Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, and Kohli at No.3, Lokesh Rahul seems a likely starter for the No.4 spot in the absence of Ajinkya Rahane.advertisementIreland’s Punjab-born Simi Singh says facing India will be specialIt will be interesting to see who among the trio of Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik and Manish Pandey get a game with Dhoni and all-rounder Hardik Pandya filling up the No.6 and 7 spots.While Raina also provides a sixth bowling option combined with his batting, India would also not want to drop Karthik, who is in sizzling form since March. It could mean that Pandey eventually warms the bench.On the bowling front, Kohli will be tempted to field both leg-spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, giving them an early taste of conditions here.The pace battery will most likely be led by the established duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah even as Umesh Yadav will be eager to be back in the shortest version for India for the first time since 2012.With Pandya as the third seaming option, it will also be interesting to see whether medium pacer Siddharth Kaul makes his India debut after an impressive stint in the Indian Premier League (IPL).For the hosts, skipper Gary Wilson, former captain William Porterfield and all-rounder Kevin O’Brien are the ones to have T20 experience against an Indian team.Meanwhile, 31-year-old Punjab-born off-spinner Simranjit Singh will enjoy the spotlight of playing against his erstwhile nation.Teams:India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Siddarth Kaul.Ireland: Gary Wilson (Captain & WK), Andrew Balbirnie, Peter Chase, George Dockrell , Josh Little, Andy McBrine, Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield, Stuart Poynter, Boyd Rankin, James Shannon, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson.(With inputs from IANS)last_img read more

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Janhvi Kapoor in this white mini skirt and top is a plain case of lazy styling

first_imgWe have loved Jahnvi Kapoor in ethnic ensembles that she is currently sporting for the promotions of her upcoming film, Dhadak. From florals to solid colours, she has been making a mark with her choice of colour palettes.But when she recently donned a western ensemble, we were left wishing she hadn’t.She wore a white full-sleeved top from Luisa Beccaria’s spring-summer 2018 collection.The lace-eyelet fabric had a ruffled neckline, and the skirt too had ruffles.We were not impressed by the monochrome layering. Janhvi wore a pair of golden hoops. Photo: Instagram/ A Fashionista’s diariesThe ensemble looked dull, and the two distinct fabrics failed to create the kind of balance that could have helped Janhvi pull off the look.The strappy olive heels were the only good thing about Janhvi’s look.Even the beaten gold hoops she wore failed to impress.We love how Janhvi has added a dimension of fresh summery vibes to her ethnic outfits, but this was a case of ticking all the wrong boxes, and we hope she bounces back into the fashion game quickly.ALSO READ | Priyanka Chopra in a red shirt-dress is lighting up the streets of NYCALSO WATCH | Dhadak actress Janhvi Kapoor: I want people to love meadvertisementlast_img read more

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MH-MISSION-SHAKTI

first_imgMaha: ‘Mission Shakti’ to train athletes for intl competitionsMumbai, Jul 12 (PTI) The Maharashtra government willtrain athletes for national and international competitions,including the Olympics, through its ‘Mission Shakti’programme, state Forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar saidtoday.He added that the construction of sports complexes inChimur, Pombhurna, Ballarpur and Mool areas of the state hasbeen ordered on high priority.Mungantiwar said the sports complex at Ballarpur willbe inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 25this year.”After the success of ‘Mission Shaurya’, where tribalstudents from Chandrapur scaled Mount Everest, ‘MissionShakti’ programme is being implemented by the stategovernment,” he said.”In order to enable athletes to participate innational and international competitions, including the 2024Olympics, services of qualified sports coaches, havingexperience of international competitions, will be madeavailable,” he said.He informed that international sports champions andexperts will be invited, from time to time, to help trainstudents.”Also, services of sports coaches, who have completedtraining course offered by the National Institute of Sportswill be sought,” Mungantiwar said. PTI MMBNM BNM BNMlast_img read more

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Girona FC beat Kerala Blasters 5-0 to win La Liga World tournament

first_imgKerala Blasters FC were handed a lesson in football by Girona FC as the Spanish top division side thrashed the Indian Super League outfit 5-0 to win the inaugural LaLiga World tournament in Kochi on Saturday.Blasters looked a much-improved side, starting the final fixture with a 4-4-2 formation, and tightening the defence with their wingers sitting deep.On the other hand, Girona’s strategy was no different from their first game as they looked to attack from the word go.The home side managed to hold fort till the half hour mark, making all the necessary interceptions and keeping Girona forwards at bay. The Spanish side kept pressing with more possession through the first half, but the defensive formation worked well for David James’ side.Three minutes before half time, a rare defensive lapse by the Blasters backline led to Eric Montes scoring the first goal of the match, amazingly against the run of play. The Spanish right back made a run down the right to find the back of the net from a very tight angle.Homes del Partit i del Torneig…#GironaFC @TYLLW2018 @LaLiga #LaLigaWorld pic.twitter.com/fJvM6iQYJpGirona FC (@GironaFC) July 28, 2018The second half saw the home team start with three men at the back with Mohammad Rakip and Prasanth K operating as wing-backs.Girona FC’s midfield kept improving as they played some spectacular one-touch football and created chances. The constant attacking play finally paid off for the La Liga side and the lack of communication between the Blasters goalkeeper Naveen Kumar and defense saw Girona winger Pedro Porro easily push one into the open net to make it 2-0 in the 53rd minute.advertisementREAD – La Liga stars from Girona FC swap football for chess in friendly tournamentCongratulations @GironaFC on winning the @TYLLW2018!#KeralaBlasters #Congratulations #GironaFC #ToyotaYarisLaligaWorld pic.twitter.com/W4VUiUm13uKerala Blasters FC (@KeralaBlasters) July 28, 2018Four minutes later, Girona skipper Alex Granell scored the third as Yhoan Many made a superb run down the left to go past Prasanth and cut one in to his unmarked skipper, who made no mistake in putting the ball behind the Kerala goalkeeper.The Kerala defence, which had a firm command on the game in the first half, was nowhere close to their best in the second. Blasters kept losing possession in the midfield that led to Girona making the counter runs and unsettling the Kerala defence at regular intervals.In the 61st minute an impressive free-kick from Blasters’ Ghanaian import Courage Pekuson almost them their first goal, but for a brilliant save by Girona’s goalkeeper.It was business as usual then as Aday Benitez’s left footer took Blasters’ defenders deflection to find the back of the net in the 73rd minute. Kerala goalkeeper could hardly do anything with the slight deflection.To add to the home team’s woes, Blasters conceded a penalty in the added time. Aleix Garcia smartly placed the ball into the bottom right corner.Eusebio: “Aquest torneig a lÍndia ens ha permès viure una experiència nova, anar agafant el punt de forma i assimilar conceptes tàctics.#GironaFC #AcceptemElRepte #OrgullGironí pic.twitter.com/Hif0Wt6CGEGirona FC (@GironaFC) July 28, 2018″Playing against a team that features in the top 3 leagues of the world is in itself a big feat. We managed to keep things pretty tight in the first half, the final score line definitely doesn’t suggest the same but I think we looked a much improved side today from the first match,” Blasters coach David James said.Blasters were drubbed 6-0 by A-League side Melbourne City FC in the tournament opener.”There are a lot of positives that we take from this tournament, we have a long preseason coming up ahead of us and with some fantastic young players in the squad I think we will be a force to reckon with once the ISL season begins,” added James.Eusebio Sacritsan, manager of Girona FC, who stunned Real Madrid in the last season, said, “I am happy with the way we have kick started our pre-season, we focused on the technical aspects and have been training hard from the past three weeks.”This tournament was a learning experience for us as we got to play in a completely different weather from what we usually play, the crowd was fantastic and I would like to congratulate all the people who turned out for our matches.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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Exercising too much may worsen mental health

first_imgWashington, Aug 9 (PTI) While staying active boosts wellbeing, exercising for over three hours a day may indicate obsessive characteristics and worsen one’s mental health, a Lancet study has found. The study of 1.2 million people in the US has found that people who exercise report having 1.5 fewer days of poor mental health a month, compared to people who do not exercise. Small reductions were still seen for people who exercised more than 90 minutes a day, but exercising for more than three hours a day was associated with worse mental health than not exercising at all. “Previously, people have believed that the more exercise you do, the better your mental health, but our study suggests that this is not the case,” said Adam Chekroud, an assistant professor at Yale University in the US. “Doing exercise more than 23 times a month, or exercising for longer than 90 minute sessions is associated with worse mental health,” said Chekroud.The study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal, found that exercising for 45 minutes three to five times a week was associated with the biggest benefits.The study found that team sports, cycling, aerobics and going to the gym are associated with the biggest reductions in poor mental health.Previous research into the effect of exercise on mental health has conflicting results. While some evidence suggests that exercise may improve mental health, the relationship could go both ways – for example inactivity could be a symptom of and contributor to poor mental health, and being active could be a sign of or contribute to resilience.advertisement Researchers said that their study cannot confirm cause and effect.”Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and there is an urgent need to find ways to improve mental health through population health campaigns,” said Chekroud.In the study, researchers used data from 1.2 million adults across all 50 US states who completed a survey in 2011, 2013, and 2015.On average, participants experienced 3.4 days of poor mental health each month.Compared to people who reported doing no exercise, people who exercised reported 1.5 fewer days of poor mental health each month – a reduction of 43.2 per cent.The reduction in number of poor mental health days was larger for people who had previously been diagnosed with depression, where exercise was associated with 3.75 fewer days of poor mental health compared with people who did not exercise – equivalent to a 34.5 per cent reduction.Even completing household chores was associated with an improvement.Exercising for 30-60 minutes was associated with the biggest reduction in poor mental health days. However, exercising for more than three hours a day was associated with worse mental health than not exercising at all. PTI MHNMHNlast_img read more

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Asiad: India assured of first ever medal in Sepak Takraw

first_imgPalembang, Aug 20 (PTI) India today assured itself of a maiden Asian Games medal in Sepak Takraw by progressing to the semifinals with a win over Iran, here. India defeated Iran 21-16, 19-21, 21- 17 in the first match to make a winning start to their campaign. They, however, lost to Indonesia 0-3 in the second match of the day in Men’s Team Regu Preliminary Group B but advanced to the last-four stage and be guaranteed at least a bronze. “It is a historic performance by India. It is the first time that India has won a medal in Sepak Takraw in the Asian Games,” Sepak Takraw Federation of India secretary general Yogendra Singh Dahiya told PTI. Sepak Takraw is a volleyball-style sport in which players use their feet, head, knees and chest to hit the ball across the net. They are not allowed to use their hands. There are six teams in the Asiad competition with Thailand, Malaysia and South Korea clubbed in Group A, while India were drawn with Iran and Indonesia in group B. India’s win over Iran ensured their entry into the semifinals tomorrow. The other semifinalists are Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia. The semifinalists are assured of a bronze. In Women’s Team Regu Preliminary Group A, India lost to Laos 1-2. They had lost to South Korea 0-3 in their opening match yesterday. PTI ATK PM PM PMlast_img read more

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US Open Final: Serena Williams calls chair umpire a thief, accuses him of sexism

first_imgThe US Open 2018 women’s singles final will be a night that people will not forget. That is for two reasons — the birth of a tennis star in Japan’s Naomi Osaka and more particularly Serena Williams’ massive argument with the chair umpire.Flushing Meadows crowd’s boos, screams and jeers clouded what should have been a shining moment for Osaka, after all this was her first Grand Slam title and a first for Japan. But despite the massive achievement of the 20-year-old, her win might only remain a conclusion.This match will surely go down as one of the most controversial Grand Slam finals of all time. It was a drama-filled night at the Arthur Ashe Stadium for a crowd who had come to see their American icon equal Margaret Court’s 24-Slam record.It all started in the second game of the second set, after Osaka had won the first set 6-2, when chair umpire Carlos Ramos gave Serena a warning as he spotted her coach Patrick Mouratoglou making some hand signals from the player’s box.US OPEN 2018 WOMEN’S FINAL: REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | PHOTOSSerena immediately stormed towards the umpire remarking that she had received no on-court coaching and that she had never cheated in her life. She remarked, “I would never cheat to win, I’d rather lose.” US Open 2018 Final: Serena Williams confronted the umpire after receiving a coaching violation. (Reuters Photo)And that was just the start. As Osaka kept mounting pressure on Serena, a string of bad behaviour from the American followed.advertisementAfter their initial service holds in the second set, Serena held on to a very tough second service and immediately, broke Osaka to take a 3-1 lead in the second set.However, Osaka going a break down roared back with vengeance and broke Serena immediately after to go back on serve.Upon losing her serve, Serena smashed her racket in anger that led to the umpire docking a point off her. Buoyed by the extra point, Osaka went on to hold her serve with a couple of excellent forehands to make it 3-3. US Open 2018 Final: Serena Williams smashed her racket upon getting broken in the second set. (Reuters Photo)Serena, troubled by the docked point, lost her serve again as Osaka took a 4-3 and it was after that things took a worse turn.The 23-time Grand Slam champion kept screaming at the chair umpire demanding an apology, Ramos remained unmoved.However, it was then that Serena resorted to calling Ramos a “liar” and a “thief” for docking a point off her.”You are a liar. You will never be on a court of mine as long as you live. When are you going to give me my apology? Say you are sorry,” Serena screamed.Also read – When I step on court, I’m not a Serena fan: Naomi Osaka after US Open triumphThe umpire levied a ‘verbal abuse’ code violation on Serena that led to a game penalty and there erupted an immense controversy.Osaka automatically went up 5-3 without having to hold serve. Serena got fired up due to the call and called for the tournament referee. However, all that happened was Serena screaming, “it’s not fair”.”This is not fair. This has happened to me so many times. It is not fair. It’s really not. There are a lot of men out here who have said a lot worse than that. I called him a thief because he stole a point from me. That is not right, and you know it. I know you can’t change it. I get the rules but I’m just saying that it’s not right,” Serena said to supervisor Brian Earley. US Open 2018 Final: Serena Williams took her argument with the chair umpire to the tournament referee as well. (Reuters Photo)The serve came back to Serena and she held it to love.Among boos from the audience, Naomi Osaka then served for the match and showed immense calm and maturity to win her maiden Grand Slam title.Serena’s coach Mouratoglou later admitted to host broadcaster ESPN: “I’m honest. I was coaching but I don’t think she was looking at me. We have to stop this hypocrisy Sascha [Osaka’s coach] was coaching too. She shouldn’t have to think about that. She should be able to express her emotions. She’s human. It’s nto a big deal breaking a racket. Not once in my life have I been penalised for a coaching violation.”However, Serena, later in her press conference, reiterated that she had received no coaching.advertisement”I just texted Patrick, like, ‘What is he talking about?'” Williams told reporters. “I’m trying to figure out why he would say that.”Serena, instead, alleged the chair umpire for double standards and said that she was a victim of sexism.”He (Ramos) alleged that I was cheating, and I wasn’t cheating,” said Williams. “I can’t sit here and say I wouldn’t say he’s a thief, because I thought he took a game from me. But I’ve seen other men call other umpires several things.”I’m here fighting for women’s rights and for women’s equality and for all kinds of stuff. For me to say ‘thief’ and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark.”He’s never taken a game from a man because they said ‘thief’. For me it blows my mind. But I’m going to continue to fight for women and to fight for us to have equal — like Cornet should be able to take off her shirt without getting a fine.”This is outrageous.”Williams could face further sanctions for her actions on Saturday against Osaka, the WTA issuing a statement that they will be looking into the incident.”There are matters that need to be looked into that took place during the match,” said the WTA. “For tonight, it is time to celebrate these two amazing players, both of whom have great integrity.”All of this did take a toll on Osaka but after she had close out the match. Standing at the podium, waiting for the presentation to start, Osaka lowered her cap teary-eyed with all the boos around the court.The presentation happened and throughout, there was only a little smile on Osaka’s face. For all of Serena’s Grand Slam victories, this controversial loss was a bit too hard on the 20-year-old on the other side of the court.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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England name uncapped Rory Burns in Test squad for Sri Lanka tour

first_imgEngland named uncapped Surrey opener Rory Burns on Friday in a 16-man squad for three November Tests in Sri Lanka, the first tour since the retirement of Alastair Cook.Burns led Surrey to the county championship this season and the 28-year-old has been the leading run scorer in the top flight with 1,319 championship runs at an average of more than 69.Kent batsman Joe Denly and Warwickshire fast bowler Olly Stone also earned their first Test call-ups.Denly has nine ODI caps but has not been in the England set-up since 2010.Cook, England’s most-capped Test player with 161, retired internationally this month with an emotional century against India.Stone was also named in the one-day squad that was announced on Wednesday as was all-rounder Ben Stokes.Stokes and batsman Alex Hales, who is in the ODI squad, were charged this week with bringing the game into disrepute.Both are due to appear before a disciplinary hearing in December to face charges resulting from a fracas outside a Bristol nightclub a year ago.Stone was handed his first ODI call up as a result of Yorkshire fast bowler Liam Plunkett being ruled out of the first three fixtures due to his wedding.Plunkett will, however, be available for the fourth and fifth ODIs.Test squad: Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, Jimmy Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wicket), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Keaton Jennings, Jack Leach, Olly Pope, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Chris Woakes.last_img read more

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Jasprit Bumrah hits back at trolls after India win record 7th Asia Cup

first_imgJasprit Bumrah has hit back at trolls after India defeated Bangladesh in a nail-biting final to win the Asia Cup for the seventh time in Dubai on Friday.”Some people love to use their creativity on the sign boards. Hope this one fits there as well,” Bumrah tweeted after India won the title at the Dubai International Stadium.This may have been in response to a tweet by Jaipur Police, who had used his no-ball image on a signboard for a road safety message in 2017.Some people love to use their creativity on the sign boards. Hope this one fits there as well!! #Champions#AsiaCup2018 #lionalwaysroars pic.twitter.com/VWiJidwmaAJasprit bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) September 28, 2018Jaipur Police had last year tweeted a photo of Bumrah with the caption reading, “Don’t cross the line. You know it can be costly.”The photo with a caption showed the Indian fast bowler’s faux-pas moment in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy final against arch-rivals Pakistan, when he over-stepped as Fakhar Zaman edged the ball into MS Dhoni’s hands.READ – Bumrah slams Jaipur traffic police for no ball billboard on TwitterIndia had to pay a very costly price for Bumrah’s mistake as Fakhar went onto score an exhilarating hundred in Pakistan’s 180-run win.However, Jaipur Police’s “creativity” did not go down too well with Bumrah, who also took to Twitter to express his displeasure.”@traffic_jpr well done Jaipur traffic police this shows how much respect you get after giving your best for the country.”advertisement@traffic_jpr well done Jaipur traffic police this shows how much respect you get after giving your best for the country. pic.twitter.com/y0PU6v9uEcJasprit bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) June 23, 2017This was followed by few Twitter exchanges between the two parties.However, after almost 15 months Bumrah played a key role in helping India thrash all their opponents in the 6-nation Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates.Bumrah was economical as always in the four matches he played during the tournament picking 8 wickets at an average of 16.India vs Bangladesh: Report | Highlights | Photos | ScorecardIn Friday’s final, India made heavy weather of a modest target before prevailing in a nerve-shredding final against Bangladesh by three wickets to defend their Asia Cup title.Chasing 223 for win, India’s fancied top order let the team down but a hamstrung Kedar Jadhav’s all-round brilliance helped them win their seventh continental title off the final delivery of the contest.Earlier Liton Das registered his maiden one-day century but Bangladesh squandered a flying start to be bowled out for 222 in the 49th over.READ – Rohit Sharma was the calming influence, says Ravi ShastriLiton scored freely and Mehidy Hasan Miraz celebrated his surprise promotion in a 120-run opening-wicket stand that laid the foundation for a big total at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.A desperate Sharma pressed Jadhav into service and the part-timer’s low-slung spinners once again came in handy.Jadhav dismissed Miraz for 32 and sowed a seed of panic in the batting order as Bangladesh slumped to 151-5 in the 33rd over.READ – ICC is Indian Cricket Council: Bangladesh fans cry foul over Liton Das’s dismissalLiton needed 87 balls to bring up his century but was dismissed for 121, stumped off Kuldeep Yadav.Most Bangladesh batsmen were guilty of poor shot selection and chaotic running which resulted in three run-outs as they could not last their full quota of 50 overs.Sharma led India’s reply with characteristic ease, hitting three sixes in his fluent 48, but his Bangladesh counterpart Mashrafe Mortaza cleverly marshalled his bowlers and maintained attacking fields to keep them under pressure.READ – Former India cricketers happy with Asia Cup triumph but…Mahendra Singh Dhoni (36) and Dinesh Karthik (37) revived the chase by safely accumulating runs in the middle overs but their departure in quick succession injected fresh excitement in the see-saw contest.Jadhav, who was forced out of the ground with the hamstring injury, limped back amid mounting tension, with India needing six runs off the final over from Mahmudullah.The Bangladesh spinner did not concede a boundary but scores were level when a limping Jadhav took guard to face the final delivery, which resulted in a leg bye that sealed India’s victory.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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Lionel Messi and Barcelona ‘angry’ after three straight slip-ups

first_imgLionel Messi was extremely unhappy after Barcelona dropped points for the third straight La Liga game as they scraped to a 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao at Camp Nou on Saturday.Messi surprisingly did not start the match against Athletic Bilbao and even Sergio Busquets was on the bench to which manager Ernesto Valverde later said, “I have to judge the games we have coming up and we have four games in the space of 10 days. I have to think about what might happen and I thought Leo and Busquets had to rest.”However, with Barcelona trailing following a 41st minute goal by Oscar de Marcos, both Messi and Busquets were called into action. After coming on the field, Messi hit the woodwork for the seventh time this season but later provided an assist for Munir El Haddadi’s 84th-minute equaliser.Also read – La Liga: Munir El Haddadi saves Barcelona blushes in Athletic Bilbao stalemateLast weekend, Barcelona had drawn 2-2 with Girona, where Clement Lenglet also got a red card and then lost 2-1 at lowly Leganes despite Philippe Coutinho putting the team ahead in the 12th minute.”We are not anxious because the season is long and has only just started, but we are angry about the last results,” Messi told reporters. “We didn’t expect them.”Against Leganes we played well in the first half and lost, and today we created chances to win but couldn’t.”De Marcos’s volley was the eighth goal the La Liga champions have conceded in seven games this season and Messi said his side urgently needed to improve in defence.advertisement#Messi#ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/cHX6rgtVyLFC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 29, 2018″We are aware that we have to be much stronger defensively,” added Messi, who inherited the Barca captaincy from the departed Andres Iniesta this season.”Last year we hardly conceded goals but now teams are scoring against us with their first attempt. We cannot afford to concede goals in every game.”We have to improve and become stronger in defence, which is the most important thing.”Messi’s strike partner, Luis Suarez, also criticised the team’s display and said they needed to rid themselves of their dependence on their all-time top scorer.Also read – Real Madrid fail to exploit Barcelona’s slip-up with goalless draw in derby”He is the best in the world but we can’t rely on Leo to always sort everything out for us,” Suarez said.”The other players here are here on our own merits and we can’t depend on him or Busquets, we should have been winning when they came on to the pitch.”The Argentinian, asked about Suarez’s comments, said he agreed with his teammate.”We have the squad and the players to be a great team and not depend on anyone, like it always used to be at Barca,” Messi added.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Get out from here: Hockey India official insults India players at World Cup

first_imgIndia had gifted themselves a four-day break as they booked a direct quarter-final berth at the Hockey World Cup 2018 in Bhubaneswar after topping the Pool C table.While rest and training would have been an ideal routine in the lead-up to the much-anticipated quarter-final against the Netherlands on Thursday, an allegedly boorish behaviour from a top Hockey India official has proved to be a major distraction for the Manpreet Singh-led Indian team.A freelance sports writer’s account of the official insulting the hockey players, including captain Manpreet on Tuesday after they entered a VIP lounge at the Kalinga Stadium to apparently click some photos with their fans, has gone viral on social media.The HI official is now facing severe criticism over the incident and an internal inquiry is likely to be initiated, according to media reports.Hockey World Cup 2018: FULL COVERAGE | FULL SQUADS | SCHEDULENotably, the said official, upon seeing the hockey stars enter the VIP lounge, had yelled: “Get out from here. How dare you come here? Now just shut up and get out” in front of several big names and even Arjuna Award winners.The sports writer also claimed that Tuesday’s episode was not the first time the top HI official behaved in a rude manner as there have been incidents of the person berating several officials and players during major tournaments in the past.It was our mistake as we entered a restricted area: ManpreetWhen asked about the issue at Wednesday’s press conference, captain Manpreet played down the incident and said it was their mistake as players are not allowed to enter the VIP lounge, according to the rules of Hockey World Cup 2018.advertisement”It was our own mistake that we went to the restricted area without our knowledge. It is not that we were taken there forcibly by someone. Anyway, when we realised our mistake we just came out,” Manpreet said.He added: “Much information which has been circulated is not correct. I just ask to not disseminate false info…”When asked if he was forced to play down the incident, Manpreet added: “There is no pressure on me and neither did anyone ask me to say something. It was our fault, we were not supposed to be there.””I am in regular conversations with the officials. We have spoken after the incident on phone. There is no problem at all.”Coach Harendra said that his experience of dealing with controversies in the past has come handy as he bids to help his team remain focussed on Thursday’s quarter-final.”I have learnt from my experience. I know which country I am living in. I face issues even when I step out of the house,” he said.”I told my players on the first day to create a circle and keep only things inside which are in your control. Throw everything else outside the circle.”Meanwhile, India have played against the Netherlands six times in the World Cup and have lost five times while one ended in a draw. Manpreet Singh’s men will break a jinx if they manage to get past the Dutch.Going by the current world rankings, there’s not much to differentiate India and the Netherlands. While the Dutch are placed fourth, India are just a place below on fifth. What makes the result all the more unpredictable is the fact that India and the Netherlands last went head to head at the Champions Trophy 2018, where the match ended in a 1-1 draw.Also Read | For India, Hockey World Cup 2018 starts now: Coach Harendra SinghAlso Read | Hockey World Cup Live Streaming: When, Where to watch India vs Netherlands quarter-finalAlso See:last_img read more

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