India coach Anil Kumble on Thursday categorically dismissed allegations of ball tampering levelled against skipper Virat Kohli by the British media, stating that he does not believe in “giving wind to such stories”.A British tabloid published footage of Kohli applying saliva to the ball during the first Test against England at Rajkot. However, there were no complains made by the visiting team or the match referee to the ICC within a window of five days, which is a must as per world cricket’s governing body’s clause.The ICC has already said that it will not make any investigations as per rules. (Also read: Vehemently defend Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis: Nasser Hussain to India Today)”First of all, I don’t want to react to any report that is there in the media. As far as I am concerned, neither the umpire nor the match referee ever came to us talking about it. We would certainly not like to give too much wind to the story,” Kumble told mediapersons today clarifying his and the team’s stand in the matter.The legendary spinner said that he was not at all perturbed by what the British media has reported.”There is nothing to worry about. People can allege and write whatever they want in the media. As far as we are concerned, none of our players were a part of such activity.” (Also read: Faf du Plessis disputes ball-tampering verdict, denies cheating)But in a veiled dig, Kumble also drew comparisons with the Faf du Plessis incident in Hobart which has led to the South African skipper being fined 100 per cent of his match fees, terming it a “mountain being made out of molehill”.advertisement”South Africa has played exceptional cricket to beat Australia 2-0 and for Faf du Plessis, to be told that ball tampering, it is very silly. It’s making a mountain out of a molehill.”For the record, two days after being fined 100 per cent match fee, Du Plessis today struck a counter-attacking century against Australia in a dead rubber at Adelaide.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu refused to discuss links with Manchester United star Paul Pogba, though he did leave the door open to a possible move before the transfer window shuts.La Liga champions Barca have emerged as strong suitors for France midfielder Pogba amid uncertainty over the World Cup winner’s future at Old Trafford.Pogba – who wore the captain’s armband and scored in United’s Premier League season-opening 2-1 victory over Leicester City – has endured a strained relationship with manager Jose Mourinho and the Frenchman raised further doubts over his time in Manchester when he claimed he would be fined if he said what he wanted to following Friday’s clash. 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! While the Premier League window closed on August 9, Spanish clubs have until August 31 to complete deals.Asked about Pogba following Barca’s 2-1 win against Sevilla in Sunday’s Supercopa de Espana, Bartomeu said: “I won’t speak of any names, we have respect for all clubs and there are 20 days left.”We’ll see which players come out. We’re focused on the League, so it’s best to ask [Eric] Abidal, [Ramon] Planes or Pep Segura about players. There’s still time to do business.”Barca have been busy in the transfer market, signing Malcom, Arthur, Clement Lenglet and Arturo Vidal.The La Liga giants are reportedly still keen to bolster their midfield after club great Andres Iniesta left for Japanese side Vissel Kobe.Spanish Super Cup champions, first trophy of the season. A title that places Messi as the player with most honours in Barça’s history, Congratulations to all Barça fans and to our captain! https://t.co/f16DVY6APN— Josep Maria Bartomeu (@jmbartomeu) August 12, 2018″We are never going to find another Andres Iniesta, that’s impossible because there is only one and he is in Japan,” Barca head coach Ernesto Valverde said.”I don’t think about signings. I think about my team and preparing for the next match.”That’s my plan, although everything is up in the air until the window closes.”
Manchester United star David De Gea is the Lionel Messi of goalkeepers, according to Watford counterpart Ben Foster.De Gea – regarded as the one of the best keepers in the world – produced another stellar performance as United defeated Watford 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday.The Spain international, who was criticised for his displays at the World Cup, made a stunning save to deny Christian Kabasele at the death, having earlier thwarted Troy Deeney. 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! Former United keeper Foster, who left Old Trafford in 2010, likened De Gea to Barcelona superstar and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi.”He is the Messi of goalkeeping. He has been the best goalkeeper in the world for years,” Foster said. “He is absolutely brilliant now. Some of the saves he makes at really critical times are just breathtaking.”He does it all the time. It’s almost like he is not even bothered either! It would be so nice to pull those saves off, get up and it’s almost like he just wants to go home. He can’t be bothered!”But seriously, he is brilliant. A top goalie and if any young goalie out there wants to learn how to be a goalkeeper watch David De Gea. He is world class.”I think the thing with David is that because he is so natural, from what I hear as well he is not a great trainer. Training doesn’t do it for him.”But three o’clock, the adrenaline rush and what comes with that is what turns him on. I think that’s something that you can’t really teach. He’s got the game management, the game nous of what to do at any given time and when it happens.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
New Delhi, Apr 26 (PTI) Advocating a zero tolerance policy towards doping, Sports Minister Vijay Goel has asked the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) to consider the possibility of making it a criminal offence at a seminar with all stakeholders here tomorrow. Goels initiative came in the wake of the dope scandal that has rocked Indian football after goalkeeper Subrata Paul tested positive for a banned substance. Paul is awaiting the results of his B sample right now. The minister has also directed NADA, the Indian Olympic Association, the National Sports Federations and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) to adopt a policy of Zero tolerance towards doping. Tomorrows seminar has been called to “discuss the issue threadbare and finalise an effective strategy to deal with the menace, including the possibility of making doping a criminal offence.” He has also directed the NADA to sensitise the players at grassroots level about the ill-effects of doping through regular seminars and information campaigns at schools and colleges. Goel said the Government is contemplating setting up a mechanism to test food supplements, so that athletes can be sure that the supplements they are using are free of prohibited substances. He also emphasised on a scientific approach to diet and nutrition for athletes, the Sports Ministry said in a statement. PTI PM KHS KHS
Gautam Gambhir added a personal milestone to his name on Wednesday when he took the field for Kolkata Knight Riders against the Rising Pune Supergiant at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.Gambhir featured in his 100th match for KKR as captain in the Indian Premier League.The 35-year-old Gambhir, who was bought by KKR for a whopping Rs 11.04 crore back in 2011, has been the captain ever since and has led the franchise to two IPL titles in 2012 and 2014.The Delhi man has been an ever present figure for the franchise ever since being a part of it. Kolkata shuffled their whole squad six years back and he was brought in as the captain, replacing Kolkata’s beloved son Sourav Ganguly.KKR, who had three under-par seasons, showed great progress under the aggressive captaincy of Gambhir and finished fourth that season. The following season in 2012, he delivered the title and since then Kolkata has been one of the most consistent teams in the league.The left-hander has not only played some important knocks at the top of the order but has also installed a sense of determination and hunger for victory in the team and that was up for display few days back when Kolkata defended a mere total of 131, bowling out Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore for a paltry 49 – which is incidentally the lowest ever total in the history of the IPL. The 35-year-old has played 139 matches in the IPL, scoring 3,877 runs at an average of 31.52 with a best of 93. He has been in decent form this season as well with 243 runs from seven games, including two fifties. Gambhir also has the most number of fifties as captain with 25 fifties while Kohli is second with 21.advertisementKKR are currently second in the table with 10 points from seven games and have the chance to go on top if they beat Pune, thanks to their net-run-rate.Also Watch:
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India, the World T20 2007 champion, lost six points to slip to fourth position in the latest ICC T20I Team Rankings released on Tuesday.The Virat Kohli-led team is now on 118 points, three points behind World T20 2009 winner Pakistan, who have joined second-placed England on 121 points after gaining five points but are ranked behind the World T20 2010 winner by a fraction of a point.England have benefited significantly as they have risen three places after gaining seven points to now sit on second place. Eoin Morgan’s side is four points behind table-topper New Zealand, who are on 125 points after dropping two points.South Africa have also slipped two places to fifth after conceding six points, but are one point ahead of Australia.Australia have swapped places with reigning champions, the West Indies, who are 14 points ahead of 2014 winner and eighth-ranked Sri Lanka (95 points, down by four).Bangladesh are ranked 10th on 78 points after gaining four points, while Zimbabwe have retained their 12th rank after gaining three points.Among the non-Test playing sides, Afghanistan and Netherlands have moved in opposite directions. Afghanistan are the side to benefit most after England as they have gained six points and climbed to 90 points. While Afghanistan have strengthened their ninth position, the Netherlands have dropped nine points to slip one place to 14th rank.Scotland are on 11th rank on 67 points (up by four), followed by the UAE in 13th (52, up by four), Netherlands in 14th (49, down by nine), Hong Kong in 15th (46, up by three), PNG in 16th (39, down by four), Oman in 17th (38, down by one) and Ireland in 18th (36, down by four).advertisement
Team India cricketers are apparently not very happy with Anil Kumble and they have complained to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) about the coach’s overbearing attitude.Sources told India Today that the players are unhappy with the fact that there was no freedom in the dressing room and insisted that the coach does enjoy cordial relations with the players. It appears Kumble does not enjoy the confidence of his players.WATCH FULL VIDEOThis is a startling development ahead of India’s Champions Trophy defense which commences on June 4 at Edgbaston with clash against arch-rivals Pakistan.Kumble was appointed coach for a one-year term by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising his former teammates Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman in 2016.The former leg-spinner took over and oversaw five successive series triumphs besides limited-overs series victories over New Zealand and England.Under Kumble’s watch, India were nearly unbeatable in the home Test season – losing only one of 13, winning 10 and drawing two. However, the BCCI initiated a hunt for a new coach and many felt it was because the board was unhappy with his role in salary negotiations for the players with the CoA.Since it is a volatile situation, the CoA is understood to play it carefully, especially as India are days away from the Champions Trophy.Back in 2007, Australian Greg Chappell’s tenure as India coach had come to an end following a public spat with Ganguly and complaints from several other senior cricketers. In the decade that followed, the likes of Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh have spoken out about the tough times the team endured under Chappell.advertisementUnlike Chappell, however, Kumble, has delivered the results. Under his command, India have not lost any series and Chesteshwar Pujara, who was going through a slump midway into 2016, finished the last season as the most prolific of Test batsmen.The BCCI, in a press release issued on May 25, merely stated that a nominee of the CoA would oversee the process of appointing the next coach to ensure transparency.”To ensure a fair and completely transparent process, a nominee of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) will oversee the entire process along with the Cricket Advisory Committee.”The BCCI’s three-member advisory committee comprising Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman will conduct interviews and seek presentations to select the best possible candidate to guide the team and take Indian Cricket forward.”Earlier, it was thought that the whole process was a mere formality and Kumble would indeed be retained. But if the players are unhappy with him, his position could weaken considerably.
Opening batsman Hashim Amla’s 25th century in One-Day International (ODI) cricket and leg-spinner Imran Tahir’s 4/27 helped South Africa overwhelm Sri Lanka by 96 runs on Saturday to begin their ICC Champions Trophy campaign emphaticallyAmla scored a measured 103 off 115 deliveries and shared a 145-run stand with Faf du Plessis (75) for the second wicket as South Africa recovered from a very slow start to score 299/6 in 50 overs in their Group B opener.In reply, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 203 in 41.3 overs with only Captain Upul Tharanga (57), Niroshan Dickwella (41) and Kusal Perera (44 not out) providing some resistance against the South African bowlers. Tahir and paceman Chris Morris (2/32) were the best performers.The foundation of the win was laid by Amla after Sri Lanka won the toss and asked South Africa to bat at Kennington Oval. Amla and fellow opening partner Quinton de Kock (23) struggled for runs initially, with Sri Lankan pacers Lasith Malinga and Suranga Lakmal keeping it tight from both ends. Assisted by the wind and a tinge of grass on the pitch, the Sri Lankans leaked only 32 runs in the first 10 overs.The opening partnership lasted for 44 runs in 12.1 overs before left-hander de Kock edged a delivery from medium pacer Nuwan Pradeep to wicket-keeper Dickwella.Pradeep could have sent back du Plessis in the 17th over had Malinga not dropped a catch at fine leg after he pulled a short delivery.Later, following the introduction of spinner Seekuge Prasanna and medium pacer Asela Gunaratne, South Africa got some leeway, with Sri Lanka spreading the outfield.advertisementIt allowed Amla and du Plessis to build a partnership and they paced the innings well mixing ones and twos with occasional boundaries.While Amla completed his fifty in 56 deliveries, du Plessis reached the half-century in 52 balls.Pradeep broke the stand as du Plessis pulled into the hands of a jumping Dinesh Chandimal at short mid-wicket in the fourth ball of the 34th over, with South Africa at 189/2.In the next over, Prasanna snared AB de Villiers (4) when the latter miscued one for an easy catch to Chamara Kapugedera at mid-off.Amla, joined in the middle by David Miller (18) as the pair faced the task of restructuring the innings, completed his century in 106 deliveries with a single towards square leg off Lakmal in the third ball of the 42nd over.The following delivery saw Miller edge one to Prasanna at third man. Amla fell soon, trying to run a second following a throw at the bowler’s end from Kusal Mendis at mid-wicket in the next over. Amla’s knock featured five fours and two sixes.With these two quick wickets, South Africa were five down for 232 in 42.3 overs and still needed a strong finish. Jean-Paul Duminy (38 not out in 20 deliveries) and Chris Morris (20 off 19) did their job to take them to 299/6 in 50 overs.During the chase, Dickwella and Tharanga gave Sri Lanka a flying start, putting up 69 runs for the opening wicket in 8.2 overs. But after Dickwella was dismissed, giving a catch to Wayne Parnell at third man off paceman Mornie Morkel, Tharanga ran out of support.Jeevan Mendis (11) and Chandimal (12) couldn’t contribute — the former being dismissed by a splendind one-handed catch by a leaping de Villiers at short midwicket off Morris and the latter being run out, leaving Sri Lanka at 116/3 in 17.2 overs. The same over saw leg-spinner Tahir removing Chamara Kapugedera (0) with a lbw decision.Tahir then claimed Tharanga and Asela Gunaratne (4) to put his side in command. When Morris trapped Prasanna (13) in front of the wickets, Sri Lanka were seven down for 191 in 37.2 overs. Eventually they were bowled out for 203.Brief scores: South Africa 299/6 in 50 overs (Hashim Amla 103, Faf du Plessis 75; Nuwan Padeep 2/54). Sri Lanka: 203 all out in 41.3 overs (Upul Tharanga 57, Kusal Perera 44 not out, Niroshan Dickwella 41; Imran Tahir 4/27. Chris Morris 2/32).
Singapore Open champion B Sai Praneeth opened his campaign at the World Championships with a straight-game win over Hong Kong’s Wei Nan to reach the second round of men’s singles event, here today.The 15th seeded Indian fought back from 5-9 and 14-16 in the opening game and then erased a deficit of 10-13 and 15-17 in the second game to eventually see off Wei Nan 21-18 21-17 in a 48-minute match.The 25-year-old from Hyderabad will next take on Indonesia’s Anthony Sinisuka Ginting, who is the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic and World Junior Championships boys’ singles bronze medallist.Rio Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu kicked off her campaign at the 2017 World Badminton Championships on a promising note as she trounced Korea’s Kim Hyo Min in straight games in the women’s singles.The fourth-seed, who received a first round bye, remained dominated throughout the match to register a comfortable 21-16, 21-14 win over her Korean opponent in a one-sided second round clash that lasted 49 minutes.Sindhu will now cross swords with either 13th seed Cheung Ngan Yi of Hong Kong or Russia’s Evgeniya Kosetskaya for a place in the quarter-finals.BAI Photo India top mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy, seeded 15th, who had won the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold title, defeated Indo-Malaysian combo of Prajakta Sawant and Yogendran Khrishnan 21-12 21-19.However, disappointment was at store for India in the other mixed doubles matches as B Sumeeth Reddy and Ashwini Ponnappa, and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Maneesha K suffered contrasting losses to bow out of the event.advertisementSumeeth and Ashwini, who had reached the finals of Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold in January, went down fighting 17-21 21- 18 5-21 to 13th seeded Chinese pair of Wang Yilyu and Huang Dongping, while Satwiksairaj and Maneesha lost 20-22 18-21 to 14th seeded Denmark duo of Mathias Christiansen and Sara Thygesen.In women’s singles, National champion Rituparna Das also emerged victories in the opening round yesterday after her opponent Finland’s Airi Mikkela retired after lagging 0-2 in the first game.(With inputs from PTI and ANI)
India crash out after a thorough schooling from Ghana in the FIFA U-17 World Cup at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. 21.56: And a much cherished journey comes to an end.#FIFAU17WC journey is over for @IndianFootball but it’s just the starting of a long journey. Way to go before we stop #GHAvIND #BackTheBlue- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 201721.53 IST: That’s full-time. India 0 – 4 Ghana. India are knocked out of the tournament.90’+2′ It’s over. @ghanafaofficial win it 4-0. Indians are dejected. Boys, you’ve done your best and we all are behind you #GHAvIND- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 201721.51 IST: 2 minutes of added time.21.49 IST: Meanwhile, Colombia are 3-1 up against USA.21.47 IST: GOAL! One more. Toku this time. India 0 – 4 Ghana.87′ @ghanafaofficial score back-to-back goals to take the scoreline 4-0 in their favour #GHAvIND #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 201721.46 IST: GOAL! Danso scores this time. India 0 – 3 Ghana.21.43 IST: Lalengmawia lets one go but straight to the goalkeeper.83′ Terrific effort by Lalengmawia. He plays a 1-2 with Rahul and blasts it, but the goalie saves #GHAvIND #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 201721.41 IST: Can India score their second-ever World Cup goal? Just 10 minutes remain.21.38 IST: No signs of Komal again. India make their third change.78′ Aniket out, Lalengmawia in. Third change for India. #GHAvIND #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 201721.30 IST: Colombia have taken the lead again against USA in Mumbai. 21:30 IST: The crowd has been excellent so far.advertisement68′ The JLN Stadium plays the perfect 12th man role. Huge support for the youngsters, tomorrow’s stars #GHAvIND #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 201721.26 IST: Just 25 minutes to go yet no signs of star-man Komal Thatal.21.24 IST: Another change for India.63′ Rahim Ali replaces Amarjit now. #GHAvIND #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 2017 21.23 IST: Dheeraj makes a save again.62′ Terrific fingertip save by Dheeraj to keep the scoreline same #GHAvIND #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 2017 21.19 IST: Change for India.58′ Naorem is limping. Probably he’s going to be replaced by Ninthoi now. #GHAvIND #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 201721.15 IST: The Indian captain sees a yellow. 20.13 IST: GOAL! Fires one into the bottom corner. Second for Ayiah.52′ Eric Aiyah completes his brace. @ghanafaofficial are up by 2-0 #GHAvIND #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 201721.07 IST: We are underway for the second half.Second half resumes at the JLN Stadium #GHAvIND #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 201720.52 IST: It’s level in Mumbai between Colombia and USA.HT | #FIFAU17WC Group A????1-0??????º??1-1????´ pic.twitter.com/WjCVHINodd- #FIFAU17WC ????????? (@FIFAcom) October 12, 201720.50 IST: It’s half-time at the JLNS, Delhi. India 0 – 1 Ghana.The ref blows the whistle and India U17s go into the break 1-0 down to Ghana. #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC #GHAvIND pic.twitter.com/0Jd5QSdjtM- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 201720.45 IST: Four minutes of added time.45′ 4 minutes of added time at the end of the first-half #GHAvIND #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 201720.43 IST: GOAL! Ghana score. India 0 – 1 Ghana 43′ @ghanafaofficial breach the Indian defence as skipper Ayiah finds the back of the net #GHAvIND #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 201720.41 IST: He’s up. Looks like he will continue.20.41 IST: PROBLEM! Dheeraj is down for India. Hope it’s nothing serious.41′ The man is up and stadium responds voraciously. The man of the moment right now. We need you Dheeraj #GHAvIND #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 201720.40 IST: 5 minutes to go. India have held onto Ghana so far.20.35 IST: Ayiah skies it. Relief for India.20.34 IST: Boris gets a yellow. Free-kick for Ghana.32′ High-boot for Boris and @ghanafaofficial get a free-kick at the top of the box #GHAvIND #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 201720.30 IST: Still goalless with quarter of an hour to go.30′ Half-an-hour over at the JLN Stadium and the scoreline reads 0-0 #GHAvIND #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 2017 20.28 IST: Meanwhile, USA have equalised against Colombia in Mumbai.20.28 IST: Gyamfi unleashes a bullet but it goes just over the bar. 20.20 IST: Dheeraj palms one over the post for a Ghana corner.20.19 IST: Meanwhile in Group B.GROUP B | #FIFAU17WC ????Paraguay and ????Mali secured their spots in the Round of 16 after group play pic.twitter.com/7K4BtNsu2J- #FIFAU17WC ????????? (@FIFAcom) October 12, 201720.14 IST: Free-kick for India. Stalin stands over it.14′ Quick counter-attack by Boris who is brought down by @ghanafaofficial defender. Free-kick for us #GHAvIND #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WCadvertisement- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 201720.10 IST: 10 minutes are up. It’s 0-0 at the JLNS, Delhi.10′ 3 offsides within first 10 minutes for @ghanafaofficial . Our boys are being really clever #GHAvIND #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 201720.05 IST: Ghana score but it has been ruled offside.6′ Ghana finds the net but the asst. ref is spot on, rules it offside #GHAvIND #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 201720.04 IST: But a positive start so far from the hosts.3′ Very very positive play by our colts. Aniket tries to put in a juicy cross but no one reaches it #GHAvIND #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 2017 20.03 IST: Meanwhile Colombia have scored in Mumbai. India’s chances of qualifying take a hit further.20.00 IST: And we are underway.19.58 IST: The national anthems are done.National Anthem time. Goosebumps. Cheer your heart out India. #GHAvIND #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC pic.twitter.com/MrYPmlp9wD- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 2017Picturesque. #GHAvIND #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC pic.twitter.com/VwtGH3OkGE- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 2017 19.47 IST: Isn’t this just beautiful? The JLN looks gorgeous as ever. #GHAvIND #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC pic.twitter.com/2nN1u6OzZu- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 2017We are all set. #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC pic.twitter.com/P79Duk8B70- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 2017 19.42 IST: India’s young sensation is here.Dheeraj is ready to guard the Goalpost for ????.#BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC #GHAvIND pic.twitter.com/VCQO0UAEd5- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 2017Dheeraj arrives on the field and the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium erupts. #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC #GHAvIND pic.twitter.com/X0IpQEK3OV- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 2017 19.33 IST: The players have taken the field. The boys are warming up and are ready to face @ghanafaofficial. #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC #GHAvIND pic.twitter.com/p2d8a4I0cc- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 2017The floodlights are on and boys are rearing to go against @ghanafaofficial .#BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC #GHAvIND pic.twitter.com/UNQRxaxVaU- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 2017India U17s have taken the field for the Pre-Match Warm up.#BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC #GHAvIND pic.twitter.com/R17WrSSTeu- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 2017 19.30 IST: They are in the house.The pilgrims are here. #GHAvIND #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC pic.twitter.com/tS389xtvGd- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 2017 19.27 IST: The stands are slowly filling in.Fans are filling in to witness India take on Ghana #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC #GHAvIND pic.twitter.com/fIDFjOoicl- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 201719.23 IST: Here’s India’s team for the match.????U17s Starting XI v ???? U17#BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC #GHAvIND pic.twitter.com/x3YS794vyz- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 2017 19.20 IST: The boys are on their way to the stadium.The boys are now leaving for Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. 2 hours to kick off.#BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC #GHAvIND pic.twitter.com/qbc6ZST7jF- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 2017Skipper Amarjit Kiyam???#BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC #GHAvIND pic.twitter.com/8ioM1vO1vKadvertisement- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 2017 19.15 IST: One more time.Our special section of fans @BluePilgrims #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC pic.twitter.com/3dpa1NQqOJ- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 201719:10 IST: Fans are ready to see India fight against Ghana in what could be their last World Cup game this year.The fans are thronging the JLN Stadium in numbers #GHAvIND #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC pic.twitter.com/C7wSTN8wE3- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 2017Thunder Clap being performed by our passionate fans at the JLN Stadium #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC pic.twitter.com/joZC4iDAcY- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 2017 19.05 IST: India will bank on their goalkeeper to keep up the good work in the last game as well.Dheeraj has been a standout performer until now #GHAvIND #BackTheBlue #FIFAU17WC pic.twitter.com/K6DocqBZbr- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) October 12, 201719.02 IST: One last time perhaps for this year.? ?, ? ?? ? ???? ? ?? ? ?? ??? ? ??? ? ?? ???? ?, ?? ????? ?, ? ? ??, ?? ???? ?, ?? ? – ? ???#FIFAU17WC #FootballTakesOver pic.twitter.com/aBcPwEhYdC- FIFAHindi ???????? (@FIFAHindi) October 12, 2017Preview:India will possibly be playing their last World Cup match when they take on Ghana in their last group A game at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Thursday.After a spirited display against Colombia, where India scored their first goal in a FIFA tournament, the country is hoping for another stellar show against Ghana. Technically the Indian U-17 team could still qualify for the next stage of the World Cup, given a win against Ghana and courtesy other results going in their favour.”We will go for nothing less than a win. We have shown the world that we belong on the same page as them and now we want to show that we can win against them,” said Luis Norton de Matos, Head Coach of the Indian U-17 World Cup Team.”Ghana will be a physical as well as a mental challenge for us. They (Ghana) are a strong physical team who are quick on the ball. We would have to be on our toes for the entirety of the match, if we are to secure a win,” he added.AP Photo”However, the boys are ready for the challenge that will be thrown in front of them. We will give it our all and aim to create history once again.”Jeakson Singh, who made history against Colombia when he became the first Indian goal scorer in the FIFA U-17 World Cup said that the team is raring to go against Ghana.”They are a very strong side. But we are ready and prepared. It will be a physically taxing battle against Ghana but I reiterate, we are ready,” he pronounced.Amarjit Singh, captain of the team, added, “We have the utmost respect for our opponents but we will give them a very tough fight, even tougher than we gave Colombia. It is a matter of survival and we will do anything to go into the next round.”Attendance at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium has risen over the two matches India have taken part in and thanking the fans for their support, Sanjeev Stalin said:”We play for the fans, they are our everything and we thank them for the wonderful support that they have given us.”Goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh called for even more support against Ghana.”Against Ghana we will need a lot of support. We will give it our very best on the pitch. I expect all to be cheering for us like they have done for us. We won’t disappoint them. Come and back the blue,” he stated.
Bhopal, Oct 25 (PTI) More than 200 foreign dancers have arrived in Madhya Pradesh to take part in a four-day international festival beginning in Gwalior district tomorrow.Besides them, participants from over half a dozen states in the country will also showcase their skills at the annual international dance festival christened “Udbhav Utsav”.”More than 200 artists from Slovakia, Bulgaria, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Iran, South Korea, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have reached Gwalior to take part in the 14th edition of the international festival,” Udbhav Sports and Culture Association (USCA) president Keshav Pandey told PTI over phone.Besides foreigners, he said, 40 dance troupes from seven states, including Madhya Pradesh, are taking part in the event.In all, 700 dancers are expected to showcase their talents in groups at the festival being sponsored by the Greenwood Public School, he added.USCA secretary Deepak Tomar said the festival would be held at three venues – the Indian Institute of Travel Tour Management (IITTM), the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management (ABV- IIITM) and the Greenwoods Public School campus – on different days. PTI LAL MAS RSY
(EDS: Adding SAD chief Sukhbir Badals comments)Amritsar, Oct 30 (PTI) A Hindu outfitleader was shot dead in full public view by four unidentified men in the Bharat Nagar locality on the Amritsar-Batala road here today, police said.Hindu Sangharsh Sena district chief Vipan Sharma (45) was standing with a friend outside a shop in the bustling Bharat Nagar locality when around a dozen bullets were pumped into him, the police said.The killing comes within a fortnight of the gunning down of RSS leader Ravinder Gosain in Ludhiana on October 17.Two of the four masked youths, including one sporting a turban, pumped bullets into Sharmas body and fled the spot on their motorcycles, police said.Sharma was rushed to the Escort Hospital where he was declared brought dead.”He was brought to the emergency wing of the hospital where a team of doctors declared him brought dead. There were around 15 injury marks on the deceaseds body, including 8 bullet marks,” the hospitals director, Dr H P Singh, said.Police Commissioner, Amritsar, S S Srivastava said the CCTVs installed at various locations had captured the incident. The footage from these cameras had been procured and the police was trying to identify the accused by making their sketches, he said.He said the exact number of bullets shot could be ascertained only after the post-mortem report but initially it could be said that nearly 12 bullets were shot on the spot which directly hit the victim.”It is a targeted killing and we are verifying all the aspects particularly a past threat perception if any,” he said.advertisementFew of the deceaseds relatives and friends claimed that he had recently applied for police protection, since he was active in raising his voice against the Ghalughara week (Operation Blue Star anniversary), the police commissioner said.The deceased was a cable operator by profession and was running his business for the last many years in the city.Condemning the killing, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal said it seemed that there was no law and order in the state under the Congress rule.In a press release, the SAD president said that a “wave of violence had been sweeping through the state” with impunity.He accused the the Captain Amarinder Singh government of allowing miscreants to make a mockery of the law of the land.”The high-profile killings have been on the rise despite the tall claims made by the state police of containing such incidents of violence,” he claimed.If the government does not act, the situation can turn from bad to worse, putting in danger the communal harmony in this border state, he added.The Punjab Shiv Sena also flayed the gunning down of the Hindu leader.In a statement, the Senas state vice president Rajesh Palta alleged that the killing of Hindu leaders one after the other was indicative of revival of terrorism in Punjab.”If Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh does not tackle the issue with an iron hand, and instead carries on with the SAD-BJP policy of soft-pedalling over religious fundamentalists, then Punjab will again plunge into the dark days of terrorism like in the past and there will be danger to national integrity and amity,” he claimed. PTI CORR VSD CHS ADS
(Eds: Adding a dropped word in third para)Kolkata, Nov 14 (PTI) Indias chief coach Ravi Shastri today once again extended unflinching support to Mahendra Singh Dhoni, saying those commenting on the two-time World Cup winning former skipper should look back at their own careers.A few former India players, including VVS Laxman and Ajit Agarkar, recently raised questions about Dhonis T20I future, creating quite a storm in the countrys cricketing circles.”People should look back at their career before commenting on Dhoni. The former captain has a lot of cricket left in him and it is the duty of the team to back the legend,” Shastri said.Shastri was having a look at the bat autographed by the 2011 World Cup winning Indian team at the Fanattic Sports Museum.The coach further said the culture of the current team is based on performance and quality.”There is no one better than Dhoni on the field given his ability behind the wicket and with the bat and his presence of mind and sharpness on the field.”Shastri lauded the players athleticism and said: “In terms of fielding this team is the very best in the world at the moment and thats something that separates this team from Indian teams of the past.”India will take on Sri Lanka in three Tests beginning with the Eden five-dayer on November 16, and this will be Shastris first home Test series.”This team always turns up on the park to win. We hope to win the series spread over one and half months before going to South Africa.”advertisementHardik Pandya has been rested for the series and Shastri said: “This team is not about one particular individual, we lose together, we win together.”Earlier, accompanied by bowling coach Bharat Arun, Shastri spent about two hours admiring the Fanattic Sports Museum curated and set up by sports historian Boria Majumdar.While taking a stance with Sir Donald Bradmans bat from 1948, the former all-rounder said: “The quality of wood is such you can still play a few shots with it.”He compared Virat Kohlis bat with Sir Dons and donated his 2015 World Cup team directors jersey and cap to the museum collection, and was particularly impressed with the Usain Bolt memorabilia.Picking Bolt and Mohammed Ali as two of his personal favourites, Shastri said: “Every Indian cricketer should make a trip to the museum and enjoy the collection.”Arun, too, was impressed and said: “I would love youngsters training at the NCA to come to a place like this and absorb in cricket history.” PTI TAP AH PM
On a day where India and South Africa battled hard on the pitch at Newlands, one man caught the eye of the spectators and viewers alike, and he wasn’t even playing.Dressed in a three-piece suit and tie, cameraman Oscar stole the show on the first two days of first Test between India and South Africa in Cape Town.ALSO WATCH: SPORTS TODAYAs Hardik Pandya struck 14 boundaries and a six en route to his valiant 93 , Oscar tracked each and every of his strokes. When the Indian all-rounder returned with the ball in hand, Oscar was again ready to shoot India’s fight back.But why was he wearing a suit? many wondered, every time he was on screen much to the amusement of the fans at Newlands.Back home as the cold-wave grips the country, it made sense to be covered on the field. Although that is not the reason for his fashionable show.In a video posted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) titled “Cameraman Oscar – The story behind his suit”, he revealed “the secret behind his smart attire”. Cameraman Oscar – The story behind his suit – by @28anandDressed in a formal suit, cameraman Oscarï¿½??s presence during a Test match in South Africa is hard to miss. But what is the secret behind his smart attire? Watch the full video on https://t.co/CPALMGgLOj pic.twitter.com/GlRFUjpYCs- BCCI (@BCCI) January 7, 2018Zotani Oscar is a TV cameraman for a leading South African TV channel and if you are wondering why he is dressed like this, he says ” in the season of 2007-08, when New Zealand was here (in South Africa). It happened that one of out cameraman’s got sick, while I was still working in the studio.advertisement”Then my former technical director, asked me to help out, with the other guy having to leave. Then I went wearing a suit and a tie. And from thereon he said he wanted to see me wearing that in every Test match. So it started like that. I only do it on the first day, when there is no chance of me to pull rigs, to pull cameras,” he said. He added that he is more comfortable wearing a suit rather than leave his skin bare to the elements, something he says the crowds really enjoy.”I actually fell more comfortable wearing a suit rather than having to expose my skin to the sun. People started by laughing at me, but now it actually excites them. I usually get good complements from my fellow commentators, Pommie Mbangwa and Kepler Wessels,” he said. Oscar also revealed that the suit he was wearing was bought from Kolkata.”Actually this suit I got it from Kolkata from a tailor, whose name I am forgetting. He was recommended by Pommie (Mbangwa),” he said. As the action returns to the pitch on day three, Virat Kohli’s India face a stiff challenge to claw their way back into the Test, Oscar signed off, “This is Test match cricket, and I like it in a suit, because it is for the love of the game.”
ASH, England — Mikko Ilonen of Finland ended Joost Luiten’s unbeaten run to set up a final later Oct. 19 against top-seeded Henrik Stenson of Sweden at the World Match Play Championship.Ilonen defeated his Dutch rival 2 and 1, while Stenson won 1 up at the last hole against South African George Coetzee, in the semifinal matches at the London Club course at Ash in Kent outside London.Irish Open winner Ilonen was 2 up over Luiten after seven holes before Luiten, who won all three of his group games, went 1 up after winning Nos. 8, 11 and 13.The Finn rebounded by winning the 14th and holing a long putt at the 15th, before claiming victory with a birdie on the 17th.“It was an unbelievable match as it could have gone any way as we both didn’t play our best and with the early tee-time today we were still both asleep,” said Ilonen. “But somehow I managed to make two long putts near the end.”Stenson wasn’t in front until the last when he holed a long par putt to beat Coetzee, a player ranked 84 places lower than the Swede.Stenson is looking for his first World Match Play Championship title.“I had to dig deep to win my match as I was never in front till I holed that putt at the last,” Stenson said. “While it wasn’t the most well-played match this week, I still got the result.”TweetPinShare0 Shares
ATHENS — Evripidis Giakos scored two minutes from time for visiting Giannena to earn a surprising 2-2 draw against defending champion Olympiakos in the Greek league on Dec. 6.Alexis Mikhail gave Giannena the lead into halftime. Costas Fortounis brought Olympiakos level with a 50th-minute penalty, and Pajtim Kasami put the hosts ahead in the 75th.Three days after losing 2-1 at home to league-leading PAOK, second-place Olympiakos was four points behind PAOK, which can increase its lead when it visits Xanthi on Dec. 7.Giannena was in eighth place, seven points behind Olympiakos.Also, Veria beat Platanias 2-0, and Kerkyra and Atromitos drew 1-1 on a waterlogged field.TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEWARK, N.J. — The Los Angeles Kings’ chances of defending their Stanley Cup title might depend on their current five-game road trip.The opener against the New Jersey Devils got them off to a good start.Anze Kopitar had a goal and two assists, and the Kings used their size and strength to beat the Devils 3-1 on March 23 to snap a two-game losing streak.“Every time you go on a long road trip, the first game is obviously very important,” Kopitar said. “It sets the tone. No disrespect to them, but they’re the only (team on the trip) not in a playoff position.“This was supposed to be the easy game, but that was not the case. We wanted to make sure we were sharp right off the get-go.”The Kings, who are on the outside of the Western Conference playoff picture heading into the final weeks of the season, dominated early. They outshot New Jersey 16-3 and took a 2-0 lead on goals by Andrej Sekera and Tyler Toffoli .“We talked about needing to come out hard,” said Marian Gaborik, who like Kopitar assisted on the first-period goals. “It was the start of a road trip, a lot of travel. It’s a time change.“We had to use our speed, use our forecheck. It was a big 20 minutes at the start. Second period, we slipped a little bit but then we came back.”Jonathan Quick made 19 saves for the Kings, who won for the second time in five games.The trip continues March 24 against the New York Rangers and then on March 26 against the New York Islanders. Los Angeles will also face Minnesota and then close out the trip at Chicago.Scott Gomez scored for the Devils, who lost their second straight game and are on the verge of being knocked out of the Eastern Conference playoff race with nine games left.Cory Schneider made 30 saves for New Jersey, which is in danger of missing the playoffs for the third straight season.The game also marked the return of veteran center Mike Richards to the Kings lineup after he spent 16 games with Manchester of the AHL. He didn’t register a point but set up a good chance by Trevor Lewis in the second period.“At the start I was chasing it a bit,” Richards said. “After that, it was all right. I felt more comfortable as the game went on. You just want to go out there and help out and contribute.”Kopitar was instrumental in ending the Kings’ skid. He earned the primary assist on the opening goal by Sekera and sealed the win early in the third period, putting the rebound of Jake Muzzin’s shot past Schneider for his 15th goal.It gave the Kings a 3-1 lead, and the Devils never seriously threatened until the closing moments when they pulled Schneider for an extra skater.Quick had kept the Kings in front minutes earlier, stopping recent call-up Reid Boucher with a glove save early in the period. He then stoned Jordin Tootoo and Travis Zajac in close during a Devils power play.“We knew they were going to come out hard,” Tootoo said. “We have to look ourselves in the mirror. We’re all professionals. We can’t wait for the guy next to us to get the job done. You have to bring your work boots every night.”The Devils didn’t in a one-sided opening period, and that allowed the Kings to take a 2-0 lead.Kopitar did the work on Sekera’s first goal in 19 games and his first since the defenseman came to the Kings in a trade with Carolina in February.Kopitar skated from the Devils’ left circle out to the blue line, and left the puck for Sekera, who skated back to the circle and ripped a shot into the top of the net against a helpless Schneider.Toffoli’s 21st goal came with the Kings on a 5-on-3 power play late in the period. Gaborik held the puck in the right circle and made a brilliant cross-ice pass that Toffoli snapped into an empty net.Gomez scored his seventh of the season 2:12 into the second period.(TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares