Jota’s failure from the penalty spot proved crucial as winless Birmingham City drew 1-1 with West Brom in a Midlands derby in the Championship on Friday.West Brom travelled to St Andrews knowing a win would see them go third in the table ahead of Saturday’s fixtures.But they were on the back foot for long periods against Garry Monk’s men, who took the lead in the 26th minute when Jota capitalised on poor marking to flick home from a tight angle after Lukas Jutkiewicz’s header down to the far post. 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! The winger was then presented with a golden chance to make it 2-0 three minutes later after Kyle Bartley inexplicably handled a right-wing cross. However, Sam Johnstone kept out the Spaniard’s low penalty, and the Blues were left to rue the miss.As with the opener, the defending was suspect when Matt Phillips fired a 39th-minute leveller beyond Lee Camp, while there was a distinct lack of quality at the other end for Birmingham four minutes later when Che Adams blazed over from close range.It was Birmingham who had the better of the second half yet they could not find a way to beat Johnstone – and the Baggies almost snatched the points when Harvey Barnes rattled the crossbar late on.Birmingham’s wait for a first win of the league campaign goes on, this draw marking their fifth from seven matches, while West Brom sit in fifth, three points off the automatic promotion places.
Skipper Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten 56 guided Mumbai Indians to a five wicket victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in a thrilling encounter of the Indian premier League (IPL) on Monday.Rohit Sharma, who slammed six boundaries and one six in his 37-ball knock, and Jos Buttler (33) were the major contributors to Mumbai’s cause.With this result, Mumbai now sit atop the IPL standings with eight wins and two losses while Bangalore have lost eight matches and are now decidedly out of the play-off race.Chasing 162/8 posted by Bangalore, Mumbai started off on a poor note as opener Parthiv Patel (0) was dismissed on the very first ball of the first over by Aniket Choudhary.While trying to pull a short ball, Parthiv mistimed it and Yuzvendra Chahal took a brilliant catch at short mid-wicket.Incoming batsman Nitish Rana (27) and Buttler then added 61 runs in 7.2 overs to stabilise Mumbai’s innings before the latter was sent packing by spinner Pawan Negi. Buttler played 21 balls and slammed four boundaries and one six.After one over, in-form Rana was also sent back to the pavilion by Negi to reduce the hosts to 70/3 in 10 overs. Rana’s 28-ball knock comprised of four boundaries.Unperturbed by the fall of Rana’s wicket, skipper Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard (17) punished the Bangalore bowlers all around the park as they slammed 28 runs in 3.4 overs before the West Indian hitman was dismissed by Chahal.Krunal Pandya (2) and Karn Sharma (9) also failed to step up to the situation and the latter was dismissed on nine runs while Pandya was retired hurt.advertisementThe fall of wicket brought in all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who along with Rohit Sharma played some good shots to entertain Mumbai’s crowd.In the process, Rohit completed his 50 with a single at the end of the 19th over.With seven runs required in the last over, Pandya and Sharma took singles off the first four balls and then the skipper slammed a boundary to give the hosts a comfortable victory.For Bangalore, Negi scalped two wickets while Choudhary, Chahal and Shane Watson chipped in with one wicket each.Earlier, a late surge from Kedar Jadhav and Pawan Negi helped Bangalore to 162/8 against Mumbai.Joining forces in the 15th over, Negi (35 from 23 balls) and Jadhav (28 from 22) raised a 54-run stand for the sixth wicket to rescue the visitors, who lost the top five players with just 108 runs on the board.South African big-hitter AB de Villiers was the other major contributor with a 27-ball 43 for the Bangalore franchise.Electing to bat, RCB were reduced to 40/2 with skipper Virat Kohli (20) and his new opening partner Mandeep Singh (17) failing to get a decent start for the visitors.RCB’s decision to open with Mandeep backfired as the Punjab batsman after facing 13 balls, failed to get to the pitch of a tossed up delivery from leg-spinner Karn Sharma to be comfortably caught by Hardik Pandya at deep midwicket.One over later, Kohli, who by now had struck two sixes and faced 14 balls, was undone by a slower one from pacer Mitchell McClenaghan which Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma caught at short midwicket.With the team once again in deep trouble, RCB now needed a special from South African star AB de Villiers (43) and Travis Head (12) , who chipped in with a 45-run third wicket stand before left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya ended Head’s 15-ball stay.De Villiers, though raised RCB’s hopes of amassing a healthy total by meting out special treatment to Krunal and McClenaghan before the left-arm spinner once again struck to send back the Protea right-hander.Before being dismissed, the 33-year-old de Villiers faced 27 balls and helped the ball to the boundary on three occasions and thrice over it.In the very next over, medium pacer Jasprit Bumrah cleaned up Australian Shane Watson (3) to further dent RCB’s prospects.Wicketkeeper-batsman Jadhav and Negi then paired up to add a few valuable runs with the Delhi southpaw taking the aerial route twice off Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga and once off Bumrah before McClenaghan finished off in style by dismissing the duo off successive balls in the final over.For the hosts, New Zealander McClenaghan was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/34 while Krunal chipped in with two wickets.
Itanagar, May 2 (PTI) An expedition to Mount Gorichen was flagged off today at the Mountaineering and Allied Sports (NIMAS) campus at Dirang in Arunachal Pradesh. The 24-member expedition team to be led by NIMAS Director Colonel Sarfraz Singh would attempt summiting the 21,410 feet high mountain comprising of five peaks in about 22 days from tomorrow, an official communiqué said. Mount Gorichen in Arunachal Pradesh is the third highest peak in the north east. The pre-monsoon expedition has been planned to foster the spirit of adventurism among the locals. Besides the NIMAS personnel, a total of eight local young people, including two women are part of the expedition team, the communiqué added. PTI UPL KK KK
Pakistan cruised to the ICC Champions Trophy final after thrashing hosts England by eight wickets in the first semi-final at the Sophia Gardens on Wednesday.Chasing a below-par 212, the Green Brigade rode on a brilliant 118-run opening stand between Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57) before Babar Azam (38 not out) and Ali helped the team with a 55-run second-wicket stand to set their date with the winner of the second semi-final between India and Bangladesh, on Sunday.Twitter exploded with congratulatory messages for paksoitan on reaching their first ever ICC Champions Trophy final.Here are a few of them,You make us proud team Pakistan! What a stunning comeback after first loss, silencing/shocking critics. Such a joy. Pakistan Zindabad ????- Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) June 14, 2017Congratulations Team Pakistan for an outstanding performance today.- Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 14, 2017Now the whole nation awaits our team making amends in the final against India – if they defeat Bangladesh https://t.co/abTx4b0vo2- Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 14, 2017Nailed it team green what a https://t.co/ndEoXtYGvK more to go give it your best shoot .We all are behind you all the way.What a feeling.- Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) June 14, 2017Gr8 bowling effort on slow pitch by every1..perfect start by Azhar & fakhar all they need to do is just stay there& mint English bowling ..- Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) June 14, 2017Triumph for Pakistan Cricket Team, congrats on getting into the finals of the icc champions trophy.- Saqlain Mushtaq (@Saqlain_Mushtaq) June 14, 2017Thank you team pakistan ???? on making the whole nation proud,no words to describe the emotions #CT17 #EngvPakadvertisement- sohail tanveer (@sohailmalik614) June 14, 2017So they were saying it would be 1 sided match & Eng will be through to the finals. They were partly right ??.#ENGvPAK #CT17- Javeria Khan (@ImJaveria) June 14, 2017This Fakhar is some player …. #ENGvPAK #CT17- Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 14, 2017 Oops, England did it again.- Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) June 14, 2017
Cricket Australia on Saturday confirmed that the national cricket team will undergo a week-long camp at Darwin before moving to Bangladesh for a two Test series in August.The cricket board’s official site reported that the team will set out on a seven-day training camp from August 10. The camp also includes an intra-squad match at the Marrara Cricket Ground on August 14.The Australia squad features 13 members. The selectors are likely to add a fast bowler to the Test squad after the conclusion of the Australia A tour of South Africa.Hilton Cartwright and Ashton Agar, who are members of the Australia A one-day squad have already been included in the Test squad.The Australia team is expected to fly for Dhaka on August 18, and the first Test is scheduled to be held on August 27.Cricket Australia’s team performance manager Pat Howard said: “We’re extremely grateful to the support received from the Northern Territory Government and NT Cricket for assisting in facilitating this camp ahead of our Test tour of Bangladesh.””Darwin will provide the ideal acclimatisation ahead of the tour and the facilities at Marrara Cricket Ground are first-class.”We’re working closely with NT Cricket to replicate conditions in Bangladesh, as we did in Dubai for the Indian Test tour earlier this year, so the squad gets the best preparation possible before departing from Darwin directly to Bangladesh.”The decision was based on the first-class training opportunities that Darwin will provide and there are a variety of pitch options to choose from and also opposition for competitive matches.advertisementNT Cricket CEO Troy Watson said.”We can offer a valuable preparation environment and simulate similar conditions to those the team will face during their tour of Bangladesh in late August, which will be of great benefit to everyone.”Australia’s tour begins with a two-day warm-up match at Fatullah ground. This is Australia’s second Test tour of Bangladesh – they played in Bangladesh back in April 2006, Australia won the two-Test-series 2-0.
Indian women continued their winning run as they beat Sri Lanka by 16 runs in Derby in the Women’s World Cup. With this win, they extended their unbeaten run to four games.Batting first, India put on a decent total of 232/8 from their 50 overs thanks to fifties from Deepti Sharma and captain Mithali Raj.India lost Smriti Mandhana and Punam Raut early but Sharma and Mithali struck a a 118-run partnership for the second wicket to steady the ship.Sharma fell for 78 and Mithali (53) departed soon after as Sri Lanka tightened the noose in the middle overs. But Harmanpreet Kaur and Veda Krishnamurthy chipped in with important runs to make sure India put up a respectable total.The Indian bowlers kept it tight throughout the innings and never really allowed the Lankans to get away with it. The spinners in the middle overs tightened the grip further and left Sri Lanka with too much to do towards the end. Dilani Manodara (61 off 75 balls) did put up a fight but in the end she failed to take the batting side past the line. Jhulan Goswami and Poonam Yadav starred for India by picking up two wickets each.Mithali, who is just 47 runs away from the record breaking 6000-run mark in ODIs scored her eighth fifty in 10 innings. Not only that, she became the first woman to hit seven consecutive fifties in ODIs when she slammed 71 against England in the opening match of the tournament. Talking about her form with the bat, she said that the players around her helps her play freely.advertisement”I’m blessed to have the kind of openers and I can play probably a bit of my own game which I’ve had to hold up because of the kind of the responsibility I’ve had over the years,” she said.The Indian captain said that early breakthroughs help when you are defending a low total.”It helps when you get those early breakthrough at the start of the innings, today Jhulan (Goswami) gave the first wicket and then the spinners came in,” said Mithali.”We really pulled ourselves in the middle overs where we bowled a lot of dots,” she added.She also appreciated the fact that India have a few all-rounders in their team.”Cricket has evolved over the years. The generation now, you need to have more all-rounders in the side. It’s always good to have 2-3 all-rounders in the side,” said the 34-year-old.Before signing off, she answered the Twitter question and said that she would like to bowl in one of the matches as well.”I thought I might bowl the last over today. But the margin was too less for a bowler like me. Maybe if the margin is too big for the opposition, I might roll my arm,” she said.
Bhubaneswar, Jul 8 (PTI) Odisha govenrment has announced cash rewards for Odia athletes who win medals in the ongoing 22nd Asian Athletics Championships at the Kalinga Stadium here. While gold medal winners will get a cash award of Rs seven lakh, the silver and bronze medalists will get Rs 5.5 lakh and Rs 2.5 lakh respectively, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Chandrasarathi Behera said. He said special awards will also be conferred on athletes for breaking any records. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik congratulated Odia sprinter Dutee Chand, who bagged bronze in women?s 100 sprint event. PTI AAM PR PR
Ronaldinho and Ryan Giggs were among soccer stars to arrive in Pakistan on Saturday to play exhibition matches which organizers hope will boost the sport in the country.Dutchman George Boateng, former France players Robert Pires and Nicolas Anelka, former England goalkeeper David James and Portugal’s Luis Boa Morte flew in via private jet to the capital Islamabad.Brazilian Roberto Carlos was expected to arrive later for the first seven-a-side exhibition match in Karachi.The tour has been organized by a private company, World Group, aiming to promote football in Pakistan, which is No. 200 out of 211 in FIFA rankings. Lahore will host the second exhibition on Sunday.Pakistan has not hosted a major foreign team in any sports since an attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team’s bus in Lahore in 2009.”For us it’s a big moment,” Pakistan football captain Kaleemullah said. “We didn’t ever dream that such big stars will come to Pakistan. I grew up watching Ronaldinho on television and I still can’t believe it, he’s in Pakistan.”The 37-year-old Ronaldinho said in a statement he was “excited at the prospect of playing in Pakistan.”Cricket is the major sport in Pakistan, but English Premier League, La Liga and Bundesliga soccer have attracted a growing following among younger fans.Tickets were priced from 2,000 to 30,000 rupees ($280) with 1,000 free tickets for young people in Karachi.Manchester United has a large following in Pakistan.”Pakistani fans have not seen (international) players. This is a great opportunity to see footballers live and in their home country,” former United great Giggs told Geo Television in Dubai before flying in a private jet to Pakistan.advertisementAfter a reception in Rawalpindi, players will fly out to Karachi for the first exhibition match later on Saturday.
It has been quite a hectic few months in the past and you would want to make the most of your free time. Yes, it is all over for now — the exams, results and post result blues, until it starts again that is. Although, there is no harm in stocking up on those TV shows you had been abandoning all these months and binge watch them, the key to a successful vacation is to plan it the right way! A well-planned vacation should include a balanced mix of productive and leisure activities.Here are five ways in which you can spend your term break vacations:TravelTravelling not only reduces the stress level and refreshes you, but it also expands your horizon towards the outer world. In school, your kid lives in their own little protected bubble. When they travel, they meet new people, which help them shape newer opinions. If there is a kid’s special trip happening in or outside your city, encourage them to go. Trust us, your child would come back more independent and would have made many new friends in the process. In addition, the ability to work independently and networking are two crucial skills to be successful in any career, which they can imbibe through travelling. Some of the famous camps for kids across India also inculcate life skills in children.Binge watching TV seriesFrom TV shows to movies, we know how remarkably well you have been maintaining your self-control by leaving behind your binge watching habit. Yes, you can go back to it. Now that you have some free time, make sure you watch shows that blow your mind and movies that are awe-inspiring.advertisementShows like House of Cards, Suits, Friends etc broaden your minds, way of thinking, increases concentration power and lightens the mood up! Movies like Rocky, Jerry Maguire, The Social Network and The Pursuit of Happiness will give you serious career and inspiration goals. However, in the process of binge watching, do not spoil your body posture or your eyesight. Keep stretching in between breaks and give your eyes some reast.Attend a career guidance programmeIt is that time of the year. No matter how long you avoid the question ‘have you decided what stream/college/career you’re choosing’, it will still keep haunting you. Instead of diving into the unknown without any guidance, it is advisable to listen to an expert. A career guidance program will help you find answers to all your queries.These one-on-one sessions help your child figure out the best possible career option matching his/her interest, passion and aptitude. A career guidance expert then provides you all the necessary information required to build a solid foundation for your child’s career.CookingSooner than you think, your plus two or college will be over and there will be a high chance that you might have to move out of your parents’ house. You might know all the household chores, but cooking is not only a hobby, it is a necessity. It is important to know how to cook to survive the odds of living alone. Devote some time of the day to learn how to cook from your parents, which in turn will lessen their burden too.Join an ‘extra’ somethingWhen we say extra ‘something’, we mean anything. It can range between any extracurricular activities– be it dance classes, sports academy or even gift-wrapping classes. Yeah, that is a real thing. Explore your options well about what you want to join as it can help you hone your life skills and garner interest towards things you did not know you could like. Indulge in whatever your passion is and work towards it. Remember, any kind of passion can turn into a career if you really put your heart, head and soul in it.If you and your child have figured out the ideal career, the next best thing would be to experience it in real life before taking the plunge. We would also highly recommend either joining an internship or volunteering in an NGO. Volunteering inculcates values of gratitude, sharing and caring. They realize the gift they have and become a better human being.- Article contributed by Lodestar Career GuidanceRead: EB-5 visa programme: First choice of Indian parents for higher education of children Read: 5 things every student applying for undergraduate degree should know
Indian batsmen have done their homework and will not allow Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath to wreck them again at Galle, captain Virat Kohli said on the eve of the first Test between the neighbours on Tuesday.The burly left-arm spinner claimed seven wickets in the fourth innings to derail India’s 176-run chase in the last Test they played at Galle in 2015.India went on to win the next two matches to clinch the series 2-1 and Kohli said his team have learnt their lesson from that series. (Team India dons new jersey for photoshoot ahead of Galle Test)”He’s a quality bowler. Last time he really dented us in that small chase,” Kohli said of Herath, who will lead Sri Lanka in the series opener in absence of ailing regular skipper Dinesh Chandimal.”It was actually a great eye-opener for us. We worked on those things in the next two games and were able to win the series. He played both the games and the ball was still doing a bit but our batsmen had counter-plans in place.”Herath managed eight wickets in the remaining four innings as the Indians appeared to have found a way to deal with Sri Lanka’s spin spearhead.AP Photo”We understand what he brings to the table and we understand what needs to be done,” Kohli said.”I’m sure everyone is taking personal responsibility to plan their innings…We’ve come a long way from that tour. We believe our batsmen will deliver the goods when it’s required.”advertisementWhile Sri Lanka will miss Chandimal, who is recovering from pneumonia, India will be without regular opener Lokesh Rahul, who is down with high fever.Kohli ruled out any experiment and suggested Abhinav Mukund will join Shikhar Dhawan at the top of the innings and said all-rounder Hardik Pandya could make his test debut in the first match of the three-Test series.”We got great balance in the side. We got a guy like Hardik Pandya who is a wicket-taking bowler. Every game he plays, on any surface, he has a knack of picking up wickets. He has a great chance of playing.”Counterpart Herath was worried how his young team would fare against the mighty Indians who have been beaten only once since the 2015 Galle test.”They are the number one team at the moment and are playing very good cricket,” said the 39-year-old.”This is an interesting and challenging series. We need to do something special.”
Hardik Pandya, who is currently playing his first Test at Galle against Sri Lanka, recalled that the first time he met Sachin Tendulkar, he was left completely starstruck.Pandya had a good debut outing in the Indian Premier League in 2015 with Mumbai Indians and in the first season itself he played a decisive innings of right-ball 21 against Chennai Super Kings to secure the victory for Mumbai, coming to bat when the team needed 30 runs from 2 overs.Overall, Pandya scored 112 runs from 9 matches that season, with 61 not out being his highest score.The all-rounder recalled his first day in the Mumbai Indians dressing room when he was eating and Sachin came up to him and greeted him.”I was eating and I suddenly heard a hi, he tapped me and greeted me. I turned around and look at him and the plate started slipping from my hands. I kept the plate aside and went into a corner and just kept looking at him while he greeted everyone. It took me 20-25 minutes to get out of that state,” Pandya said on ‘What the Duck’ with Vikram Sathaye.Pandya went on to say that even before he debuted for India in October 2016, Sachin had told him during his season IPL season that he will soon play for India.”As soon I went to him, he first said that you’re doing well. Then, he was like ‘I shouldn’t say this to you but I am doing so. The way you’re playing and the kind of potential and talent that you have, you’ll play for India in another one to one and a half years.advertisement”I called up Krunal and when my family came to know that Sachin sir had said that (will debut for India in a year or so) to me, the environment was such that it didn’t matter anymore if I would play for India or no,” Pandya said.The India all-rounder said that after Tendulkar had said that to him, he made his India debut just 5-6 months later.Pandya is an animated character on the field and just like his captain Virat Kohli, he wears his heart on the sleeve. When asked of his imfamous expression on the field, Pandya said that it just comes naturally to him.”That’s my personality, I can’t hide my expressions. Even when I am alone and something happens, it shows on my face. People think I am a drama queen, but it’s just natural to me,” Pandya told.The all-rounder got his first Test cap on July 26, 2017 for India’s first Test against Sri Lanka in the three-match series.He has impressed on his Test debut scoring a good half-century and picking up the wicket of Nuwan Pradeep in the first innings.
England opener Mark Stoneman is looking forward to a verbal barrage from Australia during the Ashes series in which he hopes to nail down his spot in the Test side, the batsman has said.England have struggled to find a regular opening partner for Alastair Cook in recent years but Stoneman — the 12th batsman to be given the role since Andrew Strauss’ retirement in 2012 — has impressed selectors after his debut in August.The 30-year-old, who has scored 120 runs from five Test innings, has plenty of experience in first-class cricket with Durham and Surrey and is no stranger to Australian conditions having played grade cricket in Sydney for seven seasons.”I’m quite looking forward to it, see what the sledgers have got for us,” Stoneman told reporters as England prepare to face a Western Australia XI in a two-day game in Perth this weekend.Stoneman believes that he has begun to develop a strong partnership with fellow left-hander Cook and said the banter between the two players has helped him ease into his role.”It has only been a short while but I think he reads me quite well, too, from the other end as to whether he needs to give me a gee up or make me crack a smile.”He’s quite funny actually. All the time that I only ever saw him on the telly he just looked like a guy who was very calm, but you can have a bit of banter with him and he judges the mood quite well.”advertisementEngland captain Joe Root was keen to stress the importance of winning tour games as the visitors look to build momentum for the first Test that starts on Nov. 23 in Brisbane.”When we turn up to those games, it is about making sure we apply ourselves and get what we want out of them by trying to win and getting into the habit of winning early in the tour,” Root said.”So when the Tests come round we have belief from what we have done in the warm-up games.”After the weekend’s game at the WACA Ground, England take on a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide and Townsville.
Colin Munro became the fourth batsman in Twenty20 International cricket to hit two centuries.Munro smashed an unbeaten 109 off 58 balls at a strike-rate of 187.93 against India during the second T20I at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot.The other three batsmen are Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum and Evin Lewis.Two 100s in T20Is by…Brendon McCullumChris GayleEvin LewisColin Munro#IndvNZ- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 4, 2017Munro, who was given four lives made the most of the given opportunities to bring up his second ton in the shortest format of the game. He was dropped thrice on 42, 45 and 79 while the hosts passed on an easy run-out opportunity when the opener was batting on 51.The 30-year-old started slowly as Martin Guptill was taking the bowlers to the cleaners but he soon joined the party and started smashing the bowlers around the park. He completed his fifty of 26 balls when Shreyas Iyer dropped him off the bowling of Axar Patel at long-on, parrying it for a six.The southpaw continued the onslaught and tore apart the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal, debutant Mohammed Siraj and Axar and finally brought up his century off 54 balls with a two of Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the 19th over.A second T20I century for Colin Munro, coming off just 54 balls. He becomes just the fourth player to hit two T20I 100s. #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/KOTDeDSKfY- ICC (@ICC) November 4, 2017He hit seven fours and sixes each in his unbeaten 58-ball innings.Munro’s previous ton came against Bangladesh earlier this year at Mount Maunganui. He hit 101 off 54 balls at the strike-rate of 187.03.advertisement
(Eds: Adding quotes of India, Sri Lankan support staff) By Kushan Sarkar/Sourav Roy BurmanNew Delhi, Dec 3 (PTI) In an unprecedented turn of events, the embattled Sri Lankan cricket team today held up play during the third Test against India, complaining of poor air quality that forced the hosts to declare their innings.The first-ever incident of this kind in the sports 140- year-old history saw an international team resort to anti- pollution masks while fielding and then refuse to continue, stopping play for 26 minutes over three interruptions.Record-breaking India skipper Virat Kohli, who was dismissed for 243 after the action resumed, was forced to declare at 536 for seven as some of the visiting teams substitute fielders too refused to take the field.The Lankan move irked the BCCI and Team Indias support staff nearly called it a deliberate tactic, though the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)s rating of the capitals air quality remained “very poor”.BCCI acting president CK Khanna said, “If 20,000 people in the stands did not have problem and the Indian team did not face any issue, I wonder why Sri Lankan team made a big fuss. I will need to talk to the secretary and ask him to write to the Sri Lanka Cricket.”Asked about Sri Lankas protest, Indias bowling coach Bharat Arun said, “Virat batted close to two days and he didnt need a mask! We are focussed on what we need to do. The conditions are the same for both teams, we arent too bothered about it.”advertisementAs the day drew to a close, a question mark hung over the fate of the third days play at the Feorz Shah Kotla, and both the cricket boards are expected to sit across the table to sort out the issue. The ICC may not get involved as bilateral series is prerogative of the two boards.Once an angry-looking Kohli signalled declaration, the Lankan players were booed by the crowd who chanted losers losers, as the visitors retreated to the dressing room.Interestingly when the Indian team took the field, none of the players wore anti-pollution masks.Sri Lankas interim coach Nic Pothas cited the health issues that their players faced, saying match referee David Boon found Suranga Lakmal and Dhananjaya De Silva vomiting inside the dressing room.”Gamage and Suranga Lakmal were struggling. The match referee was in our change room as well as the doctor. The poor guy (Lakmal) was continuously vomiting. Dhananjaya de Silva was also vomiting. Its tough and you rely on doctors to give you advice, because we arent medical people,” Pothas said.He said that whether they will play tomorrow will be decided by the match officials.Earlier in the day, the CPCB, the body that measures air pollution, had stated: “Exposure to such air for a prolonged period can trigger respiratory illness. The most dominant pollutants are PM2.5 and PM10. These are ultrafine particulates, which can measure up to 30 times finer than the width of a human hair.”The concentration of PM2.5 and PM10 were 223 and 383 micrograms per cubic metre at 1pm today afternoon. The corresponding 24-hour prescribed standards are 60 and 100.”Sri Lankan players halted the proceedings thrice ? first between 12:32 to 12:49 for 17 minutes – after which they were convinced to resume playing. Gamage, who had complained of uneasiness, immediately got rid of Ravichandran Ashwin in the 125th over but again felt unwell. He was taken off the field with Lakmal completing his over.The next break happened between 1:14 and 1:19 pm when Lankan manager Asanka Gurusinha and Indian coach Ravi Shastri came out with contrasting requests.It was the third stoppage at 1:28 pm that led Kohli to declare the innings as the fielders refused to carry on.Smog is a very common phenomenon in Delhi as farmers in the adjoining states of Punjab and Haryana burn crops during the end of October and November.However, smog, over the years, has been prevalent during the first two weeks of November. The BCCI has never been forced to shift the venue of a Test match as the air quality improves during the month of December. PTI KHS SBR AH AH
The hockey players participating at the at the Hockey India Senior Men’s National Championships in Imphal, had no beds to sleep and the washrooms had water leakage were drowned in water, an India Today report had revealed on Sunday.Because of the non-availability of beds, the players were seen sleeping on mattresses on the floor. The players also complained that they have not been provided with blankets.WATCH FULL VIDEOCarappa, a player from Bangalore, told ANI later that players fell sick because of the lack of basic facilities: “It is very cold here. We need thick blankets and hot water to take bath. Players are getting sick due to this. Earlier when we had played other nationals, we had all the facilities”.”It is difficult to play in such conditions. We expect from the authorities to make all the arrangements to be a little more comfortable”, he added. Arvindh, another player said, “We are getting bread, but they are giving us only one per plate and that’s it. The bread itself is very cold. If it is at least a bit warm, we can eat it then. The weather is very cold as it is.”However, the local authorities insisted that the facilities for the players were good enough.Praveen Singh, Manipur Youth Affairs and Sports Director, said that the players went into wrong rooms and added they were comfortable now, having shifted to the rooms that were assigned to them. “When players arrived, they saw unused areas in hostel and assumed those are for their use. Things were sorted when they saw the designated rooms. We have provided heaters, blankets, carpets and mattresses. They’re comfortable now,” Singh told ANI.advertisementWhen the poor state of affairs came out in the open thanks to India Today’s report, Hockey India sprung into action, sending their CEO Elena Norman to the location.Norman told India Today that a lot of work has already been done and the facilities are much better now.”We have done the assessment and there are some areas of improvement required which is being addressed by the organising committee and state officials. We have been assured that it will be rectified,” Norman said to ANI.Former India hockey great MK Kaushik told India Today that now facilities are usually very good for the hockey players but Hockey India need to delve better when it comes to juniors and nationals. “Now hockey is doing very well and everything is organised well but for the tournaments for kids and upcoming players, they still need to look at the facilities,” MK Kaushik said.”Nationals are very important for selection processes and mostly senior boys play in B division of Nationals and so, I think the facilities have to be checked before and allot someone. I think in the future Elena will take care of this. They have done a good job sending her and I think this will not happen in the future.”MK Kaushik also went on to say that with Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore becoming the Sports Minister, the expectations are higher from him and he should be looking close the problem.”Now that an Olympian sits on the helm of affairs, he knows everything because he himself was a player and faced all these problems during his time. I feel excluding his political party, he should take care of all this.”He knows how the federations work and clearly no one told him. Now is the time for him to prove that an Olympian can do wonders when put at a responsible position,” MK Kaushik told India Today.
The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has released the tentative answer keys of Scientific Assistant exam 2017 on the official website, the link for which is ssc.nic.inThe exam was conducted from November 22 to November 25.How to check SSC Scientific Assistant Answer Keys 2017:In order to check the same, all the candidates need to follow the below mentioned steps:Go to the official website, ssc.nic.inClick on the link for “Scientific Assistant in India Meteorological Department Examination 2017-Uploading of Tentative Answer Keys”Click on the link for candidate’s response sheet, tentative answer key and submission of representationEnter roll number, password and choose exam dateClick on submitAnswer keys will be displayed on the screenDownload and take print out of the same for future use.How to raise objections:Candidates can raise objection/s to the answer key/s till 5pm on December 9To raise objections, candidates need to pay Rs 100 per question/answerAny representation received after the due date and time will not be entertained. Instruction has been provided on how to challenge the question/answer key by the commission.Paper pattern:The exam was based on two following parts:Part 1: It consisted of general intelligence and reasoning, quantitative aptitude, English language and comprehension and general awareness.Part 2: It comprised 100 questions based on physics, computer science and information technology, electronics and telecommunication engineering.About SSC:The Staff Selection Commission (SSC) was established in November 4, 1975. The organisation works under the Government of India and recruits staff for several posts in the various Ministries and Departments of the Government of India and in Subordinate Offices.advertisementIt is headquartered at New Delhi. Presently, there are seven regional offices at Allahabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati, Chennai, Bangalore and two Sub-Regional Offices at Raipur and Chandigarh. Each regional office is headed by a Regional Director and each sub-regional office is headed by a Deputy-Director.For more details, candidates can visit the official website.Read: Supreme Court directs UP to promote mainstream education for specially abled childrenRead: Sports enthusiasts in schools to get financial aid by Delhi governmentFor more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at email@example.com
Hope Solo told a Portuguese newspaper that former FIFA President Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her at the Ballon d’Or awards ceremony in 2013.In an interview published Friday in the newspaper Expresso, Solo said Blatter grabbed her rear end shortly before the two appeared onstage at the annual soccer awards event.A representative for Solo confirmed Friday to The Associated Press that the report was accurate and said the former goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s national team had no further comment on the matter.Blatter could not immediately be reached for comment by the AP, but the embattled former head of soccer’s governing body told the Guardian newspaper: “This allegation is ridiculous.”Solo has been dogged by a number of off-the-field controversies. Notably, a domestic violence case stemming from a 2014 altercation at a family member’s home in Washington state.Solo anchored the U.S. team in goal during its 2015 Women’s World Cup championship run, allowing just three goals in seven games with five shutouts during the tournament.For her career, Solo has made 202 total appearances with the national team, with 153 wins and an international-record 102 shutouts.Solo’s tenure with the national team ended following last year’s Olympics in Brazil, when the Americans were ousted by Sweden in the quarterfinals. Afterward, Solo called the Swedish team “cowards” for their defensive style of play.She was suspended from the team shortly thereafter and has not returned.Blatter was suspended from office and banned from soccer for six years following allegations of a widespread corruption scandal that came to light in 2015. Both U.S. and Swiss officials cooperated in the investigation, which is ongoing, and more than 40 people have been indicted.advertisementBlatter has also had a history of what many consider to be sexist behavior concerning the women’s game.U.S. forward Alex Morgan has said that Blatter failed to recognize her at the annual award event in 2012, even though she was one of three nominees for the women’s Player of the Year.Blatter also famously argued in 2004 that players could boost the popularity of the women’s game by wearing tighter shorts.
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. — Tony Stewart pulled out of the NASCAR race at Watkins Glen on Aug. 10, 12 hours after the three-time champion struck and killed a sprint car driver who had climbed from his car and was on the darkened dirt track trying to confront Stewart during a race in upstate New York.Greg Zipadelli, competition director for Stewart-Haas Racing, said at a news conference that Stewart “feels strongly” about not racing following Kevin Ward Jr.’s fatal accident.The decision was an about-face for the organization, which had said when the track opened that Stewart would be behind the wheel of his No. 14 Chevrolet when the green flag waved.“We gave Tony some time to sleep on it. He feels strongly this is the right thing to do,” Zipadelli said. “All you can do is what you feel is right, and we feel this is right. We get through today and do it the best we can as a group.“He’s going through a tough time. It’s emotional for him.” Regan Smith will drive Stewart’s car instead.Ward had crashed following contact with Stewart one lap earlier and got out of his car as it was stopped along the fence. Video of the incident showed Ward walking from his crashed car onto the racing surface as cars circled by, and, as he gestured at Stewart’s passing car, he was struck.Authorities questioned Stewart but said no criminal charges were imminent. Stewart traveled to Watkins Glen International following police questioning.Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said Stewart was “visibly shaken” and had been cooperative in the investigation. Authorities were asking spectators and others to turn over any video they recorded of the crash.“This is right now being investigated as an on-track crash and I don’t want to infer that there are criminal charges pending,” Povero said.“When the investigation is completed, we will sit down with the district attorney and review it. But I want to make it very clear: there are no criminal charges pending at this time.”A witness said it appeared Ward was trying to confront Stewart, the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion. The video showed Ward standing to the right of Stewart’s familiar No. 14 car, which seemed to kick out from the rear and hit him.Moments earlier, Ward and Stewart were racing side-by-side for position as they exited a turn. Ward was on the outside when Stewart, on the bottom, seemed to slide toward Ward’s car and crowd him toward the wall. The rear tire of Stewart’s car appeared to clip the front tire of Ward’s car, and Ward spun into the fence.Povero said Ward, who was wearing a black firesuit and black helmet, had walked into the racing area and one car swerved to avoid him before he was struck by Stewart.“The next thing I could see, I didn’t see (the other driver) anymore,” witness Michael Messerly said. “It just seemed like he was suddenly gone.”A spokesman for Stewart’s racing team called Ward’s death a “tragic accident.”The dirt track, about 30 miles southeast of Rochester, canceled the remainder of the race and later posted a message on its Facebook page encouraging fans to “pray for the entire racing community of fans, drivers, and families.”Ward’s website said he began racing go-karts in 1998 at age 4, but didn’t start driving sprint cars until 2010. The 20-year-old from Port Leyden, New York, was Empire Super Sprint rookie of the year in 2012 and this year was his fifth season racing the Empire Super Sprints.Stewart often competes in extracurricular events like the race on Aug. 9. The multi-millionaire is known to participate in races with purses worth less than $3,000 and drive alongside drivers of varying ages and talent levels.The crash came almost exactly a year after Stewart suffered a compound fracture to his right leg in a sprint car race in Iowa. The injury cost him the second half of the NASCAR season. Stewart only returned to sprint track racing last month, and won in his return, at Tri-City Motor Speedway in Michigan.But the broken leg cost him the entire second-half of last season and sidelined him during NASCAR’s important Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. Stewart wasn’t cleared to get back in a race car until February, the day the track opened for preparations for NASCAR’s season-opening Daytona 500 began.“Everybody has hobbies. Everybody has stuff they like to do when they have downtime, and that’s just what it is for me,” he said last month following his return to sprint car racing. “That’s what I like to do when I have extra time. I don’t think there is anything wrong with doing it. I feel like there are a lot of other things I could be doing that are a lot more dangerous and a lot bigger waste of time with my time off do than doing that.”Among Stewart’s many business interests is his ownership of Ohio dirt track Eldora Speedway, which last month hosted the NASCAR Truck Series, and his stake in Stewart-Haas Racing, which fields cars for Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Danica Patrick.He’s struggled a bit this year since returning from his leg injury, and heads into Sunday’s race winless on the season and ranked 19th in the standings.Stewart had been scheduled to start 13th on Aug. 10 at Watkins Glen, one of just five remaining races for Stewart to either score a win or move inside the top 16 in points to grab a valuable spot in NASCAR’s Chase.The site of thes crash is the same track where Stewart was involved in a July 2013 accident that seriously injured a 19-year-old driver. He later took responsibility for his car making contact with another and triggering the 15-car accident that left Alysha Ruggles with a compression fracture in her back.By John Kekis and John Wawrow. AP Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer and AP writer Mike Sisak contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shares
NEW YORK — Chase Headley is staying with the Yankees, agreeing Dec. 15 to a $52 million, four-year contract that signals New York is not counting on Alex Rodriguez to play third base regularly.Coming off a season-long suspension for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract, Rodriguez is owed $61 million over the final three seasons of his $275 million, 10-year deal. The agreement with Headley is a sign New York plans to shift A-Rod to designated hitter, relegate him to a backup role or perhaps even seek trade offers.Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said last month that “if I signed or traded for a third baseman, that would be my third baseman.”Rodriguez has not played a full season since 2007 because of leg injuries, operations on both hips and the suspension. The three-time AL MVP turns 40 on July 27.He admitted in 2009 that he used performance-enhancing substances from 2001-03 while with Texas, but he repeatedly denied using PEDs while playing for the Yankees.Then given a grant of immunity by federal prosecutors, Rodriguez told investigators he did use banned substances between late 2010 and October 2012 supplied by Anthony Bosch, according to Drug Enforcement Administration documents provided by the government to defense lawyers. Bosch owned the Biogenesis of America clinic in Coral Gables, Florida.The 30-year-old Headley was fifth in NL MVP voting in 2012 after hitting .286 with 31 homers and 115 RBIs for San Diego. He also won the Gold Glove at third base.Headley slumped to a .250 average, 13 homers and 50 RBIs the following year and was batting .229 with seven homers and 32 RBIs when the Padres traded him to the Yankees on July 22 for rookie infielder Yangervis Solarte and minor league pitcher Rafael De Paula. Headley had been playing with a herniated disk in his back and started to hit better after an epidural injection June 20.Headley batted .262 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 191 at-bats for New York. He arrived in the Yankee Stadium dugout in the second inning on the night of the trade following a flight from Chicago, and his 14th-inning single at the stroke of midnight gave the Yankees a 2-1 win over Texas.On Sept. 4, he following Mark Teixeira’s tying home run in the ninth off Koji Uehara with a winning drive deep into the right-field bleachers for a 5-4 victory over Boston.With Headley available to play third in A-Rod’s place, the Yankees would be able to use Martin Prado at second. New York acquired Didi Gregorius from Arizona this month, and he is expected to platoon at shortstop with Brendan Ryan.(RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
BOSTON — Boston’s failed bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics underestimated costs for hosting the games, potentially leaving Massachusetts taxpayers on the hook for significant cost overruns, a state-funded report released Aug. 18 concludes.Boston 2024, the local group organizing the bid, had projected that construction costs for the Olympic Stadium, athletes village and other key facilities would total about $918 million out of a proposed $4.6 billion plan.But the Brattle Group, a Cambridge-based consultancy, concludes a “more reasonable estimate” for construction costs likely would have been more than $970 million higher, based on previous games.The firm also cast doubt on Boston 2024’s savings, revenues and other projections, noting state transit officials believe Boston 2024 failed to take into account a number of variables in its transportation budget, which could have increased the costs by as much as $1.3 billion.The report concludes the financial implications for the state could have been substantial while its economic impact modest.“The State and Local governments, while having only limited ability to influence and shape the bid, would bear significant financial risks as the ultimate guarantors,” the Brattle Group stated. “The taxpayers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts would be the ultimate risk bearers.”Boston 2024 organizers had no immediate comment on the report.The Brattle Group report had been in development well before Boston’s bid imploded last month, the victim of low public support and persistent questions about its finances.Gov. Charlie Baker and legislative leaders commissioned the independent analysis in June, capping costs at $250,000.But Boston 2024 and the U.S. Olympic Committee announced on July 27 that they would to end the planning efforts after Baker declined to throw his support to the plan and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh refused to sign a guarantee committing taxpayer dollars to cover any overages.Boston in January was named the USOC’s pick to go up against Paris, Rome and other international cities, besting Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.“Even though the bid was withdrawn, this report demonstrates that there were a series of real risks associated with bringing the games to Massachusetts,” Senate President Stan Rosenberg said in a statement.Some Olympics opponents agreed: “The healthy skepticism expressed by voters and leaders in the State House was warranted,” the No Boston Olympics groups said in a statement. “Massachusetts dodged a bullet.”Others were unimpressed by the findings. Evan Falchuk, a former gubernatorial candidate who led the push for a ballot referendum that would effectively prevent state taxpayer dollars from being used on the games, questioned why it took so long for the elected leaders to come to the conclusion.“The Brattle Group report lays out in black and white that Boston 2024 and its enablers in our government were lying,” he said. “The bid is over, but the Olympic saga must be a wakeup call for voters.”Laura Oggeri, a spokeswoman for Walsh, said many of the Brattle Group’s concerns mirrored questions the mayor had throughout the bidding process.Going forward, House Speaker Robert DeLeo said, the report still could serve as a resource for the state as it seeks to spur economic development and improve Boston’s much-maligned transit system.(PHILIP MARCELO)TweetPinShare0 Shares