Salah returns to Liverpool for treatment on injury

first_imgMohamed Salah has returned to Liverpool for treatment after he limped off with an injury late in Egypt’s 4-1 win over Swaziland on Friday, after he earlier scored a record-breaking goal for the Pharaohs.The Liverpool star scored directly from a corner kick just before half-time to make it 4-0, but later had to be removed in second-half stoppage time with an injury. Salah was injured in the 88th minute of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, and had to be treated on the sideline before he returned to the match. 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! But the 26-year-old was unable to shake off the injury and was forced to withdraw from the game in stoppage time, with Egypt playing the rest of the match with 10 men having already used all three substitutions. The Pharaohs would still win the game easily, giving them two wins from three games in qualification thus far.And they have now confirmed that Salah has been permitted to return to England to receive treatment.”Javier Aguirre has decided to let Mohamed Salah return to his club and not participate in the Swaziland match on Tuesday to give him more rest,” a statement posted on Facebook confirmed.”During the previous match against Swaziland, Salah complained of stress in the musculoskeletal muscle. He was examined medically and radiation was performed on the area of complaint after the game.”By netting the audacious effort from the corner flag, Salah set a new Egyptian record with his 13th career goal in Africa Cup of Nations qualification, going one past previous record-holder Hossam Hassan. Overall, it was the 40th goal of Salah’s Egypt career, putting the Liverpool star alone in third place among the African nation’s all-time top scorers. Only Hassan El Shazly (44 goals) and Hassan (79) have now scored more Egypt goals than Salah. But of more immediate concern will be the Liverpool star’s health status, with the Reds returning to action next Saturday against Huddersfield Town. After scoring 44 times last season Salah has yet to hit those same heights in 2018-19, scoring just three goals so far this campaign. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Read more…

Jose Mourinho accepts top four finish for Manchester United FC is impossible

first_imgJose Mourinho admitted that Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal means it will now be “impossible” for Manchester United to finish in the top four.United remain four points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City with three games remaining, including a trip to second-placed Tottenham Hotspur.Mourinho said their cramped schedule, which includes a possible two further Europa League games, means they must win the tournament to qualify for next season’s Champions League.”It is impossible to finish in the top four. We must play Thursday (against Celta Vigo) and then we go again against Tottenham, but we cannot go with everything against Tottenham,” the United manager said.”Three days later we have Southampton, and then Crystal palace. Others will be playing once a week.”Mourinho said he was delighted with the performance of his players and said, under the burden of so many injuries and fixtures, he was surprised they managed to go 25 games unbeaten in the Premier League.He said his task now was to continue to rotate his squad to ensure United win the Europa League. At the Emirates, Mourinho gave a Premier League debut to Axel Tuanzebe, saying he was delighted by the 19-year-old’s performance.”The kid was brilliant,” said Mourinho, who asked him to play at right-back instead of his normal position in the centre of defence.”Tuanzebe is a good player. He is a good kid and a good professional and it doesn’t matter what position he starts. Every minute he spends with us training is fantastic for him, every minute in the Premier League is a plus.advertisement”To play against (Alexis) Sanchez, (Mesut) Ozil, (Danny) Welbeck… these are big players. His best position is central defence but against the big boys it is right-back.”last_img read more

Read more…

Arsene Wenger says exit from Champions League wouldn’t harm contract talks

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Tuesday said that failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League would not jeopardise contract negotiations with players.Arsenal’s hopes of a top four Premier League finish and a spot in Europe’s elite competition depend on the teams above them slipping up during the final stages of the season.Sixth-placed Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Manchester United on Sunday left them six points behind Manchester city, albeit with a game in hand. If Arsenal stay out of the top four, it would be the first time the London club has failed to qualify for the Champions League in more than two decades under Wenger.”Maybe, it can impact if in a longer spell you are not in there. But at the moment we are not in that mode,” Wenger told reporters.”Because we are in a strong financial position. The weight of a Champions League place is less big than it was in previous years. Negotiations-wise (for players) it will not have a huge impact.”Wenger expressed regret that he had been unable to give striker Lucas Perez more games. Perez has scored eight times in 21 appearances for Arsenal since joining in August.”He is a top quality striker, I couldn’t give him the games he wants and deserves and I feel sorry for him,” Wenger said.”Don’t take anything away from his quality. I would love to (keep him) if I am the manager but we have to sit down together and see if he has a reasonably chance to play or not.”advertisementDefender Laurent Koscielny and midfielder Granit Xhaka are set to face late fitness tests before the trip to St. Mary’s as they recover from recurring minor injuries.last_img read more

Read more…

IPL 2017, GL vs DD Highlights: How Shreyas Iyer and Pat Cummins snatched victory for Delhi from the jaws of defeat

first_imgShreyas Iyer scripted a sensational two-wicket win for Delhi Daredevils with a classy 96 against Gujarat Lions, breathing life into what otherwise was a dead rubber of the Indian Premier League. (POINTS TABLE | LIVE SCORECARD)Aaron Finch (69 off 39) stitched a 92-run stand with Dinesh Karthik (40 off 28) to lead Lions to 195 for five.Daredevils looked down and out at 121 for six, needing another 75 off 36, before Iyer came up with a dazzling display of strokeplay to stage a dramatic turnaround for Daredevils.He reached his highest IPL score but was unlucky to miss out on a well deserved hundred. Overall, Iyer hammered 15 fours and two sixes in his 57-ball knock.Amit Mishra struck consecutive fours after his team needed nine off the last over bowled by Basil Thampi.It was an inconsequential game with both teams out of the play-off race before Iyer’s special knock made it a match to remember.HIGHLIGHTS: Shreyas Iyer is the man of the match and deservingly so, This young man shined bright like a diamond tonight!#DhoomDhamaka#DDTweets#GLvDD#DilDilliHai pic.twitter.com/MJzvBSzbBi-  Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 10, 2017Interesting!! Only once in their #IPL history Gujarat Lions 172/6 has successfully managed to defend a total.vs DD 171/5 – won by 1 run in 2016!#GLvDD- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) May 10, 2017Shreyas Iyer played a blinder. He smacked the insipid Gujarat bowling to all parts and took Delhi at the doorstep of victory. Pat Cummins gave him good support as well and should be praised for his sensible batting. With 9 needed to win off the last over, Basil Thampi cleaned up Iyer, thereby reigniting hope in the Gujarat camp. But Delhi got an unlikely hero in Amit Mishra, who hit back-to-back boundaries to earn a thrilling win.advertisement#IPL Match 50 – @DelhiDaredevils 197/8, beat @TheGujaratLions 195/5 by 2 wickets. Relive the game https://t.co/s5iTpoVhNR #GLvDD pic.twitter.com/sWOYYHgG6F- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 10, 2017DELHI INNINGS:Brilliant win for Delhi! It was an action-packed run chase with the pendulum swinging both ways. Karun Nair provided a quickfire start in spite of losing Sanju Samson cheaply. Some inspirational fielding by Gujarat saw Delhi lose three middle order wickets via run outs and that pushed them on the back foot. But, Shreyas Iyer at another end was determined to see his side through.23.36 IST: B Thampi to A Mishra FOUR! Mishra has won it for Delhi! Thampi bowls it slower but fails to execute it properly. Mishra gets a long way across and scoops it on the fullfine down the leg side. Akshdeep Nath the substitute, tries to cut itoff with a dive but fails to make the much-needed stop. The ball reaches the fence and that’s victory for the visitors. DELHI WIN BY 2 WICKETS! 23.36 IST: B Thampi to A Mishra FOUR! What a start by Mishra! He comes down the track a touch and flicks it through mid-wicket. Doesn’t time it well but finds the gap and has enough on it to take it to the fence.23.35 IST: Amit Mishra is the new batsman. 7 needed from 4 balls.23.35 IST: B Thampi to S Iyer OUT! Dragged on! Another twist in the game! Thampi bowls a low full toss around off, Iyer looks to go hard at it. Gets an inside edge and the ball hits the middle stump. The whole of Gujarat camp is delighted. Shreyas Iyer walks back disappointed. He played such a superb knock but has failed to see his team through. Can Thampi win it for Gujarat from hereon?WICKET. Basil Thampi with a perfect yorker gets Shreyas Iyer bowled. He falls for 96. Great innings! #GameMaariChhe #GLvDD- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 10, 201723.33 IST: Basil Thampi to bowl the last over. 23.26 IST: J Faulkner to  M Shami FOUR! Another misfield! Soni is the culprit this time. Faulkner bowls a slower one. Shami looks to slog it but the bat turns in his hand and the ball slices towards short third man. Soni there, moves to his right but the ball turns away from him. He gets wrong-footed and fails to stop it even by stretching his left hand out. The ball runs to the fence behind. This is pressure. DD:187/7 (19 overs) Delhi need 9 runs in 6 balls23.26 IST: J Faulkner to P Cummins OUT! Cummins holes out! Length delivery, angling away, Cummins looks to have a go at it. Goes through with his heave but mistimes it. The ball travels straight to Smith at long on, who doesn’t make any mistake.WICKET. Cummins holes out to long on. Is there a twist in this game? #GameMaariChhe #GLvDDadvertisement- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 10, 201723.24 IST: Superb over from Basil Thampi. DD:181/6 (18 overs) Delhi need15 runs in 12 balls23.20 IST: J Faulkner  to S Iyer FOUR!  Drilled the full delivery past Finch at mid off for a boundary. 21 runs from the over! DD:173/6 (17 overs) Delhi need 23 runs in 18 balls23.18 IST: J Faulkner  to S Iyer SIX! Mistimed but over the ropes! A touch ahead of a length around off, Iyer looks to tonk but gets it off the toe end. Still has enough on it to clear long off for a biggie.23.16 IST: J Faulkner to P Cummins SIX! Into the stands! On a length and angling in, Cummins clears his front leg and smokes it over wide long on for a maximum. Another good start to the over for Delhi!23.13IST:  D Kulkarni to S Iyer FOUR! This time it’s finer! Back of a length delivery on the hips, tickled fine down the leg side for a boundary. 20 runs have been scored off the last 5 balls. Game on! DD:152/6 (16 overs)  Delhi need 44 runs in 24 balls23.12 IST:  D Kulkarni to S Iyer FOUR!   Back of a length delivery, angling in, Iyer tucks it neatly. Beats the man at short fine leg and gets another boundary. Delhi need 50 runs in 28 balls23.12 IST:  D Kulkarni to S Iyer FOUR! Length delivery outside off, Iyer makes room and punches it through extra cover for a boundary. Good start to the over by Iyer.23.10 IST: P Sangwan to  P Cummins FOUR!  17 off the over! Back of a length delivery, angling away, Cummins smashes it hard past the bowler. Beats mid off and gets another boundary DD: 138/6 (15 over) Delhi need 58 runs in 30 balls23.08 IST: P Sangwan to  P Cummins FOUR! Through the gap! Off cutter around off, Cummins makes room and drives it hard through the gap between mid off and covers for a boundary.23.07 IST: P Sangwan to S Iyer FOUR! Clever from Iyer! He first moves across and then backs away, disturbing the line of the bowler. Sangwan bowls it back of a length around off, Iyer then cuts it past backward point and gets back-to-back boundaries.23.07 IST: P Sangwan to S Iyer FOUR! Another poor fielding effort. On a length outside off, Iyer makes room and slaps it through covers. Thampi in the deep, looks to cut it off with a slide but makes a mess. Allows the ball to go through and conceded a boundary.23.04 IST:  D Kulkarni to C Brathwaite OUT! Brathwaite crumbles under pressure! Back of a length delivery, angling in, Brathwaite goes for a heave but can’t quite get the connection. The ball lobs off the higher part of the bat and Kulkarni gets underneath it to take a sitter. The dangerous Brathwaite departs. DD: 121/6 (14 overs)OUT. @dhawal_kulkarni gets his 1st wicket and #DD now find themselves in trouble. They are 121/6 in 13.5 overs. #GameMaariChhe #GLvDD- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 10, 201723.02 IST: Dhawal Kulkarni is back on.22.58 IST: R Jadeja to C Brathwaite FOUR! Jadeja fires this one full outside off. Brathwaite looks to reverse sweep but seems to have missed it. Even Karthik behind the stumps misses as he lets it through his legs to the fence behind. The umpire, however, signals runs.  DD: 119/5 (13 overs) Strategic Timeout Delhi need 77 runs in 42 ballsadvertisement#Jaddu ends his spell. 4 overs, 31 runs. #GameMaariChhe #GLvDD- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 10, 201722.57 IST: R Jadeja to C Brathwaite FOUR! Innovative! Carlos premeditates this one. Goes down on one knee and paddle scoops it over short fine leg for a boundary.22.56 IST: B Thampi to S Iyer FOUR! Poor fielding from Kulkarni! Length delivery outside off, Iyer juts glides it through backward point. Kulkarni in the deep, runs across, puts in a desperate dive but fails to stop the ball from going through. Much-needed boundary for Delhi, this! DD: 110/5 (12 overs) Delhi need 86 runs in 48 balls22.55 IST: Carlos Brathwaite is the new man in.22.52 IST: B Thampi to C Anderson RUN OUT! Another direct hit from Jadeja! You just can’t keep this guy out of the game. Anderson dabs this length delivery with soft hands towards backward point and takes off. Iyer spots Jadeja there and sends Anderson back. The Kiwi, turns and tries coming back but it’s too late as Jadeja has scored another bull’s eye at the striker’s end. The umpire goes upstairs and the replay shows that Anderson was well out. Jadeja has turned this game with his brilliance in the field.A good throw from Jadeja and #CoreyAnderson has to go.#DDTweets #GLvDD #DilDilliHai-Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 10, 201722.52 IST: B Thampi to C Anderson FOUR! Back of a length outside off, Anderson cuts it into the ground and gets it through point for a boundary.22.50 IST: Basil Thampi is back on.22.48 IST: FOUR! Flatter and shorter outside off, Iyer makes room and cuts it through point for a boundary. Brings up his fifty with that. He has been absolutely superb tonight. 6th IPL fifty for Shreyas Iyer! DD 98/4 (11 overs)22.47 IST: Corey Anderson is the new man in.22.46 IST: OUT! Jadeja special! A good length delivery outside off, Shreyas drops it down in front of point and calls his partner for a run. Ravindra Jadeja attacks the ball from point, picks it up and fires in a direct hit at the striker’s end. He is running in celebration and it’s referred upstairs. The replays find Samuels short. What an inspirational piece of fielding! 104 needed off 60 balls.#MarlonSamuels falls short of his ground and he has to walk back.#DDTweets #GLvDD #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 10, 201722.43 IST: FOUR! Guided it away! Faulkner delivers again on a length outside off, Iyer stays put, opens the face of the bat and gets it away from the splice. It runs wide of the diving keeper and beats the dive in the deep as well to find the fence.22.42 IST: FOUR! Gets it fine this time! Faulkner once again offers width outside off, Iyer this time calmly watches it onto his bat and guides it to third man for a boundary.22.41 IST: SIX! A mishit but it has gone all the way! Flighted ball around off, fuller in length, Shreyas swings his bat across the line, the bat face remains a touch open and he ends up skying it over mid on. For a moment Finch thought he is in with a chance but the ball sails over him. DD 82/3 in 9 overs22.38 IST: Marlon Samuels walks out in the middle. 124 runs are needed off 75 balls. The West Indian have scripted some great chases for his national team. Can he do it for Delhi this time?22.37 IST: OUT! Faulkner removes Nair for 30. OUT! Soft dismissal! Faulkner deceives the batsman with a slower delivery. It’s landing on a length outside off and Nair is early through his shot and lofts it over extra cover. Smith backtracks from inside the ring and completes the catch safely. End of a promising knock by Karun! DD 72/3 in 7.3 overs, chasing 196 22.33 IST: Time Out has been taken. After losing some early wickets, the partnership between Karun Nair and Shreyas Iyer has got Delhi back on track. DD are 71/2 (7 overs)22.33 IST: FOUR! Flatter and quicker on middle, Nair brings out the reverse sweep, doesn’t middle it quite well but gets it away over short third man for a boundary. 7 from this over.22.32 IST: 50-run stand between Iyer and Nair. And a much-needed one for Delhi.22.30 IST: Ravindra Jadeja is brought immediately after the end of the Powerplay.22.29 IST: FOUR! Easy pickings! 17 from the over. Smith offers width outside off with third man inside the ring. Nair just opens the face and deliberately runs it past the fielder for a boundary. DD are 64/2  (6 overs)22.28 IST: FOUR! Nair on fire! Slightly short this time, around middle, Karun thwacks it over mid on for a boundary.22.28 IST: FOUR! Nearly wen all the way! A length ball around off, Nair attacks it and dismisses it over mid on for a boundary.22.27 IST: FOUR! Poor length to start the spell. Short and wide outside off, Iyer camps back and smacks it through cover-point for a boundary.22.26 IST: Dwayne Smith comes on for a bowl.22.25 IST: SIX! Clean hit! Nair clears his front leg to a length ball and hoists it over long off for a biggie. Fine connection from Nair and it sailed into the stand. 15 from the over! DD are 47/2 (5 overs)22.24 IST: FOUR! Full and on the pads, Iyer picks it up and smashes it past short fine leg for another boundary in this over.22.22 IST: FOUR! Fabulous shot! An overpitched delivery on middle, Shreyas whips it off his pads and sends it whistling to the deep mid-wicket.22.21 IST: Basil Thampi is introduced now.22.16 IST: FOUR! Up and over! Short outside off, Iyer slaps it over backward point for a boundary. Rare freebie from Sangwan, this! DD:32/2 (4 overs)22.18 IST: There’s a streaker out in the field. He came out to meet the Gujarat skipper, who is the local lad as well.22.16 IST: P Sangwan to K Nair FOUR! In the air… but over! Fuller length delivery, angling away. Nair lofts it with the angle. Ends up slicing it over extra cover for a boundary.22.13 IST: D. Kulkarni to S. Iyer FOUR!  Back of a length ball outside off, punched beautifully through point for a boundary. DD: 22/2 (3 overs)22.09 IST: P Sangwan to R Pant  RUN OUT!  School boy error from Pant and he’s run out. DD:15/2 (2 overs) What happened there? #SureshRaina with a brilliant piece of fielding hits the stumps direct. Pant goes 2nd ball. #GameMaariChhe #GLvDD pic.twitter.com/bXl85vNqBx- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 10, 201722.09 IST: P Sangwan to R Pant  FOUR!  Packs a punch first up and feels the pain in his left arm. Sangwan serves a back of a length ball on off, Rishabh rocks back and smashes it over mid-wicket for a boundary. He immediately pulls out his bottom hand after executing the shot and is feeling some discomfort.22.07 IST: P Sangwan to S Samson OUT! Aahhh…commentator’s curse, as they say. Samson drags it on! Sangwan digs in a short ball around off, Samson tries to pull across the line but gets a massive inside edge onto the stumps.WICKET. Stumps castled. Samson was looking good but his stay on the wicket has been cut short. Sangwan, you beauty! #GameMaariChhe #GLvDD- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 10, 201722.06 IST: P Sangwan to S Samson FOUR! Cracking reply by Samson! Stays put to a length ball and plays a scorching drive through covers for a boundary. Lovely timing and placement. Looking in fine form!22.05 IST: Pradeep Sangwan to share the attack from the other end.22.02 IST: D Kulkarni to S Samson, FOUR! Samson gets going on the first ball of the innings. What a sweet beginning! Kulkarni serves a back of a length ball around off, Samson stays on top of the bounce and punches it nicely through the gap at cover-point for a boundary. DD: 7/0 (1 overs)22.00 IST: Sanju Samson and Karun Nair will begin the batting proceedings for Delhi while Dhawal Kulkarni will start Gujarat’s bowling attack.Delhi were dismal with the ball after a decent beginning. They went completely flat in the middle overs and also conceded aplenty at the death. It appears to be a two-paced surface and the visitors will have to plan their chase smartly. Gujarat also cannot afford to relax as bowling is one area where they have struggled this season. Do join us for the run chase in a short while.GUJARAT INNINGS:Gujarat finish the innings with a boundary and post a challenging total of  195/5 in 20 overs.That’s a strong total put on the board by Gujarat. After being put to bat, they suffered early blows but the pair of Aaron Finch and Dinesh Karthik bailed them out with a fine 92-run partnership. That stand revived the innings and helped the hosts post a total close to 200.21.45 IST: P Cummmins to J. Faulkner FOUR! Streaky runs to end the innings! On a length and angling in, Faulkner makes room and goes through with his wild slog. Gets an inside edge and the ball runs past Samson behind the stumps to the fence behind. GUJARAT FINISH ON 195/5!Four byes to end the over. The Lions end with 195/5 in their 20 overs. #DD need 196 to win. #GameMaariChhe #GLvDD- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 10, 201721.40 IST: Pat Cummins balls the last over for Delhi. Sanju Samson takes over keeping duty, as Rishabh Pant walks off the pitch. Delhi will hope, Rishabh recovers quickly, he will be required during the chase.#DilliBoy #RishabhPant looks a bit in trouble, we hope he’ll be back soon on the field.#DDTweets #GLvDD #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 10, 201721.35 IST: M Shami to A Finch OUT!  Cleaned up! Shami spears in a superb yorker on middle. Finch clears his front leg and has a wild swing at it but misses the ball completely. The ball goes through and knocks the middle pole. Superb delivery, this! End of a superb innings from Finch. Huge wicket as the dangerous Finch departs. GL:183/5 (19 overs)A fabulous innings from fabulous Finch. 69 off just 39 balls. 6 fours and 4 monstrous sixes. #GameMaariChhe #GLvDD pic.twitter.com/VYqtDhZi4a- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 10, 2017Struck the stumps like thunder!What a delivery by #Shami.GL 180/5#DDTweets#GLvDD#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 10, 201721.33 IST: M Shami to R Jadeja FOUR! High full toss around off, Jadeja makes most of this freebie. Smashes it over wide mid on for a boundary. Good start to the over.Shami gives a gift and #Jaddu gladly accepts it. Full toss, dispatched for FOUR. #GameMaariChhe #GLvDD- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 10, 201721.29 IST: P Cummins to A Finch FOUR!  Length delivery, angling in, Finch makes slight room and whips it over wide mid on for a boundary. Back-to-back boundaries for the Aussie. GL: 175/4 (18 overs)Back to back boundaries for @AaronFinch5. Just the start we needed in the 18th over. #GameMaariChhe #GLvDD-The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 10, 201721.29 IST: P Cummins to A Finch FOUR! Over the infield. Full outside off, Finch gets down on one knee and goes inside out over covers for a boundary. Superb shot, that!21.25 IST:  C Brathwaite to A Finch FOUR! Pierced! Back of a length outside off, Finch guides it through the gap between short third man and backward point for a boundary. 16 runs and a wicket from the over. GL:164/4 (17 overs)21.26 IST:  C Brathwaite to R Jadeja FOUR! High full toss outside off, Jadeja slashes it over backward point. There’s huge gap there and Jadeja gets off the mark with a boundary.21.25 IST:  C Brathwaite to A Finch SIX! Brings up his fifty. 13th IPL fifty for Aaron Finch! What a way to bring up fifty! Full around middle and off, Finch clobbers it straight down the ground for a maximum. This has been a superb knock from the Aussie.21.23 IST: C Brathwaite to D Karthik OUT! Karthik holes out! Brathwaite bowls a slower delivery, slightly fuller on the middle. Karthik looks to loft it with the angle, but fails to get power behind it. The ball travels towards Anderson at long on, who takes a superb catch, diving ahead. The umpire however checks upstairs and the replays show that it was a very clean catch. End of a 92-run stand. Much-needed breakthrough for Delhi.#CoreyAnderson dives forward and collects it beautifully.What a catch!#DDTweets#GLvDD#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 10, 2017Aaron Finch and Dinesh Karthik are amidst a 92-run stand and they have put Gujarat on top after early hiccups. They are well on course to get a total around 180-190 which should be challenging on this pitch. Delhi need wickets in the end overs to restrict them to as low a total as possible.21.19 IST: Z Khan to A Finch SIX!  Just over the man! Another knuckle ball, this time around leg, Finch gets into the position early and pulls it over Samson at deep square leg for a maximum. GL:148/3 (16 overs) Strategic Timeout21.18 IST: Z Khan to A Finch FOUR! Leg Byes! Huge shout for lbw! Khan bowls it very full around leg. Finch tries to be cheeky as he moves across, kneels down and looks to sweep. Misses and the ball goes off his boots to the fine leg fence. Khan appeals for lbw and is very confident but the umpire rules it not out. The replays show that the umpire was spot on as the ball pitched outside leg.21.16 IST: Zaheer Khan comes on for his last over. 21.12 IST: C Brathwaite to A Finch FOUR! Brathwaite gets his line wrong. Angles it down the leg side. Finch only has to get a fine tickle to it and he does. The ball runs to the fence and gets himself another boundary.  GL:134/3 (15 overs)21.11 IST: M Shami to D Karthik SIX! Slightly fuller outside off, Karthik just lofts it through the line over the bowler’s head for a maximum. Pure timing!  GL:126/3 (14 overs)Much needed SIX from @DineshKarthik. That definitely was a glam shot. Straight as an arrow! #GL 126/3 in 14 overs. #GameMaariChhe #GLvDD pic.twitter.com/rJGMV11Gfg- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 10, 201721.07 IST: Mohammed Shami is back on.21.04 IST: C Anderson to D Karthik FOUR!  Poor delivery, punished! Angling down leg, Karthik tickles it fine down the leg side for a boundary. 9 runs off the over already. GL:  115/3 (13 overs)21.03 IST: C Anderson to A Finch FOUR! 50-run partnership up. Angling into the batsman, Finch drags his pull off the inner half. Gets it through the vacant square leg region and a boundary is signaled.  FOUR. Corey Anderson has been treated with a delightful boundary. Finchy will be looking to get a big score tonight. #GameMaariChhe #GLvDD- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 10, 201721.00 IST: P Cummins bowls another tidy over. Just five from it. GL: 103/3 (12 overs) 20.56 IST: C Anderson to D Karthik FOUR! Through the gap! Length delivery around off, Karthik comes forward a touch, makes room and punches it through wide mid off for a boundary. GL: 98/3 (11 overs)Slapped off the backfoot. That was hit on the up. In the gap and onto the boundary. #GL 96/3 in 10.4 overs. #GameMaariChhe #GLvDD- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 10, 201720.54 IST: Corey Anderson into the attack.20.52 IST: Tidy over from Carlos Brathwaite. GL:91/3 (10 overs)10 down and 10 more to go.#GL 91/3.#DDTweets #GLvDD #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 10, 201720.49 IST: After the early stutter, the current partnership is trying to revive the innings. Aaron Finch opened his arms in the last over and it seemed they will try to attack the bowlers in the middle overs. Exciting phase in the match coming up…20.45 IST: A Mishra to A Finch The bowler corrects his line and length but still suffers. Flighted and full wide outside off, Aaron latches onto it and powers it over long off for a maximum. SIX! GL: 85/3 (9 overs) Strategic Time-out20.45 IST: A Mishra to A Finch SIX! Short and put away massively by the Aussie. Finch picks the length very early, goes deep inside the crease and rockets his pull shot over mid-wicket.SIX. That was a short ball, asking to be hit and @AaronFinch5 does what’s required. #GameMaariChhe #GLvDD pic.twitter.com/NY9Z4qh5qF- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 10, 201720.42 IST: C Brathwaite to A Finch FOUR! Full in length on off, angling into the batsman, Finch stands tall, picks it off his pads and deflects it neatly through backward square leg for a boundary. GL: 70/3 (8 overs)20.40 IST: Carlos Brathwaite, the big West Indian, is inserted into the attack.20.38 IST: A MIshra to D Karthik FOUR! Mishra loses his radar and slips a quicker one down the leg side, Karthik nudges it fine down the leg side and fetches a boundary. GL: 62/3 (7 overs)Glanced away for FOUR. @DineshKarthik keeps the scoreboard ticking.#GL 62/3 in 7 overs. #GameMaariChhe #GLvDD- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 10, 201720.37 IST: Aaron Finch is the new man in. Can he steady the ship for the hosts?20.35 IST: A Mishra to I Kishan OUT!  Mishra lets out a clever googly, landing it full and outside off, Kishan gets down on one knee in an attempt to repeat the last sweep shot but this time it catches the top edge. The ball loops in the air, Zaheer Khan moves across to his left and takes the simplest of catches. End of a scratchy knock by Ishan and Gujarat are in trouble!#AmitMishra strikes!The googly does the job.#IshanKishan goes for 34(25).#DDTweets#GLvDD#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 10, 201720.35 IST: A Mishra to I Kishan FOUR! Probably a flipped this time, pushed through quicker but it’s down the leg side, Kishan gets down on one knee and sweeps it fine past the short fine leg fielder for a boundary.20.33 IST: P Cummins to D Karthik FOUR! Shot of a batsman in prime form! A shade overpitched outside off, Karthik leans forward, opens the face of the bat at the right time and threads his drive through the gap at covers for a boundary. Gets off the mark in the best possible way.  GL: 50/2 (6 overs)20.31 IST: P Cummins to S Raina OUT! Cummins gets his revenge immediately. This time the bowler anticipates well. He spears it a lot fuller and in the line of the stumps, 146 kph, Raina once again makes space to go over the off side but is beaten for pace this time. The stumps are shattered and Pat is delighted.Bowled! #DilliBoy @patcummins30 strikes and gets the big wicket of Suresh Raina.#DDTweets #GLvDD #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 10, 201720.29 IST: P Cummins to S Raina FOUR! Cummins bangs in a short ball around off, Raina anticipates it superbly, moves back to make space and slaps it over cover-point for a boundary.20.28 IST: Pat Cummins, the Aussie speedster, is introduced into the attack.20.25 IST: Z Khan to I Kishan FOUR!  Zaheer hurls across a fullish delivery outside off, Ishan without much footwork tries to drive it through covers but gets a big inside edge past the stumps to fine leg for a boundary.  GL: 39/1 (5 overs)That’s the end of the 5th over and #GL 39/1#DDTweets #GLvDD #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 10, 201720.21 IST: M Shami to I Kishan FOUR!  Another poor delivery and punished! Shami keeps it short and around leg, Kishan sets himself up for the pull shot and dismisses it over short fine leg for a boundary. GL: 31/0 (4 overs)PULLED for FOUR. His pull shot is a thing of beauty. @ishankishan23 20* off 15 balls. #GL 31/1 in 3.5 overs. #GameMaariChhe #GLvDD- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 10, 201720.20 IST: M Shami to I Kishan SIX!  Excellent shot, this! Full and drifting down the leg side, Ishan loves them there, kneels down and slogs it over short fine leg for a boundary.SIX. Smith’s wicket will not curb @ishankishan23’s strokeplay. That was effortless. #GameMaariChhe #GLvDD pic.twitter.com/uUXlftrRPm- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 10, 201720.19 IST: The skipper, Suresh Raina walks out to bat.20.17 IST: M Shami to D Smith RUN OUT! Shami runs in and slants in a shortish ball on middle, Dwayne mistimes his pull shot towards short fine leg and his partner calls him through for a single. The West Indian is a bit late in taking off and Amit Mishra fires in a weak throw towards the bowler’s end. Shami however is quick, he gathers the ball and deflects it onto the stumps. They appeal and the third umpire is referred. The replays show that Smith is well short. Smart work by Shami.Fantastic work by our #DilliBoys as we get the big man.#DwayneSmith walks back to the dug out.GL 21/1#DDTweets#GLvDD#DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 10, 201720.12 IST: Z Khan to I Kishan FOUR! Zaheer is too straight in line, it’s fuller in length and Ishan flicks it crisply through the gap at mid-wicket for a boundary. GL: 21/0 (3 overs)FOUR more. @ishankishan23 looking good here. Whipped away for a boundary. #GL 19/0 in 2.1 overs. #GameMaariChhe #GLvDD- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 10, 201720.08 IST: M Shami to I Kishan FOUR! Fine shot! Runs for the young man. Shami delivers it on a fuller length around off, Kishan presses forward confidently and unfurls a lovely square drive for a boundary. GL: 15/0 (2 overs)Match 50. 1.3: M Shami to I Kishan, 4 runs, 13/0 https://t.co/BU34BSdHaJ #GLvDD- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 10, 201720.07 IST : Mohammed Shami to operate from the other end. A slip in place for him as well.20.01 IST:  Z. Khan to D.Smith FOUR!  It’s a lightning quick outfield! Zaheer strays on the pads, it’s a fuller length ball and Smith clips it sweetly past the diving backward square leg fielder for a boundary. GL: 7/0 (1 over)FOUR. That was just a touch from Smith and it raises away to the boundary. Quick outfield this. #GameMaariChhe #GLvDD- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 10, 201720.00 IST: The men concerned are out in the centre. It’s the pair of Dwayne Smith and Ishan Kishan to open for Gujarat. Zaheer Khan with the new ball.Captain #ZaheerKhan starts with the new ball.#DDTweets #GLvDD #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 10, 201719.47 IST: Only change for Delhi, Carlos Brathwaite in for Kangiso Rabada. Here’s how the #PlayingXI looks like for tonight’s match against the Lions.#GLvDD#DilDilliHai pic.twitter.com/Z6xTlwEiJO- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 10, 201719.45 IST: Gujarat have no changes. Here’s our Playing XI for tonight’s game. #GameMaariChhe #GLvDD pic.twitter.com/dQja0C93lY- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 10, 201719.34 IST: Playing XIs:Gujarat Lions (Playing XI): Dwayne Smith, Ishan Kishan, Suresh Raina(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Aaron Finch, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Dhawal Kulkarni, Pradeep Sangwan, Basil Thampi, Ankit SoniGL XI: DR Smith, I Kishan, S Raina, D Karthik, A Finch, R Jadeja, D Kulkarni, J Faulkner, P Sangwan, B Thampi, A Soni- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 10, 2017Delhi Daredevils (Playing XI): Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant(w), Corey Anderson, Marlon Samuels, Carlos Brathwaite, Pat Cummins, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Zaheer Khan(c)DD XI: S Samson, K Nair, S Iyer, R Pant, C Anderson, M Samuels, C Brathwaite, P Cummins, A Mishra, M Shami, Z Khan- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 10, 201719.32 IST: Delhi win toss, will ball first. TOSS: @DelhiDaredevils won the toss and they have decided to bowl first. #GameMaariChhe #GLvDD pic.twitter.com/ZSD68LtDsW- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 10, 201719.30 IST: Players warming up, for first match in Kanpur this season. The @DelhiDaredevils are all set to take on the @TheGujaratLions at Green Park Stadium, Kanpur #GLvDD pic.twitter.com/nUX2E3c577- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 10, 2017The @TheGujaratLions are warming-up ahead of their game against @DelhiDaredevils #GLvDD pic.twitter.com/Bn1wVDjvjL- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 10, 201719.12 IST: How the point table looks like as of now. Check the Points Table here#IPL Here’s the Points Table at the end of Match 49 pic.twitter.com/kRAYaO4l1o- IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 10, 201719.08 IST: Though there is some time still for the toss.Who do you think will win the toss tonight Dilli?#GLvDD#DilDilliHai pic.twitter.com/K5TY4OpQHX- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) May 10, 201719.06 IST: New pitch in new city. Skipper @ImRaina, coach @bradhodge007, assistant coach @MohammadKaif, @IrfanPathan and Pradeep Sangwan inspecting the pitch. #GameMaariChhe pic.twitter.com/kGike5Dfvd- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 10, 201719.05 IST: The players are out, warming up.First match in Kanpur tonight and the Lions are ready for it. Bring it on, Delhi Daredevils! #GameMaariChhe #GLvDD pic.twitter.com/1CIXxCGm94- The Gujarat Lions (@TheGujaratLions) May 10, 2017Brief Preview: With their campaign in the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) already done and dusted, Delhi Daredevils and Gujarat Lions will look to salvaging some pride when they clash in a league tie at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on Wednesday.Languishing at the penultimate spot in the standings, Delhi’s slimmest hopes of making the IPL play-offs were on Monday dashed when Sunrisers Hyderabad beat table toppers Mumbai Indians by seven wickets.With four wins and seven losses, Delhi have once again been hugely inconsistent this season. The 2012 semi-finalists had raised hopes of making it to the knockout stage after pulling off sensational wins over Sunrisers and Gujarat at the Feroz Shah Kotla. (Read Full Preview Here)last_img read more

Read more…

Hashim Amla breaks Virat Kohli’s record, becomes fastest to 7000 ODI runs

first_imgSouth African batsman Hashim Amla has overtaken Virat Kohli as the fatest to reach 7,000 ODI runs in the course of the third and final ODI against England at Lord’s.Incidentally, Kohli had eclipsed another Proteas batsman, AB de Villiers, when he made the record his own during a match against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Club in January, 2016. CLICK TO WATCH FULL VIDEOAmla took only 151 innings to get to the landmark while Kohli had taken 161 innings. Before him, de Villiers had reached the coveted 7,000-run mark in 166 innings while former India skipper, Sourav Ganguly, had held the record for several years, having reached there in 174 innings. West Indian legend Brian Lara got there in only 183 innings.South Africa (156/3) won by seven wickets but lost the series after defeat in the first two games as both countries prepared for the start of the Champions Trophy this week.Hashim Amla scored 55 before being bowled by debutant Toby Roland-Jones and Quinton de Kock (34) fell in the next over to Jake Ball.But JP Duminy (28 not out) and AB de Villiers (27 not out) saw their side through to victory with 20.1 overs to spare while chasing a paltry target of 154.Amla was in fine form in the recently concluded Indian Premier League, smashing two hundreds for Kings XI Punjab, who failed to reach the playoffs despite his brilliance.The 34-year-old had started 2017 in great style, smashing a classy 154 against Sri Lanka in Centurion in February. He has 24 hundreds from 153 ODIs and is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the limited-overs formats despite lacking the aggressive style several of his peers boast of.advertisementKohli, six years Amla’s junior, looks destined to finish with most ODI records to his name, though. He has 27 hundreds in 179 ODIs and has so far piled up 7755 at a staggering average of 53.11.last_img read more

Read more…

ICC Champions Trophy: Virat Kohli reveals why Mohammed Shami didn’t play vs Pakistan

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday said that Mohammed Shami is the one player with the least match practice among the four fast bowlers in the squad which is why he was kept out of their opening game against Pakistan on June 4.Shami returned to the team for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 after spending more than two years recuperating from the shoulder injury.Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah are the in-form bowlers for India and hence, have been Kohli’s preferred choice.”Shami has not played 50-over cricket for a long time and I am glad he bowled really well in the practice games. But I felt the others – Umesh, Bhuvi and Bumrah – had much more match practice and had the performances to back that up,” Kohli said at the pre-match press conference on the eve of their clash against Sri Lanka.The run machine is gearing up for the nets – @imVkohli #TeamIndia #CT17 #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/ANefd0PIwz- BCCI (@BCCI) June 7, 2017Kohli though made it clear that Shami is always in the scheme of things of the team and is a proven match-winner. But he will step in only if someone else gets injured.”A bowler like Shami will always be in the scheme of things for us. He is the sort of guy who can win you games in any form of cricket. He is feeling his way back in and is certainly an asset.”If, god forbid, something happens to someone, we have someone like Shami who’s ready to strike and has proven himself. That just shows our bench strength,” Kohli added.advertisementUmesh was the pick of the bowlers for India in their first match against Pakistan, getting 3 wickets for 30 runs in 7.4 overs while Bhuvneshwar Kumar got one wicket. Bumrah was as usual economical in his five-over spell and helped build pressure on the Pakistani batsmen.India are likely to go in with the same playing XI in their next match against Sri Lanka at The Oval on Thursday. A win would see the Men in Blue go through to the semi-finals alongside hosts England.last_img read more

Read more…

Vladimir Putin suggests Russian soccer league has too many foreign players

first_imgRussian President Vladimir Putin suggested on Thursday that the presence of foreign players in the domestic soccer league is hindering the development of local talent as Russia gears up to host the World Cup finals next year.”Little attention is paid to the development of children’s and youth soccer,” Putin said during his annual call-in show broadcast on state television.The Russian leader said international football experts had told him that the national team’s failures could be linked to “too many foreign players” and “too little attention paid to preparing substitutes”.The Russian Premier League currently does not allow more than six foreign players per team on the pitch at any time.Putin insisted that there were “positive trends” in Russian soccer, including the creation of a youth academy by Russian businessman Sergey Galitskiy in the southern city of Krasnodar.Russia this month slipped to a record low 63rd in the FIFA world rankings.The country will showcase four of its 12 World Cup venues during the Confederations Cup, a two-week tournament kicking off Saturday that will feature the home country, defending World Cup champions Germany and the winners of FIFA confederations.last_img read more

Read more…

Aegon Championships: Novak Djokovic accepts wildcard entry at Eastbourne

first_imgThree-time Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic has accepted a main draw wildcard to play at the Aegon International in Eastbourne starting June 23, the organisers said on Wednesday.This is the first time since 2010 that Djokovic will play a grass court event between the French Open and Wimbledon.”This will be my first trip to Eastbourne, I have heard great things about the tournament,” Djokovic, who will be the tournament’s top seed, said in a statement.”I am looking forward to fine-tuning my grass court game there ahead of Wimbledon.”The Serb, who turned 30 last month, dropped outside the top two in the world for the first time since March 2011 after a quarter-final defeat to Dominic Thiem at Roland Garros earlier this month.Djokovic will be joined by France’s Gael Monfils and American duo John Isner and Steve Johnson at the grass courts of Devonshire Park ahead of the Wimbledon championships starting July 3.last_img read more

Read more…

Virat Kohli gears up for 8th successive Test series win

first_imgVirat Kohli and Co. have been the most dominant Test side in the world and have not lost a series home or away since their 2-0 defeat in their 2014-15 tour of Australia.Since that series loss, India have outplayed all their rivals winning seven consecutive Test series without much fuss. In these two and a half years India under captain Kohli have lost only two matches while have won 18 games.Kohli equalled Steve Waugh’s record of seven consecutive series wins when India decimated Australia by eight wickets at Dharamshala to clinch the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in March. Ricky Ponting holds the record for 10 series victories in a row.Kohli’s record as captain in this time has been phenomenal to say the least. In 25 Tests, Kohli has registered 17 wins, two losses and five draws. Overall Kohli has 18 wins and is just five away from overtaking Sourav Ganguly’s record of 21 wins and become India’s second most successful captain after Dhoni (27 wins).In-form India will look to inflict another defeat on Sri Lanka and seal the three-Test series when the two sides clash in the second rubber at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo from Thursday.India scripted a rampaging 304-run victory in the first Test with opener Shikhar Dhawan making a strong case for himself with regular openers Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay, left out injured.Dhawan smashed a 168-ball 190 in the first innings to steer India to a mammoth total of 600 and help it take a firm grip on the match, which eventually they never let go.advertisementDhawan was adjudged Man-of-the-Match and that leaves skipper Virat Kohli with a happy headache of choosing between Dhawan, Abhinav Mukund and Rahul, who is back into the reckoning.Mukund also scored a crafty 81 in the second essay which had Kohli’s unbeaten 103. Rahul, who laid low in the first Test with viral fever, has now recovered and if he is successful in proving his fitness for this Test, the toss-up will be between Dhawan and Mukund for the second opener’s slot.At No.3 is the ever-dependable Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored a patient 153 off 265 balls at Galle. He will be eager to repeat his performance in what will be his career’s 50th Test.On his Test debut, all-rounder Hardik Pandya notched up a quick-fire half-century in the first essay and in just three overs given to him, scalped the wicket of Nuwan Pradeep.The Indian spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin got on to the act again, taking six wickets between them in the second innings to wipe off any resemblance of a challenge from the hosts.last_img read more

Read more…

Children take over NSE, ring closing bell

first_imgMumbai, Nov 14 (PTI) Children took over the National Stock Exchange (NSE) here today as part of UNICEFs spotlight on the most pressing challenges faced by the young generation.The KidsTakeOverNSE event was organised as part of the UNICEFs initiative to celebrate the Childrens Day by making them essay high-visibility roles in media, politics, business, sport, and entertainment to highlight challenges faced by them.”At todays event, children rang the closing bell and took a round of the NSE building accompanied by senior UNICEF and NSE officials,” a UNICEF representative said.Meanwhile, in a release the UN agency said, “A group of 35 children took over the iconic National Stock Exchange on Children?s Day today to voice their support for protecting the rights of the world?s most vulnerable children.”These children interacted with business leaders and Vikram Limaye, MD and CEO, National Stock Exchange, it said.The kids introspected and shared ideas on how businesses can ensure protection and promotion of children?s rights through an interesting panel discussion, the release said.Speaking on the occasion, Henriette Ahrens, Deputy Representative – Programmes, UNICEF India said, “One very important right for children is their right to participate.””We believe that children are not only the future but also a big part of the change we need to bring. They are the most influential change agents,” she said.The release quoted Limaye as saying: NSE is proud to facilitate the first of #KidsTakeOver in the world in association with UNICEF. PTI VT NRB RYSadvertisementlast_img read more

Read more…

German Cup: Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund to reach quarter-finals

first_imgJerome Boateng and Thomas Mueller scored as Bayern Munich went past German Cup holders 2-1 in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.Despite having dominated for most part of the match, Bayern were made to sweat by Dortmund for a close victory.Last season, Dortmund won the final of the German Cup defeating Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 for their fourth title.The German champions twice hit the woodwork in a furious start before Jerome Boateng headed them into the lead in the 12th minute.Thomas Mueller doubled their advantage in the 40th with Dortmund offering little resistance as the Bavarians missed half a dozen more scoring chances in a one-sided first half.Bayern gradually let it loose after the break and allowed Dortmund to get back into the contest with Andriy Yarmolenko ghosting into the box and heading in unmarked at the far post in the 77th.Dortmund, who had won both previous matches under new coach Peter Stoeger, desperately pushed for an equaliser but shots from Jeremy Toljan and Andre Schuerrle flew narrowly wide while Alexander Isak and Sokratis Papastathopoulos failed to score from close range.”We deserved the win even though we were put under pressure for the last 30 minutes,” Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes told reporters.”We invested a lot in the first half and that should have been translated into more goals. We did not do that. That is something we need to work on.”Bayern go into a three-week winter break in top spot in the Bundesliga and through to the knockout stage of the Champions League.advertisementThey have won nine out of ten league games since Heynckes took over as well as four out of four Champions League matches and their two German Cup games.”We have merely reached a milestone,” Heynckes, who led Bayern to the treble in 2013, said. “We have not achieved anything this season. There is still a long way to go.”Dortmund had reached the final in the previous four editions of the competition.Bayer Leverkusen also booked their spot in the next round with a 1-0 victory over Borussia Moenchengladbach while Schalke 04, and Werder Bremen advanced, along with Mainz 05, who eased past VfB Stuttgart 3-1 on Tuesday.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

Read more…

Sachin Tendulkar, does Bharat Ratna give you license to speak, asks Renuka Chowdhary

first_imgIt was an unusual stance for former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar in the Rajya Sabha today. But, then politics is a different ball-game altogether. And, Sachin Tendulkar is not accustomed to the kind of ‘sledging’ that happens in both Houses of Parliament.Hugely criticised for his non-appearance in Parliament, Sachin Tendulkar was supposed to make his debut as a speaker in the Rajya Sabha but he was stumped by the Opposition led by the Congress MPs, who created a ruckus in the House.Sachin Tendulkar today wanted to initiate a debate on right to play and future of sports in India. But, he was not allowed to speak. The Congress members, instead, wanted Prime Minister Narendra Modi to tender apology for his Pakistan comment during Gujarat election campaign.Several Congress members got up raising slogans such as “Desh ko gumrah karna band karo’ (stop misleading the nation) and seeking an apology from Modi.The master blaster stood perplexed in the Rajya Sabha waiting for the din to subside. But, the Congress MPs were unrelenting. Chairman of the Rajya Sabha Venkaiah Naidu’s repeated requests and chiding yielded no results.Finally after ten minutes the House was adjourned for the second time and Sachin Tendulkar returned without opening his account in the Rajya Sabha.Reacting to the development Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan angrily hit out at the Congress members saying, “He (SachinTendulkar) has earned name for India at the world stage. It is a matter of shame that he was not allowed to speak even when everyone knew it was on today’s agenda. Are only politicians allowed to speak?”advertisementThe Congress leaders were not be cowed down. “Does Bharat Ratna give you licence to speak (in Parliament),” senior party member Renuka Chowdhary was reported as saying. Reuka Chowdhary is a Rajya Sabha MP from Andhra Pradesh.Thereafter followed a barrage of comments on camera and social media, with Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan wrote on Twitter, “It’s a sad day in the history of Rajya Sabha Proceedings that the Greatest Cricketer of all time & a Bharat Ratna Awardee @sachin_rt was not allowed to share his views on a completely apolitical subject as sports by the members of the same Congress Party who brought him here.”It’s a sad day in the history of Rajya Sabha Proceedings that the Greatest Cricketer of all time & a Bharat Ratna Awardee @sachin_rt was not allowed to share his views on a completely apolitical subject as sports by the members of the same Congress Party who brought him here.- Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) December 21, 2017Interestingly, Sachin Tendulkar was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in April 2012 by the Congress-led UPA government. He has been criticised for not attending the proceedings of the House.According to a report, till April this year, Sachin Tendulkar had attended only 23 of 348 days that the Rajya Sabhe sat since he became a member of the House. His attendance was only better than that of actor Rekha, who is also a nominated Rajya Sabha MP. She had attended the proceedings on only 18 days.last_img read more

Read more…

March Madness! Mercer Stuns Duke!

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares RALEIGH, N.C. – Mercer’s seniors carved up all those high-school All-Americans from Duke. Another double-digit seed — Tennessee — pounced on bewildered Massachusetts right from the tip and never let up.Upsets? Maybe.Flukes? No way.“Everybody was calling us underdogs,” Mercer coach Bob Hoffman said. “I told them before we ran out, ‘Let’s be super dogs.’”In the game of the tournament so far, 14th-seeded Mercer knocked off third-seeded Duke 78-71 on March 21 before the 11th-seeded Volunteers — perhaps with a jolt of momentum from their First Four victory — rolled past UMass 86-67.Some semblance of order was restored in the evening session, though Coastal Carolina threw quite a scare into top-seeded Virginia, going up by 10 points in its attempt to become the first No. 16 seed to take down a No. 1.The Cavaliers regrouped and beat the Chanticleers 70-59.The Duke team that the Cavs beat in the ACC title game a few days earlier? Nowhere near as fortunate.Mercer — which comes from the Atlantic Sun Conference, the league that produced 2013 tournament darling Florida Gulf Coast — reeled off 11 straight points during the late 20-5 run that gave the Bears a double-figure lead on a Duke team that entered with legitimate Final Four hopes.And they did it with precision and poise, not with any fluky shots or cheap tricks.Forget simply making the extra pass. These Bears routinely made one more than that, and it often led to a basket — such as the quick, around-the-horn ball rotation that set up the 3-pointer from Anthony White Jr. that made it 63-all with just under 3 minutes left.Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski called that “the biggest shot of the game” because “we played really good defense on that, and they showed the maturity that they have where they, all of a sudden, they can look at all their options, and he was it.”That might have been it for Duke stars Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood, both of whom project as lottery picks in the NBA draft. They were a combined 6 of 24 for 20 points — 14 fewer than they average together — and neither was ready to declare his future intentions.What Mercer had in shock value, Tennessee matched in sheer one-sidedness.The Volunteers claimed their most lopsided NCAA tournament win in seven years with their 19-point thumping of UMass. That earned them a third-round rematch with Mercer, which beat Tennessee in last year’s NIT.“They beat Duke,” the Vols’ Jeronne Maymon said. “They can beat anybody.”Jarnell Stokes scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Tennessee, which shot 54 percent and led by 20 before halftime.The Volunteers have won seven of eight with the only loss in that span coming to No. 1 overall seed Florida in the Southeastern Conference tournament. They beat Iowa in a First Four matchup two nights earlier.“They understand and I guess they realize when you defend at the level we’re capable of defending at, these are the results behind it,” Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin said.Memphis became the day’s first favorite to win in Raleigh when the eighth-seeded Tigers held on to beat No. 9 seed George Washington 71-66 in an East Regional game.Coach Josh Pastner’s team never trailed, but couldn’t push its lead past 10 despite holding GW to 2-of-12 shooting from 3-point range and getting 19 points from Michael Dixon Jr., the American Athletic Conference’s sixth-man of the year.The Tigers are halfway toward reaching the goal set by guard Geron Johnson. After Memphis was knocked out of the AAC tournament last week — and before he knew who the opponents might be — Johnson guaranteed his team would win two games in the NCAAs.To make that happen, they’ll have to go through the Cavaliers.Virginia trailed 35-30 at halftime before displaying the form that had carried them to the program’s first No. 1 NCAA tournament seed since the days of Ralph Sampson. The Cavaliers shot 65 percent (13 for 20) in the second half while locking down on the Chanticleers, holding them to 32 percent (8 for 25).The game was tied with about 9 minutes left before the Cavaliers took control with a 23-7 run.“Everybody was pointing fingers at halftime,” said reserve Anthony Gill, who scored 17 points. “But in the second half, we really just decided to play for each other like we’ve been doing all year. If we do that, it’ll pay off.”(Joedy McCreary, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

Read more…

Out at Home: Marlins Beat Mets, 3-2

first_imgMIAMI — As soon as Chris Young connected on a deep fly ball to left field in the ninth inning, the New York Mets thought they had tied the game on a sacrifice fly.But they misjudged the strength of Marcell Ozuna’s arm. Ozuna threw out Kirk Nieuwenhuis at the plate to end the game to help the Miami Marlins beat the Mets 3-2 on the night of June 20.“It’s pretty surprising. Hats off to Ozuna,” Nieuwenhuis said. “He made a great throw. There’s no other way to put it.”Even Ozuna thought the Mets had tied the game. “I didn’t think I had a chance to get him out, but I was going to throw it no matter what,” Ozuna said.Ozuna also threw out David Wright to end the eighth after the Mets cut the deficit to 3-2.“I can’t remember seeing a game decided by two great throws from a left fielder and two great tags from the catcher to end the game,” Marlins Manager Mike Redmond said. “That’s pretty amazing.”Henderson Alvarez (4-3) pitched 6 1-3 scoreless innings, allowing seven hits without a walk, and struck out five. In his past six starts, he is 2-0 with a 0.68 ERA, which leads the majors since May 22.“It was a good start for myself. All my pitches were working. Now it’s about keeping going forward,” Alvarez said.Steve Cishek allowed a double to Nieuwenhuis to open the ninth, but earned his 17th save in 18 chances when Ozuna’s throw landed in catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s glove for his fourth assist of the season.“He started at the Clevelander, so I didn’t think he had a shot, but he started running in,” Saltalamacchia said. “Once he got closer I knew he had a chance, but that’s a tough throw, big moment like that. You tend to do too much. He made a perfect throw.”Mets starter Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-1) allowed one run and six hits in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out four.“I felt good today, and just going off our last time off of Alvarez, I knew it was going to be a close game — a one or two-run game — so I knew I couldn’t give up too many runs,” Matsuzaka said. “One run ended up making a difference.”Adeiny Hechavarria drove in two runs, and Saltalamacchia hit two doubles for the Marlins, who won their major league-best 17th one-run game of the season despite going 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.“It was nice to win that one,” Redmond said. “We needed to win that one.”Six of the eight games between these clubs this season have been decided by one run.  New York had a two-game winning streak snapped.With the Mets trailing 3-0 in the eighth, Wright hit an RBI single off Kevin Gregg. Two batters later, with Mike Dunn pitching, pinch-hitter Eric Campbell singled to left field to make it 3-2. Wright was thrown out at the plate as he tried to score on the hit.“I got thrown out by about 10 feet, so it wasn’t a real close play,” Wright said, “but at the same time we kind of thought that he was blocking (the plate) and apparently they thought he wasn’t.”Mets Manager Terry Collins challenged the play, taking up the argument that Wright was blocked from getting to the plate.“When you saw replays, his foot had pretty much that whole side blocked,” Collins said. “The over-the-top view, I don’t know. You don’t ever get an explanation. All they say is the play stands. You don’t ever get an explanation or why they ruled it, and the umpires are as confused as anybody.”Rafael Furcal led off of the game for the Marlins with a triple off the right-field fence and scored on a groundout by Hechavarria. It was Furcal’s first extra-base hit of the season in 30 at-bats and first leadoff triple since June 11, 2010, against the Angels when he played for the Dodgers.“I knew that was the only run I could give up the rest of my outing,” Matsuzaka said.After Jake Marisnick stole second base in the seventh, he swiped third with Wright not in position to cover the bag. He then scored when catcher Anthony Recker’s throw to third went into left field.“It surprised them a little bit that he took off there with a left-hand hitter,” Redmond said. “He was being aggressive and took advantage of a bad throw. That was a huge run for us.”The Marlins extended their lead to 3-0 later in the inning when Wright attempted to bare-hand a grounder hit by Hechavarria, but the ball bounced past him, allowing Justin Bour to score. Wright was originally charged with an error, but it was later changed to a hit.(CHRISTOPHER STOCK)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Read more…

Cowboys’ Shoplifter Randle Will Play

first_imgIRVING, Texas — Dallas running back Joseph Randle says he made a “huge mistake” when he was arrested on a shoplifting charge that led to a fine from the Cowboys, but no suspension.Randle was charged with a Class B misdemeanor of theft between $50 and $500 after he was accused of taking $123 worth of cologne and underwear from a department store at a suburban Dallas mall on Oct. 13.Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Randle would be fined “significantly” but would play Oct. 19 against the New York Giants.Randle met with Garrett on Oct. 14 and addressed his teammates before practice Oct. 15. He said he appreciated their support.“They know people mess up,” Randle said. “I’m just trying to take full responsibility and really just move on from it.”According to the arrest report, Randle was caught on video placing items later identified as a “tester” bottle of Gucci Guilty Black cologne and a two-pack of Polo underwear into a Dillard’s bag after making a purchase at the store at Stonebriar Centre, about 30 miles north of Dallas.The 22-year-old Randle was stopped by a security guard in the parking lot and later told a police officer that when he saw the “old guy,” referring to the security guard, he thought to himself, “All right, y’all got me.”The arrest came a day after one of Randle’s best games in two seasons with Dallas in a 30-23 victory against Super Bowl champion Seattle. He had a 38-yard run and a key tackle on a late kickoff.“Well, I really just made a huge mistake. I disappointed a lot of people who really care about me, like my brothers on the team, coaches, this whole organization,” Randle said. “I let a lot of people down. I’m just going to try my best to make it up to them.”Quarterback Tony Romo said he had talked to Randle.“He obviously wants to make better decisions in the future and I think that the way that he sounds, he will,” Romo said. “We’re his pseudo-family here, so we’ve got his back.”The Cowboys (5-1) play their first NFC East opponent in the Giants (3-3).(SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Read more…

Mets Top Skidding Giants, 3-0

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Jonathon Niese had been waiting almost two months to earn a win. So when it took nine innings for the New York Mets to build a lead July 7, that was just fine with him.Niese pitched eight sharp innings for his first victory since May 9, and the Mets beat the San Francisco Giants 3-0 to hand the slumping World Series champions their seventh straight defeat.“Guys persevered today,” Niese said. “They pushed some runs across. It was a good feeling.”Johnny Monell snapped a scoreless tie with a two-run double in the ninth against his former team.“It just felt great to be able to come through for the team,” Monell said. “When he pitches that well he deserves to win.”Michael Cuddyer had two hits, including a single that started the winning rally, to help the Mets improve to 3-1 on a six-game West Coast trip.It was New York’s second consecutive shutout, including an 8-0 victory July 5 at Dodger Stadium behind rookie Steven Matz.“We don’t play well on the West Coast, so to get off to a great start on this road trip is huge for us,” Mets Manager Terry Collins said. “It looks like we’re starting to get some breaks.”Juan Lagares added an RBI single to make it 3-0, and Jeurys Familia closed for his 23rd save. Mets pitchers have allowed exactly three hits in each of their last three wins.Niese (4-8) retired 15 of his first 16 batters before running into a little bit of trouble in the sixth, when he lost his command momentarily. The Giants loaded the bases with two outs on Joaquin Arias’ single and walks to Ehire Adrianza and Matt Duffy.Niese retired All-Star slugger Buster Posey on a grounder to third to end the threat.“I lost my feel for everything for a few batters,” Niese said. “I wanted to slow the game down and stay calm to pitch against Posey.”The left-hander did not permit a run for the first time all season, ending a six-game losing streak and a nine-start winless streak. He allowed three hits, walked two and struck out four.“He deserved it a lot,” Collins said. “He’s been pitching well lately and he had another tremendous outing.”Chris Heston, facing the Mets for the first time since throwing a no-hitter against them on June 9 in New York, gave up three hits in 7 1-3 shutout innings. He walked four and struck out two.“I wish I would have not walked so many people and just tighten the zone a little better,” Heston said. “But other than that I thought it went pretty well.”Cuddyer singled off Sergio Romo (0-4) to start the ninth and went to third on a double by Kirk Nieuwenhuis, called up from the minors before the game. Monell doubled against Santiago Casilla to drive in the go-ahead runs.Heston was pulled after hitting Lagares with a pitch and walking Ruben Tejada sandwiched around a forceout on a ball that fell amid three players in short left field. Gregor Blanco threw to second to force Lagares.(RICK EYMER) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Read more…

Pat Summitt, winningest coach in D1 history, has died at 64

first_imgKNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history who uplifted the women’s game from obscurity to national prominence during her 38-year career at Tennessee, died Tuesday morning. She was 64.With an icy glare on the sidelines, Summitt led the Lady Vols to eight national championships and prominence on a campus steeped in the traditions of the football-rich south until she retired in 2012.Her son, Tyler Summitt, issued a statement Tuesday morning saying his mother died peacefully at Sherrill Hill Senior Living in Knoxville surrounded by those who loved her most.“Since 2011, my mother has battled her toughest opponent, early onset dementia, ‘Alzheimer’s Type,’ and she did so with bravely fierce determination just as she did with every opponent she ever faced,” Tyler Summitt said. “Even though it’s incredibly difficult to come to terms that she is no longer with us, we can all find peace in knowing she no longer carries the heavy burden of this disease.”Summitt helped grow college women’s basketball as her Lady Vols dominated the sport in the late 1980s and 1990s, winning six titles in 12 years. Tennessee — the only school she coached — won NCAA titles in 1987, 1989, 1991, 1996-98 and 2007-08. Summitt had a career record of 1,098-208 in 38 seasons, plus 18 NCAA Final Four appearances.She announced in 2011 at age 59 that she’d been diagnosed with early onset dementia. She coached one more season before stepping down. At her retirement, Summitt’s eight national titles ranked behind the 10 won by former UCLA men’s coach John Wooden. UConn coach Geno Auriemma passed Summitt after she retired.When she stepped down, Summitt called her coaching career a “great ride.”Summitt was a tough taskmaster with a frosty glower that could strike the fear of failure in her players. She punished one team that stayed up partying before an early morning practice by running them until they vomited. She even placed garbage cans in the gym so they’d have somewhere to be sick.FILE – In this Aug. 8, 1984, file photo, U.S. women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt is carried off by members of the team following their 85-55 win over South Korea in the gold medal game in the Olympics in Los Angeles. Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history who uplifted the women’s game from obscurity to national prominence during her career at Tennessee, died Tuesday morning, June 28, 2016. She was 64. (AP Photo/Pete Leabo, File)Nevertheless, she enjoyed such an intimate relationship with her players that they called her “Pat.”Known for her boundless energy, Summitt set her clocks ahead a few minutes to stay on schedule.“The lady does not slow down, ever,” one of her players, Kellie Jolly, said in 1998. “If you can ever catch her sitting down doing nothing, you are one special person.”Summitt never had a losing record and her teams made the NCAA Tournament every season. She began her coaching career at Tennessee in the 1974-75 season, when her team finished 16-8.With a 75-54 victory against Purdue on March 22, 2005, she earned her 880th victory, moving her past North Carolina’s Dean Smith as the all-time winningest coach in NCAA history. She earned her 1,000th career win with a 73-43 victory against Georgia on Feb. 5, 2009.Summitt won 16 Southeastern Conference regular season titles, as well as 16 conference tournament titles. She was an eight-time SEC coach of the year and seven-time NCAA coach of the year. She also coached the U.S. women’s Olympic team to the 1984 gold medal.Summitt’s greatest adversary on the court was Auriemma. The two teams played 22 times from 1995-2007. Summitt ended the series after the 2007 season.“Pat’s vision for the game of women’s basketball and her relentless drive pushed the game to a new level and made it possible for the rest of us to accomplish what we did,” Auriemma said at the time of her retirement.In 1999, Summitt was inducted as part of the inaugural class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. She made the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame a year later. In 2013, she also was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.Summitt was such a competitor that she refused to let a pilot land in Virginia when she went into labor while on a recruiting trip in 1990. Virginia had beaten her Lady Vols a few months earlier, preventing them from playing for a national title on their home floor.But it was only in 2012 when being honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award that Summitt shared she had six miscarriages before giving birth to her son, Tyler.She was born June 14, 1952, in Henrietta, Tennessee, and graduated from Cheatham County Central High School just west of Nashville. She played college basketball at the University of Tennessee at Martin where she received her bachelor’s degree in physical education. She was the co-captain of the 1976 U.S. Olympic team, which won the silver medal.After playing at UT Martin, she was hired as a graduate assistant at Tennessee and took over when the previous head coach left.FILE- In this May 29, 2012, file photo, President Barack Obama awards Pat Summitt, former Tennessee basketball head coach, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Summitt, the winningest coach in Division I college basketball history who uplifted the women’s game from obscurity to national prominence during her career at Tennessee, died Tuesday morning, June 28, 2016. She was 64. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)She wrote a motivational book in 1998, “Reach for the Summitt.” Additionally, she worked with Sally Jenkins on “Raise the Roof,” a book about the 1997-98 championship season, and also detailed her battle with dementia in a memoir, “Sum It Up,” released in March 2013 and also co-written with Jenkins.“It’s hard to pinpoint the exact day that I first noticed something wrong,” Summitt wrote. “Over the course of a year, from 2010 to 2011, I began to experience a troubling series of lapses. I had to ask people to remind me of the same things, over and over. I’d ask three times in the space of an hour, ‘What time is my meeting again?’ – and then be late.”Summitt started a foundation in her name to fight Alzheimer’s in 2011 that has raised millions of dollars.After she retired, Summitt was given the title head coach emeritus at Tennessee. She had been cutting back her public appearances over the past few years. She came to a handful of Tennessee games this past season and occasionally also traveled to watch her son Tyler coach at Louisiana Tech the last two years.Earlier this year, Summitt moved out of her home into an upscale retirement resort when her regular home underwent renovations.Summitt is the only person to have two courts used by NCAA Division I basketball teams named in her honor: “Pat Head Summitt Court” at the University of Tennessee-Martin, and “The Summitt” at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She also has two streets named after her: “Pat Summitt Street” on the University of Tennessee-Knoxville campus and “Pat Head Summitt Avenue” on the University of Tennessee-Martin campus.She is survived by son Tyler Summitt. He said a private funeral and burial will be held in Middle Tennessee and asked that the family’s privacy be respected. A public memorial service is being planned for Thompson-Boling Arena. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Read more…

In Many States, Legalizing Sports Betting Hinges on Tribes

first_imgST. PAUL, Minn. — Native American tribes have emerged as key players in the legislative debates over whether states should legalize sports betting, with some opposing the idea because it could threaten their casinos and others supporting legalization only if they retain a monopoly.In many states, tribes are fighting sports betting or taking a go-slow approach because they worry it might force them to reopen decades-old agreements that give them exclusive rights to operate casinos and offer certain forms of gambling.“The tribes have a major-league seat at the table,” said Bill Pascrell III, a lobbyist for gambling interests seeking legalized sports betting across the country.Six states have joined Nevada in allowing sports gambling since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year opened the door to its expansion. Legalization is being considered in more than 20 others.In Minnesota, a bill seeking to legalize sports betting cleared its first hurdle earlier this year, passing a committee in the state Senate. But that’s likely to be as far as the measure goes, in large part because the state’s politically potent tribes oppose it.Gambling “is the only successful economic development tool the tribes have ever had,” John McCarthy, executive director of the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association, told the committee.The tribes, which operate 21 casinos and have given millions in campaign donations, are especially concerned about allowing sports betting on mobile devices, which they fear could invite wider internet gambling that could threaten their casinos.In Texas, the only sports betting bill is almost certain to die. It was introduced by a Democrat, the minority party, in a state where casino operators from neighboring Oklahoma and Louisiana have donated millions to keep gambling out. Two Oklahoma tribes, the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations, have given more than $5 million to Texas officeholders and candidates since 2006.Sports betting measures introduced in Arizona and Washington state are also considered longshots, mostly because of tribal ambivalence or opposition.In some states where tribal gambling is prevalent, sports betting bills have not been introduced at all. That’s the case in Oklahoma, as well as California and Florida, which are home to politically influential tribes that have been cool to the idea.But elsewhere, casino-operating tribes are the ones leading the legalization efforts.The Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes have exclusive rights to casino gambling in Connecticut and are working with the governor’s office to add sportsbooks. Two tribal casinos in New Mexico began running sportsbooks after the Supreme Court decision, even though the tribes never received explicit permission from the state.In North Carolina, a bill pushed by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians would allow the tribe to offer betting on sports and horse races at its casino near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, without forcing it to make any substantial concessions.Conservative religious groups have warned about the dangers of more gambling, but the legislation has so far sailed through committees in the state Senate. The tribe is one of the state’s top political contributors.The bill’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Jim Davis, lauded the tribe for bringing jobs to an otherwise distressed portion of western North Carolina.“They’ve been incredibly good stewards of the revenue, and it’s transforming that community,” he said.Like other powerful interest groups, tribes ensure they have access to lawmakers and governors through political contributions. Tribal governments have contributed more than $114 million to state-level candidates and political committees over the past decade, according to an Associated Press analysis of data compiled by the National Institute on Money in Politics.In some states, including California, allowing sports betting would probably require a constitutional amendment. That and tribal reluctance means the NBA’s Sacramento Kings will have to wait longer, perhaps indefinitely, to allow gambling in a suite the team dedicated for that purpose inside the Golden 1 Center arena.Arizona is the rare example of a state where tribes are the key players in the legalization debate but are on opposite sides.The Navajo Nation is pushing for a measure that would give tribes the exclusive right to operate sports betting off their reservations in exchange for sharing winnings with the state. Tribes could put betting kiosks in non-tribal bars and private clubs.But other Arizona tribes oppose the legislation, saying it could hurt existing casinos on reservations.Lawmakers in many states are not eager to push the issue without support from tribes, said Hilary Tompkins, a former solicitor with the Department of the Interior, which oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs.“It’s not worth the pain of engaging in a fight with the tribes in their states,” Tompkins said. If states “open the door to non-tribal sports betting, the tribes are going to say, ‘We’re going to reduce our revenue to you.’ And that could end up in court.”Minnesota state Sen. Roger Chamberlain, chairman of the tax committee that passed this year’s sports betting bill, acknowledged that it will be virtually impossible for the measure to succeed without backing from the tribes.“They’ve got momentum and are telling folks they don’t want it to go anywhere,” he said. “I think that’s a little unfair, but we’re willing to talk with them and protect their interests.”By: Steve Karnowski and Geoff Mulvihill, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Read more…

Argentina Again Facing Early Elimination at Copa America

first_imgBELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — A year later, Argentina is again facing the prospect of an early elimination.After struggling in the group stage of the World Cup in Russia, Argentina also got off to a bad start at the Copa America in Brazil.And another setback on Wednesday against Paraguay will leave the team in danger of enduring its worst fiasco in nearly four decades. The last time Argentina failed to advance past the group stage in the South American competition was in 1983.Trying to end a title drought of 26 years, Argentina opened its Copa America campaign with a demoralizing 2-0 loss to Colombia, falling to last place in Group B after Paraguay and Qatar earned a point each from their 2-2 draw.At last year’s World Cup, Argentina needed a win over Nigeria in the final group match to avoid elimination. The team got it, but they then lost to France in the last 16.Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni was part of the staff of then-coach Jorge Sampaoli, who was fired after the loss to the eventual champions. Scaloni, a former player, now faces the urgency of a good result against Paraguay at the Mineirao Stadium.With a squad with less than half of the players who were in Russia, Argentina has shown little progress since the World Cup. The loss to Colombia revealed many of the mistakes the team endured in Russia, including the lack of efficiency in attack despite the leadership of Lionel Messi.Colombia’s James Rodriguez, 2nd right, and Argentina’s Lionel Messi, 2nd left, at the end of the Copa America Group B soccer match at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Saturday, June 15, 2019. Colombia won 2-0.(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)Messi was far from his best against Colombia but remained optimistic.“This group is ready for this challenge and we will try to succeed,” said the 31-year-old Messi, the team’s oldest player at this year’s Copa America. “This group is strong and united. We can make it.”Messi, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria are the only survivors from the group that lost the finals of the World Cup in 2014 and the Copa America in 2015 and 2016. Aguero and Di Maria also struggled against Colombia, being heavily criticized back home.Aguero had only one significant attempt on goal early in the game, while Di Maria was never a real threat against the Colombian defense. Udinese captain Rodrigo De Paul is now touted as a possible replacement for Di Maria after entering the match against Colombia and adding a spark to the Argentina attack.Aguero had not been in Scaloni’s plans before the Copa America but his good season with Manchester City made it nearly impossible to leave the striker out of the squad. Scaloni previously had favored strikers with a greater presence in the area, such as Lautaro Martinez.In defense, a lackluster performance by Renzo Saravia could lead to him being replaced by Milton Casco.Paraguay has never beaten Argentina in 24 Copa America matches, but it has always proven a tough opponent thanks to its solid defensive system. Paraguay didn’t concede in its last two matches against its neighbor.To make it even harder for Argentina, the Paraguayan defense is likely to be boosted by the return of Palmeiras defender Gustavo Gomez, who was suspended for the first match against Qatar.By: Déborah Rey, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Read more…

TN-BULL TAMING

first_img18-year-old boy injured in bull-taming event diesMadurai, Jul 23 (PTI) A teenage boy today died ofinjuries sustained in a bull-taming sport (Manju Virattu) heldon July 19, police said.Seruvalinga (18) was gored and tossed by a bull, whenhe tried to tame it at the event held during a festival of theMandhai Karuppana Swamy Temple at Ucharichanpatti near here,they said.He was hospitalised, but died without respondingto treatment, the police added. PTI SSNNVGNVGNVGlast_img

Read more…