Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics But the 36-year-old Donaire doesn’t mind.“I’m just very excited. I don’t see myself with any disadvantages going to the finals,” said Donaire, who holds a record of 40-5 with 26 knockout wins.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“Fighting one of the world’s best boxers who has grown to be a monster is a big motivation,” he added of his 26-year-old foe, who has won all 18 of his fights including 16 via KO.They fight for the World Boxing Super Series bantamweight championship and the Muhammad Ali trophy that goes with it. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Nonito Donaire is used to being the favorite whenever he steps into the ring.Now, the 2012 Fighter of the Year and four-division champion will be treading new ground when he faces Japanese pound-for-pound boss Naoya Inoue, who has earned the nickname “Monster,” on Nov. 7, in Saitama, Japan.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Rice industry paralysis View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Donaire is trying to put up a glorious finish to a sterling career that lost its luster since he dropped his sharp, methodical style in favor of an instant, one-punch KO.One thing going for Donaire is his decision to bring back his father, Nonito Sr., to his corner.Together they scored spectacular wins that put Donaire in the global stage.“I will give everything I have to win and I believe I can do it,” Donaire said. “It has been predicted that the keys to the fight are speed and power and the one who makes a mistake first will lose.”Both their fighting styles point to a spectacular fight, something Donaire has been familiar with through the years, both in scoring highlight reel victories and crushing defeats.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? James, Doncic match triple-doubles, but Lakers prevail Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week!
LATEST STORIES Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Celtics coach Brad Stevens said the Boston lineup without Hayward might change depending upon the opponent during his absence.“We’re going to figure out in the next six weeks what’s best for our team. Hopefully Gordon will be back by then,” Stevens said.“It might be ‘flavor of the week’ — who fits best in that game that day.”ADVERTISEMENT Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Kevin Alas to celebrate 28th birthday with return from 2nd ACL injury Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rice industry paralysis Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ If Hayward sits out a full six weeks, he will miss 19 Celtics games but be healthy to return for a December 25 clash at defending NBA champion Toronto.Hayward has been enjoying a stellar season with averages of 20.3 points, a team-high 7.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists a game before going out early against the Spurs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe 29-year-old American departed after suffering the injury with 94 seconds remaining in the second quarter in a collision with San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge, who was setting a pick on the play and was whistled for a foul.Hayward spent his first seven NBA seasons with Utah before joining the Celtics, only to suffer severe leg and ankle injuries in the opening minutes of Boston’s 2017-18 season opener and miss the entire remainder of the campaign. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? (FILES) In this file photo taken on October 25, 2019 Gordon Hayward #20 of the Boston Celtics dribbles the ball past Marc Gasol #33 and Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors in the second half at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. Boston forward Gordon Hayward fractured his left hand Saturday in the Celtics’ 135-115 victory at San Antonio, dimming the joy of improving to 7-1 on the NBA season. (Photo by Kathryn Riley / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward will miss the next six weeks of the NBA season with a broken left hand following surgery on Monday, the team announced.Hayward underwent the operation in New York to repair his ring finger, which was fractured Saturday in Boston’s 135-115 victory over San Antonio.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments
PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik helped India from drawing a blank by winning silver and bronze medals respectively. While on the last day of the Games, all eyes were on Yogeshwar Dutt but the experienced grappler crashed out after losing his qualification bout, thus ending India’s poor campaign in Rio with two medals.India going into Rio Olympics were expected of a better medal tally than 2012 London Games. But unfortunately, serious medal contenders disappointed and some missing out by a whisker. Traditionally, shooting has always been India’s biggest hope but surprisingly the shooters returned empty-handed.Sakshi gave India its first medal at Rio by winning a bronze in freestyle wrestling and then Sindhu followed it up with a first badminton silver.Yogeshwar lost his men’s freestyle 65kg qualification match 0-3 against Mongolia’s Mandakhnaran Ganzorig. Yogeshwar, the 2012 Olympics bronze medallist in the 60kg category, was on the backfoot right from the initial stages and lost on technical points at the Carioca Arena 2 on Mat B.Later, the Haryana wrestler’s chances of going for the bronze medal in a repechage also went up in smoke as Ganzorig lost 0-6 to Soslan Ramonov of Russia in the quarterfinals. Two-time World Wrestling Championships bronze medallist Ganzorig’s aggressive intent was too much for Yogeshwar, who was nearly pushed out of the wrestling zone early on. (Bhainswal Kalan village in mourning as Yogeshwar Dutt crashes out)The Indian was able to avert that danger, but the 33-year-old Haryana grappler was soon cautioned while trying to grab his opponent’s legs. Yogeshwar’s troubles grew further as he conceded a point for a successful tackle by Ganzorig, who led by the solitary point on Period 1.advertisementGanzorig upped the pressure in the next period and toppled Yogeshwar to lead 3-0. It was always going to be difficult for the Indian to mount a comeback from there and with the clock ticking down, Ganzorig held on to win. (Sakshi Malik to be India’s flagbearer in closing ceremony )In men’s marathon – India’s final event in Rio. Thonakal Gopi and Ram Kheta clocked personal best timings to finish 25th and 26th, respectively.Gopi clocked a timing of 2 hours 15 minutes and 25 seconds. Kheta clocked 2:15:26. India’s third runner in the event Nitendra Nagar finished 84th with a timing of 2:22:52.A total of 140 runners completed the race while 15 did not finish. Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge won gold with a timing of 02:08:44. He was followed by Ethiopian Feyisa Lilesa, while USA’s Galen Rupp took bronze.(With IANS inputs)
Thane, Aug 26 (PTI) A 36-year-old woman from Bhiwandi, who was found guilty of possessing counterfeit Indian currency notes, has been sentenced to four-year rigorous imprisonment by a district court here.Thane District Judge A S Bhaisrae awarded the sentence to Shehnajbano Kamruddin Khan, a resident of Gaibinagar, recently. The court, however, acquitted another accused Mohammad Islam Anwar Hussain Ansari (25) for want of evidence against him giving him the benefit of doubt.The Judge also slapped a fine of Rs 1,000 on Shehnajbano, besides awarding an additional three-month sentence after she was found guilty for offences punishable under sections 489 (B) and 489 (C) of the IPC.The prosecution told the court that it was on October 15, 2013 that she went to the branch of Bombay Mercantile Bank to deposit Rs 50,000 comprising notes of Rs 100 and Rs 500 denominations.The cashier on the counter who accepted the currency notes, suspected them to be fake and hence sought the assistance of his manager for a check following which it was found that all the 54 notes that she carried were fake.Then the matter was reported to Kumbharwada police who based on a complaint by the bank arrested the woman, the court was told.In her defence the accused told the court that she was illiterate and had given the currency for depositing in the bank and after an hour the police came and arrested her.The fake notes were sent to the currency press at Nashik which in its report confirmed that these were counterfeits.The judge in his order also noted that the accused was having accounts with different banks and hence it can be concluded that she was having banking knowledge.advertisement”There is no material on record to show that at any point of time, prior to this incident, the accused had deposited such a huge amount in bank. She might have mixed the counterfeit notes in genuine notes and had tried to deposit the same in the bank. Therefore, it can safely be said that she was having knowledge that those 54 notes of Rs 500/Rs 100 were fake.The series of notes and note numbers were also found to be different. Therefore, it can be inferred that the accused had intention to pass off the fake notes as genuine,” the order said.Using counterfeit notes in the market, rather in the present case, in the bank, is nothing but to disturb the economy of the nation, the judge noted.Therefore, the accused is not entitled for any leniency. Not only that, she is not entitled to benefit of Probation of Offenders Act, under the Bombay Probation of Offenders Act, 1958, the order said. PTI COR DK SMN BAS
Itanagar, Sep 3 (PTI) Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has said mountaineering would be promoted to tap the enormous potential of adventure tourism in the state and has instructed immediate process for finalisation of the state mountaineering policy.Khandu also asked the department of sports and youth affairs to tie up with Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) in New Delhi to designate peaks like Gorichen and others in the state to make them accessible to the mountaineers, an official communiqué informed here today.Khandu was speaking yesterday during the flag-in ceremony of six-member Arunachalee mountaineering team which scaled the 20,182 ft Mount Stok Kangri on July 24.Stok Kangri is the highest mountain in the Stok range of Himalayas in Ladakh and the expedition is the first major indigenous mountaineering expedition launched and sponsored by the state in the Himalayas.Congratulating the expedition team, Khandu assured full support and sponsorship to the aspiring mountaineers of the state.The team was led by in-charge, adventure cell of the state youth affairs department K Romeo Meetei. PTI UPL KK CHT PD
The Duleep Trophy started last month and it has been an exciting affair so far. This was the first time a pink-ball Test was played in India under the lights and feedbacks have been decent thus far. While Cheteshwar Pujara complained of the ball doing a bit under the lights and that the seam is hard to detect, signs and scores say otherwise. Batsmen have piled on the runs and India Blue scored a mammoth 707 in their first innings against a poor India Green side in the third match at the Greater Noida and batsmen have actually enjoyed the outing more than bowlers if the numbers are to believe.The Duleep trophy was believed to be the way back for some senior cricketers. While the youngsters are there for the reckoning as well, players like Suresh Raina, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara and Dinesh Karthik had their chances to impress the selectors ahead of the long Test season at home. While Pujara has been a member of the Test squad, Raina and Gambhir are the players who had a lot to play for. While the former failed, the latter displayed fine form and has answered his critics in fine fashion. (Also read: Duleep Trophy: Pujara, Jackson centuries take India Blue to 707)NUMBERS SPEAKGambhir played his last Test for India at the Oval in 2014 where he only managed three runs in his two innings and since then he has been out of the Indian squad. He and Virender Sehwag were hugely successful for India at the top of the order but once Sehwag left, Gambhir couldn’t keep up much longer as well. He has scored 4046 runs with a decent average of 42.58 in 56 Tests and has played some key knocks for India but the emergence of Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan has pushed him down the pecking order. While Gambhir constantly got runs for the Kolkata Knight Riders, he was overlooked each time.advertisementHowever, Gambhir has made a strong case for himself this time. He scored 501 runs in 15 matches for KKR in this year’s IPL and guided the team to the play-offs before losing to eventual champions Sunrisers Hyderabad. Gambhir has been the spine of the team along with Robin Uthappa and his performances have been praised as well. He was also rewarded with the captaincy of the India Blue team for this historic Duleep Trophy. Gambhir opened the innings for the Blue’s and scored a 90 and 59 in two innings against the India Green’s as his team posted a huge 707 in the first innings, thanks to big centuries from Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara. Gambhir also scored a 77 in the first-innings of the washed out game against the India Red’s. With a good IPL and decent Duleep trophy, Gambhir has certainly made his case strong for the third opener’s choice. (Also read: India Blue inch closer to seal Duleep Trophy final berth)PUJARA BACK IN RECKONINGAnother player who has come out and answered his critics is Pujara. The Saurashtra batsman was dropped from the side after the second Test in West Indies with Rohit Sharma replacing him as KL Rahul retained his place after a brilliant 158 in the second Test and a 50 in the third Test as well. Rohit’s selection over Pujara was questionable and the latter had to prove his mettle all over again to get back into the Test eleven and with his 166 against the India Green’s.WILL THE AXE FALL ON DHAWAN?With Rahul scoring big runs whenever presented with an opportunity and Pujara returning among the runs as well, one player who seriously has to buckle up to retain a place in the squad has to be Shikhar Dhawan. Dhawan scored 84 against the West Indies in the first Test at Antigua but has not been among runs since then. This has been very typical of the Delhi batsman as he keeps disappointing after a big knock before another one follows. His inconsistency has often hurt India at the top of the order before. While nobody questions Dhawan’s capabilities and ability to score quick runs and turn the game in India’s favour in one session, his failure to make the most of constant opportunities may hurt him. (Also read: Team India safe under leadership of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli: KL Rahul to India Today)As Murali Vijay and KL Rahul are almost certainties for the top three positions, it will be interesting to see who makes the cut for the one spot that remains for the third opener or much debatable the No. 3 position. With Gambhir being among the runs and Pujara scoring a big ton, Sandip Patil and co. will have a welcome headache when they sit down to select the team for the three-Test series against New Zealand starting September 22.advertisement
Early in what would become a tight test of a US Open final, Angelique Kerber sprinted forward to somehow reach a drop shot and scoop a down-the-line winner to a corner.The Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd roared, and Kerber celebrated by raising her right hand and wagging her index finger in the air, as if to remind opponent Karolina Pliskova – and everyone else – “I’m No. 1!”Yes, she is. And a two-time Grand Slam champion, too.Kerber won her first US Open title and the second major trophy of her out-of-nowhere breakthrough season, taking five of the last six games to beat a fading Pliskova 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 on Saturday.KERBER- THE NEW NO.1″It means a lot to me. When I was a kid, I was always dreaming to one day be the No. 1 player in the world, to win Grand Slams,” said Kerber, a 28-year-old German who will move up one spot from No. 2 and replace Serena Williams atop the WTA rankings on Monday. “I mean, all the dreams came true this year, and I’m just trying to enjoy every moment on court and also off court.”Never a Grand Slam finalist before 2016, Kerber beat Williams for the Australian Open title in January, then lost to her in the Wimbledon final in July.On Saturday, the No. 2-seeded Kerber trailed by a break at 3-1 in the third set before coming back against Pliskova, a 24-year-old Czech who was seeded 10th and hadn’t been past the third round at a major until this tournament.advertisement”For sure,” Kerber told Pliskova during the trophy ceremony, “you have a great future.”The present could not be brighter for the left-handed Kerber, the first woman from Germany to win the US Open – and to get to No. 1 – since her idol and mentor, Steffi Graf.It was Pliskova who guaranteed Kerber’s ascension in the rankings by beating Williams in the semifinals, ending her record-tying 186-week stay at the top, which began in February 2013.Kerber, who collected $3.5 million in prize money Saturday, lost to Pliskova the last time they met, just three weeks ago in the final of a hard-court tournament in Cincinnati.’I WAS REALLY TRYING TO STAY IN THE MOMENT’But at the outset of this final, it was Kerber who was in charge. Her defense is exemplary, scrambling along the baseline to put her racket on seemingly every ball, crouching so low that her knees would come close to scraping the ground.As she does against most opponents, Kerber would make Pliskova swing two, three, four extra times to try to end a point. And Pliskova was troubled by that in the early going, making 17 unforced errors in the first set alone, 14 more than Kerber. By the conclusion of the 2-hour, 7-minute final, Pliskova totaled 47 unforced errors, 30 more than Kerber.”I was really trying to (stay) in the moment,” Kerber said, “trying to play my game, being aggressive.”Kerber won the toss and elected to receive, perhaps for two reasons: Her serve is the biggest question mark in her otherwise solid game, and it made sense to force Pliskova to deal with an early test of nerves. Either way, the decision worked: Pliskova double-faulted on the match’s first point and got broken right from the get-go.There were plenty of lengthy exchanges in that first set, and Kerber tended to get the better of them, winning 9 of 14 points that lasted at least 10 strokes.But Pliskova hung in there. And after frittering away her first four break points of the match, she converted her fifth with a lob-volley winner that curled over Kerber and alit right by the baseline. Suddenly up 4-3 in the set, Pliskova turned to her coach up in the stands and yelled, pumping her fists.Now it was a match, filled with terrific points, tense moments and plenty of emotion. Pliskova served out the second set – the only one dropped by Kerber all tournament – and spiked a ball. Kerber got broken early in the third and bounced her racket off the court. Moments later, she trailed 3-1.But this was Kerber’s turn to show some mettle, breaking back to 3-all and again to end it. She dropped on her back after the last point, then climbed into the stands to begin the celebration with her coach and others.”She really proved she’s the world No. 1,” Pliskova told the fans. Then she addressed Kerber directly, saying: “It was a great match, and I’m very honored to play with you.”advertisement
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(Eds: Rephrasing intro)Lucknow, May 7 (PTI) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today flagged off 27 air-conditioned buses from his official residence here which will connect Delhi, Lucknow, Kanpur, Gorakhpur and Agra.Of these 27 buses, 12 are equipped with latest technology (Scania and Volvo). Apart from these, 15 general category (Janrath) AC buses were also flagged off, an official statement said.”As per the Lok Kalyan Sankalp Patra, these buses have been flagged off to ensure cheap, safe and comfortable journey to people of the state. On one hand, these buses (Janrath) will provide air-conditioned bus journey at a cheaper cost, on the other hand, (Scania, Volvo) buses will give better facilities to high income passengers,” it said.Scania and Volvo buses will ply on Gorakhpur-Delhi route (via Kanpur), Gorakhpur-Lucknow-Agra (via Kanpur) and Lucknow-Delhi (via Kanpur).Advance online ticket reservation facilities are also available for these buses, the statement said.UP Transport minister Swatantra Dev Singh, Women Welfare minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Sports minister Chetan Chauhan and Science and Technology minister Mohsin Raza among others were also present at the event. PTI NAV SRY TIR SC TIR
Rishabh Pant may not have been named in India’s 15-member squad for the ICC Champions Trophy but he is pretty much in the scheme of things for the future, said chief selector MSK Prasad.The selection committee recalled fit-again Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami into the fold while named Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik in the stand-by players list.Pant has been in an impressive form in the ongoing 10th edition of the Indian Premier League, with 281 runs from 11 matches.Prasad said Pant has a long future and was left out of the 15-man squad because of team combination.”We are completely impressed by how Rishabh Pant is playing. It’s just combination because of which he missed out.He is one cricketer we are looking at for our future. He is definitely a solution for our future,” Prasad said.WATCH: BCCI NAMES SQUAD FOR ICC CHAMPIONS TROPHYThe selection committee chairman believed that the Delhi youngster has a long career and the BCCI will do everything possible to enhance the wicketkeeper-batsman’s skills.”There is no need to worry as he has a long career ahead of him. We will groom him and back him. We will ensure that he is successful in future,” the chairman explained.Pant is seen as replacement for MS Dhoni after he retires from international cricket. The 19-year-old got his maiden India call during the three-match Twenty20 internationals series against England in January this year.
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Afghanistan and Ireland will join the ranks of full Test-playing nations after receiving the backing of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) conference on Thursday.The body said it had voted to admit the two nations into the elite group that is permitted to play traditional five-day Test matches.As new full members of the ICC, Ireland and Afghanistan will take the total of countries playing Tests to 12.”For a nation like Afghanistan it is a huge and remarkable achievement, the entire nation will be celebrating across all five regions and different provinces. It is the perfect Eid gift,” said Afghanistan Cricket Board Chief Executive Shafiq Stanikzai, referring to the approaching Muslim holiday that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.”Everyone has waited for this news and has been so keen to hear this news. Afghanistan cricket has gone from strength to strength and we dared to dream that this would happen and today it has become a reality,” he added.Until 1982 there were only seven full members of the ICC but that year Sri Lanka were admitted. Zimbabwe then joined in 1992 and Bangladesh became the most recent member in 2000.Cricket has a long history in Afghanistan but the country played amongst the sports minnows until gaining one-day international (ODI) status in 2011.Two years later, still suffering from the impact of war and conflict, the country was given ‘associate member’ status of the world governing body ICC.In 2015 Afghanistan played in their first 50-over World Cup and they have also featured in the World Twenty20 competition.advertisementIreland have steadily progressed in the game and first qualified for the World Cup in 2007, when they pulled off a shock win over Pakistan, and they have qualified for both World Cups since then.”We are delighted and proud with today’s historic announcement. It is an extraordinary testament to the talent and endeavour of thousands of passionate players, coaches, volunteers, staff, clubs and committee people,” Cricket Ireland Chief Executive Warren Deutrom said.The ICC conference also agreed on a new revenue-sharing system and voted to expel the United States of America Cricket Association following a series of disputes.The ICC said it would now work to “establish a new governing body for cricket in the USA that is capable of unifying the fractured cricket community in that part of the world”.Welcome aboard @ACBofficials & @Irelandcricket! ???? pic.twitter.com/PfvjUThiWe- ICC (@ICC) June 22, 2017
Veteran tennis star Leander Paes and his Canadian partner Adil Shamasdin clinched the men’s doubles title at the Aegon IIkley Challenger Trophy here on Saturday.The top seeds defeated local wild card entrants Brydan Klein and Joe Salisbury 2-6, 6-2, 10-8 to clinch the trophy.The match was evenly poised till the end with the UK pair outclassing the Indo-Canadian duo in the first set.The second set though looked like a comeback for the 44-year Indian and his teammate — which they won as easily as their opponents did in the first set.The third and decisive set went to the wire, with both the pairs trying hard to take the lead. But the duo of Paes and Shamsdin took a slender lead to clinch the set and the trophy.
Power-hitting left hander Colin Munro is likely to open New Zealand’s innings with Martin Guptill on the limited overs tour of India with Tom Latham dropping down the order, coach Mike Hesson has said.Hesson and nine members of the New Zealand squad left on Thursday for the tour, which starts on Oct. 22 and includes three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches.They will link up with six players from the New Zealand ‘A’ side currently in the subcontinent.Munro, 30, is on the ‘A’ tour and has principally batted in the middle order in his previous 24 ODIs for New Zealand.While he has an average of just 25.26 batting mostly at five or six in the order, his strike rate of 99.37 should make him a valuable partner for the similarly aggressive Guptill in trying to get New Zealand off to a flying start.”We need to generate a strike rate at the top of the innings,” Hesson said when asked by reporters in Christchurch about Munro joining Guptill at the top of the order.”It would be fair to say Martin and Tom, although they have had some really good performances individually, they haven’t really clicked at the top and certainly haven’t generated a strike-rate as a pair that we would like.”Hesson added that specialist top-order batsman George Worker could also be considered for the role, while hard-hitting wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips was also a possibility.The 20-year-old Phillips scored 140 not out in the second one-day match against India ‘A’ in Visakhapatnam two days ago, batting at number three. Worker and Munro opened the innings.advertisementHesson added that wicketkeeper was also a position he was looking at on the tour after Luke Ronchi retired from international cricket earlier this year.Latham, who was a wicketkeeper for much of his career before becoming a test opening batsman, took the gloves earlier this year in limited overs matches but scored just nine runs in five innings at the top of the order.Hesson, however, said the 25-year-old was still a possibility for the job, even with Phillips and Tom Blundell, both of whom have played international Twenty20 cricket, and the uncapped Tim Siefert on the ‘A’ tour.”Tom Latham is very much a possibility,” Hesson said.”We have got three others on the New Zealand ‘A’ tour there so we will have a look at them and make a decision over the next few days.”But Tom is the most experienced of the keepers. The other three are still developing.”
India captain Virat Kohli blamed his team’s batting performance for the humiliating loss in the first ODI against New Zealand at the Wankhede stadium on Sunday.New Zealand pulled off the highest run-chase at the Wankhede stadium as they crushed India by 6 wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.Chasing 281 for victory, Tom Latham scored an unbeaten 103 off 102 balls while Ross Taylor made 95 off 100 balls to help the Kiwis get over the line with an over to spare.Kohli praised Latham and Taylor’s batting effort before saying that he expected a better batting performance from his players.”We thought 275 was a good total. But Ross and Tom were fantastic. Didn’t give us any chances, apart from a run-out here or there. And when you get a 200 partnership, you deserve to win.”Putting dew into perspective, in the last 13-14 overs, we were 20-30 short. We would have liked a better batting performance, if a couple more guys had chipped in, batting a few more overs, we could have 40 runs extra,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.Earlier in the day, captain Kohli led from the front and slammed his 31st one-day hundred to help India post 280/8 after electing to bat first.The Indian cricket captain, playing his 200th one-day international, slammed 121 off 125 balls and became the second batsman-ever after South African Ab de Villiers to score a hundred in his 200th ODI.He also went past Australian legend Ricky Ponting on the list of batsmen with most hundreds in the format. Sachin Tendulkar is the only batsman who is ahead of Kohli now with 49 tons.advertisementFor New Zealand, it was Trent Boult who was the pick of the bowlers as he finished with four wickets while Tim Southee took three.Even though he had a fantastic outing with the bat personally, Kohli chose to praise Latham for the way he played in this match.”They tackled our spinners really well. They picked their areas. Credit to them. Tom especially. Enjoyed watching him. Not many games in international cricket but he showed a lot of character,” he said.
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By Saumojyoti S ChoudhuryBhubaneswar, Dec 6 (PTI) Hockey India League (HIL) will make a grand return in 2019 and will serve as the season- ending event to a busy international calendar, Hockey India CEO Elena Norman confirmed today.There had been doubts over the leagues future after the organisers scrapped the 2018 edition.While postponing, the organisers had claimed that the move was needed to review the five seasons of the league.Putting to rest doubts over its future, the HI CEO said HIL will come back stronger in November-December 2019. Exact dates of the event were yet to be finalised.”HIL will return at the end of 2019. It is on track. We are working with FIH for the window. We havent finalised the exact window yet,” Norman said on the sidelines of the ongoing Hockey World League (HWL) Final here.”Everyone likes to make money. Everyone likes to make sure that you have the best possible scenario in place. We still have little bit of time to relook at everything. We have already confirmed to our broadcaster for 2019.”We will need to reconfirm with FIH because they will also have a qualifying event leading upto 2020 Tokyo Olympics and that will happen before the HIL so that the players are free,” added Norman, who is also a member of the HIL Governing Committee.The next mens hockey World Cup is scheduled to be held at the Kalinga Stadium here from November 28 to December 16 next year and the HI CEO said they have got the necessary approvals for the conduct of the tournament.advertisementPakistan are one of 16 participating teams in the World Cup, but their participation remains in doubt as they failed to turn up for last years Junior World Cup in Lucknow owing to diplomatic tensions between the two nations.Norman said like any other competing nation, Pakistan is also welcome and it is upto them to follow the procedures and ensure smooth processing of visas.”They (Pakistan) are welcome here like every other team. We have got permission from Ministry of Youth Affairs for the conduct of the tournament, which includes 16 teams, and Pakistan is part of the 16 teams.”We have also written to the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of External Affairs and we have got permission from one of the two and the other approval is expected soon,” Norman said.”Now its upto Pakistan. Every country has a set of requirements which they need to complete for applying for visas. They need to provide all details.”She rubbished rumours that the World Cup might be shifted out of Bhubaneswar.”Absolutely not. I am not sure from where anyone heard that,” a bemused Norman said.The HI CEO said the Kalinga Stadium will sport a completely new look for next years mega-event.”This pitch is three years old and it will be changed for the World Cup. The practice pitches will be changed. Construction work will finish by the end of May. After that we will be laying the pitch and it will require two months for that. Before the monsoon everything will be complete,” Norman said. PTI SSC AH AH
By Bharat SharmaNew Delhi, Jan 10 (PTI) Aanchal Thakur has just one wish after becoming the first Indian to win an international medal in skiing — an end to the governments apathetic attitude towards winter sports.The response to her bronze medal winning performance in Turkey has been overwhelming to say the least. She still cant believe that none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated her on the achievement in a sport that usually begs for attention.”I never thought the Prime Minister would tweet for me. It is unreal. I just hope we are finally treated at par with athletes of popular sports. As of now, there has been no support whatsoever from the government,” Aanchal told PTI from Turkey where she secured the bronze in Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup organised by the Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS).”I just want to say that we too are fighting, working hard day in and day out for India,” she said.Skiing runs in her blood but it has not been an easy ride thus far for the the 21-year-old, who is a student of DAV College in Chandigarh.Her father Roshan Thakur, who happens to be the secretary at the Winter Games Federation of India, always loved skiing and therefore it was natural for his children, Aanchal and Himanshu, to pick up the sport at an early age.While Aanchal has grabbed attention now, brother Himanshu, also an alpine skier, competed in the Sochi Winter Olympics alongside luger Shiva Keshavan.advertisementAanchal says if it was not for the efforts of her father, there was no way she could have pursued skiing.”I have been skiing in Europe since I was in seventh grade. Papa always wanted me to ski and he has been spending out of his pocket all this while. Without any government help, you can imagine how much he has spent on me and my brother.”What makes it more challenging for us is that it doesnt snow in India for the major part of the year, so we have to go out and train,” she says.Her father Roshan adds that existing skiing venues in India, at Gulmarg and Auli, are the only world-class during competitions and are not looked after well otherwise.”The Europeans get to train 10 months in a year where our athletes can do two months at the max, considering the huge cost involved in training overseas,” says Roshan, who owns apple orchards in Manali.The equipment, comprising ski, boots and clothing too is expensive and costs around Rs 4-5 lakh, says Aanchal.With a historic medal in the bag, the next target for this wushu player-turned skier is the qualification mark for the Winter Olympics to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea next month.While her brother Himanshu is closer to the qualification mark, making the Winter Games cut seems unlikely for Aanchal.”To qualify, we need to score less than 140 points in five races and I have not been able to that even in one race. Yesterday was a very challenging course and even the gold winner could not qualify for Olympics with her score being more than 140.”With the cut-off date being January 21, Aanchal is racing against time.”My brother is in Iceland for an event and I am going to go there as well. Then there is a race in Iran and Pakistan. I have to see if I can get the visa for that. So, the this Winter Games looks unlikely for me but I have already set my sight on 2022.”We need to start preparing for that now and hopefully we will get the much needed government support,” says Aanchal.The fact that Winter Games Federation of India is not recognised by the Sports Ministry also doesnt help their case. PTI BS PM BS
Rested from the one-dayer internationals against Sri Lanka, Indian captain Virat Kohli is uncertain for the Twenty20 series as well and will decide on his participation after consulting the team management and the selection committee later this week.”Virat has told the selectors that he needs some time to take a call on whether he will be playing the T20s or not. That’s reason why they have not announced the T20 squad,” a BCCI official, privy to selection matters, told PTI on conditions of anonymity.”Virat has some personal commitments till December 12. Post that, whether he would like to take rest or just play T20s will be his call completely,” he added. The national selection committee and the team management — comprising chief coach Ravi Shastri and Kohli — will be deciding on the matter during the team selection meeting for the South Africa Tests in New Delhi, later this week.It is also learnt that following Kohli’s concerns about lack of preparation time, a decision will be taken whether some of the T20 specialists could be sent to South Africa early to acclimatise with the conditions.The three T20 Internationals will be held on December 20, 22 and 24 at Cuttack, Indore and Visakhapatnam respectively. The other issue that needs addressing is preparation for the South Africa series. With both Tamil Nadu and Saurashtra out of Ranji Trophy, the likes of Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara, who are automatic picks in the Test squad, won’t have any game time post the third Test against Sri Lanka in Delhi.advertisement”There is a school of thought that we should do something similar to the 2010 tour of South Africa, when some of the batsmen went 10 days prior to others and did their skill-based training at Gary Kirsten’s academy in Durban. India had their best result in South Africa as they drew the series 1-1.”It’s like Australia what did earlier this year when the Test specialists arrived in India early for the series while a new-look T20 team played against Sri Lanka in the T20s. These are some of the areas that may be addressed by the selectors and team management.”
A muddy field at Hamilton Crescent, the West of Scotland Cricket Ground in Partick, Glasgow, was the stage for the first ever international football match on this very day (November 30)back in 1872, St Andrew’s Day. England (in all white with the badge of the three lions) faced Scotland (in dark blue shirts with a single lion crest on their badge) in front of a 4,000 strong crowd, but the match yielded no goals. The match ended with the final score at 0-0 between the ‘Auld Enemies’.Spectators for the match had to pay an entry fee of only a shilling, a far cry from the exorbitant prices fans have to shell out for a game now. Most of the team plied their trade in and around London, with the Scottish team comprising entirely of players from the Queen’s Park team playing in the national league in England under the English Football Association (The FA). The English team was brought together from nine different teams in England.The origin of ‘Football’ has been debated over the course of its varied histories, but the legacy outshines the petty squabble for its inception. Be it King Henry IV of England or the Han Dynasty in China or even as back as ‘Episkyros’ played by the ancient Greeks, football was, is and, in likelihood, will be the world’s game. The game has changed a lot with time, and the modern demands of the sport has become more rigorous than what it was back in November 30, 1872. Be it the physical fitness levels and the professionalism required or the modern players earning god-like status on and off the field.advertisementEdson Arantes do Nascimento, simply known as Pele, or Diego Maradona are legends of the game who have transcended the boundaries of sporting legends to become icons of the world. The modern greats Lionel Messi or Cristinao Ronaldo are known faces in almost every nook and cranny of the planet.When Real Madrid and Barcelona (both clubs from Spain) play, the whole world stops to witness the ‘El Calsico’. The question of who is better, Pele or Maradona and Messi or Ronaldo, have come to drive wedges between the closest of friends. The race to the top of the Premier League (the first division league in England) sparks off heated debates in private rooms all over the globe.The game has become the engine of change, a yard stick for measuring progress in the developed world. The kind of money being pumped into the sport in some of the leading countries with player salaries running into the millions, football has come a long way from its humble roots.The Federation Internationale de Football Association or simply FIFA, has looked to grow the ‘beautiful game’ to the wider world, with countries like India, China featuring heavily on the agenda. The awarding of the Under-17 FIFA World Cup to India, which turned heads all over the globe, being a huge success. Professional leagues, with better infrastructure and level of competition. Former players have also worked often as ambassadors for the sport, trying to spread the sport far and wide, in their attempt to be the ‘World’s Game’.The FIFA World Cup is a spectacle that people all over wait for, every four years. The latest in Russia next year will be no different, a stage for global cooperation in a world divided by fragmented belief systems and nationalistic pride, constantly looking over its shoulder for the threat of war.