Tottenham ended their International Champions Cup tour on a high as Georges-Kevin N’Koudou’s 47th-minute strike gave Spurs a 1-0 win over AC Milan.N’Koudou scored powerfully a minute into the second half to put Premier League side Tottenham in the ascendency after Milan had created the better chances in the opening period on Tuesday.The French winger could have doubled Tottenham’s lead but he was denied by Gianluigi Donnarumma, whilst Patrick Cutrone and Franck Kessie came closest for the Rossoneri – who are reportedly close to signing Juventus pair Gonzalo Higuain and Mattia Caldara – in Minnesota. 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! Tottenham and Milan last met in the Champions League round of 16 in 2010-11, when Spurs advanced 1-0 on aggregate and it was another low scoring night at the U.S. Bank Stadium.Lovely goal, GK! #THFC 1-0 #ACMilan pic.twitter.com/Din0lMp7dE— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 1, 2018Milan, whose last ICC match against Manchester United was decided after a marathon penalty shoot-out, started brightly with Suso causing problems out wide.Spurs also suffered a shoot-out defeat against LaLiga champions Barcelona last week, but a starting line-up still without England stars Harry Kane and Dele Alli posed little threat to Milan’s defence in the first half.The Serie A side pressed as Cutrone’s header from Suso’s cross forced Michel Vorm into a fine save, before the former nodded beyond the post with another effort.Donnarumma and new signing Alen Halilovic were introduced at the break for Milan, but it was Spurs who took the lead when N’Koudou drove towards the Rossoneri goal before rifling brilliantly into the roof of the net.Tottenham, too, made a goalkeeping change at half-time when Paulo Gazzaniga was introduced for Vorm, and the Argentinean was quickly called into action to save from Kessie, before Hakan Calhanoglu’s free-kick drifted just wide.Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-Min were among the names introduced as Spurs aimed to hold onto their lead, but N’Koudou continued to look their biggest threat, as he raced through on goal but was denied by Donnarumma.Milan nearly levelled the scores when Jose Mauri fired wide from the edge of the area in stoppage time, but Spurs held on to win their second ICC match against Serie A opposition, having routed Roma 4-1. read more
Manchester United’ manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that midfielder Juan Mata will not play for the rest of the football season following a groin surgery.Mata, 28, underwent surgery last month but the club hoped he could return to the field before the end of the English Premier League on May 21, reports Efe.However, Mourinho on Friday revealed in the press conference prior to Sunday’s duel with Chelsea that the Spanish international will not be available “until the end of May”.In addition, Mourinho reported that goalkeeper David De Gea is available to face Chelsea at the Old Trafford stadium here, while defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones will not return “until mid-May”.
Former Australia captain Michael Clarke on Friday said spin twins Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will be India’s key weapons in the Champions Trophy next month in England.WATCH: India have the firepower to defend Champions Trophy title, Michael Clarke tells India TodaySpeaking exclusively to India Today, Clarke said India definitely have the firepower to defend the Champions Trophy title which they won in 2013.”Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin are going to be two huge weapons for India in England depending on the weather conditions there. If they are getting good summer, the wickets will be dry and I think spin will play a part. Even if it swings there, I think India have got quality fast bowlers whom they can utilise,” Clarke told India Today. (Shikhar Dhawan-Rohit Sharma ideal opening pair for India in Champions Trophy: VVS Laxman to India Today)Clarke also said that the Indian Premier League is a good opportunity for the players to prepare for the Champions Trophy, which begins on June 1.”I feel India have the firepower to defend the Champions Trophy title. I feel the Indian Premier League as the preparation leading to the Champions Trophy is fantastic for the all the players involved. There’s absolutely no doubt that India will be well prepared. They have got good enough players,” he said.Clarke said opener KL Rahul’s absence will be a big loss but added that India have the players to replace him.”I think if KL Rahul is not completely fit, India will not pick him. It is a big loss but India have got replacements. I think Rohit Sharma needs to play and open for India. And then I think the selectors will go for Ajinkya Rahane. Rahane’s technique if the ball is swinging is conducive to England, he is a good player of both fast and spin and offers a lot on the field.advertisement”No brainer at No.3… Virat Kohli as captain, Yuvraj Singh at No.4. I think Yuvraj has earned his place, he is experienced. I would go with MS Dhoni at No.5. He is experienced and he’s still the best keeper in the Indian team. At No.6, I would pick Manish Pandey and then Kedar Jadhav at No.7.”Ashwin and Jadeja will be my two spinners and my four quicks would be Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who continues to show that he can play in all three formats. Then it’s Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami,” he said.
Chandigarh, May 16 (PTI) The Haryana Police has so far arrested 15 people on the charge of eve-teasing under Operation Durga, a campaign launched in the state on May 1 for ensuring womens safety.Also, 30 cases have been registered for various charges, including for outraging the modesty of women.Apart from this, 23,185 people were let off after a warning, while 822 people have been counselled in police stations in the presence of their parents, Director General of Police (DGP), B S Sandhu said here today.As many as 5,880 people have been issued challans for violating traffic rules, he said.Sandhu said Operation Durga, which was the enforcement part of the three-point action plan implemented by the Haryana Police to ensure safety of women, will continue.He said the police will continue to take tough action against anyone who attempts gender-based street violence.Under Operation Durga, 125 eve-teasing prone areas, including parks, markets, schools, colleges, and public transport vehicles, have been identified. Patrol parties and woman police officers are sent as decoys to take action against eve-teasers and miscreants, Sandhu said.The police department will also take up with the authorities concerned to put eve-teasing prone areas under CCTV surveillance, he said.Warning signs will be put up in these places to deter potential offenders.Through the Youth Against Sexual Harassment initiative, the police are trying to make people, especially the youth, aware that eve-teasing hurts the freedom, dignity and career prospects of women.The police, through the Ban Ja Bahadur campaign, would exhort schools, colleges, panchayats, resident welfare associations and parents to promote adventure and endurance sports, self-defence tactics, public speaking and other capacity-building measures among girls.advertisement”Giving women a safe environment is our top priority. I have asked all my field units to dedicate a good amount of working hours and a fair share of resources towards this end. We will make all possible efforts to ensure safety of women and girls,” he Sandhu said. PTI SUN NSD
Rising Pune Supergiant came into the Indian Premier League season 10 on the back of a disastrous season last year when they finished seventh in the eight-team tournament. They had managed to win only five matches in their debut season in 2016 under the leadership of MS Dhoni.However, Rising Pune Supergiant took some really tough decisions ahead of the tournament and it has worked wonders for the team.They off-loaded 15 players from the team, removed Dhoni as the captain, handed the leadership to Steve Smith, bought the most sought after all-rounder Ben Stokes for a whopping Rs 14.5 crore at the IPL auction in February and removed the letter ‘S’ from the team’s name.Here’s a look at how the team reached their maiden final.Highest scorer: Steve Smith (421 runs)(Rising Pune Supergiant Photo)Captaincy brought out the best in Steve Smith this season and he grabbed the opportunity with both hands all the while working in tandem with his predecessor MS Dhoni. Smith has scored 421 runs in 14 matches at a staggering average of 38.27 with two half-centuries and a highest score of 84 not out.Smith’s leadership has been top notch and one of the key reasons behind Pune’s turnaround this season. He has sought advice from Dhoni whenever it was needed and led the team from the front and as a result they have made it to their maiden final in just their second season.Highest wicket-taker: Jaydev Unadkat (22 wickets)(Rising Pune Supergiant Photo)This season has been by far the best for Jaydev Unadkat. The left-arm fast bowler, after playing for Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils, has finally found his footing in the Pune franchise where he was bought for Rs 30 lakh.advertisementUnadkat became the third bowler this season to pick up a hat-trick (against Sunrisers Hyderabad) and so far has 22 wickets from 11 matches at 13.77 with the best bowling figures of 5/30. He is the second highest wicket-taker this season behind Bhuvneshwar Kumar (26 wickets in 14 matches).Points table finish: 2nd with 18 points Playoff: Beat MI by 20 runs in Qualifier 1 at MumbaiMatch 14: Beat Kings XI Punjab by 9 wickets at PuneMatch 13: Beat Delhi Daredevils by 7 runs at DelhiMatch 12: Beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 12 runs at HyderabadMatch 11: Beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 4 wickets at KolkataMatch 10: Beat Gujarat Lions by 5 wickets at PuneMatch 9: Beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 61 runs at PuneMatch 8: Beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 wickets at PuneMatch 7: Beat Mumbai Indians by 3 runs at MumbaiMatch 6: Beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 6 wickets at PuneMatch 5: Beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 27 runs at BengaluruMatch 4: Lost to Gujarat Lions by 7 wickets at RajkotMatch 3: Beat Delhi Daredevils by 97 runs at PuneMatch 2: Lost to Kings XI Punjab by 6 wickets at IndoreMatch 1: Beat Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets at Pune
Ace Indian shooter Jitu Rai failed to qualify for the finals of the men’s 10m Air Pistol in the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup (Rifle/Pistol) being held at the Olympic Shooting Range in Munich, Germany on Monday.Tejaswini Sawant in the women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions event, also fought hard but eventually finished two points behind the final qualifying mark. Jitu finished 10th overall while Tejaswini secured 15th position.Among his five World Cup medals in this event, only once has Jitu shot higher than today’s 581 to qualify for the finals. He was in the hunt till the last four shots, but two 9s in the 57th and 58th shots probably proved crucial in the end.Turkey’s Tugrul Ozer was the 8th to qualify with a score 582 but with significantly lesser number of inner 10s than Jitu.Jitu’s teammates in the event, fellow Olympian Prakash Nanjappa and youngster Anmol Jain both finished with identical scores of 576 and in 34th and 36th positions respectively.Gold in the event went to 19-year old Ukranian youngster Pavlo Korostylov, who landed his first ever World Cup Gold in the senior ranks. Japanese former World Champion Tomoyoki Matsuda won Silver and Korean legend Jongoh Jin won Bronze.In the Women’s Rifle 3 Positions, Tejaswini shot a high of 199 out of 200 in the prone position, but even that was not enough – her qualification round score of 584, falling short of 586, scores recorded by as many as three final qualifiers, among them eventual Gold medalist Croatian Snjezana Pejcic and German Bronze medalist Jolyn Beer.advertisementThe Silver in the event also went to the host country’s Selina Gschwandtner. The other Indians in the fray, N. Gaayathri finished 38th with a score of 579 while Elizabeth Susan Koshy shot 576 to end in 55th place.On Sunday, India’s challenge in the two medal events of the day- both for men, the 50m Rifle Prone and the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol was also restricted to the qualifying stages.In the former, Sushil Ghaley shot 622.7 to finish 31st, Chain Singh 622.1 for 37th place and Sanjeev Rajput managed 616.6 to end in 65th position overall. In the latter, Neeraj Kumar was the best Indian finisher in 18th place shooting a score of 578.Harpreet Singh shot a point less to secure 21st spot while Olympian Gurpreet Singh ended in 31st position with a score of 572.Tuesday will be the fifth and final competition day of the ISFF World Cup (Rifle/Pistol) stage four in Munich and will feature the Women’s 10m Air Pistol and Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions finals. Former World number one Heena Sidhu and three-time Olympian Sanjeev Rajput will lead India’s challenge in them respectively.
Boston, May 28 (PTI) MIT scientists have unveiled the secrets behind the extraordinary toughness of conch shells that help create the best-ever protective headgear and body armour.The shells of marine organisms take a beating from impacts due to storms and tides, rocky shores, and sharp- toothed predators.Recent research has demonstrated that the conch shell stands out above all the others in its toughness.Conch shells “have this really unique architecture,” said Grace Gu, graduate student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US.The structure makes the material 10 times tougher than nacre, commonly known as mother of pearl.This toughness, or resistance to fractures, comes from a unique configuration based on three different levels of hierarchy in the materials internal structure.The three-tiered structure makes it very hard for any tiny cracks to spread and enlarge, Gu said.The material has a “zigzag matrix, so the crack has to go through a kind of a maze” in order to spread, she said.Until recently, even after the structure of the conch shell was understood it could not be replicated.”But now, our lab has developed 3D printing technology that allows us to duplicate that structure and be able to test it,” said Markus Buehler from MIT.Part of the innovation involved in this project was the teams ability to both simulate the materials behaviour and analyse its actual performance under realistic conditions.”In the past, a lot of testing of protective materials was static testing,” Gu said.A lot of applications for military uses or sports involve highly dynamic loading, which requires a detailed examination of how an impacts effects spread out over time.advertisementResearchers did tests in a drop tower that enabled them to observe exactly how cracks appeared and spread – or did not spread – in the first instants after an impact.”There was amazing agreement between the model and the experiments,” Buehler said.That is partly because the team was able to 3D print composite materials with precisely controlled structures, rather than using samples of real shells, which can have unpredictable variations that can complicate the analysis.Using the 3D printing technology, it may possible to produce individualised helmets or other body armour.”Each helmet could be “tailored and personalised; the computer would optimise it for you, based on a scan of your skull, and the helmet would be printed just for you,” Gu said.The research was published in the journal Advanced Materials. PTI MHN MHN
The Indian Super League (ISL) football tournament will see two new teams from next season with the introduction of franchises from Jamshedpur and Bengaluru.The Jamshedpur franchise is owned by Tata Steel Limited while the Jindal South West (JSW) group owns the Bengaluru team.”The ISL, in its fourth edition, will witness an expanded five-month module with number of participating clubs increasing to 10 from its original eight founding member city clubs,” Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), the organisers of the ISL, said in a statement on Monday.”The inclusion of two new clubs came through the ‘Invitation To Bid’ tender process floated by FSDL last month. An independent panel along with consulting firm EY evaluated the bids to present its report today to the panel, in the presence of All India Football Federation (AIFF) General Secretary Kushal Das,” the statement said.”Tata Steel Ltd, which has won the bid to participate in ISL from Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, are the pioneering Indian corporate to have provided national football with perennial pool of young footballers since 1987 through its Jamshedpur based facility — Tata Football Academy”JSW Group which owns the successful football club Bengaluru FC through its subsidiary JSW Sports won the right to participate in ISL from Bengaluru city. JSW Group has to its credit established a very successful and professionally run football club in I-League within a short period of 3 years; winning the competition twice including in its debut year,” the statement added.The ISL started in 2014 with eight city based teams — Atletico de Kolkata, NorthEast United, Delhi Dynamos, FC Goa, Mumbai City FC, FC Pune City, Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters.advertisementKolkata giants Mohun Bagan and East Bengal were also in talks with the AIFF in recent days over their inclusion in the ISL. But the negotiations hit a roadblock after the two clubs laid down several conditions before the AIFF.Among other things, the two clubs have demanded that they should be exempt from paying the franchisee fee of Rs 15 crore and they should be allowed to use Kolkata as their home base.The issue of using Kolkata as a home base by Mohun Bagan and East Bengal have grave implications for Atletico de Kolkata — the current ISL representatives from the city — as it will mean that their support base in football-crazy West Bengal will disappear overnight.Das expressed satisfaction with the bid evaluation process, and hoped that the expansion of the ISL will improve the standard of the game in the country.”The interest shown by India’s two large corporates to be part of ISL and Indian football’s growth story is an indication of the growing popularity of the sport in the country,” he said.”Their contribution to Indian football has been immense and will only set the high standards in ISL.”
Lenovo owned Motorola in a refresh to its budget offerings has launched Moto C Plus in India. Along with the Moto C, the new phones are the cheapest phones from the company right now and compete with likes of Redmi 4. While the Moto C was launched earlier this month at Rs 5,999 is available offline, the Moto C Plus will be available online, only on Flipkart.And While the Moto C Plus is a step up from the Moto C, it is still at the lower end of Moto’s phone space. It rather looks like a Lenovo phone with Motorola design than a re-designed Moto phone, with a chunky, all plastic design and a few compromises in terms of specs.SpecificationProcessor: The Moto C Plus packs a 1.25 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 simliar to the E3 Power. The processor is paired with a Mali T720 GPU RAM: The phone comes with 2GB of RAMAlso Read: Moto C Plus with 4,000mAh battery launched for Rs 6,999, Flipkart exclusiveInternal storage: Moto C Plus comes with a 16GB of internal storage on board, which is further expandable up to 32GB using a microSD card.Network: Moto C Plus is a 4G smartphone with VoLTE support. It has dual-SIM Screen: 5-inch display with 720p resolution and 293ppi pixel densityRear camera: The Moto C Plus carries an 8-megapixel camera on the back with single LED flashFront camera: It comes with a 2-megapixel camera up front with LED flash.Software: The phone runs the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat with stock interface.advertisementBattery: Moto C Plus has a removable 4,000 mAh battery.Special features–Like the E3 Power, Moto C Plus also sports a removable battery, which has a huge capacity, considering its 5-inch size. Motorola claims the phone can last for up to 30 hours, which we found to be the case in our daily use tests.–Moto C Plus is also one of the few budget phones to boast stock interface on latest Android Nougat 7.1.1.– The phone supports fast charging feature. It also supports dual SIM card slots, separate from microSD card.How to buy it: The Moto C Plus will be available exclusively on Flipkart. The sale will start from June 20 at 12:00 in the day.India price: The phone has been priced at Rs 6,999. Pre-booking offers include Jio Prime and 30GB of additional data over that offered by Jio Prime, Motorola Pulse Max headphones, which originally cost Rs 2499, for just Rs 749 and an extra 20 per cent off on Flipkart fashion.
Karachi, July 10 (PTI) World famous footballers Ronaldinho and Ryan Giggs returned from Pakistan on Sunday night, expressing surprise at the “passion” for the game in a cricket-crazy country. The two footballers were in Pakistan on a two-day visit with five other international stars to play in two exhibition matches in Karachi and Lahore organised by the Leisure League. “I think the security was excellent and we thought that Pakistan was only a cricket loving nation but after our visit we know they are as passionate about football as well,? Ronaldinho said through an interpreter in Lahore. While the security arrangements for the footballers stay in Pakistan and the matches were manned by the Pakistan Army but the other organisational aspects of the matches came in for some criticism on the social media. Pakistani cricketers, Azhar Ali and Hasan Ali, who visited the Fortress Stadium Lahore for the second match on Sunday, said the arrangements could have been better. Leisure League and World Group of Companies put on sale ticket ranging from 2000 to 30,000 Pakistani rupees with many people complaining they couldn?t get into the stadium in Karachi and then in Lahore due to organisational hassles. Pakistan has been deprived off major international sporting events ever since terrorists attacked the Sri Lanka cricket team bus in Lahore in 2009. Different sports bodies have made attempts to invite international players and teams to Pakistan including the Pakistan Cricket Board but with marginal success. Giggs, the former Manchester United great, too was surprised at the passion for football in Pakistan. “I was surprised by the love and passion the Pakistani people have for football and I see they have interesting talent as well which only needs proper grooming and coaching,” he said. PTI COR BS BSadvertisement
An injury-ravaged U.S. Open men’s draw offers the best opportunity yet for a young pretender to claim a maiden grand slam crown but in this most retro of seasons Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will look to turn back time in New York.With the physical demands of modern-day tennis taking its toll the tournament will start without four of the top 11 in the ATP rankings including defending champion Stan Wawrinka who ended his season early with a knee injury.Twice champion Novak Djokovic (elbow), 2014 runner-up Kei Nishikori (wrist) and Milos Raonic (wrist) are also absent while 2012 champion Andy Murray and 2014 winner Marin Cilic have been sidelined since Wimbledon by injuries.Federer, looking to win three grand slam titles in the same year for the first time since 2007, withdrew from Cincinnati with a back niggle and while Nadal, who returned this week to world number one, is fit, his form of late has been patchy.Just taking a stroll…..with @Charlymoya and @RafaelNadal ????????????https://t.co/pEWbaZEzSc #USOpen pic.twitter.com/K5eEXBNjmN- US Open Tennis (@usopen) 25 August 2017All the more reason that Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem and Nick Kyrgios — to name but three — will be relishing seizing a golden opportunity in the Big Apple.Of those Germany’s 20-year-old Zverev looks the best bet to shake it up after rising to sixth in the world after beating Federer in the Rogers Cup in Montreal — the biggest title so far for the six-foot-six-inch powerhouse.Squad goals ????????? #USOpen pic.twitter.com/d18ZbHhwDradvertisement- US Open Tennis (@usopen) 25 August 2017″Is Zverev ready to step up best of five?” four-times Flushing Meadows champion John McEnroe, part of ESPN’s commentary team, said this week.”If he is he’s got a great chance to step forward and get to the final, at least the semis.”Unpredictable Australian Kyrgios has shown signs of delivering on his potential this year, most recently when beating Nadal in the quarter-finals in Cincinnati before losing to Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov, another U.S. Open title candidate, in the final.”You can say he’s slowly hopefully but surely going in the right direction,” McEnroe said of the 22-year-old Kyrgios..@rogerfederer & @rafaelnadal are on course to meet in the semifinals. Only 3? days until the #USOpen begins!????L https://t.co/gMLPctDhYw pic.twitter.com/MCAVoa0z46- US Open Tennis (@usopen) 25 August 2017Austrian Thiem appears to have left his best tennis on the European clay, struggling on the North American hardcourts.Jack Sock, John Isner and Sam Querrey will lead the American challenge in the men’s tournament — hoping to end a six-year wait for a men’s quarter-finalist for the host nation.”I don’t see any of them winning it. I see all of them being dangerous,” McEnroe said.The 36-year-old Federer, seeded third, will be most people’s title pick having produced a stunning year since returning from a six-month lay-off in January — compiling a 35-3 record.Having claimed a first Australian Open title for seven years, a first Wimbledon title for five years he could surpass even those feats with a first U.S. Open since 2008 and take his grand slam tally to a record-extending 20.”At the moment we are assuming that Roger is going to pull the rabbit out of the hat again,” McEnroe said.”If Roger wins this, this will be one of the great stories in the last 50 years or ever.”Should either the Swiss or French Open champion Nadal, twice a champion in New York, prevail it would be the first time since 2010 that the duo have scooped all of the year’s majors.However, if fans were hoping for a Federer-Nadal finale, those hopes were dashed after Friday’s draw set them on a semi-final collision course.Defending #USOpen champion @angeliquekerber will face Osaka in her R1 match. https://t.co/nWiYVAqUVG (??: 2016) pic.twitter.com/bkxPPw8J0t- US Open Tennis (@usopen) 25 August 2017Kerber: “[This year] I learned to focus on what I ??: going on court & practicing hard, playing my best in front of fans, & winning” #USOpen pic.twitter.com/Wox61v4vWx- US Open Tennis (@usopen) 25 August 2017And even before a ball is hit in anger, the countdown to that possible showdown has set pulses racing.2014 champion @cilic_marin, No.5 seed, opens against Simon https://t.co/jzQFY1rxrz (??: 2014) #USOpen (??: 2014) pic.twitter.com/Zl6Q7yjT0E- US Open Tennis (@usopen) 25 August 2017Top seed and 2x champion @RafaelNadal starts his 2017 #USOpen campaign vs. Lajovic https://t.co/BUyVkSJpJg pic.twitter.com/diUTYthcHAadvertisement- US Open Tennis (@usopen) 25 August 20172006 #USOpen champion @MariaSharapova will face Halep in her R1 match. https://t.co/czpOX2dTrQ (??: 2012) pic.twitter.com/0jjIOlJaHt- US Open Tennis (@usopen) 25 August 2017
Indian cricketers are due for a pay raise which is currently only held up due to administrative hiccups resulting out of BCCI’s legal hassles. Efforts are on to adequately compensate even Test specialists like Cheteshwar Pujara who don’t get to benefit from IPL riches.In contrast New Zealand, India’s next opponents, would feel they are playing another sport. Earlier this month their leading left-arm seamer Mitchell McClenaghan inked a deal to play for Sydney Thunders in the Big Bash, refusing a central contract with New Zealand cricket.Indian cricket fans would remember McClenaghan playing for Mumbai Indians in the IPL, managing to keep Mitchell Johnson on the bench.New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson when asked if players making such choices leads to lack of motivation in the change room, ducked under. “The coach would be the best suited to answer this,” he said.The Black Caps coach Mike Hesson was more forthcoming and understanding of the decision their premier seamer took.”I think from a New Zealand cricket perspective, we don’t pay the wages that other countries do. So players do get to a point at their careers where they have to decide where their priorities are in terms of whether it is about preparing for your future. We very much respect Mitch’s decision at this stage of his career,” he said.Ironically having taken the decision to turn a freelance cricketer, McClenaghan has got off to a false start with the South African T20 global league remaining a non starter this year where he was supposed to play later in the year.advertisementMcClenaghan has spoken about going back to playing four-day cricket back home sending out a message to team coach Hesson.Hesson speaking in Mumbai has indicated the door is not closed. “Just because you’re not a contracted player doesn’t mean you’re not available to play. It just means that there are tournaments throughout the year where you’re not available and therefore other players get opportunities to make the most of those. We could well be confronted with those situations in the future years and it’s very much an individual thing,” he said.Hesson’s comments point towards the pausity of resources in New Zealand cricket and bring out the often overlooked pay disparity’ in world cricket. This is also reflected from another reality where New Zealand cricket board has only preferred to schedule four Test matches in the coming year, finding more long form cricket commercially unviable.Their skipper and one of the best in the trade with the bat, Kane Williamson can do little about it. No wonder he chooses to duck questions which is otherwise his last resort when facing the red cherry.
New Delhi, Oct 24 (PTI) The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion today approved Reebok Indias proposal to set up single brand retail stores in the country. “The proposal to undertake single-brand retail trading of Reebok branded products in India has been approved. It entails foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows of Rs 20 crore,” official sources said.Reebok India had sought governments nod to set up single brand retail stores in the country. The company had submitted its proposal to the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP). At present, Germanys Adidas AG sells Adidas and Reebok sports shoes and clothes in India. As per the foreign direct investment (FDI) policy, 100 per cent equity investment is allowed in single brand retail trading. FDI of up to 49 per cent is permitted under the automatic route but governments nod is required beyond that limit.Foreign investment is allowed subject to certain conditions, which require products to be of a single brand only and to be sold under the same brand globally. Furthermore, in respect of proposals involving FDI beyond 51 per cent, it is mandatory to source 30 per cent of the value of goods purchased from India, preferably micro small & medium enterprises. PTI RSN MKJ
Chennai, Nov 19 (PTI) Sethu FC is gearing up to take part in the qualifiers of the 2017 AIFF-Indian Womens League which starts on November 25. The Madurai-based outfit is the first team from Tamil Nadu to take part in the premier womens football competition. The first match is against Baroda FC on November 25. The team is coached by Kalpana Dass, who holds an AFC A licence and has previously worked with several major womens teams, including Pune FC. Playing in the IWL Qualifying will be a big challenge for the side given their limited exposure and being an amateur side of school and college students, she was quoted as saying in a press release. She said outstation players had been roped in this year but there were plans to use only Tamil Nadu players from next time. “Sethu FC is the only team from Tamil Nadu in the IWL.. Right now we have some outstation players.. From next year we want to use only Tamil Nadu players.. This time we have roped in outstation players to give our side some experience and raise the level of their game,” she said. The team is owned by former president of Tamil Nadu Football Association and current chairman of womens committee, M Seeni Moideen. Sethu FC is in six-team Group A in the qualifying league along with Rising Star (Odisha), Baroda FC (Gujarat), Capital Complex Sporting Club (Arunachal Pradesh), Indira Gandhi ASE (Puducherry) and J&K State Sports Council and will play five matches. Group B comprises seven teams. Only the toppers of each group will advance to the main event. This would be the first National tournament for Sethu FC which has predominantly played in Tamil Nadu, the release said. Moideen said, “There is a lot of potential in Tamil Nadu in womens football and I started this team to provide a boost to the womens game in the state.. Our focus is also to improve the game in the state at the grassroots level.” Squad (TN unless specified): Goalkeepers: N Sowmiya, I Ramya, Vinitha, S Rumpa Malik (WB). Defenders: P Juki, M Varalakshmi, JakiyaAfrien, N PoliKoley (WB),Rutuja R Gunwant (Maharashtra), Anline Fernandes (Goa), Laura Estibeiro (Maharashtra). Mid-fielders: S Muthuselvi , S Iswarya, A Karthika ,K Sowbakiyalakshmi, Alam (West Bengal), Indumathi, B Puja Karmakar (WB), Anagha Janakkiraman (Maharashtra). Forwards: M Nandhini, S Abarna, R Sumitra, Velanie Fernandes (Goa), Manisha (Punjab). PTI SS ROHadvertisement
The England and Wales Cricket Board has said it was yet to take a final decision on hosting a day-night Test during the home Ashes series in 2019.ECB CEO Tom Harrison did not rule out a day-night Test match in the 2019 Ashes but said it was unlikely.”It’s to be decided, it’s unlikely to be honest. I think we’ve got a formula which works brilliantly well for us in Ashes cricket in the UK. Right time, right place, right conditions are the rules for day-night Test cricket. We’ll wait and see but unlikely I would say,” Harrison told Australian state radio broadcaster ABC on Wednesday.England had hosted their first-ever day-night Test against West Indies at Edgbaston in August.The home team dominated the West Indies and thrashed them by an innings and 209 runs inside three days.Paceman Stuart Broad starred in that match and became England’s second-most prolific wicket-taker in Test cricket.England’s big win over West Indies was also hailed as a success by the ECB.Adelaide Oval hosted the first day-night contest between the Ashes foes in the second Test of the ongoing series, with the home side winning by 120 runs.Australia then won the third Test at the WACA to regain the urn and take a 3-0 unbeatable lead in the five-match series.(With inputs from Reuters)
South Africa’s star pacer Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the ongoing first Test against India at Newlands, Cape Town.Steyn left the field during India’s innings having bowled 17.3 overs and went for scans on a bruised left heel. He was later seen limping as he came back to the ground and his participation in the rest of the match — and the series — is in doubt. Steyn won’t bowl but may bat if needed in this Test match.Steyn returned to Test cricket for the match after 13 months on the sidelines with a career-threatening shoulder injury.The South African team manager said he sustained a “freakish” foot injury while bowling in his comeback game on Saturday.Steyn, who has been plagued by injuries over the last three years and was playing his first Test in more than a year, hurt his left foot when he landed awkwardly in a foothole on one delivery, South Africa manager and team doctor Mohammed Moosajee said.Initial scans showed tissue damage around the bottom of Steyn’s foot and near the heel, Moosajee said, and Steyn wouldn’t be able to bowl again in the Test in Cape Town.The type of injury normally takes 4-6 weeks to heal, Moosajee added, almost certainly ruling Steyn out of the rest of the series against India and putting a question mark over whether he can once again regain full fitness ahead of Australia’s tour in March.”Generally you need rest,” Moosajee said, saying there was “significant” bruising and tissue damage on Steyn’s foot.advertisementSteyn will see a specialist on Sunday, Moosajee said.Steyn left the field just before the tea break and immediately after the delivery that caused the injury. He couldn’t complete his 18th over and was limping slightly as he headed to the dressing rooms at Newlands.”It’s never nice for Dale because he’s just come back from injury,” said Steyn’s fellow South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada. “Just feeling very sympathetic for him.”Steyn, who is 10th on the list of all-time wicket-takers in Test matches, was playing a Test for the first time since breaking down with a right shoulder injury in Australia in November 2016. Before that, the 34-year-old paceman, regarded as one of the game’s great fast bowlers, endured other problems with his right shoulder and a groin injury. He had only played eight Tests in three years before his return this week.His comeback was closely watched with fears that he hadn’t played enough cricket in the buildup to this season and might struggle for match fitness.Moosajee said it was important to note that it was a freakish type of injury and had nothing to do with his injury history or workload in the match.Steyn appeared to have made a successful return, taking 2-51 in India’s first innings to improve his career total to 419 wickets in 86 Tests. He needs another three wickets to overtake Shaun Pollock and become South Africa’s leading wicket-taker of all time in Test cricket.(With inputs from AP)
Delhi’s notorious smog did not halt play as it did on Sunday but Sri Lanka batsman Angelo Mathews said the air remained as bad as his team battled for survival against India in the final Test on Monday.The second day’s play was stopped twice on Sunday as Sri Lanka fast bowlers Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Gamage walked off the field after the seasonal haze blanketed the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in the Indian capital.Several players wore facemasks and coach Nic Pothas said two of them vomited in the dressing-room.Nothing of that sort, however, was reported on Monday as centuries by Mathews and skipper Dinesh Chandimal helped Sri Lanka to 356 for nine, their highest score in the series, when bad light stopped play.”It was pretty much the same as yesterday, I’d say. Or even a bit worse, I’m not really sure,” Mathews told reporters.”… but look, we got to deal with what we have for the next two days,” said the former captain, who ended his two-year century drought with a chancy 111.Delhi’s government last month ordered schools to shut temporarily after pollution readings in some places peaked at 500, the most severe level on the government’s air quality index that measures poisonous particles.Asked if the International Cricket Council should come out with clear guidelines for such cases, Mathews said: “It’s up to the match referee to talk to the ICC. This was one of those unique occasions, we never had this kind of issues.”There is match referee, there are two umpires and I’m sure they’d sit and talk to ICC.”advertisementMathews dismissed suggestions that the episode has created bad blood between the sides.”Not at all. As I said, it was one of those unique occasions, where no one knew what to do. It didn’t hamper the relation of the players at all,” he said.”We play hard on the field, and off the field we are great friends.”India bowling coach Bharat Arun said on Sunday that the match was “unnecessarily” halted, pointing to Virat Kohli’s seven-and-half-hour innings of 243 during which the India captain did not feel uncomfortable.Despite his 181-run fourth-wicket stand with skipper Dinesh Chandimal saving Sri Lanka from the follow-on, Mathews wasn’t happy after the tourists lost quick wickets to end the day.Mathews stroked a marathon 268-ball 111, comprising 14 boundaries and two sixes to rescue the visitors after they lost three quick wickets on Sunday afternoon.The visitors, however failed to wrest back the advantage once Ravichandran Ashwin broke the big fourth wicket stand with the scalp of Mathews,and subsequently lost five quick wickets towards the end of the day.”Little bit disappointed the way we ended up. We could have had a few more wickets in hand, specially going in to Tuesday,” Mathews told reporters at the end of the day’s play on Monday.”It was a good wicket, yes there was the odd ball taking turn but no real danger. Obviously it will start turning a little more as we go into the fourth and fifth days.”They (India) kept at it and we had to work extremely hard to get the runs. We made the bowlers work very hard,” he added.(With inputs from IANS)
Spain are under of the risk on missing out on the 2018 World Cup in Russia despite comfortably qualifying after reports emerged that there may be political interference in the functioning of the Spanish FA.According to FIFA rules, government and political interference in a country’s football association is strictly prohibited and if any political interference emerges in a national’s football association, it runs the risk of getting suspended.FIFA had, in October, suspended the Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) on account of undue third-party interference.FIFA said on Friday that they will be sending a delegation to Spain to look into the matter and investigate any kind of government interference in the Spanish FA.In a statement (written in Spanish), FIFA said that they had sent a letter to the Spanish FA “expressing our concern for the situation that the federation is going through and reminding (its officials) that, according to the Statutes of FIFA, all member federations must manage their affairs independently and assure that there is no interference by third parties.”Spanish newspaper El Pais reported earlier Friday that the FIFA letter warned of a possible suspension because of the government’s push to hold elections following the arrest of federation president Angel Maria Villar in July on suspicion of corruption.According to El Pais, FIFA is concerned that the government’s interest in federation elections could be considered outside meddling and break its rules. If the national federation were to be suspended, Spain’s team would not be allowed to play at next year’s World Cup.advertisementFIFA’s statement made no mention of a suspension or other punitive measures.But the scare was big enough for Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to say that Spain will not miss soccer’s biggest event.”I am sure that Spain will go to the World Cup in Russia and that it will win it,” Rajoy said at a news conference in Brussels.FIFA added in its statement that “in the coming days” it will send a delegation, which will include representatives from UEFA, to Madrid to “observe and analyze the situation” of the Spanish soccer federation.The federation said in a separate statement that its interim president, Juan Luis Larrea, had spoken with FIFA and UEFA officials at the World Cup draw on Dec. 1 and that he had passed on their “enormous concern” to Spain’s minister of education, culture and sport.The Spanish federation said it was waiting for the ministry to set a date for a meeting.Spanish police arrested Villar, his son, and two other soccer officials in July on suspicion of improper management, misappropriation of funds, corruption and falsifying documents.Villar was replaced by Larrea, the body’s treasurer for three decades. Critics of Villar argue that elections are needed to make a clean start for the institution that has been tarnished by the scandal.(Courtesy: AP)
India women ended a 13-year-wait on November 5 when they became the Asian champions beating China 5-4 in a nail-biting hockey Asia Cup final in Japan.The previous women’s Asia Cup victory for India came in 2004, when they had defeated Japan in New Delhi.With the victory, the Indian women’s hockey team have qualified for next year’s World Cup.The Indian women team’s triumph follows the men’s Asia Cup victory last month.Rani Rampal was a proud captain as the Indian team touched down in New Delhi with the trophy shining bright in their hands.”It’s a huge achievement for us that we have qualified for the World Cup being the continental champions. We had the feeling amongst us that we have to qualify for the World Cup on our own and not through any other means,” Rampal told India Today.WATCH VIDEOTeam India received a grand welcome after arriving from Japan late on 6th Nov with the 9th Womens #AsiaCup2017 trophy. pic.twitter.com/0EIanay3Mi- Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) November 7, 2017Rampal praised her team and highlighted the role of the coaching staff behind their success.”The team played very well and the coaching staff helped us a lot, guided us wonderfully and enabled us to perform well.”Rampal said they were very happy now that they could end the country’s long wait for the trophy.”The team is really happy because we last won the Asia Cup in 2004 and now this. So this shows that hockey has gradually improved,” Rampal concluded.advertisementEarlier, the Indian women’s hockey team expressed their disappointment over the fact that their game were not telecast live on TV.Monika Malik, Savita Punia and others said to ANI that they were hurt with the treatment meted to them in terms of the telecast.
ATHENS — Atromitos handed Olympiakos its first defeat in the Greek league and joined the defending champion and PAOK in first place on Sept. 27.PAOK can take sole possession of the lead when it hosts OFI on Sept. 28.Also, Asteras won 1-0 at Platanias and Xanthi drew 1-1 at Panionios.Atromitos’ victory came three days after it hired former Portuguese international Ricardo Sa Pinto as its new coach.“Coach was wise not to make too many changes, but he rallied us,” said Tassos Karamanos, the goal scorer with a low drive in the 29th minute.Olympiakos coach Michel said his players lacked passion. Four days before Olympiakos’ Champions League game at Malmo, Michel used the same lineup that beat Atletico Madrid 3-2.TweetPinShare0 Shares