HC admits over age players plea against DDCA and BCCI

first_imgThe Delhi High Court on Friday admitted a petition that accuses the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) of allowing over age players to get selected in under-16 and under-19 teams and play.It says that this June, 47 players were selected and trained by the DDCA. However, six months later, 15 of them were found to be over age for the team that they were selected for.Treating the petition as a Public Interest Litigation (PIL), Justice S Murlidhar on Friday referred it to a division bench for January hearing. The court, however, has yet not issued notices to the accused parties that also include the Union government.Petitioner Rajiv Gupta, father of a budding cricketer, has alleged that the DDCA by selecting and allowing over age players to play in various tournaments has thereby ” affected and foreclosed” the rights of the eligible under age players to show their talent and play for the state of Delhi.Citing a specific incident, the petitioner claimed that this June the DDCA selected tentatively 46 players in an extremely ” arbitrary and incoherent manner”. ” It is submitted that these 46 players who were short listed were given a comprehensive training to play for DDCA in various tournaments where players under the age of 16 only were to play. However, in October, when the DDCA was to select the final team, the players were sent to Apollo Hospital for getting their age tested and it was found that 17 players were overage and were not fit to play the tournament,” said the petition. ” Interestingly, barely two days after this, another report from a private doctor from Apollo Hospital declared two of the 17 players to be within the age of 16 years and thus competent to play the tournament.” The petitioner has also raised objections to the process followed by the DDCA for determining the age of the cricketers.advertisement” The DDCA in its endeavours to select the players of its choice has adopted a mechanism whereby a player is sent for the medical examination only once and thereafter he is allowed to play for subsequent years even if he becomes overage as per the date of birth provided by him,” said the petition.The petition further explains that the procedure adopted by the DDCA re- introduces the old malice of cheating on age as players comfortably manages a date of birth certificate that allow them to remain in the team for next three years.” The practice also saves the medical practitioner as all he has to do is to ascertain whether the player sent to him is of 19 years or below on the date of examination and he nowhere has to give an opinion on the age of the player on the date of the examination,” said the petition.However, other states have adopted a fair mechanism, according to which the doctor concerned has to give a specific opinion as to the age of the player on the date of examination.Also, the players are sent for age determination tests every year before being selected in the team. ” It shall be pertinent to mention that even the DDCA was earlier following the practice but recently, for reasons arbitrary, capricious and malafide, the said practice, was discontinued without any plausible reason,” the petition added.The petition seeks the court’s direction to the government of India to ensure that the BCCI and the DDCA ” function in an accountable manner and for the objects for which they have been created and recognised by the government, failing which the government must withdraw its recognition and patronage from these organisations”.last_img read more

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IPL 2011: Kings XI Punjab face battle for survival against Royal Challengers Bangalore

first_imgChris Gayle’s explosive batting would once again make the decisive difference when inform Royal Challengers Bangalore take on an equally upbeat Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League match in Dharamsala on Tuesday.Assured of a play-offs berth, Bangalore have not seen defeat for seven matches while Punjab, who are still fighting to make the knock-out stage, are unbeaten for three games now.Bangalore have gone from strength to strength ever since Gayle’s arrival. The all-rounder as been in marauding form leaving the opposition bowlers literally scurrying for cover.The worrying thing for Punjab would be that one of Gayle’s two destructive hundreds this season came against them and Adam Gilchrist would be desperately hoping for the law of averages to catch up with the big- hitter.Bangalore went on to smash 205 in their last match against Punjab, who were bogged down by the huge challenge.Punjab have an outside chance of making the play-offs if they keep winning but to pull it off against the dominant Bangalore, it would require a very special effort.Punjab certainly have the batting to do the job with Gilchrist, Paul Valthaty, Shaun Marsh, Dinesh Karthik and David Hussey making up a solid line-up.Just a couple of big innings from Punjab would be enough to set up a competitive total or chase down an intimidating target.As far as bowling is concerned, Punjab have struggled badly and though pacer Praveen Kumar and spin leg-spinner Piyush Chawla came good in the previous match against Delhi Daredevils, stopping the hurricane called Gayle would be a tougher task.advertisementFor Bangalore, Gayle’s success has brought phenomenal results, but the team also has to be wary of relying too heavily on the West Indian. Gayle can also be inconsistent and Bangalore need the rest of the line-up – which includes Luke Pomersbach, Virat Kohli, and AB de Villiers – to support the dashing left-hander with good contributions down the order. The fact that Bangalore lost six wickets while chasing just 102 against Kolkata Knight Riders the other day after Gayle got out for 38 should cause some concern.In bowling, the assured presence of the experienced Zaheer Khan has worked well for the team. But the star pacer has been left jaded by months of cricket and the rest of the attack – comprising Charl Langeveldt, Sreenath Aravind and Abhimanyu Mithun – has to ensure that his efforts are well complimented.Given the form of both the teams, it seems to be an even contest but the Gayle factor slightly tilts the balance in Bangalore’s favour.- with inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Will Messi be football merchandise messiah for Argentina?

first_imgWhile football lovers in India are eagerly awaiting the arrival of arguably the best player of the present era – Lionel Messi – for an Argentina-Venezuela friendly on September 2, the match will also be a vehicle to tap the huge market for merchandising in the country.Argentina and Barcelona football star Lionel Messi is expected to play in Kolkata this September. APWith even the Spanish League’s kick-off timings set to be reworked for the next season to suit Asian viewers, it comes as no surprise that the craze for the likes of Messi and Carlos Tevez among Indian youngsters will be used to open new avenues for merchandising.Even though Messi, Tevez, Gonzalo Higuain and Javier Mascherano are widely known names in the country, the move to play the friendly on Indian soil – arguably the highest-profile match ever in the country- will help in not only promoting their country and clubs, but also increase the sale of their merchandise here.Bhaswar Goswami, chief of Celebrity Management Group (CMG), says that other than promoting the game in the country, Argentina will also use the opportunity to tap the huge Indian market and promote their stars so as to increase sale of their merchandise.  “There is immense craze for football in the country and we all know the kind of respect the likes of Messi and Tevez commend in this country. So it isn’t too much of a surprise that they will look into merchandising and using the still widely untapped market in the country.advertisement”Despite these stars never setting foot on Indian soil, many youngsters are mad about these players and are often seen buying original jerseys of these stars at huge prices, so their very presence will definitely augur well for Argentina’s marketing team,” he told MAIL TODAY.Clearing all doubts over Messi’s presence in the squad, Goswami said: “I had a direct interaction with the Argentina manager and when the contract was forwarded to them for the friendly to be played at the Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata, we had clearly mentioned that the presence of Messi and Tevez was a must.”So they signed the contract knowing that Messi and Tevez’s presence was mandatory. The manager has also informed that Mascherano is most likely to lead the team.” Goswami cleared any doubts over the infrastructural capability of the stadium to hold the match.”All these rumours that the match might be shifted to another venue are baseless. The players know that the ground has artificial turf and they have no issues playing on it. There were a few issues with the players’ arena as it is a FIFA friendly and the facilities need to be world- class. But work has already started and with the kind of co- operation that we have got from the state government, I am sure we will be ready well in advance of the September 2 match.”In fact, designs were sent from Argentina to meet the demand of the stars and the refurbishment is being done accordingly. Moreover, we are looking to improve the facilities for the spectators as well, so that they can watch one of the biggest matches comfortably,” he said.Although bucket seats are must for any FIFA match, Goswami reiterated that they are not mandatory for international friendlies.last_img read more

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Sodhi shoots double trap bronze at World Cup

first_imgIndia’s premier double trap shooter, Ronjan Sodhi shone once again on the world stage on Tuesday when he won the bronze medal at the final ISSF Shotgun World Cup stage of the year in Maribor, Slovenia.Sodhi, who had clinched a London Olympics quota spot for India with a silver medal at the World Cup stage in Beijing earlier this year, was ineligible for another quota spot, but that did not diminish his hunger for success.In relatively easy conditions for the shooters, Sodhi qualified for the final with 145 hits out of 150, behind Peter Robert Russell Wilson of Britain and China’s Hu Binyuan (both 146).But it was in the final that Sodhi really came into his own, shooting 49 out of the 50 clay birds. Yet, that was only good enough for a joint second place with Binyuan, since Wilson also shot 49 to assure himself of the gold medal. In the shoot-off for second place, Sodhi missed one of his two targets while Binyuan shot down both.Sodhi said he didn’t find it difficult to motivate himself.”It is a big challenge to motivate oneself and not lose focus, but I love competing and I can’t just sit around and do nothing, even after I have achieved something,” he told Mail Today over phone.”I took the quota and the silver medal in Beijing but I was disappointed with the way I had shot in that final, because that’s a part of my game that I pride myself on. I felt I had to make amends for missing the gold back then, and I achieved my objective to a large extent.advertisement”We have the World Championship coming up in September, and obviously the Olympics are on the horizon, so I don’t want to rest on my laurels. I want to be at my best.” India’s Mohammad Asab also came up with a commendable effort, scoring 143 to finish ninth, missing out on a possible spot in the six-man final by just one point,” he added.This was Asab’s first score above 140 in a competitive environment.The other Indian in the fray, Vikram Bhatnagar, finished a distant 46th with 129 points.last_img read more

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India enter U-19 World Cup final, to face Australia next

first_imgIndia relied on spinners Baba Aparajith and Harmeet Singh to pull off a thrilling 9-run victory over New Zealand and cruise into the final of the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup here on Thursday. SCORE | PHOTOSDefending a modest total of 209, Indian bowlers maintained their consistency throughout as they restricted New Zealand to 200 for nine in their 50 overs to set up a title clash against Australia on Sunday.Needing 18 off last over, medium pacer Sandeep Sharma kept his cool as he gave away only nine runs as India made it to summit clash quite comfortably in the end at the Tony Ireland stadium.Young Tamil Nadu lad Aparajith got his second successive man-of-the-match award for his all-round show as he scored 44 before taking the important wicket of Robert O’Donell.This is India U-19 team’s fourth appearance in the final of the tournament having won the 2000 and 2008 editions while they were runners-up in 2006.A target of 210 was never a tall-order for the Black Caps colts but all-rounder Aparajith (1/29) and the young sardar from Mumbai Harmeet (2/30) stifled the set New Zealand pair of Cam Fletcher (53) and O’Donell (29) in the middle overs to set it up for the Indians.The duo gave away only 59 runs in the 20 overs between them and also shared three wickets. The highlight certainly were the Batting Powerplay overs where two of them gave away only 14 runs in the five overs.While New Zealand lost the first four wickets for 63 runs, Carter-O’Donell duo put on 56 runs for the fifth wicket without much fuss. It looked as if New Zealand were cruising along towards victory before Harmeet-Aparajith applied brakes on scoring. Back to-back maidens in the 34th and 35th overs suddenly increased the pressure on the Kiwis.advertisementAs the pressure mounted, O’Donell closed the face of his bat to an off-break from Aparajith to offer a simple return catch as India made decisive inroads.last_img read more

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Mentally-rejuvenated Nick Kyrgios to cut back on 2019 schedule

first_imgLATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño “If I was to win the US Open or something, I won’t play again for the rest of the year,” he added.The supremely talented but combustible Kyrgios has become infamous for petulant behavior, outbursts and meltdowns on court.At the US Open in August an umpire gave him a controversial pep talk during his second-round game for his perceived lack of effort.And he was criticized for his lackluster performance in exiting the Shanghai Masters in the first round in October.Kyrgios said that “being away from home was the toughest bit”.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Nick Kyrgios of Australia reacts after being defeated by Bradley Klahn of the US during their men’s single round of 64 match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament on October 8, 2018. (Photo by Johannes EISELE / AFP)Temperamental Australian Nick Kyrgios says he will cut back on his schedule in 2019, blaming long stints away from home for mental health issues that led him to see psychologists.The fiery 23-year-old had another roller-coaster tennis season this year where he was criticized for his on-court antics, before an elbow injury forced him to call an early halt to the year in October.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. INQUIRER SPORTS TOP 7 Stories of the year: Team Lakay’s dominance in ONE MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “Battling injuries, going to tournaments and not even playing was tough, but again, they’re not really big problems,” he added.“I’ll have a lighter schedule and when I play, enjoy playing and just compete.”His start to the new season hasn’t gone entirely to plan after he was bitten by a spider and admitted to hospital on Christmas Day.But after antibiotics and rest he said he was ready to go again.“I didn’t take it (bite) seriously. I just felt an irritation on my foot the day before Christmas,” he said. “There’s worse things in the world but I think I’ll be okay.”Kyrgios has been dealt a tough start to his Brisbane defense after being drawn to face American Ryan Harrison in the first round in a rematch of the 2018 final.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting On returning home he told his local Canberra Times newspaper he was “starting to see some psychologists and trying to get on top of my mental health”, admitting he had “probably left it a little too long”.He makes his tennis comeback at the Brisbane International this week as defending champion and said he was feeling much better but would tighten-up his schedule after a grueling 2018.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“Being home solved a lot of my problems. It was more mental than anything,” he said.“I was away from home for five-and-a-half months. I don’t ever want to do that again. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

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Fuel surge

first_imgMOST READ After clamping down on Christian Standhardinger and the San Miguel Beermen in a huge upset victory, Columbian Dyip’s Jeepy Faundo (left) and Eric Camson hope to clog the lanes anew against Phoenix. —AUGUST DELA CRUZDriven to do better and make up for a disastrous stint the last time out, Phoenix Pulse shoots for a third straight win in the PBA Philippine Cup to reclaim the early elimination round lead when the Fuel Masters square off with undermanned Columbian on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.After piecing together two straight wins in an impressive start, the Fuel Masters step on the fabled Big Dome floor in Cubao as the favorites over the Dyip in the 4:30 p.m. game even as winless sister teams NLEX and TNT KaTropa square off in the 7 p.m. game.ADVERTISEMENT Another chance meeting sparks rematch talk SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “They are very motivated to make up for what happened in [the last conference],” flu-stricken coach Louie Alas told the Inquirer over the phone after seeing his Fuel Masters work out. “We all learned our lessons.”Phoenix held a twice-to-beat edge over Meralco in the quarterfinals of the Governors’ Cup last season, and the pain of that debacle, Alas said, is still in the hearts of his charges.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Masakit,” he said. “We had our chances and we couldn’t capitalize on them.”Phoenix’s victories came in heart-stopping, energy-sapping matches that needed extra periods. The Fuel Masters forged a 93-92 squeaker over Meralco before following it up with a 93-84 decision of the Texters. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “Two overtimes in two games,” said coach Louie Alas after the win over TNT.“[M]ore than the win, [I’m happy] with the experience to play post games,” he added, saying it was a valuable experience for his team while noting that “Last [season], we would lose in such games.”Gunslinger Matthew Wright is tossing in an average of 20.5 points in the first two games for Alas and with Columbian also without a dominant big man and likely to sit out prolific guard Jerramy King because of a leg injury, the Fuel Masters could no longer need another five minutes to wrap up a third straight win.Wright agreed with his coach that the tight matches will help Phoenix as it searches for a breakthrough performance this conference, saying “we’re becoming more experienced, and we’re becoming more of a veteran team.”Phoenix also doesn’t have a dominant big man, but is loaded in the other positions with Calvin Abueva its do-it-all bruiser and Alex Mallari enjoying a rejuvenation of sorts after being acquired from NLEX.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES Mallari scored 11 points in each of the first two games for Alas and has surely earned his spot in the rotation even as Jason Perkins gives the Fuel Masters that extra muscle inside which makes him and Abueva quite the combination in the paint.An interesting sidelight in this game, though, is the first face-off between Abueva and Columbian rookie CJ Perez, whom the Dyip tabbed as the first overall choice in the last Draft.Perez, described by scouts as an Abueva clone, scored 26 points in his debut, helping the Dyip to a 124-118 upset of four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer last week.The former Lyceum standout in the NCAA is being ballyhooed as the savior of the Dyip, who are coming off yet another forgettable season.The Road Warriors and the Texters, meanwhile, are languishing at the bottom of the standings early after two straight defeats each.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View comments US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantslast_img read more

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Manchester United get their Angel, sign Di Maria for $99 million

first_imgAngel Di Maria has joined Man United for a British-record fee of 59.7 million poundsManchester United broke the British transfer-fee record by signing Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for 59.7 million pounds ($99 million) on Tuesday, extending a summer spending spree that was sparked by its most disappointing season in a generation.The 26-year-old Di Maria joined on a five-year contract, taking United’s spending to about 130 million pounds ($215 million) in the summer transfer window as England’s most successful club seeks to revive its fortunes under new manager Louis van Gaal.Di Maria was one of Madrid’s key players last season when the Spanish team became European champion for a 10th time, but rejected the offer of a new contract during the offseason and asked to leave.”I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Spain and there were a lot of clubs interested in me, but United is the only club that I would have left Real Madrid for,” Di Maria said. “Louis van Gaal is a fantastic coach with a proven track record of success and I am impressed by the vision and determination everyone has to get this club back to the top – where it belongs. I now just cannot wait to get started.”Di Maria’s transfer fee breaks the previous British record of 50 million pounds (then $81 million), set in 2011 when Fernando Torres joined Chelsea from Liverpool. Four players – Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and James Rodriguez – have cost more than Di Maria in world football, while Zinedine Zidane moved from Juventus to Madrid for a similar fee in euro terms in 2001.advertisementThe 26-year-old former Real Madrid star has joined Man Utd on a five-year contract”Angel is a world-class midfielder but most importantly he is a team player,” Van Gaal said. “There is no doubting his immense natural talent. He is a tremendously fast and incisive left-footed player who puts fear into the most accomplished defense.”His dribbling skills and his ability to take on and beat opponents are a joy to watch. He is an excellent addition to the team.”The left-footed Di Maria, who can play anywhere across the midfield, will provide United with an injection of pace and technical ability in that area. Both attributes were lacking last season under David Moyes, when the team slumped to a seventh-place finish in the Premier League, and in the first two games of this season under Van Gaal.It is also a statement by United that the club can attract one of the world’s most talented players despite not being in the Champions League this season. United isn’t even playing in the Europa League.Critics say Van Gaal hasn’t addressed the team’s biggest weakness – a defense that lost three pillars in Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra this summer and has looked vulnerable in a 2-1 home loss to Swansea and a 1-1 draw at Sunderland in the two games so far in the Dutchman’s reign.But it is the kind of marquee signing United fans have been craving. The prospect of Di Maria linking up with attacking trio Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata is an enticing one as the team bids to return to the league’s top four and get back in the Champions League.Di Maria was man of the match in last season’s Champions League final against Atletico Madrid and one of Argentina’s best players at the World Cup in Brazil until he hurt his thigh in the quarterfinal win over Belgium, forcing him to miss the semifinal and final.He joined Real Madrid from Benfica in 2010, when he was an out-and-out winger. At Madrid last season, coach Carlo Ancelotti also played him as a central midfielder. Under contract until 2018 at Madrid, Di Maria faced increased competition in midfield following the signings of Rodriguez and Toni Kroos, and had been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.Left back Luke Shaw, central midfielder Ander Herrera and defender Marcos Rojo are the other players to have moved to Old Trafford this summer in deals worth around 70 million pounds.last_img read more

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GALLERY: Ateneo lights up another bonfire for UAAP Season 81

first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics MANILA, Philippines–Ateneo celebrated its athletes of the second semester with its second bonfire celebration of the UAAP Season Friday.The Lady Eagles captured the women’s volleyball title of Season 81 while the Blue Eagles ruled the men’s football tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netcenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Ateneo celebrates latest UAAP feat with another bonfirelast_img read more

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Allrounder Samit Patel recalled to England Test squad

first_imgAll-rounder Samit Patel has been recalled to the England Test squad for next month’s tour of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to play Pakistan as a replacement for the injured Zafar Ansari.Ansari injured his left thumb just hours after getting a surprise call-up to the England squad last week. The 23-year-old was selected as a third spinner for England behind Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, suffered an “open dislocation” to his thumb while fielding for Surrey against Lancashire at Old Trafford.Also read: Spinners will test England in UAE Tests: Pakistan coach Waqar “The timing of this injury, on the day his selection was announced, was particularly cruel for Zafar and he is naturally extremely disappointed to have to pull out of the tour,” England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) national selector James Whitaker was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.”As a left-arm spinner and a middle-order batsman, Samit is a similar type of player to Zafar and his previous international experience, and in particular, experience of performing for England in sub-continental conditions will be an extremely useful asset to the squad in the UAE.”Speaking after his call-up, Patel, who has played five Tests, said he thought his England chance had gone.”I was not expecting a Test call. I thought the door was closed on Test cricket. It’s unfortunate for Zafar but I have to make the most of it,” said the 30-year-old.last_img read more

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Real creates history with unlikely redemption,Real creates history with unlikely redemption

first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL La Undecima Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with the trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League REUTERS Published on La Undecima Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with the trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League REUTERS COMMENT Wins Champions League for therecord 11{+t}{+h} time May 29, 2016center_img Familiarity breeds contempt. Inter-city derbies are testimony to that. And if the encounters go beyond domestic league games, they only get fierier.  The Madrid rivalry, which remained largely one-sided for long, reached the pinnacle of European nights for the second time in three seasons. For Real Madrid, it was a chance to cement their name on the Hall of Fame with ‘La Undecima’, a record 11th Champions League title; for Atletico Madrid, it was a chance to avenge the heartbreak of the 2014 final, in which they had lost to the same opposition.  Although Real Madrid were the dominant side in this competition, Atletico came into the final with a superior head-to-head record over their neighbours since the past few seasons, in all competitions combined. Like 2014, the final in Milan on Saturday went to Extra Time after the teams were locked at one goal apiece after regulation time. But unlike the final in Lisbon, there was no late onslaught from Real and penalties followed. It only seemed scripted by the footballing Gods that the winning penalty was taken by none other than Cristiano Ronaldo.  Zizou’s revivalYet, six months ago, not even the most loyal of Real supporters saw this coming. After a troubled start to the campaign under the then manager Rafa Benitez, which included a 4-0 hammering at home by enemies Barcelona, and subsequent disqualification from the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player, Los Blancos fans sensed yet another disappointing season.  However, the new year brought a new lease of life. Rafa Benitez was shown the door, and replacing him was club legend Zinedine Zidane. The Frenchman, who was Assistant Manager when Real Madrid lifted the Champions League in 2014, had a huge task. Barcelona were racing ahead in the La Liga, leaving the Champions League as the only hope for silverware.  And on Saturday, he proved why he was the right man for the job.The La Liga seemed a foregone conclusion, with neither team from Madrid having any realistic chance of catching the Catalans. However, an unlikely collapse from Barcelona saw both Madrid teams catch up with the outfit at Camp Nou, and the La Liga race went till the final day; Real Madrid finished just one point behind Barcelona. Fresh attitudeNot only did Zidane revive the team, he also breathed fresh attitude. The season was marred by poor results, and there was the natural speculation of infighting. With Barcelona’s lethal MSN (Messi-Suarez-Neymar) combine striking terror into oppositions teams, Real’s BBC (Benzema-Bale-Cristiano) were facing a rough patch. Zidane’s first job was to get the team “believing” again, something he did successfully. In the post-match press conference, he mentioned that his “positive attitude” changed the team. Gareth Bale too, praised the manager for instilling confidence into the team.  It was a season full of surprises — the major one being Leicester City’s unthinkable feat — but Real’s redemption from being bruised around Christmas, to capping the season with a record Champions League title has probably left fans everywhere stumped.  The win won’t stop Zidane’s re-building process, and there will be players shown the door as well as fresh faces injected into the line-up. The former Champions League winner with Real Madrid as a player silenced critics who had questioned his ability as a manager worthy enough to lead the side with most European Cups.  Real Madrid are likely to start as favourites for the La Liga next season. Barcelona’s dominance may come to an end with Zizou’s revival of Los Blancos. While fans celebrate this win, and analysts prepare for next season, Florentino Pérez will be smiling in his cabin, having played his trump card by appointing Zidane and having the last laugh amid constant criticism from all quarters about his functioning as Real Madrid president. The Santiago Bernabéu has added ‘La Undecima’ to it’s trophy cabinet.   × SHARE football COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Sania continues to dominate WTA doubles ranking

first_imgPublished on SHARE × COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL tennis Sania Mirza and her partner Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic have lost just once since pairing up in Cincinnaticenter_img India’s Sania Mirza mantained her numero uno position in the latest WTA women’s doubles ranking following her recent victory in the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, partnering Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic.Sania (9730) continued to be world number one in doubles but only five points separate her from her estranged partner Martina Hingis (9725).Sania and Strycova had earlier ousted Hingis and CoCo Vandeweghe in the final of the Cincinnati Open last month.Sania and Strycova have lost just once since pairing up in Cincinnati, reaching the quarterfinals of the US Open and taking home a second title at the Pan Pacific Open.Among Indian men, Sakth Myneni is the highest place singles player. Myneni, who entered the main draw of the US Open after winning three rounds in the Qualifying event, dropped a rung to be placed 138th in the list.Second highest-ranked Indian singles player Ramkumar Ramanathan, who featured in the recent Davis Cup tie against Spain, plummeted 10 places to 229, while out of action Yuki Bhambri dropped a whopping 62 places to be placed 282nd in the chart.In the men’s doubles chart, Rohan Bopanna is static at 18th, while veteran Leander Paes has moved four places to 60th. Sania Mirza (L) and Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic pose with their victory trophy after winning the Pan Pacific Open Women’s Doubles. File Photo   –  Reuters September 26, 2016 Sania Mirza (L) and Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic pose with their victory trophy after winning the Pan Pacific Open Women’s Doubles. File Photo   –  Reuters COMMENTSlast_img read more

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Final Squad List

first_imgAdvertisement(photo credits: FIFA)The 2018 FIFA World Cup is set to take place from 14th June to 15th July in Russia with 32 teams taking part in the Global event. It involves a group stage which consists of 8 groups with 4 teams in each group. The top 2 teams from each group progress further in the tournament.Each team taking part in the tournament had to submit their squads before June 4th. There were lots of surprises in the squads as some of the key players such as Radja Nainggolan, Mauro Icardi, Leroy Sane got the axe.Here is the full list of the final 23 men from each team that have been picked to represent their nation in the upcoming World Cup.Group ARussia : Igor Akinfeev, Vladimir Gabulov, Andrey Lunev; Sergei Ignashevich, Mario Fernandes, Vladimir Granat, Fyodor Kudryashov, Andrei Semyonov, Igor Smolnikov, Ilya Kutepov, Aleksandr Yerokhin, Yuri Zhirkov, Daler Kuzyaev, Aleksandr Golovin, Alan Dzagoev, Roman Zobnin, Aleksandr Samedov, Yuri Gazinsky, Anton Miranchuk, Denis Cheryshev, Artyom Dzyuba, Aleksei Miranchuk, Fyodor Smolov.Saudi Arabia : Mohammed Al-Owais, Yasser Al-Musailem, Abdullah Al-Mayuf; Mansoor Al-Harbi, Yasser Al-Shahrani, Mohammed Al-Burayk, Motaz Hawsawi, Osama Hawsawi, Ali Al-Bulaihi, Omar Othman; Abdullah Alkhaibari, Abdulmalek Alkhaibri, Abdullah Otayf, Taiseer Al-Jassam, Hussain Al-Moqahwi, Salman Al-Faraj, Mohamed Kanno, Hatan Bahbir, Salem Al-Dawsari, Yahia Al-Shehri; Fahad Al-Muwallad, Mohammad Al-Sahlawi, Muhannad Assiri.Egypt : Essam El Hadary, Mohamed El-Shennawy, Sherif Ekramy; Ahmed Fathi, Abdallah Said, Saad Samir, Ayman Ashraf, Mohamed Abdel-Shafy, Ahmed Hegazi, Ali Gabr, Ahmed Elmohamady, Omar Gaber; Tarek Hamed, Mahmoud Shikabala, Sam Morsy, Mohamed Elneny, Mahmoud Kahraba, Ramadan Sobhi, Trezeguet, Amr Warda; Marwan Mohsen, Mohamed Salah, Mahmoud Elwensh.Uruguay : Fernando Muslera, Martin Silva, Martin Campana, Diego Godin, Sebastian Coates, Jose Maria Gimenez, Maximiliano Pereira, Gaston Silva, Martin Caceres, Guillermo Varela, Nahitan Nandez, Lucas Torreira, Matias Vecino, Rodrigo Bentancur, Carlos Sanchez, Giorgian De Arrascaeta, Diego Laxalt, Cristian Rodriguez, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Cristhian Stuani, Maximiliano Gomez, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez.Group BPortugal : Anthony Lopes, Beto, Rui Patricio, Bruno Alves, Cedric Soares, Jose Fonte, Mario Rui, Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro, Ricardo Pereira, Ruben Dias, Adrien Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Joao Mario, Joao Moutinho, Manuel Fernandes, William Carvalho, Andre Silva, Bernardo Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gelson Martins, Goncalo Guedes, Ricardo QuaresmaSpain : David de Gea, Pepe Reina, Kepa Arrizabalaga; Dani Carvajal, Alvaro Odriozola, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Nacho, Cesar Azpilicueta, Jordi Alba, Nacho Monreal; Sergio Busquets, Saul Niquez, Koke, Thiago Alcantara, Andres Iniesta, David Silva; Isco, Marcio Asensio, Lucas Vazquez, Iago Aspas, Rodrigo, Diego Costa.Morocco : Mounir El Kajoui, Yassine Bounou, Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti, Mehdi Benatia, Romain Saiss, Manuel Da Costa, Badr Benoun, Nabil Dirar, Achraf Hakimi, Hamza Mendyl; M’bark Boussoufa, Karim El Ahmadi, Youssef Ait Bennasser, Sofyan Amrabat, Younes Belhanda, Faycal Fajr, Amine Harit; Khalid Boutaib, Aziz Bouhaddouz, Ayoub El Kaabi, Nordin Amrabat, Mehdi Carcela, Hakim ZiyechIran : Alireza Beiranvand, Rashid Mazaheri, Amir Abedzadeh; Ramin Rezaeian, Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh, Morteza Pouraliganji, Pejman Montazeri, Seyed Majid Hosseini, Milad Mohammadi, Roozbeh Cheshmi; Saeid Ezatolahi, Masoud Shojaei, Saman Ghoddos, Mehdi Torabi, Ashkan Dejagah, Omid Ebrahimi, Ehsan Hajsafi, Vahid Amiri; Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Karim Ansarifard, Mahdi Taremi, Sardar Azmoun, Reza Ghoochannejhad.Group CFrance : Alphonse Areola, Hugo Lloris, Steve Mandanda; Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, Benjamin Mendy, Benjamin Pavard, Adil Rami, Djibril Sidibe, Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane; N’Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi, Steven N’Zonzi, Paul Pogba, Corentin Tolisso, Ousmane Dembele, Nabil Fekir; Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Thomas Lemar, Kylian Mbappe, Florian ThauvinAustralia : Brad Jones, Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic; Aziz Behich, Milos Degenek, Matthew Jurman, James Meredith, Josh Risdon, Trent Sainsbury; Jackson Irvine, Mile Jedinak, Robbie Kruse, Massimo Luongo, Mark Milligan, Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic; Daniel Arzani, Tim Cahill, Tomi Juric, Mathew Leckie, Andrew Nabbout, Dimitri Petratos, Jamie Maclaren.Peru : Carlos Caceda, Jose Carvallo, Pedro Gallese, Luis Advincula, Pedro Aquino, Miguel Araujo, Andre Carrillo, Wilder Cartagena, Aldo Corzo, Christian Cueva, Jefferson Farfan, Edison Flores, Paolo Hurtado, Nilson Loyola, Andy Polo, Christian Ramos, Alberto Rodriguez, Raul Ruidiaz, Anderson Santamaria, Renato Tapia, Miguel Trauco, Yoshimar Yotun, Paolo GuerreroDenmark : Kasper Schmeichel, Jonas Lossl, Frederik Ronow; Simon Kjaer, Andreas Christensen, Mathias Jorgensen, Jannik Vestergaard, Henrik Dalsgaard, Jens Stryger, Jonas Knudsen; William Kvist, Thomas Delaney, Lukas Lerager, Lasse Schone, Christian Eriksen, Michael Krohn-Dehli; Pione Sisto, Martin Braithwaite, Andreas Cornelius, Viktor Fischer, Yussuf Poulsen, Nicolai Jorgensen, Kasper Dolberg.Group DArgentina : Nahuel Guzmán, Willy Caballero, Franco Armani; Gabriel Mercado, Nicolas Otamendi, Federico Fazio, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Rojo, Marcos Acuna, Cristian Ansaldi, Eduardo Salvio; Javier Mascherano, Angel Di Maria, Ever Banega, Lucas Biglia, Manuel Lanzini, Gio Lo Celso, Maximiliano Meza; Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala, Cristian Pavon.Iceland : Hannes Thor Halldorsson, Runar Alex Runarsson, Frederik Schram; Kari Arnason, Ari Freyr Skulason, Birkir Mar Saevarsson, Sverrir Ingi Ingason, Hordur Magnusson, Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson; Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Arnor Ingvi Traustason, Emil Hallfredsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Olafur Ingi Skulason, Rurik Gislason, Samuel Fridjonsson, Aron Gunnarsson; Alfred Finnbogason, Bjorn Bergmann Sigurdarson, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Albert GudmundssonCroatia : Danijel Subasic, Lovre Kalinic, Dominik Livakovic; Vedran Corluka, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic, Dejan Lovren, Sime Vrsaljko, Josip Pivaric, Tin Jedvaj, Duje Caleta-Car; Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic, Milan Badelj, Marcelo Brozovic, Filip Bradaric; Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Perisic, Nikola Kalinic, Andrej Kramaric, Marko Pjaca, Ante Rebic.Nigeria : Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Daniel Akpeyi, Francis Uzoho; William Troost-Ekong, Leon Balogun, Kenneth Omeruo, Bryan Idowu, Chidozie Awaziem, Abdullahi Shehu, Elderson Echiejile, Tyronne Ebuehi; John Obi Mikel, Ogenyi Onazi, John Ogu, Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo, Joel Obi; Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa, Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Simeon Nwankwo.Group EBrazil : Alisson, Ederson, Cassio; Danilo, Fagner, Marcelo, Filipe Luis, Thiago Silva, Marquinhos, Miranda, Pedro Geromel; Casemiro, Fernandinho, Paulinho, Fred, Renato Augusto, Philippe Coutinho, Willian, Douglas Costa; Neymar, Taison, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto FirminoSwitzerland : Roman Burki, Yvon Mvogo, Yann Sommer; Manuel Akanji, Johan Djourou, Nico Elvedi, Michael Lang, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Jacques-Francois Moubandje, Ricardo Rodriguez, Fabian Schaer; Valon Behrami, Blerim Dzemaili, Gelson Fernandes, Remo Freuler, Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka, Steven Zuber, Denis Zakaria; Josip Drmic, Breel Embolo, Mario Gavranovic, Haris SeferovicCosta Rica : Keylor Navas, Patrick Pemberton, Leonel Moreira, Cristian Gamboa, Ian Smith, Ronald Matarrita, Bryan Oviedo, Oscar Duarte, Giancarlo Gonzalez, Francisco Calvo, Kendall Waston, Johnny Acosta, David Guzman, Yeltsin Tejeda, Celso Borges, Randall Azofeifa, Rodney Wallace, Bryan Ruiz, Daniel Colindres, Christian Bolanos, Johan Venegas, Joel Campbell, Marco UrenaSerbia : Vladimir Stojkovic, Predrag Rajkovic, Marko Dmitrovic, Aleksandar Kolarov, Antonio Rukavina, Milan Rodic, Branislav Ivanovic, Uros Spajic, Milos Veljkovic, Dusko Tosic, Nikola Milenkovic; Nemanja Matic, Luka Milivojevic, Marko Grujic, Dusan Tadic, Andrija Zivkovic, Filip Kostic, Nemanja Radonjic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Adem Ljajic; Aleksandar Mitrovic, Aleksandar Prijovic, Luka JovicGroup FGermany : Manuel Neuer, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Kevin Trapp; Jerome Boateng, Matthias Ginter, Jonas Hector, Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich, Marvin Plattenhardt, Antonio Rudiger, Niklas Sule; Julian Brandt, Julian Draxler, Mario Gomez, Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil, Marco Reus, Sebastian Rudy, Timo Werner.Mexico : Jesus Corona, Alfredo Talavera, Guillermo Ochoa; Hugo Ayala, Carlos Salcedo, Diego Reyes, Miguel Layun, Hector Moreno, Edson Alvarez; Rafael Marquez, Jonathan dos Santos, Marco Fabian, Giovani dos Santos, Hector Herrera, Andres Guardado; Raul Jimenez, Carlos Vela, Javier Hernandez, Jesus Corona, Oribe Peralta, Javier Aquino, Hirving Lozano.Sweden : Robin Olsen, Karl-Johan Johnsson, Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Mikael Lustig, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Martin Olsson, Ludwig Augustinsson, Filip Helander, Emil Krafth, Pontus Jansson, Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Emil Forsberg, Gustav Svensson, Oscar Hiljemark, Viktor Claesson, Marcus Rohden, Jimmy Durmaz, Marcus Berg, John Guidetti, Ola Toivonen, Isaac Kiese ThelinSouth Korea : Kim Seunggyu, Kim Jinhyeon, Cho Hyeonwoo, Kim Younggwon, Jang Hyunsoo, Jeong Seunghyeon, Yun Yeongseon, Oh Bansuk, Kim Minwoo, Park Jooho, Hong Chul, Go Yohan, Lee Yong, Ki Sungyueng, Jeong Wooyoung, Ju Sejong, Koo Jacheol, Lee Jaesung, Lee Seungwoo, Moon Sunmin, Kim Shinwook, Son Heungmin, Hwang HeechanGroup GBelgium : Koen Casteels, Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet; Toby Alderweireld, Dedryck Boyata, Vincent Kompany, Thomas Meunier, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen; Nacer Chadli, Kevin De Bruyne, Mousa Dembele, Leander Dendoncker, Marouane Fellaini, Youri Tielemans, Axel Witsel; Michy Batshuayi, Yannick Carrasco, Eden Hazard, Thorgan Hazard, Adnan Januzaj, Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens.Panama : Jose Calderon, Jaime Penedo, Alex Rodríguez; Felipe Baloy, Harold Cummings, Eric Davis, Fidel Escobar, Adolfo Machado, Michael Murillo, Luis Ovalle, Roman Torres; Edgar Barcenas, Armando Cooper, Anibal Godoy, Gabriel Gomez, Valentin Pimentel, Alberto Quintero, Jose Luis Rodriguez; Abdiel Arroyo, Ismael Diaz, Blas Perez, Luis Tejada, Gabriel TorresTunisia : Farouk Ben Mustapha, Moez Hassen, Aymen Mathlouthi, Rami Bedoui, Yohan Benalouane, Syam Ben Youssef, Dylan Bronn, Oussama Haddadi, Ali Maaloul, Yassine Meriah, Hamdi Nagguez, Anice Badri, Mohamed Amine Ben Amor, Ghaylene Chaalali, Ahmed Khalil, Saifeddine Khaoui, Ferjani Sassi, Ellyes Skhiri, Naim Sliti, Bassem Srarfi, Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, Saber Khalifa, Wahbi Khazri.England : Jack Butland, Nick Pope, Jordan Pickford; Fabian Delph, Danny Rose, Eric Dier, Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Phil Jones, Gary Cahill; Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ashley Young, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling; Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Marcus Rashford, Danny WelbeckGroup HPoland : Bartosz Bialkowski, Lukasz Fabianski, Wojciech Szczesny; Jan Bednarek, Bartosz Bereszynski, Thiago Cionek, Kamil Glik, Artur Jedrzejczyk, Michal Pazdan, Lukasz Piszczek; Jakub Blaszczykowski, Jacek Goralski, Kamil Goricki, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Slawomir Peszko, Maciej Rybus, Piotr Zielinski, Rafal Kurzawa, Karol Linetty; Dawid Kownacki, Robert Lewandowski, Arkadiusz Milik, Lukasz Teodorczyk.Senegal : Abdoulaye Diallo, Khadim Ndiaye, Alfred Gomis, Lamine Gassama, Moussa Wague, Saliou Ciss, Youssouf Sabaly, Kalidou Koulibaly, Salif Sane, Cheikhou Kouyate, Kara Mbodji, Idrisa Gana Gueye, Cheikh Ndoye, Alfred Ndiaye, Pape Alioune Ndiaye, Moussa Sow, Moussa Konate, Diafra Sakho, Sadio Mane, Ismaila Sarr, Mame Biram Diouf, Mbaye Niang, Diao Keita BaldeColombia : David Ospina, Camilo Vargas, Jose Fernando Cuadrado; Cristian Zapata, Davinson Sanchez, Santiago Arias, Oscar Murillo, Frank Fabra, Johan Mojica, Yerry Mina; Wilmar Barrios, Carlos Sanchez, Jefferson Lerma, Jose Izquierdo, James Rodriguez, Abel Aguilar, Juan Fernando Quintero, Mateus Uribe, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado; Radamel Falcao Garcia, Miguel Borja, Carlos Bacca, Luis Fernando Muriel.Japan : Eiji Kawashima, Masaaki Higashiguchi, Kosuke Nakamura, Yuto Nagatomo, Tomoaki Makino, Maya Yoshida, Hiroki Sakai, Gotoku Sakai, Gen Shoji, Wataru Endo, Naomichi Ueda, Makoto Hasebe, Keisuke Honda, Takashi Inui, Shinji Kagawa, Hotaru Yamaguchi, Genki Haraguchi, Takashi Usami, Gaku Shibasaki, Ryota Oshima, Shinji Okazaki, Yuya Osako, Yoshinori Muto.Read Also : FIFA World Cup 2018: Preview and Tournament FormatRead Also: FIFA World Cup 2018: Final Squad ListAdvertisementlast_img read more

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NBA: Carmelo Anthony says US Government turned their back on Puerto Rico

first_imgAdvertisementNBA star Carmelo Anthony says the United States government “completely turned their back” on Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hammered the island last year, leaving thousands dead and millions without power.“Puerto Rico is part of this country and I just felt like the government completely turned their back, you know, to their island,” Anthony said. “It hurt … they’re American citizens.”Anthony recently went on CNN and spoke about the disaster relief effort happening in Puerto Rico. During the interview, Anthony said that he felt as though the mainland government in the United States had not done its part to help Puerto Ricans, who are U.S. citizens.“We sent, you know, airplanes down there with supplies,” he said. “We had the supply stuff at the … you know, at the port; we couldn’t get in. We had to make calls and — it was just a lot. It was just sad that we had to go through (that) … in order to help people,” he told Jones.“Puerto Rico is part of this country and I just felt like the government completely turned their back, you know, to their island,” Anthony added.Anthony is expected to sign with a one-year veteran minimum deal with the Rockets.Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img(REOPENS FGN 9) (REOPENS FGN 9) Earlier, BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur had assured that security would be foolproof for all the participating teams, including Pakistan, and no side should feel insecure about travelling to India. “BCCI will organise the World Cup in the nicest possible way and will provide every team with highest protection. Earlier also we have hosted many World Cups and international matches and I dont think any country should feel insecure here,” Thakur had said when asked about Pakistans security worries. The PCB had initially hinted that Pakistan might withdraw from the upcoming event if the Pakistan government did not permit them to tour India. There were also reports that the PCB was also under pressure because of the ICCs threat of legal action in case of a withdrawal from the event. The matches of the tournament will be spread over seven Indian cities and Pakistan will play their league matches in Kolkata, Dharamsala and Mohali. PTI Cor PM PMlast_img read more


Lasith Malinga steps down as Sri Lanka captain ahead of World T20

first_imgInjury-ravaged pacer Lasith Malinga has stepped down as Sri Lanka’s captain for the upcoming World Twenty20 in India following another breakdown during a disappointing Asia Cup campaign in Bangladesh.Malinga, who led Sri Lanka to their maiden World Twenty20 title in the previous edition, is battling a nagging knee injury.All-rounder Angelo Mathews, who leads Sri Lanka in ODIs and Tests, will now be the team’s captain is all three formats of the game, Sri Lanka Cricket sources said.SLC Vice President Mohan de Silva said Malinga had written to the SLC last night offering to step down down.”He will continue to make himself available for selections,” de Silva said.It is speculated that the SLC management is unhappy with Malinga’s policy of selecting games and tournaments to play based on his recurring injury.He played just the opening match of the Asia Cup in which Sri Lanka fared very badly. the islanders eventually crashed out of the tournament losing to India, Pakistan and Bangladesh in what was their worse run in T20 history.last_img read more

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first_imgAnother official source confirmed that to make matters Another official source confirmed that to make matters worse there was serious difference of opinion between Shaharyar Khan and his predecessor Najam Sethi who is now the head of the powerful executive committee. “Basically Sethi wants Shaharyar to sack the captain, head coach and management after the Asia Cup but the latter resisted immediate changes while they also disagreed on sending the Pakistan team to India for the mega event,” the source said. What complicates matters is that Shaharyar is very upset with the chief selector Haroon and his way of working while Sethi is known to support him. “Haroon is close to losing his job in the board but Sethi wants that even after he is removed as chief selector he should continue working in some other capacity in the board,” the source stated. Sethi not surprisingly has grown stronger after his success at launching the Pakistan Super League successfully in UAE. The source confirmed that Shaharyar was keen on appointing a foreign coach after the World T20. PTI Cor ATK ATKlast_img read more



first_imgThe World No. 10 Indian is aware of his inconsistent form The World No. 10 Indian is aware of his inconsistent form but he is satisfied with his overall game and remains confident of defending his mens singles title at the India Open Super Series starting with the qualifiers tomorrow. “The last four five months have been good. I played the semis and quarterfinals and I am happy with the way I am playing even though I lost a few matches. It is not that I am not satisfied. If I feel I am doing well, I can do anything. So I am confident and want to continue doing that,” he said. “There is always pressure when we play for India and being the defending champion there is extra pressure for sure but you get so much support here. I have played so many tournaments here. I played three finals at Syed Modi. So I am used to playing at home. I want to take this pressure as an extra inspiration to do well,” he added. Asked how does he prepare himself after a loss, he said: “There is not much things that happen after we loss. We just analyse the match and analyse the match that we won and compare them and get ready for the next match. Everybody keeps improving. When I play someone again after I have played him this week, he will also upgrade his game, he will have some better ideas. So it is different every time and we have to be prepared. Srikanth will take on Tian Houwei in the first round. “Tian is a consistent player. Once he sticks in, he plays really well. Recently he is doing well but I have beaten him recently and this gives me a lot of confidence and playing here in India gives me extra confidence. I have some strategies for him,” he said. “All these players whether it is Boonsak or Tian, these guys are inside the top 10 and are some of the best players. So they are really good players and you really have to give your 100 per cent to beat them,” said the 23-year-old from Guntur, who will take on Boonsak Ponsana at the opening round of the Malaysia Super Series Premier next week.” PTI ATK PDS PMadvertisementlast_img read more


IPL 2016: Defending champions Mumbai Indians to host newcomers Pune Supergiants in opener

first_imgDefending champions Mumbai Indians will host newcomers Rising Pune Supergiants in the opener of Indian Premier League 2016  on April 9.The tournament opener will take place at the Wankhede Stadium, it was announced on Thursday. The final on May 29 will also be played in Mumbai.MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina will lead two new teams Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions respectively.A total of 60 matches (including the 4 play-offs) will be played over a period of 51 days, in the ninth season of the tournament.The Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium at Raipur will play host to two home games of Delhi Daredevils, while the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium at Nagpur will host three home games of Kings XI Punjab.”All the top players from around the world will be seen in action this year. This season the IPL will be played at 10 venues – Mohali, Delhi, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Rajkot and Raipur. I am excited to join the fans to see a lot of exciting cricket over the next three months,” IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla said.Check out the fixtures here.. 30 DAYS TO GO… #IPL 2016 pic.twitter.com/vDq3P98NWN IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 10, 2016(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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