Shimla, Aug 24 (PTI) The Himachal Pradesh government has increased the award money for medal winners from the state in the Olympics, Commonwealth and the Asian games, Sports Minister Govind Singh said in the Assembly today.He was replying to a question by BJP MLA Narendra Bragta during Question Hour on the second day of the ongoing Monsoon session.Singh said sportspersons hailing from the state who won gold at the Olympics would now get Rs 2 crore, up from Rs 1 crore.Similarly, silver and bronze medal winners in the Olympics would now get Rs 1 crore and Rs 50 lakh respectively, he added.The minister added that the award money for gold, silver and bronze medal winners in Commonwealth and Asian games were increased to Rs 20 lakh, Rs 10 lakh and Rs 6 lakh respectively.Asked about the progress of the construction work of a synthetic track in Saraswati Nagar, Singh said the same would be completed within two years. PTI DJI IJT
By Philem Dipak Singh New Delhi, Sep 5 (PTI) It was quite a moment at the Asian Games when Indian gold-medallist Neeraj Chopra stood flanked by a Chinese and a Pakistani on the podium but ask the star javelin thrower about it and he says it didn’t even strike him as he was consumed by the national anthem. Chopra broke the national record with a throw of 88.06m, while China’s Liu Qizhen (82.22m) and bronze to Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem (80.75m) were distant second and third respectively in Jakarta. At the medal ceremony, it made for a moment given the often volatile diplomatic dynamics between the three countries. The picture of Chopra shaking hands with Nadeem on the podium went viral on social media with tennis star Sania Mirza tweeting that it showed why sports is the “best education you can provide your child with.” “Teaches you sportsmanship, equality, respect and most importantly humanity! If only some people can learn this from our champion athletes too,” she said. Chopra said during the ceremony, he was only focussed on the national anthem. “I did not realise (at that moment) that I was standing with them. Seeing the tri-colour and with the rendering of the national anthem, I was becoming emotional, remembering the struggle and hard work I have done to reach to this stage,” Chopra told PTI from Czech Republic, where he is training. The 20-year-old became the first Indian to win a javelin throw gold in the Asian Games, adding another feather to his cap after the top finish at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in a phenomenal season.advertisement He, however, hastened to add that sports should unite people rather than generating “hatred”. “Sports always teaches us to unite people, to be good towards your competitors. Sports is not meant to show hatred to others,” he said. Nadeem had later claimed that Chopra was not particularly forthcoming when he tried to reach out to him through whatsapp messages. Asked about this, Chopra said, “I am not aware of any face to face approach from him (Nadeem). If somebody tries to speak or wants to ask something behind my back, I would not know. If he had sent some messages on my phone, I would not know. I don’t see so many messages.” The 88.06m throw in Jakarta has taken him closer to his aim of going beyond the magical 90m mark but Chopra said the gold medal is as significant as the one he fetched in the Gold Coast CWG. “I cannot choose between the two, both are significant and I am happy about that. The CWG effort was also a national record of that time, it was more than my junior world record throw for the first time and also the first gold of a major multi-sporting event. “In Jakarta, it was a bigger throw of over 88m and I am really happy to have done that distance. But I will not choose one over the other.” In the prestigious Diamond League Final in Zurich where he competed three days after the Asian Games campaign, Chopra missed the bronze by a whisker as reigning Olympic champion Thomas Roehler of Germany pipped him by a mere three centimeters with his final throw. “I was about to win the bronze as I was third till the final round but Roehler pushed me down to fourth with his last throw. He is an Olympic champion and a big shot in javelin world,” said Chopra who had a best throw of 85.73m. “It’s all right, I will work harder and try to win next time. I was competing with the best in the world and I am satisfied with that fourth-place finish. “I am happy that I have been consistent the whole season, throwing over 85m in almost all events. I will now work harder to improve my performance,” said Chopra, who will wind up his international season after taking part in the IAAF Continental Cup at Ostrava in Czech Republic on September 8 and 9. He will compete along with six other Indians, as part of Asia-Pacific team. Europe, Americas and Africa are the other teams. PTI PDS PM PM
Virat Kohli maintained his top spot at the ICC Test rankings for batsmen after scoring 139 runs in India’s innings and 272 run-win over West Indies in the first Test at Rajkot.Kohli reached 936 points and is now just one point shy of his highest rating point of 937. Kohli had achieved his highest rating points after scoring 46 and 58 in the two innings against England in the Southampton Test.Ravindra Jadeja, who scored a 100 not out in the Rajkot Test has moved up six places to be world No.51 among Test batsmen. Jadeja also picked four wickets in the first Test against the Windies which propelled him to within three points of Shakib Al Hasan, who tops the list of Test all-rounders.Kuldeep Yadav, who spun a web around West Indies in the Rajkot Test picking six wickets, including a five-wicket haul in the second innings, moved up 16 places to the 52nd position in the bowlers list.Also read – Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah maintain top spots in ICC ODI rankingsNew entry into India’s Test setup, Prithvi Shaw entered the list of Test batsmen at the 73rd spot after a fine century on his debut in the Rajkot Test.West Indies’s Roston Chase has moved up four places to 41st position and Kieran Powell has advanced five slots to 54th position.Meanwhile, Australia opener Usman Khawaja has moved into the top 10 for the first time, after his dogged century helped his side salvage a draw against Pakistan.Khawaja, who struck 85 and 141 to claim the player-of-the-match award on Thursday, advanced nine places when he attained a career-best 747 rating points. He had a previous best ranking of 11th in January 2017.advertisementAustralia captain Tim Paine is another Australia batsman to move up in the rankings. His unbeaten 61 in the second innings against Pakistan in the Dubai Test took him up two slots to 49.Also read – Another pitch invasion as fan breaches security to click selfie with Virat KohliFor Pakistan, Mohammad Hafeez has re-entered the rankings at 45th place after marking his return to Test cricket with a century. Asad Shafiq (up five places to 20th), Harris Sohail (up 17 slots to 57th) and Imam-ul-Haq (up 22 places to 88th) are the others to make headway among batsmen.Fast bowler Mohammad Abbas has gained eight places to reach a career-best 13th position after finishing with seven wickets in the match.(With PTI inputs)
Usain Bolt was shocked at receiving a notice for a drug test in Australia and expressed the same through an Instagram story on Monday. Bolt chuckled at the fact that he had to give a drug test even though he was not a professional footballer.Bolt is currently in Sydney trying to pursue a professional career in football and is on trials with Central Coast Mariners.Bolt shared the news of the drug test notice with his fans on social media and informed that he was told he will have to take a drug test despite not pursuing any professional sport because he was an “elite athlete”.”So guys I’ve retired from track and field looking to become a footballer but look at this,” Bolt said in his Instagram story and zoomed in on the notice.Bolt appears to have received the notice from Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and Football Federation Australia, where an out of competition test — to collect urine and blood — is demanded.”How am I going to get a drug test today? I’m not even a professional footballer yet. Seriously,” Bolt added.”So I asked the lady, ‘Why am I getting drug tested when I haven’t signed for a club yet?’ and she said they told her I’m an elite athlete so I have to get tested. Okay then,” Bolt further said.Bolt had scored his first two goals for Mariners just three days ago when he got his first start for the club in a friendly match against Macarthur South West United.advertisementBolt announced himself in the footballing circuit with a brace against South West United. In the 55th minute, Bolt received a ball close to the six-yard box but despite pressure from the defender, he held his ground and netted in a low strike to score his debut goal. He also performed his trademark celebration after scoring his first.Here it is, @usainbolt, the footballer, scores his maiden Mariners goal. What a moment! Don’t think limits! #SWSvCCM #CCMFC @FOXFOOTBALL pic.twitter.com/X7zrqmrYCZCentral Coast Mariners (@CCMariners) October 12, 2018Just a little 10 minutes later, Bolt’s constant pressing yielded results for him when he was right in front of the goal to make the best of a confusion and collision between South West United’s defender and goalkeeper.Bolt made his first appearance for the Mariners on August 31 and then played an entire second half on September 19 against North Shore Mariners, where he alternated between left wing and forward position.Soon after retiring from his sprinting career, Bolt had made it public that he was looking to have a professional career in football. After a few months of training at Borussia Dortmund, Bolt shifted to Mariners in Australia to live his footballing career.
Jamshedpur, Nov 25 (PTI) Hosts Jamshedpur FC inflicted a 3-1 loss on defending champions Chennaiyin FC in a Hero Indian Super League (ISL) encounter here on Sunday. Pablo Morgado fired Jamshedpur into the lead (14th minute) before Carlos Calvo doubled their advantage (29th). Raphael Augusto pulled one back in the second half (68th) before Mario Arques (72nd) restored the two-goal lead and ensured all three points for the home side. Cesar Ferrando’s men have now climbed to third spot on the points table while Chennaiyin remain ninth. It was Jamshedpur who saw more of the ball in the initial stages at the JRD Tata Sports Complex. They were rewarded in the 14th minute with a delightful strike by Morgado. A free-kick by Carlos Calvo was headed by Mailson Alves and the ball reached to Morgado, who whacked the ball into the back of the net from 30 yards, giving Karanjit Singh no chance whatsoever. They had another chance when Arques headed over from a corner as he was allowed a free header inside the box. Jamshedpur earned a penalty in the 28th minute when Sumeet Passi was brought down inside the box by Jerry Lalrinzuala. This was after Michael Soosairaj’s right footed shot was punched by Karanjit only for Passi to be fouled. Calvo successfully converted from the spot to make it 2-0 for the home team. The visitors never really tested Subrata Paul in goal as Jamshedpur totally dominated the proceedings. In the second half, John Gregory made a change, bringing in Nondomba Singh for Jerry. The first opportunity of the second period came to Passi as he broke the offside trap and got into a one-on-one situation but his effort was just about kept out by Karanjit.advertisement Although Chennaiyin improved their ball retention in the second half, they struggled to carve open the Jamshedpur defence. Gregory eventually threw caution to the winds and introduced Carlos Salom to replace Inigo Calderon. Just after the hour mark, Nelson was brought down inside the box by a combination of Bikash Jairu and Raju Gaikwad and the referee pointed at the spot. Raphael Augusto sent Paul the wrong way to pull one back. Tim Cahill should have added his name on the scoresheet in the 70th minute when his shot was blocked by Eli Sabia for a corner. From the ensuing flag-kick, Arques’ header saw Karanjit fumble and allow the ball to sneak into his own net. Though Thoi Singh had a late chance to pull a goal back, Paul was up to the task as the hosts coasted to their third win of the season. PTI ATKATK
Udanta Singh scored minutes before time to help Bengaluru FC maintain their unbeaten streak in the Indian Super League (ISL) this season.Udanta netted in the 87th minute to help Bengaluru FCs script a 1-0 win over Delhi Dynamos at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Monday.Udanta paid a perfect tribute to his idol Sunil Chhetri on the occasion of his captain’s 150th game for the club.After surviving an onslaught from Delhi Dynamos, Udanta Singh notched the winner to win it for captain Chhetri.Playing their seventh game of the season, Bengaluru FC are now on the top of the ISL table with 19 points, while it seems all but over for the Dynamos as they remain rooted at the bottom after 9 games, yet to register a clear win to their account.Bengaluru FC started with four foreigners in the absence of the injured Miku and suspended Dimas Delgado. Erik Paartalu recovered in time to be named on the bench.The first opportunity fell for the home team when Chhetri latched onto a long ball, however, Pritam Kotal recovered well to cover him off with the advancing Albino Gomes clearing the ball.Gurpreet Sandhu was called into action in the 15th minute when he parried a shot from Adria Carmona after Lallianzuala Chhangte foxed Rino Anto to set up the chance.In the 27th minute, Nandhakumar went on a great run down the right after some good build-up play. However, the final pass to Andrija Kaluderovic saw the striker slam the shot wide.advertisementJust after the half-hour mark, Chhangte broke the offside trap and was in a one-on-one situation. However, Gurpreet came off his line and blocked the effort.Rino Anto once again played Delhi onside and this time the ball fell for Nandhakumar whose shot was deflected for a corner by Juanan.Nandhakumar was once again through on goal and his left-footed shot was just about kept out by Gurpreet.After Delhi had the better of the chances in the first half, Bengaluru fashioned the first chance of the second. Udanta was set free on the right wing and the winger squared the ball for Chhetri inside the box. But the 34-year-old scuffed his attempted shot wide.Delhi strove hard to get an equaliser. However lack of cutting edge in the attacking third meant their moves broke down. Bengaluru brought on Erik Paartalu as they searched for some solidity in midfield.The Blues had a great chance to score in the 70th minute when Udanta took advantage of a confusion in the Delhi defence to play Xisco Hernandez through on goal with a good lob. But the Spaniard’s first-time shot was straight at Albino.Three minutes later, Delhi’s finishing woes were on show as Kaluderovic headed over from close range after getting on the end of a corner from Rene Mihelic.With four minutes of regulation time left, Bengaluru found themselves in the lead after a mix-up in the Delhi defence. A loose ball after a Bengaluru move broke down wasn’t cleared properly.It finally fell to Udanta, who saw a stinging grounder go in off the post after taking a deflection off Marti Crespi.The Blues would see out the game with ease and notch their sixth win in seven games.(With inputs from IANS)
Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar is finally coming back to her homeland, India, after crowning her successor in Sanya, China.The Miss World 2018 finale took place at Sanya City Arena on December 8 and Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon won the crown.The month-long pageant saw Manushi going around attending different events with all the contestants and sharing her experience with them.Now that the pageant is over and the new Miss World has been crowned, it’s time for our queen to come back home and she is very excited.She posted a picture on Instagram and the caption was heartwarming. Take a look:Manushi wore a very sexy yet comfy outfit for her journey back home. She was in a snug hoodie dress and sports shoes which he paired with cat-eye sunglasses.Manushi is a part of Beauty With A Purpose project and we are sure she will indulge more in her menstrual hygiene campaign now that she has passed on the baton of her Miss World duties to Vanessa Ponce.ALSO SEE | The answer that won Miss Mexico Vanessa Ponce de Leon the Miss World 2018 crownALSO WATCH | Throwback: Haryana girl Manushi Chhillar has been crowned Miss World 2017advertisement
Abu Dhabi, Dec 21 (IANS) Real Madrid head coach Santiago Solari said on Friday that the Spanish powerhouse intend to win the 2018 Club World Cup to add another chapter of success to their history full of trophies.Real Madrid is set to meet Al-Ain on their home turf for the tournament’s final match to be held at Zayed Sports City Stadium in the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi on Saturday, reports Efe.”You cannot rest on your trophies, but you cannot forget them, and tomorrow we will try to take another step in history,” Solari said at a press conference on the eve of the highly anticipated duel.The Argentine coach added that because Madrid has regularly won titles, the team has not been valued fairly for what it has achieved.Solari referred to the fact that Real Madrid is the three-time UEFA Champions League defending champion, having won it four times in the last five years, while a third consecutive Club World Cup trophy could be in sight.”It is part of our way of being as a club to always look to the next,” Solari said. “But that is not the reason why one should stop looking at the excellence of what was achieved in the past.”The Madrid coach said he was not surprised that Al-Ain had reached the final of the tournament, although he did say he had expected Argentina’s River Plate to have made it to the showdown.–IANSgau/bg
Beirut, Dec 23 (AFP) Hundreds of Lebanese took to the streets Sunday in Beirut to protest rampant corruption and poor living conditions, as anger mounts over political deadlock that has left the country without a government since May.People marched to the prime minister’s office in central Beirut to demonstrate against Lebanon’s fractious political class, widespread graft and failing public services.Some protesters sported the iconic yellow vests worn by anti-government protesters in France, adorned with a cedar tree — Lebanon’s national symbol.”There is corruption and theft of state funds,” 43-year-old Hana told AFP.”We are governed by a political class of corrupt thieves who rule with sectarian fanaticism,” she said.Parliamentary polls in May gave Saad Hariri a new term as prime minister, but seven months on, debate still drags on over ministerial portfolios.Demonstrators demanded what they called their “most basic rights”, including a reintroduction of housing loans stalled for nearly a year and more access to healthcare, water and electricity.They were met by security forces who erected a cordon in the city centre.Dozens also demonstrated in the northern city of Tripoli and in Nabatiyeh in the south.The protests came after hundreds took part in demonstrations led by Lebanon’s Communist Party last Sunday.Lebanon’s economy is on the brink of collapse and France warned this month that the country could soon miss out on a much-needed aid programme agreed in Paris earlier this year if the political deadlock continues.(AFP) SCYSCY
The United World Wrestling (UWW) has asked all the national federations under it to stop communication with the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) in the wake of visa denial of Pakistani shooters in the recent World Cup here.The denial of visa to Pakistani shooters had led to the International Olympic Committee suspending discussions with India for hosting future global events.”UWW recommends to all the affiliated and associated national wrestling federations to suspended their discussions or relations with the Indian wrestling federation,” the world body wrote in its letter to national federations, according to a WFI source.Neither WFI President Brij Bhusan Sharan nor Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar could be reached for comments.The denial of visas to Pakistani shooters in the Delhi World Cup last month has jeopardised India’s chances of hosting the Olympics or any global event with the IOC suspending all such discussions with the country and recommending that no big tournament be awarded to it.India denied visas to Pakistani shooters for the World Cup in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, which killed 40 CRPF personnel. As a result, the IOC revoked the two Olympic quotas on offer in the men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol competition of the event.It remains to be seen to what extent the UWW directive would affect Indian wrestlers.At the just-concluded Dan Kolov event in Bulgaria, Indian wrestlers had put up an impressive show as they won two gold and two silver medals.Bajrang Punia and Pooja Dhanda won gold while Sakshi Malik and Vinesh Phogat settled for silver medals.advertisementAlso Read | IOC bars India from hosting future sporting events after Pakistani shooters denied visasAlso Read | NRAI thanks IOC for sparing 14 out of 16 Olympic quotas at Shooting World Cup
Yuzvendra Chahal almost managed to make MS Dhoni appear on Chahal TV but had to be content with just a guest appearance during the bus ride from London to Cardiff where Team India will play play their 2nd warm-up match against Bangladesh on Tuesday.Yuzvendra Chahal is back with his popular segment, Chahal TV, on bcci.tv and it seems he will keep entertaining Indian cricket fans with regular doses and glimpses of the team’s journey in the World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.In the first part of the video, Chahal speaks with vice-captain Rohit Sharma asking him about his experience in the bus journey and then goes on to introduce Ravindra Jadeja, who appeared on Chahal TV for the first time.CHAHAL TV IS BACK: Chahal TV makes its World Cup debut as #TeamIndia hit the road to Cardiff from LondonSome exciting Bus stories in Part 1 of the series – by @RajalArora @yuzi_chahalWatch full video here – https://t.co/TUGf4koWb5 pic.twitter.com/Oe3L9v0yzoBCCI (@BCCI) May 27, 2019Further down the bus, Chahal has a brief chat with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shikhar Dhawan, before moving on to Dhoni, who just nodded his head when asked if he would speak on Chahal TV.As Chahal had no luck with Dhoni, he caught up with his spin-bowling partner Kuldeep Yadav, who was sitting in front of Captain Cool.Dhoni urged Chahal to ask Kuldeep who he was talking to on the phone to which the chinaman replied that he was actually listening to Kishore Kumar songs.advertisementDoes @msdhoni make his debut on Chahal TV? Part 2 of #TeamIndia’s road trip to Cardiff has all the answers – by @RajalArora @yuzi_chahal #CWC19Full Video here https://t.co/DMgP6eghTP pic.twitter.com/q2wETvYeukBCCI (@BCCI) May 28, 2019Chahal then moved to the back of the bus to speak with KL Rahul, who said that he would not appear on Chahal TV but would like to spend time with Yuzvendra Chahal if he ever got free from playing PUBG.Chahal ended the video by promising to come back with more fun videos on Chahal TV and also urged the fans to keep supporting for Team India as they get ready for the World Cup 2019.Team India will be playing against Bangladesh in Cardiff on Tuesday in their second warm-up match at the Sophia Gardens. India had lost its first warm-up match comprehensively by 6 wickets against New Zealand after getting bowled out for 179 at The Oval in London on May 25.Two-time champions India will face South Africa in their opening match in the World Cup 2019 in Southampton on June 5.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Vijay Shankar back in nets ahead of 2nd warm-up after injury scareAlso Read | Selfie obsessed to worst roommate: Rohit Sharma reveals secrets about his Indian teammatesAlso Read | Happy birthday coach! Ravi Shastri turns 57 as India eye 3rd World CupAlso Read | Virat Kohli has plenty of options: Ian Chappell praises India’s bowling unit in World Cup 2019
Harbhajan Singh said India will be under pressure against Pakistan in Manchester when the two arch-rivals meet on June 16 in World Cup 2019. Harbhajan said India were far too strong but added Pakistan will have nothing to lose.On Sunday, Harbhajan Singh said people always remember how a player performed against Pakistan. Both him and Misbah-ul-Haq agreed India were the outright favourites when the two meet in what could be a crucial World Cup match 2 weeks from now.Harbhajan Singh said India will be wary of slipping up against a weaker team and recollected his experience after India lost to Pakistan.”India will be under pressure. They will have the fear of failure against a weaker team. I remember the extreme reactions after India lost to Pakistan in our playing days. People always remember what happened against Pakistan. No one remembers what happened against other teams. Pakistan have nothing to lose. But if India lose, it will be huge,” he said.Meanwhile, Harbhajan Singh said there was no chance for Pakistan to beat India.”India vs Pakistan is not as big as India vs England. Maybe from the media perspective, India vs Pakistan is more hyped up. But from a cricketing aspect, India vs England is more important. India can beat this Pakistan team 9 and a half times out of 10 times,” Harbhajan Singh said.However, former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who has been part of some riveting India-Pakistan contests in the past, said anything can happen in India-Pakistan clashes in the World Cup.advertisement”Logically, Bhajji is right but Pakistan is a dangerous team. In cricket, you cannot say anything. This Pakistan team is capable. There was a collapse in the last match. India have a better chance. Like he said, India and England are the two favourites.”Given the rivalry, intensity… You never know what can happen in World Cups. Pakistan were strong in the 1990s yet India would win every time in World Cups,” Misbah said at Salaam Cricket 2019.ALSO READ | Salaam Cricket 2019: Sunil Gavaskar would have smashed it all over the park in T20s, says Shane WarneALSO READ | Salaam Cricket 2019: Shane Warne picks his dream World Cup XIALSO SEE | Salaam Cricket 2019: Opening Address
After 44 days of cricket, we are just 2 days away from the much-awaited final of the World Cup. Be it England or New Zealand who win it on July 14 at Lord’s, one thing is sure, the game will have a new world champion.In all these days, we saw some unanticipated hits and some unexpected misses while we also saw those, who outlived the expectations.Making a comeback to the international cricket after a year-long ban, Australia opener David Warner impressed with his style. He was aggressive, throughout, as if he was there to prove a point. Shakib Al Hasan was a surprise package all together. Kane Williamson, as calm as monk, guided New Zealand to their second World Cup final with his brilliant batting. Mitchell Starc unleashed mayhem with his yorkers, while Jofra Archer proved his worth in his maiden World Cup appearance for England.A lot of them have impressed, but only one will take home the Player of the Tournament award. Here is a look at all those player who are in contention.Rohit SharmaWith 5 centuries in the World Cup 2019, Rohit Sharma is head and shoulders ahead of all other players in the race for Player of the Tournament. The India opener is the leading run scorer in the tournament with 648 runs in 9 matches at an average of 81 with a record 5 hundreds and one half-century. Rohit was only 27 runs short of surpassing legendary Sachin Tendulkar, who leads the list of batsmen with most runs in a single edition of the World Cup, but he managed just a single run as India’s campaign at the World Cup came to an end with a semi-final defeat against New Zealand.advertisement Mitchell StarcAustralia, on July 11, suffered their first semi-final defeat in a World Cup as hosts England crushed the five-time champions by 8 wickets with 107 balls to spare to reach their first World Cup final in 27 years.Though Australia’s World Cup journey has come to an end, but their Yorker-specialist Mitchell Starc remains the highest wicket-taker in the tournament. The Southpaw has picked 27 wickets in 10 innings at an economy of 5.43. Starc, also the Player of the Tournament in World Cup 2015, broke Glenn McGrath’s record for most wickets in a single edition of the showpiece event. The pacer also has two five-wicket hauls and two four-wicket hauls in this edition of the tournament to put a strong claim for his second Player of the World Cup award in succession.Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh failed to make it to the last four of the World Cup but their star performer and the best ranked all-rounder in the world, Shakib Al Hasan was in form of his life in the tournament. After being promoted to play at No. 3, Shakib ended a prolific World Cup 2019 with 606 runs, thus, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s record of maximum runs scored in the group stages of the tournament. Sachin had amassed 586 runs in the group stage of the 2003 World Cup. The left-hand batsman hammered 2 centuries and 6 half-centuries on the UK pitches.Not only Shakib showed his grace with the bat, but the all-rounder also impressed with his spin bowling. Shakib, playing in his 4th World Cup, picked 11 wickets for his side at an economy of 5.39. Thus, this complete Bangladesh player is very much in contention for the Player of the Tournament, unless the ICC jury is in a mood to not hand the award to a player belonging to the team that did not make it to the title contention.Joe RootJoe Root is the highest run-scorer for England with 549 runs from 10 innings. If Root gets another hundred when England play their first final in 27 years on July 14, he would become the leading run-scorer of the World Cup 2019. Thus far, he has 2 hundreds and 3 half-centuries at a strike rate of 92 and an average of 68.The World class batsman has already reached a milestone in this World Cup by becoming the first English player to amass 500-plus runs in a single edition of the tournament. Kane WilliamsonCalm and composed Kane Williamson guided New Zealand to their second consecutive World Cup final. Williamson spearheads the batting lineup for New Zealand and the Blackcaps relied heavily on their captain when it came to scoring runs with their openers having endured a horrific run.Williamson, who usually bats at No. 3 for his side, has bailed out New Zealand from the tricky situations almost single-handedly on numerous occasions. Six out of eight times, the captain has come in to play before the 5th over of the game to guide New Zealand to a fighting total or take his side home. Thus far, he has 548 runs, and if he gets another hundred-plus score in the World Cup 2019 final, he would finish as the top run scorer in the tournament.advertisementAlso See
There’s a new place to cool off and beat the heat and this weekend’s 90 degree temperatures.Sioux City’s Parks and Recreation Department says the splash pad at Cone Park is now open.It’s different than the other city splash pad locations, featuring vertical ground level spray features located on the same site as the winter ice skating rink.Jets of water shoot up from the ground with the water sprays set on a timer.It’s open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Iowa’s unemployment rate remained at 2.5% in August.Iowa Workforce Development reported Friday that the rate didn’t change from the previous month as the number of unemployed people and the number of residents with jobs both increased.Iowa is tied for the nation’s third-lowest unemployment rate, behind Vermont and North Dakota.Iowa’s rate ties with the rate in New Hampshire.The national unemployment rate for August was 3.7%.
Storm Lake’s Public Safety Director is changing jobs after a 40 plus-year-career in law enforcement.Mark Prosser has been named the director of pastoral planning for the Diocese of Sioux City.The newly-appointed director said he will be able to work with parishes, new parish groups, pastors and their appointed committees “to bring the new organizational structure of the diocese together.Prosser, who is also an ordained deacon in the Catholic church, will leave the Storm Lake Police on December 31st.He will begin his new duties February 3rd.
TCU wins the 2014 Peach Bowl. (USATSI)Mike Gundy can be quite humorous when given the opportunity.Whether that comedy is intentional or unintentional is up for debate but when he’s self-deprecating as he was earlier this week about the college football playoff it comes off as self-aware and hilarious.As you know Gundy was the only coach in the country to vote TCU No. 1.This week he told the O’Colly he used to think outliers like himself were “clowns.”“I noticed, when I looked at it in the paper, it had the ‘1’ in parentheses outside of there. I used to look at the polls forever and I used to think ‘Who is the clown that voted somebody No. 1?’ that was like eighth or ninth in the country.”Well this year that would be you.“This year, when somebody showed me the newspaper, I was wondering who that clown was, and I realized that clown was me.”That moment when you realize the clown is you.There was some justification on Wednesday, however, when the Frogs smoked Ole Miss’ land sharks.“They certainly played really good, and I think it was good for our conference.”It’s been about the only good thing for Gundy’s conference so far in bowl season.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Defense: Justin PhillipsPhillips has proven over his three-plus years in Stillwater that when he’s given the opportunity he produces. The unsung Bedlam 2014 hero redshirted in Year 2 and has worked his way into a starting role at Will linebacker after a promising 2016 campaign.On Saturday inside of Heinz Stadium, Phillips tallied five total tackles, a pass breakup and an atonement for Mason Rudolph’s lone sin in Pittsburgh. Just two plays after Rudolph’s interception, Phillips caught this deflected pass and hustled into the end zone for his second pick-6 in as many weeks.Unsung Hero: Jalen McCleskeyI don’t know if the game’s leading receiver counts as “unsung” but I’m going to give McCleskey the nod here for his big turnaround after a rough start to the season.McCleskey logged minus-2 yards receiving and a costly punt return gaff in Week 1 followed by just 19 yards in Mobile in Week 2. His performance in Pittsburgh on the other hand was perfect.He tied James Washington for most targets from Rudolph, seven each. But McCleskey made the most of his, catching all seven balls for a career-high 162 yards and three touchdowns (also a career high).Pitt was determined to limit Washington and Oklahoma State’s outside threats so Rudolph looked inside and found “Lil Sho” for catches of 26, 27, 40 and 48 yards and Rudolph’s third, fourth and fifth TDs on the day.It was over whenCan I say the coin toss? There’s a little truth to that, actually. Pitt elected to kick the opening ball to the Cowboys and it was mostly downhill from there for the Panthers. Mason Rudolph left the sidelines seven-straight times to start the game and each time he returned with seven more points to show for it.The result was pretty much etched in stone when the Cowboys went up 35-zilch early in the second quarter. Pitt made some plays during the 30-plus minutes of garbage time but had no answers for the Cowboys’ offensive attack.Questions for Week 4Team HealthMike Gundy stated after the game that he expects starting right tackle Zach Crabtree and wide receiver Chris Lacy to play in OSU’s Big 12 opener against TCU next Saturday. That’s good news. Starting Star linebacker Kenneth Edison-McGruder’s status is more of a concern. He missed his second-straight game after an in-practice injury. It’s a linebacker corps that lost second-teamer Kevin Henry for the year as well and can’t afford many more DNPs as it heads into the meat of its schedule.Pass ProtectionWhile we can all get fired up by Mason Rudolph’s best Big Ben impersonation shown above, I’m not super fired up by how much pressure Pitt’s defense was able to get on QB1. He was sacked just once but had to evade pressure several times. I like that Mason can go Johnny Football if need be, but there will be far better pass rushes than Pitt’s in the way of a Big 12 championship.Can his O-line give Rudolph enough breathing room to chase down history?If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Oklahoma State went to an NFL stadium for its first real test of the year and walked onto the field like it knew all the answers. The Cowboys put up some gaudy numbers, made some impressive plays (and some history) and head into Big 12 play with no red flags in tow.Let’s debrief this impressive win over Pitt.The short storyOklahoma State scored early and often finishing its first seven drives in the end zone. Its defense facilitated a quick 35-zip lead controlling Pitt’s ground game and basically making the second half irrelevant.Mason Rudolph set some records, several receivers had big days and there was a regrettable special teams snafu. Basically, a normal day at the office for Mike Gundy’s squad.Who Earned A Marshal Badge?Offense: Mason RudolphRudolph broke his own Oklahoma State record for passing yards in a half with 423. He also tied Josh Fields’ OSU record with five passing TDs in one half. He also tied Zac Robinson for second-most TD passes in school history with 66.Entering the game, Rudolph was riding a streak of 185 straight attempts without an interception. The school record of 194 was set by Brandon Weeden back in 2011. Rudolph hit 216 before the discussion finally jinxed him. He threw a pick on his 32nd and final attempt of the day and Gundy pulled him before he or his Heisman statement suffered any unnecessary abuse.Rudolph did leave Heisman voters with this statement play on a third-and-long in the first quarter.
WC Qualification Europe O’Neill remains confident of Irish progression despite Serbia reverse Guy Atkinson 07:43 9/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images WC Qualification Europe Republic of Ireland v Serbia Republic of Ireland Serbia Despite a 1-0 defeat to Serbia, the manager refuses to give up his nation’s hopes of reaching next year’s tournament in Russia Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill insists that his side can still qualify for the 2018 World Cup despite Tuesday’s loss to Serbia.O’Neill saw his side suffer their first competitive loss at home under his reign to a dominant Serbian outfit, who took all three points at the Aviva Stadium thanks to Aleksandar Kolarov’s impressive second-half strike.Ireland have now fallen to third in Group D, one point behind Wales who snuck past Moldova 2-0. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina The Irish host Moldova next month before travelling to Wales for what looks set to be a decider for a potential play-off berth, with Serbia all-but guaranteed top spot. O’Neill said: “We are not beaten – far from it. We have the last two games now that we must win and if we can beat Moldova then it sets it up for the final game, where we’ll have to go to Wales and win.”Everybody’s down, but it’s still in our hands and that’s the most important thing. We can get to the play-offs, we can still make it.”Ireland started the game brightly but struggled to contain a powerful Serbian side once they got into their stride, with Manchester United’s Nemanja Matic once again proving an impressive force in midfield.O’Neill, however, was encouraged by his side’s display and was convinced they would take something from the game.He added: “I thought we played very, very well. We’ve come in [at half-time] and thought we could win the second half. They got a little break just after half-time, but I thought: ‘we can win this match’. “We threw caution to the wind at the end of the match to try and get something out of it, but it eventually eluded us.”Aleksandar Kolarov pic.twitter.com/28uhHsi2D1— European Qualifiers (@EuroQualifiers) September 5, 2017Serbia played the final 20 minutes with ten men after the dismissal of Nikola Maksimovic, but held firm to withstand the late Irish pressure.They know a win against Austria next month will secure their place in Russia next year, but manager Slavoljub Muslin isn’t letting his players get carried away. He said: “Of course we are very close to achieving the main goal, but there a couple of matches left. This is very important for us because we didn’t progress to the last three competitions. “This was one of the most difficult games in my career as a coach. It was also one of the most important games because we knew this would be the decisive game to go to the World Cup. “We know it is not all over, there are two games left to play. We know we just need one point but we will fight hard to achieve it, my boys and me.”
Mexico Mexico remains on pace to set best World Cup qualifying run Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author Last updated 2 years ago 12:09 10/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) YURI CORTEZ Mexico Mexico v Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago WC Qualification CONCACAF World Cup After falling behind early on, El Tri rallied for an easy win over Trinidad and Tobago to pick up another three points in the CONCACAF tournament SAN LUIS POTOSI, Mexico —First they threw their cups in frustration, then they filled the air in celebration. Then, twice more they were aloft in joy as fans here celebrated a 3-1 Mexico victory over Trinidad and Tobago.After Shahdon Winchester’s goal that looked like it would condemn Mexico to its first defeat of the Hex, the No. 9 and his celebrating teammates were treated to an unwanted shower from fans in the end of the Estadio Alfonso Lastras. Many in the other stands of the stadium applauded the Soca Warriors’ goal, as if to show they didn’t approve of their fellow fans’ actions. When Hirving Lozano scored with a dozen minutes left to play, no section was spared with the crowd celebrating in its peculiar way by lofting whatever beverage was at hand into the air to celebrate.There were cups in the air again as Chicharito headed in the go-ahead goal late, nudging the ball past Adrian Foncette on a rebound. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. It is a credit to the fine beer vendors of San Luis Potosi that there was anything left for fans to throw after Hector Herrera’s stoppage-time free kick. Nevertheless, there was plenty of flying fluid as it became clear that the citizens of San Luis Potosi would see their team earn three points in their first match here since 2007.”The game was a bit complicated, but I think we reacted and the team looked really good,” Lozano said. “We had a lot of chances to score, and thanks to God we scored the last three. That’s how soccer goes. They had a chance and they scored it, we had a lot and we scored three.”The trio of goals were worth cheering, but the earlier performance had left Mexico fans with little to celebrate. Hopes of the best-ever Hex finish remain, and a win in Honduras will secure the top spot in the round and surpass El Tri’s best-ever finish in the final round of World Cup qualification.The team will need to show improvement to make that happen. This was a typical CONCACAF game, with Mexico keeping the ball and finding chances but failing to find the back of the net. The visitors caught Mexico out on a few occasions, one of them resulting in the game’s opening strike. Honduras knows this script and knows it better than Trinidad and Tobago. Mexico manager Juan Carlos Osorio had looked to attack the right side of Trinidad’s defense and while opportunities were forthcoming, finding the final moment again was beyond Mexico in the opening hour.”It’s become something we’ve discussed and mentioned in previous news conferences, tha the team has consistency, is efficient in getting into the final through but we’re lacking finishing above all in trying to finsih off our opportunities to score on the first try,” Osorio said after the contest.Staying unbeaten is a plus, and ultimately what Mexico does in future months is of far more importance than what happened Friday. But there has to be a few blushes among Mexico’s players after they needed a furious late effort to get past the Caribbean side. After all, this group was the best of the best, truly the best group the country has to offer. They were matched up against a Trinidad and Tobago team focusing on the future, looking to 2022 not 2018 as Mexico is.Still, the fans stayed after for several rounds of chants in support of the national team as the team bid farewell to its home country. Then they filled out of the stadium, in search of a drink they’d finish.