KL Rahul, Kuldeep Yadav script India’s demolition over England in 1st T20I

first_imgKL Rahul’s second hundred and Kuldeep Yadav’s five-wicket haul scripted India’s emphatic eight-wicket win over England in the first T20I of a three-match series in Ireland. Virat Kohli also became the fastest to 2000 T20 International runs en route his knock of 20 not out.Chasing 160, India lost Shikhar Dhawan to David Willey in the first over of the innings. And in came Rahul, who has been in splendid form in the T20 format. In the IPL, he scored 659 runs for Kings XI Punjab before hammering a fluent 70 against Ireland in the second T20I in Dublin.Enthused by his sublime form, the Indian team management decided to promote Rahul at No.3 ahead of Kohli, who has made the position his own in limited-overs cricket. Rahul did not disappoint after a watchful start.In the company of Rohit Sharma, Rahul took the English bowlers to the cleaners. The duo was involved in a 123-run partnership for the second wicket and such was Rahul’s dominance that Rohit readily took the backseat.MATCH HIGHLIGHTSOver the course of the next hour-and-a-half, as another England team battled in far-away Russia for a place in the World Cup quarter-finals, India bullied Eoin Morgan’s England at home. There were shots played to each corner of the park as the dominant Indian crowd cheered on every four and six. And there were plenty of boundaries hit.Also read – Rahul joins Rohit with second T20I hundredRahul hit 10 fours and five sixes as he blazed away to a 53-ball hundred. Rohit was dismissed for 32 but by then the writing was on the wall for England. Kohli walked in and when he reached 8, he became the fourth male cricketer to breach the 2000-run mark in T20 Internationals.advertisementAlso read – Kohli fastest ever to reach 2000 T20I runsEarlier, Kuldeep wrecked havoc in England’s camp with figures of 5/24 off his four overs. The hosts had spent days dominating a second-string Australian team in five ODIs and a one-off T20I but they knew sterner tests awaited them against the Indians.Also read – Kuldeep 3rd Indian to grab five-wicket haul in T20IsTheir worst nightmare came true in the form of Kuldeep, who spun a web around the English batsmen.On a flat pitch at Manchester, England got off to a flier. Jason Roy blasted a quickfire 30, Jos Buttler continued to dominate and the hosts, fresh from their decimation of Australia, raced away to 50 before the fifth over was up.But Umesh Yadav, playing only his second T20I since his debut in 2012, beat Roy for pace, drawing first blood in a high-attrition battle.What a performance from KL Rahul! His unbeaten 101 guides India home after a spectacular bowling display from Kuldeep Yadav, who recorded figures of 5/24. Great performance from the tourists, and we look forward to the next T20i on Friday in Cardiff ! #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/SC2dWjNR5NICC (@ICC) July 3, 2018And that strike cleared the path for Kuldeep, who spun a web around the hapless English batsmen. Alex Hales tried to sweep but he had no idea what hit him (rather his timber). Eoin Morgan could not get to the pitch off the ball and ended up slicing it to Virat Kohli at deep midwicket in the 14th over.Two balls later, Kuldeep beat Jonny Baitstow by inviiting him to drive but he was nowhere near the pitch of the ball and MS Dhoni whipped the bails off in a flash. Next ball, Joe Root was all at sea with the exact delivery that got rid of Bairstow.Kuldeep was on a hat-trick and had he got there, that would have been his second in international cricket. But Moeen Ali survived.However, Kuldeep came back to bowl his last over and deceived a well-set Buttler with a googly as Kohli took the catch at long-on. He bettered his best bowling figures after that four-wicket haul against Ireland last week.In the last T20I between these two sides, Chahal had rocked Morgan’s men with figures of 6/25. This time, it was Kuldeep. Rest assured, England will have to face a lot more from these two wrist-spinners over the next fortnight.Kuldeep Yadav’s brilliant bowling effort (5/24) restricted England at 159/8 in the first T20I of the three-match series at the Old Trafford cricket ground here on Tuesday.With the hosts going at a decent pace, it was Kuldeep’s massacre which broke the English batting line-up and the spinner was well supported by pacer Umesh Yadav (2/20).advertisementPut into bat, England were off to a good start as openers Jason Roy (30) and Jos Buttler (69) forged a 50-run partnership for the first wicket in 4.5 overs before Umesh drew the first blood to send back Roy.Buttler was then joined by Alex Hales (8) and the duo partnered for a 45-run stand.Kuldeep sent back Hales in the 12th over and went on to destruct the opponents as he dismissed Eoin Morgan (7), Jonny Bairstow (0) and Joe Root (0), which left England reeling at 107/5 in 13.4 overs.Buttler got some support from unbeaten David Willey, who chipped in with 29 runs down the order, to help England reach a moderate total.Kuldeep, however, was in no mood to give any respite to the hosts as he once again scalped a wicket in his final over to send back Buttler, the lone English batsman to show some resistance.Brief Scores: England 159/8 (Jos Buttler 69, Jason Roy 30; Kuldeep Yadav 5/24) vs India.last_img read more

Who is Syed Abdul Rahim, the man Ajay Devgn is playing in his next film?

first_imgThree days after a nail-biting win over South Vietnam in the semi-finals of the Asian Games, the Indian football team was ready to play the big match against South Korea on September 4, 1962 in Jakarta, Indonesia. But with two defenders seriously injured and the goalkeeper down with flu, a win against a strong South Korean team looked like a distant dream. However, Indian coach Syed Abdul Rahim was not a man to give up on his team so soon.Ignoring their injuries, Jarnail Singh, Trilok Singh and Peter Thangaraj made it to the line-up for the finals and put up a splendid game. Within the first 20 minutes, PK Banerjee and Jarnail Singh scored two goals, thus providing the Indian team with a crucial lead. By the time the Korean team could break through the Indian defence, India was on its way to victory. The 90-minute match finished with a 2-1 win for India. The team, as well as the crowd, were euphoric.That was the magic of Syed Abdul Rahim and his boys.And now, 56 years after that glorious win, producer Boney Kapoor and actor Ajay Devgn are collaborating to bring the story of the golden era of Indian football to the big screen. The yet-to-be-titled project will trace the journey of Syed Abdul Rahim, under whose leadership the Indian football team won the Asian Games in 1951 and 1962.National Award-winning actor Ajay Devgn is stepping into the shoes of Syed to tell the story of this unsung hero who was responsible for taking Indian football to new heights and winning accolades for the country.advertisementElated and proud to announce a story never told as @ZeeStudios_ #BoneyKapoor & @freshlimefilms come together for a biopic on Indias legendary #Football coach, Syed Abdul Rahim, starring @ajaydevgn, directed by @CinemaPuraDesi, screenplay by @SaiwynQ, and dialogues by @writish. pic.twitter.com/vzaLJya67xZee Studios (@ZeeStudios_) July 13, 2018″I was amazed that not many are aware of someone as significant as Syed Abdul Rahim. He’s an unsung hero whose achievements must be saluted. His team had heroes like Chunni Goswami, PK Banerjee, Balaram, Franco and Arun Ghosh. It takes someone like Ajay Devgn to play Syed Abdul Rahim. With him on board, I can just hope that our film inspires youngsters to play football, and India soon to bring the World Cup home,” Boney told a leading daily.Directed by Amit Sharma, the film is set to go on floors early next year. But before that, take a look at the life of the man who put the Indian football team on the world map.WHO IS SYED ABDUL RAHIM?Born in Hyderabad in 1909, Syed learnt his trade during his growing-up years, and soon became a prominent figure in the footballing circuit in the city. But his true genius came to the fore when he took over the Hyderabad City Police team in the 1940s. His team went on to dominate the local and national scene for a long time, and he was soon noticed by the Indian football team and was appointed the head coach in 1950.The very next year, Syed led the team to a gold win at Asian Games 1951, thus proving his mettle.Back in those days, the Indian team preferred playing barefoot, and boots were never considered a necessity. However, after a massive defeat at the Helsinki Olympics in 1952 owing to the harsh cold, Syed hit back with a bang. It was the last time that the team played without boots. Syed emerged as a better coach after the last defeat and groomed his team to win several international tournaments in the next few consecutive years. But India’s performance at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics grabbed more eyeballs than ever. After a stunning victory over Australia in the quarter-finals, the team made its way to the semi-finals. Though India lost to Yugoslavia, it is still considered one of India’s biggest achievements in football.Six years after the Melbourne Olympics, Syed got the team together for the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta. He was battling cancer at that time, but keeping his personal setbacks and players’ injuries aside, the coach guided his team towards the glorious win at the finals. His deteriorating health made him quit as the coach of Indian football team two months after the stellar victory.ALSO READ | Ajay Devgn to play football coach Syed Abdul Rahim in Boney Kapoor’s nextALSO WATCH: I can take on anybody with my little finger, says Ajay Devgnlast_img read more

Manika Batra and team finally board flight to Australia. What delayed them?

first_imgStar Indian table tennis players, including Commonwealth Games gold medallists Manika Batra, Achanta Sharath Kamal, Mouma Das and Sathiyan Gnanasekaran were stopped from flying for a tournament on Sunday.The ITTF World Tour Australian Open is set to begin on Monday and 17 players and officials of the Indian table tennis team were set to fly to Melbourne but only 10 of them could allegedly fly out.In a couple of tweets done by Batra, she explained that the table tennis players were supposed to fly for the tournament on Monday but were told that the flight was overbooked.She expressed her shock over the mismanagement and said that seven members of the team were still unable to get on the flight for the tournament.Our contingent of total 17 players & officials of Indian table tennis team including CWG medalist myself, Sharath Kamal, Mouma Das, Madhurika, Harmeet, Suthirta, Sathyan were supposed to fly today to Melbourne by AI 0308 to participate in ITTF World Tour Australian Open from tomManika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) July 22, 2018Contd- On reaching Air India counter we were told dat flight is overbooked &only 10 members of TT team can fly which left us in a shock.7 of us are still unable to fly.All the tickets were booked by Balmer Lawrie.@Ra_THORe @PMOIndia Shocked at such mismanagement by @airindiainManika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) July 22, 2018However, Neelam Kapur, Director General of Sports Authority of India, immediately responded to Manika’s tweets and promised to look into the matter.Just an hour later, she responded to an enquiry from a Twitter user about the status of the matter saying, “The TT team have been booked on an alternate flight leaving later tonight.”advertisementThe TT team have been booked on an alternate flight leaving later tonight. @manikabatra_TT https://t.co/PwN0r6RDuYNeelam Kapur (@NeelamKapur) July 22, 2018When questioned what action she is planning to take for the mismanagement that led to the problem in the first place, Kapur said, “The team reached late. They were supposed to reach three hours before the flight but reached at 10.30 for the flight at 12.40.”The team reached late. They were supposed to reach three hours before the flight but reached at 10.30 for the flight at 12.40. https://t.co/q3ByMlzrTONeelam Kapur (@NeelamKapur) July 22, 2018Manika then took to Twitter to post a photograph of herself with a boarding pass in hand and thanked Kapur for the “prompt action and getting our tickets booked for tonight.”I would like to thank @NeelamKapur mam for the prompt action and getting our tickets booked for tonight. Finally got my boarding pass and flying soon. Thanks @Media_SAI @Ra_THORe sir @PMOIndia sir pic.twitter.com/ciZPt07fABManika Batra (@manikabatra_TT) July 22, 2018Manika and the table tennis players last played in the Korea Open, which took place last week.Sathiyan, who put up a fabulous show in the qualification, lost to Korea’s Lim Jong-hoon in the first round while Manika Batra and Mouma Das and Madhurika Patkar and Pooja Sahasrabudhe lost in the first round of the women’s doubles.last_img read more

Arjun Tendulkar bowls to Virat Kohli at nets ahead of Lord’s Test

first_imgVirat Kohli and the Indian team are preparing to take on England in the second Test of the five-match series at Lords with as much practice as they can. Kohli was seen involved in intense practice sessions working on both his batting and fielding.Ahead of the second Test that begins on Thursday, Arjun Tendulkar was seen bowling to Kohli in the nets at Lords to help the captain prepare for fast and swinging bowling in English conditions.Kohli was the best batsman in the first Test at Edgbaston, scoring 200 runs for India and single-handedly kept India in the match with a crafty 149 in the first innings.However, it seems Kohli has taken Sachin Tendulkars advice and is not getting satisfied by the performance he has put so far and is working harder to be better come Thursday.Arjun, who is a left-arm medium pacer pretty much like Sam Curran, bowled to Virat Kohli to help him prepare for the Lord’s Test.#TeamIndia Captain @imVkohli gearing up for the 2nd Test match at @HomeOfCricket.#ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/pii9cogOXS BCCI (@BCCI) August 7, 2018Also read – Batting dilemma, strategical changes in line for India ahead of Lord’s TestArjun recently made his first-class debut in the four-day Youth Test series in Sri Lanka.India U-19 defeated Sri Lanka in both the ‘Youth Tests’, as Arjun took his maiden wicket for India. He opened the bowling after India lost the toss in the first Test and took the wicket of RVPK Mishra in the third over of the match.advertisementIn the second innings he dismissed Nipun Malinga to finish off the match.He couldn’t make most of his opportunity with the bat as he was dismissed for a duck after facing eleven deliveries and didn’t bat in the second innings as India won the match by an innings and 21 runs.In the second Test he fared no better as he scored just 14 runs and picked up another wicket.After the Youth Tests, Arjun was not picked for Youth ODIs vs Sri Lanka and he decided to travel to London to enjoy his break. In London, he spent time with his good friends, among them is English cricketer Danielle Wyatt.Arjun caught up with Wyatt and posted a selfie with her on his Instagram account where the two can be seen having lunch. He captioned the photo “Nandos with Danielle Wyatt”.While Arjun is enjoying his vacation and turned up for some work at Lords, Kohli and Co. will be looking to level the Test series against England with the Lords Test.Kohli, while addressing the press conference on the eve of the Lord’s Test, said that there are just about a few adjustments batsmen need to make, particularly in how they react to situation after wickets fall down.Kohli, who is known for his aggression on the field, advised his batsmen against it at crucial junctures in the match.”I don’t think anything [top order failure] should be judged so soon. We as a team definitely have more patience than other people and so, we don’t take something as a pattern soon.”But when it comes to the wickets falling quickly, it more of a mental aspect than technical — like how you think about a situation after wicket falls. I think that matters a lot, you should have a clear plan of what you want to do in the next 30 deliveries and that plan more often than not, is not aggression. We need a little bit more composure there and that, as a batting unit, we have discussed,” Kohli said.last_img read more

Army spirit comes to fore: Indian rowers sing redemption song with 3 medals

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma(Eds: Incorporating all results and quotes) Palembang, Aug 24 (PTI) The Indian rowing contingent redeemed itself by winning three medals, including a historic gold in quadruple sculls, on the final day of the competition at the 18th Asian Games here. The rowers had to overcome an unexpected and disastrous outing yesterday, when they were in contention for four medals, to ensure that India doesn’t return home empty handed from the Jakabaring lake. All Armymen, most of them from humble background, fought with the never-say-die spirit that soldiers are best known for. They pushed their boats as if there was no tomorrow. “Yesterday we had a bad day but soldiers never give up. I told my teammates that we will go for the gold and we will give it all. It was about karo ya maro (do or die). And we did it,” Sawarn Singh, senior most member of the gold-winning quadruple sculls team, told PTI. He not only pushed himself to the limit but his words of encouragement fired up his teammates, including Dattu Baban Bhokanal, who had given up midway into his single sculls race yesterday after starting as the favourite. The other members of the triumphant team were Sukhmeet Singh, who like Sawarn is from Mansa district in Punab, and Om Prakash. Like Bhokanal, Sawarn and Prakash also suffered a heartbreak yesterday, missing out on the bronze in the men’s double sculls. But all of them were able to turn it around in less than 24 hours.advertisement Dushyant Chauhan, bronze medallist in lightweight single sculls at Incheon, defended his third place in the event. Courtesy Bhagwan Singh and Rohit Kumar, India won another bronze in men’s lightweight double sculls. Bhagwan is a son of a truck driver who had to quit journalism in the second year and join Indian Army due to financial issues. Dushyant, who is now an experienced rower, gave his all quite literally. The energy sapping dash in the final 500 metres led to him being carried on a stretcher to the medical centre. He was so drained out that he could not stand properly during the medal ceremony. Minutes later he threw up, prompting the doctors to rush him to the medical centre. “I pushed as if it was the last race of my life. That was the only thing in the mind. May be I pushed a bit too hard but it was worth it. I had a bad cold and throat in the run up to the event, that also affected me a lot during the race. I was gone,” said Dushyant, who had not eaten much in the morning ahead of the race as they all have to maintain weight (72kg). “I just had two breads and an apple. It was very hot also. That is why I was completely dehydrated,” added the 25-year-old who lives in Gurgaon. In the quadruple sculls, it was a lot more than just a race for the experienced Bhokanal and Sawarn. Bhokanal had to win it for his late mother while Sawarn had to do it to know if he still had gas left in the tank. The 28-year-old had almost quit the sport, having suffered a slip disc following his bronze medal at the 2014 Asian Games. He only made a comeback last year due to the constant encouragement from chief coach Ismail Baig. “I never thought that I could come back and win a medal for the country again. The federation took care of me, sent me to Chennai for my back treatment. I am thankful to them,” said Sawarn. The quadruple sculls squad changed its tactics after the dismal show yesterday. “We were in the front in the first 1000m yesterday but were chased down at the end. Today we made ensure we were steady in the first half and then accelerated in the final 500 metres,” Sawarn added. The move did pay off as Sawarn and Co won the race by close to three seconds. Indonesia and Thailand won the silver and bronze respectively. The gold was also India’s second at the Asian Games rowing, the first being Bajrang Lal Thakkar’s in 2010. PTI BS AHlast_img read more

Himachal hikes award money for medal winners in int’l sporting events

first_imgShimla, 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 IJTlast_img read more

Didn’t realise was flanked by Chinese and Pakistani athletes on victory podium: Neeraj Chopra

first_imgBy 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 PMlast_img read more

Virat Kohli remains on top, Prithvi Shaw enters ICC Test rankings at 73rd spot

first_imgVirat 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)last_img read more

Usain Bolt surprised with drug test notice in Australia

first_imgUsain 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.last_img read more

Jamshedpur beat Chennaiyin 3-1 in ISL

first_imgJamshedpur, 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 ATKATKlast_img read more

ISL: Udanta Singh strike helps Bengaluru FC beat Delhi Dynamos

first_imgUdanta 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)last_img read more

Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar is ready for new adventures. Her family cannot keep calm

first_imgMiss 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 2017advertisementlast_img read more

Team seeks new chapter in its history, says Real Madrid coach

first_imgAbu 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/bglast_img read more

Hundreds take to Beirut streets over corruption

first_imgBeirut, 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) SCYSCYlast_img read more

World wrestling body asks all national federations to suspend dealing with India

first_imgThe 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 Cuplast_img read more

Watch: Dhoni’s guest appearance on Chahal TV, Kuldeep listens to Kishore Kumar songs

first_imgYuzvendra 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 2019last_img read more

India will be under pressure, Pakistan have nothing to lose in World Cup: Harbhajan Singh

first_imgHarbhajan 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 Addresslast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma or Shakib Al Hasan, who will be Player of the Tournament?

first_imgAfter 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 Seelast_img read more

CONE PARK SPLASH PAD OPENS TO HELP YOU BEAT THE HEAT

first_imgThere’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.last_img

IOWA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE REMAINS UNCHANGED

first_imgIowa’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%.last_img