Japan hits rankings high to buoy World Cup hosts after deadly typhoon

first_imgMOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments “I think it’s fair to say their back-to-back wins have brought some hope to people,” Shimada said.Japan now head into a quarter-final against South Africa on Sunday and their wins, and the manner of their performances, have made World Cup rivals sit up and take notice.All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said Japan should now be regarded as a Tier One nation — meaning the Six Nations and Rugby Championship sides — after their rise up the rankings.“Without a doubt, they would have to be considered like they are playing and performing like a Tier One nation,” said Hansen.“They are now in the top eight in the world on performance. They are playing quality rugby so I think Japan should be very, very proud.”France scrum-half Baptiste Serin said Japan, with their quick thought and handling combined with strong structural play, were “doing good for today’s rugby”.“They have an inspiring style, you can see they have self-belief,” said the admiring Serin, praising Japan’s “technical quality”.“What strikes me is the way they have of being available for each other, of always backing each other up.”Japan captain Michael Leitch said he was unable to sleep Sunday night as he kept replaying the game in his head.“Looking back, even since 2011, this team has grown so much — and it’s scary to think how far this team can grow,” he warned. Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Becoming his own man UAAP lifts Perasol suspension; UP coach back vs UST Wednesday DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan PLAY LIST 03:03Rescue efforts underway as Typhoon Hagibis kills 11 in Japan00:50Trending Articles06:46Trough of ‘Hagibis’ to affect parts of Philippines – Pagasa02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issuecenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japan’s wing Kenki Fukuoka (R) is congratulated after scoring a try during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between Japan and Scotland at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on October 13, 2019. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)Japan rose to a record rankings high of seventh on Monday after their historic run to the Rugby World Cup quarterfinals, providing some respite as the host nation reels from a deadly typhoon.As rival teams and Japan’s public united in praise, the Brave Blossoms climbed to one place above France, and also higher than Scotland, Argentina and Italy.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architect Although reports of the typhoon dominated Japanese newspapers, the rugby victory featured on the front pages of all the major titles, including the Nikkei business daily.“Cherry in full bloom,” the mass-circulation Yomiuri Shimbun wrote in a headline, using Japan’s original nickname of the Cherry Blossoms — now usually given as the Brave Blossoms.“Japan’s strength is real,” Yomiuri said.– ‘Tier One nation’ –Fans danced in the streets of Tokyo after Sunday’s win, which kept Japan unbeaten in four games at the tournament with 19 points out of a possible 20, including bonus points.“They made history,” shouted Masato Shimada at a Tokyo fanzone, as a group of celebrating Japanese fans blocked the capital’s famous, five-way Shibuya crossing, said to be the world’s busiest.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical “The last four games, we’ve been getting better each time and our confidence is growing.”Click here for more weather related news.” Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ It came on the back of Sunday’s 28-21 win over Scotland which put Japan into their first World Cup quarter-final at the top of Pool A, and in some style after four superb running tries.The game had added poignancy as it came a day after Typhoon Hagibis smashed through Japan, killing dozens of people and triggering landslides and flooding. The match was only confirmed at the last minute after safety inspections.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“The brave performance of Japan Rugby Team, who never give up, will give courage and energy to those who suffered damage from the typhoon,” tweeted Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.Sunday’s victory carried echoes of 2011 when the Japanese women’s football team lifted the World Cup, embodying the resilience of a nation recovering from the deadly earthquake and tsunami earlier that year.last_img read more

Eden Hazard’s slow start gathering pace as Real Madrid look for attacking release

first_imgMOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Real Madrid’s Belgian forward Eden Hazard runs during the Spanish League football match between Real Madrid CF and Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, on November 2, 2019. AFPMADRID — Eden Hazard is beginning to show glimpses of his best form and it cannot come soon enough for Real Madrid.They play at home to Galatasaray in the Champions League on Wednesday, when victory would put them within touching distance of qualification from Group A.ADVERTISEMENT “Everyone expects a lot from him and he knows that. But we support him and as the games go by I am sure he is going to be the player we want him to be in this Real Madrid team.”But the international break checked Hazard’s momentum and he missed Madrid’s first match back, a 1-0 loss away at Mallorca, due to the birth of his fourth child.In the three games since, he has appeared in bursts, delivering exhilirating moments like the glorious flick inside against Galatasaray and a run in behind to win the penalty against Leganes.“He sees things that other players cannot see,” Zidane said.Yet there have been disappointments too, not so much glaring errors as a general hesistance, a tendency to choose the safe option or fail to choose at all when in those attacking positions he usually relishes.Hazard’s most impressive showing so far was arguably against Real Betis last weekend, when Madrid failed to score but he had his exuberance back, not to mention the change of pace that at times has appeared worryingly absent.He was darting through gaps rather than turning away from them, taking risks, and unfortunate to see a superb goal ruled out for offside.“Everyone wants to see Eden playing better,” Zidane said last week. “But I see him getting much better every day. He will get there in the end for sure.”Madrid’s goalless draw against Betis shows why Hazard’s crescendo must find its climax, and quickly, if Zidane’s team are to avoid the same problems up front that proved their undoing last season.Despite the best efforts of Benzema in recent months, the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo is still to be filled and although Hazard has never been a prolific scorer, he can contribute and enhance the numbers of others. LATEST STORIES You don’t pass up on Banchero—Victolero ‘A game changing day:’ Gordon releases Senate panel report on ‘ninja cops’ probe PLAY LIST 02:29‘A game changing day:’ Gordon releases Senate panel report on ‘ninja cops’ probe00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Hazard has endured a disjointed and disappointing start in Spain, where expectations soared following his long-awaited 100-million euro move from Chelsea in June.A week later, 50,000 thousand fans streamed into the Santiago Bernabeu to see Hazard wear the shirt while some even ran to the entrances to grab a better seat.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceAs supporters left, Hazard was giving his first press conference underneath the stadium, telling a packed auditorium he wanted to be a galactico.“I’m not a galactico, not yet, but I hope I will be one day,” he said. What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Priority legislation in the 18th Congress But the grand opening fizzled, in part due to events off the pitch, a combination of bad luck and personal circumstances that have spared the 28-year-old harsher critique from fans and journalists alike.On the day before Madrid’s first game of the season away at Celta Vigo, Hazard pulled a muscle in his thigh in training and had to withdraw from the squad.He sat out three matches before making his first start against Paris Saint-Germain, but looked off the pace and it was a night to forget as Madrid were thrashed 3-0.Hazard was left on the bench against Osasuna amid reports he was overweight and then scored his first goal against Granada, a delightful looping finish that promised finally to unleash the Belgian’s best.“We know the quality of player we have and we know he is going to deliver,” said Zinedine Zidane in September.ADVERTISEMENT Rice industry paralysis View comments Those that know Hazard say he has a relaxed, down-to-earth personality, unfazed by attention and uninterested in the pizazz of modern football. Perhaps it is one of the reasons his move to Madrid was not pushed through sooner.But to succeed, he is likely not only to need that zip again that comes only with full fitness but self-belief, to take ownership of this Madrid side in the same way he once commanded the adoration of Stamford Bridge.Few doubt Hazard will soon rediscover his peak, certainly not Zidane, who insists goals are all he needs. Real Madrid need them too.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week!last_img read more

SPORT-NIKOLAI 2 LAST

first_imgJaisha, who fainted at the finish line after completing Jaisha, who fainted at the finish line after completing the race in 89th position, had alleged that there was no water, recovery drinks and refreshment available for her and only once in 8km did she got water. Latest reports said that the 33-year-old Kerala athlete, who won a silver medal in 1500m race in the 2014 Asian Games, has put the blame on Nikolai, saying that he must have told the AFI officials that she will need personalised refreshment. The second Indian in the fray in that marathon race, Kavita Raut had confirmed that she was asked by the AFI officials if she would need personalised refreshments to which she also had said no since she had never used them earlier in competitions. Asked if there was sufficient water arranged by the Rio race organisers, Nikolai hinted that it was not so. “I did not run the race and have not followed Jaisha throughout the entire 42km. How can I? So, I would not know the exact situation. It would seem from a distance that the water arranged by the organisers was sufficient. My situation was as good as yours watching on a television. “But I had spoken to some runners who took part in the race, who finished around 70th and below out of the 157 runners and who ran behind the leading pack, and their coaches. They said water was there but after the 25 to 30km mark, it was not sufficient. That is what these runners and coaches said. I have no means to verify what they said,” he added. “When I spoke to Jaisha after the race, she also said the same, that the water available was not adequate in the second part of the course after around 25-30km,” he added. PTI PDS ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Companies making beeline to sign Sindhu for endorsements

first_imgBy Diwakar GopavajhalaHyderabad, Aug 26 (PTI) Companies are queuing up to sign Rio Olympics silver medalist P V Sindhu for endorsements, but the ace badminton players brand management firm wants to go slow as it wants her brand valuation to rise further.The silver medal at Rio Olympics has pushed Sindhus brand value many times and the badminton star is expected to announce a couple of endorsement deals soon.Ramakrishnan R, co-founder and director of Baseline Ventures managing Sindhus brand marketing, said though the endorsements were signed before Olympics, they did not want to announce them due to hectic schedule of the city-based badminton players for the preparation for the event.”They are major endorsements at the national level. There have been couple of brand signed before Olympics. We could not announce them because of the Olympics preparation. So, we did not want to promote her more before Olympics. We may be announcing them during the second week of September,” Ramakrishnan told PTI.Baseline, the sports marketing company, also manages another badminton player Srikanth.Sindhu became the first Indian woman athlete to grab an Olympic silver in the just-concluded event when she lost a close final clash against world No.1 Carolina Marin of Spain.”We are pouring with requests for endorsements by Sindhu. That is not what we think would be credible and grand association. We want to last long. Building brand takes years. So want to start slowly and add value to Sindhu which is very important. And also Sindhu is excited to work with us. Our intention is the brand valuation of Sindhu to go up,” he further said. (MORE) PTI GDK GK MKJadvertisementlast_img read more

I take responsibility for Rio boxing campaign: Coach Sandhu

first_imgBy Poonam Mehra New Delhi, Aug 27 (PTI) He is ready to take “moral responsibility” for Indias medal-less boxing campaign in Rio Olympics but national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu says the four-year-long administrative logjam cannot escape blame for all that has gone wrong with the once flourishing sport. “I am personally hurt and I take moral responsibility for this. But I feel my boys performance was satisfactory under the current circumstances and with the kind of tough draws they ended up getting. As for other things, I knew what was going on in the last four years but I continued thinking that things would improve,” a disheartened Sandhu told PTI in an interview. Boxing became an Olympic medal hope for India ever since Vijender Singhs historic bronze in the Beijing 2008 edition. M C Mary Kom added another bronze to the kitty in 2012 when women boxers made their debut in London edition. In Rio, at least one medal was expected from the three who made the cut. The expectation was despite the fact that boxing had hit a downward spiral following the termination of the national federation in 2012 for manipulation in elections. “The luck factor was totally zero this time for us. All my boys lost to eventual medallists. I am not trying to save anybody here but we have to be realistic. The draws were very tough,” Sandhu said. The draws were indeed hard on the Indians. Shiva Thapa (56kg) lost to eventual gold-medallist Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba in the opening round, while Manoj Kumar (64kg) also went down to gold-winner Fazliddin Gaibnazarov in his ore-quarterfinal bout. Vikas Krishan (75kg), on the other hand, was defeated by eventual silver-medallist Bektemir Melikuziev in the quarterfinal. Sandhu appealed to the officials to wake up to the damage that has been done to the sport in four years of complete mess in administration. “It is my humble request, let us understand what is happening to our boxers, let us understand their suffering. We need to forget our egos. The first step towards making things right is to have an effective national federation because without a federation, we are orphans,” he was blunt in his observation. “Nothing can be built without a solid foundation, a smooth-functioning federation is a foundation for any sport. I repeat that without a federation, India will not have a voice in the international arena, no technical representation and that hurts our progress,” he added. (MORE) PTI PM KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Police fire teargas at Sri Lanka cricket fans during fourth ODI

first_imgSri Lankan police were forced to fire teargas when hundred of fans forcibly tried entering the stadium where the home side was playing in the fourth ODI against Australia on Wednesday.About 300 fans tried to force their way into the 18,000-capacity Dambulla stadium after the authorities announced that all tickets had been sold and asked anyone without tickets to leave the area, a police official said.”We asked them to go, but they tried to break in while some blocked the main road by sitting down,” said a police official in Dambulla, around 150 kilometres (90 miles) north of Colombo. (Bailey, Hastings propel Australia to series-clinching win )”The situation was quickly brought under control,” added the official who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to the media. There were no immediate reports of casualties.There were also chaotic scenes during the third ODI at the same venue on Sunday when fans without tickets broke through barricades and entered the stadium en masse, dislodging thousands of ticket-holders from their seats.Sri Lankans are cricket-crazy, but interest in the game has soared to new heights since Angelo Mathews and his team recorded a historic whitewash in their recent three-match Test series against Australia.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

AFA hired firm to fly Argentina team without knowing name Of airline

first_imgArgentina’s Football Association hired a company that charters flights to transport superstar Lionel Messi and the rest of the national team for a World Cup qualifying game without knowing the name of the airline or the model of the plane, an official said Friday.The plane was the same British Aerospace 146 Avro RJ85 jet operated by Bolivia-based charter company LaMia that later crashed in Colombia, killing 71 people, including most of a Brazilian soccer team. (Also read: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to contest FIFA’s annual award)Argentine Football Association spokesman Miguel Hirsch said Friday the AFA was forced to look for options for a roundtrip Buenos Aires-Belo Horizonte flight after the plane they often use from the Andes airline was sent for technical revisions. The Associated Press had access to offer sheets that six companies presented. None mentioned the name of the airline. But the one that the AFA’s national team department chose for USD 99,000 was the cheapest one and the only one that did not provide the model of the plane. The second least expensive offer was about USD 3,000 less.”I suppose that since the AFA is going through financial troubles, it was a question of costs,” Hirsch said in an interview with The AP.”I suppose that these people went about it in the same way that you go about contacting a travel agency or looking in the internet and buying a ticket for Buenos Aires to New York,” he said. “You don’t check if Delta, American or Continental flight is a Boeing 777, you say – it’s a company, I know it, and it’s the best price.”advertisementBolivia’s Civil Aviation Authority on Thursday indefinitely suspended all flights operated by LaMia airlines amid reports its charter aircraft ran out of fuel moments before slamming into the Andes mountains on Monday.Many of the victims were players and coaches from Chapecoense, a small-town Brazilian soccer team that was headed to the finals of one of South America’s most prestigious tournaments after a fairy-tale season that had captivated their soccer-crazed nation.Argentina used the same aircraft before and after their 3-0 defeat to Brazil on Nov. 10 in Belo Horizonte for the qualifiers to Russia 2018.”Nothing happened, fortunately. But, obviously, within the AFA body, there has been a strong awareness of the risk that was taken,” Hirsch said. “This was a human error. It has been proven that the pilot was carrying less gas than he should. Possibly, that’s one of the reasons why the LaMia company charged less for its charters.”Led by Julio Grondona since the 1970s, the federation has been in an economic and governance crisis since the late FIFA senior vice president died in 2014.Hirsch said that in recent months and under its new leadership, the AFA has been in talks with Aerolineas Argentinas to strike a deal so that the country’s flagship carrier can fly the national team.last_img read more

Griezmann unveils France-Uruguay ‘mate’ boots

first_imgFrance and Uruguay are the two countries Antoine Griezmann holds closest to his heart – making tomorrow’s friendly extra-special for the forward. And the Atletico Madrid star has chosen to mark the occasion with a pair of unique boots honouring both teams. Griezmann’s love affair with Uruguay is well known, the phenomenon having started from his very first days as a professional.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Upon arriving at Real Sociedad as a teenager the player fell under the wing of Carlos Bueno, a journeyman forward who represented the Basques in the 2009-10 season and also appeared 22 times for Uruguay. Bueno helped to instil in the young Griezmann a passion for Montevideo giants Penarol as well as a taste for mate, a tea-like infusion popular in Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay and parts of Brazil. Griezmann continued to have an affinity for the Celeste even after leaving San Sebastian. The Frenchman struck up a deep, lasting friendship with Uruguay bruiser Diego Godin when the pair joined up at Atletico, with the defender the godfather to Griezmann’s daughter. Griezmann is rarely seen without a mate in hand, while he caught the headlines during France’s 2018 World Cup win when he refused to celebrate scoring against Uruguay. Now, with the stakes rather lower than in that 2-0 quarter-final victory, he will show his love of each nation with an extraordinary gesture of friendship. Paire spéciale pour un match spécial pour moi 🇫🇷🇺🇾 @pumafootball pic.twitter.com/SJXfPXmMRN— Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) 19 de noviembre de 2018″A special pair for a special match for me,” the forward declared on Twitter as he published a photo of his new boots, with one featuring a mate decked in the colours of the French flag and the other, the Uruguayan flag. Even the studs are carefully colour-coded to reflect each side, while the design also features a fresh star for France to celebrate their two World Cup triumphs. “I have great respect for them, I had friends and team-mate on the other side. I did not want to celebrate out of respect,” Griezmann had explained during the World Cup when asked about his muted reaction to the goal. The player’s professed admiration of Uruguay, however, has not always been well-received on the other side, with Luis Suarez in particular criticising his posture. “Just so you see that he is not Uruguayan, he is French and scored against us,” the Barcelona striker fired after the match. Before the match Suarez had explained: “However much he says that he is half-Uruguayan, he is French and he does not know what it feels like to be Uruguayan. “He doesn’t know the sacrifices we made to triumph in football with the few of us there are. He has his customs and his Uruguayan accent, but we feel differently.”France and Uruguay will face off on Tuesday in Paris’ Stade de France, with Griezmann and Suarez both likely to lead their countries’ respective attacks.last_img read more

Sonam charms Cannes red carpet with her distinct, elegant look

first_img(Eds: With additional information)Cannes, May 22 (PTI) Sonam Kapoor showed off another iconic look from her Cannes fashion diaries as the actress slayed the galas red carpet in a striking Elie Saab ensemble.This is 31-year-old actress seventh year at the French Riveria movie carnival and she made sure that her outfit stood out from the rest.The diva appeared coruscating in the exquisite pink gown with a long train and bell sleeves. Teaming it with custom made rose gold jewellery from Kalyan Jewelers and hair tied in a loose bun, Sonam carried the look with a lot of panache.She accentuated her eyes with La Palette Nude eyeshadow in gold and True Match Lumi Power in rose, finishing it with superliner black lacquer and dollops of superstar mascara.Sonam, who walked the red carpet as LOreal Paris India brand ambassador, posed with actresses Andie MacDowell and Araya A Hargate at the event.The actress also took to Instagram to share her red carpet look from the festival.”I know who I am. I am not perfect. Im not the most beautiful woman in the world. But Im one of them. Mary J. Blige #sonamatcannes #sonamatcannes #kalyanjewellery,” she wrote alongside one of the photos.For her day appearances today, the actress opted for two opposite looks.She first flaunted a mustard and red outfit by Anamika Khanna and Apala by Sumit. She added a bohemian touch to her look by sporting a red headband and chunky jewellery.Sonam then went breezy with a white and aqua blue kaftan gown by Indian designer duo Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla.advertisementFor her first appearance at the festival this year, the actress had impressed with her unicorn coloured sari. PTI SSN JCHlast_img read more

I watched Dangal: Chinese President Xi tells Modi

first_img(Eds: Updating with fresh inputs)By Manash Pratim BhuyanAstana, Jun 9 (PTI) Chinese President Xi Jinping today told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he watched Aamir Khan- starrer sports drama Bollywood film Dangal and liked the movie and its actors.Dangal, which was released in China on May 5, has broken several records in the Chinese movie industry and raked up over Rs 1,100 crore.It became only the 33rd film in China to cross a whopping collection of one billion yuan (USD 147 million). It continues to play in over 7,000 screens across China.”President Xi in fact spoke very highly of Indian films. He said that Dangal was doing particularly well and that he himself has actually seen it,” Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said after the talks between the two leaders on the sidelines of the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), where India and Pakistan today became full members of the grouping.Hi said he liked the movie as well as its actors.Dangal has also become the first top-grossing non- Hollywood film in China.The film is inspired by the real-life story of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat, who went against a patriarchal society to train his daughters to become champion wrestlers.Aamir Khan had recently said he hoped the film would be loved in China but never dreamt of such a spectacular success.”I always believe that language is not a barrier when it comes to creative endeavours and its success in China has proved that,” Aamir had said.advertisementJaishankar said both Modi and Xi also deliberated on enhancing cultural cooperation between the two countries. Xi also talked about upcoming Yoga Day celebrations in China. PTI MPB CPS AKJ CPSlast_img read more

Tour de Frace: World champion Peter Sagan disqualified for causing crash with Mark Cavendish

first_imgMark Cavendish has been forced out of the Tour de France after suffering a fractured shoulder blade in a serious crash caused by world champion Peter Sagan, who was disqualified from cycling’s showcase event.Hours after Tuesday’s crash in a chaotic sprint finish to Stage 4, Cavendish’s Team Dimension Data said on its Twitter feed that “Unfortunately, @MarkCavendish has been forced to withdraw from #TDF2017.”The British rider sustained hand and shoulder injuries in the crash, and was taken to a hospital for checks.”I’m obviously massively disappointed to get this news about the fracture,” Cavendish said. “The team was incredible today.”They executed to perfection what we wanted to do this morning. I feel I was in a good position to win and to lose that and even having to leave the Tour, a race I have built my whole career around, is really sad.”Watch the last few seconds of today’s drama-packed finish. #TDF2017 ?? pic.twitter.com/gWADnOfJWT- Le Tour de France UK (@letour_uk) July 4, 2017The crash occurred about 50 meters (yards) from the end of the stage, when Sagan elbowed Cavendish, who was squeezed against the barriers to his right, out of the way.Cavendish slammed into the barriers and two other riders plowed over the British sprint specialist, a winner of 30 Tour stages.”Mark suffered a fracture to the right scapula,” Team Dimension Data doctor Adrian Rotunno said. “Fortunately no surgery is required at this stage, and most importantly there is no nerve damage.(AP Photo)”He’s been withdrawn from the race for obvious medical reasons, and we’ll continue monitoring him over the coming days.”advertisementRace jury president Philippe Marien of the UCI said race rules allowed organizers to disqualify riders in “serious cases”.”We have decided to disqualify Peter Sagan from the 2017 Tour de France after the tumultuous sprint here in Vittel, where he endangered several riders, including Mark Cavendish and others who were involved in the crash,” Marien said.Apart from doping offenses, disqualifications are rare in the Tour. In 2010, Australian Mark Renshaw was thrown out for a head-butt that cleared a path in a sprint for his teammate Cavendish to win the stage in Bourg-Les-Valence.”I get on with Peter well, but I don’t get … if he came across is one thing, but the elbow. I’m not a fan of him putting his elbow in me like that,” Cavendish said.”A crash is a crash, I’d just like to know about the elbow, really,” Cavendish added. “I’d just like to speak to him about it.”After the crash, Sagan went over to see how Cavendish was and patted him on the back, while the British rider showed him his wounds.The Slovak said later he had apologized to Cavendish.”It’s not nice to crash like that,” said Sagan, who had finished the stage in second place behind Demare.”It’s the sprint. I just didn’t know that Mark is behind me, he’s coming from the right side,” Sagan added. “Mark was coming pretty fast from the back and after I just didn’t have time to react, to go left, and he just came (into) me and after into the fence.”A medical team quickly ran out to treat Cavendish, jogging into the oncoming stream of riders to reach him.(AP Photo)When Cavendish was finally helped to his feet, his jersey was badly torn and blood was streaking down his side. Cavendish rode in with a teammate after treatment, gingerly holding his right arm close to his body, with his right hand in a bandage.It’s already been a difficult year for Cavendish, who came down with mononucleosis caused by the Epstein-Barr virus in April.”If there was a mistake, then you have to congratulate the jury for having the courage to punish the world champion, the big star of cycling today,” said France’s Arnaud Demare, who won Tuesday’s stage.There was another crash earlier that delayed Tour leader Geraint Thomas, but the Welshman retained the yellow jersey since it happened in the neutral zone near the stage finish.Thomas leads Sky teammate and three-time champion Chris Froome by 12 seconds, with third-place Michael Matthews of Australia also 12 seconds back.Thomas scraped his knee but said it was OK.”I hit the deck but I’m fine,” Thomas said.Demare clocked nearly five hours over the largely flat 207.5-kilometer (129-mile) route, which started and finished in two spa towns, Mondorf-les-Bains in Luxembourg and Vittel in France.Demare’s win ended a long wait for the home fans, with the previous French victory in a bunch sprint at the Tour being won by Jimmy Casper in Stage 1 in Strasbourg in 2006.advertisement”We’ve been working with Arnaud for a long time on sprints,” said Marc Madiot, manager of Demare’s FDJ team. “Winning in the Tour is the best.”After Sagan’s disqualification, Alexander Kristoff moved up to second place in the stage, with Andre Greipel in third.Stage 5 on Wednesday concludes with the first serious climb of the Tour. The 160.5-kilometer (100-mile) leg begins in Vittel and winds its way to La Planche Des Belles Filles with a short but steep finishing ascent that features a leg-breaking 20-percent gradient in the final meters. All of the overall favorites should swing into action.last_img read more

Happy Birthday Sourav Ganguly: Dada of Indian cricket turns 45

first_imgSourav Ganguly, former Indian captain and current member of the Cricket Advisory Committee, turns 45 today.The world has witnessed the sheer audacity of a man from Kolkata to take on the might of world’s best ever since he stepped on the cricket pitch aged just 20.The left-hander can also be credited of promoting cricketers like Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh to the Indian cricket team and history is testament to their impact on the sport.One to never shy away from a challenge, Sourav Ganguly moulded the team after taking up the reign of captaincy in early 2000 to become arguably one of India’s most successful captain.He has probably the most enviable records of leading India to 11 wins from 28 away Tests, one of the highest ever.After 7213 runs in 113 Tests and 11,363 runs in ODIs from 311 matches, the legend of Sourav Ganguly will forever be cherished by fans from all over the country.LORD’S DEBUTGanguly made a memorable Test debut on Jun 20, 1996 at Lord’s, scoring a century on debut against an English attack comprising the likes of Chris Lewis and Alan Mullally. He scored a stylish 131 as the crowd witnessed the now trademark cover-drive for the first time and from there started his love story with the iconic ground.SAHARA CUP IN TORONTOPhoto Credit: Reuters In a time when success in far-away lands was hard to come by, India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan in 1997 at Toronto. Sourav Ganguly was declared the man of the series, having won the man of the match on 4 out of 5 occasions. He dominated the proceedings with 222 runs and 15 wickets in the series, with his best effort coming on September 18, 1997.advertisementHis career-best 5/16 earned him the moniker of ‘Prince of Calcutta’ from Geoffrey Boycott.ICC KNOCKOUT CUP IN 2002 IN SRI LANKAGanguly was the first Indian captain to get his hands on an ICC trophy after the legendary Kapil Dav lifted the 1983 World Cup. After losing out to New Zealand in the final of the previous edition in Kenya, India were declared co-winners with Sri Lanka.NATWEST SERIES FINAL IN 2002Sourav Ganguly would return to the iconic Lord’s ground in 2002 to give the world one of the most iconic moments in history at the end of the Natwest Trophy final. The image of an emotional ‘Dada’ taking off his shirt after Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif took India to a comeback victory over England is still fresh in everyone’s mind. 2003 TO WORLD CUP FINALIndia, as it seemed, had everything going for them when they reached Africa for the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup. A confident team with a good blend of youth and experience along with a capable captain in Sourav Ganguly seemed strong contenders for the trophy which had eluded India since 1983. They reached the final where hopes were dashed by an incredibly strong Australian team. But the seeds where planted for a new Indian side, one which would win the trophy in 2011, all started by a boy from Behala in Kolkata who just didn’t know to take no for an answer and whose vision has revolutionised the way the world perceived the Indian cricket team.last_img read more

Roger Federer can match my longevity, says Ken Rosewall

first_imgWhile 14,999 spectators were left wonderstruck as they watched Roger Federer reach the Wimbledon final a month short of his 36th birthday, there was one man on Centre Court who could have shouted out “been there, done that, got the t-shirt”.Anyone even remotely acquainted with Ken Rosewall, however, knows that simply isn’t the style of one of the great gentlemen of the game.Instead, the 82-year-old Australian was as awestruck as anybody on Friday as he sat with his grandson in the royal box watching Federer beat Tomas Berdych to become the oldest men’s singles finallist here since Rosewall in 1974.”I’m like millions of others. I admire Roger so much,” Rosewall told Reuters in an interview.”I think he’s going to be a force in tennis for a few more years.”As Federer continues to defy the ravages of age with his remarkable run this year – winning an 18th major title in Melbourne in January and now on the cusp of a record eighth Wimbledon title – the comparisons with Rosewall are inevitable.”I’d like to be compared to Roger,” Rosewall said with a laugh.”I was playing some of my best tennis at 35. Roger’s doing the same thing. I don’t see any reason why he shouldn’t continue for at least another two or three years.”Federer still has some way to go if he is to match the longevity of Rosewall’s incredible career as the Australian was 39 when he lost the 1974 final to brash youngster Jimmy Connors.Despite that letdown, Rosewall has retained the title of the oldest men’s grand slam champion in the professional era for 45 years after lifting the 1972 Australian Open trophy at the age of 37.advertisement”If anyone is to break it, I won’t be sorry to see the record go to somebody like Roger,” added Rosewall, who was in London to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Wimbledon Pro event.Rosewall won four of his eight grand slam titles after turning 30 and makes no bones about why he kept leading such a nomadic life for so long.”I was 33 when Open tennis came in … I was still enjoying the tennis and I was playing well,” said Rosewall”I still felt I was a strong force in winning events… and the chance to play for prize money, that was the main motivation.””DOOR STOPPERS” Money, which Rosewall now keeps neatly folded in a 14 carat gold paper clip he was awarded for winning the 1969 U.S. Open doubles title, played a significant role in his tennis career.Unlike the champions of today who are used to banking seven-figure sums in prize money from the slams, Rosewall started off in the 1950s when he played for kudos and little else.Tennis Australia would pay his on-road expenses and a per diem but there was no money for winning grand slams, merely “big bronze stumps” of trophies that would end up “being used as door stoppers”.All that changed when Rosewall beat his great friend Rod Laver to triumph at the French Open in 1968, the first time a grand slam had opened its gates to professionals.While it meant that Rosewall could compete in the majors again without worrying about financial security, his long absence from the grand slams after he turned professional in 1957 raises a question that can never be answered.”I believe I could have won another 10 more slams. But who knows? It’s too hard to tell,” said Rosewall.”I developed my game so that I could play well on any surface. And in those days three of the grand slam events were on grass. In Sydney, where I grew up, I learnt to play on claycourts.”I missed 44 slams over 11 years after I turned pro and I missed playing at Wimbledon … in 72 and … 73, so that’s 46.”But I don’t think I would have played that many, because if I had I would have been dead!”Rosewall, who is left-handed but switched to playing right-handed at his father’s behest, cut his opponents down to size by “swinging away the backhand shots” despite being only 5 feet 7 inches tall.Nicknamed “Muscles” because of his lack of them, Rosewall sometimes wishes he could have faced some of the greats of the modern era and would have “loved to have tried my chances against Roger”.There is one aspect of playing in the 1950s that he would never swap, however.”In the amateurs there was a lot of camaraderie with the players,” said Rosewall, who was part of tight-knit group that included Laver, Fred Stolle and the late Lew Hoad.advertisement”There was a lot more friendship and togetherness. We travelled together, we ate together, we stayed in the same hotel …”People would ask ‘how can you be so competitive in the matches because you spend so much time together?’.”But that’s the way we were. Even with so many years gone, we’re still friends.”last_img read more

Afghan-born off spinner in England Under-19 team vs India Under-19

first_imgA 16-year old Afghanistan off-spinner Hamidullah Qadri made his debut for the England Under-19s against India Under-19s at Canterbury on Wednesday.He made a sparkling first-class debut for Derbyshire, claiming a match-winning five-wicket haul against Glamorgan at Cardiff last month.Following his impressive spell in country cricket, he was rewarded with a call-up to the England Under-19 One-Day International squad to face India in the Youth ODIs.Qadri was born in Kandahar in Afghanistan on December 5, 2000. He claimed 5/60 in the second innings against Glamorgan to lead Derbyshire to their first Championship victory since July 2015.A 16-yr old Kandahar born, Afghani off-spinner Hamidullah Qadri is now playing for England U19 against India U19 at Canterbury#YouthODI- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 9, 2017The off-spinner can now look to impress the selectors and seal a place for the Under-19 World Cup, which will be held in New Zealand next January.This is a good sign for the people in Afghanistan. Earlier this year they were granted Test status along with Ireland and their star players Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi were selected by the Sunrisers Hyderabad to play in the Indian Premier League.While Nabi had a decent outing in the hugely popular league, Rashid was one of the most exciting players in the league. The leg-spinner finished with 17 wickets from 14 matches.Rashid also took 7 wickets for just 18 runs against West Indies at Gros Islet in June in a One-Day International to hand Afghanistan a 63-run victory.Congratulations to #DCCC spin bowler Hamidullah Qadri who debuts for @englandcricket U19s today vs IndiaadvertisementLive on Sky; 2pm start.#P2bD pic.twitter.com/jDbyPQtRMP- Derbyshire CCC (@DerbyshireCCC) August 9, 2017last_img read more

Virat Kohli back in Dambulla, where it all started 9 years ago on this day

first_imgExactly nine years after making his ODI debut, Virat Kohli is back in Dambulla as India captain and arguably the best batsman in world cricket.A 19-year-old Kohli had partnered Gautam Gambhir at the top of the order but managed only 12 off 22 balls as India were shot out for 146 in the first match of the series against Sri Lanka. The hosts gunned down the target with eight wickets to spare.But Kohli has come a long way since. Only two batsmen – Sachin Tendulkar (49) and Ricky Ponting (30) – have more ODI hundreds than Kohli’s 28.The 28-year-old also has the most hundreds while chasing. Tendulkar had held the record for years with 17 tons in 232 innings while Kohli took a mere 102 innings to surpass the Master Blaster’s record.At Dambulla for the ODIs now, another beautiful location. ?????? pic.twitter.com/StkAZQzUGh- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 18 August 2017Few things never change – only the legend grows. #ThisDayThatYear In 2008, @imVkohli sat on this very chair during his debut game #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/0LCwQKZQ1i- BCCI (@BCCI) 18 August 2017Kohli has taken a special liking for Sri Lanka – 1856 of his career ODI runs have come against the islanders in 41 matches. He also boasts of six hundreds against the former world champions.Kohli has had a dream run over the last couple of years. He was at the peak of his powers in 2016, smashing hundreds against Australia in the ODIs before turning his focus to T20 cricket. After hammering Australia, Pakistan and West Indies to submission, he enjoyed a record-breaking IPL, amassing 973 runs including four hundreds.advertisementKohli also became the first batsman in history to score double hundreds in four successive Test series. For a short while, he also happened to be the only batsman to average over 50 in all three formats.It was @imVkohli vs @msdhoni vs @klrahul11 at the football today. #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/mEc6iWiES7- BCCI (@BCCI) 18 August 2017The Delhi dasher has so far scored 8257 runs from 189 ODIs and 4658 runs including 17 hundreds from 60 Tests. In 49 T20 Internationals, Kohli has 1748 runs.As captain, Kohli has been on a roll – he has so far led India to eight successive series wins. He had also led India to ODI and T20 series triumphs over England before overseeing the journey to the final of the Champions Trophy in England.It all started on this very chair, this very date and this very ground. 9 years today with the Indian cricket team! So grateful. ??? @BCCI pic.twitter.com/23vEL1tO3K- Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 18 August 2017last_img read more

Not Virat Kohli, not PV Sindhu, Ram Rahim is India’s sporting icon of the year

first_imgVirat Kohli might be the most consistent batsman in world cricket of the modern era, PV Singh with silver medals at the Rio Olympics and World Badminton Championships in successive years might well be the toast of the nation but the prize for the most coveted Indian sporting icon has to go to self-styled godman Ram Rahim, who was convicted of rape on Friday and sentenced to 20 years in jail by the CBI court on Monday.And why would he not be? Factor this. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh claims that cricketer Virat Kohli and boxer Vijender Singh learned the trick of the trade from him. Ram Rahim also claims to have participated in 32 different sports at the national level and has coached a few players as well.There is a video going viral where Kohli along with Ashish Nehra and Shikhar Dhawan are seen seeking Ram Rahim’s blessing but that doesn’t suggest that Kohli or any other cricketer or any other sportsperson for that matter took the so called coaching classes from the self-styled ‘godman’.”He (Virat Kohli) was unable to convert good starts into big scores. I suggested him to practice hard and continue learning,” he said in an interview.”I have accomplished several feats in my life. As you may have noticed, I am capable of doing so many things. I have participated in 32 different sports at the national level and have coached as well.””The youngsters whom I have coached are doing well for the nation today. There is boxer Vijender Singh who is winning so many medal for the country. Then there is Virat Kohli. I have this video of him with me where he came to me to learn so many things and now he one of the best in the world,” he further said.advertisementKOHLI, SINDHU REAL ROCKSTARS? NOPE, IT’S THE BABA!Kohli has been the poster boy of Indian cricket since he made his international debut. He is currently the Indian cricket team’s captain in all formats and is billed as the one of the best batsmen in the world.The 28-year-old batsman recorded eight consecutive Test series victories as captain and recently became the first Indian skipper to sweep a Test series overseas. Kohli is also on a record-breaking spree these days. Last year he aggregated a record 973 runs in the IPL before smashing double hundreds in four consecutive Test series. In ODIs too, Kohli surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s record with most hundreds in run chases.India’s badminton queen PV Sindhu has maintained her good run in the sport since settling for a silver medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Sindhu on Sunday ended runner-up to Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the World Badminton Championships to settle for a silver medal.But Ram Rahim is a master of all trades. He claims to specialise in 32 sports. And his grasp over cricket is phenomenal. In an interview, he claimed he could bowl off-spin, leg-spin, bat, keep wickets and field wherever he was required to. One wonders where the portly figure would have been placed in Kohli’s team of super-fit cricketers.PUNJAB, HARYANA ON THE BOILThousands of riot police were deployed while Internet services were shut down in Punjab and Haryana ahead of the sentencing of the self-styled ‘godman’ whose followers went on the rampage after he was convicted of rape on Friday.Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s cult Dera Sacha Sauda has a vast rural following in Punjab and Haryana states, where frenzied mobs burned down gas stations and train stations and torched vehicles after a local court found him guilty of raping two women in a 2002 case.At least 38 people were killed and more than 200 injured in the violence in Haryana.Security forces have cordoned off a jail in Rohtak city, 70 km (44 miles) from New Delhi, where Singh – also known as the guru of bling for the clothes he wears in the movies he has starred in – is being held.The town of Sirsa, home to Dera’s headquarters, is already under lockdown. School and colleges have been ordered shut.last_img read more

Johanna Konta falls as Aleksandra Krunic delivers first US Open shock

first_imgSerbian Aleksandra Krunic produced the first shock of the U.S. Open as she rallied past British seventh seed Johanna Konta 4-6 6-3 6-4 on Monday to advance to the second round of the season’s final grand slam.After first-round losses in her last two visits to Flushing Meadows, Krunic looked poised for yet another early exit after Konta, one of eight women here with a chance to leave New York with the world number one ranking, claimed a tight first set.But the 78th-ranked Serb, who beat Petra Kvitova en route to reaching the last 16 in 2014, dug in to level the match.In the third set it was Krunic who scored the decisive break to go up 4-2 and then held her nerve as she finished off her opponent on her second match point when Konta sent her return long and wide.”I feel amazing, happy the way I played the way I fought,” Krunic said during her on-court interview. “I had to be at my best from the first point.”Today it was all about intensity. I am proud of myself, I was tactically able to do the things I had in my head.”It was a stunningly quick end for Wimbledon semi-finalist Konta, who had been expected to be among the title contenders after reaching the fourth round here the last two years.The 26-year-old certainly had her chances.After capitalising on all three break chances in the first set, Konta was unable to convert any of her three break points in the second.advertisement”First rounds in every tournament, and especially at slams it can be tricky,” said Konta. “She played quite freely, and I think she was able to find her level much quicker and more consistently than I.”last_img read more

Taking out Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan early was massive: Colin Munro

first_imgCenturion Colin Munro said dismissing the in-form India openers early was “massive” and credited their “outstanding” bowling attack for New Zealand’s 40-run win in the second T20 International here.Left-arm pace bowler Trent Boult sent back openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma in the second over to leave the hosts struggling at 11-2, chasing an imposing score of 196-2, built mainly on Munro’s belligerent knock of 109 not out that contained 7 sixes and as many fours.”(It was) massive. (Grabbing) wickets halts the momentum of the team and those two players are in good form like we saw in the first T20,” said Munro in the post-game press conference.”They put on a record partnership (158) and for Trent to come out, stand up and lead the attack like he did tonight was outstanding. As was Adam Milne.”To come out and bowl like they did gave us a lot of momentum and belief and then the spinners (Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi) could come in and do their thing knowing that they were behind required rate from the start,” added the South Africa-born player.India’s run-chase was halted at 156 for 7 as the visitors notched up a resounding 40-run victory after they had suffered a 53-run loss in the series opener at Delhi. The deciding last game will be played on November 7 at Thiruvananthapuram.On his own sensational knock, man of the match Munro, only the fourth batsman to score two T20 hundreds, said he relished the shortest form of the game.advertisement”I enjoy Twenty20, it’s a game where you know it’s a short game and you go out there to express yourself and when it comes off, it comes off. Sometimes you put too much pressure on yourself in the longer form where you’ve got to score runs all the time,” he said.”In Twenty20, you just got to go out there and express yourself and take the good with the bad. Sometimes it comes off like it did tonight and the other night it didn’t come off. You just got to go with the flow.”Talking about his two T20 centuries, Munro said: “Obviously the first hundred you score for your country, it always means a lot against Bangladesh. Again to come to India, play against a tough opposition and score a hundred and bat throughout the innings, means a heck of a lot.”The wicket was very good. I thought, when the bowlers bowled back of a length, changed their pace a little bit with a straighter line, I did find it quite tough to score. We bowled outstandingly well,” he added.The left-handed batsman, who put on a century stand (105) with fellow-opener Martin Guptill (45 in 41 balls), said the they have a good understanding.”I think Guppy had a lot of the strike early and he got off to a good start. He said the wicket was good so just play your natural game. And that helps me, Guppy facing the first couple of balls. I think that’s a tough role because wicket could be sticky, skiddy, so he enjoys taking the first ball.”The communication we have at the top of the order and throughout our batting is key in order to make (set up) those big targets. Guppy and I get along really well and it just naturally happens,” he said.Munro also heaped praise on Santner and Sodhi, saying the two complemented each other well.”Spinners were outstanding, I think. You saw them bowl in the T20 World Cup here and they were outstanding. In any conditions, those two have bowled really well in tandem. They come from the same association back home, Northern Districts,” he said.”They’re always talking to each other as well, on and off the field about what pace to bowl and what areas to bowl to certain batters. I think they just feed off each other,” said the Durban-born batsman.The Black Caps surprisingly left out wicket keeper and in-form batsman Tom Latham, described by Indian left arm spinner Axar Patel as the visitors’ best player of spin.”I think it’s a tough one on Tommy. He has been an outstanding batter on this tour so far. I think it’s just that both keepers are different kind of a bat, and I think they went with Glenn (Phillips) because of a different skill set.”Maybe batting towards the death, few more options I think, I’m not too sure exactly, but that’s my take on it.last_img read more

Dangal wins Best Asian Film award at AACTA

first_imgMelbourne, Dec 6 (PTI) “Dangal” was unanimously chosen the Best Asian Film at the seventh Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards.Veteran actor Shabana Azmi, who served as one of the jury members on the panel, led by Hollywood star Russell Crowe, for this years inaugural category, took to Twitter to laud the films team.”Dangal wins Best Asian Film at AACTA. Congratulations Team Dangal. With Russel Crowe chairman of the jury. It was a unanimous decision,” wrote Azmi, alongside a selfie with the Oscar-winning actor.The Nitesh Kumar-directed sports drama was based on the life of Haryana wrestler Mahavir Phogat and his daughters. The film starred Aamir Khan as Phogat with Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra play the adult version professional wrestlers Geeta and Babita.Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar portrayed the younger version of the Phogat sisters with Sakshi Tanwar as their mother.Besides “Dangal”, “Pink” and Marathi film “Kasav: Turtle” were among the nine films which were nominated for the inaugural AACTA Best Asian Film award.Actor Anupam Kher also served as a jury member on the panel.The AACTA Awards ceremony took place in Sydney. PTI RDS RDSlast_img read more