ROME (AP):Cristiano Ronaldo ended his away scoring drought with an impressive second-half goal as Real Madrid won 2-0 at Roma yesterday in the first leg of the Round of 16 in the Champions League.The victory also marked a successful debut for Zinedine Zidane as Madrid’s manager in the elite competition, with the 10-time champion taking a big step towards the quarter-finals.It was Ronaldo’s first goal on the road since November 29 when he scored a penalty against Eibar.”Everyone expects (Ronaldo) to score, and today, he was able to,” Zidane said. “I’m happy for these two away goals and that we didn’t concede any goals.”Shortly before the hour mark, Ronaldo collected a pass up the left flank from Marcelo, rapidly cut inside moving the ball with a deft flick of his legs and launched a powerful shot that deflected off Roma fullback Alessandro Florenzi.”He’s a player against whom you can’t concede anything. He can go right or left. It doesn’t matter which way,” Florenzi said. “I was also unlucky because I deflected the shot and the ball went in right under the crossbar.”After scoring, Ronaldo ran towards Zidane and hugged the French great, who replaced Rafa Benitez last month.Substitute Jese then sealed the victory with an angled shot four minutes from the end after Roma failed to take advantage of several opportunities for an equaliser.At the final whistle, Zidane congratulated each of his players one by one, including those who didn’t play.”I do it because the team is the most important thing,” said Zidane, who scored the winning goal for Madrid in the 2002 Champions League final against Bayer Leverkusen. “It’s the players who make the difference, and today it was Ronaldo – it’s often him – but everyone’s contribution is important, even those who don’t play much. We win all together.”The night’s other first-leg match saw Wolfsburg beat AA Ghent 3-2 in Belgium.
Mumbai, Mar 4 (PTI) Newly crowned Ranji Trophy champions Mumbai today added opener Jay Bista to their victorious squad for the five-day Irani Cup game against the Rest of India, commencing at the Brabourne Stadium here on March 6. Bista, who lost his place after a twin failure against Jharkhand in the Ranji quarter final at Mysuru, was made the 16th member of the squad following his double century for the victorious Mumbai under 23 team in the C K Nayudu final against Madhya Pradesh at Indore. Welcoming his addition to the squad, Mumbai Ranji coach Chandrakant Pandit told reporters, “He deserved to get back into the team. He scored a century (in the U 23 tournament) immediately after being left out of the squad and scored a double century in the final.” Also in the squad is pace bowler Dhawal Kulkarni, who got married here yesterday and has decided to play in the game. Mumbai, who grabbed their 41st Ranji title by defeating Saurashtra in the summit clash last week in Pune, have won the Irani crown for the 15th and last time in 1997-98, a point that was mentioned by Pandit. “Irani Trophy has always been taken seriously. Fifteen times Mumbai have won the title but had not been able to achieve that from 1997-98. Thats what we talked about this morning. “The selectors are going to watch. Whatever they had done throughout the season, this is another opportunity. Anyone doing well here will be in the reckoning or will be playing for India,” said Pandit. Irani Cup squads: Mumbai: Aditya Tare (Capt.), Abhishek Nayar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Akhil Herwadkar, Siddhesh Lad, Sufiyan Shaikh, Nikhil Patil (Jr.), Iqbal Abdullah, Shardul Thakur, Balwinder Singh Sandhu (Jr.), Badre Alam, Bhavin Thakkar, Vishal Dabholkar, Jay Bista. Rest of India: K S Bharat, Faiz Fazal, Karun Nair, Sheldon Jackson, Naman Ojha (Capt.), Stuart Binny, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Nathu Singh, Jaydev Unadkat, Barinder Sran, Krishna Das, Sudeep Chatterjee, Ian Dev Singh, Akshay Wakhare. PTI SSR GK BS BSadvertisement
Virat 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.