World Cup 2018: Even Mo Salah could not fulfill the Egyptian dream in Russia

first_imgA football World Cup is special for every team but it was a little extra special for Egypt as they made a comeback to the quadrennial event after 28 years.In their previous appearances, the Pharaohs had failed to register even a single win. But with Mohamed Salah in their ranks this time, Egypt were hoping to finally bring an end to their win-less run. But that didn’t happen.Salah, who scored 44 goals in his debut campaign for Liverpool, suffered a shoulder injury in the Champions League final against Real Madrid and that proved too costly for his nation as heavily impacted their preparations for the World Cup.”It would have been a lot more desirable to have had him with us as we prepared,” mused coach Hector Cuper, whose meticulous pre-tournament preparations in Switzerland were skipped by Salah as the striker battled to be fit for Russia.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe ‘will he, won’t he play’ speculation extended past the opening game, where Cuper took a view that the match against Uruguay would be their toughest Group A assignment and opted not to risk Salah with two less taxing fixtures to follow.Salah’s subsequent comeback was expected to lift Egypt’s performance up several gears and although he scored against Russia and Saudi Arabia, they lost both to limp home amid bitter disappointment and still without a win at the finals.There had been high expectations after Egypt qualified last year, ramped up after the North Africans were handed what most fans considered a favourable draw and with Salah’s remarkable goal-scoring exploits for Liverpool adding fuel to the fire.advertisementFIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLESince their last appearance in 1990, Egypt dominated African football in both the African Nations Cup and at club level but botched successive World Cup qualifying campaigns until reaching the finals became an obsessive aim for the country.Veteran Argentine-born coach Cuper delivered the Holy Grail, whipping a relatively inexperienced squad into a workmanlike outfit, which served primarily to exploit Salah’s speed on the counter attack.However, an over-reliance on the 26-year-old became all too apparent as Egyptians recoiled in horror when he landed awkwardly on his shoulder in Kiev, in a tumble whose painful outcome effectively sabotaged their hopes.The team now heads home to an uncertain future with Cuper set to depart and the domestic game in turmoil as clubs feel the financial pinch of spectator restrictions imposed by authorities in the wake of the Arab Spring uprising some seven years ago.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Bharat: Like Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra will also sport five different looks

first_imgPriyanka Chopra is all set to make her Bollywood comeback, after a hiatus of two years. She has bagged the lead role in Salman Khan’s Bharat, which is based on the South Korean film, Ode To My Father.Like Salman, who will sport five looks in the film, Priyanka is expected to follow the same path as well. In an interview to DNA, Ali Abbas Zafar revealed, “PC will also sport five different looks. She will age from 28 to 60 years, while he will age from 25 to 65 years in the film. We will use a mix of prosthetics, make-up, and VFX.”Bharat covers several landmark events, including Partition. It is said to be spanning 70 years of history. For each of Priyanka’s looks, Zafar is looking at yesteryear actresses as inspiration. Her appearances will be modeled on actresses like Zeenat Aman, Parveen Babi, Sharmila Tagore and Shabana Azmi.”Bharat is a mature, subtle love story and her character is the soul of the film. Priyanka stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Salman in his journey and is the catalyst who triggers what will be a turning point in the plot,”Zafar had once said.Bharat also stars Disha Patani and Tabu in lead roles. The film will hit the screens on Eid, 2019.ALSO SEE: Why Salman Khan’s Bharat is the perfect Priyanka Chopra comebackALSO SEE: Salman Khan to sport five different looks in Ali Abbas Zafar’s BharatALSO SEE| Confirmed: Priyanka Chopra to make her Bollywood comeback with Salman Khan’s BharatALSO WATCH: Wanted to be seen as a modern actor, says Priyanka Chopraadvertisementlast_img read more

Joachim Loew stays on as Germany coach despite shock World Cup exit

first_imgGermany may have been knocked out in the group stage of the FIFA World Cup for the first time in their history, but coach Joachim Loew will stay in his post to lead a national team overhaul.The German Football Federation (DFB) made a statement laying rest to rumours surrounding the future of Loew, who had led Germany to the title in the previous edition.Loew’s contract runs until 2022, having been extended for two years in May. But his side’s shock exit in Russia after defeats to Mexico and South Korea and a solitary win over Sweden had sparked speculation about whether he would keep his job.READ – Germany crash out of World Cup after losing to South Korea”We are all firmly convinced that with Jogi Loew, we have a national coach who will analyse (the situation) very precisely, take the right steps and lead our team back on the road to success,” DFB president Reinhard Grindel said in a statement.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEGrindel said Loew would present his analysis of what went wrong before the team’s next international on Sept. 6 against France for the newly created Nations League.The 58-year-old has been in charge for 12 years, having taken over after the 2006 World Cup. In 2014 he led Germany to their fourth World Cup title.He had previously been an assistant to his predecessor Juergen Klinsmann from 2004-2006.WATCH – German fans cry after World Cup humiliationLoew, who prior to Russia had led his country to at least the semi-finals in all major tournaments, said he was “very grateful for the confidence that the DFB continues to place in me.”advertisement”My disappointment is equally big, but I want to start the reconstruction with all my strength. I will now analyse everything with the team, we will have talks and (I) will draw my conclusions prior to the season start in September.”READ – Loew shocked after World Cup 2018 eliminationGermany’s first-round World Cup exit was its earliest in 80 years. The international careers of several of its 2014 champions, including Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira and Jerome Boateng, remains in doubt.Loew has been in charge for 165 matches, winning 108, more than any other Germany coach.READ – Fans, media slam biggest disgrace in German World Cup historyUntil a few years ago his team were an indomitable attacking force, and their 7-1 demolition of Brazil in the 2014 World Cup semi-final was considered a remarkable achievement.READ – Mexico, South Korea fans celebrate together after knocking out GermanyBut they managed just two goals in their three group matches in Russia to exit the tournament in shame, leaving German fans, used to much greater success, bitterly disappointed.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Cincinnati Open: Andy Murray, Victoria Azarenka get wild cards

first_imgAndy Murray and Victoria Azarenka, who are both former world No.1s, have received wild cards at the Cincinnati Open next month, as announced by the tournament organisers on Friday.Andy Murray had gone for a surgery earlier this year in Australia after being troubled by his hip for quite some time. He did make his comeback at Queen’s Club following almost a year out but had to withdraw from Wimbledon.It was “with a heavy heart” that Murray withdrew from Wimbledon but said his right hip was still not ready for the demands of a Grand Slam.On the other hand, two-time Grand Slam champion Azarenka, who won the Cincinnati Open in 2013, will make a return in the women’s draw for the first time since 2016.Also read – Top seeds fall in Hamburg as Thiem, Schwartzmann lose in quarter-finalsShe is still making a comeback following a prolonged legal battle over the custody of her son Leo last year.”The resumes for Vika and Andy really speak for themselves,” tournament Director Andre Silva told the organisers’ website.”I think many tennis fans are eager to see each of them back on the court, and we are pleased to offer them both wild cards to play the Western & Southern Open.”A further seven players – three men and four women – will be handed wild cards for the tournament, which begins on August 11, around two weeks before the US open starts on August 27.Also read – Argentine tennis player Patricio Heras found guilty of match-fixingadvertisementUS Open is the final Grand Slam of the tennis season, which is played on hard courts.The 2018 Australian Open was won by Roger Federer while Rafael Nadal continued his French Open domination by lifting a title earlier this year. At Wimbledon 2018, Novak Djokovic returned to winning ways with his first title in two years.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

India U-16 side beat Cameroon 2-1 in friendly match

first_imgIndia U-16 team registered a 2-1 victory over Cameroon U-16 side in a friendly match in Istanbul on Wednesday.Ridge Melvin (1st minute) and Rohit Danu (20th) scored to give India a comfortable lead at the half-time, though Cameroon reduced the margin in the second half.Ridge took only 30 seconds to open the scoring against the African side when he converted a sublime Vikram cross from the left.Four minutes later, Vikram tried once again but an alert Cameroon goalkeeper collected the ball safely.The Indian attackers continued to press hard to double the lead and they did not need to wait for more to breach the Cameroonian defence once again.In the 20th minute, Givson floated a long ball forward and Rohit slotted it home calmly.Cameroon attackers, who were lurking inside the Indian half, finally found the back of the net in the 63rd minute.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Virat Kohli rested for Asia Cup 2018, Rohit Sharma named India captain

first_imgVirat Kohli has been rested from the Asia Cup 2018 and Rohit Sharma has been named India captain for the tournament.Shikhar Dhawan will be Rohit’s deputy. Suresh Raina has been dropped with Kedar Jadhav and Ambati Rayudu.India will face arch-rivals Pakistan on 19 September in their second match of the 2018 Asia Cup.India wil be playing two ODIs on consecutive days according to the schedule released for the biennial tournament, which is set to take place in the UAE from September 15.Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will play the tournament-opener in Dubai on September 15. The title clash will be played on September 28 also in Dubai.This is not the first time Virat Kohli has been rested for a tournament since becoming India’s fulltime captain:Kohli suffered a shoulder injury in 2017 during the third Test and had to miss the final match of the series. Ajinkya Rahane captained India in Kohli’s absence and the home team to 2-1 series victory. The injury also forced Kohli to skip first four matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League season 10.Kohli then took a ‘break’ in December 2017 to get married to Bollywood star Anushka Sharma and next appeared on a cricket field in South Africa.In February, Kohli had to take himself off the field during the first Twenty20 International after jarring his knee while trying to save a run. He missed out the third T20I with ‘stiff back’.Kohli didn’t take part in India’s Nidahas Trophy win in March as he was rested again but promptly returned for the IndianPremier League in April.advertisementIn June, Kohli skipped Afghanistan’s inaugural Test to play for English County side Surrey in preparation for the tour of Ireland and England. But all those plans came to halt when he injured his neck during an IPL match. Kohli had to cancel his contract with Surrey and go for rehabilitation.Kohli was forced off the field on during the second Test against England. He was forced to miss some on-field action during the final session of Day 3 and was seen spending some time off the field, stretching himself.On the following morning, Kohli did not come out to field. BCCI said that he had to sit out with a stiff back.Kohli looked visibly in pain as he grimaced through his near one hour stay at the crease. He looked far from at ease as he battled to a 17 runs from 19 balls.Meanwhile, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who has recovered from an injury, was recalled into the team.Manish Pandey has been picked after he led India B to the quadrangular series featuring ‘A’ teams from South Africa and Australia, scoring 306 runs in four games, including one hundred and two fifties while staying unbeaten all throughout.Khaleel Ahmed has also been named in the 16-member squad. He is a 20-year-old left-arm pacer from Rajasthan.India’s full squad – Rohit Sharma(C), Shikhar Dhawan (VC), KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur and Khaleel AhmedTeam India for Asia Cup, 2018 announced. Rohit Sharma set to lead the side in UAE #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/mx6mF27a9KBCCI (@BCCI) September 1, 2018India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are all confirmed participants, with the one remaining spot still up for grabs amongst UAE, Singapore, Oman, Nepal, Malaysia and Hong Kong.The six nations will play the qualifier tournament in September in India and will be placed in Group A.Group A consists of India, Pakistan and the yet-to-be-decided qualifier while Group B comprises Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the Super 4 and two teams will then play the final on 28 September in Dubai.The 2018 edition of the tournament will be played in 50-over format with the 50-over World Cup scheduled to be held in England and Wales in 2019. The previous Asia Cup was played in the T20 format as it preceded the 2016 World T20.last_img read more

Ashwin failed to take wickets when it mattered the most: Harbhajan Singh

first_imgHarbhajan Singh blamed off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for India’s 60-run loss against England in the fourth Test at Southampton as the hosts took an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.Moeen Ali, playing his first match in the series, took nine wickets at Southampton as he was declared the Man-of-the-Match. On the other hand, Ashwin struggled in dry conditions that suited spin bowling.Ashwin could only manage three wickets in the match and in the second innings that helped England set a target of 245, Ashwin returned with match figures of 84/1.Ashwin’s inability to take advantage of the spin friendly condition at Southampton left Harbhajan flabbergasted.”There was so much help available on this wicket for the off-spinners. Just landing the ball at that particular rough patch would have fetched a lot of wickets. That is exactly what Moeen Ali did and got so many wickets,” says the 38-year-old who has 417 wickets to his credit from 103 Tests.Virat Kohli gutted as India lose Test series: We were not good enough”India lost the match where Moeen Ali bowled better than R Ashwin. For the first time, I saw England spinners bowling better than our spinners. Him (Ashwin) not being able to take wickets is the reason why we are 1-3 behind in the series.Harbhajan added that Ashwin failed to “take wickets when it mattered the most”.”Ashwin is a great bowler and has achieved so much for India. But he failed to take wickets when it mattered the most, that is on Day 3. Had he taken just two or three wickets, not even a five-wicket haul, then India would have been chasing a target of 160-170 runs for vitory which was very much achievable,” Harbhajan said.advertisementAshwin had suffered a groin injury during the third Test at Trent Bridge. However, skipper Virat Kohli said before the fourth Test match that Ashwin had fully recovered from the injury.Harbhajan said Ashwin should have performed better if he was fully fit.Sunil Gavaskar raises questions on Virat Kohli’s captaincy in Test cricket”I really don’t know how serious was Ashwin’s injury. If it was serious then the team management should have known it. And if he was really fit then he failed to bowl like it was expected of him,” said Harbhajan.”Moeen Ali was making a comeback in the England team and won the man-of-the-match award. He is a very good bowler though does not rate himself so highly. He will always bowl better than the rest as his trajectory is very good. Indian team has not been able to find any solution to his bowling since 2014 when he performed exceptionally well against us at the same venue,” he added.last_img read more

Adidas Creators Contest Day 6

first_imgTo whom is the Adidas Golden Boot given in the World Cup?Click here to answerWATCH CARNIBALL 2018, ONE QUESTION ON EACH MATCH DAYVIEWERS TO SEND IN THEIR ANSWERS AT Indiatoday.In/Sports/Fifa-World-Cup-2018SEND US YOUR ANSWERS ALONG WITH YOUR FULL NAME, ADDRESS & CONTACT NUMBERCONTEST FROM JUNE 14TH – 15TH JULY 2018, EACH DAY ONE WINNERWINNER WILL GET ADIDAS TELSTAR 18 FOOTBALLlast_img

World No.1 Simona Halep retires from China Open with back injury

first_imgTop seed and world number one Simona Halep was forced to retire off her first round match at the China Open on Sunday after she aggravated her back injury while playing in the match.Last week during the Wuhan Open, Halep had injured herself in training and crashed out in the second round after going down in straight sets against Slovak Dominika Cibulkova.On Sunday, Halep was trounced in the first set by Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur 6-1 and then she decided that she was unable to continue with the injury.Halep said that he will have to go through scans to assess the kind and length of the damage in her back..@Ons_Jabeur wins the opening set, 6-1, however Halep retires due to injury. #ChinaOpen pic.twitter.com/naPBXbIeQkWTA (@WTA) September 30, 2018″There is a pain,” Halep added. “I don’t know exactly what it is… I will have an MRI and I will see. I’m just worried now. I feel sad I couldn’t finish. That’s why I stopped, because I felt like it’s getting worse if I continue.”Wimbledon champion and third seed Angelique Kerber crushed France’s Kristina Mladenovic 6-2, 6-2 to cruise into the second round.Also read – Serena Williams goes topless and sings to raise breast cancer awarenessThe German won 77 percent of her first serves and struck 17 clear winners as Mladenovic wilted in the face of her aggressive brand of tennis.Defending champion Caroline Garcia survived a marathon encounter against Chinese wildcard Wang Yafan that stretched over three hours to scrape into the second round with a 7-6(10), 6-7(4), 6-3 victory.advertisement.@CaroGarcia moves into @ChinaOpen second round!Outlasts Wang, 7-6(10), 6-7(4), 6-3 in three-hour marathon! pic.twitter.com/27l2PRHU5uWTA (@WTA) September 30, 2018Garcia, who was also defending champion at the Wuhan Open but lost her opening match to Katerina Siniakova last week, said she was relieved to progress.”I was definitely very upset after Wuhan,” the Frenchwoman added. “Last week against Siniakova, I think it was overall a better match, but it was the same — I was up, I couldn’t finish. I’m happy I found the way.”American Sloane Stephens bounced back after losing a first-set tiebreak to beat Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-7(8), 6-4, 6-4 in the day’s late match.Stephens, the 2017 US Open champion, had not won a match in Asia since the 2015 China Open, but sent down 39 winners to win in two hours and 53 minutes..@SloaneStephens earns the win over Pavlyuchenkova!Battles over the Russian, 6-7(8), 6-4, 6-4 in @ChinaOpen first round! pic.twitter.com/i2uySDNWjIWTA (@WTA) September 30, 2018Next up for the American is a meeting with China’s Zheng Saisai, who beat Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska 6-4, 6-3 earlier in the day.”It’s one at a time right now,” Stephens said. “It’s too stressful to think about, so I’ll just take one match at a time, and see what happens.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Not thinking about 2019 ICC World Cup spot, enjoying IPL: KL Rahul

first_imgWhen it comes to talent, not many can question what India batsman KL Rahul brings to the table. But a couple of failures at the start of this edition of the Indian Premier League saw critics questioning his form as also if this would ultimately see him miss the bus for the World Cup. After all, the Kings XI Punjab batsman is in the race to fill the No.4 slot in the national set-up for the showpiece event in England, starting May 30.Not one to let critics get the better of him, Rahul silenced one and all with a match-winning knock against Mumbai Indians in Mohali on Saturday. His unbeaten innings of 71 not only saw KXIP win the game, but once again showed that this youngster is just too good to miss out for long.Speaking to IANS, Rahul said that a couple of games don’t really mean much in a long tournament like the IPL and it was all about getting that one innings to turn things around. More importantly, he said that he isn’t willing to let the No.4 slot in the World Cup squad distract him.”As players it is important that we try and perform well for our respective IPL franchises and team. It is also very important to stay in the present. If you do well, you are automatically in the race for selection. But if you worry about the selection, then you put too much pressure on yourself,” he said.”I am not somebody who is thinking too much about the World Cup spot. I just want to perform for KXIP and enjoy the IPL. T20 cricket is all about having fun,” he smiled.advertisementWhen it comes to the pressure of expectation and the criticism after a couple of failures, Rahul said he doesn’t let what people are saying outside get to him and he tries to keep working hard.”I don’t know anything about too much pressure or anything. It was only two games so the talks don’t get to me and I don’t read them. Yes, it is always disappointing not to score and get off to a good start. But then, it is a long tournament and it is all about working hard and one good knock helps you to get back to scoring,” he said.He’s not just a star, he’s Sadda Star! @klrahul11 got the most number of votes for his sublime knock in #KXIPvMI #SaddaPunjab #KXIP #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/nZlseYm8OVKings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) March 31, 2019There have been talks that Rahul has tried to play one shot too many in recent times and that led to his failure. But the opener defends his decision and says that playing aggressively is important in a format like T20 cricket.”It is T20 cricket, you have to try and play a few shots. You have to attack and make best use of the first six overs and as a result you might end up playing a few bad shots and these things are bound to happen. You cannot really worry too much about it and you learn from your mistakes. You have to play aggressively as it is T20 cricket and you can’t play in any other way. Have to keep your chin up and look forward,” he said.First home win of the seasonA big thank you to the fans! Your support was incredible #saddapunjab pic.twitter.com/1SazBUMAGbK L Rahul (@klrahul11) March 30, 2019Asked about donning the wicket-keeping gloves, Rahul said: “Mostly for the team composition. It is a team game and especially when you don’t bowl, you can add value by keeping wickets. I have done that last year as also for RCB. This is something I enjoy doing in T20 cricket and I am all for the team.”Skipper R Ashwin’s decision to ‘Mankad’ Jos Buttler made headlines all over, but Rahul says that this unit doesn’t believe in reading about what is being said from the outside.”We don’t really read too much about what is happening around. We are a new team and look to enjoy ourselves and get to know each other. We have a very positive environment in the dressing room and we are looking to learn and improve as we play more games,” he said.While he is definitely a match-winner himself, one man who has once again shown that class is permanent is Chris Gayle. At 39 years and 192 days, he is definitely one of the oldest players in the tournament. But for Rahul and the rest of the KXIP boys, Gayle is a youngster.advertisement”You have to give it to him. He is one of the most destructive players to have played the game. He brings in a lot more than just his destructive batting to the team. He brings in fun and laughter along with the experience and keeps the mood in the dressing room really light,”he smiled.@klrahul11 pic.twitter.com/o0XfKDUwXvChris Gayle (@henrygayle) March 23, 2019To have someone with so much experience and yet to have him gel with the youngsters is just brilliant. Nobody thinks of him as a 40-year-old, he is a youngster at heart and he calls himself that. He is someone who reinvents his batting and has been enjoying himself and it is great to have someone like him around,” he added.Also Read | KL Rahul’s mantra in IPL: When Chris Gayle bats like that, never try to be a heroAlso Read | With World Cup in mind, KL Rahul promises to be more disciplined in IPL 2019Also Read | Koffee with Karan row: Pandya, Rahul issued notices for deposition by BCCI OmbudsmanAlso Watch | Could not come out of home: KL Rahul on Koffee with Karan rowlast_img read more

US gymnastics chief quits after Biles, Raisman criticism

first_imgLos Angeles, Oct 17 (AFP) The newly appointed head of USA Gymnastics resigned just four days after being named to the job following stinging criticism of her appointment by Olympic stars Simone Biles and Alexandra Raisman.Former Republican politician Mary Bono, who had only been revealed as interim chief of the embattled governing body on Friday, said she was quitting over “personal attacks” that made her position untenable.”It is with profound regret, coupled with a deep love for the sport of gymnastics and respect for those who aspire to be great gymnasts, that I today tendered my resignation as the Interim CEO of USA Gymnastics,” Bono said in a statement on Tuesday.”My withdrawal comes in the wake of personal attacks that left undefended, would have made my leading USAG a liability for the organization.” Bono’s future in her new role had looked increasingly precarious after criticism by both Biles and Raisman following her appointment.The 56-year-old executive drew the ire of Olympic superstar Biles over a tweet posted by Bono last month in which she was critical of apparel maker Nike following the company’s ad campaign featuring ex-NFL star Colin Kaepernick.Bono posted a photo of herself blacking out a Nike logo on a golf shoe as she took part in a charity golf tournament to honor members of the US military.In response, the Nike-sponsored Biles tweeted on Saturday: “*mouth drop* … don’t worry, it’s not like we needed a smarter usa gymnastics president, or any sponsors or anything.”advertisement – ‘Survivors deserve better’ -==============================Raisman, meanwhile, blasted the decision to hire Bono on Monday in a series of strongly worded posts on Twitter that drew attention to the executive’s previous work with law firm Faegre Baker Daniels.Raisman alleged that the legal company had advised USA Gymnastics during the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal, asserting that the company had helped “cover up” the former team doctor’s crimes before they erupted into public view.”Survivors, current gymnasts, families, coaches, gymnastics community & fans deserve better,” wrote Raisman, one of more than 250 athletes abused by Nassar, who was jailed for life earlier this year.Raisman, an Olympic gold medallist in 2012 and 2016, is suing both USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic Committee over the scandal.- ‘Fire in the belly’ -=======================In her resignation statement on Tuesday, Bono defended her work with Faegre Baker Daniels as well as her criticism of Kaepernick, whose decision to kneel during the US national anthem in order to draw attention to racial injustice has been criticised by some as disrespectful to the military and unpatriotic.”I proudly stand behind my body of work at Faegre Baker Daniels, and appreciated how much the law firm supported my devoting considerable time to the cause of addiction prevention, treatment and recovery,” Bono said.”With respect to Mr Kaepernick, he nationally exercised his first amendment right to kneel. I exercised mine: to mark over on my own golf shoes, the logo of the company sponsoring him.”Bono, meanwhile, said she believed she could have made a success of the job, citing her own experience as a young gymnast of seeing at first-hand what she described as the “assaulting behavior of a coach.””I would have brought a fire in the belly to ensure that no one as taken with gymnastics as I was at that age, should have to choose between abuse and ambition, or between properly speaking out and promoting success.”United States Olympic Committee chief Sarah Hirshland described the debacle surrounding Bono’s departure as “unfortunate.””The USOC is committed to working hard with the USAG board to find the right leader who can build gymnastics up to the world-class organization we know that it can and should be,” Hirshland said in a statement.Raisman, meanwhile, gave an icy response to Bono’s departure, which comes as the USA team prepares for the October 25 World Championships in Doha.”The Olympic family fails us again,” Raisman wrote on Twitter.”Another poor hire + familiar statements. Don’t worry, USAG/USOC will search for the right leader…again.”Meanwhile, gymnasts prepare for World Championships during another organizational leadership crisis. But hey, athletes are the top priority.”Bono’s whirlwind tenure is another humiliating body blow to USA Gymnastics, which has lurched from one self-inflicted crisis to the next as it struggles to rebuild in the aftermath of the Nassar scandal.Bono took over after USA Gymnastics was forced to part company with chief executive Kerry Perry last month.Perry resigned under pressure from the US Olympic Committee after only nine months in the job.advertisementHer departure came after the appointment and resignation of elite coach Mary Lee Tracy — who had made comments supportive of Nassar in 2016 when allegations of abuse against him had begun to emerge. (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more

Bajrang Punia is strong gold medal contender for 2020 Tokyo Olympics: Yogeshwar Dutt

first_imgYogeshwar Dutt said he quit his wrestling career to prepare his favourite student Bajrang Punia for challenges ahead and thinks that the World Championship silver-medallist is a strong contender for gold medal come 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Yogeshwar, who is only the third Indian wrestler after KD Jadhav and Sushil Kumar to win an Olympic medal, thinks that Bajrang has got what it takes to be the first Indian wrestler to win an Olympic gold.Yogeshwar had a successful career, winning two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games in 2014 to accompany the Olympic bronze, but is now focussed on preparing Bajrang for 2020.Yogeshwar, who is celebrating his 35th birthday today, said Bajrang is currently doing well and can do even better and feels it is important to support him for an Olympic medal.”It’s important that Bajrang is prepared and supported for an Olympic medal. He is good but can do much better. I can’t compete in 2020, so it is better, we help Bajrang. He will be a strong medal contender for gold in Tokyo,” Yogeshwar told news agency PTI.”I had a good career. I played four Olympics. In our second line of wrestlers, Bajrang is doing well and can be better. So it’s important to give him that chance and support,” said Yogeshwar, who also competes in the 65kg category, in which Bajrang has emerged as a force.When questioned if it was an easy decision to quit the mat, Yogeshwar said he would not have done it if not for Bajrang.advertisement”If it was not for Bajrang, I would not have quit the mat. I would have competed more and may be could have moved up a category. But I thought, it is a right decision. He is only 24. Since his junior days, he showed spark. I want people of India to see Yogeshwar in Bajrang now. I had a long career and I don’t want that Bajrang gets affected,” Yogeshwar said.”He has been with me since his childhood. He has always been a very hard working kid and I want him to do better than me.”For Yogeshwar Dutt, who has had a glittering career himself, he only regrets not winning a World Championship medal.”I don’t have a World Championship medal and I had thought of competing at Budapest this year. But I thought Bajrang is in good form and, respecting that I did not come in fray. And he won a silver. I had not played a tournament for long and was not in shape to give my best,” Yogeshwar said.Yogeshwar said that Bajrang’s loss in final at Worlds in Budapest was down to his defence, something he needs to work on.”His defence has got better but this lacking has been there since his childhood. It takes time. We are on it. Losing that final at Worlds was painful. First, he needs to ensure that the opponent does not get hold of his legs. And even if he holds, the defence should be such that you don’t end up losing points from that position,” he said.Yogeshwar said his personal ambition, apart from Bajrang, is to produce champions from his academy in Goahana.”I want wrestlers from my academy to become world champions. I don’t have government support but JSW is supporting us. They are sponsoring our 15 kids,” Yogeshwar signed off.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Criticism is the reason why I’m alive in the industry: AR Rahman

first_imgMumbai, Dec 16 (PTI) Music maestro AR Rahman believes the reason for his longevity and success in the music industry is the fact that he takes criticism in his stride.The 51-year-old Oscar-winning composer said even though reviews matter to him he does not let the negativity affect him. “Sometimes it is good to take criticism. Some of it is venomous while some of it is beautiful, there is concerned criticism as well. And all this is one of the reason why I am staying alive today, otherwise I would have gone. You have to be open (to criticism).”Sometimes they are your teachers but some stuff are not good. Today because of Twitter and everything is in your face, I don’t see it (comments) sometimes. We don’t have to creatively nudge ourselves, you have to be in your own zone and do your best,” Rahman told PTI.The music director believes it is important to be honest towards his work. “For me it is about longevity and it comes from integrity. If I am honest with my work, I am right. If I am dishonest then I deserve whatever comes my way. If I fail even after being honest, I take it sportingly. My integrity is important, have I given my full to it or not?” he said.Rahman said his aim as a composer is to provide audience with the music they need and not what they want him to create.”It is not about being authoritative, I will give what you need than what you want.”advertisementThe music director, known for his experimental approach towards music, said he does not surrender to a trend.”There is a trend that comes and goes. As long as you are receptive about it and enjoy it, it is good. This is your profession, this is your life. It is nice to understand new trends. I adapt these things in my own way,” he added. PTI KKP SHD RDS SHDSHDSHDlast_img read more

Shubman Gill was nervous on debut but he has a future with India: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgBrief scores – New Zealand (93/2) beat India (92) by 8 wickets. Taylor (37*), Nicholls (30*), Bhuvneshwar (2/25). Full ScorecardShubman Gill did not have the kind of debut he would have expected. India were bowled out for 92, their seventh lowest total in one-day internationals and New Zealand chased down the paltry total with 212 balls to spare.19-year-old Gill came highly recommended. Virat Kohli said he was not even 10 per cent of the kind of player Gill is when he was 19. Sunil Gavaskar wanted India to try Shubman Gill out in the last two ODIs so they could see what the young Punjab batsman is capable of.With Virat Kohli rested for the final two ODIs and MS Dhoni missing out again due to injury, Gill got his maiden international cap with the senior men’s team a year and a day after his sensational hundred against Pakistan in the semifinal of the Under-19 World Cup.Shubman Gill walked out to bat after India had lost one of their most potent match-winners in ODIs in the modern era. The ball was swinging and Trent Boult was on fire.But for 21 balls, Shubman Gill showed he belonged in the big stage. He played a few good looking shots and held his own against a dangerous bowling attack in conditions which aided swing.The debutant @RealShubmanGill all smiles with his teammates #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/8xusQXbaohBCCI (@BCCI) January 31, 2019Gill eventually fell to a peach of a delivery but his brief maiden innings in international cricket was enough to tell Gavaskar what he needed to know.advertisement”Well, for whatever little time he was there, he was a little bit tense, nervous. That’s understandable because he is playing for the country for the first time,” Gavaskar told Star Sports.”Even then, when Boult was swinging the ball, he was able to get in line, yes… he was hit by the short ball as well. I think this guy’s got a future, you have got to be patient with him.”My feeling is that they’ll probably have Dhoni coming in place of Karthik. Other changes will be based on the conditions in Wellington. I don’t see too many changes though. I am sure Shubman Gill will get another opportunity,” Gavaskar said.Proud moment for young @RealShubmanGill as he receives his #TeamIndia cap from @msdhoni #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/2oRc4ozwZqBCCI (@BCCI) January 31, 2019Former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said Gill had the technique needed to do well in international cricket.”Gill does have the technique. On a surface that had plenty of bounce, he had the ability to punch off the back foot. He picked up the length nicely. He just looks like he’s got a lot of time.”Whenever you look at a quality player, you look at how they play the best bowlers. When Trent Boult was swinging the ball, very difficult conditions, probably quite foreign to something Gill will be used to, he showed enough glimpses to say ‘look he is the guy we have got to invest in’.”Also Read | Entire team holidaying with Virat Kohli? Fans furious as India crash to 92-all outAlso Read | Rohit Sharma on 4th ODI defeat: One of our worst batting performances in a long timeAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Trent Boult condemns India to heavy defeat in Hamiltonlast_img read more

Charleston Open: Wozniacki sets up final vs Keys after crushing win over Martic

first_imgFormer world number one Caroline Wozniacki maintained her dominance over Croatia’s Petra Martic on Saturday to move into the final of the Charleston Open where she will play Madison Keys.Dane Wozniacki, showing confidence after a recent illness, defeated Martic 6-3 6-4 before American Keys turned back Monica Puig 6-4 6-0 in a semi-final that was delayed for more than an hour by rain.”I’m just so thrilled to be healthy, that’s the main thing,” the fifth-seeded Wozniacki said after making her first final of the year.”It’s been a long time since I made this long run here,” said the Dane who won the South Carolina tournament in 2011.The fifth seed broke Martic twice in the second set to claim the win and maintain her record of never having lost a set to Martic in six meetings.”I served well in most of the match and I think I returned really well most of the match as well, and I just tried to stay aggressive as much as I could and tried to make (Martic) run and make her move,” Wozniacki said.Wozniacki, world number 13, grabbed a 4-2 lead in the second set but the 16th-seeded Martic bounced back to level at 4-4 before the Dane broke back and closed out the match.”I thought I was close,” said Martic. “But many players feel this way against Caroline. I felt like I couldn’t keep up with her physically.”Keys led 4-3 in the first set when rain halted her match with Puerto Rico’s Puig.advertisementThe big-hitting American, who upset top seed Sloane Stephens in the quarter-finals, lost only one more game, winning eight in a row to seal victory.Keys closed out the first set with a forehand service return, then broke Puig, the Olympic champion, three times in the decider.Puig did not go quickly in the final game, though, saving three match points before Keys hit a big forehand return on a fourth match point to force an error from Puig.The rain delay helped Keys.”Honestly it was good,” she said. “I had just gotten broken and I got to go inside a reset. I think I did a pretty good job to close it out.”Keys, who has lost to Wozniacki twice, said meeting the Dane on clay could work in her favour.”It’s a little bit of a slower court,” Keys said. “My heavy ball will work better so I think I will be able to do a little more.”Also Watch:last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Never forget the joy of playing, says Virat Kohli after spending time with kids

first_imgVirat Kohli on Thursday shared absolute joy as the India skipper spent some time with kids on the sidelines of the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.In a Tweet, Kohli said there is honesty and commitment in whatever kids do. He also added that the biggest learning is to “never forget the joy of playing” cricket.”Spending time with kids is an absolute joy and an opportunity to contribute to their journey in some way. Such honesty and commitment in whatever kids do. So much to learn as well and the biggest learning is to never forget the joy of playing this great game,” Kohli tweeted.Spending time with kids is an absolute joy and an opportunity to contribute to their journey in some way. Such honesty and commitment in whatever kids do. So much to learn as well and the biggest learning is to Never forget the joy of playing this great game. pic.twitter.com/7cHBCb9ArnVirat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 20, 2019Kohli-led India currently sit at the fourth position in the World Cup standings with seven points. The Men in Blue have won three games so far and shared points with New Zealand as the fixture was abandoned due to rain.India will next take on Afghanistan on June 22 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Team India warms up in style ahead of Afghanistan clashAlso Read | Pitches for white ball cricket in England are flattest in world: Jasprit Bumrahlast_img read more

Dream11 Prediction: Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for Bangladesh vs Afghanistan

first_imgBangladesh cricket team face a spirited Afghanistan cricket team in a must-win ICC World Cup 2019 clash at the Hampshire Bowl on Monday.With 5 points in 6 matches, Bangladesh are at the sixth spot in ICC World Cup 2019 Points Table while Afghanistan is at the bottom.Bangladesh will have to win their remaining three matches and expect results of other matches to benefit them.Bangladesh have batted pretty well so far in the tournament. Shakib-al-Hasan is in the form of his life as he has scored two centuries in World Cup 2019Afghanistan has lost all six games so far but gave India a run for their money in a thrilling match. They were also good as a batting unit against England where it used all 50 overs for the first time this tournament.Afghanistan take a lot of confidence from the fact that they restricted the famed Indian batting unit to 224 for 8. Gulbadin Naib will expect his spinners to weave their magic once again against an in-form Bangladesh batting line-up on Monday.Dream XI Fantasy Tips: Bangladesh vs AfghanistanBatsmenMushfiqur Rahim can be picked as a batsman as he has made handy contributions with 142 runs from 4 matches. Players like Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar can also make the cut.Hashmatullah Shahidi has been their best batsman so far with 165 runs so he would be a good pick from the other side.BowlersMustafizur Rehman, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mehidy Hasan can be picked from Bangladesh. Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rehman were pretty good against India and they can turn the tables against Bangladesh also.advertisementAll-roundersShakib Al Hasan, who seems to be the Most Valuable Player right now at the World Cup, should be your first pick. Mohammad Nabi, with his big-hitting skills, can be another all-rounder in your XI today.Wicket-keeperMushfiqur Rahim? Why not Litton Das who played a stroke-filled knock against West Indies?Dream XI Team for Bangladesh vs AfghanistanTamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Litton Das, Shakib Al Hasan (Captain), Mushfiqur Rahim (WK), Mohammed Nabi, Mustafizur Rehman, Mashrafe Mortaza, Rashid Khan (Vice-captain), Mujeeb Ur Rehman.Squads:Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (Captain), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Rahaman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu JayedAfghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (Captain), Ikram Ali Khil, Noor Ali Zadran, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Aftab Alam, Hamid Hassan, Mujeeb Ur RahmanAlso Read | Tumko lekar doobenge: Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib jokes ahead of Bangladesh clashAlso See:last_img read more

Manchester Weather Live Updates: India vs New Zealand Weather World Cup 2019 Semi-Final Reserve Day

first_imgThe semi-final 1 of ICC Cricket World Cup entered history books as it became the first-ever knockout match in a World Cup to enter the reserve day. Rain played spoilsport on Tuesday in the big-ticket semi-final between India and New Zealand as players were forced off the field at Old Trafford in Manchester in the 47th over of the New Zealand innings.Steady drizzle relentlessly continued and the match officials were forced to call off play on Tuesday and push the World Cup 2019 semi-final 1 into the reserve day.On Wednesday, the match will continue at the same time, 3 PM IST. New Zealand’s score (211 for 5 in 46.1 overs) will be carried through to the reserve day. According to ICC rules, every effort must be made to ensure there is a result on the scheduled day but if there is no time for the minimum number of overs to be bowled, the match would resume on the reserve day.New Zealand thus will continue their innings at 211 for 5 in 46.1 overs if there is no further rain delay on Wednesday.Manchester weather Live Forecast for Wednesday: India vs New Zealand semi-final reserve day2:00 pm IST: Exactly an hour to go before the match resumes in Manchester and the weather looks promising at the moment with the sun peeping out from the clouds. Seems like the start will be on time with New Zealand resuming from 211 for 5 (46.1 overs) vs India.12:30 pm IST: It’s overcast in Manchester but there is no rain at the moment. The chances of rain are high in the evening in Manchester. Can India and New Zealand sneak in 54 overs before that? Let’s wait and watch. A 3 pm start is on the cards.advertisementDon’t worry, Weather won’t be a deterrent in Manchester today #IndvsNZVikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) July 10, 20199:15 am IST: While rain played spoilsport on Tuesday at Old Trafford, the good news from Manchester is there is very little rain predicted for Wednesday. In fact, the chances of rain has come down from 50 to 80 percent to 0 to 10 percent on the reserve day of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.It is expected to be cloudy in the morning and the sun may peek out when the semi-final resumes on the reserve day at 10:30 AM BST (3 PM IST). A spell of light shower may affect the match at 12 PM BST (5:30 PM IST) but there is no further rain threat on Wednesday in Manchester.The good news is no rain expected at Old Trafford today. The chances of rain btw 0% to 10%. It will be mostly cloudy but with few sunny spells at times. A very good chance for a result without using the DLS method.#CWC19#CWC2019 #INDvNZ #INDvsNZ #NZvsIND #NZvInd#SemiFinal1Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 10, 2019″Skies will be on the cloudy side for many today with outbreaks of rain at time, mainly in the north. Generally drier to the south with some brighter spells possible this afternoon. Feeling warm and humid, particularly in brighter spells,” according to Met Office. Manchester Weather Live, India vs New Zealand Reserve Day; AccuWeather Screengrab Manchester Weather Live, India vs New Zealand Reserve Day; AccuWeather ScreengrabDuckworth-Lewis and Stern (DLS) method will come into play if there are rain interruptions on the reserve day.Also Read | India vs New Zealand semi-final 1st ever World Cup knock-out match to move into reserve dayAlso Read | India vs New Zealand World Cup Semi-final: Match time todayAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli mimics Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling action Also See:last_img read more

There was a judgment error: Umpire Dharmasena on World Cup final overthrow controversy

first_imgIt indeed was a judgement error to award six runs to England from an overthrow in the World Cup final admitted umpire Kumar Dharmasena but the Sri Lankan will never “regret” the decision.Dharamsena had signalled to add six runs to England’s total, instead of five, when Martin Guptill’s throw from the deep raced to the boundary ropes after being deflected of a diving ben Stokes’ bat.The match was stretched to a Super Over which also remained inconclusive and eventually hosts England were declared champions on better boundary count, leaving New Zealand players in disbelief.”It’s easy for people to comment after seeing TV replays,” Dharmasena told Sunday Times.”I agree that there was a judgment error when I see it on TV replays now. But we did not have the luxury of TV replays at the ground and I will never regret the decision I made. Besides, the ICC praised me for the decision I made at that time.”The TV replays showed that Adil Rashid and Stokes had not completed the second run when Guptill released the ball from the deep.Dharmasena, who was standing as head umpire, consulted leg umpire Marais Erasmus and added six runs to the England total following the incident — four runs for the ball reaching the boundary plus two for running between the wicket.England needed nine from the final three balls. This changed to three off two balls.The 48-year-old added that according to the law, there was no provision to consult the third umpire on the incident.advertisement”There is no provision in the law to refer this to the third umpire as no dismissal was involved.” he said.”So, I did consult the leg umpire through the communication system which is heard by all other umpires and the match referee. And, while they cannot check TV replays, they all confirmed that the batsmen have completed the run. This is when I made my decision.”Former international umpires Simon Taufel and K Hariharan had also come out and said the officials standing in the World Cup final erred by awarding six runs.Law 19.8 of the ICC rules, pertaining to ‘Overthrow or wilful act of fielder’, states: “If the boundary results from an overthrow or from the wilful act of a fielder, the runs scored shall be any runs for penalties awarded to either side, and the allowance for the boundary, and the runs completed by the batsmen, together with the run in progress if they had already crossed at the instant of the throw or act.””One must understand that there were too many things on our plate. We had to watch the batsmen complete the first run, the ball being fielded, how it was handled by the fielder and whether the batsmen completed the second run. And where the throw would come from, the striker’s end or non-striker’s end.””In this case, we were all happy that the batsmen had completed the second run because the ball ricocheted off Stokes’s bat at the time of him completing the second run. So, we assumed that they had crossed each other at the time of fielder releasing the ball,” Dharmasena said.Also Read | MCC to review overthrow rules after Guptill-Stokes World Cup 2019 final incidentAlso Read | Martin Guptill reveals how New Zealand overcame World Cup final heartbreakAlso Read | Ben Stokes promises to apologise to Kane Williamson for the rest of his lifelast_img read more