AdvertisementChelsea have outclassed Bate Borisov in the Group Stage match of the Europa League with a margin of 3-1. Ruben Loftus Cheek has scored a Hat-Trick for the Blues in this match and Maurizio Sarri should be happy with this professional display by their team. With this win, Maurizio Sarri’s men reached to the top of the table of their Group in the Europa League and their qualification to the next round from this Group is now almost certain. Maurizio Sarri has opted to give rest to many of his first team players against Bate Borisov. But the players showed that they are always up to take the challenge. Ruben Loftus Cheek opened the scoresheet for the Blues at the 2nd minute of the match when Davide Zappacosta provided a beautiful ball in the penalty box towards him. Just six minutes later the young English midfielder guided the ball to the Goal from the corner taken by Willian. In the second half of the match, Ruben Loftus Cheek completed his Hat-Trick and his third goal was the best of these three. Pedro was running with the ball. One of the defenders of Bate Borisov tried to stop him. The ball came to Loftus Cheek and the young English midfielder’s right footed shot outside of the penalty box was a treat to watch. But the Blues failed to keep the clean sheet in this match as Alexei Rios put one back for the away team from the set piece movement. Maurizio Sarri has to concerned with his defense as they are going to face Burnley in this weekend at Turf Moor. Advertisement
Amir said he was very fond of cricket and used to watch Amir said he was very fond of cricket and used to watch the international matches on television at the home of other people. “When I was in Class VII, I once went to watch a match in a neighbours house. They switched off the television and forced me out. “I felt very bad but being cricket crazy, I looked for a hole in the window and when they switched on the TV, I peeped through the hole to watch the match,” he said. With determination, Amir started practicising the game and after many tries succeeded in holding the bat and throwing the ball. “I adopted various techniques to overcome the challenge of being armless,” Amir said. While following his love for cricket, Amir started his battle to be independent. He learned how to use his feet to write, to bathe, to shave and even to change clothes. “He is not dependent on anyone. He does all his work by himself,” Amirs father, Bashir, said. Bashir had to sell his sawmill and a part of his agriculture land to meet the expenses for the treatment of his son after the accident but he feels it was all worth it. “It was a miracle that with time he learnt the art of bathing, wearing clothes and even washing his own clothes,” he said. Today, Amir is a shining example for all differently abled people in his area but the journey was not a smooth one. When he returned to school after the accident, one of the teachers there told him to stay home as he would not be able to make it. “My grandmother played an important role in persuading me to go to school. She used to spend whole day with me and did not allow any negative thoughts to creep into my mind. When a teacher asked me to stay at home instead of coming to school, she gave me confidence and support,” Amir said. It was during his college days that a teacher spotted his talent for cricket and recommended him to join the para-cricket team. The years of practice paid dividends as he rose to become the captain of the state para-cricket team. PTI MIJ TA AH AHadvertisement
Mumbai, Mar 8 (PTI) Bollywood actress Sagarika Ghatge says it was a learning experience working with Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi in the upcoming film “Irada”.The film, which revolves around a social issue, brings back the pairing of Naseeruddin and Arshad who worked together in “Ishqiya” and its sequel “Dedh Ishqiya”.Sagarika, best known for her debut role as Preeti Sabarwal in Shah Rukh Khan-starrer “Chak De! India”, says Naseeruddin has tremendous energy as an actor.”Working with Naseeruddin and Arshad has been a learning experience. Naseeruddin Sir has lots of energy. We shot for a combined scene recently and the feeling was amazing. He has a very warm presence on the set,” Sagarika told PTI.”While Arshad, more than anything else, is spontaneous and keeps on doing improvisations. That is a great quality to have as an actor because you get to a learn a lot as co-stars,” she added.”Irada” is helmed by debutant directors Aparna Singh and Nishant Tripathi. The actress says the directors got in touch with her as they had liked her performance in “Chak De! India”.”Aparna got in touch with me because she had seen Chak De and said she needed somebody like that character who is strong, independent and voices her opinion. That is how I came on board for the film.”Sagarika, who also participated in season six of TV reality show “Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi”, has no plans to do any more shows on the small screen.”I did Khatron Ke Khiladi because I connected with its sports, adventure theme. I have done lots of adventure sports myself. I had the time to do the show so I did it. I cherish memories from the show but TV was only a one off thing. I have no plans to get back to it.”advertisement”Irada” is scheduled to release this year. PTI JUR DK NDS
Following is a factbox on the second World Twenty20 semi-final between West Indies and India to be played at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday:Match starts 7.00pm (IST)World T20 head to head:Played: 3; West Indies won: 2; India won: 1WEST INDIESWorld ranking: ThreeSquad: Darren Sammy (Captain), Samuel Badree, Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Lendl Simmons, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder, Ashley Nurse, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Evin LewisCoach: Phil SimmonsBest overall performance: Champions (2012)Road to semi-final:* Beat England by six wickets* Beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets* Beat South Africa by three wickets* Lost to Afghanistan by six runsTop scorer: Fletcher (106 runs)Top wicket-taker: Russell (seven wickets)INDIAWorld ranking: OneSquad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Shikhar Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, Pawan Negi, Ashish Nehra, Hardik Pandya, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Manish PandeyCoach: Ravi ShastriBest overall performance: Champions (2007)Road to semi-final:* Lost to New Zealand by 47 runs* Beat Pakistan by six wickets* Beat Bangladesh by one run* Beat Australia by six wicketsTop scorer: Kohli (184 runs)Top wicket-taker: Pandya (five wickets)
New Delhi, Apr 16 (PTI) A 150 gm life threatening tumour, the heaviest recorded so far, was successfully removed from the heart of a 42-year-old man at a hospital in the national capital.The patient identified as Babu Lal Gupta hailing from Uttar Pradesh was brought to Holy Family Hospital with severe breathing difficulties.An emergency echocardiogram revealed a large (70mm x 40 mm) tumour attached to the right chamber of his heart that was severely restricting blood flow to the lungs.”The size and position of the tumour could have resulted in the sudden death of the patient and we decided to excise it in an emergency operation,” said Dr Mohan Nair, Chief of Holy Family Hospitals cardiac unit.Nair briefed that on opening the right upper chamber of the heart, the stem of the tumour was found to be attached to the partition of the two upper chambers of the heart.”It was occupying the whole of the right upper chamber and major portion of the right lower chamber and also passing through the tricuspid valve between the two chambers,” he said.”We extracted the tumour from the right lower chamber and finally excised the stem from its attachment to the partition between the chambers called the interatrial septum,” said another doctor in the team, adding, “we then closed the resulting hole in the partition with a synthetic patch”.”Gupta made a quick and uneventful recovery and is now preparing to return to his village in Gorakhpur,” he said.Meanwhile, the tumour, weighing 150 grams, the heaviest recorded in the right chamber of the heart, been sent to Holy Family Hospitals pathology department to determine its exact nature.advertisementSo far, the record for the heaviest tumour of the myxoma type, was held by one removed from a patient at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, New York and that weighed only 109 grams.Cardiac tumours are extremely rare. The most common are myxomas with more than 80 per cent of these occurring on the left side of the heart. PTI GJS DV
New Delhi, May 1 (PTI) BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, who is also a Lok Sabha MP, has introduced three private member bills including a significant National Sports Ethics Commission bill which recommends “10 years of jail term” for any sportsperson indulging in match-fixing. It is a significant step taken by Thakur considering that the BCCI has been mired by fixing scandal that rocked the 2013 IPL witnessing the arrest of three tainted cricketers including former India pacer S Sreesanth along with Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chavan. “It is only fair to bring in accountability to be fair to sports lovers. As such there is no law which is there to curb match-fixing. It is absolutely mandatory to have a law that can combat the menace,” Thakur told PTI when asked as to what made him introduce the bill in Lok Sabha. According to the bill that has been placed in the Lower House, its objective is “to establish a national sports ethics body to ensure ethical practices in sports as well as strive towards elimination of doping practices, match fixing and fair play, fraud of age, gender and sexual harassment of women in sports.” The bill further states: “This comes as an aftermath of the recent corruption and match fixing charges that were thrown up in Indian Cricket and other sports by multiple players. “The concerned players are currently charged under inappropriate sections of Dishonesty and Cheating under Indian Penal Code (IPC) as well as Prevention of Corruption Act in the courts but the sportspersons often get easily free because these laws dont apply for sports.” The private member bill by Thakur, if passed, will not only impose a life ban but also 10 years of jail time as well as fine of five times the bribe amount in cases of match fixing. For cases of fraud of age or gender, a jail time of 6 months as well as a fine of Rs 1 lakh will be viable. Not just sportspersons but coaches, members of sports federations who assist in such criminal activities would be punished with similar provisions. Hence, the private member bill seeks to set up a National Sports Ethics Commission consisting of judges as well as eminent sports personalities. The commission would conduct trials of such cases, frame rules and bye-laws of practices along with help of sports associations. The other private member bill is seeking amendment of constitution where he has sought Sports to be taken from the State list to Concurrent list to encourage co-ordinated and more focused approach. PTI KHS PM PMadvertisement
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An Italian judge on Monday acquitted Antonio Conte, the future coach of English Premier League club Chelsea, for allegedly doing nothing to halt a 2011 match-fixing scandal while he was in charge of the Siena soccer team. (England name provisional squad for Euro 2016, Walcott left out)Conte, who will coach Italy’s national squad during this year’s European Championship before taking up his new post at Chelsea, was acquitted because the accusations of sporting fraud were baseless, Judge Pierpaolo Beluzzi said.The 46-year-old Conte, who has already served a four-month match ban imposed by the Italian soccer federation (FIGC) in connection with the same case, has always denied any wrongdoing. (Diego Costa could miss Euro, says Hiddink)FULL ACQUITTAL”It was a full acquittal… What matters is that for him, this story is over,” Francesco Arata, one of Conte’s lawyers, told reporters after the ruling was read out. “We talked to Conte on the phone and he was very happy.”Conte played more than 400 games for Juventus and went on to manage the club to three successive Serie A titles from 2012 to 2014 before taking over Italy’s national squad.CASE BACKGROUNDThe inquiry followed alleged attempts to manipulate matches in Serie B, the Italian second division, and the third-tier Lega Pro during the 2010-11 season, with some Coppa Italia matches also involved.Also on Monday, the Cremona court ordered some 90 others to stand trial in the same match-fixing case, setting December 6 as the start date for the hearings. Conte and five others had chosen to stand in a so-called “abbreviated” trial process.advertisementThe FIGC has already conducted its own investigation into the case, with more than 50 players banned for up to five years and a number of clubs, including Atalanta and Siena, having points deducted.
New Delhi, June 25 (PTI) Ace sprinter Dutee Chand today became the first Indian female athlete to qualify for the 100m dash in Olympics in 36 years as she booked a Rio Games berth at the 26th G Kosanov Memorial Meet in Almaty, Kazakhstan. 20-year-old Dutee clocked 11.30 seconds in the womens 100m heats and then ran an even better 11.24 seconds in the finals to win a silver medal in the Kazakhstan Meet too book the Rio Olympics ticket. In the process, Dutee bettered her own national record of 11.33secs which she set at Federation Cup National Championships here in April. The qualifying mark for the Rio Olympics was set at 11.32 seconds. Dutee is the first Indian woman to have qualified for 100 metres race in an Olympics after legendary P T Usha competed in the blue-riband event in the 1980 Moscow Games. The Odisha athlete is the first Indian woman athlete to make the cut for an Olympics 100m dash since the qualification system was introduced in the event. There was no qualification system when Usha took part in the 1980 Olympics. Overall, four Indian women have taken part in the 100m dash in the Olympics — Nilima Ghosh and Mary DSouza (1952), Mary Leela Rao (1956) and Usha (1980). Dutee is the 20th Indian track and field athlete to have qualified for Rio Games. For Dutee, it is a remarkable achievement to qualify for Olympics as she had to fight her way back to an international career by winning a landmark gender case last year. She was banned mid 2014 and dropped from the Commonwealth Games as she was found to have a higher level of testosterone (male hormone) than was permissible in a woman athlete, according to the IAAF hyperandrogenism rules. Dutee lost an entire year of training and competition but faced the turmoil bravely and fought the ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Switzerland. In July last year, in a historic verdict, the CAS partially upheld her appeal and allowed her to resume her career. “I am really happy to have qualified for the Olympics. It has been a tough year for me. My hard work and that of my coach (N Ramesh) has paid off,” Dutee said after booking the Rio berth. “I could qualify for the Olympics due to blessings of a lot of people. I want to thank Sports Authority of India, Sports Ministry, Athletics Federation of India for their support. I will continue to work hard and hope to bring a medal for the country,” she added. PTI PDS BS BSadvertisement
New Delhi, Jul 10 (PTI) The Spaark foundation and the United Shuttler Badminton Academy (USBA) will be organising the Delhi State Ranking Badminton Tournament from July 12 to July 16 at the Yamuna Sports Complex. A total of 1200 players will be participating in different categories which include boys singles, doubles and girls singles, doubles in U-13, U-15, U-17 and U-19 group, while the U-19 will also have mixed doubles. A special above 45 category is also added to the competition. The championship, which is conducted under the Delhi Capital Badminton Association, will have 26 events and the prize money for the tournament is Rs. 10 lacs. The organisers will also honour 26 selected Indian players from the field of Hockey and Badminton who have made the state proud in different national and International tournaments. PTI ATK ATK
After a hideous mistake in the Euro semi-finals at France, Manchester United’s, Bastian Schweinsteiger has moved on and in style. The German footballer married tennis ace, Ana Ivanovic who also endured a shocking Wimbledon as she was knocked out in the first round by Ekaterina Alexandrova.The Manchester United man had a good spell with Germany going into the semis of the Euros before committing a handball which led to a goal and eventually Germany were knocked out. His place under Jose Mourinho is also said to be under doubts. As for Ivanovic, she has been suffering from a wrist injury and she cited that as the reason behind her shocking early exit from the 2016 Wimbledon. (Also read: Germany deserved more, says coach Joachim Loew)However, July will certainly hold a special place for the pair and especially Basti, after his mistake in the Euros and unsure future at Old Trafford. But the star pair has decided to put the bad times behind them and move on. The two of them have been in a relationship since 2014 and they finally decided to tie the knot in Venice. The pair completed the ceremony at the Venice City Hall, which is also known as the Palazzo Cavalli. The picturesque location with the old Venetian style windows and the Grand Canal as a backdrop served as the perfect location for two of the world’s most desirable sports stars. The pair travelled to Venice in a private jet with close friends and family, mostly trying to keep the media away. (Also read: Manchester United to sack Marcos Rojo, Bastian Schweinsteiger to make way for Paul Pogba: Reports)advertisementIvanovic’s parents Miroslav and Dragana, Schweni’s father, Alfred and older brother Tobias were there in the ceremony. Other than that, the guest-list has been kept a secret but according to rumours it includes Bayern Muinch president, Uli Hoeness, Germany coach, Joachim Low and Germany star, Thomas Muller. It also includes tennis stars, Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber.His club wished him on his special day.Everyone at #mufc would like to congratulate @BSchweinsteiger and Ana Ivanovic on their marriage. ?????? pic.twitter.com/99ev3x8er0 Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 12, 2016
Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ This jewelry designer is also an architect Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:54BCDA bares plan to pilot driverless vehicles in SEA Games01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:11Makabayan 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 PH shooting team targets Tokyo Olympics DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers MOST READ LATEST STORIES “I’m excited to be given an opportunity to tryout and wear the Philippines’ jersey again,” Romeo told reporters in Filipino before his first practice with the 3×3 training pool on Monday at Meralco Gym.The 27-year-old guard is a former Gilas Pilipinas mainstay but he hasn’t seen action for the Philippine team since the fight-marred game against Australia in the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers in July last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceDespite getting snubbed in recent iterations of the Philippine team, Romeo is still hoping to make his return to Gilas.“Of course. I’m still young. I just need to really prepare for it when I get another chance. I need to show that I’m deserving to play in five-on-five.” View comments Terrence Romeo, right, and Chris Newsome loosen up during practice Monday at Meralco Gym. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Whether it’s five-on-five or three-on-three, Terrence Romeo just couldn’t hide his excitement after getting an invitation for a chance to represent the country anew.Romeo was among those included in the Philippines’ talent-rich pool for the men’s 3×3 event in the Southeast Asian Games, which will be held in the country later this year.ADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week!
Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ “I became part of the family and he welcomed me with open arms as well as everyone else. Just to have that support from one of the greatest Lakers to ever play is just special to me,” James said.In a quarter full of highlights, James’ biggest play provided his first points. After JaVale McGee blocked Jabari Parker’s shot, James grabbed the ball, passed to Danny Green and took the return pass for a slam dunk that brought the crowd to its feet two minutes in.James added two layups, a 3-point shot and a three-point play to help propel the Lakers to their 25-point lead with 3:17 still to play in the opening quarter.He also fed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for consecutive baskets. James finished with 12 assists for his 11th double-double this season.“He’s been at just an extraordinarily high level and dominating,” coach Frank Vogel said of James. “His effort on the defensive end has really spread throughout the group and the group has really bought into being dominant on the defensive end of the floor. We saw that in the first quarter with how we controlled the game from the start. Offensively, the shot making, his decision making, zero turnovers, 12 assists, I mean are you kidding me?”ADVERTISEMENT What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Lakers: With Avery Bradley out, Caldwell-Pope earned a second straight start and third of the season after scoring 16 points in 99-97 victory over Sacramento on Friday night. … Dwight Howard energized the crowd when he blocked Parker’s shot early in the second quarter. … Bryant was shown on the big screen with 4:25 left in the first half and rose to acknowledge a standing ovation.UNIQUE DOUBLEBack at Staples Center less than 24 hours after absorbing a 49-point loss to the Clippers, Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce asked if he preferred the games were split up. “Yes,” he said. “Back-to-back on the road is tough no matter who the opponent is. Obviously you have two special teams with a lot of special talent with both of the L.A. teams. It makes it extremely difficult.”UP NEXTHawks: Return home after a five-game road trip to host Milwaukee on Wednesday night.Lakers: Host Oklahoma City on Tuesday night to finish a four-game homestand.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles07:50BYS Academy: Create a Fall Glam Makeup Look02:11Makabayan 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 Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress LATEST STORIES Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (23) dunks against Atlanta Hawks during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)LOS ANGELES — LeBron James wasn’t about to send Kobe Bryant home disappointed.With the former Lakers great sitting courtside, the team’s current ranking superstar scored 12 of his 33 points during a breathtaking opening nine minutes for Los Angeles, which raced to a 25-point lead and handed the Atlanta Hawks their second ugly loss in 24 hours at Staples Center, 122-101 on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Brunei wary of much-improved PH in SEA Games netball The Hawks were routed 150-101 on Saturday night by the Clippers, who played without Kawhi Leonard.Kyle Kuzma scored 17 points in the Lakers’ 11th win in 12 games. Rajon Rondo had 15, Anthony Davis 14, Caldwell-Pope 13 and Green and Alex Caruso 11 apiece.Davis had five of the Lakers’ 14 blocked shots.Trae Young scored 31 for the Hawks, who lost four of five on a swing through the West. Cam Reddish had 13 while Allen Crabbe, Parker and De’Andre Hunter each scored 11.After falling behind by 25, the Hawks stopped the Lakers’ onslaught by going on a 13-0 run to close to 34-22. They got to 40-30 before the Lakers pulled away again. Green put an emphatic stamp on a 69-41 halftime lead when he swooped in to corral James’ missed shot for a slam dunk with 11 seconds before the buzzer.James then hit consecutive 3-pointers for the Lakers’ first points of the second half and added a nice fallaway jumper.“It’s tough when you can’t make shots,” Young said. “Give a lot of credit to them. They’re one of the best defensive teams in the league. We’ve just got to be better knocking down shots, working on our game and trying to be more crafty around defenses like them.”“They were making a lot of blocked shots, making a lot of big plays. We had a lot of things that didn’t go our way. That’s how our season’s been. We’ll get down big and we have to fight so hard to get back into the game that we take all the energy out of ourselves and hard to get ourselves back into the game.”TIP-INSHawks: Crabbe had a four-point play in the first quarter when he hit a 3-pointer and was fouled by Troy Daniels. He made the free throw to cut the deficit to 34-20. … The Hawks have lost three straight and six of seven. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’m just trying to put on a show for him and give him a reason to be like, ‘OK, we might come to another game,’“ James said.The 34-year-old James said it was “fantastic” to play in front of Bryant, who helped the Lakers win five NBA titles during his 20-year career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“I know he came to a game last year,” James said. “Just having him in the building, knowing what he did to this franchise, and for me and my teammates what it means to be a part of Laker Nation, the Laker family, it’s a beautiful thing. I was one of the kids who had the chance to come out straight out of high school. He did it and I was just watching him. It’s just so surreal for me, a kid from Akron to be able to have a guy like Kobe take time out of his day. Even at this point in my career it’s still special.”James joined the Lakers last season. Rice industry paralysis MOST READ View comments
“…the parties were informed that the application was “…the parties were informed that the application was upheld, that Narsingh Yadav was sanctioned with a four-year ineligibility period starting today and that any period of provisional suspension or ineligibility effectively served by the athlete before the entry into force of this award shall be credited against the total period of ineligibility to be served,” CAS said in a statement after the hearing, which lasted four hours last night. “Furthermore, all competitive results obtained by Narsingh Yadav from and including 25 June 2016 shall be disqualified, with all resulting consequences (including forfeiture of medals, points and prizes). The CAS Panel did not accept the argument of the athlete that he was the victim of sabotage and noted that there was no evidence that he bore no fault, nor that the anti-doping rule violation was not intentional. Therefore the standard 4-year period of ineligibility was imposed by the Panel,” it added. The verdict marked a painful end to the sordid controversy which began with the wrestler failing a June 25 test. The 27-year-olds name had appeared in the official Olympic schedule after he underwent the mandatory weigh-in. He was to take on Frances Zelimkhan Khadjiev in the qualification round but the CAS verdict has dashed all his hopes. The embattled 74kg category grappler has maintained all along that his scandalous dope test was a result of conspiracy by rivals who spiked his food or drinks. “WADA filed an urgent application before the CAS ad hoc Division to challenge the decision of NADA India to exonerate Narsingh Yadav following two positive anti-doping tests with methandienone on 25 June and 5 July 2016. The athlete asserted that he was the victim of sabotage (food/drink tampering) by another person. WADA requested that a 4-year period of ineligibility be imposed on the athlete,” the CAS further noted. PTI PDS PDSadvertisement
Nearly five months after a heartbreaking exit from the World T20 following a semi-final defeat at the Wankhede Stadium at the hands of West Indies, India will get a chance to square up with the Caribbean men again.Even if MS Dhoni leads his team to a 2-0 whitewash over West Indies, it would not exact revenge. That was the World T20, a do-or-die semi-final in front of home crowds at a venue where they had lifted the World Cup five years ago. (Also read: Whitewash of West Indies won’t be enough for India to get top T20I rank)But victory over the West Indies this weekend will be sweet. They are currently the most dangerous T20 unit in the world. And the short series is being played in the United States of America, at enchanting Florida. This is first time India are playing there and added to honour will be the weight of history.Both games, scheduled on Satuday and Sunday, have been sold out. There is a huge Indian presence in Miami and most of them are starved of high-quality live cricket. (Also read: T20 champions West Indies step into familiar territory with India as underdogs)To watch the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard up close would be a dream-come-true for many.Will the superstars live up to their usual hype and deliver some stunning performances over the weekend?Besides entertaining the capacity crowds, India have a lot else to play for. They will lose their second position in the International Cricket Council’s T20I rankings if they lose the series 0-2.advertisementLed by new captain Carlos Brathwaite, who had smashed four consecutive sixes in the ICC World Twenty20 final against England in Kolkata, the West Indies can move to second place on 127 points with a 2-0 win and push India to third place on 124 points. (Also read: Cricket tips to Miami Heat stars, Team India wooing the United States)However, a 2-0 win for India, captain by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, will help it join number-one ranked New Zealand on 132 points but the Asian side will be ranked second when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point. In this scenario, the West Indies will slip to fourth position with 118 points, one point behind South Africa. A 1-1 series draw will keep India ahead on 128 points with West Indies on 123 points.The individual performances in the series will also be keenly watched with a player from either side leading the player rankings for batsmen and bowlers.India’s Test captain Virat Kohli heads the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for T20I Batsmen with 837 points. With Australia’s Aaron Finch only 34 points behind, Kohli will be looking to consolidate his position at the top.Rohit Sharma is the next-highest ranked India batsman in 23rd position, while Dhoni, who had led India to victory in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 title in 2007, is in 50th position but the likelihood of getting more batting opportunities could see him rise in the ranks. (Also read: Cricket facilities in the United States surprise Anil Kumble)For the West Indies, big-hitting opener Chris Gayle (eighth) and experienced batsman Marlon Samuels (17th) will be looking to move up the ranks with Lendl Simmons (31st), Dwayne Bravo (37th) and Andre Fletcher (48th) also trying to climb the ladder.(With PTI Inputs)
Mumbai, Oct 17 (PTI) Sports engagement platform Rooter, which connects sports fans and engages them during live sporting events, today announced it has received angel funding for an undisclosed amount led by Bollywood actor Boman Irani, and enabled by Kwan Entertainment.The round also saw participation from Dhruv Chitgopekar, who is a partner at Kwan Entertainment, and Prantik Dasgupta.The funds secured will be used to strengthen the technology team at Rooter as well as create strategic partnerships with various sports platforms, teams, fan clubs and associations, it said in a statement here.”This comes as a major shot in the arm for us, and encourages us to push on and use technology to make the sports consumption experience even better and more enjoyable,” Piyush, founder and CEO of Rooter, said.The investment in Rooter is also the first time that Irani has invested in the growing start-up landscape.With focus on smart technology, Rooter takes sporting interactions beyond generic social media platforms by allowing fans to connect through pre-match quizzes and chat forums, live match prediction games and post-match interactions in order to share their insights, predictions, analysis and opinions of the game.Rooter was formed by two sports enthusiasts Piyush, and Soham Sinha, Co-founder and CTO, who have built the product over the past 6-8 months along with a dedicated tech and content team.Initially focusing on the Indian market, Rooters primary emphasis will be on football events such as European club football seasons and Indian Super League (ISL).advertisementThe platform will also be offering engagement opportunities to cricket fans across India ahead of the cricket season.Other niche sports, such as F1 and NBA, will also be covered by Rooter, providing Indian sports enthusiasts a chance to interact with peers and revel in their passion for their preferred sports. PTI DSK NRB JM
The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the hearing regarding the Justice RM Lodha committee recommendations and the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s(BCCI) reluctance to accept all recommendations till December 9 as Justice TS Thakur was unwell today and could not take up any case. (BCCI to wait till December 5 for SC verdict on Lodha Committee report)The Lodha Committee was appointed after the ‘conflict of interest’ issue sparked a controversy in Indian cricket.The Lodha Committee, in its first status report submitted to the apex court on September 28, had asked for the removal of the present set of BCCI of office-bearers, to be replaced by a group of independent administrators. (10 times Supreme Court showed BCCI who is boss)In its third status report submitted on November 14, the committee altered the demand a bit, asking for the disqualification of office-bearers of the BCCI and all state associations, who become ineligible as per the apex court’s July 18 order, and the appointment of former Union home secretary GK Pillai as “observer”. (Disqualify BCCI office-bearers, Lodha panel tells Supreme Court)On October 21, the top court passed an interim order asking the BCCI to “cease and desist” from disbursing funds to state associations until the association gave a written resolution that it would adopt all the recommendations approved by the court. The court also asked BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke to meet the Lodha committee within two weeks from the date of that order and submit an”affidavit of compliance”, elaborating on the recommendations already implemented by the BCCI and what it had done to persuade the state associations to adopt the remaining recommendations.advertisementOn October 1, the board had accepted many of the “significant recommendations” of the Lodha Committee. However, it excluded the important ones which have been bone of contention between the cricket body and the Lodha Panel.The recommendations, which have still not been accepted by the 30-member committee, include one-state one-vote, age limit of 70 years, cooling-off period of three years which included the tenure of the administrators, continue with the five-selectors and keeping to retaining the powers of the president and secretary as per the earlier constitution of the board.The cricket board has consistently argued that they have implemented many of the Lodha panel’s recommendations but their members have problems in implementing only some of them.
Marcelo insists Real Madrid’s players are “with the coach to the death” after a shock home defeat to Levante increased the pressure on Julen Lopetegui.Los Blancos saw their winless run extended to five games as they lost at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday, during which they almost set a new record for the longest goalless run in the club’s illustrious history.Defender Marcelo finally ended the barren stretch at 481 minutes when he found the net with a right-footed shot in the second half, though Levante held on to clinch a famous 2-1 triumph in the Spanish capital. 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! The result – coming after back-to-back defeats to CSKA Moscow and Deportivo Alaves prior to the international break – leaves Lopetegui facing an uncertain future in his job, though Marcelo feels media speculation over the manager’s future is unfair.”We’re with the coach to the death,” the Brazil international said after the game.”He tells us things very clearly. He has a really good relationship with us. It’s unfair, as you were with [former boss Rafael] Benitez. I don’t like it when the coach isn’t allowed to work.”It’s very unfair. The journalists, when they ask, form an opinion. We’re worried, the pressure of playing at Madrid is tremendous.”We have to show our faces on the pitch and in front of the cameras. We’re not afraid, but we’re worried.”The visitors led 2-0 inside 13 minutes, Jose Luis Morales opening the scoring before Roger Marti converted a penalty, while they had a third disallowed before the break for offside.Lopetegui sent on Gareth Bale at half-time, but, despite incessant late pressure from the hosts, Madrid were unable to get back on level terms.”We’ve done great things. The ball didn’t want to go in. The boss wants to regain confidence. We had 33 shots and not one ball went in,” Marcelo said of the game.”We have to hold our heads high to come back to winning games.”Levante didn’t do much. They took advantage of four mistakes and at the start we tried to draw the game, at least. We finished the game dead, because we left everything on the pitch.”
Real Madrid succumbed to a stunning 3-0 defeat at Eibar as Santiago Solari’s reign as permanent head coach got off to a torrid start on Saturday.Having taken over from the sacked Julen Lopetegui following the 5-1 Clasico drubbing at the hands of Barcelona, Solari showed early promise with four wins from four in his interim tenure.That run was enough to earn the former Madrid midfielder a deal through to June 2021, but his fortunes will have to improve drastically if he is to have any hope of remaining in the Santiago Bernabeu hotseat until then. 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! Gonzalo Escalante’s scrappy opener saw Madrid fall behind for the first time under Solari, and the writing was on the wall with quickfire goals early in the second period through Sergi Enrich and Kike.The shocking defeat capped a tough 48 hours for the club, who on Friday released a statement to deny accusations made by Der Spiegel that captain Sergio Ramos had broken anti-doping regulations on two occasions in the past.Ramos and the rest of the backline were soon under pressure, Thibaut Courtois producing a wonder-save to tip Kike’s dipping 30-yard volley onto the post, before Karim Benzema was denied on the line by Cote.After 15 minutes of frenetic action, Eibar broke the deadlock as Barca loanee Marc Cucurella surged down the left and squared for Kike. His attempt was brilliantly kept out by Courtois but Escalante managed to bundle the ball home from inside the six-yard box.5 – Real Madrid have only attempted five total shots in the first half against Eibar, the lowest figure they have recorded at halftime in a single all competitions game under Santiago Solari. Clog. pic.twitter.com/bj9F4gzCYy— OptaJose (@OptaJose) November 24, 2018And shortly after the restart, the European champions’ woe worsened.Toni Kroos played a poor pass across the defence to Alvaro Odriozola, who dallied on the ball, allowing Cucurella to steal in and tee up Enrich for a low finish inside the left-hand post.Five minutes later, the game was effectively put beyond a desperate Madrid as Cucurella whipped in a low cross that took a touch off Enrich and ran perfectly for Kike to tap into an empty net from five yards to seal Eibar’s first ever league win over their illustrious opponents.What does it mean? Solari under the pump immediatelyThings could hardly have gone worse for the new head coach. One defeat in isolation is far from disastrous, but the manner of such a loss was concerning. Leaders Barca could be seven points clear of Madrid by the end of Saturday.Cucurella a class aboveEscalante, Enrich and Kike scored the goals but Cucurella was the real star. On loan from Madrid’s fierce rivals, he tormented the right side of Los Blancos’ defence and had a hand in all three goals.Madrid malaise returns with a vengeanceOften under Lopetegui, Madrid looked devoid of inspiration. In Solari’s four interim games in charge, there were signs of improvement, but this capitulation was a major step back. The Bernabeu board may be wondering if they showed faith in the right man.Key Opta Facts- Real Madrid have conceded 19 goals after the first 13 LaLiga 2018-19 matchdays, their worst start in a single LaLiga season since 2008-09 (20 goals conceded).- Eibar have won their first LaLiga game against Real Madrid, Barcelona or Atletico Madrid after 26 meetings against these sides (W1 D3 L22).- Madrid had only three shots on target against Eibar, their joint lowest figure in away games across all competitions in 2018.- Thibaut Courtois has conceded 18 goals in 11 league games for Real Madrid (1.64 on average); the Belgian conceded 94 goals in 111 league games for Atletico in the competition (0.85 on average).What’s next?Madrid will seek to bounce back and secure Champions League progression from Tuesday’s trip to Roma, while Eibar travel to struggling Rayo Vallecano on Friday. read more
Injured wicketkeeper-batsman Robin Uthappa might be back for Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) next Indian Premier League (IPL) game against Kings XI Punjab on Tuesday, leg-spinner Piyush Chawla said after their six-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore here on Sunday.”Today he was doing his fitness and all. So, hopefully, he will be good to go in the next game. Hope for the best,” Chawla said at the post-match media interaction.The Karnataka batsman has been in superb form, amassing 384 runs in nine innings at an average of 42.66 before he pulled his hamstring and missed KKR’s last game at home.Commenting on Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine’s opening stand of 105 in first six overs chasing 159, Chawla said it took the game away from their rivals.”The way they batted, it was brilliant. In the first six overs, the game was taken away from RCB.”The best part of their innings was that they backed themselves. If you see their whole innings, there was no cross-batted shots… they played all cricketing shots,” he said.Chasing a target of 159 runs, KKR romped home in 15.1 overs for the loss of four wickets riding on a 105-run stand by Narine (54; 17b 6×4 4×6) and Lynn (50; 22b 5×4 4×6) in just 6.1 overs at a run rate of 17.02.