Month: November 2019 Page 1 of 10

I won’t change, warns Conte

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Inter boss Antonio Conte has warned anyone struggling with his demands that “I can’t change and won’t change.” Inter face Borussia Dortmund tomorrow evening, desperately in need of a win after picking up a draw and a defeat in their first two Champions League games. “To talk about this as already a Final seems exaggerated,” Conte said at a Press conference. “It’s certainly an important game against a strong team, but it’s still just a game. We need to win, but Finals arrive later… “There’s a need to pick up an important result in every game, so our approach won’t change tomorrow, not even our idea or mentality. “Just like I don’t talk about my own, I won’t talk about our opponents either, otherwise the glass is always half full for the others… “We prefer to think about ourselves: we conceded three goals against Sassuolo through the balls we lost. “We must be careful against Borussia because they’re very good on the break. We know this, but we want to play our football too. “I don’t go back, this is my idea of ​​football. Going backwards would mean standing in a line behind the ball and waiting to be slapped. “We want to slap them instead. I can’t change, whether it’s for Lazaro, Godin or anyone else. “I don’t know if repeating how we played against Barcelona will be enough here, although I certainly want to see consistency in our performance, having no regrets at the end of the game. I’d hate it if we did. “This is a very difficult tournament, we don’t have much experience in it and we’re only starting out. “There’s not much time to prepare the games, we need to delve deeper and brush up on all the concepts. “However, if we say that our defence is having problems, we’re also looking at that with the glass half full. Our attack, in terms of goals, is only inferior to Atalanta. “Until 2-4, our performance against Sassuolo had been our most complete to date. Then something happened, which the players know about. They’re the first to be disappointed.” The Coach then commented on the fortunes of in-form hitmen Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez, as well as new signings Valentino Lazaro and Diego Godin. “It’s easy to go from talking about a crisis to celebrating his partnership with Lautaro. I need balance and I’m working on it. “As for Lautaro: he has to work, that’s it. You shouldn’t think goals are everything for a striker: I don’t see it that way and he knows it. “He’s becoming a complete striker, now it’s up to him to decide what fate he wants, if he wants to be a top player or not. “As for Lazaro, he can’t play close to the striker through the middle in a 3-4-2-1. We signed him to play out wide in a 3-5-2, which is where he also played for Hertha. “He’s young and he comes from a midtable team, so we have to take into account that he can encounter difficulties. I have to work with him, I have to improve him. “Candreva’s a lad you have to work on, he always needs to feel valued. I already knew him, I coached him with the national team and he can give me even more. “For Godin, his way of playing has changed, not only in terms of formation but how he reads his position. “We defend further forward, with 50 metres of the pitch behind us. I won’t change my ideas.”last_img read more

Pioli tests three-man Milan defence

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Milan boss Stefano Pioli is considering switching to a back three for their Sunday evening clash with Juventus, dropping Lucas Paqueta. Since taking the Rossoneri reins a month ago, the former Fiorentina and Lazio coach has always started with a back four. However, Milan have only kept one clean sheet since he took charge, in the 1-0 win over SPAL last week, and the Gazzetta della Sport, Tuttosport and more write that Pioli is ready to change systems, going to a 3-4-2-1 formation. The back three would consist of Alessio Romagnoli, Leo Duarte and Ricardo Rodriguez, with a midfield four of Theo Hernandez, Rade Krunic, Ismael Bennacer and Andrea Conti. Spanish winger Suso and Hakan Calhanoglu would play behind Krzystof Piatek at the tip of the formation. Davide Calabria and Lucas Paqueta would therefore drop to the bench. Samu Castillejo and Mateo Musacchio are out through injury for the Rossoneri. Milan (probable): G Donnarumma; Duarte, Romagnoli, Rodriguez; Conti, Bennacer, Krunic, Hernandez; Suso, Calhanoglu; Piateklast_img read more

Napoli: Torreira to replace Allan?

first_imgLucas Torreira seems ready to leave Arsenal as it is reported Napoli want the former Sampdoria midfielder to replace Allan. Napoli are planning some changes in personnel after a poor start to the season, marred by chaos behind the scenes. Allan looks to be one of those heading out the door this summer, but Gazzetta dello Sport claims his replacement could come as early as January in the shape of Torreira. As per journalist Nicolò Schira, the Uruguayan’s agent Pablo Betancur has already told Arsenal that his client is seeking a move this winter after a lack of game time. The 23-year-old was previously linked with Napoli before he joined the Gunners in the summer of 2018. However, the London club would prefer to keep Torreira, who is also a reported target for Milan. His future will be the subject of talks between the player, Betancur and Arsenal chief Raul Sanllehi in the coming days. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Won’t quit, making CWG a success my priority: Kalmadi

first_imgSuresh Kalmadi on Friday ruled out stepping down as Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Chairman in the wake of corruption allegations but said he would quit if asked to by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh or Sonia Gandhi.He said his first priority was to make a success of the Games and “will not run away from responsibility” but would quit after the event if anything was found against him.”If my leaders and IOA don’t want me there, then I am ready to quit. If there is something so big that I have done wrong. But I tell you there is no wrong. Let the inquiry report come out. There is nothing to be ashamed of,” Kalmadi told a TV channel.He was asked if he would step down now in the wake of a spate of allegations of corruption in giving contracts and Kalmadi said instead of stepping aside, he would take action against those who are found guilty.”If some action is (found to be) wrong, then definitely I will not spare anyone who is responsible for it…There is no charge against me, it is against somebody else,” he said.Quizzed about the ‘doctored’ e-mails from the Indian High Commission he made public to justify payments worth lakhs of pounds to a UK-based company for services provided during the Queen’s Baton Relay in London, Kalmadi said he did not know whether the mails were authentic.Organising Committee’s Joint Director General T S Darbari, who oversaw the QBR’s London leg, was suspended after the furore and the IOA chief said there is a possibility that he was misled by his close aide.advertisementA three-member probe panel is currently investigating the matter after the Ministry of External Affairs revealed that the e-mails were ‘doctored’ to add the UK-based A M Films name as a recommened company for car rentals and other services.”I asked Darbari to show me the e-mails and he showed me those e-mails. It could be that I was misled. I am not a technocrat to know if they were genuine. The (probe) committee will look into all this and tell,” he said. The Ministry gave me a different e-mail. I said I am not a technological expert. They didn’t mention doctored or forged. They just said one line is different. Whether they were forged, we would know only after the inquiry,” Kalmadi said.Kalmadi, nonetheless, defended Darbari insisting that the tainted official had worked well while in office.”Darbari has a lot of business to take care of but he has done his job. He is an efficient officer. He has been very helpful,” he said.”I trust all my officials. I have got 2,000 people working for me and I trust all of them. It was a tough decision to suspend,” he said.On why Darbari was kept on board in OC despite a tainted past, including a customs case, Kalmadi said he was sent on leave when the case initially came out but was taken back after he gave in writing that he was merely a witness in the matter.”He was not suspended, he went on leave. He went for the inquiry and came back with a letter saying that he was called as a witness and nothing more than that. So he was taken back,” he reasoned.But Kalmadi said he would not protect Darbari him if he is found guilty in the QBR financial irregularities case.”If I see some financial irregularieties, I am not going to protect one person. There is no letter which states that Darbari is a culprit in that (customs case). There is an inquiry going on and the moment the inquiry is over, I will tell you,” he said.Asked persistently why he was not taking the moral responsibility for the corruption charges, inclduing the ones levelled in a Central Vigilance Commission report, Kalmadi reckoned he could not be expected to own up for mistakes committed by others.”I have 2000 people working under me, I don’t see all the papers. Matters go to the Executive Board, where four officers from the government sit. Every single paisa has been passed by such committees,” he explained.”If I am involved then I would see. Once the Games are over CWGOC would be disbanded anyway so no question of me stepping aside,” he said.All India tennis Association chief Anil Khanna stepped down from the post of OC treasurer after his name cropped up in a controversy over the contracts awarded to a company in which his son is an employee.advertisementAsked if he was willing to take such moral responsibility and step aside, Kalmadi said, “Anil Khanna can afford to resign but I as chairman of CWGOC cannot. These Games are my baby, I have made promises to the Commonwealth Games Federation. I would have a tough time explaining to them that the Games are in trouble when I step down.””I have got 34 functional areas to look after which is a mammoth task,” he added.last_img read more

Net abuzz with Aamir Khan’s leaked ‘Dhoom 3’ look

first_imgAamir Khan was spotted in a new look at a public-do recently. The buzz is that pictures of the event circulating on the Internet is his new look for his super-villain’s role in Dhoom 3.In the picture posted on the website Firstpost.com by one Raju Shelar, Aamir is seen sporting a salt-and-pepper French beard with dark, backbrushed gelled hair.However, neither the production house nor Aamir has confirmed if his new look is for the film. The picture was clicked in Mumbai, when he was entering a Thai Spa and was first reported by Rubina A Khan.Aamir is known to experiment with looks in his films. Until recently, he was seen sporting a handlebar moustache for his next release- Reema Kagti’s Dhuan in which he plays a cop. Earlier, he donned a salt-andpepper, cropped hairdo in Kiran Rao’s Dhobi Ghat.For Ghajini , Aamir famously hit the gym and beefed up his body by acquiring six-pack abs and had shaven off his head to play the character of a person suffering from shortterm memory loss. Again in Ketan Mehta’s Mangal Pandey: The Rising, he had grown his moustache and hair to get into the skin of historic character Mangal Pandey. Dil Chahta Hai, saw him in spiked hair and a goatee to play a much younger character.”It’s too early for Aamir to officially confirm his Dhoom 3 look. However, he could be giving a look test for the film,” a source close to Aamir said.Yash Raj Films confirmed that the third part of the Dhoom series will go on floors at the end of 2011 and is planned for a 2012 Christmas release. The film will feature Aamir in a negative character along with Katrina Kaif as his heroine. This is Aamir and Katrina’s first film together.advertisementTashan maker Vijay Krishna Acharya will direct the film. Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra return as the protagonists in the sequel.last_img read more

India’s Formula One track unveiled

first_imgThe dust hung heavy under the mid-day sun by the side of the brand-new Yamuna Expressway. But it could only partially hide the swanky Buddh International Circuit, which was showcased in front of the national and international media on Tuesday. PhotosThe 5.14-kilometre circuit, which will host the country’s first-ever Grand Prix on October 30, saw India’s first F1 driver, Narain Karthikeyan, take to the track in a Mercedes Safety Car. But it was Indian-origin Swiss Neel Jani who drove a Formula One car around the track for the first time on Tuesday, giving a sneak peek into the adrenaline-pumping action that will unfold in less than 10 days’ time.Jani performed tyre burn-outs and lightning fast starts on the main straight in a Red Bull Racing show car, to raucous applause from the crowd of mediapersons and invitees, including children.The track, designed like many other modern-day circuits by German guru Hermann Tilke, is expected to be one of the fastest in terms of average speed in presentday Formula One. Medium-speed corners – a hallmark of Tilke’s designs – have been largely done away with, with the emphasis being on providing overtaking opportunities through two long straights, hairpin bends and chicanes. The width of the track varies between 10 and 14 metres, encouraging the best drivers in the world to race wheel-to-wheel.Another challenge for the drivers will be the gradients at various corners. The circuit features many dips and climbs, with the highest point of elevation being over 14 metres.The centrepiece of the circuit is the nearly one-kilometre long back straight, which is sandwiched between two uphill right-handed hairpins – turns 3 and 4. A series of corners then leads the cars to the amazing turn 10, a banked right-hander that almost doubles back on itself.advertisementThe ‘Premium Stand South’ that has been erected behind this corner affords a view of almost the entire track, except the start-finish straight and the first three turns, which are blocked from view by the main grandstand.However, for the viewers who have bought tickets to the grandstand and the corporate boxes, what could be a matter of concern is the fact that only the main straight and the first and last turns are visible from there.Unlike the colossal stands at other Tilke circuits, this stand has only two tiers, with the pit lane and paddock building blocking the view of the back straight and much of the twisty infield section.Still, in terms of functionality, the paddock is state-of-the-art, equipped with perhaps the most advanced medical centre in Formula One.In all, the Jaypee Sports-owned circuit will have space for 110,000 spectators, with some of them getting to enjoy a rarity in Indian stadia for any sport – open grassy banks or ‘Picnic Stands’.The Buddh circuit is also the second track in the world to use ‘Tecpro’ barriers instead of the traditional tyre barriers, after the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi. These barriers are much narrower than the tyre barriers and can absorb maximum energy upon impact.Come the race weekend, 855 people will be deployed as race marshals, to help in the smooth conduct of proceedings. Out of these, each post will have one team leader flown in from Bahrain.More than 5,000 people worked at the site for nearly two-and-a-half years to build the circuit, which cost $200 million. The total expenditure on bringing the pinnacle of motorsport to India amounts to $350-400 million.There will be only two support races in addition to the Formula One race at the circuit – the JK Racing Asia Series and the MRF Championship of Delhi – both of which have an Indian flavour to them. However, Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India president Vicky Chandhok said this was just the beginning.”The circuit needs to be utilised properly and definitely national racing events will be held on this track after the F1 race. We will make a plan regarding this afterwards; that is how budding Indian racers will come up,” he said.But away from the track and the stands, which are complete, the landscaping work is yet to be finished, though labourers were hard at it during the course of the day. Until that work is completed and the dust settles, expect the inaugural Indian GP to be a spectacle – albeit a slightly hazy one.last_img read more

Narain Karthikeyan zooms to F1, Arjun Atwal hits USPGA greens

first_imgPlaying With the Big Boys: Remember this as the year when Indians arrived on the distant planets of formula one and the USA PGA Golf tour. It is both evolution and miracle.One plays on a competitive circuit that offers a total prize money of $240 million (Rs 1,080 crore) per,Playing With the Big Boys: Remember this as the year when Indians arrived on the distant planets of formula one and the USA PGA Golf tour. It is both evolution andmiracle.One plays on a competitive circuit that offers a total prize money of $240 million (Rs 1,080 crore) per year, give or take a couple of million.The other broke into a sport where a single competitors’ budget could be as high as $300 million (Rs 1,350 crore) a season and where, all but the half dozen elite, had to pay to play.But the dollar signs are not what make Arjun Atwal and Narain Karthikeyan distinctive. It is the scale of their vision.While Atwal had a spiritual predecessor in Jeev Milkha Singh, the first Indian to play on the European Tour and take a shot at the sport’s highest level, the United States Professional Golf Association tour (USPGA), all that Karthikeyan had before him was empty sky.Atwal is the first Indian to play on the USPGA Tour. Karthikeyan is the first from a nation of wild wheelmen to break into Formula One.Atwal played in 17 tournaments, with four top 10 finishes, missing the cut only twice all year. A career spent making light of financial constraints, Karthikeyan and his team of bold sponsors put together a deal so he could sign up for Jordan. Karthikeyan finished the year with little doubt as to his pure speed and the fact that he belonged with the sport’s elite.last_img read more

IPL 2012 Live: CSK vs KXIP cricket scores and commentary

first_imgPunjab have won an absolute cliffhanger. For most parts of the game it looked like Punjab would sail through quite comfortably but Bravo and Morkel gave the visitors a run for their money. Chennai started off well with Faf du Plessis and Badrinath playing some good strokes at the top. Score | PhotosIPL 2012: CSK vs KXIP Live: Punjab win by 7 runsKXIP 156/8 in 20 overs beat CSK 149/8 in 20 overs (Dwayne Bravo 30; Azhar Mahmood 3-25)And Lalit Modi tweets soon after: Great match. Perfect win for kxip. Congrats to kings Team.7:30 pm | 19.6 overs: And it’s all over for Chennai. Punjab win by 7 runs. Azhar Mahmood to Ashwin, 2 runs, full on middle and leg. Ashwin employs a powerful drive between midwicket and long on. The batsmen come back for a second. So Punjab have held on to their nerve to clinch victory.Nuwan Kulasekara, right handed bat, comes to the crease 7:22 pm | 18.5 overs: WICKET! Bravo fails to read PK’s line. Praveen Kumar to Dwayne Bravo, out Caught by Chawla!! That should dent Chennai’s hopes now! Full on middle and leg, Dwayne Bravo heaves it away to the on side. The ball goes high in the air but doesn’t go the distance and Chawla at deep mid-wicket manages to hold on to it after almost mis-judging it. Dwayne Bravo c Chawla b Praveen Kumar 30(21) [6s-2] (CSK 136/7 in 18.5 overs)Albie Morkel, left handed bat, comes to the crease 7:05 pm | 14.4 overs: WICKET! Wickets falls but CSK keep up the run rate. Chawla to Ravindra Jadeja, out Caught by David Hussey!! Ravindra Jadeja goes for one too many and stumbles in the process! Tossed up outside the off stump, the wong one. Ravindra Jadeja tries to slog it against the turn and ends up slicing it to cover. Hussey gets under it and takes it comfortably. Ravindra Jadeja c David Hussey b Chawla 17(11) [4s-1 6s-1] (CSK 98/6 in 14.4 overs)advertisementDwayne Bravo, right handed bat, comes to the crease 6:55 pm | 13.2 overs: WICKET! Bhatt to Dhoni, out Dhoni Run Out!! Bizarre, absolutely hilarious! Flighted outside the off stump, Dhoni tries to drive it through the off side but gets an inside edge to the keeper. Dhoni has no clue of where the ball is and sets off for a single only to be sent back. Dhoni run out (Saini) 1(4) (CSK 88/5 in in 13.2 overs)MS Dhoni, right handed bat, comes to the crease 6:50 pm | 12.4 overs: WICKET! David Hussey to Saha, out Bowled!! Saha’s torterous time at the crease comes to an end! I can’t figure out who is happier Hussey or Saha! Short and quick, angled across the right hander on the off stump from around the wicket. Saha pulls across the line and gets an inside edge back onto his stumps. David Hussey looks thrilled. Saha b David Hussey 6(14) (CSK 87/4 in 12.4 overs)Ravindra Jadeja, left handed bat, comes to the crease 6:42 pm | 10.2 overs: WICKET! CSK lose their thrid wicket. Chawla to Raina, out Stumped!! Wonderful keeping! The slider outside the off stump, Raina comes forward and tries to drive at it hard but misses it completely. The keeper collects it and whips off the bails in a flash, Raina tries getting back in the crease but never really gets his foot behind the line. Raina walks off looking in some distress, he might have hurt himself while trying to get back in to the crease. Raina st Saini b Chawla 15(17) [4s-1] (CSK 71/3 in 10.2 overs)6:40 pm | 9.6 overs: Awana to Saha, no run, fuller length delivery on middle and leg. Saha gets onto the front foot and flicks it to the man at mid-wicket. Chennai are 69/2 after 10 overs with Suresh Raina and Wriddhiman Saha in the middle. Chennai need 88 off 60 balls at the stage.Wriddhiman Saha, right handed bat, comes to the crease 6:28 pm | 7.4 overs: WICKET! Opener Badrinath falls and he is cursing himself. Azhar Mahmood to Badrinath, out Caught by (sub)Dogra!! Slower one on middle, Badrinath clears his front leg and tries to slog it across the line. He doesn’t quite middle it and the ball goes straight to deep square leg, where Dogra does well to take it just within the boundary. Badrinath c (sub)Dogra b Azhar Mahmood 25(18) [4s-4] (CSK 62/2 in 7.4 overs)Suresh Raina, left handed bat, comes to the crease 6:16 pm | 5.3 overs: WICKET! Azhar Mahmood to du Plessis, out Caught&Bowled!! Change of pace does the trick! The off cutter on middle and leg, du Plessis gets forward and just spoons an easy catch back to the bowler. Azhar Mahmood reacts well on his follow through and takes the catch at a comfortable height to dismiss du Plessis. Azhar Mahmood looks thrilled with his breakthrough and why not, the danger man is gone! du Plessis c and b Azhar Mahmood 29(20) [4s-3 6s-2] (CSK 47/1 in 5.3 overs)advertisement5:55 pm | Faf du Plessis and S Badrinath are at the crease. du Plessis is on strike. Praveen Kumar will open the attack   CHENNAI SUPER KINGS: Target: 157 in 20 oversKINGS XI PUNJAB: 156/8 in 20 overs (Mandeep Singh 56; Albie 3-29)5:40 pm | 19.6 overs: Nuwan Kulasekara to Praveen Kumar, 2 runs, fuller ball, Praveen Kumar carves it over extra cover, Bravo does well to fly and save two runs for his team. That’s it for KXIP. They have scored 156/8 in 20 overs.Parvinder Awana, right handed bat, comes to the crease 5:36 pm | 19.5 overs: WICKET! Chennai have effictively restricted Punjab towards the end. Nuwan Kulasekara to Saini, out Caught&Bowled!! Saini had decided to clobber that to the Marina beach, swings across the line as he gets down on his knee, doesn’t pick the slower ball, the ball balloons up in the air as he gets a top edge, Nuwan Kulasekara calls for it and takes it cleanly with fingers pointing up. Saini c and b Nuwan Kulasekara 6(4) [4s-1] (KXIP 154/8 in 19.5 overs)Praveen Kumar, right handed bat, comes to the crease 5:30 pm | 18.4 overs: WICKET! KXIP are losing wickets but are maintaining the run rate. Dwayne Bravo to Saini, out Bipul Sharma Run Out!! A run out to make things worse, Saini bowls it full and angled in towards Saini who was making room, he was looking to slog it over long on, missed it and Bipul Sharma wanted a single, Dhoni collected the ball and fired in an under arm throw, gets in the direct hit, well short was Bipul Sharma. Bipul Sharma run out (Dhoni) 7(5) [4s-1] (KXIP 148/7 in 18.4 overs)Nitin Saini, right handed bat, comes to the crease 5:27 pm | 17.4 overs: WICKET! Albie Morkel to Chawla, out Caught by Dwayne Bravo!! You can’t keep Bravo out of the game, can you? Acrobatic effort that, spectacular stuff. Chawla was way too early into the shot, it was a slower short ball, ended up chipping it over mid on, Bravo ran forward, almost over ran it and had to take a leap, manages to hold on to it, terrific fielding. Chawla c Dwayne Bravo b Albie Morkel 0(2) (KXIP 138/6 in 17.4 overs)Piyush Chawla, left handed bat, comes to the crease 5:23 pm | 17.2 overs: WICKET! Morkel gets another. Albie Morkel to David Hussey, out Caught by Jakati!! Wickets are falling quite regularly now. This was a buffet ball, deserved to be dispatched, short and around the off stump, David Hussey goes back to pull and picks the only man in the 30 yard circle on the on side, Jakati was the man, takes it with fingers pointing up. David Hussey c Jakati b Albie Morkel 7(4) [4s-1] (138/5 in 17.2 overs)Bipul Sharma, left handed bat, comes to the crease 5:18 pm | 16.5 overs: WICKET! Dwayne Bravo to Mandeep Singh, out Caught by Raina!! Dwayne Bravo picks up his 2nd wicket, fine bowling from him. Mandeep Singh looked to launch it over the long on fence, got the toe end and skied the ball up in the air, it went a long way in the air, Raina settled under it behind the 30 yard circle at mid off, falls back to complete the catch. Raina is holding his bum as he gets up, stop the acting, son! Mandeep Singh c Raina b Dwayne Bravo 56(50) [4s-5 6s-1] (KXIP 133/4 in 16.5 overs)advertisementDavid Hussey, right handed bat, comes to the crease5:15 pm | 15.5 overs: WICKET! Morkel gets rid of Miller. Albie Morkel to David Miller, out Caught by Dhoni!! That’s the softest dismissal seen this IPL. Slower bouncer again as David Miller was looking to cut that through the off side, but decided to wait for it, wanted to push it over the keeper, got under it but got a faint top edge, simplest of catches to Dhoni, no coach might have given such simple catching practice to Dhoni, tame end to David Miller’s innings. David Miller c Dhoni b Albie Morkel 19(15) [4s-2] (KXIP 127/3 in 15.5 overs)David Miller, left handed bat, comes to the crease 4:50 pm | 11.6 overs: WICKET! And Azhar Mahmood falls after a quick 18. Dwayne Bravo to Azhar Mahmood, out Lbw!! Wow! That did nip back sharply! Dwayne Bravo rolled his wrists before delivering that, that explains it, it was a pacy off cutter, the ball pitched outside off and jagged back and trap Azhar Mahmood in front of the off stump, the bat was stuck behind the pad and he couldn’t do much, end of Azhar Mahmood. Azhar Mahmood lbw b Dwayne Bravo 18(12) [6s-2] (KXIP 97/2 in 12 overs – CRR – 8.08 overs)Azhar Mahmood, right handed bat, comes to the crease 4:33 pm | 8.1 overs: WICKET! And KXIP’s Aussies opener Marsh is run out. Ashwin to Mandeep Singh, out Shaun Marsh Run Out!! That’s probably the most unfortunate way to get out especially when you are in great touch. Mandeep Singh drilled the ball back towards Ashwin who tried to stop it, the ball deflects off his finger and then his foot, the ball goes back onto the stumps, Shaun Marsh tried to get back, but the stretch and the half dive didn’t help him, lucky break-through for Chennai. Shaun Marsh run out (Ashwin) 32(22) [4s-4 6s-1] (KXIP 68/1 in 8.1 overs)4:15 pm | 3 overs: Punjab are 25/0 at the stage with openers Mandeep Singh and Shaun Marsh in the middle.4:00 pm | Mandeep Singh and Shaun Marsh are at the crease. Mandeep Singh is on strike. Nuwan Kulasekara will open the attackTeams Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): Nitin Saini(w), Mandeep Singh, Shaun Marsh, David Hussey(c), David Miller, Azhar Mahmood, Bipul Sharma, Piyush Chawla, Praveen Kumar, Bhargav Bhatt, Parvinder Awana Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): S Badrinath, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dwayne Bravo, Albie Morkel, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha, Nuwan Kulasekara, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shadab Jakati MS Dhoni: We have got Jakati in place of Yo Mahesh looking at the conditions. The wicket will get slightly slower later on. David Hussey: We have picked ourselves up we are here to win. Awana has been a find for us, he is certainly a good prospect for India in the future. We are going to bat first. It looks like a good batting wicket, we will put a good score on board. 3:30 pm | TOSS – Kings XI Punjab have won the toss and elected to batlast_img read more

1987: Sunil Gavaskar completes 10,000 Test runs

first_imgSunny innings: Sunil Gavaskar record run1987: And then he ran. This man of yogic concentration, ran down a 22-yard strip waving his bat. Sunil Manohar Gavaskar ran the run that completed his journey to 10,000 Test runs in 16 years and 124 innings. The leader of the first generation of,Sunny innings: Sunil Gavaskar record run1987: And then he ran. This man of yogic concentration, ran down a 22-yard strip waving his bat. Sunil Manohar Gavaskar ran the run that completed his journey to 10,000 Test runs in 16 years and 124 innings.The leader of the first generation of cricketers born in Independent India, Gavaskar was a mascot for a country standing on the cusp of deference and confidence, self-effacement and self expression.No matter how fast the bowling or how lost the cause or how big the reputation, he didn’t back down-in deed or in word. So we learnt that we didn’t have to either.last_img read more

Harden, Rockets scorch Hawks in first half of 119-104 win

first_imgLuc Mbah a Moute also scored 20 points to help Houston improve to 6-1 on the road. The Southwest Division-leading Rockets (7-3) closed a stretch where they played five of six games away from Houston, including back-to-back road wins against the Knicks and Hawks.“A good two games for us, but it’s got to be not just two games or 10 games, it’s got to be an entire season to get where we want to go,” Harden said.Kent Bazemore scored 18 points for the Hawks (1-8), who have not won since their season-opening victory at Dallas.Bazemore had the difficult task of defending Harden.“They just shoot the crap out of the ball,” Bazemore said. “You can be six inches from it and they let it go. … When a team like that comes in, it’s going to be a tough challenge. You have to play about flawless.”ADVERTISEMENT Malditas save PH from shutout Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Dennis Schroder and Taurean Prince each had 16 points for Atlanta. Luke Babbitt scored 12 points on four 3-pointers, and rookie John Collins had eight points and 12 rebounds.TIP-INSRockets: It was Houston’s first win over Atlanta since Nov. 27, 2013, snapping a streak of seven straight losses in the series. … Harden had 11 assists for his fourth double-double of the season. … Clint Capela, who had 12 points, answered a 10-0 run by Atlanta in the second period with three straight jams. The center’s third dunk, a two-hander, led to an Atlanta timeout.Hawks: In a halftime ceremony, the Hawks retired a ceremonial jersey to honor Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed, who helped keep the team in its downtown location. The city is providing $142.5 million of the $192.5 million in the two-year renovation of Philips Arena. The Hawks agreed to an 18-year lease extension to remain at the city-owned arena through 2046. … G Malcolm Delaney (ankle) did not play. … Coach Mike Budenholzer was called for a technical foul in the second period.CHRIS PAUL UPDATEAsked when All-Star point guard Chris Paul will return from a left knee injury, D’Antoni said: “I hope tomorrow, but it’s not gonna be.” After that tease, D’Antoni said he expects Paul to miss another two weeks. “But we’re going to be cautious with it so it could stretch a few more days,” he said.Paul was with the team in Atlanta while missing his ninth straight game.PT FOR TAYLORPoint guard Isaiah Taylor, who played four games with Houston last season, continues to earn substantial playing time after signing with the Hawks on Oct. 17. He had 12 points and a team-high five assists in about 25 minutes against his former team.“His speed is what makes him special,” Budenholzer said. “Everybody sees how he can get to the paint, get to the rim. He makes people play fast with him. … He’s made a good first impression.” UP NEXTRockets: Host Utah on Sunday in the first of three straight home games.Hawks: Visit Cleveland on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next James pours in 57 as Cavs topple Wizards LATEST STORIES The Rockets scored 28 fast-break points, almost doubling their previous high of 15.“We don’t want to hold the ball,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said. “And we want to make quick decisions. … I just think we did a lot of good things.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingHouston led 69-51 at halftime with its highest-scoring half of the season. The Rockets went 11 for 22 from 3-point range in the first half and 16 for 47 from beyond the arc for the game.“We haven’t been shooting the 3-ball all that great this year,” said Eric Gordon, who made three 3s and had 20 points. “… Once we start shooting 3s we’ll be hard to stop.” The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments Houston Rockets center Clint Capela (15) has the ball knocked away by Atlanta Hawks center Dewayne Dedmon, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA — The Houston Rockets overwhelmed the woeful Atlanta Hawks with fast-break baskets and 3-point shooting.James Harden scored 21 of his 29 points in Houston’s high-scoring first half, and the Rockets handed the Hawks their eighth straight loss with a 119-104 victory Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

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