Pakistan will not participate in the Uttar Pradesh Hockey Junior World Cup Men in Lucknow from December 8-18, International Hockey Federation (FIH) confirmed. Malaysia have now been invited to replace Pakistan in Group B. (Latest Sports stories)FIH said it had to withdraw Pakistan’s invitation after they failed to meet the deadlines.”Earlier today the International Hockey Federation (FIH) invited the Malaysian junior men’s team to take part in the Uttar Pradesh Hockey Junior World Cup Men, Lucknow 2016, being held in India from 8 to 18 December. The late invitation came after FIH had to officially withdraw Pakistan’s invitation to the event,” an FIH statement said.”FIH regrets that Pakistan’s men’s junior team will not be able to take part in this year’s Uttar Pradesh Hockey Junior World Cup even though they had officially qualified. FIH’s decision follows considerable discussions with the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) and requests for confirmation that they had the necessary arrangements in place to be able to participate in the event.”
Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri has attacked Aboubakar Kamara’s actions after he overruled the Italian and his teammates to take a second half penalty – which he missed against Huddersfield Town.The Whites had the chance to take the lead in the dying embers of the game after Chris Lowe was adjudged to have handled in the box.First choice taker Aleksandar Mitrovic was set to take a spot-kick before Kamara wrestled the ball off the Serbian and demand he be given the opportunity to give Fulham the advantage.Twenty-three-year-old Kamara had previously scored the west Londoners’ only other penalty this season against Manchester United in the absence of Mitrovic and felt he had earned the opportunity to retain the role, but he was denied by Jonas Lossl. 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! And though Fulham prevail 1-0 thanks to a late Mitrovic strike, Ranieri was left fuming with his player.”I said everything to him,” the Italian told BBC Sport . “I said to leave the ball to Mitrovic, because he is the man who has to shoot the penalty.”It is unbelievable what he did but he did not respect me, he did not respect the club, his teammates and the crowd.”I spoke with him but it is not right, it is not right.”[When he missed] I wanted to kill him. It is normal. It is not possible. One man takes the ball only because he shot the last penalty but only because there is no Mitrovic.”Ex-Newcastle forward Mitrovic went on to net the eventual winner in the first minute of added-on time to save Kamara’s blushes, scoring after Ryan Sessegnon’s fine pass.But the 27-year-old refused to take aim at his strike-partner.”For the penalty, we had a small argument and I think it is my job for penalties,” he explained.”[Kamara] did not think like this, but I respect that.”I have done the same in the past. I don’t have a problem with this, he missed and that is part of football.”
Harry Kane is “the best No.9 in the world” and will be sticking around at Tottenham for “a long time”, says Robbie Keane.The home-grown academy product has developed into one of the finest frontmen on the planet during a productive spell in north London.Now a two-time Premier League Golden Boot winner and England captain, Kane is fast closing in on 200 senior goals across his club and international career. 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! He has faced questions regarding his ability to remain so productive on a regular basis but has always silenced those doubters on the field.Former Spurs striker Keane expects the 25-year-old to continue doing that for many more years and is tipping him to remain in his current surroundings despite incessant talk of interest from the likes of Real Madrid.A man who took in two spells with Tottenham, finding the target more than 100 times along the way, told Sky Sports: “I’m sure he’ll stay at this club for a long time. He loves it here. There’s no question that he cannot get to Jimmy Greaves’ record.“What I like about Harry is that… everyone keeps talking about ‘ah, next year is he going to be good?’ He keeps doing it.“I’m sick of people saying ‘is he tired?’ because he keeps banging the goals in and that spurs him on.“When you speak to him he gets annoyed when people keep mentioning it and then he just keeps coming on the pitch and keeps scoring goals.“For me at this moment in time, he’s the best No. 9 in the world.”Kane currently has 160 goals for Spurs to his name.That return places him fourth on the club’s list of all-time leading marksmen.The legendary figure of Jimmy Greaves tops the charts on 266.While Kane has some way to go in chasing down that target, time is still very much on his side.He penned a new six-year contract last summer, taking him through to 2024, and could become the most potent frontman in Tottenham’s history if he sees that agreement out and continues to deliver at his current rate. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Tottenham will “soon be making £80 million signings”, says Chris Waddle, with a return to White Hart Lane set to provide Mauricio Pochettino with the transfer funds he needs to compete.Spurs have endured a frustrating time in recent windows, with no additions made to their ranks in the summer of 2018.There has also been no movement in the January market as yet either, with the winter deadline set to pass on Thursday. 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! Pochettino has suggested that late deals are possible, but it remains to be seen whether he gets extra bodies on board.Waddle believes that such struggles will soon be a thing of the past for Spurs and their Argentine boss as money will be freed up once a stadium rebuild in north London is completed and signed off.The ex-Spurs star told Sportingbet: “I think Daniel Levy will give Pochettino the spending power of Man City and Liverpool once they move into the new stadium.“Daniel Levy will have promised Pochettino that.“I expect Tottenham to soon be making £80m signings that can push them to the next level.“Tottenham fans are used to seeing their side finish in the top four and will now be wanting to win silverware.“Once Tottenham move into the new stadium and start signing top players, they won’t have any excuses not to and I think they will.”Spurs already have a number of “top players” on their books, including many exciting home-grown stars.Waddle feels there will be more young English talent to come, with Tottenham having shown that they can provide a better career platform than a number of their Premier League rivals.“I think Pochettino now has first pick on young English players in the transfer market and agents will want the move as well,” said the ex-England international.“Agents want their players playing regularly as the players’ improvement makes them more money.“Pochettino has brought through most of England’s national team stars and for an agent that makes Tottenham a lot better proposition than anywhere else.“Young players want to get first team football and are now happy to go abroad to get it.“We have seen that with [Jadon] Sancho moving to Dortmund.“Tottenham are in a great position because they have given English players a chance and they don’t have to move abroad in order to get regular football.“This could save them a fortune in the long run.“Teams like Manchester City have the talent in their youth system, but they’re never going to get a chance on the pitch as they’re always looking for an immediate impact.“Young players are now too hungry to sit and wait and that gives clubs like Tottenham a great chance to snap up the best youngsters in the country.”
Pranav Dhanawade, who achieved fame with record breaking unbeaten 1009 runs in a school match last year, was allegedly involved in a brawl with police, after he raised an objection to vacate a ground being used as helipad.The Subhash ground in Kalyan where Dhanawade was playing along with his friends, was handed over to police for security reasons, a senior police official said.The Public Welfare Department has constructed a helipad on the ground in view of Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar’s visit to Kalyan.A guard, who was on duty to protect the helipad, came to the players and asked them to stop the game.Dhanawade and his friends started arguing with police by saying where to play if not on the ground. In few minutes an officer and some police constables reached the ground, said police.Heated argument started between police and locals over playing on the ground.Dhanawade asked police to show permission and hence cops took him to the police station, said DS Suryawanshi of Bajarpeth police station.Hence Dhanawade was taken to the police station and later let off after police gave him a warning, said the officer.The player has secured a monthly scholarship for five years from the Mumbai Cricket Association after becoming the first batsman in the world to notch-up a four-figure innings.Dhanavade, from the KC Gandhi Higher Secondary school in Kalyan, had batted for 395 minutes in the two-day game against Arya Gurukul in the Mumbai Cricket Association conducted Bhandari Cup inter school cricket tournament to remain unbeaten off 323 balls in which he struck a staggering 59 sixes and 129 fours.advertisementMeanwhile, Javadekar has decided to travel by road and not by helicopter from Pune.”It is not proper to make use of the play grounds for helipad hence I would be travelling by road and will not use the helicopter this time,” the minister told a regional news channel.
Former captain Sourav Ganguly on Monday backed Virat Kohli to continue his winning streak as captain on overseas tours after India’s 208 runs victory over Bangladesh in the one-off Test in Hyderabad on Monday. (Focused on next target: ‘Our minds and hearts on Australia series’)CLICK TO WATCH FULL VIDEOKohli was adjudged Man of the Match yet again for scoring 242 runs which included a double hundred in the first innings. India registered its sixth successive series win under Kohli and extended its unbeaten streak to 19 matches within a span of almost two years. (Stats: Kohli most successful Indian captain after first 23 Tests)”The signs are pretty much there for him to go and succeed overseas. He’s passionate, he’s hungry, he’s done well in Sri Lanka, yes you can say the West Indies were weak but he still managed to get past them,” Ganguly told India Today in an exclusive interview.Ganguly though, has been reiterating time and again that Kohli is yet to be tested as a captain abroad. (The lessons Mushfiqur Rahim can learn from Virat Kohli)”He’s not been tested yet to be honest, as captain. Let’s be fair on him you know we like him, we believe that he’s the man to take Indian cricket forward but he’s not been tested. Just like all of us when you go to England, Australia and South Africa you will be tested in your captaincy skills. So we’ll have to wait but as we know his home record is unbelievable. (Bangladesh Test cricketers’ fan boy moment with Virat Kohli)advertisement”They’ve been the likes of Azhar (Azharuddin), MS (Dhoni), myself and Rahul (Dravid), we have hardly lost anything at home. So that’s the way it is and that’s the way it will continue to be in Indian cricket unless and until Indian spinners dip in the future which is a rarity. So from that point of view I believe he’s still to be tested before we pass on the judgement on him,” he added. (Kohli called for a review even after umpire said “NOT OUT”. And India won)Ganguly also lauded Bangladesh for the way they fought in this Test match and even said that the Tigers competed as well as New Zealand and England, who had toured before them. (Also read: Virat Kohli breaks Virender Sehwag’s record for most Test runs in home season)”I thought Bangladesh played well, they competed well. They could have gone a bit more longer and saved this Test match with a bit more determination. But looking at their performance I thought they competed as much as the last two teams (New Zealand & England). And the reason is they are used to playing in these conditions and the wicket was a good one. (Also read: Virat Kohli made 2016 a year to remember)”I don’t this was a dress rehearsal for the series against Australia because they will be different. I think the Bangladeshi spinners were a bit more accurate than a lot of the spinners from England and New Zealand and I’m not surprised with what I’ve seen and that’s the way it is,” Ganguly concluded.
“The whole game of cricket has changed for better with “The whole game of cricket has changed for better with whole new dimension added to cricket. Now more runs are being scored and there is action all the time,” said Gavaskar. The former captain said he was not a great proponent of Day-Night Pink Ball Test cricket, but if the dew factor could be controlled, he would support it. “It will be a fantastic way to play Test cricket if there is no dew factor,” he said. Describing winning the 1983 World Cup in England as the best moment of his career, Gavaskar showered praise on Kapil Dev, saying he was an incredible captain. “The way he bowled on Indian pitches was a learning. He showed the way and now we have a lot of fast bowlers with a great bench strength to replace them in the side. “That team had belief in them. We had defeated the West Indies in West Indies in one One-Day match, so we were quite sure that we could do it. Then our fielding was outstanding. All these factors came in handy to win the Prudential World Cup,” said Gavaskar. He advised the youngsters to shut off all the distractions when in the middle of the pitch if they wanted to excel in batting. Speaking about his unfulfilled dreams, Gavaskar said, “I had a dream of getting (Rohan) Kanhai caught behind and then trap (Garry) Sobers leg before wicket. But it never happened.” PTI SPK KRK PTPadvertisement
Manchester United spurned a chance to move into the Premier League’s top four after striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed a penalty in a 1-1 draw against 10-man Bournemouth on Saturday.The result left United in sixth position on 49 points while Bournemouth, who had Andrew Surman sent off on the stroke of halftime for charging at Ibrahimovic, stayed 14th with 27 points.Argentina defender Marcos Rojo fired the home side ahead in the 23rd minute with his first Premier League goal before Joshua King, a Manchester United academy product, levelled against the run of play with a 40th-minute penalty.Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc shone with a string of excellent saves, denying a below-par Ibrahimovic three times before he parried the Swede’s feeble spot-kick after Adam Smith handled Paul Pogba’s acrobatic cut-back.
Andy Murray captured his first title of the year and became the first British man to win the Dubai Tennis Championships in its 25-year history when he defeated Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-2 in the final on Saturday.This was Murray’s seventh final in his last eight tournaments, and 14th in his last 16 dating to last May in Madrid.The only two tournaments he failed to make the final in that period were the 2016 U.S. Open and 2017 Australian Open.”It’s been a great run. Can’t complain about much,” Murray said.”Giving yourself a lot of matches gives you confidence to go into those big events (Grand Slams).”Dubai was the first tournament Murray’s played since he lost in the Australian Open fourth round. Since that defeat he’s been recuperating from a bout with shingles.”After the break that I have had, to get five matches in, six if you include the doubles, in six days is a really positive thing physically,” he said.The top-ranked Murray, who was a Dubai finalist in 2012, improved his career record to 13-1 over Verdasco.The first three games were service breaks as the players attempted to find their range in the final.Verdasco had the service break until the Spaniard was broken by Murray in the sixth and then the eighth games to take the first set.Murray broke Verdasco’s serve twice in the second set, in the third game with a forehand winner, and in the seventh on a third break point.The 35th-ranked Verdasco, a former top-10 player, has never beaten a No. 1-ranked player in 12 career attempts.advertisement”He pushes you,” Verdasco said. “At the same time, I didn’t really feel, of course, as comfortable or hitting the ball as clean as days before.”Murray became the fourth player this year to win a title having saved match points en route to the title. He faced a career high seven match points in defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarterfinals.
Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner heaped praise on Rashid Khan after the Afghanistan leg-spinner played a key role in helping his side trump Gujarat Lions in Hyderabad. Chasing 136 for a win, Hyderabad rode on fifties from Warner and Moises Henriques to reach the target with nine wickets in hand. (Also read: IPL 2017, SRH vs GL: David Warner, Rashid Khan power Sunrisers Hyderabad to 9-wicket win vs Gujarat Lions)Earlier, Rashid picked up three wickets to bag the ‘Purple Cap’ for taking most number of wickets so far in this edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). He finished with three for 19 to help the defending champions restrict Gujarat to 135 for seven. (HIGHLIGHTS)”Fantastic effort by the bowlers, credit to Rash. I wanted to try him in the first six, and he said ‘give me the ball.’ He’s a superstar in the making, adds great dynamics to our team. With Fizz (Mustafizur Rahman) unavailable, he’s stepped up and filled the gap,” Warner said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Rashid Khan said he will try to top the list till the end of the Twenty20 cricket tournament.”It’s a wonderful moment for me to take this purple cap. Hopefully I’ll try to keep this with me right till the end,” said Rashid.Rashid said he is enjoying the IPL experience.”The way I’m bowling, it’s quite difficult for the batsmen to pick it. This is a tough track to bat on if you bowl wicket-to-wicket. I’m enjoying the experience here. I always try to bowl dots and build pressure on the batsmen, he said.advertisement”Happy to be a part of the Sunrisers. The coach and the captain asked me to bowl whenever I’m comfortable. I told them I’m happy to bowl at any stage. I thought batsmen weren’t going to read my googlies and tried it, and it worked,” Rashid added.Rashid was picked up by Hyderabad for Rs 4 crore in the auctions held in February.
I just finished reading Dan Zarrella’s Hierarchy of Contagiousness Dan Zarrella’s Hierarchy of Contagiousness, a short manifesto on rigorously measuring what works in social media.I loved it, because he refuses to revert to hollow social media “conventional wisdom” and the unfortunate tendency to eschew scrutiny of return on investment (ROI): “The most odious social media myth I’ve ever heard is that you cannot measure the ROI of social media. ‘What is the ROI of putting your pants on?’ is my favorite version. To argue that the future of marketing is beyond – or above – effective measurement and monetary justification is insulting.” Amen to that.I’d recommend looking at conversion metrics (lagging indicators) like donations, volunteer hours, acts of advocacy, etc. You can also do surveys to determine brand affinity. He urges looking at leading indicators — like referral traffic and reach. This can help you track and build a case for early successes that are important but not yet yielding specific actions or dollars.So what has he measured? Here are just seven fun and surprising facts he had learned from his own measurement and analysis. Some fly in the face of conventional wisdom. The book has far more.1. On Twitter, people who have the words “official, founder, speaker, expert” or “guru” have more followers than average. Be authoritative.2. Negative remarks have a negative effect on followers.3. Using the word “you” gets attention and retweets. People like it to be about them!4. Friday at 4 pm is the most Tweetable time, and email is most likely opened very early in the day or on weekends.5. Adjectives and adverbs are viral kryptonite – punchy verbs and even nouns spread far faster.6. Content with “why” and “how” gets shared the most on Facebook.7. People share content most often because it is personally relevant, funny or useful.In the end, Zarrella’s message is this: Base your engagement online on real data, not on what he calls “unicorns and rainbows” or facile adages. He has lots of real data to share – and urges us all to collect our own. I think that’s great advice.
Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne has opened up about his ongoing battle with injury, admitting he still has not reached his peak in 2018-19.De Bruyne, 27, is widely considered as one of the world’s premier midfielders.He arrived at City in 2015 and has gone on to make over 100 appearances, and was integral to his team’s march to the Premier League title in 2017-18. 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 current season, however, has seen De Bruyne restricted to just three Premier League starts as a succession of knee injuries have disrupted his campaign.And the Belgian recognises that problems in his joint continue to chip away at him.“I am doing well. I am happy to be fit. It’s been a long six months for me, but I’m happy that now I can play football,” he explained to reporters.“Sometimes I feel good, sometimes I feel a little bit worse or I need a day more to recover. But I try every day to be at the best level I can be, and sometimes people have to give me a little bit of slack after the amount of time I have been away.“I always want to be better. But sometimes my body just says ‘no’ and I have to take that in my stride.”I don’t feel anything in my knee now, but we play so many games sometimes I feel better and sometimes a little bit less. You just feel that in the game and it’s normal.”The former Chelsea and Wolfsburg man is nevertheless adamant that he will be able to recover his previous scintillating form.“I didn’t have a pre-season and I am trying to physically get to the level of last year. I always play the same style. I am not going to do something different to show I’m there,” De Bruyne added.”I think people know who I am as a player and what I can do for the team – and that’s not going to change after an injury or two.”De Bruyne and Manchester City return to action on Sunday, hosting Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Jessica Thomashow was a 9-year-old gymnast who still liked playing with American Girl dolls when USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar first molested her, she said in a Michigan courtroom on Wednesday.”You took advantage of my innocence and trust,” the 17-year-old high school student told Nassar, as he sat, eyes cast downward, in an orange prison jumpsuit. “Why? I ask myself that question all the time, especially when I am lying in bed, crying myself to sleep.”Over and over, women and teenagers stood on Wednesday to recount similar stories of abuse: Nassar, the famous physician who treated Olympic stars, played the role of caring doctor before sexually assaulting them in his exam room under the guise of medical treatment, sometimes with their own parents present.Nassar, 54, previously pleaded guilty to two sets of abuse charges in Michigan’s Ingham and Eaton counties. He was sentenced last week to 40 to 175 years in prison in the Ingham County case after more than 150 victims including Olympic gold medallists recounted abuse at his hands in an emotionally wrenching week-long hearing.Michigan prosecutors said in court on Wednesday they have identified more than 265 victims in all. At least 65 victims were expected to offer statements, either written or spoken, during the Eaton County hearing, which is scheduled to last at least three days.The case has already had major ramifications far beyond the courtroom. Dozens of victims, including international stars like the gold medallist Simone Biles, have accused officials at the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Gymnastics (USAG) and Michigan State University (MSU) – where Nassar also worked – of failing to investigate complaints stretching back decades.advertisementThe scandal’s fallout has forced top officials at MSU and USAG’s entire board of directors to step down. Congress is investigating both institutions as well as USOC, while Michigan’s attorney general is probing the school’s handling of the Nassar case.Also on Wednesday, the police department in Meridian, Michigan, released a 2004 report confirming that it declined to pursue charges against Nassar after a 17-year-old patient accused him of touching her inappropriately during an exam.Investigators closed the case after accepting Nassar’s explanation that his actions were part of a legitimate medical procedure to relieve pain. The report was made available at the request of The Detroit News.”We missed it,” the town’s manager, Frank Walsh, said in a statement. “We’re not going to hide it. We were deceived.”Town and police officials will apologise to the woman, Brianne Randall-Gay, at a news conference on Thursday. Randall-Gay could not be reached on Wednesday, but she previously told The Detroit News that she was disappointed the police “just took his word.”‘NOT ASHAMED OR SCARED ANYMORE’Nassar faces a minimum of 25 years in prison in Eaton County, though he is already assured of spending the rest of his life in prison. He is also serving a 60-year federal prison term for a child pornography conviction.At Wednesday’s hearing, 30 women painted a chilling portrait of a man who used his renown and status to prey upon their innocence. Nassar, they said, offered comfort and friendship in their most vulnerable moments, when they were wracked with physical pain and desperate to succeed in an often-demanding sport.”Larry Nassar preyed on us for his own pleasure, leaving in his wake traumatized and broken girls,” Thomashow said.Several victims who had previously been unidentified used their names for the first time, saying they had drawn strength from the scores of women who spoke at Nassar’s first sentencing.”Without them, I would not be speaking up and be admitting for the first time to my family and friends and most importantly to myself that I am a survivor of abuse,” Chandler Lynn wrote in a statement read aloud by her mother. “I wish every day that I had the courage to speak up sooner, but all that matters is that I have now, and I’m not ashamed or scared anymore.”Many of the women said they continued to suffer even years later, plagued by nightmares and reluctant to place any trust in others. In some cases, they held onto the fiction that the doctor’s actions were part of legitimate medical treatment until the unfolding scandal made them realize the truth.”I used to be excited to meet new people,” said Erin Blayer, 17, a high school soccer player. “And now, quite frankly, I’m scared. You have destroyed the way I look at male role models in my life.”(Source: Reuters)
New Delhi, Feb 5 (PTI) Social activist Anna Hazare today said that his planned agitation against the Centre would not give rise to “another Kejriwal”, referring to his one-time protege Arvind Kejriwal who later went on to become the Delhi Chief Minister.The anti-corruption crusader said he was going to take affidavits from those joining his movement in March that they would not join politics later.Hazare also took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his promise of “achche din” in the run-up to the 2014 general elections. He alleged that rather than appointing an anti-corruption ombudsman, the Centre brought amendments that weakened the Lokpal Act.”No, no other Kejriwal will emerge from my protest now. I am getting affidavits from those supporting me that they will not join politics,” he said on the sidelines of an event here.He was delivering the keynote address, titled Towards Corruption Free India, at a Business Conclave at SRCC Sports Complex here.The 80-year-old activist said that his anti-graft movement during the UPA government had seen three of his aides turning into a chief minister, a governor and a minister, in an oblique reference to Kejriwal, Puducherry Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.Hazare exhorted the youth to join his protest beginning March 23 against the Centre, which he said had “once given us hope to bring achche din”.”The Centre in one hand pledges to make a corruption-free India and on the other, takes steps to weaken a law meant to curb graft,” Hazare said.advertisementHe also criticised the prime minister for his “unfulfilled” promise of bringing back black money allegedly stashed in foreign countries.”The government has not even deposited Rs 15 in our bank accounts, let alone the promise of Rs 15 lakh,” he said, referring to Modis pre-election promise of bringing back black money and distributing it among the people.He urged Modi to go beyond making announcements, and act instead.”Narendra Modiji has weakened Lokpal law by presenting an amendment in Parliament on July 27, 2016. The amendment bill was passed in Lok Sabha in just one day, without any debate. It was introduced in Rajya Sabha on July 28, and on July 29 it was sent to the President for his approval. The law…was weakened in just three days,” he said.Hazare also interacted with students attending the conclave and asked them to maintain an unblemished character, pure views and respectable behaviour. PTI CK GJS SMN
The International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Thursday that it had found no evidence of match fixing in the third Ashes Test between Australia and England last year.An investigation was launched following allegations in The Sun newspaper that underground bookmakers from India had offered to sell undercover reporters information about spot-fixing ahead of the game in Perth.Spot-fixing occurs when corrupt players agree to manipulate part of a match by, for example, bowling a wide on a particular delivery or ensuring a particular run rate.”We have carried out an extensive global investigation with anti-corruption colleagues from Member countries based on the allegations in The Sun and the material they shared with us,” said Alex Marshall, general manager of the ICC’s anti-corruption unit in a statement on Thursday.”I am satisfied that there is no evidence to suggest any match has been corrupted by the individuals in the investigation nor is there any indication that any international players, administrators or coaches have been in contact with the alleged fixers.”(Source: Reuters)
Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have been the stars of India’s limited-overs triumphs over the last couple of years.But even as India extended their ODI series winning streak to nine with a 5-1 walloping of South Africa, there were concerns over the middle-order. What if the Big 3 had a bad day in the office? The batsmen following them down the order had not exuded plenty of confidence. Besides, MS Dhoni’s form with the bat and his strike rate had started coming under the scanner.Since January 2017, India had tried Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer and Ajinkya Rahane to shore up the middle-order but they were no closer to solving the puzzle. (India’s 5-match winning streak broken)And then on Wednesday, after dominating South Africa throughout the ODI series and the first T20I last Sunday, Dhawan got out cheaply and Kohli was dismissed for 1. Rohit, who had scored a hundred in Port Elizabeth had been sent back for a duck.It was left to Suresh Raina, Pandey and Dhoni to step up and take India to a competitive total. Suresh Raina scored a 24-ball 31 in the second T20I vs South Africa (BCCI Photo)Raina hit some lusty blows before falling for a quick fire 31 but it was Pandey and Dhoni who really ensured India had enough to defend.Dhoni, criticised in the recent past for his strike rate hammered an unbeaten 52 off 28 balls – it was only his second T20I fifty since his debut in 2007. India would only hope Dhoni continues to bat like this in the months to come. With the next World Cup in 2019, India need their finisher to bat at the peak of his powers again.advertisementBut the most pleasing sight undoubtedly was Pandey’s innings. He has had to wait for his turn in a batting line-up that is dominated by three of the best batsmen in limited-overs cricket.Pandey has often had to battle injuries and dip in form to seal his place in the limited-overs teams. But there was no doubting his talent. He scored his maiden ODI hundred in only his fourth match, helping India overhaul Australia’s 330 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.But then followed a string of low scores and he was out of the team as India began looking for other middle-order options. Manish Pandey struck a 48-ball 79* in the second T20I vs South Africa (BCCI Photo)This knock against South Africa should reassure both Pandey and the team management. Significantly, Raina is beginning to look increasingly comfortable and that should give the side plenty of balance and depth. And Dhoni’s runs lower down the order are always valuable.India have most of their boxes ticked in ODIs and Kohli would not mind a batting line-up that reads: 1.) Rohit 2.) Dhawan 3.) Kohli 4) Pandey 5 ) Raina 6 ) Dhoni…India also have Rahane to look at in the ODI format but Raina and Pandey would want to reclaim their spots in the one-day team. Will their T20 performances pave the way for a return in the ODI side? Raina, with his ability to bowl off-spinners, would be tempting and like Pandey, he is a gun fielder. Both men run fast between the wickets. In short, they are the kind of players Kohli likes in his teams.If Raina and Pandey can sustain this form (across both formats) and if Dhoni continues to bat as fluently as he did on Wednesday, India can be a very, very difficult team to beat.
Minerva Punjab FC beat Churchill Brothers FC 1-0 to win their maiden I-League title on Thursday at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula.William Opoku Asiedu scored the decisive goal in the 15th minute and the Punjab-based outfit held on to the advantage till the end.This is Minerva’s second season in the football league. They finished at ninth position last season.Congratulations @Minerva_AFC for winning @ILeagueOfficial 2017-18 #HeroILeague. pic.twitter.com/KdmkKJzq3hHero I-League (@ILeagueOfficial) March 8, 2018Minerva also became the first team from Punjab to win the title since the 1996-97 season when now defunct JCT claimed the inaugural National Football League (NFL), which was later re-christened as the I-League.Two-time champions Churchill Brothers, meanwhile, have been relegated.Prior to this match, Minerva were placed on 32 points from 17 matches and needed a win on the final day to clinch the league as NEROCA (31 points from 17 games), Mohun Bagan (30 points from 17 games), East Bengal (30 points from 17 games) were all in contention to win title.However a victory was enough for Minerva, Mohun Bagan failed to win on the final day as they were held 1-1 by a spirited Gokulam Kerala FC.Aer Dipanda Dicka struck in the 26th minute to put Mohun Bagan in the lead. Henry Kisekka (45+1) found the equaliser just before half-time.Meanwhile, East Bengal were also played out a 1-1 draw with debutant NEROCA.Felix Chidi (42nd) gave Neroca the lead with Dudu Omagbemi (73rd) equalising but to no avail in the end at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan.advertisement
The e-auction for Indian cricket’s bilateral rights are around the corner and the race to acquire the rights have been heated up by the entry of social media giants Facebook and global search engine Google fighting Hotstar.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in February opened the bidding for the bilateral rights as the Invitation To Tender (ITT) was floated. The winning bidder will acquire the rights of either of the three media rights package for the BCCI international and domestic matches. The rights will for the period between April 2018 to March 2023 (5 years).WATCHThe three packages up for grabs are Global Television Rights plus ROW Digital Rights Package, Indian Subcontinent Digital Rights Package and Global Consolidated Rights Package.The e-auction was expected to take place on March 27 but the cricket board has extended it to April 3.According to a report in Times of India, Facebook, Google, Hotstar, Yupp TV, Jio TV and Sony Pictures Network have picked up the tender.The report also mentions that the base price for the digital rights per match has been pegged at INR 8 crore for the first year and for the next four years at INR 7 crore per match. For the television rights, the base price for the first year is INR 35 crore per match and INR 33 crore per match for the next four years.This is not the first time Facebook has shown interest in cricket. The company made a bid of INR 3900 crore last year for the digital rights of IPL, but lost out to Star India.advertisementWhoever wins the rights one things is certain that the world’s richest cricket board, BCCI, is in for a windfall with the rights up for auction.
Melbourne, Apr 19 (PTI) Scientists have developed hi-tech clothes using strain sensing textile fibres that can keep track of the wearers movements. Researchers at Deakin University in Australia said the strain sensing textiles could be used to produce compression garments that monitor professional athletes during competition, or to allow patients to track and compile data while undergoing physical rehabilitation. The devices could also be applied to virtual and augmented reality technology, providing more thorough feedback and accurate movement within VR games and simulations, according to the study published in the journal Applied Materials Today. “Strain sensing textiles have particular relevance in the development of smart devices for health, sports, and soft robotics,” said Shayan Seyedin from Deakin University. “These wearable devices can convert a wide range of body movements into electrical signals, making it possible to track and record physical activities such as those involved in fitness and health monitoring, improving exercise efficiency, injury prevention and rehabilitation,” said Seyedin. Most effectively applied to joints with a high range of movement such as knee, elbow and finger joints, Seyedins knitted textile prototypes rely on conductive elastic fibres that stretch and relax during movement. As the resistance levels change, this information is sent to a computer monitor using a wireless transmitter chip, where it can then be recorded and used to provide feedback on body movement and biomechanics. Seyedin said this was the first time such technology had been scaled up to wearable levels, using standard industry processing and commercially available products to keep it affordable and accessible.advertisement “To date, there has been limited success in this area,” Seyedin said. “Textiles are integral to the clothes we wear for comfort and for fashion, and making them into intelligent input/output devices provides a new opportunity in extending their function beyond the traditional use,” he said.”There are sensors out there that measure small changes and pressure, but the fabric we have developed measures large movements and strains of up to 200 per cent, and is wearable on its own without the need for bulky or invasive supports,” Seyedin said. PTI SAR SAR SAR