India vs England, 2nd Test, Day 1: As it happened

first_imgHello and welcome to the coverage of Day 1 of the second Test between India and England at Vizag. (LIVE Scorecard)India 1st Innings:16.55 IST: And that will be stumps for the day and India 317/4 with Kohli unbeaten on 151. India dominated the opening day of the second Test with two hundreds from Kohli and Pujara. Thanks for tuning in and do join back tomorrow for an action-packed day two with Kohli looking good for his double ton. 16.45 IST: Out. Anderson strikes with the new ball by sending back Rahane for 23 caught behind. India four down.England have taken the second new ball with two overs left for the day.  Anderson to bowl with two slips in place.16.39 IST: Virat Kohli brings up his 150 with two overs left for the day. IND 313/3 16.34 IST: Four overs left for the day, Anderson back into the attack as England look for a wicket. Kohli on 147. 16.28 IST: India bring up their 300 runs with Kohli 143 not out. Can India see off the day without losing another day?  16.23 IST: Kohli and Rahane bring up the 50-run partnership. IND 298/3 Stats: The highest first day Test score in India has been 417 runs in 2009/10 in Kanpur involving the hosts and Sri Lanka. 16.11 IST: Kohli survives after England opt for the DRS. The Indian skipper going for the reverse sweep misses hitting on the knee roll and review showed the ball not hitting the leg stump for the on-field decision to be over turned.15.55 IST: Four. Tad short from Moeen Ali and Rahane punches down the covers on the backfoot. Excellent placement! advertisement15.52 IST: Four. Poor bowling from Stokes straying down the leg and Kohli helping it to wide fine leg. Kohli with that boundary moves on to 127.Most Test 100s by Indian captains11 S Gavaskar9 M Azharuddin7 S Tendulkar/Virat Kohli#IndvEng&; Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 17, 201615.42 IST: A maiden over from Stokes with a minimum of 17 overs left for the day. IND 264/3 (Kohli batting on 121, Rahane on 2) Virat Kohli at Vizag…in ODIs118 v Aus 2010117 v WI 201199 v WI 201365 v NZ 2016in Tests101* v Eng 2016#IndvEng&; Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 17, 2016Bowling change. Ben Stokes replaces James Anderson. 15.38 IST: Four. A flighted one from Rashid and Kohli puts it to backward boundary. IND 264/3 15.27 IST: Ajinkya Rahane joins Kohli at the crease, who’s batting on 113. While Rahane in the few balls that he faced looked troubled playing the spinners and also had a close shave going for the cut shot.15.17 IST: Anderson to Pujara, OUT!! Finally a breakthrough for England as Anderson gets Pujara’s wicket, ending a solid 226-run stand. Ind 248/314.58 IST: Anderson to Kohli, gets there! Virat Kohli scores 14th hundred in his 50th Test match. This is his 7th ton in his 19th match as captain of the Indian Test side. Ind 231/2 Test match No. 50. Test century No.14 @imVkohli @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/deqXgzTW3l BCCI (@BCCI) November 17, 2016And now 100 for @imVkohli! They like celebrating centuries in the Vizag stands… ???? #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/zYzuyvbBO9 England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 17, 201614.47 IST: Rashid to Pujara, SIX!! What a way to get to your Test ton! No nerves or anything, he gets a gift from Rashid, it is short on middle, Pujara camps back and pulls it high and handsome over mid-wicket for a maximum. 200-RUN STAND COMES UP AS WELL. Ind 225/2 in 59.2 ovs. .@cheteshwar1 celebrates as he brings up his 10th Test century @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/J3hvSycvxY BCCI (@BCCI) November 17, 2016A fine 100 for Cheteshwar Pujara. He goes to a 10th Test ton with a maximum off Rashid. India 226-2 #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/BGqe6rFtRP England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 17, 201614.33 IST: Play commences after tea with Pujara three short of a hundred. Kohli is batting on 91.  14.13 IST: Tea has been taken with India 210/2. Pujara 97*, Kohli 91*. Stand: 188 runs.That’s how dominating India has been, a local dog has ensured a break here. It was in fact the first ball after lunch was the how the entire session went for England. It was a nicely clipped boundary for Kohli and the runs just kept flowing for India right throughout. They racked up 118 runs in the session without losing a wicket and have run England ragged in the field. Both of them have had their style of play. Kohli has drive well through the off side while Pujara has used his feet superbly to score at a good rate. At Tea on Day 1 #TeamIndia are 210/2 with an unbeaten partnership of 188 runs between Virat and Pujara #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/6odOjylAJOadvertisement BCCI (@BCCI) November 17, 2016There’s a dog on the field and Stuart Broad shoos him away. The ground staff rush behind him but the dog keeps on running and off the field. Oh dear, he’s back on the field again and he is looking simply unstoppable. The kids are enjoying this completely. The umpires decide to take the TEA BREAK!13.58 IST: Rashid to Pujara, FOUR! Boundaries simply continue to flow! Pujara comes forward and takes it on the full to drive it through coves for a four. Pujara moves into the nervous nineties. Ind 203/213.40 IST: Ansari to Pujara, FOUR! Pujara steps forward this time and takes it on the full, smacks it hard through mid off and gets a boundary now to end the over. Good over for India! 2nd Test. 48.6: Z Ansari to C Pujara (78), 4 runs, 170/2 https://t.co/5a1eoAM8XG #IndvEng @Paytm BCCI (@BCCI) November 17, 201613.40 IST: Ansari to Pujara, SIX! Poor ball, punished! Half tracker on off, Pujara goes onto his back foot and pulls it over mid-wicket. The ball lands in the stands where the kids are cheering out loudly. 2nd Test. 48.5: Z Ansari to C Pujara (74), 6 runs, 166/2 https://t.co/5a1eoAM8XG #IndvEng @Paytm BCCI (@BCCI) November 17, 201613.27 IST: Demonetisation has forced Andhra Cricket Association to open the gates of the stadium for all on all days due to the poor ticket sales for this match. The crowd today includes about 5,000 school children who have been brought from different parts of the city. Ind 154/2 in 47 ovs13.23 IST: Pujara and Kohli’s partnership – 126 runs off 240 balls. Ind 148/2 in 45 ovs13.09 IST: Stokes to Kohli, DROPPED! Back of a length outside off, comes in, Kohli goes for the pull but does not keep it down. The ball travels off the top edge to deep fine leg. Adil Rashid stationed there fails to get under it and drops it. Cook, Stokes, Root none are impressed. How costly will it be? Ind 133/2 13.04 IST: NOT OUT! Ball-tracker show the impact was outside the off-stump to the on-field umpire’s decision stays. Ind 132/213.03 IST: Moeen to Pujara, huge shout for leg-before but the umpire turns it down. England have taken a review. 12.53 IST: Stokes to Pujara, FOUR!! Pujara drives through the covers to bring up his 11th half-century in style. Ind 125/2 in 39 ovs FIFTY! @cheteshwar1 brings up his 11th Test half century @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/MLeX4Mpvgb BCCI (@BCCI) November 17, 201612.40 IST: Ben Stokes to Kohli, FIFTY! Bowls it on middle, Kohli clips it through mid-wicket for a single. The loud noise ensures all know it is yet another fifty for Virat. He does not celebrate it much, just raises his bat to acknowledge the applause from the kids in. Ind 111/2FIFTY! @imVkohli brings up his 13 Test half century @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/Vthh5gNRax BCCI (@BCCI) November 17, 201612.23 IST: Rashid to Kohli, FOUR!! Hundred up for India 12.12 IST: Anderson to Kohli, FOUR! Perfect start for India! Bowls it on middle, Kohli will be delighted with the first ball, he clips it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Nice way to get going after Lunch! Ind 96/2 in 28.1 ovsadvertisementVirat Kohli in his 50th Test: His key landmarks so far11.32 IST: India 92/2 (28 overs) at lunch vs England. Cheteshwar Pujara 37*, Virat Kohli 35*, James Anderson 1/19, Stuart Broad 1/21. At Lunch on Day 1 #TeamIndia are 92/2 (Kohli 35*, Pujara 37*). Follow the game here – https://t.co/5a1eoB3JPe #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/UwblFblJ2m BCCI (@BCCI) November 17, 2016That’s a good start for India in the 2nd Test. England despite losing the toss had the best of the first half hour as they got India 2 down for 22. Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara then joined forces to steady India with a fine unbeaten stand. They have had their nervy moments with the running between the wickets but thankfully for India, there was no harm done.Both of them will hope to continue their good work and ensure that they build the platform for a big first innings score. England will be happy with their work and will hope to take wickets at regular intervals since it will get tougher to bat as the game goes on. Join us in a while for the second session.(AP Photo) 11.32 IST: A Rashid to Kohli, Full outside off, driven firmly through covers for a single. That will be LUNCH ON DAY 1! 11.10 IST: Stuart Broad is back in the attack for his second spell. Ind 80/2 in 22 ovs10.56 IST: Ansari to Kohli, FOUR!! On middle and leg, Kohli uses his feet and lofts it over the mid on region. The ball races away to the fence in no time. Brings up the Fifty-run partnership between Kohli and Pujara.10.52 IST: Rashid to Kohli, NOT OUT! Pujara survives! Tossed up on middle and leg, Kohli flicks it to mid-wicket and calls for the run. Pujara takes a start but hesitates and then rushes towards the striker’s end where Root throws the ball. Bairstow whips off the bails and appeals for a run out. Replays Pujara just made it in, thanks to his dive. Single taken in the end. Ind 66/2 in 17.1 ovs 10.45 IST: Ansari to Pujara, FOUR! Excellent footwork. Pujara uses his feet, takes it on the full and uses his wrists to beat the mid on fielder for a boundary. 10.33 IST: Z Ansari to Pujara, no run, gets in line and turns it towards the on side. First hour of play comes to an end with India 45/2 in 13 ovs. Pujara 9*, Kohli 16*A lively opening hour in Vizag – a wicket each for Broady & Jimmy and India are 45-2 #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/CwfvahGTpY England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 17, 201610.25 IST: The first over of spin from Zafar Ansari fetches three runs as Ind reach 39/2 in 11 ovs10.15 IST: Anderson to Kohli, FOUR! Not in control! Shorter length outside off, Kohli goes for the pull but does not connect well. He gets a top edge that flies over the fine leg fence. Anderson is not impressed. 2nd Test. 8.4: J Anderson to V Kohli (8), 4 runs, 36/2 https://t.co/5a1eoAM8XG #IndvEng @Paytm BCCI (@BCCI) November 17, 201610.15 IST: Anderson to V Kohli, FOUR! Nice! Fuller outside off, Kohli is not worried and goes for his drive. He gets it through covers with a slightly open face of the bat for a boundary. 2nd Test. 8.2: J Anderson to V Kohli (4), 4 runs, 32/2 https://t.co/5a1eoAM8XG #IndvEng @Paytm BCCI (@BCCI) November 17, 201610.08 IST: Anderson bowls a maiden with Kohli on strike. Ind 28/2 in 7 ovs10.00 IST: Broad to Pujara, FOUR! Nicely done! Strays it on middle and leg, Pujara clips it down to the fine leg fence for a boundary. Pujara goes past 3000 runs in Test cricket. 2nd Test. 5.3: S Broad to C Pujara (6), 4 runs, 26/2 https://t.co/5a1eoAM8XG #IndvEng @Paytm BCCI (@BCCI) November 17, 20169.58 IST: Anderson to Vijay, OUT!! Well done, Anderson! Bowls it short and on an angle on the body. Vijay looks to fend at first taking the bottom hand off the bat. The ball goes off the gloves towards Stokes at third slip who takes an easy catch. Anderson is pumped up and why not. That is a superb start for India. Ind 22/2 in 5 ovsWICKET! Jimmy’s back alright – Vijay fends a vicious bouncer to Stokes & India are 22-2 ?? #INDvENGLive: https://t.co/u1h9LWMIkX pic.twitter.com/A6o8RsMCtW England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 17, 20169.55 IST: Anderson to Vijay, FOUR!! Creams another one through the covers for his fourth boundary. Vijay goes past 3000 runs in Test cricket. Ind 22/1 9.51 IST: Broad to Vijay, FOUR! Vijay on the charge! Full outside off, Vijay times his push and caresses it down the ground through mid on for another boundary. He is timing them superbly. 9.50 IST: Broad to Vijay, FOUR!! Fuller outside off, Vijay comes forward and creams it through covers for a majestic boundary. Beautifully done! 9.41 IST: Broad to L Rahul, OUT! KL RAHUL DEPARTS! Broad gets the length right, bowls it outside off, on a length, Rahul plays at it after leaving similar ones before. The ball gets the outside edge which carries through to third slip where Stokes takes the catch. Not a good start for India and not a good welcome for Rahul too. Ind 6/1 in 1.5 ovs WICKET! Get in! Stokes takes a fine catch in the slips off Broad to dismiss Rahul. India 6-1 #INDvENGLive: https://t.co/u1h9LWMIkX pic.twitter.com/7WHQocl1g5 England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 17, 20169.32 IST: J Anderson to Vijay, FOUR! Poor start for Anderson! Sprays it on the pads, Vijay gets it fine down to the long leg fence. He is looking for the outswinger but the line is wrong from Jimmy. India 6/0 in 1 over9.31 IST: J Anderson to Vijay, Begins with a length ball on middle and leg, Vijay fails to clip it through. He looks for a single but is sent back in time. 9.30 IST: England’s leading wicket-taker in Tests returns and has the new ball in his hands. Vijay to face the first ball for India. TOSS:9.15 IST: James Anderson is back in the playing XI for England, Chris Woakes sits out. Virat Kohli calls correctly & India will bat first in the 2nd Test. One change for England – Jimmy is back for Chris Woakes #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/Uonv96HL2L England Cricket (@englandcricket) November 17, 20169.00 IST: Virat Kohli wins the toss, India will bat first against England. Jayant Yadav replaces Amit Mishra, KL Rahul is back in the side in place of Gautam Gambhir. IND XI: M Vijay, L Rahul, C Pujara, V Kohli, A Rahane, R Ashwin, W Saha, R Jadeja, J Yadav, U Yadav, M Shami BCCI (@BCCI) November 17, 2016ENG XI: A Cook, H Hameed, J Root, B Duckett, M Ali, B Stokes, J Bairstow, Z Ansari, A Rashid, S Broad, J Anderson BCCI (@BCCI) November 17, 2016Preview:India will look to apply themselves better when the hosts will take on a confident England in the second Test match at the ACA-VDCA cricket stadium tomorrow.India who looked nearly invincible on the home pitches with the ingenuity of spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, accuracy of Ravindra Jadeja and experience of leg-spinner Amit Mishra, were cornered and were forced to play for the draw in the opening Test.India’s batting line-up failed to rise to the challenge when they needed 310 at a run-rate of just over five on a fifth-day track.While Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara came up with a century each in the first innings, Gautam Gambhir and Ajinkya Rahane failed to respond.But the Virat Kohli-led side can take good things from this as, despite losing early wickets, he along with lower-order batsmen Ashwin, stumper Wriddhiman Saha and Jadeja took India out of the woods and managed a draw.KL RAHUL RETURNSThe latest addition of in-form opener Lokesh Rahul, who was sidelined from the first Test squad due to an injury, will also give a big boost to the team confidence as Gambhir, who replaced an injured Shikhar Dhawan in the New Zealand series, failed to gave the hosts the start they wanted in both the innings against England.The bowling department, which has been firmly put in its place by Kohli against New Zealand, also looked a bit lost against England as it failed to put the pressure on the English opening duo of Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed.last_img read more

Chelsea must improve in order to win Premier League: Antonio Conte

first_imgChelsea manager Antonio Conte has warned his players that they need to improve their performance in order to win the English Premier League (EPL).Chelsea made a strong statement by outplaying fellow title contenders Manchester City 3-1 here on Saturday evening. The victory at the Etihad Stadium saw the London outfit take the sole lead at the top of the EPL ladder with 34 points from 14 matches. (Also read: Ruthless Chelsea fight back to sink Manchester City)Fellow Londoners Arsenal – formerly the joint leaders – are now second with 31 points while Manchester City share the third spot with Liverpool at 30 points.Chelsea have now notched up eight wins in a row, but Conte feels that there is still room for improvement.”We have to wait for the first part of the season because we know this league is not easy. Now we are playing very well. We are playing good football, we have good confidence, but it’s important to continue to work and improve. There is room to improve,” Conte was quoted as saying by Chelsea TV.Chelsea had conceded the lead due to an own goal by defender Gary Cahill, but fought back to score thrice in the second half through Diego Costa, Willian and Eden Hazard.  (Also read: Chelsea’s Brazilians lead tributes to Chapecoense victims)Conte praised the Chelsea players for their performance, but also felt that there was some about of luck as well.”It’s a big win and a big result against a really strong team.advertisement”With the quality of players in their squad I think it’s the most complete in this league. For this reason, I am pleased with the result, and with the players. They showed me great character,” the former Italy international said.”We were lucky at the start of the second half because there was one crossbar, and also a good save from Thibaut kept the result at 1-0. Then we found great strength to score the goal to draw, and then to score the second goal and the third goal.”It’s fantastic this because I repeat, it’s not easy to come here and win this game. Now we have to continue,” he added.The Manchester City players lost their cool towards the end with Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho being sent off. Aguero made an ill-timed challenge on David Luiz while Fernandinho reacted to provocation from Cesc Fbregas by grabbing the Spain international by the neck.Conte, however, supported the referee’s decision and praised the Chelsea players for their behaviour.”The final (stage) wasn’t good. I hope only Luiz is not injured after this tackle. It’s very difficult to explain this final part of the game. I support the referee. It is important that the referee whistles and we ‘finish’.”I’m happy because I always tell my players to be focused on the game on the pitch, and always to keep calm. It’s normal when you play these big games it’s not easy to keep calm in every single moment, but I’m pleased because all my players tried to keep calm,” he said.last_img read more

Sixy football: Man City thump Shakhtar

first_imgGabriel Jesus netted a hat-trick as Manchester City powered to a 6-0 Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk but they will have to wait to book their place in the last 16 after Hoffenheim netted a late equaliser at Lyon in Group F’s other fixture.The hosts were in total control as they eased to a comfortable win at the Etihad Stadium, giving City brief respite from the series of allegations about their financial conduct that have been published by German magazine Der Spiegel this week, upon which the club have declined to comment.With the focus firmly back on on-field matters, City put on an efficient display that opened with a straightforward finish for David Silva, before Raheem Sterling was wrongly awarded a spot-kick after kicking the turf. 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! Jesus netted from the spot and added a second penalty late on, after Sterling had scored City’s third with a wonderful strike from the edge of the box, and Mahrez made it five before Jesus completed his treble.Hoffenheim’s 2-2 draw at Lyon delayed City’s progress, but they now sit three points clear of the Ligue 1 club at the top of the group.2 – Gabriel Jesus is the first player to score two penalties in a Champions League game for an English club since Wayne Rooney did so for Manchester United against Otelul Galati in October 2011. Rarity. pic.twitter.com/XNrNQ4KbLV— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 7, 2018Good work by Mahrez down the right created the space for a squared pass across the six-yard box after 13 minutes, leaving the poorly marked Silva with a simple tap-in for the opener.City doubled their advantage in rather embarrassing circumstances after 24 minutes.Sterling kicked the turf as he shaped to shoot, going down in the box, but referee Viktor Kassai incorrectly ruled that the England winger had been felled by Mykola Matvyenko, with Guardiola appearing to motion that he did not agree with the decision.Jesus ruthlessly dispatched the penalty but will perhaps blame his failure to convert a glorious one-on-one opportunity soon after on a sudden pang of sympathy for the visitors.Having scuffed his shot to great effect during the first half, Sterling extended City’s lead with a sweetly struck curling effort three minutes into the second.Jesus added another with a second penalty of the match in the 72nd minute, after Silva was brought down by a clumsy Taras Stepanenko challenge, and Mahrez drove home a fifth after taking down an Ilkay Gundogan cross five minutes from time. Brazil international Jesus rounded off the night with a delightful chip to make it six. What does it mean? United bewareCity welcome local rivals Manchester United to the Etihad in the Premier League on Sunday and will do so having netted a frightening 21 goals for the concession of just one in their last five home matches in all competitions.Sterling starring for CitySterling drew plenty of plaudits for his performance in City’s 6-1 demolition of Southampton in the Premier League on Sunday and was impressive once more on Wednesday against lacklustre opponents, his goal featuring a run from the halfway line before pulling the trigger from 18 yards.Raheem Sterling in 2018/19 for Manchester City:#UCL pic.twitter.com/CrzCSzG1Hn— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) November 7, 2018Going gets turf for KassaiShakhtar were low on quality but it is referee Kassai who will be remembered for his poor performance in this match. The Hungarian will be left to rue the fact his moment in the spotlight came a season before VAR – which surely would have spared his blushes – is introduced to the Champions League.Key Opta facts:2 – Gabriel Jesus is the first player to score two penalties in a Champions League game for an English club since Wayne Rooney did so for Manchester United against Otelul Galati in October 2011. Rarity. pic.twitter.com/XNrNQ4KbLV— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 7, 2018Huddersfield TownWhat’s next?City face the small matter of a Manchester derby, while Ukrainian Premier League table toppers Shakhtar visit fourth-placed Vorskla on the same day. read more – This 6-0 victory ended a run of three consecutive Champions League defeats for Manchester City at the Etihad, and was their biggest ever win in any European competition in their history.- Manchester City have scored 6+ goals in back-to-back games in all competitions for the first time since November 1987 when they followed up a 10-1 league win over with a 6-2 win over Plymouth in the Full Members Cup.- Manchester City midfielder David Silva has scored three goals in the 2018-19 Champions League, his best ever tally in a single season in the competition. He has scored in three successive Champions League games for the first time.- Gabriel Jesus is the third player to score a Champions League hat-trick for Manchester City after Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero (x2).- Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez has had a hand in seven goals his six starts at home in the Champions League (three goals, four assists).last_img read more

IPL 2017: Punjab defend 230 in tight game to stay alive

first_imgKings XI Punjab held their nerves to keep their chances of qualifying for the Indian Premier League (IPL) play-offs alive as the visitors edged past Mumbai Indians by seven runs in a league encounter at the Wankhede Stadium here on Thursday.Requiring 16 off the final over, Mohit Sharma was clobbered for a six on the second ball before the Haryana medium pacer pulled things back to bowl three consecutive dots as Mumbai ended on 223/6 at the end. Earlier, it was stumper Wriddhiman Saha’s 55-ball unbeaten 93 that propelled the visitors to the highest total this season.With the win, Kings XI retained their fifth spot in the IPL standings, with seven wins from 13 games and now need to win their final league clash against third-placed Rising Pune Supergiant on Sunday to make it to the top four.Chasing a mammoth 231, Mumbai, who have already qualified for the play-offs, looked on course with the opening duo of Lendl Simmons (59 off 32 balls) and Parthiv Patel (38 off 23) putting on 99 runs before losing four wickets for 22 runs to fall apart.A late surge by Hardik Pandya (30 from 13) and Keiron Pollard (50 not out off 24), including a 27-run 16th over from Matt Henry, failed to take the home side as Punjab tightened the noose towards the end.Mumbai got off to a flier with Simmons and Patel clobbering the bowlers all over the park, to race to 52/0 in just five overs. Simmons was at his brutal best, welcoming Mohit Sharma with two sixes before taking left-arm spinner Axar Patel to the cleaners twice in the next over to bring up his half century off just 27 balls.advertisementParthiv, who till now was playing second fiddle to Simmons, punished Mohit for three consecutive boundaries before falling on the fourth ball of the over. The Gujarat southpaw skewed a short ball straight in the air for Manan Vohra to latch on to a comfortable catch running across from cover to mid-off.Simmons, who survived a dropped chance on 44, when Mohit failed to latch on to a regulation catch, failed to carry on the good work and was undone by a one-handed stunning catch by Martin Guptill at the long-on boundary off Punjab skipper Glenn Maxwell. The West Indian struck five boundaries and four massive sixes.Leg spinner Rahul Tewatia then jolted the hosts with the wicket of skipper Rohit Sharma (5) before Axar Patel struck with the wicket of Nitish Rana for a run-a-ball 12.Struggling at 121/4, Mumbai’s hopes depended on the big-hitting duo of Keiron Pollard and Hardik Pandya, who added 55 runs for the fifth wicket and frustrated the Punjab bowlers with their power shots.Hardik out-scored Pollard at one point, clobbering Tewatia for a six before milking Henry for two consecutive maximums before a sensational diving catch from Saha off Sandeep Sharma proved fatal for the all-rounder.Leg-spinner Karn Sharma (19 off 6) used the long handle to good effect, adding 31 for the sixth wicket with Pollard as Mumbai crossed the 200-run mark before Mohit’s slower delivery saw the southpaw’s off-stump flying.Earlier, Saha’s excellent effort laced with 11 boundaries and three sixes, helped the Kings to their third highest IPL total after being put in to bat.Kings XI were off to a flying start with the new opening duo of Martin Guptill (36 from 18 balls) and Saha putting on 68 runs before being separated by Karn.Saha, who was promoted to open the innings after South African Hashim Amla left to join his national side for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy, complimented the New Zealand big hitter well as the Punjab side raced to 50 off just 24 balls.Joined by captain Glenn Maxwell (47 off 21), the second wicket partnership flourished to 63 in no time as the Australian meted out special treatment to Karn and veteran offie Harbhajan Singh, clobbering the spinners for five sixes in consecutive overs.Comfortably placed at 131/2, Aussie Shaun Marsh (25 off 16) got down to business immediately, clobbering Harbhajan and McClenaghan for two sixes to add 52 runs for the third wicket with Saha, who by now had reached his half century off 31 balls as Punjab raced to 183 in 17 overs.Mumbai managed to pull back things for a while but could not stop the visitors cross the 200-run mark as the left-right combo of all-rounder Axar Patel (19 not out of 13) and Saha added an unbeaten 47 for the fourth wicket to power the side to the massive score.last_img read more

2nd ODI: AB de Villiers ‘upset’ with fresh ball tampering row

first_imgSouth Africa skipper AB de Villiers has said that he was “pretty upset” with the umpires implying that his side was involved in ball tampering during the second ODI of the three-match series against England which they lost by two runs at the Ageas Bowl.De Villiers became embroiled in a row with the standing umpires, Rob Bailey and Chris Gaffaney, after they queried the condition of the ball before the start of the 34th over in England’s innings bowled by Keshav Maharaj.However, the Proteas skipper later said he felt it was being implied that his players were at fault for scuffing up the ball.”The umpires felt the condition of the ball changed,” ESPNcricinfo quoted de Villiers as saying.”In a way, making me feel that we are responsible. I was quite upset about that. I don’t know what else I can say, I was pretty upset. It’s done and dusted now, nothing happened, there were no fines given or anything like that.””I honestly told the umpires we have nothing to do with the condition of ball, except for the fact that Maharaj bowled five overs on the trot from that end. The ball generally scuffs up when the spinner bowls a few overs. I expressed my views about that and we move on,” he added.When asked if he felt that the umpires implied that the visitors were had been engaging in ball-tampering, de Villiers replied: “Yes. That’s the feeling that I got and I expressed that I was quite upset about it. But like I said, no further steps were taken from both parties.”advertisement”If I can give my five cents, I felt it was a bad ball and that happens sometimes. The leather comes off and you do get that. Unfortunately the umpires didn’t agree. [But] nothing happened, generally there’s a warning or a fine, none of that happened, which tells me they realised we were innocent in this case,” he added.It should be noted that South Africa were last year sanctioned for altering the condition of the ball in a Test against Australia in Hobart.Then skipper Faf du Plessis was found guilty of breaching Article 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct after television footage appeared to show him chewing a white lolly in his mouth, licking his finger on the mint before repeatedly shining and rubbing the ball during the fourth day’s play of the second Test against Australia in Hobart.He was fined 100 percent of his match fee by the ICC, but was cleared to play the third day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval.He was also handed three demerit points by ICC Match Referee Andy Pycroft.England all-rounder Ben Stokes was adjudged Man of the Match for 101, but Jakes Ball and Mark Wood got the hosts home as the Champions Trophy hosts enjoyed a morale-boosting success ahead of the tournament.England’s captain Eoin Morgan, however, said his team were unaware of any suggestion that the ball had been scuffed up.”Normally, if there’s any dispute about the ball, they change it straight away,” he said.The two sides will now lock horns in the final ODI of the series to be played tomorrow at Lord’s.last_img read more

WWE: Samoa Joe sends strong message to Brock Lesnar ahead of Great balls of Fire

first_imgSamoa Joe’s impressive show on Monday Night RAW continued as he floored the WWE Universal Champions Brock Lesnar with a vicious coquina clutch ahead of their match at Great Balls of Fire.Joe, who had a brawl with Lesnar a week back, attacked Lesnar from behind when he was making his entrance during Paul Heyman’s promo.The Samoan ‘submission machine’ came from behind and held Lesnar’s neck with his signature sleeper hold. Lesnar tried his best to break it by pushing Joe against the display monitors twice but Joe hit back and held onto the champion stronly before other superstars came to seperate them.This is the third week in a row that he got physical with Lesnar. First week, he attacked Heyman, which prompted the manager to call out his client. Last week the two men had a brawl and this week Joe made a clear statement that he is indeed not afraid of going to ‘Suplex City’.The 38-year-old became the No. 1 contender for the championship after getting the better of Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Finn Balor and Bray Wyatt in the first-ever fatal five-way Extreme Rules match in RAW.The two will go head-tohead in two weeks time at RAW’s exclusive pay-per-view at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.last_img read more

Wayne Rooney to play as striker for Everton: Ronald Koeman

first_imgWayne Rooney will play as a striker for Everton, his manager Ronald Koeman said on Monday when the 31-year-old was officially unveiled after returning to his first club following 13 years at Manchester United.Rooney trained with his new team mates at their Finch Farm centre earlier in the day before addressing the cameras with Koeman when he said returning to the club was a “no-brainer”.Koeman immediately made it clear that he expected Rooney to provide an offensive threat, ending suggestions that he might play in midfield.”Everyone knows the qualities of Wayne. We’re trying to get more productivity. He can be 10 behind the striker, the 9, the 7,” said Koeman.”We need to improve our goal strike rate. Last season Romelu (Lukaku) scored 25 goals and the next best was with four or five. That’s not good enough. Wayne is the sort of player who can bring productivity to the team.”last_img read more

I just relish playing badminton: Kidambi Srikanth to India Today

first_imgKidambi Srikanth rewrote the history books in the past few weeks when he became the first Indian to win the men’s singles title at the Indonesia Super Series Premier and the Australian Open on June 18 and June 25 respectively.After losing in the final of the Singapore Open against compatriot Sai Praneeth, Srikanth reached the finals of the Indonesia Open and the Australian Open to become the first Indian shuttler and only the sixth in the world to enter the finals of three consecutive Super Series events.Srikanth has now won four Super Series titles — China Open (2014), India Open (2015), Indonesia Super Series Premier (2017) and Australian Open (2017) — becoming the second most successful Indian in the Super Series circuit after Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, who has 10 titles to her name.Srikanth with Indonesia Super Series and Australian Open gold medals. (AP Photo)As he gears up to prepare for the World Championships, the most talked about sportsperson at the moment, took out some time out to talk to India Today in an exclusive interview.Here are the excerpts:Abreshmina S Quadri: You have won two big Superseries titles at Indonesia Super Series and the Australian Open. What has winning those big matches given you back in terms of understanding of the game?Kidambi Srikanth: Understanding of the game is definitely important but more than anything else, I enjoyed playing the sport. During that injury period, I missed competitive badminton and so coming back, I just enjoyed competitive play.Abreshmina: What has changed for you since the Rio Olympics loss to Lin Dan?advertisementSrikanth: Nothing has changed. I played a couple of Superseries after the Olympics but then the injury happened. When I came back from the long injury lay-off, you know training after that and spending time working on the game, I think that has helped me a lot.Abreshmina: What is the most important aspect of the game for you when you are playing the top seeds?Srikanth: I don’t really think that I’m playing a top player and instead just play my game and enjoy playing. I think that’s all I do, just relish playing badminton. Against Chen Long in the Australian Open final it was the same. Like I said I missed playing competitive badminton and I just wanted to play more and more games, that’s what I thought before playing these tournaments.Abreshmina: Currently, we are seeing a collective rise of men’s shuttlers. What has changed for you all at the preparation level?Srikanth: I think it’s just the belief in us now that we can perform well and our Indonesian coach (Mulyo Handoyo) who has come in has been a boost. We are playing for a longer period of time in the training and so when we go into a match, we know we can last long.Abreshmina: What do you have to say about your comparisons with Virat Kohli especially after the Indian cricket team’s loss to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final?Srikanth: I don’t want to compare myself to anyone you know. Everyone is working hard in their respective games. We performed really well throughout the Champions Trophy and even Kohli was top class throughout. He’s also a human being, he’s not a machine and we can’t expect him to score in every game. I believe every human being has a bad day and unfortunately for us it came in the final. Otherwise they performed so well and I don’t feel the need to compare.Abreshmina: Over the years, we have seen a constant production of top male shuttlers but why do we see such a huge gap between the level of play by Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu and rest of the women shuttlers?Srikanth: I really don’t know anything about that. You should ask this question to Gopi sir and other coaches. I have no idea about this.Abreshmina: After all this success, what next for you?Srikanth: I’ll just be concentrating on my training. I have a lot of time before the World Championships and I’ll be putting all that time on my training. I have travelled too much in the last few days and now I just want to get back to training. Whenever I have trained well for a longer period of time, I have come back stronger and I’m looking forward to that.(AP Photo)Abreshmina: You just said that spending long period of time in training has always helped you but there’s a constant emphasis on match practice even by Saina who’s returning from an injury. Your thoughts on that.advertisementSrikanth: Match practice is definitely very important but all of us at training are players of top level and we train together, which is of immense help. Like you see me, Prannoy, Praneeth and Kashyap, all of us are playing at the highest level and so we are constantly in touch with that level. Our training programme doesn’t let us getting detached from top level match environment.Abreshmina: All you men’s singles players train together everyday so when you face each other in big tournaments, what kind of change do you look to bring in your gameplan?Srikanth: All of us train together and we have been doing that since last five years or so and therefore, we have seen each other grow and we know everything about each other’s game. In situations when we have to face each other in tournaments, we can’t really do anything different but it’s about who plays better on the given day. The one that plays 5 per cent better than the other takes the game.Abreshmina: In our country, we see that support is given to players after they become a star instead of the other way round and even Sunil Chhetri spoke about it. Your thoughts?Srikanth: I have always got really good support from my academy, the government and Badminton Association of India so I consider myself very lucky. But it’s true that the players need to be sent out for tournaments from the junior level and be given that kind of exposure. Only with exposure of the international level, they will know what it’s like to play at that level and so, it’s important to trust the players from a young age and give them good international practice.Abreshmina: We don’t see many male shuttlers getting big endorsements. Now that you’ve got some big success under your belt, are you finally getting offers from big brands?Srikanth: The company that handles my deals is in talks with a few brands and if any deal is struck, you’ll know.Abreshmina: So you are being offered endorsements intensively now after those victories?Srikanth: It’s not like I’m being approached and all. My company handles these matters. For these endorsement deals, it’s like sometimes the brands approach and sometimes it’s the other way round. So nothing substantial as yet.Abreshmina: Leave aside cricket, we generally see female athletes getting much more limelight than their male counterparts. Do you feel the glamour quotient plays a part in that?Srikanth: I’m asked this question so many times and I don’t really know why it is happening. In fact you know it should be talked about in media and you guys should have an answer to why such is the case. We have no idea why this disparity, media should sit and talk about this.Abreshmina: Now there are going to be huge expectations from you. How do you plan to handle that?advertisementSrikanth: Of course people are going to expect me to win and I will give my best each time I am on the court. But that is all I can promise.last_img read more

Virat Kohli poses with Shikhar Dhawan, his wife and kids: Memorable moments from Delhi reception

first_imgVirat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan have known each other for years.When the aggressive southpaw was emerging as one of Delhi’s biggest stars, a young Kohli was nowhere near the kind of stardom he enjoys today.As the years rolled on, Kohli, three years Dhawan’s junior, first made a name for himself in Delhi’s cut-throat cricket environment and then established himself as one of India’s premier batsmen.Dhawan, who made his debut two years after Kohli, had a tough initiation but soon cemented his place as an opener in India’s Test and limited-overs squads.The mutual respect and admiration between the two grew into a strong bond of friendship as both Kohli and Dhawan went on to become indispensable to the Indian team.ALSO WATCHKohli is today the Indian captain and Dhawan happens to be one of his trusted lieutenants as India seek world domination. The 29-year-old India skipper is often in awe of Dhawan’s aggressive strokeplay and the two have shared several key partnerships in the middle.On Thursday, it was no surprise therefore, when Dhawan attended the Kohli – Anushka Sharma reception in Delhi, along with his wife and kids. The two cricket stars, mates for long, were thrilled to see each other. There were no bowlers to think of, no matches to be won, no rude opposition player to be put in place. It was a happy moment that had to be celebrated.Several photos and videos from the star-studded reception went viral last evening but some of the most enduring moments were created by Kohli and Dhawan. The two danced, laughed and made merry, days before the team’s departure for a gruelling tour of South Africa.advertisementVideo �??� Look at those dance moves by @imVkohli ❤️ Pure Happiness �??� #VirushkaReception #VirushkaWEDDING pic.twitter.com/XMLJxYYPb4- Vιяα�? K�?н�??ι (@imPriyaVK) December 22, 2017Then Dhawan and Kohli posed with the former’s kids. The two wives – Ayesha Mukherjee and Anushka – completed a happy picture. It was a moment to be cherished.Kohli has spoken of Anushka’s massive influence on his life and career. Ditto with Dhawan. The left-handed opener improved his fitness after meeting his wife, who was an amateur boxer. Five years ago, when Dhawan tied the knot with Ayesha, Kohli was one of many cricketers to attend the wedding celebrations. Both men are today among the greatest batsmen in the contemporary game and the picture of these two standing with their families will long remain etched in the memory of their fans for a long time.Heartiest congratulations @imVkohli & @AnushkaSharma! pic.twitter.com/Qmbn5vdCtU- Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) December 21, 2017last_img read more

Cubs Beat Miscue Mets, 2-1

first_imgCHICAGO (AP) — David Wright was able to recover after bobbling a grounder and get an out at first base, so technically there was no error on the play.But you won’t convince the New York Mets third baseman that his miscue in the ninth inning — one of several missed opportunities in the game — wasn’t a major factor in his team blowing a late lead in a 2-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs.“We gave this away,” Wright said. “Obviously, not being able to get that lead runner in the ninth, and then we had numerous chances to put that team away.“We couldn’t do it. Any time you put that many runners in scoring position and you only come away with one (run), that kind of gets the momentum back on their side and they were able to take advantage of it late.”Nate Schierholtz hit a two-out game-ending RBI single, after Chris Coghlan homered to tie it in the eighth.Curtis Granderson had three hits for the Mets and drove in their run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning. The Mets fell short of winning a season-high fourth straight game.Cubs reliever Hector Rondon (1-1) pitched a scoreless ninth.The Mets left nine men on base in the first five innings, including three in the third inning, when they came up empty despite loading the bases with none out.“The third inning we let get away from us and that came back to hurt us,” New York Manager Terry Collins said.Anthony Rizzo led off the bottom of the ninth with a single off Mets reliever Scott Rice (1-2). Starlin Castro then hit a grounder right at Wright, which seemed a surefire double-play ball off the bat. But the bobble ended those hopes and Wright could only throw to first base for an out as Rizzo took second.“It bounced a little higher than I thought it would and got me in the heel of the glove,” Wright said. “That was that.”Rice then struck out Luis Valbuena — which would have ended the inning if the double play was made — but Schierholtz stroked an 0-2 pitch into right field to score the winning run.“In that situation, I just want to put the ball in play,” he said. “Anything can happen off the bat. I wasn’t sure where the right fielder was playing so it just hit me when I was rounding first.“It was a lot of fun today.”Mets starter Zack Wheeler pitched 6 2-3 scoreless innings and was in line for the victory until Josh Edgin gave up a leadoff home run to Coghlan to tie the game and snap a 15-inning scoreless streak for Chicago. It was the left-hand hitting Coghlan’s first homer against a lefty pitcher since 2010.“He got the ball up,” Collins said of Edgin. “Four sliders in a row, or whatever it was, he wanted to run a fastball and he just got it up and out over the plate.”After only giving up one run in 6 1-3 innings to the Phillies on May 29, Wheeler gave the Mets another strong outing. He had little trouble against an overmatched Chicago offense. He allowed two hits, while striking out seven and only allowing two walks. The 24-year old right-hander did not allow a runner past first base.“I thought his location was outstanding,” Collins said. “He didn’t have his best stuff, but he moved the ball around and I was very impressed with the way he pitched.“That’s what good pitchers do. You’re only going to have your good stuff 10 times, 15 times a year and then you have to learn how to pitch when you don’t have that. Today he showed us he can do that.”(JOHN JACKSON)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Pacquiao Hurt Shoulder Costly

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao could face disciplinary action from Nevada boxing officials for failing to disclose a shoulder injury before his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.Nevada Athletic Commission chairman the said that the State Attorney General’s office will look at why Pacquiao checked “no” a day before the fight on a commission questionnaire asking if he had a shoulder injury.“We will gather all the facts and follow the circumstances,” Aguilar said. “At some point we will have some discussion. As a licensee of the commission you want to make sure fighters are giving you up-to-date information.”Pacquiao could face a possible fine or suspension for not answering the question accurately on a form he filled out just before the May 1 weigh-in. He would go on to lose a unanimous decision to Mayweather in the richest fight ever.Meanwhile, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache told ESPN.com that Pacquiao will undergo surgery later this week to repair a “significant tear” in his rotator cuff. ElAttrache examined Pacquiao on May 4 at his Kerlan Jobe Orthopedics office in Los Angeles.Pacquiao’s promoter put out a statement on behalf of the fighter late May 4 saying that the injury was disclosed to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which approved the use of an anti-inflammatory shot for the fight.But USADA was only a third party to the fight, charged only with testing the fighters for banned substances in training and the night of the bout.“We had no medical information, no MRIs, no documents,” said Travis Tygart, who heads the USADA. “It was not an anti-doping issue. The real question is why his camp checked ‘no’ on the disclosure. Either they made a terrible mistake to not follow the rules or they were trying not to give information to the other side. I’m not sure there’s a middle ground.”Tygart said his agency, which was hired by promoters to oversee drug testing for the bout, was contacted April 7 asking about the use of various substances and whether they were allowed under anti-doping rules.He said there was another call 10 days later asking about using a different substance, again for what the USADA was told was an unspecified shoulder problem.A little more than two hours before the fight, Pacquiao’s corner asked Nevada regulators if he could be given a shot of Toradol, an anti-inflammatory. Aguilar denied it, saying the commission had no previous indication there was an injury and could not allow a shot in fairness to the Mayweather camp.“Our job is to protect the health and safety of fighters and the integrity of the sport,” Aguilar said. “We expect our fighters to be forthright.”Pacquiao said after the fight that his shoulder had improved and he was hopeful of fighting with the shot. He said it didn’t bother him until the fourth round, when he hit Mayweather with a big left hand and went after him with a series of punches.Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, said the shoulder was getting better by the day in training camp.“We thought at one time we’d postpone the fight, but as the weeks went on it was getting better and I was happy with his performance,” Roach said. “I thought the progress was good enough.”Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Bob Bennett said Pacquiao filled out the form himself and understood the questions. A copy of the form was posted earlier on the True.Ink website, signed by both Pacquiao and his manager, Michael Koncz.“It’s not just the fact he didn’t fill out the question completely, it was that he wasn’t honest and they didn’t tell us a month ago when he had the shoulder injury,” Bennett said. “They’re not obligated to, but two hours before the fight they wanted a shot that’s a pain killer in essence. That put us in a very precarious position.”In the statement released by Pacquiao’s camp, they said Pacquiao decided to proceed with the fight even without the shot.“As Manny has said multiple times, he makes no excuses,” the statement read. “Manny gave it his best.”(TIM DAHLBERG, AP Boxing Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

NFL Appeals Brady Decision

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Tom Brady learned Sept. 3 he will start the season on the field after a judge lifted the league’s four-game suspension of the star quarterback for a scandal over deflated footballs, saying he was treated unfairly by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The league quickly appealed.U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman criticized Goodell for dispensing “his own brand of industrial justice” as he found multiple reasons to reject the suspension one week before New England’s Sept. 10 opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.The Super Bowl MVP has insisted he played no role in a conspiracy to deflate footballs below the allowable limit at last season’s AFC championship game, a 45-7 rout of the Indianapolis Colts.The judge cited “several significant legal deficiencies” in the league’s handling of the controversy, including no advance notice of potential penalties, a refusal to produce a key witness and the apparent first-ever discipline of a player based on a finding of “general awareness” of someone else’s wrongdoing.“Because there was no notice of a four-game suspension in the circumstances presented here, Commissioner Goodell may be said to have ‘dispensed his own brand of industrial justice,’” Berman wrote, partially citing wording from a previous case.He said a player’s right to know what constitutes violations and what penalties are was “at the heart” of the collective bargaining agreement “and, for that matter, of our criminal and civil justice systems.”“The court finds that Brady had no notice that he could receive a four-game suspension for general awareness of ball deflation by others,” the judge wrote.Goodell said it was necessary to appeal “to uphold the collectively bargained responsibility to protect the integrity of the game.”He called the need to secure the game’s competitive fairness “a paramount principle.”Hours after Goodell issued his statement, the league appealed to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan with a one-page notice from NFL attorney Daniel Nash.NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league would not seek an emergency stay, freeing Brady to play while the case is appealed. It could be months before the court considers the case, since the league would have to show it would suffer irreparable harm to speed up the timetable.Goodell will also skip the Steelers-Patriots opener next week, opting instead to watch the game on TV and attend another opener over the weekend, McCarthy said. McCarthy said Goodell wants the focus to be on the game itself and New England’s celebration of its Super Bowl win.Brady was not in uniform for the Patriots’ preseason finale at home Sept. 3 against the Giants.The union’s Executive Director, DeMaurice Smith, said in a statement the ruling proves the contract with the NFL doesn’t grant Goodell “the authority to be unfair, arbitrary and misleading.”Patriots owner Robert Kraft called Brady a “classy person of the highest integrity” and the penalty against him “unwarranted and unprecedented discipline.” He said the ruling was thoughtful.Berman said the league was wrong to discipline Brady as if a deflating ball accusation was equal to using performance enhancing drugs.Brady was also denied equal access to investigative files, including witness interview notes, and wasn’t permitted to question one of two lead investigators, the judge said.The Patriots, who were fined $1 million and stripped of two draft picks, posted a celebratory photo on Twitter of Brady pumping his fist and screaming at the Super Bowl last season.The ruling was a surprise to some legal experts who believed Berman was merely pressuring the league to settle at two hearings when he criticized its handling of the investigation over the last eight months.The league brought the case to court within minutes of Goodell upholding Brady’s suspension, blasting the quarterback for arranging the destruction of his cellphone and its nearly 10,000 messages just before he was interviewed for the NFL probe. The union countersued.The league spent more than $3 million for its investigation by prominent attorney Ted Wells, who had previously conducted NFL probes.While Wells’ 243-page report found it was “more probable than not” that two Patriots ball handling employees deliberately released air from Patriots game balls at the AFC championship game, it cited no direct evidence that Brady knew about or authorized it.Goodell, though, went “far beyond” Wells’ report, Berman said, finding in late July that Brady conspired with the ball handlers and tried to obstruct the league’s probe, including by destroying his cellphone.The Commissioner said he concluded Brady “knew about, approved of, consented to, and provided inducements and rewards” to ensure balls were deflated.Berman attacked the league while questioning one of its lawyers at two hearings. He had repeatedly urged both sides to settle and tone down rhetoric. At a hearing Aug. 31 attended by Brady and Goodell, the judge announced that both sides had “tried quite hard” unsuccessfully to reach a deal.___LARRY NEUMEISTER and TOM HAYSTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Sixers Drop Twenty Six in Row

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares BOSTON — Isaiah Thomas scored 30 points and Jae Crowder hit a go-ahead 3-pointer as the Boston Celtics rallied to beat Philadelphia 84-80 on Wednesday, handing the 76ers their 16th straight loss to open the season and record-tying 26th in a row overall.Philadelphia tied the major U.S. professional sports futility mark set by the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1976-77 and matched by the 76ers in 2013-14. They are two losses away from tying the then-New Jersey Nets’ NBA-worst mark of 18 losses to open a season.“How many streaks have I been a part of?” 76ers third-year coach Brett Brown said. “I’m numb to it.”Jahill Okafor led the 76ers with 19 points and nine rebounds.Elsewhere, Toronto topped Cleveland 103-99 for its third straight victory, Utah beat slumping Los Angeles 102-91 to end a 13-game skid against the Clippers, Memphis beat struggling Houston 102-93, and Charlotte closed with a 25-2 run to beat Washington 101-87.In Toronto, Kyle Lowry scored 27 points and DeMar DeRozan added 20 as the Raptors handed the Cavaliers their third straight road loss.After missing their first five shots of the fourth quarter, the Raptors scored nine straight points over a 2-minute span to open a 91-84 lead with 5:38 to go.LeBron James had 24 points, eight assists and six rebounds for the Cavaliers, and Kevin Love added 21 points and 13 rebounds.Utah’s Gordon Hayward scored 14 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, while Derrick Favors scored 22 points and Rudy Gobert had 10 points and 11 rebounds.Blake Griffin had 40 points — two off his career high — and 12 rebounds for the Clippers, who fell to 7-8 with their seventh loss in eight games.Houston’s troubles also continued against the Grizzlies as the Rockets lost their third straight to drop to 5-10 overall and 1-3 since coach Kevin McHale was fired and replaced by J.B. Bickerstaff.Jeff Green scored 20 points and Courtney Lee had 10 of his 17 in the fourth quarter for Memphis, while James Harden had 40 points for the Rockets.Charlotte overcame a late nine-point deficit and set a team record by holding the Wizards to six points in the fourth quarter. The Hornets have won five of six overall.Jeremy Lamb had 18 points and seven rebounds and Nicolas Batum added 16 points and 11 assists and Kemba Walker had 16 points.In other games, Zach LaVine had 18 points, six assists and five rebounds in place of the injured Ricky Rubio as Minnesota beat Atlanta 99-95.Rubio first tweaked his left ankle Monday against Philadelphia and tried to play through it Wednesday, but another spill in the second quarter limited him to 21 minutes.In San Antonio, Kawhi Leonard scored 26 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points and seven rebounds as the Spurs beat Dallas 88-83.Detroit’s Andre Drummond had 18 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Pistons over Miami 104-81 to end a two-game losing streak.Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant scored 30 points and Russell Westbrook added 27 points and 13 assists as the Thunder beat Brooklyn 110-99.Also, Sacramento topped Milwaukee 129-118, New Orleans defeated Phoenix 120-114, and Orlando edged the New York Knicks 100-91.last_img read more

Mets Homers Belt Indians, 6-5

first_imgCLEVELAND — The offense finally got into the swing of things for the New York Mets on April 15.Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker each hit a two-run homer in a five-run fifth inning to spark a 6-5 win over the Cleveland Indians.New York belted four home runs, including three in the decisive fifth, after hitting two in their first eight games, a major league low.“Home runs are big for us,” Manager Terry Collins said. “We need to hit them. Tonight we swung the bats good, which was nice to see.”Walker agreed with his manager’s assessment.“We’re trying to drive the ball in the gap and stay in the big part of the field,” he said. “Nights like tonight are good examples of what we can do when we get into hitters’ counts and find some barrels.”Michael Conforto and Alejandro De Aza also homered to boost a team that had scored 20 runs all season going into the game.“The hits are starting to fall,” Conforto said. “We’re putting up quality at-bats and getting pitch counts up. That’s good to see. Hopefully we’ll start putting more runs up.”Cleveland scored three times in the ninth before Jeurys Familia retired Jose Ramirez with two on for his third save.Bartolo Colon (1-1) allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings against his original team. He struck out five and earned his 219th win, tying Pedro Martinez for second-most by a Dominican-born pitcher behind Juan Marichal (243).“He’s a class act, a pro,” Collins said. “He always takes the ball and he gives you all he’s got. If you give him something to work with he keeps you in the game.”De Aza had a leadoff homer in the fifth and finished with three hits from the No. 9 spot in the batting order. Cespedes also had three of New York’s 14 hits.Carlos Santana’s two-run homer off Addison Reed with two outs in the bottom of the ninth cut the margin to 6-4.Familia, pitching for the fourth time in five days, allowed Yan Gomes’ single. Marlon Byrd had an RBI single after a wild pitch. Juan Uribe drew a four-pitch walk, but Familia ended the rally there.“We just ran out of innings,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “I always believe we’re going to win the game. If we do that enough, we’ll win one of these.”Conforto, moved up to third in the lineup, hit a solo homer in the first. De Aza’s drive in the fifth was his first hit of the season and it broke a 1-all tie. Cespedes added a two-run shot off starter Cody Anderson (0-1), and Walker connected off reliever Ross Detwiler.It was Walker’s first home run batting right-handed since Sept. 7, 2014, with Pittsburgh against Chicago Cubs lefty Travis Wood, according to STATS LLC.Mike Napoli had an RBI single in the first for the Indians.De Aza’s home run was his first hit of the season and began New York’s big inning. The Mets were held to three or fewer runs seven times before April 15.Anderson gave up five runs in 4 2/3 innings for his first loss since Aug. 1.Both teams were denied runs early in the game. Santana’s apparent two-run homer down the right-field line in the first was taken off the board after the umpires conferred and ruled the ball foul.Walker led off the second with a single and was called safe at home by plate umpire Dale Scott on Asdrubal Cabrera’s double, but the call was reversed after a challenge by Francona.The Mets have won two straight after losing four in a row. New York is 9-4 all-time in the inter-league series.(STEVE HERRICK)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

PAOK triumphs at Larissa to climb to second in league

first_imgPAOK has risen to second in the Super League after beating Larissa away on Wednesday, while Panathinaikos and AEK strolled to the next round of the Greek Cup on the same day.PAOK made it five wins on the road in a row triumphing 2-0 at Larissa in a game that had been postponed due to frozen pitch. Yiannis Mystakidis and Leo Matos were on target for the Thessaloniki team that is now joint second at the table, along with Panionios and Xanthi, 13 points behind leader Olympiakos.Larissa is embroiled in fresh problems as owner Alexis Kouyias announced after the match his departure from the club in the summer.In another league game that took place on Wednesday bottom club Iraklis shared a scoreless draw with Kerkyra.Platanias eliminated PAS Giannina in a thrilling Cup tie decided in extra time. The Hania team had won 1-0 at home and went down by the same score after 90 minutes at Ioannina on Wednesday. However in extra time Platanias scored twice to win 2-1 on the night and 3-1 on aggregate.Panathinaikos dismissed another Hania team, Kissamikos of the second division, with a 4-0 score on Crete on Wednesday having also won 3-0 at home. On his debut in his second stint at Panathinaikos, after returning from Lens in France, Viktor Klonaridis score one goal and set up another adding some freshness to the Greens. Youngsters Tassos Hatziyiovannis and Sotiris Pispas were also on the scoresheet, as was Olivier Boumal.Holder AEK trounced Levadiakos 6-0 at the Olympic Stadium of Athens for a 7-0 aggregate win. New signing Sergio Araujo was the star of the night with two goals and one assist, while the other goals came from Tassos Bakasetas, Ronald Vargas, Dimitris Kolovetsios and Costas Galanopoulos.In other ties Atromitos beat Lamia 2-0 on Wednesday to advance 4-2 on aggregate and Xanthi lost 2-1 at OFI Crete on Wednesday but went through having won 1-0 at home.On Thursday Olympiakos hosts Aris, after the first leg in Thessaloniki ended in a 1-1 draw.SourceL: KathimeriniTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Valverde Ηas Barcelona Flying High as Liga Near Midway Point

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (AP) — There is a clear winner of the Spanish league as it approaches the midway point.Ernesto Valverde.Four months into his first season as Barcelona’s coach, Valverde has helped the team to recover from the shock exit of Brazil star Neymar and take a commanding lead of the Spanish league.The 53-year-old Valverde was already considered one of Spain’s top coaches for his stints at Athletic Bilbao, Valencia, Espanyol and Greek club Olympiakos before he replaced Luis Enrique. But he started the season under the most pessimistic conditions of any of Barcelona’s coaches since Pep Guardiola’s debut in 2008.Real Madrid had just won the Champions League and La Liga titles before Barcelona was left reeling by Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain.That was followed by two demoralizing losses to Madrid in the curtain-raising Spanish Super Cup. And with the season just under way, Ousmane Dembele — the forward signed by Barcelona to replace Neymar — tore a tendon in his right leg.But while everyone else feared a disaster, Valverde saw an opportunity.The departure of Neymar broke up Barcelona’s fearsome attack with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. But despite their goals, their erratic contributions in defense had left Barcelona exposed at the back. Valverde turned Neymar’s loss into a collective gain.He refocused the team on first being defensively sound — by either playing another midfielder, or a forward who applied more pressure when the team lost the ball.The success of former Barcelona forward Valverde is undeniable: 25 matches across all competitions without a loss since that pair of defeats to Madrid. It also tops the Spanish league for fewest goals conceded (7) and goals scored (45).And Valverde got the biggest prize of all last Saturday when he out-coached Zinedine Zidane in a 3-0 victory at Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu.___TITLE RACEBarcelona has sprinted to a commanding lead of the league title race after 17 of 38 rounds.Second-place Atletico Madrid trails by nine points, Valencia by 11, and Madrid by 14, although it has a game in hand.The calendar also favors the Catalan club, which will host its top rivals in the second half of the season. Barcelona already drew 1-1 at both Atletico Madrid and Valencia before humbling Madrid in front of its fans.Atletico is expecting a boost from the return of Diego Costa and the arrival of Victor “Vitolo” Machin in January when the club’s FIFA-imposed ban on registering new players ends.Atletico’s elimination from the Champions League may also let it focus on catching Barcelona, although it will enter the Europa League and is also contending in the Copa del Rey.___PICK OF THE PLAYERSOnce again, Messi is driving Barcelona toward the title.Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo may have matched him with his fifth Ballon d’Or award, but Messi is outscoring him 15-4 in the league. The Argentine has continued to flourish under Valverde as a free-ranging forward, floating across the front of the attack and back into midfield as he probes for weaknesses in the defense.Andres Iniesta, who was often rested by Luis Enrique in league matches, is featuring more under Valverde and thriving with the consistent playing time, while newcomer Paulinho has impressed by bulking up Barcelona’s midfield.Saul Niquez, Atletico’s 23-year-old midfielder, is among the most well-rounded players in the league, proving a goal-scoring threat when he goes forward, along with sound passing and tackling in defense.Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas has also impressed. His 11 goals are second only to Messi and have earned him a chance to fight for a spot on Spain’s World Cup squad.___EMERGING TALENTWhile Marco Asensio was the hot topic following his goals against Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup, Madrid’s 21-year-old forward has fallen out of Zidane’s favor as the months go by.Carlos Soler has surfaced as the latest promising talent at Valencia. The 20-year-old midfielder has shown excellent passing skills and is a large reason for the team’s successful campaign after struggling in recent years.At age 21, Rodrigo “Rodri” Hernandez has excelled since replacing the injured Bruno Soriano in the heart of Villarreal’s midfield. Rodri leads the league in balls recovered in defense. He is reported to be close to a move to Atletico after also triggering interest from Barcelona.___SURPRISESWhile Valencia is finally on course to return to Spain’s elite under Marcelino Garcia Toral, the real shock so far is the performance of two teams that won promotion last summer.Both Getafe and top-flight debutante Girona have forced their way into the top half of the table. Girona stunned Madrid 2-1 and drew 2-2 with Atletico.Manchester City’s Abu Dhabi owners invested in Girona in August.___POINTS TO PROVESuccess in the Champions League, Spanish league, UEFA Super Sup, Spanish Super Cup and Club World Cup — titles all conquered in a calendar year — should isolate any coach from criticism.Not at Real Madrid. And certainly not after a big loss to Barcelona that has all but ended its hopes of retaining the title.Zidane is facing his first crisis as Madrid’s coach for his team’s poor play in the league that hit a low point against Barcelona.He has been widely questioned for both his insistence on starting Karim Benzema despite his lack of goals and for not starting playmaker Francisco “Isco” Alarcon against Barcelona.Zidane will need to reduce the distance with Barcelona to keep Madrid’s supporters happy while he seeks a third-consecutive European Cup.—JOSEPH WILSON, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

President Congratulates Girls for Taking Gold in Rowing in Buenos Aires

first_imgATHENS – President Prokopis Pavlopoulos congratulated on Wednesday Christina Bourbou and Maria Kyridou for a winning gold medal in the junior women’s pair rowing event held at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games at Buenos Aires. It is the first gold for Greece at the Youth Olympic Games. The competition in Buenos Aires winds up October 18.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Mavs Making Note of What Could be Nowitzki’s Final Home Game

first_imgDALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki has not said whether he is retiring because he never wanted a farewell tour.As much as the Mavericks have tried to honor the 40-year-old’s request, owner Mark Cuban makes no secret of the team’s desire to recognize the big German in the final home game of his record 21st season with the same franchise. Dallas hosts Phoenix on Tuesday night.“I know a little bit. Don’t want to know too much,” Nowitzki said recently of the plans, which include a giant downtown mural and other tidbits that were detailed in a news release last week around the same time Cuban told fans to show up early and expect to stay late. “I still kind of got to focus on the game. Just want to go out there and hopefully perform a little bit and enjoy competing. Everything else will be a surprise to me.”A watch party is planned for the final game of the season in San Antonio on Wednesday, with the Mavericks long since eliminated from the playoff contention for a third straight season. It’s the longest drought of Nowitzki’s career.Nowitzki, a few steps slower than in his prime and a role player on a team now led by rookie sensation and fellow European Luka Doncic, has been serenaded in every road arena. Some opposing fans chanted, “We want Dirk,” late in games with outcomes decided and Nowitzki on the bench.The 14-time All-Star gave the home folks the thrill of passing Wilt Chamberlainto regain sixth on the career scoring list last month. Nowitzki reached that spot last season, but LeBron James passed him. Nowitzki, who led the Mavericks to their only championship in 2011, had 31,510 points with two games to go.The NBA’s highest-scoring, foreign-born player broke Kobe Bryant’s record of 20 seasons with the same franchise, although it took longer than expected because of setbacks following ankle surgery that sidelined Nowitzki for the first 26 games.Bryant retired from the Lakers three years ago. It’s expected that Nowitzki will pass on joining former teammate Vince Carter, who has said he plans to return for a record 22nd season. Carter has played for eight teams.If Nowitzki doesn’t return, the 20-year-old Doncic still will be able to say he spent a season with the player who changed the game as the first 7-footer who was a legitimate threat from the 3-point line.“All the things he did for the NBA,” Doncic said. “Now every big fella trying to shoot the ball from 3. Dirk made it happen, and he deserves everything.”Nowitzki will get showered with praise Tuesday night, whether he wants it or not.By: Schuyler Dixon, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

EKF: interface for industrial with up to four RS-232 ports

first_imgProven and reliable, RS-232 stays a popular point-to-point interface for industrial communication (IOT, Edge Computing). EKF presents the SU2-BALLAD, a peripheral slot card for CompactPCI Serial systems, equipped with four front panel RS-232 ports. Isolation barrier transceivers are provided for optimum noise and EMC immunity up to 921.6kbps data rate, as required for industrial use and operation in harsh environments.The SU2-BALLAD is based on an octal PCI Express to UART bridge. The 950-style UARTs are compatible with all typical asynchronous serial applications and protocols. Up to four RS-232 ports are available via Micro-D or D-SUB front panel connectors. Another four UART channels are wired to the backplane, for rear I/O usage by means of a suitable RIO transition module, either RS-232 or RS-485, with galvanic isolation. As an alternate, mezzanine modules are available for a common 8-port 8HP front panel assembly.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous Manhattan Skyline: add modern GUI with high-end graphics and smooth animation to any systemNext ADI: single channel 16-bit DAC enables high density analog output modules without de-ratinglast_img read more

Cervoz 3D NAND SSD product line in 2019

first_imgWith the growing demand for the huge amount of Data Calculation, Edge Computing, Big Data, IoT and IIoT. Cervoz reveals 3D NAND SSD product line to fulfill this upcoming requirement of the industrial market.Cervoz Titan Series adopt industrial-grade 3D TLC NAND. The firmware optimized for the industrial application, SLC Writing Cache to increase performance and endurance, End-to-End Data Protection to detect and correct any possible error to enhance reliability. Come with Cervoz FlashMonitor software for comprehensive monitoring of real-time SSD health status.  Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous AAEON: network appliance platform based on second generation Intel Xeon Scalable ProcessorsNext AI brings needed autonomy to unmanned spacecraftlast_img read more