India vs Australia: Another lucky escape for MS Dhoni, this time at MCG. Watch

first_imgBrief Scores: India (234/3; Dhoni 87*, Jadhav 61*) beat Australia (230; Chahal 6 for 42) by 7 wickets to win ODI series 2-1. Full ScorecardMS Dhoni rode his luck in the series-deciding third and final one day international against Australia in Melbourne on Friday. Chasing a tricky 231 to win the series at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, MS Dhoni got a reprieve when he was dropped on 0 first ball that he faced.Not just that, he also survived run out chance and a caught behind.However, Dhoni was not alone in getting. Skipper Virat Kohli also enjoyed his share of luck to an extent until his stay at the crease. He was also dropped and survived a run out opportunity.Not much of an appeal from the Aussies, but it looks like Dhoni has edged that! Not out… #CloseMatters#AUSvIND | @GilletteAU (@cricketcomau) January 18, 2019DROPPED CHANCESKohli was dropped by Peter handscomb on 16 off Marcus Stoinis in the 12th over of India’s innings. Stoinis had bowled a length delivery outside off, the ball skidded on after pitching and hurried onto the batsman. Kohli tried to run it down to third man but it took the outside edge and travelled quickly to Handscomb at first slip. The Australian fielder jumped to his left and got his hands to it but failed to hold on. The ball raced behind for a boundary in the process.A few over later after Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed by Marcus Stoinis, MS Dhoni walked in to bat at No.4. He was dropped on the first ball he faces.advertisementOn the fourth ball of the 16th over, MS Dhoni tried to slash hard at a widish delivery bowled by Stoinis. Glenn Maxwell, ome of the best fielders in the world, moved to left and got both his hands to it but the ball popped out and Dhoni was granted a life on nought.THE MIX UPIt’s not a hidden fact that MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli have a great understanding while they are running quick singles, converting one into twos and twos into threes.But on Friday, something unusual happened between the two in the 21st and the 22nd over.On the third ball of the 21st over, MS Dhoni hit the ball towards mid off and called for a single off Stoinis. Kohli was off in a flash but Dhoni saw Jhye Richardson charging towards the ball and he decided to send Kohli back. The India skipper almost gave up on his return but luckily the ball didn’t hit the stumps and he was safe.In the next over Kohli was facing Adam Zampa. The Australia leg-spinner bowled a full outside off, Kohli reached for the ball and hit it left of the backward point fielder. He initially took a start to which Dhoni responded. Handscomb, the fielder, was quick to pounce on the ball and fired a throw at the keeper’s end. While Kohli was ball-watching, Dhoni was just a few yards away from the batting crease. The Alex Carey then threw the ball towards Zampa who failed to grab the ball completely but managed to disrupt the bails. Dhoni was quick and the replays suggested the Indian wicketkeeper was back home safely.LUCKY ESCAPEIn the 29th over, Dhoni found the inside edge of his bat and it carried to keeper Carey. It was a neat catch, Glenn Maxwell and bowler Peter Siddle appealed. However, their appeal was not that convincing and Dhoni survived for the third time.In the previous match, Dhoni benefitted from another umpiring howler when he didn’t ground his bat at the other end and the run was added to the total. The umpires had failed to notice of that incident.Did anyone notice that dhoni actually didn’t complete the run here? neich (@neicho32) January 15, 2019However, it was curtains for Kohli when he finally ran out of luck in the 30th over. Jhye Richardson bowled a full and wide ball outside off, Kohli puched at it but found a thick edge of his bat to Carey. Richardson got the India skipper for the third time in the series.last_img read more

AFC Asian Cup: Qatar won’t be distracted from player eligibility row, says coach

first_imgQatar coach Felix Sanchez said his team would not be distracted from the “most important match in the country’s football history” by a protest over the eligibility of two of their best players at the Asian Cup.The National newspaper reported on Thursday, the eve of the Asian Cup final between Qatar and Japan, that the United Arab Emirates had formally questioned the eligibility of 22-year-old Almoez Ali and Iraqi-born defender Bassam Al Rawi, 21.Sudan-born striker Ali scored his record-equalling eighth goal of the tournament when Qatar humiliated the UAE hosts 4-0 in the semi-finals on Tuesday, while Al Rawi was suspended for that match but expected to return in the final.The governing Asian Football Confederation (AFC) confirmed that a protest had been received from the UAE FA regarding two players and that it would be “reviewed in line with the AFC Regulations”.Spaniard Sanchez, however, said that his squad was concentrating exclusively on preparing for Friday’s match at Zayed Sports City Stadium.”We are only focused on the game we’re going to play tomorrow, any other things not related to football is not in our minds at the moment.”I’m not concerned at all,” he said, adding when asked whether the protest might act as motivation for his players: “My players need no more motivation than to play an Asian Cup final.”FIFA requirements mandate that a player switching national teams must either qualify through their parents or grandparents or have resided in a country for five years after their 18th birthday.advertisementThere was no immediate response to a request for comment from either the UAE or the Qatar FA.The protest comes against a background of a political and economic boycott of Qatar which the UAE launched with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt in 2017. The four countries accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism, which it denies.The political rift was manifest in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday when Emirati fans hurled sandals and drinks bottles at Ali and two other players celebrating their goals during the semi-final.The rift also means that almost no Qatari fans or media have been in the UAE to support and report on their run to a first continental final.Sanchez said beating four-time champions Japan on Friday would be the biggest achievement in the game for the host nation of the 2022 World Cup.”This is most important game in Qatar’s football history,” he said.”The players are confident and looking forward to the game but have a lot of respect for our opponents, who have a fantastic squad and have played a great tournament.”Also Watch:last_img read more

IPL 2019: RCB survive Russell-Rana scare to seal victory after Kohli 100

first_imgVirat Kohli smashed a 58-ball hundred, Moeen Ali hit a 28-ball 66 and Dale Steyn picked x wickets as Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 10 runs to win only their 2nd match of the 2019 Indian Premier League.KKR were reduced to 79 for 4 off 11.5 overs and it looked like it was all over for the hosts before Niitsh Rana (85 not out) and Andre Russell (65) kept them alive till the last over of the innings. The two added 118 off 8 overs but Moeen Ali kept his calm in the final over to deny the Knight Riders.RCB had won only 1 out of 8 matches this season before the game at the Eden Gardens on Friday. To make matters worse for them, AB de Villiers was ruled out even as Dale Steyn returned to play for the Royal Challengers after 9 years. Kolkata Knight Riders, who had chased down a 200 plus total in Bengaluru against RCB on April 5, were overwhelming favourites. | KKR vs RCB – Live score |That’s that from Kolkata.The @RCBTweets win by 10 runs to register their second win of the season.#KKRvRCB (@IPL) April 19, 2019After KKR decided to bowl, RCB lost Parthiv Patel and Askhdeep Nath by the 9th over.At the half-way stage, were 70 for 2 and Virat Kohli was batting on 35 off 29 balls.RCB would go on to plunder 143 runs off the next 10 overs. Moeen Ali would score 57 of those while Kohli would get 65 to bring up his 5th IPL hundred. Only Chris Gayle has more IPL centuries.advertisementMoeen Ali started the run riot with 3 sixes and 2 fours off Kuldeep Yadav’s final over as the chinaman bowler ended in tears. Once Moeen fell to Kuldeep on the final ball of his spell, Virat Kohli took over. He had reached his 50 off 40 balls but the next 17 balls produced another 50. @RCBTweets #VIVOIPL IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 19, 2019Virat Kohli fell to Harry Gurney off the final ball of the RCB innings but by then he had produced an IPL masterclass. RCB have been the favourite whipping boys this summer but Kohli’s innings evoked memories of 2016 when he hit 4 hundreds to help his team through to the final.When Dale Steyn last played for RCB, Virat Kohli was yet to play Test cricket and he was nowhere the superstar he is today. On Friday, Steyn made a memorable comeback for the Royal Challengers when he removed dangerous KKR opener Chris Lynn in his 1st over and young Shubman Gill in his 3rd.In between, Navdeep Saini got rid of Sunil Narine and KKR’s chase was rocked. Robin Uthappa trudged along to 9 before Marcus Stoinis dismissed him with a change of pace.Nitish Rana, in at No.5, offered a fight but it was down to Andre Russell at the end.The asking rate was climbing steeply before Andre Russell switched to beast mode. He hit Yuzvendra Chahal for 3 successive sixes in his 3rd over and KKR were suddenly in the chase with 93 off the last 5 overs. It was tough but with Russell in the middle, certainly possible.If Russell scared RCB’s bowlers, Nitish Rana did not make life any easier for them. He hit Navdeep Saini for 2 sixes and a four in his final over and brought up his 8th IPL fifty.Kolkata Knight Riders had lost 3 matches in a row before Friday and they were in no mood to go down without a fight especially at home. After being reduced to 79 for 4 off 11.5 overs, KKR stayed alive in a mammoth chase thanks only to Nitish Rana and Andre Russell. Virat Kohli was under pressure and his bowlers were under the pump.KKR needed 61 off the last 3 overs and it was as good a time as any to bring Dale Steyn back for his final over. Nitish Rana hit 2 sixes and a four to bring it down to 43 off the final 2 overs for the Knight Riders.Marcus Stoinis was entrusted with the penultimate over and he started off well – bowling 3 dot balls to Russell. Just when RCB thought they had it in the bag, Russell hit 3 sixes off the final 3 balls. Russell blazed away to his fifty off 21 balls and KKR needed 24 off the final over bowled by Moeen Ali.Nitish Rana faced the first ball. No run. A single came off the next. Andre Russell smashed the the third ball for six but he missed the fourth ball as RCB wrapped up a thrilling victory.Also Read | Virat Kohli hits 5th Indian Premier League hundred, 1st since 2016Also Read | Virat, you little biscuit: AB de Villiers reacts after Kohli’s 5th IPL hundredAlso Read | Kuldeep Yadav breaks down after Moeen Ali onslaught at Eden Gardensadvertisementlast_img read more

Happy Birthday, Kiran Bedi: Story of a wonder woman

first_imgKiran Bedi, the ‘Iron Lady’ who has single-handedly changed the face of the Indian police force, celebrates her birthday on June 9.Books can be written on Bedi and still one will fall short of mentioning all that she has done for women and the law and order in the country.On this occasion, we bring to you some inspirational facts about Kiran Bedi:Bedi before the brown uniform:Bedi was born in a well-to-do Punjabi family in AmritsarShe started her schooling at the Sacred Heart Convent School in Amritsar and later joined the Cambridge College, a private institute that offered science as a subject and prepared her for matriculation examinationDuring this time, she joined the National Cadet Corps (NCC)Bedi studied English in college. She is an alumnus of the Government College for Women in Amritsar. She also obtained her Master’s degree in political science from Panjab University in ChandigarhBefore her service in police force, Bedi was best known for her services in the tennis court. She started playing tennis at nine. Along with her sisters, Bedi had won several titles between 1965 and 1978 including Junior National Lawn Tennis Championship, All-India inter-varsity tennis title (thrice in a row), Northern India Lawn Tennis Championship, Asian Lawn Tennis Championship, All-India Hard Court Tennis Championship, All India Interstate Women’s Lawn Tennis Championship, and National Women’s Lawn Tennis Championship. She also won the Gold medal at the National Sports Festival for Women in 1976Bedi playing tennisBedi was also a member of the national tennis team that beat Sri Lanka in the Lionel Fonseka Memorial Trophy in Colombo. Bedi beat Mala Fernando 6-2, 6-4From 1970 to 1972, Bedi served as a lecturer at the Khalsa College for Women in Amritsar.Journey of a cop:Bedi started her police training at the National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie on 16 July, 1972In her batch, she was the only woman among 80 menBedi became the first woman officer in the Indian Police ServiceAfter a foundation course of six months, Bedi spent nine months at Mount Abu in Rajasthan for another rigorous police training course. She did not stop there and went on to train with the Punjab Police in 1974Bedi was allocated to the Union Territory cadre, which is now called the Arunachal Pradesh-Goa-Mizoram-Union Territories cadre or AGMUTadvertisementBedi was first posted to the Chanakyapuri subdivision of Delhi in 1975She became the first woman officer to lead the all-male contingent of the Delhi Police at the Republic Day Parade in the same yearHer first major action took place on November 15, 1978. A clash broke out between the Nirankari and Akali Sikh communities in Delhi. Bedi, who was the Deputy Commissioner of Police then, dispersed the agitators and reestablished law and order. She was awarded the President’s Police Medal for Gallantry in 1980Bedi realised that there were not enough police officials to tackle the goons of West Delhi, who outnumbered policemenBedi started recruiting civilian volunteers. She was one of the very few police officers who promoted civil policing. She built teams of six civilians and one armed policeman to patrol each village in West Delhi at nightShe also arranged crackdowns on bootleggers and illegal liquor shopsShe was appointed as the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) during the preparations for the 1982 Asian Games in DelhiShe was offered the Asian Jyoti Award for her excellent management during the games. Bedi refused to accept it and suggested that the award should be given to the entire traffic unitDespite her groundbreaking efforts in Delhi, she was transferred to Goa in March 1983 on a three-year assignmentShe unofficially inaugurated the Zuari Bridge, which was to be inaugurated by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, to divert traffic from a congested ferry area. This irked a lot of politiciansShe came back to Delhi on a short notice as her daughter was suffering from Nephritic syndrome, a fatal disease that affects the kidney. Bedi’s ‘unwarranted leave’ earned her a six-month idle period with no assignmentShe was appointed as the Assistant Inspector General of Police at the Railway Protection Force in New DelhiLater, she became the Directorate General of Industrial Contingency (DGIC). She acted as a mediator between agitated labourers on strike and the managementIn 1985, Bedi was reinstated in the Delhi police force on the request of the then Delhi Police Commissioner Ved MarwahBedi set up several detox and rehabilitation centres for drug addicts in Delhi. The centres were later institutionalised and renamed as Navjyoti Police Foundation for Correction, De-addiction and RehabilitationDue to a scuffle among the lawyers and the police, Bedi was again transferred, this time to MizoramIn Mizoram, Bedi faced a unique and stiff challenge. Many of her colleagues were addicted to Zu, the local liquor of Mizoram. Bedi did not stop them from having Zu as it is an integral part of the Mizo community and she did not want to be labelled as an outsider. Instead, she set up detox centres and they were a hit. She used Christian prayers to reduce drug abuseAll the while, Bedi was working on her thesis on Drug Abuse and Domestic Violence. In Mizoram, she completed a major part of her doctoral research.advertisementTihar Tales:In May 1993, Bedi was appointed as the Inspector-General (IG) of Delhi Prisons including the much dreaded Tihar Jail. The post was lying vacant for nine months and Bedi found herself amidst 9,000 hardened criminalsIn Tihar, Bedi found out that most inmates were under-trials charged under non-bailable terms, which was the reason behind such over-population in the jailBedi turned Tihar into a model prison. She set up separate barracks for criminals who had been recruiting gang members, selling contraband and extorting money from fellow inmatesBedi would go on daily tours of the prison, listen to the complaints of the prisoners, and check food quality and maintenanceShe also arranged vocational training with certificates for the prisoners so that they could find a job once they were freeDuring Bedi’s tenure in Tihar, the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and National Open School built centres in the prisonShe introduced yoga to the prisoners and held Vipassana meditation classes for them. Despite her worldwide acclaimed reforms in Tihar, she was removed from the post on May 3, 1995.Life after Tihar:Bedi was appointed to many posts after her tenure in Tihar. She was posted as the Additional Commissioner (policy and planning) and head of training at the Police Academy on May 4, 1995She also served as the Joint Commissioner of Delhi PoliceShe was also appointed as the Special Commissioner (Intelligence) of Delhi PoliceIn April 1999, she was appointed as the Inspector-General of Police in ChandigarhIn 2003, Bedi became the first woman to honour the position of the United Nations civilian police adviserAt the United Nations ceremonyEven after all this, the lawyers did not want her to have any influence in administration in Delhi. As a result, Bedi was denied the post of Delhi Police Commissioner in 2007 as she was “too outspoken and radical”She resigned from the police service in November 2007Kiran Bedi has been voted as India’s most admired (The Week, 2002) and most trusted woman in India (Readers Digest, March 2010)She has also authored many books including ‘Demand for Swaraj’, ‘It’s Always Possible: One Woman’s Transformation of Tihar Prison’, ‘Galti Kiski’, ‘Indian Police. . . As I See’, ‘Empowering Women . . . As I See’, ‘Leadership and Governance. . . As I See’, ‘Be the Change: Fighting Corruption’ and so on.advertisementWATCH: Kiran Bedi’s share her experience of Tihar Jail at TED talks Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Ahead of World Cup clash against India, Pakistani adverts mock Abhinandan Varthaman’s capture

first_imgAn advertisement aired by a Pakistan TV channel ahead of the clash between India and Pakistan in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 received severe backlash on social media. The advert showed a character appearing to mock Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.The 33-second video, featuring the promotional advertisement, is being circulated on social media vehemently with a section of the internet slamming Pakistan’s Jazz TV, which released the clip. In the video, a person, dressed in the jersey of the Indian cricket team, is seen sipping tea during what appears to be a round of interrogation.The internet has drawn comparisons between the person featuring in the advert and Abhinandan Varthaman – considering he is seen sporting the Indian Air Force pilot’s signature handlebar moustache. What irked netizens is that the person repeated Abhinandan’s statement: “I’m sorry, I am not supposed to tell you this” every time he was asked questions about India’s playing technique and the team’s strategy if it wins the toss.The manner in which the person was seen sipping tea in the commercial is also similar to Abhinandan – a fact that the internet pointed out. As the person leaves, he is told by the interrogator, “Ek second ruko! Cup kahan leke ja raho ho? (Wait a second! Where are you taking the cup?).” Cup, in this case, refers to the trophy as the word was used as a pun.Watch:Jazz TV advt on #CWC19 takes the Indo-Pak air duel to new level. It uses the air duel over Nowshera and Wing Co Abhinandan Varthaman’s issue as a prop. @IAF_MCC @thetribunechd @SpokespersonMoD @DefenceMinIndia Banerjee (@ajaynewsman) June 11, 2019Moreover, a Pakistani tea brand also used footage featuring Abhinandan in its advert.Abhinandan is a favorite one in Pak and in our country people are asking for proof… Watch it…Tapal Tea is a Pakistani major tea brand based in Karachi, Pakistan. Jain (@sunitpanna) March 5, 2019The internet is furious, needless to mention, while some other responded to the commercials with cutting ripostes.Let them keep the ‘chai ka cup’ only, we’ll get the World CupMainak Mitra (@tweetsbyMainak) June 11, 2019Lo jitna cup lena hai le lo… Baaki World cup to hum le hi lenge Sharma (@itsVijayy) June 11, 2019It means , even Pakistan believe that cup India leke jane vala haiAnkit Yadav (@ankit6_7) June 11, 2019Someone pls give them a cup of teaanju aherwal (@AherwalAnju) June 11, 2019@PCBLive_PK u will get all the answers after the match!arsudhindra (@arsudhindra) June 11, 2019Abhinandan Varthaman was captured on February 27 as he prevented Pakistani jets’ intrusion into the Indian air space. For 60 hours, Abhinandan was in Pakistani military’s custody and was released as a “goodwill gesture” by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.ALSO READ | Telugu woman films herself singing Padipoya. Has an epic fall. Watch TikTok viral videoALSO WATCH | Couple goes high on PDA on a bike on Delhi roads. Watch videolast_img read more

Ravi Shastri to Team India after World Cup exit: Be proud of what you have done for the last 2 years

first_imgIndia head coach Ravi Shastri has said the World Cup 2019 semi-final exit was “hurting and disappointing” but insisted that Virat Kohli’s men are on the right track.Ravi Shastri also revealed that he addressed the players in the dressing room after the semi-final loss to New Zealand in Manchester on Wednesday and told the team that they have earned the respect with the way they played in World Cup 2019.India had entered the World Cup as the 2nd-ranked side and one of the pre-tournament favourites. Virat Kohli’s men were clinical throughout the group stages as the finished on top of the 10-team points table. Barring the defeat to England in Edgbaston and a scare against Afghanistan, India looked invincible.However, in the semi-final against New Zealand, India failed to chase a 240-run target as familiar problems came back to haunt the team on the reserve day of the rain-affected match.India opener Rohit Sharma, who had hit a record-setting number of 5 hundreds, was dismissed for 1. Virat Kohli and KL Rahul were back in the hut early as India were reeling at 5 for 3 inside the 4th over of their chase. A spirited effort from MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja — 116-run stand for the 7th wicket — wasn’t enough as India fell short of the target by 18 runs.The disappointmenet was visible in the faces of India players as the reactions on the faces of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni as they walked back to the dressing room told the story.advertisementRavi Shastri, speaking to The Indian Express, said he wanted the India players to feel proud of what they have achieved over the last 2 years and that 30 minutes of play can’t erase their achievements.”Walk out with your heads held high. Be proud. Those 30 minutes can’t erase the fact that you guys have been the best team in the last couple of years. You guys know it. One tournament, one series and that, too, 30 minutes of play can’t decide that. You guys have earned that respect. Of course, we are all hurt and disappointed but, in the end, be proud of what you have done for the last two years.”Team India is on the right path: ShastriStressing that Team India is only destined for better things in future, Shastri said: “Hurting, obviously. Disappointed, yes, but no tears. This is a tough team. A magnificent team.”Look at how we bowled. The way the batsmen batted. A couple of youngsters might come in the middle and make this even more stronger. It’s a team on the right path they know it.”When you have played good and tough cricket for the last 30 months, this loss in the semi-final would hurt. It’s a tough pill to swallow and we are all gutted, but this is sport. That’s why we play it,” Shastri added.India will head to the West Indies in August for a full tour wherein they will be playing 3 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 2 Test matches. Virat Kohli and pace Jasprit Bumrah are likely to be rested for the tour while speculations over MS Dhoni’s future remain after the World Cup semi-final exit.Also Read | Failed to deliver as a team when it mattered: Rohit Sharma on World Cup semi-final defeatAlso Read | #Donotretiredhoni trends: Fans urge MS Dhoni to stay onAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Move aside Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja is the 3D cricketer India needAlso See:last_img read more

Lasith Malinga to retire after 1st ODI vs Bangladesh

first_imgSri Lankan legendary fast bowler Lasith Malinga is all set to retire after playing the 1st match of the 3-match ODI series against Bangladesh, which starts on July 26. Team skipper Dimuth Karunaratne confirmed the same on Monday to reporters. All the 3 ODIs will be played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on July 26, 28 and 31.Even though Malinga was named in the squad for the 3 games, Karunaratne said that the bowler had told him that he would only be playing the first match.”He is going to play the first match. After that he is retiring. That’s what he said to me. I don’t know what he said for the selectors but for me he said he is playing only one match,” said Karunaratne.Malinga is currently the 3rd highest wicket-taker in ODI cricket for Sri Lanka with 335 wickets in 219 innings with only Muttiah Muralitharan (523) and Chaminda Vaas (399) above him on the list.Malinga also finished as the team’s highest wicket-taker during the recently concluded World Cup 2019 where he took 13 scalps in 7 innings. Malinga is also the only bowler to have taken 2 World Cup hat-tricks (2007 vs South Africa, 2011 vs Kenya). He had already retired from Test in 2011.Since his 2004 debut against United Arab Emirates, Malinga has played 225 ODIs and his unusual slingy action and an ability to bowl yorkers have made him a formidable bowler in limited overs cricket.Malinga’s 56 wickets from 29 matches put him third, behind Australian Glenn McGrath (71) and fellow Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan (68), in the list of most successful bowlers in the history of the World Cup.advertisementThe right-arm paceman, a sought-after player in Twenty20 leagues, has also played 30 tests though he quit the long format in 2011 after battling a nagging knee injury.Also Read | Will develop ‘best’ Pakistan cricket team before next World Cup: Imran KhanAlso Read | We have to build a team for the T20 World Cup: MSK PrasadAlso See:last_img read more

My vote goes to Kane Williamson: Ben Stokes responds to New Zealander of the Year nomination

first_imgEngland all-rounder Ben Stokes who was recently nominated for New Zealander of the Year award has issued a statement in response to the nomination saying that although he is ‘flattered to be nominated’ for the award but feels that ‘there are people who deserve it more’. Chief amongst those, according to Stokes is Kane Williamson, the Kiwi skipper.Stokes said in the statement that he is proud of his Maori heritage but his life is firmly established in the UK since he was aged 12. The charismatic all-rounder goes on to say that Williamson should be ‘revered as a Kiwi legend’ and asks the New Zeland public to put their weight behind their captain who also happens to ‘typify what it is to be a New Zealander’Here is the full statement:”I am flattered to be nominated for New Zealander of the Year. I am proud of my New Zealand and Maori heritage but it would not sit right with me to be nominated for this prestigious award. There are people who deserve this recognition more and have done a lot more for the country of New Zealand.”I have helped England lift a World Cup and my life is firmly established in the UK it has been since I was 12-years old.”I feel the whole country should align their support to New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. He should be revered as a kiwi legend. He led his team in this World Cup with distinction and honour. He was the player of the tournament and an inspirational leader of men. He shows humility and empathy to every situation and is an all-round good bloke. He typifies what it is to be a New Zealander. He would be a worthy recipient of this accolade. New Zealand, fully support him. He deserves it and gets my vote.”advertisementStokes posted the statement on his Twitter page captioning it ‘My thoughts is the nomination for New Zealander of the year.’My thoughts is the nomination for New Zealander of the year Stokes (@benstokes38) July 23, 2019Stokes was born in New Zealand but moved to England with his family when he was 12. His father Gerard, who played rugby league for New Zealand, was then coaching in England.Stokes has remained in England since, though his parents Gerard and Deb returned to live in the South Island city of Christchurch.Earlier during the declaration of nominations, New Zealander of the Year chief judge Cameron Bennett said Stokes “might not have been playing for the Black Caps but, having been born in Christchurch where his parents now live and with Maori ancestry, there are clearly a few Kiwis about who think we can still claim him.”Also Read | Ben Stokes nominated for New Zealander of the YearAlso Read | Didn’t want to feel the pain and regret of losing another final: Jos Buttlerlast_img read more


first_imgPaintings, drawings and sculptures by several local area artists are now on display at the Sioux City Art Center.Curator Todd Behrens says the exhibition is titled “ARTcetera ’19”Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………for our auction event. :18Behrens says the live and silent auction consists of more than fifty original artworks, and the funds that are raised support the educational and exhibition programs at the Art Center:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………in your homes. ;17You can view the art and pick up a catalog at the Art Center in advance of the March 2nd auction and there’s even a “Buy it Now” price on each piece.Tickets to ARTcetera can be purchased at the Sioux City Art Center and on the Art Center’s website.last_img

LSU safety flips to Oklahoma State

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! The Cowboys continue to make noise on the recruiting trail today, snatching a commitment from LSU territory. 2015 4-star safety prospect Kevin Henry, who has been committed to LSU since January, flipped his commitment to the Cowboys this afternoon. Henry is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the second safety commit in the 2015 recruiting class. This is the 6th defensive commitment in the class, and second safety recruit landed by Spencer and the defensive staff. The star safety prospect also held offers from LSU, Ole Miss, and Miami, among others. This is the third LSU commit who has flipped to Oklahoma State in the last year. 3-star running back Sione Palelei flipped his commitment to the Pokes last year, along with another 4-star defensive back in Chris Hardeman, much to the dismay of Tiger fans. News first broke this afternoon by Demetric Warren, director of scouting at varsity preps and Army All-American Scout.Breaking: 2015 Stud S Kevin Henry (Central HS, LA) decommits from #LSU and commits to #OklahomaState @VarsityPreps #GoPokes— Demetric D. Warren (@DemetricDWarren) September 23, 2014Kevin Henry is a big addition to the Cowboy secondary, adding a dynamic playmaker with elite speed. Take a look at his highlight video. last_img read more

Dallas Cowboys end season in heartbreaking fashion

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! The now-infamous Dez Bryant incomplete pass. (USATSI)The now-infamous Dez Bryant incomplete pass. (USATSI)If you believe in karma, what else can you attribute the Dallas Cowboys’ fate to?After a late call in the Wildcard round versus Detroit went the way of the Cowboys, Dallas once again found the game in the hands of the zebras. Except this time, the call did not end up in favor of America’s team.On fourth down, Tony Romo heaved a ball to Dez Bryant, who did just what you’d expect Dez Bryant to do in that situation and caught the ball—or so it appeared.After a challenge by Green Bay’s Mike McCarthy, the officials overturned the call, effectively squashing Dallas’ chance at a win.If you’ve been without internet access for the last 12 hours, here’s the play I’m referring to.Dallas lost 26-21.To me, if that doesn’t qualify as a catch under the current rules, they need to be revised. Though you could say his opinion is a bit biased, I know someone who I went to the ground I rolled over and I tipped the ball to gain better control.. We lost and I accept it but please change that rule— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) January 12, 2015It’s hard not to feel for Dez, especially when you know the amount of hard work he has put in to get his team to this point.It’s hard to watch any athlete come within inches of glory only to fall short. I felt for Cam Newton after he threw that game-sealing interception against Seattle on Saturday and was seen crying in the arms of teammates.In this situation, it’s even harder because it seemed like Dez actually caught the ball and the Cowboys should have been in position to score a touchdown.To see Dez so passionate and adamant in his post-game interviews, asserting that he caught the ball, it’s heartbreaking.ESPN posted pictures of a frame-by-frame look at the catch. In the photos, Bryant appears to have possession of the ball until his body collides with the ground, when the ball pops loose.But at that point, shouldn’t he be down? It’s not as if he was struggling for control, he clearly has a firm grip on the ball.It’s fun to speculate, but here’s the reality. Would the call not have been reversed, it’s not as if the Dallas win was sealed. To assume so would be to drastically underestimate the ability of Aaron Rodgers. The way it was, it didn’t even put a Dallas win out of the question. If the defense could have held, a win was still plausible.However, to deny its impact on the game is asinine. That’s why it is going to be talked about to ad nauseam for the next couple of days at least and will stick with Dallas fans for much longer.Outside of that play, Dez was pretty quiet. He had a meager three catches for 38 yards.Other former OSU Cowboys who saw playing time were Joseph Randle, Tyler Patmon, and Dan Bailey.Bailey missed the only field goal he attempted on the afternoon.Randle had a shining moment where he told Clay Matthews to get off of him, and burst off on a 13-yard run. But Randle was only given one other carry on the day.Patmon recorded two tackles.If anyone were to say that Dallas would have made it this far at the beginning of the year, it would have sounded crazy. Former OSU players were a big part of the Cowboys’ success this season.Bryant played a big role as expected, but Tyler Patmon really shocked a lot of people after going from undrafted to getting big playing time on a playoff team.At the end of the year, Patmon has 8 tackles, an interception, and a pass defended. If he continues to develop, there’s no doubt he’ll be a player in this league in a couple years’ time.So ends an exciting season for the Cowboys turned Cowboys. Here’s to hoping to next one is just as good, hopefully better.Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets.last_img read more

On OSU, the SEC and What about the Pac-12?

first_imgLast week I wrote about what an OSU move to the SEC would look like. It was the most-read real post on the site last week (Gundy’s shot at OU and the helmet post both surpassed it I believe). It’s interesting. It’s fun to think about. It’s fascinating to discuss. Reader Caleb Deck wrote me with some compelling thoughts later in the week, and we had a fun back and forth. I thought it would be cool to share that with everyone else. Here it is.Caleb DeckI read your article and have been thinking about it and discussing it with friends all day and I just want to get your thoughts. I totally agree that Big 12 seems dead in the water and OSU should be searching for possibilities for what direction to move once the current grant of rights runs out. Also, your potential schedule made me swoon and also start nervously sweating at my desk when I read it. I get where you’re coming at so far — my question is why you see greater value in the SEC over the Pac-12?When looking at the conferences as a whole, it seems like OSU as a football program, school culture, and general purpose seem to line up more with the west coast schools than the east coast — not to mention the style of play which we have pushed for as long as I can remember. Yes, there are definitely draws of playing LSU, Bama, Florida, Auburn, but I think those could be countered by equally entertaining yet different matchups against USC, Oregon, Cal, Stanford, Arizona St., etc… Also can you imagine road trips to away games at Arizona St. or in the USC Coliseum??I worry that a move to the SEC would leave OSU stuck fighting the bottom of the pack and ending up looking similar to Georgia Tech, Mizzou, or new-age Arkansas — at best Texas A&M and at worst Vanderbilt … We would have to change our entire football mindset, recruiting, the culture would shift, I worry about a dropoff in basketball investment, etc…Also I think OU would thrive in the SEC environment and end up successfully competing for titles consistently, further reinforcing the little brother narrative and idea that we are just on two completely different levels when it comes to overall competitiveness. Now, rivals being successful is not a good reason to avoid a good option, but I don’t think it would give us incentive to look to the SEC if we’re truly looking out for our own best interests.On the other hand if we move to the Pac-12 I would think we would be more balanced as an overall athletic program, retain a lot of the same football aspects we have now, and could be a top contender in multiple sports from the very beginning.Kyle P.That’s a great question. I hadn’t thought about it that closely I suppose, but Berry Tramel summed it up today in his article on what a Big 12-Pac 12 merger would look like — people in the midwest (and definitely in the south) care more about football than those on the west coast. I want to go where there’s the most amount of interest. And selfishly I think it would be more fun to travel to places like Tennessee than to Washington State.As for on-field play, I think you’re probably right though. Although my counter to that is that OSU plays a much different style than SEC teams and could contend because of that. Look how much success Mizzou and A&M had in their first few years playing more wide open than the traditional SEC teams. Mizzou went to TWO (!) SEC title games in its first three years. Missouri!Caleb DeckI see what you mean with the increased interest and how the counter-cultural style of play could be beneficial. Part of my wonder is if OSU would continue to play our own game and have suffered or if that struggles and after a season or two, we head in the trajectory of having a lot of games with a final score of 9-6 which would be abysmal.Now in talking with people and thinking about this more, another hurdle for Pac-12 is geographical. Arizona St. is the closest Pac-12 shook at 1,007 miles from Stillwater whereas 12 of the 14 SEC schools are within 1000 miles….Kyle P.Another good point. Although merging with or moving to either conference at this point seems like a better long-term option than what is currently staring us in the face. It is an incredibly arrogant mindset (that I have absolutely no problem adopting!) to think that OSU, of all schools, could break free from the Iowa States and Kansas’ of the world to pal around with the big boys of the college football world. But that tie to OU seems strong, and OU is definitely a national brand you want to be tied to.No matter the choice Big 12 (and specifically Oklahoma State) administrators make for expansion and for the future, OSU’s path is almost certainly going to look different in 10 years than it does in five years than it does right now.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Valverde: Important week for Barca

first_imgBarcelona Valverde challenges in-form Barcelona squad in ‘important week’ Rob Lancaster Last updated 2 years ago 00:43 16/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Ernesto Valverde - cropped Getty Images Barcelona Primera División Getafe Getafe v Barcelona Ernesto Valverde After losing the Supercopa de Espana, the Catalans have made a strong start to the season proper and their manager has called for more of the same After producing a dazzling display against Juventus, Ernesto Valverde has challenged his Barcelona players to maintain their high standards when they return to La Liga action.Barca have recorded four consecutive wins in all competitions under their new coach since losing both legs of the Supercopa de Espana to Real Madrid.Malaga 14/1 to beat Atletico Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing They began their Champions League campaign on Tuesday with a resounding 3-0 triumph over Juve, gaining a modicum of revenge after the Serie A title-holders knocked them out of last season’s competition at the quarter-final stage.Now they focus again on domestic duties, starting with a trip to Getafe on Saturday. They then host Eibar in midweek before travelling to face promoted Girona next weekend.Valverde: “This we week we have 9 points in play, Getafe is dangerous on set plays and it’ll be tough.” #FCBlive— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 15, 2017″It’s true that some [games] seem more attractive than others, but in this case – and I’m speaking for all the players – it’s an important week,” Valverde told the media.”We’ve got nine points at stake. This kind of game, when you’re away from home and you know your opponent has that extra motivation to pick up the three points, you cannot look back. You must keep looking forward.”Football can change very quickly. We have to extend the form we are in at the moment, at least for the next few days.”While Barcelona go to Getafe next, Real Madrid face a tricky trip to San Sebastian to take on a Real Sociedad side who have won three from three in La Liga so far.Zinedine Zidane’s reigning champions have already dropped points in draws with Valencia and Leganes, meaning a further setback on Sunday could see them lose more ground on their rivals in the title race.Valverde, however, is refusing to focus too much on the campaign’s early results.”I think what happens with the rest of the teams doesn’t really concern us that much, especially at the start of the season,” he said.”What we are worried about is consolidating our form and picking up points.”We are relaxed, in the same way we were a month ago. Well, relaxed as you can be in the world of football.”last_img read more

Hitzfeld urges Bayern to stick with Ancelotti

first_imgBayern München Bayern urged by Hitzfeld to stick with Ancelotti amid mounting pressure Iain Strachan Last updated 2 years ago 19:00 26/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Carlo Ancelotti - cropped Bongarts Bayern München Carlo Ancelotti PSG v Bayern München PSG UEFA Champions League The German champions should not dispense with the services of their Italian manager, according to a Champions League-winning predecessor Ottmar Hitzfeld has backed Carlo Ancelotti to succeed at Bayern Munich amid growing scrutiny over the coach’s future.Ancelotti won the Bundesliga in his first campaign in charge last term, but could only guide Bayern to a quarter-final exit from the Champions League at the hands of eventual winners Real Madrid.Bayern 12/5 to beat PSG Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A 2-0 defeat to Hoffenheim and 2-2 draw against Wolfsburg have left the team three points behind Borussia Dortmund in the early league table.And criticism of the Italian is likely to increase should Bayern fail to produce a convincing performance away to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.However, Hitzfeld – a Champions League winner as a coach with both Dortmund and Bayern – feels it is premature to question Ancelotti’s job security. “They have had bad results and at Bayern every game is going to be analysed and reported about,” he told DAZN. “Ancelotti has kept calm. This shows his experience. He knows that we cannot be in top form on the first, second, third matchday, that would not be good, because when they then come to the important games in the Champions League, in about eight weeks’ time or next year then, it is not ideal to be in early [good] form.”Ancelotti is a practitioner. He knows what is important, and he is also a trainer who rotates a lot, giving many players a chance to gather game practice and he knows how to use the [resources]. So, therefore, Ancelotti is a very good coach for me.”The most important thing is always the Bundesliga and they have managed to win it with a clear lead. In the Champions League [last season] they were also a bit unlucky with Real Madrid.”Next Stop: Airport! #packmas— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) September 26, 2017Although Bayern trail Dortmund in the league after six matches, Hitzfeld expects a sixth successive Bundesliga title to end up in the trophy cabinet at Allianz Arena.The 68-year-old also offered a reminder that Ancelotti’s feted predecessor Pep Guardiola failed to progress beyond the last four in the Champions League during his three seasons in charge. “Ancelotti will most likely again be German champion this year,” he said.”And in the Champions League the hope is big, of course, to reach more than the quarter-finals. “And I would say, to be in the semi-finals with Bayern, among the best four teams in the Champions League or in Europe, then the task has been fulfilled. “This is a top value, Guardiola has always done that, and even [though] there was a bit of criticism about not reaching the finals… Ancelotti is still on a good [path].”last_img read more

Marseille confirm ‘immediate layoff’ for Evra

first_imgPatrice Evra Marseille confirm ‘immediate layoff’ for Evra after clash with fans Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 04:30 11/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Patrice Evra - cropped Getty Images Olympique Marseille Vitória Guimarães v Olympique Marseille Vitória Guimarães UEFA Europa League The French club have suspended the left-back after he fought with club supporters before their Europa League match on Thursday Patrice Evra has been hit with an “immediate layoff” and could face further sanction after getting involved in an altercation with supporters on Thursday, Marseille have confirmed.Marseille’s players were warming up before their Europa League match with Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal when Evra was targeted by supporters with unkind chants.Marseille 1/2 to beat Caen Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Evra responded by vaulting the advertising boards and confronting the fans, who made their way down from the stands and approached the player.The defender was carried back over the hoardings by a team-mate, before then aiming a kick at a Marseille fan’s head and being dragged away again.Evra was sent off as a result, becoming the first player to ever receive a red card before kick-off in a Europa League match.0 – Patrice Evra is the 1st player to receive a red card before the kick off of a game in the history of the EL (2009/10). Karateka.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) November 2, 2017Marseille confirmed after the game they had opened an investigation into the incident, while UEFA also began disciplinary proceedings against Evra and said that will be suspended for at least one match.Now it appears his future at the club is in doubt, with Marseille revealing they have suspended him and will hold a meeting in due course to determine any further sanction.A statement on the club’s website read: “Jacques-Henri Eyraud, President of Olympique de Marseille (OM), met Patrice Evra today and informed him of his layoff with immediate effect and his summons to an interview prior to a possible disciplinary sanction.”In addition, the first results of the internal investigation conducted by the club reveal an unacceptable behaviour on the part of a handful of provocateurs who uttered particularly serious hateful attacks against the player, even though the latter and his team-mates warmed up for an important meeting.   “As a professional and experienced player, Patrice Evra could not respond in such an inappropriate way.”The club is continuing its investigation and will use all the legal means at its disposal against individuals who, under the guise of their passion for OM, endanger their reputation by entering the field and insulting a player instead of supporting him.”last_img read more

Rooney morphs into Europe’s most efficient attacker

first_imgWayne Rooney Resurgent Rooney has Europe’s best shot-conversion record Jamie Smith 23:20 12/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Wayne Rooney Getty Images Premier League Everton Liverpool v Everton Having scored five goals in his last four Premier League appearances, the Everton man tops Europe’s shot-conversion charts Wayne Rooney has helped restore a smile on the face of Everton fans, and the former Manchester United striker boasts the best shot-conversion rate in Europe’s top five leagues this season.The former England captain has hit five goals in his past four Premier League appearances, including the winner in his side’s 1-0 victory at Newcastle United on Wednesday.Everton consequently made it 10 points from a possible 12 as part of their resurgence under Sam Allardyce, and Rooney — who returned to Goodison Park in July after a 13-year spell at Manchester United, where he became the record goalscorer in the club’s history — has another reason to smile. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Rooney’s shot-conversion rate stands at 37.5 per cent, the forward having hit nine Premier League goals from his 24 efforts so far this season.24 shots…9 goals…Wayne Rooney’s shot-conversion rate of 37.5% is the best in Europe’s top five leagues.No wonder Big Sam is smiling at Everton!#PremierLeague #EFC— Omnisport (@OmnisportNews) December 14, 2017In second place behind Rooney is Monaco’s Radamel Falcao, with 14 goals from 42 shots for a shot conversion rate of 33 per cent, while Real Betis forward Antonio Sanabria has the same figure thanks to his seven LaLiga goals from 21 shots.Other strikers of note in the top 10 include Inter captain Mauro Icardi (30.77 per cent) and Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani (30.36 per cent).Furthermore, Rooney has converted 33.3 per cent of his shots from open play in the Premier League this season – his highest total to date – after slipping to a career-low of 6.1 per cent shots from open play converted into goals at United last season.33.3% – Wayne Rooney has converted 33.3% of his shots from open play in the Premier League this season (7/21); better than any previous league campaign. His worst ratio was in 2016-17 at Manchester United (6.1%). Revitalised.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 14, 2017 Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Mbappe beats Man Utd’s Martial to top award

first_imgKylian Mbappé PSG star Mbappe beats Man Utd’s Martial to top award Robin Bairner 21:27 12/17/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Kylian Mbappe PSG Lille 091217 Getty Kylian Mbappé PSG Rennes v PSG West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United Manchester United Ligue 1 Premier League Anthony Martial The teenager received an early birthday present as he was named his country’s outstanding young footballer Kylian Mbappe has been named French Young Player of the Year by Telefoot, beating Anthony Martial and Maxime Lopez to the award.There were two panels of judges voting for the prize, with a panel of experts voting that Paris Saint-Germain prodigy as the country’s outstanding prospect, while the fans’ vote was claimed by Marseille midfielder Maxime Lopez, who is considered to be the club’s greatest prospect since Samir Nasri.Mbappe, though, collected the greatest aggregate number of points, beating Manchester United forward and fellow Monaco youth academy graduate Martial into second. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It caps a stellar year for the Paris-born youngster, who will celebrate his 19th birthday on Wednesday.Le lauréat du 2e trophée Téléfoot du meilleur espoir français est…@KMbappe !Un grand bravo à lui ainsi qu’à tous les supporters de l’@OM_Officiel pour leur ferveur qui permet à @lopezmaxime1 d’être sur le podium !— Téléfoot (@telefoot_TF1) December 17, 2017He was an integral member of the Monaco side that shocked Europe by reaching the Champions League semi-finals while beating out PSG to the Ligue 1 title, scoring 15 league goals and 26 overall for the Monegasques last term. Towards the end of the summer transfer window, he made a loan move to PSG, with a permanent deal expected to be finalised next summer for a fee of €160 million.Upon receiving the Telefoot Trophy, Mbappe told TF1 of his hopes of winning major trophies this season. “In the Champions League, I’m representing PSG, and France, because we’re the only French club left. What’s important now is qualifying past Real Madrid.“After that is the World Cup, of course. It’s the biggest competition for a footballer and I dream of being there.”last_img read more

Moeen Ali says he won’t change the way he plays in Australia ODI series

first_imgMoeen Ali has promised to remain a free spirit with the bat during England’s series with Australia and the all-rounder has no regrets about the shot that caused his demise against Scotland.Moeen looked to have steered Eoin Morgan’s side to their target of 372 at the Grange on Sunday, only to pick out long-on when attempting to hit the left-arm spinner Mark Watt over the rope going for a fourth six in his innings of 46 from No 7. Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Australia cricket team Nathan Lyon Share on WhatsApp Australia sport Share on Messenger Support The Guardian England agree to Australian handshakes as Tim Paine seeks to repair image Scotland went on to a famous six-run victory, but Moeen will continue to play his way and is feeling in form after hitting 114 from 75 balls for Worcestershire against Warwickshire in the Royal London Cup last week.“When shots are going for six and you’re playing well, everyone is trying to big you up,” he said. “Mis‑hit one, get out, all the negative people come out. I’m going to keep enjoying how I bat, I feel like I’ve found a bit of rhythm.“In an ideal world, you knock the runs off and win the game. The ball was there and I just mis‑hit it. From my point of view it’s best not to have any doubt. I will stay true to myself.”The one-day series with Australia could at some stage pit Moeen against Nathan Lyon, who removed him seven times in 10 innings during the Ashes. The Cricket Australia website recently ran a feature entitled “How Lyon made Moeen his bunny” in which the off-spinner detailed how inside information from Moeen’s Worcestershire team‑mates Brett D’Oliveira and Ben Cox helped him to set plans.Moeen’s response? “If you look at a few of my dismissals, you’d probably know that anyway. It doesn’t take Einstein to work that out. He bowled really well, got me out a few times. But you don’t get medals for getting guys out all the time. Who cares? I found him difficult in Australia but one-day cricket is different. And I’m in a different mindset to what I was then.” … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Topics Since you’re here… Moeen Ali Read more Share via Email news Share on LinkedIn Cricket Reuse this content England cricket teamlast_img read more

Blow for IOC as Calgary set to be latest city to stop bid for 2026 Winter Olympics

first_imgCalgary’s bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics was rebuffed on Tuesday when local voters said “no” in a non-binding referendum. Unofficial results showed that 56% voted against bidding for the Olympics. Results showed that out of 767,734 eligible voters, 304,774 cast ballots and 171,750 of those voted against the Olympic bid.The city council is expected to address the results on Monday, but the bid appears dead. The council has already shown skepticism, with eight of 15 members voting last month to scuttle the public vote. Ten votes were required for the vote not to be held. ‘The Olympics are dead’: Does anyone want to be a host city any more? Share on Twitter Americas Reuse this content Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Canada The defeat is a huge blow to the International Olympic Committee, which has only two candidates officially declared: Stockholm and a joint Italian bid from Milan and Cortina D’Ampezzo. Both bids also face opposition and financing problems. Three other cities withdrew earlier this year: Sapporo in Japan; Sion in Switzerland; Graz in Austria. Turkey’s Erzurum was eliminated last month by the IOC.The IOC was left in a similar spot for the 2022 Winter Olympics when numerous bidders withdrew. Only two unlikely cities expressed final interest, with Beijing winning narrowly in an IOC vote over Almtay in Kazakhstan.“[The vote] comes as no surprise following the political discussions and uncertainties right up until the last few days,” the IOC said in a statement. “It is disappointing that the arguments about the sporting, social and long-term benefits of hosting the Olympic Games did not sway the vote.”The Canadian Olympic Committee said in a statement it was disappointed by the results. Calgary was the host for the 1988 Winter Olympics. “The opportunity to welcome the world to Canada, where people can experience the uniting power of the Games and within our nation’s culture of peace and inclusion, would have offered countless benefits to all,” the statement said. “This would have been a unique opportunity for Canadians to be leaders in fulfilling the promise of a renewed vision for the Games.”The results won’t be declared official until Friday, but the opposition was already celebrating. “I think that people had enough of the establishment, telling us what to do, what to think,” local councilor Sean Chu said. The host for 2026 will be selected by the IOC in a vote on June 24 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Share on LinkedIncenter_img Sport politics Winter Olympics Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share via Email Topics International Olympic Committee news Support The Guardianlast_img read more

West Ham target Pellegrini leaves Hebei Fortune

first_imgTransfers West Ham target Pellegrini leaves Hebei China Fortune Goal 02:38 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Manuel Pellegrini Manchester City Stoke City Premier League 23042016 Alex Livesey/Getty Images Transfers West Ham United Hebei CFFC Premier League The former Manchester City manager has departed the Chinese Super League club, possibly paving a way back to the Premier League West Ham target Manuel Pellegrini has left his position at Hebei China Fortune, the Chinese Super League club announced on Saturday.Goal reported on Friday that West Ham had made the former Manchester City manager their top target to replace David Moyes.”As of May 20, Mr Pellegrini will no longer work as the head coach of Hebei China Fortune Football Club,” the club announced in a statement posted to Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “We sincerely thank Mr Pellegrini for his contribution to the club and we wish him all the best for the future.”The move potentially paves the way for Pellegrini to join West Ham as the Premier League club search for a new manager following the 2017-18 season.Slaven Bilic began the season at the club, but was fired mid-season as the club toiled under the threat of relegation.Former Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland boss Moyes was brought in as a replacement and steered West Ham to safety, but his contract was allowed to expire following the end of the season.While Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez and outgoing Paris Saint-Germain manager Unai Emery were in the frame for the job, Goal reported Pellegrini had become the front runner in recent days.Emery’s lack of English was considered a detriment, as were concerns over Benitez’s wage demands and compensation for a release from his Newcastle contract.Pellegrini has been valued thanks to his Premier League experience and success with Manchester City, where he won the league title in 2013-14 during a three-year stay.The Chilean, who is not believed to have met with West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan yet, had a large contract in China, where he earned approximately £15.7 million per year, but it is not expected he will require a deal that large to join the London club.The 64-year-old took over Hebei China Fortune after his departure from City. He led the side to a fourth-place finish in his only full season at the club, and departs with the team in ninth place. In addition to the Premier League, Pellegrini won two League Cup medals during his stint at City, before making way at the Etihad Stadium for Pep Guardiola in 2016.last_img read more