The Clasico Joven between Club America and Cruz Azul will decide which team finishes the weekend as the top team in Liga MX. With just three weeks remaining, it will give the winner the inside track to the Superlider spot and home-field advantage throughout the Liguilla. The Estadio Azteca, now both teams’ home stadium after Cruz Azul’s move there this summer, will be the site for a No. 1 vs. No. 2 clash that will have major repercussions for the rest of the tournament. Game Cruz Azul vs Club America Date Saturday, October 27 Time 10 p.m. ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States, the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). 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! New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream Univision Deportes Network fubo TV (7-day free trial) Squads & Team News Position Cruz Azul players Goalkeepers Corona, Allison, Pelaez Defenders Aguilar, Dominguez, Lichnovsky, Flores, Aldrete, Sanchez, Maduena, Silva Midfielders Salas, Montoya, Hernandez, Mendez, Dominguez, Mena, Baca, Marcone, Alvarado Forwards Cauteruccio, Caraglio, Renteria, Zuniga Cruz Azul has a shorter turnaround than America in this contest, coming off a win over Leon on penalty kicks in the Copa MX semifinal earlier this week. While the final comes on Oct. 31, Pedro Caixinha isn’t going to put out a weakened lineup in a rivalry game against the league leader.Cruz Azul right back Gerry Flores is out with an injury. Forward Milton Caraglio was kept out of last week’s league match as a precaution for the Copa MX contest but wasn’t fit for that match either. Misael Domínguez will join up with the Mexico U-20s after the contest. Potential Cruz Azul XI: Corona; Maduena, Dominguez, Aguilar, Aldrete; Baca, Marcone, Alvarado; Menez, Cauteruccio, Hernandez Position Club America players Goalkeepers Marchesin, Jimenez, Estrada Defenders Vargas, Sanchez, Alvarez, Reyes, Valdez, Aguilera, Aguilar, Torres, Leon, Zamora Midfielders Rodriguez, Menez, Uribe, Dominguez, Ibarguen, Corona, Arce, Insaurralde, Lainez, Lopez, Moreno, Garcia, Ibarra, Rodriguez, Aguilar Forwards Martinez, Martin, Peralta, Gonzalez Diego Lainez and Carlos Vargas are traveling with the Mexico U-20 team to take part in the Concacaf Championships, which serve as a qualifier for next year’s U-20 World Cup, but will leave just after Saturday’s contest.Oribe Peralta, Andres Ibarguen, Emmanuel Aguilera and Cecilio Dominguz all had been on the injured list recently but participated in full training this week. Jeremy Menez is still sidelined for the rest of the tournament. Potential America XI: Marchesin; Aguilar, Valdez, Aguilera, Sanchez; Uribe, Rodriguez; Ibarra, Lainez, Ibarguen; MartinezMatch Preview Too often in recent years the Clasico Joven has been a top team against an outmatched one (usually America on top with Cruz Azul being outmatched). Former America sporting director Ricardo Pelaez’s summer rebuild of Cruz Azul has worked out, though, and now with just four weeks left in the regular season Cruz Azul sits one point behind league leader Club America.They’ve done it with one of the league’s best defenses, allowing just 11 goals through 13 contests. Even though the attack has cooled off since Elias Hernandez and Roberto Alvarado were ripping up fullbacks at the start of the season, manager Pedro Caixinha is getting decent showings out of his squad, though last week’s 2-0 loss to Queretaro in which the Gallos Blancos notched two goals in the final five minutes of the match created frustration.La Maquina bounced back by moving into the Copa MX finals during the week with a semifinal win over Leon and would be feeling just fine if they could get the better of their rival and move back to the league’s summit.America will have something to say about that. Las Aguilas have made a mockery of the pundits’ predictions before the season that they’d have trouble finding the back of the next. They’re average more than two goals a match and have scored a dozen goals in the last five matches.The scoring has been spread around, with plenty of defenders in the mix as well as players like winger Andres Ibarguen, but teenage midfielder Diego Lainez also has to get some credit for the role he has played in setting up goals, not to mention the stunner he hit to cap a 3-0 thrashing of Tijuana last week.The contest profiles to be a thrilling match to watch, with two of the top teams in the Apertura jockeying for playoff position ahead of a potential rematch in the latter rounds.Perhaps the biggest shame of all is that the Azteca pitch continues to be in horrendous condition, and the surface is unlikely to be the type that a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in the country’s most historic stadium deserves.
It was all there for the taking for Atlanta United. Sunday was a chance at a record, it was a chance at a trophy, and it was a chance to solidify a special end to a special regular season.The 2018 campaign may still be special, trophies will someday come and records have fallen, and probably will fall, at Atlanta’s hands. But Sunday night proved little more than a wasted chance for a team that has wasted so few since joining MLS.With the Supporters’ Shield and a potential league record for points in a season on the line, Atlanta United fell completely flat on Sunday. The result was a 4-1 loss to a Toronto FC team that, for the first time all season, played like a group that wasn’t yet ready to concede the title of best ever. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The loss was enough to end Atlanta’s Supporters’ Shield hopes and bump the second-year club behind the New York Red Bulls heading into what in all likelihood will be a postseason collision of two of the most thoroughly-dominant teams in the league’s recent history.But on Sunday, history was in their grasp and, for the first time in what felt like forever, Atlanta slipped up.“This was the most important game of the year and we didn’t play well enough,” said Tata Martino, who is entering his final days as Atlanta United manager following a recent announcement that he’ll be leaving the club at the end of the season, to MLSsoccer.. “We let all the hard work that we had done until that point go to waste.”We betrayed ourselves, threw away everything we had worked for this season,” he added. “It’s always a possibility that you can lose away at Toronto, the important thing is the way that we lost it today.”Some post-match thoughts from Red Bull Arena after the New York Red Bulls’ record-setting and Supporters’ Shield-winning victory: #RBNY #MLS pic.twitter.com/6u671icjsJ— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) October 29, 2018That “betrayal” started early. Just nine minutes into the match, Atlanta was already up against it as Lucas Janson scored to give TFC the lead. With the Red Bulls lurking just one point behind and facing lowly Orlando City, Atlanta knew a win would likely be the only path to a Supporters’ Shield.The response wasn’t there. Marky Delgado scored in the 21st to double Toronto’s lead and all but bury Atlanta’s hopes while late goals from Janson and Sebastian Giovinco were just an exclamation point on what ended up feeling like an Atlanta United collapse. “We knew what this game meant for us, in terms of winning the shield and everything that came with it,” goalkeeper Brad Guzan said. “We just didn’t show up.”“It’s rough at the minute,” he added. “We didn’t expect this from ourselves. There will be some conversations, tough [ones]. We need to make sure we put things right and put this behind us.”The club can take some solace in the fact that, by and large, the loss shouldn’t impact too much when it comes to the MLS Cup playoffs. Atlanta will still have home-field advantage if the club reaches the MLS Cup final and will still have a coveted first round bye. Aside from a flip-flopped home game in a two-legged clash with the Red Bulls should both sides reach the conference finals, Atlanta’s path to a trophy remains largely the same.There’s also the record set by the club’s striker, although that loses a bit of its luster given the result. Josef Martinez’s second half penalty kick goal was the striker’s 31st of the season, further adding to the record haul for the Venezuelan while sealing a nine-goal gap between Martinez and Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the Golden Boot. Martinez broke the single-season mark in August with his 28th, but has scored just three in the eight matches since.The new record. The new standard.The King of All Kings.@JosefMartinez17 is your 2018 @MLS Golden Boot Winner pic.twitter.com/azbPIeCbJj— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) October 29, 2018Now, Atlanta heads into the postseason carrying a bit of doubt for the first time all year. From the start of the season, the club established itself as the favorite to win MLS Cup. There were mistakes along the way, sure, but from the early days the team had the look of something special.That look is still there, despite the fact that a little bit of shine was lost on Sunday. Atlanta will host New York CIty FC, the Philadelphia Union or the Columbus Crew on Sunday to kickstart the postseason and the team’s road to the final. To get there, they’ll need better than Sunday’s match, one that could prove a blessing if it humbles a team that remains one of the favorites to play into December.
England, along with Scotland, have the longest history of playing international football in the world.The two nations first faced off in 1870, playing out a scoreless draw at The Oval in London, although FIFA recognises a 0-0 draw at Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow on November 30, 1872 as the first international match.Since then, the Three Lions have become one of the most storied nations in the game, famously winning the World Cup in 1966 by beating West Germany 4-2 under Wembley’s Twin Towers. 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! Here are some of the individuals and teams that will go down in legend for outstanding achievements.WHO IS ENGLAND’S MOST-CAPPED PLAYER? Goalkeeper Peter Shilton holds the record for caps won by an England player with 125. He made his debut against East Germany on November 25, 1970, despite playing in the second tier for Leicester City, and featured for the last time for the national team in the World Cup semi-final penalty shootout defeat against Germany on July 7, 1990. Wayne Rooney, meanwhile, is the Three Lions’ most capped outfield player. The former Manchester United and Everton attacker had made 119 appearances for his country, and was their youngest player at 17 years and 111 days old when he debuted against Australia in 2003.Although he retired from the international scene following a 3-0 win over Scotland on November 15, 2017, he will earn his 120th cap in a friendly against the USA in order to promote his charity, the Wayne Rooney Foundation. Seven other players have reached 100 caps for England. Billy Wright, who made 70 consecutive appearances for his country (also a record), was the first player to do so in 1959.The legendary Bobby Moore, meanwhile, was the quickest player to reach 100 appearances, having taken 10 years and 271 days to do so between his debut and the landmark outing. Caps Name Dates of caps 125 Peter Shilton 1970-1990 119 Wayne Rooney 2003-2018 115 David Beckham 1996-2009 114 Steven Gerrard 2000-2014 108 Bobby Moore 1962-1973 107 Ashley Cole 2001-2014 106 Bobby Charlton 1958-1970 106 Frank Lampard 1999-2014 105 Billy Wright 1946-1959 WHO IS ENGLAND’S RECORD SCORER? Wayne Rooney is England’s leading marksman, having netted 53 times for the Three Lions, including 37 goals in competitive fixtures.His first goal for his country came when he was just 17, when he registered against Macedonia in a 2-1 victory away from home in a qualifying match for Euro 2004. In doing so, he became England’s youngest ever scorer.His final goal came against Iceland in the infamous 2-1 Euro 2016 defeat against the minnows.He is the only man to have scored more than 50 goals for England, with Bobby Charlton next on the list with 49.The other players to have struck 40 or more times are Gary Lineker, Jimmy Greaves and Michael Owen. Goals Name Dates of goals 53 Wayne Rooney 2003-2016 49 Bobby Charlton 1958-1970 48 Gary Lineker 1985-1992 44 Jimmy Greaves 1959-1967 40 Michael Owen 1998-2007 30 Alan Shearer 1992-2000 30 Tom Finney 1946-1958 29 Frank Lampard 2003-2013 29 Vivian Woodward 1903-1911 WHO IS ENGLAND’S YOUNGEST EVER PLAYER? Although Rooney was England’s youngest player when he debuted in the autumn of 2003 against Australia, his record was relatively short-lived. Theo Walcott was a surprising inclusion in Sven-Goran Eriksson’s squad for the 2006 World Cup, and the erstwhile Southampton attacker was handed his international bow in a friendly against Hungary on May 30, 2006.He was just 17 years and 75 days old when he turned out for the Three Lions – beating Rooney’s record by 36 days.WHAT IS ENGLAND’S RECORD VICTORY? England’s record victory stands as a 13-0 away success over Ireland on February 18, 1882, while their biggest ever home success arrived against the Irish 17 years later, when they picked up a 13-2 win.In terms of competitive international matches, England have twice recorded 9-0 victories over Luxembourg, once on October 19, 1960 and then again on December 15, 1982. WHAT IS ENGLAND’S RECORD DEFEAT? England’s heaviest defeat came in a friendly match at the hands of a formidable Hungary side on May 23, 1954 as the teams were building up towards the World Cup. Hungary affirmed their status as favourites by claiming a stunning 7-1 win.On home soil, England’s record loss came on March 12, 1881, when they suffered a 6-1 reverse at the hands of Scotland.England have lost competitive matches by three goals on two occasions, representing their nadir in that regard. On February 27, 1963, they suffered a 5-2 loss against France, while on June 27, 2010 they went down 4-1 against Germany in a World Cup last-16 encounter best remembered for Frank Lampard’s ‘ghost’ goal that was not given, despite the ball crossing the line.
Mumbai, Apr 23 (PTI) Thailand, the South Asian country mainly known for its tropical beaches and cuisine, is eyeing 12 lakh travellers from India this year.”We hosted 11.8 lakh tourists from India in 2016. This year looks promising and we are expecting to host 12 lakh travellers from India,” Tourism Authority of Thailands (TAT) Deputy Governor for International Marketing (Asia and the South Pacific) Srisuda Wanapinyosak told PTI here.She said TAT is promoting Thailand as an affordable destination for families, women travellers, adventure and sports lovers and honeymooners.”There is no particular age group that we cater to. However, we cater to various segments which include families, destination weddings, women travellers, adventure and sports lovers, honeymooners, and also the luxury segment,” she said.”We want to promote Thailand as a preferred destination and also as an affordable luxury destination,” she said.The travellers, of all age groups and backgrounds, can have a great journey across the country by joining in the traditional Thai practices or exploring the legacy of late King Rama IX, Wanapinyosak said.The direct connectivity between both the countries also helps in boosting tourism in Thailand, she said.”We have direct flights from Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kochi. From Mumbai there 10 Thai Airways flights a week, seven flights each of Bangkok Airlines and Air India in a week and 21 Jet Airways flights,” she said.”Apart from this, the Garuda Indonesia is operating flights from Mumbai to Jakarta with a stopover in Bangkok. This certainly helps boost tourism in Thailand,” she added. said. PTI SM GKadvertisement
Bowling all-rounder Axar Patel wants to make the most of his Indian Premier League (IPL) form for Kings XI Punjab, to reinforce his way into the national side for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy next month in England.On Friday, Patel once again proved his credentials with a quickfire 17-ball 38 and doubled up with three wickets against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to help the Kings XI Punjab clinch the tie by 19 runs.Patel, who last donned the blue against New Zealand in the fifth One-Day International (ODI) at Visakhapatnam in October last year, injured himself while fielding against England in the fifth Test where he was called up as a cover for Jayant Yadav.Since then the left-arm orthodox spinner has not been selected for national duty with the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal (6/25 vs England in the third T20) and Kuldeep Yadav (4/68 vs Australia in the fourth Test) making strong cases for themselves across formats besides big fish Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.Patel, 23, though has so far found his footing in the IPL – a quicksilver pathway to make the India cut – scalping 13 wickets in nine matches and also scoring 176 runs.”This has been my best IPL so far,” Patel told IANS in a telephonic interview.”Barring a few matches, I have batted well. I am bowling well too, except maybe one or two games. This has been my best season. There are still a lot of matches to play and I want to take the confidence forward,” said the Gujarat tweaker whose all-round show with bat and ball was lauded in Punjab’s 26-run win over Gujarat Lions.advertisementPatel first scored a brisk 17-ball 34, laced with three boundaries and two sixes, and then accounted for Suresh Raina (33) and Dwayne Smith (4) to break the back of Gujarat Lions’ batting from which they never recovered.”The first time I played for India, I got a chance after performing well in the IPL,” Axar, who made his India debut in June 2014 against Bangladesh in Dhaka, said.In the same year, the wiry southpaw took 17 wickets in 17 matches helping Punjab reach the final where they lost to Kolkata Knight Riders.”IPL has now become a good platform for youngsters to flourish. I am trying hard to enhance my chances of a comeback by performing well and pushing the limits. I want to continue my form,” Patel said.Punjab are still in the fray to book a playoff berth along with Sunrisers Hyderabad. Should the Preity Zinta-co-owned franchise make the last four, Patel said David Warner’s Hyderabad will pose the toughest challenge.”We are targeting match by match. The plan is to not put too much pressure on ourselves and play our normal game.”Sunrisers Hyderabad will be a tough opponent if we meet them in the playoffs provided we qualify. They have a strong batting line up.”Patel signed off by lavishing praise on chinaman Kuldeep, saying the 22-year old has been the best Indian spinner so far in the cash-rich tournament.”Kuldeep Yadav has done well. I have played with him a lot. He is the youngster who is doing so well. In future, he will do really well for India.”
David Warner added another feather to his cap by joining an elite list of Indian players as he breached the 4000-run mark in the Indian Premier League.Warner became the first foreigner and fifth player overall to reach the milestone when he scored 37 off 35 balls against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Eliminator of IPL 2017.The Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper has played 114 matches since making his debut for Delhi Daredevils against Chennai Super Kings in the second edition in 2009 of the cash-rich T20 league. The Australian dasher now has 4014 runs at 40.54 with three hundreds and 36 fifties – most by any player.Even though Delhi lost the game, Warner announced his arrival with a 40-ball 51, studded with five fours and a six.Warner, who amassed 848 runs last season, has carried his form to the 10th season with 641 runs so far in 14 matches with the help of four fifties and a century.Suresh Raina leads the runs tally with 4540 runs, Virat Kohli is next with 4418 runs while Rohit Sharma and Gautam Gambhir have 4157 and 4088 runs respectively.Chris Gayle is the second best foreigner at a distant 3626 runs while third-placed AB de Villiers has 3473 runs in the IPL.
New Delhi, May 23 (PTI) Self-styled godman Chandraswami, who counted among his friends and disciples prime ministers, kings and Hollywood celebrities, died in near anonymity today of multi-organ failure at a Delhi hospital.He was 66 and had recently suffered a stroke.”Spiritual leader Jagadacharya Chandraswami ji, 66 years old, had been ailing for some time. He recently suffered a stroke,” an Apollo Hospital statement said.Chandraswami, an astrologer and tantric, was considered close to late prime minister P V Narasimha Rao and was probed for his alleged role in plotting and financing the killing of Rajiv Gandhi.Controversys favourite child, the self-proclaimed godman in flowing silk saffron robes and sporting a tilak on his forehead, faced a bevy of criminal cases–ranging from FERA violations, to blackmail and cheating, to shady arms deals.Claimed to have extraordinary astrological and tantric skills, he became close to Narasimha Rao who was a minister in the Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi cabinet. His fortunes soared when Rao became the prime minister. Rao had retired from active politics when he was asked to become prime minister after Congress victory following the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991.Soon after Rao became the prime minister, Chandraswami built an ashram– Vishwa Dharmayatan Sanathan– in Qutub Institutional Area. The land for the ashram was said to have been allotted by Indira Gandhi.Chandraswami, whose real name was Nemi Chand Jain, was claimed to have dispensed spiritual advice to the Sultan of Brunei, Sheikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa of Bahrain, actress Elizabeth Taylor, British premier Margaret Thatcher and arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi among other famous figures. He also counted some heads of state and government as his close friends.advertisementThe alleged role of Chandrawami in the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi came to light in a report submitted by the M C Jain judicial commission, which went into the aspect of conspiracy behind the killing of the former prime minister.The Congress party, in its submissions before the Jain Commission in 1997 accused Chandraswami of having financed the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi after playing a key role in the conspiracy jointly hatched by various terrorist outfits in London and executed by the LTTE.In its report, the Jain Commission dedicated a volume to his alleged involvement. The Enforcement Directorate also investigated his alleged role as financier of the killing.Earlier this month, the Supreme Court asked the Central Bureau of Investigation to give a time-frame for completing a detailed probe, saying the larger conspiracy behind the assassination had to be investigated.The court was hearing a plea on the matter by A G Perarivalan, one of the convicts whose death sentence was commuted to a life term in the case. He faced charges of repeated violation of the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act. An income-tax raid on his ashram is reported to have uncovered original drafts of payments to Adnan Khashoggi of 11 million USD.Khashoggi was allegedly involved in the “Iran?Contra affair” as a key middleman in the arms-for-hostages exchange along with Iranian arms dealer Manucher Ghorbanifar.The Iran-Contra affair was a political scandal in the United States during the second term of Ronald Reagan as President. Senior Reagan Administration officials had secretly facilitated the sale of arms to Iran, which was the subject of an arms embargo. PTI PLB TDS ARC BDS SK SK
Juan Martin del Potro, who crashed out of the French Open after suffering a straight-sets loss against Andy Murray, has hailed the Scot, saying the world number one played like a “real No. 1″.Murray, won a gripping 84-minute opening set on his way to a 7-6 (10-8), 7-5, 6-0 victory to reach the fourth round.”I had great opportunities in the first two sets. Those sets were very decisive. I felt I was playing well. I could feel I was hurting him,” Sport24 quoted Del Potro as saying.”But it still was extremely complicated, because he was starting to return the balls better. My service was not hurting him as much anymore later into the game. He is a real No. 1,” the 28-year-old added.The world number one was relentless in his defence, forcing Del Potro to play off his backhand which has lost much of its formidable zip following three wrist surgeries.Del Potro further acknowledged the fact that Murray played smartly and, in fact, termed him as “one of the smartest guys on the circuit”.”He played very smartly. I knew that if I stayed behind the baseline, he can only do so much. So that’s why he kept forcing me to move,” recognised the 29th seed.”Then he forced me to play backhand first, and then he sliced me. Sometimes the balls would then go crosscourt diagonally, and only a very, very few smart players can do that,” he added.The Scot, bidding for his first Roland Garros title, goes on to face American John Isner or Russia’s Karen Khachanov.advertisement
Mumbai, Jun 22 (PTI) Following are the top storiesMumbai, Jun 22 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the western region at 1700 HRS:BOM 7 MH-FARMERS-LD PROTESTThane: Farmers protesting land acquisition for a proposed airport at Nevali set vehicles on fire and clash with police, leaving four policemen injured.BOM 13 MH-FARMERS-SUICIDENashik: Four debt-ridden farmers commit suicide in the last two days in Nashik district where one of them sets up his own funeral pyre.BOM 9 MH-NAIDU-FARM LOANMumbai: Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu says seeking loan waiver has become a “fashion” of late, which he says should be considered in extreme situations.BOM 6 BIZ-IT-NASSCOMHyderabad: Indian IT export is projected to grow by 7-8 per cent in 2017-18, industry body Nasscom says in its guidance today.BOM 15 MP-PAK-CRICKET-CHARGEBhopal: The Madhya Pradesh police drops sedition charges against 15 persons, arrested earlier in Burhanpur district for cheering Pakistan cricket team after it won the ICC Champions Trophy final against India.BOM 8 BIZ-IT-PATELMumbai: Reserve Bank Governor Urjit Patel says he is not “overly pessimistic” about employment scenario in the IT sector, pointing out that mushrooming startups can compensate for job losses.BCM 12 BIZ-RBI-PATEL-GSTMumbai: Reserve Bank governor Urjit Patel says the soon-to-be implemented GST will not only create a national market but will also broaden the tax base, which in turn will lower the overall taxes in the long-term.SPB 1 SPO-UTT-MADHURIKAMumbai: Leading Indian women paddlers, Madhurika Patkar and Monika Batra, believe that the Ultimate Table Tennis league, whose inaugural edition is to be held next month, will help the sport grow and benefit players.advertisementBES 1 CG-NAXAL-MURDERRaipur: Naxals kill a police jawan in Chhattisgarhs Bijapur district. PTI NSK NSK
Former captain Ravi Shastri has been appointed the new head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team till the 2019 World Cup, as first reported on India Today. Shastri’s first assignment will be a full-fledged tour of Sri Lanka featuring three Tests, five ODIs and a one-off T20 International starting July 26. WATCH FULL VIDEOMeanwhile, Zaheer Khan has been named bowling coach while Rahul Dravid will be batting coach for overseas tours.BCCI said that the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, who conducted the interviews, recommended these appointments in the “best interest” of Indian cricket.The term of the appointments will be till the World Cup 2019.”Shastri has been the team director in the past, and brings with him a wealth of experience, both as player and as coach,” said board’s acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary.”Zaheer is a contemporary cricketer who assumed the mentoring role to a young fast bowling unit even during his playing days with India. His inputs and wisdom will be of immense value to our young fast bowlers, who have shown tremendous potential in the last couple of years. And, as the Indian team is to play plenty of Test cricket overseas in the next two years, Rahul Dravid’s expertise as batting consultant will be immensely helpful for youngsters,” he added.The CAC had interviewed five candidates on Monday – Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Lalchand Rajput and Shastri – before finalising on the latter.Shastri was involved in a three-way race along with Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody as the advisory committee met in Mumbai to select the new coach.advertisementShastri was overlooked last year as the CAC went ahead and picked Anil Kumble for a one-year term. Many had felt Shastri was the hot favourite to replace Duncan Fletcher as the full-time coach until Kumble threw his hat in the ring.Last year, Shastri had said he was disappointed after missing out on the coaching job because the team had done “wonderfully well” under him.As team director from 2014 to 2016, Shastri had a good run as India won an ODI series against England, reached the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup and 2016 World T20, won a T20I series in Australia and clinched the Asia Cup.But he soon made way for former captain Anil Kumble, who was selected coach by the CAC in 2016. Shastri was also one of the applicants last year but he was overlooked despite his good run.Kumble’s one-year tenure came to a controversial end when he resigned following differences with skipper Virat Kohli.In a statement hours after tendering his resignation, Kumble said he was told by the Indian board that Kohli was not satisfied with his ‘style of coaching’.ZAHEER KHAN NAMED BOWLING COACHFormer India pacer Zaheer has been named bowling coach. The 38-year-old has played 92 Tests and picked up 311 wickets and has 282 scalps to his name from 200 ODIs — and as captain of the Delhi Daredevils has nurtured several talented young players.Zaheer is well respected in the Indian cricket fraternuity and has played with current members MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin.RAHUL DRAVID BATTING COACH FOR OVERSEAS TOURSBCCI appointed Dravid as the batting coach for overseas tours. He is also coach of India’s A and U-19 teams. Known as the ‘The Wall’ fo his solid defecne, Dravid accumulated 13288 runs in 164 Tests and 10889 runs in 344 ODIs.India already have a full-time batting coach in Sanjay Bangar.Here is BCCI’s full press release:Ravi Shastri appointed Head Coach, Zaheer Khan Bowling Consultant and Rahul Dravid Overseas Batting Consultant for the Indian Cricket Team The BCCI announces the appointment of Mr. Ravi Shastri as the Head Coach, Mr. Zaheer Khan as the Bowling Consultant and Mr. Rahul Dravid who will be the Overseas Batting Consultant (Test cricket) for the Indian Cricket Team. As part of the process for selecting the Head Coach, the Committee members – Mr. Sourav Ganguly, Mr. VVS Laxman, who attended the meeting in person, and Mr. Sachin Tendulkar, who joined the panel via tele-conference, conducted the interviews and recommended these appointments in the best interest of Indian Cricket. The term of the appointments will be till the World Cup 2019. Mr. Shastri has been the team director in the past, and brings with him a wealth of experience, both as player and as coach. Mr. Khan is a contemporary cricketer who assumed the mentoring role to a young fast bowling unit even during his playing days with India. His inputs and wisdom will be of immense value to our young fast bowlers, who have shown tremendous potential in the last couple of years. As the Indian team is to play plenty of Test cricket overseas in the next two years, Rahul Dravid’s expertise as batting consultant will be immensely helpful for youngsters. The Board appreciates the contribution of the Cricket Advisory Committee – Mr. Sachin Tendulkar, Mr. Sourav Ganguly and Mr. VVS Laxman for recommending these appointments which will take Indian Cricket to greater heights. The Board would like to wish these Gentlemen the very best and they along with the players together will take Indian Cricket to new heights. Amitabh Choudhary Acting Hony. Secretary BCCIadvertisement
By Shirish B PradhanKathmandu, Jul 26 (PTI) Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba today expanded his cabinet by inducting 19 new ministers, more than a month and a half after he was appointed to the countrys top executive post.Deuba appointed 10 ministers from his party Nepali Congress, six from CPN (Maoist Centre), two from Madhesi Janadhikar Forum-Loktantrik and one from CPN (United).President Bidya Devi Bhandari administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly appointed ministers at Sheetal Niwas this afternoon.Giriraj Mani Pokharel has been sworn in as the Minister for Health, Ram Krishan Yadav as Minister for Agriculture Development and Mohan Basnet as Minister forInformation and Communications.Bhimsen Das was sworn in as Minister for Defense, Rajan KC as Minister for Youth and Sports and Yagya Bahadur Thapa as Minister for Law.Deuba wanted to expand his cabinet yesterday, but the failure to address intra-party feud over ministerial berths led to the cancellation of the plan.With the induction of new ministers, the total strength of Deubas cabinet has reached 27.He had formed a small cabinet by inducting seven ministers, including three Deputy Prime Ministers (DPMs), after being elected as 40th Prime Minister of Nepal.Deuba was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Nepal by President Bhandari on June 7 after the 70-year-old leader secured 388 votes out of a total of 558 votes cast in the 601 -member legislative parliament.He became Nepals Prime Minister for the fourth time, succeeding Maoist leader Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda who had resigned after nine months to honour a power-sharing deal and had proposed Deubas name. PTI SBP MRJ MRJadvertisement
New Delhi, Aug 22 (PTI) The Supreme Court today upheld the Delhi High Courts verdict barring Prasar Bharati from sharing with cable operators through Doordarshan (DD) channels the live feed of cricket matches of which private broadcasters ESPN and Star had the exclusive rights.The bench said under the provision of the Sports Act, the live feed received by Prasar Bharati from content rights owners was only for the purpose of re-transmission of signals on its own terrestrial and direct-to-home (DTH) networks and not to cable operators.A bench comprising justices Ranjan Gogoi and Navin Sinha dismissed the appeals of the Centre, Prasar Bharati, Home Cable Network Private Limited and Sopan Foundation and upheld the Delhi High Courts February 4, 2015 judgement.”We, therefore, come to the conclusion that under Section 3 of the Sports Act, 2007 the live feed received by Prasar Bharati from content rights owners or holders is only for the purpose of re-transmission of the said signals on its own terrestrial and DTH networks and not to cable operators so as to enable the cable TV operators to reach such consumers who have already subscribed to a cable network.”For these reasons, all the appeals will have to fail. They are accordingly dismissed. The judgement and order of February 4, 2015 passed by the high court is affirmed,” the apex court said.It observed that if there has to be a national game in India, cricket would certainly be a front-runner and the live telecast of the cricketing events, domestic and international, is beamed to millions of homes in the country.advertisement”The precise origin of the game of cricket, though largely unknown, has been traced, at least, to late 15th century England. With the expansion of British empire the game of cricket travelled to different parts of the globe including India.”Today, if there has to be a national game in India, cricket would certainly be a front-runner. The packed stands in all cricketing venues are certainly not the full picture. Live telecast of all major cricketing events, domestic and international, is beamed to millions of homes in the country,” it said.The bench said that telecasting or broadcasting rights are leased out by the organising body i.e. the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) through competitive bidding and these live feeds are transmitted to millions of Indian homes by Doordarshan, cable operators and DTH operators.”The rights of these entities in respect of the live telecast of major cricketing events in the country and the consequential revenue implications are the core issues arising in these groups of appeals…,” it said.The bench noted that BCCI is the approved national level body holding virtually monopoly rights to organise cricketing events in the country and grant of telecasting rights of these events is, therefore, a major source of revenue for it.It said a media rights agreement is currently in force between Star India Private Ltd and BCCI effective from April 2012 till March 2018 under which Star India has been granted exclusive rights to telecast cricketing events that take place in the country during this period.Star India has, in turn, engaged ESPN Software Pvt Ltd, for distribution of the telecast of all cricketing events covered by this agreement.ESPN and Star had earlier contended that cable TV operators were getting live feeds through DD channels free of cost, resulting in loss of revenue for them.The Centre, however, had said that the possible loss of revenue arising to the content rights owners or holders due to the mandatory requirement of sharing live feeds with Prasar Bharati has been adequately taken care of by the scheme of arrangement of revenue in the Sports Act, 2007. PTI SKV ABA MNL SJK RKS ZMN
Fast bowler Usman Shinwari dominated Sri Lanka’s top order with 5-34 as Pakistan whitewashed the tourists 5-0 for another convincing nine-wicket victory in the fifth and final one-day international on Monday.Shinwari claimed all his wickets in a 21-ball spell to dismiss Sri Lanka for 103 in only 26.2 overs.Fakhar Zaman (48) and Imam-ul-Haq (45 no) then eased to 105-1 in 20.2 overs to cap Pakistan’s string run in the ODIs in 2017 that began in June when it won the Champions Trophy.Sri Lanka’s poor run in limited-overs continued this year under captain Upul Tharanga. South Africa and India had earlier routed Sri Lanka 5-0 and the country has now lost 12 ODIs in a row.Shinwari, playing in only his second ODI, claimed four of his wickets in his first two overs before adding one more to make Sri Lanka 20-5.”It wasn’t easy, but the environment of the team is as such that it gives you a lot of confidence,” said Shinwari, who made his ODI debut on Friday in the fourth game of the series. “It was my second game and I thought hard about it.”The last wicket pair of Dushmantha Chameera (11) and Vishwa Fernando (7) took Sri Lanka beyond the 100-run mark before No.1-ranked fast bowler Hasan Ali finished off with 2-19 by clean bowling Chameera.”The way Shinwari bowled, I guess it’s not seen quite a lot in cricket that you dismiss half the side within your first three overs,” Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said. “The good thing is that (our) bench strength is getting stronger and stronger and more good players are coming.”advertisementShinwari was on a hat trick in the first over when he had Sadeera Samarawickrama clean bowled for his second straight nought of the series and then lured Dinesh Chandimal to drive but only got a big outside edge.Tharanga, who won the toss and opted to bat first, drove the hat-trick ball to cover boundary before Shinwari had the skipper bowled off a delivery that nipped back sharply into the left-hander.Niroshan Dickwella was the third man to get dismissed for nought when Shinwari had him lbw off another sharp incoming delivery. Milinda Siriwardana capped Sri Lanka’s top order batting woes in the series when he played another lose drive to get caught at covers.Ali then reduced Sri Lanka to 49-6 when Lahiru Thirimanne (19) was caught behind and Seekkuge Prasanna was run out.Thisara Perera (25) was one of the four batsmen to cross the double-figure mark, hitting a six and three fours, before falling to legspinner Shadab Khan, who finished with 2-24.Imam and Zaman then hurried the run-chase with an opening stand of 84 runs off 100 balls before Jeffery Vandersay got the consolation wicket by having Zaman caught behind. Zaman hit seven fours.Imam raised the victory by cutting Vandersay to the boundary as Pakistan made a remarkable turnaround of form with a 5-0 victory after losing the test series 2-0.”We are not playing to our strengths, to our capability,” Tharanga said. “We are making same mistakes again and again, (but) we can do much better than this, hopefully we will learn from our mistakes and comeback strongly.”The teams will now play a three-match Twenty20 series, starting from Thursday with the final T20 scheduled to be played at Lahore on Sunday.
Paco Alcacer enjoyed a rare outing for Barcelona by scoring twice in the club’s 2-1 La Liga win over Sevilla at the Nou Camp on Saturday.With second-placed Valencia having strolled to a 3-0 win over Leganes and third-placed Atletico Madrid downing Deportivo La Coruna 1-0 earlier in the day, Barcelona were determined to preserve their four-point lead at the top of the standings.Although all eyes were on Lionel Messi playing in his 600th game for Barca, it Alcacer who was on target for his side in the pouring rain in the Catalan capital.Making just his fourth La Liga appearance of the season, the striker netted a goal in each half to ensure leaders Barca stayed unbeaten after 11 games. They lead the standings with 31 points.Luis Suarez twice went close in the opening five minutes, while Ivan Rakitic whistled a volley wide as Barcelona started strongly. They were rewarded as Alcacer pounced on a Sergio Escudero error to run through and slot under the onrushing David Soria after 20 minutes.Sevilla enjoyed possession but rarely threatened the Barcelona goal before Guido Pizarro drew the visitors level in the 59th minute by nodding home from a corner.However, the joy was short-lived as Alcacer scored again five minutes later by poking home a Rakitic cross.Third-placed Atletico Madrid trail Barca by eight points. Real Madrid, who host Las Palmas on Sunday, are fourth while Sevilla stay fifth on 19 points.
Class 10 students in Maharashtra excelling in arts and culture will now be able to earn only upto 15 marks instead of 25 as per the state government’s revised rules. The state government has also done away with the two per cent reservation that the students, who got the extra marks could avail in the first year junior college admissions.In addition to the marks doled out for participation in sports, for the first time in March 2017, additional marks were given for art and cultural activities for Class 10 students. This system resulted into around 81,000 SSC students in the state benefiting in the first year.As many as 193 students received 100 per cent marks in the exam, thanks to the extra marks.(Read: Class 10, 12 board exams 2018: Likely to be delayed in these four states)After the results were out, the principals of several schools admitted that the extra marks provision for arts and culture led to the students getting high score. Against this backdrop, the education department of the Maharashtra government issued a GR on Friday, revising the rules for awarding additional marks to SSC students.From the year 2018, this new decision will come into effect.With inputs from PTIRead: Special need children to get free education up to age 18: HRD Ministry Read: Padmavati to be part of school syllabus from next year: MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Indifferent attitude of Punjab government has cost dear to Padamshri Kaur Singh, 65, who won three gold medals in various heavyweight boxing championships for the country including 1982 Asian games.The forgotten hero, who is currently admitted to a private hospital in Mohali, is running from pillar to post to get the cash award announced by then Akali Dal government in 1982.Interestingly, he wants his cash price to fund his medical treatment. Two years ago, when the doctors advised him to put stents, he was compelled to raise a loan of Rs 2 lacs from a private money lender as he had no cash reserves.Now, the total outstanding loan including interest which he has to pay is Rs 2.5 lacs.Kaur Singh was admitted to a private hospital in Mohali after he reported some complications. He told India Today that he is not able to walk as the injuries caused during the games have started troubling him in the old age.He is lying in a private hospital from last 24 days but none of the state government officials have come to meet him.The only Indian boxer who had fought with the boxing Legend Muhammad Ali boasts a chequered career. Besides winning a gold medal in the Asian games held in New Delhi during 1982 , he had also won two gold medals one each in Kings cup and Asian championships.Kaur Singh is also an army veteran and had retired as Subedar from Indian Army. He was also awarded a Sena Medal and was later employed as a Sub-Inspector by the Punjab police. However, the pension being paid to him now is meagre.advertisementInterestingly, the then chief minister of Punjab Prakash Singh Badal in 1982 had announced an incentive of rupees one lac to Kaur Singh when he won a gold medal in the Boxing championship. But even after 35 years he has yet to get his cash award.Kaur Singh told India Today that once when he reminded Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal of his investment, he was given a token money of Rs 10,000.Badals who spent Rs 100 crore on their chopper rides between 2007 to 2017 forgot to pay Rs 90,000 to the boxing star.Kaur Singh’s reaction was sharp when he was approached for a comment by India Today. Slamming the Punjab government for the step motherly treatment, Kaur Singh warned state’s sportspersons to think twice before making a career in sports.”The future generations should think twice before deciding to make a career in the sports as the state governments treats the medal winners as children of a lesser God,” says Kaur Singh.Kaur Singh hails from Choti Kanal kalan village of Sangrur district and owns two acres of ancestral land. His wife Baljeet Kaur is also on the bed and he did not allow his son to make a career in the sports after he was subjected to a step motherly treatment by the government.When approached for a comment Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal assured that the state government will wear Kaur Singh’s medical expenses if he himself or any of his family members approaches the government with the return request.”I only came to know about Kaur Singh’s poor health through your channel. The state government will render all sorts of help to the family and will even bear the medical expenses if a written request is received says,” Manpreet Singh Badal.
Brighton and Hove Albion have already collected more points in their Premier League campaign than many expected and the players are learning more about what it takes to compete in the top flight every week, striker Glenn Murray has said.While many expected Brighton to be stuck in the relegation battle, the club’s 1-0 win over Swansea City on Saturday marked their fourth league win of the season and saw them climb to eighth place.”We have done very well. We have got more points than we probably thought we would have,” Murray told the Argus newspaper. “We have done it all while learning a lot about the league.”A lot of the squad are new to the Premier League and it is a slightly different way of football compared to the Championship.”It’s a whole different ball game. It’s about, more than anything, keeping the back door shut and hoping we can pick points up like we did here … week in and week out we are picking points up and there is a good feeling about the place.”Brighton next host 14th-placed Stoke City on November 20.
TweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS – Down 2-0 in Euroleague quarter-final play, Greece’s leading basketball teams Olympiakos and Panathinaikos returned home on April 21 needing wins to stay alive in their best-of-series and managed to hang on.After being drubbed previously, Panathinaikos defeated CSKA Moscow 65-59 while Olympiakos, the two-time defending European champion, edged Real Madrid, 78-76 before delirious fans. The next games in both series are scheduled for April 23. Panathinaikos had the easier time of it, running off to a 25-13 lead and keeping in front the rest of the match apart from the Russian team taking a brief 59-58 lead only to be shut out the rest of the way.The Greens played tough on defense led by Stephane Lasme and Antonis Fotsis, along with Zack Wright, a Texan who has Bosnian heritage. Lasme scored 13 points and Wright added 10. Dimitris Diamantidis distributed five assists to become the player with the highest number of career assists in the history of the Euroleague, overtaking another Greek, Thodoris Papaloukas.At Peace and Friendship Stadium, Olympiakos showed some spunk to avoid being embarrassed by a sweep after winning the Euroleague titles in 2012 and 2013.The Reds were led by New York’s Bryant Dunston, a 6-8, 252-lb. power forward who was unstoppable, scoring 21 points and showing an indomitable presence.Olympiakos led 23-15 after one period and 45-38 at the half, buoyed by a raucous crowd that seemed to get under the skins of the Spanish team.The quicker Real Madrid players managed to grab a lead only 40 seconds before the finish but Olympiakos came back to grab the critical win, with captain Vassilis Spanoulis adding 17 points.