India’s Kidambi Srikanth reached the semi-final of the Hong Kong Open as Chen Long of China retired after the first game during their men’s singles match quarter-finals at the Hong Kong Open.Srikanth won the first game 21-13 in 15 minutes as his Chinese opponent had to retire. It was Srikanth’s second career win over the Chinese shuttler. The Indian still trails Long 2-6 in the head-to-head win-loss record. The only time the two shuttlers met this year was in the quarterfinals of the Malaysia Open in April where Long brushed aside Srikanth’s challenge in straight games.Srikanth’s lone victory over Long came in 2017 when he defeated the Chinese 22-20 21-16 to win the Australian Open.Srikanth, the lone Indian in contention in the tournament, will next meet the winner of the other quarterfinal match against Hong Kong’s Lee Cheuk Yiu, who downed seventh seed Viktor Axelsen of Denmark 21-14 21-19.Kidambi Srikanth through to the semifinals as Chen Long unfortunately withdraws from the YONEX-SUNRISE Hong Kong Open 2019 🏸#HSBCBWFbadminton #HSBCRaceToGuangzhou pic.twitter.com/63PDJQYQsK— BWF (@bwfmedia) November 15, 2019Srikanth in the previous round had registered a win over compatriot Sourabh Verma, 21-11, 15-21, 21-19 in the contest which lasted for 59 minutes.Srikanth had avoided a first-round exit as he got a bye against World No.1 Kento Momota as the Japanese shuttler withdrew from the tournament.PV Sindhu had crashed out on Thursday in the second round after going down to Thailand’s Busanan Ongbamrungpha. The Olympic silver medallist Sindhu lost 18-21, 21-11, 16-21In another men’s singles contest, H.S. Prannoy crashed out as he went down to World No. 6 Jonatan Christie in straight games. Prannoy suffered a 12-21, 19-21 defeat in the 38-minute contest.On the first day of the tournament, Saina Nehwal had been knocked out in the first round, as did in-form men’s doubles pair Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty.(With inputs from Agencies) Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Chen Longhong konghong kong openkidambi srikanth First Published: November 15, 2019, 1:16 PM IST
footballgermanyreferee First Published: November 22, 2019, 5:16 PM IST Berlin: A regional league footballer in Germany was banned Thursday for three years, and his club suspended for six months, after he punched a referee who had just sent him off.The player from FSV Muenster has been charged with assault and banned from playing by the governing body in Hesse for punching the 22-year-old referee in a regional league game against TV Semd last month. The official was knocked out by the punch and had to be airlifted to hospital.The Muenster club in west Germany has also been suspended from playing for six months and fined 500 euros ($553).”Something like that does not belong on a sports pitch and the three-years are fully justified, it was the highest possible penalty,” Theodor Greiner of the Hessian Football Association (HFV), told AFP subsidiary SID.Greiner suspects the three-year ban handed to the player “could well be changed to life” when the HFV meets at the weekend.FSV Muenster immediately suspended their team from playing after the incident and the club’s president has said the player responsible will be held liable for the fine.There was another violent incident in the lower leagues on Wednesday when a cup semi-final in south-west Germany was called off after an assistant referee was knocked to the ground during the match. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
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Mumbai made their first Ranji Trophy final in three seasons even though they were denied an outright win with fighting centuries from Madhya Pradesh wicket-keeper batsman Naman Ojha and Harpreet Singh on day five of the semifinal on Wednesday.Madhya Pradesh, who needed to chase a mammoth 571-run target in little more than four sessions, ended their second innings at 361 for 5 with the game ending in a draw and Mumbai entering the final on the basis of first innings lead.They meet Saurashtra in the final to be played in Pune from February 24.Madhya Pradesh, starting the day at 99 for 2, went on to frustrate the Mumbai bowlers for 109 overs, putting a much improved effort than the first innings where they managed 227 to Mumbai’s 371.Ojha (113), who started the day on 14, ended up hitting his 15th first-class ton and the first this season. His 185 ball effort comprised 13 fours and a six. He shared a 159-run stand with Harpreet (105), who brought up his second century of the season and ended the tournament as his team’s leading run-getter with 750 runs in 15 innings.However, it was not enough to stop 40-time champions Mumbai, entering another final with contributions from Suryakumar Yadav and Aditya Tare, who hit tons on day four to take the team to 426 in their second innings.Shreyas Iyer scored a 90 and 58 in the game with another notable performance coming from pacer Balwinder Sandhu, who took five wickets in the first innings.Brief scores: Mumbai 371 and 426 (Aditya Tare 103, Suryakumar Yadav 115, Abhishek Nayar 73; Ishwar Pandey 3/103). Madhya Pradesh 227 and 361/5 in 109 overs (Naman Ojha 113, Harpreet Singh 105).advertisement
Hafeez said the Asia Cup was history now. Hafeez said the Asia Cup was history now. “But coming into this tournament we all knew how important this tournament was. We have all the ingredients in our batting. The variety in our bowling makes us lethal. “We have got our confidence back in the last two matches. Those who were not able to perform are back among runs. It will really help us in the long run. “Afridis innings was very important. It gave us a base. Overall it was a good display of team. Bowling did well also. The winning momentum is back and will help us for the rest of the tournament.” Lavishing praise on Mohammad Amir, who has returned after his spot-fixing ban, he said: “He has started his career very well from New Zealand and is improving day by day. “He delivers when he is given the job. We have a good variety working for the team and thats working. It was a good game but still we need to well very well in the tournament to reach final.” Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza said they could have fancied their chances had they restricted Pakistan to 160-170. “Against the Pakistani bowling attack, this was a big target. On this wicket we could have fancied our chances if the target was 160-170. “The score gave us huge pressure. We couldnt execute our plans. I wont blame the batsmen when you chase 200-plus against Pakistani attack.” Giving an update on their star left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman, he said: “Hes very close to be named in the XI but could not make it at last minute. “We did not want to risk him. At this point, hes the best bowler we have got. We want him to be fit and play. Unfortunately, could not get him. Hope he will play our next match (against Australia in Bangalore March 21).” Mortaza further said they are looking at one match at a time. “Were not thinking too far and focusing on each match. We will try our best in the next match. It will be flatter and the challenges would be tougher. We have to regroup quickly and come back strong. Every match will be tough in this group.” PTI TAP AH AHadvertisement
Sachin Tendulkar feels India should look to exploit the massive support they are certain to receive at the Eden Gardens in Saturday’s crunch ICC World Twenty20 game against arch-rivals Pakistan. (Full World T20 Coverage )The subcontinental giants will meet at Kolkata’s iconic stadium after the match had to be shifted from Dharamsala because of Pakistan’s security fears.Tendulkar said Kolkata has always been special as the crowd rallies behind the team. After a shock defeat against Pakistan, that is something the Indian players could do with.”India should take advantage of the Eden crowd,” Tendulkar told Sports Today in an exclusive interview. “Kolkata has always been special because they have always been behind the team. But once you get absorbed in the match, you forget about the crowd.” (Afridi stars in Pakistan’s 55-run win vs Bangladesh )Tendulkar also reckoned that India’s all-win record against Pakistan in World Cups could work for Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men in the lead-up to the high-profile match. Pakistan have never won against India in six World Cup matches (1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2011 and 2015). They have also come out second best in three World T20 encounters (two in 2007 and once in 2014). “India will be thinking “we can go beat Pakistan again.” Pakistan will be thinking “not again,” This mindset will go in our favour before the game starts. Once the game starts, the thinking changes,” Tendulkar said.”We have been able to win all the World Cup games. It will be a big occasion,” he said.However, Tendulkar remind India to not take things for granted and stressed on the importance of following the due processes. In other words, Tendulkar wanted India to guard against complacency despite their sensational record in World Cups.advertisement”You can’t take things for granted. It is important to stay on your toes and follow the process, then the results will follow. India know how to approach the big games. They have some terrific players, who don’t take things for granted.,” Tendulkar said.The Master Blaster said India vs Pakistan games were all about absorbing pressure and executing the plans under pressure to perfection. He said India are blessed with a skipper, who had these attributes.”Dhoni’s strength has always been to absorb pressure. He is alert. He takes decisions and his awareness is very good.”Tendulkar said he could not comment on Shahid Afridi the captain but said he was the kind of player who was always in the opposition’s face. “Afridi a terrific fighter. He is very aggressive and that has worked for him. I haven’t played against Afridi when he was captain of Pakistan so it won’t be fair to comment on his captaincy.”But I like what I have seen of him as a player. He is always in your face and wants to win.”Tendulkar also had a word of praise for Mohammad Amir and said he has been bowling brilliantly upon his return to international cricket following a five-year ban. The former India captain said the first over would be critical against him and said that once the runs started coming in Kolkata, it was difficult to contain the batsmen.
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Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Philippine volleyball national team at the Super Cup. PSL PHOTOMANILA, Philippines– The Philippine team played the kind of game expected of it, shutting the lights off PSL Sparkle, 25-12, 25-18, 25-18, Thursday night to remain unbeaten in the Philippine Superliga Super Cup at FilOil Flying V Center.The national team, sharpening its weapons for the coming Southeast Asian Games, was never threatened in the match against PSL Sparkle — one of two team selections tapped for the week-long tournament.ADVERTISEMENT PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? ‘The problem is I’m Italian’: Balotelli spurs racism debate Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I think our biggest improvement was communications because of the time we spent together training outside the country,” said Molina in Filipino.Laure said: “We are jelling very well now in every situation especially in our floor defense.”But Molina said they still have a lot to work on with such a little time.“Hopefully against University of Tsukuba we can work on them and sustain our level of play,” Molina added.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ But the toughest test will be on Friday when the Nationals face fellow unbeaten University of Tsukuba, the Japanese inter-collegiate champion.Top hitter Kalei Mau didn’t suit up for the Nationals as she was suffering from whiplash. But she is expected to see action against the youthful Japanese squad.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceDespite the presence of national pool setter Alohi Robins-Hardy in the PSL Sparkle side, the Philippine team was able to control the PSL Sparkle’s offense while unleashing its own weapons.Ces Molina exploded with 17 points, while rookie Eya Laure helped up with 12 markers for the Nationals. Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rice industry paralysis Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ LATEST STORIES
Budhia Singh Born To Run is based on the world’s youngest marathon runner who ran a 65-kilometre marathon from Bhubaneswar to Puri in Orissa at the age of four. Here’s our review.Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Mayur Patole, Tillotama Shome, Shruti MaratheDirection: Soumendra PadhiRatings: (3.5/5)The real Budhia Singh ran a 65-kilometre marathon from Bhubaneshwar to Puri at the age of four. In the film Budhia Singh – Born to Run, he does it at the age of five because 4 is unbelievable, even by Bollywood standards. After Budhia (a perfectly adequate Mayur Patole) has completed almost half the distance that he has promised to complete (70 kilometres), the scene slows down – there’s Budhia running in slow motion, his coach Biranchi Das (Manoj Bajpayee, the man can play anything, you know) accompanies him on a cycle. Behind them are hordes of guys cheering them on bicycles. Behind them are ambulances, CRPF on motobikes, and some army vehicles. The temparature is 50 degrees Celsius. Everything has gone silent save the amplified sound of Budhia’s breathing. He pleads to his coach for water.ALSO READ: Budhia Singh Born To Run tells the story of India and the world’s youngest marathon runnerALSO READ: Real Budhia Singh spotted at Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu! ALSO READ: THE LEGEND OF MICHAEL MISHRA REVIEW Biranchi takes a water bottle but instead of giving it to Budhia, makes the boy run for it, like a dog chasing a bone. A white woman documenting it all turns her camera away. A few journalists frown. Soumendra Padhi’s film based on the child prodigy from Odisha, who completed 48 marathons by the age of five, is not afraid to delve into such dark, confusing territory. Padhi could take the easier route and go for a one-dimensional inspirational-cum-patriotic story and this material was perfect for such a film. Isn’t it the climate for such films?advertisementBut Padhi, in the guise of making a film about a tragic national hero, tells a more nuanced story about one man who can go to any disturbing length to see that his ambition is fulfilled and in the process, if a five-year-old collapses, breaks down, falls sick, so be it. His film focuses on the media circus, on token nationalism, on politics being played around a poor boy where everyone has a stake, except, perhaps, the boy himself. Before the end-credits roll, the film tells us that there is a ban on Budhia running ever again and that all he needs is a Biranchi to take India to Olympic glory, but one cannot be sure if Padhi indeed believes that. If he did, Budhia Singh – Born To Run would be a different kind of film and definitely, a bland and boring one.Mayur Patole (L) and Manoj Bajpayee (R) star as Budhia Singh and Biranchi Das respectivelyBudhia Singh – Born To Run works. Every once in a while, it falls into the risk of turning into an advertisement for the real Budhia Singh as a viable national candidate for the Olympics, but the screenplay by Soumendra Padhi is so damn good that by the end, it emerges as an appreciable first film by a director. The film works, majorly, in part, because of the combined performance of Manoj Bajpayee and Mayur Patole. Bajpayee plays a complicated character. Biranchi cares for the boy, but why? Does he see him as a vechile for national glory? He takes money from the Opposition leader in the state who sees in Biranchi a model candidate for the upcoming elections. Does Biranchi not know he is being played with? Of course, he does. He is not a sorry soul who sacrifices everything for Budhia’s training and welfare. Biranchi is a man with a plan and it is the end that matters to him, not the means.Mayur Patole was cast in the pivotal role of Budhia after a massive search by writer-director Soumendra PadhiMayur Patole, the kid, is used wisely. In any scene where he has dialogues, the cameraman mostly shoots him in long shots or from behind; that way, any awkwardness is avoided. At other times, close-ups to make the best of his OBC, poverty-stricken, third-world face are used to evoke sympathetic understanding from the audience. Full credit to Padhi for discovering and using Patole with the control of a master.The film falters, somewhat, because of its length. As much as you go handheld, use Amit Trivedi, and try quasi-documentary, you won’t or can’t lose the instincts of an Indian filmmaker and the run-time reminds one of that. Padhi, after a point, is probably not sure about how to end the story. The boy has run the marathon, Padhi has sufficiently shown the ‘bad side’ of the hungama, he has milked the story to its fullest, now what?advertisementSo he keeps throwing scenes of more and more problems for Budhia and Biranchi. That is another drawback of the film.Budhia Singh – Born To Run should be watched. It is well-made with its heart in the right place. Good performances, a pleasing story, a national hero angle (Like Airlift, Neerja, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag) – what more do you want?( The writer tweets as @devarsighosh )
Raipur, Aug 29 (PTI) Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh today said that the state government will develop a Khelgaon (sports village) in Bilaspur district and set up a state-level sports authority.”The sports talent will be supported, nurtured and groomed to excel on the world stage like the Olympics, CommonwealthGamesand Asiad,” Singh said, speaking at a state sport awards distribution ceremony here.He felicitated as many as 103 sportspersons and coaches.Rajnandgaon-based hockey player Renuka Yadav (22) who was a part of 16-member Indian womens hockey squad for Rio Olympics was also felicitated with a special award of Rs 10 lakh.The sports training centre at Bilaspur will be developed as a Khelgaon and a state level sports authority will be constituted for Chhattisgarh, the Chief Minister said.A pension scheme for the sports-persons who are above 60 years old and who have taken part in Olympics, CommonwealthGamesor Asiad will be launched, he said.Also, an accident insurance scheme will be started for the players, he added.An action plan to nurture the sports talent for the next ten years will be drafted, he said.”The young talent between the agegroup of 8 to 12 years will be identified at district,divisionand state level and will be provided training in various sports. The players will be selected for individual games like athletics, swimming, archery…those players (in the age group 12-16 yrs) whose performance is on par with national level players will be directly selected for the training,” the CM said.The sports-persons working in the police force and other government departments would be sent to the nationallevel academies for training. Those who win medals at the national level too will be sent for training at national academies at the cost of the government, the CM added.advertisementSingh also announced a class-II job for Renuka Yadav in the state sports department after she passes std 12th.Laxmirani Manjhi, who was part of Indian archery team at the Rio Olympics, was also felicitated. PTI TKP KRK IKA PTP
New Delhi, Aug 31 (PTI) Congress today targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of violating constitutional norms in the wake of reports that for the first time an ordinance was sent to the President without the Cabinet clearing it.The partys chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala told reporters that the move was “unfortunate” and “smacks of growing authoritarian tendencies”.His remarks came in the wake of reports that President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday signed an ordinance or executive order for the fourth time to amend a law that the government has been unable to pass in Parliament, but is reportedly upset as it was sent to him this time without being routed through the Union Cabinet.The Prime Minister used Rule 12 of business and transactions to send to the President the ordinance, which amends the Enemy Property Act, a 48-year-old law to guard against claims of succession or transfer of properties left by people who migrated to Pakistan or China after wars.This is the first time since Independence that an ordinance has been sent to the President without the Cabinet first clearing itLok Sabha had passed a bill to amend the act earlier this year, but opposition parties want it reviewed and have stalled it in Rajya Sabha, where the government is in a minority, forcing it to keep it alive by issuing ordinance after ordinance. PTI SPG SC
Danang (Vietnam), Oct 2 (PTI) India ended their campaign in the 5th Asian Beach Games at 16th spot with 24 medals, including two gold, here today. Shweta Ramdas More won the gold in womens 48kg-52kg class traditional martial arts event by beating Nguyen Thi Tuyet Dung of Vietnam on the final day of the competitions here. India won 2 gold, 4 silver and 18 bronze in the Games to end at 16th spot in the medal table. India were, however, fifth in terms of total number of medals won. Hosts Vietnam topped the medal table with 139 medals (52 gold, 44 silver and 43 bronze), followed by Thailand (90) and China (49) in the top three. Earlier, Deepa Prakash Gawale won a silver medal in the womens Dragon Tiger Form Vovinam event. A 208 member contingent represented India in 13 different sports disciplines in the Asian Beach Games. PTI PDS PDS
A heroic and historic century from Darren Bravo put West Indies in sight of the unlikeliest win in the first Test in Dubai on Monday before Pakistan finally prevailed by 56 runs on an absorbing final day of the day-night contest. (Scorecard)Chasing a daunting target of 346, Bravo compiled the eighth Test ton of his career to offer the faint prospect of a fantastic West Indies win after they had trailed by 222 on first innings following Pakistan’s monumental 579 for three.It was the first century to be scored in day-night Test cricket using the pink ball.Bravo’s patient batting, following his 87 in the first innings, kept alive West Indies’ hopes after Devendra Bishoo’s eight-wicket haul had brought them back into the match on the penultimate day.Yet once Bravo’s 249-ball vigil was ended when he became the seventh Windies victim, caught brilliantly for 116 by Yasir Shah off his own bowling, there was only going to be one fitting outcome to Pakistan’s 400th Test.Noble resistance from captain Jason Holder, unbeaten on 40, kept alive the faintest hopes of Windies survival into the final hour but the run-outs of tail-enders Miguel Cummins and Shannon Gabriel, as Holder attempted to farm the strike, ensured Pakistan took a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series.
New Delhi, Oct 20 (PTI) Olympic bronze-medallist Sakshi Malik will be seen in action for the first time after her historic feat in the Rio Games when the National Wrestling Championship for men and women gets underway in Gonda, Uttar Pradesh from October 23. The 61st Senior Free Style, Greco Roman Style and the 19th Female National Wrestling Championship is being organized at Nandni Nagar till October 25. All affiliated Units of WFI, including the Railways Sports Promotion Board and the Services Sports Control Board are participating in this event. Around 650 wrestlers and 175 Officials from all over India are reaching Gonda for this competition. Malik would represent Railways in the 58kg category. The other icon players in the fray are Amit Dahiya (57 Kg), Mausam Khatri (97Kg), Amit Dhankar (70 Kg), Ravinder Singh (59Kg) all of whom would represent Haryana. Bajrang (65Kg), Satyavart Kadiyan (97Kg), Dharmender Dalal (130Kg) would also represent the Railways. The current Olympians Ravinder Khatri (80Kg) and Sandeep Tomar (57Kg) will represent Services. From this year, the Wrestling Federation of India has made Aadhar Card/Voter ID mandatory for the participating wrestlers. “Hence, 90 per cent of the participating wrestlers have submitted their Aadhar Card to WFI Office and the rest submitted their Voter Card/Passport,” the WFI said in a statement. PTI PM BS BS
Alexis Sanchez grabbed a 15-minute hat-trick as Arsenal shook off any hangover from their midweek League Cup defeat to thrash West Ham United 5-1 and climb to second in the Premier League on Saturday.The visitors toyed with struggling West Ham for most of the derby at the London Stadium but did not finish them off until Sanchez’s lethal second-half intervention. (Also read: Ruthless Chelsea fight back to sink Manchester City)The Chile international has now been involved in six of Arsenal’s last eight league goals, scoring five, and he earned high praise from manager Arsene Wenger whose decision to play him as an orthodox striker is paying off handsomely.”He has all the ingredients to be a top-class striker and he showed it again today,” said Wenger as his team got back on track after drawing two of their last three league games and suffering League Cup defeat by Southampton.”He is quick, can dribble, has a short backlift and has the killer instinct the top South American strikers seem to have.”By contrast West Ham’s woes worsen by the week. (Also read: League Cup: Man United storm into semis, Arsenal ousted by Southampton)They have won only two of seven games at their new home and fans voted with their feet on Saturday, making a stampede for the exits when Arsenal went 3-0 up.”We don’t have the level of intensity that is required,” said manager Slaven Bilic with his side one place above the relegation zone.”We have to get it back as soon as possible. It’s not there in training so it’s impossible to have it over 90 minutes in this league.”advertisementWest Ham suffered an early injury blow when defender James Collins was replaced by Alvaro Arbeloa.That they only trailed to Mesut Ozil’s 24th minute tap-in at halftime was down to Arsenal’s casual finishing.West Ham improved after the break and nearly equalised when Pedro Obiang fired wide.Arsenal awoke from their second-half slumbers and home keeper Darren Randolph made a superb double save to deny Aaron Ramsey and Ozil but could do nothing to stop Sanchez’s angled drive after 72 minutes following the Chilean’s neat turn.Sanchez threaded his second past Randolph soon after before West Ham substitute Andy Carroll marked his first appearance since August by heading in the rebound after the otherwise-quiet Dimitri Payet hit the bar.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain curled in Arsenal’s fourth goal before Sanchez completed his hat-trick with a clever dink over Randolph after racing through alone.
India’s limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is likely to play his first international match in two and half months with apparently no official game time in sight.India’s first ODI against England is scheduled on January 15 in Pune. It is expected to be Dhoni’s first international match after having last played against New Zealand at Visakhapatnam on October 29. (Cricket is not rocket science, India need MS Dhoni at No.4: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)While there is a protocol for injured players to play at least one first-class game before being considered for national selection, the same is not applicable for Dhoni, who has announced his retirement from longer format.Dhoni prepared for the limited overs tour of Australia in 2015 by playing the Vijay Hazare Trophy for Jharkhand.However, this edition of Hazare Trophy will only commence from February 25 – nearly four weeks after the England ODI series has ended.While some of the other ODI specialists are playing Ranji Trophy for their states, Dhoni is yet to avail that option.With BCCI’s embargo on players from competing in the other private leagues, it was not possible for the Indian captain to play a Bangladesh Premier League match. (MS Dhoni completes 9,000 ODI runs, joins elite list)The Jharkhand team has qualified for the knock-out stages of the Ranji Trophy but till date Dhoni has not given any indication that he would like to play as pure batsman with Ishan Kishan keeping wickets.”We have no information as to whether Dhoni will be playing any Ranji Trophy game or not. In any case he has already retired from the longer format. The information we have is that he is doing his regular training with the Jharkhand team,” chairman of senior selection committee MSK Prasad told PTI.advertisementEven Jharkhand State Cricket Association Secretary Rajesh Verma made it clear that as far as Ranji Trophy is concerned, Dhoni is a ‘mentor’ of the senior state team.”Dhoni does not play Test cricket anymore so the question of playing first-class cricket does not arise at all. He is a mentor of the Jharkhand team. He will play for Jharkhand in the Vijay Hazare Trophy,” Verma said.Dhoni was with the Jharkhand team in Delhi when they played against Maharashtra at the Karnail Singh Stadium. Dhoni, who has a house in South Delhi, came on all days and sat in the dressing room to cheer the Varun Aaron-led team. He then took part in football sessions with the boys before leaving.
He’s a World Cup winner with the world at his feet, a France hero adored around the world and Manchester United’s star player. But Paul Pogba is no captain to Jose Mourinho.”When we’re at home we should attack, attack, attack,” the 25-year-old had told reporters, candidly, after United failed to defeat Wolves in September. “That’s Old Trafford. We’re here to attack. I think teams are scared when they see Manchester United attacking and attacking. That was our mistake.”Pogba’s scathing assessment of United’s attacking impotence was a knife in Mourinho’s bus-parking heart. He renounced him as “second captain” and told him – in private and in public – that he would not skipper the side again. 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! All Pogba had done in his post-match attacking football manifesto was state what Red Devils supporters are thinking. Mourinho’s United attack cannot hold a candle to Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea or Arsenal. The Premier League’s 2017-18’s runners-up scrambling to stay in the top-four race, never mind the title race.However, Mourinho has dug into his Old Trafford trenches and is braced for a bitter winter fight for survival. Pogba is collateral damage in the coach’s quest to stay relevant. He’s a faux fall guy for Mourinho to deflect attention from a team even he admits is frozen by fear on the pitch.It changes nothing for a team inspired by a commanding Pogba performance to a three-goal comeback to defeat Newcastle United. He might never wear Mourinho’s armband again, but Pogba remains Manchester United’s de facto captain, leader and source of inspiration.Pogba is at the epicentre of everything brilliant that comes from a team restrained by their own tactics. His elegant ball control on display as he weaved past a Young Boys defender in United’s Champions League win in Switzerland. His deft pass to assist Fred in their 1-1 draw at home to Wolves was flawless.Rewatch United’s second goal against Newcastle. Pogba initiates the move with a pinpoint header into space for team-mate Anthony Martial, then ushers the defence-splitting pass with an intelligent sprint. His backwards pass that takes Mohamed Diame out the equation and gifts Martial a criminal amount of space in the opposition area to score from.By relinquishing Pogba of United captaincy rights, Mourinho’s created a hurricane out of a huff. Paris Saint-Germain would adore a midfielder with Pogba’s blossoming presence, star power and performances. Ostracising a star player who fled United when he didn’t feel appreciated before in 2012 is madness.Reports of Mourinho’s imminent sacking ahead of the international break proved to be nonsense, but there’s no doubting his job is balanced precariously. United would struggle to sack Mourinho right now though without sending a message – players before managers – to his successor.In reality, that isn’t the full picture. Nothing Pogba said was wrong or worthy of punishment. If anything, the de facto United captain should be listened to by Mourinho.Look what happened when the handbrake came off against Newcastle. Not every game will be played at that relentless tempo, driven on by a buoyant home crowd. It’s not Mourinho’s style – and that’s a criticism that has been levelled at him for years. That he’s strategically inflexible and his tactics are outdated.For a man who revelled in calling Arsene Wenger a “specialist in failure”, the reality is Mourinho is heading down the same path as the ex-Arsenal manager. A reliance on past achievements; stubborn, blind faith despite poor results; lurching from crisis to crisis with occasional spells of positivity that stave off the sack. They’re more alike than either would ever admit.Pogba, though, is destined for bigger things than Mourinho’s mind games. He’s already achieving those bigger things unshackled with France, winning the World Cup in Russia this summer. He’s shown flashes of that same brilliance for United but it’s drowned out by squad-wide motivational and tactical crises.Away from his gilded United cage during the October international break, Pogba said: “You do not have to be a captain to speak. A leader is not someone who has the armband on.” He was talking to L’Equipe about France, but the subtext is loud and clear.Now the battle lines are drawn at Old Trafford, it’s only a matter of time before the club have to pick between Pogba and Mourinho. A de facto captain determined to inspire change or a defiant coach desperate to avoid it.
What do they say: cometh the hour, cometh the man?He’s scored better goals, Mohamed Salah. On bigger stages and in better performances, too.For Liverpool, though, the Egyptian’s latest strike was a priceless one. It opened a door that had looked set to remain locked; it gave his side a platform from which to record yet another Premier League victory. It keeps the Reds on the heels of Manchester City at the top of the table. 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! Watford away was a tricky way to start, in Jurgen Klopp’s words, “the most intense period of the season” but Liverpool got the job done here. Again. Salah’s strike, midway through the second half, was added to by Trent Alexander-Arnold’s sublime free-kick soon after and by Roberto Firmino’s late header – his first league goal in more than two months. Not even a late red card for Jordan Henderson could take the shine off a more than decent victory on the road.In the end, it was comfortable, even if for large periods it felt anything but. The Liverpool machine keeps on rolling. If they were average in the first half here, they were ruthless after the break. They ground their opponents down, and punished them like proper teams do.What must they make of Klopp’s men over at the Etihad, one wonders? As Pep Guardiola’s City run through their obstacles with ease, routing West Ham 4-0 at the London Stadium on Saturday, Liverpool stutter and get their feet caught and yet still find a way to drag themselves over the line, week after week. Their only dropped points this season have come against City, and away to Arsenal and Chelsea. Thirteen games, 10 wins, 33 points. It’s been a terrific start for the boys from Anfield. And so the gap at the top remains just two points, between a side playing extra-terrestrial football and one still searching for its best. Go figure!The records continue to tumble. This is officially the best ever start, defensively, that Liverpool have made to a league season. A backline which has conceded just five goals from 13 games will always give them a chance to win when below their best.Here, we got the perfect example. Watford battled and grafted, but they were hardly given a sniff by Virgil van Dijk & Co. Alisson Becker made one save, from Gerard Deulofeu, but was otherwise redundant. He could have nipped out and done his Christmas shopping after the break.It meant the visitors could wait, bide their time until something clicked at the other end. It usually does, and it did again.Sure, it took 67 minutes but it was worth the wait; Firmino in to Mane, back for Salah, 1-0. Ben Foster had denied them before that, he was Watford’s best player, but he could do nothing this time.Suddenly, Liverpool’s ‘one-season wonder’ has nine goals for the campaign. Salah’s shift from a right-sided forward to a more central striker has been notable in recent weeks, but it has coincided with a return to something like full sharpness. Here, he was lively even when his team were not, and his ability to provide decisive contributions at key moments make him indispensable. The celebrations in front of the away end were memorable.There were other welcome sights, Alexander-Arnold curling home a beauty from 25 yards after Firmino had been fouled – what a fortnight the 20-year-old has had, eh? – while Firmino himself rounded off the scoring in the final minute. It was the Brazilian’s first goal in eight Premier League games, and reward for a sublime second-half display from the Reds’ No.9. When he plays well, how much better do Klopp’s team look?Henderson’s dismissal, for a second yellow card eight minutes from time, was the only black mark on the day. The captain will miss next weekend’s Merseyside derby with Everton as a result, but at least Liverpool have midfield options to compensate. James Milner and Fabinho got a few minutes off the bench here, while Naby Keita was not used at all. Klopp had no complaints about referee Jon Moss’ decision, though Watford were livid that the officials failed to award a penalty when Will Hughes tumbled under Andy Robertson’s challenge in the area with the game goalless. A little bit of luck for Liverpool, perhaps, althouigh contact appeared minimal.Elsewhere, midfield remains a slight source of concern dfor Klopp, with Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum lacking a creative spark, especially during a soporific first-half.Their manager had gone for the 4-2-3-1 formation usually reserved for home games, with Xherdan Shaqiri supplementing his vaunted front three, but it took 40 minutes for his team to muster a shot of any description. The opening exchanges were as dull as the Hertfordshire sky.All that is forgotten, of course, when the result goes your way. Results have gone Liverpool’s way more often than not this season. This was up there with their best, given the way the afternoon panned out.And so they roll on. To Paris next, and to the derby after that. Big games, big tests, big occasions.Ready? Liverpool are. They may not be flying, but they’re making a race of it. While City storm, don’t take your eye off the men in Red.By hook or by crook, they just keep on taking care of business. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Two-time WWE Intercontinental champion Cody Rhodes is unable to use his surname for work outside the company, the 30-year-old said in an interview with si.com.The son of famed late Dusty Rhodes (Virgil Runnels) and younger brother of Goldust (Dustin Runnels), Cody said the WWE bars him from using his own surname for activites outside the company as they own intellectual property rights to the pro-wrestling character of Cody Rhodes.Cody has been wrestling for several other notable promotions ever since, including Impact Wrestling, Ring Of Honor (ROH), New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), EVOLVE and PWG among others.Rhodes said that though he does want him surname back, he likes wrestling being just Cody and has actually started fitting in the frame.”I’ll tell you this, and I’ve not told anyone this, but I don’t mind that WWE took away my last name. Deep down, in my bones, I definitely want it back – and I have plans to get it back – but there is something to being Cody. The longer I don’t have a last name, the more I’m OK with it.”That’s not to say WWE is holding it ransom. It’s literally an intellectual property law that easily can be remedied, but there is something about being Cody that I don’t mind. There is something to not always reminding people of a show they’ve already seen, but instead embracing the one right in front of him. I am Cody, and I can promise you that the future is going to be even better than the past.”advertisement
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