Ben Stokes ruled out of England T20s against Australia and India

first_imgBen Stokes was left out of England’s Twenty20 squad for the matches against Australia and India due to an injury, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Tuesday.Stokes tore his left hamstring ahead of the second Test against Pakistan this month and was forced out of the squad as he continues to recover.Despite not being included in the squad, he will continue his rehabilitation with the 14-man squad.England have included all-rounders Sam and Tom Curran, who could become the first brothers to represent the national side together since Ben and Adam Hollioake in 1999.Fast bowler Mark Wood has been rested and seamer Jake Ball was recalled.England face Australia in a one-off T20 match on June 27 before hosting a three-match series against India starting on July 3.Earlier, it was announced that Stokes and Chris Woakes were ruled out of the one-day series against Australia because of injury.At that time, ECB had said that they were hoping for Stokes to get fit by the time India T20s come calling but the latest development clearly rules that out.”The plan is for Ben to continue his rehabilitation … with a view to being available to play in the Twenty20s against India starting next month,” England and Wales Cricket Board had said in a statement.Woakes also missed the first two matches against Australia because of a right quadriceps tear. The ECB had said he would not be available at least until the ODI series against India which starts on July 12.advertisement(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Australia’s future excites Ricky Ponting ahead of World Cup

first_imgFormer Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes that Australia still have the best depth among any cricket nation and they can turn around their fortunes in time to successfully defend the World Cup in England and Wales next year.The 2015 World Cup winners were whitewashed 5-0 in the recently concluded ODI series against England and in the process, their poor ODI run continued.But Ponting believes that there is enough time between now and the World Cup and his country can turn things around.”There are 16 one-dayers to be played between now and the next World Cup,” the 43-year-old said at a Channel Seven promotional event.”I’ll guarantee you when you put the Australian group of 15 players down on a sheet of paper, that group will line up as good as any other team in the world.”Ponting, who lead Australia to the 2003 and 2007 World Cup victories, said that the ODI series against England helped the young players to get some game time under their belts.”One thing I do know is we’ve got still the best depth of any cricket nation in the world and I will continue to say that,” he added.The 43-year-old also supported coach Justin Langer who took over reins of the team in May this year.”The environment Justin Langer will create around that team will be a place that everyone will just get better, they’ll just improve, they’ll love the environment,” he said.”I’m really excited about what the future holds not just right now but for the next 20 years.”advertisementAustralia will next play ODIs against South Africa in November. They will host the Proteas for three ODIs and a T20I. Following that, Virat Kohli’s India will tour Down Under for three T20Is and ODIs each and a four-match Test series.However, Ponting’s predecessor doesn’t think down the same lines. Steve Waugh believes that England have a great team and have the best chance to win the World Cup at home next year.”I think that’s great if you’ve got confidence and belief, and that’s what they’ve got right now,” Waugh told cricket.com.au in assessing England’s 2019 World Cup chances at home.”The only thing, I guess, against England right now is that opposition will be studying the way they’re playing. They’ll be analysing every moment so they’ll have much better game plans against England going forward. That will be their challenge, how to stay that one step in front,” the former World Cup-winning captain said.Steve is so impressed with their brand of cricket, that he wants to captain the Three Lions side in next year’s World Cup.”If I was in their shoes, if you asked me which (team) I’d like to be captaining right now, I’d like to be captaining the England one-day side. Because they’re playing a great brand of cricket, they’re a very together side, I can’t see the make-up of the team changing much and they’re playing at home,” said the 53-year-old.”Everything’s in their favour. You always say you want to peak and get momentum into a tournament, but there’s nothing wrong with having momentum in the first game either,” he added.Speaking about Australia, Waugh feels that many of the current Australian players have been a part of the losing run and turning things around will take time.”Even if it’s not your best side, there’s still seven or eight players there who are going to be in your best team and they’ve lost a lot of cricket. That’s going to take a while to turn around.”So going into next year’s World Cup, our preparation is going to be disjointed. We are definitely not going to be one of the favourites going there,” said Waugh.”It’s not to say we still can’t win it, but we have to find form and we have to find a combination that clicks in what’s probably going to be a short space of time,” he added.last_img read more

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Cincinnati Open: Serena storms into round 2, Azarenka also through

first_imgFormer world number one Serena Williams looked sharp in her return to the hardcourts after a week-long break, soundly defeating Daria Gavrilova 6-1 6-2 on Monday to advance to the second round of the Cincinnati Open.Williams, who made the Wimbledon final last month but withdrew from last week’s Rogers Cup in Montreal for personal reasons, cracked eight aces and was never broken as she dispatched the 24-year-old Australian.”I realised after Wimbledon that this is a journey for me,” the 36-year-old Williams said.”It’s going to come and I’m taking it one day at a time. I’m just fortunate to be back here on these courts playing tennis. Everything is truly amazing.”Next up for the 23-times grand slam champion is a second-round clash on Tuesday with two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova, who had a first round bye.Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus came from behind to defeat Johanna Konta 4-6 6-3 6-4 in their first round tussle.Konta had 10 double faults and was broken four times by the 20-year-old, who will face big-serving ninth seed Karolina Pliskova on Tuesday.U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys and former world number one Victoria Azarenka also advanced.Keys, the 11th seed, fired 13 aces as she eliminated fellow American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 3-6 6-7(3) 6-4.Azarenka, working her way back up the world rankings from her current number 87 after the birth of a son, overcame Carla Suarez Navarrao of Spain 6-7(5) 6-2 6-4.Azarenka will meet sixth seed Caroline Garcia in the second round.advertisement(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Four Japan athletes kicked out of Asian Games for buying sex

first_imgTokyo, Aug 20 (AFP) Four Japanese basketball players today apologised for bringing “disgrace” to their nation after they were kicked out of the Asian Games for paying prostitutes for sex. The regional Olympics was hit by scandal after the players were spotted in a notorious red light district of the Indonesian capital Jakarta wearing their national jerseys last week. The expulsion of Yuya Nagayoshi, Takuya Hashimoto, Takuma Sato and Keita Imamura will come as a major embarrassment for Japan, who will host the Tokyo Olympics in two years’ time. “I deeply apologise for our careless act that has brought disgrace on not only basketball fans but also all of the Japanese people,” Sato told a news conference after the players returned to Tokyo today. Nagayoshi, wearing a black suit and tie, said he “can’t imagine” playing basketball again. Japan Basketball Association chief Yuko Mitsuya said it will wait for a report from a special committee of lawyers before formally punishing the four. “I just feel a sense of shame,” said Yasuhiro Yamashita, the head of the Japanese delegation to the Asian Games, the world’s second-largest multi-sport event. “We deeply apologise and intend to give the athletes thorough guidance from now on,” he told reporters in Jakarta. The basketball players had dinner after leaving the Games village last Thursday and are believed to have been solicited by a pimp to go to a hotel with women, Yamashita added. They “paid for the services of prostitutes”, Yamashita said, according to Japan’s Kyodo news agency.advertisement The story broke after the four, who play in Japan’s B-League, were spotted in the red light district by a reporter for Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper. At the last Asian Games in 2014, Japan were forced to send home swimmer Naoya Tomita after he was caught on video stealing a journalist’s camera from the pool deck.- Prostitutes and condoms -=========================== Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah, president of the Olympic Council of Asia, the Games’ governing body, said the latest incident would serve as a warning to other athletes. “I’m sorry for this story but in the sports field you are hearing this kind of story in each Games,” the sheikh said. “Athletes should always be a good symbol of society because there’s a big generation” that follows them, he added. “At the end of the day, representing your country isn’t only about winning medals.” The players visited the prostitutes after Japan beat Qatar 82-71 to go top of Group C. Japan were bronze medallists at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. It is far from being the first case of sexual misconduct at major multi-sport events, which typically draw thousands of athletes, officials and fans from around the world. At the 2014 Asian Games, an Iranian official was kicked out for the verbal sexual harassment of a female volunteer, and a Palestinian footballer was accused of groping a female worker at the athletes’ village. In April, at the Commonwealth Games in Australia, a Mauritian official was accused of sexually assaulting a female athlete during a photo shoot. Major events around the world are believed to trigger a boom in prostitution and athletes’ villages are often stocked with free condoms — about 225,000 at the Commonwealth Games. Organisers say about 18,000 athletes and officials are visiting Jakarta and co-host city Palembang for the Asian Games, which features 40 sports. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

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Asian Games 2018 Day 11 wrap: Swapna and Arpinder win gold, India in women’s hockey final

first_imgSwapna Barman won India’s first-ever gold in heptathlon and Arpinder Singh clinched first men’s triple jump in 48 years as India took their Asian Games 2018 medal tally to take it 54, on Wednesday.In total, four medals came for India in the day including one silver and a bronze apart from the two gold medals. India are currently eight in the medal table with 11 gold, 20 silver and 23 bronze.Competing with a plastered face owing to a teeth injury, described as a a case of infection, the battle-hardened Swapna topped the overall standings to garb her maiden Asiad gold.The daughter of a rickshaw puller who has been bed-ridden by stroke since 2013, Swapna logged 6026 points from the seven events competed over two days. She won the high jump (1003 points) and javelin throw (872 points) events and finished second-best in shot put (707 points) and long jump (865 points).Asian Games 2018: Swapna Barman wins India’s first ever gold in heptathlonHer weakest events were 100m (981 points, 5th position) and 200m in which she finished seventh with 790 points. But the tremendous overall effort was enough to make her the first heptathlete to notch up a gold at the continental showpiece.#SwapnaBarman wins first ever GOLD MEDAL for #India in #Heptathlon at #AsianGames & she is only the Fifth Women to cross 6000 points! And she did all this fighting great pain for last three days! Salute!Congrats #TeamIndiaAthletics for 5th Gold in #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/ukMN08HDEKAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) August 29, 2018Another history-maker was Arpinder, becoming the first triple jumper in 48 years to fetch a gold after Mohinder Singh Gill (1970).advertisementASIAN GAMES 2018 FULL COVERAGE | MEDALSThe athlete from Punjab bossed the finals, making the gold-winning jump of 16.77m in just his third attempt and was never really threatened by the rest of the field.Then there was Dutee, continuing to enjoy her return to top flight athletics, by adding a 200m silver to the one she clinched in the 100m event.Its a matter of immense joy to see India win a total of 54 medals till now at the #AsianGames2018.With a few days left for the games heres wishing our #TeamIndia All the very best for the upcoming matches. Go India! Go!#SAI #IndiaAtAsianGames #KheloIndia pic.twitter.com/TPGGDkr3t4SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 29, 2018Dutee was not allowed to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games as she was embroiled in a hyperandrogenism case, which eventually went in her favour at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).Asian Games 2018, Day 11: HighlightsToday, she crossed the line in 23.20 which was 0.149 slower than the gold medal winner from Bharain, Edidiong Odiong (22.96).Three jumps to a GOLD!Our #SAI COE Sonepat trainee, 25yr-old @ArpinderSingh18,won a gold in mens triple jump with a jump of 16.77 metres.You were brilliant,Arpinder!Many congratulations. #IndiaAtAsianGames @afiindia #Athletics @iaaforg #AsianGames2018 #KheloIndia pic.twitter.com/6ei1WATVAvSAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 29, 2018″I have faced a lot since 2014. No one has gone through such a bad phase. I am glad that I could win two medal for the country. There is always this fear that it might come back. But more the fear, the harder I train,” the diminutive runner said after finding her silver lining.Asian Games 2018: Arpinder Singh wins first men’s triple jump gold for India in 48 yearsThe Indian table tennis contingent’s dream run also got better when Kamal and Batra, both Commonwealth Games gold-winners, exceeded their own expectations to win a historic mixed doubles bronze.It was only yesterday that the Kamal-led men’s team had secured a bronze, ending India’s 60-year-wait for a maiden medal at the Asian Games.Today, Kamal and Batra played four matches in a day and only the opener against Malaysia was comfortable.Spectacular performance by Dutee Chand. Proud of her for bringing home the Silver Medal in the Women’s 200 m event. #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/uRXGCHNA7oNarendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 29, 2018In the semifinals, Kamal and Batra made life tough for China’s Yingsha Sun and Wang Sun before going down 9-11, 5-11, 13-11, 4-11, 8-11.”It has been an unbelievable campaign so far. Not even in my wildest dreams, I thought of winning a medal at the Asian Games. Now I have got that too. I am still pinching myself,” said Kamal, who will also compete in the men’s doubles and singles competiton.Asian Games 2018: Dutee Chand ends 16-year wait for India with silver in 200mThe women’s hockey team provided the perfect end to the day, by making the finals with a 1-0 win over China. The team is now assured of a better medal than the bronze it won the last time around.advertisementAlso on a roll were the squash players. In their best ever show at the Games, they were assured of two more medals after the men’s and women’s teams advanced to the semifinals.A huge round of applause for our TT team of @manikabatra_TT & @sharathkamal1 for winning in mixed doubles TT at #ASIANGAMES2018. Special Congratulations to Manika for becoming the 1st Female Asiad Medallist from India in TT #KheloIndia #IndiaAtAsianGames pic.twitter.com/wjVpDv92qDRajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) August 29, 2018The men’s defeated Thailand, while the women sailed past China, both winning by by an identical 3-0 margin. The squash players had claimed three bronze medals in the singles competition and with two medals assured in team events, they have exceeded their 2014 performance in terms of number of medals won.Asian Games 2018: Manika Batra, Sharath Kamal get bronze in mixed doubles table tennisThere were mixed results in the boxing ring.Star boxer Vikas Krishan (75kg) overcame a bleeding left eye to be assured of an unprecedented third consecutive Asian Games medal, while Amit Panghal (49kg) produced a power-packed performance in his quarterfinal bout to guarantee himself a maiden podium finish.However, it was curtains for world silver-medallist Sarjubala Devi (51kg) after she lost her quarterfinal bout 0-5 to China’s Chang Yuan. Her loss means that Indian women boxers would be returning without a medal from the Asiad for the first time since the event was added to the Games in 2010.Asian Games 2018: Vikas Krishan, Amit Panghal assured of medals in boxingThe overall haul from boxing is going to be just two this time, a massive drop from a gold and four bronze medals achieved in 2014.There was no end to disappointments in judo, and sepaktakraw, where Indians failed to register any result of significance. After delivering a surprise silver and bronze yesterday, the Kurash contingent endured a disappointing day, failing to win.Already out of reckoning, the Indian men’s handball team ended its campaign on a positive note, defeating Indonesia in a group 3 main round match.last_img read more

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Australia drought extends despite ‘widespread, significant rain’

first_imgSydney, Sep 9 (AFP) A devastating drought that has left Australian farmers struggling to stay afloat is set to persist despite widespread and significant rain last month, authorities have said. Graziers in eastern Australia have been battling a long-period of severe conditions that have turned green pastures brown and forced some to sell down or shoot their stock. There was some welcome relief last month when “widespread (and)… significant rainfall” was recorded in parts of New South Wales, the state government said in its seasonal update late Friday. “While the rain has been welcomed and has provided a more positive outlook for field conditions in some regions, the drought is far from over,” NSW Department of Primary Industries’ agriculture climate specialist Anthony Clark said in a statement. “We need more significant widespread rainfall in the coming weeks and months for agricultural recovery to commence and farmland to return to a productive state.” Clark warned that if dry conditions continued instead, “we would see an increased intensification of the drought”. Some 99.8 per cent of the state remains in drought, officials added. In neighbouring Queensland, the government said last week that 57.4 per cent of the state remains drought-affected. The update came as Major General Stephen Day — appointed to the newly created role of national drought co-ordinator — said his focus was to improve fundraising efforts for farmers. He told Sydney’s Sydney Telegraph there was a “lack of co-ordination and coherence to all that’s going on”. “That means there are some gaps, that means there are some overlaps, that means there are some inefficiencies,” he said ahead of an planned meeting with some of the major charities raising drought funds.advertisement “I think if we can look at this as a team sport, we’ll have a better effect.” While droughts are not uncommon in Australia, the length and severity of the dry conditions have placed enormous strain on farmers in the eastern states. (AFP) SMJSMJlast_img read more

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What were Kohli, Malik and Yuvraj laughing about after Champions Trophy final?

first_imgPakistan’s star all-rounder Shoaib Malik recalled the moment when he along with Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Azhar Mahmood were seen sharing a laugh after the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy final in England.Virat Kohli-led Team India lost to arch-rivals Pakistan by a massive 180 runs in the final of the Champions Trophy, thus handing Pakistan their maiden title two years ago.Yet, after the match, the Indian and Pakistani players were seen gelling along on the ground and sharing a few laughs during the presentation ceremony.International Cricket Council (ICC) had posted a video on Twitter with the hashtag #SpiritOfCricket in which Malik was seen sharing something with Yuvraj and Kohli, with other younger Pakistani cricketers around, and all of them were seen laughing over the conversation.#SpiritOfCricket #CT17 pic.twitter.com/jcEWZo3Oe4ICC (@ICC) June 19, 2017But what was topic of discussion that tickled everyone around after an intense match between the two traditional foes?”We were playing the Champions Trophy final against India, after the match during the presentation, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli and myself were laughing. We all were discussing a dropped catch of Chris Gayle and laughing,” Malik revealed on the Voice of Cricket show.Malik revealed what had Saeed Ajmal told him for not attempting the catch of Gayle during a Champions Trophy match between Pakistan and West Indies.”It was the catch of Gayle that was dropped back then and he was going hard after us. I asked Ajmal ‘if you had positioned yourself to take the catch, why did you pull out at the last moment’? He told me that he waited crouched on the ground to take the catch just in case you (Shoaib Malik) drop it,” recalled Malik.advertisementIn the latest episode of Voice of Cricket @realshoaibmalik joins @ZAbbasOfficial and narrates what Saeed Ajmal said after the dropped catch, his last wish before retirement, what Sialkot Stallions means to him and much more!Watch the full episode on YT: https://t.co/VEDTaULMm0 pic.twitter.com/dtB5DIxQEWCricingif (@_cricingif) October 15, 2018last_img read more

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Microsoft co-founder, investor, philanthropist Allen dead at 65

first_imgSan Francisco, Oct 16 (AFP) Paul Allen, who founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in the 1970s and later went on to become an investor, philanthropist and sports team owner, has died after his latest battle with cancer at age 65. “My brother was a remarkable individual on every level. While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend,” Allen’s sister Jody said in a statement announcing his death.In recent years, Allen was known as the owner of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, and part owner of the Major League Soccer team the Seattle Sounders, along with a variety of business and charitable ventures. One of the world’s wealthiest billionaires, Allen also founded Stratolaunch Systems, which built the world’s largest plane designed as a colossal rocket-launching aircraft touted as the future of space travel.The craft was on track for its first launch demonstration as early as 2019.Allen died on Monday just two weeks after publicly revealing that non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma he fought into remission nine years ago had returned. The incurable cancer affects white blood cells.He never married and had no children.Allen was a high school classmate of Gates in Seattle, and later, while working as a computer programmer, persuaded his friend to drop out of Harvard to create Microsoft, which became the world’s most valuable company in the 1990s.A “heartbroken” Gates remembered Allen as “one of my oldest and dearest friends.” “Personal computing would not have existed without him,” Gates added.advertisement”He was fond of saying, ‘If it has the potential to do good, then we should do it.’ That’s the kind of person he was.” Allen had left Microsoft by 1983 for health reasons but held on to shares that made up the bulk of his fortune, estimated at some USD 20 billion.”All of us who had the honour of working with Paul feel inexpressible loss today,” said a statement by Vulcan, the investment firm that managed his operations.”He possessed a remarkable intellect and a passion to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems, with the conviction that creative thinking and new approaches could make profound and lasting impact.” Microsoft said Allen’s “contributions to our company, our industry and to our community are indispensable.” “As co-founder of Microsoft, in his own quiet and persistent way, he created magical products, experiences and institutions. And in doing so, he changed the world,” added the company’s CEO Satya Nadella.While Gates attended Harvard, Allen studied at the University of Washington and invested heavily in research projects in his hometown of Seattle.He invested USD 100 million to found the Allen Institute for Brain Science in 2003.A decade later, he founded the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence to study the impacts on society of new technologies and the Allen Institute for Cell Science to fund research for treatment of diseases. In the world of sports, Allen in 1988 bought the Trail Blazers, taking the team to the NBA finals twice.”Paul Allen was the ultimate trail blazer – in business, philanthropy and in sports,” said NBA commissioner Adam Silver.”As one of the longest-tenured owners in the NBA, Paul brought a sense of discovery and vision to every league matter large and small.” He was also credited with putting Seattle on the map for the NFL.”Paul Allen was the driving force behind keeping the NFL in the Pacific Northwest,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.”His vision led to the construction of CenturyLink Field and the building of a team that played in three Super Bowls, winning the championship in Super Bowl XLVIII. ” His personal charitable foundation gave to a diverse array of causes, including anti-poaching initiatives in Africa, climate and energy research, and projects on homelessness, as well as the arts and culture.Actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio hailed Allen as a “strong advocate for environmental protection.” “His legacy lives on via his incredible work as a philanthropist and investor,” he added.Amazon, Blue Origin and The Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos said Allen’s “passion for invention and pushing forward inspired so many. He was relentless to the end.” In his 2011 memoir “Idea Man,” Allen described a somewhat stormy relationship with Gates in the early days of Microsoft.Allen wrote that he had expected a 50-50 split in the new company, but Gates insisted on taking 60 per cent, and later raised it to 64 per cent, claiming that Gates schemed to “rip me off.”advertisement He played guitar since he was a teenager and played for a blues-rock album with his group the Underthinkers in 2013 that was reviewed by Rolling Stone, which said Allen “curls some twang and grit into the blues-rock track.” (AFP) MRJMRJlast_img read more

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adidas India and Real Kashmir FC announce partnership

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 22 (IANS) Sports apparel manufacturer adidas India on Monday announced its partnership with Real Kashmir Football Club (RKFC), the first team from the valley to qualify for the countrys top tier I-League.Real Kashmir FC has been rewriting the story of the valley by aspiring to bring a positive change to the state. The club earned a promotion to the 2018-19 I-League in only two years of its inception, with a victory over Hindustan FC in 2017-18 I-League 2nd Division.Speaking on this partnership, Managing Director of adidas Group, India, said: “Through sport, we have the power to change lives and the Real Kashmir team is a great example of this. Real Kashmir and its players have shown dedication and perseverance under difficult circumstances and we are proud to support them as they create history”.Co-owner of the club, Shamim Meraj said: “At Real Kashmir, adidas is not just a sponsor.It is the first global believer in the talent and passion of RKFC. adidas is our partner, and truly an integral part of RKFC and through that of Jammu and Kashmir.”–IANSgau/sedlast_img read more

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Manchester United seal comeback win, Leicester edge past Cardiff on emotional night

first_imgMarcus Rashford’s late strike helped Manchester United come out with three points against Bournemouth after yet another unconvincing display in the Premier League.Rashford scored in the 92nd minute of the match amidst a scuffle in the Bournemouth box to give United a 2-1 lead, which the Jose Mourinho’s side held on to till the final whistle blew.With the win, United rose to No.7 in the league tied with sixth-placed Bournemouth on 20 points but Eddie Howe’s side remained ahead due to a better goal difference.Bournemouth have a goal difference of six while United have one.However, it was nothing pretty for Mourinho’s men, who again came back from behind to earn the full quota of points available.Callum Wilson had fired Bournemouth ahead in the 11th minute but they were on the back foot after in-form Anthony Martial netted his fifth goal in the last four games in the 35th and Rashford completed the comeback from close range late on.Poor United defending had seen Bournemouth miss three gilt-edged chances before Wilson delighted the home fans with a simple tap-in following an inch-perfect low cross from the right by Junior Stanislas after some excellent build-up play.Martial levelled when he drilled in a powerful left-foot shot from 11 metres, after good work by Ashley Young and Alexis Sanchez, scoring in four successive top-flight games for the first time in his career.With United’s Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku left out of the matchday squad, Martial stepped up to torment his markers in the second half as United piled on the pressure after Ander Herrera and Rashford came on for Juan Mata and Brazil midfielder Fred.advertisementThe visitors missed a string of chances after the break but just when it seemed Bournemouth would hang on, Rashford popped up in the six-yard box to chest down Paul Pogba’s cross and tuck the ball past goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.CARDIFF CITY 0 – 1 LEICESTERSimply amazing. pic.twitter.com/eDsnrRSq1GLeicester City (@LCFC) November 3, 2018On a day fraught with emotion, Leicester City beat Cardiff City 1-0 in their first Premier League game since the death of the club’s owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others in a helicopter crash last weekend.The tragedy ensured that Saturday’s result at the Cardiff City Stadium was always going to be secondary to the occasion but Leicester’s players showed total professionalism in testing circumstances as they returned to action.Demarai Gray produced a sharp finish to score the winner midway through the second half, a goal that sparked wild celebrations in front of the 3,000 travelling fans. But the mood was slightly soured when Gray was booked for taking his shirt off in celebration by referee Lee Probert.The visitors had warmed up for the game in special T-shirts bearing tributes to the Thai billionaire, a wreath was laid on the pitch before the game and some players were due to fly out to Thailand for the funeral afterwards.They take with them the satisfaction of a job well done although there will be concern over centre half Harry Maguire, who hobbled off with a first-half leg injury. The defeat dropped Cardiff into the relegation zone, with Leicester in mid-table.WEST HAM 4 – 2 BURNLEYEvery West Ham fan right now… pic.twitter.com/BhVpCiHiKVWest Ham United (@WestHamUtd) November 3, 2018Two goals from Felipe Anderson helped secure West Ham United their first win in four matches as they held off a spirited Burnley at the London Stadium.The visitors made a nervy start and were punished when centre back James Tarkowski was caught in possession on the edge of the area by West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic, who raced clear to find the net with a low finish.West Ham went close again with a spectacular curling effort from Anderson but defender Ben Mee came to Burnley’s rescue with a clearance from underneath the crossbar.After withstanding pressure for the majority of the first half, Burnley equalised just before the break when Ashley Westwood played a through ball into the path of Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who slotted it past goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.West Ham made it 2-1 in the 68th minute when midfielder Grady Diangana played through Anderson, who fired a low drive past Joe Hart for his second league goal of the campaign.Burnley boss Sean Dyche responded with the late introduction of forwards Robbie Brady and Chris Wood, and the pair combined for Wood to head Burnley level.Anderson was then denied by the woodwork before putting West Ham back in front with a fight-footed shot into the corner before Javier Hernandez secured the win in stoppage time.advertisementEVERTON 3 – 1 BRIGHTON| Well, what did you make of that game, Blues? #EFCmatchday pic.twitter.com/iO0v61Z8iLEverton (@Everton) November 3, 2018Richarlison continued his fine form for Everton by scoring twice to give them a 3-1 home win over Brighton and Hove Albion in the Premier League.The Brazilian forward now has six league goals for Everton after joining from Watford and his brace at Goodison Park left his side ninth in the standings after their fourth win in five matches.The home side dominated possession and after 25 minutes were in front when Gylfi Sigurdsson surged forward and exchanged passes with Bernard before laying the ball off for Richarlison who scored with an angled finish.Less than 10 minutes later, Brighton were level when Lewis Dunk rose above Kurt Zouma to power a header past Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford following a high cross from Solly March.Marco Silva’s side regained their advantage shortly after halftime, however, with captain Seamus Coleman firing a low finish from the edge of the area.Richarlison made sure of all three points with 15 minutes left by taking the ball from almost the halfway line to round the keeper and score.NEWCASTLE 1 – 0 WATFORDFULL TIME – Newcastle United 1 Watford 0 #NUFC pic.twitter.com/yPUQJG8MRtNewcastle United FC (@NUFC) November 3, 2018Newcastle United finally got their season up and running by beating Watford 1-0 at St James’ Park to record their first Premier League win at the 11th attempt.Ayoze Perez flicked home a 65th-minute header from a Ki Sung-yeung free kick to claim the points and move Newcastle out of the relegation zone into 17th place.The contrast between the teams going into the game could not have been starker with Watford enjoying their best top-flight start and Newcastle needing a win to avert their worst.They negotiated a nervous opening when they struggled to cope with the pace of Gerard Deulofeu and Watford had several opportunities to take the lead before the interval.Adrian Mariappa wasted Watford’s best chance, dragging the ball wide of the left-hand post before Roberto Pereyra went even closer by hitting the bar.Newcastle. who lost key midfielder Jonjo Shelvey to injury at the start of the second half, gradually became the stronger side although they required an excellent block from Kenedy to deny Watford substitute Andre Gray an equaliser.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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India vs Australia: Sachin Tendulkar hopes historic triumph in Australia inspires India’s next gen

first_imgSachin Tendulkar was part of five Test series in Australia and some of his most acclaimed innings came in that country. However, India could never win a Test series in Australia during Tendulkar’s tenure. But the cricket legend is thrilled with India’s historic Test series triumph in Australia and hopes the feat would inspire the next generation.On Monday, Virat Kohli became the first Asian captain to win a Test series in Australia and coach Ravi Shastri put the victory at par with India’s 1983 World Cup win. Tendulkar hoped the Test series win in Australia would do to young cricketers what the World Cup triumph in 1983 did to him.”In terms of inspiring younger generation, you need heroes in life. Without realising it, you become a hero for the next generation and the cycle continues. For that, results are important. I remember when I was 10 years old and did not know much about cricket, I knew that India had won the World Cup and that’s where my journey started. Hopefully many journeys would have started already with this win,” he said.Tendulkar said the current Indian cricket team was poised to dominate world cricket in the years to come. “We are in that position to go out and dominate world cricket which I have said earlier. The brand of cricket India has been able to produce down under is magnificent. We have some incredible talented guys and the latest ones to join are Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal.”Like many others, Tendulkar was impressed with India’s pace battery which dominated South Africa, England and Australia in their own conditions.advertisement”You want the fast bowlers to bowl hostile spells in patches. This now happens more frequently. It’s not just a new ball game now, it’s also about the old ball and how consistently you can bowl 140 plus. That’s what’s pleasing to the eye. I can comfortably say that we are a competitive bowling side against anyone on any surface. We are ready to play anywhere and be extremely competitive,” he remarked.Tendulkar said he was happy with the brand of cricket India played in Australia. “Fantastic. The team has done really well. The brand of cricket that India has been able to produce Down Under has been magnificent,” said Tendulkar on the sidelines of an event in Mumbai.Tendulkar, who played some memorable Test match knocks against Australia home and away, said it was difficult to put a finger on a specific moment for India in the Test series but he singled out Cheteshwar Pujara for special praise.Pujara top scored with 521 runs and was named man-of-the-series.”I find it difficult to pinpoint one moment, but I think Pujara has been really outstanding. The number of statements made on Pujara, which ideally weren’t in his favour, kind of undermined (diminished) his contribution. Along with (Pujara), (we) cannot ignore the bowlers’ contribution. The bowlers have (also) done exceedingly well.”But somewhere Pujara has been instrumental in laying that solid foundation (standing) on which there were a number of guys who went out and got runs. Virat (Kohli) scored runs in the second Test. Ajinkya (Rahane) had that crucial partnership (in the series). Then Rishabh (Pant), (Ravindra) Jadeja – all these guys have done well. Mayank (Agarwal) got off to a good start.”But (still) if I have to pin-point one guy then Pujara stands out along with the fast bowlers,” said Tendulkar.Also Read | Virat Kohli deserves high praise for India’s Test series win in Australia: Wasim AkramAlso Read | It takes some serious marbles: Ravi Shastri on Virat Kohli’s captaincyAlso Read | Virat Kohli’s humility off the field is a sign of greatness: Glenn McGrathAlso Read | India outsmarted Australia tactically thanks to Virat Kohli: Ravi Shastrilast_img read more

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Wasim Akram welcomes West Indies women’s team to Pakistan for T20 series

first_imgFormer Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram has welcomed the West Indies women’s cricket team to the for a three-match Twenty20 International series starting Thursday. All the three matches will be played in Karachi.West Indies become the second international cricket team after Zimbabwe to send their teams since the terror attack on the Sri Lankan team bus on March 3 in 2009. Since the attack, all major teams have refused to visit Pakistan for cricket series and they were forced to adopt the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as their home ground.”Well done to the West Indies, a nation so passionate that they trailblaze their way to Pakistan for the love of cricket & friendship!Welcome @windieswomen to our country,thank you for giving our @WomenCricketPak a chance to play at home on their own soil! #WomensCricket #PAKWvWIW,” Wasim Akram tweeted.Well done to the West Indies, a nation so passionate that they trailblaze their way to Pakistan for the love of cricket & friendship!Welcome @windieswomen to our country,thank you for giving our @WomenCricketPak a chance to play at home on their own soil! #WomensCricket #PAKWvWIWWasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) January 30, 2019Windies women team arrives in Karachi for the T20Is series.More on #PAKWvsWIW series https://t.co/fcEgEInniX pic.twitter.com/IxHqZXEnlHPCB Official (@TheRealPCB) January 30, 2019Pakistan, Windies ladies are here we are really excited #FriendlyPeople #GreatHospitality pic.twitter.com/NuOsSap4bXmerissa aguilleira (@mraguilleira) January 30, 2019T20I Interim Captain for the Pakistan tour @mraguilleira and her team stand by two watchwords…”Adapt and Overcome!”. The @windieswomen are geared up and ready to take on @WomenCricketPak in the 3 T20I match series in Karachi. #LetsGoWindies #PAKWvsWIW pic.twitter.com/IYND29sZd1advertisementWindies Cricket (@windiescricket) January 30, 2019In 2009, the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked by masked terrorists when it was on its way to the the Gaddafi Stadium.Then captain Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis, Thilan Samaraweera and Tharanga Paravitarana suffered injuries in the attack which killed six security officials and two civilians. The series was called off immidiately and Sri Lankan players returned home.In 2015, international cricket returned to Pakistan when Zimbabwe men’s team visited the country amidst tight security, becoming the first team in first team in six years to play cricket in Pakistan.The two sides played a couple of T20Is and three ODIs at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, with Pakistan winning both the series.In 2017, the International Cricket Council (ICC) organised a three-match T20 series when it sent a 14-man squad to Pakistan. These matches were also played at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis led the World XI team.The matches were organised to commemorate the 70th year of independence of Pakistan and the trophy was named ‘2017 Independence Cup’.Apart from international cricket, the eliminator rounds and the final of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) were played in Pakistan last year.Also Read | Rohit Sharma on the verge of another special milestone in ODIsAlso Read | 2nd Test: Australia seek Sri Lanka relief after tumultuous yearlast_img read more

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Asian Athletics Championships 2019: Dutee breaks record, Hima Das injured in heats

first_imgDutee Chand proved worthy of medal expectations as she broke her own national record to qualify for the women’s 100m semi-finals on the first day of the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships at the Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, on Sunday.Dutee timed her personal best of 11.28s in the heats, breaking her national record of 11.29s, to emerge the fastest qualifier in Doha.Dutee was the fastest qualifier as she clocked 11.28s in the heats, breaking her own national record of 11.29s set in Guwahati last year.That’s Dutee Chand after improving her own National Record with a timing of 11.28s this morning in 100m (W) heats at #AAC2019 #DohaAll the best champ for finals!#AsianAthletics @qatarathletics @sports_odisha@ pic.twitter.com/AhwegDyjUdAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) April 21, 2019In 2018, the Indian sprinter had won silver in women’s 100m at the Jakarta Asian Games, gifting her country its first in this event since 1998.Elsewhere, another medal hope for India, Hima Das, pulled out halfway through women’s 400m semi-finals owing to an injury. However, her counterpart MR Poovamma qualified for the 400m final, finishing second with a time of 52.46.Junior World champion and Asian Games silver medallist Hima Das suffered a back pain to crash out of the tournament.Official statement on @HimaDas8″She had spasm at L4 and L5. The Doctor who attended her said informed us and he said nothing serious. She will be OK within a day or two”- Radhakrishnan Nair, Deputy Chief Coach #India.#AAC2019 #AsianAthleticsPC- @rahuldpawar pic.twitter.com/Lvry9j4KT7advertisementAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) April 21, 2019The 19-year-old came in lighlight in 2018, winning a 400m gold at the World U20 Championships. Hima is currently also the national holder with 50.79s clocked in the 2018 Asian Games.In men’s 400m category, Muhammad Anas finished third in his heat with a time of 46.36s to make it to the semi-finals.In other events, Asian Games silver medallist Jinson Johnson finished second in his heats with a time of 1:53.43s to qualify for the 800m semi-finals while Gomathi Marimuthu clocked 2:04.96 to finish second in her heats and qualify for the 800m finals.In 400m, Arokia Rajiv qualified for the semi-finals, winning his heats with a timing of 46.25s.This Asian Championships is crucial as the gold medallist gets the automatic qualification for the World Championships. This competition is also an ideal platform to accumulate ranking points if an athlete fails to achieve the stiff entry standards prescribed by the international federation.Also read | Sri Lanka serial blasts: Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar condemn ‘act of terror’Also Read | Riyan Parag, the boy who almost became IPL’s youngest half-centurion, loves soft toysAlso Seelast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka loss will hurt but England will be ready for upcoming matches, says Jos Buttler

first_imgEngland wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler feels “poor batting” was the reason for their shock defeat against Sri Lanka in a World Cup game in Leeds on Friday.England lacked their usual intensity with the bat as they failed to chase what appeared a relatively modest target of 233 at Headingley.Defeat by 20 runs represents a second loss of the tournament for the hosts, who struggled against the full, straight line of Lasith Malinga and then the off-spin of Dhananjaya de Silva as they sought to rebuild.”We played poorly with the bat. I think we lacked energy. That doesn’t mean trying to hit fours and sixes, it means showing the intensity and trying to put pressure on the bowlers,” said Buttler.”Early wickets can set teams back, as it did for Sri Lanka when we took early wickets, but in terms of the mindset, we were not at our best. I thought we were a bit passive. We haven’t been like that for a long time so that is the most frustrating part of the game.”Although England was missing Jason Roy because of a hamstring tear, Buttler refused to make an excuse out of the absence of the fast-scoring opener.”We didn’t as a group have the right attitude and intensity. Obviously, Jason is a guy who has that naturally, but from one to eleven we can do it as a side.”We have played a certain way for a long period of time now. That way has brought us success but we went away from it this time.”advertisementMalinga is a veteran of Sri Lanka’s victories against England in the 2011 quarter-final in Colombo and the win four years later at Wellington. On that second occasion, Sri Lanka chased with a positive sense of purpose that England lacked at Headingley.”He is an incredibly skillful bowler. The stumps are always in play with his release point and it is generally going to be pretty close if he hits your pads. We didn’t count him as well as we could.”For all his disappointment, Buttler remains adamant that England will be a different side come their next game, against Australia at Lord’s on Tuesday.”Those games are big ones, and at a fantastic ground at Lord’s. This loss will hurt for a few days but we will get ready and excited for the next game.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Australia up for England challenge at Lord’s, says Glenn MaxwellAlso Read | India vs Afghanistan, World Cup 2019: Weather Updates from Southampton on SaturdayAlso Seelast_img read more

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IIT Mandi to complete infrastructure for 2,500 students by 2021

first_imgHaving started its journey in 2009 with 510 acres of grassland on the banks of river Uhl in the village Kamand of Himachal Pradesh, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi has made impressive and rapid strides towards creating a remarkable and unique campus in the challenging yet serene Himalayan setup.The Institute now has a state-of-the-art infrastructure with a built-up area of 1.15 lakh sq.mt comprising of housing for 1,300 students, 112 faculty and 61 staff members, cutting-edge laboratories, libraries, sports facilities, spaces for other extra and co-curricular activities. This includes a 750-seater auditorium which is one-of-its-kind in the region and has already started hosting events attracting experts from all over the world. The unique design of the hostels with large common spaces and terraces is an added perk for the students. The Institute is on track towards completing 2.16 lakh sq.mt of construction by the year 2021 to provide for 2,580 students and 270 faculty and staff members.Highlighting the state-of-the-art infrastructure on campus, Prof SC Jain, Dean (Infrastructure and Services), IIT Mandi said, “We are on our way towards creating one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. The rivers, mountains and the warmth of people, tempered with the best of residential, academic, and institutional infrastructure, has set IIT Mandi on its path towards emerging as a place of attraction for the best minds across the world.”Technology-enhanced servicesThe Construction and Maintenance Wing of IIT Mandi uses a web-based project management tool developed in-house by students with an open-source platform to monitor the progress of construction. It also uses an online Ticketing System to manage maintenance services.advertisementThe Institute has established an advanced IT infrastructure including high-speed links of 1 GBPS capacity based on an optical backbone and more than 200 Wi-Fi access points. The Institute has also established a High-Performance Computing Cluster with 160 nodes based on 3000 cores (CPU+GPU) and this continues to grow steadily.Future plans include establishing the Eduroam services (a global service that enables students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain the internet connectivity across campus when visiting other participating institutions), Unified Threat Management infrastructure and to extend the backbone infrastructure to 10 GBPS besides developing a disaster recovery site.National Knowledge Network Facilities: IIT Mandi has established National Knowledge Network Facilities including Virtual classrooms of 100 plus capacity and Conference Halls in all academic blocks. The academic blocks have spacious classrooms with a capacity ranging from 30 to 300.The institute houses the main library with a collection of 18,948 books and a fully automated and Radio-frequency Identification (RFID) enabled Satellite library with 20,000 online resources for students, faculty and staff. Future plans include creating a virtual classroom of 250 capacity and professional Recording Studio besides three conference rooms.Highlighting the accommodation facilities for the faculty and visiting faculty, Kaustav Sarkar, Associate Dean (Infrastructure), and Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, IIT Mandi, said, “The campus offers residency to all faculty members and visitors. The apartments have been designed with plenty of bay windows and balconies, to maximize the natural comforts. The gardens, clubs and community halls cater to the requirements of social gatherings. The ongoing landscaping activities will further add to the beauty of the campus.”The vision of scenic natural beauty which one could gather through the glass facades of the 3 dining halls at IIT Mandi is a great example of modern architecture. It also has a one of its kind fully functional guest house with 88 rooms for national and international visitors.Important upcoming projects: Some of the important upcoming projects include a 1.6 km long-cycle track through the botanical garden, and a 2-lane bridge, to facilitate efficient transportation in the scenic hilly terrains between the North and South campuses of the institute.Sports, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are also of high importance for the Institute. In addition to the existing indoor badminton courts, table tennis hall, football and cricket fields and gymnasium, the Institute is creating a one of its kind pavilion, a hockey ground with kiosk, and also setting up new tennis, volleyball and basketball courts.The institute currently has a medical unit in the south campus and a Health Care Centre with three medical officers, an ENT specialist and a Pediatrician, in the North campus. The facilities include a procedure room, a minor operation theatre and physiotherapy centre.The Institute has also set up within its campus important support services, such as crèches, a botanical garden with a rich diversity of local plants, children’s parks, stationery shops, a campus school, banks and ATMs, for the convenience of campus residents.Green activities:advertisementEfficient waste-management practices are held in high priority for the campus. The waste generated at each source is segregated through the active participation of residents. A Biogas Generator of 150 kg feed capacity has been installed for the digestion of biodegradable wastes.Sewage Treatment Plants have been set up to ensure that all waste-water generated in the campus gets suitably treated before discharge and reuse. Special efforts have also been put towards the identification of local flora and fauna, and in ensuring that the campus growth continues to be in harmony with them. Future plans include reuse of treated waste-water, development of plant nursery, better segregation and in-house composting.Read: IIT Mandi researchers develop nano-capsules that can simultaneously detect and treat tumour cellslast_img read more

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IOWA TO DROP UNITED HEALTH CARE AS STATE CARE PROVIDER

first_imgIowa is severing ties with one of its health care providers.Governor Kim Reynolds released a statement Friday afternoon stating she has ended negotiations between the State of Iowa and UnitedHealthcare because of terms she believed to be unreasonable and unsustainable.Reynolds says the state has continued to work in good faith, along with the legislature to make improvements to the managed care system, including a substantial increase to funding this past year.She says “Unfortunately, UnitedHealthcare continued to make additional demands that she found to be unacceptable, including a provision that would remove pay for performance measures that would hold them accountable.Reynolds says the state will work with UnitedHealthcare over the next several months to minimize disruption and ensure a smooth transition to the two other managed care companies.last_img read more

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Notes on Mike Gundy’s Bedlam press conference

first_imgYou know how, when you’re out with another couple and they start to fight, how awkward and uncomfortable that is? Well, that was kind of what today’s pre-Bedlam presser was…26 minutes of tense awkwardness!Coach basically avoids discussing quarterbacks, coaching jobs, personnel changes and anything else – except for taking shots at The Boz and his brother.Here are the highlights:• Opened with a brief statement about who will start at QB Saturday and the overall picture of the team right now: “We’ll play the one that gives us the best chance to win based on this week’s practice. As far as injuries, we’re in good shape.”Is that even possible – to be in good shape with injuries?• On the importance of getting the 6th win and becoming bowl eligible: “It’s important for the practice time and obviously for the players – to win an extra game. We get 11 (additional practices) for us.There’s not as much long-term development that goes on. It’s mainly game-planning.”• Coach was asked if preparing for Bedlam is different than other games. Was it for him as a player? “For me, it’s a game of preparation. Doesn’t really change for me during the week. Obviously it’s a big game for the people in this state.” Well, yeah!• Is it weird with his brother, Cale, on the opposing sideline? “I honestly, a lot of times, forget he’s even over there.” Ah, brotherly love!• Do the players have more nerves for this game? “Because of the exposure today there’s not a lot of nerves that go on.”• Were there nerves for him as a freshman for his 1st Bedlam? “I obviously don’t remember.”• Then, the tension level begins to escalate with questions about Daxx and Rudolph. He was basically asked if Daxx starts over Rudolph, what does he think about yanking the redshirt off Mason: “I would NEVER talk about personnel decisions that we make publicly.” Ok then…• In an attempt to change the subject, Coach was asked if Yurcich identified Rudolph as a recruit. “No.” Then, how did that come about? “We’ll never talk about the recruiting process, personnel, or injuries.” Ouch…• So, let’s go back to the upcoming game Saturday. Preparing for Perine – what do we do? “He’s a really good back, very mature, very strong, runs low to the ground. He runs through tackles. His yards-after-contact is good. He’s poorly coached.”• Yes, he said he’s “poorly coached.” If you don’t know, his aforementioned brother Cale is ou’s running backs coach. But, there was NO smile – no grin – nothing!• Christmas at Ma and Pa Gundy ought to be a hoot!• Is there a situation in which we could see both quarterbacks play Saturday? “Could, very well could.”• Is it less likely though, since they’re two similar QBs? “No – could be more likely.”• Then there was this. This was a poor question, in my humble opinion and I don’t blame Mike for being a bit snarky. He was asked, as an underdog, does Rudolph give us a “puncher’s chance?” That’s cheap. “I’m not going to discuss who gives us the best chance to win and/or why.”Why not? “Why do we huddle up then? Why don’t we just tell them our plays?”• All of which apparently inspired Mark Cooper of the Tulsa World to write this immediately after the presser.• I suppose he could handle it better, but I have to agree. I’m not going to give Stoops any more ammo than he already has.If I can keep him guessing between the long-bomb Garman and the Freshman formerly known as Redshirt, then so be it. Eisenhower didn’t hold a press conference and say, “You know, it’s looking more and more like Normandy’s the spot.”• The awkwardness continued with the reporter pressing on about one QB or the other and how they each (or one of them) played recently. Yes – it was that confusing.Reporter: “Well he certainly was impressive in Waco, would you agree with that?”Gundy: “With what?”R: “Accuracy, throwing the ball deep, that kinda thing.”G: “Daxx’s been pretty good at that too hasn’t he?”R: “Well, not the accuracy part.”G: “Ok.” [pause] “That’s why I don’t want to talk about personnel decisions, cuz you and I won’t agree. He’s pretty accurate throwing deep balls.”R: “Daxx is, yeah.”G: “I thought you said Mason.”R: “No, I did. I’m talking about whatever circumstance may unfold if Mason is the starter.”What!?! What’s going on here?!G: “I’m not clear I understand what you’re saying.” Dismissed.• So, will we get on the bus to Norman not knowing a starter since it’s a “game-time” decision? “No, I’ll know by then. ‘Game-time’ is just a popular thing that people say.”• To some positive interaction…on Ogbah: “He’s doing great. He’s matured, grown up, came in as a guy that’s gotten really big. He’s committed to the game. “He’s playing hard, he’s been a good leader. He’s fought through some pain – he’s really been a bright spot for us. We’re fairly mature up front, but there’s a difference when he’s in there.”• Ok – too much nicey-nice! What about Van Malone? Can you tell us if he’s going to SMU? “Would NEVER talk about personnel decisions with players or coaches at any time during the season. I don’t know what you want me to say.”“You could tell me whether or not he’s been hired by SMU.” See previous statement…he just repeated it – verbatim. Icy!• Does the fact that the team has played well against good teams give him confidence? “Well – some of the time. We’ve played other good teams and didn’t play very well. But, they’ve practiced well. Their attitude and enthusiasm’s been very good.”• On the recent slow starts for the defense: “They need to play well early and I wish I had an answer for why that’s happened. We’d like for them to play well and start early so we’re not playing catch-up.”“But, on the other side of that, there’s games that on offense we haven’t played very well early either.” Did he really have to say “early” there?• This was a funny story about Bosworth. (Mike and Boz had “words” in Gundy’s freshman year.) “Last time I saw him was at a nighttime establishment in OKC back in the late 80’s.”A nighttime establishment!  So – were you guys cool with each other? “Yeah – we’re fine. I don’t know what mode he was in – Brian or The Boz – at that time so I can’t really answer that question.”• How does he deal with the annual coaching carousel – one which he’s not on, I assume?“It’s just part of our job. For whatever reason, over the last 6-7 years people have just wanted to hire guys off our staff. I get calls starting in about mid-November. Very seldom do I get less than 3 guys somebody’s trying to hire.”• He was asked about his relationship with Bill Blankenship: “I have a good relation-…I mean, I don’t visit with him a whole lot. I don’t talk to anybody for the most part.” Coach needs friends – or a good relationship counselor.• There was then another refusal to discuss, followed by a discussion of TCU vs Baylor: “Think that falls into me commenting on personnel and coaches and jobs and quarterbacks. I mean, it’s a no-win situation for me.“We live in a society today where the more you say, the more people shoot holes in it so you’re better off not saying anything. I have an opinion on it. But, I would not want to be on that committee. Both of these teams, in my opinion, could very well be, at this point, the top 3 teams in the country on any given day on a neutral field.” Ok, that was kind of confusing, too.• How important is it for the Big 12 to get a team in the Football Four? “Very important in recruiting.”• Talked about why Glidden is getting more touches: “Yeah, he’s been consistent.”• What’s most impressive? “He’s just doing his job. Playing good. He’s matured and the schemes seem to fit him.”• Does he see similarities to Josh Cooper? “There are some, yes. Is he a junior now? So, he’s got one more year. And this has been the first year he’s been able to see a lot of reps and develop.”• Carlton the Doorman asked (look it up, you under-40-somethings) if the last 2 Bedlam losses still frustrate him. “Every loss frustrates me. Every loss – whether by a point or 50 points – they’re hard to take…and they are frustrating.”• On the offensive line: “Crabtree coming back helped our team.”• Zac Veatch was “recruited to play tight end. He’s certainly undersized to be playing offensive line in this league.”• To wrap it up there was this final jewel, also regarding the offensive line – which led to an SI/NCAA discussion. He was asked about JC recruits for the offensive line:“You know it’s a violation for me to talk about that. As much as I love visiting with you, it’s illegal for me to talk about that, because when you say ‘junior college’, you specify. Don’t ask me. The guys just spent 15 months in here combing us through and we’re clean. I don’t want to get anything now!”• “I’ve got like two minutes and I’ve got a meeting because it’s Tuesday, as much as I’d love to stay and chat.” Sorry, but I love that! I’m such a Gundy homer.• So, any word on when the meeting with the NCAA is going to happen? “You know what’s funny, Bill? They don’t tell me anything. They don’t. They don’t tell me anything. So, I can actually say to you that I have no clue.”Uh-oh. That doesn’t sound real good now does it?• So, does that hang over him – burden him? “No. You guys have been around here forever. We agree to disagree on some things. But, they came in and combed this place for 12 months and that’s all they found? We oughta be throwing a party. You can write it any way you want – that’s my opinion.”Sound like Coach Mike would like a little more credit from the powers-that-be for cleaning up Lester’s mess.• To close – a question about how new coaches settle into their roles: “When we lose a coach, the guy that comes in takes over for the guy that left.” Good plan!Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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The Draw Run Game is Back: How Deception is Working

first_imgGiven the talent Oklahoma State has at the skill positions, there is a lot of flexibility in the types of play calls you can make out of different formations. One thing I noticed about the first game against Tulsa is how often Mike Yurcich used the draw play. If you rewind to previous years the draw has existed for OSU, but it hasn’t really been a focal point of the offense. From what I remember, they were more situation calls or third-and-long (aka don’t turn the ball over) play calls. Especially in 2016, when OSU had so much success running off the Cowboy Back and the guard/tackle combos.  Anyone who read my RB depth chart preview might remember that I alluded that draws might be more prevalent in this year’s offense. However, pretty much everything else I was talking about ended up being wrong including the player I was emphasizing for the draw game (Jeff Carr transferred shortly after this article was published).  I may have not wrote this, but my thought process was pretty simple:  4-WR sets + feared passing game = more draw plays.  There’s a problem with that theory, though. Out of the draw plays ran in the first three quarters, 75 percent of them were run in 11 or 12 personnel. Even with the different personnel groupings, the draw game was used often and was very effective.  There are a lot of reasons why draw plays work, but the conditions have to be right.  The threat of a strong passing game is a must, generally mixed with some overaggressive pass rushers who are trying to get up field to pressure the QB.  We knew coming into the game that the strength of the Tulsa defense was their DEs. Mix that with the fact that the defensive back seven are already thinking about dropping into their zones quickly to be able to cover an extremely talented WR core, and you have the perfect combination of a successful draw running game. These are the types of advantages a good passing game can open up to generate a successful running game, even when the blocking is subpar (which it wasn’t).This is something to keep an eye on moving forward in the season, as Justice Hill is an excellent RB in open space, and draw plays give you just that. Final stats for draw plays in the first three quarters were four rushes, 35 yards and 8.75 YPC. Not huge numbers given the rest of the stats from the game, but as you’ll see, with each play there are huge holes in the open field.  It’s kind of an odd stat, and something that is counterproductive to my point, but these runs actually brought down the overall YPC average.  But most of that was due to 3-4 really long runs.Below are the four examples of draws with yardage, down/distance and personnel groupings.   12 yards, 1st and 10, 11 personnel 13 yards, 2nd and 9, 10 personnel2 yards, 1st and 10, 11 personnel – JD King missed the hole to the left. Eventually found the hole but defense had swarmed by then.    8 Yards, 2nd and 5, 12 personnelOne note that I wanted to mention while watching the tape.  Mason Rudolph has improved his ball handling and play-action form tremendously. This is similar to a draw play, showing something post-snap and doing something completely different.    Here is a good example. Watch how he sees the ball through the entire handoff, then snaps his hands back as if there was a chance it was play action. Guys like Brett Favre and Peyton Manning were masters at this in the NFL, maybe something Rudolph picked up at the Manning academy?Now here is a pass play off the same action.  Here is another example. Watch how he holds his form on the handoff throughout, and takes a small step outside like he is going to pull the ball. You’ll see it holds the DE long enough so he can’t crash down the line of scrimmage and make a play on the RB in case he needs to cut up field earlier than expected.  It’s crucial that your routine is consistent regardless whether the play is a run or a play-action pass so you don’t tip off the defense. This is consistency I haven’t really seen up until this year and is certainly something that could lead to some big plays that may have not been there in the past.  These are the little things that take good teams and make them into great ones.   If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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No way, Jose! Guardiola won’t fear lucky Man Utd

first_imgManchester United Guardiola won’t fear this Man Utd team as lucky Young goal saves Mourinho Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 01:04 11/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(19) Ashley Young, Manchester United Manchester United Premier League Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton & Hove Albion United limped past Brighton to temporarily narrow the gap at the top, but there was little to suggest they are closing on City in real terms Whenever Jose Mourinho has been asked to address the eight-point gap separating Premier League leaders Manchester City from his own Manchester United side he has looked far from pleased at the line of questioning.But while Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford on Saturday means United will maintain a foothold in the title race at the very least this weekend, those of a City persuasion will not be too perturbed by the thought of their own visit to the Theatre of Dreams in two weeks’ time after watching their neighbours stumble past Chris Hughton’s side.Firmino 4/1 FGS with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Brighton caused United plenty of problems throughout. Glenn Murray was regularly supported by the pace and guile of Anthony Knockaert and Pascal Gross as the visitors picked holes in United’s rearguard. On another day they might have been a couple of goals ahead by the time Lewis Dunk deflected Ashley Young’s speculator from the edge of the area into the far corner of the net, and they will count themselves unfortunate not to have got something out of the game.Antonio Valencia, Manchester United, Solly March, Brighton and Hove AlbionBut at the other end there was a comparative lack of cohesion. There wasn’t the flow or sharpness about United’s attack that there was about Brighton’s. To be fair, the Seagulls have been one of the more competent sides outside of the Premier League’s top seven this term, but it still felt like the Reds were making things a bit tougher for themselves than was entirely necessary.Romelu Lukaku’s all-round game needs to improve drastically, and he has netted only once in 10 games now, while Marcus Rashford’s form in front of goal has also tailed off, resulting in a seven-game run without a goal since netting the consolation effort in the loss at Huddersfield over a month ago.Against such a backdrop, winning the game was the most important thing. But there needs to be a power shift in this city sooner rather than later if United are to haul in Pep Guardiola’s outfit and that looks no closer following Brighton’s visit than it did pre-game.While United hit four past Newcastle last week, that performance stands out as the exception rather than the norm of late. This was a return to the kind of lifeless, uncertain displays which were prevalent at Old Trafford last season. With away trips to Watford and Arsenal coming before the league leaders arrive in town, Mourinho’s men simply cannot afford another performance like this one or they will only see the gap at the top grow wider.Narrow wins when not playing particularly well are often considered the stuff of champion outfits. But United remain a long way off the pace in more ways than one right now, and in a week when Reds legend Eric Cantona claimed he would rather Guardiola were in charge of his former side than Mourinho, the French genius will not have been dissuaded by anything he saw here. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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