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Dhoni or Dravid as important as “larger than life” Kohli: Richardson

first_imgLondon, Aug 7 (PTI) The world of cricket needs it “larger than life characters” like Virat Kohli and Ben Stokes but it “equally needs” a Mahendra Singh Dhoni or a Rahul Dravid to “stay on good side of line”, feels ICC Chief Executive David Richardson. At the MCC’s 2018 Cowdrey Lecture. Richardson expressed his concerns about the amount of cheating and sledging in international cricket expecting more initiative from the players and coaches. “On the field the cricket needs its larger than life characters. Its Colin Milburns, Freddie Flintoffs, Shane Warnes, Virat Kohlis, Ben Stokes but we equally it needs its Frank Worrells, its Mahendra Singh Dhonis, its Rahul Dravids, its Colin Cowdreys to make sure that we all stay in the good side of that line,” Richardson said during his lecture. However, the former Proteas keeper-batsman agreed that ICC “do not have all the answers to the challenges” it faces but are “working collectively to solve them”. “Personal abuse, fielders giving send-offs to batsmen who have been dismissed, unnecessary physical contact, players threatening not to play in protest against an umpires decision and ball tampering; this isn’t the version of our sport that we want to project to the world,” he said. Richardson spoke about the steps taken by the ICC to penalise any kind of personal abuse with a six-Test or 12-match suspension in limited-overs cricket. He informed that ICC is working on “educating the players on what it means to play the game within the spirit.” Richardson also spoke about how a home team should maintain the principles of respect for the opposition during a bilateral series.advertisement The touring team should be treated as “honoured guests with the standard of practice facilities and other logistical arrangements exactly the same as the home team, if not better”. The ICC Chief Executive seemed a tad disappointed in the manner national team coaches have supported the boorish behaviour of their players. He cited the example of former South African all rounder Mike Proctor, who during his time as national coach would ensure that an umpiring decision had “unqualified acceptance”. “Too many coaches or team managers of recent times are too quick to side with their players, blame the umpires for being biased against their team, storming off to the match referee’s room to complain,” he added. “Winning must obviously be the aim of any game but not at all costs, not when it means compromising the integrity of the game.” Richardson also found it hard to believe that players are not aware as to what amounts to ball tampering, terming it “disingenuous”. “Over the last few months, I have read comments from players requesting guidance on what is allowed in relation to the ball. Asking if they can chew gum, wear sun screen or drink a sugary drink. “The laws are simple and straightforward do not change the condition of the ball using an artificial substance and if you are caught, don’t complain. Saying others do it is not a defence. You are cheating.” PTI KHSKHSlast_img read more

Asian Games 2018 men’s 800m: Manjit Singh wins gold, Jinson Johnson gets silver

first_imgManjit Singh won gold while Jinson Johnson won silver in the men’s 800m final at Asian Games 2018 as Indian athletes continued to dominate the tracks in Indonesia. Manjit clocked 1:46.15 while Johnson clocked 1:46.35 to make it a memorable double for India.Overall, India have now nine gold medals – three have from athletics.Athletics have also given India seven silver medals.As of now, India have 47 medals – 9 gold, 17 silver and 21 bronze.Asian Games 2018 Day 10 Live UpdatesPlenty was expected from Majit and Johnson and they did not disappoint.This is the third India have won two medals in the men’s 800m race at the Asian Games.In 1951, Ranjit Singh had won gold while Kulwant Singh won silver. In 1962, Daljit Singh won a silver medal and Amrit Pal finished with a bronze.Overall, this was India’s sixth gold medal in the men’s 800m race.#GOLD medals for India in #AsianGames 800m (men)1951: Ranjit Singh1966: Bhogeswar Baruah1974: Sriram Singh1978: Sriram Singh1982: Charles Borromeo2018: Manjit Singh#AsianGames2018Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 28, 2018In June, Johnson ran one of the most memorable races in recent times as he smashed legendary Sriram Singh’s 42-year-old 800m record, the oldest one in Indian athletics, to steal the spotlight on the second day of the 58th National Inter State Senior Athletics Championships in Guwahati. His effort there had helped him book a ticket for the Asian Games as the qualification mark was 1:47.50.Earier, Hima Das had won silver in the women’s 400m while Dutee Chand had won silver in the women’s 100m.advertisementlast_img read more

3rd ODI: Mithali Raj’s career-best knock goes in vain as Sri Lanka beat India

first_imgIndia women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj’s career-best knock of 125 not out went in vain as Sri Lanka women beat India by three wickets in the third and final ODI, on Sunday.India had already sealed the series by winning the first two ODIs but in the 3rd match they could not defend the total of 253 for five, built around Raj’s unbeaten 125 and opener Smriti Mandhana’s 51.They had shared a 102-run stand for the second wicket after young Jemimah Rodrigues (0) made an early exit. Mithali’s seventh ODI hundred and first in 14 months, came off 143 balls with 14 fours and a six.Sri Lanka skipper Chamari Attapattu’s century though counted as her 115-run knock and a gutsy 101-run stand with fellow opener Hasini Perera (45) set the tone for the chase.Sri Lanka edge a thriller to avoid the series sweep!Athapaththu’s 115 guides her side in their biggest successful ODI chase to overcome India’s 253/5 to win by 3 wickets with one ball remaining! India win the series 2-1. #SLvIND scorecard https://t.co/xLwWPGYUUq pic.twitter.com/merLHaQQYcICC (@ICC) September 16, 2018There were a few hiccups after the two batswomen returned to the pavilion as Indian bowlers made in roads but tail-ender Kavisha Dilhari held her nerves to push her side to the finish line with one ball to spare.Sri Lanka needed six runs from the final over. Coming out to bat at number nine, Kavisha smashed a four in the penultimate ball of the match off Deepti Sharma to earn a consolatory win for the hosts.advertisementJhulan Goswami and Mansi Joshi took two wickets each to rip through the Lankan middle order but their effort proved insufficient in the end.The five-match Twenty20 series between the two teams will begin on Wednesday at the same venue.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

IFFI 2018 to be a mix of old and new cinema: Rathore

first_imgPanaji, Nov 19 (PTI) International Film Festival of India will be a mix of the old and new cinema, with a special focus on digital platforms, Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore has said, ahead of the yearly movie extravaganza in Goa.With the coastal state readying to welcome film personalities from across the world, the spotlight is on the 49th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) where some of the best line-up of movies, masterclasses, talks and workshops will be held.Israel is the focus country at the movie gala, to be held from November 20-28, that will celebrate diversity, showcasing 212 films from over 68 countries.”It is a mix of the old and new. The old, new and digital cinema, everything is being combined together in this IFFI,” Rathore said.The master classes being held on various subjects will be conducted by experts from India and abroad, he told DD News ahead of the film festival.”We will also try to live stream this on social media” to make it accessible for all, Rathore said.Elaborating on the digital aspects that will be focussed upon at IFFI, the minister highlighted the role played by Indian VFX artists in Hollywood films.The time has come to promote these talented experts, he said.”The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is looking to set up a gaming, and visual effects institution and has even started work on it. This will set a high standard in India. We can open many satellite schools that can follow the syllabus set by this institution,” he said.advertisementRathore also spoke about the emergence of digital cinema and platforms such as Netflix, HotStar, and other applications. He said IFFI will talk about all these facets.IFFI will also showcase films from Israel which is the focus country this year.The minister said this segment at IFFI provides an opportunity to strengthen ties between India and other countries.  Israeli filmmakers focus on producing films for international audiences. This year, IFFI will highlight films from that country, he added.In addition to this, the focus state will also be a key segment. Jharkhand will be the first to open the category.IFFI Goa will provide a platform to Jharkhand to promote its scenic beauty not only nationally, but also internationally, Rathore said.This year, IFFI will have something for the sports fans as well with a separate segment for such films.”We have invited the actors and directors of such films to share their journeys, inspirations, and possible marketability,” Rathore said.   Apart from the movie bonanza, a host of workshops will also be held, he said.Filmmakers can pitch their ideas at the National Film Development Corporation Film Bazaar, he said. PTI ASK BKBKlast_img read more

India vs Australia: Virat Kohli extends dominance as No. 1 Test batsman

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli consolidated his position at the top of International Cricket Council (ICC) Test batsman rankings after the outstanding century he hit during India’s 146-run defeat in the Perth Test against Australia.The first innings-century – 123 runs from 257 balls – on a bounce and pace-rich Perth Stadium track has helped Virat Kohli accumulate 14 points and reach a total of 934, three away from his career-best Test rating points.The valiant century helped Virat Kohli extend his lead over second-ranked Kane Williamson from seven to 19 points. The New Zealand skipper was closing in on Kohli after a series of consistent scores in their historic 2-1 win against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.Nonetheless, Williamson has reached his personal best of 915 points, the joint-25th highest ever and equal with ICC Hall of Famer George Headley of the West Indies.Pant, Bumrah achieve career-best rankingsFor India, apart from Virat Kohli, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (up two places to 15th) and wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant (up 11 places to a career-best 48th) have also moved up among batsmen while fast bowlers Mohammad Shami (up two places to 24th) and Jasprit Bumrah (up five places to a career-best 28th) have advanced in the list for bowlers.There were more movements owing to performances in Perth with Player of the Match Nathan Lyon’s eight wickets helping grab a career-best seventh place, a position he had also previously attained in October last year. Josh Hazlewood (up two places to ninth) and Mitchell Starc (up one place to 15th) are the other Australia bowlers to move up.advertisementAmong their batsmen, Usman Khawaja (up one place to 12th), captain Tim Paine (up nine places to 46th) and Travis Head (up 16 places to 63rd) are the ones to move up the ladder after useful contributions against the world’s top-ranked Test side.New Zealand opener Tom Latham is another major gainer after an outstanding Test performance of 264 not out that not only won him the man of the match award but has also lifted him 15 slots to a career-best 22nd position. Fast bowler Tim Southee is another one to gain from the team, his eight wickets in the match helping gain four slots to reach 11th position.For Sri Lanka, former captain Angelo Mathews (83 and 120 not out) and Kusal Mendis (141 not out) have been rewarded after their match-saving efforts. Mathews has gained eight slots to reach 16th place while Mendis has moved up two slots to take 18th position. Among their bowlers, Lahiru Kumara has gained five slots to reach 43rd place after finishing with four wickets.Top 10 Test batsman (As on December 20, 2018)Virat KohliKane WilliamsonSteve SmithCheteshwar PujaraJoe RootDavid WarnerDimuth KarunaratneDean ElgarAzhar AliHenry NichollsTop 10 Test bowlersKagiso RabadaJames AndersonVernon PhilanderMohammad AbbasRavindra JadejaR AshwinNathan LyonPat CumminsJosh HazlewoodYasir ShahAlso Read | Sunil Gavaskar’s ultimatum to Virat Kohli if India fail to win Australia Test seriesAlso Read | PCB asked to pay 60 per cent of cost claimed by BCCI in compensation battleAlso See:last_img read more

Disappointed I won’t be in Australia to present Border-Gavaskar trophy: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgSunil Gavaskar said he was disappointed because he would not be in Australia to present the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to India at the end of the four-Test series in Sydney.India had won back the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in early 2017 when they beat Australia 2-1. This year, India have an invincible 2-1 lead and will retain the trophy even if they lose the final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.However, when Virat Kohli walks out to take the trophy on the last day of the New Year’s Test, Sunil Gavaskar will not be present alongside Allan Border.Either due to administrative negligence or indifference from Cricket Australia, Gavaskar will not be able to attend the trophy presentation.”I was sent a letter by Cricket Australia’s Chief Executive, James Sutherland in May asking about my availability to present the Border-Gavaskar trophy and I would have been happy to go. But he stepped down and there has been no further contact,” Gavaskar had told India Today last week.’Disappointed’In another exclusive interview with India Today, Gavaskar said it would have been wonderful to go to Australia and meet his old friends Allan Border and Ian Chappell.”Disappointed. It would have been wonderful to be there. Not only I would have had the opportunity to meet up with Allan Border, who was a good friend of mine but also with Ian Chappell and some of my friends there in Sydney, Australia. But that’s how it is. I am quite happy therefore watching India win from Mumbai,” he said.advertisementFormer CA chief executive James Sutherland had invited the batting great as early as May to be present for the trophy presentation ceremony. However, following Sutherland’s resignation that came after the fallout due to the infamous ball-tampering scandal, Gavaskar had not received any communication from the apex body of Australian cricket.Gavaskar, though, is part of the ongoing four-match series in Australia, thanks to his association with Sony as a broadcaster. And he is certainly happy that Virat Kohli’s’ Team India have retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, which came into existence in 1996 in a bid to honour the two greats of the game.India are in control of the Sydney Test: GavaskarMeanwhile, Gavaskar praised Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored his third hundred in the ongoing Test series. He is the leading run-scorer with 458 runs from seven innings so far and there is every chance he will get many more tomorrow.Gavaskar said he was happy Pujara’s technical adjustments were paying off.”Very happy for Pujara because of the adjustments he has made. If you look at old videos of Pujara, he was playing a lot lower and now he is standing upright and playing a little higher.”But the pitches in this series have not been as hard and bouncy as normal Australian pitches. But there is nothing to take away from Pujara’s desire to score runs,” Gavaskar said.India went to stumps on the opening day of the fourth Test on 303 for 4 thanks to Pujara’s unbeaten 130 and Mayank Agarwal’s 77.Gavaskar said India are in control of the ongoing series finale in Sydney.”India are in control having scored over 300 runs – more than anything else, I am happy for Kapil Dev. In the past, whenever the New Year’s Tests would be played, Kapil (whose birthday is on January 6) did not have good birthdays because India would invariably lose those New Year’s Tests. Kapil would be able to celebrate his birthday in style this year,” Gavaskar said.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah always wants to learn and experiment: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Why Cheteshwar Pujara reminds Michael Clarke of Brian Lara and Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Heartbroken but happy: Mayank Agarwal’s coach reacts after India opener misses ton at SCGAlso Read | Are you not bored yet Pujara? Nathan Lyon asks India’s run-machinelast_img read more

Stefanos Tsitsipas shocks Rafael Nadal to reach Madrid Open final

first_imgStefanos Tsitsipas pulled off one of the biggest wins of his short but remarkable career by beating Rafael Nadal 6-4 2-6 6-3 on Spanish soil on Saturday to book his place in the Madrid Open final against world number one Novak Djokovic.Tsitsipas, 20, had never won a set in his previous three meetings against claycourt specialist and 11-times French Open champion Nadal, but the Greek drew first blood by saving a break point to hold in the 10th game and take the first set.He broke Nadal six times in the epic three-setter played late into the Madrid night, lasting two hours and 34 minutes, while saving 11 of the 16 break points he conceded to his opponent.Before Nadal met Tsitsipas, he had won 26 of 27 service games in this year’s Madrid Open, and the Spaniard had breezed past the youngster in the Barcelona Open final last season and this year’s Australian Open semi-finals.Nadal won the second set and looked to have the physical edge over his opponent, who has also been playing doubles in Madrid.But Tsitsipas, the Next Gen ATP finals champion, came back stronger in the decider with impressive court coverage and broke Nadal to take a 5-2 lead although he could not immediately serve out for the match.He earned repeated match points in the next game when Nadal was serving and after the Spaniard had dug deep to save three of them he could only find the net on the fourth.Tsitsipas dropped his racket and put his hands to his face to savour his first victory over the titan of claycourt tennis, completing a clean sweep of wins over Djokovic, Nadal and Roger Federer in less than 10 months.advertisement”UNBELIEVABLE FEELING”Nadal, meanwhile, was left reflecting on a third straight semi-final exit on clay after losing to Fabio Fognini in the Monte Carlo Masters and Dominic Thiem in the Barcelona Open.”It means the world, it’s really nice to be able to play this way, it’s an unbelievable feeling,” Tsitsipas told reporters.”I had to show mental discipline and being tough and decisive in those crucial moments was key, I had to take all opportunities because Rafa is a fighter, he doesn’t give you many points.”Djokovic reached the final after seeing off last year’s runner-up Dominic Thiem 7-6(2) 7-6(4) in a gruelling, high-quality match lasting two hours 22 minutes.Tsitsipas beat Djokovic in the Rogers Cup in Toronto and was looking forward to another match with the Serbian.”I’ll have to be mentally prepared for Djokovic, I’m sure he wants the title as badly as me,” he added.Djokovic, winner in Madrid in 2011 and 2016, was fully rested after his quarter-final opponent Marin Cilic had withdrawn because of food poisoning, while Thiem had to dig deep to beat Roger Federer in a gruelling three-setter.Thiem, who won the Barcelona Open last month and was on an eight-match winning streak, struck an early blow by breaking Djokovic in the fourth game but the Serbian responded by winning the next three games and saved two break points in the eighth.The Serbian won the first tiebreak comfortably after poor shot selections from Thiem but was in trouble in the second set when he trailed 4-2.He immediately broke back and had the chance to serve for the match at 6-5 but squandered the opportunity with a double fault.Yet once again Djokovic had the edge in the tiebreak, earning three match points and taking the first as Thiem smashed a baseline backhand well out, booking his place in a first final since winning the Australian Open.Also Read | Kiki Bertens beats Simona Halep in Madrid Open final to lift the titleAlso Read | Madrid Open: Novak Djokovic back to best against Dominic Thiem to reach finallast_img read more

Pakistan can end World Cup losing streak against India: Inzamam-ul-Haq

first_imgPakistan’s chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq is confident that the national team will break its six-match losing streak in the World Cup against India when it takes on the arch-rivals at the mega-event on June 16.Pakistan have never won against India in a World Cup match but the former Test captain feels that they can post a breakthrough victory against the neighbours this time around when the two teams meet at Manchester next month.”People take a Indo-Pak match very seriously and some even go on to say that ‘we will be happy even if only we can win against India during the World Cup’,” said Inzamam.”I’m hopeful that we will end our losing streak against India in World Cup matches,” he told a Pakistan Cricket website.The veteran of 120 Tests, however, said that the World Cup is not just about the match against India, and Pakistan have the potential to beat other sides as well”.Pakistan go into the World Cup having suffered 10 successive ODI defeats and were also beaten by Afghanistan in the warm-up match of the World Cup.Inzamam, who is under-fire in recent times for making late changes in the World Cup squad, spoke about the difficulties of selecting national team and the pressure that comes with it.”People think it is easy to jot down 14-15 players in order to form a squad but it’s nothing like that because there is a lot of pressure. For example it was very difficult for us to select fast-bowlers for the World Cup because there were a lot of good names around including the likes of (Mohammad) Amir, Junaid (Khan) and (Usman Khan) Shinwari,” said the 49-year-old.advertisementDefending the selections of pacers Mohammad Hasnain and Wahab Riaz, Inzamam said: “Like I said before pace of Hasnain, who can touch 150 kph, would add a new dimension to our bowling attack because the rest of the bowlers penetrate only around the 130-140 kph mark.”On threat posed by minnows like Afghanistan during the upcoming tournament, Inzamam said no team should be taken lightly in the World Cup.”I think we should not take any team lightly during the World Cup. Teams like Afghanistan can upset some of the bigger teams. Even if you play, for instance, against Afghanistan or England, you get the same value with two points.”He said it was important to get off to a good start in the World Cup.”Getting off to a good start is important and I think our team has the ability to do that.”Inzamam included Pakistan along side England, India and New Zealand in his list of four semifinalists.”I think England, as they are the number one side in the world, India, because of the balance of their side, New Zealand, as they have played good cricket in the build up to the event, and of course Pakistan will be my final four,” he said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan players can stay with wives but only after India matchAlso Watch:last_img read more

Mouni Roy pulls off incredible yoga asana in workout video. Watch

first_imgMouni Roy shared a glimpse from her yoga session as she did a perfect asana during her class on Wednesday. We are floored, honestly, because it isn’t easy to pull off the stretch. In a video shared on Instagram, Mouni stands on her head while balancing against a mirror on the wall. It’s called Pincha Mayurasana as Mouni wrote in Hindi as her caption.Dressed in a black sports bra and tights, Mouni did the asana with effortless ease while her teacher Rahul Patel directed her. Work in progress is what Mouni used as one of the hashtags and if that is the case, we wonder what the final result will be.Watch Mouni nailing the aasana:The fact that Mouni was incredibly good during her yoga class is something that the internet has agreed with as well. Within an hour of being shared online, Mouni’s video has been viewed over 87,000 times.”Awesome”, “wow,” “super” and “great” are some of the comments that we spotted on the thread. Some even found Mouni “sexy” in the clip. We agree. Most of Mouni’s Insta fam, in fact, posted heart and fire emoticons.Mouni Roy started off as a television actress and made her debut with Ekta Kapoor’s show Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi in 2006. She subsequently appeared in the television series Devon Ke Dev…Mahadev and Naagin apart from participating in several reality shows.advertisementIn 2018, Mouni Roy made her debut in Bollywood with Gold opposite Akshay Kumar. Last seen in Romeo Akbar Walter, Mouni’s upcoming films include Made in China and Brahmastra.ALSO READ: Mouni Roy is smouldering hot in backless bodysuit and pants for new photoshoot. See picsALSO WATCH | Mouni Roy, Ankita Lokhande and Aamna Sharif steal the show at award nightlast_img read more

This win keeps World Cup campaign in our own hands: Jonny Bairstow after England win

first_imgEngland opener Jonny Bairstow has been in the news in recent times for all the wrong reasons. With pundits criticizing the English outfit, Bairstow had made headlines when he criticized them and said that they have been looking for an opportunity to pull the players down.While skipper Eoin Morgan said after Sunday’s loss that Bairstow does tend to get fired up (after confrontations), Bairstow said he wasn’t literally looking for such war of words.”I’m not saying I want everyone to come out abusing me, not by any means. I think there are different ways to look at it. Along the way, people have questioned techniques, conditions and other things. It is important to react to different scenarios and circumstances and work out how you can play your best.”You go out every time with the intention of scoring a hundred. Sometimes it comes off, sometimes you nick one behind and sometimes the edge goes for four and you’re up and running.”Bairstow though did agree that the team hasn’t done enough to justify the favorites tag that was given to the outfit at the start of the tournament.”It was obvious that over the past couple of weeks we have not played our best cricket,” he said. “This was a game that keeps the World Cup campaign in our own hands rather than needing other people to win.”I think the application everyone showed with the bat, and the way we started with the ball against India’s dangerous opening batters was outstanding.”advertisementWhile England reaped the benefits of starting cautiously, Bairstow made no bones about the fact that the Indian pacers started really well.”It was a difficult start with the way their seamers bowled. The way we played spin, which has been one of India’s strengths in the middle overs, wasn’t calculated but just came about and we built confidence there from the way Jason started.”Jason (Roy) has been frustrated with the setback to his hamstring. He was very relaxed, in good touch and it was great to be back out there with him.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: India could have played better vs England, says Shoaib AkhtarAlso Read | India vs England, World Cup 2019: Fans troll MS Dhoni after strange knock in BirminghamAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Any team would want to have Jasprit Bumrah in their side, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan fans gutted after India lose to EnglandAlso Seelast_img read more

Poznan Athletics Grand Prix: Hima Das wins second international gold in 200m race

first_imgStar Indian sprinter Hima Das won her second international gold in women’s 200m with a top finish at the Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland on Sunday.Hima, who has been struggling with a back problem for the past few months, clocked 23.97 seconds to clinch the gold while VK Vismaya bagged the silver in 24.06.National record holder Muhammed Anas also won the gold in men’s 200m race with a time of 21.18 seconds.This was Hima’s second competitive 200m race of the year. She has a personal best of 23.10s, which she clocked last year.In her first competitive 200m race of the year, the Assam runner had clocked 23.65s on her way to gold in the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix, also in Poland, on Tuesday. Vismaya had finished third in that meet with a personal best time of 23.75.Hima is the reigning world junior champion and national record holder in 400m.National record holder Muhammed Anas also won the gold in men’s 200m race at Kutno Athletics Meet in Poland on Sunday.M P Jabir won the gold in men’s 400m hurdles in 50.21 seconds while Jithin Paul was third in 52.26 secs.Indians swept the women’s 400m race through P Saritaben (52.77 secs), Sonia Baishya (53.73 secs) and R Vithya (53.73 secs).Read More | Poznan Athletics Grand Prix: Hima Das wins 200m gold in PolandAlso See:last_img read more

From climate change to honeybees, here’s why bumblebees are dying out

first_imgThere are several species that are staring at the risk of extinction. One such species is that of bumblebees, because of diseases spread by domestic honeybees, reports a recent study.”Several of the viruses associated with bumblebees’ trouble are moving from managed bees in apiaries to nearby populations of wild bumblebees and this spillover is likely occurring through flowers that both kinds of bees share,” said Samantha Alger, a scientist who led the new research published in the journal of PLOS ONE.”Many wild pollinators are in trouble and this finding could help us protect bumblebees. This has implications for how we manage domestic bees and where we locate them,” she said.Decline in population of rusty-patched bumblebeesAround the globe, the importance of wild pollinators has been gaining attention as diseases and declines in managed honeybees threaten key crops.Less understood is that many of the threats to honeybees (Apis mellifera) including land degradation, certain pesticides, and diseases also threaten native bees, such as the rusty-patched bumblebee, recently listed under the Endangered Species Act; it has declined by nearly 90 percent but was once an excellent pollinator of cranberries, plums, apples, and other agricultural plants.About the researchThe research team explored 19 sites across Vermont. They discovered that two well-known RNA viruses found in honeybees – deformed wing virus and black queen cell virus – were higher in bumblebees collected less than 300 meters from commercial beehives.The scientists also discovered that active infections of the deformed wing virus were higher near these commercial apiaries but no deformed wing virus was found in the bumblebees they collected where foraging honeybees and apiaries were absent.advertisementMost impressive, the team detected viruses on 19 percent of the flowers they sampled from sites near apiaries. “I thought this was going to be like looking for a needle in a haystack. What are the chances that you’re going to pick a flower and find a bee virus on it? Finding this many was surprising,” said Alger.In contrast, the scientists didn’t detect any bee viruses on flowers sampled more than one kilometre from commercial beehives.Alger showed concern about the long-distance transport of large numbers of honeybees for commercial pollination. “Big operators put hives on flatbed trucks and move them to California to pollinate almonds and then onto Texas for another crop,” she said.”This research suggests that we might want to keep apiaries outside of areas where there are vulnerable pollinator species, like the rusty-patched bumblebees, especially because we have so much more to learn about what these viruses are actually doing to bumblebees,” Alger said.Honeybees are an important part of modern agriculture, but they’re non-native. “They’re livestock animals. A huge misconception in the public is that honeybees serve as the iconic image for pollinator conservation. That’s ridiculous. It’s like making chickens the iconic image of bird conservation,” Alger concluded.(With inputs from ANI)Read | Rusty patched bumblebee on the verge of extinction: How will this impact our lives? Read | The mighty bees: From insane learning abilities to playing sportsRead | Bees can count with just 4 brain cells, says studylast_img read more

Wriddhiman 3.0 ready to ‘shoulder’ responsibility as India A take on West Indies A

first_imgWriddhiman Saha will begin his reintegration after a major shoulder injury with his first first-class game in 18 months when India A take on West Indies A in an unofficial Test starting on Wednesday.Wriddhiman and Hanuma Vihari the two-Test specialists who have been included in the A squad to prepare for the two-Test series starting late August.Wriddhiman, who is only three months shy of his 35th birthday, is returning after a career-threatening injury that many believe has been completely mismanaged at the National Cricket Academy.It will not be out of place to label his comeback ‘Wriddhiman 3.0’ with the keeper-batsman beginning everything from the scratch, something that is not easy in the mid-30s.Having stayed under Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s shadow for the better part, Wriddhiman was finding his mojo in an injury-ridden career but the injury during the last IPL was a massive blow.With Rishabh Pant proving his credentials with centuries in England and Australia, it’s again that phase in his career where he could be seen wearing the orange or green bib and rushing with the towel and energy drink during breaks.The teammate that he is, Wriddhiman will do it without batting an eyelid but the question that crops up is what exactly will be left for him post-West Indies tour when India play twin series against South Africa and Bangladesh at home.People in the know of things are still at their wit’s end as to how the same kind of injury (a form of shoulder dislocation) that had KL Rahul back in action in two months, saw the Bengal stumper out for more than a year till the Mushtaq Ali Trophy.advertisement”KS Bharath just about missed out on an India team berth. For the first time in 18 months, Wriddhiman will be keeping for a day or maybe 120 overs if required. Then he will have to bat. The NCA had initially messed up his rehab and it required surgery. It needs to be seen how it holds up,” a senior BCCI official privy to developments at the NCA told PTI on condition of anonymity.For Vihari, good innings will keep Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri interested for the one middle-order slot even though vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane is the favourite to take up the No 5 spot for now.The two openers, Priyank Panchal of Gujarat and Abhimanyu Easwaran of Bengal, will like to continue their good work and keep Rahul on toes, especially after two below-par tours of England and Australia.Bharath is expected to get a chance in the third Test and a good knock can make him the second keeper at home as the Andhra player is considered to be good keeping up to the spinners.India A squad for 1st and 2nd multi-day matches against West Indies A: Shreyas Iyer (C), PK Panchal, AR Easwaran, Shubman Gill, Hanuma Vihari, Shivam Dube, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), KS Bharat (WK), K Gowtham, S Nadeem, Mayank Markande, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Avesh Khan.Also Read | Jason Roy set to make Test debut after World Cup 2019 heroicsAlso Read | Felt embarrassed and humiliated at Manchester airport: Wasim AkramAlso See:last_img read more

GRAIN BIN FIRE IN RURAL PLYMOUTH COUNTY

first_imgFirefighters spent part of their Wednesday battling a grain bin fire in rural Plymouth County.The fire was reported at the 220 Block of Nature Avenue shortly after 11a.m.Smoke was coming from the grain bin’s ventilation system.Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper believes the fire started beneath the stored grain from a shaft that got hot.The farmer and firefighters removed corn from the bin on to grain trucks and wagons to salvage as much of the good corn as possible.Firefighters cut a hole near the bottom of the bin in order to get a hose inside and begin extinguishing the fire.The grain bin holds approximately 15,000 bushels and was nearly full when the farmer noticed the fire.Photo by Dennis Morricelast_img read more

Deric Robertson Announces Transfer From Program

first_imgJunior safety Deric Robertson announced Thursday via Twitter that he will transfer from Oklahoma State. In his announcement, he thanks Coach Gundy and the coaching staff for the opportunity.https://twitter.com/KooMoDee/status/609105697121304577The Cowboys return two safeties with starting experience in Tre Flowers and standout Jordan Sterns, who lead the team in tackles last season.The 2015 recruiting class consisted of three safeties who could see playing time as freshmen: Kevin Henry, Kenneth McGruder, and Bryce Balous. It has not yet been announced where Robertson will transfer.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

England want to be the best in the world – Henderson

first_imgEngland England want to be the best in the world – Henderson Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 06:47 8/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) jordan henderson - cropped Getty Images England Malta v England England v Slovakia Malta Slovakia WC Qualification Europe The Liverpool man says England want to be the world’s best team and make up for disappointing recent tournament showings. Jordan Henderson says England’s aim is to become the number one team in world football and challenge to win a World Cup.Gareth Southgate’s side sit top of Group F and are on course to qualify for Russia 2018 ahead of upcoming matches against Malta and Slovakia.England at 20/1 to win the World Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina England have made a habit of producing strong qualifying campaigns before falling flat when it comes to major tournament finals, having failed to progress beyond the quarter-final stage of the World Cup or European Championship since 1996.But Henderson insists they are ready to improve on that record in the coming years.”As a team, that is what we want to achieve: to get to the World Cup, first and foremost, and then when we get there we want to do well,” said the Liverpool captain. “We will definitely think about it but at the end of the day, you have got to do the business in the next few games that we play to qualify. “We have spoken together as a squad and the target is to be the number one team in the world, however long it takes, we don’t know. It is down to us as a team how far we want to go and how far we want to push ourselves.”Hopefully we can do that sooner rather than later. I know it is going to take time, but I feel as though we have a great set of lads, a great set of players, a lot of talent, a lot of hard work goes into it.”At the same time, we have not performed in the last few tournaments I have been to, definitely, and a lot more before that. We need to change something.”First and foremost, we have to get there and make sure we are there. Then the mentality has to change and we need to go and be better than we have been. Obviously, we know the Euros was not good enough and the World Cup was disappointing. It is a big challenge but one I feel we are ready for.”The 27-year-old is one of the candidates to take over as captain following the retirement of Wayne Rooney, having worn the armband in matches against Slovenia and Spain last term.Henderson would relish the chance to be named Rooney’s permanent successor but accepts there is competition from the likes of Harry Kane, Joe Hart and Gary Cahill.”It’s a massive honour,” he said. “When Gareth gave me the opportunity to captain for the first time, in November, it was a huge honour for me and looking at Harry when he captained the squad, it was a huge honour for him.”Joe has done it, Gary has done it. There’s a lot of lads in the team that have done it and that can do it so, like I say, it’s totally down to the manager and what he feels is right for him and the team.”last_img read more

Rashford extends amazing debut record with goal

first_imgManchester United Rashford extends incredible debut record with Champions League strike Last updated 2 years ago 04:33 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Marcus Rashford Manchester United 2017 Getty Images Manchester United Marcus Rashford Manchester United v Basel Basel UEFA Champions League It took the United striker a mere seven minutes to break his duck, having previously scored on his England, Premier League and Europa League bows Manchester United star Marcus Rashford kept up his impeccable debut record with a goal in his first Champions League match against Basel on Tuesday. The 19-year-old striker has made a habit of netting in his maiden appearances. Rashford 11/10 to score v Everton Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing His Premier League, Europa League, League Cup and England bows were all marked with goals, and Tuesday’s match at Old Trafford was no exception. 1 – Marcus Rashford has scored on his PL, Europa League, Champions League & EFL Cup debut for @ManUtd , as well as his England debut. Star. pic.twitter.com/15yOy8Mc8V — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 12 de septiembre de 2017 With United cruising two goals to the good against the Swiss side, Rashford swooped to put the clash beyond any doubt and make it 3-0 to Jose Mourinho’s men.It took him just seven minutes to beat the Basel defence after coming on as a late replacement for Juan Mata in the 77th minute.In putting Basel to the sword, Rashford also followed in the footsteps of Wayne Rooney in scoring in a Champions League fixture as a teenager. 4 – Marcus Rashford is the 4th English teenager to score a #UCL goal for @ManUtd after David Beckham, Wayne Rooney & Phil Jones. Fresh. pic.twitter.com/3u3Ergj5wd — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 12 de septiembre de 2017 Only Rooney, David Beckham and Phil Jones had made the scoresheet for United before their 20th birthday, and now the young striker joins the club. The sky really seems the limit for this wonderkid, vindicating Mourinho’s decision to bring him off the bench in his first Champions League outing as United boss.last_img read more

FIFA Rankings: India drop 10 spots

first_imgIndia FIFA Rankings: India drop 10 spots to be placed 107th Last updated 2 years ago 14:49 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) India Nepal International Friendly 2017 AIFF Media India The Blue Tigers dropped down 10 rungs to 107th in the latest edition of the FIFA Rankings…. India has slipped ten spots below in the latest edition of the FIFA Rankings to be placed 107th, despite positive performances during the previous month. The Blue Tigers had achieved one of their best rankings in recent history when they climbed to the 96th spot two months earlier. But they dropped a spot to 97th in the previous month’s edition.  The Blue Tigers drop 10 places in the latest #FIFARankings. #IndianFootball #BackTheBlue #AsianDream #IND Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing A post shared by Goal India (@goal_india) on Sep 14, 2017 at 1:48am PDTNow, despite winning the Tri-Series tournament against Mauritius and St. Kitts & Nevis with a draw and a win, the Blue Tigers have seen a significant drop in rankings which could partly be explained due to the fact that the opponents were of significantly lower stature than India. With most teams in action during the international break, even a win against 182nd ranked Macau could not prop India’s ranking up. India now have 316 rating points, a drop of 25 points from their previous month’s tally. India’s ranking was also hampered by the fact that countries like Estonia (up 14 places), Finland (up 23 places), Iraq (up 14 places) Luxembourg (up 35 places) and Macedonia (up 32 places) made huge leaps forward. Guatemala are the worst movers in this edition of the rankings, dropping 31 spots to 131st place. The best mover, on the other hand, was Cape Verde Islands, who climbed 47 rungs to reach 67th spot. Among Asian countries, India are now the 13th highest ranked team in the continent while Iran leads the chart at the 25th spot. As far as the global scenario is concerned, Germany have regained the top spot from Brazil while Portugal, Argentina, and Belgium complete the top five.last_img read more

ACL Goal’s Player of the Week: Alan

first_imgAFC Champions League AFC Champions League 2017: Goal’s Player of the Week – Guangzhou Evergrande’s Alan Douglas Last updated 2 years ago 21:22 16/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alan AFC Champions League Guangzhou Evergrande v Shanghai SIPG Shanghai SIPG Guangzhou Evergrande Though his team fell at the final hurdle, Alan’s performance gave Shanghai SIPG a right real scare…. Going into their AFC Champions League quarter-final second leg match against Shanghai SIPG, nobody would have thought Guangzhou Evergrande had a chance of progression to the semifinals. For they had lost the first leg 4-0! The second leg was seen by many as an exercise in futility but boy what a treat it became! The Chinese team battled back to score four goals and extend the tie into extra time where they had to come up with a late equaliser again and take the game to the penalty shootout.However, their inspired performance came to a heartbreaking end there. But Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side will hold their heads high, thanks mainly to the heroics of Alan Douglas who scored a brace and laid on another goal in a brilliant outing. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing AlanAlan started proceedings for Guangzhou by scoring the first goal of the game in the 21st minute after capitalising on a defensive mixup to round the goalkeeper and find the back of the net. The former FC Salzburg man proceeded to sow seeds of doubt into Shanghai SIPG players’ mind by converting a bullet header in the 35th minute from Zhang Linpeng’s cross from the right. He was a menace throughout and created four chances apart from sending in another four dangerous crosses. Though it ended tragically, Alan’s performance sees him named as Goal’s Player of the Week.last_img read more