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Serena: ‘I am not a cheat’, accuses tennis of ‘sexism’

first_imgNew York, Sept 9 (AFP) Serena Williams insisted she was not cheating in the US Open final on Saturday before accusing the sport which has made her a global icon and multi-millionaire of sexism. Naomi Osaka won the final 6-2, 6-4 to become Japan’s first ever Grand Slam singles champion and delay Williams’s bid for a record-equalling 24th major title. However, the final was overshadowed by the American’s angry and tear-filled tirade in the second set. It has already been dubbed ‘The Mother of all Meltdowns’ by the New York Daily Post. The 36-year-old was handed a code violation for coaching, a penalty point for racquet abuse and a game penalty for calling umpire Carlos Ramos a “liar and a thief” and insisting “you owe me an apology”. “He alleged that I was cheating, and I wasn’t cheating,” Williams told reporters later. “I don’t use on-court coaching (where it’s allowed at WTA tour events). “One thing I love about tennis is being out there. It’s the one time I don’t want to hear anyone tell me anything. You have to figure out. You have to problem-solve.” Williams said that her coach Patrick Mouratoglou had not been coaching her even though the Frenchman told ESPN that he had and that all coaches do it. “I just texted Patrick, like, What is he talking about? Because we don’t have signals. We have never discussed signals,” said Williams. Williams said the incident strengthened her belief that women players are treated differently to their male counterparts in the sport.advertisement “I’ve seen other men call other umpires several things. I’m here fighting for women’s rights and for women’s equality,” she claimed. “For me to say ‘thief’ and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark. “He’s never taken a game from a man because they said ‘thief’. For me it blows my mind. But I’m going to continue to fight for women.” Williams made reference to the incident last week when French player Alize Cornet was warned for removing her shirt on court during a heatwave.Cornet was accused of “unsportsmanlike behaviour” before tournament chiefs apologised, admitting the umpire made the wrong decision.- A strong woman -================== “Cornet should be able to take off her shirt without getting a fine. This is outrageous,” said Williams warming to her theme. “I just feel like the fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions, and that want to express themselves, and want to be a strong woman. “They’re going to be allowed to do that because of today. Maybe it didn’t work out for me, but it’s going to work out for the next person.” Williams left the media interview room to applause. Meanwhile, Mouratoglou took to Twitter to also take aim at Ramos. “The star of the show has been once again the chair umpire,” he wrote. “Should they be allowed have an influence on the result of a match? When do we decide that this should never happen again?” (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

A month after 3 letters to Health Ministry, J&J faulty implant victims await response

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 23 (IANS) Victims of Johnson and Johnson faulty hip implant who wrote three letters to the Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda last month seeking clarity from the government on its compensation decision, still await a response from the ministry.”We have sent three letters over a month to the Health Ministry. We can decide about our next step after the ministry comes up with its response,” Vijay Vojhala, a victim living in Mumbai told IANS on Wednesday.On October 20, Vojhala along with 35 other faulty hip transplant victims wrote their last letter to the Health Ministry seeking clarification on the compensation process.”The government is ought to give its response. Even if the government is not ready to come up with any solution, they should inform the victims,” Vojhala said.Jyoti Sharma, another victim who lives in Haryana’s Gurugram said she doesn’t have much expectation from the government.”I am already into a legal battle with Johnson and Johnson for the past three years. I will be happy if the government offers a solution, but there is no certainty that it will happen,” Sharma added.Last month, the victims in a statement complained of a lack of transparency and patient consultation in the compensation process, including lack of information being made available regarding the process of compensation, deliberations of the Arya Committee and the formulation of compensation norms.A four-member panel is currently headed by R.K. Arya, Director, Sports Injury Centre, Safdarjung Hospital, which also includes Health Secretary Preeti Sudan, Additional Secretary R.K. Vats, Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) S. Eswara Reddy.In October, there were reports that the ministry was likely to pay between Rs 33 lakh to Rs 1.2 crore to each victim as compensation.In 2010, Johnson and Johnson globally recalled hip implants because more patients were found to require revision surgeries than normally reported for such devices.Last year in February, the Health Ministry had set up a committee under former dean of Maulana Azad Medical College Dr Arun K Agarwal to look into complaints about hip implant devices.The committee suggested that Johnson & Johnson be made liable to pay at least Rs 20 lakh to each affected patient, and the reimbursement for revision surgeries should continue until August 2025.–IANSsom/prsadvertisementlast_img read more

India vs Australia: Usman Khawaja’s one-handed catch leaves Virat Kohli stunned

first_imgVirat Kohli was left stunned by Usman Khawaja who took a brilliant one-handed catch to help Australia remove the India captain in the morning session on the first day of the first Test in Adelaide.Kohli, who came in to bat his regular No.4 position after India were reduced to 15/2 in the 7th over, scored only 3 off 16 balls.Kohli was facing paceman Pat Cummins, who came in as a first bowling change in the 11th over. The in-form skipper was firm in his approach until the 3rd ball of the 11th over.Cummins bowled a wide ball outside off, Kohli saw the opportunity to attack the ball and played it away from his body.1st Test, Day 1 live updates | Live scoreKhawaja, who was positioned at the backward point, made a full stretch dive towards his left to take a brilliant one-handed catch.Incredible from @Uz_Khawaja! #AUSvIND | @bet365_aus pic.twitter.com/eLgBLnQssM cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 6, 2018Kohli had scored a hundred in each innings in India’s last Test at the Adelaide Oval when they toured Down Under in 2014-15. In fact, before Thursday’s early dismissal, Kohli had played two Tests in Adelaide, scoring scored 394 runs with the help of three centuries.Earlier, India won the toss and elected to bat first, leaving Tim’s Paine’s side to face a scorching day in the field.India confirmed that specialist batsman Rohit Sharma would take the number six spot vacated by the injured fast-bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya, with spin bowling all-rounder Hanuma Vihari missing out.advertisement”It’s great batting conditions, fresh pitch, I think the ball will come onto the bat nicely,” said Kohli, bidding to lead India to a first ever Test series win Down Under.”It’s a hard pitch with good grass on it. Plus the weather’s going to play a part.”We’ve gone with the same combination as Australia, three seamers and a spinner … and we’ve solidified our batting a bit.”India have played 11 Test series in Australia and have drawn three series Down Under in 1980-81, 1985-86 and 2003-04.(With inputs from Reuters)Also Read | 6-year-old trains with Australian Test squad, confident of getting Virat Kohli outAlso Read | Earning respect as important as winning vs India: Tim Painelast_img read more

Mark Waugh not impressed with Michael Vaughan’s scathing criticism of Australian Test team

first_imgFormer Australia cricketer Mark Waugh on Tuesday lashed out at Michael Vaughan after the former England captain criticised the Australian Test team following the 2-1 series loss against India on home soil on Monday.Writing for an English daily, Vaughan stated that the Australian team shouldn’t be under the illusion that the situation of its Test team will automatically improve once the banned duo of Steve Smith and David Warner return to the side.Australia lost their first Test series at home to India on Monday, a draw in Sydney giving Virat Kohli’s side a 2-1 victory, and the hosts failed to muster a single century over the four matches.Former captain Smith and his vice-captain Warner are serving 12-month bans for their role in the ball-tampering scandal in the Cape Town Test last year and are not available for selection until the end of March.While Australia have undoubtedly struggled in the pair’s absence, Vaughan said the team’s problems ran much deeper and the Ashes series in England would highlight their deficiencies unless big changes were made.”I cannot see Australia beating England this summer unless they assess themselves brutally,” Vaughan wrote in his column for London’s Telegraph newspaper.”Batting techniques have to be better and they need to be more consistent with the ball.”Every facet of their Test team has to improve. They are kidding themselves if they think everything will be rosy when Smith and Warner come back.”I did say that and it is Hard .. But that is not the only issue .. If you think everything turns around by the 2 players playing again you are kidding yourself .. https://t.co/HfWNgIMUxiadvertisementMichael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 8, 2019Australia have passed 300 runs just three times in 14 innings since Warner and Smith were banned last March, with a highest score of 362 for eight, and Vaughan said the team were not producing enough runs to make them competitive.”On flat, good batting pitches, Australia really struggled as it is on those tracks that weaknesses are highlighted,” Vaughan said of their performances during the India series.”A batting unit’s defences are tested because it is necessary to bat for long periods. Australia are unable to play long innings.”They look like a team who can score 250-300, and that is good enough on sporting pitches, but not when it is flat,” he added.But Waugh was not impressed with what he read in the column and replied to Vaughan on Twitter.”I’m not so sure about that Mr. Vaughan. Assuming Warner and Smith get back to somewhere near their best I’m suggesting they will make a huge difference. You take the 2 best batsmen out of any cricket team in the world and see what happens or even 1. Kohli, Root, Williamson etc,” Waugh tweeted.I’m not so sure about that Mr.Vaughan. Assuming Warner and Smith get back to somewhere near there best I’m suggesting they will make a huge difference. You take the 2 best batsmen out of any cricket team in the world and see what happens or even 1. Kohli, Root, Williamson etc.Mark Waugh (@juniorwaugh349) January 8, 2019Vaughan immediately responded by asking Waugh to take his blinkers off and accept the fact that it is not just Australia’s batsmen who are struggling at the moment but also the bowlers are not up to the mark.”It’s not just your Batting Mark … Take your blinkers off,” Vaughan replied.It’s not just your Batting Mark … Take your blinkers off … https://t.co/W6gZIPsshRMichael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 8, 2019″The bowling is not as good as they think. To beat England in England, they have to bowl more intelligently”It is not often that quick bowlers come to England and blast batsmen out. It may happen in one test but not over the course of a five-match series, ” Vaughan further wrote in his column.Also Read | Not India’s fault that Australia were without Steve Smith and David Warner: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | India came to Australia with a confident and aggressive attitude: Michael HusseyAlso Read | Australia Test series win as big as 1983 World Cup triumph, says India coach Ravi ShastriAlso Read | Hats off to India: Tim Paine concedes Australia were outplayed by Virat Kohli’s men(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

India vs Australia: Why MS Dhoni lost his cool with Khaleel Ahmed in Adelaide

first_imgVery rarely does MS Dhoni lose his cool but when he does it’s mostly on his own teammates as we have seen in the recent past.Once again fans got to see the angry side of Captain Cool as he scolded teammate Khaleel Ahmed for walking on the pitch while delivering water during the second ODI against Australia on Tuesday.The incident took place during his 57-run partnership with Dinesh Karthik when India still had a fair distance to go to reach their target of 299 in the high pressure game at the Adelaide Oval.India had just lost the wicket of centurion Virat Kohli for 104 and had another 57 runs to chase down in 38 deliveries after the captain’s departure.Dhoni took charge of the run chase from there on and was seen running hard between the wickets with Karthik.The 37-year-old looked close to exhaustion at times late in his innings, slumping to the ground and receiving treatment from the India team physio with two overs remaining and India still needing 16 runs.Khaleel deserved this bashing from Dhoni. Absolutely lethargic display by Khaleel Ahmed on field. What an innings by MSD. #INDvAUS #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/uQOCJxfSq6Ankit Bera (@Ankit_Bera) January 15, 2019It was during that stoppage when substitute Khaleel came to the middle with the water bottles along with Yuzvendra Chahal.The 21-year-old unknowingly walked straight down the middle of the pitch to reach Dhoni, who immediately noticed it and lost his cool on the youngster, angrily asking him to go around the wicket.advertisementThe video of the incident is going viral on social media with fans even claiming that Dhoni abused the 7-ODI-old India substitute.Msd said to khaleel ‘chu**ya’ pic.twitter.com/36ciPlogzbPrem Chopra (@premchoprafan) January 15, 2019Thankfully this incident didn’t distract Dhoni from the ultimate goal and he went on to finish the job scoring 55 not out as India chased down the target of 299 with 4 balls to spare.The incident also reminded everyone of the video which went viral last year of Dhoni abusing his batting partner Manish Pandey during the 2nd T20 International against South Africa in Centurion.In the first ball of the 19th over, Pandey got a single off Dane Paterson but Dhoni thought there was another run to be had. He called for a second but Pandey was not paying heed to the former captain’s call.And then Dhoni lashed out angrily at Pandey for watching the ball instead of looking at his partner. The video of Dhoni admonishing Pandey went viral soon after.Dhoni went on to hit a six and two fours off the next three deliveries and brought up only his second fifty in T20 Internationals in that match.At the end, thanks to Pandey and Dhoni’s efforts, India posted 188/4 on a day Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli scored only 25 runs between them. The wet conditions made bowling tricky for India and South Africa completed a comfortable victory to draw level in the three-match series.Also Read | MS Dhoni talks a lot while batting and that helps: Virat KohliAlso Read | MS Dhoni not getting younger, leave the man alone: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | MS Dhoni has done this for years: Dinesh Karthik on match-winning stand in Adelaidelast_img read more

Come on yaar: Hardik Pandya furious with Shikhar Dhawan’s fielding effort

first_imgHardik Pandya was playing his first match since September 19, 2018 and he was trying to make an impression in the third ODI against New Zealand on Monday. Back after a suspension following his controversial comments on Koffee with Karan, Pandya came on to bowl in the 11th over.However, soon into his spelling, Hardik Pandya was left fuming at a weak throw from Shikhar Dhawan. Emotional and passionate on the field, Pandya yelled “Come on yaar” at his senior teammate.In the 14th over, as Pandya bowled a short ball to Ross Taylor and he managed to pull it over mid-wicket. Dhawan got to the ball quickly but then threw wildly to the middle of the pitch. Pandya was unhappy with that piece of fielding from Dhawan and reacted to it.INDIA VS NEW ZEALAND 3RD ODI MOUNT MAUNGANUI LIVE SCOREShikhar Dhawan responded with a smile and walked back to his fielding position.That was a fielder’s wicket, absolutely stunning catch from Hardik Pandya. #NZvIndMohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 28, 2019Just three overs later, Pandya perhaps translated that emotion into inflicting a stunning piece of fielding himself and managed to get the big wicket of Kane Williamson.On Yuzvendra Chahal’s delivery, Williamson attempted to flick the ball but Pandya stretched and literally flew to his right to grab a stunning catch at mid-wicket.Right after the catch, Chahal turned around and pointed at his captain Virat Kohli and it looked like it was a bowling plan between the two against Williamson and having their best fielding at the position worked for India.advertisementHardik pandya come back super catch pic.twitter.com/Bl83rckpO8 Kanai Kumar (@KanaiKumar9) January 28, 2019Hardik Pandya was suspended and ordered to return home from Australia along with JL Rahul after the two created a controversy with their sexists comments on Koffee with Karan.Pandya and Rahul missed the three-match ODI series against Australia and the first two ODIs against New Zealand.However, the suspensions on the two players were lifted pending the appointment of am ombudsman. While Pandya flew out to to New Zealand to join the Indian team for the ODI and T20I series, Rahul featured in a match for India A against England Lions.Sunil Gavaskar, speaking to India Today, had wondered what would happen to Vijay Shankar after Pandya returned. As it turned out, Vijay was rested to make way for Pandya on Monday.”The question is: what was he suspended for? How has the suspension been lifted without a hearing? But forget all that.”Hardik will be key for India in the World Cup and it’s a good thing he is coming to New Zealand but then what happens to Vijay Shankar? He has not done a bad job at all in the two games he has played so far.. he has done a pretty good containing job.. What’s going to be his position? Is he going to be sent back now that Pandya is coming here? I know BCCI is wealthy enough to have 20, 30 people. We saw a squad of 19 in Australia,” Gavaskar told India Today.”I think the sooner that is sorted out, the better it will be for everyone concerned. Having said that, Hardik Pandya is going to be a key element in India’s quest for the World Cup,” Gavaskar said.Also Read | How Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul got into trouble for Koffee with Karan: A timelineAlso Read | Dinesh Karthik is an ODI wicketkeeper after nearly 5 yearslast_img read more

PV Sindhu takes flight in LCA Tejas to celebrate Women’s Day at Aero India 2019

first_imgIndia’s top-ranked badminton player and Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu flew in HAL’s Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas at the ongoing Aero India air show in Bengaluru on Saturday.On Saturday, Sindhu was seen getting into the aircraft in the green uniform. Sindhu climbed up the ladder to enter the cockpit of the aircraft and was seen waving from there.Sindhu flew the LCA Tejas, off at 12pm and flying for over 30 minutes, as lakhs witnessed the air show. Sindhu sat on the back seat of the Tejas trainer aircraft and was accompanied by wing Commander Siddarath Singh.Aero India for the first time had a day dedicated for women in aviation and defence forces. On this occasion Sindhu was extended an Invite by DRDO.”I am very happy and lucky to be flying in the Tejas. I want to congratulated drdo and iaf for the work they are doing,” said Sindhu.”Sindhu adapted to the flight very soon, she pulled 5Gs during the flight. We did a steep turn and other manoeuvre during the short flight,” said wing Commander Siddarath.Also on Saturday, the Surya Kirans took off and performed with 7 plane formation. This comes days after wing Commander Sahil Gandhi died in a tragic crash while flying Surya Kiran. The 7 team formation gave a tribute to the deceased pilot.On women’s Aero India day, 6 women parajumpers participated and showcased their skill and jumped from a height of 4000 feet and glided back to the airforce station using a parachute.Sindhu is currently preparing for the All England Badminton Championships, which will take place in Birmingham from March 6 to March 10.advertisementEver since her Olympic silver, Sindhu has been an icon in India and has repeatedly inspired various budding and current badminton players with her consistency.Badminton player PV Sindhu waves as she is about to take off for a sortie in the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft – Tejas in Bengaluru. #AeroIndia2019 pic.twitter.com/KvYkPLiGT5ANI (@ANI) February 23, 2019The aircraft Sindhu boarded is Tejas, built by the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL). It is a single engine multirole light fighter.The aircraft received its final operational clearance (FOC) on Wednesday from military aviation regulator Centre for Military Airworthiness and Certification (Cemilac) for induction into the Indian Air Force (IAF) as a weaponised fighter jet in its operational fleet.The homegrown aircraft was flown by the Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat on Thursday, who hailed it as a wonderful aircraft.Also Read | PV Sindhu’s deal is one of the biggest in world badminton: Li NingAlso Read | Akane Yamaguchi has good chance to win All England Championship: Morten Frostlast_img read more

It is hard to breach CSK fortress: R Ashwin after Kings XI Punjab’s Chepauk defeat

first_imgKings XI Punjab captain R Ashwin said it was not easy to assess the conditions in Chepauk and plan their chase of 161 well during their 22-run defeat to Chennai Super Kings on Saturday. Ashwin said that he has always maintained that breaching Chennai Super Kings’ fortress in Chepauk has been difficult for visiting teams and that Kings XI Punjab were at the receiving end in the first match of the double-header. | CSK vs KXIP – Match report |R Ashwin faced his former Indian Premier League (IPL) club in Chennai for the first time since being appointed Kings XI Punjab captain last year. However, his homecoming ended in defeat for KXIP, who stumbled in a chase of 161 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.R Ashwin had bowled brilliantly and led from the front. He picked 3 for 23 off his 4 overs and removed Faf du Plessis and Suresh Raina off successive deliveries before MS Dhoni’s late assault took Chennai Super Kings to a commanding total on a tricky pitch. Not everything fell in place for CSK – for instance, Andrew Tye went for plenty – he gave away 38 runs in his four overs.KL Rahul and Sarfaraz Khan hit fifties and shared 110 for the third wicket but could not see KXIP through. In fact, Rahul and Sarfaraz managed only 24 runs in a 5-over period when they were well set.But Ashwin was happy his batsmen pulled the team out of choppy waters. KXIP had been reduced to 7 for 2 after the first two overs when Harbhajan Singh dismissed Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal in his first over of the match.advertisement”We are always going to be talking about a lot of hindsight things when the game’s over. I thought they (Sarfaraz and KL) were confident about getting the job done. In modern day T20s, 10s to get off the last six (10 runs per over) is not difficult, more often than not you get them,” Ashwin told the broadcasters after the match.”But look, we have also been on the other side of it. We have bowled and defended 10 runs. So these things can happen in the IPL. It’s very important to regroup. I personally think we have been percentage cricket than ever.””It’s very hard ground to come and break the fortress of CSK. I have been saying this for years. That’s why I said we had the game under control for a very long time. We were in the chase. KL Rahul and Sarfaraz did well but it’s just that we couldn’t get the job done today. I am sure the boys will get better,” he said.”For major part of the game, we had the game under control. I thought we just miscalculated the chase a little bit towards the end. The credit though has to be given to the batters that dug us out from 7 for 2. We did really well to get ourselves close to the total. We didn’t really close it down. There was a miscalculation there,” Ashwin said.Ashwin also defended the team selection and said both Tye and Sam Curran bring a lot to the attack.”I mean we’ve got only so many options that we can play with. I thought our seamers would also be suited for the wicket. AJ is someone who can vary his pace well, Sam is creating another angle. The selection was not much of an issue at all,” he said.Also Read | MS Dhoni after CSK upstage KXIP: Had to get Universe Boss Chris Gayle out earlyAlso Read | IPL 2019: Harbhajan Singh happy after outwitting Chris Gayle in big win for CSKAlso See:last_img read more

DC vs KXIP IPL 2019, T20 broadcast: Delhi Capitals vs Kings XI Punjab Live Streaming

first_imgThe wicket at the Ferozeshah Kotla once again came back to haunt Delhi Capitals and stop their three-match winning momentum on Thursday. And Kings XI Punjab will look to feed off that very advantage when they come to the Kotla on Saturday with some quality spinners in a side led by none other than R. Ashwin.With the likes of Mujeeb ur Rahman and Murugan Ashwin in the side to back skipper Ashwin, KXIP will be relishing the opportunity of playing on a low and slow Kotla wicket. Not to forget the experience of Mohammed Shami in the pace bowling department and the exuberance of Arshdeep SinghFor Delhi, it will be about replicating their away form on home conditions as the free-flowing stroke-makers in Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, skipper Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant have found it very difficult to adapt to the slow nature of the Kotla wicket.In fact, the team selection has also left a lot to be desired as they played Keemo Paul over Sandeep Lammchhane on a turning wicket. Interestingly, even Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday night decided to play three spinners in Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav and Krunal Pandya while Delhi went in with just two in Amit Amishra and Axar Patel.What TV channel and live stream is the IPL 2019 match between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab on?All IPL 2019 matches can be viewed on – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 in Hindi, Star Sports HD. Hotstar.com and Hotstar app will live stream all the games.advertisementWhere will the IPL 2019 match between DC and KXIP be played?The IPL 2019 match between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab will be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi from 8 PM IST.Where can I watch the IPL 2019 match between DC and KXIP live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2019 match between DC and KXIP?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/ipl-2019 & www.indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the IPL 2019 match between DC and KXIP?Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Colin Ingram, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Kagiso Rabada, Trent Boult, Ishant Sharma, Colin Munro, Sandeep Lamichhane, Avesh Khan, Amit Mishra, Hanuma Vihari, Ankush Bains, Jalaj Saxena, Manjot Kalra, Sherfane Rutherford, Nathu Singh, Bandaru AyyappaKings XI Punjab: Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ankit Rajpoot, Karun Nair, David Miller, Andrew Tye, Moises Henriques, Varun Chakravarthy, Murugan Ashwin, Simran Singh, Hardus Viljoen, Arshdeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi, Harpreet Brarlast_img read more

IPL 2019: I am not scary. No need to fear Universe Boss, says Chris Gayle

first_imgChris Gayle is in scary mood and form in the 2019 Indian Premier League. He debuted for Kings XI Punjab in 2018 and made an immediate impression with a blistering hundred against Sunrisers Hyderabad – he finished last season with 368 runs from 11 matches.In the 2019 IPL, Chris Gayle has been more destructive. He has played 10 matches so far this summer and he has already crossed the 400-run mark (444 runs so far) for the first time since 2015 when he smashed 491 runs. This year, his average is at its highest since 2013 and his strike rate at its highest since 2012.MS Dhoni was thankful to Harbhajan Singh after he snared the dangerous Chris Gayle early in the innings. One of the wiliest captains in the game, Dhoni said he knew an off-spinner stood the best chance of getting Gayle out early.It’s no secret: opposition bowlers and captains are scared of Chris Gayle. If the West Indian superstar gets going, he can do some serious damage. But Gayle said, wait for it, there’s no reason to fear him.By the way, Chris Gayle was confident he would be part of West Indies’ World Cup side – he indeed was named in the squad not long after the interview. Gayle said he is looking forward to the tournament. Given his form against England in the ODI series at home, it will be shocking if they leave Gayle out.”Nothing new for everyone to fear me. But hey, I am not scary okay? So there’s no need to fear the Universe Boss,” Chris Gayle told India Today. “I am normal like everyone else. I may hit a few sixes more than anyone else but at the same time, it takes only 1 ball to get Universe Boss out. The World Cup is a big thing for the entire world to see their own nations do well in the World Cup and I am looking forward to it as well.advertisement”I will definitely be a part of the West Indies side of the World Cup. I will be fit and ready and really looking forward to it. A lot of talks have been around that teams should be wary of the West Indies based on what has actually happened in the ODI series vs England at home. Once the team is selected and we can come together as a group, I am sure we can do some damage in the World Cup.Chris Gayle had earlier said this would be his last World Cup but during the interview, he said it was possible he would play longer when (not if) West Indies win the World Cup.Chris Gayle is nearly 40 but he is still one of the most destructive batsmen in world cricket. During the 2019 IPL., he became the fastest to 4000 runs in the IPL and the first man to hit 300 sixes in the history of the Indian Premier League.”Maybe I am getting better with age. One of my best ODI performances came against England. Maybe I am beginning to peak at 39,” Chris Gayle said.Also Read | Chris Gayle, Andre Russell in West Indies 2019 World Cup squadlast_img read more

Dutee Chand faces family’s wrath after revealing same-sex relationship

first_imgUnapologetic about her same-sex relationship with a younger relative, India’s fastest woman Dutee Chand is facing a tough battle of acceptance in her family.Dutee, who won two silver medals at the 2018 Asian Games, became one of the few athletes in the world to openly admit same-sex relationship.”I am having a relationship with a 19-year-old woman from my village for the past five years. She is studying B.A. 2nd year in a Bhubaneswar college. She is a relative of mine and whenever I come to home, I spend time with her. She is a kind of soul-mate for me and I want to settle down with her in future,” Chand, 23, told PTI from Hyderabad where she is training.A landmark judgement of the Supreme Court last year had made same sex relationship between consenting adults a non criminal act though marriage between such individuals is still not legal in India.Dutee, the 100m national record holder (11.24 seconds), says while her parents have not yet raised any objection to her relationship, her eldest sister has threatened to not only expel her from the family but also send her to jail.”My eldest sister kind of wields power and authority in my family. She has thrown out my elder brother from home because she does not like his wife. She has threatened me that same will happen to me. But I am also an adult who has individual freedom. So, I decided to go ahead with this and make it public.advertisement”My eldest sister feels that my partner is interested in my property. She has told me that she will send me to jail for having this relationship,” she said.Dutee said her partner is free to marry whoever she wants to if she decides to do so in future.”I will continue my athletics career. I am going to take part in the World University Games next month and hope to qualify for the World Championships later this year. My aim to qualify for next year’s Olympics, so I am training hard,” she said.While Dutee refused to name her partner, she said the Supreme Court judgement on the issue gave her the courage to go public.”My partner also agreed that we should make this public and face whatever repercussions it may bring to us. I believe in individual freedom and right to decide how and with whom I will live my life.”She said another reason for coming out in the open was that she did not want something which happened with sprinter Pinki Pramanik, who was accused of rape by her live-in partner.Pinki was a member of the 2006 Asian Games 4x400m relay gold winning team.”We did not want this kind of situation happening in future,” Dutee said.Dutee, who was banned for one year by the international athletics federation in 2014 for having higher testosterone (male sex hormone) level than permissible, hails from Chaka Gopalpur village at Jajpur district of Odisha and she was born to Chakradhar Chand and Akhuji Chand.Dutee won a landmark ‘gender’ case against the IAAF in an appeal to the Court of Arbitration in 2015 and she was allowed to compete after being banned for one year.The CAS suspended the IAAF’s policy on hyperandrogenism for two years.Later the world body changed the policy, which applicable only on female athletes competing in the range of 400m to 1500m, leaving out Dutee, who competes in 100m and 200m, from its ambit.Also Watch:last_img read more

Asian Championships winner Gomathi fails dope test, faces provisional suspension

first_imgGomathi Marimuthu, who won the 800 metres gold at the Asian Championships last month, was Tuesday handed a provisional suspension after being tested positive for a banned substance.The ‘A’ sample of the 30-year-old runner from Tamil Nadu, who clocked 2 minute and 2.70 seconds to win the gold on April 22, has returned positive for a steroid in the test conducted during the Asian Athletics Championships in Doha.If her ‘B’ sample also tests positive, she faces a maximum ban of four years — as this will be her first doping offence — while India will lose a gold medal from the Asian Championships. India had won three gold, seven silver and as many bronze medals in the Asian Championships.”Yes, Gomathi has tested positive for a steroid and she has been placed under provisional suspension,” a top source told PTI on condition of anonymity.It is learnt that Gomathi had earlier tested positive for a banned substance in the sample the National Anti-Doping Agency collected in Patiala during the March 15-18 Federation Cup but was not communicated by the national anti-doping watchdog on time.”We have learnt that Gomathi also tested positive in the sample taken during the Federation Cup which was held in mid March. But that report is yet to reach us even now, after more than two months. That report is on the way, we have told.”If the report was handed to us on time, she would have been stopped from taking part in the Asian Championships and the country would have been saved from this humiliation.advertisement”We have no idea why the NADA did not inform us on Gomathi’s dope positive result to us before the Asian Championships. There was more than one month’s time in between,” the AFI official said.Gomathi has been on the national circuit for some time but her timing has been mediocre. Not a national camper, Gomathi’s 2:03.21 performance that gave her a gold in the Federation Cup in March raised questions over her sudden improvement.”She was not in the national camp and that is why we have been emphasising on the requirement that athletes who have to take part in the international events should be from the national camp,” the official said.Calls to NADA director general Navin Agarwal were not answered.Also Read | Dutee Chand being blackmailed into marriage by partner, claims sprinter’s sisterAlso Read | Neeraj Chopra recovering without complications: AFI presidentAlso Seelast_img read more

Not colour, but merit should be the basis for selection: Kagiso Rabada

first_imgKagiso Rabada, who has been the flag-bearer for the next generation fast bowling attack for South Africa, believes in the idea of laying equal opportunities for all but disapproves of colour-based favours there on.Reflecting his views on Cricket South Africa’s transformation policy, Rabada said, “I believe in opportunity. You have to give the opportunity. From there players should get picked fairly.”CSA has a transformation policy that requires the national team to have an average of 55% (or six) players of colour in all formats during any given season. However, the transformation targets were cornered for the 2019 World Cup in order to pick the “the best 15 players”.The racial quota policy, passed in 2016, came on the back of South Africa’s torrid history during the Apartheid era when only white players were included in the national side. Though the country denounced Apartheid in 1992, but the wounds dug in the era took time to heal.”At a professional level, players should be picked on merit,” Rabada told ESPNcricinfo in an exclusive interview, adding, “In the past, it was an unfair system. Right now it should be fair, but just because you are black you should not be gifted opportunities.”Lungi Ngidi and Andile Phehlukwayo are the other two players to have come up the ranks from transformation and are a part of the World Cup side.Though South Africa haven’t quite met their policy targets in last some seasons but the rise of players such as Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi and Andile Phehlukwayo is an example that the transformations works. All the three fast-bowlers are part of South Africa’s World Cup squad and have fetched good results in the recent past.advertisementSouth Africa started their World Cup 2019 campaign against Engalnd on Thursday and were crushed by the hosts with a 104-run victory.The proteas will next face Bangladesh on Sunday.Also Read | Which country has the heaviest representation in World Cup 2019? Not IndiaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Justin Langer urges fans not to boo Steve Smith and David WarnerAlso Seelast_img read more

England vs India: Dream11 Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for World Cup 2019 Match 38

first_imgTeam India will look to maintain their unbeaten run in the World Cup 2019 as they gear up to face hosts England in their seventh game of the tournament in Birmingham on Sunday.Team India are just one win away from qualifying for the semi-final. On the other hand, England are in a must-win situation as they need to win their next two matches against India and New Zealand to secure a semi-final berth.England are placed at the fourth spot in the points table with 8 points in 7 outings. They have messed up chases on slightly difficult pitches, against Sri Lanka and Australia.If we look at previous records, India hold the upper hand as England hasn’t defeated them in World Cup encounters in the last 27 years. So with a lot riding on the game on Sunday and a host of superstars taking to the field, here are a few suggestions for your Dream11 Playing 11.BatsmenRohit Sharma becomes the automatic choice for the first-choice opener with the Indian vice-captain having scored 338 runs in the five matches so far at an average of over 80 with two hundred and a fifty.Jason Roy should be the next one in your team for sure. Virat Kohli – With four fifties already, the Indian captain has so far scored 316 runs in the five innings he has played. Joe Root should be the obvious picks as he already has two centuries in this World Cup so far.WicketkeeperMS Dhoni has the fastest hands in the business but has been struggling for form with the bat. Jos Buttler is the best batsman in his team and terrific with his glovework as well. It will be a tough choice to make.advertisementAll-roundersHardik Pandya is an automatic choice for the all-rounder’s slot as he has been in terrific form with both ball and bat for India. He has five wickets so far in the tournament and has broken partnerships with the ball at crucial junctures in the last two games. He also played important cameos against West Indies and Pakistan with the bat.Ben Stokes nearly pulled off the run chase for England in the last match against Australia before getting castled by a Mitchel Starc yorker. He is averaging over 50 in this World Cup with the bat and an impressive 26.66 with the ball so he walks into the side 9 times out of 10.BowlersJofra Archer and Jasprit Bumrah would be the best bets in the bowling lineup. Bumrah walks into any ODI side with him being the top-ranked bowler in the format. Whereas Jofra Archer is the fourth highest wicket-taker in World Cup 2019 with 16 scalps off 7 gamesIn Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, India have the best spin-bowling duo in the world and both have been terrific in the tournament so far. Chahal is India’s highest wicket-taker with 10 from 5 games while Kuldeep has 4 wickets but has been very economical so far at 4.40 in five matches.India vs England Dream11 suggested Playing XI: Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Jason Roy, Virat Kohli (captain), Joe Root, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Ben Stokes, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Jofra Archer.Squads:England: Eoin Morgan (Captain), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark WoodIndia: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma, M.S. Dhoni, K.L. Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Rishabh Pant.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Match vs India not the toughest I will face, says Eoin MorganAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Vijay Shankar close to playing a big knock for us, says Virat KohliAlso See:last_img read more




first_imgSIOUX CITY RESIDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO CLEAN OUT THEIR GARAGES AND RECYCLE UNWANTED ITEMS THIS SATURDAY.UTILITIES DIRECTOR MARK SIMMS SAYS IT’S TIME AGAIN FOR THE SEMI-ANNUAL RE-EVENT:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/REEVENT1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………AND REFURBISHED. :15SIMMS SAYS A VARIETY OF PRODUCTS WILL BE ACCEPTED, AND THERE IS A FEE TO DROP SOME OF THEM OFF:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/REEVENT2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….HELPING WITH THAT. :17THE FEES COLLECTED HELPS PAY FOR THE DISPOSAL COSTS OF THE RECYCLED ITEMS.last_img read more

Oklahoma State’s Resilience Shines Through

first_imgOklahoma State has suddenly built itself into your neighborhood curmudgeon who only drinks black coffee and won’t watch anything that doesn’t include John Wayne in the credits. In the Pokes’ case, it’s wins and big boy drives instead of caffeinated beverages and old westerns.“I just think we’re resilient,” Jordan Sterns told the O’Colly. “No matter what happens, no matter how much we’re down by. Maybe 17, 20, 14, we’re always looking for that next drive to make a play. The offense has definitely been doing their job. All we’ve got to do is get the ball in their hands and from there we score points.”I posited this theory at the end of October. I have to admit, it was more wishful thinking than anything. Somehow, this team has turned that idea into a reality.“I think as the year goes on we continue to take steps and we have this experience and these scenarios, like Texas Tech, at Texas we fell behind, West Virginia was a tight one,” Mason Rudolph told Go Pokes. “We’ve been in this situations and we don’t fluster ourselves, we just stay grounded, we keep fighting and we ended up on top.”Having The General helps. Hey @KOCOCarson — your wish is granted via @WillReinier. The General is in the house. pic.twitter.com/ONU55i7ZhU— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 16, 2015“You don’t win without having some maturity and a relentless football team and we’ve been able to attain those things very well,” J.W. Walsh told the AP. “There was not a doubt in anyone’s mind. You could see it in everybody’s eyes.”Oh there was a lot of doubt. I was sipping on doubt the entire first half and guzzled a big jug of it at halftime. Thankfully, I’m writing and not throwing passes and making tackles. And it truly seems as if this intangible, immeasurable thing called self-belief has manifested itself in the way of a 10-win season. I genuinely believe OSU thinks you could line up a Bama-Ohio State all-star team, let it rip and the Cowboys would come out on top. That’s up there with the best characteristics a team can possibly possess.“Our team is unbelievable,” added Walsh. “It’s not just the leaders who say, ‘Hey, we’ve got a chance. We’re in this thing.’ It’s everybody. The whole team believes.”Two more.Perfection.Believe.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

The Most Efficient Big 12 Offenses and Defenses This Season

first_imgOklahoma State faces the worst defense in the Big 12 thus far (including Kansas!) this weekend in Stillwater. If you look at points per drive — again, how often you score, how often you get stops — then ISU is slightly behind Texas Tech when it comes to getting stops. Teams are scoring over a field goal per drive on them (FBS-only games and garbage time not included).Let’s look at defense first since we already mentioned Iowa State. As you can see, they are atrocious. That 3.46 number ranks No. 122 in the country. Oklahoma State’s 2.4 number is No. 81 in the country. OU is No. 88. These are bad defenses by teams that haven’t really played elite schedules (other than OU). Kansas State ranks No. 15 in the country.screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-8-45-33-amOn the offensive side, Texas Tech’s 4.26 points per drive is an absurd statistic. The second-best team nationally is Ohio State at 3.97. Oklahoma State checks in at No. 36 in the country at 2.6 points per drive which is good not great. It is certainly better than the defensive number of 81st in the country. Also, poor Kansas.screen-shot-2016-10-05-at-8-42-15-amTo sum it up, six Big 12 defenses are outside the top 80 in the country in points per drive given up including Oklahoma State at No. 81. Nine of the 10 offenses are inside the top 75 in points per drive scored. /whispers is Mike Yurcich a better offensive coordinator than Dana Holgorsen right now??“We talked about how we have good quarterback play in this league,” said Mike Gundy on Monday. “We have really good players – potential NFL players who are mature and understand. They’re using offenses that use the entire width of the field. You’re getting skill players in space and quarterbacks that keep the ball and run. You can’t evaluate defenses as much on yards and points.“I think the two areas that are important are if you’re going to give up yards, which you are, then field goals are better than touchdowns. So what you do inside the 10-yard-line is really important. Then you can just throw out the points and yards per game. It needs to be based on total number of opportunities that the defense is given to stop them because you’re averaging around 28 plays more per offense with these style of offenses than you were even eight years ago. So your numbers are going to be inflated just by total opportunities to get yards and to get points.”This is true, Mike. But even when you normalize things with per-drive statistics, it still does not look great for the Big 12. And with the proliferation of elite QBs in this league, I can’t imagine it getting any better anytime soon.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

Jordan Brailford Will Redshirt In 2016 Due to Injury

first_imgOn Monday Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy announced that defensive end Jordan Brailford would receive a medical redshirt.No surprise here, but Mike Gundy confirmed R-So. #OKstate DE Jordan Brailford will receive a redshirt year with a lingering stress fracture.— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) November 28, 2016The redshirt sophomore from Booker T. Washington (Tulsa, Ok) played 10 games for OSU last season, tallying 23 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, a sack and three QB hurries.With the departure of starters Emmanuel Ogbah and Jimmy Bean, Brailford seemed destined for an increased role before suffering a stress fracture of his right leg during fall camp. He has yet to see the field in 2016.Surprisingly OSU hasn’t necessarily missed one of the guys who was going to fill in for Bean and Ogbah as Cole Walterscheid and Tralund Webber have filled in nicely alongside Jarrell Owens. Those three have combined for 18 tackles for loss.Brailford joins senior wide receiver Marcell Ateman as Cowboys that qualify for medical redshirts giving them an additional year of eligibility although Ateman will likely just use his regular redshirt since he played as a true freshman. 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