36 R&Js used at Rio 2016 wont officiate pending probe: AIBA

first_imgLausanne, Oct 6 (PTI) Stung by the criticism it drew in the Olympics, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) has decided to bar all 36 officials, who conducted the Rio Games, from its upcoming events pending an enquiry besides agreeing to modification in the controversial 10-point scoring system. In a meeting of its Referees and Judges (R&Js) and Technical and Rules Commissions here, the AIBA planned “affirmative actions to build on during the new Olympic cycle”. “Rio 2016 was a watershed moment for AIBA. Boxing was in the spotlight for positive reasons, but occasionally also for the wrong ones,” said AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu at the end of the deliberations. “As an organisation, we have pulled together and I am extremely happy with the work that has been done this week by highly experienced members of our commissions, whose expertise and council will allow AIBA and its community to develop further throughout this next Olympic cycle,” he added. The AIBA insisted that the majority of the boxing competition in Rio 2016 was received “very positively” but admitted that “a small number of decisions under debate indicated that further reforms in the AIBA R&J procedures were necessary”. The judging in Rio had drawn strong criticism from boxers with several claiming to be victims of poor officiating. The most prominent case was that of Irishman Michael Conlan, who let it rip on the ringside judges in an expletive-laden tirade after losing to Russian Vladimir Nikitin despite overwhelmingly dominating the bout. In fact, Nikitin had to give a walkover in his next bout as he had been rendered medically unfit owing to the thrashing handed by Conlan. Conlan turned professional after the Games. “…it has been decided that all 36 R&Js that were used at the Olympic Games will not officiate at any AIBA event until the investigation reaches its conclusion, along with further immediate measures adopted by the commissions,” the AIBA statement read. The world body, however, decided to keep its faith in the pro-style 10-point system, which has also been criticised as “opaque” in some quarters, albeit with one change. “AIBA believes that the current 10-point must system, even though its subjective criteria sometimes causes misunderstandings and public debates, is the best scoring method for the sport because it takes into account the four key criteria essential to maintaining high level and entertaining boxing,” the AIBA stated. “What has been recommended by the Commission for future events is the opening up of all five of the judges scorecards to determine the winner of a bout,” it said. (MORE) PTI PM CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

SPORT-HONOUR 2 LAST

first_imgSymbolic distribution of appointment letters was alsoSymbolic distribution of appointment letters was also taken up following the appointment of 600 junior engineers, 250 health staff of National Health Mission, 25,000 Sakhia ? working in the nutrition areas and 375 Rozgar Sevaks.A total 2000 Self help group mates were given mate-kit and selection letters while 5000 people were given forest pattas.Some people were symbolically given medicated mosquito net out of a total 35 lakh long lasting mosquito nets to mark the day. PTI PVR SUS SUSlast_img read more

CAB writes to BCCI over Ranji rescheduling

first_imgKolkata, Dec 5 (PTI) The Cricket Association of Bengal today wrote a letter to the BCCI requesting not to review the decision of rescheduling the Bengal versus Gujarat Ranji match at its tournament committee meeting tomorrow. “The decision adopted by the BCCI for rescheduling the match is appropriate, the same is also beyond the scope of any review both in factual as well as constitutional powers. “It is sincerely expected that in the longer interest of the game, the decision would not be reviewed abusing the sport of fair play,” CAB joint secretary Avishek Dalmiya wrote in a letter to the BCCI president and secretary. The issue began when the Bengal-Gujarat clash in New Delhi from November 5-8 finished without a ball being bowled because of smog and the contest has now been rescheduled from December 15 in Visakhapatnam. With stiff competition for the quarterfinals in Group A during the business end of the league, it is learnt that the Mumbai Cricket Association supported by the Tamil Nadu CA had raised an objection about the rescheduling and instead suggested that one point each should have been awarded to both the teams. Mumbai lead the group with 29 points from seven matches, five points clear of Gujarat with a match in hand. In third place, Tamil Nadu have 23 from seven matches while Bengal have 17 from six matches on the sixth place in the nine-team table. PTI TAP BS BSlast_img read more

Ravindra Jadeja becomes third fastest Indian left-arm spinner to 100 Test wickets

first_imgRavindra Jadeja achieved a milestone in the ongoing fourth Test against England in Mumbai, by becoming the third fastest Indian left-arm spinner to get to 100 wickets.Alastair Cook became his 100th scalp when he trapped the England captain lbw for 18 in the second innings. Pragyan Ojha was the quickest from 22 matches, Vinoo Mankad off 23 matches and Jadeja playing in his 24th Test match. (SCORECARD)Jadeja has formed a potent force with India’s leading spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and in this Test against England, he claimed four wickets in the first innings. The Saurashtra player is turning out to be one of India’s crucial player in the Test set-up, by performing both with the bat and ball.In this ongoing Test series against England, Jadeja has so far claimed 16 wickets. In the previous home series against New Zealand, Jadeja claimed 14 wickets.last_img read more

I don’t believe in playing sarcastic mind games, says Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli’s maturity as a captain came to the fore on Monday as he made light of Jimmy Anderson’s comments about his technique, urging the England veteran to “move on” but also made it clear that playing “sarcastic mind games” is not his cup of tea.He also said that Ravichandran Ashwin had told Anderson in no uncertain terms about the importance of “accepting defeat”.Anderson in his post-match press conference yesterday had made an uncharitable comment that Kohli’s technical deficiencies was not on display because the pitches in India lack pace and bounce. (Also read: Virat Kohli turns peacemaker to douse Ashwin-Anderson fire)This was after the Indian captain had decimated the England attack scoring 640 runs in four Tests.”I am no one or in no position to question someone else’s technique or faults. They should understand it themselves and work on it. As international cricketers, it is their responsibility. So I am not going to sit here and play sarcastic mind games. I want to focus on good cricket and that is exactly what we have done.”Kohli said India have always been graceful in defeat. (Also read: Virat Kohli takes a dig at England batsmen after James Anderson’s controversial remark)”We focus on our strengths, we accept defeat pretty gracefully. We have never complained, we always find faults in our game and try to improve that. That is exactly what we keep doing in every game that we play.”When Anderson came out to bat, Ashwin was seen talking to him and it was Kohli and the umpires who intervened.advertisementAsked about the incident, Kohli tried to douse the fire. (Also read: Mumbai Test: Virat Kohli 235, R Ashwin 12/167 give India historic series win over England)”It was the first time I was trying to calm things down at a time when Anderson involved. Ashwin was not pleased with whatever he had said in the press (yesterday). Ashwin told me on the ground, I had no clue about it. I was laughing about it, but Ashwin was not too impressed,” Kohli told media persons.”Ashwin let him know, not using bad words at all, I think he said he was pretty disappointed in what he said and it’s important to accept defeat and things like that. You know how Ashwin is, to the point he can really strike you well without using bad words. That’s exactly what happened. Later on, I told James these things happen and it’s time to move on,” Kohli showed that he is ready to put an end to the controversy.However, England captain Alastair Cook said the entire episode has been blown out of proportion.”It was a bit of a sour end really. A disappointing end in terms of how well the spirit between both sides has been. It was clearly reference to what Jimmy said yesterday which has kind of been blown out of all proportions which it can happen here,” said Cook.”Anderson was just stating a fact which if you asked Virat is probably quite true. But yes, it was obviously just ticking up for their captain, which I thought was slightly unnecessary,” he added.last_img read more

Film helped me relive important moments of life: Tendulkar

first_imgFrom H S RaoLondon, May 8 (PTI) Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar says “Sachin: A Billion Dreams” helped him revisit the key moments of his life and share them with his fans, who have been an important part of his journey.The movie chronicles the 44-year-old cricket icons journey from a young boy to one of the most celebrated sportsmen of all time.”This film has helped me relive theimportantmoments of my life through its making. I remain a private person but realised that there is much I have not revealed or spoken about to those who have been instrumental to my life and career, especially the fans.”I hope the film will be yet another avenue for fans who have showered their love and blessings on me to cherish the journey that we undertook together for over 24 years,” Tendulkar told reporters at a promotional event here.The film, directed by James Erskine, also features fellow team members such as M S Dhoni and Virender Sehwag offering their insights into Tendulkars life and legacy.Erskine, who is known for directing several award-winning films on sports, says it was an honour for him to bring alive the story of a sports legend like Tendulkar.”Directing the film was a wonderful experience. Coming from the UK, I knew that Sachin was a cricketing legend but, even then, it was an eye-opener to see the adoration and respect that Sachin commands across the globe.Erskine says he interacted with Tendulkar, his family and other cricketers to get an insight into his life.advertisement”Sachin is both gracious and a perfectionist, and being able to make this film for the Indian people and many more across the globe was a true honour,” he says.AR Rahman has given music for the film which is set to release on May 26.The film has been produced by Ravi Bhagchandka of 200NotOut. PTI HSR SHD BKlast_img read more

Nokia 8, Nokia 9 video teaser leaks, shows dual camera, LED flash and more

first_imgAfter making the Nokia 3310 (2017) official for the customers to try their hands on, looks like Nokia is now working really hard on its next flagships — Nokia 8 and Nokia 9. Both the devices have been subjected to several leaks, which revealed a lot about these flagship phones. Now, a new video teaser of the Nokia 8 and Nokia 9 comes into the limelight, which also notes a lot about the devices, key one being the coming of dual cameras.Evan Blass, a popular tipster, whose predictions are usually accurate on Tuesday shared a post which reads, “Two unannounced, high-end Nokia phones make brief video debut.” In the post, he also attached an image render which shows four phones, from both rear and front panel. Well, out of the four devices, two are tipped to be Nokia 8 and Nokia 9. While the other two devices remain unnamed.Also Read: Nokia 3310 launched in India at Rs 3310, available from May 18To recall, several rumours making rounds the web suggested that apart from launching the Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 next month, HMD Global is working on four new Android phones, which will fall under the high-end category of smartphones. Out of the four, two are almost confirmed to be Nokia 8 and Nokia 9. On the other hand, no one knows about the other two anonymous phones.Going back to Nokia 8 and Nokia 9. The new video that leaks online on Tuesday shows that the smartphones will come with dual camera at the rear panel. Not only that, the image attached with the post that Blass shared on Twitter shows the coming of the devices in various colour ranges as well, with the Nokia branding attached right below the rear camera set up. The video doesn’t reveal any further details about the flagship devices.advertisementTwo unannounced, high-end Nokia phones make brief video debut https://t.co/WZqPY8hw4a pic.twitter.com/xTfcgfNs6a- Evan Blass (@evleaks) May 16, 2017Previous leaks suggest that the upcoming Nokia 9 will be priced around Rs 44,999. However, we aren’t quite sure about the authenticity of the pricing that has come from one of the many leaksters in the industry. Furthermore, in terms of the specifications, Nokia 9 will come with features such as an Iris Scanner and Carl Zeiss cameras.Also Read: Nokia 3310 may not be a smartphone but for Rs 3310 it is one hell of a phoneNokia 9 is also expected to come with a Quad HD 5.5-inch OLED display, Snapdragon 835 processor, Adreno 540 GPU, a massive 6GB of RAM, a 3,800mAh battery with QuickCharge 4 support, 64/128GB of internal storage and Android 7.1.2 Nougat out of the box. On the camera front, the flagship phone is tipped to come with a 22MP dual lens Carl Zeiss rear camera paired with a 12MP front-facing camera for selfies. For now, this information should be taken with a pinch of salt until Nokia 9 is officially released by HMD Global.Moving to Nokia 8, the smartphone have been subjected to several leaks earlier. Earlier rumours suggested that the smartphone was expected to come in two variants. Out of which, one will be a cheaper version, while the second one is going to a premium model. According to rumours, the low-end variant of the Nokia 8 is going to sport a 5.2-inch QHD AMOLED display, on the other hand, the top-end model of the Nokia 8 will sport a 5.5-inch display.Nokia 8 is also expected to come with Google’s Daydream VR platform support.Furthermore, the smartphone will be equipped with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM. While, on the storage front, the smaller variant of the handset will come with 128GB of internal storage, while the top-end version of Nokia 8 will be equipped with 256GB of internal storage. On the pricing front, the 5.2-inch variant of the Nokia 8 will be priced around 4,000 Yuan (roughly Rs 37,220). On the other hand, the 5.5-inch model will cost 4,500 Yuan (roughly 41,873).last_img read more

Xiaomi Mi Max 2: Full specs, top features and everything you need to know

first_imgXiaomi launched the successor to its 6.44-inch super-sized Mi Max phablet on Thursday, calling it simply the Mi Max 2. The Mi Max 2, much like its predecessor phone, comes with some likable specs at mainstream prices. Take a look.Specifications:Processor: The Mi Max 2 is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506 GPU.RAM: 4GBInternal storage: The Mi Max 2 will be available in 64GB and 128GB memory configurations. Both the versions will support expandable memory of up to 128GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot.Display: Just like the original Mi Max, the Mi Max 2 also comes with a 6.44-inch full-HD IPS display with a 1080×1920 pixel resolution and 342 ppi pixel density.Camera: The Mi Max 2 sports a 12-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.2 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash. Interestingly, the Mi Max 2 comes with the same Sony IMX 386 image sensor as the one on-board the company’s flagship Mi 6. The Mi Max 2 will be capable of recording 4K videos. On the front, the Mi Max 2 comes with a 5-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture.Also Read: Xiaomi Mi Max review: A giant that’s surprisingly light on its feetSoftware and connectivity: The Mi Max 2 runs Android Marshmallow-based MIUI and will be upgradable to Android Nougat soon that would bring split-screen multitasking to the phone. The Mi Max 2 further supports dual-SIM, 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) and USB Type-C for charging and data syncing.Battery: The Mi Max 2 is backed by a massive 5,300Mah battery which is rated to deliver up to 2 days of battery life on regular usage. The Mi Max 2 also supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 — can charge by up to 68 per cent in 1 hour according to Xiaomi — and Parallel Charging which means that you can continue to use the device even while charging.advertisementSpecial features:– The Mi Max 2 — although it comes with the same 6.44-inch 1080p display as the original Mi Max — is a complete overhaul in almost all the other departments including the design making it a thorough upgrade to last year’s model.Also Read: Xiaomi Mi Max 2 launched with Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 5300mAh battery– The Mi Max 2 boasts of a full-metal body design, just like the Mi Max, but comes with repositioned antenna lines to enhance looks and rounded edges to enhance ergonomics. The Mi Max 2 also comes with smaller bezels as opposed to the Mi Max.– Last year’s Mi Max came in two processor variants: one with Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 and 3GB RAM and another with Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 and 4GB RAM. There were speculations that Xiaomi may do something similar with the Mi Max 2 with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 626 and Snapdragon 660 to make the cut. Xiaomi, however, decided to launch the Mi Max 2 in just the one processor variant.– The Mi Max 2, like most Xiaomi phones, comes with an IR blaster that can be used in tandem with the Mi Home app to control smart home appliances.– The Mi Max 2, just like the Mi Max, still belongs to a select niche of super-sized phones which is likely to attract buyers who are into considerable multimedia consumption, but don’t want to shell out on tablets, that on most occasions lack voice calling.Pricing and availability: Price starts at 1699 RMB (roughly Rs 15,953) for the base 4GB RAM/64GB memory model and goes all the way to 1999 RMB (roughly Rs 18,765) for the top-end 4GB RAM/128GB memory model. The phone is exclusive to China for now though and will be available for buying from June 1.last_img read more

SEE PICS: Disha Patani spends her birthday with rumoured boyfriend Tiger Shroff

first_imgTiger Shroff and Disha Patani might have rubbished rumours of being in a relationship, but they definitely love to hang out together. From dinner dates to movie nights, the rumoured lovebirds have been spotted together almost everywhere. And Tuesday evening was no different. In fact, it was a special evening as it was Disha’s birthday. The lovebirds decided to catch a film together. While the birthday girl looked stylish in white pants and a yellow top, Tiger sported a causal look. Interestingly, they were accompanied by Tiger’s sister Krishna Shroff. On the work front, they have signed their first film together. Tiger will share screen space with Disha in Baaghi 2. This is the first time that the rumoured lovebirds will be seen together on 70mm. They had earlier come together for the music video of Befikra, and their sizzling chemistry was such a hit that rumours of a real-life romance soon spread like wildfire. However, both actors have denied reports that they are romantically involved and insisted that they are “just good friends.”(Photos: Yogen Shah) ALSO READ: Rumoured lovers Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani to come together for Baaghi 2 ALSO READ: Tiger Shroff takes rumoured girlfriend Disha Patani out on a lunch date ALSO WATCH: Tiger Shroff opens up on kissing Shraddha Kapoor, his stunts and morelast_img read more

West Indies bounce back from Afghanistan defeat to surprise India

first_imgWest Indies on Sunday bounced back from a stunning defeat against Afghanistan last month to beat India in a low-scoring fourth One Day International at Antigua.Captain Jason Holder took 5/27 as West Indies beat India by 11 runs to stay alive in the series. India lead 2-1 with the fifth and final game on Thursday at Kingston, Jamaica.Neither team impressed with the bat at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium at North Sound.West Indies scored only 189/9 after winning the toss and choosing to bat. It turned out to be enough as India lost their last five wickets for only 19 runs – collapsing from 159/5 in the 45th over to 178 all out with two balls to spare.India opener Ajinkya Rahane hit 60 off 91 balls, including seven fours, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni laboured to 54 from 114 balls with one boundary. Dhoni’s dismissal left India needing 14 to win in the final over with two wickets left.Holder, who took his five-for in 9.4 overs, claimed the final wicket of Mohammed Shami.Evin Lewis and Kyle Hope were joint top-scorers for West Indies on 35. Umesh Yadav took 3/36 and Hardik Pandya 3/40.WORLD CUP QUALIFICATION IN DOUBTThe victory may still not be enough for the West Indies to get a direct entry into the 2019 World Cup in England. They are currently ranked 9th in the world and top eight sides on September 30 cut-off qualify for main draw.West Indies, who are standing at the ninth spot in the ODI rankings, failed to gain any point from the drawn series against Afghanistan in June.advertisementThe five-match series against India was their last realistic chance to try to get those ranking points up in a bid to qualify automatically for the 2019 World Cup.West Indies will have to beat India in the final ODI and win all their 50-overs matches against England and Ireland to keep their hopes alive.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

Exclusive: Angad Bedi says his Inside Edge character has no resemblance with MS Dhoni

first_imgBollywood actor Angad Bedi has denied drawing inspiration from former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his role in the web series Inside Edge. Bedi is playing a role of a captain, who is upright and honest.Inside Edge revolves around a cricket team franchise — Mumbai Mavericks — playing in the Powerplay League T20 league. The 10 episode show is about conflicts, sex, money, and power.Speaking exclusively to IndiaToday.in, Bedi said his cricketing background helped him fit into the character and he drew inspiration from his father and former India captain, Bishan Singh Bedi.Here are the excerpts from the interview.Jepher C Nickels: You are playing a cricket captain in Inside Edge. Having been so closely associated with the IPL, was it difficult to not draw inspiration from some real-life cricketers?Angad Bedi: Honestly, when I am playing any character, I don’t like drawing inspiration from anyone becuse in the mind if you start thinking of anybody else then there is a tendency for the human mind to make you start acting like that particular person.JCN: A lot of fans feel your character bears some resemblance to MS Dhoni. Was that intentional or did that come about because you have seen him from such close quarters?Bedi: The good part has been my cricket background has helped. I have a fair enough understanding of the game and know a players’ body language all that helped. No resemblance to MS Dhoni or any other cricketer.In fact if there is any inspiration it’s from Bishan Bedi, my father. I play a character who is very honest and upright individual. If you are thinking of MS Dhoni, it’s not. My father captained India for 5 years, he played international cricket for 17 years. The way he led his life, the way he stood up for what is right. He was quite honest, he was heard the most. I drew inspiration from that perspective.advertisementJCN: Your dad is a cricket legend. How has he enjoyed watching you play a cricketer?Bedi: I played age group cricket. But I wanted to be an actor. I used to bowl left-arm spin, but obviously to bowl like him nobody can do. I had my own style. I have a fair bit of understanding as to what fitness levels are required, what kind of body language cricketers should have. All those things came kind of organically to me.JCN: As an IPL host, have you ever noticed any fallouts or problems affecting teams from close quarters? Did those memories help you shape your character?Bedi: No, not at all. This is all fictional. There could be some similarities with the Indian Premier League but it’s a complete work of fiction. When I hosted the IPL, we didn’t get so close to the players, team owners or establishments. We just did our job.last_img read more

Cwealth Secy Gen meets Sports Minister Rathore

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 14 (PTI) The Commonwealth Secretary General, Rt Hon Patricia Janet Scotland today called on Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, here and discussed a wide range of issues.During the discussion, Rathore proposed the idea of a concurrent Commonwealth Youth Festival alongwith the Commonwealth Games.The proposed Youth Festival can be a platform for intermingling of youth of Commonwealth countries in an informal environment which often gets lost in the highly competitive environment of the Games.”Having a Commonwealth Youth Festival alongwith the Commonwealth Games will augment the sports capacity to carry positive messages,” Rathore said.The Youth Affairs and Sports Minister also explained the concept of the Khelo India scheme and upcoming Khelo India School Games to the Secretary General.He also explained to the Secretary General about the success of sports in weaning off youth from militancy in disturbed areas.He gave the example of popularity of football in the Kashmir valley.Both the leaders also agreed to develop the virtual communities of sportspersons and the youth of Commonwealth countries where free flow of ideas will strengthen the bond between sportspersons and future leaders.Responding to the idea of Commonwealth Community Cricket Games for Under-19 youth, the Sports Minister said similar results can also be obtained by having arrangements of training in each others countries.The weather appropriate training schedules in each other countries will lead to long lasting relationships among the young players and will also deepen the cooperation, he said.advertisementBoth the dignitaries emphasised that sports is a platform which brings people closer.The Secretary General also invitated Rathore for Commonwealth Sports Ministers Conference scheduled to be held on the sidelines of upcoming Commonwealth Games in April, 2018 and the Indian Sports Minister accepted the invitation. PTI SSC SSClast_img read more

The Ashes: ‘Wiser’ England ready for Australian aggression, says Joe Root

first_imgEngland were caught out by Australia’s aggression during the ill-fated 2013/14 Ashes campaign but captain Joe Root says they are fully prepared for short-pitched bowling and on-field chatter when the series kicks off in Brisbane next week. (England’s Moeen Ali fit to return ahead of Ashes opener)Root was a member of Alastair Cook’s side that was demolished by a Mitchell Johnson-led pace assault and sledged relentlessly throughout the 5-0 series defeat four years ago.Root, then 22, won praise for a defiant half-century in the Adelaide Test but, like the rest of the England batters, struggled to score runs on most of Australia’s pitches.”I think last time it maybe caught us out,” Root told reporters on Tuesday in Townsville where England are preparing for their final warmup match against a Cricket Australia XI.”I think we’re a little bit wiser to it this time around. (The Ashes: England’s Jake Ball in doubt for warmup game, George Garton drafted in)”It’s still about making sure we’re absolutely prepared for any scenario out there.”We’re expecting it to be hostile, we’re expecting it to be very loud and rowdy atmosphere at the Gabba.”Hopefully we’ll be in a really good place and really ready for that because I think we’ve got our heads round what to expect.”With all-rounder Ben Stokes absent from the tour, Root will have a bigger load to carry in leading a team with a number of inexperienced batsmen.Australia spinner Nathan Lyon said last week the home side’s bowlers would compete fiercely for the England captain’s wicket.advertisementRoot was unfazed by the attention.”I’ve heard a lot of chat about them targeting me in particular,” he said.”From our point of view we’ll be targeting every single one of them, we won’t be singling any guys out.”Bring it on. It’s what it’s about. You want that competitive element and those little in-house rivalries, if you like.”Former England captain and media pundit Michael Vaughan has accused Australia of making things hard for England in their preparations by serving up low-quality tour sides away from the Test venues.The tourists will play another modest Cricket Australia XI in the remote northern city of Townsville from Wednesday.Root said it was nothing different from the last tour.”I think we’ve mentally approached that slightly differently this time round and probably slightly better, if I’m being brutally honest,” he said.”Obviously it would have been nice to get a feel for the grounds, especially for the guys who haven’t played at those venues.”I don’t think it makes too much of a difference.”last_img read more

CM Arvind Kejriwal asks minister to consider closing Delhi schools over pollution

first_imgDelhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said he has asked his Education Minister Manish Sisodia to consider closing down all the schools due to high pollution in the capital city.The Chief Minister in a tweet said that “considering high level of pollution”, he has requested Sisodia “to consider closing schools for a few days”.Delhi woke up to ‘severe’ air quality today with a thick haze blanketing the city as pollution levels breached permissible standards by multiple times.The Indian Medical Association (IMA) IMA has also appealed to the Delhi government to shut down outdoor sports and other such activities in schools keeping in view the harmful impact of air pollution on the health of the children.The rapid fall in air quality and visibility began last evening as moisture combined with pollutants shrouded the city in a thick cover of haze.Kejriwal also said that in August, the Delhi government had written letters to neighbouring states Punjab and Haryana, urging them to check stubble burning by farmers.WATCH VIDEO | Delhi engulfed by smog blanket, visibility drops to 15 meterslast_img read more

Olympiakos Beats Panetolikos, 2-0

first_imgATHENS — Mathieu Dossevi and Yiannis Maniatis scored in the second half to give defending champion Olympiakos a 2-0 victory win over visiting Panetolikos in the Greek league on Jan. 18.Dossevi opened the scoring in the 69th with a shot from close range after an assist from Costas Mitroglou.Maniatis blasted a shot from near the penalty spot in injury time following a run down the right flank by Jimmy Durmaz, who went past two defenders and turned the ball back to Maniatis from the byline.The win kept Olympiakos atop the league standings, two points clear of PAOK, which beat Platanias 1-0.Also, Levadiakos beat Asteras 3-1 and Panthrakikos drew 2-2 at Giannena.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

No A-Roid, Yanks Beat Bucs, 2-1

first_imgBRADENTON, Fla.— Esmil Rogers, trying to cement a spot on the New York Yankees’ pitching staff, tossed two scoreless innings March 5 in a 2-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates.Rogers gave up just a double by Korean rookie Jung Ho Kang and also struck out one. If he makes the team, Rogers could be used as a long reliever and spot starter.First baseman Garrett Jones had two hits, including an RBI double in the fifth inning. Tyler Austin put the Yankees ahead with a towering solo home run in the eighth inning.Left-hander Francisco Liriano and right-hander Charlie Morton each tossed two scoreless innings for the Pirates.Liriano, the Pirates’ likely opening-day starter, gave up two hits, walked one and struck out two. Morton, who is recovering from offseason hip surgery, allowed two hits, walked two and struck out one.Alex Rodriguez did not make the trip with the Yankees.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Boxer Tony Ayala Dies at 52

first_imgSAN ANTONIO, TX – A call went into 911 on the morning of May 12 about a man who was slumped over. The medics arrived. The overweight 52 year-0ld man had gone into cardiac arrest. He died.The man’s name was Tony Ayala.  To most people that name doesn’t mean a thing. But boxing’s legendary trainer Lou Duva, who has seen them all, once said: “the only fighter I have ever seen who I would compare to Rocky Marciano [boxing’s only heavyweight champion to retire undefeated at 49-0] is Tony Ayala.At 22-0, the 19 year-old Tony Ayala Jr. (his father, Tony, Sr. was also his trainer) was en route to a shot at the world’s middleweight championship and was on the verge of superstardom.  He was set to fight super-welterweight champion Davey Moore in 1983, but was arrested on New Year’s Day that year for burglary and rape. He had two prior assaults against women, but only received probation.Moore went on to lose his title to another legend, Roberto Duran, in 1983, while the undefeated phenom Ayala went to jail. Shortly after his release, Ayala began his comeback, 16 years later at age 36.Five wins in a row over the next year, all by knockout, propelled his record to 27-0. If he continued on that path, it would be one of the greatest comebacks in the history of boxing, if not all of sports.But it was not to be.  He failed to answer the bell for Round 9 against the Mexican warrior Yori Boy Campas, and so, at 37, a demoralized Ayala cried in the ring, at the realization of having suffered his first ever professional loss.Ayala would win his next four fights, though any talk of his reaching the top of the game subsided, and he fought for the last time, and lost, in 2003 against little known Anthony Bonsante, who proceeded to knock him out.He went back to prison in 2004 for probation violation and possession of drugs, and was released in 2014, a month after his father’s death. He worked at the family gym until his last moments of life – it’s where he died.And thus ended the tumultuous life of a brutally violent but supremely talented man. RIP.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Pole-Vaulter Kyriakopoulou Wins Bronze

first_imgGreek pole-vaulter Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou won the bronze medal at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing’s National Stadium, clearing 4.80 meters (15.74 feet) on Aug. 26.Cuba’s Yarisley Silva took the gold with a vault of 4.90 meters (16.07 feet) while Fabiana Murer of Brazil won the silver.Kyriakopoulou’s medal was the 21st in Greece’s history at the world athletics championships and the first in eight years. The country’s athletic program has suffered from big budget cuts during an ongoing economic crisis. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Yankees Beat Blue Jay, 2-1

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — Brett Gardner went 0-for-2 in his first spring training game of the year, Starlin Castro hit a two-run homer and made a nifty defensive play and the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 March 16.Gardner played five innings in left field. He hit a grounder and struck out in his first game since bruising his left wrist in last year’s AL wild-card loss to Houston. “The results weren’t great, but I felt good,” Gardner said.Castro hit an opposite-field drive to right off Drew Hutchison and made a running grab in shallow right on Kevin Pillar’s pop fly.Acquired from the Chicago Cubs in December, Castro moved from shortstop to second base last season and played 38 games at the position.“I think he’s doing pretty good,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “We’ve been pleased with him so far at second base. I think he’s done a really good job, worked extremely hard. The transition for him I don’t think is going to be a problem.”Hutchison, bidding for the fifth starter spot, allowed two runs and four hits in 4 2-3 innings.“I think I’ve been throwing the ball well,” Hutchison said. “I’ve been accomplishing the things I wanted to accomplish.”Nathan Eovaldi struck out two and walked two over two hitless innings in his second spring training appearance for the Yankees since his season was cut short after a Sept. 5 start due to right elbow inflammation.“My arm felt great,” Eovaldi said. “I thought my pitches were good. Worked a lot on the counts.”(MARK DIDTLER)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Brady to drop appeal, serve 4-game ‘Deflategate’ suspension

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts (AP) — Tom Brady says he will not ask the U.S. Supreme Court to block his four-game “Deflategate” suspension, ending his fight on Friday in a scandal that tested the power of the NFL commissioner and tarnished the reputation of one of the league’s greatest players.“It has been a challenging 18 months and I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process,” the New England Patriots quarterback said in a Facebook post. “I’m going to work hard to be the best player I can be for the New England Patriots and I look forward to having the opportunity to return to the field this fall.”The decision by the four-time Super Bowl champion comes two days after Brady’s case was turned aside by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. His only remaining hope to take the field when the Patriots open the season against Arizona on Sept. 11 had been a stay from the nation’s highest court, which accepts about one percent of the appeals submitted.More worrisome for Brady and the Patriots, though, was the chance that he would receive a stay — which would require only the blessing of a single Supreme Court justice, in this case Ruth Bader Ginsburg — only to have the whole court later refuse to hear the case. That could allow the suspension to fall at a more inconvenient time in the season, perhaps including the playoffs.“This decision was made in the interest of certainty and planning for Tom prior to the New England Patriots season,” the NFL Players Association said in a statement.But the union said it was still considering whether to seek on its own a Supreme Court ruling that could limit Commissioner Roger Goodell’s authority to punish players. Dropping the case would leave in place a “broken system that must be fixed,” the union said this week.Even if the union fights on, though, Brady would still sit out the first four games of the season, when the Patriots face the Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills. Backup Jimmy Garoppolo is expected to start for New England instead.Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who has parted ways with longtime league allies over the punishment, renewed his complaint that the suspension was “unprecedented, unjust, and unreasonable.”“Unfortunately, this stopped being about air pressure a long time ago,” he said in a statement. “This entire process has indelibly taken a toll on our organization, our fans and most importantly, Tom Brady. His reluctant decision to stop pursuing further action and to put this situation behind him is what he feels is best for the team in preparation for this season and is fully supported by me and our entire organization.”With NFL football player Tom Brady pictured on screen, host John Cena speaks at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)Despite the suspension, the Patriots remain overwhelming favorites to win the AFC East for the 13th time in 14 seasons, and the gambling website Bovada listed them as the top choice to win the Super Bowl.An NFL spokesman said the league would have no comment.Originally suspended for four games after the league concluded the Patriots intentionally underinflated the footballs used in the AFC Championship on Jan. 18, 2015, Brady embarked on an odyssey to clear his name. A federal judge overturned the suspension, allowing Brady to play last season, but the 2nd Circuit reinstated it this spring.last_img read more