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NBA debut in India: Sacramento Kings, Indiana pacers to play pre-season games in Mumbai

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first_imgThe first-ever matches of the popular National Basketball Association in India will be hosted by Mumbai’s NSCI Dome in Worli in October 2019, the NBA announced on Thursday.Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers will play two pre-season games – The NBA India Games 2019 – on October 4 and 5. NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum and NBA India Managing Director Yannick Colaco made the announcement in Mumbai earlier in the day.”We are proud to be the first global sports league to bring games of this scale to India. The NBA and basketball have never been more popular in India, and fans will get to enjoy world-class showcases for our sport between two exciting teams in the Sacramento Kings and the Indiana Pacers,” Colaco said, as quoted by the PTI.In addition to the games, the league and its partners would conduct interactive fan activities, Jr NBA youth basketball programming and NBA Cares community outreach events.”Our inaugural NBA India Games will help further untap the enormous basketball potential in a country with a thriving sports culture and a growing, young and engaged population. We thank the Kings and Pacers organisations for participating in this historic event,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said.The Kings, under the leadership of the NBA’s first Indian-born majority owner and Mumbai native Vivek Ranadive, currently features 2018 No. 2 overall draft pick Marvin Bagley III, 2017 No. 5 overall draft pick De’Aaron Fox and 2016 No. 6 overall draft pick Buddy Hield (Bahamas).The Pacers roster currently features 2018 NBA All- Star Victor Oladipo, 2016 NBA All-Rookie second team member Myles Turner and 2016 No. 11 overall draft pick Domantas Sabonis (Lithuania).Ranadive said his team is looking forward to playing in the first NBA games in India.advertisement”The Sacramento Kings are proud to be playing in the first NBA games ever held in India. As an Indian-American, it is an honour to help bring this historic moment to the country where I was raised,” said Ranadive.last_img read more

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India vs New Zealand Live Streaming: When, Where, and How to Watch IND vs NZ 1st ODI match

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first_imgThe Indian team led by Virat Kohli will look to maintain their winning run when they take on hosts New Zealand in the first match of the five-ODI series at the McLean Park in Napier on Wednesday.India are brimming with confidence after a convincing series win, both in Tests and ODI, against Australia in their own backyard. However, the tourists have won only 10 out of 35 ODIs against the Kiwis in their home turf, which also includes a 0-4 thrashing in 2014.The Indian team boasts of a strong batting lineup with the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and an in-form Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Openers Rohit and Dhawan are once again expected to give a fine start looking at their recent form, nothing looks difficult for the duo.India Tour of New Zealand 1st ODI broadcast channels list: Where to Watch Ind vs NZ live BroadcastAlso, Kohli, as usual, is in his peak and would once again be the main strength of the Indian batting line-up. The Indian run-machine had scored a century in his previous outing at this venue during their last tour here in 2014.Coming to New Zealand, Ross Taylor, who recently played a key role in their whitewash of Sri Lanka, will be the man to look out for. Taylor amassed 281 runs against the Lankans, which included couple of fifties and a century in three games.Henry Nicholls, who smashed an unbeaten 124 in the final affair against the islanders, will try to replicate his show against the No. 2 ranked India.advertisementThe New Zealand batting line-up also has some other big guns like Martin Guptill, Colin Munro and skipper Kane Williamson. Kane has been the most consistent performer for the home side while Munro carries the ability to swiftly change gears depending upon the situation.What time does the 1st ODI between India vs New Zealand start?1st ODI starts at 7.30AM IST on January 23, Wednesday at the McLean Park is a sports ground in Napier.What TV channel and live stream is the 1st ODI between India and New Zealand Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs New Zealand match.Where will the 1st ODI between India and New Zealand be played?The 1st ODI between India and New Zealand will be played at the McLean Park in Napier from 7.30AM IST.Where can I watch the India vs New Zealand 1st ODI live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs New Zealand 1st ODI?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs New Zealand from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the 1st ODI between India and New Zealand?India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (Captain), MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ambati Rayudu, Shubman Gill, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, K. Khaleel AhmedNew Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wicket-keeper), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Henry Nicholls, Doug Bracewell, Matt Henry.last_img read more

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I-League: Chennai City beat Indian Arrows 2-0 to regain top spot

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first_imgChennai City FC regained pole position riding on two second half goals to beat Indian Arrows in their 15th round I-League encounter in Bhubaneswar on Friday.Chennai drew first blood in the 71st minute through Spanish midfielder Sandro’s free-kick and concluded their game with another goal from substitute Vijay N during the stoppage time.With this win, Chennai City FC (33 points) have now leapfrogged Real Kashmir (32) to the top of the 11-team table.Chennai, as expected, started the game on an attacking note, in their effort to bag full points.After a barren first half, Chennai City kick-started their second half, attacking at regular intervals but were unable to find the back of the net. Credit for a valiant Arrows show should also go to their goalkeeper Samik Mitra, who stood tall under bar, denying Chennai City FC, any opportunity to capitalise on errors.As the game entered the final quarter, Chennai City visibly grew frustrated with their inability to break into the Arrows defensive line.Their efforts finally paid dividends when a risky tackle in the 71st minute from Indian Arrows from the edge of the box, led to a yellow card for Suresh Singh, gifting the visitors a free kick from a dangerous spot.Chennai’s Spanish midfielder Sandro broke the deadlock with perfectly taken free-kick. The tally was rounded off by Vijay, who found the back of the net with a rebound in the 91st minute of the match.Also Read | I-League: Real Kashmir FC vs East Bengal postponed due to thick snow cover in SrinagarAlso Read | Body of footballer Emiliano Sala formally identified: UK PoliceAlso Read | Flamengo fire: 10 killed at Brazilian football club training centre in Rio de Janeiroadvertisementlast_img read more

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India can match any opposition in fitness, feels women’s football coach

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first_imgIndia women’s football team head coach Maymol Rocky Thursday said that her players can now match any opposition in terms of fitness and the recently-introduced player tracking technology has helped in that aspect.The Indian team is currently playing in the Tokyo Olympics Qualifiers Round 2. It defeated Indonesia 2-0 in its opening match on Wednesday. The next match is against Nepal on Saturday.”We understood that in the time frame for the AFC Olympic Qualifiers in Myanmar, we would be playing in temperatures over 40 degrees. The core group is a youthful one, physically very robust, and can match any opposition,” Maymol said.”This batch of girls can play 90 minutes without tiring, and if needed, even the extra 30. Better speed, reflexes, and stamina — that is what we are stressing on. It allows us to defend with numbers, and move the ball faster in attack,” she explained.Maymol said it would not have been easy had the team not been provided the GPS technology.”The player tracking system (GPS) helps us to understand the players, and monitor their heart rate and work load. Through that we understand how much workload the player is undergoing. They also help to develop conditioning drills that help the players in general fitness.”Maymol said recovery sessions, however, stays paramount.”We want the players to be cent per cent fit and give their all in each and every match, and training session. Recovery is a very important part of that. Mandalay is very hot and humid. So the players need to increase their intake of water, and keep themselves hydrated,” the coach said.advertisement”Diet plays a major key role in fitness, and conditioning. Too much carbohydrates can lead to bloating and stiffness. We have stitched a plan for each player and they follow accordingly,” she said.Also Read | AFC Olympic Qualifiers: India women sail past Indonesia with 2-0 winAlso Read | AFC Cup: Chennaiyin FC, Minerva Punjab share spoils in group stage openerlast_img read more

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You’ve got to be prepared for anything at the World Cup: Ross Taylor

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first_imgNew Zealand middle-order batsman Ross Taylor on Tuesday said that the team needs to be prepared for all type of conditions in the upcoming World Cup and the team should possess the skills to adapt accordingly.The player also cited the Champions Trophy 2017, saying that there were not many big scores in that tournament, adding that it is the mindset that actually matters in the big tournaments.”You don’t have to go too far back to the Champions Trophy in 2017, when a lot of people talked about big scores and there weren’t a lot at that tournament. You’ve just got to be flexible, there will be times when the bowlers dominate and the batters will dominate as well. You’ve got to be prepared for anything and adapt accordingly,” International Cricket Council (ICC) quoted Taylor as saying.The 35-year-old highlighted the importance of warm-up matches before the World Cup and he even praised the format of this year’s World Cup, saying it will be more exciting playing the tournament in this format.”The game against India on the 25th (warm-up match) would be a great preparation. They are one of the stronger sides and are favourites going into the tournament. It will be good for us to go out there and have a good hit out as a team,” Taylor said.”The format, with everyone playing everybody, similar to the 1992 World Cup, is pretty exciting and a pretty fair reflection, I think. If you see at World Cups going around in all major sports, it’s more of a Pool-type scenario,” he added.advertisementNew Zealand’s 15-man squad for upcoming World Cup: Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Tom Blundell (wk), Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Henry Nicholls,Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Jimmy Neesham.New Zealand will play warm-up games against India and West Indies on May 25 and 28 respectively, before beginning theirWorld Cup campaign against Sri Lanka in Cardiff on June 1.Also Read | MS Dhoni will be a big player in World Cup 2019: Ravi ShastriAlso Read | David Miller hopes to leave a poor IPL behind in pursuit of elusive World CupAlso Seelast_img read more

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Sudirman Cup: Denmark beat Indonesia, both advance to last 8

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first_imgDenmark and Indonesia both advanced to the last eight despite the former beating the latter 3-2 in Sudirman Cup 2019, here on Wednesday. And with this, England journey in the tournament came to an end.With the win Denmark that lost to England 3-2 on Monday became the runner-up in Group 1B, while Indonesia topped the group due to its 4-1 win over England on Sunday.In the fourth women’s singles, world’s 22nd ranked Mia Blichfeldt defeated the 30th ranked Fitriani Fitriani 21-13, 21-19 giving Denmark an unbeatable 3-1 lead, which also dampened England’s hopes to sail further in the tournament, reports Xinhua news agency.Denmark took the first two points as Mathias Christiansen and Sara Thygesen shocked the 6th ranked Hafiz Faizal and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja 21-17, 21-11 in the opening mixed doubles, and 2017 world champion Viktor Axelsen beat the 7th ranked Anthony Sinisuka Ginting 21-9, 21-16 in the men’s singles.Then Indonesia won the men’s doubles to ensure its quarterfinal berth when the 4th ranked Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan defeated Kim Astrup and Mathias Boe 22-20, 21-14.After losing the women’s singles, Indonesia won the women’s doubles to be the group winner, as India Open 2019 champions Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu defeated Maiken Fruergaard and Sara Thygesen 21-18, 21-13.Also Read | India knocked out of Sudirman Cup after 0-5 loss to ChinaAlso Read | Sudirman Cup: PV Sindhu’s heroics in vain as Malaysia beat India 3-2Also Seelast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Prime Minister Narendra Modi wishes Team India good luck

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first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi wished the Indian cricket team good luck as it began its World Cup 2019 campaign against South Africa in Southampton on Wednesday. India are one of the favourites in the this tournament.The most widely followed cricket side in the world, India have been in superb ODI form leading up to the World Cup. They are also the last team to play a match in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.On Wednesday, after South Africa won the toss and decided to bat in overcast conditions, India captain Virat Kohli said his team would not be weighed down by the pressure of expectations.PM Modi, meanwhile, wished the Indian side good luck and said the team should look to win matches as well as hearts in the tournament.As #TeamIndia begins it’s #CWC19 journey today, best wishes to the entire Team.May this tournament witness good cricket and celebrate the spirit of sportsmanship.! #INDvSANarendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 5, 2019India, who had won the 2011 World Cup and reached the semifinals in 2015, are being touted as one of the teams to go on and win the tournament this year.For their first match of the World Cup, India decided to go in with both wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. In a surprising move, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was preferred over the faster Mohammed Shami.India and South Africa playing XIs:India: 1.Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (Captain), 4 KL Rahul, 5 Kedar Jadhav, 6 MS Dhoni (Wicketkeeper), 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Jasprit BumrahadvertisementSouth Africa: 1 Quinton de Kock (Wicketkeeper), 2 Hashim Amla, 3 Faf du Plessis (Captain), 4 Rassie van der Dussen, 5 David Miller, 6 JP Duminy, 7 Andile Phehlukwayo, 8 Chris Morris, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Tabraiz Shamsi, 11 Imran TahirAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Expectations nothing new for us, says Virat KohliAlso Read | Kapil Dev wants India to play with full dedication and win World Cup 2019Also Watch:last_img read more

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Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka, World Cup 2019 Match 16: Prediction and Probable Playing 11s

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first_imgAfter two consecutive defeats, Bangladesh will look to return to winning ways when they face a depleted Sri Lanka in their fourth World Cup game at the Bristol Cricket Ground on Tuesday.The Bangla Tigers, after making a perfect start to their World Cup campaign against South Africa, faced back to back defeats against New Zealand and England and are low on confidence.Recent FormApart from the first game against the Proteas, the Bangladesh batting has not been consistent and it has only been all-rounder Shakib al Hasan who has been able to perform. None of their other batters have been able to maintain consistency and have failed to cope with the scoreboard pressure. Their openers, Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal, have not been able to provide the starts that the Bangladeshi fans would be hoping for, something which Mashrafe Mortaza will desperately want.Meanwhile, Sri Lanka will be looking for two crucial points after their last encounter was washed out against Pakistan. The Dimuth Karunaratne-led side started their tournament campaign on the worst possible note, conceding a 10-wicket defeat to New Zealand. However, it was their bowling which rescued them against Afghanistan in a rain-curtailed match which they just managed to win.”Their big players are experienced and really know their role.””The confidence is up and the guys are hungry.”Who will come out ahead in today’s #BANvSL #CWC19 match? pic.twitter.com/lp4vgOuuUGCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 11, 2019Pitch prediction – BristolMatches in Bristol have been very high-scoring in the recent past. Team batting second will fancy their chances on this pitch. The last match scheduled at this venue between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was abandoned due to rain but the one before that in May between England and Pakistan produced over 700 runs with the home team successfully chasing down the target of 359 with 31 balls to spare.advertisementThere are 50 percent chances of rain today which might change the conditions in the bowlers’ favour.An off-day for Shakib Al Hasan, an optional training session for Sri Lanka, and more.Mel Jones has a gist of the how the teams trained ahead of today’s #CWC19 clash in Bristol. pic.twitter.com/NtaWN3ZGYPCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 11, 2019Injury concerns for Bangladesh and Sri LankaBangladesh’s major concern is their bowling which was taken for plenty by tournament favourites England in their previous encounter. They conceded a total in excess of 380 and were given a hard time on the field.On the other hand, batting has been one of the issues which Sri Lanka has been coping with in the initial phase of the ongoing tournament. They have suffered batting collapses and have not been able to play their full quota of 50 overs in all the completed matches.Sri Lanka and Bangladesh face off today knowing that a win at this stage will do a world of good for their positions.Who will have the edge? #BANvSL | #CWC19https://t.co/VuBbDO5osTCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 11, 2019In bowling, they will miss the services of Nuwan Pradeep who won them the match against Afghanistan. However, with the likes of Lasith Malinga, their bowling still finds an edge over Bangladesh.Playing XI prediction: Bangladesh vs Sri LankaBangladesh likely XI: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (captain), Mustafizur Rahman.Sri Lanka likely XI: Kusal Perera, Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perara, Isuru Udana, Jeevan Mendis, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga.last_img read more

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Will Tendulkar’s record 673 runs in a single World Cup be broken this year?

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first_imgIn the current edition of ICC World Cup, two major records were broken in a gap of just two days recently.The first one was on 18 June during the England versus Afghanistan match, which witnessed the most expensive spell in a World Cup. Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, the world’s number three bowler in ICC ODI ranking, conceded 110 runs without a wicket off nine overs.The second record was set two days later, of the highest aggregate ever in any ICC World Cup match, during the Australia versus Bangladesh match. In all, 714 runs were scored with Australia posting a massive score of 381/5 and Bangladesh replying with 333/8 in a losing cause.Both these records make one thing clear. The current World Cup tournament has been a high-scoring one and the pitches are favouring the batsmen more than the bowlers. If the trend continues in the second half of the tournament, there is a strong chance that Sachin Tendulkar’s record of scoring the most number of runs in a single World Cup tournament could be broken.Tendulkar’s 673 runs in the 2003 edition of the World Cup is still unbeaten. However, this year, the top two run scorers of the tournament have already made over 400 runs each, with quite a few matches yet to be played.Australian opener David Warner tops the chart with 440 runs in six games that he has played so far. He is followed by Shakib Al Hasan, the all-rounder from Bangladesh who has scored 425 runs in six matches, including one match which got washed out. Both Warner and Hasan are yet to play three matches each in the league stages of the tournament.advertisementWarner’s opening partner and Australian skipper Aaron Finch is not far behind, with 396 runs. Joe Root of England, and Indian opener and vice-captain Rohit Sharma are two other batsmen in the top five run scorers list.Who among these five batsmen can break Sachin’s record? The Data Intelligence Unit (DIU) of India Today group analysed the scoring patterns of the these five batsmen in the tournament to see how many runs they could score in all by the end of the league stage, if they continue scoring runs at the same pace (average runs/match) as they have been doing so far. According to DIU calculations, Rohit Sharma and Shakib Al Hasan Hasan could cross the 673-mark by the end of the league stage if they maintain their scoring average in the remaining league stage matches. Sharma has played three matches in the tournament till now, with one match getting washed out, where he has scored 319 runs at an average of 106 runs per match. If he maintains his form, he can score more than 850 runs by the end of the league stage as India is yet to play five more league matches in this tournament.Hasan has scored 425 runs in five matches, with one match getting washed out. Bangladesh has three more league matches ahead, and if Hasan keeps scoring at the same rate, he too can easily cross the 673 mark.David Warner, at his current scoring rate, might miss the mark by just three runs. While Aaron Finch and Joe Root will have to level up their scoring rate to surpass Sachin’s record, as they are falling short off the it by quite a few runs.Additionally, if the respective teams of these players reach the semi-finals or the finals, their chances of breaking the 16-year old record increase further.Also Seelast_img read more

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Maruti Suzuki India sales fall for fifth consecutive month, company registers 14 per cent drop in June 2019

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first_imgMaruti Suzuki India today reported a 14 per cent decline in monthly sales to 1,24,708 units during June 2019. In comparison, the figure stood at 1,44,981 units during June 2018. This is the fifth consecutive month when the country’s largest carmaker has seen its sales going down.Barring January 2019, when the sales had risen by a marginal 0.2 per cent, there has been a continuous fall. There was a decline of 0.8 per cent in February 2019, 1.6 per cent in March 2019, 17.2 per cent in April 2019 and 22 per cent in May 2019.Of the 1,24,708 units sold during June 2019, the total domestic sales accounted for 1,14,861 units, while the total export sales stood at 9,847 units. The total domestic sales also include 1,830 units sold to other OEMs.During June 2019, there was a decline of 36.2 per cent in the mini sub-segment to 18,733 units and 12.1 per cent in the compact sub-segment to 62,897 units. However, the mid-size sub-segment witnessed a 47.1 per cent jump in monthly sales to 2,322 units.The mini sub-segment includes Alto and Old WagonR. The compact sub-segment comprises of the all-new third-generation WagonR, Celerio, Ignis, Swift, Baleno and Dzire. The mid-size sub-segment has Ciaz.Coming to the utility vehicles sub-segment, there was a 7.9 per cent drop in monthly sales to 17,797 units during June 2019, while the vans sub-segment registered a 24 per cent drop in sales to 9,265 units.The utility vehicles sub-segment includes Gypsy, Ertiga, Vitara Brezza and S-Cross. The vans sub-segment has Omni and Eeco.The light commercial vehicle category of Maruti Suzuki India witnessed a 24 per cent rise in monthly sales to 2,017 units in June 2019. This section comprises of Super Carry.advertisementFor the quarter ended June 30, 2019, Maruti Suzuki India reported a 17.9 per cent loss in total sales to 4,02,594 units. The company had sold 4,90,479 units during the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal.ALSO READ | Audi e-tron previewed in India, expected to priced around Rs 1.15 croreALSO READ | MG Hector: 5 reasons why new premium SUV may beat Tata Harrier, Mahindra XUV500, Jeep Compass, Hyundai CretaALSO READ | Jaguar Land Rover India hands over specially prepared Discovery Sport to NGO for relief operationslast_img read more

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My bowling is not beautiful but I don’t care: Romanian cricketer Pavel Florin

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first_imgRomania cricketer Pavel Florin has become the new talk of the town on social media after videos of the spin bowler went viral on the internet with his unusual bowling action leaving everybody in splits.Florin’s action is so unique that people started sharing videos of his bowling in a European T10 Cricket League match between Dreux Cricket Club and Florin’s team Cluj Cricket Club.Florin’s deliveries ended up being so loopy that batsmen had to wait for an eternity before the ball arrived in their arc.Pavel though, is not at all concerned about what is being written about him on social media or what people think of his bowling action. The online ridicule is something which Florin is least bothered about because of his love for the sport.”Maybe someone says my bowling is not beautiful or not effective, but I don’t care, because I love cricket. It’s not beautiful, I know, everybody says it, but I’m a slow bowler,” Florin was quoted as saying by the European Cricket League.Florin also received support from former cricketers Dmitri Mascarenhas and spin legend Shane Warne, who also offered to help Florin and the tournament.”This is the first born & bred Romanian playing cricket. We should be celebrating this amazing achievement. A lot of hard work by some brilliant people have made this happen. Let’s just watch and celebrate this truly awesome tournament,” Mascarenhas tweeted.”My bowling is not beautiful. But I don’t care, because I love cricket” Cluj Cricket Club Player President, Pavel Florin Representing his club at the Champions League of European cricket. pic.twitter.com/E1SRQb7qUradvertisementDimi Mascarenhas (@dimimascarenhas) July 30, 2019″Agree 100% ! Cricket is a beautiful game. Well done and congrats to everyone who made this happen. I would love to check this tournament out next year & help out, if you need a helping hand then hit me up ! Congrats again,” Warner replied to Mascarenhas’s tweet.Agree 100% ! Cricket is a beautiful game. Well done and congrats to everyone who made this happen. I would love to check this tournament out next year & help out, if you need a helping hand then hit me up ! Congrats again https://t.co/vgjMwJ5S0AShane Warne (@ShaneWarne) July 30, 2019The European T10 Cricket League comprises of 8 teams divided into 2 groups and is being played over 4 days from July 29-31 at the La Manga Cricket Club in Cartagena, Spain.Also Read | Pavel Florin’s hilarous bowling action will leave you in splits: Watchlast_img read more

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HY-VEE HEROES TROPHY ON DISPLAY LOCALLY TODAY & TUESDAY

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first_imgIowa Hawkeye and Nebraska Cornhusker fans can get an up close look at the hardware the two college football teams will soon be playing for today at the Gordon Drive Hy-Vee Food Store.A replica of the “Heroes Trophy” will be on display today at the store from 10am until 6pm.Hy-Vee, along with the American Red Cross, the University of Iowa, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, use the game to salute individuals and organizations for acts of heroism in their communities.Fans will also have a chance to register to win four tickets to the game.If you can’t make it today, the trophy will be on display at the South Sioux City Hy-Vee from 10am until 6pm Tuesday.The seventh annual Hy-Vee Heroes Game takes place on November 24th at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.last_img read more

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PENDER MAN INJURED IN DAKOTA COUNTY CRASH

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first_imgA Pender, Nebraska man has been identified as the victim in a two vehicle crash in Dakota County Tuesday night.The Dakota County Sheriff says 27-year-old Jonathan Smith was driving an S-U-V that collided nearly head-on with a semi tractor trailer on Highway 35 two miles east of Emerson.Smith was transported to Mercy Medical Center with injuries.The semi driver, 38-year-old Daniel Stueck of Columbus, Nebraska was uninjured.Highway 35 was closed for several hours after the crash and the cause of the accident remains under investigation.last_img read more

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Why Liverpool don’t need a Lukaku or Kane

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first_imgLiverpool Why a Kane, Lukaku or classic No.9 wouldn’t work for Liverpool Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 15:30 10/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Lukaku Firmino Kane Split Pic Getty Images Liverpool Premier League Harry Kane Romelu Lukaku Morata Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur Opinion The Tottenham ace is a phenomenal striker and the Belgian has been superb for Man United, but Roberto Firmino is the ideal forward for the Reds Pep Guardiola delivered it as a compliment to a striker proving himself one of the game’s premier finishers, but Mauricio Pochettino deemed it disrespectful towards Tottenham.When the Manchester City manager chose to describe the north Londoners as the “Harry Kane team”, he felt he was saluting the England international’s exceptional goalscoring form, but the Argentine was offended and his irritation was understandable.Spurs 8/1 to beat Liverpool 2-1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Harry Kane TottenhamSpurs are not all about the 24-year-old; they are progressive, well-coached, uncharitable in defence, possess incredible balance, have a clear identity, can count on the creativity of Christian Eriksen, are the envy of many for having Dele Alli and the list goes on…But there is no denying that they are heavily reliant on Kane – he is responsible for 50 per cent of his side’s combined goals this term in the Premier League and Champions League.As the forward prepares to counter the trend of failing to find the net in his top-flight appearances at home against Liverpool, plenty will be wondering if Sunday’s opponents would be better off if they had him or another classic No.9 – like Romelu Lukaku – up front, rather than Roberto Firmino.Jurgen Klopp certainly won’t be among those. The Merseysiders have purposefully moved away from being overly dependent on one player in attack, having learnt from leaning too much on Daniel Sturridge in the past, only to look completely defunct in his absences through injury.HD Roberto Firmino mainThere is more collective responsibility in front of the sticks for Liverpool, domestically and on the continent: Mohamed Salah has contributed 30% of their goals, Firmino 22%, Philippe Coutinho 17%, with Sadio Mane on 13%.Salah 13/8 to score v SpursGuardiola couldn’t refer to the Reds by singling out a player and, in fact, his assessment of them has been glowing: “They attack the back four with so many players, from almost anywhere on the pitch. They have an intensity with the ball and without the ball, and it is not easy to do that. I don’t think there is another team in the world attacking in this way with so many players capable of launching moves in an instant.”Even following City’s 5-0 victory in September, aided by Mane’s 37th-minute red card at the Etihad, the Spaniard admitted: “At 11 v 11, the game was equal. They attacked a lot in the channels with runs in behind. They are so fast with Mane and Salah. They have top, top players and, with Roberto Firmino and his quality, they created problems.”Liverpool are able to swarm and overwhelm opponents precisely because of their forward options – they are fluid, complement each other and are proactive. They make things happen rather than wait for moments to affect the game.Roberto Firmino Sadio Mane Mohamed SalahWith all the talk of the club needing a classic No.9, it has perhaps evaded the memory that they attempted to go the traditional route in recent years with no great success.Andy Carroll arrived in January 2011 for £35 million – a club-record fee that was only surpassed with the purchase of Salah this summer – touted as England’s next great centre-forward.Rickie Lambert joined from Southampton three years ago on the back of a fine 2013-14 campaign in which only Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney had matched him in recording double figures for both goals and assists.Mario Balotelli was signed in the same window and, while his previous behavioural problems may have marked him out as a risk, he had the very traits many external voices felt Liverpool needed to deal with deep defences.Then, in July 2015, Brendan Rodgers succumbed to ‘Plan B’ pressures and veered from his blueprint to make Christian Benteke the main man at Anfield in a squad that was stylistically at odds with the Belgian’s strengths.None of these additions – all different but essentially more classical candidates to lead the line – worked because they altered the very essence of the fluent, fast, assertive football the club subscribes to and their core players are geared for.GFX Roberto Firmino“We are not a team that can play with a striker who scores a goal but is not involved in the game for the other 89 minutes,” Klopp said of Benteke, now at Crystal Palace, after he struck the winner against Leicester in December 2016. “We need the striker for the other options, too – to work for the other minutes.”That summary is exactly why Firmino – who joined Liverpool 16 days before Benteke as a compromise so the transfer committee and manager could get their respective priority targets – is so difficult to usurp as the reference point for the club’s attack.He is always an option, is primed to steal possession, creates space effortlessly and is cerebral.“With Roberto Firmino, people say he does not score enough,” a bewildered Klopp told Goal in pre-season. “What?! He is the best player without scoring with how well he reads the game for the benefit of others. Outstanding!”Those who choose to view the Brazil international solely through the goals column misunderstand his role and Liverpool’s template. He is their “important player, connecting player, finisher, fighter and first defender.”Romelu Lukaku, Roberto Firmino splitFirmino has netted six goals for Liverpool this season, with three assists. In the top flight and Champions League, he has carved out 22 chances, had 482 touches, made 166 final-third passes and contributed 11 tackles – bar successful strikes, he outperforms Kane, Lukaku and Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata at everything else.His job is not just to find the back of the net, but to ensure those around him do too. He is not just offensive; he has to be obstructive from the front.Prior to Tuesday’s 7-0 annihilation of Maribor, the discussion around Liverpool requiring a 25-goal striker was amplified as they created much but converted little during a run of one victory in eight games.James Milner Roberto Firmino Philippe Coutinho Liverpool MariborRobbie Fowler, who netted 183 for the Anfield side to put him sixth in their all-time most prolific list, labelled such a narrative “fashionable”.He felt the theme had swung from a vulnerable defence to the decision not to sign a certified scoring machine purely based on results rather than performances and the fact that his former club were doing everything but apply the finishing touch to their otherwise positive play.Forwards go through these periods – as Kane himself has experienced in the month of August where 13 league appearances and 44 shots have rendered zero goals – so Fowler was convinced “it will definitely turn” and “pretty soon, I think we’ll be talking about the good things Liverpool are doing and how great they are going forward as opposed to ‘oh, they’ve created so much again without scoring enough.’”The attacking rebirth arrived at Maribor and will need to continue against Tottenham and beyond. Of the last 25 goals scored in league games between Liverpool and Spurs, 21 have come from the Reds.You don’t need a traditional centre-forward to be exceptional in attack, you need the right fit: Kane and Lukaku are quintessential for their respective clubs but Firmino is too. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Arsenal hire ex-Barca chief Sanllehi

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first_imgTransfers Arsenal hire Sanllehi from Barcelona as head of football relations to aid Wenger Goal Last updated 1 year ago 22:36 11/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Arsene Wenger Arsenal Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Barcelona Premier League Primera División The 48-year-old will bring an end to a lengthy period at the Catalan club to take on a role leading player negotiations with the London side Arsenal have confirmed Raul Sanllehi will join the club from Barcelona to take over as head of football relations.The 48-year-old will begin his new role leading player negotiations in February and will work alongside manager Arsene Wenger and Huss Fahmy, who was appointed contract negotiator in June.Arsenal 4/5 to beat Terriers to nil Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Sanllehi, who is credited with being a key role in signing Neymar, Luis Suarez and Alexis Sanchez for Barca, has spent 14 years at Camp Nou and will leave when his contract expires on December 1.His role at the Emirates Stadium will be similar to that previously held by transfer negotiator Dick Law, who formally left the club in September. “In the past three years we have supplemented our team with more top-class expertise across every aspect of our football operations,” chief executive Ivan Gazidis told the club’s website as the 48-year-old’s appointment was confirmed.”Raul’s appointment is another important step in developing the infrastructure we need at the club to take everything we do to the next level.“Raul has extensive contacts across the football world and has been directly involved in some of the biggest transfers in Europe in recent years. We look forward to him bringing that expertise to Arsenal.”Sanllehi’s appointment comes days after they named Sven Mislintat as the new head of recruitment.Mslintat, 45, spent 10 years at Borussia Dortmund and is said to have identified the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Shinji Kagawa.last_img read more

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Suarez: Neymar not joining Real Madrid

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first_imgTransfers Suarez: Barca admiration will stop Neymar joining Real Madrid Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 17:52 12/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(8) Neymar PSG Troyes Ligue 1 29112017 Getty Transfers Real Madrid Luis Suárez Neymar PSG Barcelona Ligue 1 Primera División The Brazilian has been strongly linked with a move back to Spain in recent weeks, but his former team-mate is confident it will not become reality Luis Suarez is adamant Neymar will not join Real Madrid from Paris Saint-Germain because of the “admiration” he has for Barcelona.Neymar left Barca for a world-record €222 million fee in August, heading to Paris on a contract until 2022.But since departing Camp Nou, the Brazil star has been repeatedly linked with a return to Spain and a controversial switch to the Catalan club’s bitter rivals, Real Madrid. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It has been reported that Neymar has not settled particularly well at PSG and, should he want to leave, Madrid will be one of very few clubs in with a chance of affording him.But Suarez is confident that situation will not arise.”Not at all,” he told Marca . “Honestly, I do not see it.”I know how Neymar is and the admiration he had for Barcelona and his team-mates. I do not see him now going to play for Real Madrid.”Suarez also defended Neymar’s decision to leave Barca, insisting he understands why he and his family made the decision they did.”Ney is a mature person and was fully aware of the decision he made,” Suarez added.”Obviously he did it with a lot of pain, because he was happy here. But we all have to accept that he had other challenges and that he wanted to take them on.”It was an understandable decision that he took with his family. There is no reproach, just admiration and pure love for everything that he has given the club and the relationship we had throughout those years.”Neymar Strasbourg PSG Ligue 1 02122017Neymar Monaco PSG Ligue 1 26112017Barca do not appear to have missed Neymar’s presence on the pitch, with Lionel Messi going as far as saying that they are actually a better, more balanced team without him.And Suarez believes the players brought in to minimise the impact of the Brazilian’s exit have done well, particularly Paulinho.”Neymar is a different and special player of whom many things were expected,” Suarez said.”Other footballers who contribute a lot have come in, like [Gerard] Deulofeu, who had already trained at the club.”Also Paulinho, who has silenced many critics and is performing at a very high level since he arrived. He is one of the captains of Brazil.”[Ousmane] Dembele had the bad luck to injure himself at first, but when he is well you will see how he surprises many.”Now there is a lot of speculation with players who can come and with others who might leave, but we remain unaware of this.”last_img read more

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Sterling scores, Kompany limps off in City win

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first_imgNewcastle United 0 Manchester City 1: Sterling sends leaders 15 points clear Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 05:38 12/28/17 raheem sterling - cropped Getty Images Manchester City moved 15 points clear at the top of the Premier League with a win over Newcastle United in which they barely broke sweat. Manchester City made it 18 wins in a row in the Premier League with a 1-0 procession against Newcastle United on Wednesday.Raheem Sterling’s 13th league goal of the season secured the result for Pep Guardiola’s side and sent them 15 points clear of Manchester United at the top.The only negative for the visitors was the loss of captain Vincent Kompany to injury early in the first half, the centre-back going off with a suspected calf problem. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The slender scoreline belied what was one of City’s most comfortable victories of an astounding campaign, with Newcastle offering almost no resistance despite having lost their previous four league matches at home.Rafa Benitez made five changes to the side that beat West Ham last time out, with his line-up including Rolando Aarons – who had not started in the league all season – and Paul Dummett, making his first appearance in the top flight since the opening day loss to Tottenham.Sergio Aguero twice hit the post before Sterling at last made City’s dominance count in the 31st minute, but despite their total control of the game from then on they could not add to the scoreline.Newcastle barely threatened in the closing stages, meaning they remain just a point outside the relegation zone in 15th, while City tightened their grip on the title and are one victory short of matching Bayern Munich’s record for Europe’s top divisions of 19 wins in succession.17th of the season!  pic.twitter.com/BpN2hZFxq2— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 27, 2017Jonjo Shelvey tried a shot straight from kick-off, before the whole Newcastle side dropped into their defensive third to stem the expected early tide of City attacks.Aguero could have scored after only six minutes, turning Fernandinho’s cross onto the outside of the right-hand post, and the fact Guardiola introduced Gabriel Jesus for the injured Kompany 11 minutes in highlighted the lack of ambition from the home side.Despite the defensive blow for City, Newcastle continued to draw every player back towards their penalty area in a bid to frustrate the visitors, but Rob Elliot had to make a brilliant reaction save to keep out an Aguero header before the Argentine rattled the woodwork again with a strike from the edge of the area.The resistance did not last much longer. Kevin De Bruyne sent a sublime pass over the top of the home defence and into the path of Sterling, who prodded the ball in off the left-hand post past the helpless Elliot. @sterling7 has scored 13 #PL goals this season – the same number as in his first 2 seasons with @ManCity combined #NEWMCI pic.twitter.com/xWhfFLoDsx— Premier League (@premierleague) December 27, 2017The goal temporarily sparked Newcastle into life and it took a timely header off the line from Nicolas Otamendi to keep out Aarons’ chip, but Sterling would have added a second goal prior to the break were it not for another good Elliot save.359 – Manchester City completed 359 more passes than Newcastle United in the first half. Control. pic.twitter.com/FHpRLUf6cy— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 27, 2017Indeed, City enjoyed 83.4 per cent possession in the first half and their monopoly of the ball continued after the break, with Sterling fashioning an opening before bending a shot just wide, while De Bruyne made a mess of a one-on-one.The Belgian then blasted a low shot off the post from 25 yards and Aguero turned in the rebound, only for the offside flag to deny him a goal.Substitute Dwight Gayle was booked for a dive when he threatened to race clear on Ederson’s goal and sent an 89th-minute header wide as Newcastle made late attempts to equalise, but they could not stop City taking another step towards a title triumph that is beginning to look like a foregone conclusion. Key Opta stats: – Manchester City have now won 11 consecutive away Premier League games – a joint top-flight record (Chelsea managed the feat between April and December 2008).- Newcastle United have lost five consecutive home league matches for the first time since October 1953.- Nicolas Otamendi completed 122 passes for Man City in this match – seven more than all the outfield players of Newcastle combined (115).- Rafa Benitez has now lost six of his last 10 home Premier League matches – he had lost six of his previous 110 before this run.- Raheem Sterling has scored 13 Premier League goals this season – the same number he managed in his first two City campaigns combined. read morelast_img read more

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Callum McGregor rescues draw with Hibs as Celtic’s run continues

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first_imgReuse this content Share on Twitter Topics Scottish Premiership Share on LinkedIn Hibernian Neil Lennon returned to Celtic Park as the Hibernian manager and left with a Premiership point after John McGinn and Callum McGregor each scored a double.The former Celtic player and manager was given a warm reception from the home fans before McGregor, left out of Gordon Strachan’s recent Scotland squad to some surprise, drove in the opener in the 15th minute.Two stunning strikes by McGinn after the break put the Easter Road side ahead before McGregor levelled with 10 minutes remaining to extend Celtic’s unbeaten domestic run to 58 games. Celtic’s convincing 3-0 Champions League win over Anderlecht on Wednesday night ensured a packed stadium for their return and they were treated to another 90 minutes of excitement.Brendan Rodgers, without his injured captain Scott Brown and fellow midfielder Stuart Armstrong, made five changes. The French attacker Odsonne Édouard started alongside his countryman Moussa Dembélé with McGregor, James Forrest and Jonny Hayes back in the side. Anthony Stokes, Efe Ambrose and Dylan McGeouch were ex-Celts in the Hibs side, adding another subplot to the encounter.The Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon tipped a 25-yard free-kick from Stokes over the bar in the third minute as Hibs started confidently. However, gradually the champions played themselves into the game. When Dembélé played in McGregor he fired low past Hibs keeper Ross Laidlaw from 16 yards for his fifth goal of the season. That appeared to be Celtic into their stride and moments later Laidlaw pulled off a decent save from Tom Rogic’s drive.Hibs, though, were not out of it and in the 34th minute Celtic’s Dedryck Boyata had to speed back to deny Martin Boyle, who had raced on to a Lewis Stevenson pass. At the other end Laidlaw blocked an Édouard effort after he was set up by Hayes in a swift counterattack. Scott Sinclair replaced Édouard for the start of the second half and within three minutes had drawn a good save from Laidlaw, his drive from 12 yards parried and then cleared by Stevenson.McGinn’s equaliser in the 53rd minute stunned Celtic Park. As the home side set themselves up to defend their penalty area the midfielder Marvin Bartley drifted along the edge of the box and when the ball fell neatly for McGinn he fired low past Gordon. The match turned in Hibs favour and after Leigh Griffiths replaced Dembélé only a remarkable Gordon save in the 65th minute kept the home side level. When a McGinn corner fell to Steven Whittaker a yard out it looked a certain goal but somehow the Scotland keeper beat away his shot for another corner.McGregor cleared the bar moments later as an exciting finale ensued and when McGinn fired high past Gordon from 22 yards after Mikael Lustig had headed clear an Ambrose attempt there was an air of disbelief around the stadium. Celtic rallied and after Griffiths’ cross was knocked back into the path of McGregor after several players challenged for it, he steered the ball in from 12 yards.There was a Celtic penalty claim in the 87th minute when Ambrose appeared to impede Sinclair before the Celtic substitute had his shot parried away by Laidlaw.The referee Willie Collum ignored the appeals, to the anger of the home supporters who, when the dust settled, will recognise that they had witnessed their side given a rare domestic test.Rodgers hailed his players post-match. “It was arguably our result of the season considering the amount of players out and the number of games. Coming into the game today, it was always going to be difficult,” he said.His Hibs counterpart, Lennon, said: “We didn’t take a step back the whole game. It was an outstanding team performance. A draw was probably a fair result, but we are disappointed not to win.”SCOTTISH ROUNDUPAdam Rooney scored a hat-trick for Aberdeen as they continued their unbeaten run in the Scottish Premiership this season with a confident 3-0 victory over St Johnstone.Rooney headed home two of his goals, the first at the near post from a Stevie May cross and the second from close range after Anthony O’Connor had flicked on a cross. His third goal came from the penalty conversion with nine minutes remaining.The result left the Saints manager, Tommy Wright, fuming. “Look at the goals we’ve conceded,” he said. “A free-kick, the centre-backs drop deep. Three of them with one striker to look after. They don’t do it. A corner kick. It’s nothing to do with systems.“When players don’t pass the ball, don’t work hard for each other, when they give a quality side time on the ball, that’s what happens. You get gubbed. We were gubbed today.”Peter Hartley scored his second goal in three games as Motherwell eased past Partick Thistle a handsome 3-0 victory at Fir Park. The on-loan Blackpool defender followed up on the rebound in the seventh minute and helped set up Motherwell’s third for Ryan Bowman with a stylish turn on the byline.Hartley was not the only one among the hosts showing confidence and Craig Tanner scored his first Premiership goal in a one-sided contest with Trevor Carson never having a save to make.Owen Coyle began his tenure as the Ross County manager with a 2-0 win at Kilmarnock. The former Burnley, Blackburn and Bolton manager was appointed on Wednesday following the surprise departure of Jim McIntyre and kicked off his reign with an impressive win.Goals from Craig Curran and Kenny van der Weg were enough to secure a win against a struggling Kilmarnock side, who remain without a win and are under increasing pressure.Curran opened the scoring when he drifted into the penalty area and was picked out by Davis Keillor-Dunn’s cross, placing a fine header back across goal and into the bottom corner to up the pressure on the Killie manager, Lee McCulloch.Dundee’s Kerr Waddell scored his first senior goals to secure a 2-1 win over Hearts at Dens Park. The 19-year-old Dark Blues academy graduate opened his top-flight account when he headed in a minute before the break but his goal was cancelled out by the Hearts striker Kyle Lafferty after 71 minutes. The Northern Ireland striker latched on to a Sofien Moussa pass-back and rounded the Dundee goalkeeper, Scott Bain, to score.Waddell then grabbed the stoppage-time winner with his second headed goal as the Hearts manager, Craig Levein, succumbed to his first defeat since returning to the Jambos dug-out. The win moves Dundee up to eighth, a point behind Hearts. Nial Briggs Share via Email Celtic Share on Pinterest The Observer Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook match reportslast_img read more

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England stay alive in Women’s Ashes series by forcing draw in Test

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first_img9 November, North Sydney – match drawn, points shared Cricket 22 October, Brisbane – Australia won by two wickets 26 October, Coffs Harbour – Australia won by 75 runs (DLS method)29 October, Coffs Harbour – England won by 20 runs Read more Quick guide Women’s Ashes points system Was this helpful? Four-day Test match (four points for the win) Fuelled by that pressure, and led skillfully by their skipper Knight with an unbeaten 79 across 220 meditative balls, the visitors executed their plan perfectly by sucking the oxygen out of the contest. She found impeccable support from Georgia Elwiss, who was equally effective with 41 not out from 190 balls.Those balls-faced counts became just as important as the runs they accumulated as England went about batting Australia out of the game – just as Ellyse Perry had done to them 24 hours earlier. They were aided by a compliant pitch, which never looked like breaking up or providing any meaningful assistance to the local bowlers.Knight was approached by her opposing number Rachael Haynes with an hour remaining, electing to shake hands on a draw. The Australian captain acknowledged after play that she knew their chances were shot after a wicketless middle session where they weren’t able to break the resistance of Knight and Elwiss.The highlight of the day was when Tammy Beaumont became the first wicket to fall just inside the first hour when England still trailed by 97. It came from 20-year-old debutant Amanda Wellington, who bowled the opener with a leg break to die for. Sure enough, comparisons to Shane Warne came thick and fast. On the available evidence, they aren’t without merit.The only other wicket to fall was 11 overs later when another debutant, all-rounder Tahlia McGrath, slipped a straight yorker onto Lauren Winfield’s boot when England were 79 in arrears. But any momentum was sapped either side of the tea break as the pink ball became increasingly mangled by the surface.That only 28 runs were added in the third hour, without the scent of a chance, highlighted that Knight and Elwiss were the perfect England batsmen for the job at hand. The latter was brought into the side to bolster the visitors’ batting after the ODIs, a selection that was validated by her patient approach. The Australians were spent, part-timers turned to in hope.When the second new ball became available, openers Megan Schutt and Ellyse Perry were briefly able to get the ball bouncing and swinging, but by the time that interval arrived England were only 19 runs from taking the lead. They did so shortly thereafter, letting out a smile as Knight went on to reach her half-century in 162 deliveries. England women’s cricket team Twenty20 matches (two points for a win) Topics Thank you for your feedback. 17 November, North Sydney19 November, Canberra21 November, Canberra One-day internationals (two points for a win) Women’s cricket Share on Twitter Since you’re here… Australia sport Share on WhatsApp Women’s Ashes Dig in was the instruction and dig in England did. It mattered little that Heather Knight’s side tallied just 166 runs at a glacial run rate of 1.89 on the final day of the Women’s Ashes Test. What they had achieved by losing just two wickets in their second innings was save the game, split the available points and keep their dreams alive of regaining the trophy. After forgoing any chance of victory on a disastrous third day, it was the best they could have hoped for. The degree of difficulty remains high in the shortest form, needing to sweep the three T20s beginning on Friday, but had they capitulated again on Sunday it was all over. news … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Australia women’s cricket team Show Share on Pinterest After play, the Australian captain was critical of the wicket but proud of her bowlers for soldiering on. “It was a little bit frustrating,” Haynes said. “I felt a little bit for our bowling group. Later in a Test you expect a little bit of variable bounce at the very least.”She gave generous credit to Knight and Elwiss, but said there was “nothing lost” for her side for failing wrap up the Test. “I certainly don’t sit here and feel empty or lost about where we are at,” she said. “Our team is in a very good position.” That they are, needing to win just one of the three T20s that begin this Friday at North Sydney. Share on Facebook England keep Women’s Ashes series alive with draw in only Test – as it happened Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Hide Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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LeBron James attacks NBA hypocrisy after Barnes learns of trade mid-game

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first_img Support The Guardian Five-time All-Star John Wall set to miss at least a year after fall at home Since you’re here… Basketball Harrison Barnes stayed on the bench in the fourth quarter after news broke that the Dallas Mavericks forward had been traded to Sacramento during his team’s 99-93 victory over the Charlotte Hornets. The 26-year-old lingered on the floor a few extra moments after the game to chat to some Charlotte opponents, then walked through a throng of fans who seemed to want to say goodbye after seeing the news break on their phones during the second half. Share on Twitter NBA During the game itself Luka Doncic scored 19 points in his third triple-double, he is the first teenager with multiple triple-doubles in a single season.James was not the only All-Star who expressed his frustration with the chatter around trades and free-agency. Kevin Durant, who has been linked to a move to the New York Knicks this summer, said he was sick of being asked about his future. “Every time I say something it’s getting twisted up and thrown out in so many different publications, try to tear me down with my words that I say,” Durant said, speaking after he helped the Golden State Warriors to victory over the San Antonio Spurs. “So when I don’t say nothing, it’s a problem. I just want to play ball. I want to go to the gym and go home, that’s all. Is that a problem?” Read more Dirk Nowitzki said he realized something was up when Barnes didn’t replace him early in the fourth quarter as usual, with the 40-year-old playing a limited role in his record 21st season with the Mavericks. Nowitzki wasn’t surprised that Barnes stuck around after word of the trade got out. “He’s a better man than me,” said Nowitzki, who scored eight points. “Everybody else would have bounced out. He’s just a genuinely good dude and he’s obviously got bonds with some of these players here for life. That’s the kind of guy he is.”Meanwhile, LeBron James posted on Instagram, pointing out players are criticized when they ask for a trade but teams do not face the same scrutiny. “So let me guess this is cool cause they had to do what was best for the franchise right???,” he wrote. “Traded this man while he was literally playing in the game and had ZERO idea. I’m not knocking who traded him because it’s a business and you have to do what you feel what’s best but I just want this narrative to start to get REAL/CHANGE and not when a player wants to be traded or leaves a Franchise that he’s a selfish/ungrateful player but when they trade you, release , waive, cut etc etc it’s best for them! I’m ok with both honestly, truly am. Just call a ♠️ a ♠️!!”Hornets forward Nicolas Batum said the mechanics of the trade were a first for him. “That’s really the first time I’ve witnessed it,” said of seeing someone traded during a game. “During practice, on the plane, bus, stuff like that, yes, that happened to me. But during the game? I have not witnessed that being live.” Topics Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Share on Messenger news US sports LeBron James … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Dallas Mavericks Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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